and out with a whimper

~~ Tigers 3, Yankees 2 ~~

The last game of the series, the do or die, win or go home, and the Yankees lost by 1 run. They did this all series, lost by one or two runs, won by killing the Tigers. I probably sound like a bad fan saying they went out with a whimper, but that is kind of how it seemed, twice they left the bases loaded in this game, TWICE!

So now I am reduced to watching the team that beat them this year play the team that beat them last year. It presents me with the dilemma of who I root for, but I think I should abstain since the only option is a NL team and I just can’t do it.

From now until spring training I will be coming back for a few posts, you know if anything happens in the Yankee Universe. Take care friends.

“I told them that there was really nothing I could say that was going to make anyone in that room feel any better. There really wasn’t,” said Girardi of his closing speech. “I thought they played hard all year long. I thought they gave us everything that they’ve got. I thought they played like champions would play, even though we’re not going to be champions.”

~~ Questo รจ tutto, dice la principessa ~~ Thursday, October 6, 2011 ๐Ÿ˜›

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Now tied, back to the Bronx

~~ Yankees 10, Tigers 1 ~~

Curtis Granderson’s sprawling catch helped A.J. Burnett escape a bases-loaded jam in the first inning, and the beleaguered Yankees right-hander went on to stifle the Tigers for 5 2/3 frames and send the Division Series back to the Bronx for a decisive Game 5.

Yesterday I was feeling pretty bad. Sinus pressure and chills, I really wanted to leave work early but my boss wouldn’t let me. Have I mentioned I hate my boss? Not like I hate the Red Sox and the Rays, this is deep abiding non-baseball, entirely personal hate, that I have to hide because he signs my performance evaluation.

When I got home I sat down on my couch and dozed off, I woke up in time to see I had missed my Weight Watchers meeting. I started to read a book and kept dozing off, I was also cold, so I wrapped up in a blanket and went to sleep, for only an hour or so. I missed the game. The whole game.

While I slept, in the words of one of my Red Sox fan Twitter followers: “Damn! They trounced the Tigers! :(” Sorry to miss it, but with the power of the internet, I was able to watch the key plays and the interviews and type this post.

No game tonight, when they meet again on Thursday, that game is definitely, a must win for both teams. I of course have my money (figuratively speaking of course) on Nova.

One last word, for all you ‘Yankee’ fans saying (some even hoping) that A.J. would not do well, that A.J. was an automatic loss, and “He didn’t pitch well, defense saved him”; First: YOU SHOULD BE ASHAMED OF YOURSELVES ~ ISN’T THAT WHAT THE DEFENSE IS THERE FOR? To catch the ball when someone hits it and make outs? Doesn’t Mariano Rivera rely on the ‘guys behind him?’

~~ Questo รจ tutto, dice la principessa ~~ Tuesday, October 4, 2011 ~ ALDS Game 4 ๐Ÿ˜›

Now down two, not a happy fan

~~ Tigers 5, Yankees 4 ~~

It wasn’t the low-scoring duel many expected, but Justin Verlander prevailed in his rematch with CC Sabathia, going eight gutsy innings and benefiting from a tiebreaking homer by Delmon Young in the seventh that put Detroit one win from the ALCS.

This was also not what was to happened, I want to mention that the tie breaking home run was off Soriano, who I hate, and I know I have also said a fan should not hate the players on the team, but I don’t consider Soriano a true Yankee and so I can hate him and be glad he took the loss, I didn’t want CC to have a post season loss on his record. Dave Robertson came in and pitched perfectly. If you think I am being unreasonable, look up the definition of fan.

What made watching this game even worse was the commentators stating the stats for teams down 2-1 in the post season. These are the Yankees, who have been down two games and came back to win it all (1996 WS, thank you Gersh), who never say die and when an opposing player starts bragging about beating them, have a tendency to make that player ‘eat his words’ (Jimmy Rollins anybody?)

Its not over till its over.

~~ Questo รจ tutto, dice la principessa ~~ Monday, October 3, 2011 ~ ALDS Game 3 ๐Ÿ˜›

2 down, still 10 wins to go

~~ Tigers 5, Yankees 3 ~~

This is not right, my very first post-season game ever and the Yankees lose! It’s not supposed to be this way. Not at all. Kasey and I are blaming it on Gersh and his Brave fandom genes bringing bad vibes to the stadium.

The Yankees rallied, a home run in the 8th and a home run in the 9th, it was too little too late. So now they go to Detroit tied. I would have preferred it 2-0, but it is what it is. Poor Garcia has to take the loss when he really didn’t pitch that bad.

On to the Motor City.

~~ Questo รจ tutto, dice la principessa ~~ Sunday, October 2, 2011 ~ ALDS Game 2 ๐Ÿ˜›

1 down, 10 to go

~~ Yankees 9, Tigers 3 ~~

This game started tied at 1-1, that’s because of the rain out yesterday and since it’s post season, the game is picked up where it left off, not restarted. Nova was on the mound for the Yankees and pitched into the 9th inning. No run ball. Ayala gave up the only runs today. Nova was considered as pitching ‘in relief’ since CC started the game yesterday. The two runs Ayala gave up were charged to Nova, but in my head they were his fault. Mo came in for the final out.

Robinson Cano connected for his team’s first postseason grand slam in nearly 12 years and Ivan Nova fired 6 1/3 sterling innings in his postseason debut, leading the Yankees to a 9-3 victory over the Tigers in Game 1 of the American League Division Series on Saturday.

The grand slam came an inning after a ball that bounced off the top of the wall and ended back in the field was ruled a double. This was a no-doubter, landing in the 2nd tier of seats.

The Yankees are now 10 wins away from another World Series victory. Kasey keeps telling me she wants a parade. And tomorrow is my first post-season game. Can’t wait.

~~ Questo รจ tutto, dice la principessa ~~ Friday, September 30, 2011 ๐Ÿ˜›

Post season nerves?

First game of the Post-season, actually the second, (Tampa Bay Rays 9, Texas Rangers 0) and I am sitting here wrapped up in my Jeter blanket while the game is delayed. The Yankees are tied with the Tigers. While we are waiting:

  • Yesterday, since there was no game, I updated my Yankee record page, take a peek at it. I am done with it, it is just for regular season numbers. I also figured out the number of strikeouts per inning for each pitcher with more then 30 strikeouts.
  • All this season I have been donating $15 to Harlem RBI for each home run Mark Teixeira hits. Today I got a phone call from Harlem RBI, they noticed how much I donated, or rather how many times I donated. She told me that was unusual, most people don’t come back and make donations like I was doing. I explained the “$15 per home run” and her response was, “I’ll pass that on to Tex, he’ll get a kick out it.” Thud ~ DEAD

So now I am going to take a little break and drink some tea and wait for the game to start.

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Game has been postponed. I’m going to publish this and come back tomorrow.

~~ Questo รจ tutto, dice la principessa ~~ ๐Ÿ˜›