Bleacher Creatures ~ Sunday, June 26, 2011

It was the 65th annual Old-Timers’ Day with a host of former world champions, All-Stars and Hall of Famers. Former managers Joe Torre and Lou Piniella made their long-awaited return to Yankee Stadium in uniform, as did former center fielder Bernie Williams for his first Old-Timers’ experience. Before the game there was a tribute to Gene Monahan, who is retiring after this year. In a post game interview, you could tell that he was not used to talking to the press and a little overwhelmed.

Tino Martinez played the star in the annual Old-Timers’ Day game, hitting a two-run home run off David Cone for the only runs in the Bombers’ 2-0 victory over the Clippers.

Bernie Williams was in center field, Monument Park was still open during the Old Timer’s game, so people in Monument Park were yelling and waving at Bernie. He turned and waved to them.

~~ Yankees 6, Rockies 4 ~~

Our seats were in the bleachers 4 rows back from the bull pen, which meant when Mike Harkey came out and started throwing baseball in to the seats I got a good picture of him. It also meant bleacher creatures, roll call, full on sun, heat and a headache. I thought I was going to die, it didn’t help that the Rockies were hitting home runs off Nova. He wasn’t pitching bad, just made a few mistakes and got hit hard for them. I got up to walk around, found a cool breeze in a shaded spot, bought a soda and took some headache medicine. I came back to a 3-0 score, Rockies. After I got back Sarah left to go to the bathroom. Cano got the first Yankee hit of the day and was on base, things happen when we go to the bathroom. Then she sends me a text message asking if I want ice cream, before I can reply, “BOOM” my sweet Nicky hits a two run home run (he knew I was there) into the seats. Before she got back to the seats with the ice cream Jorge hit a home run and the game was tied.

It was starting to get cooler, there was some cloud cover and a breeze. I was also now in a better mood, so much so that even Ty Wigginton’s 2nd homer didn’t upset me. The boys were hitting the ball now. In the bottom of the sixth the Yankees tied it up again with a RBI single by Alex. In the seventh inning Jorge walked, then Martin got a single, he smacked that ball so hard and the short stop couldn’t get a handle on it, it was ruled an error though. Then Chris Dickerson replaced Jorge at second and on a single by Nunez he scored. I turned to Sarah, “That’s why Girardi put him in.” She smiled, I don’t know if she heard me, she was smiling at the fact that this was the first time in the game the Yankees were in the lead.

We started down to the great hall in the eighth. At first she wanted to stay because, “I want a home run ball.” Then she decided it wasn’t going to happen. Before we started down she needed the bathroom and walked ahead of me toward them. I glanced at the T.V. as I walked past it and noted that Mark Teixeira was batting. Earlier I had said I didn’t want Mark hitting a home run because I was behind in my donations to his charity. Sarah told me if Mark hit a home run she would give me the money. Remember what I said earlier about things happening? As I turned to follow her into the bathroom I heard the unmistakable sound of the crowd reacting to a home run. I ran to the top of the stairs and saw Mark running around the bases, and then I ran into the bathroom shouting, “Sarah! You owe me $15!” She came out with a big grin on her face. “Going to the bathroom works.” She said as she dug the money out of her purse. As we walked to the stairs the crowd roared again, this time for Mo. We went down to the great hall, watched Mo shut the door on the big screen, then left to get dinner.

It’s a tossup what I enjoyed more, this game or hearing Mo call Michael Kay a “Big head”.

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

She was sad she didn’t get a home run ball from Curtis, but happy the Yankees won.

No haters or blame casters ~ Friday, June 3, 2011

~~ Angels 3, Yankees 2 ~~

Yes, the Yankees lost and Nova gets the loss but let’s not just blame him. I get so sick of people who have to blame someone. Giradi is to blame for letting him stay in too long, or taking him out to soon, or for consulting his binder when he should have gone with his gut. Or Girardi doesn’t know baseball and shouldn’t be managing a team. I mean he only managed them to one world series!

