Raul Ibanez ... my goodness ... just ...

The sound of a thousand writers scrapping a thousand recaps all at the same time ...

At first, it looked like the Yankees were going to get a moral victory. Ichiro Suzuki hit a two-run homer to right, and that meant a) the Yankees weren't going to get shut out, and b) Jose Valverde was going to be a little uncomfortable the next time he came out for a save situation.

Then Valverde committed the unforgivable closer sin of walking a hitter with a two-run lead to get the tying run to the plate. The tying run happened to be Raul Ibanez.

He couldn't ... nah, there's no way ...


He did. Valverde threw him a 92-m.p.h. fastball down the middle, and somehow that didn't end up well.

It's going to be the Yankees and Cardinals in the World Series, and every game is going to go 18 innings, with David Freese and Ibanez combining for six homers every night. It's going to be the most amazing and horrible thing you've ever seen.

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