It seemed like an eternity, but Alex Rodriguez
finally did it. With a huge weight
lifted off the Yankees Universe, A-Rod went deep early today against the
Toronto Blue Jays to bring his career home run total to 600. So, hats off to Alex for his huge
I saw one of his comments that when he thinks “small”,
he usually comes up “big”. Obviously,
when he thinks big, the results were microscopic so I am just glad to get this
one behind us. The rest of the team
seemed to lower themselves to the level of A-Rod’s slump in losing three
straight games prior to today. The home
run, a two-run blast, gave the Yankees the runs they would need to win in the
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It was a solid pitching performance by Phil Hughes
who previously couldn’t get away with a single bad pitch. He fared much better today, so hopefully, the
results will help propel Hughes to the form he held earlier in the season.
Also, congratulations to Joba Chamberlain for
another solid outing (a scoreless 7th inning). And what can you say about Mariano
Rivera? In a non-save situation, he
lowered his season ERA to 0.91. I can’t
say that I was fortunate to see very many Yankee legends, but you can put Mo
into that category. With a storied
franchise that has won 27 World Series Championships, he has been the franchise’s
best at his position and one of the all-time greats. When he retires, his number will be retired
because of Jackie Robinson, however, it is certainty that it will be a dual
retirement to include Mo.
Chan Ho Park is now an ex-Yankee as he was claimed
on waivers by the Pittsburgh Pirates. It’s
unfortunate that Park couldn’t re-capture the form he displayed with the
Philadelphia Phillies, but I wish him the best in Pittsburgh.
The Yankees are off on Thursday, and await their
bitter rival, the Boston Red Sox, on Friday.
It is a four game set that will feature Javier Vazquez, CC Sabathia,
A.J. Burnett, and Dustin Moseley.
Moseley against Josh Beckett on Sunday looks like a mismatch, but stranger
things have happened. It should be a
good series. Boston needs to take 3 of 4
or sweep the series, otherwise, they’ll have a long road to October. For the series, my friend, Julia (of Julia’s
Rants) and I are engaging in yet another wager.
This time, the loser has to wear the opposing team’s cap in photos to be
posted on both blogs. I say that at
least five (5) photos must be posted, so I’ll see if Julia accepts that offer
or wants to up the ante. I have also
taken it a step further to say that I’ll have photos of me in a Boston cap AND
t-shirt should the Yankees lose (which, of course, I do not expect them to
do). If the teams split the series, the
team with the most total runs for the series will be the winner.
After ESPN ran continual stories about the career
of Brett Favre, now comes word that perhaps he really isn’t ready to
retire. I wish the media would just
delete the name ‘Brett Favre’ from their database until the Minnesota Vikings
make an official announcement either way.
I really don’t want to go through another round of ‘will he, won’t he’…
Bring on the Red Sox!…