So, no charmed life for the Hubert Humphrey Metrodome in Minneapolis, which may well have seen its final MLB game last night as the Yankees completed a three-game sweep of the Twins in Game 3 of the ALDS.
The Yanks have really had Minnesota’s number all season, with a perfect 10-0 record and a high number of walk-off victories. Last night, former Yankee Carl Pavano did his best to thwart his former teammates and did so for six innings, but in the end, Alex Rodriguez and Jorge Posada both hit opposite field homers and a combination of strong pitching from Pettitte, Chamberlain, Hughes & Rivera plus some pretty forgettable base-running from the Twins saw the Yankees home by a score of 4-1 and with more than a little to spare.
It went thataway; A-Rod homers in the seventh inning of last night’s ALDS Game 3 in Minneapolis
So now it’s back to the Bronx for the start of the best-of-7 American League Championship Series against the LA Angels, who swept the Red Sox in the other divisional match-up. The Angels may well have given the Yankees more trouble than any other AL team in recent years – or maybe it just seems like that. The Yankees probably need to maximise their home field advantage in Games 1-3, so that they can head out to Anaheim needing just one win to clinch a World Series spot. At least, that would be the ideal scenario. However, Joe Girardi won’t need me to tell him that this would be no easy task. The series gets under way on Friday.