August 2009

The Cuties and Hotties of Baseball – AL East

There are a lot of players who are “cuties” and “hotties,” so I may have to split this post up into a few smaller posts. As you all know, I love every one of my Yankees, so I’m only going to name a few. EJ, you might not like this post too much.

AL East

New York Yankees

-Melky Cabrera

Melky Cabrera Melky always finds a way to make me laugh. He is a cutie. 

-Francisco Cervelli

Francisco Cervelli  Francisco is just adorable. I love him. He is a cutie.

-Ramiro Pena

Ramiro Pena  He looks like he is a baby. Ramiro is the cutest little rookie.

-Sergio Mitre

Sergio Mitre  Sergio has movie-star good looks. He is classified as a hottie.

-Mark Teixeira

Mark Teixeira Tex is adorable! He’s perfect! He is a cutie!

Boston Red Sox

-Jacoby Ellsbury

Jacoby Ellsbury  I like the way Jacoby plays the game. He’s cute.

Tampa Bay Rays

-Carlos Pena

Carlos Pena Carlos said he was proud to be a Ray. That was before they were good! Cutie!

-Evan Longoria

Evan Longoria I don’t know, he’s just a cutie.

-Scott Kazmir

Scott Kazmir Cutie! Isn’t he, Ginny? 

Toronto Blue Jays

-Marco Scutaro

Marco Scutaro Marco bounced around from team to team. Now he has a home. He’s a cutie.

Baltimore Orioles

-Brian Roberts

Brian Roberts CUTIE ALERT! I love this guy!!

-Nick Markakis

Nick Markakis Nick is a cutie and a hottie. And a great ballplayer!

-Luke Scott

Luke Scott Another cutie on the Orioles. This team is chock full of them!

-Lou Montanez

Lou Montanez This little rookie is a hottie!

 

Those are all the cuties and hotties of the AL East. The other divisions will be coming up soon!

A Quick Celebrity Lookalike Involving The Yankees’ Next Opponent

I am worried about the Yankees’ momentum heading into the Boston series with the smelly Sox. This off day might screw them up. So, I want to make them laugh and get all pumped for this series. Alrighty then.

The pitcher the Yanks will face tomorrow, Brad Penny, looks a bit like………….

 

…………..Larry the Cable Guy!

Get’er done Yanks! Beat these smelly Sox for me!

A Tex Message

Homer #31 For Tex Means Difference In Game

It was a pretty good game last night. It may be classified as a Drama Club win. The Yanks were up 3-0, and then late in the game the A’s made it 3-2, but the Yanks held on for the final 2 innings for the win. Usually, the Yankees are “hitting” dramatic. No one said they can’t be “pitching” dramatic. So that’s what it was. A “pitching” dramatic win. The Yankees won 3-2.

Pitching Analysis: Chad Gaudin made his first start in a Yankee uniform last night. He pitched pretty well. Gaudin went 4 & 1/3 innings of shutout ball. He allowed just 1 hit, but 5 walks. He also struck out 5. Girardi pulled him early when he had bases loaded with 1 out. He was not too happy about that. But Aceves came in, and on the first pitch he threw, he got Suzuki (Melky’s horse!) to ground into a 1-2-3 inning ending double play. Nice!

Not the most flattering of photos. Anyway, Gaudin impressed me last night.

Aceves got the win and pitched 2 & 1/3 innings. He gave up 2 runs, but the rest of the Yankee bullpen managed to hold the slim lead. Coke, Hughes, and Mo had scorless outings, and Mo picked up his 36th save of the year.

I thought Chad Gaudin pitched pretty well, better than any of us would’ve imagined. His slider had nice bite to it. I can see he is a strikeout pitcher. Maybe the Yankees can work with him to make him into a dominant force on the mound.

Defensive Analysis: The defense was solid last night. There was an error made on a double play ball. Jeter flipped to Cano, who missed the ball. I thought it should’ve been Jeter’s error, but they gave it to Cano. Johnny Damon made a lovely play in the 3rd. Kennedy hit a foul ball that almost reached the seats. Johhny ran a LONG way to get that ball; we all know how much foul territory that place has. Johnny ran it down and gloved it for the out. Kennedy was pissed. Who says Johhny can’t field? It seems like every day he makes a nice play.