Or it’s the offense, no one is hitting the ball, or they’re not hitting hard enough, or they’re hitting it in the wrong spot! Or it’s Swisher’s fault, he’s not hitting enough home runs, or doubles or triples. Let’s send him to the minors, or back to Chicago or make him fold towels. And put Dickerson in right field instead of Swisher, put Swisher on the bench he’s useless! I actually read a comment on that said, “dump posada.swisher,jones,jeter,and get at least one reliable left hand releiver.” Like none of them are doing anything and Logan is unreliable. I know Logan’s ERA is high, but there is time for him to heat up.

Nova did not pitch great, but as David Cone said, Young pitchers have to get experience pitching in the big leagues. Yankees are not 10 games behind, so now is the time to let him pitch and get his experience. And he is getting better.

The bottom line is, the Yankees lost because they scored 2 runs and the Angels scored 3 and that is the end of the story. Losses happen, like shit happens. You get up, pull up your big girl panties and go on. Tomorrow is another day and another game.

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

Beat the Mets, Yankees beat the Mets

~~ Yankees 9, Mets 3~~

In yesterday’s post I forgot something, not really surprising, I tend to forget something every time, usually I remember too long after to mention and then I get annoyed. Jose Reyes got booed every time he came up to bat. Booing loud enough to drown out the cheers from the Mets fans. Today when I mentioned it to Kasey, she said there is usually one evil player on each team. Jose Reyes on the Mets, Jose Bautista on the Blue Jays, Josh Beckett or Ellsbury or Adrian Gonzalez or Jed Lowrie or Dustin Pedroia or Youkilis of the RedSox, most of those guys cause they are ugly.

So the Mets were ahead until the 7th inning, they were probably already chilling the champagne for the celebration, wait, this isn’t the World Series! Then as David Cone said, “They had all zeros, till the seventh inning and now the Yankees have a snow cone (8). For all of you saying the Yankees are hitting too many home runs, the only home run hit in this game was in the first inning. The 8 runs in the seventh were base hits. A walk, a hit by pitch, a dribbler across the infield. Alex said, I was more lucky than good. A bunt that was bungled, a blooper that fell between the players, everybody got a turn to play, fun times in the Bronx.

Nova pitched well, unfortunately he doesn’t get the win since the Mets were ahead when he left the game. He got an ovation however and the Yankees did the win the game. And if the Yankees win the World Series, he will get a ring. Got to look at the big picture. Ayala gets the win, Lance Pendleton pitched the ninth inning.

It really bothers me that the Yankees are being greedy. Scoring all these runs so Mariano can’t get anymore saves on his record. Greedy little buggers. Attendance tonight was 48,293.

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

David Cone pitched a perfect game

On July 18, 1999, which was also Yogi Berra Day, who caught the only perfect game in post-season history, with Don Larson in attendance, who pitched the game, David Cone pitched a perfect game. 27 up, 27 down. It was historic. What does that have to do with today’s game? Well, ……… nothing I guess.

~~Rays 6, Yankees 5~~

Yankees had the lead, up to the 6th inning, then A.J. gave up 5 runs. I guess you could blame A.J., but I prefer to look at the fact that, even though they lost, the Yankees seem to be coming around. They seem to be coming awake, after all they scored 5 runs. The Rays aren’t #1 in the A.L. East because they are lucky, they have good pitchers and good hitters. Tonight they outhit and outpitched the Yankees.

Granderson hit his 14th home run of the season. His success is a testament to Kevin Long’s coaching ability. Half of his home runs (like the one tonight) have been off lefties. Now the rest really need to step things up.

The Yankees are a good team, I believe that with all my heart. Even with this losing streak they are a hair above (.513) Boston and Toronto (.512). All three teams are 3 games behind Tampa Bay, there are 123 more games to go. Some say it is no longer ‘early’, but we still have the rest of the season to go.


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

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