Thanksgiving is a day away. That’s good. I need something to take my mind off these Yankees. But until tomorrow, I’ll still be thinking about my boys. Right now, I miss Brian Bruney.
Brian Bruney had an injury-plagued season. He was hurt, he came back, but he wasn’t better, so he was out again, and then he came back. Overall, Bru had a nice season. He finished with an ERA of 3.92 in 39.0 innings pitched with 36 K’s. He didn’t make the postseason roster, and he was quite upset about that.
One thing I love about Bruney is that he is a sensitive guy. Even though he is big and tough at 6’3″ 235, he’s not afraid to show emotion. I remember hearing that he was close to tears when he found out that he wasn’t on the postseason roster. He was so disappointed that he wasn’t going to be able to help the team in the postseason. He’s so cute.
Another thing about Bru is that he looked different every night. I miss that. I miss waiting for him to come out of the pen so I could see what he looked like that night. First of all, at the start of the 2009 season, I almost didn’t recognize Bruney. He looked so different because he lost so much weight. He really looked good. Anyway, one night he’d have regular hair and be clean-shaven,
then he’d have long hair, kind of like Hughes,
then he’d be bald,
and then he’d just randomly have a moustache!
Every night, something would be different about Bru. His hair, his facial hair, high socks or low socks, long sleeves or short, and then. Then he did the most random thing ever.
He changed his number from #38 to #99! I was confused when I saw that. But it was him, Brian Bruney, #99. Hey, whatever floats your boat, Bru.
I can’t help but to laugh when I think of Brian Bruney. He looks like someong I know. I can’t put the picture up, because I don’t know what he will think, so I’l just tell everyone. Brian Bruney looks like my history teacher from last year, Mr. Ogden. I would love to show you a picture to compare, but Mr. Ogden knows jujutsu, so I don’t want to anger him. The picture I used for the bald Bruney is identical to Mr. Ogden. It’s scary.
Bruney, I miss you! I hope you have a lovely Thanksgiving and enjoy the offseason. Ogd- I mean Bru, I hope to see you next year!
Yanks Lose Game 1 of WS, And I Am Pissed
Frickin’ frickin’ frickin’ WHY? HOW? AAAHHH!!! This is NOT what I expected, NOT what I invisioned, NOT WHAT I DREAMED OF!!! (….-breathe in, breathe out-….you can do this….soon the nightmare will be over…game 2 is in a few hours….when they win, you can calm down…..everything will be okay….) -SIGH-. Okay. Obviously, I was a bit effected by the loss last night. I spent my study hall this morning writing in big, bold letters: P H U C K THE PHILLIES-GO YANKEES! I’m sorry to you Phillie fans out there. But I just couldn’t take it. The Yankees lost to the Phillies 6-1.
Pitching Analysis: CC Sabathia was not CC Sabathia last night. The numbers don’t look too bad: he went 7 innings and allowed 2 runs on 4 hits and struckout 6. But I don’t think he pitched well. He fell behind to a majority of the Phillies, getting himself into 1-0 counts, which is not the way to start. He just didn’t seem right. After he allowed the first homer to Utley in the 3rd, he got a little better. Utley then hit another solo homer in the 6th, and CC was done after the 7th.
CC tried….aw, I still love you, Hefty-Lefty.
The Yankee bullpen made me almost want to commit suicide last night. (a bit extreme, but you get my point) Phil Hughes started the 8th inning, when the game was still within reach for the Yanks, and totaly eff-ed things up. He allowed 2 runs without even getting an out. What is up with this guy? He carried this team into the postseason, and now that they are here, he can’t help at all! He needs to throw strikes, get ahead, and have that confidence again.
Brian Bruney also stank. In the 9th, he allowed 2 runs on 3 hits. This is disgusting. Something must be done. -Light bulb goes off- I have an idea! Let Swisher pitch! He’ll probably be better than anyone in the ‘pen, and as of now he hasn’t hit in the postseason, so we won’t miss him in the lineup! It’s the perfect plan!
