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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!

 

Another Random Loss….But It Doesn’t Matter, Right?

Yanks Lose To The Team I Now Hate

We lost again. That was our third loss in a row. But it doesn’t matter, does it? We already clinched, so we are in for sure. But are these losses ruining the momentum of the Yankees? Are they trying their best? Is it wise to rest the players so much, or will they lose their groove at the plate? I don’t know. I hope Girardi knows. The Yankees lost last night 5-3.

Pitching Analysis: Andy Pettitte started for the Yankees. He wasn’t too good, but he wasn’t too bad. They took him out early to give the relievers some work. Andy went 4 & 1/3 innings of 5 run ball (just 3 were earned). His line could have looked better if he pitched longer, but it was more important to test the relievers.

Andy’s game face.

Alfredo Aceves and Chad Gaudin pitched in relief last night, and they both did an excellent job. If it wasn’t for that error, maybe the Yankees would have had a chance to win.

Defensive Analysis: In the 5th after Andy was pulled for Aceves, something stupid happened. With 1st and 2nd and 1 out, Ace had the runner picked off who was breaking for 3rd. He threw to Hinske, and the ball went off the top of Hinske’s glove, and into left field. 2 runs scored, and I was a bit annoyed. Those runs were charged to Andy, and the error was charged to Aceves. I thought it was Hinske’s error, because he did get a glove on it. Whatever. The runs scored, it doesn’t matter whose fault it was.

Offensive Analysis: The Yankees struggled at the plate once again. They scored just 3 runs on 9 hits. They out-hit the Rays, but they failed to get the big hit. I started to get mad at the Rays again. They hit Jerry Hairston twice, the first time in the kidney and the second time in the shoulder. Poor Jerry.

In the 5th, Johnny Damon got himself a much-needed RBI single, which was followed by an RBI single by Tex. In the 6th, Jerry had an RBi infield single. Other than that, the offense didn’t do anything.

What I liked seeing last night was the running game. Gardner had 2 stolen bases, Guzman had one, and Jerry tried to steal but was caught. That’s okay, though. I would rather see them get out stealing than just standing there on the base and letting the hitters make out. Stealing bases forces the other team to make the play. If they do, it is no fault on your part, they just deserve credit.

So the Yankees lost again, but I don’t think Girardi managed the game to win. He put in all the second-string guys and he pulled Andy early. Is this a problem, though? Shouldn’t he try to win so the Yankees have momentum going into the playoffs? Well, in 2000 the Yanks had a rough September and they won it all. This year, we aren’t really having a rough September. We clinched early and now we are just casually heading into the postseason. I shouldn’t be worrying. The Yankees are the best team; they will be fine. GO YANKEES! 

 

It’s a Beautiful Thing

It Was Perfect!!!

I had to fight the tears yesterday. I truly did. I can’t believe it. It couldn’t have been more storybook. The Yankees beat the Red Sox to complete the 3-game sweep, it was their 100th win, they clinched homefield advantage AND the AL East, and they got to celebrate in the Bronx. What could be better? I am so proud of my Yankees. I love them. The Yankees beat the Red Sox 4-2, and it was a Drama Club game.

Pitching Analysys: Andy Pettitte really pitched well yesterday. A typical Andy outing. He didn’t come out with his best stuff, but he found it and settled down and pitched a very nice game. In the 1st, all with 2 outs, Andy loaded the bases. Lowell hit a comebacker off Andy’s foot, and it wound up being an RBI infield single. In the 3rd, Andy got into another bases loaded jam, this time with 0 outs. He induced a double play, but a run scored. After that, the Andy shut down the Smelly Sox. In total, he went 6 innings and allowed 2 runs on 7 hits while striking out 4. Nice job, Andy.

