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You’re Messing With Me, Aren’t You?

11 walk off wins. 11. Come on now guys, this is silly. How clutch can this team get? How many big hits can this team get? How many big plays can this team make? Today, in a Wednesday matinee, the third game of a set against Canada’s best, Robinson Cano had his turun in the walk off parade. If you want a metaphor, Robby had his shot to breakdance in the middle of the walk off party circle. And he didn’t let us down.

We’re so used to Robinson Cano not coming through in big situations or grounding into double plays that our nails were pretty short there in the 11th with runners on first and second and one Bomber retired. But dang it, these are the 2009 Yankees. We don’t get let down. That’s not our thing. That ain’t how we do, if you will. Cano sent a pitch deep into right center field, banging it off the wall and winning it for the Bronx in a day where it seemed like another long, extra inning affair would be inevitable. His walk off single was the big hit that complimented the runs we scored earlier. We would not be let down today. No, sir.

And who won today? Well, it would be none other than right hander Chad Gaudin, who hurled two strong innings in his first appearance in Yankee pinstripes. How storybook is that? Sure, it ain’t Mannywood, but it’s a nice story anyways.

Tomorrow I’m going to show you guys all of my nicknames for a whole bunch of New York Yankees and I’m going to explain them. That’s going to be a heck of a post, so don’t you miss it.

Song of the Day is The Killers – Read My Mind. It’s a very nice song, anybody who’s familiar with the Killers knows they’re not heavy in any sense. LISTEN. 

Stay positive, Yankee fans.

-EJ the Kid From New York

Behold the Art of the Comeback

The 2009 New York Yankees hath perfected it.

I have to be honest; when the Yanks were unable to score in the 7th inning, when we usually come back and score, it pretty much got to me. I thought we had no shot. I didn’t watch the top of the 8th. But I knew that we still had 6 hitters left, and that the Bombers this year can always make something out of that. Sure enough, they did. 

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And now the Yankees are the first to reach the 70 victory plateau in this year’s Major League Baseball year. That would be something that the best team in baseball would do, is it not?

I know that I repeat it a lot, but it’s worth being said, mainly because I enjoy pissing off Yankees haters. We are the best team in baseball right now. As I said in my last entry, there are no ands, ifs, or buts about it. Red Sox? We’re definitely better than them. Dodgers? Of course we’re better. Phillies? Bahaha! Bahah! Bahaha! That was good, wasn’t it?

By the way, something happened in Fenway tonight that I should bring to your attention. And in this context, something means freaking awesomeness in the convenience of a can. Or, rather, a good awesome minute. You saw it.

Last night, a couple of guys– including DAH YOUKAH– were hit by pitches, one probably retaliation for another. So in tonight’s ballgame, Tigers vs. Red Sox again, the 2nd of the series, Miguel Cabrera gets hit in the hand and is later taken out. Then Victor Martinez gets one up and in from Ricky Porcello, known as the 20-year old rookie right hander and first round draft pick by Detroit with 10 wins on his belt in 2009. Martinez doesn’t like it, he shares a few words. The next inning, the bottom of the 2nd inning of play, the first pitch thrown to Kevin Youkilis is high and tight and it gets Youk in the shoulder.

And (s)he didn’t like that one bit.

And so, in a total Kevin Youkilis p-ssy(no offense to my female colleagues, you know I love ya) moment, he charges the mound and pathetically tosses his helmet at Rick Porcello. I mean, who does that? That’s a b-tch(again, no offense to my female colleagues) move by Youkilis; you’re not fighting for your life, don’t use whatever utilities that can cause the slightest amount of damage. Then, when Youkilis attempts to go in for the kill and bring Porcello down, the kid Porcello does an unbelievably awesome jiu-jitsu move (I SHALL USE YOUR OWN ENERGY AGAINST YOU) and brings Youkilis to the ground before he falls. Maybe you should’ve just stuck with the helmet, Youk. It would’ve only caused half the embarrassment.

And now, in an even more embarrassing twist of fate, the idiot is now going to get probably a 6 day suspension for his actions, when he’s one of the biggest contributing factors to the Red Sox, defensively and offensively. He puts Boston and their manager, Terry Francona, in a very difficult position. Nice job, big guy. Grow a pair, why don’t you?

