Wednesday, August 12, 2009

I told you he was a punk; Kevin Youkilis

Did you see Kevin Youkilis charge the mound because he got hit? He threw his helmet at the pitcher, girlie style, and then got thrown to the ground.
This is a pitcher who two years ago was pitching high school ball. Not exactly a guy who has perfect control.

Youkilis is a punk. Jeter and A-Rod get hit in the double digits each year, and when was the last time they charged the mound? It's because they aren't punks like Youk.

Time for him to grow a set.

Go Yankees

Sunday, August 9, 2009

Get out yer brooms

We are ready to sweep those Sox right out of town.

It's about time.

Go Yankees

Saturday, August 8, 2009

That's 2

The Yankees are taking care of business. 2 in a row over the Sox.

Go Yankees

Tuesday, July 28, 2009

Yankee machine keeps on rolling

Tampa Bay was the latest team to get in the way of the steamroller that is the Bronx Bombers. The power was supplied by Damon, Cano, and Swisher (2) and Burnett pitched well to gain his 10th win. (1 run through 7 innings.)

The Yanks maintained their lead over the Sox .

Tonight's contest against the Rays is on local TV so I can catch part of it.

Go Yankees

Saturday, July 25, 2009

That 8 in a Row!!

The Yankees continue to roll! They now lead the AL in wins. The starting staff is doing its job, and the team is hitting.

A-Rod is on fire. Let's hit double digits on this streak!!!

Go Yankees

Tuesday, July 21, 2009

Yanks in first

Due to extenuating circumstances, all my Yankee watching has been on ESPN and the local news. But while I have been slacking off, it's good to see my favorite team has been kicking butt.

Tonight's game is on TV, but rain is expected.

Sergio Mitre, who has not pitched in the bigs since 2007, gets the nod.

Go Yankees

Monday, June 22, 2009

Yanks drop 2 of 3 to Fish

What is up with them now?

CC is injured, half the team isn't hitting.

Go Yankees

Friday, June 19, 2009

Yanks Beat Marlins

The Fish were no match for the Bombers who actually got a few hits today and put up some runs. Pettitte pitched well, and we came away with a 5-1 win.

It doesn't make up for the pitiful showing against the Nats, but at least we put one on the win side of the ledger.

AJ will start tomorrow night as we try to make it 2 in a row, and CC gets the nod on Sunday.

Looking around the league, Matsuzaka got lit up again. Look for the Sahx to shut him down. And not let him ever pitch in the World Classic or whatever they called that nonsense before the season started.

Go Yankees

Sunday, June 14, 2009

Sunday afternoon Santana vs Burnett

Should be a classic old fashioned pitching duel.

Maybe it will be like when Koufax faced Marichal. Memories of Seaver and Perry came up.

How about Stottlemyre and Lolich?

Clemens vs Martinez?

Fire up the grill, chill a couple brews, we are in for a good one.

Again, as both teams fail to follow the script, here is is, 4th inning, and the Bombers are up 13-0. Now, I love hammering the stupid Mets almost as much as the Sox so no complaints here.

Just going to sit back and enjoy a laugher.

Go Yankees

Friday, June 12, 2009

Yankees beat Mets in shocking fashion

Ok, it wasn't what the script said. Mo on the hill in a tied game in the 8th. Gives up a go ahead double. Yankees only have to score 2 against K-Rod to win. Script says Yankees lose.

Oh wait, send it to rewrite. Tex and A-Rod are due up. Game winning homerun. Yank fans fgo home happy.

Naw, too cliche.

How about, Jeter gets on, steals second. Tex walks.

A-Rod then reaches on an error, both runners score. Sounds like a Simpsons episode ending......but, that is what happened.

Go figure.

After the debacle in Beantown, we'll take a win any way we can get it. Even with a cheesy Hollywood ending.

Go Yankees

Thursday, June 11, 2009

It's painful

To hit 3 homers and still find a way to lose to the Sox.


I have trouble posting following Yankee losses, and it is nearly impossible after losing to the hated Hose.

Well, CC is handed the ball tonight as he takes on Penny.

To quote the late Casey Stengal

"Can anyone here play this game?"

Go Yankees

Sunday, June 7, 2009

Yankees move back into first

It seems like this team never gives up. They were down 3-1 in the 8th, and came away with a 4-3 win.

Gotta love it. One more game against the Rays, then on to Boston. The Yankees will be ready for them.

Go Yankees

Saturday, June 6, 2009

Yanks lose a close one to Rays

Mo fell apart, and turned a 5-5 tie into a 9-7 loss.

Crap happens.

Go Yankees

Thursday, June 4, 2009

Yanks win; Wang rocked

I didn't watch the game, so I can only go by what I read, but Wang seemed to struggle as he didn't make it out of the 5th inning.
He was "on" early, but seemed to tire. When interviewed afterwards, Wang was happy with his progress. He feels he is near where he was a few years ago.
I'm happy if he's happy.

Go Yankees

Wednesday, June 3, 2009

Yankees train keeps rolling

All is well in Yankeeland except I have some serious concerns about A-Rod.

It was announced today that he is dating Kate Hudson.

Seriously. Kate Hudson.

He could do much better. In case you can't tell, I don't like Kate Hudson. She will be his Yoko.

Go Yankees

Sunday, May 31, 2009

Yankees magic number drops to 111

to clinch the division.

Too soon to start counting?

Go Yankees

Friday, May 29, 2009

Yankees move into first

All alone atop the division.


Andy Pettitte got the win, Mo, the save.

