Friday, October 22, 2010 ~ End of the season for NYY

~~Rangers 6, Yankees 1~~

There was a tweet-up scheduled for this game, it was ‘the last tweet-up of the ALCS’. It turned out to be the last tweet-up of the season (I’m talking Yankee baseball here) as the Yankees lost and the Texas Rangers are going to the Super bowl. Pitchers of the day were Phil Hughes, David Robertson, Kerry Wood and Mariano Rivera. The only pitcher who didn’t give up a run was Mo. I not talking about the offense, cause as you can see, there was none. Yankees were completely outplayed by the Rangers.

So now I am trying to adjust to an October with no Yankee baseball. Two things have made me feel a little better. One is the Giants demolished the Cowboys (Texas) and tonight, Game 1 of the World Series, San Francisco Giants got 8 runs off Cliff Lee.

Tomorrow I’ll be back to comment on Mrs. Lee and treatment by fans.

~~and that’s all~~ lo dice la principessa๐Ÿ˜›

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Going back to Texas ~ Sabathia saves the day

~~Wednesday, October 20, 2010
Yankees 7, Rangers 2~~

Today was my regular Wednesday off so I was able to watch the game, but i wasn’t sure I wanted to … Forgive me for a momentary lack of faith Turned on the T.V. to see the Yankees up by 3, or did I see the 3rd run score? Yes I did, then watched the replays as the Texas players seemed to be throwing the ball all over the field. A run scored on an error counts the same. Kasey came home and so I came upstairs to watch on the big T.V., I watched Swisherโ™กโ™ฅโ™ก then Robbie hit the ball into the crowd, no disputing those home runs!

Lance Berkman ran for a foul ball, very Teixeira like, then had his feet slide out from under him when he hit the dirt. Very un-Teixeira like, he landed on his back and his head and his cleats hit the wall. Girardi and the trainer came out, he got back up and stayed in the game. He caught the next pop-up foul, for the final out. I was glad he changed his cleats.

Matt Treanor hit a home run off Sabathia in the 5th inning. I left to get the girl from work and when I got home, the Rangers now had 2 runs, and Kerry Wood was pitching. Elvis Andrus got on base and advanced to second on a wild pitch from Kerry. Kerry turned to check on him, he was heading for 3rd, Derek was at 2nd. It was a sweet pick-off. Then Kerry turned around and finished the inning. Then in the eighth, Curtis answered the Rangers 2nd run with a homerun.

This is very interesting, the Rangers had 13 hits and 2 runs. The Yankees had 9 hits and 7 runs.

C.C. pitched 6 innings, Kerry pitched 2 and Mo came in to finish the game. Yankees keep the series going. Next stop Texas.

~~and that’s all~~ lo dice la principessa

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Another tweet-up ~ Off to a good start

~~Friday, October 15, 2010
Yankees 6, Rangers 5~~

The last tweet-up at Reade St ended up with a rained out game. This time the game played on time. A late 8 pm start and I kind of knew I wouldn’t be able to stay for the whole game, but I went anyway. On my way into work Wednesday I stopped and picked up a Swisherโ™กโ™ฅโ™ก jersey and wore it to the tweet-up. I wasn’t the only one. There were Yankee T-shirts and sweat shirts and jerseys all over the bar.

While this tweet-up was as amazing as the other one, the game was not going good. C.C. was out of the game and Joba was pitching. By the 6th inning the Rangers had scored 5 runs, the Yankees 0. I had to leave, but before I left I made this bold prediction, “When I leave, the Yankees will start scoring and win the game.” I took the subway to Time Square and walked to Grand Central. As I was sitting on the train, I got the first Yankee text. “Robinson Cano hits a solo homerun …. ” Yankees took off from there, scoring that one run in the 7th and 5 in the next inning. Ian Kinsler got caught stealing in the bottom of the eight, Kerry Wood to Mark to Derek. Derek ran him down and faked him out with a pretend throw. (I didn’t actually see that, I watched the video clip on MLB.com. I went on twitter to boast, “Didn’t I say the Yankees were going to win this game?” I was right.

However, if anyone remembers that they started scoring after I left, I may never be invited to another tweet-up.

~~and that’s all~~ lo dice la principessa

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Yankees sweep the Twins ~ and Iโ€™m (sad) happy

~~Yankees 6, Twins 1~~

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Kasey and I were in the city, we both had massage appointments. We were on the train home when the game started. Kasey gets Twitter posts from Bryan Hoch on her phone. Before the game she asks me, “So do we be good fans and hope Phil has a good day? Or be selfish fans and hope he melts down?” My answer to her was, “We hope Phil has a good day, but we hope the bats fall asleep.” Its his first start and I didn’t want him crying in the dugout. I hate when pitchers cry. With her first tweet from Bryan she turns to me with a pout, “Phil with a 1-2-3 inning.” We got home during the 4th inning Brian Duensing had just been replaced by Matt Guerrier and the score was 5-0 Yankees. So I did have to look at a pitcher crying in the dugout, it wasn’t Phil, but it still made me sad, as did the knowledge that I wouldn’t be going to a postseason game the next day.

