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Game 98: Athletics at Yankees

Posted by: Peter Abraham - Posted in Misc, Podcast on Jul 20, 2008 Print This Post Print This Post | Email This Post Email This Post

YANKEES (52-45)
Jeter SS
Abreu RF
Rodriguez 3B
Giambi DH
Cano 2B
Betemit 1B
Cabrera CF
Molina C
Gardner LF
Pettitte LHP

Andy Pettitte (10-7, 4.03) vs. the Oakland hitters.

Justin Duchscherer (10-5, 1.82) vs. the New York hitters.

Notes: Late report for the fellas today and the lineup was just posted. The Yankees claimed yesterday that Posada bruised his hand, which could be why he’s out. That he can’t throw could also be a reason. … The Yankees have won 7 of 10 overall and six straight at the Stadium. … Cano is 6 of 10 since the break with three runs scored, three RBI and threee extra-base hits. … This is interesting: The starters have a 3.86 ERA since Joba Chamberlain joined the rotation. It was 4.88 before. … The starters are 4-2 with a 2.64 ERA over the last 10 games. … The Yankees have struck out 30 over 21 innings in the first two games of the series.

A NO-NO FOR EDWAR: Edwar Ramirez has thrown nine consecutive hitless innings, walking two and striking out 14. He has allowed one hit in his last 11 innings while walking two and striking out 15.

A NEAR NO-NO FOR FARNSWORTH: Kyle Farnsworth’s last 9 appearances: 8 0 0 0 4 7. He has dropped his ERA from 4.24 to 3.43.

Edwar and Krazy Kyle are actually reliable. Joe Girardi and Dave Eiland should start working on gas prices next. Clearly they are brilliant men.

BLOG INTERVIEWS SOME DOPE: The Chuck Knoblog did an interview with me if you’re interested.

Back later with updates.

UPDATE, 10:57 p.m.: Sen. John McCain is scheduled to be at the Stadium today and will be interviewed on YES.

UPDATE, 12:00 p.m.: Johnny Damon started a throwing program today and tried to get activated for today, to no avail. “My decision is to play today and hit leadoff,” he said.

Brian Cashman said there was a chance Damon could go on a one-day rehab. It seems to be a fluid situation.

UPDATE, 1:08 p.m.: It’s 92 degrees (and rising) at first pitch. Yikes.

Sen. McCain and Rudy Giuliani are in the box next to the Yankees dugout. The Senator is wearing a light blue shirt, which would seem to be a bad choice in the heat.

UPDATE, 1:24 p.m.: That’s twice in the last three games that Bobby Meacham has gotten A-Rod thrown out at the plate. It’s one thing to be aggressive, but it’s another thing to give away outs. Meacham is getting guys thrown out by five feet.

Meacham and Mike Harkey were the two choices Girardi made for his staff. It’ll be interesting to see whether the Yankees make any changes in the offseason.

Paging Willie Randolph.

UPDATE, 1;34 p.m.: By popular demand, here are the pregame interviews of Joe Girardi:

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UPDATE, 1:51 p.m.: Andy Pettitte is dealing. He has struck out five of the first 11 batters he has faced. Of his 41 pitches, 29 have been strikes. The big Texan is used to the heat and seems to be thriving.

UPDATE, 1:51 p.m.: Forgot to mention this before, but Mike Mussina took BP today before the game. He informed Kevin Long that since he had the only hit by a pitcher this season, he had earned the right to hit whenever he wanted.

With many of the guys taking a pass on BP today, they let Moose take his hacks.

UPDATE, 1:59 p.m.: Get this, Brian Cashman attended the New York premiere of The Dark Knight on Monday. Seems that a member of Assistant GM Jean Afterman’s family was involved in the making of the movie (which is great, go see it) so C-Money was in the house with all the celebs.

UPDATE, 2:25 p.m.: That’s seven in a row for Pettitte, three by strikeout. He’s at a solid 68 pitches after five innings. Duchscherer is at 70 as we start the bottom of the fifth.

UPDATE, 2:27 p.m.: Brett Gardner has to stop hitting the ball in the air as much as he does. He has not been nearly as tough an out as the Yankees thought he would be.

UPDATE, 2:43 p.m.: Nice AB by Sweeney who came back from 0-2 and hit Pettitte’s cutter for an RBI single to center. The Yankees have let Duchscherer off the hook with two quick innings. He’s at 79 pitches after 5.

UPDATE, 2:46 p.m.: The ‘stache delivers the short way, just inside the foul pole in right field and just above the wall. 2-1 Yankees. That’s 20 homers for Giambi.

Nine outs to get for the pinstripes. Pettitte 3, Farnsworth 3 and Mo 3? Not blowing out Mo yesterday was a smart move by Girardi.

UPDATE, 3:04 p.m.: Great job by Pettitte (7 4 1 1 0 7). He’s at 97 pitches and is likely done for the day.

UPDATE, 3:07 p.m.: But no, Pettitte is going back out for more. Girardi got burned by this once before in that wild game against KC on June 7, we’ll see what happens.

UPDATE, 3:1x p.m.: That’s how you Kyle-proof a game, you retire the side in order in the eighth inning. That was a dominant start for Pettitte. 8 innings, 4 hits, 1 run, 0 walks and 9 punchouts. 114 pitches by my count.

UPDATE, 3:24 p.m.: Tough error there. Bet they change it to give Alex a hit.

Enter Sandman.

UPDATE, 3:26 p.m.: Hmm, Richie Sexson as a defensive replacement at first base. I guess he is the best option. Betemit is an adventure there.

UPDATE, 3:34 p.m.: And there you have it, a 2-1 win after a little drama. That’s a three-game sweep, eight wins in the last 11 games and a 53-45 record for the Yankees. They are eight games over .500 for the first time this season. Has the train started to roll?

Back later with some reaction.

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724 Responses to “Game 98: Athletics at Yankees”

  1. For $13 I'll be a Macadamia Nut July 20th, 2008 at 11:01 am

    Why do they keep playing Betemit at first? Giambi seems to play better when he is fielding.

  2. zellyanks91 July 20th, 2008 at 11:02 am

    Very interesting stats on both Edwar Ramirez and Kyle Farnsworth. It seems like the pitchers are doing the job. The only problem now is bringing in the runners who are usually left on base. Go Yankees!

    Kevin

  3. JR Yankees July 20th, 2008 at 11:03 am

    The pitching as a whole has been a pleasant surprise this season. A lot of players are stepping up and contributing. I think it has a lot to do with people have their designated roles at this point.

    Not to knock on Torre, but whoever had the hot hand at the time would get the call when he was managing…no matter how many days in a row it was (unless it was Farnsworth who appeared in very few games late last season)

    Now, Girardi has the pen set up like it should and people know when and what situation they will be called upon.

    Now, he and Long need to concentrate on getting this offense rolling and score some runs so we can take avantage of the spectacular pitching performances.

  4. pat July 20th, 2008 at 11:05 am

    Believe in the power of the ‘stache. Giambi has good numbers against Duchscherer.

  5. TurnTwo July 20th, 2008 at 11:06 am

    McCain will proceed to tell everyone the Yankees were just in a mental offensive slump.

  6. george July 20th, 2008 at 11:10 am

    “The Yankees claimed yesterday that Posada bruised his hand”

    YES showed Posada’s hand yesterday, and it clearly was bruised.

    which probably explains yesterday’s crappy throws. Posada made some good throws before the all-star break, he clearly had improved….

  7. Cassandra July 20th, 2008 at 11:12 am

    Turntwo-

    actually he’ll call us an empire of whinners.

  8. Fran July 20th, 2008 at 11:12 am

    Posada said afterwards that the bruise may have affected his throwing. His throwing is bad to begin with because of his shoulder, and the bruise only made it worse.

  9. cc July 20th, 2008 at 11:13 am

    is there not enough of a military/religious theme to every event at Yankee Stadium, they need to be overtly pro-Republican, too?

  10. For $13 I'll be a Macadamia Nut July 20th, 2008 at 11:14 am

    Posada got a bit beaten up in yesterday’s game.

  11. MadForYanks July 20th, 2008 at 11:15 am

    “is there not enough of a military/religious theme to every event at Yankee Stadium, they need to be overtly pro-Republican, too?”

    Very well said, CC.

    And McCain is running for office (i.e., President).

    This isn’t surprising, but it’s totally inappropriate.

  12. murphydog July 20th, 2008 at 11:16 am

    McCain will tell everyone that the Yankees need a surge, that he was in favor of it when nobody else was and that he was right then and that we are starting to see a turnaround in Baghdad, er… the Bronx.

  13. m4rk6 July 20th, 2008 at 11:16 am

    JR

    I think even the most fervent Torre supporters will tell you that he could have handled the bullpen better.
    If Posada’s hand was bruised, wouldn’t it be difficult to even direct the ball? The ball was thrown in the right direction every time (2nd base) it was just always short… I think Jeter actually saved 2 errors from Jorge.

  14. Vrsce July 20th, 2008 at 11:17 am

    Political comments on a sports blog are always nauseating.

    There are better venues.

  15. Scorpio July 20th, 2008 at 11:18 am

    McCain? Why? I don’t like my sports marred by politics. Boo!! Leave baseball alone.

  16. Evan July 20th, 2008 at 11:18 am

    Hopefully YES will ask McSame about his ole friend, Abner Doubleday ;)

  17. Cassandra July 20th, 2008 at 11:19 am

    Murphydog – LOL!

  18. Nick in SF July 20th, 2008 at 11:20 am

    Greg Oden: “I like Barrack Obama but I went to high school with McCain.”

  19. Evan July 20th, 2008 at 11:20 am

    ya know, Cindy McCain and Vicki Isman are a couple of nice MILFs.

  20. Vrsce July 20th, 2008 at 11:22 am

    Evan

    What does milf mean?

  21. S.A.- I believe in this team but can the offense stop being so offensive? July 20th, 2008 at 11:22 am

    Rock on Edwar..and..goo..goo…oy..good job so far Krazy Kyle.

    I can’t believe I just typed that. :shock:

  22. 27 this year July 20th, 2008 at 11:22 am

    Girardi has done a great job with the pen. Everyone gets a chance like Robertson is getting opportunities along with Veras, Edwar, Farnsworth, MO obviously. That is five guys to work with all of whom, he has trust in. We have Hawkins mopping up and Giese in long relief. Right now, our pen is solid and I think we shouldn’t change anything until something falters. By the way, the starters ERA after Joba joining the rotation has to be inflated from Rasner.

  23. george July 20th, 2008 at 11:23 am

    as a Yankee fan, it’s bad enough that you periodically have to put up with him on broadcasts, though the broadcasters never ask non-softball questions such as “Mayor Guiliani, was it stupidity or corruption that caused you to put the NYC emergency commmand center in the WTC?”

    just ban politicians from the broadcast booth. no baseball broadcaster will ever ask a tough question.

  24. Nick in SF July 20th, 2008 at 11:23 am

    Melky I’d Like to Forget?

  25. TKinDC July 20th, 2008 at 11:24 am

    “Greg Oden: “I like Barrack Obama but I went to high school with McCain.””

    Wow – Did Oden’s uncle, LeBron go to the same school?

  26. Evan July 20th, 2008 at 11:24 am

    Vrsce-

    does your cable system block Google?

  27. Global Warming July 20th, 2008 at 11:24 am

    http://youtube.com/watch?v=adc3MSS5Ydc

    I think this video from JibJab sums up the past year pretty darn well.

  28. Kill-Schill(ing) July 20th, 2008 at 11:24 am

    Who is “Sen. John McCain?” Never heard of him. Must have played for Boston.

  29. Vrsce July 20th, 2008 at 11:25 am

    Ok,
    I will look it up.

  30. murphydog July 20th, 2008 at 11:27 am

    “is there not enough of a military/religious theme to every event at Yankee Stadium, they need to be overtly pro-Republican, too?”

    I’m sorry, but when did the Yankees become a publicly owned governmental entity such that they cannot espouse an opinion or political point of view including, gulp, the very frightening and dangerous concept of “God Bless America?”

    If indeed equal time requirements apply to YES and Cable/Satellite/Telecom TV broadcasts, then they will no doubt be honored and the junior senator from Illinois will get his shot.

    As I understand the law, Steinbrenner/Yankee ownership is just as entitled to have an opinion as are the rest of us. That opinion seems to be: honor the troops and respect what they are doing. Most of you apparently cannot understand the difference between honoring the troops versus a sentiment that expresses love for war anytime, anyplace for any reason.

    Contrary to the fashionable, standard liberal/progressive party line, Patriotism is not the same as fascism and Good Citizenship does not require that expressions of love for America have to be fought at every turn. Really, you people ought to get over the “God Bless America” problem. It’s maybe 90 seconds out of every game to honor people who have died, been wounded and who dodge bullets wearing our country’s uniform.

  31. Wire July 20th, 2008 at 11:28 am

    Mo’s the weakest link in the bullpen now, if they keep insisting on bring him in non-save situations.

  32. Nick in SF July 20th, 2008 at 11:28 am

    Molina Is a Large Fellow?

  33. Vrsce July 20th, 2008 at 11:28 am

    murphydog

    Well said.

  34. Rebecca--Optimist Prime-Mo for Cy Young 08 July 20th, 2008 at 11:29 am

    My father sent John McCain’s campaign my address.

    I have not forgiven him this.

  35. JR Yankees July 20th, 2008 at 11:30 am

    Posada’s shoulder is a lot worse than they are letting on. There is no other reason to be starting Molina 5-6 times a week (and don’t get me wrong, Molina is a great catcher) and at the same time keeping Moeller on the roster too.

    If Posada seriously cannot continuously throw out runners, ot atleast get the ball to second base, he needs to forget about this season and get the surgery.

    Right now his bat is not that great and is probably being effected by the shoulder injury as well. If we didn’t already have a jam at the DH spot I would consider keeping Posada around.

    Let’s get one thing straight though. We all want Posada to be an above average catcher for the remaining years of his contract. Why jeopardize his health/safety by running him out there when he clearly needs to have his shoulder worked on?

  36. Vrsce July 20th, 2008 at 11:32 am

    Rebecca–Optimist Prime-Mo for Cy Young 08

    Maybe he was trying to tell you something.

  37. Evan July 20th, 2008 at 11:33 am

    Murphydog-

    I believe in going to church every sunday, unless there is a ball game on. And I love fireworks!!

  38. Nick in SF July 20th, 2008 at 11:33 am

    Matsui Is Likely Finished?

  39. Evan July 20th, 2008 at 11:34 am

    Rebecca-

    has mccain knocked on your door? I hear he’s pretty randi.

  40. Vrsce July 20th, 2008 at 11:35 am

    Good one Nick

  41. Global Warming July 20th, 2008 at 11:37 am

    ““is there not enough of a military/religious theme to every event at Yankee Stadium, they need to be overtly pro-Republican, too?”

    I’m sorry, but when did the Yankees become a publicly owned governmental entity such that they cannot espouse an opinion or political point of view including, gulp, the very frightening and dangerous concept of “God Bless America?”

    If indeed equal time requirements apply to YES and Cable/Satellite/Telecom TV broadcasts, then they will no doubt be honored and the junior senator from Illinois will get his shot.

    As I understand the law, Steinbrenner/Yankee ownership is just as entitled to have an opinion as are the rest of us. That opinion seems to be: honor the troops and respect what they are doing. Most of you apparently cannot understand the difference between honoring the troops versus a sentiment that expresses love for war anytime, anyplace for any reason.

    Contrary to the fashionable, standard liberal/progressive party line, Patriotism is not the same as fascism and Good Citizenship does not require that expressions of love for America have to be fought at every turn. Really, you people ought to get over the “God Bless America” problem. It’s maybe 90 seconds out of every game to honor people who have died, been wounded and who dodge bullets wearing our country’s uniform.”

    Blah, blah, blah youre a fascist pig, blah blah

    One person on a sports blog and it’s “you people”. There is a very very small yet vocal minority who feel that way, on both sides. Doesn’t mean it’s “party line”.

  42. MoBoy(aka McLovin) July 20th, 2008 at 11:38 am

    Pete:

    Edwar and Kyle look good.But just like last year they will play good for a week or 2 then implode.They both will still end up with high 4 Era’s.Edwar with a 6 Era.

    Remember when Ohlendorff was consider a set-up man.People forget quick.

  43. murphydog July 20th, 2008 at 11:40 am

    Evan:

    “I believe in the Church of Baseball. I’ve tried all the major religions, and most of the minor ones. I’ve worshipped Buddha, Allah, Brahma, Vishnu, Siva, trees, mushrooms, and Isadora Duncan. I know things. For instance, there are 108 beads in a Catholic rosary and there are 108 stitches in a baseball. When I heard that, I gave Jesus a chance. But it just didn’t work out between us. The Lord laid too much guilt on me.”

    - Annie Savoy in Bull Durham.

  44. Strawman July 20th, 2008 at 11:40 am

    Globalwarming

    in terms of structure, I love murphdog’s rant ;)

  45. Barf July 20th, 2008 at 11:40 am

    murphydog: Barf.

    Guess we know where -your- politics stand.

    Politics should stay the H out of sports. Sports are there to get away, not to ‘enjoy’ the garbage some more.

  46. YankeeVIP July 20th, 2008 at 11:41 am

    poor jorge… he is getting beat up this year.

    hopefully he feels better soon, but i still like at the DH spot for now.

  47. DFox July 20th, 2008 at 11:41 am

    Wire, if Mo had a representable catcher catching for him yesterday, then maybe there’s no stolen base and on the two hits, the run doesn’t score.

    I agree with what Girardi said, you’ll take your chances every time with him.

  48. Strawman July 20th, 2008 at 11:43 am

    murphydog

    Ironically, Annie Savoy broke most of the ten commandments :)

  49. Frankie speaking July 20th, 2008 at 11:44 am

    McCain will fall asleep by the 2nd inning. That’s his scheduled afternoon nap time.
    The 1st inning will see him liking the Yankees and the 2nd inning, the Oakland A’s.

  50. Alan July 20th, 2008 at 11:48 am

    Owner John Henry, CEO Tom Werner, and Theo Epstein are traveling with the Socks on their road trip.
    A good guess is that Manny will be part of their discussions.

  51. Nick in SF July 20th, 2008 at 11:48 am

    MoBoy, you really think Edwar is going to end up with an ERA of 6?

    If Matsui is done for the season and Jorge can’t contribute consistently, we really need help. I dare not say the name.

  52. TKinDC July 20th, 2008 at 11:49 am

    How do you worship mushrooms? Is a saute pan involved?

    :)

  53. canocabrera July 20th, 2008 at 11:49 am

    McCain will fall asleep by the 2nd inning. That’s his scheduled afternoon nap time.

    LMAO! Nice to see Robbie moved up even though it is temporary.

  54. murphydog July 20th, 2008 at 11:49 am

    Global Warming:

    With all due respect it’s been a lot more than one person expressing some chafing at God Bless America over the last year or so around here. It’s a far from uncommon theme, albeit misguided.

    And if you are calling me a fascist pig, you misfired. My point was that Freedom of Expression works for everybody, and that Patriotism is more complicated than any one approach to Peace, Love and those cuddly Jihadists.

  55. murphydog July 20th, 2008 at 11:50 am

    “Ironically, Annie Savoy broke most of the ten commandments.”

    Name one of us who hasn’t ;)

  56. 27 this year July 20th, 2008 at 11:51 am

    “Pete:

    Edwar and Kyle look good.But just like last year they will play good for a week or 2 then implode.They both will still end up with high 4 Era’s.Edwar with a 6 Era.

    Remember when Ohlendorff was consider a set-up man.People forget quick.”

    You keep saying they will implode but Kyle has like a mid 3 ERA and Edwar has a sub 3 ERA.

    Also, if you knew anything, Ohly faltered when he was used as a long man and Girardi screwed up there. Olhy was pretty good in 1 inning but when Girardi tried 3, he faltered. Olhy just needed the right role.

  57. PJH July 20th, 2008 at 11:52 am

    Mariano a weak link? That was a stupid post. I think he can let up a run once in a while.

  58. 27 this year July 20th, 2008 at 11:53 am

    “Mariano a weak link? That was a stupid post. I think he can let up a run once in a while.”

    To add to that comment, Mo has the lowest ERA of anyone and is perfect in save situations. God, whoever said Mo is the weakest link needs medicine to fix that brain of yours.

  59. murphydog July 20th, 2008 at 11:55 am

    Barf:

    I didn’t come here looking to read political opinions either. Some other folks raised the issue earlier and I responded. But apparently you do not believe in equal time for opposing opinions. I guess that’s where your politics stand.

    BTW, nice screen name.

  60. YankeeFanInVermont July 20th, 2008 at 11:55 am

    There are NOT 108 beads in a rosary. There are 59.

  61. Barry Lane July 20th, 2008 at 11:59 am

    Murphydog–

    Could not agree more. And, in tone, you raised the level of discourse, which of late has been declining on this wonderful blog.

    Good going.

  62. Strawman July 20th, 2008 at 12:00 pm

    “There are NOT 108 beads in a rosary. There are 59.”

    Stathead! ;)

  63. murphydog July 20th, 2008 at 12:02 pm

    “There are NOT 108 beads in a rosary. There are 59.”

    That’s why you can’t believe everything you read.

    I took the quote from Wiki’s entry on Bull Durham. Assuming you are correct, (and the last time I laid hands on Rosary Beads, they caught fire, so you can’t go by me), it’s either Wiki’s error or the screenwriter’s.

  64. randy l July 20th, 2008 at 12:03 pm

    “Sen. John McCain is scheduled to be at the Stadium today and will be interviewed on YES.”

    i hope someone asks him, ” senator, what do you think of cashman’s younger and cheaper plan?

