Once again …

No, I am not talking about the rain washing out Andy Pettitte’s pitching, I am talking about how I never fail to amaze myself with my stupidity, or maybe if you are being kind you could say carelessness.

I renewed my membership in the Yankee’s Universe. They very cheerfully took my money and sent me a new membership card, a very nice one with the NYY 2009 World Series Championship logo on it, like the patch on my jacket. And I have already lost it. I searched my purse, my bedroom, every place I could think I might have left it and can’t find it. So I sent an e-mail to the membership office, I hope they will send me a new one, hopefully before Kasey finds out I lost it.

The game today was televised, not that I could watch it since I had to go to church, not that it mattered since the game was cancelled due to rain.

Here’s the press release from the Yankees:


TODAY’S YANKEES GAME VS. DETROIT AT STEINBRENNER FIELD CANCELED DUE TO RAIN

Today’s game between the New York Yankees and Detroit Tigers at George M. Steinbrenner Field has been canceled due to rain. The game will not be rescheduled, but tickets can be refunded.

Please note that: Refunds will be issued in the same method of payment used at the time of purchase, and refunds will not be accepted after 12/31/10.

All refund information is available at www.steinbrennerfield.com.

There was enough time for Johnny Damon to have an at bat and get an ovation for which he tipped his batting helmet. Wait, why is he in a Tiger’s uniform? Oh that’s right, cause Cashman is an idiot.

Damaso Marte started the game, probably because of the the rain forecast. Someone tweeted, ‘Joba is really pissed’

Not much more to say. Still waiting for the regular season to begin, only a week now. YAY!

~~and that’s all she wrote~~

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Tigers on the bus

Back to Lakeland, the game has been cancelled due to rain. It is coming down in buckets. I’m not kidding and I was looking forward to watching at least an hour to an hour and a half of the game, instead I am watching the announcers talk about the rain and how this affects the decision for the 5th starter, blah blah blah.

~~and that’s all she wrote~~

1976 ALCS

Turned on to see if the game was on, Yankees vs. Houston Astros, (4-6 btw) and once again I find myself watching Yankees Classics. This time it is game 5 of the 1976 ALCS, NY Yankees vs. Kansas City Royals. In 1976 Billy Martin was manager and it was the first year Catfish Hunter pitched for the Yankees and it was also the first time they had been back to the World Series since 1964. They didn’t win it in 1976. The announcers were Howard Cosell, Keith Jackson and Reggie Jackson. Chris Chambliss hit the winning home run, it makes the Top 10 Playoff Home Runs in Baseball History list. It seems weird to see #25 on the mound, and #2 being worn by a skinny black guy. First baseman Chris Chambliss was a rather good looking man. In fact, if you check out the YouTube clip below, he was still rather good looking in 2008.
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Interview with Chris Chambliss

Btw, it is now the top of the 9th, 5-8 Houston, Final score Yankees 6, Houston 8

~~and that’s all she wrote~~

Those balls are coming fast

Another player hit with a ball, this time Yankees left-hander Damaso Marte, but he appears to have dodged serious injury. The ball was hit by Ryan Howard straight up the middle. It was interesting how MLB.com worded it “Ryan Howard singles on a line drive to first baseman Mark Teixeira, deflected by pitcher Damaso Marte.” Since he is not seriously hurt, just appears to be bruised, I will give it a lol.

damaso-marte-new-york-yankees-107jpg-f96e5223187358ba_large.jpgTuesday, March 16 was an evening game, but it was not televised here, not only that but I had to do something which meant I couldn’t even follow the tweets. Yankees won that game against Houston 4-1. Today’s game against the Phillies, Yankees lost, 6-2. Andy Pettitte started, then Damaso Marte, who faced four batters before he got hit, then Joba Chamberlain pitched 4 solid innings, giving up one run.

Next game is Thursday, March 18 at 7:05 p.m. against the Tampa Bay Rays I don’t know if it is being televised, but I won’t be home anyway. Javier Vazquez will be making his third start in Spring Training and Chan Ho Park is scheduled to make his first appearance.

~~and that’s all she wrote~~

How pathetic am I

I was at the gym and looking through the TV channels to find something to watch when I came across a baseball game. I stopped and looked at the Yankees! But they didn’t have a game and they were playing at Yankee Stadium. And who was that pitching? He didn’t look familiar to me, then the announcer said, “El Duque, …. ” HuH? That was when I noticed the logo for “Yankees Classics” on the screen. I was happy to watch the game, in fact I was excited to watch a game from 8 years ago that I knew how it ended, sad and pathetic I know, although technically I didn’t know how this game ended, just how the series ended. 

And it wasn’t really ‘my boys’ playing, I mean I recognized the names, Scott Brosius, Tino Martinez, Paul O’Neill, Bernie Williams but I don’t really know them. Does that make me a ‘fake fan’ like my idiot co-worker says? Maybe it does, maybe I should stop writing this blog, nah …….

Course  my man Derek was shortstop and made a fabulous double play, tagging second and throwing the ball to first base where Mark …. no …. Tino tagged the runner out, Jorge was catching, made a beautiful catch of a popup foul ball, throwing his helmet down at the last minute, he looks so cool when he makes those catches, and I saw Andy Pettitte in the dugout along with Joe Torre (boo hiss) sitting with his back against the wall, scowling. 

When the Diamondbacks made their second run in the 8th inning I turned off the TV and left, well I kind of had just enough time to shower and change before they closed. So I missed Mariano (enter Sandman).

