Thursday, November 26, 2009

Happy Thanksgiving


It has been a tough year to be thankful this year with the passing of my mother, my wife's grandfather and recently the passing of my sister's mother-in-law, but I am indeed thankful this holiday, for a couple things:

The healthy birth of my daughter Grace and the wonderous smile she continually brings to my face and the healing spirit that this little girl has brought to my heart.

and...

The support and love of my wonderful wife who has stuck by me during the best and worst year of my life.


I love my girls....

Monday, November 9, 2009

The U.S. House of Rep. Vote....

.....no, not that vote.

House Resolution 893 -- congratulating the New York Yankees for winning the World Series -- passed last week by a vote of 386 to 17, with 11 Congressmen voting "present."

HRES 893 IH

111th CONGRESS

1st Session

H. RES. 893

Congratulating the 2009 Major League Baseball World Series Champions, the New York Yankees.

IN THE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES

November 5, 2009

Mr. SERRANO (for himself, Mr. ACKERMAN, Mr. ARCURI, Mr. BACA, Mr. BISHOP of New York, Ms. BORDALLO, Ms. CLARKE, Mr. CROWLEY, Ms. DELAURO, Mr. DICKS, Mr. ENGEL, Mr. GONZALEZ, Mr. GRIJALVA, Mr. GUTIERREZ, Mr. HALL of New York, Mr. HIGGINS, Mr. HINCHEY, Mr. HINOJOSA, Mr. KING of New York, Mr. ISRAEL, Mr. LARSON of Connecticut, Mr. LEWIS of Georgia, Mrs. LOWEY, Mrs. MALONEY, Mrs. MCCARTHY of New York, Ms. MCCOLLUM, Mr. MCMAHON, Mr. MEEKS of New York, Mr. MURPHY of New York, Mr. NADLER of New York, Mrs. NAPOLITANO, Ms. NORTON, Mr. OBEY, Mr. ORTIZ, Mr. PASCRELL, Mr. PASTOR of Arizona, Mr. PIERLUISI, Mr. REYES, Mr. RODRIGUEZ, Mr. ROTHMAN of New Jersey, Mr. SALAZAR, Mr. SIRES, Mr. THOMPSON of California, Mr. TONKO, Ms. VELAZQUEZ, Mr. ALEXANDER, Mr. PAYNE, Mr. WAMP, Mr. REHBERG, Mr. HOLT, Mr. DAVIS of Kentucky, Mr. HONDA, Mr. KUCINICH, Ms. BERKLEY, Mr. WEXLER, Mr. BISHOP of Georgia, Mr. WATT, Mr. RANGEL, Ms. WASSERMAN SCHULTZ, Mr. MASSA, Mr. GRAYSON, Ms. HIRONO, Mr. MAFFEI, Mr. LINCOLN DIAZ-BALART of Florida, Mr. SABLAN, and Mr. UPTON) submitted the following resolution; which was referred to the Committee on Oversight and Government Reform


RESOLUTION

Congratulating the 2009 Major League Baseball World Series Champions, the New York Yankees.

Whereas the New York Yankees are the most successful franchise in the history of Major League Baseball;

Whereas prior to this year the Yankees had won 26 World Series Championships, the most in the Major Leagues;

Whereas this historic franchise is located in the Bronx and is known as the ‘Bronx Bombers’;

Whereas the Yankees franchise has included all-time great players;

Whereas for many years the Yankees played baseball in the historic Yankee Stadium;

Whereas this year the Yankees opened a new stadium and hope to emulate the success achieved in the ‘House that Ruth Built’;

Whereas during the 2009 regular season, the Yankees had the best record in baseball, going 103-59;

Whereas the Yankees finished at the top of the American League East Division;

Whereas the Yankees went on to beat the Minnesota Twins 3 games to 0;

Whereas the Yankees then faced off against the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim in the American League Championship Series, and emerged victorious in 6 games;

Whereas that victory represented the 40th American League Pennant that the Yankees have won;

Whereas the Yankees were matched up against a valiant Philadelphia Phillies squad for the World Series title;

Whereas the Yankees were able to defeat the defending World Series Champions by 4 games to 2;

Whereas this victory represents the Yankees’ 27th World Series Championship win;

Whereas this number of championship wins is 17 more than their next closest competitor;

Whereas the contributions of the Yankees’ players throughout the season were all vital in securing the title; and

Whereas the Yankees were guided to victory by Manager Joe Girardi, General Manager Brian Cashman, President Randy Levine, and the leadership of Hank and Hal Steinbrenner: Now therefore be it

Resolved, That the House of Representatives congratulates--

(1) the 2009 Major League Baseball World Series Champions, the New York Yankees, for an outstanding season and a record 27th World Series Championship win; and

(2) the players, coaches, staff and leadership of the Yankees organization for their great success

Thursday, November 5, 2009

Wednesday, November 4, 2009

Delivering #27 - Right Now


3:34 p.m. - You would literally think I was playing in tonight's game based on how nervous I have been the whole day. Instead, I've hid in my office buried in preparing for a meeting tomorrow and following the healthcare debate on the web while listening to nervous Yankee fan after nervous Yankee fan on WFAN who were equally as nervous as I am right now. The Yankees need to win tonight to clinch their #27 World Series.

