July 2010

Quite Unorthodox

Yanks Win Series Finale in Epic Adventure

Last night’s Yankee game was far from the norm. And if I may be permitted a cliche, you never know what you are going to see on the baseball diamond. A lot happened on the diamond last night that utterly confused me. But it was okay, because the Yankees won 11-4 and won the series.

Pitching Analysis: I was a little ticked off at Girardi for losing faith in Sergio Mitre so quickly - I mean it was 1 bad start. But whatever, I have a heart. That’s why he’s the manager and I’m not (that was harsh, Joe. I apologize). So Dustin Moseley got the start last night, and I have to say: he really impressed me.

I wasn’t too sure at first, though. Moseley got into a quick bases-loaded jam in the 1st inning. I was beginning to think “Would Mitre be any worse?” But unlike Mitre, (I’m sorry baby! I must be honest…), Moseley didn’t unravel. He battled back, and escaped the inning having allowed just 1 run on a sac fly by Austin Kearns. He threw 30 pitches to do so, but he did it.

         July 29, 2010 - Cleveland, OHIO, UNITED STATES - epa02266282 Dustin Moseley of the New York Yankees delivers a pitch against the Cleveland Indians in the first inning of their game at Progressive Field in Cleveland, Ohio, USA, 29 July 2010.

  Dustin Moseley: A beast on the mound :)

After that, Moseley was amazing. He really was. That was the only run he allowed in his 6 innings of work. Despite throwing 30 pitches in the 1st inning, Moseley got his pitch count under control. He threw 83 pitches, and 55 were for strikes. With every inning that passed, I was beginning to fall more and more for Moseley. He looked really….really good….kinda like Mitre….if you know what I mean….

                       TEMPE, AZ - FEBRUARY 25: Dustin Moseley #58 of the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim poses during photo day at Tempe Diablo Stadium on February 25, 2009 in Tempe, Arizona. (Photo by Kevork Djansezian/Getty Images)

 Those eyes…Oh baby…

I never thought it would happen this quickly, but I think it did. I mean, I never thought I would like the guy replacing Mitre, who I LOVE. But now…well….OKAY I’LL ADMIT IT!

I LOVE DUSTIN MOSELEY! 

Ahh…that’s better :)

So the bullpen was one thing that remained normal this game: David Robertson was good, and Chan Ho Park was suckish. Very. And he knew it.

                         July 29, 2010 - Cleveland, OHIO, UNITED STATES - epa02266552 Chan Ho Park of the New York Yankees wipes his brow during the ninth inning in which he allowed three runs against the Cleveland Indians in their game at Progressive Field in Cleveland, Ohio, USA, 29 July 2010. The Yankees defeated the Indians 11-4.

     Ooh…he doesn’t look to good…now I can’t help but think about that diarrhea thing….

          

                                                         This poor man…

Defensive Analysis: The defense was good up until the 9th inning. I guess Girardi was so sure that the Yankees were going to win. Otherwise, he would have never put Marcus Thames at 3rd base. MARCUS THAMES HAS NEVER PLAYED THIRD BASE! It’s no wonder he airmailed that throw to 1st into the SEATS. He was throwing like an outfielder. It was the weirdest thing, because he made a great play to get to that ball. But his throw was an epic fail. That 9th inning got a little too interesting. The Indians scored three runs, and I was waiting for Girardi to get Mariano warming.

Offensive Analysis: Once again, the Yankee offense exploded. But it took a long time for the explosion to actually occur. A-Rod had a sac fly in the 3rd to tie the score at 1. And in the 6th, the Yankees finally took the lead on an RBI single by Jeter. But after that, the floodgates opened.

In the 7th:

-Cano hit a solo homer, giving the Yanks a 3-1 lead

-Swish and Gardner walked

-Cervelli got an RBI single, making it 4-1

-Colin Curtis was hit in the butt (poor cutie) to load the bases

                     July 29, 2010 - Cleveland, OHIO, UNITED STATES - epa02266495 Colin Curtis of the New York Yankees is hit by a pitch in the seventh inning against the Cleveland Indians in their game at Progressive Field in Cleveland, Ohio, USA, 29 July 2010.

 Aw.

-Jeter walked with the bases loaded, making it 5-1

-Granderson got a 2-run single, now 7-1

-Alex Rodriguez got a 2-run single. 9-1 Yankees!

The offense had a mini explosion in the 8th when it tacked on 2 more runs. RBI singles by Ramiro Pena and Juan Miranda gave the Yanks an 11-1 lead.

But perhaps the best offensive highlight, was the no offense at all. In the 9th inning, the Indians did what the Yankees did back on April 13th last year: they used a position player to pitch! What! But the best part was that the Yankees didn’t have a 1-2-3 inning since the first. And wouldn’t you know? Little Andy Marte pitched a 1-2-3 inning. AND HE STRUCKOUT NICK SWISHER!

         July 29, 2010 - Cleveland, OHIO, UNITED STATES - epa02266545 Third baseman Andy Marte of the Cleveland Indians came on as a relief pitcher and delivers a pitch against the New York Yankees in the ninth inning of their game at Progressive Field in Cleveland, Ohio, USA, 29 July 2010. The Yankees defeated the Indians 11-4.

 Andy Marte for Cy Young!

I bet Nick Swisher is the only position player to ever have gotten a strikeout as a pitcher, and to have struck out against a position player. I think letting Marte pitch was a good decision by Manny Acta. It was a miserable game for his team, so why not boost their spirits with some humor? The Indians really got a kick out of it. And so did the Yankees! I bet Nick Swisher did.

So the Yankees won the series finale for the 11th time in a row. The heroes for this not-so-regular win are the entire Yankee lineup for their contributions. And for the first time ever, a hero will be from the other team: Andy Marte. It was amazing what he did out there.

Oh, and how could I forget the other hero: Dustin Moseley, my newest love ♥

            New York Yankees pitcher Mitch Talbot (L) talks with catcher Francisco Cervelli during the first inning of the MLB American League baseball game against the Cleveland Indians in Cleveland, Ohio July 29, 2010. REUTERS/Aaron Josefczyk (UNITED STATES - Tags: SPORT BASEBALL)

 These two are so cute!

The Yankees start that crucial series with the Rays tonight! I wish them luck. 

A Fun Night to be a Yankee Fan

Offense Explodes in Stress-Free Yankees Win

After a stressful 3-2 win in game 1 and a miserable 4-1 loss in game 2, I was ready for an easy game 3 against the Indians. My wish was granted, as the Yankees beat the Indians 8-0 last night in a relatively stress-free ballgame.

Pitching Analysis: A.J. Burnett was sharp once again last night. He made it look as easy as pie, minus the pie. He’s saving that for the home games. He was so good, that I can’t remember when he got into any jams. Did he? Nothing major. A.J. went 6.1 innings and didn’t allow a run. He struckout 7, and lowered his ERA to a respectable 4.52. He looked cranky and mean, but the good kind of cranky and mean. Not the “I’m so mad that I suck so I’m going to punch a door and injure my hand” kind of mean. He had more of the “Here comes the pitch, here it is, hit it!” type of mean last night, which means that he was feeling good. And it showed on the mound last night as he earned himself his 9th win of the year.

