Daily Archives: July 14, 2012
When the final out was made in the 1st half of the season, it was the time of year that fans were all waiting for; the All-Star Break. Yes, the glorious All-Star Break. A time where the players get 4 days to relax before they have to get into the grind for the second half of the season. It’s where the All-Stars get to head to Kauffman Stadium and play in the 83rd Annual All-Star game. It’s where the home run hitters get to show off their power during the HR Derby. With all of these glorious activities, it seemed like it would be a golden week, right? Wrong. At the beginning of the week, I was excited that the Yankees were going to play in Kansas City and get a chance to represent New York. Now I never want the Yankees to play an All-Star game in Kansas City ever again.
THE HR DERBY: The HR Derby was supposed to be a fun game where players with the power bats get to flex their muscles and tower HR’s into the stands for charity. Defending champion Robinson Cano was scheduled to go last in the competition and he watched everyone take their swings at it. When it was Robinson Cano’s turn, everyone glued their eyes to see if the Captain of the American League can defend his title. When Cano entered the batters box, he was surrounded by loud boos all around the ballpark. Cano seemed fazed. Fans watching on T.V seemed disturbed. Every out that Cano made, the jeers got louder and louder. The more the jeers occurred, the more Cano seemed more frustrated. Fans on Twitter called Kansas City’s behavior “disrespectful, horrendous, disgusting” and a lot more names that I can’t say. The outs kept piling, Cano became more frustrated. Then came the 9th out and Cano was yet to have a HR. Before getting the pitch thrown to him, Curtis Granderson and CC Sabathia raced to the mound to speak with Robinson Cano’s father. Granderson and Sabathia went back. Cano looked determined. Mr. Cano threw the baseball at Cano and, CRACK! That ball was deep to center field, and…the ball died in mid-center with Cano not hitting a single HR. Kansas City got loud as if they had won the World Series but all they were doing was making complete fools of themselves. Cano was consoled by his teammates and luckily his teammate Prince Fielder was able to avenge him and win the whole HR Derby.
83rd ALL-STAR GAME: Derek Jeter, Robinson Cano and Curtis Granderson were in the starting lineup for the 83rd annual All-Star Game. This game was the biggest game to date (aside from the play-offs) since this game was what determined which league got home field advantage. Jeter, Cano and Granderson wanted home field advantage, in the chance that the Yankees made the World Series. Jeter was batting lead-off, Robinson Cano was batting 2nd and Curtis Granderson was batting 9th in the lineup. The lineup looked like the Yankees lineup when Brett Gardner is healthy since the AL had the double lead-off lineup (something the Yankees do). Although the American League was shut out 8-0 by the National League, Jeter, Granderson and Cano all did a little something. Derek Jeter and Robinson Cano both went 1 for 2 (both on singles). Granderson didn’t show his power since he went 0 for 2, but Granderson did attempt to play some ABC baseball by moving the runners over. In the end, it seemed like the Yankees were the only ones in the AL that came to play (and attempt to win).
All and all, the All-Star Game was more hype than anything else. I would never want to see the Yankees playing in Kansas City for the All-Star break for a very long time. After seeing the horrible way Cano was treated, it makes me more excited that the All-Star game is in Citi Field next year in New York. But now that the All-Star game is over and the Yankees are now attempting to win the American League East, the Yankees can forget the All-Star game and put it behind them. In the end, it’s the World Series rings that matter, not the All-Star game or the hateful Yankees fans that come along with it.
The Yankees ended the first half of the season right with a win and they started the second half of the season with a win as well. While Kuroda faltered for the Yankees towards the end, Mark Teixeira and Russell Martin were able to bail him out as the Yankees beat the Angels in the series opener 6-5.
The Yankees started the game behind in the 3rd when Eric Aybar hit a solo shot. That was when Mark Teixeira hit the first of his 2 home runs of the game. The 2 run shot by Teixeira made it 2-1 New York in the 3rd. In the top of the 7th inning, Mark Trumbo hit a 3 run shot which made the game 4-2 Angels. The Yankees had a chance the previous inning but stranded Granderson after a lead-off triple. The Angels would score one more off Kuroda in the 8th inning before being taken out for Chad Qualls who has pitched brilliantly since coming to New York in that trade with the Phillies. The Yankees had a Hollywood 8th inning as Mark Teixeira hit his second HR of the evening which tied the game at 5. Russell Martin couldn’t have written a better script for how this game went even if he tried. After fighting off some pitches, Martin had a go-ahead RBI single which plated Dewayne Wise.
Martin was also fantastic defensively as he was able to catch Mark Trumbo, Alberto Callapso and Howie Kendrick stealing, the latter ending the game for the Yankees and securing Rafael Soriano‘s 21st season save.
Tomorrow the Yankees will face the Angels in an afternoon game. Freddy Garcia will be on the mound for the Yankees. First pitch is at 1:05pm.