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It Wasn’t A Mirage

Yanks Take Finale to Win Series in the Desert

I’ve seen a lot of bizarre things on the baseball diamond before, but I think last night is worthy of the title of one of the most bizarre baseball games ever. I think the players weren’t all their last night – on both sides. Last night’s game was not played well, and was incredibly sloppy. I was beginning to think I was seeing things, but then I remembered that I wasn’t the one in the desert. Nope, it wasn’t a mirage. It wasn’t a gorgeous win, but I’ll take it. The Yankees won 6-5, and won the series.

Pitching Analysis: After watching and pitying Dontrelle Willis, who just could not throw a stike, it was Javy Vazquez’s turn. I panicked, because he walked the leadoff man Kelly Johnson. I was beginning to worry, “Oh no! It’s contagious! Javy has the virus! He can’t throw strikes!” It was a pretty messy inning, but Javier did catch a break when the defense threw out a runner trying to score. Later on, with the bases loaded, he surrendered a 2-run single to Adam Laroche. That pest. He had 5 RBI last night.

Javier really struggled last night. He went just 5 innings, and allowed 4 runs on 6 hits. He really didn’t have good stuff on the mound. But to his credit, he kept the Yankees in the game, and didn’t unravel to the point of no return. He prevented the opposition from having the Big inning. And for that, Javy deserves a pat on the back. 

                                   New York Yankees starting pitcher Javier Vazquez throws a pitch to the Arizona Diamondbacks in the first inning of their MLB interleague baseball game in Phoenix, June 23, 2010. REUTERS/Joshua Lott (UNITED STATES - Tags: SPORT BASEBALL)

 Look at you…so cute ;)

The bullpen did a lot of work last night, and most of it was done well. Damaso Marte allowed a run in te 6th, but it’s not like they hit him. He kind of screwed himself up. Chris Young walked, moved to second on a balk, advanced to third on a wild pitch, and scored on a groundout. That gave the D-Backs a 5-4 lead.

The rest of the ‘pen was fabulous: Joba, Robertson, and Mo. Oh, Mo! Mo, Mo, Mo…what else can we say about Mo? He’s amazing.

Mariano knew what he was in for last night: 2 innings to pitch, and 1 shot at the plate. He tossed a 1-2-3 9th, and in the 10th, he got a chance to hit. That was pretty funny. He put a good swing on the ball, but grounded out. The best part was that the whole team was at leaning on the dugout railing, laughing and just having fun with it. I don’t know how Mo focused at the plate with the whole team joking about him like that.

                                  June 23, 2010 - Phoenix, AZ, United States - epa02219261 New York Yankees Mariano Rivera of Panama, watches his grounder roll to the Arizona Diamondbacks second baseman before being thrown out, as he bats during the ninth inning of their Major League Baseball game in Phoenix, Arizona USA, 23 June, 2010. The Yankees won 6-5 in 10 innings.

 LOL!

More importantly, I don’t know how Mo focused in the 10th! It was a miracle…Stephen Drew led off with a single. Then Justin Upton doubled, and Miguel Montero was intentionally walked to load the bases with none out. NONE out. Yikes. But Mo stayed cool – he got Chris Young to pop out to Cervelli, and got the dangerous Adam Laroche to pop out to A-Rod. That left it up to Mark Reynolds: the guy that either strikes out, or goes deep. Like in the rest of the inning, I bravely watched through the tiny opening between my fingers as I covered the rest of my face. Reynolds tried, but there was no way he was going to hit The Great Mariano. With a valiant effort, Reynolds swung at that back door cutter, but came up empty. Strike three! Crisis averted! YANKEES WIN!

       New York Yankees' relief pitcher Mariano Rivera throws a pitch to the Arizona Diamondbacks in the ninth inning of their MLB inter-league baseball game in Phoenix, June 23, 2010. REUTERS/Joshua Lott (UNITED STATES - Tags: SPORT BASEBALL)

Oh, thank you Mariano!

Offensive Analysis: Despite being given 13 walks by D-back pitchers, the offense struggled. They could not take advantage of the Diamondback mistakes. Instead, they made mistakes of their own. The basepaths were not friendly to the Yankees last night. There were three baserunning blunders that I would rather not summarize. It was ugly.

As for the runs, the Yankees got one in the first on a Nick Swisher RBI single. A-Rod drew an RBI walk in the 2nd. But the Yankees failed to really put a rally together. Until the 6th.

