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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It’s a split ~ Monday, August 29, 2011

~~ Yankees 3, Orioles 2 ~~

Not exactly what I was hoping from a series with the Orioles, but after two games lost it was either a split or a loss, I’ll take the split. So what can I say about this game that you don’t already know? That I was impressed with Freddy’s pitching, except for the ball that whats-his-name hit out of the park. I can’t really say that Michael and Ken jinxed Robertson, they didn’t say how many innings it had been seen he had given up a run, but it was a long time until tonight. So he give up the home run, he walks a batter, the batter steals second, the pressure is on, Dave will be fine. I called that one.

Then Mo comes in and one, two, three, Yankees win. Of course the whole time he is pitching, Michael and Ken are talking about how many saves IN A ROW Mariano has blown at Camden Yards. They were totally pissing me off, then I thought, maybe they will reverse jinx him. Of course I don’t really believe in jinxes.

During the game I was texting little bits of it to a friend who couldn’t watch it because she had lost power during the hurricane. I didn’t text a lot because I wasn’t sure how much she would want me too, but she never told me to stop so I kept going. I don’t know if Kasey was watching or still working on her basement. They didn’t lose power but the basement got flooded, there was approximately 10″ of water and everything had to be tossed, now the drywall and everything has to be torn out. I am kind of bummed because I had left a couple boxes of books I was planning to take to the Strand and sell. Ah well, these things happen when you live in a hurricane zone. Wait.

Swisher hit home run #21. A 2 run shot and Mark got his 100 RBI for the season. Next up, Boston.

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

Score some runs will ya!!

~~ Orioles 2, Yankees 0 ~~

When I got tired of watching Hurricane Irene I turned on the game, the first thing I saw was Bartolo pitch a 6 run inning. Sexy! Yes they are. However, the O’s pitcher’s kept the Yankees down to 0 runs and Colon let the O’s get 2 runs.

Michael Kay said the Yankees were playing like they had spent the entire day before watching movies, which they probably were, but the Yankees playing half asleep should be better then the last place O’s! This is kind of my way of giving credit to Britton, without really doing it.

However, this is the first game of a double header, tonight Nova is pitching tonight and the Yankees should (better) win.

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

Zack Greinke in New York ~ Tuesday, June 28, 2011

~~ Yankees 12, Brewers 2 ~~

Michael Kay said that Greinke doesn’t like performing in front of crowds and doesn’t like the media attention. From his performance I think Kay is right. After 2 innings and 56 pitches he was pulled. He also gave up 7 runs, of which 7 were earned. He also walked 3. If this is how he pitches in New York, it seems the Yankees were right to say no thanks to Greinke.

The Brewers actually got more hits then the Yankees. I guess Yankees defense is just better. Freddy one time said that he always pitches like its a one run game. He did so tonight holding the Brewers to two runs even with the Yankees having 7 runs on the board. Yankees then went on to get 5 more runs. Noesi and Wade also pitched scoreless innings.

Nick Swisher hit a 3 run home run. Mark Teixeira hit a 2 run home run, his 24th of the season, putting him in first place in the American League.

In my continuing discussion of Interleague play, I never thought of this but Interleague play is also hard on the National League teams. They have to pull a player to D.H. and that puts them at a disadvantage. Girardi says the 9 games of Interleague play in a row can cripple a team. Here’s a thought, forget about where they are playing, National League teams play with their rules and American League teams play with their rules. Neither team will be at a disadvantage since they will both be playing the way they are used to playing.

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

Live (sort of) from Yankee Stadium: Mets vs. Yankees ~ May 20

Joining you in the bottom of the second, Alex Rodriguez hits one through the gap in center for a double.

I love when Al describes pitches to Michael Kay.

Jorge walks; Swisher gets HBP; bases loaded, 2 outs.

Gardner grounds out to third baseman. Score still 0-0

3rd inning (Top): Cano to Mark, out #1; Fly out to Gardner, out #2; Fly out to Gardner, out #3; 9 pitch inning for Freddy Garcia.

(Bottom): Derek leads off, goes down on strikes; Mark Teixeira hit’s home run #11, another $15 for Dream Team 25; Alex Rodriguez flies out to first baseman. Score is 0-1, NYY

4th inning (Top): Popped out to Russell Martin, out #1; Fly out to Granderson, out #2; Ball to the wall, double; RBI double; Cano to Teixeira, out #3. Score is tied 1-1.

