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Postgame notes: “That’s Andy Pettitte”

Posted by: Chad Jennings - Posted in Misc on Oct 08, 2010 Print This Post Print This Post | Email This Post Email This Post

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Lance Berkman said he never had any doubt. He’d seen his friend Andy Pettitte pitch in too many big games to worry about some sloppy starts down the stretch. This was the postseason, and Berkman believed Pettitte would be as good as ever.

“That’s who he is,” Berkman said. “I mean, the guy, he will give you a good start, there is no doubt about it. Guys have asked me a lot about, is the postseason different? Postseason is the postseason, and I don’t care, a World Series game is a World Series game, it doesn’t matter where you are playing. The intensity. The adrenaline. Nobody manages that better than Andy. I mean, whether he did it there (in Houston) or here, he’s the same guy. He does it everywhere. He’d do it for the Pirates or the Royals if they happened to make the postseason.”

The first two innings were vintage Pettitte. He had runners on base, but he got the double play in the first and limited the damage in the second.

“That’s Andy, because he has a way to get a double play,” Joe Girardi said. “He gets the double play in the first inning, he has the bases loaded in the second inning with one out, only gives up one run. That’s Andy Pettitte. We have seen him get big double-play balls his whole career and you feel good about that when he is doing that.”

After the walk in the second inning, Pettitte retired 12 in a row. He didn’t allow another hit until that game-tying home run by Orlando Hudson in the sixth. Even then, he stranded a runner at third and his friend Berkman was right there to pick him up in the seventh.

“I think yesterday I told the guys that I have never felt so unprepared going into the playoffs,” Pettitte said. “I felt like I would have a good outing, but it was just so similar (to past starts). I got locked in. Mechanically I just felt great. You know, the ball came out of my hand good. I asked the good Lord to help me get through it whenever I started the game. And Jorgie called a great game. Just so that got me even more in a good rhythm and feeling comfortable.”

Here’s Pettitte postgame.

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ALDS Yankees Twins BaseballCHAT TOMORROW: Almost forgot to mention this, but I’ll add it up here at the top of the notes. Sam and I are doing another chat Friday at 3:15 p.m. We’re going to chat for 30 minutes while the Yankees are having their workout at Yankee Stadium. Can’t go much longer than that because I’ll have to get back down to the clubhouse when it re-opens.

• Pettitte on Berkman: “I have been telling everybody in the clubhouse, this guy can hit the ball so far to the opposite field. He has more power oppo probably than anybody I ever played with, and it hasn’t clicked for him for the last two months. He literally told me he kind of made an adjustment in his stance, him and K-Long the other day, and he said he was launching balls in BP yesterday. He said he felt unbelievable up there and felt like he was going to be able to drive the ball the other way. And I mean, then he goes out and hits a couple of balls oppo like he did tonight.”

• The home run was Berkman’s first in the postseason since 2005. “I was really more excited about the fact that I actually drove a ball to left-center, which is something I haven’t done, which has really been a strength of mine throughout my career,” Berkman said. “In the postseason, you go 1-for-5 with a home run, you feel pretty good about it. But I was really more pleased with, all right, now I feel like I can compete maybe. I’m driving the ball that way.”

• Berkman on hitting eighth: “I never hit eighth before. I can say that I did get pinch-hit for one time in Houston a long time ago, but, you know, it’s different. You have to be willing, but what am I going to do? It makes you feel better when you have A-Rod and Tex and Robby and Grandy. Those are great, great players. And I mean, I don’t expect to hit in front of any of those guys. I am just glad to be in the lineup.”

ALDS Yankees Twins Baseball• Another big inning from Kerry Wood. Both he and Jorge Posada said his stuff was much better tonight than last night, and he needed only 10 pitches — nine strikes — to get through the eighth. “It was nice to actually do it and not have Mo come in for a four-out save,” Wood said.

• Posada scored from first on Berkman’s go-ahead double. “I think Mick Kelleher pushed me to get out there,” Posada said. “I needed that help.”

• Obviously Ron Gardenhire wasn’t happy about the 1-2 pitch immediately before Berkman’s double. The Twins wanted strike three. Berkman and Hunter Wendelstedt thought it was ball two. “That’s a very borderline pitch,” Berkman said. “Sometimes it gets called, sometimes it doesn’t. I felt like Hunter was very consistent all night with not giving anything inside. He was giving probably four to six inches off the outside corner, wasn’t giving anything over the inside corner. So that was the strike zone.”