  65. PJH July 20th, 2008 at 12:03 pm

    Maybe its not an error at all, just a joke.

  66. Evan July 20th, 2008 at 12:06 pm

    Greg Norman tied after 11th hole.

    I wonder if he’s juiced.

  67. April July 20th, 2008 at 12:10 pm

    Maybe just because I’m from the most republican area in all of NY but McCain 08!! And I remember that the reason that the Yankees had that whole winning stretch last season after the All-Star break was because all the injured players were slowly coming back. Once Damon comes back and the others slowly follow suit—things might start looking a lot brighter.

  68. murphydog July 20th, 2008 at 12:10 pm

    “senator, what do you think of cashman’s younger and cheaper plan?”

    McCain: Well, my wife is certainly younger, but I can’t say cheaper. Works for me.

  69. randy l July 20th, 2008 at 12:15 pm

    “Owner John Henry, CEO Tom Werner, and Theo Epstein are traveling with the Socks on their road trip.”

    are the wheels starting to come off the red sox bus? for how bad the yankees have been for most of the season, it’s hard to believe they are only three games back from the red sox in the lost column.

    red sox ownership and upper management believes that all players are expendable. players are just carriers of numbers . manny on the other hand has an egocentric view of himself that he’s pretty important and unique. i tend to think manny’s right.

    red sox ownership is on a collision course with manny and that can be nothing but good for the yankees. a little losing streak by the red sox to amp up the pressure cooker in boston and things could be fun to watch.

  70. JJ July 20th, 2008 at 12:16 pm

    Pete’s on 1050 ESPN right now

  71. Scorpio July 20th, 2008 at 12:17 pm

    Hey Pete, you sound great and your points are right on. Now go straighten out M&MD.

  72. Blargh July 20th, 2008 at 12:18 pm

    Incidentally, there are 108 outlaws covered in Shuihu Zhuan/Water Margin/Outlaws of the Marsh, 108 temptations/desires in Buddhism, and apparently Hindu deities have 108 names, if I am to believe Wikipedia. Oh, and a Japa mala usually has 108 beads.

  73. Joe Schmoe 2 July 20th, 2008 at 12:19 pm

    guhhh yeahhhhh

    ur voice makes me want to jizz all over gauhhhh

  74. Blargh July 20th, 2008 at 12:21 pm

    (The Hindu deities having 108 names is what I’m not sure about; the 108 outlaws and 108 desires I know from other sources)

  75. GreenBeret7 July 20th, 2008 at 12:22 pm

    There is no set number of beads. It could run anywhere from 3 to 500, depending on the religous order and use.

  76. Real Fan July 20th, 2008 at 12:24 pm

    A Buddhist rosary has 108 beads

  77. 86w183 July 20th, 2008 at 12:25 pm

    I’m proud to say there are a number of commandments I haven’t broken… I admit partial credit goes to my neighbors who married some really ugly women!

    Who cares about McCain being interviewed… at least we’ll hear from someone who actually knew Abner Doubleday!

    My only problem with “God Bless America” is that the recording is more than 30 years old… can’t we get a newer version sung by a New Yorker… Bill Joel, you busy?

  78. Nick in SF July 20th, 2008 at 12:27 pm

    Of course 108 is an important number on the show Lost.

    And John McCain is 108 years old.

    And Barrack Obama has changed his Iraq position 108 times.

    Yay, fun with numbers!

  79. LATE REPORT .... July 20th, 2008 at 12:29 pm

    “Sen. John McCain is scheduled to be at the Stadium today and will be interviewed on YES.”
    ******************************************************
    McCain will not be buying Budweiser at the Stadium. He had some shipped cold from Cindy’s Budweiser distributorship in Arizona.

  80. Blargh July 20th, 2008 at 12:30 pm

    Oh yea, gotta smack the Bull Durham writers in the head if they seriously wrote that Buddhas get worshipped.

  81. Kill-Schill(ing) July 20th, 2008 at 12:33 pm

    BTW, folks, if you want to vent about McCain, you can blame our old nemesis, Randy Levine.

    As many of you know, since Signore Giuliani’s abortive Presidential campaign ended, he has become a vociferous champion of Senator Diamondback. In fact, McCain and Giuliani have enjoyed a close political and personal relationship for over a decade.

    Just yesterday, in fact, the Little Duce, faced with political irrelevance, announced the formation of a political PAC to assist in promoting Republicans for NY state and national offices.

    And, we all recall, President Randy Levine, was a former commmissioner and deputy mayor during the Giuliani administration the Yankees hired because they calculated his political acumen would assist them in winning approval for all the construction licenses and tax abatement the new Stadium required.

    George Steinbrenner, contrary to popular myth owed to his entanglement with Nixon, is actually a Democrat. (I don’t pretend to know Hank and Hal’s leanings.)

    In fact, the reason why CREEP (aptly named)– Nixon’s committee to re-elect the President which used the IRS to extort campaign contribution from wealthy businessman, among others– embroiled George in the campaign finance scandal in the 70′s that resulted in his first suspension from baseball was because he’d contributed publicly to Democrats candidates in the Cleveland area and the Nixon people thought extorting money from him amounted to fair retribution.

  82. Nick in SF July 20th, 2008 at 12:36 pm

    Kill-Schill, thanks for that really, really useful information. Please make sure you’re seated when McCain appears on YES and keep cold liquids at hand. If you start to hyperventilate, try calm breathing exercises.

  83. BX. 12 Fordham Road July 20th, 2008 at 12:40 pm

    the only thing I will say about the Kate Smith “God Bless America” issue is that for a team valued at over $1bn the version of that song sounds like it was recorded on a wooden tape recorder (no McCain jokes) and is of a crap like quality so high that liberals and conservatives should be offended….

  84. BX. 12 Fordham Road July 20th, 2008 at 12:41 pm

    86….you posted it while I was writing the same thought…crap like version from a fat Flyers fan

  85. Kill-Schill(ing) July 20th, 2008 at 12:42 pm

    Thanks Nick but I actually like McCain.

  86. Kill-Schill(ing) July 20th, 2008 at 12:43 pm

    I only hyperventilate when the Yankees are losing and are multiple games out in the standings.

  87. JR Yankees July 20th, 2008 at 12:43 pm

    Why such a political atmosphere on the Yankees blog? Who cares who is being interviewed by the YES network crew?

    Let’s talk Yankees…let’s talk about the upcoming schedule, let’s just talk baseball.

  88. Guiseppe Franco July 20th, 2008 at 12:43 pm

    Can we stop with the political commentary?

    Pete shouldn’t have even mentioned a politician coming to the Stadium because it always provokes people to express their opinion on political matters and none of it is appropriate for this blog.

    Shame on you, Pete.

  89. jennifer- I got your back Girardi-Moose was robbed July 20th, 2008 at 12:43 pm

    Was I hearing things or did Mike take bp today?

  90. PAT M. July 20th, 2008 at 12:43 pm

    Boston is counting on the return of Ortiz to stablize the club….Randy 1, just read your posting on the great Clete Boyer & he was the best 3rd baseman I’v ever seen going to the line…..He throw guys out from his knees…He also would hit 18 HR’S and drive in 70 runs from the 8th spot in the lineup….He played of the line to cover for Kubek….But that was an infield as good as there ever was…..Wonder how they’d fair today with all the endless sabermatics evaluations…..Sometimes stats do not translate clearly enough to what you actually see…Talent cannot be equated to stats as life or death measure…..Old School is guess……

  91. Scorpio July 20th, 2008 at 12:43 pm

    McCain’s little interview was harmless, very nice actually. He spoke of attending the post-9/11 2001 World Series games in Yankee Stadium & Arizona with Guliani.

    Back to baseball. Play ball!
    Duscherererer hard to hit with RISP…hmmm, not good for our boys.

  92. BBFan July 20th, 2008 at 12:46 pm

    Let us move from this religious and political stuff and refocus on baseball the purpose of this blog :)

    I like today’s lineup.
    It looks weak in the lower order, but I believe they will have success against Duchsherer. His success is primarily becuase of his soft stuff and the lower order which does not swing for fences will have a better success.

    Duchcherer has been superb this year. He gave up more than 2 runs only once this year and Pettitte has to really keep up with him and hope the offense scratches some runs. It will be interesting game today.

    I sitll predict Yanks will win with contributions from unlikely sources.

  93. Peter Abraham July 20th, 2008 at 12:46 pm

    Just for the sake of it being interesting, I mentioned McCain is here.

    NOW STOP TALKING POLITICS!

    Please.

    Thank you very much. The last thing we need is political stuff.

  94. Brandon (Jeter GIDP: *15 even in All Star Games) (Johan HR count: *16) July 20th, 2008 at 12:47 pm

    Quick Note: OTL on ESPN today had a brief look into Mix Martial Arts, do you guys know that there are kids being trained at age 4 in the U.S. how to kick somebody’s a*s in 300 different ways, submission holds, take down manuevers, violent punches to the face, listen I’m no parent but any parent that puts thier kids into this crap should be arrested for child abuse. So the next time your kids play fight in the school yard his opponent whether he/she knows it might be and 8 yr. old or 10 yr. old who wants to show off those moves and possibily land him in the hospital or worse.

    Frank Shamrock sounded like a complete jackass. I hope you guys take the time to spread the word that you do have a problem w/ MMA training at such a young age, they are going to teach kids how to kill someone at before he reaches 14.(think about that next time you take your coffee in the morning.)

  95. JR Yankees July 20th, 2008 at 12:48 pm

    Duchscherer is tough to hit period.

    If Andy can keep this a close game and we can atleast make Duch throw a lot of pitches, we can attack that bullpen again.

  96. Brandon (Jeter GIDP: *15 even in All Star Games) (Johan HR count: *16) July 20th, 2008 at 12:50 pm

    OTL MMA for kids

    I strongly suggest you take the 5 mins. a skim through that video before game time.

  97. Nick in SF July 20th, 2008 at 12:51 pm

    I have no doubt that our Murderers’ Row lineup can rough up Ducksauceserver. That team is demoralized!

  98. bill brasky July 20th, 2008 at 12:52 pm

    hey guys if anyone is looking for some cheap hilarious internet entertainment I highly suggest http://www.drhorrible.com/index.html, its free for the remainder of today

    I just felt like adding that, anyways sweeping a team mathematically able to challenge for the WC would be nice, as would Cano hitting some more. I’m more worried about the offense with this team than the pitching.

  99. CHuck July 20th, 2008 at 12:53 pm

    A few quick points:
    Are we surprised that the Yankees franchise is pro-Republican? George was convicted of making illegal donations to support Watergate and of obstruction of justice.
    The Yankees are a private enterprise but they receive MASSIVE public funds and therefore would generally not be treated as a regular private company.
    And finally, I love how Joe is managing the bullpen. In the Torre days games where the Yanks were losing and had to go to the pen often turned to blow outs because Torre’d use some of the guys one a week and they were never sharp. Joe seems to get everyone in often enough that they stay sharp and can keep them in games when they are losing.

  100. Rodney July 20th, 2008 at 12:53 pm

    Star-Ledger Staff
    Hideki Matsui’s uncertain status for the rest of the year has caused the Yankees to increase their interest in Pittsburgh outfielders Jason Bay and Xavier Nady. A major-league official familiar with the Pirates organization, who asked not to be named because of the sensitive nature of trade talks, said the Yankees also have interest in lefty relievers Damaso Marte and John Grabow.

    “It’s going to take a little bit of time,” the official said of Pittsburgh’s evaluation of Yankees prospects. “I think with recent events, (the Yankees) would like to add a bat.” Pittsburgh wants more for Bay than Nady, the former Met; both are right-handed hitters who would help balance the Yankees lineup.

    Minor-league outfielders Austin Jackson and Jose Tabata and pitchers such as Ian Kennedy are names that could be discussed. Melky Cabrera does not interest the Pirates, who have All-Star Nate McLouth in center field.

    Bay or Nady could split left field/DH for the Yankees with Johnny Damon. Going into last night’s game at Colorado, Bay (an All-Star in 2005-06) was hitting .285 with 19 homers and 54 RBI and Nady was batting .321 (fifth in the NL) with 12 homers, 56 RBI and 10 outfield assists.

    How Richie Sexson fares in the next few days could affect the Yankees’ plans. Through Friday’s game, Marte had held lefties to a .245 average, and Grabow had allowed left-handers a .256 mark.

    The Pirates see Marte as a solid setup man and not a lefty specialist and thus are asking for a fair amount in return. With Matt Capps on the disabled list, Marte has served as Pittsburgh’s closer and went 3-for-3 in save chances just before the All-Star break.

    In fact, the official said, Pittsburgh isn’t dead set on parting with any of the four players. The Pirates would like to acquire prospects to help rebuild, but they could also keep the big-leaguers and make a run at finishing .500 for the first time since 1992.

  101. Rebecca--Optimist Prime-Mo for Cy Young 08 July 20th, 2008 at 12:54 pm

    I love Johnny Damon’s attitude. He wants to play. Carl Pavano and Erik Bedard could take some lessons.

  102. Brandon (Jeter GIDP: *15 even in All Star Games) (Johan HR count: *16) July 20th, 2008 at 12:56 pm

    OTL MMA for kids

    I strongly suggest you take the 5 mins. and skim through this video before game time. Your future kid our current kid’s life could be in jeopardy.

  103. TKinDC July 20th, 2008 at 12:58 pm

    “Duchscherer is tough to hit period.”

    Hamburgler has the best WHIP in the big leagues. Andy better bring his A game.

  104. Thurman July 20th, 2008 at 12:58 pm

    Steve Phillips on ESPN is saying the Yankees are interested in both Jason Bay and Xavier Nady of the Pirates….11 days until the trading deadline….

  105. Evan July 20th, 2008 at 12:59 pm

    Yanks:

    19-3 in World Series under the Dems.

    7-10 in WS under the GOP (last title occurring in ’58).

  106. Chuck July 20th, 2008 at 1:00 pm

    Kill Shill(ing)
    “In fact, the reason why CREEP (aptly named)– Nixon’s committee to re-elect the President which used the IRS to extort campaign contribution from wealthy businessman, among others– embroiled George in the campaign finance scandal in the 70’s that resulted in his first suspension from baseball was because he’d contributed publicly to Democrats candidates in the Cleveland area and the Nixon people thought extorting money from him amounted to fair retribution.”

    I’d never heard that before. Any way I can fact check it?

  107. BBFan July 20th, 2008 at 1:01 pm

    Pete,

    Shame on you for all your negativity about Girardi in the past few threads.

    It is almost like Girardi p’d in your redbull and it tasted so bad and you have to keep killing the guy with your negativity day in day out :)

    It is shame on you that you say Girardi lied about Damon when he did not. If Girardi does not say what you want to hear, that is your problem not his.

    Girardi told Damon he is not going to play at least until Monday because he wanted to be very cautious. He has been very clear to the media right from the beginning of the season that he and Cashman will discuss and decide what is the best for players and the team. That is what he exactly told to meida yesterday about Damon. Every one of your peers were OK. You are the only one who has a problem with it. After Girardi and Cashman discussed, there was always the possibility Damon would play today given how well he did in the BP yesterday.

    Only thing I can think of is you do this kind of thing to increass the number of posts here as there are so many Girardi supporters here and will react. If it is true what a shame…..

  108. Bronx Jeers July 20th, 2008 at 1:03 pm

    Bx 12 Fordham

    It sounds like you can hear the crackling of a needle going on a record when they start that Kate Smith atrocity. Couldn’t they play Tynan’s version.

    The Anthem they play is also bad.I’d rather hear a nobody sing it live.

    YMCA before the stretch is tired and stopped being funny like 6 years ago.

    Are You ready For This is lame when they take the field.

    Most of the music they play is bad. I really hope they change things for the new stadium. I’m sure the sound system will be better.

  109. Brandon (Jeter GIDP: *15 even in All Star Games) (Johan HR count: *16) July 20th, 2008 at 1:04 pm

    Steve Phillips on ESPN is saying the Yankees are interested in both Jason Bay and Xavier Nady of the Pirates….11 days until the trading deadline….

    You also missed the part where he said Cash is not into trading prospects for them. I stand by saying I don’t want Nady or Bay they will not solve anything, are you trying to improve RF defense if so there are better options than the over priced Nady and Bay.

  110. Laura - A big fan of the walkoff HR!! July 20th, 2008 at 1:05 pm

    Even though the game is on TBS, I’m going to watch the YES broadcast on MLB Extra Innings.

  111. LathamJoe July 20th, 2008 at 1:05 pm

    “My only problem with “God Bless America” is that the recording is more than 30 years old…”

    Yeah, that’s true…Kate Smith recorded it in 1939, so its almost 70 years old! Irving Berlin wrote the Song during World War I.

    Yankee management uses this version more for its Kate Smith sentiment and tradition than the its melodic value. For those older hockey fans that remember the Stanley Cup Champion Philadelphia Flyers of 1973-74, the kate Smith version could be considered a ‘Good Luck charm”:

    An interesting chapter was added to the Kate Smith- God Bless America story in the twilight of her 50-year career. Officials noted that when the national anthem was played at the opening of Philadelphia Flyers’ hockey games, the fans were not properly respectful, while they listened more quietly to Kate’s record of God Bless America. Furthermore, a statistician noted that they won most games when the latter was played. Fans were given a surprise on October 11, 1973, at the season opener, when Kate Smith walked across the red carpet on the ice to sing her anthem in person. They beat the Toronto Maple Leafs 2-0. Announcer Gene Hart commented that Kate “brought chills and a standing ovation of three minutes. It fully met the ultimate definition of the word triumph.” At critical games Kate was driven down from New York to repeat the favor. When the Flyers clinched the championship and won the Stanley Cup by defeating the Boston Bruins 1-0, even the Bruins skated over to shake Kate’s hand. She was called their talisman and good luck charm; she loved the free publicity! She repeated the role the next season, and the Flyers defeated the Buffalo Sabres to retain the Stanley Cup.”

  112. Nick in SF July 20th, 2008 at 1:08 pm

    But Xavier Nady brings important intangibles.

    It’s always good when there’s an X-Man on the NY sports scene — remember how well it worked for the Knicks.

    And the Yanks could use a Cal Bear.

  113. Laura - A big fan of the walkoff HR!! July 20th, 2008 at 1:08 pm

    They should have someone current record a newer version of God Bless America for the new stadium.

  114. Stormrider6 July 20th, 2008 at 1:08 pm

    “She repeated the role the next season, and the Flyers defeated the Buffalo Sabres to retain the Stanley Cup.”

    And to think I used to like Kate Smith…

    In regards to Nady, he’s stated publicly that he doesn’t want to be traded. Who wants someone who would rather play for the Pirates than the Yankees?

  115. Blargh July 20th, 2008 at 1:09 pm

    “It’s always good when there’s an X-Man on the NY sports scene — remember how well it worked for the Knicks. ”

    Wait, Xavier McDaniel played on the Knicks too? I remember him having a stay on the Nets…

  116. mel July 20th, 2008 at 1:10 pm

    Nice start, Andy. Just need 26 more quick ones.

    Nice follow-up, Jeter! Just need 25 more.

  117. Laura - A big fan of the walkoff HR!! July 20th, 2008 at 1:10 pm

    Man, that Jeter has got to work on his range. He’s embarrassing us out there. :wink:

  118. 86w183 July 20th, 2008 at 1:10 pm

    I’ve been in favor of acquiring Nady/Bay and Marte since opening day, but it all depending on the price tag. I consider AJax to be 100 % off limits, and would hate to move Tabata. The Pirates need arms and the Yankees should be able to offer up a pretty nice quartet of arms from the group of Bruney, Britton, Kennedy, Horne, Cox, Karstens, Jones, Hacker, Coke, Clagett et al.

    That probably won’t get it done and the Yankees may have to decide who to give up from McCutchen, Melancon, Robertson and Betances…

  119. Brandon (Jeter GIDP: *15 even in All Star Games) (Johan HR count: *16) July 20th, 2008 at 1:11 pm

    Jason Bay RISP .208/.351/.333

    Where have we’ve seen this before :?

  120. jennifer- I got your back Girardi-Moose was robbed July 20th, 2008 at 1:11 pm

    Okay I’ll ask again. Why the heck was Mike Mussina taking BP?

  121. Rebecca--Optimist Prime-Mo for Cy Young 08 July 20th, 2008 at 1:11 pm

    Holy Inning Andy!

    Can I have another like that?

  122. randy l July 20th, 2008 at 1:12 pm

    pat m-

    the old yankees really had something special about them and it probably doesn’t show up sabermetrically. thanks for reading my recollections about clete. he really was an amazing third baseman and person.

  123. Glenn July 20th, 2008 at 1:12 pm

    If only Joba can pitch as economical as Andy’s 1st inning someday.

  124. Cassandra July 20th, 2008 at 1:12 pm

    god bless america is a good song. But it’s not our national anthem. but if we do play it, we can do better than a mono sounding recording. Let us Josh Groban’s version.

  125. Psyluk July 20th, 2008 at 1:13 pm

    Really good first inning for Pettitte. He’s going to need to conserve energy today in the subsaharan weather if he wants to save the rest of the pen.

  126. V July 20th, 2008 at 1:14 pm

    Bay would be a good addition to this lineup.

  127. Astoria John July 20th, 2008 at 1:14 pm

    i can haz a no hitter andy?

  128. YankeeVIP July 20th, 2008 at 1:14 pm

    jumpman jeter!! nice play.

    im still convinced that jeter is hurting and something is wrong with his leg(s). everytime you see him.. he looks like he is wincing and walking slowly.

  129. Laura - Waiting for A-Rod to get hot again! July 20th, 2008 at 1:17 pm

    I agree, YankeeVIP. Something is not quite right with Jeter, but he will never admit to that.