The bullpen was great yesterday. Brian Bruney was excellent. He got 5 outs without allowing a man to reach base. When Girardi came to take him out, the crowd gave Bruney a standing ovation. Bruney was so touched, that he cried. Aw! That is so cute. I am proud of Bru. I hope he pitches his way onto the postseason roster. He’s a good guy. Coke got the last out of the 8th, and Mo nailed down his 44th save of the year. I almost cried when he got Ellsbury to ground out for that final out. I knew what it meant. :)

Defensive Analysis: Brett Gardner made a nice play in the 1st, making a sliding/diving catch on an Ellsbury fly ball. In the 9th, the defense got a bit sloppy. I guess they were excited about the celebration! In the 9th, Gardner lost a ball in the sun, which dropped for a single. Then Robinson Cano booted a grounder, which was ruled an error. He was trying to make the fancy play and get the out at second, and he wound up making no play. But that’s okay. Mo got everyone out, and then the Yankees partied.

Offensive Analysis: It took the Yanks a little while to get on the board. My man Melky hit a solo homer in the 3rd, cutting the deficit in half. It was 2-1 now. YEAH, LECHE!!!

In the 6th, all with 2 outs, Tex got a hit. Then Arod had a fabulous at-bat, about 10 pitches, and he singled. A wild pitch let the runners advance. With 2nd & 3rd and 2 outs, Matsui delivered. He singled to right, and 2 runs scored, giving the Yankees a 3-2 lead! Yay! In the 8th, Tex provided some insurance by sending a Tex message. He hit a solo homer, and gave the Yankees a 4-2 lead. And then they won. And I almost cried. And they celebrated. :) The celebration was beautiful. I loved seeing the boyish nature of the Yankees come out.

The Yankees celebrate good times on the field after beating the Red Sox, 4-2, at Yankee Stadium ...

Oh boy…they know what’s coming…look how high up Swisher is! He is crazy.

... to wrap up their first division crown since 2006. The real party, however, spills into the club house ...

Look how cute and happy they are!

... where the bubbly flows aplenty at the after party.

I spy Sergio!

Surely, Joe Girardi remembers the feeling of celebration in the Bronx. But with a new home across the street and a new role as Yankees' manager, Girardi soaks in the moment.

There’s Cervelli! Girardi said there is a chance that he may be on the postseason roster!

... then gets doused by Johnny Damon and others.

Johnny gets CC!

The quiet one - Alex Rodriguez - can't avoid getting hosed by his teammates.

Melky douses Arod!

Old friends Jeter (r.) and A-Rod hope that it can be like old times again - when the Yankees won titles in the late 90s.

Jeter douses Arod!

Teixeria and Nick Swisher revel in the moment ...

Tex and Swisher. How cute are they?!

... and even Kim Jones gets caught in the cross fire in the line of duty.

There’s Kim Jones. Now you see why I want her job!

So they did it. They clinched the AL East. I guess I don’t have to say how big the lead is in the division anymore (8.5!) because we are in! The heroes for the victory are Andy Pettitte, for a solid start, Brian Bruney, for his dominant performance, and Hideki Matsui, for that clutch single. The Yankees have about a week to rest guys, test guys, and get ready for October baseball! I’m so excited!!!! It’s a beautiful thing, baby! #27, HERE WE COME! GO YANKEES!

PANIC MODE!!!!!……Breathe In,….Breathe Out….

Yankees Lose Again! AAAHHH!!!!

……-deep breath-…..-sigh-…..I’m beginning to panic…..I know we have a lead, but I am still beginning to panic….it doesn’t look good right now….my Yanks are 4-6 in their last 10 games…our offense has been dead…..our bullpen has been bad….aaahhhh!…..what’s happening to my Yankees?!?!…..slumping?….NOW?…..get it together, boys….get it together,….for the sake of my well-being…..just get it together…The Yankees lost….to the Angels last night…5-2…..and I am freaking out….I need to pull myself together….I’m gonna make this short because….if I think about it for too long….I don’t know what will happen to me….

Pitching Analysis: Andy…Pettitte…okay enough with the dots for now. Andy started last night after missing a start due to shoulder fatigue. He gave up 2 runs in the first, and I then gave up on the game. But Andy did fairly well last night. He went 6 innings of 3-run ball. That’s a quality start. But the Yankees didn’t take advantage of it. The bullpen did not do the job last night. Bruney and Albaladejo gave up a run in each of their inning of work. Not too good, boys.

Andy Pettitte delivers six innings in return to rotation but Yankees can't solve Anaheim jinx.

Andy always gives it his all.

