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Behold the Art of the Comeback

The 2009 New York Yankees hath perfected it.

I have to be honest; when the Yanks were unable to score in the 7th inning, when we usually come back and score, it pretty much got to me. I thought we had no shot. I didn’t watch the top of the 8th. But I knew that we still had 6 hitters left, and that the Bombers this year can always make something out of that. Sure enough, they did. 

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And now the Yankees are the first to reach the 70 victory plateau in this year’s Major League Baseball year. That would be something that the best team in baseball would do, is it not?

I know that I repeat it a lot, but it’s worth being said, mainly because I enjoy pissing off Yankees haters. We are the best team in baseball right now. As I said in my last entry, there are no ands, ifs, or buts about it. Red Sox? We’re definitely better than them. Dodgers? Of course we’re better. Phillies? Bahaha! Bahah! Bahaha! That was good, wasn’t it?

By the way, something happened in Fenway tonight that I should bring to your attention. And in this context, something means freaking awesomeness in the convenience of a can. Or, rather, a good awesome minute. You saw it.

Last night, a couple of guys– including DAH YOUKAH– were hit by pitches, one probably retaliation for another. So in tonight’s ballgame, Tigers vs. Red Sox again, the 2nd of the series, Miguel Cabrera gets hit in the hand and is later taken out. Then Victor Martinez gets one up and in from Ricky Porcello, known as the 20-year old rookie right hander and first round draft pick by Detroit with 10 wins on his belt in 2009. Martinez doesn’t like it, he shares a few words. The next inning, the bottom of the 2nd inning of play, the first pitch thrown to Kevin Youkilis is high and tight and it gets Youk in the shoulder.

And (s)he didn’t like that one bit.

And so, in a total Kevin Youkilis p-ssy(no offense to my female colleagues, you know I love ya) moment, he charges the mound and pathetically tosses his helmet at Rick Porcello. I mean, who does that? That’s a b-tch(again, no offense to my female colleagues) move by Youkilis; you’re not fighting for your life, don’t use whatever utilities that can cause the slightest amount of damage. Then, when Youkilis attempts to go in for the kill and bring Porcello down, the kid Porcello does an unbelievably awesome jiu-jitsu move (I SHALL USE YOUR OWN ENERGY AGAINST YOU) and brings Youkilis to the ground before he falls. Maybe you should’ve just stuck with the helmet, Youk. It would’ve only caused half the embarrassment.

And now, in an even more embarrassing twist of fate, the idiot is now going to get probably a 6 day suspension for his actions, when he’s one of the biggest contributing factors to the Red Sox, defensively and offensively. He puts Boston and their manager, Terry Francona, in a very difficult position. Nice job, big guy. Grow a pair, why don’t you?

Song of the Day? Gimme a Hell Yeah by Rev Theory, cause I’m in that kinda mood. Who wouldn’t be if you’re a big Yankee fan?

Stay positive, Yankee fans.

-EJ the Kid From New York

Power Propells Pinstripers: Bring Out the Brooms

Jeez’m Lord Mercy I have a lot to talk about today!

How about the Yankees these first three days?

In game one, A.J. Burnett and the Yankees defeated the Tigers by the score of 5-3, thanks to the clutch homer deep into the night off the bat of Mark Teixeira in the bottom of the 7th inning.

On the second game against the Tigers following the All Star break, the Yankees were again victorious, as 7 great innings by big lefty CC Sabathia and a longball into right field from Alex Rodriguez propelled the Bombers to a 2-1 win.

Today was the third game of the series with the Tigers, and the New York Yankees were looking for a sweep. On the mound for the Yankees was struggling young righty Joba Chamberlain. On the mound for Detroit was first time All-Star and flamethrower, Edwin Jackson.

It ended nicely from the standpoint of a Yankee fan.

Today, we had, yet again, a 2-1 victory thanks to sheer power.

Power on the mound, power at the plate. You can always depend on power from the Yankees.

I know you’re thinking, 2-1? I can see power on the mound, but power at the plate?

Well, you’re fairly right. There wasn’t power all around for the Yankee offense on today, July the 19th.

But there was enough power.

We scored both of our runs on solo homers by the 3 and 4 batters in the order, Mark Teixeira and Alex Rodriguez, both of them not cheapies by any stretch of the imagination. Tex’s came on a pitch below the zone, A-Rod’s came on a pitch down and in. And they were both hit extremely well.

So with this offensive contribution by the two main components of the Yanks’ offense, Joba Chamberlain and the Yankee bullpen took the Tigers offense to town.

Joba Chamberlain scuffled with his command at the beginning, but trust me– he bounced back. He pitched like an absolute ace today: he had ace stuff, first and foremost, with a mid-90s fastball, a sharp, devastating slide piece, a hard curve and a very strong change-up. But he had command of that ace stuff, too. Although he hit a batter and walked 3 guys, that does Joba no justice. As he went deeper into his outing, he was sharp as a needle. He threw pitches in tough locations, and when you have the velocity and break that he had on his pitches, it’s practically illegal.

