11/06/09 5:00 PM EST
They said it: Spotlight stays in Empire State
Chatter continues to abound after Yankees take home title
By / MLB.com
Each day, the MLB.com Pulse of the Postseason keeps track of the best of 'em.
No rain on Yanks parade ...
In case you missed it, there was a parade in downtown New York today celebrating the Yankees World Series title. And all the players got keys to the city.
Nick Swisher tweeted live from the parade and from the looks of things, had quite the stellar time.
"Late Show with David Letterman" head writer Eric Stangel cracked that the confetti this year consists of shredded worthless GM stock certificates.
The Newark Star-Ledger's favorite TV moment was when Jose Molina was described as a "very special guest."
SI.com's Jimmy Traina wondered how Matsui was stuck in a parade car with Hinske, Gardner and Ramiro Pena.
Alex Rodriguez shared a car with Jay-Z and was spotted throwing up a Roc-A-Fella diamond in the air.
The New York Post's Joel Sherman wanted to know the over/under of how many of the Yankees players will show up at Madison Square Garden for LeBron tonight.
Speaking of LeBron, CC Sabathia said "I should have invited him down and let him know what it's like to win in New York City."
MLB.com's Noah Cozlov kept waiting for A.J. Burnett to smack Michael Kay with a shaving cream pie to the face.
And finally, unrestricted free agent Johnny Damon thinks he "can come back and do a good job again."
The buzz ...
Joe Girardi appeared on WFAN today and mentioned that he wanted to wear number 28 next season.
This isn't good news for Shelley Duncan.
Derek Jeter had zero doubt that the Yankees would win last night once he heard "Enter Sandman" blaring on the loudspeaker.
Regis talked Yankees earlier today and thinks there is no way the Bronx Bombers can let go of Hideki Matsui.
Jayson Stark had an interesting take on the "Pride" of the Yankees.
Where does this Yankees team rank amongst the franchise's greatest ever? Let's find out.
Make sure to check the late-night talk-show circuit tonight, as Derek Jeter, Jorge Posada and Andy Pettitte will be chatting with David Letterman.
Also, make sure to catch Joba Chamberlain on "Late Night with Jimmy Fallon
In case you didn't see it, here's a story on the bizarre scene with Pedro Martinez after last night's game.
Tim McCarver was on the Dan Patrick Show earlier today and gave some loud praise to Alex Rodriguez.
While Mark Grace chatted with Patrick about the long tenure of dominance of Mariano Rivera.
And finally, if you are planning on going to the Yankees parade tomorrow down Broadway, you'll probably want to click here.
About last night ...
So apparently last night was the 27th World Series title for the Yankees.
First thing on the Yankees offseason agenda according to Dick Vitale: Bring back Matsui and Damon, Baby!!
David Letterman devoted an entire Top Ten list to expensive Yankees tickets: Top Ten Questions To Ask Yourself Before Paying $24,900 For A World Series Ticket.
The good people at "Good Morning America" dipped into some playoff talk.
The New York Post's Joel Sherman has a good read on the Yankees bullpen, especially Rivera and key lefty Damaso Marte.
Jerry Crasnick would like to officially welcome Hideki Matsui into Yankees lore.
While Tim Smith from the New York Daily News thinks that last night's title finally validates all of Joe Girardi's questionable decision making.
Alex Rodriguez can get used to this whole winning thing.
And speaking of A-Rod, the New York Times writes how though the perception of Rodriguez has changed, the man himself hasn't.
Your final Mike Lupica fix of the postseason: In New Stadium, Title Seems Right at Home.
The Philadelphia Inquirer's Phil Sheridan thought hte Phillies simply didn't play like champions.
Will last night go down as the night when Pedro lost his magic?
And finally, Yankees fan LeBron James might be playing for the Knicks in 2010 but he won't be attending the World Series parade tomorrow.
Post-game tweactions ...
So the Yankees just clinched their 27th World Series championship. Champagne is everywhere, players are going bongos, yadda yadda yadda ... let's see what went down on Twitter.
Pre-game festivities had a nervous Mary J. Blige performing the national anthem.
And the Newark Star-Ledger says she still has her fastball.
But do Pedro and Pettitte?
Jeremy Piven and Brian Urlacher spotted on the field before the first pitch. No word on Urlacher's availability for Medellin II.
And while the Yanks have Ari Gold and a Bears linebacker in their corner, the Phillies have Chuck Liddell rooting for them. Call it a pick'em.
Scott Brosius throwing out the first pitch? Sure, why not?
First interesting prediction of the night comes courtesy of Tyler Kepner: "'Empire State of Mind' will jump the shark as soon as World Series is over. It'll be like "We Are Family" to 1979 Pirates."
Anyway, Matsui gets to Pedro early with a two-run homer and the Godzilla-is-your-daddy catcalls begin.
And yes, "That 70's Show" actor Danny Masterson IS wearing his Matsui t-shirt jersey during the game.
Anyway, "Saturday Night Live" head writer, "Weekend Update" anchor and Red Sox diehard Seth Meyers now knows how Richard Williams feels when Serena plays Venus by watching Pedro pitch to Johnny Damon.
Skip Bayless puts the nail on Pedro's coffin for the night: "Pedro has nothing. Even off speed stuff isn't dancing as has been. Yanks one pitch away from championship."
Marvel Comics' Matt Fraction is not amused by the New York Post picture of Baby Pedro.
Meanwhile, Matsui comes through again and Paul Mecurio is sad that the free-agent-to-be is likely playing his last game as a Yankee.
While Omar Epps is just walking on sunshine with excitement.
Kerry Rhodes was internally fist-pumping.
Ivanka Trump with a "I heart Hideki" post.
And Fabolous with a predictable Matsui-is-your-daddy comment.
Meanwhile, the Phillies look a little rattled and Good Charlotte guitarist Benjamin Madden wants them to "Get. It. Together." Well. O.K. Then.
"Late Show with David Letterman" head writer Eric Stangel would like the world to know that he is watching Game 6 of the World Series on short rest and holding up pretty well.
And with the Yankees rolling, Phils fan Kelly Ripa called it a night.
Interesting fact of the night: If the Yankees hold on, it will mark the sixth time they have kept an NL team from repeating as World Series champs.
And there's Matsui with his sixth RBI of the night and Skip Bayless thinks Godzilla will be the MVP of the series.
Ryan Howard made it interesting with a two-run blast, which Packers running back Ryan Grant predicted.
Al Roker will be working on about three hours of sleep for tomorrow's show.
And there's the "Enter Sandman" music. Probably not a good sign for Phillies fans.
But Adam Levine from Maroon 5 is still holding out hope for "a miracle."
If Mo closes it out, USA Today's Bob Nightengale thinks MVP honors should go to either Rivera or Matsui.
Three more outs of the World Series and CNN's Rob Marciano could not be more excited.
Incredible stat from Tim McCarver on Fox: Yankees are 203-1 all-time when Rivera pitches with a four-run lead.
Posanski: four-run lead. "I am the Great Rivera and I walk you Ruiz because I like your style. I allow you Rollins to hit fly ball to warning track."
Anyway, Victorino grounds out to Cano and grown men in pinstripes are jumping up and down.
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And yes, Chase Utley's hair is still flawless as he sits in the dugout.
Pre-game buzz ...
It's the calm before the storm that is Game 6 of the World Series. Let's see what all the chatter is about ...
Ladies and gentlemen, throwing out the first pitch tonight: Mr. Scott Brosius.
Skip Bayless takes a page out of the Black Eyed Peas and has a feelin' that tonight's gonna be a good good night for the Yankees.
Anyway, baseball guru Keith Law was on "Mike and Mike in the Morning" today and defended Joe Girardi's use of a short rotation.
This is because Pettitte's history of pitching on short rest has been not-so stellar.
Buster Olney also joined the two Mikes and thinks that since no one from the Yankees has had a dominating series, Chase Utley could legitimately win World Series MVP even if New York wins.
Pittsburgh Steelers great Jerome Bettis joined the "Boomer and Carton" show and thinks the Yanks are going to "lock it up" tonight.
Dick Vitale also tossed his hat into the prediction ring, saying that Mariano Rivera will propel the Yanks to victory.
So about that recession: Game 6 of the World Series is the highest grossing event in StubHub history. Demand surging average sales beyond $1,000 per ticket.
And for those type of prices, Kelly Ripa wants to "sit in the dugout and in the locker room during the shower part."
And finally, Bill Simmons had Cousin Sal on for his podcast and tried to persuade Sal -- a Mets fan -- to root for the Phillies.
Afternoon delight ...
Mary J. Blige is already at Yankee Stadium rehearsing for the national anthem. That must mean there's a baseball game tonight.
But before we get to the serious stuff, check out this clip of the Phillie Phanatic from last night's Letterman show.
Meanwhile, the ratings for the World Series have been so good that Fox offered Melky Cabrera their 10:00 P.M. slot, joked Letterman.