Offensive Analysis: Where are the Bronx Bombers? Where is the Drama Club? Where is the offensive explosion I have grown accustomed to? The Yankees only managed 2 runs last night, solo homers by Arod and Matsui. The Yankees only had 3 situations with runners in scoring position, and they were 0-3. First of all, when you know you aren’t hitting, you HAVE to get the big hit with runners in scoring position. If you can’t seem to get on base, DO SOMETHING ABOUT IT!!! Try to bunt! Or just lean in and let it clip the elbow! Make it happen! It’s frustrating to watch when the offense is dead and no one does anything about it. I’m sure they were trying, but seriously. They need to play like it is the postseason. Play hard, play like it is the last game ever. Win, win WIN!!!!

Hideki Matsui homers in the eighth inning, but the Yankees' bats muster little offense.

Godzilla homered, but Yanks couldn’t come back.

Do I have the right to panic? I know we have a 5 game lead over the smelly sox who cheat at Fenway, but I am still worried. We play the Red Sox this weekend. We have to win. YANKEES! PLEASE! STOP SLUMPING! THIS IS NOT HEALTHY FOR ME! I DON’T NEED STRESS LIKE THIS!!! Please win for me, I don’t want to die. I am too young for death. My heart is going to crumble if this continues. Come on, Yanks. You are a great club. This is not you; you are way better than this. Play that way. I still love you guys. Especially you, Sergio ;) I still believe in you, Yanks, I am just panicking. A win tonight will help me. GO YANKEES! I LOVE YOU ALL THE WAY, BOYS!

Bad Loss. Do I Have Anything To Smile About?

♥ Mitre! ♥ Mitre! ♥ Mitre! ♥

So pretty much everybody knows about the miserable Yankee game yesterday. We lost 7-1 and the game was boring and disgusting. But even though the outcome of the game was not pleasing, I still have a reason to smile.

Pitching Analysis: Joba Chamberlain obviously has problems. He went just 3 innings and threw 70 pitches while allowing 7 runs. 7 runs? That is disgusting. I am beginning to worry about my Yankees. How do they expect to win in the postseason without pitching? Okay. We have C “Cy,” but realistically, can he be this hot for the rest of the year? I hope so. There is A.J., who may finally be turning things around, but his inconsistency worries me. Then there is Andy, who has been so reliable, but his shoulder is not right. His start tonight is an important one so we can see if he is healthy. And then there is Joba. What are we gonna do with Joba….I think the Yankees destroyed him…can he do it as a starter?…Do I want to see Joba in the postseason?…AAHHH!! I don’t know!!! Help?!?!

Chamberlain gives up seven earned runs in three innings of work.

STOP STINKING, JOBA!!! SHEESH!

Can Sergio Mitre be the help we need? In relief of Joba yesterday, Mitre went 5 innings and allowed just 1 hit. Pretty impressive. He was the only reason why I smiled yesterday. Now, you all know how I feel about Sergio…(♥x1000000)…he can do no wrong to me….BUT (and there is always a but) he did pitch well yesterday, so give him a chance! There is still time left in the season for him to prove himself worthy of the postseason roster. And besides, would you rather have Joba? I wouldn’t. I believe in Mitre. He has shown sparks of pure dominance. I honestly think he has the potential to really help this team, and I’m not just saying that because he is hot. I just hope the Yankees give him a chance. And if both Mitre and Joba are going to pitch badly, I would definitely rather see Mitre, just because I like to take advantage of any chance I can to stare open-mouthed at that sexy thing. Anyway, what I am trying to say is give Mitre a chance. He had major surgery; the poor baby didn’t even fully recover. He CAN be good. I know it :)

I love you ;)

Offensive Analysis: I’m skipping the defensive one because I don’t remember anything. The offense was dead yesterday. I hate when that happens. I am worried that in the postseason, the whole lineup will just die. I must try to avoid such nightmarish thoughts. I was a little annoyed that Cervelli was not playing. I know Jorge was back, but Cervelli played such a good game the other day. Did he not prove himself worthy of starting another game this season? Everyone knows that Jorge+Joba=trouble, no matter what the players say. I don’t know…I’m just…I’m just worried about Cervelli’s future…you all know I love him just as much, if not more than Mitre….I am afraid the Yankees will do something stupid like….-gulp-….t..ttr…ttrrraaaddee….trade…Cervelli…I don’t know why I am even thinking about that. Trading Cervelli is a retarded thing to do. They would not do that. Cervelli is a major league-ready catcher who handles the Yankee pitching staff like a pro, and he looks adorable doing it.

