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Pirates-Yankees: The Live Blog

Posted by: Peter Abraham - Posted in Misc on Mar 13, 2008 Print This Post Print This Post | Email This Post Email This Post

Welcome to Legends Field. It’s 70 degrees and sunny and the Yankees just had a bunch of old men dressed as pirates sing the National Anthem.

I’m totally not making that up.

It’ll be Mike Mussina against Paul Maholm.

FIRST INNING
Mussina went 1-2-3. 11 pitches/7 strikes.

Billy Crystal’s at-bat:

First pitch: Fastball away, he took it.

Second pitch: Fastball, foul down the first-base line.

Third pitch: Fastball inside, took it for a ball.

Foruth pitch: Fastball up, took it for a ball.

Fifth pitch: Swung and missed at a fastball.

Sixth pitch: Swung and missed at a slider.

The crowd gave him a standing ovation and he waved on his way back to the dugout. Hey, he made the pitcher work.

SECOND INNING
Mussina went 1-2-3 again and again threw 7 of 11 pitches for strikes. The Moose has been 86-88 with his fastball and throwing his curve for strikes.

THIRD INNING
This is a boring game so far. Mussina dispatched of the Pirates in order again. This time he needed 15 pitches. The Moose so far: 3 0 0 0 0 0 37 pitches/24 strikes.

Paul Maholm has retired the first six Yankees in order.

Jose Molina singled with one out in the bottom of the inning but that was it for the Yankees. Damon pinch hit for Billy Crystal and grounded to third.

0-0 after three.

FOURTH INNING
Save it for the season, Moose. 12 up and 12 down and barely a hard-hit ball. 52 pitches/32 strikes. Seven fly balls, three grounders to first, a pop-up to second and a strikeout.

FIFTH INNING
There is no stopping Mike Mussina. That’s 15 up and 15 down. 64 pitches/39 strikes. He toyed with Adam LaRoche in the fifth inning. Changeup for a strike, curveball away for a strike then a 1-2 fastball away for strikeout looking.

I would imagine that’s it for Moose. Mo will probably be next then Jeff Karstens. Still no score.

SIXTH INNING
Mariano allowed a single by Jose Bautista. Chris Gomez followed with a ball into the hole at first base than Shelley Duncan should have gone harder for but didn’t. It rolled out of the reach of Robbie Cano for a single.

After a sacrifice bunt put runners on second and third, Duncan made up for his mistake. Nyjer Morgan grounded to first. Shelley looked Bautista back to third and tagged the bag. Bautista then broke for home. Duncan made an accurate throw to the plate. Bautista was caught going back to third to end the inning.

Still no score.

 
 

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293 Responses to “Pirates-Yankees: The Live Blog”

  1. mel March 13th, 2008 at 1:19 pm

    First things first:

    video-mlb.tv
    audio-none
    gameday:http://www.mlb.com/mlb/gameday/#20080313

  2. mel March 13th, 2008 at 1:19 pm

    Gameday is current, correct, and showing balls & strikes.

  3. Rebecca--Optimist Prime--Mission 2708 March 13th, 2008 at 1:20 pm

    Game’s on YES.

  4. jennifer- Hip Hip Jorge March 13th, 2008 at 1:20 pm

    Is that to give thanks to the pirates for letting Billy play?

    What is happening to the Yankees, the dry cleaner must have lost their suits.

  5. Perry March 13th, 2008 at 1:21 pm

    Every single one of those pitches to Morgan was a strike, according to gameday, yet two balls were called.

  6. CB March 13th, 2008 at 1:22 pm

    Interesting to see that Bruney is not scheduled to pitch today.

    He had been paired to pitch on Mussina’s day. He and Veras had been scheduled together.

    Today its only Veras.

    Girardi could have brought Bruney into yesterday’s game when phillips got tossed – went with Patterson instead.

  7. Rebecca--Optimist Prime--Mission 2708 March 13th, 2008 at 1:22 pm

    This should be interesting :-D

  8. Scott March 13th, 2008 at 1:23 pm

    Let’s go Billy Crystal! Woooooooo!!!

  9. jennifer- Hip Hip Jorge March 13th, 2008 at 1:23 pm

    How does Mike look?

  10. Pete Glass March 13th, 2008 at 1:23 pm

    moose looks good, 5 bucks billy puts it out of the infield

  11. Rishi March 13th, 2008 at 1:23 pm

    Billy Crystal at bat

  12. Scott March 13th, 2008 at 1:24 pm

    Billy Crystal at the plate. He looks to be in good shape. Like everyone else in camp, he looks like he has dropped 15-20 pounds!

  13. jennifer- Hip Hip Jorge March 13th, 2008 at 1:24 pm

    I would like the play by play of Billy please. What was the crowd reaction, players etc.

  14. jennifer- Hip Hip Jorge March 13th, 2008 at 1:24 pm

    I would like the play by play of Billy please. What was the crowd reaction, players etc.

  15. ummfada March 13th, 2008 at 1:24 pm

    Watching the YES broadcast… I didn’t know Girardi had green eyes…

  16. Scott March 13th, 2008 at 1:24 pm

    Paul Maholm getting squeezed!

    Good cut by Crystal to foul that ball off there.

  17. MikeHaus March 13th, 2008 at 1:25 pm

    Going on the record now – Moose will finally throw a no-no and win 20 games this year! Aggressively optimistic hunch? Sure. I just feel it!

  18. Rebecca--Optimist Prime--Mission 2708 March 13th, 2008 at 1:25 pm

    Right now, Billy Crystal looks better than Wilson.

  19. Scott March 13th, 2008 at 1:25 pm

    Crystal works the count to 3-1 !

  20. Jane - Shelley is the new Sheriff in town March 13th, 2008 at 1:25 pm

    lol. The crowd reaction to every pitch to Billy Crystal is just precious.

  21. Rishi March 13th, 2008 at 1:26 pm

    strike out on a full count…but he at least hit a foul ball…

  22. Scott March 13th, 2008 at 1:26 pm

    Maholm strikes out Crystal swinging on back – to – back fastballs over the inside corner. He took good hacks, Crystal did.

  23. mel March 13th, 2008 at 1:27 pm

    What a thrill for Crystal. I’m very happy for him. Now, Play Ball!

  24. jennifer- Hip Hip Jorge March 13th, 2008 at 1:27 pm

    Auh he could have grooved a pitch for Billy. :lol:

  25. Rob L. March 13th, 2008 at 1:28 pm

    how hard was Maholms throwing?

  26. Rebecca--Optimist Prime--Mission 2708 March 13th, 2008 at 1:28 pm

    okay, I think we need Paulie and Conie in the booth alone.

  27. Yankee4life! March 13th, 2008 at 1:28 pm

    atleast he made contact

  28. The J Train March 13th, 2008 at 1:28 pm

    I would have drilled him if I were maholm

  29. Brandon (Proud supporter of "Alex being Alex" ) (I slay the Anti) March 13th, 2008 at 1:28 pm

    Billy would have hit it Jenn. :lol:

    I can’t believe I said that but it’s true 8O

  30. Blargh March 13th, 2008 at 1:29 pm

    MikeHaus: It won’t be just a no-no, it’ll be a perfect game this year :)

  31. Yankee4life! March 13th, 2008 at 1:29 pm

    he made contact though

  32. SJ44 March 13th, 2008 at 1:30 pm

    A little help please. Could someone kindly post the Gameday link?

    Thanks.

  33. YankeeDiva March 13th, 2008 at 1:31 pm

    working the count…..Crystal knows the Yankee way :)

  34. Jeff March 13th, 2008 at 1:31 pm

    Billy shoudl’ve bunted.

  35. A.T.T.K. March 13th, 2008 at 1:31 pm

    Billy Crystal took better cuts than Michael Jordan!