                               New York Yankees A.J. Burnett pitches during the seventh inning of the MLB American League baseball game against the Cleveland Indians in Cleveland, Ohio July 28, 2010. REUTERS/Aaron Josefczyk (UNITED STATES - Tags: SPORT BASEBALL)

                                      That face means A.J. is on top of his game.

Even the bullpen did well last night. This game had very little stress involved. And even though the Yankees had a huge lead, I couldn’t help but to be nervous when Joba Chamberlain came in to finish the 7th. But he actually did alright despite his balk. And Sergio Mitre, who will not be starting tonight, closed out the last 2 innings, allowing 1 hit and 1 walk, and striking out 3 along the way.

Defensive Analysis: Solid defense and a few great plays was the defensive recipe for success last night. On MLB Network’s “Quick Pitch,” they even showed some of the Yankee great plays from last night. Why am I mentioning this? Because it seems like that channel avoids the Yankees. On the Premier Plays segment, they featured 2 Yankees plays in a row. One was by A.J. Burnett, and the other was a beautiful sliding catch by Nick Swisher.

              New York Yankees' Nick Swisher makes a sliding catch on a ball hit by Cleveland's Asdrubal Cabrera in the fifth inning of a baseball game at Progressive Field in Cleveland on July 28, 2010. UPI/David Richard Photo via Newscom

                                             Is there anything this guy can’t do?

Offensive Analysis: 8 runs, 13 hits, no home runs by Alex, but whatever. He wasn’t too thrilled that he didn’t get the big fly. In fact, he was quite disgusted.

                      New York Yankees Alex Rodriguez reacts after grounding out during the second inning of the Yankees MLB American League baseball game against the Cleveland Indians in Cleveland, Ohio July 28, 2010. REUTERS/Aaron Josefczyk (UNITED STATES - Tags: SPORT BASEBALL)

                                  LOLOLOLOLOL!!! A-Rod’s cranky face is hilarious!

But A-Rod did enough last night to keep fans loving him. He went 2-5 with an RBI. In the 6th, he sent me into uncontrollable laughter. He led off the inning with a double, and on the slide into 2nd, there was a little malfunction on the diamond:

                                New York Yankees Alex Rodriguez rolls over holding onto second base after sliding in for a double during the sixth inning of the Yankees MLB American League baseball game against the Cleveland Indians in Cleveland, Ohio July 28, 2010. REUTERS/Aaron Josefczyk (UNITED STATES - Tags: SPORT BASEBALL)

 

              Alex Rodriguez slides safely into second base in Cleveland after hitting a double Wednesday night. The Yankees thrid baseman goes 2-for-5 but fails to hit home run No. 600.

 LOL! His face is priceless!

Oh, A-Rod…you are something else ♥

There was so much offense last night and so many Yankees contributed.

-Swish had an RBI single.

-Tex had a 2-run single and a double.

-A-Rod had that funny double and an RBI single.

-Cano had a double and a home run.

-Posada had a single.

-Granderson had a single and an RBI triple.

-Gardner had an RBI single and an RBI double.

-Cervelli had a single. The moment in this game that was the most stressful was when Cervelli was hit by a pitch in the elbow. Oh, how he screamed. Oh how I screamed! Poor Cervelli…he doesn’t wear an elbow guard, so that must have hurt his sweet little elbow so much. He actually screamed before it hit him. Actually, I think it hurt me more than it hurt him. He was his smiley old self again right away :)

   New York Yankees Francisco Cervelli (L) celebrates with Brett Gardner (R) after they both scored on RBI single by Mark Teixeira during the second inning of the Yankees MLB American League baseball game against the Cleveland Indians in Cleveland, Ohio July 28, 2010. REUTERS/Aaron Josefczyk (UNITED STATES - Tags: SPORT BASEBALL)

     Cervelli-welli-jelli-belli and Brettiboo Gardner. Can these two possibly get any cuter?

The only one who wasn’t invited to the hit party last night was the Captain. Poor Derek….Jeet was 0-5 last night and I’m sure he wasn’t too happy about that.

                         July 28, 2010 - Cleveland, OHIO, UNITED STATES - epa02264758 Derek Jeter of the New York Yankees grounds out in the first inning against the Cleveland Indians in their game at Progressive Field in Cleveland, Ohio, USA, 28 July 2010.

             Uh-oh…that looks like an A.J. Burnett cranky-face….and NOT the good kind!

Relax, Derek. Don’t do anything silly. No need to be cranky.

Last night and it’s 8-0 Yankee win was a fun night to be a Yankee fan for sure. Dominant pitching, solid defense, explosive offense, and a few laughs – what could be better?

After tonight’s game, the Yankees head to Tampa for a crucial 3-game set with those pesky Rays. I hope those are fun games, too!

GO YANKEES!

A Quick One While She’s Away…Or NOT!

Yankees Play All 9 Frames Despite the Rain…and Win!

My little brother is as obsessed with The Who as I am with the Yankees. I sit there listening to my Michelle Branch music, and he’s next to me listening to The Who. Then I begin to hear The Who more clearly than I do Michelle Branch. We don’t say anything, but then we begin competing with each other: I put my volume up, he puts his up. The Who plays louder than Michelle Branch to begin with, so he always wins.

Yesterday I was out and missed the beginning of the game. I heard the Yankees 4 run 3rd inning on the radio, which was nice. Curtis Granderson homered, Ramiro Pena singled, Jeter knocked him in with a double, Tex got an RBI single, and A-Rod hit an RBI double. All that added up to a 4-2 Yankee lead.

By the time I got home, it was already the bottom of the 4th inning. I had the pleasure of seeing Curtis Granderson go deep again to give the Yanks a 5-3 lead.

     New York Yankees batter Curtis Granderson (R) high-fives at the dugout steps after he hit his second home run of the game against the Kansas City Royals in the fourth inning of their MLB American League baseball game at Yankee Stadium in New York, July 25, 2010. REUTERS/Ray Stubblebine (UNITED STATES - Tags: SPORT BASEBALL)

 The GrandyMan can? Yes! I hope this is a start of your hot-streak, Curtis!!!

Then in the 5th, the rain came down, and I figured “Oh man…I missed 4 innings and now it’s raining and this game is going to be a quick 5-inning rain-shortened game.”

 My little brother made this song get stuck in my head for the LONGEST time. 

I was WRONG!!!!!!!!!! And I’m glad I was :)

Sure, the umpires signaled for a rain delay, but they were determined to get the game in – even though the Yankees had the lead and it was an official ballgame. After a long 2 hour and 30 minute rain delay, baseball was resumed! And I was there to see it all!

Pitching Analysis: Phil Hughes wasn’t great yesterday, and he didn’t come out again after the rain delay. So once again, the Yankees had to use their bullpen for multiple MULTIPLE innings. Boone Logan did a nice job once again, pitching 1.2 scoreless innings. Since Marte is hurt, he is the specialty lefty in the bullpen. I gain confidence in him each time I see him throw.

