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Yankees World Series

As the World Series approaches, I thought I would take a look back at some of those classic quotes from World Series past. Some of them are classic, and some are just hilarious. Let’s hope we make a few more of them come late October. Take a look:

1996 World Series Quotes

“They [the Braves after taking 2–0 lead in the Series] said they could beat the ’27 Yankees. But they forgot about the ’96 Yankees.” —Joe Girardi after winning World Series (from Baseball Weekly).

“We play today, we win today. ‘Das it.”—Mariano Duncan, before Game 6 at Yankee Stadium.

“The Yankees have marched through Georgia, and where have we heard that before?”—Vin Scully, radio broadcast at the end of Game 5

“Again the 2–2 to Leyritz…in the air to left field…back…at the track…at the wall…we are tied!”—Joe Buck’s call on Jim Leyritz’s game-tying three-run HR in the top of the eighth inning in Game 4

“Once again, it will be a 3–2. The stretch and pitch. Swung on and popped up again off third. Hayes has room. Hayes make the catch! Yankees win! The Yankees win! The New York Yankees have won the 1996 World Series. They have surmounted every challenge! They have climbed every mountain and the New York Yankees are World Champions!”—John Sterling calls the final out in Game 6

“Fly ball into deep right field, (Paul) O’Neill is there…Ballgame! The Yankees win it, 1–0…as Wetteland gets the save for Pettite.”—Joe Buck calling the final out of Game 5.

“Another chance to the left side, Hayes waits…the Yankees are champions of baseball!”—Joe Buck’s call of the final out of Game 6

1998 World Series Quotes

“From ear to ear, you can feel Darryl Strawberry smiling.”—FOX announcer Tim McCarver after the Yankees win. Darryl had cancer and could not play in the 1998 postseason.

“And The Yankees have done it again, #24, they are the world champions in 1998!”—Joe Buck calling the final out of the series. (more…)

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Since Kevin is at the game tonight, you’ll have to deal with my somewhat abridged version of a pregame post.

Yankees (6-2) vs. Angels (5-3)

Pitching Matchup:

LHP Andy Pettitte (0-0, 4.26) vs LHP Joe Saunders (0-0, 2.57)

Yankees Lineup:

Jeter SS
Damon LF
Teixeira 1B
Rodriguez 3B
Posada C
Matsui DH
Cano 2B
Swisher RF
Cabrera CF

Angels Lineup:

Chone Figgins 3B
Bobby Abreu RF
Torii Hunter CF
Vladimir Guerrero DH
Kendry Morales 1B
Howie Kendrick 2B
Juan Rivera LF
Jeff Mathis C
Erick Aybar SS

Quick notes:

First pitch is scheduled for 8:20 on FOX

Slumping Nick Swisher is starting (contrary to widespread rumor that he’d be getting a day off in favor of Brett Gardner).

Aaaaand that’s all I got tonight. Can’t wait for 8:20 to roll around–whatever happened to afternoon games on Sundays? Then again, at least it’s not on TBS. Thank god for the little things, right?

Enjoy the game!

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You guys should enter the ’09 Postseason Bracket Challenge on MLB.com. The idea of the game is to select the winning team and total number of games for each postseason series, and predict as many as you can correctly.

If you predict all seven series correctly, and you could win $10,000 in cash

'09 Postseason Bracket Challenge

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2009 MLB Tiebreaker

The Detroit Tigers and Minnesota Twins will play the 163rd game of their season. It’s a one game playoff, which will decide the AL Central winner, and that team will advance to the ALDS to face our Yankees.

The pitching matchup for the game is: RHP Scott Baker (15-9, 4.36ERA) vs. RHP Rick Porcello (14-9, 4.04ERA) The game is scheduled to start at 5:07PM ET. The game will be televised on TBS. This could be the last game at the Metrodome if the Twins fail to advance to the Postseason.

The Yankees have one hour after the game ends to tell the MLB which series schedule they want. The playoffs are a crapshoot, but I much rather face the Twins than the Tigers. Either way..Bring ’em on! Let’s go Twins!

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Joba Chamberlain

The Yankees are putting Joba Chamberlain back in the bullpen for tomorrow’s game.This makes us believe that the Yankees plan on having Joba come out of the bullpen during the ALDS.

Tomorrow’s appearance out of the bullpen is most likely an audition for a playoff roster spot. Some say that he shouldn’t pitch in the series at all, and some want him back in the bullpen. I don’t really know what would be good for him. He seems so fouled up right now, but you never really know what could happen in the playoffs. He would be in a different role and his slate would be clean entering the postseason. He was so dominant as a reliever, but at the same time you don’t really know if that will just come right back to him with just a flick of a switch.

