October 2009

Bouncing Back

Yanks Win Game 2 & Even Series

As evening descends in the Bronx, the crowds come out for a second straight night, hoping for a different result after Cliff Lee and the Phillies silenced the Stadium in Game 1 of the World Series.

That’s comforting. Game 1 seems so far away now that we’ve won game 2. Now my boys head to Philly with the series even. But they have the momentum now. My babies won game 2 3-1, and it was a great game.

Pitching Analysis: A.J. Burnett in a big, BIG game? Most Yankee fans were a bit worried about that. Honestly, I was a teeny-weeny-bit nervous about A.J. But after the first pitch, those nerves were gone. I mean it. When I saw him throw his fastball for a strike on the first pitch, I knew I was going to see the good A.J. And boy, was he good! Burnett went 7 innings and allowed just 1 run on 4 hits and 2 walks, while striking out 9 Phillies. The Phillies looked as lost at the plate against Burnett as the Yanks did against Lee in game 1. A.J. was that good. He deserves a ton of credit. I love how the FOX announcers didn’t give him any. Eff them.

Unlike his last appearance in the ALCS, the first inning is a breeze for A.J. Burnett, who retires the side 1-2-3.

Look at that stare…damn…when he’s this good, I just fall for him….I was drooling for him last night….;)

Mariano Rivera was called upon to get the 6 out save, and I don’t blame Girardi for doing that. I don’t trust anyone in the Yankee bullpen right now. Mo did a nice job.

Defensive Analysis: Great defense last night. My favorite play was in the 4th. Jayson Werth led off with a single. I hate Jayson Werth. I think he’s gross. He looks like a goat. No, he looks like that wrestler Edge!

Maybe that’s why I hate him.

Anyway, he was on first. Molina decided to show off. He made a snap throw to Tex, who made the tag on Werth for the out! Haha, Molina caught him sleeping! It was so cool.

... then gets an assist from Molina, who fires to Teixeira at first to pick off Werth in the fourth.

Werth looks like he’s gonna spank Tex! How dare he?!

Offensive Analysis: That play by Molina may have sparked something in the Yanks. Mark Teixeria led off the inning with a solo homer into the Yankee bullpen. Then in the 6th, Matsui hit a solo homer to give the Yankees a 2-1 lead! Haha, Pedro, who’s your daddy now?

... crushing a Pedro offering ...

... over the right-field fence to make it 2-1 Yanks.

Oh, yeah, it’s still us!

Yankee fans hope to bring back some of the magic their team found against Pedro back in his Red Sox days - most notably in Game 7 of the 2003 ALCS - chanting "Who's Your Daddy?!" as the Phillies starter takes the mound in the bottom of the first.

Hahaha, I love it

The Yanks added on another in the 7th. Posada knocked in a run with a pinch-hit RBI single. That made it 3-1, and that’s how it ended.

I liked this game better that game 1. Game 1 made me angry….very. Winning is a good thing. The heroes for the victory are A.J. Burnett, for beasting, Mariano Rivera, for preventing the stinky bullpen from pitching, and Mark Teixeira, for his homer and for just being adorable.

And speaking of Tex, he reminds me of someone….

Well, I see it.

 

GO YANKEES! 

Anger, Nerves, and Everything Else

Yanks Lose Game 1 of WS, And I Am Pissed

Frickin’ frickin’ frickin’ WHY? HOW? AAAHHH!!! This is NOT what I expected, NOT what I invisioned, NOT WHAT I DREAMED OF!!! (….-breathe in, breathe out-….you can do this….soon the nightmare will be over…game 2 is in a few hours….when they win, you can calm down…..everything will be okay….) -SIGH-. Okay. Obviously, I was a bit effected by the loss last night. I spent my study hall this morning writing in big, bold letters: P H U C K THE PHILLIES-GO YANKEES! I’m sorry to you Phillie fans out there. But I just couldn’t take it. The Yankees lost to the Phillies 6-1.

Pitching Analysis: CC Sabathia was not CC Sabathia last night. The numbers don’t look too bad: he went 7 innings and allowed 2 runs on 4 hits and struckout 6. But I don’t think he pitched well. He fell behind to a majority of the Phillies, getting himself into 1-0 counts, which is not the way to start. He just didn’t seem right. After he allowed the first homer to Utley in the 3rd, he got a little better. Utley then hit another solo homer in the 6th, and CC was done after the 7th.

CC Sabathia gives up four hits and two runs in seven innings of work in Game 1 of the World Series.

CC tried….aw, I still love you, Hefty-Lefty.

The Yankee bullpen made me almost want to commit suicide last night. (a bit extreme, but you get my point) Phil Hughes started the 8th inning, when the game was still within reach for the Yanks, and totaly eff-ed things up. He allowed 2 runs without even getting an out. What is up with this guy? He carried this team into the postseason, and now that they are here, he can’t help at all! He needs to throw strikes, get ahead, and have that confidence again.

Phil Hughes (l.) walks two and allows two runs in the Yankees' loss to the Phillies.

STOP STINKING!!!!!

Brian Bruney also stank. In the 9th, he allowed 2 runs on 3 hits. This is disgusting. Something must be done. -Light bulb goes off- I have an idea! Let Swisher pitch! He’ll probably be better than anyone in the ‘pen, and as of now he hasn’t hit in the postseason, so we won’t miss him in the lineup! It’s the perfect plan!