Song of the Day? Gimme a Hell Yeah by Rev Theory, cause I’m in that kinda mood. Who wouldn’t be if you’re a big Yankee fan?

Stay positive, Yankee fans.

-EJ the Kid From New York

Winning Baseball…

It’s a beautiful thing, isn’t it?

This is just a quick little blog– I’m going to have a full blog tomorrow talking about… stuff, I guess, but expect that to be at around late noon because mah cuzzin’s coming over to stay for a few days and the greeting is going to be long and fun. But let’s get to the substance.

Throughout this season, the Yankees are winning baseball games in such a way that would make you think they have to win the World Series this year. I mean, think about it. Alex Rodriguez and Derek Jeter and our starting pitcher, Double Tre were all not nearly at their best tonight, but we won anyway. Why? Because Damon picked them up. Because Teixeira picked them up. Because Aceves picked them up. Matsui picked them up. This ballclub has no one player that carries the team, no one player that is “the straw that stirs the drink” so to speak. On any given day, any given ballplayer can hit a home run or move a runner over(I’m looking at you Mr. Cycle) or get an important, run scoring single. If the offense is not performing like it should, our starting pitcher is there and shutting down the opposing offense. And no matter what, we always find a way to get that big play.

Whether it’s a defensive play or a strikeout or a clutch base hit as it usually is, it’s a-comin’.

With that, ladies and gentlemen, I have a feeling that Barack Obama’s going to be wearing a Yankee jersey by the end of the year.

Song of the Day tomorrow, along with the next post.

Stay positive, Yankee fans.

-EJ the Kid From New York, bizzatch

The Biggest Surprises of 2009

As presented to you by me, EJ the Kid From New York. Sorry that I couldn’t make a blog entry yesterday, I was babysitting kittens with wings.

Today, I’m doing a blog that I’ve planned on doing for a long, long time. You read the title. You know what this is about. As we head towards the All-Star Game(props to Prince Fielder for juicing those balls last night), it’s time to review the disappointing players and the players who have come out of the blue and delivered more than their ballclubs could’ve imagined.

I will separate all of the surprises in this ’09 MLB season by category. and give one to three things by category. So let’s get it started, as the Black Eyed Peas say.

We begin with one of the more obvious categories when you’re discussing baseball surprises.

The Breakout Stars

Aaron Hill, 2B, Toronto Blue Jays

There’s a second baseman in the American League who isn’t as tall and as strong-looking as a lot of his fellow baseball players, but he’s already hit 20 homers prior to the ’09 All Star break and has made the All-Star Game. To go along with that, he’s been great defensively, has 114 base hits, and steals a base every now and then. He’s been one of the main reasons his ballclub has been in contention in one of the toughest divisions in the game. He is not Dustin Pedroia, he is not Ian Kinsler, or Robinson Cano. His name is Aaron Walter Hill. He is 27 years of age. He plays for the Toronto Blue Jays. His 20 big flies already give him a career high, his previous mark being 17 home runs. This year, he is better than Dustin Pedroia, better than Ian Kinsler, better than Robinson Cano,, than Brian Roberts, than almost any second baseman in this game that you can give me(Chase Utley is a rare exception). Go ahead. I dare you.

Adam Jones, OF, Baltimore Orioles

Adam Jones was one of the players that the Orioles recieved in the Erik Bedard deal with the Seattle Mariners. and oh boy, is he showing it now. When you talk about athletes… when you talk about five tool players… when you talk about talent… this has to be one of the names you bring up, and if you don’t bring him up, shame on you. 12 longballs, 6 stolen bases, a .303 batting average, and not to mention Gold Glove defense. If he and Hill don’t win those Gold Gloves, it’ll be just another year in which the defensive award isn’t given to the best defensive player.

Honorable Mentions: Russell Branyan, Juan Pierre, Adam Lind

Comeback Kids

Andruw Jones, OF, Texas Rangers

You know the story.

