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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.

Where Are My Yankees?

Tough Series in Detroit for Yanks

So today in school I was dreading to go to gym as I always do. And as always, gym period came. For the first time since like….well…ever, I had fun in gym. We played baseball! Only with a squishy ball and a wiffle bat. My team was awesome. Our whole lineup, which consisted of Rafael, Megan, Leland, Zach, Stephen, Jackie, and me, exploded with offense. And our pitching was great, thanks to Raf who filled in for the gym teacher. And the defense, especially Megan and Stephen, were on top of their game. We won in blowout fashion, something like 19-3. Our team was consistently good througout.

Why can’t my Yankees do this?

It’s frustrating….This past series in Detriot was utterly dreadful, with exception to game 3 in which Phil Hughes continued to shine and the offense woke up. I’m beginning to worry – have the injuries actually caught up with this club?

The fact is, the Yankee lineup just isn’t as intimidating at all. On Opening Day, the best bunch were sent out there:

  1. Derek Jeter, SS
  2. Nick Johnson, DH
  3. Mark Teixeira, 1B
  4. Alex Rodriguez, 3B
  5. Robinson Cano, 2B
  6. Jorge Posada, C
  7. Curtis Granderson, CF
  8. Nick Swisher, RF
  9. Brett Gardner, LF

Take away Nick Johnson and Curtis Granderson. Then you have Marcus Thames and Randy Winn filling in. But if they play, then there is no one on the bench. Except Ramiro Pena and Cervelli (♥) Not to be mean, but Ramiro really stank the other day. He came up 3, I repeat 3 times with men on base/in scoring position, and made unproductive outs every time. Guys like Greg Golson and Juan Meranda are emerging, but are far from the quality of the Big names.

Wake up, cutie! You used to be so clutch…

Our pitching has been relatively icky lately as well. Javier Vazquez was very solid in his start, going 7 innings for the first time all season. Injuries to pitchers like Pettitte, Park, and Aceves have hurt the pitching staff. Sergio Mitre started for Andy the other day and wasn’t great. Sorry Sergio, you weren’t. David Robertson has been a nightmare out of the ‘pen. CC and A.J. both got knocked around too much in their last starts. It’s scary when the guys you really depend on fail you. A.J. goes tonight….I hope he fixed himself.

CC Sabathia surrenders six runs on nine hits as the Tigers blast the Bombers 6-0 and become just the second team to win a series from the Yankees.

CC I was disappointed with you yesterday. I hope you do better next time, my Hefty-Lefty ♥

I know, I know…the team is just going through a bad stretch. But can they really afford to do this? Now? The Rays haven’t stopped winning. And tonight marks the start of an extremely hard part of the schedule for my Yanks: 3 against the Twins, 2 against the Red Sox (I’m still enraged at Josh Beckett), 2 against the Rays, and then 3 on the road against the Mets. These are games that the Yankees have to win, or else it’s gonna look bad.

But maybe….hmmm….maybe this bad stretch DID come at a good time….Maybe since they did bad the past series, the odds are in their favor to go on a nice long winning streak. And, maybe since Derek Jeter only got 3 hits in like 30 at-bats on this road trip, maybe he’s ready to wake up now. Yeah….and Cano will get hot again, because odds are he won’t be in a cold stretch for too long. And A.J. will beast tonight because, well, he’s a beast. Javy will follow up with another good start. CC will bounce back C “Cy” style. Robertson will find it. Cervelli will keep being sexy. And eventually, my wounded-warriors, Curtis GrandyMan (miss you baby  ♥), Nicky-J, DandyAndy, Ace, and Chan Ho will come back.

Things will get better for my Yankees. Just as they did for me. My AP’s are OVER, and I miraculously survived. And I had fun in gym today? When does that happen?

Only 14 real school days left. Whoa. Then it’s practically summer, and in summer I can blog everyday again…. I bet a lot will happen in these 14 days, for me and for the Yankees. I bet we get some of our hurt players back, and the other guys will get hot again. And some guys, like Francisco Cervelli-welli-jelli-belli ♥♥♥ will remain hot all year long.

Jesus…I waaaaant him ♥

Oh yeah….I sure love these guys. Good luck tonight boys!

GO YANKEES!

Bashing the Birds

Yankees Sweep Orioles!

