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Here is the evidence of my lucky charms. Anybody have an extra World Series ticket for me?
THE REGULAR SEASON
Game 1: Sunday, April 19 v. Cleveland
Game 2: Monday, May 18 v. Minnesota
Final score: Yankees 7, Twins 6
Game 3: Sunday, June 7 v. Tampa Bay
Final score: Yankees 4, Rays 3
Game 6: Sunday, July 26 v. Oakland
Starters: Mitre (NOOOOO!) v. Braden
Final score: Yankees 7, A’s 5
The Streak: 6-0 at the Stadium (4th win following a loss the previous game)
Mitre did not get the win, but he started the game. And the Yankees still won
Game 7: Thursday, August 6 v. Boston
Starters: Joba v. Smoltz (this was Smoltz’s last appearance for the Red Sox)
Final score: Yankees 13, Red Sox 6
The Streak: 7-0 at the Stadium
Game 8: Thursday, August 13 at Seattle
Starters: CC v. Snell
Final score: Yankees 11, Mariners 1
The Streak: 8-0 overall (7-0 at Stadium)
Game 9: Saturday, August 15 at Seattle
Game 10: Wednesday, August 26 v. Texas
Game 11: Saturday, August 29 v. White Sox
Game 12: Sunday, September 6 at Toronto
Game 14: Tuesday, September 15 v. Toronto
Game 15: Saturday, September 26 v. Boston
Game 16: Friday, October 9 v. Minnesota – ALDS Game 2
Game 17: Friday, October 16 v. Angels – ALCS Game 1
Game 18: Sunday, October 25 v. Angels – ALCS Game 6 – The Clincher!
Pettitte was simply awesome. The Yankees got clutch hits. Mo got the 6 out save. Click here for some pictures and video from the ALCS clincher.
THE WORLD SERIES (YEAH, THE WORLD SERIES BITCHES!)
Game 20: Thursday, October 29 v. Phillies – World Series Game 2
Once again, here are all my tweets from World Series Game 2 at Yankee Stadium. Look, I do this for myself, but if you want to take a look, be my guest. Oh, in terms of the game, I’ll put together a brief recap later, but you can also check out this post from Rebecca Glass at This Purist Bleeds Pinstripes. (in which I’m mentioned a few times, ahem). Bottom line: AJ dominated, Pedro was good but not good enough, Mariano was Mariano, Teixeira and Matsui homered, and the Yankees won 3-1. It was also my 8th win this season in a game following a loss.
Without further ado, I present the Tale of the Tweets: World Series Game 2.
Ladies and Gentlemen, this is your conductor. Let’s go Yankees.
Paul O’Neill throws out first pitch. Charlie Hayes delivers game ball. Yankees pulling out all the stops.
I am sitting directly behind home plate 400 level 3rd row. I can call balls and strikes from here.
Crowd alternating between Let’s Go Yankees, Derek Jeter and Who’s Your Daddy chants.
Holy cow Ibanez. I did not know he had that range. And he probably didn’t know either.
When was Pedro’s last appearance at the (old) Stadium? Game 7 2003 ALCS?
Thanks all for the Pedro info. Now let’s make him wish he’d never come back.
Johnny Damon. Buzzkill.
Back at the seats for Matsui. It is all good. #yankees
Everybody in my section was on their feet for that last half inning. High fives all around. It was awesome. I love this place.
Oh man. Once again, we just went thermonuclear. (h/t @schwartzslaw)
I love Mariano Rivera. Can I just say that? Viva leverage! (@rebecca_glass)
Oh what a difference a day makes. Nobody leaving early.
On. Our. Feet.
The lucky shirt is dead. Long live the lucky shirt. Yeah baby. #yankees
Good things happen when I am at Game 2s started by AJ. Coincidence?
Yankee fan wearing a red jacket. Told him he needs to get a navy jacket for games. He laughed. And got the message.Read Full Post | Make a Comment ( None so far )
Me, my lucky jeans, shirt, shoes and hat are all off to the Stadium for Game 1. Woo-hoo!
Dude on subway had Empire State of Mind blasting on the iPod. Definite good sign.
