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Close, But No
No victory pie last night. They tried to be The Drama Club. I thought they were going to do it. Ah, well, at least they lost to the Rangers. I still want to win, though. Whatever. The Yankees lost to the Rangers 10-9.
Save it for some other time, A.J.
Pitching Analysis: Joba Chamberlain pitched again on wacky rest, and I think it is because of that that he stunk. Joba only went 4 innings, threw 96 pitches, and gave up 7 runs in 9 hits. It was gross. The Yankees had a 4-0 lead. Then Joba made it 4-2 thanks to an Andrus double. The 4th inning was utterly disgusting. With 2 out, Pudge walked, and that started it. Joba could NOT get the final out. 4-3. 4-4. Before I knew it, it was 7-4 Rangers. Not at all a good performance by Joba.
He looks pissed, and he should be.
Chad Gaudin pitched 3 & 2/3 innings, allowing 3 runs. Damaso Marte was the only good one. (I can’t believe I am saying that!) He went an inning and a third of scoreless ball. Obviously, the pitching (or lack of) was the reason the Yanks lost last night.
Defensive Analysis: The defense was pretty good last night. In the 1st, Joba was in one of his many jams. 1st and 3rd with 1 out. But he got Byrd to ground into an inning-ending 6-4-3 double play, which was turned beautifully by Cano. Nick Swisher made another great play in right. In the 3rd, Michael Young hit a sharp liner to right, which Swish caught backhanded while sliding. Yeah, Swish!
Offensive Analysis: The Yankees jumped out with 4 runs in the 1st. It was all done with 2 outs. A 2 out walk for Tex, followed by an Arod single. Matsui’s double scored them both. Jorge hit a 2-run homer. If anyone else was on the mound, I think we would’ve won that game. (Well, maybe not Mitre..OH! I’m sorry, sexy! jk,jk…) The Yanks tacked on one in the 5th via a solo homer by Cano to shorten the defecit to 8-5.
The 9th is where it got interesting. I had the TV on, but I wasn’t watching. I was talkng to fellow blogger EJ on Facebook. The Yankees got the bases loaded with no one out, and scored a bunch of runs. I thought I smelled a walkoff. My man Melky came up with the score 10-9, and 1st and 2nd with just 1 out. I was so nervous for him. He hit a ball right on the screws, and I started to say, “YES!!!” But before I could finish saying it, I saw that Andrus somehow caught it, and he stepped on 2nd to complete the game-ending double play. You should’ve heard me. Not the kind of stuff a lady should say But on the replay, I don’t remember who, but that Yankee was safe sliding back to second. Poor Melky. He couldn’t have hit the ball any harder. A 10-9 loss.
It was a tough, tough loss last night. But if the Yankees HAVE to lose, I’m glad it’s to the Rangers so the Smelly Sox who cheat at Fenway don’t gain any ground. The Yanks now have a 6 game lead over those Sox. Not bad, but I’m insatiable when it comes to a division lead. I always want more. I just have that feeling that the Yankees are going to win tonight. I sure hope I am right. MAKE ME RIGHT, YANKS!!! I LOVE YOU ALL!!!
I’m sure we’ll see it again.
You’ve all seen the heartthrobs of the AL East, now let’s do the rest of the AL.
This rookie is especially cute because he gave Pukilis a headlock takedown!
He just looks like a baby. If you take away the goatee, he’s really cute.
Chicago White Sox
This power hitting outfielder is pretty hot.
This speedy outfielder is pretty cute.
The hometown hero. How cute is that?
I remember when he was hit in the face by a liner from Abreu. He’s still cute.
Just look at him. Hot, cute, everything! I’m a Grady Lady at heart.
He looks so young! He is cute.
Kansas City Royals
He’s good, he’s underrated, and he’s very cute.
Los Angeles Angels
I remember watching him as a rookie. I thought he was cute.
An amazing ballplayer, and really hot.
A very inspiring story. He is so cute. I hope he is a Yankee someday.
Is he cute or what?
He’s like Elvis. Just his first name. And cute.
A newer Mariner, and a cutie.