Disappointments

New York Mets, 42-45, 6.5 Games Out of NL East

This is a ballclub that even I predicted would make the World Series– boy, how naive I was. These Mets have David Wright, Jose Reyes, Carlos Beltran and Carlos Delgado on offense, Johan Santana leading a rotation with talented on-the-rise sinkerballer Mike Pelfrey and Oliver Perez, a guy who can be so nasty at times and is inconsistent but he could work that out, and they had a bullpen that after blowing so many games last year was revamped and supercharged with Francisco “K-Rod” Rodriguez, and JJ Putz and they were going to be so good! What possibly could have happened? Well, almost all of the players I just named have been sidelined for a long while now with injuries, and after trading away so many minor leaguers for Johan Santana and Putz and not focusing on building that farm system, they have absolutely no depth. Depth is what separates the contenders(Red Sox, Angels, Dodgers) and the pretenders, namely the Mets.

Milton Bradley #21 of the Chicago Cubs walks back to the dugout after making the final out of the game as Brian McCann #16 of the Atlanta Braves walks to the mound on July 8, 2009 at Wrigley Field in Chicago, Illinois. The Braves defeated the Cubs 4-1.

Chicago Cubs, 43-43, 3.5 Games Out of NL Central

The Chicago Cubs were supposed to, for the second consecutive year, be the powerhouse of the National League(mainly in the regular season). They had signed Milton Bradley, a guy who put up great offensive numbers in the 2008 season and who was a switch hitter, able to mix things up in that right handed heavy lineup. They had the returns of All Star starting pitchers Ryan Dempster and Carlos Zambrano, and they had Gold Glover Derrek Lee at first who can also swing it with the best of ’em, and Hank Aaron Award winner and good fielding 3rd baseman Aramis Ramirez, and Rookie of the Year backstop and All-Star Geovany Soto. So what happened here? Basically, Milton Bradley, defensively and offensively, stunk. Really bad. Aramis Ramirez got injured. Alfonso Soriano, after a good start, couldn’t hit water if he fell out of a boat. And even though they haven’t been that bad this year, they certainly have disappointed their fans and a ton of people who predicted they’d win it.

Honorable Mentions: Cleveland Indians, Oakland Athletics

That’s it for today.

Stay positive, Yankee fans.

If there is anyone I missed, please say so in the comments below.

-EJ the Kid From New York 

The Return…

Sorry that I was gone, I was wrassling radioactive spider monkeys using only a sponge.

Anyway, I don’t know what’s worse. Losing and the Red Sox winning, or losing and the Red Sox losing. Red Sox losing would obviously be a disadvantage in the standings and stuff, and we’d be 2 back, but, you know, if we lose and the Red Sox lose, well… the Red Sox lose only 1.5 times every year, and you really have to capitalize and make sure you gain ground in the East.

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But now it’s irreversible, and the Yankees have got to move on and try to win some games. It’s not that easy to come back off a bad, late inning, frustrating loss and destroy the next ballclub you face, but that’s what the Yanks have got to do. And hey, they’ve definitely done it before.

It’s sad to see Eric Hinske, who hit his first Yankee homer, hit another single, got nabbed in the foot and made a great diving catch in right field in the first inning, and be remembered in that game for striking out to end the game. That last at bat was painful for Mr. Patient(I call him that not cause he has discipline, but because he had been waiting so long to play as a Yankee and then had that great day). Hinske was up 3-1, then he fouls off the ball, then he strikes out on that little floating slider that might have or might not have been a strike. I don’t blame him for swinging at it; had he taken it and it was strike three, it would’ve been an outrage. Tough.

The Song of the Day? Meh, I dunno. Ask Vanessa.

Stay positive, Yankee fans.

-EJ the Kid From New York

The Taste of First Place

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Does first place ever taste bitter?

Sour, maybe?

It doesn’t seem like it ever does. For the first time ever, Joe Girardi’s Yankees are in first place in the AL East standings, and it’s a compelling feeling. It’s not a sweet, calming feeling; rather, it’s the feeling of domination over the other teams in the standings. For a while, the Red Sox have been dominating the American League East, and the Blue Jays were leading in it earlier this year, they were running 100 mph before slamming themselves into a wall. So now check out the white hot Yankees, all of a suddden they’re head honcho. Bow down to the kings!

