World Series Liveblog

Take me out to the ball game,

Take me out with the crowd;

Buy me some peanuts and Cracker Jack,

I don’t care if I never get back.

Let me root, root, root for the home team,

If they don’t win, it’s a shame.

For it’s one, two, three strikes, you’re out,

At the old ball game.

Well I’ve been listening to Mike Francesa all afternoon which has been much better for my blood pressure than MSNBC.

He basically agrees with me that Girardi missed an opportunity with a game in hand to finish out the Series with his two best pitchers on full rest by pitching Burnett in Philadelphia (though he doesn’t focus as much as I do on losing both Posada and Matsui to real Baseball).

While the Yankees are certainly in the best position to win, Girardi is telegraphing that he intends to win tonight because he’s leaving himself with nothing much for tomorrow.

Sabathia is vincible and even more so on second short rest.  All indications are that Rivera will be asked for at least 6 outs tonight and maybe as many as 9.  As a Mets fan I clearly remember what happened in ’86 when the BoSox did not close it out and all the conditions to repeat that are being set up here.

But it probably won’t go to Game 7.

Tonight’s matchup is Pettitte and Martinez, both on short rest.  Francesa thinks this hurts Pettitte more than Martinez and I just don’t know enough about either of their recent performances to contradict him.

On the other hand nobody else was disputing it either.

The consensus opinion seems to be that Pettitte is good for 5 and Martinez for 6 and then it’s anyone’s guess.  Could be a high scoring game since there is a profound lack of faith in the middle relief of both teams.

But the Yankees have Rivera.

Utley will probably not get a chance to break Reggie’s record because they’re going to pitch around him to get to Howard who has not exactly shown his regular season form against the left handed Yankees, just as Olbermann predicted.

If (and it’s a big if) there is a Game 7, it will pretty much be Sabathia and Hamels since the bench is empty.  Neither one has impressed me.  The Phillies should probably be able to count on Lee (on 3 days rest) for long relief since this would be his normal practice day.

The Yankees?

Well, I’m sure they have somebody.

Part of me would like to see Girardi punished for panicking, but if the Yankees win it tonight it will match my original prediction of Yankees in 6 (undocumented except by my family I’m afraid).  On The Bus might be interested to know that Francesa has either read her post or independently developed an obsession with game times and suggests pools based on duration.

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  1. 3 of 3.

  2. that the umps will find a way to award it to the Yankees if it’s close at all, like they usually do… Look for all the controversial calls to go in their favor tonight. Or for the strike zone to be big for Yankees pitchers and small for Phillies pitchers.

  3. 37 year old Pedro.  

  4. Utley up.

  5. Strike track would indicate zone is large on the inside.

    Double play.

    Yankees bat.

  6. What were these assholes talking about?

    That’s full rest.

    Pedro will go 120 pitches unless he gets into trouble.

    • TMC on November 5, 2009 at 2:07 am

    New keyboard, ergonomic. Ordered yesterday from Amazon, shipped yesterday and arrived this afternoon. Now I have to re-adjust to the shape of the keyboard, at least the keys don’t stick. Just my usual typos and editing faux pas’s

  7. many more of those 84 mph fastballs over the plate, the Yanks are going get some.  

  8. And not so many pitches.

    That was one thing that was mentioned about Rivera if he comes in early- stretching out the at bats.

    He’s good for maybe 45 pitches, tops.

  9. And Pettite isn’t throwing them that fast either.

    75 and 86 on the last 2 pitches.

  10. On 4 pitches no less.

    • TMC on November 5, 2009 at 2:31 am

    that Utley will hit one out of the park tonight to pass Reggie’s record?  

  11. 2 Nothing.

    • TMC on November 5, 2009 at 2:34 am

    Hey where is MoT?

  12. a triple.

  13. listening to the story of the Henry Steinbrenner lost with 23 and 5 survivors.

    Evidently the seas were high and the crew reluctant to get in the life boats when the Captain ordered Abandon Ship.

  14. for Damon.

  15. And he just walked one.

  16. Bases loaded, 1 out.

    Action in the bullpen, ARod up.

  17. Phillies got a call.

  18. Phillies get the questionable strike call!? How can that happen in Yankee Stadium?…

  19. 4 – 1.

    All Matsui all the time.

    Pedro won’t pitch to him again I bet.

    • TMC on November 5, 2009 at 3:09 am
    • TMC on November 5, 2009 at 3:16 am

    pulled himself from the line up, pulled hamstring. Now that’s a term I understand. 😉

  20. Tying run at the plate.

  21. Bottom 4th, 4 – 1.

  22. Yanks get two more, shit, I want a game 7.  

  23. Well that was painless, maybe Pedro sticks around.

  24. 2 Ks.

  25. one of those ‘neighborhood’ plays.

    • TMC on November 5, 2009 at 3:43 am

    What little I’ve heard, he one of the best pitchers

  26. Jeter to 3rd.

  27. 5 – 1.

