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I Can Breathe, And I Can Smile

Yanks Won Game 1!!!

Ahhh…..sweet relief….they did it. My Yankees won game 1 against the Twins. And they did it like they have been doing it all year: domination on the mound, clutch hitting, and the will to come back. I was worried that I wasn’t going to be able to see the game. It was so windy here in New York. At school during math class, an announcement came on that gave us a wind advisory and said to be careful if going out for lunch. I immediately started to panic. I figured it would be just my luck if I got a blackout and was unable to watch the game. Luckily, that did not happen. I witnessed the victory, and I loved it. The Yankees beat the Twins last night 7-2.

Pitching Anlysis: C “Cy” was a beast, and again he proved why he is worth every penny. I have to admit, I was a little unsure of how he would pitch. He was known to struggle in the postseason, and coming off of that bad start, I couldn’t help but to feel nervous. But once the game began, my nerves were gone. CC did a fan-tabulous job. He went 6 & 2/3 innings of 2-run ball, and only 1 was earned. He struckout 8, and I fell in love with him again. That happens to me a lot. I love all my Yankees, but I fall in love with them again when they perform extra-well. I guess I fell in love with all the Yanks again last night.

The bullpen did a great job last night as well. Hughes inherited a mini-jam from CC. There were runners on 2nd and 3rd with 2 out. But he got out of it just fine. Coke, or as Girardi says, “Cokey” did a nice job, getting his 1 batter out. I don’t understand the nicknames Girardi gives his players. “Cokey?” Seriously, that is retarded. The nickname is longer than the name! And it sounds ridiculous! Whatever. My nicknames are no better, hahaha. “Texy-wexy” for Teixeira, “Swish Nicker” for Nick Swisher,” “Leche” I didn’t make up, but I use it a lot. It is even my password on the computers at school. Sometimes I call Melky, “Lechemente” or “Leche-licious.” There are more, but don’t get me started. I’m not even sharing Mitre’s…..;)….anyway, back to the pitching. Joba got his 1 out, and Mo pitched the 9th, even though the Yanks had a 5 run lead. Whatever. We won.

Fans at Yankee Stadium roar when Joba Chamberlain enters the game from the bullpen in the eighth inning.

Joba is awesome from the ‘pen.

Defensive Analysis: Jorge had issues last night. He screwed up 3 plays behind the plate. Now, normally I would go on a rant about how much I love Cervelli because he can catch the ball and looks damn good doing it, but I’m not gonna do that. I’m going to give Jorge a break. We won, so it didn’t matter too much. I hope he is better in game 3, since he probably won’t be catching A.J. in game 2.

Offensive Analysis: The offense was just the way I liked it last night. It was clutch and fun to watch. Trailing 2-0 in the 3rd, Jeet equalized the score with a 2-run homer. That Jeter is amazing. Speaking of amazing, Arod got 2 RBI’s last night! Maybe it was because his girlfriend was in the audience. They win when she is there. I heard a rumor that Kate Hudson is pregnant….I wonder who did that to her. (ahem…Alex) Arod, this is no time to be knockin’ up your girl. FOCUS!!! Hmm…actually, if you keep hitting well, I couldn’t care less about that part of your life. As long as you perform on the diamond, you can perform anywhere you want. Just try and stay off the back pages :)

Alex Rodriguez's RBI double in the fifth inning breaks his terrible playoff skid with runners on base in the Yankees' Game 1 win.

Alex CAN do it!!!

Alright. Back to baseball. Matsui had a 2-run homer last night. And Swish had the double that gave the Yankees the lead. The Yankees got contributions from guys up and down the lineup. That’s what I like to see, boys.

Hideki Matsui swings and...if you were watching TBSHD on Time Warner Cable in Manhattan Wednesday night, you nearly had to guess what happened next.

GODZILLA!

It was a fun game for me to watch. I’m happy they won. I can breathe now. On my last entry, I was upset that the regular season was over, because it is close to the end now. But my friend Buz had a great point: this is only the beginning. I see what he means. #27 is close, closer than it has seemed in years. The heroes for the victory are CC Sabathia, for showing that he has what it takes to win in the postseason, and Derek Jeter, for reminding us that he is the best.

My loves. My Cy Young winner and my MVP. You make me happy :)

I Don’t Want It To End!!!!!!!

I JUST LOVE MY YANKEES!!!!

I really never thought it would be over. There is always another game, right? No? The season ends? Oh….Well, at least we are in the postseason. The last game of the regular season was amazing, definitely fitting for the Drama club. The Yankees won 10-2.