Offensive Analysis: There wasn’t much offense last night on either side. Both teams only got 6 hits, but the Yankees got 3 runs. Jeter singled to leadoff the first (what else is new?). He stole a base, moved up on a Damon groundout, and scored on a Tex groundout. 1-0 Yanks.

Derek Jeter scores the first Yankee run in the first inning.

Jeet had 2 hits last night. All he does is hit!

In the 4th, Johnny led off with a single. Then Tex came up. He hit a line drive homer to left, a 2-run shot. The ball took like 1 second to get into the seats. Whoever caught the ball received a Tex Message! Ha! 3-0 Yankees. They went on to win 3-2.

Tex is adorable.

It was a good game last night, always good when the Yanks come out on top. The heroes are Chad Gaudin, for pitching well in his first Yankee start, the bullpen for holding the lead, and Mark Teixeira, for providing all 3 RBI’s for the Yanks last night. Tex is MVP! And maybe Jeter for MVP, too. They are both having phenomenal years. The Yankee lead over the smelly Sox remains at 7 games since they also won last night. But look out, Sox! The Yankees are coming into town soon! Be afraid! Be VERY afraid! Hahahaha!

CC leads Yanks to Victory over A’s

CC Has Great Outing, Nice Way To Help Team Bounce Back

Well, they lost 2 in a row, which probably means they are going to go on another 8 game winning streak. Haha. CC pitched great yesterday, and after awhile, the offense picked itself up again. The Yankees beat the Athletics last night 7-2.

Pitching Analysis: CC Sabathia pitched a wonderful game last night. He went 8 innings and gave up 2 runs on 5 hits, and he struck out 7 along the way. He went deep into the game again. Anybody who still thinks the Yankees were stupid to pay him so much is an idiot. CC is worth his weight in gold, and that is saying something!

Yankees pitcher CC Sabathia dominates the A's over 8 innings.

CC is such a work horse.

The only runs CC gave up were solo homers. In the first, after Arod was plunked, CC threw behind Kurt Suzuki. On the next pitch, he homered. That’s not the way it was supposed to happen! Anyway, it was great to see CC protect Arod like that. In the 2nd, the rookie Everidge hit a solo homer. But other than that, CC’s performance was flawless.

David Robertson pitched the 9th. The pitching was fabluous last night. I love CC.

Defensive Analysis: The Yankee defense was solid as usual, but the A’s defense was atrocious. In the words of my younger brother Tommy as he watched the game, “All they do is dive and miss!” That really was true last night! They made 4 errors, and were just sloppy all around.

Offensive Analysis: The Yankees had many chances to score, and they didn’t. But then they found their hitting shoes and began scoring. They got a run in the 2nd, thanks to a Melky double and Jeter knocking him in on an error. 1-1 game now. They got another run in the 3rd. Arod singled and scored on a Posada double later on. 2-2 game.

The Yankees blew the game wide open in the 6th. With 1 out, Nick Swisher doubled. Then Melky came up, and again he had a typical Melky moment. He was hit by a pitch in his cute little butt, which had me screaming for him. But after he got hit, he kind of fell on Kurt Suzuki, and he was in an awkward position on him, kind of like he was trying to mount Suzuki or something. It was hysterical. I was laughing, and they got a shot of the whole Yankee dugout. Joba, Mitre, (sexy!) Jorge, Cano, Tony Pena, everyone was laughing and making fun of Melky. When Melky was finally on his feet, he started to chuckle. And wouldn’t you know, this little Melky moment may have sparked the team.

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Oh, Melky.

Following Melky’s at-bat, Jeter singled to give the Yanks a 3-2 lead! Then Johnny doubled to score Melky. Tex and Arod walked, Matsui singled, and Jorge got a sac fly. By the end of the inning, it was 7-2 Yanks. That’s the way it wound up.

Jeter had 3 hits last night…AGAIN!

