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Scenes from a party

Posted by: Sam Borden - Posted in Misc on Oct 26, 2009 Print This Post Print This Post | Email This Post Email This Post

I was told that the Yankees had about 25-30 cases and approximately 300 bottles of Champagne in this celebration. Judging by the smell of my shirt right now, I can certainly believe it.

A few scenes that will stand out:

• Hal Steinbrenner doing an interview off to the side of the clubhouse and mentioning that he would really like a beer. Reggie Jackson, who was watching the interview, said, “I can take care of that for you” and, as Mr. October turned to go find a beer, Hal called after him, “A regular beer please! No ‘light!’”

• Mariano Rivera, standing at the back of the clubhouse, wearing his AL champion hat on backwards as Robinson Cano pours beer all over his head. Rivera was smiling as widely as I’ve ever seen him and his joy was clear. “I’ve been waiting a long time for this,” he said. “We’re back.”

girardiJoe Girardi in the middle of the room, his hands wrapped so tightly around the American League championship trophy you’d have thought he would never let it go. “I never got to hold it as a player,” he said. “This is amazing.”

• Derek Jeter being absolutely soaked, beer running off the brim of his hat as cameras crowded around. “We may have made it look easy (in the 1990′s),” Jeter said. “But it was hard then. And it feels sweet to be back.”

I also particularly enjoyed the new, heavy-duty goggles that several players – including Joba Chamberlain, as you can see here – were wearing. Better Champagne requires better goggles, I guess. joba

Lastly, here’s some audio. First is an interview with Jeter and I highly recommend you listen to it, if only to hear him be interrupted in the middle of an answer by an assault of beer and Champagne. The sound effects are excellent and just about everyone around him – me included – got soaked in the crossfire. Jeter, of course, loved it … and then went right back to giving his answer. Total pro.

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And here’s an interview with Hal Steinbrenner. Reserved as he is normally, I saw him walking out of the clubhouse and even he had soaked hair and clothes. (He also, it should be noted, was carrying a beer … regular, not light.)

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UPDATE, 1:30 a.m.: Chad here with some of my observations. As I noted in a previous post, the first thing that struck me were the fountains of Champagne spraying everywhere. I really did think of the Bellagio. This was nothing like the celebration in Minnesota. This was a proper party.

• Andy Pettitte was, of course, calm and collected. Just like in the game. When someone finally asked about career postseason win No. 16, a new record, Pettitte responded as you would expect: “That’s great, but the greatest thing is to pitch this game and get us to another World Series and help this organization get to another World Series. That’s very special for me.”

• When I saw him, A.J. Burnett was not wild. Not over-the-top. I’m sure he dumped his share of bottles, but standing in the middle of that clubhouse ,he seemed more content than anything. Maybe not satisfied, but certainly content to be in that locker room, at that moment. “I feel like I’m a part of something for the first time in a long time,” he said.

• Like Sam said, the image of Girardi holding that trophy was priceless. He would not have let it go for anything.

• Alex Rodiguez’s reaction to CC Sabathia winning the MVP: “You can’t say enough. That’s what it takes to win in the postseason. Great pitching, no matter what you do hitting, hitting is irrelevant if you don’t have a horse like CC Sabathia. To me, he’s very special.”

• I didn’t get sprayed too much this time. Brett Gardner got me in Minneapolis, but I never took a direct shot tonight. The closest I got to being soaked was when Jerry Hairston Jr. bumped into me. He was like a sponge. A soaking wet utility sponge.

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164 Responses to “Scenes from a party”

  1. Erica - always OPPC October 26th, 2009 at 1:22 am

    Bronx Bombers Girl
    October 26th, 2009 at 1:20 am
    Erica – always OPPC
    October 26th, 2009 at 1:06 am
    I am relatively new to this blog too. I only started posting int he end of May when I got really sick with swine flu and had to be quarantined for a week. I was a lurker before then, but I was so starved for human contact I started posting LOL

    Now I consider this blog my Yankee people. I actually look forward to watching games with this crazy bunch

    **********

    I hear what you are saying. I’m sorry to hear that you were sick with swine fly. My friend was also very ill from that back in June and it is no joke.

    I am a long-time Yankee fan just a rookie on the blog but it gives me a chance to share in the enthusiasm of other Yankee’s fans! It’s also a very nice win and something to look forward to after being laid off from my job and then a week later my Mom undergoing major surgery within the last month.
    *****

    Awww- I hope everything goes well for you. And I am glad the Yankees could give you this win to make you happy

  2. trisha - OPPC lifetime member who's just waiting around for Number 27! October 26th, 2009 at 1:23 am

    KF – thanks so much for that, and I very much enjoy having you here as well.

    I appreciate your support and forum friendship. You have observed things correctly.

  3. TexasYanksFan October 26th, 2009 at 1:23 am

    Beautiful!

  4. Erica - always OPPC October 26th, 2009 at 1:23 am

    I guess this party gives new definition to the term “beer goggles” :-)

  5. Erica - always OPPC October 26th, 2009 at 1:23 am

    66 hours and 37 minutes until Game 1!!!!

  6. Bronx Jeers October 26th, 2009 at 1:24 am

    Erica – always OPPC October 26th, 2009 at 1:16 am

    They look like witches dancing around a cauldron :-)

    http://sports.yahoo.com/mlb/bl.....ue_stew”

    —————————————————————

    A-Rod – “When shall will we three meet again?

    Tex – “In thunder, lightning or in rain?”

    Jeter – “When the hurly-burly’s done. When the battle’s lost and won”

  7. JZ October 26th, 2009 at 1:24 am

    I wish A-Rod win WS MVP!

    Good luck, A-Rod!

  8. 100 pitches of fun... October 26th, 2009 at 1:24 am

    Has Cashmoney been found yet? Like where’s Waldo..?

  9. vin October 26th, 2009 at 1:24 am

    repost:

    C is the man.

    Guess that puts a rest to the Johan Santana trade whining.

  10. KF October 26th, 2009 at 1:24 am

    Trisha,

    You’re quite welcome.

  11. Erica - always OPPC October 26th, 2009 at 1:24 am

    Bronx Jeers
    October 26th, 2009 at 1:21 am
    They look like witches dancing around a cauldron

    http://sports.yahoo.com/mlb/bl.....ue_stew”

    —————————————————————

    A-Rod – “When shall will we three meet again?

