Monday, July 20, 2009

The Yankees' Latest Hero

Here's the Yankees' Hidecki Matsui arriving to a home-plate celebration after hitting a game-winning solo homer in the ninth inning to beat the Orioles, 2-1 at Yankee Stadium.

This kind of scene has been repeated often this season for the Yankees who - thanks to a Boston loss - are tied for first place in the AL East. I like the trio of Alex Rodriguez, Jorge Posada and Melky Cabrerra - on the left - waiting to catch Matsui's helmet after he tossed it away. A player get hit on the head by his happy teammates and they all know now not to wear their batting helmet when they come around to home plate. Others who kept their helmet on suffered bruised or broken noses in the celebration.

And the celebratory whipped-cream pie in the face was a sure bet for Matsui since he was the hero. Pitcher A.J. Burnett is the chief pie maker and he always finds a why to sneak-up on his target. Burnett did need a fake pie-thrower a few weeks ago when Jorge Posada was the hero and was waiting for the pie. The diversion worked ... and Burnett delivered his pie to Posada.

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