December 2009

Happy New Year!

2010! It sounds so weird. January. That means baseball is closer. Pitchers and catchers report in February…I can do this. There is a lot I am looking forward to in this new year and the new baseball season coming up. Here are the top 5 things I want to see this year:

#5) Andre Ethier, my love ♥♥♥

If I am not mistaken, the Yankees will play the Dodgers this year during interleague play. I HAVE to see that. As many of you know, Andre is my favorite non-Yankee player. It will be Heaven for me to watch Andre and his Dodgers play my Yanks….

#4) Melky baby…

If I can just see Melky a little this year, that would be great. Watching baseball and not seeing Melky is too painful. In 2010, I want to see my Leche, even if that means watching Braves games.

#3) Javier!!!

I know I will see a whole lot of Javy this season. But I want to see him be very successful. So successful, that they sign him to a nice, long contract so I don’t have to worry about losing him again. I thought Javier was good in ’04 for the Yanks, except for that whole meltdown thing…but let’s not go there! If CC, A.J., and Andy can do what they did last year again, and if you incorporate into that rotation a dominant Javier Vazquez, the rotation will be pretty darn beast. 

#2) Matt Holliday as a Yankee!!!

Ow-ow! He is smokin’!!! In case you didn’t know, I am obsessed with Matt Holliday. He’s so gorgeous, and that’s a fact. And as of right now, this beautiful human being is still a free agent! The Yankees need a left fielder. I WANT HIM! Sure, he is expensive. BUT THE YANKEES CAN AFFORD HIM! Holliday would be a perfect fit for the Yankees. Imagine having him him the lineup. IMAGINE HIM IN A YANKEE UNIFORM!!! Oh my God. I’d pass out. But it’s worth it. God, Brian Cashman, whoever will listen to me, please bring me Matt Holliday. PLEASE.

#1) #28.

This one is self-explanatory. :)

Here’s to the new year, 2010. I hope gives us all joy, cherished memories, and a great season for the team we love.

GO YANKEES!!! I can’t wait to see you boys again!

Brettiboo – I Miss You

Brett Gardner

Brett Gardner

I miss this little speedster. I always liked Gardner, but sometimes I didn’t let it show. When Melky was sent to Triple A and Gardner took over, I hated him. When the stupid decision was made to make Gardner the starting centerfielder in ’09 instead of Melky, I hated him. See, I never really hated him even though I said I did. I just didn’t want him to push Melky aside. If Gardner and Melky could have played together, that would have been great.

Brett Gardner is one of the most exciting players I have ever had the privelage to watch. Now that my darling baby Melky is gone (sob) I am perfectly happy with seeing Brett have more playing time. But I don’t think he is going to be the starting left fielder. I want this sexy guy to be:

holliday_baseball.jpg

But even if Gardner is not the starter, I’m sure Yankee fans will still see a lot of this in 2010:

People think I am crazy, but I am convinced that this is true: I saw Brett Gardner in Fishkill. It was the Monday of the All-Star break, July 13th. My mother and I were coming back home after a nice shopping spree at JC Penney. In front of us in the lane to the left, I saw an extremely fancy car. It was a blue BMW convertible. It was the fanciest car I have ever seen in my life. I thought, “Who is driving THAT?!” The light turned red, and we stopped. We managed to stop right next to the car. I looked at the driver. I saw a guy with a funny-shaped bald head, wearing sunglasses, and chewing gum. My mouth dropped and I was speechless. IT WAS BRETT GARDNER!!! Who else looks like him? What are the chances that another man with a funny-shaped bald head, with enough money to have an expensive car, would be in New York during the All-Star break! THERE ARE NO CHANCES! IT WAS HIM!

Brett’s car looked like this one.

This is the sad part. My car had its windows down because it was like 90 degrees that day. He was in his convertible. If I wanted to say something, he would have heard me. And I did want to! BUT I COULDN’T! I tried, but the words didn’t come out. I WAS IN SHOCK! I was a few feet away from a Yankee. I happened to be wearing my #11 Yankee jersey that day. I finally built up enough courage to say “Hey” and turn around to show him his number on my shirt. I was about to do it. But the light turned green. And my Mom began to turn the car into Wal-Mart. “NOOO!!! MOMMY STOP! WHERE ARE YOU GOING!”

“What?” she said. “I told you I need a few things in Wal-Mart.”

“NOO! BUT…HE’S GETTING AWAY!” I exclaimed in despair.

“…What? Who?”

“B..BB..R..BRETT GAR..DN…..ER…was in that…fffanccy…cccar…”

No response.

