Meanwhile, down in Georgia

It didn’t take long for the new playoff rules to spark controversy. Instead of the old way where the team that has the best record aside from the division winners plays in the Division Series, there is a one-game playoff, I guess between the next two best? I haven’t really explored it since the Yankees won the AL East and all is right with my world. One of these games was between the Atlanta Braves and St. Louis Cardinals. I personally wanted the Braves to lose, I always want the Braves to lose (spits on the ground, pays a fine).

In the 8th inning the Cards were up by 3, the Braves had runners on 1st and 2nd, the Braves shortstop hit a pop-up to left field. The ball dropped between the Cardinals shortstop and the outfielder, bases loaded for the Braves – except – the umpire ruled Simmons out, citing the infield fly rule. As I understand it, the infield fly rule was instituted to protect the runners, players would let the ball drop then pick it up and get 2 force outs instead of just one out from catching the ball. Here’s rule, copied from SI.com

“An INFIELD FLY is a fair fly ball (not including a line drive nor an attempted bunt) which can be caught by an infielder with ordinary effort[emphasis added], when first and second, or first, second and third bases are occupied, before two are out. The pitcher, catcher and any outfielder who stations himself in the infield on the play shall be considered infielders for the purpose of this rule.

When it seems apparent that a batted ball will be an Infield Fly, the umpire shall immediately declare “[emphasis added] Infield Fly” for the benefit of the runners. If the ball is near the baselines, the umpire shall declare “Infield Fly, if Fair.”

The ball is alive and runners may advance at the risk of the ball being caught, or retouch and advance after the ball is touched, the same as on any fly ball. If the hit becomes a foul ball, it is treated the same as any foul.

If a declared Infield Fly is allowed to fall untouched to the ground, and bounces foul before passing first or third base, it is a foul ball. If a declared Infield Fly falls untouched to the ground outside the baseline, and bounces fair before passing first or third base, it is an Infield Fly.

Rule 2.00 (Infield Fly) Comment: On the infield fly rule the umpire is to rule whether the ball could ordinarily have been handled by an infielder— not by some arbitrary limitation such as the grass, or the base lines. The umpire must rule also that a ball is an infield fly, even if handled by an outfielder, if, in the umpire’s judgment, the ball could have been as easily handled by an infielder. The infield fly is in no sense to be considered an appeal play. The umpire’s judgment must govern, and the decision should be made immediately.

When an infield fly rule is called, runners may advance at their own risk. If on an infield fly rule, the infielder intentionally drops a fair ball, the ball remains in play despite the provisions of Rule 6.05 (L). The infield fly rule takes precedence.”

I’m certainly not a baseball guru, or even a baseball geek, but from my reading of the rule and the play, it seems to me the rule was misapplied, the runners didn’t benefit and the reason the ball was not caught was apparently there was a misunderstanding between the two players as to whose ball it was. There is no way of knowing if this affected the outcome of the game, the Cardinals were up by three and would probably have won anyway. All this has really done is just create controversy and shown how classy Braves fans really are.

They threw trash on the field. Cups, bottles, pizza boxes, basically anything they could get their hands on. The umpires congregated in the middle of the field, out of reach and the players hid in their respective dugouts. The Braves manager said he was “a little disappointed” with the fans who threw things on the field. Did the fans not realize the problems that could cause for their own team? The grounds crew came out and cleaned up the field. The Braves went on to lose the game and Chipper Jones said good-bye.

Now I’ll bid you adieu, and just say, “Stay classy Atlanta” 😛

Selfish Curtis Granderson

The Yankees swept the Mets. On June 8th the Yankees won 9-1, they hit 3 home runs in this game. It was the first game Johan had pitched after his no-hitter and the three home runs came one after the other against him. The next game was on June 9 and I wrote about it in my last blog post, they hit 2 home runs winning the game by 2 runs. In the game on June 10, the Mets were up 3 runs until the 7th inning then Russell hit a 2 run home run, then two more runs in the 8th put them ahead. Sori gave up a run in the top of the 9th to tie the score. In the bottom of the 9th Russell hit another home run, this was for the win, a walk off home run. Yankees hit home runs in each game.

The series against the Braves was a sweep also, and the Yankees hit home runs in each of those games. June 11, 3-0 and 1 home run; June 12, 6-4 with 2 home runs; June 13, 3-2 with 1 home run.

In some of these games, you could say they wouldn’t have won without the home runs. The game on June 10th, the winning run was a home run. On June 9th the Yankees won by 2 runs and scored 3 of their runs by way of home runs. The home run hit by Mark Teixeira was with Curtis Granderson on base, the one Curtis hit was a solo shot. Phil also pitched very well, only giving up 2 runs to the Mets, so that helped. In the game against the Braves on June 12, going into the 8th the score was 4-0 Atlanta, then with the bases loaded Alex Rodriguez hit a home run. It was his 23rd Grand Slam, tying him with Lou Gehrig (this made Lindsey sad, I was sad too, but then someone pointed out even though he tied the record, that doesn’t make Alex as great a player as Lou. I don’t know if that made Lindsey feel better, but it helped me). After Robbie got on base, Swisher hit a home run to put the Yankees up 6-4 and then on June 13, Curtis hit a two run homer in the 6th which put the Yankees ahead.