And the Sports Guy says that Pedro Martinez is telling friends that, win or lose tonight, he wants people to always remember how bad his hair looked.
Anyway, here's the inside scoop on the Phillies courtesy of Warren Sapp: "We Ready."
Jay Crawford from "ESPN First Take" wants the season to be extended to a Game 7. And refers to himself as a seamhead.
And even though Al Roker has to be up at the crack of dawn tomorrow, he'll be up tonight rooting on his Yankees.
"Yanks in 6 Baby! A little Sinatra-New York New York! The Big Apple will rock!" .... Yup, that's Dick Vitale.
Anyway, Jets kicker Jay Feely doesn't think it gets much better than a Yankees win with homegrown Andy Pettitte on the mound.
With the Yankees one win away from their 27th title, Joe Girardi better be right, says Mike Lupica.
There's only one Mr. October and his name isn't Chase Utley, says the New York Post.
Speaking of Utley, he might be in line for the ultimate consolation prize.
But not if David "Boomer" Wells has anything to say about it.
And finally, here are five reasons the Phillies can win this series. Shockingly, none of them include Cole Hamels or Brad Lidge.
The waiting is the hardest part ...
There's been a lot of talk about a potential incident between Brett Myers and Cole Hamels, but as far as Leslie Gudel is concerned, nothing happened and it's all a big misunderstanding.
Speaking of Hamels, former Phillies closer Mitch Williams thinks the Phils should go with J.A. Happ, not Hamels in a potential Game 7.
And ESPN "First Take" host Jay Crawford agrees.
Buster Olney went on "Mike and Mike in the Morning" and weighed in as well.
And Red Sox personality Jerry Remy thinks the Phils should send out Cliff Lee for every game.
Meanwhile, considering how everything turned out, Dick Vitale still thinks that Charlie Manuel made a mistake holding Cliff Lee back from Game 4.
While Skip Bayless is concerned that Game 6 starter Andy Pettitte may not be physically ready.
Speaking of Game 6, Diamondbacks outfielder Eric Byrnes doesn't quite understand the Pedro Martinez bandwagon.
A lot of the buzz still centers on Chase Utley's heroics and Chris Carton from the "Boomer and Carton Show" thinks the Yankees should have gone head-hunting at the Phillies second baseman.
While Dan Patrick believes that regardless of who ends up winning the series, Chase Utley should be named World Series MVP.
Dan LeBatard can't fathom how the Yankees have $1.1 billion locked up in 10 players and have only three starting pitchers and one reliever to show for it.
While Regis is just all in a tizzy over the whole three-day's rest fiasco.
Afternoon delight ...
Orioles fan, Phillies supporter and "Good Charlotte" guitarist Benji Madden was amped up after last night's Philly win.
Same goes for "It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia" star Danny DeVito.
Anyway, remember that time the Phillies were hot after Roy Halladay? Neither do they.
Chase Utley has quite the swing, says SI.com's Joe Posnanski.
While the quiet Utley is now forever linked to Reggie Jackson.
Staying with the Phillies theme, should Game 7 come to fruition, would a shaky Cole Hamels get a shot at redemption?
And after Ryan Madson got the save last night, what's the deal with Brad Lidge?
Shifting to the boys from the Bronx, CC Sabathia is in line to start a potential Game 7, and he's already set the Yankees record for most innings pitched in one postseason.
Despite last night's loss, Mike Lupica believes that the Yankees late rally sent a message to the Phils.
ESPN.com's Gene Wojciechowski had an interesting take on A.J. Burnett and his terrible horrible no good very bad day.
And finally, David Letterman joked about how long the length of the baseball season in last night's Top Ten list.
Post-game tweactions ...
Larry King with the first tweet of the night: "I'd like to see the Phillies win tonight so the series can keep going..."
Let's see if the Suspenders King gets his wish:
The Yankees were Melky-free tonight and it might be by virtue of some karma.
Canadian-born Alanis Morissette started things off by singing the national anthem. Now, Alanis is from Canada. Just sang the anthem in Philly. Phils lost to Toronto in 1993. Isn't it Ironic?
New York Post's Mike Vaccaro noted that the time A.J. Burnett pitched a close-out game on the road, the Angels scored four before he ever got an out. Just sayin'.
Packers running back Ryan Grant was wishfully thinking of a two-run Yankees win.
Anyway, Chase Utley started the hitting brigade with a three-run blast and Dan Le Batard wants to know if he is having the greatest postseason that no one is talking about in the history of ever.
With that kind of run support for Cliff Lee, a Phillies fan sign of "It ain't over until HK sings" might prove true.
Meanwhile, Yankees fan Martha Stewart was watching the game on TV and is hoping the Bronx Bombers will wrap it up next time out in New York ... if necessary.
Comedian Lisa Lampanelli enjoyed A.J. Burnett's attempts at hitting.
After Burnett got lit up ESPN.com's Rob Neyer did his best Larry David impression when writing that Chad Gaudin was looking "PRETTY PRETTY good right now."
This was followed by Phils fan John Daly reminding the world that if the Red Sox could come back against the Yankees in '04, the Phillies can do the same.
Marvel Comics' Joe Quesada thinks that a shaving cream pie might cheer Burnett up after this one.
"Late Night with David Letterman" head writer Eric Stangel hopes to watch Eric Hinske and Matt Stairs brawl in a steel cage match.
Meanwhile, Cliff Lee was cruising and MLB.com's Jordan Bastian was wondering who had the wetter playoff hat, Lee or John Wetteland?
And the winner is ... Joba Chamberlain!
Anyway, Utley went deep again to tie Reggie Jackson for the most homers ever in a World Series with five. Carson Daly thinks Utley might win World Series MVP regardless of who wins the Series.
While former beastly offensive lineman Will Anderson thinks Utley is a beast in his own right.
After the Yankees started rallying in the ninth inning, DJ Clue got very excited. That's a shame ...
This led SI.com's Joe Posnanski to question whether ANYONE was available in the Phillies bullpen, including Jose Mesa and Ricky Bottalico.
Anyway, Jeter grounded into an untimely double play and Ryan Madson and the Phils stayed alive with the series heading back to New York with the Yankees up 3-2.
The calm before the storm ...
Despite last night's loss, Buster Olney told "Mike and Mike in the Morning" that Manuel was right to save Cliff Lee for Game 5 and that sometimes "you need to trust the depth of your rotation."
But enough about last night, with Game 5 on the horizon, tweeps like Rangers reliever C.J. Wilson want to know if the Phillies have a chance to come back and win this thing.
Least marketable way to promote tonight's game? It's the battle of Arkansas between Razorback natives Cliff Lee and A.J. Burnett!
Speaking of Burnett, he apparently threw 84.6 % first-pitch strikes in Game 2. Rest of the season? 58.7%.
Taking a walk in the be-careful-what-you-wish-for aisle, Yankees fan Fabolous "kinda wants them 2 lose so they can win it at home."
Meanwhile, Regis Philbin can already taste the title for the Yanks.
But he might want a crash course in history, as three of 19 teams down 3-1 with Game 4 at home have rallied to win World Series.
Anyway, want to know the best way to becoming the new Mr. October? Start by getting chummy with the original Mr. October.
And finally, the New York Post's Mike Vaccaro has the strangest prediction for tonight's game: Yankees lose unless Jeter homers off Lee in the first inning.
Well, then ...
Afternoon delight ...
The World Series has been quite the dramatic little shindig, and Chris Cuomo from "Good Morning America" just can't get enough.
Meanwhile, with the Yanks up 3-1 thanks in large part to the $180 million trio of Teixeira, Sabathia and Burnett, Jay Crawford from ESPN "First Take" thinks they should be coined the World $erie$ Champ$.
Anyway, in the newspaper circuit, New York Post's John Harper thought Johnny Damon's stolen base heard 'round the world made all the difference last night.
And Victor Rojas notes that Scott Boras couldn't be happier about it.
So Boomer Wells has been writing guest columns for the Post which are never not entertaining. And this one is about A-Rod and Kate Hudson.
Columnist extraordinaire Mike Lupica also jumped on the A-Rod writing train.
And while the whole world has been heaping praise on the Yanks, Bill Madden from the Post couldn't restrain himself from playing Debbie Downer and blasting the team for the "Joba Rules."
Meanwhile, Yahoo! Sports Jeff Passan didn't like that whole let's-save-our-best-starter-for-Game-5 thing.
So about those Jimmy Rollins "Phils in 5" predictions ...
Speaking of the Phillies, the New York Times doesn't think that the reigning champs are in need of any pep talks.
While the Philadelphia Inquirer begrudgingly thinks that the end is near.
In large part due to the haunting of World Series past.
And finally, TNT's Kenny "The Jet" Smith flashed his New York pride, thinking the Phillies need a nice slice of humble pie.
Post-game tweactions ...
