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Hi and Bye from KFNY.

Rhyme.

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I’ve been bored and uninterested in blogging lately, been more interested in other stuff, so sorry. I wish I felt like blogging, but I didn’t, so… when I don’t feel it, I just can’t do it, you know? We’re still in first place, although the lead we have over Boston is not quite as comfortable as it once was. We win some, we lose some. Still, look for this team to win the World Series this year, I can just feel it.

Stay positive, Yankee fans, I’m not dead(yet).

-EJ the Kid From New York

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Should I Be Surprised?

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I’m not sure if I should. I mean, come on. We’ve gotten late hits in games so many times in the past, it’s ridiculous. Tex just added to the list of late inning go ahead hits. We’ve got to be the most clutch team in the game right now, no questions asked. We lead the MLB in walk offs and comeback wins. If it’s late and close, somebody will come through. Teixeira came through tonight. Before, it’s been Matsui, Posada, Cano, Rodriguez, Jeter, Damon, you name him, he’s come through in a big situation. Hell, Ramiro Pena’s first career RBI came against the Angels in late innings with the bases loaded. If I’ve got a really good pitcher on the mound who’s setting down the Yankees, I leave him in for as long as I possibly can. He’ll go 12 for me. 150 pitches? I could care less, man. I don’t take the chance of bringing in another pitcher who may or may not put out a terrific outing. The New York Yankees always come through in the clutch. Always. And don’t you forget it.

As for the game in Texas, I shall speak no more. I like Frank Francisco. In fact, I think he’s on my fantasy team. Therefore, I will not say anything more about that game.

 

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And it seems as though, for the first time ever, the Yanks are not on FOX on a Saturday. And you should know how I think about that. Thank God. If I had to listen to Tim McCarver’s clueless rambling about Derek Jeter’s Godliness… if I had to listen to McCarver stumble and mumble and repeat himself constantly on a point that we really already knew anyway, but he just feels so glad that he’s right that he’ll try and constantly mention it so that we don’t forget his rightness… for another damn Sunday, I think I’d crack the wall open. And it’s not just McCarver, either. It’s FOX’s damn inability to give you a nice ballgame without screwing up the volume so that you have to mute it on commercials and then put it up to freaking 40 during game time. They have an extremely shoddy audio crew, and that’s being kind.

But thank God that the game is at 10. I usually prefer 7, but 10 is late enough so that I can enjoy my Saturday without feeling pressured to watch the game.

As for the Song of the Day, well, it’s Breaking Benjamin weekend, Break My Fall was yesterday, today it’s one of the tracks from their 2006 album “Phobia”, ladies and gentlemen, Dance with the Devil.

Stay positive, Yankee fans.

-EJ the Kid From New York

A Yankees Classic If I Ever Saw One

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Only rivaled by no hitters and perfect games.

I mean, come on now. It’s hard for games to get any more tense, any more epic, any more meaningful, any more crazy for God’s sake. It was just one of the more unbelievable games of the year, it has to be. An unbelievable pitching duel, great defense, near endings, and then A-Rod comes up, without a homer in a long time, and what does he do?

Well, all he does is send Junichi Tazawa’s breaking ball into the left center field stands, ending the game in the 15th inning of play. That’s just a hell of a thing. You don’t see great games like that every day.

And the importance of that game cannot be doubted, either. This was perhaps the Red Sox’s most important game of the year, as coming in they were 3.5 games out of first place and they had the Texas Rangers on their back, on their trail. They desperately needed this win, and they didn’t get it. Now they have put themselves in a really difficult situation, 4.5 games out of first place in the AL East and only 1 game separates them from the Texas Rangers in the AL Wild Card.

Don’t you just love it that the Red Sox are in a difficult situation? Gooo Rangers!

The Song of the Day is A Tribe Called Quest’s 1989 hip hop hit Can I Kick It? It’s mad funky.

Stay positive, Yankee fans.

-EJ the Kid From New York

Yankees SERGE To First Place

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Muahahaha.

The Yankees are in first place thanks to great defense and good pitching by Sergio Mitre, combined with timely hitting. We’re executing everything as well as we need to. We’re SO GOOD!

Oh yeah, and the Red Sox have also apparently engaged in an encounter with THE ENDCAT.

See that Julia? Worked it into a post about the Yankees. Rico suave…

In all seriousness, Sergio(one of the coolest Hispanic names btw, cause then you can call him SERGE) had his sanker last night, and Mitre wasn’t playing around with that thing either. That was a SANKER. It had magnificent action on it at times with good velocity and the location was good.

As I’m writing this, Derek Jeter has just whacked a double into left center. DJ’s really surprised me this year; hitting for a great average, stealing some bases, even knocking the ball out of the park. Any time you can get that outta Captain Crunch, you’ve gotta appreciate.

Hey look at that, A-Rod with an RBI knock. 1-0 already! Jeez’m.

Anyways, back to the matter at hand, which is…

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…the power sinker of Sergio Mitre. While his final linescore of 5.2 innings pitched, 3 earned runs, 8 hits doesn’t seem all that impressive, keep in mind that Brian Roberts got 3 of those hits and that two of them came in the last innning he pitched.

4-0 Yankees! Two run single for Swisher! This is amazing!

