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The Postgame: Pettitte inspires blind boy to play baseball

Here is a great story of how Andy Pettitte has inspired a blind five year old boy to want to play baseball.

www.thepostgame.com

 

Andy has always been one of my all time favorite Yankees, and this make me appreciate him even more.

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News and Notes from around the Yankee Universe

The Yankees beat the Angels 5-0 yesterday behind a strong performance by Hiroki Kuroda, and Alex Rodriguez hit career home run number 630 to tie Ken Griffey Jr. for fifth on the all time home run list.  Game two of the series is today with Phil Hughes taking the mound for the Yankees.  C.J. Wilson will be pitching for the Angels.

Morning Coffee & Links

Posada locates plate, and maybe one day Hall of Fame

Kuroda spectacular in Bronx début

A-Rod shows impact of positive thinking

Bringing back Yankees legends good for dollars and sense

Cano moves to cleanup as A-Rod bats fourth

A-Rod ties Griffey JR. with home run #630

Here’s to a great day of baseball!

 

 

 

 

 

 

It’s only one game, right?

The Associated Press 4-6-2012

Mo blows a save.  The Yankees lose a close one.  It’s only one game but I felt devastated.  This one felt like a playoff game, like it was win or go home.

But it was only one game.

Luckily the Yankees have 161 more on their way to October, and of course, they will lose again, but this one hurt for some reason.

But it was, only one game.

Both managers were managing like it was do or die as well.  Joe Girardi intentionally walks a .220 hitter to go after a slugger that proceeds to hit a grand slam.  Joe Maddon attempts a couple suicide squeeze plays, one where the batter Jose Molina missed the sign and was swinging away and could have killed Sean Rodriguez as he barreled towards home.

Tampa took a 4-0 lead off  of Carlos Pena’s grand slam, the Yankees fought back behind newly acquired Raul Ibanez to go up 6-4 and through it all was a parade of bullpen pitchers, clutch hitting on both sides and incredible plays by a few.  But after eight innings the game was exactly where all Yankees fans would want it: a one run lead and Mariano Rivera jogging in from the bullpen.

And then Desmond Jennings guided a single through the middle.  Ben Zobrist followed with a triple that brought Jennings home to tie the game and left the winning run perched on third with no outs.  The Yankees added an infielder and played with two outfielders knowing anything hit over the infielders heads would win it.  Mo got a strikeout, and then came Pena again.  And he slapped a ball between the two outfielders.  End of game.

Devastated.

But it was only one game.

There were some positives taken from this game:

Although C.C Sabathia was not at his sharpest he did what an ace should do.  He battled through six innings and handed the ball over to the three men that will always be trusted to shorten the game.  Rafael Soriano and David Robertson did their jobs.  On this night Mo did not.

Raul Ibanez showed the Yankees fans why he was signed by driving in the first run in the second inning, and launching a three run blast in the third.

The old men, Derek Jeter and Alex Rodriguez played like young men,  with both Jeter and A-Rod pulling off some nifty plays in the filed and adding some hits at the plate.

Mark Teixeira was his usual gold-glove self at first, and narrowly missed a home run.

Brett Gardner went 2-4 and made some terrific throws.

Robbie Cano looked like Robbie Cano, corralling a great throw by Gardner and selling the tag to get a runner out at third, and going 2-5 at the plate.

The Yankees will play again tonight, and tomorrow, and in May, June, July, August and September.  And when it is all said and done they will be in the playoffs, and this one game, this heart-breaker that should have ended with Mariano Rivera’s 604th save will be just that – one game.

Opening day- A holiday for baseball fans

Today is a holiday.  It is New Years day for baseball fans, with all dreams of World Series Championships still intact.  It is like Valentines day, as today our number one love is baseball.  It is like Independence Day, with the fireworks being 500 foot home runs and nasty curve balls, and had they not played last night, probably some fireworks from Ozzie Guillen as well.  Opening day is like Halloween, with tricks of shoe string catches and treats like perfect games.   It is like Thanksgiving, except the feast is of Nathan’s hot dogs, peanuts, and Cracker Jack.  It is like Christmas for a baseball fan, with the gifts being baseball games all day long.   It is one of the best days of the year for die-hard baseball fans.

Although my Yankees don’t open until tomorrow, I am still excited.  I have the day off work, ready to camp in front of the television with snacks and beverages within arms reach.  I am ready for the green grass, blue skies, fly overs, first pitches and fresh chalk lines outlining the field of play for the greatest game in America.  Ready for the crack of the bat, the snap of the mitt, the roar of the crowd, and even the sound of an organ playing the oh so popular “charge!”

Today is a holiday.  It is Opening Day.

Morning Coffee and Links

News and notes from around the Yankee Universe

Joba Chamberlain suffers career threatening injury

Red Sox minor-leaguer rips Yankees

Joba’s future in doubt

Jeter feels fine

What happens without Joba

The Yankees will take on Detroit today at 1:05 ET.  Freddy Garcia will take the mound.

Here’s to a great day of baseball!

 

 

 

 

Yankees vs. Red Sox II; Morning Coffee and Links

The Yankees and Red Sox will face off again tonight in another spring training battle, this time in the Red Sox new home ball park Jet Blue Park (hehehehe!)  The last match-up was a complete pitchers duel, with the winning run scoring on a double error in the ninth.  Hopefully tonight will provide some more fireworks from the Yankees bats and the Red Sox dugout.

First pitch is at 7:05 ET.  The game will be televised on ESPN.

Oh and by the way I still hate Bobby Valentine.

Morning Coffee and Links

Hughes and Yanks see positive change

Things are different these days for Pettitte

Don’t forget about Joba

Lance Berkman tried to lure Pettitte to St. Louis.

Here’s to a great day of baseball!