    Tex – “In thunder, lightning or in rain?”

    Jeter – “When the hurly-burly’s done. When the battle’s lost and won”
    *****

    Brilliant!!! :-)

  12. Bronx Bombers Girl October 26th, 2009 at 1:25 am

    Erica – always OPPC
    October 26th, 2009 at 1:22 am
    Awww- I hope everything goes well for you. And I am glad the Yankees could give you this win to make you happy
    ***************

    Thank you! :) It really does. So how about it? How many hours til GAME 1 of the WS? :D

  13. JZ October 26th, 2009 at 1:25 am

    If Pedro starts game 2, he will be punched.

  14. Bronx Bombers Girl October 26th, 2009 at 1:25 am

    Never mind saw the 1:23 post :)

  15. Rebecca--Optimist Prime--Montero Fanaticus Primus October 26th, 2009 at 1:26 am

    Euphoria

  16. Erica - always OPPC October 26th, 2009 at 1:26 am

    Bronx Bombers Girl
    October 26th, 2009 at 1:25 am

    Thank you! It really does. So how about it? How many hours til GAME 1 of the WS?
    ******

    66 hours and 34 minutes until Game 1!!! :-)

  17. Erica - always OPPC October 26th, 2009 at 1:26 am

    Okay, it is so past bedtime. But I will have happy Yankee dreams!!!

    Good night Yankee people!

  18. kimoinsd October 26th, 2009 at 1:27 am

    Thanks for all the late “work” fellas!

  19. GreenBeret7 October 26th, 2009 at 1:27 am

    “In no surprise to anyone, CC Sabathia was named MVP of the ALCS after winning both starts. The biggest man in pinstripes went 2-0 with a 1.13 ERA, allowing just two runs, nine hits and three walks over 16 innings.”

    ————————————————————

    It comes as a huge surprise to a lot of people that Rodriguez did not win the co-MVP. If there was ever a case of voters screwing up, this is it.

  20. Bronx Bombers Girl October 26th, 2009 at 1:28 am

    Goodnight Erica! And thank you again! :)

  21. Vader October 26th, 2009 at 1:29 am

    I’m out…see y’all tomorrow, Wednesday can’t come soon enough.

  22. Nick in SF October 26th, 2009 at 1:29 am

    Good night, Erica. I appreciate how you came here but didn’t infect anybody with anything.! :)

  23. Uncle Ellsworth October 26th, 2009 at 1:30 am

    Shakespeare and the Yanks -Like PB&J

  24. randy l. October 26th, 2009 at 1:30 am

    gb7-

    i agree that there should have been co mvps

    but maybe alex will get his MVP in the world series .

    could happen.

  25. KF October 26th, 2009 at 1:30 am

    It comes as a huge surprise to a lot of people that Rodriguez did not win the co-MVP. If there was ever a case of voters screwing up, this is it.

    I agree, he came up so clutch offensively and played good defense. I thought at least a co mvp

  26. rb October 26th, 2009 at 1:30 am

    Good night Erica. I’ll say goodnight to everyone as well and will hopefully have some happy Yankee dreams. :)

  27. Uncle Ellsworth October 26th, 2009 at 1:31 am

    Good Night EricA!

  28. Big Stein October 26th, 2009 at 1:31 am

    Torre must be stewing in LA

  29. randy l. October 26th, 2009 at 1:31 am

    ” two fundamental teams fell apart against the yankees”- on mlb network

    implication was that the yankees are that good.

  30. JZ October 26th, 2009 at 1:32 am

    Lidge will be touched.
    Certainly Phillies have much more power than Angels. Yanks need to bring their A grade offense to match.

  31. 100 pitches of fun... October 26th, 2009 at 1:32 am

    Hey what happened to Yanks against Torre’s Dodgers? lol

  32. KF October 26th, 2009 at 1:32 am

    Torre probably texted congratulations to his friend Girardi.

  33. Phil October 26th, 2009 at 1:32 am

    They kept walking ARod and that probably hurt his chances in the MVP. If we had swept, which we should have done, he would have gotten it.

  34. Bronx Bombers Girl October 26th, 2009 at 1:32 am

    Goodnight rb! I think we will all be having happy Yankee dreams! :)

  35. CM October 26th, 2009 at 1:32 am

    Series baby!!!!!! Can’t wait till Wednesday!!

  36. Big Stein October 26th, 2009 at 1:33 am

    GreenBeret7 October 26th, 2009 at 1:27 am

    It comes as a huge surprise to a lot of people that Rodriguez did not win the co-MVP. If there was ever a case of voters screwing up, this is it.
    ================================================

    I bet Pete screwed up the balloting.

  37. Nick in SF October 26th, 2009 at 1:33 am

    Nice shot of Jose pouring champagne on Jorge!

  38. Uncle Ellsworth October 26th, 2009 at 1:34 am

    randy l.
    October 26th, 2009 at 1:31 am
    ” two fundamental teams fell apart against the yankees”- on mlb network

    implication was that the yankees are that good

    When will the Yanks be called a good fundamental team?

  39. Bronx Bombers Girl October 26th, 2009 at 1:34 am

    I don’t mean to sound naive when I ask this (it is more a memory issue with me…LOL)

    1.) Can you have co-MVP’s? and if so
    2.) Has there ever been a co-MVP awarded?

  40. Big Stein October 26th, 2009 at 1:34 am

    KF October 26th, 2009 at 1:32 am

    Torre probably texted congratulations to his friend Girardi.
    ====================================

    I’m sure. It’ll make a nice story of his next tell-all expose.

  41. randy l. October 26th, 2009 at 1:35 am

    “Torre probably texted congratulations to his friend Girardi.”

    … and to jeter if not others.

  42. The Ghost October 26th, 2009 at 1:35 am

    Arod got the eventual game winning rbi tonight with his bases loaded walk. He deserves as much credit for taking the walks forced upon him at the end of the series as his big hits at the beginning.

  43. pat October 26th, 2009 at 1:36 am

    The media needs to stop with the “Core of 4″.

    Very divisive. It took 25+ to accomplish what they did this year so far.

