Saturday, July 7, 2007

Tape Delayed Live Blog

Since I missed the live telecast of the Angels/Yankees game and I'm up watching the replay, I figured why not blog along with the game and get this post out of the way while it's going on. I'm going to update the post as the game moves along. If you happen to stop by and check out the post, feel free to comment along. Right now, it's the bottom of the 2nd, A-Rod and Matsui on the basepaths with no-out. It's 1am and I've been up for quite some time today. This post could grow very incoherent, maybe even silly, as the game moves on. It'll be a good read, I promise.
1st inning: Not much to write about here. Both Pettitte and Colon looked sharp. According to Michael Kay, Pettitte is great in the start after getting shelled. Something tells me he won't be on his game tonight.
2nd inning: A-Rod is having a great year with the glove. That was a pretty barehanded play he made on Big Vlad. I don't see how Alex isn't a shoe-in for the MVP. A-Rod absolutely owns Colon. A rocket double into the gap shows no signs of hamstring trouble. Matsui walks and Jorgie Porgie Puddin' N Pie knocks in A-Rod. Abreu is up, and I'm caught up.
1:01 - A sac fly by Bobby. It gets the job done. I've read a few rumors that the Yankees are entertaining shipping out Abreu. I wouldn't complain if they did trade him, but he's looking a lot better in recent days. I definitely wouldn't bat him at the top of the order. He's better suited right where he is in the 7-hole.
1:04 - Cairo strikes out and I really hate our first baseman. I haven't heard any Shea Hillenbrand rumors in a while. I don't think he can do much worse. And yeah, Phillips may be hitting .286, but he's still a chump in my book.
1:07 - 2-0 Yanks after 2. My inner Miss Cleo is predicting that Andy will soon relinquish the lead.
1:11 - Checking out how my ESPN fantasy team did tonight. 11-26 with 4 jacks but I'm still losing 13-5-6. Consornit.
1:13 - Man A-Rod is dope with the glove. I'm going to channel my inner Bell Biv Devoe and sing the following: A-Rod's dope. He's fly. Definitely wants to make me scream.
1:16 - Pettitte has Orlando 0-2. I'm predicting a 2-run double. Clean your freakin' helmet!
1:20 - And there's the double. Man I'm smart.
1:24 - Time for some mid-inning entertainment. I heard this at the Bisons' game tonight. Andy Marte's batting music is a jam called "Chacarron" by some dude named El Chumbo. If you've never heard this song, oh my God, click this link and watch the video on YouTube. It is awesome. I read online Jose Reyes uses it also. It's the jam y'all. It's now my ringtone.
1:25 - Melky singled to open the 3rd and I'm trying to figure out what this guy from China is saying to Michael Kay. I think I heard the guy call Michael Kay an a-hole, but I can't tell for sure. He might have said fastball.
1:26 to 1:43 - I'm just going to give my thoughts on the 6-run 3rd inning. This is exactly what this team needs to do. Keep the line moving. You don't need to swing for the fences and try to hit a 5-run homer. Hits and walks move the runners along. 5 straight guys reached base to open the inning. 6 hits resulted in 6 runs. 5 singles, 1 double and NO HOMERS. Cairo even mixed in a suicide squeeze. Small ball. I love it. Just make contact and put the ball in play. Move the runners around the bases. Score runs. It's that simple.
1:43 - A-Rod again pounded Colon. Bartolo is his biach.
1:44 - That didn't sound good.
1:45 - Did someone at YES just crank up the flux capacitor to 1.21 gigawatts because we just totally skipped the 4th inning?
1:48 - Jeter gets knocked a lot for being a poor defensive shortstop. While I don't think he's the best fielding SS in the game, he's definitely better than average. I've never seen anyone get to balls in the hole, backhand them, and make a jump-throw to first for an out more than Jeter. Granted, I pretty much only see Yankees' games, but I feel confident in saying that nobody does it better.
1:53 - Andy, Andy, Andy. Definitely not on the A-game tonight. The Angels are a great offensive team, I'll give them that. But Pettitte has looked pretty awful these last few starts.
1:55 - Can't wait for "The Bronx Is Burning." It looks like it'll be a good miniseries.
1:56 - I like McNuggets too! That commercial really speaks to me. I like McNuggets y'all. I like McNuggets y'all. Sing along. You know you wanna.
1:59 - Cano is now 3-3. It's really encouraging to see guys like Matsui, Cano, Cabrera and Abreu performing these last few games. Posada's comments obviously struck a chord in the clubhouse. Their continued output is absolutely necessary if the Yankees want to see October.
2:06 - Cano makes a baserunning blunder and misses 3rd on a rare shot to the gap by Cairo. Way to rob the guy of an RBI there Robbie. After 5, the score is 9-5 and somewhere out there, Dolly Parton is smiling.
