September 2009

Virginia’s Top 5 Favorite Non-Yankee Cuties!!!

Ahh…it’s that time again. When the Yankees are off, my mind shifts gears. I think about how cute baseball players are. There are so many adorable ones. I love all 25 of my Yankees, evem the ones that are not physically attractive. But there are plenty of non-Yankees who woo me just the same. I’m going to narrow it down to 5. Let’s countdown, starting with the 5th cutest and ending with the most cute non-Yankee.

#5

Gio Gonzalez of the Oakland Athletics

Gio Gonzalez Picture

Everyone knows that I just love rookies. But hot rookies are even better. That is why I like Gio Gonzalez. I saw him pitch against the Yankees once. He had an ERA of about 8, but he pitched a fabulous game against my Yanks, making them look foolish and lost at the plate. So a rookie who is hot AND a good pitcher? Now you see why he is up here.

 

#4

Ian Kinsler of the Texas Rangers

Ian is a hottie if I ever saw one. He also plays the game well. There were periods of time where Robinson Cano got on my nerves, and I wished that Ian Kinsler was the 2nd baseman for the Yankees. He is a hard-nosed ballplayer that any team would like to have. And he is adorable. Nice, clean cut handsome man. I love him.

 

#3

Grady Sizemore of the Cleveland Indians

This guy is gorgeous. If you are a female who watches baseball, you must have a thing for Grady. You would have problems if you didn’t. Don’t be shy, just let it out! Everyone knows he is hot. I am a Grady Lady at heart. I also love the way Grady plays the game. He is a fabulous centerfielder who always makes unfathomable plays in the outfield. He is just amazing. He has all the tools to be a superstar, and a superstar he is. Grady is awesome!

 

#2

Brian Roberts of the Baltimore Orioles

B-rob is an extreme cutie!!! He is down right adorable. I think his size makes him cuter. Brian is short, only about 5’9″. The fact that he is a little guy who is so good at baseball is so cute. I love the speed Brian brings into the game. His customary “dance” off the bases as he takes his lead is hilariously cute. He is a base-stealing wizard. His speed also helps him man the 2nd base spot, where he is pretty smooth with the glove. I love Brian Roberts.

 

#1

Andre Ethier of the Los Angeles Dodgers

Andre. Andre Ethier. I bet this was a surprise, hahaha. I absolutely adore Andre. You all know about how my fellow blogger Cat got Andre to sign a shirt for me, which I treasure. But why did I want an Andre shirt in the first place? What made me, a Yankee fan till the end, like this little Dodger so much? Hm. I saw him once on MLB Network, and immediately fell in love with him. Then when I started my blog, I bumped into Cat. I loved her page because of all her photos. I saw Andre photos everyday. I saw his pregame rituals, he and his teammates, and his quirky habits in the outfield. I felt like I knew Andre, which made me love him more. I realized that he is more than a handsome face: he is a wonderful man. Andre is an extremely talented ballplayer, a man whose charm is captivating, and an even better person. That is why I love Andre Ethier. He won this #1 spot without a doubt. I hope for Andre to wear Yankee pinstripes one day, but then I feel bad about taking him away from Cat and the other Dodger fans who love him. It’s alright, though. I don’t mind admiring him from a distance.

I hope you all enjoyed this special cutie post. :)

 

♥ Cervelli Tastes Victory ♥ And I Love Him ♥

My Cervelli Came Through; I Love Him All Over Again

I was going to go to bed. But then I decided I would watch the rest of the game. Jeez, I am glad I did. The Yankees were indeed the Drama Club last night. And my baby was right in the middle of it. What a great moment. The Yankees won in walkoff fashion 5-4.

Pitching Analysis: Chad Gaudin started in place of Andy Pettitte last night, and he actually was pretty good. He went 5 & 2/3 innings of 3-run ball. For an emergency start by Chad Gaudin, I would say that is pretty good. Overall, Chad has performed well in pinstripes. The Yankees have won every start he pitched. Although he is not the hottest-looking guy like Mitre, I still love him. I can’t help it. Nice job, Chad! He needs an endearing nickname…Chaddy-waddy! Hmm…I guess that works for now.

Marte, Bruney, Coke, Hughes, and Mo finished out the game. Bruney was not too good. He failed to get an out and he allowed a run. Mo got the win. The pitchers did a nice job last night.

Defensive Analysis: The defense was pretty solid last night. Jeter made an error, but whatever. I still think he should win the Gold Glove, along with the rest of the Yankee infield. All of them are fabulous. Arod made a nice play in the 1st. Aaron Hill hit a sharp liner to Alex’s right, and he leaned over, fell a bit, and caught the ball. The “Hot Corner.” I think Arod does a nice job over there.

Offensive Analysis: The Yankees jumped out to an early lead in the 1st. Jeet led off with a walk, and Texy-wexy’s RBI double brought Jeter around to score. Matsui then knocked in Tex for a RBI of his own. 2-0 Yankees. The Yankee bats were silent for a long time. In the 8th, Matsui provided a spark. He hit a 2-run homer to tie the game at 4! Yankee Stadium magic!!! The Yankees were alive. 4-4.

