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The Walk Off!!!

Posted in Baseball, MLB, New York City, New York Yankees with tags , , , , , , , on April 15, 2011 by mattyfresh697400

Pie In The Face

Baseball is a game of patience. All too often people complain that baseball games are painfully slow and that the sport does not deliver the same  fast paced , constant action that you might find in the NFL or the NBA. Now I certainly agree that baseball games can seemingly go on forever and without the benefit of being on a clock, you never know what time you might make it home. But as I stated above baseball is a game of patience and last night if you were fortunate enough to be in the BX at Yankee Stadium and you stayed till the end, well then your patience certainly paid off!!

The Yankees got their first walk off win last night in a game that seemed like a total wash for the Yanks being down 5 -0 , and when your team is losing and putting up no runs, well that 3 hour game can feel like chinese water torture. But this was true Yankee scratch and claw baseball, a run in the 5th , 2 in the 6th , 1 in the 7th and before you know it its 5-4 going into the bottom of the 9th and guess what..we have ourselves a ball game!!

And this is where your patience as a dedicated fans pays off and this is also where baseball separates itself from all other sports. Nothing is more dramatic than a late inning come back and Jorge Posada leading off the 9th crushed a Home Run to right field sending what was left of the crowd into a total frenzy. Game Tied.

And in the 10th Nicky Swish drove a ball to deep right and Tex tagged from third and slid safely into home…The Yankees Win and got themselves their first walk off victory of the young season , a pie in the face for Swisher , and sheer joy for me and my dad!

Patience Pays Off.

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Subway Series Tonight….Remember 2000!!!

Posted in Baseball, MLB, New York City, New York Yankees with tags , , on May 21, 2010 by mattyfresh697400

I have little to say other than do the math…..27 to 2!!

Yankees at the White House!!

Posted in Baseball, MLB, New York City, New York Yankees, NY Times, NYC, Politics with tags , , , , , , on April 24, 2010 by mattyfresh697400

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Winning the World Series is the pinnacle of sports achievements , and when you take that crown you get showered with endless praise in the media, if you win in NY you get a ticker tape parade down the canyon of heroes and the keys to the greatest city on the planet. You get huge rings so you can always remember your triumph . And of course you get the unconditional love from the fans.

But perhaps one of the coolest benefits of winning the WORLD SERIES is a trip to the White House, where the President of our great nation greets the best team in the world at the most powerful address in the universe. The New York Times has a great article about the history of this great tradition.

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To put the Yankee greatness in perspective, When Andy Pettitte swings by 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue this monday, he will be meeting his fourth President of The United States. Very few people can say they have ever even had the good fortune to see a sitting President in person, let alone be greeted by one in the Rose Garden.

In 1999, the Yankees met President Bill Clinton at the White House to commemorate their victory the previous season.

As Clinton and George Steinbrenner, the Yankees’ principal owner, entered the South Lawn, the band struck up “Hail to the Chief.” Clinton turned to Steinbrenner and said, “Don’t get any ideas, it’s not for you.”

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I am sure the BOSS did not agree with President Clinton….lol

Membership has its privileges!!

This team is good.

Posted in Baseball, MLB, New York City, New York Yankees with tags , , , , , , on April 22, 2010 by mattyfresh697400

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The Yankees did it again tonight. This was a close pitchers duel, but Phil Hughes was basically un-hittable. Hughes is the second Yankee starter in less than a week to flirt with a No-No. 10 Strikeouts to boot. He gave up one hit over almost 8 complete and he was simply nasty.

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But other than the starting pitching clinic , I just like the way this team is grinding. They went into the 9th we a 2-1 lead, almost no margin for error for the bottom of the 9th and Brett Gardner gets an RBI single for the insurance run with Granderson scoring.

And Mariano Rivera is robotic again, one hit batter and one base hit, no biggie. Ice in his veins.

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I am starting to think that Steve Jobs actually built Mariano Rivera.

The offensive prowess of this 2010 Yankee squad has never been in question, but when your # 5 starters throws a 1 hitter on the road against a potential playoff contender, things are starting to feel good.

Yankees        3

Oakland A’s  1

West Coast Road Trip!

Posted in Baseball, MLB, New York Yankees with tags , , , on April 20, 2010 by mattyfresh697400

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West Coast road trip. I am not talking about me and my boys hopping into the Rover and driving cross country, I am talking about when the Bronx Bombers fly cross country and face their West Coast rivals. The beauty in the New York Yankee west coast rode trip….the 10:00pm start time on TV.

As a kid, this was it for me. Slide into bed around 10:30 on a school night and watch the Yankees till about 1:ooam. Now I have never really had a bed time per se, but being able to watch those games after home work was completed, phone calls were made, even most likely some action figures played with. Lights out , TV on…….Yankees on the West Coast is great!

