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Game 136: Devil Rays at Yankees

Posted by: Peter Abraham - Posted in Misc on Sep 01, 2007 Print This Post Print This Post | Email This Post Email This Post

Here is the lineup:

YANKEES
Cabrera CF
Jeter SS
Abreu RF
Rodriguez 3B
Matsui LF
Giambi DH
Cano 2B
Phillips 1B
Molina C
Kennedy RHP (debut)

Pregame chatter: Yanks are facing RHP Edwin Jackson (4-14, 5.51). … This will be the 43rd game started by a rookie this season for the Yankees. They are 21-21 in those games, although their rookie starters are 9-15 with a 6.62 ERA in those games. … A few semi-slumping Yanks: Abreu (2 for 17, 1 RBI in five games); Matsui (3 for 17) and Giambi (1 for 12 in 4 games).

UPDATE, 12:08 p.m.: The Yankees recalled 1B Doug Mientkiewicz and RHP Jose Veras today. To make room for Mientkiewicz on the 40-man roster, OF Kevin Thompson was designated for assignment.

UPDATE, 1:13 p.m.: This Major League stuff is a piece of cake for Ian Kennedy. Six pitches, three outs.

I forgot to mention before, the Yanks also called up Alberto “The Attorney General” Gonzalez from Scranton. He was on the 40-man already.

There’s a new scoreboard video at the Stadium. It has scenes from the movie “300″ cut with Yankee highlights including Joba pumping his fist. I have to say, it rocks.

UPDATE, 1:23 p.m.: That’s 509 homers for A-Rod, moving him past Frank Thomas and into 20th place all-time alone.

UPDATE, 1:32 p.m.: Pop-ups are like A-Rod Kryptonite. But maybe somebody yelled, “Mine!” Because, you know, that’s an OK thing to do.

UPDATE, 1:47 p.m.: I have no idea what is happening here. But there is some delay. Torre spoke to the umpires and now the umpires are talking to Joe Maddon.

UPDATE, 1:51 p.m.: Hmm, they just confiscated Iwamura’s bat for some reason.

UPDATE, 1:56 p.m.: That error by A-Rod led to two runs based on the fact that Kennedy struck out the next hittter, Jonny Gomes. It also cost the kid 18 extra pitches, which is roughly an inning.

I’ll say this for Kennedy, he seems willing to throw strikes which is than Mike Mussina was in his recent starts.

UPDATE, 2:24 p.m.: OK, here is the deal with Iwamura’s bat …

It seems he used a bat with a flat top. Most bats are rounded off or cupped. The bat was questioned by Arizona back in June and was approved by Major League Baseball. But the umpires today decided to take that particular bat and have it sent to the Commissioner’s Office to be checked out.

In the meantime, Iwamura can use the same style of bat today.

Now Tampa manager Joe Maddon is asking for A-Rod’s bat to be checked. Obviously he’s just getting back at Torre.

This is one of those, “Baseball is so silly sometimes” moment.

I would not be at all surprised if A-Rod homers here. The only question then will be how long he looks in the Tampa dugout when he does it.

UPDATE, 2:29 p.m.: Rats, just a single. I would have wanted to see what happened if he homered. I understand why Maddon did what he did. But ticking the Yankees off is not a good idea

UPDATE, 2:37 p.m.: It was good to see Doug Mientkiewicz today. He was regaling us with tales of the minor leagues. Scranton played in Pawtucket, R.I., yesterday and Mientkiewicz said he was getting booed by the Red Sox fans still sore about him keeping the ball in 2004.

Say this for Minky, he mashed on his rehab. He was 13 for 31 in 10 games with seven extra-base hits and 15 RBI. He’s probably not going to play much, but they can use his glove late in games.

UPDATE, 2:43 p.m.: That’s what the young man needed, a quick inning.

UPDATE, 3:04 p.m.: Four RBI so far. I guess A-Rod has made up for that error. He has 129 on the season now with 26 games left. That’s RBI, not errors.

Please ignore the trolls.

Meanwhile, Darrell Rasner was here today. He is back from his fractured finger and is rehabbing with Staten Island. He was here to throw a bullpen with Ron Guidry. I give the guy a lot of credit for working as hard as he did to come back. That finger was mangled.

Hopefully the Yankees do right by him and add him to the roster sometime this month.

UPDATE, 3:11 p.m.: IPK is getting it done. He has retired seven in a row. I’d say he’s earned the right to stay in the rotation. Be interesting to see if they send him out for another inning. I don’t see why not.

UPDATE, 3:33 p.m.: Solo home runs up 7-2 are no big deal. IPK has done just fine for himself.

Get this, Kei Igawa pitched well for Scranton last night against Pawtucket. He tossed 101 pitches over seven innings, allowing three runs on five hits. He struck out nine and walked two.

“He has a nice tempo and he was working inside to right-handers,” Mientkiewicz said. “It was good stuff. If he can do that up here, he’ll win games for us. He was good.”

The Yankees had a chance to cut their losses with the K-Man when the Padres claimed him on waivers and didn’t do it. They see something in the guy and maybe there is something there. The fact that he strikes guys out and gets a lot of swing and misses tells you something. He needs to throw his fastball lower in the strike zone against MLB hitters, but that’s a matter of experience.

I would expect him to be at spring training next season.

UPDATE, 3:49 p.m.: Nice debut for IPK. 7 5 3 1 2 6. Now, before we send him to Cooperstown, remember a few things:

Matt DeSalvo, Tyler Clippard and Chase Wright looked good for one start, too. And Tampa Bay has a bunch of undisciplined hitters who hack at breaking and off-speed stuff. This was a good team for him to face.

That said, Kennedy threw strikes and that’s half the battle. I’m sure he’s in the rotation now. It must have been hard for the Moose to see him pitch given that they have the same style.

But nothing is promised to anybody, as Brian Cashman likes to say.

UPDATE, 4:01 p.m.: Wow, Seattle lost again. What a disaster for them. If the Yankees hold on, they’ll be two games up.

Meanwhile, Appalachian State just beat Michigan. Wolverines fan Derek Jeter is going to get crushed after the game.

Andy Phillips, 2 for 2 with two walks and a nice scoop at first.

UPDATE, 4:04 p.m.: … and two runs scored for Phillips, too.

Tampa’s bullpen is dreadful.

UPDATE, 4:15 p.m.: It’s the MLB debut for the Attorney General, and I can say I was there to see it.

UPDATE, 4:29 p.m.: As my buddy Sam Borden the former Daily News beat writer would put it, this is a total disgrace.

Up 9-3 in the 8th inning, the Yankees now have Mariano Rivera in the game for a four-out save. Luiz Vizcaino had not pitched since Wednesday, so I guess he was getting some work in today. But does he really need more work? Why not use Edwar Ramirez there? Or Krazy Kyle?

Now they run the risk of burning Mo out a little more. At least he has thrown only 14 pitches since Tuesday.

UPDATE, 4:37 p.m.: Not that it really means much because he’s a bench player, but Wilson Betemit is 3 of his last 30 with 14 strikeouts.

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893 Responses to “Game 136: Devil Rays at Yankees”

  1. Kill-Schill(ing) September 1st, 2007 at 12:11 pm

    I’m very surprised the Yankees didn’t play Molina last night and afford Kennedy the luxury of pitching to Posada.

    The Yankees must have calcuated it was more important to use Posada with Hughes last night than with Kennedy.

    Then again, perhaps Posade hasn’t ever caught Kennedy before either.

  2. Kill-Schill(ing) September 1st, 2007 at 12:15 pm

    Jose Veras? I never did understand why the organization holds him in such high regard. Have they seen something his number don’t reflect?

    I had hoped they’d promote Thompson, if only to employ him as a pinch-runner. They don’t have one at the moment. Betemit, really, runs no faster than Cano.

  3. gayle September 1st, 2007 at 12:15 pm

    Joba may not be allowed to pitch today but he certainly is getting a workout in signing autographs he started in right field and worked his way all the way. Down to the dugout nice to see that. What was the move made to for kennedy??

  4. Kill-Schill(ing) September 1st, 2007 at 12:18 pm

    Pete, by the way, are any of the beat reporters planning an article about how or why Philip Hughes hasn’t realized his full potential this year or flourished in his second stint in the majors.

    Carlos Gomez’ article in Hard-Ball Times analyzing the changes in Hughes’ mechanics and delivery over the past year craves a wider airing.

    http://www.hardballtimes.com/m.....al-changes

  5. C-Roy September 1st, 2007 at 12:19 pm

    Gayle, No Joba today he’s suspended.

  6. gayle September 1st, 2007 at 12:21 pm

    C roy I know that re read what I wrote saying that even though he isn’t pitching today he is getting a goof workout

  7. Global Warming September 1st, 2007 at 12:22 pm

    I would pay a ton of money to hear Jim Mora talk about this teams performance last night. Pitiful, absolutely pitiful to perform like that. 2 Hits against a 6 ERA pitcher at Home? That’s just unreal. Missed a good chance to get within 4 games.

  8. C-Roy September 1st, 2007 at 12:24 pm

    Oh sorry I read it “he may be able”

  9. Rebecca September 1st, 2007 at 12:25 pm

    Hmm…Not sure I like the Damon-less lineup, he’s been playing well of late. Or maybe it was just playing the Red Sox!

    Looks like Torre’s trying to win this game on the pitching front.

  10. paul long island September 1st, 2007 at 12:32 pm

    id definitely agree with the damon comment. as much as it pains me to take back my trashing of him a few months ago, he’s heathly again. melky is not the same leadoff batter as damon by any stretch. i wudnt be surprised if a switch was made later in the game if its close. like putting giambi at first, putting damon in left, and having matsui dh. sorry andy, but after last night, having another bat in the lineup is what we need. yea, its probably better to have phillips at first with kennedy startin on the mound, but id say once kennedy gets out, giambi goes to first.

  11. Peter Abraham September 1st, 2007 at 12:37 pm

    Kill-Schilling:

    I think a story on a 21-year-old kid who was on the disabled list for 3 months “not fulfilling his potential” would be kind of stupid, personally.

    He had two serious leg injuries, so of course he has looked different. He’s not pitching well, obviously, but I’m not going to judge on on a lost season like this.

  12. THU September 1st, 2007 at 12:38 pm

    Thompson over TJ Beam?

  13. EricVA September 1st, 2007 at 12:39 pm

    Paul, you realize that if Giambi goes to first, they lose the DH and the pitcher has to hit.

  14. NYJane September 1st, 2007 at 12:39 pm

    what’s the deal with the NYY emblem (instead of an actual picture) for ian kennedy? not that it’s a big deal but it just looks weird on gameday.

  15. Joe September 1st, 2007 at 12:40 pm

    Does the expanded roster mean they can use all 40 in one game, or are certain (25 total) players active for a particular game? Anyone

  16. EricVA September 1st, 2007 at 12:41 pm

    Any 40 they choose.

  17. EricVA September 1st, 2007 at 12:41 pm

    And by that I mean, they can use anyone who is called up and on the bench.

  18. Chris September 1st, 2007 at 12:42 pm

    Alberto Gonzalez also called up

  19. Joe September 1st, 2007 at 12:42 pm

    Never really thought about it. Thanks

  20. Johhny Pell September 1st, 2007 at 12:42 pm

    Kevin Thompson DFA? that should shut down NOMAAS and NYYFANS

    Thompson was their hero.

  21. Matt September 1st, 2007 at 12:44 pm

    Why would they want Mientkiewicz back?

  22. paul long island September 1st, 2007 at 12:44 pm

    giambi goes to first, matsui dhs, damon left, phillips out.

  23. EricVA September 1st, 2007 at 12:47 pm

    You don’t seem to understand Paul. If Giambi starts at DH, they can’t move somebody else to DH. Once the DH plays the field, you lose the DH.

  24. EricVA September 1st, 2007 at 12:47 pm

    You can pinch hit for the DH and not lose it, but you can’t enter the DH into the game anywhere else.

  25. paul long island September 1st, 2007 at 12:50 pm

    ye, i realized that after i wrote it. but im saying still, id much rather see to start the game having damon in left, matsui dh, and giambi at first. sure, u dont want to get giambis body tired, but i think he more than proved himself in the field this week. i realize u have to give these guys rest, but that is our best lineup the way i see it with damon leading off. we need to send a message up to boston.

  26. BR September 1st, 2007 at 12:55 pm

    Paul
    Damon Vs Jackson: 0-7
    Phillips Vs Jackson: 3-8, 1RBI
    its probably the reason Phillips is at 1st

  27. Michael September 1st, 2007 at 12:59 pm

    Last night was a classic example of the old adage, MOLTTSP (TM) Momentum Onlt Last’s Til Tomorrows Starting Pitcher.

    Let’s hope IPK can turn that adage around. But this kid starting or the Rays is capable of pitching shut down ball. I think he did it to the Bosox a while back.

  28. Peter Rabbit September 1st, 2007 at 1:00 pm

    Question—

    Do you guys think Phil Hughes will return to solid form by season’s end?

    Or will we have to wait until next year to see his old dominance?

    If he needs to gain arm strength because of the 2 months out, maybe Phil will have it back in a few weeks. I just want the Franchise to be the FRANCHISE, he’s taken the backseat to Joba!

  29. jennifer September 1st, 2007 at 1:01 pm

    Good luck to Ian.

  30. nate c. September 1st, 2007 at 1:01 pm

    the game is blacked out on mlb.tb. anyone have the link to the other site?

  31. jennifer September 1st, 2007 at 1:02 pm

    I ran out this morning to do a bunch of errands so I could be home to watch his start. LOL

  32. Rebecca September 1st, 2007 at 1:03 pm

    I just turned down going to the MALL to watch the game.

    Yea, I, a WOMAN, turned down SHOPPING to go watch the game.

  33. Deryck September 1st, 2007 at 1:04 pm

    Why am I blacked out on MLBtv in Indiana?

  34. Carl Icahn September 1st, 2007 at 1:04 pm

    Is the game blacked out on MLB tv? Anyone know?

  35. nate c. September 1st, 2007 at 1:05 pm

    i’m blacked out of mlb tv in california

  36. Deryck September 1st, 2007 at 1:06 pm

    the game isn’t on tv is it? wtf

  37. jennifer September 1st, 2007 at 1:06 pm

    Oh god these are the most disgusting commercials. I think i’m going to puke.

  38. Michael September 1st, 2007 at 1:06 pm

    Is the game blacke ot in NYC too because of the Fox thing? I don’t get anything on Saturday morning out here trhough mlb.com or extra innings.

  39. F e a r.. F a c t o r. . September 1st, 2007 at 1:07 pm

    Edwin Jackson vs. The New York Yankees on September 1 ::

    IP H R ER BB K HR
    9.0 2 0 0 0. 7. 0

  40. jennifer September 1st, 2007 at 1:08 pm

    Rebecca I flew thru the gap and bought 4 pairs of jeans in 20 minutes. LOL

  41. Viper September 1st, 2007 at 1:08 pm

    You’re gonna be blacked out on MLB unless you live in the NY area.

    That’s the way it is with the FOX Blackout rules.

  42. gayle September 1st, 2007 at 1:08 pm

    Ok ian kennedy winms for best entrance music of the year it also is being played really oud lol

  43. Andrea September 1st, 2007 at 1:08 pm

    Whenever fear factor has a “prediction” like that, it is always wildly wrong. I like Fear Factor around!!

  44. jennifer September 1st, 2007 at 1:08 pm

    Fox stinks!!

  45. Rebecca September 1st, 2007 at 1:08 pm

    Jennifer: You mean the smoking ones?

    Let’s see what Kennedy’s got!

  46. Andrea September 1st, 2007 at 1:10 pm

    BAD NUMBER BAD NUMBER!!!!

  47. Rebecca September 1st, 2007 at 1:10 pm

    Nice play Matsui!

  48. Michael September 1st, 2007 at 1:11 pm

    Kennedy starting his Yankee career like so many others this year: with Ball One!

  49. jennifer September 1st, 2007 at 1:11 pm

    Yep, last night I saw one where they showed someones brain, now this one they showed ganggreen (sp) foot.

    Ian has a low number. Nice that they are swinging early.

  50. Rebecca September 1st, 2007 at 1:11 pm

    Andrea: Why is it a bad number?

  51. Andrea September 1st, 2007 at 1:11 pm

    gayle: what’s his entrance music?

  52. Rebecca September 1st, 2007 at 1:12 pm

    Ian Kennedy’s first Major League called strike!

  53. Pepper Brooks September 1st, 2007 at 1:12 pm

    Ok, feel redemption game coming on today… Look for the Yankees to win this one 8-2… C’mon Kennedy… Pac-10 boy pitching today…..YAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAH!

  54. Andrea September 1st, 2007 at 1:12 pm

    Rebecca: Kennedy took #36. That was Mike Myers’s number and then I THINK it was Browers’s number as well. I’m not really superstitious, I was just kind of being a jerk.

  55. jennifer September 1st, 2007 at 1:13 pm

    Players who have worn 36.

    6 pitch innings. *NICE*

  56. Michael September 1st, 2007 at 1:13 pm

    THe Fox rules are as frustrating as the Joba rules. It also seems like the Yanks have more Saturday day games than all other teams put together.

  57. jennifer September 1st, 2007 at 1:13 pm

    DUH forgot the link

    http://www.yankeesnumbers.com/.....=%3D%2C%2C

  58. Andrea September 1st, 2007 at 1:13 pm

    That was like a 6 pitch inning. Awesome. Shouldn’t they see some pitches from a pitcher that NO ONE in MLB has seen before? you know, just to see what he’s about?

    But dont’ tell the Devil Rays. it’s working for us!

  59. J-Dawg September 1st, 2007 at 1:13 pm

    Nice first inning for Misterrrrrrrrrrrrrrr Kennedy!!

  60. dontfirecash September 1st, 2007 at 1:14 pm

    Well he sure looked pretty good in the first. And for all those who thought he threw in the high 80′s, his fastall was clocked at 92-93.

  61. gayle September 1st, 2007 at 1:14 pm

    It is don’t look back but is starts with this annoucement of now here is kennedy big sound. Also nice way to start the game 3 up and 3 down minimal pitches used. The sound system is turned up way loud today for some reason so it was like this huge wall of sound when it came on

  62. Pepper Brooks September 1st, 2007 at 1:14 pm

    anyone know the sopcast number for this game… not finding it.

  63. Mark September 1st, 2007 at 1:14 pm

    Ian:

    Good polished delivery; good mound presence; good command of his pitches. Comes as advertised.

  64. Rebecca September 1st, 2007 at 1:14 pm

    I’ll take more innings like that!

  65. Michael September 1st, 2007 at 1:15 pm

    As I mentioned before, Mussina hasn’t had a 1-2-3 inning for 3 starts. He’s also only got three batters out in a row three times in all of August. IPK’s already an upgrade.

  66. Go NYR September 1st, 2007 at 1:15 pm

    Youd figure they would have brought Kevin Thompson to the majors. The only thing the bench lacks is pinch running speed. We need a guy who could pinch run for Giambi, Phillips and Betemit. Plus, we already a very good first baseman.

  67. Andrea September 1st, 2007 at 1:16 pm

    Jennifer: yeah, I know that Coney wore 36 as well, but I feel like Myers tainted it with his crazy side arm crap.

    My friend and I had a few giant beers one time….ok, a few times…but one time when we did it, we were discussing how the Yankees could get rid of Myers. We decided that they should trade him to Ireland for a pot of gold. Looks like that didn’t happen, but wouldn’t it be cool if it did??

  68. Viper September 1st, 2007 at 1:16 pm

    _Good polished delivery; good mound presence; good command of his pitches. Comes as advertised._

    C’mon, the guy threw 6 pitches. How could you have such an assessment based on that?

  69. Jaspal September 1st, 2007 at 1:16 pm

    Anyone know which channel # the game is on in SopCast?

  70. jennifer September 1st, 2007 at 1:16 pm

    I heard on the radio that Roger has a blister on his foot. I know it was bothering him in the start before last. They made it sound like it was breaking news. But I guess it was bothering him in his bullpen session. So Mike is the backup for Monday.

  71. tessa September 1st, 2007 at 1:17 pm

    10912 sopcast

  72. Andrea September 1st, 2007 at 1:18 pm

    Ok, I keep asking and I’m not usre if someone is answering and I’m missing it, but does anyone know if I can use Sopcast with a mac?

  73. jennifer September 1st, 2007 at 1:18 pm

    Wow not very often that you see the starting pitcher talking during a start.

  74. Pepper Brooks September 1st, 2007 at 1:18 pm

    Thanks Jaspal.

    Can’t find it..

  75. Jaspal September 1st, 2007 at 1:19 pm

    Perfect, thanks tessa!

  76. tessa September 1st, 2007 at 1:21 pm

    Sorry, Andrea, I do not know – I have a PC. I have not seen any instructions on how to do it, though.

    There are webplayers, though. I don’t know if that will make it doable for you.

    http://myp2p.eu/Programs/Overview.htm

  77. Andrea September 1st, 2007 at 1:21 pm

    MVP!

  78. Rebecca September 1st, 2007 at 1:21 pm

    AROD!!! 45!!!

  79. jennifer September 1st, 2007 at 1:21 pm

    Nice Alex!!