In the 6th, my darling Francisco Cervelli led off with a double, and eventually scored on a Brett Gardner RBI groundout. Cutie Colin Curtis came off the bench to pinch hit for Javy Vazquez. Once again, Curtis hit the ball hard, almost knocking over Adam Laroche, for an game tying RBI single! That made it 4-4. The Yanks re-tied the game in the 9th, thanks to an sac fly by A-Rod.

In the 10th, I was beginning to get restless. I began to think about the longball as a quick way to score a run. Curtis Granderson stepped up to the plate. While he was up, I was looking through my notebook to see if the Yanks had a homer that game. It was such a long, stressful game, that I forgot. I didn’t see any “HR!” in my notebook. Right when I realized this, I heard the crack of Grandy’s bat. I looked up, and there it went! HOME RUN, CURTIS GRANDERSON! Why didn’t I think this before? Whatever. The Yankees had a 6-5 lead, thanks to my sweet little Curtis. And that was the final score.

       New York Yankees' Curtis Granderson hits a home run against the Arizona Diamondbacks in the tenth inning of their MLB inter-league baseball game in Phoenix, June 23, 2010. REUTERS/Joshua Lott (UNITED STATES - Tags: SPORT BASEBALL)

 Thank you, Curtis!

A lot of things happened last night that I didn’t believe. One of these was that the Yankees won! They didn’t play particularly well, but hey: they played well enough. A win is a win is a win. I’ll take it – especially since the Yankees gained a game on every team in the AL East! The heroes for this bizarre victory are Curtis Granderson for his clutch HR, and Mariano Rivera, for his miracle on the mound. He truly is amazing.  

          New York Yankees' relief pitcher Mariano Rivera (R) is congratulated by catcher Franciso Cervelli after their win against the Arizona Diamondbacks during their MLB inter-league baseball game in Phoenix, June 23, 2010. REUTERS/Joshua Lott (UNITED STATES - Tags: SPORT BASEBALL)

 

I Bet Kevin Russo Knows Kung Fu

Subway Series Game 1 Had Unexpected Heroes

I was hoping for a good game last night, and I got one! Good pitching and timely hitting put the Yankees on top. And best of all, the Rays lost, putting my Yankees closer to the top. The Yankees beat the Mets last night 2-1, in a low-scoring, thrilling adventure.

Pitching Analysis: I knew Javier was going to be good last night, I just knew it. I believe in Javy. And after his solid outing in Detroit and his beast relief appearance, Javy had the confidence he needed to succeed. He pitched 6 brilliant innings of 1-hit, shutout ball. It was a shame his outing had to end so soon. He is such a team player…his bunt hurt his finger, but he went right back and bunted again before realizing how much pain he was in. Hopefully, Javier will be able to make his next start.

       Javy Vazquez pitches six innings of one-hit shutout ball before leaving with bruised finger in Bombers' 2-1 victory over Mets at Citi Field Friday night.

That’s my Javy!!! Oh, I knew you could do it, baby ♥

The Yankee bullpen was iffy last night. Joba Chamberlain was amazing, but it was the Great Mariano who struggled. In the 9th, Mariano surrendered a run via a 2-out double to Bay and an RBI double by Davis. That made the game even tighter. But he then got David Wright to ground out on the first pitch. So whatever. Mo is allowed to be human every once in awhile. And better now than in October.

Offensive Analysis: The Yankee offense struggled last night. They had plenty of chances to break the game open, and failed many times. But there was a little somebody who came through.

     Rookie Kevin Russo delivers two-run double in seventh, only runs Yanks would get or need to beat Mets in Subway Series opener.

Perfect swing…

I thought Kevin Russo was a cutie in Spring Training, but then forgot about him. My Grandma reminded me of him. She said they should bring him up, but I think she only said that because she thought he was cute. I mean, of all the people for her to remember, she remembered Kevin Russo? It’s probably because he is Italian – my family is Italian, and my Grandma prefers Italian boys. I don’t know….

Anyway, Kevin WAS the Yankee offense last night. He recorded his first-of-many hits in the 3rd inning – a clean single to left-center. Then in the 7th, he came through. His hard-hit double brought home Swish and Cervelli, and gave the Yankees a 2-0 lead. After the game, he was interviewed by Kim Jones (hopefully me in the future) and he was adorable. He looked nervous, but happy at the same time. What a cutie…

It was a fun game last night. I like seeing guys step up. The heroes for the victory are Javier Vazquez, Joba Chamberlain, and Kevin Russo because they all stepped up in this game that the Yankees really needed to win.