CC starts tomorrow

Go Yankees

Joba to the bullpen?

I just was listening to Francesa, and he said by August 1st, Joba will be in the 'pen.

This has been on the mind of many Yankee fans for quite a while as Joba has been only ok as a starter. He has lost about 5 MPH in velocity, which Girardi claims was expected, but the difference between mid and high 90's is pretty significant in the big leagues.

Way back in the 70's when the Ryan Express was bringing it at over 100 MPH, I had some great seats at a game against the Angels. I was on the first base side and pretty close. It seemed like he wound up, and the catcher was throwing the ball back to him.

Yeah, Ryan threw some heat. If I recall, Nolan was consistently hitting between 100 and 105. As much as I like Joba and admire his talent, he has never approached those numbers. And, if the extra 5 MPH is really true, then would Ryan have been able to throw 110 or so as a reliever?

It just sounds like PR, and maybe Joba, as good as he can be, is best suited for the 'pen. He has shown flashes of brilliance as a starter, but he has also been average.

Go Yankees

Wednesday, May 27, 2009

Yanks take rubber game against Texas

The Yankee bats were booming as they pounded Texas pitching again, winning 9-2. But the good news is that Burnett looked good, notching his first win since mid- April, but the even better news is Wang looked like he is back. The box score showed 2 innings pitched, with 2 strikeouts and no hits, but the real story is that his turbo sinker, or whatever it's called, was blazing at 90+ MPH with a lot of movement.
Before he went down in April, he wasn't hitting those numbers. I'm not sure of the immediate plans for Wang, but he will be in the rotation soon enough.

Go Yankees

Yanks go for rubber game tonight

If the rains hold off, Burnett takes the hill and tries to get the team back on the winning track. Maybe it's me, but it seems like whenever there is a significant rain delay, the Yankees lose. Do they keep stats on this? It sure seems like they lose whenever there is a long delay.

Hopefully, the game will start at 8 EST tonight, as scheduled.

Posada has been making progress in his rehab, and may be joining the team shortly. Francisco Cervelli is getting a shot due to all the injuries, and he has been coming through. He has been displaying great confidence, to go along with a strong throwing arm. While his average in the minors last year wasn't great, he believes that he can hit major league pitching. That would be a bonus as Yankee fans have become spoiled with great hitting catchers. Dickey, Berra, Munson, Howard, and Posada were All-Stars who donned the tools for the Bombers. Could Cervelli be the next in that illustrous line?

Go Yankees

Monday, May 25, 2009

Yankees blast Texas

Phil Hughes pitched a terrific game, and the Yankees backed him up with 19 hits and 11 runs as they pounded the Ranger 11-1. The lone Ranger run came on a solo homer in the 9th off Aceves.

The Yankee attack was led by A-Rod, who went 5-5 and drove in 4 runs. Every Yankee starter had at least one hit, while Hughes's spread 3 hits and no runs over 8 innings. The 6 strike out performance was one of his best as a Yankee. The next game is Tuesday at 8:05 in Arlington.

Go Yankees

Yanks head to Texas

After dropping 2 of 3 to the Phils, including yesterday's extra inning battle royale, the pinstripers flew to Texas to take on the Rangers. The Yanks finished the home stand a very respectable 8-2. Phil Hughes will be trying to get the Yankees back on the winning track at a 2:00 start in the Texas heat.
After the let down from yesterday, along with the flight (didn't there used to be off days for travel?) I'm expecting a slow start. Hope I'm wrong.

BTW, CC pitched well yesterday, and did not figure in the decision.

Go Yankees

Saturday, May 23, 2009

Yankees come back in 9th to beat Phils

Ninth inning heroics as A-Rod smacked a 2 run homer, and Melky then drove in Cano who had singled and stole second as the Yanks beat last year's "Mr Perfect," Brad Lidge. That is another walk off game winner for Melky, and another cream pie.

4 Homers as balls continue to fly out of Yankee Stadium. My favorite part of the game, of course, had to be the horrible announcers. John Mayberry Jr. was just called up, and had a big game. The announcers spent considerable time talking about John Mayberry Sr, and had him in the crowd and on camera several times. Here's the best part--they had the wrong guy.

Rubber game is Sunday at 1:00.

Go Yankees

Game of the Week

The Phils- Yanks are the game of the week on Fox.

The balls flew out of the park last night, and hopefully today will be a bit less. Pettitte is on the hill, and he can be hit or miss, it seems.

Joba was interviewed, and he said he will make his regular start. Wang pitched in relief last night. Didn't do great, but better than he had been.

I have a game to watch. Catch you all later.

Go Yankees

Thursday, May 21, 2009

Another day, another Yankee win

Joba got hit by a comebacker in the first, and the 'pen held off the O's and the Yanks rolled to their 9th straight win. Initial reports are that it is a bruise and obviously is day to day. More news will be out tomorrow.

In other injury news, Wang will make one more start in the minors before getting called back to the big club.

Phillies are in town for the Memorial Day weekend as inter league play starts. I wonder how Ryan Howard will like the new Yankee Stadium? Considering that more homers have been hit into the right field stands at the ballpark in the South Bronx than total homers at most other ballparks, it should be an interesting weekend.

Go Yankees

Wednesday, May 20, 2009

And the Wins Keep Coming

7 in a row for the Pinstripers has brought them within hailing distance of first place in the division.

Bruney is back, and Wang will be back any day. Things are looking good in the South Bronx.

Hughes squares off against Guthrie (Orioles) tonight. Yanks have been scoring since A-Rod is back in the lineup and on the homer a day plan. Meanwhile, CC is looking like the ace pitcher the team has needed for a few years.