      July 25, 2010 - New York, United States - epa02261091 New York Yankees pitcher Boone Logan pitches in relief after a two hour rain delay in the seventh inning against the Kansas City Royals at Yankee Stadium in the Bronx, New York, USA, 25 July 2010.

Boone throws hard. And when he locates, he is pretty dominant.

As for Joba and Chan Ho? They were their usual cruddy selves. I wonder why Park is still on the team, and I wonder why Joba still sucks. They should’ve traded him when they had the chance, because no one is going to want him now. We’re stuck with him!

Offensive Analysis: Once again, the Yankee offense exploded. The 3rd inning was a pretty big run outburst, but the 8th inning rally was even larger. In the 8th:

-Curtis Granderson led off with a walk, stole 2nd, and advanced to 3rd on the stinky throw.

-Brett Gardner reached on an error and stole 2nd. I’m glad he’s feeling better :)

-Jeter was intentionally walked to load the bases with 1 out.

-Nick Swisher (who I am also glad is feeling better) drove in 2 with a single!

-Tex singled to re-load the bases for…..A-Rod.

This is the part that I wasn’t too fond of. This is the censored version of what my notebook says:

“A-ROD HBP UP & IN.  F*** BLAKE WOOD. A-Rod out, Colin Curtis in. 10-5 Yanks.”

           New York Yankees Alex Rodriguez reacts before getting hit by a pitch in the eighth inning against the Kansas City Royals at Yankee Stadium in New York City on July 25, 2010.  UPI/John Angelillo Photo via Newscom

                                                                   NO!

Blake Wood…I don’t care if it wasn’t intentional. I hate him. Who does he think he is? “Hi! My name is Blake Wood and I’m sure you’ve never heard of me! But I’m gonna be cool and tough and back Alex off the plate – it’s good baseball! Oh no! I missed my location because I suck! Now I hit Alex in the forearm and hand and he might be hurt! Oopsy!”

      Kansas City Royals Jason Kendall and home plate umpire Chad Fairchild watch New York Yankees Alex Rodriguez lie on the ground after being hit by a pitch in the seventh inning at Yankee Stadium in New York City on July 25, 2010.  UPI/John Angelillo Photo via Newscom

                                                              Oh God…

I was beyond angry. Oh, A-Rod….you poor baby…I’m glad you aren’t hurt too bad. That was scary. I’m so sorry Wood destroyed your chances of getting #600 at home.

But at least I was able to see another milestone in that 8th inning yesterday.

-With loaded bases, Robinson Cano drove the first pitch of his at-bat into the seats in right after 1 bounce. Ground rule double! 12-5 Yankees! And for Robbie, it was his 1000th career hit. Aw, Robbie…you have come so far!

                New York Yankees Robinson Cano reacts while running into the dug out in the ninth inning against the Kansas City Royals at Yankee Stadium in New York City on July 24, 2010.  UPI/John Angelillo Photo via Newscom

 Okay…he’s still a goofball, but I love him ♥

So the Yankees take 3 of 4 from KC, and all of their wins were of the offensive explosion variety. The heroes for yesterday’s 12-6 finale win are Boone Logan, for relieving Hughes nicely (since he’s the only one who pitched well yesterday!), and the entire Yankee lineup, for banging out 12 runs on 14 hits, and especially Curtis Granderson for finally living up to his potential.

I hope Curtis can stay hot, and I hope the Yankees keep on winning.

GO YANKEES!

Aren’t Offensive Explosions Delightful?

Yanks Score 10 Runs in 2nd Straight Game

Colin Curtis made me giddy with his dramatic 3-run home run to give the Yankees 10 runs in the Angels finale. And last night, the offense exploded once again. It was quite a hitting frenzy for both teams, but my Yankees came out on top. The Bombers took the first of four against KC by the score of 10-4.

Pitching Analysis: CC Sabathia really wasn’t very good last night. And this time, he made that customary flustered face of his because he got into a ton of jams.

 

That’s the face. Aw, CC….

Despite the struggles, CC got the win. And rightfully so. It wasn’t pretty, it wasn’t the usual C “Cy” performance we have become accustomed to, but it was good enough to keep the Yankees in the game with a chance to win it. In 6.1 innings, CC allowed 4 runs on a jaw-dropping 11 hits. He gave it his all, throwing 120 pitches. David Robertson inherited CC’s mess in the 7th, and got out of it unscathed.

One thing I love about offensive explosions is that the Yankees have the luxury of using their stinky pitchers. But last night, they did this before the game reached blowout status. In the 8th inning, when it was 6-4 Yankees, they put in Joba. He loaded the bases, but managed to get Jose Guillen to ground out to end the inning. Crisis averted.

In the 9th, the Yankees had a 6-run lead, so they turned it over to Chan Ho Park to close it out. He did so fairly easily. I wonder why he is still on the team. Every time I see him, my mind plays a montage of him blowing leads and talking about diarrhea. It’s not pretty. 

 

                    July 20, 2010 - New York, NEW YORK, USA - epa02255588 New York Yankees pitcher Chan Ho Park throws against the Los Angeles Angels in the 7th inning at Yankee Stadium in the Bronx, New York, USA, on 20 July 2010.

                                                             Nightmares….

Offensive Analysis: I had a feeling this game was going to be a slugfest. The starter for the Royals was Bruce Chen, who, to put it nicely, hasn’t seen much success against the Yankee hitters. This trend continued last night. Let’s take a look at the Yankees’s numbers against Chen and the rest of the Royal hurlers from last night:

 

NY Yankees AB R H RBI  BB SO  LOB  AVG
Jeter, SS 5 2 2  1 0 1 3 .274
Swisher, RF 5 1 2  2 0 1 1 .303
Teixeira, 1B 5 2 3  1 0 1 2 .261
Rodriguez, A, 3B 5 1 3  4 0 1 1 .275
2-Pena, R, PR-3B 0 0 0  0 0 0 0 .193
Cano, 2B 4 1 1  0 1 0 2 .332
Posada, C 3 1 1  1 1 0 1 .268
Thames, DH 3 0 1  1 0 1 3 .289
1-Curtis, PR-DH 0 1 0  0 0 0 0 .259
Granderson, CF 3 0 1  0 0 1 0 .239
Gardner, LF 3 1 0  0 1 0 1 .296
Totals 36 10  14  10 3 6 14 .273

Ooh. That’s not pretty. Offensive explosions are so exciting. But last night, there were certain swings that really made me cheer. One of these came in the 3rd inning off the bat of Derek Jeter:

                July 22, 2010 - New York, NEW YORK, USA - epa02257894 New York Yankees Derek Jeter hits an inside the park home run against the Kansas City Royals in the third inning at Yankee Stadium in the Bronx, New York, USA, on 22 July 2010.

                                                            Connection…

 

                 July 22, 2010 - New York, NEW YORK, USA - epa02257896 New York Yankees Derek Jeter reacts after scoring on an inside the park home run against off Kansas City Royals pitcher Bruce Chen in the third inning at Yankee Stadium in the Bronx, New York, USA, on 22 July 2010.

 It’s deep….

