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A super-heroic game from Arod inspired both Alex and me to choose images of Superman after last night’s performance. Thanks to Rodriguez the Yankees won 4-3 and gained a game on both the Rays and Sox, moving back into the penthouse of the AL East. The one I chose is a picture by George Perez from the Avengers-JLA crossover a few years ago. This drawing is from the climactic battle. The Vision has just been killed, and Thor is under a pile of bad guys. With his last act, the Vision drains his power jewel into Superman, essentially supercharging their strongest gun. Thor whips him his hammer, Captain America flings him his shield, and Superman puts everything into one swing with the mighty Mjolnir which saves the day.

Yeah, last night was kind of like that.

I’m not picky when it comes to wins. AJ Burnett going seven innings and allowing three runs, even if it was tough to watch at times, is cause for optimism. The offense was brutal, no getting around it, and they’ll have to be better if they want to win the series with Tampa next week. But they have two more games in Baltimore to put on their hitting shoes and I think they will.

I did not think the pitch Alex took for ball two in the ninth was a strike. It required a little restraint from the home plate umpire, but to me it was not overly close and would have been a harsh way to end the game. Though I guess from Balitmore’s perspective, having Arod plaster one into the night is pretty harsh too.

Alex said that Arod expressed his inner-Reggie last night. Coming up big at the biggest times is how heroes are made, and we sure needed hero during this recent stretch. I hope Arod is ready to assume that role for the duration.

When Alex smushes one like that, I imagine the ball flattening upon impact and then snapping back to form as it hurtles into space. It’s a testament to the good folks at Rawlings that the ball did not explode. Next time, he should try the hammer.


1 monkeypants   ~  Sep 18, 2010 8:36 am

0) inspired both Alex and I

That should be "inspired both Alex and me"; the objective case (me) is required rather than the subject case (I) since the pronoun is the direct object of 'inspired'.

Sorry, pedantic I know, but this is one of my pet peeves, as they say.

2 Jon DeRosa   ~  Sep 18, 2010 8:51 am

[1] Quite alright. If I could get my proofreaders to stop pouring cheerios on their heads, there would be fewer mistakes.

3 RIYank   ~  Sep 18, 2010 8:55 am

On the bright side, you can spell "Mjolnir". I bet Marc Rzepczynski can't do that.

4 monkeypants   ~  Sep 18, 2010 9:05 am

2) awesome! ; )

5 Chyll Will   ~  Sep 18, 2010 9:15 am

[2] If that's the case, stay away from Chocolate Frosted Sugar Bombs, unless you like having all of your posts returned as indie graphic novels... >;)

6 Mattpat11   ~  Sep 18, 2010 9:36 am

I just had a good feeling that whole AB.

7 RIYank   ~  Sep 18, 2010 9:48 am

Why does A-Rod keep talking about wearing a "full metal jacket" in his post-game interviews? "Full metal jacket" is a kind of bullet, not an item of apparel. But what does he think it means?

8 Chyll Will   ~  Sep 18, 2010 9:51 am

Maybe he thinks he's a Full Metal Alchemist?

9 RIYank   ~  Sep 18, 2010 9:55 am

[8] Do alchemists wear metal jackets?

10 Chyll Will   ~  Sep 18, 2010 9:57 am

[9] Only the full ones. The hungry ones wear nylon.

11 Alex Belth   ~  Sep 18, 2010 10:11 am

1) Not to be a lazy ass, but dude, please let us know anytime you see type-o's or grammatical mistakes. We want to make our writing as clean as possible and sometimes things just fall through the cracks. I'm as guilty as anyone.

12 Diane Firstman   ~  Sep 18, 2010 11:02 am

Sometimes A-Rod is a Full Metal Jackass ... but not last night.

13 Diane Firstman   ~  Sep 18, 2010 11:05 am


Uehara reminded me of Byung Kim in the 01 Series with his reactions.

14 JeremyM   ~  Sep 18, 2010 11:24 am

I just love it when A-Rod looks into the dugout after a big home run, like "I got this." Like the big homer he hit in the playoffs last season against Nathan I believe, with the fist pump.

15 Hank Waddles   ~  Sep 18, 2010 12:32 pm

[14] I love that shtick, too, but I still assert that he's actually looking in for approval. The fact that a guy with 600+ home runs still needs to see the love and acceptance from his teammates somehow endears him to me. Sure, he's got lots of flaws, but I like that one.

[7] - [13] I was also wondering last night about his obsession with Full Metal Jacket. Really, I don't care about the actual derivation, I just like how it sounds. I'm going Full Metal Jacket for the rest of the month, so back the hell up.

16 OldYanksFan   ~  Sep 18, 2010 1:36 pm

[15] I agree. I personally think his flaws humanize him and makes him more likable. It's kinda sad in a way, to see how the abandonment of a father negatively impacts the child... whether the child is 6 or 36... and probably 66.

17 JeremyM   ~  Sep 18, 2010 1:57 pm

I honestly don't know how to read it, but those are pretty good interpretations. But I don't blame him for enjoying every second of those big clutch blasts after all the crap he took for years about not being clutch.

I missed the Full Metal Jacket stuff, too funny.

18 Dimelo   ~  Sep 18, 2010 2:25 pm

That game was so awesome. I was into every pitch, it felt like I was watching a playoff game.

19 Horace Clarke Era   ~  Sep 18, 2010 4:52 pm

Pedants R Us (monketpants et moi?):


It is not all right to use alright in place of all right in standard American English


It is getting there especially among journalists and students, but still hits a nerve here.

I also just found it funny that an edit repsonse demands another edit!

Go Yan-kees. C.C. for 20. A Rod towards 30.

20 Horace Clarke Era   ~  Sep 18, 2010 4:53 pm

Oh, perfect: a typo in an edit-pedantic post!

Serves me right.

21 OldYanksFan   ~  Sep 18, 2010 6:25 pm

Hoss! Buddy!!!!!
Where have ya been hiding?
(Was about to send the helicopters out.)

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