Pitching Analysis: A.J. Burnett was a beast, probably because Molina was catching. That’s fine with me! As long as we succeed, I don’t care who is behind the plate, although I would have liked to see my Cervelli a little more. Anyway, A.J. pitched a nice ballgame. He went 5 innings and allowed just 2 runs. Then the bullpen guys pitched, to get in their final work before the postseason! Aahh! Postseason!

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He’s a BEAST!!!!!!!

Robertson, Chamberlain, Coke, Hughes, and Mo all pitched yesterday. Yes, Joba did relieve. And he did an exemplary job. His 1-2-3, 7 pitch 7th gave me some confidence in him. Way to go, Joba! And yes, even though we had a 10-2 lead in the 9th, Mariano pitched. So it wasn’t a save situation, big deal. He needed some work, and we all know that Mo is more than happy to take the ball.

As Mariano Rivera approaches the age of 40, the Yankees' superstar closer keeps getting better. Rivera has amassed 44 saves with  1.79 ERA while blowing just two this season.

See? He is happy. Mo loves his job.

Offensive Analysis: The Yankee bats were quiet through the first 5 innings, but they were ear-splittingly loud in the 6th. They put up a 10 spot! Arod provided some drama. He was 2 homers away from 30 and 7 RBI away from 100. It didn’t look like he would get there. BUT….these 2009 Yankees have a way of surprising us! Arod hit a 3-run homer to give the Yankees a 3-2 lead!

It was funny. I said that if the Yankees didn’t score after the 5th, then I would have to go write my essay for history. They didn’t score, so I grudgingly kept to my word and made my way into the computer room to write a history DBQ essay. It was hard for me to break away from the Yankees to do the essay, but somehow I did. Right when I was getting started, Arod hit that homer in the 6th. “Are you kidding?” I thought. “They do good when I go away? Fine, then. I had the other TV on behind me now. I had to have it on in the background. It was the last game, and I needed them. Moral support for the essay! That was my excuse :)

So the Yankees batted around, and Texy-wexy was intentionally walked to load the bases for Arod. They only did that because they didn’t want Tex to break Pena’s league-leading home run total. So they decided to pitch to Arod with the bases loaded. (Chuckle) Smart move, Rays. Arod was now 1 homer away from 30 and 4 RBI away from 100. I was thinking grand slam. AND HE DID IT! Alex Rodriguez hit a no-doubter for a grand slam, and a 10-2 Yankee lead! And he got his season totals where they are supposed to be! I would say it was Yankee Stadium Magic, but the game was in Tampa! It was just the Drama Club.  

Alex Rodriguez hits a grand slam during the sixth as the Bombers explode for 10 runs in the inning to cap season with 10-2 win over Rays.

Alex, I LOVE YOU! I’m so proud of you! CONGRATS!

The Yankees went on to win it 10-2, ending the regular season. I almost cried during that video they showed after the game. All those Yankee players, the moments, the walkoffs, the pies, it was so touching. I cried a bit afterword, my vision becoming blurry as I was attempting to explain that “JOIN or DIE” image from the American Revolution for my essay. I just did not want this season to end, for so many reasons:

1) It has been a thrill ride. I have enjoyed this season so much, and I really feel like the team is pary of my family. I just love them so much and don’t want it to end. 2) Will I ever see Mitre again? God, I don’t want to even think about that. You all know how I feel about that man; you can imagine what I’d do if they got rid of him. 3) Melky’s contract is up, and I want to know that I will see him next year. 4) What about Cervelli? What’s going to happen to that kid? Will I see him again? 5) All that remains is the postseason. If we don’t win, it’s over.

Aahh, who am I kidding, we will win.

The heroes for the victory are Alex Rodriguez, A.J. Burnett, and everyone else. I love them all so much right now, how can I exclude anyone?

I’d just like to take a minute to thank my Yankees: Yankees, thank you. I have had more fun watching you guys this season than I have ever had before. I have truly become addicted to you, but that’s okay. I wouldn’t want it any other way. During the nights you were not playing, I felt lost, lonely, confused. What was I going to do with myself? Actually go out and hang with friends like normal high-school girls do? That pales next to watching you. I need you guys. I don’t just watch the games, I live them with you. I hang on every pitch, I laugh, I scream, I cry, I throw an occasional shoe, (hahaha, none of that recently, you guys have been playing awesome!) I act as if the world will end if you lose. And when you win, I feel that I am on top of the world. I want you to win the World Series because I think it is time, but the main reason is because I want to see you for as long as possible. I want you to go all the way, so the offseason is shorter, and so my countdown to February when pitchers and catchers report is not as long. Yankees, I just want you to know that I love you, I LOVE you, and I love you ♥ I love you more than anyone else. I think it is safe to say that is a fact :)

 

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An Odd Win, And A Not-So-Exciting Loss

Yankees Take 2 of 3 from Royals

That walkoff win was pretty awesome. It was definitely a Drama Club win if I have ever seen one! In last night’s loss, the Yankees looked a bit tired. On Tuesday the Yankees won 4-3, and last night they lost 4-3.

