The Final Game

~~ Yankees 14, Red Sox 2 ~~

I did not have tickets to this game, but Sarah was going and since she owed me money, I asked her to bring it to the stadium since I’m a little short on cash these days. She and her friends didn’t get there until almost 7, I got my money went and got a beer then went up the stairs to the 4 train. While I was standing on the platform, there was this enormous roar from the stadium. I quickly went to my At Bat app and started the radio broadcast for the game, getting the volume up just in time to hear Sterling, “That was a high fly ball into the stands, Granderson is GRAND!” I was happy and listening, then lost the signal.

When I got home, or rather off the subway, I turned the radio broadcast back on and the first thing I hear is, “Robinson Cano donchyaknow?” Two run home run. And the runs just kept on coming. While this was indeed a ‘blowout’, it was different from the one on Monday where the Yankees got 9 runs in one inning. Here the Yankees just keep adding runs every inning. Until the 7th, then they poured it on and got 5 runs.

Sometime during the game the Orioles lost. At Yankee stadium they showed on the jumbo-tron that Yankees were AL East winners and the crowd roared, Alex was at bat, the crowd roared so loud it startled him. When asked about it later he said, “Well I knew the cheering wasn’t for me (laughs), I didn’t know, at first I thought maybe a fan got on the field, then I saw it.” It reminded me of the night before, when even though the stadium was packed the energy was high and the crowd was LOUD and really into the game.

Now we have to wait, Friday the Orioles play the Rangers and the winner plays the Yankees in the ALDS.

LET’S GO YANKEES!
~~ Questo รจ tutto, dice la principessa ~~
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By now we all know the Yankees have won the division and the next game played will be in the Playoffs, the ALDS. However I didn’t blog about the game I went to Tuesday which once again was extra innings.

~~ Yankees 4, Red Sox 3 ~~

Since starting going to games in 2009, I don’t think I was ever at an extra innings game. There were some games that I hoped went to extra innings, but it didn’t happen. Then the Saturday game against the A’s was extra innings, and then the next game I went to, yesterday also went to extra innings. I got the tickets because I saw the commercial for donating sock and thought, there is no way there are tickets available, when I saw there were tickets I impulsively bought one.

First of all, I planned to go straight from work but with how yucky the weather was I decided to go home and get a heavier jacket, it turned out to be a good decision. Then when I got to the stadium I got a complimentary bottle of chocolate milk, not wanting to drink it right away I stuck it in my pocket. Since I had switched jackets, it wasn’t noticeable and I walked into the stadium with it.

One of the reasons I like going by myself is that if I want to walk around I can do it without feeling like I am abandoning whoever I came with. It had been raining and the seats I had were just at the edge of the roof so my seat was a little wet, which meant the seat that is attached to me also got wet, so I walked around hoping it would dry. Also, it wasn’t really raining, it was misty and the wind was blowing the water around, being under the roof wasn’t helping. Another reason I was walking around was I wasn’t very happy with how the game was going. The Red Sox were ahead by 1 run when Soriano gave up a home run in the 9th to first batter he saw, James Loney. I was standing behind the seats on the third level when that happened and I thought about going down to the great hall just so I could run out quick, but I just stayed there, the mist was turning into rain when Ibanez hit a home run, he was the second batter Andrew Bailey faced which is why we were now tied and going into extra innings. I went into the ladies room and grabbed a bunch of paper towels. Then I found a section in the 300 seats without security walked in, wiped off the seat and sat down. There I sat through the 10th, 11th, Francisco Cervelli came into the game in the 11th and Twitter started buzzing with the possibility that “Frankie’s going to win this.” It was sarcasm I’m sure, at least for some people. Derek Lowe had replaced Soriano who after giving up the home run pitch the rest of the inning and the next scoreless. Derek Lowe was also pitching scoreless innings. Bottom of the twelfth with two outs, Frankie came up to bat, the couple in front of me stood up and clapped, I sat there and thought of the Frankie of old, the one who would scorch a hit through the infield and the ball seemed to have feet as it ran all the way to the wall. He walked. I couldn’t believe it, but there it was, a walk issued to Francisco Cervelli, who has not played in the bigs all year. Then Curtis walks. Then Raul Ibanez comes up to bat, and gets the hit and I was jumping up and down screaming, “RUN FRANKIE!”

Which I didn’t need to do, because he definitely knows how to run. But it felt good, and he listened.

