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Joba to play catch; Godzilla running

Posted by: Peter Abraham - Posted in Misc on Aug 11, 2008 Print This Post Print This Post | Email This Post Email This Post

This from the AP in Tampa:

Yankees right-hander Joba Chamberlain is scheduled to start a throwing program Wednesday as part of his rehab for his injured shoulder.

Chamberlain was placed on the 15-day disabled list last Wednesday due to rotator cuff tendinitis in his pitching shoulder.

“Play catch and just go from there,” Chamberlain said Monday.

The 22-year-old was removed from his start Aug. 2 against Texas in the fifth inning with stiffness in his shoulder. He expects to rejoin the Yankees’ rotation before the end of the month.

Chamberlain is 4-3 with a 2.63 ERA in 32 games, including 12 starts.

Also, DH Hideki Matsui ran the bases for the first time since being sidelined in late June by a left knee injury. He could start playing in minor league rehab games soon.

“If everything goes well, I think in a couple days,” Matsui said through a translator. “I feel like I’ve been making good progress every day. Taking a good step forward each time.”

Matsui has appeared in 69 games this season, hitting .323 with seven homers and 34 RBIs.

 
 

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107 Responses to “Joba to play catch; Godzilla running”

  1. Laura - There's still the WC! August 11th, 2008 at 3:55 pm

    I’m not expecting much from Matsui if he does make it back. That would be too much to ask for and with this team this year, we apparently can’t ask for a lot.

  2. Rob Thompson August 11th, 2008 at 3:56 pm

    Ok, so let me sort this out. Coming down the stretch we’re going to get Joba, The Franchise and Godzilla back and we’re only 3 games back in the wild card? It’s going to be a fun final month and a half.

    You just know that Sox fans can hear our footprints – just like they do every year.

  3. Mo August 11th, 2008 at 3:59 pm

    Why take chances with either guy. This team is done.

  4. Chris NY August 11th, 2008 at 3:59 pm

    The Rays also have a lot of road games left, which they don’t fare well in…

    I’m working up in Boston, so I’m going down to see Phil Hughes pitch tomorrow night in Pawtucket. Hopefully he’ll be in the Bronx on Sunday.

  5. AndrewYF August 11th, 2008 at 4:00 pm

    Umm, four games back in the wildcard. And Boston has a cookie schedule with, like, 30 days at home. The only thing going for the Yankees is that they play Boston 3 more times, and as long as they are within three games of Boston by the time of their last series, they will still be in it.

  6. AndrewYF August 11th, 2008 at 4:01 pm

    I mean, they play Boston 6 more times.

  7. Al from BK August 11th, 2008 at 4:03 pm

    “Why take chances with either guy. This team is done.”

    Exactly.

  8. James August 11th, 2008 at 4:03 pm

    Getting Matsui will be a HUGE boost for this team…

    By getting Matsui back you can bench Cabrera and go to a line up which includes Matsui,X,Damon and Abreu!!

    Damon would have to move to CF of course but i think it’s well worth it!

  9. stuart August 11th, 2008 at 4:04 pm

    the reason you allow Matsui to come back Dr. is because real Dr.s said it can cause no more damage and they can use his professional AB’s..

    they can play Damon in Cf a little more and allow Matsui to DH and then there lineup is very very good on paper..

  10. steve August 11th, 2008 at 4:05 pm

    joba needs to get his innings. let him pitch if hes healthy… he only has 89 innings, which means he will be limited next year as well. let him get 3-5 more starts.

  11. Bronx Jeers August 11th, 2008 at 4:06 pm

    We are seriously grasping for straws here.

    Here’s to Matsui’s knee, Joba’s shoulder amd Hughes’ ribcage!

    May all three of you splendid examples of bone and tissue heal with winged foot and all the strength of a hirsute Samson!

    Such lameness. Man do I wish we could just come on here and argue about who hit the longest bomb last night or whatever.

