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“Jav” A Day

Vazquez Fabulous in Yankee Win

Last season in the West Coast Trip before the All-Star Break, the Yankees got swept and lost all three games to the Angels. When I noticed te schedule for this year had a West Coast trip right before the All-Star Break, I couldn’t help but to panic. But after last night/this morning’s game, I no longer have to worry about a sweep. The Yankees beat the Athletics 3-1, and start off the road trip with a “W.”

Pitching Analysis: Javier Vazquez recorded his first win of the season against the A’s back in April, so I hoped that maybe he’d have similar luck last night. Eh. I was wrong. JAVY WAS EVEN BETTER! Oh, he was fabulous. In 7 innings, Javy allowed just 1 run (a sac fly) on 3 hits. He really pitched an amazing game. That’s my boy! And to think in the beginning of the year, everyone was ready to give up on him. His ERA is back to respectability at 4.81. Since mid May, Javy has the BEST ERA out of every Yankee starter. And I believed in him ♥

Javier Vazquez gives the Yankees seven solid innings against the Oakland Athletics Monday night and Mark Teixeira (b.) powers the offense with a solo homer.

Oh Javy! Way to have a day, my little cutie 😉

The bullpen was actually good! Joba Chamberlain, with help of Francisco Cervelli, threw a perfect 8th. The Great Mariano is back to his normal self as he saved the game last night.

Defensive Analysis: The Yankees have the best defense in the Bigs. They’ve made the least amount of errors. But last night, their gloves really shined. Derek Jeter, Alex Rodriguez, Curtis Granderson, and Colin Curtis all made amazing web-gem-worthy plays to save Javy the stress of baserunners. GO D!!!

Offensive Analysis: When you have good pitching, you don’t need a boatload of runs. Javier Vazquez has had bad luck with offensive support, having the least run support of all Yankee starters. But this time, 3 runs were enough.

In the 2nd inning after 2 quick outs, I didn’t expect the Yankees to score any runs. Why do I always do things like that? Nick Swisher, who really needs our help to be an All-Star, (SEND SWISH!!!!) got himself aboard with a 2-out double. 

    July 05, 2010 - Oakland, CALIFORNIA, United States - epa02238144 New York Yankees DH Nick Swisher tosses his bat away, after hitting a double against the Oakland Athletics in the top of the second inning in Oakland, California, USA, 05 July 2010.

GO TO YANKEES.COM AND VOTE NICK SWISHER! BE SURE TO SPREAD THE WORD!

Curtis Granderson then followed with a triple down the line to score NickySwish. Then, my sweet Franciso Cervelli, just looked to put the bat on the ball. He’s got the BEST hitting approach I’ve ever seen. Cervelli hit the ball on the ground right back up the middle, for an RBI single. 2-0 Yankees!

Mark Teixeria must feel left out. The rest of the Yankee infield (execpt catcher) is headed to California for the All-Star Game, but Mark is not. He must think he still has a chance, because he has really turned it on these past few days. Last night in the 6th, Tex hit a monster solo homer to centerfield to give the Yankees a 3-1 lead. And that was the final score.

  July 05, 2010 - Oakland, United States - epa02238154 New York Yankees Mark Teixeira is congratulated by teammates after hitting a solo homerun against Oakland Athletics starting pitcher Ben Sheets during sixth inning action in Oakland California, USA, 05 July 2010.

TEX!

Last night’s win was very comforting for me. The heroes for the victory are Javy Vazquez and Mark Teixeira for proving they can do it, and that all we needed was to be patient and believe!

Have a day, Yankees! Keep up the good baseball 🙂

A View from Sec 237, Row 14, Seat 1


 Yankee Game July 1st 2010

Yesterday was my first time at the new Yankee Stadium. I know, I’m ashamed that I didn’t get to go earlier. But I know I’ll be back many many times, because the place is like Heaven. And lucky for me, it was a good game. The Yankees lost the first two of the Mariners series, and lost the first today in the Blue Jays series. I’m very thankful for that 4-2 win yesterday. Maybe they won because of me!