Phil picked a great night to get filthy. Seven shut-out innings, and our bats were alive from the beginning. The Yankees broke a streak of sorts by jumping ahead of the Twins from the start. Normally the Twins score first. In the eighth inning the Twins attempted a rally of sorts, taking advantage of Kerry Wood’s lack of command and loading up the bases. Joe quickly pulled him and put in Boone Logan (who got his batter out with 1 pitch) and then David “High Socks” Robertson to end the inning. Twins scored one run.

That was it, Mariano came in the ninth, stick a fork in the Twins, they’re done and the Yankees are ALDS champions. So do I get a shirt now, or wait for the next round?

~~and that’s all~~ lo dice la principessa

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Saturday, September 4, 2010 ~ Still bringing my boys luck

~~Yankees 7, Blue Jays 5~~

When Kasey and I got to the train station she turns to me, “I hear a train whistle.” She was worried, I said, “It’s across the river.” She grinned back at me, “You’re right.” Across the river from the MetroNorth station is another railroad track, the train whistles carry across the water, you can tell by the tone of the whistle though, especially when you hear them every day.

We had originally planned to go downtown first but since we got started later then planned we went straight to the Stadium and decided to have lunch at the Hard Rock Cafe, which is also a Rock Music museum, while waiting for our table I was looking at pictures on the wall. There was a picture of Bob Dylan which I read and learned that Bob Dylan wrote a song about Catfish Hunter (I have since bought it and put it on my iPod). We took a quick walk by to say Hi to @SimplySmoov who was busy working. I took my scorebook, which lead to an interesting encounter while waiting for the D train. It got messed up right away, since I wrote Yankees line up while on the train and it was changed by the time we got to the stadium. Swisher got scratched and Thames was put in right field, don’t know why him and not Kearns, maybe for his bat?

The Jays took an early lead, then the Yankees tied then went ahead, then the Blue Jays tied up the game again, all by the 5th inning. Vazquez was the starting pitcher, was taken out in the 5th inning and Moseley came in and first pitch was hit hard and the Blue Jays scored the two runs that tied the game, all the runs were charged to Javier, not a good day for him. Then in the 7th inning Marcus Thames hit a two run home run. The rest of the relief pitchers held the Jays to no runs.

At the end of the eighth inning Kasey turns to me and says, “Is it Mo time?” And it was. Being at the stadium when Mo comes out to pitch is an electric experience, like none other. At the second out, the crowd stands and just waits. Mo did not disappoint, with 10 pitches he was done.

Sometime during the game they showed hi-lights from yesterdays game, they showed the last out, a pop-up in foul territory, Pena comes down from 3rd base to catch it, Mo came over to catch it, and almost runs into him, he pulls up at the last minute and his shoulder were shaking, like he was laughing.

Some personal notes: Jose Bautista was booed every time he came up to bat, the last time he was called out and he got mad, started arguing with the umpire and was promptly thrown out. The crowd just went crazy, waving their arms at him, shooing him back to the dugout. Sitting near us were some Jays fans. We could tell by the Canadian flag this one guy was wearing as a cape. The guy behind me was a real loud mouth, the woman next to Kasey kept bumping her with her elbow, and there was this old lady a couple rows away from us clapping her hands and yelling like she knew something (she didn’t).

Kasey called Thames home run. Don’t know how she could see he was antsy from our seats but she did and said this is it. Boom into the bullpen. Then waiting for the 4 train, the man behind me remarked that we had the same scorebook. I didn’t show him how messy mine was, but he and his wife (?) are from the San Francisco Bay area, but are Yankee fans. They come out every year for their vacation, schedule it to attend 5 or 6 games. That is my idea of a vacation. I wonder if my mom would take me to Yankee games when I visit her in Seattle.

It was a beautiful day for a ballgame, and a perfect evening to be walking around Manhattan. After the game we went downtown, sort of to do shopping, but instead we walked around. Went in a few stores found nothing then stopped to eat at Madison and Vine. We both had been wanting to eat there.

~~and that’s all~~ lo dice la principessa ๐Ÿ˜›

Friday, September 3, 2010 ~ A Good Start

~~Yankees 7, Blue Jays 3~~

This is how my obsession is, once I type a title, I have to type the post, even if I can’t remember what I was going to say, even if I can’t remember what happened or why I picked the title I picked. It leads to blog posts that make no sense. Like this one, I am already confused, what was I saying?

