Gotta Be Somebody…

 

I enjoyed my evening.  How about you?…

 


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The Yankees completed a three-game series sweep over the Orioles in Baltimore with a convincing 10-2 victory on Wednesday.  CC Sabathia continued his recent hot streak (hasn’t lost since July 28th), and became the AL’s first 16-game winner.

 

Rob Carr/AP 

 

There were three games of importance tonight:

Yankees 10, Orioles 2

Rays 8, Red Sox 5

Mariners 3, Angels 0

The outcomes meant that the Yankees increased their lead in the AL East to 7 games over the Red Sox, and best record in the AL to 6 ½ games over the Angels.  It’s tough to gloat at this point in the season because the thought of Gene Mauch and the 1964 Philadelphia Phillies is never too far from memory.  But I am pleased with where the Yankees are at this point in the season.

 

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The latest series sweep by the Yankees was very convincing.  It featured a stellar pitching performance by Andy Pettitte, whose attempt for a perfect game was disrupted on an error by third base Jerry Hairston, Jr.  A.J. Burnett continued his impression of an injured Chien-Ming Wang, but Yankee homers came to the rescue.  Finally, it was the combination of Sabathia and Alex Rodriguez that secured the sweep.

 

Rob Carr/AP 

 

The Yankees are 72-33 since A-Rod returned from hip surgery, and it’s starting to look like he may not need additional surgery after the season.  Tonight, he notched his 2,500th career hit, and paced the Yankees with 4 RBI’s.

 

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In an interesting stat, Eric Hinske has only 14 hits since he joined the Yankees, but 7 of those hits have been home runs including one tonight.

 

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Derek Jeter now stands 9 career hits behind the legendary Lou Gehrig for the most career hits with the Yankees.  Larrupin’ Lou had 2,721 hits, while DJ has 2,713.  Admittedly, it is bittersweet to see another Gehrig mark fall, but I am happy for Jeter.  I am sure that Lou would be standing and clapping when Derek gets his 2,722nd hit.

 

Rob Carr/AP 

 

There are reports that Mariano Rivera will miss the next few games with a slight groin injury.  That hurts just to type it!  ;)  Hopefully, it isn’t too serious and he’s back soon.  Meanwhile, the other guys in the pen will need to step it up.  Hughes, I am not talking about you!

 

 

Ouch! 

There’s a chance that Brett Gardner will be back in uniform by the Rays’ series.  His hustle and ‘all-out’ style of play have been missed despite the Yankees’ continued success.

 

 

The Yankees begin a four-game series against the Blue Jays in Toronto on Thursday.  The scheduled starter is Chad Gaudin.  It is anticipated that Sergio Mitre will pitch Sunday, so I can’t say that I am overly optimistic about the upcoming series.  At first pass, I’d have to say that I’ll be pleased with a split.  On Monday (Labor Day), the Yankees will open a four-game set with the Scott Kazmir-less Tampa Bay Rays.  They’ll play two on Labor Day to get things started.  So, it isn’t going to get any easier for the next week.  I am sure that my friend Julia in Boston is licking her chops…

 

 

What is it with ex-Red Sox pitchers?  They stink it up in Boston, and then go to the National League and pitch lights out.  John Smoltz struck out 9 batters in his first start with the St. Louis Cardinals.  Tonight, Brad Penny pitched eight scoreless innings for the San Francisco Giants to defeat the World Champion Philadelphia Phillies.  Considering that the Giants are my team in the NL, I am pleased for the performance considering that the Giants are neck-and-neck with the Colorado Rockies for the wild card chase.  I also liked the anti-Dodger comments that ex-Dodger Penny made.  Given that he has made some disparaging comments about the Florida Marlins, I wonder how long before he rips into the Red Sox Nation…

 

 Matt Slocum / AP

Matt Slocum/AP

Based on the Red Sox pitchers success in the National League, I guess that means Nick Green will be next year’s NL Cy Young winner!  LOL!

