and out with a whimper

~~ Tigers 3, Yankees 2 ~~

The last game of the series, the do or die, win or go home, and the Yankees lost by 1 run. They did this all series, lost by one or two runs, won by killing the Tigers. I probably sound like a bad fan saying they went out with a whimper, but that is kind of how it seemed, twice they left the bases loaded in this game, TWICE!

So now I am reduced to watching the team that beat them this year play the team that beat them last year. It presents me with the dilemma of who I root for, but I think I should abstain since the only option is a NL team and I just can’t do it.

From now until spring training I will be coming back for a few posts, you know if anything happens in the Yankee Universe. Take care friends.

“I told them that there was really nothing I could say that was going to make anyone in that room feel any better. There really wasn’t,” said Girardi of his closing speech. “I thought they played hard all year long. I thought they gave us everything that they’ve got. I thought they played like champions would play, even though we’re not going to be champions.”

~~ Questo รจ tutto, dice la principessa ~~ Thursday, October 6, 2011 ๐Ÿ˜›

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Now tied, back to the Bronx

~~ Yankees 10, Tigers 1 ~~

Curtis Granderson’s sprawling catch helped A.J. Burnett escape a bases-loaded jam in the first inning, and the beleaguered Yankees right-hander went on to stifle the Tigers for 5 2/3 frames and send the Division Series back to the Bronx for a decisive Game 5.

Yesterday I was feeling pretty bad. Sinus pressure and chills, I really wanted to leave work early but my boss wouldn’t let me. Have I mentioned I hate my boss? Not like I hate the Red Sox and the Rays, this is deep abiding non-baseball, entirely personal hate, that I have to hide because he signs my performance evaluation.

When I got home I sat down on my couch and dozed off, I woke up in time to see I had missed my Weight Watchers meeting. I started to read a book and kept dozing off, I was also cold, so I wrapped up in a blanket and went to sleep, for only an hour or so. I missed the game. The whole game.

While I slept, in the words of one of my Red Sox fan Twitter followers: “Damn! They trounced the Tigers! :(” Sorry to miss it, but with the power of the internet, I was able to watch the key plays and the interviews and type this post.

No game tonight, when they meet again on Thursday, that game is definitely, a must win for both teams. I of course have my money (figuratively speaking of course) on Nova.

One last word, for all you ‘Yankee’ fans saying (some even hoping) that A.J. would not do well, that A.J. was an automatic loss, and “He didn’t pitch well, defense saved him”; First: YOU SHOULD BE ASHAMED OF YOURSELVES ~ ISN’T THAT WHAT THE DEFENSE IS THERE FOR? To catch the ball when someone hits it and make outs? Doesn’t Mariano Rivera rely on the ‘guys behind him?’

~~ Questo รจ tutto, dice la principessa ~~ Tuesday, October 4, 2011 ~ ALDS Game 4 ๐Ÿ˜›

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˜›

2 down, still 10 wins to go

~~ Tigers 5, Yankees 3 ~~

This is not right, my very first post-season game ever and the Yankees lose! It’s not supposed to be this way. Not at all. Kasey and I are blaming it on Gersh and his Brave fandom genes bringing bad vibes to the stadium.

The Yankees rallied, a home run in the 8th and a home run in the 9th, it was too little too late. So now they go to Detroit tied. I would have preferred it 2-0, but it is what it is. Poor Garcia has to take the loss when he really didn’t pitch that bad.

On to the Motor City.

~~ Questo รจ tutto, dice la principessa ~~ Sunday, October 2, 2011 ~ ALDS Game 2 ๐Ÿ˜›

1 down, 10 to go

~~ Yankees 9, Tigers 3 ~~

This game started tied at 1-1, that’s because of the rain out yesterday and since it’s post season, the game is picked up where it left off, not restarted. Nova was on the mound for the Yankees and pitched into the 9th inning. No run ball. Ayala gave up the only runs today. Nova was considered as pitching ‘in relief’ since CC started the game yesterday. The two runs Ayala gave up were charged to Nova, but in my head they were his fault. Mo came in for the final out.

Robinson Cano connected for his team’s first postseason grand slam in nearly 12 years and Ivan Nova fired 6 1/3 sterling innings in his postseason debut, leading the Yankees to a 9-3 victory over the Tigers in Game 1 of the American League Division Series on Saturday.

The grand slam came an inning after a ball that bounced off the top of the wall and ended back in the field was ruled a double. This was a no-doubter, landing in the 2nd tier of seats.

The Yankees are now 10 wins away from another World Series victory. Kasey keeps telling me she wants a parade. And tomorrow is my first post-season game. Can’t wait.

~~ Questo รจ tutto, dice la principessa ~~ Friday, September 30, 2011 ๐Ÿ˜›

Season ends with a bang

~~ Rays 8, Yankees 7 ~~

For the Rays, who swept the Yankees and are going to the post-season. They will be playing the Texas Rangers. Yankees will be playing the Detroit Tigers.

