Results tagged ‘ Nick Adenhart ’

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Jorge Posada injured the “other” hamstring, and now the Yanks are looking for catching alternatives.  Francisco Cervelli, the only other catcher on the 40-man roster, is currently playing for Double A-Trenton.  

 

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Jose Molina looked like Big Wally behind the plate last night…and played like it…

 

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Courtesy Julia’s Rants

 

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Joe Girardi, who had an early exit thanks to his argument with home plate umpire Jerry Meals.

 

The home plate umpire throws Joe Girardi out of the game for arguing a called strike three on Derek Jeter in the 5th inning.

David Pokress/Newsday

 

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Phil Hughes, who is now 1-1, thanks to the Yanks failed rally in the 9th and those home runs to Jason Bay and Mike Lowell.  What happened to the 2009 version of Hughes that beat the Tigers last month?  We don’t need any repeat appearances of the 2008 version…

 

Mike Lowell of the Red Sox trots around the bases after hitting a solo home run in the first inning.

David Pokress/Newsday

 

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Damaso Marte to the 15-Day DL. 

 

 

Well, at least Damaso has an excuse.  What about Jose Veras?…

 

 

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Forget the two home runs, Mark Teixeira missed his “defining moment” when he struck out with two men on in the 9th inning…

 

Red Sox catcher Jason Varitek tosses the ball to the home plate umpire after Mark Texeira struck out to end the first inning.

David Pokress/Newsday

 

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Me, of course.  However, I may be down, but I am not out.  I am not going to concede defeat to the this woman!  And hopefully the great Rain gods in the sky won’t either for tonight’s game…

 

 

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I know, I have been neglecting the show (thanks to this blog) and I am now about 6 episodes behind.  At least I have TiVo…

 

 

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Are the Los Angeles Lakers really 0-1 to start their series against the Houston Rockets?

 

Lakers are stopped cold by Rockets in Game 1

Los Angeles Times

 

Kobe, say it ain’t so!

 

BUT, NOW WE WIN!

 

 

Go Yankees!

 

JOE TORRE’S RECORD START

 

With the Los Angeles Dodgers’ 11 home wins to start the 2009 season, Joe Torre has exceeded his personal best.  He started with 10 home wins with the Atlanta Braves in 1983. 

 

However, he must secretly have a death wish for the winning streak considering the scheduled starter tonight against the Arizona Diamondbacks is the completely forgettable Jeff Weaver.  Good luck with that…

 

Kevork Djansezian/AP

 

NICE TOUCH BY ANGELS

 

I was impressed by the Los Angeles Angels decision to take the late Nick Adenhart’s jersey on the road with them this season.  The jersey was at Yankee Stadium this past weekend, and it presently occupies a locker in the visitors’ clubhouse at Oakland Coliseum.

 

 

 Joshua Sudock/The Orange County Register

 

 

Equilibrium in the Yankee Universe…

There is balance in the world. Peace and harmony. It truly is Good Friday…in more ways than one. The Yankees have evened their record at 2-2…

Thanks to a great pitching performance by Andy Pettitte, the Yankees defeated the Kansas City Royals, 4-1, at the refurbished Kaufman Stadium. Pettitte, who made his major league debut at Kaufman Stadium on April 29, 1995, is 13-3 against the Royals (including 8-0 in his last 12 starts).

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Nick Swisher followed up his 5 RBI performance yesterday with a run-scoring double off former Yankees pitcher Sidney Ponson.

And, oh by the way, Jorge Posada had a two-run single.

Lastly, the great Mo Rivera. He gave up a hit in the 9th, but he mowed down the other hitters, including three strikes on the last one. I was impressed with Mo when he was setting up John Wetteland in 1995, and I am just as impressed with Mo closing games in 2009. Every time I watch him pitch, I realize that I am watching one of the truly great ones. I know the day will come when a future grandchild will come up to me and say, “You got to see Mariano Rivera pitch? Wow!”. Yes, I did…

 

BRING OUT THE BROOMS

Alex Rodriguez is expected to arrive in Tampa on Monday, which coincides with the Yankees arrival to play the Tampa Bay Rays at Tropicana Field in St. Petersburg. Apparently, A-Rod has been getting ready for swinging a bat by swinging a broom. I did ask Julia if that was a sign of things to come for her upcoming birthday weekend when the Yankees travel to Fenway Park.

