Tuesday, September 23, 2008

Moose Parties LIke It's 19!

The Good

Moose wins 19! It was a tricky game for the Moose as he went 5 scoreless innings striking out 6 in the process, but was hit in his pitching arms tricep by a comebacker in the 3rd inning. Moose, gangster as ever, had a Derek Jeter moment and completely ignored the injury. He pitched the remaining innings with what I would imagine is pain. I've never been hit in the tricep, but I have been hit in the face, and if its anything like that, it really sucks.

The offense was pretty limp, but still good enough for 3 runs and the win. Giambi went 2-4 with 2 runs, one of his hits being a homerun. Gardner also had 2 hits, one of which was a triple. If he plays a whole season, and has some discipline at the plate, that kid could break some single season triple records.

The bullpen was clutch today as they kept the Blue Jays to just 1 run over 4 innings. The one run came off of Marte, who has been pitching much better of late. Chamberlain scared everyone in the 8th when he loaded the bases after a Cody Ransom error (I like him, but he's no Derek Jeter), but then Joba struck out Overbay looking in fear. Other relievers who contributed to the effort were Coke for 1 out, Bruney for an inning, and of course, Mariano Rivera who was nasty as ever recording the save with a perfect inning of his own, striking out 2.

The Bad

Marte gave up a run and was unable to record an out in his appearance. Also, Ransom bobbled a ball hit deep into the hole that wasn't called an error because it would have been a tough play for anyone not named Derek Jeter to make. Jeter on the other hand not only would have gotten to the ball, but would have jumpturnthrowed the runner out. That's a word I'm coining today: jumpturnthrowed. Anyway, the next play, a simple grounder, Ransom threw the ball away probably trying to overcompensate for the bobbling. Either way, I still like Ransom and hope he's on the team next season. He's a decent hitter with some power, and can play some defense, though today wasn't his best day. In fairness to him though, he's been used at first every time out, and most baseball experts agree that shortstop is a little different from first.

The Ugly

The Boston Red Sox clinched a playoff spot against the Cleveland Indians. Tribegirl, you're going to have to scold your team for us. They had Cliff Lee on the mound, and still lost. So the Yankees are officially eliminated from post season contention. They were unofficially eliminated some time in August when we all realized they weren't having the same second half they used to under Torre.

Respect Jeter's Gangster is for the Children

The "Respect Jeter's Gangster" blog joined Johnny Damon's home run club, which raises money for the Children's Health Fund. We are pledged to donate $1.00 for every homerun the Yankees hit this season. We will keep a running tally of the home runs hit and the money donated throughout the season. Jason Giambi hit one out to put the game further out of reach for the Blue Jays. Just the Blue Jays mind you as any other moderate offense could have overcome the 2-run deficit. Take that!

Melky Cabrera 8hr = $8.00
Alex Rodriguez 35hr = $35.00
Hideki Matsui 9 hr = $9.00
Bobby Abreu 19hr = $19.00
Jorge Posada 3hr = $3.00
Jason Giambi 32hr = $32.00
Johnny Damon 16hr = $16.00
Morgan Ensberg 1hr = $1.00
Robinson Cano 14hr = $14.00
Chad Moeller 1hr = $1.00
Wilson Betemit 6hr = $6.00
Derek Jeter 11hr = $11.00
Shelley Duncan 1hr = $1.00
Xavier Nady 11hr = $11.00
Jose Molina 3 hr = $3.00
Ivan Rodriguez 2hr = $2.00
Richie Sexson 1hr = $1.00
Cody Ransom 2hr= $2.00
Total = $173.00

If you are interested in Johnny Damon's Homerun Club or the Children's Health Fund you can find links to both at the top right hand corner of our page.


Roberto E. Alejandro said...

Time for the Yankees to make their push. Seriously though, Joba having to walk the bases loaded in the eighth was nerve racking. I didn't want some bloop single erasing Moose's accomplishment, which he accomplished with accomplishing accomplishment.

Steve said...

Coke for just one out?

I'm liking next season a bullpen of Coke for the 6th and 7th. Joba in the 8th and Mo closing out the 9th. that means that the starters only have to go 5.

As far as late season under Torre, the Yankees are 4 games ahead of the Dodgers in the standings right now.

Anonymous said...

That bit about being hit in the face explains a lot.

Roberto E. Alejandro said...

yeah, but what Joe Torre does is put your team in a position to play in octber. The Yanks have more resources (in terms of on field talent) than the dodgers, they should be ahead by more than 4 games. Girardi didn't get everything he could have out of these Yankees, Torre did with his Dodgers.

Fernando Alejandro said...

Torre's in a weaker division for sure, but personally I don't think it matters. He's in the playoffs and we're not even though this same team made the playoffs just last season when we were managed by Joe Torre. There's something magical about that man.

Roberto E. Alejandro said...

is Joe Torre a leprechaun? crazy!

Anonymous said...

i would like to see the yankees finish with a better record than the mets. its not that i dont like the mets. i just cannot stand hearing met fans talk about how the yanks arent going to the playoffs.

Fernando Alejandro said...

I hear you Quinn, but in all honesty I just want them to win that last game for Moose. They could lose every game until then, but they need to win that game for Moose. I don't care if Moose gives up 12 runs through 5 innings, the offense better put up 15 runs in that same time and win that game for Moose.

TribeGirl said...

On behalf of the Cleveland Indians, as well as the city of Cleveland, hell, the entire state of Ohio, I deeply apologize from the bottom of my heart for the Tribe's loss to the RedSox last night with Cliff Lee on the mound allowing them to clinch a spot in the playoffs....sorry for the late post but I have been in mourning since then. This week is so depressing. Not only is baseball ending - no postseason to look forward to other than the Rays and the Dodgers, but knowing it was Cleveland that put that final nail in the coffin allowing Boston its triumph has made me want to run for the hills, but what hills I'm just not sure.

To make matters worse, I have a $20 wager on the Browns/Bengals game this Sunday. Can my beloved football team possibly go 0-4? I wouldn't go higher than $20 out of fear that the answer could possibly be yes... HOW MANY DAYS UNTIL SPRING TRAINING????????

TribeGirl said...

BTW - congrats to Moose on win #19!!! Pray for #20!!!

Fernando Alejandro said...

We accept your apology Tribegirl. We can only be angry with ourselves, and by ourselves I mean Girardi, Cashman, and A-Rod. Not because I don't like those guys, but because they're easy scapegoats.

TribeGirl said...

Always with the A-Rod!!!!