Speaking of Kevin Russo, that kid really REALLY REALLY looks like somebody…

Kevin Russo:

 

And……………..

Keanu Reeves!!!!!

Haha….I love this team ♥ 

Start Them Up….They’ll Never Stop

1st Of Many Walkoffs for Yanks

Don’t you hate it when you are so tired and you know it’s late, but you don’t go to bed and then by the time you DO go to bed, you aren’t tired anymore? I usually hate this. But last night, I didn’t mind it one bit. I laid there for awhile, knowing I should get a good night’s sleep because it was only Monday (well, almost Tuesday at this point), but it was the peaceful kind of not sleeping. And eventually, I drifted asleep with comforting images of my Yankees. Yes, my Yankees…they played an amazingly dramatic game Monday night -  I game I don’t think I will forget.

Pitching Analysis: Joe Girardi did what I thought he would do, although it didn’t please me. He skipped over my Javier in favor of the Phenom Phil Hughes to start the series opener. But to everyone’s surprise, Hughes struggled mightily. Hughes let a large lead slip away, on the strength of homers by Ortiz and Martinez. Phil only pitched 5 innings, and allowed 5 runs on 6 hits, turning the once easy-night for the Yanks into an outright nail-biter.

                                   New York Yankees starting pitcher Phil Hughes throws a pitch at Yankee Stadium in New York

 Hughes…I can’t believe YOU made me nervous…

The bullpen sent me onto the brink of insanity. Boone Logan surrendered a solo home run to V-Mart. But he wasn’t the scary one. Chan Ho Park, fresh off the DL, couldn’t keep it in the park. Deja vu. He allowed Pukilis to hit a monster 2-run home run, which turned the tides into the Red Sox favor, because they finally had the lead. It was detrimental to my confidence, and, I thought, to the Yankees’ confidence as well.

Damaso Marte flirted with disaster when he put 2 men on base in the 8th inning. With 2 out, Girardi made a bold move: he brought in Javier Vazquez. This was it – it was Javier’s first time relieving for the Yankees since the ’04 Damon grand slam tragedy. It was Javier’s time to redeem himself and give the Yankees a chance to win. And he did. And they did. Javier stuckout the always-dangerous Youkilis, ending the Red Sox rally.

                 Javier Vazquez pitches to one batter to pick up the win against the Boston Red Sox on Monday.

Good job, Javy ♥

Offensive Analysis: The Yankees got out of the gates quickly and scored a boatload of runs early. In the 1st, Jeter and Gardner singled, Teixeira walked, A-Rod hit a 2-run single, Cano hit an RBI single, Cervelli got an RBI double, and Thames got a sac fly. Add that all up, and by the end of the 1st, the Yankees smashed Dice-K around well enough for a 5-0 lead. In the 2nd, Tex added another run with an RBI double. That made it 6-1.

The Red Sox inched closer, and the Yankee bats died a bit. Marcus Thames added to the now-slim lead with an RBI double in the 5th, making it 7-5 Yankees. But after this, the Yankees failed to score again. Well, until later…..

After Park blew the lead, the momentum shifted in favor of the Red Sox. But after Javier struckout Youk, the momentum was back in favor of the Yankees. And just in time – it was the bottom of the 9th. Crunch time. Comeback time for the Drama Club. But they would have to do it off Jonathan Papelbon. They’ve already embarrassed him once this season – but Granderson was not around to hit another homer off him. It was up to heart of the Yankee order.

Brett Gardner led off the bottom of the 9th with a double. The Yankees needed 2 runs to tie, 3 to win. Mark Teixeira hit a deep fly ball to right-center, but it was caught for an out. I thought it was gone and jumped up. But it wasn’t. I thought the ball wasn’t carrying anymore. Thank God I was wrong.

Alex Rodriguez, the Drama King of the Drama Club, stepped up to the plate with hopes of keeping the rally going. I begged to the TV, “Ohhh….Come on A-Rod…Please, please do something baby…”

Papelbon threw the pitch, and A-Rod connected. I was ready to jump up, but I stopped myself – not wanting to jinx it like I did with Teixeira’s. Was I seeing things? I gasped, “Oh!.” It was really going. Going, going….GONE! A-Rod did it again! His 2-run, storybook home run tied up the game at 9, and sent the stadium and my living room into an unbridled frenzy of cheers. My Grandma and I high-fived. Our boys were alive. But they were more than that – they were revived, ready for a comeback. I knew then that the pie was going to happen that inning.