  80. J-Dawg September 1st, 2007 at 1:22 pm

    Numero cuarenta y cinco!!

  81. mel September 1st, 2007 at 1:22 pm

    Well, finally, Alex. ;)

  82. nate c. September 1st, 2007 at 1:22 pm

    AN AAAAAA BOMB FROM AAAAAAA ROD

    man i hate sterling

  83. Dave K September 1st, 2007 at 1:23 pm

    I think this highlights how important Abreu is to this lineup. He worked a long at-bat, and got on-base for A-rod allowing him to see a bunch of pitches.

    I really think he is a guy that should be held onto for next year

  84. Mark September 1st, 2007 at 1:23 pm

    Let’s pour it on and get into the D-Rays bullpen early and often.

  85. Andrea September 1st, 2007 at 1:23 pm

    tessa: thanks! I wasn’t sure if people were saying “no” “yes” “not sure” and I was missing it or something.

  86. Wouter September 1st, 2007 at 1:23 pm

    Yes, Alex! Eat dust, Frank Thomas ;o). That’s a nice start to September…

  87. Carlos Gomez September 1st, 2007 at 1:23 pm

    How’s Kennedy look? According to Gameday, he is 91-92 so far.
    I know first inning and all but Hughes was 92-93 out of the gate….just sayin’

  88. Adam September 1st, 2007 at 1:23 pm

    Is John Sterling getting more and more senile? Every game… all game long he explains to me that baseball is hard to figure out because the pitcher changes every game. Thanks, John, we get it. Nice one ALex!

  89. Doom and Gloom September 1st, 2007 at 1:24 pm

    Can we trade John Sterling to Baltimore for Anna Benson?

  90. Michael September 1st, 2007 at 1:24 pm

    2005 vintage early HR from Arod. That dirty work getting the lead in the early innings is what earned him that MVP, even though it is overshadowed by late inning heroics. Also, whenever Ordonez closes in on his RBI total, he seems to hit a dinger.

    According to SJ, now IPK has a much easier job of pitching. You know, it was really Hughes’ fault the bats were dead last night.

  91. CATYA September 1st, 2007 at 1:24 pm

    Yeah Baby that’s what I’m “talkin “about Arod goes yard!!!!!!!

  92. Doom and Gloom September 1st, 2007 at 1:24 pm

    Adam, you are so right, on so many levels.

  93. tessa September 1st, 2007 at 1:24 pm

    Hm. It would appear that the sopcast feed is about 3.5 minutes behind. I thought for a minute that you were all prescient.

    Oh, well, better than not seeing it at all, right?

  94. 38disasters.com September 1st, 2007 at 1:25 pm

    a rod destroyed that one

  95. Pepper Brooks September 1st, 2007 at 1:26 pm

    Thank you tessa

  96. BBB September 1st, 2007 at 1:27 pm

    Yeah A-Rod!! Props to Abreu too…that was a great AB…I just knew something good was gonna happen after that!

  97. nate c. September 1st, 2007 at 1:27 pm

    that’s what happens when you don’t miss a single game in 17 years. i think john needs a little vacation, maybe a permanent one

  98. Liberty Belle September 1st, 2007 at 1:27 pm

    A little late on this (and kind of to echo Dave K)- this is what I love about the Yankees lineup… 2 quick outs (5 pitches) for Cabrera and Jeter. Abreu sees eight pitches and works the walk, homerun by A-Rod, and they’ve got a 2-0 lead when maybe the pitcher had been thinking he has a quick inning and back to the dugout.

  99. tessa September 1st, 2007 at 1:28 pm

    You are all welcome. Subverting Fox gives me such joy. I hate that we have to depend on Fox and ESPN to get sports. That’s why I love this blog so much, too – if it is important to know, I can find it here, I don’t have to go to ESPN or FOX.

  100. Jamie September 1st, 2007 at 1:29 pm

    id be careful using sopcast. i used it on my old computer and it gave me a lot of viruses.

  101. Andrea September 1st, 2007 at 1:29 pm

    good eye ducking, though! thought could have hurt his face!

  102. Michael September 1st, 2007 at 1:30 pm

    STrike-throwing machine so far. Make ‘em hit it I say. Let’s see how he pitches from the streth.

  103. Pepper Brooks September 1st, 2007 at 1:31 pm

    Liking what I am seeing from Kennedy.

  104. jennifer September 1st, 2007 at 1:31 pm

    OH MY GOD.

    I knew that would happen.

  105. dontfirecash September 1st, 2007 at 1:32 pm

    come on a-rod.

  106. Doom and Gloom September 1st, 2007 at 1:32 pm

    Bobby Murcer, don’t defend A-Rod. He just dropped it.

  107. Michael September 1st, 2007 at 1:32 pm

    Jesus Arod. That kills a young kid don’t you know.

  108. Global Warming September 1st, 2007 at 1:32 pm

    A-Rod thinks it’s Mussina on the mound with that error ;)

  109. Bobcat September 1st, 2007 at 1:33 pm

    When Harris hit that you could feel that coming… ugh.

    Also, if someone else mentioned it… who does Kennedy remind you of from the stretch?

  110. Michael September 1st, 2007 at 1:33 pm

    Let’s see if he pulls a Mussina now and falls apart since ARod opened the excuse door.

  111. Adam September 1st, 2007 at 1:33 pm

    I know John has a great voice, but he’s not a ‘baseball guy’ to me. Suzyn is. Maybe I’m spoiled since I grew up listening to Reds games with Joe Nuxhall and Marty Brenemen. Those were baseball guys and taught everything I know about baseball. Seems like John Sterling is just a filler for dead air.

  112. Batty September 1st, 2007 at 1:34 pm

    Global Warming – that’s what I was about to write :D

  113. sunny615 September 1st, 2007 at 1:34 pm

    Arod – hero to goat in less than an inning… IF Kennedy can’t recover.

  114. dontfirecash September 1st, 2007 at 1:35 pm

    Pete,
    We have to refer to A.Gonzalez as the FORMER attorney general.

  115. jennifer September 1st, 2007 at 1:36 pm

    He bends like Mussina but Mike is totally on the side, Ian isn’t

  116. Rebecca September 1st, 2007 at 1:37 pm

    Kennedy’s first MLB K!!

  117. jennifer September 1st, 2007 at 1:37 pm

    Take the ball!! First major league strike out!!

  118. Michael September 1st, 2007 at 1:37 pm

    Gamecast shows IPK painting the outside corner. I think he has the composition to battle through this.

  119. Adam September 1st, 2007 at 1:37 pm

    BIG K there. this kid seems MLB ready.

  120. dontfirecash September 1st, 2007 at 1:37 pm

    That is a nasty pitch, outside corner at the knees.

  121. J-Dawg September 1st, 2007 at 1:38 pm

    There’s his first Major League K!

  122. Erick September 1st, 2007 at 1:38 pm

    Jamie,

    Did you use sopcast for more than just games? You have me thinking here, I have a real time anti-virus, never had problems so far, hope I don’t get any.

  123. Andrea September 1st, 2007 at 1:38 pm

    Moose bends over to look through his legs, almost. Like “I see you, over there at 1st.” kennedy’s isn’t quite like that.

    Ok, so he got rattled for about 3 pitches and was good. I like him so far!

  124. Bobcat September 1st, 2007 at 1:39 pm

    ARod’s error has cost him 10+ pitches.

  125. Adam September 1st, 2007 at 1:39 pm

    seems to live on the outside corner though… those types of pitchers depend on the umpire that day.

  126. jennifer September 1st, 2007 at 1:40 pm

    and 2 runs. Thanks Alex.

  127. Bobcat September 1st, 2007 at 1:40 pm

    That’s all on A-Rod. Little Leagers make that play.

  128. Rebecca September 1st, 2007 at 1:40 pm

    Those runs are on Alex.

  129. dontfirecash September 1st, 2007 at 1:40 pm

    Damn! A-Rod’s error really cost him.

  130. Adam September 1st, 2007 at 1:41 pm

    that’s hughes’ problem last night. he has the stuff, but still doesn’t know how to deliver it.

  131. dontfirecash September 1st, 2007 at 1:41 pm

    That was a terrible pitch though, 90mph fastball right down the plate at the belt.

  132. jennifer September 1st, 2007 at 1:41 pm

    24 pitches. UGH ALEX!

  133. Andrea September 1st, 2007 at 1:41 pm

    Ok, I see what you’re all saying, but that only would have been out 2. It’s not like A-Rod screwd up the 3rd out. You don’t know what would have happened after that. You can’t pin it ALL on him.

  134. Bobcat September 1st, 2007 at 1:41 pm

    Now it’s more like 15 pitches more.

  135. Doom and Gloom September 1st, 2007 at 1:41 pm

    Bend it Like Mussina: The Ian Kennedy Story

  136. Michael September 1st, 2007 at 1:42 pm

    Hitters-countitis has inflicted our Rookie starters. You have got to get ahead of meat like Josh Wilson and challenge them early in the count.

  137. nate c. September 1st, 2007 at 1:42 pm

    A rod giveth

    and

    A rod taketh away

  138. BBB September 1st, 2007 at 1:42 pm

    Damn…A-Rod giveth and then he taketh away. He better buy Kennedy a beer after the game!!

  139. BBB September 1st, 2007 at 1:42 pm

    LOL Nate C., jinx!

  140. dontfirecash September 1st, 2007 at 1:43 pm

    Andrea,
    Johnny Gomes would have been the third out. I get what you are saying but still..it is A-rod’s fault.

  141. andy September 1st, 2007 at 1:43 pm

    Looking at Gameday, Kennedy’s fastball command looks pretty damn good, other than that one rope that Wilson hit.

  142. Carmine September 1st, 2007 at 1:43 pm

    Yeah, according to Gameday, every pitch in this at-bat has been in the zone. Control pitcher’s are always reliant on the umpire.

  143. Go NYR September 1st, 2007 at 1:44 pm

    I do have to say this umpire is giving quite the squeeze.

  144. BBB September 1st, 2007 at 1:44 pm

    Hogwash BB, is this ump blind?!

  145. Michael September 1st, 2007 at 1:44 pm

    And now IPK is trying for the parlay of walking the nine hitter too.

  146. gayle September 1st, 2007 at 1:45 pm

    Rebecca I think it as you looking for jonba shirt they have them here at the stadium at the store in left field near gate 2 entrance

  147. mel September 1st, 2007 at 1:45 pm

    Poor Ian…

  148. Bobcat September 1st, 2007 at 1:45 pm

    Ian Kennedy will certainly have a story to tell his grandchildren about how he made his MLB debut at Yankee Stadium in a pennant race, and got to play on the same team as the all-time home run hitter, Alex Rodriguez. LOL

  149. CATYA September 1st, 2007 at 1:45 pm

    Arod if a cow gives you a bucket of milk,AND then kicks it over what has he given You? nothing !!!!!!!

    2 TO YANKEES 2 TO DEVIL RAYS

  150. jennifer September 1st, 2007 at 1:46 pm

    Nope that was me. What store is it? I have no idea where gate 2 is.

  151. Michael September 1st, 2007 at 1:46 pm

    Why is Moilina setting up on the black for a banjo hiter like Josh Paul. If we wanted guys who would nibble with 2 strikes on .198 hitters then Mussina would still be in the rotation.

  152. Doom and Gloom September 1st, 2007 at 1:46 pm

    Pete’s on to something in his commentary. I was sure I heard someone yell “Ha!” right before A-Rod dropped the pop fly.

  153. dontfirecash September 1st, 2007 at 1:46 pm

    Can we trade this A-Rod bum?

  154. Go NYR September 1st, 2007 at 1:46 pm

    Not only did A-Rod’s Error cost runs but it cost a ton of pitches.

  155. Pete the repeat parrot September 1st, 2007 at 1:47 pm

    As said before, the D-Rays have to be taken seriously. They know where they’ll be after September 30. Home.

  156. Go NYR September 1st, 2007 at 1:47 pm

    Doom- It was the 3d base coach

  157. helno51 September 1st, 2007 at 1:48 pm

    that error hurt more than the homer helped.

  158. Shamus September 1st, 2007 at 1:48 pm

    Funny, I thought I heard a yell too right as A-Rod booted the ball.

  159. JL September 1st, 2007 at 1:48 pm

    Pete loves to whine when anything has to deal with A-Rod. I didn’t see the play since I’m stuck in overtime hell but this kid needs to get it together. Your infielders will make error, you need to regroup and not melt down. see Moose.

  160. Carmine September 1st, 2007 at 1:48 pm

    Everyone’s out!

  161. jennifer September 1st, 2007 at 1:48 pm

    Wow strange what is this about.

  162. Andrea September 1st, 2007 at 1:49 pm

    dontfirecash: the dropped foul ball would only have been the 2nd out.

  163. Andrea September 1st, 2007 at 1:49 pm

    haha. Iwamura looks like a model.

  164. Bobcat September 1st, 2007 at 1:50 pm

    Where’s Bob Watson when MLB needs him? Fashion police 911 at Yankee Stadium.

  165. Jamie September 1st, 2007 at 1:50 pm

    the announcers just said that Joe cant argue balls and strikes, i was just wondering why cant he?

  166. dontfirecash September 1st, 2007 at 1:50 pm

    right and Johnny gomes k would have been the third, which is what i said.

  167. Carmine September 1st, 2007 at 1:50 pm

    I hope it’s about the Devil Rays’ team colors.

  168. Adam September 1st, 2007 at 1:50 pm

    what are they talking about?

  169. helno51 September 1st, 2007 at 1:50 pm

    JL – calm down. its his ML debut. he had gotten some bad luck here. i love how people compare the reaction that a rookie has to the reaction of a 15 year veteran. the vet is supposed to be able to put bad luck out of his mind and move on. a rookie usually has a tougher time doing that.

  170. Don Vito Bellamo September 1st, 2007 at 1:50 pm

    it is good that we only need 3 pitchers for the playoffs…IF we make it….our #4 and #5 spots need upgrades NOW !….Too bad we can’t slip Joba into the 4 spot and make Moose, Hughes, Kennedy, Igawa, DeSalvo, The Donut Man & Mickey Mouse battle it out for the #5 ! LOL !

    WHAT IS THE ON-FIELD DELAY ???

  171. Liberty Belle September 1st, 2007 at 1:50 pm

    As someone who is following this on MLB gameday… help?!

  172. Go NYR September 1st, 2007 at 1:51 pm

    Youre not allowed to argue balls and strikes

  173. helno51 September 1st, 2007 at 1:51 pm

    corked bat?

  174. allan September 1st, 2007 at 1:51 pm

    they are talking about Iwamura’s bat.. the top is flat

  175. Bobcat September 1st, 2007 at 1:51 pm

    Shelley’s on the top step, ready for a rumble.

  176. Carmine September 1st, 2007 at 1:51 pm

    We’re not sure either. Torre came out to argue something. Something with Iwamura’s bat.

  177. jennifer September 1st, 2007 at 1:52 pm

    Illegal bat. Wow.

  178. helno51 September 1st, 2007 at 1:52 pm

    i would imagine that this has to be illegal. i mean you wouldnt normally accuse a guy who does not hit homers of corking his bat unless you are damn sure.

  179. Nick L. September 1st, 2007 at 1:52 pm

    Not a good idea to get Joba or Phil Hughes shirts now. They won’t be wearing football numbers next year.

  180. Rebecca September 1st, 2007 at 1:52 pm

    pine tar part two?

  181. allan September 1st, 2007 at 1:52 pm

    it had been an issue for several times

  182. Bobcat September 1st, 2007 at 1:52 pm

    Iwamura’s bat was confiscated. That is the holdup.

  183. Adam September 1st, 2007 at 1:52 pm

    bat corked?

  184. J-Dawg September 1st, 2007 at 1:52 pm

    Iwamura must get his bats from Sammy Sosa.

  185. Erick September 1st, 2007 at 1:52 pm

    Jamie

    If he does, he gets thrown out.

  186. Andrea September 1st, 2007 at 1:52 pm

    haha…what is gameday even saying about what’s going on right now?

  187. foobar September 1st, 2007 at 1:53 pm

    Still wish Kennedy could’ve bailed Alex out as well. I totally agree with Mercer’s commentary…Kennedy’s having a hell of a time getting the breaking ball and offspeed pitches over and seemed to be going more and more to relying on placing the fastball perfectly. That’s a good way to get yourself out by the 5th inning and get mauled in the big leagues. Glad Gator went out to talked to him.

    Anyway, yeah MVP didn’t help.

  188. jennifer September 1st, 2007 at 1:53 pm

    Pete gotta give us the dirt.

  189. BBB September 1st, 2007 at 1:53 pm

    OK…now how do we know they werent all using illegal bats??

  190. Go NYR September 1st, 2007 at 1:53 pm

    Wow, what a waste of time that was

  191. JL September 1st, 2007 at 1:53 pm

    helno51,

    I’m not dumping on the kid but it’s part of baseball. I’m just saying that he needs to regroup. I understand about his first start but if he lets this drive him nuts, he got a lifetime of pain coming to him.

  192. sunny615 September 1st, 2007 at 1:53 pm

    anyone know what the delay is?

  193. dontfirecash September 1st, 2007 at 1:53 pm

    Thanks can’t catch a freakin’ foul ball-rod.

  194. Best Team In BB September 1st, 2007 at 1:53 pm

    That’s not fair to make Iwamura step out of the box for 10 minutes and then come back with 2 strikes.

  195. Michael September 1st, 2007 at 1:53 pm

    Listening to Waldyn and Sterling try to figure this out has me nearly putting my fist through the computer. How can the Greatest Franchis in Sports (TM) have such lousy radio talent?

  196. tessa September 1st, 2007 at 1:54 pm

    Ooh – Intrigue — Deception!

  197. BBB September 1st, 2007 at 1:54 pm

    Aaaaand then Ian K’s him. SIT THE EFF DOWN CHEATER!!

  198. Bobcat September 1st, 2007 at 1:54 pm

    Ok, well IPK survived the tribulations of a rough inning. Now the offense needs to answer and win the inning.

  199. dontfirecash September 1st, 2007 at 1:54 pm

    There was pine tar too far up the handle of the bat.

  200. jennifer September 1st, 2007 at 1:54 pm

    Allan his bat has been taken away before?

  201. Best Team In BB September 1st, 2007 at 1:55 pm

    Torre made the umpires confiscate Iwamura’s bat because he didn’t think it met regulations.

  202. BBB September 1st, 2007 at 1:55 pm

    Between A-Rod’s error and the commie umpire’s nonsense calling balls when THEY WERE STRIKES, pretty unfair luck for IPK. He’s due for some good karma now!

  203. mel September 1st, 2007 at 1:55 pm

    That was worth it. I hope for everyone’s sake that it’s the shape and not the contents. What a strange incident.

  204. Humphrey Bogus September 1st, 2007 at 1:55 pm

    It’s an illegal bat I tell ya !

  205. The Monarch September 1st, 2007 at 1:55 pm

    Interesting comment about Singelton about the sound the bat made on the foul ball…

  206. Michael September 1st, 2007 at 1:56 pm

    Erick-

    Technically, I think the rules prohibit arguing any umpire judgment calls, bu tthe convetnion has become that only balls/strikes are strictly verboten.

  207. Joe September 1st, 2007 at 1:56 pm

    Joe,

    All 40 players could be used in the game (if you actually called up an additional 15 players).

    Although teams are allowed to expand to 40 players, most teams don’t add that many on 9/1.

  208. Go NYR September 1st, 2007 at 1:56 pm

    dontfirecash-They would have check if there was a pinetar problem and called him out.

  209. dontfirecash September 1st, 2007 at 1:56 pm

    well, at least Sterling thinks that it was a pine tar incident; I guess he isn’t sure.

  210. BBB September 1st, 2007 at 1:56 pm

    Is this Jason Giambi or Andy Phillips? Jebus!

  211. dontfirecash September 1st, 2007 at 1:56 pm

    what else would it be though?

  212. foobar September 1st, 2007 at 1:57 pm

    I don’t find much problem with the ump. He was giving very high strikes to Kennedy actually. Looks like he just has a high strike zone, up to the pitcher to adjust.

  213. Best Team In BB September 1st, 2007 at 1:57 pm

    If the Yankees thought something was wrong with the bat, why’d they wait until the hitter had two strikes on him with a runner in scoring position? Unless they decided the bat might not meet regulations on the second strike, that’s clearly exploiting the rules to their advantage.

  214. YanksFanLV September 1st, 2007 at 1:57 pm

    Does anyone know what the delay is on sopcast?

  215. sunny615 September 1st, 2007 at 1:58 pm

    from what I heard, they didn’t notice until the bat smacked a foul and it sounded funny. So I guess they didn’t have a problem until after he made contact.

  216. Liberty Belle September 1st, 2007 at 1:58 pm

    Moving away from blame, excuses, etc- that was a heck of a long inning and a lot of pitches thrown. How ’bout they score some runs now to give Kennedy a break?

    And why do some people want to talk about a “break-down” or excuses? It’s just one of those things. You don’t know that he gave up the next hits because he was emotionally distraught or something… sheesh. Giving any team four outs, though, is rarely a good thing.

  217. Best Team In BB September 1st, 2007 at 1:59 pm

    Just to clarify, this had nothing to do with pine tar. It was the bat itself.

