ALCS Game 4: The Mariners, fresh off big Game 3 victory, vs. the three-time defending and seemingly unbreakable World Series champions. In honor of the host city, New York, and its citizens' favorite way to get to fabled Yankee Stadium, we award No. 4 trains to the standouts (and letdowns) of Game 4. Here goes:
One train: It's 2 a.m., 90 degrees on the platform, the train just left.
Two trains: You meant to hop on the express, but jumped on the local. And it's packed.
Three trains: It's a full house, but the express is clicking.
Four trains: Open seats, clean car, air conditioning.
Five trains: Can't believe I'm getting my own car at rush hour. Am I dreaming?
Go ahead and trot, kid, this one actually went over the wall.
Like Emeril Lagasse, knows when to "kick it up a notch." Was scuffling along in postseason, then bam! ... two homers in two days.
Ramiro Mendoza, Mariano Rivera
These guys were almost perfect. If not for Boone's eighth-inning solo shot, they would have been. But as every kid knows -- almost only counts in horseshoes and hand grenades, so they only get three trains.
Another gutty performance from Rocket, who was outstanding for as long as his hamstring would go.
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Thought he popped out, but it went out. Had the game-winner in back pocket until Rhodes paved road to Sasaki's gopherball to Soriano.
Lou, I think the Yankees have him figured out. See Game 2, ALCS, 2000 and Game 6, ALCS, 2000 for further evidence.
I think Lou said, "get this one over," not "give him a gopher." Should've used Sprint PCS.