Offensive Analysis: Well, the Yankee offense really couldn’t do anything off Cliff Lee. They couldn’t even build his pitch count so he could come out of the game. Nope, they couldn’t even do that. Lee pitched a complete game. It was gross.

The Yankees got 1 run in the 9th due to an error by Rollins. Nothing else. Just 6 hits. No walks. They looked dead, no, lost would be a better word. Watching the Yankees at the plate last night was like watching a lost puppy try to find his way home.

I am upset. I am angry. I am nervous. I am worried that everything we’ve done this season won’t matter. Am I foolish? Am I overreacting? Am I jumping the gun a little bit here? I sure hope so. As my fellow blogger Beth, and my history teacher Mr. Sayers said, the Yankees have fallen behind in the World Series before and managed to win. I know that. But I can’t help but to freak out. I can’t help but to panic. I love this team more than anything. They deserve to win.

I pray to the Lord that Burnett and the bullpen are good tonight, and that the Yankee bats wake up. GO YANKEES!

Whoa….They Made It….

Yanks Advance To Ultimate Goal

Whoa. Just, whoa. For the first time since 2003, my Yankees are making an appearance in the World Series. This is marvelous. This is phenomenal. This is…..beautiful. I’m touched. Last night was the biggest night of my life (lame life, I know….). Watching the Yankees beat the Angels and celebrate because they are going to the World Series was the greatest thing. I almost cried. The Yankees beat the Angels 5-2, and move on.

Pitching Analysis: Who better to get this win than Andy Pettitte? A classic Yankee, one of the Core 4, Andy toed the rubber for the Yanks. And he was as dandy as an Andy could be. Pettitte went 6 and 1/3 innings and allowed just 1 run, and he struckout 6 Halo hitters.  Andy looked sharp from the beginning. He had that stare, that intimidating, serious, I’m-gonna-kill-the-hitter stare. And when he has that, you know that he is on. This win was Andy’s 16th career postseason victory, which is a new ML record. Congradulations, Andy. We love you.

Joe Girardi chooses to start Andy Pettitte over CC Sabathia though CC would've pitched on full rest tonight.

Pure Dandiness!!!

Joba pitched the rest of the 7th and managed to get everyone out. Mariano went for the 2 inning save as he pitched both the 8th and the 9th. He allowed a run in the 8th thanks to an RBI single by Vlad Guererro, but it didn’t mean anything. We won!

Defensive Analysis: Nick Swisher has a brain. In the 2nd, Guerrero led off with a single. Then Morales flew out to Swish. But Swish has keen eyes. He noticed that Guerrero strayed far off the first base bag, so he fired to Teixeira, and Guerrero was doubled up! A nice heads-up play by Nick Swisher. That should have shut up the FOX announcers. All they talked about was how Nick Swisher is in a slump. Well, to prove them wrong, Swish had a single, scored a run, and made that great play. Haha McCarver, wrong again.

It's a heady play for Nick Swisher, who makes the catch ...

I know why he’s out of the slump! Because the Swish-hawk is back! Great hairstyle. Too bad his hat is on in this picture.

Here’s the Swish-hawk!

Offensive Anlaysis: There wasn’t much offense, but there was enough. I like the way the Yankees played the game last night. If you noticed, they didn’t hit any home runs last night. The Yankees built all their runs, and they forced the action. They MADE the Angels make the plays, and the Angels couldn’t make them.

The 4th is where the offense started. The Yanks were trailing 1-0. Cano led off with a walk, Swish singled, and my man Melky laid down a BEA-U-TI-FUL sac bunt to advance the runners. Jeter walked to load the bases. So with the bases loaded and 1 out, Johnny Damon came up. He delivered a CLUTCH 2-run single, which gave the Yankees a 2-1 lead. But they weren’t done yet. Texy-wexy got an infield single, and Alex Rodriguez forced in a run via the walk. That gave the Yanks a 3-1 lead, and it gave me feelings and hopes of advancing.

Damon knocks a single to left center in the fourth ...

The Yanks scored again in the 8th, and the rally started the same way: a leadoff walk by Cano. Then Nick Swisher bunted, and reached on a error. Then Melky bunted, and the ball was thrown crazy! A run scored, and the Yanks had a 4-2 lead. Later on in the inning, Mark Teixeira came through with a sac fly. This 5-2 lead was enough. My boys went on to win it, and they broke out the bubbly.

The Bronx is back! Yanks will meet the Philadelphia Phillies in their first World Series since 2003. The Bombers will contend for their 27th championship.

I wish I was in the middle of this.

Aw, how sweet.

Sabathia is named ALCS MVP after going 2-0 in the series. He'll make his first World Series appearance when he starts in Game 1 on Wednesday against the Phillies. As if that day couldn't get any bigger, he'll pitch against former Cleveland Indians teammate Cliff Lee.

BUBBLY!!! Hopefully I will see one more of these celebrations….

Well, they did it. My Yankees are another step closer to the ultimate goal. The heroes for the victory are Andy Pettitte, Johnny Damon, and everyone else. I can’t leave anyone out. I’m in too good of a mood. WE ARE GOING TO THE WORLD SERIES!!!!!!! This is like my first post in awhile. Sorry about that. There were off days and I was busy, and after that loss the other day I couldn’t sit down and think about the game. But hey, I’m blogging now.

A quick message for my Yankees: Hey guys. I just wanted to say thanks, again. This season has been magical, and this was just another chapter of the story. Thank you for taking me along with you on this amazing ride. We are coming down the final stretch now. This is it. The World Series. It’s do or die now, boys. I know the Phillies are going to be tough. But if anyone can beat them, you can. You have my support, my prayers, my love. And as always, I will be right there with you, cheering you on the whole way.