The Win

Pitching Analysis: A.J. Burnett beasted it Tuesday night. He was great!!! He was spotting his fastball, and used that curve to his advantage. I think I am ready to fully trust A.J. again. Whethere he is the #2 or #3 starter in the postseason, I think he will do a fine job. Yeah, A.J.!

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I love him!

Phil Coke (he signed my baseball!) pitched well in the 7th, it was his defense that was gross. David Robertson returned on Tuesday. He recorded 2 outs in the 7th, walked Callaspo,and was pulled for Bruney. He looked good, his velocity was there, and I was glad to see him back. Bruney did a nice job as well.

Defensive Analysis: Phil Coke’s horrible defense was the reason the walkoff was needed. He took too long to field the bunt, and it wound up being a single.  Then, with first and second and 1 out, he got a comebacker, which he threw into left field! A run scored, and now the Royals had a 2-1 lead. Then another comebacker was hit to him, and instead of throwing home, he threw to first! COKE! What was wrong with you? You pitched great, but your defense! Ugh! At least we won that game.

Offensive Analysis: These Yankees have a LOT of power, and they seem like they can always come back. Tex hit a solo homer in the 6th to tie the game at 1. In the 7th, Swish led off with a solo homer, cutting the deficit to 3-2. the 9th is where the magic happened.

Ex-Yankee Kyle Farnsworth was called upon to nail down the save for the Royals. But a Yankee rally was on its way. My darling-baby Francisco Cervelli got himself a 1-out single to start the rally. Eric Hinske pinch-hit, and he got a single, moving Cervelli to 3rd. Hinske (he signed my baseball!) then surprisingly stole 2nd! The throw went wild, and Hinske went to 3rd as Cervelli scored, knotting the score at 3-3. Johnny Damon was intentionally walked to get to Juan Miranda. I was thinking that Tex was on deck, but he was taken out. It was going to be Miranda. I was thinking, “Miranda? Oh, this kid isn’t gonna do anything. It’s too much pressure. Well, with 1 out, all he has to do is put the ball in play….I hope he doesn’t strike out…” Obviously, Miranda heard me. All he had to do was put the ball in play, and the Yankee Stadium Magic would take care of the rest. And that’s what happened.

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Yay for Miranda!

Miranda hit a sharp comebacker to Farsworth, and off the bat I was thinking, “Oh sh!t. This won’t get the job done.” But then the Yankee Stadium Magic took over. The ball hit off Farsworth’s foot, and began heading for foul territory! And it was a fair ball! Farnsworth raced toward the ball, and Miranda hustled toward the bag. Miranda won. The dugout emptied, he got pied, and the Yankees won 4-3. It was odd, but I loved it.

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Our 15th pie….and they still taste great, don’t they, Juan? :)

The Loss

Pitching Analysis: Joba Chamberlain started last night, and he really disappointed me. He only went 3 & 2/3 innings, and allowed 3 runs on 7 hits, and he threw 91 pitches. That’s a little ridiculous. I expected better things from Joba last night. He didn’t make me too happy.

Yankees manager Joe Girardi pulls Joba Chamberlain out in the 4th inning Wednesday. The poor start means Joba could be left off the Bombers' ALDS roster.

Joba, Joba, Joba….what are we gonna do with Joba….

Aceves, Albaladejo (he signed my baseball!), Marte, Mitre (♥I♥love♥this♥guy♥), Hughes and Mo all pitched in relief last night. I had a big history test to study for last night. I set time aside for it, and since nothing spectacular was happening in the game last night, I was going to study for a long time. On my way to my room to study, I heard, “And Mitre will get off the bench, and he will come in to pitch.”

I stopped in my tracks. My thoughts: “Mitre? Tonight? Right now? But the test, it’s my first one and I know it will be hard. But Mitre! He’s hot and I love him and it could be the last time I see him. AAAAHH!!! What do I do? Do I drool over that sexy-thang and wind up flunking tomorrow, or do I study and miss my baby? I only had a short time to decide, the commercials are short between pitching changes. Although I like my history teacher and would love to do well, I like Mitre more. I watched him. I just studied after. I made such a big deal about that decision. I just studied after Mitre pitched. I won both ways!

Defensive Analysis: Now I love Nick Swisher, but when Mitre was pitching in the 7th, what happened on that play? John Buck hit a deep fly ball to right, and Swish looked as if he was going to make the play. But he turned and switched directions, and the ball fell. Then he was lying there on the ground, and tried to roll the ball over to Melky. It was a disaster. Buck wound up with an RBI triple, and Mitre gave up a run. But it was charged to Marte, so I was not as annoyed. That run was the difference in the game. Oh well. You can’t win them all.