“It looked just like him. God, I can KILL MYSELF FOR NOT MAKING A MOVE!”

I really could have killed myself. I was so close to a Yankee, and I blew it. My disbelief got the better of me. -Sigh-………..

When I said that no one else looks like Brett Gardner, I sort of lied. My brother came up with a fabulous lookalike for Brett. Just the expression his face looks like Gardner:

Brettiboo…

…and Nick Stokes from CSI!!!!!!!

Brett, I have been through a lot with you. I love you, I hate you, I love you, I hate you, COME BACK BRETT!!! NO! TURN AROUND!, I love you. The truth is, I miss you a lot. I don’t know what is going to happen with you in 2010, but I hope it is good. Enjoy the offseason. I can’t wait to see you next year!

I Miss My Classic Pitchers – Andy and Mo

Andy Pettitte and Mariano Rivera

Andy Pettitte  Mariano Rivera

These two cuties have known each other since 1995. Aside from Andy’s short stint in Houston, they have been together as Yankees forever. Together, they have a combined 10 World Series rings. Where would the Yankees be with out them? Andy and Mo are classics, and I miss them.

petite-rivera.jpg image by mikesilvia

Last year at this time, Yankee fans were unsure if Andy would return. Thank God he did. Andy was a valuable force in the rotation. Whenever the Yankees really needed to win a game, it was Andy who won it for them. His 2009 numbers were great. Andy was 14-8 with a 4.16 ERA. He was a clutch pitcher this year. I am glad to know that he will be back for 2010.

Mariano Rivera hasn’t planned on leaving the Yankees yet. I hope he stays forever. I can’t imagine the Yankees without Mo! His stats were as good as ever. Mo had a miniscule ERA of 1.76, and he nailed down 44 saves. Mariano says he would love keep on pitching and that he feels great. That’s comforting news for Yankee fans!

Andy has been special for the Yankees all year, but especially in the postseason. He was 4-0 in this postseason, and won the clinching game in all three series. Thanks to his success in the ’09 playoffs this year, Andy now has the most postseason wins of all time, passing John Smoltz.

The greatest Mariano moment of this year was obviously his 500th save. On June 28 against the Mets, Mariano made history. Alex Cora dribbled a weak grounder to Cano, who flipped to Tex, which led to the Yankees congradulating Mo by first base. Earlier in that same game, Mariano recorded his first ever RBI. That was pretty funny.

I love these two so much. Andy and Mo are both a thrill to watch, and to listen to. Andy had that cute Southern drawl, much like Huckleberry Hound, and Mo has an endearing Hispanic accent. Both are extremely intimidating. Andy does that stare,

and when you hear “Enter Sandman” and see this,

Mariano Rivera #42 of the New York Yankees runs from the bullpen as he enters the game in the top of the eighth inning against the Philadelphia Phillies in Game Six of the 2009 MLB World Series at Yankee Stadium on November 4, 2009 in the Bronx borough of New York City.

it’s pretty scary. 

I miss the Andy and Mo - the pitching half of the Core 4. Guys, I hope you had a lovely Christmas, and enjoy the offseason! I can’t wait to see you!

**Note** Our friend EJ is back to blogging. Be sure to check out his blog at http://yankeesquad.mlblogs.com/ 

My Melky/Javier Saga

I’ve been missing my boys so much that I haven’t blogged about what the team is doing! I’m sure everyone knows anyway. We got Granderson, Johnson, and Vazquez. I think everyone also knows that Melky Cabrera was my baby and was my favorite Yankee. So you can imagine what this whole Javier thing did to me. But maybe, you can’t.

It was a normal boring Tuesday at school. I had just come out of history class and entered the halls on my way to English. I hear a man call my name, and turn around to see who it was. It was Mr. Ogden! My history teacher from last year, the GUY THAT LOOKS EXACTLY LIKE BRIAN BRUNEY!!! He knows all about me and my Yankee devotion. And he knows of my infatuation with Melky. Ogden quickly broke the news to me.

“Yankees traded Melky.”

I was stunned. At first I didn’t believe him. But then he said it again. And I almost cried right there in the middle of the hallway. As I headed away, my life ruined, he said, “Yeah, we got Javy Vazquez.”

I went to my locker and hid my head behind its door so no one would see if I cried a bit. Ogden’s words kept replaying in my head. “Yankees traded Melky.” How could this happen? I thought he was safe now.

I headed to English, Ogden’s words still terrorizing my mind. But this time, I let them play further: “Yankees traded Melky. Yankees traded Melky. Yeah, we got Javy Vazquez.”