(Bottom): Cano flies out to right field, out #1; Russell Martin walks; Jorge out at first, out #2; Swisher strikes out, out #3. Score: 1-1

5th inning (Top): Freddy is dealing strikes, 2 outs; Cano to Mark, out #3.
(Bottom): Gardner on first, error on Mets; stolen base for Gardner; Single for Jeter; Granderson flies out, out #1; Mark down looking, out #2; Alex grounds out, out #3; 2 men left on base. Score: 1-1.

6th inning (Top): Home run for Mets; Fly ball to Granderson, out #1; Pop up caught by Alex, out #2; Fly ball to Swisher, he misses and ball bounces into stands, double, runners on 2nd and 3rd; Ground ball to first, out #3. Score: 2-1, NYM
(Bottom): Cano flies out to right field, out #1; Russell Martin with a double; Posada strikes out, out #2; Swisher strikes out, out #3. Score: 2-1, NYM

7th inning (Top): Swing and miss, out #1; Fly ball to right field, Nick Swisher catches it, out #2; Granderson makes the last out in center field, out #3. Score: 2-1, NYM
(Bottom): New pitcher for Mets. Gardner strikes out, out #1; Derek with fly ball to right field, out #2; Granderson hits a pop up in foul territory, out #3. Score: 2-1, NYM

8th inning (Top): New pitcher for Yankees, Joba Chamberlain. Ground ball to Cano to Mark, out #1; Alex misses with the throw to first, man on first; Strike out, out #2; Strike out, out #3.
(Bottom): Teixeira out on strikes, out #1; Alex strikes out, out #2; Cano grounds out, out #3. Score: 2-1, NYM

Sorry this has been so blah, but I can’t get online with my computer for some reason and have had to type all this on my iPhone. Right now I have to go. I’ll be back to give the final score later.

~~Yankees 1, Mets 2~~

If the Yankees don’t win this I’ll be pissed. Freaking Mets!!

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

Do they have a rally in their bones?

~~Yankees 6, Orioles 5~~

Michael Kay always says that when the Yankees go into the last inning and they are behind. He said it tonight, going into the ninth inning the score was 5-4 Orioles. Phil Hughes is still struggling, although I think he is getting better. Of course the numbers don’t show it, but his last outing against Boston he lasted 2 innings and gave up 6 runs, at the end of the game, his ERA was 16.50. Tonight he gave up 5, but it was over 4-โ…“ and his ERA while still high (13.94) has come down. Of course the question is, what do you do with him? Pitching coach has to work with him, figure out what is wrong so they can fix him. I think they just have to let him keep pitching building up his strength and hopefully that will bring his speed and location back. Of course I am not an expert in these things. I am just a fan with a blog.

Top of the fifth Colon came in to replace Hughes, by the middle of the 5th the score was Orioles 5, New York 0. Some have described what happened next as the Yankees started chipping away at the lead. First a run scored in the 5th, Alex scoring on a double by Cano. Run number 2 & 3 in the 6th inning. And in the meantime Colon was holding the Orioles to 5 runs. 7th inning Swisher walked, then scored bringing the score to 5-4. In the 8th inning Colon came out and Joba came in. On a wild pitch Felix Pie ran in to score, Martin flipped to Joba and Pie was tagged out at home plate. But in the bottom of the eighth, no runs were scored.

Colon was aided in keeping Orioles from scoring any more runs by the infield. On particular play made me happy, it was a running scoop up by Jeter with a turn and a jump and a throw right to Mark. It made me particularly happy because some people were mocking Jeter’s jump throw, saying it looked silly and wasn’t effective. Let me tell you, if Jeter didn’t have that ‘jump throw’, he wouldn’t have gotten the runner out at first.

So there they were in the bottom of the ninth, one run behind? Did they have a rally in their bones? Posada came up to bat, D started saying how Posada was doing “nothing” blah, blah blah. Then Jorge smacked that ball into the bull pen, the fielder climbed the fence but it was gone. Kasey yelled at D for ‘doubting Posada’. Ball game was tied and Mariano came in to keep it that way. Tenth inning, Mark walks, Alex doubles, Cano hits a single and Nicky โ™ก hits a sacrifice fly to bring Mark home. And you know what that means. Yankees win, pie time for Swish, and lets not forget …

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After the game Russell Martin tweeted:

Great comeback! Picking each other up is what it’s all about… That a baby swish @NickSwisher sweet pie.

I hope one day, Russell gets to taste how sweet the pie is.

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