Sunday, September 21, 2008

Yankees Live Blog

So here it is. The final game at the stadium. The pre game ceremonies primarily consisted of the Yankees cruelly forcing very old men to run out to their old positions. ESPN's Peter Gammons referred to Don Larsen's "no hitter." If you are reading this blog from an iPhone while watching the first inning, please find Mr. Gammons and give him a beating. Here goes the roll call, which ESPN is treating like some new phenomenon. Enjoy the game and the live blog.

8:41pm Update

Quick first inning, here come the Yankees. Oh yeah! I can feel the insight.

8:47pm Update

Does anybody like Joe Morgan? I don't. Don't know anybody who does. My vote is for him to shut up and for Michael Kay and Ken Singleton to replace him in the booth.

8:57pm Update

It's official, nobody likes Joe Morgan. The Yanks need to go and get that run back. A-Rod HR perhaps? I'm calling it. Imagine a sweep as the last series played at Yankee Stadium. It needs to happen.

9:05pm Update

I've been told the reason Joe Morgan hates the Yankees is that he was offended by people comparing the Yankees of the late 90s (it may hav been the '98 team) to the Big Red Machine (Russia) which he played for. That seems like a petty reason to ruin every single ESPN broadcast of a Yankee game, but that's just the way Joe Morgan is. Petty and communist. What he did to poor Georgia was unacceptable.

9:22pm Update

Another inning over, Yanks now down by two. If you haven't noticed, I've lost track of what inning it is. I think it's the middle of the third right now. Yogi and Whitey in the booth was a redeeming moment in ESPN's broadcast. I still don't like Joe but that was a nice segment. Sounds like they are still up there. Matsui up to bat. Here comes the HR.

9:28pm Update

Damon just hit a 3 run HR. That may be the last HR ever in this stadium. That's weird to think. Yanks up 3-2 no2, let's see if Andy can hold it. Jeter almost hit a HR right after, something tells me either Abreu or A-Rod will go deep this inning.

9:40pm Update

Having Whitey and Berra was a nice touch. I've read Ford's autobiography and he has some hilarious stories in there. I've read Mickey's as well. Mickey's first agent was some guy who showed up at his place and had him agree to a 50% cut. Mickey didn't know any better and took the deal, until he went and spoke with his teammates and they told him they were paying 10%. What's interesting is that he told the Yankees and the Yankees got rid of the guy. He doesn't say how, but I suspect the guy went for a swim in the Hudson.

-Fernie Banks

9:49pm Update

Silly Millar, always trying to beat us. The Yankees are winning this game, but it wouldn't be any fun if there was no competition.

I just watched the Chevy commercial about Roberto Clemente, I think I may go buy a Malibu tomorrow.

-Fernie Banks

9:59pm Update

Beautiful Homerun for Molina. I still think Jeter hits the last one.

-Fernie Banks

10:04pm Update

I'm convinced. 4 years $80 million for Pettitte.

-Fernie Banks

10:25pm Update

Blasted Jones. Always using his speed to his advantage. Did Val Kilmer have a shiner? It kind of looked like it. At least Millar struck out.

-Fernie Banks

10:34pm Update

I just noticed that there's no way Jeter's single season HR record gets broken this year. Crazy!

10:36pm Update

Uh oh. Phil Coke fist pumped after that strike out. I suspect everyone will flip tomorrow.

-Fernie Banks

10:49pm Update

That was ugly Jeter. He must be saving it for later when the game gets a little closer.
-Fernie Banks

10:56pm Update

Nice play by Jeter, but shame on Chamberlain for sticking his pitching hand out there to try and bare hand that ball. No, Chamberlain. No.

-Fernie Banks

11:13pm Update

Hey, how many Orioles does it take to catch a fly ball? Don't know, but they suck!

-Fernie Banks

11:18pm Update

And you guys complain about Jeter's defense. Heads up running by Gardner.

-Fernie Banks

11:25pm Update

Cody Ransom may be the best thing since dinosaurs to help the Yankees. Great inning by Chamberlain. Should be fun to see Mo pitch one last time here. He's given us many great memories in this place, and I'm sure he'll give us many more in the new stadium, but tonight, its all eyes on him.

-Fernie Banks

11:33pm Update

So much for the Derek Jeter homerun, but either way, the Sandman is entering.