  130. Brandon (Jeter GIDP: *15 even in All Star Games) (Johan HR count: *16) July 20th, 2008 at 1:17 pm

    Bay would be a good addition to this lineup.

    Not really, just check his splits

    ex. 2 outs RISP .192/.417/.346

  131. Bronx Jeers July 20th, 2008 at 1:19 pm

    Does anyone know Bay or Nadys future contract status? We really need an outfielder for the forseeable future.

    2009

    RF? def. not Abreu
    CF? Melky? Is he a bonafide starter?
    LF? Damon/Matsui? No arm/bad knees

    Jeez I want so badly for Gardner to hit. He got a very lucky infield double yesterday. He’s got negative power.

  132. Brandon (Jeter GIDP: *15 even in All Star Games) (Johan HR count: *16) July 20th, 2008 at 1:19 pm

    Jason Bay RISP .208/.351/.333

    his other stats especially SLG drops away from Pittsburgh, his price tag is ridiculously over the bar.

  133. Laura - Waiting for A-Rod to get hot again! July 20th, 2008 at 1:20 pm

    Giambi has been sitting on those 19HRs for a while now. He’s due.

  134. Brandon (Jeter GIDP: *15 even in All Star Games) (Johan HR count: *16) July 20th, 2008 at 1:20 pm

    Milton Bradley is a FA this offseason.

  135. Laura - Waiting for A-Rod to get hot again! July 20th, 2008 at 1:21 pm

    “Jeez I want so badly for Gardner to hit. He got a very lucky infield double yesterday. He’s got negative power.”

    We have to give Gardner a bit more time. He hasn’t really played a whole lot of MLB games.

  136. Rebecca--Optimist Prime-Mo for Cy Young 08 July 20th, 2008 at 1:22 pm

    “there are some countries of the world that don’t have an army that big”

    LMAO

  137. Rebecca--Optimist Prime-Mo for Cy Young 08 July 20th, 2008 at 1:23 pm

    ….

    Bobby Meachem, not cool.

  138. Nick in SF July 20th, 2008 at 1:23 pm

    Two birds with one stone: DFA Meacham and make Hawkins the new third base coach.

  139. Brandon (Jeter GIDP: *15 even in All Star Games) (Johan HR count: *16) July 20th, 2008 at 1:23 pm

    OK Meech not good there

  140. Laura - Waiting for A-Rod to get hot again! July 20th, 2008 at 1:23 pm

    That ball was hit too hard. He should have been held at 3B.

  141. jennifer- I got your back Girardi-Moose was robbed July 20th, 2008 at 1:23 pm

    How much longer do we have to watch Bobby coach third?

  142. Bloww July 20th, 2008 at 1:23 pm

    Can we fire Meachum yet?

  143. Adam July 20th, 2008 at 1:23 pm

    Can we fire Meachem? What the hell is he thinking?

  144. Scorpio July 20th, 2008 at 1:23 pm

    What the fudge is wrong with Meacham?!?!

  145. Raj July 20th, 2008 at 1:23 pm

    I want to know what Bobby Meachem is thinking!!!

  146. Wangawa July 20th, 2008 at 1:24 pm

    Fire Bobby Meachem?

  147. Confucius July 20th, 2008 at 1:24 pm

    This is just getting clownish now…

  148. Joe Schmoe 2 July 20th, 2008 at 1:24 pm

    Fire Meachem.

    Let’s start a campaign calling for Meachem’s head.

  149. DFox July 20th, 2008 at 1:24 pm

    Wow, Meachem has to get better. That wasn’t even close. Was A-Rod running hard? I don’t see how with 2 outs he could be out by so much… Way to go for Cano, by the way.

  150. rod-knee July 20th, 2008 at 1:24 pm

    and bobby mecham costs the yankees another run!

  151. Bronx Jeers July 20th, 2008 at 1:24 pm

    Meacham has done the worst job this series in the history of 3rd base coaches.

  152. Someone Else July 20th, 2008 at 1:24 pm

    Wow, that was godawful. ARod was rounding third when the guy released the ball.

  153. Psyluk July 20th, 2008 at 1:24 pm

    How much did the ball beat A-Rod to the plate?

  154. Stormrider6 July 20th, 2008 at 1:24 pm

    Bring me the head of Bobby Meacham.

  155. YankeeVIP July 20th, 2008 at 1:24 pm

    uggg.. Meech at it again..

    read a scouting report will yeah

    Pete, can you ask Girardi in a post game question what he thinks of the aggressive calls of meech .. would love her hear how he defends him.

    this is nonsense

  156. PAT M. July 20th, 2008 at 1:25 pm

    So much for making the last out at home….Man Bobby Meachem you need to give that arm a rest…..Or at least read the scouting reports..

  157. Scouts R us July 20th, 2008 at 1:25 pm

    Meacham can’t judge the arms of opposing outfielders. Can’t he at least rely on scouting reports ?

  158. Rebecca--Optimist Prime-Mo for Cy Young 08 July 20th, 2008 at 1:25 pm

    Nick: I’d be all for that, actually.

  159. Joeysdadjoe July 20th, 2008 at 1:25 pm

    Bobby Meacham is a worse third base coach than he was a shortstop.Memo to Bobby RYAN SWEENEY CAN THROW!!!!!

  160. AP July 20th, 2008 at 1:25 pm

    Enough with Meacham already. That was a joke! How many times do we need to see someone thrown out by 10 feet or more?!

  161. Nibs July 20th, 2008 at 1:25 pm

    Who cares about the price tag for power hitters like Bay and Holiday?

    What Yankee prospect has shown anything of legit all star ability besides Joba?

    If the system is in such god hands we can afford to lose 2 or 3 of these guys now.

  162. vinny-b July 20th, 2008 at 1:25 pm

    20 feet

  163. Brandon (Jeter GIDP: *15 even in All Star Games) (Johan HR count: *16) July 20th, 2008 at 1:25 pm

    Meacham has done the worst job this series in the history of 3rd base coaches.

    I’ve seen worse, but this series he’s been bad.

  164. S.A.- I believe in this team but can the offense stop being so offensive? July 20th, 2008 at 1:26 pm

    Meacham..ugh

  165. mel July 20th, 2008 at 1:26 pm

    Ahh! Alex hesitated. That’s not all on Meacham.

    Well, at least they made him work.

    BABIP be damned, we will get to him yet.

    Darling just called Alex, “Jeter”. lol.

  166. LathamJoe July 20th, 2008 at 1:26 pm

    Meacham needs to go to First Base or….just go!

  167. joe monte July 20th, 2008 at 1:26 pm

    is that bobby meachum or dale sveum at 3b?

  168. Pedro July 20th, 2008 at 1:26 pm

    This is pathetic. Something needs to be done about this fool. Is he blind?

    And we actually got a hit with RISP, but couldn’t score.

  169. Angel {zOMG!!11!!!1 Teh Yankeezzz r epic fail 4 this yr!!111!!! } July 20th, 2008 at 1:26 pm

    That’s twice in two days a guy has been thrown out at home, was it ARod both times?

  170. Laura - Waiting for A-Rod to get hot again! July 20th, 2008 at 1:26 pm

    A-Rod was running hard. It was a bad call. Meacham is trying to be aggressive because the Yankees have been having trouble scoring runs. But there is a difference between being aggressive and being stupid.

  171. Confucius July 20th, 2008 at 1:26 pm

    Cone and Singleton, in typical YES fashion, being as careful as they can in scrutinizing Meachem.

  172. Someone Else July 20th, 2008 at 1:26 pm

    If I’m a Yankee baserunner, I totally ignore Bobby from now on. Hold on at 3rd rather than get nailed at the plate. If Bobby’s waving the arms, glance back to make sure it’s ok.

  173. Ron July 20th, 2008 at 1:26 pm

    I’ve resisted joining the “Bash Meachem” bandwagon, but that send was just awful. Especially after Sweeney’s already done it this series.

  174. The Vince Black Show July 20th, 2008 at 1:27 pm

    good God we need to remove both of his arms just in case he can windmill with both!!!

  175. JR Yankees July 20th, 2008 at 1:27 pm

    I am sio sick of having runners thrown out at the plate…or should I say 6 feet up the baseline. What the hell is Meachum thinking in these situations?

  176. Astoria John July 20th, 2008 at 1:27 pm

    do any of the beat writers have the lemons to ask Joe G. flat out why he puts up with the detrimental 3rd base coaching decisions?

  177. Psyluk July 20th, 2008 at 1:27 pm

    They should just hire Willie Randolph to take Meachem’s spot. He can’t possibly do worse. I’ve never seen this many Yankees get thrown out before in my life.

  178. Ron July 20th, 2008 at 1:27 pm

    How were those not strikes?

  179. Chris Tomkins July 20th, 2008 at 1:27 pm

    if only there was an ex-yankee out there with third base coaching experience, championship experience and managing experience…

  180. canocabrera July 20th, 2008 at 1:27 pm

    Meachem must have it out for Cano, he’s stealing RBIs left and right from him!

  181. Psyluk July 20th, 2008 at 1:28 pm

    Wow, Pettitte’s really doing the job in the heat. Way to put the pressure back on Duchsherer

  182. Rebecca--Optimist Prime-Mo for Cy Young 08 July 20th, 2008 at 1:28 pm

    Holy inning Andy, can I get another just like that?

  183. dsf34 July 20th, 2008 at 1:28 pm

    Are they trying to set records for being thrown out at home and men left on base. Do you think Willie Randolph would be up to coach third ?

  184. Scorpio July 20th, 2008 at 1:29 pm

    This is the same guy that sent Posada a few games ago, YES POSADA, from second no less. Meacham doesn’t have a clue. Is he one of Girardi’s picks? if so, bad, bad judgement.

  185. vinny-b July 20th, 2008 at 1:29 pm

    if the price is right, Nady may be intelligent. Do not have RF’er, for next year. And Milton Bradley will prolly have several offers.

  186. S.A.- I believe in this team but can the offense stop being so offensive? July 20th, 2008 at 1:29 pm

    Rock on Andy

  187. Laura - Waiting for A-Rod to get hot again! July 20th, 2008 at 1:29 pm

    Volquez seems to be having a bad day. The Mets are doing some damage and it’s only in the 1st inning.

  188. Brandon (Jeter GIDP: *15 even in All Star Games) (Johan HR count: *16) July 20th, 2008 at 1:29 pm

    They are trying to stay aggressive on the paths, for the Meechem debaters he hasn’t even reached double digits in guys throw out at home, so refreakinglax… He’s been bad this series. (my guess it’s a mindset to keep the runners aware and agressive, the angels did this before 01′ to keep an agressive mindset, the yankees are now installing it)

  189. mark July 20th, 2008 at 1:29 pm

    Pete,

    PLEASE get Meacham out of there, he is killing us

  190. Angel {zOMG!!11!!!1 Teh Yankeezzz r epic fail 4 this yr!!111!!! } July 20th, 2008 at 1:30 pm

    He seems to take the risk of the thrower having to make a good throw to get someone out at home a lot. Unfortunately that risk seems to backfire on him more often than it doesn’t. Ugh.

  191. YankeeJosh July 20th, 2008 at 1:30 pm

    Anyone remember when we had a good third base coach? His name was Larry Bowa. Just last year, I think, but it seems so long ago.

    Terrible job by Meachem there. An outfielder with a strong arm gets a hard hit ball right to him and has the ball by the time A-Rod hits Third. That’s a no-brainer hold. I know it’s tempting to send the runner with two outs since it takes another hit to score the run, but you can’t keep getting runners thrown out by 10-20 feet. That wasn’t a bang bang play. It would have taken a terrible throw to score the run. Even if the throw was slightly off, the catcher had time to catch and move to get A-Rod. that’s a bad send!

    I’d like Meachem out, move Pena to Third to coach.

  192. Brian Neal July 20th, 2008 at 1:30 pm

    Offseason Changes? Let’s make a change now. Meacham is awful as a third base coach. A-Rod hadn’t even touched 3B yet when the ball was in Sweeney’s glove. Hello, Sweeney has a good arm. Didn’t Meacham learn his lesson Friday night?

  193. george July 20th, 2008 at 1:31 pm

    Meacham is so blatantly incompetent. do the Yankees even care?

    Cashman – i’ve always thought he was a good GM, but if he lets Meacham stay, then he’s a fool too.

  194. Laura - Waiting for A-Rod to get hot again! July 20th, 2008 at 1:31 pm

    “Do you think Willie Randolph would be up to coach third ?”

    I don’t. After tasting what it’s like to be a mgr, he probably wants to look for that type of work. Unfortunately for him, I think the Mets job was his best and only chance at that. Before that, he interviewed for several jobs, but didn’t get them.

  195. Stormrider6 July 20th, 2008 at 1:31 pm

    Question for Pete (or anyone who knows):

    Does Bobby Meacham bring something else to the team other than just being the 3B coach? Is he an important player in the clubhouse, or is there something else that’s keeping him around? Other than blind loyalty, I mean.

  196. Brandon (Jeter GIDP: *15 even in All Star Games) (Johan HR count: *16) July 20th, 2008 at 1:31 pm

    if the price is right, Nady may be intelligent. Do not have RF’er, for next year. And Milton Bradley will prolly have several offers.

    There is nothing intelligent about getting X..his price tag is ridiculous when you have Pittsburgh asking for 2 grade A prospects end of discussion, Milton Bradley as crazy as he is a better choice.

  197. Rebecca--Optimist Prime-Mo for Cy Young 08 July 20th, 2008 at 1:32 pm

    I’m all on the ‘kidnap Bowa and bring him back’ bandwangon.

  198. YankeeJosh July 20th, 2008 at 1:32 pm

    Scorpio,

    Yes, Meachem is one of Girardi’s picks. He coached third with him and did a horrible job with the Marlins too.

  199. Psyluk July 20th, 2008 at 1:32 pm

    Pete just made an interesting point about Harkey and Meachem. I honestly don’t know how Meachem can be brought back next season after his dismal showing so far. The worst thing about the third base coach is that fans never really focus on the right calls, only the wrong ones, and Meachem has made a LOT of them this season. On the other hand, give Harkey a raise! He’s done a great job with the bullpen this season.

  200. A-nother meaningless homerun by -rod July 20th, 2008 at 1:32 pm

    canocabrera
    July 20th, 2008 at 1:27 pm
    Meachem must have it out for Cano, he’s stealing RBIs left and right from him!

    Nah.. He is not stealing RBI”S for Cano he is trying too hard for Cano to up his Rbi tally.. BY sending whoever and whenever

  201. blackdragon905 July 20th, 2008 at 1:32 pm

    just fire meachem already, this guy has constantly ended potentional scoring innings, these plays aren’t even close, he has to go

  202. Nick in SF July 20th, 2008 at 1:32 pm

    I don’t know if they talked about it on TBS or YES, but they said on the A’s broadcast that Ducksauceserver isn’t feeling very well. Get the pitch count up and he can be knocked out early.

  203. youngtimer July 20th, 2008 at 1:33 pm

    Meachem is a serious problem. How often do you hear fans complaining about a 3rd base coach??? When is this going to get addressed???

  204. Angel {zOMG!!11!!!1 Teh Yankeezzz r epic fail 4 this yr!!111!!! } July 20th, 2008 at 1:33 pm

    It also could be that maybe he figures that they have to try and capitalize on when they have scoring opportunities on Duchscherer, because they might not get many given his ERA. Who knows.

    We probably remember more the times when it hasn’t worked, than we remember the time that he has sent someone and they have been safe on a close play.

  205. randy l July 20th, 2008 at 1:33 pm

    well at least the most important hitter on the team didn’t try to run over the catcher which was one option.

    maybe the yankees should save some money and send out players to coach third like in sandlot baseball. jeter would be excellent. or how about damon. he could use the same motion he tries to throw with to wave runners around.

  206. Pedro July 20th, 2008 at 1:33 pm

    Another hanging breaking pitch way outside. Betemit is helpless.

  207. TD July 20th, 2008 at 1:34 pm

    looked like A- Rod paused due to a WTF moment… he may have felt he should stop…

  208. Psyluk July 20th, 2008 at 1:34 pm

    They said Duchscherer has a throat infection (a sore throat?). The crippling heat isn’t doing him any favors either.

  209. Brandon (Jeter GIDP: *15 even in All Star Games) (Johan HR count: *16) July 20th, 2008 at 1:34 pm

    Yes, Meachem is one of Girardi’s picks. He coached third with him and did a horrible job with the Marlins too.

    Yes horrible job, they took a team w/ the average age of 23 till the last month of the season into playoff contention before they fizzled out :roll:

  210. Confucius July 20th, 2008 at 1:34 pm

    “my guess it’s a mindset to keep the runners aware and agressive”

    And in other news, the Yankees have decided that, in an attempt to keep their batters patient at the plate, they are not going to swing at another pitch the rest of the season. Keep taking those pitches and watch the BB’s roll in, Bombers!

  211. Laura - Waiting for A-Rod to get hot again! July 20th, 2008 at 1:35 pm

    “They are trying to stay aggressive on the paths, for the Meechem debaters he hasn’t even reached double digits in guys throw out at home, so refreakinglax…”

    It doesn’t matter that he hasn’t reached double digits. More often than not, he sends a guy home when he shouldn’t…and not just this series.

  212. The Vince Black Show July 20th, 2008 at 1:35 pm

    what the heck happened to the knee “move”?

  213. Nibs July 20th, 2008 at 1:35 pm

    This is the worst 6-9 in a Yankee lineup since the early 90′s.

  214. Rebecca--Optimist Prime-Mo for Cy Young 08 July 20th, 2008 at 1:35 pm

    Guess the walk was too good to be true.

  215. Kill-Schill(ing) July 20th, 2008 at 1:35 pm

    Chuck, read Murray Chass’ great book on the Yankees 1978 season, October Men. The answer to the question you asked me about the Boss is in there.

    God, Molina is an offensive liability and Posada, a defensive liability. The Yankees can’t win at catcher.

  216. Pedro July 20th, 2008 at 1:36 pm

    Molina should not be allowed to swing the bat. Just take as many pitches as he can. Everytime he swings the bat, something bad happens.

  217. Psyluk July 20th, 2008 at 1:36 pm

    It would be even worse, except Suzuki botched a short hop from a relay in the first game that would have caught Jeter by at least 15 feet.

  218. MC July 20th, 2008 at 1:36 pm

    NO one could have scored on the hit to right that AROD got thrown out on!!!!

  219. Nick in SF July 20th, 2008 at 1:36 pm

    Flip over to ABC if you want to see the British Open champ hole out.

  220. Nibs July 20th, 2008 at 1:36 pm

    The ball Cano hit was a rocket right at the RF.

    So you make the last out at home because the pitcher has a low ERA?

    Shut up.

  221. mel July 20th, 2008 at 1:37 pm

    Nick,

    They mentioned that he has a virus. Something about throat and something about fatigue.

    He’s also pitched more innings than last year.

    boo on Wilson for swinging when Dukeshire’s all over the place.

    And boo on Jose for swinging on 1st pitch. He’s almost an auto out, so he needs to wait until he has 2 strikes before he swings. You know, make the pitcher work, throw you a good pitch, or maybe even make a mistake.

  222. Bronx Jeers July 20th, 2008 at 1:37 pm

    Jeter would have been out by a mile Fri night if Suzuki catches that throw. Yesterday he held when he should have sent. The old Boss would have definitely had something to say about this guy. It’s a tough job but he really does not seem to be able to read the play.

  223. Brandon (Jeter GIDP: *15 even in All Star Games) (Johan HR count: *16) July 20th, 2008 at 1:37 pm

    And in other news, the Yankees have decided that, in an attempt to keep their batters patient at the plate, they are not going to swing at another pitch the rest of the season. Keep taking those pitches and watch the BB’s roll in, Bombers!

    Meanwhile Melky and Bet had good first AB doing just that. (bad results good AB)

  224. Angel {zOMG!!11!!!1 Teh Yankeezzz r epic fail 4 this yr!!111!!! } July 20th, 2008 at 1:38 pm

    “This is the worst 6-9 in a Yankee lineup since the early 90’s.”

    Have we really become that spoiled? Geez.

  225. Scorpio July 20th, 2008 at 1:39 pm

    “Meacham debaters”…what is there to debate? Meacham reeks.
    This isn’t the first series he’s got runners thrown out at the plate against strong arms…Markakis, anyone? That ball was hard hit, Alex on 2nd not 3rd, Sweeney’s already shown what an arm he has. Doesn’t take rocket science to not send Alex.

  226. YankeeJosh July 20th, 2008 at 1:39 pm

    “Yes horrible job, they took a team w/ the average age of 23 till the last month of the season into playoff contention before they fizzled out”

    Brandon,

    Meachem did a horrible job as Third Base Coach with the Marlins too. He made the same mistakes he’s making now. It’s why I was really not happy when he was hired as third base coach here.

    The overall team record isn’t a reflection of Meachem. Plenty of teams play well with horrid third base coaches, that doesn’t change the fact that they are bad. Girardi did a great job maximizing the talent of the Marlins, but looking at the team’s record as a way to argue that Meachem did well there is flawed.

  227. Brandon (Jeter GIDP: *15 even in All Star Games) (Johan HR count: *16) July 20th, 2008 at 1:39 pm

    So you make the last out at home because the pitcher has a low ERA?

    Shut up.

    The next batter was Wilson Betemit not exactly a sure thing, P.S. newbie show some respect before you tell posters that post here daily to shut up.

  228. Laura - Waiting for A-Rod to get hot again! July 20th, 2008 at 1:40 pm

    “God, Molina is an offensive liability and Posada, a defensive liability. The Yankees can’t win at catcher.”

    Molina was hitting a ton of doubles before that hamstring injury. He hasn’t been the same since.