Godzilla gives Yanks the chance for a walkoff.

The 9th is my favorite part. I am so glad I watched!!! Brett Gardner led off with a single and stole second. Jeter moved him over to third with a ground out. And then….then my baby came up….Francisco Cervelli…I was so excited that he rejoined the team as a September callup…but he never played…he never even started a game…but last night he got a chance… With a 1-2 count, I was beginning to doubt Cervelli’s chances. I really wanted him to be the hero. So Cervy delivered.

Yankees tangle in positive way thanks to Francisco Cervelli.

That’s my boy!♥!♥!♥

Francisco ripped a single into right field, which brought home Gardner, and brought out the Yankee dugout. And it brought out my screams of joy. Cervelli was so genuinely happy. He ran into right field, because he knew Melky and Cano were going to pummel him. It was beautiful to watch my love celebrate. He went over to Kim Jones, and asked, “Where is A.J.?” Aw. Don’t worry, he’s comin’, baby. As Kim asked Cervelli questions, A.J. stealthily approached. WHAM! The pie met Cervelli’s adorable face, and he put his hands up in the air, proud to be pied. He said, “Ohh, I love the moment” with the cutest accent and smile. Cervelli then licked a bit of the cream that was on his face, and said it tasted good. That’s the taste of victory, my love. It always tastes good.

A.J. Burnett delivers celebratory strike to Francisco Cervelli after backup catcher delivers hit that Jays can't recover from in 9th inning.

Aw…his first taste of victory pie…I think I’m going to cry…I am so proud of him!!!

I think Francisco Cervelli deserves much more playing time. You all saw what he did last night. No offense to Molina, but do you think he would have done that? I don’t. Cervelli’s enthusiasm and his way of playing the game brings a spark to the club. I hope he remains a Yankee forever. It would be unwise for the Yankees to let him go.

What a game. What a game, what a game, what a game! Tuesday night, my Yankee-crush failed. But last night, my Yankee-crush succeeded. I am so proud and happy for Cervelli. Words can’t describe the emotions I felt when he won it for us. The heroes are Hideki Matsui, for his clutchness, Brett Gardner, for that timely stolen base, and my love, Francisco Cervelli, for obvious reasons. The Smelly Sox who cheat at Fenway won also, but I don’t give a sh!t. Nothing can dampen my spirits after last night’s game. Nothing at all. My Yanks are off tonight, which means I am doing a cutie post tomorrow. I promise I will do one. Tomorrow is Friday, and I will have all the time in the world to do it.

 Ahh….Life is sweet….and the taste of victory makes it even sweeter. GO YANKEES!!!

My Poor Baby…

Mitre Struggles In Yankee Loss

I really feel bad for him. I really thought he would have a nice outing. You all know how I feel about him….this was just awful for me to watch. Seriously, I was close to tears. My history teacher told me that he thought “Mitre just pitched himself out of New York.” Can you imagine what I was feeling when he said that? Ugh. The Yankees lost last night 10-4.

Pitching Analysis: Sergio Mitre was…(gulp)…not..good…It pains me to say that. Mitre struggled. He went 5 innings and allowed 7 runs on 8 hits, and 4 homers. I thought he would do well because he got out of the 1st inning unscathed. And he had a scoreless 2nd. But then….that dreaded 3rd…the 2-run homer…then with 2 outs a solo homer….you can imagine how I felt….

My poor baby…what a rough game…I still love you.

Ramirez, Melancon, and Dunn finished out the game, each of them giving up a run. The Yankee pitching was not good last night at all. I’m sorry, Sergio. I still love you. (♥)

Defensive Analysis: The defense was fine as usual, but there was a different kind of defense in last night’s game involving Jorge Posada.

Posada has words with Barajas before the brawl. (CLICK PHOTO TO VIEW COMPLETE GALLERY)

Cranky Jorge.

Barajas argues his case and later says: "(Posada) saw where Jesse was and he threw an elbow and that's what triggered the whole situation. I knew where Jesse was and I didn't know if (Posada) was going to do anything or say anything, but I just kept my eye on it, hoping nothing would happen. Unfortunately something did."

Barajas is getting testy…

... as both benches clear and a melee ensues.

Whoa! Benches clear. And look who the first guy I see is…Cervelli! Right in the middle of the picture. I hope I see more of him now that Jorge is in trouble.



... as Yankee ace CC Sabathia, one of the players Girardi likely wouldn't want to see hurt in a brawl, throws his weight around to pull his catcher out.

Big CC had to restrain Jorge. I’d hate to get on CC’s bad side…he might eat me!

Some Blue Jays were hit, and then Posada was thrown behind, and he was cranky, which led to what you saw above. Pretty silly. I like brawls against the Red Sox. Those are fun because they mean something. But the Blue Jays? Come on. No rivalry there. I just hope everyone is okay.

