Selfish Curtis Granderson

The Yankees swept the Mets. On June 8th the Yankees won 9-1, they hit 3 home runs in this game. It was the first game Johan had pitched after his no-hitter and the three home runs came one after the other against him. The next game was on June 9 and I wrote about it in my last blog post, they hit 2 home runs winning the game by 2 runs. In the game on June 10, the Mets were up 3 runs until the 7th inning then Russell hit a 2 run home run, then two more runs in the 8th put them ahead. Sori gave up a run in the top of the 9th to tie the score. In the bottom of the 9th Russell hit another home run, this was for the win, a walk off home run. Yankees hit home runs in each game.

The series against the Braves was a sweep also, and the Yankees hit home runs in each of those games. June 11, 3-0 and 1 home run; June 12, 6-4 with 2 home runs; June 13, 3-2 with 1 home run.

In some of these games, you could say they wouldn’t have won without the home runs. The game on June 10th, the winning run was a home run. On June 9th the Yankees won by 2 runs and scored 3 of their runs by way of home runs. The home run hit by Mark Teixeira was with Curtis Granderson on base, the one Curtis hit was a solo shot. Phil also pitched very well, only giving up 2 runs to the Mets, so that helped. In the game against the Braves on June 12, going into the 8th the score was 4-0 Atlanta, then with the bases loaded Alex Rodriguez hit a home run. It was his 23rd Grand Slam, tying him with Lou Gehrig (this made Lindsey sad, I was sad too, but then someone pointed out even though he tied the record, that doesn’t make Alex as great a player as Lou. I don’t know if that made Lindsey feel better, but it helped me). After Robbie got on base, Swisher hit a home run to put the Yankees up 6-4 and then on June 13, Curtis hit a two run homer in the 6th which put the Yankees ahead.

However there were other games that would have been run without the home run. Such as the game on June 11 against the Braves. First of all, Ivan pitched a shut out, and he got a hit, his first. The Yankees scored three runs, one was a home run, so without that home run the Yankees would have won 2-0 instead of 3-0.

Then there was today’s game, which the Yankees were winning going into the 9th inning with a score of 6-1, all without a home run. We were all excited, thinking “Will this be it? Will the Yankees finally win a game without hitting a home run?” Yes the Yankees have hit at least one home run in all of their winning games. Then Curtis Granderson just had to hit one out of the park. His 20th this year and the Yankees are still without a winning game without a home run. Will it never end? Curtis is just so selfish.

I managed to type that without laughing. The Yankees are getting men on base, not all their home runs are single shots, and what better way to bring your teammates home than with a home run? The Yankees have power hitters in their line ups and Curtis wasn’t going to swing for a single with a 3-1 count. Not when he got a 4-seam fastball. Joe keeps telling people, a home run is a hit. Someday they’ll believe it.

While I don’t know yet if the Yankees are going to sweep, they are off to a good start. And for the last two sweeps, fireworks are in order I think.

Philthy Phil

Most of the time I don’t go to Mets vs. Yankees games. Mainly because as a general rule Mets fans are obnoxious. There are of course exceptions, I do know some nice Mets fans, like I know some nice Red Sox fans etc. When a friend called asking me if I wanted to go to the game, I said Yes, of course. I don’t usually turn down invitations to the game, especially from this guy since his tickets include the Audi club and Mohegan Sun Sports Bar Access. At this point I should probably say, my win lose ratio going with this friend is more losses then wins so I was a little apprehensive since Phil was pitching. I know he pitched a complete game shut out in Detroit, but I was wearing my lucky #52 Ravens shirt during that game.

However, I really like going to games so at 4:30 I headed up to the Bronx to meet my friend. We went in around 6 and walked to the Mohegan Sun Sports bar. It was Military Appreciation night and the Golden Knights were parachuting in, from Mohegan Sun you can see right out into center field so we got a good view of them landing. It was thrilling as always. Then on to our seats for the game.

Yankees scored first, then when a Mets player hit a home run the Mets fans went crazy. Like no one has ever hit a home run off Phil Hughes before? Been there, seen that, next page please. Phil gives up a home run almost every game. The game was now tied and in the 6th another home run by the Mets put them ahead 2-1. The Met crowd went crazy again. It didn’t last long, Mark Teixeira hit a two run blast in the bottom of the 6th to put the Yankees ahead. Then a home run by Curtis in the 8th put the score to 4-2 Yankees. I was happy about this, so often when a team loses the pitcher is blamed even when he pitched well. Even when Phil pitches well, but gets no run support and I hear, “He’s no good.” Even my date said, “Would you trust Phil on the mound?” Yes I would (followed by a punch). He only got a little run support this time, but it was enough to win, because he only gave up 2 runs. The fact that the two homers were single shots means he wasn’t letting anyone on base. He was doing his job, the bats need to pick it up and do their jobs! I can say this and not be blamed for throwing anyone under the bus because I am a fan and entitled to my opinion. However biased it may be.