  12. RayBlay August 11th, 2008 at 4:06 pm

    awwww I just realized TJ Beam was pitching
    aaahhh, nostalgia

  13. Mo August 11th, 2008 at 4:06 pm

    Boston has way more pitching. We got Sir Sid as our #3. Why risk the health of Joba and Godzilla?

  14. stuart August 11th, 2008 at 4:06 pm

    Al form BK a doctor also.. Man I did not understand how smart and accomplished so many of the posters are..

    What central american country did you get your medical degree from????

  15. Al from BK August 11th, 2008 at 4:08 pm

    “going to be a fun final month and a half.

    You just know that Sox fans can hear our footprints – just like they do every year.”

    Wishful thinking. Were getting back Phil off of a serious injury and his command will likely stink. Joba shouldn’t be coming back at all, you should never rush a rotator cuff injury. Matsui is arthritic in both knees and is not going to be himself anyway why do all this when Boston has got 30 something games left at home against easy teams. Do you honestly think the Yanks are going to win 80% of their games the rest of the season cuz thats what its going to take.

  16. Mo August 11th, 2008 at 4:09 pm

    The Muts pen is worse than ours.

  17. Ron (Wants to Be One of Max Kellerman's Much-Maligned Interns) August 11th, 2008 at 4:10 pm

    You also have to look at this from the perspective of next year. The sooner Joba gets back, the more innings he pitches this year, and the more he’ll be able to throw next year in his first season as a full-time member of the rotation.

    For the same reason, it’s important that Hughes get up here soon. I mean, it would also help if he could at least match the at-times flashy mediocrity of 2007, rather than the outright suckiness of 2008

  18. Mike August 11th, 2008 at 4:10 pm

    Nothing like reading illegible nonsense from lil stuart.

  19. E-Man August 11th, 2008 at 4:11 pm

    ““Why take chances with either guy. This team is done.”

    Exactly.”

    You two would make great Boston or Met fans.

    go jump ship.

  20. Al from BK August 11th, 2008 at 4:11 pm

    Stuart- To answer your question Guatemala. Matsui is going to be running at 60-70% of his typical production, why have a guy play hurt for a team that has given up.

  21. Mo August 11th, 2008 at 4:11 pm

    who cares bout innings? We need joba healthy next year.

  22. stuart August 11th, 2008 at 4:12 pm

    AL from BK take your meds. You are clueless. You are not a doctor and the Yanks do not need to win 80% of there games besides that you have no idea on what you are talking about Hughes serious injury what he had a heart ailment? Serious injury, he had a arm injury??

  23. Mo August 11th, 2008 at 4:13 pm

    Live in denial E. Why risk long term health for a dead team??

  24. jennifer August 11th, 2008 at 4:14 pm

    Why is Michael Kay talking politics? BORING!

  25. Gordo August 11th, 2008 at 4:15 pm

    I really think Stuart is either slow or 9.

  26. stuart August 11th, 2008 at 4:15 pm

    wow Mike coming from a retard like you it should bother me but since you are a moron I take it from who it comes from..
    DID you go to medical school with Al from Bk???

    I would not let you to mental midgets operate on my kids rabbit.

    And yeah the Yanks are going to risk Joba’s health because they are foolish …..

  27. John H. August 11th, 2008 at 4:17 pm

    AI, the Sox have plenty of issues. The Rays look solid though.

  28. al arodien August 11th, 2008 at 4:17 pm

    Why is Michael Kay talking politics? BORING!

    When he talks politics that means the yanks suck and he is depressed!

  29. Rob Thompson August 11th, 2008 at 4:18 pm

    Joba is fine – come in off the ledge. He’s had enough babying. He just felt a little twinge in his shoulder. I bet if it were the playoffs, he could have pitched through it.

    Adding Joba & Franchise is like turning over 2/5 of your rotation to soon to be all-stars. And Hideki is just the guy we need to help anchor the lineup.

    This is going to be a great, great run. Don’t worry, I won’t tell you all “I told you so ” when it happens.

