Oct
09

Tex powers Yanks to 2-0 series lead after A-Rod saves the day in the 9th

By

Thaaaaaaa Yankees win!

(What’s this?)

Two days after the Yankees and Twins kicked off their Division Series matchup, the clubs finally came together to give Game Two a go. Regular catcher Jorge Posada would ride the bench in favor of backup Jose Molina, who had demonstrated the ability to work well with starter AJ Burnett in recent starts. The Yanks were looking to take a commanding lead in the series while the Twinkies were hoping to keep their playoff heads above water. One team got their wish, but not before they rode the roller coaster you see above.

Starters Burnett and Nick Blackburn matched zeroes for the first five innings, but did so in very different ways. Burnett, with his personal catcher in tow, walked a tight rope all night. He put at least one runner on base in all six innings he pitched, and seven of the ten batters he let reach base didn’t even have to swing the bat. It’s not normally a recipe for success, but it did the trick tonight. Blackburn, on the other hand, kept the Yankees hitters off balance all night with a mix of sinkers and curveballs and changeups, taking a no-hitter into the fifth inning.

Minnesota drew first blood in the top of the sixth, when Burnett issued a walk to Delmon Young, who had drawn a grand total of 14 unintentional walks in 416 plate appearances this year. After Carlos Gomez struck out, predictably, pinch hitter Brendan Harris took Burnett’s 3-1 fastball and sent it deep into the left-centerfield. Teh bandbox managed to hold this one in, but the Twins were on the board thanks to a triple.

The Yankees would not be contained for long, answering back the very next inning. The Cap’n ground ruled a double into right center, and Johnny Damon followed that up with a walk to put runners at first and second with one out for the guys paid to drive in runs. Mark Teixeira, 0 for 6 in the series up to that point, flied out weakly to left, which brought last night’s hero – one Alex Rodriguez – to the plate. A-Rod spit on Blackburn’s first slider in the dirt, then send his next pitch through the 5.5 hole for an RBI single, knotting the game at one. Two games, three ribbies for the Yanks’ cleanup hitter, and he wasn’t done.

Burnett gave way to starter turned reliever turned starter turned reliever after an injury turned starter then turned reliever for the playoffs Joba Chamberlain, who got two quick ground ball outs before allowing a hit back up the middle to SuperMauer. Phil Coke came in and struck out Jason Kubel, who hits lefties like Jose Molina hits everyone. On came setup man Phil Hughes the next inning, who made quick work of Michael Cuddyer and Young. Carlos Gomez, a kid who has drawn just 47 unintentional walks in 963 plate appearances over the last two seasons, coaxed a free pass out of Hughes with two outs. Harris then laced his second hit of the night into the opposite field for a single, sending the speedy Gomez the third. Seven pitches later, #9 hitter Nick Punto looping a hanging curve in front of centerfield Melky Cabrera for a 2-1 lead.

Out went St. Phil and in came the Hammer of God, but Denard Span didn’t think much of the future Hall of Famer and singled to right to push the lead to two runs. Rivera escaped the inning without allowing any further damage, but the good guys were down two with ubercloser Joe Nathan looming in Minnesota’s pen.

An inning later, the Yanks were down those same two runs with just three outs to go against Nathan, and things looked bleak. Teixeira, now 0 for 7 in the series, took the first two pitches leading off the inning before lining a hard single down into the right field corner. With an RBI single already to his credit in the game, A-Rod came to plate needing to do anything besides make an out. He did that and then some.

The first pitch was a breaking ball in the dirt, the second a breaking ball off the plate, ditto the third. With a 3-0 count after three pitches well off the plate, it seemed like the Twins were pitching around the three time AL MVP, however it didn’t make sense to do so in that spot. The fourth pitch was a fastball down and in, called for a strike. Great pitch, no way any righthanded batter hits that ball with any authority. 3-1 is a classic fastball count and A-Rod certainly got his fastball, crushing it to deep into the Yankees bullpen to tie the game. In a Yankee career full of postseason disappointments, Rodriguez atoned for all past mistakes with that one swing. The game was tied, and the Yankees had new lease on life in the game.

The Bombers came up to the plate in the 10th looking to start a rally, and Jorge Posada did just that when he blooped a Nathan pitch in for a single. On came pinch runner extraordinaire Brett Gardner, who stole second before moving to third when Nathan tossed a pickoff throw into centerfield. Derek Jeter was intentionally walked to set up the double play, and the Yanks were in business with runners on the corners and just one out. Johnny Damon, mired in a month long slump, took the first four pitches from reliever Jose Mijares before fouling a pitch off for a full count. Mijares’ next offered was lined back up the middle, and it seemed like the Yanks were on their way to another walk-off win and a 2-0 series lead. Except Orlando Cabrera caught it, and Brett Gardner ventured too far off third. O-Cab made the quick flip over to double off Gardner, and the Yankee threat was squashed.

Damaso Marte march out the pen to take the rubber in the top of the 11th. Placed on the ALDS roster for two reasons and two reasons only, Marte allowed both of them to reach base. Joe Girardi turned to young David Robertson with SuperMauer and Jason Kubel standing at first and second with no outs, and K-Rob™ hung a curve to Michael Cuddyer, which he promptly dunked into the outfield to load the bases with zero outs.

