Monday, September 27, 2010 ~ I was truly sad

~~Blue Jays 7, Yankees 5~~

A.J. Burnett was the starting pitcher. His numbers for the game are: 2.1 innings pitched, 7 hits and 7 earned runs. No I’m not kidding, after him Albaladejo (or as Kasey’s boss calls him ‘Apple-a-day-o’), Moseley, Robertson, Logan and Gaudin managed to hold the Blue Jays to those 7 runs. But watching the 3rd inning, A.J. serving up fast balls to the home run hitting Blue Jays, I felt sick to my stomach. I would have started yelling at the T.V., but I was at the gym and didn’t want to get thrown out. My first thought for a title was who do I hate more? A.J. Burnett or Jose Bautista?

But of course I don’t hate A.J., he’s one of my boys and while he does disappoint, especially when I look at the pitching match up and tell myself, “He’ll do good this time, I know he will.” Then he does this thing and I wonder if one can be in an abusive relationship with a sports figure that you don’t even know.

When I got out of the shower I checked my phone, Curtis Granderson had hit a 2 run home run. That made me a little happy, then when I stopped to get a latte and my phone went off, Mark Teixeira with a 3 run home run, Toronto 7, Yankees 5 and I thought, they could win this! They have two more innings to score 3 runs! My boys will win this for me! It was not to be.

Here’s hoping they win tomorrow, err, later today.

~~and that’s all~~ lo dice la principessa 😛

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Tuesday, August 31, 2010 ~ Knock Knock, Are you awake A’s?

~~Yankees 9, Athletics 3~~

Before this series started, my boss told me the A’s would be a tough team to beat. Oh really? Tough for whom? A little league team? At the start of the series they were a .500 team. Watching them play, it seems they didn’t bring their ‘A’ game (pun intended). Their pitchers don’t seem to be able to field the ball, or their infielders are having trouble throwing them. Did no one tell them the Yankees will take advantage of every mistake you make?

Not to rag on the A’s too much, after all the Yankee bats are red hot. Swisher with a 2 run home run, Granderson with a home run (anybody think K. Long is a wizard, genius or witchdoctor? Maybe all three? How about just the best hitting coach in major league baseball?) and Teixeira with a 3 run home run (didn’t I tell you he would turn things around? And did you believe me? Next time you will). Right there the game was won, we didn’t need those 3 extra runs. Just doing it for fun, practice for the Toronto series. Gardner stole 2nd base, then Jeter on base, Gardner takes off for 3rd and Jeter takes off for 2nd. Suzuki tried to pick of Jeter, not successful. I was watching closely and couldn’t see any kind of signal between Brett and Derek, it was like they both just decided to run, at the exact same time.

Everyone was saying Phil didn’t have his ‘best stuff’, even he said that giving up 2 runs, then Chad Gaudin gives up a home run. Even then it was, oh well we were 7 runs ahead, now we are six, because Chad didn’t let anybody get on base. David Robertson closed out the game and Phil picks up his 16th win.

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

Tuesday, August 24, 2010 ~ Who’s Stomping Who Now?

~~Yankees 11, Blue Jays 5~~

After a game, I usually go to the Yankees site and read all the articles about the game, just something I do. I try not to read the comments after the article, I usually end up severely mad at people I don’t know. The comments after last nights game were no exception, I’ve pasted some of them below along with my comments to them, that I didn’t make because I don’t really see the point. Haters don’t want to be told they are haters and it is best not to feed trolls.

ole zeppy’s gonna have a good game today. so far he has been good bad good bad and i guess today will be good. we see. prediction 6-2 jays 🙂

Shouldn’t have crowed about this, now you have to eat crow.

nova is a whiny b*tch sit down yankees were gona sweep you

Nova is whiny? Bautista is the one who started complaining about the pitch, Nova stood his ground. And Jays are going to sweep the Yankees? Nope, not happening.

Too much… Hockey boy? Still living in Canada? Accusations of steroid use? The Jays have had the Ysnkees number all year and out come the school boy insults. Who can’t take the heat? If your team was that good then you should be stomping this team that is ‘next to last in the standings’ but you are not. Don’t you agree “World Series Champions”? Factis that the Yanks cannot match the Jays this year head to head. Yankee Stadium, Rogers Center, we beat you at your house and at ours. Yankee fans are the worst. Now Bosox Fans!!! Those are ball fans. 🙂

We are that good, did you never hear, on any given day, the worst team in baseball can beat the best team in baseball, Yankees are “World Series Champions”, and despite the fact we haven’t won any series against the Jays, we are still tied for first and you are in 4th place.