Skip Bayless may have said it best in capturing the enormity of Game 4: "If Phillies win tonight, Manuel will be a genius for skipping CLee on 3 days rest. If not, he'll be country goat."
Let's find out which of the two options it is.
And half the people MLB.com's Jesse Sanchez talked to thought Joe Blanton was going to get rocked. The other half didn't think CC could perform again on three-days rest.
Mr. Ed Lover himself was excited for the game and thought the Yankees would be extra motivated after the Giants were blasted by the Eagles earlier in the day.
Want to know what Derek Jeter, Minka Kelly and Jorge Posada had for dinner last night at Barclay Prime? Yes you do (kobe filet, lobster bisque, scallops in bacon & more).
The Yankees have the likes of Kate Hudson, Kurt Russell, Kelly Ripa, Rudy Guiliani and others show up to their games. The Phillies have Audrina Patridge.
So before the game Jeter was awarded the Roberto Clemente Award and Hank Aaron Award. Joe Posnanski found this amusing.
Anyway, the game started and next thing you know A-Rod is getting plunked by Blanton. And Danny Masterson did not like this.
FYI, when Maria Menounos isn't asking Chet about his religious beliefs in "Real World" reunion shows, she's taking pictures of Chase Utley at Citizens Bank Park.
It only took until the fifth inning of Game 4 for New York Post's Joel Sherman to make a Brandon Jacobs-Ryan Howard joke.
And for Samantha Ronson to realize that yes, there is a World Series game tonight.
Rams running back Steven Jackson enjoyed his first win of the year on Sunday vs. the Lions and is celebrating by watching Game 4 in an ice bath.
So Joba Chamberlain came in for the hold in the eighth inning and Marvel Comics' Joe Quesada couldn't restrain himself from making a midges joke.
And Fabolous couldn't believe Joba actually let up the homer to Feliz.
And comedian Lisa Lampanelli didn't realize that the "Joba Rules" included giving up a game-tying home run.
Meanwhile, with game tied 4-4, suspended Magic forward Rashard Lewis just had to know who the world was rooting for this Fall Classic. (Rashard is "rollin with the Yankees," if you're curious).
After A-Rod gave the Yanks back the lead, Carson Daly couldn't help but heap praise towards the Yanks slugger.
What happens in Philly ...
With the Yankees' Game 3 victory thoroughly digested and an all-important rematch looming in the not-so-distant future, fans and the media turned their attention to Game 4.
Charlie Manuel's choice to start Joe Blanton was the topic du jour, as many wondered if the decision would haunt Philly for years to come.
Given Blanton's numbers vs. the Yanks, can you blame anyone for questioning the skipper's sanity?
Of course, nobody pointed fingers when Cole Hamels took the hill for Game 3, and that one didn't end up so great, either.
Call him dramatic, but the Philadelphia Inquirer's Joe Sheridan has officially dubbed Hamels the Hamlet of this postseason.
You'd still trust Hamels more than Brad Lidge, though ... wouldn't you?
On the other hand, Joe Girardi seems to have won over the masses by sticking with his big gun for the biggest game yet.
It's funny how one move can absolve a manager of all his past digressions ... isn't it, David Wells?
Newsday's Jim Baumbach had the opposite observation: The Giants would be catching a lot more flak if the Yanks weren't so good.
Derek Jeter may not have been watching football, although he did have a lovely dinner last night with his girlfriend and "Friday Night Lights" star Minka Kelly.
And finally, it wouldn't be the Pulse if the legendary Ed Lover weren't making Game 4 predictions.
About last night ...
Behind the pitching of Andy Pettitte and the power of Alex Rodriguez, Hideki Matsui and Nick Swisher, the Yankees defeated the Phillies 8-5 in a pivotal Game 3 Saturday night to take a 2-1 World Series lead.
Though the bats played a crucial role in the Yanks win, Mike Lupica thinks it was dandy Andy who made the world of a difference.
While praise was hailed towards Pettitte, his counterpart -- 2008 World Series MVP Cole Hamels -- got chastised by Philadelphia Inquirer columnist Phil Sheridan.
Yahoo! Sports' Tim Brown (no, not THAT Tim Brown) thought Hamels' biggest mistake was allowing Pettitte's hit.
One of the key plots of the postseason has been Joe Girardi's loyalty in sticking with his players. And Mike Vaccaro thinks it paid off last night.
What's the deal with timely hitter and free-agent-to-be Hideki Matsui? Tyler Kepner investigates.
A-Rod's two-run homer, approved by instant replay, marked the first time instant replay was used in a Fall Classic.
The New York Post thinks that last night's win gives the Yankees all the momentum.
Remember that time Rudy Guiliani had awesome seats at Yankee Stadium? That time is no more.
Meanwhile, Ryan Howard still can't figure out Yankees pitching.
Finally, there is some good news for Phillies fans: The last two times the Yankees have won Game 3 in the World Series, they have gone on to lose the series (2001, 2003).
Post-game tweactions ...
Rain delay in Philadelphia during the World Series ... sound familiar?
So after one hour and twenty minutes they decided to play a baseball game. And Vice President Joe Biden couldn't have been happier about it.
And (un)surprisingly, New York Mayor Mike Bloomberg was rooting for the Yankees.
While Joel Madden was cheering for the Phils.
Anyway, Ryan Howard caught the ceremonial first pitch from Mike Schmidt, and New York Times writer Tyler Kepner thinks Howard would prefer to channel the 1980 Mike Schmidt and not the 1983 one for tonight.
It only took one inning for Pete Abraham to crown Phillies fans as the loudest of the Series.
2008 World Series MVP Cole Hamels started off the night darting strikes and Rob Neyer could not have been more impressed.
A-Rod made a couple errors and WFAN New York was not too happy about it.
And "Heroes" actor Gregg Grunberg provided some other incriminating evidence on the Yankees third baseman.
Maybe if Warren Sapp used more exclamation marks, Ryan Howard wouldn't have struck out six straight times.
Speaking of former professional athletes, Stephon Marbury blessed "all that love love" and apparently that includes the Yankees.
Anyway, Fox showed a closeup of Phillies manager Charlie Manuel which triggered this zinger from "Late Show with David Letterman" head writer Eric Stangel: "Charlie Manuel looks like the guy who gives pennies out on Halloween..."
After A-Rod's controversial homer was overturned by instant replay, baseball Yoda Joe Sheehan was quite pleased.
While the New York Post's Joel Sherman wondered if Jeffrey Maier came to Citizens Bank Park on Halloween dressed as a camera.
If you are wondering why Samantha Ronson wasn't watching the game, it's because she was searching for it on Sirius.
But that Dr. Phil, oh, he was watching that World Series.
Meanwhile, a scuffling Nick Swisher home run and Jets safety Kerry Rhodes was so pleased when "people are successful when they are being doubted!!!"
Not to be outdone, Jayson Werth clobbered his second homer shortly thereafter and he nailed the Geico sign. Anthony Di Como thinks that Werth knows that 15 minutes can save him 15 percent or more on his car insurance.
Anyway, Howard continued to slump and SI.com's Joe Posnanski wanted to clear the air and blame Subway -- not Sports Illustrated -- for the curse.
And finally, after tossing just five pitches, Jimmy Traina can't wait to hear everyone say this might affect him for tomorrow.
The calm before the storm ...
Remember that time Game 3 starter Andy Pettitte was almost dealt to the Phillies? No? Well, here you go.
Speaking of Pettitte, the veteran lefty is only the second pitcher in history to take part in eight World Series.
And Charlie Manuel is not so impressed.
And Manuel doesn't like Tim McCarver telling him how to manage his team, either.
Anyway, want to see Jon Stewart on "The Daily Show" compare Mayor Mike Bloomberg to Derek Jeter? Yes, yes you do.
In your daily Mike Lupica fix, the Yanks need Mo hitting, less Rivera.
While John Harper of the New York Daily News thinks sooner or later, the Yankees bullpen will have to save Mo.
The New York Post examines Charlie Manuel's decision to save Cliff Lee for Game 4.
And while the Post questions Manuel's move, Cliff Lee has no qualms with it.
If you had October 31st for when David Wells would go off on Phillies fans in your office pool, you win.
And finally, the secret to Mark Teixeira's success? Peanut butter and jelly sandwiches.
The day after ...
Last night's game reminded John Gonzalez of a Hunter S. Thompson adjective. Or maybe a muppet baby. One of the two.
New York Daily News columnist John Harper thought that at last, Joe Girardi's managerial moves came up Milhouse.
Mike Lupica had some sterling praise for Yankees legend Mariano Rivera.
While Jayson Stark was quite impressed the pitching of one A.J. Burnett.
In the world of television and radio, David Letterman continued to show that baseball fever but he's wondering about the whereabouts of Kate Hudson.
While the Sports Guy, Bill Simmons made it clear to Stephen Colbert that Red Sox Nation is rooting for the Phillies.