  44. CK in LA October 26th, 2009 at 1:36 am

    KF October 26th, 2009 at 1:32 am

    Torre probably texted congratulations to his friend Girardi.

    ———

    …. from his house in Maui. The soap opera that is the Dodgers must be making Torre crazy.

  45. GreenBeret7 October 26th, 2009 at 1:36 am

    randy l.
    October 26th, 2009 at 1:30 am
    gb7-

    i agree that there should have been co mvps

    but maybe alex will get his MVP in the world series .

    could happen.

    ————————————————————

    Not sure whether he really cares or not. It was probably the best all aroubd series of games that he has had in a long time, when figuring in that at bats, base running and defense. I really would have thought that, even with 2 great series, he would have struck out more. I can remember only one at bat where he seemed to get lost. Other than that, he was either hitting rockets everywhere, he was just missing on the swings. Jeter was another one that had a great 9 game set.

  46. trisha - OPPC lifetime member who's just waiting around for Number 27! October 26th, 2009 at 1:36 am

    :roll: :shock: ;) :)

    :lol:

  47. KF October 26th, 2009 at 1:36 am

    ” two fundamental teams fell apart against the yankees”- on mlb network

    implication was that the yankees are that good.

    “implication” It would have been interesting if they discussed just how sound the Yankees have been, a team built for the long season and for the playoffs.

  48. Michael T October 26th, 2009 at 1:36 am

    Meanwhile, the ESPN article/game recap only mentioned the Yankees payroll or spending on free agents 3 times in a 5 paragraph article. How I hate them.

  49. Bronx Bombers Girl October 26th, 2009 at 1:37 am

    Also, did anyoen watch Jeter’s interview with Ken Rosenthal on Fox right after the game was over? I loved how Jeter responded against all the negatives that dude had the nerve to bring up! Classic anti-Yankee crap Rosenthal and company always love to serve up!

  50. KF October 26th, 2009 at 1:38 am

    # trisha – OPPC lifetime member who’s just waiting around for Number 27! October 26th, 2009 at 1:36 am

    :roll: :shock: ;) :)

    :lol:

    Show off!!!

  51. Nick in SF October 26th, 2009 at 1:39 am

    That’s a lot of emoticons to take in vain. :evil:

  52. CK in LA October 26th, 2009 at 1:39 am

    MLB Network replaying Swisher’s interview …… Chandon will be sending him champagne for life!! They’re in No Cal – Yountville.

  53. Pat M. October 26th, 2009 at 1:40 am

    Does anybody have a clue on the Yanks rotation ???? Who is # 4, Gaudin ???

  54. Nick in SF October 26th, 2009 at 1:41 am

    Hmmmm, I wonder if I can get a discount if I wear my Yankee cap to Yountville.

  55. KF October 26th, 2009 at 1:41 am

    Pat M.

    Girardi has the up coming rotation locked securely in his vault.

  56. Uncle Ellsworth October 26th, 2009 at 1:42 am

    Bronx Bombers Girl
    October 26th, 2009 at 1:37 am
    Also, did anyoen watch Jeter’s interview with Ken Rosenthal on Fox right after the game was over? I loved how Jeter responded against all the negatives that dude had the nerve to bring up! Classic anti-Yankee crap Rosenthal and company always love to serve up!

    I saw it. He’s the King of that.

  57. trisha - OPPC lifetime member who's just waiting around for Number 27! October 26th, 2009 at 1:42 am

    KF – actually someone else was the showoff! I was just doing the encore!

    (mel taught me that all you have to do is put your mouse on any of the emoticons and you’ll get the symbols for them. I find a few of them a bit, shall I say, dramatic)

  58. randy l. October 26th, 2009 at 1:43 am

    gb7-

    the hard hitting play at home where alex slid under the high tag and even the clean take out at second tonight shows how hard and into it he is.

    that was a great at bat when he took the walk to bring in a run.

    he didn’t do that a year ago.

    he’s just clicking on all cylinders.

  59. Big Stein October 26th, 2009 at 1:43 am

    Michael T October 26th, 2009 at 1:36 am

    Meanwhile, the ESPN article/game recap only mentioned the Yankees payroll or spending on free agents 3 times in a 5 paragraph article. How I hate them.
    ==========================================

    ESPN = frat house/Red sox nation – Steve Phillips

  60. trisha - OPPC lifetime member who's just waiting around for Number 27! October 26th, 2009 at 1:43 am

    “That’s a lot of emoticons to take in vain. ”

    YAWN!

  61. trisha - OPPC lifetime member who's just waiting around for Number 27! October 26th, 2009 at 1:43 am

    “That’s a lot of emoticons to take in vain. ”

    YAWN!

  62. Bronx Jeers October 26th, 2009 at 1:44 am

    “Does anybody have a clue on the Yanks rotation ???? Who is # 4, Gaudin ???”

    Good question.

    Can’t really do the 3-man unless there is a rain-out after game 3? Something like that.

    One would assume it’s Gaudin.

  63. KF October 26th, 2009 at 1:44 am

    Trisha,
    funny that you use the term dramatic as that fits so many people here.

  64. JasonR October 26th, 2009 at 1:44 am

    “1.) Can you have co-MVP’s? and if so
    2.) Has there ever been a co-MVP awarded?”

    Randy Johnson and Curt Schilling were co-MVPs of the 2001 World Series. I still wish that never happened.

    It’s all voted on by the media, so basically the MVP voting has to end in a tie for there to be co-MVPs.

  65. trisha - OPPC lifetime member who's just waiting around for Number 27! October 26th, 2009 at 1:44 am

    Pat M, I hope you are doing better with your knee.

    The way Cone and Singleton were talking, it doesn’t look like they will use a number 4 and would instead prefer to have CC have 3 starts! Now we’ll have to see if Girardi agrees with that.

  66. Nick in SF October 26th, 2009 at 1:45 am

    Trisha, are you just spoiling for a fight this evening? Why don’t you just let loose with the invective and then be done with it?

  67. trisha - OPPC lifetime member who's just waiting around for Number 27! October 26th, 2009 at 1:45 am

    KF, indeed it does.

