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Joba NOT Well Done

2010 Pretty In Pinstripes Challenge Tracker: Entry #49 – 5/29/10 – Indians @ Yankees

Final Score: Yankees 11, Indians 13.

Oh boy.

What can I say about…

Like AJ Burnett, he leaves me…

Sometimes he’s…

And others he’s just…

I always see him as…

Remember those days?

Now when he comes jogging out of the bullpen, we might as well…

To see which Joba will show up…

In this game, he was…

And not in the “OMG that movie was hilarious” way. More like…

It’s funny how Girardi just left Joba in the game to make a mess of things…

I mean, I get that Joba Chamberlain is supposed to be our “Go-To Guy”, but he gave up four runs to get one out…

Sure, it’s not like the rest of our bullpen was any better…

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But the biggest implosion was Joba Chamberlain, who got t
he big fat…

You’d think we’d win a game in which we scored 11 runs. Luckily, I was drunk by the 7th inning…

Otherwise, this game would have made me reach for my…

Oh well. I can forget about this game. Tomorrow is a brand new day.


The Good Old 2-for-1

2010 Pretty In Pinstripes Challenge Tracker: Entry #45.a – 5/25/10 – Yankees @ Twins

Semi-Final Score: Yankees 0, Twins 0.

Is it me, or did AJ Burnett seem to pitch better in the rain? He had a little bit of a shaky time during  a couple of innings, but he managed to get himself out of trouble, and shut the Twins out through five innings. This was a good start from AJ Burnett, even though the rain cut it short. Had the game continued, he could have probably pitched into the seventh inning, since he finished the fifth with 75 pitches.

What was particularly funny was seeing the Twins’ crew reacting to rain. They had been playing in a dome for nearly three decades, so this was the first time in a long time that they had to brave the elements during a baseball game. They obviously weren’t used to it. One official even said (I’m paraphrasing here): “Since we haven’t had experience with this sort of thing, we went by the official rules set by Major League Baseball. This is all very new to us, but we made the decisions in accordance with official rules.”

It was cute to see such uncertainty when it came to rain delays or game suspensions. We’re used to it, and rain is a regular thing for us to suffer through in the first couple of months of the season. It was also nice to see that we were a part of history: This was the first rain-out in the new ballpark. 

I think the rain during this game woke up Twins’ fans, and made them realize that it’s important to check the weather forecasts before baseball games. That is something they hadn’t done for almost 30 years.

Anyway, the game is suspended until tomorrow. The game will be picked up from the sixth inning, and everything will be exactly the same as it was left off. AJ Burnett needs the Yankees to score in the first inning of the resumed game (which will be the top of the sixth) to put him in line for his first win since facing the Baltimore Orioles earlier this month.

2010 Pretty In Pinstripes Challenge Tracker: Entry #45.b – 5/26/10 – Yankees @ Twins

Final Score: Yankees 1, Twins 0.

Picking up where we left off the night before, the game started in the top of the sixth inning. Duensing was on the mound for the Minnesota Twins, trying to hold onto the shutout that Scott Baker began the night before. After striking out Kevin Russo on three pitches, Duensing seemed to be on a roll. Then, Captain Clutch stepped up to the plate.
Derek Jeter blasted a solo home run off of the Twin’s lefty, putting the Yankees on the board and taking the lead. AJ Burnett needed the Yankees to score in the first inning of the resumed game (which was the top of the sixth) to put him in line for a win. Who other than our Captain would have his teammate’s back like that? Indeed, Jeter’s home run put Burnett en-route to his first win since facing the Orioles earlier this month.
No one thought that the 1-0 score would hold up, not with the Twins’ lineup, so we were hoping that our bats would at least pad this lead to secure a win for us, and a win for AJ.
They didn’t do that, but the result was still sweet for the team, and for AJ. It would have been a shame to see Burnett’s efforts the night before go to waste.
In the bottom of the sixth inning, David Robertson was on the mound to preserve the lead, and keep us on track for the win. The first batter he faced was Joe Mauer, who is never pleasant to face. Mauer hit a rocket right onto Dave Robertson’s derriere, and we all cringed at the sight and sound of it. Yes, the sound. We heard that ball pop off of D-Rob’s backside. The ball bounced off the butt (hello, alliteration) of Robertson, and right into Alex Rodriguez’s glove. Joe Mauer was out.
For a split-second, we all panicked. With the string of injuries that the Yankees had been suffering from recently, the first thought on my mind upon seeing Robertson get hit was “Oh no. Not another one. Please stop hurting our players!” 
There was a visit to the mound to check on Robertson to see if he was alright. Robertson was okay, and a huge sigh of relief spread amongst the Yankee Faithful. Thank God he’s okay. The last thing we need is another player injured, especially a bullpen pitcher.
In the same inning Derek Jeter gave us some of that Jeterian Magic. He made a Vintage Jeter jump-throw to end the inning and save the day. I’ve lost count of how many times I’ve seen Jeter’s jump-throw over the years, but I’m still in awe every time I see it. It was as beautiful as it has always been. 
So, in one inning, Derek Jeter hit the game-winning home run, and made an amazing defensive play to preserve it. Concurrently, Captain Clutch told all of his haters to collectively suck it.
David Robertson went on to get two more outs, before Joba Chamberlain relieved him. Chamberlain then continued to pitch, and had a beautiful eighth inning. He handed the ball over to God who, of course, got the save.
None of us thought that a 1-0 lead would hold up, but it did. Our three pitchers deserve the highest of praise for their efforts in this game. We can’t always blow-out the opposition by scoring a dozen runs. We need to be able to win these one-run games if we want glory. That’s what we did last season, and hopefully we’ll be continuing to do so this season.