Plate discipline is a wonderful thing. It’s not all about drawing walks and working deep counts, it’s about being selective and knowing what pitches to swing at. Luckily for the Yankees and Mr. Robertson, neither Delmon Young nor Carlos Gomez has much plate discipline. Young lined the first pitch he saw to Mark Teixeira for out number one, then Gomez grounded to Tex, who forced the runner at home for out number two. With two gift outs in his pocket, Robertson needed to coax an out anyway he could out of Brendan Harris, who up to that point had been a pretty big pain in the Yankees’ ass. The first pitch was a fastball strike, the second a fastball low for a 1-1 count. D-Rob’s third fastball was lifted in the air by Harris, but landed safely in the glove of new centerfielder Brett Gardner. Bases loaded, no outs, and the Yanks escaped unscathed.

Even though the Yanks staff had kept them in the game, the pitching tonight was downright dreadful for the pinstripers. The Twins 6-7-8-9 hitters reached base a combined ten times, and 15 of Minny’s 21 baserunners overall reached base with two outs in the inning. No Yankee pitcher managed to retire the side in order. The Yankees can’t count on the opposing team stranding 17 runners on base every night, but for tonight it was just what the doctor ordered.

After David Robertson pulled his Houdini act in the 11th, the Yanks were looking to their heart of their order to give them the win. Mark Teixeira led off the inning for his second straight plate appearance, and four pitches into his at-bat he sent Jose Mijares’ offering into the people beyond the leftfield wall. The Yankees won in walk-off and comeback fashion yet again, and declared to not just the Twins, but to all of baseball that WE WILL NOT BE STOPPED.

Categories : Game Stories, Playoffs
  • http://cache.daylife.com/imageserve/0awG8jw7Ax5xR/610x.jpg Drew

    Is this the new “best game of the year,” Mike?

    • http://deleted RollingWave

      yes, the 9th-11th were completely epic

  • http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=siYKRL4I3UA JobaWockeeZ

    I don’t not believe what me eyes are looking at:
    http://brooksbaseball.net/pfx/.....v_size=500

    • Jersey

      Neither did Chuck Meriwether, apparently.

    • http://www.facebook.com/dougchu Doug

      My eyes…

    • http://twitter.com/tsjc68 tommiesmithjohncarlos a/k/a Ridiculous Upside

      What’s that black box in the middle for?

      Oh, that’s the Strike Zone? Nah, can’t be, that doesn’t make sense; it’s all square and rectangular. It should be a squiggly line that extends out to cover all those red dots, and then folds back in on itself to exclude all those green dots.

    • Ksturnz

      meh, the tbs tracker gets me/all of us a little too critical

  • Christos

    David Robertson for player of the game!

    • http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=siYKRL4I3UA JobaWockeeZ

      Ehh gotta be A-Rod no?

      • Christos

        I didn’t see A-Rod get out of bases loaded no outs!

        • Mike Pop

          Love me some D-Rob. But A-Rod’s bomb was as clutch as clutch gets.

        • http://twitter.com/tsjc68 tommiesmithjohncarlos a/k/a Ridiculous Upside

          I didn’t see DRob tie the game in the bottom of the ninth with a mammoth bomb. Nor did I see him get the first run of the game on a lazer single either.

          ARod is POTG.

        • steve (different one)

          of course, D-Rob was 1/3 responsible for loading the bases…

          it’s A-Rod, anything else is just crazytalk.

  • Patrick T

    Nicely done, sir.

  • Chris

    18% of the way to #27.

    • Christos

      Does winning the division count for ANY of that so called %18?

      • Chris

        Winning the division is the bare minimum Yankee standard.

        • Christos

          Understood.

  • BigBlueAL

    When the Yanks trailed 3-1 I admit I thought it was over and mustve stopped myself 10 times from adding a comment completely ripping the Yanks (maybe 1 or 2 slipped out but dont think so).

    When the Twins had the bases loaded in the 11th with 0 outs I was ready to write a comment talking about how I would have rather lost 3-1 then in 11 innings.

    If I learned anything tonight is think before you add comments ripping these Yankees (lesson learned because I dont think I let any crazy comments out and therefore get ripped for them) and always have fuckin faith in these Yankees!!!!!!!!

    • http://twitter.com/tsjc68 tommiesmithjohncarlos a/k/a Ridiculous Upside

      Amen. The Good Mo works in mysterious ways.

      Mosanna, Mosanna, Mosanna.

  • http://cache.daylife.com/imageserve/0awG8jw7Ax5xR/610x.jpg Drew

    heh, oh yeah, I forgot the Twins got screwed on that Joe Mauer foul!

    • Mike Pop

      Ya, the ump really screwed the pooch on that one.

      You cannot miss that call when you’re that close. I’ll take the gift but I couldn’t believe he missed that.

    • http://cache.daylife.com/imageserve/0awG8jw7Ax5xR/610x.jpg Drew

      lol Tim Tschida says it’s tough to get that call right because they’re not used to it. I suppose it’s the same for the strike zone and tag plays.

      • Chris

        I’d like to hear the explanation. The only reasonable one is that he saw the ball hit Melky’s glove in foul territory. It wouldn’t be correct, but more understandable than missing a call that badly.

        • baba o’riley

          it’s somewhat understandable. umps spend the entire year working in a 4-ump system, one ump at every base. then for the most important games of the year, they switch to a 6-ump system. these guys never get to practice umping that “down-the-line” angle, except during the postseason. you’re talking about guys with thousands and thousands of major/minor league experience having to learn a new system in the most important games of the year.

          mlb should either use the 6-man system all year, and let these guys get experience working it, or keep the 4-man system for the postseason and go to foul line replay (maybe do this anyway.)