Tina Fey was Jay Leno's guest during his "10@10" segment and let the world know that she is following in her dad's footsteps in cheering for the Phillies this Fall Classic.
And Skip Bayless thought the Phillies' plan against A.J. Burnett backfired big time.
Finally, Pulse correspondent Kelly Ripa broke down her Game 2 experience on the air earlier today and she was frustrated with the way all the fans are questioning her allegiances and fandom.
Post-game tweactions ...
The Yankees evened up the Fall Classic behind the strong pitching of A.J. Burnett and some heavy lumber courtesy of Mark Teixeira and Hideki Matsui. Oh, and John Legend likes to think he had something to do with the win as well.
Saints tight end and former New York icon Jeremy Shockey was particularly impressed with Pedro's dealing ways.
While Danny Masterson was particularly impressed with Pedro's hair.
Though plenty of celebs tweeted from abroad, Andy Samberg, Bobby Flay, Kate Hudson, Caroline Kennedy, Collective Soul and Kelly Ripa were all spotted in the Stadium.
Staying with the NFL, Jets safety Kerry Rhodes was a little disappointed with the crowd at Yankee Stadium.
"Late Night with David Letterman" head writer Eric Stangel was curious about Shane Victorino's hobby as an avid cliff diver: "Anyone who cliff dives by choice is 'avid,' right?"
If you are wondering who Alyssa Milano is rooting for this World Series, which you are, the answer is the Yankees.
And so is Pras from the Fugees.
Comedian Lisa Lampanelli wonders what the managers are doing giving interviews when they are trying to manage the World Series for crying out loud.
P. Diddy gets the award for most exclamation marks used after Matsui's solo blast.
If you see Packers running back Ryan Grant mess up a play on Sunday vs. the Vikings, it's probably because he was too distracted watching the World Series instead of studying film.
Staying with the theme of the postseason, Marvel Comics editor in chief Joe Quesada took issue with the umpiring.
And of course, ESPN "First Take" host Skip Bayless can't wait to complain about it on the airwaves.
Finally, Howie Schwab of "Stump the Schwab" fame was pleased with Girardi's usage of Rivera for two innigns but feels the Yanks need A-Rod to wake up if they want to win the Series.
Empire State of Mind ...
Jay-Z and Alicia Keys performed "Empire State of Mind" and CC Sabathia, Derek Jeter and Joba Chamberlain couldn't get enough of it.
Even St. Louis native Nelly enjoyed the free show.
New York Post's Joel Sherman joked that many fans in the expensive seats didn't know who Jay-Z was.
While Marvel Comics' Matt Fraction wondered who has done more for the sales of Yankees caps, Jay-Z or the Yankees?
Afternoon delight ...
New York Times Yankees writer Tyler Kepner chimed in with a fun fact: Cliff Lee is only the second pitcher in the last five years to throw 120 pitches in a playoff game (Ubaldo Jimenez, '09 NLDS).
On the talk-show circuit, Letterman thanked the Yankees for not trading Kate Hudson for Reese Witherspoon earlier this season.
Dave also had a reminder for all Phillies and Yankees fans: Whenever things get tense between you two, just remember you both hate New Jersey.
Leno showed some baseball fever as well, taking a crack at the Dodgers and Angels in his monologue.
And Jay also did a segment with Arsenio Hall, who thinks the World Series will be a ratings bonanza thanks to Balloon Boy.
Jimmy Kimmel interviewed actor Dax Sheppherd, and couldn't help but notice that Sheppherd looks just like Phillies outfielder Jayson Werth.
Steven Colbert even got in on the action, making fun of how truly worldly the name "World Series" is.
Meanwhile, in the newspaper world, the New York Post thinks that CC Sabathia would have preferred to have won last night's game.
The New York Daily News thinks Jimmy Rollins' bold prediction looks pretty good so far.
Mike Lupica does what Mike Lupica does best.
The Post's Mike Puma has his finger firmly pressed on the Phil Hughes panic button.
While Rich Hofmann from the Philadelphia Daily News thinks so-called 'experts' are eating some humble pie right about now.
Post-game tweactions ...
Led by an unhittable Cliff Lee and a homer-happy Chase Utley, the Phillies took charge of the Fall Classic by taking home Game 1 with a 6-1. Let's see what the Twitterverse had to say about all of this:
Who was excited for the first pitch of Game 1? Kerry Rhodes, that's who!
Omar Epps? Yankees fan? Yes, yes he is.
And predictably, so is New York Mayor Bloomberg.
ESPN.com's Jayson Stark was surprised at the lack of hatred spewed towards Phillies swami Jimmy Rollins.
Speaking of Jimmy Rollins, Olympic medalist Dara Torres was amped to show Rollins who the boss of the postseason is.
Packers running back Ryan Grant was impressed with the early heatearly heat thrown by Yankees ace CC Sabathia.
After the Phillies were retired, "Late Show with David Letterman" head write Eric Stangel noted that Charlie Manuel looks a lot like that neighbor who always tells you to stop the raucous outside.
Canadian pop artist Alanis Morissette likes to speak in third person on her Twitter page when telling America that she will be singing the national anthem for Game 5 in Philly.
Philly fan and Deadspin editor in chief A.J. Daulerio called Utley's early long ball a "patented bad-hip homer" by the slugging second baseman.
Meanwhile, Lisa Lampanelli couldn't help herself but take a predictable crack at CC Sabathia and thinks he could find work as an offensive tackle.
And of course Kissingsuzykolber.com's Drew Magary followed suit.
Anyway, Cliff Lee was dealing throughout and Rangers reliever C.J. Wilson thought Lee was "getting bossy in damon's kitchen."
And with Lee and Sabathia on the mound, Marvel Comics editor in chief Joe Quesada just had to commend the Indians and their farm system.
And despite his new Chicago roots, Bears tight end Greg Olsen "enjoyed a relaxing" evening pulling for the Yanks.
PGA Tour fan-favorite John Daly couldn't help himself when it came to potential umpire favoritism towards the home team.
So anyway, the Phillies led throughout and Warren Sapp couldn't have been happier about it.
Despite the encouraging words from Jets kicker Jay Feely, the Yanks couldn't get their bats going.
And finally, even the electric running back Reggie Bush had to give Cliff Lee props after the dominating starter went the distance.
Anticipation rising ...
If you're heading to the game tonight, you might want to bring some rain gear and maybe even a vest -- you can never be too safe.
"Heroes" star Gregg Grunberg is amped for the Series and is predicting a Yankees championship.
While MLB's own Noah Cozlov is confident in the Phillies winning Game 1.
Regardless of what happens, Skip Bayless thinks this Fall Classic matchup is armed with loads of star power and firepower.
Today's random tweet of the day goes out to @SgtAndyNorris: "Barack Obama is throwing out first pitch of #World Series and then will be awarded the #Cy Young Award."
In the late-night circuit, David Letterman thinks that they're sure expecting a lot out of the $50-million dollar Yankees pitchers who will have to bat at Citizens Bank Park.
While Conan jokes that since the two teams' senators are betting cheesesteaks and cheesecakes, the winner should expect some heart problems.
And Jay Leno got in the baseball spirit as well, complaining that he can't afford the swine flu vaccine because he bet all his money on the Angels and Dodgers.
In the world of random coincidences, NBC examines the correlation between Yankees World Series victories and Democrats in the White House.
And now, a photo gallery of all things Kate Hudson-baseball related.
With rain coming down for most of the afternoon, "Late Night with David Letterman" head writer Eric Stangel joked that while the first pitch is scheduled for 7:57 P.M., the second pitching likely won't come until 8:49 P.M.
In the fun-fact department, Ed Price noted that this is the second time in Major League history where two former Cy Young Award winners face off in Game 1 of a World Series.
And finally, here's a little World Series quiz if you ever are alone, thinking to yourself "I wish I was doing a World Series quiz right now."
Morning buzz ...
In a big exclusive, New York Post Page Six scooped out that Charlie Manuel just can't get enough of New York ... ballpoint pens?!?!
Jay-Z let New York Magazine know what he expects to happen this Fall Classic.
Yankees fan Danny Masterson of "That 70s Show" fame thinks it would be "kinda bananas" if the Yanks lost the first two games then went on to win the Series.
Yankees fans might not want to click on this if they believe in omens.
So Rollins and the Phils have been acting a little cocky and the New York Post doesn't like it.
The words pariah and messiah rhyme so Kevin Kernan decided to use both to describe A-Rod's transformation.
Joe Girardi wears #27, the Yankees are chasing their 27th World Series ... you know where this is going.
Want to read about Ryan Howard meditating? Yes, yes you do.
Ever sit at home and wonder to yourself if these Phillies resemble the 92-93 Toronto Blue Jays? This guy does.
For your daily Mike Lupica fix, click here.
Check this out for all the MLB.com expert analysis and predictions your heart could possibly desire.
