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The New York Yankees: 2000’s

Best Moment: 2001 WS vs Diamondbacks: Derek Jeter becomes “Mr. November”

Derek Jeter earned his pinstripes by walking off against the Diamondbacks in the 2001 world series with a home run over the right field wall. Still one of the most iconic scenes in Yankee history.

Honorable mention: Aaron Boone walk-off home run in Game 7 of the 2003 ALCS vs Boston.

Worst Moment:
2004 ALCS vs Red Sox: Damon’s Grand Slam

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Honorable mention: Rivera throws potential double play ball into center field in the bottom of the ninth in game 7 of the 2001 WS.

Best Game: 7/1/04 vs Red Sox: “The greatest game you will ever see”

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A back and forth game that lasted well into the night was ended by pinch hitter, John Flaherty. A ground rule double over the left field wall was ruled a single because he never touched second base. The game also included the famous dive into the stands by Derek Jeter.

Honorable mention: 8/7/09: A-Rod walk-off home run in scoreless, 15 inning affair vs Red Sox.

Worst Game: 2001 WS vs Diamondbacks: Luis Gonzalez blooper

A story book series and a near comeback win for the Yankees was gone with the wind after Luis Gonzalez blooped a walk off single over the drawn in infield. Had the infield played back, the Yankees would have 28 world championships.

Honorable mention: 4/25/09: Yankees blow huge lead vs Red Sox.

Biggest Bust: Carl Pavano comes to the Yankees, but doesn’t pitch

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Honorable mention: Chein-Ming Wang collapses in 2009 season.

Best play: 2001 ALDS vs A’s: The Jeter “flip play”

“One of the best plays you will ever see by a shortstop.” Jeter steals away an A’s run with an amazing flip to catcher Jorge Posada, keeping the game tied.

Honorable mention: 7/1/04: Jeter dives into the stands.

Team of the decade:
1B: Mark Teixeira
2B: Alfonso Soriano
3B: Alex Rodriguez
SS: Derek Jeter
LF: Johnny Damon
CF: Bernie Williams
RF: Paul O’Neil
C: Jorge Posada
SP: Andy Pettitte
RP: Mariano Rivera
Manager: Joe Torre

Yankees leaders of the decade:
Most Games: Derek Jeter (1500)
Most Home Runs: Alex Rodriguez (238)
Most Hits: Derek Jeter (1940)
Most Walks: Jorge Posada (707)
Most Wins: Mike Mussina (123)
Most Saves: Mariano Rivera (397)
Most Strikeouts: Mike Mussina (1278)
Most Pitches: Mike Mussina (24120)

NY Note #4

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Jeffery Lung
Chicago, IL
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Interesting question, Jeff. With all the free agent talks and trade talks that the Yankees are always involved in, very seldom do we get to step back and speak about the legends. Your right, Jeter is a given. But who else?

When a first saw this question, I thought about the core four. Jeter, Rivera, Posada and Pettitte. Jeter’s in. Rivera — who’s number is already retired for Jackie Robinson — is in as well. As for Posada, I don’t think he has a real Yankee legacy like Rivera and Jeter. Pettitte, though, with all of those domianant years, does deserve it. Although I doubt that will happen.

Who else? Well, you have to think about the Yankees that will be around forever, guys who the Yankees would never let go. To me, those are Phil Hughes, Joba Chamberlain and Robinson Cano. Of those, I think Cano will do it. He is an MVP type player, and there is no doubt in my mind that he will win multiple batting titles. Hughes and Chamberlain are iffy.

Then A-Rod. I say no. To me, it won’t be the controversy that will keep A-Rod’s number out, it will be the fact that his greatness had already been defined when he came to the Yankees. For that reason, the number 13 on pinstripes isn’t so iconic. Free agents that come to the Yankees don’t leave behind the legacy that the lifetimes do, like a Jeter or a Pettitte. But it’s still possible. Think of other free agents that came to the Yankees. Reggie Jackson and Babe Ruth both didn’t start with the Yankees and both had their numbers retired. But, then again, A-Rods no Babe. Jeffery Lung is a writer for Red State Blue State

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Yankees give thanks

A table of Yankees got together for Thanksgiving. They went around the table saying what they were thankful for. Here’s what they said:

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is thankful for Kate Hudson. And Luis Castillo for dropping that pop up.

