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Up Your Wake, Up Your Wake

It’s not exactly Christmas morning as a kid, starting the day by finding out your team won while you were sleeping is a small, rewarding pleasure. Especially when one one of your favorite players had a great night. Alex Rodriguez’s three-run home run in the fifth gave the Yanks a 6-0 lead, and although Javy Vazquez wasn’t great, the bullpen was as the Yanks cruised, 7-3 over the A’s.

Here are more details on the game from Jonathan Abrams in the Times; Mark Feinsand in the News; George King in the Post; Mike Axisa at River Ave Blues; and Jay at Fack Youk.

[Photo Credit: Jed Jacobsohn/Getty Images]

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1 rbj   ~  Apr 21, 2010 8:05 am

I did get to see Vazquez escape from the 2nd & 3rd with no outs and not give up a run.

Far too early in the season to use a word like destiny. . .

2 Diane Firstman   ~  Apr 21, 2010 8:09 am


well then, how about "density"? :-)

(anagramming geek)

3 Sliced Bread   ~  Apr 21, 2010 8:26 am

photo caption: "Look, Ma, no hands!" In an astonishing display of telekinesis, a centaur wills a baseball bat to float from the dugout, into his hooves, before blasting a 3-run home run.

4 RIYank   ~  Apr 21, 2010 8:44 am

Not much noted: Joba was dominating, fastball touching 96, diving slider.

I wish I'd got to see Edwar and Chad get their rings.

5 Alex Belth   ~  Apr 21, 2010 8:45 am

Man, I just saw the highlights of A Rod's dinger. What a shot.

6 bp1   ~  Apr 21, 2010 8:49 am

[3] The centaur jokes will never get old, lol. All you missed was his "galloping" around the bases.

It's too early in the season to worry about jinxes, but I'm just gonna sit back and watch these games and try not to upset the karma too much. No bragging, no smack talking, not poking fun at Mets fans in the office. Just gonna enjoy the ride while it lasts.

7 williamnyy23   ~  Apr 21, 2010 9:05 am

[3] I was watching the Rangers broadcast over the weekend (as I usually do the next morning after a game), and Josh Lewin was relaying the story as if it was a given fact that Arod commissioned pictures of himself as a cantaur. Of all the road team announcers, Lewin is my least favorite. Not only is his voice mousy, but he also projects himself as a real weenie (really the perfect word for him).

[4] More than his stuff, Joba's poise on the mound was good to see. There was no shaking off and walking off the mound...he got the sign and threw the pitch.

8 Sliced Bread   ~  Apr 21, 2010 9:06 am

[6] it's amazing to me how many writers and fans still think of A Rod as human. Clearly, he's a mythological beast.

Good pernt about not toppling the karmic apple cart. We start gloating, and next thing you know, we got applesauce on our fine Puma Clydes.

9 The Hawk   ~  Apr 21, 2010 9:07 am

Thanks for the assortment of links ... It's helpful when you weren't able to watch the game.

I hope this hot streak continues as long as possible and the Sox cold streak too. If the Yanks get up enough on them, even when the streak ends they ought to be able to stay in the driver's seat. Of course we'll have to see what happens with the Rays, but right now I can't see the Red Sox going on some ungodly hot streak to catch up if they get far enough behind. Their lineup just doesn't seem capable, - though maybe their pitching could?

10 Sliced Bread   ~  Apr 21, 2010 9:10 am

[7] wow. I didn't think the myth had spread beyond the Yankee blogs, let alone to a MLB broadcast in Texas.

11 rbj   ~  Apr 21, 2010 9:31 am

[2] I'll take a team of density. Though it is a heavy load.

And when Big Poopi gets pinch hit for. . .

12 Diane Firstman   ~  Apr 21, 2010 10:04 am

The Yanks aren't the only ones who know how to celebrate a walk-off HR :-)

13 The Hawk   ~  Apr 21, 2010 10:34 am

[12] Melky lives!

14 tommyl   ~  Apr 21, 2010 10:34 am

They really talked about the centaur thing? Well I guess a lifetime of following the Rangers will do that to you.

15 RIYank   ~  Apr 21, 2010 10:50 am

[11] To increase the team's density, a simple expedient is to keep the volume low.

[14] Rangers, centaurs. This isn't a Tolkien blog. Though come to think of it, there's this from Emma:

The veiling shadow that glowers in the East takes shape. The Yankees will suffer no rival. From the summit their eyes watch ceaselessly. But they are not so mighty yet that they are above fear. Doubt ever gnaws at them… the Yankees fear you – they fear what you may become. And so they will strike hard and fast at the world of men.

The power of the enemy is growing. They sense the Ring is close… you know this – you have foreseen it. In the gathering dark, the will of the Ring grows strong. It works hard now to find its way back into the hands of men – men, who are so easily seduced by its power. It is close now, so close to achieving its goal. For the Yankees will have dominion over all life on this Earth, even unto the ending of the world.

16 Bama Yankee   ~  Apr 21, 2010 11:27 am

[15] Good call on keeping the volume low, because the option of increasing the mass can get you into trouble these days...with the 50 day suspensions and all... ;-)

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