We ended up the game in the Audi club, it was humid in the seats. I wanted ice cream but they don’t serve sweets in the Audi club. The bartender is a friend of my date’s so she gave me Girl Scout Thin Mints and a little mini cupcake. I tried the Sangria which was supposed to be really good, alas it tasted to much like wine. My date was annoyed that they let ‘fans of other teams’ in the Audi club, I guess he’s a little more hard core than I am. Overall I had a good time and it was a good game, if a little nerve wracking at times. However in close games I kind of like it when the Yankees take the lead in the last half of the game, less time to lose it. There was one other thing I didn’t like, before the game I saw this tank top outside a store on River St., it was grey and cut away in the back so my tattoos will show. I didn’t pick it up because I wanted to make sure I had enough money for the game, then after the game, it wasn’t out there anymore so I couldn’t get it. Hopefully it will still be there next game I go to.

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

Frustration

Before the game last night, I was thinking I should write a post about how the Yankees swept the A’s, I was even going to use my little broom gif. However it was beastly hot and I really didn’t want to sit with my laptop making my lap hotter. So I thought I would type it after the game. In the first inning the Yankees scored 3 runs, the Angels came back and scored 4. On the surface that may not seem too bad, but the Yankees got 3 runs because the Angles committed 2 errors. The Angels got 4 runs without any errors by the Yankees. It was a sloppy inning, Phil did not have very good stuff.

At lot of times Phil gets very low run support, on May 22, a game I was at, the Yankees scored 3 runs. It was enough because Phil held the Royals to 2 runs. Last night he gave up 7 runs. The Yankees scored 8 runs, tying it up in the 7th inning. Then the Angels got a home-run in the bottom of the ninth to win it. Mark Trumbo hit it off Cory Wade. But I don’t blame Cory, as he said:

“He got paid to do just what he did with it — hit it out of the ballpark,” Wade said. “If I throw that same pitch 10 more times, he’s going to hit it out 10 more times. It was a pretty bad pitch.”

That gives the Angels 7 wins in a row, and breaks the Yankees winning streak. Tonight Andy pitches, hopefully he can shut down the Angels.

In the third inning Nick and Curtis collided. I confess, I laughed, sorry guys. They both got up, the ball went into Swish’s glove and then bounced out when they collided. Curtis was up first and scrambling after the ball.

Granderson and Swisher collide

Over the slump

The Yankees and I have both been in a slump, there is no reason, I just haven’t really felt like writing here. As you can see I haven’t even written about the games I have been to, my last post was on May 6. I went to the game on Thursday, May 10 by myself and ended sitting next to a creeper. I didn’t write about it because I didn’t want that to dominate the post. I was so annoyed and yet I’m sure that while I was still annoyed he had completely forgotten he had even talked to me. I had bought those tickets because I was buying tickets from a new source so Kasey and I could go to the game Saturday, May 19.

We already had tickets for the next Tuesday, so I don’t know why she wanted to go Saturday. It turned out to be a good thing because Tuesday she was sick and couldn’t go. Kasey left Saturday because she had a nail appointment. Yankees were behind and as soon as she left they started scoring runs. Not enough it turned out, but it was kind of fun to watch. Tuesday I asked Col to come since Kasey couldn’t make it, “PHIL IS PITCHING!” She was thrilled I had thought to offer her the extra ticket, she wanted to see Phil pitch. And he got the win bringing his record to 4-5. “He won for you,” I teased her.

Then Wednesday Sarah want to go to the game, that was a pretty amazing game, one time when A-Rod hit a foul, I said “Alex, that way!” and pointed to Monument Park. He responded by hitting the ball into the bleachers, not Monument Park, brat. Then he went on to hit another home run next at bat. The way the Yankees just kept scoring runs.

Now the Yankees are out of their slump, hopefully I’m out of mine too.

He’s BACK!!

~~ Yankees 10, Royals 4 ~~

Yes Nick Swisher was back in the line-up after a week out with a strained hamstring, but I was referring to Phil Hughes. His outings are getting longer and his record is now up to 2-4. Yes I know that doesn’t look great, but today his line was: 6.2 IP, 6 H, 3 R, 1 walk and 7 strike outs. The main thing is how long he lasted, that is encouraging to me, looking at him he looked more at ease, more determined and less uncertain. He threw 115 pitches which means he is being smarter about his pitches. He was in KC so he didn’t get an ovation, but I clapped for him in my living room.

Coming into the 3rd inning they were tied, Yankees scored 6 runs, 4 with a grand slam by Robbie. The Swish added a home run of his own. In the 8th inning Alex hit a 3 run home run. Combination of small ball and long ball.

Three runs were charged to Phil, the last a home run so Boone came in to replace him, the last run was in the 9th inning, a nice try for a rally that didn’t happen.

Game over: Yankees win.

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

Live blogging the rubber game ~ Baltimore vs New York, 5/2

We know what has happened so far, on Friday Kuroda pitched a gem, (and made a fantastic tag at the plate in the 7th inning), Mariano got his 5th save and Yankees won. Saturday, Phil was not so great, Nunez bobbled the play and the bats took a vacation. Tonight is the rubber game. Nova normally gets great run support. Here is another attempt by me of live blogging. Due to the nature of this post, I will be posting the score at the bottom of the post. It’s almost game time, I’m going to turn on my TV now.

Inning 1: Top
Chavez grounds out 1;
Hardy singles; Markakis doubles, Hardy to third; Jones flies out to Cano (making fools aware) LOVE 2
Wieters walks (Ken may have just jinxed Nova ~ RAGE); Davis strikes out 3

Bottom
Jeter strikes out 1
Granderson flies out to center field 2
Rodriguez singles; Cano strikes out 3

Inning 2: Top
Johnson grounds out 1
Reynolds flies out 2
Andino walks; Chavez pops out to Chavez (I crack myself up) 3

Bottom
Teixeira grounds out (2-19) 1
Ibanez flies out 2
Chavez strikes out 3

Inning 3: Top
1, 2, 3

This game is a pitchers duel so far **crickets**
Scoring plays only, cause I’m knitting, this is hard and I’m sure boring for you.

Inning 4: Top
Wieters Home Run Orioles 1, Yankees 0
Davis grounds out 1
Johnson with a double; Strike-out 2
Single; Pop-out 3

Bottom
1, 2, 3;

Inning 5: Bottom
Chavez out (injury)

Inning 6: Top
Andino gets an RBI with 1 out. Orioles 2, Yankees 0
Double play 2, 3

Bottom
Nothing, Nada, Zip, Pffffft

Inning 7: Top
Markakis Home Run Orioles 3, Yankees 0
Wieters RBI Double Orioles 4, Yankees 0

Nova is out, 15 winning streak broken. :(; Chavez has concussion or whiplash;
Johnson RBI Double Orioles 5, Yankees 0

Andino is just a beast.

Freddy pitched scoreless out of the pen. Orioles pitched scoreless whole game.

~~ Orioles 5, Yankees 0 ~~

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

Bits and pieces, awards and football

Report: Yu Darvish bid tops Dice-K I’m not quite sure how this works, like a lot of things in the business end of baseball, as I understand it, this pitcher, Yu Darvish wants to come to play in the MLB. So the MLB teams that want him have to bid for him. Then his team (the Hokkaido Nippon Ham Fighters) decides if they’ll accept the bid, then the team who made the bid gets to ‘talk’ to the player, to see if they can reach a deal. I don’t know if then the team has to pay MORE money to the player. I can’t find that out. However, the bidding has closed and the highest bid is a lot of money.

Greatness in Baseball Yearly Awards (GIBBYs) were announced on Friday night as the final word on Major League Baseball’s awards season. The Yankees had three: Derek Jeter for Performance of the Year, David Robertson for Setup Man and Robinson Cano for Wow Factor. Jose Valverde of the Tigers won Closer of the Year, which I was going to cry about, but it’s just for the year, and his numbers were better then Mo’s this year. However, Mo is still the greatest of all time. Speaking of Mo ….

Rivera recovering well after surgery on throat He had polyps removed from his vocal cords. We haven’t heard the results of the testing on the polyps, but this is one area where bad news usually travels faster then good news. Pretty sure he’ll be fine.

Yankees take two players in Rule 5 Draft Left-handed reliever Cesar Cabral, so if I understand this right, he was with the Red Sox, then the Royals picked him in the draft, then the Yankees paid the Royals for him (sounds a little bit like a slave auction, hmmm). So was he a Royals, or a Red Sox? The other player is a right-handed pitcher Brad Meyers, who was a starter with the Nationals.

The Yankees are keeping Hector Noesi as a starter and released Greg Golson. Good-bye Greg, I’ll never forget that throw you made from right field, it was a beauty.

Freddy Garcia will be a Yankee next year, they offered him a one year deal and he accepted. He likes playing in Pinstripes.

All eligible Yankees tendered contracts Joba, Phil, David, Brett, Boone (Boom-Boom-Boone) and Russell (HI! Russell) are all coming back next year. Russell even tweeted it. If it wasn’t so late I would find it and post a link.

