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This is the new Philips Norelco commercial, featuring Jonathan Papelbon and Nick Swisher.

Whose side are you on? The acting in this commercial is pretty bad, but the best line was delivered by Swish: “So, you’re always perfectly groomed for a blown save.”

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I ran a topic on Twitter…called: #ThingsYankeesFansHate and I got a ton of responses. It even became a trending topic in New York City. I thought I would share a bunch with some of you guys. I don’t agree with all of these, but I’ll let these fans speak out (so, don’t get offended). Here is a list in no particular order:

Things Yankees Fans Hate

  1. The Boston Red Sox and Red Sox Nation
  2. The Wave
  3. Dallas Braden and “His Mound”
  4. West Coast Night Games
  5. Fox, Joe Buck, Tim McCarver
  6. Fans who wear Yankees jerseys with a name on the back
  7. ESPN, ESPNNewYork.com, Joe Morgan, Jon Miller, John Kruk
  8. Morons who say Jonathan Papelbon is “the best closer in baseball”
  9. Playing in Anaheim
  10. Fair weather/Bandwagon fans
  11. Games televised on MY9
  12. The Rally Monkey
  13. “Rays Fans”
  14. Luis Gonzalez and his bloop single off Mariano & Game 7 of the ’01 Fall Classic
  15. Listening to Sterling & Waldman on the radio
  16. The Cleveland Indians drum
  17. The “Yankees Suck” Chant
  18. Joe West. You sir, are a disgrace to umpires everywhere
  19. The Zales Fan Marquee & people who actually pay money to be on it
  20. W.B. Mason Commercials
  21. The suits sitting in the expensive seats
  22. Mike Lupica, Ian O’Connor
  23. People who really believe you can buy a championship
  24. When girls say yes to marriage proposals at Yankee Stadium
  25. Carl’s Steaks with a 20-minute line and 67 hot dog stands with no line
  26. Outrageous facial hair
  27. Fans of other teams doing a roll call
  28. Curt Schilling, Kevin Youkilis, Kevin Millar, Jason Varitek, Pedro Martinez, David Ortiz, Manny Ramirez, Jonathan Papelbon, Josh Beckett, Bill ‘Spaceman’ Lee
  29. Carl Pavano, Chan Ho Park, Hideki Irabu, Kyle Farnsworth, Jaret Wright, Kevin Brown, John Rocker, José Valverde
  30. Fans of other teams sitting in the bleachers
  31. Mascots
  32. John Henry
  33. Rainouts and off-days
  34. Flash doing commentary
  35. Michael Kay and his man-crush on Paul O’Neill
  36. Kate Smith’s rendition of God Bless America
  37. Josh Beckett’s Game 6 performance in the 2003 World Series
  38. Giuseppe Franco
  39. Yankee Stadium Parking Garages $
  40. Derek Jeter double plays
  41. Fans who really think Cervelli is Posada’s heir apparent
  42. Empty Legends seats
  43. The price of the Lobel’s Prime Rib Sandwich
  44. YMCA and Cotton Eye Joey
  45. Not being able to hit a pitcher we haven’t seen before
  46. People who bring gloves up in the grandstand
  47. Felix Hernandez, Edgar Martinez, Francisco Rodriguez
  48. The 2004 ALCS
  49. Pink Yankees hats
  50. Jimmy Rollins talking shit during the 2009 World Series
  51. The B Train
  52. Bill Mazeroski
  53. The Rays tank at the Trop, The Green Monster
  54. A-Rod (Pre-2009)
  55. Stupid Yankees Fans
  56. Losing
  57. Stub-Hub Saturdays
  58. Box Seats, according to the Bleacher Creatures
  59. ROGER CLEMENS IS IN GEORGE’S BOX AND ROGER CLEMENS IS COMIN’ BACK. OH MY GOOD–GOODNESS GRACIOUS! OF ALL THE DRAMATIC THINGS–OF ALL THE DRAMATIC THINGS I’VE EVER SEEN, ROGER CLEMENS STANDING RIGHT IN GEORGE STEINBRENNER’S BOX ANNOUNCING HE IS BACK! ROGER CLEMENS IS A NEW YORK YANKEE!

