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Rivera Scene All Too Familiar

By bullpenbrian - October 30, 2009 - 12:45 am Leave a comment.

The scene is all too familiar.

Mariano closing out another Yankees’ World Series win followed by Frank Sinatra’s New York, New York blasting in the background at Yankee Stadium.

If anything, that moment pretty much defines my childhood memories of the Fall Classic: Yankees win, Yankees win…thaaa Yankees win!

Yet despite the Yankees’ five-year World Series drought, the final act during tonight’s game seems to have taken place every year since…even though it hasn’t, of course. Repetition, however, can have that affect…good or bad.

In this case it’s a classic ending for New York fans, no doubt, but one I’ve seen enough of personally.

What I wouldn’t give to hear Go Cubs Go play just once after a World Series win at Wrigley Field…and all the better if the Yankees are in town.


Cliff Lee Yankees’ Daddy

By bullpenbrian - October 29, 2009 - 12:30 am Leave a comment.

Cliff Lee is the Yankees’ daddy.

The southpaw was simply spectacular in Game 1: nine innings, 122 pitches -80 for strikes- and just 32 batters faced, a mere five more than the minimum 27.

Lee’s been a Yankees killer throughout his career, too. The Bombers entered the game batting a meek .197 all-time against the left-hander, and it showed Wednesday night.

The lone Yankee exception is Derek Jeter who’s found some measure of career success against Lee batting 11-for-27 entering Game 1 of the World Series.

Jeter, in fact, improved on his mark with three hits, two singles and a double, not that it mattered much on the scoreboard.

It’s likely Lee gets two more starts in the series. And if the Yanks can’t figure Lee out in at least one of those starts, Philadelphia repeats as world champions with Lee earning the series MVP Award.

Who’s your daddy now New York!


Yankees Back In World Series

By bullpenbrian - October 26, 2009 - 12:27 am Leave a comment.

So much for the Angels comeback theory.

Too many walks and fielding miscues cost the Halos its chance for a dramatic Game 7.

It seems the Angels lost its momentum from a thrilling win in Game 5 with the postponement of Game 6, but give the Yanks their due, they had to wait to play, too.

New York is now 7-1 all time in the ALCS since the league instituted a best-of-seven format. The only blemish coming in 2004 when the Red Sox rallied from an 0-3 deficit to take the series.


Angels Need Prayer In New York

By bullpenbrian - October 25, 2009 - 12:59 am Leave a comment.

Don’t think the Angels can come back against the Yankees?

Then let me remind you of the 2003 NLCS, when the Marlins overcame a 3-1 series deficit to knock-off our beloved Cubbies.

The odds, of course, are not in the Angles favor. Only nine of the 28 teams down 3-2 in the LCS have ever come back to win the series.

And of those nine teams, only four were able to turn the trick by winning the final two games on the road: 1985 Royals at Toronto, 1991 Braves at Pittsburgh, 2003 Marlins at Chicago and the 2004 Red Sox at Gotham.


MLB Needs 150 Game Season

By bullpenbrian - October 13, 2009 - 12:23 am Leave a comment.

I know it will never happen, but I’ll suggest it anyway.

Why not shorten the baseball season by 12 games?

The season could start later in the spring and finish earlier in the fall.

Then, perhaps, we wouldn’t be left watching the postseason play out in 30-degree weather, or in early November for that matter.

The owners will never go for it, though: too much money to be lost in those precious 12 games.


Angles Get Papelbon, NY In ALCS

By bullpenbrian - October 12, 2009 - 1:28 am Leave a comment.

Jonathan Papelbon lives on the edge and the Angels finally made him pay for it.

Additionally, this win in particular could power the Angles to a world championship.

Rallying from a four run deficit was impressive, namely scoring three runs against Papelbon, but not nearly as important as the mental hurdle Anaheim jumped in sweeping the Red Sox.

Having been eliminated by Boston in three of the past five postseasons, it was more a question of mental toughness for the Halos than talent.

New York is no joke, of course,  but the Angels piece of mind is enough to give the Yanks a runs for their money in the ALCS.

Speaking of which, A-Rod seems to have found his own piece of mind in the postseason going 5-for-11 with two home runs and six RBI against the Twins.


Teixeira’s Big Mac!

By bullpenbrian - October 10, 2009 - 1:39 am Leave a comment.

Teixeira’s walk-off reminds me of McGwire’s record breaking shot on September 8, 1998.

Big Mac powering a sinking line drive over the left field fence at old Busch for No. 62.

What’s funny is how both these guys are so well known for their majestic home run blasts, yet coincidentally, their most important ones barely cleared the wall in left field!

Twins put up a valiant effort Friday, but they’re toast in this series.

The Yanks have too much talent, and all the momentum, to let a 2-0 lead slip away.

I figure Boston; on the other hand, can still rebound from an 0-2 hole against the Angels.


Gotham’s New Yard

By bullpenbrian - April 4, 2009 - 12:23 am Leave a comment.

The New Yankee Stadium is soooo American: super-sized, gaudy and certain it’s No.1.

Nothing wrong with that, we’re a fantastic country and it’s a terrific brand-spanking new diamond.

And in typical Big Apple fashion, New Yorkers would accept nothing less.

Baseball fans outside N.Y. are outraged by the 70% hike in Yankee ticket prices, but understand Bomber fans will embrace them without hesitation.

It screams we’re the biggest the badest and the best, which is exactly what New Yorkers exude… and exactly why so many fans dislike Gotham!!!


Expect More From Fukudome

By bullpenbrian - March 10, 2009 - 12:15 am Leave a comment.

It’s fair for Cubs fans to expect a better performance from Kosuke Fukudome this year.

He has a full season under his belt plus a better understanding of the new culture he’s living and playing in.

But don’t expect the guy to reach the power numbers he once did playing overseas either.

Just as with any foreign currency, the transition isn’t 1-to-1 with baseball statistics, especially power numbers.



By bullpenbrian - February 9, 2009 - 12:45 am Leave a comment.

Photo: NYP

Here’s what’s laughable about the recent A-Roid news.

ESPN’s Outside the Lines ran an interview Sunday with a former Rangers trainer who says during Spring Training 2003 he warned then Rangers GM John Hart that Roidriguez was showing signs of PED use.

Hart says he has no recollection of this conversation. Remarkable isn’t it!

So, let’s get this straight: team trainer tells GM that his star player – and one of the game’s brightest stars – is using PEDS…and the GM can’t remember such a conversation.

For me it’s beyond comprehension just how stupid some of baseball’s players and front office personnel believe the fans are.

There’s no better example of this than Roger Clemens continuous denial of using HGH and steroids.

Apparently we’re all jock-sniffing clowns with no grasp of the outside world.

Seriously, who do these guys think they’re fooling!!!

And what is it the guilty parties believe they gain from hiding the truth?

Plus, I have to believe the A-Rod news put a smile on Joe Torre’s face wider than the Brooklyn bridge.

New York ran Torre over the coals after his book release saying the former Yankee skipper broke the locker room code of keeping personal matters in house.

The thing is, Torre won’t lose any respect for telling the truth in his book, which, was only strengthened with the discovery of A-Roid.


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