6/29 NY Yankees 4 vs Seattle Mariners 7 ~ At least Nick loves me

Yes he does, those two home runs he hit? He hit them because I was there. Really he did, @alisonfaye said so. And after his second one, she tweeted, “If Nick Swisher hits another home run, Rebel_Prinsessa should start screaming, “That’s my Nicky!” To which I replied, “If he hits another home run I’ll get ‘My sweet nicky’ tattooed on my butt!” But he didn’t. So I won’t.

In addition, Mark Teixeira made a simply incredible play, caught a fly-ball then stepped on first base to get another out. I turned to Kasey to high five, but she wasn’t there. So I looked at the person on the other side of me and he said, ‘Yeah, that was kind of amazing.’

Robinson Cano missed a catch, it blooped(?) right over his glove. So now we know there are only two gods on the Yankee team, one is the closer and the other plays 3rd base.

More proof that Nicky loves me, he sent me this picture. What a tiny picture this turned out to be! Click on it to see it big.

O.K. he posted it on Twitter, can’t you people allow me my little delusions?

~~and that’s all~~ she wrote

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6/25 NY Yankees 2 @ L.A. Dodgers 1 ~ Opening of the Series

An emotional game, with a shout out at the end, coming from Grumpy Joe Torre and Donny Baseball, but a win for the Yankees, CC pitched 8 innings, then Mo comes in and strikes out, one, two, three, game over. With that the last batter tossed his bat and helmet down, which the umpire didn’t like.

Alex hit another home run and I have updated my counter. He also scored the other run of the game. Since I am tired and can’t think of anything to say, I am just going to post the standings for now and hopefully my brain will back in gear tomorrow.

New York           46- 27           .630           –
Boston                 44- 30           .595         2.5
Tampa Bay         43- 30           .589         3.0
Toronto               39- 35           .527         7.5
Baltimore            21- 52           .288       25.0


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6/23 NY Yankees 6 @ Arizona Diamondbacks 5 ~ More proof that Mariano is …. well, Mariano

Another series win. I didn’t watch this game, in fact, I can’t remember the last full game I watched. I will shoot for this Friday since that is the first game against the Dodgers, a team I absolutely hate. OK hate is a strong word, but I really really really don’t like them.

Also it seems I have started typing one post per series instead of per game, that is also not intentional. Tonight I was so tired, and it was a late game. I set my alarm and laid down for a nap. My alarm went off, I snoozed it a couple times, then shut it off. I woke up around 12:30 or so (not sure of the time so don’t jump on me) and thought, the Yankees can win this without me. Then I looked at the score, NYY 4, Ari 5. I also remembered I still had my contacts in. So I got up to take out my contacts and sat down to watch the game.

It was the eighth inning, I got to see the Yankees tie the game up, Cervelli get called out on strikes and yell at the umpire. Curtis Granderson hit the game winning home run in the 10th inning. Then Mo came in to end it, well actually, he pitched the 9th so he was already in the game, he even batted. (All the while I was praying, Please don’t get hurt) Then in the bottom of the 10th a couple of D-Backs got hits, now also on my hate list, Arizona Diamondbacks. After an intentional walk it was bases loaded and no outs. I couldn’t breath, I couldn’t watch, anybody else … but it was Mo, and Mariano did what Mariano does best. Next 3 batters, 1, 2, 3. Game over, Yankees win.

6/22 @ ARI, W 9-3

6/21 @ ARI, L 4-10

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6/20 NY Yankees 4 vs NY Mets 0 ~ The Third Inning is Mark’s Inning

Yesterday Kasey and I went to the city. Not together but we did meet up later. Wearing my old hat worked, the Yankees won. Most of the game I was keeping track by tweeting one of my Twitter followers. We stopped at a bar and were able to watch the 9th inning. So we got to see Mo. Nice.

Phil Hughes was pitching, gave up 3 runs. Mark Teixeira hit a 2 run home run, tying them with the Mets. Then in the 4th Curtis hit a 2 run home run, putting the Yankees up by 2 and that was all they needed. Yankees won, 5-3

Today, once again in the 3rd inning, Mark Teixeira hit a home run, this was the only one of the game, and it was also all the Yankees needed, since it was a grand slam. This was Mark’s 12th home run of the year and he has 44 RBIs. Someone said, the batting average can go up and down, and Mark’s has, but you can’t take away a batters, HR and RBI’s.

So all those people who think Tex should be moving in the line up, or benched, I would like to ask if they still feel that way, and if they do, they can STFU.