Important people wearing fancy suits and ties are hoping that earlier start times translate to better World Series ratings.
And finally, a little fun fact from Tommy Lasorda: Charlie Manuel was once a Dodger!
Talk-show circuit ...
While congratulating the Yankees for winning the pennant, David Letterman made sure the Yanks don't lose sight of their top offseason priority: re-signing Kate Hudson.
During Conan's late-night monologue he mentioned that the last time the Yankees and Phillies squared off in a World Series was when Truman was president, American troops were in Korea and Larry King was the host of "Larry King Live."
Phillies shortstop Jimmy Rollins chatted with Jay Leno during the "10@10" segment and went Joe Namath by guaranteeing a Philadelphia series victory.
Jimmy Fallon thinks that the reason this matchup is called the 'Amtrak Series' is because for the same price of one ticket, you can take a train to the moon.
Mets fan and "The Daily Show" host Jon Stewart isn't too pleased with a Phillies-Yankees Fall Classic.
Keith Olbermann thinks the entire World Series comes down to whether Ryan Howard can hit lefties.
Chris Carton from the "Boomer and Carton Show" says that even though the Giants are playing the Eagles on Sunday, the only New York-Philadelphia matchup that matters is Phillies-Yanks.
Jayson Stark made an appearance on "Mike and Mike in the Morning" and complained that if the World Series goes six or seven games, each team will have had at least 17 days off this postseason compared to having 20 days off total over the course of the entire regular season.
And finally, Dan Patrick chimed in with his World Series predictions and even gave some thought as to what the Dodgers and Angels should do this offseason.
Morning buzz ...
Jay-Z believes that performing at Yankee Stadium ergo makes him a "Yankee."
Nothing like starting your morning by looking at the one set of predictions that matters most: Vegas'.
In the ratings battle of New York, the Yankees owned the football Giants.
Looking at some the particulars of the series, the New York Times examines whether Girardi should use Sabathia twice or thrice.
While FoxSports.com's Jon Paul Morosi wonders if Brad Lidge can actually shut down the Yankees.
From Islanders vs. Phillies to Giants vs. Eagles, the 2009 Fall Classic is another log on the fire in the battle of New York vs. Philly.
In a stellar feature, SI.com's Joe Lemire takes a good hard look at 'unconventional star' Jayson Werth.
For your daily fix, Mike Lupica examines the Steinbrenner clan.
It's all about winning "one for the boss," says the New York Post.
While Jack Curry from the New York Times sees a little bit of King George in Prince Hal.
Mid-day medicine ...
It's official, Jay-Z and Alicia Keys will be performing on the field for Game 1.
Keys made her allegiances well known on Twitter, revealing that she "gave good energy" to the Yankees all night.
Red Sox diehard Bill Simmons made the rounds on "Mike and Mike in the Morning" today and complained that what irks him the most about this Yankees team is just how likeable they are.
Staying on the radio circuit, Dan Patrick thinks that the Yankees made the Angels play nervously.
Peter King sent out a congratulatory message out to the Yanks in his "Monday Morning Quaterback" column for making the "2009 Arctic World Series."
Anthony DiComo wonders if this Fall Classic should be called the The Liberty Series or the Soft Pretzel Series.
While others think its all about cheesesteaks and cheesecakes.
In the world of predictions, FoxSports.com's Dayn Perry likes the Yankees in seven games.
While Ken Rosenthal seems to think the Yankees have found the perfect mix of youth and veterans.
About last night ...
Did you hear the Yankees won the pennant? Well they did, and Scott Baio can't get enough of it.
Of course the Yankees won, they had Tiger Woods on their side.
The New York Post's Mike Puma broke the (unofficial) world record for earliest Philadelphia cream cheese cliche in an article ever while breaking down the World Series showdown.
Jimmy Rollins knew it would be a Yanks-Phils World Series all the way back in May.
While the L.A. Times knew the Yanks would be in the World Series all the way back on Dec. 9, 2008 and for the low price of $21 million.
Phillies hurler J.A. Happ was on "Mike and Mike in the Morning" talking about pitching as a rookie during the World Series, and the experience against the Yankees.
Fox Sports radio host Steve Czaban is surprised that some people are surprised that the Yankees are actually in the World Series.
Meanwhile, on behalf of ESPN, Adam Schefter would like to thank the Yankees because "Monday Night Football" won't have to go head-to-head with a Game 7.
Speaking of ESPN, "First Take" host Jay Crawford is all jazzed up for the Sabathia-Lee Game 1 pitching matchup.
You can click here for your daily Mike Lupica fix.
On the Angels side of things, Nick Adenhart is on the Halos' minds in victory and in defeat.
The Orange County Register examines which Angels won't be back with the team next season.
And finally, Buster Olney says the Angels simply didn't play efficient baseball.
Post-game tweactions ...
The Yankees win and Skip Bayless thinks that the greatest World Series ever is in front of us.
The Jonas Brothers can't control their excitement.
Michael Strahan was pumped with the Yankees win. Probably not so much with the Giants loss.
So many World Series storylines for New York Post's Joel Sherman.
Yankees going to the World Series and you know what that means ... millions of New Yorkers going to the hat store.
Nothing like Troy Aikman reminiscing about his glory days.
Bernie threw out the first pitch and Jerry Crasnick thought his ovation was louder than the original Mr. October's.
Victor Rojas wanted Mike Scioscia to pull a Tony Bernazard ... shirtless and willing to fight in order to fire up the troops in 9th. It didn't work.
Lisa Lampanneli thought thought Scott Kazmir's errant throw to first base was perfect ... for Yao Ming.
You know who would have been a great big leaguer? Raekwon.
Ryan Seacrest can't get enough of Joe Buck.
Carson Daly can.
New York Post's Mike Vaccaro thinks Vlad looks good -- ya know, relatively speaking.
Is that Nick Swisher rocking the mohawk? Yes, yes it is.
Question of the night: What inning does Girardi pull A-Rod?
Eric Stangel from "Late Night with David Letterman" watched Andy Pettitte's first pitch of the night. It was a strike. Stangel wanted to know why Girardi didn't put Aceves in.
Someone might want to let Phil Hughes know that Mariano Rivera is looking for him.
Baseball action has been so sparse that the Star-Ledger's Steve Politi had flashbacks of the Reagan administration.
Joe Sheehan liked the idea of holding CC back for the potential Game 7. Now the Yankees ace can start Game 1 of the World Series.
Lots of tacos commercials. And Keith Law didn't like any of them.
Kerry Rhodes missed the game because he was flying from Oakland after a win versus the Raiders, but he was rooting hard from the sky.
And yes, they did play "Cotton Eyed Joe."
The calm before the storm ...
Andy Pettitte will toe the rubber tonight and Joe Girardi wouldn't want it any other way.
But this guy can't help and wonder why CC Sabathia isn't taking the mound.
The Yankees players are acting confidently and apparently, this is a bad thing.
Joba Chamberlain isn't concerned with his struggles right now.
Joe Girardi is still getting flak for going by the data.
Whoever wins the ALCS will get to face Cliff Lee in Game 1 of the World Series. After that, it's anyone's guess.
And if Lee wins game one, even more talk of a Phillies dynasty will ensue.
And finally, if you plan on going to any of the World Series games in Philly, you might not be able to take the train.
About last night ...
The rain may have postponed last night's action but it only thickens the ALCS plot, says Mike Lupica.
Newsday's Erik Bowland thinks the rainout shouldn't faze the Yankees.
While this guy seems to think the rainout will only help the Angels.
Yes, Bud Selig does have a personal weather guru, thank you very much.
ESPN.com's Jerry Crasnick thinks that Major League Baseball did the sensible thing.
The extra day off means John Lackey will toe the rubber in a potential Game 7.
Ladies and gentlemen, your new Mr October ... Vlad Guerrero?
Want to see a photo gallery of people in ponchos? Yes, yes you do.
Ratings? Who needs ratings?
And finally, remember the Phillies? Yeah, they're still in this thing and this Pedro Martinez fella wants to face the Yankees. And beat them.
The waiting is the hardest part ...
The start to Game 6 will have to wait one more day as "forecast was holding true and it predicted rain throughout the evening."
And too bad for Tracy Morgan, who was at the Stadium with Harry Belafonte.
And as you may have guessed, Tracy Morgan doesn't read weather reports.
Why did Andy Pettitte decide to go for a swim with his warmups on before the game? Oh wait, he was just warming up outside in the rain.
If you had a ticket for Game 6, you might want to read this.
For everything you possibly ever could dream of knowing about the logistics now of Game 6 and 7, check this out.
And yes, Nick Swisher was in the Game 6 lineup.
"Late Night with David Letterman" head writer Eric Stangel thinks they should have played just to see if the rain would have washed off Vlad's dirty helmet.
SI.com's Peter King would like to remind everyone that now Fox goes head to head in New York with Giants-Cardinals; starting 23 minutes apart.