Go Yankees

Sunday, May 17, 2009

Another walkoff win, another cream pie

AJ Burnett has introduced as new tradition at Yankee Stadium, and it would be great to see it happen another hundred times this year.

As the Yankee who drove in the winning run gets interviewed, AJ comes up and hits him in the face with a cream pie.


Johnny Damon who homered in the bottom of the 10th was the latest "victim."

The third straight come from behind walkoff win, and 5th straight win overall, has thrust the Yanks right in the middle of the race.

And nothing but good news from down on the farm as Wang pitched well at Scranton, going 7 innings and getting mostly ground ball outs (the sinker is working well) and Bruney is on track to be back in a few days, also.

Monday, the Yanks finish up the 4 game series with the Twins as Pettitte takes the mound.

Go Yankees

Saturday, May 16, 2009

Yankees win in 11

A-Rod hits a walk off 2 run bomb in the bottom of the 11th to win it 6-4.

The fans went crazy, and it was nice to see the dugout empty and everyone greet him at home. He got a whipped cream pie in the face to celebrate.

Go Yankees

Yankees are on now

Usually I do a wrapup, but since I've been a slacker lately, thought I'd blog while watching the Twins- Yankees game.
It's currently 3-2 as the Yankees have the lead based on a Teixeira 3 run bomb.

Joba is looking pretty good, although his pitch count is getting up there. It's around 80 in the 5th.

He strikes out a lot of batters, and many, if not most of the other outs are on fly balls.

Yankee batters are going down without taking a lot of pitches. They need to go deeper in the count.

Go Yankees

Monday, May 11, 2009

Yankees win using the long ball

Teixeira, Cano, and Damon all belted home runs yesterday to beat the O's and finally win a series taking 2 out of 3 in Baltimore.

For the second start in a row, Joba got roughed up in the first inning, climaxed by Huff's 3 run homer, and then he settled down, shutting out the Birds until turning the ball over to the 'pen in the seventh.

Considering his fired up attitude, one can only presume he is so excited to start that he just loses concentration. It sure isn't his lack of ability, as once he gets over the first inning problem, he is almost unhittable.

Rookie catcher Cervelli continues to impress with his enthusiasm and his ablity. He may become part of the long line of great Yankee catchers. It's funny how some teams have so many outstanding players at one position, and the Yankees certainly have a long line of catchers who were All-Stars, and some who were Hall of Famers.

Bill Dickey and Yogi (does he even need a last name?) both shared number 8, and are enshrined at Cooperstown. Elston Howard, Thurman Munson (my favorite Yankee ever,) and Jorge Posada were all perennial All Stars. Will Cervelli be next? He seems to have the zest for playing. Only time will tell.

Today is a travel day, and a series against Toronto starts on Tuesday.

Go Yankees

Friday, May 8, 2009

A-Rod is back!!! Yanks win

The first pitch A Rod saw in the first inning in Baltimore promptly got deposited in the stands for a 3 run home run.
That is something that has been missing from the Yanks offense.

And CC Sabathia made it stand up as he pitched a complete game shutout, scattering 4 hits and striking out 8. CC finished strong, striking out the side in the ninth.

This was just what we needed, with Alex banging the ball, and CC going deep in the game.

Phil Hughes looks to make it 2 in a row tomorrow night.

One bright spot is that the Yankees have struggled, yet have managed to hang around .500, while no one has run away with the division. They are only about 5 games out, which they can make up in a good week or so.

Go Yankees

Damn Yankees

If Teixiera comes up again tonight with a runner on third and less than 2 outs and fails (again) I'm going to be really pissed.

Last night, he hit a weak grounder back to the pitcher. The night before , a little popup.

Well, at least A-Rod is back, so that should help. And they are playing the Orioles, so that should help, too.

Go Yankees

Thursday, May 7, 2009

Manny Ramirez suspended 50 games

Just reported on Francesa:

Ok, it wasn't steroids, but it was a drug used for women. It is reported that sometimes it is used by someone who took seroids as they come off 'roids.

Ok, Manny is the only Sox player I didn't hate, so I'm kind of a fan and want to give hime every benefit of the doubt.

But it doesn't look good.

As a Yankees fan, I'm pretty happy that it isn't about A-Rod for once.

Yanks play tonight at 7, weather permitting. Yeah, it's raining again. But the Yankee bats have been quiet. Last night, Teixeira got one key hit. Big deal. In the 10th, with one out and Damon on 3rd, he hit a weak popup. He needs to step up and earn some of that big money.

Go Yankees

Wednesday, May 6, 2009

Yanks fail miserably against BoSox

This team is having a lot of trouble scoring. The 3,4, and 5 spot contributed a grand total of 2 singles yesterday.

A-Rod is due back possibly as early as Friday, and it is none too soon. To put up 3 runs and expect to win--that is not realistic.

Joba pitched ok, with 12 strikeouts in 5.2. But the 3 run HR to Jason Bay more than cancelled out what would have been a good game.

The Rays come in tonight, and the Yankees need to put a few runs on the board. AJ Burnett takes the hill to try to turn things around.

