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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

ALCS Rotation Set + Opinion Poll

October 13, 2010 2 comments

Yankees:

Game 1:CC Sabathia (21-7, 3.18 ERA)
Game 2: Phil Hughes (18-8, 4.18 ERA)
Game 3: Andy Pettitte (11-3, 3.28 ERA)
Game 4: A.J. Burnett (10-15, 5.26 ERA)

Rangers:

Game 1: C.J. Wilson (15-8, 3.35 ERA)
Game 2: Colby Lewis (12-13, 3.72 ERA)
Game 3: Cliff Lee (12-9, 3.18 ERA)
Game 4: Tommy Hunter (13-4, 3.73 ERA)

With Games 1 and 2 in Texas, I like having Hughes at 2 instead of 3, as it plays to his strengths.  He has better numbers on the road (3.47 ERA on the road vs. 4.66 ERA at home), and has pitched well at the Ballpark in Arlington (the near no-hitter in 2007 comes to mind).   The flyballs he gives up at Yankee Stadium sometimes turn into cheapie home runs (20 HR at home vs. 5 HR on the road).

Should the series go to games 5, 6, or 7, I see it repeating as CC, Hughes, and Pettitte.

Of course, should the Yankees go down 2-1 or worse lose the first 3 games, I don’t think there’s a chance that Burnett starts game 4, we probably see the big man on short rest, something we’ve all seen him do, whether with the Brewers in 08 or last year with the 3-man rotation in 09.

While the Yankees have a .655 OPS against Lee since 2007, the Rangers have a .660 OPS against Sabathia.  Something to think about how they feel in Texas, has to be somewhat similar to all the Lee hoopla in Game 3 in the New York media.  Having Pettitte face Lee is no wash, so you’re simply not just throwing Game 3.

We as Yankees fans should be counting our blessings that the ALDS matchup between the Rays and Rangers went five games, now we may only have to face Lee once in Game 3.  He would go again in Game 7, so let’s hope we take it in 5 or 6.

Good work, Girardi, this guy approves.

So, what’s your ideal rotation for the ALCS, did Girardi make the right move, or would you have gone with something else?  Vote and share your thoughts

ALDS Game 1: Yankees at Twins

October 6, 2010 2 comments

Outstanding piching performances in today’s first two Division Series games… Lee going for 7 IP with 10 K’s and 1 ER.  Oh, and Roy Halladay pitched a no-no against the Red’s high powered offense.

NY Yankees vs. Minnesota Twins

Target Field

8:37 start time, TBS

8:37 First pitch to Jeter, fastball from Liriano taken outside for a strike.

8:39 Jeter strikes out swinging.  We’re doomed.   /sarcasm

8:41 I wish the Yankees had a theme song like they did last year with “Empire State of Mind”

8:42 well that was quick.  3 up, 3 down, Twins coming up to bat in the bottom of the first

8:45 I’m really diggin the TBS Pitch Trax.

8:48 the big man fielding his position well, one out with that sac bunt, Span in scoring position with 1 out

8:51 CC gets Mauer swinging on a good breaking ball.

8:52 ground ball up the middle that CC tries to kick, through his legs and naturally Robbie Cano is behind the bag to throw out Young at first to end the inning.

8:57 ARod and Cano with bad swings on pitches, 2 quick outs.

9:02 2 runners on after Thames walks and Posada slaps a single through the right side.  Up to Granderson.

9:03 Caught.  One hopper to Cuddyer, steps on the bag to end the inning.

9:07 CC drills Thome in the right shoulder.  Clearly unintentional but will be interesting to see if there’s any retalliation.

9:08 and just like that it’s 2-0 as Michael Cuddyer hits a line drive over the centerfield wall into the trees.

9:12 Sabathia’s slider looks much better than his fastball so far

9:20 Gardner seeing a ton of pitches.. I like it.  Works a 7-pitch leadoff walk.  GGBG

9:25 Jeter drops one in front of Delmon Young in leftfield on a 3-2 offspeed pitch.  2 on, no out.

9:31 Liriano making us look silly.  Swisher and Teixeira fly out, Rodriguez goes down swinging.