We’ve got pitching, hitting, defense and we do everything we need to to win. We are the 2009 Yankees, and as you can tell, we feel pretty confident right now.

But wouldn’t you feel the same if your ballclub was so darn good? And don’t deny it, we are fabulous.

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…I don’t know what else to talk about. Ooo, Phobia by Breaking Benjamin‘s a fantastic album and if you are a modern rock fan, you should undoubtably buy that album. I bought it off iTunes a few days ago, and it’s unbelievable. I listen to it whenever I get the chance to get a hold of my iPod, it’s so terrific, words cannot describe how I feel about this album. Have I emphasized my point enough? It’s amazing. Get it. Now!

Stay positive, Yankee fans!

-EJ the Kid From New York

Callups: EJ Takes a Minor League Look

Before I start this entry, I want to apologize to y’all for not making that 2nd string of awards entry. I really wanted to do it, and I was very close to done, but MLBlogs glitched out on me and I was unable to complete it. I’ll try to do it at the end of the month and provide an even more in-depth look with more time in the season. Now, onto the entry.

You never really know who’s going to get suddenly called up and make a big impact at the major league level. It happened last year, when Mike Aviles was, during mid-season, brought up to the Royals and put up great numbers, coming quite close to winning Rookie of the Year in the American League.

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Gerardo Parra was called up to the Diamondbacks this year after hitting .361 in AA. He’s currently hitting .321 at the MLB level for Arizona.

Occasionally, I like to look at the minors and try and find out who’s going to be that guy. Last year, I called to myself the calling up of Jose Arredondo and Mike Aviles, and I predicted that they’d produce at the MLB level. Well, you saw how that turned out. I found it a crime shame that I wasn’t able to share that with y’all. So, this season, I’ve decided to go public with my selections.

I’ll pick 2 minor leaguers, a pitcher and a position player, from both leagues to come up and produce in their first Major League stints. We’ll start with the American League.

Rules(Because, yes, this needs rules):

  • Cannot be a top prospect, it has to be a surprise
  • Selections can not have any MLB experience, not even a single plate appearance or third of an inning pitched
  • Minor league level can only be as low as Double-A

AL Callups:

Brett Harper, 1B, Las Vegas 51s(AAA Blue Jays)

The 27-year old is no young buck at AAA; however, he could get his first big MLB break soon at first base, While Lyle Overbay strugles to keep his average over .250 in Toronto, the lefty swinging Harper has already clubbed 10 homers with a .309 batting average. I would imagine the big guy would at least get a shot.

David Hernandez, SP, Norfolk Tides(AAA Orioles)

With a 3.50 ERA and 46 strikeouts in 36 innings, the right handed starter has done very well against his AAA opposition. With the way that Baltimore’s starting pitching has gone thus far in the season, I would imagine Hernandez is the next step out there.

NL Callups:

Eric Young, 2B, Colorado Springs Sky Sox(AAA Rockies)

No, it’s not the energetic speedster of the nineties with the Rockies attempting a comeback, it is actually his son and his namesake. And Junior’s got a great shot at starting at second base this year, as he’s hitting .289 at AAA and he’s stolen an impressive 22 bases. With Clint Barmes putting up a non convincing .274 OBP at second base for Colorado (although he’s got a hitting streak going), it seems that the young baserunning threat could join Dexter Fowler as a rookie on the Rockies.

Cesar Ramos, SP, Portland Beavers (AAA Padres)

The struggling Padres could use this 24-year old lefty in their rotation, as it’s been difficult for San Diego’s starters to retire hitters in the NL. Ramos has a 3.27 ERA in AAA thus far through 44 innings, and so it’d be helpful if he could produce at the MLB level.

Will all of these guys come up to the major leagues and produce? Probably not. But they certainly have the potential, and the oppurtunity, to make such a thing happen.

At the end of the season, I’ll give you the numbers for each player if they do hit the big leagues, and you’ll see if I can keep these predictions up two weeks in a row.

Stay positive, Yankee fans. Winning streeeeak!

-EJ the Kid From New York