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Our First “W!”

                                                       Yanks Even Series!

 

I knew I didn’t have to worry. Well, actually, during last night’s game I was worrying quite a bit. Yankees/Red Sox games just do that to me. But last night, by the time it was all over, I felt at peace once again. The positives of Sunday night were present again, ad the negatives turned themselves around. And seeing a certain someone pitch like way back in the days when that certain someone was good, that gave me the utmost sense of relief. My Yankees beat the Red Sox last night 6-4, and picked up their first of many “W’s” of the season.

 

Offensive Analysis: It was yet another strong offensive night for my boys last night. I was very proud, not only that they scored a lot, but they did so off such a tough opponent in Jon Lester, who surrendered 4 of the Yankees’ 6 runs. It’s comforting to know that no matter who the enemy puts on the hill, my Yankees never back down.

 

The Yankees got on the board in the 2nd inning, when Cano singled, Jorge walked, and the Swishalicious Nick Swisher drove in a run with his RBI double. I think this new hitting approach is going to really improve the already-solid Nick Swisher. That tied up the game at 1-1.

 

The Yankees kept fighting back last night, playing catch-up until the very end. The Yankees had a mini-offensive explosion in the 5th inning. Cutie-Curtis Granderson led off the inning with a single. Jeter followed that with a single of his own, which sent Granderson to 3rd base. Then Nick Johnson was hit by a pitch right in his back. I’m not sure if that was intentional or not. It may have been, because loading the bases there would create a force at every base. But there were none out, so I doubt it was intentional. With loaded bases, Mark Teixeira got an RBI groundout, bringing the score to 3-2. Trailing by 1, Alex Rodriguez came up in a clutch situation. I hoped his clutch-streak from last season would continue. A-Rod didn’t let me down: he delivered with an RBI double to tie the game at 3. Robinson Cano drove in the go-ahead run with a sac fly. 4-3 Yanks!

 

In the 8th, again trailing, the Yankees rallied. With the bases loaded, Mr. Plate Discipline, Nick Johnson, had a great at-bat. He walked, and forced in a run which gave the Yankees a 5-4 lead. The Yanks added a final insurance run in the 9th, when Robbie Cano hit a no-doubt home run. My Grandma was so silly in the 9th. She was begging for another run because she “is always a little unsure when Mo comes in. He is iffy.” That comment really caught me off guard. My response?

 

“Grandma, don’t be silly. Mariano is the greatest closer EVER! What do you mean he is ‘iffy?'”

 

That made her quiet.

 

But Grandma got her insurance run, and made it through the 9th inning just fine.

 

       New York Yankees second baseman Robinson Cano hits a sac fly in the fifth and and homers in the ninth.

                                                                ROBBIE!!!

 

Defensive Analysis: There was a lot of stellar defense last night, along with some not-so-stellar defense. Derek Jeter experienced both. He made 2 breathtakingly beautiful plays: the first was in the 5th, where he made a fabulous jumping leaping play on an Ellsbury liner. He then stole my breath when in the 6th, he made a lovely stretching-reaching play to his right on an Adrian Beltre hot-shot. His error was just a little throwing error in the same inning. Luckily, it didn’t amount to anything for Boston.

 

Jorge Posada and Damaso Marte once again had defensive issues last night. In the 1st, Jacoby Ellsury got a cheap blooper that fell in front of Marcus Thames, (Gardner would have gotten it, but whatever) and then tried to steal 2nd. Jorge Posada flung the ball wildly into centerfield, letting Jacoby go to 3rd. Marte made a wild pickoff throw in the 8th. Actually, it wasn’t wild at all. It was lobbed to Tex as if a little girl threw it. Mark was not expecting that kind of throw, and missed it.

 

Pitching Analysis: A.J. Burnett started for the Yankees last night, and boy did he look good. He pitched okay, but he looked sooo goooood…..those tattoos…I don’t know what it is but I just fall for him. He was pumped up last night, which may have been why he struggled. A.J. went  5 innings, allowing 4 runs (3 earned) on 7 hits, and struckout 5. He looked so good that I wasn’t even mad at him when he was stinky.