Offensive Analysis: Well, the Yankee offense really couldn’t do anything off Cliff Lee. They couldn’t even build his pitch count so he could come out of the game. Nope, they couldn’t even do that. Lee pitched a complete game. It was gross.
The Yankees got 1 run in the 9th due to an error by Rollins. Nothing else. Just 6 hits. No walks. They looked dead, no, lost would be a better word. Watching the Yankees at the plate last night was like watching a lost puppy try to find his way home.
I am upset. I am angry. I am nervous. I am worried that everything we’ve done this season won’t matter. Am I foolish? Am I overreacting? Am I jumping the gun a little bit here? I sure hope so. As my fellow blogger Beth, and my history teacher Mr. Sayers said, the Yankees have fallen behind in the World Series before and managed to win. I know that. But I can’t help but to freak out. I can’t help but to panic. I love this team more than anything. They deserve to win.
I pray to the Lord that Burnett and the bullpen are good tonight, and that the Yankee bats wake up. GO YANKEES!
CC Fails To Get #20 As Yanks Lose Miserably
Who in the world do the Rays think they are? What is there problem? I have lost all respect for them. What they did to Tex was uncalled for. And that ruined the atmosphere of the whole game. Poor CC. I am so mad at the Rays. I used to have a lot of respect for them, but now I hate them. The Yankees lost 13-4 last night, but that’s not why I hate them.
Pitching Analysis: Oh, CC! What happened?! The poor thing! This was the worst performance I’ve seen from CC. And he didn’t get his win. It’s so sad. CC really struggled last night. He failed to get out of the 3rd inning. CC allowed 9 runs (5 earned) on 8 hits and 5 walks. CC got into bases loaded jams in all 3 innings. He threw 82 stressful pitches. His command was way off, and he just looked uncomfortable. After what happened to Tex, I think CC’s mind changed gears and he just couldn’t execute on his pitches. Whatever the reason, CC was dreadful last night. Usually when a Yankee pitcher stinks, I get angry. But last night, I became pitiful. I felt so bad for CC. It was hard for me to watch such a good pitcher struggle like that. I was relieved when Girardi pulled him. CC was furious with his performance. After being taken out, he violently threw his glove at the water bottles in the dugout. Poor CC.
Oh, CC! I still love you. Don’t be too hard on yourself!
The bullpen actually did a nice job last night, all things considered. Albaladejo, Robertson, Bruney, Coke, Hughes, and Marte pitched. Albaladejo gave up 2 runs, and Robertson and Hughes gave up 1. They knew the game was out of reach, so they just threw strikes. Oh! I just feel awful for CC…..
Defensive Analysis: Tex made a big boo-boo in the 1st. His error forced CC into more of a jam. But you can’t blame the whole thing on Tex. CC obviously didn’t have it last night. And Tex has been superb for us this whole year. I feel bad about what those stupid Rays did to Tex….. Nick Swisher made a Nick Swisher-ish play in the outfield. A sharp liner was hit over Cano’s head and into right field, and as the ball was rolling on the turf, Swish dived for it! But he missed, and Upton wound up with a bases clearing triple. Ahh, Swisher…. Hey that’s another thing I hate about the Rays. Scattered effort. Upton didn’t try all year, and he went 5-5 and hit for the cycle last night? Maybe if he tried this year he would have had a good season.
Offensive Analysis: The offense struggled last night. They only got 4 runs on 6 hits. Melky had an RBI single (Yeah, Leche!), Juan Miranda hit a monster 2-run homer, the 1st of his career, and Ramiro Pena had an RBI single.
