Tagged: Veras

Going To Bat For Brian Bruney

Consider this my contribution to Hope Week.

All bear witness to this fan’s first stroke against the current.

          Despite
a live 6 win surge for the Yanks and a pleasant change in the AL East
standings following off the All-Star break, the latest item of
discussion by which Yankee fans have unleashed their disdain has
manifested itself with the curious case of Brian Bruney.
Yankee Universe has indulged itself in the familiar of act of berating
the most recent man on the roster delivering less than satisfactory
results.. and there’s nothing Yankee fans do better than releasing
their frustration with humorous criticisms
exploiting the current crash and burn failure. [I should know.. Exhibit A: He Who Shall Not Be Named.. Exhibit B: Nuke LaFarnsworth.. Exhibit C: Wilson Betemit.. Exhibit D: The 2008 New York Yankees.. The list is infinite..]
However, this time, for reasons unknown, I have not been hit with the
urge to participate in the blogosphere’s parade against the player with
a lack of success as of yet, so instead, I’ve decided to risk being the
lone wolf on this and attempt to reduce the hostility.

Giving The Guy Some Credit:

– Brun was the guy who went 7.1 innings without allowing a hit at one point at the start of the season.

– Also dominated by virtue of 12 strikeouts in 5.2 innings in April.

– Bad luck hit him with two essentially back to back DL stints.. rust afterward shouldn’t have been a surprise.

– Jose Veras was DFA’d to make room for Brun’s re-return. Rather have Veras?

– He shaved his head and sported a porn star ‘stache this year.

– Insulted K-Rod and kept his cool while the Mets closer threw a tantrum.

– Bruney hadn’t been used since July 10th before today’s appearance.

– Two strikeouts.. two homers.. Post-game response:
“I just wanted to get Mo a save, that’s what a set-up man does.”
A sarcastic comment following a loss isn’t what a fan wants to hear, but after win, c’mon.. that’s funny.

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It’s
Hope Week, so have some and give the guy a break. At the very least,
try and limit the hasty trade demands/death threats.. Just sayin’.

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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.

In Retrospect

Because
I’m too worn out [and lazy] to really recap what I’ve failed to blog in a
week [and because the last two series got more than enough headline
coverage.. for two separate reasons], I’m going to keep it simple and
give ya what’s on the brain:

– I don’t know how it’s possible for the Yanks to score 9 runs off Johan Santana, and yet only manage to muster 4 hits off Fernando Nieve.. but it’s pretty funny.


Epic Failure = Luis Castillo.. Sorry Mets fans, but you can never come
back from that. A-Rod didn’t even yell “Ha” on that one.

– Today was my last official day of high school [g’damn, it lasted forever], but something tells me I shouldn’t be enthused. When a grown man throws a fit
because someone dared to make a minor insult about him, the whole “high
school never ends” thing really gains some credibility. Bruney voiced
his opinion and K-Rod responded oh so brilliantly by acting like a
sissy. Way to show his comments really didn’t bother you smart one.
Brun actually intended to apologize, but  apparently ‘Cisco needed to act big first [while standing 3 feet shorter..].. would never have guessed those two are the same age.

– Though the guy pulled off a miracle, pitching two
scoreless innings without walking a guy on Saturday, Jose Veras is
still a disease, as his incapability to find the plate has spread to
the starting rotation, which has forced the pen to work overtime.  You
can thank the tattoo-bearing, thrown out of a bookstore badazz A.J. Burnett for saving the arms yesterday.. but it’d be nice if you’d manage to kick a** against the one team we really can’t afford to be embarrassed by, A.J… Just sayin’..

– Speaking of Boston.. I have no choice but to hand it to ya.. With an 0-8 record, can’t even attempt to deny the fact the Sox have owned the Yanks so far
this season.. but the fans at Fenway are something else.. “You used
steroids” chant? No offense, but leave it up to Boston fans to state
the obvious. C’mon.. I honestly expected more.


What I didn’t expect.. the Yanks letting Big Papi come out for a
curtain call for his every HR without retaliation.. Granted, they’re very rare from him these days, but.. it’s amazing the incredible amount of things a player can get away with if he isn’t in a Yankee uniform.