A-Rod’s arrival in Tampa is just a continuation of his rehab, and he will be hitting, throwing and running. Although some reports have placed A-Rod’s ETA as May 15th, there has been some speculation that he’ll be ready as early as late April. Manager Joe Girardi is maintaining an expectation of May 15th. I agree. A-Rod should be conservative with his return, regardless of how he feels. It would be much better to be at 100%, rather than return at 95% and risk further injury. In other words, I don’t want to look at third and see Cody Ransom for the rest of the season…

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Here’s hoping that there are no setbacks in A-Rod’s rehabilitation. I do have to say that it has been nice without A-Rod as a distraction. But his bat and play will be a welcome addition in the Bronx…particularly considering that Ransom has only one hit in fourteen plate appearances this season…

SCARY MOMENT

Last night, I was watching the San Francisco Giants play the Milwaukee Brewers on MLB. The Giants were leading 7-1, when Brewers outfielder Mike Cameron hit a 9th inning liner that struck Giants pitcher Joe Martinez in the head. Cameron, known as a great guy, cringed and looked away as he ran toward first.

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I had to look at the replays several times to fully absorb what had just happened.

On a night when a nation was paying tribute to late Angels pitcher Nick Adenhart, the Martinez story didn’t get much play. But I am so very thankful that Martinez wasn’t more seriously hurt. Martinez was diagnosed with a concussion last night, but further tests today revealed three hairline fractures.

He’ll remain hospitalized for a few days as a precautionary measure. Joe, here’s hoping for a speedy recovery and a quick return to the field…

THE GREAT SHOWDOWN, PART III

As some of you may know, I’ve had my share of battles against Julia of Julia’s Rants and her beloved Boston Red Sox. In Spring Training, she took the first game, while I emerged victorious in the second game. The losses meant writing favorable posts about players (past or present) on the opponent’s team. With the Spring split, we both wrote our share of posts about Yankees and Red Sox players.

Of course, many people asked why we would make a wager on Spring games that mean absolutely, positively nothing.

Well, for those critics, the first Yankees-Red Sox series of the season looms in a couple of weeks. It also happens to be Julia’s birthday weekend. So, we’ve started to think about the penalty for the loser. I thought it might be a good idea to solicit your opinions. We want to keep this fair and respectable, but please feel free to provide your suggestions. If the Yankees lose two or more games that weekend, I have already agreed that Wally the Green Monster will sit above Lou the Yankee bear for one week following the series.

 


IMG00005-20090408-2013.jpgIf the Red Sox lose, I think Julia should have to get a photo taken in a pink Yankees hat.

But we need more…what do you suggest?

FINALLY…

If the Red Sox lose to the Los Angeles Angels tonight, I will not take any satisfaction. This will be a very difficult game for the Red Sox and the Angels, and both will be playing for Nick Adenhart. Regardless of who wins, there is no loser. These are two quality, championship clubs, and their players approach the game the way it should be played. There will be no ‘Tek hatin’. Tonight, I am a Red Sox fan. I am an Angels fan. But most importantly, I am a baseball fan. Nick, you will remain in our thoughts and our prayers as we move forward. We’ll never be the same without you, but we will persevere because of you…

Preston Keres

$82 Million Has Been Well Spent…

Definition of a Stopper…

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I felt good about today’s game on the simple basis of knowing that A.J. Burnett would be taking the mound.  It wasn’t a perfect performance, but he made the big pitches when they mattered the most. 

Of course, I didn’t know that Nick Swisher would be starting and delivering 5 RBI’s, but that was a nice bonus.  I like Swish and the energy he brings to the team.  God bless him for the loud music he plays, even when he is relegated to bench duty.

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Robby Cano is also showing signs that he may be maturing.

 

And Tex, it was very appropriate to get the first home run of the season in front of his hometown crowd.  In the grand scheme of things, a win or loss wasn’t going to determine the season, but it was nice to get the first one out of the way.