It was a fun game last night. Great pitching, a big offensive inning, and Melky having a Melky moment. The heroes for the win are CC, for having another great start, Jeter, for having 3 hits for the 3rd game in a row, and Melky, for sparking the team by just being himself. I love him :) The Red Sox (smelly Sox) won, so the Yankees’ lead remains at 7 games. Tonight Chad Gaudin makes his first start as a Yankee, and we wish him luck. GOOD LUCK! AND GO YANKEES!!!

Johnny and Swish. Which is the bigger idiot? I love these guys.

Yanks Are Shut Out By A’s?

You’d Better Believe It

I still can’t really believe that the Yankees were shut out by the A’s last night. And A.J. picked up the loss despite pitching a helluva game. That’s baseball. The Yankees lost last night 3-0.

Pitching Analysis: A.J. Burnett really pitched well. He pitched the whole game for the Yanks, 8 innings because they lost in the top of the 9th. He gave up 3 runs on 6 hits and 2 walks and he struckout 5 along the way. It was just 1 stupid inning that cost the Yanks the game, and that was the 4th.

A.J. Burnett pitches a complete game, but takes the loss to fall to 10-6.

A.J. pitched well, but got the loss.

With 1 out in the 4th, Rajai Davis hit a ball in the right-center gap that Swish dived for and missed, so it was a double. He then stole 3rd. Then they put the infield in, and Kurt Suzuki hit a grounder up the middle for a single, which scored Davis. That would not have been a hit if the infield was at normal depth. Then Scott Hairston singled and Suzuki went to 3rd. This is the part that annoyed me: A.J. started his windup to throw a pitch to Ellis, when he just bails on the windup and steps of. He balked, and the runners mved up, which meant Suzuki scored. Cheap! Then Mark Ellis doubled, and it was 3-0 A’s. That’s how it wound up at the end. A.J. Burnett pitched a great game. He just had some bad luck.

Defensive Analysis: The defense was very solid last night, but the 2nd inning really stood out to me. Hairston led off with a single, but tried to steal 2nd and was gunned down by the birthday boy Jorge Posada. Sweeney walked, and then Ellis came up. He hit a liner to Damon, who made a nice catch. But Sweeney did not know he caught the ball, and he was all the way at 3rd base! So the Yankees just walked the ball back to 1st, for the inning ending double play! 

Offensive Analysis: There was no offense last night. For some unknown reason, Brett Tomko was unhittable. I guess he really wanted revenge! The Yankees did have an opportunity to break the game wide open, but they failed.

In the 3rd, Ramiro Pena (cutie!) singled, Jeter singled, and Tex walked to load the bases with 1 out. Now it was Arod’s turn. And what does he do? On the first pitch he grounded back to the pitcher, who got the out at home and then the out at first. 1-2-3 double play. Who does that? But Arod’s “at-bat,” if you can even call it that, was absolutely ridiculous. He ended the inning on the first pitch of his at-bat! With the bases loaded, he should’ve been patient. He is the cleanup hitter. He needs to clean up, not ground weakly into a double play. CLEAN UP! GET A FRIGGIN HIT ONCE IN AWHILE! STOP LOOKING FOR KATE HUDSON IN THE CROWD AND FOCUS!!! JEEZ!

She’s not gonna be there every day, Alex!

So the Yankees were shutout by the A’s. A.J. pitched a great game but got the loss. Whatever. We’ll gettem tonight. The Yankees lost .5 of a game last night, but they still have a 7 game lead over the smelly Sox. I want a bigger lead. GET ME A BIGGER LEAD, BOYS!

A Win And A Loss

Hey, We Can’t Win’em All.

My little blogging break is over, now that my 16th birthday came and went. It’s nice to be back to blogging about the Yankees, even if I have to blog about a loss. But they did win Saturday. On Saturday they beat the Mariners 5-2, while yesterday they lost 10-3.

Pitching Analysis: On Saturday, Sergio Mitre pitched for us, and I love saying that he performed very well. He really did. He gave up a run in the first on a sac fly, but Cano made an error that made the runner on in the first place. Mitre just allowed 1 more run in the 4th on an infield single by Jack Hannahan. He really did a nice job. I was so proud of him. He won for me!

Good job, hottie!