Offensive Analysis: The Yankee offense annoyed me last night. The Yanks out-hit the Jays. The had 15 hits. Halladay was not at his best, and the Yankees could not do anything. They failed to get the big hit. It was disgusting. They had chances to score, but they didn’t. What really annoyed me was that the Blue Jays were on a home run frenzy, but the Bronx Bombers failed to bomb. I don’t get it….

Last night was not one of the Yankees’ greatest nights. And it was not the greatest night to be a Yankee fan. I was all excited to see my baby pitch, and he was bad. The offense struggled. And the Smelly Sox who cheat at Fenway won, so now the Yankee lead is 6.5. 6.5. I guess I don’t have too much to complain about. We still have a cozy lead. And even though he stunk, I still got to stare at Mitre. Hm. I guess it is okay. They have to lose sometimes. They just better win tonight. I don’t have too much work, so I am planning on watching the whole game nice and relaxed. Make it a good one for me, boys! GO YANKEES!!

Makeup Beauty

Yanks Steal Makeup Win Versus Halos

Last night’s game was fun. The Yankees were the Drama Club last night. But before we get there, let me give an extremely quick wrapup of Sunday’s game. We won 13-3. Matsui had 5 RBIs and CC was awesome. Okay. As for last night, we gave the Angels a taste of their own medicine. The Yankees beat the Angels last night 5-3. It was a beautiful win.

Pitching Analysis: Joba Chamberlain started for the Yanks last night, and when I found out it has him, I was like, “Oh, boy..this should be fun…” But Joba was pretty good. He allowed a solo homer to Vlad Guerrero in the 2nd, but that is okay. There is nothing that guy can’t hit. Aside from that, Joba looked pretty good. That had to be a confidence booster for him. It boosted my confidence in him!

Joba Chamberlain goes four innings for Bombers and doesn't factor into the decision.

Joba’s game face.

Alfredo Aceves relieved Joba in the 5th, and once again he did a remarkable job. Ace has been nothing but good things for this club. In the 7th, the Angels had runners on first and second with 1 out, and Girardi called for Phil Coke, which made me a little nervous. To my surprise, Cokey got out of the jam unscathed.

It was Hughes who got into trouble. The bases were loaded with Halos, and there were 0 outs. The Yankees were leading 3-2 at this time, and I was freaking out. I could not watch the game go down the toilet. I had my face half covered. I wanted to watch, but I didn’t. I heard the crack of the bat, and I was brave enough to look at the screen. I saw a double play! But the score was now tied at 3. Then Howie Kendrick lined out, and the inning was over. Bases loaded, 0 out, and only 1 run allowed? All things considered, not too shabby. Yeah Hughes!

As always, Mo had a scoreless 9th, and he picked up his 40th save of the year. Impressive. Mo for Cy Young!!! The Yankee pitching was excellent last night. They did a nice job quieting the Angel bats.

Defensive Analysis: The pitching was good, and so was the defense. In that 7th inning jam, Derek Jeter made an absolutely fabulous play, and so did Texy-wexy on the other end. The ball was hit up the middle, and Jeet ranged to his right, (who said Jeet has no range?) spun around, and fired to Tex, who made a lovey scoop for the out. It was a gorgeous play. The 6-4-3 double play in the 8th with the bases loaded was huge. It was turned perfectly.

Offensive Analysis: Jered Weaver does pretty well against my Yanks. He pitched well last night, but not well enough. In the 3rd, Swishalish hit a solo bomb to right. Is he finally getting comfortable at the new Yankee Stadium? I hope so. That homer tied the game at 1. 

In the 5th, Swisher doubled, my man Melky walked, and Jeet bunted them over. So it was 2nd and 3rd, 1 out. Mark Teixeira came up, and he crushed a ball for a triple! Mark Teixeira. Triple. Those words are not put together too often. But whatever. Now the Yankees had a 3-2 lead!

Mark Texeria hits a triple in the 5th inning to help the Yankees beat the Angels, 5-3, in the Bronx.

Tex is adorable.

After the Halos tied it up in the top of the 8th, the Yanks looked to go ahead in the bottom half. With 1 out, Tex doubled and Arod walked. Brett Gardner was sent in to pinch run for Tex. Right as I was saying how it was stupid to take out Tex’s bat, a double steal was happening. Brett headed for third, and Napoli’s throw went into left field! Brett was motoring around third, heading for home. Safe! Yay for Brettiboo!!! 4-3 Yanks! He scored, and now Arod was on third. Speed kills! Later in the inning, Cano provided some insurance with an RBI single. That made it 5-3 Yankees, and they went on to win it.

Brett Gardner makes dash for home after stealing third and drawing errant throw in the Yankees' win over the Angels.

Run Brett, run! I’m sorry I ever doubted you. You rock!!!