Danny Masterson will have to put his clapping on hold one more night.
The answer to Kerry Rhodes' question is, "Yes."
Newsday's Jim Baumbach wonders if Bernie Williams saved enough arm strength for tomorrow's ceremonial first pitch.
With the rainout, Mike Scioscia says he has everyone on the pitching staff available for tomorrow's game.
The calm before the storm ...
Don't act like you don't want to know what team logo Carson Daly carved into his Halloween pumpkin.
"SportsCenter" anchor Robert Flores was watching preseason basketball last night, but was thinking about postseason baseball.
Jay Crawford from "First Take" is no weatherman but that doesn't stop him from role playing as Debbie Downer meteorologist.
In the news world, the New York Post's Mark Hale thinks the Yanks should have a swagger coming back to the Bronx.
Despite all the brouhaha, Joe Girardi is standing by pinch-running for the game's hottest player.
In the world according to Lupica, the Yankees are too cool for school to go seven games against the Angels.
According to John Harper, it's all going to come down to managers and relievers.
Meet Joe Saunders. Joe likes to throw the baseball.
And finally, despite their blowup Thursday night, Mike Scioscia says John Lackey would be his Game 7 starter.
It's the day after the Game 5 thriller, the Angels are still alive, Mark Teixeira almost saved the day, Nick Swisher almost became a legend, John Lackey almost earned the W and the only thing the Twitterverse can talk about is ... the managers.
Here we go:
Skip Bayless still can't comprehend what Girardi was thinking in lifting A-Rod for a pinch-runner.
According to the "Sports Guy" Bill Simmons, the next CBS drama will be called "The Overmanagerist."
SI.com's Jimmy Traina put it bluntly: Girardi is lost.
Keith Law loved the game but doesn't understand the managing.
The New York Post chimes in on Lackey's reaction to Mike Scioscia's hook heard 'round the world.
ESPN.com's Jerry Crasnick believes that the Angels saved their manager from death by a million tweets.
ESPN "First Take" host Jay Crawford even jumped onto the rail-on Scioscia train.
And yes, Ian O'Connor thinks the Halos won despite their manager.
In other news, don't expect the Daily News' John Harper to get pied by A.J. Burnett anytime soon.
Speaking of Burnett, patience is not a virtue when it comes to lighting up the Game 5 starter.
Meanwhile, Jered Weaver coming out of the bullpen? Sure, why not?
And finally, MLB opts for veteran umpires for the Fall Classic after early-round fiascoes.
Post-game tweactions ...
The Angels took a page out of the Phillies' book of nostalgia, having Tim Salmon throw out the ceremonial first pitch to Scot Shields one night after Dallas Green did the same in Philly.
Jerry Remy declared which team he was rooting for. And it's shockingly not the Yankees.
The Angels took the early lead and Jets safety/Yankees fan Kerry Rhodes was not happy about it.
Newark Star-Ledger's Steve Politi pressed the panic button early after A.J. Burnett's second-inning struggles, pleading for Chad Gaudin.
Nothing quite like a Jose Molina zinger from Newsday's Jim Baumbach.
Wait a second, is that Lance Armstrong watching the game at home with his kids? Oh, yes it is.
"Them Angels ain't playin right now," said former Carolina Panthers wide receiver Keary Colbert. And neither is Keary.
The night wouldn't be complete without a Lisa Lampanelli L.A. botox joke.
"Late Night with David Letterman" head writer Eric Stangel even got in on the Molina-Posada-Burnett fiasco.
John Legend got a little excited with how quickly the Yankees got back into the game.
Nothing quite like Mike Scoscia getting called out by Carson Daly.
Offensive lineman extraordinaire Will Anderson would like someone to explain to him home-field advantage in baseball.
Is that a Keith Law "Dumb and Dumber" joke? Why yes it is.
Baseball Yoda Joe Sheehan wonders what would happen if A-Rod were having Nick Swisher's postseason. Not bad, considering the Swish's final at-bat.
And with Swisher's popout, Jennie Finch cheered out loud and the game ended.
And of course, Joe Quesada wonders if Kate Hudson has a little sister for Swisher.
Game 6 Saturday night.
Mid-day medicine ...
Jay Leno has some Halloween costume ideas for mischievous Yankees fans.
Meanwhile, John Kruk shouldn't be expecting any comped Disneyland tickets in the mail.
Buster Olney predicts that a Phillies-Yankees World Series would be quite stellar.
The Newark Star-Ledger observes that for once in an ALCS matchup, it's the Los Angeles Angels left looking for answers.
Angels fans can take solace in that fan-favorite Tim Salmon will be throwing out tonight's first pitch.
Considering the proximity of Philadelphia to New York, Regis is hoping the Yanks clinch.
And finally, speaking of the Phillies, the smart folks at the Wall Street Journal are all aboard the Phillies dynasty party wagon.
Afternoon delight ...
In the land of hyperbole, the Philadelphia Inquirer's Phil Sheridan is king.
Tim Kurkjian dusts off everyone's favorite cliche in saying the Phillies have a heart of a champion.
Not only did the Phillies clinch a spot in the Fall Classic, but according to ESPN's Jayson Stark, they rewrote history.
Dodgers fans will love reading that Philadelphia Daily News columnist David Murphy finds this whole winning thing kinda boring.
The folks over at the Big Lead decided to rain on the Phillies' parade (which apparently won't be happening, anyway).
The Red Sox had Nelson De La Rosa in 2004. The Phillies have Eric Bruntlett in 2009.
Paul Hagan plays Carmen Sandiego in the mystery of Cole Hamels' struggles.
On the AL side of things, former rotation mates CC Sabathia and Cliff Lee have been texting quite presumptuously with each other lately.
In a shocking development, Angels owner Arte Moreno would prefer the Angels team to make the World Series.
Free-agent-to-be John Lackey has more on the line tonight than just the Angels' playoff lives.
Post-game tweactions ...
History seemed to be on Philadelphia's side even before Game 5 began as Dallas Green threw out the first pitch to Charlie Manuel. Todd Zolecki reminded everyone that 29 years ago tonight, the '80 Phillies won the World Series.
Comic writer Eric Stangel got in the first wisecrack, noting that the TBS lineups are sponsored by Budweiser, and apparently so is Craig Sager's wardrobe.
Jayson Werth smacked his first home run and USA Today's Bob Nightengale wondered if the Dodgers regret letting him go.
ESPN the Magazine's Jorge Arangure played class historian, dropping knowledge all night long including the fact that entering Wednesday Cole Hamels had allowed just seven homers against lefties all season long. Wednesday he served up a pair.
MLB personality Noah Cozlov sent confusion across computer monitors nationwide by referring to a Pedro Feliz homer as going "Shronk Daddy."
Chargers linebacker Shaun Phillips might have gotten served by Kyle Orton & co. on Monday night but at least his Phillies are going to the World Series.
Is that Lisa Ling rooting for the Dodgers on Twitter? Yes, yes it is.
Arangure served up a Vicent Padilla zinger: "He always had the talent to pitch the Phillies into the World Series." Well played, sir. Well played.
PGA Tour fan-favorite John Daly got a little all-caps happy talking about the umpiring.
Comedian Lisa Lampanelli thought the Dodgers should have used the 7th-inning stretch to buy tickets to the World Series: "That's the only way you're gettin there."
Emma Caulfield applauded the Dodgers for giving an honest effort.
ESPN's Jayson Stark knew the Phillies were going to win once Jimmy Rollins crossed home plate, as the Phils have won the last 11 postseason games in which he's scored a run.
And finally, it's only fitting that Tommy Lasorda would get to call it a night: "Like they used to say in Brooklyn; there's always next year."
Afternoon delight ...
Understatements from last night include:
Johnny Damon is fond of hitting home runs.
CC and A-Rod are pretty good.
Joe Girardi might know what he's doing when it comes to pitching changes.
The umpiring might have been a bit more than suspect.
Anyway, despite all the Yankee brouhaha, Angels manager Mike Scoscia still thinks the Angels are alive and kicking.
L.A. Times columnist Bill Dwyre agrees so long as the Halos believe in miracles.
While "Saturday Night Live's" Seth Meyers would like to remind all Yankees fans that the fourth win in the ALCS is the hardest.
On the NL side of things, Bill Plaschke disapproves of Manny Ramirez's bathing habits.
Yahoo! Sports' Jeff Passan shouldn't be expecting any fruit baskets this holiday season from Joe Torre.
And Dodgers fan extraordinaire Alyssa Milano is hoping for a reprise of the 2004 Red Sox.
Post-game tweactions ...
Right as the game got underway the guy from the Newark Star-Ledger managed to combine Girardi's pitching changes and Pat Sajak into one joke. Quite the impressive feat.
