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RIP Hideki Irabu

I’m sure most people know the news by now: former Yankees pitcher Hideki Irabu was found dead, an apparent suicide by hanging. I hadn’t heard anything about it, but a friend asked me “Where’s your Irabu piece?” and I had no idea what he was talking about. So I googled him, and I discovered the shocking news.

It’s funny: I vaguely remember watching baseball in 1998 and 1999, I was like 5 or 6 then, yet I don’t have any memory whatsoever of Hideki Irabu. Even so, this is a tragedy that really saddens me. No one wants to hear these kinds of stories. And even though I didn’t have a special connection with Irabu and never saw him play, Irabu was once a Yankee and will always be part of the Yankees family – which is my family too – so this news is very upsetting.

RIP, Hideki.

In his Yankees days, Irabu never lived up to the great expectations people had of him. Even so, he was a pretty influential guy, helping to break the ice for other Japanese players.

I feel like most Japanese players that come to America are a little disappointing. Dice-K was a big waste of money, Akinori Iwamura and Kaz Matsui were never that great, and let’s not forget Kei Igawa of the New York Yankees Scranton Wilkes-Barre Yankees. When the Red Sox signed Dice-K, the Yankees got Igawa. As much of a disappointment as Dice-K was, Igawa was 10 times worse. He could never do it in the Bigs for the Yanks. But even though he sucked, I just couldn’t hate him. He seemed like a really nice guy, and I always laughed at how he’d always be running around Yankee stadium. My family and I joked that if he didn’t make it as a pitcher, the Yanks could use him as a pinch runner!

The best Japanese players I’ve had the honor of watching are definitely Ichiro Suzuki, whose rookie card is one of my most prized cards, and Hideki Matsui, who won the 2009 World Series for my guys. These guys were legit superstars. They were even better that I expected. I think maybe I’ve held all Japanese players to standards that were just too high – Ichiro is one of the best players to have EVER played baseball in the Majors, in my mind he’s a no-doubt first ballot HOF – so is it really fair to expect all Japanese players to be like Ichiro?

It’s always exciting to hear about international signings. Even if the players don’t always live up to expectations, it’s still fun. Baseball has come such a long way, and it is truly a global game now. I hope its popularity continues to grow around the world. It’s such a wonderful game, why should it only be America’s pastime?

With the trade deadline ticking closer, I’m wondering what, if anything, my Yanks will do. I heard rumors involving Hiroki Kuroda…we’ll see what happens!

GO YANKEES!

A Dream Come True…

They Did It

-Sigh- It’s over. All of it. The championship, the season, the parade, it’s all over now. And I couldn’t be more proud. Sorry I waited so long to cover this amazing story. But I think now I might be able to think about it without crying.

The game itself was great. Andy Pettitte just did what he always did and pitched brilliantly. Joba Chamberlain came out of the bullpen with that fire that made him so dominant back in 2007. And what about Damaso Marte? He really was something else this posteason. In that game 6, he faced two batters: Utley and Howard, and struck them both out on three pitches.

Marte comes through, whiffing Utley. Six outs to go.

BEAST!

After Marte got one out in the 8th, I knew what was coming. I heard that song, you know what song, and I started to get a little bit excited. When Mo comes in, you know it’s over. 5 outs? No problem.

The Yankees scored 7 runs in this win and 6 of them were courtesy of Hideki Matsui. The other was from an RBI single by Tex. And doing off Pedro? Priceless.

The hero - yet again - is Matsui ...

Wow. This could have been Hideki’s last game with the Yanks. I sure hope not. But if so, great job, Godzilla. You will always be remembered, Mr. World Series MVP.

I cried three different times during this game. The first time was when Mo entered the game, because I knew we were going to do it. The second time was when Victorino hit that pathetic grounder to Cano, who fired to Tex for the final out, which led to the celebration. The last time was during that video at the end of the postgame with that “Empire State of Mind” song by Jay-Z with the images of the Yankee postseason. It just reminded me of what they did to get here. And it reminded me that it is all over. The Yankees did it. They did it all. And no one can take that away from them, or from me.

... as he exits the game in favor of Joba Chamberlain.

Oh, Andy. Will we see you again next year? Please say yes :) 

The Bombers converge

Aw.

Bedlam breaks out in the Bronx!  The celebration started at 11:50 p.m., when peerless reliever Mariano Rivera - who else? - forced Shane Victorino to ground out for the game's last out.

Just look at them! Like little boys….

Donning their new World Series Champion T-shirts ...

Hi Cervelli!

... before hoisting into the chilly Bronx air.

……………..

Okay I was wrong. I can’t think about it yet without crying. I don’t think I ever will be able to. I mean, they did it. THE YANKEES WON THE WORLD SERIES. I don’t have to worry about when I stole that pen anymore. The curse is over. No more worries about Alex Rodriguez or CC Sabathia in the postseason. Everything is perfect in the world of Yankee fans.

One thing is very sad. The parade was the last time that this great, magical team will be together. Some guys are going to go. It’s sad. I love this team. More than I have ever loved anything. I’ve been with them for the whole ride. It is going to be very hard to say goodbye.