3:35 p.m. - Jay Z's Empire State of Mind has also been stuck in my head today and I've listened to the clip on iTunes at least 5 times today. I might even buy it. ....

3:41 p.m. - 6th time: In New York, concrete jungle where dreams are made of....There's nothing you can't do now you're in New York. These streets will make you feel brand new. Big lights will inspire you, let's here it for New York, New York, New York.

3:43 p.m. - I am so tired of hearing about "3 days rest" and "short rest". It's been a topic on WFAN for the last week and Burnett's blow up in Game 5 on 3 days rest did not help. Now Andy Pettitte, winner of the most postseason games and series clinching games ever, is pitching on 3 days rest and everyone is freaking out. I think he'll do well tonight. He's Andy "freaking" Pettitte.

7:23 p.m. - In New York!! Concrete Jungle.....(Yes, it is still stuck in my head.) I'm even dancing along to it now.

7:33 p.m. - I'm crazy hyper tonight.

7:52 p.m. - Nearly gametime and I'm crashing.

7:57 p.m. - Andy's got some really great numbers this postseason: 3-0 with 3.24 ERA. 25 IP with 22 Ks, including game 3 of WS....

7:59 p.m. - Francesca talked on WFAN the last two days about how he didn't think Andy was going to do well on 3 days rest. I disagree. I think he's going 6 innings and going to win it for us.

8:01 p.m. - Keep the freaking ball away from Chase Utley, please.

8:02 p.m. - Andy coerces a double play out of Utley after Vic Torino hits a tiny, tiny infield single and gets out of the first 1-2-3 (in the unconventional sort of way.) Good start.

8:04 p.m. - Let's get the bats rocking in the new Stadium!!

8:05 p.m. - Jeter strolls to the plate and his music comes on: "Big lights will inspire you, let's here it for New York, New York, New York." Let's go!

8:06 p.m. - Yankees have to make Pedro work tonight and get into the bullpen early.

8:07 p.m. - Pedro calls Phillies catcher Ruiz to the mound after the first pitch to ask him who his parental guardian is.

8:09 p.m. Frankly I'm shocked at how cold that Mark Teixiera has been during this year's playoffs. He has 2 hits during the World Series (HR and Double) -- he's 2 for 19 -- and needs to do something tonight.

8:11 p.m. - Tex gets JUST under the ball and hits it to the track for a loud 3rd out to the 1st inning.

8:16 p.m. - I've said it before and I'll say it again: Joe Buck and Tim McCarver are rooting for the Phillies. It's not just the inflection in their voices when the Phillies do something well, it's the stats and commentary they give about the Phillies. Maybe I'm hearing things, but I don't think so.

8:25 p.m. - Seriously if the producers of 2012 wanted to do something cool, they would release the movie on December 21st, not November 13. We all know - if you are Mayan - that the world is going to end on December 21, 2012. It's common knowledge. :-)

8:28 p.m. - The Yankees' lineup is significantly better when they play in their park. Despite winning 2 of 3 in Philadelphia, they really missed Matsui's bat.

8:29 p.m. - Question for you: Do you know who your daddy is?

8:32 p.m. - The new Yankees Stadium sounds loud tonight...on my TV at least.

8:34 p.m. - Matsui hits BIG BOMB IN THE SECOND DECK OF RIGHT FIELD JUST INSIDE THE FOUL POLE FOR A 2 RUN HR. Yankees break out ahead. Yankees 2-0.

8:35 p.m. - My lovely, beautiful, fabulous wife just told me that I am a fairweather Hideki Matsui fan. I told her not true, but she may be right. Who knows. Who cares. Yankees lead!!

8:36 p.m. - Tim McCarver just said that Godzilla is hugely popular in Tokyo. Well, why did they run away screaming from him then?

8:41 p.m. - RT @YankeesWFAN: Matsui now 6 for 10 in the series with 3 HR....I think there's a chance he could be the WS MVP if Yankees close out the series tonight.


8:42 p.m. - I'm a record (read my previous blogs) but after the Yankees take an early 2-0 lead, Pettitte needs to shut down Phillies in the Top of the 3rd.

8:44 p.m. - That was a horrible play of the Ruiz carom off the wall by Gardner. It allowed the Phillies to score on a sac fly by Rollins. 2-1 Yankees.

8:52 p.m. - There's nothing you can't do now you're in New York. ...Jeter singles to center on a sinking line drive.

8:59 p.m. - Johnny walks to put runners on 1st and 2nd with 1 out. Pedro has 51 pitches through 2 1/3 innings. Yankees are cooking!


