7/7 NY Yankees 6 @ Oakland Athletics 2 ~ Sleepyhead

I can’t believe I slept through most of this game.

Home runs for Mark Teixeira (3 run) in the 4th inning, and Nick Swisher (single) in the 6th inning.
Brett Gardner stole his 25th base. He must have quite a collection by now.
Pitching: A.J. Burnett, 7IP, 5H, 2ER, 2BB, 3SO, 4.75ERA
Damaso Marte, 1 inning pitched
Joba Chamberlain, 1 inning pitched

Game over, Yankees win.

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Don’t forget to keep voting for Nick Swisher to go to the All-Star game, you can vote as many times as you want.

~~and that’s all~~ she wrote

6/13 NY Yankees 9 vs Houston Astros 5 ~ Can Jorge do it again?

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Sarah and I were watching the game, Astros up by one. As we watched Teixeira yelling from the dugout, that YES I GOT HIT, and the umpire disagreed, then watched a bad call on Swisher, Sarah turns to me and says, “If you want to go for a walk, I’m coming, I can’t stand watching these bad calls.” So we left, walked to Ron’s and back. Almost home and I checked my phone, Robinson Cano had hit a home run and tied the game. When I walked in the door, Yankees had now scored 3 runs.

As I watched the 5th inning, with bases loaded and 2 outs, and Jorge comes up to bat, I looked at Kasey, she looked at me, “Jorge can do it, he can hit another grand slam.” That’s exactly what he did. I imagine the Stadium was just going nuts. It got pretty crazy Saturday when he hit a grand slam, now he had done it two games in a row. Posada became the first Major Leaguer to hit grand slams in back-to-back contests since Carlos Beltran in July 2006 and the first Yankee since Bill Dickey in 1937. Even more special? Sunday’s slam came from the opposite side of the batter’s box as Saturday’s. No Yankee had pulled that trick on consecutive days before. And Bill Dickey was a catcher tool. Mark Teixeira had his first error of the season. I think he had three last year. It’s O.K., don’t sell him.

Then the rain started, Phil Hughes gave up 4 runs in the 6th inning. Wasn’t his fault, the field was wet, the ball was wet, their gloves were wet. The only consolation was the Astros were having to deal with the same weather conditions. And the Yankees came back to score 2 more runs in the bottom of the 6th.

Phil Hughes numbers for today: 5.2 innings pitched, 7 hits, 5 runs, 5 ER, 2 BB, 6 SO, 1 HR, 3.11 ERA. Damaso Marte came in to get the last batter out. Then Chan Ho Park pitched the next inning. Then Joba for the 8th and Mariano for the save. OK, 9-5 is not exactly a save situation. But he pitched like it was.

~~and that’s all~~ she wrote

6/6 NY Yankees 4 @ Toronto 3 ~ Why some girls (me!) watch sports

Javier Vasquez keeps getting better every time I see him. Today he only had one hit against him. Unfortunately it was a 2 run home run in the 6th inning. Then nothing more, he kept pitching great, and the hits just kept on missing. Not only that, but I counted at least 3 balls counted as strikes. All against Yankees. In the eight inning things came to a head. Francisco Cervelli and then Brett Gardner were hit by pitches. Then Derek batted and got Cervelli in, 1-2. Then Swisher was called out on strikes. The last pitch was not a strike. Swish was angry and started to argue, Joe comes out to argue, get tossed, then they intentionally walked Teixeira. We were all waiting for the grand slam, Gardner, Jeter and Teixeira on base. It didn’t happen this time, but Gardner got in on a wild pitch. Then Alex struck out. So says the umpire. Then Robinson comes up, hits a double and brings home two of our guys. So just like that we took the lead. 

Joba comes in the eight and almost loses it for us, Damaso Marte saves the inning. Mo saves the game. After the game, Joe made a rather off hand statement that, sometimes he thinks he should get tossed in the first inning. 
When Derek was asked about his hitting a ball after game his reply was: Well I saw it wasn’t a strike, [pause] wasn’t over the plate, [looks around, grins] – Yeah the umpire was THAT bad.
When I sat down to blog this I realized I didn’t blog about Saturday’s game, a 14 inning marathon that ended 2-3. The reason for my lapse is that we were in the city on Saturday so I wasn’t watching. The game started at 1:07 p.m., when I met Kasey in front of the King Tut exhibit, she asked me what was the final score, I told her the games not over yet, its still 2-2. Also, because we were down there I didn’t get home until late and I was sick when I got home. 
I have a couple tattoos (don’t worry, I know what I’m doing, just bear with me). The artist who did my ankle bracelet is a Yankee fan, we were talking about the Yankees and as usually happens the talk turned to Derek Jeter. He said he wondered how many women were now Yankee fans that didn’t know anything about baseball, they were just fans because of Derek Jeter. I laughed before replying that, although I certainly liked Derek Jeter, I was a fan of the Yankees before him and I understood the game. 
More recently someone asked a fellow twitterer if she like Yankees because of the hot players or did she appreciate the game. To which she replied, “Why do I have to choose?” Which is exactly my thought. 
DerekJeter.jpgI mean, I stand by my statement that Derek Jeter is the hottest thing in pinstripes (and out of them, I mean in a suit, get your mind out of the gutter), I also believe he is one of the hottest short stops in the MLB, just look at his numbers. Hitting: Career batting average: .317, Career OBP: .387, Career Slugging percentage: .458, Career Fielding Percentage: .976 very impressive. (yes, I had to look those numbers up, I don’t just know them *sigh*) What I do know that is when he scoops up the ball and throws it to Cano on 2nd that is an assist, and he has done that 5,487 times. When he catches the ball from the batter or from Robbie throwing to him while he’s on 2nd that’s a put out and he has done that 3,227 times. And a double play is when they get two outs for the price of one and he has done that 1,170 and he has this jump throw that enables him to complete a double play even if the base runner is sliding into 2nd aiming his feet at Derek’s legs. He does all this and is still the hottest thing in pinstripes, looking good enough to eat! Rawr! () *giggle* And that is why I watch the Yankees. 

~~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

4/17 NY Yankees 7 vs Texas Rangers 3

Quick post today. AJ got his 2nd win, that’s two in a row, he was freakin’ amazing. Jeter got a home run, Alex hit his first home run of the season to pass Mark McGwire. He is now in 8th place in number of home runs. Brett Gardner had 3 infield hits, he is so fast. Joe Girardi recorded his 200th win as the Yankees’ manager and Jorge Posada notched his 1,500th career hit, a third-inning single that jump-started a four-run rally. 

A.J. didn’t give up any runs pitching 7 innings about 110 pitches, the 3 runs were given up by Alfredo Aceves in the 8th inning. He was replaced by Damaso Marte who closed out the inning and then Joba came in for the 9th inning. After he finished, the camera was on his dad, and his dad did a fist pump! 

~~and that’s all~~ she wrote

My 2 cents worth on fist pumping

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Pretty in Pinstripes put up a post about fist pumping, it seems that people get annoyed when Joba does the fist pump. It got me thinking about all the others that do the very same thing. I remember watching Damaso Marte coming in for an inning, completing the inning with no runs scored and doing a fist pump. Here’s A.J. fist pumping. Every game I watched that the Yankees win, Derek Jeter would do a fist pump, in fact, I have a picture of him doing it, the picture was taken after a double play. Yeah a double play, I mean it was a beautiful double play, with a catch, a tag, a jumping throw, Derek ended up on his face in the dirt, he jumped up and fist pumped.

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So why do people get so hyped up about Joba doing a fist pump? Especially last night when he came, pitched and did exactly what everyone wanted him to? I mean, there are things about him that annoy me, but that gesture, it seems everyone is doing it, so what’s the big deal?

Anyway, like the title says, this is just my two (2) cents worth.

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~~

Those balls are coming fast

Another player hit with a ball, this time Yankees left-hander Damaso Marte, but he appears to have dodged serious injury. The ball was hit by Ryan Howard straight up the middle. It was interesting how MLB.com worded it “Ryan Howard singles on a line drive to first baseman Mark Teixeira, deflected by pitcher Damaso Marte.” Since he is not seriously hurt, just appears to be bruised, I will give it a lol.

damaso-marte-new-york-yankees-107jpg-f96e5223187358ba_large.jpgTuesday, March 16 was an evening game, but it was not televised here, not only that but I had to do something which meant I couldn’t even follow the tweets. Yankees won that game against Houston 4-1. Today’s game against the Phillies, Yankees lost, 6-2. Andy Pettitte started, then Damaso Marte, who faced four batters before he got hit, then Joba Chamberlain pitched 4 solid innings, giving up one run.

Next game is Thursday, March 18 at 7:05 p.m. against the Tampa Bay Rays I don’t know if it is being televised, but I won’t be home anyway. Javier Vazquez will be making his third start in Spring Training and Chan Ho Park is scheduled to make his first appearance.

~~and that’s all she wrote~~