Oct
01

Poll: What was your favorite moment of the second half?

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Every year, there are certain moments in the season that remind us just why baseball is the greatest game on Earth, and this year is no different. Sure, lots of us take this silly game far too seriously, but that’s only because we love it so much. We’re lucky to be fans of the greatest franchise in sports history, as the Yankees give us more great memories than we can handle at times.

RAB readers already voted Mariano Rivera‘s bases loaded walk their favorite moment of the first half, and I figured now was a good time to see what everyone’s favorite moment of the second half was. Here’s a few of the highlights:

August 2nd: Melky Cabrera hits for the cycle (video)
With co-centerfield Brett Gardner out with a broken thumb, Melky was going to be a full-time player for the foreseeable future. He hit the first pitch he saw from Mark Buehrle and deposited into the bullpen for a three run homer, then doubled over the head of rightfielder Jermaine Dye two innings later. El Leche ended Buehrle’s outing the very next inning, dropping an RBI single into center to give the Yanks a two-run lead. With the Yanks maintaining that same lead in the 9th inning, Melky worked a full count off reliever Scott Linebrink before lifting a pitch into the right-centerfield gap. Dye misplayed the ball and it went all the way to wall, and the result was the first cycle by a Yankee since Tony Fernandez way back in 1995.

August 7th: A-Rod‘s 15th inning walk-off vs. Boston (video)
In the second game of what would prove to be the biggest series of the season for both teams, AJ Burnett and Josh Beckett matched zeroes through 7+ innings before each bullpen chipped in another 7+ innings of scoreless ball. A loss would have brought the Red Sox to within 2.5 games of the AL East title, a win would have pushed the Yanks ahead with a commanding 4.5 game lead. Alex Rodriguez, 1-for-6 in the game up to that point, stepped to the plate with two outs and a runner on second against Junichi Tazawa, who was making his big league debut. After taking the first three pitches, A-Rod jumped all over a hanging curve and sent it into the visitor’s bullpen for a 15th inning walk-off win. If nothing else, watch the video just to listen to sound of the ball of the bat. B-e-a-utiful.

August 9th: Damon & Tex go back-to-back off Dan Bard (video and video)
With the first three games of the series already in the win column, pretty much everyone was content with taking three of four after Phil Coke served up a go-ahead, two run jack to Victor Martinez in the top of the 8th. Johnny Damon and Mark Teixeira had different ideas. After two quick groundouts, Damon took a 1-0 pitch from the untouchable Dan Bard and sent it into the Yanks’ bullpen to tie the score. Two pitches later, Tex hit a curveball into orbit before it eventually settled into the second deck in right. It was only early August, but for all intents and purposes, the division race was over the instant Tex got the bat on the ball.

Sept. 11th: Derek Jeter becomes the Yankees all-time hit leader (video)
After a four week long assault on AL pitching that saw him pick up 44 hits in just 102 at-bats, Derek Jeter returned home to the Bronx on Sept. 7th just three hits shy of tying Lou Gehrig for the most hits in franchise history. After a quick 0-for-12 skid, Jeter tied the Iron Horse on a Wednesday night (with me in attendance), and came to the park Friday looking to pass him (Thursday was on off-day). O’s rookie Chris Tillman got Jeter swinging at strike three in the first, but Jeter returned to the plate to leadoff the third. Tillman’s first two pitches were outside the zone, and like any good hitter, Jeter took the 2-0 fastball and ripped it to right in typical Jeterian fashion for a single. With 2,722 hits and counting, Derek Jeter stood alone as the Yanks’ all-time hit king.

Those are just some of the highlights of the first half. Vote on your favorite below, but if you think another moment was the best of the second half – maybe the Sabathia-Verander duel, or clinching the division against Boston, or one of the various walk-off hits – use the “Add an Answer” button to write in your own favorite moment. And to the jerk that added the racist word to the poll last time, don’t do it again. I’ll just delete it, and I’m sure your bosses at Goldman Sachs in Jersey City wouldn’t appreciate you trolling blogs mid-day.