As the first strike is called, 13-year NFL offensive-line veteran Willie Anderson fears that the Yankees be acting presumptuous for announcing World Series tickets sales already. In an unrelated, un-shocking bit of news, via his twitter account, the hefty left tackle currently spends his time as owner of three Fatburger restaurants.
Meanwhile, Marvel Comics editor-in-chief Joe Quesada thinks that if Mark Teixeira wants to break out of his ALCS slump, he might want to consider dating Kate Hudson.
After three innings, the game is scoreless and beat writer Anthony DiComo warns of a fait accompli with the Angels advertising sales for tickets for 2010 Spring Training. Can't imagine the Rally Monkey is too happy about that one.
Anyway, Saints running back Reggie Bush and Raiders linebacker Kirk Morrison would both be fined in the NFL if they were to ever complain about the officiating. So obviously they decided to take out their frustration on the Major League Baseball umpiring crew.
At least they weren't alone, as Sports Illustrated's Joe Posnanski opted to join in on the fun as well.
And since those three showed their colors, obviously Paris Hilton had to make her voice heard as well.
With the Yankees up big, Lisa Lampanelli warned that New York blows the lead, Joe Girardi might want to go hide in the attic with Balloon Boy.
And with the game in hand, Newsday's Jim Baumbach couldn't resist one more Joe Girardi bullpen joke.
Afternoon delight ...
The New York Post's Mike Vaccaro was also on the let's-bash-on-Girardi bandwagon, but his craps metaphor was a little confusing.
"Late Show with David Letterman" head writer and producer Eric Stangel thinks he knows why Girardi's Wheaties might have been soggy this morning.
Meanwhile, despite his October dominance, A-Rod still can't do right in the eyes of Skip Bayless.
And while most of the media was talking Yankees, Jill Painter from the Los Angeles Daily News doesn't want you to forget about Jeff Mathis' unlikely heroics.
On the National League side of things, Los Angeles Times columnist T.J. Simers isn't thinking happy thoughts about the Dodgers immediate future.
Bill Plaschke wants to point out that it all comes back to Matt Stairs.
And finally, ESPN's Jayson Stark rehashed last night's incredible atmosphere at Citizens Bank Park with Mike Golic and Eric Kuselias.
About last night ...
Last night's late-game heroics leads Skip Bayless to believe that the Phillies have the mental toughness to hang with the Yankees.
Baseball Yoda Joe Sheehan thinks that Rollins' walk-off was a harbinger of things to come because if you keep winning games you're losing through 26 outs, you'll probably win a championship.
This wasn't exactly the way Tigers beat writer Jason Beck anticipated the battle of the closers turning out.
ESPN.com's Rob Neyer wonders why Broxton didn't go hard after Matt Stairs?
Eliza Dushku had some after-game thoughts on Jonathan Broxton as well. Whether she's being sarcastic or not is another story.
L.A. Times columnist Bill Plaschke jumped off Twitter after being knocked out of his seat by Rollins' walk-off and thinks the Dodgers are in serious trouble.
And if you are wondering why Alyssa Milano wasn't more vocal about her team's downfall, take solace in knowing she was attending a "fabulous party" during the game.
Post-game tweactions ...
Jeter started off Game 3 with a solo blast and thanks to Ed Price, we now know that the Yankees captain has gone deep twice in all three Yankees-Angels series.
Eric Stangel, head writer for "The Late Show with David Letterman," wonders why Robinson Cano is wearing that headgearin 74 degree weather.
Pat Sajak behind home plate proved to be too distracting for comedian Lisa Lampanelli.
MLB.com personality Noah Cozlov doubles as the site's fashionista when it comes to all things Craig Sager.
The Yankees' early lead got the Sports Guy excited for the "Only One Team has Ever Come Back from a 3-0 Deficit" graphic.
Baseball guru Joe Sheehan was a little confused when it came to Tim McCarver, Howie Kendrick and the telestrator.
If this really is Fabolous' party, then the Yankees will win this series.
Did you know that Bobby Abreu's baserunning blunder was only the second 8-6-3 putout in postseason history? No? Well, because of us you do.
ESPN's Skip Bayless wonders if the all the miscues by the Twins and Angels makes the 2009 Yankees a real-life version of "Damn Yankees."
Monday's game was a lose-lose for Samanthan Ronson: Her Yankees lost AND she was late for therapy.
In retrospect, Trey Wingo thought taking David Robertson out was was probably a bad idea.
ESPN Radio's Andrew Marchand thinks Joe Girardi might finally be getting his comeuppance for overmanaging.
On the National League side of things, USA Today's Bob Nightengale thinks the new Mr. October is Ryan Howard, not Alex Rodriguez.
Yes, Alyssa Milano is still rooting for the Dodgers.
And finally, L.A. Times columnist Bill Plaschke was quite impressed with the early work of Joe Blanton.
Pre-game pulse ...
A-Rod continues to be all the rage for the Yanks with Game 3 under way.
Yankees beat writer Bryan Hoch thinks Andy needs to be dandy for a Yankees win today.
For all the Angels fans still bitter over DoublePlayGate, New York times writer David Waldstein would like to remind you that unwritten rules don't exist in baseball.
Wait, one more A-Rod article? Sure, why not.
Kiplinger's Janet Bodnar would like to remind everyone that the Angels gave the game away; the Yankees didn't take it.
And finally, want to watch Game 3 in 50 degree weather with 40,000 strangers at Yankee Stadium? And yes, concessions will be open.
About last night ...
Cliff Lee struck out 10 Dodgers last night. But according to Bill Plaschke, their biggest whiff was not acquiring the ace at the Trade Deadline.
As long as the Big Three in Philly are clicking, the Dodgers will be in trouble , says Fanhouse's Ed Price.
The Philadelphia Inquirer thinks Cliff Lee was just making up for lost time.
Good read in The New Republic by Buzz Bissinger on the fall of "Moneyball" and the age of the wealthy.
Don Mattingly wants you to know that East Coast media is way harsher on players than the West Coast.
Phil Sheridan thinks that Charlie Manuel is getting the better of Joe Torre this NLCS.
And finally, ESPN.com's Jayson Stark thinks that the Dodgers may have finally me their match.
Rout reactions ...
"Heroes" actor and Dodgers apologist Greg Grunberg will be rolling the dice tomorrow on "The Jay Leno Show" and his only hope is that he doesn't win a million dollars for a Phillies fan.
L.A. Times writer Bill Plaschke couldn't stomach Phillies fans dancing to KC and the Sunshine Band.
Phillies beat writer Matthew Leach wasn't such a fan of Cliff Lee pitching into the ninth inning.
ESPN's Beto Duran was impressed that a fan had the audacity to touch Craig Sager's jacket and managed to get away with it.
In the fun facts from Jayson Stark department, Phillies hitters were 6-for-60 off Dodgers starter Hiroki Kuroda in the regular season but started off Game 3 6-for-9.
And finally, Dodgers legend Tommy Lasorda isn't such a fan of the Phillie Phanatic. And shows you why.
Mid-day mayhem ...
Just because Orioles fan Joel Madden can't stomach rooting for the Yankeees doesn't mean he can't respect Derek Jeter.
Jay Crawford from ESPN's "First Take" questions Yankees fans loyalty to A-Rod.
Whereas Mike Lupica thinks Yankees fans are the bestest fans in the whole wide world.
Meanwhile, Alyssa Milano fears that a Yankees-Dodgers World Series will trigger too much time with her family.
Justin Timberlake is bringin' white Dodgers caps back.
The Sports Guy wonders if AJ Burnett hitting Maicer Izturis and Brian Fuentes with shaving cream pies in the face would have crossed the line.
Dodgers starter and former Phillies hurler Randy Wolf doesn't blame Phils fans if they turn on him.
Oh, and riddle us this: L.A. has Sean Penn and Philly has William Penn, but does that mean there aren't things to do in Philadelphia for Dodgers fans?
Late-night festivities ...
All eyes were on the Bronx, but just in case you weren't watching, MC Hammer let loose with some vintage play-by-play.
Jason Reitman might not have tuned into Hammer's commentary, but he lost previous hours of sleep when the game went to extras.
And in case you were left feeling bad for the Halos, just know you weren't the only one: Samantha Ronson was a little sad, too.
Mid-day medicine ...
Skip Bayless is doing a lot of things, none of which include yelling at Charlie Manuel for yanking Pedro too early.
You hear the one about Chase Utley's error giving people Chuck Knoblauch flashbacks?
Even with the reunion, Jerry Seinfeld has still made time for the baseball playoffs.
New York Times' Tyler Kepner finds that 1 + 1 does = 2 when analyzing the YES Network's scheduling.
Wallace Matthews wonders if it's more important for teams to win these games or avoid frost bite.
Whereas Tom Verducci let's it be known that East Coast baseball is not for the thin-blooded.
The New York Times says Yanks-Angels is not nearly as competitive as another Bronx battle: high school bowling!