         Yankees' Rodriguez rounds the bases after hitting a two run home run off Red Sox' pitcher Papelbon in the bottom of the ninth inning of their MLB American League baseball game in New York

 Haha…what NOW Papelbon???

After Cano hit a ball well for an out, my darling baby Francisco Cervelli came up to bat. Sensing his excitement, I too was excited. I thought he would get the pie. Papelbon decided to throw a hissy fit. He decided to ruin my fantasies, and send me back into a painful reality.

The pitch was too fast and too inside, I knew that right away. Francisco tried to get out of the way, but he couldn’t. All I saw was that it was up and in – I didn’t know where it got him. I was immediately thinking of his poor little head, although I knew it didn’t get him there. As it turned out, it his Cervelli in his sexy tricep, and he was mad. And I was mad. Rightfully so. I screamed when he was hit, and my little brother came out from his bedroom only to say, “Hey! I’m trying to sleep here…no more screaming!!!”

                                   Boston Red Sox at New York Yankees

 No one does that to MY baby on purpose….

Marcus Thames then came up, and I was still annoyed that Cervelli wouldn’t be the hero. But before I even had the chance to pout, or think anything, Papelbon threw the pitch. I knew Thames’s claim to fame was that he could crush a fastball. He was sitting dead-red. Indeed it was a fastball. Indeed, Thames crushed it. This was a no-doubter. Marcus Thames hit a beastly walkoff, 2-run home run off the most arrogant obnoxious excuse for a pitcher in baseball. He touched the plate, threw his helmet, and the celebration began. Ignoring my brother’s request for silence, I screamed. We won! How could I not?

           Marcus Thames watches his game-ending homer in the ninth inning off of Jonathan Papelbon.

         Connection!

   

Yankee teammates get ready to mob Marcus.

Everyone knew what was to come next: In Marcus’s on-field interview, all hears were on Marcus, but all eyes were scrambling around, looking for the Pie Man. Slowly, stealthily, A.J. Burnett emerged from the dugout, and squished that pie into Thames’s smiling face. Direct hit. The crowd went wild.

        New York Yankees outfielder Marcus Thames is the victim of the season's first cream pie as his Yankee teammates (b.) wait for him to come home after his two-run homer in the ninth inning.

That’s a hot look for him ;)

And so concluded my wonderful Monday evening. Yankees win it 11-9. The heroes for this Yankees Classic-worthy victory are Javier Vazquez, for proving he can do it and for shifting the momentum, A-Rod, for his game-tying big fly, and Marcus Thames, for winning it in walkoff fashion. Walkoff….the Yankees have a knack for getting into the knack of walkoffs. Once they get a pie, they want more and more.

If you start them up, believe me – they’ll NEVER stop…

 

Where Are My Yankees?

Tough Series in Detroit for Yanks

So today in school I was dreading to go to gym as I always do. And as always, gym period came. For the first time since like….well…ever, I had fun in gym. We played baseball! Only with a squishy ball and a wiffle bat. My team was awesome. Our whole lineup, which consisted of Rafael, Megan, Leland, Zach, Stephen, Jackie, and me, exploded with offense. And our pitching was great, thanks to Raf who filled in for the gym teacher. And the defense, especially Megan and Stephen, were on top of their game. We won in blowout fashion, something like 19-3. Our team was consistently good througout.

Why can’t my Yankees do this?

It’s frustrating….This past series in Detriot was utterly dreadful, with exception to game 3 in which Phil Hughes continued to shine and the offense woke up. I’m beginning to worry – have the injuries actually caught up with this club?

The fact is, the Yankee lineup just isn’t as intimidating at all. On Opening Day, the best bunch were sent out there:

  1. Derek Jeter, SS
  2. Nick Johnson, DH
  3. Mark Teixeira, 1B
  4. Alex Rodriguez, 3B
  5. Robinson Cano, 2B
  6. Jorge Posada, C
  7. Curtis Granderson, CF
  8. Nick Swisher, RF
  9. Brett Gardner, LF

Take away Nick Johnson and Curtis Granderson. Then you have Marcus Thames and Randy Winn filling in. But if they play, then there is no one on the bench. Except Ramiro Pena and Cervelli (♥) Not to be mean, but Ramiro really stank the other day. He came up 3, I repeat 3 times with men on base/in scoring position, and made unproductive outs every time. Guys like Greg Golson and Juan Meranda are emerging, but are far from the quality of the Big names.