  36. mel March 13th, 2008 at 1:32 pm

    http://www.mlb.com/mlb/gameday.....b_nyamlb_1

  37. Rishi March 13th, 2008 at 1:32 pm

    http://www.mlb.com/mlb/gameday/#20080313

  38. Brandon (Proud supporter of "Alex being Alex" ) (I slay the Anti) March 13th, 2008 at 1:32 pm

    Crystal fouled a ball down the first base line worked the cont full , and I mean seriously if Maholm would have thrown him a fastball he would have hit it the way he was locked at the plate.

  39. MikeEff-Shelley at First March 13th, 2008 at 1:32 pm

    no surprise j train . at least you’re consistent. you’re all about hate.

  40. Mike R. March 13th, 2008 at 1:32 pm

    SJ – The guys over at rab have it. http://www.riveraveblues.com

  41. Scott March 13th, 2008 at 1:33 pm

    Crystal didn’t look like a fool up there. The cuts he took weren’t bad swings for any 60 year old! I hope when I am 60, I have that good a swing!

  42. Andrea - anti-anti March 13th, 2008 at 1:34 pm

    Billy Crystal was all smiles in that dugout. No harm done. Maybe all the haters will calm down now.

  43. Rebecca--Optimist Prime--Mission 2708 March 13th, 2008 at 1:34 pm

    As I said, Crystal looked better than some of the guys on the Yanks right now!

  44. mel March 13th, 2008 at 1:35 pm

    Nice to see Minky in the Pirates’ dugout. Notice the facial hair?

  45. Carp March 13th, 2008 at 1:36 pm

    I think Crystal could be a regular for the Pirates. But they couldn’t pay him enough to play regularly.

    http://carp.lohudblogs.com

  46. Ranting Guy March 13th, 2008 at 1:36 pm

    Last thoughs on Shelley’s slide because it’s time for the next game and time to move on.

    Shelley’s slide, although it wasn’t a particularly friendly slide, could have been a lot worse. If Duncan really wanted to be a thug about it, or if he took Johnny Gomes’ approach to ‘protecting a teammate’, Iwamura could have ended up like Ron Oester of the Reds about 20 years ago. Someone on the Mets did a late/rolling takeout slide on Oester to break up a double play and his knee got bent about 45 degrees backwards. End of career. It ranked up there with Joe Theismann’s broken leg in terms of highlight reel clips that make you say ‘yeeeesh’. The slide on Iwamura was hard, yes, and he made contact with his spikes, but it was nowhere near as filthy as it could have been.

    Given the circumstance, maybe it was a little too obvious and/or poorly executed for Tampa (and the umps) to accept. But it wasn’t a cheap shot (see blind side tackle) or even criminal, as drama queen Maddon was saying afterwards.

  47. mel March 13th, 2008 at 1:37 pm

    Matsui running free & easy. Welcome sight.

  48. karebear March 13th, 2008 at 1:37 pm

    I think it’s almost a requirement once you leave the Yankees to grow facial hair.

  49. Rebecca--Optimist Prime--Mission 2708 March 13th, 2008 at 1:39 pm

    karebear: Probably

    mel: Agreed.

  50. Carp March 13th, 2008 at 1:39 pm

    I think Crystal could play regularly for the Pirates. But they couldn’t pay him enough.

    http://carp.lohudblogs.com

  51. SJ44 March 13th, 2008 at 1:39 pm

    Many thanks for help folks. Nice two innings for Moose thus far. Great to see.

  52. Brandon (Proud supporter of "Alex being Alex" ) (I slay the Anti) March 13th, 2008 at 1:40 pm

    WTF ?

  53. Ranting Guy March 13th, 2008 at 1:41 pm

    Is Billy Crystal going to stay in the lineup for another AB or two? Love to see him put one in play.

  54. jennifer- Hip Hip Jorge March 13th, 2008 at 1:41 pm

    So Moose is doing good?

  55. Majambo March 13th, 2008 at 1:42 pm

    Is the game blacked out on DirecTV outside of NYC? I’ve been getting games but not today. Damn. Anybody out west get the same thing…Not Available in your area?

  56. Mike March 13th, 2008 at 1:42 pm

    So I take it the “fastballs” were actually 46 mph.

  57. Rebecca--Optimist Prime--Mission 2708 March 13th, 2008 at 1:43 pm

    Moose is doing well.

  58. Will March 13th, 2008 at 1:43 pm

    So was the Pirates starter serving them up or was he actually throwing pitches. Because going six pitches deep against a major league pitcher while you’re a sixty year old guy coming off the streets is pretty neat.

  59. saucY March 13th, 2008 at 1:45 pm

    is everyone else getting out now so billy doesn’t feel bad?

    just his luck to show up for a pitchers duel

  60. keith March 13th, 2008 at 1:45 pm

    He threw a cutter on 3-2, he was pitching like it was any other batter.

  61. gayle March 13th, 2008 at 1:45 pm

    I just have to say there really is nothing better than Paulie in the booth when he and Girardi used to team up it was great I have a feeling that he and Cone will be just as good together

  62. S.o.S.27 March 13th, 2008 at 1:47 pm

    6 PITCHES!!!
    I wonder if Arod is going to ask for Crystal to bat in front of him this year.

    What are the chances tha Betimet doesnt make the team? Hense Ensburg and maybe Woodward make it instead.

  63. The J Train- Save The Drama For Yo Mama March 13th, 2008 at 1:47 pm

    mike eff….I dont hate anyone or anything, well, actually there are 2 people that I hate, but billy crystal isnt one of them.

  64. karebear March 13th, 2008 at 1:48 pm

    O’Neill in the booth usually makes Michael Kay relatively tolerable – he keeps him in check, somehow.

  65. The J Train- Save The Drama For Yo Mama March 13th, 2008 at 1:49 pm

    All I know is that there is not way in hell that billy crystal is making contact if Im on the mound…if I didnt strike him out on 3 pitches, Id walk off the mound right there and then, give the pirates back their money and open up a burger joint.

  66. Real World March 13th, 2008 at 1:49 pm

    86-88 mph might get the job done now in March, but it won’t cut it come April, and certainly not beyond. Hope he adds a couple to those numbers, which should be the case.

  67. Real World March 13th, 2008 at 1:50 pm

    BTW, the word on WEEI Boston here, is that Bartolo Colon hit 93 mph on the gun today. Who knows what that means, but I figured I’d pass it along.

  68. S.o.S.27 March 13th, 2008 at 1:51 pm

    Someone needs to tell Duncan he doesnt need to head to the dugout before the inning is over. It was just for yesterdays game.

  69. Rick (Columbus) March 13th, 2008 at 1:51 pm

    So much for not giving Billy Crystal any press…

  70. Rebecca--Optimist Prime--Mission 2708 March 13th, 2008 at 1:51 pm

    Dang, I think Moose wants to make the team.

  71. S.o.S.27 March 13th, 2008 at 1:52 pm

    BTW, the word on WEEI Boston here, is that Bartolo Colon hit 93 mph on the gun today. Who knows what that means, but I figured I’d pass it along.

    Batting practice for Arod.

  72. mel March 13th, 2008 at 1:53 pm

    SJ44,

    I’ve noticed that you & I often share the same opinions. I opened this can of worms yesterday and no one bit! What’d you think?

    1. I’ll be interested to see if my theory is valid by looking at HBP stats at the end of the season.
    Now, another can of worms I want to pry open, is the fact that we get screwed on a lot of calls. My theory is that because the umps knew, absolutely knew that Torre (absolutely loved him btw) would not come out and argue anything.
    I’m not saying umps would blatantly do anything wrong, but if you know someone’s going to argue you might wait that extra millisecond before making the call. I feel that in some instances umps make calls based on what they anticipate rather than what actually transpires. If you know that you’ll be held to task, then the officiating might be tighter. You know, actually confer with other umps who have a better view, etc.
    I know, I know, typical Yankee paranoia. If we could just win the GD World Series, I wouldn’t give a bleep what people did. I’m just soooo tired of losing. lol.

  73. jennifer- Hip Hip Jorge March 13th, 2008 at 1:53 pm

    What was the reaction for Shelley?

  74. Chris -Iowa March 13th, 2008 at 1:54 pm

    God, Mussina is done. Hang up the cleats old man…
    Enjoy it pessimists.