  229. Brandon (Jeter GIDP: *15 even in All Star Games) (Johan HR count: *16) July 20th, 2008 at 1:40 pm

    Brandon,

    Meachem did a horrible job as Third Base Coach with the Marlins too. He made the same mistakes he’s making now. It’s why I was really not happy when he was hired as third base coach here.

    Do you have statistical evidence of this ? if not I can’t just take your word for this.

  230. jennifer- I got your back Girardi-Moose was robbed July 20th, 2008 at 1:40 pm

    Yeah how about swapping Pena and Bobby? I think Tony has earned a promotion.

  231. Confucius July 20th, 2008 at 1:41 pm

    “Meanwhile Melky and Bet had good first AB doing just that.”

    The day Wilson Betemit is the model for the team’s plate approach is the day we can all weep for the future.

  232. PJH July 20th, 2008 at 1:42 pm

    Brandon- Just because you post here often doesnt mean squat.

  233. Marc July 20th, 2008 at 1:42 pm

    Pete, has anyone asked Girardi in his postgames about Meachem sending guys and getting them thrown out by 20 feet? It’s getting ridiculous

  234. YankeeJosh July 20th, 2008 at 1:42 pm

    “It also could be that maybe he figures that they have to try and capitalize on when they have scoring opportunities on Duchscherer, because they might not get many given his ERA. Who knows.”

    Angel, that’s probably the philosophy Meachem was using and it’s the philosophy he should have. However, a good coach knows when to apply it- namely on a close play. Cano’s ball was a rocket and everything would have to go wrong for A-Rod to score, and that makes it a bad send.

  235. Angel {zOMG!!11!!!1 Teh Yankeezzz r epic fail 4 this yr!!111!!! } July 20th, 2008 at 1:43 pm

    No Nibs, if you’ll stop selectively reading my posts, you’ll see that I wasn’t all that happy about him being sent. But I was trying to be reasonable and fair about thinking about what he might have been thinking in sending him – seeing as that seemed to have been a question that was asked by people.

  236. Bad Scooter July 20th, 2008 at 1:43 pm

    Brandon I agree. Meachem sent all these guys with 2 outs, that’s when you take a chance. Then the other day (I can’t remember what game) Meachem held somebody up that would’ve most likely scored, but he did it when there were 0 outs. I guarantee if there is less than 2 outs he holds ARod and Jeter and if there were 2 outs he sends whoever that was he held up with 0 outs.

  237. YankeeVIP July 20th, 2008 at 1:43 pm

    geez.. molina hits into a dp and people want to kill him. give him a break

    look, when everyone realizes meech is making mistakes, something is wrong. even more, im sure players are losing confidence in his ability to make decisions. once that happens, you cant keep him around.

    Pete – Please ask Joe about what he thinks of Meech’s decision and all the people being thrown out at Home. I would imagine Joe will flip his top defending his guy.. If Joe is unable to view these type of things objectionably .. that is a major flaw.

  238. Phil July 20th, 2008 at 1:44 pm

    As bad as Meacham apparently seems, it would take an awful lot for Girardi to want to get rid of him due to their history, friendship, and the closeness of their wives and family. That change would have to come from Cashman.

    There is little to suggest Cashman would make a move like that in mid-season.

    As for the comments about Willie and the Mets being his only shot…that remains to be seen. Would he take a job as a bench coach again…or third base coach again? I don’t know. He is a prideful man and that is a set back. However, there are few ML managing jobs and if he wants to remain in baseball, he might have to.

    I love Willie as a person and hope he learned a tremendous amount while managing the Mets in dealing with various personalities in the media, in the front office, and in the clubhouse. That is one guy I really want to succeed.

  239. mel July 20th, 2008 at 1:44 pm

    Jennifer,

    Then you’d see a spike in pick offs!

  240. Brandon (Jeter GIDP: *15 even in All Star Games) (Johan HR count: *16) July 20th, 2008 at 1:45 pm

    Brandon- Just because you post here often doesnt mean squat.

    Right because when people post here they like being told to shut up.

    Shut Up. (see I bet you didn’t like that last comment may have even pissed you off a bit and for no reason did you deserve it)

  241. vinny-b July 20th, 2008 at 1:45 pm

    brandon: didn’t know the price (for Nady), were 2 Grade A’s. That is crazy.

    will take Milton.

  242. Brandon (Jeter GIDP: *15 even in All Star Games) (Johan HR count: *16) July 20th, 2008 at 1:46 pm

    we need a new RF

  243. PAT M. July 20th, 2008 at 1:46 pm

    Randy 1, Did Clete ever talk about Game 4 of the 1963 WS vs LA, when he made a great play and fired a seed to Pepitone who insisted that he lost the ball in the shirts…Cost the Yanks the game…Ford pitced a 2 hitter and lost to Sandy K 2-1….Mick almost hit one out of Dodger Stadium to put the Yanks up…..Damn that was a long time ago….Pre-Beatles …..Wow

  244. george July 20th, 2008 at 1:46 pm

    The young Steinbrenners should make 2 executive decisions, right out of George’s playbook:

    1. fire the 3B coach. get Willie Randolph, or whomever.

    2. pick up Bonds, a la the way George picked up Strawberry off the scrap heap. today’s lineup is weak, it would look exponentially better w/Bonds in it!

  245. Rebecca--Optimist Prime-Mo for Cy Young 08 July 20th, 2008 at 1:46 pm

    When the Yankees traded for Molina, they knew they weren’t getting much in a bat, and they needed something better than Wil Nieves behind home plate.

    As far as I’m concerned, Molina is better than Nieves.

  246. jennifer- I got your back Girardi-Moose was robbed July 20th, 2008 at 1:46 pm

    What exactly has Rob Thomson done wrong to warrant someone else coming in and taking HIS JOB! He has paid his dues. Should he be fired because the Mets thought Willie couldn’t hack it as a manager. now really lets be fair!

  247. S.A.- I believe in this team but can the offense stop being so offensive? July 20th, 2008 at 1:47 pm

    yikes. 1 more Andy. Come on

  248. Phil July 20th, 2008 at 1:47 pm

    Jennifer – who suggested firing Thompson?

  249. Confucius July 20th, 2008 at 1:47 pm

    “Any third base coach in the entire world would have sent the runner in that spot.”

    So David Ortiz would have been sent in that spot on a base hit to Ichiro?

    Carl Crawford would automatically be held up on a hit to Damon as long as there were no outs?

    This isn’t IF … THEN computing. It’s right move for the right situation. Hard liner to an outfielder who’s shown a great arm the whole series is not the right situation.

  250. fred July 20th, 2008 at 1:47 pm

    Meacham sent Wang remember?

  251. Laura - Waiting for A-Rod to get hot again! July 20th, 2008 at 1:47 pm

    “As far as I’m concerned, Molina is better than Nieves.”

    This may be the understatement of the year.

  252. Ron July 20th, 2008 at 1:47 pm

    I love Coney.

  253. randy l July 20th, 2008 at 1:47 pm

    “On the other hand, give Harkey a raise! He’s done a great job with the bullpen this season.”

    the bullpen coach doesn’t really coach just the relief pitchers. he ideally helps out the pitching coach in all pitching areas. not just the bullpen. he’s more of an assistant to bring out the balls, answer the phone, have beers with after the game, etc.

    now third base. that’s a hot spot. meacham needs to drink less coffee or something. maybe he should have a glass of wine before games. and put himself in a more social mood to chat with the guys at third , maybe ask the guys to stop and hang out a little bit before they head home.

  254. Phil July 20th, 2008 at 1:48 pm

    Having a tremendous backstop with a cannon for an arm is not the worst thing in the world, regardless of his batting average.

  255. Wander July 20th, 2008 at 1:48 pm

    “I owned you!”

  256. Fran July 20th, 2008 at 1:49 pm

    Pettitte strikes out the side. Way to go Andy

  257. Psyluk July 20th, 2008 at 1:49 pm

    Great job so far by Pettitte. They’re really going to need him to go at least 7 to give some guys a break.

  258. Ron July 20th, 2008 at 1:49 pm

    “we need a new RF”

    I mean, I agree, but I didn’t see anything wrong with the way Bobby fielded that ball. Nobody’s catching it, and unless a Molina is running, the guy on 1st makes it to third.

    I think we just have to hope Abreu heats up. But I’m all for saying farewell this offseason. He was a great bargain, but it’s time to move on.

  259. Bronx Jeers July 20th, 2008 at 1:50 pm

    MILF?

    Meacham Is Losing Friends

  260. jennifer- I got your back Girardi-Moose was robbed July 20th, 2008 at 1:50 pm

    Phil – you said Willie should be bench coach. That is Rob’s job. Unless I am misunderstanding you.

  261. Ron July 20th, 2008 at 1:51 pm

    “So David Ortiz would have been sent in that spot on a base hit to Ichiro?

    Carl Crawford would automatically be held up on a hit to Damon as long as there were no outs?

    This isn’t IF … THEN computing. It’s right move for the right situation. Hard liner to an outfielder who’s shown a great arm the whole series is not the right situation.”

    I’m as much of a fan of situational stats and percentages as anyone, but coaching 3rd base is pure judgement, nothing else. There are too many variables to rely on set rules.

  262. YankeeJosh July 20th, 2008 at 1:51 pm

    Brandon, it’s really hard to quantify what coaches mean, imo, it’s more of an observational thing, and I think we’ve seen enough from Meachem.

    However, if you want stats, baseball analysts did an analysis of 2006 coaches and Meachem ranked next to last. It’s an interesting amnalysis and Meachem fell because the Marlins scored well in non-coaching opportunities (obvious send or obvious hold)

    http://baseballanalysts.com/ar....._coa_1.php

  263. Phil July 20th, 2008 at 1:51 pm

    I have a feeling once everyone sees the paucity of solid corner OFs in the upcoming offseason free agency pool, they might have second thoughts about tossing Abreu out the door.

  264. Psyluk July 20th, 2008 at 1:52 pm

    I’m not sure what Harkey’s daily responsibilities are, but all I know is that the Yankee bullpen has far exceeded expectations this year with most of the same guys from last year. Maybe it was an extra year a lot of the young guys like Veras and Ramirez needed, but maybe it’s the advice they’ve been given by Eiland and/or Harkey. Either way, he should be back next year.

  265. Rebecca--Optimist Prime-Mo for Cy Young 08 July 20th, 2008 at 1:52 pm

    Laura:

    That was kind of the idea :)

  266. Ron July 20th, 2008 at 1:52 pm

    Justin’s not razor sharp. Really, his AS game appearance left me quite unimpressed. He’ll come back to earth. He just doesn’t have good enough stuff to blow away hitters, and that’s what you need to have an ERA below two.

  267. Phil July 20th, 2008 at 1:53 pm

    Jennifer – re-read what I typed. I never said Willie should be the bench coach. Geez, no need to project things into what I typed. This board is so damn negative.

    I asked if Willie would be willing to accept less than a managing post. READ what I post before you comment on it.

  268. Ron July 20th, 2008 at 1:53 pm

    I’d like the Yankees to put out feelers for Jason Bay. I’d be willing to give a fair bit for him. He’s still pretty young, fairly cheap, and can play CF quite well.

  269. Nick in SF July 20th, 2008 at 1:54 pm

    Good one, Bronx Jeer!

    Hey, did Gardner just hit a ball out of the infield in the air? That’s pretty good.

  270. Laura - Waiting for A-Rod to get hot again! July 20th, 2008 at 1:54 pm

    Gardner has got to find a way to get on base more. His benefit is his speed. He can’t steal second and third if he doesn’t get on.

  271. RayBlay July 20th, 2008 at 1:54 pm

    I love Moose. I don’t know why we never learned of his awesome personality before this season.

  272. m4rk6 July 20th, 2008 at 1:54 pm

    Gardner needs to learn how to hit the ball on the ground!

  273. ChaconHasAPosse July 20th, 2008 at 1:54 pm

    Andy Pettitte, of course, is from Louisiana. He’s a big Louisianan.

  274. mel July 20th, 2008 at 1:55 pm

    So close!

    No pressure, Bobby and Alex.

  275. Ron July 20th, 2008 at 1:56 pm

    “I love Moose. I don’t know why we never learned of his awesome personality before this season.”

    It’s weird. I mean, our positive opinion of him is partially based on the fact that he’s pitching great, but my opinion of him before this season was ornery, egotistical, and finiky.

  276. Rebecca--Optimist Prime-Mo for Cy Young 08 July 20th, 2008 at 1:56 pm

    UPDATE, 1:51 p.m.: Forgot to mention this before, but Mike Mussina took BP today before the game. He informed Kevin Long that since he had the only hit by a pitcher this season, he had earned the right to hit whenever he wanted.

    With many of the guys taking a pass on BP today, they let Moose take his hacks.

    Have I mentioned that I love Mike Mussina?

  277. Brandon (Jeter GIDP: *15 even in All Star Games) (Johan HR count: *16) July 20th, 2008 at 1:56 pm

    well here we go RISP

  278. george July 20th, 2008 at 1:56 pm

    surprised Meacham didn’t send Jeter on Abreu’s hit. :)

  279. Laura - Waiting for A-Rod to get hot again! July 20th, 2008 at 1:56 pm

    Come on, A-Rod. Here is your spot!!

  280. m4rk6 July 20th, 2008 at 1:56 pm

    C’mon… manufacture a run dammit.

  281. YankeeVIP July 20th, 2008 at 1:57 pm

    haha.. wow, look Meech let someone hold up at 3rd.

    i think meech just sends people cause he doesnt want to deal with talking to them at 3rd base.

  282. Pete July 20th, 2008 at 1:57 pm

    Here is what you all forgot. Idiot 3rd base coach sends Wang who ends his year and most likley playoff hopes. Why is he still on the field? In my business you mess up bad again and again YOU GET FIRED

  283. Brandon (Jeter GIDP: *15 even in All Star Games) (Johan HR count: *16) July 20th, 2008 at 1:57 pm

    did m,y eyes decieve me a sac fly 8O

  284. mel July 20th, 2008 at 1:57 pm

    Good move by Jeter. Took it out of Meacham’s hands and he probably would’ve gotten thrown out.

    Way to go, Alex. See, it doesn’t hurt. :)

  285. Ron July 20th, 2008 at 1:58 pm

    That’s a good send. Jeter’s running in a straight line, and Sweeney’s throwing from deeper in the outfield.

  286. Fran July 20th, 2008 at 1:58 pm

    Finally scored on Sweeney’s arm

  287. m4rk6 July 20th, 2008 at 1:58 pm

    Thank You!

  288. Rebecca--Optimist Prime-Mo for Cy Young 08 July 20th, 2008 at 1:58 pm

    Did Alex just get a man in from third with less than two out?

  289. S.A.- I believe in this team but can the offense stop being so offensive? July 20th, 2008 at 1:58 pm

    Oh Oh look! A run!

  290. RalphieD July 20th, 2008 at 1:59 pm

    hey can we send something young to oakland to for ryan sweeney…ive fell in love with this guy lol

  291. mel July 20th, 2008 at 1:59 pm

    Even on the slide. His left foot crossed before his right foot tripped the catcher.

  292. Laura - Waiting for A-Rod to get hot again! July 20th, 2008 at 1:59 pm

    Why r they trying to get to Cano? Haven’t they heard that he’s red hot?

  293. Brandon (Jeter GIDP: *15 even in All Star Games) (Johan HR count: *16) July 20th, 2008 at 2:00 pm

    walking Giambi to pitch to Cano ?

  294. Ron July 20th, 2008 at 2:00 pm

    This is just dumb by Geren. Giambi’s slumping, and Cano’s radioactive.

  295. Psyluk July 20th, 2008 at 2:00 pm

    More importantly, they’re driving up Duchscherer’s pitch count.

  296. Ron July 20th, 2008 at 2:00 pm

    hey can we send something young to oakland to for ryan sweeney…ive fell in love with this guy lol

    Seriously lacking in the power department for a corner outfielder.

  297. RayBlay July 20th, 2008 at 2:01 pm

    DUH. Giambi’s 5/7 off this guy and Cano’s 0/4. Why wouldn’t you walk Giambi?!?

  298. Psyluk July 20th, 2008 at 2:01 pm

    Giambi owns Duchscherer in his career to the tune of 5-7 with 3 home runs. So for Oakland it’s a choice between bad choice A and bad choice B.

  299. Confucius July 20th, 2008 at 2:01 pm

    “Hey confucious, the runner was arod moron. Anyone would have sent the runner. Try not to be an idiot next time you speak.”

    What is this, V in disguise? :D

    I must have missed the memo coronating A-Rod as The Flash. In that case, rounding third on a hard liner to guy with a cannon arm would certainly have been appropriate.

    And I do -try- not to be an idiot. But sometimes the need to fit in with my peers compels me too strongly.

  300. Nick in SF July 20th, 2008 at 2:01 pm

    Haha, so the theory is that Meacham has Social Anxiety Disorder? That makes about as much sense as anything else.

  301. mel July 20th, 2008 at 2:02 pm

    Because the Big G is 5 for 7 with 3 HR and 2 doubles against Dukeshire. They’re playing the odds. Let’s hope they lose.

  302. Ron July 20th, 2008 at 2:02 pm

    It’s such a relief to watch Robby being semi-patient.

  303. mel July 20th, 2008 at 2:03 pm

    Gee, I wonder if Oakland’s league leading ERA has anything to do with that home park with the parking lots down the lines?

  304. RayBlay July 20th, 2008 at 2:03 pm

    Ewwwww.. did you see that wet spot on the umpire’s shirt?

  305. Ron July 20th, 2008 at 2:04 pm

    Wow. Robby’s turned into Nick Johnson.

  306. Brandon (Jeter GIDP: *15 even in All Star Games) (Johan HR count: *16) July 20th, 2008 at 2:04 pm

    hey can we send something young to oakland to for ryan sweeney…ive fell in love with this guy lol

    Seriously lacking in the power department for a corner outfielder.

    I love his approach at the plate, he’s one of the youngest clutch hitters in this game, asking price would start w/ Austin Jackson (No way do I deal him)

  307. Rebecca--Optimist Prime-Mo for Cy Young 08 July 20th, 2008 at 2:04 pm

    Pete: Yes, but did Cashman see it in IMAX?!

    …And that pitch was high.

  308. Ron July 20th, 2008 at 2:05 pm

    That’s not fair. Seriously. How can you throw that there?

    Robby, it was a strike. You, of all people, do not have the right to bitch about pitch calls.

  309. Brandon (Jeter GIDP: *15 even in All Star Games) (Johan HR count: *16) July 20th, 2008 at 2:05 pm

    wow I know he struck out but that’s the first sign of patience I’ve seen from Robi this season.

  310. Pedro July 20th, 2008 at 2:05 pm

    Too close to take Cano. Gotta swing at that pitch. Still, a very nice AB.

  311. Bad Scooter July 20th, 2008 at 2:07 pm

    Jeter’s got an edge

  312. Brandon (Jeter GIDP: *15 even in All Star Games) (Johan HR count: *16) July 20th, 2008 at 2:07 pm

    Too close to take Cano. Gotta swing at that pitch. Still, a very nice AB.

    Not really that was borderline at best, if anything Robi taking that pitch improved his discipline and I hope he stays w/ that approach.

  313. george July 20th, 2008 at 2:07 pm

    i think Confucius said that “when ball hit hard directly to right fielder, wise man hold runner at 3rd.”

  314. mel July 20th, 2008 at 2:07 pm

    The FCC really needs to ban ED commercials.

  315. Nick in SF July 20th, 2008 at 2:07 pm

    A’s color man Ray Fosse could not believe that Cano griped at that call.

  316. LathamJoe July 20th, 2008 at 2:07 pm

    that was a BS call on Robbie. That pitch has been a ball all day long!

  317. Zooboy July 20th, 2008 at 2:08 pm

    At what point do the runners stop trusting Meachem?

  318. Brandon (Jeter GIDP: *15 even in All Star Games) (Johan HR count: *16) July 20th, 2008 at 2:08 pm

    habla cono !

  319. Rebecca--Optimist Prime-Mo for Cy Young 08 July 20th, 2008 at 2:09 pm

    Ray Durham to Brewers

  320. Confucius July 20th, 2008 at 2:09 pm

    This is around the point in the game that Andy has his ‘bad inning.’ But so far he’s making this AAA lineup look silly.

  321. Brandon (Jeter GIDP: *15 even in All Star Games) (Johan HR count: *16) July 20th, 2008 at 2:10 pm

    i think Confucius said that “when ball hit hard directly to right fielder, wise man hold runner at 3rd.”

    Not true because picking it up and throwing it in one motion is like hitting a moving target, Sweeney just made a damn good throw.

  322. Ron July 20th, 2008 at 2:12 pm

    I think Andy’s throwing a lot more curves than he did earlier in the season. He seems to get in trouble when he falls in love with his cutter and can’t spot it perfectly.

  323. sw July 20th, 2008 at 2:13 pm

    Pettitte has filthy stuff today.

  324. Brandon (Jeter GIDP: *15 even in All Star Games) (Johan HR count: *16) July 20th, 2008 at 2:13 pm

    Astros want a reliever

    “‘We’d like to get some late-inning bullpen help to help with Doug Brocail so we’re not wearing Doug out,’ Wade said prior to Friday’s win against the Cubs. ‘And obviously we’re always trying to see if there are ways to upgrade our starting rotation, but that doesn’t put us in exclusive company with anybody.’”

    Would they part w/ Wesley Wright for JB Cox and Brian Bruney or Farnsy ?

  325. S.A.- I believe in this team but can the offense stop being so offensive? July 20th, 2008 at 2:14 pm

    Andy oh so Dandy

  326. Confucius July 20th, 2008 at 2:14 pm

    “Sweeney just made a damn good throw.”