Wake up, cutie! You used to be so clutch…

Our pitching has been relatively icky lately as well. Javier Vazquez was very solid in his start, going 7 innings for the first time all season. Injuries to pitchers like Pettitte, Park, and Aceves have hurt the pitching staff. Sergio Mitre started for Andy the other day and wasn’t great. Sorry Sergio, you weren’t. David Robertson has been a nightmare out of the ‘pen. CC and A.J. both got knocked around too much in their last starts. It’s scary when the guys you really depend on fail you. A.J. goes tonight….I hope he fixed himself.

CC Sabathia surrenders six runs on nine hits as the Tigers blast the Bombers 6-0 and become just the second team to win a series from the Yankees.

CC I was disappointed with you yesterday. I hope you do better next time, my Hefty-Lefty ♥

I know, I know…the team is just going through a bad stretch. But can they really afford to do this? Now? The Rays haven’t stopped winning. And tonight marks the start of an extremely hard part of the schedule for my Yanks: 3 against the Twins, 2 against the Red Sox (I’m still enraged at Josh Beckett), 2 against the Rays, and then 3 on the road against the Mets. These are games that the Yankees have to win, or else it’s gonna look bad.

But maybe….hmmm….maybe this bad stretch DID come at a good time….Maybe since they did bad the past series, the odds are in their favor to go on a nice long winning streak. And, maybe since Derek Jeter only got 3 hits in like 30 at-bats on this road trip, maybe he’s ready to wake up now. Yeah….and Cano will get hot again, because odds are he won’t be in a cold stretch for too long. And A.J. will beast tonight because, well, he’s a beast. Javy will follow up with another good start. CC will bounce back C “Cy” style. Robertson will find it. Cervelli will keep being sexy. And eventually, my wounded-warriors, Curtis GrandyMan (miss you baby  ♥), Nicky-J, DandyAndy, Ace, and Chan Ho will come back.

Things will get better for my Yankees. Just as they did for me. My AP’s are OVER, and I miraculously survived. And I had fun in gym today? When does that happen?

Only 14 real school days left. Whoa. Then it’s practically summer, and in summer I can blog everyday again…. I bet a lot will happen in these 14 days, for me and for the Yankees. I bet we get some of our hurt players back, and the other guys will get hot again. And some guys, like Francisco Cervelli-welli-jelli-belli ♥♥♥ will remain hot all year long.

Jesus…I waaaaant him ♥

Oh yeah….I sure love these guys. Good luck tonight boys!

GO YANKEES!

AGONY!

Rough Day and Yankee Loss :(

Omg today was stressful. I took my SAT, but that wasn’t the stressful part, believe it or not! I was nervous when I was pacing the halls waiting for the test to start, but other than that I was calm. It was a long, boring exam, but it was easy. After 5 hours of spilling my brain for the test, I was relieved it was over. I arrived home just in time for the start of the game. The game…Oh, what a game! It was not a fun one for me….it was agonizing…pitiful…I just feel awful. My Yankees lost 7-6 in what was a heartbreaking game for me.

Pitching Analysis: I was overjoyed that I got home in time to Javier from the beginning. I was happy, cheerful, and optimistic after my test. I felt I could conquer anything, and hoped Javy had that same bravado (good SAT word right there lolz). Unfortunately, this was not the case. Javier was, well…let me just say it outright – pretending I don’t realize it isn’t going to solve anything: Javier was dreadful once again today. He couldn’t even get an out in the 4th inning. In 3+ innings, Javy surrendered 5 runs, 3 homers, on 7 hits and 4 walks. He just looked miserable out there. He is so stressed out; it pains me to see him that way.

      Pitching coach Dave Eiland can't help Javy Vazquez as struggling righty gives up five runs in only three innings of work at the Stadium.

I would hide my face too if I were you, babe….OH! Did I just say that? I’M SO SORRY JAVY!!! But it’s true….you poor pitiful baby….