 

                July 22, 2010 - New York, NEW YORK, USA - epa02257891 New York Yankees Derek Jeter rounds the bases on an inside the park home run against the Kansas City Royals in the third inning at Yankee Stadium in the Bronx, New York, USA, on 22 July 2010.

 A valient effort by DeJesus, but no catch!

 

               New York Yankees Derek Jeter runs home completing an inside the park home run in the third inning against the Kansas City Royals at Yankee Stadium in New York City on July 22, 2010.  UPI/John Angelillo Photo via Newscom

                                          Jeet rounds third, and breaks for home….

 

              New York Yankees Derek Jeter slides home completing an inside the park home run in the third inning against the Kansas City Royals at Yankee Stadium in New York City on July 22, 2010.  UPI/John Angelillo Photo via Newscom

     He slides….

 

                        July 22, 2010 - New York, NEW YORK, USA - epa02257893 New York Yankees Derek Jeter reacts after scoring on an inside the park home run against the Kansas City Royals in the third inning at Yankee Stadium in the Bronx, New York, USA, on 22 July 2010.

                   HE’S SAFE! INSIDE THE PARK HOME RUN BY DEREK JETER!!!!!!!

It was pretty cool seeing Jeter fly around the bases like that. But I was upset that DeJesus got hurt. I was looking forward to seeing him play this series because he is my favorite Royal, but he’s going to miss the remainder of this series. I wish him a speedy recovery. Anway, Jeet’s home run tied the game at 3.

The other swing that genuinely excited me came in the 7th inning off the bat of the Drama King, Alex Rodriguez. He’s such a beast. It was an opposite-field blast…

    New York Yankees Alex Rodriguez hits career home run number 599 in the seventh inning against the Kansas City Royals at Yankee Stadium in New York City on July 22, 2010.  UPI/John Angelillo Photo via Newscom

  

 

Oh boy! Oh boy oh boy oh boy! You know what’s next…HISTORY! #600! I can’t wait….I hope he gets it this weekend in the Bronx!

The heroes for this Game 1 win are Jeet and A-Rod, as well as everyone else in the lineup who beasted last night. I would love to see more offensive explosions this weekend, but if I can’t, then I’ll just settle for 1 bomb from A-Rod.

Good luck, Alex. And Go Yankees!!!!

Starting the 2nd Half

It’s funny how things change so fast in baseball. One minute, the Yankees had the best starting rotation in the Majors. Then all of a sudden, there are issues. Issues that may loom very large. The team managed to win the series against the pesky Rays. But they have dropped the first one to the Angels. They are 2-2 so far in the second half.

I don’t want to talk about Game 2 against the Rays. A.J. was cranky and cost the game. He had to smash his hand? Really? It’s no wonder these guys are athletes – they aren’t too bright.  

New York Yankees starting pitcher A.J. Burnett (L) reacts when Francisco Cervelli walks to the mound in the second inning against the Tampa Bay Rays at Yankee Stadium in New York City on July 17, 2010.   UPI/John Angelillo Photo via Newscom

Try using your brain? Please…no more violence to your pitching hand.

The only thing about that game that made me smile was seeing Francisco Cervelli steal a base. It was the first time I ever saw him steal and be SAFE! Oh, Francisco….you never fail to make me happy ♥

Old Timer’s Day was before that dreadful game 2, and that was fun. I got a kick out of seeing their 2 inning game:

- I LOL-ed when I saw David Cone playing third base. Then he threw the ball all weird. Haha, why was he playing third base? He was an amazing pitcher!

-Ron Guidry shading his eyes from the sun when he caught the popup. I don’t know why, but that was just funny.

-Rick Cerone purposely letting the ball hit him so he’d be safe at first base! I can’t say I’ve ever seen that before.

-Al Downing can actually still throw the ball! He’s 69 years old, and he looks like he can still pitch.

-Mickey Rivers. He misplayed about 7 balls in the outfield. But he got the walkoff hit for his team! Seeing him run the bases and kick it into “high gear” was pretty cool. I was waiting for A.J. Burnett to pie him, but he never did….

Speaking of A.J. and pie and his hand, Tim McCarver is a moron, which I’m sure you already know. He was “speculating” how A.J. hurt his hand. He was like:

“Maybe he hurt himself when he pied Swisher on Friday night. Maybe he cut his hand on the pie plate! That must be it!”

WHAT AN IDIOT! The pie isn’t on a plate, it’s not some decadent dessert. It’s whip cream on a towel.

The Yankees won the finale of the Rays series, but it wasn’t a very happy victory. Our most consistent starter, who to many is the MVP of the first half, got hurt and is on the DL. Poor Andy….my dandy Andy. He may be out with his groin issue for 4 or 5 weeks, but he’s hoping to return in 3.

New York Yankees pitcher Andy Pettitte (r.) is hoping to spend closer to three weeks on the disabled list instead of the four or five weeks that the team expects he'll be unavailable.

                                                                    :(

Andy will be replaced by Sergio Mitre, who is on the top of my list of hot Yankees. Of course, Mitre is no Pettitte. No one is a Pettitte. But honestly, I’m worried about Mitre taking over that spot in the rotation. Sergio has been on the DL since mid June with some oblique injury he got during batting practice. He hasn’t pitched in so long. Mitre, being a sinkerball pitcher, is more successful when he is a little fatigued because then his pitches sink more. I’m worried that he is too well rested and may be a little rusty. I hope I’m wrong.

May 10, 2010 - Detroit, MI, UNITED STATES - epa02151719 New York Yankees pitcher Sergio Mitre delivers a pitch against the Detroit Tigers in the first inning at Comerica Park in Detroit, Michigan, USA on 10 May 2010.

Please be good, baby….we are counting on you ♥ 

Game 1 against the Angels worried me, too. Phil Hughes was just…awful. Truthfully, Phil hasn’t been his Philthy self in a long time. His record is very misleading, because the Yankees usually score for him (this was not the case in game 1). He got off to a great start, tossing to a 2.00 ERA in April. He was solid in May as well, posting a 3.03 ERA that month. June was rocky as Hughes had a 5.17 ERA. And so far in July, things have only gotten worse. His ERA this month is an ugly 6.00. He has gotten progressively worse as the season went on. How can I not be worried?  It’s time for him to step up. The team is depending on him, especially with their starting situation. He can’t keep giving up 6 runs and hoping the offense will pick him up. The offense can’t do that every night.

July 20, 2010 - New York, NEW YORK, USA - epa02255571 New York Yankees Phil Hughes after giving up a two run home run to Maicer Izturis in the fourth inning against the Los Angeles Angels in the first inning at Yankee Stadium in the Bronx, New York, USA, on 20 July 2010.

Where is the Phil Hughes that I know and love? It’s not this guy….

Starting pitching is what won the World Series for the Yankees last year. And starting pitching is the reason why the Yankees have the best record in baseball. I’m not too thrilled about the starting pitching situation we have here.

-CC, I hope you continue your dominance. And Happy Birthday ♥

-A.J., PLEEEASE…don’t hurt your hand again. We need you.

-Andy, recover quickly, but don’t rush back. We need you strong and healthy for the 2nd half.