 

The run he allowed in the first was unearned, thanks to Jorge’s little blunder. Speaking of Jorge, I think he and A.J. cooperated pretty well last night, considering everything they went through. The big oopsy of his outing was the 2-run homer V-Mart hit off him in the 3rd inning. Martinez got to Burnett again in the 5th, when he knocked in a run with a double.

 

      Pitcher A.J. Burnett tells reporters for the last time that it's great working with Jorge Posada.

                                                 It’s cute when they aren’t arguing.

 

The bullpen was much better last night, thank God! Alfredo Aceves was really spectacular, continuing right from where he was last season. I guess his back really is feeling better. His 2 innings of perfect pitching amounted to him picking up his first “W” of the season.

 

The real star of last night was Joba Chamberlain. Oh, Joba…what a surprise! You can be dominant in relief! We never knew….jk! Joba entered the game in relief of Marte in the 8th, and inherited a very sticky situation: a man on 2nd, 1 out, and a slim 1-run lead. I prayed he would be the Joba I knew and loved way back when.

 

It made me almost tear up. Joba was spectacular. He struckout Beltre, then struckout Drew. Then, to my hopes and surprise, Joba fist-pumped. He hasn’t done that in so long! It was beautiful to see him having fun with it again, while also being dominant at the same time.

 

      Joba Chamberlain enters with tying run on second and one out in eighth and whiffs two for the New York Yankees.

 

                                       So beautiful….(sniffle)…HE’S BAAACK!!!

 

It was a fun night to be a Yankee fan. The game was very topsy-turvy, with the lead switching several times. But this time, it was my boys who came out on top. The heroes for the victory are Nick Johnson (cute!!!) for his patience at the plate, Robbie Cano for his production and that homer, and….JOBA, for his pure enthusiasm which led to success. Great job, boys. You’ve evened the series.

 

Tonight is the rubber game of this 3-game set. It would be very nice if my boys could win it, get a little lead over the Smelly Sox who cheat at Fenway, Oops…I insulted them again.

 

It happens :)

I Miss My Classic Pitchers – Andy and Mo

Andy Pettitte and Mariano Rivera

Andy Pettitte  Mariano Rivera

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

petite-rivera.jpg image by mikesilvia

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

it’s pretty scary. 

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

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

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 ...

This Could Be The Night….

#27? Tonight?

Sorry I haven’t posted in awhile. I’ve been kind of sick. Swine flu is going around my school. My little brother was sick with flu-like symptoms, and he made me and my other brother sick. But hopefully, if the Yankees win tonight, I will feel better.

I’m nervous about this game. Andy on short rest? I know he’s a clutch postseason pitcher, but is this too much to ask from him? Pedro is going for the Phils. He pitched pretty well against the Yanks in game 2. And the Yankee bullpen situation scares me a bit. People keep saying that Mariano might pitch 3 innings tonight. Not 2, 3. Seems a bit much to ask from him. Hopefully, the Yanks will have a big enough lead so Mo can just pitch 2 innings maximum.

I wonder: A.J. Burnett only threw like 50-something pitches in game 5 when he stank. Maybe, just maybe, since the Yankee bullpen has been so shaky, we will see A.J. out of the pen? I wanted to call up Mike Francesa today to ask him that, but I didn’t know the number. I think that would be a risky move, but it might pay off. I know A.J. was bad his last start, but he is very inconsistent. Maybe his inconsistency can be a good thing if he can just be good tonight. I wonder if Girardi will have the guts to make a move like that.

I stayed in bed until noon today. Partly because I didn’t feel up to getting up, but also because I wanted to make sure I’ll be able to see the whole game, and hopefully, see the champagne celebration!!! 

Back under the lights in the Bronx, the New York Yankees are confident in their chances to win the World Series.

Yankees, good luck tonight. I will be with you in spirit!

GO YANKEES!!!

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! 

Whoa….They Made It….

Yanks Advance To Ultimate Goal

Whoa. Just, whoa. For the first time since 2003, my Yankees are making an appearance in the World Series. This is marvelous. This is phenomenal. This is…..beautiful. I’m touched. Last night was the biggest night of my life (lame life, I know….). Watching the Yankees beat the Angels and celebrate because they are going to the World Series was the greatest thing. I almost cried. The Yankees beat the Angels 5-2, and move on.

