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 è tutto, dice la principessa ~~ 😛

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Bleacher Creatures ~ Sunday, June 26, 2011

It was the 65th annual Old-Timers’ Day with a host of former world champions, All-Stars and Hall of Famers. Former managers Joe Torre and Lou Piniella made their long-awaited return to Yankee Stadium in uniform, as did former center fielder Bernie Williams for his first Old-Timers’ experience. Before the game there was a tribute to Gene Monahan, who is retiring after this year. In a post game interview, you could tell that he was not used to talking to the press and a little overwhelmed.

Tino Martinez played the star in the annual Old-Timers’ Day game, hitting a two-run home run off David Cone for the only runs in the Bombers’ 2-0 victory over the Clippers.

Bernie Williams was in center field, Monument Park was still open during the Old Timer’s game, so people in Monument Park were yelling and waving at Bernie. He turned and waved to them.

~~ Yankees 6, Rockies 4 ~~

Our seats were in the bleachers 4 rows back from the bull pen, which meant when Mike Harkey came out and started throwing baseball in to the seats I got a good picture of him. It also meant bleacher creatures, roll call, full on sun, heat and a headache. I thought I was going to die, it didn’t help that the Rockies were hitting home runs off Nova. He wasn’t pitching bad, just made a few mistakes and got hit hard for them. I got up to walk around, found a cool breeze in a shaded spot, bought a soda and took some headache medicine. I came back to a 3-0 score, Rockies. After I got back Sarah left to go to the bathroom. Cano got the first Yankee hit of the day and was on base, things happen when we go to the bathroom. Then she sends me a text message asking if I want ice cream, before I can reply, “BOOM” my sweet Nicky hits a two run home run (he knew I was there) into the seats. Before she got back to the seats with the ice cream Jorge hit a home run and the game was tied.

It was starting to get cooler, there was some cloud cover and a breeze. I was also now in a better mood, so much so that even Ty Wigginton’s 2nd homer didn’t upset me. The boys were hitting the ball now. In the bottom of the sixth the Yankees tied it up again with a RBI single by Alex. In the seventh inning Jorge walked, then Martin got a single, he smacked that ball so hard and the short stop couldn’t get a handle on it, it was ruled an error though. Then Chris Dickerson replaced Jorge at second and on a single by Nunez he scored. I turned to Sarah, “That’s why Girardi put him in.” She smiled, I don’t know if she heard me, she was smiling at the fact that this was the first time in the game the Yankees were in the lead.

We started down to the great hall in the eighth. At first she wanted to stay because, “I want a home run ball.” Then she decided it wasn’t going to happen. Before we started down she needed the bathroom and walked ahead of me toward them. I glanced at the T.V. as I walked past it and noted that Mark Teixeira was batting. Earlier I had said I didn’t want Mark hitting a home run because I was behind in my donations to his charity. Sarah told me if Mark hit a home run she would give me the money. Remember what I said earlier about things happening? As I turned to follow her into the bathroom I heard the unmistakable sound of the crowd reacting to a home run. I ran to the top of the stairs and saw Mark running around the bases, and then I ran into the bathroom shouting, “Sarah! You owe me $15!” She came out with a big grin on her face. “Going to the bathroom works.” She said as she dug the money out of her purse. As we walked to the stairs the crowd roared again, this time for Mo. We went down to the great hall, watched Mo shut the door on the big screen, then left to get dinner.

It’s a tossup what I enjoyed more, this game or hearing Mo call Michael Kay a “Big head”.

~~ Questo è tutto, dice la principessa ~~ 😛

She was sad she didn’t get a home run ball from Curtis, but happy the Yankees won.

How pathetic am I

I was at the gym and looking through the TV channels to find something to watch when I came across a baseball game. I stopped and looked at the Yankees! But they didn’t have a game and they were playing at Yankee Stadium. And who was that pitching? He didn’t look familiar to me, then the announcer said, “El Duque, …. ” HuH? That was when I noticed the logo for “Yankees Classics” on the screen. I was happy to watch the game, in fact I was excited to watch a game from 8 years ago that I knew how it ended, sad and pathetic I know, although technically I didn’t know how this game ended, just how the series ended. 

And it wasn’t really ‘my boys’ playing, I mean I recognized the names, Scott Brosius, Tino Martinez, Paul O’Neill, Bernie Williams but I don’t really know them. Does that make me a ‘fake fan’ like my idiot co-worker says? Maybe it does, maybe I should stop writing this blog, nah …….

Course  my man Derek was shortstop and made a fabulous double play, tagging second and throwing the ball to first base where Mark …. no …. Tino tagged the runner out, Jorge was catching, made a beautiful catch of a popup foul ball, throwing his helmet down at the last minute, he looks so cool when he makes those catches, and I saw Andy Pettitte in the dugout along with Joe Torre (boo hiss) sitting with his back against the wall, scowling. 

When the Diamondbacks made their second run in the 8th inning I turned off the TV and left, well I kind of had just enough time to shower and change before they closed. So I missed Mariano (enter Sandman).

Below is a brief synopsis I copied from The Baseball Almanac, the link is at the bottom. It is a fantastic website. I love it.  

 
 Shutdown by the return of Schilling (on three days’ rest), the defending champions were staring at the possibility of a three-games-to-one deficit in Game 4. With one out, Paul O’Neill shot an opposite-field single in front of left fielder Luis Gonzalez and after Bernie Williams struck out, Tino Martinez hit the first pitch he saw from reliever Byung-Hyun Kim over the wall in right-center field. As the ball cleared the outfield barrier, the hometown crowd of 55,863 erupted as the invigorated Yankees spilled out of the dugout. The stadium that had fallen deadly silent after the Diamondbacks scored two runs (in the eighth) was deafening now and would not stop celebrating until Martinez came out on the deck for a curtain call. Rivera (1-0) cruised through the tenth and improved to 2-0 with five saves and a 0.71 ERA in nine postseason appearances. Derek Jeter completed the cycle in what had evolved into one of the most memorable games of all time by lining a 3-2 pitch over the right-field wall for the game-winner. 
 

2001 World Series
Game 4

Line Score / Box Score

2001 World Series Game 4 Capsule
Team 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 R H E

Arizona

0 0 0 1 0 0 0 2 0 0 3 6 0

New York

0 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 2 1 4 7 0
Arizona Pitcher(s) New York Pitcher(s)

Curt Schilling
   Byung-Hyun Kim (L, 8
th)
   –
   –

Orlando Hernandez
   Mike Stanton (7
th)
   Ramiro Mendoza (8
th)
   Mariano Rivera (W, 10
th)

Arizona Home Runs New York Home Runs

Mark Grace (4th)

Shane Spencer (3rd)
Tino Martinez (9
th)
Derek Jeter (10
th)

Baseball Almanac

~~and that’s all she wrote~~