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Thanks, Yankees! And the Top 10 Moments of ’09

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Thank you, New York Yankees, for giving me a really nice win to talk about. Finally, the Yankees scored a bunch of runs again, as their offense was looking really flat of late. After the controversial(and completely blown) call that Brett Gardner was picked off from first base, Joe Girardi stormed out there and argued and argued that call. He was sooo trying to get ejected, I have no doubts about that. The umpire wasn’t even really arguing with him, and plus, once he got tossed, he just walked away instead of continuing to argue. But hey, he got the job done, because the next batter is my new man crush, Frankie Cervelli.

And all he does is hit his first MLB homer to left center to tie it at 1. We just took off from there.

Later, Alex Rodriguez hits a sharp two run single to center field, and I’m shouting “I don’t believe what I just saw!” (In a year so improbable… the impossible has happened!)

I mean, honestly, yesterday was one of the best things that ever happened to Alex. He hit a few balls well, caught a popup, and hopefully that game will begin his massive tear of Major League Baseball pitching this season. I doubt that’s actually true, but a boy can dream, can’t he?

But easily– easily– the best moment of the game was Mariano Rivera’s at bat. From the minutes leading up to it, when Melky Cabrera was giving him batting gloves, a helmet, and a good talk. Then, when he was on the on-deck circle, just chillin’, leaning against the backstop like nothing was gonna happen. It all ended sooo climactically, with this:

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A line drive to center field. Sadly, Nate McClouth was right friggin’ there, but it was actually a very good swing and a very well-hit ball. If only he had just pulled it more, it would be the best moment of the year. But alas, it’ll have to settle for the top 10.

Actually, that’s a pretty good idea. What have been the top 10 moments of the 2009 Yankees season? Trust me, I came up with this just spontaneously. This was not planned. Dead serious.

10. Jorge Posada lines a walk-off single to left center off Brian Fuentes of the Halos

I believe this was our first walk-off of the year. We came back against the Angels, who always kill us, and win it on a walk-off single by the then-not-useless Jorge Posada.

9. More Posada – Jorge hits the first home run at Yankee Stadium, to dead center

Into Monument Park. This’ll be a trivia question for the ages.

8. Mo Rivera gets to hit – line out to center

A hilariously beautiful moment. If only it were a hit.

7. Melky Cabrera walks it off with a two out, two run single

Facing Joe Nathan down by two runs in the ninth inning, Melky Cabrera hits an improbable two run single to left center. 

6. Nick Swisher pitches a scoreless inning of relief

Swishalicious brings a lot of humor and fun to the game, and this is a great example. His first MLB outing ensued hilarity at the end of a ballgame that is otherwise terrible and disgusting.

5. A-Rod comes back from the DL and crushes the first pitch

A-Rod comes back in the most storybook way possible. Yet, we all most definitely saw it coming.

4. Damon’s big fly makes it 3 straight walk-off wins for the Yanks

First it was Melky Cabrera’s two run single. Then it was Alex Rodriguez’s walk-off, two run bomb. Finally, Damon capped off the clutch streak with a walk-off shot in extras.

3. Melky ends a ninth inning rally against the Phillies with his third walkoff

Down by two runs in the inning, A-Rod tied it with a homer into right field off Brad Lidge, and again off Lidge, Melky Cabrera drives in fellow Dominican and buddy Robinson Cano for his third walk-off of the year. If that’s not enough, it was on FOX.

2. Gardner starts a comeback and fulfills a promise to an ailing fan with an inside the parker

Before the game, Brett Gardner made a bold promise to an 18-year old fan who was in the hospital. After hitting a blooper than got by Denard Span in left, Brett Gardner went balls-to-the-wall on the basepaths and came all the way home, for an inside-the-park homer, the second of Gardy’s career and probably the wake-up call for the Yankees to comeback in that game against Minnesota.