Yankees fans dont seem to take losses too well. Better get used to it. It’s going to happen all the time at the Rogers Center!

Yeah, I guess we don’t, we’re not used to it. Just like you don’t handle winning without turning into gloating fanatics thinking you have a chance at the post-season. And those balls flying into the stands today? They were off the Yankee bats.

They were also commenting about steroids, ‘petite (sic) on roids’, “Um no he wasn’t”, making it sound like he (and others) were on them for years. And when I corrected his spelling and said, “He was never on steroids.” I get a snarky response back, ‘i don’t care how its spelled (because you have no respect) and yes he was’ (no he wasn’t, check your facts), he admitted to receiving 2 shots of HGH and when he got them it wasn’t a banned substance. This is why I shouldn’t read the comments. Just make me mad and then I write blog posts like this one. So instead of talking about how great Moseley pitched, 2 runs in 6 innings, compared to how sloppy Gaudin pitched, 3 runs in 2 innings or how Kerry Wood came in and took care of the Blue Jays 1, 2, 3, I’m on a rant.

And it was a thrilling game, Yankees hit 5 home-runs starting with Mark Teixeira, Marcus Thames and Jorge Posada in the third inning and Curtis Granderson and Derek Jeter in the fifth. 8 of the runs were off of home runs. Can you say “Total Domination”? Gotta go now, gotta think of what to say for my next blog post.

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

A Loss ~ A Last Minute Win ~ That’s Why He’s Big Stoppa

~~Friday, August 20, 2010
Mariners 6, Yankees 0~~

He’s called “King Felix” I don’t know why, but he dominates the Yankees. This game was disappointing. A.J. was pitching and gave up the 6 runs. But as someone said, can you hold A.J. completely responsible when the offense didn’t score any runs? Don’t worry, someone said, King Felix is all they have.

Felix’s domination of Yanks has no comp

~~Saturday, August 21, 2010
Yankees 9, Mariners 5~~

It appears that person knows what she is talking about considering that Javier didn’t have his best stuff. Actually he didn’t have very good stuff at all, giving up 4 runs in 3 innings. Then Chad Gaudin came in for 3, then Boone for 1 (he got the win for this game, (that’s what happens when you pitch the right inning) his first for this season. Mariano actually gave up a run, not that it mattered. He still got the save. Which is something I don’t understand, why he gets a save in a non save situation.

I didn’t watch this game, I was in the city doing totally girl things. Getting a manicure, getting my left ear re-pierced (it was pierced too close to the other ear and wasn’t healing, so I took the earring out and now that the hole has healed got it pierced in the right spot) and going to Sephora. I kept track on my phone, and with the game tied in the 6th inning I was beginning to get a little nervous. I was planning on attending a tweet-up after the game and was thinking extra innings.

The Yankees seemed to wake up in the seventh inning and scored 3 runs, then 2 in the 8th. Ball game over, Yankees win. Then I get home to find out the Alex is on the D.L.!

Nunez’s first MLB hit propels Yanks’ win

~~Sunday, August 22, 2010
Yankees 10, Mariners 0~~

This game I was watching, C.C. dealing as they say, and I was keeping score and if I look at my score sheet I can tell you that he struck out 8 batters. He had 3 hits over 6 innings. Then the rain started and I went to do laundry, and so missed part of the game.

When French walked Teixeira, I remember thinking that wasn’t a very bright thing to do, I mean Alex is on the D.L., but Robbie can hit home runs. That is exactly what he did. So today was another multiple home run game for the Yankees. The right teams getting the home runs this time.

Yesterday Branyan hit the ball in the fourth deck, the first player to have done that. Today he was facing Big Stoppa: 2 strike outs, a single and a ground out.

Cano’s six RBIs lead support for CC in rout

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

Wednesday, August 18, 2010 ~ Taming the kitty cats

~~Yankees 9, Tigers 5~~

The Tigers were rowdy tonight. Apparently in the last play of Monday’s game (which we lost) Gardner slide into the 2nd baseman and now he is on the D.L. (the Tiger’s player, not Gardner). Tonight, after a scoreless first inning by the Tigers, Gardner is in the lead-off spot and gets hit. Intentional? Retaliation? Some say yes, some say no. Some say Gardner’s slide was ‘dirty’, some say it was the SS fault because of the way he threw the ball. When asked Gardner said, “I don’t know, I don’t care. They want to put me on base that’s fine with me as long as I don’t get hurt.”

