Thursday, October 29, 2009

Series Game 2: AJ to the Rescue! even 1-1



Paul O'Neill, first pitch throwing. Miss ya, pal!



Derek Jeter gets the Roberto Clemente award. The best!







Weird to see Pedro again. He pitched pretty well for a has-been Red Sock.  

Who's your daddy, dude?

Wednesday, October 28, 2009

Series Game 1: Cliff Lee: Is he human? down 0-1





Hey, I thought CC was the best. Holy cow!  Down 1. Wow.


This nonchalant catch was awesome & funny.



CC was terrific, but oh, you Cliff!

And memo to Joe Girardi... Love ya, man, but frankly Lee pitched the whole game to righties AND lefties and didn't need to be replaced 5 times. Unless there's something else going on here....

Monday, October 26, 2009

Game 6 Theeeee Yankees Winnnnnnnn!!




Bernie!  Nice shoes! Miss you much! Oh, and you throw like a girl!



Andy Pennant!



Seems like old times....

Saturday, October 24, 2009

Thursday, October 22, 2009

ALCS, oy AJ, 3-2 good guys

Terrifying.  Then, oh, so close!  On the road, again.

Extra umps, still a crummy call at first.

Bullpen, what bullpen? Joba the hump.  Phil pyews.  Too bad we didn't have an extra starter we could have popped in there for 2 innings like Mike did. Weaver, whew!

More chanting, please.... no rain, no rain, no rain.

At work, I got congratulated in advance for our win.  Do I have to give that back, or what?

Wednesday, October 21, 2009

ALCS, old CC, new Alex, old Derek, 3-1 good guys

Q: Why would you ever want to bat against C.C. Sabathia?



A: Because you have to.

I like having confidence in my pitcher. Never having thrown, I can't imagine what fresh hell it must be trying to get movement, hit spots, & psych out. To me, it seems hard. I keep thinking about what kind of highly developed prorioperceptive system someone like CC's got. To be able to count on the ball going right to where you planned to throw it is nothing short of amazing. I wonder if visualization plays a part here.

Anyway, he was great, the umpires sucked, the NYYs were a bit loosey-goosey, but offensive nonetheless. Jeter tagged stealing, Posada sneaking second.... nice. The Melkman came to play, Alex continued actualizing his potential and the new first-baseman continued to impress.

The Cowherd says umpires are old & in a union, so nothing can be done.  Something can be done and should be done. The outcomes of these games could easily have been affected by this ineffectual reffing. How about every time they blow a call -- other than balls and strikes -- that stands and is shown to be wrong, they get a point or written up, or scored, in some way. Then, you either set a number or a percentage (10%?) of calls you can get wrong per season, and when you exceed it, you get fired, or sent down, or retrained, or retested, or made to play 100 hours of "You Make the Call!" until they get a perfect score. In the meantime, you let the top 32 umps go to the post-season, and you pick teams & positions out of a hat. And keep scoring them, so that only the top ones continue on to succeeding playoffs.  Oh, yeah, and test their eyes & their hearing & make them go on diets.  My 2c.

So, another great game. One more tomorrow. Then off for a week, to play into winter. Ach.

Monday, October 19, 2009

ALCS, new Alex, old Derek, 2-1 good guys

Risk vs reward. If Gardner doesn't get picked off, Posada's HR scores two.

Joba looked a little nonchalant to me. I'm sure he wasn't, but he needed to pitch better. One of many, it turns out.

Too many pitchers.  With Robertson, he had a good one going,  already warmed up & psyched up, too much changing tonight. I think we coulda won.

A couple of years ago, I was desperate for Torre to leave because he was so (seemingly) hands-off as a manager... he let the guys win. But when they couldn't anymore and needed some guidance, it seemed like shaking up the batting order was all he'd do.

Now, Girardi's going by the book micro-managing is obviously successful over the long haul (plus CC, Tex, & AJ) this season, yet still there's the hmm... how to say? ... call it "on the field reality," which might benefit from a little more watchful waiting. Though I like making the changes on the fly... Joe Maddon does this also, usually to good effect.  (I do wonder what the players think of it.)

A secondary benefit to using your whole bullpen every game is that no one is over-used, mental states may be more focused, and you may feel more involved. Also, they maintain physical mechanics, not getting rusty at an inopportune moment.

On the other hand, Mariano Rivera is {enter your superlative here}. Tonight I'll go with "1st round Hall of Famer".... John Sterling thinks it could be unanimous, which apparently never happens. (I watch on the game mute on, and listen to the NYC radio call -- thanks, 760 AM!) This guy....

Sunday, October 18, 2009

Almost stayed awake, old Derek, new Alex, 2-0 good guys

Amazing game. Amazing.

I hate freezing rainy baseball. It obscures how teams really play. Overhaul. Next!

Saturday, October 17, 2009

Great game, new Alex, old Derek, 1-0 good guys

Revenge is a dish best served cold, and it certainly seemed to be.

I know Torii Hunter could've made that catch... but he didn't.
Yeah, the 1st base call could've gone the other way... but it didn't.
And Alex could've stayed on 3rd, scored later, saved the out, but he didn't.

I hate freezing baseball. It obscures how teams really play. Overhaul. Next!

Friday, October 16, 2009

Yanks Yank Ronan Tynan

Thought we were beyond this kind of crap already. I suspect he'll return to sing, but too much distraction for the post-season.

Thursday, October 15, 2009

All together now....

No rain, no rain, no rain, no rain...

Sunday, October 11, 2009

Sweet!

Clinch, clinch, clinch. A good day.... Yanks win, Sox out, Papelbon blown, Pavano shamed. Moving on....

Friday, October 2, 2009

Ridin' the Cycle!



[JAMES BORCHUCK | Times]

B.J. Upton clears the bases with a three-run triple in the first inning to put the Rays up 4-0. He later added a single, double and homer to become the first Ray to hit for the cycle, racking up a career-high 6 RBIs. With a standing ovation from the 22K+ crowd & keeping Sabathia from his 20th win, Rays beat the Yankees 13-4.