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The ‘stache has met its demise

Posted by: Peter Abraham - Posted in Misc on Aug 03, 2008 Print This Post Print This Post | Email This Post Email This Post

gravestone.jpgMy friends, I have some sad news.

The ‘stache is no more.

Sources have told the LoHud Yankees Blog that Jason Giambi has shaved his mustache. The Big G clearly needed to do something given that he has four extra-base hits and a .205 batting average since July 1.

Meanwhile, it’s supposed to be 106 in Texas tomorrow.

That’s not a typo.

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138 Responses to “The ‘stache has met its demise”

  1. Art Vandelay August 3rd, 2008 at 9:45 pm

    It was fun while it lasted. Maybe the Giambino should try growing a mullet or some sideburns.

    He kept the stache during his Jack Daniels vacation in Vegas during the All Star Break and it was probably over 110 degrees there.

  2. dan l August 3rd, 2008 at 9:45 pm

    It’s about time lol!

  3. SJ44 August 3rd, 2008 at 9:46 pm

    Was just in Vegas. It was 108 during the day the 3 days I was there.

    When they tell you its a “dry heat”, don’t believe it. 108 is 108. Damn hot!!

    106 in the Dallas area? That’s going to be brutal.

    It also means the ball may be flying out of that ballpark the next few days.

    Should be an interesting 4 days.

  4. JR Yankees August 3rd, 2008 at 9:48 pm

    It worked for quite some time Giambino. He could always start growing another ‘stache if he finds his groove again. Start another streak Giambi, we’re gonna need you for our stretch run.

    Yankees, let’s start another win streak this week and keep the ball rolling.

  5. jennifer- I got your back Girardi August 3rd, 2008 at 9:51 pm

    There is a tropical storm projected to go right for Texas, any concern about the series getting in.

    http://www.weather.com/maps/ne.....om=hp_news

  6. jennifer- I got your back Girardi August 3rd, 2008 at 9:52 pm

    It didn’t like my link :(

    There is a tropical storm headed right for Texas, the entire series might not be played.

  7. mel August 3rd, 2008 at 9:54 pm

    Yeah, time to latch on to some other crutch. Who cares if Giambi’s feelings get hurt, he’s not here next season.

    Move Xavier up.

  8. Khoa August 3rd, 2008 at 9:54 pm

    Doesn’t look like the storm will make it up here to Dallas. It was 107 today. MISERABLE.

  9. Mark (Brett back to SWB) August 3rd, 2008 at 9:55 pm

    Great weekend for Willie the Mets have an awful road trip 1-5, and get swept this weekend, and he comes HOME to a standing ovation.

  10. Buddy Biancalana August 3rd, 2008 at 9:55 pm

    Hopefully it won’t be 106 at night. How hot does it get at night in Arlington?

  11. Mike August 3rd, 2008 at 9:56 pm

    I am in Dallas, am a huge Yankee fan. I was going to go to the game tommorow and watch Joba pitch, but its supposed to be 103 at game time. I might catch him the next time around…..its freaking hot here. and i have lived here all my life

  12. DFox August 3rd, 2008 at 9:56 pm

    Yeah Giambi seriously needs to be moved back in the order. It would be silly to hurt the team by letting Giambi keep hitting in that spot. There’s a number of other good candidates, like Nady or Cano.

  13. Khoa August 3rd, 2008 at 9:56 pm

    I made it a point to get tickets in the fan-cooled HR porch back when they went on sale.

  14. Hendo August 3rd, 2008 at 9:56 pm

    aww :[ that sucks I’m gonna miss it

  15. S.A.-I still believe in this team but can the offense stop being offensive? August 3rd, 2008 at 9:57 pm

    How long is the mourning period for a mustache? A week? 2 days? 5 minutes?

    :D

  16. Khoa August 3rd, 2008 at 9:59 pm

    Arlington’s not much different from Dallas, but it only cooled to the upper 90s around 10 last night. Though I loathe the idea of shoveling snow again, I think I’d rather deal with NY winters than TX summers.

  17. RayBlay August 3rd, 2008 at 10:01 pm

    thank goodness… all good things eventually must come to an end

    as for the Texas heat, I was totally baffled by the fact that the Rangers were playing a Sunday night game not on ESPN, turns out I had no idea they have rights to play Sunday nights because it’s too hot to play during the day. Oy vey. That must be torture.

  18. mel August 3rd, 2008 at 10:02 pm

    “Designated hitter Hideki Matsui will travel to Tampa, Fla., on Monday to continue his rehabilitation. Matsui is wearing a brace on his troublesome left knee and has been hitting off a tee, while also riding a stationary bicycle. There is no timetable for his return.”