          • Buffalo Fil

            Yeah – its tough. Stand on the line and watch where the ball lands. And try to notice if it bounces off a fielder.

    • Chris

      The umps were beyond horrible tonight. I don’t even think it was biased, just bad.

    • mehmattski

      Yeah I’m not sure I can fully celebrate the Yankees’ win when it was so badly tarnished by the terrible non-double call. Clearly that inning would have gone a lot differently with Mauer on second and nobody out.

      • Christos

        You sure you werent jumping up and down screaming when they won???

      • Salty Buggah

        Ugh, fallacy of the predetermined outcome…

        • mehmattski

          I didn’t say that the outcome would have been the same. But in that little chart up there with Win Probability, Mauer on 2nd with no one out would have been better for the Twins than Mauer on 1st. That’s all I’m saying… I’m no Michael Kay.

          And yes I was happy when Tex smacked the homer. But I feel like it was stolen a bit.

          • rafael

            You said, “Clearly that inning would have gone a lot differently with Mauer on second and nobody out.”

            Nobody can say “clearly.”
            At best, one can say “likely.” No way to know what would’ve happened, so it wasn’t stolen in any way, just like blown strike calls don’t “steal” the game.

            You can’t say what would’ve happened if he had gotten the double.

            • mehmattski

              I’m sure no one’s going to read this, but I just want to point out that starting an inning with a runner on second is clearly different than starting it with a runner on first. Do the Twins score a run with those clearly different starting conditions? I don’t know, but they clearly have a better chance to, versus starting with a runner on first.

              • Pasqua

                I did read this, and I still think you’re assuming too much. With Mauer on second, the ground ball that Cuddyer hits (assuming he hits that same ground ball, which I shouldn’t even do) is probably right to Cano because the defensive alignment is different. That puts Mauer on third with one out, which is a worse situation than what the Twins eventually found themselves in. So…I don’t we “stole” anything. The Twins had the best opportunity to put a run across that you can have, and they failed.

        • Buffalo Fil

          Salty is wrong – mehmattski is correct. No one knows what would have happened but a lead off double is better than a lead off single. And Mauer led off with a ground rule double before his ultimate lead off single.

  • Steve H

    A-Rod is teh suxor!!!

    Anyone else think Aceves should have been left in longer (along with Joba).

    Caveat, I love Girardi.

    • Mike Pop

      I didn’t mind bringing in Marte. Two tough lefties coming up, that’s what Marte is here for.

      Either way I would of been okay with.

      A-Rod’s homer though man, just absurd.

      • http://twitter.com/tsjc68 tommiesmithjohncarlos a/k/a Ridiculous Upside

        The Marte decision was the only one I quibbled with. Mauer, unlike Kubel, hits lefties well enough (.345/.413/.497) that it’s not worth lifting a superior righty for an inferior lefty to face him. I would have let Ace face Mauer, and if he retired him, I may have even let him face Kubel as well (but I probably would have went to Marte there.)

        But, small potatoes. It’s not a bad call either way.

        • Steve H

          I would have left Ace in because we were the home team, and if it had gone 12-15 innings, Ace could have given 3 of those, while we still had last AB.

          • http://twitter.com/tsjc68 tommiesmithjohncarlos a/k/a Ridiculous Upside

            That’s the tiebreaker for me that makes me eschew the normal lefty-lefty matchup (unlike how I supported it earlier in the 7th inning): The fact that it’s a tie game and we only had three pitchers left in the pen at that point, and two of them were situational relievers who couldn’t go long.

            I’d rather ride Ace a little more to stave off having to empty out the pen with Gaudin if the game goes into the 12th or 13th.

        • steve (different one)

          i’m with TSJC, that’s the ONLY decision i thought was shaky.

          to be honest, Giradi managed the f’ing hell out of that game tonight.

          knocked it out of the park.

    • vin

      Stacking SuperMauer and Kubel in the lineup back to back pretty much forces Giardi’s match-up-lovin’ hand… which may actually be a good thing for the Twinkies.

  • The Iron Horse

    “WE WILL NOT BE STOPPED”

    MOTHER FUCKIN RIGHT

  • Greg G.

    Jeez, what a roller coaster ride.

    Heck, the game chart actually looks like a roller coaster.

  • Salty Buggah

    I loved this game. So much drama but in the end it was a win, thanks to our 3-4 hitters (A-rod game-tying RBI single, A-rod HRs with Tex on in the 9th, then Tex hits a walk-off), just the way I like it.

    Simply awesome.

    BTW, I had a feeling that even Tex’s ball didn’t leave, A-rod would have made it a walk-off anyway. But I’ll take Tex’s first walk-off in Pinstripes too.

    I’m still pumped from this game and I dont think this is going down until Nov. 2 since if it starts to go down, it will gradually keep going back up.

  • Christos

    I just knew that Big Tex was coming through with a homer, i called it in my head.

    • Mike Pop

      Just like everyone.

      • Christos

        I’m dead serious, im not just saying that. I said after he hit it “Who called it?” to no one, cause i watched the game alone.

        • Mike Pop

          Heh, I’m just fuckin’ with ya. Cause everyone is always calling a walk off home run. I called like 7 of them tonight, happened to be right that 1 time. ;)

          • Christos

            lol, i only called one. but thats a nice way to put it.

  • pete
    • http://twitter.com/tsjc68 tommiesmithjohncarlos a/k/a Ridiculous Upside

      Yup.