-Javy, just keep on doing what you are doing. Keep making me proud ;)

-Phil, pull yourself together! I want you to be Philthy good, not Philthy bad.

-Sergio! As long as you give us a few good innings, I’ll be happy.

Jeez…I’m wishing we had Cliff Lee a little more now……..

Tears and Cheers

Emotional Night Ends Right

From the pregame ceremonies to the pie, last night was an emotional rollercoaster for everyone who watched. It was a Drama Club victory, and a game that will no-doubt be a Yankee Classic. I’m just so happy that the Yankees came out on top. It was a game they had to win.

Before the game, the lives of Bob Sheppard and George Steinbrenner where remembered. The crowd was silent, giving the two iconic men all their respect. Mariano Rivera placed two roses on top of home plate, one for Bob and one for the Boss.

July 16, 2010 - Bronx, NEW YORK, UNITED STATES - epa02250817 The Yankees' Mariano Rivera lays two roses on home plate during a tribute to late Yankee's owner George Steinbrenner and long time announcer Bob Sheppard before the game between the Tampa Bay Rays and the New York Yankees at Yankee Stadium in the Bronx, New York, USA, on 16 July 2010. Steinbrenner died early this week from a heart attack.

 Later on in the ceremony, Derek Jeter made a short-but-sweet speech honoring Bob and George. He requested a moment of silence, and silenced the Stadium went.

            July 16, 2010 - Bronx, NEW YORK, UNITED STATES - epa02250816 The Yankees' Derek Jeter speaks during a tribute to late Yankee's owner George Steinbrenner, and long time announcer Bob Sheppard, before the game between the Tampa Bay Rays and the New York Yankees at Yankee Stadium in the Bronx, New York, USA, on 16 July 2010. Steinbrenner died early this week from a heart attack.

I’m sure the Yankees could have spent hours talking about Steinbrenner and Sheppard, but there was a baseball game to play. As a tribute to Bob Sheppard, the public address announcer did not announce. There were no player intros. The crowd seemed confused at the beginning of the game, not knowing whether to behave as if they were at a memorial, or a ballgame.

CC Sabathia struggled last night. He lacked command, and had to grind out each inning. By the 3rd, it was 2-0 Rays. The Yankees got a run back in the bottom of the 3rd. Nick Swisher’s RBI single scored Brett Gardner. That made it 2-1. 

July 16, 2010 - Bronx, NEW YORK, UNITED STATES - epa02250902 The Yankees' C.C. Sabathia pitches during the second inning of the game between the Tampa Bay Rays and the New York Yankees at Yankee Stadium in the Bronx, New York, USA, on 16 July 2010.

Sabathia got into a serious jam in the 5th, having loaded the bases with none out. Sabathia managed to minimize the damage by getting Evan Longoria to ground into a 5-4-3 double play. He allowed just 1 run that inning, but the Rays still had the lead at 3-1.

The Yankees still trailed 3-1 in the 6th inning. After 2 quick outs, I didn’t expect any runs that inning. But Robinson Cano had other ideas. Robbie hit a 2-out solo home run to get the Yankees back into the game. It was the first time all night the crowd really started cheering.

New York Yankees Robinson Cano runs the bases after hitting a solo homer in the sixth inning against the Tampa Bay Rays at Yankee Stadium in New York City on July 16, 2010. The New York Yankees defeated the Tampa Bay Rays 5-4.   UPI/John Angelillo Photo via Newscom

After Cano, Jorge Posada took his turn at bat. He got ahead in the count 3-0. Joe Girardi made a bold move, and gave Jorge the green light. And it paid off. Jorge hit an absolute bomb for a solo home run, back to back with Robbie. More importantly, the game was tied at 3. The Yankees were fighting. I knew there was no way they were going to lose this game.

July 16, 2010 - Bronx, NEW YORK, UNITED STATES - epa02250918 The Yankee's Jorge Posada (R) hits a home run during the sixth inning of the game between the Tampa Bay Rays and the New York Yankees at Yankee Stadium in the Bronx, New York, USA, on 16 July 2010.

CC Sabathia got into another bases loaded none out jam in the 7th, and gave the Rays right back a run on a Ben Zobrist ground out. Although he was able to once again minimize the damage, I feared that it would be a momentum killer for the Yankees. The Rays led 4-3.

David Robertson relieved CC in the 8th, and I cringed when I saw it was he who Girardi put in. To my surprise, Robertson looked like he did last year. He was superb. Robertson threw a 1-2-3 inning, and struckout all three Rays batters.

In the bottom of the 8th, Nick Swisher showed that the Yankees weren’t ever going to give up. The Boss loved to win, and he would do anything to win. Swisher embraced this philosophy. Swish belted a ball into the 2nd deck, for yet another game-tying home run. After crossing the plate, Swisher kissed the George Steinbrenner patch on his uniform.

With a tie game, the Yanks handed the ball to the Great Mariano for the 9th. He allowed a cheap leadoff single to BJ Upton, but quickly erased it. I don’t remember the last time I’ve seen it: Mariano picked off Upton at first base. He was out by a mile. Upton was infuriated, and began spewing expletives all over the place. Leave it to Upton to have no class. He’s the polar opposite of the New York Yankees.

Mariano got out of the 9th with no problem. The only question now was: Who wants pie?

Curtis Granderson had a great at-bat and got on base with a leadoff single through the hole on the right side of the infield. Ramiro Pena laid down a perfect sac bunt, moving the GrandyMan to 2nd base with 1 out. Brett Gardner’s at-bat was even more suspensful. He quickly fell behind in the count 0-2, but that didn’t worry him. Brett was cool, calm, and collected 3 balls making the count full. After what seemed to be an eternity, Gardner drew a walk. That brought up Jeter.

The captain was extremely fond of both Bob Sheppard and George Steinbrenner, so it seemed fitting for him to get the walkoff. Jeter made a valient effort, but could not get the job done. He struckout for the 2nd out, and left it up to Nick Swisher.

I would have loved to see Jeter win the game, but if he couldn’t do it, I wouldn’t want anybody up at the plate but Nick Swisher. He always puts up a great at-bat, and has been so clutch for the Yankees this season.

Nick Swisher delivered once again. He ripped a single into right field, and Granderson was safe at the play at the plate. The team had to wait until they knew for sure Granderson was safe before charging out of the dugout. Then, the customary walkoff chaos began.

July 16, 2010 - Bronx, NEW YORK, UNITED STATES - epa02250952 The Yankees' Nick Swisher hits a game winning walk off single which allowed teammate Curtis Granderson to score in the ninth inning of the game between the Tampa Bay Rays and the New York Yankees at Yankee Stadium in the Bronx, New York, USA, on 16 July 2010. The Yankees won 5-4.

  

July 16, 2010 - Bronx, NEW YORK, UNITED STATES - epa02250951 The Yankees' Curtis Granderson (L) scores past the Rays' Kelly Shoppach (R) on a game winning walk off single by teammate Nick Swisher in the ninth inning of the game between the Tampa Bay Rays and the New York Yankees at Yankee Stadium in the Bronx, New York, USA, on 16 July 2010. The Yankees won 5-4.