Ozzie Guillen is a greasy rotten ****. I’m not sure if he did it, but even if he didn’t I still feel that way about him. In the 3rd inning, the umpires confronted Javier and told him he had to change his glove because it is “illegal.” ILLEGAL? Why, then, has he been using it for the last 4 years? I think Ozzie pointed that out to the umps to freak out Javy even more. He had to go down into the clubhouse and get a brand new glove. I mean, how rotten is that? The poor man is so uncomfortable already, and you have to add to that? For no reason? What really annoys me is that JJ Putz had the same glove only the colors were reversed, and no one said a thing. I think Girardi should have done something about it.

I know that’s not why Javy was bad. But still….it’s just wasn’t right. Oh, Javier…you poor poor baby. I’m honestly very upset. I’m not mad at you, I just want you to succeed so much. The only reason I wasn’t hysterically crying over Melky’s departure for too long was because of you. I hate to admit it, but I am losing faith. I wonder now if it was worth it to get rid of Melky….

Joe Girardi got on my nerves today in the 7th. David Robertson has been so stinky lately. Why put him in in a 6-5 tight ballgame? Thanks to that, the Yankees lost. After Robertson screwed up the inning and put 2 guys on base, Girardi called on Marte to get out the lefty Pierzynski. Instead, Marte served up a 2-run double, which gave the ChiSox a 7-6 lead, and took all hope of a Yankee victory away.

Offensive Analysis: The Yankee offense really wasn’t bad today. The lack of pitching led to loss today. I’m not really in the mood to go through the whole thing because they LOST…OH! I get that sick feeling when I think about Swish’s 2-run HR in the 6th…that gave the Yanks a 6-5 lead. I was almost certain they would win it after that…but no….like I don’t have enough stress on me already…they blew it.

I almost died in the 6th. Prior to Swish’s home run, one of my truest loves….he….he….OH! WHY? WHHHYYYYY???? God, why did you do this to Curtis? To CURTIS?!?! He’s just…oh, he’s just too find…too GRAND….witnessing him limp like that felt like having a stake jammed through my heart….Just think: he was just starting to break out of his slump….he was just rounding the bases….and then he started hobbling…pitifully, painfully to 3rd base. It’s his groin. A grade 2 strain to his left groin is going to sideline him to the DL for at least 15 days…can you imagine what this did to me? I wish I had magical healing powers…oh Curtis! How I wish I could just make it better baby…you poor thing….Seriously, no joke, I almost cried when I heard you were going to the hospital for an MRI…I expected something bad….

Trainer Mark Littlefield (l.) and manager Joe Girardi (r.) help Curtis Granderson off the field after centerfielder injures groin in sixth inning.

Curtis Granderson (c.) is helped off the field after suffering a Grade II groin injury.

…..don’t leave me…..:’(

It has been quite an agonizing day. Not exactly how I hoped to start the new month. Poor Javier….poor Curtis….today was just not the best day for my Yankees. What if Javy continues to struggle? And then they like….-gulp-…get rid of him….that’s going to break my already half-broken heart. And…oh….what if GrandyMan’s groin is more serious than we know? What if he’s away for more than 2 weeks? I’m going to suffer from Granderson withdrawl….This is too agonizing…can it get worse? Will it?

Maybe the stress of junior year is finally catching up to me….maybe I am just overtired… It can’t get worse. I mean it can, but it won’t. It definitely won’t. It will be okay. It has to, because these are the Yankees. They make things interesting, but when it’s all over, it will be okay. It’s a long season…there will be ups and downs. But at the end, I think I know where this team will be.

At #28.

Yeah. It’s painful right now, but it will be alright. And there WERE some positives today…like Mitre (♥). That guy was dealing today. And Swisher’s Yankee Stadium funk may finally be over. And Tex looked good today. And Jorge is alive!

 I just need to calm down…

“Everything is alright, If I just breathe…”

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EQQZSL_tVsE&feature=fvsr

 

A Fun Finish

Yanks Take Final 2 of Rays Series to Win It

How comforting! After dropping the first game, my Yankees won the final two games and took the series against the Rays. In each of the two games, both the pitching and offense were spectacular. I couldn’t be prouder. My boys finished their road trip 4-2, after dropping the first game of both series, they came back to win each one, at the opposing team’s home park! I couldn’t be more proud. The Yankees won game 2 by the score of 10-0, and game 3 7-3.

GAME 2

Pitching Analysis: CC Sabathia proved he can possibly be C”Cy” this season with his start in game 2, where he flirted with history. He pitched 7 2/3 innings of NO HIT BALL!!! But then Kelly Shoppach had to destroy everything with his single. That must have made Joe Buck and Tim McCarver happy…I hate those guys. They just live to see the Yankees fail. But that little single was the only thing that tainted the Yankee blowout victory. CC was spectacular, no-no or not. I love my hefty-lefty :)

CC Sabathia comes four outs short of Yankees first no-hitter since David Cone's perfect game in 1999.