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

The plan for today is ….

Or actually what I hope happens today is the Yankees win (of course!) and Texas wins, and Baltimore loses.

We shall see if that actually happens. The Yankees don’t have to do an exact repeat of last night, Andy just need to be dominant, and Ricky needs to not be good.

The longest game

Not the longest game ever, but —->

The last game I had tickets for was to be played on Tuesday, September 18, however it was rained out. Kasey was coming up to go with me but fortunately the game was called before she left, early the next day she got on the train, we had big plans for the day. Unfortunately I was sick and we ended up watching the game in my apartment.

Part of the reason I was so upset was this was Andy Pettitte’s first day back from the D.L. I really wanted to see him pitch, instead I had to settle for watching him on the little screen. At least the Yankees beat the Blue Jays.

Later in the week Tom sent me a message asking if I wanted to go to the game Saturday, I said that since I had missed the game Wednesday, of course we all know I would have gone regardless. Kasey was in the city and made her request for me to text her game highlights. I took my phone but didn’t bother with my charger since, I was just going to a game, wouldn’t need my charger.

~~ Yankees 10, Athletics 9 ~~

As the saying goes, famous last words. We get to our seats, which actually weren’t our seats. For a Saturday day game the stadium was rather empty. Tom and Mike were in the right section, but not in the right row, well all right, I can be flexible. Tom is busy scouting out new seats for next season’s tickets. He still wants the Audi Club and Mohegan Sun Sports Bar, and I think he is staying in the Grandstand, but he wants seats closer to home plate. We sat in those seats for a while. It didn’t seem like long, but longer then Nova stayed in the game. Stephen Drew hit a home run in the third inning and Nova’s day was done. It didn’t seem too bad, after all the Yankees were still a run ahead, but the A’s were continuing to hit and the Yankees were not, by the 4th inning the game was tied. Then the Yankees broke the tie, then the A’s tied it again. After testing out the seats in section 419, which Tom liked the section but not the row he picked, we went to the Audi club. Because the game had gone on so long they had stopped serving beer in the concession stands, I was still texting Kasey, my text read, “Tied game, again.” Kasey’s reply was, “I hate Oakland!” We get to the 9th inning, still tied. Then the 10th, the 11th, Tom and Mike left for Yonkers. I stayed. I was looking out from the windows across to the bleachers and the right field seats, it looked like a steady exodus of people from the stadium.

Top of the 13th, Freddy was in his 3rd inning and boom, boom, boom, 3 home runs by Oakland scoring 4 runs. Some Oakland fans started cheering, Michael Kay and Tino and Ken started talking about what this loss would mean to the Yankees during the middle of the inning. Then the Yankees came up to bat.

Ichiro starts off with a single, then Alex hits a single, then Robbie takes his turn and also hits a single. A’s bring in a new pitcher, who promptly throws the ball to the wall behind home plate and home comes Ichiro. Nunez brings Alex home with a sacrifice fly, that’s two runs and 1 out. Raul comes up to bat, the same Raul that has been slumping, that some people are saying is too old to play everyday, the same Raul that broke the tie in the 5th with a home run and I thought they were were showing a replay of that home run, I thought they were continuously showing it, but the Audi club was getting loud, and the A’s fans were rather quiet. Home run #17 for Raul Ibanez to tie the game again. Cory Wade comes in and pitched a 1-2-3 top of the 14th.

Chavez get on first and is replaced by Pinch-runner Melky Mesa, he was brought up for his speed so this makes sense. It is his major league debut. Jeter bunts, and then Ichiro is walked. I hit the table and snarled, “Cowards!” The girls next to me just laughed. Oh and by this time my phone was dead as the Red Sox’s chance of going to the post season, so much for not needing my charger. The summary from MLB.com says

Alex Rodriguez singles on a line drive to center fielder Yoenis Cespedes. Melky Mesa to 3rd. Ichiro Suzuki to 2nd.

What this rather dry sentence does not tell you is the reason Melky Mesa went to third and didn’t score was because he missed the base. He ran right over it and never touched it. Someone said, ‘Rookie mistake’, uh duh! He is a rookie, but a worse mistake would have been for him to go home and been called out. So he went back to third, looking very dejected, and the next play he was out at home. I felt really bad for him, as they showed him dragging his feet across to the dugout. No high fives for him, he might get a base in his locker and he will always be remembered as the runner who missed 3rd base.