2:07 - Excuse me for a moment. I'm suddenly craving a glass of milk.
2:12 - I'm back and I've missed 3 successive hits off Pettitte to open the inning. Though one was pretty questionable. Pettitte's night is done and he didn't have it again. So much for being 9-4 with a 2.57 ERA in games after bad outings. Since Pettitte made those comments about the team not caring as much as he does a few starts ago, he's been pretty bad, and that's being kind. 10 hits and 8 earned runs tonight. Not good. 23 earned runs in his last 4 starts. The ERA has climbed 1.33 points in his last 4 starts. We need better from you Andy. The offense kept giving you the runs and you kept giving 'em right back.
2:19 - Edwar's in and that changeup is nasty. I wonder if they'll change his entrance music to the theme from Looney Tunes.
2:23 - I like this Ramirez kid. I think he's going to be a nice addition to the bullpen.
2:26 - It's 2:26 in the morning. I wonder where A-Rod is?
2:30 - Damon just swiped second. That's encouraging. It looks like his leg troubles might be a thing of the past. If the legs are strong, we'll be seeing a lot of vintage Damon. That's another integral part needed if this ship is going to make it to the postseason.
2:33 - How great is it to see the Yankees reclaiming the lead once they relinquish it? It's been the other way around for most of the season.
2:35 - Holy ****! Ken Singleton just came through with the reverse jinx. He makes a comment that the Yankees have all these runs and hits and no homers. The very next pitch A-Rod goes deep. That never happens. Announcers usually are the kiss of death when they make those comments. I'm flabbergasted.
2:38 - Did I just use the word flabbergasted?
2:39 - Commercial break and those super huge subs from Subway look so good. Why can't I live in the tri-state metro area. "Curse you Subway" he says while shaking his fist in the air.
2:40 - My belly hurts. I shouldn't have eaten the rest of the ice cream. I have an owie.
2:42 - Nice defensive play by the Halos to end the 6th. 12-9 Yankees! I think we might win this one. Knock on wood.
2:44 - Another trip through time as Marty McFly and Doc Brown zip us ahead to the top of the 8th.
2:45 - Who the heck do the Yankees have playing left field? Oh wait, It's Damon. He got a haircut and I didn't recognize him. It took me 8 innings to notice that and it's pretty obvious. He now looks like he's twelve. If I were a priest I'd, wait, I won't go there.
2:48 - Proctor looked real good tonight. I'm kind of miffed that they skipped by the 7th inning because I really wanted to see him K Matthews and Anderson to get Ramirez out of trouble. Proctor has now strung together 4 solid outings. Who knew becoming a pyromaniac would help his confidence? Another key to the Yankees success lies within the bullpen. Proctor and Farnsworth looked good recently, though I'm still not sold on either. I'm really wondering if Farnsie's tenure in Pinstripes is coming to an end.
2:53 - Two stolen bases for Damon! Wow. This game has been awesome. Stealing bases. Timely hits. Squeeze plays. Moving runners. Damon steals second and Melky singles him home. I like this style of play. These guys are talented enough to keep this up.
2:55 - Now Melky steals a base. I really hope the Yankees continue the aggressiveness on the basepaths.
2:56 - Jeter follows it up with an RBI single. 14 runs on 19 hits. Everyone has at least one hit. Everyone has at least one RBI. The Yankees did an excellent job tonight of manufacturing runs. Stolen bases followed by singles. Squeeze plays. They kept the line moving and it paid off.
2:59 - I tend to repeat myself sometimes.
3:00 - It's now 3am and I am so beyond tired. Hopefully, the DeLorean has enough....umm....what did it use for fuel again?....I want to say garbage....hopefully it has enough garbage in the tank to skip through the 9th inning as well.
3:02 - Great, a pitching change and we're off to a commercial.
3:04 - zzzzzz
3:06 - 8 innings in the books and I have my fingers crossed that they don't show the 9th.
3:08 - Bibbity bobbity boo.
3:09 - "Yay. They're showing the 9th inning," he says sarcastically. I don't want to stay up anymore but I can't quit after having come this far.
3:11 - 2 down and 1 to go. It's big Vlad. I'm getting a vision....pop up to second.
3:12 - Ball game over. Yankees win. Thuhhhhh Yankees win!
That was a pretty exciting game. The Yanks are on a little mini-roll. Winners of 4 of their last 5. 1 game under .500. The excitement is starting to build a little bit but I don't want to get overly excited and let down (again). Great win tonight. It was great to see everyone contribute. Now just do this, say 60 more times and we're in business.
3:15 - Is it me or does Franco Harris look a lot like Mr. Kotter?
3:18 - "And I'm out boyyyyyy, " he exclaims while imitating Flavor Flav. The clock around my neck says it's late. The great thing is by the time I wake up, the Old-Timers game should be starting.
Peace, love and Pinstripes,