Monday Congratulations...

Sparks Of Insanity By Vinny "Bond" Marini Monday, November 09, 2009

Well I spent some time this weekend reading more Peace Globe posts and there are so many out there I am not sure I will ever see them all.

Congratulations to MIMI of "Mimi Writes" and Peace Globe Originator and thank you dear for another wonderful experience.

I made a small mention on Thursday before my posting for BlogBlast For Peace...but I can not help but make a bigger mention today...

Congratulations to the NY Yankees on World Championship #27! Their first championship in nine years.

They out-pitched the Phillies with a three man rotation and a shaky bullpen who came up big when get them to Mr. Automatic, Mariano Rivera.

Game 1, CC Sabathia pitched a good game, but went up against Cliff Lee who pitched a masterpiece. HE was not sharp in game 4 and had a no decision. He ended up with a 3.29 ERA and an 0-1 record in the World Series.

The other free-agent was AJ Burnett who pitched games 2 and 5 did not fair as well, with a 1-1 record and a bloated 7.00 ERA.

Andy Pettitte, the veteran of the Yankee pitching corp and admitted user of performance enhancing drugs won both of his starts with a 5.40 ERA, but in game 6 he showed why he extended his record career total series-clinching wins to six, and extended his record for post-season career wins to 18. He became the first pitcher in Major League Baseball history to start and win three series-clinching playoff games in the same year.

On the offensive side, until Matsui had a huge close-out game, not one Yankee had an MVP series. Jeter was hitting around .400 (and ended up at .407), but there had been no one on base for him to drive in (1) nor anyone hitting behind him to drive him in (5).

Prior to game 6, Matsui and Jeter were hitting .392 and the rest of the Yankee team was hitting .220 - so how did they win? Well Mark Teixeira only hit .136 but had 3 RBIs and scored 5 runs. Alex Rodriguez, after hitting over .400 in the first two rounds of the playoffs, only hit .250, but scored 5 runs and had 6 RBIs.

And they did it without Robinson Cano, who hit .320 during the regular season and had a .193 average for the ENTIRE post season!.

In other words, they made their hits count. They made their pitches count. Other than Chase Utley, they kept the Phillies off balance. Mr. Utley could have been the MVP even on the losing team if Mr. Matsui had not gone all Godzilla on the Phillies pitching staff as a DH (.615 batting average0, with only a few at bats during the games in Philadelphia.

The Phillies had a great season and Cliff Lee was a brilliant competitor. They have a nucleus of a great team if they use their money wisely. It was announced they picked up the club option $9-million option on Lee for 2010.

13 Of Your Sparks

  1. Nessa Says:
  2. Congratulations Yankees (but don't tell anyone I know I said that.)

    Meet My Mates #3 - Quilly

  3. What a year!

  4. Mimi Lenox Says:
  5. Congrats to your team!
    I'm still reading posts as well and enjoying every one of them.
    It has been quite an intense few weeks for all of us. Looking forward to happy.
    Have a great day, Vinny and Nancy.

  6. Travis Cody Says:
  7. As we discussed, the Yankees got it done with a total team effort. How many MVP candidates did we discuss during game 6, until Matsui finally put the trophy away with that monster game?


  8. ...I hear Matsui may be headed for the Seattle Mariners to play with my beloved Ichiro....

  9. Jay Says:
  10. I was actually kind of happy to see A-Rod have a good postseason. At some point when someone like A-Rod is sooooooo hated by everyone, I like to see them stick it to the haters. Mostly because I love to see the crushed look on their faces. haha ;-)

  11. AtriaBooks Says:
  12. That is one of the ugliest hats that I've ever seen.

  13. BeckEye Says:
  14. Yankees Schmankees.

    I have to admit though that I would totally have sex with A-Rod. Whether he's a centaur or not.

  15. Fred Says:
  16. Glad the Yankees won. Sweet revenge against Philly for sweeping the Rays last year.

  17. DrillerAA09 Says:
  18. So...have you ordered your cap yet?

  19. Jeff B Says:
  20. Too bad Burnett's game 5 performance will out shadow his game 2. Congrats to your Yankees!

  21. Glad your team won it all for ya =)

  22. Tug Says:
  23. Truly a great series. Both awesome teams, they kept my heart beating...all good. GO.YANKEES!!!


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