I got very mad in the 1st inning. With 2 out and nobody on base, Mark Teixeira came up to the plate. On the first pitch, David Price threw a high hard one that hit Tex in the hand, and he went down. I was terrified. I thought it hit him in the face. It came so close to hitting him there. It hit like off the top of his hand by his jaw, and it bounced away awkwardly as if it hit his face. I was filled with anger. How could they do that to Tex? Why? It was “retaliation” for what happened to Carlos Pena at Yankee Stadium. I think CC was pitching that day. Anyway, Pena tried to check his swing, and the ball happened to hit his hand. Pena’s season was over, but it was not intentional at all. Why would the Yankees want to hit Carlos Pena? The Rays were out of it, and the Yankees wouldn’t want to start random trouble with a respectable man like Pena. Who the f— do the Rays think they are by hitting Tex, such a nice man? That was not good baseball, that was not brushing him off the plate, that was a horrible thing to do. And the Yankees couldn’t retaliate because they can’t afford a suspension or a fight now. It was just the cruelest thing to do. Thank God Tex is okay. I don’t think Girardi is going to let this slide. If he doesn’t do it this weekend, Joe will definitely retaliate next year. I hope he does. Teach those Rays a lesson. I want to see that happen.
It was a very upseting game. CC didn’t get his win and he pitched badly, and that whole little scare with Tex happened. But I did get to see my Cervelli ♥. And the game didn’t mean much because we clinched, unlike the stinky Rays who I now hate. Ha, ha! We are in the postseason and you Rays are not! Maybe if your team actually tried they would make it, but then again the Yankees are so much better so you wouldn’t. It’s kind of weird hating the Rays. I always had respect for them. But now, now there is a rivalry. GO YANKEES!
Yankees Take 2 of 3 from Royals
That walkoff win was pretty awesome. It was definitely a Drama Club win if I have ever seen one! In last night’s loss, the Yankees looked a bit tired. On Tuesday the Yankees won 4-3, and last night they lost 4-3.
Pitching Analysis: A.J. Burnett beasted it Tuesday night. He was great!!! He was spotting his fastball, and used that curve to his advantage. I think I am ready to fully trust A.J. again. Whethere he is the #2 or #3 starter in the postseason, I think he will do a fine job. Yeah, A.J.!
I love him!
Phil Coke (he signed my baseball!) pitched well in the 7th, it was his defense that was gross. David Robertson returned on Tuesday. He recorded 2 outs in the 7th, walked Callaspo,and was pulled for Bruney. He looked good, his velocity was there, and I was glad to see him back. Bruney did a nice job as well.
Defensive Analysis: Phil Coke’s horrible defense was the reason the walkoff was needed. He took too long to field the bunt, and it wound up being a single. Then, with first and second and 1 out, he got a comebacker, which he threw into left field! A run scored, and now the Royals had a 2-1 lead. Then another comebacker was hit to him, and instead of throwing home, he threw to first! COKE! What was wrong with you? You pitched great, but your defense! Ugh! At least we won that game.
Offensive Analysis: These Yankees have a LOT of power, and they seem like they can always come back. Tex hit a solo homer in the 6th to tie the game at 1. In the 7th, Swish led off with a solo homer, cutting the deficit to 3-2. the 9th is where the magic happened.
Ex-Yankee Kyle Farnsworth was called upon to nail down the save for the Royals. But a Yankee rally was on its way. My darling-baby Francisco Cervelli got himself a 1-out single to start the rally. Eric Hinske pinch-hit, and he got a single, moving Cervelli to 3rd. Hinske (he signed my baseball!) then surprisingly stole 2nd! The throw went wild, and Hinske went to 3rd as Cervelli scored, knotting the score at 3-3. Johnny Damon was intentionally walked to get to Juan Miranda. I was thinking that Tex was on deck, but he was taken out. It was going to be Miranda. I was thinking, “Miranda? Oh, this kid isn’t gonna do anything. It’s too much pressure. Well, with 1 out, all he has to do is put the ball in play….I hope he doesn’t strike out…” Obviously, Miranda heard me. All he had to do was put the ball in play, and the Yankee Stadium Magic would take care of the rest. And that’s what happened.
Yay for Miranda!
