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The Dark Knight Rises: The Return of Alex Rodriguez

a-rod-hit-his-first-home-run-of-the-year-and-now-yankees-fans-love-himForget about Matt Harvey. The Real “Dark Knight” of Gotham is Alex Rodriguez.

His story parallels the the last three Christian Bale Batman movies. Seriously think about it…

A-Rod saves the city in 2009 and delivers a world championship. Early on, Batman saves Gotham from the Scarecrow

A-Rod makes a few mistakes for PEDs, becomes the face of the steroid epidemic, and Commissioner Selig tells him to go away for a while. Batman takes the blame for Harvey Dent’s death and Commissioner Gordon tells him to go away for a while.

A-Rod works through his suspension, multiple injuries, and what seems to basically be depression as the Yankees crumble. Batman comes back from multiple injuries and his literal prison of despair to again help fight the injustice that has overtaken Gotham. A-Rod, like Batman in the third and final act, may not be as young as he once was, but he still has something left to prove to a lot of people.

There are more parallels for this story than just A-Rod being Batman.

Derek Jeter is obviously Harvey Dent. The White Knight of Gotham who saved the Yankees from the depths of nothing to bring them back to glory and restore sanity to the city. Alex Rodriguez accepted his suspension not only to sort out his own life, but to also not take away from Jeter’s last season. Jeter (Dent) gets all of the glory while Rodriguez sits in the shadows and waits until the city needs him again. I could totally see Jeter being nice in the spotlight and a total dick outside of Yankee Stadium…you know…kinda…what’s the word I’m looking for here? Oh yeah. Two-Faced.

David Ortiz is Bane. They are both roided out monsters who just mash things…well to be specific, Ortiz mashes baseballs and Bane mashes faces. Gotham hates both of them and they’ve done a lot to take the city down, whether it be by a Red Sox Championship or threatening to nuke the entire city. To be honest I’m not sure which is worse.

Madonna is Catwoman here. The woman that A-Rod has had, and I’m sure he wants again. He’ll end up in a small cafe somewhere with her as Joe Torre looks on knowingly. She may be 100 years old but she sure is still pretty damn flexible.

Yes, Joe Torre is Alfred. He was there for A-Rod during his early battles against the BoSox, and was his handler until he left in 2007. He was the older, wiser man in A-Rod’s life. Sure Torre batted him 8th against Verlander in 2006, but Alfred wasn’t always nice to Batman either. Torre has remained a part of the MLB and A-Rod’s life as the Executive VP of Baseball Operations. I’m not really sure what he does, but then again he may not either.

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Bud Selig plays he role of Commisoner Gordon here. He knows that steroids and A-Rod make the game better and more profitable, but he has to save face. Commissioner Gordon knows the city is better with Batman but he needs to save face as well. I really hate Selig and really like Gordon so this comparison really hurt to write.

We’ll soon find out if like Batman, A-Rod returns to glory and ends up getting his own statue in monument park. (Every other player seems to get one) Only time will tell if he’s ready to sacrifice himself for his fans, and this city.

If he is, then we can finally say:

Alex Rodriguez is back. The Dark Knight Rises.

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“It Will Be a War”-American League Championship Preview

“It Will Be a War”– Yankees pitcher Andy Pettitte

Game 1: Angels (John Lackey) at Yankees (CC Sabathia), Fri., Oct. 16, FOX

Game 2: Angels (Jered Weaver)at Yankees (A.J Burnett), Sat., Oct. 17, FOX

Game 3: Yankees (Andy Pettitte) at Angels (Scott Kazmir), Mon., Oct. 19, FOX

Game 4: Yankees (TBD) at Angels (TBD), Tues., Oct. 20, FOX

Game 5: Yankees (TBD) at Angels (TBD) (if nec.), Thurs., Oct. 22, FOX

Game 6: Angels (TBD) at Yankees (TBD) (if nec.), Sat., Oct. 24, FOX

Game 7: Angels (TBD) at Yankees (TBD) (if nec.), Sun., Oct. 25, FOX

Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim

Record:  97-65  American League West Champions

HOW THEY GOT HERE:

The Angels needed to pull out the rally monkey on the road in their dramatic, come-from-behind victory, in the clinching game three Division Series over the Boston Red Sox.  Former Yankee, Bobby Abreu, led the offense with a whopping .556 batting average while Vladimir Guerrero followed suit with a .400 batting average. Chone Figgins had a terrible series, going 0-12 and only reaching base once.

