At Least There Was Something to Celebrate

September 7th, 2014 by
Photo: William Perlman/The Star-Ledger

Photo: William Perlman/The Star-Ledger

Or should I say “someone.” The Yankees brought out a veritable Who’s Who of stars for Derek Jeter Day at the Stadium, including members of the Yanks. I did miss Andy Pettitte, but it’s always good to see Jorge, Mo and Bernie. I’m still not sure why this ceremony wasn’t saved for the last home game of the season, but it was a fitting tribute. Having Cal Ripken there was an especially nice touch. And yikes Tim Raines is large these days.

As for the game against the Royals, well, there’s nothing to say that hasn’t been said during the season. It was the same old same old: good pitching, no hitting. And aside from yesterday’s win, the series was futility in general. The only upside is that both Pineda and Green look like great candidates for the rotation next year. Now if they could get some bats and be done with the dead wood so to speak, they’d be in business.

 

 

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A Happy Ending

September 4th, 2014 by

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Mark Teixeira made it a tie ballgame in the bottom of the ninth against the Red Sox tonight, and then Chase Headley sent the Yanks to a game win and a series win. I was on my feet cheering.

The Yankees may not win another series this season, who knows, but all I wanted for them was to get out of their offensive doldrums and play entertaining baseball and they did. The Red Sox are only a shell of their former selves, except for Ortiz who just keeps hitting bombs year after year, but taking two of three at home was fun anyway. I loved how excited the players got tonight after Headley’s walkoff, like a bunch of little kids. So cute.

As for Headley himself, he was a nice pickup. I wonder what’ll happen to him when A-Rod comes back next year (theoretically). Come to think of it, how will the Yankees deal with A-Rod coming back? (Hal said he’s looking forward to it. Yeah, sure.) In the meantime, Headley has played a solid third base and had a few timely hits.

The weekend series against the Royals should be interesting, with Sunday’s Jeter Farewell ceremony certain to be a tear jerker. I still can’t imagine the Yankees without him, but it’s clear that it’s the right time for him to head off into his new life. I have no doubt that he’ll succeed in whatever arena he pursues. He’s The Natural.

 

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Slipping Away

September 1st, 2014 by

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The series in Toronto was a big disappointment on so many levels. Not only did Ellsbury get hurt, but once again the Yankees’ good pitching was trumped by weak hitting with an all-too-predictable result. Does anyone else think Kevin Long will be long gone by next April? I’m wondering.

Suffice it to say, the playoffs seem more and more likely to be a party to which the Yanks won’t be invited – and don’t deserve to be. I’m a Yankee fan. I want them to get into the party. But honestly they haven’t played well enough to have earned a spot so that’s just how it is. Maybe it’s Oakland’s year or even KC’s. And then there’s Baltimore. Can’t forget them, not the way they score runs.

As I said before, thank God for the US Open because tennis was far more interesting this Labor Day holiday than baseball.

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The Yankees Are Making Me Feel Like This

August 28th, 2014 by

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One minute they win and I’m up. The next they lose and I’m down. Right now I’m the latter thanks to today’s finale against the Tigers. Ugh. Tough loss. Tough series loss. They really need to win series, not lose them, especially against teams they’re trying to climb over for a Wild Card spot. Once again, the starting pitching was worthy of a win and yet….

Can the Yankees go on a real run – i.e. win more than a couple of games here and there? The offense has to do more damage than it’s been doing for that to happen. I keep wishing we had a monster power hitter who could come off the bench and muscle one out in big situations. We used to have guys like that. Instead we acquire relief pitchers, as in today’s signing of some lefty named Josh Outman. Ruben Sierra, where are you?

Bring on the division rivals, I guess, so we can know whether the Yanks are truly in this pennant race. The Blue Jays can hit and the Red Sox, while out of the race, are always dangerous. Thank God for the US Open. Watching tennis is fun without the stress.

Enjoy the Labor Day weekend!

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Eating with Jeter?