    Yankees are in no hurry, and why should they force it? The knee has been drained numerous times already. I love Hideki, but anything less than a healthy Matsui will do more harm than good.

  19. GreenBeret7 August 3rd, 2008 at 10:04 pm

    SJ, there is dry heat, trust me. The 130 degree heat in Iraq was easier to tolerate at age 56 when I was there than the 110 degree heat in the jungles of Vietnam when I was 18-20.

  20. vin August 3rd, 2008 at 10:05 pm

    I’m glad to see the NL is finally seeing what it’s like to have to pitch to Manny. 4 for 5 with 3 RBI and a HR.

  21. El Guapo August 3rd, 2008 at 10:06 pm

    Giambi would look a lot better in a different uniform; KC Royal blue would suit his skin tone.

  22. geO [Mickie James Roast Beef] August 3rd, 2008 at 10:06 pm

    RIP ‘stache 2008-2008

  23. Whitey Fraud August 3rd, 2008 at 10:06 pm

    He ought to try shaving his legs, too. And losing that thong.

    Ew.

  24. mel August 3rd, 2008 at 10:06 pm

    GB7,

    I thought you were 19!

  25. Doreen August 3rd, 2008 at 10:06 pm

    mel -

    I agree with you. There is no need to rush Matsui back. I seriously doubt that he will be back at all this season.

    As I remember it, his right knee was only just about ready for spring training this season. Wouldn’t he and the Yankees be better served if he just had the surgery now? They do have Nady to fill in for him now.

  26. vin August 3rd, 2008 at 10:07 pm

    Man, if Matsui can make it back that completely changes things… I think we’ll end up seeing more Sexson to help improve the defense and to try to keep Giambi fresh.

  27. Rebecca--Optimist Prime August 3rd, 2008 at 10:07 pm

    That type of heat makes me physically ill and I like it hot.

    That said, won’t the heat help Andy?

  28. Brandon (Jetes GIDP count: *18) (Starting to believe Arod will never win a championship ) August 3rd, 2008 at 10:07 pm

    Stache or no Stache dammit fix the lineup GI Joe :x

    #1 Jeter
    #2 Damon
    #3 Abreu
    #4 Arod
    #5 Nady

    #6 Giambi (butt face)
    #7 Pudge
    #8 Cano
    #9 CF

  29. GreenBeret7 August 3rd, 2008 at 10:08 pm

    SA, the ‘stache mourning period is until the next homer.

  30. Wang IS Taiwan August 3rd, 2008 at 10:09 pm

    Yeah, with high humidity, it’s hard to even breathe. GO DRY HEAT!

  31. GreenBeret7 August 3rd, 2008 at 10:09 pm

    RIP, Skip Carey. Couldn’t stand the guy nor his father and son, but, hate to see that.

  32. Wang IS Taiwan August 3rd, 2008 at 10:09 pm

    Re Giambi: I’m sure hoping Girardi’s not going to turn soft and leave him batting 5th. Move Nady up NOW.

  33. GreenBeret7 August 3rd, 2008 at 10:10 pm

    I am, Mel. Do dog years count?

  34. Rebecca--Optimist Prime August 3rd, 2008 at 10:11 pm

    GB: He was sick?

  35. fred from jersey August 3rd, 2008 at 10:12 pm

    good.

  36. Dee Bo August 3rd, 2008 at 10:13 pm

    Nady has a good game and now you want him to bat 5th?

    Forget the fact that the lefty-right balance would be thrown out of whack.

  37. GreenBeret7 August 3rd, 2008 at 10:14 pm

    Yeah, Rebecca,since last winter. Not much info has been put out by the family or the Braves. He wasn’t that old….68.

  38. T D August 3rd, 2008 at 10:16 pm

    The stache over stayed its welcome. Especially since he forgot how to hit. Giambi’s streakiness really hurts.

  39. mel August 3rd, 2008 at 10:16 pm

    Doreen,

    Don’t even get me started on Nady. He’s my new favorite. We control him for another year? If we don’t keep him beyond that, he’ll be a Met. They’ve been hounding him since they traded him away. And he was quoted today as saying New York’s a great city to play in.

    Next year, Matsui & Damon share LF/DH duties. Melky in center if Jackson’s close to being ready. I wanted Abreu back for a year, but he’ll want a longer deal and we have Nady.

