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The clock is ticking

Posted by: Peter Abraham - Posted in Misc on Aug 06, 2008 Print This Post Print This Post | Email This Post Email This Post

For the first time this season, you got the sense in the clubhouse that the Yankees realize they’re in trouble.

The rotation is in shambles, the schedule includes only 19 more home games and they’re falling further behind at a time when they usually get on a roll.

“No question. 49 games remaining? Every game is important,” Alex Rodriguez said. “We’ve been in this situation before. We just can’t go into panic. We have to play with a lot of urgency and take every game like it’s the last.”

Joe Girardi: “We have to find a way to put another streak together and we’ve got to do it fairly quickly.”

Johnny Damon: “It’s critical now. We’re six and a half out and this road trip is very important.”

Now the Yankees send Sir Sidney out tomorrow night against a team that can’t stand him and scored seven runs against him on July 2. The Yankees have to come ready to hit against the legendary Tommy Hunter.

UPDATE, 1:04 a.m.: Forgot to mention this stuff before. Mo was available tonight. In fact, he was so spry that he spent most of BP wrestling with Edwar Ramirez in the outfield. … Meanwhile in Tampa, Hideki Matsui took 25 cuts in the cage with his new brace on his left knee. He told the AP he felt good.

Shameless plug: I’ll be on WFAN at 1:40 a.m. tonight.

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152 Responses to “The clock is ticking”

  1. Dan August 6th, 2008 at 12:29 am

    Oh calm down it isn’t over just yet.

  2. j August 6th, 2008 at 12:31 am

    he didnt explain why the dp happened

  3. Howard August 6th, 2008 at 12:32 am

    Did receive any word on Joba in the post game interviews?

  4. Kill-Schill(ing) August 6th, 2008 at 12:32 am

    “It needs rest,” Harlan Chamberlain told the Daily News in a telephone interview. “Nothing serious, is what I’m told, from talking to Joba. Hopefully, his injury won’t mean he’s out real long. I’m sure he won’t start in (Anaheim). We just have to wait to see what the doctor says. Only time will tell.”

    Harlan is a demi-God so I trust him.

  5. Kill-Schill(ing) August 6th, 2008 at 12:33 am

    Although that was Monday night, so perhaps the MRI renders that obsolete.

  6. S.A.-We need you back soon Phil Hughes. This offense is still offensive. August 6th, 2008 at 12:34 am

    This team needs to stop going backwards.
    They also need to stop making these pitchers seem like Cy Young award winners.

    Did Girardi say anything else interesting postgame?

  7. Rebecca--Optimist Prime August 6th, 2008 at 12:34 am

    Right now the only one in the rotation that was there on Opening Day.

    Funny thing is, he’s the one everyone pegged not to be in it come the middle of August.

    Strange sport.

  8. yanksfanmc August 6th, 2008 at 12:34 am

    Steve Philips is reporting Joba has a torn labrum

  9. Pepitone August 6th, 2008 at 12:35 am

    “No question. 49 games remaining? Every game is important,” Alex Rodriguez said. “We’ve been in this situation before. We just can’t go into panic. We have to play with a lot of urgency and take every game like it’s the last.”

    Uhhhh, ARod, that’s three cliches in a row, you are designated only one per comment, you have used up your limit for the next three weeks now hurry GQ is waiting.

  10. Rebecca--Optimist Prime August 6th, 2008 at 12:35 am

    …Please tell me you’re joking. I’m much disinclined to believe that.

  11. Meat August 6th, 2008 at 12:37 am

    This team is dead and buried.

    We can be in denial about it but even the most hardcore among us sees the truth.

  12. Igawa's buck teeth August 6th, 2008 at 12:37 am

    Its all about this off season and 09. The Yankees could be scary good next year and in the future if everything goes to plan in the off season. 08 is nothing more than getting ready for a BIG 09 and a very bright future. This year means nothing to me. If they do well and make the playoffs great.

  13. blee August 6th, 2008 at 12:38 am

    The remaining schedule is killer.. We play the Angels 6 more times and are on the road the majority of the time.. While we lose ground while the Sox are playin the A’s and Royals, and the Rays are playing the Indians..
    Those games we lost in May and June come back to haunt us in August and September..

    I was so excited when we took 2 of 4 from the Angels (shoulda been 3).. and i looked forward to having kennedy, pettitte and Joba go against the angels next series.. but now it’ll be Giese, Pettitte, and… Rasner/Kennedy?

    Oy.. Pettitte needs to pitch better.. Hughes and Kennedy need to come back and be effective.. and this offense needs to perform against subpar pitchers!

  14. j August 6th, 2008 at 12:38 am

    torn labrum? when did he say that? i watched the whole 40 minutes.

  15. Nick in SF August 6th, 2008 at 12:39 am

    Oh the humanity…

    Come on, this was another brutal loss to watch, true, but it’s August 5 and we’re 3 back in the loss column for the WC.

    If someone put a gun to my head and asked whether this team is going to play in October I would have to say no — today. But we’re in contention. We’re watching meaningful games in the dog days of August. We’re glued to the screen.

    We were getting blown out and then suddenly we had the tie run at the plate. This team has a glass jaw? I don’t know, they were down 6 runs and they sure made it interesting. This is what baseball is all about.

    Yes, it hurts to lose to crap pitchers, but tomorrow night we have a chance to win with one with Moose on deck. How great would that feel?

    And on top of that, our future Ace is getting a trip to Birmingham, Alabama, a city in which I have spent more than one night. He might get some not-awful news and maybe he’ll take a trip to see the famous statue of Vulcan.

    And how much of a turnaround would it be if we see the oft-maligned Ian Kennedy return this weekend and pitch well? With Hughes not far behind.

    WE MIGHT EVEN GET A WIN OUT OF CARL PAVANO THIS YEAR! Um, or a start, at least.

    This hasn’t been the season most of us were expecting, but… I’m not done watching.

  16. S.A.-We need you back soon Phil Hughes. This offense is still offensive. August 6th, 2008 at 12:39 am

    Steve Philips is reporting Joba has a torn labrum

    I am praying that this is just another instance of Steve Phillips being wrong. But I am not so sure. :(

    I’ll try and go buy that goat tomorrow.

  17. Dan August 6th, 2008 at 12:39 am

    “Steve Philips is reporting Joba has a torn labrum”

    1) I didn’t hear it so I can’t be too sure.

    2) It’s Steve Phillips.

    3) It’s Steve Phillips.

    But if true…wowwwwwwwww

  18. yanksfanmc August 6th, 2008 at 12:40 am

    all this talk about focusing on 09 has pissed me off since opening day. Heres a thought-maybe our players could play up to their potential. They make these retreads and rookie pitchers look like Koufax and Drysdale

  19. Dan August 6th, 2008 at 12:40 am

    “torn labrum? when did he say that? i watched the whole 40 minutes.”

