Saturday, May 23, 2009

Yankees may have lost, but at least Johan Santana gave Kevin Youkilis the what-for

Yes, Squawker Jon, I know my Yankees didn't hold up their share of the Yankees-Mets alliance this weekend, and your team did. Sorry about that. But give me this - I had more faith in your Mets than you did. I predicted that your team would win last night, and thought they had a 50/50 chance to win the series. You, on the other hand, figured the Sox would sweep the Mets!

Too bad my Yankees prediction - that they would continue their winning streak Friday - didn't come true. And I kind of figured that early in last night - make that very early in last night. After Jimmy ("The Team to Beat") Rollins hit a homer off A.J. Burnett's very first pitch of the night, I didn't expect the evening to end well.

I do like Rollins an awful lot, though. In addition to his skills as a ballplayer, he's got a great personality, he's not afraid to speak his mind, and he loves to make predictions:

Rollins, who hit his 29th leadoff homer, envisioned leading off on Thursday.

"I kind of said it would nice to do, first time at Yankee Stadium, my first swing, you know, be a home run. I prayed on it. Prayers get answered," he said.

Unfortunately, his prediction, unlike mine, actually came true!

Did notice how Burnett hit Chase Utley and the homer, and then Brett Myers hit Derek Jeter. Aside from all the fans wearing Phillies red in the Stadium seats, what struck me was how intense the game was, even with two teams that don't have any sort of rivalry.

And it's a funny thing - it's not so enjoyable to see all those home runs when it's the other team hitting them! Everybody talks about right field being a homer haven, but what disturbs me more is how many balls get hit to center. How many balls got hit into the black in the old ballpark - maybe 25 in 30+ years? And how many got hit in the area in front of that? Not many. Seems like a lot this year.

Hmmm, maybe the Mohegan Sun Sports Bar is the problem. Wouldn't that be a kick in the head, if it turns out that building that monstrosity is the cause of all the homers?

Anyhow, it was a rough night - when Chien-Ming Wang only giving up six hits and two runs in three innings is considered progess, that's not a good thing. And I expect a loss today, because it's a pitcher - J.A. Happ - that the Yanks have never seen.

At least there was one great highlight of the night that literally had me cheering. Too bad it came in the Mets-Red Sox game. When Kevin Youkilis got hit by one of Johan Santana's pitches - it looked like an accident to me - Youk did his usual yippy "Don't you know I am" thing. Then Santana looked like he told Youkilis to go drink a nice steaming cup of "Shut the bleep up"! Good stuff. I've watched the clip three times already!

What did you think of last night's games? Leave us a comment!


lb said...

I had to re-watch that a bunch of times too. Youkilis is an idiot

acapelad said...

lisa take off your red sox hating glasses for a minute ...

youk obviously knew he wasn't trying to hit him. it was barely off the plate. he was just goofing and said "that hurt" and johan got bent out of shape.

on to the rest of the series. as meatloaf said, two out of three ain't bad.


Uncle Mike said...

A Met getting bent out of shape? Surely you jest, Capelad.

As for today's game, Lisa was right, as I suspected she would be: Young pitcher the Yanks never faced before, game on Fox, bad recipe for the Yankees.

And, of course, A-Rod kills a rally by grounding into a double play. I spent the next five innings wondering if there was a Yankee Fan who might be a lawyer who would take my case pro bono. You know, my murder case for killing A-Rod.

A-Rod gets to live: Home run off Brad Lidge, taking him from the guy who blew no saves last season to the guy who got tagged by Albert Pujols in the 2005 Playoffs. Single and steal by Cano, single by Melky, and an inning that can only be described as "Porno for John Sterling" was complete.

Come on, Metropolitans, sweep those Chowdaheads!

T said...

Youkilis got hit, winced and said 'sh*t'. Santana started barking at him even though Youkilis never said anything to him. Yet it's Youkilis' fault?

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