Do I Hear Yankees vs ……….

I’m not counting my chickens as of yet but for all sense and purpose if the Los Angeles Angels can’t get it done tonight against the New York Yankees . Then they might as well close it down for the remainder of the ALCS . Already up 2-0 in the best of seven games series. It’s hard seeing this Yankees’ team relinquishing the lead and then quite possibly losing the series outright. The last time they did that, was when they melted like butter against a hot knife in succumbing to the Boston Red Sox, in 2004 -in seven games (4-3). And if memory serves me correct , the Yankees were never the same after that. And the Red Sox went on to bigger and better things.

Vladimir   Guerrero (27)  and  teammate Bobby   Abreu (53)   celebrate   after   the  hitting  of  a  two  run    home   run   in   the   sixth   inning   off   Yankees'   starter   Andy  Pettite   in  the  sixth   inning  of   game   3   of  the  ALCS  played   at  Angels  Stadium  in   Anaheim ,   California  .     picture  appears   courtesy  of   getty  images /Kevork   Djansezian  ......................
Vladimir Guerrero (27) and teammate Bobby Abreu (53) celebrate after the hitting of a two run home run in the sixth inning off Yankees' starter Andy Pettite in the sixth inning of game 3 of the ALCS played at Angels Stadium in Anaheim , California . picture appears courtesy of getty images /Kevork Djansezian ......................

Now we come full circle, and the Yankees are once again atop of the food chain waiting for someone to feast on , in the World Series. But as I alluded to earlier it will be predicated upon them getting rid of the pesky Angels. Thus far they’ve dealt with their AL West rivals with some ease. Albeit , that their win in game two came under extenuating circumstances with the team having to go thirteen innings. Thus far, this Joe Girardi managed team has performed with a great deal of professionalism . And their starting pitching and their bullpen have performed exceptionally well. And if that wasn’t a cause for concern for the Angels’ Mike Sciocsia , he’s then got to deal with the Yankees’ offense. Which if anything has been the bane of the Angels in the series , so far.

Game 3 is at present being played in Anaheim and it’s a make or break game for the Los Angeles Angels. A loss and they’ve placed themselves in a crevasse where they would have to have the mindset of a David Blaine to extricate themselves from such a bind. And in they would most have to definitely rely on the heart and leadership qualities shown by Torii Hunter . That is what he was brought to this team for , in order to gain them that semblance of order and resilience. They were no longer able to rely on their stalwart and aging veteran, Vladimir Guerrero to provide them with that kind of resolve. Passing years and no doubt recurring injuries have slowed him down over the course of time.

Yankees'  starting  pitcher   in   game   3,  Andy  Pettite   reacts   after     Vladimir  Guerrero of  the  Angels   hits   a  two   run  homer  of   him  in  the  sixth   inning.       picture appears  courtesy  of  getty  images  / Stephen   Dunn ....................
Yankees' starting pitcher in game 3, Andy Pettite reacts after Vladimir Guerrero of the Angels hits a two run homer of him in the sixth inning. picture appears courtesy of getty images / Stephen Dunn ....................

Of this we can be sure there’d be nothing more pleasing for the hierarchy of MLB, if the two teams in the World Series were the Los Angeles Dodgers and the New York Yankees. As it’s tap into the two largest ad markets in the United States. And it would more likely than not bring about a ratings’ bonanza for the network broadcasting the event. Which in this case, would be the Fox network. There would be a bi-coastal presence in terms of the viewership and even amongst the the non-baseball fan there would definitely be a passing interest to the event. As the Yankees are a very recognizable name to even the non sporting enthusiast. That being said , that’s not to say that the Philadelphia Phillies aren’t without support. But their appearance against the AL representatives wouldn’t create the sort of interest that a Dodgers Yankees’ World Series would generate. And that’s despite the fact the Phillies would be chasing a second consecutive World Series title. As they’re seeking to successfully defend their crown , having defeated the Tampa Bay Rays last year. In no way is that meant to disparage the team or its fans . But facts are facts and in essence it’s the most desirable finale the game’s hierarchy and perhaps the vast majority of fans would seek. But as they say ” ……be careful what you wish for , as you can’t always have it your own way .”

As of now, we can only await the outcome of both the ALCS and NLCS series of games. The Phillies and Dodgers are entertaining us with a thoroughly exciting series that has ebbed and flowed in either direction. But with the Phillies now up 2-1 in the series. They’ll be looking to take control by taking the fourth game , in order to attain a two game advantage. If nothing else as an avid baseball fans all we can ask for is an exciting series of games. And no matter what the outcome from hereon in. Let’s just hope that whoever ends up in the World Series , we’ll be privileged enough to see an exciting brand of baseball being played as well it being a thoroughly entertaining series !

NB The game is now in the ninth inning at the top of the frame with it being tied at 4-4 . Linked summary provided below.

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Author: tophatal ...........

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7 thoughts on “Do I Hear Yankees vs ……….”

  1. Not so fast bucko. The Angeles beat the mighty Yankees. This could be a series after all. We will see what happens. Angels win in eleven.

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    1. Bobby Gee

      If you note at the time of the writing of this piece the game was still in progress. Hence the first sentence and if you note this is all on predicated on the Yankees overcoming the Angels.

      In the NLCS however , I believe it’s safe to say that the Dodgers have shot their load in losing to the Phillies !

      In all honesty do you really believe that the Angels will have the chance to shut down C.C . Sabathia tonight ? If he goes out and pitches 6 to 8 innings for the Yankees. Then you might as well call it a day , as the Angels haven’t been able to deal with him from the get-go.

      Alan Parkins

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    2. Bobby Gee

      This series is now essentially over ! Did I not say to you that Sabathia would essentially take the Angels apart ? So said , so done ! I know of what I speak and you can take that to the bank. ‘nough said !

      Alan Parkins

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  2. Hey Al,
    Nice job. I have to say that I’m pulling for the Angels in this series. A Phillies-Angels match up would not be ideal for MLB, which would be fine with me.

    See ya

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    1. aero

      I’m not surprised by that at all. As it’s the Yankees as such , that everyone either loves or hates . There are no in between’s when it comes to the mass fervor for this team on either side of the equation .

      It’s beginning to look though that we could quite possibly end up with a Phillies Yankees’ World Series. I think that Sabathia will eke out a win today in game 4. He’s proven to be money when it really counts . And if he goes in excess of 6 or 7 innings for the Yankees. Then it’s good night for the Angels , that’s for sure !

      Alan Parkins

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  3. Do you ever read Bill Simmons? He wrote a long article last week how the MLB should pray for Dodgers Yankees. It would be the ultimate Eastcoast Westcoast thing going! It doesn’t look like that’ll happen. Hopefully the Dodgers can extend the series, but that loss last night might be too crippling! I feel like the Angels pretty much HAVE to win!

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    1. chappy 81

      I don’t need to read Bill Simmons to know that a Yankees’ Dodgers’ World Series would be a god send to MLB. It’s as plain and simple as this as you’d have the two biggest ad and viewership markets in the US watching what may well be the biggest World Series in years in terms audience participation alone. The money to be made by the league’s corporate patrons would be enormous to say the least. A 10 1/2 to 13 share wouldn’t be out of the norm were it to happen. Especially for Fox , were the series to go 7 games. But then again we’re getting ahead of ourselves.

      I do however feel that either way , should it be the Yankees and Phillies . It would still make for a terrific series. And I’m not inclined to believe then that the Yankees ought to be the prohibitive favorites to win it all. The Phillies should match up well against them.

      Alan Parkins

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