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Posted by: Larry Fleisher on Jun 10, 2011 at 02:41:23 PM

Recently, I went to a book/cd sale at a local church where for five dollars I could fill up a bag with as many books/cds as possible.

To my surprise, I found the album for a band called "Semisonic", whose most-known hit from their 1998 album “Feeling Strangely Fine”, is called "Closing Time".

The song, which I first heard on a WFUV sampler CD for members, was believed to be about last call at a bar. Years later, it turned out to be about fatherhood.

Closing time
Open all the doors and let you out into the world
Closing time
Turn all of the lights on over every boy and every girl...

I know who I want to take me home
I know who I want to take me home
I know who I want to take me home...

By now, you might be wondering what this has to do with the Yankees and perhaps the biggest

Posted by: Larry Fleisher on Oct 9, 2010 at 05:03:57 PM

Today is Saturday October 9 and the last time October 9 occurred on a Saturday, guess what the Yankees were doing then:

Give up?

The answer is doing the same thing they hope to do tonight – eliminate the Twins from the ALDS.

That night in 2004 and playing in the Metrodome, the Yankees needed four hours, 16 minutes and 11 innings to advance to the ALCS. Like they have in the last two years against the Twins, the Yankees also were comeback winners, except the deficit was not one or two runs.

It was four runs as the Yankees fell behind 5-1 against Johan Santana (87 pitches in five innings on three days rest) and Grant Balfour. The comeback began against Juan Rincon as Bernie Williams lined a single and Ruben Sierra crushed a three-run home run.

The series was won when Tom Gordon

Posted by: Larry Fleisher on Oct 8, 2010 at 05:08:05 PM

If Brian Cashman said yes during the winter of 2008, Phil Hughes might have been wearing the colors of the Minnesota Twins and answering questions about why his team can’t beat the Yankees in a postseason series.

If Cashman pulled the trigger on sending Hughes to Minnesota, Johan Santana might be answering questions (assuming he doesn’t have the same health problems as he does with the Mets) about how the Yankees dominate the Twins in the postseason.

It was a move that some took the Yankees to task because the year they did not make the playoffs and settled for finishing with 89 wins.

The move already looks good because of what has become of Hughes and Santana.

Hughes was the eighth-inning guy on a championship team, a role so vital that Jorge Posada thought was among the more

Posted by: Larry Fleisher on Oct 8, 2010 at 02:44:00 AM

The division series is always the most nerve-wracking, even as the Yankees fall behind early but my belief is the same as the players. Many times early deficits are nothing to worry about and in the first two games of this round, they have been right.

In fact the last five divisional series games have been comeback wins for the Yankees, so naturally curiosity strikes. When it does, it makes me want to know how many of these types of wins the Yankees have had during the divisional series.

The Yankees have now won their last six games when the opponent scores first in the divisional series. The last time they scored first and won was in Game One of the 2006 ALDS against Detroit when they scored five in the third on six straight hits off Nate Robertson.

Every postseason victory over the

Posted by: Larry Fleisher on Sep 23, 2010 at 02:19:56 AM

When you are a team contending for the World Series, the six months you hope to be playing can be equated to a war that is played out on the field. Over the course of time, there will be small battles and occasionally a manager will concede.

In other words you are losing the battle to win the war and that is what happened last night.

Though Joe Girardi might not have envisioned a two-hour rain delay ending A.J. Burnett’s night after three innings and 51 pitches, he might have been thinking about the bigger picture when it comes with bullpen usage when encountering those circumstances.

That is the advantage of 40-man rosters after Sept 1, something that has existed since 1968 and recently become a popular topic to debate.

So what Girardi tried to do is get through a game with his

Posted by: Larry Fleisher on Sep 15, 2010 at 02:05:23 AM

Watching Kerry Wood blow a fastball past B.J. Upton for an eighth-inning strikeout led me to wonder, is his regular-season performance the best of any Yankee reliever acquired by Brian Cashman in the middle of the year?

The qualifier of regular season is used for two reasons. One is that Wood has not appeared in the postseason as a Yankee and secondly other relievers have been sub-standard in the regular-season and lights out in the playoffs (Damaso Marte).

Here are Wood’s numbers since his acquisition from the Indians and below are the other relievers obtained by Cashman during the year.

In 19 games, Wood is 2-0 with a 0.43 ERA. In 20 2/3 innings, Wood has allowed one run and 11 hits, one home run, walked 11 and struck out 23. He also not allowed a run in his last appearances

Posted by: Larry Fleisher on Sep 4, 2010 at 09:10:52 PM

A week ago, the Yankees began an eight-game winning streak with a homerun filled victory in Chicago.

That night the starting pitching produced the following: seven innings, nine hits and five runs.  The relievers produced two innings and four runs on seven hits.

Other than that night for the most part during the longest winning streak of the year, the numbers have somewhat been reversed.

During this winning streak, the starting pitchers have pitched 45 innings for an ERA of 5.20. On three occasions a starting pitcher has not lasted long enough to qualify for the win and this is a stretch that includes a dominating performance by CC Sabathia and A.J. Burnett’s best start in at least a month.

That brings us to the bullpen, which since July 26 has pitched 115 innings and allowed

Posted by: Larry Fleisher on Aug 27, 2010 at 03:17:09 AM

In the regular season, Kerry Wood has thrown 21,767 pitches to 5539 batters since breaking into the major leagues as a hard-throwing 20-year-old with the Chicago Cubs in 1998.

Wood struck out 233 in 166 2/3 innings that year, numbers you will unlikely see many rookie pitchers produce ever again.  The reason might be that Wood missed all of 1999 after undergoing "Tommy John" surgery.  That was the first of several significant injuries and one of the more recent ailments forced Wood to evolve as a pitcher.

That meant adding a cutter, a pitch you definitely associate Mariano Rivera with.  Essentially it is a fastball that has some break as it approaches the plate.

It is a pitch that can wow you the first time you see it, just ask anyone that Rivera retired on it in his early