-Fernie Banks

11:45pm Update

Wow. Great way to close out the stadium. Sweep, Mo ends the game with a 1-2-3 inning. Even Baltimore players were scooping dirt from the mound for souvenirs. Jeter is speaking now. This is really an amazing moment and we're all very lucky to be watching it. Jeter seems emotional. I'm glad he did this, it was right to have him speak for the team as they closed the stadium, and for the players to salute us is pretty special. Remember this moment. We probably won't see another one like it in our lifetime.

-Fernie Banks

I just want to thank everyone who stopped by to check our live blog, whether you left a comment or not, while you watched the final game at Yankee stadium. This is a special moment in Yankee history, and I'm just glad that some of you stopped by to spend some of it with us. Take care, and have a great night.

Fernando Alejandro

58 comments:

Bucky7588 said...

so the yankees make a bunch of old men run, and jeter makes an old sick man record his name....we are a cruel bunch...

Roberto Alejandro said...

honestly, the way Jeter described it was funny. 'He was sick so I made him record my intro.' Take that Bobby Shepherd!

Roberto Alejandro said...

By the way, I totally called that Ruth's daughter would bounce it. and she did.

quinn said...

all i have to say if f u c k joe morgan. the man is a the biggest piece of shit in television. and im sorry for swearing but he is. it really brings the man joy doing that shit. oh how i hate him.

Roberto Alejandro said...

I second your sentiments Quinn. That guy has no business calling the last game at Yankee Stadium. It's a catastrophe and I blame MLB for this.

Quinn said...

its ok though im listening with the volume off. and im pretending that its murcer in the booth. good tribute. good to see bernie and paulie. do you retire 51 next year in the new stadium?

Bucky7588 said...

i love how you mentioned that, because before the game started i was telling my roommates how much i hate him and he hates the yankees.

Roberto Alejandro said...

Good question. I think there's a stroger case for retiring bernie's number than o'neill's. I loved them both as players, but Bernie's post season HR record looms large and I think he's earned the honor. That being said, I think the Yankees have retired jersey's 1-56, and so retiring Bernie's might be problematic.

Roberto Alejandro said...

Yeah, Joe Morgan blows.

Bucky7588 said...

lets make a petition to make morgan shut up.

Roberto Alejandro said...

I'm going to have my brother look into creating an online petition. alternatively, I may quickly draft one, print it, sign it, tie it to a brick, take the D train up to Yankee Stadium and throw it through Joe Morgan's car window.

Roberto Alejandro said...

okay, it was a single, but still.

Fernando Alejandro said...

I'm here now. I just realized that this laptop device allows me to watch the game with a computer on my lap. Its brilliant.

Fernando Alejandro said...

Whitey Ford just said Jeter will hit the last homerun in the stadium. Here's hoping.

Roberto Alejandro said...

guess who's back. welcome Fernie Banks, now that you're here I can go take a bathroom break, hopefully I'll make it. Nope, too late, shouldn't have tried to write about it first.

Fred Trigger said...

that was a pretty sweet pop fly damon hit for a home run.

Fernando Alejandro said...

Peeing while reading is a condition that effect millions of Americans a day.

Fernando Alejandro said...

Welcome Trig.

Bucky7588 said...

peter gammons need to shut up too. hes obsessed with the red sox

Roberto Alejandro said...

Trig is back! That there is the reason we signed him for four years.

quinn said...

its sad that the steinbrenner who built the dynasty that we know will not attend tonights game. bernie's case is stronger as roberto said because of the playoff track record. and also roberto if you go to throw that brick through his window sign my name too.

Roberto Alejandro said...

Peter Gammons is pretty obnoxious. I bet he and Joe trade notes between innings on how they can be more biased.

Roberto Alejandro said...

done and done Quinn.

Fernando Alejandro said...

I wonder if the Orioles will be able to attract any free agents next season. With the Rays now a competitor, and the Yankees looking to rebound next year that makes 3 teams with the Red Sox that will likely be ahead of the Orioles. What other selling points to they have? Come to the beautiful city of Baltimore?

quinn said...

andy is giving it back.... he WAS a good big game pitcher. better warm up phil coke

Fernando Alejandro said...

Cano just took a walk. This is a historic event.