GO YANKEES!!!! I LOVE YOU SO MUCH!!!!!!!!  ♥♥♥

It's bone-dry in the Bronx as fans congregate outside the Stadium eager to see if the Yankees can clinch their 40th pennant tonight.

THAT’S More Like It!

We Won! 1 More And Then Off To The WS!

Before I begin, I feel that I must apologize to my fellow blogger Hyunyoung. Hyunyoung, I am very sorry that I offended you by bad-mouthing your Angels on my last post. I know they are a great team, and I like the way they play the game (I love the running game!). It’s just that when the Yankees lose, I get mad. My actions are inexcusable. I know the Angels beat them yesterday and they played well. I just got carried away. I hope you understand :)

But that is way back now. Last night, the Yankees beat the Angels 10-1, and it was fun for me to watch. Girardi didn’t do anything stupid, and the whole team played well.

Pitching Analysis: C “Cy” was fabulous again. So much for him not pitching well in the postseason. Sabathia pitched 8 innings of 1-run ball, and he did this on 3 days rest! HE’S A BEAST!!!

CC Sabathia enjoys laugher as he continues to earn every dime of contract. The Yankees beat the Angels 10-1 to come within one win of the World Series.

CC had the right to smile last night. And so did I :)

Chad Gaudin pitched a scoreless 9th inning. I’m glad Girardi didn’t do anything stupid last night. I guess I’m a bit hard on Joe. All kidding aside, he is a great manager. It just so happened that the decision he made the other night led to the loss. Wait, this is behind me now, so why am I bringing it up again? It has now been erased from my mind. It’s gone.

Offensive Analysis: I love it when the offense explodes. It’s about time. The Yankees were worrying me with their lack of hitting with runners in scoring position. But last night was different. 10 runs off the solid Angel pitchers. Not too shabby.

The offense started in the 4th. Cano’s RBI single drove in Arod, and my man Melky singled in 2 runs. Nice to see him do something clutch. In the 5th, Alex hit a no-doubter 2-run homer to give the Yanks a 5-0 lead. Also in the 5th, something crazy happened. Posada stole a base! I could not believe what I saw. There was a lot of weird baserunning that inning. That play with Cano and Jorge at third base was hysterical.

Jorge Posada and Robinson Cano run into trouble, but third base ump Tim McClelland still botches call right in front of him.

I dont’e even know…it was weird.

The Yanks scored 5 more times before winning. I went to bed before it ended (blasphemy, I know) but I was tired. I shall not do that anymore. What I should do is take a nap when I get home, and then watch the whole game. I won’t miss anyore of my Yankees.

The heroes for the victory are CC Sabathia, for just doing his thing out there on the mound, Alex Rodriguez for another postseason homer, and Melky, just because I love him ♥. My boys are off tonight, I guess I now have no excuse to not study calculus….darn. Wish me luck with that….I don’t really know what I’m doing….let’s see….the slope of the tangent line is the general derivative….formula is: lim h-0 of f (x+h) – f (x) / h……then when you find the derivative, you find the equation of the tangent line by using the point-slope formula….and no one cares about this so I will just shut up and go study….

GO YANKEES!

**One more thing** THANKS EVERYONE FOR MAKING MY BLOG #33 ON THE LATEST LEADERS FOR THE 2009 REGULAR SEASON!!! It really means the world to me. Thank you all so much. I love you ♥

GO YANKEES!!!!!!!!!!!!!

WHY! Why, Why, Why, Why, WHY???

TELL ME WHY!!!!!!!!!

Okay, the word “why” is starting to look and sound really weird. I must have pondered that decision for hours. Girardi is an idiot. Seriously. I am really mad at him right now. My anger didn’t subside yet. It won’t until they win tonight. My God. How can anyone be that stupid? Watching them lose to the butt-ugly-non-cutie Angel team made me sick. I managed to avoid throwing my shoe this time, but I did go on a cursing rampage. Ask A.J. over at “Yankee Yapping.” He’ll tell you how infuriated I was. I also punched my thigh and it still hurts a bit. When the Yankees lose like this, I get angry. It is not healthy. If they care about me even just 1% as much as I care for them, then they would win tonight so I don’t kill myself. My Yankees lost game 3 of the ALCS 5-4.

Pitching Analysis: Andy Pettitte was great yesterday. It’s really a shame that they lost. He allowed 3 runs over 6 & 1/3 innings. Andy did his job very well. Joba came in with 1 out in the 7th, and was totally ineffective. He let the go-ahead run score. Coke and Hughes pitched the 8th, and Hughes also pitched the 9th, and gave up a leadoff double to Mathis in the 10th. He was pulled for Mo, who gave a gutsy performance and escaped a bases loaded jam without allowing a run.

David Robertson got two EASY outs in the 11th. And, for some unknown reason, Girardi pulls him for Aceves. WHY? I-friggin-DK. Ace gave up a run in game 2, but thanks to Arod that was erased. Taking out a dominant guy and replacing him with a not-as-dominant guy who allowed a run the other day is an absolutely inane, brainless move. And sure enough, Aceves eff-ed things up for the Yankees, and for me. I don’t even want to think about it. Do you have any idea what seeing THIS sh!t does to me?:

Kendrick scores to seal the victory ...

