HOUSTON – And in a blink of an eye he was gone, all of this: a hard-believing comeback, half an inch from the brink of extinction; the dream season, filled with 108 victories from all makes and models, all variations and variety; a chance to win the 28th World Series.
Anything if it burst into lightning, blur, spasm of raw, disgusting heartache.
Jose Altowow joins the Yankees in the series "The serial killers in October, forming a wicked alliance, along with Luis Gonzalez and Edgar Martinez and Bill Mazeroski, a quartet of saboteurs who eliminated the Yankees at one time – or, depending on your point of view. , malicious – swinging
"So many different emotions," said Yankees manager Aaron Boone after this 6-4 loss that delivered the pen to Houston for the second time in three years. "This is the supreme pain you can feel in sports, knowing everything they put in so much, knowing how good the club we have is. To end it this way, it's hard … our guys get hurt, "
said DJ LeMahieu, who came so close to joining the pantheon of forever Yankee characters and whose moment instead would be a footnote:" We can to look inside ourselves in the mirror and know that we have struggled, know that we have done everything possible. "
In the 20 forever baseball minutes, there were 43,357 people at Minute Maid Park ̵
The Astros were two outs from closing the Yankees before LeMahieu tried to join a select corps of sharp, sharp October idols, a group including his boss Boone, and Chris Chambles, and Bucky Dent, and Scott Brozius. The mood in Houston was funeral. We can only imagine half a continent, there were battles from New York ready to dance to the stars as soon as the inevitable happened …
Apart from getting two quick outs in the bottom of the ninth, Aroldis Chapman left George Springer, then fell behind Altuve, 2-and-0. Altuve let a slider go on strike. He would not do it again, on the next terrain, turning 84 miles per hour, which had disappeared from the moment he left his bat.
Chapy hung on the pitch, Boone said, "and a great player caught him. ”
In an instant, this hard-to-do season ended in the worst way possible. Everything about who the Yankees are in 2019 and what they are is presented at that peak of the ninth.
Of course, he had to start with the nameless captain Joe Urschela, leading the hard single, his fourth time on base in four plate appearances. From the crowded pile of names that helped to create this magnificent season – the Tauhmani and the Fords, the Uedis and the Bandstands – it was Urschela who would bring these regulations to a close.
And then, Lemachio.
Throughout the season, he did things just the way one clutch hit after another. With the onset of the season, it began to dawn on everyone that he could be one of the big free agent acquisitions in team history. That seems misleading when you think of some of the names – Catfish, Reggie Jackson, Dave Winfield, Goose Gossa, CC Sabathia – but after this season and after this ninth inning bat, a 10-ball, closed by a shot that just – what escapes Springer's conception of the wall, how do you argue it?
That was important. It was perfect.
"They made a few more plays than us," Boone said.
And then: "Sports can be a little cruel." high school basketball tournament.
It was heard about Phoenix, and in 2001 Joe Torre hugged every player after Gonzalez's outburst won the World Series. It wasn't until 1995, when Martinez's shot into the corner left Junior Griffy in the corner and ended abruptly until Buck Schulter's time as manager. Until 1960, what Mickey Mantle always called the saddest baseball moment was Mazeroski's homer over ivy at Forbes Field, reducing it to crying after crying after the game.
"No matter how many games we win in the regular season, it's a failure," said Aaron, a judge in the midst of despair. "I think about the season as a whole, the guys get hurt, the guys come back, a lot of ups and downs. I think about missed opportunities and some guys I might not play with again …"
I felt like the last day of school as the last day of baseball season. There is no Game 7 on Sunday. There is no World Series 1 game at home in the Bronx on Tuesday. No more games. No more baseball. No more absurd peaks and agonizing lows, just a long winter for steel and hunting. Sports can really be a little cruel. Especially this one.