Teixeira made them pay. With Gardner still on base he hit a home run. Then Cano hit a home run. 0-3 Yankees. Then Cabrera of the Tigers hit a home run and at his second at bat, another home run. The Yankees struck back with 3 runs in the 4th bring the score to 2-6 Yankees. It takes a lot to tame kittens, especially tiger cubs. They came back with a 2 run homer. That was it for Moseley. Curtis got one of the runs back with his own home run. That made it 3 home runs for the Yankees and 3 for the Tigers. 4-7 Yankees.

Moseley pitched all right. But coming out early meant a lot of work for the bull pen, Joba, Logan, Wood, Gaudin, D-Rob and Mo all pitched. Wood had to get out a bases loaded, 1 out and Cabrera coming up the 3rd next pitcher. A home run hitter coming up with bases loaded? No, just no. He struck out the next two hitters. D-Rob had to do the same thing, only in his case Gaudin had loaded the bases. He looked so nervous, and when he threw the ball to Mark for the last out, after only giving up one run, he looked so happy. This inning started with Cabrera coming up to bat and getting plunked by Gaudin. That’s when things started to get ugly. The Tiger’s manager came out and started yelling, about what I don’t know. He wouldn’t answer any questions after the game. Then Jeter was walked, and one of the balls went behind his back.

Was it intentional on Gaudin’s part? I don’t think so. Yankees were up by 5 runs, so they had already proved their point, and I don’t think Gaudin is a good enough pitcher to intentionally hit someone like that. Oh and that nice Johnny Damon? Who got such a nice ovation, and told Michael Kay how much better New York is then Boston, he was one of the ones saying Brett’s slide was dirty. Maybe he is little bitter.

This post was possible because I started keeping score. These are my score sheets. This first one is for Detroit. Noticed how I colored in the boxes with brown pencil? That’s because I don’t like the Tigers and I don’t like brown.

This one is for the Yankees. Notice the blue boxes? And the darker colored boxes are purple, that is where the home runs are. Because I like blue and I love purple. I love my Yankees and I especially love home runs.

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

7/23 NY Yankees 7 vs Kansas City Royals 1 ~ Rain Rain Go Away

A.J. pitched 5 scoreless innings, then the rain starts. 1:25 rain delay, when the game starts up again Chad Gaudin pitches 3 innings, gives up 1 run, then Albaladejo pitches the 9th. Nick Swisher was out with pain in his Achilles tendon, but said if needed he could pinch hit, probably not run thought. Mark Teixeira had a 3-6 double play, that was kind of exciting. Sado had his 1,000 RBI. Alex is still at 599. Time: 2:33 (1:25 delay). Attendance: 46,801.

Box score
BATTING
2B: Gardner (7, Bannister, B), Cano (25, Bannister, B), Posada (15, Bannister, B).
TB: Gardner 3; Rodriguez, A 2; Cano 3; Posada 3; Granderson; Curtis 2.
RBI: Cano 3 (66), Posada 2 (37), Gardner 2 (33).
2-out RBI: Gardner 2.
Runners left in scoring position, 2 out: Cervelli 2; Granderson; Jeter 2; Rodriguez, A.
S: Cervelli.
GIDP: Jeter.
Team RISP: 4-for-18.
Team LOB: 9.

BASERUNNING
PO: Cano (1st base by Bannister, B).

FIELDING
DP: 3 (Cano-Jeter-Teixeira, Teixeira-Jeter, Jeter-Teixeira).
Compiled by MLB Advanced Media

~~and that’s all~~ she wrote

7/17 NY Yankees 5 vs TB Rays 10 ~ Yankees Old-Timers’ Day & No Haters Allowed

It was hot, brutally hot yesterday. The tickets were expensive so Sarah and I packed our lunches, took snack food and a couple of bottles of water, we should have brought a dozen bottles of water. We were early, guess Kasey is rubbing off on me, so we sat down outside the stadium and ate our sandwiches and drank one bottle of water. It was so hot the cheese on our sandwiches was melted, blech. They opened the gate and we got in line, and went nowhere. Finally, when we were standing by one of the doors, they opened it and we scanned our tickets and came in, whew! Out of the sun out of the heat, sort of and to the Yankee food court for ice cream in a helmet cup, another helmet cup souvenir.