It was another fun day to be a Yankee fan. The game was pretty exciting; the Drama Club did it again with another comeback win! I like how the Yankees gave the Halos a taste of their own medicine. They put the ball in play, and forced the opposition to make the plays. Nicely done. The heroes for the victory are Joba, for having a solid outing, Mark Teixeira for his bat and glove, and Brett Gardner for his wheels. The Yankee lead over the Smelly Sox who cheat at Fenway is at 7.5. It’s lookin’ good. I desperately want #27 this year…I’ve been waiting too long. Oh! I think Mitre (♥♥♥) is pitching tonight. You all know how I feel about that guy…..hahaha…. I’ve been pretty busy with school and all that jazz, but I vowed to keep blogging. I feel bad that I missed a few days. But I promise that the blog will go on! I am having too much fun with it to stop. GO YANKEES!!! I LOVE YOU GUYS!!!!

**Something quick for all you cutie fans**

I feel bad that I did not put someone on the cutie post. He deserved to be there, so I will put him now.

The Dodgers’ very-own James Loney. Cat, he is a cutie. I really felt bad that he was not on my list. Now he is alone on a special cutie edition. Yeah, James! I hope your neck feels better!

It Really Is Baffling

Yanks Lose And I’m Confused

I just don’t get it. It doesn’t make sense to me. How can a team as good as the Yankees lose like that? How can the pitching and the offense be so inconsistent in a game? They looked dead yesterday. And then they tried to come alive in the 9th, but it wasn’t enough. That part reminded me of last year, and I don’t want to remember last year. The Yankees lost to the Orioles 7-3 yesterday.

Pitching Analysis: A.J. Burnett toed the rubber yesterday looking to follow up on his last start, which was a good one. He disappointed me. He gave up 6 runs in the 2nd and it took him 41 pitches to get out of that inning. 41? Insane. But what I really don’t get is that for the rest of the game, he was A.J. Burnett. You would think I am happy that he settled down, but I am not. That does not cut it. That 2nd inning was dreadful. If it was in the postseason, it could have ended our season. I will not accept that. A.J.’s inconsistency is really bothering me. Where is the A.J. I love? He was so good last week, why was he bad yesterday? I have always given A.J. the benefit of the doubt, but now I am getting a little fed up. A.J. needs to perform and help the Yankees win the World Series, because we won’t settle for anything less.

Burnett's 1-3 with a 7.67 ERA in his last five starts.

Sorry, A.J., but I am losing faith in you. Please prove me wrong and do good in your next start!

Josh Towers came in to pitch the final 2 innings, and he allowed a run. He’s cool. A pitcher who wears #12. And he has high socks. That’s pretty cool.

Defensive Analysis: The defense was pretty good yesterday. In the 1st, Cano caught a liner and fired to Jeet for an inning ending 4-6 double play, which was cool. Alex Rodriguez booted a foul pop up, and was a bit frustrated to say the least. Then Wieters hit a foul pop up, and gave Arod a chance to redeem himself. Arod made a nice over the shoulder catch, and he was happy. Jeter was, too. They are always kidding each other.

Offensive Analysis: I liked what I saw in the first, but I didn’t like anything else. The Yanks jumped out to an early lead, died, and then had a valiant effort to make up the deficit in the 9th. In the 1st, the Yanks built a run. Jeter singled and stole second, Jerry bunted him over to third, and Tex drove him in with a sac fly. I liked that. I love little ball.

Derek Jeter and the Yankees are running away with AL East.

Jeter stealing second in the 1st.

After the 1st, the offense really died. They had only a handful of chances to score, and they failed in all of them until the 9th. I don’t understand how the top offensive team can look so lost and dead at the plate.

In the 9th, the Yankee bats decided to wake up. Melky Cabrera had an RBI double, and Posada had an RBI single. That made it 7-3. Jeter struckout to end the game, and the Yankees lost to the Orioles again.

I don’t want to see this anymore:

Orioles' Brian Roberts hits 2nd inning grand slam off Yankees' starter A.J. Burnett.

 

I want to see this:

I know they only lost 2 in a row, but I am worried about the Yankees. They have not lost 2 in a row at home since that miserable series versus the Nationals. I just want a World Series title this year. I have waited so long, and I just love my team. I want everything to go well so I know they will win it all. Is that too much to ask for, boys? Hahaha. I love you guys, and I want you to have all the glory at the end of the baseball year. That’s all. GO YANKEES!!!

History In The Rain

Another Thing I Will Never Forget On 9/11

I don’t even care that the Yankees lost. It doesn’t mean a thing to me. What I witnessed last night is something I will never forget. 2722. The Yankees lost 10-4, but no one cares about that. Derek Jeter is the story.

Pitching Analysis: Andy Pettitte started for the Yanks last night after an hour and 27 minute rain delay. He was not too sharp. He only went 5 innings and threw too many pitches. Damaso Marte relieved him in the 6th, and he blew the lead. He just had no command. It was Marte’s first bad start since coming off the DL. Albaladejo and Ramirez pitched also, but I stopped watching after that. The pitching was not good at all yesterday, which is why we lost. But whatever. I saw history!!!

Andy Pettitte has seen this type of dominance from Yankees before, with 1998 champs.

Andy in the rain.