August 26th, 2014 by
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Photo: Diamond Dishes

Just got this release from Steiner Sports. If anyone wants to pony up and have a farewell lunch with the Captain, here’s all the info. Part of me thinks the commercialization of Jeter’s last season is way over the top. The other part thinks the luncheon is a sweet way to say goodbye. You decide.

For Immediate Release 

The Captain’s Farewell: Derek Jeter Live at the Hudson Theatre Presented by Steiner Sports on Monday, September 22 New York, August 26 –

One of the greatest Yankees, as well as one of baseball’s best, Derek Jeter, will be saying goodbye to the game at season’s end. What better way to bid him farewell than by attending “The Captain’s Farewell: Derek Jeter Live at the Hudson Theatre” hosted by Brandon Steiner and Steiner Sports.

On Monday, September 22, from 12 noon to 2:00 pm, just three days before Jeter’s final home game at Yankee Stadium, he will be joined by Brandon Steiner at the historic Hudson Theatre in the Millennium Hotel (145 W 44th St, New York, NY 10036) in midtown Manhattan for a special event and impactful Q&A that will commemorate his great career and time with the New York Yankees.

Tickets start at $149. The packages are all listed at the end of the release. For more information and tickets go onto http://www.steinersports.com/events.html 

Event: The Captain’s Farewell: Derek Jeter Live at the Hudson Theatre 

Location: Hudson Theatre at the Millennium Hotel 

Address: 145 W 44th St, New York, NY 10036

Venue Website: http://www.millenniumhotels.com/usa/millenniumbroadwaynewyork/meetings/hudson-theater.html 

Transport: The 1, 2, 3, 7, N, Q, R, and Shuttle train stop at 42nd Street/Times Square, which leaves you three blocks from the hotel. 

Event Date: Monday, September 22, 2014 

Event Time: 12:00 noon to 2:00 pm 

Event Prices: Starting at $149; VIP packages that include a luncheon and memorabilia also available.  

Steiner Sports Contact: Steiner Sports Events, 914-307-1037, or email jwechsler@steinersports.com 

Athletes in attendance: Yankees shortstop Derek Jeter and a few surprise Yankees alumni 

For more information: Visit http://www.steinersports.com/events.html 

Living Social Packages 

The Balcony: One Balcony Ticket to Derek Jeter Q&A Including One Jeter Subway Sign One $25 Steiner Sports Gift Card(does not include Luncheon) Price $149 

The Mezzanine: One Mezzanine Ticket to Derek Jeter Q&A One Jeter Canvas Print One $25 Steiner Sports Gift Card (Does not include Luncheon) Price: $249 

Clutch Package with Product: Two Tickets to the luncheon and Jeter Q&A One Photo op with Derek Jeter for you and your guest One Limited Edition Derek Jeter Signed piece $2,500 per package

Clutch Package (without Product) Two Tickets to the luncheon and Jeter Q&A One Photo op with Derek Jeter for you and your guests $2,000 per package

 

 

 

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Does This Team Have a Shot After All?

August 24th, 2014 by

Broom_icon.svg[4]If you told me the Yankees would knock Chris Sale out of today’s game and go on to win it with a walk-off homer, I would have said, “Naaaah. No way.” But it happened. With a little bit of luck (Sale was victimized by his team’s sloppy defense), some solid pitching (minus Dave Robertson’s blown save), some clutch at-bats and a nifty managerial move (McCann pinch-hitting), the Yanks pulled off the win and the series sweep of the White Sox, a team they really had to beat to keep any hopes of making the postseason alive.

I have to give special credit to a few players in particular. Beltran, despite the fact that he’s clearly not 100%, has come through. Cervelli has been a terrific handler of pitchers. Ellsbury has rebounded from his slump. Even David Huff didn’t scare me today when he came on in a big situation. But as I said in the last post, Prado has really been an attention getter. I’m loving this guy right now.

I wish Drew could hit. I wish Gardner didn’t have a swollen ankle. I wish Tanaka could be in the rotation instead of making news for tossing the ball around without his arm falling off. But mostly I wish this upcoming road trip would show us that the 2014 Yankees, a collection of seemingly ragtag characters that aren’t household names (except the obvious one), have found the right chemistry and gelled enough to overcome their weaknesses and charge into the playoffs. To the Midwest they go….

