Coke is definitely the Real Thing!
Melky Cabrera got the accolades for the Yankees 7-4 victory over the
Anaheim Los Angeles Angels, however, I give the star to Yankees reliever Phil Coke.
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He has quietly and consistently been a reliable weapon in the bullpen. Considering that most of the guys seem have ERA’s around Yogi Berra’s retired uniform number, it’s refreshing to see Coke come in and just do his job. He hasn’t been perfect this year, but he is learning and he is getting better. That’s all I can ask.
He earned the victory for last night’s game in relief of A.J. Burnett, who went 7 innings and gave up 4 runs. Coke pitched the 8th inning, with 1 strike out and no runs. Every day that I don’t see Jose Veras or Damaso Marte coming out of the pen is good day!
Speaking of Cabrera, how clutch was his single in the 8th inning? He ripped it into right field to score the go-ahead run. Ramiro Pena subsequently drove in two insurance runs with a double. They were the first 2 RBI’s of Pena’s major league career. I still can’t get used to him wearing Dave Righetti’s number even though others, like Aaron Boone and Luis Sojo, have worn it since.
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The Yankees always lose to the Angels so it was nice to see them win for a change. Hopefully, they’ll keep it up since I will be making my first appearance at Yankee Stadium on Sunday (the final game of the 4-game set with the Angels).
Of course, I have to credit the Yankees recent success on Jane Heller’s Pen. All hail the Pen! No pressure on the She-Fan. She just has to keep the pen happy, safe…and full of ink!
Courtesy Confessions of a She-Fan (Jane Heller)
I wonder if she has taken the Pen to see any of the vineyards in the wine country near Santa Barbara, or if they’ve hung out at the beach. The primary mission is to keep the Pen happy!
So, Jane, remember that if you and your husband are in the car and Michael’s driving, the Pen has dibs for the front passenger seat. You are relegated to the back seat…or worse, the trunk! Sorry, it is now all about the Pen…
JULIA’S JOURNEY TO NEW YORK CITY
As you know, Julia will be traveling to New York City with 7th and 8th grade musicians from her middle school. They are attending a music festival. Most likely, she’ll be attempting to infect the fine citizens of New York with a bad case of Red Sox flu. Of course, this is all in her dreams, so to protect the good citizens of the city of New York, I have decided to post a dream catcher to ensure that everyone is safe from a Red Sox epidemic.
The New York State Police should set up a roadblock so that when Julia enters New York, they can confiscate any contraband (i.e., Kevin Youkilis jersey).
Julia, please be sure to check out how the pink Yankee hats look (considering that you’ll be a proud owner of one soon!).
A PERFECT NIGHT
Watching the Tampa Bay Rays’ Matt Garza nearly throw a perfect game against the Boston Red Sox made me realize that a “perfect” night is anytime the Yankees win and the Red Sox lose. Last night was one of those nights. At some point, I should really learn to hate the Rays but so far, I haven’t been able to do it. There is always great satisfaction in seeing the Rays put one over on the Red Sox, and like last year, if the Yanks can’t win it, it’s good to see someone other than Boston take it (well, except for maybe the Orioles). Garza came oh so close to a perfect game. If he could have only handled that grounder up the middle by Jacoby Ellsbury…
Why is it that every time you see a player do great things, their name is usually preceded by “former Minnesota Twin”? The next time the Twins decide to cut a player, I want to make sure that he signs with the Yankees! So, Erin, please give me the heads-up, okay? Any chance that the Twins will be cutting Joe Mauer? LOL!
I have avoided commenting on the latest A-Rod allegations. I dislike the timing of Selena Roberts’ book (release coincides with his return to the Yankees). There are apparently claims that Alex used steroids in high school and in New York after he was traded to the Yankees (which contradict A-Rod’s previous statements that he only used steroids in Texas). At this point, there is nothing gained by repeatedly dragging A-Rod through the mud. He used steroids, yes, and it is not something that should be condoned. But it’s over. Let’s move on. Let A-Rod be judged for the man he is today. If he is found to be using steroids from this point forward, then banish him. But I don’t care what he did when he was 6 years old…
I am not trying to be delusional or hide from the fact that Alex did something very wrong. But the truth is that steroid use was not a capital offense during the times of his alleged use. Perhaps if it continued into his Yankee years, it may have but there is no concrete evidence. If evidence is found, then convict him. But until then, back off and let the man play baseball.
Have a great weekend!