    Oh thank God I’m going to believe you because your story makes me cry less.

  20. ANSKY August 6th, 2008 at 12:40 am

    I’m no doctor but with what Jobas dad said in mind, I remember reading hat Hughes felt a pop when he tore his hammy. If it’s a tear in the muscle it’s possible he’s shut down for the season but at least it wouldn’t be something catastrophic like a rotator cuff. Not saying that’s good, but in th elong run it could be a bullet dodged.

  21. yanksfanmc August 6th, 2008 at 12:40 am

    Feel bad for Joba, at least he got to make some money on endorsement deals. Next year maybe he can pitch like Moyer too

  22. stuart August 6th, 2008 at 12:41 am

    some postiive notes; kyle is doing his thing in detroit, latroy is gone, ensberg is gone.. we lose the contracts of giambi, moose, pettitte, abreu, pavano, and others after this season so we will have some new players and hopefully get a little more athletic.

    only 9 more yrs of the greatest player in the game under contract.we will be able to save alot of time from watching yankee baseball during the playoffs this year. maybe jeter will take an accounting of where he is in his career and skill wise and try to adjust to the new reality. we are closer to seeing Mark melancon .

    that is about how positive that I can get mostly about players we have lost or are losing..

    no one asks more then the standard stupid pat question how about Joe why did Jeter swing 3 and 1 to Rupe when he just walked Damon on 4 or 5 pitches and had not yet thrown a strike to jeter? Is that a obnoxious or unresonable question? IS it rude or insensitive.. Peter between raging on Melky and other role players how about you run that question by your buddy Derek???
    COme on ask Derek that question and then when he does not answer it or gives you has pat BS then ask him a legit followup question?

    Or ask Alex when a guy throws 986 MPH gas to you in the 9th why don’t you just take it up the middle or go with the pitch? Why all the pulling the ball to 3rd base?/

    COme on Peter ask those type of questions and get off your Yanks finally protecting there players when they get hit nonsense you obsese about… They hit Arod twice, he gets hit all the time as overrated as he is he still is there best player and needs to be protected..

  23. Searle August 6th, 2008 at 12:41 am

    um, I guess you cannot take the first two months off and then try to get all those wins later in the season.

  24. Brandon (Jetes GIDP count: *19) (Starting to believe Arod will never win a championship ) (OH F*** IT JUST FIRE LONG ALREADY !) August 6th, 2008 at 12:42 am

    Really Alex I look at Alex and Jetes tonight, Jetes tried to be the hero it came back to bite him (ok I can be pissed off a bit here), Alex IDK what the F*** he’s doing. A fastball at my body I would have kicked that pitchers ass, where is his pride, I’ve been secretly thinking this can you imagine being Alex Rodriguez at 21 yrs. old SKY IS THE LIMIT…becoming an assasin in this game and then someone like a fortune teller w/ thier crystal ball shows what he is doing at age 34, sees OH SH** I’m in NY and then sees countless ABs w/ him striking out, GIDP, popping out, GO, AO, foul tip K’s ….I mean seriously if that would be me I wouldn’t allow that to continue w/o doing everything I can to change it. I MEAN CHANGE SOMETHING, SOMETHING ! SOMETHING ! At this pace Evan Longoria is going to have a ring before him.

  25. S.A.-We need you back soon Phil Hughes. This offense is still offensive. August 6th, 2008 at 12:42 am

    Oh wait, he didn’t say it? I’ll hold off on the goat.

  26. Pepitone August 6th, 2008 at 12:42 am

    “WE MIGHT EVEN GET A WIN OUT OF CARL PAVANO THIS YEAR!”

    Come on Nick, you know how Pete feels about cussing on his blog.

  27. Mike August 6th, 2008 at 12:43 am

    We’re done. They’ve only played well in brief stints and it’s AUGUST already. And Joba’s out. Hugh’s is still weeks away. And the Rays and Sox are playing garbage teams while we can’t hit Texas’ mighty staff. Oh, and this is the EASY part of the road trip. D-O-N-E.

  28. Dan August 6th, 2008 at 12:43 am

    “Feel bad for Joba, at least he got to make some money on endorsement deals. Next year maybe he can pitch like Moyer too”

    Please, just stop trolling.

  29. bye bye postseason August 6th, 2008 at 12:44 am

    yep.they realize they’re in trouble,but how can they do.they never playing well.a-rod,damon and others please stop talking instead of playing.

  30. Igawa's buck teeth August 6th, 2008 at 12:45 am

    When people start talking about getting a win out of Pavano you know its been an ugly year.

  31. j August 6th, 2008 at 12:45 am

    i dont see anything expect for the headline joba vists doctor, nothing about the labrum yet.

  32. Bronx Jeers August 6th, 2008 at 12:46 am

    Some times when i listen to them after a loss like this i get the sense that they don’t care that much.

    This isn’t a recent swoon. This is a season long pile of garbage. No excuses. Good teams find a way. Matsui’s been replaced. Jorge’s been replaced. Yanks lose Wang and the season’s cooked? Boston lost Schilling, Ortiz went down and isn’t the same, Manny’s gone but they’re still fighting every night. This team has just handed too many games to bad teams. It’s a shame it being the last season at The Stadium and all but this is just a bad team. Has been for a few years and this season will go down as one of the biggest flops. 210 mil bust. Great now we’re like the Knicks and the former Rangers.

  33. Rebecca--Optimist Prime August 6th, 2008 at 12:46 am

    i’m thinking the labrum thing was just a troll.

    Since when does steve phillips get inside information anyway?

    Nick, I love the optimism in your post.

    Pepitone, that made me laugh, a lot.

  34. Evil Empire August 6th, 2008 at 12:47 am

    double play derek really needs to be his old self

  35. Brandon (Jetes GIDP count: *19) (Starting to believe Arod will never win a championship ) (OH F*** IT JUST FIRE LONG ALREADY !) August 6th, 2008 at 12:47 am

    Oh yeh Pete I apologize if I slipped a curse word here and there. I literally which something, just some type of ADJUSTMENT w/ BIG ABs and ALEX AT THE PLATE, SOMETHING ! You can’t go through life losing ! ATLEAST LEARN FROM YOUR MISTAKES !

  36. Rebecca--Optimist Prime August 6th, 2008 at 12:48 am

    Bronx Jeers: Daisuke Matsuzaka, Jon Lester and Josh Beckett were all in the Sox rotation opening day.

    our opening day rotation:

    Wang, Moose, Phil, Ian, Andy (on the DL).

    We’ve suffered a little more damage to our pitching staff.

    That said, what I’d give to have Paulie tear the team a new one…

  37. j August 6th, 2008 at 12:48 am

    rebecca i agree, it it was real peter would have told us.

  38. Dan August 6th, 2008 at 12:48 am

    I’m on the pessimistic side but a lot of you guys are going ledge jumping…I’ll wait until September for that.