It is yet another series win for the Yankees. This one has been especially entertaining for me, because a certain player who I love so much has seen some extra playing time, and has made the most of it. But I’ll get to that later 🙂 The Yankees won game 1 and game 2 by the same score of 4-1, and won game 3 by the score 7-5 to complete the sweep.

Game 1

Game 1 was a close game from start to finish, but for some reason it never felt that way. Even when the Yankees were behind, it didn’t feel like they were losing. I just knew they were going to come back, and they did. CC Sabathia allowed a solo home run to Matt Wieters in the 2nd, but other that that he was great. By limiting the amount of damage, CC enabled the potent Yankee offense to come back. And they did.

CC Sabathia gives the New York Yankees eight solid innings of one-run ball and Randy Winn (below) paces the offense with a three-run homer in the fourth, his first of the year.

There he is: C “Cy” in action ♥

In the 4th, A-Rod led off with a single, and eventually came around to score on a Swisher single to tie the game at 1. Brettiboo Gardner followed with a single. Then Randy Winn came up. My Mom was just saying how the Yankees really needed to bring up another outfielder, because Randy Winn can’t hit. I guess Randy heard this. He connected for a monster 3-run home run, and gave the Yankees a 4-1 lead! How cute! Thanks to Randy’s big fly, the Yankees won the game.

How cute is this? Randy Winn? That’s so random!

Game 2

This is the game that I liked the best. OMG it was like I died and had gone to Cervelli Heaven…♥♥♥ It was amazing…I was extremely jealous that my teachers all went to see this game. The history teachers all went together. That’s kind of cute. Those three are my favorite teachers at the school. I told them to say hi to Cervelli for me, but I don’t think they did….

AJ Burnett pitches 7-1/3 innings and gives up just one run.

Look at that arm….ow-ow!…I’m lovin’ those tattoos 😉

The combo of A.J. Burnett and Francisco Cervelli proved to be very dominant once again for the Yankees. A.J. pitched 7 1/3 innings of solid baseball. He only allowed 1 run, but it was unearned. The 3rd inning was just down-right awesome. Burnett got into a jam: With a run already in due to a throwing error, the Orioles looked to add to that with runners on 2nd and 3rd and none out. I was afraid A.J. was going to unravel. But Cervelli calmed him down, and together, those fears were washed away. Burnett struckout Jones for out #1. Then, Nick Markakis struckout for out #2. It was then Matt Wieters’ turn. Guess what happened to him? Wieters struckout for out #3. Inning over. Crisis averted. Cervelli fist-pumped out of excitement, and the momentum was now in the Yankees’ favor.

Francisco Cervelli makes a catch and falls into the Yankees dugout in the fourth inning and collects three hits, including a triple.

Mmmm….Cervelli-welli-jelli-belli…God only knows how much I love you ♥♥♥

In the bottom half of the 3rd, Cervelli led off. I guess he was still so pumped up from A.J.’s performance in the top of the inning. He hit a ball in to the outfield, that fell out of reach of the diving Oriole. He saw the ball was heading all the way to the wall. So as he rounded 2nd, he knocked off that silly helmet and hustled all the way to 3rd for a LEADOFF TRIPLE!!! It was the first triple of his career. He was so pumped up, and so was I. He then scored on a Ramiro Pena groundout to tie the game at 1.

In the 4th, Cervelli decided to show off his glove. A foul ball was hit by the Yankee dugout, and Cervelli tracked it down. But the ball was going to land in the dugout. Cervelli made a bold, brave move, and jumped headfirst into the Yankee dugout to catch the ball! He knew his teammates would save him. It was an amazing play, and it sent me into my continuous “Cervelli is cute” cheers that I have become so accustomed to in the last few days. It was funny how all the teammates grabbed hold of Cervelli to prevent him from falling in the dugout. I was a little jealous of them there….I wouldn’t mind touching Cervelli down there by the tush….

In the 5th, Gardner led off with a walk, Cervelli singled, and Ramiro Pena bunted. The throw went crazy, and everyone was safe! A run scored on the play, giving the Yankees a 2-1 lead. Tex walked, and with the bases loaded Alex Rodriguez had a great at-bat. After fouling off about 100 pitches, 2 of which almost took out Cervelli at 3rd, Alex walked to force in a run. 3-1 Yanks! The 4th and final Yankee run came in the 8th inning on a sac fly by Ramiro Pena. Joba held on to close out his 2nd consecutive game, and the Yankees won it!