This rookie is pretty hot.
He was so good in his prime. But he is still cute.
Very underrated. I think he’s adorable. Melky might have a thing for him, too!
Uhh….I have no comment….
Alrighty. Those are the rest of the cuties and hotties of the AL. National league is up next.
Yankees Score 20 Runs in Demoralizing Blowout Of Sox!
Seriously, the hitting was scary last night. And so was the pitching. But whatever. The Yankees took the first game of the series by the score of 20-11! In the last Yankee/Red Sox series, the first game was a blowout followed by a 15 inning pitcher’s duel. Will there be a pitcher’s duel today? Because last night the pitching was horrible!
Pitching Analysis: Andy Pettitte pitched for the Yankees, and he was pretty bad. He went 5 innings and gave up 5 runs on 7 hits. He threw 105 pitches in 5 innings. That’s a little ridiculous. There were so many runs scored last night, so I don’t feel like going through how every run was scored. But trust me, Andy was not too good last night.
Tough night for Andy, but at least the Yanks won.
In relief of Andy came Brian Bruney. He pitched an inning and a third, didn’t give up any runs, but he walked 3 and got himself into a large jam. Damaso Marte was called upon to get out of Bruney’s bases loaded 1 out jam. Marte got his 2 batters out without allowing a run.
Sergio Mitre pitched the final 2 innings, which was a treat for me because I had no idea he would pitch last night and any chance I get to stare at him is fine with me! He had a nice 1-2-3 8th, but he had a little trouble in the 9th. He gave up 4 runs before nailing down the final out. But that doesn’t really matter. The Yankees had a huge lead, so I don’t blame Mitre for going after all the hitters with fastballs. And the more runs he gave up, the longer he would have to pitch, and then I could stare at him more before I went to bed. And he looked so good yesterday…it was hot and he was sweating…so….sexy…but I was glad when he got the last out. Poor baby, he must have been so hot and tired.
So the pitching was awful yesterday, but the Yankees managed to win. That’s cool.
Defensive Analysis: The Yankees were a bit sloppy yesterday. In the 6th, Cano made a throwing error. And the next batter hit a ball into shallow center that for some reason no one caught. Whatever. In the 7th, Swisher made an outstanding play to rob Pedroia of an extra-base hit.
Offensive Analysis: The offense was amazing yesterday. Obviously Brad Penny, (who in case you didn’t see my celebrity lookalike, he looks like Larry the Cable Guy,) was unable to “Get’er Done” last night. The Yankees pounded him nonstop for 4 innings, hitting line drives all over the field. The rest of the Smelly Sox pitchers were unable to “Get’er Done” as well!
Hideki had a huge offensive night!
There was so much offense last night and it will take forever to explain how all 20 runs were gotten, so I will just show this instead:
|Rodriguez, A, 3B||4||2||4||1||1||0||0||.263|
|a-Hairston, J, PH-3B||0||1||0||0||1||0||0||.257|
|Matsui, H, DH||6||2||2||7||0||1||6||.266|
|Cabrera, Me, CF||6||2||4||2||0||0||0||.273|
The offense was amazing last night. The pitching wasn’t, but the Yankees managed to get the win anyway. It was a demoralizing loss for the Smelly Sox last night. The heroes for the Yankee win are every member of the Yankee lineup. Everyone contributed. The Yanks now have a 7.5 game lead in the division! Alrighty then! GET ‘ER DONE BOYS!!! GO YANKEES!!!
There are a lot of players who are “cuties” and “hotties,” so I may have to split this post up into a few smaller posts. As you all know, I love every one of my Yankees, so I’m only going to name a few. EJ, you might not like this post too much.
New York Yankees
Melky always finds a way to make me laugh. He is a cutie.
Francisco is just adorable. I love him. He is a cutie.
He looks like he is a baby. Ramiro is the cutest little rookie.
Sergio has movie-star good looks. He is classified as a hottie.
Tex is adorable! He’s perfect! He is a cutie!
Boston Red Sox
I like the way Jacoby plays the game. He’s cute.
Tampa Bay Rays
Cutie! Isn’t he, Ginny?
