Originally written on Lady At The Bat  |  Last updated 11/19/14
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Top of the 11th inning, The Yankees' final game in Tropicana Field this season. They were trying to salvage the final game of a three game set. Alfonso Soriano was standing on second base, with one out and Curtis Granderson at the plate. As Tampa Bay Ray pitcher Jamey Wright delivered his pitch, Soriano took off for third base. He stumbled then slid head first. Safe! One sac fly later the Yankees had a lead that Mariano Rivera would secure a half inning later. Let that sink in: The Yankees salvaged a win against the Rays because of Alfonso Soriano's wheels. When Soriano was traded back to the Yankees, fans were excited. Not only because of the power he could, and would, bring and not because his defense was so spectacular, although it is passable. But also because he a fan favorite from a time when the Yankees made the playoffs rather easily every year, when you couldn't count the Yankees out until the last out of the ninth inning, when there was always a mi...
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