In the Yankees' clubhouse, it was hats off to CC Sabathia for taking the Yankees to the doorstep of their first World Series since 2003. And he used an economy of pitches on three days rest, 101, in 8 innings. (Scott Kazmir used 89 in 4 innings).
Pitching coach Dave Eiland felt Sabathia was feeling around in the first two innings, "to see what he had.'' Sabathia had expected to be missing a mph or two off his fastball, but his command was terrific.
This wasn't like his last October experience on three days rest, when Sabathia couldn't get out of the fourth inning of his division series start with the Phillies.
But that was also his fourth straight start on short rest, having had to drag Milwaukee into the playoffs (he was 3-1, 1.01 career on short rest in the regular season prior to tonight).
"I never had any doubt about me being able to perform on this stage and to pitch well late in October,'' CC said. "But it seems like people did. But I feel great.''
Reggie Jackson got to talking about how calm CC is before games, between starts. And then there's that "place,'' where Alex (5 postseason HRs) Rodriguez is in these days.
With his third ALCS homer this series, A-Rod also has hit in 9 straight postseason games, with an RBI in eight straight (dating to '07 ALDS), tying him with Lou Gehrig and Ryan Howard (current streak).
"I want to see Al keep it going. I'm grateful for what's going on with him,'' Reggie said. "(I) just sit back and enjoy the show, because it's wonderful to watch.''