Stay Classy Texas

This is old news now but I am weighing in with my own two cents, again. Chuck Greenberg, CEO of the Texas Rangers was on a talk show talking about Ranger’s fans when he had this to say:

“I thought Yankee fans, frankly, were awful. They were either violent or apathetic, neither of which is good. So I thought Yankee fans were by far the worst of any I’ve seen in the postseason. I thought they were an embarrassment.”

Considering the Rangers had just last week beat the Yankees and were playing (losing) in the World Series, this makes him look like, to put it mildly, an ungracious winner. Add to that the commissioner’s policy regarding respecting and not distracting from the World Series, which the Yankee’s honored by not commenting on Mr. Greenberg’s statement.

Later Monday, Greenberg issued a statement apologizing for his comments.

“Earlier today, in the course of praising the extraordinary support and enthusiasm of Texas Rangers fans, I unfairly and inaccurately disparaged fans of the New York Yankees,” he said in a statement. “Those remarks were inappropriate. Yankees fans are among the most passionate and supportive in all of baseball.

“I have spoken directly to Hal Steinbrenner and Randy Levine to apologize for my intemperate comments.” ~ Source

Even though he made inappropriate comments at a time when perhaps he should have been focusing on his teams performance in the World Series, considering the treatment of the players families by the fans, I suppose it was to be expected that he would say something.

Attending the World Series as the wife of a player doesn’t always bring star treatment.

There’s the heckling of the other team’s fans – and worse.

Texas Rangers outfielder Jeff Francoeur’s wife, Catie, said a rowdy San Francisco Giants fan, high off Wednesday’s victory, heaved a sandwich at the Rangers’ departing bus.

“You can tell emotions are really heightened,” said Francoeur, 26.

Family members of the Rangers sat scattered across the lower bowl of AT&T Park, along the first-base line. Giants fans interspersed with the red and blue dished out plenty of trash talk to them during the game.

“A lot of the time people don’t realize we’re family,” Francoeur said. “So we’ll take it a lot more personally than just a fan would.” ~ Source

Except these were San Francisco fans, which proves once again, that there are idiots in every fan base, and if you show up in the visiting team’s gear, expect to get heckled.

~~and that’s all~~ lo dice la principessa😛

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Who do you want to win the World Series and why?

It may seem a little late to be asking this, since the Giants are up 3-1 in the series, but as Aubrey Huff said, “3-1 is great, but this is the playoffs, and teams are certainly capable of winning three straight.” So with that in mind, and since the series isn’t over until one team wins 4 games, I thought I would pose that question. If you want to answer this question, you can do it as a comment here, or comment on Facebook or just answer the question in your head.

Personally, I want the Giants to win for two reasons. One is pretty obvious. I want them to win because the Rangers beat the Yankees. Reason number two is because their roots are in New York. An interesting bit of trivia, the last time the Giants won the World Series was in 1958 when they swept the Cleveland Indians, and at that time they were the New York Giants. They never should have left New York.

~~and that’s all~~ lo dice la principessa 😛

Game 4 re-cap by MLB.com

Tim Wakefield recipient of the 2010 Roberto Clemente Award

Jose Bautista and Joey Votto 2010 Hank Aaron Award winners

Giants vs Rangers ~ Fans vs Player’s wives

Thursday I went up to the mall to get my hair done. This is a new place for me. I wasn’t thinking about baseball because even though game 2 of the World Series was being played, the Yankees weren’t playing. Imagine my surprise when I got home and baseball was on the T.V. Kasey says, “It’s baseball, even if its not the Yankees.” Giants were ahead 2 runs, it was the bottom of the 8th, and Texas was walking batters. The Texas pitcher ended up walking in 2 runs and then the Giants started hitting the ball. It looked to me (but I’m no expert) like Texas was throwing fast balls over the middle of the plate. San Francisco scored 7 runs in the 8th inning.

In my last post I was going to talk about Cliff Lee’s wife and what happened with the fans. Then I decided it has gotten enough press, and who really needs or cares to know my opinion? That made me wonder, why did she wait until after the game to say something, and why did she say it to the press? I’ve been to games and there are constant announcements about, “If you have a concern …”, “Any guest that doesn’t feel safe …”, ect. can contact guest services, and then the number is give where you can send a text message. I’m pretty sure the wife of a major league pitcher has a cell phone with a text plan. So if she was being spit at and had beer thrown at her, why didn’t she contact guest services?

Don’t take this to mean that I think she was lying, or that I think it is acceptable to spit or throw beer or yell profanity at a person (any person) I am just thinking out loud. I have not had to contact guest services or security for anything while at a game, I think that speaks to the awareness of the security staff. Also, I have seen NYPD officers all over the stadium, since spitting can be considered assault, she could have (should have) told them. Maybe she just wanted to stir things up a little. I don’t know.