  • mustang

    I know how sometime we eat each other up on here, but it’s games like tonight that make this site such a fun place to be.
    Thank you all for making tonight’s game that much more fun.

    • Mike Pop

      +1

      I wasn’t here for tonight’s game. But that goes for the entire regular season. All the regulars and the big 3. This place, like the Yankees, is the balls.

      • http://twitter.com/tsjc68 tommiesmithjohncarlos a/k/a Ridiculous Upside

        THERE’S ONLY ONE OCTOBER!!!!!

        /DaneCook’d

      • mustang

        The coolest part was seeing how so many of the regulars believed even when they were down 3-1.

        • Mike Pop

          Yep, no reason not to have some confidence in this team.

          The Yankees have been epic this year.

        • http://twitter.com/tsjc68 tommiesmithjohncarlos a/k/a Ridiculous Upside

          When you see greatness in action, you don’t soon forget it. It lingers in your mind.

          Sincerely,
          All of tommiesmithjohncarlos’s ex-girlfriends

        • mustang

          It’s one thing to bullshit here it’s another to stay the course even when the shit its the fan.

          I mean they did it like 36 times in the regular season what do people think that this shit just turns off in the playoffs.

        • Salty Buggah

          Yea, but most of those regulars have been like that all year. It’s just their nature.

          • http://twitter.com/tsjc68 tommiesmithjohncarlos a/k/a Ridiculous Upside

            Just because I’m hung like a moose doesn’t mean I have to do porn…

            • Kevin

              Didn’t know he was hung.

        • http://cache.daylife.com/imageserve/0awG8jw7Ax5xR/610x.jpg Drew

          Hell yeah my dude. We got this shit all the way.

  • Salty Buggah

    I wonder what Lombardi will have to say about Alex after tonight…

    • Salty Buggah

      From this morning:

      “A-Rod’s A Hero, But, Haven’t We Heard That Before?”

      Suck it Lombardi!

      • Mike Pop

        Suck it Lombardi. Suck it long, and suck it hard.

  • pete

    i would also like to say god bless capitalism, and go to hell shitty untalented players who sometimes get big hits in the postseason, guys who make money can do it too

    • Christos

      Breaking News: Carlos Ruiz dropped dead, right now. JK

    • Ksturnz

      Punto, Harris…

  • Bob Stone

    Great game recap Mike. I enjoyed every second of reading it. Loved the graph too.

  • http://cache.daylife.com/imageserve/0awG8jw7Ax5xR/610x.jpg Drew

    Oh man every time I see the replay of that 9th inning HR I love it!

    Man, how about Swish making the great play on defense, F offense.

    • Christos

      Nice diving play, honestly with how hes made himself look stupid out there this year i didnt expect him to make that play.

      • http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=siYKRL4I3UA JobaWockeeZ

        Except he’s a really really good defensive outfielder.

        • pete

          except he’s a good defensive outfielder
          fixed

        • http://twitter.com/tsjc68 tommiesmithjohncarlos a/k/a Ridiculous Upside

          Well, maybe only really good.

          Really REALLY good is, say, Justin Upton or Hunter Pence.

          Swish is a good outfielder, a solid one. Two “really”s is probably hyperbole. He makes plays, though, and he’s been money down the stretch.

    • Salty Buggah

      +13 I keep watching that HR and then Tex’s over and over again.
      Thankfully, Mlb.com has a clip which plays them back-to-back

      http://newyork.yankees.mlb.com.....id=7033731

      • Mike Pop

        My Mo, A-Rod’s homer was just epic.

        Just went nuts.

        • http://twitter.com/tsjc68 tommiesmithjohncarlos a/k/a Ridiculous Upside

          I need to get a copy of that shit.

        • Salty Buggah

          Me too. Even after 10 mins, I was cursing, breathless, saying OMFG and WOW. I got some weird looks from my sisters.

          • ColoYank

            You were watching in a convent?

            • http://twitter.com/tsjc68 tommiesmithjohncarlos a/k/a Ridiculous Upside

              Heh.

              Hey, aren’t both of you Yankee fans in Colorado? Maybe you’re both in Denver, you two should hit the bar together.

              • ColoYank

                I made the trip to YS3 in May and watched CC pitch against the Nationals … but before that, I was at the Stadium 90 minutes ahead of the game, but was turned away from Monument Park … even after telling them (whining?) about traveling from Colorado.

                I watched the game tonight in Santa Fe, New Mexico (road trip!), and then went out to look at the Milky Way on a beautiful, clear night, one of the very few magnificent things that can compare to tonight’s victory.

                • http://twitter.com/tsjc68 tommiesmithjohncarlos a/k/a Ridiculous Upside

                  +1 for nature’s majesty.

  • Steve H

    $180 million? Worth. Every. Penny.

    • Mike Pop

      But Kevin Youkilis is the same player and a quarter of the price!

      /ignores common sense.

      • Ksturnz

        Gammons?

        • http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=siYKRL4I3UA JobaWockeeZ

          Close. Tim McCarver at the All Star Game.

      • Christos

        Ones a switch hitter and plays for the Yankees. Advantage Mark Teixeira.

        • ShuutoHeat

          Doesn’t look like a douche…

          Advantage: Teixeira

          • jim p

            Doesn’t act like a crybaby…

            Advantage: Teixera

            • http://twitter.com/tsjc68 tommiesmithjohncarlos a/k/a Ridiculous Upside

              Doesn’t bullseye womp-rats in his T-16 and then tape their dead carcasses to his chin in a pathetic attempt to look like a real man…

              Advantage: Teixeira

              • Upstate Nick

                Doesn’t charge the mound and get owned by Rick Porcello.