Javy Vazquez? Javier Vazquez? O-M-G. I went back up to Ogden, and asked, “Wait,…Melky is gone, but we…have Javier…again???” Before he could answer, I turned away and let out a big “OH MY GOD!” Here is where the real story begins:

 I was in sixth grade. Javier Vazquez became a Yankee. I didn’t know anything about him…well,…I had his baseball card from when he was with the Expos. I used to stare at that baseball card for God knows how long. I always thought Javy was adorable, but now I could actually see him play! I was happy, to say the least, about this deal. Javier Vazquez was my first crush. Isn’t that cute? Every time he pitched, my eyes didn’t leave the screen for a second. I felt like I was in Heaven looking at him. But this paradise was cut short.

Just look at him!. Friggin’ adorable! This picture just makes me want to hug him.

After ’04, the Yankees traded Javier away, without even consulting me (lol). They had no clue what they just did to me. I was young, about 10 or 11, and I was in love with Javier. AND THEY TOOK HIM AWAY FROM ME. I felt lost. I felt cheated. I felt cut-short; my one year with Javy was not enough. But there was nothing I could do. Javier was gone, and I was forced to move on. How terrible is that? A little girl, forced to get over her first crush. 

It was hard, but I began to leave Javier behind. He left me in ’04, and in ’05, a new cutie came upon the scene. Do you know who this cutie was? Melky. Melky showed his pudgy little face for a short time in  2005, and I loved him immediately. He was such a nervous little rookie! In 2005, I had a new favorite Yankee; a new Yankee I loved. Melky Cabrera was this man. And he remained so for 5 years.

This pic just sums up Melky: Carefree, silly, and on base. I luv him.

Naturally, I was devistated when I heard Melky left. But when I found out Javier was swapped with him, I was happily shocked. This trade was the most bittersweet thing that ever happened to me. I was torn. I lost my sweet Yankee love, for my great love of the past. What is this girl to do? How is this girl to feel? This whole story sounds like something out of a movie or something.

This whole thing is 100% true. I still can’t really believe it. I won’t be seeing Melky again any time soon. No more dancing with Cano and Swisher. No more jumping high five after a win. No more silly, ridiculous things that only Melky can do. But…staring at Javier just might make up for this.

If anyone has any advice on how I should feel about this, please comment. You can imagine how torn I must feel.

Thank you.

The #5 Starters…Mitre and Gaudin! I Miss You!

Sergio Mitre and Chad Gaudin

Sergio Mitre  Chad Gaudin

Yankee fans were unsure about these two. Sergio Mitre was coming off Tommy John Surgery, and Chad Gaudin had 10 losses with the Padres before coming to the Yanks. Both faced criticism at times, but in reality, they did their jobs. They pitched when they had to, and threw quality innings. They were no Sabathia, but they were good enough. I miss Sergio (♥) and Chad.

I remember seeing Sergio pitch in his first game as a Yankee. It was against the Orioles. Just something about him…I don’t even know…I just loved him. Like, really. I fell legit in love with him. From the minute I saw him, I was a fan.

I WANT YOU!!!

When I first saw Mitre, my jaw dropped because he was friggin’ sexy. When I first saw Gaudin, my jaw dropped because he was friggin’ terrifying! The first time I saw him was in a picture. And he had the freakiest beard! A GIANT RED COATEE!!!

What a difference between he and Mitre! I couldn’t understand why the Yankees got Gaudin. His record was 5-10 at the time, and his ERA was somewhere around 5. But as it turned out, the Yankees won every game Gaudin started! I grew to love Gaudin. See, when a man becomes a Yankee, and I scan that man over with my eyes, I only see good things. To tell you the truth, Gaudin looked pretty darn good in Yankee pinstripes himself!

Lookin’ good.

There is one day that I will never forget. It was Saturday, August 29th, Yankees vs White Sox. It was Mitre’s turn to pitch, and at this time most people were fed up with Mitre. They were saying how he stank and should be traded, or sent somewhere else. But I always believed in Mitre. No matter what he did the start before, I always had a positive attitude for him in his next start. The 29th was no different. But this time, Mitre was magical. He was right on. Sergio Mitre was pitching a perfect game!!! I was so proud of him. He went 4 and 1/3 innings perfectly. Even though the perfecto was over, Mitre was still dealing. But in the 6th, tragedy struck. Mitre was hit square in the forearm by a line drive, which sent me into hysterics. Girardi then took him out, out of this game. It was the game of his life, ended too soon. The crowed gave him a lovely ovation, and so did I as I held back tears. Mitre belonged.

