7:12 p.m. - Question: If the US Government was giving out free candy tonight, would Republicans stauchly oppose it and crazed Americans hold packed town hall meetings to scream about it?
Saturday, October 31, 2009
7:12 p.m. - Question: If the US Government was giving out free candy tonight, would Republicans stauchly oppose it and crazed Americans hold packed town hall meetings to scream about it?
Thursday, October 29, 2009
7:55 p.m. - As I've stated in past insta-blogging sessions during this years playoffs, A.J. Burnett has awesome stuff, yet he tends to get a little too amp'ed up when he starts in a 2009 playoff game. Thus, his "awesome stuff" can be more likely classified as wild. He needs to have awesome stuff tonight to get his team back on track tonight.
7:57 p.m. - Here we go. ...Yes, I am more nervous than I was in any game against the Angels. It's the World Series for cripes sake!
8:00 p.m. - My wife is so cute. Last night she asked if Vic Torino was Italian. I told her that his name was Shane Victorino.
8:02 p.m. - I'm playing Facebook's Farmville while watching the 1st inning of the 2009 World Series featuring the Yankees, a team I've loved since 1984. Would you say I obsess much?
8:04 p.m. - 1-2-3 for A.J. and I can already tell that he's keeping it under control and has his "awesome stuff" tonight. Great cut on his fastball and he got ahead of all three hitters in the first inning.
8:07 p.m. - Yankees need to be patient at the plate tonight against Pedro Martinez and let "Who's Your Daddy?" beat himself.
8:08 p.m. - Yes, the "Who's Your Daddy?" chants are already starting.
8:19 p.m. - A.J. makes Ryan Howard look silly as he strikes out his 2nd batter of the night.
8:20 p.m. - Joe Buck just called A.J. Burnett...Beckett. I hate you Joe Buck. Have I mentioned that lately?
8:27 p.m. - A dumb bloop double and single that gets past A-Rod puts Phillies up in first, 1-0 Phillies.
8:43 p.m. - Ibanez makes a diving stop to deny the Yankees of their first run. That's the difference right there in this game. The Phillies got a couple lucky bounces in the 2nd inning. The Yankees did not.
8:44 p.m. - Come on Jerry Hairston Jr. Make your Manager look like he made a good decision for once. ....Girardi got killed all day about this move on WFAN. What else is new. And Hairston flies out. Girardi is the worst manager ever," so says everyone on WFAN tomorrow.
8:49 p.m. - And I finally finished planting carrots in my farm for harvesting tomorrow. Yes, I obsess much. Now, to concentrate on the gae.
8:56 p.m. - I don't like Vic Torino's double ear flapped helmet. What is he in: the little leagues?
8:57 p.m. - AJ needs to concentrate on batter right here. Game is slowing down to a snails pace and he is off his rhythm.
8:59 p.m. - Thanks for the old news, Fox: Brett Favre returning to play in Green Bay is so 2006. Oh wait....
9:01 p.m. - Do you think Charlie Manuel and Johnny Lackey drink Pabst Blue Ribbon at a Texas trailer park together? See my Game 1 ALCS insta-blogging for reference.
9:03 p.m. - Phillies on 1st and 2nd with 2 outs in the Top of 3rd. And up steps Ryan Howard, who is hitting .500-something with runners in scoring position during this year's playoffs. Jesus.
9:05 p.m. - Nice sequence there for AJ as he strikes out Ryan Howard to end the threat.
9:07 p.m. - Pedro has 43 pitches to the first 7 Yankee batters. We need to break thru in the 3rd inning against him.
9:12 p.m. - Molina walks and reaches first base for the first time in the 2009 Playoffs. At least, that's something. Maybe he'll score and make his start tonight worthwhile.
9:13 p.m. - I wish Joe Buck would stop talking about Pedro's good years in Boston. I wonder if Fox announcers will talk about Favre's good years in Green Bay on Sunday. Ya think?
9:16 p.m. - I wish the Yankees could actually score a run. That would be nice.
9:23 p.m. - Excellent, excellent throw by Molina to get Werth out. Posada definitely doesn't make that play there. So, Molina's got that going for him, too.
9:28 p.m. - Tex with a big bang, deep to center to finally break through against Pedro. 1-1. Bout time Tex. Bout time.
