MLB – All Star Game in St. Louis

July 15, 2009 by  
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With Derek Jeter starting at shortstop and Mark Texiera starting at First Base there is no doubt in my mind that the AL All Star Team is a winner. Even better Roy Halladay is the starter. The rest of the lineup for the American League team includes Ichiro Suzuki, Josh Hamilton, Joe Mauer, Jason Bay, Michael Young and Aaron Hill. On the National League starting lineup is Hanley Ramirez, Albert Pujols, Chase Utley, Ryan Braun, Raul Ibanez, David Wright , Shane Victorino, Tim Lincecum, and Yadier Molina.

In the first inning Lincecum walks Jeter(HBP)  and an error by Pujols allows Jeter to score the first run. Lincecum allowed two runs in the first, which didn’t look good for the National League team.  Michael Young starting at third base was a big surprise as Evan Longoria had an infection from a cut. First inning was a solid one for the American League as it was 3up and 3down. Looked pretty good there to begin with, but then the bottom of the second inning happened and the National League scored 3 runs. The 3rd and the 4th innings were pretty quick as no one got a single hit or on base.

The innings that followed were pretty quick, until the 7th where the AL gained another run. In the 9th inning Mariano Rivera in to close the bottom of the 9th.  As always he was the “sandman” and put the batter to sleep! With one strikeout and 2 plays in the field….and that ended it for the All Star Game 4-3 AL winning. This means the last 13 years have been dominated by the American League and have home field advantage again in the world series.

The game was the shortest since 1982 with a  time of 2 hours and 10 minutes, and Carl Crawford won the All Star MVP award. I must admit this wasn’t the  most entertaining All Star game I have ever seen in my entire life, but I’m really looking forward to the world series in October!

New Yankee Stadium = New Launch Pad

April 20, 2009 by  
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New York Yankees

If you have not heard, the New Yankee Stadium has set a new record for the number of home runs hit in an opening series  at a new stadium.

There are many theories right now concerning the design of the building, a “wind tunnel” effect, and it has even gotten the attention of AccuWeather.  We have only seen a few reports of the Yankees possible pitching problems.

Of the 13 games they have played this season, 4 of which have been at home, they are currently 12th in the AL with a combined 6.53 ERA, 10th in the AL giving up 19 home runs, 11 of which they gave up over the weekend against the Cleveland Indians.  The Yanks only hit 9 in that same series.

Ok, I think I just convinced myself there is something wrong with Yankee Stadium after that last stat.

That sucks though, I visited the shrine last year to see the Yanks and Red Sox play and didn’t see one home run.  That was the most I had ever paid for a ticket to see a baseball game, but well worth it.  Yanks fans are the best though.  It was funny listening to their taunts.  From the harassing of Coco Crisp, calling him “Manny’s Girlfriend” referring to Manny Ramirez.  And then the Sox fan who chanted “A-Rod’s girlfriend” when Derek Jeter came to bat.  Bad decision.  Insert your random string of expletives here.  My favorite rebutal, “you wish you were A-Rod’s girlfriend.”

So for you meteorological and physics minded people, the theory is the new gradual slope of the stands in the new stadium is providing for a wind current to actually come across the stadium and rise across the right field stands, therefore causing the ball to lift more.

Either way, this is bad for the Yanks pitching staff and CC Sabathia’s $161 million dollar contract.

What do you think, poor pitching or a meteorological phenomenon?

See AccuWeather’s story below: