Originally written on Larry Brown Sports  |  Last updated 11/20/14

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Alex Rodriguez could have been embarrassed and pouted after being replaced in the bottom of the 9th inning during Game 3 of the ALDS on Wednesday, but the Yankees DH was leading the cheers after pinch-hitter Raul Ibanez delivered an improbable game-tying home run in his place.
Rodriguez had been struggling during the series, going 1-for-9 with five strikeouts in the first two games against Baltimore, and 0-for-3 with two strikeouts on Wednesday. Despite calls for him to be dropped in the batting order, manager Joe Girardi kept the struggling slugger in the third spot. But with one out and the Yankees trailing 2-1 in the 9th inning, Girardi opted to pinch-hit for A-Rod with Ibanez.
Ibanez, who was 1-for-3 in the series, crushed a home run off Orioles closer Jim Johnson to tie the game at two and send it to extra innings.
The clutch home run will no doubt put Ibanez in a heralded class of Yankees postseason heroes. The bold move by Girardi paid off. And those who questioned whether Rodriguez was more focused on individual production rather than team success might have to evaluate their thinking.

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2 Comments:
  • A Rod has hit over 600 Hrs in his career. I think one or two from Raul is cool with him.
  • Hard to be bitter if you're A-Rod. Ibanez won that game as much as a player can by himself in the end. It'll be interesting to see the next lineup. It'll be tough to not give A-Rod a chance to swing through the funk given his ceiling. Equally hard to ignore a hot bat.
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