 

July 16, 2010 - Bronx, NEW YORK, UNITED STATES - epa02250947 The Yankees' Nick Swisher (R) celebrates hitting a game winning single with teammates Brett Gardener (2nd L) and Robinson Cano (L) after the ninth the inning of the game between the Tampa Bay Rays and the New York Yankees at Yankee Stadium in the Bronx, New York, USA, on 16 July 2010. The Yankees won 5-4.

New York Yankees Nick Swisher reacts with his teammates after driving in the game winning run with a single in the ninth inning against the Tampa Bay Rays at Yankee Stadium in New York City on July 16, 2010. The New York Yankees defeated the Tampa Bay Rays 5-4.   UPI/John Angelillo Photo via Newscom

 

And then, like he had done 19 times before, A.J. Burnett emerged stealthily from the dugout, and pied Nick Swisher.

July 16, 2010 - Bronx, NEW YORK, UNITED STATES - epa02250949 The Yankees' Nick Swisher celebrates after hitting a game winning walk off single in the ninth inning of the game between the Tampa Bay Rays and the New York Yankees at Yankee Stadium in the Bronx, New York, USA, on 16 July 2010. The Yankees won 5-4. As part of a team tradition, Swisher had a shaving cream 'pie' put in his face for winning the game with a walk off hit.

 Sweet victory.

This was a game that the Yankees absolutely had to win. They have been through so much this past week. It’s victories like this that bring the team closer. All the Yankees are the heroes for this 5-4 thrilling victory, but #1 is Nick Swisher.

The Yankees now have a 3 game lead over the pesky Rays. The Red Sox lost once again and are 6.5 games back. Things are looking mighty fine for the Yankees right now. But as George would have wanted, the Yankees have to take things 1 day at a time. There is still a lot of baseball left to play.

Bob Sheppard and George Steinbrenner, I hope this victory tastes as good to you as it did for the Yankees (and Swisher). May you rest in peace ♥ 

Happy Birthday, Blog!!!

I can’t believe it! 1 year ago today, July 16, 2009, “Live, Eat, and Breathe Yankees” was born. I remember the circumstances: it was the last day of the All-Star break. The Yankees had not played in a few days, and I was down-right BORED. I stumbled across the “Start your own MLBlog!” icon on the side of my MLB profile. I clicked it, not knowing what I was getting into. My brother wanted to know what I was doing on the computer, and I said, “I’m starting a Yankees blog!” His response?

“NOOOOOOOOOOOO!!! Virginia don’t do thaaaat! Pleeeeease!”

Truth is, he knew what I was getting into. I didn’t. He knew that he was going to have to share is precious computer with me almost every day so I could blog. He knew I would be obsessive. And he knew I would enjoy it, which is why he didn’t want me to do it.

Haha just kidding. He’s not that mean.

My first post was about the possibility of the Yankees acquiring Doc Halladay. Haha fail:

Doc’s in the House

What is a fair package for the Yankees to give up to acquire Roy Halladay?

The Yankees have many talented prospects that can be fair game for trading. Austin Jackson, Jesus Montero, and Andrew Brackman, Ramiro Pena, and Francisco Cervelli, just to name a few. They also major leaguers that could go. Joba Chamberlain, Phil Hughes, Melky Cabrera, Brett Gardner, and Jose Molina are all quality baseball players that may be helpful for the Jays. But are they expendable for the Yankees?

The Blue Jays want A LOT for the best pitcher in baseball. And a select few, the Yankees, Red Sox, Phillies, Cardinals, and maybe the Angels, can afford him. The Yankees should get Halladay to keep him away from the already-strong Red Sox. But the problem with the Yankees giving up there prospects for the Doc is that at the end of the 2010 season, Halladay is a free agent and may not want to return to the Yankees. That means the Yankees wasted the future of their franchise for an immediate contributor, which they have done too many times before. 

But saying Halladay wants to remain a Yankee, which prospects should the Yankees trade? I really hate to say it, but I think Joba Chamberlain should be considered. So far this year, he has not adapted to his a role as a starter; too many pitches (balls) too little innings, too low velocity on his once overpowering fastball. Even if the Yankees tried to put him back in the bullpen, he may not be that dominant guy of 2007. He is still a good pitcher, and still has a high trade value, and with work can be great again. Maybe the Jays are up for that.

Aside from Joba, I think the Yankees should trade star catching prospect Jesus Montero. The Yankees already have a very suprisingly good young catcher in Francisco Cervelli. Montero is still a few years aways from the big leagues. His primary skill is his bat, where he has Mike Piazza potential. But I think the Yankees need a strong defender and great game caller behind the plate, and that is what Cervelli brings to the table. He can also perform with the bat by doing the little things like bunting. He is not an automatic out. So although Montero is surely a great hitter, I think the Yankees have enough in their lineup and Cervelli is more valuable to the team. And besides, it would be hard for the Blue Jays to turn down an offer with such a talented prospect like that in it!

I’m sure Brian Cashman is working on putting Halladay in pinstripes. I hope he doesn’t do anything stupid by trading away somebody very valuable to the future of the Yankees. So Joba Chamberlain, Jesus Montero, and maybe others will bring the Doc to the Bronx. We can only hope.

Okay so I was wrong in that post. Halladay is with the Phillies, and there are no signs of him joining the Yankees anytime soon! And Joba Chamberlain…what a mess. I don’t think he has an ounce of trade value left in him.

I’ve had so much fun this past year here on MLBlogs, and I owe it to you guys ♥ Thank you for giving me a home here on MLBlogs. Thanks for reading, commenting, and writing your own blogs. I love reading what everyone else has to say.

One thing you all really deserve a “thank you” for is for listening to me gush about certain players….(ahem, FRANCISCO CERVELLI ♥)….I can see how that may get annoying, but I can’t help it. Thanks for putting up with me!

MLBlogs has given me so many great opportunities. Aside from getting to know you guys, it’s given me other writing opportunities. FanVsFan is an amazing website, and I am so glad to be a part of it. Thank you MLBlogs for helping me get known and for letting FanVsFan find me!

If anyone is interested in joining FanVsFan, I suggest you do. Just like MLBlogs, you blog as often or as little as you want – no contracts! And, you can do more than just writing. You can debate! Here is something I’m doing now:

http://fanvsfan.com/claims/the-all-star-game-shouldn-t-determine-world-series-homefield-advantage

If you want to vote for me, I would really appreciate it. Go to “Register” at the top-righthand side of the site, create a profile, then vote for me!

What I would really like is for some of you to join the FanVsFan community. Trust me, it is AMAZING. If you want to join, contact Michael Hirschbein at mph6@buffalo.edu or
mph@fanvsfan.com and tell him that you are interested in joining at that Virginia suggested you.

I once wrote a post about my blog being lucky. The Yankee won the first 8 games they played since the day I started my blog. Maybe, since they started that 8-game winning streak a year ago, they will have another nice long winning streak now!

I’m glad the All-Star break is over and that the Yankees play tonight. When they aren’t on, my blog posts are too random and rambly…I better wrap this one up.