    • TMC on November 5, 2009 at 3:54 am

    I see they pulled Pedro. I thought Matsui was out? Mistaken, apparently it was another Yankee player,

  28. I don’t know where Matsui will go.

    He doesn’t field anymore.

  29. 7 – 1.

    • TMC on November 5, 2009 at 3:58 am

    of this series without a doubt

    • TMC on November 5, 2009 at 4:11 am

    I guess that’s not a bad move, I don’t think the Yankees want him to break Reggie’s record and will do what is needed to stop him.

    • TMC on November 5, 2009 at 4:12 am

    not by Utley, though. 7-3

  30. Howard hits one.

    7 – 3.

  31. 2 out Double.

  32. Another ‘neighborhood’ play.

  33. retired.  Did JV, sophomore high school games.  I lasted 10 games.  Had the rabbit ears.  You get it from all sides at high school games and they’re right up there close, the parents, the coaches, and the kids too.  Decided it wasn’t for me.  Particularly not for $40 a game when half of was spent on gas!  

  34. Not too much pressure.

    Hit for contact and keep the inning alive, that’s how you make rallies.

    Analysts are idiots.

    • TMC on November 5, 2009 at 4:51 am
  35. Easier said than done, but it has been done.  

  36. Philandering Asshole!

    Though at least he didn’t break term limits to buy another election.

  37. but not always.

  38. Rivera.

    The closest thing to a sure thing there is.

  39. It’s been lot’s of fun liveblogging this all with you and I’ll try to think of some other excuse real soon, but the next sure thing is February 7th when I’ll be with you all day for Puppy Bowl VI.

    After that we have March Madness and the NBA and NHL Finals.

    Unless you have other ideas.

  40. 2 Out Double.

    What’s Mariano’s pitch count?

  41. remember what I said about no love from Faux?

    They’re advertising Bones tomorrow @ 8 pm.

    So no Game 7.

    It would cut into revenue like an Obama Joint Congressional Address.

  42. 2 Outs.

  43. It’s past my bedtime…

    But I enjoyed it, tks for the fun…

  44. How appropriate.

    • TMC on November 5, 2009 at 5:49 am

    somepressure on these two

  45. Congratulations Yankees.

  46. worked hard for this and I always love seeing grown men act like little kids!  

  47. That was fun.  

    • TMC on November 5, 2009 at 5:57 am

    and to all who participated over the last week. This was definitely  fun and a great break from the usual.

    • TMC on November 5, 2009 at 6:07 am

    Well deserved

  48. He’s a class act, he likes beer, and the Japanese must love it!  

  49. Without him they would not have won.   Good job Andy!  

  50. Thanks ek.

    C U when you wake up, MoT.

  51. …I agree with Warren Sapp:

    Watching baseball is like watching paint dry.



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    I am the very model of a modern Freya’s valkyrie

    I’m interested in blades and beer and pagan gods and falconry

    Some people say I’m passionate to extremes of polarity

    And oftentimes they wonder at the status of my sanity

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    In one hand is a mug of ale, the other holds a switchblade knife

    You’ll get one or the other if you ever try to pinch my ass

    The dead soldiers I pick up now at parties all are made of glass

    Chorus:

    The dead soldiers she picks up now at parties all are made of glass

    The dead soldiers she picks up now at parties all are made of glass

    The dead soldiers she picks up now at parties all are made of

    bottle-glass

    I’ve got sufficient mead in my garage to rival Sessrumnir

    And if I brought it with me Odin wouldn’t shed a single tear

    Which shows for fluids melomel or metheglin from honeybee

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    Cho:

    Which shows for fluids melomel or metheglin from honeybee

    She is the very model of a modern Freya’s valkyrie

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    Drank fine wine at Bad Durkheim and at O-fest I had many beers

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    Our cats are fat and many and they sometimes come at my command

    It’s possible my time in Europe gave me some abilities

    Beyond the normal ones detected by most frail facilities

    When I do seidh for baseball games it’s not over until I sing

    And when I do my stuff just right the Yankees get another ring

    Cho:

    And when she does her stuff just right the Yankees get another ring

    And when she does her stuff just right the Yankees get another ring

    And when she does her stuff just right the Yankees get another

    Series ring

    I’d have a mead horn but alas it’s buried with a relative

    I’m fully stocked with blades for both display and arts competitive

    In short for things that slice or dice, or baseball bats of all degree

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    Cho:

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    In fact when I’ve a byrnie made from the best links in all the realm

    When I can glare beserker-eyed from underneath a spangenhelm

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    And in the morning when you see him leaving with a happy face

    It’s clear in matters martial, matrimonial, and magically

    I am the very model of a modern Freya’s valkyrie

    Cho:

    It’s clear in matters martial, matrimonial, and magically

    She is the very model of a modern Freya’s valkyrie!

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