    Jeter
    Damon
    Nady
    A-rod
    Tex (hopefully)
    Cano
    Posada
    Matsui
    Cabrera or other suitable CF

    That’s a pretty sick lineup IMO

  40. YankeeJosh August 3rd, 2008 at 10:16 pm

    Brandon, I don’t like stacking the line-up with two righty’s in A-Rod and Nady. I’d rather flip Giambi and Cano.

    Damon, Jeter, Abreu, A-Rod, Cano, Nady, Giambi, Pudge, Melky

    That’s a nice stacked balanced line-up.

  41. T D August 3rd, 2008 at 10:17 pm

    “RIP, Skip Carey. Couldn’t stand the guy nor his father and son, but, hate to see that.”

    Couldn’t stand the guy? You knew him personally???

  42. Dan August 3rd, 2008 at 10:17 pm

    WHAT noooooo

    This official marks the end of Samson’s power it was already waning…what he needed to do was ADD a fu manchu not lose more facial hair.

  43. Rebecca--Optimist Prime August 3rd, 2008 at 10:17 pm

    GB: That’s too sad.

  44. Ondreas August 3rd, 2008 at 10:18 pm

    They didn’t get Damon to bat 2nd. It is dumb to even discuss it because it isn’t happening. So get over it.

  45. pat August 3rd, 2008 at 10:19 pm

    “Matsui is wearing a brace on his troublesome left knee and has been hitting off a tee, while also riding a stationary bicycle.”

    Awkward sentence. Was that from a a paid writer? Hitting a ball off a tee while also riding a bicycle? That should get degree of difficulty points.

  46. YankeeJosh August 3rd, 2008 at 10:19 pm

    Mel,

    I like the thinking behind Matsui and Damon sharing LF/DH duties but can we really count on either to stay healthy for the entire season?

    Matsui mainly DH’d all year and still got hurt this year. Damon is always banged up.

    That’s a big reason I’d be very hessitant to let Abreu go. Say what you want about him, he stays healthy.

  47. Ondreas August 3rd, 2008 at 10:19 pm

    The Yankees aren’t signing Teixera. They need 1b for Posada. And Cashman won’t spend 18mill a yr on a lumbering 1b.

  48. Rebecca--Optimist Prime August 3rd, 2008 at 10:22 pm

    Flyin’ Hawaiian just went deep.

  49. Brandon (Jetes GIDP count: *18) (Starting to believe Arod will never win a championship ) August 3rd, 2008 at 10:22 pm

    Nady has a good game and now you want him to bat 5th?

    He hits w/ RISP, Giambi doesn’t..he poses a bigger threat forcing pitchers in general to pitch to Alex instead of pitch around/ You don’t think teams are looking at stat sheets saying ahh Rodriguez is .252 w/ RISP and Giambi let me see around .200, pitch around Alex and take your chances w/ Jason. And you can see it, they pitch to Jason because Nady is around like .333 overall and .319 w/ RISP, staffs read that stuff.

    Forget the fact that the lefty-right balance would be thrown out of whack.

    That’s part of the reason the lineup can’t hit consistantly, leading off w/ no one on Jeter is a .361 hitter, but put a guy on 1B and 1/4 of his AB results into a rally killing GIDP. Damon as the leadoff man can’t get going even if he stings the ball to the right because the defense is already set for him, put a runner on 1B and they can’t cover the hit and run or the 2B hole.

    It’s little things like this that make a difference in your offense scoring.

  50. Dan August 3rd, 2008 at 10:22 pm

    “The Yankees aren’t signing Teixera. They need 1b for Posada. And Cashman won’t spend 18mill a yr on a lumbering 1b.”

    Well he is a gold glove caliber first baseman…

    He can use what he shaved off the payroll on Mark. Or he can use it on starting pitching. I’d rather the latter option if I had to choose only one.

  51. GreenBeret7 August 3rd, 2008 at 10:24 pm

    TD, when I said I couldn’t stand Caray, his son and father, I was referring to their announcing style and sound of their voice. Start an argument someplace else, junior.

  52. YankeeJosh August 3rd, 2008 at 10:24 pm

    Ondreas

    The last thing this team needs is Posada at First Base. He clearly doesn’t want to play there, lacks range and will be a liability out there defensively.

    You may be right that that is the Yankees plan, but if I am in the FO, Teixeira is the perfect Yankee-type player to target this off-season. Young, a switch hitter and very solid defensively. He’s a very good, not great player, but the Yankee dynasty was built on very good players!

  53. mel August 3rd, 2008 at 10:24 pm

    Ondreas,

    That’s a hypothetical lineup. Do what you want with Jeter, but he’s not dropping below the 2 spot.

