The real story about that game begins and ends with Raul Ibanez.
He came in to pinch hit in the 9th inning and hit a game-tying home run. His next at bat, leading off the bottom of the 12th, he hit a walk off home run to give the Yankees the lead.
Elias Sports Bureau reports that Ibanez was the first player ever to hit two tying/game-winning home runs in the 9th inning or later of a playoff game.
But still, what did the New York media focus on?
(courtesy of Jimmy Traina)
Yup, it's all about A-Rod.
No matter what happens with the Yankees, Alex Rodriguez will always be the $275M lightning rod.
He said and did all the right things last night, in a situation where some guys would get upset and lose their temper. He was the biggest cheerleader after both Ibanez home runs, even though it took the bat out of his own hands.
After the game, he had nothing but positive things to say about Ibanez, and manager Joe Girardi.
Still, no matter what he says or does, the NY media will always be on his back. Whether they're criticizing an occasional poor performance, or blatantly trolling him like they did this morning, he'll always be the biggest story on the back pages of the Daily News and the Post.
Is it fair? Probably not, but I guess that's what happens when you sign a $275M extension, right Alex?