  218. sunny615 September 1st, 2007 at 1:59 pm

    holy crap – phillips is hitting better than giambi… sigh

  219. foobar September 1st, 2007 at 1:59 pm

    wtf…doesn’t anyone work counts anymore. Your pitcher just threw a CMW-equivalent 3 innings.

    at least phillips line drive wasn’t caught, otherwise that’s like a 6 pitch inning.

  220. Bobcat September 1st, 2007 at 1:59 pm

    Someone’s going to ask, so here is the text of 6.06(d):

    A batter is out for illegal action when –

    (d) He uses or attempts to use a bat that, in the umpire’s judgment, has been altered or tampered with in such a way to improve the distance factor or cause an unusual reaction on the baseball. This includes, bats that are filled, flat-surfaced, nailed, hollowed, grooved or covered with a substance such as paraffin, wax, etc.
    No advancement on the bases will be allowed and any out or outs made during a play shall stand.
    In addition to being called out, the player shall be ejected from the game and may be subject to additional penalties as determined by his League President.
    Rule 6.06(d) Comment: A batter shall be deemed to have used or attempted to use an illegal bat if he brings such a bat into the batter’s box.

    http://mlb.mlb.com/mlb/officia.....tter_6.jsp

  221. jennifer September 1st, 2007 at 2:00 pm

    I just happened to be taping it. I’ll go back and listen.

  222. Doom and Gloom September 1st, 2007 at 2:01 pm

    Why wouldn’t Joba keep his “football number” next year? From what I’ve read, he chose 62 to honor a late friend.

  223. Go NYR September 1st, 2007 at 2:01 pm

    Best in BB- You wait until the time where it will benefit you the most. I cant blame them for saving their bullets for when they really need them.

  224. Adam September 1st, 2007 at 2:01 pm

    iwamura hit us all over the joint last night, maybe they heard something and decided to hold their cards until it meant something. iwamura also struck out swinging with the new bat….. I’m sure it’s to be discussed.

  225. dontfirecash September 1st, 2007 at 2:01 pm

    So then why wasn’t Iwamura called out if it was an illegal bat incident, which is what YES and Sterling are both saying it is?

  226. Rebecca September 1st, 2007 at 2:01 pm

    Ugh, Melky, why?

  227. Chicago Dave September 1st, 2007 at 2:01 pm

    Best Team In BB – Dude, you absolutely need to get a life and get your Sux-loving ass off a Yankee board. Even if you weren’t such a raving idiot of a Sux fan, your comments are pointless. So the Yanks are trying to take unfair advantage, eh? How about Youkilis bitching and whining endlessly so that Chamberlain was ultimately suspended for two days? Or how about him running clearly out of the basepath between second and third, for that matter? Yep, you’ve got some real stand-up clowns on that club of yours…

  228. Bobcat September 1st, 2007 at 2:02 pm

    Singleton and Murcer thought it sounded a little funny, but also commented that it’s more likely that they got a tip and have been waiting for an opportune spot. Perhaps they needed the sound in order to bring it to the attention of the umpires. Otherwise, they would’ve brought it up earlier in the AB.

  229. BBB September 1st, 2007 at 2:02 pm

    Yeah I’d like to know why he wasn’t called out too.

    Also what is up with Giambi? When is the last time he even worked a count?

  230. Best Team In BB September 1st, 2007 at 2:03 pm

    Singleton suggested that the Yankees didn’t know until the bat made a strange noise on a foul tip. Murcer however said that was unlikely. Murcer said if the Yankees asked the bat to be confiscated, they likely had been “tracking” the issue for some time or got a tip from someone that Iwamura was using an illegal bat.

  231. jennifer September 1st, 2007 at 2:04 pm

    And who is to say that the bat that he went to wasn’t also illegal?

    Just listened it sounded hollow.

  232. Bobcat September 1st, 2007 at 2:04 pm

    My guess is that the umpires are more likely to send the bat to MLB HQ and let them deal with it. Remember what happened with George Brett? Why should the umps make a call during a game that the commissioner’s just going to overturn, and thus, make the umpires look bad?

  233. Doom and Gloom September 1st, 2007 at 2:05 pm

    Maybe Hideki Matsui blew him in, telling Joe, “This guy’s a cheater from way back.”

  234. dontfirecash September 1st, 2007 at 2:05 pm

    they should give the bat to shelly and have him break it over his knee to see if it is corked.

  235. Best Team In BB September 1st, 2007 at 2:05 pm

    It could be legal, you never know. The only thing I have issue with is when the Yankees decided to bring up the issue. It was obviously in a strategic point in the game.

  236. Adam September 1st, 2007 at 2:06 pm

    he wasn’t called out becasue nothing was proven… i’m sure the bat(s) will be looked at… maybe iwamura is using different color bats too, like Sosa did. He’s a rookie Import looking to make a name for himself with a bad tampa bay club…. i wouldn’t put it past him to possibly cheat a little.

  237. Doom and Gloom September 1st, 2007 at 2:06 pm

    Just make sure a Devil Ray isn’t climbing through the crawl space right now to reacquire “the evidence.”

  238. Chicago Dave September 1st, 2007 at 2:06 pm

    Giambi is already exhausted from playing first base for a couple games. He needs to have quick ABs so he can get back to the bench and rest! HA!!

  239. BBB September 1st, 2007 at 2:06 pm

    LOL dontfirecash, sounds like a plan.

  240. Best Team In BB September 1st, 2007 at 2:06 pm

    Man, Jetes is really bad to his left. Have you guys and gals looked at his range stats? He’s down at the bottom in all of them.

  241. Mike NYY September 1st, 2007 at 2:07 pm

    Jeter can’t field and now their’s a guy on second because of him.

  242. Adam September 1st, 2007 at 2:07 pm

    Best Team In BB- its called gamesmenship. look it up in the dictionary. and you’re right it was OBVIOUSLY a strategic move, and it seems to have worked. that’s the real problem you have.

  243. Doom and Gloom September 1st, 2007 at 2:08 pm

    Do any of you have thoughts on Derek Jeter making a Robin Yount-like transition to center field in a year or two?

  244. Go NYR September 1st, 2007 at 2:08 pm

    Why is it an issue? Using something to your adcantage when the other team is cheating should not bring up any issue. So they should have let him get away with just because there was a jam? If he wasnt using an illegal bat, they would not have been able to do that. So stop your whining.

  245. BBB September 1st, 2007 at 2:08 pm

    Infielders have definitely not given Ian any kind of help.

  246. Chicago Dave September 1st, 2007 at 2:08 pm

    Best Team in BB – By the way, as of today the Angels have the best record in baseball, so you need to change your handle!

  247. Bobcat September 1st, 2007 at 2:09 pm

    IPK needs to shut the door right here.

  248. J-Dawg September 1st, 2007 at 2:09 pm

    FOUND: Someone who CAN get Carlos Pena out!

  249. V September 1st, 2007 at 2:09 pm

    I bet the Red Sox have NEVER used gamesmanship to their advantage. Ever.

  250. Adam September 1st, 2007 at 2:10 pm

    I see Jeter at 2nd, A Rod a short, Cano at third… in the future.

  251. Go NYR September 1st, 2007 at 2:10 pm

    Jeter has no range up the middle these days. If you watch old games, he used to have tons of range in both directions. I guess thats what you lose when you get older. I think we could see him play 3rd base in future years.

  252. Best Team In BB September 1st, 2007 at 2:10 pm

    Adam, just like A-Rod elbowing Pedroia in the crotch and yelling calling for the ball behind third base is gamesmanship? Using HGH is gamesmanship too since MLB doesn’t test for it.

    The definition of gamesmanship is “the technique or practice of manipulating people or events so as to gain an advantage or outwit one’s opponents or competitors.” Is that the reputation you want the Yankees to have?

  253. Chicago Dave September 1st, 2007 at 2:11 pm

    Again, just ask dog-faced Kevin Youkilis about pitching a fit and making a ridiculous scene to try to help your cause…He is the master!

  254. Bobcat September 1st, 2007 at 2:12 pm

    An unintentional intentional walk.

  255. Best Team In BB September 1st, 2007 at 2:12 pm

    GO NYR. It appears he’s actually cheating to his right. If you watch balls hit up the middle, he’s so slow getting to his left because he’s always leaning the other way when the ball’s put in play.

  256. dontfirecash September 1st, 2007 at 2:12 pm

    Dude are you seriously still talking about the A-rod slide into your height-challenged infielder?

  257. Mike NYY September 1st, 2007 at 2:12 pm

    Is that the reputation you want the Yankees to have?

    Definitely, that team cares about winning and is giving it everything it has within the rules

  258. jennifer September 1st, 2007 at 2:13 pm

    Everyone just ignore the knat that is flying around. Don’t swat at it.

  259. V September 1st, 2007 at 2:13 pm

    I bet Papelbon accidentally hit Hernandez last night.

  260. BBB September 1st, 2007 at 2:13 pm

    “Using HGH is gamesmanship too ”

    That Rodney Harrison is a real gamer!

  261. helno51 September 1st, 2007 at 2:13 pm

    Doesnt Best Team….have anything else to do? i mean iwamura might be cheating and yet he is only concerned with when we decided to catch the cheater?

  262. Bobcat September 1st, 2007 at 2:13 pm

    If this board is going to turn into a jousting match with a troll, it will end up a “pay to play” site.

    Turn the “IGNORE” button on, Adam and Dave.

  263. Best Team In BB September 1st, 2007 at 2:13 pm

    Chicago, Youkilis doesn’t argue to help his cause. He argues like he’s a hot head. He isn’t helping anyone’s cause. The umps are just more likely to ring him up on close calls.

  264. Doom and Gloom September 1st, 2007 at 2:13 pm

    The Red Sox idea of gamesmanship is having Pedro show his toughness by bowling over Don Zimmer.

  265. Chicago Dave September 1st, 2007 at 2:13 pm

    And how about Varitek punching A-Rod in the face?! If A-Rod gave Pedroia a sharp blow in his privates, good for him!!!

  266. 38disasters.com September 1st, 2007 at 2:13 pm

    comon kennnnnedy

  267. * * THEE BOSTON BUGLE * * September 1st, 2007 at 2:13 pm

    Francoma is too dumb to do a stategic move in a game. He can’t even call for your everyday bunt. Can’t see the value of hit & run.

  268. Adam September 1st, 2007 at 2:14 pm

    Best Team In BB- puuuuuuhlease. If Padroia had a crotch I could see you acusing ARod of elbowing him there. And if you want to talk about performance enhancement drugs, you need to talk about David “The Neck” Ortiz.

  269. Best Team In BB September 1st, 2007 at 2:14 pm

    Mike NYY, so you want your team to be using HGH? Baseball doesn’t test for it.

  270. Chicago Dave September 1st, 2007 at 2:14 pm

    Yes, Bobcat, you’re absolutely right…Thanks for the tip!

  271. Doom and Gloom September 1st, 2007 at 2:14 pm

    BBB, the Harrison crack was very funny. Wait, it wasn’t crack, it was HGH. Don’t mean to confuse anyone.

  272. BBB September 1st, 2007 at 2:15 pm

    Punching this, elbowing that…who cares? The end result will be the same anyway: Shelley Duncan will make them pay! :D

  273. Bobcat September 1st, 2007 at 2:15 pm

    Ok, you win. I’m out. See you tomorrow.

  274. dontfirecash September 1st, 2007 at 2:15 pm

    It seems like the teams are reversed today. The D-Rays are taking pitches, the Yanks aren’t. The Yanks are playing terrible defense..you get the idea.

  275. Mike NYY September 1st, 2007 at 2:15 pm

    Mike NYY, so you want your team to be using HGH? Baseball doesn’t test for it.

    That’s against the rules and endangers the health of the players. THat’s different from shouting at a fielder when 50,000 other people are doing the same thing

  276. 38disasters.com September 1st, 2007 at 2:16 pm

    varitek punched a rod in the face? really? cuz i saw him shove his catchers glove up into a rods face… with his catchers helmet on…

  277. Best Team In BB September 1st, 2007 at 2:16 pm

    Doom and Gloom, what would you do if a 300 pound angry old man ran towards you? Politely let them tackle you?

  278. jennifer September 1st, 2007 at 2:16 pm

    HEY EVERYONE!!

    it is a knat stop swating at it.

  279. Chicago Dave September 1st, 2007 at 2:16 pm

    Gonna need a long reliever here in a moment…Who’s it going to be?

  280. Go NYR September 1st, 2007 at 2:17 pm

    If someone is cheating, CHEATING- using the act of lying, deception, fraud, trickery, imposture, or imposition to create an unfair advantage, usually in one’s own interest, and often at the expense of others. We should not have made their cheating affect them in a negative way? If you think it is wrong, I guess you enjoy cheating.

  281. helno51 September 1st, 2007 at 2:17 pm

    huge out

  282. Best Team In BB September 1st, 2007 at 2:17 pm

    Mike, you don’t think elbowing players crotches and calling for the ball as a baserunner endangers players?

    What about throwing towards people’s heads?

  283. Mike NYY September 1st, 2007 at 2:17 pm

    Gonna need a long reliever here in a moment…Who’s it going to be?

    Or not ;)

  284. Go NYR September 1st, 2007 at 2:17 pm

    Or a double play!

  285. dontfirecash September 1st, 2007 at 2:17 pm

    Alright, way to go Ian!

  286. Doom and Gloom September 1st, 2007 at 2:17 pm

    In defense of Don Zimmer, he wasn’t running. He was practically using a walker.

  287. Bobcat September 1st, 2007 at 2:17 pm

    Ok, I had to hang for this one…

    Jennifer…G, not K.

    Gnat….lol

  288. J-Dawg September 1st, 2007 at 2:18 pm

    All right!!

  289. dontfirecash September 1st, 2007 at 2:18 pm

    Dude go mourn your Sux elsewhere. You are simply annoying everyone.

  290. BBB September 1st, 2007 at 2:18 pm

    Yay DP!!!

    Despite the fact that he has had to throw WAY too many pitches (mostly for things that weren’t his fault) I am pretty happy with IPK so far.

  291. mel September 1st, 2007 at 2:18 pm

    TG.

  292. Rebecca September 1st, 2007 at 2:18 pm

    he needed that DP

  293. Andrea September 1st, 2007 at 2:18 pm

    Chicago Dave: who are you kidding. Pedroia doesn’t have “privates.”

    And you forgot to mention, in your list of noteworthy Sox players’ characteristics, Becketts’s tantrum when Chamberlain got thrown out.

  294. Chicago Dave September 1st, 2007 at 2:18 pm

    Shelley will break Youkilis, Papel-pug and Pedroia over his knee…In that exact order! ;)

  295. BBB September 1st, 2007 at 2:19 pm

    Now if only the infielders would stop mistaking him for Moose!

  296. Adam September 1st, 2007 at 2:19 pm

    Pedroia HAS NO CROTCH, therefor can’t be elbowed there.

  297. Andrea September 1st, 2007 at 2:19 pm

    BBB: true story! I ahd a dream that I met Shelley and he gave me a REAL high five. And I woke up with a sore shoulder. It was worth it, even thought it was just a dream.

  298. BBB September 1st, 2007 at 2:20 pm

    Gaaaah a discussion of Pedroia’s privates (or lack thereof)?! Cmon guys, I just ate! :)

  299. Doom and Gloom September 1st, 2007 at 2:20 pm

    Oh, it’s a gnat! I’ll stop now.

  300. dontfirecash September 1st, 2007 at 2:20 pm

    If Ian can get through five, I would be ecstatic.

  301. Mike NYY September 1st, 2007 at 2:20 pm

    Mike, you don’t think elbowing players crotches and calling for the ball as a baserunner endangers players?

    What about throwing towards people’s heads?

    I don’t remember that particular play. Got a link to a video?

    No, how the heck could that possibly be dangerous?

    Throwing way over their heads you mean?

  302. Best Team In BB September 1st, 2007 at 2:20 pm

    Doom and Gloom, a Yankees non-player charged a legendary Red Sox pitcher and the Yankees player was in the right because the pitcher didn’t let him tackle him?

    More like you think he was in the right because he was wearing pinstripes. The Yankees can do no wrong, even when they’re caught using performance enhancing drugs.

  303. Adam September 1st, 2007 at 2:21 pm

    Sorry BBB.

  304. J-Dawg September 1st, 2007 at 2:21 pm

    Base hit by Melky! Send him Joe!!

  305. Phreaky Fillip September 1st, 2007 at 2:21 pm

    Bobcat -

    Gnat ? Like in Washington Gnationals ?

  306. Chicago Dave September 1st, 2007 at 2:21 pm

    Who is the bigger bitch…Youkilis or Beckett? I’d like everyone’s thoughts…

    Personally, I think it’s hard to call!

  307. Rebecca September 1st, 2007 at 2:21 pm

    C’mon, some more hits just like that!

  308. Doom and Gloom September 1st, 2007 at 2:22 pm

    Best Team, did I say Don Zimmer was in the right?

  309. Andrea September 1st, 2007 at 2:22 pm

    I was watching my 11-month-old godson the other day and I put him in his little playpen thing (if you can call it that–do you see the things they have for kids now?) and put on the game, and I started clapping during good plays (like I did just now when Melky got that hit) and he’s into mimicking now, so he started clapping with me.

    I instantly went out and bought him a Jeter tshirt. Is that wrong? I mean, his mother is a Braves fan, so I’m not REALLY going against her team since it’s a different league…

  310. Best Team In BB September 1st, 2007 at 2:22 pm

    Mike NYY, you don’t think it’s dangerous to throw within a foot of a player’s head twice?

  311. J-Dawg September 1st, 2007 at 2:22 pm

    There we go!

  312. Mike NYY September 1st, 2007 at 2:22 pm

    Dave, its gotta be Beckett

  313. Bobcat September 1st, 2007 at 2:23 pm

    LOL

  314. BBB September 1st, 2007 at 2:23 pm

    Haha thats awesome Andrea! I too would risk all sorts of bumps and bruises for some of Shelley’s elbow-pounding love!

    For some reason the only dreams I ever have regarding the Yanks is Moose helping me with the Sunday Times crossword. I think it’s cause I work on it before bed..I have never once finished it w/o looking stuff up.

  315. 38disasters.com September 1st, 2007 at 2:23 pm

    pa·pe·lón

    spanish for blunder, error. sounds just like papelbon… tis his new nickname in my house.

    idiom:
    hacer un papelón

    to make oneself a laughing stock, make a fool of oneself… sounds like papelbon

  316. helno51 September 1st, 2007 at 2:23 pm

    i could swear i can hear someone crying and whining.

  317. Bobcat September 1st, 2007 at 2:23 pm

    Big inning for the Yanks…

  318. Best Team In BB September 1st, 2007 at 2:23 pm

    Chicago Dave, bigger bitch? That’s all you got? lol

  319. Adam September 1st, 2007 at 2:23 pm

    Jennifer, I know we’re supposed to leave him alone, but it’s such fun to get a rise out red sox fans.

  320. Doom and Gloom September 1st, 2007 at 2:24 pm

    By the way, I’m done talking with Best Team in Baseball. He’s using a misleading, fraudulent name. Clearly, with his username, I thought he was a Yankees fan.

  321. Andrea September 1st, 2007 at 2:24 pm

    Chicago Dave: Beckett. There was a time when I really did feel for Youkilis. he was getting hit all over the place, intentional or not. He got hit by a throw from Lowell from third, got hit by a pitch from Mo, got almost hit by Proctor, all in one game. That’s kind of rough! And he’s got that seriously unfortunate face. And his batting stance alone–you know he takes a lot of crap in the clubhouse. Beckett is a jerkoff. I hope the gerbil growing on his chin reaches up and eats his face off.

  322. Rebecca September 1st, 2007 at 2:24 pm

    I’ll take it.

  323. Bobcat September 1st, 2007 at 2:24 pm

    1st base open… intentional pass forthcoming.

  324. dontfirecash September 1st, 2007 at 2:24 pm

    YESSSS!!!! The gods are on our side today.

  325. Go NYR September 1st, 2007 at 2:24 pm

    worst team in bb- If an 80 year old man was gonna hurt Pedro, Pedro has issues. Whos your daddy?

  326. Best Team In BB September 1st, 2007 at 2:25 pm

    Adam, don’t worry about it. I’m laughing at every word of it. If you want to actually make someone upset, come in here as a Red Sox fan like me. People get all kinds of upset.

  327. BBB September 1st, 2007 at 2:25 pm

    That is incredibly hard to call Chicago Dave. I think I’d have to say it’s a draw. But to me Fairy-Tek (whoever called him that, nice nickname) is the bigger bitch than both combined. How do you hit someone in the face when your own is protected? What a chump!

  328. dontfirecash September 1st, 2007 at 2:25 pm

    Yeah I vote for Beckett. Did you see what he was yelling at Joba the other day?

  329. Chicago Dave September 1st, 2007 at 2:25 pm

    Andrea – Great move on your part! Way to steer an impressionable young mind in a positive direction!!

  330. Adam September 1st, 2007 at 2:25 pm

    Great, now TB is going to do the same thing.

  331. Mike NYY September 1st, 2007 at 2:26 pm

    Mike NYY, you don’t think it’s dangerous to throw within a foot of a player’s head twice?