9:00 p.m. - Tex is hit on first pitch to put the ducks on the pond with Mr. Alex Rodriguez coming to the plate. About time to break this open Mr. WS MVP.

9:04 p.m. - A-Rod strikes out looking on a pitch that was not a strike. It was in the other batters box.

9:05 p.m. - Matsui up here with bases loaded and 2 outs. He gets a hit and he's the MVP for sure.

9:07 p.m. - Matsui hits an 0-2 pitch for 2 RBI single to center field. Jeter and Damon score. 4-1 Yankees. Nice! That's 4 RBIs tonight and 6 total in the series for Matsui.

9:12 p.m. - Hairston is in for Johnny in left field. Not good for Yankees as Damon as been one of the team's MVPs this series. As you know, I think A-Rod and Matsui have been the others.

9:14 p.m. - Pettitte strikes out Utley to start the 4th inning. Bout time.

9:17 p.m. - Totally meaningless comment that you will clearly not care about or remember tomorrow: RT@TylerKepner: Matsui was MVP of Japan Series in 2000 vs. Hawks. He was 8x21 with 3 HR, 8 rbi in Series, including 2x2 with 4 RBI in Game 6.

9:18 p.m. - Joe Buck is totally rooting for Ibanez to hit a HR here.

9:19 p.m. - This "3 days rest" b.s. is so overblown. You would have thought it was 2012 that world was ending the way everyone was talking about it the last few days.

9:20 p.m. - Despite a few idiotic statements - re: people in Toyko loving Godzilla and the daylight savings time one - I think Tim McCarver has been very good this postseason with his commentary.

9:23 p.m. - Pettitte gets out of a big jam to end the top of the 4th. He's pitching well so far as thru 4 innings, he has given up 1 run on 2 hits.

9:27 p.m. - I have no idea why Pedro is still in there to start the 4th inning. He's got nothing tonight. Does Charlie Manuel realize that this is an elimination game for him and not a game in mid-May.

9:32 p.m. - Brett Gardner should be a career pitch runner. He is truly atrocious at the plate. I hope Austin Jackson is ready next year.

9:37 p.m. - Andy strikes out Francisco with a fastball on the corner. He's finally gets that call from Joe West, who Andy talked to (more like yelled at) after the top of the 4th inning.

9:39 p.m. - Human Target on Fox looks interesting. I might have to watch that when it starts up. However, Fox cancels its new shows far too quickly as the network gives its shows about 2 episodes to build a fan base and if they don't, they cancel it - remember Drive, you Fox producing punks -- so I'm not holding my breath.

9:41 p.m. - Andy gets another DP off the bat of Jimmy Rollins to end the 5th inning. He has walked 4 tonight and given up 2 hits, but is pitching very well out of jams.

9:43 p.m. - Is Avatar going to be really bad or really good? I can't tell after watching the trailer for the fifth time. It's not going to be just okay. It's the kind of movie that will be a box office disaster or a Top 10 highest grossing movie. No in between.


9:46 p.m. - Pedro's out and Durbin in to start the bottom of the 5th. Jeter knocks a ground rule double.

9:49 p.m. - Tex singles to center (3rd hit this WS) to drive in Jeter from 3rd. 5-1 Yankees.

9:57 p.m. - Matsui rockets a double to deep center (it nearly goes out) to drive home Tex and A-Rod. 7-1 Yankees.

9:58 p.m. - 6 RBIs tonight for Matsui. Yeah, he's the MVP.

10:00 p.m. - @Ledger_Yankees Matsui has tied a WS record with 6 RBIs (the Yanks' Bobby Richardson v Pit in 1960)

10:02 p.m. - @YankeesWFAN Matsui: 8 for 12 in the Series, 3 HR and 8 RBI (6 in Game 6). Really???

10:03 p.m. RT @BrendanPrunty: List of cities destroyed by Godzilla: 1) Tokyo. 2) Philadelphia.

10:07 p.m. - Based on how he's pitched in this year's playoffs and during the regular season: (14-8 4.16 ERA), I think the Yankees need to re-sign Andy this offseason. Just a clutch, stellar performance by him in the biggest game of the year.

10:09 p.m. - Crowd is chanting "Andy Pettitte" loudly like they were for Paul O'Neill in 2001 WS - in last Yankee Stadium game before he retired.

10:10 p.m. - Howard hits 2 run HR to cut score. 7-3 Yankees.

10:13 p.m. - Jayson Werth strikes out looking on a pitch that Andy has thrown for a ball 4 or 5 tonight. West has been soooo inconsistent tonight.

10:15 p.m. - Andy is pulled and gets a standing O. Here comes Joba with 2 outs in the 6th inning.

10:18 p.m. - Joba gets out of 6th inning without further damage.

10:19 p.m. - Andy's final line tonight: 5 2/3 IP, 3 R, 4 H, 3 K, 5 BB. A lot of walks for Andy and he needed to work out of trouble a few times, but an overall gutty performance from the all-time leader in postseason victories. Take that Mike Francesca! I wonder what he will say tomorrow.

