Game 34: Yanks at the Rogers Centre

First let me start off with the starting lineup

SS Derek Jeter

LF Johnny Damon

1B Mark Teixeira

3B Alex Rodriguez

DH Hideki Matsui

RF Nick Swisher

2B Robinson Cano

CF Brett Gardner

C Francisco Cervelli

And on the mound, Carsten Charles Sabathia

Jeet is back

Derek Jeter rejoins the starting lineup tonight. He missed the last two games with a sore oblique.

No Melk today

Melky is not in the starting lineup tonight, he has been hitting very well of late, but I guess Girardi wanted him to have a day off.

Burn Damon Burn

Johnny Damon has been on fire lately! In the last nine games he is batting .477 with 16 RBI’s. In addition, over that span of nine games he has hit 16 extra base hits (5 of them homers), with a least one each game. He is making a strong case to be resigned. However, it is early and the Yankees look like they are leaning against it.

A Teixeira spotting?

Reportedly, Mark Teixeira was spotted at the Yankee game last night going 2-4. We will see if he shows up to the rest of the Yankee games this year. In the beginning of the year, a man with similar looks to Teixeira played for the Yankees and batted to a sub-.200 average.

Pick on someone your own size

Yesterday Brett Gardner hit a 2 run home run, the first homer of his career. When Brett got back to his locker after the game he saw a baseball lying there and it read,  “First career home run, solo shot of Sam Richman for Brett Gardner. 05-14-09.” The problem was that Gardner actually hit a two run home run, off of Scott Richmond, on 05-13-09. After seeing the ball, Gardner said, ” I hope that’s not really the ball.” Fortuanetly for Brett, it was not the ball. The real ball with the real information was given to Gardner later on.

Vote Swisher

Don’t forget to vote for Nick Swisher for the 2009 All Star Game. I know he is not doing well lately, but vote for him anyway. Make the guys over at VOTESWISHER.COM happy. Click here to vote (you have to write-in Nick Swisher).

Brett and Johnny

I am still without my computer (I am currently using a friend’s computer). I should recieve a new computer on or around Monday, and once I do posts will appear regulary again.

Vote Nick Swisher

Swisher Pin

Over at VOTESWISHER.COM,  Frank, Tim, and Matt, who are die-hard Yankees fans, are determined to see Nick Swisher play for the American League All-Stars over in St. Louis this year. They make a great case for a one-of-a-kind player. Here is part of their message

Swisher is a player who gets it. Not only is he a throwback player who is always hustling and working hard; but he is amazing with the fans. Swish isn’t on the ballot, so we need write-in votes.

Let’s make this happen so that players like him get the recognition they deserve! You can vote 25 times online, but you need to write him in. Click here to get to the ballot and follow the prompts. It’s pretty simple and takes only a couple minutes to vote 25 times. Before you leave the site, visit our mobilize page. That’s how we make this happen.

Let’s do this.

Please, make an effort to vote him in. It is not difficult to do so, and it does not take that long to get 25 votes in. Although it may seem a little tedious, it will be worth it to see Swisher in the All-Star game. Last year there was a support the stache campaign for Jason Giambi which was really fun, so this year’s VoteSwisher campaign should be fun as well. Please, all I am asking is that you make an effort to vote him in, I am sure the guys over at VOTESWISHER.COM will appreciate it very much.

Nick Swisher and Brian Bruney

Game 24: Angels at Yankees

Last night’s game was a thriller. As you probably already know, Jorge Posada hit a walk off single last night. If you did not know that you can check out my previous post about last night’s game.

Today the Yankees send out the following lineup to face Matt Palmer, via Peter Abraham

Yankees

SS Derek Jeter

LF Johnny Damon

1B Mark Teixeira

DH Hideki Matsui

2B Robinson Cano

RF Nick Swisher

C Jose Molina

3B Ramiro Pena

CF Brett Gardner

And on the mound, CC Sabathia

CC Sabathia

Nick Swisher is not starting today because of a sore elbow from being hit by a pitch last night. He should not be out for long. X-rays were negative.

Brett Gardner has an opportunity to take advantage of as he gets a start because Swisher is not starting.