    These guys have the best reflexes in the world. He threw over his head and has incredible control. Even if it did hit him he has a helmet so the chances of serious injury are fairly small. No, he had virtually no chance of getting hit.

  332. Bobcat September 1st, 2007 at 2:26 pm

    There is a delay while Joe Madden comes out to complain about something.

  333. Rebecca September 1st, 2007 at 2:26 pm

    …they’re complaining about Arod’s bat?

    Right.

  334. J-Dawg September 1st, 2007 at 2:26 pm

    Good luck is a product of hard work!!

  335. Dan September 1st, 2007 at 2:26 pm

    not again!

  336. helno51 September 1st, 2007 at 2:26 pm

    now should i expect the local jerkoff to complain that TB shouldnt have waiting until during Arods at bat to interrupt the game?

  337. Mike NYY September 1st, 2007 at 2:27 pm

    Yeah I vote for Beckett. Did you see what he was yelling at Joba the other day?

    No, I missed that

  338. Bobcat September 1st, 2007 at 2:27 pm

    Maybe they want A-Rod to take a blood test on the field.

  339. Adam September 1st, 2007 at 2:28 pm

    Best Team In BB- you’re just a loser, I’m sorry. Go be a real Boston fan; go get drunk and beat someone up. At least we could all respect you then.

  340. Bobcat September 1st, 2007 at 2:28 pm

    They confiscated A-Rod’s bat.

  341. Andrea September 1st, 2007 at 2:28 pm

    I love Bobby Murcer.

  342. Best Team In BB September 1st, 2007 at 2:28 pm

    How ironic would it be if they confiscated A-Rod’s bat right here and his was the one that was illegal?

  343. Chicago Dave September 1st, 2007 at 2:28 pm

    “I hope the gerbil growing on his chin reaches up and eats his face off.”

    Andrea – God, that was hilarious! I think I’m going to wet myself I’m laughing so hard!!!

  344. BBB September 1st, 2007 at 2:28 pm

    OK can I change my vote to Joe Maddon is the biggest bitch? LOL, sit down before Shelley makes you!

  345. dontfirecash September 1st, 2007 at 2:28 pm

    Could this game move any slower?

  346. Jax September 1st, 2007 at 2:28 pm

    What a puss. Checking Arod’s bat. At this pace the game will end at 6:00.

  347. mel September 1st, 2007 at 2:28 pm

    Bobcat,

    Maybe a urine test on the field?

    Love the Jeopardy music on the TB delay.

  348. Harley September 1st, 2007 at 2:29 pm

    Just for the record, the team’s return to form basically coincided with Minky’s exit. This is not a blanket indictment of Minky — tho’ there’s simply no reason for him to be on the team at the moment — just an observation.

  349. Best Team In BB September 1st, 2007 at 2:29 pm

    Go get drunk and beat someone up? Man, you’re really bitter towards Red Sox fans.

  350. helno51 September 1st, 2007 at 2:29 pm

    but a few mins ago worst team in baseball was whining about the yanks doing it? where is his defense of the yanks now?

  351. dontfirecash September 1st, 2007 at 2:29 pm

    How ironic would it be if your name didn’t make any sense? Oh wait.

  352. Bobcat September 1st, 2007 at 2:29 pm

    I don’t blame the D-Rays one bit, but A-Rod answered it the right way. Base hit.

  353. J-Dawg September 1st, 2007 at 2:29 pm

    Man enough with the delays. Notre Dame comes on in an hour!!

  354. BBB September 1st, 2007 at 2:29 pm

    Hahaha. A-Rod >>>>> Iwamura.

  355. Adam September 1st, 2007 at 2:29 pm

    darn he hit it too hard.

  356. Rebecca September 1st, 2007 at 2:30 pm

    RALLY SQUIRREL!!

  357. Chicago Dave September 1st, 2007 at 2:30 pm

    Wow, this game is devolving into Mickey Mouse time…

  358. Best Team In BB September 1st, 2007 at 2:30 pm

    Jax, how dare you be upset? This is good gamesmanship. Anything less would mean the Devil Rays weren’t committed to winning. This is something to be respected, dontcha know?

  359. Andrea September 1st, 2007 at 2:30 pm

    Best team in BB: that’s actually not ironic at all. it would be uncanny and unfortunate, but would not be ironic, according to the actual definition of irony.

  360. ae@dpu September 1st, 2007 at 2:30 pm

    I think Madden wanted A-Rod to hit with a broom handle.

  361. Scis September 1st, 2007 at 2:31 pm

    A friend of mine got drafted by the Marlins in the same class as Beckett and Penny. He said one day, Penny couldn’t take any more of Beckett’s mouthing off and threw him against the dugout wall by his neck. What I wouldn’t have given to see that.

  362. BBB September 1st, 2007 at 2:31 pm

    Yeah you’d think Best Team in BB would be an Angels fan…since LAA not only has the best record but also knows how to play immensely well in important late-season games vs division rivals!

  363. helno51 September 1st, 2007 at 2:31 pm

    wow, what a surprise that Worst Team has basically pussed out and avoided the whole subject. what a blatantly one-sided jerkoff. thats what you cant take these morons seriously.

  364. Best Team In BB September 1st, 2007 at 2:31 pm

    What defense of the Yanks? I think it’s ridiculous that both teams did it. It’s childish and silly.

  365. Bobcat September 1st, 2007 at 2:32 pm

    Baseball is the one sport where gamesmanship and the like is part of the strategy. You won’t see it in basketball, football or hockey.

    I love it.

    BTW, what in the world is Jackson doing pitching to A-Rod?

    Or, in this case, Matsui?

  366. helno51 September 1st, 2007 at 2:32 pm

    notice how quickly he attacked the yanks and only when he is repeatedly called on it does he casually say that TB was wrong also.

  367. Best Team In BB September 1st, 2007 at 2:32 pm

    Helno, avoided what subject?

  368. Chicago Dave September 1st, 2007 at 2:32 pm

    Yeah, you can’t really blame Maddon. As the Tampa Bay manager, I would have wanted some payback myself…

  369. BBB September 1st, 2007 at 2:32 pm

    Ditto, Bobcat. That’s why baseball is by far my favorite sport…thinking person’s game!

  370. Rebecca September 1st, 2007 at 2:32 pm

    Bases loaded for Giambi. This could be interesting.

  371. J-Dawg September 1st, 2007 at 2:33 pm

    Come on Giambi, bust this game open!!

  372. Bobcat September 1st, 2007 at 2:33 pm

    Alright, now Giambi has an opportunity to do some damage, either via the walk, a base hit. A SF would work, but this is an inning to play for some separation.

  373. dontfirecash September 1st, 2007 at 2:33 pm

    This is insane. Can we speed it up a little here?

  374. #9 September 1st, 2007 at 2:33 pm

    ARod Rules:

    -Let pitcher or SS catch pop up (when possible)
    -No head first slides into any base.

  375. Michael September 1st, 2007 at 2:33 pm

    C’mon Giambi. Vindicate those of us calling for more playing time for you.

  376. Chicago Dave September 1st, 2007 at 2:34 pm

    Scis – Nice anecdote. I sure would have liked to see Becket get treated like the bitch he is (in person) as well!

  377. Best Team In BB September 1st, 2007 at 2:34 pm

    Andrea, you’re wrong. Not only would it be fortunate but it’s textbook irony. Go look up irony in a dictionary, or go to college or something.

  378. dontfirecash September 1st, 2007 at 2:35 pm

    Well at least we got a run…nice play by Pena.

  379. Erick September 1st, 2007 at 2:35 pm

    Maybe now Melky will understand why you don’t dive head first.

  380. Bobcat September 1st, 2007 at 2:35 pm

    If I’m the D-Rays, I’m delighted. I’ll gladly trade an out for a run at this juncture.

    From the Yanks’ perspective, that’s okay too. But, it’s time to keep the line moving…

  381. BBB September 1st, 2007 at 2:35 pm

    Again, I’ll take it!

  382. Adam September 1st, 2007 at 2:35 pm

    Nice Giambi RBI. I have a feeling we’re scoring 8-9 runs today. Ian won’t ever figure.

  383. Michael September 1st, 2007 at 2:35 pm

    Sounds like a rob-job by Pena.

  384. Bronxie Brenda September 1st, 2007 at 2:35 pm

    Hey Yankee Fans !!!

    Can you imagine an Angels fans posting here from the west coast (best team in baseball)?
    They too realize that New England is powered by the insecurity of Red Sox fans. Generations of disappointement is the fuel that lights the fire.

  385. Doom and Gloom September 1st, 2007 at 2:35 pm

    Is Joe in the dugout, pointing to A-Rod, and telling Melky, “That’s going to be you if you keep sliding head-first.”

  386. A-Rod Pop Up September 1st, 2007 at 2:36 pm

    A-Rod’s fine, he was just acting.

  387. Bobcat September 1st, 2007 at 2:36 pm

    BTW, how much more enjoyable are these telecasts without the Village Idiot at the mike?

  388. Doom and Gloom September 1st, 2007 at 2:36 pm

    Erick, you beat me way to it.

    Gotta go now… heading to college based on the advice of a Red Sox fan.

  389. Chicago Dave September 1st, 2007 at 2:36 pm

    It would be nice to see Kennedy go five complete and keep Tampa at 2. That would be a great first start in my book…

  390. Doom and Gloom September 1st, 2007 at 2:37 pm

    I was thinking this morning how awesome it would have been had Vin Scully spent his career announcing Yankees games.

  391. Mike NYY September 1st, 2007 at 2:37 pm

    What the heck? A-ROD what were you doing there when you should have been stealing home?

  392. Bobcat September 1st, 2007 at 2:38 pm

    Eh, not a great AB by Cano. Yanks won the inning.

    Time for a 1-2-3.

  393. Best Team In BB September 1st, 2007 at 2:38 pm

    Bronxie, could you please comment in English? Your insults would be much more poignant if I could understand them.

  394. J-Dawg September 1st, 2007 at 2:38 pm

    Chicago Dave- perfect way to draw it up. Sounds good.

  395. Chicago Dave September 1st, 2007 at 2:38 pm

    Bronxie Brenda – It’s nice to see that fans all around baseball realize what insecure little trolls root for the Red Sox!

  396. Mike NYY September 1st, 2007 at 2:39 pm

    I was thinking this morning how awesome it would have been had Vin Scully spent his career announcing Yankees games.

    Maybe no Rizzuto then though

  397. Doom and Gloom September 1st, 2007 at 2:39 pm

    Did you guys hear Michael Kay the other day say it was a really humid day after saying the humidity was 25 percent? How stupid. I was so glad Girardi called him on it – he isn’t afraid to challenge Kay.

  398. dontfirecash September 1st, 2007 at 2:39 pm

    Can this doushe bag change his name to second best team in baseball that just got swept by its main rival.

  399. Bobcat September 1st, 2007 at 2:40 pm

    For all you numerologists…

    There are 252 outs to be recorded by the Yanks before the playoffs begin…

  400. dontfirecash September 1st, 2007 at 2:40 pm

    sorry, i forgot my question mark.

  401. Adam September 1st, 2007 at 2:40 pm

    THis is my last peice to “Best” team in Baseball. Red Sox fans are so pathetic. You claim to hate the Yanks, but you follow their every move. You LUUUUV the Yanks, you NEEEEED the Yanks. And you want so desperately for Yankees fans to feel the same way about the Sox. We don’t. We only care about beating them, we could care less about them at the moment. That’s what makes Sox fans so entertaining to us. You wish you rooted for a team that other fans cared about like the Yankees, but you don’t. You always compare yourself to the Yankees and always fall well short, even when you beat us. A tear for you. I’m out.

  402. Doom and Gloom September 1st, 2007 at 2:40 pm

    Good point, Mike NYY. Or, the greatest announcing team of all time!

  403. Bobcat September 1st, 2007 at 2:40 pm

    My bad… 720 outs…LOL

  404. BBB September 1st, 2007 at 2:41 pm

    Girardi pwns Kay’s soul.

  405. Andrea September 1st, 2007 at 2:42 pm

    Best Team in BB: Fortunate is in the eyes of the beholder, so we won’t discuss that one. But don’t tell me to go to college. I’ve just finised my 2nd degree in English, so piss off. (Party tomorrow at my house, Yankees fans invited! game will be on, inside and outside!)

    I’m not going to “look it up,” because I spend a great deal of time analyzing irony and its implications in literature (and sometimes life). I assure you it would not be “ironic” if A-Rod’s bat were the one that were corked, particularly to a Sox fan or any A-Rod Hater.

    how do you even get cork in there?

  406. 1st Place Best Team in BB September 1st, 2007 at 2:42 pm

    I don’t think Red Sox fans are too worried about it dontfire. Things are going really well when you get swept by the Yankees and still have a 5 game lead.

    It’s better the Red Sox don’t go in with a 9 game division lead. I want them to have to play their way in so they’re used to competing when it matters.

  407. Bobcat September 1st, 2007 at 2:42 pm

    Adam, if you want to live in the world of paranoia, go to one of the Sox’ blogs.

    It is unbelievable, and frankly, depressing.

  408. J-Dawg September 1st, 2007 at 2:42 pm

    Struck out Gomes again!!

  409. Rebecca September 1st, 2007 at 2:42 pm

    Just the inning IK needed. Whoo!

  410. Bobcat September 1st, 2007 at 2:42 pm

    There we go… 1-2-3

  411. Dave K September 1st, 2007 at 2:43 pm

    Nice 7 pitch inning there

  412. randy l September 1st, 2007 at 2:43 pm

    ‘Mike NYY, you don’t think it’s dangerous to throw within a foot of a player’s head twice?”
    a high strike is a foot away from a lot of batters heads because of their stance when they lean in.
    i don’t think it’s dangerous. do you think high inside strikes are dangerous? if you do , maybe bowling would be a better sport for you to follow.

  413. Go NYR September 1st, 2007 at 2:43 pm

    whats our pitch count at here?

  414. 1st Place Best Team in BB September 1st, 2007 at 2:43 pm

    Andrea, if you do in fact have a degree in English you of anyone should recognize how the word irony applies to the situation. Come on now, think real hard back to when you learned the term in high school.

  415. mel September 1st, 2007 at 2:43 pm

    Nice play by Alex.

  416. dontfirecash September 1st, 2007 at 2:43 pm

    They aren’t that worried about it? You are posting on a Yankee blog, and you aren’t that worried about it? You are delusional.

  417. BBB September 1st, 2007 at 2:43 pm

    Nice inning Ian!!

  418. dontfirecash September 1st, 2007 at 2:44 pm

    I live in MA, unfortunately. Trust me, Red Sox fans are worried about it.

  419. BBB September 1st, 2007 at 2:45 pm

    NYR, Ian has thrown 70. We will probably see Krazy Kyle today, so let’s hope we can take a bigger lead before that happens. RALLY FARNSY!

  420. helno51 September 1st, 2007 at 2:46 pm

    look at worst team insulting some elses intelligence. as we all know going to fenway is like going to a mensa meeting with all those moronic drunken sullies who cant even talk correctly

  421. 1st Place Best Team in BB September 1st, 2007 at 2:46 pm

    Dontfire, I’m soaking it all in. I’m basking in the glory of being in first place ALL YEAR LONG. Why do I have to be worried to be posting here? You’re not thinking very logically here.

    Besides, there’s no Red Sox game until seven. I like to watch baseball so I might as well talk about it online while I do it.

  422. BBB September 1st, 2007 at 2:46 pm

    OK have Phillips and Giambi switched persons without telling us?! Seriously!

  423. J-Dawg September 1st, 2007 at 2:46 pm

    Leadoff walk!

  424. Chicago Dave September 1st, 2007 at 2:47 pm

    Andrea – It’s amusing to me that the Sux moron is taking issue with your educational background…given our prior correspondence (on this blog) on the subject. You are one educated chica!!!

  425. 1st Place Best Team in BB September 1st, 2007 at 2:48 pm

    Randy L, don’t be ridiculous. If you don’t think throwing close to a player’s head is dangerous then you’ve probably never actually played the game.

  426. Scis September 1st, 2007 at 2:48 pm

    I’m basking in the glory of 26 rings, how about everyone else?

  427. mel September 1st, 2007 at 2:48 pm

    McGowan’s pitching a gem in Toronto, a 3-hitter through 6 innings.

  428. Bobcat September 1st, 2007 at 2:48 pm

    IPK pitch count is 70 through 4.

  429. BBB September 1st, 2007 at 2:48 pm

    LOL @ Worst Team. Getting pwned all over the place.

  430. dontfirecash September 1st, 2007 at 2:48 pm

    Why don’t you go outside? It is a nice day here in MA. Oh wait, your pasty Irish skin can’t handle the sun. I forgot.

  431. 1st Place Best Team in BB September 1st, 2007 at 2:49 pm

    Chicago Dave, on my blog? I have a blog now? Cool, where is it?

  432. Andrea September 1st, 2007 at 2:49 pm

    1st place team: most people learn “irony” wrong. Please just trust me.

  433. BBB September 1st, 2007 at 2:49 pm

    I’m basking in the glory of 26 rings and of Shelley’s elbow-pounding love!

  434. jennifer September 1st, 2007 at 2:49 pm

    NICE PLAY!!

  435. Doom and Gloom September 1st, 2007 at 2:49 pm

    Nice play by Julio Lugo there at shortstop.

  436. Rebecca September 1st, 2007 at 2:50 pm

    Nice running by Phillips, stays out of the DP and we get an error besides!

  437. 1st Place Best Team in BB September 1st, 2007 at 2:50 pm

    Dontfire, I live in NY. And now you’re resorting to bashing Irish people? Man, you guys sure are prejudiced.

  438. Andrea September 1st, 2007 at 2:50 pm

    BBB: I’m still SO upset that I woke up without having ACTUALLY met Shelley Duncan. Every time you mention him, I think I GOT AN ELBOW POUND! and then I remember oh no….no I didn’t :(

  439. Chicago Dave September 1st, 2007 at 2:51 pm

    “I like to watch baseball so I might as well talk about it online while I do it.”

    No, you like to watch the YANKEES, and talk about the YANKEES online while you’re doing it. Please, like you’re siting there watching Minnesota-KC and posting on a Royals blog. God, you are so very transparent…

  440. Scis September 1st, 2007 at 2:51 pm

    Has anyone seen that pic that says: “Hey Boston, 1 out of 86 still sucks” ?

  441. 1st Place Best Team in BB September 1st, 2007 at 2:51 pm

    Andrea, that’s fine but I didn’t. It would indeed be ironic if A-Rod’s bat was found to be illegal. Do you disagree?

  442. 1st Place Best Team in BB September 1st, 2007 at 2:52 pm

    Chicago Dave, you’re delusional. I live in NY and am watching this game on YES right now.

  443. dontfirecash September 1st, 2007 at 2:53 pm

    Well, I am Irish and Jewish(quite a mix eh?) so I’m allowed to joke about my own people. But seriously, why don’t you go enjoy the nice day?

  444. Bronx Born September 1st, 2007 at 2:53 pm

    The rings have it!!!!

    Bean town vs. Big Apple… where would you want to live?

  445. jennifer September 1st, 2007 at 2:53 pm

    Alex didn’t seem too worried. he was laughing over the whole thing, and flipped the bat and gave it to the ump.

  446. Michael September 1st, 2007 at 2:53 pm

    Not a bad line through 4 by IPK. 4 hits, 3 of them singles and 2 walks. 46 strikes – 24 balls is a pretty good ratio for a first time start.

  447. 1st Place Best Team in BB September 1st, 2007 at 2:54 pm

    So Iwamura’s bat is in fact legal and was found to be legal earlier in the season. In other words, the only reason Joe Torre wanted it to be removed was to get an advantage. It in fact had nothing to do with baseball rules or legit concerns.

  448. Rebecca September 1st, 2007 at 2:54 pm

    Bases loaded for Abreu. Let’s hope he can do some damage.

  449. helno51 September 1st, 2007 at 2:54 pm

    we need to try to put them away here

  450. J-Dawg September 1st, 2007 at 2:54 pm

    Time to step on their necks.

  451. Chicago Dave September 1st, 2007 at 2:54 pm

    BB Team – You’re an idiot. You completely missed the point I was making, as usual. So, the inbreeding in Boston has now spread to Albany? I think I’ll place a call to the Surgeon General. This is officially a national health crisis!

  452. 1st Place Best Team in BB September 1st, 2007 at 2:55 pm

    Doom and Gloom, it’s still ironic if A-Rod had the illegal bat when it was his team that started the playground bat checking game. Look up irony and get back to me.

  453. helno51 September 1st, 2007 at 2:55 pm

    sea and tor tied at 0 thru 6

  454. tessa September 1st, 2007 at 2:56 pm

    There are pasty Irish Yankee fans, too. Trust me, I’m practically translucent.

    There are different types of irony. I believe that the troll is using the “irony: see Alanis Morissette” meaning.

  455. dontfirecash September 1st, 2007 at 2:56 pm

    second best team in baseball must have carpal tunnel syndrome. He is either watching the Yanks and posting here, or watching the Sox and posting elsewhere. Sounds like a fun life.

  456. Bronx Born September 1st, 2007 at 2:56 pm

    The loser on Maddon’s interruption of the game was Jackson. He had to wait while both Joes did their thing. Then we scored twice.