    Actually, his throw was kind-of off line. It just beat A-Rod to the plate by so much that the catcher could easily apply the tag. If the play had been closer, there’s a good chance A-Rod manages to get under the tag.

  327. randy l July 20th, 2008 at 2:15 pm

    pat m-

    i never let on that i was a yankee fan because as you know that would get you out of a pro clubhouse pronto, and the manager doesn’t talk too much to the bullpen catcher( now that’s an understatement).

    i really never heard any stories about the old days from clete. everyone was pretty much in the present. maybe that’s part of the old yankee’s secret to winning.

    i do remember that pepitone play. he was kind of a kindred spirit with manny in some ways. and he could hit too.

  328. Emma July 20th, 2008 at 2:15 pm

    My dad was also at that premiere!! Also maybe part of Robbie getting hot is also he’s remembering how to take pitches.

  329. Nick in SF July 20th, 2008 at 2:15 pm

    Rebecca: link?

    I wonder if Ray will suit up for the Brewers today against Lincecum. And I wonder if he already packed his bags to leave town with his new team.

  330. Bronx Jeers July 20th, 2008 at 2:15 pm

    Actually Sweeneys throw was up the line. Suzuki sort of met
    Arod on the way home. That is how not close the play was going to be

  331. Brandon (Jeter GIDP: *15 even in All Star Games) (Johan HR count: *16) July 20th, 2008 at 2:16 pm

    damn 12 pitches in 2 AB for Bet and nothing to show for it

  332. Rebecca--Optimist Prime-Mo for Cy Young 08 July 20th, 2008 at 2:16 pm

    What’s Duscherer’s pitch count?

  333. george July 20th, 2008 at 2:16 pm

    hitting a moving target is what major league right fielders do.

    if the ball is hit to the side, then the outfielder has to take time to adjust position.

  334. Rebecca--Optimist Prime-Mo for Cy Young 08 July 20th, 2008 at 2:18 pm

    Nick: My bf got it from John and Suzyn.

  335. S.A.- I believe in this team but can the offense stop being so offensive? July 20th, 2008 at 2:18 pm

    He’s at 67 pitches and rising

  336. Brandon (Jeter GIDP: *15 even in All Star Games) (Johan HR count: *16) July 20th, 2008 at 2:19 pm

    george you got a point.

  337. S.A.- I believe in this team but can the offense stop being so offensive? July 20th, 2008 at 2:20 pm

    Here is a link regarding Durham

    http://blogs.jsonline.com/brew.....urham.aspx

    Its minor league outfielder Darren Ford and minor league pitcher Steve Hammond for Durham

  338. mel July 20th, 2008 at 2:20 pm

    Rebecca,

    67 thru 4. The Yanks are doing well. That’s above Dukeshire’s league leading 13 point something pitches per inning.

  339. Brandon (Jeter GIDP: *15 even in All Star Games) (Johan HR count: *16) July 20th, 2008 at 2:21 pm

    LH Relief for the deadline

    Wesley Wright Houston Astros
    vs LHB 1.80 BAA, 1.17 ERA, 0 HR

    Ron Mahay KC Royals
    vs LHB .206 BAA, 0.92 ERA, 2 HR

    Bill Bray Cin Reds
    vs LHB .240 BAA, 2.31 ERA, 1 HR

    Jeremy Affeldt Cin Reds
    vs LHB .248 BAA, 4.58 ERA, 3 HR (2 in Cin)

    Mike Gonzalez Atl Braves
    vs LHB .229 BAA, 6.75 ERA, (relax he just came back !), 1 HR

    Rafael Perez Cle Indians
    vs LHB .215 BAA, 1.93 ERA, 1 HR

  340. Bronx Jeers July 20th, 2008 at 2:22 pm

    Wilson Abdul Jabar!!

  341. LathamJoe July 20th, 2008 at 2:23 pm

    The ball was hit like a bullet to a short right field and Sweeney has a strong, accurate arm. Ya don’t sent Arod….Ben Johnson on steriods would’ve been out by 8 feet!

  342. Rebecca--Optimist Prime-Mo for Cy Young 08 July 20th, 2008 at 2:23 pm

    …Did any of you catch Andy laughing after that?

  343. george July 20th, 2008 at 2:23 pm

    nice play by Betemit>Pettite

  344. vinny-b July 20th, 2008 at 2:23 pm

    if a player knew how ridiculous it looked, would they slide?

  345. Fran July 20th, 2008 at 2:25 pm

    Andy is looking really good today.

  346. Laura - Waiting for A-Rod to get hot again! July 20th, 2008 at 2:25 pm

    Good play, A-Rod!

  347. S.A.- I believe in this team but can the offense stop being so offensive? July 20th, 2008 at 2:25 pm

    Andy has been kicking butt so far

  348. fuzzy_logik July 20th, 2008 at 2:25 pm

    what a gun

  349. Brandon (Jeter GIDP: *15 even in All Star Games) (Johan HR count: *16) July 20th, 2008 at 2:25 pm

    I’d be pissed off if I were that Oak batter that just hit a shot down the line only to be robbed by Arod

  350. Paul July 20th, 2008 at 2:26 pm

    wasn’t it last year ARod had trouble finding the first baseman on plays like that??

  351. Laura - Waiting for A-Rod to get hot again! July 20th, 2008 at 2:27 pm

    Ok, we need to get some runs here. I don’t like 1 run leads. Let’s go, guys!!

  352. Psyluk July 20th, 2008 at 2:27 pm

    Pettitte’s been pitching well, but don’t put too much weight on the entire staff this series. Oakland’s lineup is absolutely pathetic.

    That said, I hope they keep pitching like this :)

  353. m4rk6 July 20th, 2008 at 2:27 pm

    Yesterday it was the bottom half that produced the early run(s), guess the top half feels that its their turn today.

  354. mel July 20th, 2008 at 2:28 pm

    wow. KC put up a 4 spot in the first in Chicago.

    I don’t know if Chicago’s the real deal, Minny’s right behind them.

  355. Brandon (Jeter GIDP: *15 even in All Star Games) (Johan HR count: *16) July 20th, 2008 at 2:28 pm

    We have seen the first bad AB for Brett Gardner

  356. Psyluk July 20th, 2008 at 2:28 pm

    Thanks for popping up on the first pitch Gardner…..

  357. Bronx Jeers July 20th, 2008 at 2:29 pm

    Arods been quietly solid at 3rd this year. Cant find a pop up behind him to save his soul but pretty good in the infield.

  358. Brandon (Jeter GIDP: *15 even in All Star Games) (Johan HR count: *16) July 20th, 2008 at 2:29 pm

    OK can I get an opinion which would you like for the Yankees to acquire ?

    LH Relief for the deadline

    Wesley Wright Hou Astros
    vs LHB 1.80 BAA, 1.17 ERA, 0 HR

    Ron Mahay KC Royals
    vs LHB .206 BAA, 0.92 ERA, 2 HR

    Bill Bray Cin Reds
    vs LHB .240 BAA, 2.31 ERA, 1 HR

    Jeremy Affeldt Cin Reds
    vs LHB .248 BAA, 4.58 ERA, 3 HR (2 in Cin)

    Mike Gonzalez Atl Braves
    vs LHB .229 BAA, 6.75 ERA, (relax he just came back !), 1 HR

    Rafael Perez Cle Indians
    vs LHB .215 BAA, 1.93 ERA, 1 HR

  359. fuzzy_logik July 20th, 2008 at 2:30 pm

    last year it seemed like A-Rod was throwing the ball at a weird sidearm angle with a big arc, causing him to throw it away. it looks like hes adjusted his arm angle a bit. This is the first year I’ve seen him really use the overhand when he needs that extra zip on the ball.

  360. Rebecca--Optimist Prime-Mo for Cy Young 08 July 20th, 2008 at 2:30 pm

    Hmm, I would like more than one Yankee run.

  361. JR Yankees July 20th, 2008 at 2:30 pm

    Couple of things here:

    Pete’s 1:51pm update reminded me to mention this. Saw Dark Knight last night. One word…AWESOME. You will not be disappointed.

    And, I just had a horrible thought. What if Betemit is playing 1B so the organization can see what it has for next year? In other words, what if this is their backup plan in case they cannot get the likes of Teixeira?

    Anybody else frightened?

  362. Laura - Waiting for A-Rod to get hot again! July 20th, 2008 at 2:30 pm

    Okay, can we stop hitting the ball right at people? :)

  363. zellyanks91 July 20th, 2008 at 2:31 pm

    Andy is dealing. They just need to score him some runs now. The run production is killing the pitchers records. Many of the pitchers deserved wins, but didn’t get any support.

    Kevin

  364. Rebecca--Optimist Prime-Mo for Cy Young 08 July 20th, 2008 at 2:31 pm

    or, you know, not.

  365. Ron July 20th, 2008 at 2:31 pm

    We might need to win this one 1-0.

  366. jennifer- I got your back Girardi-Moose was robbed July 20th, 2008 at 2:33 pm

    jr- No need to worry Wilson will not be our first baseman next year.

  367. mel July 20th, 2008 at 2:34 pm

    Brandon,

    WordPress ate up my post, probably thought it was garbage.

    But you’re not going to see an acquisition. The righties are getting the job done against both LH and RH hitters.

    The LOOGY and left hand specialists have failed us in recent years.

    Let’s just get Sabathia, stick him in the 6th until it’s Mo time. :)

    If they spend their chips, it’ll be on a bat, not a reliever.

    If they spend their chips, it has to be for a bat.

  368. Brandon (Jeter GIDP: *15 even in All Star Games) (Johan HR count: *16) July 20th, 2008 at 2:35 pm

    Yankee Killer pitching career over

    Adam Loewen’s career as a pitcher is over. The once highly-touted prospect is planning to reinvent himself as an outfielder/first baseman rather than opt for surgery and face a year and a half off.

  369. Rebecca--Optimist Prime-Mo for Cy Young 08 July 20th, 2008 at 2:36 pm

    …stupid fan.

  370. Ron July 20th, 2008 at 2:36 pm

    Crap. Not a good start.

  371. randy l July 20th, 2008 at 2:36 pm

    “I don’t know if Chicago’s the real deal, Minny’s right behind them.”

    and liriano is waiting in the wings to come up if any starter falters.

  372. Ron July 20th, 2008 at 2:37 pm

    How about some Ks, Andy?

  373. Nick in SF July 20th, 2008 at 2:37 pm

    Oddity of the unbalanced schedule, according to A’s broadcast:

    The Yanks are playing the A’s for the 6th and final time today but have not played the Angels yet this season; they meet 9 times.

  374. Psyluk July 20th, 2008 at 2:37 pm

    This is why it’s frustrating to watch this game. Pettitte has flat out dominated and now we have a ground rule double by the 9 hitter, who can make it around without another hit…..sometimes the team is so frustrating.

  375. Paul July 20th, 2008 at 2:37 pm

    :( The ball was in the stands anyway….

  376. S.A.- I believe in this team but can the offense stop being so offensive? July 20th, 2008 at 2:37 pm

    Uh oh..

  377. NongEyeJon July 20th, 2008 at 2:38 pm

    So I was listening to Sterling and Waldman talking about Duchsherer and they Sterling said Ian Kennedy should take notes on how to succeed without an overpowering fastball. Waldman went on to say that Mussina was a good enough mentor for that. I know Kennedy’s attitude soured a lot of people, but is it deeper than that? Anyone know the real situation here, if there is something more to it?

  378. Brandon (Jeter GIDP: *15 even in All Star Games) (Johan HR count: *16) July 20th, 2008 at 2:38 pm

    mel so true but Wesly Wright or Bill Bray could bet gettable, I wonder if we could get Francoeur and Gonzalez for Kennedy, Duncan and Marquez.

  379. Ron July 20th, 2008 at 2:38 pm

    Pelfrey’s lead is gone.

  380. Nick in SF July 20th, 2008 at 2:38 pm

    “and liriano is waiting in the wings to come up if any starter falters.”

    You mean if the Twins can find enough loose change under the couch cushions to let his service time clock resume ticking.

  381. Ron July 20th, 2008 at 2:39 pm

    That stinks.

    We really need this offense to pick up. Andy’s doing all he can.

  382. PAT M. July 20th, 2008 at 2:39 pm

    Understood Randy…There was a great book “” Joe You could have made us proud ” ….Some amazing stories from Pepi himself….One about Sinatra and a pool game in Brooklyn is most memorable….You need to share more Randy 1….

  383. Brandon (Jeter GIDP: *15 even in All Star Games) (Johan HR count: *16) July 20th, 2008 at 2:39 pm

    damn you Ryan :x

  384. mel July 20th, 2008 at 2:39 pm

    Wow. Poor Andy. Working with one run.

    Let’s go, guys.

  385. Fran July 20th, 2008 at 2:39 pm

    This guy Sweeney is hurting the Yanks defensively and now offensively.

  386. Rebecca--Optimist Prime-Mo for Cy Young 08 July 20th, 2008 at 2:39 pm

    Bah.

  387. Psyluk July 20th, 2008 at 2:39 pm

    Kill me….KILL ME. At least the A’s have an all-star on the mound.

  388. NongEyeJon July 20th, 2008 at 2:40 pm

    Who is this Ryan Sweeney? Where did he come from? How do we get him? Trade everyone for him.

  389. Angel {zOMG!!11!!!1 Teh Yankeezzz r epic fail 4 this yr!!111!!! } July 20th, 2008 at 2:40 pm

    Dumbass fan.

  390. S.A.- I believe in this team but can the offense stop being so offensive? July 20th, 2008 at 2:40 pm

    I getting visions of yesterday…

  391. Pedro July 20th, 2008 at 2:41 pm

    Oh no, here comes the meltdown.

  392. Ron July 20th, 2008 at 2:41 pm

    Sweeney came out of the ChiSox system, I think. How’d he end up in Oakland?

  393. Angel {zOMG!!11!!!1 Teh Yankeezzz r epic fail 4 this yr!!111!!! } July 20th, 2008 at 2:42 pm

    The last person I rely on for any kind of baseball analysis, is John Sterling.

  394. Bronx Jeers July 20th, 2008 at 2:42 pm

    Yanks see the angels 10 times. They have a 4 game labor day series. Ouch! 4-6 3-7 ?

  395. Ron July 20th, 2008 at 2:42 pm

    Yeah, a real meltdown right there.

  396. Confucius July 20th, 2008 at 2:42 pm

    “Pelfrey’s lead is gone.”

    Thank goodness that bubble has burst. Met fans were getting -really- annoying with this guy…

  397. Brandon (Jeter GIDP: *15 even in All Star Games) (Johan HR count: *16) July 20th, 2008 at 2:42 pm

    Who is this Ryan Sweeney? Where did he come from? How do we get him? Trade everyone for him.

    They got him in the Nick Swisher trade, he has future power potential. Let say this as much as he is killing us he won’t be better than Austin Jackson.

  398. Laura - Waiting for A-Rod to get hot again! July 20th, 2008 at 2:42 pm

    Come on, you millionaires!! Start earning that money and get us some runs!!

  399. m4rk6 July 20th, 2008 at 2:42 pm

    I was hoping they would walk Sweeney and try for the double play on Crosby.

    Just bad luck for Andy, hope the batters pick him up.

  400. Rebecca--Optimist Prime-Mo for Cy Young 08 July 20th, 2008 at 2:42 pm

    Not an Andy start without the double play!

    Okay Yankees, let’s do the whole run scoring thing!

  401. S.A.- I believe in this team but can the offense stop being so offensive? July 20th, 2008 at 2:42 pm

    1 more Andy

  402. Psyluk July 20th, 2008 at 2:42 pm

    My guess would be through the Nick Swisher trade.

  403. Pedro July 20th, 2008 at 2:43 pm

    Great. Meltdown avoided.

  404. Mark (Brett has arrived) July 20th, 2008 at 2:43 pm

    Sweeney was in the Swisher deal.

  405. Pedro July 20th, 2008 at 2:43 pm

    Now if only we had a real offense out there.

  406. S.A.- I believe in this team but can the offense stop being so offensive? July 20th, 2008 at 2:43 pm

    dp’s are fun

    Ya know what’s even more fun..numerous Yankees runs.
    Get to work bats

  407. mel July 20th, 2008 at 2:43 pm

    Okay, let’s get it back.

    Brandon,

    Saw that about Loewen. He wants to avoid another elbow surgery and hit .350 (1 HR) in his one year in college. Best of luck to him, except when we play the O’s. :p

  408. Ron July 20th, 2008 at 2:44 pm

    “They got him in the Nick Swisher trade, he has future power potential. Let say this as much as he is killing us he won’t be better than Austin Jackson.”

    Ah, that makes sense.

    Though I’m pretty sure the concerns about his power have been there for a while. I’m not convinced he’ll last as a starter.

  409. Laura - Waiting for A-Rod to get hot again! July 20th, 2008 at 2:44 pm

    The Angels are the last team I want us playing 10 times.

  410. Paul July 20th, 2008 at 2:45 pm

    rally cap time

  411. The Vince Black Show July 20th, 2008 at 2:45 pm

    chip just said A-rod not a “lucky star”

    lol

  412. Ron July 20th, 2008 at 2:45 pm

    “Thank goodness that bubble has burst. Met fans were getting -really- annoying with this guy…”

    I’m pretty sure Pelfrey’s for real. I was really surprised by his struggles. He looked great coming out of college, but the Mets messed with his breaking stuff. Still, he’s got a mid-90s heater with sinking action. He’s probably the most reliable guy on the staff, looking forward.

  413. Brandon (Jeter GIDP: *15 even in All Star Games) (Johan HR count: *16) July 20th, 2008 at 2:46 pm

    Ryan Sweeney 23 yrs. old

    career w/ RISP .346/.385/.397
    career w/ MOB .336/.371/.432

    2 outs RISP .293 AVG

    tie game .338/.375/.441

    Wonderful OF

  414. Rebecca--Optimist Prime-Mo for Cy Young 08 July 20th, 2008 at 2:46 pm

    YES JASON GIAMBI!

  415. Paul July 20th, 2008 at 2:46 pm

    yessssssss

  416. NongEyeJon July 20th, 2008 at 2:46 pm

    I was hoping he’d do that. He was due.

  417. Nick in SF July 20th, 2008 at 2:46 pm

    Ugh, we had Ducksauceserver on the ropes, at least pitch count wise, early, and we let him off the hook.

    Until now! Yay ‘stache!

  418. The Vince Black Show July 20th, 2008 at 2:46 pm

    the power of the stache compels him!!!

  419. mel July 20th, 2008 at 2:46 pm

    Wow. He owns this guy.

    That’s 6-8 with 4 HR and 2 doubles.

  420. Ron July 20th, 2008 at 2:47 pm

    Na na na na na na na na na na na…STACHEMAN!

  421. DFox July 20th, 2008 at 2:47 pm

    K, now I understand why he didn’t want to pitch to him today. He was going to make sure he didn’t get burned by Giambi, and then he got burned by Giambi.

  422. Confucius July 20th, 2008 at 2:47 pm

    Return of the Stache!

    Thrills! Terror! Nonstop Excitement!

  423. Fran July 20th, 2008 at 2:47 pm

    Jason!!!!Big HR

  424. sw July 20th, 2008 at 2:47 pm

    STACHE!

  425. Paul July 20th, 2008 at 2:47 pm

    fist pump

  426. Psyluk July 20th, 2008 at 2:47 pm

    Bang. 6-8 with 4 HRs, does it get any more dominating than that?

  427. m4rk6 July 20th, 2008 at 2:47 pm

    Heh, guess Giambi’s numbers were well earned.

  428. S.A.- I believe in this team but can the offense stop being so offensive? July 20th, 2008 at 2:48 pm

    Nice Jason!!

  429. Paul July 20th, 2008 at 2:48 pm

    rally caps still on

  430. NongEyeJon July 20th, 2008 at 2:48 pm

    The Angels pitching is scary, but they have offensive troubles. Vlad is no longer that scary, and neither is Garret Anderson (perennial Yankee killer…probably still will be). The guy they always seem to have trouble with is Chone Figgins. If the Yanks play LAA and pitch well, theyll have a chance.

  431. Bronx Jeers July 20th, 2008 at 2:48 pm

    I was just about to write a post about how the Big G hasn’t looked too good. BIG G !!!!!!!!!!!!

    The Stache has spoken !!

  432. mel July 20th, 2008 at 2:48 pm

    Vince, not as bad as Darling’s “to get out the speedy Gonzales”

    Cano!

  433. Ron July 20th, 2008 at 2:48 pm

    Giambi’s hitting .190 in July…with an .847 OPS. How is that even possible?

  434. Brandon (Jeter GIDP: *15 even in All Star Games) (Johan HR count: *16) July 20th, 2008 at 2:48 pm

    loving that plate discipline ROBI !

  435. Ron July 20th, 2008 at 2:49 pm

    Really, I thought verbal or implicit consent was enough? Thanks for clearing that up, Kenny.

  436. S.A.- I believe in this team but can the offense stop being so offensive? July 20th, 2008 at 2:49 pm

    I like this Robbie

  437. mel July 20th, 2008 at 2:50 pm

    DFox,

    Lucky thing Alex didn’t get on base. They would’ve walked Jason fer sure.

  438. Brandon (Jeter GIDP: *15 even in All Star Games) (Johan HR count: *16) July 20th, 2008 at 2:50 pm

    Ryan Sweeney 23 yrs. old
    (*coughs*) like I was saying wonderful OF reminds me of Paulie

    career w/ RISP .346/.385/.397
    career w/ MOB .336/.371/.432

    2 outs RISP .293 AVG

    tie game .338/.375/.441

    Wonderful OF

  439. Wangawa July 20th, 2008 at 2:51 pm

    Is Cano going to be one of those hitters who every year stinks during the first half and is ridiculous the second half?