  39. stuart August 6th, 2008 at 12:49 am

    some postiive notes; kyle is doing his thing in detroit, latroy is gone, ensberg is gone.. we lose the contracts of giambi, moose, pettitte, abreu, pavano, and others after this season so we will have some new players and hopefully get a little more athletic.
    only 9 more yrs of the greatest player in the game under contract.we will be able to save alot of time from watching yankee baseball during the playoffs this year. maybe jeter will take an accounting of where he is in his career and skill wise and try to adjust to the new reality. we are closer to seeing Mark melancon .
    that is about how positive that I can get mostly about players we have lost or are losing..
    no one asks more then the standard stupid pat question how about Joe why did Jeter swing 3 and 1 to Rupe when he just walked Damon on 4 or 5 pitches and had not yet thrown a strike to jeter? Is that a obnoxious or unresonable question? IS it rude or insensitive.. Peter between raging on Melky and other role players how about you run that question by your buddy Derek???
    COme on ask Derek that question and then when he does not answer it or gives you has pat BS then ask him a legit followup question?
    Or ask Alex when a guy throws 86 MPH gas to you in the 9th why don’t you just take it up the middle or go with the pitch? Why all the pulling the ball to 3rd base?/
    COme on Peter ask those type of questions and get off your Yanks finally protecting there players when they get hit nonsense you obsese about… They hit Arod twice, he gets hit all the time as overrated as he is he still is there best player and needs to be protected..

    Peter answer it, please….

  40. RayBlay August 6th, 2008 at 12:49 am

    oh $h!t the legendary Tommy Hunter has even less experience than tonight’s starter… You know what that means! Perfecto!

  41. NYYankFan August 6th, 2008 at 12:51 am

    “We’re done. They’ve only played well in brief stints and it’s AUGUST already. And Joba’s out. Hugh’s is still weeks away. And the Rays and Sox are playing garbage teams while we can’t hit Texas’ mighty staff. Oh, and this is the EASY part of the road trip. D-O-N-E.”

    Nice, quitter fans. If Girardi or one of the players said that, they would be booed out of town.

  42. stuart August 6th, 2008 at 12:51 am

    rebecca enough excuses for the Yanks.. ST Louis has nothing and literally has blown 15 leads late and they are still winning and fighting.

    they gave up 4 in the top of the 9th tonight and won in extras..

    the Yankee injury excuses are weak, if the yhad a $80 mill. payroll then it is an excuse… IT is not the Yankee right to have a team of 15 former all stars..

    Stop the injury excuses….

  43. Yankee Trader August 6th, 2008 at 12:51 am

    Mike Hampton a lefty and good hitter just finished pitching 7 innings of 4 hit 1 bb , 2 runs baseball. He’s been out of baseball two years with one of the worst contracts ever, 2nd maybe to Barry Zito.

    He’s certainly on the waiver wire and any team picking him will allow the Braves to be rid of the last year of his contract. As much as I hate to say this, he might be worth the gamble as a 5th starter and pinch hitter!!!!!!!

  44. Pepitone August 6th, 2008 at 12:52 am

    “We’re done.”

    I said the same thing about the BoSox in the 04 playoffs after the Yanks took a “commanding” 3-0 lead. I learned a long time ago that until they are reasonable out of it anything can happen.

    However, Girardi is going to have to make changes in his lineup. ARod and Jeter are killing us right now in the spots they are in. Move them either up or down the lineup. Put them in situations where they won’t be relied on for the big hit in crucial situations, at least until they come out of it – if they come out of it!

  45. lil' m August 6th, 2008 at 12:52 am

    SJ44 summed it up well: they can’t get their equilibrium in no small part due to the injuries. Inconsistent offense not helping either. No predictions, but Pete is right – they’re teetering on the edge and it’s getting awfully late.

  46. CaptainsCorner August 6th, 2008 at 12:55 am

    Even if the injury isn’t serious I really hope they shut Joba down. He had gone a long time only throwing 1-2 innings and maybe all of a sudden throwing 100 was too much for him. Who knows…But it is obvious to everyone that this team does not have the pieces to win and they won’t. No hitting, Ponson, Rasner, Giese or Kennedy in the rotation..give me a break. There is no reason to bring him back if it isn’t serious..They should just be safe..

  47. Dan August 6th, 2008 at 12:55 am

    You can’t quit.

    I don’t like where we’re at right now. No one does. The team has played some subpar baseball and I think it’s safe to say we all expected better. Now they’ve sustained more than their fair share of injuries, but no other team will cry for the Yankees and they will be more than happy to leave them in the dust. The players currently playing need to step it up. However the players currently playing seem to actually be stepping down…Andy when we’ve needed him the most these last two starts has completely let us down. Abreu, Rodriguez can be winning huge games for us with critical hits. Jeter took a bad AB up 3-1 in the count today and is having a weak season by his standards.

    The only player actually exceeding expectations and excelling when we need him is…Mike Mussina. Wow, who could have figured that? If they make the playoffs he is the guy I look at first and foremost. What a season for him.

  48. Rebecca--Optimist Prime August 6th, 2008 at 12:59 am

    tuart, I’m not making excuses. Just saying that our situation and the Sox situation is different.

    The Sox line up has also managed to produce when it matters–ours hasn’t.

    If I was a grand motivational speaker, I’d think of something to say, but I’m not.

  49. Pepitone August 6th, 2008 at 12:59 am

    “You can’t quit.”

    God bless ya Dan, you’re a good man. You’re the type of player I want on my team – I coach football and basketball by the way.

    The only problem is the Yankee players. How many of them feel the same as you? That will determine the season right there.

  50. Dan August 6th, 2008 at 1:00 am

    Harlan…please be Miss Cleo. I hope you’re right but we’ll see what Dr. Andrews says I trust him a trifle more than Harlan Chamberlain, no offense to him.

  51. E-Man August 6th, 2008 at 1:00 am

    Anyone else notice that Jeter is rarely ever interviewed on the post game this season?

    That’s kinda interesting considering he’s supposed to be the Captain.

  52. Yankee Trader August 6th, 2008 at 1:00 am

    Based on our remaining schedule and our record against losing teams, we have only ONE 3 game series left where we should sweep the series over Labor day weekend against the Mariners. Our schedule is not conducive to getting a playoff spot. The bullpen, our only strength has failed 3 games in a row, and 4 out of 5.

  53. j August 6th, 2008 at 1:01 am

    minnestoa up by one but seattle threating

  54. yanksfanmc August 6th, 2008 at 1:01 am

    Not a troll here.

    Just giving the facts now, that way your dinner wont be ruined tomorrow night when Cash and Co. finally divulge into the findings of the MRI.

    Our team is a joke, I knew they would cash it in tonight. They are hanging their heads about Joba. The night before, they were hanging their heads about the heat. Tomorrow night it will be because they announce that Joba is done for the year.

