2010 Pretty In Pinstripes Challenge Tracker: Entry #11 – 4/17/10 – Rangers @ Yankees
Normally, teams are nervous about facing their opposition’s Ace. That is the one game in the series that you can expect to lose. Not our New York Yankees. We fear no one. We have the bats to make starters look like Minor Leaguers, and leave them crying for their mommies after their starts.
Saturday’s game against the Texas Rangers was yet another example of the destruction our Bronx Bombers cause. We won the game 7-3, and secured the series win. This is the first time since 1926 that the Yankees have won the first four series of the season.
AJ Burnett pitched a gem. His pitches were nasty, especially his mean fastball. He shut out the Texan bats, and allowed six hits in his seven scoreless innings. He only walked two batters, and struck out seven. AJ was absolutely amazing. He didn’t have his “trademark” inning in which he gave up a few runs, only to settle down and pitch wonderfully for the remainder of his outing. He was lights-out from start to finish.
Another Yankee worth mentioning is Jorge Posada. Hip Hip had his 1500th career hit on Saturday, to become the fourth catcher (and 19th player) in Yankees History to reach that mark. Posada has been known to be one of the best catchers offensively, and now he joins the likes of Yogi Berra, Bill Dickey and Thurmon Munson as one of the Yankees’ elite catchers.
Congratulations, Jorge, on your 1500th career hit. I’m proud to say that I’ve seen every single one of those hits, and each one made me prouder to be a Yankee. Thank you for giving me these memories. Here’s to many more!
On a night where you’d expect our hitters to have some difficulties while facing our opposition’s ace pitcher, the Yankees lineup was hot. Base-hits galore, our batters forced Scott Feldman out of the game after just two innings. When Doug Mathis came in to relieve, our lineup continued the beatdown. Derek Jeter hit his third home run of the season in the third inning, while Alex Rodriguez dropped his first “A-Bomb” of the season in the fourth. Our hitters were on fire, but the most impressive performance came from Brett Gardner.
During one of the games which started at 3 a.m. this season, I was trying to find a nickname for Brett Gardner. In my second sleepless night in a row, the best I could come up with was “Speedy Brettzales“. A fellow Yankees fan said to me “Speedy Gardzales is better“. Indeed, it is. So, from now on, I shall nickname him Speedy Gardzales. His speed blows me away. Literally, he can do that.
Gardy had three singles on the night. What’s so great about that? Well, none of his hits reached the outfield grass, they were three infield singles. That is amazing. Granted, the Rangers don’t have the best fielders in the game, but Speedy Gardzales’ legs are enough to make Gold Glove winners nervous. In one of those singles, Brett’s running forced Feldman to throw the ball wide to his first baseman. In another single, Gardner beat out a throw from the
shortstop to the first baseman. While on base, Gardner stole second, forcing a throwing error that scored Posada.
Brett Gardner’s base-running allowed the Yankees to score the majority of their runs that game. Whether it was directly because of his singles, or because of his speed extending the innings, we might as well give him most of the RBIs.
In honor of Brett Gardner’s legs being a huge asset in our Yankees lineup, I came up with 20 facts you may have not known about Brett Gardner.
20 Facts About Brett Gardner
- Brett Gardner rounds the bases faster than Chuck Norris can complete a roundhouse kick.
- While running the bases, Brett Gardner shouts “¡Ándale! ¡Ándale! ¡Arriba! ¡Arriba!“
- Al Gore was wrong, Brett Gardner’s speed is the number one cause of Global Warming.
- Brett Gardner can hit an in-the-park home run, without having the ball reach the outfield grass.
- Researchers at the oil company I work for are examining Brett Gardner’s blood, to see if they can extract some of his DNA to create newer and faster jet fuel.
- Brett Gardner is actually a ninja.
- People think that Brett Gardner wasn’t playing in the previous two games. He was. He was just running around the field so fast that we couldn’t see him.
- Usain Bolt dreams of running as fast as Brett Gardner one day.
- To warm up before games, Brett Gardner runs Marathons in several cities, and finishes them in 20 minutes or less.
- In the time it took for the Mets to beat the Cardinals in yesterday’s 20-inning game, Brett Gardner ran around the entire planet. Twice.
- Brett Gardner is only fast on the field, in bed, he’s slower to the finish line than Jorge Posada is, running the bases.
- Brett Gardner is set to star in “The Fast and The Furious 5″, in which the cars will race him while he’s running. They will fail to beat him.
- Brett Gardner gives Red Bull, wings.
- Johnny who?
- Brett Gardner is faster than a 2007 Joba Chamberlain fastball.
- On his feet, Brett Gardner can win the Indy 500 while drivers are still on the second lap.
- Brett Gardner can steal second while carrying CC Sabathia on his back.
- Brett Gardner doesn’t need steroids. Steroids need Brett Gardner.
- President Obama is studying Brett Gardner’s speed as an alternative source of energy.
- Brett Gardner will steal your grandma’s pocketbook if she’s on the field.