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is thankful for Lou Gehrig’s career being cut short, giving him the chance to break his all time Yankee hits record.

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is thankful for championship number 27. Had the Yankees not won this championship, his job would be in serious danger.

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is thankful for the Yankees didn’t just send him down to the minors. His 4.75 ERA was rough to watch all the way through.

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is thankful that the Yankees have a disgusting amount of money, making it remotely possible that they will offer him a contract, after having an ERA over 9.

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is thankful for Xavier Nady’s injury. He’s also thankful for his wit, which has made his atrocious defense and lack of postseason production, almost tolerable.

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is thankful that MLB didn’t fine him an amount that actually matters to him for his fight with Jesse Carlson of the Blue Jays.

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is thankful for his record breaking RBI total in the final game of the World Series. That may be a great ending to his Yankee career.

I am thankful for…

All of my readers that make writing this blog all worth while. And, of course, #27! Happy Thanksgiving Everybody!

What are you thankful for?
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Who’s your daddy?

Martinez to pitch game 2 in New York.

Pedro 10:27.pngNow the stage is completely set. With Cliff Lee a sure go in game 1, the Phillies have announced today that they will throw 3 time Cy Young award winner, Pedro Martinez in game 2. It was a toss up between him and Hamels who has an ERA just below 7 in the postseason.

Martinez, a former Red Sox, is no stranger to the postseason. In 12 postseason starts, Pedro has a 3.13 ERA. All of those starts came with the Red Sox, except for one. That start came in the championship series against the Dodgers, when Martinez went 7.0 innings giving up just 2 hits and no runs. 
Pedro last faced the Yankees last year as a Met. The Yanks knocked him for 6 runs in 5.2 innings. He last faced the Yankees as a Red Sox in that disaster ALCS in 2004. He pitched the clinching game that sealed up a 4 game comeback and a trip to the world series in a 10-3 win.
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Quick Facts:
Career: 409 GS (219-100) 2.93 ERA 1.054 WHIP 4.15 SO/BB
2009 Regular Season: 9 GS (5-1) 3.63 ERA 1.254 WHIP 4.63 SO/BB
Career vs Yankees: 32 GS (11-11) 3.20 ERA 1.075 WHIP 4.14 SO/BB
Most H vs Pedro: Derek Jeter (22) Most hits for any hitter against Martinez.
Most HR vs Pedro: Jorge Posada (4)
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Posada, Carlson hit with 3 game suspension

Both to begin suspensions Wednesday for late inning brawl.


     

    Posada Brawl.png Jorge Posada and Jesse Carlson were both hit with three game suspensions Wednesday for a brawl in Tuesday nights game. Both players were also hit with a fine of a disclosed amount. Shelly Duncan was also suspended for three games and Rod Barajas was fined $1,000. 

     The incident started in the top of the eighth inning when Mark Melancon hit Aaron Hill with a pitch straight in the back. Obviously it wasn’t intentional. He had no reason to throw at Hill. Jim Joyce called the incident unintentional as well.
     In the next inning, Jesse Carlson threw a pitch right behind Posada. Jorge was not happy and took a few steps toward the mound mouthing “you don’t want to do that.” Posada ended up walking and scoring. As he ran through the plate, he elbowed Carlson. Carlson, understandably, was unhappy and started a fight with Posada. Both benches cleared and the fight began.
     Heres the problem I have. MLB got this all wrong. Carlson was obviously just a messenger, Gaston was the one who told him to do it. Thats how these things happen. Carlson wouldn’t want to throw at a batter, he wants to pitch! 
     Gaston is the one who should be fined, not Carlson. Posada deserves it because he essentially started it by elbowing Carlson. 
     I’m disgusted with all the fighting in baseball. People always say its “part of the game.” Then why do people get thrown out for doing it?! It’s not part of the game and needs to stop. Suspensions and $1,000 fines are nothing for players making millions of dollars. It’s time or MLB to crack down on this. Give Gaston a $50,000 fine and I bet you he won’t do it again. Plus, every player who leaves the bench should be fined. There’s no reason anyone needs to be hurt. Every player leaves the bench to “defend their players” whatever that means. When players leave the bench, it just makes everything more emotional. Stop the fighting, and lets play some baseball!
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Back-to-Back 10 Run Games Makes It 7 In A Row