                Advantage: Texeira

                • http://twitter.com/tsjc68 tommiesmithjohncarlos a/k/a Ridiculous Upside

                  Doesn’t fidget around in the batters box like a bitch-made version of Craig Counsell…

                  Advantage: Teixeira

                • http://cache.daylife.com/imageserve/0awG8jw7Ax5xR/610x.jpg Drew

                  Doesn’t eat babies.

                  Advantage: Teixeira

                  Oh wait that’s Al? ah fuck it.

  • Bob Stone

    I can’t wait to see the Yankees blow Pavano off the field Sunday.

    • Christos

      Watch him get hurt and leave early.

      • Bob Stone

        The Yankee offense is going to give him a “hurt” much worse than he expeienced in his waste of 4 years and $40 million in New York.

    • http://twitter.com/tsjc68 tommiesmithjohncarlos a/k/a Ridiculous Upside
      • http://imgur.com/NMNVd.jpg Joba Powers (all I needs is a jheri curl mullet)

        Oh, cool! I always heard that she made sports apparel for chicks but I had no idea she made Yankee shirts with Robin Williams-style sleeves!

        That’s fucking AWESOME!!!!

        • http://twitter.com/tsjc68 tommiesmithjohncarlos a/k/a Ridiculous Upside

          Shit, she’s got a whole line of women’s apparel for every team, in every level of sluttiness your heart desires.

  • Pasqua

    Why is all the media coverage so far ripping the Yanks apart, as if they “have SOME NERVE” winning this game?

    MLB is going with the thesis that the Twins “barely lost” (whatever the fuck that means) and how they will “single you to death” (conveniently ignoring the fact that they always fail to win).

    I swear, if you kept the score a secret and asked me to guess based on what I’m seeing and hearing, I would bet my house that the Yanks lost.

    Weird and infuriating.

    But an amazing night.

    • http://twitter.com/tsjc68 tommiesmithjohncarlos a/k/a Ridiculous Upside

      Why is all the media coverage so far ripping the Yanks apart, as if they “have SOME NERVE” winning this game?

      Haters wanna hate
      Lovers wanna love
      I don’t even want
      NONE OF THE ABOVE I WANT TO PISS ON YOU
      Yes I do, I piss on you, I pee on you

      • Steve H

        See I roll aroun sittin on dubs cat n I I was high on shrubs. Coolin’ in my Escalade, man I’m paid I got it made. Take me to yo special place, close yo eyes show me yo face… I’m gonna piss on it.

      • Mike Pop

        Won’t you braid my hair…

        • http://twitter.com/tsjc68 tommiesmithjohncarlos a/k/a Ridiculous Upside

          I pick you up from the club
          Take you home to make some love
          Got a surprise, close your eyes
          I’m gonna cover you with suds…

          (thh-thh thh-thh-thh)
          (thh-thh thh-thh-thh)

          Imma give you some POO-POO!
          Imma give you some pee-pee,
          Imma give you some DOO-DOO!
          Wash it down with some wee-wee,
          This is the remix edition
          Of the song about pissin
          I got that peeing leakin, reekin
          And there’s juice in the kitchen

          • Mike Pop

            That show was freakin’ amazing. Love Dave and all his standup too.

            CUZ I KEEPS IT REAL!

    • Steve H

      Yup. No such thing as “barely lost”, especially in October.

      • http://twitter.com/tsjc68 tommiesmithjohncarlos a/k/a Ridiculous Upside
        • Bob Stone

          I’ve always thought they should be called “Near Hits”.

      • Pasqua

        Which brings me to my next point that MLB is overlooking: Why does Joe Nathan always suck against the Yankees? Seems like a more pertinent question than “Why wasn’t Mo pitching in a tie game?”

    • mustang

      This is the way it’s going to be I’m sure all you will here is:
      1- the umpires blew the call.
      2- the new HR Yankees Stadium played into this.
      And so on……

      I love being hated again it so much better then watching someone else play refer to last year.

      • mustang

        hear not here

  • Bob Stone

    MLB has to do something different with how it manages the umpiring next year. Tonight’s bad umping just highlights a year FULL of really bad umpire calls – in the field, behind the plate, everywhere. It’s by far the worst umpiring I have ever seen (and that’s over 55 years of watching baseball). And, I am not basing it solely on Yankee games. It’s been horrible across the board.

    Selig has allowed this to happen. It has to be changed for the good of the game. The umpires should not be part of the sports news almost every night.

    • ShuutoHeat

      But all the baseball purist says the human element is part of the game!

      • Bob Stone

        I’m fine with that – Get better human elements.

        • ShuutoHeat

          I hear you man.

          But you know, it’s such a double standard when it comes to the Yankees. It’s always MLB and fans > Yankees.

          When the Yankees lose from bad calls, it’s always human elements are needed! When the Yankees win in a game with bad calls, it’s “omg replace the friggin umps with robots!”.

          This is why being a TRUE Yankees fan pays off, the look on the haters’ faces when Yankees win.

          Plus, we can’t replace the umps with robots…haven’t we learned anything from the Terminator movies?

          • Bob Stone

            ietcvm – +27.

        • http://twitter.com/tsjc68 tommiesmithjohncarlos a/k/a Ridiculous Upside

          (golf clap)

  • Bob Stone

    I’m watching LA vs. Bosox and want to root for the Sox so they can get beat up by the Yankees in the ALCS. But it is just too much fun to root agsint the Sox. I can’t bring myself to root for them even though I would much rather face them than the Angels. I also think they Yankees have a better chance(correction – make that easier time) beating Boston than LA.

