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Rodriguez Made the Moment, Thames the Hero

Talk about a roller coaster ride.

 

On Monday night, the New York Yankees beat the Boston Red Sox 11-9 in what was probably the most heated game this season.

 

The Bronx Bombers have adopted the policy of kicking the Red Sox when they are down.

 

A lot of wild plays and standout performers in this one…

 

Marcus Thames

 

 


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Bottom of the ninth. Tie game, 9-9. One on, two out. Jonathan Papelbon vs. Marcus Thames. In my mind, we were heading for extra innings.

 

Papelbon left a floater right over the plate for Thames to crush, a moon shot into the left field stands to send the Yankees home with smiles on their faces.

 

That…was a BOMB! No extra innings tonight, just a pie to the face, courtesy of A.J. Burnett

 

Heading into that at-bat, Thames was 1-for-4 on the night with two RBIs and a strikeout. I will admit, when he struck out in the bottom of the eighth and the Yanks were down 9-7, I doubted him.

 

“Add Thames to the list of terrible signings this past off-season, along with Nick Johnson Randy Winn, and Chan Ho Park.”

 

So Thames had a good night. I cannot bash him at press time. I’m still not saying he was the best pickup this off-season, but he had his moment tonight. Tonight is the night he “earned back his pinstripes,” if you will.

 

But back to my point.

 

Everyone can keep tonight in their minds the next time he struggles. I mean, has everyone forgotten how poorly he played in Boston on May 9? He looked like giraffe in left field, he could not chase the ball down, and he didn’t hit.

 

On that night, no one wanted to be within 10 feet of him.

 

Yet when he succeeds, everyone worships him, as is the nature of the game and the fans.

 

Thames is currently hitting .365 with two home runs and 10 RBIs. Will he keep it up?

 

Perhaps. Perhaps not.

 

Just remember tonight next time he doesn’t come up big.

 

 

Alex Rodriguez

 

 


A-Rod tied the game in the ninth w/ a 2R HR 

Thames was the hero, but Alex Rodriguez afforded him the opportunity.

 

Down 9-7 in the bottom of the ninth with one out, Rodriguez came up big time, blasting a towering, game-tying two-run homer into the Boston bullpen off Jonathan Papelbon.

 

That…was a BOMB!

 

When he smacked that homer, two things came to my mind:

 

A) June 3, 2007. Rodriguez homered off Papelbon at Fenway Park that night and the Yankees went on to beat Boston. On his way back to the dugout, Rodriguez playfully placed his hand over the ESPN camera.

 

That’s A-Rod for you. Just as you saw him acting like a little leaguer when the team waited for Thames at home plate, he showed everyone the five year-old in him.

 

B) 2009 Postseason.

 

How many games did the Yankees win last October, simply because Rodriguez was there?

 

 


A-Rod is clutch. Accept it. 

A lot!

 

He had game-tying homer after game-tying homer all throughout the playoffs. Better yet, all of his game-tiers came in the seventh inning or later.

 

In his own words, “To say I’m not clutch is ridiculous.”

 

He answered all his critics with his performance last postseason. But if you ask me, I say he proved everyone wrong in 2007. He put the team on his back the whole year and just like tonight, they would have gone nowhere without him.

 

Chalk up another clutch hit from A-Rod.

 

Yankee Pitching

 

 


Phil Hughes tossed five innings tonight 

The 5-0 Phil Hughes made the start for the Yankees tonight. He tossed five innings and gave up five earned runs on six hits. He walked one batter and struck out three.

 

Not his best game.

 

It’s pretty impressive when I can say Hughes did not pitch his best game, yet he was in line for a win when he left. The Red Sox really just wore him out, put good at-bats together, and made him throw a lot of pitches.

 

No decision for Hughes tonight, but his ERA did climb up to 2.25. All things considered, it’s a pretty good number. I still think he has the ability to make a Cy Young Award push if he keeps pitching the way he is.

 

So overall, a below average start from Hughes, but it was not bad.

 

The Yankee bullpen however…meh.

 

When the offense scores six runs over the first two innings, there really is no excuse to be blowing the game. Now a good part of that you can pin on Hughes’s shoulders, but he maintained the lead. The bullpen’s job is to hold the lead, even in a tight game.

 

Lately that’s been a serious problem. Case in point: yesterday vs. the Twins.

 

Tonight the ‘pen combined for four innings and gave up four runs on seven hits. They walked one batters and collectively struck out three.

 

Boone Logan recorded a hold despite giving up a home run to Victor Martinez. Simply put, I do not trust him. When he comes into a game, I hold my breath. Logan has velocity, but his control is becoming an issue.

 

Then there’s Chan Ho Park. I hope he has less diarrhea now.

