Jay-Z to Keyes to Burnett to Rivera for the Yankees Win
Here’s how we knew last night’s game was going to be a good one. Jay-Z and Alicia Keyes are up on a stage behind second base, singing “Empire State of Mind,” and the whole stadium was loving it. Then, up on the big screen, they cut to the dugout, and Derek Jeter is bopping along, loving every minute of it. The crowd goes nuts, as we see the rest of the Yankees are right along there with him. Just about everyone there knew that for the Pinstripes, the shell shock of Game 1 was long gone, and as long as Pedro wasn’t as lights out as Cliff Lee, and as long as A.J. Burnett could stand up to the pressure, this series was heading to Philadelphia knotted at 1-1. A stellar Burnett performance, homers by Teixeira and Matsui, and that’s exactly where we stand: en route down the Jersey Turnpike but still very much in an “Empire State of Mind.” The video of last night’s pre-game performance is after the jump. Check it out.