    I think Shelley should slide hard into second base today to show everyone the new level of intensity he is bringing.

  75. Rebecca--Optimist Prime--Mission 2708 March 13th, 2008 at 1:54 pm

    Pete, Mussina going 9 up 9 down is encouraging, not boring.

    Molina looks really good this spring, or is it just me?

  76. SJ44 March 13th, 2008 at 1:54 pm

    The radar gun isn’t an indication as to what a pitcher will do in a season.

    For Mussina, its having at least a 10-12 MPH spread between his fastball and his off speed stuff. If he has that kind of spread, he has success.

    To be at 86-88 now is a good sign. Means he should be at around 90 on the fastball when the season begins.

    More than good enough to win.

    Colon’s MPH isn’t the issue. The issue is his weight and his shoulder. If he can’t throw 80-100 pitches a game because of stamina and/or shoulder issues, he is of no value to anybody.

  77. mel March 13th, 2008 at 1:55 pm

    Paul telling the truth! Maddon can’t handle the truth. “Maddon’s part of the problem”.

  78. saucY March 13th, 2008 at 1:56 pm

    mel – totally agree with your 1:53 post

  79. Chris -Iowa March 13th, 2008 at 1:56 pm

    Jennifer, nothing really out of the ordinary for Shelley

  80. The J Train- Save The Drama For Yo Mama March 13th, 2008 at 1:58 pm

    a-rod is probably praying that bartolo breaks camp with the red sox

  81. Brandon (Proud supporter of "Alex being Alex" ) (I slay the Anti) March 13th, 2008 at 1:59 pm

    Bartelo is a shell of what he was suppose to be. This guy was reguarded as Pedro part 2 in the Dominican Republic, now he’s remembered for the 3 HR night Alex’s bat caused on his throws. It rocked his mental aspect of the game but he already was showing signs of a SP that was reaching the end.

  82. S.o.S.27 March 13th, 2008 at 2:00 pm

    mel,
    Iv thought that for years now. We get screwed on calls and the umps know they wont get a Pinella out burst from the Yanks dugout. Girardi IMO will save us a bad call or two per game.

  83. Wolf In Pinstripes March 13th, 2008 at 2:01 pm

    jen, Moose has been dealing. 8)

  84. mel March 13th, 2008 at 2:02 pm

    Colon’s not clowning around. Might be a good pickup for the Sox.

    Here’s his line from today. Not bad for someone who didn’t pitch last season:

    2.0 2 1 1 1 1 1 4.50

  85. jennifer- Hip Hip Jorge March 13th, 2008 at 2:04 pm

    NICE!!

  86. S.o.S.27 March 13th, 2008 at 2:04 pm

    IMO, Moose has to clock at 90 this year to be successful. He also needs to (FOR ONCE) not get rattled if there is an error made or a bad call. How many big innings came from him losing focus? Im not a fan of his,but i do hope he can contribute at least half a year for us.

  87. Andrea - anti-anti March 13th, 2008 at 2:05 pm

    “Mussina to Molina, M&M, it’s a sweet combination.”

    How long do you think it took Kay to come up with that?

  88. saucY March 13th, 2008 at 2:05 pm

    mooooooooose :D

  89. Hendo March 13th, 2008 at 2:05 pm

    They only gave Crystal 1 at bat?! That’s garbage come on it’s spring training at least give him 2-3!

  90. jennifer- Hip Hip Jorge March 13th, 2008 at 2:05 pm

    Is Mike working on something now? Can’t say it. but.

  91. mel March 13th, 2008 at 2:05 pm

    Shee-it. Moose on the Loose. Perfect through 4.

  92. SJ44 March 13th, 2008 at 2:06 pm

    Mel,

    I don’t think the HBP issue was a byproduct of the umpires not being worried about Torre arguing a call.

    I just think, as you get older and you have had a lot of success, stuff begins to slip through the cracks.

    Yes, you still want to win. But, there is a lack of urgency because its impossible to be as hungry as you were prior to winning so much.

    I see it now with Pat Riley and the Heat. Pat Riley is a Hall of Fame coach. Two years ago, its 15 strong, guys all on the same page, and they win a title.

    Now, the team completely tunes him out, he makes some DREADFUL in game decisions (things you never saw Riley do in the past) and the team is the worst in the NBA.

    If you breakdown Torre’s career with the Yankees, from 1996- Game 3 of the 2004 ALCS, he managed the team a certain way.

    From Game 4 of the ALCS to the last game of last year, he has managed differently. He managed much more reactive than proactive.

    Yes, they still had success. However, it was a different kind of success. They often won in spite of themselves and their passiveness definitely hurt them in the post-season.

    I have always subscribed to the John Madden theory of coaching/managing. Ten years in one place is enough.

    After that, the players have heard everything you have to say and, consciously or subconsciously, begin to tune you out.

    I don’t believe for a minute the Yankees maliciously tuned out Joe Torre. I do believe they did in the sense that they got way too comfortable with him and each year the attention to detail began to slide.

    That’s an example of sub-consciously tuned out a manager.

  93. mel March 13th, 2008 at 2:07 pm

    SoS,

    That used to kill me when Moose would fall apart after fielding errors. BUT, after his “sabatical” he improved in that area. Of course he was pitching better, so he was probably less cranky in general. :)

  94. Rebecca--Optimist Prime--Mission 2708 March 13th, 2008 at 2:07 pm

    Moose, yowza.

    Nice catch on Jeter

  95. Chris -Iowa March 13th, 2008 at 2:07 pm

    Bartolo is a bum…. he won’t be effective or stay healthy at 390 lbs, however, he does have the best jerri curl in the bigs.

  96. Brandon (Proud supporter of "Alex being Alex" ) (I slay the Anti) March 13th, 2008 at 2:09 pm

    Bartolo gave up a solo to a .250 hitter …(shameful)

  97. Wolf In Pinstripes March 13th, 2008 at 2:10 pm

    The Rays are clearly in fear of the clown hair and distracted.

  98. Brandon (Proud supporter of "Alex being Alex" ) (I slay the Anti) March 13th, 2008 at 2:11 pm

    catch the ball Robin ! :lol:

  99. Chris -Iowa March 13th, 2008 at 2:11 pm

    robin williams just muffed a foul ball…

  100. Brandon (Proud supporter of "Alex being Alex" ) (I slay the Anti) March 13th, 2008 at 2:11 pm

    that was ball 4

  101. saucY March 13th, 2008 at 2:14 pm

    “Bartolo is a bum…. he won’t be effective or stay healthy at 390 lbs, however, he does have the best jerri curl in the bigs.”

    bring back melido and pascual perez!

  102. Robert March 13th, 2008 at 2:14 pm

    I think it is very cool that Billy Chystal gets to play in a game. That is my dream to play a day with the Yanks! Mike and the Mad Dog were ripping him but they are full of it. If they had the chance I be both guys would go for it.
    http://www.recreateyourlifenow.com

  103. Rebecca--Optimist Prime--Mission 2708 March 13th, 2008 at 2:15 pm

    Nice K

  104. Chris -Iowa March 13th, 2008 at 2:16 pm

    Oh man… Pascual’s makes Bartolo’s jerri feel shame. hahaha good call.

  105. jennifer- Hip Hip Jorge March 13th, 2008 at 2:16 pm

    Geez Mike save it!! Now is not the time to do this!! UGH!!! It is a meanlingless game :cry:

  106. mel March 13th, 2008 at 2:17 pm

    Sorry, SJ, I confused you.

    CB & I were having a conversation about this:

    CB,

    You obviously know a lot more about baseball than I do, but I can understand when people say that the Yankees were soft, corporate, or pushovers.

    They had class under Joe Torre. Sometimes, too much. Things happen over the course of series and seasons, but they, led by favorite player Jeter, would never say anything.

    What results? HBP, yes attributed to draping the plate, but far more as far as I know people don’t drape the plate with their backs or their legs. Then you have Tavarez teaching the “rookie” Matsuzaka “you gotta brush ‘em back so they get scared and back off the plate”. All in sign language of course, we didn’t need to read the lips.