Defensive Analysis: No one really cares about anything but Jeter’s story last night, but there was some nice defense last night. With the bases loaded and 1 out in the 5th, Andy made a great play on a comebacker to get the force at home. Then Cano made a gorgeous play ranging to the glove side on the outfield grass to field te grounder. He fired to Tex for the out. It was a nice defensive inning.

Offensive Analysis: Alex Rodriguez hit a 2 out 3-run homer in the first. It was very clutch. Arod has been very clutch lately. Keep it up!

History happened in the 3rd. After striking out in the 1st, Jeet came up in the 3rd. With a 2-0 count, Jeter, with his patented Jetarian inside-out swing, drove a ball into right field. How appropriate. The crowd went wild, and I was almost in tears in front of my tv. It was beautiful. The team went out on the field to congradulate him. Jeter received genuine hugs from the whole team. Right there I wished I was Jeter. Getting hugged by Cervelli, Tex, Mitre (♥♥♥) and the rest of the guys. I was a bit jealous of that. Anyway, after the hugs, Jeter tipped his helmet to the still-roaring crowd. They showed Mom, Dad, and girlfriend Minka Kelly celebrating. Then Jeter tipped his helmet again, and the crowd got even louder, if that was possible. The crowd would not stop. They were still cheering throughout Swisher’s at-bat. It was over 2 and a half minutes of a standing ovation. The “Derek Jeter” chants started up again later in the inning. It was just the perfect moment, and it couldn’t have happened to a more perfect man. CONGRADULATIONS, DEREK!!! YOU ARE THE YANKEES!!!!

Derek Jeter's single to right center in the third inning against the Orioles on a rain-soaked night in the Bronx breaks Lou Gehrig's Yankees team record for most career hits.

The hit.

Derek Jeter is congratulated by teammates after breaking the Yankees' all-time hits record.

The hugs (jealous!!)

The Yankees got another run in the 4th, an RBI single by Jeter. Every hit he gets from now on is going to set a new record. I am so proud to have Derek Jeter on my Yankees. He is the best player in baseball. Don’t lie, you all know he is. Just admit it. DEREK JETER IS THE BEST PLAYER IN BASEBALL!!!

The Yankees captain salutes the Bronx crowd.  Derek Jeter salutes vocal crowd in Bronx upon becoming Yankee hit king.

                   Tips his hat.                                            Tips his hat again.

The Yankees lost, but no one cares. Derek Jeter is the hero. He will always be the hero. I love Derek, and I hope he plays baseball forever. He is the most iconic figure in baseball today. He is the best player I have ever seen. Derek, I love you and I am SO glad that you are a part of my team and my life. 

The Cuties And Hotties Of Baseball – NL West

This is it! The last cutie post and by far the most anticipated!!! The NL West is filled with heartthrobs. Being a Yankee fan, I don’t really get to see too many of these guys play. But thanks to my fellow NL West bloggers, I get a glimpse of them every once in awhile. Let’s begin with the Dodgers.

NL West

Los Angeles Dodgers

-Andre Ethier

Andre Ethier OMG I love this man. Hottie!!! And he is very sweet. He signed a shirt for me. Andre is one of my favorite baseball players. He is my favorite non-Yankee. LOVE YA, ANDRE!!!

-Clayton Kershaw

Clayton Kershaw This little cutie is only 21, and he is already pitching greatly.

-Matt Kemp

Matt Kemp Matty is putting up great numbers this year. He is very cute.

-Russell Martin

Russell Martin Who doesn’t love Russell? This cutie is a great catcher.

-Chad Billingsley

Chad Billingsley This guy is just adorable. What a cutie!!!

Colorado Rockies

-Troy Tulowitski

 Troy is the cutest thing!!!

-Jeff Francis

Jeff Francis Jeff is one of the cutest pitchers. I feel bad that he is hurt.

-Ubaldo Jiminez

Ubaldo Jimenez He looks so sad in this picture! But trust me, he is quite a cutie!

San Francisco Giants

-Tim Lincecum

Tim Lincecum The Freak! This guy is adorable. He is so little, but so good. I love him!

-Freddy Sanchez

Freddy Sanchez Freddy is a cutie!!! I think he is amazing.

-Barry Zito

Barry Zito Barry has always been a cutie. I’m glad he is having a nice season.

San Diego Padres

-David Eckstein

David Eckstein David is a cutie. He is on my cutie baseball team. Hyunyoung loves him, too!

-Kevin Kouzmanoff

Kevin Kouzmanoff This one is for Kaybee, and I have to say, I’m starting to love this guy!  

-Wade LeBlanc

 I think he is a real cutie. Kaybee, Hyunyoung, what do you think?

Arizona Diamondbacks

-Doug Davis

 Doug is pretty hot, despite the facial hair.

-Stephen Drew

 Stephen is pretty cute.

That wraps up the cuties and hotties. Let’s see….who is my favorite on this list….hmm…

Duh! Andre is my fav!!!

The Rest Of The Series With The Rays

It Was A Good One!