    Why wouldn’t they shell out $$ for a lumbering 1B? They trot one out there 4 out of every 5 games.

    What’s your lineup look like for next year?

  54. Doreen August 3rd, 2008 at 10:26 pm

    The Yankees have some decisions to make with their outfielders/DH. It’s clear to me Giambi has to be gone. During his hot streak, I wavered because let’s face it, when he’s hitting HRs, he’s amazing, and he seemed to be at least trying to beat the shift. But it’s too little too late. I worry Matsui will not really be able to play the field, so he’ll be the DH. Damon could have trade value, so I’m half expecting he won’t be back. Then there’s Abreu. I like him, but I’m aware there are those who don’t like him. With him, it might come down to the specifics of a contract. He may want more than the Yankees are willing to pay. So, I’m trying to prepare myself for him to be gone.

    This team is going to look different next season. It’s probably about time.

    Nady’s making friends with the fans pretty quickly, isn’t he??? :lol:

  55. GreenBeret7 August 3rd, 2008 at 10:28 pm

    Christ…it’s 10:25 PM aqnd the punks and slugs are trolling. You little tykes like Ondreas and TD need to be in bed. You have summer school tomorrow.

  56. Rebecca--Optimist Prime August 3rd, 2008 at 10:29 pm

    X is awesome.

    He’s like a drug, only legal.

  57. steve August 3rd, 2008 at 10:31 pm

    joba is going to struggle a lot with 106 degree heat in that ballpark facing that lineup.

    and imagine what they will do to ponson?

  58. bill from va August 3rd, 2008 at 10:31 pm

    just read Lupica’s column. I know I’m preaching to the choir here, but he’s such an idiot. All he doe sis wine, complain and take cheap shots at whoever happens to be in the news. He started his crap about politics now! what the hell does he know? probably less than he knows about NY sports.

  59. GreenBeret7 August 3rd, 2008 at 10:32 pm

    Damon fits in perfectly as a 32 hitter. He takes pitches, hits to all fields, walks, takes pitches, doesn’t hit into DPs, steals bases and can hit the occassional homer. Exactly what the #2 guy does.

  60. GreenBeret7 August 3rd, 2008 at 10:33 pm

    ***perfectly as the #2 hitter***

  61. Brandon (Jetes GIDP count: *18) (Starting to believe Arod will never win a championship ) August 3rd, 2008 at 10:33 pm

    Doreen here’s the thing when a player is batting w/ a 1.455 OPS w/ RISP on my team… I just can’t continue hating him. :)

  62. Angel {insert random statement plus multiple !!!!!'s here} August 3rd, 2008 at 10:33 pm

    I agree, GB7. The 110 degree dry heat of Vegas was far easier to tolerate than the 100+ degree high-humidity heat that summers in Sydney, Australia produce for days on end. Still hot, granted – but humid heat saps the life out of you.

  63. RalphieD August 3rd, 2008 at 10:35 pm

    hate to be somewhat off topic but how many more draft picks do the yanks still have left to sign?

  64. aron August 3rd, 2008 at 10:35 pm

    Damon fits in perfectly as a 32 hitter. i agree

  65. Doreen August 3rd, 2008 at 10:35 pm

    Brandon -

    Which player are you talking about? I don’t know the stats. :)

  66. Jim S August 3rd, 2008 at 10:35 pm

    Lupica is a twit. He’s the only Daily News writer you can’t post comments on. He always throws his uber- liberal useless political opinions in his sports comments. He is terrible.

  67. aron August 3rd, 2008 at 10:36 pm

    Damon fits in perfectly as a 32 hitter. i agree

  68. The Monk August 3rd, 2008 at 10:36 pm

    Whoever said the “storm” headed to Texas means the series might not be played doesn’t know Texas. I live in DFW area — it’s a LONG way from Houston and the weather is drastically different. The “storm” is a tropical storm or low grade hurricane that may hit Houston. Other than some isolated T’storms, the DFW forecast is for HOT and middling humidity for the next week or so just like it has been for the past 10 days. Houston is in the hurricane zone on the Western Gulf of Mexico, Dallas is not. Houston is 95/95 (heat/humidity) for most of the summer, Dallas has a drier heat.

    But it’s still frickin’ hot.

  69. vin August 3rd, 2008 at 10:36 pm

    I live in Vegas, and 110 here is nothing compared to 95 on the east coast (namely Washington DC and FL).

  70. GreenBeret7 August 3rd, 2008 at 10:36 pm

    Steve, Chamberlain grew up in Nebraska. Nebraska is miserably hot and humid in the summer time. Chamberlain can deal with it. We’ll see what knocks Ponson out first…heat or Ranger bats.