Thank you, Yankees, for giving me something fun to do for this past year! I don’t see myself stopping the blog anytime soon, so thanks for all this future fun as well!!!

Happy Birthday, “Live, Eat, and Breathe Yankees!!!!!”

 

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Our Fate in Their Hands?

I’ve always enjoyed the All-Star game, but I have never been fond of the “Whoever wins gets homefield advantage in the World Series” thing. I always hated that idea. But for the first time, it is going to affect me in a negative way. Last year, I was thankful that the Yankees had homefield advantage in the World Series – but it shouldn’t have been because of the All-Star game that they won it. With the All-Star game, players that won’t even be in the postseason are determining the fate of the champions. Is that fair?

I know, I know…everyone is saying “But if homefield advantage wasn’t involved, what would be the fun of the All-Star game?”

Seriously?

How about seeing the best players in baseball go at it? How about seeing matchups like David Price vs Albert Pujols? How about that feeling of gratitude you get when you see your players on your team be announced as part of the best? Isn’t that fun?

If you are a fan of the game of baseball, you don’t need this “extra incentive” of World Series homefield advantage in the All-Star game. If you like baseball, the All-Star game already means enough.

Baseball players are men. Not to be sexist, but men have egos. And there is nothing wrong with that. Put them in a competition, and they want to win it. The All-Star game is just another competition, only it’s the best against the best. That right there is a reason for them to give it their all. 28 out of the 30 teams won’t be in the World Series and don’t care whatsoever about homefield advantage, so that won’t make those players play any harder.

I believe my Yankees will be in the World Series again. Now the National League has homefield advantage.

Is it fair that because David Ortiz is a fat slob who can’t run, the Yankees don’t have homefield advantage in the World Series?

                  American League's David Ortiz, of the Boston Red Sox, is forced out at second by National League shortstop Rafael Furcal, of the Los Angeles Dodgers, on a hit by John Buck, of the Toronto Blue Jays, during the ninth inning of the All-Star baseball game in Anaheim, California on July 13, 2010. The NL won 3-1.  UPI/Jim Ruymen Photo via Newscom

Is it fair that because Elvis Andrus overran the base, the Yankees don’t have homefield advantage in the World Series?

                July 13, 2010; Anaheim, CA, USA; American League infielder Elvis Andrus of the Texas Rangers (1) is tagged out by National League infielder Brandon Phillips of the Cincinnati Reds (4) after sliding past second base during the sixth inning of the 2010 All Star game at Angel Stadium.  Photo via Newscom

 

Is it fair that because Matt Thorton allowed a bases-clearing double, the Yankees don’t have homefield advantage in the World Series?

                 National League's Marlon Byrd, of the Chicago Cubs, scores past American League catcher John Buck, of the Toronto Blue Jays, on a three-run double by Brian McCann, of the Atlanta Braves, during the seventh inning of the All-Star baseball game on July 13, 2010, in Anaheim, Calif. The NL won 3-1.  UPI/Jim Ruymen Photo via Newscom

 

No, No, NO! It’s not fair that these players determined the fate of my Yankees. Homefield advantage in the World Series should be awarded to the team with the best record – because only that team can determine that.

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I probably would not be as passionate about this issue if I did not have a contending team to root for. And for making my team so great, the greatest in the world, George Steinbrenner deserves credit.

                NEW YORK - NOVEMBER 3: New York Yankees owner George Steinbrenner attends the 11th Annual Living Landmarks Gala at The Plaza Hotel November 3, 2004 in New York City. (Photo by Paul Hawthorne/Getty Images)

 

George, thank you so much for everything you have done for the New York Yankees, and for their millions of fans worldwide. I being just 16 only have seen the Yankees be good, but they weren’t always that way. You transformed them. Unlike other owners, you selflessly invested the money back into the team, creating the most dominant franchise in all of sports. People that dislike you are just jealous about what you did to make the Yankees #1. Sure, you may have been harsh, but you just wanted to win. And what’s wrong with that? You set the standard of pride, power, and class for the New York Yankees – and I love you for that. You were the best Boss ever ♥

George, I’m so happy that you were able to see the Yankees win #27 here on Earth.

Hopefully, you will be able to see them win #28 this year from the best seat in Heaven. 

And That Concludes the 1st Half!

Yanks Take 3 of 4 in Seattle

Winning this series before the All-Star break is incredibly comforting. If anything else, it shows that my Yankees aren’t getting lazy – they stay focused no matter what time of year.

Here are my quick thoughts about each game:

Game 1 – Yankees win 3-1

Andy Pettitte continued to amaze me, but I wondered: Why can’t he field a bunt? Alex Rodriguez continued to be clutch. 3rd in the league in RBI? Pretty beast.

     New York Yankees Alex Rodriguez hits scoring two runs against the Seattle Mariners during the ninth inning of their MLB American League baseball game in Seattle, Washington July 8, 2010. REUTERS/Marcus Donner (UNITED STATES - Tags: SPORT BASEBALL)

 CLUTCH…

Game 2 – Yanekes win 6-1

Mark Teixeira’s hot-streak was not a fluke? 2 HR in one game is good Mark, but sadly not good enough to get you onto that All-Star roster. You’re a little late. And Phil Hughes! Bouncing back from some not-so-good starts…way to get back to your Philthy self!

       New York Yankees' starter Phil Hughes says a prayer before pitching against the Seattle Mariners in the first inning at SAFECO Field in Seattle on July 9, 2010.   UPI Photo/Jim Bryant. Photo via Newscom

 I was praying that he’d be good. God, thanks for listening :)

Game 3 – Yankees lose 4-1

Javier Vazquez silenced all those idiots who wanted to trade him for Jayson Werth by tossing 5.2 no-hit innings before Ichiro got the first “hit,” a ball hit off Javy that he threw wildly (should’ve been an error.)  Nick Swisher continued his hot-hitting with a big fly of King Felix. AND WHAT IN THE WORLD IS WRONG WITH JOBA CHAMBERLAIN???? He single-handidly destroyed the game for Javy and the Yanks.

                 New York Yankees starting pitcher Javier Vazquez reacts after giving up a hit to Seattle Mariners Ichiro Suzuki during the sixth inning of their MLB American League baseball game in Seattle, Washington, July 10, 2010. REUTERS/Robert Sorbo (UNITED STATES - Tags: SPORT BASEBALL)

 Aw, Javy…it was an error! You pitched great. Thank Joba for spoiling your “W.”

Game 4 – Yankees win 8-2

A pitching rematch from the game I saw on July 1st. CC Sabathia dominated just like he did when I saw him. And I love when everyone is hitting! The entire lineup, including guys like Marcus Thames, contributed to this win. And when you add to this the Mariners’s sloppy defense and the bright shining sun, it gets even more fun.

                            Seattle Mariners left fielder Michael Saunders loses the baseball in the sun and fails to make the catch on a double hit by New York Yankees Mark Teixeira in the third inning of their MLB American League baseball game in Seattle, Washington, July 11, 2010. REUTERS/Robert Sorbo (UNITED STATES - Tags: SPORT BASEBALL)

 Mark Teixeira’s “sun double.” Poot Saunders…that must be a helpless feeling.