Offensive Analysis: The offense was quite dead last night. 3 runs on 5 hits. Jeet had a solo homer and Swish had a 2-run shot, but that was it. They looked tired last night. Whatever.

We won the series. And we clinched awhile ago! I love the way that sounds! The heroes for the victory on Tuesday are A.J. Burnett for his stellar performance, and his pieing, Eric Hinske, for that timely stolen base that set the whole thing up, and Juan Miranda, for putting the ball in play and letting the magic take over. That was the last regular season game in the Bronx. I believe that the new stadium is going to provide the Yankees with a huge homefield advantage. I can’t wait! I’m, getting so excited!!! GO YANKEES!!!!!!  

It’s a Beautiful Thing

It Was Perfect!!!

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Look how cute and happy they are!

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

I spy Sergio!

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

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

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

Johnny gets CC!

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

Melky douses Arod!

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

Jeter douses Arod!

Teixeria and Nick Swisher revel in the moment ...

Tex and Swisher. How cute are they?!

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

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

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

C “Cy” Is A Beast Worth Every Penny!!!

Yanks Beat Smelly Sox Again!

That was an amazing game. Definitely a Drama Club win. It was dramatic! Every pitch…it was so suspensful! And the offense….Thank God we won! The Yankees beat the Red Sox 3-0 yesterday.

Pitching Analysis: CC Sabathia is a frikin’ beast and I love him! He went 7 innings of 1 hit shutout baseball. He struckout 8 along the way, and recorded his league-leading 19th win of the season. He was beyond fabulous. CC was perfect for 3 & 2/3, and then he walked Victor Martinez. In the 5th, Lowell led off with a single, erasing the no-no. But whatever. CC proved himself once again, and he showed that he is capable of pitching in important games against playoff-caliber teams. I think CC deserves the Cy Young award. He has the most wins, is in the top 5 in the other categories, and he has done it all in the AL East, the best division in baseball! To me, it is a “no duh!” that CC wins the Cy Young.

With seven shutout innings, CC Sabathia points the Yankees to another victory over the Red Sox.

C “Cy” pitched a helluva game. HE IS A BEAST!!!!

Hughes pitched a dominant scoreless 8th, in which he struckout 2, and Mo nailed down his 43rd save of the year. It got a little intersting in the 9th. Mo had allowed some baserunners, and I was about to start panicking. But then I remembered something: he’s Mariano Rivera. Right after I said that, he struckout Lowell to end the ballgame. He gets the ball, he throws the ball, he takes a shower. Perfect. Who is going to be the next Mo? I think Phil Hughes. He is developing that cutter! Don’t make him a starter! KEEP HUGHES IN THE ‘PEN! HE IS THE NEXT MARIANO!!!! LISTEN TO ME!!!! Do you think they will listen to a 16 year old girl? Probably not, but when they screw up Hughes, they can’t say I didn’t warn them!

Defensive Analysis: There were a lot of great plays made yesterday. In a close game, those plays matter so much more. In the 3rd, my man Melky made an excellent catch. Lowrie hit a DEEP fly ball to center, and Melky ran it down, jumped against the wall, and made the catch! YEAH, LECHE!!! In the 4th, Jeter made a nice leaping catch on Pukilis’s blooper, keeping the no-no alive. In the 6th, Jeet started a lovely 6-4-3 inning ending double play. Mark Teixeira made a sparkling play in the 8th, diving and saving a double. Good defense is very fun to watch.

Offensive Analysis: The Yankees had a chance to score in the first 5 innings, and they failed every time. I was a bit worried about the lack of production with runners in scoring position. Couldn’t they at least get a sac fly? The way CC was pitching, I figured only 1 run would do the job. In the 6th, Robbie Cano led off with an opposite field solo homer. Yay! 1-0 Yankees! Stupid Tim McCarver was saying how it barely went out. SHUT THE F— UP!!! It was a homer, what do you want? I love it how the FOX announcers openly root for the Red Sox. Very professional, guys. They never let anything go. On that check swing incident in the 3rd with Ortiz, they would not stop saying how he didn’t foul tip it. And then in like the 7th, they showed that replay again! LET IT GO!!! THE RED SOX WERE GOING TO LOSE ANYWAY!!! Jesus! Tim McCarver is just a senile old man who knows nothing. He bothers me so much with his stupidity. I get mad just thinking about him. I love it when we win on FOX.

Robinson Cano slugs a solo home run in the 6th inning.

ROB-BIE!