    The problem is that things were done because they knew Torre wouldn’t condone retaliation. And to tell the truth the initial act would rarely receive league action, but the retaliation would so it makes sense to let it go. Especially in the tight races the Yankees found themselves in the past few seasons.

    So basically teams were getting away with passive-aggressive behavior. And today’s events did send a message. People may not like the message, but we got some crazies who are willing to go toe to toe. And that might, just might, make someone think twice before they try something.

    This was my response to his response to that:

    “I’ll be interested to see if my theory is valid by looking at HBP stats at the end of the season.”

    Then I went on a different rant about the officiating.

    Basically, I felt the Yankees would get plunked because we wouldn’t respond. And we got screwed on calls because the umps knew there would be zero resistance from Yankee coaching staff.

  107. S.o.S.27 March 13th, 2008 at 2:17 pm

    robin williams just muffed a foul ball…

    I say sign him up to a one day contract.

    I know we hate the Rays and all, but how sad is it to see a talent like Baldelli have the leg problem that could end his carreer. All i could say is what if?

  108. Yanksrule57 March 13th, 2008 at 2:17 pm

    Mel,

    I don’t think the umps consider for a second who the manager is when they make a call.

    Do they make “make-up” calls for balls/strikes they miss? Yes.
    Do they give vets breaks over rookies? Yes. I’ve seen too many incidents of the above for them to be coincidences.

    But, Umpires today get more aggressive with players and managers who get in their face. I really don’t think most of them are intimidated by any manager.

  109. Rebecca--Optimist Prime--Mission 2708 March 13th, 2008 at 2:18 pm

    ….DANG!

  110. Cenrtal CT Yankee March 13th, 2008 at 2:18 pm

    Got my Tickets today!!!!

    What’s up with the Yankees encouraging you to sell your Extra tickets on Stub Hub???

    If you can’t beat em join em….

    How much is StubHub paying the Yankees?

  111. mel March 13th, 2008 at 2:18 pm

    Day-um, Mike! Perfect through 5.

  112. Real World March 13th, 2008 at 2:19 pm

    For Mussina, it’s all about velocity with respect to his struggles. If he’s throwing 86 mph like he was last year, he’s going to get tattoo’d again. He simply has to be around 90 mph to be successfull IMO. Being 86-88 now, should mean a few more mph a month from now. If that’s the case then he should have a good year akin to his 2006 season. Let’s hope so.

    Health for Colon is obviously a concern, as it is for any pitcher. Colon is a pure power pitcher who doesn’t have very good secondary pitches. He doesn’t strike me as Schilling 2.0, or a guy who can reinvent himself as a soft tosser with success. If he’s topping out at 93 he will struggle. I hope that’s the case, cuz with Schilling down, the Sox could use a veteran to throw some innings, and I don’t want them to find one. I personally think Colon is toast. I saw him on the local news when he reported to camp, and he had to be close to 300 pounds.

  113. karebear March 13th, 2008 at 2:19 pm

    Even though it doesn’t count, it’s something Moose can look back on if he ever has a crisis of confidence during the season to remind himself that he still has it in him… Not to mention it shuts up his critics for a while…

  114. eric March 13th, 2008 at 2:19 pm

    Uhh brandon, Colon won 20+ games that year and the cy young…

  115. Rebecca--Optimist Prime--Mission 2708 March 13th, 2008 at 2:19 pm

    You guys think maybe Moose wants to mae the team?

  116. Motown Yankees Fan March 13th, 2008 at 2:20 pm

    Didn’t StubHub make a deal with all of MLB?

  117. S.o.S.27 March 13th, 2008 at 2:22 pm

    Jaret Wrights pitching. Here comes the runs!!!

  118. Chris -Iowa March 13th, 2008 at 2:23 pm

    Speaking of bums… what’s up Jaret Wright

  119. mel March 13th, 2008 at 2:24 pm

    Yanksrule,

    I know I’m paranoid, but I still contend that sometimes calls are made in anticipation of what will happen rather than what actually happens. I’m mostly talking on the basebaths. And nobody wants a scene, so umps will take more care when officiating a Pinella game than a Torre game.

  120. jennifer- Hip Hip Jorge March 13th, 2008 at 2:25 pm

    Real World go and read so interviews with him re: last year. He was hurt all year didn’t have a clue where his pitches were going. If he can throw 88 an have a 10-15 pnh difference between his curve and fb he will be fine.

  121. karebear March 13th, 2008 at 2:25 pm

    The team as a whole still needs to work on getting that runner in from 3rd this spring…

  122. Chris -Iowa March 13th, 2008 at 2:25 pm

    I just found the rarest auction piece I’ve ever seen.

    It’s a game USED Carl Pavano jersey. I’m assuming that means he actually pitched in it, not just sat in the dugout. That’s one way to pay his $400 billion contract.

  123. jennifer- Hip Hip Jorge March 13th, 2008 at 2:26 pm

    I liked Jaret, if though he wasn’t very successful here, he tried!! He was injured with some termed a career ending injury and he came back. While that BUM Carl sat on his butt collecting a paycheck.

  124. MikeEff-Shelley at First March 13th, 2008 at 2:27 pm

    side note: Bonderman is bombing for the Tigers. 6 hits 4 runs 2 BB so far

  125. jennifer- Hip Hip Jorge March 13th, 2008 at 2:27 pm

    Tell Mike he is supposed to save a gem like that for the SEASON!!

  126. mel March 13th, 2008 at 2:28 pm

    jennifer,

    The thing I remember about Jaret is that big wad of gum he’d chew. And that he strangely resembles Rosie O’donnell.

  127. Rebecca--Optimist Prime--Mission 2708 March 13th, 2008 at 2:28 pm

    Okay, Rivera, let’s get some outs :-D

  128. karebear March 13th, 2008 at 2:28 pm

    Agreed, Jennifer. He wasn’t exactly an innings eater…, but he was tough as nails and I always felt like he gave it his best effort.

  129. EY March 13th, 2008 at 2:29 pm

    Looks like our rotation is stable with Moose’s return :D
    Wang, Andy, Moose, Hughes, Joba, and Kennedy can fill in for Joba when Joba moves to the pen.

  130. S.o.S.27 March 13th, 2008 at 2:31 pm

    The best game you guys have ever been at?

    I myself would have to say Yankees vs. Padres in 98 World Series. When Brosious took Hoffman deep. It was the best feeling wathcing all the Padre fans go from standing to utter silence in their seats.

  131. Rebecca--Optimist Prime--Mission 2708 March 13th, 2008 at 2:31 pm

    Nice DP!

  132. Brandon (Proud supporter of "Alex being Alex" ) (I slay the Anti) March 13th, 2008 at 2:31 pm

    good job SHELLEY !!!

  133. saucY March 13th, 2008 at 2:32 pm

    Chris -Iowa

    just think how rare a GAME USED pavano jersey is ;)

    talk about limited edition

  134. YankeesBen (I'm Happy Hughes Stayed) March 13th, 2008 at 2:32 pm

    Shelly looks good today. very nice play.

  135. Rishi March 13th, 2008 at 2:33 pm

    But who’s going to catch Wakefield???

    http://mlb.mlb.com/news/articl.....8;c_id=mlb

  136. MikeEff-Shelley at First March 13th, 2008 at 2:33 pm

    that was a nice play…i would rather have seen that inning than listen to kay and crystal…

  137. mel March 13th, 2008 at 2:33 pm

    Wow. Bad baserunning by the Bucs.

  138. SJ44 March 13th, 2008 at 2:34 pm

    Tino has done a nice job with Shelley at first base. His footwork is much better than it was when I saw him play first in the minors.

  139. SJ44 March 13th, 2008 at 2:36 pm

    Mirabelli is one of the real jerks in MLB. Perhaps the Red Sox got tired of his nonsense.

    Marte in for the Pirates. This is a guy I would love to see the Yankees acquire. Its too bad the Pirates are asking a kings ransom for him.