GET THIS CRAP OUT OF MY BLOG!!!

... as Mathis and the Angels clinch a 5-4 win and bring bedlam to Anaheim ...

GET THE F*** OUTTA HERE!!!

I don’t wanna see this. EVER AGAIN. The YANKEES are the walkoff guys. Not the Angels. STOP CELEBRATING!!! YOU SUCK! YOU ONLY WON BECAUSE GIRARDI IS A MORON!!! IT WASN’T BECAUSE OF YOUR SKILL! YOU HAVE NO RIGHT TO CELEBRATE!

Okay, on to offense.

Offensive Analysis: The Yankees’ 4 runs came on the strength of 4 solo homers. By Jeet, Arod, Johnny, and Jorge. That was it. Just homers. Now I love the longball, but they need to score in other ways. The Yankees were horrible with runners in scoring position yesterday. They had a ton of chanced to break the game open, and they couldn’t do it.

Okay, so I was miserable after this loss. But hey. At least we have a 2-1 lead in the series. And at least we are in the postseason. C “Cy” tonight, I think he’s the perfect guy ot have on the mound for tonight. GO YANKEES! I STILL LOVE YOU! AND I ALWAYS WILL!!! 

An Odd, Exciting, AWESOME WIN!!!

These Yankees Amaze Me

This entire postseason has been so much fun. And last night? Just another crazy “walkoff” win from the Drama Club. I was so tired when it ended. The time on my clock as I climbed into bed was 1:37 am. I was beyond exhausted. I had the PSAT, and then that game. It was insane. The Yankees beat the Angels last night/this morning 4-3.

Pitching Analysis: A.J. Burnett was dominant. His stuff was naaaaaaasty. Molina caught him again, and mixed his pitches very well. Once again, the usually-explosive Angel lineup could barely amount to anything. They scored 2 runs off A.J. Acutally, if you think about it, A.J. beat himself last night. He’s just too good! In the 5th, things got a little messy. A.J. just could not control that curveball. There were hit batsmen and wild pitches. The Angels only got 2 hits that inning, but those hits plus A.J.’s wildness added up to 2 runs, and a 2-2 game.

The bullpen did a magnificant job last night. They went over 6 innings, and allowed just 1 run.  Coke, Joba, Hughes, Mo, Ace, Marte, and Robertson all pitched last night. Only Aceves gave up a run; an RBI single by Figgins in the 11th inning. The bullpen guys were the heroes last night. and A.J., too. He really pitched a great ballgame. He received a lovely ovation when he was taken out. He deserved it.

A.J. Burnett acknowledges crowd after pitching innings, allowing three hits and two earned runs.

A.J. heading back to the dugout…but he will emerge later with a pie…

Defensive Analysis: The defense was uncharacteristically sloppy last night. Jeet made an error and Cano made 2. But unlike the Angels the night before, the Yankees were able to win despite the bad “d.” Oh, and Johnny Damon made another fine play last night in the 9th.

Robinson Cano bobbles ground ball for error in seventh, one of two miscues for Yankee second baseman.

The bad “d.”

Johnny Damon makes grab Saturday night but will he haul in new contract from Yankees?

The good “d.”

Offensive Anlaysis: The Yankees had a little trouble with runners in scoring postition last night; in fact they were 0-8 in those situations. But they managed to get the BIG hits when they really needed them. In the 2nd, Swish drew a 2-out walk, and Cano tripled him in, giving the Yankees a 1-0 lead. In the 3rd, Jeter hit an opposite field solo homer to give the Yanks a 2-0 lead.

In the 11th, the Yankees were trailing 3-2 , and the Angels sent out Fuentes to pitch. Arod was to lead off the inning, but there was no way I was going to expect him to be clutch again. How ignorant of me. With an 0-2 count, Alex got a high fastball, and he smashed it into the right field seats for a GAME TIEING HOME RUN!!!!! GOD do I love that man?!!!!!!

Alex Rodriguez rounds bases as his line-drive homer ties score in 11th before Yanks pull out Game 2 in 13th.

I FRIGGIN’ LOVE YOU, ALEX!!!!

It seemed like the game would never end. The Yankees kept getting runners on, and they kept stranding them. So in the 13th when Jerry Hairston led off with a pinch-hit single, I didn’t think much of it. Gardner then bunted him over, and Cano was intentionally walked to get to my man Melky, the Yankee who has received 3 pies this year. “Stupid move,” I thought. But Melky hit a sharp grounder to second baseman Izturis’s left, and I was like, ‘Oh, no! Melky, no!” But Izturis, the same guy the stupid FOX annoncers were praising the whole game, threw to Aybar at second, and threw it wild! The ball was heading into foul territory. Jerry hustled around third, headed for home, and SAFE! JERRY SCORES! THE ANGELS DEFENSE SCREWED UP! AND THE YANKEES WIN!!!!!!!!!!

Hairston cheers after scoring the winning run as a dejected Angels catcher walks off the field.

JERRY SCORES THE WINNING RUN!

Jerry Hairston Jr. scores the game-winning run in the 13th inning early Sunday.

VICTORY!!!!!

The Yankees warm up the Bronx with another postgame celebration, mobbing Jerry Hairston (17) after 13th-inning win that sends Bombers to West Coast up 2-0 in ALCS.

Jerry gets tackled by his teammates.

Hairston gets the celebratory pie-in-the-face from Burnett.

AND GETS THE TASTE OF VICTORY PIE!!!