Gaudin’s night is short, yanks bats back him up.

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Mitre couldn’t go tonight because of a sore forearm after getting hit with a line drive in his last start. That start, not to mention, was his best as a Yankee, and probably the best of his career. So, to take his place, Gaudin made the start. He was good to begin with, but seemed to get a little tired and lost the strike zone. He ended the night going 3.2 innings, giving up three runs on four hits and three walks. Those walks really haunted him. Romero on the other side, gave up four runs in the first inning. Two were on errors. He got very strong for a few innings, then fell apart again. He ended going 4.1 innings giving up seven runs on six hits and seven strikeouts. Only five of those runs were earned. Aceves, Robertson, Bruney and Marte did another great job. They pitched a combined 5.1 innings and gave up just two hits and two runs. Both the hits and the runs were given up by Aceves. The Yankees got to Frasor in the ninth. At that moment, it was a close game. A-Rod hit a line drive right over the left field wall and Posada hit a two run moon shot to right. That blew the game open and made it 10-5.
Player of the Game: Jorge Posada: 4 for 5, R, 4 RBI
The Wrap-Up: Now seven in a row for the Yankees. They have scored 20 runs in the past two days. Wow. Save some for the playoffs boys! Boston won — who cares — so the Yankees still have a 7.5 game lead in the East. Just a little observation. I don’t know if you heard it, but there was someone at the stadium screaming “Vernon Wells, worse contract in baseball!” Then he was yelling out his stats. Pretty funny.
Coming Up Next: Chamberlain (8-4, 4.28) against Halladay (13-8, 3.13). Halladay just hasn’t been the same pitcher since he wasn’t traded. There will probably be some stupid innings limit tomorrow as well. We are in for an interesting game.

Bombers Bats Overcome Shaky A.J.

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1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E
Yankees  0 2 1 0 2 1 3 0 0 9 12 1
Orioles  1 0 2 0 3 0 0 0 0 6 13 1

* Box Score


AB R H RBI BB SO #P AVG OBP
D Jeter SS 4 0 1 0 2 1 28 0.333 .399
J Damon DH 5 0 1 0 1 2 28 0.288 .368
M Teixeira 1B 4 1 0 0 2 2 30 0.281 .380
A Rodriguez 3B 5 0 1 1 0 2 17 0.269 .400
J Posada C 4 3 2 3 1 1 23 0.28 .357
R Cano 2B 4 2 3 2 1 0 12 0.32 .350
N Swisher LF-RF 5 1 1 2 0 2 17 0.248 .368
E Hinske RF 4 1 1 1 0 0 15 0.241 .323
J Hairston Jr. LF 1 0 0 0 0 1 3 0.286 .392
M Cabrera CF 4 1 2 0 1 1 20 0.273 .333


* The Starter
A.J. Burnett: 5.1 IP, 11 H, 6 ER, 2 BB, 2 SO, 2 HR

* Wrap Up
Yankees now go 36 games over .500, the most since 2000. Burnett has been pretty horrible lately and is going to need to get on track. Boston beat Tampa, but who cares. If the Yanks keep winning, it wont matter anymore. The Yankees maintain their 6.5 game lead in the east.

* Coming Up Next 
Sabathia (15-7, 3.56) vs. Berken (4-11, 6.33)

* Player of the Game: You Vote!

Who is the Player of the game?
Jorge Posada
Robinson Cano
Nick Swisher
Eric Hinske