Aaron Hicks has finally shown up for the season. Jacoby Ellsbury has awakened from an ill-timed slumber. Starlin Castro has gone back to his winning offensive ways. Ronald Torreyes has been hot (although, he could use the excuse of not being given enough playing time).
Then there is CC Sabathia. The oldest pitcher in the starting rotation and one of the oldest on the entire roster, Sabathia (though he may not hear footsteps of someone coming after his job) sees the success of all these kids (especially Chad Green and Luis Cessa). He must have told himself, "Dude, don't embarrass you old butt in front of these young guns." He has likely already offered a lot of advice to these guns, and might even have taken them shopping to purchase suits for road trips, as is his wont.
So up steps the veteran CC Sabathia to the mound in Seattle last night with, I'm assuming, a lot to prove. Well, he proved it. He proved it all. We saw vintage CC last night: 7IP, 3H, 1R, 1BB, 7K. I'm hoping this is a good omen, that he will keep it going, because, Lord knows, his team needs it.
Now, thanks to the big guy leading the charge last night, the Yankees have another chance at a series win today. As long as they keep doing that, they're still alive. That's all you can ask.