  457. Scis September 1st, 2007 at 2:56 pm

    Doom, http://community.foxsports.com.....ess_Series

  458. BBB September 1st, 2007 at 2:56 pm

    Shelley Duncan likes to knit sweaters. And by knit, I mean kick. And by sweaters, I mean delusional BlowSux fans who sweat the Yankees badly enough to be glued to one of their blogs!

  459. 1st Place Best Team in BB September 1st, 2007 at 2:56 pm

    Doom and Gloom, you didn’t say it, Peter did. And according to Peter the same type of bat was found to be legal earlier in the season. Try reading it again.

  460. 1st Place Best Team in BB September 1st, 2007 at 2:57 pm

    Dontfire, can’t you read? The Red Sox aren’t playing.

  461. Bronxie Brenda September 1st, 2007 at 2:57 pm

    Matsuzaka was happy to be in NYC during the week and eat some real Japanese food. He has also found out that the big city has more culture than a Dunkin’Donut.
    When playing in Boston, he sings “God Bless America” to himself while he watches the sillies in pink sing Sweet Caroline.

  462. Rebecca September 1st, 2007 at 2:58 pm

    Walked in a run, bases still loaded, A-Rod up.

    Can’t really complain.

  463. BBB September 1st, 2007 at 2:58 pm

    Another great A/B by Bobby.

  464. dontfirecash September 1st, 2007 at 2:58 pm

    Yeah, which makes you all the more pathetic.

  465. jennifer September 1st, 2007 at 2:59 pm

    I’ll state what i posted before. i went back and listened to it. IT SOUNDED HOLLOW!!

  466. adkwriter September 1st, 2007 at 2:59 pm

    Bases jacked for the best hitter in baseball.

  467. mel September 1st, 2007 at 2:59 pm

    2 great AB by Abreu.

  468. 1st Place Best Team in BB September 1st, 2007 at 2:59 pm

    Doom and Gloom, I’d rather have the single most exciting, historical World Championship in baseball history than 50 World Series rings. You could win 26 more and you’ll never have what Red Sox fans have.

    I wouldn’t trade it for anything in the world. Man it was fun, wasn’t it?

  469. Andrea September 1st, 2007 at 2:59 pm

    1st place: no, it would not be ironic. Irony is when the opposite of what is expected happens. People all over expect A-Rod to be cheating in every way possible. That would be like saying it would be ironic if Barry Bonds failed a steroids test.

    I don’t expect A-Rod to have an illegal bat. I don’t think any Yankee fan does. But for a Sox fan to say ‘that would be ironic,” it makes no sense.

  470. Bobcat September 1st, 2007 at 2:59 pm

    Pete needs a “block” function on this blog.

    Until he gets one, the only way to keep the trolls’ activity here from causing this blog to deteriorate, is by us controlling that which we can control – our own behavior.

    Please do not encourage troll activity by acknowledging their existence.

    Friendly banter is one thing, but the recent direction of the discussions have not been appreciated.

    Thanks.

  471. Chicago Dave September 1st, 2007 at 3:00 pm

    BB Team – Just to clarify (though your addled brain probably won’t comprehend this explanation, either). In your prior post you claimed you liked baseball in general, as well as blogging about baseball in general. However, regardless of the fact that you could very well be watching any of the ongoing games in MLB at any moment, courtesy of a package on mlb.com, and/or blogging about any one of those games on the blogs of any one (or more) of the teams involved in those games, courtesy of the internet, you consistently choose to watch the Yankees and participate on a Yankee blog. This singular obsession clearly shows you are not, in fact, a fan of baseball or baseball blogging across-the-board. You merely care about the Yanks-Sox rivalry.

    Now if you don’t understand my point, don’t bother opening your mouth. Teacher will have to whack you with the discipline stick!

  472. 1st Place Best Team in BB September 1st, 2007 at 3:00 pm

    Doom and Gloom, it could indeed be the same exact bat. You don’t know, you just like to pretend you do.

  473. Andrea September 1st, 2007 at 3:00 pm

    I just realized, we’re all paying attention to the Sox troll. Myself included. Should we stop? Just cause he’s not like our old friend Smith or whatever his name was typing in all caps claling everyone a moron doesn’t make him less of a troll…

  474. dontfirecash September 1st, 2007 at 3:01 pm

    It sure must have been fun watching your team suck for 86 years. God I sure wish we could have had that experience.

  475. Andrea September 1st, 2007 at 3:01 pm

    Bobcat: I was just thinking that. And I’m guilty of it as well.

  476. BBB September 1st, 2007 at 3:02 pm

    OK this hasn’t been discussed in a while, what does everyone think of picking up Abreu’s option next year? I say do it.

  477. randy l September 1st, 2007 at 3:02 pm

    “Randy L, don’t be ridiculous. If you don’t think throwing close to a player’s head is dangerous then you’ve probably never actually played the game.”
    why don’t you click on my name and then switch to that bowling channel.

  478. 1st Place Best Team in BB September 1st, 2007 at 3:02 pm

    Chicago Dave, during Yankees games I post here. During Red Sox games I post on a Red Sox site.

    I don’t see how that makes me obsessive over the Yankees. I like to watch baseball and the Yankees are the team I’m choosing to watch right now on television. If you lived in NE, you’d watch Red Sox games. Get over it and stop whining.

  479. Rebecca September 1st, 2007 at 3:02 pm

    Arod is a triple shy of the cycle.

  480. Bobcat September 1st, 2007 at 3:02 pm

    Iwamura was lucky he wasn’t in the way… yikes.

  481. BBB September 1st, 2007 at 3:03 pm

    MVP MVP!!!!

  482. dontfirecash September 1st, 2007 at 3:03 pm

    I live in NE and don’t watch the Sux. And I don’t know any Yankee fans that do.

  483. yankee Magic September 1st, 2007 at 3:03 pm

    When will Pete gives us 1st Place Best Team in BB email?

  484. Scis September 1st, 2007 at 3:04 pm

    ..and to think this was the game I was worried about

  485. J-Dawg September 1st, 2007 at 3:04 pm

    A-Rod: You are forgiven for the error! You are also the MVP!!!!

  486. Bobcat September 1st, 2007 at 3:04 pm

    As big a hit as A-Rod’s was, Giambi needs one here.

  487. dontfirecash September 1st, 2007 at 3:04 pm

    and with that I shall remove myself from the troll bashing.

  488. Bobcat September 1st, 2007 at 3:05 pm

    Andrea,

    I wasn’t lecturing, or didn’t mean to, but it felt like it needed saying… LOL.

  489. 1st Place Best Team in BB September 1st, 2007 at 3:05 pm

    dontire, you don’t know any Yankees fans that watch the Red Sox? I will now officially ignore everything you say as complete bull.

    Go make another name and try again.

  490. yankee Magic September 1st, 2007 at 3:05 pm

    How did you feel when Pedro threw at heads?

  491. Doom and Gloom September 1st, 2007 at 3:05 pm

    Even though I enjoyed your posts, good move, dontfirecash.

  492. Doom and Gloom September 1st, 2007 at 3:06 pm

    I think the Yanks should pick up Bob Kelly Abreu’s option. He’s a key member of the lineup.

  493. helno51 September 1st, 2007 at 3:06 pm

    1-0 toronto

  494. * * THEE BOSTON BUGLE * * September 1st, 2007 at 3:06 pm

    Meatlof fooled everybody with the title of their new album. Some thought it would be, “Two Out of Three Ain’t Bad” but instead named it “One in Eighty-Eight Still Sucks”.

  495. dontfirecash September 1st, 2007 at 3:06 pm

    I don’t. Why would I want to watch more baseall? The games are already long enough and I actually have a life.

  496. Rebecca September 1st, 2007 at 3:06 pm

    Giambi not coming through with the bat, but we had the inning we needed

  497. Best Team In History September 1st, 2007 at 3:07 pm

    I love me some baseball.

  498. J-Dawg September 1st, 2007 at 3:08 pm

    BBB,

    It’s getting spookier by the minute the way that Giambi and Phillips have switched roles!!

  499. adkwriter September 1st, 2007 at 3:08 pm

    “Doom and Gloom, I’d rather have the single most exciting, historical World Championship in baseball history than 50 World Series rings. You could win 26 more and you’ll never have what Red Sox fans have.”

    All I will say is, how quickly we forget the 80 or some odd years prior.

  500. BBB September 1st, 2007 at 3:09 pm

    Isn’t it J-Dawg?! It’s like Invasion of the Body Snatchers!

  501. Doom and Gloom September 1st, 2007 at 3:10 pm

    A suggestion for Pete, if he is reading. When he posts a blog entry during the game, it would be great if there was a mechanism that also posted it as a comment in our game discussion here.

  502. Andrea September 1st, 2007 at 3:10 pm

    Bobcat: wasn’t taken as a lecture.. I think we just didn’t notice. Because this one wasn’t all like OMG YANKEES SUCK AHHHHHHHHH about everything and we were all doing it. i was just scrolling and notice dmore people talking to him than each other and realized hey, we should probably start discussing the game again!

  503. jennifer September 1st, 2007 at 3:11 pm

    I agree doom. Send Pete an email.

  504. BBB September 1st, 2007 at 3:12 pm

    Pete, thanks for the update on Rasner. Great news, I really really like him, agree that he should be added to the roster. Didn’t he start one of our shutouts earlier this season.. I think it was against Seattle?

  505. tessa September 1st, 2007 at 3:12 pm

    Not to defend the troll (or to admit that I have no life), but when there is a pennant race going on, I will watch a Red Sox game with the intent of rooting against them so the Yankees are a game closer.

    To be honest, I don’t think it would be as much fun to be a Yankees fan if we weren’t a part of the Greatest Rivalry in Sports(c), so I appreciate having the Red Sox around for that purpose.

    You will, however, never see me on a Sox site bashing their team and intentionally screwing with the quality of their baseball conversation.

  506. Chicago Dave September 1st, 2007 at 3:12 pm

    “I don’t see how that makes me obsessive over the Yankees.”

    Yes, you don’t see, and that’s the whole point! Admitting your problem is the first step to recovery.

  507. Andrea September 1st, 2007 at 3:12 pm

    I’m excited about Rasner. I really liked him. I liked what I saw. That game where his finger got CRUSHED was such a disappointment. What was his ERA, not including that game? Cause I think that game screwed it up a bit–a few earned runs in 0 innings.

  508. jennifer September 1st, 2007 at 3:13 pm

    Nice to hear Darrel is making a come back. I also hope they will bring him back. He has worked his tail off. Funny how all these other players continue to work very hard, while Carl is sitting at home collecting that lofty paycheck.

    I heard that Humberto is already throwing off flat ground.

  509. Andrea September 1st, 2007 at 3:13 pm

    BBB: he did. He was one of the ones that Torre would yank super early though. He had a shutout through something like 5 or 6 innings and Torre pulled him.

  510. Best Team In History September 1st, 2007 at 3:13 pm

    AD, no one forgot the 80+ years prior. That’s why the championship was so significant and enjoyable.

  511. Bobcat September 1st, 2007 at 3:13 pm

    Well done.

  512. Rebecca September 1st, 2007 at 3:13 pm

    NICE PLAY

    Kennedy’s had two great innings after two shaky ones. Good to know he rebounds well.

  513. Scis September 1st, 2007 at 3:13 pm

    I would like to see kennedy throw more off speed stuff on first pitches. tampa is real aggressive especially down 7-2 and i think he could get through the next couple of innings fairly efficiently

  514. BBB September 1st, 2007 at 3:14 pm

    Rasner has had a bunch of good outings for us in my memory. There was also the one vs Oakland where they scored 3 unearned runs in the beginning of the game. Ras didn’t let it rattle him, pitched 6 scoreless I believe, and we won in extra innings on a Giambi homer.

    Even in his bad outings, it’s not like any of them were absolutely awful. He is a great guy to have around for long relief/spot starter IMO. And Cash picked him up off the scrap heap no?

  515. J-Dawg September 1st, 2007 at 3:14 pm

    FANTASTIC job by Kennedy!!

  516. passer by September 1st, 2007 at 3:14 pm

    1st Place Best Team in BB :

    Its pretty eviden that you thought hard and came up with the wrong handle given that you are a redsox fan. Actually one half (best team in BB part) wrong now ad completely wrong in a month.

  517. Best Team In History September 1st, 2007 at 3:15 pm

    I never said I wasn’t obsessive about baseball. I love baseball.

  518. dontfirecash September 1st, 2007 at 3:15 pm

    Wow, the fact that Kennedy will have a chance to go six is amazing considering he threw 35 or so pitches in the second.

  519. Doom and Gloom September 1st, 2007 at 3:16 pm

    I think this describes Rasner perfectly:

    He is a great guy to have around for long relief/spot starter

  520. Best Team In History September 1st, 2007 at 3:16 pm

    Passer by, could you please rephrase that in a way that makes sense?

  521. Chicago Dave September 1st, 2007 at 3:17 pm

    Yes, Kennedy has done a really great job. Hopefully Hughes has been watching closely!

  522. Rebecca September 1st, 2007 at 3:18 pm

    Who put Jason in Andy’s body and Andy in Jason’s body?

    Can you like switch me with the Queen of England or something?

  523. jennifer September 1st, 2007 at 3:18 pm

    Nice game by Andy!

  524. BBB September 1st, 2007 at 3:18 pm

    Another nice inning for IPK. My dawg!! :D

    Andrea, yeah, Torre always seemed like he had a very quick hook on Ras. And I remember last year when he & Karstens both came up, everybody thought Karstens was better. I think it’s safe to say Ras is a bit underrated!

  525. dontfirecash September 1st, 2007 at 3:18 pm

    I guess I was wrong for thinking that Edwin would be a problem today…it is nice to be wrong on those kind of things.

  526. This just in ...... September 1st, 2007 at 3:18 pm

    Umpires have a pet nickname for Youkilis. Between themselves they call him “Diaper Boy”.

  527. V September 1st, 2007 at 3:18 pm

    I think it the Angels are currently the ‘best team’ given they have the best record in baseball. He’s also predicting the Yankees will overtake the Red Sox in the East by the end of the month.

    Is there any objective means of stating who the ‘Best Team in History’ is?

  528. BBB September 1st, 2007 at 3:19 pm

    “Can you like switch me with the Queen of England or something?”

    If we’re volunteering for our own Invasion of the Body Snatchers experiments I’d like to switch places with Laura Pettitte! Just sayin, lol.

  529. VD September 1st, 2007 at 3:19 pm

    I dont have telecast of the game today.. wnated to know the stuff that Kennedy is throwing.. the pitches and the speeds..

  530. jennifer September 1st, 2007 at 3:20 pm

    http://www.baseball-reference......da01.shtml

    Washington released him. he had a low era for them.

  531. BBB September 1st, 2007 at 3:20 pm

    Speaking of kids that might be called up. Anyone think we may see Jose Veras? He’s healthy, right? I liked what he had last year…

  532. Best Team In History September 1st, 2007 at 3:20 pm

    I wish Youkilis wouldn’t complain so much. It only hurts him with the umps.

    Regardless of whether you guys watch the Red Sox at all though, you certainly do bash them plenty on here. You’re watching a Yankees game and talking about the Red Sox. I’m watching a Yankees game and talking about the Yankees. Logically, who’s the one being obsessive here?

  533. Andrea September 1st, 2007 at 3:20 pm

    BBB: I wanna switch places with Shelley Duncan! I would smash EVERY ELBOW I SAW!

  534. dontfirecash September 1st, 2007 at 3:21 pm

    VD,
    Kennedy throws a fastball, 90-92, curve, change and slider. As we are seeing today he can throw all his pitches for strikes.

  535. Doom and Gloom September 1st, 2007 at 3:21 pm

    Forbes tried to rank the best teams of all time, and three Yankees’ squads made the list.

    http://www.forbes.com/home/spo.....eball.html

  536. Rebecca September 1st, 2007 at 3:21 pm

    Seattle and Toronto are now tied 1 1

  537. Andrea September 1st, 2007 at 3:21 pm

    Yankee fans only talk about the REd Sox when a Red Sox troll brings them up.

  538. Bronx Born September 1st, 2007 at 3:21 pm

    I don’t care what the Phillips haters say.. I like Andy Phillips. He carries himself well and just looks like a ballplayer….

  539. Best Team In History September 1st, 2007 at 3:22 pm

    V, why is my name so upsetting to you? It’s supposed to be a joke.

  540. Scis September 1st, 2007 at 3:22 pm

    It’s pretty interesting to see the different results on back to back nights between Hughes and Kennedy against the same lineup. You can see (even though im following on gameday) that Kennedy just changes speeds better and has a better aproach to a good, yet aggressive hitting team.

  541. Doom and Gloom September 1st, 2007 at 3:22 pm

    A lot of people are down on Veras, but I have some hope for him.

  542. jennifer September 1st, 2007 at 3:22 pm

    Even in the minors we kick the red soxs asses.

  543. Andrea September 1st, 2007 at 3:22 pm

    How many pitches has this AB been for Molina?

  544. Best Team In History September 1st, 2007 at 3:23 pm

    That’s not true Andrea. Yankees fans talk about the Red Sox regardless of whether there’s a Red Sox fan around. You know that’s the truth.

  545. Rebecca September 1st, 2007 at 3:23 pm

    Did anyone hear that? SWB in a bid for a combination no-no?

  546. Best Team In History September 1st, 2007 at 3:23 pm

    Seattle has tied the score in the 8th.

  547. J-Dawg September 1st, 2007 at 3:23 pm

    At least 11.

  548. dontfirecash September 1st, 2007 at 3:24 pm

    Will you please shut up? I am politely asking you to log off your computer and go elsewhere(god knows you could use it). You are driving me insane.

  549. BBB September 1st, 2007 at 3:24 pm

    11 pitches so far Andrea. Johnny Damon at his best-esque!

  550. jennifer September 1st, 2007 at 3:24 pm

    Umps got the call right!!

  551. Best Team In History September 1st, 2007 at 3:24 pm

    You seriously care about minor league scores? How is that not obsessive over the Red Sox when you’re excited your Triple-A team is beating theirs?

  552. BBB September 1st, 2007 at 3:25 pm

    Awww, he finally got him on the 12th pitch. Helluva A/B though. The Molina behind door #3 RULES!

  553. V September 1st, 2007 at 3:25 pm

    Redsoxfan, I was merely rephrasing Passerby’s statement to you. I don’t care about you or your name. Just sayin’.

  554. BBB September 1st, 2007 at 3:25 pm

    Um maybe we care about minor league scores because our farm system kicks ass! What is it now guys, 4th best in the majors?

  555. J-Dawg September 1st, 2007 at 3:26 pm

    That’s okay Jose. Great AB anyway!!

  556. PAT M..... September 1st, 2007 at 3:26 pm

    Ian Kennedy is as good as advertised…..Five years ago I was coaching vs. him in the Orange County Connie Mack league…..His Huntington Beach team knocked my L.L. team out of the regional’s in 1997…..

  557. Best Team In History September 1st, 2007 at 3:26 pm

    “Will you please shut up? I am politely asking you to log off your computer and go elsewhere(god knows you could use it). You are driving me insane.”

    I know I’m supposed to be ignoring you, but I just wanted to point out the humor in you thinking that’s polite. The grammar is humorous on it’s own as well.

  558. jennifer September 1st, 2007 at 3:26 pm

    Cause you are stupid. We are happy for our minor league team. It only makes it sweeter that we are kicking a red soxs teams ass.

  559. Doom and Gloom September 1st, 2007 at 3:26 pm

    Everyone is doing a pretty poor job of ignoring the troll.

  560. randy l September 1st, 2007 at 3:26 pm

    ” I don’t care about you or anything you say so why would I go to your site?”
    one picture is worth a thousand words.
    …didn’t youkillis get drilled twice by the orioles yesterday? he must be a popular guy around the league. oh yeah, he did. look at this from espn:
    ” Youkilis was hit by two pitches one day after Yankees reliever Joba Chamberlain was ejected for throwing two consecutive pitches over his head.”
    gee, i hope poor widdle youkie is ok.

  561. Rebecca September 1st, 2007 at 3:26 pm

    Normally, I don’t care about minor league scores, but a no no is a no no.

  562. Bobcat September 1st, 2007 at 3:26 pm

    dontfirecash,

    You are the singular reason that the troll remains. Let it go.

  563. Best Team In History September 1st, 2007 at 3:27 pm

    BBB, 4th best according to who?

  564. Don Vito Bellamo September 1st, 2007 at 3:27 pm

    Kennedy looks like a #4 starter actually….No Earned Runs in 5 innings ? very nice..I would say slot him as the 4 then let Hughes, Moose, The Pilsbury Dough Boy and The Easter Bunny fight it out for the 5 spot…

  565. Bobcat September 1st, 2007 at 3:27 pm

    I spoke too soon…. ahhhh…. LOL.

  566. Andrea September 1st, 2007 at 3:27 pm

    Kenny Singleton: welcome to puberty.

    Sorry. Perhaps Yankee bloggers talk about the Red Sox. It’s just not to as much of a degree as it is today without a Sox fan around. It is when they are playing the Red Sox.

    And please stop tellig me what I know and don’t know. I’m not lying for the sake of telling an untruth. I’m stating what I know to be true. If Im incorrect, I apologize to anyone but the Sox troll that I offend.

