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Spring training Game 12: Pirates at Yanks

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

Crystal DH
Jeter SS
Abreu RF
Rodriguez 3B
Matsui LF
Cano 2B
Duncan 1B
Molina C
Cabrera CF


Morgan CF
Wilson SS
McLouth RF
Bay LF
LaRoche 1B
Doumit C
Bautista 3B
Gomez DH
Cruz 2B


Notes: Yes, that’s Billy Crystal. Blood and guts one day, let the comedian hit leadoff the next. … It’s ex-Yankee Day for the Pirates. They have Jaret Wright, Doug Mientkiewicz, Kevin Thompson and T.J. Beam are on the travel roster.



37 Responses to “Spring training Game 12: Pirates at Yanks”

  1. jennifer- Hip Hip Jorge March 13th, 2008 at 9:49 am

    I wanted to see Billy in the field!! I guess Mike wouldn’t like it very much.

  2. Melissa March 13th, 2008 at 9:55 am

    Can I DH for the Yankees?

  3. jennifer- Hip Hip Jorge March 13th, 2008 at 9:57 am

    Is he getting one ab, with Johnny taking over?

  4. Clay Bellinger March 13th, 2008 at 10:01 am

    I pray to god that that old man has to run the bases.

  5. Ivy March 13th, 2008 at 10:05 am

    These past two days have been pretty surreal…
    Also, I bizarrely miss Eyechart.

  6. Brian March 13th, 2008 at 10:06 am

    Let’s just hope no Friends of the Tampa Bay Rays pay for a message on Crystal!

  7. Motown Yankees Fan March 13th, 2008 at 10:09 am

    If anything sends a message to the Rays, it’s Billy Crystal leading off in a spring training game. See, Joe Maddon, spring training games mean NOTHING, we even have a soon to be 60 year old guy leading off for us.

  8. Clay Bellinger March 13th, 2008 at 10:11 am

    I hope that old man has to run the bases, now that would be funny.

  9. The J Train- Save The Drama For Yo Mama March 13th, 2008 at 10:14 am

    Who’s Barry Badrinath?

  10. Ihearttheyankees March 13th, 2008 at 10:15 am

    A coworker of mine said this about Billy Crystal playing for the yankees today and I thought I would share:

    “I don’t know why Billy Crystal is in the Yankee lineup, as he would actually have a chance of making the team if he were playing for the Pirates.”

  11. Stephen March 13th, 2008 at 10:21 am

    Odds on Billy getting an inning in CF in honor of his beloved Mickey?

  12. pvanzino March 13th, 2008 at 10:24 am

    JTrain – Barry Badrinath is a character in “Beerfest”. Why?

  13. dennis March 13th, 2008 at 10:30 am

    am i the only one tired of seeing Mussina and Karstens every YES game. Phil not once Joba/Ian just once.

  14. Andiamo March 13th, 2008 at 10:30 am

    Any truth to the rumor that the Red Sox are courting Rudy Guiliani as a response to the Crystal signing?

  15. Lori March 13th, 2008 at 10:39 am

    Good point Motown! I hope Pirates pitching shares this view and lets Billy get a hit!

  16. YankeesLuv March 13th, 2008 at 10:48 am

    This whole Billy Crystal thing is just a silly gimmick and I would rather they not do it but whatever. I don’t think it’s the end of the world either, atleast he’s a Yankee fan. (though didn’t he have part ownership in the Diamondbacks? grr ;) ) I hope he atleast makes contact with the ball, don’t shame the uniform Billy. Nice to see Doug M. again, too bad we couldn’t bring him back.

  17. YankeesLuv March 13th, 2008 at 10:51 am

    The Red Sox can have Eliot Spitzer. ;)

  18. liz March 13th, 2008 at 11:16 am

    People complain that the Yankees are too serious… And then they complain when they do something fun… Sometimes you just can’t win.

    I wish I could watch this game ugh!! I will be in class :(

  19. The J Train- Save The Drama For Yo Mama March 13th, 2008 at 11:17 am

    “lets get you out of those wet clothes and into a dry martini”

  20. Doreen March 13th, 2008 at 11:19 am

    Actually, this works out – Billy gets to bat, gets the whole thing done with, and then the game goes on without him taking the field.