Yesterday will be memorable for a few reasons. It was the first Old-Timer’s Day I’ve been to, A.J. got frustrated and cut his hand and someone spilled beer on me. Not just a little bit, the whole glass. It was just after the Ray’s had scored their 8th run and I thought this day is totally sucking. Well not yet!

When they introduced the old timers, they started with the stats of the players, then said the name. What was pretty cool, at least where I was sitting, was for some of the players, the crowd started cheering before they said the name, “Mooooooose”, “Gooooooose”, “Coney”, and “REG-GIE, REG-GIE” were the ones I remember. I even started chanting “REG-GIE, REG-GIE”, Sarah looked at me like I was nuts. I actually didn’t watch much of the Old-Timers’ game, it was so hot in our seats, we were sitting in the shade but the wind was not very pleasant, so I got up to walk around some.

Someone told me the Yankees normally lose on Old-Timers’ Day, I don’t know if that is true, but it was true on this Old-Timers’ Day. After giving up 3 runs in the first 2 innings, A.J. pushed the doors in the clubhouse and cut his hands. He tried to pitch some more and ended up giving up another run. So he was taken out of the game to be replaced by Dustin Moseley who gave up 4 more runs, then Chad Gaudin came in for the last 3 innings and gave up 2 more.

In the fifth inning, the Rays were up by 2 runs, I went to the bathroom, I came out and the Rays were now up by 6. I turned to go back to my seat and there was the guy with the beer, all down the front of my dress. So now my day entirely sucked.

As for what A.J. did, I can tell you, from the time I worked in a hospital emergency room, men do stupid things. All the time and they don’t have to be drunk or angry to do them. So just ease off A.J. He did something stupid. Time to move on.

~~and that’s all~~ she wrote

7/11 NY Yankees 8 @ Seattle Mariners 2 ~ Home Run Derby, All-Star, Then Home

The Yankees jumped out early scoring all 8 runs by the 6th inning. So the Mariners may have King Felix, but they don’t have much else. CC Sabathia was the starting pitcher, then Gaudin in the 8th and Moseley in the 9th. CC gave up a run in the 6th and Moseley in the 9th. Marcus Thames hit a 2 run home run in the 5th inning. He was DH which is a relief since he’s not the best fielder.

Another series win by the Yankees.

Just finished watching the Home Run Derby, I only watched it because Nick Swisher was competing. As soon as he was eliminated I turned the channel. It was rather boring I thought.

Tomorrow is the All-Star Game. Winner determines home field advantage in the World Series. The American League has won the last 12 years and are looking for #13. I plan on watching, stay tuned.

~~and that’s all~~ she wrote

6/12 NY Yankees 9 vs Houston Astros 3 ~ Javier, Jorge and my man Derek ♥

We got to the Bronx a little after 11 a.m., I sent a text to my former boss who has season tickets and invited me for a beer before the game, his reply was he was taking the 11:26. So he wasn’t even on the train yet. Kasey and I went in (gates open at 11:00 for day games). We went to get food, there is a salad bar on field level near the Yankee food court, Kasey got a salad and I got plums. Then we said “Hello” to Chris, Usher/Security officer, he’s on Twitter and has a Yankee Blog. He gave us a big hello and a smile (he has a very nice smile). We chatted for a minute. Then we went up to our seats in section 415 to eat and wait for the parachuters (The Golden Knights). Who were simply amazing!

One section down from us was a man wearing an Astros hat holding a baby, maybe a year old. The baby was also wearing an Astros hat, and a Yankees Jersey. In the row right in front of us was a man with a little boy, not a toddler but not school age. The little boy had blond curls, he was wearing a Yankee t-shirt and a ball cap with “#2 Jeter” on it. He was soooo cute. The man right in front of us was a Javy hater, when my friend mentioned he’s been pitching pretty good lately, his response was, he’s been pitching to easier teams. That didn’t bother me as much as the way he was talking to my friend. Like she’s was an idiot. She’s not an idiot you jerk **SMACK**

Then there was a man (Astro fan) wearing a big straw cowboy hat with a mustache about a foot out from his face (It was! Really). Kasey said, “Some people work way to hard to embarrass themselves.”

