Game 156: Rivera’s Day

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So much to be said for the great Mariano Rivera, but there’s really no way to sum it up. He’s one of the greatest athletes of his time and the greatest closer of all time. Today is his day, although we also see the end of an era with Andy Pettitte on the mound for likely the last time in the Bronx.

The festivities should start at 12:30 PM, and you can catch it all on YES.… Click here to read the rest

Andy Pettitte the pitcher

Today is going to be an emotional day at Yankee Stadium. Mariano Rivera Day will be shared by Andy Pettitte. That Rivera encouraged Pettitte to announce his retirement to share in the special day says as much about Rivera as anything else written about the man. And that Pettitte was concerned about impeding on Rivera’s day says a lot about him as a man as well. And much will be said today in flowering terms. And rightly so. The two pitchers are part of a dynastic era and were two big cogs in all those successful teams. Along with the hyperbole when discussing the two pitchers today will be their Hall of Fame chances. Rivera will be considered a lock. Pettitte will be considered just short.

There are a lot of statistics that will back up that assessment of Pettitte’s career. His 3.93 career ERA would be the highest of any pitcher ever elected to the Hall of Fame. Pettitte’s starts during his career have benefited from a 5.4 runs per game support.… Click here to read the rest

Five years ago: The last night at old Yankee Stadium

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Was anyone else at the game on September 21, 2008?

I was sitting in Box 623, Row C, Seats 5-8. I obviously wasn’t in all four seats. I was in Seat 8 which was my usual spot. Those seats were my home every Sunday home game, every Opening Day, every Old Timers’ Day and in the early years as a season ticket holder, Memorial Day and Fourth of July. I had those seats from 1999-2008.

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We (me, my brother, my parents and numerous friends) had a lot of good times in those seats.

I saw a few walkoffs – home runs and base hits, my brother watched David Cone‘s perfect game, we saw some stinkers and we saw some nail biters. I took my friend from Japan to his first Yankee game in 2003 and he got to see his favorite player, Hideki Matsui, hit a home run against the Mets.

I can’t believe it’s been five years since that last game.… Click here to read the rest

Game 155: Just win (and keep on winning)

Last night was a good night because the Yankees needed CC Sabathia to pitch well and he did, they needed a big hit in the seventh inning and they got one from Alex Rodriguez, and most importantly, they needed to win the game and they did.

Here’s today’s lineup:
Ichiro Suzuki RF
Alex Rodriguez DH
Robinson Cano 2B
Alfonso Soriano LF
Curtis Granderson CF
Eduardo Nunez 3B
Mark Reynolds 1B
Brendan Ryan SS
Chris Stewart C

I know there’s a week left in the season but I’m still not used to seeing some of these names in the lineup (Ryan, Reynolds and even Soriano). It almost feels like this season hasn’t been real. It’s just all a bad dream we’re all sharing.

Okay, it’s not that bad, the Yankees aren’t the Astros or Marlins. It’s just an off-year. They happen sometimes. … Click here to read the rest

Yankees 5, Giants 1: Slam, Based On The Home Run Record by Gehrig

FADE IN:
YANKEE STADIUM ON A LATE SUMMER NIGHT

MIKE AND SARAH ARE SITTING IN SECTION 418, WATCHING AS THE NEW YORK YANKEES TAKE ON THE SAN FRANCISCO GIANTS. THE GAME IS TIED 1-1 IN THE SEVENTH INNING AND THE MUCH-MALIGNED ALEX RODRIGUEZ STEPS IN TO FACE GEORGE KONTOS WITH TWO OUTS AND THE BASES LOADED.

MIKE
This is a huge spot. Knowing A-Rod he’ll probably blow it.
SARAH
Have some faith, Mike. I’m feeling grand slam.
MIKE
(laughs at his girlfriend)
You wanna bet?
SARAH
Sure. If A-Rod goes deep, you have to do the dishes for a week.
MIKE
And if he doesn’t, you do my laundry this week.
SARAH
Deal.
MIKE
Let’s seal it with a —

ON THE FOURTH PITCH OF THE AT BAT ALEX RODRIGUEZ HITS A GRAND SLAM INTO SECTION 104 OF YANKEE STADIUM, JUST IN FRONT OF THE BLEACHERS. BOTH MIKE AND SARAH CHEER ALONG WITH THE REST OF THE CROWD BUT SARAH’S SMILE IS JUST A LITTLE BIT BIGGER.… Click here to read the rest