9:32 p.m. - Matsui walks and the Yankees have something going. ...The Yankee threat ends shortly after.
9:42 p.m. - I wish Buck would stop openingly rooting for the Phillies. Seriously. He is spewing stats about Phillie prowess.
9:48 p.m. - It's the start of the bottom of the 5th and time for the Yankees to break it out against Pedro. He's tiring. We need to finish him, Mortal Kombat-style!!
9:52 p.m. - After Jeter doubles to left (typical), Damon swings at first pitch from a tiring Martinez to end the 5th.
10:01 p.m. - Burnett thru 6. Pedro coming out with Tex, A-Rod and Matsui coming up. I smell big things.
10:03 p.m. - No matter what happens tonight, it won't surpass the fact that my 8-month-old daughter Grace stood up today by herself for the first time.
10:08 p.m. - Fox just showed a shot of Rudy Giuliani's girlfriend trying to calm him down. That makes me feel better about my nervousness. The guy was the NYC mayor during 9/11 for cripes sake
10:11 p.m. - Matsui dings one to right field and beer goes flying everywhere. Shades of Tino Martinez's grand slam in 98 against Padres. The flying beer, I mean. 2-1 Yankees. First lead for the Yankees in the World Series.
10:13 p.m. - AJ needs to lock Phillies down in 7th after homer by Matsui.
10:15 p.m. - RT JoeandEvan I know its early in the series...but I go Mo for 8th and 9th tonight. I don't think Girardi will though
10:16 p.m. - My response: @JoeandEvan I think you have to go Mo in 8th and 9th. This is a must win for #Yankees and there's an off-day tomorrow.
10:18 p.m. - AJ strikes out Stairs for 9th K of night. Good stat by Fox. AJ has thrown first strike to 22 of 25 Phillie batter tonight.
10:21 p.m. - After that 1-2-3 inning by AJ, I'd revise my 10:16 thoughts. He's dealing and it's his game. Let him start 8th and only take him out if a runner reaches base.
10:29 p.m. - Hairston singles to start the 7th inning (validation for Girardi?) and is replaced by Gardner.
10:29 p.m. - BTW, Pedro surpassed 100 pitches (his dreaded career highwater pitch count) right before Hairston singled.
10:29 p.m. - RT @YankeesWFAN Pedro back for the 7th. Did Grady Little chloroform Charlie Manuel and take over as Phillies manager?
10:30 p.m. - Melky singles on a hit and run and Gardner speeds to third to put runners on the corner with no one out.
10:32 p.m. - Pedro lifted to raucous boos and he actually smiles. He loves it! Wow. You could tell that he was completely fueled - and not hurt at all - with the "Who's Your Daddy?" chats. Just an interesting, interesting individual even though I hate him more than Troy Aikman, Emmitt Smith and Michael Irvin combined. And I hate them, a lot.
10:34 p.m. - And here comes HIP HIP..Jorge! to replace Molina behind the plate.
10:35 p.m. - What the hell happened to Chan Ho Park? He looks completely different. Like he was a snow-bound in a Alaskan log cabin for years and finally let out.
10:37 p.m. - Jorge lines a single up the middle for Yankees to add another run on for Yankees. 3-1 Yankees. I'm seeing shades of 2003 ALCS right there.
10:39 p.m. - Bad decision by Jeter there to bunt with 2 strikes.
10:43 p.m. - Ryan Howard completely trapped that ball. Another horrible call by umps though, as they say it's a double play. Horrible, horrible call.
10:46 p.m. - Girardi's not messing around tonight as he brings Mo in to start the 8th. Guess that he's listened to the bashing he's gotten on WFAN about his handling of the bullpen throughout the 2009 playoffs.
10:53 p.m. - Burnett's line on the night: 7 IP, 1 R, 4 H, 9 K and 2 BB (1 intentional).
10:59 p.m. - Huge double play (Cano to Jeter to Tex) and the Yankees get out of a tough, tough jam there. Biggest outs of the night for the Yankees as the Phillies were threatening.
11:04 p.m. - DJ Hero? What? EA and Activision are out of control with their music-based games. Guitar Hero 1-3 and Rock Band were awesome and were crazy successful. So -- what usually happens -- money hungry execs step in and oversaturate the marketplace, including specialized versions of GH Aerosmith, Metallica, Van Halen, Guitar Hero: World Tour, Rock Ban 2 and Rock Band Beatles. It's just out of control. Stop already.