My two former bosses got season tickets together, they were both there. One is retired and the other is in another office. The one who is retired originally hired me, the second one promoted me to my current position. They showed up and said hi and hugged and I introduced them to Kasey, one of them gave me a Miller Lite (which I don’t drink, and I wonder how anyone can call that swill beer), but I was polite and sipped it, and when they came down to sit behind us (cause the seats were empty) and asked me if I would like another I said, “You know I don’t drink American beer.” He just looked at me (well as many times as we’ve been out drinking and I ALWAYS order Heineken or Corona or Negra Modelo, he should know that). Then the people who had the seats showed up so they went to the Audi Club.

Which brings me to another thought, these people show up to their seats at, what the 4th or 5th inning, then were gone by the 7th inning? Who does that? Show up for a game for 2 or 3 innings? I’m serious, I looked at the seats and thought WTF? Why even bother coming?

As for the game highlights, Javier’s pitching was good, his numbers were: 7 innings pitches, 6 hits, 3 runs, 3 ER, 0 BB, 6 SO, 2 HR, 5.43 E.R.A., he got the win and is now 6-5. Dave Robertson came in for the 8th and Chad Gaudin for the 9th, both pitched scoreless innings.

Offensively Derek Jeter and Jorge Posada were HOT, Derek’s first at bat was a home run, smacked that ball right into the visitors bull pen. Then in the 3rd inning, after getting walked, he stole 2nd, then advance to 3rd on an error, as they like to say, I like to say, “See what my man did for ME!” He then scored on a hit from my other guy, Nick Swisher. The third batter after Nicky was Jorge, and I guess Houston thought it was O.K. to load the bases since Alex wasn’t in the game. He sent that ball into the right field seats. In the 6th inning Derek hit another home run, this time it was a 3 run. So of the 9 runs scored, Jorge and Derek were responsible for 8 of them. See what I mean by HOT?

Click the link for some video highlights. Video clips on mlb.com

~~and that’s all~~ she wrote

4/20 NY Yankees 7 @ Oakland Athletics 3

Game in progress, 2 outs, Mark hits a ground ball double, Alex and Robbie walked. The Yankees seem to always get going when there are two outs. Posada up, not what you want with the bases loaded and he singles and the Yankees score. 3 runs after the second out. Those pesky Yankees. 

Javier Vasquez is starting with a 3 run lead. And he makes it through the inning, whew, I was worried, I so want him to do good. And in the end of the 2nd inning he gets out of a jam, catches the line drive and throws to Mark. Double play. He has now made it through the 3rd inning, and he fielded the ball correctly, not like the A’s player that let Jorge get to 1st base. 

@BloggingBombers says the fourth inning will be the telling one. It is starting now. So far Javy is pitching a shut out. 

Fifth inning, Johnson and Teixeira walked, A’s bring in their 2nd pitcher and Alex hits a 3 run home run. I haven’t been talking much about offense, cause they haven’t been doing much, it looks like whoever said Alex’s home runs comes in bunches was right! And Javier makes it through the sixth inning, allows a home run, makes the double play. NYY 6, A’s 1.

Just showed a clip of Chad Gaudin and Edwar Ramirez getting their rings. Both are now sporting some facial hair. Edwar is a skinny little thing.

Holy miscommunication! The pop up fly just fell between Curtis, Robbie and Derek. And then a home run, so now its NYY 6, OAK 3. That does it for Javier Vasquez. A two run home run, but one of those home runs was not his fault. 

The home plate umpire got hit by a foul ball off the bat of Kouzmanoff and just took himself out of the game. Game delay, then Boone Logan finishes the inning, still 6-3 Yankees. So Jorge owes his two RBIs to sloppy defense by the A’s, as everyone says, can’t make mistakes when playing the Yankees, they will make you play, NYY 7-3. Then Logan loads up the bases with 2 outs, Joba comes in, next 3 batters he faces he strikes out. Never thought I would say this, but good job by Joba.

For the ninth inning Damaso Marte is coming in. He walks the first batter and then Mariano Rivera comes in, its a non-save situation, so I don’t know what they call it. Yankees got 7 runs on 5 hits. The big play of the game was Alex’s 3 run home run, and when he hit it, you could see by the look on his face that he knew it. 

Now I have to go to bed.

~~and that’s all~~ she wrote