Go Yankees

Saturday, May 2, 2009

Yankee bats go quiet

30 year old rookie Matt Palmer spread a few hits around, and the Halos eventually got to CC in the 7th inning. The key hit seemed to be a single that dropped just in front of LF Johnny Damon. Making that catch may have shut them down altogether. The Angels just seem to have a way of feeding off each other. While CC's line looks rather meh, with 8 hits and 4 ER in 6.2 innings, it really was much better than that. If Damon (who is nursing several injuries) had gotten to that ball, or if Abaldelajo had gotten out the first batter he faced, things would have looked much differently.
Yeah, I know, "if" is the biggest little word, but we are not talking about a miracle here. The ball to Damon was quite catchable, and a fresh reliever should be able to get the first batter out.

I'm not even going to carp about the 30 year old rookie that the team made look like Walter Johnson, as he scattered 3 hits over nearly 7 innings. The offense went 2 for 11 with RISP.

Sad, very sad.

Sunday, Phil Hughes gets the ball. Game is at 1:05 on YES.

Go Yankees

Yanks rally in 9th to beat Angels again

Andy Pettitte was cruising along, headed to an easy win, when suddenly, the Angels did what they always do to the Yankees, they rallied and scored like crazy. Next thing I knew, it was 9-4.

The Angels would hang on, and then K-Rod would ome on and nail down the win.

But wait, Frankie went to the Mets, leaving a huge gap in the Anglel 'pen. And the Yanks took full advantage, drawing to 9-8 entering the ninth.

And, with no K-Rod, the Angels just couldn't hold on. Yanks loaded the bases with no one out, and things looked dire for the Angels.

Jorge Posada walked up to the plate and with the infield drawn in, I was a bit nervous. Just get under it, Jorge. Hit it deep. A tie would make me happy, I didn't want a double play cutting down the runner at the plate or something equally awful.

Instead, Jorge came through with a solid single to left center, and 2 runs scored for a walk off base hit and Albaladejo picked up the win with an inning of shutout relief.

Today at 1:05, Sabathia looks to keep the ball rolling as the Yanks go for their 5th straight win and to take their first series from the Angels since Nixon was President.
(It really hasn'tbeen that long, but it's been a while)

Go Yankees

Thursday, April 30, 2009

Yankees win game 1 against Angels

The Angels usually give the Yankees fits, but tonight the Bombers handled them pretty easily. Burnett started and threw 7 decent, but not great innings, giving way to Coke in the 8th. Coke picked up his first win, and Rivera got save #6 with a well pitched 9th.
Final score, 7-4.

The offense showed signs of life as every starter got at least 1 hit.

Next game is Friday at 7

Go Yankees

Wednesday, April 29, 2009

Yankees take second from Tigers

Yankees had one big inning, and it was enough to beat the Tigers last night 8-6 as Joba picked up his first win of the year. The game was only close as the Tigers picked up 5 runs in the bottom of the ninth. Swisher belted 2 dingers for the Bombers.

It makes me worry that while the Yanks have put up a few runs in the last 2 games, they were shut out in 15 of the last 18 innings. I enjoy a big inning as much as the next fan, but they need to score more consistently as those big innings can't be relied on every game.

Go Yankees

Tuesday, April 28, 2009

Yankee bats are nearly silent

Maybe it's the injuries, maybe it's just one of those things, but the Yankees aren't scoring. 3 runs total in the last 2 games doesn't cut it in the American League.

Phil Hughes has been called up from Scranton to start tonight's game at Comerica Park. I'm hoping he can go 7 innings to allow the battered 'pen a rest. But it comes back to the offense. It takes a 4 spot every game to be in a game today, it seems. The days of 3-2 and 2-1 pitching duels are rare and vanishing quickly.

A-Rod is still making prgress with his rehab, and while May 15th is still the predicted day of his return, fans hope it will be sooner.

Go Yankees

Monday, April 27, 2009

Yankees swept by Red Sox

I'm feeling pretty down. To lose all 3 games was painful, to say the least. Sure, the Yankees have injuries, with their 3rd baseman, back up 3rd baseman, left fielder, right fielder, set up man, and one of their starters all are out.

Sadly, the Sox will be in town before the Yankees are at full strength.

Tonight, the Yanks are in Detroit, hoping to right the ship as Sabathia takes the ball. The Tigers currently lead the AL Central.

Go Yankees

Saturday, April 25, 2009

Yankees lose opener

That one hurt. The Yanks had plenty of chances to put the Sox away, including a bases loaded no out situation in the 7th. Instead, they wound up blowing a 2 run lead with 2 out in the bottom of the ninth.

The details are too painful for me to write.

Next game is today at 4:00 Burnett vs. Beckett.

Go Yankees

Thursday, April 23, 2009

Yankees square off against Red Sox tonight

The Bronx Bombers are going into Fenway riding a nice 3 game winning steak tonight, and Joba will face Lester in game 1. Both teams have identical 9-6 records and the Sox have a 7 game streak.

While it is early to put too much emphasis on this series, it is always nice to beat Boston.

Game time is 7:10 tonight, and tomorrow it's the 4:00 game.

In Yankees news, Wang started against Phillie farmhands in Tampa and struck out 11. Most pitches were down, but he did hang a few that would have been hit hard in the bigs. Cashman is pretty sure Wang will have at least one more minor league start. He is working with Billy Connors (theres a name old Yankee fans should remember.) The DL is still a possibility.

In other news, Phil Hughes is 3-0 at Scranton. A-Rod is progressing well, and is expected back no later than May 15th.

Go Yankees

Tuesday, April 21, 2009

Playing with Joy; Yanks defeat A's

I watched tonight's game with the Mrs. and saw something that made me realize just how special a player Derek Jeter is.

He nearly got picked off at first base, and I told Mrs to watch his face as he gets up. And there it was--a huge smile on his face. This guy loves to play baseball, and it shows in his every action, every day. So many ballplayers have crappy attitudes, they bitch and moan all the time, yet Jeter always plays all out and with a smile.