11:06 p.m. - Aceves is warming up in bullpen. Jesus. He can't come into this game. He just can't. Please just be getting your day work in.
11:19 p.m. - Mariano strikes out Ryan Howard looking to start the 9th. Howard is very foreboding player who reminds me of Manny and Ortiz - when they were taking steroids from 2004-2007.
11:26 p.m. - Mariano comes on for a six out save and wins it for the Yankees. Burnett was completely lights out tonight for the Yankees and pitched like a big-time pitcher on the biggest stage.
Wrap-up - Big, big win for the Yankees and the Series moves to Philadelphia tied at 1. All is right with the world.
It's a best of 7 series where the winning team usually loses a few games. So, the Yankees got drubbed 6-1 last night, who cares.
It's not the end of the world. Really, it's not.
I've never seen so many people overreacting more to Yankee playoff game losses then they have this year.
The Yankees swept the Twins and then beat the Angels in six games. After both of the Yankees' two ALCS losses you would have thought that every Yankee fan had lost their minds. It wasn't the end of the world then though, and it's certainly not the end of the world now.
I've feeling bummed this morning, but know in my heart and in my head and that this is a resilient Yankee team that can still win the World Series backed by great starting pitchers and a clutch starting lineup. Sure, they played poorly last night, but it was more about the dominance of Phillies pitcher Cliff Lee than it was about anything else. Despite the loss, I thought C.C. Sabathia, while slightly off at times, pitched great and the Yankees weren't patient enough at the plate.
Tonight A.J. Burnett takes the mound with a chance to right the ship against long-time Yankee nemesis Pedro Martinez. If A.J. is under control, we're golden tonight. If he isn't and Pedro finds his early 2000s form, then I'll admit they are in trouble. Stay tuned.
Tuesday, October 27, 2009
Sunday, October 25, 2009
For the Giants: They were embarrassed last week by the New Orleans Saints and need to come out tonight and get back to old Giant smash mouth running football, complimented by a confident Eli Manning and a young receiving core that has impressed the critics early in this season. I'm confident they can win it tonight if they can control the Cardinals aerial attack and put pressure on QB Kurt Warner - something they didn't do against the Saints' Drew Brees last week.
8:12 p.m. (Yankees) - In my Oct. 16th Delivering #27 Diary of Game 1 of the ALCS, I predicted that the Yankees would win the series in 6 games. Well, here we are. I'm sticking to my prediction.
8:20 p.m. (Giants) - Giants have to get up early in this game to silence the critics. Last week, they were down 2 TDs to the Saints before they could blink.
8:25 p.m. (Yankees) - Really good start by Andy. He's getting strike calls on the corner and his curve looks sharp tonight.
8:26 p.m. (Giants) - And now my first successful switch between the Yankees and Giants game. Did I mention that I'm also giving my wife a back massage at the same time. I'm talented..
8:33 p.m. - (Giants) - Early fumble by Cardinals called down by contact, but replay shows otherwise. Giants need to challenge this. That's totally a fumble by Hightower. Tuck nearly ripped off his arm trying to get the ball.
8:34 p.m. (Yankees) - Tex rockets a single to center and the best player in this years playoffs comes to the plate to make a statement - hopefully....
8:35 p.m. (Yankees) - A-Rod knocks a single to right. 1st and 2nd with Jorge Posada coming to the plate. We need to break through early and get the Angels on their heels.
8:37 p.m. (Giants) - They are showing a shot of the new Giants Stadium and it just dwarfs and looks awesome compared to the old Stadium where tonight's game is being played.
8:39 p.m. (Yankees) - The Yanks threaten in the bottom of 1st and don't score. Guerrero starts off top of 2nd with a infield single and barely beats the throw. Boy, he looks old...
8:41 p.m. (Giants) - A lot of early passing by Giants with a few runs sprinkled in. That worries me against the Cards.
8:52 p.m. (Yankees) - And Nick flies out and his AVG goes down to .110-something....
9:10 p.m. (Yankees) - Who is the Preston on the right shoulder of each Angels jersey? Bill S. Preston Esq.?.....And Ted "Theodore" Logan. ...Try the veal.