So tonight the Yankees start their first west coast swing of 2010 (If I am correct there will only be one more West Coast road trip this 2010 campaign and that is not until mid – july)

The surging bombers are playing the suprising A’s. Should be a solid match up.But watching these game that start at 10 are the best.

PREDICTION : Yanks Take 2 of 3

Yanks First Homestand…

Posted in Baseball, MLB, New York City, New York Yankees, NY Times with tags , , , , , on April 19, 2010 by mattyfresh697400

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I had the pleasure of attending three games of the first Yankee homestand this past week and much to my surprise the Yankees, basically started the season where they left off…running their opponents off the field. The Yankees are notoriously slow starters in the month of April. If the team finishes the month at .500 you figure that is about average, well the 2010 bombers are currently 9 and 3 and quite simply look..GREAT. With the exception of TEX and Javier Vazquez, each player is contributing and CC, Posada and Cano are off to blazing starts. Even the Yankee elder Andy Pettitte is in top form.

Its also worth mentioning the Yankees have hardly had the easiest schedule to start the 2010 campaign. They have won series against The Red Sox,  The Tampa Bay Rays, The Angels and the Rangers. All these teams are mentioned as potential playoff contenders and the Yanks have handled them with ease, in fact this is the first time since 1926 that the franchise has won its first four series of the season….Things are looking good right now in the Yankee Universe!

But the Yankees now travel out west where they face the surprising upstart Oakland A’s (who are also off to a hot start) Then the team will visit Anaheim which is never fun.

I am not raising the AL east flag just yet, but its nice to sit atop the division this early and even nicer to see the SOX 5 games out of first!!!

Lets keep this going!!

Read what the NY times has to say about the Yanks great start.

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“Yanks Core 4 Belong in Cooperstown”

Posted in Baseball, MLB, New York City, New York Yankees with tags , , , , , , , , , on April 19, 2010 by mattyfresh697400

CORE 4

Yanks’ Core 4 Belong in Cooperstown….that was the headline on an email my mother sent me this afternoon. Somethings just bring a smile to my face and warmth to my heart. This was an article on the CBS2 website about those veteran Yankees that have now become known affectionately as the core 4. Jeter, Mariano, Andy and Jorge.

Now the headline and the article really started me thinking….why not? Why can’t all four of these guys end up in Cooperstown, where baseball legends truly live forever.

“How rare is it an accomplishment in today’s day and age of sports mercenaries , hired guns and piles of cash that four guys basically stay together on the same team and consistently  drive that team to be the best in its sport, while at the same time, individually , remain among the best to play at their respective positions both actively and historically?”

Derek Jeter and Mariano Rivera are first ballot locks, I would not be surprised if both players end up with 100% vote totals, that might sound crazy since the highest vote total ever was Tom Seaver with 98.6%, but if you take a step back and look at Andy Pettitte and Jorge Posada and all they have accomplished at the their positions and the fact that each has 5 world series rings and each played an invaluable part of the Yankee Dynasty of both the late 90’s and the current Yankee dynasty (and do not be fooled people, we are in the midst of another one)

Look no further than the numbers, they do not lie. As I stated above Jeter might end up with 4000 hits and his reputation as a leader and a winner alone would qualify him for a plaque. Mariano is the greatest at what he does and I submit we will never see another like him. A post-season ERA of 0.74 , what does that even mean? Mariano was born on planet Krypton, we have had the pleasure of watching superman in pinstripes all these years.

So that leaves us with Jorge and Andy, and like with any good sports debate there will be plenty of those out there that disagree.

Posada might have a leg up here because he is a catcher, there are only 13 catchers in the Hall of Fame. Posada is a 5 time all-star, with a .278 average over 16 seasons , 246 Home Runs, 970 RBIs and over 1500 hits. If Posada stopped playing today and finished with those numbers, his career stats in the above categories would be better than 9 catchers already enshrined in the hall. Couple the numbers with 5 rings and the fact that he looks like he can be productive for another 2-3 seasons easy and hip-hip JORGE should be a lock!!

So that leaves us with Andy Pettitte. The article from CBS 2 made a great comparison; Retired Yankee Mike Mussina is often in the HOF conversation, but if you can mention Mussina as a possible member of the Hall , then Pettitte has to be seriously considered. Andy is currently 232-135  in 16 seasons, with two 21 win seasons under his belt. Modern dat baseball is different from it was 20 years ago and the days of the 300 win pitcher are basically over, and since that is the case new standards for the hall must be established. Andy Pettitte is a winner who will most likely end up with 250 Career wins (which is nothing to sneeze at)

All you need to do is look at the post season for 2009, Pettitte clinched the Division series, the LCS and the World Series. 5 rings and those stats, cm on.

You might have to go back to the Yankee Dynasty of the late 40’s and 50’s to find 4 teammates who all belong in the hall, but that is exactly what we have now. Enjoy it while it lasts!

I’ll see the CORE 4 in Cooperstown!!!