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October 21, 2010 Leave a comment

Last night, Berkman made his way over to the same warning track in foul territory that he slipped on earlier in the game. This time, wearing metal spikes, caught the pop-up to end the game after Mariano Rivera came in for three outs to end Game 5 and force a Game 6 Friday night.

I glanced to my left to give high fives all around, yelling out WE’RE GOIN TO TEXAS, BABY!  Rudy Giuliani passed me by, and then Mayor Bloomberg followed suit, exiting into a cavern on the other side of the moat in front of section 121a.

Wait, what?

Somehow, I ended up with a ticket to last night’s game.  It was my first Yankee playoff game.  I had been looking to go Tuesday night for around $100-$125 and sit somewhere without an obstructed view.  Not only was it my first playoff game, it was my first time in one of the Legends Suites at the new stadium, in Section 121a, 20 rows behind home plate.

I got a text from my father around 12:15 yesterday afternoon, asking if I wanted to go.  It was an easy decision to leave early from my 1pm class to get ready and be on my way with my step-brother Will and two of his friends to the Bronx.

Whatever Girardi said to the team after Game 4 worked, because we know that the Yankees beat the Rangers in a very one-sided game with a final score of 7-2.  Swisher, Cano, and Granderson hit solo shots, after Posada chugged a run in after two errant throws and the Yankees never looked back.  Sabathia worked in and out of trouble, allowing 11 hits in 6 innings but only giving up two runs.  He performed like a true ace, as he led his team to victory while their backs were up against the wall.

While every Yankee blog and beat reporter has a full game story posted, I figured this was my chance to share my thoughts on the Legends seats.

First off, they’re not seats, they’re La-Z-Boys with tons of room.

Next, the view is unreal.  It’s one thing to stand behind the plate at a minor league stadium, but in the Bronx, it’s easily the best view in the house.  I’m used to squinting from the bleachers, so this was a nice change of scenery.

As far as the wait staff, we wound up waiting a while.  Agitation set in between innings as we noticed people around us were getting their orders before us, even though they ordered after us.  I didn’t mind because it wasn’t my chicken tenders that were late to our seats, I made way to my lucky stadium dinner, the BBQ chicken sandwich from the Southern BBQ stand in the leftfield corner.  Swisher and Cano hit back to back jacks while I was covered in BBQ sauce, so the trend continues that they score runs while I’m stuffing my face, unable to clap or stand to cheer.

I’ve long said that the Bleacher Creatures are the best fans to be around in the stadium, and I thought that the home plate seats were full of businessman who attended games as if it were the thing to do, not because of their love for the Yankees.  I was wrong.  These fans are into every pitch, and possess real baseball knowledge.  This whole time, I thought they were talking about politics and supply-demand graphs and charts.

Next up is another do or die game, just like Game 5 was.  This time, they’re back in Texas, and St. Phil takes the mound.  As long as the bats show up like they did last night and Phil doesn’t completely blow it, they’ll force a Game 7 and face some guy Lee… but Game 6 comes first, and every player wearing pinstripes knows that.

Here’s my video of Mo coming in for the 9th:

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Categories: Game Recap, Playoffs

Bitter Feelings Following a Win

July 25, 2010 Leave a comment

Game #97: Yankees beat the Royals 12-6 today at home, but it wasn’t pretty, and I’ve got a few bitter feelings to share regarding the day’s headlines.

– Let’s start with the biggest concern: Alex Rodriguez having to leave the game after being hit by a pitch by Royals righty Blake Wood.  After an intentional walk to Jeter to load the bases, Swisher and Teixeira hit singles, and A-Rod would have his shot at 600 once again.  Wood dialed up a few pitches between 93 and 95 mph, one of which he swung through and fell to one knee, Reggie-style.  The second brushback pitch did more than that, seeming to hit Rodriguez on both the left forearm and hand.  I would believe that there’s at least one small broken bone somewhere, watching him fall to his hands and knees, holding that arm.  There may not be any more pressing* for the media to write about if he’s to miss some time.

*A-Rod is 5 for 11 with one walk since hitting #599.

UPDATE: A-Rod is “fine.”  Whew.

– Joba Chamberlain looks lost out there.  Running into 3-2 counts left and right, surrendering two runs in an inning of “relief.”  Watching him pitch lately gives me agita.  While watching today’s broadcast, I could only wonder how this would help or hurt our chances to get Haren if Joba were to be included.  Which brings me to my next point…

– Dan Haren has been traded to the LA Angels of Anaheim for Joe Saunders, Rafael Rodriguez and Patrick Corbin along with a player to be named later.  ARI said that they believe Corbin and the PTBNL are “outstanding” talents.  Please.  Sounds like a pure salary dump to me, and as Ken Davidoff tweets, “NYY hadn’t spoken with ARI in 2 days on Haren. Never seriously engaged, at least in their minds.”