  30. Mo August 11th, 2008 at 4:18 pm

    who takes stuart seriously? The dude posts the same crap on 5 dif blogs everyday. He’s nuts. If you can read thru all the grammar mistakes.

  31. Don Vito A. Bellamo August 11th, 2008 at 4:18 pm

    I am also going to play catch today. Bellamo is 1-15 with a 19.64 ERA in 44 games, including 2 starts. ;-)

  32. Chobba August 11th, 2008 at 4:19 pm

    When did the term “mental midgets” become so popular? It’s pretty offensive to small people when you think about it.

  33. Gordo August 11th, 2008 at 4:20 pm

    There goes my man Stuart proving he’s slow.

  34. John H. August 11th, 2008 at 4:20 pm

    God…everyday the same damn arguments.

  35. Al from BK August 11th, 2008 at 4:20 pm

    “AL from BK take your meds. You are clueless. You are not a doctor and the Yanks do not need to win 80% of there games besides that you have no idea on what you are talking about Hughes serious injury what he had a heart ailment? Serious injury, he had a arm injury??”

    Air tight grammar there Stuart. Go have mommy fix you a peanut butter sandwich I am allowed to have my own opinion on the severity of these injuries. As we all know the Yankees are not very forthcoming when it comes to injuries, and I have my doubts about these guys being truly ready.

  36. Mo August 11th, 2008 at 4:22 pm

    What did Hughes do before he got hurt? I don’t think all star should be uttered.

  37. RayBlay August 11th, 2008 at 4:23 pm

    What kind of politics is Kay talking about?

  38. V August 11th, 2008 at 4:24 pm

    we better see Melky tonight. We play much better with him in the lineup.

  39. Jeff August 11th, 2008 at 4:24 pm

    I thought the Yanks played the Angels at home 8/2? I was there for Old Timers’ Day!

  40. skeptic August 11th, 2008 at 4:24 pm

    damon, nady, irod, arod, abreu, cano, sexson, giambi, jeter

  41. Chobba August 11th, 2008 at 4:24 pm

    “What did Hughes do before he got hurt?”

    He prevented the Yanks from being swept during the 2007 playoffs.

    Ginkgo Biloba is good for memory loss, fyi.

  42. vinny-b (yes network: please STOP the Ford Edge/jeter commercials) August 11th, 2008 at 4:26 pm

    stuart: nobody cares.

  43. skeptic August 11th, 2008 at 4:27 pm

    damon, irod, cano, arod, abreu, nady, giambi, jeter, batamint, melky

  44. Brandon (Jetes GIDP count: *19) (Starting to believe Arod will never win a championship ) (Johan HR watch:*19) August 11th, 2008 at 4:27 pm

    Heilman has found himself

  45. Andrew August 11th, 2008 at 4:27 pm

    This thread is off to a flying start!

  46. Hondo August 11th, 2008 at 4:28 pm

    I live for stuarts rants. Pure comedy.

  47. Al from BK August 11th, 2008 at 4:28 pm

    Kay delving into politics, Eek! He’s lucky that he is even allowed on the air talking sports let alone politics.

  48. Brandon (Jetes GIDP count: *19) (Starting to believe Arod will never win a championship ) (Johan HR watch:*19) August 11th, 2008 at 4:30 pm

    we better see Melky tonight. We play much better with him in the lineup.

    Christian covered more ground yesterday and even had a hustle assist. I say give him a chance.

  49. John H. August 11th, 2008 at 4:31 pm

    Holy cow. Can we stop arguing and start talking baseball? If you like what someone writes, DON’T READ IT.

  50. skeptic August 11th, 2008 at 4:31 pm

    damon, christian, abreu, arod, nady, cano, giambi, jeter, irod

  51. YanksFanMan (2009 Farnsworth return at reduced price!) August 11th, 2008 at 4:31 pm

    I wonder if by the time they get back, will it be too little too late?

