The longest game

Not the longest game ever, but —->

The last game I had tickets for was to be played on Tuesday, September 18, however it was rained out. Kasey was coming up to go with me but fortunately the game was called before she left, early the next day she got on the train, we had big plans for the day. Unfortunately I was sick and we ended up watching the game in my apartment.

Part of the reason I was so upset was this was Andy Pettitte’s first day back from the D.L. I really wanted to see him pitch, instead I had to settle for watching him on the little screen. At least the Yankees beat the Blue Jays.

Later in the week Tom sent me a message asking if I wanted to go to the game Saturday, I said that since I had missed the game Wednesday, of course we all know I would have gone regardless. Kasey was in the city and made her request for me to text her game highlights. I took my phone but didn’t bother with my charger since, I was just going to a game, wouldn’t need my charger.

~~ Yankees 10, Athletics 9 ~~

As the saying goes, famous last words. We get to our seats, which actually weren’t our seats. For a Saturday day game the stadium was rather empty. Tom and Mike were in the right section, but not in the right row, well all right, I can be flexible. Tom is busy scouting out new seats for next season’s tickets. He still wants the Audi Club and Mohegan Sun Sports Bar, and I think he is staying in the Grandstand, but he wants seats closer to home plate. We sat in those seats for a while. It didn’t seem like long, but longer then Nova stayed in the game. Stephen Drew hit a home run in the third inning and Nova’s day was done. It didn’t seem too bad, after all the Yankees were still a run ahead, but the A’s were continuing to hit and the Yankees were not, by the 4th inning the game was tied. Then the Yankees broke the tie, then the A’s tied it again. After testing out the seats in section 419, which Tom liked the section but not the row he picked, we went to the Audi club. Because the game had gone on so long they had stopped serving beer in the concession stands, I was still texting Kasey, my text read, “Tied game, again.” Kasey’s reply was, “I hate Oakland!” We get to the 9th inning, still tied. Then the 10th, the 11th, Tom and Mike left for Yonkers. I stayed. I was looking out from the windows across to the bleachers and the right field seats, it looked like a steady exodus of people from the stadium.

Top of the 13th, Freddy was in his 3rd inning and boom, boom, boom, 3 home runs by Oakland scoring 4 runs. Some Oakland fans started cheering, Michael Kay and Tino and Ken started talking about what this loss would mean to the Yankees during the middle of the inning. Then the Yankees came up to bat.

Ichiro starts off with a single, then Alex hits a single, then Robbie takes his turn and also hits a single. A’s bring in a new pitcher, who promptly throws the ball to the wall behind home plate and home comes Ichiro. Nunez brings Alex home with a sacrifice fly, that’s two runs and 1 out. Raul comes up to bat, the same Raul that has been slumping, that some people are saying is too old to play everyday, the same Raul that broke the tie in the 5th with a home run and I thought they were were showing a replay of that home run, I thought they were continuously showing it, but the Audi club was getting loud, and the A’s fans were rather quiet. Home run #17 for Raul Ibanez to tie the game again. Cory Wade comes in and pitched a 1-2-3 top of the 14th.

Chavez get on first and is replaced by Pinch-runner Melky Mesa, he was brought up for his speed so this makes sense. It is his major league debut. Jeter bunts, and then Ichiro is walked. I hit the table and snarled, “Cowards!” The girls next to me just laughed. Oh and by this time my phone was dead as the Red Sox’s chance of going to the post season, so much for not needing my charger. The summary from MLB.com says

Alex Rodriguez singles on a line drive to center fielder Yoenis Cespedes. Melky Mesa to 3rd. Ichiro Suzuki to 2nd.

What this rather dry sentence does not tell you is the reason Melky Mesa went to third and didn’t score was because he missed the base. He ran right over it and never touched it. Someone said, ‘Rookie mistake’, uh duh! He is a rookie, but a worse mistake would have been for him to go home and been called out. So he went back to third, looking very dejected, and the next play he was out at home. I felt really bad for him, as they showed him dragging his feet across to the dugout. No high fives for him, he might get a base in his locker and he will always be remembered as the runner who missed 3rd base.

