Some people call him Big Stoppa

And that’s what he did, stopped the Tigers, kept them from scoring. Of course that led me to post on a social network, CC Sabathia > J Verlander. Not saying that Verlander isn’t an ace, just that today, CC was better.

~~ Yankees 7, Tigers 0 ~~

Today I had tickets to a hockey game so I couldn’t watch the baseball game. As I was getting reading to leave for the game, I kept checking twitter and all I saw was, “Sabathia throw strikes.” Yet when I went to MLB at Bat, it was showing 3 runs for the Yankees and 0 runs for the Tigers. From my twitter feed I expected it to be the other way. I really don’t understand people. CC’s line for today was 7IP, 4H, 0R, 0ER, 3BB, 4K, 0HR and his ER is 3.00, he threw 114 pitches 68 were strikes, making 59% of his pitches were strikes. Well now I understand my twitter feed, that’s not a great ball to strike ratio. But if you remember, CC always is a little rough in the spring. Kasey says it looks like the team has growing pains, we have so many new players. Which is what I was thinking.

As I look at the scores of the other games, I see things that make me happy and sad, Toronto lost, that makes me happy but the Red Sox won, that makes me sad. Yes I know one team has to win. Minnesota won, Cleveland won and Oakland won, those things all make me happy. Texas Rangers won, that makes me sad. Seattle and Chicago White Sox, I’m indifferent.

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

Game 6
Yankees 2-4 (0.333)
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They got the split

It wasn’t pretty, not like an Olympic gymnast’s split, and speaking of gymnastics, (it took me all day to figure out how to get gymnastics into a baseball blog, give me points for effort) I got slammed for posting a gif of McKayla Maroney flubbing up her vault. She was the favorite for Gold, she just had to make her vault, she didn’t, she landed on her butt. And I put it on Google+, so what? What impressed me was she jumped up, took her bow before the crowd and left the mat. No drama, no crying her little eyes out and getting tear stains on her pretty pink leotard. She got up and moved on. She is a champion. Much like the Yankees.

The Yankees were up 9 games in the AL East, then they hit a slump, ‘fell on their butts’ so to speak, they had a 4 game losing streak and saw their lead began to shrink down to 4.5 games. What were they going to do? They got up, dusted themselves off and moved on. The Tigers had an 8 game win streak at home when the Yankees came to town, it stretched to 10 and then the Yankees broke it, Yankees 12, Tigers 8. The Yankees called on their ace, and CC delivered. I watched this game, on and off, went in the bathroom when Dave got in trouble and then, boom he was out of it. When the Tigers got within one run I ran down to get a Perrier, because, “THE YANKEES DON’T WIN ONE RUN GAMES!” In the end, it was a win.

~~ Yankees 4, Tigers 3 ~~

Today I was at work, to be honest I didn’t even know the game was on until I saw a tweet about Stewart throwing the ball quick, (oh he threw out Omar Infante at 2nd, and turned a double play so of course that makes him a better catcher than Russell Martin [I’m practicing my sarcasm]). Kuroda was the starting pitcher and gave up 3 runs in the 5th but since he had such terrific run support, (how am I doing?) he didn’t get the win, Clay Rapada gets the win and the Yankees actually won a game by one run.

It’s wasn’t without its nail-biting moments. When I turned on MLB at bat Game Day on my phone and saw Yankees 4, Tigers 3, OK good then, it’s the ninth and Soriano is pitching and men on the corners and no outs. I got that little strangled feeling in my throat and yes, I closed the app. Waited for the text message the one that says:

V.MLB FINAL
Yankees 4, Tigers 3,
WP: C.Rapada (3,0)
LP: J.Benoit (1,3)
HR: M.Teixeira 21,
A.Avila 7. (AP)

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

Red Sox Lose

On Twitter I tweeted that one of my favorite things is hearing “Saltalamacchia strikes out.” Not just because he’s a Red Sox, but also because I love saying his name, it’s kind of musical. Saltalamacchia gets a hit, isn’t nearly as musical a phrase.

One of my other favorite things is hearing, the Red Sox Lose. Doesn’t matter who they are playing. Today it was the Tigers. Red Sox tied the game in the top of the ninth (thank you very much Valverde you fat clown) and then the Tigers loaded the bases (thank you Aceves for hitting a batter) and got a man in.

This brings up a rule about baseball that I never understand, I mean I understand the rule, I don’t understand the reasoning behind it and it seems blatantly unfair to me. It is also one of the reasons that wins are not a true measure of a pitchers greatness, or lack thereof.

Justin Verlander started the game, he pitched 8 innings of shut-out ball, 2 hits, 7 strikeouts. Then Valverde comes in top of the 9th, 3 hits, 2 runs, blows the save and since the game is tied Verlander no longer gets the win. Then the Tigers get a run in the bottom of the ninth, and …. wait for it …. Valverde gets the win. Not only did he not ‘win’ this game, he tied it and is the reason the Tigers had to play the ninth inning! He almost lost the game and he gets a win on his record. I wonder if he danced off the mound when he got the last out.

Rant over. Yankees opening day is tomorrow, home opener a week from tomorrow.

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

MVP! MVP! MVP!