Joba Chamberlain, your stuff is in violation.

If he can do this consistently when he goes out there, I will love him forever.

And ever.

Now on the mound tomorrow, we got the Yanks’ worst starter. It’s the veteran left hander Andy Pettitte.

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Andy Pettitte has some nice outings, and occasionally a great outing, but he hasn’t been that good. His ERA is 4.80, which is not very pretty, and he’s coming off a bad start. Granted, Andy Pettitte has been known to come alive during the 2nd half, but it was actually kind of the opposite in 2008, as he wore down as the season went on and his final numbers were not very impressive. He’s going to be facing rookie right hander David Hernandez.

Now, you guys know what the deal is with Andy Pettitte, ’cause you’re mainly Yanks fans, so I don’t really need to tell you anything. I do have to let you know what we’ll be up against in Hernandez, the starter for Baltimore.

So here’s the deal on him.

I looked at his first MLB outing, where he went 5.2 innings and gave up 1 run, striking out 3. Here’s the deal on his stuff: it’s very good. And I mean, it’s good.

I can’t tell you if Hernandez has a tough breaking ball, I know he has a fastball that gets up there as hard as 95 or 96 miles per hour. and it has tough, late life and movement on it. I know that he has a slider and a change to compliment his fastball, I can’t say whether either of those are particularly tough pitches. Hernandez had 79 strikeouts in 57.1 innings in AAA Norfolk, so he was a tough cookie down there. Up here, he’s 2-2 with a 3.94 ERA. He’s inconsistent with his outings, sometimes he’s pretty good and sometimes he’s pretty bad, usually not either extreme. Although his SO numbers down in the farm system were really solid, his career high for K’s in a ballgame is 4 in the Major Leagues, and he tends to be… too hittable, I guess, for MLB batters. In 32 innings pitched, hitters have collected 38 hits off him. He doesn’t walk many batters from what I can tell from his minor league numbers and his MLB sample combined.

In other words, it could be a nice day or a tough day. We’ll see if the Yanks can get some runs off him, enough for Pettitte anyways.

Song of the Day is Linkin Park – Given Up.

Stay positive, Yankee fans!

-EJ the Kid From New York

 

There Go the Comeback Kids…

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Heck of a win, huh?

Not, like, the greatest win of all time or anything but it was still quite nice. Coming back from the All-Star break, it was only fitting that one of our All-Stars and probably our best hitter this year picked up a struggling offense and bombed– and I mean bombed— a homer into the porch in right. It was one of three hits for Tex in the game, and he also had a couple nice grabs at first base on errant throws. I mean, Mark Teixeira has been perhaps the biggest reason we’re in first place. Think about it.

Yeah, you’ve got a lot of other contributors like another good year from Rivera, a surprisingly good season from Derek Jeter, and some really beastly hot streaks by other guys in the lineup. And yes, Mark Teixeira has been one of those streaky guys. But keep in mind that Mark Teixeira’s defense at first has been consistent and great. Sure, his range on fielding balls has been lower than usual, although I have a feeling that his range numbers will go up as the season goes on. But he catches EVERYTHING at first. If you make a high throw, he’ll get up there and grab it and make the tag right on the runner. If you make it low, he has such quick hands that he’ll get any kind of hop. If it’s wide, he’ll stretch out there as far as he can to get it.

Prior to the beginning of this 09 season I actually predicted on here that Mark Teixeira would be the Yankees’ Most Valuable Player because of not only offensive contributions, but defensive contributions as well. I don’t mean to be cocky, but I look very, very right right now, don’t I?

So let’s go on to the wallpaper.

I don’t know why, I felt like showing y’all my wallpaper today. You can thank me in the comment box below.

I frequently change the picture on my wallpaper. Usually I put up a band that I like. Previous artists on there: Breaking Benjamin, Avenged Sevenfold, Three Days Grace, Linkin Park… yeah, like you care. Anyways, on to the picture.

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Ah, yes. Paramore.

I do like Paramore’s music, I listen to them fairly often, but let’s face it, the main reason I have this wallpaper is because Hayley Williams is, as diamondgirl55 would say, nice to look at. By the way, if you can’t tell which one is Hayley Williams then YOU SHOULD REALLY GO AND SEE A DOCTOR, BECAUSE I THINK YOU MIGHT HAVE VISION PROBLEMS.

EJ, helping out the blind. What will I do next?

Anyways, I probably am going to keep this wallpaper(Hayley is… gaaagaga… excuse me) for a little while, but when I change, I’ll be sure to let you know because I’m sure you’re dying to know what my wallpaper looks like.