As to the players who complain, what the hell is wrong with them? It's every kid's dream, to grow up and play (notice no one works baseball) and they are rewarded with huge amounts of money, and opportunities the average person never gets. Just look at mediocre players, after they leave the game, they usually are very successful as doors are opened that Joe Average never knows existed. Stars, of course, are set for life financially by age 35 or sooner. Players should be smiling all the time.

As far as the game, the Yankees looked good tonight. Pettitte was on, and in typical style, he would bend but not break. Andy scattered 9 hits and only allowed 2 runs. Teixeira and Gardner both threw some serious leather to help him out of a few jams. He tossed 7 innings and got the win as the Yanks beat Oakland 5-3. Mo picked up a save, and Bruney got a hold. Damon homered, the A's were kept in the park as the air was rather heavy.

By the way, Pettitte was hitting the low 90's on the radar gun, which made me happy.

And the current situation with Wang is being worked out. He will go to Tampa to try to get his mechanics straightened out. Last night's rainout and Thursday's off day has set it up so he can miss the Sox series. He said he is feeling well, and it's hoped an extended Spring Training game will get him back to his Cy Young contending self.

Go Yankees

Monday, April 20, 2009

What a weekend

Saturday, the Yankees stunk up Yankee Stadium with a terrible 22-4 loss as Wang got lit up. The next day, with AJ Burnett on the mound things looked better, but then the Indians mounted a comeback, and with the lead at 3-2 in the 7th inning, they had the bases loaded and one out. Oh no, not again.

Enter Albadelejo.

And this time, Girardi's call to the pen worked, as he shut the door and picked up his first win of the year. Bruney then came on the register a hold, and Mo nailed it down with a perfect ninth.

Posada belted a pinch hit home run, and the Yankees managed to come out with the win.

Homers continued to fly out of the Stadium, as a record was set for the most HR in the 1st games in a new stadium, ever. It seems as if a ball hit to right center just sails out. Talk already is that an engineer may be called in to correct this flaw. Hopefully, not until after A-Rod gets back and gets going. Right center is his favorite place to hit the long ball.

Go Yankees

Saturday, April 18, 2009

What's wrong with Wang?

The Indians hit him like he's a batting practice pitcher. The ball has no movement on it, and batters seem to just tee off on him.

His ERA is in the 30+ range, and he looks kind of confused. I know he starts slowly, but this is ridiculous. He is looking terrible, and the Stadium crowds are not happy. Phil Hughes is 2-0 in Scranton, and we can only wonder how soon until Wang gets sent down to straighten out.

I wouldn't be surprised to hear that he has some lingering injury, or something related to missing most of last year.

One positive note: Nick Swisher is fast becoming a fan favorite. He plays aggressively, and may just become a big star in the Yankee galaxy. He reminds me of Boomer Wells, who was a big favorite of the Bleacher Creatures.

Go Yankees

Friday, April 17, 2009

Opening Day Pain

Yesterday, the day started out well enough with some nice opening day ceremonies, and the first at bat, and Jeter had the Babe's bat at home plate. As a joke he picked it up and pretended to get in the batter's box.
The bat was then sent to the dugout, and so many Yankees swung it like little awestruck kids. The bat then was packed up and sent back to Cooperstown.

The game, what can be said when my team gets spanked 10-2?

CC pitched well, but the pitch count got high and he left in the 6th. He held the Indians to 1 run, and the 'pen, for the second time in the last week, fell apart.

Posada hit the first HR in the new Stadium, and damon got the first hit (a single in the first)

Joba is on the mound today.

One nice thing before the game today, on YES, they did a tribute to Bob Shepherd, long time Yankee announcer. His first game was April 17th, 1951, and they had him recreate the lineup announcement.

And, what a lineup!

Loaded with HoF teammates Rizzuto, Mantle, DiMaggio, and Berra. That's something that isn't seen today.

Go Yankees

Monday, April 13, 2009

Weekend Update

Yankees lost the final game against the Royals, but there was some good news.

The starting pitching continues to be excellent. CC pitched great on Saturday, mixing a 93-95 MPH fastball with some very effective off speed pitches.
I can't imagine trying to adjust to pitches that varied by as much as 15 or 20 MPH. Talk about killing a batter's timing.
And yesterday, Joba was bringing it at about that same speed range. He is pacing himself. When he relieved, he would hit close to 100 MPH, but as a starter, he has toned it down so he could last a bit longer. Yesterday he went 6 innings, and struck out 5. He held the Royals to 4 hits and only 1 earned run.

With the Master's on this weekend, I missed most of the games, and only caught a few innings of each, but with that over, I'll be back in my seat tonight.

Wang is starting tonight at the Trop against the Rays. Gametime is 7 on YES.

Go Yankees

Friday, April 10, 2009

Pettitte Pitches Yankees to win over Royals

Andy Pettitte was strong and looked like the Andy of old as he held the Royals to one run in seven innings while striking out 6.

The offense was led by Nick Swisher and Jorge Posada as the Yanks scored 4 runs. The Yankee 'pen continued to dominate as they turned in another 2 shutout innings with 4 whiffs. Rivera finally got into a game and notched his first save of the year. Bruney picked up a hold.

The Yankees took a 2-0 lead in the top of the first on Jorge's 2 rin single and never looked back. For anyone who likes to count, Andy threw 99 pitches.

CC Sabathia will start Saturday at 7:00 as the road trip continues. I'm sure the fairly weak Royals will put CC on track for his first win as a Yankee.