CC’s game face…lol. He looks flustered even when he is pitching well!

Defensive Analysis: The defense behind CC was superb in game 2. Each fielder stepped up his game, knowing that every play meant so much more. Some of the best plays were A-Rod’s diving play on Longoria’s sharp grounder in the 2nd, Mark Teixeira’s great diving play in the 6th, and another A-Rod one, where in the 7th he saved the no-no again with a diving play on an Upton hot-shot, and a bullet throw to Tex to get the out. GO D!!!

Offensive Analysis: I love it when the offense explodes, and boy it did in game 2. Robinson Cano put the Yankees on the board in the 3rd with a 2-run HR. Mark Teixeira got his first hit of the season with an RBI double in the 4th. And my darling baby FRANCISCO CERVELLI had a great day at the plate. He had like a 14 pitch at bat, in which he was behind 0-2 in the count, and worked a walk. Then in the 4th, he placed the most PERFECT sac bunt I have ever seen, which set up Brett Gardner to score on Jeter’s RBI single. Finally, in the 8th, my Cervelli crushed the ball into right-centerfield for a 2-run double. Who says Cervelli doesn’t have opposite-field power? Pshh…ignorance…

Game 2 was a pleasure for me to watch. And unlike in game 1 where I was completely selfish, I stayed on the couch the entire game and did not move. Well, that’s also because I didn’t want to jinx CC. But they won, and I had fun, so it was worth it. The heroes for game 2′s win are CC “Cy” cutie hefty-lefty, for his flirt with history, and….hm…I need to pick someone else…Francisco Cervelli! Because he was awesome and I love him! Well, that’s not really fair. The heroes are CC and the entire Yankee lineup for making me proud :)

GAME 3

Pitching Analysis: Alan James Burnett was ready to redeem himself after a not-so-flattering outing his first time around. But annoyingly, A.J. got off to an icky start. Not really his fault though – he was bombarded by the Rays and their speed: singles, stolen bases, and bunts. When the first was over, I was actually happy it only resulted in 2 runs. I thought it would’ve been worse.

Burnett bounces back from a rough first to pitch seven strong innings.

Good Lord…that is ONE CRANKY FACE!!! A.J….please don’t eat me!!!

During this game, I was at a friend’s house doing a project. I remembered my promise to Javier Vazquez, and the rest of the team, when I vowed to never intentionally miss a game again. We were in her living room working on a poster, and she had a TV, so you know…I put it on. I got a little distracted, cheering and rooting for my boys. My friend was a little taken aback – she always knew I was a nut, but never actually saw me in action with the Yankees before. She said “Gin, I don’t ever want to be around you when you are watching a Yankee game EVER AGAIN!” She was kidding…..I think…

When the Yanks were down 2-0, my friend said the Yankees would lose. I turned sharply and gave her the most menacing stare. “Don’t you ever say that to my face, you hear me girly?” I shot at her.

Silence.

We stared at each other for awhile, then broke out into laughter. As we were calming down, I said, “But seriously: don’t say that. These are the Yankees. They always come back.”

Sure enough, my friend witnessed the Drama Club in action.

A.J. Burnett settled down beautifully after the first. He went 7 innings, just allowing those 2 runs. Joba Chamberlain pitched the 8th, gave up a run, but no biggy – Mo closed it out for the victory.

Offensive Analysis: There was a lot of pressure on me and my Yankees, because I made it seem certain to myself and my friend that they would come back. In the 2nd, my newest and truest love, Curty-Curt-Cutie-Curtis Granderson came through with an RBI double, narrowing the defecit to 2-1. I cheered. My friend said they were still losing. I said “Just wait.”

It took awhile, but my boys got back on the board. In the 6th, Jorge Posada hit a 2-run homer to give the Yanks a 3-2 LEAD!!!! Later in the inning, my baby Curtis scored on a pass-ball. 4-2 Yanks! I told her so I told her so I TOLD HER SO!!!!!

Jorge Posada's two-run homer in the sixth is all the offensive support A.J. Burnett needs to beat the Rays Sunday at Tropicana Field.