 

BOSTON - JULY 07:  Nick Green #22 of the Boston Red Sox sends the ball to first for the out against the Oakland Athletics on July 7, 2009 at Fenway Park in Boston, Massachusetts.  (Photo by Elsa/Getty Images)

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Okay, I still can’t wrap my head around Brett Favre being my team’s starting quarterback.  How do you suddenly begin cheering for a guy that you “hated” for 16 years.  How many times did you think your team was going to win, only to see Favre throw a last second TD to pull out a win for the Pack?  I’ll admit that I’ve embraced Johnny Damon despite his previous employer.  But then again, I always liked and respected Damon.  Even as a Red Sox player, he was always very classy and professional.  So, I couldn’t “hate” him.  I tried to think of a Red Sox player that I wouldn’t want on the Yankees roster.  The first one to come to mind is Josh Beckett.  But I still think of him more as a Florida Marlin, so that doesn’t really count.  Maybe David Ortiz.  But I can’t help but like the guy.  I have no problems with Jason Bay, and he would be welcomed to left field in the Bronx with open arms.  There really isn’t anyone in any sport that I can compare to how difficult it is to see a bitter rival where your team’s colors.  Plus, Favre just looks kind of funny in purple.  Maybe Favre should have went to play for Dallas.  Watching all those Packers-Cowboys play-off and Thanksgiving games showed that Favre had an affection for throwing to the guys with a silver star on their helmets.  Nevertheless, I guess I had better get used to #4.  He is not going away.  Not this season at least.  I remain hopeful that the final Vikings roster of 53 includes John David Booty because I still think he’s the QB of the future.  But I guess this season I’d better learn to enjoy eating cheese…

 

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Finally, I went to see Nickelback perform last night at the Shoreline Amphitheatre in San Jose, CA.  I am a huge Nickelback fan so I had high expectations.  But this was easily the best concert I’ve ever attended.  Chad Kroeger is a master showman, and he definitely knows how to engage a crowd.  He’s the type of guy you’d love to have a beer with, except you’d never get in a word edgewise.  I was thoroughly impressed, and I recommend the Dark Horse Tour for anyone who hasn’t seen it if it is coming to a city near you.  Hinder was also excellent.  The concert will leave you feelin’ way too damn good…

 

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Given that his club hits record is being assaulted, I will end this blog with a call out to Lou Gehrig.  Lou, you remain the Pride of the Yankees, and you are an inspiration for the world!  We will never forget you…

 

 

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P.S.  I know that I’ve used this video before, but it remains one of my all-time favorites…

–Scott

3 Comments

Nothing wrong with using that video again – it is a classic. And good luck with Favre. I hope the Vikings have better luck with him then the Jets did. It was not pretty watching how he fell apart at the end of the season.

The concert looks like it was a lot of fun; I’m glad you enjoyed it. These days we all need things to help us feel “too damn good”; I know I could after watching my Red Sox pitching staff implode last night…..do we have to play another one in Tampa??

Julia
http://werbiefitz.mlblogs.com/

My brain froze when I read on Pete Abe’s blog last night that Mo had a groin pull. I sure hope it’s nothing serious and he’ll be just fine with rest and treatment. I’m with you on the series in Toronto, given the pitchers we’re putting out there. But maybe they’ll surprise us like Mitre did the other day. (Trying to stay positive. :) I know how you feel about Jeter breaking Gehrig’s record. Usually, I’m excited whenever he passes somebody on the list. But Gehrig – Well, he has a special place in our hearts. I think you’re right though: he’ll be cheering when Jeter gets it done. That’s the kind of man he was.

http://janeheller.mlblogs.com

You know there is nothing like living with a Yankee fan who is determined to sign Jason Bay, and who just looks at you and smiles this sweet little grin when the Yankees win. And I now get to see it almost every day.
AHHHHHHHHHHHHHHH!!!!
Ginny
http://watercooler.mlblogs.com
PS Love the video!

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