Go Yankees

Thursday, April 9, 2009

Yankees pound Orioles

AJ Burnett looked good and picked up the win and the Yankee offense was on fire as they beat the Birds 11-2.

Teixeira, Cano, and Swisher homered to finally break through with the first win of the young season.

Pettitte takes the hill on Friday against a rebuilt Royals team. This year's edition in KC is looking pretty strong.

Game time is 4:00 on YES.

Go Yankees

Tuesday, April 7, 2009

Yankees lose home opener

So, it looks like they aren't going to win the 162 games I had hoped for, nor will CC win every start.

Oh well. It's a long season.

CC was shaky, and had trouble getting his fastball over for strikes. The Yankee offense was good, putting up 5 runs, which should be enough when the ace is on the mound.

Wang is scheduled to start Wednesday at 7:05 against the O's on YES.

Go Yankees

Saturday, April 4, 2009

Yankees sweep Cubs

In the final tune up for the season, and what many fans hope and believe is a foreshadowing of the 2009 World Series, the Yankees played 2 at the new Yankee Stadium against the Chicago Cubs.
Friday was a good game, but Saturday was my favorite as the Yankees blew the Cubs out. Jeter, Duncan and Teixeira (twice) all homered as they routed the Lou Piniella's squad 10-1.

Yankee pitching was looking good, as Pettitte was in and out of trouble all day, but only allowed one run in 4 plus innings. AJ Burnett also tossed 4 shutout innings for good measure.

Next game is the season opener against the O's on Monday. CC will be on the hill.

Go Yankees

Wednesday, April 1, 2009

Yankees come north after successful spring

The Yankees finished spring training with the best record (22-10-1) in the Grapefruit League.

The biggest surprise of the spring may have been Brett Gardner's emergence as the newest star in the Yankees Galaxy. His strong spring showing earned him the honor of being the 2009 recipient of the James P. Dawson Award.
He also will be the starting CF on Opening Day, edging out Melky Cabrera.

The speedy 25-year-old Gardner batted .390 with 2 doubles, 2 triples, 3 home runs, 7RBIs and 5 stolen bases in 24 games.

The power numbers were surprising, as he had a reputation of being a singles hitter.

So, will he be the next great Yankee CF, following in the footsteps of Mantle, Murcer, DiMaggio, and Williams, or just a guy who had a great spring?

Only time will tell.

Go Yankees

Friday, March 27, 2009

Girardi announces opening day pitcher

In little more than a week, on April 6th, the Yankees open the season. Today, manager Joe Girardi proclaimed the starting pitcher against the Orioles will be CC Sabathia.

The first game in the Bronx will be April 16th against the Indians.

Ok, who could be surprised by this? The Yankee ace gets the ball to open up the season. The surprise would have been anyone else getting the nod.

The staff is really rounding into shape as Joba and Burnett have pitched all but "lights out" ball this week. If the staff stays healthy, and they should, the Yankees will be playing in October.

Go Yankees

Tuesday, March 24, 2009

Curt Schilling Retires

Yankee nemesis Curt Schilling has decided to hang up is spikes after 20 years in the bigs.
With a lifetime record of 216-146, he is on the cusp of the Hall of Fame.

I heard the discussion on Mike and Mike this morning and it was considered too close to call.

While the regular season record is good, but not great, his post season is a spectacular 11-2 with a tiny 2.23 ERA and 120 strikeouts in 133 innings.

His 6 All Star selections and runner up in the Cy Young twice certainly show he was one of the best of his time, but is he one of the best of all time? I can think of at least 4 of his contemporaries right off the top of my head who I would rather have pitch a big game including Maddox, Clemens (the cheater,) Pedro Martinez, and Randy Johnson. Each of them will go in except maybe Clemens (the cheater.) Toss Glavine and Smoltz, couple it with Scilling's acerbic attitude, and he may be on the outside looking in.

Go Yankees

Tuesday, March 17, 2009

Has anyone noticed?

The Yankee starting staff has begun to come around as Pettitte, Joba, and Burnett have done really well, all virtually lights out performances. Wang has been spotty, but he usually does struggle a bit early in the season. CC will be starting tonight. While he has not been at the top of his game, it's meaningless at this point to worry about that.
It's going to be a great season.

Go Yankees

Friday, March 13, 2009

I hate the WBC

I don't get it, really. Who gives a crap which team wins the World Baseball Championship? I'm an American, and proud to be so, but if Team USA wins this thing, does it affect my life in any way?
A-Rod (who, BTW is sitting out due to injury/surgery) was supposed to play for the Dominican Republic. He was born in NYC. Hold on, let me get a map, and see what that makes him.
Oh wait, he did live in the DR for a few years, but by his teen years he was living in Miami. Ok, back to the map...and this guy is an American, so why in hell would he play for the DR? Because his parents were born there? That is just stupid.
How many generations does this go back? Should the American team strictly be Native Americans?

Now pitching for Team USA, Sharting Buffalo.

I want to see the Yankees play the Cubs, not the Chinese play the Koreans.

Go Yankees

Sunday, March 8, 2009

Alex Rodriguez to get hip surgery

It is reported that A-Rod will get the hip surgery and be out 6-8 weeks. This is a 2 stage operation, and he will need part 2 after the season ends.I am glad he is getting this done rather than drag it out all season.

We can expect to see him back sometime in May.

In other news, CC Sabathia did well in his outing, as did Wang.