Yankees tangle in positive way thanks to Francisco Cervelli.

Remember his walkoff? So cute. He is such an exciting player.

It was not a good game yesterday for my Yanks. But at least Mitre was good. Actually, he was beyond good. Sergio was stellar. Our lead over the Smelly Sox who cheat at Fenway is now just 5 games…we need to pick up the pace. This week is a huge week for the Yankees. They play the Angels in Anaheim and the Red Sox at home. For the sake of my well-being, the Yanks need to win both these series. Come on, boys! We are so close. #27 is within reach. GO YANKEES!!!! 

♥ Cervelli Tastes Victory ♥ And I Love Him ♥

My Cervelli Came Through; I Love Him All Over Again

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

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

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

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

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

Godzilla gives Yanks the chance for a walkoff.

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

Yankees tangle in positive way thanks to Francisco Cervelli.

That’s my boy!♥!♥!♥

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

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

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

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

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

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

History In The Rain

Another Thing I Will Never Forget On 9/11

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

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

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

Andy in the rain.

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

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

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

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

The hit.

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

The hugs (jealous!!)

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

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

                   Tips his hat.                                            Tips his hat again.

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

Just Another Win

Yankees Play Well And Win Game 3

It was just another win for the Yankees yesterday. The offense was good, the starter did well, and the bullpen was great. It seems like this is how it always is, aside from a few random losses like in game 2. It was a good game yesterday. The Yankees beat the Blue Jays 6-4.

Pitching Analysis: Andy Pettitte was the starter for the Yankees yesterday. He was pretty good, but not nearly as good as in his flirt with perfection in his last start. Andy went 6 innings and allowed 4 runs on just 4 hits. He issued 5 walks, a bit much, and he struckout 3 along the way. It was a nice outing for Andy as he picked up his 13th win of the year. I hope he decides to come back next year.

To leadoff the 2nd inning, Randy Ruiz hit a solo homer. I was pissed. It looked so foul. The umpires used the instant replay on it. It ws clearly foul in my eyes, but I always give the Yankees the benefit in the call. To my surprise, the umpires ruled the ball a foul ball, which really bothered Ruiz. He grounded out in that at-bat, but he hit his solo homer later in the game.

The bullpen did a fantastic job yesterday. Robertson, Bruney, and Hughes combined for 3 scoreless innings. Robertson and Bruney picked up holds, and Hughes got his 3rd save. Bravo boys!

Defensive Analysis: The defense was sloppy in some places yesterday, but it made enough of the plays for the win. In the 5th with runners on 1st and 2nd, a comebacker was hit to Andy, who looked toward 2nd to throw the ball. But neither Jeter nor Cano were covering the bag. Everyone was safe. Luckily, Andy got out of the inning unscathed. In the 6th with a man aboard, Bautista hit a ball deep to center that was a tough play for Melky. Melky couldn’t make the play. Hairston fired the ball to Jeter, who tried to get Bautista out at 3rd. But Jeter made a wild throw and Andy didn’t back it up, and Bautista scored! An inside the park 2-run homer? No. It was a triple, RBI, and an E6. Whatever it was, it was sloppy.

Offensive Analysis: The Yankees made up for getting shutout by jumping out to an early lead in the 2nd. My man Melky got himself an RBI single to give the Yankees a 1-0 lead. In the 4th, Robinson Cano led off the inning with a homer. 2-0 Yankees. With 1 out, Melky came up. He was hit by the pitch in his cute little butt (again) and he screamed before the ball even hit him. Oh, Melky. Cano and many others in the dugout where laughing at Leche. Why do they always laugh when Melky gets hurt? Is it THAT funny? Well, Melky seemed alright, so I guess it was. Just another Melky moment.

Yeah, Leche!!!