Game 3

I didn’t see much of this game because it came on a 1, and I got home at 3:30. But from what I heard it was a great game. the Yankees won it 7-5. Andy Pettitte started and did a pretty nice job, going 5 innings and allowing just 1 run. But he exited the game early, which may be a reason for concern. His elbow is a little stiff, but hopefully everything is okay. I guess it’s good he came out – better safe than sorry. The Yankee bullpen did a lot of work today. Sergio Mitre, Damaso Marte, David Robertson, Boone Logan, and Alfredo Aceves all pitched. Mitre and Robertson allowed a few runs, but whatever. The Yankees had a big lead, I don’t blame the guys for throwing strikes.

Andy Pettitte pitches only five innings to get the win.

I hope your arm feels better, Andy.

On the offensive side, the Yanks scored 7 runs on 10 hits – hits from some guys we wouldn’t expect. Like Nick Johnson! He hit a solo homer in the 1st inning today. Aw. He may finally be getting out of that season-long slump! The only bad thing about this is….I think he’s going to keep that icky perv mustache. Usually, players don’t like to change anything about them when they are doing well. Oh well….as long as he hits, I’ll take it. Nick Swisher also had a HR today; congratulations Swishalicious. You are have had quite the hot series 😉 Cervelli also had another hit today, what a surprise lol. He’s just too good to be true…

Nick Johnson homers in the second as the New York Yankees jump out to a 6-1 lead and hold off the Orioles for a 7-5 win on Wednesday.

Even with the moustache, I still think he’s cute. It must be the pinstripes 😉

This series has been awesome. I’ve been pretty stressed out lately and these guys have really helped me get through it. The heroes for the series sweep are the starting pitchers: CC, A.J., and Andy, for their dominance, Nick Swisher, for beasting throughout the entire homestand, and…..and…..FRANCISCO CERVELLI ♥♥♥ for doing everything and anything the team needed. God bless that adorable man. I want him soooo badly…he is my favorite Yankee, and that really is saying a lot.

I’m glad the Yankees are off tomorrow, only because I will be able to get to bed early. Friday is my AP US history exam, and I am freaking out a bit. But you know what? It’s okay. It really is okay. I already got college credit for this class, so the AP exam is just bonus. And I think I will be alright anyway…I’ve been studying my tail off this past week. Hopefully it pays off 🙂

GO YANKEEEEEES!!!!!!!!!!!!

Does Anyone Really Care About This Loss?

Yanks Drop Final Game in Oakland

The answer is no. Why should anyone care about this loss? I mean, think about it: The Yankees still won the series, as well as every other series so far in the young season. Phil Hughes was fabulous the other night in his flirt with history, and CC didn’t do too shabby today. Texy-wexy may finally be ready to break free from his April power-outage at the plate. My baby Cervelli caught today and did a great job. It just so happens that the other team scored more runs. No biggy. The Yankees lost to the A’s 4-2, but still won the series.

Pitching Analysis: C “Cy” Sabathia struggled early, then kind of settled down and pitched the whole game, but took the “L” anyway. His first inning was a little rough…perhaps he was nervous about playing in front of his family? Whatever the reason, CC couldn’t fint the plate. After allowing 2 walks, Kurt Suzuki came up. Cervelli called a fastball in the middle of the plate to get CC back into strike-throwing mode. This was a good idea – except the fact that Suzuki crushed the fastball way way back outta the park in left, for a 3-run homer. Eew. 3-0 A’s.

Yankees waste triple play in loss to A's

On the day, CC pitched the full 8 innings. His pitch-count was low, just 97, but he threw only 51 strikes. My hefty-lefty walked a hefty-handful of 6 Athletics, while only striking out 5. All 4 runs he allowed were earned. But considering that his stuff was not sharp today, CC did a nice job. He kept us in the game, and kept the winded bullpen out of it. If the Yankees won, I would have counted CC as a hero for the victory.