Welcome Home

2010 Pretty In Pinstripes Challenge Tracker: Entry #35 – 5/14/10 – Twins @ Yankees

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It feels great to be home.
Yes, I’m aware that I’m writing this from Dubai, but it still feels good to see our Bombers back in the Bronx. I almost forgot that we even wore pinstripes, because it feels like it’s been so long since our team has been home.
It feels even better to see a Yankees win. Today was my parents’ 33rd wedding anniversary, and they were at the game to celebrate. I’m so happy that the Yankees won for them on their day.
AJ Burnett wasn’t great, but he got the job done. He didn’t get the win, but he kept us within an arm’s reach of winning. His final line wasn’t so bad, but if you watched the game you would have seen that his pitching was off. Anyway, he pitched well enough to get the win, but he didn’t get it, thanks to the antics of one Damaso Marte.
Marte was awful, as he has been for a while now. He was great in the postseason last year, but was injured for most of the regular season. Even before the injury, he was awful during the season. 
On the one hand, I want to give him the benefit of the doubt. After all, a pitcher who performed so well in the playoffs, and played a vital role in the team winning the World Series, has to be good, right? Well, I’m not so sure. His numbers in the past have been good, but Marte is old. He may have lost his skills. It’s too early in the season to completely rule him out, but I’m definitely not impressed with what I’ve seen from him thus far. 
Boone Logan as our go-to lefty, anyone? He lacks command sometimes, but he’s been one of our better bullpen arms lately. Let’s wait and see. He seems to be working hard on himself, so from now until the All Star break, we’ll have a clearer view of what this guy can do.
Our bats seemed to be awake and ready for action. They had the lead, before Marte gave it up, but there were several missed opportunities throughout the game. Our 2-5 hitters carried us this game. Derek Jeter got a hit, but he still seems to be struggling out there. I’m not reading much into it, he’ll snap out of it soon.
The hero of the night was Alex Rodriguez, with his GRAND SLAM. 
In the seventh inning, the Twins made a mistake that was even worse than Girardi putting Damaso Marte on the mound. Matt Guerrier was pitching, and struggling. With two of our boys already on base, and first base open, the Twins decided to intentionally walk Mark Teixeira to take their chances on Alex Rodriguez. I suppose I can try to understand Ron Gardenhire’s logic behind this decision. Alex Rodriguez hasn’t been hitting many home runs so far, while Mark Teixeira has been hotter than hot since the beginning of May.
So, logically, you’d rather face Rodriguez than Teixeira, right?
Rookie mistake.
We’re talking about Alex Rodriguez, here. On a slow night he’ll drive in a couple of runs. In a slumping season he’ll hit 30 home runs. This is a man who can break out of his (relative) slump at any moment, and when he does, it’s going to hurt. Let’s not forget to mention that A-Rod pretty much owns Guerrier. Before this home run, Rodriguez was batting .718 against the Twins pitcher, with a handful of home runs in the past. I’m not a manager, but even I knew that this choice was a stupid one. When they intentionally walked Teixeira, I said “A-Rod’s going to make them pay for this”. I believe I even said it on Twitter.
Well, I was right. Gardenhire was wrong. Alex made them pay.
I could be wrong, but Alex Rodriguez strikes me as the type that doesn’t appreciate insults. I’m pretty sure that the intentional walk to Teixeira was insulting to A-Rod. Hell, I’d be insulted if I were him! Alex Rodriguez isn’t Randy Winn, you don’t choose to face him. Well, apparently Rodriguez doesn’t respond to insults well. 
Alex Rodriguez says: “Intentionally walk Teixeira to take your chances on me? Not on MY watch, b*tches.”
Sure enough, Alex Rodriguez hit a monster Grand Slam, that won the game for the Yankees. Not only did this teach Ron Gardenhire a lesson, but it also sent a message to the rest of baseball: Slump, or no slump, Alex Rodriguez should never be the batter you choose to face.
The following inning, Joba Chamberlain came in to pitch perfectly. He came into the eighth inning, and struck out the three hitters he faced. While, technically, the win was Damaso Marte’s (since A-Rod’s home run came in the bottom of the seventh), the Official Scorer decided to give Joba the win.
Many people were asking (but not really complaining) about why Chamberlain got the win. Well, it’s all written in the MLB Rulebook. The specific rule that applies to this situation is rule 10.17(c):
10.17(c) : The official scorer shall not credit a
s the winning pitcher a relief pitcher who is ineffective in a brief appearance, when at least one succeeding relief pitcher pitches effectively in helping his team maintain its lead. In such a case, the official scorer shall credit as the winning pitcher the succeeding relief pitcher who was most effective, in the judgment of the official scorer.
Rule 10.17(c) Comment: The official scorer generally should, but is not required to, consider the appearance of a relief pitcher to be ineffective and brief if such relief pitcher pitches less than one inning and allows two or more earned runs to score (even if such runs are charged to a previous pitcher).”
So, Joba Chamberlain got the win.
Mariano Rivera closed the game, even though it wasn’t a save situation. Who’s complaining about this? No one is. It’s been a while since we’ve seen God pitch, so it was wonderful to see him back on the mound. I don’t even need to say how it went. When God enters the game, you know he gets the job done. Praise be to the best closer of all time. Amen.
All in all, another great game from our boys. It was great to see them back home and wearing the beautiful pinstripes. The Bombers are back to BOMBING in the Bronx. It was nice to see them play the small-ball well, but now they’re back to slugging. This is what makes the Yankees lineup so great, when healthy. There are no weak spots. Once Curtis Granderson is back, the 2010 starting lineup might just be the second-coming of Murderers Row.