Toronto Blue Jays
Marco bounced around from team to team. Now he has a home. He’s a cutie.
CUTIE ALERT! I love this guy!!
Nick is a cutie and a hottie. And a great ballplayer!
This little rookie is a hottie!
Those are all the cuties and hotties of the AL East. The other divisions will be coming up soon!
Homer #31 For Tex Means Difference In Game
It was a pretty good game last night. It may be classified as a Drama Club win. The Yanks were up 3-0, and then late in the game the A’s made it 3-2, but the Yanks held on for the final 2 innings for the win. Usually, the Yankees are “hitting” dramatic. No one said they can’t be “pitching” dramatic. So that’s what it was. A “pitching” dramatic win. The Yankees won 3-2.
Pitching Analysis: Chad Gaudin made his first start in a Yankee uniform last night. He pitched pretty well. Gaudin went 4 & 1/3 innings of shutout ball. He allowed just 1 hit, but 5 walks. He also struck out 5. Girardi pulled him early when he had bases loaded with 1 out. He was not too happy about that. But Aceves came in, and on the first pitch he threw, he got Suzuki (Melky’s horse!) to ground into a 1-2-3 inning ending double play. Nice!
Not the most flattering of photos. Anyway, Gaudin impressed me last night.
Aceves got the win and pitched 2 & 1/3 innings. He gave up 2 runs, but the rest of the Yankee bullpen managed to hold the slim lead. Coke, Hughes, and Mo had scorless outings, and Mo picked up his 36th save of the year.
I thought Chad Gaudin pitched pretty well, better than any of us would’ve imagined. His slider had nice bite to it. I can see he is a strikeout pitcher. Maybe the Yankees can work with him to make him into a dominant force on the mound.
Defensive Analysis: The defense was solid last night. There was an error made on a double play ball. Jeter flipped to Cano, who missed the ball. I thought it should’ve been Jeter’s error, but they gave it to Cano. Johnny Damon made a lovely play in the 3rd. Kennedy hit a foul ball that almost reached the seats. Johhny ran a LONG way to get that ball; we all know how much foul territory that place has. Johnny ran it down and gloved it for the out. Kennedy was pissed. Who says Johhny can’t field? It seems like every day he makes a nice play.
Offensive Analysis: There wasn’t much offense last night on either side. Both teams only got 6 hits, but the Yankees got 3 runs. Jeter singled to leadoff the first (what else is new?). He stole a base, moved up on a Damon groundout, and scored on a Tex groundout. 1-0 Yanks.
Jeet had 2 hits last night. All he does is hit!
In the 4th, Johnny led off with a single. Then Tex came up. He hit a line drive homer to left, a 2-run shot. The ball took like 1 second to get into the seats. Whoever caught the ball received a Tex Message! Ha! 3-0 Yankees. They went on to win 3-2.
Tex is adorable.
It was a good game last night, always good when the Yanks come out on top. The heroes are Chad Gaudin, for pitching well in his first Yankee start, the bullpen for holding the lead, and Mark Teixeira, for providing all 3 RBI’s for the Yanks last night. Tex is MVP! And maybe Jeter for MVP, too. They are both having phenomenal years. The Yankee lead over the smelly Sox remains at 7 games since they also won last night. But look out, Sox! The Yankees are coming into town soon! Be afraid! Be VERY afraid! Hahahaha!
CC Has Great Outing, Nice Way To Help Team Bounce Back
Well, they lost 2 in a row, which probably means they are going to go on another 8 game winning streak. Haha. CC pitched great yesterday, and after awhile, the offense picked itself up again. The Yankees beat the Athletics last night 7-2.
Pitching Analysis: CC Sabathia pitched a wonderful game last night. He went 8 innings and gave up 2 runs on 5 hits, and he struck out 7 along the way. He went deep into the game again. Anybody who still thinks the Yankees were stupid to pay him so much is an idiot. CC is worth his weight in gold, and that is saying something!
CC is such a work horse.
