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Phillies-Yanks World Series Gamer VI

Petey and Pettitte. Let’s get it on. Comment away.

Lineups from LoHud:

Philadelphia Phillies

Jimmy Rollins SS
Shane Victorino CF
Chase Utley 2B
Ryan Howard 1B
Jayson Werth RF
Raul Ibanez DH
Pedro Feliz 3B
Ben Francisco LF
Carlos Ruiz C

Pedro Martinez RHP

New York Yankees

Derek Jeter SS
Johnny Damon LF
Mark Teixeira 1B
Alex Rodriguez 3B
Hideki Matsui DH
Jorge Posada C
Robinson Cano 2B
Nick Swisher RF
Brett Gardner CF

Andy Pettitte LHP

244 replies on “Phillies-Yanks World Series Gamer VI”

jeter in the hole! yeah!!!!
but wasn’t mary j. just the fucking bomb!? best stadium anthem rendition of all time.
but gah, a cheapie off the plate for victorino.
1 on 1 out

can we talk a bit more during the break here about mary j? the glasses came OFF.
big time in the boogeydown. that was awesome.
okay LETS GO DJ!!!!

first pitch curve to feliz.
they’ve seen feliz hit the fastball so maybe they make him swing at a curve now?
fastball outside to 1-1

bad call. bad pitch. pettitte throws a slider in the dirt and werth advances.
but, phew, feliz pops the inevitable 3-1 heater to jorge.
bad, but good.
alex leads off. if he gueses right, it’s 1-0 and there’s a souvenir 450 away.

It’s the excruciating thing about Pettitte. All that silliness with Werth at first and fucking Pedro Feliz at the plate, and then he just throws a wild pitch. Then he remembers to throw a fastball down the middle so Feliz can pop out behind the plate, like he’s done 75 percent of his career.

0-1 not sure what that was. little tailing fball
0-2 rips a hi fball foul and deep
1-2 wastes one high. hm doesn’t chase
2-2 just wide. just.
2-2 fastball pulled just wide of 1st
lots of dallying.
throw to first.
3-2 ball inside
this is kind of epic.
throw to first. alex back.

yanks hitting lots of balls on the nose, so a little disturbing they’ve only got two out of it.
but pedro does look naked out there. he’s doing it with mirrors.

u guys are my eyes and ears for this one. Not at all shocked by Matsui coming up huge. Don’t know if Fox is talking about it but he has been a monster in the post-season. And in general, if I had to pick a Yankee to be up in a clutch spot, he would be right at the top of the list with Jeter and the odd-year (and ’09 post-season) version of A-Rod.

Just another huge, game-changing call by humans who aren’t physically capable of consistently calling balls and strikes.
It’s ok, I’m not blaming them, they’re put in a very tough position. I blame Bud Selig, who is a first-class moron on this issue.

TIGHT 543 to get out of the inning.
I wish Joe Buck would tell me after each pitch how many days rest Pettitte is pitching on. I don’t think he has said it 1000 times yet…

Hairston sac bunt, Teix single to score Jeter.. now ARod flirting with disaster taking a lot of close pitches, but ball four is way inside. Almost hit him. Happ in to face Godzilla.

Jeter’s throw on the 6-3 to get Victorino was the throw of the night that has pulled Teixeira at least partially off the bag where he has recovered to make the play.
Very grateful for him.

That 2-1 to Utley looked like it caught the corner but i’m wrong and Joe West is right.
Pettitte makes a mistake and Utley is just a bit early.. would have been a dinger.
Now he walks on the full count.

Nick took the first four pitches last time he came up and then popped out to left. Same thing this time but the 2-2 drifts just foul. Francisco almost pulls it back in… great effort. Takes a pitch to make it full. Now another foul, and then a walk.

Rollins grounds into a 4-6 FC. Two away to Victorino, who looks like he is about 3 foot 11 with a helmet twice as big as his shoulders. Joba throws him two balls.
Rollins swipes second. Good throw by Jorge but not in time.
Now two more balls as Victorino walks on four pitches. Marte coming in to face Utley.
I think I just got sick in my mouth a little bit.

Next inning: duuuu-duu-DU-duu-duuu-duu…..duuuu-duu-DU-duu-duuu-duu…..duuuu-duu-DU-duu-duuu-duu…..duuuu-duu-DU-duu-duuu-duu…..(rising drumbeat and guitar riff kicks in)
Then 6 more outs to:
You’re the best!
Nothing’s gonna ever keep you down
You’re the Best!
Nothing’s gonna ever keep you down
You’re the Best!
Nothing’s gonna ever keep you dow-ow-ow-own
On a serious note: for all the critiques of Girardi’s post-season pen management (esp in the ALCS), his faith in Marte paid off huge.

Wish I was in a place to post this – and attach the relevant stats to points 1-6 -but as I am not, I’ll just put it here without stats…
Demons slayed and myths debunked in 2009 (you can picture a certain centaur rising up above each of these if you like):
1. A-Rod can’t do it in October
2. The Angels own the Yankees
3. CC Sabathia can’t handle the big stage in October
4. Damon was signed for too many years
5. Jeter is an over-rated defensive SS
6. AJ Burnett won’t be able to handle the big stage in October (ok, that demon is only dealing with a sever flesh wound)
7. There is some ridiculous curse in the NYS because someone’s jersey was buried in its foundation.
8. Joe Girardi is too tightly wound to manage effectively in October.
9. The Yankees somehow went from the greatest franchise in sports to a bunch of October choke-artists, or, put another way…
10. Team _______(fill in the blank) is better than the New York Yankees.
And finally (once more for emphasis):
11. A-Rod can’t do it in October/isn’t a true Yankee/blah/blah/blah.

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