Yankees BP before World Series Game 1 http://post.ly/Airp
And equal time for Phillies BP at the Stadium http://post.ly/Aj49
I was at the last World Series game at the old Stadium and now I’m at the first Series game at the new House.
Well that was an impressive half inning for Lee. Damn.
It is cold, wet and pretty nasty out. And I really don’t care. Oh, and Rollins? This isn’t CBP.
Unfortunately, I got a perfect picture of Chase Utley crossing home plate after that home run. Grump.
I can’t twitpic from the game, so you’ll have to wait until I’ve uploaded and posted the pics.
I know Cliff Lee was sent to the minors 2 years ago. How was that possible?
And I have held out as long as possible. The final layer is on. And the jacket is zipped. #itscold
No photo of that Utley hr b/c I was away from my seat. And ran into a friend. Of course.
The rally peanut M&Ms have been secured.
I am still undefeated in the cap game.
I really would like to muzzle the Phillies fan behind me. STFU. Seriously. Stop. Talking.
And we’re on our feet at the Stadium for Damaso Marte. #11wordsineverthoughtidtype
Back to back Bernie sightings! Bernie in the House tonight. Much chanting and cheering ensued.
Dear girl with pink world series knit cap and pink purse fixing your hair: please step away from the sink. Thanks.
Oh dear god it’s cold up here in the 400’s. So cold I can barely type this update to say Bruney you are terrible.
Oh I would like to leave b/c I am freezing. But I do not leave games early. Period. End of story. Oh, Bruney sucks.
And Cliff Lee on the mound in the 9th to finish this mf off. Wow.
I need my 10x zoom on the camera to see Lee’s microscopic .56 postseason ERA. (Jinx?)
Hey look! Cliff Lee’s postseason ERA has ballooned to .83! [NOTE: the Yankee scoreboard showed Lee’s ERA went from .56 to .83. The run was unearned, so it should not have impacted his ERA, which I think is now .53]
I’m sorry I let you all down tonight. Clearly my lucky charms are no match for Cliff Lee’s changeup.
While cleaning out my Gmail inbox, I stumbled across the oldest NY Times email in there, from way back on April 10, 2007. Before I deleted it, I decided to take a look at this e-mail time capsule. I was surprised and amused by some of the headlines from two and a half years ago, and I thought you might be too. So please enjoy the first installment of “Tales from the Inbox”.
These are actual headlines and stories from that day (which means they describe the events of April 9, 2007). I’m not going to add any commentary, since most of the stories speak for themselves. Although I do wonder whatever happened to 2007 Masters champ Zach Johnson. Zach Johnson!
Special bonus for Yankee fans: do not, I repeat, do not miss the lead sports story by Tyler Kepner.
Huge Protect in Iraq Demands U.S. Withdraw
Tens of thousands of protesters loyal to Shiite cleric Moktada al-Sadr demanded an end to the American military presence in Iraq.
Student Lender Had Early Plans to Woo Officials
The founders of Student Loan Xpress explicitly marketed to the financial aid offices of schools to corral a bigger share of the lucrative student loan business.
High Stakes: Chavez Plays the Oil Card
A showdown between President Hugo Chávez and U.S. and European companies over key oil projects could wind up with all sides losing.
QUOTATION OF THE DAY
“I understand there’s no excuse for it. I’m not pretending that there is. I wish I hadn’t said it.”
DON IMUS, the radio talk show host who was suspended for two weeks for racially disparaging comments.
DNA Tests Offer Immigrants Hope or Despair
Genetic tests are forcing some immigrant families to confront unexpected and sometimes unbearable truths.
Sex Offenders Test Churches’ Core Beliefs
Sustained by the belief that embracing all comers is a living example of Christ’s love, Pilgrim United Church of Christ now faces a profound test of faith.
Bush Ties Drop in Illegal Immigration to His Policies
President Bush said that tougher enforcement and a new fence at the Mexican border had sharply reduced the influx of illegal immigrants.
U.S. Toughens Its Position on China Trade
Taking China to court over suspected trade barriers and piracy was seen as necessary to send a signal to Beijing.
Don Imus Suspended Over Racial Remarks
MSNBC said that the radio host agreed to the suspension and promised to change the tenor of his program.
Report of Talk to Take Over Bell Canada
The $45 billion takeover bid from a consortium led by a Canadian pension fund would be the largest buyout in history.