  567. Kevin September 1st, 2007 at 3:27 pm

    A healthy Darrell Rasner could be a valuable piece to the ’08 pitching staff as a long reliever / spot starter, something this year’s team has lacked. He seems to have the tools for the role. All the best with his rehabbing.

  568. dontfirecash September 1st, 2007 at 3:28 pm

    BBB,
    It was ranked fourth at the beginning of the season by BP. I would say it has only gotten better with the emergence of Horne, and our next star center fielder Austin Jackson.

  569. Pete Feng September 1st, 2007 at 3:28 pm

    to Best Team In History,

    We talk Yankees baseball or whatever we like on a Yankees blog. After all it is our blog! However, you, a Red Sox fan, come to our blog and talk crap with no respect. Now, would you like me to pee and take a dump in your living room?

  570. Best Team In History September 1st, 2007 at 3:28 pm

    Randy L, Youk has been hit so many times this year. Believe me, he can handle it.

  571. adkwriter September 1st, 2007 at 3:29 pm

    “It’s pretty interesting to see the different results on back to back nights between Hughes and Kennedy against the same lineup. You can see (even though im following on gameday) that Kennedy just changes speeds better and has a better aproach to a good, yet aggressive hitting team.”

    Or, it’s the first time he’s been seen and that’s the advantage, and a big heaping of luck to go with it.

  572. foobar September 1st, 2007 at 3:29 pm

    What’s with the troll feeding here? We’re all actual human beings (or at least I hope so) just talking to each other behind a computer about a game played by men in uniforms, some of us may even be highly-educated. Would you actually do this talking to a fan of an opposing team in a bar, or in front of your kids?

  573. Doom and Gloom September 1st, 2007 at 3:29 pm

    IPK may be a No. 4 starter on the Yankees, but on many teams, he’d already be vying for staff ace.

  574. Andrea September 1st, 2007 at 3:29 pm

    I think the SWB excitement has ntohing to do with the fact that it was against a red sox affiliate. Calm down.

    And I swore I wouldn’t respond.

    You go Ian Kennedy!

  575. Best Team In History September 1st, 2007 at 3:29 pm

    Pete, this is a public blog is it not? How would you like me to bash you for using a public drinking fountain?

    Get over it.

  576. jennifer September 1st, 2007 at 3:29 pm

    Toronto leading 2-1 bottom 8

  577. Rebecca September 1st, 2007 at 3:30 pm

    Toronto up.

  578. jennifer September 1st, 2007 at 3:30 pm

    Would there be any chance the Yankees would go to a 6 man rotation. espically if Ian pitches this way and Mike gets his act together.

  579. BBB September 1st, 2007 at 3:31 pm

    Thanks dontfirecash, I thought it was something like that. Action Jackson is a really exciting player and I can’t wait to see how Angelini does next year. I love the farm!

  580. Rebecca September 1st, 2007 at 3:31 pm

    well, you’re gonna give up a hr sooner or later. Glad it was just a solo shot.

  581. Andrea September 1st, 2007 at 3:31 pm

    lol Pete Feng. Nice.

  582. Best Team In History September 1st, 2007 at 3:31 pm

    Andrea, you are incorrect. See Jennifer’s post that said, “Even in the minors we kick the red soxs asses.”

  583. Don Vito Bellamo September 1st, 2007 at 3:32 pm

    I jinxed him….DANG !

  584. jennifer September 1st, 2007 at 3:32 pm

    Okay everyone needs to bite their tongues and ignore this idiot. Instead of posting on a blog he should be buying school supplies with mommy.

    Just take a deep breath and ignore him no matter how stupid his post is.

  585. dontfirecash September 1st, 2007 at 3:32 pm

    This is insane, he could start the seventh if Joe so chooses.

  586. randy l September 1st, 2007 at 3:33 pm

    pat m-
    i think you said before that that you coached against hughes also or at least had watched him closely in high school and college. how do you compare kennedy and hughes?
    i’m not excited about hughes yet, but i figure that i haven’t seen the real hughes either.

  587. BBB September 1st, 2007 at 3:33 pm

    Well aside from that solo homer, which there is really no shame in giving up to someone who has hit many this year, he took care of bidness very well there. IPK IS MY HOMEBOY!!

  588. Best Team In History September 1st, 2007 at 3:33 pm

    BBB, that was at the beginning of the season. The Yankees then had to fill a lot of holes left by Cashman by calling up most of their major league close talent. It will be interesting to see what they’ll be ranked this year or what they’d actually be ranked right now.

  589. Scis September 1st, 2007 at 3:33 pm

    “Or, it’s the first time he’s been seen and that’s the advantage, and a big heaping of luck to go with it.”

    What’s been so lucky about his start?

  590. Flipper September 1st, 2007 at 3:34 pm

    Troy Glaus pounded his fist. Toronto is winning.

  591. J-Dawg September 1st, 2007 at 3:34 pm

    Impressive debut for Ian. Nice way to start a career!!

  592. Best Team In History September 1st, 2007 at 3:34 pm

    Don’t be bitter Jennifer.

  593. Rebecca September 1st, 2007 at 3:34 pm

    AROD for the TRIPLE!

  594. Rebecca September 1st, 2007 at 3:35 pm

    Whoa now. you don’t hit Jeter.

  595. Andrea September 1st, 2007 at 3:35 pm

    Oh well. I’m excited about a no no no matter who it’s against.

    OUCH.
    RUMBLE!!!

  596. Bobcat September 1st, 2007 at 3:35 pm

    Too many HBP….

  597. Best Team In History September 1st, 2007 at 3:35 pm

    pat m, I’m just curious. Did you say all the same things about Hughes? I’m guessing your a Yankees fan so I’m not sure how reliable and objective your info is.

  598. Doom and Gloom September 1st, 2007 at 3:36 pm

    So do the benches get warned? If he throws another one inside, does he gets the Yankees’ treatment and get tossed?

  599. BBB September 1st, 2007 at 3:36 pm

    Hmmm, is Juan Salas gonna get tossed or suspended now??

  600. Bobcat September 1st, 2007 at 3:36 pm

    That wasn’t intentional. If it was A-Rod, perhaps.

  601. jon September 1st, 2007 at 3:36 pm

    bring him out for another inning joe…
    IPK is MUCH better than moose
    long live IPK

  602. Bobcat September 1st, 2007 at 3:37 pm

    He’s always had control issues… hasn’t been a pitcher very long.

  603. dontfirecash September 1st, 2007 at 3:37 pm

    Like I said, they would be ranked higher, IMO. The emergence of Horne, Jackson, Heredia, Whelan, Robertson, and Cervelli and the dominance of Kennedy and Joba(not sure if BP will consider them prospects anymore). There are others too: Marquez, White and Clippard are good second teir pitchers. Then there is the GCL kids: Cuello, Montero, both Almonte’s. The Yanks have an absurd amount of prospects.

  604. CATYA September 1st, 2007 at 3:37 pm

    DEREK HIT BY PITCH . 2 GAME SUSPENSION COMING?

  605. jennifer September 1st, 2007 at 3:38 pm

    I’d go batter to batter with him. Espically if we score some runs.

  606. Yunks September 1st, 2007 at 3:38 pm

    He didn’t throw towards anyone’s head. He won’t be ejected.

  607. Doom and Gloom September 1st, 2007 at 3:38 pm

    Up here in the bigs, the umpire said, you’ve got to have better control than that.

  608. Bobcat September 1st, 2007 at 3:38 pm

    My guess is that IPK at least goes to the mound to start the inning. He may get the hook before his first pitch, or be on a batter-by-batter basis.

    Either way, he gets to make an exit mid-inning.

  609. Best Team In History September 1st, 2007 at 3:39 pm

    dontfire, all teams have lots of names. How many of those names are actually close to being major league ready?

  610. Rebecca September 1st, 2007 at 3:39 pm

    Ugh, they don’t want to let Arod hit, do they? I mean, not that a walk is a bad thing…

  611. jennifer September 1st, 2007 at 3:40 pm

    He’s at 90 so at most he has one inning left.

  612. jennifer September 1st, 2007 at 3:40 pm

    No hitter gone :(

  613. randy l September 1st, 2007 at 3:41 pm

    “Youk has been hit so many times this year. Believe me, he can handle it.”
    that’s why he sqeals like a stuck pig every time he gets hit.
    personally, i think he just has a low pain threshold.

  614. Best Team In History September 1st, 2007 at 3:41 pm

    There goes the no-no. Am I supposed to be excited because it was broken up against SWB?

  615. Jaspal September 1st, 2007 at 3:41 pm

    If the Yankees can add 40 players on their major league roster, I don’t understand why they wouldn’t add a few more pitchers. Let’s say we’re either winning or losing by a large number of runs, why not put a couple of these pitches in the 7th thru 9th innings to eat up some innings? That way our normal relief corps are still available for the next game which may be close.

  616. foobar September 1st, 2007 at 3:41 pm

    9th inning in Toronto…go Accardo!

  617. dontfirecash September 1st, 2007 at 3:41 pm

    All those players I listed, besides the second teir prospects, are legit prospects. Horne, Whelan and Robertson could all be ready by mid 08.

  618. Best Team In History September 1st, 2007 at 3:42 pm

    Randy L, now you’re coming across even more as someone who’s never played.

  619. Adam September 1st, 2007 at 3:42 pm

    IPK rivals Phil Franchise for worst nickname idea Peter has ever had. This can’t possibly stick.

  620. Best Team In History September 1st, 2007 at 3:43 pm

    dontfire, forgive me if I don’t consider you an objective opinion on the Yankees farm system. Like I said, we’ll see how they rank.

  621. jennifer September 1st, 2007 at 3:43 pm

    Okay send Ian back out. If he gets in trouble than pull him.

  622. foobar September 1st, 2007 at 3:43 pm

    YES DP in Toronto, 1 more out.

  623. jennifer September 1st, 2007 at 3:44 pm

    We can gain a game in the wild card!

  624. Rebecca September 1st, 2007 at 3:45 pm

    SEATTLE LOSES!

  625. J-Dawg September 1st, 2007 at 3:45 pm

    Thank you Ricky Accardo!!

  626. dontfirecash September 1st, 2007 at 3:45 pm

    I’m happy to admit other teams have great prospects; the D-Rays for instance have a holy trinity of pitchers that rivals the Yanks(McGee, Davis and Price). I truly believe the Yankees have the best or one of the best farms in baseball.

  627. jennifer September 1st, 2007 at 3:45 pm

    Ian back out. Mow em’ down.

  628. Carmine September 1st, 2007 at 3:45 pm

    Jeremy Accardo>Joe Borowski

  629. BBB September 1st, 2007 at 3:46 pm

    Thanks Jays!! Yay Canada!

  630. Rebecca September 1st, 2007 at 3:46 pm

    How great would it be if IK could go 7 innings in his ML debut?

  631. Bobcat September 1st, 2007 at 3:46 pm

    Mariners are now 6.5 games behind the team they will have to catch in the WC race.

  632. J-Dawg September 1st, 2007 at 3:46 pm

    1 pitch. 1 out!

  633. Yunks September 1st, 2007 at 3:46 pm

    Why’s Ian back out? Does Torre not trust his bullpen THAT bad?

    I understand Ian can do it but he’s had a good outing, Torre should take him out while he still has confidence.

  634. jennifer September 1st, 2007 at 3:47 pm

    We’ve come a long way from one of the worst. And it was in a pretty short period of time.

    swb won 11-2 :D

  635. BBB September 1st, 2007 at 3:47 pm

    Arizona has an insane farm system too. I wish we could have gotten Micah Owings (though not on the farm anymore, he was then) in that RJ trade.

  636. dontfirecash September 1st, 2007 at 3:47 pm

    Good lord, he could go eight at this pace.

  637. Doom and Gloom September 1st, 2007 at 3:47 pm

    I thought IPK, which I like, was the brainchild of River Ave Blues?

  638. Best Team In History September 1st, 2007 at 3:48 pm

    Bobcat, I know you’re trying to bash the Red Sox but all that means is that the Red Sox are basically a lock to make the playoffs.

  639. Carmine September 1st, 2007 at 3:48 pm

    Ian has under 100 pitches and has pitched on the college level(and very well), so he’s not exactly pushing the envelope by coming out for the 7th.

  640. Bobcat September 1st, 2007 at 3:48 pm

    Send him out for one more.

  641. Nick in SF September 1st, 2007 at 3:48 pm

    Michigan just lost to Appalichian St. for you college football fans.

  642. jennifer September 1st, 2007 at 3:48 pm

    Look like a bad decision for Joe? Looks pretty good to me.

  643. dontfirecash September 1st, 2007 at 3:48 pm

    Wow, what a debut!

  644. Rebecca September 1st, 2007 at 3:48 pm

    …Maybe he’ll go 8? Two bad innings, one of which was helped by Arod, and the other one he didn’t give up a run.

    This kid’s something special.

  645. BBB September 1st, 2007 at 3:49 pm

    YEAH IAN, YEAHHHH!!!!

  646. Best Team In History September 1st, 2007 at 3:49 pm

    Take notes Hughes. Note how he didn’t fail to live up to all the hype?

  647. Bobcat September 1st, 2007 at 3:49 pm

    I think Joe will at least send him out for his curtain call.

  648. jennifer September 1st, 2007 at 3:49 pm

    I guess he’s done for the day. Great debut you have to pitch him in 5 days.

  649. Ryan CT September 1st, 2007 at 3:49 pm

    Was Kennedy activated yesterday or today? I know if he wasn’t activated yesterday he couldn’t be on the postseason roster (if he pitches well).

    I don’t know if that was said or not yet, but I didn’t see it.

  650. J-Dawg September 1st, 2007 at 3:49 pm

    SPECTACULAR!!

  651. BBB September 1st, 2007 at 3:49 pm

    For the record, I like IPK too. Makes him sound distinguished…which he is.. :)

  652. Chicago Dave September 1st, 2007 at 3:49 pm

    Is Ian Kennedy the real Phil Hughes?

  653. bardos September 1st, 2007 at 3:50 pm

    gameday had the last two pitches to paul (called strikes on strike out) as way outside the strike zone. using questar i imagine. does that mean the umps are weird or what is happening?

  654. Rebecca September 1st, 2007 at 3:50 pm

    Nick: Wasn’t Michigan ranked? Or something?

  655. PAT M..... September 1st, 2007 at 3:50 pm

    I have always thought that Ian was the more complete pitcher, plus he played in a big College Program ( USC )….He always reminded me of Catfish….Total command of all his pitches….Hughes has overpowering stuff, however he’s having trouble right now with his location and control…..I saw him pitch vs. Anahiem 2 weeks ago from behind the plate…..He was lights out for the most part, but his control gets him in trouble, as it’s still an issue…..He’ll be fine ….The injured ankle I think is still affecting him….Tough for a young pitcher to get it all back in so short a time…….Kennedy is tough, has heart, and understands the art of pitching…….Who is this Best Team guy ?????….Of course I’m a Yankee Fan…This a Yankee Fan site you twit…..

  656. jennifer September 1st, 2007 at 3:51 pm

    One earned run in 7 innings. Pretty good.

  657. CATYA September 1st, 2007 at 3:51 pm

    I WILL TAKE THS KID OVER THE “FRANCHISE” ANYDAY!!!!!!

    HE’S SMOKING HOT!!

  658. Best Team In History September 1st, 2007 at 3:51 pm

    Bardos, the final strike was clearly a ball watching on television as well.

  659. mel September 1st, 2007 at 3:52 pm

    Nice game by Kennedy. Good to go against a free-swinging team for your first.

    Seattle loses!

  660. Nick in SF September 1st, 2007 at 3:52 pm

    Yes, Michican is ranked #5 and Appalachian St. is a Div. AA team. One of the biggest upsets in college football history. Which I was only watching because of stupid baseball blackout rules.

  661. Best Team In History September 1st, 2007 at 3:52 pm

    Michigan was ranked 5th.

  662. #9 September 1st, 2007 at 3:53 pm

    Standing “O” for young Mr. Kennedy!!!

  663. helno51 September 1st, 2007 at 3:53 pm

    it was the first time ever that a D-2 school beat a ranked team.

  664. Rebecca September 1st, 2007 at 3:53 pm

    Nick: Suddenly I don’t feel so sick rooting for Syracuse.

    Finally Giambi’s bat decides to work!

  665. Chicago Dave September 1st, 2007 at 3:54 pm

    HAHAHAHA!!! I went to Northwestern…I HATE Michigan! Screw the Wolverines!!!

  666. Carmine September 1st, 2007 at 3:54 pm

    It’s pretty funny that everyone’s ready to dump on Hughes because of Ian Kennedy’s first start. Tyler Clippard and Matt Desalvo had great first starts. I’m sure Kennedy will be better than them, but I’m sure Hughes will be as well. Hughes sprained his ankle and strained his hamstring this year.

  667. Jax September 1st, 2007 at 3:54 pm

    Catya, sorry to disappoint you but he’s taken. In fact they’re both taken (Hughes&Kennedy).

  668. J-Dawg September 1st, 2007 at 3:55 pm

    Lloyd Carr is once again on the hot seat. All right Giambi!!

  669. Global Warming September 1st, 2007 at 3:55 pm

    I still like Hughes future more than Kennedy. Both will be Yankee starters for years to come though.

  670. Doom and Gloom September 1st, 2007 at 3:55 pm

    Hughes will be fine. It is a good sign for the Yankees’ future that, in some people’s minds, he’s slipped to be the third-best pitching prospect.

  671. CheMistry September 1st, 2007 at 3:55 pm

    Seattle lose the game again.

  672. EY September 1st, 2007 at 3:55 pm

    With this lead and 2 innings to go, looks like we won’t need Joba at all today. Tremendous job.

    I like how our farm system gave us all the players we need and we didn’t need to trade for any arms back in July.

  673. Andrea September 1st, 2007 at 3:56 pm

    Shelley Duncan doesn’t even run that fast. He just has the longest strides EVER.

  674. tessa September 1st, 2007 at 3:56 pm

    “Bobcat, I know you’re trying to bash the Red Sox but all that means is that the Red Sox are basically a lock to make the playoffs.”

    Well, we have already covered irony today, right, Andrea? Now the troll wants to learn about hubris…

  675. foobar September 1st, 2007 at 3:56 pm

    lol gotta love shelly run. it’s like a freaking linebacker diving for the endzone after an interception

  676. Global Warming September 1st, 2007 at 3:56 pm

    I think Shelly Duncan just killed the Third Base. Up 7-3 and Shelly is sliding head first into Third Base.

    Got to love it.

  677. dontfirecash September 1st, 2007 at 3:56 pm

    haha, Sterling just noted on the Shelly slide: “the ground shook”

  678. Best Team In History September 1st, 2007 at 3:57 pm

    Eh, it’s rookie pitching, anything can happen.

    (See the Devil Rays)

  679. Carmine September 1st, 2007 at 3:58 pm

    I mean we still need to remember, at full capacity, Hughes can throw his fastball in the upper-mid 90s range which is complimented very nicely by his curveball. It’s hard to gauge right now how he’ll be when he’s back to full health, but I imagine it’ll be much better.

  680. jennifer September 1st, 2007 at 3:59 pm

    Looked like he was running in quick sand.

  681. Andrea September 1st, 2007 at 3:59 pm

    tessa: lol….Hubris brings me WAY back to 10th grade English. Gotta love Greek tragedy.

  682. Rebecca September 1st, 2007 at 3:59 pm

    Sterling’s on the Shelley bandwagon.

  683. Chris from MI September 1st, 2007 at 3:59 pm

    hey I’m a U of Michigan student. I didn’t even know we had a football game today; of course I wouldn’t know one end of the football from the other. But who cares, as long as the Yanks are winning!

  684. Best Team In History September 1st, 2007 at 3:59 pm

    Tessa, we covered how Andrea’s an English major and still didn’t know what irony is. I hope she’s not a teacher.

  685. PAT M..... September 1st, 2007 at 4:00 pm

    The Yankees Holy Trinity of pitchers has arrived….Hughes, Chamberlain, Kennedy…..Say goodbye Mike Mussina……He’ll be pitching for the Phillies next season…….

  686. The D train September 1st, 2007 at 4:00 pm

    With all the pitches that Jetes gets hit with, Carl Pavano can’t understand why he never goes on the DL.

  687. Bronx Born September 1st, 2007 at 4:00 pm

    Good at bat Andy!

  688. CATYA September 1st, 2007 at 4:01 pm

    96 PITCHES IN 7 INNINGS. WOULD BE LOWER IF AROD DID’NT ERROR

    FIRST TIME GOOD OUTING . “BUYAH”!!!!!!

  689. Doom and Gloom September 1st, 2007 at 4:01 pm

    Pat, I think it’s likely you’re right – Moose to the City of Brotherly Love.

  690. Andrea September 1st, 2007 at 4:01 pm

    Global: the way I look at it, Shelley plays his heart out every time he plays. he hasnt played in a WHILE, so he’s bored and has a LOT of energy built up. He’s gotta do SOMETHING!

  691. foobar September 1st, 2007 at 4:02 pm

    yeah it’s just one start so far. Let’s not get too excited yet…though it is exciting.

    What’ll be telling is feedback from the opposing team.