And with dinner time approaching it's important to forget cheesesteaks; L.A. Times says Dodgers fans in Philly should eat where Reese Witherspoon and Owen Wilson do .
About last night ...
In no particular order, Tommy LaSorda loves cheesesteaks, his brothers, the MLB Network and Kobe Bryant's language skills. Newsday's Jim Baumbach started things off by hoping for a ceremonial first pitch from Balloon Boy.
SI.com's Jimmy Traina is a fan of Robinson Cano. But not of Cano's ridiculous headgear.
The Yankees lineup even intimidates Jennie Finch.
Jets kicker Jay Feely loved the game but hated the cold.
Olympic swimmer Dara Torres must have hit the lanes hard yesterday because she called it a night before her Yanks had the game in hand.
"Late Show with David Letterman" writer Eric Stangel thinks arguing with an umpire is much ado about nothing.
After all the afternoon weather-related buzz, SI.com's Jon Heyman transformed into Captain Obvious when stating the "Angels don't look like a cold-weather team."
The Sports Guy continued his postseason assault on Chip Caray.
Former Longhorns guard and current Sixers reserve Royal Ivey will probably be watching the Texas-Oklahoma game today but last night he channeled his inner swami to predict a Phillies-Yankees World Series.
New York Times' Tyler Kepner wonders if the Yankee Stadium crew had ulterior motives when blasting House of Pain's "Jump Around."
Comic writer Paul Mecurio hopes the Yankees got the extended warranty from Best Buy for their JumboTron.
And finally, Danny DeVito had some morning-after regret about a favorite feel-good snack.
Tweets from Dodgertown ...
Joe Torre used Jonathan Broxton in the ninth despite the Sports Guy's warning.
Marvel Comics' Joe Quesada got impatient with the Dodgers lineup after the first few innings.
SI.com's Lee Jenkins thoroughly enjoyed Pedro's comeback performance.
Pete Carroll asked for a Dodgers rally. And he got one. Not a good omen for Notre Dame fans.
Chase Utley's blunder reminded Deadspin's A.J. Daulerio of Chuck Knoblauch.
Tommy Lasorda dished out some fun facts on Dodgers guest Kobe Bryant.
And the Dodgers comeback drew an exclamation mark out of Larry King.
Twittle me this, twittle me that ...
Danny DeVito is at the Dodgers-Phillies game. And he's bringing a defibrillator.
Jets safety Kerry Rhodes isn't shy to let people know who he thinks will win the World Series.
Thanks to ESPN the Magazine's Jorge Arangure, we know that James Loney is featured prominently on Juan Pierre's postseason Mount Rushmore.
You know how it's freezing in New York? Well, it's so nice and sunny in L.A. that the weather reminds Ronnie Belliard of the Dominican.
Did you know that Pedro is the first Latin-born pitcher to start a postseason game in Phillies history? Didn't think so.
Weather, weather, weather ...:
Rain has been all the talk as precipitation and cool climate conditions threaten the ALCS schedule. How will the players respond? Let's find out:
It's not rain or sleet to Jorge Posada; it's Yankee weather.
Angels second baseman Howie Kendrick disagrees
WFAN Chris Carton let's it be known that east-coast weather favors the east-coast team.
While SI.com's Tom Verducci thinks Mother Nature is favoring the Halos.
Yankees starter CC Sabathia is loving the rain because it allows him more time to play Nintendo R.B.I. Baseball.
And regardless of what happens, Yankees skipper Joe Girardi thinks Game 1 will be played Friday night -- rain or shine.
New York Times columnist William Rhoden explains that while the weather can't be controlled, bad umpiring can.
Wakeup call ...:
The Philadelphia Inquirer inquires as to whether Cole Hamels is still an ace.
FoxSports.com's Jon Paul Morosi thought that it was the Dodgers who were supposed to have the better bullpen.
On the American League front, the Wall Street Journal points to post-game pies as the reason for the Yankees success.
Mike Lupica says Yanks-Angels has the makings of a classic that Yanks-Red Sox couldn't have matched.
While Yankees beat writer Bryan Hoch thinks that strikeouts give the Yankees that October edge.
Tweets from the game ...:
What better way to start things off than a J.A. Happ/Ja Rule joke? Thanks, Keith Law!
From the "Hey, did you know Jerome Bettis is from Detroit?" department, apparently Alyssa Milano is a huge Dodgers fan. It's true.
Cardinals beat writer Matthew Leach predicted that Cole Hamels would be dealing tonight. Cardinals beat writer Matthew Leach was wrong.
Comedian Paul Mecurio questioned Joe Torre's motives for leaving Clayton Kershaw out to dry.
Does Rodney Peete's ex-wife count? Sure, why not.
Even George Lopez knows that the "George Lopez Show" commercials are unbearable.
You know who loved Raul Ibanez's homer? John Daly, that's who.
And finally, the Sports Guy thought he was watching the 2004 Manny Ramirez, as he mistakenly guaranteed a second homer from the former World Series MVP.
Talk-show circuit ...:
For the second straight night, Letterman managed to make fun of the ALCS wagers between the mayors of New York and L.A. in addition to taking another obvious crack at A-Rod and Kate Hudson.
The PTI boys got in on the fun as well, with Kornheiser doing his best Kate Hudson impression in addition to commenting on New York's three-man rotation.
Michael Kay visited Mike and Mike in the Morning to give his spin on the Yankees staff as well.
Tim Kurkjian also chimed in and discussed how the Yankees starters have struggled against the Angels lineup this season.
Red Sox skipper Terry Francona decided to visit WEEI's Dale and Holley and doesn't like all the free time he has now.
The L.A. Times wonders if rain could push back Game 1 of the ALCS to next week.
ESPN's NFL guru Adam Schefter visited baseball land for a tweet to give a pessimistic weather update.
And Jorge Posada reminded the New York Times' Tyler Kepner that the Yankees have been playing in these conditions all season long.
In the news ...:
You know who Mariano Rivera reminds Mike Lupica of? Clyde Frazier, of course!
In the daily weather report, it appears that Mother Nature, the NFL and Fox are all conspiring against CC Sabathia.
The L.A. Times seems to think the Yankees have a plan to stop the Angels' running ways.
Remember that time the Phillies offered Rule-5 pick Shane Victorino back to the Dodgers only the Dodgers refused to take him back? Good times.
Now that this is out of the way, let's play ball!
Not happy with how the postseason is going? Blame Canada!
Tim McCarver votes yes on CC Sabathia starting on three-days' rest.
In the world of twitterland ...
Olympic gold medalist Jennie Finch is pumped for the playoffs and will be rooting for the Dodgers. No word yet on whether she'll be available out of the 'pen for late-inning relief.
You know who can't wait for the World Series? Deepak Chopra, that's who!
Actress Emma Caulfield has sick seats for Game 3 of the ALCS and only needs simple arithmetic when it comes to Mark Teixeira.
And ESPN "First Take" host Jay Crawford has ants in his pants when it comes to the playoffs resuming.
Tale of the tweets ...
New York Times writer Tyler Kepner let's it be known that Bobby Abreu is in rare company when it comes to career hits, avg, OBP and slugging.
Meanwhile, Ed Price thinks a Brett Gardner sighting could be in the works as Angels ace John Lackey owns Nick Swisher (5-for-43).
Torii Hunter let's it be known who should be AL Manager of the Year. And it's exactly who you think it is.
On the talk-show circuit, Letterman poked fun at the always-predictable, never-not-cliché wagers between the mayors of New York and Los Angeles surrounding the ALCS. And he even managed to squeeze in a good ole' CC Sabathia hot-dog-eating joke.
While Dave might not be scared, the Angels have Regis shaking in his lofers.
Justin Timberlake wore a Dodgers hat while talking about ... football ... with Jay Leno.
Hey, you know what's really annoying about living in L.A.? Traffic! Want to take a guess as to Conan's punchline about a potential all-L.A. Freeway World Series?
In other news ...
Joba Chamberlain finally solves everyone's riddle by displaying how he's managed to maintain his rock-hard, Adonis-like physique.
Been waiting all day for someone to remix a Jay-Z song with lyrics about the Yankees playoff run? Well, Z100 thinks you have, so finally all your prayers have been answered.
Jackie MacMullan thinks Jonathan Papelbon could get dealt and not just because of his meltdown, while FoxSports' Ken Rosenthal seems to think the Chicago, Detroit and Atlanta could all be possible destinations.
And the award for biggest knee-jerk reaction to a first-round sweep goes to ... Patrick Reusse of the Star Tribune, who cites trading Joe Nathan as the Twins' top offseason priority.
Also on the radar ...
Oh, and the smarty pants at the Wall Street Journal toy with the idea of eliminating umpires entirely.
In the twitterati ...
Oh my, did Todd Zolecki scoop out a Chan-Ho Park sighting?
Skip Bayless always has something to say and this time it's about the Phillies' strong mental toughness.
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