Derek Jeter tries to bunt in the 7th: Over the past 15 seasons, the amount of times Derek Jeter has been criticized for doing something that wasn't a "smart baseball play" can probably be counted on one hand. However, his decision to try to bunt with no outs and two runners on base as not a good one. It got even worse when Jeter didn't give up on his attempt with two strikes. The Yankees had a chance to break the game wide open, but didn't. It didn't cost them the game, but what was Jeter thinking?
Charlie Manuel lets Pedro Martinez start the 7th: Shades of Grady Little in 2003 as Manuel let Pedro convince him that he wasn't tired after the 6th inning. Now 38, Martinez promptly surrendered two base hits to the Yankees' seventh and eighth hitters before being replaced by Chan Ho Park. Park allowed a base hit that put the Yankees up 3-1. With a fully rested 'pen... why send Pedro back out there?
Charlie Manuel doesn't start the runners in the 8th: I agree with Manuel here. Chase Utley grounded into five double plays all year and since he bats lefty, if Utley sung and missed the the runner at third had a good chance of getting thrown out since Jorge Posada would have a clear throw to third.
Joe Girardi throws Mariano Rivera for two innings: With a day off today, there was no reason why Rivera couldn't go two innings. It's the World Series... not May. So what if he threw 40 pitches... the Joba Rules don't apply to Mariano.
Joe Girardi starts Jerry Hairston over Nick Swisher: Girardi will tell you this paid off since Hairston had a base hit in the 7th which eventually resulted in a run scored. Personally, I would have left the singles hitter on the bench and thrown Eric Hinske out in right field.