All sorts of strange things are going on in the world of New York sports. The Giants can’t seem to get a win (and barely a touchdown) while forgetting how to play defense the last three weeks. The Jets have lost four of the last five after winning their first three (including a win over the Patriots). If that wasn’t strange enough for you an American by the name of Meb Keflezighi won the New York City Marathon (first time since 1982).
In Game 1 the Phillies were only able to get 4 hits off ace CC Sabathia, but two were homers by Chase Utley as the Phillies went on to win in convincing fashion 6-1. A team like the Yankees would not go quietly into the night of course as A.J Burnett pitched a stellar game in the Game 2. Pedro Martinez also pitched a heck of a game for the Phillies only allowing six hits, but two of them were homers as the Yankees evened the series at 1-1 before the series moved to Philly. Neither starting pitcher did exceptionally well in Game 3 which will be forever remembered for the homerun that A-rod was awarded after an instant replay. The bats on both teams were more active in this game as the Yankees pulled ahead in the Series 2-1 with an 8-5 victory.
The Yankees would love to win in front of their home crowd, but with all the strange things going on in NYC (as previously mentioned) they may want to try to take care of business in Philly. Sunday night had CC Sabathia back on the mound against Joe Blanton. After having a terrific regular season (19 wins with a 3.4 ERA) the 290 pound giant would love to redeem himself after the Game 1 loss. Although he did not look his best, Sabathia was not bad at all leaving after Chase Utley knocked another one out of the park on him in the 7th. The Phillies were not worried after Pedro Feliz hit the tying homer off of Joba Chamberlain in the 8th. Some savvy base running by the old man, Johnny Damon, and a clutch hit by A-rod off of closer Brad Lidge gave the win to the Yankees bringing them a game closer from winning their 27th world title.
A.J. Burnett will take the mound in Game 5 and would be a World Series MVP candidate if he turns in a performance like he did in Game 2 (7 innings, 4 hits, 1 ER, and 9 Ks). I’d like to say that the Phillies will pull one out here, but I highly doubt it now. Initially I though this series might go the distance and take all 7 games for a champion to be crowned. After a Game 1 defeat, the Yankees starting playing like the champions Steinbrenner spent over a billion dollars collecting. Baseball is a game where momentum can make a huge difference and right not it is all in the hands of the Yankees.
This one will not be going seven after all, but will probably end after Monday night. As the Yankees ride off into the sunset they will perhaps look to drink a few Sunset Red Ales from Brooklyn’s own Chelsea Brewing Company. This beer strikes an incredible balance between malt and hops to give it a truly unique and flavorful aroma and taste. A caramel flavor comes from the use of crystal malt in the brewing process with American Ale Yeast adding a delightful fruitiness. Sunset Red Ale is a fine brew to celebrate wining the 105th World Series with.