Saturday, October 17, 2009

Championship Series Day 2: Mistakes We Knew We Were Making

Believe it or not, those are all examples of C.C. Sabathia's celebratory stance.  Our cheerful ace deserved these self-felicitations, allowing just 4 hits and 1 run in 8 innings while striking out 7 in the Yankees 4-1 victory over the error-ridden Angels.  The boys from Anaheim went from California cool to New York cold, failing to catch pop-flies and overrunning ground balls. 

Top: Good ole Vlad gives us a grin and a crazed look;
Bottom: Jeter in Darth Vader-esque death gloves, photos via @MLB.

Yankees 4, Angels 1
Yanks lead series 1-0
W: Sabathia (1-0)
L: Lackey (0-1)
S: Rivera (1)

It was so cold and windy that a few would-be homers failed to leave the park.  Two of those belonged to Robbie Cano, who spent the game hiding behind a ski mask.

Raging A-Rod, on the other hand, was wearing short sleeves.  Here he is out at home after blatantly misreading or maybe just missing the third base coach's hand signals. Wow. If I were Angels catcher Jeff Mathis and I saw A-Rod barreling down the third base line at me for no reason, I'd be f'ing terrified.

Top: Execution by A-Rod; Bottom: "Oh what, no, seriously?!"

The best parts of that bottom photo are the three Yankee mouths.  You can practically hear what each player is thinking.  A-Rod: Oh what, no seriously? Posada: Idiot.  Damon: Huh, where am I?

It's okay Johnny, you got home safely.

Across the country in sunny Los Angeles, an eighth inning error by Chase Utley helped the Dodgers top the Phillies 2-1.

Chutley walking on

NLCS Game 2: Dodgers Win!!!!
Dodgers 2, Phillies 1
Series tied 1-1
W: Kuo (1-0)
L: Park (0-1)
S: Mt. Broxxxxxxton (1)
HR: PHI Howard (1)

 Important Notice: Chan Ho Park is an Asian dude with a BEARD!

This game wasn't as exciting as one might think, given that Ethier walked in the go-ahead run with bases loaded in the 8th.  Or maybe I'm just saying that because I was on the subway when the Dodgers won.  Whatever.  A few people have pointed out that, as a Yankees fan, I should be hoping for the Phillies to take this series and logically, I can see their point.  But 1) you can't root against your heart and 2) THE YANKEES CAN BEAT ANY TEAM.  

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