Ahhh I’m so weird…

Song of the Day is Arab Money (Remix) – Busta Rhymes ft A Lot Of People.

Stay positive, Yankees fans.

-EJ the Kid From New York

Yankees Crush O’s 13-3; FARNSWORTH TRADED!

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Yankees Crush O’s 13-3; FARNSWORTH TRADED!

Well, the Yankees whooped the Baltimore Orioles’ butt. Seriously, we spanked around those O’s. We got back at them for the first two games of pain and punishment. We smacked them around. 2 homers by Bobby, a homer by A-Rod, a great performance by Joba, 2 RBI Doubles by Nady, even an RBI single by Christian. It was a great game. I loved it. I’m sure all the Yankee fans in the world loved it. But apparently, the game was not the biggest part of the day, suprisingly.

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Kyle Farnsworth, our set-up reliever, the one with great stuff who Girardi exercised so much patience and confidence in, is no longer with the Yankees. We have traded him to the Detroit Tigers, and who did we get back? Well, none other than 14-time-All-Star and 13-Time Gold Glover catcher Ivan “Pudge” Rodriguez. I, of course, think we won this trade. Not only that, I think that we blew out this trade. We owned this trade. Sure, Pudge isn’t what he used to be, but he’s a pretty solid offensive producer. He’s hitting close to 300, and he runs pretty well too, with 6 steals. Plus, he’s always had an absolute cannon behind the plate, and he is rock solid defensively. We give up a guy who has great stuff and was having a pretty good season, but he’s inconsistent. He gives up too many homers when he’s off, he’s off. You don’t know what you can get from him. So, we once again bolster our team, adding a great defensive and a pretty good offensive catcher. Plus, he adds a great veteran influence who has plenty of experience and won a World Series. I wish Farnsworth well, I hope he pitches well for Detroit, in fact, I think he could be closer for the Tigers for a period of time.

Alright, time for the next segment;

7 Years From Now…

Alright! Welcome to a brand new segment that I’ve been thinking about for a long while! Here, we talk about very young, lower-level prospects who could become big, impact players about 7 years from now. These guys have great talent and a big future ahead of them. Here are today’s first three!

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#1: Dellin Betances

Dellin Betances is a BIG prospect. He’s one of those lesser-known prospects, but he is a TREMENDOUS part of the future of the New York Yankees. The 20-year-old Betances is 6-foot-8 and 240 pounds. His stuff is overpowering; a mid-90s fastball with heavy movement that continues to improve. He has a developing PLUS knuckle-curveball and a good changeup that also continues to improve. He has good command, though he sometimes has difficulty repeating his delivery as usual tall pitchers do. This guy will be an ace one day, and I’m really high on him. He’s dominating Charleston, with a mid-3s ERA and well over a strikeout per inning. 7 years from now, he’ll have All-Star appearances under his belt and All-star appearances in the future.

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#2: Jairo Heredia

Jairo Heredia is 19-years old, but he pitches like he’s 29-years old. The Dominican starter has very good control that only gets better. He has a low-90s fastball that he throws for quality strikes. He has a big overhand-curveball that, when located well(which is pretty often) can dominate. He has a 3rd pitch, a changeup, but it really isn’t as good as his first two pitches and will improve over time. At times he throws too many strikes and he needs to build up his stamina, but he can be a solid starter. In 7 years I see him pitching well at the major league level and improving even more as time goes on.

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#3: Brandon Laird

Brandon Laird is a big power hitter. He has 12 homers in the GCL this year. He’s got power to all fields, and he’s got plenty of it. He hits righties and lefties out of the park. He’s a big guy who, when he gets a hold of one, can send it out. The 20-year-old (turns 21 on 9/11) corner-infielder also has a plus arm, however he doesn’t have much accuracy with it. Laird also has good plate discipline that’ll get better as time goes on and he matures. The younger brother of Gerald has a future with the Yankees, considering he’s probably their best 1st base prospect and Jason Giambi is at the end of his career. 7 years from now I can see him tearing up the majors, though not yet fully reaching his stride.

Information from River Ave. Blues and Pending Pinstripes.

Final Thoughts

Well, it’s time for the blog to come to a close, but before I do that, it’s time to keep up the new tradition of the Bold Statement of the Day! If you’re new to the blog here and you don’t know what this is, well, you better aks somebody(not a typo). Here’s today’s Bold Statement of the Day!

 

 

The Yankees, led by Xavier Nady and Pudge Rodriguez, will beat the Angels and Mark Texeira in the upcoming 4-game-set.

 

My Bold Predictions and Bold Statements are always positive towards the Yankees… anyway, you heard it here first, Nady and Pudge are going to lead the Yankees to a series win against the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim. Thanks for reading, see you after tomorrow’s game, I’ll have a brand new, fun post.

Stay positive, Yankee fans! Have a good day.

 

-EJ/Kid From New York