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Cano: My biggest hit of the year

Posted by: Peter Abraham - Posted in Misc on Aug 24, 2008 Print This Post Print This Post | Email This Post Email This Post

Once the Red Sox beat Toronto today, the Yankees had to find a way today. They did when Robinson Cano hammered a Jamie Walker fastball over the wall in the seventh inning.

It was part of a 4-for-5 day for Cano, who drove in two runs. “We need to win some games, it doesn’t matter how,” he said.

Asked whether it was his biggest hit of the season, Cano smiled. “I would say it was the best one I have had this year. It was a special.”

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Many of the players left the park quickly to try and get as much time off as they could. The Yankees don’t have to report back to the Stadium until 4 p.m. on Tuesday. Johnny Damon was headed to the Hamptons, where his family has been hanging out for a few weeks.

“They’re living off the fruits of my labors,” he said.

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Meanwhile, this is comical.

Pre-game question to Joe Girardi: “Marte has thrown 12 pitches in the last nine days, you haven’t used him much. Is he OK physically?”

Answer: “Oh, he’s fine. I had him up last night. Physically he’s OK.”

Question: “It seems strange because he hasn’t pitched much.”

Answer: “No, no. It’s just when the situation presents itself.”

Question to Marte after the game: “You had a few days off, did you feel strong today?”

Answer: “I did. For the last week I’ve had inflammation in my elbow. That has been bothering me. They gave me some days off.”

As he talked, Marte’s left elbow was wrapped in enough ice to chill three cases of beer.

Marte said later that he think the problem is related to the 42 pitches he threw in Texas on Aug. 4. Only in the last few days, he said, has he felt better. So that explains why he has struggled of late.

Thanks for reading today. We have a long drive back to New York. The Yankees are off tomorrow but we’ll have a few posts during the day.

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354 Responses to “Cano: My biggest hit of the year”

  1. RayBlay August 24th, 2008 at 6:50 pm

    Anyone else watching the Joe Girardi show? You know I couldn’t help but mention how Carl Pavano was telling Michael Kay he was working hard and you see him barely jogging in the outfield like a girl with a bunch of sweat circles. Yet even more material to make fun of him.

  2. DM August 24th, 2008 at 6:50 pm

    Maybe Girardi is old school…a little inflammation ain’t gonna hurt anyone.

  3. E-Man August 24th, 2008 at 6:52 pm

    “Marte said later that he think the problem is related to the 42 pitches he threw in Texas on Aug. 4. Only in the last few days, he said, has he felt better. So that explains why he has struggled of late. ”

    That’s not good.

    This is the type of thing that got him fired from the Marlins.

  4. E-Man August 24th, 2008 at 6:54 pm

    “Maybe Girardi is old school…a little inflammation ain’t gonna hurt anyone.”

    I think clueless is a better word.

  5. LLIME August 24th, 2008 at 6:55 pm

    Ponson vs. Byrd

    That should be interesting.

  6. stuart August 24th, 2008 at 6:56 pm

    all pitchers have aches and pains at the end of the year.

    peter just does not like Girardi he thinks he deceives the almighty media.

    yeah tell the other team your only lefty in the pen is not available…

  7. beefeater August 24th, 2008 at 6:56 pm

    Long drive back with plenty of traffic. Good luck.
    This was three good wins, especially yesterday against a quality pitcher.
    Its looking up. They need two out of three vs Boston now.

  8. SJ44 August 24th, 2008 at 6:57 pm

    Come on Pete, the Yankees never lie about injuries (sarcasm added).

    It may seem small to some but, that’s how a manager loses credbility with the beat guys.

    I wish Girardi would stop that. It doesn’t help him.

  9. jennifer- I got your back Girardi August 24th, 2008 at 6:57 pm

    Yeah Leaving now with 40,000 other Yankee fans, Pete will arrive back in NY 11 ish.

  10. AJ Yanks August 24th, 2008 at 6:58 pm

    Why didn’t we go to Britian instead of Robertson when it was clear that Raz didn’t have it? Isin’t he our long man?

  11. autograph seeker August 24th, 2008 at 6:58 pm

    if you’re trying to knock girardi with regarding the Marte “incident” give it a rest, please. it just makes YOU look worse with this agenda. Don’t deny it, no one believes otherwise. Emails won’t change my mind.

  12. SJ44 August 24th, 2008 at 7:00 pm

    Stuart,

    All he has to say is he’s not available or is sore. Especially after the fact.

    Saying he’s fine when the player himself says he’s not? Unnecessary, IMO.

  13. Travis August 24th, 2008 at 7:03 pm

    I have to agree with SJ44, whose comments I really have enjoyed reading this past month.

  14. blah August 24th, 2008 at 7:04 pm

    Who the hell cares about the beat guys? What if the manager loses credibility with the beat guys? So what? The manager of the New York Yankees doesnt have any obligation to inform the all holy media which players are hurt.

  15. mel (Congrats to the World Champions, Waipio!) August 24th, 2008 at 7:06 pm

    Hope Cano can keep his confidence up.