Yesterday was Joba’s turn, and he did not do too well. He got himself into trouble too many times, and unlike Mitre, he was unable to escape it. In 5 innings, Joba gave up 4 runs on 7 hits and 3 walks. He didn’t have his good stuff yesterday. Alfredo Aceves relieved him, but did not do much better. He allowed 4 runs in 1 & 2/3 innings. Chad Gaudin gave up 2 runs in 1 & 1/3 innings. The pitching wasn’t really there yesterday, but you can’t expect them to be dominant every day, so whatever.

Joba wasn’t too good yesterday.

Defensive Analysis: I don’t really remember anything spectacular or stupid to note about the defense, so I’m sure it was solid as usual for both games. There is one thing: on Saturday’s game in the 7th inning, Jose Molina caught Ichiro at 3rd base, which is always an accomplishment. Go Jose!

Offensive Analysis: On Saturday, the Yankees scored 5 runs, most of them came early. In the 2nd, Molina singled to knock in Cano. Then Jeter knocked one in on a sac fly, and then with 2 outs Nick Swisher hit a 2-run homer, bringing the Yankee lead to 4-1. They got another run late in the game. When the pitching is on, offense is less important. So 5 runs was enough on Saturday.

Yesterday, the pitching was bad, and the Yankees only scored 3 runs, which was not enough. Jeter singled, and Ramiro Pena scored all the way from first! In the 4th, Swisher hit his 20th homer of the year, a 2-run shot which made the Yankees have a 3-2 lead. But the pitching could not hold the lead (cough, cough, Joba) so the Yankees lost 10-3.

Yesterday, Jeter passed Luis Aparicio for the most hits as a shortstop. Way to go, Jeet!

So the Yankees took 3 out of 4 in Seattle. Not too shabby. The heroes for Saturday were Nick Swisher for his homer, and Sergio Mitre for looking sexy and pitching a great game. Although they lost yesterday, the Yankees still have a really cozy 7.5 game lead over the Sox! What is happening to the Red Sox? Whatever it is, I like it! They won for me on Saturday, but they lost on my actual birthday. Hey, we can’t win’em all.

I don’t really care about the loss too much. I had a wonderful birthday despite it. I want to thank all you guys for wishing me a happy birthday. THANK YOU!!!! If I get a chance later, I’ll post some pictures.  

 

The Curse of the Pen


Did I Curse My Yankees?

I was only 8 years old. I didn’t know any better. 8 year olds put their hands on everything, even when they know they shouldn’t. But I guess that’s not much of an excuse for what I did, or what I believe I did.

August 1st, 2001. I was 8 years old. My parents were going to take me and my two brothers on a tour of Yankee Stadium. We were to see the field, Monument Park, the retired numbers, the dugout, everything. I was so excited. It was going to be the day of a lifetime.

We took the long drive down to the Bronx and finally were there. I don’t know how long the drive was; to an 8 year old anything above 15 minutes is long. I remember marveling at the beauty of the ballpark, and seeing how it was so much bigger than on tv. The last part of the tour was the visit to the dugout. And that’s where it happened.

We were instructed to take a seat on the bench of the dugout. I sat next to a crease between two cushions. The tour guide was telling us about the dugout, and I wasn’t really listening. I was becoming restless. I was running my hands all over the dugout. I came to the crease, and I stuck my hand in it. I was feeling around, hoping I would find some kind of unknown treasure. As I was thinking those thoughts, I felt something. It was a pen. My Dad told me to get my hand out of there, and I took it out, holding the pen. I told my Dad I found a pen, and he was like, “Oh, how about that.” He was not too excited. But I felt that I made an amazing discovery. The tour was finished, and we left for home. I held my head up proudly.

 
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From left to right: my little brother Tommy, me, my Dad, my big brother Bobby. This is when I found the pen!

On the drive home, we were trying to think of whose pen that could’ve been. My Dad said Joe Torre, because it was in the spot where he always sat. That night as we watched the game on the tv, we noticed that Joe Torre was a bit cranky. “It’s because of the pen!” my Mom joked. But later in the game, Jeter made a baserunning error, and when he got back to the dugout, Torre was livid. He was actually angry. He talked to Jeter in what seemed like a harsh tone. He never does that! We thought it was because he was annoyed that his pen wasn’t there!

