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After Awful Loss, EJ Is… Elated?

I am ECSTATIC! There is sooo much to talk about today! All-Star Game replacements, The Futures Game, this is going to be a fun blog! Where do I begin…?

How about telling us how you felt exactly when you saw Andy Pettitte’s donkey handed to him on a silver platter?

Andy Pettitte has a donkey?

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Oh yes, well that was not the most fun game of course, but who carrres, really? Life is too short to moan and groan about losing big to a team you knew you were going to lose to anyway. There’s so much baseball news to discuss!

Such as, THE FUTURES GAAAAAAME

I have always liked the Futures Game but I’ve disliked how it distracts me from watching the Yankees. Since we’re going to get hammered today, I’m probably just going to put it in picture in picture (I have a big TV, I can do that). The Futures Game, in case you’re new to the All-Star Break or just plain reclusive around this time, pits the best prospects in the system against the best prospects in the system. Chris Tillman will face down Desmond Jennings. Manny Banuelos(Yankees A ball guy, hard throwing 18-year old Mexican southpaw) against Angel Villalona, Madison Bumgarner against Danny Espinosa. It’s going to be great. Hopefully the Yankees’ prospects, Jesus Montero and Manuel Banuelos, will represent themselves and the organization very well. By the way, last year, Ramiro Pena was in the Futures’ Game. Did you know that? I sure did.

Now onto the replacements.

Trevor Hoffman replaces Jonathan Broxton

I had no idea Jonathan Broxton was injured, but apparently he is, so Trevor Hoffman(all time saves leader, really obscure dude) will take his place. Hoffman, now with the Brewers instead of the San Diego Padres where he’s most known, has had a great season after Milwaukee signed him. I think this is an appropriate replacement.

Carlos Pena replaces Dustin Pedroia, to participate in HR Derby

I don’t even care whether Ian Kinsler is better than Pena or not(you could make a good argument, better defense at a more valuable position, higher average, but Pena has been leading the league in homers since day one, also leading the league in walks, higher OPS+ than Kinsler, good defense), I’m just glad that Pedroia isn’t starting at 2nd. Look, he has a family problem, so whatever’s going on, I hope that it gets fixed. But he doesn’t deserve to start at 2nd, you know it, I know it, the American people know it(except for the New England area apparently).

Zach Duke replaces Matt Cain

This is also really big. Matt Cain has been one of the best pitchers in the game, but after taking a liner to the elbow, he’s going to be replaced by one of the more underrated pitchers in the game, Zach Duke, lefty of the Pittsburgh Pirates. Go and check out his numbers. And Julia, are you going to tell me that he doesn’t deserve it because he has as many wins as losses? If you do, that’d be hilarious. If you don’t, then you’d have to admit your extreme bias in saying that Tim Wakefield deserves to make the All-Star Game just because of his record, despite his very league average ERA. I believe this is what they call a checkmate, Julia.

The Song of the Day is The Seed (2.0) by The Roots. it’s a hip hop song, but it’s funky, souly, it’s upbeat, and it has a band! So, Julia, you might not dislike this song as much as other hip hop songs.

Two consecutive Julia references. Boy, I really need to stop talking to her over this blog.

Stay positive, Yankee fans.

-EJ the Kid From New York

Life is Full of Beautiful Things…

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Not only did the New York Yankees get spectacular contribution from new acquisitions AJ Burnett, Mark Teixeira, and Nick Swisher, the veterans and rookies also chipped in to thrash the Orioles in Camden Yards by the score of 11-2. Such a marvelous, marvelous game all around. AJ Burnett had a solid performance, and the bullpen was pretty much flawless coming in after him. We had luck and we had home runs. It was an all around extremely well played ballgame for the Yanks, as they got their first win of the year.

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Also, I know you’re loving Ramiro. You know you love Ramiro, Yankees fans. First MLB hit in his first MLB at bat, first MLB run scored, 2 games played. We’ve yet to see him make any sort of defensive play whatsoever, but you know that he’s adept in that area as well, from scouting reports and YES Network’s coverage. He is going to be something special with the glove. With the bat? We’ll see about that, but he’s surely off to a good start.

