After losing the first series to the Angels over the weekend, the New York Yankees are visiting President Obama at the White House today, the first ‘O’ of the trip.
This is a regular stop for any World Series Championship team, and quite an honor to be the guests for the afternoon of the President. What a coincidence that President Obama is a Chicago White Sox fan, who the Yankees will be facing in the Bronx this weekend.
Here are two pictures my dad and I snapped of the old Yankee Stadium, which is half-way torn down. It is sad to see memories in such shambles, but the many, many nights I spent at the run-down ballpark are some of my dearest.
My dad’s most vivid memories happened here, riding the train from Queens with his brother just to stand as some areas had no seat.
I can say I saw Pettitte, Martinez, O’Neil, Mussina, Williams, Jeter, Arod, Rivera, Clemens, Matsui, Skipper Torre’s dynasty years, the start of Skipper Girardi but also Girardi the player and so many other all-stars.
My father can add the years of Rizzuto, Maris, Yogi, DiMajjio, Mantle, Penella, Gomez, Ford to name a few. That must have been incredible, but this Yankees Stadium was just that kind-of place.
Matsui-land sure did not look any different for the New York Yankees tonight, as the Angels of Anaheim are clearly back from their questionably shaky start to the season.The teams are back at each others throats again, literally.
In the third inning ex-Angel Mark Teixiera rounded third base like he was charging a running back in the NFL. The victim was Angels catcher Brian Wilson and tonight marked this youngster’s debut to the majors. Wilson had to be carried off the field, going straight to the hospital and his injury status is still pending. Welcome to the Majors Brian Wilson, and let’s hope nothing is to serious.
Burnett, as usual, glued himself back together and not allowing another hit after the fourth inning. Burnettleft the game in the eighth just shy of 100 pitches total. He walked just two batters, striking-out only two which is not Burnett’s normal stat. The Angels finished with nine hits that scored six runs, but Burnett is not to blame for the two that counted. Continue reading ‘New Name But Same Place For The Yankees’ »
Third to second to first….one…two…three outs ended the sixth inning today in Oakland, as Arod, Cano and Tex made a historical triple out. The last triple play happened in 1968 for the Bombers, and to be apart of such a play is something special.
CC Sabathia had a rough outing today in front of his home-town crowd.
Kurt Suzuki hit a bomb in the first inning, allowing three runs to score. Than in the fourth Adam Rosales’ sac fly scored Jake Fox giving the A’s a 4-0 lead.
The Yankees bats started to revive with a homer from Marcus Thames in the fifth, followed by Mark Teixeira going yard in the sixth. Oakland pitcher Dallas Braden kept the Yankees at bay and helping his side avoid a sweep.
Sabathia walked six batters, most in his career, as Suzuki’s homer came after CC had walked the two previous batters.
It was not a terrible outing, just shaky for the Yankee ace. CC pitched into the middle of the eighth inning, but the Oakland A’s destruction had already been done.
Phil Hughes during pregame warmups prior to a game between the New York Yankees and Baltimore Orioles on August 29, 2011 (Photo credit: Wikipedia)
Hughes dazzled on the mound. The Yankees youngster had only thrown 59 pitches by the middle of the fifth inning and was on his way to a no hitter.
Unfortunately, at the start of the eighth inning, Oakland‘s Eric Chavez hit a single straight at the mound. The ball bounced off Hughes. It seemed the impact of it caused confusion as Hughes spun in circles looking for a ball that was a few feet in front of him.
Hughes finished his expedition with a career high 10 strike-outs, walking two, a pitch count of 101 in total, and a score of 2-0. It was as strong as you can get, and from a fifth starter ridiculous.
Girardi, playing it safe took Hughes out and sent in Joba Chamberlain who allowed a run to score but looked impressive in relief once again.
Once again, Brett Garner ripped a single in the 9th inning allowing Granderson to score and giving Mariano Rivera some added insurance. Garner has become so dangerous not only running the bases but hits in-field singles in clutch situations. Garner is showing how much of a distraction he can be for opposing teams late in games. Everyone is loving this kid in Yankee Universe. Continue reading ‘It Was All Hughes Tonight’ »