  440. Laura - Waiting for A-Rod to get hot again! July 20th, 2008 at 2:51 pm

    “Giambi’s hitting .190 in July…with an .847 OPS. How is that even possible?”

    One word: WALKS.

  441. Rebecca--Optimist Prime-Mo for Cy Young 08 July 20th, 2008 at 2:51 pm

    what’s that stat on the number of Giambi home runs this ear that have either tied the game or given the Yankees the lead?

  442. Laura - Waiting for A-Rod to get hot again! July 20th, 2008 at 2:52 pm

    “Is Cano going to be one of those hitters who every year stinks during the first half and is ridiculous the second half?”

    Not if we lie to him and tell him that the second half begins in April.

  443. Brandon (Jeter GIDP: *15 even in All Star Games) (Johan HR count: *16) July 20th, 2008 at 2:52 pm

    com’on Bet when will you lay off that damn breaking ball !

  444. Ron July 20th, 2008 at 2:52 pm

    I’m the world’s biggest Wilson Betemit fan…but he’s getting waaaay too much playing time.

  445. mel July 20th, 2008 at 2:52 pm

    TB ties it up. :twisted:

    We need to sign a first half 2B and just tell Robi to report post ASG.

  446. Paul July 20th, 2008 at 2:53 pm

    Would that statistic be an indication of clutch hitting?

  447. Ron July 20th, 2008 at 2:54 pm

    Melky’s showing signs of life. He’s twitching, at least.

  448. mel July 20th, 2008 at 2:55 pm

    TB takes the lead. They seriously need to stop this crap.

  449. YankeeFanInVermont July 20th, 2008 at 2:55 pm

    Yanks are 41-1 when leading after 6 innings.

  450. Laura - Waiting for A-Rod to get hot again! July 20th, 2008 at 2:56 pm

    “I’m the world’s biggest Wilson Betemit fan…but he’s getting waaaay too much playing time.”

    Girardi’s motto is if you produce, you’ll play. That clutch hit Betemit got yesterday guarantees that we’ll be seeing more of him.

  451. Al from BK July 20th, 2008 at 2:56 pm

    Im pretty sure I’m not alone in saying this can Tampa frickin lose one game already!

  452. Paul July 20th, 2008 at 2:56 pm

    time for a liverworst sammy

  453. Nick in SF July 20th, 2008 at 2:56 pm

    Nice, Duesower is at 99 pitches now.

  454. Bronx Jeers July 20th, 2008 at 2:56 pm

    Spike Cano’s gatorade and have a fake ASG at Legends Field. Let him hit 3 bombs off Igawa, give him a truck and tell him he was the MVP.

  455. Brandon (Jeter GIDP: *15 even in All Star Games) (Johan HR count: *16) July 20th, 2008 at 2:57 pm

    Rebecca the stats recorded for Giambi

    tied game .314/.425/.643 7 HR 18 RBI 14 BB
    he is SLG .622 when the team is down by 1

  456. Laura - Waiting for A-Rod to get hot again! July 20th, 2008 at 2:57 pm

    TB plays well at home. They’ll start losing again once they go on the road. I think they finish the year on the road.

  457. The Vince Black Show July 20th, 2008 at 2:57 pm

    Mel

    leave it to a met!

  458. Rebecca--Optimist Prime-Mo for Cy Young 08 July 20th, 2008 at 2:58 pm

    Brandon: Dang! Stache can clutch!

  459. Ron July 20th, 2008 at 2:58 pm

    “Spike Cano’s gatorade and have a fake ASG at Legends Field. Let him hit 3 bombs off Igawa, give him a truck and tell him he was the MVP.”

    Post of the day.

  460. Confucius July 20th, 2008 at 2:58 pm

    “Im pretty sure I’m not alone in saying this can Tampa frickin lose one game already!”

    They lost 7 straight before the break … :\

  461. Laura - Waiting for A-Rod to get hot again! July 20th, 2008 at 2:58 pm

    TB’s last 8 games are on the road.

  462. Laura - Waiting for A-Rod to get hot again! July 20th, 2008 at 3:00 pm

    This was the type of start that we needed by Andy. Like Cano, he’s a second half performer.

  463. Ron July 20th, 2008 at 3:00 pm

    Andy pitches the 8th? It’s damn hot out there.

  464. Rebecca--Optimist Prime-Mo for Cy Young 08 July 20th, 2008 at 3:01 pm

    Laura: So are the Yankees, I think.

    Difference is, the Yanks actually play .500 ball on the road.

  465. Al from BK July 20th, 2008 at 3:01 pm

    Laura- I know its about time they hit the road theyve played alot of games at home it seems.

  466. Pedro July 20th, 2008 at 3:01 pm

    Just guessing, but our 7-8-9 hitters might have a -20 VORP combined.

  467. Brandon (Jeter GIDP: *15 even in All Star Games) (Johan HR count: *16) July 20th, 2008 at 3:01 pm

    Alex in 95 AB w/ the game tied
    .253/.360/.442

    3 HR 13 RBI 16 BB 3 IBB (23 K’s)

  468. YankeeFanInVermont July 20th, 2008 at 3:02 pm

    Does it bug anybody else that the Yankee announcer sounds like Bob Sheppard?

  469. Emma July 20th, 2008 at 3:02 pm

    Andy also rocked before the second half.

  470. sw July 20th, 2008 at 3:02 pm

    Bullpen is pretty taxed after yesterday, and with Ponson and Rasner coming up the next two days, Andy should pitch another inning.

  471. Paul July 20th, 2008 at 3:03 pm

    you mean especially when Jeter is at bat?

  472. Al from BK July 20th, 2008 at 3:03 pm

    Does Andy get the 8th??

  473. Laura - Waiting for A-Rod to get hot again! July 20th, 2008 at 3:03 pm

    “Laura: So are the Yankees, I think.”

    Yeah, our last 7 games are on the road. I still think it’s a shame that the schedulers couldn’t have us finish at the stadium during it’s final year. What a bunch of losers!!

  474. Bronx Jeers July 20th, 2008 at 3:04 pm

    “Does it bug anybody else that the Yankee announcer sounds like Bob Sheppard?”

    I think most people at the stadium don’t even know !!!

  475. Al from BK July 20th, 2008 at 3:04 pm

    “Does it bug anybody else that the Yankee announcer sounds like Bob Sheppard?”

    I think hes trying to sound like Bob, I feel for the guy its hard to replace a guy who did it for 60 years.

  476. Ron July 20th, 2008 at 3:04 pm

    Does it bug anybody else that the Yankee announcer sounds like Bob Sheppard?

    It’s I-Can’t-Believe-It’s-Not-Bob-Shepard.

  477. Brandon (Jeter GIDP: *15 even in All Star Games) (Johan HR count: *16) July 20th, 2008 at 3:04 pm

    Molina choke up

  478. NongEyeJon July 20th, 2008 at 3:04 pm

    Why were the BlueJays worldbeaters when they played the Yanks (halladay didnt help) and they look like garbage against the Rays?

  479. Angel {zOMG!!11!!!1 Teh Yankeezzz r epic fail 4 this yr!!111!!! } July 20th, 2008 at 3:04 pm

    Interesting that six out of their 7 losses were on the road. They lost every road game, their last road trip.

  480. PAT M. July 20th, 2008 at 3:05 pm

    Other than Kazmir ( 83 ip ) the remaining starters are all around 115-125 IP….They’ll be reaching that out of gas mark right around September…..Nice story but thery’ll fade…..

  481. Angel {zOMG!!11!!!1 Teh Yankeezzz r epic fail 4 this yr!!111!!! } July 20th, 2008 at 3:05 pm

    Because the Rays are playing at home.

  482. Rebecca--Optimist Prime-Mo for Cy Young 08 July 20th, 2008 at 3:06 pm

    Al: the home games now are to make up for the month spent on the road in April.

  483. Laura - Waiting for A-Rod to get hot again! July 20th, 2008 at 3:07 pm

    “Why were the BlueJays worldbeaters when they played the Yanks (halladay didnt help) and they look like garbage against the Rays?”

    A lot of teams pump themselves up when they play the Yankees. They want to beat them more than they want to beat your average teams.

  484. mel July 20th, 2008 at 3:07 pm

    Why do we have to subjected to a Varitek lovefest?

  485. Al from BK July 20th, 2008 at 3:07 pm

    After this week TB goes on a lengthy road trip. The Yanks are currently in a stretch where they play 13 out of 16 at home. It is now officially time for that run that we always discuss.

  486. Rebecca--Optimist Prime-Mo for Cy Young 08 July 20th, 2008 at 3:07 pm

    AHAHAHa

    “Yankees start a series against the HR derby champ…”

    And I was like…no, they’re not playing Texas…and then I remembered Hamilton didn’t win the Derby.

    He just blew everyone away.

  487. Psyluk July 20th, 2008 at 3:08 pm

    Gardner is really starting to wear thin on me with his popups and lazy fly balls into the outfield. For all the talk about scrappiness and energy, he’s hitting .163, which speaks more loudly than any intangible he brings to the table.

  488. YankeeFanInVermont July 20th, 2008 at 3:08 pm

    I’ve heard the saying that “copying is the greatest form of flattery” but I think that having an announcer with a voice and enunciation like Sheppard’s is a deception and is a dishonor to Sheppard.

  489. Laura - Waiting for A-Rod to get hot again! July 20th, 2008 at 3:09 pm

    How nice of Ortiz to plan his return during the BOS/NYY game this upcoming weekend. Here’s hoping he has a setback.

  490. Al from BK July 20th, 2008 at 3:09 pm

    Rebecca hey still have played around 10 more home games than road games. I think those 10 games represent the gap in the standings.

  491. Fran July 20th, 2008 at 3:09 pm

    Michael Kay is back tomorrow night. Guess our vacation is over.

  492. Rebecca--Optimist Prime-Mo for Cy Young 08 July 20th, 2008 at 3:10 pm

    Sending Andy out there with 97 pitches already?

    Not the best idea Girardi has ever had.

  493. Bronx Jeers July 20th, 2008 at 3:11 pm

    “It’s I-Can’t-Believe-It’s-Not-Bob-Shepard.”

    nice one.

    In 40 years their voices will be identical

    Did you read that article where they can record Shepards voice and cut it up phoneticly to say any name?

    I really hope he makes it back this year.

  494. Laura - Waiting for A-Rod to get hot again! July 20th, 2008 at 3:11 pm

    I’m surprised to see Andy back out there.

  495. Rebecca--Optimist Prime-Mo for Cy Young 08 July 20th, 2008 at 3:11 pm

    Laura: The Sox were doing worse with Ortiz in the line up.

  496. Al from BK July 20th, 2008 at 3:11 pm

    “How nice of Ortiz to plan his return during the BOS/NYY game this upcoming weekend. Here’s hoping he has a setback.”

    Heres hoping he gets buzzed high by Joba. Same goes for Fat turd Ramirez.

  497. Vrsce July 20th, 2008 at 3:12 pm

    Rebecca

    Andy will do well this inning and give the pen a rest.

  498. Brandon (Jeter GIDP: *15 even in All Star Games) (Johan HR count: *16) July 20th, 2008 at 3:12 pm

    BTW Brian Fuentes has only faced 14 LHB this season

    he has a .192 BAA and 3.86 ERA.. I wouldn’t touch him w/ a 10 foot pole.

    Pettitte looks bored.

  499. Confucius July 20th, 2008 at 3:12 pm

    “Here’s hoping he has a setback.”

    Or even better, makes it back and strikes out repeatedly.

  500. Laura - Waiting for A-Rod to get hot again! July 20th, 2008 at 3:12 pm

    ‘Michael Kay is back tomorrow night. Guess our vacation is over.”

    The break from Kay’s annoying voice was great while it lasted. But alas, all good things must come to an end.

  501. Angel {zOMG!!11!!!1 Teh Yankeezzz r epic fail 4 this yr!!111!!! } July 20th, 2008 at 3:12 pm

    Andy’s a bulldog – its damn hot, but he’s back out there.

  502. NongEyeJon July 20th, 2008 at 3:13 pm

    My question about the upcoming BoSox/NYY series…who is in-line for the rotation? Are Ponson and Rasner due up in that series? If so, any chances of a move?

  503. Nick in SF July 20th, 2008 at 3:14 pm

    Good call, Girardi. Joba, I hope you’re paying attention!

  504. Bronx Jeers July 20th, 2008 at 3:14 pm

    “Michael Kay is back tomorrow night. Guess our vacation is over.”

    Kay is the worst. Maybe him and Meacham could trade jobs.

    Singleton and Coney are my favorite team.

    Andy!!!!!!!!!

  505. Al from BK July 20th, 2008 at 3:14 pm

    Rebecca- were you not watching last nights game? Take it easy about the 100 pitch count that is the worst thing to ever happen to the starting pitcher Andy can handle it.

  506. Laura - Waiting for A-Rod to get hot again! July 20th, 2008 at 3:15 pm

    “The Sox were doing worse with Ortiz in the line up.”

    Who knows? Maybe they don’t want him to come back? LOL!

    He was trying to play injured and that never works out well.

    I actually don’t dislike Ortiz as a person. He seems like an okay guy. He just kills Yankee pitching, which makes me dislike him as a player.

    Now, Manny Ramirez is someone I despise. I hope that the Red Sox decline his option and he ends up in the National League or better yet, on Mars.

  507. Angel {zOMG!!11!!!1 Teh Yankeezzz r epic fail 4 this yr!!111!!! } July 20th, 2008 at 3:15 pm

    I’ve really liked Ken Singleton and Cone/Flaherty combo. Its been a nice break.

  508. NongEyeJon July 20th, 2008 at 3:15 pm

    I happen to like Leiter, Cone, Singleton and Flaherty. O’Neill is good when he’s on. Who am I now leaving out? Oh yeah…Kay. He’s awful.

  509. Al from BK July 20th, 2008 at 3:16 pm

    NongeyeJon- Its set-up Joba, Pettitte and Ponson for the Bos series.

  510. 108 stitches July 20th, 2008 at 3:16 pm

    Andy’s history as a good 2nd half pitcher marches on. A sweet day’s work.

  511. Fran July 20th, 2008 at 3:16 pm

    What an impressive outing by Andy.

  512. Rebecca--Optimist Prime-Mo for Cy Young 08 July 20th, 2008 at 3:16 pm

    Wow Andy.

    GREAT today!

  513. mel July 20th, 2008 at 3:17 pm

    Rebecca,

    Sending him out for the ovation. And he’s getting the job done.

    I know the bullpens are short, and they are the opposing team. But I have a problem with the A’s sending out Dukeshire out when he’s coming off of an illness that left him weak.

    I know that it’s the A’s and Andy’s in pinpoint today, but Molina sure calls a nice game.

    Jays back on top! Caray’s jinx attempt foiled.

    Great job, Andy.

  514. NongEyeJon July 20th, 2008 at 3:18 pm

    Hmmm….do we throw Ponson into that series? I guess we have to, right? No other options.

  515. Brandon (Jeter GIDP: *15 even in All Star Games) (Johan HR count: *16) July 20th, 2008 at 3:18 pm

    I’ve really liked Ken Singleton and Cone/Flaherty combo. Its been a nice break.

    I know …trust me I know :?

  516. Vrsce July 20th, 2008 at 3:18 pm

    Anyone want to apologize to Girardi?

  517. Nibs July 20th, 2008 at 3:18 pm

    Imagine if this team could actually score runs???

  518. Nick in SF July 20th, 2008 at 3:18 pm

    I didn’t know Marco Scutaro hit homers off teams other than the Yankees.

  519. Laura - Waiting for A-Rod to get hot again! July 20th, 2008 at 3:18 pm

    I actually prefer Flaherty to Cone. Coney tends to talk a bit too much about his pitching days.

    Have I mentioned that I hate that “It’s Love” song? It needs to be retired.

  520. mel July 20th, 2008 at 3:19 pm

    Ahem, Brandon wants us to sign Bradley so he can go into the YES booth and beat up Kay.

    Be patient, guys.

  521. mark - ghosts are a good thing! July 20th, 2008 at 3:19 pm

    Who would have thunk it!

    I do believe in ghosts! I do believe in ghosts!

    Anyway I think that the embarrassment of having to watch Red Sox overrun Yankee Stadium at the All Star Game didn’t hurt with either the ghosts of the players.

    Whatever it is, good for Girardi, good for the Yankees, good for us!

  522. Rebecca--Optimist Prime-Mo for Cy Young 08 July 20th, 2008 at 3:20 pm

    Nong, we’re 3-0 in Ponson starts.

  523. mark - ghosts are a good thing! July 20th, 2008 at 3:20 pm

    *or the players

  524. Angel {zOMG!!11!!!1 Teh Yankeezzz r epic fail 4 this yr!!111!!! } July 20th, 2008 at 3:20 pm

    Insurance runs would be nice.

  525. Laura - Waiting for A-Rod to get hot again! July 20th, 2008 at 3:20 pm

    Alex is due for another bomb.

  526. Brandon (Jeter GIDP: *15 even in All Star Games) (Johan HR count: *16) July 20th, 2008 at 3:21 pm

    Ahem, Brandon wants us to sign Bradley so he can go into the YES booth and beat up Kay.

    That’s not the only reason, you can’t prove that :x

  527. mark - ghosts are a good thing! July 20th, 2008 at 3:21 pm

    Anyone want to apologize to Girardi?

    Pete does! Ha ha.

    I criticized Posada a few times but I never trashed Girardi. So the answer is no!

  528. Brandon (Jeter GIDP: *15 even in All Star Games) (Johan HR count: *16) July 20th, 2008 at 3:22 pm

    he’s due for a bomb

  529. Ron July 20th, 2008 at 3:22 pm

    I’ll be in the Bronx for Sir Sidney’s start. I’m really hoping for a good outing.

    I mean, I was at the 22-0 game, so it can’t be worse than that…right?

  530. Brandon (Jeter GIDP: *15 even in All Star Games) (Johan HR count: *16) July 20th, 2008 at 3:22 pm

    now that’s hussel

  531. mel July 20th, 2008 at 3:23 pm

    Oh, it looked worse than it really was. He could’ve rolled an ankle there.

  532. The Vince Black Show July 20th, 2008 at 3:23 pm

    En Vogue
    lmao

  533. Brandon (Jeter GIDP: *15 even in All Star Games) (Johan HR count: *16) July 20th, 2008 at 3:23 pm

    Giambi another INF single WTF 8O

  534. Bronx Jeers July 20th, 2008 at 3:24 pm

    Man we could use a run. Mo’s control has been a little off last couple of weeks.

    Only 3 game sweep of an AL team this year has been Seattle.2 X Doesnt really count

    Giambi an infield hit!!!!!!

    The Stache has wings !!

  535. sw July 20th, 2008 at 3:24 pm

    Pete, is Giambi getting an infield hit a sign of impending victory? :D

  536. Ron July 20th, 2008 at 3:24 pm

    I smell insurance.

  537. Rebecca--Optimist Prime-Mo for Cy Young 08 July 20th, 2008 at 3:25 pm

    …Robbie, remember, this is the second half.

  538. Ron July 20th, 2008 at 3:25 pm

    Evidently my sense of smell ain’t so good.

  539. Vrsce July 20th, 2008 at 3:25 pm

    Arod showing energy and hustle.

  540. Pedro July 20th, 2008 at 3:25 pm

    Yankees’ offense = pathetic.

  541. Bronx Jeers July 20th, 2008 at 3:25 pm

    Why is Cano so damn slow?

  542. mark - ghosts are a good thing! July 20th, 2008 at 3:26 pm

    bronx Jeers – Mo’s rhythm is only off when it’s a save situation. Not to worry.

  543. Angel {zOMG!!11!!!1 Teh Yankeezzz r epic fail 4 this yr!!111!!! } July 20th, 2008 at 3:26 pm

    You better take the clothes pin off your nose, Ron.

    That was a shift-assisted infield single, lol.

  544. Confucius July 20th, 2008 at 3:26 pm

    “I actually prefer Flaherty to Cone. Coney tends to talk a bit too much about his pitching days.”

    I’m not fond of the way he grunts for emphasis. Sounds rather corny.

    Flaherty I like a lot. Good voice and good insight. If the YES booth weren’t such a carousel, I’d nominate him as a fixture.

  545. Laura - Waiting for A-Rod to get hot again! July 20th, 2008 at 3:26 pm

    TOR leading TB 6-4.

  546. mel July 20th, 2008 at 3:27 pm

    Wow. Padilla and Scott Baker in a pitcher’s duel. Baker only gave up one hit, a HR. Twins down 1-0.

  547. Laura - Waiting for A-Rod to get hot again! July 20th, 2008 at 3:27 pm

    Hey, there’s Sexy in for defense.

  548. Emma July 20th, 2008 at 3:28 pm

    Cano grounded out…at least Meachem didn’t make a stupid move this time with Cano batting.

  549. mark - ghosts are a good thing! July 20th, 2008 at 3:28 pm

    Ooops! I mean in a tie situation.

  550. randy l July 20th, 2008 at 3:28 pm

    arod ,if i’ve told you once i’ve told you a thousand times, never ever dive after you run through the bag.

  551. Fran July 20th, 2008 at 3:29 pm

    One down and two to go.

  552. Bronx Jeers July 20th, 2008 at 3:29 pm

    Tor 6 – Rays 4 bottom 5th

  553. The Vince Black Show July 20th, 2008 at 3:29 pm

    damn…………….. big Sexy for defense!

  554. Nick in SF July 20th, 2008 at 3:30 pm

    Cone is grunting and growling his way to broadcasting immortality. Has he been in the booth with O’Neill yet?