Defensive Analysis: The defense was friggin’ AMAZING today. I saw something today for the first time in my life….maybe it will be the last time. Yep. I saw it. I saw the history! THE TRIPLE PLAY!!! In the 6th, Barton led of with a single, Sweeney followed with a walk, then Kurt Suzuki came up. OMG it was awesome: He hit a sharp grounder to A-Rod, who stepped on the 3rd base bag. Then, instinctively, Alex fired a strike to Cano at 2nd, who smoothly as always fired a strike to 1st into the glove of Nick Johnson. It wasn’t even close! Suzuki was out!

Witness the AWESOMENESS:

 

 

 I thought this play would spark the Yankee bats. But I was wrong…

Offensive Analysis: The offense was pretty dead today. Not much went on aside from Marcus Thames’s solo bomb in the 5th and Mark Teixeira’s homer in the 6th. They didn’t hit with runners in scoring position. Actually, they barely had any chances. They were 0-4 in those situations. Dallas Braden just kept them off-balance all night long. Oh well!

Mark Teixeira seems to be breaking out of his slump with a solo home run in the sixth. But the inning's highlight was the 5-4-3 triple play initiated by Alex Rodriguez (below).

MAAAAAARK TEX!

So the Yankees lost. Hey, it’s going to happen. But you know what? It really is okay. This is the best start the boys have had in a long time. And they didn’t play badly – they just were beaten. My hat goes off to Braden and Suzuki of the A’s.

I’m likin’ the situation this team is in. Tied for 1st in the AL East with a sparkling 11-4 record?

Hey, I’ll take it.

A Fun Finish

Yanks Take Final 2 of Rays Series to Win It

How comforting! After dropping the first game, my Yankees won the final two games and took the series against the Rays. In each of the two games, both the pitching and offense were spectacular. I couldn’t be prouder. My boys finished their road trip 4-2, after dropping the first game of both series, they came back to win each one, at the opposing team’s home park! I couldn’t be more proud. The Yankees won game 2 by the score of 10-0, and game 3 7-3.

GAME 2

Pitching Analysis: CC Sabathia proved he can possibly be C”Cy” this season with his start in game 2, where he flirted with history. He pitched 7 2/3 innings of NO HIT BALL!!! But then Kelly Shoppach had to destroy everything with his single. That must have made Joe Buck and Tim McCarver happy…I hate those guys. They just live to see the Yankees fail. But that little single was the only thing that tainted the Yankee blowout victory. CC was spectacular, no-no or not. I love my hefty-lefty 🙂

CC Sabathia comes four outs short of Yankees first no-hitter since David Cone's perfect game in 1999.

CC’s game face…lol. He looks flustered even when he is pitching well!

Defensive Analysis: The defense behind CC was superb in game 2. Each fielder stepped up his game, knowing that every play meant so much more. Some of the best plays were A-Rod’s diving play on Longoria’s sharp grounder in the 2nd, Mark Teixeira’s great diving play in the 6th, and another A-Rod one, where in the 7th he saved the no-no again with a diving play on an Upton hot-shot, and a bullet throw to Tex to get the out. GO D!!!

Offensive Analysis: I love it when the offense explodes, and boy it did in game 2. Robinson Cano put the Yankees on the board in the 3rd with a 2-run HR. Mark Teixeira got his first hit of the season with an RBI double in the 4th. And my darling baby FRANCISCO CERVELLI had a great day at the plate. He had like a 14 pitch at bat, in which he was behind 0-2 in the count, and worked a walk. Then in the 4th, he placed the most PERFECT sac bunt I have ever seen, which set up Brett Gardner to score on Jeter’s RBI single. Finally, in the 8th, my Cervelli crushed the ball into right-centerfield for a 2-run double. Who says Cervelli doesn’t have opposite-field power? Pshh…ignorance…

Game 2 was a pleasure for me to watch. And unlike in game 1 where I was completely selfish, I stayed on the couch the entire game and did not move. Well, that’s also because I didn’t want to jinx CC. But they won, and I had fun, so it was worth it. The heroes for game 2’s win are CC “Cy” cutie hefty-lefty, for his flirt with history, and….hm…I need to pick someone else…Francisco Cervelli! Because he was awesome and I love him! Well, that’s not really fair. The heroes are CC and the entire Yankee lineup for making me proud 🙂

GAME 3

Pitching Analysis: Alan James Burnett was ready to redeem himself after a not-so-flattering outing his first time around. But annoyingly, A.J. got off to an icky start. Not really his fault though – he was bombarded by the Rays and their speed: singles, stolen bases, and bunts. When the first was over, I was actually happy it only resulted in 2 runs. I thought it would’ve been worse.