What was your favorite moment of the second half?
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Update (3:22pm): The Castillo Dropped Ball happened in early June people. First half.

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74 Comments»

  1. Interesting results when only one person has voted =P

    I think that the whole Boston sweep should be an option…and clinching at home

  2. the artist formerly known as (sic) says:

    I’m going with A-Rod’s walkoff. It was a dagger in their hearts; Simmons was sullen; I was there. Lots of ass was kicked.

  3. Tom Zig says:

    What did you vote for, Mike?

    • Mike Axisa says:

      Damon & Tex. I base these decisions on how fast I jump off the couch and how loud I scream. A-Rod was unfairly handicapped because it was late at night and I was tired.

      • Mike HC says:

        In that case, my favorite moment while watching a Yankee game was when I was sitting on a friends couch and he decided to tell me exactly what he did the night before on the exact spot I was sitting.

  4. Moshe Mandel says:

    Damon and Tex because I was there. It punctuated the sweep, and was great after the Sox had thought they were right back in it with the Martinez homer. If I had not been at that game, I likely would have picked the A-Rod homer.

    • Eric says:

      The A-Rod homer was not as exciting for me as the back-to-backers off of Mr. Untouchable. The A-Rod blast was off a rookie who was called up from the minors who was not even supposed to pitch. Plus, at that point in the game, I was just rooting for it to end, and it seemed inevitable that the Yanks would win (they were coming close to scoring in the last few innings.).

      The homers off of Bard were a total punch in the gut to the Red Sox, who had just gotten their hopes back after Martinez’s shot. They went from the highest of the high to the lowest of the low. Bill Simmons’ tweets during that game tell the whole story:

      10:41 PM: Welcome to the Red Sox, Victor Martinez! I’d like to thank NYY for inexplicably pitching Phil Coke for this entire inning.

      10:48 PM: Note to America: Meet the Boston Red Sox closer from 2011 through 2015 (and hopefully beyond), Mr. Daniel Bard.

      10:53 PM: OK, this is devastating. Bard was my favorite subplot of the season. I can’t even type.

      11:05 PM: Note to America. Reacquaint yourself with the NY Yankees closer from 1997 through 2015 (and hopefully beyond), Mr. Mariano Rivera!

    • Rocky Road Redemption (formerly RAB poster) says:

      I loved both games, but when Damon and Tex went back to back it was more than just a dramtic HR. It was a dramatic, division race ending comeback. Plus it was more unlikely. Fucking awesome.

  5. The Artist says:

    My favorite moment was when Mike posted that he beat TSJC in his fantasy league.
    *pumps fist*

  6. Sean C says:

    I’m one of the few who voted for Melky’s hit-for-the-cycle. Being a fan from Central Illinois and unable to afford the Yes Network/Directv, I don’t get to see much Yankee baseball. I admit am biased on this vote because I was actually at that game in Chicago, and it seemed as if my dad and I were the only two Yankee fans in our section. When Melky was legging out that Triple, we probably sounded like Ralphie from “A Christmas Story” with all of the incoherent cussing and screaming.

  7. Jamal G. says:

    I say ARod’s dinger over that of Damon and Teixeira’s just because the former moment occurred – in my opinion – during the greatest game of the 2009 season.

  8. Mike HC says:

    Gotta give love to Jeter here. Passing Gehrig is All-time great, whereas the others are considerably smaller scale

  9. Mike HC says:

    How about Melky’s reaction/celebration after hitting for the cycle. While the cycle itself is not a favorite moment of mine, his reaction was priceless

  10. Will77 says:

    Its a tie for me between A-Rod and Jeter… Jeter passing Gehrig is probably my ‘favorite’, as I just got into baseball when Jeter came up and its amazing that he stands with such legends in Yankee history.

    A-Rod gets it for most exciting and most celebrating/reaction. I was at my friends bar for the extra innings, and no one left until that game was over and we were reacting to every pitch for at least 5 innings.