It was cute seeing Jerry get pied. Even though Melky hit the ball, Jerry deserved it. It was great. Burnett used the direct approach this time. Usually, he sneaks around behind the player as they are getting interviewed. But this time, he approached Jerry head-on. He paused and showed Jerry the pie, and then smushed it in his face. Taste good, huh Jerry?

I loved this game! The heroes are Arod, for keeping the Yankees alive, the Yankee pitchers, for also keeping the Yankees alive, and Jerry Hairston, for running hard and winning it for us. The Yankees head to California up 2 games to none, and they have to be feeling pretty good about things. I know I do. These Yankees never give up. They have that mentality. And they have that Yankee Stadium Magic, and the best fans. They are lucky to have all that. And I’m so lucky to have them. GO YANKEES! I LOVE YOU!

It's another windy night in the Bronx. Game time temperature is a blustery 47 degrees.

They WON Game 1!!!

Game 1 Of The ALCS Is A Yankee Victory!!!

Yes. Yeeeeeees. YEEEEEESSSS! This series couldn’t have started in a better way. GOD, am I happy! I watch the game last night, but in the back of my mind I kept thinking about the PSAT, wondering if I should be looking things over for it. But I couldn’t. I just couldn’t. I didn’t want to do anything but sit there on the lucky right side of the couch and watch my babies. So that’s what I did. And they won. My Yankees beat the Angels 4-1.

Pitching Analysis: CC Sabathia, our expensive ace, was FABULOSO last night. I was worried that the brisk, chilly air would effect him. He heavily depends on his changeup as one of his finish pitches. But I had no need to worry. CC was beyond great, and he kept the Angel hitters off balance all night long. CC went 8 innings of 1 run ball, allowing just 4 hits, and striking out 7. Yesterday I had an art sketch due. Guess what I drew? CC! It looked awesome. I got a 99 on it (my art teacher never gives 100’s because he says no one is perfect). I think that is partly why he did so well last night. I LOVE YOU, CC!

Yankees starting pitcher CC Sabathia gets props from Derek Jeter after going eight strong innings against the Angels in Game 1 of the ALCS.

Our hefty-lefty was great once again. I want to give CC a big hug, if I can fit my arms around him :)

Mariano Rivera pitched a scoreless 9th, nailing down a save, and the win for the Yanks.

Defensive Analysis: The Yankee defense was very good last night. In the 6th, Johnny Damon made a lovely sliding play on an Abreu liner. Johnny seemed to have turned things around in this game 1 with his bat, too.

Johnny Damon makes sliding catch on Bobby Abreu drive in sixth inning as Yankees overcome cold in Bronx with fiery play in Game 1 of the ALCS.

JOHNNY!!!

In the same inning, CC and Tex combined for a great play. Torii Hunter tried to bunt for a single. CC got off the mound quickly, and fired the ball to Tex. Tex literally did a split, and held on for the out! I think I should call him Texy-Flexy. Seriously, that split looked like it hurt. I love Tex. He looked so cute with those ear warmers under his hat. And I love him with the goggles. I hope I get to see that again :)

Offensive Analysis: The Yanks jumped out to an early lead in the 1st. Arod knocked in Jeet on a sac fly. With 2 out, Matsui popped on up to shortstop between Figgy and Aybar. When Matsui hit that, I was like, “Ugh. Matsui! Why’d you do that?” But I didn’t have to scold Matsui after all. For some unknown reason, neither Aybar nor Figgins caught the ball! It fell right in front of Aybar, and Damon scored, giving the Yanks a 2-0 lead! Sloppy “D” from the Angels? Wow. I guess it was too cold for them.

Hideki Matsui is surprised that his two-out pop-up in the first inning became a gift RBI after the ball drops between Angels Chone Figgins and Erick Aybar.

A cheap RBI. I’m sure he’ll take it.

The Yanks added a run in the 5th and 1 in the 6th. Matsui had another RBI and Jeter had one. That made it 4-1, and that was the final score.

I had no need to worry even a little about my Yanks. And I guess I didn’t have to worry about the PSAT either. I took it this morning. I grudgingly woke up at 6:30, on my Saturday, and was at the school by 7:30. My proctor was my history teacher from last year. He went to this game. Lucky guy. Anyway, the test was…okay. I survived. It was 5 sections: 2 critical reading, 2 math, and 1 writing skills. The first 2 sections were hard, but it got easier. Whatever. I don’t find out my results until December, so I don’t have to worry. Tonight, I can sit back, relax, and (weather permitting) watch my boys go at it in game 2 versus the Angels. The heroes for the game 1 victory are CC Sabathia, for his stellar performance, Hideki Matsui, for his 2 RBI, and Johnny Damon, for breaking out of his slump with 2 hits and a defensive play.

Yesterday my math teacher told me when the Yanks won the ALDS, he was thinking about me. That’s nice. He asked me what I am going to do when the season is over. That’s a very good question. I know I will be blogging, I know I will be writing for fanhuddle.com, I know I will be busy. But I will be lonely. Without my Yankees, what am I going to lay in bed at night and think about? Hmm….well, I guess I can lay there and think about how the 2009 Yankees had an amazing season, and how they  hopufully won #27. Ahhhh…what sweet dreams……

ALCS, Angels, BRING IT ON!!!

Yanks Swept ALDS, Now Ready For Next Step

WAHOO!!! We have conquered the Twinkies and swept them in the ALDS! I’m so proud of my Yankees. They haven’t gotten this far since 2004, a year that I am still trying to forget. But hey, this team is BEAST!!! I have all the confidence in the world that they can do it. Anyway, the Yankees beat the Twins 4-1.