And then, Eduardo Nunez reaches on a fielding error by first baseman Brandon Moss. Ichiro Suzuki scores. An error, the first baseman dropped the ball and Ichiro ran in and scored the winning run. He was very happy, had a big grin and hugged, whoever was at the base when he ran in. Probably Nick. Nick likes to be in the middle of everything. Make an error against the Yankees and you will pay, in this case it was with the game. Yankees win, everybody is happy.

~~ Questo รจ tutto, dice la principessa ~~ ๐Ÿ˜›

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After 1400 bad outings ….

~~ Yankees 4, Red Sox 2 ~~

That was how the text started, the text from my Red Sox fan friend.

1400 bad outings and he picks last night to get his crap together?????

This was the next morning, I was still fuming at THAT BUM that hit Mark and knocked him out of the game. Beating the Red Sox was not enough, I wanted Aceves blood. So I fired back a response:

Don’t pick on AJ. You have enough of your own sucky players to complain about.

I am not sure if he truly understood my comment. Not sucky in that they can’t play ball, but in that they keep hitting people when they really shouldn’t. The Red Sox seem to have Mark Teixeira in their sites. Sour grapes perhaps?

Cano, Martin and Chavez took care of the Red Sox for us, and AJ held them to 2 runs. And the new wonder boy Jesus Montero? He went 0 for 4. Well what did you expect? It was his first day in the bigs, facing big league pitchers. He did score a run, Aceves welcomed him to Major League baseball with a major league plunking.

~~ Questo รจ tutto, dice la principessa ~~ Thursday, September 1, 2011 ๐Ÿ˜›

No fireworks tonight

~~Royals 11, Yankees 5~~

Last night the Yankees got 12 hits and only 3 runs, tonight it was a little more balanced, 8 hits and 5 runs, however the Royals got 16 hits and 11 runs. This was the first series the Royals have won in the Bronx since 1999.

Ivan Nova gave up 8 runs, I was wondering why his ERA was not that much higher, then I saw that there were only 4 earned runs. Royals scored 4 runs on the 2 errors the Yankees committed. He was lifted after 3 innings, after the game you could see he felt bad, “I didn’t do my job.” He has a good attitude, gotta put it behind you and keep going, he said when a batter would get a hit, he said to himself, ‘O.K., lets get the next batter out.” Amaury Sanit, just up from Triple A pitched 4.2 innings and gave up 3 runs, not bad for his major league debut. Buddy Carlyle closed out the game but the Yankees still couldn’t get the runs.

Robinson Cano is back after being hit in the helmet last night, he is fine, even hit a home run.

Alex Rodriguez hit a home run, his home runs usually come in bunches. I hope so cause the RedSox are next.

The injury to Chavez’ foot doesn’t appear to be a broken bone and he is out of the boot. He says day to day but according to the injury update he is still listed as 15 day D.L.

Saturday Kasey and I will be at the game, I am so excited!

Let’s Go Yankees!!

~~ Questo รจ tutto, dice la principessa ~~ ๐Ÿ˜›

I’m going to name my next child Nova ~ May 6

No not really, first some notes: Eric Chavez ‘irritated an old fracture’ in his foot and has been put on the D.L. Ramiro Pena has been called up from the Minor Leagues to fill his spot in the roster. I like Pena, he isn’t a power hitter but he has pretty good defensive skills in the infield.

Nick Swisher was scratched from the line-up with a cold, Andruw Jones replaced him in right field.

The Yankees claimed right-handed pitcher Jess Todd off waivers from the Indians on Friday and DFA’d Kevin Russo. Who is Jess Todd? I dunno, we shall see.

The Yankees longest losing streak this season has been 3 games. How sweet is that?

~~Yankees 4, Rangers 1~~

So how good was Nova? Freaking good. So good that if my mom calls again when he’s pitching I’m not answering the phone. I know, I am the worst daughter ever, that has never been questioned.