Since this was the first game of the series and since Yankees won it, that would explain why I typed ‘A Good Start’, unfortunately, since it is now Monday, I don’t remember much about this game. I remember I wasn’t able to sneak away from work to watch it and had to follow the plays on MLB.com

Nova was pretty good, only gave up 3 runs, unfortunately he wasn’t in long enough to get the win, Kerry Wood got the win, David Robertson got his 13th hold of the season and Mariano closed the game. Someone tweeted that Mo almost took out Pena, I will explain that in my next post, since at the time, I had no idea what happened.

That’s pretty much all I have for you right now.

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

Tuesday, August 24, 2010 ~ Whoโ€™s Stomping Who Now?

~~Yankees 11, Blue Jays 5~~

After a game, I usually go to the Yankees site and read all the articles about the game, just something I do. I try not to read the comments after the article, I usually end up severely mad at people I don’t know. The comments after last nights game were no exception, I’ve pasted some of them below along with my comments to them, that I didn’t make because I don’t really see the point. Haters don’t want to be told they are haters and it is best not to feed trolls.

ole zeppy’s gonna have a good game today. so far he has been good bad good bad and i guess today will be good. we see. prediction 6-2 jays ๐Ÿ™‚

Shouldn’t have crowed about this, now you have to eat crow.

nova is a whiny b*tch sit down yankees were gona sweep you

Nova is whiny? Bautista is the one who started complaining about the pitch, Nova stood his ground. And Jays are going to sweep the Yankees? Nope, not happening.

Too much… Hockey boy? Still living in Canada? Accusations of steroid use? The Jays have had the Ysnkees number all year and out come the school boy insults. Who can’t take the heat? If your team was that good then you should be stomping this team that is ‘next to last in the standings’ but you are not. Don’t you agree “World Series Champions”? Factis that the Yanks cannot match the Jays this year head to head. Yankee Stadium, Rogers Center, we beat you at your house and at ours. Yankee fans are the worst. Now Bosox Fans!!! Those are ball fans. ๐Ÿ™‚

We are that good, did you never hear, on any given day, the worst team in baseball can beat the best team in baseball, Yankees are “World Series Champions”, and despite the fact we haven’t won any series against the Jays, we are still tied for first and you are in 4th place.

Yankees fans dont seem to take losses too well. Better get used to it. It’s going to happen all the time at the Rogers Center!

Yeah, I guess we don’t, we’re not used to it. Just like you don’t handle winning without turning into gloating fanatics thinking you have a chance at the post-season. And those balls flying into the stands today? They were off the Yankee bats.

They were also commenting about steroids, ‘petite (sic) on roids’, “Um no he wasn’t”, making it sound like he (and others) were on them for years. And when I corrected his spelling and said, “He was never on steroids.” I get a snarky response back, ‘i don’t care how its spelled (because you have no respect) and yes he was’ (no he wasn’t, check your facts), he admitted to receiving 2 shots of HGH and when he got them it wasn’t a banned substance. This is why I shouldn’t read the comments. Just make me mad and then I write blog posts like this one. So instead of talking about how great Moseley pitched, 2 runs in 6 innings, compared to how sloppy Gaudin pitched, 3 runs in 2 innings or how Kerry Wood came in and took care of the Blue Jays 1, 2, 3, I’m on a rant.

And it was a thrilling game, Yankees hit 5 home-runs starting with Mark Teixeira, Marcus Thames and Jorge Posada in the third inning and Curtis Granderson and Derek Jeter in the fifth. 8 of the runs were off of home runs. Can you say “Total Domination”? Gotta go now, gotta think of what to say for my next blog post.

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

Wednesday, August 18, 2010 ~ Taming the kitty cats

~~Yankees 9, Tigers 5~~

The Tigers were rowdy tonight. Apparently in the last play of Monday’s game (which we lost) Gardner slide into the 2nd baseman and now he is on the D.L. (the Tiger’s player, not Gardner). Tonight, after a scoreless first inning by the Tigers, Gardner is in the lead-off spot and gets hit. Intentional? Retaliation? Some say yes, some say no. Some say Gardner’s slide was ‘dirty’, some say it was the SS fault because of the way he threw the ball. When asked Gardner said, “I don’t know, I don’t care. They want to put me on base that’s fine with me as long as I don’t get hurt.”

Teixeira made them pay. With Gardner still on base he hit a home run. Then Cano hit a home run. 0-3 Yankees. Then Cabrera of the Tigers hit a home run and at his second at bat, another home run. The Yankees struck back with 3 runs in the 4th bring the score to 2-6 Yankees. It takes a lot to tame kittens, especially tiger cubs. They came back with a 2 run homer. That was it for Moseley. Curtis got one of the runs back with his own home run. That made it 3 home runs for the Yankees and 3 for the Tigers. 4-7 Yankees.