1. Luis Castillo drops a pop up to win the game for the Yankees

Against a team who’s fans, every year, think their team will be so much better than the Yankees even though they were severely disappointed the year before, the Yanks once again prove that, no matter what we do, whether we fail embarrassingly or succeed tremendously, you guys will always, always, always find some way to embarrass yourselves worse. Enjoy that.

So, thanks for reading, I think this blog is a lot better than my other blogs have been recently. Be sure to leave comments.

Almost forgot — Song of the Day is I’m Not Jesus – Apocalyptica ft. Corey Taylor.

Stay positive, Yankee fans.

-EJ the Kid From New York

That Was Pretty Bad, But Thanks for Coming?

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That was a really tough, nauseating game to watch. no offense, bad pitch calls… but thanks to Tobz and Anthony for coming over.

Sorry for the late blog, just wanted to get a quicky in. I want to focus on the game.

Ooo, nice play by Tex!

Song of the Day: Down and Out – Kid Cudi

Stay positive, Yankee fans.

Damn, this was a really short one! Haha, sorry to disappoint…

-EJ the Kid From New York

Yankees @ Braves: 6/23/09

Step right in, the water’s fine.

         

                                                                                           

       Chien-Ming Wang                                                                     Tommy Hanson

  0-5, 12.30 ERA, 2.43 WHIP                                              2-0, 4.08 ERA, 1.58 WHIP

Thanks for coming to talk about the Braves-Yankees game guys, feel free to talk about the game. I’ll post info on the game until the first pitch a few moments after 7:00 EST. Here I’ll also post the highlights of the game as they happen, and you can discuss them down there in the comments section. This is the first game hosting of the 2009 season, so here’s to a good one!

5:51 PM EST: I’m sure many of you know this, but for those that don’t, Mark Teixeira is now the leading vote-getter at the first base position for the ’09 AL All Star team. It was probably thanks to my extra 22 or 23 votes yesterday. Woooo!

6:23 PM EST: Lineups!

Yankees:

1. Derek Jeter – SS – .301 AVG

2. Nick Swisher – RF – .245 AVG

3. Mark Teixeira – 1B – .286

4. Alex Rodriguez – 3B – .213

5. Robinson Cano – 2B – .305

6. Jorge Posada – C – .280

7. Melky Cabrera – LF – .282

8. Brett Gardner – CF – .284

9. Chien-Ming Wang – P – .000 (Career)

Braves:

1. Nate McClouth – CF – .264 (8 for last 21)

2. Yunel Escobar – SS – .292

3. Chipper Jones – 3B – .299

4. Brian McCann – C – .318

5. Garret Anderson – LF – .285

6. Casey Kotchman – 1B – .264

7. Jeff Francouer – RF – .249

8. Kelly Johnson – 2B – .225

9. Tommy Hanson – P – .200

6:56 PM EST: By the way, the song of the day is Simple Design by Breaking Benjamin.

7:06 PM EST: Chien Ming Wang has only made one career start against the Braves. His line:

8.0 INNINGS 7 Hits 2 RUNS  2 ER 1 BB  2 K No decision

7:11 PM EST: Derek Jeter grounds out to third for the first out, a two pitch out. 0-0

7:15 PM EST: Yankees go down in order, 1-2-3 in the first inning off Tommy Hanson. Braves coming to bat against Wang. 0-0.

7:21 PM EST: 3 ground balls, 3 outs for Wang, great inning. Nice to see that outta the sinker baller. 0-0

7:38 PM EST: Yankees work the bases loaded with 2 outs, but are unable to score as Chien-Ming Wang chops back to the mound. Well, he hit the ball, that’s something right? 0-0 

7:48 PM EST: Crazy play there, Chien-Ming Wang and Mark Teixeira converge, Wang makes the catch on a chopper, Cano barely gets to first and Wang flips it to ‘im for the last out. So he escapes a jam in an odd fashion. 0-0

