Game 2 in Cleveland Wednesday night featured ups, downs, rain delays, grand slams, comebacks and everything in between. The Yankees came out on top thanks to a two-run ninth inning to win 10-9 and take the wild-card series in two games over the Indians. To break down the classic game, series and look ahead to the ALDS against the Rays, we bring you a brand new episode of the “Pinstripe Pod” with Chris Shearn and four-time Yankees World Series champion Jeff Nelson.
Shearn and Nellie open up the show talking about the Indians not showing up in the series after the Yankees limped their way into the playoffs. They open talking Game 1, Gerrit Cole’s strong outing and Shane Bieber getting rocked. “You’re never a true Yankee until you show how you can play in the playoffs,” Nellie said. The guys talk about the lineup setting the tone, especially the bats of Gleyber Torres and Brett Gardner in Game 1. They then dive into the wild Game 2 and the awful decision to start the game in terrible weather conditions, only to delay it again. The guys get into Gary Sanchez coming up big as Shearn calls himself out for saying he should not be starting. Sanchez hit the go-ahead home run in the sixth inning and a game-tying sacrifice fly in the ninth. Also, is DJ LeMahieu human? The Yankees MVP once again had a clutch game-winning hit in the ninth inning and needs to be re-signed in the offseason.
In this week’s edition of “Nellie’s Nugget,” Nelson tells his story of the Yankees’ 2000 ALDS celebration when they beat the Athletics in Oakland in Game 5 to move onto the ALCS. Nellie talks about the visitor clubhouse attendant “little Mikey” talking smack about the Yankees being old and saying the A’s would win the series. The Yankees were down 2-0, would win both games in the Bronx and then won Game 5 in Oakland to win the series. Him and his teammates made sure to let Mikey know about it by destroying his locker room with food, alcohol and anything they had. Don’t talk smack to Nellie and company or you will pay.
Former three-time All-Star outfielder, World Series champion, YES Network Yankees broadcaster and friend of the program Ken Singleton then joins Chris and Jeff. Singleton talks about the ’98 Yankees team Nellie was on and how they were not playing well going into the postseason and turning on the switch in October. Was that the greatest team in baseball history? Singleton discusses starting Gardner over Clint Frazier, if Frazier will get starts against the Rays, his 1979 playoff story, Cole boosting the team’s confidence and the starting pitching going into the ALDS. Singleton looks ahead to Yankees-Rays, the bad blood between the teams and the benefit of not playing in Tampa.
Catch up on all episodes of “Pinstripe Pod,” a New York Yankees podcast, by subscribing to the podcast on Apple Podcasts, Spotify or wherever you get your podcasts. Follow Chris Shearn on Twitter @ChrisShearnYES and Jeff Nelson @NYNellie43. The next episode of the podcast drops Monday, previewing the Yankees-Rays series.