 

 


Chan Ho Park has not been doing the job this season 

On his first day back from the disabled list, he blew a save and gave up back-to-back home runs. It was his second blown save of the year and ironically enough, his first one came against…the Red Sox, back on Opening Night.

 

Park was charged with three earned runs on four hits. After the game, manager Joe Girardi said he was the only guy available for the eighth, since Joba Chamberlain and David Robertson pitched yesterday.

 

So far, Park is making it hard for me to say anything nice about him.

 

Damaso Marte tossed a scoreless 1 1/3 innings, working around a walk and a hit.

 

Finally Girardi was forced to go to Javier Vazquez, who is actually starting Friday night vs. the Mets at Citi Field. With runners on the corners and two outs, Vazquez did probably the best thing he has done all year–got out of the inning and kept the game where it was.

 

 


Javy Vazquez got the win tonight 

Vazquez needed just four pitches to get it done, meaning he is still available to make the start Friday. He really had the best night out of all the pitchers and for his performance, he was rewarded the win.

 

Although his ERA is a bloated 8.01, Vazquez now has a 2-4 season record.

 

It will be interesting to see how he does Friday night. As it has been documented, he has had success in the National League. Well, his expertise from the other league will be put to the test: Yanks are in an NL ballpark and he is facing an NL team.

 

We’ll see how he does. As for tonight, he can relax. Job well done.

 

However, it’s no secret the Yanks’ bullpen is rattled. There needs to be more consistency among the relievers if the Yankees are going to succeed. I think I put it best when Hughes left after the fifth:

 

“Tonight would have been a great night for Alfredo Aceves.”

 

It’s too bad he’s (one of the many Yankees) bitten by the injury bug.  

 

 

Great win for the Yanks; the best of the year if you ask me. Tampa Bay won their game tonight, so we remain two games out of first place. The Red Sox however, are 8 ½ games behind. That’s bad news for them.

 

Tomorrow night CC Sabathia (4-2, 3.71 ERA) vs. Josh Beckett (1-1. 7.46 ERA).

 

Might have the makings of another classic.

 

Go Yankees!!!   

Yankees vs. Red Sox: Thoughts and Notes

Another day, another squadoosh.

 

In convincing fashion, the New York Yankees once again beat down the Boston Red Sox, winning big time on Saturday afternoon by a score of 14-3.

 

There were a lot of stories from this one…

 

Mark Teixeira

 

 


Mark Teixeira hit 3 homers today 

The Yankee calendar on my wall is in May and (no lie) the Yankee who is represented by the picture for the month is Mark Teixeira. Historically this has been his month, so I guess it’s no coincidence that he is the Yankee pictured on the calendar for the month of May.

 

The Yankees’ first baseman had a forgettable April, but in May he has been raking, even if it’s only been a week. Today he was 4-for-6 at the dish with three (yes, three) home runs and five RBIs. He scored four runs and became the first Yankee since Lou Gehrig (who accomplished the feat on June 23, 1927) to hit three homers in one game against the Red Sox.

 

That’s great company, Tex.

 

His first homer broke a 3-3 tie in the top of the fifth and gave the Yankees a 4-3 lead. From there the Bombers never looked back, tacking on two more runs in the inning before the skies opened up and rain caused an hour and 24 minute delay.

 

After the rain cleared and the game resumed, Teixeira once again flexed his muscles in the seventh inning. He wrapped another solo homer around the “Pesky Pole” in right field for one of two runs the Yanks scored in the frame.

 

At last, in the top of the ninth, he creamed a pitch off Jonathan Van Every (yes, the Red Sox bullpen was so bad they needed to use outfielders as pitchers). Teixeira’s two-run bomb went so far, it bounced off the light pole above the Green Monster in left field. It marked his third round-tripper of the day and his fifth homer of the year.

 

Talk about a career day at the plate.  

 

One great day offensively and everything turned around. Teixeira finally “got off the interstate,” if you will, raising his batting average up to .207. His home run count climbed and he is up to 20 RBIs on the year.

 

Teixeira really has it going right now, as he already has more hits and home runs than he did last month. He may be a slow starter, but when he gets going he turns into a monster. It’s almost as if Teixeira was a sleeping bull dog and the Red Sox threw rocks at him today.

 

 


Tex was a sleeping bull dog...Boston woke him up 

Boston woke the sleeping bull dog and he relentlessly attacked them.

 

I have a feeling this is just the first dose of what’s to come from the Yankee first baseman. He seems to be seeing the ball a lot better and he hit to all fields today. If we see Teixeira in this form, the Yankee offense is going to be in great shape despite the injury problems they are currently undergoing.

 

Francisco Cervelli

 

 


Francisco Cervelli knocked in five of the Yanks' 14 runs 

I am currently lobbying to find out whether or not Francisco Cervelli is human.