Pitching Analysis: Andy Pettitte was as fabulous as can be. What else is new. Andy + postseason = Yankee win. With his win in game 3, Andy has 15 postseason wins, the most in baseball. Pettitte was great on Sunday. He allowed just 1 run, an RBI double by Mauer, in 6 and 1/3 innings of work. Andy could have gone longer, but the bullpen has been so good lately, so you can’t argue with taking Andy out. The Yankees have a killer starting rotation. CC, A.J., and Andy. When they are on, they are ON! And they are unhittable. And the bullpen has just been insanely amazing. If you think about it, pitching is what won this series for the Yanks. Yankee pitchers, give yourselves a bat on the back. Job well done to all of’ya :)

Lefty Andy Pettitte strikes out seven Twins over 6-1/3 innings.

Andy. Isn’t he just the dandiest? :)

Defensive Analysis: Derek Jeter has baseball instincts. In the 8th inning, Jeet made a fantastic play. With Punto on second, Denard Span hit a chopper to short. Jeet made a spectacular play to just get to the ball, but when his instincts took over it was just awesome. He held the ball for a bit, and then fired home, because Punto was heading for the plate! He must have thought the ball got through. So Jeet fired home, and Jorge fired to Arod at third, who tagged the diving Punto for the out. OUT! It was so cool.

... after Derek Jeter fields a ground ball then alertly throws home to Jorge Posada, who fires the ball to A-Rod.

Jeet lets the instincts take over….

Yankees third baseman Alex Rodriguez tags out Nick Punto at third in the 8th inning ...

….and Punto is out. Booya!

Offensive Analysis: The Yankees were trailing 1-0 heading into the 7th. It seemed like the way Pavano was pitching, the Yankees weren’t even going to be able to buy a run. I was afraid to get up because I didn’t want to jinx them, but my dinner was ready in the 7th. I got up and joined my family at the table for some delicious, homemade chicken soup. And of course, I missed it. Arod had to be a show-off-clutch-sexy-beast. He hit an opposite-field solo homer to tie the game at 1. His clutchness this series was unbelievable. Good for him. Later in the inning, Jorge Posada smashed an opposite-field solo homer, giving the Yanks a 2-1 lead! In a way, I kind of felt bad for Pavano. Wait. Hold the phone. What am I saying? He was a bust for us. I hate him. Take that back, I was laughing at him. HAHA! The Yankees came back!

Yankees catcher Jorge Posada hits what becomes the game-winning home run for the Bombers in the seventh inning.

Hip, hip….JORGE!!!

The Yanks tacked on 2 more runs later on, giving them a 4-1 lead. After they won, they celebrated. And again I became envious of Kim Jones. I WANT HER JOB!!! Running around the clubhouse and interviewing alcoholic beverage-covered Yankees? What could be better than that? Seriously, I would pay to have her job.

Jorge Posada finds reward for go-ahead home run in seventh inning is an after-ALDS shower of beer and champagne as Yankees get bubbly over earning berth to play Angels in ALCS.

Jorge begging for dear life.

From left, Alex Rodriguez and CC Sabathia are sprayed with champagne by Phil Hughes after the Yankees triumph over the Twins.

CC getting attacked from the flank by Phil Hughes. What is Arod doing?

Yankees celebrate beating the Twins in the locker room as Alex Rodriguez gets a champagne shower for his performance.

Thattaboy, Melky! Melky pours the bubbly all over Alex.

I have to wait until Friday to see my boys again? Ugh. How will I survive?! It seems like it’s been forever since I last posted. Sorry about that. These AP classes are slowly taking over my life! Aside from the amount of work, this year is going well. I like all my teachers. They are Yankee fans, and they like my blog. How cool is that? My history teacher has easy access to my blog on his computer. He made a point to show me that today after school when I went to get feedback on my essay. Mr. Sayers, thanks for being a fan!

The ALCS. My Yankees are in it. This is great. I’m going to make sure I don’t do ANYTHING to jinx them. I’ll sit in that same spot on the couch, use that same pen when I take notes, and pray for them like I always do! GO YANKEES! I’m really starting to get excited now. And I thought I was excited before. I LOVE YOU GUYS!!!!!!!!

** Note ** Our buddy EJ is back to blogging! Don’t forget to check out his blog at http://yankeesquad.mlblogs.com/

Go Yankees!

 

The Greatest Game I Have Ever Seen

O to the M to the G

Game 2 of the 2009 ALDS between the Yankees and the Twins was the best game I have ever seen in my young life. It is an instant Yankees Classic. This game was an emotional roller coaster. There were times when I hid my eyes behind my hands, times when I fist-pumped, a time when I cried (literally) and a time where I jumped for joy, and almost cried again. There was the time where I was laying in bed exhausted, but unable to sleep because I was too excited. There was Yankee Stadium Magic, clutch pitching and offense, and that Drama Club mentality to never give up. This game summed up my Yankees. My Yankees won this game 4-3 in 11 innings.

Pitching Analysis: A.J. Burnett made his first career postseason start last night, and was caught by Jose Molina. That was a smart, SMART decision. A.J. went 6 innings of 1 run ball. He allowed just 3 hits, walked 5 and hit 2, and struckout 6 along the way. This was the A.J. I love. His stuff was electric, and his wildness proved to be affective. He really pitched a great ballgame, and the thoughts of whether A.J. would succeed in the postseason are gone.