 

 

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The Devil Doesn’t Wear Prado

August 22nd, 2014 by

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Walkoffs are so exciting and Martin Prado’s single in the bottom of the ninth against the White Sox was no exception. I was on my feet cheering while Prado was getting mobbed by his teammates. He’s been playing well, both with the bat and the glove, and I’m glad he’s in pinstripes. Tonight’s heroics weren’t necessarily the start of the Yankees’ climb toward the playoffs, but the game was enjoyable nonetheless. Greene, like just about all the starters, was great after his initial floundering. The pitchers haven’t been the problem, as evidenced by McCarthy’s stellar performance against the Astros the day before to avoid a truly humiliating sweep. (I’m loving the fiery Cervelli as catcher. He seems to pull every last drop of energy out of his pitchers.) It’s the offense that’s been so frustrating. But for tonight at least the four runs were enough to get it done.

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We Actually Won This Series

August 17th, 2014 by

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The Trop wasn’t a house of horrors this time as the Yanks ended up taking two of three from the Rays. The hitting is still pretty anemic, but Jeter had a huge clutch hit yesterday that seemed to get everybody fired up, including the fans at the game. Prado is emerging as a player of interest, both offensively and defensively, and the pitching was superb for this series. McCarthy, once again, deserved better and Greene could have/should have gotten a win, but at least Kuroda finally notched one.

This team is trying to hang in, they really are. The question is can they? Do they have the talent to not only hang in but go on a tear and leapfrog over the teams in front of them? They’re a recently cobbled together group who haven’t had time to gel or develop real chemistry. Does it matter? I don’t know. It’s the middle of August – not too many games left to make a move. But at least when they win it’s more fun to watch them. There’s that.

 

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Do I Have to Threaten You With Divorce Again, Yankees?

August 13th, 2014 by

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It worked in 2007 when you were playing this badly, Yankees. I said I was suing you on the grounds of mental cruelty and you ended up making the playoffs after all. Is it really time for Confessions of a She-Fan: The Sequel?

Lucky for them I’m too busy to divorce them right now, but wow. Did they ever stink in Baltimore. How frustrating is it for the starters (welcome back, Pineda) to pitch well or well enough, only to have the offense score a run or two early and then go silent? And then there’s the once-efficient bullpen. Bettances is great, I get that, but Girardi had to know he was pushing the kid beyond what he normally gives us and Kelley just hasn’t been good for awhile. The second half of the season is when teams have to turn it up a notch, especially against the division leader, but all we saw over the two games at Camden Yards was….Pffff.

I’m sad. It’s not over, it just feels that way right now and I’m glad for the off day tomorrow.

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Coming Back to Earth

August 10th, 2014 by
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Photo: Mike Agliolo/Corbis

That’s how today’s loss, combined with yesterday’s, to the Indians feels like: an astroid hitting the earth. I had such high hopes for the Yankees’ season after the series against the Tigers, and Friday night’s 10 runs against Cleveland gave me more hope. But – ugh – we seem to be in the dreaded dead zone again, offense wise, and the collective hitting slump couldn’t come at a more inopportune time. In other words, if the Yanks have a prayer of making the playoffs even as a lowly Second Wild Card team (as Audrey rightfully pointed out in the last post’s comments section, KC is the team with steam for that spot), they need to beat up on the Orioles over the next few days. And how are they going to do that if they can’t drive in runs? Never mind that there are still question marks about the starters – i.e. who’s starting on Wednesday, Pineda or Rogers?

But I digress. The pitching has been great for the most part, so let’s assume it stays great, as flukey as this may be, given the cast of characters. Where will the hits/runs come from if everybody’s gone cold? Great that Tex is back in the lineup, pinky and all. And how lovely that Ellsbury hit a solo shot in today’s game. They’ve got to stop stranding men on base. Just. Stop. Doing. That. It would be nice if they hit more homers too, of course.

Whatever happens happens, I guess. Baltimore’s surging and we keep lapsing back. But it’s getting late early, as Yogi would say. Time to turn it on or go home.

 

 

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