Below is a brief synopsis I copied from The Baseball Almanac, the link is at the bottom. It is a fantastic website. I love it.  

 
 Shutdown by the return of Schilling (on three days’ rest), the defending champions were staring at the possibility of a three-games-to-one deficit in Game 4. With one out, Paul O’Neill shot an opposite-field single in front of left fielder Luis Gonzalez and after Bernie Williams struck out, Tino Martinez hit the first pitch he saw from reliever Byung-Hyun Kim over the wall in right-center field. As the ball cleared the outfield barrier, the hometown crowd of 55,863 erupted as the invigorated Yankees spilled out of the dugout. The stadium that had fallen deadly silent after the Diamondbacks scored two runs (in the eighth) was deafening now and would not stop celebrating until Martinez came out on the deck for a curtain call. Rivera (1-0) cruised through the tenth and improved to 2-0 with five saves and a 0.71 ERA in nine postseason appearances. Derek Jeter completed the cycle in what had evolved into one of the most memorable games of all time by lining a 3-2 pitch over the right-field wall for the game-winner. 
 

2001 World Series
Game 4

Line Score / Box Score

2001 World Series Game 4 Capsule
Team 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 R H E

Arizona

0 0 0 1 0 0 0 2 0 0 3 6 0

New York

0 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 2 1 4 7 0
Arizona Pitcher(s) New York Pitcher(s)

Curt Schilling
   Byung-Hyun Kim (L, 8
th)
   –
   –

Orlando Hernandez
   Mike Stanton (7
th)
   Ramiro Mendoza (8
th)
   Mariano Rivera (W, 10
th)

Arizona Home Runs New York Home Runs

Mark Grace (4th)

Shane Spencer (3rd)
Tino Martinez (9
th)
Derek Jeter (10
th)

Baseball Almanac

~~and that’s all she wrote~~

Rain, Rain and the Pirates, AGAIN!

Thursday, 3/11/2010 NY Yankees vs. Braves ~ Cancelled ~ Rain ~ This would have been the first evening game, and I even found the channel it was on so I could watch it. Then they go and cancel it because of the rain! For more details check out Bombers Beat.

Friday, 3/12/2010 NY Yankees vs. Washington Nationals ~ Cancelled ~ Rain

Saturday, 3/13/2010 NY Yankees vs. Baltimore Orioles ~ 3-5 Yankees
NY Yankees vs. Detroit Tigers ~ 2-6 Detroit ~ Won one, lost one, maybe we should have given Johnny what he wanted?

Sunday, 3/14/2010 NY Yankees vs. Pittsburgh Pirates ~ 5-10 Pirates ~ These Bucs keep beating us! What is up with this? For a game recap click here. I did listen to some of this game on MLB Audio, but then I had to go to church. Probably would have been too depressing anyway. 

~~ and that’s all she wrote ~~

Standings: 

Grapefruit League
Team: NY Yankees; 
W-5, L-7, PCT .417, GB (what does this mean? Can anyone tell me?) 4.0

Thanks guys

Hey don’t tell me they didn’t win that just for me.

I mean I know they didn’t, I just like to pretend. So the final tally is: NYY 9Runs, 14Hits, 1Error – Detroit 8Runs, 12Hits, 2Errors. This a screen shot of where I got this information on the MLB site. You notice it has all the stats, I must confess I had trouble figuring out what the abbreviations stand for. I found a list titled: Baseball Abbreviations 101 on Baseball Almanac. This list tells you what all the abbreviations mean. Then there is another page that explains what the words mean.

MLBScoreboard.jpgThere is more to this page, if you scroll down you can see all the stats, like these: 

1-Ran for Johnson, N in the 4th. 2-Ran for Teixeira in the 6th.

BATTING

2B: Vazquez, Jo (2, Galarraga), Rivera, Mi (1, Miner), Hoffmann (1, Schlereth).

MarkTeix.pngHR: Teixeira (1, 3rd inning off Coke, 0 on, 0 out), Golson (1, 9th inning off Dumatrait, 1 on, 1 out).

TB: Granderson 2; Golson 4; Curtis; Teixeira 5; Hoffmann 2; Gardner; Winfree 2; Rivera, Mi 2; Vazquez, Jo 2; Corona 2.

RBI: Vazquez, Jo 2 (3), Granderson (1), Teixeira (1), Rivera, Mi (1), Winfree (2), Curtis (4), Golson 2 (3).

2-out RBI: Granderson; Curtis.

Runners left in scoring position, 2 out: Thames; Teixeira 2; Miranda 2; Russo.

GIDP: Gardner.

Team RISP: 3-for-12.

Team LOB: 13.

BASERUNNING

SB: Curtis (1, 2nd base off Dumatrait/Rabelo).

FIELDING

E: Hoffmann (1, fielding).

DP: 2 (Russo-Corona-Miranda, Miranda-Corona-Duff).

This is where the list comes in, cause some of these just confuse me. Now if you want a recap of the game click on this link.

~~and that’s all she wrote~~

New York Yankees vs Detroit Tigers.

The game has started, in fact it is the bottom of the second. According to MLB.com it is not being televised, I might go check in a few minutes, after I eat something.

Today is my regular Wednesday off, which means I can follow the game on my computer, not just my phone, so I have this open in a tab, twitter open in a tab, Verizon open in a tab (so I can send text messages to Kasey) and my phone is logged into mobile MLB.

According to Ledger_Yankees the Yankees are now up by two. I am taking a break now. I will be back with an update later.

~~and that’s all she wrote~~