• Gardenhire on his ejection: “I thought the ball was a strike, he didn’t call it a strike, and I wanted to make sure he knew that. But I wanted to get him away from my guys, because there are a lot of guys full of emotion at that time and I wanted Carl to concentrate. They were going to bunt over and get the outs. That’s what I told my guys on the mound, and then I said what I said to stay.”

• Posada passed David Justice for third place in career postseason games played.

• Alex Rodriguez is hitting .368 with five doubles, seven home runs, 20 RBI and 18 runs in his past 19 postseason games dating back to October 7, 2007.

• Rivera has allowed one run in his past 19 postseason appearances.

*** Sorry for the delay getting these posted. For whatever reason I couldn’t log into the blog after the game. I have no idea what went wrong but it was annoying to say the least.***

Associated Press photos of Pettitte, Rodriguez and Teixeira, and Rivera

 
 

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51 Responses to “Postgame notes: “That’s Andy Pettitte””

  1. Carl October 8th, 2010 at 12:55 am

    Great win!

    9 Mo!

  2. Carl October 8th, 2010 at 12:55 am

    Great win huh Carl? I thought Andy had a bad back?

  3. Carl October 8th, 2010 at 12:55 am

    Well Carl, it was just for that one game. His back is feeling good and his groin. Cool Air Carl.

  4. Carl October 8th, 2010 at 12:56 am

    I understand Carl. Do you think Hughes will end the series?

  5. Carl October 8th, 2010 at 12:56 am

    Yep Carl. He will end it.

    Goodnight Carl.

  6. Carl October 8th, 2010 at 12:57 am

    Night Carl.

  7. stuckey99 October 8th, 2010 at 12:58 am

    Has anyone seen Carl?

  8. Cashmoney October 8th, 2010 at 12:59 am

    Where in the world is carl?

  9. Cashmoney October 8th, 2010 at 1:01 am

    I kinda dig the Andy’s silhouette pic … LARGE THAN LIFE .

  10. SAS October 8th, 2010 at 1:02 am

    Chad,

    Thanks for everything. You certainly have had a long day so have a good night. By the way, I have had trouble with getting on the blog too especially last night.

  11. Chase October 8th, 2010 at 1:02 am

    That’s actually Pavano himself.

    He’s lost his mind.

  12. Carl October 8th, 2010 at 1:04 am

    lol

  13. stuart a October 8th, 2010 at 1:08 am

    all the whining on tbs and the baseball network about the mis call on berkman. there were many many borderline pitches that could go either way.

    man the anti yankee sentimet out there is over the top.

    granderson is on fire…..gardy is so much more valuable then kearns it is a joke. his defense and speed are difference makers………….

    pettitte, he is a HOF pitcher..19 postseason wins, give me a break, He should make the hall of fame bottom line……………..

  14. CR9 October 8th, 2010 at 1:15 am

    That’s great SAS! The Yankees have always been my first love – for their class and integrity and tradition of excellence.

    stuart – I simply cannot believe the huge deal being made about that one call on Berkie, after everything that happened prior to that call, and more importantly, after the Golson catch the night before.

    Andy is Andy. Not much else you can say about this guy. He’s not either magnificent or spectacular, he’s a word that encompasses every single positive adjective imaginable. He’s Andy! :)

  15. m October 8th, 2010 at 1:16 am

    Thanks, Chad. You’re the best.

    I ♥ Andy. What a stud. :lol:

  16. pat October 8th, 2010 at 1:16 am

    When Buster Posey on the postgame said, “It’s a good thing we don’t have replay”, did everyone hear Bud scream or was it just me who heard him?

  17. Crash October 8th, 2010 at 1:17 am

    stuart a October 8th, 2010 at 1:08 am
    all the whining on tbs and the baseball network about the mis call on berkman. there were many many borderline pitches that could go either way.

    —————

    Totally agree the strikezone was pretty consistent. There were times when Pettitte didn’t get those close pitches. Game 1 the twins got a free out against Mo. Media needs to stop complaining a championshop caliber team will overcome those borderline calls.