    There’s something inherently wrong about that, but I don’t know the proper name for the disorder(as I root and cheer for two more runs driven in by Aybar against Beckett for LA in the 7th inning). Go Angels!

    • Bob Stone

      TSJC – I am surprised that you haven’t come up with some clever answer for this disorder/condition.

      • http://twitter.com/tsjc68 tommiesmithjohncarlos a/k/a Ridiculous Upside

        Hmm, you can’t decide whether it’s more fun watching them suffer a lot now or cheer for temporary success so they can suffer even more humiliatingly later?

        Dilemma of Suboptimal Schadenfreude? That’s the best I can do off the top of my head.

        • Bob Stone

          That works.

    • http://kierstenschmidt.com Kiersten

      I had this same problem, but I am physically unable to root for the Red Sox. Ew, even typing that grosses me out.

  • Salty Buggah

    That lucky bastard Kabak got to witness all of this epic-ness in person.

  • Jersey

    Meanwhile, Beckett owns October gets chased.

    • ShuutoHeat

      Meanwhile, Beckett owns October gets chased raped.

      corrected!

  • mustang

    And The Red Sox losing….a perfect night.

    • http://twitter.com/tsjc68 tommiesmithjohncarlos a/k/a Ridiculous Upside

      The John Kruk Invitational Track Meet has officially begun.

    • Bob Stone

      It is perfect.

  • Chris

    If only there was a way the Sox and Halos could eliminate each other…

    I do enjoy the fact that Orsillo sounds like his cat was just run over, though.

    • ShuutoHeat

      Key players on both teams get injured in an all out brawl?

      I would love to take the AL from either team LEGITIMATELY though. As much as I would love to see Pukelis and Big Mami crawl off the field.

    • Bob Stone

      Too much fun!

  • Bob Stone

    Kruk jinxed the BoSox by throwing out the first pitch in gmae 1 (or maybe it was game 2 – I forget).

  • Salty Buggah

    A-rod is obviously all clutch because of Philippon

    /Correlation = Causation’d

  • Bob Stone

    Great ads by BlackBerry.

    • steve (different one)

      seriously?

      i mean, no offense, just thought they were pretty awful.

      JMO.

  • Salty Buggah

    About Delmon’s line drive: “When I threw it I thought, Oh God,” Robertson said. “And before you could snap your fingers, it’s in his glove.”

    Mo works his magic again.

    • Bob Stone

      The Yanks got some lucky breaks in the game. But, that’s okay. My definition of luck is “Preparation Meeting Opportunity”.

    • http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v21/riddering/Baseball/reachforthestaaaaars.jpg Riddering

      IETCVM.

      • andrew

        i’m very aroused

        /tsjc’ed

  • Dorian

    Did I see any twins fans complaining when Brandon Inge got hit?

    • Bob Stone

      Yankee pitchers have hit a lot of betters on the wrists this year, the worst case being Pena.

      • Bob Stone

        *batters. They hit the betters in their wallets.

        • Bob Stone

          *bettors. There aren’t any betters than the Yankees.

  • Andy in Sunny Daytona

    My DVR stopped recording the game in the ninth inning in order to record a Bo Bice video marathon. I guess the Yankees will have to win 2 in Minnesota.

    • http://twitter.com/tsjc68 tommiesmithjohncarlos a/k/a Ridiculous Upside

      I had to look up who that is.

      I chuckled.

  • mustang

    I know I’m basis, but damn between Sportcenter and ESPNNEWS all I seen for the last 10 mins is WNBA and College football.
    If it were the Sox who won like the Yankees did you couldn’t get them off the fucking air.

    • Bob Stone

      Ccould you have meant “biased”? I here . . . no – correct that . . . hear that is the correct wording and spelling.

      • mustang

        LOL
        Thank you

  • Salty Buggah

    Alex lookin sharp in his postgame conference

    http://web.yesnetwork.com/medi.....id=7034321

    • Bob Stone

      Very natty.

    • Salty Buggah

      Channeling his inner Torre there with a lot of obviouslys

  • Accent Shallow

    Fantastic.

    • http://twitter.com/tsjc68 tommiesmithjohncarlos a/k/a Ridiculous Upside

      Ron: Hey Garth. How’s the divorce?
      Garth: Oh, not so good… I’ll probably never see my kids again…
      Ron: FAN-tastic. …

      • Mike Pop

        Great minds…

        • http://twitter.com/tsjc68 tommiesmithjohncarlos a/k/a Ridiculous Upside

          I can’t wait for Anchorman 2 next year.

          • Mike Pop

            Right there with ya.

  • Bryan

    I was at the game tonight and while it was awesome, it took years off my life. The top of the 11th was just horrible.

    • http://twitter.com/tsjc68 tommiesmithjohncarlos a/k/a Ridiculous Upside

      The top of the 11th took 5 years off your life.

      THE BOTTOM OF THE 11TH PUT 10 YEARS BACK ON THAT MUTHAF#$%KA!

      • Bob Stone

        Always the optimist.

        • http://twitter.com/tsjc68 tommiesmithjohncarlos a/k/a Ridiculous Upside

          I can’t help it if good things happen to people when I’m around them.

          • Bob Stone

            That got a chuckle out of me. Too bad you have no self confidence.