Burnett bounces back from a rough first to pitch seven strong innings.

Good Lord…that is ONE CRANKY FACE!!! A.J….please don’t eat me!!!

During this game, I was at a friend’s house doing a project. I remembered my promise to Javier Vazquez, and the rest of the team, when I vowed to never intentionally miss a game again. We were in her living room working on a poster, and she had a TV, so you know…I put it on. I got a little distracted, cheering and rooting for my boys. My friend was a little taken aback – she always knew I was a nut, but never actually saw me in action with the Yankees before. She said “Gin, I don’t ever want to be around you when you are watching a Yankee game EVER AGAIN!” She was kidding…..I think…

When the Yanks were down 2-0, my friend said the Yankees would lose. I turned sharply and gave her the most menacing stare. “Don’t you ever say that to my face, you hear me girly?” I shot at her.

Silence.

We stared at each other for awhile, then broke out into laughter. As we were calming down, I said, “But seriously: don’t say that. These are the Yankees. They always come back.”

Sure enough, my friend witnessed the Drama Club in action.

A.J. Burnett settled down beautifully after the first. He went 7 innings, just allowing those 2 runs. Joba Chamberlain pitched the 8th, gave up a run, but no biggy – Mo closed it out for the victory.

Offensive Analysis: There was a lot of pressure on me and my Yankees, because I made it seem certain to myself and my friend that they would come back. In the 2nd, my newest and truest love, Curty-Curt-Cutie-Curtis Granderson came through with an RBI double, narrowing the defecit to 2-1. I cheered. My friend said they were still losing. I said “Just wait.”

It took awhile, but my boys got back on the board. In the 6th, Jorge Posada hit a 2-run homer to give the Yanks a 3-2 LEAD!!!! Later in the inning, my baby Curtis scored on a pass-ball. 4-2 Yanks! I told her so I told her so I TOLD HER SO!!!!!

Jorge Posada's two-run homer in the sixth is all the offensive support A.J. Burnett needs to beat the Rays Sunday at Tropicana Field.

Jorge and Curtis (♥)

In the 7th, Alex Rodriguez decided to add to the lead. He hit a 2-run double to make it 6-2. The final Yankee run came in the 8th, courtesy of NickySwish. Swisher belted a solo homer; it was a no-doubter.

Game 3 was awesome!!! I love when the Yankees listen to me. I told them to come back and win, and they did! I have the power, lol. The heroes for this delightful rubber-game victory are A.J. Burnett, cranky face and all, for his skillz on the mound, and I guess the Yankee lineup again for their much-needed contributions 🙂 

Isn’t winning so much fun? And isn’t watching 25 adorable men win for you even more fun? A girl could get used to this….♥

GO YANKEES! Can’t wait to see the Home Opener….curse stupid school…. 

It’s Gonna Be Another Great Year…

Yanks Lose Opener, But I Am Still Happy

This is not sarcasm people. I really am still happy. Of course winning is more fun, but just the fact that I watched the Yankees last night has left me feeling giddy all day long. For the first time since November 4th, when I was sick with swine flu watching my Yanks win the World Series, I watched a Yankee game, took notes in my little book, and was at complete peace. And the first half of the game, that was insanely awesome! I think I may have jinxed the Yankees…about halfway through the game when we were winning like 5-1, I already had a title in mind for this post, expecting they would win. Now I can’t use it because they lost…but whatever.

Maybe it wasn’t because of me. I mean, I could have said it was because about halfway through the game, the Red Sox realized their new team that’s “all about defense” and no offense wasn’t going to cut it, so they decided to cheat at Fenway like they almost always do. But lucky for all you BoSox fans out there, I didn’t say that. Oh wait…I did. I’m sorry 😛 I’m going to try and not throw insults around yet…it’s still too early for all that jazz.