    He would be a real weapon in pinstripes.

  140. Brandon (Proud supporter of "Alex being Alex" ) (I slay the Anti) March 13th, 2008 at 2:36 pm

    Kevin Cash is actually a solid backup, I still think Wakefield is nearing the end.

  141. Brandon (Proud supporter of "Alex being Alex" ) (I slay the Anti) March 13th, 2008 at 2:38 pm

    I love Damaso to be on this team but the Bucs are asking for way too much for a 34 yr. old I’m praying a miracle hit Angel Reyes and he skyrockets up our ladder

  142. whozat March 13th, 2008 at 2:39 pm

    “Pirates are asking a kings ransom for him.”

    Cody Ransom? Oh, I’d trade him for Marte in a heartbeat!

  143. S.o.S.27 March 13th, 2008 at 2:40 pm

    Marte made Jeter look bad.

  144. S.o.S.27 March 13th, 2008 at 2:41 pm

    When was the last time Giambi played? Is he hurt?

  145. John March 13th, 2008 at 2:42 pm

    I love these posters who say Moose HAS to throw 90mph to be successful.

    You people know nothing about pitching.

    Then they try to sound smart by saying, “Oh, its sets up all his off speed stuff… blah blah blah”.

    There are many ways to get hitters out. Go back to your video games…

  146. whozat March 13th, 2008 at 2:42 pm

    “I’m praying a miracle hit Angel Reyes and he skyrockets up our ladder”

    What’s wrong with Traber? Has he done anything but succeed thus far in Spring?

  147. Andrea - anti-anti March 13th, 2008 at 2:42 pm

    That must be scary for Karstens–a ball right back to him like that.

  148. whozat March 13th, 2008 at 2:43 pm

    “When was the last time Giambi played? Is he hurt?”

    Two days ago? I know he was slated to play yesterday but begged off. So, if he’s not in today, that’s a little worrying. Though, it could be that they needed to get Johnny in at DH and wanted to look more at Shelley at 1B. I dunno.

  149. Rebecca--Optimist Prime--Mission 2708 March 13th, 2008 at 2:44 pm

    Dear Jeff Karsten: This is not how you make the team.

  150. whozat March 13th, 2008 at 2:45 pm

    Ah, too bad Karstens.

    That was actually not a bad pitch. He went down and got that…Bay’s a good hitter.

  151. mel March 13th, 2008 at 2:46 pm

    SoS,

    Giambi has a sore back.

  152. Chris -Iowa March 13th, 2008 at 2:47 pm

    Kevin Cash has one of the worst bats in the bigs though, career .167 hitter.

  153. Brandon (Proud supporter of "Alex being Alex" ) (I slay the Anti) March 13th, 2008 at 2:47 pm

    what a horrible slide by Bay

  154. whozat March 13th, 2008 at 2:48 pm

    Ok, that was only the second real bad one…the first hit and that one were not good pitches, the other two really weren’t bad. Bay’s just a good hitter, and Minky…that ball had eyes.

  155. mel March 13th, 2008 at 2:48 pm

    Cone used Generation Trey! Ick.

  156. whozat March 13th, 2008 at 2:48 pm

    “Kevin Cash has one of the worst bats in the bigs though, career .167 hitter.”

    Mirabelli’s kind of a disaster with the bat too.

  157. Samples March 13th, 2008 at 2:49 pm

    Why is the Gameday link impossible to find on MLB.com?

  158. saucY March 13th, 2008 at 2:51 pm

    samples

    http://mlb.mlb.com/mlb/gameday/

  159. Brandon (Proud supporter of "Alex being Alex" ) (I slay the Anti) March 13th, 2008 at 2:51 pm

    whozat I’m talking about the future, I like Traber now I just also wouldn’t mind if Angel Reyes were touched by an angel :D

  160. mel March 13th, 2008 at 2:51 pm

    Samples,
    They don’t link it in the spring. The link for the gameday page is at the top of this thread and updates daily.

  161. S.o.S.27 March 13th, 2008 at 2:52 pm

    mel-these minor injuries are starting to add up. Hopefully everyone can heal their nagging injuries before the season starts. Thats what hurt us the begginning of last year.

  162. YankeesBen (I'm Happy Hughes Stayed) March 13th, 2008 at 2:52 pm

    Cheap inning, 4 hits 1 walk only one run quite good.

  163. Brandon (Proud supporter of "Alex being Alex" ) (I slay the Anti) March 13th, 2008 at 2:53 pm

    Cody !!

  164. YankeesLuv March 13th, 2008 at 2:54 pm

    Billy looked alright, he took pitches and even made contact. He didn’ look lost, not bad for a 59 year old. All said and done after all the grief people were giving the Yankees it was fine. It looked like it really meant something to him. I don’t suggest this as a annual thing but good for him. Now to what really counted, Mussina looked good.

  165. Rebecca--Optimist Prime--Mission 2708 March 13th, 2008 at 2:54 pm

    Byung Hyung Kim? That brings back memories.

  166. Chris -Iowa March 13th, 2008 at 2:54 pm

    Yeah, Mirabelli isn’t great with a bat either, but the whole reason that he was back in Boston was to catch Wakefield…
    So if Cash can’t bat and certainly hasn’t proven that he can catch Mirabelli it’s kind of an interesting move.

    Later Ball… thata kid Cody

  167. Rishi March 13th, 2008 at 2:54 pm

    Byung-Young Kim!!! We missed you :)

  168. Brandon (Proud supporter of "Alex being Alex" ) (I slay the Anti) March 13th, 2008 at 2:55 pm

    yes Christian shows off the speed

  169. mel March 13th, 2008 at 2:55 pm

    SoS,

    Yes, but did anyone expect Giambi to make it through a healthy season? Good to see Matsui back, though.

  170. Chris -Iowa March 13th, 2008 at 2:55 pm

    *catch Wakefield rather

  171. Lori March 13th, 2008 at 2:55 pm

    Byung-Hyun Kim? Think Tino is itching to grab a bat?

  172. Rishi March 13th, 2008 at 2:55 pm

    *Hyung (I knew that looked wrong)

  173. Rebecca--Optimist Prime--Mission 2708 March 13th, 2008 at 2:56 pm

    Like I said, memories.

  174. Brandon (Proud supporter of "Alex being Alex" ) (I slay the Anti) March 13th, 2008 at 2:56 pm

    thank you Byun-Yung Kim !!!

  175. Rishi March 13th, 2008 at 2:56 pm

    Did you see that swing! Effortless!!

  176. Joe March 13th, 2008 at 2:57 pm

    Yankees still own Byung-Hyun Kim, and Lori, Brosius might hop on a plane.

  177. Rishi March 13th, 2008 at 2:57 pm

    I can’t believe Michael Kay didn’t ask Paulie about Morgan wearing his number…

  178. Lori March 13th, 2008 at 2:58 pm

    How far did that ball go? Gameday has it like on another screen!

  179. S.o.S.27 March 13th, 2008 at 2:58 pm

    Kim will never be without a job. If he cant find one, we cant have enough batting practice pitchers. Colon and Kim would be slump busters on our team for sure.

  180. mel March 13th, 2008 at 2:58 pm

    Rishi,

    Cano knew it was gone, immediately dropped the bat.

  181. S.o.S.27 March 13th, 2008 at 3:00 pm

    All i want to know is do the Yankees pay for Kims shrink visits.

  182. S.o.S.27 March 13th, 2008 at 3:01 pm

    Being that its a spring training game. I wonder if we could put Crystal back in there to get his hacks in?

  183. Say it ain't so March 13th, 2008 at 3:01 pm

    I cringe every single time they say “Generation Trey.”

  184. Lori March 13th, 2008 at 3:01 pm

    Cano too? Gameday still has Christian up. I figured Kim had a breakdown on the mound or something.

  185. Brandon (Proud supporter of "Alex being Alex" ) (I slay the Anti) March 13th, 2008 at 3:02 pm

    BRETT !

