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2008-06-13 06:00
by Alex Belth
Note: The Bronx Banter blog has moved to bronxbanterblog.com.
Andy Pettitte allowed one run in eight innings and Mariano Rivera struck out two in the ninth for the save as the Bombers won last night in Oakland.  The Yankee scoring all came in the sixth and because I was up watching the Lakers crumble in the second half, I saw what went down.  Derek Jeter led off with an infield single and then Bobby Abreu walked on a full count pitch that looked a lot like a strike.  Alex Rodriguez followed and he walked too, on a 3-1 pitch that looked also like a strike.  Then the birthday boy, Hideki Matsui came up and roped a line drive over the fence in right center field for a Grand 

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Final: Yanks 4, A's 1

Comments
2008-06-13 06:22:55
1.   bp1
A's always seem to be like a fly buzzing around you just can't wave away. Very annoying. They always seem to play the Yankees tough. I was worried about this series. Glad it is over with.

Here's hoping the Yankees make hay against the NL (knock on wood).

Alex - some fine looking salami. Now I'm hungry, and a bowl of cereal just ain't gonna do it after seeing that.

2008-06-13 06:28:37
2.   Alex Belth
That's Arthur Avenue Salami too.
2008-06-13 06:40:47
3.   ny2ca2dc
You're killing me with the meat. Now I'm dying of hunger. I'm going to have to finally mail order some goods from Arthur ave. Just killing me...
2008-06-13 06:48:55
4.   RIYank
Very cool.
My dad grew up on Arthur Avenue. And he came to visit for my son's high school graduation, and of course there's that Fathers' Day thing, so I've just been thinking about his childhood.
2008-06-13 06:51:58
5.   rbj
I think I know what I'm having for lunch today.

Went to bed after Matsui's salami (er, I hope that sounds right). Nice to see that it held up, as did Pettitte.

I think I prefer Mo being Mo to Manny being Manny.

2008-06-13 06:59:43
6.   horace-clarke-era
I'm going to offer a really way too mature comment.

I'm enjoying the season.

It really IS possible to enjoy a baseball season wherein we do not inherit a playoff spot, or even necessarily play well enough to win one down the stretch.

I like the unexpected brilliance of some players out there, kids and vets (TWO in Texas, one of each, though Hamilton isn't actually a kid, just seems like one). I like the monster seasons in the NL by two longtime stars.

I like that the Yankees have 4-5 guys now at or nudging .300, Mariano being perfect (shhh!) in saves, Mussina's rebirth, Giambi's ditto. I can live with Cano figuring it out on the fly, I think it would be sub-idiotic to give up on him and I also think defense plays a major role and those calling for RobbieMelky to be sent to Coventry (or the bench or AAA) are ignoring that. (Cano is not stellar, but he is good.)

I like having Alex and Jorge back and watching to see how that will ripple. Regrets, I've had a few ... mainly the starters. But in a season where SO many players are truly out of it, one way or another (Pronk, Thome, Konerko, Victor ... the list goes on) why should we assume immunity?

I do believe the crackdown on stimulants is affectig a lot of people. It is a LONG season, and people do wear down, and if they've gotten used to staying up with help, it makes for a problem.

But for me, last night made me realize that the frustrations needs to be balanced against just enjoying the damned sport. The game thread seems to have a lot of people NOT having much fun.

2008-06-13 07:16:59
7.   jonnystrongleg
Alex, have you ever heard of Go Go Curry? It's a Matsui-themed curry shop on 38th and 8th.

http://gogocurryusa.com/

Japanese Curry is a thick, tangy, dark brown glob of sauce served over a bed of white rice with a pork or chicken cutlet on top. You could also get sausage or shrimp topping.

They take their Matsui-love seriously. "Go Go" is Japanese for "5 5" and their mascot is a Gorilla (he can be found prowling Times Square handing out menus some weekdays). The sizes of the dishes are Walk, Single, Double and Triple (SM-XL). A "Home Run" is a combo of a cutlet, shrimp, sausage and egg toppings. And their crowning culinary accomplishment is the "Grand Slam" - which is a pork cutlet, a chicken cutlet, 2 sausage, 2 shrimp, and an egg over a mountain of rice.

I got a Grand Slam on a challenge once and ate about 70%. I paid dearly for that.

On every day of the month featuring a "5" (5tt, 15th, & 25th) and every day after a Matsui homer, they give out coupons for free toppings. So you could get a Katsu Curry (pork cutlet) for the price of just the curry and rice.

Anyway, Matsui/Yankee fans looking for a cheap lunch in Manhattan could do a lot worse.