  68. Brandon AWESOME! (BECAUSE TONIGHT WILL BE AWESOME!) October 26th, 2009 at 1:47 am

    25 MEN, Not… 25.

  69. igotid88 October 26th, 2009 at 1:47 am

    I’m gonna miss game 1. As I will be in Philly watching Pearl Jam in concert.

  70. trisha - OPPC lifetime member who's just waiting around for Number 27! October 26th, 2009 at 1:48 am

    KF, are you in the NY area?

  71. GreenBeret7 October 26th, 2009 at 1:48 am

    randy l.
    October 26th, 2009 at 1:43 am
    gb7-

    the hard hitting play at home where alex slid under the high tag and even the clean take out at second tonight shows how hard and into it he is.

    that was a great at bat when he took the walk to bring in a run.

    he didn’t do that a year ago.

    he’s just clicking on all cylinders.

    ————————————————————

    Those slides were very much old school. Come into the plate.base like a freight train, slide hard and scare the Hell out of the position players. Very much Mantle, Frank Robinson, Brett, Hal McCrae like.

  72. Rebecca--Optimist Prime--Montero Fanaticus Primus October 26th, 2009 at 1:48 am

    Pat M: Best guess would be CC-AJ-Andy-CC-AJ-Andy-We win

  73. Uncle Ellsworth October 26th, 2009 at 1:49 am

    Flash is a drip

  74. Thrillington October 26th, 2009 at 1:49 am

    I say go with CC three times, if needed. I was against it in the ALCS, but it worked out nicely. The only way Gaudin goes out there in Game 4 is if the Yanks are miraculously up 3-0, and even then, I might pitch CC.

    Oh, who knows? Let’s just celebrate now and deal with this on Monday and Tuesday!

    Congrats all! Peace in the Neighbourhood!

  75. DYNASTY IS DESTINY! October 26th, 2009 at 1:50 am

    Alex Rodriguez…

    Buyer’s remorse rescinded…

    Cashman celebrates!

  76. Espresso October 26th, 2009 at 1:50 am

    And Steve Phillips won’t be doing Sunday night baseball anymore. Good Yankees day all in all.

  77. KF October 26th, 2009 at 1:51 am

    Trisha,
    No I’m in No Va but I’m from NY and vist often. I was in the city this weekend to baby sit so my kids could see the game that wasn’t last night….Didn’t work out as planned.

  78. Bronx Jeers October 26th, 2009 at 1:51 am

    “The way Cone and Singleton were talking, it doesn’t look like they will use a number 4 and would instead prefer to have CC have 3 starts! Now we’ll have to see if Girardi agrees with that.”

    Problems with that.

    CC on game 4 with short rest which in itself isn’t necessarily a problem.

    But then AJ also on short rest for game 5.

    Then Andy on short rest for game 6

    Then CC on short rest for the 2nd time in game 7.

    You can hope for a Sunday rainout but they can just kill the off day as there’s virtually no travel.

  79. CK in LA October 26th, 2009 at 1:51 am

    Nick in SF October 26th, 2009 at 1:41 am

    Hmmmm, I wonder if I can get a discount if I wear my Yankee cap to Yountville.
    ——–

    Make sure you have a Swisher shirt on as well!!! ;-)

  80. Uncle Ellsworth October 26th, 2009 at 1:52 am

    DYNASTY IS DESTINY!
    October 26th, 2009 at 1:50 am
    Alex Rodriguez…

    Buyer’s remorse rescinded…

    Cashman celebrates!

    Thanks Again!

  81. Emily in NJ October 26th, 2009 at 1:52 am

    Still can’t stop smiling… This feels great, and I’m going to enjoy it very much.. However there is still work to be done. but later, cause I’m going to bed. G’night everyone.

  82. trisha - OPPC lifetime member who's just waiting around for Number 27! October 26th, 2009 at 1:57 am

    “No I’m in No Va but I’m from NY and vist often. I was in the city this weekend to baby sit so my kids could see the game that wasn’t last night….Didn’t work out as planned.”

    Oh that’s too bad. Were they able to use their tickets and go tonight? Hopefully it was worth the visit just to see the family.

  83. KF October 26th, 2009 at 2:01 am

    Trisha,
    No unfortunately they didn’t have a chance to go. My grandaughter was sick and they couldn’t find a good babysitter. I had to back home this afternoon so they gave the tickets away. I at least enjoyed seeing my 2yr old grandaughter.

  84. DYNASTY IS DESTINY! October 26th, 2009 at 2:01 am

    Uncle Ellsworth,

    You’re welcome!

  85. 100 pitches of fun... October 26th, 2009 at 2:01 am

    Pitching CC on short rest would be tough to do because then AJ and Andy would have to pitch on 4 days rest. AJ did it 3 times last season so I am sure he can do it but I don’t know if Andy can. If not game 4 is going to be a tough game. Gaudin for 3-4 innings and then Aceves? Ouch

  86. trisha - OPPC lifetime member who's just waiting around for Number 27! October 26th, 2009 at 2:02 am

    Bronx, I can see where the 4th starter could be a potential problem. It will be interesting to see how Girardi plays it. Cone and Singleton pointed out that Gaudin has only had one postseason inning to date so tapping him as the 4th starter could be iffy. Incidentally I have a lot of faith in Gaudin and think he has the potential to give you 5-6 good innings, maybe even 7. But he hasn’t worked in a while. At one point I was thinking of the 4th starter as one where we would cobble innings; but the cobbling in my mind would have included innings from Aceves and Joba, if necessary.

    Hey, Joe was going with a 3-man rotation for a 7-game series this time around. Why not again? Are we dealing with the same days off?

  87. 100 pitches of fun... October 26th, 2009 at 2:04 am

    Hey, Joe was going with a 3-man rotation for a 7-game series this time around. Why not again? Are we dealing with the same days off?
    ————————-

    No there is one less off day. So AJ and Andy would have to pitch on short rest also.

