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Back To Business

          That’s
right. The break is over, the game faces have made thei
r 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.

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– Joba picked up a how to pitch book.

– CC outdueled Verlander.

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– And Moose made his return… for a day [as an Old Timer].

Side Notes:

– 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.

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No Chance In Hell

Not a single error made in the field tonight by the Mets, and wouldn’t you know it.. they look just as helpless.

Beast of the Ballgame:

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7 innings, 10 strikeouts, one hit.. just nasty.

A.J. could really rock the throwback McMahon entrance.
[No doubt he got the belt tonight.]

Side Notes:


Seems the Jorgie – A.J. duo is working mighty well. Both have a fiery
intensity that the Mets just got burned by tonight [no pun intended]..


Citi Field a massive fly ball serial killer? Yankee bats say otherwise.
Two more bombs tonight making it seem like there are no dimensions the
lineup can’t handle.


Who else is loving the youth takeover? Melk, living for the
competition, took the baton from Gard tonight, picking up a couple of
hits, while making a couple incredible plays in left. Peña contributed
with a double and a solid play at short. Daniel Murphy was robbed thrice because of the two of them.

– Brun.. I’ve missed ya. An easy 8th.. retiring the side on 7 pitches.. Was actually warming up to the porn ‘stache tonight.

– I’ve just realized there isn’t even a lot to say about this one.. summed up simply: dominance.

On Deck:
Wang to take the hill against Livan Hernandez. Wanger improving but
Hughes will undoubtedly be ready to backup, should Wang have
difficulties. Will be hosting another in-gamer for this one. Sweep?

In Retrospect

Semi rounding up this past week [rather randomly]:

– Baseball is funny. Exhibit A [B, C, D and especially E]:
The New York Mets. At this point I really don’t know if I should
further their embarrassment.. but I’m going to anyway. *Virtual
bowdown* to the art form of losing they’ve developed. First Luis
Castillo’s epic failure, and now 3 errors in an inning by all
infielders but Luis Castillo.. irony at its best.

– I live for interleague play. Because of it, a pitcher
did the honor of knocking the other out of a game, the big man became
an offensive threat and Mariano, the Sandman, Rivera put on a batting
helmet and hit it hard. I’m seriously thinking the Yankee arms could pinch hit in non-interleague games, if necessary.


Mike Gonzalez is a ginormous weirdo. How does he not get the slow play
fine for his windup alone? It’s like a minor rain delay every pitch. [And like we haven’t had enough of those..]

– A-Rod.. glad to have you back. [And I’m not just talking about your bat.. back to women that don’t have biceps bigger than yours is a good sign.]

– It’s pretty clear right now that Joe G. is going to play the hot bat to handle the
outfield situation. That currently has Swish sitting out.. [for last
night at least.] What does the Red Bull Manic do on the bench? Sharpie his bat. Classic Swishness.


Happy belated to the Capt’n. Don’t know if he’s in the lineup tonight,
but if he isn’t.. jeezus, Peña makes a hell of a backup. If he is, the
Mets are the perfect opponent to kill the funk.. considering he hasn’t driven
in a run in two weeks, since last facing the blue & orange. DJ’s
cologne bottle is just laughing at him. Yeah, double plays aren’t fun to
ground into, but imagine how fun they are to watch. [Funny how the move to leadoff was supposed to solve that problem huh?] [That didn’t quite
turn out to be the Happy Birthday I had in mind..]

– Brett The Jet = Beast. Yeah, the kid has legs.. but 5-6, with a homer at Citi? Beware the beast.

Lastly,

Yours truly is officially a high school graduate. [I’m as surprised as you are.]
Now which Yankee wants to sign my yearbook?

P.S. R.I.P to the man that gave the world P.Y.T.

P.P.S. Will live-blog it tomorrow, for the last game in this interleague road trip. Hope all stop by for the ESPN bashing at least.

Yeah.. Baseball Gods Still Run Shiet..

.. and they rather cleverly tag-teamed with Mother Nature this time to prove it. Add this series loss [to a team 18 games behind in their division in the middle of June] to the.. surprises
of the Subway Series and you get their point. Don’t underestimate the
level of their cruelty [or count your wins before they’re in the
books.. or something like that..]
. As if winless against Boston so far
this season wasn’t enough, we must witness this:

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Thanks.

Side Notes:

– New schedule proposal: 20 games against the Mets next year, how ’bout it? At least then the Yanks could play crummy baseball and still win the games.

