A not so very exciting year in sports.

Hello All. It’s been quite a while since i last wrote on here…

…before i begin, i’d like to send my deepest condolences to the family of pitcher Joe Kennedy who passed away yesterday…

Joe was a free agent currently, but in his career had played for the Devil Rays, Rockies, Athletics, Diamondbacks and Blue Jays. The cause of death has yet to be determined, but he died after passing out at his in-laws at the very young age of 28 years old.
He was just 28! : ( Its of course devastating when anyone dies, but when its someone this young and around my age, it hits me a bit harder. My prayers are especially with his wife and 1-yr old son. May he rest in peace.

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On to today’s topic: the blah year of sports for me.

This has not been quite my year in sports. The Rutgers Football team started off with a bang, but quickly turned up with a 5-4 record, losing to West Virginia in a very disappointing 31-3 butt-whooping. Now we managed to pull to 7-4 with a game left to play against Louisville, but the damage is already done. For one, we are no longer ranked, which really blows, cause i really quite enjoyed being ranked last year. My only consolation however is that our division rivals and arch nemesis Louisville is also having a TERRIBLE year, even worse that us 😀 They are 5-6 overall and 2-4 in Big East! There is some justice in the world, LOL. Now, i dont usually gloat at other team’s failures, but Louisville gloats so much at us, that i dont really feel bad for this.

Anyway, the Giants are my only real *bright* spot so far in sports, but the Cowboys are distracting me from that a bit by pulling away from us with a record of 10-1 compared to our 7-3. Urgghh, stupid cowboys! Whatever.

Then, as we all know, i was pretty much depressed about the Yankees first round elimination yet again, that i didnt even have much words to say. Then the drama started like it always does when these things happen for the Yankees.

I have to say that i was quite sad to see Joe Torre go, and especially unhappy (although happy for him) when i saw him putting on that Dodgers hat :-(. So i that never really played into any rivalries, now officially hate the Dodgers, although i still love Torre.

Eh, such is life in baseball.

All is not bad though, because as you probably guessed, i am excited to the nth power that Alex is gonna be back with us next year!! Woo-hooo!!! And of course, him winning MVP was a no-brainer! I am also quite excited that Mo accepted a 3 yr contract and will be back. And Jorge too!! (and i am keeping my fingers crossed for Andy…)

As for Girardi…I’ve always loved him but sorta felt he wasnt quite ready to manage the Yankees. I expected Donnie baseball before him, but now that its him there, i’ve gotta do nothing but get behind him and the new coaching staff and support them and hope they will be up to the challenge.

I think collectively, we need to simmer down a bit with the cry for number #27 and just focus on rebuilding for now. I know some might think since the team will still be mostly all the same, no rebuilding needs to be done, but there are gonna be some changes, especially with a new manager. Some of the players (i.e. Jeet, Jorge and Mo) have only had one manager their entire playing career and would now have to get used to the styles and mannerisms of an entirely new one. Thats a huge change, and i am not sure how long it will take to adjust, but i know i wont be putting much pressure on the team next year, I think for once, i’m just going to try to enjoy baseball games and being a fan of the team and players instead of some cutthroat championship chase. And i know that sounds crazy to say coming from a competitive Yankee fan like myself, but i remember my high school soccer coach once telling me that sometimes, winning is not everything when you let your hunger for wins take away from the fun of playing the game. I sorta started to forget the fun aspects of the game some times this year, and really would love to recapture that next year.

Which of course is not to say i dont want them to do well. Of course, you always want your team to be the best…its only natural. I’m just saying if they dont win it next year, like they didnt this year, it wont quite be the end of the world, and i’ll still love them regardless. =)

Hope everyone’s having a lovely off-season. Take care!! =)

As we go to extra innings…this game is KILLING me!

Andy Pettitte pitched brilliantly, but i am just a bit mind boggled how the Yankees only managed 2 hits against Fausto Carmona. Wow. Now i understand that he’s a different Carmona than he was when we used to torch him up for multiple runs last year, but still, how do we manage to make him look like Cy freaking Young? Yankees lack of hitting in the post-season is KILLING me!
And those bugs?? Yuck! Cleveland is gross! Ok, this game is gonna like give me a heart attack…I CANT TAKE IT ANYMORE!!

I just have to say…i really just cant believe the Cubs made the playoffs!!