This was a crazy game, by the 5th inning the Yankees had scored 7 runs. The Rays didn’t even start scoring until the 8th inning. Then they tied it on the last strike of the ninth inning. Extra innings and a home run to score it. Before this happened, the Baltimore Orioles had come from behind to win their game in the 9th inning. This knocked the Red Sox out of the playoffs. In the National League, Atlanta was 1 strike away from winning their game, and lost it. I’m only sorry about that because my friend Gersh is a Braves fan, other than that, I hate the Braves. Almost as much as I hate the Red Sox.

Mark Teixeira hit home runs 38 and 39, bringing the total of my Harlem RBI donation to $585 for the regular season. I plan to continue making donations into the post season. Andruw Jones also hit a home run.

Nunez has a grand total of 20 errors for the season.

Pretty sure this blog post sucks. But I’m too tired to think right now. See you in the post-season.

~~ Questo รจ tutto, dice la principessa ~~ Wednesday, September 28, 2011 ๐Ÿ˜›

Post #400

~~ Rays 5, Yankees 3 ~~

Yes this is my 400th post on this blog, and it’s a shame it’s for a losing game. Even though these games don’t matter one way or the other for the Yankees, they do matter for the Rays and the Red Sox. The only reason I am not extremely upset is that every time the Rays win, it makes things tougher for the Red Sox. I really don’t want the Red Sox in the playoffs.

Another thing that is a shame is that Colon didn’t get the win. He held the Rays to 2 runs, then Soriano gave up 3 runs in the 7th. I may have tolerated Soriano when he was pitching good, but I never really warmed to him. But Bartolo I liked.

~~ Questo รจ tutto, dice la principessa ~~ Tuesday, September 27, 2011 ๐Ÿ˜›

Lions and antelopes

~~ Rays 5, Yankees 2 ~~

It’s been said, I don’t know who said it, that the antelope runs for its life, while the lion runs merely for his supper. What does this have to do with baseball? The Yankees are AL East champions, they have home field advantage, there is essentially, nothing left to clinch. Right now they are just playing to win games simply to win. The Rays are fighting for a playoff spot, their ‘life’. That could be a good thing or a bad thing. For the Rays tonight, they played hard and won. For the Boston Red Sox, well need I say more?

It’s never a good thing to lose, but its not always a bad thing. If this loss knocks the Red Sox out of the playoffs, in my opinion that makes this loss, not a bad thing.

Cano hit a home run, that’s always a good thing. He probably won’t get 30 home runs this season, but he has 28 and 118 RBI. MVP? I don’t know, I don’t think so.

~~ Questo รจ tutto, dice la principessa ~~ Monday, September 26, 2011 ๐Ÿ˜›

No such thing as a sure thing in baseball

~~ Red Sox 7, Yankees 4 ~~

With Nova pitching versus Lackey, I was sure we’d win it. Then when the Yankees jumped ahead with 3 runs, I was doubly sure the Yankees would win. Even when they went ahead in the 7th, I was still sure Yanks would win, it was only one run and in the bottom of the 7th the Yankees tied it up. So no problem right? RIGHT?

Seven innings later that bad boy Jacoby hits a 3 run home run off Scott Proctor. I don’t know why he was pitching.

Once again there were bad calls against the Yankees. You would think they would get the edge since it is their stadium. Of course you never know if it affected the outcome of the game. It did affect Swisher’s numbers. What was cute was the last time, Swish was hot so Joe comes running out and Cano wraps his arm around Swish’s shoulder and drags him away. Couldn’t afford to lose a player, then Joe got thrown out.

Even though I really wanted the Yankees to sweep the Sox, (possibly out of the post season) Yankees are still number one. This Saturday will still be me and Kasey’s first trip to the post season. So I’m trying not to put too much energy into being angry about this.

~~ Questo รจ tutto, dice la principessa ~~ Sunday, September 25, 2011 ๐Ÿ˜›

Another double-header because of the stupid freaking rain!

~~ Yankees 6, Red Sox 2 ~~

The pitchers for the first game of this double-header are Wakefield for the Red Sox and A.J. Burnett for NYY. Someone shoot me now.

Gardner and Jeter bunted, both came around to score. Then in the third inning Jorge hits a two run home run, 4-0 Yankees. And the Rays are leading in their game. Since this won’t be posted until after the game and no one is here to read it, “Please don’t melt down, implode, fall apart, or anything else. OK AJ? Please hold it together for your devoted fan (I might be the only one left).”

Oh Captain! My captain. And no, I don’t think he did touch home plate. Until he reached back and tagged AFTER he was called safe. I almost feel sorry for Tim Wakefield, almost.

Hate Ellsbury, all three hits have come off Ellsbury. If it wasn’t for him AJ would have a no-hitter. I will hate him more if he’s gets MVP instead of a Yankee.

And with that hit Derek is now hitting 300 and the Yankees lead 6-2.

Guess Big Sloppy was tired of walking. AJ doesn’t usually melt down this late in the game does he? OH NICE PLAY! Good fielding by Laird and AJ, 3-6-1 double-play.

AJ pitched into the 8th, D-Rob came in to pitch to Ellsbury, who hit two home runs off AJ, and struck him out. Then D-Rob pitched a scoreless ninth saving Mo and Soriano for tonight’s game if needed.

~~ Questo รจ tutto, dice la principessa ~~ Sunday September 25, 2011 ๐Ÿ˜›