We saw the game Wang started, and he threw 3 innings and other than a solo HR, he did well. He made a nice play fielding a bunt, and threw strikes. The staff is rounding into shape. The team has plenty of offense to make up for A-Rod's absence, and will only get better when he comes back.

Go Yankees

Thursday, March 5, 2009

A-Rod faces surgery

The Yankees are hoping A-Rod's injured hip can make it through the entire season. Cashman says it will need surgery and about 4 months to recover, so they are hoping to get to it in following the season.
I hate when this happens, it seems these things just drag and wind up for a poor season performance. Guess well just wait and see what happens.
CC Sabathia takes the hill tonight for the first time as a Yankee. game is at 7:15.

Go Yankees

Monday, March 2, 2009

MLBN is awesome

My cable company actually added a channel that I can watch and like, Major League Baseball Network.

What they do is provide coverage from other networks, so yesterday, I saw a game from NESN, and I passed up a White Sox game, and a Mets game. Spring training games generally hold little interest beyond about the 3rd inning, because who cares about the guys that will probably never make it to the majors, unless it is my team. But the programming looks to be solid, with shows about some of the great World Series games in history, Today will feature the '61 with Mantle and Maris and the '63 with Ford against Koufax. The '59 Gogo Sox will also be on as they take on the '59 Dodgers.
This channel will probably be a favorite all season long. I do like that they will show games from other networks, so we should get a chance to see and hear some of the legendary hometown announcing teams.

Go Yankees

Saturday, February 28, 2009

Joba is starting on YES

The first televised game of the year is on YES today.

Joba is starting. I'll be back later after watching. The team is using a lineup pretty close to what I expect to see opening week with Nick Swisher in RF, Melky in CF.
In the middle of the first, Joba is getting hit pretty hard as he is a little wild high.

Go Yankees

Wednesday, February 25, 2009

First Game of Spring

Due to the WBC, the games are starting earlier in the year than usual. A-Rod homered in his first at bat and journeyman pitcher Brett Tomko started for the pinstripers. Tomko is a non roster free agent invitee, hoping to catch on as a spot starter or long reliever. He tossed 2 strong innings.

The only other pitchers of note to throw were Veras and Igawa. Veras was in trouble most of the time, though he did get the win (as if that mattered.) Igawa had a decent, if unremarkable inning.

The next game is Thursday as Phil Highes takes the mound agianst the AL Champion Rays. I still have trouble typing that.

Go Yankees

Friday, February 20, 2009

News from Florida

About the only non A-Rod news of note out of spring training in Florida is that Wang faced some big league hitters and looked good. Bernie Williams was in camp, and batting against Wang, Bernie drilled a shot off him.
Bernie will be playing in the WBC for Puerto Rico.

Wang was interviewed after pitching and he said,
"It's normal," Wang said. "I don't feel anything."

Go Yankees

Monday, February 16, 2009

Spring Training camp opens

New acquisition CC Sabathia has thrown to Jorge Posada, and the early reports are that all is good.
Wang looks to be fully healed from his injury, and Joba is looking good. Pettitte will slip into the 4th or 5th spot in the rotation.

But Wang, to me, willbe one of the key's to the season. If he can return to his position as one of the premiere starters in the AL (back to back 19 win seasons, and last year was 8-2 before his June injury) the team is going to win easily.

With a little bit of luck, the Yankees could have 2 or more 20 game winners on the staff. I doubt they would be able to match the Orioles of the 70's with 3 every year it seemed, along with the 1971 squad with 4.

I'm feeling it. I just sent in my Yankee Fan Club Membershiop dues.
The team is loaded and ready to make up for last season's terrible finish.

Trivia question of the day
Can you name the 4 starters with at least 20 wins each on that 1971 Orioles team?

Go Yankees

Thursday, February 12, 2009

Brett Favre Retires

Yes, it's that time of year again, the annual Brett Favre retirement. But this time, he means it.

What is so different this time around? To begin with, his last year as quarterback of the Jets was a disappointment, to say the least. He did suffer an injury to his throwing arm, and is avoiding surgery. He is 39, which even lessens the chance of full recovery.

The Jets are now seeking a new QB, and the pool is rather sparse. But here is what will happen.

Come May, Brett will be back to help out the Jets as a back up QB. Just a transitional guy until the new young gun, whoever he may be, steps in. Would I put money on this scenario? No, but don't be surprised if it happens.

Go Yankees

Tuesday, February 10, 2009

Is A-Rod baseball's Britney Spears?

The parallels between them are pretty amazing. Both of them left marriages, both have done crazy crap, and well, they both had the same 'do.
As the A-Rod meltdown continues, one can only wonder just how bad the fallout will be.
At home, in Yankee Stadium, he'll hear a lot of insults, but on the road, well, it's going to suck to be him.

Two weeks ago, A-Rod was a can't miss HOF first rounder. Today, who knows what is going to happen? He claims he only used for a 3 year period, but if a player is a known cheater, why should he be believed? How long until he's doing bong hits with Michael Phelps?

I'm just disgusted.

He will be the punchline of comic's jokes for at least the next few months.

Go Yankees

Saturday, February 7, 2009

And, the Putz of the Day Award Goes to

A-Rod. By now, everyone has heard that he tested positive for 'roids back in '03.

The story is everywhere. It's not enough that he was considered the best in baseball naturally, he had to try to do better by cheating. Who knows what other crazy crap he'll do? Next you'll tell me he left his beautiful wife and kids for some haggy skank like Madonna or something stupid like that.