  88. randy l. October 26th, 2009 at 2:05 am

    “Come into the plate.base like a freight train, slide hard and scare the Hell out of the position players. Very much Mantle, Frank Robinson, Brett, Hal McCrae like.”

    gb7-

    great description of what it looked like to me too. i haven’t seem a superstar playing like that in awhile.

    you know , i almost killed hal mcrae one day when i sent him into a laughing fit that i thought he was going to have a heart attack from laughing so hard.

    after an early BP session where i was helping out, i asked hal to take a look at my swing and tell me what he thought. i was waiting months to to this.

    he flipped me a bat and said go for it.

    i then hit two line drives up the middle with the FUNGO bat he handed me before it smashed into smithereens on the second swing.

    i may have had a more embarrassing moment, but i don’t think so.

  89. trisha - OPPC lifetime member who's just waiting around for Number 27! October 26th, 2009 at 2:07 am

    KF I am toying with the idea of going to one of the world series games. If I did, it would be on the home end of the series, assuming the series goes at least 6 games. The other games are coming too soon for me to get it together.

    I have to admit that being as far from the Stadium as I am, I have gotten used to the view from my couch and being able to interact with the posters on this forum, the majority of whom I find to be a lot of fun.

    I guess I’ll play that one by ear.

  90. 100 pitches of fun... October 26th, 2009 at 2:07 am

    I really don’t see how they can start Gaudin. He hasn’t pitched in 3 weeks. The most he can give them is probably 50 pitches. I think they will go with 3 starters again and ask CC to go on 3 days rest. The schedule is Wed, Thurs, Sat, Sun, Mon, Wed, Thurs.

  91. Pat M. October 26th, 2009 at 2:09 am

    Yanks are going with 4 starters , make no mistake….

  92. DYNASTY IS DESTINY! October 26th, 2009 at 2:09 am

    Bombers’ Higgs boson…

    Bronx Dynasties’ DNA…

    Pinstripe Elements…

  93. randy l. October 26th, 2009 at 2:10 am

    “Bronx, I can see where the 4th starter could be a potential problem. It will be interesting to see how Girardi plays it.”

    no, since the yankees can adjust the roster so they’re going to add 5 catchers and drop 5 pitchers in the bullpen and have AJ throw three games where every time the phillies get a run off of him they’re going to switch catchers.

  94. Bronx Bombers Girl October 26th, 2009 at 2:11 am

    Uncle Ellsworth
    October 26th, 2009 at 1:42 am
    Also, did anyoen watch Jeter’s interview with Ken Rosenthal on Fox right after the game was over? I loved how Jeter responded against all the negatives that dude had the nerve to bring up! Classic anti-Yankee crap Rosenthal and company always love to serve up!

    I saw it. He’s the King of that.
    ***************

    Uncle E…
    That’s why Jeter can do no wrong in my eyes…. *sigh* :)

  95. KF October 26th, 2009 at 2:11 am

    Trisha,
    My work schedule is quite hectic, I won’t be able to get to the stadium and I’ll be lucky if I get to see most of games at home. I hate when work gets in the way of a good time.

  96. KF October 26th, 2009 at 2:13 am

    Pat M

    Why would you think the Yanks wouldn’t use 3 starters as it’s worked quite well for them so far.

  97. Jerkface October 26th, 2009 at 2:13 am

    Yanks are going with 4 starters , make no mistake….

    Yup

    Starter 1: CC
    Starter 2: AJ
    Starter 3: Pettitte
    Starter 4: CC’s twin cousin, BB

  98. Nick in SF October 26th, 2009 at 2:14 am

    Pat M: I don’t know about that, I don’t think they can get Chapman stretched out in time.

  99. Pepitone October 26th, 2009 at 2:14 am

    Congratulations to the 2009 AL Pennant winners!

    I predicted they would win 4-2, and, thank you, thank you, I was right on the money.

    Thank you Yankees for finally shutting up the Angels, and their loud mouth obnoxious fans out here! Now, I can have some peace and quiet. More than likely the O.C. Register will say something like, “the Angels beat themselves,” in tomorrows paper. Let em, I know better.

    As for the W.S. I am going, again, with the Yankees in 6. They will split the games at home, win 2 out of 3 in Philadelphia, then wrap it up in New York.

    See ya Wednesday.

  100. Median October 26th, 2009 at 2:15 am

    randy/GB: not only was A-Rod great on defense and on the base paths, his head was really in the game (e.g., telling Posada there’s only 2 outs, motioning from the dugout to Swish to extend his lead).

    Offensively in the 9-game postseason he’s had 9 BB, 5 K, 5 HR, 12 RBI, BA=.438, OBP=.548, SLG=.969, OBP=1.516.

    btw, randy: I left you a glowing compliment the other day:
    http://tinyurl.com/yjt3j5o
    I don’t know what got in to me…

  101. KF October 26th, 2009 at 2:17 am

    Nick,

    Chapman, Cashman must really a smooth operator to court and sign so quickly.

  102. Bronx Bombers Girl October 26th, 2009 at 2:17 am

    JasonR
    October 26th, 2009 at 1:44 am
    “1.) Can you have co-MVP’s? and if so
    2.) Has there ever been a co-MVP awarded?”

    Randy Johnson and Curt Schilling were co-MVPs of the 2001 World Series. I still wish that never happened.

    It’s all voted on by the media, so basically the MVP voting has to end in a tie for there to be co-MVPs.
    **************************

    JasonR, Thanks for the info. I was not sure about that but good to know.

  103. haiku-man October 26th, 2009 at 2:17 am

    I think all the Baby bombers and newbies on the team needed this win to see what a pennant feels like.

    What they are feeling ,and how close they are to a ring is a great motivator.

    I’m so proud to be a Yankees fan!!!

  104. 100 pitches of fun... October 26th, 2009 at 2:19 am

    I guess the rally monkey was put back in his cage lol

  105. trisha - OPPC lifetime member who's just waiting around for Number 27! October 26th, 2009 at 2:20 am

    “My work schedule is quite hectic, I won’t be able to get to the stadium and I’ll be lucky if I get to see most of games at home. I hate when work gets in the way of a good time.”

    :)

    I hear you on that! I look forward to spending more time with you on the forum. If you would like to be added to our prediction chart for the world series, just let me know.

    Talk to you soon. I think I will watch a little more of the postgame celebration (taped version) and then hit the hay.

  106. KF October 26th, 2009 at 2:21 am

    100 pitches of fun

    The rally monkey choked with the rest of his team.

