On the other hand ~ Tuesday, July 19, 2011

~~ Rays 3, Yankees 2 ~~

Sometimes a pitcher does everything right …. o.k., maybe not everything, but Bartolo deserved a win! And they couldn’t give it to him. All they gave him was a couple of errors in the 7th inning. With two men on base Granderson lost the ball in the ceiling (who in their right mind would paint the ceiling of a baseball stadium the same color as the ball?) Then Logan didn’t catch a come backer (ball bounces funny on fake grass). Then a sacrifice fly got the 3rd run in and Granderson’s throw was off (the boys are not used to playing baseball indoors). While it may sound like I am making excuses for the team …. (of COURSE I’m making excuses, I’m a fan! There is nothing objective about this blog, check out the title).

It wasn’t really fair of me to say the team gave Bartolo nothing but errors, Robbie did hit a two run home run. Yay for Robbie. It wasn’t enough.

Just in case I didn’t make it clear, I hate the Trop, baseball was meant to be played outdoors, in the elements on real grass and real dirt.

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

Oh Colon ~ Thursday, July 14, 2011

~~ Blue Jays 16, Yankees 7 ~~

It is one of those sentences that can have two meanings, depending on how its said. It can mean you did good, or it can mean the total opposite. This was not a good oh Colon, this was more of a Oh Colon wtf is wrong with you? Although in his defense, of the eight runs he gave up in the first inning, only two were earned, which means the defense sucked. Kasey blamed the astroturf, our boys are used to playing on real grass and dirt. Whatever the reason, Colon was not sharp and the boys seemed to be sleeping. 3 errors in the game by the Yankees.

Colon didn’t even last the first inning, Ayala came in, then Noesi, both gave up runs, but in the 3rd inning the Yankees started a rally with a home run from Andruw Jones. By inning 6 the Yankees were within 2 runs of the Blue Jays. Then it all fell apart.

You know I love the Yankees and will defend the players, most of the time. Mitre is awful, I don’t know why the Yankees got him back. I almost agree with the people who say Sergio in, GAME OVER. 5 hits, 4 runs in less then two innings.

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

Welcome back Mr. Colon ~ Saturday, July 2, 2011

~~ Yankees 5, Mets 2 ~~

There are two maybe three stories about this game. It was the first game for Colon off the D.L. What is significant is he didn’t have any rehab starts, even so he pitched like he had never been gone. His numbers are 5 innings pitched, 5 hits, no runs, no errors, no walks and 6 strikeouts, 2.88 ERA and 1.06 WHIP. Welcome back Mr Colon, we missed you. Cory Wade pitched 2 scoreless innings. Sergio Mitre, who had been traded and was with the Brewers is back, amazingly the Yankees acquired him during the series with the Brewers. He did not pitch amazingly.

The Yankees were scoreless until the 6th inning. And then in the big ball park, the one stupid Mets fans say is a real ballpark, the one with the court order against it for violating State law, the one that NO ONE can hit a home run in, Granderson hit a home run. Yes the Grandyman can, then Mark got on base, then Alex, then Cano hit a two-run RBI triple. Then Cano scores on a sacrifice fly by Nick Swisher. Because that ball park is so huge, if you hit it to the warning track, they can’t throw it in. And just like that, the score was 4-0 Yankees. And stayed that way until the 9th when, Eduardo Nunez hits a home run. Now the score is 5-0 top of the ninth and Mitre comes into pitch. SIGH

Good thing we had a 5 run lead.

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

Someday I’ll Learn ~ Saturday, June 11, 2011

At Tuesday’s game against the Red Sox, I was wearing my jacket, and I was sweating even when I took it off. As I was coming home I was thinking I wanted to go to bed but I couldn’t because I was so sweaty I had to shower first. At this game I wore a t-shirt and shorts, (long shorts, past my knees) and I was freezing! I was so cold I bought a sweat jacket. The only one I could find had rhinestones on it. At least the jacket is not covered with rhinestones and the jacket is not pink.

