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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

EJ Busts a Rap

Yo!

I bust a phat rap cause I’m a fat cat–okay, I’m not saying that. …I’m just, I refuse to say that. Let’s try this again. 1… 2… 3…

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Yo,

The Yankees beat the Blue Jays and upset the Doc

Longoria in Tampa gave the Red Sox a shock

We got some breathing room when Evan hit one out

A walk-off blast to left made the Red Sox pout

1 and a half games is a nice improvement

Than the half game of work room we were usin’

Andy Pettitte scuffled at the end but

He got a W for the pinstriped men

Damon and Tex went back to back

The main component of New York’s offensive attack

Matsui gave us breathing room by drilling one to center

And when Mo got the final out I sang like Eddie Vedder

I guess, it’s just, a day in the life

Of a Yanks fan when the AL East is alright

It’s tight, the feeling of being in first place

Now if only we could win one on Virginia’s birt–no. I’m not saying that…

You don’t get that oppurtunity in baseball’s rat race

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Meanwhile, the Mets’ Castillo made us scratch our noggins

He got more NY headlines than Igawa’s joggin’

When he took a fall and sprained his ankle

You look at that and it’s only a sample

Of the sheer bad luck the Mets have come across

Every day there’s an injury another player lost

So nowadays baseball fans wonder “Who’s next?”

Well today Niese is the newest victim of the hex

Yeah… that’s it… no more rapping…

The Song of the Day is a very touching, sensitive war-themed song and I think you all should hear it, it’s not a heavy rock song or a catchy rap song, it’s an acoustic song by a band I really like. The song is called Hero of War by Rise Against

Stay positive, Yankee fans.

-EJ the Kid From New York

 

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

Despite AJ’s Efforts, Marlins Beat Yankees

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The Yankees unfortunately lost 2-1 to Florida yesterday thanks to an inability to hit off of Marlins ace Josh Johnson and a sloppy error in left by Johnny Damon. It was a great game, but a frustrating one.

And look, this is one of those losses that I won’t blame the Yankees completely for, even though if Damon hadn’t dropped a somewhat routine fly ball the game would have been tied and we might’ve even won. But let’s face it, Josh Johnson is a dominant starting pitcher and he showed that once again last night. Coming into the ballgame, I knew it would’ve been very difficult for the Yanks to get anything off of Johnson, and I was exactly right. He was locating fastballs with very good velocity and throwing solid breaking balls. His location, his eceonomy. He was nearly unhittable, and we were lucky to get one run off him.

This Yankees team is very frustrating though. They show you promise, they look like they’re about to come back and use that Yankee magic to win again, and then they completely blow their chances. That error by JD was absolutely devastating, and I don’t think any Yankee fan or baseball fan who was able to see that game will argue with me on that. Damon put us in a position where we not only had to score one run against the overpowering Josh Johnson, but we had to score two. That seemed impossible.

I just wanted the Bombers to get Johnson out of the game. When they took him out, that was our best shot, even though the Marlins’ bullpen has been really good this season. I was relieved.

Unfortunately we were unable to capitalize on the exit of Johnson, as a game ending double play by Robinson Cano (sounds familiar) just killed all hopes of beating this damn under .500 team.

So, of course, that loss was completely frustrating but I guess understandable.

By the way, I’d like it for JD to sit today’s game. Put Melky in left and Gardner in center, because Gardy’s ready to go after that collision. I can understand not letting Gardner play so quickly after the accident(even though he pinch ran yesterday), but Johnny’s clearly being set back by eye problems. He’s not hitting well at all, first of all, and now that drop? Jeez man. Gardner really should play today.

We’re facing the tall sinker-baller Chris Volstad today. Volstad is one of my favorite pitchers, and he can really dominate at times, but you can see the numbers aren’t very dazzling.

4-7, 4.75 ERA.

But the numbers are really skewed by his performance so far this month, which is definitely encouraging for the Yanks. In June, Chris Volstad(who is now no. 41 rather than 71, as it was in that picture) is 0-3 with a 9 ERA. Now, those numbers are a little misleading: his first loss was a cheap one, as he had a quality start(2 runs in 6 innings) but the Marlins weren’t able to score against San Fran. In his second start, he was much worse, giving up 6 runs in 5.2 innings with 10 base knocks allowed. His third start was the one where he blew up, surrendering an ugly 8 runs on 9 hits and 2 walks in 3.2 innings. So he’s coming off a terrible start against Boston.

But Volstad is a very good pitcher, don’t be fooled by those numbers. He has a hard sinker that is his main out pitch, so he uses his height to his advantage with that pitch. That sinker could tear apart this Yankees lineup, clearly, since we have a couple hitters who are very prone to a double play (Posada, Jeter, Cano, Swisher, sometimes Alex).

So don’t think that the Yankees automatically are going to beat up Volstad, because when you combine the double play-prone Yankees and their inconsistency regarding hitting pitchers they’ve never seen before, and you have a potentially un-promising mix.

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But don’t worry too much, because we have our ace, CC Sabathia on the mound, and he has a 3.35 Earned Run Average on the road, much better than his home ERA. Sabathia has pitched well of late, so hopefully he can tear through this Marlins lineup and we can give him some run support.

Song of the Day is Just Like You by Three Days Grace.

Stay positive, Yankee fans.

-EJ the Kid From New York

Jeter to Lead Off in ’09: Good Decision?

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Derek Jeter has been named as the leadoff hitter for the New York Yankees in the 2009 campaign. And what about Johnny Damon, you may ask? Probably will hit right after him in the two hole. Now I’m not exactly sure what to think about this decision.

Jeter’s career statistics from the no. 1 spot are fairly close to stellar: 2132 at bats, .389 OBP. OBP is easily the most important stat for a leadoff hitter, even though a leadoff hitter may lead off an inning only once and it’ll end up being unimportant that they’re fast or get on base often. However, a leadoff hitter does get the most at bats. And I’m not sure if I want to give Derek Jeter, at this point in his career, the most at bats.

First of all, Derek Jeter’s OBP last year was .363: average for a leadoff batter, I’d say. In fact, Jeter was average in a ton of stats last year. He’s not the player that he once was. He’s only a good player now, not a great one. He can provide a decent amont of production, but he’s still pretty overrated by a lot of Yankee fans.

Anyway, with that in mind, is it good that he’s our leadoff hitter now? I’d pretty much easily take Damon in that spot over Jeter. Damon is as close to what I would like out of my leadoff hitter: he has speed, but isn’t just a speed guy: he hits for average and power, he gets on base very often, and has a lot of discipline. He’s the guy I want to bat first.

But Damon isn’t the only one I’d take over Derek Jeter. I’m going to go ultra controversial here and I’m going to say I’d rather have Mark Teixeira leading off than Derek Jeter. Now before you all swamp on me and tell me I’m wrong, which I obviously disagree with, I’m going to back myself up.

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My reasoning is simple: who would you want to have the most at bats on your ballclub? It’s a well known fact that the leadoff hitter in a lineup gets the most plate appearances. Johnny Damon, who was out for a while with an injury, still got 623 plate appearances. I would prefer my best hitter on the team right now(who, by the way, had a fantastic on base percentage last year of over .440) to get 670-700 plate appearances over, honestly, a decent hitter who can hit a little over .300, has an OPS+ of about 105, an OBP of about .365 and has a fair amount of speed. Think about it.

And it’s not like Tex clogs the bases: he isn’t Giambi or Posada speed, he runs the bases well and can run pretty fast for a slugger. I guess.

Give me your input guys, I’d like to read it and respond to it.

Stay positive, Yankee fans.

-EJ the Kid From New York