right. The break is over, the game faces have made their return and no
time’s been wasted for the product of a much needed rest to reveal
itself. Despite the lack of excitement during the extended vacation [for some], void of games that don’t give the illusion that they
count, with the relatively uneventful HR Derby and All-Star Game this
year, the upside following the Midsummer Classic seemingly always
manifests with the surge that comes after. We’ve seen what could be
done with two days rest and now with four, it’s getting interesting.
Fresh From The Break:
– Teix has hit one that may make it to Mars.
– Alex is milking the new stadium for all it’s worth.
– Joba picked up a how to pitch book.
– CC outdueled Verlander.
– And Moose made his return… for a day [as an Old Timer].
– I mega miss Moose.
– Was let down Paulie & Tino didn’t show.
– Would love to see Mickey Rivers take on Brett Gardner. 60 years can’t even slow those legs down. Must have a 90 feet dash for next year’s Old Timer’s Game.
– My calls are on point this year. Check what I tweeted a few seconds before Teix’s bomb.
– I don’t know who was watching the Ranger game two days ago, but it was delayed thrice
not because of bees, midges, or black cats, but because the home plate
ump Brian O’Nora had to take multiple breaks after a ball bounced and
hit him in the worst possible place a male can get hit. Though O’Nora didn’t get on my good side with a game he called in April, took a hell of an effort to remain in that game, so *swisher salute*.
– Teix = beast beast beasssst.
On Deck: Andy Pettitte to start off the next series with Baltimore against David Hernandez. I’ll be there.. looking for four straight.
And that result would be this:
Over/Under an eternity next time National League wins an All Star Game?
– Hope it wasn’t just me who felt like baseball was dying with the odd “this is the last game that will ever be played” sort of feel to the pre-game.. essentially set it up to be anticlimatic. Producer must receive mid-season Overkill Award.
– Pretty weird, yet cool, to see Major League ballplayers starstruck for a change, during their meet and greet with the President.
That fly swatter himself/leader of our nation, Barack Obama, was called on to toss
the first pitch in this All-Star Game.. and he did so with White Sox
gear.. in the home of the Cardinals.. bold. However, just in
case you didn’t detect it from the boos Mr. President, the sea of red
and white in St. Louis didn’t appreciate the lack of bipartisanship..
– This was a needle to the retina.
Was hoping to see a monster shot from Teix during the ASG, but apparently no one was allowed to take it over the wall at Busch.
– Charlie Manuel has some killer managerial tactics.. The guy still has me wondering how you choose to intentionally walk any guy in a lineup literally
full of All-Stars. The walk served up in the 8th robbed Victor Martinez
of an at-bat in the game, while the guy after him, Adam Jones, drove
in a run with a sac fly.. the run that happened to win the game.
Explanation needed as to why the national broadcasts are always the
worst.. Do we not endure enough sportscaster stupidity, Boston a**
kissing and Yankee salary criticisms throughout the year? Just sayin’.
– Your Quick Bit Of Hilarity: Mo nailing down the save.. for none other than Jonathan Papelbon.. and he wasn’t even the one who truly
saved it for Pap, as Crawford’s catch in left robbed what would’ve been a
game-tying home run. MVP honor well deserved.. “Winning pitcher” label
in this one, not so much..
National League, your time will come.. when Mo
Just about fell in love with it..
The second half of the season.. A 10 game homestand in store for the
Yanks, beginning with a three game set against Detroit, following the
next two off days. It’s that time again.
P.S. No Derby post because.. it was unquestionably lame. Did we all really want ‘roids banned in baseball?
there was a rain out and I didn’t feeling writing up a post after the
streak snapped yesterday, thought I’d do some promoting.
Vote Swish As A Write-In For The All Star Game!
[25 times for each e-mail address you’ve got, ‘cuz I know you have more than one.]
Because [as Jeffrey P pointed out]
he plays OF & 1B, pitches [awesomely], hits with power and in the clutch, tweets,
and does interviews with no shirt on.
What more of a reason do you need?
Tweet it/Blog it/Spread it like Swine Flu. Make sure he’s in the OF July 14 in Mizzo.
P.S. Oh, and Jeet, Cano & Posada too.
This was on Letterman during the All-Star Game, which CBS obviously didn’t think would last that long. The Top Ten Perks Of Being An All-Star Presented By Derek Jeter:
My favorites: #2 & #3.