  18. m October 8th, 2010 at 1:21 am

    pat,

    Did you see Berkman’s postgame? He was asked about that questionable pitch. Talk about two-step. At first he was yeah, that was a tough pitch. Then totally remembered that he’s not Derek Jeter and wouldn’t be able to get away with telling the truth. So he finished by saying it was down and in.

  19. Carl October 8th, 2010 at 1:22 am

    Puma has the high socks. All about the high socks.

  20. JoeMama October 8th, 2010 at 1:24 am

    It was pretty funny to watch ESPN talk about the missed strike call. Nomar kept talking about the sequence of pitches that Pavano threw to set up the last pitch on the inside. The great thing is that they don’t actually show the whole sequence which includes a pitch off the plate being called a strike. They just show the last pitch. But what do you expect. Great win today.

  21. CR9 October 8th, 2010 at 1:30 am

    “The great thing is that they don’t actually show the whole sequence which includes a pitch off the plate being called a strike. They just show the last pitch. But what do you expect.”

    That’s ESPN for you. I saw that and immediately flipped ESPN off and didnt want to bother posting my rage towards that big-nosed steroid freak, Nomar. It’s like Manny being Manny. It’s ESPN being ESPN; you cant expect class and integrity from an organization that prides itself on shoddy journalism.

  22. SAS October 8th, 2010 at 1:32 am

    I love Andy Pettitte. I hated it when he went to Houston. I understood why he did it, but he is a true Yankee. He is awesome in my book. I hope he makes the HOF, but because he is a Yankee, it will be twice as hard for him.

    There have been plenty of players that made the HOF that if they had been Yankees wouldn’t have made it.

  23. SAS October 8th, 2010 at 1:34 am

    CR9,

    It pains me to say that journalism has become shoddy in its entirety. It doesn’t start and stop with sports.

  24. SAS October 8th, 2010 at 1:36 am

    And Nomar is no more a journalist than you and I are. He is one of my least favorite players of this generation.

  25. stuart a October 8th, 2010 at 1:36 am

    pettitte should make the HOF. His postseason stats are over the top.

    any inside pitch tonight the ump was stingy… i saw ab’s where the strikes were balls and the balls strike. many many calls….

    Atl should be pissed not the twins. posey was out by 2 feet….

  26. m October 8th, 2010 at 1:37 am

    Mia>>>Nomaah

  27. SAS October 8th, 2010 at 1:37 am

    OK all, I am going to call it a night. Hope everyone has a good one.

  28. m October 8th, 2010 at 1:49 am

    Goodnight, SAS.

    Nick was a no-show. Would rather rearrange someone’s sock drawer than bask in the glow of LoHud. Haha

  29. JoeMama October 8th, 2010 at 1:53 am

    They really need to consider instant replay for the playoffs. These guys bust their a$$ for 162 games and playoff games come down to such small margins that missing calls is just unfair and inexcusable. Plus I’m tired of talking about the umps after every game. People should be talking about how the players performed and not about how these clowns keep making awful mistakes. There have been 6 games so far and the umps have been involved in some controversy in all but one of them. That is just unreal.

  30. Nick in SF October 8th, 2010 at 2:01 am

    I was watching the Giants, don’t worry!

    So Buster Posey knew he was out but allowed the blown call the stand??? That’s almost as reprehensoble as something our fallen Captain would do — and with children watching! :cry:

    Oh, and I thought the best part of sweeping is that it brings us closer to not signing Carl Crawford.

  31. Nick in SF October 8th, 2010 at 2:03 am

    Ooof, sorry for the fat finger/blackberry keyboard typos.

    I regret the errors.

  32. m October 8th, 2010 at 2:04 am

    My local radio station said that Tampa Bay got jobbed on a check swing that would have punched out Young. He subsequently hit a 3-run HR. Totally changed the complexion of the game. Instead of being down 2, TB was down 5.

    But umps aren’t the reason they’re down 2-0. They suck, that’s why.

  33. playing hurt October 8th, 2010 at 2:06 am

    The umpiring has gotten so bad in MLB that replay will be only a band aid. At some point Selig will cave and institute replay and everyone will be happy, but the core issue still would not have been addressed and major problems will still exist. Replay cannot possibly account for all the mistakes that are made by the umpires nowadays.
    There needs to be a system of accountability along with health/fitness and eyesight requirements. The lack of a system like this is what creates most of the problems and anyone looking to replay as some sort of saving grace will be disappointed at the end of the day.