And then, Eduardo Nunez reaches on a fielding error by first baseman Brandon Moss. Ichiro Suzuki scores. An error, the first baseman dropped the ball and Ichiro ran in and scored the winning run. He was very happy, had a big grin and hugged, whoever was at the base when he ran in. Probably Nick. Nick likes to be in the middle of everything. Make an error against the Yankees and you will pay, in this case it was with the game. Yankees win, everybody is happy.

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

Sometimes I hate baseball

Tonight was one of those nights. Dave Robinson’s wife had a baby today. He came in and pitched a scoreless inning, then Rafael came in and blew it. Derek hit a tying home run and Clay Rapada pitched scoreless then Derek Lowe got the loss. I personally think Soriano should have the L beside his name, at least he got a blown save by his name. However since I don’t want to talk about this I’m going to post some pictures I took after the game I went to with the kids. The game with the huge rain delay that ended around midnight. I took these pictures of the Stadium at night from the platform of the #4 train, I missed the colored lights but now I know to wait for them next time.

One of my problems with writing posts

Is deciding on a title, first I was going to use HIROK HIROK HIROK, then I thought, well it was Hiroki and Ichiro, so maybe IT WAS A NIGHT FOR THE JAPS …. but then I thought either of those titles could be considered offensive, and I don’t want to offend anyone, so I didn’t use either. Obviously.

~~ Yankees 4, Red Sox 1 ~~

So what can I say about Kuroda and Ichiro that hasn’t already been said? I was thinking this game would be a win for the Yankees, mainly because Kuroda was pitching. It’s kind of the thing I say about C.C., if he’s pitching you have a better than even chance it’ll be a win. Of course C.C. is on the D.L. along with Andy so we are now relying on Kuroda, Phelps and Garcia. Hughes is rather hit or miss right now, but I have faith, he will come through for us. Nova is also a pitcher that needs seasoning and experience. I also think he will go on to great things for us.

Yankees just need to keep moving forward, keep winning games and go all the way.

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

The last day for Texas

And we’re going for the sweep! You know that didn’t happen, but I was at this game and if would have been a bad day if the Yankees had won, since they lost it was a horrible day.

~~ Rangers 10, Yankees 6 ~~

First off it was hot and muggy, even with my wet towel around my neck I was miserable. I’m too short for these seats and my legs fell asleep, and the guy next to me was drunk, and since he was drunk he was ignoring all the rules about others personal space, because of this I wasn’t able to shift around in my seat, another reason my legs fell asleep. UGH. Then the guy behind me, knew everything one could possibly know about baseball, he could do a much better job then Girardi, in fact if he was managing the team, they would have won 118 games this year! That’s why he’s working for the Yankees instead of watching the game. Oh wait, he is watching the game.

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

Rain, Rain, GO AWAY

Another rain delay, this time I was not in the Audi club, I was walking around the stadium with Sarah and not finding any place to sit. I don’t know how Andy and P. dwelt with it. Our seats were also in the bleachers which meant they were wet. We had these beach mats (promotional) and the kids put one down to sit on. However, they did not dry the seats first so we got wet butts. I would have preferred to go to Tuesday’s game, the almost no-hitter, but didn’t have tickets.

~~ Yankees 3, Rangers 2 ~~

The Yankees scored all three runs in the 3rd inning, no home runs, not that I’m counting or anything. When Josh Hamilton hit his home run in the 4th inning the guys behind me complained about Freddy. Oh excuse me, a solo shot by Josh Hamilton, who has hit 30 home runs this season and you are blaming Freddy? Then when Hamilton hit his second home run in the 6th inning, they cursed out Freddy. I almost punched them. He hits home runs, those two runs were the only runs Texas got that night, and you’re calling Freddy names? How about the fact that he didn’t let anyone get on base before the home run? How about the fact that the Yankees WERE NOT HITTING THE BALL? Idiots like that make me rage.

As it turned out, the Yankees didn’t need anymore than 3 runs thanks to Boone, David and Rafael not giving up any runs. And now Josh can say, “Hey, I finally hit a home run in Yankee Stadium! Two in fact.” The kids left early, they had to catch a train home before midnight. I stayed until the last out, with my wet butt and got to take a wet beach thingy home.