Yankees, I want to say thank you once again. But I think you know by now. I’ll make this quick: I love you all so much. You gave me a great season, a season I will never forget. And I will never forget this special team. Thank you for making my dream come true.

 

The Yankees opened the old Yankee Stadium in 1923 with a World Series title - and find themselves 27 outs away from celebrating another one in their first year at the new Stadium on Wednesday night.  Take a look at the play-by-play of Wednesday night's game ...

A Win Closer

Yanks Take Series Lead!!!

I’m getting excited. I can’t help myself. The Phillies have won 11 of their last 12 postseason home games, and the Yankees beat them last night! No matter what, the Yankees will not lose this series on the road. Game 3 was a great game. I didn’t do anything for Halloween, it was just my quintessential Saturday: watching my Yankees win. What could be better? The Yankees beat the Phils 8-5.

Pitching Analysis: Andy Pettitte started last night, and he did a pretty good job. He went 6 innings and allowed 4 runs on 5 hits, and struckout 7. He had a rough 2nd inning in which he allowed 3 runs. Werth homered, the bases became loaded and he walked in a run, and the Victorino got a sac fly to give the Phils a 3-0 lead. Andy served up another solo shot to Werth in the 6th.

Andy Pettitte (2-0 in playoffs) makes his 12th World Series start for the Yankees.

Another postseason win for Andy.

The so-called “shaky” bullpen was not shaky last night; in fact it was quite solid. I have to admit, I was nervous when Joba came out to start the 7th. But he really did a nice job, pitching a 1-2-3 7th. In the 8th, it was Damaso Marte’s turn, the only reliever besides Mo whom I had confidence in. And he really dealt. He pitched a 1-2-3 8th, and struckout 2 of 3 hitters. Phil Hughes started the 9th. He got 1 out, but then served up a solo homer to Ruiz. I don’t know what to think about that. I mean, they had a 4 run lead, so I don’t blame him for throwing strikes. But when he was good, he threw strikes and struck everyone out. I don’t know. Anyway, after allowing that homer, Hughes was pulled for Mo, who got the next 2 guys out to nail down the victory for the Yanks.

Offensive Analysis: The offense did explode last night, but it took the Yanks awhile to get something started off Hamels. Finally in the 4th, a rally begun. The Yankees were down 3-0 at the start of the inning. Mark Teixeira drew a seemingly-innocent 1 out walk. Then the big man game to the plate. Alex Rodriguez, who was previously 0-8 in this World Series, looked to provide a spark for the Yanks. He hit a ball deep to right that was heading out, but it bounced back into the park in an odd way. I thought it was a homer, but they said it was a double. The Yanks asked for instant replay, and the umps correctly ruled it a homer. Yay! 3-2 now.

It's a Happy Halloween for A-Rod as he breaks his no-hit streak in the fourth ...

Is is gone?

... and the hit is ruled as a two-run homer, bringing in Mark Teixeira.

Hell yeaz!

In the 5th, the Yankee bats were loud. Nick Swisher led off with a double. I think it is safe to say he broke out of his slump last night. Melky Cabrera then struckout, and I was like “Darn, Melky, now Pettitte has to bat. Way to strand the runner.” I spoke too soon. Andy Pettitte smashed a solid single up the middle, which scored Nick Swisher! An RBI single for Pettitte? Hey, I’ll take it! And a funky, awkward slide by Swish.

Pettitte steps up to the plate in the fifth for a rare sight and manages to knock a single ...

Nice.

... bringing in Nick Swisher, who slides hard into home ...

WTF?

... and crashes into Carlos Ruiz on a close call, but is safe. Bombers' lead balloons to 4-2.

…..okay then,……that’s Swish for you……

The Yanks weren’t done yet. Jeet singled, and Johnny Damon drove in 2 more runs with a double! That gave the Yanks a 5-3 lead, a lead that they would never give up.

The Yanks added on 1 run in each of the next 3 innings. In the 6th, Swish hit a solo homer to give his team a 6-3 lead. In the 7th, Jorge drove in a run with an RBI single to make it 7-4. And in the 8th, Hideki Matsui came off the bench and hit an opposite-field solo homer to make it 8-4 Yanks. It was nice to see some extra runs.

This game was pretty exciting. The Yankees were down 3-0, and wound up coming back and winning 8-5. The heroes for this well-played game are Andy Pettitte, for pitching nicely and for being clutch with the bat, Nick Swisher, for coming out of his slump, and Arod, for proving that he is not slumping and for proving wrong the stupid FOX announcers. Haha. It’s Ryan Howard who stinks. He was 0-4 with 3 K’s last night. He’s a bum.

Great job, Yanks. We are so close!!! The closest we’ve been in years!!!! AAAHHH!!!

Ruiz hits a solo home run in the ninth, but that's all the action the Phillies see in the ninth. Yankees blast the Phillies, 8-5, to take the World Series lead, 2-1. They'll return to Citizens Bank Park Sunday for Game 4. CC Sabathia will take the hill against Joe Blanton.

Lemme see this 2 more times!!!!

GO YANKEES!!!