After the Jays tied up the game in the 4th, Mark Teixeira led off the inning with a home run. They were too busy showing a replay from the previous inning and when they went back to the game, Tex was rounding the bases. Go Tex! 3-2 Yankees. In the 6th, Alex Rodriguez came through with another clutch RBI single up the middle. I like this Arod. He is not trying to hit homers and be the big star anymore. I always said that sometimes all you need is a single, and now Arod sees that. Good for him. Posada added an RBI single of his own in that inning, making it 5-2 Yankees. Melky tacked on another one with another RBI single in the 9th.

It was a good game to watch yesterday. There was a little bit of everything. Homers, singles, interesting plays, instant replay, good pitching, it was just a good game. Better because we won. The heroes are Melky Cabrera, for again provideing comic relief for the club and for his 2 RBIs, Robinson Cano for going 3-4 with a homer, and the bullpen for holding the lead. The Smelly Sox who cheat at Fenway were not at Fenway yesterday and they lost! So the Yankees now have an 8.5 game lead!!! There are only a few weeks left, and we have a huge lead! Don’t get me wrong. A lot can happen, it is possible. But hey. It isn’t probable. Sexy mu..mum..mu Mitre pitches today. I hope he does well. GO YANKEES!!!!!

 

Flirting With History

Pettitte Goes For Perfecto

They were definitely the Drama Club last night. I thought last night’s game would be a Yankees Classic. I thought I was going to see history. I thought I was going to cry when Jerry…..(sigh)…poor Jerry. Poor Andy, but more poor Jerry. But you know what? We won. It’s okay. The Yankees beat the Orioles 5-1 last night.

Pitching Analysis: Andy Pettitte is the story. First inning, 1-2-3. 2nd? 1-2-3. 3rd? 1-2-3. How about the 4th? 1-2-3. 5th? 1-2-3. You’ve gotta be kidding me? Alright. What about the 6th? 1-Hairston made great play for 2-3. What about the 7th? Oh, the 7th. I don’t like this part…Jerry..(sigh)…now just a no-hitter….now not even that…(sigh)…it was heartbreaking….my heart is broken….I feel bad….for..Jerry….more than…anyone!

Andy pitched beautifully.

I need to pull myself together. It probably wouldn’t have happened anyway. Andy pitched 8 innings, 6 & 2/3 perfect, but gave up 2 hits and 1 run. Bruney started the 9th, but let it get messy. Mo was called upon, and he got his 37th save. Andy was fabulous. He was mixing his pitches very well, and his curveball was too good! It’s a shame Andy didn’t get the perfecto, but he pitched a helluva game for the win, and that is what really counts. You will always be perfect in my mind, Andy. :)

Defensive Analysis: Everyone was on their toes and ready to do anything to save the perfecto. In the 6th with 1 out, Matt Wieters hit a slow roller that was almost bunt-like. I was like, “No! This is it!” But then Jerry came into the picture. He barehanded it, and fired a strike to Tex for the out! “Wow!” I thought, “Jerry, you saved the game! If he does it, it’s because of you!” Ehh…In the 7th (gulp) with 2 out, Adam Jones hit a sharp grounder right at Jerry. I said “Yeah!” when I saw it off the bat. And then..I don’t know what happened…Jerry..just…missed it…He was right there…ready to make the play…but the ball….went through his legs!….Andy was heartbroken, although he tried to conceal it on the mound…Jerry just flicked the ball back like nothing happened…when you could tell that he was on the verge of tears…I almost cried for him. The next batter, Nick Markakis, singled. Now the no-no was gone, too. If Jerry would have made that play, who knows what I could be writing about now.

Jerry Hairston, filling in for A-Rod at third base, botches this routine grounder, costing Andy Pettitte (below) a shot at a perfect game.

God, why did you do this to Jerry?

Hairston was filling in for Alex Rodriguez at third base.   Yankees starting pitcher Andy Pettitte can't believe he loses his perfect game after Jerry Hairston (below) makes an error with two outs in the 7th inning.

Offensive Analysis: The Yankees were quiet until the 3rd, when Nick Swisher led off with a solo homer. In the 5th, Cano led off with a double, and then Swish doubled to score him. 2-0 Yankees, all thanks to Swish. Thanks Swish!