    If he gets a hit, they’ll probably pinch-run for him, using Damon, and there’s no real disruption in the game, or the lineup. Johnny D misses an at-bat, though.

  21. Fran March 13th, 2008 at 11:24 am

    Doreen – I agree with you. This way Crystal bats first and then his “career” as a Yankee is over. They get it done with minimal disruption to the rest of the team and the game.

  22. The J Train- Save The Drama For Yo Mama March 13th, 2008 at 11:29 am

    if I were the opposing pitcher, Id drill Crystal with the first pitch.

  23. saucY March 13th, 2008 at 11:37 am

    wonder if we’ll see doug play somewhere besides first base. i thought i read they were going to try him in more of a utility type role…

  24. Kevin CT March 13th, 2008 at 12:15 pm

    Anyone got the Gameday Link for this one?

  25. k33 March 13th, 2008 at 12:16 pm

    Doug played RF in a game I saw between the Phillies and Pirates in Clearwater.

  26. G. Love March 13th, 2008 at 12:28 pm


    Please ask Girardi today if he ordered the “Code Red”.

    Push him a little. He wants to tell you.

  27. ray March 13th, 2008 at 12:53 pm

    I guarantee you that if the Red Sox were playing someone like Ben Affleck today there would be all kinds of posts on here ridiculing that and calling it a circus!

  28. DSQ March 13th, 2008 at 12:54 pm

    I love Billy Crystal as much as the next guy, and he’s done a lot for the Franchise. But does any one know why he wore a Mets cap throughout the City Slickers movie. The hat was not relevant to the storyline at all, which makes me think he could’ve worn a Yankees hat if he wanted. Which makes me question: Why, Billy? Why did you do it?

  29. Josh March 13th, 2008 at 12:56 pm


  30. jennifer- Hip Hip Jorge March 13th, 2008 at 12:58 pm

    Ray there is a huge difference between Ben Allack and Billy Crystal. Billy is an icon, Ben is well an awful actor.

  31. FYI March 13th, 2008 at 1:03 pm

    But Ben Affleck (did the goose honk) did date a Bronx girl – J-Lo, who’s his equal in the bad acting, untalented department.

  32. ray March 13th, 2008 at 1:05 pm

    For me it makes no difference who the individuals are…lets say Boston was going to have Matt Damon play. It’s still kind of comical to see the Yankees stoop to this even if Crystal is considered an icon.

  33. Laurie March 13th, 2008 at 1:21 pm

    Money, money, money.

    Crystal played a Yankee fan in When Harry Met Sally, but in City Slickers, he wore a Mets hat.

    At the time, Crystal approached the Yankees to do Comic Relief Night at Yankee Stadium. Comic Relief was created by Crystal and fellow comedians Robin Williams and Whoopi Goldberg in an effort to raise money for America’s homeless. The Yankees turned down the request, but the Mets did not. The Mets donated a large sum of money to Comic Relief and let the three comedians come out to Shea Stadium.

    “We made a lot of money for the charity,” said Crystal. “I said, ‘You know what? I am going to wear this hat for them because they did this for a great cause.’ And that’s why I wore the Mets hat in that movie.”

  34. Cajun Yankee March 13th, 2008 at 1:43 pm

    Thanks for the story Laurie, I always wondered about the Mets hat thing.

    Crystal’s 1st AB: worked the count to 3-1 before striking out.

  35. Vivianna March 13th, 2008 at 2:17 pm

    How about we stop talking about Crystal and mention that Mussina has 4+ not hit innings, I know its just the Pirates, but for Mussina that’s a big deal.

  36. Vivianna March 13th, 2008 at 2:20 pm

    Oh yeah , and the other guy Maholm has a one hitter against pretty much the starting everyday lineup of the yankees (except for Crystal and molina)

  37. Vivianna March 13th, 2008 at 2:21 pm

    Excuse me , 5 PERFECT innings, mussina’s only faced 15 batters

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