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Yankees fans want to say Congratulations to the Boston Red Sox

It was tough in New York to watch the Yankees biggest rivals, the Boston Red Sox win the 2013 World Series but admittedly well deserved.

The Red Sox were without question the best team throughout the entire 2013 regular baseball season, and so it is only fitting that they finish as World Champions.

I genuinely want to congratulate the Red Sox, their loyal fans everywhere and the great city of Boston.

It was a historic night in Fenway Park, as it was the first time since 1918 that the Red Sox home had a championship been won on its field.

So please enjoy the many celebrations to come this week, and what I am sure will be an incredible parade this coming Saturday on the streets of Boston, MA.

This is your time, which I will honor by not writing about anything, unless it about the Red Sox and this championship until your parade concludes this weekend.

BOSTON STRONG!!!

Also, to the St. Louis Cardinals….I could not dream up a more worthy and tough opponent to watch on baseball’s biggest stage.
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Yankees Rumors: Cardinals Carlos Beltran wearing a Derek Jeter jersey in St Louis

Yes…I saw Carlos Beltran wearing a New York Yankees getting off a bus in St. Louis after losing World Series Game 4, 4-2 to the Boston Red Sox, and tying up the series 2-2.

Carlos Beltran in my dream...and in Yankees pinstripes.

Carlos Beltran in my dream…and in Yankees pinstripes.

To my utter shock, the St. Louis Cardinal postseason star, and ex-New York Met was donning the pinstripes with the Captain Derek Jeter’s #2 on the back.

It was an authentic Yankees jersey too as I felt it when I gave Beltran a hug.

The alarming part of the whole thing was that his Cardinals teammates were right behind him and didn’t seem to blink.

But then I woke up.

This was no ordinary dream, as it was one of those messed up ones that felt real.

Beltran couldn’t have been nicer, as he welcomed me with open arms, but the weird thing is neither of us spoke. But after the hug, we did engage in a quick nod that barked see you next year.

In the dream I was wearing a numberless Cardinals jersey, which I guess is considered acceptable considering their opponent is the Boston Red Sox.

Still, as a true-blooded Yankees fan I cannot imagine wearing another team’s jersey consciously, ever.

Regardless, rumors have swirled and according to the New York Daily News Mark Feinsand, Beltran, and the Yankees have mutual interest in each other.

Question now is whether Beltran would be a good fit for the Yankees?

Beltran is a switch hitting, center fielder that would hit the snot out of the ball in the bandbox of Yankee Stadium. Continue reading ‘Yankees Rumors: Cardinals Carlos Beltran wearing a Derek Jeter jersey in St Louis’ »

Baseball Basics: Was that obstruction?

The 2013 World Series has been exciting to watch even if your team is not the St. Louis Cardinals or Boston Red Sox.

This past Saturday night Game 3 will be forever remembered for the infamous obstruction call, which ended in a St. Louis walk-off win was the first time I have ever seen that rule enforced as a baseball fan.

Like many others, I was confused about what the heck had happened and when it was deemed as obstruction, I thought why not breakdown in laymen’s terms.

Obstruction scenario: World Series Game 3 - bottom of the 9th inning – one out – score tied at 4.

-       Cardinals have two runners in scoring position with Yadier Molina on third, and Allen Craig at second.

-       Cardinals Jon Jay is up at the plate; down 0-1 and then hits a bouncing ball to right field.

-       Red Sox Dustin Pedroia dives and throws to catcher Jarrod Saltalamacchia who gets Molina out easily at home plate.

-       Meanwhile Craig, who is coming off an injury, is chugging towards third base, so Saltalamacchia heaves the ball at third baseman Will Middlebrooks in hopes to get an inning ending double play.

-       Saltalamacchia’s throw was way wide, missing Middlebrook’s glove at the same time Craig was sliding into third base. Continue reading ‘Baseball Basics: Was that obstruction?’ »

2013 World Series: Yankee Universe flew on Cardinals to St Louis

Losing the 2004 American League Championship Series

Sign in NYC Subway Car.

Sign in NYC Subway Car.

Kurt Schilling’s bloody sock game.

Big Papi.

Make the Yankees my Daddy.

Carlton Fisk.

Fenway Park on 4 Yawkey Way.

These are just a few remembrances that will speedily make any true-blooded New York Yankees fan fume about why they hate the Boston Red Sox.

And as a born and breed New Yorker and Yankees fan, I almost have no choice but to root for the Cardinals this World Series.

But as a baseball fan, I am happy for the city of Boston after enduring three years with no postseason baseball.

No doubt the Red Sox deserve to be playing in this championship and think this is going to be an awesome World Series to watch.

Still, I am about to have my nails painted in Cardinals Red so do not think I have gone soft or anything.

So how is the rest of Yankee Universe feeling about the 2013 Fall Classic?

Well, here are some tweets to answer that question.

https://twitter.com/Mizenate08?protected_redirect=true

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2013 World Series: Two Fall Classic factors you ought to know

For the first time since 1999, the two teams with the best records in their respective leagues are meeting in the World Series.

No doubt this looks to be a fantastic match-up between the Boston Red Sox and St. Louis Cardinals, as these are two complete teams made up of gritty players who have a lot of pride.

Adam Wainwright

Adam Wainwright

But there are two factors that I just cannot seem to shake, as I feel the impacts is what could make this 2013 World Series a soon-to-be classic in baseball history.

Here are both, and in no particular order:

1) Wainwright and Wacha vs. Red Sox lefty batters.

The Cardinals righty duo has decimated batters so far in the playoffs. But Red Sox hitters are patient, particularly in a LHB vs. RHP situation, as Boston’s lefty bats tend to draw more walks and strike out less.

W-squared can give Red Sox hitters big problems if they stay up in the count from the get-go. Boston is more likely to ground into double play or strikeout in 0-1 and 0-2 circumstances.

Also, the several days off between the ALCS and WS can sometimes bother pitchers. Routine can be a legit reason when you play in a 162-game season . Hey…just a little something to keep an eye on as recall when the Yankees swept the Twins in the 2010 ALDS and waited eight or nine days before starting the ALCS vs. the Rangers? And Ace CC Sabathia‘s routine got out of whack because he rested too long and his Game One start was ineffective.
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2013 MLB World Series: Red Sox hitting vs. Cardinals pitching

The 2013 MB World Series is set to start this Wednesday night at 8:30pm EST up in Boston at Fenway Park, as the Red Sox will host the St. Louis Cardinals in Game One.

English: of the Boston Red Sox at the 2007 Wor...

English: of the Boston Red Sox at the 2007 World Series. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

This is going to be a fantastic series between two very well matched-up baseball teams.

But who has the edge, the Red Sox or the Cardinals?

Of course, as a New York Yankees fan, I want scream “the Cardinals in four” from the rafters.

But wait…. this is not about me, or the Yankees (darn it!) so let’s breakdown the line-ups, starting rotations, bullpens and bench players to see which team has the advantage in each.

And thanks to MLB Commissioner Bud Selig’s illogical scheduling to the start of the 2013 World Series, I have ample time to break up my World Series logic into up over the next two days.

BATS:

Both teams have struggled at the plate this postseason. The Cardinals are hovering at the Mendoza Line with a batting average of .210, but the Red Sox are not far behind posting a .236 BA so far in October.

Looking at the postseason stats is actually quite frightening:

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