And the rivarly continues

 

Right now there are many fans that are very excited to watch a baseball game tonight, and rightfully so. Tonight, the Yankees and the Red Sox will be playing against each other, effectively re-starting the rivalry for the 2009 season.

 You would be wrong to think that when the Yankees play the Red Sox it is just two regular baseball teams playing against each other. Some people would like it that way, and there is no problem with that, but the truth is it is not just two regular old baseball teams playing each other. The games between the Yankees and Red Sox are typically more intense than regular games, and I know I speak for many when I say that I love that intensity. Will we see Joba throw at Youkilis (I for one do not mind if a pitcher backs a hitter off the plate, but if a pitcher throws at a batters head for instance, I think that is crossing the line)? Maybe. Will we see the benches clear? Maybe.

Youkilis is knocked down by Joba

Youkilis is knocked down by Joba

 

 

Joba is pumped!

Joba is pumped!

 

 

 

Some players such as Jorge Posada will say that there is no difference between Yankees-Red Sox games and Yankees-(insert other opponent here) games. “It’s the same old, same old,” Jorge Posada said. “You’ve still got to throw strikes and run 90 feet between bases. It doesn’t change.” However, other players, such as Mark Teixeira, recognize that the intensity level goes up, and for some players makes it easier to focus. “This is one of the greatest rivalries in sports,” Teixeira said. “It’s great for baseball and it will always be great for baseball. If anything, the energy that comes from the fans being into it locks you in. I remember when I was in the playoffs last year in Boston, I never felt more focused in my career. The boos, the energy, whatever you call it, it really kind of just locks you in.” Some players, such as Nick Swisher, might like to think that Yankees-Red Sox games are just another game, but they accept the fact that they are not. “As much as you want to think to yourself it’s just another game, it’s not,” Swisher said. “It’s completely different. There’s just an electricity in the ballpark you don’t get very often, except for the postseason. I know we’re looking forward to it and it’s going to be a lot of fun. It’s going to be intense.”

Now Mark Teixeira and Nick Swisher have not actually played on either side of the Yankees-Red Sox rivalry, but I am sure they at least have an idea of what it is like. Mark Teixeira knows how Red Sox fans are not very welcoming to the Yankees, especially Alex Rodriguez who is used to getting the loudest boos from the Fenway faithful. However, tonight Mark Teixeira will be getting the loudest boos and he knows that. “I never hear anything, there’s so much noise, you never really hear any words. I’m sure it will be the same. I expect heavy boos.” Said Mark Teixeira. “I expect nothing less from those fans.” It’s going to be fun, because Red Sox – Yankees is always fun. It’s what I’m used to on the road.”

Mark is thinking about choking the Red Sox

Mark is thinking about choking the Red Sox

 

 

(All quotes are from the Yankees official site)

The pitching match ups for the Yankees-Red Sox three game series

Tonight at 7:10 pm: Joba Chamberlain against Jon Lester

Tommorow at 4:10 pm: AJ Burnett against Josh Beckett (Should be a good one)

Sunday at 8:10 pm: Andy Pettitte against Justin Masterson

PS. I probably will not be live game blogging tonight’s game, I rather just enjoy the game the simple way. Sorry.

Swishing Scissors

I just read an interesting short read from the New York Times on Nick Swisher. It was about how he has been coming to the games five and a half hours before gametime and cuts out pictures from magazines.

“This is all I’ve ever known,” Swisher said.

But sometimes, life around the ballpark can be a little boring. So Swisher busied himself with a project that seemed more suited for a 10-year-old than a major league cleanup hitter.

Around noon, he was sitting cross-legged at his locker with some scissors and a few copies of Yankees Magazine, carefully clipping photos of his teammates. Swisher clipped around the edges of the players, leaving a little outline, and he plans to jumble the pictures together for a collage he will display on the side of his stall.

Swisher plans to keep adding photos as the year goes on, and as early as he arrives, he should have plenty of time to do it.

“That’s what happens when you get here at 10:30 in the morning,” he said.

Pretty funny. This kid must be on cloud nine, he just came from Chicago where he was disliked by Mr. Guillen (who I personally dislike) and now he is batting cleanup for the New York Yankees (and even pitching)!