9:15 p.m. (Giants) - Very nice pick there by Terrell Thomas as Kurt Warner just flings it. Giants ball on Cards' 29 yard line. The offense need to bang it in here.
9:28 p.m. (Yankees) - It's only the top of the 4th with Angels leading 1-0, but I've officially become nervous. Did you hear there's a Giants game on and they are leading? Who knew?
9:54 p.m. (Yankees) - A-Rod walks to bring in a run. That pitch from Saunders was literally right down the middle. Maybe low. 3-1 Yankees.
10:17 p.m. (Yankees) - Andy has pitched real well tonight. Top 6 and he's got to keep it going.
10:20 p.m. (Yankees) - Where did this "Core 4" garbage come from. Supposedly what they call Jeter, Posada, Pettitte and Rivera for being with the Yankees during their late 90s Dynasty. I have never heard that before. It's just plain dumb.
10:51 p.m. (Giants) Wow, the good Steve Smith finally made his first catch of the night. Sorry Steve, even the bad Steve Smith had a better game for the putrid Carolina Panthers today.
Thursday, October 22, 2009
7:55 p.m. - I'm back again for more fun insta-blogging Delivering #27 Diary for Game 5 of the 2009 ALCS. If A.J. pitches well tonight, he'll deliver the Yankees their 40th pennant and launch them into the 2009 World Series against the Philadelphia Phillies. He's going to be amp'ed. I'm amp'ed. Are you?
7:58 p.m. - As always, the Captain sets the table with a leadoff single on the first pitch.
8:01 p.m. - It's 1st and 2nd with 1 out and up to the plate comes the ALCS MVP....and a pop fly that he just missed. Darn.
8:05 p.m. - I'm sorry, but John Lackey looks like he should be sitting in a $5 folding chair drinking a Pabst Blue Ribbon, while sitting in a trailer park in Texas...Hey, wait, he is from Texas! I could be onto something there.
8:09 p.m. - A.J. has pitched well this postseason, but has walked way too many people (7 walks). He gets so amp'ed up for these games and his stuff is so sick that he overthrows the ball.
8:13 p.m. - Abreu wakes up finally and hits a double. 2nd and 3rd with no outs. A.J. needs to settle.
8:13 p.m. - Not a good start. 2-0 Angels.
8:15 p.m. - Just getting tattoo'ed. 3-0 Angels.
8:17 p.m. - Seriously, AJ needs to settle. Do you think a visit to mound might make sense right here? 4-0 Angels.
8:19 p.m. - Nice...first out by AJ is a deep flyout to the track.
8:22 p.m. - And a double play mercilessly ends the inning. Hey, still 8 innings left.
8:25 p.m. - Let's chip away here like only the Yankees know how. ...
8:35 p.m. - Despite a 1-2-3 inning from AJ (assisted by a DP), every ball was hit hard during that half inning.
8:40 p.m. - I hate how Fox is superimposing an ad for Brothers behind home plate. That is a rough show. To quote Michael Strahan: "Say it with me...17-14 is the final score... and I will retire and be in a horrible Fox sitcom for 3 weeks". Okay, maybe he didn't say that last part.
8:41 p.m. - Johnny was safe by a foot. Another bad call by the umps. What else is new?
8:49 p.m. - AJ lets Hunter walk to 2nd base without so much as a look. He is having a rough, rough night.
8:57 p.m. - With Tex, A-Rod and Matsui to bat, Yankees need to break out the bats in the 4th.
9:06 p.m. - That was a rough inning as A-Rod strikes out looking, Matsui's walker breaks on the way to first and Cano swings and misses as a horrible 3-2 pitch in the dirt.
9:16 p.m. - Reading Tweets from Yankee beat writers at NY Post and Daily News and hate how they think they are being funny when they are actually being snarky.
9:19 p.m. - He was great for the Yankees this regular season, but this postseason, Swisher has really reverted to his White Sox days when he was a .200 hitter.
9:21 p.m. - Good move by Girardi to lift Molina for Posada. Let's hope it pays off. ...
9:22 p.m. - Nope.
9:26 p.m. - I'm annoyed tonight.
9:28 p.m. - How much worse could Burnett to Posada be than Burnett to Molina was tonight?