The bullpen guys were the quiet heroes of the game last night. Joba, Coke, Hughes, Mo, Ace, Marte, and Robertson pitched last night. Hughes had a little trouble. In the 8th, a 2 out walk to Gomez started a rally for the Twins. Hughes allowed a run to give the Twins a 2-1 lead. He was pulled for Mo, who served up an RBI single to Span, giving the Twins a 3-1 lead. That run was charged to Hughes. It didn’t look too good for my Yankees right about now. I was beginning to worry. How silly of me.

Marte started off the 11th. Mauer hit a ball down the left field line that fell just out of the reach of Melky, and bounced into the seats. It looked like a double. But umpire Phil Cuzzi sayed it was foul. Fine with me! But the replay showed that it was clearly a fair ball. He really screwed up that call. Why? I think it was the ghosts. I think Babe Ruth blew at the umpire, forcing his arms to point foul instead of fair. Whatever the reason, the Yankees had gotten a break. They had a bunch of bad calls before, so I guess it evened out. Mauer reached with a single anyway. Then Kubel singled. Girardi called upon rookie David Robertson to get out of the jam.

Melky Cabrera can't get to a ball hit by Joe Mauer that Phil Cuzzi called foul in the 11th inning. Cuzzi should have called the ball a ground-rule double.

Phil Cuzzi is my favorite umpire :)

Robertson gave up a hit to make it bases loaded with none out. I was freaking out. I was hiding behind my hands here. I was thinking, “How can they get out of this?” With Cervelli catching and Robertson pitching, I was thinking these guys were too young to get out of it. Well, on 2 pitches, Robertson got 2 outs, and was 1 away from getting out of this big-time jam unscathed. Cervelli punched his glove, obviously sensing how close they were. Brendan Harris, who earlier tripled in a run, came up. I was shaking, sweating, and close to dying. I heard the crack of the bat and was brave enough to look. I saw Garder under the ball, and he caught it! They did it! They got out of a bases loaded, 0 out jam and kept the game tied! I was in awe. It was the best relief performance I have ever seen. I was so psyched.

Defensive Analysis: The Yankee defense was great last night. They made all the plays. In the 4th, Nick Swisher made a great play. He threw behind Gomez at 2nd, and Jeet tagged him out before Delmon Young scored! The inning was over, and the score remained knotted at 0. Nick Swisher also made a sparkling play in the 9th. I was upset in the 9th because we were losing, but I still marveled over the catch.

Yankees' Nick Swisher makes a stunning sliding catch to close out the ninth inning of Game 2 against the Twins.

Swish making a Swisher-ish play.

Offensive Analysis: In the 6th, trailing 1-0, Jeter looked to start a rally. He doubled with 1 out. Johnny walked, and Tex popped out, making it 2 outs for Arod. Arod stayed calm, and got a pitch to hit, which he did. Arod’s RBI single tied the game at 1. His clutch-ness continues!

In the 9th, the Yankees were trailing 3-1 and had to face Joe Nathan. Tex led off with a single. I was excited, but I didn’t want to show it. I didn’t even want to move because I was afraid to jinx them. Arod came up. I was thinking, “Him again? How many times can he come through?” My Dad was sitting on the chair next to me. He doesn’t like Arod too much. He said he wouldn’t like him until he did something dramatic in the postseason to help the Yankees. My Dad never gives Arod credit for anything. So I was even more nervous last night in the 9th for Alex, because I knew that if he failed, my Dad would go on another tirade about how Alex is worthless. His other RBI wouldn’t matter if he didn’t come through again.

My living room was quite. I could sense my Dad there, watching Arod’s every move. I was jamming my pen into my knee as I sat there. It hurt, but there was no way I was going to stop doing it. The Yankees looked to be rallying. It would have been selfish of me to put the pen down and stop the pain. Then the Yankee rally would have ended, and it would have been all my fault. Well, I wound up flinging the pen across the room. Arod got a pitch, and he hit it…….and……and…….Gomez was looking up…..the ball….it kept going….Gomez climbed the wall……but the ball….it was….GONE!!!!!!! IT WAS A MONSTER SHOT! A 2-RUN, GAME-TYING HOMER OF JOE NATHAN IN THE BOTTOM OF THE 9TH BY ALEX RODRIGUEZ! My Dad jumped up, and said, “That was it! That was his Yankee moment!” I can’t describe what I was feeling there. I hugged my Dad, I saw my Mom coming out into the living room cheering, and I went over and hugged her. We were all screaming. I was so happy, it was really confusing. I just started crying hysterically. As I hugged my Mom, the tears just kept coming. It was uncontrollable. I was crying after Alex hit that home run. It was all just too emotional. Arod did it, he came through, and my Dad admitted it. The Yankees were back in the game, and it was amazing. I couldn’t stop crying. After the screams died down, the sounds of my crying finally became noticed. My brothers were making fun of me for crying. Well, sorry! It’s not my fault! How could I control my emotions? I eventually stopped. It was the most confusing thing ever. But I loved it. The Yankees were alive, and the game was tied 3-3.

Teammates and fans watch right along with Alex Rodriguez as he follows flight of tying homer in ninth during his home-run trot in Yanks' Game 2 triumph Friday night at Stadium.

…..wow…

Alex Rodriguez enjoys a curtain call after his game-tying homer against the Twins.

