Here's a roundup of what other media outlets are saying about the
' loss to the
in Game 1 of the
Division Series and more:
• Andrew Marchand of ESPNNewYork.com shares
Considering the two-three format of this best-of-five series, it was imperative that the Yankees get at least one win in Baltimore to avoid returning to New York needing to sweep.
It was mission accomplished in Game 1, after their 7-2 victory over the Orioles.
"You want one, but now we are going to get greedy and ask for two," Mark Teixeira said.
• Robert Schlesinger of U.S. News and World Report has a different take on Jeffrey Maier and
Don't overstate the importance of Jeffrey Maier. Yes, he likely cost the Orioles a playoff game in the 1996 American League Championship Series; but despite how many O's fans recall the incident, it wasn't a pivotal game -- the 1996 Orioles could blame themselves (and the eventual world champions, my beloved Yankees) more than the 12-year old in the right field stands.
• It was
's big home run that put the Yankees ahead for good, but
' Bill Pennington
As if a microcosm of his season, Martin on Sunday was 0 for 2 in his first two plate appearances, but he soon made two essential plays in the fifth inning that kept the game tied.
Martin had made an acrobatic play in the field that very likely saved a run in the fifth inning and then blocked an erratic pitch by Sabathia in the same inning that certainly prevented another run.
• Speaking of Martin's home run, Yahoo Sports' Jeff Passan
Because he has been here before, and because he might be the coolest human being in the world, Derek Jeter tends not to approach playoff games that are tied in the ninth inning with the white-knuckle anxiety of an average person. Take, for example, the AL Division Series opener here on Sunday night, a pearl of a ballgame. Nobody dared blink.
Except Derek Jeter, of course, because these are the Yankees, and there is a fundamental belief Derek Jeter never will abandon: The Yankees are going to win. He has a fistful of ostentatious rings that support his worldview, so not only did he blink, he went somewhere else entirely when Russell Martin's go-ahead home run in the ninth jump-started a blowout inning in the Yankees' 7-2 victory against the Baltimore Orioles.
"I was in the bathroom," Jeter said.
• ESPNNewYork.com's Wallace Matthews
's Scott Boeck talked about Orioles right fielder
' defense in Game 1,
• Before Sunday's game, The New York Times' Zach Schonbrun and Bill Pennington
Showalter acknowledged the possibility of the team's playing tight under the pressure of the game. The Yankees, whose roster includes 22 players with postseason experience, are accustomed to handling the increase in news media coverage, the changing game schedules, the harried traveling.
's Daniel Barbarisi
Taking a quick look at their season record, some would call the Baltimore Orioles lucky.
They, on the other hand, would call themselves good -- and say that they have made their own luck.
Can it be both?
• The Staten Island Advance's Dean Balsamini gives 10 reasons why the Yankees will knock the Orioles out of the playoffs,
1. The team with the all-time best winning percentage at Camden Yards? Nope, not the O's. It's the Yankees.