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I haven’t blogged yet in June? And it’s June 10th? This is blashpemous. But I think I will be able to blog more now. Why? Because SCHOOL IS OVER!!!! I had my last class day on June 8, and I had my calculus final yesterday (I don’t wanna talk about it…). Tonight is the Academic Award Ceremony. All I have left this year is to finish my stained glass project for art, and a history New York State Regents exam on the 18th, which will no-doubt be a piece of cake since I took the AP, which is 100 times harder. My brother’s graduation is on the 19th. And after graduation, it will by MY turn to be a senior. Me. A Senior? Time sure flies…

The Yankees went 6-2 since the last time I blogged. They swept the Orioles, lost 2 of 3 to the Jays (thankfully, they salvaged the last game and started a new winning streak) and won the first two of this series against the Orioles. The Yankees are now just 2 games behind the Rays. They have been playing better baseball of late.

I was freaking out during last night’s game. The pen that I used since I started my blog last year, finally died. I tried to revive it; it made one last scribble, then was gone. It was a tragic moment. As many of you know, I am a superstitious nut when it comes to my Yankees. That was the pen they won the World Series with. Would they win another one without it? I’ve had bad luck with pens and the Yankees before, like when I stole Joe Torre’s pen in the Yankee dugout in 2001 and they didn’t win a World Series for years. I was afraid I started a new Curse of the Pen.

Lucky for me, they won last night. And I slept well.

Pitching Analysis: CC Sabathia obviously didn’t have his best stuff last night. He struggled early, making that flustered, pathetic face, but stuck it out and got the win. He found it later on, and turned what seemed to be a bad start into a good one. CC pitched 7 innings, allowed 2 runs on 9 hits and 3 walks, and struckout 8. That was the kind of performance that separates the good pitchers from the great pitchers. CC was able to pull himself together, and kept the team in the game despite his lack of stuff. CC, you are a great pitcher ♥

                                 June 09, 2010: CC Sabathia , starting pitcher for the New York Yankees during a game against the hometown Baltimore Orioles at Oriole Park at Camden Yards in Baltimore, Maryland. The Yankees beat the Orioles 4 - 2.

 Good job last night!

Joba and Mo did their jobs, and held on to give the team the 4-2 win.

Offensive Analysis: The Yankees had to play catch-up last night, since the Orioles jumped out to an early 2-0 lead. But I had faith in my boys. Robinson Cano, the AL leader in batting average (.376) led off the 4th with a single. He eventually came around to score on Curtis Granderson’s sac fly. Nice situational hitting, my little cutie ;) That made it 2-1.

                    Robinson Cano of the New York Yankees follows through on a base hit off of Baltimore Orioles starting pitcher Kevin Millwood in the first inning of their MLB American League baseball game in Baltimore, Maryland June 8, 2010. REUTERS/Joe Giza (UNITED STATES - Tags: SPORT BASEBALL)

 Rob-bie!

In the 5th, Tex and A-Rod singled, and Cano drove in Tex with an RBI single to tie the game 2. Posada knocked in the go-ahead run with an RBI groundout. 3-2 Yanks!

Michael Kay is such a jinx. But sometimes, in a good way. This was the case in the 8th last night. With Brett Gardner on 2nd, my Francisco Cervelli came up to the plate. Kay was saying how Cervelli was only 2 for his last 25, and that he may be getting tired from all the playing, and yadda yadda yadda. So what does my baby do? He “Cerv’d” a ball right up the middle for an RBI single, making it 4-2 Yanks. Oh, Cervelli…how I love you.

                 New York Yankees batter Francisco Cervelli lines a base hit off of Baltimore Orioles relief pitcher WIll Ohman to score a run in the eighth inning of their MLB American League baseball game in Baltimore, Maryland June 9, 2010.  REUTERS/Joe Giza (UNITED STATES - Tags: SPORT BASEBALL)

 The definition of adorable…

Look what my Dad just ordered for me for an end-of-the-year present. It is the coolest thing ever!

http://www.zazzle.com/you_got_cervd_tshirt-235078564619924221

                             June 09, 2010: Francisco Cervelli  for the New York Yankees throws down to first base during a game against the hometown Baltimore Orioles at Oriole Park at Camden Yards in Baltimore, Maryland. The Yankees beat the Orioles 4 - 2.

 ♥

It was a good game last night. The heroes for the victory are CC, for his turn-around performance, Robbie Cano, for his 3 hits again, and Francisco Cervelli, just because I ADORE him :)

I’m glad I’ll be able to watch the Yankees and blog at will again. Summer is awesome.

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 ...

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!!!!!!!!!!!!!

The Curse of the Pen


Did I Curse My Yankees?

I was only 8 years old. I didn’t know any better. 8 year olds put their hands on everything, even when they know they shouldn’t. But I guess that’s not much of an excuse for what I did, or what I believe I did.

August 1st, 2001. I was 8 years old. My parents were going to take me and my two brothers on a tour of Yankee Stadium. We were to see the field, Monument Park, the retired numbers, the dugout, everything. I was so excited. It was going to be the day of a lifetime.

We took the long drive down to the Bronx and finally were there. I don’t know how long the drive was; to an 8 year old anything above 15 minutes is long. I remember marveling at the beauty of the ballpark, and seeing how it was so much bigger than on tv. The last part of the tour was the visit to the dugout. And that’s where it happened.

We were instructed to take a seat on the bench of the dugout. I sat next to a crease between two cushions. The tour guide was telling us about the dugout, and I wasn’t really listening. I was becoming restless. I was running my hands all over the dugout. I came to the crease, and I stuck my hand in it. I was feeling around, hoping I would find some kind of unknown treasure. As I was thinking those thoughts, I felt something. It was a pen. My Dad told me to get my hand out of there, and I took it out, holding the pen. I told my Dad I found a pen, and he was like, “Oh, how about that.” He was not too excited. But I felt that I made an amazing discovery. The tour was finished, and we left for home. I held my head up proudly.

 
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From left to right: my little brother Tommy, me, my Dad, my big brother Bobby. This is when I found the pen!

On the drive home, we were trying to think of whose pen that could’ve been. My Dad said Joe Torre, because it was in the spot where he always sat. That night as we watched the game on the tv, we noticed that Joe Torre was a bit cranky. “It’s because of the pen!” my Mom joked. But later in the game, Jeter made a baserunning error, and when he got back to the dugout, Torre was livid. He was actually angry. He talked to Jeter in what seemed like a harsh tone. He never does that! We thought it was because he was annoyed that his pen wasn’t there!

It may seem like a ridiculous coincidence, but the Yankees have not won the World Series since I stole Torre’s pen. I think I cursed my Yankees. Why else would Torre have been furious that night? Many times, I have tried to tell the Yankee organization about the pen, but I never got a response. The last thing I wanted to do was to curse the team I live for! I still have the pen, and I never even wrote with it. I am keeping it safe in case someday I can send it back to the Yankees. I really hope the Yankees win the World Series this year so the curse will be over. But until then, the Curse of the Pen remains.

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 There it is: the pen that cursed the Yankees.

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