So the Red Sox beat my Yankees last night by the score of 9-7. My Yankees did a lot right, but somewhere it all fell apart. It happens…

Offensive Analysis: Well, one thing is for certain – the Yankee bats were not a concern last night. In the 2nd inning, Jorge Posada went deep off the Pesky Poll to give the Yanks a 1-0 lead, which was fun. But it got more fun! Curtis Granderson, whom I have yet to give a cute nickname, hit a solo homer to right-center field, going back-to-back with Jorge! 2-0! I was very impressed with Grandy last night.

... and is backed by Curtis Granderson's bat.

                                                   Cute! I love this guy ♥

In the 4th, the Yankee bats sounded again. Robinson Cano, now batting 5th in the lineup,(brilliant decision, Girardi! I know it’s early, but this move may be as influential as flip-flopping Jeet and Damon was last season!) crushed a leadoff double off the Monster. He came around to score on an RBI single by Brettiboo Gardner, bringing the score to 3-1. An RBI single by Jeter made it 4-1.

But here is the coolest part: With Nick Johnson (also lacking a nickname) up, Gardy on 3rd and Jeet on 1st, awesomeness happened! Jeter broke for 2nd base, and Victor Martinez stupidly threw the ball over there. Speedy little Brett Gardner then stole home! 5-1 Yanks! HAHAA!!! So Jacoby, you shouldn’t feel too special or unique from when you did that off Andy Pettitte. You are not the only one with wheels. That double steal was the highlight of my night 🙂

Brett Gardner is safe at home on a double-steal in the fourth, and the Bombers build a 5-1 lead.

                                                          Oh, Brettiboo….♥

The Yankees scored again twice in the 7th on an RBI groundout by Cano and an RBI single by Jorge to retake the lead they lost, bringing the score to 7-5. I was very pleased with the offense last night. The bats were not the reason why we lost.

Defensive Analysis: Defense was….partly why we lost. At the beginning of the game, my Yankees were flashing their leather left and right. Curtis Granderson made a lovely leaping catch at the wall in centerfield in the 2nd inning. In the 3rd, A-Rod made a heads-up play. After a leadoff walk by Mike Cameron, Marco Scutaro hit a bullet line-drive to Alex, who caught it on the fly. With that sexy cannon arm, A-Rod fired to Tex, and doubled-up Cameron at first for the 5-3 double play. Texy-wexy also made a gorgeous play of his own in the 4th on a Dustin Pedroia sharp grounder.

        ... and in the field in the bottom of the second, where he robs Adrian Beltre of a hit.

                                                  Granderson can fly!

The icky defense came in the 7th inning. After the lead was blown, Marte entered the game, and flung a wild pitch on the first one he threw. Later in the same inning, he threw a pitch that wasn’t exactly on-target, but it was still in the strike zone. For some odd reason, Jorge missed the ball! And it rolled away…and Pukilis I mean Youkilis (Virginia…you said you would refrain from insults…try and be civil…there are still at least 161 games left!) came in to score the go-ahead run.

Pitching Analysis: CC Sabathia, my adorable-hefty-lefty-ace-cute-“chubby”-pitcher took the hill last night. His first pitch was a strike – a nice fastball on the outer half to Ellsbury. He was pretty good through the first 5 innings, just allowing 2 runs, but it unraveled after that for my big boy. He got into a mess in the 6th, gave up a few runs, and left the game with the tying run on 3rd. David Robertson relieved him, and let the run come in on an RBI single by Beltre.

The 7th inning made me want to pull my hair out. Chan Ho Park made his Yankee debut, and I’m sorry but he epically failed. At that time, the Yankees had recaptured the lead, and the score was 7-5. Quickly, this was all erased. Scutaro singled, and then Park dished up the go-ahead 2-run homer to Pedroia. Chan Ho-couldn’t-keep-it-in-the-Park was starting to piss me off.

-Excuse me, Virginia. If you are not going insulting the Red Sox tonight, what gives you the right to insult a Yankee…a nervous Yankee, on his debut? Very heartless of you.-

I’m sorry, conscience.

Then Park gave up a double to Puke-I mean-Youkilis. Then he left, and Marte came in, only to do his wild-pitch thing. THEN it was Joba’s turn. He got out of the 7th, but gave up a run in the 8th. By that time, it was too late for my babies on the offense side to come back.

From left, Chan Ho Park, Damaso Marte and Joba Chamberlain don't provide much relief for the New York Yankees on Sunday night.

