The Yankees and Mets opened new stadium for the 2009 season. One will never be confused for the other...Gary Sheffield struck his 500th home run....Eric Bruntlett of Philadelphia turned a line-drive into an unassisted triple play to end a victory over the Mets...Randy Johnson won his 300th game...Giants teammate Jonathan Sanchez threw a no-hitter...Mark Buehrle did one better, a perfect game, on July 23rd at home in Chicago against Tampa Bay...The American League won the All-Star Game because the American League always wins the All-Star Game...Pudge Rodriguez surpassed Carlton Fisk for most games caught, career...Mariano Rivera walked...Manny was told to walk away for 50 games...David Ortiz and Alex Rodriguez came up positive. Ortiz was positive he was innocent...Alex missed six weeks with a bum hip, stepped to the plate in Baltimore and homered on the first pitch he saw. In his final game of the season, he set a new record with 7 RBIs in one inning, a three-run homer and grand slam...The captain passed the captain as Derek Jeter moved by
Lou Gehrig as the Yankees' all-time leader in hits... Mark Reyolds of Arizona extended his major league record with 223 strikeouts in a season. Every pitcher would love that...There were no 20-game winners for the second time since 2006. Justin Verlander, CC Sabathia and Felix Hernandez each won 19...NL unnanimous MVP-in-waiting, Albert Pujols led the league with 47 homers, the fewest since 1995, a strike-shortened season...Mark Teixeira led the AL with 39. He was down six when Carlos Pena of Tampa Bay broke his hand and was lost for the rest of the season...Ichiro led the AL in hits fpr the fourth consecutive season and has 9 staright 200-hit seasons...Hanley
Ramirez became the first Florida Marlins player to win any of the Triple Crown categories when his .342 led the National League....In one of the most moving tributes ever in sports, the Angels left their chapagne-soaked clubhouse and jogged as a team out to centerfield to the image of Nick Adenhart, paying tribute to their teammate senselessly killed in April...We pray for Ernie Harwell.