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6/18 NY Yankees 0 vs NY Mets 4 ~ My Heart ♡ Bleeds

for Javier Vazquez more so then for Andy Pettitte. Andy Pettitte pitched last night against the Philadelphia Phillies, score was 1-7. Which is a bigger loss you could argue, but Andy didn’t start the season to boos. Andy’s record is 8-2, and has an E.R.A. of 2.47 while Javy is at 6-5 with an E.R.A. of 5.43, on April 25th (if I’m reading the website correctly) his E.R.A. was 9.00. He has worked hard to bring it down, tonight he goes out and pitches his heart out, 7 innings and gives up 1 run. And what happens? No run support, bullpen gives up 3 runs in 2 innings and he gets the loss. If I was Javy, I would be saying F.M.L. right about now. I don’t think he would though, I think he would say, “Yeah sure, I’m disappointed, but that’s how it goes sometimes. You just put it behind you and go out the next time and try to win.”

He is a professional, when the defense makes an out he pats his glove like he’s clapping, runs to cover first base when Mark has to go to the side to catch a ground ball. And that is why, I’m not so sad at the Yankees losing tonight (still tied for first place) as much as I am sad that Javy got the loss.

~~and that’s all~~ she wrote

6/16 NY Yankees 3 vs Philadelphia Phillies 6 ~ Does A.J. have an evil twin?

I think he does. I really do, anyone who saw him pitch this game is most likely thinking that too. So instead of bad A.J. and good A.J., it A.J. and his evil twin. We just have to find out the name of this twin and figure out how to keep him off the mound.

The problem is, how do we determine if it A.J. or his twin before he starts to pitch? Identical twins have the same DNA so there goes that, sometimes they have different fingerprints (I learned that on Forensic Files). We need to fingerprint them to find out. Other then that I don’t know anyway to tell. What is weird is they have identical tattoos. That is pretty creepy.

If anyone has any suggestions, let me hear them.

Game #65; 41-24; .631; Tampa Bay lost so Yankees are still tied for 1st place.

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6/15 NY Yankees 8 vs Philadelphia Phillies 3 ~ The Doc Needs a Doc

Everyone said it would be a ‘classic’ pitchers duel, you know the kind of game where the batters are retired one two three, each inning and you read your book, or type on your blog or drag out your knitting, the first inning was that, then the top of the second, when the Yankees came up to bat bottom of the second, Yankees get on base and Brett Gardner hits a two run triple. Next inning, Curtis Granderson hits a home run, this just after one of the commenters stated Roy Halladay had never given up a home run to a lefty. Then in the same inning, Swisher() hits a 2 run home run, putting the Yankees up 5-0.

Fourth inning was not a good one for Sabathia, still, Phillies only got 3 runs off him, and that was it, while the Yankees went on to get 3 more, one of them a homer by Mark Teixeira on a pitch from Halladay and the final two runs batted in by Frankie off the Phillies reliever David Herndon. That was 3 homeruns against Halliday and he only lasted 6 innings. His second shortest outing. CC pitched 7 innings and got the win. Dave Robertson was in for the 8th and Chan Ho Park for the 9th.

I got the details here (the heart is my own) from Mark Feinsand’s live blog at Blogging The Bombers

Now for the personal stuff (well it wouldn’t be fan blog if I didn’t write about me). I missed my train, not a big problem since there is another won 20 minutes later, except it meant missing the first part of the game. As I was going to catch the train, I wanted a cookie, I decided a beer would have less points. (First week on WW) I got my light beer, told the vendor I didn’t need it opened, and a man standing there said something like “Gotta love a woman that carries a bottle opener.” I said to him, “Its a Yankee opener.” (Its my key ring, and are you surprised?) He said, with a grin, “Even better.”

When I got home the game was on and after I put my stuff down stairs I came up to watch, Curtis was up at bat, Halladay has never given up a homer to a lefty, the ball went into the stands. A few batters later, Swish comes up to bat, 2 run homer. I was so happy that as someone tweeted to me “Your Nicky waited for you!” Once again the heart is mine. When Mark hit the home run I came upstairs to high five Kasey. When Cervelli came up I asked if he ever hit home runs. Kasey said, he doesn’t need to, and no he didn’t.

Ninth inning, Ball game over. YANKEES.WIN.

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6/13 NY Yankees 9 vs Houston Astros 5 ~ Can Jorge do it again?

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Sarah and I were watching the game, Astros up by one. As we watched Teixeira yelling from the dugout, that YES I GOT HIT, and the umpire disagreed, then watched a bad call on Swisher, Sarah turns to me and says, “If you want to go for a walk, I’m coming, I can’t stand watching these bad calls.” So we left, walked to Ron’s and back. Almost home and I checked my phone, Robinson Cano had hit a home run and tied the game. When I walked in the door, Yankees had now scored 3 runs.

