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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

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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