Bouncing Back

Yanks Win Game 2 & Even Series

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Maybe that’s why I hate him.

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

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

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

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

... crushing a Pedro offering ...

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

Oh, yeah, it’s still us!

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

Hahaha, I love it

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

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

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

Well, I see it.

 

GO YANKEES! 

They WON Game 1!!!

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

JOHNNY!!!

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

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

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

A cheap RBI. I’m sure he’ll take it.

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

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

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

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!

One Step Closer!

Yanks Beat Sox, Magic Number Down To 3!

From the beginning I had a feeling the Yankees were going to win last night. It was kind of a “Drama Club” win; any win versus the Red Sox is dramatic. It was a good game. Joba was solid, and the offense exploded. The Yankees beat the Smelly Sox 9-5.

Pitching Analysis: Joba Chamberlain really stepped up last night. He pitched a nice ballgame. Joba was perfect through 3 & 2/3 innings. In total, he went 6 innings, allowing 3 runs on 5 hits, while striking out 5 along the way. It was a quality start for Joba. I think he was very sharp yesterday. He listened to Jane’s advice and didn’t walk around the mound for five hours. He threw the ball, got the ball, and was ready to throw again. He looked mean, intimidating, and dominant as he stared in at the Red Sox hitters. It was a Joba well done!

Joba Chamberlain throws six innings, allowing five hits and three earned runs.

Nice job, Joba!

Aceves, Albaladejo, Marte, Hughes, and Coke finished out the game. Albaladejo gave up 2 runs in 1/3 of an inning, but the rest of the ‘pen was great.

Defensive Analysis: The defense was soild as usual last night. Johnny Damon made an error, but whatever. I love Johnny. He should definitely come back next year. Nick Swisher made a Nick Swisher-ish play in right field. In the 2nd inning, Swish made a funky sliding catch on an Ortiz liner. I couldn’t really tell if the slide was necessary, but you know Nick Swisher. He loves to show off. Oh, NickySwish…It was a nice play, and it led Joba to a 1-2-3, 10 pitch 2nd inning.

Offensive Analysis: The offense exploded last night. The Yanks scored 9 runs on 14 hits. I love it when they hit well. But what I really enjoyed seeing last night was the running game. The Yankees stole a season-high 7 bases last night. That is my favorite aspect of the game. Stealing bases creates potential run-scoring situations, and it forces the opposing team to make the plays. It is the most exciting part of the game, in my opinion. I wish the Yanks would do it more often. It was fun to watch. Watching the Red Sox captain Jason Varitek fail and fail again and again at throwing out runners, I love it!

In the 3rd, something awful happened. My man Melky hit a line drive right off of Jon Lester’s knee. Lester went down, and did not get up. Melky reached with an RBI infield single, but everyone’s concern was on Lester. I really felt bad. Now I despise the Red Sox, but I didn’t get any thrill in seeing Lester in pain like that. He’s just a kid, and he has battled through a lot to get where he is today. I hope he is okay and not in too much pain.

Jon Lester is down and soon to be out in third inning after getting hit by line drive.

Poor Lester…I hope he is okay…why couldn’t it have hit Pukilis? Everyone hates him. 

Alex Rodriguez had a huge night at the plate. He was 3-3 with 4 RBI’s, including a monster 2-run homer into the second deck in left. Nice to see him contributing so much. He has been very clutch this year. I hope he does something extremely clutch in the postseason, so all the fans will forever love him.

Alex Rodriguez watches flight of his third inning home run on a night when he drives in four runs for Yanks.

An “A Bomb” from Arod!

Here are the rest of the Yankee offensive stats:

NY Yankees AB R H RBI BB SO LOB AVG
Jeter, SS 4 2 2 1 1 1 2 .330
Damon, LF 3 1 0 0 2 0 5 .284
  Gardner, CF 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 .279
Teixeira, 1B 5 1 2 1 0 1 2 .293
Rodriguez, A, 3B 3 3 3 4 2 0 0 .288
Matsui, H, DH 3 1 2 0 2 0 3 .280
Posada, C 4 0 2 2 1 1 3 .286
  1-Guzman, F, PR 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 .000
  Molina, J, C 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 .221
Cano, 2B 5 1 2 0 0 0 4 .321
Swisher, RF 4 0 0 0 1 3 2 .248
Cabrera, Me, CF-LF 5 0 1 1 0 2 2 .272
Totals 36 9 14 9 9 8 23

 

It was a nice win for the Yanks last night. The magic number is now 3. We are 1 step closer, boys! The heroes for the victory are Alex Rodriguez, for his offensive explosion, and Joba Chamberlain, for proving he CAN pitch well. The Yankees now have a 6.5 game lead over the Smelly Sox who cheat at Fenway. I can’t wait for the postseason! I’m thinkin’ my Yanks have a pretty fair shot at #27 this year. I pray that I am right. 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!

♥ 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!!!

Makeup Beauty

Yanks Steal Makeup Win Versus Halos

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

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

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

Joba’s game face.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Tex is adorable.

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

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

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

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

**Something quick for all you cutie fans**

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

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

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