  107. Bronx Bombers Girl October 26th, 2009 at 2:21 am

    100 pitches of fun…
    October 26th, 2009 at 2:19 am
    I guess the rally monkey was put back in his cage lol
    ********************

    LOL…along with those annoying thundersticks ;)

  108. Nick in SF October 26th, 2009 at 2:23 am

    Now that we have dispatched with the Angels, I can post my Anaheim rally stick/thunder monkey pictures with no fear of bittersweetness.

    One of these days.

  109. trisha - OPPC lifetime member who's just waiting around for Number 27! October 26th, 2009 at 2:25 am

    Randy did I ever tell you about the time I pinch hit for Don Mattingly and got the winning hit? The guys in the dugout were splitting their sides. They didn’t think I’d be able to do it.

    J/K

    :D

  110. KF October 26th, 2009 at 2:26 am

    First all the trolls leave. Then most of the die hard Yankee fans leave. Oh well it’s been a good night!

  111. haiku-man October 26th, 2009 at 2:26 am

    I WRITE DYNASTY is DESTINY as a Mantra,and now someone is using it as their name,go figure!!

    YANKEES MANTRA,DYNASTY IS DESTINY!!

  112. Bronx Bombers Girl October 26th, 2009 at 2:27 am

    Nick in SF
    October 26th, 2009 at 2:23 am
    Now that we have dispatched with the Angels, I can post my Anaheim rally stick/thunder monkey pictures with no fear of bittersweetness.

    One of these days.
    ******************

    LOL….Nick, loved the switch “rally stick/thunder monkey”.
    Our boys shocked the monkey :D

  113. randy l. October 26th, 2009 at 2:27 am

    median-

    i saw that. i said i liked your figuring even better.

    when i was a kid i sometimes drove my friends crazy by keeping stats at our games up in the farmer’s field, but i’d only show them if i was doing well.

    i’ve always liked numbers though i haven’t put in the time with them that i probably should have.
    my trig teacher in high school was my baseball coach and he sent me to the library for the whole year because i annoyed him so much. i just took tests in the classroom.

  114. haiku-man October 26th, 2009 at 2:31 am

    Just think CC and Alex both had bad postseason stats,and both stepped up this postseason to erase any future doubt.

  115. Big Stein October 26th, 2009 at 2:31 am

    This is pretty funny: Steve Phillips has checked into rehab. No word if he seeking help for sex addiction or drugs/alcohol.

  116. Nick in SF October 26th, 2009 at 2:31 am

    Hey Trisha, that was actually a good effort!

  117. Pat M. October 26th, 2009 at 2:32 am

    KF…There will nor be so many opendates to make it work….The only question is as to whom throws in game 4

  118. Bronx Bombers Girl October 26th, 2009 at 2:32 am

    Goodnight all…I am going to go dream happy Yankee dreams!

  119. Betsy October 26th, 2009 at 2:34 am

    GB, thanks. I don’t believe the computer at the Inn has a speaker, so I won’t be able to listen to any of the clips on YES.com. I’ll just have to be satisfied by reading the articles in the newspapers

  120. KF October 26th, 2009 at 2:34 am

    Pat M

    I don’t think Girardi will disclose his plans until he has to. Maybe it’s simply to keep the conversation going on the blog.

  121. randy l. October 26th, 2009 at 2:37 am

    trisha-

    sorry i actually did something when i was younger instead of just sitting on my couch eating bon bons and posting over 13% of the comments on the blog like you did the other night.

    actually you could kill hal macrae by talking him to death :)

    i could have told gb7 about being scared of frank robinson when i was a special knuckleball catcher for him one spring training when he was the manager of the orioles. but you know how i hate to drop names :)

    it was my life . get over it.

  122. Nick in SF October 26th, 2009 at 2:39 am

    KF: I think the operative idea here is that the WS schedule is more compact than the ALCS schedule and would not allow a 3-man rotation unless Girardi is willing to have all three pitchers go on 3 days’ rest for the second start — and CC to do it again for a game 7.

    The ALCS allowed it to only happen the one time.

  123. Pat M. October 26th, 2009 at 2:42 am

    Randy I. ( The Orignal Tin Cup )…..Just about everyone here dig your baseball pearls, I certainly love it when you dig deep and share those specail moments…..Of course the story’s will be disceted and refuted by the nons who cannot make the leap into what is real…..

  124. randy l. October 26th, 2009 at 2:50 am

    pat m-

    you been into the brownies again? your speling is a little off :)

    i’m just trying to add a little humor to the trisha situation.

    i’m not sure there’s any other way to deal with her.

    she’s been nice to you lately.

    i’m not sure she knows that you faced carlton’s slider in spring training.

    that might tick her off.

    i’m trying to figure out if she reminds me more of margaret in dennis the menace or lucy in charlie brown.

  125. 100 pitches of fun... October 26th, 2009 at 2:54 am

    Once again the words from Abreu, who actually touched the wall tonight. “I want the Yankees next,” he said. “Been waiting all year.”

  126. Nick in SF October 26th, 2009 at 2:56 am

    “I took an $11 million pay cut for THIS????”

    He actually got farther as an Angel than he ever did as a Yankee.

  127. Dr. Cox October 26th, 2009 at 2:59 am

    “This is pretty funny: Steve Phillips has checked into rehab. No word if he seeking help for sex addiction or drugs/alcohol.”

    Thats not funny.

    I would only be funny if he continued and did not seek help. Anyone with a problem (whether it is their own fault or not), who decided to seek professional help it ok in my book.

  128. Dr. Cox October 26th, 2009 at 3:00 am

    *it would only be funny

  129. randy l. October 26th, 2009 at 3:00 am

    nick in sf -

    i’m conflicted.

    what am i going to do about my opinion of cashmoney when the yankees win #27 ?

    got any good jokes i can use?

  130. Ivan t October 26th, 2009 at 3:04 am

    Just saw the swish interview ….. Amazing!!!! He is such a breath of fresh air in that clubhouse!!!! I wanna party with Nick.