As I watched the 5th inning, with bases loaded and 2 outs, and Jorge comes up to bat, I looked at Kasey, she looked at me, “Jorge can do it, he can hit another grand slam.” That’s exactly what he did. I imagine the Stadium was just going nuts. It got pretty crazy Saturday when he hit a grand slam, now he had done it two games in a row. Posada became the first Major Leaguer to hit grand slams in back-to-back contests since Carlos Beltran in July 2006 and the first Yankee since Bill Dickey in 1937. Even more special? Sunday’s slam came from the opposite side of the batter’s box as Saturday’s. No Yankee had pulled that trick on consecutive days before. And Bill Dickey was a catcher tool. Mark Teixeira had his first error of the season. I think he had three last year. It’s O.K., don’t sell him.

Then the rain started, Phil Hughes gave up 4 runs in the 6th inning. Wasn’t his fault, the field was wet, the ball was wet, their gloves were wet. The only consolation was the Astros were having to deal with the same weather conditions. And the Yankees came back to score 2 more runs in the bottom of the 6th.

Phil Hughes numbers for today: 5.2 innings pitched, 7 hits, 5 runs, 5 ER, 2 BB, 6 SO, 1 HR, 3.11 ERA. Damaso Marte came in to get the last batter out. Then Chan Ho Park pitched the next inning. Then Joba for the 8th and Mariano for the save. OK, 9-5 is not exactly a save situation. But he pitched like it was.

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6/12 NY Yankees 9 vs Houston Astros 3 ~ Javier, Jorge and my man Derek ♥

We got to the Bronx a little after 11 a.m., I sent a text to my former boss who has season tickets and invited me for a beer before the game, his reply was he was taking the 11:26. So he wasn’t even on the train yet. Kasey and I went in (gates open at 11:00 for day games). We went to get food, there is a salad bar on field level near the Yankee food court, Kasey got a salad and I got plums. Then we said “Hello” to Chris, Usher/Security officer, he’s on Twitter and has a Yankee Blog. He gave us a big hello and a smile (he has a very nice smile). We chatted for a minute. Then we went up to our seats in section 415 to eat and wait for the parachuters (The Golden Knights). Who were simply amazing!

One section down from us was a man wearing an Astros hat holding a baby, maybe a year old. The baby was also wearing an Astros hat, and a Yankees Jersey. In the row right in front of us was a man with a little boy, not a toddler but not school age. The little boy had blond curls, he was wearing a Yankee t-shirt and a ball cap with “#2 Jeter” on it. He was soooo cute. The man right in front of us was a Javy hater, when my friend mentioned he’s been pitching pretty good lately, his response was, he’s been pitching to easier teams. That didn’t bother me as much as the way he was talking to my friend. Like she’s was an idiot. She’s not an idiot you jerk **SMACK**

Then there was a man (Astro fan) wearing a big straw cowboy hat with a mustache about a foot out from his face (It was! Really). Kasey said, “Some people work way to hard to embarrass themselves.”

My two former bosses got season tickets together, they were both there. One is retired and the other is in another office. The one who is retired originally hired me, the second one promoted me to my current position. They showed up and said hi and hugged and I introduced them to Kasey, one of them gave me a Miller Lite (which I don’t drink, and I wonder how anyone can call that swill beer), but I was polite and sipped it, and when they came down to sit behind us (cause the seats were empty) and asked me if I would like another I said, “You know I don’t drink American beer.” He just looked at me (well as many times as we’ve been out drinking and I ALWAYS order Heineken or Corona or Negra Modelo, he should know that). Then the people who had the seats showed up so they went to the Audi Club.

Which brings me to another thought, these people show up to their seats at, what the 4th or 5th inning, then were gone by the 7th inning? Who does that? Show up for a game for 2 or 3 innings? I’m serious, I looked at the seats and thought WTF? Why even bother coming?

As for the game highlights, Javier’s pitching was good, his numbers were: 7 innings pitches, 6 hits, 3 runs, 3 ER, 0 BB, 6 SO, 2 HR, 5.43 E.R.A., he got the win and is now 6-5. Dave Robertson came in for the 8th and Chad Gaudin for the 9th, both pitched scoreless innings.

Offensively Derek Jeter and Jorge Posada were HOT, Derek’s first at bat was a home run, smacked that ball right into the visitors bull pen. Then in the 3rd inning, after getting walked, he stole 2nd, then advance to 3rd on an error, as they like to say, I like to say, “See what my man did for ME!” He then scored on a hit from my other guy, Nick Swisher. The third batter after Nicky was Jorge, and I guess Houston thought it was O.K. to load the bases since Alex wasn’t in the game. He sent that ball into the right field seats. In the 6th inning Derek hit another home run, this time it was a 3 run. So of the 9 runs scored, Jorge and Derek were responsible for 8 of them. See what I mean by HOT?

Click the link for some video highlights. Video clips on mlb.com

~~and that’s all~~ she wrote