The only runs CC gave up were solo homers. In the first, after Arod was plunked, CC threw behind Kurt Suzuki. On the next pitch, he homered. That’s not the way it was supposed to happen! Anyway, it was great to see CC protect Arod like that. In the 2nd, the rookie Everidge hit a solo homer. But other than that, CC’s performance was flawless.
David Robertson pitched the 9th. The pitching was fabluous last night. I love CC.
Defensive Analysis: The Yankee defense was solid as usual, but the A’s defense was atrocious. In the words of my younger brother Tommy as he watched the game, “All they do is dive and miss!” That really was true last night! They made 4 errors, and were just sloppy all around.
Offensive Analysis: The Yankees had many chances to score, and they didn’t. But then they found their hitting shoes and began scoring. They got a run in the 2nd, thanks to a Melky double and Jeter knocking him in on an error. 1-1 game now. They got another run in the 3rd. Arod singled and scored on a Posada double later on. 2-2 game.
The Yankees blew the game wide open in the 6th. With 1 out, Nick Swisher doubled. Then Melky came up, and again he had a typical Melky moment. He was hit by a pitch in his cute little butt, which had me screaming for him. But after he got hit, he kind of fell on Kurt Suzuki, and he was in an awkward position on him, kind of like he was trying to mount Suzuki or something. It was hysterical. I was laughing, and they got a shot of the whole Yankee dugout. Joba, Mitre, (sexy!) Jorge, Cano, Tony Pena, everyone was laughing and making fun of Melky. When Melky was finally on his feet, he started to chuckle. And wouldn’t you know, this little Melky moment may have sparked the team.
Following Melky’s at-bat, Jeter singled to give the Yanks a 3-2 lead! Then Johnny doubled to score Melky. Tex and Arod walked, Matsui singled, and Jorge got a sac fly. By the end of the inning, it was 7-2 Yanks. That’s the way it wound up.
Jeter had 3 hits last night…AGAIN!
It was a fun game last night. Great pitching, a big offensive inning, and Melky having a Melky moment. The heroes for the win are CC, for having another great start, Jeter, for having 3 hits for the 3rd game in a row, and Melky, for sparking the team by just being himself. I love him The Red Sox (smelly Sox) won, so the Yankees’ lead remains at 7 games. Tonight Chad Gaudin makes his first start as a Yankee, and we wish him luck. GOOD LUCK! AND GO YANKEES!!!
Johnny and Swish. Which is the bigger idiot? I love these guys.
Yanks Take Game 2, Good Pitching and Timely Hitting
I found some time today to squeeze in a blog entry! It was a pretty good game last night. The Yankees won thanks to some runs late in the game, so they were kind if “The Drama Club” last night. They had great pitching, and some timely hitting. The Yankees beat the Mariners 4-2.
Pitching Analysis: Andy Pettitte started for the Yanks last night. He started out badly, giving up singles to Ichiro and Gutierrez, a double to Lopez, and an RBI groundout to Griffey. He gave up 2 runs in the 1st, stormed angrily back into the dugout, and knocked over the thing of sunflower seeds. Andy decided that that was enough runs to give up. He wanted to pitch better, and he did. Andy was superb. He went 6 innings, and just gave up those 2 runs, 6 hits, and he had 10 strikeouts along the way. Great job, Andy!
After allowing 2 runs in the 1st, Andy got tough.
In relief of Andy came Brian Bruney, Phil Hughes, and Mariano Rivera. All of them had scoreless outings. Hughes got the win, and Mo got his 34th save of the year! The Yankees had great pitching last night.
Defensive Analysis: Good pitching, good defense. They go hand-in-hand. The defense was solid again last night as the Yankees played errorless ball and made every play.
Offensive Analysis: The Mariners pitched very well last night, and the Yankees struggled against him. But they got enough runs to win.
In the 2nd, Jorge Posada hit a ball that went off the top of the wall. He thought it was a homer, so he asked for the instant replay. The umpires ruled that it was a double, so Jorge had to settle for that. Cano grounded out, which moved Jorge to 3rd. Swisher walked, and then Jerry Hairston hit a double play ball to short. But Swish slid hard into 2nd, and broke up the DP. Hairston was safe at 1st, and Posada scored. Yanks down 2-1.