  34. m October 8th, 2010 at 2:10 am

    I thought the umps got a DVD after each game or series with their evaluation. Or something like that?

  35. playing hurt October 8th, 2010 at 2:12 am

    But umps aren’t the reason they’re down 2-0. They suck, that’s why.
    —————————————–
    The Umps suck and Tampa suck . Two things aren’t logically mutual exclusive.

  36. Nick in SF October 8th, 2010 at 2:13 am

    The umps do get a DVD after each game but it’s usually of a Porky’s movie. :(

  37. West Coast Yankee Fan October 8th, 2010 at 2:14 am

    There is such an easy way to institute replay for the post-season. It would be almost instantaneous, 100% accurate and technically a breeze.

    You put another umpire and a technician in the press box with a plasma monitor and super-slow motion playback of the network feed which has multiple camera angles. When there is a disputed call, the home plate umpire signals to the press box. Thirty-sixty seconds later the decision is made.

    No more mistakes and it would be faster than the time it takes for a manager and the field umps to discuss,

  38. Vineyard Yankee October 8th, 2010 at 2:20 am

    So how was the ‘Poetry Reading’ ? Did they read any ‘Longfellow’ ? Don’t forget tomorrow morning to overnite the ribs, sauce and slaw you promised. How about Timmy tonite, lights out like Andy.

  39. Vineyard Yankee October 8th, 2010 at 2:26 am

    Nick in S.F.

    You watch the games at GPS ?

  40. Nick in SF October 8th, 2010 at 2:28 am

    No, I watched the Yankee game near Union Square and the Giants game up in Marin.

  41. AldotheApache October 8th, 2010 at 2:34 am

    CR9, I haven’t put ANY stock in espn, especailly espn.com, since they had Texeira fitted for a Red Sox uni, just before he chose pinstripes.

    Their so-called analyses and commentaries are just beyond stupid at times, often only regurgitating what’s already being rumored/reported elsewhere.

  42. AldotheApache October 8th, 2010 at 2:34 am

    CR9, I haven’t put ANY stock in espn, especailly espn.com, since they had Texeira fitted for a Red Sox uni, just before he chose pinstripes.

    Their so-called analyses and commentaries are just beyond stupid at times, often only regurgitating what’s already being rumored/reported elsewhere.

  43. AldotheApache October 8th, 2010 at 2:38 am

    “West Coast Yankee Fan” ……… “Vineyard Yankee” ………….. what a dork!!! LMAO!!!

    At least come up with some new routines!

  44. Vineyard Yankee October 8th, 2010 at 2:43 am

    Nick in S.F.

    You are all over the place, playoff parties ?

  45. Nick in SF October 8th, 2010 at 2:50 am

    My activities near Union Square are top secret; visiting family and big screen HD in Marin.

  46. Vineyard Yankee October 8th, 2010 at 2:53 am

    Top secret ? That must mean you have a ‘babe’ haven that serves 2 for 1 drinks that you don’t want to share. LOL !

  47. Vineyard Yankee October 8th, 2010 at 2:59 am

    AldotheApache
    October 8th, 2010 at 2:38 am

    Stop with the blog stalker troll routine. No one is interested in your slanderous ridicule here. Take your teeth out and get back in bed before the attendant catches you out of your ward again. If you need help ring the bell.

  48. AldotheApache October 8th, 2010 at 3:04 am

    Sorry, pudgemeister. Last time I checked, you don’t own this blog.

    No different from BtB … your self-absorbed, Yankee-hating posts will never prevail!!!!!

    Have fun with your sock puppet monologue, though!!!

    LMAO!!!!!!!!

  49. jaremy October 8th, 2010 at 3:29 am

    Andy said “jerkin balls” in his interview. Fantastic.

  50. Wang IS Taiwan October 8th, 2010 at 5:20 am

    Mo: 1 run in the past 19 postseason appearances. ‘Nuf said.

    Love ANDY! I wonder if he realizes how adored he is by the fans? Good guy who is one, tough son of a gun when the stakes are high.

  51. Fran the original October 8th, 2010 at 7:05 am

    Great win last night. Andy looked as good as ever and Mo is Mo.

    And Curtis Granderson has been the best offensive player. Bet nobody wants to run him out of town now.


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