Canyon of Heroes

That is what they call the route the parade goes. I was there, I was squished there were so many people. It was great!

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This picture is from the NY Daily News website, we walked past this location trying to get where we were wanted to be, which we did not make it, too many people. (Note to self: Next year get to NYC earlier. What do you there might not be a parade next year? I refuse to believe it!) 

Of course this is what I saw from my vantage point.

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Being only 5 feet tall means that when I held my camera up to get a shot I (a) couldn’t see what I was photographing and (b) since everyone else [who was already taller then me] who put their cameras up to get a shot got in my way. I did however manage to get this shot. 
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That’s Robinson Cano in case you can’t recognize him and this lovely boy,
 

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Johnny Damon, who just happens to be Sarah’s favorite, so she was happy to have it posted to her facebook wall.
I would have posted this sooner and had more to say about the parade, but I came down with the flu the weekend after so I have not been feeling up to posting. I am also depressed because . . . BASEBALL’s OVER!

~~ and that’s all she wrote ~~ 

World Series Game 6

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On my way into work I stopped at Modells and got this. Kind of says it all.

Last night was church so I didn’t get to watch the whole game. I was following it on my phone though. That is how I knew Hideki Matsui was having a good night, Andy Pettitte was also doing good.

But once again my favorite moment (or two) might be thought of as a little odd. During the ninth inning the camera was on Girardi, (I saw this in the clips after the game) and he actually looked relaxed, he was almost smiling, then he did smile and step back into the dugout and the other coaches and him grabbed each other, you just know it was the last out.

And my other moment was when Alex was up on the stage and the announcer asked him if he wanted to ‘take a minute and enjoy the feeling’, and he says ‘Yes.’ and puts his head back, smiles and says, “Feels good!”

Now for some more of my World Series haul.
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This is my hoodie, it is like the shirts they were given after the game except its a hoodie.

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I got this shirt for Kasey, she prefers the Navy blue. And lastly,

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The magnet went on my cabinet at work, the bear came home with me and is going to the parade.

~~ and that’s all she wrote ~~ 

World Series Game 5

Yes I know this is a late entry about game 5. The series is over and Yankees are champions for the 27th time. 

I really wanted the Yankees to win this. But A.J. just wasn’t on his game tonight. I just had to post though, because of all the nonsense about bad calls.
The first was when Victorino (?) got hit by a ball, and everyone kept saying A.J. hit him with the ball. Well, I saw the pitch over and over again and when he went to bunt the ball he moved his hand in front of the ball. So I don’t think it was A.J. fault, but he still got blamed for it. 
Second was a double play and Yankee runner at second (I don’t remember who) was called out, but the baseman was straddling the bag, he never tagged it. 
So I hope no one faults me for being late but I was upset after the game and just didn’t feel like posting. I will be back for the Game 6 post, but I have pictures to include.

~~ and that’s all she wrote ~~ 

World Series Game 4

So I was wrong about Yankees in four, but it might end up being Yankees in five. 

The game got off to a good start with Jeter and Damon getting on base, then with Teixeira getting a hit and Derek scoring. Alex got hit by a ball (again!). Despite chants from the crowd, “Yankees suck!’ Posada hit a sacrifice fly and Damon scored, Yankees 2, Phillies 0. Phillies scored so at the ending of the inning, 2-1 Yankees.
Score stayed the same until the fourth inning, thanks in large part to Mark ‘Vacuum Cleaner’ Teixeira. Then the Phillies tied it up, but the runner never tagged home plate. Umpire called him safe though. In the fifth inning Swisher scores, then Cabrera scores, he missed home plate running in, turns around and stepped on the plate. End of the fifth, 4-2 Yankees.
Home runs in the 7th and 8th tied the score 4-4. Then the Yankees battled back, with two outs in the ninth inning Damon got on 1st base. Mark Teixeira was the next at bat, Damon stole second, with the player off the base and no one covering third, he kept running to third base. Then Mark got hit by a ball. So we had runners on 1st and 3rd. 
Alex Rodriguez came up to bat, through the TV screen I told him to hit the ball, and he delivered! Damon scored, Mark advanced to third, Alex on second. Then Posada came up and hit a line drive, Mark scored, Alex scored, Posada was tagged out at second. 7-4 Yankees. Mariano came in to close. Yankees 7, Phillies 4. Yankees one win away from World Champions!
World Series 2009
Phillies 1, Yankees 3

~~ and that’s all she wrote ~~ 

Thoughts on Game 3

I like watching the video clips on MLB. Not to see if the umpires made bad calls (cause we already know they do). I just like watching some scenes over and over. Like this one. 

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I was trying to figure out how Swisher ended up rolling over his head like that. So I just kept watching the video clip until I figured it out. When he slid in, he ended up with his leg over the catcher’s and when the catcher stood up he just rolled Swisher butt over head. It didn’t seem to bother Swisher as he went on to hit a home run later.

World Series Game 3

I realize that my last Game post had some errors in it. So tonight I have attempted to take better notes.