In the 5th with 2 out and the Yanks still trailing 2-1, my man Melky got himself an infield single. He smelled the hit and hustled all the way. Then as Jeter was up, a wild pitch was thrown, which enabled Melky to go to 2nd. Then Jeter got himself a seeing eye single, and Melky scored to tie the game! Imagine that. A harmless 2 out infield single, and before you knew it, the game was tied. 2-2.
With the game still tied heading into the 9th, Mark Teixeira came up to the plate. Well, the “Texicutioner” struck again. He hit a home run, his 30th of the year! Is he “On the Mark,” or what! 3-2 Yankees. The Yanks tacked on another one, as Cano doubled and Swisher knocked him in. Mo closed it out, and the Yankees won 4-2. It was a well-played game.
The Yankees took the 2nd game of this 4 game set, and they really played well. They had great pitching, and not much hitting, but they got the hits that added up to runs. The heroes for the win are Andy Pettitte, for vowing to do better after knocking over sunflower seeds and actually doing it, the Yankee bullpen for holding the game where it was, and Mark Teixeira, for his blast that put the Yankees on the winning end. The Red Sox won against the Rangers (damn!) so the 6.5 game lead the Yankees have remains at just that. Sexy-boy Mitre pitches tonight, so I hope he will be alright.
I will be opening my presents and having my cake TONIGHT! A day early, since my aunt has to catch a plane on Sunday. I can’t wait!
GO YANKEES! WIN FOR ME, BOYS! I LOVE YOU!
Bombers Bang Out 11 Runs, CC Very Strong
The last time the Yankees went out west, they lost every game. They made sure that wouldn’t happen this time. They weren’t exactly The Drama Club last night, but I’ll settle for a blowout. Unlike the last 13-6 blowout vs the Red Sox, this blowout was actually a well played game. The Yankees beat the Mariners 11-1.
Pitching Analysis: CC Sabathia was just incredible. If anybody says the Yankees were stupid to pay CC so much because he is not that good, then either they are just jealous or they need to have their head examined. CC went 8 innings, and 74 of his 105 pitches were for strikes. He gave up 1 run, a 2 out solo shot by Josh Wilson in the 5th, and just 3 hits while striking out 10! It was a beautiful performance by CC. It was a nice way to follow up his great start against Boston. His past 2 successful starts should give him something to build on.
CC was fantastic last night.
Brian Bruney pitched a scoreless 9th. CC gave everyone else in the pen the night off. Pitching was definetely a plus last night!
Defensive Analysis: As with solid pitching, the defense was solid. In the 3rd, Ichiro managed to get a hit with 1 out, but it was quickly erased due to a lovely turned 6-4-3 double play.
Offensive Analysis: It was a fun night to be a Yankee at the plate. 11 runs on 15 hits! In the 2nd inning, with runners on 1st and 2nd with 2 out, Jerry Hairston hit a bloop double, which scored a run. He has done nothing but good things for the Yankees. Another run scored due to a wild pitch. 2-0 Yankees.
In the 3rd, the Yankees scored 3 more runs, thanks to the longball. Jeter hit a leadoff homer, and Matsui hit a line drive 2-run home run. 5-0 Yankees! In the 6th, Jeter singled and scored on a Mark Teixeira double. 6-0 Yankees.
Jeter rounding 3rd after his homer.
The 7th was another big inning for the Yanks. Johnny Damon led off with a double, then Tex walked. After a pitching change, Matsui singled, which scored Johnny. Swish walked to load the bases with 0 out! With 1 out, Melky got an RBI groundout. So with 2 out, Jerry Hairston, or as EJ calls him, “The J-Hey Kid,” got another 2 out hit that scored a run. It was now 9-1! In the 8th, Hideki Matsui hit a 2-run homer to bring the score to 11-1. He had quite a night at the plate!
