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Thursday, November 05, 2009

MLB: Yankees finish Phils to claim 27th title

With Mariano Rivera, baseball’s all-time master postseason closer, registering the final five outs, the Yankees held on for a 7-3 victory over the Phillies in Game 6 of the World Series on Wednesday night, claiming their first title since 2000.

The combination of designated hitter Hideki Matsui’s six-RBI performance and lefty Andy Pettitte’s strong work on three days’ rest put New York in charge. The fans at Yankee Stadium began to sense early that the next chapter in team history was about to be written, and they were itching to hear “Enter Sandman,” Rivera’s entrance music.

They got their wish with one out in the eighth, after Damaso Marte got Ryan Howard to strike out swinging. Although Rivera gave up a double to Raul Ibanez, he got out of the eighth on a Pedro Feliz popout, before a 1-2-3 ninth.

With that, the Yankees set off a World Series celebration not seen in the Bronx since they swept the Braves in 1999.

Repoz Posted: November 05, 2009 at 05:14 AM | 229 comment(s) Login to Bookmark
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   201. Harveys Wallbangers Posted: November 05, 2009 at 04:07 PM (#3379554)
gef:

Iconoclast? Is that how they describe crazy people these days? Ha!
   202. BDC Posted: November 05, 2009 at 04:07 PM (#3379556)
I'm the reverse of gef; I gravitate to the local clubs wherever I've lived, and my life has traced a path from Chicago to South Jersey to Long Island to Texas. This meant being a Phillies fan for the years when they were really good in the 70s and 80s, a Yankees fan when they were mediocre in the late 80s, and a Rangers fan for the mostly tepid past 20 years. It also meant becoming a Cowboys fan just as they had some of the greatest teams in NFL history in the early 90s, even though I'd had some attachment to the Eagles for quite some time and had always objected to the basic concept of the Cowboys. I have never worried too much about whether I was getting on or off a bandwagon. It's just the Zelig in me, I guess; I like to like the teams that most people around me like, and that I hear about in the local media.
   203. Forsch 10 From Navarone (Dayn) Posted: November 05, 2009 at 04:13 PM (#3379563)
Meant to say this last night, but heartfelt congratulations to all the Yankee fans here. They're the best team (and it's not a particularly close call)--a great team--and they fended off a tough slate of opponents in the post-season. Worthy champs by any standard, and the fans on here deserve it, too. So here's to you and the happiness your team has brought you.
   204. rr Posted: November 05, 2009 at 04:15 PM (#3379566)
Boy, that Girardi is really a moron, huh, Andy? ;-
   205. gef, more dangerous than a monkey w/ a razor blade Posted: November 05, 2009 at 04:18 PM (#3379568)
Iconoclast? Is that how they describe crazy people these days? Ha!


It would certainly fit in my case. And would also apply to a**hole, I cheerfully admit.

I'm the reverse of gef


Which makes you ... a mute snake? (As well as a generally more pleasant person all-around, I have no doubt.)

Dayn mourns his dog Posted: November 05, 2009 at 12:13 PM (#3379563)


That's the first time I've noticed the modified handle, Dayn. I'm not going to ask about the circumstances, mainly because I suspect the info would plunge me into an even blacker depression than I operate with half the time anyway.
   206. Sheer Tim Foli Posted: November 05, 2009 at 04:25 PM (#3379573)
Boy, that Girardi is really a moron, huh, Andy? ;-

Are the Yankee talk shows proclaiming Joe's genius or saying they won in spite of him?
   207. PreservedFish Posted: November 05, 2009 at 04:31 PM (#3379577)
I realized that I actually care more about my fantasy football team than I do about my life-long favorite, the NY Giants. I saw an ESPN ticker that said something about "Manning injury" and my immediate thought was for Peyton, my fantasy QB, and not Eli.

Part of that is that the Giants recent Superbowl win was so immensely satisfying that I still dont mind too much when they lose. It'll be anohter year or two before I can bring myself to complain about that team.
   208. Forsch 10 From Navarone (Dayn) Posted: November 05, 2009 at 04:38 PM (#3379589)
That's the first time I've noticed the modified handle, Dayn.

It was actually about as un-depressing as such a thing can be. She gave us 14 wonderful years, and she passed in my arms with my wife and son nearby. FWIW, I'm changing the handle soon :)
   209. TerpNats Posted: November 05, 2009 at 04:40 PM (#3379596)
Part of that is that the Giants recent Superbowl win was so immensely satisfying that I still dont mind too much when they lose. It'll be anohter year or two before I can bring myself to complain about that team.
I would think that would now also apply to Phils' phandom. Despite the loss, the franchise is at the apex of its 127-year history, and that probably gives them a free pass until about 2013 or so (just as Lidge's perfect '08 provided a buffer for his '09 struggles).
   210. phredbird Posted: November 05, 2009 at 05:45 PM (#3379716)
Congrats to the Yankee fans here. In particular, rLr, RB, sj, just to name a few good guys.
Sorry if I forgot any others.


hey, i'm a yankees fan! no, really!
   211. gef, more dangerous than a monkey w/ a razor blade Posted: November 05, 2009 at 05:52 PM (#3379727)

It was actually about as un-depressing as such a thing can be. She gave us 14 wonderful years, and she passed in my arms with my wife and son nearby.


Still & all, I'll be killing myself now. I'm still traumatized over having to have my last cat put down in 1/97. Thank god my dogs died of natural causes, without me present, in 11/02, 12/04 & 9/06, or I'd probably had to have been institutionalized. I haven't had the heart to acquire another pet, though I do feed a feline colony of 15 or so in my backyard.
   212. rr Posted: November 05, 2009 at 05:55 PM (#3379731)
So, Dayn, will the next handle be something like "Dayn (now, with new canine member of the family)?"