It may seem like a ridiculous coincidence, but the Yankees have not won the World Series since I stole Torre’s pen. I think I cursed my Yankees. Why else would Torre have been furious that night? Many times, I have tried to tell the Yankee organization about the pen, but I never got a response. The last thing I wanted to do was to curse the team I live for! I still have the pen, and I never even wrote with it. I am keeping it safe in case someday I can send it back to the Yankees. I really hope the Yankees win the World Series this year so the curse will be over. But until then, the Curse of the Pen remains.

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 There it is: the pen that cursed the Yankees.

On the Mark, Teixeira!

Yanks Take Game 2, Good Pitching and Timely Hitting

I found some time today to squeeze in a blog entry! It was a pretty good game last night. The Yankees won thanks to some runs late in the game, so they were kind if  “The Drama Club” last night. They had great pitching, and some timely hitting. The Yankees beat the Mariners 4-2.

Pitching Analysis: Andy Pettitte started for the Yanks last night. He started out badly, giving up singles to Ichiro and Gutierrez, a double to Lopez, and an RBI groundout to Griffey. He gave up 2 runs in the 1st, stormed angrily back into the dugout, and knocked over the thing of sunflower seeds. Andy decided that that was enough runs to give up. He wanted to pitch better, and he did. Andy was superb. He went 6 innings, and just gave up those 2 runs, 6 hits, and he had 10 strikeouts along the way. Great job, Andy!

After allowing 2 runs in the 1st, Andy got tough.

In relief of Andy came Brian Bruney, Phil Hughes, and Mariano Rivera. All of them had scoreless outings. Hughes got the win, and Mo got his 34th save of the year! The Yankees had great pitching last night.

Defensive Analysis: Good pitching, good defense. They go hand-in-hand. The defense was solid again last night as the Yankees played errorless ball and made every play.

Offensive Analysis: The Mariners pitched very well last night, and the Yankees struggled against him. But they got enough runs to win.

In the 2nd, Jorge Posada hit a ball that went off the top of the wall. He thought it was a homer, so he asked for the instant replay. The umpires ruled that it was a double, so Jorge had to settle for that. Cano grounded out, which moved Jorge to 3rd. Swisher walked, and then Jerry Hairston hit a double play ball to short. But Swish slid hard into 2nd, and broke up the DP. Hairston was safe at 1st, and Posada scored. Yanks down 2-1.

In the 5th with 2 out and the Yanks still trailing 2-1, my man Melky got himself an infield single. He smelled the hit and hustled all the way. Then as Jeter was up, a wild pitch was thrown, which enabled Melky to go to 2nd. Then Jeter got himself a seeing eye single, and Melky scored to tie the game! Imagine that. A harmless 2 out infield single, and before you knew it, the game was tied. 2-2.

With the game still tied heading into the 9th, Mark Teixeira came up to the plate. Well, the “Texicutioner” struck again. He hit a home run, his 30th of the year! Is he “On the Mark,” or what! 3-2 Yankees. The Yanks tacked on another one, as Cano doubled and Swisher knocked him in. Mo closed it out, and the Yankees won 4-2. It was a well-played game.

Mark Teixeira

Tex’s blast!

The Yankees took the 2nd game of this 4 game set, and they really played well. They had great pitching, and not much hitting, but they got the hits that added up to runs. The heroes for the win are Andy Pettitte, for vowing to do better after knocking over sunflower seeds and actually doing it, the Yankee bullpen for holding the game where it was, and Mark Teixeira, for his blast that put the Yankees on the winning end. The Red Sox won against the Rangers (damn!) so the 6.5 game lead the Yankees have remains at just that. Sexy-boy Mitre pitches tonight, so I hope he will be alright.

I will be opening my presents and having my cake TONIGHT! A day early, since my aunt has to catch a plane on Sunday. I can’t wait!

GO YANKEES! WIN FOR ME, BOYS! I LOVE YOU!

Yankee Bats Sleepless In Seattle As All They Did Was Hit!