So the Yankees bats were sleepless in Seattle last night. They got contributions from players up and down the lineup. The heroes are Hideki Matsui, for filling in nicely for Arod in the cleanup spot and going 4 for 5 with 2 homers and 5 RBI, Jerry Hairston for proving he can hit with 2 out, and CC Sabathia, for a fabolous start and for giving everyone in the pen accept Bruney a day off. The Tigers beat the Red Sox last night, so the Yankee lead is now even more cozy at 6.5 games! Yippeeee! GO YANKEES!
**Note** My aunt from Florida and my Grandma from the city are coming to visit me today and will stay for the weekend in honor of my 16th birthday on Sunday. So I might not have time to post or comment, because we will be busy. But I would love to if I could, so I will try to make time, but I’m not making any promises :)
Yankees Win Again in Dramatic Fashion
I’m giving the Yankees the nickname “The Drama Club.” It seems like every time the Yankees win, they do it dramatically. That definetely was the case last night. I was so happy when they won, because I wanted them to win for Melky on his birthday. The Yanks beat the Blue Jays by the score of 7-5.
Pitching Analysis: Joba Chamberlain pitched for the Yankees last night. It was an adequate start for Joba. He went 6 innings, giving up 4 runs on 5 hits, striking out 5 along the way. He was good early, but then ran into a little trouble.
Joba’s performance was not as good as he wanted it to be.
Joba had a scorless 1st, and an easy 1-2-3 11 pitch 2nd inning. It got a little ugly in the third. Joba walked the #9 hitter (never a smart idea) Joe Inglett, who has a really cool batting stance. Then Scutaro singled. Hill forced out, and the Adam Lind walked to load the bases. Then cleanup hitter Lyle Overbay, the obvious annoying guy of this series, hit a double in the right-center gap which cleared the bases and tied the game at 3. Ugh. In the 4th, Joba gave up a leadoff home run to the rookie Randy Ruiz, which gave the Jays a 4-3 lead.
Bruney pitched a scorless 7th, Coke and Robertson combined for a scorless 8th, and Mo picked up the save in the 9th. But he actually gave up a run! (GASP!) Edwin Encarnacion hit a solo home run to centerfield. Mo actually did the worst out of all the relievers. But he got the save, so whatever!
The pitching was pretty good last night. If you take away the 3rd, Joba pitched very well. The bullpen did a wonderful job of keeping the game at 4-3, and giving the Yankees the opportunity to win.
Defensive Analysis: The defense was again strong last night. The Yanks played errorless baseball once again. In the 1st inning, Johnny Damon made a nice play. Scutaro hit a liner to left, and it was a little over Johnny’s head. Damon went back, and thanks to a little jump, he caught the ball. Nice way to start the game.
Offensive Analysis: The Yankees came out swinging against Richmond. Jeter hit a first pitch single, followed by a Damon double. Tex singled to score Jeter. The Jorge hit a 2 out double, which scored Damon. For some unknown reason, Tex attempted to score, and failed miserably. He touched third base when the cuttoff man released the ball. That was a stupid way to end the inning. And for a long time, I thought that play would be the difference in the game.
In the 2nd, Cano got a leadoff double, moved to third because of a balk, and then scored on a sac fly by the birthday boy, Leche. That made it 3-0, and that was all the offense for a long time.
The bottom of the 8th is where it all changed. Hideki Matsui, who was 0 for 3 at the time, hit an ENORMOUS home run into right field. ENORMOUS!!! That tied the game at 4, and gave the crowd something to cheer about. Then Posada comes up, and he hits a home run to right field! But Cito Gaston wanted to make sure it was a home run. From his angle, it looked like a fan stole the ball from Inglett. But according to the replay, Inglett just missed it, and it was ruled a home run! YAY! Yankeed lead 5-4! How dramatic was that?!
Matsui hits a bomb to tie the game………
……and Posada hits one to give Yanks the lead! BACK-TO-BACK!!!
The Yankees weren’t done yet. Hinske hit a 1 out double. Then my man Melky hit a single, which scored pinch runner Jerry Hairston. Melky stole second, and scored on a Johnny Damon single. Melky had a nice birthday. He was 1 for 3 with 2 RBI, 1 run, and a stolen base.