~~and that’s all~~ lo dice la principessa

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Friday, October 22, 2010 ~ End of the season for NYY

~~Rangers 6, Yankees 1~~

There was a tweet-up scheduled for this game, it was ‘the last tweet-up of the ALCS’. It turned out to be the last tweet-up of the season (I’m talking Yankee baseball here) as the Yankees lost and the Texas Rangers are going to the Super bowl. Pitchers of the day were Phil Hughes, David Robertson, Kerry Wood and Mariano Rivera. The only pitcher who didn’t give up a run was Mo. I not talking about the offense, cause as you can see, there was none. Yankees were completely outplayed by the Rangers.

So now I am trying to adjust to an October with no Yankee baseball. Two things have made me feel a little better. One is the Giants demolished the Cowboys (Texas) and tonight, Game 1 of the World Series, San Francisco Giants got 8 runs off Cliff Lee.

Tomorrow I’ll be back to comment on Mrs. Lee and treatment by fans.

~~and that’s all~~ lo dice la principessa😛

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Going back to Texas ~ Sabathia saves the day

~~Wednesday, October 20, 2010
Yankees 7, Rangers 2~~

Today was my regular Wednesday off so I was able to watch the game, but i wasn’t sure I wanted to … Forgive me for a momentary lack of faith Turned on the T.V. to see the Yankees up by 3, or did I see the 3rd run score? Yes I did, then watched the replays as the Texas players seemed to be throwing the ball all over the field. A run scored on an error counts the same. Kasey came home and so I came upstairs to watch on the big T.V., I watched Swisher♡♥♡ then Robbie hit the ball into the crowd, no disputing those home runs!

Lance Berkman ran for a foul ball, very Teixeira like, then had his feet slide out from under him when he hit the dirt. Very un-Teixeira like, he landed on his back and his head and his cleats hit the wall. Girardi and the trainer came out, he got back up and stayed in the game. He caught the next pop-up foul, for the final out. I was glad he changed his cleats.

Matt Treanor hit a home run off Sabathia in the 5th inning. I left to get the girl from work and when I got home, the Rangers now had 2 runs, and Kerry Wood was pitching. Elvis Andrus got on base and advanced to second on a wild pitch from Kerry. Kerry turned to check on him, he was heading for 3rd, Derek was at 2nd. It was a sweet pick-off. Then Kerry turned around and finished the inning. Then in the eighth, Curtis answered the Rangers 2nd run with a homerun.

This is very interesting, the Rangers had 13 hits and 2 runs. The Yankees had 9 hits and 7 runs.

C.C. pitched 6 innings, Kerry pitched 2 and Mo came in to finish the game. Yankees keep the series going. Next stop Texas.

~~and that’s all~~ lo dice la principessa

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Have faith in A.J. ~ But sometimes ….

~~Tuesday, October 19, 2010
Rangers 10, Yankees 3~~

As you may know, A.J. Burnett has been rather inconsistent this season. A person could go so far as to say the only thing you can predict about A.J. is that, …. he is unpredictable. When it was announced that A.J. would be pitching in Game 4, some people were upset. My opinion on the subject is, no matter what he has done, he is still a Yankee, I will still root for him and hope he does well. Face facts people, if A.J. fails, the team loses.

Some thought that if the Yankees were down, Girardi would put in C.C., but he didn’t, on Twitter it was applauded by many, they don’t like to see “panic” moves. There was also a big “A.J.” promotion, #GoAJ, #InAJweTrust and so on. Not everyone joined in of course, but a lot also changed their profile pictures or ‘Avi’ to a picture of A.J. or this badge that had “In AJ We Trust”. It seemed to be working since he was pitching pretty good, 2 runs in the 3rd, unfortunately the Yankees weren’t hitting well either, they had only 3 runs. Things started to fall apart in the 5th, when Teixeira got hurt. **True confession time** I wasn’t watching the game, I was waxing and I have this theory or maybe a tiny belief that the Yankees play better when I’m not watching.

The game was on upstairs so I could hear it and went upstairs when Robinson hit a home run, Ron Washington ran out to dispute it, the outfielder claimed ‘fan interference’, the umpire ruled it wasn’t (and video replay confirmed it) and play continued. Then Berkman hit a home run, Ron Washington ran out to dispute that one and it was overturned on review, it was just foul, by a half inch if that. After that I was following the game on Twitter, and saw the tweets “OH NO TEX” “Please don’t be hurt”, so I went upstairs and started watching and in the 6th inning things just got worse with a 3 run home run by that fat Bengie Molina, yes I know that is a mean thing to say about a person, but I am just that angry right now. A.J. got charged with 5 earned runs but he is really only responsible for 4 since before Molina he IBBd David Murphy and we know the pitcher doesn’t make that decision.

Thames came in to run for Mark, then he went into right field, (because we certainly can’t trust him at first base) and Swisher came in to play first. With Texas now up by two runs, and the hits started coming. But not for the Yankees, for the Rangers. Which is why the standing is 3-1 Texas.

On that note, I would like to point out that in a best of 7 series, one team has to win 4 games. That has not happened yet, and until it happens I will continue to have faith that my team is going to win the series. Just like I always have faith down to the last out during a game.