9:32 p.m. - Good story by McCarver about Steve Carlton and Bob Boone. He has been uncharacteristically good color commentator this postseason. He usually just annoys me.
9:39 p.m. - Yanks need to start chipping away in 6th.
9:47 p.m. - Yankees threaten in 6th (highlighted by a blast double by A-Rod) but Cano grounds weakly to shortstop. Really, Robbie? A freaking groundball? That's it?
9:53 p.m. - I love Joe Buck telling story of how Aroldis Chapman established residency in Andorra and then goes on to say: "Andorra..if you don't know...is a small island....[fade away]. And then nothing...I don't think Joe knows where Andorra is.
9:55 p.m. - What an idiot in the center field waterfalls. And where is the Angels security? And how is Fox showing this? And why is there waterfalls in a baseball park?
9:59 p.m. - I'm wondering why Nick Swisher is still playing RF. Isn't it time to give Brett Gardner a start? I mean, Swisher is hitting like .125 this series.
10:04 p.m. RTJoeandEvan It would be fitting for Yanks to complete AL pennant with dramatic comeback
10:05 p.m. - Lackey just showed up ump there big-time on walk to Posada....Should be thrown out of game!
10:06 p.m. - Jorgie on 1B and Melky on 2B. Let's get it going...Captain, oh my captain...
10:08 p.m. - Jeter walks and the ducks are on the pond! Come on Johnny!
10:10 p.m. - Johnny flies to left. Lackey's is lifted and telling Scioscia, "You're shitting me, this is mine." (I read his lips.) Let's hope Lackey was right.
10:12 p.m. Tex is up with bases juiced. And Lackey was right as Tex hits double to drive in 3. Angels 4-3.
10:13 p.m. - The Yanks are coming!
10:15 p.m. - Godzilla strikes with single up middle. Tex scores. Tie game!! 4-4.
10:17 p.m. - RT @JoeandEvan Wow the anti Grady Little...Scioscia may regret this all winter.
10:20 p.m. - Robbie comes through for once in the series and racks a double to center. 6-4 Yankees. Biggest hit of Cano's career.
10:25 p.m. - Yankees scored 6 runs in 7th inning on 7 pitches. Very remiscent of the Angels' 12 pitch rally in the bottom of the first.
10:26 p.m. - 9 outs to the World Series.
10:27 p.m. - AJ is still pitching. Jesus. I am having a heart attack. Ask my wife. Get 9-1-1 on standby.
10:32 p.m. - Uh no, Marte is coming in. Someone please turn off my TV...I might pass out.
10:36 p.m. - I'm watching between two fingers with both hands in front of my face.
10:37 p.m. - Groundball and Angels score. 6-5 Yankees
10:45 p.m. - Angels tie it up with weak single to center. 6-6.
10:48 p.m. - Phil Hughes is not doing well. 7-6 Angels.
10:49 p.m. - After an emotional 6-run inning - for me anyway - the Yankees give the lead right back and are headed into the 8th.
10:54 p.m. - RT@JoeandEvan Call me crazy but I don't think the Yanks are gonna lose this 7-6
11:00 p.m. - Joba comes in and gives up double immediately. Both Joba and Hughes are not performing tonight.
11:12 p.m. - Don't you dare mention Luis Gonzalez, Tim McCarver. Forget the earlier compliment I gave to you. You annoy me.
11:13 p.m. - Good catch and throw by Nick Swisher, the first good thing he's done this series.
11:14 p.m. - Nice job by Mo there. Yankees go to 9th with their big guns coming up. Didn't you think this game was coming down to Mr. Alex Rodriguez? Well, here we go.
11:17 p.m. - Interesting move to bring Fuentes in the game. Weaver was pitching well. Will it bite Scioscia again?
11:19 p.m. - Two outs...Here comes Alex. Let's do it again!
11:20 p.m. - I can't believe they are walking him. GODZILLA WILL STRIKE AGAIN!
11:24 p.m. - And Matsui walks.
11:25 p.m. - It's up to Cano now. Break thru Robbie...
11:26 p.m. -And Cano is hit to load the bases.
11:27 p.m. - It's up to Swisher, who doesn't have RBI this series (Thanks Joe Buck for that stat).