However there were other games that would have been run without the home run. Such as the game on June 11 against the Braves. First of all, Ivan pitched a shut out, and he got a hit, his first. The Yankees scored three runs, one was a home run, so without that home run the Yankees would have won 2-0 instead of 3-0.

Then there was today’s game, which the Yankees were winning going into the 9th inning with a score of 6-1, all without a home run. We were all excited, thinking “Will this be it? Will the Yankees finally win a game without hitting a home run?” Yes the Yankees have hit at least one home run in all of their winning games. Then Curtis Granderson just had to hit one out of the park. His 20th this year and the Yankees are still without a winning game without a home run. Will it never end? Curtis is just so selfish.

I managed to type that without laughing. The Yankees are getting men on base, not all their home runs are single shots, and what better way to bring your teammates home than with a home run? The Yankees have power hitters in their line ups and Curtis wasn’t going to swing for a single with a 3-1 count. Not when he got a 4-seam fastball. Joe keeps telling people, a home run is a hit. Someday they’ll believe it.

While I don’t know yet if the Yankees are going to sweep, they are off to a good start. And for the last two sweeps, fireworks are in order I think.

MVP! MVP! MVP!

The chants were there this year, I heard them them all the time, I even participated in them. Curtis Granderson for MVP, and he had an amazing season, batting .262 and setting new career highs, including hitting 16 home runs off left-handed pitching. He led the league in runs scored (136), gave Jose Bautista a run for his money in hitting home runs (41) and in the 156 games he played brought in 119 runs. He is also the only Major League player to record 40 home runs, 10 triples and 25 stolen bases in a single season. Sounds like an MVP to me.

But he didn’t get it, neither did Robinson Cano (the best 2nd baseman in baseball), instead the award went to Justin Verlander, who also won the Cy Young award. I’m not saying he doesn’t deserve either award, after all he helped his team make it to the world series …… [snark]

That comment is because I am still sore at the person who didn’t vote for Cano last year because the Yankees finished in 3rd place at the end of their season. In fact in 2009 the AL MVP was Joe Mauer, of the Twins, the team the Yankees eliminated in the ALDS.

So now you know more about me. I am able to hold a grudge for years, I get it from my mom, I’m still mad at the Braves for hitting all those home runs off Andy Pettitte in 1996.

4/18 NY Yankees 5 vs Texas Rangers 2

Two historic events happened in baseball on Saturday, April 17.

Unhittable Ubaldo: Rockies ace Jimenez fires franchise first

The first no-hitter in Rockies franchise history. The team was playing the Braves, today the Braves won. He threw 128 pitches, several over 100 mph.

Unbelievable: Mets top Cards in 20th

Not the first time the Mets have played a game that reached 20 innings, the first time they won a game that went 20+ innings.

This is going to be another short post about the game, Andy Pettitte pitched 8 complete innings, 107 pitches, giving up just 2 runs in the 3rd inning. Mark Teixeira hit a home run in the third inning (his first of the season) and Jorge hit one in the seventh. Ramiro Pena was in for Derek Jeter and he got 2 RBIs also in the third inning, the other run was in the first inning. I wasn’t paying real close attention to the game since we had company.

So far this season the Yankees have won each of their series, the last one against Texas was a sweep.

Tuesday they will be in California, playing against the Oakland Athletics who are first in their division. Javier Vasquez is the starting pitcher. Hopefully, like his second start was better then his first, this one will be better then the last. I said to Kasey, maybe if he on the road, he’ll think the boos are from the opposing teams. During the eighth inning the pitching coach came out to the mound after Andy walked a batter. Someone wondered what he was saying to him, I said, “He’s saying ‘Andy, Joe West just called and he wants you to speed up the inning.'” Kasey laughed making a comment about how much mileage we’re going to get out of that quote.

~~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

World Series Game 1

I did not post last night. I used the excuse that it was too late and I was too tired. The truth is I was just very upset, last nights game, first in the World Series was just awful, of course to you Phillies fans it was pretty good. By the end of the evening I decided I HATED THE PHILLIES. I put that in small print because I don’t want a reputation of being a hater, and I don’t really hate them, after all they just want to win, like the Yankees want to win. The truth of the matter is, and you can ask anyone that knows me really really well, I am afraid of life size stuffed animals. Seriously. When I am in Time Square and the walking Elmo is there, I cross the street. What does this have to do with the Phillies? Ever hear of Phillie Phanatic? Yep, a life size stuffed animal.

Part of being a fan for a team is that besides rooting for your team, you can not like the other team. I can admit that Lee pitched a phenomenal game, it does not change the fact that the Yankees are my team and I want my boys to win and Derek Jeter is still the HOTTEST THING IN PINSTRIPES (giggle).  As for the Yankees being down one game now, I am not too worried. After all in 1996, they dropped the first two games at home to the Braves and ended up winning the World Series in six.   They can do it again.

So as it stands right now,
World Series 2009
Phillies 1, Yankees 0

~~and that’s all she wrote~~