  131. Pat M. October 26th, 2009 at 3:05 am

    Randy I….I see Margaret in every way…Maybe Little of Violet Rutherford from Leave it to Beaver…….Nick in SF…has the line on the series been posted yet….I’m losked on since Fenruary, 100 wins, Division, Pennant and World Championship is the final leg……I passed on the percocets in favor of brownie cookies this weekend…..There legal with a RX note

  132. Nick in SF October 26th, 2009 at 3:05 am

    randy, I don’t know, but it might get even worse if #28 and #29 are around the corner.

    It was sort of odd that Cashman was nowhere to be seen on when the trophy was awarded or in the clubhouse… I hope he was doing some stealth island pitcher recruiting.

  133. haiku-man October 26th, 2009 at 3:08 am

    A commenter on yahoo sports blog,(Big League Stew,) said Steinbrenner Ordered the Yankees to lose 2 games in LA, so they could win # 40 at Yankee stadium.

    You can’t make this stuff up.

  134. Nick in SF October 26th, 2009 at 3:08 am

    Pat M, I bought my Yankees’ ALCS and WS bets before the playoffs started, but not in February. Right now they are at -143 on the World Sports Exchange.

    I was amazed at how many medical marijauna ads there were in the LA Weekly.

  135. Dr. Cox October 26th, 2009 at 3:09 am

    “Just saw the swish interview ….. Amazing!!!! He is such a breath of fresh air in that clubhouse!!!! I wanna party with Nick.”

    I have partied with Nick, and let me tell you, he is a straight up mid-westernized hick drunk…and I mean that in the best way possible.

    And before the blog jumps on me, especailly Nick in SF (lost credibility with the ALCS scheduling debacle), I went to Ohio University where he was recruited HEAVILY to play but wound up playing for Ohio State. His best family friends were my two good dorm friends and he came down to OU for the Halloween Festivities.

    He is the craziest, nicest guy to ever land on the mendoza line for a post-season.

    I bet he has a monster World Series.

  136. randy l. October 26th, 2009 at 3:09 am

    “randy, I don’t know, but it might get even worse if #28 and #29 are around the corner.”

    . that could be embarrassing .i might have to move to buenos aries.

  137. Nick in SF October 26th, 2009 at 3:13 am

    “i might have to move to buenos aries.”

    Are you in buenos libra now, or is it buenos scorpio time?

  138. 100 pitches of fun... October 26th, 2009 at 3:13 am

    It was sort of odd that Cashman was nowhere to be seen
    ————————

    Seriously was Cash in the corner getting drunk or something? The top 10 on Letterman tomorrow should be where was Cash when the Yanks were celebrating? lol

  139. randy l. October 26th, 2009 at 3:14 am

    “Maybe Little of Violet Rutherford from Leave it to Beaver…”

    pat m-
    you mean lumpy’s little sister. i forgot about her. good call though.

  140. Nick in SF October 26th, 2009 at 3:16 am

    Dr. Cox, no worries, I actually don’t remember what ALCS scheduling debacle you’re referring to. I’m not worried about Swisher’s WS production.

  141. Dr. Cox October 26th, 2009 at 3:19 am

    “Dr. Cox, no worries, I actually don’t remember what ALCS scheduling debacle you’re referring to. I’m not worried about Swisher’s WS production.”

    All good then. Im on such a high that im not going to worry about anything until atleast Tuesday.

    I have been waiting for this for a long time, Like I said before, 2004 did a huge number on me and this was the first step to overcoming.

  142. m October 26th, 2009 at 3:30 am

    Hello, everyone! Child’s birthday celebration trumped ALCS celebration tonight, but I got the vibe from reading through the threads.

    Chad, Sam, and Josh-Thanks for all the updates. Thanks, too, for the blurb on A.J. It’s funny that you say he didn’t seem too jubilant. Could it be that he knows there’s still work to be done? Strange dude, that one. If they win #27, I think he’ll go hog wild.

    I got to “share” the moment with my 2nd favorite tandem (I really like Schulman/Campbell) of morgan/miller. miller was his usual jolly self calling the final outs and clinching moment, and morgan was talking about the 40th AL pennant, and Andy’s place in postseason history. It was nice. I teared up as soon as it hit me they clinced. But I fought through the tears as I was going about 70.

    Then Pascarelli interviewed A-rod on the field. This is paraphrasing, but I thought I’d share it with you guys, “Gosh I’m speechless. Emotional. First I want to thank the good lord. And the best 24 teammates a player could have. And Girardi and the staff” Some other stuff, but the jist of it is that he was near tears (you could hear it through the radio) and can’t believe that after all these years, he’s finally going to the world series. Just my opinion, but I think he realized how hard it was to get the world series, and he’s not going to waste a moment or take anything for granted. I think he continues his excellent play and has a monster world series (if they would just pitch to him).

    Someone asked the question of why they’ve done so well in the postseason, and someone else answered something. But I think they missed the mark. The reason why they did so well is because they were well-prepared and well-rested. Joe Girardi and his staff made sure that his players got rest through the whole season, not just before the playoffs. It sounds like the players were asked to sacrifice personal goals like 100-rbis, innings pitched, whatever else. Just do what’s good for the team on that particular day.

    Looks like the scouting was excellent and the pitchers followed the plan (you can’t really plan for Vladi) as the top 2/3 of the order were pretty much shut out for the most part.

    And, finally, I noticed that baseball guy posted that he was wrong. That was nice to see. A lot of people say stuff they strongly believe in, but rarely say that in hindsight they may have been wrong. That was pretty cool.

    So, Girardi has made some head-scratching moves, but he knows what he’s doing. And for the most part there’s a reason why. I just hope that David Robertson’s okay, because I know that in Girardi’s “book” he’s a more valuable part of the bullpen than Joba is.

  143. no.27 October 26th, 2009 at 4:04 am

    I don’t think Girardi has said what he plans to do for the World Series rotation yet. A 3-man rotation would mean that every start after game 3 would be on short rest.

    It’s pretty clear that CC and AJ will pitch game 1 and 2 and Pettitte will pitch game 3 in Philly. For game 4, I think Girardi goes back to CC. He has a full week off before game 1, and his last start on 3 days rest was dominant. This would also allow Girardi to go to CC on 3 days rest in a possible game 7.

    Game 5 is where it starts to get confusing. Is Girardi comfortable with both Burnett and Andy on 3 days rest?