Pitching Analysis: Who better to get this win than Andy Pettitte? A classic Yankee, one of the Core 4, Andy toed the rubber for the Yanks. And he was as dandy as an Andy could be. Pettitte went 6 and 1/3 innings and allowed just 1 run, and he struckout 6 Halo hitters.  Andy looked sharp from the beginning. He had that stare, that intimidating, serious, I’m-gonna-kill-the-hitter stare. And when he has that, you know that he is on. This win was Andy’s 16th career postseason victory, which is a new ML record. Congradulations, Andy. We love you.

Joe Girardi chooses to start Andy Pettitte over CC Sabathia though CC would've pitched on full rest tonight.

Pure Dandiness!!!

Joba pitched the rest of the 7th and managed to get everyone out. Mariano went for the 2 inning save as he pitched both the 8th and the 9th. He allowed a run in the 8th thanks to an RBI single by Vlad Guererro, but it didn’t mean anything. We won!

Defensive Analysis: Nick Swisher has a brain. In the 2nd, Guerrero led off with a single. Then Morales flew out to Swish. But Swish has keen eyes. He noticed that Guerrero strayed far off the first base bag, so he fired to Teixeira, and Guerrero was doubled up! A nice heads-up play by Nick Swisher. That should have shut up the FOX announcers. All they talked about was how Nick Swisher is in a slump. Well, to prove them wrong, Swish had a single, scored a run, and made that great play. Haha McCarver, wrong again.

It's a heady play for Nick Swisher, who makes the catch ...

I know why he’s out of the slump! Because the Swish-hawk is back! Great hairstyle. Too bad his hat is on in this picture.

Here’s the Swish-hawk!

Offensive Anlaysis: There wasn’t much offense, but there was enough. I like the way the Yankees played the game last night. If you noticed, they didn’t hit any home runs last night. The Yankees built all their runs, and they forced the action. They MADE the Angels make the plays, and the Angels couldn’t make them.

The 4th is where the offense started. The Yanks were trailing 1-0. Cano led off with a walk, Swish singled, and my man Melky laid down a BEA-U-TI-FUL sac bunt to advance the runners. Jeter walked to load the bases. So with the bases loaded and 1 out, Johnny Damon came up. He delivered a CLUTCH 2-run single, which gave the Yankees a 2-1 lead. But they weren’t done yet. Texy-wexy got an infield single, and Alex Rodriguez forced in a run via the walk. That gave the Yanks a 3-1 lead, and it gave me feelings and hopes of advancing.

Damon knocks a single to left center in the fourth ...

The Yanks scored again in the 8th, and the rally started the same way: a leadoff walk by Cano. Then Nick Swisher bunted, and reached on a error. Then Melky bunted, and the ball was thrown crazy! A run scored, and the Yanks had a 4-2 lead. Later on in the inning, Mark Teixeira came through with a sac fly. This 5-2 lead was enough. My boys went on to win it, and they broke out the bubbly.

The Bronx is back! Yanks will meet the Philadelphia Phillies in their first World Series since 2003. The Bombers will contend for their 27th championship.

I wish I was in the middle of this.

Aw, how sweet.

Sabathia is named ALCS MVP after going 2-0 in the series. He'll make his first World Series appearance when he starts in Game 1 on Wednesday against the Phillies. As if that day couldn't get any bigger, he'll pitch against former Cleveland Indians teammate Cliff Lee.

BUBBLY!!! Hopefully I will see one more of these celebrations….

Well, they did it. My Yankees are another step closer to the ultimate goal. The heroes for the victory are Andy Pettitte, Johnny Damon, and everyone else. I can’t leave anyone out. I’m in too good of a mood. WE ARE GOING TO THE WORLD SERIES!!!!!!! This is like my first post in awhile. Sorry about that. There were off days and I was busy, and after that loss the other day I couldn’t sit down and think about the game. But hey, I’m blogging now.

A quick message for my Yankees: Hey guys. I just wanted to say thanks, again. This season has been magical, and this was just another chapter of the story. Thank you for taking me along with you on this amazing ride. We are coming down the final stretch now. This is it. The World Series. It’s do or die now, boys. I know the Phillies are going to be tough. But if anyone can beat them, you can. You have my support, my prayers, my love. And as always, I will be right there with you, cheering you on the whole way.

