But that happiness was short-lived. After my morning workout I checked online and saw that, had it not been for an Elliot Johnson error, the Yankees might have lost the game. It was an error that led to their one win in the previous series against the Orioles. Had it not been for these errors the Yankees would be staring at a 6-game losing streak and, possibly, third place in the standings.
However, I'm not that bad of a pessimist. I realize that there were a few good things to take away from last night's game: A-Rod's timely hitting, Russell Martin's 2-hit, 3-RBI night, and Rafael Soriano's 1-2-3 ninth. Martin's performance was especially encouraging. The Yankees need someone in that lineup to put the rest of the team on his back and move forward. Russell Martin turning out to be that guy would be a very pleasant surprise.
So, series over. Time to move on: A big showdown series against the Orioles in Baltimore starts tonight. The Orioles! Earlier this morning, while groggily celebrating last night's win, I referred to them as the Red Sox. That's how unbelievable this whole Baltimore Orioles story is. Bizzaro World, to say the least. Go Yankees!