Royals take on the Yankees at their very nice ballpark in Kansas City, as the Yankees look to get their second win of the season in their second series of the year.

I’ll have another entry later on on that game for y’all.

Stay positive, Yankee fans!

-EJ the Kid From New York

Yanks Sweep Cubs: Pena Wins Backup Infield Spot

The New York Yankees defeated the Chicago Cubs last night by the score of 7-4, and the Yanks won again today 10-1, sweeping the Cubs in the two game exhibition set at New Yankee Stadium. The two games were highlighted by the amount of home runs hit by the Yankees.

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In the first game, Robinson Cano put the trailing New York Yankees on the board with a 2 run blast to right field, which was not only the first home run at Yankee Stadium II(I guess, though it doesn’t matter yet), it was the first ever run scored by the Yankees at their brand new ballpark.

Later in the ballgame, Hideki Matsui hit a 2 run bomb right off the foul pole down the line in right field, giving the Bombers a 4-3 lead. Although a 4th run would be scored by the Chicago Cubs to tie it up, Cody Ransom would follow with a 3 run jack for New York, giving the Yankees a 7-4 lead they would never relinquish.

Derek Jeter hit a blast and Mark Teixeira slammed two home runs today, and a strong combined pitching performance by veteran southpaw Andy Pettitte and hard throwing new acquisition AJ Burnett held a strong Cubs lineup to only 1 run. That run was scored off the bat of Alfonso Soriano, who jacked a homer to left field.

So that series went spectacularly. I absolutely love the new ballpark, I think it’s going to be really fun to watch the season unfold down there in the Bronx, and I’m really hoping that no. 27 comes this season. Of course, my mind says otherwise, but that’s a completely different matter.

I found out something really awesome and strange today. Of course, y’all know how Cody Ransom, who was supposed to be the backup infielder, is going to be the starting third baseman for the Yanks until Alex Rodriguez can come back from his injury. That leaves an empty slot in the backup infield position. Well, we found out who would be taking Ransom’s place on the bench, and that is oddly not Angel Berroa, the favorite for the job who had a great spring offensively and beat out Hideki Matsui for the ROTY in 2003. Nope.

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It’s Ramiro Pena! How neat is that?

I mean, I have nothing against Berroa. I like the guy, I really hope he can make a comeback with the Yanks and that he’s able to redeem himself for the awful past few years. On the other hand, you’ve gotta admit, it’s always sweet when you see a young guy like Pena, who had never played past AA prior to this season.

So now it’s time for me to answer a few questions about this guy, as we wait for Opening Day in Baltimore on Monday.

Who Is Ramiro Pena?

 

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Ramiro Gauna Pena, born in Monterrey, Mexico, on 7/18/1985, is a Yankee prospect(I guess Yankee ex-prospect with this news) who is known for his glove work more than his bat. He has decent speed and below average power, but he is solid defensively. He has very good range, and although he has commited a large amount of errors in his minor league career, that’s something that can get better as he gains more expereince. As for his offensive production, I’d predict his stats would be something like this in 09:

185 at bats

.253 AVG, 1 HR, 5 SB, 20 RBI

The switch hitting young Pena made it to the All Star Futures Game in 2008, so that should give you an idea of how talented he is.

So how did he win this job? I’ll quote the MLB.com article:

Despite having not played above Double-A Trenton, Pena opened eyes in camp when Derek Jeter left the club for the World Baseball Classic, showcasing a slick glove and a developing bat. Pena batted .277 (18-for-65) with two doubles, a triple and seven RBIs in 30 Spring Training games for New York.”

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I hope he’ll reach his potential and becomes a mainstay for the Yankees. He has the ability to replace Derek Jeter at shortstop, and while he certainly will not be the second coming of DJ, he could be a fairly productive player for the Yanks. Okay, maybe I’m overhyping on Pena. But I just love prospects, mmkay?

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You know you like the pictures.

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Is that enough pics for y’all? Haha.

And that’ll be all. Stay positive, Yankee fans!

-EJ the Kid From New York