11:32 p.m. - Damn, Swisher pops up on 3-2 count and Yankees lose. Headed back to NY to hopefully wrap this up.
Wrap-up - Sure, the series is now 3-2 Yankees, but we are headed back to the new Yankee Stadium where the Yankees have a stellar record this year and Andy Pettitte - owner of 4 series clinching wins - on the mound. Tonight was a rough game to lose, especially after the Yankees stormed back in the 7th.
5 wins until #27.
Let's go Yankees.
Tuesday, October 20, 2009
8:21 p.m. - A-Rod surprises everyone and swipes a base after walking. I'm really surprised -- as are the Angels -- as the Yankees aren't really known for that. Kazmir is clearly concentrating on A-Rod on 2nd base before each pitch.
8:25 p.m. - Yanks are being patient at plate and aggressive on the bases tonight. I like it.
8:29 p.m. - Can someone from the bottom of the order please come up clutch when runners are in scoring position??
8:46 p.m. - Smart thinking by Melky with a push bunt. That's how you get out of slump!
8:47 p.m. - A-Rod's future father in law Kurt Russell is in the house!
9:02 - C.C. strikes out Abreu looking and he is also LOOKING really sharp tonight on 3 days rest.
9:08 p.m. - To steal from Joe Buck, A-Rod knocks a single up the middle and is really "locked in" during this playoffs..
9:13 p.m. - Really nice baserunning by A-Rod as he scores on a little squib by Cano. When the last time you saw him do that? Wow. 1-0 Yankees.
9:17 p.m. - Let's break this open Yankees and make Kazmir wish the Mets never traded him!
9:21 p.m. - Melky breaks the Yankees 0 for 26 or something streak with runners in scoring position. Nice. 3-0 Yankees. Maybe it was the giant chaw in Melky's lip that helped.
9:25 p.m. - Not that I needed the Coors Lite Freeze Cam to show me, but Swisher was out by a mile!
9:26 p.m. - A bad umpiring call on Swisher's tag up from 3rd helps Kazmir get out of a nightmare inning. Hey, he was supposed to be out on 2nd base anyway, so that makes up for it, right?
9:35 p.m. - C.C.has given up 1 hit thru 4 innings. He's been worth every penny that the Yankees paid him this year.
9:38 p.m. - Interesting stat from Fox: Angels have led in 2 of the 37 innings played so far in ALCS.
9:43 p.m. - A-Rod is LOCKED IN and hits his 5th HR in seven 2009 playoff games...5-0 Yankees
9:47 p.m. - RT nyp_joelsherman A-Rod now has an RBI in eight straight Yankee postseason games, tying him with Lou Gehrig for the most in team history.
9:50 p.m. - Do my eyes deceive me? Jorge just stole a base!
9:52 p.m. - Instead of decoying Posada, why didn't Hunter actually try to catch the ball?
9:53 p.m. - Some horrible baserunning by Yankees there. And horrible umpiring AGAIN by the Crew Chief!
10:01 p.m. - C.C. gives up first run of game. 5-1 Yankees
10:10 p.m. - If Yanks get out of this giving up only 1 run they are lucky.
10:12 p.m. - Great job by CC in getting out of trouble!
10:24 p.m. - Damn, A-Rod, striking out looking when men are in scoring position. Same ol' A-Rod in postseason...Haha. Kidding. Isn't it funny how different this year is?
10:30 p.m. - How was that not a swing by Hunter?! What?! The umpiring is horrible tonight.
10:36 p.m. - Great double play there by C.C. as he is close to getting out of another jam!
10:37 p.m. - C.C. gets out of it. Two big jams in last two innings and he gets out of both giving up only 1 run. A lesser pitcher would have let the floodgates open.
10:53 p.m. - For the record, the Yanks lost last night because I wasn't wearing my Joba Rules shirt...it was in the wash for the 1st time since Gm 1 ALDS. I'm wearing it tonight. No coincidence at all.
11:02 p.m. - You would think that Girardi was putting Gardner in there to get thrown out. It has happened past 3 times.
11:09 p.m. - It's a JOHNNY ROCKET!! 7-1 Yankees!
11:23 p.m. - Alex doubles, tags up on fly ball and scores on error. Great baseball. 8-1 Yankees.
11:25 p.m. - C.C. is done for the night. Another wonderful start for him.