10:32 p.m. - Guess what?! The Box (the movie) is sponsoring Fox's In Game Box Score. How original! And pathetic that everything is sponsored now. (This insta-blog is sponsored by Newcastle Beer imported from England.)

10:34 p.m. - Stop talking about greatest Philly-Phillie comebacks ever Tim McCarver. I will hurt you.

10:36 p.m. - 9 more outs. I'm just saying....

10:37 p.m. - For the last couple days, Francesca has completely obsessed -- even more than he is obsessed with the Joba in the bullpen discussion -- with the fact that Mariano should be in Game 6 during the 7th inning if the game was close. By close, he meant 1-2 runs. Right now, it's at 4 runs.

He literally ripped apart Sweeney Murti and any caller who contested him about his thesis. I love listening to him, but he can be a complete bastard sometime. Hopefully he won't have a chance to be right this inning.

10:40 p.m. - Joba strikes out Francisco swinging....8 outs.......

10:43 p.m. - Rollins grounds into FC......7 outs.

10:45 p.m. - Joba walks Italian BMT Sub Torino to put runners on 1st and 2nd with 2 outs. Marte in

10:48 p.m. - Big spot by Marte here. Hughes warming up in pen. Just give me one out Marte, please

10:50 p.m. - Marte gets Utley to chase a ball out of the strike zone and the ump calls him out for breaking his wrists! 6 outs to #27!!

10:53 p.m. - I'm kinda in awe at how Marte is pitching this postseason since we've really never seen this from him before....except when he was with the Pirates...okay, no one really saw that except the 32 people in the stands.

10:55 p.m. - RT@Ledger_Yankees Outlandish: Damaso Marte comes up with one of the biggest pitches of the season.

11:01 p.m. - Web 2.0 has helped to calm my fears during the 2009 World Series. While I was watching the World Series in the '96, '98, '99, '00, '01, and '03, all I did was drink beer and sit on the edge of my seat. I was a complete and utter nervous wreck.

Now -- because of Web 2.o - along with watching the 2009 World Series -- I am talking to my wife (in person), reading what people are Twittering about the game, writing this insta-blog, Twittering myself, reading videogame reviews and Im'ing a friend. It has made me much more busy and decidedly less nervous about the game. The 7-3 score tonight also helps.

11:11 p.m. - I know we're ahead by 4 runs Robbie, but you looked like you didn't care in that at-bat.

11:12 p.m. - Is Mo coming in to start the 8th? 6 outs left.

11:13 p.m. - Marte, who has pitched really well in the playoffs, to start the 8th.

11:14 p.m. - Howard strikes out for 14th time this WS to break the mark set by Willie Wilson in 1980. 5 outs left.

11:15 p.m. - Joe isn't messing around. Mariano coming into game amongst cheers and Metallica's Enter Sandman. Here we go.

11:17 p.m. - In New York, concrete jungle where dreams are made of....There's nothing you can't do now you're in New York. These streets will make you feel brand new. Big lights will inspire you, let's here it for New York, New York, New York.

11:19 p.m. - Mo strikes out Werth swinging. 4 outs.

11:25 p.m. - After a double to center by Ibanez, Mo gets Feliz to foul out to Posada. End of 8th.

11:27 p.m. - 3 OUTS TILL #27!

11:32 p.m. - Despite the fact that he can't hit for anything, you have to still respect Gardner for completely tearing down the line after he hit a routine grounder to 2nd base.

11:36 p.m - Derek lines single to right field for 3rd hit in the game and 175th hit in postseason. That's his 11th hit this series. He sure is something else.

11:38 p.m. - The 8th inning is over and Game 6 heads into the Top of the 9th inning with the best closer in MLB history taking the mound to finish off the Phillies.

11:39 p.m. - 3 outs until the Yankees capture their 27th World Championship!

11:43 p.m. - Matt Stairs, who totally looks like Darvin Moon who is at the final table at the 2009 WSOP, lines out to Jeter. 2 outs left!

11:46 p.m. - Swisher catches a fly ball by Rollins at the track and we are down to the final out!

11:51 p.m. #27!

Tuesday, November 3, 2009

In Andy We Trust


Andy Pettitte is starting for the Yankees tomorrow night in Game 6 of the 2009 World Series. If he wins, the Yankees will secure their 27th World Championship and Andy Pettitte will win his record breaking 17th playoff victory and 6th series clinching win.

He clinched the ALCS for the Yankees against the Angels and I'm confident he can do it again against the Phillies.

Let's go Yankees!!