Someday I will come to a game dressed appropriately, but for pities sake it’s almost the middle of June! It shouldn’t feel like October! It wouldn’t have been so bad, but besides being on the chilly side, there was also this mist, so everything was damp which added to the cold feeling. Kasey had a jacket, and I had my new one, but our legs were freezing, so Kasey went out to find a solution. So now I have another Yankees piece of clothing, I also have another Yankee hat, that was the giveaway that day and Kasey has a Yankee beach towel. The towel worked great to keep our legs warm. 65°F and cloudy.

~~ Yankees 4, Indians 0 ~~

Colon was dominant as is his way, keeping the Indians shut out. Alex, Curtis and Teixeira all hit home runs. There was this Indian fan behind us, when Alex struck out his first at bat, he said, “Feel that breeze!” When Alex hit the home run, I almost turned around and said, “Did you feel that breeze? As the ball sailed over the wall?” But I was nice. That home run was in the 4th inning, and in the 6th, after Granderson hit a home run, Alex got hit by Talbot. He was thrown out immediately, as I was watching Alex get up and walk to first base, I noticed he was walking off the field. Then Alex walked off but on Twitter everyone was saying his batting helmet was still on, and he did come back until the 8th inning. Then Nunez came in for him.

Then in the seventh inning Colon ran to first to get the out, Kasey looked down and when she looked back up everyone had crowded around Colon, she asked why, “Oh” I said, “He was limping.” Ach oh. So he was out, later found out a pulled hamstring muscle, 15 day DL for him. Robertson came in got a couple hits, with two men on base the umpire called a balk and the runners advanced. Now the runners were in scoring position. I though Dave was done for, but he got out of it.

Then when Boone came in Kasey was all in my face, “Why? Why is Joe bringing in Boone?” At the time I had just noticed an umbrella discarded behind the trash container and was trying to take a picture of it for the Better of Soaked blog, I really couldn’t be bothered. No way would Joe let the game get away from Boone. Like the other day, the game was over by the time I got down to the great hall and Frank was singing.

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

Another shut out PLEASE? A series win will do ~ June 5

Sunday, June 5, 2011

~~ Yankees 5, Angels 3 ~~

There are 5 T.V.’s at Red Robin, which is where I was for the game, I wanted to treat Sarah and she loves Red Robin. Just 1 of the 5 television sets had the Yankee game. And where this T.V. was I could only see about a quarter of the screen. Which is why I didn’t notice the game even being on, I was following the game on my iPhone, wondering if the inning was over, when I spied a gray uniform and a familiar figure with his foot on first base and his mitt extended, waiting for the throw from second, that was about all I could see of the screen. Red Robin fails, that and they have a huge Robin that goes around the restaurant and high fives people. Let’s just say, at times our drinks were very interesting.

For a while I thought we would get another shut out from Bartolo Colon. Then in the 3rd inning Trumbo hit a home run. Still, Bartolo didn’t fall apart, kept the Angels to 3 runs and picked up his 4th win of the season. David Robertson got another strikeout for his charity, Joba pitched a scoreless inning. Kasey thinks Dave and Joba are spending too much time in the bull pen, they both seem to be in league with the blood pressure medicine people, they are raising our blood pressure with Dave walking two and Joba walking one before getting them out! Larry needs to have a serious heart to heart with them. At least Mo didn’t walk anyone, well he did let a couple hit the ball, but then he got the last batter to hit to Jeter who then threw to Mark for the double play. Inning over, ball game over, Yankees win.

Mark Teixeira hit home runs number 17 and 18 ($30 for his charity, a grand total of $270), as much as I really the Yankees to beat the Red Sox on Tuesday, I am kind of hoping they do it without Mark hitting a home run, just so I have time to catch up. Anyway, Mark brought in 3 runs bringing his RBI total to 41; Swisher hit the other home run bringing his RBI total to 24.