Go Yankees

Wednesday, February 4, 2009

Manny Ramirez turns down 25 million

Manny Ramirez turned down the Dodgers offer for 1 year at 25 million. I don't get that, as he doesn't have teams beating down his door, and time is short.
This is starting to remind me of Rod Carew at the end of his Hall of Fame career, or even better, Bonds last year. Carew was a good guy, and his last year he was productive, batting .280 with an OBP of .371. Just no one wanted him for the price he asked, so he retired.
Bonds, well, no one wanted the circus that came to town with him.

Andy Pettitte also found out that MLB clubs are just not falling all over themselves to throw money at players who are flawed. He turned down the Yankees initial offer of 10 million, and held out for...

5 million.

The top players get the big money, still, but the second and third tier guys are coming up far short of what they got a few years ago.

Go Yankees

Sunday, February 1, 2009

What a Game!!! Steelers Win

Super Bowl LXIII is in the books, and it was an unbelievable game. It seems all the action took place in the last few minutes as the Cardinals came back from a 20-7 deficit to take a 23-20 lead with 3 minutes to go. Big Ben Roethlesberger drove down the field and passed his way to a last minute win for the Steelers 27-23.

The game had everything, including a safety.

Larry Fitzgerald caught 2 TD passes. Every Super Bowl should be this exciting.

Go Yankees

Thursday, January 29, 2009

Time to make the guacamole

The chips and salsa are bought, the DiGiorno pizza is in the freezer, and the veggie tray is ordered. I'm ready for the Super Bowl.

Sadly, the stupid Giants aren't in, but at least it looks to be a good game with the Cardinals against the Steelers.

I heard it described this morning, "if were a betting man, I'd put my money on Arizona, but I'm not, so I'm backing the Steelers."

I've always liked the Steelers. When I was a kid, and my Giants were getting their butts kicked every week, I needed to root for another team, too. I picked the best team they would never play, the Steelers of the 1970's. I've appreciated the team's work effort then, and ever since.

So, this Sunday, I'm rooting for the Steelers, but would be happy if the Cardinals win, as they have never done it before. The last championship was in 1947, pre-datingthe Super Bowl by many years.

Go Steelers.

Or Cardinals.

Talk about indecisive. LOL. I just hope it's a good game, and we have enough nachos.

Go Yankees

Sunday, January 25, 2009

Slow week

Nothing much happening in Yankee Stadium. No signings, no nothing. Still waiting to get word on Pettitte. Spring training is less than a month away.

Giants are sitting home. Super Bowl in a week, so this week should be a lot of coverage on Mike and Mike on ESPN 2 in the mornings.

I'm rooting for the Cardinals, but don't think they can beat the Steelers. I'm rooting for them because it will be their first championship since 1947, and the first Super Bowl win ever.

Go Yankees

Sunday, January 18, 2009

The games today

I'm rooting for Arizona, but expect Philly to win.

I'm rooting for Pitt and expect them to win and cover.

Just sayin.

Go Yankees

Sunday, January 11, 2009

Stupid Giants

Stupid friggin Giants.

Go Yankees

Friday, January 9, 2009

Adam "Pacman" Jones is a putz

So, Adam Jones got cut by the Cowboys and another talented guy throws it all away. One of his quotes after being cut, according to ESPN, was "I love me some me."
Apparently, this expression was made popular by Terrill Owens (also a member of the 'Boys.)

I understand it is ok to be comfortable with oneself, and even to love oneself, but does this say something about a man who, due to his own selfish and stupid actions, has let down his team mates, his family, and anyone who ever believed in him? It certainly does scream of an ego that is hyperinflated. The ego of a putz. The ego of a guy on a team NOT in the playoffs.

Meanwhile back to important stuff.

The Giants are playing the Eagles on Sunday in what will be a "Battle Royale." This may be the best game of the entire season, better than the Super Bowl may be. As a G Men fan, naturally, they are the pick.

But looking at it critically, the Giants do seem to be the team to beat. They have Earth, Wind, and Fire at full strength. The Iggles have a couple of nagging injuries. The week off has been of tremendous benefit to my team.

The Giants should win this one 27-17, easily covering the spread (currently 4 pts)

Go Yankees

Saturday, January 3, 2009

Quiet week

Not much happening in Yankee stuff for the last few weeks, and with the Giants having a bye week, it has been slow here at Yankee Fan Central.

I'm not a huge college football fan, with little more than a passing interest in the major bowl games. Didn't watch the playoffs, and the only game I really care about is the Eagles against the Vikings. I believe the Eagles are the only team that can keep the Giants out of the Super Bowl. The Giants can take the Cardinals, the Panthers, and the Vikings. Sure, they can beat the Eagles, but who wants to face a red hot team like them? And, if they take out the Vikes, the Eagles would have to be considered among the elite. They worry me.

Go Yankees

Friday, January 2, 2009

The Sports Event of the Year

What was the biggest event of 2008?

There were 3 huge sports stories: The Phillies WS win, the Giants Super Bowl win, or the Patriots undefeated regular season.

I would eliminate the Patriots for 2 reasons: 1. I hate Boston and 2. They lost the biggest game of the season.

So, it's between the Giants winning the Super Bowl or the Phillies winning the World Series. To me, of course, the Super Bowl winning effort by the Giants is my favorite as I'm a huge fan. But realistically, the World Series win by the Phils is probably a bigger, and more improbable, event. The Phils had to come from behind to catch the Mets, beat a tough Brewers team led by CC Sabathia, and then beat a red hot L.A. team, before finally knocking off the upstart Rays.

I'd have to give it to them as the team of the year.

Go Yankees

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