    The Hamptons? JD doesn’t look like a Hamptons guy.

    Well, we all know where Jeter is headed. Wonder if Alex will tag along. Poor guy.

  16. Peter Abraham August 24th, 2008 at 7:06 pm

    Stuart:

    If all pitchers were limited to two brief appearances over nine days at this time of the year, who would pitch? This was not normal soreness.

    Here is how it works for any professional team: The manager or coach is not expected to volunteer information on injuries. But if a reporter asks a direct question based on information he has obtained, it’s usually wise to tell the truth.

    As in any walk of life, credibility is important.

    On many occasions over the years, I’ve asked a manager or coach about a player and the answer was “here is what the problem is, but can you do me a favor and not write it?” I’ve never once said no. My goal is to write fairly about the game. I would not be as critical of a player if I knew he was playing while injured.

    To me, it’s not fair to the player to tell the public he is OK when he is not. It puts the athlete in a tough spot.

  17. Peter Abraham August 24th, 2008 at 7:07 pm

    Blah:

    Ask Art Howe how that worked out. Once somebody loses credibility, he loses it with the players, too.

  18. jennifer- I got your back Girardi August 24th, 2008 at 7:08 pm

    This Joe is totally different from that Joe. That Joe was an open book on injuries and other things. Remember last year when Joe let the world know about the Joba Rules? Remember how angry Cashman was that the whole world knew about it. Maybe Joe has a mandate from management to keep everything close to the vest?

  19. Vader August 24th, 2008 at 7:09 pm

    I wonder what Pete would do if he had to cover his beloved Patriots every week and had to decipher Belichick’s weekly press conferences?

  20. lontime August 24th, 2008 at 7:10 pm

    life isn’t fair Pete. It’s no different now than when Joe T managed. You just give out as little info as possible.

  21. JR Yankees August 24th, 2008 at 7:11 pm

    That must be a little awkward having the manager saying one thing and the player saying another. Not good.

    And about our upcoming series, while I don’t neccessarily believe we’ll sweep, I have a good feeling about it. The matchups seem to be in our favor so I’m hoping for the best.

    Plus, I’m going to the game on Thursday so it would be even better if I could catch a Moose win on that day.

  22. Peter Abraham August 24th, 2008 at 7:14 pm

    Lontime:

    That’s actually not true. Torre would refuse comment rather than lie.

  23. Susie Wilson August 24th, 2008 at 7:15 pm

    This CIA/Bill Bellicheat junk is driving me mad!!! Does anybody know the purpose it serves? In football you hide injuries so opposing players should not attack those weak spots. In non-contact baseball what the heck is the big secret? He also looks silly when his player(who is apparently unaware that his injury is classified information) contradicts him 5 minutes later! At least get the player to preach the same garbage.

  24. vinny-b (place Arod on irrevocable waivers) August 24th, 2008 at 7:15 pm

    ok. Girardi doesn’t tell all, concerning injuries.

    for the last time. No one cares.

  25. SJ44 August 24th, 2008 at 7:15 pm

    That’s where you are wrong. It’s about acting and being professional. Dealing with the media is an important of the job. Especially in NY.

    Put it to you another way. If you lie about the small stuff, the beat guys won’t give you a break on the big stuff.

    Over the course of a year, something big always comes up you want to keep quiet. You lose your shot to do it when you pull stuff like this.

  26. jennifer- I got your back Girardi August 24th, 2008 at 7:16 pm

    Even though baseball is a non contact sport pitchers can use it to their advantage.

    Knowing a player has a bad knee, a pitcher will pitch inside more.

    You can still use injury information to your advantage.

  27. Stephen M August 24th, 2008 at 7:20 pm

    Everyone criticizing Pete’s “agenda” should look at the bigger picture. If Girardi is lying/covering up/being less that forthcoming to the beat writers (of which Pete is one), why shouldn’t he be upset? That would give me an agenda too.

  28. Phil - 27 in '08 August 24th, 2008 at 7:22 pm

    One question: how does what Girardi says affect his credibility while Jeter always says he’s fine when hurt…is he not credible also?

  29. SJ44 August 24th, 2008 at 7:24 pm

    jennifer, true to a point. But, if you have a good rapport with media, three simple words will always help you with the media:

    Off the record.

    Works everytime when you have a good relationship with the media.

  30. Nick in SF August 24th, 2008 at 7:25 pm

    Do you think it mattered that opposing teams knew Posada couldn’t throw runners out?

    Not that it could have been kept a secret…

  31. jennifer- I got your back Girardi August 24th, 2008 at 7:28 pm

    Kinda hard to say off the record to 20 reporters? no?

  32. timo August 24th, 2008 at 7:30 pm

    Marte got bombed on 7/29 against the Orioles and gave up a triple and a walk to two of the first four batters he faced on 8/4 (eventually giving up the walk off slam to Byrd). So I’d be skeptical that the number of pitches he threw that night explains his problems. What I see is that his success is entirely dependent on hitters going out of the zone. In the zone his stuff is hittable and, since he knows that, he’ll also give up a lot of walks trying to get guys to chase. Of course, I hope he can turn it around.