      • Bryan

        I lol’ed

      • Salty Buggah

        That’s the way I always think about these type of games. And when we lose, I take my anger out lifting weights, which then adds some years onto my life.

  • Bob Stone

    The icing on the cake of an Angels win tonight against the Sox would be to see Papelschmuck getting hammered.

  • http://twitter.com/tsjc68 tommiesmithjohncarlos a/k/a Ridiculous Upside

    We just beat Joe Nathan. The Sox, meanwhile, are going down pathetically to a guy who once lost his closer’s job to Manny Corpas.

    • Salty Buggah

      Hey, Corpas was pretty good in 07. Fuentes wasn’t. But yea, Sox stink more than a stale fish in Youkilis’ squirrel.

    • Bob Stone

      I’d much rather face Fuentes than Papelbon down a run in the 8th or 9th inning.

  • Salty Buggah

    Seeing the A-rod HR again, it was great to see the guys in the bullpen jumping up and down like crazy.

    I think I am going to read EVERY article tonight on the Yanks win and A-rod’s clutchitude.

    • Bob Stone

      Same here.

    • Amy

      “clutchitude”
      IETCVM

  • Jersey

    Oh boy. Here comes the tying run in Anaheim or wherever the hell they are.

    • Bob Stone

      I think they’re in the Anaheim section of Los Angeles although they used to be in the California section of LA.

    • Jersey

      That’s that. The odds of a NYY / LAA ALCS just jumped way up.

  • Bob Stone

    Awright Angels! Sweep those bloody Red Sox1

    • http://www.riveraveblues.com Mike Axisa

      No way, I want Boston to win the next two, then they beat the crap out of each other in Game Five. I want a bloodbath.

      • Mike Pop

        I’ll tell ya one thing. Teams don’t fear the Sox like they did with Manny.

        • Mike Pop

          Maybe ‘teams’ isn’t right. Cause I don’t know this.

          Fans, I should say fans.

      • Bob Stone

        Good point. But like I said earlier in this thread, it is just so hard to root for the BoSox, even when it’s in our best interests.

        • Mike bk

          then think about it as rooting against the angels and that’s not hard for yankee fans.

      • Mike bk

        agreed. we sweep they play 5 and have to use at least lester again before they see us if they even win or the angels have to use lackey, either way win for us.

  • Voice Of Reason

    I was sitting with my father watching tonight’s game, or at least the last few innings. I started my first day of working in classrooms and was exhausted, so he woke me up because he’d knew I’d be pissed if I missed the game. My Dad isn’t a huge baseball fan, but this year’s team has magic that has got him watching with me. It’s really fun.

    When the Yankees went down 3-1 my Dad reminded me the Yankees walked off against this team three consecutive games earlier this year. I gave him props for remembering, and we watched A-Rod’s ball sail into the Yankees bullpen. My Dad has dubbed himself Michael Kay Jr., very much enjoying “SEE YA!”. We smirked, and knew the game would be ours.

    When Teixeira came to the plate, we almost knew he would put one out. A-Rod and Teixiera have complimented eachother perfectly all year; how fitting that they could win the game for us. We screamed, and knew this team has something else. Something magical.

    Of course we’re going to get slack. Too much money. Yankees Stadium is a bandbox. A-Rod did steroids. The list goes on. But ultimately, critics are missing out on experiencing a special team, something baseball hasn’t seen for some years, and something I know we’ll be talking about for years to come.

    I love being a Yankee fan.

    • Bob Stone

      The Voice of Reason hath spoken and all ye shall hear him for he hath spoken the truth.

    • ShuutoHeat

      1 word:

      Beautiful.

  • http://www.puristbleedspinstripes.com Rebecca-Optimist Prime

    Photos and recap from tonight’s Yanks/Twins game http://bit.ly/iCPAw

    • dkidd

      great stuff

      nights like this are why i just don’t understand people who don’t enjoy sports. where do they go for unscripted drama?

  • bonestock94

    I’m still not convinced that I watched what I watched tonight. Maybe it will sink in tomorrow.

  • http://conservationvaluenotes.com Jon G

    These graphs are pretty amusing when i think about other things they could apply to.

    For example, I’d like to have seen one of those from a big night out in college — showing, as things happen in the bar or at the show I’m at, how I get closer and further to “winning” or “losing”.

    Winning the world series would be hooking up with the hottest chick in the bar…and her hot friend…at the same time! Losing (and dips in the graph toward losing) — well, that could have been a lot of (pretty funny) things…

    One could really have some fun with these graphs

    • Camilo Gerardo – your inception? fuck perception, go with what makes sense

      or competing with your mate for said hottest chick in the bar

  • Salty Buggah

    BTW, This game keeps us undefeated in the Yankees Classics!

    • http://kierstenschmidt.com Kiersten

      Nah, we lost the game when Jeter broke the hit record.

  • http://kierstenschmidt.com Kiersten

    That game was so freaking amazing. Yankees up 2-0, Boston down 2-0, does it get any better than this??

    But seriously, I will never make it through October alive if we have more games like this. My heart can’t handle it.

    • JMK aka The Overshare

      I think it would be better to pummel the Sox in the ALCS, but those are just my thoughts. Also, regarding October: I realize you’re down in Miami and probably eating those weird Cuban sandwiches and plantains and shit, but you might want to look into the Jarvik heart. Bonus: the dude who invented it looks like a total pedophile.

      Wait, that’s not a bonus? Well then, carry on.