CC wasn’t great last night, but the bullpen was a complete fail. Sorry guys!

So we lost…okay. It’s happened before, it’s not the end of the world. After all, the Yankees lost the first game last season and went ALL THE WAY! Remember: they are the Drama Club. They like to make things interesting. I like a little drama in my life…it can be exciting. The Yankees have a knack for creating drama in my life.

They also have a knack for sending me into cardiac arrest.

Guys, I like it drama, but I also like breathing. Just remember that 🙂

Yankees, you are all so sexy and watching you last night made me happy all over. I love you, boys. I hope you have enjoyed your off-day.

Let’s kick some Boston butt, shall we? Make me proud! I LOVE YOU SOOOO MUCH!!! ♥♥♥

The Yankees seem unfazed by the unruly crowd at Fenway.

                                          Ooh-la-laa…look at all my boys 😉

****ONE MORE THING**** Our friend EJ is blogging again. Make sure you check out his blog, at http://yankeesquad.mlblogs.com. It’s always been one of my favorites. Gracias!

I Miss My 1-2 Beasts…CC and A.J.

CC Sabathia and A.J. Burnett

CC Sabathia  A.J. Burnett

Pitching was probably the biggest reason why the Yankees won it all this year. Especially in the postseason, good pitching was crucial. CC and A.J. were signed by the Yankees in the offseason last year. The Yanks invested a fortune in these two, and they both were worth every penny. I miss these guys.

CC Sabathia had a fabulous year, and I was a little upset when he didn’t win the Cy Young. Don’t worry, CC, you will always be “C Cy” to me! CC ended the season 19-8 with a sparkling 3.37 ERA. He was a work horse, tossing 230 innings this year. But CC was even better in the postseason. When the spotlight was on him in the playoffs, CC was 3-1 with an eye-popping 1.98 ERA. His performance in the ALCS led to him being crowned ALCS MVP.

CC Sabathia #52 of the New York Yankees pitches against the Boston Red Sox during their game on August 8, 2009 at Yankee Stadium in the Bronx borough of New York City.

A.J. Burnett had a beastly year as well. His numbers on paper are good, but I think he was even better than they show. He was 13-9 with a 4.04 ERA, throwing 207 innings and striking out 197. A.J. was just so nasty on the mound this year. His stuff is so good, sometimes too good. His ball moves so much, that sometimes they ended up in wild pitches! A.J. isn’t too proud of his league-leading wild pitch total, but it does show how truly amazing his pitching is.

A.J. Burnett #34 of the New York Yankees pitches against the Minnesota Twins on May 17, 2009 at Yankee Stadium in the Bronx borough of New York City.  (Photo by Jim McIsaac/Getty Images) *** Local Caption *** A.J. Burnett

I love both these guys. CC Sabathia looks like a big, tough, hefty-lefty. He weighs 290 pounds and has manly tattoos. But in reality, CC is a sweetheart. He is such a soft-spoken, friendly, generous man. He treated his teammates to basketball games, and was always willing to just hang out with the guys. CC is also a great role model. He is one of only 2 African American starting pitchers in the whole MLB. CC is one of the spokespeople for RBI, Reviving Baseball in Innner Cities. CC is a great person for anyone to look up to.

Look at that smile…such a nice man! HE’S ADORABLE!!!

A.J. Burnett is so cool. He’s a real man. He has awesome tattoos all over, and he likes monster trucks, fishing, all that guy stuff. I used to hate A.J. when he was with the Jays. But the second I heard the Yankees got him, I fell in love with him. He’s a real wise guy. The whole pie thing? That was all A.J., encouraged by some of the other Yankees like Joba. Here are some pics of A.J. being A.J.:

Haha, he’s insane.

CC and A.J. Two guys who really made an impact in their first-of-many years in pinstripes. I don’t know which is cuter! Whoever I’m looking at at the moment, I guess. They are the 1-2 punch. Imagine being an opponent of the Yankees, knowing you have to see CC and A.J. in back-to-back games! That must stink. But it’s good for us Yankee fans.

CC, A.J., you are amazing pitchers and amazing people. I’m proud to call you Yankees. Enjoy the offseason, and I’ll see you two next year! I LOVE YOU GUYS!!!