– I swear Adam Dunn = Seth Rogan + Wheaties/’Roids.


Congrats to Francisco Cervilli for becoming one of the few in the
game to make a great play that could very well be labeled a blooper at
the same time. Most hilarious dive for a ball ever.


Also in the category of stellar plays is Gardner’s catch and crash.
Can’t even bow down enough to the effort [and overall grittiness] being
displayed by Brett The Jet. That collision last night really didn’t look pretty. Not a moment’s hesitation from entire team to jog out to center when he went down. The kid is vital.


In the category of “about damn time” is Bruney’s re-return and Jose
Veras’ disappearance. No offense to JV, but that DFA was a long time
coming.


I’d still love to know why this lineup can’t, for the life of them, hit
rookies. The opposition can pick any random AAA arm out of a hat and
put him on the mound if they want a win against the Yanks these days..
and hey, look, a rook is on the mound for the Marlins tonight.

On Deck: Pettite
will face a 23 year old by the name of Sean West to start a 9 game
interleague roadtrip. Though the Yanks will probably continue to make
young guns looks like Cy Young, pitchers bat in NL parks.. and one
might just slip.

Some pics from Tuesday’s game, if interested:

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Okay I lied.. that was more than some.

P.S. Almost forgot.. first homerless game in the Bronx this season last night. Never thought it’d happen.

Off Day Boredom Relief

Recent Hilarious Happenings:

-The latest 6 year old temper tantrum in baseball thanks to Carlos Zambrano:

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When will they ever listen to Jimmy Dugan?

P.S. Despite the modern twist, with a beverage machine instead of water cooler, Paul O’Neill still takes the cake when it comes to smashing.

– My realization of why Warner Madrigal makes me giggle inside:

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Tell me you see the resemblance.


The return of Toronto’s incompetence. The Blue Jay team has finally
dropped out of first and have begun their decline, which was clearly
highlighted by a stellar effort yesterday. Halladay going 7, leaving with a 5 run lead and still a loss? That is more like it.

– Cash’s trip to the mound last
night that lasted all of two seconds, in which no words were exchanged.
Picking up the rosin bag, dropping it and jogging back? Classiiic. The look on A.J.’s face? Priceless.

Sweet Shizz:

– The new bleacher tee graphic by Bald Vinny made because “”Teix Message” is F’n Stupid”:

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.. which no doubt would’ve gone well with this screencap of “The Teixecutioner” at work:

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For anyone wondering.. ^that^ is the first step to crushing a baseball.

– CC, Swish and some of the other guys heading to the NBA playoff game in Cleveland tonight, according to Bryan Hoch. Cavs must win with the boys in the building.

Side Notes:


Seriously.. what would it take for Veras to disappear? With the way the
Yanks work, the only answer I can muster is.. improvement. Veras
apparently learned a valuable lesson from Nuke LaFarnsworth.. continue
to be an epic failure and you’ll keep getting the ball. Start getting
guys out and they’ll up and ship you to Detroit.


Unfortunate to see Melk out of the lineup for at least the next few
days, but Brett The Jet never ceases to amaze. The legs on Speedy
Gardzalez makes baserunning seem like a sport all its own.


Saltalamacchia’s rainbow-esque display of his name on his back is
chuckle-worthy enough.. but Flash’s struggle with pronouncing it gave
me another good laugh.

– According to Pete Abe, Posada will be activated tomorrow..

– An update: Tex = beast.


Yanks were tied for first before the Sox unfortunately won their game
today.. but I’m thinking Yanks claim sole possession real soon.

On Deck:
Pettitte facing Cliff Lee tomorrow in a game I won’t see because it’s
Prom night, so I hope Andy will mow ’em down while I’m watching people do idiotic things.

In The Hole: I’m hoping continued dominance from double half a squiggly.

Off The Bench: Hughes taking on he who must not be named.. Would love to see some retribution this time.. but more importantly.. Must see him stub his toe or someone drive a ball at him..  No way Cleveland gets to have him for a full season either..

P.S. I was randomly watching women’s college softball on ESPN today [no idea why] but upon stating that one of the female players was a “loyal Seattle Mariners fan”, one of the analysts actually said “you’d kind of have to be loyal to be a fan of Seattle”.. burrrnnnn.

Call It “Home” Yet?

If three back-to-back-to-back wins don’t have the power to break in this new stadium.. nothing does..

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Walk Off Wonders

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[excluding a WS championship, which I’m unashamed to say I’m fully expecting]..