With Cliff Lee and Dan Haren both coming back to the American League, I wonder if Brian Cashman is really prospect-hugging here, or if teams aren’t willing to help make the strong stronger by not trading with the Yankees.  My friend and Yankees United contributor “themyerburger” aka Chris Myers had this to say regarding teams dealing with the Yankees:

Teams are just trying to get maximum return.. We have the prospects and money so when we say no they leave

He’s right.  Get him a GM job somewhere.  Maybe even Arizona where their interim GM gives away the team’s best pitcher.

My take, it’s neither of those reasons.  We get excited and tweet and post blogs about rumors, expecting the best possible outcome for our team when in retrospect, they’re exactly that: rumors.  Reading too far into what baseball beat reporters and “insiders” is overkill, because they’re paid to write words on these types of things.  Teams can now negotiate through the media while every writer is looking to break the story first, when perhaps there’s no story to be broken at all.

– Why is Chan Ho Park still on the team?  DFA already, bring Albaladejo back up.

I’m the optimist who likes to end on a high note so I’ll leave with some Yankee thoughts that aren’t so bitter…

  • Boone Logan not pitching like Boone Logan
  • Cano getting hit #1,000 in the same game as #999 so we don’t have to hear about him pressing at the plate
  • The Captain with 3 hits and a stolen base
  • Grandy’s two solo shots
  • The hit ‘n run pulled off in the 8th, scoring Cano from first after Gardner (back from the hospital) slapped one to LF
  • Hughes getting win number 12, only real blemishes were the two home runs given up.  No walks today in his rain-shortened outing, always a good sign.

photo credit: (AP Photo/Kathy Willens)

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Game 89 Recap: TB 4, NYY 5

July 17, 2010 1 comment

To start, gotta give credit where it’s due, stole this from Mike Axisa over at RAB, sums up the feeling of last night’s game, and what it meant to us Yankee fans:

The Yankees just don’t seem to lose games like this. Whenever they’re playing with a heavy heart, the Bombers always manage to come out on top. They’re not just wins either, they’re memorable wins that remind us just why we love baseball and how lucky we are to be Yankee fans.

The team looked sluggish over the first 6 innings, being shut down by James Shields.  Nick Swisher had probably his best personal performance in pinstripes, first an RBI single that Carlos Pena nearly snagged to score Brett Gardner in the 3rd, then tied the game at 4 in the bottom of the 8th with a BOMB into the deck in rightfield, and for his encore, won the game with a walk-off single to right, scoring Granderson.

Other things I liked:

  • Mariano Rivera placing the flowers on home plate
  • The Bleacher Creatures wearing black, the autographed sign, and the silenced roll call
  • Back to back home runs from Cano and Posada
  • Tampa’s stirrup socks
  • Mo getting the 5th pickoff of his career, nabbing Upton at first in the 9th.
  • Heard that even the Boston Red Sox offered a moment of silence for the Boss.

What I didn’t care for: the patches don’t look all that great, but I respect the support.

Tidbit from Josh Thomson, filling in for Chad Jennings at the LoHud Yankee Blog:  The Yankees are 14-2 in CC’s last 16 home starts. He is 11-0 with a 2.14 ERA, good for the longest active home winning streak in the Majors. The streak dates back to last year’s All-Star break.

…now that’s an ace.

Up next: Today is Old Timer’s Day!

No pies in Spring Training?

March 4, 2010 Leave a comment

The Yankees kicked off their Spring Training schedule with a 6-3 walk-off win against the Pirates yesterday.  It’s nice to see that the Yankees still have that clutch ability to win games in dramatic fashion from last year.

Ok.  So it’s Spring Training.  Against the Pirates.  In March.  But tell me you’re not excited to finally watch baseball again.  Besides, this is good practice for when I start blogging when the games actually count.

Some notes and reactions from Wednesday’s game…

-Guadin, Mitre, and Aceves are well behind Joba and Hughes in terms of the 5th rotation spot competition, but it’s nice to see them throwing strikes this early in camp.

-The wind was crazy yesterday, with Hoffmann and Gardner backtracking on two straight deep fly balls, gotta give credit to both for sticking with them and not caring that there’s a fence behind you (hello Bobby Abreu).  Also, Nick Johnson hit a rocket over “Outfielder to Be Named Later’s” head thanks to the wind.  Otherwise, that ball gets caught and the Yankees probably don’t score 3 runs that inning.

-Gotta be nice for Colin Curtis to start off his Spring with a walk-off home run.  He led the Arizona Fall League with a .731 slugging percentage, and is vying for a mid-season call-up if he continues to hit well at AAA.

-Eduardo Nunez can fly.  Faster than Brett Gardner?

-Question, bring back the pies in 2010?  I guess AJ Burnett knows the answer, but let’s at least hope that the Yankees continue to come up big with the game on the line.

Yanks up against the Phil’s today in ST Game #2, but no Jeter, ARod, Teixeira, or Granderson in the lineup.  CC vs. Roy.  Nice that we don’t have to see Halladay much anymore now that he’s out of the AL East.  Oh and Nick Johnson’s already scratched from today’s lineup.  Wonderful.

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