The two games after the doubleheader between the Yankees and the Rays were both great. We won both, so we swept the Rays. The Yankees were definitely the Drama Club in both of the final 2 games. On Tuesday the Yanks won in walkoff fashion by the score of 3-2. Yesterday, they won 4-2, and history was made.

Pitching Analysis: Chad Gaudin started for the Yanks on Tuesday. To our surprise, he was great. Gaudin cruised through 6 innings without allowing a run. I was proud of him. Who would have thought that Chad Gaudin could give us innings, quality, shutout innings?! When he went back on the mound for the 7th, he was not as sharp. He allowed a solo homer to Longoria, a single to Zobrist, and a walk to Burrell. Girardi decided that was all for Gaudin, and called on Marte to get the job done. Marte did his job well. In the 8th, Phil Hughes actually allowed a run, a homer off the bat of Bartlett. That tied the game at 2. Mo had a 1-2-3 9th, and the Yanks went on to win that game in walkoff fashion.

I even love the not-so-cute Yankees. Great job last night, Chad!!!

Last night it was Joba’s turn, and he was not too good, but not too bad. He went just 3 innings, and threw way too many pitches. Joba just is not the same pitcher. He probably can’t wait until next year when he can just be free and pitch like a pitcher should. He allowed 2 runs in the 1st. He got into a jam later, but escaped it thanks to the strikeout. Not his best start, but not his worst. The bullpen did a fabulous job last night. Aceves, Albaladejo, Bruney, and Coke held the score right where it was and gave the Yankees a chance to come back, which they did.

Defensive Analysis: I don’t remember anything outstanding or upseting about the defense, so I’m sure the Yankees were solid as they usually are. This team gets credit for the offense and power numbers, the pitching, but the defense is quite underrated. The Yankees are just amazing in every way.

Offensive Analysis: On Tuesday, there was not much offense for the Yanks. But there was enough to win. Nick Swisher had a solo homer in the 2nd, and it was quite a bomb. Arod had an RBI single in the 6th to make it 2-0. After the Rays tied it up in the 8th, the Yankees failed to score in the bottom of the 8th. The only way to win was a walkoff. Who wanted pie? His name rhymes with Mick Wisher. In the bottom of the 9th, Swishy came up to the plate. He hit another solo homer, this one to end the game. Walkoff!!! He was SO genuinely happy, and it made me smile to see a grown man so happy and running around the bases with a smile. When he got pied by A.J., he proudly showed the fans and held his arms up in the air. Victory! I always wanted to see Swish get pied. It was worth the wait. The look on his face after he got pied was priceless. Congradulations, Swish.

Last night, the offense came through when it had to. Jeter had some hits last night, and one of those hits tied him with Lou Gehrig for first on the Yankee’s all-time hits leaders list. I can’t believe that. Derek Jeter? We take him for granted. We need to soak up the moment just as he does, because it really is something else. We are witnessing arguably the best player to ever play the game. He has a great shot at breaking Rose’s record, he is well ahead of his pace. I would love to see that happen.

Derek Jeter salutes Yankee fans as he tips cap at first base after tying Lou Gehrig for the all-time Bomber hit record.

What a moment…imagine what is going to happen when he breaks it!!!

The Yankees were losing at the time of Jeter’s milestone. I thought it was a game they had to win. Apparently, so did Jeet’s buddy Jorge. Jorge hit a 3-run homer in the 8th to give the Yankees a 4-2 lead. They held on to win it.

Jorge Posada hits a three-run homer in the 8th inning that lifts the Bombers over the Tampa Bay Rays at Yankee Stadium.

Jorge knew Jeet wouldn’t be happy unless the Yanks won. What a friend.

 It was an amazing game last night, and one that I will never forget. I will never forget Jeet’s inside-out swing that directed the ball into right field for a single. He has done that so many times, and that record-tying hit will stay in my mind forever.

Another sweep for the Yanks. The final two games were very good ones. The heroes for Tuesday’s game are Chad Gaudin and Nick Swisher. For last night, the heroes are the Yankee bullpen, Jorge Posada, and Derek Jeter. The Yankees have a 9 game lead over the Red Sox, and I am just absolutely LOVING life as a Yankee fan. I love this team so much. I really feel like they are so close to me. They really play a significant role in my life. I see them every day I can, and I long to be seeing them when I am not. I feel like I know them. Only 20 something games left, and then the postseason. But I am really going to miss these guys. I really do love them. Just ask anyone in my school, they’ll tell you :) 

Yanks Take Two!!!

Yanks Win Both Games. And I Am Filled With Smiles!!!

Ahhh…We won both games. How comforting. We pitched well, we actually caught the ball, and the offense was great. And somebody sent me something which I am wearing right now. I thank that somebody :) The Yankees won the first game 4-1 and the second game 11-1.

Pitching Analysis: CC pitched game 1, and he was awesome and worth the money as always. He pitched 7 innings of 1-run ball, that one coming off the bat of Evan Longoria and his solo homer. He got into a few jams, but he made it out via the strikeout. It was a great game for CC. Hughes pitched the 8th, and Mo pitched the 9th.