I was too excited to sleep. I was too excited to stay still on the train. Hahaa, I was too excited and stupified to even take pictures of the Great Hall! My Dad and I walked around like zombies, OMG-ing at everything we saw. It was amazing. The Stadium is so beautiful – words cannot describe it.

I was a Bleacher Creature, which was an incredible experience in itself. We got in our seats early to see the guys warm up. After a little while, when I realized that it is not a dream and I can control my every move, I decided to take some pictures of the guys warming up.

CC pitched a fabulous game for the Yanks yesterday. Now I know how he prepares for his starts:

P1020786.JPGCC paces around as Dave Eiland goes over the plan of attack.

 

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CC and Jorge, the battery of the game, have a nice catch. 

 

The Mariner starter, Ryan Rowland-Smith, had a catch with his battery mate Josh Bard:

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After a few minutes, the position players emerged from the clubhouse to do some last-minute warmups before the start of the game:

P1020795.JPGFrom left to right: Curtis Granderson, doing some serious stretching with help of a trainer, Robinson Cano, doing I don’t know what, and Mark Teixeira, jogging his way into the picture.

 

P1020792.JPGThe Mariners did the same thing.  

 Before we knew it, the game began.
 

P1020808.JPGAfter CC pitched a 1-2-3 first, Jeet led off for the Yanks. He eventually scored on a Mark Teixeira groundout to give to the Yanks a 1-0 lead.

 The game went pretty fast. Here are some random shots I got:

P1020811.JPGA-Rod in the process of swinging (and missing :p)

 

P1020814.JPGRamiro Pena at-bat with Derek Jeter on deck. 

 

P1020810.JPGMariners left-fielder Ryan Langerhans looking a little bored in the outfield.  

 

HERE IS MY FAVORITE PIC:

P1020813.JPG                                      Ow-OW! Brett Gardner – lookin’ good…♥♥♥

After A-Rod’s dramatic 2-run homer in the 8th, we had the lead again. That meant only one thing….

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                                                            MO!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Hearing Metallica’s “Enter Sandman” and witnessing the Great Mariano jog onto the field is just the coolest thing ever. He beasted yesterday, setting down the Mariners 1-2-3 and nailing down the save for the Yankee win.

I had the time of my life at the game yesterday. I don’t even care that much about the loss today, because yesterday still lingers in my mind 🙂 The heroes for the thrilling victory yesterday are CC Sabathia, for 8 innings of 2-run, DOMINANT C “Cy” style baseball, Alex Rodriguez, for his SUPER CLUTCH 2-run homer in the 8th to re-give the Yankees the lead, and Michael Hirschbein. He’s the guy that made this day possible for me by giving me the tickets. I write for him at http://pinstripepartisan.com at FanVsFan.com He’s awesome.

For more on my trip to the Stadium, check out this little video at http://fanvsfan.com/shows

 

It Wasn’t A Mirage

Yanks Take Finale to Win Series in the Desert

I’ve seen a lot of bizarre things on the baseball diamond before, but I think last night is worthy of the title of one of the most bizarre baseball games ever. I think the players weren’t all their last night – on both sides. Last night’s game was not played well, and was incredibly sloppy. I was beginning to think I was seeing things, but then I remembered that I wasn’t the one in the desert. Nope, it wasn’t a mirage. It wasn’t a gorgeous win, but I’ll take it. The Yankees won 6-5, and won the series.

Pitching Analysis: After watching and pitying Dontrelle Willis, who just could not throw a stike, it was Javy Vazquez’s turn. I panicked, because he walked the leadoff man Kelly Johnson. I was beginning to worry, “Oh no! It’s contagious! Javy has the virus! He can’t throw strikes!” It was a pretty messy inning, but Javier did catch a break when the defense threw out a runner trying to score. Later on, with the bases loaded, he surrendered a 2-run single to Adam Laroche. That pest. He had 5 RBI last night.

Javier really struggled last night. He went just 5 innings, and allowed 4 runs on 6 hits. He really didn’t have good stuff on the mound. But to his credit, he kept the Yankees in the game, and didn’t unravel to the point of no return. He prevented the opposition from having the Big inning. And for that, Javy deserves a pat on the back. 

