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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

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RIP Harry Kalas

The baseball community once again mourns the death of one of it’s active promoters and memebers. Harry Kalas was not a player like Adenhart was, he was a broadcaster. However, he was definitely well respected within the baseball community, as Kalas was a member of the Baseball Hall of Fame. May he rest in peace. My thoughts are with Phillies fans.

                             

                     Harry Kalas (3/26/36 – 4/13/09)

I’ll have a blog later today on the Rays-Yankees game, the game that I am now addicted to, and why Julia is a mean mean lady. 😛

Stay positive, Yankee fans.

Hang in there, Phillies fans.

-EJ the Kid From New York

EJ’s 2009 Playoff Predictions

09playoffpredictions.PNGThese are my playoff predictions for this season, on today, Opening Day.

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Questions:

What about the Red Sox?

What about ’em?

In all seriousness, I’m really not buying the Red Sox’s rotation this year. Aside from Jon Lester, I really don’t feel that the contributions of Boston’s starting 5 will be as good as everybody predicts. Josh Beckett is past his prime year, he’s a fairly large injury risk, and if he pitches 200 innings this year, he’s not going to duplicate his statistics in 07, when he nearly lost the Cy Young award–to current Yanks pitcher CC Sabathia. With Matsuzaka, you’ve got to throw strikes to succeed in the MLB. I don’t care how well you set up your pitches, how big your arsenal is, if you can’t pitch efficient strikes and get your pitch count low, hitters will know what you do against you and your lack of command will end up exploding in your face. Tim Wakefield is Tim Wakefield. He’s just not going to put up great numbers. He’ll be average, and nothing more. As for Brad Penny, I think you understand why I’m iffy on Penny. Not only that, but their lineup is full of either overrated players, injury risk players, or players who had a fluke year in 08. For example: Kevin Youkilis.

The Giants? What?

I’m aware that the Frisco Giants have not been a contending team for a while– 181 losses in their last two years– but I like their pitching. I like it a lot. Lincecum, the NL Cy Young award winner, and Matt Cain, a very talented flamethrowing righty who’s a workhorse, Randy Johnson, the ageless wonder who can still throw good fastballs and sharp sliders where he wants them, and two guys who have really underachieved. Jonathan Sanchez is a guy with phenomenal stuff, and he’s a lefty. Barry Zito stinks, let’s face it. He’s just ridiculous. But I feel he’ll get better. He had a 4.59 ERA in the 2nd half last year. He pitches in a pitcher’s park. I think he’ll do better, but not phenomenally well in 09. They also have an improved offense, with young guys and veteran players combined. Their bullpen is at least average. I like their chances in the weak NL West.

The Braves?

Yes, the Braves. They have a few good hitters, a stellar, solidified rotation, and a bullpen that has the potential to be fantastic. You don’t need power to win: the Braves don’t have sluggers up and down the lineup(although it sure seemed like it on Opening Day, 3 homers, 2 long doubles),

What about the reigning champs?

The Phillies had a very flukey year in 2008. They’re not that good. Their rotation looks very meh: other than Cole Hamels, there are no solid pitchers in that starting five. They were lead to the playoffs by an overachieving closer in Brad Lidge: look at his stats from the previous year, you’ll see he’s a good pitcher, but not fantastic, as his 08 numbers suggest. One could also look at Chad Durbin: Durbin was a key to that 08 Phillies ‘pen, leading the NL in innings pitched and putting up a great ERA. But he has never had that kind of success in the major leagues. He’s not nearly that good. JC Romero is going to miss 50 games with that suspension on substance abuse. The only guy that I really like in that Phils bullpen is Ryan Madson. He’s solid. Everyone else is up or down.

And that’s it.

Stay positive, Yankee fans! Even though we’ll lose in the ALCS…

-EJ the Kid From New York