GO YANKEES!!!! I LOVE YOU SO MUCH!!!!!!!!  ♥♥♥

It's bone-dry in the Bronx as fans congregate outside the Stadium eager to see if the Yankees can clinch their 40th pennant tonight.

WHY! Why, Why, Why, Why, WHY???

TELL ME WHY!!!!!!!!!

Okay, the word “why” is starting to look and sound really weird. I must have pondered that decision for hours. Girardi is an idiot. Seriously. I am really mad at him right now. My anger didn’t subside yet. It won’t until they win tonight. My God. How can anyone be that stupid? Watching them lose to the butt-ugly-non-cutie Angel team made me sick. I managed to avoid throwing my shoe this time, but I did go on a cursing rampage. Ask A.J. over at “Yankee Yapping.” He’ll tell you how infuriated I was. I also punched my thigh and it still hurts a bit. When the Yankees lose like this, I get angry. It is not healthy. If they care about me even just 1% as much as I care for them, then they would win tonight so I don’t kill myself. My Yankees lost game 3 of the ALCS 5-4.

Pitching Analysis: Andy Pettitte was great yesterday. It’s really a shame that they lost. He allowed 3 runs over 6 & 1/3 innings. Andy did his job very well. Joba came in with 1 out in the 7th, and was totally ineffective. He let the go-ahead run score. Coke and Hughes pitched the 8th, and Hughes also pitched the 9th, and gave up a leadoff double to Mathis in the 10th. He was pulled for Mo, who gave a gutsy performance and escaped a bases loaded jam without allowing a run.

David Robertson got two EASY outs in the 11th. And, for some unknown reason, Girardi pulls him for Aceves. WHY? I-friggin-DK. Ace gave up a run in game 2, but thanks to Arod that was erased. Taking out a dominant guy and replacing him with a not-as-dominant guy who allowed a run the other day is an absolutely inane, brainless move. And sure enough, Aceves eff-ed things up for the Yankees, and for me. I don’t even want to think about it. Do you have any idea what seeing THIS sh!t does to me?:

Kendrick scores to seal the victory ...

GET THIS CRAP OUT OF MY BLOG!!!

... as Mathis and the Angels clinch a 5-4 win and bring bedlam to Anaheim ...

GET THE F*** OUTTA HERE!!!

I don’t wanna see this. EVER AGAIN. The YANKEES are the walkoff guys. Not the Angels. STOP CELEBRATING!!! YOU SUCK! YOU ONLY WON BECAUSE GIRARDI IS A MORON!!! IT WASN’T BECAUSE OF YOUR SKILL! YOU HAVE NO RIGHT TO CELEBRATE!

Okay, on to offense.

Offensive Analysis: The Yankees’ 4 runs came on the strength of 4 solo homers. By Jeet, Arod, Johnny, and Jorge. That was it. Just homers. Now I love the longball, but they need to score in other ways. The Yankees were horrible with runners in scoring position yesterday. They had a ton of chanced to break the game open, and they couldn’t do it.

Okay, so I was miserable after this loss. But hey. At least we have a 2-1 lead in the series. And at least we are in the postseason. C “Cy” tonight, I think he’s the perfect guy ot have on the mound for tonight. GO YANKEES! I STILL LOVE YOU! AND I ALWAYS WILL!!! 

An Odd, Exciting, AWESOME WIN!!!

These Yankees Amaze Me

This entire postseason has been so much fun. And last night? Just another crazy “walkoff” win from the Drama Club. I was so tired when it ended. The time on my clock as I climbed into bed was 1:37 am. I was beyond exhausted. I had the PSAT, and then that game. It was insane. The Yankees beat the Angels last night/this morning 4-3.

Pitching Analysis: A.J. Burnett was dominant. His stuff was naaaaaaasty. Molina caught him again, and mixed his pitches very well. Once again, the usually-explosive Angel lineup could barely amount to anything. They scored 2 runs off A.J. Acutally, if you think about it, A.J. beat himself last night. He’s just too good! In the 5th, things got a little messy. A.J. just could not control that curveball. There were hit batsmen and wild pitches. The Angels only got 2 hits that inning, but those hits plus A.J.’s wildness added up to 2 runs, and a 2-2 game.