    Remember Irabu’s first start? He got a standing O from the crowd, but when a player from the oppos (I think it was Andy Van Slyke?) was asked about Irabu’s stuff, replied Irabu couldn’t carry Nomo’s jock straps. He was right.

    When Igawa shut out the Red Sox earlier this year, Ortiz said he was nothing special, more the fault of the hitters, he was right.

    Opposing hitters have always heaped praises upon e.g. CMW and Hughes’ pure stuff (which’s why Hughes will be fine). Let’s see what they say about IPK (I’m fine with this nick too…what else is there? Ian? Ian K?)

  692. Best Team In History September 1st, 2007 at 4:02 pm

    Pat M, that’s your holy trinity? Then you’re in serious trouble.

  693. VOIII September 1st, 2007 at 4:02 pm

    I know it’s only one start, but this kid (IPK) looks to be better than advertised. His stuff is a lot better than a pure control pitcher. By the way I still believe in TY Clippard, if only Torre didn’t mess with his confidence. That being said, the kid needs to suck it up and start throwing strikes again.

  694. mel September 1st, 2007 at 4:02 pm

    Hughes will be alright. It’s not his fault that 8 pitchers in front of him got hurt or couldn’t get it done. He was rushed, injured, rushed again in a year when he was supposed to be working on his secondary pitches.

  695. Andrea September 1st, 2007 at 4:03 pm

    Oh, how I wish I could Shelly elbow slam via internet.

  696. Rebecca September 1st, 2007 at 4:03 pm

    Nice hitting by Molina.

  697. dontfirecash September 1st, 2007 at 4:04 pm

    haha why is he in serious trouble? Those three guys would all be ranked amongst the top 25 prospects in baseball if they were eligible.

  698. Andrea September 1st, 2007 at 4:04 pm
  699. Rebecca September 1st, 2007 at 4:04 pm

    ANDY PHILLIPS WITH THE SLIDE FOR LIFE!

  700. Big Apple Salute September 1st, 2007 at 4:05 pm

    Andy Phillips is quietly having one helluva day at bat and on the field.

  701. Andrea September 1st, 2007 at 4:05 pm

    gotta love my blank posts.

  702. Andrea September 1st, 2007 at 4:06 pm

    Is Andy Phillips 3-4 or 4-4?

  703. Best Team In History September 1st, 2007 at 4:07 pm

    Keep dreaming dontfire. That’s exactly why I don’t trust your delusional homer opinions on the Yankees farm system.

    By the way, Hughes and Clippard are one in the same. A bunch of hype because they’re in the Yankees farm system, but they fail to live up to it when it counts. And how can they? The Yankees farm system is one of the most overrated in baseball. You compare Hughes to Clemens when he’s in Double-A.

  704. Andrea September 1st, 2007 at 4:07 pm

    Or is he 3-3 with a walk?

  705. Global Warming September 1st, 2007 at 4:08 pm

    “By the way I still believe in TY Clippard, *if only Torre didn’t mess with his confidence*”

    What does Joe Torre have to do with Clippards abysmal pitching?

    The guy isn’t that good. Unfortunately for him, he along with the Matt DeSalvos and Chase Wrights are part of the past era of Yankee farm hands. His numbers in the minors were fools gold. “T-Clip” will at best be trade bait next season.

  706. jennifer September 1st, 2007 at 4:08 pm

    Did the messages get bolded?

  707. Andrea September 1st, 2007 at 4:08 pm

    Nevermind. I scrolled up. Pete said it. 2-2 with 2 walks.

  708. dontfirecash September 1st, 2007 at 4:08 pm

    go to projectprospect.com and look at their rankings if you don’t trust me. And to say that Hughes and Clippard are on in the same is incredibly ignorant.

  709. jennifer September 1st, 2007 at 4:09 pm

    2-2 with 2 walks.

  710. Rebecca September 1st, 2007 at 4:09 pm

    Good to know A-Rod will get one more at bat.

  711. Andrea September 1st, 2007 at 4:09 pm

    jennifer: they did for me.

  712. Mike9x September 1st, 2007 at 4:10 pm

    Whats that R Kelly song they play before Jeter’s At-bats? Its not go getta, its the other one.

    Thanks,
    Mike

  713. dontfirecash September 1st, 2007 at 4:10 pm

    one*. Just because the Sux only have couple of good prospects doesn’t mean you should get mad at me.

  714. #9 September 1st, 2007 at 4:10 pm

    Andy “best singing voice in baseball” Phillips is having a helluva a year!

  715. CP September 1st, 2007 at 4:11 pm

    whats a 7 letter word for “no longer needed”?

  716. randy l September 1st, 2007 at 4:11 pm

    “Kennedy is tough, has heart, and understands the art of pitching…”
    that’s music to any yankee fans ears.
    from watching hughes this year on tv, he just seem out of sync. it looks likes he’s trying to learn something mechanically and a pennant race isn’t exactly the place for that . i think if he would have come up like kennedy after a whole season in the minors we’d be seeing a totally different hughes.
    he’s there though unless they can come up with someone better. he still may rise to the occasion. he should be getting stronger as he goes.

  717. Luthien September 1st, 2007 at 4:11 pm

    Ya, everything is bold for me too. Just thought it was my computer at first.

  718. Andrea September 1st, 2007 at 4:11 pm

    Is anyone else really digging the commentary team of Ken Singleton and Bobby Murcer? They’re just a lot of fun to listen to. They don’t feel the need to fill up space with useless crap, and they don’t ask stupid questions like Michael Kay.

  719. BR September 1st, 2007 at 4:11 pm

    is 2 walks in a game a career high for Phillips? I mean he rarely walks.

  720. jennifer September 1st, 2007 at 4:12 pm

    So maybe it wasn’t a fluke, his start that is.

    Last year Andy had alot on his mind with his wife being sick. Maybe he can actually hit major league pitching.

  721. Rebecca September 1st, 2007 at 4:12 pm

    What is with Crawford? Why is he playing for Tampa?

  722. Bronxie Brenda September 1st, 2007 at 4:12 pm

    Mussina asked the question a few days ago, “Who are they going to replace me with” ?
    The answer has arrived and wears No. 36.

  723. PAT M..... September 1st, 2007 at 4:12 pm

    They’ll be better than Maulder, Hudson & Zito…..Best Team in History…Why are you so negative ???? You must be a Red Sux chowdahead fan…

  724. VOIII September 1st, 2007 at 4:12 pm

    Hughes and clippard were and still are rated very high by just about every scouting publication out there. The Yankees farm system is overated? do the name Wang and Cano ring a bell? The yanks past, present and future over Bosox any day….

  725. Carson September 1st, 2007 at 4:14 pm

    Was lucky enough to be sitting in an airport bar in LGA with Don Zimmer. He seemed pretty impressed by what Kennedy was doing, and mentioned that he thought he would be a solid pitcher in the bigs, simply because he seems to know what he is doing. He knows how to pitch to big leaguers.

  726. Luthien September 1st, 2007 at 4:15 pm

    Good god. I think Pete needs to post a big sign or something saying “Please don’t feed the trolls” Like the ones you see in parks or something. It is really quite simple. Just ignore them.

  727. jennifer September 1st, 2007 at 4:15 pm

    No cycle for Alex :(

  728. Global Warming September 1st, 2007 at 4:15 pm

    Definitely agree with ya Andrea. Singleton and Murcer are great to listen too. Only thing better would be having Jim Kaat in there too. I miss hearing Kaat talk about “old school pitching”.

  729. mel September 1st, 2007 at 4:15 pm

    Andrea,

    Loving the broadcasting crew today, and they’re easy on the ear.

  730. jennifer September 1st, 2007 at 4:16 pm

    Carson are you serious? What was Don doing at the airport? shouldn’t he be at the game?

  731. Rebecca September 1st, 2007 at 4:16 pm

    Global Warming: I miss Jim Kaat too!

    But I’ve really enjoyed the announcing today.

  732. Andrea September 1st, 2007 at 4:17 pm

    I’m glad it’s not just me. I really never had a problem with Michael Kay until this year. Maybe it’s just cause I never WATCHED the games as much–I did more listening and game day as I did not have yes. Could that be it?

  733. jennifer September 1st, 2007 at 4:18 pm

    What in the world does he have his bat painted with. The dun glares off of it.

  734. foobar September 1st, 2007 at 4:18 pm

    Yes Pete added a strong tag after his message “Tampa’s bullpen is dreadful”…so everything’s bolded…let’s see if this fixs it…

  735. Doom and Gloom September 1st, 2007 at 4:19 pm

    Andrea, I agree, Ken and Bobby are enjoyable. I loved Jim Kaat the most, and was so sad when he retired.

    Here’s an interesting note on Yankees’ prospects. Earlier this year, look who was ranked as the 75th-best prospect in all of baseball.

    http://www.baseballamerica.com.....63445.html

  736. Jaspal September 1st, 2007 at 4:19 pm

    You see this was my point earlier. Why put the Viz here with a 6 run lead in the th inning? He could be needed tomorrow in a tight game. If we had added a few pitchers due to the expanded roster then we could have used them. I don’t quite understand the reasoning of the Yankee mgmt in not adding those pitchers when there is nothing to lose.

  737. jennifer September 1st, 2007 at 4:19 pm

    Damn good thing we got that insurance.

  738. Rebecca September 1st, 2007 at 4:19 pm

    Viz! :( Shudda let Kennedy pitch the eighth today…

  739. jennifer September 1st, 2007 at 4:20 pm

    Why wouldn’t Matsui try to get the runner at home? Makes no sense?

  740. jennifer September 1st, 2007 at 4:22 pm

    Damn Viz is gettting smacked around.

  741. mel September 1st, 2007 at 4:22 pm

    Wouldn’t a 9-3 game have been a perfect time to see Veras? lol.

  742. Mike NYY September 1st, 2007 at 4:22 pm

    Ugh

  743. EY September 1st, 2007 at 4:22 pm

    Ohohoh nobody beats the Viz got beat today.

    Good thing we got our lead.

  744. BBB September 1st, 2007 at 4:22 pm

    eeeeek what is going on here with the Viz? :(

  745. dontfirecash September 1st, 2007 at 4:23 pm

    Pete, you have to get it straight. He is the FORMER attorney general.

  746. jennifer September 1st, 2007 at 4:23 pm

    And now Alex is out of the game.

  747. CATYA September 1st, 2007 at 4:23 pm

    JAX

    I DON’T WANT HIS BODY!!!!!JUST HIS GOOD ARM IN ANY GAME

  748. Mike NYY September 1st, 2007 at 4:23 pm

    Wouldn’t a 9-3 game have been a perfect time to see Veras? lol.

    Yeah, I left and came back and I thought it was Veras in

  749. 38disasters.com September 1st, 2007 at 4:24 pm

    christ this is getting STUPID!

  750. foobar September 1st, 2007 at 4:24 pm

    L Viz has not been sharp lately. I think he’s just regressing to his norm…he pitched way worse than he really was the beginning of the year, then pitched over his head for a couple of months.

    HEY PETE CAN YOU REMOVE THAT STRONG TAG YOU ADDED AFTER YOUR LAST COMMENT AFTER TAMPA BULLPEN PLEASE? :) THE BOLD TEXT HURTS MY EYES.

  751. BBB September 1st, 2007 at 4:24 pm

    Is Veras even up? I didn’t think he was.

  752. tessa September 1st, 2007 at 4:24 pm

    I love announcers that let you hear the sounds and rhythm of the game. These two are doing a great job of that.

    Ok. What is up with the Viz?

  753. BBB September 1st, 2007 at 4:25 pm

    OMFG this is ridiculous!!

  754. Mike NYY September 1st, 2007 at 4:25 pm

    Tying run on deck…..

  755. Best Team In History September 1st, 2007 at 4:25 pm

    Is that supposed to be your SS of the future? I thought his glove was the good part of his game.

  756. Rebecca September 1st, 2007 at 4:25 pm

    This inning is ugly.

  757. Doom and Gloom September 1st, 2007 at 4:26 pm

    In November 2006, Baseball America took a stab at the Yankees’ starting lineup and rotation in 2010. We’re three years ahead of schedule, and 80 percent of the rotation is already here.

    PROJECTED 2010 LINEUP
    Catcher Francisco Cervelli
    First Base Eric Duncan
    Second Base Robinson Cano
    Third Base Alex Rodriguez
    Shortstop Derek Jeter
    Left Field Melky Cabrera
    Center Field Johnny Damon
    Right Field Jose Tabata
    Designated Hitter Bob Abreu
    No. 1 Starter Philip Hughes
    No. 2 Starter Chien-Ming Wang
    No. 3 Starter Dellin Betances
    No. 4 Starter Joba Chamberlain
    No. 5 Starter Ian Kennedy
    Closer Mark Melancon

  758. jennifer September 1st, 2007 at 4:27 pm

    Is a dp too much to ask!!

  759. mel September 1st, 2007 at 4:28 pm

    What’re you trying to do, Luis? Bring the tying run to the plate?

  760. Rebecca September 1st, 2007 at 4:28 pm

    Joba as a number four starter?

    Right.

    Can’t wait for this inning to be over…

  761. Doom and Gloom September 1st, 2007 at 4:28 pm

    Absolutely unacceptable that Mariano has to pitch today. It’s just not right.

  762. Best Team In History September 1st, 2007 at 4:29 pm

    http://www.baseballamerica.com.....63445.html

    I don’t remember who it was that gave me this link but the Red Sox and Yankees have the same exact number of top 100 prospects (5).

  763. jennifer September 1st, 2007 at 4:29 pm

    There is no reason for mo to need a 4 out save. I know he hasn’t pitched since Wed. But this is insane.

  764. helno51 September 1st, 2007 at 4:29 pm

    why is mo coming in? norton is hitting about 215

  765. dontfirecash September 1st, 2007 at 4:29 pm

    This is absurd that Mo’ has to come in for a four out save.

  766. Global Warming September 1st, 2007 at 4:29 pm

    To have to use Mo in this game is pretty sad. Especially a 4 out save when you were up 9-3 at the beginning of the inning.

    Oh well at least Mo hasn’t pitched since Wednesday.

  767. mel September 1st, 2007 at 4:30 pm

    How embarrasing that we have to bring Mo in for 4 outs in a game we WERE winning 9-3.

  768. Best Team In History September 1st, 2007 at 4:30 pm

    Doom and Gloom, that’s not good that you’re so far ahead of schedule. It means those pitching prospects were rushed.

  769. jon September 1st, 2007 at 4:30 pm

    viz is horrible…leadoff walk and now you have to bring your closer in the 8th in what was an 8-3 lead…joe torre should be fired.

  770. 38disasters.com September 1st, 2007 at 4:30 pm

    i hope viz cries himself to sleep, the F is wrong with him man

  771. Best Team In History September 1st, 2007 at 4:30 pm

    Great save by Melky. I like him.

  772. Mike NYY September 1st, 2007 at 4:30 pm

    I`d have given Vizcaino a chance to get this guy at least

  773. dontfirecash September 1st, 2007 at 4:31 pm

    That is great, but Dice-K would no longer be ranked. Daniel Bard has been horrible in low A and Michael Bowden has struggled in AA.

  774. jennifer September 1st, 2007 at 4:31 pm

    Mo needed work, but it should have only been for the 9th. Now we have no Alex and no Jeter.

  775. Rebecca September 1st, 2007 at 4:31 pm

    Well, no matter what, Ian Kennedy still had a great start. Not Kennedy’s fault Viz was off today.

  776. Best Team In History September 1st, 2007 at 4:31 pm

    If Vizcaino comes back down to earth the Yankees bullpen really has issues.

  777. Doom and Gloom September 1st, 2007 at 4:32 pm

    “We’re not going to use Mo in the eighth inning in this year.” – Joe Torre

  778. helno51 September 1st, 2007 at 4:32 pm

    will worst team just shut up. he makes no sense. maybe it means those guys developed much faster than anyone thought. also if the moron had any sense he would know that the list was the 2010 rotation. it dindt say that they guys wouldnt be up before 2010. just that they would be here in 2010. but i guess i shouldnt get mad. i need to be more understanding of the simple minded.

  779. whoa September 1st, 2007 at 4:32 pm

    Worst. Manager. Ever.

  780. jennifer September 1st, 2007 at 4:32 pm

    Now we get it back

  781. Doom and Gloom September 1st, 2007 at 4:33 pm

    You’re right, Rebecca. And it’s not like we’ve lost four straight.

  782. 38disasters.com September 1st, 2007 at 4:33 pm

    praise the lord

  783. Best Team In History September 1st, 2007 at 4:35 pm

    helno, it’s not good to have all these pitchers up already. It means something went wrong.

  784. foobar September 1st, 2007 at 4:36 pm

    I actually have no beef with this one. It was a save situation (couldn’t have expected L Viz to come in and pre-August-Farnsworth it), and you never know if tomorrow would be a blowout. And tomorrow there’ll be Farnsworth and Edwar and Joba available. Seems like so many ppl on the board are crying for Joba to close anyway…

  785. Doom and Gloom September 1st, 2007 at 4:37 pm

    Isn’t Joba suspended tomorrow? Maybe I am confused.

  786. jennifer September 1st, 2007 at 4:38 pm

    Mo could pitch tomorrow.

  787. NJ September 1st, 2007 at 4:38 pm

    Peter, Michigan sucks, don’t be surprised they lost the Big 10 is the most overrated conference in the country. Go Gators.

  788. Rebecca September 1st, 2007 at 4:39 pm

    Shelley just got under that…

    three more outs and we’re two up on the Wild Card

  789. Mike NYY September 1st, 2007 at 4:39 pm

    Pete did you just critisize Torre? I never though I`d see the day…. ;)

  790. whoa September 1st, 2007 at 4:39 pm

    Here’s the beef. Mo is a precious resource who is aging. He should really never be used for 4 out saves anymore because his stamina is declining. JFR should have pulled Viz earlier and put in Edwar first. If Mo tires as the season wears down, JFR’s misuse will be the reason.

  791. YankeeJosh September 1st, 2007 at 4:40 pm

    I have to agree with Pete here. I guess Vizcaino needed work but absolutely no need for a 1+ inning save from Rivera. Those should only come in desperate situations, games with a 1 or 2 run lead or where the tying run is on.

    Either let Vizcaino finish the inning or give Edwar a shot, and use Rivera in the 9th.

    Terrible bullpen management by the skipper as per the usual.

    Hopefully this is just a one game blip for Vizcaino.

  792. jennifer September 1st, 2007 at 4:40 pm

    No Joba is back tomorrow. He was suspended Friday and Saturday.

  793. PAT M..... September 1st, 2007 at 4:41 pm

    Going to the USC game tonight….Wonder if they’ll cover the spread……..46 points…..They’ll be National Champions this year……

  794. jennifer September 1st, 2007 at 4:41 pm

    14 strike outs. that is horrible. And this is a guy that some think can replace Alex if he leaves?

  795. steven September 1st, 2007 at 4:42 pm

    Question: Is Betemit worth the loss of Proctor and Cairo?

  796. jennifer September 1st, 2007 at 4:42 pm

    Pelfry is throwing a perfect game into the 4th.

  797. Best Team In History September 1st, 2007 at 4:43 pm

    dontfire

    And how many of the Yankees prospects would still be ranked?

  798. Mike NYY September 1st, 2007 at 4:43 pm

    Question: Is Betemit worth the loss of Proctor and Cairo?

    No Proctor no Joba right?

  799. dontfirecash September 1st, 2007 at 4:43 pm

    I think getting rid of Proctor was worth just for the fact that Joe can’t pitch him in every imaginable situation now.

  800. whoa September 1st, 2007 at 4:43 pm

    Losing Proctor was addition by subtraction. Cashman rightly believed that Torre overused him to the exclusion of younger, potentially better relievers.

  801. Andrea September 1st, 2007 at 4:43 pm

    jennifer: are you serious? isn’t Pelfry the one who couldn’t get a ML win yet?

  802. Global Warming September 1st, 2007 at 4:43 pm

    Torre made the right move going to Mo for 4 outs, people would be crying “why didn’t Joe bring in MO?” if Vizcaino gave up the lead anyway. I’ve seen it before.

    It’s really sad it even came to that situation though.

    As usual Mo gets 1 out with 3 pitches so need to complain about it really.

  803. Doom and Gloom September 1st, 2007 at 4:43 pm

    Thanks for letting me know, Jennifer!

    Steven: Yes. Everyone loved him for the first few weeks. He’ll prove worthwhile.

  804. helno51 September 1st, 2007 at 4:44 pm

    i think the yanks are the first team ever to be in a bad situation because their young pitchers are progressing faster than thought. i guess we should hope that our pitchers develop slower. hahahahaha. and this moron was talking about andreas intelligence. what a moron.

  805. Mike NYY September 1st, 2007 at 4:44 pm

    dontfire

    And how many of the Yankees prospects would still be ranked?

    I think all of them actually. Maybe Tabata might drop a little though

  806. Bob September 1st, 2007 at 4:44 pm

    Answer: Yes

    Hasn’t it been nice not seeing Torre putting Proctor into all these games lately?

    Whatever Bettemit does or dosen’t do, getting Proctor away from Torre was a great move for this team.

  807. jennifer September 1st, 2007 at 4:44 pm

    I’d question how shiny his bat is. The light is relecting off of it.