                                   New York Yankees starting pitcher Javier Vazquez throws a pitch to the Arizona Diamondbacks in the first inning of their MLB interleague baseball game in Phoenix, June 23, 2010. REUTERS/Joshua Lott (UNITED STATES - Tags: SPORT BASEBALL)

 Look at you…so cute 😉

The bullpen did a lot of work last night, and most of it was done well. Damaso Marte allowed a run in te 6th, but it’s not like they hit him. He kind of screwed himself up. Chris Young walked, moved to second on a balk, advanced to third on a wild pitch, and scored on a groundout. That gave the D-Backs a 5-4 lead.

The rest of the ‘pen was fabulous: Joba, Robertson, and Mo. Oh, Mo! Mo, Mo, Mo…what else can we say about Mo? He’s amazing.

Mariano knew what he was in for last night: 2 innings to pitch, and 1 shot at the plate. He tossed a 1-2-3 9th, and in the 10th, he got a chance to hit. That was pretty funny. He put a good swing on the ball, but grounded out. The best part was that the whole team was at leaning on the dugout railing, laughing and just having fun with it. I don’t know how Mo focused at the plate with the whole team joking about him like that.

                                  June 23, 2010 - Phoenix, AZ, United States - epa02219261 New York Yankees Mariano Rivera of Panama, watches his grounder roll to the Arizona Diamondbacks second baseman before being thrown out, as he bats during the ninth inning of their Major League Baseball game in Phoenix, Arizona USA, 23 June, 2010. The Yankees won 6-5 in 10 innings.

 LOL!

More importantly, I don’t know how Mo focused in the 10th! It was a miracle…Stephen Drew led off with a single. Then Justin Upton doubled, and Miguel Montero was intentionally walked to load the bases with none out. NONE out. Yikes. But Mo stayed cool – he got Chris Young to pop out to Cervelli, and got the dangerous Adam Laroche to pop out to A-Rod. That left it up to Mark Reynolds: the guy that either strikes out, or goes deep. Like in the rest of the inning, I bravely watched through the tiny opening between my fingers as I covered the rest of my face. Reynolds tried, but there was no way he was going to hit The Great Mariano. With a valiant effort, Reynolds swung at that back door cutter, but came up empty. Strike three! Crisis averted! YANKEES WIN!

       New York Yankees' relief pitcher Mariano Rivera throws a pitch to the Arizona Diamondbacks in the ninth inning of their MLB inter-league baseball game in Phoenix, June 23, 2010. REUTERS/Joshua Lott (UNITED STATES - Tags: SPORT BASEBALL)

Oh, thank you Mariano!

Offensive Analysis: Despite being given 13 walks by D-back pitchers, the offense struggled. They could not take advantage of the Diamondback mistakes. Instead, they made mistakes of their own. The basepaths were not friendly to the Yankees last night. There were three baserunning blunders that I would rather not summarize. It was ugly.

As for the runs, the Yankees got one in the first on a Nick Swisher RBI single. A-Rod drew an RBI walk in the 2nd. But the Yankees failed to really put a rally together. Until the 6th.

In the 6th, my darling Francisco Cervelli led off with a double, and eventually scored on a Brett Gardner RBI groundout. Cutie Colin Curtis came off the bench to pinch hit for Javy Vazquez. Once again, Curtis hit the ball hard, almost knocking over Adam Laroche, for an game tying RBI single! That made it 4-4. The Yanks re-tied the game in the 9th, thanks to an sac fly by A-Rod.

In the 10th, I was beginning to get restless. I began to think about the longball as a quick way to score a run. Curtis Granderson stepped up to the plate. While he was up, I was looking through my notebook to see if the Yanks had a homer that game. It was such a long, stressful game, that I forgot. I didn’t see any “HR!” in my notebook. Right when I realized this, I heard the crack of Grandy’s bat. I looked up, and there it went! HOME RUN, CURTIS GRANDERSON! Why didn’t I think this before? Whatever. The Yankees had a 6-5 lead, thanks to my sweet little Curtis. And that was the final score.

