Yankees are out but baseball is still alive

The regular season is over and the post season is about to begin. Even though the Yankees are out of it, I am still baseball obsessed and will be posting my thoughts about the games ahead, including who I have decided to root for this post-season.

Most years, I root against the team that kept the Yankees out of the post-season, or beat them in the post-season, for instance if they didn’t make it past the ALDS or ALCS. Or the Red Sox. It’s always good to root against the Red Sox. This year however, the team that kept the Yankees out of the post-season was the Yankees. They just didn’t win enough games. There are some teams that I absolutely won’t root for, like the Braves, who aren’t in it, and the Orioles who are, but don’t have the most wins in the American League. An important fact that I had to bring out.

The final teams haven’t been decided, since they now have this stupid 1 game Wild Card playoff. The fourth team is YTBD. The teams competing are: Kansas City Royals and Oakland A’s (9/30) in the AL and Pittsburgh Pirates vs. San Francisco Giants (10/1) in the NL. I like the Oakland A’s, they were Hunter’s first team but they have Lester, which makes me want to hate them, but the Royals have Shields, which makes me want to root against them. I have the opposite problem with the NL teams. Pirates have Russell Martin, who is adorable, I mean a really good catcher and longtime favorite player of mine. The Giants have Buster Posey, who is also a really good catcher and fun to watch. The minuses here are the Giants are ORANGE and the Pirates are YELLOW. Also Russell has gone from being clean-shaven to a scruffy little thing. Since I promised to pick one I am going with the Royals (can’t get past the Lester dislike) and the Pirates (Russell is my boo!).

For the ALDS series between the Tigers and Orioles (starts 10/2), I am going with the Detroit Tigers, because, well Baltimore. The NLDS between the St. Louis Cardinals and Los Angeles Dodgers (begins 10/3) is also hard, normally I would go with the Dodgers because they are the blue team, and the Cardinals failed to beat the Red Sox last year (the rivalry is alive!) and they have Don Mattingly. But they are LA soooo, all right, I talked myself into it, my pick is the Dodgers.

So there you have it. After the Wild Card is done, I’ll be back to pick my teams for the rest of the Division Series.

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Opening day, the reality

~~ Red Sox 8, Yankees 2 ~~

The reality is I didn’t get tickets. I kept looking, up until yesterday and the lowest they got was $75 and I just couldn’t swing it. So I made plans to meet with a couple friends to eat and drink and watch the game. So we had fun, the place was a sports bar/restaurant on the Westside called “Blondies”, which actually had a pretty good set up for watching games, a divided room, one side a bar with TV’s and the other side tables and chairs, also with TV’s on every wall. The food was pretty good too.

The game was pretty horrible, and I then had to read all the “Yankee fans are terrible! They leave before the end of the game, that never happens anywhere else!” The game and the downpour at the end of the game made me glad I wasn’t there to get cold and soaked. Next game is Wednedsay, I believe in Hiroki.

Game 1
Yankees 0-1

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

Red Sox are slip sliding away

~~ Yankees 9, Red Sox 1 ~~

This is probably the last regular season game I will be at. I have tickets for Game 2 of the ALDS, so I am hoping the Yankees get home field advantage.

Garcia pitched 6 innings of shut-out baseball. This was such a fun game to be at. I always worry when I go to Yankees vs Red Sox because my record is not good. More games lost by the Yankees then won. In fact, this might be the first win thus breaking my streak. Raul Valdes gave up the only run and when he did, the Red Sox fans cheered like it was the go ahead run. People, they are still down 8 runs.

Going into the bottom of the second the Red Sox had 0 runs, 1 hit. When Cano got a single I thought, Oh good we’re even now. Then the next two batters got on, all of a sudden it was bases loaded, one out. Jesus Montero comes up to bat. I wondered if he would get his first major league grand slam, he didn’t, he did get a RBI, the first of the game. Russell Martin then hits a single to left field, Carl Crawford bobbles it, the ball kind of just popped out of his glove, 2 more runs. Then the Captain comes up to bat, my man the captain, hits home run number 6, to bring the total of runs in the inning to 6. Mark struck out, but the Yankee bats were not done. In the bottom of the third Jesus Montero hit a two run double and Jon Lester was done. Jesus Montero >> Jon Lester

The Yankees last run of the game was a home run, hit by Jesus Montero.

Since last nights game was rained out tomorrow is a day night double header. I’ll see you then.

~~ Questo è tutto, dice la principessa ~~ Saturday, September 24, 2011 😛

Once more to the rivalry, LIVE

As I catch up on my other posts, I will be coming here with game high-lights, as they happen.

The Yankees come into this series tied with the Red Sox for first place. That makes these games very important, VERY. This first game the Red Sox have the “Yankee Killer” Jon Lester pitching. Let the game begin!