Swish Nicker.

In the 8th the Yankees got some insurance runs. Jeet led off with a double and scored on a single by Johnny. Tex singled. With 2 out, Cano doubled, scoring 2 runs. 5-0 Yankees. They wound up winning 5-1.

Jerry’s error was huge, I’m not going to lie. He is going to feel guilty for that for a long time. It was SO cute how after that inning, everyone in the dugout went over to console Jerry, inculding Girardi, who put is finger on Jerry’s chin and told him to keep his chin up. They were all so cute and sweet to him. I love this team. I love them. I have never felt this way about a Yankee team. I love every man on it. And they seem to all have a special bond with each other. This is a playoff team. I can feel it. They have the team attitude to go all the way.

The heroes for the victory are Andy Pettitte, for obvious reasons, Nick Swisher, who quietly had a great day at the plate, and the Yankee team, for trying to pick up Jerry’s spirits. Although it probably did not work, Jerry had to feel a little better that everyone cared. The Smelly Sox who cheat at Fenway did not play last night, so the Yanks gained 1/2 a game and now have a 6.5 game lead. GO YANKEES!!!! I LOVE YOU, JERRY!!! ♥♥♥

**Note** Tomorrow I return to school. 11th grade. I have school Wed and Thurs, but I’m off Fri and Mon. I will try to blog either from school or at home after school. School is not going to tear me away from doing what I love. I will keep the blog going. I feel that it is my duty to. Thought I should just let you all know. :)

A Win, And a Loss While I Was I The City

Yanks Lose 2 Out Of 3 To Rangers

Last nights game was fun, but as far as I heard, today’s game sucked. I was in Manhatten all day today, so I didn’t see any of the game. I picked a good one to miss. Yesterday we won 9-2, and today we lost 7-2.

Pitching Analysis: Yesterday Andy pitched, and he was fantastic. He is proving again and again that he is capable of starting in the postseason. He only gave up 2 runs, and worked out of trouble very well. Bruney and Coke finished out the game, both pitching well.

Andy rocks.

Today was A.J.’s turn. He struckout 12 in 6 innings and only allowed 3 hits. But one of the 3 was a 3-run homer courtesy of Ian Kinsler. I feel bad for A.J. His 10-8 record doesn’t show how good he really is. Coke was awful today. He went 2/3 of an inning and gave up 3 runs. What is up with that? I don’t know how he gave up the runs, but he shouldn’t have. Whatever. Robertson gave up a run, and Aceves pitched a scoreless inning.

A.J. Burnett's lone blemish on the afternoon is a three-run blast to Ian Kinsler in the 4th inning.

Don’t worry, A.J. I still love you.

Defensive Analysis: Last night’s defense was very good. There were, I think 4 double plays turned last night. The 3 I saw were all 5-4-3 double plays. Nothing like a good old “dp” to get a pitcher out of trouble.

Offensive Analysis: Last night, the Yankees had their hitting shoes on. Posada, who later had to exit the game, had a 3-run homer in the 1st. Jerry Hairston, the best aquisition at the trade deadline, hit a solo homer in the 4th. I went in the shower in the 6th, and when I came out the Yankees had a 9-2 lead. They just kept on getting hits in the 6th! Melky got a hit, Jeter, Swish, Tex, the hits just kept on coming.

Jerry Hairston Jr. hits a solo home run in the 4th inning that ties the game.

Jerry is adorable.

Today’s offense was all Tex. (MVP!) He went 2 for 5 with 2 RBI, the only runs for the Yankees.

Tex was the only guy who could do anything for the Yanks today.

So last night I felt happy that the Yankees evened the series up with their win. The heroes for that win are Andy Pettitte, Jorge Posada, and Jerry Hairston. But when I found out they lost today, I was like, “What? They lost a series? What is wrong with them?” I guess it happens. They will just have to start another winning streak tomorrow. As of right now, the Smelly Sox who cheat at Fenway sare just 5.5 games back. That is not a big enough lead. It needs to be bigger. A lot bigger. I won’t feel totally comfortable until we clinch because no lead is big enough when you know you smell the putrid stench of Red Sox. So, GO YANKEES!!!

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