  52. Mo August 11th, 2008 at 4:32 pm

    Hughes should be an all star cos of 5 innings of relief work?? Get his innings at Scranton. Take no chances with Joba or matsui.

  53. Dean August 11th, 2008 at 4:32 pm

    Can tendonitis even effect Joba till next year. I think its just inflamation that goes away pretty quickly. Are they even jepordizing ne thing by pitchin him in a week or so?

  54. John H. August 11th, 2008 at 4:32 pm

    don’t like sorry

  55. saucY August 11th, 2008 at 4:32 pm

    Hondo. I agree :lol:

  56. retroclutch August 11th, 2008 at 4:32 pm

    I really can’t see the Yankees bringing back Joba if they get any further out than they are right now. Granted, his innings needs to be built up but having Joba for 75% of next year is better than risking his career to get his innings limit higher for next year. If the Yankees are in it, then it makes sense to bring him back provided they aren’t rushing. He could really anchor this rotation with Moose and yesterday’s Pettitte. If Hughes can come back and pitch like he did last September then we have a strong 4 man rotation that can match up with anyone.

    The Matsui news is huge for the offense. I don’t think anyone can overstate what he provides to this offense. You would be bringing back a guy who would be leading the AL in hitting if he had enough ABs. He was hitting .424 with 1.045 OPS in close and late situations this year. .338 BA and .911 OPS with RISP. .417 BA and 1.250 OPS with a man on 3rd and less than 2 outs. You plug that in behind Arod and then Nady behind Matsui. Watch Arod’s RBIs and RISP soar. You push Giambi down to 7 and Cano to 9. Adding Matsui makes this lineup go. When Matsui comes back this team will have no problems scoring runs.

  57. Brandon (Jetes GIDP count: *19) (Starting to believe Arod will never win a championship ) (Johan HR watch:*19) August 11th, 2008 at 4:34 pm

    The Pirates batting coach >>> Kevin Long (sorry but it’s true)

  58. jennifer August 11th, 2008 at 4:35 pm

    He started out by talking about John Edwards, and his affair. Now he is talking about the Olympics, and why are they being held in China.

  59. Andrew August 11th, 2008 at 4:35 pm

    “damon, irod, cano, arod, abreu, nady, giambi, jeter, batamint, melky”

    Batamint? I literally had to keep myself from embrassing myself by laughing out loud at work…have you ever seen the player’s name? Any concept of how to even say his name? That looks more like badminton than Betemit. Absolutely hilarious.

    As for your lineups, you had Jeter hitting either 9th or 7th. Apparently, you are not a fan of a panoramic vista roof.

  60. Mike G August 11th, 2008 at 4:35 pm

    What politics is Kay talking about?? the prez race??

    Is it just me or is anyone else tired of Matsui not speaking english? All the non-Americans in the clubhouse at least attempts English – even Melky can spit a couple of words here and there.

  61. Chris August 11th, 2008 at 4:35 pm

    “Adding Matsui makes this lineup go. When Matsui comes back this team will have no problems scoring runs”

    …Except that we still had problems scoring runs with him IN the lineup when he was doing so well.

  62. COL 88 August 11th, 2008 at 4:35 pm

    heilman looking sharp today maybe he fixed his problems

  63. gayle August 11th, 2008 at 4:35 pm

    brandon what do you mean find himself lol. He has found himself blowing yet another save.

  64. Jose August 11th, 2008 at 4:37 pm

    Mike – 100% agree. he should have learned it by now.

  65. skeptic August 11th, 2008 at 4:37 pm

    irod, jeter, damon, abreu, arod, cano, nady, giambi, jeter

    anybody watching the mets game, didnt it seem like chavez could have caught doumit’s drive?

  66. Al from BK August 11th, 2008 at 4:38 pm

    “As for your lineups, you had Jeter hitting either 9th or 7th. Apparently, you are not a fan of a panoramic vista roof.”

    lol. Damn that vista roof!