Sergio Mitre could definitely be an effective, strong 5th starter for the Yankees judging on that stuff and command. He has a tough, 92-93 mph sinker that just takes a nosedive sometimes, a slow slurvey slider that can fool hitters at times, and a decent changeup, and he locates those three options pretty well. I’d like it if he can continue what he did in his first start throughout his tenure with us. It’s all that we really need from him.

Hopefully this is no Matt DeSalvo flash in the pan here.

And as for the Red Sox?

Well, they’ve just made a trade for Adam LaRoche with the Pirates, so that’s really got to suck for Andy LaRoche, his brother. This acquisition of LaRoche has got to mean something’s up with Mike Lowell or maybe even Big Papi. So something’s up there. Another reason they’re struggling is because of two acquisitions in which I remember I was never high on in the first place: Brad Penny and John Smoltz. I remember there was a lot of fuss over both signings. People were saying it was a good acquisition, getting Penny because he’s a former all star, he could give them something etc. I was all “Whatchu talkin’ bout, Willis?” on that, and I knew that Brad Penny was going to have a bad year. You can see that in my comparison of the Yanks’ and Red Sox’ rotation.

And the second acquisition was John Smoltz. People were thinking he’d be a great veteran presence who’d still be able to dominate at times. They thought he’d return to his injury and go back to his dominant ’07 form, and that he’d be a great presence in the postseason. That’s the one thing they brought up the most, the postseason. Well ladies and gentlemen, he was injured and he’s also 42 years old(and by the way looks every bit of it).

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So now the Red Sox are frustrated, as you can probably tell from the above image of John Smoltz. They’ve scuffled all the way to 2nd place, and now they’ve got to watch out for them Rangers and Rays. Tampa Bay is 4 days away from making my pre season predictions for the playoffs even more ballsy and fairly correct(I’m still recovering from the Indians and Mets prediction though).

The Song of the Day is Workin’ by Good Charlotte and Young Dre

Stay positive, Yankee fans! 4-0 Bombers and we’re in first!

-EJ the Kid From New York

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This 2nd half for the Bombers has only one word to describe it:

Reduncutron.

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Don’t ask what it means.

After Hideki Matsui’s long home run to win the game in walk-off fashion, the Yankees have won their first 4 following the All-Star break and are now tied up with the Red Sox at the top of the AL East thanks to my second favorite team, the Tex-izz Rangers.

I didn’t even jump around and shout like I usually do when there’s a walkoff when Matsui hit it out last night. I simply repeated in a calm voice, “Unbelievable.” Because, while it is unbelievable what we’re doing right now, we’ve been playing so well and doing this so often… simply reduncutron.

Song of the Day is A Tribe Called Quest’s 1991 hit Check The Rhime.

Stay positive, Yankee fans.

-EJ the Kid From New York

A-Rod Admits Steroid Use in Texas

Click here to read the article about it.

Well this makes me feel a lot better. First of all, he stated that he did not use performance enhancing drugs in New York, only in Texas. In my selfish, Yankee mind, that satisfies me. Second of all, he seems genuinely sorry for it. I forgive him. I’m glad he confessed instead of just denying it and denying it and turning it into an ugly thing. I feel bad for him, because now this steroid issue will never go away. But hey, that’s what happens when you do steroids. Obviously people are going to hate him now, and disrespect him now, and that’s the reason he took steroids in the first place. I hope this doesn’t get him out of the hall of fame; he’s still a fantastic player who had a fantastic career, who made a mistake once.

More soda…

-EJ the Kid From New York

Alex Rodriguez Tested Positive in 03

And I’m still in shock.

Frankly, I don’t know why I’m so surprised at this. He’s such an outstanding player… and his work ethic, his non stop training and… I don’t know what happened. Do positive steroid tests end up misleading? I hope that’s the case here. Maybe he just took steroids once and didn’t do it again. I would forgive him for THAT… maybe he uses it a ton. I don’t know. We really don’t know. All we know is, he tested positive for steroids back in 2003 with the Rangers, and that now HIS name will be tainted forever, which honestly kills me.

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I don’t know why I get so attached to players, but I do. It’s not just Yankee players, but pretty much all players. I feel bad for them. I walk through their shoes. I really don’t think A-Rod is a true cheater… I don’t know that for sure. Until you can prove to me that Alex Rodriguez is a full fledged roid raging cheat cheat cheater, and there’s no doubt about it, I’m going to continue to support him and continue believing otherwise.

I’m going to drink A LOT of soda now…

I’m going to be using this blog entry to present information about this whole Alex Rodriguez situation. Here, I’ll present all the facts I can find about it on MLB Network and other resources. Here are some of the notes I have taken thus far, and I’ll continue to add info as I learn more:

Current Information:

Survey was supposed to be anonymous, and results were to be destroyed

MLBPA never explained why they did not destroy the results

Gene Orza reportedly tipped a player(supposedly Alex Rodriguez) that a test would be coming up later in the year

Sources will not be revealed

Rodriguez chose not to reveal any information to Selena Roberts about the situation

Scott Boras most likely was aware of this situation

Additional names have not been verified from this test.

Rob Manfred, MLB Executive VP of Labor Relations: “…we can not make any comment on the accuracy of this report as it pertains to the player named. …any allegation of tipping that took place under prior iterations of the program is of grave concern to Major League Baseball, as such behavior would constitute a serious breach of our agreement.”

Gene Orza on A-Rod steroid test results in 03: “I’m not interested in discussing this information with you.”

Alex Rodriguez is not in danger of being fined or of leaving the Yankees