    I can’t believe that some people are so optimistic to think that Joba will only miss one start. People, he is a pitcher, and they are not gonna mess with him. Especially since all we have been saying is how 08 is a transition year. Cash will sit him down just like Paps was a couple of years ago.

    Think about it–Johnny Damon missed how long and he has no arm at all, and doesnt use it all that much.

    Are things now put into perspective

  55. GreenBeret7 August 6th, 2008 at 1:02 am

    Steve Phillips didn’t have a clue to what the waiver wire was as a GM. It’s doubtful that he has a clue as to what a labrum is. His idea of a labrum is what when go through just before giving birth.

  56. Igawa's buck teeth August 6th, 2008 at 1:02 am

    Is it to soon to offer CC a deal?

  57. Pepitone August 6th, 2008 at 1:03 am

    E-man, I think Jeter and ARod are considered the untouchables on the Yankees. They are too famous and make too much money to be bothered with comments on the situation. Now, if you want to talk about television commercials and hollywood starlets, then there’s your men.

  58. yanksfanmc August 6th, 2008 at 1:04 am

    Can Favre throw a curve?

  59. E-Man August 6th, 2008 at 1:04 am

    08 stop being a transition year when everyone got hurt. They’ll use that excuse next year as to why they didn’t go after “Enter someone here”.

  60. Dan August 6th, 2008 at 1:04 am

    yanksfanmc,

    If you have a legitimate source, tell us who. Otherwise I think you can understand us being a little skeptical.

  61. yanksfanmc August 6th, 2008 at 1:05 am

    Now that I have nothing to do for the rest of the baseball season, maybe I will go out and test drive an Edge. I can’t wait to show my wife the panaramic vista roof

  62. Dan (visit my link click my name) August 6th, 2008 at 1:06 am

    “Can Favre throw a curve?”

    He was already traded to Boston for Manny, straight up.

  63. E-Man August 6th, 2008 at 1:06 am

    “E-man, I think Jeter and ARod are considered the untouchables on the Yankees. They are too famous and make too much money to be bothered with comments on the situation. Now, if you want to talk about television commercials and hollywood starlets, then there’s your men.”

    No I’m serious. Jeter was an almost daily interview on post game for years. Now suddenly it’s become Damon as the one who’s talking. I wonder if there’s anything behind that.

  64. yanksfanmc August 6th, 2008 at 1:06 am

    Dan, I will bet you lunch on it. Embarrassed to say, but Steve knows a couple of close family members and this is word he is getting

  65. Bronx Jeers August 6th, 2008 at 1:06 am

    “Daisuke Matsuzaka, Jon Lester and Josh Beckett were all in the Sox rotation opening day.”

    Well we still have 40% of our opening day rotation. They have 60%? Wang was supoosed to be the difference for our season? We should be in a better position regardless. They play like a 3rd place team so they are. If we make the postseason it will be because somebody chokes.

  66. Yankee Diva August 6th, 2008 at 1:06 am

    You have hit the nail on the head Stuart. This team has not played up to potential since the beginning of the season. Why is Jeter hitting into so many double plays. And Arod. Ever since he hooked up with Madonna and his divorce he couldn’t hit with RISP if his life depended on it. Cano has some kind of problem. He has not been catching up to anything hit his way and Melky has been great in the field but no where else. And the rotation? Without Wang, Joba, or Pettitte pitching like this, and all we have is Moose, they are done. They need to win the next 30 games out of 49. It isn’t happening. We need to start planning for 09. Because this year isn’t happening. I think this is reality. It isn’t what I want, but it is what it is going to be.

  67. Nick in SF August 6th, 2008 at 1:07 am

    Oh please, he already gave a phony source: Steve Philips. Who has said no such thing. Unless he’s keeping the story from his employers.

  68. Igawa's buck teeth August 6th, 2008 at 1:07 am

    Sabathia,Wang,Joba,Pettite,Hughes in 09! Thats what helps me not lose my mind after games like tonights.

  69. Diggedy August 6th, 2008 at 1:07 am

    I love how people keep referencing the 19 home games left as if the Yankees have actually taken care of business at the Stadium this year.

    When the calendar strikes october and we’re watching 4 other teams in the AL playoffs, there will be 101 reasons to point to.

    That being said….

    This team has overcome a lot over the years.. Even their flawed first round knock out teams have had enough to make the playoffs.

    There is one thing this team was not built to endure.. And that is Derek Jeter’s worst season as a pro.

    Is it a coincidence that his worst season will coincide with the first postseason they’ve missed since he’s on the team?

    If anyone is is owed a pass for finally being human, it’s DJ.. But I think his sudden “decline” (I’m not calling him Andy Stankiwiecz here) is a lot more troubling than anything going on in Joba’s shoulder.

    Mariano, Pettitte, Bernie, Jorge, Paulie, Tino and the lynch pin, Derek Jeter, were the nucleus that made all of the other pieces work. Without them, the Boggs, Strawberry, Raines, etc signings would have made the team no different than the Balboni, Clark, Barfield teams..

    One by one these players are dropping off.. And this team has no one to carry it the way Jeter has for 13 years.

  70. Redding August 6th, 2008 at 1:08 am

    If it makes anyone feel better, pre-season football starts in 2 days.

  71. GreenBeret7 August 6th, 2008 at 1:08 am

    Yanksfanmc, I’m close friends with Dr. James Andrews and he says you’re full of crap.

  72. yanksfanmc August 6th, 2008 at 1:09 am

    I think if you keep it up, I will plant an upper decker in your greenberet

  73. Bronx Jeers August 6th, 2008 at 1:09 am

    “Now that I have nothing to do for the rest of the baseball season, maybe I will go out and test drive an Edge. I can’t wait to show my wife the panaramic vista roof”

    Come on man. Dont forget the voice activated safe radio! The real Edge should sue Ford and Jeter for defamation.

  74. Dan (visit my link click my name) August 6th, 2008 at 1:09 am

    “Dan, I will bet you lunch on it. Embarrassed to say, but Steve knows a couple of close family members and this is word he is getting”

    This bet is more convincing depending on where the lunch would be.

    Homeless shelter=not convincing

    Fancy Steakhouse=Convincing

    “Oh please, he already gave a phony source: Steve Philips. Who has said no such thing. Unless he’s keeping the story from his employers.”

    If Steve Phillips knew I think he would have talked over every member of the panel on Baseball Tonight and screamed at the top of his lungs for the entire show, “JOBA HAS A TORN LABRUM I AM AN INSIDER!!!!!” This didn’t happen, so I’m not convinced. I hope this poster is wrong here.

  75. yanksfanmc August 6th, 2008 at 1:10 am

    Just because I have family that is close to him, it doesnt mean I dont think he is a jackass. He is so anti-yankee it makes me sick

  76. mark August 6th, 2008 at 1:10 am

    how far has prince fielder’s value dropped? especially with gammel in the waiting and boras as his agent?

    could we get him for say kennedy, britton, ohlendorf, gardner?