~~and that’s all~~ lo dice la principessa😛

Another tweet-up ~ Off to a good start

~~Friday, October 15, 2010
Yankees 6, Rangers 5~~

The last tweet-up at Reade St ended up with a rained out game. This time the game played on time. A late 8 pm start and I kind of knew I wouldn’t be able to stay for the whole game, but I went anyway. On my way into work Wednesday I stopped and picked up a Swisher♡♥♡ jersey and wore it to the tweet-up. I wasn’t the only one. There were Yankee T-shirts and sweat shirts and jerseys all over the bar.

While this tweet-up was as amazing as the other one, the game was not going good. C.C. was out of the game and Joba was pitching. By the 6th inning the Rangers had scored 5 runs, the Yankees 0. I had to leave, but before I left I made this bold prediction, “When I leave, the Yankees will start scoring and win the game.” I took the subway to Time Square and walked to Grand Central. As I was sitting on the train, I got the first Yankee text. “Robinson Cano hits a solo homerun …. ” Yankees took off from there, scoring that one run in the 7th and 5 in the next inning. Ian Kinsler got caught stealing in the bottom of the eight, Kerry Wood to Mark to Derek. Derek ran him down and faked him out with a pretend throw. (I didn’t actually see that, I watched the video clip on MLB.com. I went on twitter to boast, “Didn’t I say the Yankees were going to win this game?” I was right.

However, if anyone remembers that they started scoring after I left, I may never be invited to another tweet-up.

~~and that’s all~~ lo dice la principessa

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Yankees sweep the Twins ~ and I’m (sad) happy

~~Yankees 6, Twins 1~~

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Kasey and I were in the city, we both had massage appointments. We were on the train home when the game started. Kasey gets Twitter posts from Bryan Hoch on her phone. Before the game she asks me, “So do we be good fans and hope Phil has a good day? Or be selfish fans and hope he melts down?” My answer to her was, “We hope Phil has a good day, but we hope the bats fall asleep.” Its his first start and I didn’t want him crying in the dugout. I hate when pitchers cry. With her first tweet from Bryan she turns to me with a pout, “Phil with a 1-2-3 inning.” We got home during the 4th inning Brian Duensing had just been replaced by Matt Guerrier and the score was 5-0 Yankees. So I did have to look at a pitcher crying in the dugout, it wasn’t Phil, but it still made me sad, as did the knowledge that I wouldn’t be going to a postseason game the next day.

Phil picked a great night to get filthy. Seven shut-out innings, and our bats were alive from the beginning. The Yankees broke a streak of sorts by jumping ahead of the Twins from the start. Normally the Twins score first. In the eighth inning the Twins attempted a rally of sorts, taking advantage of Kerry Wood’s lack of command and loading up the bases. Joe quickly pulled him and put in Boone Logan (who got his batter out with 1 pitch) and then David “High Socks” Robertson to end the inning. Twins scored one run.

That was it, Mariano came in the ninth, stick a fork in the Twins, they’re done and the Yankees are ALDS champions. So do I get a shirt now, or wait for the next round?

~~and that’s all~~ lo dice la principessa

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Thursday, October 7, 2010 ~ You gotta have faith

~~Yankees 6, Twins 4~~

Wednesday is church so I could not watch the game. When I got home it wasn’t on, Kasey had an explanation, which I won’t go into here. When I went downstairs I just turned on the T.V. to Criminal Minds (I love that show) and turned on my laptop to follow the game. I also get text alerts. So I was keeping track of the score.

Yankees and Twins were tied in the 6th. I never like to see a tied game, unless we were behind, which were until the top of the 6th, then Yankees were ahead one run, then the Twins tied it. Then in the 7th Mark Teixeira hit the game winning two run home run. NYY 1, Min 0

~~Yankees 5, Twins 2~~

This has been a year of firsts for me, this game was the first I watched in a bar. There were a bunch of twitter friends there, this time the game was not rained out. Andy was dandy as they say, 7 innings, 88 pitches, 5 hits, 2 earned runs giving him a post season ERA of 2.57.

Lance Berkman was DH, leading some to ask, why? To which others replied, because he’s on the roster. In the 5th and 7th innings, Berkman answered them himself with a home run and a 1 run double. He hit the ball in the 7th long enough that Posada was able to score from first base. My faith and belief in Berkman has been rewarded. All those games where I sat and hoped and talked to him through the T.V. have paid off, and paid off big. Yankees 2, Twins 0

Watching the game in this bar was almost as much fun as going to a game, it didn’t have the ‘feel’ that I get from being at the stadium, but it was a room full of people, all cheering for the Yankees. There was no Frank Sinatra at the end of the game, but there was a “Let’s go Yankees” Clap Clap Clap

We could be heading toward a sweep, it would be nice and sad. Sad because then Kasey and I won’t get to go to the 4th game, because there won’t be one. However, I can’t root against my boys, it just wouldn’t be right. So if they sweep, there will be a dancing broom, I will quietly cry, then get back on the internet to try to get tickets for a game in the ALCS. 😛

~~and that’s all~~ lo dice la principessa

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