YANKEES 8, TWINS 2
Pavano Gives the Relievers Time to Watch the Offense
By TYLER KEPNER
The Yankees stomped the Minnesota Twins on Monday, with Bobby Abreu and Alex Rodriguez hitting homers off onetime Yankee hurler Sidney Ponson.
PISTONS 91, KNICKS 83
The Knicks’ Playoff Hopes Fade Into the Distance
By HOWARD BECK
With the loss, the Knicks fell four games behind Orlando for the eighth and final playoff spot, with five games to play.
Life Is About to Change for Masters Champion
By DAMON HACK
In the wake of his unexpected victory, Zach Johnson will face demands, expectations and opportunities to cash in on his triumph
In a Courageous Village, Ballots Bring Bullets
By NICHOLAS D. KRISTOF
Fighting terrorism means providing schools, not arms.
Making the U.N. Look Good
By ROBERT WRIGHT
In the case of the Iraq war, the U.N. did much better than some institutions, notably the U.S. government.
Trash Talk Radio
By GWEN IFILL
Don Imus’s comments about the Scarlet Knights of Rutgers University were no surprise. But they were a new low.
The End of the Dispensable Iranian
By ROYA HAKAKIAN
Europe’s courts must stand up to terror against Muslims.
ON THIS DAY
On April 10, 1947, Brooklyn Dodgers president Branch Rickey announced he had purchased the contract of Jackie Robinson from the Montreal Royals.
Last Friday was the six year anniversary of Aaron Boone’s walk-off home run against the Red Sox to end Game 7 and the 2003 ALCS at the Stadium on October 16, 2003. Holy frijoles (as my friend Ken Fang of Fangs Bites would say), has it really been six years? Damn time flies. Of course the Yankees haven’t won an ALCS since. But that’s not the point.
I was at the Stadium that October night, sitting in the second to last row of the Tier Reserve section behind home plate. It had been a long game (as most Yankees-Red Sox games are) and nobody had left. There were some random Red Sox fans in our section, including one girl with a cowboy hat (really? a cowboy hat? at a baseball game? come on). They may have left. I don’t really remember. The place was ready to explode when Tim Wakefield entered the game in relief (knuckleballer in relief? Yes please!) to pitch to Aaron Boone leading off the bottom of the 11th inning, tied at 5-5.
When Boone took his swing, and the ball headed out to left field, we all knew it was gone. The crowd went absolutely nuts. I’ve never experienced anything quite like it before or since (not even A-Rod’s game-tying home run in the bottom of the 9th of ALDS Game 2 or Mark Teixeira’s pie shot two innings later to win it). The Stadium shook. Strangers hugged strangers. High fives everywhere. Screams. Ohmygods. Holy S*&Ts abounded. This video taken by a fan in the bleachers pretty much sums it up.
If I could bottle the feeling in the Stadium at that moment – pure unadulterated joy and euphoria, mixed with just a hint of surprise and a dash of enmity (it’s the Red Sox, come on!) — I could sell it and retire a wealthy woman. It was that good.
Thanks Aaron Boone (h/t Grady Little and Tim Wakefield) for giving Yankee fans that incredible memory. I just gave myself the chills writing this post.Read Full Post | Make a Comment ( 1 so far )
While waiting for more pictures of my adorable new nephew Sam, I watched Yankees-Angels ALCS Game 2 at Blondie’s on the UWS. Yeah, I know you’re shocked that I was watching the game at a bar. It’s so unlike me. I did turn down tickets to the game earlier in the day. Frankly I had just finished thawing out from Friday night’s River Avenue Freezeout. And the $150 for the Game 2 ticket could be better spent on food and beverage at a warm bar. Don’t judge me. I’m just being honest.
P.S. Just got new pictures of the little guy.
Score! Sweet seats at the bar for the game. http://post.ly/922D
AJ looks like he got a hair cut but didn’t shave. Interesting choice.
Bottom of 2nd:
Ring the bell! Swish and Robbie!!!!!
My bad – that should have been Swish + Ninja Robbie!
They just played Yankees version of Mambo #5 at the bar. Ricky Ledee and Chuck Knoblauch mentioned. Holy way back machine.