  71. Brandon (Jetes GIDP count: *18) (Starting to believe Arod will never win a championship ) August 3rd, 2008 at 10:37 pm

    Brandon, I don’t like stacking the line-up with two righty’s in A-Rod and Nady. I’d rather flip Giambi and Cano.

    The problem w/ that is Cano doesn’t have that reputation yet, teams aren’t afraid of him, w/ Nady teams are starting to take notice he’s hitting RH and LH and his numbers w/ RISP. Just look at his statline since he joined the Yanks 26 AB .385/.467/.846 I know that plus the .334 overall would scare some teams into thinking lets get this guy because the next guy gives you trouble.

  72. vin August 3rd, 2008 at 10:37 pm

    It’s when you get above 110 that things start to go from uncomfortable to dangerous.

  73. Jorge Tabata August 3rd, 2008 at 10:38 pm

    Speaking of Ponson, I am dying to see a Ponson-Colon pitching match-up the next time we play the Sox.

  74. Angel {insert random statement plus multiple !!!!!'s here} August 3rd, 2008 at 10:39 pm

    Does that happen often, Vin?

  75. Rebecca--Optimist Prime August 3rd, 2008 at 10:39 pm

    I want to go to Australia.

  76. Brandon (Jetes GIDP count: *18) (Starting to believe Arod will never win a championship ) August 3rd, 2008 at 10:39 pm

    Brandon -

    Which player are you talking about? I don’t know the stats.

    Doreen that player is Nady

    w/ RISP for the Yankees .455/.455/1.000

    in 11 AB, 5 R and 8 RBI

  77. Buzz August 3rd, 2008 at 10:39 pm

    i was surfing around and came to a angels blog it was unbelieveable they have a 12 game lead and by the comments you think they are 4 games back if you want to check it out

    http://www.halosheaven.com/200.....1#comments

    http://www.halosheaven.com/200.....he-kushion

    http://www.halosheaven.com/200.....this-one-h

  78. vin August 3rd, 2008 at 10:40 pm

    It’ll hit 110 maybe 5-10 a year… and 113+ once or twice.

  79. AeroFANatic August 3rd, 2008 at 10:40 pm

    Nady can also play 1st base folks. Keep this in mind for next season if we don’t sign Tex and Giambi is bye bye.

  80. GreenBeret7 August 3rd, 2008 at 10:41 pm

    Angel, as much as I love Sydney, au, it was brutal, unless you were down on the open side of the bay. I spent about 3 months in Goldcoast, AU (north east of Melbourne) and loved it. Cool breezes off of the Coral Sea. Not fond of the sharks and sea snakes, though.

  81. Dan August 3rd, 2008 at 10:41 pm

    The balls will be flying out of the stadium in Texas.

  82. Doreen August 3rd, 2008 at 10:41 pm

    Gracias, Brandon. Nice numbers, those.

    Rebecca,

    Why Australia? Me, I would never be able to fly for that long!

    Anyone -

    Has there ever been a Texas game postponed because of the heat?

  83. Brandon (Jetes GIDP count: *18) (Starting to believe Arod will never win a championship ) August 3rd, 2008 at 10:42 pm

    I’m so against getting Tex, long long long swing too many years to commit, too much for the player and declining years included don’t do it Cash.

  84. Rebecca--Optimist Prime August 3rd, 2008 at 10:42 pm

    Nady can also play 1st base folks. Keep this in mind for next season if we don’t sign Tex and Giambi is bye bye.

    Which makes Nady >>>> Bay

  85. Buzz August 3rd, 2008 at 10:42 pm

    http://www.halosheaven.com/200.....this-one-h

  86. YankeeJosh August 3rd, 2008 at 10:43 pm

    Brandon- Eventually you have to give Cano the ball and see if he can run with it. Nady would be an upgrade over Giambi, but when he’s hot, the 5 spot is perfect for him imo.

  87. Buzz August 3rd, 2008 at 10:43 pm

    http://www.halosheaven.com/200.....he-kushion

  88. E-Man August 3rd, 2008 at 10:43 pm

    “Damon fits in perfectly as a 32 hitter. He takes pitches, hits to all fields, walks, takes pitches, doesn’t hit into DPs, steals bases and can hit the occassional homer. Exactly what the #2 guy does.”

    Damon fits even better as a leadoff hitter which is why he isn’t batting #2. If anything Jeter should be moved down in the line up but that’ll never happen… or least not for a couple more years.