– My last thought.. *virtual hour long standing ovation for Mark Teixeira*.. Gotta commend a guy who endured a month long.. um.. initiation,
without a single complaint, while continuing to work till he got it
right.. which he has, as he is tearing it up, and doing the little
things.. The guy really plays his heart out.

On Deck: I’ll be attending tomorrow night’s game while CC is on the hill. The opposing pitcher probably doesn’t matter.. it’s the Nationals.

Also On Deck: St. Louis vs. Detroit.. the Jeffy-Allen showdown.. oh boy =)

P.S. Interesting story here.. Next time you want to have a few words for an ump, watch out.. apparently they can eject more than just the guys on field these days..[in high school games at least]..

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.

From The Classic. . .

As promised:

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[[Yeah.. there are cup holders.. lol..]


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[[and beer of course..]

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[[Notice the entire empty section below]:

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[[Sun trying to peek through]:

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[[Old Yankee Stadium under deconstruction already.. ='( ]:

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[[Building the future of the Bronx.. and tearing its past down..]:

Game Notes:


The on and off rain the entire day didn’t make the sky a pleasant
sight, but I couldn’t have picked a better day to leave school, skip
class and head to the game, lol.. 14 innings and my best friend and
I stuck it out for all of them to watch the Melk Man deliver the game
winning walk-off homer to right after nearly 5 hours of play.. classic. Will forever have the honor of saying I was at the first extra inning game and saw the first walk-off in the new Yankee Stadium.. =D

– #1 Thing I Hate
About The Stadium: Stadium staff/security.. If you at any point wonder
why the stadium gets so deathly quiet during the games, odds are it’s
because of them. For one, the fun is nearly completely ripped out going
to the ballpark when you can’t move down to empty seats because of
staff at each opening checking to see if you belong.. It’s especially
stupid when more than half the stadium is empty.. [though the a large
portion of the other half is all crowded around, watching the game from
the staff checkpoints].. My second reason, however, is the fact that
staff & security do not tolerate jack shizz.. If one guy gets too
loud or tries to get the outfielders attention, the blue jacket people
give him a talking to quickly.. I’m sorry, but heckling and loud people are
apart of the game.. if they weren’t there, it’d be a library.. The
“heckling” wasn’t anywhere near bad either.. security, please, let
there be a little life.


One thing that did go a little overboard was some taunting turned into
an argument [two seconds from being a fight] between a couple guys up
top.. all over an umbrella blocking their view.. It was pretty stupid..
but we got some major laughs out of it, lol.. [I actually got a video
of it.. but it was a little NSFW with the language, so I won’t put it up
here..]


Another thing I got some laughs out of is Nick Swisher’s complete
ownership of the bleacher creatures.. That dude amps them up and
gestures for them to make some noise when he wants it, lol.. Another
reason he’s the coolest is that unlike most, he’ll wave or look in the
direction and smile to anyone or any group of people calling his name
loud enough nearly every time [not just during the roll call].. It would
be siiick to have him spend a game that he’s not playing in sitting in
the bleachers..

– A salute and some applause for Jose Veras.. didn’t think he had it in him to pitch multiple scoreless innings [let alone one]..

Crowd Quotes:

“Green umbrellas have herpes!”

– “Oh, c’mon.. My girlfriend gets wetter than your umbrella is right now.”

– “Daaaamon! It’s meee. Joohnn!.. from last niiight… Mellkkyy! It’s meee.. Jose!.. Arriba!!” [Completely random, lol..]

– “Sweeeeeeney! Nod if you can hear me!” … “Sweeeney! Move if you can hear me!.. Oh yeah!”


“Wait.. why did they make a big deal when he came out?” [Seriously
asked by my best friend right after Mariano’s entrance.. Yeah, she’s still a large
baseball virgin.. though she claims she’s a Mets fan.. more like a
Yankee fan in training, hehe..]

On Deck: First Boskees series of the year beginning tomorrow. Joba on the mound facing Jon Lester.. it should be good.

P.S.
I completely called the Jeter home run.. 3rd correct call I’ve made of
the season.. 3 more than I made in ’08.. The stadium is improving my
stats as well..

P.P.S. Stock market trying to get their hands on a little of DJ Swish’s magic too? Swishness to the rescue. It’s all good.

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..