Jorge and Curtis (♥)

In the 7th, Alex Rodriguez decided to add to the lead. He hit a 2-run double to make it 6-2. The final Yankee run came in the 8th, courtesy of NickySwish. Swisher belted a solo homer; it was a no-doubter.

Game 3 was awesome!!! I love when the Yankees listen to me. I told them to come back and win, and they did! I have the power, lol. The heroes for this delightful rubber-game victory are A.J. Burnett, cranky face and all, for his skillz on the mound, and I guess the Yankee lineup again for their much-needed contributions :) 

Isn’t winning so much fun? And isn’t watching 25 adorable men win for you even more fun? A girl could get used to this….♥

GO YANKEES! Can’t wait to see the Home Opener….curse stupid school…. 

Javier…I’m Sorry, Baby…

Yanks Lose, Javy Struggles

Last night’s game didn’t have too many positives. That could’ve been my fault. I wasn’t watching the game like I should’ve been. Instead, I was flipping back and forth from the Yankees to the Celebrity Apprentice. See, the Apprentice is on on Sundays, but I didn’t watch it last time because of Opening Night. So I figured I’d catch the rerun on Friday. But then I realized that Friday was Javier’s debut! How could I miss that? I only gave Javier half my heart last night. And he struggled. My fault, Javybaby. The Yankees lost 9-3 last night, and I am disgusted with myself.

Pitching Analysis: I watched the first three innings of the game without flipping channels, because the Celebrity Apprentice didn’t come on until 8. Javier looked very good…striking out Rays left and right. He didn’t allow a run through the first 3 innings. But after that, well…things fell apart.

Javier Vazquez gives the Yankees more of the same after being rocked for eight runs Friday.

Oh, Javier! I’m so upset…I’m sorry you struggled so much…you poor thing, you look flustered.

The 4th inning was gross. When I flipped back, the Rays had died the game at 2. By the end of the inning, it was 5-2 Rays, thanks to a homer by Carlos Pena. I was worried then, because I say how well Price was throwing. It was going to be a long night for the Bombers.

Back to the Apprentice I went.

When I flipped back, I saw Javy had completely lost it. It was 8-2. I didn’t know what had happened at the time, but the Rays were hitting him hard. Aybar hit a 2-run homer as well. Javy looked flustered, tired, and beaten. He was pulled for another sexy pitcher, Sergio Mitre. Sergio was not accustomed to coming in in the middle of an inning, and he surrendered another run. Aah! But other than that, Sergio looked good…very good ;)

Offensive Analysis: There was not much offense last night, but I’m not mad at the Yankees. David Price is to blame. Congrats on your good pitching, David. We’ll getya next time.

The only offense came in the 4th and the 8th. In the 4th, A-Rod hit a 2-run inside the park home run! Okay, okay…it was a triple, RBI that scored Nick Johnson (who finally hit! Now we are just waiting on Tex), and an error which allowed Alex to score…forgive me for embellishing. I switched channels just in time to see it. That gave the Yanks a 2-0 lead, which would soon vanish.

The 3rd run came in the 8th inning, where Jeet doubled, and scored on a Nick Johnson double. I was annoyed that they didn’t score more. There were none out, and a man on second. But they couldn’t scrape across anything else. It was just 9-3…

It wasn’t fun last night…Let me apologize to my boys: Yankees, I am terribly sorry. You know how it is: you get hooked on those shows and look forward to them all week. And I didn’t watch in Sunday to see you guys. Last night’s episode wasn’t even good…it was upseting. Donald Trump fired Rod Blagojevich. I wanted Blago to stay longer because he’s funny. But no. Trump had to ruin everything.

     

                     “Governor, you’re fired.”                                             LOL

I should have just forgot about the show. I betrayed you guys. I’m so so sorry…especially to you Javier. You were good when I watched you, but lost it when I left. Please don’t hate me.

And Granderson! Oh, I barely saw you last night…I miss you ♥ All I saw was the last pitch of one of your at-bats where you struckout. That left an icky taste in my mouth.

Yankees, I won’t ever make the same mistake. Better luck today, guys.

I’ll be watching.

♥♥♥

Happy New Year!

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

#5) Andre Ethier, my love ♥♥♥

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

#4) Melky baby…

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

#3) Javier!!!

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

#2) Matt Holliday as a Yankee!!!

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

#1) #28.

This one is self-explanatory. :)

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

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

My Melky/Javier Saga

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

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

“Yankees traded Melky.”

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Thank you.

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