  89. geO [Mickie James Roast Beef] August 3rd, 2008 at 10:44 pm

    Nady is looking like more of a legit player every single day IMO

    never seen Nady play in his other teams.

  90. Buzz August 3rd, 2008 at 10:46 pm

    i was laughing my ass off after reading the angels blog

  91. Brandon (Jetes GIDP count: *18) (Starting to believe Arod will never win a championship ) August 3rd, 2008 at 10:46 pm

    Brandon- Eventually you have to give Cano the ball and see if he can run with it. Nady would be an upgrade over Giambi, but when he’s hot, the 5 spot is perfect for him imo.

    The point is not about Robi, Robi will get his oppurtunity, I’m trying to set the lineup in which 3,4 and 5 get pitched to, Robi won’t provide that for Alex, Nady can.

  92. Blargh August 3rd, 2008 at 10:46 pm

    Completely off-topic, but why is a small but noticable percentage of posts with italics causing my browser to crash? (IE 6)

  93. GreenBeret7 August 3rd, 2008 at 10:49 pm

    They’d be better off giving Damon and/or Matsui a 45 day session with Tino Martinez at the start of next spring training and let them play first base. They both have quick hands and fairly athletic. Their arms would no longer be an issue. Not real strong, but, at least accurate.

  94. vin August 3rd, 2008 at 10:52 pm

    From the espn.com frontpage – caption of Brett Favre getting off private jet:

    “Brett Favre’s latest touchdown came Sunday night in Green Bay.”

    Wordplay… cute. I hate ESPN. They always have to shove football down our throats. They’ve actually made me sick of a sport that I’ve always liked.

  95. Clay August 3rd, 2008 at 10:53 pm

    It’s a dry heat.

    Like a blowtorch.

  96. Brandon (Jetes GIDP count: *18) (Starting to believe Arod will never win a championship ) August 3rd, 2008 at 10:54 pm

    Damon fits even better as a leadoff hitter which is why he isn’t batting #2. If anything Jeter should be moved down in the line up but that’ll never happen… or least not for a couple more years.

    Jeter is hitting .476 when leading off an inning. When there is a runner on 1B he is sporting a .259 OBP %. One would think opening up the 2B hole for Damon would actually help this team. Take today for example I think Damon hit a rocket to the 2B hole but it wasn’t clear because the defense played him perfectly..Jetes at 1B would open up that space right there Johnny hard hit ground balls.

  97. Doreen August 3rd, 2008 at 10:54 pm

    I used to be so sure the Yankees needed to go after Teixeira. I am not so sure anymore, because he will be demanding too many years, and except for the very exceptional player, you don’t want to handcuff a team that much.

    That being said, I am also loathe to see another year where 1B is a musical chairs position. I can’t wait to see what the solution will be.

  98. Brandon (Jetes GIDP count: *18) (Starting to believe Arod will never win a championship ) August 3rd, 2008 at 10:55 pm

    ..Jetes at 1B would open up that space right there for Johnny’s hard hit ground balls *

  99. GreenBeret7 August 3rd, 2008 at 10:58 pm

    Brandon, do you have a numbers breakdown on Pat Venditte from the left and right side? I’ve tried http://www.thebaseballcube.com

  100. Brandon (Jetes GIDP count: *18) (Starting to believe Arod will never win a championship ) August 3rd, 2008 at 11:03 pm

    GB7 this is better

    Venditte

  101. GreenBeret7 August 3rd, 2008 at 11:05 pm

    Why isn’t he already playing for the Big Boys? Hell he’s been playing pro ball for almost 2 months, now.

  102. Rob NY August 3rd, 2008 at 11:06 pm

    RIP: ‘stache, it will be missed.

  103. Rebecca--Optimist Prime August 3rd, 2008 at 11:06 pm

    GB: LMAO

  104. Brandon (Jetes GIDP count: *18) (Starting to believe Arod will never win a championship ) August 3rd, 2008 at 11:06 pm

    I think thier taking it slow w/ him get him that full year then hraduate him through the system.

  105. GreenBeret7 August 3rd, 2008 at 11:06 pm

    That’s impressive numbers, and all the more impressive in that his numbers are almost equal from both sides.

  106. Brandon (Jetes GIDP count: *18) (Starting to believe Arod will never win a championship ) August 3rd, 2008 at 11:07 pm

    graduate * :lol:

  107. Angel {insert random statement plus multiple !!!!!'s here} August 3rd, 2008 at 11:12 pm

    You should, Rebecca. Its a great country, well worth the evil flight to get there. They’d love you there too. :)

  108. Russell W August 3rd, 2008 at 11:12 pm

    Who here thinks that if Posada can’t come back with a healthy arm next year we will be seeing him playing 1B for three more years and Pudge behind the plate for a couple more?

