For the first time in 40 chances, no starting pitcher had ever held a Yankee lineup scoreless. That’s what Cliff Lee did on Wednesday night in an outstanding performance. Even as a die-hard Yankee fan, I was able to appreciate and respect what Lee did last night. He was also the first left-handed pitcher to beat the Yankees in Game 1 of a World Series at Yankee Stadium since Sandy Koufax did it in 1963. Lee just had it last night.
But here is the point of this post (’cause it’s not to glorify Lee). The winner of Game 1 has won 6 straight World Series titles and 11 of the last 12. The Phillies (2008), Red Sox (2007), St. Louis (2006), Chicago White Sox (2005), Red Sox again (2004) and the Marlins against the Yankees in 2003. In fact, in the last 13 seasons, the team that loses the first game has gone onto win only twice – the 2002 LA Angels and the 1996 NY Yankees.
This is going to be something the Yankees will have to dig themselves out of. This team does have the skill and experience – they came back from so many games this season that it’s almost in their DNA. Either way, my thoughts haven’t changed from a few days ago: this is going to be a good series.
I can feel it.
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