  186. whozat March 13th, 2008 at 3:02 pm

    “these minor injuries are starting to add up. Hopefully everyone can heal their nagging injuries before the season starts. Thats what hurt us the begginning of last year.”

    Nah, last year it was a plethora of significant injuries that led to missing multiple weeks for multiple players. Wang and Moose each missed about a month with the hammy thing, Matsui same thing, Abreu with the oblique deal, etc etc etc.

    A bruised toe for Damon, and elbow that ached for an afternoon four days ago, two days of back aches for Jason…Outside of Cervelli, this is a (knock on wood) charmed spring for the Yanks in terms of health. The young guns all feel good, the veteran arms feel good, the hitters are mostly staying on the field…

  187. rodg12 March 13th, 2008 at 3:02 pm

    I absolutely hate that nickname as well Say it ain’t so. Just absolutely awful. Did Kay come up with that and is now pimping it?

  188. Brandon (Proud supporter of "Alex being Alex" ) (I slay the Anti) March 13th, 2008 at 3:03 pm

    you get the feeling if Brett gets locked at the plate he will be a tough out in the majors

  189. mel March 13th, 2008 at 3:03 pm

    SoS,

    Is re-entry allowed in the spring?

  190. vinny-b March 13th, 2008 at 3:04 pm

    anti – generation trey.

    Bronx Triangle.

    a team comes in, for a 3-game series, and runs into the Bronx Triangle.

    opposing hitters, became lost at the plate.

    Chamberlain, Hughes, Kennedy = The Bronx Triangle

  191. S.o.S.27 March 13th, 2008 at 3:04 pm

    Brett for 4th outfielder bandwagon!!Whos with me?

  192. Brandon (Proud supporter of "Alex being Alex" ) (I slay the Anti) March 13th, 2008 at 3:05 pm

    count me in SoS :D

  193. Rishi March 13th, 2008 at 3:06 pm

    I don’t think re-entry is allowed…karsten’s still up – lead off single (5 hits in one inning plus)

  194. Rishi March 13th, 2008 at 3:06 pm

    make that 6

  195. S.o.S.27 March 13th, 2008 at 3:06 pm

    vinny,
    I like where your going with this. Bronxmuda Triangle.

  196. MikeEff-Shelley at First March 13th, 2008 at 3:06 pm

    i like The Bronx triangle.

    i love watching that brett gardner, i know he probably wouldn’t get enough at bats if he made the team, but i hope he’s a regular soon

  197. Say it ain't so March 13th, 2008 at 3:07 pm

    I think Joel Sherman came up with it in the NY Post and for some reason that I’ll never understand, Kay has been repeating it over and over. Now he even has Coney saying it.

    I can’t explain why I hate the nickname beyond a simple “It’s stupid” but something about it bugs me to no end.

  198. Jax March 13th, 2008 at 3:07 pm

    Brett Gardner is hasn’t been sent to minor league camp yet. Think Garardi likes him.

  199. rodg12 March 13th, 2008 at 3:08 pm

    I’d love that S.o.S (it’s really 5th OF, though). Only way I see it happening though is if Ensberg is kept instead of Duncan. With Duncan on the squad, they already have 5 guys who can play the OF. In that scenario, I see them keeping another utility IF guy (Woodward, most likely allow Ransom has looked dang good).

  200. mel March 13th, 2008 at 3:08 pm

    Why is Kay’s guest list on Centerstage more A-list than Barbara Walters?

  201. Brandon (Proud supporter of "Alex being Alex" ) (I slay the Anti) March 13th, 2008 at 3:09 pm

    neither has Christian I think it’s down to JC and Brett

  202. Clare March 13th, 2008 at 3:09 pm

    Vinny,

    I think the Bronx Triangle is the best one yet.

  203. Rishi March 13th, 2008 at 3:09 pm

    wonder why the nationals let moeller go…

  204. whozat March 13th, 2008 at 3:09 pm

    “Brett for 4th outfielder bandwagon!!Whos with me?”

    Why would you want to deprive him of the ABs he needs to have a shot to be an MLB starter some day?

  205. rodg12 March 13th, 2008 at 3:09 pm

    Say it ain’t so-

    Weren’t those three Mets propects (Pulshipher, Wilson, Izzy) known as Generation K? That might be it. Any reference that relates our three kids to those three gives me the shakes.

  206. S.o.S.27 March 13th, 2008 at 3:09 pm

    mel-I doubt it. But its Billy’s day. Anything is possible.

    How about
    C for Chamberlain
    HU for Hughes
    K for Kennedy

    C.HU.K(prununciation see you k)
    Anyone?

  207. whozat March 13th, 2008 at 3:10 pm

    “wonder why the nationals let moeller go…”

    They have other, younger guys to fill out their minor league catching rosters.

  208. Jimmy 27 March 13th, 2008 at 3:10 pm

    “Gereration Trey” is Horrible!
    Kay has no clue.

  209. Brandon (Proud supporter of "Alex being Alex" ) (I slay the Anti) March 13th, 2008 at 3:11 pm

    whozat you think he’s gonna be a starter over the likes of possibly Austin Jackson & Melky Cabrera

  210. SJ44 March 13th, 2008 at 3:11 pm

    Not Karstans best outing of the spring. But, let’s remember his role.

    His role is long relief. He is not going to be pitching late in a lot of games.

    He is the guy to do mop up duty. That’s a tough role.

    When you look at the Yankees pitchers, he and Rasner are really the only guys who seem to be able to do that role.

    Obviously, you would like him to be sharper. However, for the role he is designated for on the team, he is throwing good enough.

  211. nyyfaninlaaland March 13th, 2008 at 3:11 pm

    This year, as in ’06, it’s Boston with the nagging injuries. I know it’s been backs, not hammy’s, but did Marty Miller go there?

  212. Fran March 13th, 2008 at 3:11 pm

    I missed the game up until now because my Time Warner Cable was out. Thanks for the updates. It seems as though Mussina had another strong outing. Maybe he will be a serviceable 5th starter.

  213. Brandon (Proud supporter of "Alex being Alex" ) (I slay the Anti) March 13th, 2008 at 3:12 pm

    well that sucked

  214. mel March 13th, 2008 at 3:12 pm

    Wow, Moeller’s a good defensive catcher. Glad that we got him before Boston.

    Now Moeller’s a veteran and he won’t be on the 40-man. What happens after the spring?

  215. Say it ain't so March 13th, 2008 at 3:13 pm

    rodg12- Here it is from Sherman:

    http://www.nypost.com/seven/02....._97705.htm

  216. Nettles vs. Lee March 13th, 2008 at 3:13 pm

    Generation Trey sounds like some Boy Band.

    Come hear Generation Trey as they perform an a cappella version of the Wham! classic, “Wake Me Up Before You Go.”

  217. nyyfaninlaaland March 13th, 2008 at 3:13 pm

    SJ –

    That’s a role Phillips could also possibly fill – he’s been a starter up to now. Depth is a beautiful thing.

  218. whozat March 13th, 2008 at 3:13 pm

    Pearce is kinda blocked over there on the Pirates…he could maybe be a long-term young solution at 1B if they don’t want to go the Teixeira route…

  219. Scott March 13th, 2008 at 3:13 pm

    First time I heard Generation Trey was in Joel Sherman’s column. Hughes himself said on his blog that he liked “The Three Amigos”

    I like that better than Generation Trey.

  220. SJ44 March 13th, 2008 at 3:14 pm

    Gardner needs to play everyday in AAA. It would be a waste to have him on the bench with the big club right now.

    He and Justin Christian will make up 2/3 of the Scranton OF.

    Depending on what Jason Lane wants to do, he may be the other OF in Scranton.

    Curtis-Jackson-Tabata, from left to right, are the OF for Trenton this season.

  221. YankeesBen (I'm Happy Hughes Stayed) March 13th, 2008 at 3:14 pm

    Karstens is out of luck this outing. not such bad pitches.

  222. Rebecca--Optimist Prime--Mission 2708 March 13th, 2008 at 3:15 pm

    Yea, umm, this isn’t they way for karstens to make the team.

