Tagged: Alex Rodriguez

2009: Big Time Playoff Perfomance

Last year I chose a player to write an un-Blue-Jay-related entry about during the postseason.  If the Jays continue to miss the playoffs, I’d like to stick with this trend. 

Above all in this game, it is enjoyable to watch talent.  Having watched a lot of baseball in my time, I have begun to respect players that are often arch-enemies of the team that I follow.  Last year I got a thrill out of watching Carl Crawford aggressively play the game, and tear up the field with his speed.  I was loving watching Crawford last season, even though in the back of my head I knew all the times he decimated, pulverized and crippled the Blue Jays battling in division games.  Crawford anchored the Rays to the World Series contributing with 7 stolen bases in the 2008 postseason, and alone hitting 2 homeruns in the World Series that the Rays unfortunately lost to the Phillies.  I believe to Crawford to be simply the most exciting outfielder in the game.

Pretty good comments, huh?  Surprising coming from a Jay fan that should hold resentment for Tampa players?  Right? 

Well, now you are going to be shocked, saddened, confounded, confused and maybe even tortuned for the rest of this entry (just come to Canada and we will work something out for your medical bills). 

The 2009 Big Time Playoff Performer is Yankee Alex Rodriguez (better known as AROD).

I swear my hands almost went into a seizure while typing that.  I don’t know how I’m going to get through the rest of this?

And I couldn’t do it!

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Thursday, July 28, 1994, 1:17 Mariners vs.  Tigers

Following up on my last post about the game that I went to when I was 12.  4-2 Tiger win in extra innings at Tiger Stadium.  Probably the best game that I’ve been to, in recent memory.  I had a vague memory of the game and I didn’t remember the date or the year.  All I remembered was Mickey Tettleton’s game winning homer in extra innings.  With my internet research skills, I was able to track down the game.

Watching the Tigers win dramatically against a young and exciting Mariners team that featured Ken Griffey Jr. and Tino Martinez in their prime was priceless.  There was also a very young guy named Alex Rodriguez playing shortstop and batting 9th for the Mariners, if you can believe it.  I still have a Tiger jersey, that I bought at the game, with the MLB 125th anniversary crest. 

Here is a link to the Box Score from BaseballReference.com for those that are interested.

http://www.baseball-reference.com/boxes/DET/DET199407280.shtml  

I must have had about 10 doubles of Mickey Tettleton that I traded away when I was a kid.  All I could find was a card from when he played for the Orioles.  Good old Donruss cards, you can notice his unusual batting stance here, tall with the bat parallel to his hip. 
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Planes, Trains and Automobiles

 It felt like a classice 80’s movie, with John Candy and Steve Martin, on my trip to Yankee Stadium on Tuesday.  We drove to the airport in Buffalo, took a shuttle bus to our terminal, flew from Buffalo to JFK in New York, took a bus from the airport to Grand Central Station, took the number 4 subway train to Yankees Stadium and got a cab to take us to the airport.  I have never had to rely on so much public transportation in my life, it was all worth it though, as the Blue Jays came out victorious against Joba and the Yanks on Tuesday.  Too bad about the other two games, especially Thursday, jesh!!!  What a heartbreaker. I don’t want to get started on that.  Anyway, here are some pictures of me at the game.

 
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We had some pretty good seats, with a good overview of the field.

 

With the Yogi plaque in Monument Park.  I think im about to say “de ja veux all over again”.  Also, im carrying bonoculars, I know that looks like a purse.  The steak I had in Manhatten was amazing from Sparks Steakhouse.  They also had a huge wine list and a number of pictures of celebrities that came to the restaurant (i.e. Joe Torre, George Bush). 

I also was able to capture a good picture of Alex Rodriguez as he entered the stadium.  I have no idea what he is holding in his hand, but he is inbetween the lady with the Petitte jersey and the girl with the back pack.  It almost looks like A Rod is posing for me. 

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