By the time I and my three traveling compatriots strolled into Yankee Stadium on Tuesday night, the Bombers were holding a 5-0 lead. We had already heard one of the best/worst noises in live baseball — a roar from the home crowd while we were walking to our gate. That roar inevitably means two things:
1. Something awesome has happened for your team.
2. You didn’t get to see it.
In this case, the roar was for Robinson Cano, whose two-run first-inning homer had given the Yanks a 3-0 lead. Two more first-inning runs made it 5-0, a should-have-been-insurmountable lead for Yankee starter Ivan Nova. But Nova, whose mind tends to wander at inopportune times, had been sitting in the dugout for a looong time while the Yanks staked him to a five-run lead.