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Monday, April 02, 2007
I'm assuming you all took the day off from work/school/indentured servitude/volunteer work with bed-ridden senior citizens to watch the game this afternoon, but if you missed it or just want to relive the glory, lets run down what went down in Yankeesville today:

Pitching: As I mentioned yesterday, I have turned a new leaf and am dedicated to supporting Carl Pavano as much as humanly possible during his return to the working world (kind of like offering extra moral support to a woman coming back from a long maternity leave). My boy performed adequately today, going 4 2/3 innings, striking out 2 and allowing 4 earned runs. The fact that he went almost 5 innings is very promising: he had to jog out to the mound several times and did not trip once! Brian Bruney, who did an absolutely brilliant job bailing the Yanks out of many games in 2006, came in after Carl was kicked off the mound, and faced just 2 batters (he let 1 pick up a hit and struck out the other); his short outing was followed by an equally brief and fortunately uneventful outing by Sean Henn. We got our first peak at Luis Vizcaino, one of the spoils the Yanks enjoyed from the Randy Johnson trade, and he pitched a very efficient 3-up 3-down 7th inning. Kyle Farnsworthless surprised me by not looking like a moron or blowing the lead in the 8th - - he consistently hit 100 mph and only gave up 1 hit! Even though it was not a save situation by the 9th inning thanks to the efforts of A-Rod, Mariano pitched anyway and did a glorious job, striking out 3 in a row with just 13 pitches to finish the game.

Defense: Apparently the Yankees' Spring Training workouts did not include defensive drills... In all honesty, I really don't think A-Rod's "error" was an error at all - - he wasn't able to get to a high fly in foul territory, but there was really no clear reason to believe that the ball was his to miss in the first place - - and I must admit that my poor little heart sank a bit upon seeing that E-5 up on the screen, since as we are well aware the dear boy takes such failures to heart. Jeter's and Phelps's respective throwing errors, though, were just plain sloppy. Jeter, Cano, and Phelps did bust out 2 double plays during the game, so I'll chalk those bad throws up to nervous energy.

Offense: I doubt there were many people surprised by the performance of the Yanks' offense today. As a team, they were 12 for 33 with 4 walks and 5 strike outs, very solid numbers for game 1. 7 of the 9 starters had at least 1 hit (Matsui and Phelps were not in the mood for hitting today), and even Mientkiewizc managed to squeak out a hit once he took over for Phelps! Jeter, Giambi, Abreu, Posada and A-Rod all had RBIs, with Posada's and A-Rod's coming via homers. Especially after his aforementioned nerve-wracking "error", I was thrilled to see A-Rod come up with 2 hits (a line drive single in the 7th and that 2-run homer in the 8th) and a stolen base later in the game, and I wasn't the only one - - the homer elicited a rarely-seen (for him...) standing ovation from the fans!

Thank you to all of you that participated in the inaugural Yankees Chick live gameday chat, even if you just popped in for a moment to say hi. I had a lot of fun "watching" the game with my fellow fans and I plan on doing additional gameday chats throughout the season :)

Finally, a bit of shameless self-promotion: The Yankees Chick will be on 1240 am radio during the NY Baseball Online show again tonight offering a few minutes of Yankees talk at about 11:20 EST. I'll be giving my 2 cents on the show weekly, and I would love for you all to listen!!

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posted by Yankees Chick @ Monday, April 02, 2007  
  • At 7:29 PM, Blogger Yeah Him said…

    Yeah, but he let them up to the lowly D-rays. Listening to Karl Ravitch discuss Elijah Dukes (his father in jail for murder and he not being afraid to "choke someone out") says a lot about the class of the DRays this year (at least ones not named Kazmir, Crawford, Upton, and well I don't know who).

    As soon as that bullpen came in, I knew the game was over - and you were down by 2 at that point!!

    But it's another baseball season and that a very good thing. Here's to the next 161 games and the rivalry that follows.

    Go Boston!!! Someone has to believe.