 

“The Cisco Kid” had a wonderful game last night and the beat continued this afternoon. Coming off his three RBI night last night, the backup catcher went 3-for-4 with five RBIs and a walk. He is currently hitting .429 in Jorge Posada’s absence and is proving that belongs in the big leagues.

 

A few years ago when Elliot Johnson ran him over at home plate and broke his wrist in Spring Training, I seriously doubted he would ever make it to the big leagues. But the Yankees kind of rewarded him and brought him up, thus giving him the opportunity to show us what he is made of.

 

And right now, he is showing us that he is made of steel.

 

The Yanks could not have asked for anything more. With Posada out, Cervelli could not be performing any better. I believe any team would sign up for a backup catcher who has the type of numbers Cervelli is currently posting.

 

Today he became the first Yankee catcher to record five RBIs in a game against Boston since Yogi Berra in 1957. Cervelli’s hitting is just speaking for itself.

 

Not to mention his defense and ability to call a good game.

 

The relationship between a catcher and a pitcher is oftentimes overlooked. If the two do not have a good rapport, there is no way they are going to have any success. It’s common sense. If you do not get along with someone, and you are both working toward the same goal, you are probably not going to reach that goal.

 

Cervelli just has the ability to work nicely with every pitcher on the Yankee staff. It doesn’t matter if it is CC Sabathia, A.J. Burnett or anyone. He works wonders with each pitcher.

 

Consider this: every Yankee starter is doing so well. Cervelli has been catching the majority of those games that each pitcher has been winning.

 

That pretty much tells me he is doing a wonderful job.

 

I can safely say that Cervelli is a lot of fun to watch. He has a great attitude, plays the game the right way, and that big old helmet always make me laugh. He can hit, he can field his position, and he is a nice, home-grown Yankee.

 

I’ll just say it: Cervelli is my favorite Baby Bomber.

 

Other Notes:

 

 


Yankee notes! 

–CC Sabathia tossed 4 2/3 innings today. He would have gone much deeper into the ballgame if the rain delay did not slow him down. It’s unfortunate that they called for the tarp when he needed one strike to qualify for the win.

 

I don’t think it was fair; they should have let him just get that out and then roll out the tarp.   

 

If Sabathia has 19 wins at the end of the year…he’ll be thinking about today.

 

–Nick Johnson is going to be out for awhile, as he injured his wrist last night. Why am I not surprised? We knew the day we signed him that this would happen. Should have just paid Matsui, Cashman…

 

–Dustin Pedroia was hit by a pitch in the bottom of the third. YES, it was intentional and quite honestly, Boston deserved it. Josh Beckett could have seriously caused some problems in hitting Robinson Cano last night.

 

You hit our second baseman, we hit yours.

 

Only problem was that after the HBP, Victor Martinez smacked a two-run homer to give Boston a 3-2 lead. In the long run it didn’t matter, because the Yankees offense exploded and eventually won big, but if the Yankees somehow did not come back and win, they would have second guessed that decision for the rest of the night.

 

–Nick Swisher had three more RBIs and two more hits today. As I said yesterday: en fuego! Swisher is having such a great year. It’s great to see him succeeding and this could really be his breakout year.

 

He has already won our hearts and he is just making us love him more.

 

–Randy Winn made some base-running mistakes today. He got nailed at home plate and got caught up in a rundown to kill a rally. He has done some good things to help the Yankees win this week, so I’ll lay off him for now.

 

–Alex Rodriguez had an RBI today, two hits, and three runs scored. His average is now up to .276, but he is still stuck on two homers for the year.

 

I’m not really worried about him right now. The Yanks are winning and as we saw with Teixeira today: it only takes a few at-bats to turn everything around. I’m sure Rodriguez will ignite and start launching some A-Bombs.

 

I can’t wait to see him get his 600th homer. Whenever it comes, I’m sure it’ll be a very proud moment for him and his team.

 

A-Rod is currently 15 homers away from the milestone.

 

–A.J. Burnett (4-0, 1.99 ERA) is starting for the Yanks tomorrow night against Jon Lester (2-2, 3.93 ERA). Yanks will be looking for a sweep.

 

–The Yankees have now won nine of their first 10 series this season. That is unbelievably impressive. They also extended their win streak to six games.

 

 

YES Network Shout-out

 

 


The Yes Network used my comment on TV! 

After the game, the YES Network hosts their Extra Innings post game show. I heard Bob Lorenz mention that if you have Facebook or Twitter you can submit a comment and they might use it on TV, if they like it.

 

Watching the game and on my laptop, I went to YES’ Facebook page and posted a comment about Adrian Beltre. During today’s telecast, it was mentioned that he has committed seven errors this year.

 

If you ask me, seven errors on May 8 is a lot!