What is this, like the twilight zone? The NL is wild wild wild right now.

The freaking Cubs made the playoffs. Yes, thats right, those bottom feeding Cubs are on top this year. Lou Pinella must feel quite accomplished. Remember the Cubbies last year? Yeah, me neither. Thats cause they didnt make a sound. Ha ha. And guess who’s not going to the playoffs in that division: The Cards. Wow. What a year.

The NL is wild. The D-Backs clinched a playoff spot also last night. That means even if the Pads were to zoom past them for the division, they will clinch the Wild Card. So all hopes the Mets have right now is the division.

Wow, i never thought we’d be having this conversation. I am really sad for the Mets :-(. See, i am a compassionate person, cause seeing the long faces of my Mets fans friends made me sad, while i’m sure if it were the Yankees in this position, they’d be taunting me like they did last year when we fell to Detroit. But i dont have a problem with the Mets, never did. I might joke that they are the second class team, the lil brother than hopes he can catch up to big brother, lol, but otherwise, its all love. Our colors might be different and our logos differently shaped, but in the end, we rep the same city, New York City.

I really really really hope God performs a miracle in the form of the Mets winning the last two games and the Phillies losing theirs and the Mets winning the division. Or the Mets winning next 2 and Phillies losing 1 and then they have to play a tie-breaker and Mets win.  Or even, the Phillies may lose their next 2 and the Mets win just one and then there’s a tie breaker. 3 possible scenarios there, God please make one of them happen! The Mets can’t NOT go to the playoffs. That’d be horrible!! *crosses fingers*

 

 

Well, back to the AL.

Last night’s loss was dumb. I watched the entire game, and thats all i’ve gotta say about it. Thank God i didnt watch it with too much emotion or i’d be pissed right now. It was definitely a game we should have won to say the least. But i’m not mad at you, Mo, these things happen. Just dont let it happen in the playoffs.

Our loss last night enabled the Sawx to clinch the AL East title, their first since ’95. Wow, congrats to them for finally breaking the loser second place spell. Haha. No biggie there. I admit i was kinda sad to watch our magical run of 9 straight division titles come to an end….I’d be lying to say we didnt want the division, but let me reiterate, after such a tough season in which many ruled us out of the running as early as May and virtually all summer, i am just glad we made it in. And you know, we made the Sox squirm while we did it. Going from being 14.5 games to now just 2 games behind, i think thats tremendous. We might have lost the division, but we didnt go out like *******. We gave those Sawx a run for their money, so i am content and proud of my guys =)

And now that we got all that out the way, we can settle down and prepare for the postseason. Man am i glad we dont get to see those Angels in the first round. Certainly not taking anything away from the Indians, but i’ve said it time and time again, the Angels are the only team that has succeeded in puting the fear of Jesus in me in this decade of baseball. Do i need to go back to the post seasons we’ve had and crumbled to them? I’d rather not. Please Red Sox, you can have those Angels! Please whoop their ***** for us 😉 ha!

This is the most exciting time in baseball, but at the same time, sad. Exciting cause its the postseason, duh! But sad times cause i am reminded of the long winter to come when i’d have to do without my Yankees baseball. Thats when i survive on watching encore games and Yankeeography while nursing my disease that i have termed BWS. Yes, i “started” a disease, lol. BWS = Baseball Withdrawal Syndrome. It hits me hard, man! This disease is no joke. BWS is a very serious disease, one not to be taken lightly! Symptoms include, nervous twitching, restlessless, continously flipping channels hoping to find something worth watching now that baseball is off, getting misty eyed everytime ESPN shows reels from the previous season, watching all programming on YES like a loser, searching Getty Images and Wire Images tryna find out what the Yankees have been up to in their personal time, and it goes on.

Anywhoo, we still have a month of exciting post season baseball left before BWS rears its ugly head. And lets hope this is the year the Yankees actually give me something to be happy about this off season. Yes, the chase for #27 is officially on again. =)

Let’s Go Yankees!!!!!! 😀

The Mets.

Wow, i’d really be sad if the Mets dont pull it together and miss the playoffs. 😦

Come on Mets, you can do it!

Ok, thats all i’ve to say for tonite. Back to watching the game. Farnsie just came in. He’s hot =)

Notes on division vs wildcard: We all know it’d be pretty swell to win the division, but as long as we are in, after this heck of a season we’ve had, thats all that matter to me. Hey, maybe God wants us to win the Wild Card so we may follow theme with 3 of the last 6 World Series winners being Wild Card =). Who knows.

