Oh how we love October! Its chilly outside, leaves are falling colors are changing, days are shrinking... Its ideal to snuggle up by the fire & watch BASEBALL! What else? Now that we're getting started with the LCS things are getting tense in the NLCS with 1-1 & the Angles need to get their game skills together to have a chance against the Yankees. There is a 53% chance that the Yankees will win the World Series, will the Angels be able to catch up? Can't wait to see!
The Rockies second chance in the playoffs did not last long and of course they are devastated. After Monday night’s game, Huston Street remarked, “We had something special. We still have something special. I think that’s what makes it hurt so much.” Street was the closer Monday night. The Phillies made 4 runs on him in the 9th inning of the 4th game. Street had a good round all season, and it’s probably true that the Rockies couldn’t have gotten to where they were if it hadn’t been for the way he played all season; but that doesn’t change the fact that he feels like he let down his team in the last game.
Looking at the bright side, the Rockies should be proud of themselves for even making it to the playoffs at all. That’s a tough thing to do and let’s not forget that they were up against the team who won the World Series last year! The Phillies are a great team, there’s no doubt about that. Despite Huston Street and the rest of the Rockies feeling down about losing the division series, they can at least work on the mistakes they made this year which caused them to fall behind, and strengthen their game for next season. The Rockies are getting better every year, and you know what they say, the third time’s a charm!
After beating the Rockies on Monday night, Phillies shortstop, Jimmy Rollins, said that they weren’t afraid of the Dodgers, or anybody for that matter. He compared this series to last year’s in which everybody was counting on Tampa to win the series, but the Phillies slaughtered them. The Phillies have plenty of confidence and so far they have proved themselves victorious. Thursday night’s victory over the Dodgers has a lot to owe to Carlos Ruiz’s and Raul Ibanez’s three-run homers and Brad Lidge closing the game by using his slider to strike out the Dodgers.
Dodger’s owner, Frank McCourt, is in the middle of a divorce, which some say puts a bit of a damper on the organization. Hopefully, McCourt’s divorce will not interfere too much with the game; they’re already having a tough time trying to figure out the best strategy to beat the Phillies. The Phillies are about to have a home-field advantage so the Dodgers better rest up and step it up if they want to continue in the series!
We all know that the Yankees are a legendary team for several reasons; they’ve won more World Series than any other team, they have had some of the most famous baseball luminaries play on the team, such as, Babe Ruth, Yogi Berra, Joe DiMaggio, and Mickey Mantle, and they have one of the most dedicated fan bases around. But one thing that especially separates the Yankees from other teams is the way that they value their best players despite age, gray hair, or the fact that they haven’t won a World Series in 8 years.
This year, there are 4 Yanks remaining since the 2000 World Series, Jorge Posada, Mariano Rivera, Derek Jeter, and Andy Pettitte. The Yankees wiped the floor with the Twins in a quick 3-game sweep. While the first 2 games were essentially won by CC Sabathia and A.J. Burnett, game 3 was largely owed to the fantastic plays by the perpetual four. Pettitte struck out 7, Posada hit a home-run in the 7th inning, Jeter was on top of his game when he caught Twin’s Nick Punto try to run third base, and Rivera finished off the Twins in the 8th and 9th inning with his pitching dexterity. Sure the Yankees have had a bit of a dry spell the past few years, but they paid A LOT of money to keep these guys around despite it all. Not all teams are willing to invest so much into their players after they reach a certain age or career peak, but the Yankees are and that’s one more thing that adds to their credibility as a team.
To tell you the truth, I didn’t watch the ending of the 5 hr and 10 minute game 2 of the ALCS. I lasted till the 11th inning and after A-Rod hit that game tying homer I had to turn it off. After that long 13 inning game, the Angels fell 4-3 to the Yankees to fall behind 2-0 in the best-of-seven series, lowering their chances to move on to the World Series. The Yankees just don’t lose in extra innings at home! Maicer Izturis' throwing error led to the Yankees' game-winning run in the 13th inning. Did Izzy just try to do too much? That’s a fair call but the chances were high that the Yankees will win the game even without the error. Chone Figgins had a clutch RBI single by in the top of the 11th that gave the Angels a 3-2 lead, they just couldn’t pull through. Even Vladimir Guerrero did not score any runs with the bases loaded and then just weren’t hitting with runners in scoring position.
"Wow, what a game," Rodriguez said. After A-Rod hit a game tying homer in the 11th inning against Fuentes, I knew that Yankees were going to win that game. He had a chance to win it in the 12th, but flied out with the bases loaded to end the inning. It was the third homer this postseason for A-Rod, putting October failures of the past behind him. He hit a tying shot in the ninth inning of Game 2 in the first round against the Twins, and another tying drive late in Game 3. Reminds me of Reggie Jackson! However Rodriguez earned $197,530.86 per game this season (WOW!) Yankees finally got their money’s worth!