I’ll make this post short because I’m honestly tired of hearing about the rivalry these past few days. There has been much talk about the fans and their treatment of Red Sox members during the All-Star Game. They were obviously all booed [some more than others], but one that I feel should of got a standing ovation instead was Red Sox manager and manager for the American League in the All-Star Game, Terry Francona. With all eyes on this monster event in New York Francona couldn’t have handled the situation any better. Not only did he put Jeet and A-Rod in their normal lineup slots, but made sure they both got ovations, as well as trying his best to get Mariano to end it. Francona is a very respectable guy and anyone going to the next series with Boston in the Stadium [which I believe is during the end of August] should remember to give him a hand or start a chant of his name. It’s obvious at times that the New York fans take this rivalry all too seriously. They can be rude, vulgur, disrespectful and an utter disgrace, but can also be the greatest fans in the world. The simple fact of the matter is that the All-Star Game was not about the Red Sox or Yankees. It was about watching the greatest players of past and present take the field in a final sendoff to the stadium, which has been a sanctuary. So, thanks Francona for respecting the House, the players and New York. You deserve a hand.
The last All-Star Game in the last year of Yankee Stadium results in… something that could never have been scripted. Not a single American watching this game, playing in it or managing it could have imagined this: a miraculous 4 hour 50 minute win for the AL in 15 innings. This game was all that you could ask for and a bag of chips. If you’ve never really liked baseball before and watched tonight’s game, I bet you’re loving it now. If you’re not…. well, you’re just not normal. The game doesn’t get any better than that. Every player on the American League team got into the game and only in Yankee Stadium would the one guy who did not want to come into the game end up being the winning pitcher. Ode to Scott Kazmir.
The MVP tonight: J.D. Drew, who I actually rooted for in the 15th [as I said, history was made tonight… but I will deny this if ever asked in a court of law]. Drew tied the game when all thought this game would be a sleeper. Miraculously, he was the only hitter for the AL, other than Morneau, to have a multi-hit game.
The guy that drove in the winning run: the same guy that drove it in two years back: Michael Young, who shall now officially be known as Mr. Midsummer Classic.
I wish I could spend hours ranting on how incredible this game was but 15 innings speaks for itself. Yankee Stadium enjoyed more history tonight [as if it hasn’t witnessed enough]. So, in closing, to sum up what this game was [and baseball is] simply, I’d say… life.
P.S. If you want to know my thoughts throughout the game check out the last post.
P.P.S. Also, just to mention: 34 total K’s tonight… hmm, think that’s a record?
Okay, one last note. I forgot to mention the greatest quote of the night: “Don’t try to be a hero. Try to be a winner.” -George Brett.
AL Lineup: NL Lineup:
Ichiro Suzuki RF Hanley Ramirez SS
Derek Jeter SS Chase Utley 2B
Josh Hamilton CF Lance Berkman 1B
Alex Rodriguez 3B Albert Pujols DH
Manny Ramirez LF Chipper Jones 3B
Milton Bradley DH Matt Holiday RF
Kevin Youkilis 1B Ryan Braun LF
Joe Mauer C Kosuke Fukudome CF
Dustin Pedroia 2B Geovany Soto C
Updates To Come:
8:21: I took some pixx today of the All-Stars in the parade. They aren’t that good because I took them with my phone [my damn sister lost my camera] but I went through hell to be able to take them so pretend you like them. I’ll be uploading them later, probably in a separate post. Ahh, ASG will soon begin.
8:49: Dozens of Hall Of Famers took their spots on the Yankee Stadium field. The Stadium is now truly the Field Of Dreams. The Boss Man threw out the ceremonial first pitch. This game is officially historic.
8:55: Niiice start by Cliff Lee. Let’s see what the AL offense has got tonight.
9:02: Already a single and stolen base by the Capt’n. Somebody wants another ASG MVP.
9:20: The first two are in the books with no score. This looks to be a low scoring game. I got $20 on the AL scoring first.
9:40: Good pitching is exciting… except during the All-Star Game. Let see some runs. Josh, take one out of the Stadium.
9:54: Okay, so now I’m down $20, but it’s only a matter of time before the AL strikes back.
10:11: The Capt’n lets the crowd down, with a ground out to end the inning… #%@&.
10:34: All of the greatest hitters on one field *cough* except Varitek *cough* and only 2 runs in the game. Goes to show you, good pitching beats good hitting any day. The AL is still down. The NL has a good shot.
10:53: Joe Girardi catching again down in the bullpen. Weird but cool.