Side Notes:

– I could get used to this walk off thing.

– JD, who I will call Bamm Bamm because he utterly clubs it like Barney Rubble’s boy, is ama-za-zing.

– A.J. needs to send me a pie [preferably to my doorstep and not my face].. I honestly want to know if he makes them himself.. Either way, anyone else find it odd how incredibly intense the dude comes off as on the field and yet he’ll still throw a pie at a guy? It’s like pondering the thought of Jorge wearing clown shoes. Hmm.. I wonder if Posada would ever let A.J. catch him with a pie.

– Though his bat has lost it’s thunder recently, he still has a sick hair cut. Swishhawk is awesome.. Haven’t seen Bruney with his hat off yet, but shaving off your entire head? Not so awesome.

– A-Rod is 5-29 since his return.. 3 of the 5 = home runs.. 10 games, 7 RBI’s. Difference between A-Rod hitting .172 and Tex hitting near Mendoza line = Alex is timing them pretty well. Nice of Tex to finally break out yesterday though. Keep it up?

– What I probably praise more of Teixeira for the game yesterday, rather than the 4 hits and 4 RBI’s, is the fire [which he really displayed in Gomez’s direction]. Though being cool under pressure has been commendable of him despite the criticism, boos and this less than satisfactory start to the year from him, it wasn’t exactly working. Maybe, in Tex’s case, emotion is needed.

– Speaking of, do new reporters become utterly uncreative when it comes to Joba that they feel they must reprint the same stories? The fist pump isn’t disappearing and it has no reason to. Though Huff felt he should give Joba a dose of his own medicine two series ago [sorry on the lateness w/ this], give it a rest. Joba never intentionally shows up anyone [which is why Huff should get two to the back, for both times he acted like an a**] and why should he control his natural emotion when he gets a big out? So that no player gets his feelings hurt? I know the steroids have lessened the manlihood downstairs of some fellas, but seriously, kill the sensitivity. P.S. Must be the con of being a Yankee.

– I realize I’m writing this post in no order whatsoever, but must point out CF monster tag team that is presenting itself with Melky & Brett the Jet.. Playing both of them would be luxury, but I’m satisfied getting as much we can from what the competition will brew.

– Probably missed a lot [and probably said this before], but lastly, the team chemistry is something special this year.

Random Note: I just despise Justin Morneau.. perhaps more than Carlos Friggin Peña..

On Deck: Eggo waffles and Frosted Flakes man Andy Pettitte [said on Yankees On Deck that was his breakfast growing up.. and mine =)] taking the hill in the final game of this series against Glen Perkins. The goal is the sweep.. but the real goal is full embarrassment.. Twins fans: truely sorry.. and as a sympathetic gesture I will give you a very valuable piece of advice: don’t even turn on the TV tomorrow..

In The Hole: CC starting off the next series versus the O’s on Tuesday [and I’m attending] and though I would love to see Huff take a heater to the ribcage, the umps might be as idiotic as the one that tossed Lackey, so save it for the later innings ; ) Or.. bring in Veras for that.. they would undoubted assume it’s his control [or lack of it].

P.S. Will likely host an live in-gamer ma-jig for the game tomorrow [which will be both on YES and ESPNothing but crap].. so let me know who’s up for it.

A Heinous Home Opener & The More Fitting Follow Up

          They
dressed it up, gave it a shoe shine,  promoted it as the hottest spot
this side of town and then opened up it for business, charging a hefty
fee at the door to compensate for the luxury. The people they targeted
filed in one by one, with big smiles and joyful faces, all for nearly
the same reason. Half had a smile that couldn’t be wiped from their
faces because they would finally able to satisfy what their eyes and
heart yearned for through the cold winter months as well as witness and
be apart of history in the making.. The other half wore grins merely as
result of the thought of later flaunting the fact they got the invite
and were simply present the day of the distinguished landmark’s
inauguration.. What the two halves had in common? They both expected
entertainment worth the entrance fee.. but disappointment gave each a
smack in the face instead. Lessons learned? 1.) Irony is cruel 2.) Baseball
Gods are malevolent and 3.) nothing can guarantee a win in the game of
baseball these days [especially when Jose Veras jogs in].