  77. Igawa's buck teeth (Its all about 09!) August 6th, 2008 at 1:11 am

    I watched Baseball tonight he didnt say anything the espn site has nothing on it.

  78. Pepitone August 6th, 2008 at 1:11 am

    “Yanksfanmc, I’m close friends with Dr. James Andrews and he says you’re full of crap.”

    ROFLOL!!!!!!!!

  79. Bombshell August 6th, 2008 at 1:11 am

    Believe me this isn’t an impossible task, I mean think about it, we’re only 3.5 games out of a playoff spot and there’s 49 games to go. HOWEVER, unless we improve in every single area then we are not making it. Yeah you can talk about all of the injuries and no doubt they have been devastating but what if Giambi gives us a better year? Or Jeter? Or A-Rod hits better in the clutch? Or Pettitte being more consistent? Or Hughes/Kennedy actually winning a game between them? Or some of Girardi’s bullpen choices late in games? Or Melky and Cano’s struggles? Or Abreu’s slow start? I think we haven’t played well enough and we still aren’t….simple as that. We need to improve our starting pitching, we cannot play 4-5 games better than the Red Sox/Rays by throwing out Ponson/Rasner/Giese/Kennedy out there 60% of the time. Our bullpen had a great run but a lot of them are very young and will inevitably struggle for periods (they are now), Mo won’t be invincible forever (hopefully he will though).

    We need MUCH better clutch hitting from everyone (I might give Abreu a pass), all it takes is better SITUATIONAL hitting to improve the RISP stats, all of these GIDPs when pulling outside breaking balls and pop outs on 2-0 counts have to stop. Play smarter. We also need either Jeter, A-Rod, or Giambi to carry us for a couple of weeks, maybe longer and maybe more than one of them at a time. If we don’t start doing these things very quickly and I’m talking about this roadtrip type quickness, we don’t have enough games to recover. It’s not May/June anymore, but August 6th with 19 home games and 30 road games left including 6 at the Angels and 2 west coast trips. This is desperation stuff right now. No more room for error. We have to try and salvage at least 4 of the next 8 games and then it is still possible to get back in this. But it won’t happen if we continue with the way we have been for the last 10 days. Anything worse than 3-7 on this trip and I think we might be cooked with at least 2 teams to get past in the Wild Card and a tough schedule remaining.

  80. yanksfanmc August 6th, 2008 at 1:11 am

    Remember folks, we do have the HIPAA laws. Medical information can’t be disclosed without the permission of the patient

  81. brent August 6th, 2008 at 1:12 am

    Pete forget that crap it’s over. Joe T gave the yankees a nice 12 yr run.I’m so disgusted with Jeter’s play and all his Dp’s or force outs.Nady came her with a clean slate and already has Arod beat.

    Did anyone notice Manny is batting 625 for Joe T

  82. Igawa's buck teeth (Its all about 09!) August 6th, 2008 at 1:12 am

    Mark I guess you missed it but the Yanks traded Ohlendorf already.

  83. GreenBeret7 August 6th, 2008 at 1:13 am

    You’re rather disturbed, Yanksfanmc. They have doctors that can give you medication for your fantasy violence. Not sure they can help you with controlling your trolling tendencies, though. That’s a birth defect.

  84. Kill-Schill(ing) August 6th, 2008 at 1:15 am

    If you’re related to Steve Philips that certainly would explain it.

    To quote the great jurist Oliver Wendell Holmes, “Three generations of imbeciles are enough.”

  85. Dan (visit my link click my name) August 6th, 2008 at 1:15 am

    “Remember folks, we do have the HIPAA laws. Medical information can’t be disclosed without the permission of the patient”

    I work in a pharmacy…I know that.

    He cannot provide that this is a definite. However he could have speculated aloud on the show and guessed that he had it so he can say, “Oh wow, I was right!” when the news came in. I don’t believe he did that.

  86. Redding August 6th, 2008 at 1:15 am

    If Steve Phillips says that Joba tore his labrum, that means he is making his next start in Anahiem.

  87. j August 6th, 2008 at 1:15 am

    i dont think its something that very serious. before joe came to take him out yestarday he threw a 95 mph fastball. kind of hard to do if you have major damage to your arm. maybe its a strain.

  88. NYYankFan August 6th, 2008 at 1:16 am

    “They are too famous and make too much money to be bothered with comments on the situation.”

    A-Rod, Damon and Pettitte were interviewed on the postgame show on YES.

  89. j August 6th, 2008 at 1:17 am

    schillin thats from buck v bell. glad you know the case. they seterlized the woman in that case.

  90. j August 6th, 2008 at 1:17 am

    i think the case was from 1927

  91. Pepitone August 6th, 2008 at 1:19 am

    “Did anyone notice Manny is batting 625 for Joe T”

    Yeah, I can see that marriage lasting a long time……….

    well, at least until Joe pisses him off.

  92. Dan (visit my link click my name) August 6th, 2008 at 1:22 am

    “i dont think its something that very serious. before joe came to take him out yestarday he threw a 95 mph fastball. kind of hard to do if you have major damage to your arm. maybe its a strain.”

    Eh I don’t know. Injuries are so strange. It was reported he heard a pop which is never good. Sometimes how hard someone’s throwing isn’t an indicator of health. That means he didn’t hurt his rotator cuff or elbow which is good but it wouldn’t exclude something like a labrum injury I don’t think it’s out of the question especially considering how dodgy the Yankees have been with the results of this MRI combined with having Dr. Andrews also giving it a look. I guess they are asking Dr. Andrews if with this injury Joba can come back and help the Yankees or if they should just shut him down. If it was major, they would have already announced he was done I would gather. Right now they are unsure as to whether or not his season is over, it is pending Dr. Andrew’s opinion.

  93. YankeesTech August 6th, 2008 at 1:23 am

    Can we clear up this Steven phillies rumor??

    is it true or not?

  94. Yankee Diva August 6th, 2008 at 1:24 am

    Bombshell, I see what you are saying. But they have set themselves up with quite a task. And I am not sure they have enough in them to do it. It breaks my heart to see a team with this much talent to have this kind of season. But the injuries have been too much. The pitching has taken a hard hit. And we all know…..pitching is what it takes. Also hitters that can hit with RISP !!!!!

  95. DFox August 6th, 2008 at 1:24 am

    “If Steve Phillips says that Joba tore his labrum, that means he is making his next start in Anahiem.”

    THAT made me laugh.

    But seriously, I doubt Steve Phillips would be anywhere close to getting that sort of information. Places like the dailynews and post hawk everyone to try to get the scoop, you have to believe if it was something like a torn labrum one of those tabloids would have been saying it already.

  96. Nick in SF August 6th, 2008 at 1:25 am

    The rumor that Steve Balboni has been signed by the Phillies is totally false.