……….here come the tears again……

After Robertson’s fabulous performance in the 11th, the momentum was back on the Yankees’ side. Texy-wexy led off the inning. And it couldn’t have been led off in a better way. Tex hit a line-drive to left, and it got out in a hurry. WALKOFF HOME RUN!!!!!! MARK TEIXEIRA!!!! MVP!!!! It was his first walkoff as a Yankee,…..

Pie is extra sweet for Mark Teixeira as A.J. Burnett delivers trademark dessert to cap a Yankee walk-off victory.

….and got his first taste of victory pie.

I cheered loud after that homer. I almost cried again, but I managed to control it. I can honestly say that this was the greatest game I have ever EVER seen. Just, wow. The heroes for this great victory, well, there are quite a few. A.J., for his great start, Swisher, for his defensive success, Robertson, for the gutsiest pitching performance I have ever seen, Arod, for making me cry, and Mark Teixeira, for making this game one to remember because it was a win. Once again, I have to say it: I love this team. They complete my life. And when they are this good, this dominant, this special, I can’t help but to love them more. Just 1 more win in the next 3 games, and we move on to the ALCS. And I believe that if we get past the ALDS, we are going all the way. The Yankees are ready for these final steps in the journey to #27, and I’m ready, too. 

I Can Breathe, And I Can Smile

Yanks Won Game 1!!!

Ahhh…..sweet relief….they did it. My Yankees won game 1 against the Twins. And they did it like they have been doing it all year: domination on the mound, clutch hitting, and the will to come back. I was worried that I wasn’t going to be able to see the game. It was so windy here in New York. At school during math class, an announcement came on that gave us a wind advisory and said to be careful if going out for lunch. I immediately started to panic. I figured it would be just my luck if I got a blackout and was unable to watch the game. Luckily, that did not happen. I witnessed the victory, and I loved it. The Yankees beat the Twins last night 7-2.

Pitching Anlysis: C “Cy” was a beast, and again he proved why he is worth every penny. I have to admit, I was a little unsure of how he would pitch. He was known to struggle in the postseason, and coming off of that bad start, I couldn’t help but to feel nervous. But once the game began, my nerves were gone. CC did a fan-tabulous job. He went 6 & 2/3 innings of 2-run ball, and only 1 was earned. He struckout 8, and I fell in love with him again. That happens to me a lot. I love all my Yankees, but I fall in love with them again when they perform extra-well. I guess I fell in love with all the Yanks again last night.

The bullpen did a great job last night as well. Hughes inherited a mini-jam from CC. There were runners on 2nd and 3rd with 2 out. But he got out of it just fine. Coke, or as Girardi says, “Cokey” did a nice job, getting his 1 batter out. I don’t understand the nicknames Girardi gives his players. “Cokey?” Seriously, that is retarded. The nickname is longer than the name! And it sounds ridiculous! Whatever. My nicknames are no better, hahaha. “Texy-wexy” for Teixeira, “Swish Nicker” for Nick Swisher,” “Leche” I didn’t make up, but I use it a lot. It is even my password on the computers at school. Sometimes I call Melky, “Lechemente” or “Leche-licious.” There are more, but don’t get me started. I’m not even sharing Mitre’s…..;)….anyway, back to the pitching. Joba got his 1 out, and Mo pitched the 9th, even though the Yanks had a 5 run lead. Whatever. We won.

Fans at Yankee Stadium roar when Joba Chamberlain enters the game from the bullpen in the eighth inning.

Joba is awesome from the ‘pen.

Defensive Analysis: Jorge had issues last night. He screwed up 3 plays behind the plate. Now, normally I would go on a rant about how much I love Cervelli because he can catch the ball and looks damn good doing it, but I’m not gonna do that. I’m going to give Jorge a break. We won, so it didn’t matter too much. I hope he is better in game 3, since he probably won’t be catching A.J. in game 2.

Offensive Analysis: The offense was just the way I liked it last night. It was clutch and fun to watch. Trailing 2-0 in the 3rd, Jeet equalized the score with a 2-run homer. That Jeter is amazing. Speaking of amazing, Arod got 2 RBI’s last night! Maybe it was because his girlfriend was in the audience. They win when she is there. I heard a rumor that Kate Hudson is pregnant….I wonder who did that to her. (ahem…Alex) Arod, this is no time to be knockin’ up your girl. FOCUS!!! Hmm…actually, if you keep hitting well, I couldn’t care less about that part of your life. As long as you perform on the diamond, you can perform anywhere you want. Just try and stay off the back pages :)

Alex Rodriguez's RBI double in the fifth inning breaks his terrible playoff skid with runners on base in the Yankees' Game 1 win.

Alex CAN do it!!!

Alright. Back to baseball. Matsui had a 2-run homer last night. And Swish had the double that gave the Yankees the lead. The Yankees got contributions from guys up and down the lineup. That’s what I like to see, boys.

Hideki Matsui swings and...if you were watching TBSHD on Time Warner Cable in Manhattan Wednesday night, you nearly had to guess what happened next.

GODZILLA!

It was a fun game for me to watch. I’m happy they won. I can breathe now. On my last entry, I was upset that the regular season was over, because it is close to the end now. But my friend Buz had a great point: this is only the beginning. I see what he means. #27 is close, closer than it has seemed in years. The heroes for the victory are CC Sabathia, for showing that he has what it takes to win in the postseason, and Derek Jeter, for reminding us that he is the best.

My loves. My Cy Young winner and my MVP. You make me happy :)

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