Miranda hit a sharp comebacker to Farsworth, and off the bat I was thinking, “Oh sh!t. This won’t get the job done.” But then the Yankee Stadium Magic took over. The ball hit off Farsworth’s foot, and began heading for foul territory! And it was a fair ball! Farnsworth raced toward the ball, and Miranda hustled toward the bag. Miranda won. The dugout emptied, he got pied, and the Yankees won 4-3. It was odd, but I loved it.
Our 15th pie….and they still taste great, don’t they, Juan? 🙂
Pitching Analysis: Joba Chamberlain started last night, and he really disappointed me. He only went 3 & 2/3 innings, and allowed 3 runs on 7 hits, and he threw 91 pitches. That’s a little ridiculous. I expected better things from Joba last night. He didn’t make me too happy.
Joba, Joba, Joba….what are we gonna do with Joba….
Aceves, Albaladejo (he signed my baseball!), Marte, Mitre (♥I♥love♥this♥guy♥), Hughes and Mo all pitched in relief last night. I had a big history test to study for last night. I set time aside for it, and since nothing spectacular was happening in the game last night, I was going to study for a long time. On my way to my room to study, I heard, “And Mitre will get off the bench, and he will come in to pitch.”
I stopped in my tracks. My thoughts: “Mitre? Tonight? Right now? But the test, it’s my first one and I know it will be hard. But Mitre! He’s hot and I love him and it could be the last time I see him. AAAAHH!!! What do I do? Do I drool over that sexy-thang and wind up flunking tomorrow, or do I study and miss my baby? I only had a short time to decide, the commercials are short between pitching changes. Although I like my history teacher and would love to do well, I like Mitre more. I watched him. I just studied after. I made such a big deal about that decision. I just studied after Mitre pitched. I won both ways!
Defensive Analysis: Now I love Nick Swisher, but when Mitre was pitching in the 7th, what happened on that play? John Buck hit a deep fly ball to right, and Swish looked as if he was going to make the play. But he turned and switched directions, and the ball fell. Then he was lying there on the ground, and tried to roll the ball over to Melky. It was a disaster. Buck wound up with an RBI triple, and Mitre gave up a run. But it was charged to Marte, so I was not as annoyed. That run was the difference in the game. Oh well. You can’t win them all.
Offensive Analysis: The offense was quite dead last night. 3 runs on 5 hits. Jeet had a solo homer and Swish had a 2-run shot, but that was it. They looked tired last night. Whatever.
We won the series. And we clinched awhile ago! I love the way that sounds! The heroes for the victory on Tuesday are A.J. Burnett for his stellar performance, and his pieing, Eric Hinske, for that timely stolen base that set the whole thing up, and Juan Miranda, for putting the ball in play and letting the magic take over. That was the last regular season game in the Bronx. I believe that the new stadium is going to provide the Yankees with a huge homefield advantage. I can’t wait! I’m, getting so excited!!! GO YANKEES!!!!!!
It Was Perfect!!!
I had to fight the tears yesterday. I truly did. I can’t believe it. It couldn’t have been more storybook. The Yankees beat the Red Sox to complete the 3-game sweep, it was their 100th win, they clinched homefield advantage AND the AL East, and they got to celebrate in the Bronx. What could be better? I am so proud of my Yankees. I love them. The Yankees beat the Red Sox 4-2, and it was a Drama Club game.
Pitching Analysys: Andy Pettitte really pitched well yesterday. A typical Andy outing. He didn’t come out with his best stuff, but he found it and settled down and pitched a very nice game. In the 1st, all with 2 outs, Andy loaded the bases. Lowell hit a comebacker off Andy’s foot, and it wound up being an RBI infield single. In the 3rd, Andy got into another bases loaded jam, this time with 0 outs. He induced a double play, but a run scored. After that, the Andy shut down the Smelly Sox. In total, he went 6 innings and allowed 2 runs on 7 hits while striking out 4. Nice job, Andy.