CC Sabathia continues his dominant run despite a no-decision in the Yankees' win over the Rays on Monday afternoon.

CC is a beast.

Game 2 was A.J.’s turn. I was wondering which A.J. would show up. The stinky I-can’t-locate-my-fastball A.J., or the A.J. with the great fastball and the nasty curve. Well, in the 1st inning, A.J. allowed a run. Darn. The stinky A.J. was pitching. But wait! He turned things around and did not allow a run for the rest of the game! Hooray! A.J. is back! This could be the perfect time for him to heat up….going down the final stretch…gett’n ready for the POSTSEASON!!! Perfect timing, A.J.

AJ Burnett is confident and commanding in the Yankees' 11-1 pounding of the Rays in Monday's nightcap.

Oh, yeah….

Edwar Ramirez pitched next, followed by a Jonathan Albaladejo with weird eyes (poor thing!) and the nervous kid Michael Dunn finished out the game. The pitching was fabulous, as usual.

Defensive Analysis: Unlike the other day, the Yankees actually caught the ball! Wow! I gues everyone just had their bad day on the same day. But in both games yesterday, the defense was great. Brett Gardner made himself right at home in centerfield in game 1….even though that catch was in right field. In the 4th inning of game 1, Brett ran all the way into deep right field, and made a dive/slide to rob the Ray of a double. It was the right fielder’s ball, but I was glad to see Gardy make the play. Way to go Brettiboo!!!

Yankees outfielder Brett Gardner celebrates his return from the disabled list by making a running, tumbling catch on a Fernando Perez drive in the fifth inning.

I missed you, Brett!!!

Offensive Analysis: In game 1, the offense looked a bit sluggish. Arod had a great day at the plate, but before the 8th, no one else was hitting well. But the 8th is where is all changed. Swish led off with a walk, and thanks to Tex it was 2nd and 3rd none out. Arod was intentionally walked, Cano got a sac fly, Jorge singled, and Hinske got a sac fly. It was 4-1, and the Yankees won it by that score.

In game 2, the offense exploded again. The Yankees had an 8 run 3rd inning. They tacked on more later. Everyone was hitting, accept the guy we all wanted to hit. Jeet was hitless for both games. Poor guy. He is stressing a bit, it is obvious. Don’t panic, Jeet! We LOVE you!!! Mark Teixeira had 2 homers, Melky had 3 hits, the lineup was on fire!

NY Yankees AB R H RBI BB SO LOB AVG
Jeter, SS 4 1 0 1 1 0 6 .329
  1-Pena, R, PR-SS-2B 1 0 1 0 0 0 0 .283
Damon, LF 6 1 1 1 0 1 6 .288
Teixeira, 1B 4 2 3 4 0 1 0 .282
  Gardner, CF 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 .270
Matsui, H, DH 3 2 2 0 2 0 1 .269
Swisher, RF-1B 2 2 1 0 2 0 1 .251
  a-Hinske, PH-3B 1 0 0 0 0 0 1 .246
Cano, 2B 3 0 1 0 1 0 3 .316
  b-Duncan, S, PH-RF 1 0 0 0 0 0 1 .000
Cabrera, Me, CF-RF 4 2 3 2 0 0 3 .281
  Cervelli, C 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 .263
Hairston, J, 3B-SS 4 1 2 1 1 0 2 .257
Molina, J, C-1B 3 0 3 1 2 0 0 .245
Totals 38 11 17 10 9 2 24

 

I saw my Cervelli baby again. I was a bit angry at Girardi for not letting Cervelli start one of the games, but whatever. At least I saw him…sooo cute….yeah…

It was a great day for the Yanks. 2 wins in 1 day is pretty darn good. The heroes for game 1 are CC, the bullpen, and Arod. For game 2, the heroes are A.J., Tex, and Melky. It was another fun day to be a Yankee fan. And because of these wins, and the Red Sox loss, the Yankees now have an EXTREMELY COZY 9 GAME LEAD!!!!! WAHOOO!!!! The Smelly Sox are running out of time. That is awesome. I smell something….a championship, maybe? I’ve been waiting for awhile…I hope this is the year. GO YANKEES!!!!!!

Oh, and I would just like to thank my friend Cat for this lovely shirt. An Andre Ethier shirt, signed by Andre himself. I was SO hyper during school today. I could not wait to get the mail!!! Thank you SO much, Cat. You made me smile, and I know I will smile and think of you every time I wear this shirt!!! Tell Andre I love him, too!!!

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Umm…Catch The Ball, Maybe?

Frustrating Game For Yanks As They Lose To Jays

“Frustrating game” is the understatement of the year. It was a ridiculous game that had me screaming my lungs out at the TV. The Yankees booted every play! 4 errors and about 30 misplays? Where did my Yankees go? Who are these little leaguers that can’t catch a thing? Why did they have to suck when Mitre was pitching? It all bothered me. The Yankees lost to the Blue Jays 14-8. Ugh.

