Wednesday, July 13, 2011

The New York Yankees Are Killing It

Well, here we are Ladies and Broz, the day after the MLB All-Star game. Today marks the mid-season point of the baseball season. As far away as I am (I live in South America), I still got to watch the Home Run Derby on Chilean ESPN, which provided non-stop entertainment and inspired me to write this post.  Now that we are at the mid-point of the 2011 baseball season, as a Yankees fan, I would like to take a brief look at what has gone down so far during the first half of the year for the New York Yankees, and why I believe they are poised to continue to kill the game.

1. Jeter Hits #3,000

Derek Jeter became the 28th person and the first New York Yankee ever to reach 3,000 hits. I actually got to watch that happen on TV right before leaving for the airport, and not only was it unbelievable, but it will remain to be the last thing I saw on American television before leaving the America to start a new life in Chile. 

Everyone has been hating on Derek Jeter this season, saying how statistically he’s not that great, defensively he’s lost his step, offensively his bat is slower and he can't hit home runs anymore. So on and so forth. Well, it appears as if Jeter was as tired of the chatter as I was. Unlike A-Rod, who sat on 599 homeruns for weeks, Jeter made short work of reaching 3,000. And not only did he reach 3,000 hits with a home run, but he also went on a tear,  going 5 for 5 and almost getting the cycle, leading his team to a glorious home victory.

Seriously, not even Matt Damon and Ben Affleck combined could have written a better script. Everyone can talk all they want, but at the end of the day Jeter has 5 World Series rings, is a lock for the Hall of Fame, and there is no one I would rather have at the plate with the game on the line anytime in October.

2. Overcoming Injuries

Bartolo Colon, Phil Hughes, Francisco Cervelli, Derek Jeter, Eric Chavez, Jeff Marquez, Pedro Feliciano, Damaso Marte, Joba Chamberlain, Rafael Soriano and now A-Rod and Mariano Rivera. All of these players so far this season have been on at least the 15-day DL once, with five of them hitting the 60-day DL.

Yet, with all of these injuries and with many players underperforming, the Yankees are just one game out of the first place behind Boston. The reason is simple, our other players have been stepping up, and our big names are keeping us in the game. Granderson, Cano and Texiera have just been destroying balls this season keeping our offense strong while players like Ramiro Pena and Edwardo Nunez have been covering the bases for our injured players. We lost a lot of heat in the bullpen, but instead of falling apart, Bartolo Colon, Freddy Garcia and CC Sabathia have been performing better and going deeper into games (not to mention my favorite bullpen player David Robertson, who has just been disgusting all season).

New challenges await the Yankees, with injuries to A-Rod and Mo' just before the All-Star Break, but with how the rest of the team is playing I'll give an MBurr guarantee that someone like Swisher will just start dropping bombs to make up for it.

3. All-Star Dominance

Derek Jeter, Alex Rodriguez, Robinson Cano, and Curtis Granderson were all voted to start the All-Star Game. Add Russell Martin, Mariano Rivera, and David Robertson, and that makes 7 Yankees selected to the mid-season classic.  Four of those players weren’t able to be there as A-Rod, Jeter, and Mo’ have decided to back out for injury related reasons. And don't even get me started on CC Sabathia's All-Star snub. 

Robinson Cano stole the show as he completely beasted on Adrian Gonzalez in the Home Run Derby in a Red Sox-Yankees affair. Boston can talk all they want about how it doesn’t matter and the Red Sox have won 8 of the last 9 games; but whenever there’s a trophy on the line, it seems like the Yankees come out on top. Cano hit over 32 home runs, 5 of them going farther than 450 feet and one monster 472 foot bomb that smacked off the Miller Lite Bottle in right-center field. It was impressive, to say the least.

As if the Yankees needed anything more to prove their All-Star dominance, Kate Upton came to the All Star game this year decked out in Yankees gear. Hottest girl in the world is a Yankee fan, I can’t even say I’m surprised by that.

With half the season remaining, it’s time to step turn it up a notch. Look for Phil Hughes to make his return, as well as Soriano and Mariano. While losing A-Rod for the next month hurts, having Jeter back and seeing players like Swisher start to turn it around, in addition to the rest of the extremely potent lineup gives me hope for an even better second half of the season as the Yankees continue to be poised to kill the game.


1 comment:

  1. Not to mention they are hooking up the dude who caught jeter's 3,oooth with gear, tickets and a '09 world series ring...pretty classy thing to do since he was a true fan and gave it back...