 

Watching the post game show, I was shocked to hear Jack Curry and Bob Lorenz mention my name on TV and show my comment!!!

 

They also brought it up to fellow MLBlogger Kim Jones, and she offered her insight after they talked about mine. It felt really good, and I had to text everyone I knew and tell them I was featured on the YES Network; featured after a Yankee beat-down of the Red Sox, no less.

 

This isn’t the first time I have been featured on TV, either.

 

 


My insight has also been featured on ESPN's baseball show 

Back in 2008 and last year in 2009, I was featured on ESPN Baseball Tonight’s “Chatter Up” segment. It was the same principle on ESPN; you submit your comment at home and if they like it, they use it.

 

I had to write about it in this blog. I can never contain my excitement whenever I’m on TV. (That’s why I had to take the picture of my name on TV!)

 

I just wanted to say: THANK YOU YES NETWORK for using my comment!!!!!!!

 

You guys rock!

Rookie of the Year: It’s Not a Joke!

Today MLB announced the American League and National League Rookie of the Year Award winners.

 

Rookie of the Year 

 

Andrew Bailey, the Oakland Athletics’ 25 year-old right-handed reliever out of Wagner College, received AL honors while Chris Coghlan, a 24 year-old left fielder for the Marlins from Palm Harbor, Florida won the  NL award.  

 

The Rookie of the Year Award is very important, if you ask me. But I was watching ESPN’s Pardon the Interruption show this evening and they didn’t even make mention of the winners until the very end of the program.

 

In fact, it was almost as if they announced the winners in passing and the hosts of the show had never even heard of Bailey and Coghlan; they didn’t even know which teams each winner plays for!

 

 


These two knuckleheads had no clue who the ROY winners were 

I’m sorry, but that is ridiculous. Tony Kornheiser guessed that Coghlan was on the Padres while Michael Wilbon suggested Bailey was on the Royals.

 

I just find that sad; if I were one of these two young men, I would be very upset. Every young player loves watching themselves on ESPN and to think if either Bailey or Coghlan turned on Pardon the Interruption tonight….neither host even knew who they were.

 

Coghlan had a respectable season, making his MLB debut on May 8. He set a new franchise record for consecutive, multiple-hit games; Coghlan hit more than once in a game eight straight times this year.

 

 


Florida's Chris Coghlan won NL Rookie of the Year 

At the conclusion of the season, Coghlan finished with a .321 average (which led all rookies) nine home runs and 47 RBIs.

 

That’s impressive, wouldn’t you say? I’d say that is enough to be called Rookie of the Year.

 

Bailey also posted stellar numbers this season, nailing down 26 saves for the Athletics this year. He went 6-3 with a 1.84 ERA coupled with 91 strikeouts in 81 1/3 innings pitched. He also was selected to the All-Star Game this year and got to participate with the game’s best players in St. Louis this past summer.

 

 


Oakland's Andrew Bailey won AL Rookie of the Year 

Like Coghlan, Bailey was impressive. He earned it.

 

But I just find it unfortunate that there are people who had no idea who these kids are and almost made the whole thing into a joke; I mean Kornheiser and Wilbon guessing which teams these players are on?

 

Give me a break.

 

Jackie Robinson was the first ever Rookie of the Year in 1947, as the honor was the brainchild of the Chicago chapter of the Baseball Writer’s Association. For the first two years of its existence, the award was given to one player but in 1949 one player from each league was given the title.

 

Along with Robinson, a number of other influential and famous players have been the given Rookie of the Year Award. I’m talking Cal Ripken, Jr., Eddie Murray, Carlton Fisk, Rod Carew, Luis Aparcio…

 

And even our very own Derek Jeter. (Incidentally Jeter is the last Yankee player to win the award)

 

Jeter was so humble when he won the award in 1996; I remember him saying something like, “I think I had some help with the voting.” The Yankee Captain had won the award unanimously, hitting 10 homers and averaging .314 with 78 runs and 183 hits.

 

Derek Jeter won ROY in 1996 

 

He beat out James Baldwin of the Chicago White Sox, 104 points to 64.

 

But what if Jeter had won the award and nobody knew who he was or even what team he was on? Or TV hosts basically joked about the fact that they had no idea where he came from?

 

I just found that to be in bad taste. I normally think the banter and humor on Pardon the Interruption is funny, but tonight I was not really laughing. I was actually quite upset.

 

But it’s alright–Andrew and Chris are taking home the hardware, not ESPN. So even though they may have been slighted a little bit, they still get the last laugh.

 

Congrats to both Bailey and Coghlan. You guys have earned it. Tomorrow MLB will announce the Cy Young Award winners.

 

Will CC Sabathia be Cy Cy Sabathia?  Or Will Zack Greinke take it home to Kansas City? Tune in tomorrow. Same (baseball) bat time, same channel.

 

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