After an hour and 20 minute delay, the game started at 9:15 p.m. Playing in the National League means no designated hitter so Pettitte was on the line-up or roster or whatever you call it. But he used to play in the National League so he does have some experience hitting. 
Second inning Andy seemed to lose it a little. Phillies player Werth got a home run, then with the bases loaded he walked a batter for a score of 2-0 Phillies. Then the Phillies pitcher bunted and for a sacrifice and the Phillies got another run, 3-0 Phillies. 
Inning number 4 was the turning point for the Yankees with a hit by Alex that was ruled a double, then after review by the umpires was ruled a home run. 2 runs scored. Then in the fifth was Pettitte’s second at bat and he hit a fly to center field that allowed Swisher to score. Johnny Damon also hit a line drive to center field and Pettitte and Jeter scored. 5-3 Yankees.
In the sixth inning both teams got home runs. Swisher got the homer for the Yankees. Kasey said she heard that before the game he told Girardi his slump was over. With the Phillies homer score was 6-4 Yankees. Seventh inning had a score by Damon off a single by Posada, Hideki Matsui pinch hit for Joba with a homer and then in the ninth Phillies got another homer. Mariano came in to finish the inning. Final score Yankees 8, Phillies 5.
World Series 2009
Phillies 1, Yankees 2

~~ and that’s all she wrote ~~ 

World Series Game 2

This morning I put on my Jeter shirt, my Jeter bracelet, my Yankees earrings, jacket and hat. Just to show that win or lose Yankees are my team. I am not getting much work done, between talking about baseball, this player and that and going on the MLB site. 

Before the game started I decided to take my shower, since I knew I wouldn’t feel like it after. I was taking off my earrings and I broke one of them, then I lost the dangly part so I can’t even fix it now. If I was superstitious I would have taken that as a bad omen, I’m not so I didn’t.

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A.J. pitched well, Kasey and I were a little worried, but he really came through, 7 innings and only gave up one run. In the fourth inning Teixeira hit a home run. That tied the game up, then in the 6th inning Hideki Matsui hit a home run to put the Yankees one run ahead.
Brett Gardner was put in to run for Jerry Hairston Jr., I forget how it happened he ended up on third base, then Melky hit a ground ball and he scored. 
In case any of you Phillies fans missed it, Yankees 3, Phillies 1.
So as it stands right now, 
World Series 2009
Phillies 1, Yankees 1

~~ and that’s all she wrote ~~

World Series Game 1

I did not post last night. I used the excuse that it was too late and I was too tired. The truth is I was just very upset, last nights game, first in the World Series was just awful, of course to you Phillies fans it was pretty good. By the end of the evening I decided I HATED THE PHILLIES. I put that in small print because I don’t want a reputation of being a hater, and I don’t really hate them, after all they just want to win, like the Yankees want to win. The truth of the matter is, and you can ask anyone that knows me really really well, I am afraid of life size stuffed animals. Seriously. When I am in Time Square and the walking Elmo is there, I cross the street. What does this have to do with the Phillies? Ever hear of Phillie Phanatic? Yep, a life size stuffed animal.

Part of being a fan for a team is that besides rooting for your team, you can not like the other team. I can admit that Lee pitched a phenomenal game, it does not change the fact that the Yankees are my team and I want my boys to win and Derek Jeter is still the HOTTEST THING IN PINSTRIPES (giggle).  As for the Yankees being down one game now, I am not too worried. After all in 1996, they dropped the first two games at home to the Braves and ended up winning the World Series in six.   They can do it again.

So as it stands right now,
World Series 2009
Phillies 1, Yankees 0

~~and that’s all she wrote~~

Yankees win their 40th AL pennant

The game was rained out Saturday and it started Sunday while we were on the road driving back from Buffalo. Andy kept telling me not to read my text alerts while I was driving. Whatever.

First alert I read was end of the third Angels 1, Yankees 0. Booo! I don’t remember if I got home after the Yankees got 3 runs or while they were doing. I know Andy was still pitching, I watched as he walked off the field and lifted his cap to the fans. End of the fourth inning was Yankees 3, Angels 1. everything was good. Joe decided to have Mariano Rivera come in for the eight inning. After the game when asked by a reporter what that meant to him he said, “Means, I have to get 6 outs.”
Eighth inning the Angels got another run, broke Mariano’s record. Bottom of the eighth, Cano walked, Swisher bunted – for a sacrifice, but the Angel player dropped the ball, Swisher was replaced with Gardner,  then Melky Cabrera bunted and the pitcher made a throwing error, Cano scored. With Gardner (or the roadrunner as we call him here) on third and Melky on third, Mark Teixeira hits a sacrifice fly and Gardner scores. Yankees 5, Angels 2.
Top of the ninth and Mariano comes back and 3 more outs. My favorite moment of the game, (I’m not usually this sappy) Rivera strikes out Gary Matthews Jr. to win the series. Rivera walks toward home plate, Posado comes out and they hug, it was like, “We did it!”
Watching the post game was fun, champagne showers for the Yankees!  

Picture from the NY Daily News