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

They got the split

It wasn’t pretty, not like an Olympic gymnast’s split, and speaking of gymnastics, (it took me all day to figure out how to get gymnastics into a baseball blog, give me points for effort) I got slammed for posting a gif of McKayla Maroney flubbing up her vault. She was the favorite for Gold, she just had to make her vault, she didn’t, she landed on her butt. And I put it on Google+, so what? What impressed me was she jumped up, took her bow before the crowd and left the mat. No drama, no crying her little eyes out and getting tear stains on her pretty pink leotard. She got up and moved on. She is a champion. Much like the Yankees.

The Yankees were up 9 games in the AL East, then they hit a slump, ‘fell on their butts’ so to speak, they had a 4 game losing streak and saw their lead began to shrink down to 4.5 games. What were they going to do? They got up, dusted themselves off and moved on. The Tigers had an 8 game win streak at home when the Yankees came to town, it stretched to 10 and then the Yankees broke it, Yankees 12, Tigers 8. The Yankees called on their ace, and CC delivered. I watched this game, on and off, went in the bathroom when Dave got in trouble and then, boom he was out of it. When the Tigers got within one run I ran down to get a Perrier, because, “THE YANKEES DON’T WIN ONE RUN GAMES!” In the end, it was a win.

~~ Yankees 4, Tigers 3 ~~

Today I was at work, to be honest I didn’t even know the game was on until I saw a tweet about Stewart throwing the ball quick, (oh he threw out Omar Infante at 2nd, and turned a double play so of course that makes him a better catcher than Russell Martin [I’m practicing my sarcasm]). Kuroda was the starting pitcher and gave up 3 runs in the 5th but since he had such terrific run support, (how am I doing?) he didn’t get the win, Clay Rapada gets the win and the Yankees actually won a game by one run.

It’s wasn’t without its nail-biting moments. When I turned on MLB at bat Game Day on my phone and saw Yankees 4, Tigers 3, OK good then, it’s the ninth and Soriano is pitching and men on the corners and no outs. I got that little strangled feeling in my throat and yes, I closed the app. Waited for the text message the one that says:

V.MLB FINAL
Yankees 4, Tigers 3,
WP: C.Rapada (3,0)
LP: J.Benoit (1,3)
HR: M.Teixeira 21,
A.Avila 7. (AP)

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

Baltimore Orioles at New York Yankees have been made aware

First lets go to Tuesday night, as I was lounging around my apartment doing this and that in my comfy Modell’s socks, the brightly colored ones with the black leopard spots on them. Kasey sent me a text about our boys hitting, they were up 5 runs in the 1st inning. So I turned on the TV only to see the O’s start hitting Nova, hard. I went in the bathroom thinking, “Nova will get out of this”, only to hear Michael Kay say, “It’s a grand slam for Chris Davis!” Really Chris? You had to hit your first grand slam against the Yankees? I’m not superstitious, which is why I was wearing ORANGE socks, when I looked down at my feet and started thinking my feet looked like Orioles, I tore them off and threw them in the garbage.

It didn’t help. Those 5 runs were the only runs the Yankees scored. The O’s however, after scoring 7 in the second inning went on to score 4 more.

~~ Yankees 12, Orioles 3 ~~

This day started early with breakfast at Kasey and my favorite breakfast place in the city. Then some shopping, then heading up to the Bronx, she wanted to get a Joba shirt, mainly to annoy her husband, and to support Bald Vinny. Then on to the game, at which point someone tweeted me that I would bring the Yankees a win. Kasey scoffed, ‘Didn’t help last Saturday.’

So the Yankees started out slow with 2 runs, then 2 more runs, Phil was aces, only one run for the O’s in the second inning. Then came the 3rd inning. 1 run, 2 runs, 3 runs, and then the bases are loaded, and Cano is fouling off pitches, taking that walk around the plate and then, don’t you know? Robinson Cano loves me. GRAND SLAM

Phil Hughes did not give up a home run this game. He was ‘dreamy'(a statement that lead to an interesting Twitter convo, what do you think of the Twitter handle, “BSBH_Foxx”?). There was a new guy in playing first base, Casey McGehee from the Pirates. Joba came in the top of the 7th, to thunderous applause. He pitched 1 and 2/3 innings and gave up 2 runs. He needs to get used to being back in the Bigs. He’ll come around. Ichiro Suzuki IS a spider monkey, where I was sitting I could see the left field wall and he went straight up that wall and snagged a fly ball. He also has a nice ….. walk, yeah that’s my story.

End of the day, Yankees are still number one and Orioles are still NOT.

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