Augie Nieto

I just heard this on my iPod and on a whim, decided to post the lyrics. It doesn’t really have anything to do with baseball, just a reference to Augie catching Lou Gehrig rounding 3rd. Augie Nieto has ALS, that is what the line means. It is a beautiful song by Five-for-Fighting.

We went to a concert of his and John Ondrasik talked about meeting Augie and what an uplifting experience it was. I with I could remember more. Here is a link to a website with more information about Augie. Augie’s Quest, he’s looking for a cure.

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7/2 NY Yankees 1 vs Toronto Blue Jay 6 ~ A.J. is back, where are the bats?

7/1 vs SEA, W 4-2

I told my boss I had something to do at 1:00 p.m. My plan was to sneak out and go to the local pub in Long Island City, my boss thought I meant I was going to the game. So I left work early and went to Tribeca to the Reade St. Pub and Kitchen (I heard about it on Twitter) to watch the game. I got lost (of course) and was late so I missed the first run. The second run, Alex hit into a double play. Then Robinson Cano hit a home run.

Late in the game the Mariners tied 2-2. I was wondering how I was going to manage to stay there if the game went into extra innings. Top of the eighth, Mark got on base, then Alex hit a home run. He later said he was looking at the dugout, wondering why the guys were jumping out. He thought it was the 9th inning. I think he just wanted pie. Then Mo came out, pitched a perfect 9th inning and Yankees won. But no walk off.

Today the tied game did not come our way. A.J. pitched amazingly, and Dave Eiland(who said he would go out every inning if he had to) only had to go out once. He left the mound to a standing ovation, kind of amazing considering fans were booing Javy this year for a blown game in 2004. And then Joba blew it, gave up a run, walked etc. I didn’t see it, pieced this together from bits I heard and read. So we are still in first place, but tonight Boston plays Baltimore. I am not hopeful.

And 1 run, and that on a sacrifice fly is discouraging when we have Swisher, A-Rod, Cano, Posada and Granderson all in the line-up.


NY Yankees ~ 48-31 ~ .608 ~

~~and that’s all~~ she wrote

6/30 NY Yankees 0 vs Seattle Mariners 7 ~ 3 things

There are 3 things that annoy me, actually, there are many things that annoy me, I am going to tell you what three of them are.

Voting for the All-Star Game
It’s over now and the results will be made public on July 4, during the hour-long 2010 MLB All-Star Game Selection Show. There are many people who say that Mark Teixeira doesn’t deserve to go because he hasn’t been playing like an All-Star. It makes me wonder, what exactly is an All-Star? I’m getting off track here.

Some are saying it has turned into a popularity contest with the most popular players getting the votes, but it seems to me that if that was the case, then there wouldn’t be such a diversity of teams in the players with the most votes. I mean look at the first base vote, the top 3 are Justin Morneau of the Twins, Mark Teixeira of the Yankees and Miguel Cabrera of the Tigers. They were ranked in that order at the final update, on Monday, but voting wasn’t over and Miguel Cabrera was gaining votes faster then the other two. Nick Swisher has over a million followers on Twitter, but as of Monday he still didn’t have enough votes to be in the top 3. Ichiro Suzuki is ahead of him. I saw him play and I have to tell you, I hate him.

Now I am seriously off track, this was not what was annoying me. What was annoying me was people, the ones who think Teixeira doesn’t belong on the All-Star team telling other people to not vote for him. Or saying (when he was in first place) that Yankee fans should be embarrassed that he was in first place because he didn’t ‘deserve’ it. First off, does anybody have the right to tell someone else who they should or shouldn’t vote for? And secondly, the last time I looked, the game of baseball is not just batting, there is this thing called Defense, and Mark Teixeira is excellent at defense. So NO I was not embarrassed, I voted for him. My reasons are that I am a Yankee fan and I am not voting for a player from a rival team. If you say I am missing the point of the All-Star Game I will tell you that you are missing my point. I don’t follow other teams. The only time I see them play is when they play against the Yankees. So I don’t know who on the other team is All-Star quality. Just don’t judge me or call me stupid.

Alex Rodriguez’ march to 600 homers
Alex Rodriguez is, at the time of this post, 5 home runs away from 600. A reporter recently asked if it seemed like nobody cared. The immediate response was to bring up his steroid use when he was with the Texas Rangers and to say, of course nobody cares, his home runs record is ‘tainted’. I for one care, in fact, I’m keeping a count down on my blog, well, actually that is to his 609th which will tie him with Sammy Sosa. Now does anyone really believe that Sammy Sosa and Barry Bonds didn’t take steroids? No it was never proven, it was never proven with Alex either, he admitted it. It was in 2003, it was not illegal and he doesn’t take them anymore. Oh and how do I know? He’s Alex Rodriguez! If he takes an aspirin its on the front page of the sports section of every NY newspaper. So quit with the nonsense already and get ready to celebrate Alex’ 600th home run.

Innings limits
This was something I didn’t know about until I really started paying attention to baseball. Some pitchers have innings limits. Usually young pitchers and the belief is that it protects the pitcher from injury. Those who practice it believe that, those who don’t think it does more harm, because it disrupts the rhythm of the player. Nolan Ryan is one of those who doesn’t use them, he never had them so of course no one else needs them. Mr. Ryan, not everyone is you. They point to Phil Hughes, his ‘poor’ performance his last game after being skipped without noticing that he was ‘slipping’ before that. I personally think that he is not a machine, and he was having a bad day. I would rather he be skipped now, then get to the play offs and have him be worn out and unable to pitch. So skip a few starts now, let the boy rest and get strong. I have never been a professional athlete, but I have had an injury and surgery to my shoulder, my physical therapist said that shoulders are the worst joint to work on and heal. It took 18 months for me to even get close to full range of motion, now granted I don’t have the resources available to me that a Major League athlete has, I also am not putting as much stress on my joints as they are either. So I can understand the need for managers to be careful with a new young pitching talent.

Also, to everyone complaining about Girardi and saying he is wrong for what he did, how many Major League teams do you manage? And how many championship rings do you have?

~~and that’s all~~ she wrote