Let's hope so.
   213. ERROR---Jolly Old St. Nick Posted: November 05, 2009 at 06:01 PM (#3379740)
So, perhaps it's been discussed, but does Pettitte's performance last night vindicate Girardi or not, Andy?

Don't worry, JC, I don't slide away when I blow a call or two. Here's what I posted in that other thread last night:

Jolly Old St. Nick (now, with Screen Name history) Posted: November 05, 2009 at 01:08 AM (#3379094

Well, all I can say is that Girardi, DiPerna, and Nieporent are much better rotation strategists than I am. Never was I so glad to be so wrong, and I'm sure that the four of us are all joined in celebration. It's great to see America's team restored to its rightful place in the world.)


The last I heard from David, he was arranging a meetingplace in Hell for all of us to get together and celebrate. I told him that this was fine with me, since we all know who runs that place.
   214. gef, more dangerous than a monkey w/ a razor blade Posted: November 05, 2009 at 06:16 PM (#3379767)
Steinbrenner?
   215. Forsch 10 From Navarone (Dayn) Posted: November 05, 2009 at 06:18 PM (#3379771)
I'm still traumatized over having to have my last cat put down in 1/97.

Sorry, man. It's an agonizing decision, but ultimately it's an act of love on your part.

So, Dayn, will the next handle be something like "Dayn (now, with new canine member of the family)?"

Let's hope so.


Actually, we were a two-dog family, and our younger one is just a year-and-a-half old.
   216. rr Posted: November 05, 2009 at 06:25 PM (#3379780)
our younger one is just a year-and-a-half old


And needs a friend. ;-
   217. Guapo Posted: November 05, 2009 at 06:27 PM (#3379783)
The last I heard from David, he was arranging a meetingplace in Hell for all of us to get together and celebrate. I told him that this was fine with me, since we all know who runs that place.

Ooh, Redskins game meetup! Sign me up.
   218. gef, more dangerous than a monkey w/ a razor blade Posted: November 05, 2009 at 06:34 PM (#3379793)
Dayn celebrates his dog


Very, very nice.

Nihilistic cuss though I am, it's clear I have a horrendous soft spot for animals.

(Hell, a couple of weeks ago, without thinking I apologized to a roach I happened to brush off my foot.

(Note to self: Return forthwith to being a vegetarian, if not a vegan. The fact that I learned yesterday that my favorite hotel buffet, about a mile from the AFB, is now closed should help immensely ...)
   219. McCoy Posted: November 05, 2009 at 06:50 PM (#3379821)
I can't see how this is the apex of the Phillies. I would say 1976 to 1983 was the apex for the Phillies. 6 playoff appearances, 2 WS, and one title.

I know the Phillies have been bad for much of their history but I think they need more than three playoff appearances and one title to surpass that era.
   220. Forsch 10 From Navarone (Dayn) Posted: November 05, 2009 at 06:55 PM (#3379828)
And needs a friend. ;-

Don't think I'm not tempted.
   221. Dr. Vaux Posted: November 05, 2009 at 07:06 PM (#3379846)
I talk to insects all the time.
   222. bunyon Posted: November 05, 2009 at 07:09 PM (#3379849)
gef the talking mongoose Posted: November 05, 2009 at 02:34 PM (#3379793)

Dayn celebrates his dog



Very, very nice.

Nihilistic cuss though I am, it's clear I have a horrendous soft spot for animals.



I didn't know mongooses like animals.


EDIT: or talk. or use wikipedia.
   223. The Original SJ Posted: November 05, 2009 at 07:09 PM (#3379851)
RB, come find me, I am thinking about parading.
   224. gef, more dangerous than a monkey w/ a razor blade Posted: November 05, 2009 at 07:13 PM (#3379857)
I didn't know mongooses like animals.


Mongooses mostly feed on insects, crabs, earthworms, lizards, snakes, chickens, and rodents. However, they also eat eggs and carrion.

-- Wikipedia
   225. Neal Traven Posted: November 05, 2009 at 09:10 PM (#3380037)
At least we can forever put to rest the suggestion that [fill in the blank with 29 other team names] are starting to act like the Yankees, their ownership, and their fans.

Seeing the self-righteous arrogance and sense of divinely-ordained ownership of the World Series title once again, I felt my revulsion for all things Yankee reinforced and strengthened. Their absence from the pinnacle was far, far, far too short.
   226. ERROR---Jolly Old St. Nick Posted: November 05, 2009 at 09:34 PM (#3380056)
The last I heard from David, he was arranging a meetingplace in Hell for all of us to get together and celebrate. I told him that this was fine with me, since we all know who runs that place.

Ooh, Redskins game meetup! Sign me up.


Yes, FedEx is indeed our Annex location for guest visitors, but I hope you know that you will be sued if you miss any payments or don't show up. But you get half price pizza at Papa Dan's if the Redskins score more than three points!
   227. Don Malcolm Posted: November 05, 2009 at 09:48 PM (#3380068)
Gef has been talking for a long, LONG time.

Now if we can just get him potty-trained...

Neal, I feel your pain, but y'know, "it's good for baseball for the <strike>Evil Empire</strike> Yankees to win once in awhile." Many of those folks will be insufferable win or lose, but as noted, there are a large number who are relatively unsullied by a sense of entitlement.

Go for it, Dayn--I think it's definitely the case that doggies do better when they have their own canine companion.
   228. gef, more dangerous than a monkey w/ a razor blade Posted: November 05, 2009 at 09:51 PM (#3380076)
Gef has been talking for a long, LONG time.


Or at least typing.
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