His numbers are stellar, 7.1 innings pitched, 2 hits and 1 run, but they don’t tell the whole story. They don’t tell how comfortable he looks on the mound, how Russell says its a dream to catch for him cause he doesn’t get hurt, how his fellow pitchers, congratulate him in the dugout. If this pitching performance had been at Yankee stadium, we would have been on our feet “NOVA! NOVA!” Rafael did not give up the lead and Mariano picked up his 12th save of the season.

Defensively the boys were on their toes. Cano to Teixeira, Jeter to Teixeira. A sweet double play to end the inning, which I MISSED! Thank you mom. Mark Teixeira got the ‘Defensive Play of the Game’ for snagging a hard hit line drive.

Also missed was Curtis’ second home run on the game, his first went 433, I didn’t hear how long the second one was because I was ON THE PHONE. He has now hit 10 home runs this season which puts him in first place, ahead of that evil Jose Bautista.

~~ Questo รจ tutto, dice la principessa ~~ ๐Ÿ˜›

Champagne Supernova

This is his “unofficial” nickname, but as someone noted, you know what happens to super novas. He pitched 6.1 innings like his last time out gave up two runs, his last outing was 1 run. So he is doing good, but one thing puzzles me, on Twitter someone was tweeting about Nova pitching like it was a bad thing. I know his ERA is up there, but that is because he had some bad starts the beginning of the season. He has settled down and is pitching much better, no supernova crash and burn. So he gets the fireworks, because this game wins the series. Jose Bautista did not kill any Yankees this trip.

~~Yankees 5, Blue Jays 2~~

Because I was pretty tired I was asleep when the game aired, so I decided to watch the Encore. Into the second inning I was seeing on Twitter about a special announcement by the President, which I knew what it was, but I switched over to watch anyway, just out of curiosity. So I missed part of the game.

I was there to see Mark hit a home run in the first inning, and also I saw Adam Lind hit a home run off Nova. It didn’t seem to bother him. I missed Curtis 3 run home run in the 5th inning that took the Yankees from tied to up 3 runs.

When I came back it was the 6th inning. Nova started the 7th inning, then was taken out for David Robertson, who didn’t do so well his last time. He didn’t give up any runs this outing, but he did walk Bautista. Then Logan came in for the final out and he kind of ‘accidentally’ caught the ball, it bounced toward him and he had his glove kind of behind his back and the ball popped into it, he looked behind him for the ball, then in his glove and, Oh there’s the ball, throw to first get an out.

Mariano came in, got his 10th save of the season, 569th save of his career, only 32 saves to tie Trevor Hoffman.

Robinson left after the top of the eighth, he has a bruised palm, I laughed when I read ‘Chavez, Er, PH-Grounded out for Cano in the 8th’.

~~ Questo รจ tutto, dice la principessa ~~ ๐Ÿ˜›

Some random thoughts

~~Yankees 6, Rangers 5~~

No sweep so no broom, but they did win the series so, ……

Cano, Martin and Granderson each hit a home run for a total of 5 runs.

Alex didn’t play, back soreness. Chavez played 3rd base and brought in the winning run. If this starts the “See we can win without Alex” comments, I’m gonna slap a bitch.

C.C. has an ERA of 2.52 and no wins (maybe he’ll win the Cy Young this year!), Joba blew the save, Rafael got the win and Mo picked up his 7th save of the year.

Russell Martin and Eric Chavez are CUTE!!!! ๐Ÿ˜›

As cute as they are, they are yards away from being as cute as my sweet Nickyโ™ก who even looks cute doing the claw.

The Yankees did not win this series as revenge on the Rangers for the ALCS, they did this to teach an inferior team that even if you have claw and antlers, you are not boss of the Bronx. In short this was an old fashioned Bronx beat down. Yankee style.

In case you missed this last August, here’s a repeat.

~~ Questo รจ tutto, dice la principessa ~~ ๐Ÿ˜›