    • http://cache.daylife.com/imageserve/0awG8jw7Ax5xR/610x.jpg Drew

      Yeah, this was a tough one. I think I started going nuts in the seventh or the top of the eighth. My heart was racing since then.

    • http://www.theyankeeuniverse.com/ The Artist

      Tell me about it. The Aceves inning was excruciating (as was most of AJs) and I even have enormous faith in Al. But that just looked like a game winning rally to me.

  • JMK aka The Overshare

    I recently got back to the game and let me tell you, it was fucking awesome (as you all know). I was sure we were going to lose it with the Twins having bases loaded and zero outs, but somehow (Mosanna in the highest) we pulled it out. Also, I’m not sure if it was just my section, but half the people there were so busy facebooking on their cell phones that they couldn’t be distracted by an awesome game. Has anyone else found this to be true? It really bummed me out. Then again, the more involved fans managed to get into a fight and spilled a whole beer (a $9 beer at that) on my suit (I had just gotten out of work).

    • http://cache.daylife.com/imageserve/0awG8jw7Ax5xR/610x.jpg Drew

      Well worth a dry cleaning bill.

    • Nikhil R.

      I went to the game also and this was definitely not the case. My section went crazy after the A-Rod homerun tossing beer and soda all over the place. I’m honestly surprised I didn’t have a heart attack at some point late in this game. It was just fucking unbelievable.

      • Jim

        Section 330 was spectacular. Incredible reaction, hugs, high fives, great time to be a yankee fan

  • Rey22

    I can’t remember being this excited for a game since the 2003 Aaron Boone HR game in the ALCS.

  • http://kierstenschmidt.com Kiersten

    BTW, was the spillover thread record broken?

  • Salty Buggah

    The Twins radio guys:
    -Groundball double play would take the wind out of this crowd.
    -Would it ever!
    -Ha ha ha ha

    WHACK!

    - (In a deflated voice) High drive! Oh my! He got him. He got him. Tie game. (and this is kinda an angry way) He GOT HIM, John, HE GOT HIM! Oh my!

    HAHAHAHA!

    • andrew

      link me, please.

      • Salty Buggah

        Can’t. I actually went through the archive on Mlb.com to see their reaction and typed what they said. BTW, I skipped the part after their laughing. But all they said was some thing like “Teixeira has a short lead at 1st, here’s the 3-1″…then came the WHACK!

        • Salty Buggah

          Actually, I found something.

          http://mlb.mlb.com/media/video.....8;c_id=min

          It doesn’t show the first part but it shows them during and after the HR. Go to 0:58 in the video as the part before that are the TV and John Sterling calls.

    • http://cache.daylife.com/imageserve/0awG8jw7Ax5xR/610x.jpg Drew

      Awesome. “He got him” is all I need.

  • Salty Buggah

    From ESPN: “HitTrackeronline.com, which actually chronicles such things, notes that Teixeira’s game-winning homer against Mijares left the bat at 110 mph and cleared the fence in 2.88 seconds. That made it the fastest homer to leave the park in a big league game this season, and earned Teixeira the obligatory shaving cream pie from Game 2 starter A.J. Burnett.”

    Dayum, what timing too!

  • desus

    Anybody know who caught Tex’s Helmet?

    • http://www.theyankeeuniverse.com/ The Artist

      One of the bridesmaids.

  • http://www.theyankeeuniverse.com/ The Artist

    “The Yankees won in walk-off and comeback fashion yet again, and declared to not just the Twins, but to all of baseball that WE WILL NOT BE STOPPED.”

    Hahahahaha!

    Nice recap with a great finish, Mike.

  • http://www.theyankeeuniverse.com/ The Artist

    Two impressions from last night:

    -If Morneau is playing, we lose that game 6-2, if not 10-2. We didn’t get Justin out all year and AJ walked a tightrope all night. It would have forced the Yanks to pitch to Mauer, and in so many situations that would have been deadly. I was thinking about that all night, the way Moreau’s presence would have changed things.

    -Both sides of the Posada-Molina debate bolstered their arguments last night. AJ was teetering on the brink all night, so having Molina out there to calm him down and guide him through was essential. But the Yanks were no-hit for the first 5 innings, so Posada’s bat was clearly missed.

    If/when this situation comes up again in Game 5 or the ALCS/WS, I fully expect Molina to catch AJ again. Minimizing the damage with him is key.

    • whozat

      “-Both sides of the Posada-Molina debate bolstered their arguments last night. AJ was teetering on the brink all night, so having Molina out there to calm him down and guide him through was essential. But the Yanks were no-hit for the first 5 innings, so Posada’s bat was clearly missed.”

      I knew this would happen. Even though AJ pitched like crap, still it was a great idea to have Molina catching.

      The guy walked 5 and hit two batters. This was a terrible outing, and Posada should catch AJ next time because I think we’ve debunked the meme that AJ always has better command with Molina back there.

  • pete

    I love when people hate us for winning

    • http://twitter.com/tsjc68 tommiesmithjohncarlos a/k/a Ridiculous Upside

      +27

  • crapulent aka I said good day sir

    Was at the Stadium last night for the game. Could you tell from TV how loud the place was? Def like old times at YSII. Amazing…

  • bigpinklips

    We had such a great time at the game.
    Thank you, Yankees, for making memories that will last.

  • Pingback: A Bronx Night to Remember — Julie and the City

  • Pingback: Fan Confidence Poll: October 12th, 2009 | River Avenue Blues

  • Pingback: Poll: Greatest game at New Yankee Stadium | River Avenue Blues