  109. 27 this year August 3rd, 2008 at 11:16 pm

    Has Gerrit Cole signed or is planning to sign? What is going on with that?

  110. Brandon (Jetes GIDP count: *18) (Starting to believe Arod will never win a championship ) August 3rd, 2008 at 11:17 pm

    Pudge is here for 1 big reason compensation picks :D

    If he chooses FA, but if he hits at an incredible level and becomes a top 5 catcher in the AL then I’d think they would rethink it.

  111. Rebecca--Optimist Prime August 3rd, 2008 at 11:18 pm

    Angel: You mean they like my use of the word ‘bloody’?

  112. Mattingly's Bat August 3rd, 2008 at 11:18 pm

    Inquiring minds want to know….. Did Jeter give Giambi a Gillette Fusion razor to shave the ‘stache with?

  113. Brandon (Jetes GIDP count: *18) (Starting to believe Arod will never win a championship ) August 3rd, 2008 at 11:20 pm

    27 Cole has not signed yet, but DJ Mitchell has and hard throwing LHP Nik Turley has also signed.

    Nik Turley is a 6-4, 210 lefty from Harvard Westlake High in La Canada, Calif. He had a 5-3 record with a 4.25 ERA in 51 innings with 57 strikeouts. He was named to the Valley Invitational Summer League All-Star team. He participated in several showcase events: the California Baseball Coaches Association North/South Tryout, the Area Code Games and the Atlanta Braves Scout Team. He was recruited by Loyola Marymount, Cal State Northridge, UCLA, Cal Fullerton, Pepperdine. and UNLV.

  114. Russell W August 3rd, 2008 at 11:21 pm

    “Pudge is here for 1 big reason compensation picks :D

    If he chooses FA, but if he hits at an incredible level and becomes a top 5 catcher in the AL then I’d think they would rethink it.”

    Yea, I can understand the compensation picks. But Yanks don’t have a viable option in the minors yet. Does anyone come to your mind who you think the Yanks could acquire if Posada can’t come back healthy and they trade Pudge for the picks?

  115. Jeter2007 August 3rd, 2008 at 11:22 pm

    these next 3 or 4 games could be HUGE… look at the schedules below. tb could lose 3 of its next 4 & bos could lose 2 of its next 3, while nyy could sweep all 4 from tex. i know its COULD, but the matchups are favorable for nyy right now.
    we just need to win our games & hope for the best.
    hope the phranchise keeps pitching well. i for one would like to see kennedy take rasner’s spot right now. i don’t think he could do worse & he definitely deserves another chance. then hopefully phil can take ponson’s spot – i still don’t trust him.

    tb v cle:
    garza v lee
    jackson v carmona
    kazmir v sowers

    tb v sea:
    sonnanstine v hernandez

    bos v kc:
    buccholz v meche
    beckett v bannister
    wakefield v hochevar

    bos v chw:

    nyy v tex:
    joba v padilla
    andy v harrison
    ponson v hunter
    moose v feldman

    nyy v laa:

  116. Kill-Schill(ing) August 3rd, 2008 at 11:24 pm

    Possibility we may miss Liriano. MLB has his next scheduled game as Saturday.

  117. Rebecca--Optimist Prime August 3rd, 2008 at 11:26 pm

    We shouldn’t miss Liriano.

  118. Brandon (Jetes GIDP count: *18) (Starting to believe Arod will never win a championship ) August 3rd, 2008 at 11:26 pm

    Does anyone come to your mind who you think the Yanks could acquire if Posada can’t come back healthy and they trade Pudge for the picks?

    Nope not really but you worry about that when it effects the overall performance.

  119. DFox August 3rd, 2008 at 11:27 pm

    “http://www.halosheaven.com/2008/8/3/585771/game-thread-iii-this-one-h”

    It was so cute when Tex hit the grand slam and they actually thought they were going to win. They sure do love Garry Matthews there!

  120. Jeter2007 August 3rd, 2008 at 11:27 pm

    we can’t sign texeira because he’ll command a long-term deal & we need 1b open for our own players

    1b options: posada, nady, damon, giambi (if it’s cheap), _____

  121. GreenBeret7 August 3rd, 2008 at 11:28 pm

    The closest minor league catcher NYY has right now is PJ Pilittere, who’s catching in Trenton, but, at best he’s just a slight improvemnet over Moeller.