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Fist Pumping It at Fenway Park!

2010 Pretty In Pinstripes Challenge Tracker: Entry #2 – 4/6/10  Yankees @ Red Sox

The second installment of the Yankees-Red Sox Drama was a great performance by our boys in pinstripes. Well, it was at Fenway Park, so I guess I should say our boys in gray. As with the majority of games in baseball, there were positives and there were negatives. Obviously the good outweighed the bad, otherwise we wouldn’t have won.
A.J. Burnett was alright. His performance wasn’t something I’d want to see from him in a month from now, but for his first start, it was good. His first-pitch fastballs were predictable to hitters, but I’m sure that’s something he and Jorge can learn for next outing. His pitches were out of control at times, but Posada seemed to be able to settle him down. It was nice to see good chemistry between A.J. and Jorge.
Alfredo looked as great as he always does coming out of the bullpen as a middle reliever. He held the score to a tie, and had an impressive couple of innings. Nick Johnson didn’t have a single hit, but he still managed to get on base every time he was up. He’s doing exactly what we acquired him to do. 
Derek Jeter made a couple of amazing plays, to show the world that he is still a top class shortstop. Way to shut the haters up, Jeter!
There were several other positives in the game, but Joba’s performance takes the cake.
Joba Chamberlain had a wonderful outing. His fastball got up to 96 MPH again, and he struck out the two batters he faced: Adrian Beltre and J.D. Drew. Jorge Posada said it best: “What we saw from Joba today was something out of 2007”. Well said, Hip Hip Jorge.
I was sitting in my living room, watching the game that started at 3:10 a.m. here in Dubai. I was starting to feel exhausted from a combination of staying up all night to watch the game, and the emotionally draining experience that is known as a Yankees-Red Sox matchup. Joba came in to pitch at around 6:15 in the morning. After Joba struck J.D. Drew out to end the inning, he gave us a further sense of his 2007 ways by pumping his fist in celebration. I have to admit, seeing Chamberlain’s emotion after a job well-done reenergized me, and made me pump my own fist and shout “HELL YEAH!“, waking my roommates up.
I loved it. I loved every single part of it. I loved seeing his composure on the mound. I loved seeing his amazing slider and his hot fastball. I loved seeing his raw emotion as he pumped his fist in the air in celebration. 
What annoyed me, however, was seeing a lot of the reactions to Joba’s fist pumping after he struck Drew out to end the inning. A lot of people were making comments such as “Who does he think he is pumping his fist like that?“, “What an idiot, fist pumping like he just won the World Series“, and “Joba is such a screw up. Fist pumps are yet another example of Joba screwing up“.
These comments sound like the typical reactions you’d see from Red Sox fans. So why am I so surprised and annoyed by them? Because they came from Yankees fans! Or, should I say, supposed Yankees “fans”?
I couldn’t believe what I was hearing and reading. Yankees fans were criticizing Joba Chamberlain for showing his emotions after a job well-done. It completely shocked me. Why on Earth would any Yankees fan object to one of our pitchers celebrating a great performance? Why would they be angry about it? 
When did the mere display of emotion become such a faux-pas in Yankees Baseball? I would much rather see our players getting emotional about games, than go back to the zombie-like state we were in during the Joe Torre years, where players would only show emotions after winning championship games. Why do we have to wait until October before seeing our players celebrate? There are 162 regular season games in baseball and, as fans, we get emotional about every single one. So why aren’t our players allowed to get emotional about these games, too?