Bucky7588 said...

i hope molina isnt the last to hit a HR at the stadium...

Fred Trigger said...

yeah, i'm signed to a deal similar to Pavano.

Roberto Alejandro said...

you agreed to get hurt for four years Fred?

Fred Trigger said...

and still get paid for it. my agent didnt tell you?

Roberto Alejandro said...

that's a good contract.

Fernando Alejandro said...

Nady came real close there. My money's still on Jeter.

Roberto Alejandro said...

fist pumps are unprofessional.

Bucky7588 said...

im just glad he didn't fist pump so hard his arm fell off

Quinn said...

im sure... since the sound is off in my room.. that joe morgan had something to say. joe morgan also is a blatant racist. he does not like white players, or the yankees. i honestly cannot wait for him to retire, him and mccarver are the two worst broadcasters in baseball. i think your right about jeter. at least i hope you are no one is more deserving than him

Fernando Alejandro said...

Molina's raking. If this game had an MVP it might be him.

Roberto Alejandro said...

McCarver is pretty bad. Fox and ESPN both have pretty bad broadcast teams. It's surprising really. You'd expect more from them both since both do a lot of sports coverage.

quinn said...

i think that its not that they are bad broadcasters. i think its just the fact that we are just so used to our broadcasters being such homers. these guys true hate the yankees but dont most people? i know for one i dont. it seems like they are just like every other communist in the country and arent yankee fans

Bucky7588 said...

not nessecarily true...i'm used to douche-bag red sox broadcasters and they are absolutely terrible...so one would think that I would be grateful for them, but alas, I cannot win

Fernando Alejandro said...

Nice grab by Coke. That's why I've been saying all season that he needs to be in our bullpen. I might not have said it out loud, but trust that I whispered it while I was alone in my room a few times.

Bucky7588 said...

yessss ronin.

Fernando Alejandro said...

Where did Aubrey Huff come from this season? He's suddenly developed into an amazing hitter. Actually, I guess he's reverting to his 2003-2004 self when he was pretty good.

Bucky7588 said...

that had the creepy feeling of a requiem.

Fernando Alejandro said...

Oh, Michael Kay. I love you.

Fernando Alejandro said...

Rocky Cherry...what a name.

Quinn said...

sounds like a porn star.. i want mo to get a save. bring him in the eighth if you have to..

Fernando Alejandro said...

I just want him to pitch. He needs into this game.

Fernando Alejandro said...

Has anyone had Taco Bell's volcano taco? Is it any good?

Fernando Alejandro said...

Here it is guys. Final inning of Yankee stadium. Mariano pitching.

Bucky7588 said...

this is really sad

quinn said...

watching this game is like reading goodnight moon. its really sad at the end because you know your going to have to say goodbye

Fernando Alejandro said...

It is. Weak grounder to short. 2 outs left.

Fernando Alejandro said...

Weak grounder to second. 1 out left. Jeter is out of the game, probably to get cheered. Bittersweet right here.

Fernando Alejandro said...

Great speech by Jeter. The players are walking around the entire stadium waving to the fans. I'm glad they're doing this.

Bucky7588 said...

10 bucks says Pavano got injured during these festivities...

Fernando Alejandro said...

Ha! I won't take that bet. Though I just made $20 on that Patriots game today.

Thanks for stopping by everyone. You all have a great night!

http://janeheller.mlblogs.com said...

Well done live blogging! I just finished a wrap up of the day and night on my blog and I'm wiped. I'm so glad we played the Orioles for the Stadium finale because a decent team would have caught some of those balls. Whew.

Steve said...

wow, great job.
It's the next morning and I've had time to let a lot of it sink in.

The opening. shows class that lifts the Yankees over most organizations. I am watching the game with my 15 yo son and retelling stories about the players as they are introduced. He says to me, "no highlight of Wade Boggs, just him on the back of the horse" I still hate that Red Sox sellout. "The only highlight of Boggs that they show (3 times) is when he struck out to end Rag's no hitter".
Again class as they replace Jeter during the inning so the fans can show their love.
The walk around the Stadium ala Cal Ripkin.
As Jeter was speaking to Michael Kay about how great the fans are, in the background you see two cops leading a fan out in cuffs.

Now go out and win two for the Moose.