Moseley pitched all right. But coming out early meant a lot of work for the bull pen, Joba, Logan, Wood, Gaudin, D-Rob and Mo all pitched. Wood had to get out a bases loaded, 1 out and Cabrera coming up the 3rd next pitcher. A home run hitter coming up with bases loaded? No, just no. He struck out the next two hitters. D-Rob had to do the same thing, only in his case Gaudin had loaded the bases. He looked so nervous, and when he threw the ball to Mark for the last out, after only giving up one run, he looked so happy. This inning started with Cabrera coming up to bat and getting plunked by Gaudin. That’s when things started to get ugly. The Tiger’s manager came out and started yelling, about what I don’t know. He wouldn’t answer any questions after the game. Then Jeter was walked, and one of the balls went behind his back.

Was it intentional on Gaudin’s part? I don’t think so. Yankees were up by 5 runs, so they had already proved their point, and I don’t think Gaudin is a good enough pitcher to intentionally hit someone like that. Oh and that nice Johnny Damon? Who got such a nice ovation, and told Michael Kay how much better New York is then Boston, he was one of the ones saying Brett’s slide was dirty. Maybe he is little bitter.

This post was possible because I started keeping score. These are my score sheets. This first one is for Detroit. Noticed how I colored in the boxes with brown pencil? That’s because I don’t like the Tigers and I don’t like brown.

This one is for the Yankees. Notice the blue boxes? And the darker colored boxes are purple, that is where the home runs are. Because I like blue and I love purple. I love my Yankees and I especially love home runs.

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

Monday, August 16, 2010 ~ Yankees, its time to WAKE UP!

~~Tigers 3, Yankees 1~~

This was sad, truly sad. Javier was not pitching great, giving up a base hit then a home run in the second inning, by the fourth inning his pitch count was up to 106 and he was out of there, but the offense was horrible. The only run was a gift, a bases loaded walk.

Sergio Mitre and Kerry Wood pitched (together) 4 scoreless innings. Then Joba came in for the ninth and gave up a home run, he then proceeded to strike out the next two batters. You can’t really put all the blame on Joba, after all, Miguel Cabrera is a home run hitter, (28 for the season? Yeah I guess so) and it really didn’t affect the outcome of the game. But I still hate him.

This was Johnny Damon’s first game in the Bronx as a Tiger, he got a nice ovation, people had signs and were wearing his jersey. It amuses me, Javier was booed because he gave up a run in 2004, and the player who hit the home run, gets a warm welcome from these same fans.

And I discovered another use for scoring. When you don’t want to watch the game, cause your team is suckinglosing, you can color in the boxes on the score-sheet and therefore not look at the T.V.

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

Wednesday, August 11, 2010 ~ Yes the Yankees DO Like to Come From Behind

~~Yankees 7, Rangers 6~~

Wednesday night is church, I don’t miss for baseball games. I do take my phone however ๐Ÿ˜‰ Which is how I knew the Rangers scored a run in the first inning. When I got home the score was 3-1 Rangers and I decided not to turn on the T.V. I had a bad fan moment and said, “The Yankees can lose without me.” ๐Ÿ˜ฆ

While doing other stuff online, which I can’t remember now what I was doing, I had Gameday on, the score crept up to 6-1. Javier was disappointing me and a lot of people. I tried to stay calm, not watching the game helped, I least I wasn’t seeing the melt-down.

Then slowly the Yankees began to gain ground, Sergio Mitre pitched to end of the 6th without giving up a run, 6-2. Kerry Wood pitched 2 shutout innings and the score was now Rangers 6, Yankees 5, thanks in part to a home run by Marcus Thames, who was batting in Mark Teixeira’s spot.

The T.V. was turned on for the 9th inning, Marcus Thames brought run #7 across the plate. Then Mo came in for the save, and the first hit by Elvis Andrus was a triple. So now the tying run was on third. Please forgive me Mo. I was preparing myself for extra innings, I might have even said some things to my T.V. I should not have doubted Mo, give up a save two days in a row? Even non-Yankee fans don’t believe that’s possible.

So after the triple, there was a fly ball to right field and Austin Kearns made a “shoe-string” catch (no idea what that means), next batter bounced the ball to Mo. And he did his lazy look to third base, throw to Swisher at first …. (O.K., top of the ninth, Granderson ran for Berkman, so bottom of the ninth, Granderson was put in center field, Gardner was moved to left field, Kearns was moved to right field, the only place left for Swish was first base) 2nd out. Then the next batter grounded out to 3rd base.

Sometimes I think Mo likes to toy with people. Time: 3:45, Attendance: 48,676. Compiled by MLB Advanced Media

~~and that’s all~~ she wrote

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