The Real Season Begins…
Thus, endeth the regular season…
The Yankees emerged as the 2009 American League Eastern Division Champions with a 102-59 mark, finishing 8 games ahead of the not-so-beloved Boston Red Sox. Of course, now the real season begins…if the Yankees can ever figure out who they are going to play! Seriously, their opponent will be determined on Tuesday when the Detroit Tigers take on the Minnesota Twins at the Metrodome in Minneapolis.
The Twins are hoping that the good vibes from Brett Favre’s victorious first game against the Green Bay Packers carries over until Tuesday. If not, it will be the Twins’ final game in the Metrodome as they prepare to move to a new park next season. The Vikings, by the way, defeated the Packers 30-23 behind the arm of Favre and the sacks of jared Allen…
I really do not have a preference of which team to face in the AL Divisional Series. Justin Verlander concerns me, but it’s not like the Twins don’t have their own “terrorists”. I wouldn’t really want to face Joe Mauer with the game on the line. Admittedly, I do not know a great deal about either team, but the Yankees are prepared to face whomever makes the journey to the Bronx on Wednesday.
Sunday, Alex Rodriguez continued to amaze me on his journey back from early season hip surgery. He went into Sunday’s action needing 2 home runs and 7 RBI’s to reach 30 homers and 100 ribbies for the 13th consecutive year. 13 proved to be the magic number as lightning struck in the 6th inning when A-Rod homered twice, and drove in 7 runs to set a new AL mark for a single inning. Move over, Big Papi!
Hopefully, Sunday’s game will launch A-Rod into a very productive post-season…
Also coming up huge Sunday was Joba Chamberlain in his 2009 bullpen debut in the 7th inning. He went one inning, and gave up no hits or runs, striking out one. The late inning trio of Chamberlain, Phil Hughes and Mariano Rivera looks like a good one for October success.
Today was the day that my friend Julia (of Julia’s Rants) paid off her debt to “society”. She was the unfortunate loser of a recent Yankees-Red Sox series, and she served her penance wearing a Lou Gehrig Yankees t-shirt and a pink Yankees hat in the city of Boston. Check out her site for the full report. Congrats Julia, you did an amazing job! You are just so good at losing! ;) Seriously, it was a tremendous job…as usual!
Courtesy Julia’s Rants
For our next wager, I propose it will be determined by a) which team (Yankees or Red Sox) goes the deepest in the play-offs, or b) the winner of the AL Championship Series if both the Yankees and Red Sox advance. In the unlikely event both the Yankees and Red Sox lose their ALDS series, the wager becomes null and void and we begin plotting our revenge for 2010.
We will determine what’s at stake during the next few days so please stay tuned…
Yeah Julia, I’m ready! How about you?
Courtesy Julia’s Rants
Well, time to settle in for Tigers-Twins…let’s go Yankees!