If he returned to his old form coming out of the pen, the Yankees would be set. It would be hard to beat them with Chamberlain, Robertson, Hughes and Rivera at the back end of the bullpen. (more…)

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Yankees Postseason tickets go on sale this Monday. They announced that tickets for the first two rounds of postseason games at Yankee Stadium will go on sale to the public on Monday, Oct. 5 at 10 a.m. ET.

The New York Yankees are increasing seating capacity for playoff games at Yankee Staidum. They are going to install 60 cafe seats on the field level and sell 200 standing room places on the field and main levels during the post-season. The cafe seats will cost US$81 for the division series and $131 for the league championship series. Standing places will go for $30 and $25 in the first round and $64 and $48 in the second round.

The Gate 2 movement is coming to an end. As of now, Gate 2 is not a part of the Heritage Field plans. Let’s hope that changes.

Chuck Knoblauch was charged with assault, accused of hitting and choking common-law wife. He appeared in court on Tuesday to face assault charges brought by his common-law wife. Knoblauch’s wife told police he hit her in the face and choked her on Friday at their Houston home. The judge set Knoblauch’s bond at $10,000. It’s sad to see all the bad news surrounding Knoblauch over the past few years.

Robertson feels like normal for Yankees and says he’s ready for the playoffs. “The elbow felt great,” Robertson said after the game. “I didn’t have any problems at all warming up. It felt really good. It felt just like normal. And then once I got out of the game, it felt the exact same. It felt like it was a month ago.”

Tino Martinez

Tino Martinez greeted fans aboard the ‘Yankee Clipper’ Ferry.  He greeted fans on Wednesday at Pier 78, near the shore of the Hudson River. He posed for photographs and signed autographs for fans to help promote the New York Waterway “Yankee Clipper” ferry. The cost is $22 for adults and $18 for passengers under age 12, with passengers under 3 riding for free. The ferry ride will be in operation for the entire 2009 Postseason. (more…)

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Joe GirardiHal Steinbrenner seems to think that Girardi is the right fit for this team.The readers of this blog probably know that I’m not the biggest Girardi supporter, but I’m rooting for the guy. Let’s see how he handles this team in the postseason, and I may change my views about him.

Anyway, Hal Steinbrenner declined to speak about a possible contract extension for Girardi. I’m guessing they want to see what he does in the playoffs before they lock him up.

Hal also says that his brother, Hank, and his father, George, would be back in the Bronx for the playoff run. (more…)

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There will be Café tables set up around the standing room locations on the field level of the new Yankee Stadium for the postseason. Tall, metal barstools will be set up so you can sit down. These seats will be sold for $75.

These are the places where many smart Yankee fans decided to stand throughout the regular season. You could stand there for free too. Now you figure that there will be ropes around these areas so not just any Yankee fan can get a good view of the game.

I happen to think that this is a great idea. Maybe for those who stood in these locatins to see a good view of the game for free might be upset about this, but this is a smart idea. It allows the stadium to have more of a home field advantage with a bigger crowd, and more people can see these important postseason games.

 I think for that price, they are very reasonable considering that you are sitting and you get a great view of the game.

To follow up on our previous post, we have received the following from a source at the Yankees ticket office:

I think in the end they’ll be called café seating…They are only in place on the field level between sections 115-125. They are completely sold out for the Boston series, but I think we might still have some available for KC – they are $75 in advance. It’s really a test run to see how traffic flow and security can handle things, if it works I’m guessing they’ll be in place for the playoffs and next year.

$75 is a very reasonable price point for these tickets – especially since there are “tall, metal bar stools” that are set up at the café tables. We had mentioned $50 as a price point if they were true standing room, but the bar stools, combined with the excellent views make $75 a fair asking price.

In the comments section of our previous post, someone pointed out that they will likely quarantine these “café tables” by placing ropes or bars around them to prevent squatters like us from standing/sitting there. With the addition of seats, it will be much easier for security to patrol, but ropes will likely be necessary to prevent people from surrounding the tables and invading the space of the ticketed fans.

It looks like these “seats” are going to be sold in advance, which is the only disappointing aspect. We have said all along that day of game standing room ticket sales for the playoffs would be a very fan friendly idea. Still, if these are $75 for the playoffs, we suggest you RUN – not walk, to purchase them. (more…)

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 Here is some of the latest news surrounding Yankees Universe, and I thought I would catch up on some of the things I missed.