Pitching was key for the Angels, holding the normally potent Boston bats to a .158 batting average for the series.  John Lackey set the tone in game one throwing 7-1/3 shutout innings.  Jered Weaver contintued the strong pitching performances tossing 7-1/3 innings while only giving up one earned run in game two.  Newly aquired Scott Kazmir got hit hard, giving up five earned runs in six innings of work in game three.  The bullpen was excellent, only allowing one earned run in 5-1/3 innings pitched.

KEY PLAYERS:

Chone Figgins- Figgins tends to be a thorn in the Yankees’ side.  He needs to get on base where his speed can be a vital asset in helping the Angels manufacture runs.

John Lackey- Lackey has the challenge of squaring off with 19 game winner CC Sabathia.  Lackey needs another strong game one performance in order to get his team off on the right foot.

Jason Bulger and Kevin Jepsen- The Angels set-up men will have to bridge the gap between the starting staff and all-star closer Brian Fuentes.  The late innings are when the Yankees tend to win games, so these two will need to have their “A” game in every appearance.

New York Yankees

Record:  103-59    American League East Champions

HOW THEY GOT HERE:

The Yankees reached a three game sweep against the Minnesota Twins, their first playoff series victory since the 2004 Divisional Series.  Alex Rodriguez got the monkey off his back, belting three home runs with six runs batted in (RBI) while posting a .500 batting average.  Other than Rodriguez, Derek Jeter and Jorge Posada, the normally devestating Yankee offense, was dismal with Nick Swisher and Johnny Damon each hitting .083 for the series.  Robinson Cano and Melky Cabrera never got things going either, with each of them hitting a lack-luster .167.  Even Mark Teixeira hit only .167, but he did hit the walk-off home run in Game two that crushed any hope Minnesota had in the series.

Pitching got the Yankees past the Twins, with strong starting performances by CC Sabathia, A.J Burnett, and Andy Pettitte.  The bullpen combination of Joba Chamberlain and Phil Hughes bridged the gap to the always dependable Mariano Rivera.

KEY PLAYERS:

Alex Rodriguez- He proved he can carry the offense, but can he continue to keep his head where it’s been at?

CC Sabathia- Like Lackey, another strong pitching performance in game one can once again set the tone for the series.

Johnny Damon- Hitting .083 in the second spot in the order will not cut it this series.  It is crucial for Damon to get on base in order for Teixeira and Rodriguez to drive him in.

Phil Hughes and Joba Chamberlain- If each pitcher dominates as usual, the combination of Hughes, Chamberlain and Rivera will mean that each game could be over after the sixth inning.

Prediction The New York Yankees win a tough series in six games, although I can see it only going five as well.

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PLAYOFFS BABY!!!

I don’t know about the rest of you, but I am beyond pumped for the playoffs to start.

I feel like Cartman waiting for his Nintendo Wii.

But Mommmm!!!

But Mommmm!!!

I am kind of surprised Girardi kept three catchers on the roster, but I guess it’s just insurance since Posada and Molina are both old.  Speaking of those catchers, I am glad they have chosen to have Molina catch Burnett.  Remember, defense and pitching win championships and we all know how important Burnett will be this postseason.  If he is on, he is un-hittable, and he has pitched very well when Molina is behind the dish.

Congrats to the Twins for winning a thrilling game, but they are no match for the Yankees.

Keys for the Yanks:

Alex Rodriguez- He needs to keep his head straightened on right this year.  Although the bombers have an excellent lineup, they need him to produce.

Joba Chamberlain- If he can be anything near what he was out of the pen a couple years ago, the games will be over after the sixth inning, just like they were when Stanton and Nelson were setting up Rivera, or when Rivera set up Wetteland.