The Yankees concluded te first half with a sparkling record of 56-32, 2 games ahead of the pesky Rays. Looking ahead to the 2nd half, these are a few things I’d like to see:

-Curtis Granderson heating up. He’s hitting around .350 over his last 6 games. Hopefully he can keep this up after the break.

-Maybe I should call this “things I WOULDN’T like to see.” I wouldn’t like to see Chan Ho Park anymore. Just get rid of him. Designate him for assignment, and bring up someone who can actually help this team, maybe Boone Logan.

-Continued dominance from our starters (duh).

-A healthy Mariano. He’s a little worn out, which is why he’s not going to be at the All-Star Game even though he’s an All-Star. Hopefully, he can rest-up over the break and be back to his regular robotic self for the 2nd half.

-#600. A-Rod is getting closer every day to that magic number. I remember his 500th home run against the Royals. It was an unforgettable moment. I can’t wait for this next milestone!

-Nick Swisher in the Home Run Derby! THAT’S TODAY! I spent a pretty nice chunk of my week voting for Swish in the Final Vote Campaign, and it paid off! I must have voted around 3000 times, give or take.

I honestly don’t think Nick is going to win the Home Run Derby, but hey – you never know. Nick has really surprised me with his outstanding first-half this year. I’m starting to believe that he can do almost anything. But no matter what happens tonight, I’ll be happy. Just seeing Nick at this event is going to make me smile.

Nick Swisher #33 of the New York Yankees smiles in the dugout prior to the Major League Baseball game against the Oakland Athletics at the Oakland Coliseum on August 17, 2009 in Oakland, California.

I’ll have a big smile too, Nick ♥

I can’t believe the season is halfway over. That’s kind of sad. It’s been so much fun so far.

But I know that the best has yet to come.

Yankees, congrats on a great first half! Enjoy the break, enjoy the All-Star festivities, and I’ll see you again Friday :)

Heating Up

Sweep of the A’s Complete!

I was going to post earlier, but I had a more important obligation. Don’t gasp yet – I know what you are thinking: “What could be more important than blogging about a Yankee win?” The answer?

Sending Swish.

Nick Swisher was depending on us to vote for him for the All-Star Game. Since voting ended today at 4, I decided to devote my day to him. So I did. And I got a headache from staring at the screen so long. But you know what? I just had to suck it up. Because a little discomfort for me is worth a smile from Swish. Nick, I hope you won sweetie ♥

Staying up late was worth it for this series. Anytime the Yankees win, no matter what time I go to bed, I’m not cranky. Thank you Yankees for my good mood! CC Sabathia and A-Rod were responsible for our 6-1 win in game 2. Last night’s finale had a similar recipe. The Yanks won it 6-2.

Pitching Analysis: It was A.J. Burnett’s turn last night, and I was hoping that his previous start was not a fluke. It was his first good one in over a month. Last night, A.J. comforted me, saying, “Don’t worry, Virginia. I’ll be good for you.” And he did. He’s heating up again. 

      New York Yankees starting pitcher A.J. Burnett throws a pitch against the Oakland Athletics during the first inning of their MLB American League baseball game in Oakland, California July 7, 2010. REUTERS/Robert Galbraith (UNITED STATES - Tags: SPORT BASEBALL)

Thatta boy, A.J. ;)

In 7 innings, A.J. allowed just 2 runs on 5 hits. His ERA is back to respectibility at 4.75, and his record is even at 7. I think it is safe to say that the A.J. Burnett we all love – the good one with the mean…intimidating face – is back :)

The bullpen did well last night. Marte pitched a scoreless 8th, and Joba threw a scoreless 9th. If only he can be automatic like Mo every day….

Defensive Anaysis: There was good defense, bad defense, and something that I don’t think is worthy of being called defense last night. We’ll call it ugly. Yankee Defense: The Good, The Bad, and The Ugly. GOD I HATE THAT MOVIE.

Which one is “The Ugly?” The are all grotesque.

Anyway: The good defense came in the first inning, on the first play of the game. Coco Crisp hit a liner to centerfield, and Brett Gardner snared it, doing a dive/slide, for the first out. Good Job, Brett!

The bad was A.J. Burnett. He attempted a pickoff, and threw the ball wildly. He is just the WORST at holding on runners. He had the right idea, but failed to execute the play.

The ugly – Oh, the ugly! I can’t believe I’m using the words “Alex Rodriguez” and “ugly” in the same sentence! Last night, A-Rod made a fool of himself. In the 7th, he chased down a foul pop-up, and had to run a long way to get there. I think he ran a little too much. Alex OVERRAN the ball, tried to recover, but it was too late: before he knew it, Alex was on the ground, with the ball trickling away. It was the most epic fail I have seen since another popup fail…

Priceless…

Of course, Jeter and the rest of the guys really let him have it. But A-Rod was a good sport about it. After all, it was hilarious.

Offensive Analysis: The Yankees had a lot of chances early to get to Gio Gonzalez, but they failed to take advanage ot them. Finally, in the 4th, they broke through. My little cutie Ramiro Pena, AKA Jamal, hit an RBI single to tie the game at 1.

                     July 07, 2010 - Oakland, CALIFORNIA, UNITED STATES - epa02240698 New York Yankees Ramiro Pena connects with an RBI single off a pitch by Oakland Athletics pitcher Gio Gonzalez during the fourth inning at the Oakland-Alameda County Coliseum in Oakland, California, USA, 07 July 2010.

 

 Dev Patel and Ramiro Pena! TWINS!

Then Derek Jeter hit an RBi single to give the Yankees a 2-1 lead! Later that same inning, Mark Teixeira delivered – big fly style. He hit a 3-run homer to break the game open! 5-1 Yankees! He is really starting to heat up.   

             New York Yankees' Mark Teixeira hits a three-run home run against the Oakland Athletics during the fourth inning of their MLB American League baseball game in Oakland, California July 7, 2010. REUTERS/Robert Galbraith (UNITED STATES - Tags: SPORT BASEBALL)

 MAAAAARK I LOVE YOU!!!!!!

Nick Swisher really campaigned well for himself last night. He had a single, a double, a walk, and in the 6th, gave another reason why he’s All-Star worthy: He hit an opposite field solo home run! 6-1 YANKEES! Swish, you are too cute ;)

     New York Yankees Nick Swisher (R) is congratulated by teammate Mark Teixeira after Swisher hit a solo home run against the Oakland Athletics during the sixth inning of their MLB American League baseball game in Oakland, California July 7, 2010. REUTERS/Robert Galbraith (UNITED STATES - Tags: SPORT BASEBALL)

 You have my votes!

The heroes for this comforting victory are A.J, Burnett, Mark Teixeira, and Nick Swisher, for giving it their all and getting some serious results. In a perfect world, all three of you would be All-Stars. For now, let us pray for Swisher.

The Yankees have won 5 games in a row. They have a 2 game lead in the AL East, and they have the best record in baseball at 53-31. Sure, my Yankees are good, but doesn’t it seem like they haven’t really clicked yet?

I think the boys are just starting to heat up. This is gonna be fun…

GO YANKEES!!! 

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