My Opening Day Thoughts:

– From what I’ve read, the crowd was disco dead
for large portions of the game, and though I didn’t state it here [I
think
], I honestly felt like that was likely going to happen. When the
price tag of a single ticket to a 3 hour game is more than an
iPod, you can bet the stadium will not be filled to the brim with the
true die hard fans and/or barbaric animals that it’s usually buzzing
with. I was once fortunate enough to get an invite to go to a game with
family friends who got free tickets from a friend of their own who had
seats about 12 rows from the field in the section behind the Yankees
on deck circle.. Though it was probably one of the greatest days ever
[coming close enough to Jeter to almost touch him] it was also fairly
boring. Fact Of Baseball: The “exclusive” crowd is too “cool”
to clap, raise their voice or act even mildly out of character..that or
they just don’t drink enough.

– Bleacher creature chant: “We want Swisher” in the 7th –> hilarious.

– Babe Ruth bat was a nice touch.. but kind of seems foolish now with the way the game turned out.


Though I couldn’t sneak my way in, I was around the stadium during the
start of the game breathing it in and wow.. you could smell the
desperateness [word check?] in the air. It was something straight out
of Willy Wonka & The Chocolate Factory.. cardstock with the Yankee inaugural season logo and the date
April 16, 2009 on it was the Golden Ticket and ever so often you’d hear a
quick “Ticket? Where? You selling?” and then a “Doh!” followed right
after.


One thing I did see was the fighter jets fly by and wow.. the coolest
[for lack of a better word] thing I’ve seen in my 18 years, by far.
From outside the Coliseum they seemed really close and were going mighty fast. Something straight out of Transformers.


Seemed that the only thing that suited the widely held visions of how
things were supposed to go down on the big day thursday was the first home run.
Though many may not have predicted Jorge to do it, I think all were
satisfied that it was accomplished by a Yankee.. and where it landed
probably couldn’t have made it more perfect.

Lastly,


I may be completely alone on this, but I think the all the team flags
atop the stadium looks highly cheesy, or what we youth [plus Jeffy] call “wack”. Reminds me too much of a Fine Fare.

Now,
since I won’t dare speak of the final score or the multiple
heartbreaking hits that contributed to it, moving on to Take II, aka
home runs galore.

This one was more like it.. [see pic below].

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My Thoughts:


The short porch in right always made Yankee Stadium a lefty ballpark, but jeezus,
the gulf stream to right center is exaggerating that fact. All five
solo shots by the Yanks yesterday were all to right. Also, as Pete Abraham pointed out, if you count the two exhibition games with the Cubs on April 3rd & 4th, 17
home runs have been hit in 34.5 innings in the new stadium.
[They probably should of saved the ASG & Derby for this year..] The new
park obviously wants to take the Yanks nickname to a whole new level..
what level exactly? Well, I like to call it outerspace.

– Speaking of smacking the ball into outerspace.. Mr. Thunderbolt actually managed to not be one of the five Yankees smacking the ball around yesterday if you can wrap your head around that.. and, in fact, unimaginably went hitless yesterday for the very first time of ’09.. *gasp*.. The impossible can happen.


Even though he put up an 0-fer, when Swish got on first base via a walk
in the 5th, the camera caught him literally howling [as in wolf style]
at one of his teammates in the dugout [whom I’m betting was Johnny
Damon].

– Though I’ve said it before, Gardner’s speed is killer.. I can’t even stress it enough. Most entertaining moments of each game are Swish’s displays of awesomeness and Brett The Jet’s game of his own on the base paths.


A little heads up for the Yanks: The so called “Legends Seats” do not
seem so legendary when no one is sitting in them.. might want to give
that a thought.. just saying.

And lastly,


Though it’s a little different, I don’t care which spot in the outfield
he pops out of, Mo’s entrance still never gets old.. gives me
goosebumps every time.

P.S. I
was going to leave this out, but it must be said. For the execs that
may not get this: A ballpark isn’t a movie theater or an opera house.. the seats of the entire lower deck sicken me.. the La-Z-Boy quality is unnecessary and the isolation of each section, with the ticket police at every entrance, is a cheap shot.. The stadium is more than beautiful.. but  all those people that were stating that the Yanks were ruining the game of baseball [or at least the experience of it] building this luxurious stadium, well.. a part of me can no longer disagree with them.

P.P.S. Completely forgot to mention: Numero 26 on the Latest Leaders.. that number remind you of anything eh?

P.P.P.S. I don’t know how I missed speaking of Bruney, but I must say that he has been positively kicking a**.. He has K’d 12 in his last 5.2 IP, proving Joba left the 8th in good hands indeed..