The bullpen did a magnificant job last night. They went over 6 innings, and allowed just 1 run.  Coke, Joba, Hughes, Mo, Ace, Marte, and Robertson all pitched last night. Only Aceves gave up a run; an RBI single by Figgins in the 11th inning. The bullpen guys were the heroes last night. and A.J., too. He really pitched a great ballgame. He received a lovely ovation when he was taken out. He deserved it.

A.J. Burnett acknowledges crowd after pitching innings, allowing three hits and two earned runs.

A.J. heading back to the dugout…but he will emerge later with a pie…

Defensive Analysis: The defense was uncharacteristically sloppy last night. Jeet made an error and Cano made 2. But unlike the Angels the night before, the Yankees were able to win despite the bad “d.” Oh, and Johnny Damon made another fine play last night in the 9th.

Robinson Cano bobbles ground ball for error in seventh, one of two miscues for Yankee second baseman.

The bad “d.”

Johnny Damon makes grab Saturday night but will he haul in new contract from Yankees?

The good “d.”

Offensive Anlaysis: The Yankees had a little trouble with runners in scoring postition last night; in fact they were 0-8 in those situations. But they managed to get the BIG hits when they really needed them. In the 2nd, Swish drew a 2-out walk, and Cano tripled him in, giving the Yankees a 1-0 lead. In the 3rd, Jeter hit an opposite field solo homer to give the Yanks a 2-0 lead.

In the 11th, the Yankees were trailing 3-2 , and the Angels sent out Fuentes to pitch. Arod was to lead off the inning, but there was no way I was going to expect him to be clutch again. How ignorant of me. With an 0-2 count, Alex got a high fastball, and he smashed it into the right field seats for a GAME TIEING HOME RUN!!!!! GOD do I love that man?!!!!!!

Alex Rodriguez rounds bases as his line-drive homer ties score in 11th before Yanks pull out Game 2 in 13th.

I FRIGGIN’ LOVE YOU, ALEX!!!!

It seemed like the game would never end. The Yankees kept getting runners on, and they kept stranding them. So in the 13th when Jerry Hairston led off with a pinch-hit single, I didn’t think much of it. Gardner then bunted him over, and Cano was intentionally walked to get to my man Melky, the Yankee who has received 3 pies this year. “Stupid move,” I thought. But Melky hit a sharp grounder to second baseman Izturis’s left, and I was like, ‘Oh, no! Melky, no!” But Izturis, the same guy the stupid FOX annoncers were praising the whole game, threw to Aybar at second, and threw it wild! The ball was heading into foul territory. Jerry hustled around third, headed for home, and SAFE! JERRY SCORES! THE ANGELS DEFENSE SCREWED UP! AND THE YANKEES WIN!!!!!!!!!!

Hairston cheers after scoring the winning run as a dejected Angels catcher walks off the field.

JERRY SCORES THE WINNING RUN!

Jerry Hairston Jr. scores the game-winning run in the 13th inning early Sunday.

VICTORY!!!!!

The Yankees warm up the Bronx with another postgame celebration, mobbing Jerry Hairston (17) after 13th-inning win that sends Bombers to West Coast up 2-0 in ALCS.

Jerry gets tackled by his teammates.

Hairston gets the celebratory pie-in-the-face from Burnett.

AND GETS THE TASTE OF VICTORY PIE!!!

It was cute seeing Jerry get pied. Even though Melky hit the ball, Jerry deserved it. It was great. Burnett used the direct approach this time. Usually, he sneaks around behind the player as they are getting interviewed. But this time, he approached Jerry head-on. He paused and showed Jerry the pie, and then smushed it in his face. Taste good, huh Jerry?

I loved this game! The heroes are Arod, for keeping the Yankees alive, the Yankee pitchers, for also keeping the Yankees alive, and Jerry Hairston, for running hard and winning it for us. The Yankees head to California up 2 games to none, and they have to be feeling pretty good about things. I know I do. These Yankees never give up. They have that mentality. And they have that Yankee Stadium Magic, and the best fans. They are lucky to have all that. And I’m so lucky to have them. GO YANKEES! I LOVE YOU!

It's another windy night in the Bronx. Game time temperature is a blustery 47 degrees.

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……

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