  11. jsbrendog says:

    won’t let me add my own but mine is the castillo drop pop and teix scoring from first on it to win the game

  12. steve s says:

    John Sterling’s reaction to Yanks putting in Ian Kennedy in the 8th inning of the last game with the Angels (and then Kennedy getting in and out of trouble).

  13. Z Morris says:

    My favorite moment of the season…the ONE game that was played at New Yankee Stadium where a homerun was not hit…

    I love homeruns as much as the next guy, I was at the game where Damon and Texiera went back to back, obviously it was great, but in my opinion it reduces the legitimacy of the players accomplishments when they play in a bandbox ballpark

    And hitting well on the road means nothing, people disparage players on Balt and Texas all the time, and now the yankees will join if the new stadium continues to play this way.

    • Mike HC says:

      has there really only been one game at the new Stadium where a homer has not been hit?

      And the fact that the Yanks are also crushing the ball on the road has everything to do with it.

      • Al from BX says:

        Yeah it was that game that had a rain delay for over 5 hours when some dude named Craig Stammen shut us out 3 to 0. Joba also pitched but not that bad.

    • Chris says:

      Home/Road split for the Yankees:

      HR: 136 Home / 105 Away
      3B: 5 Home / 16 Away
      2B: 150 Home / 171 Away

      XBH: 291 Home / 292 Away

      The most interesting thing about the new stadium is that while it’s a good Home Run park, it’s not much of a hitter’s park.

  14. Upstate Nick says:

    Definitely the A-Rod walk off.

    I was also a big fan of Cervelli’s walk off against the Blue Jays on 9/16. It was a low impact game, but I got a real kick out of his reaction when he saw Cano and Melky running toward him and he darted into the outfield trying to get away. Priceless.

  15. AJ's chin music ensemble says:

    Definitely the 15th inning walk off…I sat through every moment of that game in the bleachers…my ass sure hurt after the many man many innings…but it was well worth it in the end.

    • kimonizer says:

      Fabulous typo in that second “many”

      “my ass sure hurt after the many man many innings”

      it could only have been better if you added Mr. Ramirez himself

      “my ass sure hurt after the many man many manny many innings”

      lots of men and lots of dreds over lots of innings and a painful ass

  16. JobaWockeeZ says:

    A-Rod’s walkoff tied with Damon and Teixeira back to back.
    I mean closer of the future gave up the lead which I felt would be a tough game to come back from. That was pretty epic.

    A-Rod’s walkoff was just as great.

  17. Riddering says:

    I really wanted to vote for A-Rod’s homer because that moment was amazing.

    But the way Damon and Teixeira immediately squashed the joyous Boston dugout and eliminated V-Mart’s heroic, anti-sweep homer was epic.

    Mmmm, I can still taste the tears of Boston. Delicious!

  18. I’m mad that 9 of you jackasses voted for the Castillo dropped ball.

    What are we, the BBWAA voting for Edinson Volquez for Rookie of the Year? There are rules here, people.

  19. Jersey says:

    I voted ARod’s walkoff, but Bill Simmons’s reaction to the Damon/Tex/Bard home runs is a reason to vote for that instead:

    http://twitter.com/sportsguy33/status/3218881904

  20. Tom Zig says:

    I wonder how many ridiculous answers people tried to add.

  21. Cam says:

    Hardest poll ever. Struggling with witnessing history (Jeter), A-Rod walk off (just all kinds of awesome), and Damon and Teix back-to-back (cause I was at that game and going absolutely ape shit. So were the cops, which was great to see). Ahhhhhhh!!!

  22. Tom Zig says:

    Update (3:22pm): The Castillo Dropped Ball happened in early June people. First half.

    Semantics

  23. desus says:

    Mo making it Rain on Kim Jones.

  24. Mike says:

    Jeter breaking the hit record was very special to me, my father passed away earlier that day and he made the day suck slightly less.

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