If the Yankees somehow make it to the playoffs, the team might want to look back at Chris Young's game at Yankee Stadium Thursday night and say thanks for the spark.
The former Mets outfielder — who was the scapegoat for everything that's wrong at Citi Field this season — broke up Alex Cobb's no-hitter with a one-out double in the eighth inning and then hit a thrilling walk-off three-run homer in the ninth to give the Yankees a 5-4 win over the Tampa Bay Rays.
And it set off cheers that haven't been heard in the Bronx for a while.
Losing last night was have been another stumble in the Yankees playoff march but a no-hitter would have been a tumble down a cliff to a postseason void.
Young said it felt as if he were "floating on a cloud" upon seeing the ball clear the fence and hearing the fans cheer for him.
"I don't even remember running around the bases," he said. "All I really remember was hitting the ball and being at home plate. I don't remember the rest. I don't even know if I was fully there."