  97. Michelle b. (X is the new Black!) A.K.A Michelle August 6th, 2008 at 1:29 am

    But livan is now a rockie, there goes another pitcher….

    HIPAA doesnt apply to professional athletes, we’ve had this conversation before.

  98. RSM August 6th, 2008 at 1:33 am

    Things may only get worse when Nady and Sexson catch the “Can’t Hit With RISP Flu” from the regulars.

  99. Nick in SF August 6th, 2008 at 1:33 am

    And Steve Philips doesn’t apply as a plausible source — even a plausible phony one.

  100. pat August 6th, 2008 at 1:34 am

    Rockies claimed Livan Hernandez off waivers.

  101. Peter Abraham August 6th, 2008 at 1:35 am

    Just FYI: I’ll be on WFAN at 1:40

  102. Yankee Diva August 6th, 2008 at 1:35 am

    I don’t think it matters right now what kind of injury Joba has. He can’t save the season. What we need to concentrate right now is that it isn’t serious. If we have Wang, Joba, Hughes, and whoever next year we might finally have a pitching staff that can compete with all the other teams. And then we have to get together a lineup that can hit with RISP and field. It is discouraging to see what Jeter and Arod has done this year because they are going to be the core of our lineup. I like Nady. Cano has to focus more. He has missed Bowa. We need a first baseman. Why has this FO not considered that a priority? And we need a younger OF. Nady is a start. Not sure Melky is if he can’t hit. Abreu, is sitting on the line. I like his at bats and arm but he shys away from the wall. I think we can be a force to recken with next year…….but we really need to get our pitching in order.

  103. Rebecca--Optimist Prime August 6th, 2008 at 1:38 am

    Well then. That’s that.

  104. SP August 6th, 2008 at 1:39 am

    cool…just turned on WFAN
    thanks for the heads up

  105. GreenBeret7 August 6th, 2008 at 1:42 am

    Anyway that PA or somebody can add a permanent link to the radio stations that he appears on? It would be most helpful.

  106. SP August 6th, 2008 at 1:43 am

    http://player.play.it/player/p.....estat=wfan

  107. Yankee Diva August 6th, 2008 at 1:46 am

    Sorry, I should introduce myself. I am a long time yankee fan and I have been reading this blog for over a year. I don’t always agree with Pete but I find this one of the most informative blogs to read for up to date info. I live for the yankees. Maybe addicted might be the better word. I never give up until the numbers prove it is impossible. I don’t know what people are saying about Joba but the most important thing for me is that he will have a long healty pitching life. And if he has to shut it down this year, then I can wait. The yankees have waited a long time for someone of his ilk. I can wait too.

  108. Mitchell August 6th, 2008 at 1:47 am

    listening to it right now

  109. GreenBeret7 August 6th, 2008 at 1:49 am

    Thanks, SP. Much appreciated.

  110. Yankee Diva August 6th, 2008 at 1:52 am

    What is he saying Mitchell?

  111. pat August 6th, 2008 at 1:53 am

    SWB Yanks faced the rehabbing Bartolo Colon tonight and touched him up for 3 runs in 2/3 of an inning. Sounds like a toss up whether Buccholz or Colon will be the Sox #5

  112. GreenBeret7 August 6th, 2008 at 1:54 am

    Diva, I’ll repeat this about Abreu. Abreu, back in 1997, suffered a badly separated left shoulder crashing into a wall. It almost ended his career before it got started. I’d rather his bat was in the lineup every night than be out for 4-6 weeks doing face plants to save a run. At best, he might save 4-5 runs a year, by diving or crashing into walls.

  113. Brandon (Jetes GIDP count: *19) (Starting to believe Arod will never win a championship ) (OH F*** IT JUST FIRE LONG ALREADY !) August 6th, 2008 at 1:55 am

    pat Igawa beat him :(

  114. pat August 6th, 2008 at 1:58 am

    RIP Bobby….

    “The Yankees will have a large group in Oklahoma City on Wednesday for the memorial service of Bobby Murcer, the former player and YES broadcaster who died of brain cancer last month. Executives including General Manager Brian Cashman will fly from New York, and the team has chartered a flight from Texas on Wednesday morning for Manager Joe Girardi and others.”

    http://www.nytimes.com/2008/08.....ref=sports

  115. MoBoy(aka McLovin) August 6th, 2008 at 1:58 am

    Kennedy,Giese,Ponson.

    Thats ugly.As ugly as when dumb Girardi sat Giambi,Hideki Matsui and Abreu facing a lefty pitcher.

  116. Yankee Diva August 6th, 2008 at 1:59 am

    I won’t argue about that GreenB. His patience and AB’s are a plus in this lineup every night. I have been on the fence about him. But he does make this line up better. I didn’t know that about his history though with walls. Thank you.

  117. Brandon (Jetes GIDP count: *19) (Starting to believe Arod will never win a championship ) (OH F*** IT JUST FIRE LONG ALREADY !) August 6th, 2008 at 1:59 am

    My god why not Wright for Rasner.

  118. Yankee Diva August 6th, 2008 at 2:01 am

    RIP our beloved Bobby Mercer.

  119. fred from jersey August 6th, 2008 at 2:02 am

    “Thats ugly.As ugly as when dumb Girardi sat Giambi,Hideki Matsui and Abreu facing a lefty pitcher.”

    its funny that so many people are complaining about that when sexton hit a grand slam today.

  120. GreenBeret7 August 6th, 2008 at 2:04 am

    No problem, Diva. This infatuation people have with Abreu and the wall is about as stupid as their insistance that he has lost his power. Abreu was never a home run hitter. He had two freak seasons over 30 early in his career, but, only has one other with at least 25. He’s like O’Neill was…18-22 homers a season. He’s a gap and line drive hitter. If he gets it up in the air, it’ll go out.

  121. Yankee Diva August 6th, 2008 at 2:10 am

    GreenB, he is consistant. And right now I would rather have him at bat than almost anyone in the rotation. I would take someone that grinds out the pitches right now than someone that hits at the first pitch. So you would resign him? One or two years?

  122. no DP August 6th, 2008 at 2:11 am

    DP DP DP…=Jeter

  123. stuart August 6th, 2008 at 2:12 am

    surgeons it is Sexson.. IS that so hard??

    Peter are you explaining why Jeter swung 3 and 1 off a guy who was wetting his pants while on the mound? Or are you explaining why no one ever asks a question like that??

    I know Peter you reads these posts but why not answer my harmless question?

    Peter or are you explaining how the Yanks big paid famous players have come up Danny Devito short this year.. Arod is a midget and Jeter is hitting worse then Mike Avila.. That would not be that bad if he hit 9th not 2nd……..