Bombers Bang Out 11 Runs, CC Very Strong

The last time the Yankees went out west, they lost every game. They made sure that wouldn’t happen this time. They weren’t exactly The Drama Club last night, but I’ll settle for a blowout. Unlike the last 13-6 blowout vs the Red Sox, this blowout was actually a well played game. The Yankees beat the Mariners 11-1.

Pitching Analysis: CC Sabathia was just incredible. If anybody says the Yankees were stupid to pay CC so much because he is not that good, then either they are just jealous or they need to have their head examined. CC went 8 innings, and 74 of his 105 pitches were for strikes. He gave up 1 run, a 2 out solo shot by Josh Wilson in the 5th, and just 3 hits while striking out 10! It was a beautiful performance by CC. It was a nice way to follow up his great start against Boston. His past 2 successful starts should give him something to build on.

CC was fantastic last night.

Brian Bruney pitched a scoreless 9th. CC gave everyone else in the pen the night off. Pitching was definetely a plus last night!

Defensive Analysis: As with solid pitching, the defense was solid. In the 3rd, Ichiro managed to get a hit with 1 out, but it was quickly erased due to a lovely turned 6-4-3 double play.

Offensive Analysis: It was a fun night to be a Yankee at the plate. 11 runs on 15 hits! In the 2nd inning, with runners on 1st and 2nd with 2 out, Jerry Hairston hit a bloop double, which scored a run. He has done nothing but good things for the Yankees. Another run scored due to a wild pitch. 2-0 Yankees.

In the 3rd, the Yankees scored 3 more runs, thanks to the longball. Jeter hit a leadoff homer, and Matsui hit a line drive 2-run home run. 5-0 Yankees! In the 6th, Jeter singled and scored on a Mark Teixeira double. 6-0 Yankees.

Jeter rounding 3rd after his homer.

The 7th was another big inning for the Yanks. Johnny Damon led off with a double, then Tex walked. After a pitching change, Matsui singled, which scored Johnny. Swish walked to load the bases with 0 out! With 1 out, Melky got an RBI groundout. So with 2 out, Jerry Hairston, or as EJ calls him, “The J-Hey Kid,” got another 2 out hit that scored a run. It was now 9-1! In the 8th, Hideki Matsui hit a 2-run homer to bring the score to 11-1. He had quite a night at the plate!

So the Yankees bats were sleepless in Seattle last night. They got contributions from players up and down the lineup. The heroes are Hideki Matsui, for filling in nicely for Arod in the cleanup spot and going 4 for 5 with 2 homers and 5 RBI, Jerry Hairston for proving he can hit with 2 out, and CC Sabathia, for a fabolous start and for giving everyone in the pen accept Bruney a day off. The Tigers beat the Red Sox last night, so the Yankee lead is now even more cozy at 6.5 games! Yippeeee! GO YANKEES!

**Note** My aunt from Florida and my Grandma from the city are coming to visit me today and will stay for the weekend in honor of my 16th birthday on Sunday. So I might not have time to post or comment, because we will be busy. But I would love to if I could, so I will try to make time, but I’m not making any promises :)

The Drama Club Steals the Show Once Again!

Yankees Win in Walkoff Fashion and Take Series

It was another exciting, dramatic game yesterday. The Yankees lived up to the name I gave them on my post yesterday. They truly are “The Drama Club.” The walkoff was fun to watch, as well as the celebratory “pieing” afterwords. The Yankees beat the Blue Jays yesterday by the score of 4-3.

Pitching Analysis: A.J. “The Assassin” Burnett started for the Yanks yesterday. He went 6 innings, allowing 3 runs on 10 hits (9 of which were singles) and 3 costly wild pitches. Along the way, he struck out 7. A.J. had good stuff yesterday, perhaps it was too good. His curveball had almost too much movement, and it sent Posada scrambling for the ball too many times! A.J. started out a bit shaky, and then settled down. He had a 25 pitch first, but did not allow any runs. In the 2nd, Randy Ruiz hit a leadoff home run which tied the game at 1. Then A.J. had an esy 3rd, and easy 4th, and an easy 5th, which helped bring his pitch count back down to a respsctable level.

