While “Thriller” was probably heard playing at your Halloween party last night, the baseball game was anything but that.
The Yankees handily defeated the Philies 8-5.
It surely was a good and memorable game and I’m dissapointed that I missed a good portion of it. Considering it was Halloween and the fact that I am a college student, one would assume that I had other plans-which I did.
While I could go on and on with Halloween stories and West Virginia tales we’ll stick to baseball.
Cole Hamels looked like he did in last year’s World Series-dominant. He had the confidence in an early 3-0 lead, but things headed south in the 4th inning.
This guy finally showed up. A-Rod went deep for a 2 run homerun and his first hit of the World Series. The call which was originally ruled a double was over turned thanks to instant replay. Instant replay has been a hot topic for discussion in this series. Many pundits argue that it is a necessity in all facets of the game. I disagree. If you are going to have it, why do you need umpires. Put robots on the basepaths if you really want the right call. I’m all for instant replay on the homeruns, it’s great that every run is accounted for.
However, on the basepaths, keep it up to the umpires. For all the heat they take, they’re not praised enough for their expertise. It’s not like these guys are slouches they are seasoned and have so much experience following baseball. Yes, there have been some buthcered calls on those bang bang plays at first but its the game of baseball. Nothing is perfect-why mess with tradition?
Even though there is obviously not a DH in the National League, Hideki Matsui still showed up. He came in to pinch hit for Joba Chamberlin in the 8th inning and pulled off his best Matt Stairs impression. There was another Godzilla sighting except this time the Philly Phanatics got a glimpse of the beast. Matsui went deep for a pinch hit solo shot. If there is to be named a World Series MVP, Matsui looks to be a frontrunner for the title.
You want to talk about a comeback player of the Series look no further than Nick Swisher.
Batting a miniscule .111 through the course of the playoffs its safe to say Yankee fans have been dissapointed in their rightfielder. He was benched in favor Jerry Harriston Jr. in game two. Game three was a different story. Swisher belted a homerun and nailed a double to go 2-4. He was so pumped up and brought a new life to the New York club. All season long Swisher has been a leader and brought the fire. Game 3 was a big confidence booster not only for Nick, but the Yankees as well.
The series has flip flopped completely. Many people already gave this to the Philies after their domination in game one. After three games people are jumping for the Yanks. All along I figured the Yankees are the better team but the Philies do no need to be taken out of the discussion completely.
Fit ti be tied in the Big Apple. The Yankees pulled out the 3-1 victory over the Philies in much better weather Thursday night. The Yankees were more poised and hungry as they pulled out the ‘W’
I am cheering for the Yanks in the series yet I was still dissapointed. I still have not heard Ronan sing God Bless America on TV
However the self proclaimed “new Sinatra” belted out a performance that Frank would sure be proud of.
Rapper Jay-Z performed “Empire State of Mind” along with Alicia Keys before the game. It was a little over the top but I would never expect anything less from Jay-Z. The song was just the inspiration the Yankees needed to pull off this win.
Even though, Jay-Z raps that he “makes the Yankee hat more famous than a Yankee can.” Hideki Matsui and Mark Teixeira sure made a name for themselves tonight.
The Blue Oyster Cult would have loved to hear their song Godzilla played along with other New York anthems. Matsui went deep with a solo shot to take the lead and break the 1-1 ties. He had a solid night going 2-3 with a walk.
While Matsui is the DH, the NY outfield was restructured tonight. Nick Swisher was benched in favor of Jerry Harriston Jr. It was in good taste considering Swisher was batting .111 in the playoffs. Harriston came in and managed a hit, but I feel bad for Swisher. He was West Virginia roots, which already give anybody instant brownie points in my book, but he is a good guy. Andrew (my buddy in North Canton) says the Swish brought this years team to prominence thanks to his pizazz and swagger. He’s played great defense but his arm is in question. There’s no doubt hes slumping, the change was needed.
Pedro Martinez, othrwise known as the most influential player to set foot in Yankee stadium tipped hit cap once again.
He was wearing a new uniform, but Pedro was being Pedro. You may have heard his ridiculous pregame interview, I can’t even begin to recap it because it was too bizarre. But apparently Pedro Martinez is not someone you can eat rice and beans with. Like I said, it is not worth even discussing.
While the Daddy Yankees were not that abusive to their “son” the fans surely were. Pedro was booed from start to finish. he cracked a smile when leaving the mound in the seventh inning showing that he’s all fun and just putting on a show. It may not be the most respectable display, but Martinez proved he may just be baseball’s Chad Ochocinco or Ron Artest-excpet Ron Artest may have hit somebody in the stands if they booed him.
The beginning of the game was the most special part for me. Now I know it was a great game and I loved watching it from start to finish-I’m a baseball fan afterall. But I really appreciated what happened prior to the first pitch.
Derek Jeter was the recipient of the Roberto Clemente award. Here is is embracing Roberto’s wife Vera Clemente. Roberto’s son is wacthing over. I love moments when coming to Clemente’s honor. His playing ability was second to none and his off the field kindness was unmatched. He died serving others and is rightfully honored some 40 years later. Jeter is a good guy and deserves the award this season. Of course I can’t wait for the day when the World Series is taking place at PNC Park with someone say Andrew McCutchen is handed the Clemente trophy. Just so fitting.
With a day off Friday the action shifts to Philly. Here in Morgantown, the action shifts to Tampa, Florida.
The Mountaineers face the South Florida Bulls in a Big East showdown. The unique Friday night game will be televised on ESPN. I’m already nervous. We have not beaten the Bulls in their house since the two teams have first met. I do feel WVU has the upperhand talent wise, I’m just not sure of our ability to play on the road. Noel Devine is one of the top running backs in the nation and is worth the price of admission. He is a darkhorse for the Heisman Trophy and can shake just about any defender out of their boots. It’ll be a tight contest, but the ‘Eers will prevail 24-20
LETS GOOOOO MOUNTAINEERS