(New York, NY) – The Bronx Bombers (53-33) started their second half run to the playoffs in dramatic fashion with an exciting 6-5 come from behind win over the visiting Angels in the first of a 3 game set in The Bronx. It was a game that had everything:
Solid starting pitching to begin from Kuroda and CJ Wilson
great defensive plays with both Texiera and Swisher making great plays to save run(s).
4 homers from the two teams (2 each)
Russell Martin throwing out 3 base runners in addition to his big game winning RBI in the bottom of the 8th
another big save out of the bullpen for Soriano
Tex was huge with a 2-run homer to post an early 2-1 lead followed by a 3-run blast in the 8th to tie it. It was a warm night, a festive atmosphere and the team did not disappoint.
It was the 2nd game of the year for Tom/John/Brendan and their record improved to 2-0.
(New York, NY) – The sad news finally came. Gary Carter lost his cancer fight and passed away today at the young age of 57. A former champion and 2003 Hall of Fame inductee, he will always be remembered for his love of life and his love of the game.
Overall, Carter hit .262 with 324 home runs and 1,225 RBIs with the Expos, Mets, San Francisco and the Los Angeles Dodgers. He set the major league record for putouts by a catcher, a testament to his durability despite nine knee operations
Carter stayed in baseball after his playing days ended. He became a broadcaster for the Florida Marlins, coached and managed for the Mets in the minors, managed two independent minor league teams and coached in college.
A great player, a great family man. May he rest in peace.
(New York, NY) – After 17 years, 4 World Series titles, many divisional titles and countless innings squatted behind home plate, #20 hangs up his cleats. He was a five-time All-Star and retires with a .273 batting average, 1,065 runs batted in and 275 home runs in 1,829 games. He was an integral part of the ‘Core Four’ alongside of Jeter, Mariano and Andy Pettitte, who retired last year. His passion will be sorely missed.
(New York, NY) – Jorge Posada was very vocal the other day saying it is highly unlikely he will return to the Yankees bringing to an end a great career in pinstripes for the catcher. He also was not sure if he would pursue playing for another team and needed time to figure it all out. He has reached out to Bernie Williams who went through the same process when he was not contacted by the Yanks a few years back and #51 gave Jorge his advice. Cast your Vote if you think Posada will ‘retire’ or play for another team.
Yanks and Detroit Face off to Advance to ALCS and Texas
(New York, NY) – The Yanks have shown power in Games 1 and 4 while losing closer matches in Games 2 and 3 and it all comes down to Game 5. Ivan Nova takes the ball but both managers are expected to have a quick hook and all stops are pulled to win this game to advance to the ALCS. Texas has defeated Tampa already. It is time to make it happen as they Yanks hope to get a shot at Texas and revenge for last year.
(New York, NY) – So the question for the Yanks (97-65) is can they turn it on now? After posting the AL best record and 97 wins, their last 4 games were anything but special, losing them all including a 7-0 lead to allow Tampa to take the AL Wild card and bounce Boston out. The opening match is a classic with the likely AL Cy Young winner for Detroit taking on the likely runner up in CC Sabathia. A-Rod has been only 99 games all year so his impact in the playoffs remains a question mark but Cano and Jeter have played well down the stretch and Granderson won the AL RBI title while finishing second in home runs with 41. Weather could also be a factor in Game 1 and Game 2 with rain a possibility for both matches. Ivan Nova gets the Game 2 start followed by Freddy Garcia in Game 3. In the other ALDS series the Texas Rangers will face the Tampa Rays.
Defeat Rays 4-2 in Both Games, 12th Divisonal Title in 16 Years
(New York, NY) – In April it was all the talk on how Boston would win 100 games and easily take the division. 155 games later the Yanks (95-60) stand atop of the AL East and are in the playoffs for the 16th time in the last 17 years. They won the first game of a doubleheader with the Rays by a 4-2 score with late inning drama and a tying solo shot from Eduardo Nunez and a 2-run double from Robbie Cano, with a Mariano save and then won the nightcap by the same 4-2 core. This time it was Jorge Posada with the big hit in the 8th inning after CC Sabathia failed in his bid for win #20 and left a 2-2 game for David Robertson (4-0). Rafael Soriano picked up his 2nd save of the season to close it out in the 9th.
The Yanks are in a groove and still have a game with Tampa before a 3-game set with a reeling Boston team. The Yanks now have won 4 in a row and 5 of the last 6.