  67. Brandon (Jetes GIDP count: *19) (Starting to believe Arod will never win a championship ) (Johan HR watch:*19) August 11th, 2008 at 4:38 pm

    brandon what do you mean find himself lol. He has found himself blowing yet another save.

    He reminds me of Farnsy before last month.

  68. Chobba August 11th, 2008 at 4:38 pm

    Mo, you’re right about 1 win during a pressure packed playoff game isn’t enough to call someone an all star. And that no hitter he carried into the 7th at Arlington (a pitcher park, right?) was a fluke. How old was he when he did that? 20? Good evaluation of talent, you should see if the Yanks are hiring an assistant GM.

  69. retroclutch August 11th, 2008 at 4:39 pm

    @Mo
    Hughes pitched the Yanks into the playoffs last year. 2.73 ERA going 3-0. He gave up only 25 hits and 9 ER in 29.2 innings. He also held opponents to a .229 BAA. I would sign up right now for that same September. A healthy Joba and Pettitte, with Moose doing what he does and this Phil Hughes could get the wild card.

  70. dan August 11th, 2008 at 4:39 pm

    For the record KAY offered complete vindication to my view here last week of the weak turnout to the Murcer affair……2 people……and #13 who we are locked into for the next 10 years couldnt be bothered to show up

    Pathetic

    This right now is a pathetic group of people
    Put your pom poms away Yankee fans for a moment, you like these people? Cano, Betemit, Cabrerra?

    Good Lord Melky Cabrerra

    But I felt good that Kay felt the same as I did, shame on the 23 of 25 that couldnt be bothered to get on a plane last week, and ULTRA shame to your face of the Yankees #13 for not having the sense to figure out it was a big moment

  71. RayBlay August 11th, 2008 at 4:39 pm

    COL 88 – lol.

  72. The Panoramic Vista Roof in Jeter's Edge August 11th, 2008 at 4:40 pm

    Oh no, they say he’s got to go
    Go go Godzilla, yeah
    Oh no, there goes Tokyo
    Go go Godzilla, yeah

  73. TKinDC August 11th, 2008 at 4:41 pm

    “The Pirates batting coach >>> Kevin Long (sorry but it’s true)”

    You have to figure that Long and ‘Greenlight’ Meacham will be sacrificed to the angry baseball gods once the season is over – one way or another.

    It might not be fair – but it’ll happen.

  74. mark August 11th, 2008 at 4:41 pm

    Would you bring back Sexon next year?

  75. DFox August 11th, 2008 at 4:42 pm

    Some of you are crazy. You need to get a dose of reality. You can’t just start shutting down players because you want to be “cautious”. If you weren’t 4 games out of a playoff position, then maybe, but the reality is you are, and you never know when you’ll be in that position again. If Joba is healthy, he comes back, it’s as simple as that. His injury was never anything close to what people thought it was. It’s minuscule. It’s probably even less than what they led us to believe now being that he’s going to be throwing and using the arm already on Wed.

    And the Red Sox unbelievable pitching staff? An average Beckett? Lester, and Dice-K? Do they even have a number 4 and 5 starter? I’m pretty sure they don’t, and they don’t have a bullpen either.

  76. Fredo Corleone August 11th, 2008 at 4:43 pm

    “The Pirates batting coach >>> Kevin Long (sorry but it’s true)”

    Importance of batting coach >>>>>>>>>>>>> almost nothing

  77. Hughes Dynasty August 11th, 2008 at 4:43 pm

    I wouldn’t mind Ricky Henderson as hitting coach if Long is let go.

  78. Brandon (Jetes GIDP count: *19) (Starting to believe Arod will never win a championship ) (Johan HR watch:*19) August 11th, 2008 at 4:44 pm

    what the hell is a Steven Pierce ?