Chad Gaudin proved to be reliable for the Yankees time and time again. He even made it onto the postseason roster! Imagine how that must have felt: Gaudin, a player not many people knew about with sub-par numbers, joined the Yankees halfway through the season, and was dominant enough to make the postseason roster. Even though he didn’t see much action in the playoffs, Gaudin was important. He was available either to start, or to relief. He was a luxury that the Yankees didn’t need to utilize. But it was nice to have him there, just in case they did.

I miss both these guys. But I don’t think I have to worry about them this offseason anymore. The Yankees signed Mitre and Gaudin for next year! I was overjoyed when I heard that. Sergio Mitre and Chad Gaudin are both here to stay! Hooray!

Sergio, Chad, thank you both for helping my Yanks this year. I’m glad that you will be back. Enjoy the offseason, have a holly-jolly Christmas, and I’ll see you next year! I LOVE YOU!!!

I Miss My 1-2 Beasts…CC and A.J.

CC Sabathia and A.J. Burnett

CC Sabathia  A.J. Burnett

Pitching was probably the biggest reason why the Yankees won it all this year. Especially in the postseason, good pitching was crucial. CC and A.J. were signed by the Yankees in the offseason last year. The Yanks invested a fortune in these two, and they both were worth every penny. I miss these guys.

CC Sabathia had a fabulous year, and I was a little upset when he didn’t win the Cy Young. Don’t worry, CC, you will always be “C Cy” to me! CC ended the season 19-8 with a sparkling 3.37 ERA. He was a work horse, tossing 230 innings this year. But CC was even better in the postseason. When the spotlight was on him in the playoffs, CC was 3-1 with an eye-popping 1.98 ERA. His performance in the ALCS led to him being crowned ALCS MVP.

CC Sabathia #52 of the New York Yankees pitches against the Boston Red Sox during their game on August 8, 2009 at Yankee Stadium in the Bronx borough of New York City.

A.J. Burnett had a beastly year as well. His numbers on paper are good, but I think he was even better than they show. He was 13-9 with a 4.04 ERA, throwing 207 innings and striking out 197. A.J. was just so nasty on the mound this year. His stuff is so good, sometimes too good. His ball moves so much, that sometimes they ended up in wild pitches! A.J. isn’t too proud of his league-leading wild pitch total, but it does show how truly amazing his pitching is.

A.J. Burnett #34 of the New York Yankees pitches against the Minnesota Twins on May 17, 2009 at Yankee Stadium in the Bronx borough of New York City.  (Photo by Jim McIsaac/Getty Images) *** Local Caption *** A.J. Burnett

I love both these guys. CC Sabathia looks like a big, tough, hefty-lefty. He weighs 290 pounds and has manly tattoos. But in reality, CC is a sweetheart. He is such a soft-spoken, friendly, generous man. He treated his teammates to basketball games, and was always willing to just hang out with the guys. CC is also a great role model. He is one of only 2 African American starting pitchers in the whole MLB. CC is one of the spokespeople for RBI, Reviving Baseball in Innner Cities. CC is a great person for anyone to look up to.

Look at that smile…such a nice man! HE’S ADORABLE!!!

A.J. Burnett is so cool. He’s a real man. He has awesome tattoos all over, and he likes monster trucks, fishing, all that guy stuff. I used to hate A.J. when he was with the Jays. But the second I heard the Yankees got him, I fell in love with him. He’s a real wise guy. The whole pie thing? That was all A.J., encouraged by some of the other Yankees like Joba. Here are some pics of A.J. being A.J.:

Haha, he’s insane.

CC and A.J. Two guys who really made an impact in their first-of-many years in pinstripes. I don’t know which is cuter! Whoever I’m looking at at the moment, I guess. They are the 1-2 punch. Imagine being an opponent of the Yankees, knowing you have to see CC and A.J. in back-to-back games! That must stink. But it’s good for us Yankee fans.

CC, A.J., you are amazing pitchers and amazing people. I’m proud to call you Yankees. Enjoy the offseason, and I’ll see you two next year! I LOVE YOU GUYS!!!  

I Miss Marte Today

Damaso Marte

Damaso Marte

If it was last year at this time, I probably would skip over Marte in these “I miss this Yankee” posts. In 2008 Marte was very disappointing. But let’s not go there. Marte has forever left his impression in the hearts of Yankee fans now.

I always liked Marte, I just didn’t want to see him come in to pitch. I liked him a lot better when he was warming up in the bullpen. But in reality, it wasn’t his fault that he stank. He was injured. Very injured. He missed the majority of the 2009 season. And when he returned off the DL, and he came out to pitch for the first time, I was like, “Yikes!” His ERA was quite inflated; it was in the double digits. But gradually, Marte earned my trust. He came in to face his one big lefty bat, and got him out. I couldn’t help to be glad when I heard he was on the postseason roster.