Now, I’m sure you could come up with a lot more. If you want me to add more to the list, feel free to drop more in the comments section below.

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  Curtis Granderson #14 Of The New York Yankees Hits

The Pitching:

Andy Pettitte didn’t get much work this past spring due to the inclement weather, and many questioned if he would be ready for the start of the season. The guy was born ready. He couldn’t have asked for any better weather either, as it was a beautiful day today.

In the beginning of the game, Andy gave many Yankee fans a scare when he tumbled to the ground, while trying to tag out Jacoby Ellsbury before he reached 1st base. Pettitte really didn’t have much of a chance anyway, but thankfully he was okay. The trainers rushed out on the field, saw him take a few warm-up pitches and he was fine and dandy after that.

Pettitte tossed 6 solid innings, allowing one run on 6 hits. His pitching line was: 6.0IP 6H 1R 1ER 3BB 4K (94 pitches, 54 for strikes) He didn’t factor into the decision though. Joe Girardi decided to hand the ball over to Chan Ho Park after Andy left the game, leaving many fans biting their nails. He didn’t have a very good outing on opening night, so everyone was on the edge of their seats. Thankfully, Park pitched really well. Girardi felt like Chamberlain needed some rest, and went with his gut. Chan Ho tossed 3 scoreless frames, and gave up only one hit. I didn’t think it was a smart move for Joe to send him out for a third inning, but it all worked out so I won’t complain. If Park imploded in that inning, you would have seen some major bashing by the media and fans. Let’s not forget that he had a rested David Robertson in the bullpen as well. Park picked up the win, moving his season record to (W, 1-1). Mariano Rivera got the ball in the 10th inning, shutting down the Red Sox 1-2-3 and picked up his second save of the season (S, 2).

The Offense:

Nick Swisher went 1-for-4 on the game and picked up an RBI. Curtis Granderson went 2-for-4, with a run and an RBI. (Single, Home Run) In the top of the 10th inning, Granderson went yard off of Jonathan Papelbon to give the Yankees a 2-1 lead. In that same inning, Mark Teixeira (who still doesn’t have a hit on the season) hit a chopper to short, which allowed Brett Gardner to cross the plate and gave the team an insurance run.

Final Score: Yankees 3, Red Sox 1 

The Yankees will have the day off tomorrow. The ball club will travel to St. Petersburg, Florida to face the Tampa Bay Rays at Tropicana Field on Friday night. The game is slated to start at 7:10PM ET. The game will be televised on the YES Network. (more…)

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As a part of ESPN’s end of decade ‘Best of Series’ they have been having, they have named Mariano Rivera as the most valuable pitcher of the 2000’s (Cy Young of the Decade, if you will). Mariano had some stiff competition in being named this award (See: Johan Santana, Roy Halladay, Greg Maddux, etc al), but all his competition had various reasons for not being named for this award (Injuries, Off Years, Not Playing all of the 2000s, etc al).

For Mariano, this is yet another accolade he is deservant of. While it is hard to quantify what Mariano has meant to the Yankees, Rebecca at Purist Bleeds Pinstripes tries to quantify how many wins Mariano has meant to the Yankees and does a damn good job and ESPN’s article does a damn good job as well. Enjoy ESPN’s article after the jump.

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Today, Mariano Rivera at age 39 (during the season, he just turned 40) was announced as Sporting News’ 2009 Athlete of the Year after 44 saves out of 46 opportunities, 1.76 ERA, a .905 WHIP and 72 K’s in 62.1 innings, his first career RBI on the same night as his 500th save and five more postseason saves. I believe this award is well deserved, congrats Mariano!

For this occasion and the printing of the article in Sporting News’ Magazine on December 21st Steve Greenberg interviewed The Sandman, Mariano Rivera.

On being able to peak at the most important time of year, even at his age: “In the playoffs, you’re talking about something that not many players have the opportunity to be in — and I’m talking about great players, not just average players. And I’ve been blessed to be able to be in the playoffs for many years and do the job in all those years. I think that says it alone — it’s the playoffs. You don’t want to miss that; you want to be in the middle of it. And when you realize that’s your makeup, your ability, your mind, your mentality, you just want to keep going and going and going and never stop.” (more…)

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