2008-06-13 07:21:30
8.   Sliced Bread
damn, that salami looks so good I'm dizzy.
2008-06-13 07:21:42
9.   williamnyy23
6 All nice sentiments, but when the Yankees are playing poorly, I do not have much fun following the team. While I am not in the camp that requires a championship for success and enjoyment, I do need consistently solid play. The Yankees have not offered that to this point.

Now, that doesn't mean you aren't entitled to enjoy yourself. I just don't think it's a more "mature" reaction than what is being expressed by those who aren't having as much fun.

2008-06-13 07:24:13
10.   williamnyy23
8 Sliced Bread and salami...sounds like a nice combo.
2008-06-13 07:30:31
11.   Dimelo
Salami in Taiwan is called Wang. I'm near Katz deli so I think I'll have pastrami.

You all enjoy your Wang, err salami, sandwich. However which way you say it, it sounds more like a meal served at Shea. :-)

2008-06-13 08:29:09
12.   standuptriple
Man, I'm glad I was there to witness last night's game in person. I don't think I could have handled it at home. Blanton was making them look horrible. Lots of weak contact. Good thing AP was up to the task. Oh, and I was in a luxury box filled with 85% Yanks fans.
Right before Godzilla! struck we were talking about how he's "the guy" we want up in situations like that. Phenomenal.
2008-06-13 08:29:58
13.   monkeypants
9 But doesn't consistently solid play basically mean consistently winning? If so, and if one cannot enjoy the team unless they consistently play solidly (and thus consistently win), then one is only a half a step from the needs-a-championship-every-year camp, at least as I see it.
2008-06-13 09:45:06
14.   Comrade Al
Re: balls / strikes - the strike zone was moving all evening, sometimes in the middle of an inning, so "strike" 3 walks were to be expected (as were "ball 4" strikeouts). Matsui's first at-bat was particulary egregious!
2008-06-13 09:56:20
15.   williamnyy23
13 Not necessarily. If the Yankees are playing well and competing for pennant, I can enjoy all or part of the season, regardless of whether they win or lose (think 1985 and 1993 as recent good examples). Also, if they have underwhelming talent and are in the process of redeveloping, I can take nuggets of enjoyment for that as well, assuming my expectations were appropriate going into the season. If, however, they repeatedly underperform their talent and hover around .500 all season, well, I derive no fun from that. That is exactly what this team has done so far.
2008-06-13 12:13:05
16.   AbbyNormal821
11 I'll split that Katz's pastrami sandwich with you, Dimelo...that is some damned fine eats there!
2008-06-13 13:04:11
17.   horace-clarke-era
13 answered for me, thank you. I'll stand by my post, which was not meant to be argumentative ... if 'consistently solid play' is a condition-precedent to enjoying a team or season, then I don't much see the distinction between that and a sense of entitlement.

I daresay there are a few fans of losing-record teams out there who manage to somehow enjoy the sport.

What WERE expectations going into this year with the kid staff, a new manager and a lot of aging contracts coming off, anyhow? My guess, though some would deny it, is that the people rantering (not bantering) are coming from that entitlement scenario.

Example: BEFORE the game started people here were all OVER Girardi (that cretinous sub-moron!) for his lineup, including playing Cano and Cabrera. The tone was ferocious, scabrous, entirely off-putting, a reminder of why I avoid them during games.

I agonize over losses, hate the sloppy ones, have NOT been a Girardi fan (am of the 'Where have you gone Joe Torre' subgroup.), but I see the year as still going on (summer hasn't STARTED yet!), the team as intriguing. Frustration is built into baseball, so is the occasional shaky season (we just haven't HAD any in so long!).

Remember: I lived through the Horace Clarke Era.

2008-06-13 14:25:09
18.   OldYanksFan
17 I'm with ya Bro, although if you really wanted to let 'kids' like William know how good we have it now, you should have called yourself: Gene-Michael-era.

Clarke was our leadoff guy and could steal a few bases. In one year, he broke up two no-nos in the 9th. He posted a career BA of .256, OPS+ of 83. Hell, if you were in a good mood, you could even call him average.

Mr. Stick Michael was another story. Granted, the guy was above average on D, and VERY graceful. A cross between Fred Astaire and a swan, he made some nice plays at SS, and always looks good.

He blessed us in his first year as a Yankee with a .198 BA, 45 OPS+, but thundered back the next year to have a monster career year with a .272 BA and 101 OPS+. For his career, .229 BA, 67 OPS+. In 5 of his 7 Yankee years, he batted .233 or under.

Now THOSE were the days!

2008-06-13 14:35:15
19.   OldYanksFan
In some sad news, a truly great journalist, Tim Russert, died today ay 57. A great loss to our community.

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