  79. gayle August 11th, 2008 at 4:45 pm

    Im sorry you cannot get on the team for having 2 people show up. Jeter and Pettite were the team’s representatives what would Kay have liked the entire team to show up. They had a game that night. The manager was there, 2 of the key players and the players that had been there the longest were there. I am sure that if Posada had not just had surgery he would have been there as well. Cashman was there, Meachem was there.

    How many players showed up for Phil’s service??
    How many players showed up for Cory Lidle’s service and they played with him?

    As great a person and player and what he meant to the organization Murcer Kay is too close to the situation and needs to get a little perspective. In my opinion.

  80. retroclutch August 11th, 2008 at 4:48 pm

    @Chris
    You have a point that we didn’t hit then either, but it wasn’t Matsui’s fault. Everyone started off slow. Especially Giambi, Abreu and Cano. Abreu has gotten better, Jeter has gotten better, Damon has gotten better and Arod has gotten better. Plus we have Nady now. Plug Matsui in and we should have something. In the first month no one outside of Matsui and Melky were hitting.

  81. Al from BK August 11th, 2008 at 4:50 pm

    “Would you bring back Sexon next year?”

    lol.

  82. Andrew August 11th, 2008 at 4:50 pm

    But…DFox….I thought the season was over?

    I’ve been reading these posts all day, and you must have missed the memo. We as fans are obviously looking forward to 2009 when the team will feature Matt Kemp, CC Sabathia, Mark Ellis, Brian Fuentes, Will Ohman, and Kevin Millar. The 2008 season was so last Thursday. Aren’t you looking ahead to that, too? Shouldn’t you quit trying to say that 4 GB is ground that this terrible team full of terrible people who don’t care about baseball or winning can make up?

    After all, Godzilla might come back and really be Godzookie, and Joba might come back and tear his labrum, thus leading to hundreds upon hundreds of posts typed with the CAPS lock on here. Nevermind that those two things might not actually happen and the team might start playing better.

  83. skeptic August 11th, 2008 at 4:51 pm

    im not trying to pick on vistaroof really, but maybe shaking cap’n's cage for a game wouldnt be a bad idea.

    not trying to pick anybody apart, just shake things up. i dont know that joe g. has the cajones to bat cap’n 7th or whatever but i think we have to get past the egos and try a different approach.

    also had in mind that if jeter bats 9th, in that order, nady has jeter/damon hitting ahead of him after the 1st inning.

  84. Brandon (Jetes GIDP count: *19) (Starting to believe Arod will never win a championship ) (Johan HR watch:*19) August 11th, 2008 at 4:51 pm

    Exactly gayle they had 2 player representatives, you can’t risk sending the whole roster there, you have a game, unfortunately people don’t understand that. This Micheal Kay is considered a MORON. So lets say a flight is delayed and the fact Jetes came back that night drained so are we going to have 25 players showing up in Texas during the season drained out ? I think not. From my understanding everyone went to Phil and Corey’s funeral difference is after Phil’s funeral the team had a game and was drained out. Corey’s was in the offseason. Again you can’t win w/ fans it’s never enough for some people.

  85. Al from BK August 11th, 2008 at 4:53 pm

    I hope CC doesn’t punk out and make the easy choice to join Joe T in Lalaland. Come here CC we need you and we have lots of money!

  86. The Panoramic Vista Roof in Jeter's Edge August 11th, 2008 at 4:53 pm

    Would that be a new hit song?

    “Im bringing Sexson back”

  87. pat August 11th, 2008 at 4:55 pm

    dan

    Kay was completely off base today talking about Murcer’s Memorial Service and calling out players for not attending. How anyone chooses to celebrate or not celebrate a life is a personal decision. As unclassy as I thought it was from Kay, he at least didn’t point the finger at one player as you chose to.

  88. retroclutch August 11th, 2008 at 4:56 pm

    @Brandon
    About Kay’s rant he actually mentioned that Girardi told some of the coaches to stay behind just in case the plane was delayed. Obviously that was something they were thinking about in the clubhouse. Additionally, I remember Kenny Singleton during the broadcast phrased Jeter and Pettitte being there to represent the Yankees. I believe he also mentioned that they had arrived about an 30 minutes or so before the game. Kay is just pushing his own agenda, to make people like the players he likes and hate on the ones he doesn’t like, as usual.