  555. Brandon (Jeter GIDP: *15 even in All Star Games) (Johan HR count: *16) July 20th, 2008 at 3:30 pm

    watchout w/ Paul O’neil Jr. here

    (nevermind)

  556. mel July 20th, 2008 at 3:30 pm

    GIDP please. Pretty please?

  557. Angel {zOMG!!11!!!1 Teh Yankeezzz r epic fail 4 this yr!!111!!! } July 20th, 2008 at 3:31 pm

    hahaha @ Richie Sexson as the Chrysler Building.

  558. Rebecca--Optimist Prime-Mo for Cy Young 08 July 20th, 2008 at 3:32 pm

    …..Wow.

    Is this a contest for “weirdest baseball play ever?”

  559. Brandon (Jeter GIDP: *15 even in All Star Games) (Johan HR count: *16) July 20th, 2008 at 3:32 pm

    WTF BOBBY !

    OH DAMMIT

    PHEW !

  560. Ron July 20th, 2008 at 3:32 pm

    Well, that was weird.

    Two out.

  561. NongEyeJon July 20th, 2008 at 3:32 pm

    Someone want to tell me what the hell that was about? He caught that….he dropped it in the transfer.

  562. blackdragon905 July 20th, 2008 at 3:32 pm

    WOW!!!!!

  563. Angel {zOMG!!11!!!1 Teh Yankeezzz r epic fail 4 this yr!!111!!! } July 20th, 2008 at 3:32 pm

    Yikes, that was a roundabout way to getting the out.

  564. mel July 20th, 2008 at 3:32 pm

    JFC!!!!! Bobby. You’re killing us.

  565. mark - ghosts are a good thing! July 20th, 2008 at 3:33 pm

    KA-RAZY!!!!!

    That will make Baseball Tonight is a combination Web Gem/Embarrassing Moment!

  566. Rubin July 20th, 2008 at 3:33 pm

    Wow, can our defense get any sloppier?

  567. Bronx Jeers July 20th, 2008 at 3:33 pm

    I thought it was a catch anyway

    Arod was summoning jeter’s “Flip” on that one

  568. Vrsce July 20th, 2008 at 3:33 pm

    Hooray for Arod
    Averts disaster.

  569. mark - ghosts are a good thing! July 20th, 2008 at 3:33 pm

    *as

  570. Laura - Waiting for A-Rod to get hot again! July 20th, 2008 at 3:33 pm

    What the hell was that?

  571. jennifer- I got your back Girardi-Moose was robbed July 20th, 2008 at 3:33 pm

    First off that was a catch. Second great heads up by Alex. Might have saved the game.

  572. NongEyeJon July 20th, 2008 at 3:33 pm

    They don’t seem to be mentioning that the umpire blew that call. He caught that ball.

  573. Confucius July 20th, 2008 at 3:33 pm

    Excellent job by A-Rod there. Saves Bobby’s @#$.

  574. Nick in SF July 20th, 2008 at 3:33 pm

    The A’s broadcasters are saying it was a clear catch. Bad call.

  575. Rebecca--Optimist Prime-Mo for Cy Young 08 July 20th, 2008 at 3:33 pm

    That’s a fielder’s choice?

  576. Fran July 20th, 2008 at 3:34 pm

    ARod saved the Yanks there. Think that will be a webgem?!!

  577. Tseng July 20th, 2008 at 3:34 pm

    Thank you Jose.

  578. Brandon (Jeter GIDP: *15 even in All Star Games) (Johan HR count: *16) July 20th, 2008 at 3:34 pm

    YOU DO NOT RUN ON MOLINA !!! :evil:

  579. Nick in SF July 20th, 2008 at 3:34 pm

    Oh by the way, nice play Molina!!!!

  580. Nibs July 20th, 2008 at 3:34 pm

    Who’s managing the A’s?

    Bobby Meachem?

  581. Ron July 20th, 2008 at 3:34 pm

    That’s not the first time I’ve seen that. Why other teams run with two outs in the 9th is unknown.

  582. Paul July 20th, 2008 at 3:34 pm

    fitting end Jose Molina guns him down

  583. blackdragon905 July 20th, 2008 at 3:34 pm

    GO MOLINA, WHAT AN ARM!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  584. The Vince Black Show July 20th, 2008 at 3:34 pm

    wow what a break he was absolutely safe!!!!!

  585. mark - ghosts are a good thing! July 20th, 2008 at 3:34 pm

    And THAT sportsfans is why Brian Cashman’s greatest moment was the Jose Molina trade.

    WHAT A MAN!

  586. Bronx Jeers July 20th, 2008 at 3:35 pm

    Can’t run on Molina’s arm on that one. Thanks A’s

    Go Toronto!!
    Go Angels!!

  587. Tseng July 20th, 2008 at 3:35 pm

    That was a brilliant throw. You don’t get better placement than that. Damn!

  588. NongEyeJon July 20th, 2008 at 3:35 pm

    I bet Posada will say he could have thrown him out.

  589. mel July 20th, 2008 at 3:35 pm

    Awesome. Love Jorge, but no way he gets that out. Davis’s hand mind have been in there. But who cares. Bang, bang. Let’s go, Toronto.

  590. Vrsce July 20th, 2008 at 3:35 pm

    Ballgame

    Good job Posada not in.
    Girardi is actually managing well.

  591. Paul July 20th, 2008 at 3:35 pm

    Kim Jones interview with Jose??

  592. The Vince Black Show July 20th, 2008 at 3:35 pm

    btw: but what a perfect throw

  593. James G July 20th, 2008 at 3:35 pm

    YEAH JOSE! What a crazy 9th inning. 3 game sweep is a great way to come out of the AS break.

  594. Nick in SF July 20th, 2008 at 3:35 pm

    Call Elias, has a player ever ended one game on a walk-off HBP and then ended the next game by throwing out a runner?

  595. Fran July 20th, 2008 at 3:35 pm

    Good thing Molina was behind the plate.

    Yanks sweep the A’s – nice way to come back after the All Star break.

  596. PAT M. July 20th, 2008 at 3:35 pm

    I’ll take his .222 BA, his defense is sterling, and his arm is gold…

  597. Angel {zOMG!!11!!!1 Teh Yankeezzz r epic fail 4 this yr!!111!!! } July 20th, 2008 at 3:36 pm

    “I bet Posada will say he could have thrown him out.”

    WTF does this matter? Sheesh.

  598. mel July 20th, 2008 at 3:37 pm

    Nick,

    Caray said you have to reach into the glove with your other hand and make a clean transfer.

    All’s well and ends well.

    Can Toronto hold on? That would be terrific.

  599. Ron July 20th, 2008 at 3:37 pm

    Yeah! Girardi’s fired up!

  600. Bronx Jeers July 20th, 2008 at 3:37 pm

    Actually he was safe. Thanks ump

  601. Brandon (Jeter GIDP: *15 even in All Star Games) (Johan HR count: *16) July 20th, 2008 at 3:37 pm

    wow what a break he was absolutely safe!!!!!

    he was out, Robi tagged him on the left hip before the finger touched 2B

  602. Laura - Waiting for A-Rod to get hot again! July 20th, 2008 at 3:38 pm

    I thought the play at 2B was a tie with the Yankees getting the call because of the great throw. Who cares…we won! That’s all that matters.

  603. mark - ghosts are a good thing! July 20th, 2008 at 3:38 pm

    Nick in SF – Ha ha!

    QUIZ – fill in the blank

    Yankees really only need three starters in the postseason but would like to have a fourth as backup. Here are the three. Fill in the blank to name the 4th.

    1. Mussina

    2. Pettitte

    3. Chamberlain

    4.

  604. Dee July 20th, 2008 at 3:39 pm

    I think we officially have a $52 million back-up catcher.

  605. Keith July 20th, 2008 at 3:39 pm

    Abreu was almost a goat. Saved by a heads up Alex. Next time wear sunglasses.

  606. Laura - Waiting for A-Rod to get hot again! July 20th, 2008 at 3:40 pm

    This MLB Extra innings is pretty darn sweet. Just switched to the TOR/TB game in time to watch TB waste a chance to score. Woohoo!

  607. YankeesLuv July 20th, 2008 at 3:40 pm

    Arod and Molina, what great plays at the end of the game.

  608. Laura - Waiting for A-Rod to get hot again! July 20th, 2008 at 3:41 pm

    Can you imagine how awesome Molina would be if he could hit?

  609. mark - Jose Molina is Cashman's finest trade. July 20th, 2008 at 3:41 pm

    You know we can win it all with this crew don’t you?

    Of course you do, ha ha!

  610. Bronx Jeers July 20th, 2008 at 3:41 pm

    4. Wang?

  611. Emma July 20th, 2008 at 3:41 pm

    Wouldn’t Wang be back by september? So Wang could be fourth.

  612. Brandon (Jeter GIDP: *15 even in All Star Games) (Johan HR count: *16) July 20th, 2008 at 3:42 pm

    Arod and Molina, what great plays at the end of the game.

    I agree here thier 2 plays killed that inning, it won’t reach the newstands or stats sheet but 2 heads up clutch defensive plays ended that game.

  613. mel July 20th, 2008 at 3:42 pm

    Toronto and TB both dipping into the bullpen early. 3 innings and 4 inning respectively for their starters.

  614. will July 20th, 2008 at 3:43 pm

    More importantly… Why didn’t the devil rays get halladay for a guaranteed loss. Anyway it’s all good, as long as they lose and boston loses. Oakland was right there with the yankees. Those 3 games helped extend a 2 game lead on oakland. Now we just gotta get past boston/minnesota.

  615. mark - Jose Molina is Cashman's finest trade. July 20th, 2008 at 3:43 pm

    Check it out Bronx Jeers. Imagine if we have Wang back in time and he turns out to be the backup????

    Then we could have Ponson and Rasner in the pen for long relief/spot starts.

    WE ARE COOKING!

  616. Phil July 20th, 2008 at 3:43 pm

    Posada’s injury is worse than he or the Yankees are letting on. It is evidenced every time he throws the ball.

    Unless an offseason of rest heals him and his shoulder…you are looking at the 1B/DH of the Yankees being named Posada after this year…with occasional catching duties.

  617. 27 this year July 20th, 2008 at 3:43 pm

    Mark, hopefully the 4th will be Wang

  618. Rebecca--Optimist Prime-Mo for Cy Young 08 July 20th, 2008 at 3:44 pm

    Nick: Good question. I’m actually kind of curious

  619. mark - Jose Molina is Cashman's finest trade. July 20th, 2008 at 3:44 pm

    Emma and Bronx – Wang should be the answer.

    If anything happens that he isn’t back we could have the Ponson/Rasner combo as backup.

  620. Nick in SF July 20th, 2008 at 3:44 pm

    It would be great if Wang could make it back, but don’t get your hopes up. Hughes could be that #4 or… well, I won’t say his name. And I won’t say his name either.

  621. Angel {zOMG!!11!!!1 Teh Yankeezzz r epic fail 4 this yr!!111!!! } July 20th, 2008 at 3:45 pm

    Oh I was going to watch the TOR/TB game, but the Rays home announcers irritate me so much, I just can’t.

  622. BBB July 20th, 2008 at 3:45 pm

    Yaaaay!!! woohoo sweep and 8 games over! And to further twist the knife in, I believe Mo just broke Eckersley’s record for number of saves converted for one starter? I forget the name of the SP he had the record for.

    Great play by Alex in the 9th, he saved Abreu’s butt, and maybe Meacham’s too considering if Oakland had scored there, his horrendous decision to send A-Rod early on would have cost us the game.

    But nothing was more fitting than Molina ending it again today. What a great trade.

    oh, and, Justin Duscherererererrr: property of Jason Giambi. ALL HAIL THE STACHE!!!

  623. Brandon (Jeter GIDP: *15 even in All Star Games) (Johan HR count: *16) July 20th, 2008 at 3:45 pm

    Check it out Bronx Jeers. Imagine if we have Wang back in time and he turns out to be the backup????

    Hughes is the key, Wang would shore up the rotation, Hughes if he hits his stride would take it to another level.

  624. mark - Jose Molina is Cashman's finest trade. July 20th, 2008 at 3:46 pm

    Are we all busting with excitement????

    I am.

    I’m thinking of Mussina, Pettitte, Joba, and even Ponson and Rasner. I’m having trouble breathing correctly when I think about it.

    And that doesn’t even account for Wang in there.

  625. Angel {zOMG!!11!!!1 Teh Yankeezzz r epic fail 4 this yr!!111!!! } July 20th, 2008 at 3:47 pm

    “Posada’s injury is worse than he or the Yankees are letting on. It is evidenced every time he throws the ball.”

    No it isn’t. They’ve said he needs surgery. Clearly he’s not going to be anywhere near 100% until he gets it.

  626. mark - I am a fan of the Yankees, their ghosts, and Cashman's trade for Jose Molina! July 20th, 2008 at 3:47 pm

    I’m having trouble settling on a tagline! I think I hit it.

  627. BBB July 20th, 2008 at 3:47 pm

    Mark – hopefully Wang as the 4th with Jarrod Washburn coming out of the bullpen (yes, I really really want to trade for him and I recently read that Seattle only wants salary relief, not real prospects, so I hope Cash is hot on the trail)

  628. Nick in SF July 20th, 2008 at 3:48 pm

    will: Halladay did pitch in this series, the Rays beat him.

  629. TKinDC July 20th, 2008 at 3:48 pm

    “Unless an offseason of rest heals him and his shoulder…you are looking at the 1B/DH of the Yankees being named Posada after this year…with occasional catching duties.”

    I think this is too pessimistic – has there been a shoulder injury yet that Doctor Andrews couldn’t fix?

    It is concerning to me though that we had the full break and Posada didn’t seem to have benefited from the time off.

  630. PAT M. July 20th, 2008 at 3:48 pm

    It’s get away day for the umps as well as Oakland….After yesterday’s marathon and isn’t in real hot in NYC, anything close up goes the right arm….Slowly climbing up the ladder as the other teams desend to reality….

  631. Bronx Jeers July 20th, 2008 at 3:48 pm

    Yeah hopefully Wang makes it back in time. I hate to think where we would be if he never went down. Maybe 3 games better which puts right in the race.

  632. 27 this year July 20th, 2008 at 3:48 pm

    Our pitching is on fire! Bullpen and starters. Let’s hope Ponson and Rasner don’t stink up the place.

  633. Brandon (Jeter GIDP: *15 even in All Star Games) (Johan HR count: *16) July 20th, 2008 at 3:49 pm

    and even Ponson and Rasner

    temper it here at best 1 out of these 2 will work out. IDK about Rasner, he’s been stinking it up a bit. Ponson we have to hope he stays into the game atleast sober. :?

  634. fleas (Gardner over Cabrera) July 20th, 2008 at 3:49 pm

    this teams offense in just flat out horrible. I’ll take the wins, but for years now this offense has been in decline. It’s unreal how dramatic it has been. I cannot believe this team. If we were losing these games I would be even more livid but I’ll take the win.

    we better do something to get Matt Holliday. we need proven young bats. if it means trading kennedy, cabrera, jackson/tabata .. I’m all in.

    hughes/cabrera for holliday? I am doing it as well. let the rockies work hughes into a ML ready role and we can get him later maybe..

  635. mark - I am a fan of the Yankees, their ghosts, and Cashman's trade for Jose Molina! July 20th, 2008 at 3:49 pm

    Remember this is Andy’s kind of weather. It should just keep getting better and better!

  636. Joe Schmoe 2 July 20th, 2008 at 3:51 pm

    did any of you guys see kim jones today?

    woooo, she looked fine as can be

  637. NongEyeJon July 20th, 2008 at 3:51 pm

    Angel, the only problem is that Posada seems to think he is not a liability in the field. He’s made comments as such, about being disappointed by being a DH or playing 1B. If he can’t see that his comments are only self-serving, instead of team-oriented, then I don’t know how else he can convinced, if not by Molina’s example throwing runners out and Posada’s inability to throw the ball to 2nd on a fly. Don’t get me wrong, I love Posada, and would rather have his bat in there together with his glove. HOwever, he’s not even hitting right now, so until he recognizes that he’s a liability until he starts hitting, I will continue to think that his comments are somewhat selfish.

  638. Phil July 20th, 2008 at 3:51 pm

    Angel: Yes, it is. But thanks for trying.

  639. fleas (Gardner over Cabrera) July 20th, 2008 at 3:52 pm

    you can’t win on pitching alone, you can have the best pitching in baseball, but if you don’t have the bats to back them up, forget it.

    this team has not been playing like a playoff team.. no way. it will be amazing if they make the post season, without a BIG trade, I just don’t see it happening.

  640. Angel {zOMG!!11!!!1 Teh Yankeezzz r epic fail 4 this yr!!111!!! } July 20th, 2008 at 3:53 pm

    Okay, Dr Phil, MD. I stand corrected.

  641. BBB July 20th, 2008 at 3:53 pm

    “we better do something to get Matt Holliday. we need proven young bats. if it means trading kennedy, cabrera, jackson/tabata .. I’m all in.”

    Yeah, we need proven young bats…Holliday has proven nothing outside of Coors, except mediocrity. Even one of Jackson or Tabata for him would be horrendous.

    Nady won’t cost as much and would be the better player at Yankee Stadium.

  642. Phil July 20th, 2008 at 3:53 pm

    If the late 30′s Posada gets the surgery and it works…great…but his arm was average to above-average, at best, at his peak. At his age, after surgery…he’ll be at DH/1B with occasional catching.

  643. sw July 20th, 2008 at 3:53 pm

    I believe Mo just broke Eckersley’s record for number of saves converted for one starter? I forget the name of the SP he had the record for.

    Andy and Mo tied the record of most wins saved combo using the same starter and closer of Bob Welch and Dennis Eckersley at 55 games. Pete posted about it when they got 54: http://yankees.lhblogs.com/200.....s-a-charm/

  644. Brandon (Jeter GIDP: *15 even in All Star Games) (Johan HR count: *16) July 20th, 2008 at 3:54 pm

    we better do something to get Matt Holliday. we need proven young bats. if it means trading kennedy, cabrera, jackson/tabata .. I’m all in.

    hughes/cabrera for holliday? I am doing it as well. let the rockies work hughes into a ML ready role and we can get him later maybe..

    None of those moves are smart longterm moves. The offense in a decline for years are you serious fleas ? Are you really serious ! WOW sometimes you say some dumb things and I mean pretty dumb the Yankees offense last year was one of the top in the AL, this season they are mediocore at best. (For years really)

  645. Angel {zOMG!!11!!!1 Teh Yankeezzz r epic fail 4 this yr!!111!!! } July 20th, 2008 at 3:54 pm

    It takes a special kind of whining ability to be able to post something like that after a 3 game sweep, Fleas.

    Bravo.

  646. fleas (Gardner over Cabrera) July 20th, 2008 at 3:55 pm

    BBB,

    put holliday in Yankee Stadium and he will shine no doubt. if you don’t know him personally, you just won’t understand that.

    and to imply he is worthless except at home is just flat out ridiculous. most players are better home hitters, or do you not understand baseball.

  647. Angel {zOMG!!11!!!1 Teh Yankeezzz r epic fail 4 this yr!!111!!! } July 20th, 2008 at 3:56 pm

    If you say so, Dr. Phil.

  648. Brandon (Jeter GIDP: *15 even in All Star Games) (Johan HR count: *16) July 20th, 2008 at 3:57 pm

    He or she is still watching Johan Santana make excuses in the NL and blaming it on everyone else. (Why couldn’t he be a Yankee, meanwhile reports are surfaceing that Johan never really wanted to come to NY)

  649. fleas (Gardner over Cabrera) July 20th, 2008 at 3:57 pm

    Angel, three game sweep that we squeaked out by nothing short of fantastic pitching and a miracle. How many runners did we leave on base these 3 games? How many runs scored?

    heh. you shine with your ability to be objective.

  650. NongEyeJon July 20th, 2008 at 3:57 pm

    Holliday is not worthless outside of Coors…but it sure does help to play there.

  651. YankeesTech July 20th, 2008 at 3:57 pm

    These are times that yankees should be allowed to struggle offensively. The guy is leading the league in era.

  652. BBB July 20th, 2008 at 3:59 pm

    “Andy and Mo tied the record of most wins saved combo using the same starter and closer of Bob Welch and Dennis Eckersley at 55 games.”

    thanks sw, I’d had my eye on this since Pete last posted about it, but couldnt remember the record number or name of the starter. I love that they at least tied it vs OAK!

  653. Angel {zOMG!!11!!!1 Teh Yankeezzz r epic fail 4 this yr!!111!!! } July 20th, 2008 at 3:59 pm

    A win, is a win is a win, Fleas. You need to win all kinds of games, Fleas.

    Good thing you took the “only negative when we lose” tagline off, or you’d really look silly right now.

  654. fleas (so many sheep here to bite) July 20th, 2008 at 4:00 pm

    I don’t hear all you that supported Melky and claimed that he would be an all-star chiming in these days.. yeah, you guys really know your baseball.

    a bunch of bandwagon-sheep.

    what about all of you that cried for hughes and kennedy to stay.. I bet you don’t even post on hughes’s blog anymore. Yeah, you know who you are.. talk about sharp.. amazing that you people are not in africa running around naked with some tribe.

    sorry that your biology has made you a follower and not a leader.

  655. Brandon (Jeter GIDP: *15 even in All Star Games) (Johan HR count: *16) July 20th, 2008 at 4:00 pm

    put holliday in Yankee Stadium and he will shine no doubt. if you don’t know him personally, you just won’t understand that.

    and to imply he is worthless except at home is just flat out ridiculous. most players are better home hitters, or do you not understand baseball.