  124. kasey August 6th, 2008 at 2:14 am

    all i’m looking for tonight is a reasonable explanation as to why pudge pinch ran and melky pinch hit, and not vice-versa. melky’s got more speed, pudge is a far superior hitter. wouldn’t it make sense then, to have melky on base and pudge at the plate?

    if pete saw it, and hordes of fans saw it, how did girardi not see it? i’m not even angry, i’m just plain baffled. it was pure idiocy.

    this team’s in trouble. they’re certainly not dead yet, but things don’t look good.

    although, as nick said, at least they’re playing meaningful games and we’re still watching. could be worse, they could be the mariners.

  125. kasey August 6th, 2008 at 2:15 am

    no “T” in sexon, folks. just learn the players’ names. it’s not difficult.

  126. G. Love August 6th, 2008 at 2:15 am

    This is so sad. I can’t even watch. This team shouldn’t be cooked, but they play so often like they are.

    Maybe Jeter and co. want to see what it’s like to sit out the playoffs one year. Maybe they’ll come back next season with a better attitude.

    We’ve got a core of guys who once again came out of the gates limping in the Spring. I was going nuts in April, May and June and all of you were laughing at me preaching patience. You have to win games all year. You can’t always turn the 2nd half into a sprint.

    The core of this team needs to change.

    Jeter either appears to have gotten old overnight or he has completely lost his edge. He’s a shell of himself. We’re at the point now where we’re actually thinking who can replace him.

    Maybe the fact that Arod’s salary and contract dwarfs his has his nose out of joint. Something is wrong with him. If it’s physical, he should sit out.

    I think the Joba news sucked the life out of the team, but I’ve seen crazier things happen.

    It looks like it’s over and the team is dead.

    Maybe there’s enough left in that locker room to get back on track. Maybe there’s not.

    All I know is Jeter, Arod, Giambi, Abreu, Cano and Melky have made this one of the least likable groups of Yankees I’ve seen since 1992.

    The pitching staff has been decimated, but that lineup should still win games.

    Ever since 2004, I felt there was some quit in that locker room.

    I don’t know who the main culprit is. Maybe it’s a collective thing. They were like this under Torre a lot too.

    All I know is, my confidence in this team is finally shot.

    I hope they can still surprise me but I’m no longer counting on it.

  127. Michelle b. (X is the new Black!) A.K.A Michelle August 6th, 2008 at 2:20 am

    # kasey August 6th, 2008 at 2:15 am

    no “T” in sexon, folks. just learn the players’ names. it’s not difficult.

    there might not be a “T” but there most certainly is an “S”

    it’s SEXSON

  128. Jose August 6th, 2008 at 2:22 am

    Pudge needs to take control of the clubhouse

  129. stuart August 6th, 2008 at 2:23 am

    2 of 13 with RISP tonight. .the Yanks are consistent.. they consistently cannot hit when it counts… they have done this all year. it is there reality..

    Kasy if Jeter did his job or arod or others then it would not matter if Irod(groundball hitter ala JeterO or Melky hit in the 6th or 7th I forget what inning… again Jeter still came up with the bases loaded 2 outs and a 3 and 1 count and swung after really seeing 4 straight balls preceeding the pitch he swung at… Remember Cy young Rupe walked Damon on 5 pitches right before our Captain did his magic.. Tell Jeter he already has 1 grand slam for his career so stop trying to be a hero and take what the pitcher gives you…..

  130. MikeEff ( X FINALLY bats 5th) August 6th, 2008 at 2:27 am

    “Pudge needs to take control of the clubhouse”

    this is where we really miss Posada.

  131. Brandon (Jetes GIDP count: *19) (Starting to believe Arod will never win a championship ) (OH F*** IT JUST FIRE LONG ALREADY !) August 6th, 2008 at 2:29 am

    MikeEff if Pudge speaks people (players) do listen. He has an infectious pride about him, a bit more than La Duca had for the Mets but the problem is he’s a newbie and would have to establish his presence by example and one on one status.

  132. GreenBeret7 August 6th, 2008 at 2:35 am

    Diva, I’d resign Abreu for two years and a team option. He still hits, he still runs well. His steals are down a bit, but, by year’s end, he’ll have his 22-25 steals, and regardless what the “board experts” say, very few people run on him. He’s a bat that NYY has no replacement for, much like trying to replace Jeter, Cano and Rodriguez. They’re having…for them..off seasons, but, how many playing their positions are doing better…very few. Those on this board are in love with Guerrero’s defense, but, all he really ever had was some speed (now gone) and an arm that’s become increasingly erratic. They have almost identical defensive numbers in the same number of games and innings played, except one…Guerrero has twice as many errors as Abreu in his career. There is only one viable right fielder to replace Abreu, and the Yanks have him in Nady. Who replaces what Nady and Abreu combined can produce. Nady can play some center field, but, not full time. The Yanks let Giambi go at the end of the year, but, short of getting Teixreia for a reasonable amount of money and years, I’d resign Sexson and give Matsui and Damon crash courses n playing first base, next spring.

  133. Jorge Tabata August 6th, 2008 at 2:40 am

    But what is yelling and throwing water coolers going to achieve?

    It’s not like they are not trying… pitching and poor managerial moves have doomed them this past week. Go back to the end of our win streak:

    Ponson got shelled in Fenway
    Mussina the next night had his worst outing of the season.
    Rasner and the bullpen imploded the following night.
    Two nights later, Pettitte had his worst outing of the yr
    Sunday was a miracle win with terrible pitching
    Yesterday was Joba’s worst outing of the season
    Today was another lackluster performance by Andy.

    It’s not like that Lester game where we looked lifeless. We are not getting clutch hits, but the main culprits are Arod/Jeter. Nobody in the clubhouse is going to call them out. The bullpen has a 9.00 ERA since the win streak as well. Mariano cost us 2 games alone in the past week (Angels, Baltimore).

    They are finding new ways to lose and the pitching is mostly to blame. Sure, rhe offense is unpredictable and most of our late rallies are fabricated, but that shows they are atleast trying. The ones who need to be chewed out are Pettitte, Jeter, and Arod, but like I said– nobody is going to call them out. And its not like those guys are not trying either, they just happened to slump at the worst possible time.

    I’m all for somebody taking control of the team, but what will it do? We still have Ponson, Giese, and Kennedy/Rasner going in 3 of the next 4 games.

  134. kasey August 6th, 2008 at 2:44 am

    “there might not be a “T” but there most certainly is an “S”
    it’s SEXSON”

    brutal and hilarious. being hasty killed me.

  135. Michelle b. (X is the new Black!) A.K.A Michelle August 6th, 2008 at 2:46 am

    it’s late kasey, i just thought it was funny…I actually re read my post 4 times before submitting to make sure i didnt misspell anything…

  136. Neil August 6th, 2008 at 2:57 am

    The torn labrum is obviously false. I tore my labrum diving playing shortstop and the last thing you can do is throw a baseball 95 that way Joba did on his last pitch. He wouldn’t have been able to throw at all.