  • At 10:13 PM, Anonymous Adam B. said…

    yeah_him, people can change. And let's not forget that baseball's mostly about talent, not avoiding being a jackass. Otherwise, Kenny Rogers would be out of baseball by now. Yes, Dukes's attitude does seem to imply some problems, but I'm sure it's not like he had a great life growing up and sometimes it takes bing around good people to get you to change. Look at Milton Bradley. People said he had temper problems, he'd never be able to last in the majors because of it. But since he went to Oakland, he's calmed down a lot and now the only reason he's out of the lineup is because of injuries.

    Yankees Chick, I agree with you on the A-Rod "error" In fact from my days playing little league baseball and baseball with my friends, I can tell you that conditions like today are not pleasant when there are pop ups in the infield. Pretty much everyone but the infielders get a good sight on it. Posada not even finding it is a good indication of how bad that sky was.

    Is there a link to an archive of your radio appearance? I'd love to listen.

  • At 4:23 AM, Blogger rstiles said…

    I agree with adam b....do you have a link to your past radio appearances....

    Us people on the east coast would like to listen...

  • At 6:07 PM, Blogger Yeah Him said…

    The issue with Dukes wasn't about upbringing and change as much as the fact that Ravitch would normally sugarcoat and sell the player and even he seemed surprised and trying to put a smiley face on Duke's "situation."

    Delmon Young is another case on that team of a person trying to change (after last summer's bat incident).

    In this, I would argue that we all make choices for our behavior. Yeah... we can change, but the act of murdering someone isn't just a spontaneous situation that can just be done... it's a slipperly slope to slide down.

    Just like giving a person a label that he could "choke someone out" while announcing he's new in the league (as opposed to HR or RBI totals from the minors and glittering reviews from pros).

    For all the hope we want for Tampa Bay to turn the page on losing, doing so with a thug just doesn't cut it (the same reason I detested Carl Everett, Will Cordero, and Albert Belle in years past).

  • At 12:45 AM, Anonymous nyyfaninlaaland said…

    Clearly Dukes didn't get a good head start in life. He's from Tampa's Hillsborough High, alma mater of Dwight Gooden, Daryl Strawberry, and Gary Sheffield, all of whom have exhibited some "life adjustment difficulties". PC enough for ya there?

    Most of us have been fortunate not to grow up in a life threatening environment, so its not surprising young men would have some issues when coming from such a bleak background - some struggle throughout their lives. Let's hope for the best for Elijah - he's still a young kid with some growing up to do, but hopefully his talent will take him to a better place and he'll grow to be thankful, humble, and giving to others. He can be a more effective role model than many of us could ever hope to be - I'm hoping he has that within him.

    I also hope he goes 0-fer-the-season against the Yanks.

    I'm also hoping Pavano shows a bit more next time out. Had Phelps been on target with his cutoff throw, he might have gotten through the 5th, maybe seen the 6th, and we'd be calling it a pretty successful outing. But he did seem to lose his command a bit and was up in the zone a lot that last inning. Perhaps the adrenalin blew him up. But I'm hoping he's a little steadier next time out and Joe hangs with him a bit so their mutual confidence builds. He only threw about 75 pitches, so there should be more in the tank. I don't want to see him become this years' Wright. Joe quick hooked JW a time or 3 early last season and it seemed to impact Wright's, but even worse Joe's confidence and it took til late in the season for that to rebuild, unfortunately only to end in tragedy. I shudder to think of it.

  • At 8:46 AM, Blogger Yeah Him said…

    While I can't disagree that I hope he turns it around and that I would like to see the best from him since he can be a role model, I don't think he needs a disclaimer (where he's from) as creating his life issues.

    One of the few nice things that I as a Red Sox fan that I can say about your Yankees is that Steinbrenner for all of his obsessiveness actually did all that he could to care for Strawberry. It was terrible to see what became of Gooden and him.

    Nobody wishes anything horrible on anyone, but having a reputation as someone who would choke a coworker out... that did and does seem very extreme to me.

    As for 0-for the rest of the year, that didn't happen as Dukes became the ONLY player to ever hit homeruns in his first 2 games against the Yanks. Meaningless stat, but alas... such is most of baseball.

    Enjoy the season.

  • At 1:43 PM, Blogger BJ said…

    Derek Jeter and Alex Rodriguez are picking up where they left off defensively, with 4 errors between them to start off the year. You can conveniently monitor Jeter and A-Rod's impending infield implosion here

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