Inning 1:
Jeter flies out; Curtis and Mark strike out. Red Sox up against Colon.
Bottom: Ellsbury down looking; Pedroia grounds out; Gonzalez grounds out. All batters retired in order.

Inning 2:
Cano strikes out (3 in a row now); single for Swisher; Jones walks; Martin pops out; Posada strikes out.
Bottom: Youkilis singles; Ortiz grounds to second, Youkilis out at second, Ortiz out at first; Crawford grounds out, 1-3.

Inning 3:
Nunez lead off bunt single; Jeter grounds to second, Nunez out at second, Jeter safe at first; Jeter caught stealing; Granderson flies out.
Bottom: Saltalamacchia flies out; Reddick singles; Scutaro singles, Reddick force out at second; Ellsbury doubles, Scutaro scores; Pedroia flies out. NYY 0, BoSox 1

Inning 4:
Teixeira grounds out; Cano strikes out; Swisher strikes out.
Bottom: Gonzalez flies out. Youkilis (hit 80 times in his career) grounds out; Ortiz homers; Crawford strikes out.
NYY 0, BoSox 2

Inning 5:
Jones walks; Martin strikes out; Posada flies out, Jones thrown out at first.
Bottom: Saltalamacchia grounds out; Reddick singles; Scutaro flies out; Ellsbury walks; Pedroia singles;

Pitching change: Boone Logan
Gonzalez flies out.
NYY 0, BoSox 2

Inning 6:
Nunez walks; Jeter singles; Curtis singles (Scutaro fails!!), Nunez scores; Teixeira walks, (Lester is wack and ugly); Cano grounds into double play, Jeter scores, Teixeira out; Swisher (my sweet Nicky) doubles, Curtis scores; Jones grounds out.
Bottom: Youkilis grounds out (Jeter to Mark); Ortiz strikes out swinging! (That’s why he’s Boom Boom Boone) Crawford doubles.

Pitching change: Cory Wade
Saltalamacchia grounds out.
NYY 3, BoSox 2

Inning 7:
Martin grounds out; Posada strikes out; Nunez walks; Nunez caught stealing.
New Pitcher: Rafael Soriano
Bottom: Reddick pops out; Scutaro flies out; Ellsbury strikes out.
NYY 3, BoSox 2

Inning 8:
Jeter strikes out; Curtis pops out; Mark flies out.
New Pitcher: David Robertson
Dustin Pedroia grounds out; Adrian Gonzalez flies out; Kevin Youkilis lines out (hit it straight to Derek, he’s not dead yet! And Youk was mad).
NYY 3, BoSox 2

Inning 9:
Robinson Cano flies out; Nick Swisher walks; Brett Gardner singles, Nick Swisher force out at 2nd; Russell Martin flies out.
New Pitcher: Mariano Rivera
Bottom: David Ortiz grounds out; Carl Crawford singles; Jarrod Saltalamacchia called out on strikes; Josh Reddick called out on strikes.

Winning Pitcher: Boone Logan, Losing pitcher: Jon Lester, Mariano Rivera save #29

~~ Yankees 3, Red Sox 2 ~~

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

Boston versus New York ~ Tuesday, June 7, 2011

~~ Red Sox 6, Yankees 4 ~~

Words cannot describe how much I despise Jon Lester, I know since he is a Red Sox pitcher it goes without saying that I don’t like him, but my feelings go beyond that, I hate, loathe and despise him. Jon Lester is a thug, a bully, a jerk and ugly. Now that I’ve unburdened myself, he hit Mark on the knee (could have broken his kneecap!) in the first inning, putting him out of the game. In the same inning he hit Russell Martin. His ninth hit batter of the season, his career total is 38 hit batters. I don’t know why he wasn’t taken out of the game. He blamed it on his ‘cut fastball’, batters don’t know its going to cut in so they don’t get out of the way. Here’s a thought, don’t throw the ball at their knees!

On another note, my streak is intact, what streak is that you ask? Every game I’ve gone to that was Yankees vs. Boston, Boston has won. **hangs head** 😦

Garcia got hit hard first inning, Ellsbury hit a home run, and Garcia was pulled in the second inning. He was disappointed that he was pulled so early. Ayala came in for 1 and a third inning. Then Noesi the hero of the extra innings Baltimore game came in for the last 6 innings. He also got hit, this time by Ortiz with one man on. I don’t really hate Ortiz, like I hate some other Red Sox, I would just like to reach out and slap that fat, ugly, smug, bastard in his fat face. Just for being smug.

Jorge came in for Mark, pitch ran then played first. He did alright, got 3 hits (breaking his hitless streak against lefties {take that Jon Lester}), he must hate Jon Lester too.

Yankees came back, but not enough. I stayed to the end, watched Puppybone strike out Alex and do his fist pump. BOO! Red Sox may have won, but they are still ugly. Sorry that’s all I got.

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