In the 6th, things fell apart for A.J. Ruiz got a 1 out single, followed by a single by Encarnacion. Then A.J. threw a wild pitch, which allowed the runners to go to 2nd and 3rd, still with just 1 out. Chavez singled, bringing the score to 3-2. After getting Inglett to strike out, A.J. allowed another wild pitch, which scored the tieing run!

Coke, Robertson, and Hughes combined for 3 scoreless innings of relief. But the game went into extras, and Girardi called on newcomer Chad Gaudin. Girardi said that Gaudin could go 85 pitches if needed. He only needed 44, and he picked up his first win as a Yankee.

The pitching was good yesterday. A.J. was strong, it was just the wild pitches that killed him. After the game, he was asked about the wild pitches, and he refused to comment on them. I wouldn’t want to get on A.J.’s bad side!

Defensive Analysis: The defense was once again solid yesterday, which is always important in close games. Jeter had to leave the game in the 3rd, after he toughed out a foot injury due to getting hit by a pitch in the first. He was replaced by Ramiro Pena. Pena was immediately tested out, and he got tangled up on a sharply hit ball by Adam Lind. It was scored a hit, but Ramiro probably could’ve made the play.

Ramiro quickly redeemed himself. In the 4th, Edwin Encarnacion hit a ridiculously hard liner to Ramiro’s right. It looked like a hit all the way. But Ramiro extended his body to the fullest, and dived to make an unbelievable play. A.J. liked what he saw.

Offensive Analysis: The Yankees only got 7 hits, but they got the hits that really counted. In the 1st, Jeter got plunked in the foot and Damon doubled. Then Jorge came up with the bases loaded, and hit a ball to Aaron Hill that should’ve been a double play. It was booted by Hill, and Jorge got himself an RBI groundout from it. 1-0 Yankees.

Derek Jeter leaves after he's hit in the foot by a pitch. X-rays were negative.    Alex Rodriguez befalls a similar fate, getting hit in the arm but before the Yanks win in extras.

These poor Bombers! :( 

In the 3rd, as I was eating my lunch, Johnny Damon hit a home run to lead off the inning, giving the Yanks a 2-1 lead. I always say it, but I’m going to say it again: THE YANKEES HAVE TO BE RETARDED IF THEY DON’T SIGN JOHNNY DAMON!!! Damon has done nothing but good things for this team. He has been consistently good year after year. And because of the new stadium, Johnny has adjusted his swing to become more of a pull hitter, due to that short porch in right. He said that he wants to come back to the Yankees. I think the Yankees should give him everything he wants. If they don’t sign him, who are they going to get to replace him? Johnny is too valuable to this team to let go of.

Anyway, Robinson Cano hit a leadoff homer in the 4th, giving the Yanks a 3-1 lead. The game went into extras, and in the 11th, the Yankees were set up. Arod got plunked in the elbow with 1 out, and he was in an enormous amount of pain. I thought he was going to cry, the poor baby was wincing so much. On his way to first base, he flicked under his eye with his finger. Was he crying a bit? Probably not, but there is nothing wrong with that if he did cry. I don’t understand why men can’t show any emotion. It makes no sense to me!

Anyway, with Arod on first, Posada singled, and Cano came up. Cano was not trying to hit a homer; he knew that all they needed was a single. He hit a ball all the way to the wall, I thought it was a homer, but it went off the wall. Arod scored, and the Yankees won the ballgame in 11 innings! Cano got pied, and all was well for the Drama Club yesterday.

... after Cano's game-winning single in the 11th gets the Stadium jumping.

A happy, clean Cano celebrating the win.

What a game! Again! The heroes for the victory are Robinson Cano, for the walkoff single, Johnny Damon for coming up with 2 timely hits, a double and a homer, which added up to runs, and Chad Gaudin, for making a nice impression on New Yorkers and for picking up his first win as a member of the Drama Club. I wish you many more to come, Chad. The Red Sox won, so the Yankee lead remains at 5.5. I hope the Yankees continue playing well, because my 16th birthday is on Sunday, and I really want them to win for me! GO YANKEES! I LUV U!

Cano’s first taste of Victory pie.

A pie-covered Cano. Look at A.J’s face. You can tell he wants to laugh, but he has to remain angry. I love that man! He adds so much character to this team!

 

 

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