Pitching Analysis: Sergio Mitre, my love, started for the Yankees yesterday. His line looks ugly: 4 & 1/3 innings, 11 hits, 11 runs, 9 earned, 2 walks and 5 K’s. Those numbers are misleading. The Yankees made so many errors behind Sergio. But they also screwed up easy plays, forcing Mitre to get about 5 outs per inning. Now, I love Sergio Mitre with all my heart and would be his darling baby in a microsecond, but Sergio Mitre is not the world’s greatest pitcher. With him on the mound, the defense should have made every play. They were inexcusably horrible. Poor Sergio. He was so frustrated, and a pitcher knows he is not supposed to show it. But really, they were pathetic behind him. Even though he allowed 9 earned runs, I thought he pitched well. He struckout 5, he induced plenty of ground balls, although thanks to the defense they didn’t translate as outs, and the fly balls that were hit were bloopers that were not caught. I honestly think he pitched well, and I’m not just saying that because I drool over him. His sinker was sinking, his curveball was curving and throwing hitters off balance. And he did not allow a home run. If you did not watch the game and just saw Mitre’s line, you would say he was back to his old stinky self. But if you watched it, you should agree with me that he pitched pretty well yesterday.

I think you were great yesterday, baby. ;)

The Yankee bullpen did not get the job done. Mark Melancon walked in about 70 runs and was just awful. Newcomer Josh Towers hit Randy Ruiz in the face which created a bloody mess. That was scary. Towers was not too good, but he did finish out the game for the Yanks.

Defensive Analysis: This is not an exaggeration: Yesterday’s game was the worst defensively played game I have ever seen in my young life. 4 errors, 700 misplays, it was disgusting. Jerry made an error, Cano made an error, Swisher lost a ball in the sun, Tex totally missed a grounder, Mitre struckout Encarnacion who reached first on the wild pitch, Hairston paused with the ball and got no one out, Melky and Damon collided, bloopers were dropping in in front of everyone, it was gross. Poor Sergio. My poor baby. They were forcing him to throw more pitches, and I am still worried about his little arm, and forced him to get more outs. It was dreadful. Girardi better have some kind of meeting. I hope this is not a product of being so far ahead in the division. Don’t get lazy, boys. Play like you are behind. Catch the damn ball!!! 

Offensive Analysis: If the fielders actually caught the balls, the Yankees offense would have been enough. They scored 8 runs on 13 hits. Jeter got 3 more hits, Melky had a 3-run homer after colliding with Johnny in the outfield, which sent me into hysterics. I was worried about them. But they were okay, as Melky showed with his homer. The Yankees were hitting, they just lost for other reasons, ahem,,,catch the ball, ahem…They didn’t look dead at the plate like they do in many of their loses.

Derek Jeter singles in the sixth inning on Sunday against the Blue Jays, and is now just four hits away from passing Lou Gehrig on the Yankees' all-time list.

Jeter inches toward history in every at-bat.

NY Yankees AB R H RBI BB SO LOB AVG
Jeter, SS 3 1 3 0 1 0 0 .334
  Pena, R, SS-2B 1 0 0 0 0 1 0 .276
Damon, LF 5 1 2 0 0 1 3 .289
Teixeira, 1B 4 1 1 0 0 0 5 .279
  Cervelli, C 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 .266
Matsui, H, DH 5 1 2 2 0 0 1 .266
Swisher, RF 4 2 2 3 1 1 2 .249
Cano, 2B 3 0 0 0 0 2 1 .318
  a-Hinske, PH-3B 2 0 1 0 0 0 1 .251
Hairston, J, 3B-SS 3 1 1 0 2 0 1 .254
Cabrera, Me, CF 4 1 1 3 0 1 2 .276
Molina, J, C-1B 4 0 0 0 0 1 1 .223
Totals 39 8 13 8 4 7 17

 

The only bright spots about the game for me were that, well first of all I got to stare open-mouthed at Sergio Mitre, which is a treat I will take any day. Melky had a 3-run homer after colliding with Damon, so he is okay. And I actually got to see my Cervelli again!!! He caught at the end of the game. Boy, did I miss him. Everything about him is cute. I was glad to see him play. Hopefully he will catch at least 1 game in the doubleheader today. I will be very upset if he doesn’t. The Smelly Sox won yesterday, so our lead is back to 7.5 games. But hopefully we can increase that lead today. I guess they all just had a bad day on the field. It happens, but to the Yankees? No. But yes. They are just human. We have just been spoiled with perfectly played games all year long. I guess they can mess up once in awhile. ONCE IN AWHILE, boys, that was the “once” and the rest of the season is the “awhile.” So be perfect for the rest of the year, okay? Hahaha. I still love you guys. Especially you, Sergio. love you. ;) GO YANKEES!!!

**Note** I was so caught up in my frustration over the game that I forgot something: I would just like to thank everyone for making me #11 on the Latest Leader’s list. I can’t believe I was even on it, not to mention that high up on my first time. It really is quite an honor and I thank all of you from the bottom of my hearts for coming by and reading and sharing your thoughts. It really means a lot to me. My parents were so proud of me when I told them. Thank you all so much. I love you guys :)

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