  223. whozat March 13th, 2008 at 3:15 pm

    Yeah. That’s an awful outing. Not getting really staking a claim to that long-man slot.

  224. TurnTwo March 13th, 2008 at 3:16 pm

    I agree, Whozat. Brett Gardner needs to be playing everyday, and getting everyday ABs. A player who is developing like he is should not rot on a MLB bench, unless he was going to be guaranteed a certain amount of ABs a week… right now, he could stick if he was on a NL roster, because he coule be a 4th OF and still get ABs late on double switches, defensive replacements, etc.

    But I’d rather see Jason Lane or Shelley Duncan as the 5th OF (taking into consideration Matsui is really the 4th OF on this roster) than Gardner at this point in their respective careers.

  225. Say it ain't so March 13th, 2008 at 3:16 pm

    Do they even need a nickname? If you say “the kids”, everyone knows who you’re talking about.

  226. Rishi March 13th, 2008 at 3:17 pm

    Did the inning end or is there a pitching change?

  227. Nettles vs. Lee March 13th, 2008 at 3:17 pm

    Once again, Karstens fails to impress. I don’t think he should make the roster just because the Yankees need someone who is “good enough” for mop up duty.

  228. S.o.S.27 March 13th, 2008 at 3:17 pm

    whozat on Brett,
    With Jackson and Tabata coming. The only cenario i see him starting is if one of those gues do a Eric Duncan on us. I dont want the Yankees to trade this guy. He brings alot of energy on the feild. Reminds me a little of Elsbury. With our outfielders always banged up. I could see him getting at bats. Worse comes to worse. We use him like a Boston used Roberts.

  229. nyyfaninlaaland March 13th, 2008 at 3:18 pm

    Whozat -

    Pitt has been working Pearce more in OF, looking to deal Xavier Nady, or Bay if somebody gives them real goods. Surprised the Mets haven’t gone for the X Man – though they had him before so maybe they sense something they don’t like.

  230. Brandon (Proud supporter of "Alex being Alex" ) (I slay the Anti) March 13th, 2008 at 3:19 pm

    eye chart gets a hit

  231. vinny-b March 13th, 2008 at 3:20 pm

    Re: Bronx Triangle

    thank you for the word, on the name. It is not mine. A person on the Bronx Block site, posted it.

  232. YankeesBen (I'm Happy Hughes Stayed) March 13th, 2008 at 3:21 pm

    Boo you dougie!!!

  233. S.o.S.27 March 13th, 2008 at 3:21 pm

    nyyfaninlaaland,
    There were rumors this week that the Mets might be interested in Nady.

  234. SJ44 March 13th, 2008 at 3:21 pm

    Its the first bad outing Karstans had this spring.

    Every pitcher has bad outings in the spring.

    A week ago, some folks here had Mike Mussina “done” and were worried as heck about Wang.

    Not too many pitchers go through ST with a clunker.

    You learn from it and move on.

  235. whozat March 13th, 2008 at 3:25 pm

    “With Jackson and Tabata coming. The only cenario i see him starting is if one of those gues do a Eric Duncan on us.”

    They haven’t even really played at AA yet. He’s already got a half year in AAA. He’s almost certainly got a whole season at AAA this year to show whether he can keep his OBP up against more experienced pitching. If he DOES show that, and Melky has another year in line with 2007…then all of a sudden Brett’s seriously pushing Melky for the CFer job in 2009. If they both do well this year, now the Yanks have CF depth that they can use for trades.

    As it is Melky, Damon and Matsui are all jockeying for OF ABs.

    Traber AND Karstens looking bad today. I dunno about Karstens disappointing “again”, though.

  236. Brandon (Proud supporter of "Alex being Alex" ) (I slay the Anti) March 13th, 2008 at 3:25 pm

    this inning should have been over with, damn ump…

  237. Nettles vs. Lee March 13th, 2008 at 3:26 pm

    I’ve never liked Karstens stuff. Even when he put together a few good starts in 2006, I thought he would get exposed the more innings he pitched.

  238. vinny-b March 13th, 2008 at 3:26 pm

    Traber: not fair. He had strike #3. Followed by, a ground ball, not hit hard.

    he have to remain, the left-hander to make the team, at this point.

  239. Bill from NJ March 13th, 2008 at 3:27 pm

    Yeah, I think Karstens gets a free pass for today…

  240. whozat March 13th, 2008 at 3:27 pm

    “Whozat -

    Pitt has been working Pearce more in OF, looking to deal Xavier Nady, or Bay if somebody gives them real goods. Surprised the Mets haven’t gone for the X Man – though they had him before so maybe they sense something they don’t like.”

    yeah, I know they’ve been doing that. Who knows if he’d actually be serviceable out there all year? I guess the Pirates will find out.

  241. Generation Trey March 13th, 2008 at 3:29 pm

    Generation Trey is the cool and proper nick name. Stop the wining.

  242. whozat March 13th, 2008 at 3:29 pm

    “Even when he put together a few good starts in 2006, I thought he would get exposed the more innings he pitched.”

    That’s why he’s being looked at for the long-man/spot-starter role. If he had good stuff, he’d be fighting for a slot at the back end of the rotation.

  243. SJ44 March 13th, 2008 at 3:30 pm

    Here’s the way to look at Karstans. How many long guys have great stuff?

    If they had great stuff, they would be in the starting rotation or in a featured role in the bullpen.

    He is what he is. Basically, a mop up guy to eat some innings in a blowout game or when the starter has a bad day.

    In that sense, his stuff is good enough for that role.

  244. S.o.S.27 March 13th, 2008 at 3:31 pm

    All i know is they have to win this one for Crystal. Get your rally caps folks.

    whozat on Brett,
    Point taken. I just wish we had someone with blazing speed for late innings for a change.

  245. mel March 13th, 2008 at 3:33 pm

    Triburough? Triple Threat?

    They like the Three Amigos maybe because they’re too humble to call themselves the “Big 3″ which is the best, most appropriate name. Much more appropriate than “Nastiness”.

  246. Generation Trey March 13th, 2008 at 3:36 pm

    how much did they pay Billy Crystal?

  247. Brandon (Proud supporter of "Alex being Alex" ) (I slay the Anti) March 13th, 2008 at 3:36 pm

    SoS supposively Christian is faster than Brett IDK if that’s true but that’s what some people say.

  248. whozat March 13th, 2008 at 3:36 pm

    “Point taken. I just wish we had someone with blazing speed for late innings for a change.”

    It’s really hard to justify a roster spot for that when it’s a guy’s only tool. Especially when you’ve got vets at a couple positions who only play that one position and need to DH at least sometimes — AND a LOOGY.

    I mean…take Justin Christian if you want someone fast and have a roster spot. He’s fast, and he’ll probably never be more than a backup anyhoo. But I really can’t find a roster spot for him.

  249. Fran March 13th, 2008 at 3:38 pm

    Traber should have been out of the inning.

    Damamso Marte is so good. I wish the Yanks could get him back.

  250. vinny-b March 13th, 2008 at 3:39 pm

    the Bronx Triangle.

    and like most nicknames, able to shorten the full name, when you care to. The Triangle.

    yup. Have to pimp it. Do not like the name, generation trey. lol.

  251. vinny-b March 13th, 2008 at 3:39 pm

    the Bronx Triangle.

    and like most nicknames, able to shorten the full name, when you care to. The Triangle.

    yup. Have to pimp it. Do not like the name, generation trey. lol.

  252. mel March 13th, 2008 at 3:40 pm

    lol. YES promoting the TB Rays game. I really think it’ll be a mild game. The bench-clearing got everyone’s adrenaline going and out of their system.

  253. whozat March 13th, 2008 at 3:41 pm

    “Traber should have been out of the inning.”

    yeah. But that happens. You need to buckle down and still get outs.

  254. vinny-b March 13th, 2008 at 3:42 pm

    David Cone and Paul O’Neil, both excellent.