Prediction: A-Rod breaks out of his playoff slump with a huge series; expect a couple of dingers from him.  The Yankees will win in three and get to wait for the Red Sox and Angels to finish beating the crap out of each other.

LETS GO YANKEES!!!!!!!!!

-Brenden

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What To Do On An Off-Day

So the Yankees have an off day today…..what the heck is there to do?  If you’re a Yankee fan, your day is usually planned around watching the game, so you were pretty much screwed until now.

Here are the best things to do on an off-day:

-GO OUTSIDE!-

It may finally not rain in the northeast today, which is rarer than Joba reaching the eigth inning.

-Make a “David Roidtiz” shirt for this weekend-

Just make sure you wear it over your A-Rod jersey.

-Watch Yankees Classics-

Today it’s the legendary game where and I am quoting Direct TV’s info button on this one “Alex Rodriguez hits his 564th home run to pass Reggie Jackson; Yankees defeat Mets 9-1 due to numerous errors by the Mets. From June 26, 2009”.

So we have Giambi’s grand slam home run, Guidry striking out 18, Yankees- Red Sox, and then the Mets making 7 errors.  Seriously, how is that game a Yankee Classic?

Following Yankees Classics will be the highly anticipated premier of Yankeeography: Jerry Hairston Jr.

-Read a book!-

Yes, there are actually things with words on them that you don’t have to hit a power button to read. 

I highly recommend Tim Kurkjian’s: Is this a Great Game or What?

Good, funny book for baseball fans

Good, funny book for baseball fans

-Wish the Yanks had Roy Halladay-
Cause he is probably going to dominate the Yanks tomorrow
-Catch up on some sleep-
The Yanks head to the west coast soon, so you might want to rest up now.
That’s why I got one of these baby’s shipped to my house:
Micheal Jackson not included...what...too soon?

Michael Jackson not included...what...too soon? It's never too soon

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Even the A-Rod Book Doesnt Come Through in the Clutch

Selena Roberts = Epic Fail

Selena Roberts = Epic Fail

Lets rewind a few months ago when Sports Illustrated broke the biggest story to date in Baseball when it claimed Alex Rodriguez had tested positive for Steroids.

The author of the article, Selena Roberts was all over Television and was becoming the female version of Woodward and Bernstein.

A-Rod had been found out and Selena was being looked at this great author who then was gonna hit the double play with an entire book about A-Rod that would come out right around the Opening Day for the Yankees at their new ballpark. It was gonna easily be a best-seller.

The A-Rod got hurt, so the publisher moved the date back of when the booke would debut and it seemed only perfetc to have the book come out when A-Rod returned.

Yet, as we all know….Life isnt fair.

Lets have the AP explain this further.

Remember that tell-all book about A-Rod?

Just a month after making headlines with its allegations that the New York Yankees star likely used steroids as far back as high school, Selena Roberts’ “A-Rod: The Many Lives of Alex Rodriguez” has vanished from best seller lists.

Published in early May by HarperCollins with an announced first printing of 150,000, “A-Rod” has sold just 16,000 copies so far, according to Nielsen BookScan, which tracks about 75 percent of industry sales. The book sold 11,000 in its first week, then quickly faded.

At the Rizzoli Bookstore in midtown Manhattan, “A-Rod” has sold two copies. Twenty-seven copies have sold at Posman Books, based in Grand Central Terminal, but none in the past two weeks.

“I don’t think he’s ever been embraced by serious fans,” Logan Fox, a manager at Posman, said Wednesday. “He’s still considered an outsider.”

“A-Rod” fell off The New York Times’ hardcover list of nonfiction best sellers after three weeks, peaking at No. 9 in late May. As of Wednesday afternoon, the book ranked No. 2,904 on Amazon.com, where even James Frey’s discredited memoir “A Million Little Pieces”—at 1,776—is outselling it.

Ouch Selena, that really sucks for you.

It seems that not everyone can have their cake and eat it too. The Yankees have been rocking and rollin since A-Rod came back and he has been helping the Yankees fight for first place.

I hope the extra copies of you book keeps you warm at night Selena…..by using the books to help start a fire.

– The Falk

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