Monday, November 2, 2009

Delivering #27 Diary - Game 5 World Series - Yankees vs. Phillies - 1 win till #27


7:31 p.m. - Yankees won a very important game last night against the Phillies to put them up 3-1 in the series and 1 game (27 outs) away from their #27 World Championship. Taking the mound is A.J. Burnett who was completely stellar against the Phillies in Game 2.
7:33 p.m. - Burnett's line in Game 2 was: 7 IP, 1 R, 4 Hits, 9 Ks and 2 BBs. It was the best that he's pitched all season long as he used his emotion to get ahead of 22 of 26 Phillie hitters with 1st pitch strikes.
7:43 p.m. - Sorry Fox analysts, including YOU Ozzie Guillen who I can't understand at all, you are all wrong: The Yankees are winning #27 tonight. Mark it down.
7:47 p.m. - Uh, why is Alanis Morrisette singing the United States National Anthem. Isn't she Canadian? Way to go Philly!

7:53 p.m. - Melky Cabrera strained/tore his hamstring in last night's game and is out for tonight's game. He's replaced by Ramiro Pena on the 25 man playoff roster.

7:54 p.m. - I have a feeling that the bottom of the Yankees lineup is going to do something tonight, despite the loss of Melky, Molina catching Burnett and AJ batting tonight. Maybe AJ will get a big hit?

7:57 p.m. - I just love the pine tar on Lee's hat - NOT. Cheater. If he touches it once to put something on the ball I'm going to scream. Why do you think he was so good in Game 1.

8:01 p.m. - Johnny continues his great World Series with a single to center. I sung his praises yesterday and can't say enough about what a great at-bat and heads up play on the basepath in the Top of the 9th last night.

8:02 p.m. - Tex hasn't done anything this series. He has 1 hit. Granted it was a homerun, but he's better than that. ...and he flies out to right.

8:04 p.m. - That's quite a pick off attempt for Lee, as he lobs the ball over the Howard to "chase" back Damon.

8:05 p.m. - A-Rod smashes a ball down the right field line to chase home Damon. Nice early lead for the Yankees...and great baserunning again by Johnny. 1-0 Yankees.

8:07 p.m. - That's A-Rod's 16th RBI of postseason, which is a new Yankees team record.

8:11 p.m. - I've mentioned it in previous insta-blogging sessions, and I'll say it again. It's important right here for AJ to shut down the top of the Phillies lineup after the Yankees took an early lead.

8:13 p.m. - Jeter just gave AJ a short pep talk before the 1st pitch. I love that. I wonder what he said?

8:16 p.m. - AJ hits Vic Torino on his right hand (the one he uses to twirl spaghetti on his spoon.) Payback for last night?

8:17 p.m. - How many HRs can grease ball hit this series? 3-1 Phillies

8:19 p.m. - Howard throws his bat at ball and the bat goes flying. Maybe he should use some of the pine tar on Cliff Lee's hat.

8:25 p.m. - Teixiera makes another patented Mark Teixiera play as he dives to his right to steal single from Ibanez and gets the force at 2nd base. Again, he makes a play like that at least once a game.

8:28 p.m. - AJ gets out of a rough inning after giving up a 3 run HR to Utley. Yankees need to start the climb back.

8:30 p.m. - Lee threw 20 pitches in first inning giving up a run on 2 hits and a walk. The Yankees need to continue that this inning.

8:35 p.m. - AJ actually looks good at bat. Let's see what he does. ...and he strikes out looking. Pitchers shouldn't hit.

8:37 p.m. - I totally forgot that there's a Monday Night Football game tonight and I have a bunch of guys playing who are on my fantasy football team.

8:42 p.m. - Vic Torino's finger is clearly hurt. Hopefully that comes into play later. Mwahhaaaahaaa...

8:48 p.m. - Top of Yankees order to start the 3rd. They need to get some runs in here.

8:52 p.m. - Johnny walks and once again if Tex wants to come up big in the WS, now would be the prime time.

8:59 p.m. - What does Chase Utley have in common with Duke Snider, Baroid Bonds and a Bankrupt Speculator who formerly moonlighted as a Mets/Phillies CF? I'll give you a hint, it's not greasy hair or steroid use.

9:03 p.m. - Jeter should have caught that short-hop and tagged out Utley. Not a good play by the Captain.

9:08 p.m. - We are continuing to see a classic AJ Burnett - a phenomenal performance in Game 2 followed by a turd in Game 5. 4-1 Phillies.

9:09 p.m. - I don't care what WFAN's Mike Francesca says, Joe Buck and Tim McCarver are clearly rooting for the Phillies. 5-1 Phillies. AJ is coming out of game now. Jesus.

9:16 p.m. - Robertson replaces Burnett and gets two ground balls, one of which leads to a run for the Phillies. I'm disgusted. 6-1 Phillies.

9:20 p.m. - This half inning has been a half hour long.

9:37 p.m. - Why does Tim McCarver feel it necessary to tell us that David Robertson's father is a poinsetta farmer?

9:38 p.m. - Son of a poinsetta farmer aside, I've been very impressed with Robertson this postseason. I never really paid too much attention to him during the regular season, but now that I've seen him I think he's got a real bright future for the Yankees. He could be our future closer if Joba stays in the starting role.