  255. Rebecca--Optimist Prime--Mission 2708 March 13th, 2008 at 3:42 pm

    Hey guys, what’s the deal on Ransom?

    I like what I’m seeing from him.

  256. mel March 13th, 2008 at 3:42 pm

    Wow. Everyone lost weight. Looking good. 3 up, 3 down.

  257. nyyfaninlaaland March 13th, 2008 at 3:43 pm

    Gardner (or Christian) culd fill a playoff role as runner when you can go with 11 pitchers.

    But lets get there first.

  258. S.o.S.27 March 13th, 2008 at 3:43 pm

    One more nickname.

    The big The bad and The ugly.

  259. nyyfaninlaaland March 13th, 2008 at 3:45 pm

    Hector Carrasco. Pitt really has problems from the right side in the pen – maybe there’s a deal there for Marte…

  260. whozat March 13th, 2008 at 3:45 pm

    Ransom is a career minor leaguer. He’s minor league middle infield depth.

    There was a guy just like this last year in spring…I can’t remember his name, but he had a hot spring — but really wasn’t actually that good.

  261. vinny-b March 13th, 2008 at 3:45 pm

    hughes is the big. Joba is the bad. Don’t know if Ian, would want to be, the ugly.

  262. mel March 13th, 2008 at 3:46 pm

    Kay taking great interest in O’neill dressed in drag. “Did you wear stockings?” Wha’?!

  263. mel March 13th, 2008 at 3:47 pm

    Vinny,

    Let’s just say that Ian could use an eyebrow job. I wonder why the USC basketball wife doesn’t insist on it.

  264. Number 27 March 13th, 2008 at 3:48 pm

    Hey Pete,

    Nice work in the ESPN Brawl Highlight video. That’s pretty cool.

  265. vinny-b March 13th, 2008 at 3:49 pm

    “Let’s just say that Ian could use an eyebrow job. I wonder why the USC basketball wife doesn’t insist on it”

    lol.

  266. S.o.S.27 March 13th, 2008 at 3:49 pm

    Hughes=big (curve)
    Joba=bad a$$(ask Youkalis)
    Ian=ugly(everyone digs the strikouts and heat.He’ll win ugly)

  267. Andrea - anti-anti March 13th, 2008 at 3:51 pm

    I’m glad I’m not the only one with a problem with Ian’s eyebrows.

  268. whozat March 13th, 2008 at 3:51 pm

    Basak, that’s who I was thinking of.

    I was hoping for a better AB from Ensberg there.

  269. Brandon (Proud supporter of "Alex being Alex" ) (I slay the Anti) March 13th, 2008 at 3:51 pm

    did that say Nick Ensberg, ahhh game over Moeller is up

  270. Brandon (Proud supporter of "Alex being Alex" ) (I slay the Anti) March 13th, 2008 at 3:51 pm

    did that say Nick Ensberg, ahhh game over Moeller is up

  271. mel March 13th, 2008 at 3:52 pm

    Andrea,

    And I thought Karstens’ were bad. But to his credit, he had them fixed before his second outing.

  272. S.o.S.27 March 13th, 2008 at 3:53 pm

    Ensburg has been killing his chances these last couple games. Doesnt anyone want that roster spot?

    Someone needs to make a poster of the Big bad and ugly(like the 3 amigos) and send it to Hughes. I wonder if he would like it.

  273. mel March 13th, 2008 at 3:54 pm

    What kind of dumbass question was that Kay?!? He asked Cone if he felt any stigma of being a guy who played on a lot of teams. Not Kay’s finest inning.

  274. whozat March 13th, 2008 at 3:54 pm

    “did that say Nick Ensberg”

    Yah.

    Guess the “it’s still ST” joke applies to the YES team as well.

  275. Andrea - anti-anti March 13th, 2008 at 3:55 pm

    Poor Billy Crystal. Doesn’t get to be part of a winning game.

    Mel: Karstens is just a weird looking dude, but Kennedy just needs to fix his eyebrows and he’d be good to go, I think. They’re just so bushy, and there are so many close ups on his face.

  276. S.o.S.27 March 13th, 2008 at 3:56 pm

    All i know is that Crystal would have taken Kim deep.

  277. Rishi March 13th, 2008 at 3:56 pm

    I’d bet if someone posts the eyebrow thing on Phil’s blog he’d let him know

  278. MikeEff-Shelley at First March 13th, 2008 at 3:58 pm

    i can’t say i’ve ever noticed IPK’s eyebrows….or anybodys…well maybe yogi could use a trim

    :)

  279. mel March 13th, 2008 at 3:58 pm

    Andrea,

    Kennedy has two sets of eyebrows. Check it out on the next closeup. Also, there’s something about his teeth. But otherwise he’s perfect.

    I’ll shut up now. I love all the Yankees! Even Billy Crystal.

  280. mel March 13th, 2008 at 4:00 pm

    Check this out:

    http://mlb.mlb.com/news/articl.....8;c_id=mlb

  281. Clare March 13th, 2008 at 4:09 pm

    Mel,

    That’s cool. I figured they would bring all the big guys, otherwise it undercuts the gesture.

  282. Rebecca--Optimist Prime--Mission 2708 March 13th, 2008 at 4:12 pm

    mel: That’s really cool.

  283. Rick March 13th, 2008 at 4:20 pm

    Gardner is a good young player. Maybe the fastest guy on the Yankees. I really don’t know what the Yankee plans are for him. He has less than a year at Scranton/Wilkes Barre so I guess that is where he may end up.

    I am starting to think maybe the Yankee farm system has enough players to supply the big club for example Gardner. Forget about the Ensbergs etc.

  284. mel March 13th, 2008 at 4:24 pm

    How did I miss this story?:

    http://www.foxnews.com/story/0,2933,336817,00.html

    Bizarre! I think Mary Ann was on a 3 hour trip.

  285. Jimmy 27 March 13th, 2008 at 4:35 pm

    Mel
    The “evil empire” strikes again.

    Good story

  286. ray March 13th, 2008 at 4:42 pm

    I try to give credit where credit is due. I think it is very classy of the Yankees to take the whole squad to Virginia Tech.

  287. ray March 13th, 2008 at 4:44 pm

    Mel….did you get the memo? If you are going to be a Yankees fan you have to be consistent and be a Knicks fan too! (just a little bit of good natured harassment)

  288. whozat March 13th, 2008 at 4:45 pm

    “Forget about the Ensbergs etc.”

    Forget about a guy who had 30 homers two years ago, but then incurred a shoulder injury that could well be the reason for his awful hitting for the last season and a half?

    Why? If he gets back to hitting, why would you NOT want to keep a guy like that? If he doesn’t, cut him for free. Who cares if he’s not homegrown?

    Shelley has 34 games in the majors. After six or seven years of pedestrian play in the minors. Ensberg is a former All-Star. If the latter returns to form…sorry, Shelley, I love you, but…come on.

  289. S.o.S.27 March 13th, 2008 at 4:45 pm

    Maybe the cameras on these mug shots need to be updated. They look like the same quality as pictures of Jesse James. Its just odd that all these celebrities look horific in these shots. I wonder if they tell them to wash the gel off their hair.

    Talking about hair. I think im going to trim down my eyebrows today. The Kennedy and Karstens ripping did it for me. People just cant be natural anymore. Sad.

  290. S.o.S.27 March 13th, 2008 at 4:49 pm

    Sorry whozat,
    Shelley get the annual immunity pass after sticking up for his team yesterday.

  291. T. K. March 13th, 2008 at 4:51 pm

    “…One of the Yankees asked me the other day why Crystal wore a Mets hat in “City Slickers” if he’s such a big Yankees fan. Good question. From what I understand, it was Crystal’s way of saying thanks to the Mets for letting him stage a “Comic Relief” event at Shea Stadium.”

    T.K.

  292. rover March 13th, 2008 at 5:04 pm

    its settled we don’t need sabbathia, we have the moose, and jeter is done. not even hitting 200 this spring.

  293. saucY March 13th, 2008 at 5:35 pm

    did you say jeter was done in april 2004?

    i’m not worried


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