The bullpen was great yesterday. Brian Bruney was excellent. He got 5 outs without allowing a man to reach base. When Girardi came to take him out, the crowd gave Bruney a standing ovation. Bruney was so touched, that he cried. Aw! That is so cute. I am proud of Bru. I hope he pitches his way onto the postseason roster. He’s a good guy. Coke got the last out of the 8th, and Mo nailed down his 44th save of the year. I almost cried when he got Ellsbury to ground out for that final out. I knew what it meant. 🙂
Defensive Analysis: Brett Gardner made a nice play in the 1st, making a sliding/diving catch on an Ellsbury fly ball. In the 9th, the defense got a bit sloppy. I guess they were excited about the celebration! In the 9th, Gardner lost a ball in the sun, which dropped for a single. Then Robinson Cano booted a grounder, which was ruled an error. He was trying to make the fancy play and get the out at second, and he wound up making no play. But that’s okay. Mo got everyone out, and then the Yankees partied.
Offensive Analysis: It took the Yanks a little while to get on the board. My man Melky hit a solo homer in the 3rd, cutting the deficit in half. It was 2-1 now. YEAH, LECHE!!!
In the 6th, all with 2 outs, Tex got a hit. Then Arod had a fabulous at-bat, about 10 pitches, and he singled. A wild pitch let the runners advance. With 2nd & 3rd and 2 outs, Matsui delivered. He singled to right, and 2 runs scored, giving the Yankees a 3-2 lead! Yay! In the 8th, Tex provided some insurance by sending a Tex message. He hit a solo homer, and gave the Yankees a 4-2 lead. And then they won. And I almost cried. And they celebrated. 🙂 The celebration was beautiful. I loved seeing the boyish nature of the Yankees come out.
Oh boy…they know what’s coming…look how high up Swisher is! He is crazy.
Look how cute and happy they are!
I spy Sergio!
There’s Cervelli! Girardi said there is a chance that he may be on the postseason roster!
Johnny gets CC!
Melky douses Arod!
Jeter douses Arod!
Tex and Swisher. How cute are they?!
There’s Kim Jones. Now you see why I want her job!
So they did it. They clinched the AL East. I guess I don’t have to say how big the lead is in the division anymore (8.5!) because we are in! The heroes for the victory are Andy Pettitte, for a solid start, Brian Bruney, for his dominant performance, and Hideki Matsui, for that clutch single. The Yankees have about a week to rest guys, test guys, and get ready for October baseball! I’m so excited!!!! It’s a beautiful thing, baby! #27, HERE WE COME! GO YANKEES!
Yankees Lose Again! AAAHHH!!!!
……-deep breath-…..-sigh-…..I’m beginning to panic…..I know we have a lead, but I am still beginning to panic….it doesn’t look good right now….my Yanks are 4-6 in their last 10 games…our offense has been dead…..our bullpen has been bad….aaahhhh!…..what’s happening to my Yankees?!?!…..slumping?….NOW?…..get it together, boys….get it together,….for the sake of my well-being…..just get it together…The Yankees lost….to the Angels last night…5-2…..and I am freaking out….I need to pull myself together….I’m gonna make this short because….if I think about it for too long….I don’t know what will happen to me….
Pitching Analysis: Andy…Pettitte…okay enough with the dots for now. Andy started last night after missing a start due to shoulder fatigue. He gave up 2 runs in the first, and I then gave up on the game. But Andy did fairly well last night. He went 6 innings of 3-run ball. That’s a quality start. But the Yankees didn’t take advantage of it. The bullpen did not do the job last night. Bruney and Albaladejo gave up a run in each of their inning of work. Not too good, boys.
Andy always gives it his all.
Offensive Analysis: Where are the Bronx Bombers? Where is the Drama Club? Where is the offensive explosion I have grown accustomed to? The Yankees only managed 2 runs last night, solo homers by Arod and Matsui. The Yankees only had 3 situations with runners in scoring position, and they were 0-3. First of all, when you know you aren’t hitting, you HAVE to get the big hit with runners in scoring position. If you can’t seem to get on base, DO SOMETHING ABOUT IT!!! Try to bunt! Or just lean in and let it clip the elbow! Make it happen! It’s frustrating to watch when the offense is dead and no one does anything about it. I’m sure they were trying, but seriously. They need to play like it is the postseason. Play hard, play like it is the last game ever. Win, win WIN!!!!