  89. Al from BK August 11th, 2008 at 4:57 pm

    “im not trying to pick on vistaroof really, but maybe shaking cap’n’s cage for a game wouldnt be a bad idea.”

    I absolutely love that Jeter’s new nickname is “vistaroof”. Kind of mean but hey he deserves it that commercial is on more than the free-credit report guy or the cavemen.

  90. skeptic August 11th, 2008 at 4:57 pm

    jeter is owed around 1/4 of the yankees total estimated value. he is basically a partner in the firm. not to show up at the murcer service was a poor choice. comparing any other player that didnt come isnt the same.

    although i agree that mo probly should have been there too.

  91. skeptic August 11th, 2008 at 4:58 pm

    sorry obviously meant arod not jeter

  92. ANSKY August 11th, 2008 at 4:58 pm

    Bat Sushi and XMan behind ARod (either one first) move Giambi down in the order (perhaps WAY down) then you’ll get more production out of A-Rod. And the rest of the lineup.

    Damon – Jeter – Abreu – ARod – XMan/Sushi – Pudge – Cano/Giambi

    I know that puts 3 righties and a lefty in the 4-5-6-7 slots. I really don’t think the order going L-R-L-R-L-R-L-R-L (or throw in a ‘S’ for Melky) is as important as getting all the actual hitting to happen in bunches. Starting with seven .290+ hitters in a row is good. Let the bottom 2 guys do whatever they do (walk, whiff, hit into the shift, hit squibbers to short, pop up bad pitches they should have taken) and start over with the top of the order again.

    If Giambi bats 8th or 9th, his eye for walks will get him on base for the top of the order. Hitting behind or before Cabrera or Cano … ahh so what … they’re not hitting anyways.

    If Giambi gets on in the late innings, pinch hit for him with whoever the speed demon call up du jour is (is Christian still on the 25?) and bring Sexson in to take Giambi’s place on the field.

  93. DFox August 11th, 2008 at 4:59 pm

    “you can’t risk sending the whole roster there”

    Oh god Brandon, please, I thought you were smart but saying something like this…

    He wasn’t talking about the whole roster. A few people like A-Rod, Rivera, and maybe Giambi. There’s a risk in those guys going? That’s just silly. It was a 45 minute flight. That’s draining? These guys fly practically every other day. Don’t make excuses for them, they could have been there.

    “Nevermind that those two things might not actually happen and the team might start playing better.”

    HA, no, that’s not possible. Instead of looking at it on paper I looked at it after a tough loss and let my emotions tell me that this team is DONE, fin. What they should do is shut down A-Rod, because he gets paid so much and you wouldn’t want him getting hurt. Also, shut down Rivera because he’s old.

  94. skeptic August 11th, 2008 at 4:59 pm

    hey it puts him in great company, i called joe D Mr. coffee for about 25 years. (i still do sometimes!) not a knock, just a little humor.

  95. DFox August 11th, 2008 at 5:03 pm

    “I believe he also mentioned that they had arrived about an 30 minutes or so before the game. Kay is just pushing his own agenda, to make people like the players he likes and hate on the ones he doesn’t like, as usual.”

    He loves Rivera. Rivera is clearly one of the people he was talking about. Rivera had to make it to the game by the NINTH inning? Don’t make excuses. Just say he didn’t want to go, that’s fine.

  96. Drive 4-5 August 11th, 2008 at 5:09 pm

    dan,

    Over half the yankees roster did not have the pleasure of knowing Bobby Murcer. Also, do you, or Michael Kay, really think that the Yankees wanted 25 players to be as exhausted as Girardi and Jeter were by the time they got back to Arlington? Andy Pettitte was in between days off from pitching and Derek Jeter represented the other players as a Captain should.

