It was time ~ Sunday, June 19, 2011

Time for what you say? Time for the Yankees to hit a home run at Wrigley field. This was posted on Twitter,

@BryanHoch RT @YankeesWFAN: Last Yankee to hit a home run at Wrigley Field–Robin Ventura.

If this is right, that was in 2002/03, since that was the only time he played for the Yankees. Of course, I think that is the last time the Yankees played at Wrigley Field. The announcers kept talking about Alex’s home runs and that he had NEVER hit a home run at Wrigley (he still hasn’t by the way), he’s played maybe three games at Wrigley, before this series.

Since I had no idea who Robin Ventura was I went on MLB and did a search, he played for the White Sox from 1989 to 1998, Mets from 1999 to 2001, Yankees in 2002 and then with the Yankees and Dodgers for 2003. While I was searching for his stats, I found this video, and since I absolutely love Nolan Ryan (cough cough), I had to post the link. It is an epic clip.

Ventura challenges Ryan

~~ Yankees 10, Cubs 4 ~~

Gardner was the lead off hitter and his first at bat he hit a home run. Just boom, into the stands. Then the Cubs tied it up, in the 3rd the Cubs hit CC hard and got 3 runs off him, by the sixth inning the Yankees had managed to tie the game, CC was holding the Cubs to four runs. Then in the 8th inning, with 2 men on base, Swisher came up to bat. His dad played for the Cubs, and BOOM went the baseball. Swisher doesn’t usually show off, but he just dropped his bat dramatically before he started around the bases. We were up by 3 now, in the ninth inning Mariano started tossing the ball around. This was after he made a little kid a fan for life. He went over to the wall and was talking to him, signed a baseball, shook his dad and his hand. The kid was just beaming after.

Then in the ninth Yankees added three more runs. One of them was a long fly ball that just missed being a home run, except it didn’t go out, it fell right in front of the wall and rolled into the ivy, and the two fielders were standing there looking at it. I was laughing. I laughed harder when a ball bounced off Ramiro Pena’s chest and Nunez picked it up and threw it in the dirt. Cano was standing there giving him a WTF? look.

So no Mariano, but as someone said, we only get to humiliate the Cubs every six years or so. Marquez came in for the ninth inning. Missed a catch at first base, but that was his only bobble. In fact, I think the next batter hit into a double play. Maybe not.

Whatever, CC gets the win, Yankees win the series.

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

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Lather, Rinse, Repeat ~ Wednesday, June 15, 2011

~~ Yankees 12, Rangers 4 ~~

No you are not seeing things, the score from this game and Tuesday’s game are exactly the same. And yes, there is another corny headline: “Tex’s two-step leads Yankees past Rangers”. Nick Swisher actually came up with the Texas Two-step line last season. Mark hit two home runs, so now Mark, Curtis and Jose Bautista lead the league with 21 home runs each.

The big surprise however was not that Teixeira hit two home runs against his former team. It was that Nunez and Pena each hit home runs. In total there were 5 home runs by the Yankees in this game. Stolen bases by Cano, Cervelli and A-Rod, two by Nunez (both in the same inning). Nice run support for Nova who although not having his ‘best stuff’, kept the Rangers to 4 runs.

We also got a look at a couple of new pitchers on the Yankee roster, Cory Wade and Jeff Marquez. Both pitched scoreless innings.

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

Umpires and Red Sox: Who do I hate more? ~ June 9

~~ Red Sox 8, Yankees 3 ~~

After a 3 hour and 27 minute rain delay the game started. Sabathia versus Beckett. Another pitcher that likes to hit Yankee batters. He hit Jeter, then he hit Alex (in the hip!). Then a half inning later, CC hits Ortiz.

Here is why I hate umpires, nothing was said to any of the Red Sox pitchers, in any of these games. CC hits Ortiz and the umpire is right out there, warning the benches. Then Beckett hit Granderson, after the warning. Did anything happen to Beckett? Was he thrown out? NO. That’s because Umpires have complete control, they are the little GODS on the field and there is no accountability. They don’t get fined for bad calls, they don’t get fired, NOTHING.

CC pitched good, then in the seventh the Red Sox got 7 runs. I am sitting here just waiting for this game to end. It has been a rather disheartening day, Joba has a torn medial collateral ligament in his right elbow making Tommy John surgery and a 10- to 14-month absence imminent. Possibly out for the year, and just when I was starting to like him. 😦

Phil Hughes has reportedly been throwing at 92 MPH, but he will have to go to a rehab assignment before he can come back and pitch. 😦

Russell Martin’s back is still bothering him, but an MRI showed no damage. Still he has missed two games. I’m blaming Jon Lester for hitting him with a pitch, that started it all. I can do that, this is my blog.

Red Sox are still ugly.

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