    FACT 1: He’s a FA after next year

    FACT 2: His slugging is 162 points higher at Coors

    FACT 3: He’s a horrible defensive OF

    FACT 4: 79-39 that’s his career HR Home/Away

  656. Angel {zOMG!!11!!!1 Teh Yankeezzz r epic fail 4 this yr!!111!!! } July 20th, 2008 at 4:01 pm

    Besides I didn’t realize being objective meant being a negative whiny gnat, no matter what.

    You can have “objectivity” all to yourself, if thats what you think it is.

  657. TKinDC July 20th, 2008 at 4:01 pm

    “How many runners did we leave on base these 3 games? How many runs scored?”

    They still determine playoffs by wins/losses right? Or is it cumulative OPS + Whip ^ LOB?

    Just win baby!

  658. Nick in SF July 20th, 2008 at 4:01 pm

    fleas, the Yanks raked on Friday night, yesterday was a pathetic offensive showing, albiet against a good pitcher, and today they faced an all-star who’s only given up more than 2 runs once this season, and that was 3. And did you look at today’s lineup?

  659. fleas (so many sheep here to bite) July 20th, 2008 at 4:02 pm

    angel? *look silly* uhm, oh, okay. got me there genius.

    for 2 years now I have been saying the same thing, everyone comes down on me or being *negative* but I am batting 1000. Yet, you all just choose to stay in denial and blame me for your own misery and this teams as well.

    whatever works for you. I’ll keep doing my job. no hard feeling here. hard to get angry when 95% of you have an IQ bordering 100.

  660. BBB July 20th, 2008 at 4:03 pm

    “put holliday in Yankee Stadium and he will shine no doubt. if you don’t know him personally, you just won’t understand that.”

    Do you know him personally?

    Since I don’t, all I can go by are his numbers…and they’re very pedestrian outside of Coors. Not WORTHLESS, I never said that, just pedestrian. Anyone who trades for him will have to pay in part for what he’s done at Coors. Why, when there are other OF available, including one who is already proven in NY, would the Yankees do that?

    And also, lol at the irony of you telling me I don’t understand baseball, but then suggesting that we should trade Jose Tabata when his value is at the lowest it probably ever will be.

  661. Angel {zOMG!!11!!!1 Teh Yankeezzz r epic fail 4 this yr!!111!!! } July 20th, 2008 at 4:03 pm

    As opposed to someone who calls himself “fleas”?

    Mmm’kay.

  662. Brandon (Jeter GIDP: *15 even in All Star Games) (Johan HR count: *16) July 20th, 2008 at 4:04 pm

    Holliday career wise SLG % and OBP %

    .362/.425/.656 (Coors)

    .277/.341/.449 (Away from Coors)

    that’s a 207 point drop SLG
    and 84 points in OBP %

    Can this arguement.

  663. fleas (so many sheep here to bite) July 20th, 2008 at 4:05 pm

    Nick in SF,

    First off, at least your intelligent. However, if the yanks offense was doing what was expected of them, games against good pitching would be understandable. but it is not only good pitchers shutting down this offense, it’s mediocre and even some lame pitchers shutting them down.

  664. Nick in SF July 20th, 2008 at 4:05 pm

    Ouch, I just remembered who fleas is. Now I have to go wash my hands for responding to him.

  665. TKinDC July 20th, 2008 at 4:06 pm

    “amazing that you people are not in africa running around naked with some tribe.

    sorry that your biology has made you a follower and not a leader.”

    Whoa – easy there with the eugenics! At least you have evolved into someone who has a highly developed ability to call names!

  666. fleas (so many sheep here to bite) July 20th, 2008 at 4:06 pm

    angel,

    I can tell by your tag line you are brilliant.

    “Angel {zOMG!!11!!!1 Teh Yankeezzz r epic fail 4 this yr!!111!!! }”

    their going to laugh at you!!

  667. fleas (so many sheep here to bite) July 20th, 2008 at 4:07 pm

    TKinDC,

    I always appreciate the sarcasm and humor.

    “Whoa – easy there with the eugenics! At least you have evolved into someone who has a highly developed ability to call names!”

    you did just make me laugh :)

  668. joe July 20th, 2008 at 4:08 pm

    geez that was like the fastest played game I’ve seen this year

  669. Angel {zOMG!!11!!!1 Teh Yankeezzz r epic fail 4 this yr!!111!!! } July 20th, 2008 at 4:09 pm

    Yeah Fleas, its EASY to bat .1000 when you look from a glass half full mentality all the time. Its not like you ever go out on a limb for anything you say. Worst case possible scenarios are your specialty.

    Hey, no one forced you to put “only negative when we lose” in your tagline. But its absence now is somewhat telling of the kind of commenter you always have been. Negative Regardless – would have been more accurate.

  670. sunny615 July 20th, 2008 at 4:09 pm

    back after a long day out in the bloody hot sun… another 2 run outing for the offense. Concerned I am. I understand it’s Duscherer who has a sub 2 era, but seriously…

    Not to blame soley one person – but Meachum needs to go.

  671. BBB July 20th, 2008 at 4:09 pm

    “Holliday career wise SLG % and OBP %

    .362/.425/.656 (Coors)

    .277/.341/.449 (Away from Coors)”

    If only you knew Holliday personally, you would understand that these numbers just don’t matter! :lol:

  672. fleas (so many sheep here to bite) July 20th, 2008 at 4:10 pm

    You guys are very lucky that I don’t have a vote in Tampa when it comes to trades!

    maybe I should pull a GW Bush and force my cronies to hide the hat behind a church and just tell everyone at the table what I want an demand. No need for a democracy..

  673. TKinDC July 20th, 2008 at 4:10 pm

    Hey Brandon –

    To be fair – anyone would hit better in Coors than the average park because of its dimensions. They also didn’t start using the humidor until recently so his numbers will be even more juiced.

    I’m pushing for a Holliday move though – I think it will cost too much.

  674. TKinDC July 20th, 2008 at 4:10 pm

    Yikes –

    NOT pushing for a Holliday trade.

  675. Angel {zOMG!!11!!!1 Teh Yankeezzz r epic fail 4 this yr!!111!!! } July 20th, 2008 at 4:11 pm

    “I always appreciate the sarcasm and humor.”

    LOL! Do you?

    “can tell by your tag line you are brilliant.

    “Angel {zOMG!!11!!!1 Teh Yankeezzz r epic fail 4 this yr!!111!!! }”

    their going to laugh at you!!”

    Because you missed the sarcasm in MY tagline.

    BTW, its they’re not their.

  676. fleas (so many sheep here to bite) July 20th, 2008 at 4:11 pm

    BBB,

    I know a lot of ballplayers and celebrities personally. Am I cool now or what?

  677. Brandon (Jeter GIDP: *15 even in All Star Games) (Johan HR count: *16) July 20th, 2008 at 4:12 pm

    fleas your more like a dictator all bark no bite, BTW wonderful season so far for Johan Santana :roll:

  678. fleas (so many sheep here to bite) July 20th, 2008 at 4:12 pm

    BBB, i understand his numbers, but why is it that everyone on this team is allowed time to develop.. i.e. melky cabrera, but when someone who has natural talent like holiday are put under a microscope and anything short of perfect is unacceptable in a trade?

    just doesn’t make sense to me is all.

  679. Nick in SF July 20th, 2008 at 4:13 pm

    “Durham was a late arrival to the ballpark, arriving to the clubhouse in a rush about 2 hours before the game with a bag on his shoulders.

    “I’ve got to do a few things right now,” he said.

    A baseball official close to the deal expected an announcement to be made after the game. A Brewers trainer also was seen leaving the Giants clubhouse Sunday morning.

    Durham was held out of San Francisco’s lineup, but manager Bruce Bochy said he was available for the game.”

    Something tells me Ray Durham probably won’t be called to pinch-hit against the Brewers.

  680. PAT M. July 20th, 2008 at 4:13 pm

    I see where Fleas is providing the post game comedy entertainment….Very Funny from Nick In San Fran…..

  681. BBB July 20th, 2008 at 4:14 pm

    and for the record I don’t take today’s offense as a bad omen. Duscherererererrr does that to every team he faces. The Yankees got the hits when they needed them as well as worked almost every count on the normally economical Dusch. And if it werent for Meachem’s blown call, we may have scored a few more runs. Also, we don’t face a Duscherererer every day. The only AL SP who has been better than Duch is C. Lee, and we’re done facing both of them. So clearly it’s all uphill from here w/the hitting! :)

  682. fleas (so many sheep here to bite) July 20th, 2008 at 4:14 pm

    Brandon, Johan is doing great. How many of the HR’s were 1 run HRs when he did what he was supposed to, which is throw a strike and go after the hitter? Also what is his ERA, how many SO’s does he have?

    I guess you think Joba sucks to because he can’t win a game. Your another genius Brandon.

  683. TKinDC July 20th, 2008 at 4:15 pm

    “Something tells me Ray Durham probably won’t be called to pinch-hit against the Brewers.”

    How great would it be if he walked across the field from one dugout to another and put on the other lid?

  684. Brandon (Jeter GIDP: *15 even in All Star Games) (Johan HR count: *16) July 20th, 2008 at 4:15 pm

    TKinDC when I read those splits I wonder if I take Milton Bradley and put him in Colorado does he turn into the best HR hitter in the game ? I mean he right now is a better hitter and cheaper than Matt Holliday, plus he can field his position.

  685. mark - I am a fan of the Yankees, their ghosts, and Cashman's trade for Jose Molina! July 20th, 2008 at 4:17 pm

    Fleas you are entitled to have a negative personality. I am serious. Or you’re entitled to be worried even when the Yankees win. But the rest of us are entitled to feel good about it and be positive about it. Most people would be positive about sweeping Oakland and would take real good things away from it especially with the starting pitching we’ve been getting.

    Don’t insult people here or yourself by saying that most of us don’t know baseball or have low IQs because we are hopeful about these Yankees. Maybe we actually have the pulse on things and you don’t.

  686. Rebecca--Optimist Prime-Mo for Cy Young 08 July 20th, 2008 at 4:17 pm

    Toronto blowing it open versus Tampa

  687. Nick in SF July 20th, 2008 at 4:17 pm

    Blue Jays up 8-4 now with the bases loaded and none out.

    TKinDC, I want to see Durham going from first to second and try to bust up a double play.

  688. TKinDC July 20th, 2008 at 4:18 pm

    Brandon –

    It worked for Todd Helton for a good long while – why not psycho?

    Blue Jays are about to step on the D’Rays throat hear – bases juiced none out!

  689. Brandon (Jeter GIDP: *15 even in All Star Games) (Johan HR count: *16) July 20th, 2008 at 4:18 pm

    fleas it’s beautifull atleast Joba isn’t being paid 21 – 25 million for those results, atleast Hughes has what 8-9 more years than Johan has left in his career. It’s beautiful when I hear ignorance one thing I have noticed is how many leads Johan has blown. Nice. :)

  690. YankeeFanInVermont July 20th, 2008 at 4:18 pm

    Things are looking good in Tampa. Blue Jays up 8-4 top of the 7th, bases loaded no, outs..

  691. Angel {zOMG!!11!!!1 Teh Yankeezzz r epic fail 4 this yr!!111!!! } July 20th, 2008 at 4:19 pm

    “I guess you think Joba sucks to because he can’t win a game. Your another genius Brandon.”

    See how brilliant this is. He ascribes a statement to Brandon, that Brandon has never said as a way of backing up his believe that Brandon is not a genius.

    Its you’re not YOUR. If you’re going to start taking cracks at people for their IQ’s (or lack of) then you better make sure that don’t look like you’re in need of remedial spelling coaching yourself, and thus hypocritical.

  692. mel July 20th, 2008 at 4:20 pm

    This ‘fleas’ is an imposter. The original ‘fleas’ was only negative when we lose. :P

    Can’t rain on the parade today. Milestone win today! lol.

  693. Tomorrow's burning question July 20th, 2008 at 4:21 pm

    What will Jose Molina do to end the game against the Twins ?
    Walkoff jack ?

  694. BBB July 20th, 2008 at 4:21 pm

    “BBB, i understand his numbers, but why is it that everyone on this team is allowed time to develop.. i.e. melky cabrera, but when someone who has natural talent like holiday are put under a microscope and anything short of perfect is unacceptable in a trade?”

    Fleas – that is a total apples to oranges comparison. Melky is allowed time to develop because it doesn’t cost any prospects or money (in fact it has saved prospects and money) to let him do so. Plus, Holliday has been in the league several years longer than Melky, so I think it’s safe to say he’s pretty well developed and what you see is what you get…he might do somewhat better as a Yankee than he does on average out of Coors due to more protection in the lineup, but IMO, we’ve seen enough of him on the road to know that he wouldnt be worth the exorbitant asking price. And we KNOW it’ll be exorbitant since Colo. is saying they’ll have to be blown away by an offer to move him.

  695. Joe Mama July 20th, 2008 at 4:23 pm

    “Brandon, Johan is doing great. How many of the HR’s were 1 run HRs”

    12 were solo shots

  696. TKinDC July 20th, 2008 at 4:23 pm

    “See how brilliant this is. He ascribes a statement to Brandon, that Brandon has never said as a way of backing up his believe that Brandon is not a genius.”

    This maneuver is an all-time blog favorite – The Straw Man.

  697. BBB July 20th, 2008 at 4:23 pm

    Someone mentioned Milton Bradley, is Texas shopping him? I think he’d be a great pickup for the Yanks. Every year he’s been a FA I’d always hoped they’d look into him. Until this year, he’s been one of the most underrated OF in baseball.

  698. mel July 20th, 2008 at 4:23 pm

    Whatever happened to Todd Helton?

  699. Fran July 20th, 2008 at 4:23 pm

    Anybody see Molina on the post game show? He is so modest and was blushing when Kim said that Andy and Mo were saying great things about him.

  700. mark - I am a fan of the Yankees, their ghosts, and Cashman's trade for Jose Molina! July 20th, 2008 at 4:23 pm

    Aha! So this fleas is a troll, probably a Mets or Red Sox fan, who is trying to make it look like the Yankees suck, as spoken by a “Yankee” fan, thereby giving more “validity” to it, because when a Yankee fan says that the Yankees look pathetic of course it has more of a ring of validity than if a Sox or Mets fan says it!

    Meanwhile, it would make sense if it was a Sox or Mets troll since both of their teams are tanking again and it covers their vast insecurity about their own teams and jealousy of ours!

    I got an A in Psychology 101! Ha ha.

  701. YankeesTech July 20th, 2008 at 4:24 pm

    It looks like Phil Hughes might be here sooner than expected.

    “Injured Yankees starting pitcher Phil Hughes — now in a rehabilitative throwing program at the team’s training complex in Tampa — may be among a handful of players who may appear within the next couple of weeks or so at Triple A Scranton-Wilkes Barre, according to a speculative report by The Sunday Voice.”

    http://www.mlbnewsonline.com/2.....-phil.html

  702. BBB July 20th, 2008 at 4:25 pm

    man, I should have paid more attention in Intro to Philosophy…I always forget the difference between The Red Herring and The Straw Man. It seems like both crop up pretty often on the blog though, in addition to probably every other logical fallacy out there.

  703. TKinDC July 20th, 2008 at 4:26 pm

    “What will Jose Molina do to end the game against the Twins ?
    Walkoff jack ?”

    I would suggest scratching ‘stealing home’ off the list of possibilities.

    I guess Yadier is the speed merchant of the family. :)

  704. PAT M. July 20th, 2008 at 4:27 pm

    I’d love to have Holliday…Watch him play, he’s a very good ballplayer just 28……He did hit 5 dingers last October in his first Postseason appearence….

  705. Rebecca--Optimist Prime-Mo for Cy Young 08 July 20th, 2008 at 4:29 pm

    Fran: I saw that.

    I love Jose Molina!

  706. Brandon (Jeter GIDP: *15 even in All Star Games) (Johan HR count: *16) July 20th, 2008 at 4:29 pm

    I’d rather have Milton Bradley than Matt Holliday

  707. MooseCall July 20th, 2008 at 4:31 pm

    “Meacham is getting guys thrown out by five feet.”

    Try 20 feet.

  708. john habyan July 20th, 2008 at 4:33 pm

    9-4 TORONTO.

  709. TKinDC July 20th, 2008 at 4:34 pm

    Milton Bradley has had ONE healthy season btw. (Or he was never good enough to play very many games in a year.

  710. will July 20th, 2008 at 4:37 pm

    Texas wins 1-0

  711. YankeeFanInVermont July 20th, 2008 at 4:37 pm

    Game over, Texas beats Twins 1-0, so we gain a game in the wild card. If the Sox lose tonight, we can call it a pretty good day for Yankee Universe.

  712. rconn23 July 20th, 2008 at 4:38 pm

    “I’d rather have Milton Bradley than Matt Holliday”

    Not me. People can say all they want about Holliday’s splits, but he’s a terrific hitter. He’s 28 and under control until 2010. Bradley is over 30, has never really played a full season – until this year – and never had anything close to this performance until, drumroll- before a contract year. Factor in his previous health and attitude problems – I’ll pass.

  713. Brandon (Jeter GIDP: *15 even in All Star Games) (Johan HR count: *16) July 20th, 2008 at 4:43 pm

    Not me. People can say all they want about Holliday’s splits, but he’s a terrific hitter. He’s 28 and under control until 2010. Bradley is over 30, has never really played a full season – until this year – and never had anything close to this performance until, drumroll- before a contract year. Factor in his previous health and attitude problems – I’ll pass.

    Holliday is not controlled until 2010, Bradley’s cheaper the contract year is beneficial to the team, he’s been hurt once really w/ the knee cap injuries, last season was a freak injury, his first season was an eye contusion…he has better upside than Holliday away from his field. And his defense is way, way, waaaaaaaaaaaaaaaay better.

  714. Brandon (Jeter GIDP: *15 even in All Star Games) (Johan HR count: *16) July 20th, 2008 at 4:44 pm

    P.S. Girardi catching K-Rod in the BP session at the ASG anyone think he was spying on his pitches. :lol:

  715. rconn23 July 20th, 2008 at 4:56 pm

    Brandon,

    Check out Bradley’s splits, they are crazier than Holliday’s. Bradley has a 1.263 OPS at home versus a .845 OPS on the road. Bradley also plays at a launching pad.

    It’s also important to remember that Holliday plays the majority of his away games in pitcher-friendly parks – Petco, Dodger Stadium, Bank One.

    Bradley is a fine hitter, but he’s never been close to this good – ever. If you can get him at the trade deadline for not much, then OK. But his value will never, ever be this high.

    Holliday is a stud, has been for a few years now.

    I’ll take the guy who has the proven track record every time.

  716. Brandon (Jeter GIDP: *15 even in All Star Games) (Johan HR count: *16) July 20th, 2008 at 5:01 pm

    rconn23 there is no way trading the pieces that you are grade A for Holliday should even be discussed, listen is Holliday garbage ? no not really, one thing I know is Bradley is cheaper and they 2 years apart meanwhile 1 of them add OF defense and that’s not Matt.

    Another option not being talked about is Nelson Cruz of Texas’s AAA team I hope the Yankees pay attention to his splits he is turning it on in AAA and would be a cheap get.

  717. PAT M. July 20th, 2008 at 5:09 pm

    Matt Holliday already wears Pinstripes…..Now he’d look even better in Yankee Pinstripes……rconn23, I’m with you, he is a stud and your right about the Parks that he plays in….The only question is the cost in AAA/ AA players

  718. Yankee Trader July 20th, 2008 at 5:26 pm

    Here are reasons we won’t or shouldn’t go all out for Holliday:

    Boras is his agent.
    The Angels inquired and Colorado wanted Nick Adenhart top AAA pitcher, Howie Kendrick their starting second baseman, and either one of these two all-star pitchers- Ervin Santana, Joe Sanders.
    He’s a FA after 2009 season, and Boras likes his stars to opt for FA, rather than sign an extension.

    IMHO we won’t be getting Holliday, especially for just Hughes and Melky.

  719. 2008 Yankees July 20th, 2008 at 5:27 pm

    I would also like to see Holliday as a Yankee but I don’t want to give up too much to get him. I really think he’d hit 35 HRs with 100 RBIs every season with the Yankees. Put Cano between him and Arod and you have a powerhouse lineup.

    Also, while I am thinking about it, the series next weekend against Boston might be a BIG series. The Yankees are within striking distance of Boston right now. Could be a crazy weekend in Bean Town

  720. Someone Else July 20th, 2008 at 6:41 pm

    Brandon – I really don’t get what goes through your mind.

    Teams are not giving away LH relievers or 30 HR AAA’ers. You will have to overpay to get them. It’s not worth it.

    The Farnsworth –> Thames thing would make sense, OTOH.

  721. mark - I am a fan of the Yankees, their ghosts, and Cashman's trade for Jose Molina! July 20th, 2008 at 6:56 pm

    rconn23 either someone’s being using your identity or you’re looking pretty foolish right now. The night of the All Star Game (I think) someone saying they were rconn23 posted something about home field advantage and how it wasn’t getting sewn up for the Red Sox in the world series. I thought it was a pretty stupid and pathetic statement since the Yankees weren’t anywhere near out of it.

    Now I’m thinking it was an rconn23 troll! If it was really you please don’t think I’m calling you stupid and pathetic just the statement giving up on the Yankees.

  722. bru July 20th, 2008 at 9:19 pm

    almost every post is a negative one.you people complain as much or more when the yankees are winning.we just won 3 in a row,gained ground on the devil rays and boston and all i hear is complaining.you are as worse than the media,and that’s right i said devil rays.

  723. Ross July 20th, 2008 at 10:29 pm

    ON the milf thing……………

    Mets In Lasting Funk ?

  724. Rich July 21st, 2008 at 6:40 pm

    test

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