9:42 p.m. - I feel like vomiting. And it's not because I've eaten too much leftover Halloween candy.

9:45 p.m. - Jeter just singled to right for his 8th hit this World Series. He is something else. He's hit safely in 31 of 37 World Series games and all five games this year.

9:46 p.m. - Yankees have 1st and 3rd with 1 out. Yankees are cooking, hopefully.

9:47 p.m. - Howard is a horrible 1st baseman. He gets force on Johnny, but neglects to check back Hinske who scores. 6-2 Phillies.

9:51 p.m. - Aceves who hasn't pitched since Oct. 19th comes into the game to relieve Robertson. Can he hold the Phillies?

9:53 p.m - Gardner makes a great catch and slams into the wall. Please get up. We don't havfe a replacement for you. He is a great fielder and a terror on the basepaths, but he is not a good hitter.

9:58 p.m. - Joe Buck just said that the Phillie Phanatic was the best mascot in sports. Uh, thanks Homer. There are probably 100 college mascots that are better.

10:05 p.m. - Gardner comes up and takes three pitches right down the middle. Doesn't swing the bat once. He looks lost at the plate completely.

10:34 p.m. - Utley hits his 7th HR of World Series. How many singles does he have? 0. With the homerun he ties Mr. October for most HRs in World Series. 7-2 Phillies.

10:35 p.m. - Can this game just be over or can the Phillies bullpen relieve Lee? I'll take either.

10:37 p.m. - Not to be outdone by record breaking Gordon Gekko, Howard strikes out for 12th time and ties Willie Wilson for most K's in World Series.

10:38 p.m. - Great job Phil Coke as Ibanez hits another one out. 8-2.

10:39 p.m. If we are going to score against a tiring Lee (at 103 pitches), now would be the time with Damon, Tex and A-Rod coming to bat. Get your rally caps on, boys!

10:49 p.m. - Johnny walks, Tex doubles and A-Rod steps to the plate. Do we have one more come from behind rally in us?

10:50 p.m. - Those tack on solo HRs in last inning were huge for the Phillies.

10:51 p.m. - How many pitches is Lee going for tonight? 130?

10:51 p.m. - A-Rod hits 2 run double to cut Phillies lead. 8-4 Phillies. Nice job by A-Rod.

10:52 p.m. - Lee is taken out with no outs in 8th. Rally time for Yankees!

10:56 p.m. - Yankee bullpen hasn't been horrible tonight outside of the 2 solo shots by Phillies last inning that were given up by Coke. Burnett was a disaster though.

10:59 p.m. - Any chance that Cano puts together a good at-bat here to get on base? I say no.

11:00 p.m. - Cano flies out to shallow center and A-Rod tags up to score. 8-5 Phillies.

11:02 p.m. - Once again Gardner can't buy a hit as he flies out to end the Yankee rally. I miss Melky already.

11:06 p.m. - RT@BobKlap Home runs allowed by Coke look even worse now....

11:10 p.m. - Yankees go to the Top of the 9th with Posada, Matsui, Jeter, Damon (and beyond) and a chance to tie it against Phillie-Philly bullpen. I can guarantee you that Brad Lidge will not be the pitcher facing them.

11:15 p.m. - Jorge juices one - nearly out of park - and gets a stand up double. Yanks are cooking. Matsui is up. Let's go!

11:17 p.m. - Matsui singles to bring up the Captain as the tying run!

11:21 p.m. - Jeter grounds into DP and Posada scores. Not good. 8-6 Phillies. I hate Phil Coke, btw.

11:24 p.m. - Johnny singles up the middle to bring Tex to the plate as the tying run. Another great at-bat by Damon.

11:27 p.m. - Tex strikes out in yet another horrible WS at-bat to end the game. He's killing me.

Wrap-up - A very poor performance for Burnett and Coke tonight and that in a nutshell (help, I'm in a nutshell) is the reason that the Yankees lost the game tonight. Another valiant effort by the Yankees offense to come back, but it wasn't enough as the Phillies force Game 6 back at the new Yankee Stadium.

Sunday, November 1, 2009

Delivering #27 Diary - Game 4 World Series - Yankees vs. Phillies - 1 win till #27!


7:54 p.m. - Welcome back to the Delivering #27 Diary. Yankees are just two wins away from delivering their #27 World Championship to their fans.

7:55 p.m. - In Game 4, C.C. Sabathia has a chance to put a strangehold on this series and with a good performance put the Yankees up 3-1.

8:02 p.m. - Yes, the New York Giants got drubbed by the Philadelphia Eagles today. I don't know what's wrong with the Giants. Tonight, with a win, the Yankees have the chance to make up for that 40-17 drubbing, ten fold.

8:22 p.m. - It's game time. The one promise I'll make tonight is to not do so much play-by-play and be more of a color commentator. Not, that surpassing Tim McCarver is that difficult.

8:25 p.m. - After Jeter and Damon reaches base on hits, Tex drives in a run on a fielders choice.
1-0 Yankees.

8:26 p.m. - It's getting ridiculous how many times A-Rod has been hit this series. He just got hit for the 3rd time this series. The umps then make a horrible decision to warn both benches which greatly hurts the Yankees if C.C. has a pitch mistakingly go awry.

8:30 p.m. - Jorge drives in another run this World Series with a sac fly to left to drive home Damon. 2-0 Yankees. A very nice early start for the Yankees who are not doubt upset about how many times Eli Manning was intercepted by the Eagles earlier today.

8:37 p.m. - Fox just showed a comparison of how C.C. pitched against Chase Utley (Utley was 2 for 2) and how the rest of the Phillies did (2 for 22). McCarver's response to this was: "Wow, that's quite a tele-graphic." Uh, okay Tim.

8:38 p.m. - Utley continues his dominance of C.C. and hits a double to drive in Vic Torino, my wife's favorite Italian player. 2-1 Yankees.

8:42 p.m. - C.C. pitches superbly to Ryan Howard coming back from a 3-1 count to strike out Howard for the 10th time this series.

8:47 p.m. - C.C. works out of a 1st inning jam by striking out Raul Ibanez to end the threat.

8:51 p.m. - Seriously Joe Buck. I don't need you to mention how the Eagles dismantled the Giants. I know they dismantled them as does every Yankee-Giants fan. Quit it with the bad vibes, man.

8:53 p.m. - Here's C.C. for his first at-bat of the playoffs. I hear he's a good hitter. Let's see it C.C. ...and he strikes out. Have I mentioned how I hate that pitchers are batting in this series? Yes, I know Pettitte got a hit to tie up the game yesterday.

9:15 p.m. - Excellent play by Tex on a groundball by Giuseppe Torino (he he). Tex makes at least one tough play a game that Jason Giambi would never make in his life...on or off steroids.

9:21 p.m. - A-Rod's up to start the 4th inning with a chance to strike back at the people who've hurt him deeply in the past... Or something like that.

9:26 p.m. - Cano strikes out again and looks very bad doing it. He's having a horrible World Series. After that K, he's 1 for 13 this series.

9:34 p.m. - The home plate umpire tonight is wildly inconsistent with his strike zone and waits far too long to determine if it's a strike or not. The hitters on both teams are not happy about it tonight. The umpires in this year's playoffs are truly being talked about far too often for their ineptitude and bad calls. Umpires are like offensive lineman in football. You don't talk about them until they do something wrong.

9:36 p.m. - Johnny Damon's arm continues to hurt us as Howard scores on a line drive single to right. That should never happen. What does happen though is that Howard never touches the plate and is still called safe by the umpires. The lunacy continues! 2-2.

9:39 p.m. - Blanton strikes out badly to end the Phillie-Philly threat in the 4th. What am I going to say about that?....

Yes, pitchers shouldn't hit.

9:41 p.m. - After the Phillies tie up the game, the Yankees need to strike back in the Top of the 5th inning.

9:41 p.m. - Watching a Verizon Fios commercial featuring an actor who used to star in NBC's My Own Worst Enemy. What ever happened to that show? Was it cancelled? It was one of my favorite shows and I haven't heard anything about Season 2.

9:42 p.m. - I saw the extended preview of James Cameron's Avatar today. Looks pretty awesome.

9:43 p.m. - Nick Swisher starts the 5th and walks on 4 pitches. He is usually such a patient hitter - with a great eye for balls and strikes. He's been in such a bad slump - before last night's breakout game - that I think that's his first walk this postseason. Or it seems like it.

9:45 p.m. - Melky grounds ball up middle and Chase Utley tries to backhand throw the ball like he's a juggler in Cirque Soleil. Yankees are cooking with 1st and 2nd and no one out.

9:46 p.m. - And here comes Carsten Charles to the plate.

9:48 p.m. - Jeter sneaks a single past Rollins into left field and Swisher races home to put the Yankees up again. 3-2 Yankees.

9:50 p.m. - Johnny Rockets - or loops - a single to center and Melky displays some stellar baserunning - even goes back to step on the plate after he initially missed it (something Ryan Howard didn't do) - to tack on another run for the Yankees. 4-2 Yankees.

9:59 p.m. - Is Charlie Manuel incapable of talking to Buck and McCarver between innings. Girardi does it, yet Phillie hitting coach does it for their team. Would he talk if they agreed to only talk about NASCAR, Pabst Blue Ribbon and scrapple?

10:03 p.m. - Not a good start to the bottom of the 5th for C.C. as Rollins reaches on a hit and Cappacola Torino walks.

10:12 p.m. - C.C. works in and out of trouble after the first two batters reach base. Great performance for his right there.