In the 8th, the Yankees had the bases loaded. After Jeter struckout, I thought they were going to let another rally pass by. But Johnny Damon had other thoughts. With loaded bases, he got himself a typical Johnny broken bat single, bringing in 2 runs. Of course, the FOX announcers gave Johnny no credit, saying it was a cheap hit. Johnny did a nice job on that hit. Wagner threw a good pitch, and Johnny used his strong, sexy hands to fight it off. He managed to get enough wood on it. Good hitting, Johnny. I appreciate it :)

It was a very good game yesterday. And another one starts in like 10 minutes! Sorry I blogged so late today. My little brother beat me to the computer. I set my alarm, and I slept through it. I know, I know, you must be thinking, “She set her alarm on Sunday? What a nerd!” I am a nerd, hahaha. I set my alarm because I love my blog and all of you so much, and I want to post something as often as I can. There is 1 computer, and 3 teenagers in this house. If I want it, I have to sacrifice sleeping in. But that’s okay. I love my blog and all of you more. (♥) That’s for you. Anyway, the heroes are C “Cy”, for his brilliance on the mound, and Robbie & Johnny, for their offensive support. The Yankees’ magic number is now 1! Think about that. If they win today, I might break out the champagne, too! I’m that excited! Ahh…life as a Yankee fan sure is sweet. Thank you, boys. I love you all. GO YANKEES!!!

The Yankees celebrate a 3-0 victory over the Yankees and move closer to clinching the AL East.

It’s a beautiful thing. I’m right there with you in spirit, boys! I love you with all my heart and beyond! Now beat those Smelly Sox for me today so we can PARTY!!!!!!!!!!!!

 

Pinch Me, I MUST Be Dreaming!!!

Yanks Win Series In Anaheim

OMG. They did it. They actually did it. I must be dreaming. For the first time since May of 2004, my Yankees won a series in hell on earth Anaheim. It’s unvelievable. Especially since we lost the first game. Winning this series is a huge confidence booster not only for me, but for the Yankees. They play the Smelly Sox tomorrow in the Bronx, and hopefully momentum is on their side. The Yankees beat the Angels in a somewhat Drama Club fashion yesterday by the score of 3-2.

Pitching Analysis: A.J. Burnett started for the Yanks yesterday, looking to put together a string of solid starts. A.J. was beyond solid yesterday. He went 5 & 2/3 innings of 2 run ball, and struckout 11! THAT is the A.J. I’ve grown to know and love! His fastball was working, and that curve was working, too, putting the hitters out of whack. Nice job, A.J.! This is the PERFECT time to get hot! No one will care about those bad starts, as long as you perform in October!

A.J. Burnett strikes out 11 and picks up his second win since July Wednesday as the Yankees beat the Angels, 3-2, in Anaheim.

Game-face A.J. When he looks cranky, you know he is on!

When I said the Yankees won in Drama Club fashion, I meant Drama Club pitching wise. The bullpen was absolutely fantastic yesterday. Marte, Albaladejo, Coke, Kennedy, and Mo combined for a scorless game of relief. Ian Kennedy made his comeback! I was glad to see him. What a story for this kid. I was glad to see him, but I wasn’t sure that I wanted him to pitch right then and there. He loaded the bases, and I could barely watch. I was hoping Girardi would take him out, but he didn’t. It was Ian’s jam, and Ian’s inning. Ian wound up getting out of the inning unscathed, which must have boosted his confidence quite a bit. Good for him.

Defensive Analysis: The defense was solid yesterday. Good pitching, good defense. They go hand-in-hand. Cano started a lovely 4-6-3 double play. The Yankees have the best infield in baseball.

Offensive Analysis: The Yankees only got 7 hits. But that translated to 3 runs. The bats were quiet through the first 3 innings, but they got on the board in the 4th. Robinson Cano, who we all know NOT to be clutch, game through. He had a 2-run single to give the Yanks a 2-0 lead. Yeah, Robbie! My man Melky contributed with an RBI hit of his own in the 4th. I just feel like saying this: Melky Cabrera is awesome! He is so clutch and always seems to come through for the Yanks this year! I LOVE YOU, LECHE!!! Thanks to Melky, the Yankees now had a 3-0 lead. They went on to win it 3-2.

Robinson Cano comes through in clutch for Yankees (finally!) with fourth-inning, two-run single.

Rob-bie! Rob-bie!

It was another playoff-feeling game yesterday. The kind of game that gives me agida on ever pitch. From the 6th inning on when it was 3-2, every pitch meant SO much. It was such an exciting game, even though there was not much offense. Good pitching is just as fun to watch. That brings us to our heroes for the victory: they are A.J. Burnett, for another dominating start, the Yankee bullpen, for holding the lead and letting us win, and Robbie Cano, for that clutch 2-run single. I must be dreaming. We won this series! It is amazing! Or maybe, maybe the Yankees are just good. No. YES!!! Despite that little slump, we are still the best team in baseball. 