Godzilla homered, but Yanks couldn’t come back.
Do I have the right to panic? I know we have a 5 game lead over the smelly sox who cheat at Fenway, but I am still worried. We play the Red Sox this weekend. We have to win. YANKEES! PLEASE! STOP SLUMPING! THIS IS NOT HEALTHY FOR ME! I DON’T NEED STRESS LIKE THIS!!! Please win for me, I don’t want to die. I am too young for death. My heart is going to crumble if this continues. Come on, Yanks. You are a great club. This is not you; you are way better than this. Play that way. I still love you guys. Especially you, Sergio 😉 I still believe in you, Yanks, I am just panicking. A win tonight will help me. GO YANKEES! I LOVE YOU ALL THE WAY, BOYS!
Yanks Blowout Mariners
Last night’s game was a nice bounce-back win. On Friday, the only offense for the Yanks came from 2 sac flies, 1 by Arod and 1 by Tex in that 3-2 loss. But last night was different. The Yankees went on another offensive explosion as they beat the Mariners 10-1.
Pitching Analysis: C “Cy” Sabathia was superb again last night. He went 7 innings of 1-run ball, and he struck out 8. CC now has 18 wins. I believe he deserves the Cy Young award. He has went above and beyond my expectations for him. Every week, he goes out there and throws 7 or 8 beyond quality innings. Even when he doesn’t have his best stuff, CC takes the ball and still manages to go deep into the game, allowing minimal damage. And his presence in the clubhouse makes a world of difference to this club. CC is as great a guy as he is a pitcher. I really think he should win the Cy Young, but that’s just me.
CC was excellent. A liner hit him right below the Adam’s Apple, but he toughed it out. CC rocks!
Brian Bruney, who changed his number from 38 to 99, pitched a scoreless 8th. Jonathan Albaladejo pitched a scoreless 9th. His eyes are looking a bit better. The pitching was fabulous last night. It was fabulous on Friday, but A.J. did not get a win because of that blown save incident. But at least he is coming around. If CC and A.J. can be sharp going into October, I believe the Yanks have a great shot at going all the way. When they are on, they are the best 1-2 starters in baseball.
Defensive Analysis: The defense was solid once again. Arod made an error, but it didn’t cost anything. I remember he made a great play on a slow roller, which he barehanded and fired to Tex. But the runner was safe. It was still an incredible play just to make it close. My man Francisco Cervelli looked soooo cute behind the plate last night. Everything he does is cute. He showed off his arm last night, chasing Beltre back to second base. When Beltre tried to steal third, Cervelli used his cannon arm and fired a rocket strike to Arod. The ball beat Beltre there, but it got knocked out of Alex’s glove. That’s okay, Cervelli. “A” for effort, you cute thing, you!
Offensive Analysis: The Bronx Bombers bombed in Seattle last night, that’s for sure. 10 runs on 18 hits. Tex had 2 homers and 5 RBI’s. My Cervelli had a nice night at the plate; he went 2 for 4 with an RBI of his own. There was a lot of offense last night.
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|Rodriguez, A, 3B||3||0||0||0||1||0||3||.285|
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The Yankees played good baseball last night, and unlike Friday night, the results showed it with a “W”. The heroes for the victory are CC Sabathia for his stellar performance once again, Francisco Cervelli, just because I love him so much, and Mark Teixeira, for his 2 homers, his triple, his 5 ribis, and his cute face. The Yankees still have a 6 game lead over the Red Sox who cheat at Fenway. But those Smelly Sox were in Baltimore last night, so I guess they won fair and square. The season is winding down. It is very sad. I love baseball and I love my Yankees and I am going to miss them more that anything when the season is over. I guess they just jave to win the World Series for me, so the offseason is shorter. Hear that, boys? Go all the way this year. I want #27! GO YANKEES!!!!!!