Just great, great numbers for him:
2009 Playoffs = 22 2/3 IP, 3 ERs, 20 Ks, 4 BB
Game 1 ALDS - 6.2 IP, 1 ER, 8Ks, 1 BB
Game 1 ALCS - 8 IP, 1 ER, 4 H, 7 Ks, 1 BB
Game 4 ALCS (Tonight) - 8 IP, 1 ER, 5 H, 5 Ks, 2 BB
11:28 p.m. - Melky knocks a double to right to score Cano and Gardner and the Yankees are breaking out the whipping stick. 10-1 Yankees
11:29 p.m. - It's about time Gaudin got some work. He hasn't been one of the thousand Yankee relievers who have pitched in the ALCS.
Wrap-up - Just a great, great pitching performance from C.C. and another stellar game by A-Rod who has homered in the last 3 straight playoff games. 1 more win to wrap up the ALCS and 5 more wins total to #27.
Let's go Yankees.
Besides A-Rod and Jeter, no one in the Yankees lineup is hitting, so I guess that we should be fortunate that the team is up 2 games to 1 and not vice versa. The starting pitching for the Yankees has been lights out and up until last night the bullpen has been great.
The only thing consistent about the team has been Joe Girardi's overmanaging. He did it again last night and it cost the team the game. I'm not going to blame the whole loss on him, because like I said Tex, Swisher, Cano, Cabrera are not hitting, but he deserves a big part of the blame for the loss.
Monday, October 19, 2009
Friday, October 16, 2009
I'm bringing back the running diary that I used to do in 2007-2008 during each Giants game for the Yankees playoff run and renaming it: "Delivering #27 Diary"
I'm predicting it here first: Yankees in 6 over Angels.
Let's go Yankees!
7:57 p.m. - Here we go, first pitch. I'm confident in the Yankees, but my memories of the 2002 and 2005 playoffs against the Angels make me as scared as the girl in the tent in the Blair Witch Project. But we didn't have C.C. back then!
8:01 p.m. - Bobby Abreu's hitting 2nd for the Angels. Welcome back Bobby. Now, sprain a knee!
8:03 p.m. - Why is the Fox HD broadcast keep breaking up in picture and sound? Is it just me?
8:05 p.m. - Despite a soft hit by Hunter in the 1st, it looks like C.C. is really dealing tonight. Let's go Yankees!
8:11 p.m. - Tim McCarver makes his first "Captain Obvious" prediction when he predicts Jeter's right field single in the 1st inning seconds before the Captain hits it.
8:12 p.m. - Johnny needs to step it up in the ALCS. He was awful in the ALDS against the Twins.
8:13 p.m. - Heeeeeere's Johnny!! as Damon drops in a double to left field.
8:15 p.m. - Don't know why Tex was swinging at 3-0 right there.
8:17 p.m. - A-Rod drives in 7th run of postseason with sac fly to center. 1-0 Yankees.
8:20 p.m. - Shades of the Mets's Luis Castillo in the ALCS...It's windy tonight at Yankee Stadium as Hideki Matsui hits pop fly to SS and Aybar and Figgins look at each other as the flyball drops in between them. Damon scores from 2nd. 2-0 Yankees. Angels look sloppy tonight.
8:27 p.m. - C.C.'s first K of the night. I wish Fox could get their act together with this HD transmission.
8:30 p.m. - Great, great play by Robinson Cano on a slow dribbler to 2nd. He's been making great plays like that all year long...
8:33 p.m. - Cano leads off to start 2nd. It's uncanny - SI did an article on it once - how in an inordinate amount of cases, a player who makes a great defensive play to end an inning leads off at bat the next inning...
8:43 p.m. - 2nd K of night for C.C. He looks really good tonight. This is the reason the Yankees paid him a bajillion dollars this past offseason.
8:52 p.m. - Tex tatooes a ball to right like he tatoo'ed it to left for the Game 2 ALDS Game Winning HR.
9:02 p.m. - Vlad Guerrero looks a lot chubbier since he stopped using steroids. The ball he just hit to the fence would have been gone if he was still on the juice. ...
9:05 p.m. - Angels cut the lead in half, 2-1.
9:19 p.m. - Melky needs to deliver right here.....and he walks. At least he got on base. Feels like he hasn't been on base in weeks.