8:00 PM EST: Cano pops out on the first pitch, a fastball well below the knees. Congratulations Cano, you are indeed more impatient than I am. 0-0

8:11 PM EST: Brian McCann drives in a run with a line drive double to deep left center. Had Posada not called one of the dumbest pitches ever, I wouldn’t be telling you this. 1-0 ATL

8:13 PM EST: It escalates. Garret Anderson hurts the Bombers once again with a two run double into the right center field gap. Two well hit doubles. Kotchman softly lines out to end the inning. 3-0 ATL

8:28 PM EST: Swisher finds the perfect way to anger me greatly by grounding out with the bases loaded on the first pitch. 3-0 ATL

9:05 PM EST: Sweet Jesus, Jeter with a double play in a key situation. But I already said “Jeter”, so you knew that part. This guy will be the death of me… 3-0 ATL

Another Disappointing Finish

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That was a sucky game.

It was a good game, but the end result sucked. We got some runs off Lindstrom late, but Derek Jeter, being the sucky entity that he is, grounds out on the first pitch to end the game.

So, once again, we lose to a team we shouldn’t lose to. We’ve lost two series in a row to below .500 NL East teams, and are now 4 games out of the AL East. Luckily we still have a close lead over the Halos in the Wild Card.

So that’s it, I just wanted to make a quick blog today because I have video games to attend to and I don’t want to spend too much time away from them. Hopefully we can beat Tommy Hanson and the Braves tomorrow, remember, I’m going to be hosting that game, so you’d better come, I don’t want to be lonely.

The Song of the Day today is a song that I don’t like that much, I like it but not significantly, but it just seems like such a good baseball summer song. It sounds like a song you’d put a baseball highlight reel to, you know? That kinda song. It’s called All About You by Hoobastank.

Stay positive, Yankee fans. SHOW UP TOMORROW! Coverage starts at 6. Haha, “coverage”.

-EJ the Kid From New York

That Was a Pretty Good Game, Huh?

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Seriously, we dominated the Marlins.

Although it was only 5-1, as Michael Kay said numerous times during the broadcast, it really felt like a blowout. That’s because of the 5 runs that we scored came in the first 3 innings, and we just cruuuised along afterwards as Andy Pettitte completely dominated. Seriously, he’s been beast on the road but he’s been very disappointing at home. Hopefully he can get that worked out.

Not only that, but the Braves completely clobbered the Red Sox by a score of 8-2. Thank you, Kenshin Kawakami! The Bombers are only two games behind now.

Not to mention our lead in the Wild Card. I think it’s a one game lead over the Angels, but I’m not completely sure. It doesn’t show the WC on the MLB.com standings.

It’ll be Burnett vs. Johnson tonight, so that’ll be interesting to see. Both guys have great fastballs and solid breaking balls. Burnett is coming off one of his best starts as a Yankee thus far, 7 shutout innings against the rival Mets. Ahh, that was a fantastic game.

So, time for some hard hitting analysis! Woo.

Now, Josh Johnson has been one of the best pitchers in the National League this season, as he’s shown command of all his great pitches. So, how can the Yankees get a good amount of runs on the board against Josh Johnson?

Well, it’s about as simple as be patient. Like most pitchers, if you work the plate appearance into a hittable count, you have a great shot to get a hit. Wow, that’s amazing!

The truth is, Josh Johnson has been a very, very good pitcher for a while now and it’s going to be quite difficult for the Yankees to get anything done today. The probability is that we’re going to lose, but I thought we were gonna lose last night and I was pretty wrong on that.

The Song of the Day for Saturday, June 20th is NJ Leigon Iced Tea – A Day To Remember.

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Oh, and by the way, I will be hosting Tuesday’s Yankees-Braves ballgame, so make sure you come down and talk about the game with me and probably a couple other people. It’ll be a good game; Chien-Ming Wang vs. Tommy Hanson.

Stay positive, Yankee fans.

-EJ the Kid From New York