The Smelly Sox who cheat at fenway are coming to the Bronx today. Since today is an off-day, that means I won’t have a game to blog about tomorrow. Hmm…I could to another cutie post, possibly. Sounds good. I don’t know what it will be, but I’m going to try and do another cutie post for all you cutie-lovers out there. Tomorrow is the pep rally at my school. GO JUNIORS!!! CLASS OF 2011!!! Yeah! I have school spirit! But I have more Yankee spirit. GO YANKEES!!! BEAT THOSE SMELLY SOX TOMORROW!!! Hahaha. I love my team (♥)

WE CLINCHED!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Despite My Worries, Yankees Are Definitely In!!!

I was on the verge of a heart attack when I wrote my last entry. But today, my heart is in much better condition and I am full of smiles. My Yankees clinched a postseason spot last night. The Rangers lost, and the Yankees beat the Angels 6-5. I am so proud :)

Pitching Analysis: Chad Gaudin started toed the rubber for the Yanks last night. He did a nice job (remember, he is Chad Gaudin). He went 4 & 2/3 innings of 2-run ball. Not his best start, but the Yankees wound up winning the game. Surprisingly, the Yankees have won all of Gaudin’s starts.

Alfredo Aceves relieved Gaudin, and he allowed 2 runs. Marte gave up 1 hit and then was pulled and replaced by Phil Hughes. Hughes allowed a run, but he picked up the win. As always, (except for that Ichiro incident) Mo nailed it down for his 41st save of the year. The pitching was good enough for the win last night. If the Yanks can manage a win when their 5th starter is pitching, they have to feel pretty good.

Defensive Analysis: The Yankees made 2 errors last night, one by Cano and one by Posada. But Alex Rodriguez made a sparkling play with the bases loaded. A sharp grounder was hit to his right, and he dove, gloved it, and fired a strike to Tex for the out, and the end of the Halo’s threat.

Offensive Analysis: The Yankee offense was not dead last night. They managed 6 runs on 10 hits. They had a big 3rd inning, thanks to a pair of 2-run homers by Arod and Posada. Matsui had a solo homer of his own in the 5th. The Yankee bats were silent for awhile, and the Angels fought their way back and tied the game at 5. I was thinking that the Yankee offense had died, and that they would not come back. But I forgot something: they are The Drama Club. They can always come back.

Jorge Posada (r.) is greeted by Hideki Matsui after hitting a two-run home run against the Angels in the third inning.

I would rather see Cervelli, (♥) but I enjoy seeing Jorge come through.

 

Hideki Matsui and Yankees have plenty to cheer about as they clinch a playoff berth and beat the Angels, 6-5, in Anaheim on Tuesday night.

GODZILLA!!!

The Yankees were indeed The Drama Club last night, as they pushed ahead in the 9th. Alex Rodriguez drove in the go-ahead run with a sac fly. The Yankees went on to win it 6-5.

-DEEEEEEEEEEEP breath- -sigh of relief- Well, they did it. My boys did it. They clinched. I was so worried that this team was collapsing. I guess I was being a little ridiculous. I mean, they are only human. They have to slump eventually. Last night’s win was a big one, not just because they clinched, but because they played hard. That game felt like a postseason game, and the Yankees came out on top. Maybe it is a sign of things to come….hm….I sure hope so. I really, really, REALLY want the Yankees to go all the way this year. I don’t want to have to ponder about that little thing I did when I was 8 that I think cursed my Yankees. (http://southernbelle.mlblogs.com/archives/2009/08/the-curse-of-the-pen.html) We’ll see. The heroes for the victory are Alex Rodriguez, for his 3 RBI’s, Jorge & Hideki for their homers, and just the whole team in general, for improving my well-being with the win. THANK YOU, BOYS! The Smelly Sox who cheat at Fenway are in Kansas City, and I hope the Royals can be spoilers again.

I’m watching the Yankee game right now. They are leading 3-1. My man Melky, who has been slumping, just got a hit. Just thought I’d say that :) I am getting very excited, and a little sad. Only 9 games left? I am going to be so lonely when the season is over. I’m going to miss my men :( They just have to win the World Series so the offseason is shorter and so I can see them longer. GO YANKEES!!! I LOVE YOU GUYS SOOOO MUCH!!!!!!!!!!!!!

♥ 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!!!

The Rest Of The Series With The Rays

It Was A Good One!

The two games after the doubleheader between the Yankees and the Rays were both great. We won both, so we swept the Rays. The Yankees were definitely the Drama Club in both of the final 2 games. On Tuesday the Yanks won in walkoff fashion by the score of 3-2. Yesterday, they won 4-2, and history was made.