Personally, I grew tired of seeing our players turn into robots for the vast majority of the decade. Before 2009, when was the last time we saw our players having fun during games? 2009 was a breath of fresh air for so many reasons: New stadium, new players, ne
w style, new World Series Championship. The best part of 2009 as a whole was seeing our players having fun. Nick Swisher’s fun-loving attitude, Mark Teixeira’s smiles, and A.J. Burnett’s walk-off pies all added to our team having fun while playing baseball. It was so refreshing to see. I love it when a team shows emotion and heart. I love seeing our boys having fun.
Furthermore, Joba’s reaction was more than warranted. After being jerked around in 2008 and 2009, and being smoked in the majority of his outings, the 2007 Joba finally showed signs of returning. I’d have to see more games in which he dominates the 8th inning before I blatantly claim that the 2007 Joba is back, but what I saw in the second game at Fenway early this morning is a very good sign. Chamberlain felt like he was finally back in the role in which he can succeed, and truly shine as a pitcher. He deserves to pump his fist in celebration, he’s regaining his confidence in himself. To me, Joba looked relieved to pitch in relief again.
Go ahead, Joba, pump your fist. You earned it.
Also, I couldn’t care less what Joba does to celebrate, as long as he gives us a performance worth celebrating. He can strip down and run around the field in his boxer-briefs after striking out the batters he faces, for all I care. He can do backflips, kiss the umpires, high-five the fans, and whatever else he damn well pleases, as long as he gets the job done. It’s fun to see our pitcher showing emotion. Even more importantly, this display of his feelings shows that he’s got his heart invested in doing well for himself and for our team. It shows that he actually gives a damn about every single game. Why on Earth would anyone complain about seeing that on their own team?
I’ve come to the conclusion that some “fans” do not deserve to call themselves fans. These people who were complaining about Joba’s celebration have never said a positive thing about the Yankees. All they’ve ever done is complain. They stay quiet when things are going well, then as soon as one of our players make a mistake, they jump at the opportunity to criticize.
These very same fans also annoyed me in another instance. They said nothing to praise Derek Jeter for making two amazing defensive plays, but the moment he made a throwing error to Teixeira at first base, these “fans” immediately came out to criticize him. Absolutely disgusting.
These “Yankees fans” annoy me far more than fans of other teams. Yes, they even disgust me more than Red Sox fans. I expect Red Sox fans to criticize every single mistake the Yankees make, because we also criticize every mistake the Red Sox make. I understand it when a fan criticizes his or her own team’s mistakes, as long as they also praise their players when the perform well. Only criticizing and never praising, however, makes you a Yankees Hater, not a Yankees Lover. Putting on the pinstripes doesn’t cover up your constant hate. Wearing the interlocking ‘NY’ over your heart doesn’t give you a free pass to constantly dish out hate against the Yankees. The excuse “Hey, I’m a Yankees fan” doesn’t work when you show nothing but anger and disgust towards the Yankees. So, kindly shut up.
Yankees fans who do nothing but criticize and complain should have their Yankees Fanhood revoked. They don’t deserve to celebrate the glory, because all they do while we’re on the road to that glory is criticize and spew venomous hate. Do yourselves, and real Yankees, fans a favor, and jump onto another bandwagon. We don’t want you in the Bronx. 

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