What a game for the Yankees! They jumped out early, then lost the lead, but came back dramatically late in the game and held on for the lead! The heroes for last night are Jorge & Hideki, for providing back-to-back drama, which was the 3rd night in a row the Yankees went back-to-back. The other heroes are Bruney, Coke, Robertson, and Mo for shutting down the Blue Jay offense and giving the Yankees the chance to make it dramatic. I’ll throw Melky in there as well, just for having a nice birthday. I love you, Melky! There was no change in the Yankee lead in the division. The Red Sox won as well, cheating it up at home and having brawls with cute rookie pitchers. How classless are they? The rubber game of the series will be played in the afternoon, and the Yanks look to live up to the new name I gave them. GO YANKEES!
I have a quick lookalike. I think there is a small resemblance between these two pitchers.
Last night’s starter Scott Richmond…..
……and Yankee star Dave Righetti!
They kind of look alike. They are making the same face. It is hard to tell from the pictures, but last night I noticed it.
Happy Birthday, Leche My Love
Today, August 11th, is Melky Cabrera’s 25th birthday. Melky has come such a long way as a Yankee. I remember back in ’05 when he was just a rookie. He was so nervous, and kept dropping balls in the outfield. What a cutie. And now look at him. He is such an important player to this team. I’m going to reminsice about some of my favorite Melky moments.
My most prized card: Melky’s rookie card.
When he was just a rookie and was dropping balls, I immediately fell for him. But after that, he got good. I remember on June 6th of 2006, in the 8th inning in a game against the Red Sox, Manny Ramirez hit a ball DEEP to centerfield, and it looked like a home run. But Melky had other ideas. He leapt over the wall, stealing a home run from Manny. This was known as “The Melky Catch,” and went down as the most outstanding catch of the season in ’06.
“The Melky Catch.”
On June 15h of ’07 Melky became the second youngest Yankee to hit a walkoff home run, second only to Mickey Mantle. Many more walkoffs followed for Melky, as he leads the team with 3 this year. Melky has been the clutchest Yankee this year, and has proved to be quite a threat from the #9 hole. In my opinion, Melky can bat in many places in the lineup, probably everywhere but 3rd, 4th, or 5th. He is a very versatile player.
A mob ready to greet Melky after a walkoff win.
Melky made Yankee history recently this year. On August 2nd in Chicago, Melky hit for the cycle, the first Yankee to do so since Tony Fernandez (I’m sure you all knew that!). I was so proud of him.
Melky being goofy on the day he hit for the cycle.
Melky always finds a way to make me laugh. On July 24th of this year against the Oakland Athletics, Melky had a typical Melky moment. In the 7th inning, he led off with a single.Then Jeter hit a ball to short, and Orlando Cabrera flipped to second, but a hustling Melky beat it out, giving Jeter a hit! But after being called safe, Melky started losing his balance, and dancing around trying to stay on the base. He fell over, but kept his foot on the bag! He was safe! That had me hysterically laughing for a good 10 minutes.
Another Melky walkoff.
There was another thing this year that was typically Melky. I think it was some time in May. I don’t remember the date, or who the Yankees were facing, because it was before I had my blog. But this was funny. Melky hit a foul ball that bounced and hit him in his….uhh…you know where. He winced and fell to the ground, the poor baby was in pain! The trainer had to come out and give him smelling salts. The whole dugout was laughing at him, and I was crying for him! Melky finally recovered, and continued his at-bat. After every pitch, poor little Melky stepped out of the box and jumped up and down, fiddling…uhh…”down there”. He wound up getting a hit and reaching base. When he got back into the dugout, his teammates were teasing him.
A random picture of Melky. He looks pumped up!
Whether making a great play, or getting a clutch hit, doing a crazy handshake in the dugout, or just being himself, Melky has become a great player for the Yankees. Melky is my favortite Yankee, because he is a great player with a unique personality. I hope he remains a Yankee for the rest of his career, because I know this team will not be the same without him. Melky, if you ever stumble across my blog and read this, I just want you to know that I think you are amazing in so many ways. I hope the Yankees win for you tonight.
Happy birthday Melky!
This is for you!