  808. Andrea September 1st, 2007 at 4:44 pm

    jennifer: also what channel is the mets game on?

  809. BBB September 1st, 2007 at 4:44 pm

    Glad the bold comments are gone, I didnt like them.

  810. Chicago Dave September 1st, 2007 at 4:44 pm

    Nice to see Mariano is his old self today(after watching Viz regress yet again).

  811. Doom and Gloom September 1st, 2007 at 4:44 pm

    Good points. MikeNYY, Global Warming, and Whoa.

  812. YankeeJosh September 1st, 2007 at 4:45 pm

    Whoa,

    I think there are a select few times when Rivera should be used for 4 out saves. But as is Joe Torre’s pattern, he overdoes it. No need for it with a 3 run lead today.

    Steven,

    I still don’t think so, but I’ve never been a huge Betemit fan. He’s a good lefty bat who stinks right handed and a mediocre glove. He has some pop but I’d have much rather eaten money and dumped Farnsworth and kept Proctor around.

  813. Mike NYY September 1st, 2007 at 4:45 pm

    Pelfrey, you mean the guy that’s better than Phillip Hughes ;)

  814. Rebecca September 1st, 2007 at 4:45 pm

    Two up on WC!

  815. whoa September 1st, 2007 at 4:45 pm

    “Torre made the right move going to Mo for 4 outs, people would be crying “why didn’t Joe bring in MO?”

    NFW

  816. EY September 1st, 2007 at 4:45 pm

    Mo looks as sharp as ever.
    2 up in wild card.

  817. foobar September 1st, 2007 at 4:46 pm

    Well just shows how fast fortunes can change in this game…remember it seemed just a week ago dozens were questioning why he wasn’t starting ahead of Phillips/Giambi.

    I’m sure he’s a better player than that though. The guy has a career .772 OPS and is only 27.

  818. Doom and Gloom September 1st, 2007 at 4:46 pm

    I think it was all a plan so IPK could tell his kids that the great Mariano Rivera saved his first win.

  819. jennifer September 1st, 2007 at 4:46 pm

    Well the perfect game and no hitter are gone.

  820. BBB September 1st, 2007 at 4:46 pm

    Indeed, Mike NYY…Proctor’s departure set the stage for Joba. Besides Scotty’s arm was falling off anyway. Though it’s safe to say my honeymoon with Betemit is over, I still like the move.

    Aaaand Mo ends it appropriately with a strikeout of Improper Bat! I love ya Mo!

  821. steven September 1st, 2007 at 4:46 pm

    Joba could have come in to replace the Bruney/Henn/Villone/Myers wasted spots. Proctor was 3rd or so in reliability, so there’s no reason he had to go to make a spot for Joba (or Edwar, for that matter).

  822. Bronx Born September 1st, 2007 at 4:46 pm

    Stop ragging on Torre. He does the best for the team to win. He manages this bullpen and heck of a lot better than you realize..

  823. Bob September 1st, 2007 at 4:46 pm

    Mo…the coolest guy in the major leagues.

  824. J-Dawg September 1st, 2007 at 4:47 pm

    YES!!!! Great job MO!!

  825. CATYA September 1st, 2007 at 4:48 pm

    RIVERA,

    18 PITCHES AND THE YANKEES ARE COMING!!!!!!!

    “BAWSTON” BOTOX BE VERY AFRAID!!!!!!!

  826. Doom and Gloom September 1st, 2007 at 4:48 pm

    Bob, Mo is cool. What a gentle guy and a great star.

  827. Bob September 1st, 2007 at 4:48 pm

    Now Let’s Go Orioles!

    Yeah right, we’re lucky we got that 1 win out of them last night.

  828. jennifer September 1st, 2007 at 4:48 pm

    Mo always comes to the rescue.

  829. whoa September 1st, 2007 at 4:48 pm

    “I think there are a select few times when Rivera should be used for 4 out saves. But as is Joe Torre’s pattern, he overdoes it. No need for it with a 3 run lead today.”

    I agree that every general rule has exceptions, so maybe on days when Joba can’t pitch and a one run lead is melting away, but each time JFR misuses Mo, it makes it more likely that Mo won’t come through in those rare situations you referenced.

  830. Mike NYY September 1st, 2007 at 4:49 pm

    Mo…the coolest guy in the major leagues.

    Except Shelley Duncan of course

  831. BBB September 1st, 2007 at 4:49 pm

    Kennedy’s first win!!! Woot woot!!

    I think the bolded blog comments were bringing Viz bad luck lol. I guess this kind of outing by him had to happen sometime, probably best for it to happen w/a 6-run lead. Here’s hoping it was just a one-time hiccup.

    GREAT JOB BY IPK TODAY!!! I’m so proud of him! :)

  832. jennifer September 1st, 2007 at 4:49 pm

    Joba is allowed to be there even though he is suspended?

  833. Bob September 1st, 2007 at 4:51 pm

    Games are precious at this point guys. I am the number one critic of Torre’s bullpen handling, but today, I would have done the exact same thing he did with Mo. No need to risk a 2 game lead that is sitting there for the taking.

  834. Chicago Dave September 1st, 2007 at 4:51 pm

    I’ll hand it to the Sux…They have one surefire, can’t-miss guy…His name is Hanley Ramirez. Should be anchoring their infield for years to come. Oh wait, my bad, the Sux gave up on him years ago…traded him because they always planned on anchoring their infield around the great Julio Lugo instead! :)

  835. BBB September 1st, 2007 at 4:52 pm

    Ditto, Bob. We had to have this game, gotta go to Mo.

  836. jennifer September 1st, 2007 at 4:52 pm

    Joe G, is talking about Kennedy right now in the Met game.

  837. J-Dawg September 1st, 2007 at 4:53 pm

    That’s right, Bob. Torre knew that after a Seattle loss that he needed to pull out all the stops.

  838. foobar September 1st, 2007 at 4:53 pm

    Yeah I don’t get the complaints here. Tomorrow Andy’s starting, Joba will be available, Edwar + Farnsworth are available, Mariano hasn’t pitched since Wednesday, this is an important game (like any other from here on) with playoff implications.

    If Joe had summoned Edwar and he surrendered a hit and a home run, then you guys would be ragging on Torre for not bringing in Mo earlier in an obvious save situation, and that did he forget how ineffective Mo was earlier in the year due to lack of use etc etc.

    I think Joe is a bad manager of the bullpen too. But this was not one of those situations.

  839. Bob September 1st, 2007 at 4:54 pm

    don’t know if this has been brought up yet, but I just saw this:

    Newsday reports that Roger Clemens could miss his next start because of the blisters on his right foot and some elbow inflammation.

    Manager Joe Torre said “right now” Clemens is still “on target” to pitch Monday, but that doesn’t mean a lot. If Clemens needs a few extra days off, the Yankees will likely turn to Mike Mussina against the Mariners. Sep. 1 – 1:12 pm et

  840. CATYA September 1st, 2007 at 4:55 pm

    HOW DO YOU THINK THE” FRANCHISE” FEELS NOW .
    THIS GUY WAS BETTER THAN MOST 3RD& 4TH STARTERS !!!!

  841. Don Vito Bellamo September 1st, 2007 at 4:55 pm

    Since every game counts, you gotta put this kid as the #4 starter….Let Moose, Hughes, Igawa and any other AAA guy you wanna throw into the pot fight it out for the #5 starts ONLY when they are needed…..With Clemens, Pettite, Igawa and Kennedy (for now) your 4 main pitchers, with THIS offense and finally the injury bug visiting THEIR clubhouse, we are looking good to make a serious final push for the division crown….and WHAT a nice “how about THAT” for all the Boston Trolls to chew on !!!

  842. jennifer September 1st, 2007 at 4:55 pm

    I just saw the replay. I read Joe’s lips, he said the word SOUND.

  843. PAT M..... September 1st, 2007 at 4:56 pm

    Is anyone out there still concerned about the Mariners….They’re fade is right on schedule……

  844. Chicago Dave September 1st, 2007 at 4:57 pm

    Yankees win and the trolls disappear…Funny how that always seems to happen…

  845. Best Team In History September 1st, 2007 at 4:58 pm

    I took a look at it myself.

    The 5 Yankees on the list were:

    1. Phil Hughes (no longer ranked)
    2. Jose Tabata (STILL at Single-A)
    3. Humberto Sanchez (out for next 2 years with an injury)
    4. Joba Chamberlain (the only one who’s worked out but he’s no longer a prospect)
    5. Dellin Betances (has pitched only 25 (mediocre) innings this year. he was ranked 100 before that so he’s no longer ranked)

    The 5 Red Sox on the list were

    1. Daisuke (no longer ranked)
    2. Jacoby Ellsbury (still ranked and a success)
    3. Clay Buchholz (still ranked and now one of the top 10 prospects in baseball)
    4. Daniel Bard (hasn’t worked out)
    5. Michael Bowden (still ranked but mediocre season)

    So the Red Sox are doing better.

  846. Global Warming September 1st, 2007 at 4:58 pm

    Precisely Bob. A blogger pointed that Mo should only be used in select times, wouldn’t this be one of them? The Yankees need every single game if they want to make the Postseason.

    A single or Walk would of brought the tying run up to bat. Do you really want to go through that with a clearly gassed Vizcaino or Edwar Ramirez?

    Also Mo has been getting tons of rest lately so I think you can afford it, especially considering he threw 3 pitches to get 1 out. Got to love Mo.

  847. CATYA September 1st, 2007 at 5:00 pm

    FIRST TIME UP IN THE “BIGGS”

    IAN,96 PITCHES,7 INNINGS.A WIN PRICELESS!!!!!! FOR EVERYTHING ELSE IT’S “BOTOX TIME “BAWSTON!

  848. mel September 1st, 2007 at 5:00 pm

    You don’t know the whole story. Maybe wants to come in for save opportunities. I’m sure he’d like to make a run at some history, too. He may be thanking Grasshopper for the opportunity.

  849. Chicago Dave September 1st, 2007 at 5:02 pm

    Spoke to soon…The moron is still posting. (Sighs loudly…) Life must be very boring in Albany!

  850. mel September 1st, 2007 at 5:02 pm

    You guys here a buzz? Like a gnat? It’s so annoying when you can’t swat it.

  851. YankeeJosh September 1st, 2007 at 5:04 pm

    This wasn’t one of those situations because the game was never in jeopardy. Vizcaino stunk, but there were 2 outs in the 8th with a 3 run lead. Even if Viz/Edwar gives up another bomb Yanks still have a lead with no baserunners on. 9-8 in the 8th, bases empty is the time to bring in Mo. Not in a game that is just barely a save situation. Not at his age.

  852. Chicago Dave September 1st, 2007 at 5:05 pm

    Can’t wait to see Boston go choke-city again tonight in Baltimore! Then again, maybe Youkilis will whine enough to get the whole Oriole pitching staff tossed out and suspended before the game even begins…

    I wonder what brand of auto wax Youkilis uses on that thing I’ll kindly refer to as a human head?

  853. mel September 1st, 2007 at 5:07 pm

    Chicago Dave,

    Isn’t there some blad blood between the two teams now? I thought I read somewhere that the Sox have replaced the Yankees as the team they really hate.

  854. Chicago Dave September 1st, 2007 at 5:07 pm

    Nice win today. Great first start for IPK. A good time was had by one and all on the blog! (Well, maybe not one particular sad-sack from Albany, but you can’t please everyone, now, can you?!)

    Now to enjoy the rest of the day…

  855. YankeeJosh September 1st, 2007 at 5:08 pm

    Wow, 19 career major league at bats is considered a success now? I think Jacoby Ellsbury will be good player but that is a huge stretch to say he’s already a success.

    And ranking Matsuzaka in with the rest of the young kid prospects is using false logic since everyone and their mother knew he was in essence a big time free agent signing with years of pro experience.

  856. mel September 1st, 2007 at 5:08 pm

    It’s “bad blood” and it’s Turtle Wax.

  857. gayle September 1st, 2007 at 5:09 pm

    Just got home couple of things from reading comments, sorry but impossible to do on a blackberry when it gets over 4 pages lol.

    Jennifer – Gate 2 is left field entrance of the stadium the team store is to the left as you walk in. I also saw some chamberlain shirts in front of stans as i was leaving.

    Kennedy looked good the thing that I liked about him was that he battled and didnt give in and seemed to get stronger as the game went on.

    I am not saying anything that everyone doesnt already know but Carl Crawford is some fielder he just gets such a good jump on balls it is unreal, seeing him up close you really see it.

  858. Chicago Dave September 1st, 2007 at 5:09 pm

    mel –

    Yeah, I think I read that somewhere myself as well!

  859. jennifer September 1st, 2007 at 5:11 pm

    So Stans is selling them? Okay cool!

  860. foobar September 1st, 2007 at 5:12 pm

    to be fair. Beckett (and esp since he signed an extension) is still 27 and has earned his keep this year. But yeah considering Hanley Ramirez is a cheap 5-tool player at a premium position, and still only 23, Boston got robbed. Him and Reyes will rival the AL SS trinity of the late 90s.

    A torn labrum is usually career ending, otherwise with Anibal Sanchez also tossed into the deal that could be viewed as an unmitigated diaster trade for the Sox.

  861. jennifer September 1st, 2007 at 5:15 pm

    The Drays manager thought that Alex was doctoring the bat. Funny how he waited till Joe called out his guy. LOL

  862. jennifer September 1st, 2007 at 5:19 pm

    Wow the Jays batted out of order. Stupid.

  863. Bob September 1st, 2007 at 5:21 pm

    “This wasn’t one of those situations because the game was never in jeopardy. Vizcaino stunk, but there were 2 outs in the 8th with a 3 run lead. Even if Viz/Edwar gives up another bomb Yanks still have a lead with no baserunners on. 9-8 in the 8th, bases empty is the time to bring in Mo. Not in a game that is just barely a save situation. Not at his age.”

    What? The lead was slipping away big time. If ever there was time where you needed Mo to come in and say, “That’s enough”, today was that day.

    Let’s not forget, Mo got tons of rest early in the season when he was hardly ever getting into games.

  864. Bronxie Brenda September 1st, 2007 at 5:21 pm

    Jennifer -

    If it’s a Yankee shirt, Stan’s has them. 718-665-9360 or 718-665-3651

  865. rconn23 September 1st, 2007 at 5:24 pm

    Best Team in History,

    Dude, I’ve seen Ellsbury. He’s fast, granted, but he’s just another slap hitting outfielder. For all the Red Sox hype he’s got a .748 OPS in Triple AAA. He IS overrated.

    He has two home runs. Where you gonna play him? He’s similar to Coco Crisp. You going to have two outfielders with zero power.

    Oh. I’m shaking in my boots.

  866. PAT M..... September 1st, 2007 at 5:24 pm

    And Sanchez threw a no-no last season…

  867. jennifer September 1st, 2007 at 5:25 pm

    Cool thanks. I’ll be there tomorrow!

  868. gayle September 1st, 2007 at 5:26 pm

    what kind of crappy postgame was that no interviews only Torre good thing we have this blog for the real deal

  869. jennifer September 1st, 2007 at 5:28 pm

    I know right, I was thinking the same thing. Where was Alex? or Ian.

  870. YankeeJosh September 1st, 2007 at 5:29 pm

    The lead was slipping away? Despite Vizcaino stinking up the Stadium the lead was only cut in half by the time he left, from 6 to 3. The tying run wasn’t at the plate. There was absolutely NO harm in holding Rivera out there. IMO, a total panic move. You simply can’t bring Rivera in any time there’s a hint of possible trouble. Again, I think there are select times to use Rivera for for more than one inning. There’s still a long month and hopefully plenty of October baseball left. This team is DEAD if Rivera can’t pitch. No need to risk him until it’s absolutely necessary. Bring in Edwar for a batter, and if he gives up a hit/walk, then you can bring in Rivera, or else save him until the 9th.

  871. Jax September 1st, 2007 at 5:33 pm

    Okay did I miss something or where was the interviews?

  872. Bobcat September 1st, 2007 at 5:35 pm

    The postgame time is cut short because of Fox’ exclusive window. The regional games are only allowed to go 15 mins beyond the end time of their game, per contract.

  873. Bob September 1st, 2007 at 5:35 pm

    Mo threw 18 pitches to get 4 outs. I think he’ll be OK.

    Again, you got the chance to go 2 up on Seattle, you do it. They’ve now lost 9 in a row. Odds are they are gonna start winning a few games, and hey look, they are coming to town on Monday. How often have you ever seen a team go on a 12 game losing streak? You want a multiple game lead going into this series for sure. Joe did the right thing today with Mo.

  874. YankeeJosh September 1st, 2007 at 5:42 pm

    But a Manager has no idea how many pitches an outing will last. A few base hits and the outing could have been much longer. There’s a reason that the organization said before the season that Rivera would only go one inning. At his age it’s a big risk putting him in for more than one. I do it in a 1 or 2 run lead with the other team threatening, but not in a 3 run game with only one on.

    The Mariners are tanking now due to this long rough East Coast road trip they have. Not really surprising. Over-using Rivera this weekend could also limit his availability against the Mariners, which none of us want.

  875. Bob September 1st, 2007 at 5:56 pm

    So you think the Mariners are gonna lose the next 4 games?

    I’d be willing to bet large amounts of money that is not the case.

    And given they are gonna be playing the Yanks, the wins will be against us.

    There was ZERO reason to risk a loss today.

  876. Mike September 1st, 2007 at 6:03 pm

    “Best team in history”,

    Ellsbury = Brett Gardner. The only difference is when you have a real system you don’t have to hype a glove guy with speed and no pop.

    Humberto is throwing right now and will pitch next year.

    Buccholz is having a good season, as good as probably the third best Yankee minor league season this year which was had by Alan Horne.

    And to even joke around and put Matsuzaka in there ’cause he was hilariously considered a prospect is funny.

    Good Job on the Bard pick though. 70.2ip 72h 57er 4hr 73bb! 44k. Could have had numerous good pitchers after him. GJ Theo.

  877. TimH September 1st, 2007 at 6:13 pm

    Last week Buchholz finished 3rd in EL Pitcher of the year won by Alan Horne, votes by the managers, coaches, and Sportwriters who follow the teams.

  878. angry fan September 1st, 2007 at 6:14 pm

    desalvo and scott Patterson combined for a no hitter through 8…duncan 2-4 3rbi bb

  879. Lee September 1st, 2007 at 6:24 pm

    “It’s the MLB debut for the Attorney General, and I can say I was there to see it.”

    Krazy Pete. High as moi?

  880. Lee September 1st, 2007 at 6:26 pm

    “There was ZERO reason to risk a loss today.”

    *my ars*e

  881. Carson September 1st, 2007 at 6:38 pm

    “Carson are you serious? What was Don doing at the airport? shouldn’t he be at the game?”

    Absolutely. Zimmer was sitting there with his wife, watching the game along with us at Fox Sports bar in LGA. He mentioned that he doesn’t really play an active role in Tampa Bay’s operations anymore, and was actually here for a TV appearance.

    Probably one of the coolest things I have ever done – talking baseball with Zim. (Actually, more like asking him a question, then attempting to soak in everything he said).

  882. Lee September 1st, 2007 at 6:47 pm

    Ya know, it ain’t been the same, since Zimmy left as bench coach…

  883. Kill-Schilling September 1st, 2007 at 10:18 pm

    Pete, you wrote, “Kill-Schilling:

    “I think a story on a 21-year-old kid who was on the disabled list for 3 months “not fulfilling his potentialâ€? would be kind of stupid, personally.

    He had two serious leg injuries, so of course he has looked different. He’s not pitching well, obviously, but I’m not going to judge on on a lost season like this.”

    A “stupid idea”?

    Well, first I would respond, with something an editor once told me, an article can only be as stupid as its author.

    Second, while perhaps, it’s elementary to you why Hughes thus far has failed to meet expectations, it isn’t so self-evident to many of us less sophisticated analysts.

    Is the explanation as simplistic as that he missed three months of the season? God, I hope so. But I fear something more about his mechanics might be awry, as Carlos Gomez’ article implies.

    After all, simple explanations, in my experience, tend to be the province of the simple.

  884. The Daily Doormatt September 1st, 2007 at 11:26 pm

    “Buccholz is having a good season, as good as probably the third best Yankee minor league season this year which was had by Alan Horne.”

    Did Alan Horne throw a no-hitter today???

    I’ll wait for a response :)

  885. J-Dawg September 1st, 2007 at 11:28 pm

    Zzzzzzz.

  886. BuffaloHead September 1st, 2007 at 11:32 pm

    I cant wait to see Tubby Chamberlain’s face when Beckett breaks Herpes (Jeter) hand in two weeks. lol

  887. Brandon September 2nd, 2007 at 12:15 am

    zzzzzzzzzzz…….

  888. VOIII September 2nd, 2007 at 2:36 am

    There have been many pitchers over the years who have thrown no-hitters and had mediocre careers. one comes to mind, a guy who did it in his second MLB start just like Buckhole, Wilson Alvarez. We will see who has the better career, Buckhole or Hughes….You Bosox fans need not worry about the Yankees farm system, it is loaded with several more studs on the way. Tabata, Betanence, Jackson, Sanchez, Horne, just to name a few. Let’s see in the fall who has more top 100 prospects.

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