Pitching Analysis: Chad Gaudin started for the Yanks on Tuesday. To our surprise, he was great. Gaudin cruised through 6 innings without allowing a run. I was proud of him. Who would have thought that Chad Gaudin could give us innings, quality, shutout innings?! When he went back on the mound for the 7th, he was not as sharp. He allowed a solo homer to Longoria, a single to Zobrist, and a walk to Burrell. Girardi decided that was all for Gaudin, and called on Marte to get the job done. Marte did his job well. In the 8th, Phil Hughes actually allowed a run, a homer off the bat of Bartlett. That tied the game at 2. Mo had a 1-2-3 9th, and the Yanks went on to win that game in walkoff fashion.

I even love the not-so-cute Yankees. Great job last night, Chad!!!

Last night it was Joba’s turn, and he was not too good, but not too bad. He went just 3 innings, and threw way too many pitches. Joba just is not the same pitcher. He probably can’t wait until next year when he can just be free and pitch like a pitcher should. He allowed 2 runs in the 1st. He got into a jam later, but escaped it thanks to the strikeout. Not his best start, but not his worst. The bullpen did a fabulous job last night. Aceves, Albaladejo, Bruney, and Coke held the score right where it was and gave the Yankees a chance to come back, which they did.

Defensive Analysis: I don’t remember anything outstanding or upseting about the defense, so I’m sure the Yankees were solid as they usually are. This team gets credit for the offense and power numbers, the pitching, but the defense is quite underrated. The Yankees are just amazing in every way.

Offensive Analysis: On Tuesday, there was not much offense for the Yanks. But there was enough to win. Nick Swisher had a solo homer in the 2nd, and it was quite a bomb. Arod had an RBI single in the 6th to make it 2-0. After the Rays tied it up in the 8th, the Yankees failed to score in the bottom of the 8th. The only way to win was a walkoff. Who wanted pie? His name rhymes with Mick Wisher. In the bottom of the 9th, Swishy came up to the plate. He hit another solo homer, this one to end the game. Walkoff!!! He was SO genuinely happy, and it made me smile to see a grown man so happy and running around the bases with a smile. When he got pied by A.J., he proudly showed the fans and held his arms up in the air. Victory! I always wanted to see Swish get pied. It was worth the wait. The look on his face after he got pied was priceless. Congradulations, Swish.

Last night, the offense came through when it had to. Jeter had some hits last night, and one of those hits tied him with Lou Gehrig for first on the Yankee’s all-time hits leaders list. I can’t believe that. Derek Jeter? We take him for granted. We need to soak up the moment just as he does, because it really is something else. We are witnessing arguably the best player to ever play the game. He has a great shot at breaking Rose’s record, he is well ahead of his pace. I would love to see that happen.

Derek Jeter salutes Yankee fans as he tips cap at first base after tying Lou Gehrig for the all-time Bomber hit record.

What a moment…imagine what is going to happen when he breaks it!!!

The Yankees were losing at the time of Jeter’s milestone. I thought it was a game they had to win. Apparently, so did Jeet’s buddy Jorge. Jorge hit a 3-run homer in the 8th to give the Yankees a 4-2 lead. They held on to win it.

Jorge Posada hits a three-run homer in the 8th inning that lifts the Bombers over the Tampa Bay Rays at Yankee Stadium.

Jorge knew Jeet wouldn’t be happy unless the Yanks won. What a friend.

 It was an amazing game last night, and one that I will never forget. I will never forget Jeet’s inside-out swing that directed the ball into right field for a single. He has done that so many times, and that record-tying hit will stay in my mind forever.

Another sweep for the Yanks. The final two games were very good ones. The heroes for Tuesday’s game are Chad Gaudin and Nick Swisher. For last night, the heroes are the Yankee bullpen, Jorge Posada, and Derek Jeter. The Yankees have a 9 game lead over the Red Sox, and I am just absolutely LOVING life as a Yankee fan. I love this team so much. I really feel like they are so close to me. They really play a significant role in my life. I see them every day I can, and I long to be seeing them when I am not. I feel like I know them. Only 20 something games left, and then the postseason. But I am really going to miss these guys. I really do love them. Just ask anyone in my school, they’ll tell you :) 

Yanks Take Two!!!

Yanks Win Both Games. And I Am Filled With Smiles!!!

Ahhh…We won both games. How comforting. We pitched well, we actually caught the ball, and the offense was great. And somebody sent me something which I am wearing right now. I thank that somebody :) The Yankees won the first game 4-1 and the second game 11-1.