       New York Yankees' Curtis Granderson hits a home run against the Arizona Diamondbacks in the tenth inning of their MLB inter-league baseball game in Phoenix, June 23, 2010. REUTERS/Joshua Lott (UNITED STATES - Tags: SPORT BASEBALL)

 Thank you, Curtis!

A lot of things happened last night that I didn’t believe. One of these was that the Yankees won! They didn’t play particularly well, but hey: they played well enough. A win is a win is a win. I’ll take it – especially since the Yankees gained a game on every team in the AL East! The heroes for this bizarre victory are Curtis Granderson for his clutch HR, and Mariano Rivera, for his miracle on the mound. He truly is amazing.  

          New York Yankees' relief pitcher Mariano Rivera (R) is congratulated by catcher Franciso Cervelli after their win against the Arizona Diamondbacks during their MLB inter-league baseball game in Phoenix, June 23, 2010. REUTERS/Joshua Lott (UNITED STATES - Tags: SPORT BASEBALL)

 

The Bombers are Back Where They Belong

Yanks Comeback and Win Series – Back in 1st Place

I was a little worried about the Yankees during their 3 game losing streak, but I was more frustrated than anything because the Yankees missed on opportunities to gain games on the Rays. But it’s okay – the Yankees were bound to bounce back, and they did. After losing the first game of this series, the Yankees won the next two to win the series, and split the season Subway Series. Today, the Yankees won the finale 4-0.

Pitching Analysis: CC Sabathia’s mission was to follow up Phil Hughes’s dominant outing with a solid performance of his own. A win from CC would boost the team’s confidence, and make the flight to Arizona seem a little shorter. And that’s exactly what C “Cy” did.

           New York Yankees starting pitcher CC Sabathia throws a pitch to the New York Mets in the seventh inning of their MLB inter-league baseball game at Yankee Stadium in New York, June 20, 2010. REUTERS/Ray Stubblebine (UNITED STATES - Tags: SPORT BASEBALL)

 Look at his game face. Aw, CC I love you ♥

I think this was CC’s best outing of the season. If it wasn’t for the rain delay, CC would have pitched a complete game shutout. But just to be safe, Girardi didn’t send CC out there for the 9th. He went 8 innings of 4 hit shutout baseball, and struckout 6. Every time the Mets were “threatening,” CC got even tougher. I think CC is about to go on one of those stretches where he is unhittable.

Defensive Analysis: In pitcher’s duels, defense becomes even more important. Today, the Yankee defense was on top of its game. Derek Jeter started a lovely 6-4-3 double play in the 4th, and Alex Rodriguez started an inning-ending dp in the 7th to get CC out of potential trouble. Brett Gardner made a lovely leaping play on a deep fly ball by Rod Barajas. A-Rod also made a nice diving play to his left on a Jose Reyes sharp grounder. So much for his “lateral range issues.”

Offensive Analysis: The Yankees scored all their runs on one swing, but it was enough. When facing a pitcher like Santana, you’ve got to be sure you don’t miss out on your chance to score, because you might not get another. In the 3rd, the Yankees rallied. Brettiboo Gardner led off with a single, followed by an infield single by Jeet. Nick Swisher laid down the most beautiful bunt – so perfect that it was a hit instead of a sacrifice! That loaded the bases with no one out, for Mark Teixeira. Tex had a big fly in game 2 of this series, but that didn’t make me think he was going to come through. Every time I think he’s getting hot, he fails on me the next game, and many games after.

This time, Mark didn’t fail me. After 2 changeups, Tex got a fastball – and he didn’t miss it. Teixeira hit a ball deep to left field, and GONE FOR A GRAND SLAM! 4-0 Yankees! Thank you, Texy-wexy, for providing the only offense of the game. It was greatly appreciated 🙂

                       New York Yankees batter Mark Teixeira follows through as he hits a grand-slam home run against the New York Mets in the third inning of their MLB inter-league baseball game at Yankee Stadium in New York, June 20, 2010. REUTERS/Ray Stubblebine (UNITED STATES - Tags: SPORT BASEBALL)

 TEX!

