Thank You, Tribe, For Keeping the Yankees  Alive

We live another day, Yankee fans. The Indians beat the Red Sox at Fenway tonight, 4-3, and allowed us to stave off elimination. After last night’s love fest in the Bronx, it would have felt like a slap in the face to be cast out of contention without even playing today. But thanks to a nice effort by a 25-year-old pitcher named Zach Jackson, combined with a less-than-stellar outing by Josh Beckett, Cleveland won and Boston’s champagne stayed on ice. Go, Tribe!

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(That’s me at the Jake at last year’s ALDS; the guy with me is an Indians fan who calls himself one of the “Wahoo Brothers.” The picture seemed like a good idea at the time.)
Who is Zach Jackson, you ask? He’s the sort of pitcher the Yankees would have had trouble with – a garden variety lefty they’d never faced before. According to the Indians’ web site, Zach was born in Latrobe, PA, spent all of ’07 at Triple A Nashville, and made seven previous starts in the majors this season without a win. Single, “he enjoys spending time with friends and family, working out, listening to music, and watching movies.” It really says this stuff on the web site and makes Zach seem totally boring instead of super heroic, which is what he is for keeping us alive.

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Mussina goes for his 19th win Tuesday in Toronto. Cliff Lee, meanwhile, is 22-2 starting at Boston. I like the chances of that being a 5-game lead on Wednesday against Wakefield…will see, could get more fun each day. I have seen strange, strange things happen *cough2004cough*

Mark/MLB.com
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BTW nice photo lol

Hey, Mark. Right now I’m taking it one day at a time, like every Yankeeholic should. I can’t complain about the matchup tonight in Toronto (Mussina vs. Litsch), but if I look down the road (Hughes vs. Burnett, then Pavano vs. Halladay), I get depressed. But yes, strange things do happen *coughAARONBOONEcough*

Remember what Francona said in 2004, one pitch at a time. *coughDAVEROBERTScough*

You’re cruel! *coughBUCKYDENTcough*

Hey Jane,

Thanks for visiting my blog. You are the first person to comment. Gratz. Haha.

This is the same type of picther the Sox have trouble with in the past and currently too, as we saw. I’m not sure why teams like Yankees and Sox have trouble with these type of pitchers. Isn’t logical that teams who hit so well have so much trouble with minor league pitchers just because we haven’t seen video on them. Oh well.

Greg
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It’s weird about the Yankees and Sox not being able to hit pitchers they haven’t faced. It’s not like they don’t have access to scouting reports, video, coaching, etc. But I guess all that stuff doesn’t help once you’re in the batter’s box.

That reminds me of a Zane Smith baseball card from years ago that said on the back “Zane enjoys listening to heavy metal music”. He was a pretty good pitcher though; don’t know about this Zach Jackson.
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Sorry it was short lived, Jane. It will definately be weird not watching Jeter in the post season. Although, looks like we’ll still get to watch Torre, and unfortunately Manny, too. =(

Greg
http://thevendahhh.mlblogs.com

By the way, I’m really looking forward to reading the book and finding out what measures you had to resort to.

Greg, thanks for your condolences. I knew this day was coming but it hurts just the same. I can’t imagine how Jeter feels, not making the postseason for the first time in his career.

Pinstripepride, you’ll laugh when you read how I tried to get inside the Yankees organization, plus score tickets for all the games last season. Hopefully Yankee fans will relate to my situation and enjoy the story.

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