The chants were there this year, I heard them them all the time, I even participated in them. Curtis Granderson for MVP, and he had an amazing season, batting .262 and setting new career highs, including hitting 16 home runs off left-handed pitching. He led the league in runs scored (136), gave Jose Bautista a run for his money in hitting home runs (41) and in the 156 games he played brought in 119 runs. He is also the only Major League player to record 40 home runs, 10 triples and 25 stolen bases in a single season. Sounds like an MVP to me.

But he didn’t get it, neither did Robinson Cano (the best 2nd baseman in baseball), instead the award went to Justin Verlander, who also won the Cy Young award. I’m not saying he doesn’t deserve either award, after all he helped his team make it to the world series …… [snark]

That comment is because I am still sore at the person who didn’t vote for Cano last year because the Yankees finished in 3rd place at the end of their season. In fact in 2009 the AL MVP was Joe Mauer, of the Twins, the team the Yankees eliminated in the ALDS.

So now you know more about me. I am able to hold a grudge for years, I get it from my mom, I’m still mad at the Braves for hitting all those home runs off Andy Pettitte in 1996.

Now down two, not a happy fan

~~ Tigers 5, Yankees 4 ~~

It wasn’t the low-scoring duel many expected, but Justin Verlander prevailed in his rematch with CC Sabathia, going eight gutsy innings and benefiting from a tiebreaking homer by Delmon Young in the seventh that put Detroit one win from the ALCS.

This was also not what was to happened, I want to mention that the tie breaking home run was off Soriano, who I hate, and I know I have also said a fan should not hate the players on the team, but I don’t consider Soriano a true Yankee and so I can hate him and be glad he took the loss, I didn’t want CC to have a post season loss on his record. Dave Robertson came in and pitched perfectly. If you think I am being unreasonable, look up the definition of fan.

What made watching this game even worse was the commentators stating the stats for teams down 2-1 in the post season. These are the Yankees, who have been down two games and came back to win it all (1996 WS, thank you Gersh), who never say die and when an opposing player starts bragging about beating them, have a tendency to make that player ‘eat his words’ (Jimmy Rollins anybody?)

Its not over till its over.

~~ Questo รจ tutto, dice la principessa ~~ Monday, October 3, 2011 ~ ALDS Game 3 ๐Ÿ˜›

There is no one in this world that equals Robinson Cano ~ May 2

Phil Hughes doesn’t have thoracic outlet syndrome, so the Yankees don’t have to worry about him having a 12-hour surgery and possibly missing the rest of the season. They do have to figure out what is wrong so they can get him back to pitching. When he went on the D.L. his ERA was a heart stopping 13.94.

Robinson Cano is out day to day with a bruised palm. Eduardo Nunez played second base, and despite the fact that he is an exciting player, he is not Robinson Cano, not even close. He doesn’t have that sweet swing, he doesn’t have 21 RBI’s, 8 HR or 32 hits this season. O.K., he hasn’t played that much, but in two plays he had the ball and was looking around like he didn’t know what to do with it. Very un-Cano like.

~~Yankees 5, Tigers 3~~

Thanks for this win can go to Bartolo Colon who pitched 7 innings and if it hadn’t been for a couple of home runs, would have had a much easier time of it. However, he doesn’t seem to let it bother him, watches the ball go into the seats, then turns around and gets the next batter out. Both home runs were solo shots, he wasn’t letting people get on base and then giving up home runs.

We can also thank Mark for getting on base (so he was walked, he didn’t strike out), Alex for the single that moved Mark to 3rd and Nick Swisher for that liner to central field that allowed Mark to slide and score the winning run. When the umpire called him safe, he got up and double fist pumped. As did Swisher at first, a fist pump, a little dance. All good. Then with Russell batting a wild pitch allowed Alex to come in and score. I suppose we can also thank Valverde for staggering around the mound like he was drunk in the ninth and Verlander for his 30 pitch first inning.

Although I think booing is rude, I would like to boo Santiago, Cabrera (Yankee killer) and Avila. See you boys tomorrow, don’t forget the lessons you learned tonight.

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

Opening Day 2011

~~Yankees 6, Tigers 3~~

This is the second time Kasey and I have gone to Opening day. Not as impressive as some others I know, but I don’t intend to miss anymore. We got to the stadium early, as usual, stopped at the fruit stand so Kasey could get a salad, said hello to Chris (security, section 120A), got food for me and headed up to our seats. It was cold, very cold. I was wearing 4 layers, it wasn’t enough. I bought a fleece throw, it still wasn’t enough. It was so cold, ….. we left before the game was over.

I consoled myself by saying we left because the weather was so nasty, not because our team was way ahead or losing, in fact the score was tied when we left. Since I am not the sort to give myself a break, I am now faced with the dilemma, is it better to leave the game because you were stupid and wore the wrong coat, or to leave early to get home early, or because you think you know the outcome. I gave my boss HELL last year when he told me he was standing on the platform for the #4 train when Swisher hit a walk off home run.

Well, Kasey did get to see her guy hit a 3 run home run, that ball just sailed into the stands. We got to see a couple of fantastic catches by Curtis. We missed the home run by Curtis but we did watch the rest of the game at a bar in Mid-town.

So the season is off to a good start for the Yankees, a not so good start for me.

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