Mark’s blast really was the only offense. I didn’t get excited over anything else – except for Francisco Cervelli’s triple in the 6th. I love watching him run…I love watching him in general, for that matter ♥

Winning this series must be a confidence booster. Especially after losing the first game, and having to win the next two. The heroes for the series finale win are easy ones: CC Sabathia, for down-right beasting, and Mark Teixeira, for being the offense. Great job, boys!

This was a hugely important win for the Yankees. The Rays lost once again, but this time the Yankees took advantage of that. Their win today pushes them into 1st place, in by far the hardest division in baseball. Congratulations, Yankees. You are back where you belong 🙂

GO YANKEES!

Better Baseball

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.

Double the Winning Fun

Yanks Win 2 in 1 Day

Before yesterday’s Yankee game, I was upset about the state of the team. Game 1 against the Twins was suspended due to rain, and I was annoyed. Burnett was pitching just brilliantly, but the offense did nothing for him. I thought suspending the game would hurt the Yankees, because I thought the offense would just stink like it has the past week, but the pitching would be bad because A.J. wouldn’t continue – leaving it up to the bullpen (aaah!).

But to my surprise, the bullpen didn’t stink – instead, it was a breath of fresh air, much like a spring meadow. Robertson was good, Joba too, and Mo – well, he didn’t allow a run. Baby steps. Derek Jeter’s solo home run in the 6th was all the offense the Yankees needed. They won the suspended game 1-0. I was shocked – pleasantly. Good pitching [usually] beats good hitting.

            Derek Jeter is congratulated by teammate Brett Gardner after hitting a solo homer for the New York Yankees in their 1-0 win over the Minnesota Twins.

Thank you Derek! We needed that game!

I was glad the Yankees won the first game, but I wasn’t sure if it would actually be a turning point. The Yankees’ last winning streak was May 14 and 15, just 2 games, against the Twins. I hoped for a game 2 win against the Twins to FINALLY start another winning streak, but I didn’t really believe they would do it.

But after the Twins scored a quick run in the 1st off Andy Pettitte, I was crushed. It was such an effort for the Yankees to just get 1 run in the first game – now they had to get 2? Impossible. 

In the 4th, my darling baby Francisco Cervelli hustled it out for an infield single. Cutie Kevin Russo came up. He’s done a nice job up to that point, but I was in a doubtful mood. I highly doubted that he could do something AGAIN. But Russo delivered. His double scored Cervelli all the way from first, and the Yankees tied the game at 1. They were alive.

              New York Yankees outfielder Kevin Russo doubles home a run in the fourth inning in support of Andy Pettitte (b.) who gives the Bombers eight solid innings for his sixth win of the year.

I like this rookie 😉

Kevin Russo started a rally later on. In the 6th, he hit an innocent little single after putting up a nice at-bat. Brettiboo Gardner decided it was his turn to make things interesting, and to get me excited in the team again. How does Brett get me excited? With his speed. I think it’s sexy. Gardner tripled, scoring Kevin Russo, and gave the Yankees a LEAD! 2-1.

The Yankees lost the lead in the bottom of the 7th, and I have to admit it hit me hard. But it wasn’t over. The game was still tied at 2, so the Yankees had a chance. Andy Pettitte was still in there for the bottom of the 8th. I thought that was a good decision, but after Butera led off with a double, I wasn’t so sure. I know Gardner just missed it, but it was still hit well. Then A-Rod made an error on a bunt, putting the Yankees in a sticky situation: first and third with none out. I couldn’t watch. I covered my eyes. Orlando Hudson then hit the ball back up the middle, and I shuddered. But miraculously, it went into Andy’s glove, for the first out! I was excited, but all those feelings disappeared when I saw who stepped up to the plate next: Joe Mauer. I went back into my cover-the-eyes mode. I heard the bat-ball connection, and bravely looked at the screen. ANDY INDUCED THE DOUBLE PLAY!!! Jeet to Robbie to Tex! 6-4-3 dp! Inning over, threat averted, huge momentum shift. Andy actually showed some legit emotion – fist pumping so hard I thought he ripped his arm out of his socket. It was a great moment for the Yankees.  