Cano and Swisher are coming back, of course Cano is a no-doubter (as is Swisher in my mind). There is talk that the Yankees might use Swisher for trade, but I doubt it. If you trade Swisher, who’s going to play right field? Not only that but he can relieve Mark at first and he is good for 30 home runs a year and contributes to the clubhouse moral. Not only that, he loves New York and would cry if he had to leave.

The biggest news of all (pun intended) is that CC is coming back. So we will have our Ace, our Big Stoppa, our Great Devourer of Innings. He also let the fans know, he posted a video saying he wanted to let the fans know himself, he is coming back to New York.


However, the Yankees are not the only ones busy acquiring things during the off-season, I got these two beautiful pins.

On the subject of football, I’m not really a football fan, but I’ve been trying to keep myself occupied instead of just moping about waiting for baseball to start again. I have been a Bills fan since I lived in Buffalo, it wasn’t that hard to abandon the Bucs when I left Florida, and I still am. However, I decided I can root for two teams. I picked the Ravens for 3 reason. One is they beat the Steelers (TWICE!) and I hate the Steelers. Two is their uniforms are purple (pretty!). Third is the quarterback is a real cutie (his wife is pregnant with their first baby, how presh is that!). So I bought some cute purple stuff, a t-shirt, some fuzzy socks and a dog tag (it has an engraveable back, I don’t know what I would put there but if I ever do, ….. So I am hoping they make it to the superbowl. If not them, maybe the Giants, I can root for the Giants, they are almost a New York team.

Yankees 9, Mariners 3 ~ Monday, September 12, 2011

~~ Yankees 9, mariners 3 ~~

Yay for run support for Phil Hughes. He pitched pretty well, giving up 1 run in 6 innings pitched while Scott Proctor (who I know nothing about except he has a 6.49 ERA) gave up 2 runs in 2 innings. Then Ayala pitched the ninth. No Mo tonight.

Mark and Chris Dickerson hit home runs, which reminds me I need to update my page and send Harlem RBI some more money. Chris Dickerson also stole a base.

~~ Questo รจ tutto, dice la principessa ~~ Monday, September 12, 2011 ๐Ÿ˜›

Rain, Rain, GO AWAY!

~~ Yankees 5, Orioles 3 ~~

There was a four hour rain delay, can you believe it? All the Yankee fans (ok, me and one other, maybe two) are blaming Buck. When you think about it, if the Orioles had agreed to the double-header on that Friday, Yankees would still have a day to play a make-up game and wouldn’t have had to play yesterday. It is what is, can’t change it now. So the delay was longer then the game. I went to bed, couldn’t take it anymore.

Phil Hughes gave up 2 runs in six innings. Not great, not terrible and Logan gave up the other run. The rest of the bull pen kept the Orioles to three runs and Mo picked up save number 39.

Posada, Cervelli and Gardner each hit home runs. That Cervelli is proving all the haters wrong! What a little firebrand.

The rain helped and hindered both teams. In the end, Yankees win.

~~ Questo รจ tutto, dice la principessa ~~ Tuesday, September 6, 2011 ๐Ÿ˜›

Hit hard

~~ Yankees 11, Orioles 10 ~~

Labor day, a holiday for most, not for ball players. And certainly not for the starting pitchers. Both got hit hard. It was an “aww Freddy” kind of game. I don’t know what Orioles fans say when their pitchers stink (no I’m not going to go there). The Yankees used 7 pitchers, I hope none of those pitchers got too worn out, because we might need some when Hughes pitches, (yes I went THERE) and A.J. (inAJwetrust). Its a good thing the roster expanded and we got some extra arms.

One of the new guys, (Sarah calls them new guys until they hit a home run, “They don’t have a name until they hit a home run!”) earned his name in this game, with 2 home runs, he got 3 RBI. The guy everyone has been wanting to come up, who when 0-4 in his first game, Jesus Montero. I’m not getting into the home run calls and jokes.

Yankees needed those runs since the Orioles kept scoring runs, and scoring, and scoring, inching within 1 run of tying in the 9th inning. Mo came through with save #38 for the year, #597 for his career.

Since it was a holiday, I was up at my old place and since the game was going on so long went up to the store. I had my iPhone and was listening to the broadcast. When this game was over I switched to the Red Sox vs. Blue Jays game which was in the 10th inning and scoreless. I was actually rooting for Jose to hit home run #41. He didn’t, but another Jay did and now the Red Sox are 2.5 games behind us. SWEET!

~~ Questo รจ tutto, dice la principessa ~~ Monday, September 5, 2011 ๐Ÿ˜›