Mark Teixeira reacts after grounding out to end the eighth inning.

AP Photo 

THE AMERICAN IDLE

I am normally not one to gloat, but I was so disappointed in Carl Pavano as a Yankee.  The guy has the talent, there is no doubt.  But what’s going on inside the head is a different story.  Today’s line score is very appropriate…

Cleveland Indians

Pitchers

IP

 H

 R

ER

BB

SO

HR

PC-ST

ERA

C Pavano (L, 0-1)

1.0

6

9

9

3

1

2

39-21

81.00

Carl only retired three of twelve batters that he faced.

Paul Connors/AP

Good luck in Cleveland, Carl.  I am glad that you are no longer a Yankee…

THE DEPARTED ANGEL

It’s been tough today seeing the tributes for Angels pitcher Nick Adenhart.  Also, the TV clips of Wednesday night’s performance against the A’s have been equally difficult. 

By virtue of injuries, Nick was the Angels #3 starter.  But he showed on Wednesday night that he belonged in the major leagues.  He was a guy that had Tommy John surgery in high school, yet rebounded to become the top prospect in the Angels organization.  He was a humorous guy…the kind of guy who drives others to achieve greatness.

Jeff Gross/AP 

Yankees manager Joe Girardi made some comments today that I completely agree with.  Joe was the Rock of Gibraltar during the untimely passing of St. Louis Cardinal pitcher Darryl Kile (the Cardinals were playing the Cubs, Girardi’s team, at the time of Kile’s death). 

“It’s sad. It really is,” Girardi said. “You think of a young man who realizes his dream and pitches six shutout innings, and drives home and is gone. Life is not supposed to be like that. I didn’t even know the kid and it’s hard for me. He’s just a little boy who dreamed about playing in the big leagues.

“It’s one big fraternity, one big family. Your heart goes out to that family and that young man. You realize how precious life is. You wake up every day and be thankful for what you’ve got, because you never know.”

Well said, Joe…

We have been cheated by not seeing what Nick could have become.  At 22, he did more than most of us will achieve in a lifetime.  April 9th will become to Angels fans what August 2nd means to Yankee fans.  Nick, you will be missed…

Tragic Loss of Angels’ Nick Adenhart…

Los Angeles Angels

Pitchers

IP

 H

 R

ER

BB

SO

HR

PC-ST

ERA

N Adenhart

6.0

7

0

0

3

5

0

98-61

0.00

J Arredondo (H, 2)

1.0

3

2

2

0

1

0

19-12

13.50

S Shields (H, 2)

1.0

1

1

1

0

2

0

22-14

4.50

B Fuentes (L, 0-1; B, 1)

1.0

4

3

3

1

1

0

28-19

13.50

Totals

9.0

15

6

6

4

9

0

167-106

 

 

The above information was from the box score from Wednesday’s game between the Los Angeles Angels and the Oakland A’s.

 

Unfortunately, it represents the final game of Angels starter Nick Adenhart who was killed Thursday morning in an auto accident in Anaheim.  Adenhart was only 22 years old, and was a top prospect in the Angels organization.  His major league opportunity had been created by a great spring combined with the health of Angels ace John Lackey.  

 

AP/Eric Risbert

 

Per ESPN, his 2009 Fantasy Season Outlook was:

 

Adenhart is far better than the 5.76 ERA he put up in Triple-A last season, and the pitcher who got knocked around in a few big-league starts. His pitching environment in the minors was about as tough as it gets last season, so that was part of it. Still just 22, he has the raw stuff to succeed in the middle of a big-league rotation but too often lacks the confidence in it and tries to nibble too much instead of being aggressive with his stuff and allowing his curve to get strikeouts for him. Dustin McGowan had similar issues before he finally broke through. Don’t forget about Adenhart in deep AL-only and keeper leagues this season.

 

Adenhart made his major league debut on May 1, 2008, and made a total of three starts last season.  He earned his only major league victory on May 12, 2008 against the Chicago White Sox.

 

This is a huge loss for the entire baseball family, and I am deeply saddened for both the short- and long-term adverse impact this will have on the Angels organization.  My condolences to Nick’s friends and family.  We will never know what could have been…

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