9:23 p.m. - John Lackey looks like a fat accountant.
9:25 p.m. - Damn! I forgot to tape NBC's Secrets of the Lost Symbol! Great book by Dan Brown. Hopefully it'll be on NBC.com later tonight.
9:25 p.m. - Yanks broke through early in the 1st as a result of some sloppy play by the Angels and haven't broken through since as the fat accountant has pitched well. C.C. needs to keep it up!
9:30 p.m. - 3 groundouts and 3 great plays by Yankee IFs. Yankees up through 4 1/2 innings...
9:34 p.m. - I just typed Amazone.com into my Internetweb address by mistake and went to the French version of Amazon.com....Wee...wee...
9:35 p.m. - Johnny hits a gapper into left-center and is 2 for 3 in ALCS after going 1 for 12 in ALDS. Welcome back Johnny.
9:42 p.m. - Matsui sticks out his bat and hits double to left. Johnny scores and Alex tries to run over catcher and is out at the plate. 3-1 Yankees. Kate Hudson must have been cringing, like Abby Manning, when Alex ran into the catcher. Abby cringes when Eli hikes the ball.
9:49 p.m. - Damon makes a great diving catch off bat of Abreu. I am shocked and in awe.
9:50 p.m. - Great play by C.C. on bunt by Hunter and great split by Tex. I don't care if his foot was off the bag. He did a damn split! Tex makes a great play like that almost once per game. The Yankees could pay his double what he is making and he wouldn't be making enough.
9:56 p.m. - Wow, Bobby Abreu actually caught Cano's fly ball near the rightfield wall and didn't cringe up in the fetal position at all. That's progress for him...
10:02 p.m. - Jeter up with 2 outs in 6th and Melky on 1st. Come on, Derek...do something clutch for once in your life....Kidding.
10:03 p.m. - Melky to 2nd on another sloppy play/2nd error of the night by the Angels. ...
10:04 p.m. - Jeter comes through in the clutch again with a base knock up the middle. Goes to second on 3rd error of game for Angels. 4-1 Yankees....
10:07 p.m. - Marc Bulger takes the mound for the Angels. I guess the Rams gave up on him.
10:12 p.m. - McCarver says that C.C. has lost 1 game since the All-Star Break. I had no idea. If it's true - and you never know with McCarver - that's awesome.
10:13 p.m. - 6th K by C.C. Did I mention, he's dealing tonight. Just a clutch, clutch performance on the big stage by C.C.
10:16 p.m. - Another great play by Robbie as he lays out and gets the 2nd out of the 7th.
10:20 p.m. - The Yankee Stadium crowd is loudly chanting C.C. as Sabathia strikes out 7th batter of game. Must be an awesome feeling.
10:23 p.m. - Thru 7 innings, C.C. has given up 1 run, 4 hits while striking out 7 and walking 1. This is the best pitching performance by a Yankees starter since Andy Pettitte outpitched John Smoltz, 1-0 in Game 5 of the 1996 World Series.
10:40 p.m. - The ducks are on the pond for Swishalicious! Break it open Nick!
10:43 p.m. - On 3-2, Swisher, who usually has a really good eye, strikes out on a horrible pitch.
10:53 p.m. - C.C. thru 8 innings...1 run, 4 hits, 7 Ks, 1 BB. Just an awesome performance. Will he come out for 9th?
11:00 p.m. - I'm pleasantly surprised...Joe Buck and Tim McCarver have been informative and not annoying tonight. They are much better than Skip Caray and Ron Darling. My cat's would be better than Skip Caray.
11:06 p.m. - Top 9...Enter Sandman.
11:13 p.m. - Mariano blows it by Vlad for 1st out in 9th.
11:17 p.m. - 36 postseason save for Mariano Rivera and Yankees win game 1 against the Angels.
11:18 p.m. - Great, great outing by C.C. Sabathia tonight. Timely hitting by Yankees who took advantage of 3 errors by Angels. Yankees up 1-0 on Angels in 2009 ALCS.
Who's scared now Blair Witch girl!
7 wins left until #27.
Wednesday, October 14, 2009
Saturday, October 10, 2009
That's win 2 of 11 on the Yankees' journey to becoming the 2009 World Series Champion.