Pitching Analysis: CC pitched game 1, and he was awesome and worth the money as always. He pitched 7 innings of 1-run ball, that one coming off the bat of Evan Longoria and his solo homer. He got into a few jams, but he made it out via the strikeout. It was a great game for CC. Hughes pitched the 8th, and Mo pitched the 9th.

CC Sabathia continues his dominant run despite a no-decision in the Yankees' win over the Rays on Monday afternoon.

CC is a beast.

Game 2 was A.J.’s turn. I was wondering which A.J. would show up. The stinky I-can’t-locate-my-fastball A.J., or the A.J. with the great fastball and the nasty curve. Well, in the 1st inning, A.J. allowed a run. Darn. The stinky A.J. was pitching. But wait! He turned things around and did not allow a run for the rest of the game! Hooray! A.J. is back! This could be the perfect time for him to heat up….going down the final stretch…gett’n ready for the POSTSEASON!!! Perfect timing, A.J.

AJ Burnett is confident and commanding in the Yankees' 11-1 pounding of the Rays in Monday's nightcap.

Oh, yeah….

Edwar Ramirez pitched next, followed by a Jonathan Albaladejo with weird eyes (poor thing!) and the nervous kid Michael Dunn finished out the game. The pitching was fabulous, as usual.

Defensive Analysis: Unlike the other day, the Yankees actually caught the ball! Wow! I gues everyone just had their bad day on the same day. But in both games yesterday, the defense was great. Brett Gardner made himself right at home in centerfield in game 1….even though that catch was in right field. In the 4th inning of game 1, Brett ran all the way into deep right field, and made a dive/slide to rob the Ray of a double. It was the right fielder’s ball, but I was glad to see Gardy make the play. Way to go Brettiboo!!!

Yankees outfielder Brett Gardner celebrates his return from the disabled list by making a running, tumbling catch on a Fernando Perez drive in the fifth inning.

I missed you, Brett!!!

Offensive Analysis: In game 1, the offense looked a bit sluggish. Arod had a great day at the plate, but before the 8th, no one else was hitting well. But the 8th is where is all changed. Swish led off with a walk, and thanks to Tex it was 2nd and 3rd none out. Arod was intentionally walked, Cano got a sac fly, Jorge singled, and Hinske got a sac fly. It was 4-1, and the Yankees won it by that score.

In game 2, the offense exploded again. The Yankees had an 8 run 3rd inning. They tacked on more later. Everyone was hitting, accept the guy we all wanted to hit. Jeet was hitless for both games. Poor guy. He is stressing a bit, it is obvious. Don’t panic, Jeet! We LOVE you!!! Mark Teixeira had 2 homers, Melky had 3 hits, the lineup was on fire!

NY Yankees AB R H RBI BB SO LOB AVG
Jeter, SS 4 1 0 1 1 0 6 .329
  1-Pena, R, PR-SS-2B 1 0 1 0 0 0 0 .283
Damon, LF 6 1 1 1 0 1 6 .288
Teixeira, 1B 4 2 3 4 0 1 0 .282
  Gardner, CF 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 .270
Matsui, H, DH 3 2 2 0 2 0 1 .269
Swisher, RF-1B 2 2 1 0 2 0 1 .251
  a-Hinske, PH-3B 1 0 0 0 0 0 1 .246
Cano, 2B 3 0 1 0 1 0 3 .316
  b-Duncan, S, PH-RF 1 0 0 0 0 0 1 .000
Cabrera, Me, CF-RF 4 2 3 2 0 0 3 .281
  Cervelli, C 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 .263
Hairston, J, 3B-SS 4 1 2 1 1 0 2 .257
Molina, J, C-1B 3 0 3 1 2 0 0 .245
Totals 38 11 17 10 9 2 24

 

I saw my Cervelli baby again. I was a bit angry at Girardi for not letting Cervelli start one of the games, but whatever. At least I saw him…sooo cute….yeah…

It was a great day for the Yanks. 2 wins in 1 day is pretty darn good. The heroes for game 1 are CC, the bullpen, and Arod. For game 2, the heroes are A.J., Tex, and Melky. It was another fun day to be a Yankee fan. And because of these wins, and the Red Sox loss, the Yankees now have an EXTREMELY COZY 9 GAME LEAD!!!!! WAHOOO!!!! The Smelly Sox are running out of time. That is awesome. I smell something….a championship, maybe? I’ve been waiting for awhile…I hope this is the year. GO YANKEES!!!!!!

Oh, and I would just like to thank my friend Cat for this lovely shirt. An Andre Ethier shirt, signed by Andre himself. I was SO hyper during school today. I could not wait to get the mail!!! Thank you SO much, Cat. You made me smile, and I know I will smile and think of you every time I wear this shirt!!! Tell Andre I love him, too!!!

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