10:15 p.m. - Verizon has a brilliant 3G commercial where they play off the iPhone's: "There's an app for that" theme....instead Verizon says "there's a map for that, which highlights their superior 3G nation-wide coverage when compared to AT&T's. My question is: Does AT&T even utilize 3G? I thought they used a different technology?

10:17 p.m. - Cano is hitting .077 this series..ouch.

10:20 p.m. - Howard short hops the ball and throws it to Blanton for the force of Cano. Hey, umps. Did you see that. HE SHORT HOPPED IT!

10:22 p.m. - Swisher walks again. There you go Nick. You're on like Donkey Kong.

10:33 p.m. - Great bottom of 6th for C.C. Only 7 pitches for 3 outs. He's at 95 pitches for game. The question is does Girardi let him bat to lead off the inning. I say yes. I love when pitchers bat.

10:35 p.m. - And the big man is batting to lead off the inning.

10:38 p.m. - I would love it if the Yankees could tack on a couple runs right here. After C.C. flies out to Werth - I swear, it's an adventure everytime it's hit to Werth -- Jeter walks and brings up Damon.

10:48 p.m. - Rollins grounds out to A-Rod and up steps Ziti Torino.

10:52 p.m. - Utley homers to right. C.C. threw one too many curve balls. 4-3 Yankees. According to Fox, Utley is 4 for 6 against C.C. in this series, while the rest of the Phillies are 7 for 45. That's what you call a stark contrast there.

10:53 p.m. - Girardi pulls C.C. who battled (and pitched well at times) tonight on short rest. His final line was:

6 2/3 IP, 3 ER, 7 hits, 6 K, 3 BB

Now, it's up to the Yankee bullpen to get the final 7 outs tonight.

10:57 p.m. - Marte comes in and coaxes a fly out out of Howard. Hey, at least he didn't strike out again. We go to the 8th inning (as Joe Buck might say). Yankees need to re-tack some runs on the board.

11:06 p.m. - My new buddy Nick Swisher is at the plate with runners on 1st and 2nd and 1 out. Tack on!

11:13 p.m. - Joba's in the game to face Werth. This is a big spot right here for him.

11:14 p.m. - Joba overpowers Werth with a high fastball.

11:15 p.m. - Everytime Fox shows a picture of Utley without his hat on, I marvel at how much grease is in his hair. What in his right mind is he thinking.

11:16 p.m. - Joba overpowers Ibanez with a high fastball.

11:18 p.m. - Feliz ties it up with a homerun. Ugh. 4-4.

11:19 p.m. - Joba looked really solid for the first two outs of the inning. I'm shocked that just happened.

11:23 p.m. - Matsui, Jeter and Damon to start the 9th gives the Yankees a good shot to take the lead again.

11:33 p.m. - After a tough 9 pitch at-bat, Johnny singles to left and gives Mark Teixiera a chance to write his first golden NY Yankee moment.

11:34 P.M. - In a weird, weird play, Johnny steals 2nd and then outraces a shifted Feliz to 3rd base. That's two stolen bases on one play. Just plain weird.

11:36 p.m. - Lidge hits Tex and somehow the ump doesn't throw out Lidge. Wasn't there a warning?

11:36 p.m. - And up comes A-Rod with a chance to drive in a big, big run for the Yankees.

11:38 p.m. - And Alex rips a double to left to put Yankees ahead! 5-4 Yankees! HUGE HIT FOR A-Rod. Maybe bigger than all of his homeruns in ALDS and ALCS combined.

11:40 p.m. - Yes, I'm not happy that Brad Lidge wasn't thrown out of the game after hitting Teixiera.

11:40 p.m. - RT @YankeesWFAN 15 RBIs for ARod, ties Bernie in 96 and Brosius in 98 for most ever by a Yankee in the postseason.

11:41 p.m. - If a man approached you in 2006 and said by 2009 Alex Rodriguez will be a World Series Hero and Eli Manning will have been a Super Bowl MVP, would you believe either?

11:42 p.m. - Posada doubles to deep center to drive in 2 for Yankees. 7-4 Yankees.

11:43 p.m. - A-Rod is now 16 for 46 this postseason with .347 AVG, 6 HR, 15 RBI and 12 Runs. Wow. That's a stark contrast from prior postseasons.

11:44 p.m. - Mariano comes on to start the bottom of the 9th. He has never given up a 3-run lead in his postseason career.

11:48 p.m. - Mo quickly dispatches Phillies with an 8-pitch save, his 39th career postseason save.

11:52 p.m. - Johnny Damon has been really great this series. Tonight, was his biggest game by far as he was 3 for 5 with 2 runs scored and an RBI. Overall, in the series, he's been 5 for 17, 3 Runs, 3 RBI, 2 SB

Wrap-up - This was such an important win for the Yankees, especially after the Phillies tied the game up in the Bottom of the 8th. This game and frankly series could have turned in the Phillies favor if the Yankees did not score 3 runs in the Top of the 9th. Instead, the series is 3-1 and the Yankees are 1 win.....1 WIN away from capturing #27.