The most wonderful time of the year.

Today I downloaded the regular season calendar to my phone, for the second time. Fortunately I figured out how to delete one.

Unlike previous years, this download does not include spring training games. Opening day for the Yankees is April 1, April Fool’s day. I don’t know if that is a good or bad thing.

In an attempt to be more regular in my blogging I am trying to not worry about how good my writing is, just going to do it and not stress over it.

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Spring training

Baseball is back and I for one am very happy. I know this is ‘JUST’ spring training, it is still my Yankees on my TV. Yesterday was their first real spring training game, they played Friday but that was an exhibition game. Yesterday they played the Phillies at their park, today they are playing their ‘home opener’ of spring training, also against the Phillies.

My plan was to blog during the game like I do sometimes during the regular season, but as sometimes happens, something happened and I didn’t. I’m watching the game right now, all the starters are out so now we get to see what the new guys, the ones we might see if someone gets injured or later in the season. It is now 7-3 Yankees. The Phillies are dropping balls all over the place. Hunter Pence of the Phillies scored 2 runs. He also scored 2 runs yesterday. The first 2 runs yesterday both with a home run. Hunter Pence is my new least favorite player.

In off-season news, AJ and Jesus Montero were traded. AJ is now out for 8 to 10 weeks with a broken orbital bone. He hit it during a bunting contest. Why the Pirates let him participate boggles my mind. Jesus Montero was hit in the face during the first spring training game and had to leave the game. Coincidence or curse?

So this is my first official post of the 2012 season. Off to a great start!

Today’s game was a wash

Or I should say Saturday’s game. First off, even though it was televised, I missed it. I was sleeping. Yep, sleepy girl is back. I even woke up around 1:00 looked at the time, thought about the game, and went back to sleep. I can sleep now, when the regular season begins …..

Anyway, back to the game. First up, “Sabathia has now served up exactly five runs in each of his second spring starts for New York. The Tigers got to him for that total on March 11, 2009, in Lakeland, Fla., and the Pirates did the same last March 9 at George M. Steinbrenner Field.” CC’s second start fits developing pattern Ouch CC. When I came upstairs, after I went and got Sarah from her job, Kasey tell’s me that CC gave up 5 runs. She followed that with “Yankees would have won if he hadn’t.”

With the Nationals up 7 runs by the fourth, the Yankees scored 8 runs in the bottom of the fourth inning. Gardner helps Yanks forget CC’s struggles. Gardner hit a triple and a double, Jorge Vazquez hit a two run double then was brought home by Gardner. But in the seventh inning the Nationals scored two runs, then one in the eighth. Final score was 10-8.

Montero continues to impress me with his bat and defensively. Although every time I saw that I feel a twinge of guilt about Frankie. He was in the same form he was beginning of last year and said he was feeling stronger. But still ….. Montero’s progress not only with bat Not only that, but from what he says in interviews, he has a good attitude.

“I want to be behind the plate every single time,” Montero said. “I don’t want to lose all four years I’ve been catching with the Yankees. I want to be behind the plate. I want to catch and help them win.”

and

“I haven’t played in the big leagues yet, so if I’m staying with the team, I’m going to know a lot with the veteran guys that are here, like Jorge and everybody else,” Montero said. “They’re going to teach me, and I’m going to learn real quick. That’ll be awesome for me.”

It has been said, as near as I can remember, that the Yankees are big on helping new players, leading by example, instructing etc. I have also heard it hasn’t always been that way. Progress.

Poor Frankie

Spring training has not been good for Francisco Cervelli. He fouled a ball off his foot and now is in a walking boot for the next four weeks.

So now the job of back-up catcher to Russell Martin appears to be a contest between Jesus Montero and Austin Romine. Both are young, but talented. One person we don’t expect to see behind the plate is Jorge Posada.

Of course this development lead to a lot of jokes on Twitter. “Jesus could have healed Cervelli’s foot with a touch, but he was too busy penciling himself into the lineup” and “Jorge Posada showed up in the clubhouse in full catcher’s gear, when the guys looked at him he said “What?” Those are two I remember, I said, “Cervelli fractured his foot, tough break for the Cisco Kid.” Yes I know, let the groans begin.
Cervelli out at least a month with broken foot

Listening to the games

I downloaded the app, MLB At Bat 11, in addition to being able to watch or listen (depending on what is available) to the games, there is a lot of info, after game you get this score board, box score, summary of the game, videos, news articles. Quite a nifty little app. At the bottom of Gameday is a link to the MLB.com articles about the game, once they’re posted on the site. Since the game was not televised today I listened to it. I had to listen to Pirates radio though, which was fine since I can’t stand John and Suzan.

This is how the Gameday scoreboard looks on my iPod touch. The other is the standings. Right now the Yankees are 1 3. Not a very good start to the season, good thing this is spring training. CC and Phil look good. Granderson is hitting well (triple in the first inning) and Gardner’s wrist looks like it has healed 100%. The other new pitchers seem to be throwing well, at least to my eye they do and Jesus has impressed me with his bat and his defensive skills. And if my co-worker keeps ‘teasing’ me about Jeter (‘How many hits does Jeter have? One.’ Me: If you knew why are you asking? ‘I’m just teasing you.’) I’m going to fucking kill him.

~~ Questo è tutto, dice la principessa ~~😛

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~~

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~~