9:41 with Hudson going on 3-2.  Mauer taps to Teix far off first, footrace to the bag and Teixeira slides for the out, but Hudson makes it to third hustling all the way

9:42 swing and a miss, and the pitch deflects off the heel of Posada’s pitch.  Ball rolls into Minnesota’s dugout and Hudson scores.  3-0 Twins.

9:46 Thome hits into the shift to Cano, to end the inning. Yankees coming up, and need to string together some hits before it’s too late

9:52 that inning ended so fast that I didn’t even know it happened until I heard the crowd roar as Posada was rung up by home plate umpire.  1-2-3 innings are killer at bat

10:03 Shit My Dad Says, “They gotta get goin here!”

10:07 Bill’s gettin angry.

10:22 Liriano sits down 10 straight.  Yankees beating themselves: CC’s hit-by-pitch

10:22: Almost forgot about Craig Sager’s Joker suits.  Atrocious.

10:23 Teix with a double.  Time to cash in and get rid of that goose egg.

10:26 ARod walks on 3-2 on a pitch that looked closer to the plate than Pitch Trax accounted for.  Cano up

10:27 Cano blasts one past Cuddyer at first into rightfield, almost took Alex’s legs out  Teix scores, not sure why ARod isn’t at third.  Thought Kubel’s arm was trash in RF?

10:33 pitch number 103 for Liriano is lined over the head of Orlando Hudson, Posada with his second hit to RF, this one an RBI single scoring ARod.  Teix stays put at third, 3-2 game in the sixth

10:36 Granderson quiets the crowd after hitting a mile high flyball off the electronic scoreboard in right-center.  2 come in as they were running with two outs and Grandy is on third, Minnesota going to the bullpen.

10:42 Need a shutdown inning from Carsten Charles

10:46 close call there, my father says “ohhh shiiiittttt kiss that baby goodbye” as I keep my eyes on Gardner, who settled right under it at the track.  Hit the weights, Delmon.

10:50 Gardner can’t come up with the catch, would have been quite the web gem.  Thankfully Thome was running and doesn’t score there.  Kubel up with 2 out, runners on second and third.

10:54 the rookie Valencia up with the bases loaded, Sabathia walks him to score the tying run.  Get it together big guy.

10:57 CC strikes out Hardy to end that threat, but so much for that “shutdown inning” as Twins tie game at 4.

11:03 Swishy goin up the middle, standing on 1st with 1 out, Teixeira and ARod up next.

11:07 the quietest home run I’ve ever seen.  No commentary, no crowd reaction.  A Teixecution!  Yankees back on top 6-4 in the top of the 7th.

11:15 ARod swipes second.  Haven’t seen him take off in so long

11:20 Logan the LOOGY’s in with Span, Hudson, Mauer due up in the 7th

11:29 great job by Logan, who gets first two lefty’s out, and Mauer grounds a ball into rightfield that Teixeira probably gets to.  Mauer’s on first now, Girardi going to his pen once again.

11:36 D-Rob gets Thome to swing at a curve in the dirt to end the inning after the walk to Young.  Interesting to see if you let Robertson start the 8th or hand it over to Kerry Wood.

11:54 Kerry Wood looks pretty nasty

11:58 gotta love infield hits.  Mo getting ready in the pen. 2 on, 1 out in the 8th.  I’d love a double play here, who wouldn’t?

12:00 got the ground ball, but hit too slowly to turn two.  Joe coming out the mound to take the ball, in comes #42.  In Mo We Trust.

12:07 After a 3-0 count, Rivera gets Span to ground to short to end the inning.Whew.

12:22 Line drive to Golson in right, makes a shoe string catch but umpires call it a base hit.  6 umpires for the ALDS and they all get it wrong.  Can see ARod mouthing, “no grass.”  Umps get together and keep the call.  Replays show its a catch.  Can you imagine if that’s how Game 1 ended?

12:24 no harm, no foul.  ARod catches Thome’s popup to third.  3 broken bats for Mo in the 9th, nice.

12:24 Ballgame over.  Yankees win Game 1 of the ALDS.  Bedtime.

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