  137. BronxG August 6th, 2008 at 3:11 am

    i believe in our team until the numbers are against us. i dont like the situation we have put ourselves in and reading all these post about how we’re already out of it breaks my heart and almost makes me want to be pessimistic about all of it, im going to choose to continue believing in my pinstripes. someones gonna step up and boost the morale of this team, i still believe.

  138. jake August 6th, 2008 at 3:20 am

    I’ve torn my rotator cuff.
    I’ve torn my labrum.
    Joba could have either, or both.
    I hope he has neither.
    Both injuries suck.
    But the main thing is to focus on just doing whatever needs to be done to help restore his health and keep him healthy over the long haul. Joba has shown me enough over these past two months for me to be confident in saying that, if healthy, he will be as good as any starter in the game.
    His injury is, in any case, a terrible thing for the Yanks this year. If Joba’s lost for a while, the Yankees will have almost no chance to win it all this year. In that case, IPK should be put in the rotation, and Chase Wright, and Phil Hughes should get some big league starts.

  139. t August 6th, 2008 at 3:25 am

    If the offense would get hot like last year where they averaged 5+ runs a game I think we have a spot. If it wasn’t for tampa we would easily have the wild card but now who knows. If Andy can pitch well, Joba only misses one start and Ponson gets his act together this team is in good shape. A-Rod needs to play better and Jeter needs to stop being a rally killer. Twice tonight he was up either 3-1 or 3-0 and he made an out. Finally in the 9th he walked being up 3-1.

  140. Art Vandelay August 6th, 2008 at 3:33 am

    I really hope we make the Playoffs. I don’t want the last words heard out of Yankee Stadium to be, “Sports Center is next.” We all remember that game in Boston a few weeks ago when Jon Miller and Joe Morgan talked about Manny Ramirez and David Ortiz like giggling teenage girls.

  141. Steve August 6th, 2008 at 3:36 am

    With the absence of the most consistent starting pitcher CMW in the rotation, especially considering the lousy runs we’ve been making so far for each game, Yankees are pretty done for 2008.
    Get shaped for 2009. Make big move for the line-up and rotation.
    Shame on A-rod, whose pay can feed Marlins but his performance seems to say he can’t care less this club.

  142. GreenBeret7 August 6th, 2008 at 3:50 am

    How about “shame on Jeter”, whose paltry 21 million a year puts him on poverty row? Does he get a pass for being a “true Yankee”? Does the equally poverty stricken Giambi get a pass for “telling the truth in court”? (after getting caught, of course.)

  143. Dan (visit my link click my name) August 6th, 2008 at 3:51 am

    Steve it’s not that Alex could care less about the team…

    He cares too much. Baseball is a game where, the more effort you put into, you fail more. The harder a swing you take, the worse off you are. That’s what he’s doing. Not because he doesn’t care. He’s trying desperately to be the hero instead of letting his natural talent letting the heroics come to him like they really should.

  144. Dan (visit my link click my name) August 6th, 2008 at 3:55 am

    “How about “shame on Jeter”, whose paltry 21 million a year puts him on poverty row? Does he get a pass for being a “true Yankee”? Does the equally poverty stricken Giambi get a pass for “telling the truth in court”? (after getting caught, of course.)”

    I don’t understand how this abjects other players from criticism. I understand that Jeter gets a pass often and it’s unfair. Giambi shouldn’t he cheated and I think he took his round of hatred, I do remember quite well after the confession and a round of poor play how a good portion of fans wanted him to be put on waivers. He refused a minor league assignment, and was destroyed by fans for caring more about himself than the team because his horrid play was killing the team. Then he rebounded and all was forgotten…

    Bringing back to my main point, how does this prevent Rodriguez from receiving some jabs?

  145. GreenBeret7 August 6th, 2008 at 5:21 am

    Dan, where have you been for the last 4 and a half years? Rodriguez has taken more than his share of hits, every year…including last year. Regardless of what Rodriguez does, it’s never enough to please fans like you. Jeter gets a free pass because “he’s got the rings”. Guess what? Jeter didn’t do it on his own. He had a ton of help. Offense in front and behind. Defense. A starting rotation that stayed healthy and together. A bullpen that was one of the best in history. Since those factors disappeared, how many rings has Jeter and his intangibles won? There hasn’t been a real rotation since Pettitte, Clemens and Wells left after the 2003 season. The bullpen until this year never went past two deep. The rest were worn out retreads. Put Rodriguez on the mid to late 90′s and early 2000s teams in place of Jeter and the Yanks win just as many or more.

  146. Jorge Bonilla August 6th, 2008 at 5:59 am

    CC Sabathia’s wallet is smiling today.

  147. Aaron August 6th, 2008 at 6:02 am

    Jorge Bonilla…because he is heading to the nice weather out west after this season?

    He is building a house in socal, which leads me to believe he is going to sign with the angels or dodgers

  148. Matt-LI (The Real X-Games) August 6th, 2008 at 8:33 am

    “Bringing back to my main point, how does this prevent Rodriguez from receiving some jabs?”

    He doesn’t receive jabs from the fans. He gets left and right hooks followed by a devastating uppercut.

  149. Corey August 6th, 2008 at 10:25 am

    Well….even if the Yankees dont make the playoffs, we still have something to look forward to: A team revamping in the offseason, and the new yankee stadium :)

    Can’t win every year people. We have the same team from last year for the most part, even worse actually due to injuries, you need to be realistic about the chances here. Look on the bright side, there’s a chance Boston wont make the playoffs either. Minnesota & ChiSox could ruin both teams.

  150. Diane August 6th, 2008 at 11:30 am

    Jeter has a stoic personality on camera and also speaks as a ‘company man’, trying not to say anything that will reflect badly on the team or any player. That may be a form of integrity but it makes for a boring interview, and after a few years most journos realized that nothing they could say or do would make Jeter come through with a revelation on camera.

    Journos go for the blabbermouths. That means they usually bypass the Captain — except when the chatterboxes run for the back door and DJ is the only well-known player sticking by his locker.

  151. Scott (JOBA! NOOOOO!) August 6th, 2008 at 1:30 pm

    I do not have any insider knowledge.
    I am not a doctor.
    I do not even play one on TV
    I am as big a Joba fan as there is.

    I do not believe for one minute that Joba’s going to pitch again this season.

    Players do not fly from NY to Atlanta to see Dr. James Andrews for a sprain, pull or anything mild. Dr. Hershon is capable of determining those things.

    They go because something is really hurt. And that hurt thing requires surgery.

    I hope to god that I am wrong. We need that kid to stay healthy – not just for this year but for the next 15-20 years.

    But the tight lips and trip to see the shoulder surgeon do not portend good news.

  152. Rich M. August 6th, 2008 at 3:26 pm

    A-Rod had better start emphasizing “I” instead of “we”. ’07 is a distant memory …………… the highest-paid player in the game has reverted to being unreliable in the clutch, and for a team whose current lineup features a badly-underperforming Jeter and no Matsui and Posada, that spells doom.

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