 Although the Yankees won the World Series, their bullpen was not very sharp in the postseason. In fact, the only people in it who I trusted were Mo, and Marte. He was that beastly. Damaso Marte had, not a good postseason, but a FABULOUS postseason to help the Yanks win it all. Girardi counted on him, since he was the only one in the bridge to Mo that did not fall apart, and Marte delivered.

I think Damaso is one of the coolest Yankees. He’s unique. First of all, I’ve never heard the name “Damaso” before. Also, he looks quite sexy with his tight pants and awesome high socks. But the thing that really makes me love Marte is his windup. I’ve never seen anything like it. I can’t even describe it. He sort of does everything in one motion. Step and wind up the arm. And the fact that he is a lefty makes it even cooler.

Ow-ow.

Damaso, I miss you!!! I’d like to thank you once again for your stellar performance in the playoffs. The Yankees couldn’t have done it with out you!!! You have had your “Yankee moment” and I will love you forever. I hope (and I know) that there will be many more “Yankee moments” for you to come! Enjoy the offseason!!!  

Virginia’s 100th Post!!!

This is amazing!!! This is quite a milestone for me, I have to say. I’m going to dedicate this very special post to everyone who has been a part of my happiness and success with this blog.

I started this blog one summer day because I was bored. I never would have thought this blog would have been this fun. And I never would have thought that I would meet such wonderful people. I’d like to say thanks to all the awesome people I’ve met here who have read and commented on my blog: Lisa, Jane, Cat, Jamie, Beth, A.J., Jess, Matt W., Ginny, Emma, Peter, Bob, Jenn, Kaybee, Hyunyoung, Matthew T., Buz, Matt P., EJ, Leah, Babu, Ted, Elizabeth, Melissa, and everyone else whose names I do not know, thanks for reading!

Everybody who I have met on MLBlogs is amazing. How many places can you say that about, where you like everyone?

I wish Lisa was my sister. Imagine all the Nick Swisher jokes we would come up with! Cat is honestly THE MOST generous and kind woman out there. Thanks for everything, Cat! And Jamie, well, we are good friends now :) He’s awesome.

  

My friends back here in Cold Spring deserve some “thank yous!”  They have all been very supportive.

Thank you to all my friends and their families for visiting my blog! I’d like to thank my bff Sarah and her father, my gal pal Jackie, and my first ever friend Simrin and her family for reading. Last but not least, I’d also like to thank Ilana for her enthusiasm and encouragement. She encouraged me to post my work on facebook because she liked it. Thank you!

                                

I’d also like to thank members of the Haldane faculty. The teachers? The teachers? Yes! They have been wonderful! And no, I’m not trying to suck up to them.

Mr. Cairl! He was proud when he found out about my blog. He told me to feel free to send him any of my work. Mr Cairl, thanks for your support!

Mr. Ogden, the teacher I said looks like Brian Bruney in the post before this, deserves a thank you. He overheard a friend talking about my blog, and told her to tell me to see him. Right away, he wanted the link to my blog. Bruney - I mean – Mr. Ogden, thank you! I miss having you! 

Mr. Sayers, my current history teacher…He really deserves a huge thank you. First of all, he likes the blog. Thanks for reading! Mr. Sayers, thank you for not giving homework for the majority of the postseason. Because of you, I was able to watch every game AND the pregames because I had less work, and then was able to blog. He said he didn’t give homework because I “sit within arms reach of him” during class. Haha. Thanks for everything!

Other faculty members who have supported me: Mr. & Mrs. Sniffen, Mr. Virgadamo, Mrs. Robb, Mrs. Kane, Mr. Miller, I thank you all!

                         

I’d like to thank MLB.com for featuring my blog 3 times on the homepage.

I’d like to thank my family. Mommy, Daddy, Bobby, Tommy, Aunt Barbara, and Uncle Stu, I love you! Wait….Bobby and Tommy? My brothers? Why am I thanking them? All they did was tell me to get off the computer. They never even read my blog. But they have helped me. They have suggested lookalikes for me to do, and Bobby has been a blessing with computer help. And they have been very patient. We have 1 computer, and there are 3 teenagers in the house. So guys, if you ever read this, you will see that I thanked you. Thanks!

I guess my last thank you is the most important. THANK YOU NEW YORK YANKEES!!! Without you, this wouldn’t exist! God, I can’t imagine what I would do without you. I might actually be normal! But that’s okay. I don’t mind being….odd. I LOVE YOU GUYS THAT MUCH!!!!

                  

  

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