Peter Abraham says that maybe it’s time to reward Girardi for the great job he did managing the team this year. I say no. Win the World Series…and then you can have a reward. This is New York. We expect to make the playoffs.

A fourth-grader in Syracuse, NY was told to turn his Yankee shirt inside out by his teacher. He showed up to class this week with a Yankee t-shirt at Van Buren Elementary School, and his teacher told him to go to the bathroom and turn it inside out. He did what he said, and was later told to wear it that way until school let out. At first, the kid thought his teacher was joking, but he seriously meant it. The teacher is a big Red Sox fan, but that’s just wrong. The kid should be allowed to wear whatever he wants.

The idea that the Yankees are going Mauer frustrates me.  Not because I don’t like Mauer, but I would like to see the young catching prospects come up through the system. I know you can’t ever bank on a prospect, but Jesus Montero isn’t just any normal player. The guy is unbelievable.

I like Mauer as much as the next guy, but I rather have Montero be the heir apparent to Posada. Montero has something that people call “light tower power”. He is preparing to be the Yankees catcher as of now. His bat is major league ready..but his defense isn’t. Montero hasn’t turned 20 years old yet and he’s with the Trenton Thunder. His numbers this past season: .337AVG 17HR 70RBI .389OBP .562SLG .951OPS. Jesus can’t be moved to first base because the Yanks already locked Teixeira up for 8 years.

The fact of the matter is that Jorge Posada still has a productive bat and I’m in no rush to push him out the door. People always complain about his catching, but they blow it way out of proportion. His bat makes up for those mistakes. We will have to wait and see what happens.

FanGraphs breaks down Alex Rodriguez in the postseason. We all know that he has struggled mightily in big spots, but that can change. The ’09 Postseason could be his October.

The idea that Joba is back and better than ever… Joba definitely made an improvement in his last start, but let’s not get crazy here. He wasn’t dominant, but pitched much better than his previous starts. Chad Gaudin has been as good, if not better in his last few starts.

The Yankees achieved a new homerun record at Yankee Stadium. A-Rod’s Homer on Friday was the 127th longball hit at the stadium this season. Their previous high of 126 was achieved at the old Yankee Stadium in both ’04 and ’05.

SportsPro Magazine ranked the world’s 200 most valuable sports properties, and the Yankees ranked 12th on that list. This isn’t just the U.S., so it just shows how big the Bronx Bombers are in the world of sports. As you can see, the Yankees are estimated to be worth $1.19 Billion. They rank ahead of the Olympic Games, PGA, both NY football teams, and the entire National Hockey League. You can thank George Steinbrenner for all of that. (more…)

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The Yankees finally won their first game in Anaheim this year. It’s been a constant struggle for this team to beat the Angels, so it was definitely a satisfying win for the team. They can go into the playoffs knowing that they can beat them.

The Yankees didn’t pop any champagne last night, because the main goal is to take the AL East Division title. There is no reason for them to celebrate twice.

Chad Gaudin put forth a solid outing. He wasn’t putting up a dominant performance, but he keeps the team in the game and gives them a chance. Joba Chamberlain hasn’t been doing that. Gaudin’s line was: 4.2IP 6H 2R 2ER 2BB 3K. Alfredo Aceves wasn’t at his best last night. He gave up 2 runs over 1.2 innings, and allowed the Angels to pull within one run. Marte came in after him..gave up a hit and was pulled immediately for Phil Hughes.

Hughes recorded the last two outs of the 7th with ease. He came back in the 8th inning and things changed a bit. It wasn’t so much Hughes, but a hard hit was bobbled by Cano, which allowed a runner to reach base. A stolen base and a throwing error by Posada allowed the runner to advance to 3rd base. The run scored, but it was unearned. Hughes got his 3rd blown save of the season, but wound up with the win. His record improves to (W-L) 8-3 on the season. Mariano Rivera came on in the 9th inning and nailed down his 41st save of the season.

The offense collected 10 hits, drew 4 walks and knocked in 6 runs. A-Rod, Matsui, & Posada all went yard on the game. Mark Teixeira went 2-for-4 and picked up a run. Robbie Cano also picked up two hits on the game. Alex Rodriguez went 1-for-4, with a run and 3RBI’s. He delivered a clutch sac fly in the top of the 9th inning to put the team up 6-5. Gardner had a big stolen base in that inning, which put him in scoring position. He tagged up on the sac fly and became the go ahead run. (more…)

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