Do not attempt to tweet while eating wings. Bad idea jeans.
Bottom of 3rd:
Derek Jeter you are ridiculous!!!!!!!!!!!!
Top of 5th:
What the what??????? Come on AJ.
Frickety frackety frack. What the hell is going on with AJ?
Boo! Go home with your damn monkeys lady.
RT @jorgearangure Vlad/AJ matchup was classic battle: guy who doesn’t know where it’s going vs guy who doesn’t know what he’s swinging at
Bottom of 5th:
They just showed Molina in the on deck circle and the entire bar went nuts. Get him out of the game.
Can anybody get us a pitch count for AJ? Many thanks.
Ok now THAT was unexpected. #joegirardiisagenius
Thanks to all for the AJ pitch count. Much appreciated.
Yankees have best record in AL when scoring first. Don’t they also have best record in AL when scoring last?
Bottom of 6th:
How many pitches did Saunders throw that inning? 5? Come on.
Top of 7th:
Oh hello brain fart Robbie Cano. We wondered when you would show up.
10th Ave Freezeout just came on at the bar. Nice.
Top of 7th:
Wow. Sit. Down. Bobby.
Oy. Stress. #yankees
Wooooooooo! Fist pump!!!!!
The bar just played God Bless America and Take Me Out to the Ball Game. We did not get YMCA.
Update: the bar is in fact playing YMCA right now. Now that is hilarious.
Top of 8th:
Did you just hear the entire bar just scream in disbelief?
And now the bar is playing Enter Sandman. It’s like being at the Stadium. Only much warmer.
Johnny Damon brings his sparkly glove two nights in a row!
Top of 9th:
Ok fine. One more time. Sit. Down. Bobby.
Bottom of 9th:
We want pie! We want pie! We want pie!
Not that I’m superstitious or anything, but I just ran out to the store to get peanut M&Ms for the bottom of the inning.
Bottom of 10th:
Peanut M&Ms go well with…PIE! http://post.ly/93GD
The neighborhood play applies in all neighborhoods except the Bronx apparently.
Top of 11th:
Text from a friend at the game: “Oy”. I concur.
Um, ok, so that worked out. I guess #joegirardiisagenius after all.
Bottom of 11th:
For the record, @tessafrancis totally called that HR by A-Rod five minutes earlier via text. And we also had peanut M&Ms before that at bat.
LMAO. RT @Fletch788 I really can’t believe Guzman and Gardner are batting back-to-back. Where are Clay Bellinger and Homer Bush?
Top of 12th:
Oh my god. I feel a sneezing attack coming on again. #allergictodamasomarte
Wait. Mathis is the catcher who can’t hit. Oy.
Bottom of 12th:
RT myself: We want pie! We want pie! We want pie!
Why do you want to face A-Rod????? I’m stunned.
Well that’s why they wanted to face A-Rod. So we could get a couple of f bombs on TV.
The word of the night is “baffling.” #yankees
Bottom of 13th:
Peanut M&M worked for Hairston. Now having two for Robbie.
What goes really well con pie? Leche!!!!!!
Hairston gets the pie. Bar playing NY, NY on a constant loop. The Yankees have a 2-0 series lead. And I have a new nephew. Life is good.
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Aunt Amanda proudly and happily announces the arrival of her nephew Samuel Harris Rykoff, born October 16, 2009 at 10:06 p.m. PDT. Congratulations Becky and Eli. I love you and am so thrilled. Yay!!!!!!!!
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Surprise! Well, actually, no surprise at all. It was inevitable. But I came at it a little backwards. Facebook started it back in 2007 and I became obsessed with status updates. So of course the next step was Twitter, since it’s like status updates on crystal meth. And then some. But then I had a revelation. I love the quick snippets of Twitter (and have become quite good at them if I do say so myself – follow me here). But what if I have something to say in more than 140 characters? What then? A blog, of course. I looked into it a little more, and well, here I am. And here it is – my first official blog post.
I wanted a home for my random thoughts, observations and photos. Sports. Yankees. TiVo. Pop Culture. Food. Beer. My nephew Sam. And who knows what else? Feel free to subscribe to find out.
This should be fun. Thanks for stopping by.
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