Raise your champagne glasses!! This deserves a toast :-D

We did it guys!!! Or should i say, they did it. Heck, we all did it :-D.

 

 

I am sooo proud of our guys!! These pictures bring forreal tears into my eyes. I swear, i wouldnt trade ANYTHING in the world for being a Yankee fan :D. I love this team and this sport so much more than words can describe. Through the ups and downs that this team has been through, especially this year, i will always be proud of them.

After the game ended last night, it was like a huge burden had been lifted off my shoulders. I immediately reached for my phone, called up a few friends to scream in their ears, and then sent a tex message to each Yankee fan in my phone book. Word for word, here’s what the text message said:

“Congratulations to all my Yankee fan friends!! 😀 We are officially in with our win tonite! Remember being down 14.5 games? They (ESPN bum analysts especially) said we’d never make it but look at us now!! In your face, Steve Phillips (cant stand him). Its been a long tough season, but we made it through!! Now lets get that #27!! Yahhh!!! :-D”

That text says it all.

What a roller coaster ride this season has been. Man, i thought it couldnt get tougher than last year, but this season knocked me upside the head!! Wow. Can you imagine at one point we were beneath the Devil Rays??? But yet, i never lost faith in my team. I did have some times in the year when my optimism levels were at all time lows, but in the end, optimism wins again!! 😀

Man, i’m proud of these guys. Everyone…from B. Cash to the skipper Joe, to all the young guys that stepped up, to Posada, to Jeet, to Deki, to Bobby, my Andy, Alex, Robbie, Mo, Farnsie, Melky, man…everybody!! Even Scottie before he left (i miss him :-()….i’m soooo proud of all these guys!!!

But this is only the beginning. We still have a lot of work to do because in true Yankee tradition, we always strive for excellence, and nothing less. You’ve gotta take baby steps of course, but in the end, our goal is number 27.

I’m gonna take it a day at a time till then. Just enjoy it as it comes. =)

Everyday just became a celebration!!!

Let’s Go Yankees!!!

Time for those magic numbers again!

Last night’s game was pretty draining, frustrating, roller coaster ride. Just like the night before it. But we prevailed, same night the Sox clinched a berth in the postseason. Good for them.
Our magic number for the wild card now stands at 3. Three more wins and we are in the post season as well. Just 3 more wins out of 8 games left and we are good to go. Well, 3 wins from us or 3 losses from the Tigers. Ok, i’m not saying this right, LOL, what i mean is a combination that equals 3 of wins by us or losses by the Tigers clinches us a post season berth! There, i think i finally got the terminology right. Ha ha. Phewww. Every year, the magic number thing hurts my head. And you’d think it’d be different with me being a math dork, eh. LOL. Too much math hurts your brain cells. Stay away from Math folks! lol, j/k.

Ok, so the Angels need one more game to clinch a playoff berth. If there’s any team i DON’T want to face in the post season, its them. So what do we need to do to avoid them at all costs? LOL. I’m not all that afraid of the Sox and neither am i of the Indians. Actually, C.C. scares me a bit, but thats it. Speaking of which, i’m kind of proud of the Indians team for winning the division this year. I really really dont like the Tigers (well, after last year, lol), so glad to see them on their way to being knocked off upside their head.

As for the Mets, in a strange "hometown love" kind of way, i am rooting for them. I dont really have a big problem with the Mets has i have said before. Actually, most Yankee fans dont have a big problem with the Mets. Its the Mets fans that have problems with the Yankees, which i have deduced with a LOT of them stems from an inferiority complex, or maybe a rebellious need to stand up to the "big bad winning team". LOL. I have lots of Mets fans friends. We tease each other back and forth, but in the end, its all love. I love the team they have for the most part (except for Pedro and Lo Duca). How could i hate of David Wright and Jose Reyes?? I love those guys, they are great! Then good ol Willie Randolph…13 of his 18 playing seasons as a beloved Yankee…and i love what he does as a manager. How could i hate that team?? The only time i’d root against the Mets is if they are playing against us or if a positive outcome for them will affect us in anyway. Otherwise, go Mets! Lets hope they manage to hold on and keep those Phillies away!

Its gonna be a very exciting week of baseball to say the very least! I’ll be watching!! =)