  122. Angel {insert random statement plus multiple !!!!!'s here} August 3rd, 2008 at 11:31 pm

    Oh yeah, you’d fit right in with that, lol.

  123. E-Man August 3rd, 2008 at 11:34 pm

    “Jeter is hitting .476 when leading off an inning. When there is a runner on 1B he is sporting a .259 OBP %. One would think opening up the 2B hole for Damon would actually help this team. Take today for example I think Damon hit a rocket to the 2B hole but it wasn’t clear because the defense played him perfectly..Jetes at 1B would open up that space right there Johnny hard hit ground balls.”

    Where are you getting those #’s from?

  124. Brandon (Jetes GIDP count: *18) (Starting to believe Arod will never win a championship ) August 3rd, 2008 at 11:51 pm

    MLB.com E-Man

  125. Brandon (Jetes GIDP count: *18) (Starting to believe Arod will never win a championship ) August 3rd, 2008 at 11:53 pm

    and double checking it is really .383 because he is 31 for 81 when leading off an inning in 2008

  126. Matt August 4th, 2008 at 12:01 am

    Anyone who thinks Jeter should bat leadoff is crazy.

    Why? Your best overall hitter who isn’t a run producer bats leadoff. Jeter is nowhere close to the best hitter on this team that fits that description. He is hitting barely .280, has a low OBP, and does not take pitches at all. He is not dynamic and can’t steal bases well anymore either.

    For all of you saying Jeter would open up the hole for Damon… do you guys notice that Jeter doesn’t get on base like he used to? He doesn’t have a .400 OBP anymore! When Damon was out, Jeter was BAD as the leadoff hitter. He barely got on base, and hit into a tremendous amount of DP’s even batting leadoff.

    And on top of that, the whole point of DAMON leading off is to open the hole for JETER, since otherwise, Jeter would hit .270 because all he does is hit weak groundballs through the hole between first and second or float line drives in to right field. Damon takes pitches, has power, hits the ball to all fields, and is a legit stolen base threat.

    Who should get more AB’s on this team? Damon or Jeter? Obviously the guy hitting .315 and well with RISP who sees the most pitches (Damon) should.

  127. pat August 4th, 2008 at 12:02 am

    Brandon

    ESPN.com has different numbers for Jeter

    http://sports.espn.go.com/mlb/.....yerId=3246

  128. Brandon (Jetes GIDP count: *18) (Starting to believe Arod will never win a championship ) August 4th, 2008 at 12:06 am

    MLB.com saids 81
    71 AB (pre-allstar)
    10 AB (post-allstar)

  129. Matt August 4th, 2008 at 12:07 am

    Jeter- Batting leadoff this year-

    .216/.326/.405 6 SB

    pitches/plate appearance- 3.70

    Damon- Batting leadoff this year-

    .314/.385/.458

    16 SB

    Pitches/plate appearance- 4.03

  130. Stacey August 4th, 2008 at 12:07 am

    Good, i’m glad.
    and i’m not surprised! :P
    it wasnt doing him any good lately

  131. Brandon (Jetes GIDP count: *18) (Starting to believe Arod will never win a championship ) August 4th, 2008 at 12:07 am

    Jeter leading off

  132. edgar August 4th, 2008 at 12:11 am

    106 degrees – good time to break out the thong

  133. jose August 4th, 2008 at 12:15 am

    betemit and arod need to learn to hit the breaking pitch

  134. vin August 4th, 2008 at 12:25 am

    Edgar,
    That might get kind of swampy for the Big G.

  135. Winfield killed my seagull August 4th, 2008 at 9:47 am

    somewhere Taps is playiung……(tear)

  136. Phil August 4th, 2008 at 1:10 pm

    Re: the Angels blog

    Does anyone else think it’s just classless that they were dropping F-Bombs all over that blog? Seriously, it’s one thing to have that reaction (as we all did when Tex hit the GS, I’m sure) but to actually type it out just seems…primitive. If you can’t write it with some sort of intelligence, don’t write it.

    But maybe it’s just me…

    And yes, it is pretty ridiculous that they have the ALW all locked up (and a winning road trip) and were all upset like the Angels were going to lose the WS or something.

  137. BringBackTheStache August 6th, 2008 at 4:42 am

    Giambi…bring back the stache…asap!

    http://www.BringBackTheStache.com

  138. Rich August 9th, 2008 at 12:32 am

    This news dosent matter anyways, giambi didnt hit normally even with the stache but it was funny the way people imitated him.

    RIP

    Giambi’s Stache

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