                 New York Yankees Minnesota Twins

 Aw, Andy ♥

The momentum did shift in that inning, just in time for a Yankee rally. It happened kind of quickly. Nick Swisher just, connected, and that was it. Gone! That home run was a monster shot. Swish’s shot drained the energy from the Minnesota crowd. It’s as if their energy was drained, and transplanted into me. I believed again. The Drama Club struck again.

                 New York Yankees Minnesota Twins

I bet his bicep is all better ♥

Mariano Rivera successfully closed out the 9th inning for the save, but more importantly, the 3-2 YANKEE WIN. Because of all the momemtum shifts in that game, and that the Yankees came out on top, I do believe this is a turning point. They played better yesterday. The heroes for these two victories are Derek Jeter, for winning game 1 for us, Kevin Russo, for contributing to 2 of the 3 Yankee runs, A.J. and Andy, for their gutsy starting efforts, and Nick Swisher, for wrapping up the series win with his clutch homer.  

Let’s hope the Yankees keep on piling up the W’s. Despite everything, they are only 3.5 games behind the Rays.

GO YANKEEEEEEEES!

Start Them Up….They’ll Never Stop

1st Of Many Walkoffs for Yanks

Don’t you hate it when you are so tired and you know it’s late, but you don’t go to bed and then by the time you DO go to bed, you aren’t tired anymore? I usually hate this. But last night, I didn’t mind it one bit. I laid there for awhile, knowing I should get a good night’s sleep because it was only Monday (well, almost Tuesday at this point), but it was the peaceful kind of not sleeping. And eventually, I drifted asleep with comforting images of my Yankees. Yes, my Yankees…they played an amazingly dramatic game Monday night –  I game I don’t think I will forget.

Pitching Analysis: Joe Girardi did what I thought he would do, although it didn’t please me. He skipped over my Javier in favor of the Phenom Phil Hughes to start the series opener. But to everyone’s surprise, Hughes struggled mightily. Hughes let a large lead slip away, on the strength of homers by Ortiz and Martinez. Phil only pitched 5 innings, and allowed 5 runs on 6 hits, turning the once easy-night for the Yanks into an outright nail-biter.

                                   New York Yankees starting pitcher Phil Hughes throws a pitch at Yankee Stadium in New York

 Hughes…I can’t believe YOU made me nervous…

The bullpen sent me onto the brink of insanity. Boone Logan surrendered a solo home run to V-Mart. But he wasn’t the scary one. Chan Ho Park, fresh off the DL, couldn’t keep it in the park. Deja vu. He allowed Pukilis to hit a monster 2-run home run, which turned the tides into the Red Sox favor, because they finally had the lead. It was detrimental to my confidence, and, I thought, to the Yankees’ confidence as well.

Damaso Marte flirted with disaster when he put 2 men on base in the 8th inning. With 2 out, Girardi made a bold move: he brought in Javier Vazquez. This was it – it was Javier’s first time relieving for the Yankees since the ’04 Damon grand slam tragedy. It was Javier’s time to redeem himself and give the Yankees a chance to win. And he did. And they did. Javier stuckout the always-dangerous Youkilis, ending the Red Sox rally.

                 Javier Vazquez pitches to one batter to pick up the win against the Boston Red Sox on Monday.

Good job, Javy ♥

Offensive Analysis: The Yankees got out of the gates quickly and scored a boatload of runs early. In the 1st, Jeter and Gardner singled, Teixeira walked, A-Rod hit a 2-run single, Cano hit an RBI single, Cervelli got an RBI double, and Thames got a sac fly. Add that all up, and by the end of the 1st, the Yankees smashed Dice-K around well enough for a 5-0 lead. In the 2nd, Tex added another run with an RBI double. That made it 6-1.

The Red Sox inched closer, and the Yankee bats died a bit. Marcus Thames added to the now-slim lead with an RBI double in the 5th, making it 7-5 Yankees. But after this, the Yankees failed to score again. Well, until later…..