    I loved Bobby Murcer and shed tears at his passing. I grew up a Yankee fan in the mid 60′s and remember everything about Murcer’s career from the time he came up as a shorstop. He was all we had to be proud of for a long time.

    But the situation with the Yankee players isnt the same as it was with Thurman Munson, for example.With all due respect,with all the turnover on this team,Bobby only had a limited relationship with the majority of the players. I’m sure the same thing happened at today’s service for Skip Caray. Kay loved Murcer, but it was unfair of him to lash out at the players.

  97. Liz August 11th, 2008 at 5:14 pm

    Kay

    I think questioning someone’s motives for not attending a funeral/memorial service is one of the rudest things a person can do. Everyone deals with loss differently, and going to a funeral/service/whatever can be difficult. Its really no one’s business, especially Michael Kay’s.

  98. Chris NY August 11th, 2008 at 5:15 pm

    “Were getting back Phil off of a serious injury and his command will likely stink.”

    Except that so far, he’s pitched very well, which I would assume means his command is just fine…

  99. levity August 11th, 2008 at 5:17 pm

    i thought i heard a yogiism about memorial services on jeopardy last week….
    the reason you go to people’s funeral’s is so they will come to yours or something like that…anybody know that one?

  100. levity August 11th, 2008 at 5:23 pm

    “Were getting back Phil off of a serious injury and his command will likely stink.”

    gotta disagree there. hughes has thrown about 10 innings so far (after a throwing program to rebuild arm strengh). he’ll likely throw 6 or 7 next outing.

    in spring training this year the healthies ones (ironically hughes, kennedy and wang) threw between 16 and 23 innings to get ready for the season. so if phil goes 6 next time, he’s had the equivalent of an entire ST, after the throwing program.

    he might be a little rusty his fist time or two, but he should have that behind him and be ready to go by sept 1st.

  101. ANSKY August 11th, 2008 at 5:25 pm

    I think whether a person goes to a funeral for someone they didn’t know personally is a personal choice, and they shouldn’t be criticized or judged either way.

    Jumping on the case of any player (or players) for not going to Bobby Murcer’s funeral service is totally ridiculous. Whoever wants to make a big deal of it on the blog shouldn’t be using Bobby Murcer as an excuse to tear a new one into the backside of a player they’re frustrated with for other reasons.

  102. Rob Thompson August 11th, 2008 at 5:41 pm

    No matter how you want to look at it – Joba and Franchise are the future of the Yankees. They both are special and can and will do special things if given the chance. Just sit back, enjoy the ride and watch the magic – THIS season.

  103. dan August 11th, 2008 at 6:31 pm

    You guys and your pom poms are hot stuff

    23 of 25 people chose NOT TO GO
    2 people showed the freaking team sent a plane A PLANE to TX for anyone who wanted to go

    You people have no clue….not a one

    One day Arod will break the home run record in a Yankee uniform and maybe then hell have a clue what the Yankee way means…..until then he can go back to the kaballah orgy in his hotel room in arlington

    Hot stuff, you people and your pom poms….a 45 min plane ride, if the plane delayed they could have freaking drove it

    Pom Poms away

  104. Calzones August 11th, 2008 at 6:50 pm

    Not going to the service is classless.

    Says it all about A-Rod.

  105. Mattingly's Bat August 12th, 2008 at 12:20 am

    :frown:

  106. pat August 12th, 2008 at 12:33 am

    dan

    Since you chose to call out people, why was #13 your first choice instead of #42, who has been a lifelong Yankee and had been around Bobby for almost 15 years? #13 has less tenure with the team than a few other players as well. Calling only him out says to me that trashing him was more important to you than the issue of honoring Bobby. Sad.

  107. dan August 12th, 2008 at 8:58 am

    Pat shame on Rivera as well

    HOWEVER

    Rivera wont be there 10 more years
    #13, who is the franchise right now, will be

    Your face of the Yankees
    The House that arod built


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