After starting the West Coast trip 0-2, with a series loss to the Mariners, the Yankees end it 6-3 and are still in first place.

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

You don’t have to be a stud to be yummy ~ May 30

~~ Yankees 5, Athletics 0 ~~

He isn’t tall and handsome, he is kind of dumpy with a round face, kind of cute though, and he just pitched 9 innings, 4 hits, no runs. What can I say; I’m a sucker for lights out pitchers. Remember my introduction to the Yankees was Jim ‘Catfish’ Hunter.

He was helped out by a home run by Mark Teixeira after Derek Jeter hit a single, then Robbie brought Alex home after a walk. The Yankees were up 3 runs, as was mentioned, Colon only needed 1. When asked about the game later, Colon said, “I always try to pitch like its 0-0.” Good plan, it seems to work for him.

Gardner and Cervelli each stole two bases, one time they stole at the same time, Gardner stole second, Cervelli was on first and they each advanced. It’s so much fun watching them run.

Two more games against the A’s, I’m hoping for a sweep. Everybody got their brooms?

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

Birds are bad, Blue Jays are terrible ~ May 23

~~ Blue Jays 7, Yankees 3 ~~

Colon was pitching pretty good, top of the 6th the game was tied, then boom boom boom, and the Blue Jays were up 5 runs, they ended up winning the game. I don’t like the Blue Jays. Have I mentioned Jose Bautista is pure evil?

It seems like the Yankees like losing the first game of the series. I certainly hope they do like they did with the Mets and win the next two. Tuesday CC takes the mound, Bautista has never got a hit off him, so I hope he has a better night then Colon did.

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

Wacky wacky game

~~Yankees 4, Orioles 1~~

After Bartolo Colon pitches 8 innings of shut out baseball then hands the ball over to Mariano, would you think the game would go to 15 innings? Well of course not, Mariano doesn’t blow saves, does he? Actually this is the second in a row at Camden yards. Maybe Mariano has a psychological problem with orange. Maybe he subconsciously fears huge stuffed birds. Who knows. But he is so cool about it, afterwards saying it was a great game, the offense, the pitchers, everything was great, well except the part he played. We have entered the twilight zone when the only run the other team gets is off Mariano Rivera.

After Rivera blew the save, the score would stay at 1-1 until the 15th. Luis Ayala and Boone Logan pitched the next two innings scoreless. Then Hector Noesi in his major league debut, pitches 4 scoreless innings and gets the win. With a little help from his buddy Cano, who told him, ‘You owe me dinner.’

It seemed like every inning, in the extra innings, men were getting on base, for both teams. As opposed to during the first nine when Colon was retiring batters consistently. Finally in the 15th inning, with Mark and Alex on base, Robbie told Long, I’m going up and just swinging. Mark and Alex both came around to score. Robbie was on third.

Bizaro Yankee world, a hit to the helmet of Chris Dickerson (who had come in the game to replace Swisher in right field) after Robbie batted lead to the umpire throwing out the pitcher. He was the last bullpen pitcher the Orioles had. So one of their starters had to warm up. And A.J. pitch ran for Dickerson. When Joe was asked why he used A.J., he said something, I think he has the most experience running the bases. But when you think about, he couldn’t use any pitcher that had already been in the game. He couldn’t use CC (pitching tomorrow, among other considerations), he wanted D-Rob available in case Noesi ran into problems, cause I’m sure Joe was determined that since the Yankees had scored runs, the game was not going into a sixteenth inning. So A.J. was the only logical choice. Then Cano scored on a sacrifice fly by Brett.

The next inning started with a single, a walk, an out, the next ball was a ground ball single, but the runner got hit by the ball, so that was the second out. Then a fly out to Nunez in right field, who had been at short stop for all of the game up to that inning. He was replacing Dickerson. A wacky exciting game to the end. Most importantly, Yankees win.

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