10:54: J.D. Drew just tied it. ‘Bout time.
11:02: Yankee fans chanting “Mariano”. Now they’re chanting “Overrated”. I think it’s safe to say Ortiz has lost his “Most Hate Red Sox Player” title.
11:05: Now the NL takes the lead. Papelbon getting booed hard. Up next for the AL: Quentin, Crede, Sizemore. I say Sizemore gets it done.
11:19: Sizemore singles and steal a bag. Longoria drives him in. Tie game.
11:24: We get the answer we’ve been waiting for… since there’s a tie game in the 9th, and playing at home, there will be no save situation for any AL pitcher. K-Rod is in. If the American League scores in the bottom of the 9th Mariano would not have pitched in the All-Star Game [assuming K-Rod isn’t pulled in the middle of the inning]. Let’s hope for extra innings.
11:27: K-Rod does get pulled. Enter Sandman. Let’s hope for a 9th inning walkoff.
11:35: 6 pitches and 2 outs. That’s Mo being Mo.
11:42: Extra Innings. Mo still out there.
Sidenote: About the whole
Papelbon situation and what he said about closing the ASG… I’ll admit it was blown out of proportion and the fans have
been jokingly tough on him as well as downright rude but it is New
York and not that it’s an excuse but… I don’t think anyone expected the fans to be nice. He’s
been taking it pretty well though. I heard that during the parade when the fans began a chant of Mariano he polished his World Series ring. I’ll give it to him for that.
11:53: Rivera gets another DP to end the inning. On to the bottom of the 10th. Give him the win.
11:58: If the AL takes it here I have an idea of a specific player who will go home crying. Initials: D.U.
12:00: The clock strikes midnight and I say Longoria will be Mr. July… 16th.
12:03: …. Morneau?
12:05: Bases loaded with no outs and no run scores? in an All-Star Game?… Excuse me, i’ll be tearing my hair out.
12:13: Joe Buck had an interesting point considering the whole “home field advantage in the World Series” thing… what happens in the event of a tie? Of course Buck went on to make corny jokes about it [ex: dance off]… but seriously, what happens?
12:24: It was a close play but Navarro was safe!! When did they say instant replay was coming?
12:25: We are going to the 12th inning. No matter who wins, this will be an awesome send off for the Stadium.
12:28: Francona is running low on pitchers. He essentially has only one left considering that neither Kazmir nor the Rays want Kazmir to pitch. Tell the Moose to get his *** down there. If not, wheeeere’s Joba?
12:30: First Buck pronounces Justin Duchscherer’s name wrong and then McCarver calls Kinsler Morneau…. ugh, Fox.
12:37: Sherrill comes in and says E-Z P-Z Lemon Squee-Z. Bottom of the 12th…
12:46: 13th inning… oh… my… jesus…
12:53: I say let Big Papi pitch.
12:55: If the AL doesn’t score right now… you don’t want to know what I’ll do. Nerves are a curse.
1:02: I truly feel sorry for D.U. He must be thinking his life sucks right now… then again, he’s a Major League ballplayer… he’ll live. Pete Abraham said this one: “Dan Uggla could be the first player DFA’d during an All-Star Game.” Funny.
1:06: 14th!!… If I don’t post within the next 5 mins I’m in a coma due to banging my head on the wall. I’m only 17, I can’t take this much stress!
1:11: Two deep fly balls. This game is amazing. Apparently the stadium would not settle for a run of the mill All-Star Game. Half the stadium is empty though. Those losers. I would’ve stood there if the game lasted 3 days. But, I guess those rich people who could afford a ticket would rather sleep. Time is money right?
1:17: Those who have stayed are getting their money’s worth. This game has been the equivalent of a season.
1:18: 15th inning!! I have nothing left to say.
1:23: Francona is tearing himself up on the inside. He said he will not let Kazmir pitch over a certain amount of pitches which essentially means that if the AL does not score in the bottom of the 15th… we may witness a forfeit… okay, now I’m tearing myself up on the inside.
1:26: Bottom of the 15th… all or nothing at all. *Drumming in the background*
1:33: I’ve never rooted for a Red Sox player in my life until right now. Drew, please, one more time.
1:37: Michael Young did it two years ago, and it’s Deja Vu all over again!!
Hell of an F-ing game!!
I’ll be back with a small wrap of the game [since I’m as tired as everyone else]. ASG ’08 will live forever in history. Yankee Stadium has done it again.