After Park blew the lead, the momentum shifted in favor of the Red Sox. But after Javier struckout Youk, the momentum was back in favor of the Yankees. And just in time – it was the bottom of the 9th. Crunch time. Comeback time for the Drama Club. But they would have to do it off Jonathan Papelbon. They’ve already embarrassed him once this season – but Granderson was not around to hit another homer off him. It was up to heart of the Yankee order.

Brett Gardner led off the bottom of the 9th with a double. The Yankees needed 2 runs to tie, 3 to win. Mark Teixeira hit a deep fly ball to right-center, but it was caught for an out. I thought it was gone and jumped up. But it wasn’t. I thought the ball wasn’t carrying anymore. Thank God I was wrong.

Alex Rodriguez, the Drama King of the Drama Club, stepped up to the plate with hopes of keeping the rally going. I begged to the TV, “Ohhh….Come on A-Rod…Please, please do something baby…”

Papelbon threw the pitch, and A-Rod connected. I was ready to jump up, but I stopped myself – not wanting to jinx it like I did with Teixeira’s. Was I seeing things? I gasped, “Oh!.” It was really going. Going, going….GONE! A-Rod did it again! His 2-run, storybook home run tied up the game at 9, and sent the stadium and my living room into an unbridled frenzy of cheers. My Grandma and I high-fived. Our boys were alive. But they were more than that – they were revived, ready for a comeback. I knew then that the pie was going to happen that inning.

         Yankees' Rodriguez rounds the bases after hitting a two run home run off Red Sox' pitcher Papelbon in the bottom of the ninth inning of their MLB American League baseball game in New York

 Haha…what NOW Papelbon???

After Cano hit a ball well for an out, my darling baby Francisco Cervelli came up to bat. Sensing his excitement, I too was excited. I thought he would get the pie. Papelbon decided to throw a hissy fit. He decided to ruin my fantasies, and send me back into a painful reality.

The pitch was too fast and too inside, I knew that right away. Francisco tried to get out of the way, but he couldn’t. All I saw was that it was up and in – I didn’t know where it got him. I was immediately thinking of his poor little head, although I knew it didn’t get him there. As it turned out, it his Cervelli in his sexy tricep, and he was mad. And I was mad. Rightfully so. I screamed when he was hit, and my little brother came out from his bedroom only to say, “Hey! I’m trying to sleep here…no more screaming!!!”

                                   Boston Red Sox at New York Yankees

 No one does that to MY baby on purpose….

Marcus Thames then came up, and I was still annoyed that Cervelli wouldn’t be the hero. But before I even had the chance to pout, or think anything, Papelbon threw the pitch. I knew Thames’s claim to fame was that he could crush a fastball. He was sitting dead-red. Indeed it was a fastball. Indeed, Thames crushed it. This was a no-doubter. Marcus Thames hit a beastly walkoff, 2-run home run off the most arrogant obnoxious excuse for a pitcher in baseball. He touched the plate, threw his helmet, and the celebration began. Ignoring my brother’s request for silence, I screamed. We won! How could I not?

           Marcus Thames watches his game-ending homer in the ninth inning off of Jonathan Papelbon.

         Connection!

   

Yankee teammates get ready to mob Marcus.

Everyone knew what was to come next: In Marcus’s on-field interview, all hears were on Marcus, but all eyes were scrambling around, looking for the Pie Man. Slowly, stealthily, A.J. Burnett emerged from the dugout, and squished that pie into Thames’s smiling face. Direct hit. The crowd went wild.

        New York Yankees outfielder Marcus Thames is the victim of the season's first cream pie as his Yankee teammates (b.) wait for him to come home after his two-run homer in the ninth inning.

That’s a hot look for him 😉

And so concluded my wonderful Monday evening. Yankees win it 11-9. The heroes for this Yankees Classic-worthy victory are Javier Vazquez, for proving he can do it and for shifting the momentum, A-Rod, for his game-tying big fly, and Marcus Thames, for winning it in walkoff fashion. Walkoff….the Yankees have a knack for getting into the knack of walkoffs. Once they get a pie, they want more and more.

If you start them up, believe me – they’ll NEVER stop…