    In his career, AJ has 4 starts on 3 days rest with very good results: 27 IP, 2.33 ERA, 1.07 WHIP, .192 BAA. More importantly, he started 3 games on short rest in 2008 and his numbers were even more impressive in those starts. Does anyone know what teams he faced in those starts?

    Pettitte has 14 starts on 3 days rest with results that are pretty in-line with his career numbers: 86.2 IP, 4.15 ERA, 1.43 WHIP, .266 BAA. His numbers aren’t as impressive as AJ’s and what’s more concerning is that he hasn’t pitched on 3 days rest since 2006, when he had 3 starts. Again, I don’t know the how good the lineups he faced were in these games. Pettitte has recently said that he would feel more comfortable pitching on 3 days rest than 7 days rest.

    When you say, every start after game 3 will be on short rest, it doesn’t sound like a good move. But, I’m pretty sure Girardi would pick CC on short rest over anyone else in games 4 and 7. So, take that out of the equation. I’d take Pettitte on short rest over Gaudin against the Phillies’ lefty stacked lineup (even though some of those guys hit lefty pitchers pretty well). And, I’d take Burnett on 1 short rest start over Gaudin as well.

    So, I say stick with the 3-man rotation and maybe add another reliever to the roster so that Gaudin and Aceves can be ready just in case one of these starters can’t go deep enough into the game.

  144. MJR (Steve Phillips groped me) October 26th, 2009 at 4:07 am

    thunder sticks, rally monkey, the chop, and white rally towels, a hill in centerfield.

    Answer: Things that make you glad your team plays in the Bronx.

    Yanks in 5!

  145. Christina October 26th, 2009 at 4:41 am

    Finally home, though I am sure noone else is awake!!! What a game!

  146. Carl October 26th, 2009 at 4:50 am

    http://espn.go.com/mlb/playoff.....es-yankees

  147. Crawdaddy October 26th, 2009 at 5:54 am

    “ESPN = frat house/Red sox nation – Steve Phillips”

    Yup, poor Steve Phillips was let go by the four letter network. Actually, they had no other choice, but to fire him.

  148. Dan October 26th, 2009 at 5:56 am

    “1.) Can you have co-MVP’s? and if so
    2.) Has there ever been a co-MVP awarded?”

    Besides the 2001 example already given, the 1981 WS had 3 co-MVPs. (Ron Cey, Pedro Guerrero, and Steve Yeager)

  149. Jim M October 26th, 2009 at 6:39 am

    Congratulations, New York Yankees!!!!!!!

  150. John Sullivan October 26th, 2009 at 6:47 am

    I have to add protection to my compound down here because they hate the Yankees in Texas well I’m from the Bronx screw em :)

  151. Fran (the original) and OPPC member October 26th, 2009 at 7:07 am

    So excited to have the Yankees back in the World Series. Watching Mo last night made me realize how lucky the Yankees are after watching some of the other closers (Nathan, Papelbon, Fuentes, Lidge)melt down in the playoffs.

    I would like to see CC on 3 days rest again especially since Gaudin has pitched 1 inning in the past month.

    Congratulations again to the NY Yankees!

  152. Laura - Bring on PHI! October 26th, 2009 at 7:50 am

    As much as I appreciate CC’s performance, I really think that Alex should have gotten at least a co-MVP honor. I think that this may be some of the fallout from his steroid admission. CC may have won 2 games, but Alex helped to win all 4. That should have counted for something.

  153. Doreen October 26th, 2009 at 7:56 am

    Did anyone else hear Billy Ripken on MLB last night say something to the effect that the best thing about the ALCS was that now everyone knows what a good baseball team the Angels are? Or was I just so tired that I missed something – context, exact words, whatever? I think I’m going to try and see if they replay that post-game this morning to catch it again.

    I also DVR’d the game and the post-game, and since I missed some interviews in the overlap last night while watching live, I plan on replaying bits and pieces. Thanks to everyone here who convinced me to get the DVR.

    My mom and dad just bought a house in Florida (no more snowbirds) and the address is 2705. So my mom’s prediction is #27 in 5 games. I don’t deal in predictions, but I’m happy to go along with that. :lol:

    What a great and glorious morning. It was fun sharing this season with all of you. Just a little longer to go. :)

  154. upstate kate October 26th, 2009 at 8:06 am

    Doreen
    so glad you got the DVR. I also taped the post game so I could watch the end on FOX. What a weasel that Roesnthal is, talking about past failures, glad Derek put him in his place.
    Now a few days to relax, then bring on the Phillies :)
    I was so happy that Andy got the win, esp since the pre game guys thought it was a huge mistake.

  155. Laura - Bring on PHI! October 26th, 2009 at 8:06 am

    “Did anyone else hear Billy Ripken on MLB last night say something to the effect that the best thing about the ALCS was that now everyone knows what a good baseball team the Angels are?”

    I didn’t hear that, Doreen, but I find it pretty comical if he did say that. If I was someone who didn’t know anything about LAA, all this series showed me is that they make a lot of mistakes under pressure.

  156. upstate kate October 26th, 2009 at 8:08 am

    I was surprised they brought Kazmir in, esp since he had been ineffective when he started, and hasn’t been used as a reliever.

  157. Laura - Bring on PHI! October 26th, 2009 at 8:13 am

    “I was surprised they brought Kazmir in, esp since he had been ineffective when he started, and hasn’t been used as a reliever.”

    I was too. I thought that they would use Weaver.

  158. Mark in Tampa October 26th, 2009 at 8:14 am

    Doreen,

    Yeah, he said something like that, but so what? This morning, people are talking about how the Vikings loss to the Steelers shows how good they are. It’s just the way sports talk is these days. It makes no sense, but you can drive yourself crazy finding a Yankee hater behind every microphone, pen , and typewriter. Let it go. :)

  159. Doreen October 26th, 2009 at 8:23 am

    Mark in Tampa -

    I just wanted to make sure I heard it right. But, it doesn’t ruin my joy over the Yankees’ accomplishments this season. I figure things like that are just par for the course.

    Of course, any Yankees fan could have told you the Angels are a tough team and a good team, but none of them would have said this particular series showed you how good they are. Instead, it showed you even good teams can play poorly enough to lose.

    It’s gone. :lol:

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