  33. Clay Buchholz Loves Laptops (My Latest Blog Entry: My "True Yankee" List From The Last 35 Years) August 24th, 2008 at 7:30 pm

    Isn’t Pete driving back from Baltimore? I hope he’s not blogging while driving. That could be dangerous.

    Vader,

    Pete isn’t a Patriots beat writer, so he doesn’t need to worry about Belichick. He can just be a fan.

  34. CT August 24th, 2008 at 7:33 pm

    I don’t understand why not telling the media EVERYTHING is an issue. All teams do it. If you tell the media every minor injury a player has, they will constantly ask that player and the others questions about whether it will be an issue of their chances of making the playoffs. Management doesn’t want that and I don’t want that either.

    Look at what Boston is doing…they said Beckett slept on his arm, but now he has inflammation in his elbow.

  35. E-Man August 24th, 2008 at 7:33 pm

    “ok. Girardi doesn’t tell all, concerning injuries.

    for the last time. No one cares.”

    I care.

    I like to have accurate information when I armchair manage.

  36. SJ44 August 24th, 2008 at 7:33 pm

    torre did it. Bobby Cox has done it for years. These guys aren’t vultures. They don’t want to be made to look foolish. Not a lot to ask.

  37. jennifer- I got your back Girardi August 24th, 2008 at 7:35 pm

    CT- I was just going to point out what is going on with Josh. Terry isn’t being totally forth coming with info on him. First it was nothing, than it was just a little tingling from sleeping wrong, than he was going to pitch against the Yankees… now what is it?

  38. BBFan August 24th, 2008 at 7:35 pm

    When it comes to criticising Girardi, Pete has no credibility at all. None what so ever….

    When other credible print writers, including Pete’s buddy Kepner, start wrtiting such things that is when I will believe there is an issue with Girardi.

    It is mind boggling to me what Girarid must have done to Pete that he resorts to below the belt hits. It is really a shame. Cashman knows what he has in Girardi and he is safe. Pete’s harping will not make any difference.

  39. Vader August 24th, 2008 at 7:36 pm

    Clay, wouldn’t that bother you more as a fan?

  40. Peter Abraham August 24th, 2008 at 7:40 pm

    BBFan:

    Here you go:

    http://bats.blogs.nytimes.com/.....#more-1568

  41. Clay Buchholz Loves Laptops (My Latest Blog Entry: My "True Yankee" List From The Last 35 Years) August 24th, 2008 at 7:41 pm

    Imagine if Pete was a beat writer for Springsteen?

    “We’ve all noticed that Clarence spends lots of time sitting down during some of your solos. Don’t you find that unprofessional, and have you talked to him about it?”

    “Nils seemed to tweak his knee during his flip tonight, will that in any way affect his Because the Night guitar solo tomorrow night?” Will the song be on the set list?

    “Patti has missed 9 out of the last 12 shows, is she ok physically, or is she just home taking care of your kids?”

    “Max is moving to Los Angeles with Conan O’Brien. How will that affect his availability for future E Street Band tours?”

  42. russ August 24th, 2008 at 7:42 pm

    bbfan,

    are u kidding?cashman should be gone too.giradi is not good manager.why would he take dave out in bring in mr home run edwar so early in game.giradi got fired from the marlins because he’s an idiot control freak.

  43. vinny-b (place Arod on irrevocable waivers) August 24th, 2008 at 7:43 pm

    “It is mind boggling to me what Girarid must have done to Pete that he resorts to below the belt hits.”

    didn’t say hi to him, one day?

  44. Thomas August 24th, 2008 at 7:43 pm

    With today’s games (Sunday, 8/24)

    Red Sox go 450 rest of way = we need to go 19-13 to tie
    Red Sox go 500 rest of way = we need to go 21-11 to tie
    Red Sox go 550 rest of way = we need to go 23-9 to tie
    Red Sox go 600 rest of way = we need to go 24-8 to tie

    White Sox go 450 rest of way = we need to go 19-13 to tie
    White Sox go 500 rest of way = we need to go 21-11 to tie
    White Sox go 550 rest of way = we need to go 22-10 to tie
    White Sox go 600 rest of way = we need to go 24-8 to tie

    Twins go 450 rest of way = we need to go 18-14 to tie
    Twins go 500 rest of way = we need to go 20-12 to tie
    Twins go 550 rest of way = we need to go 22-10 to tie
    Twins go 600 rest of way = we need to go 23-9 to tie

  45. Clay Buchholz Loves Laptops (My Latest Blog Entry: My "True Yankee" List From The Last 35 Years) August 24th, 2008 at 7:43 pm

    Vader, what do you mean? If I was a Pats fan would Belichick’s secrecy bother me?

  46. S.A.-Can the Yanks win a series? Please? This offense is still offensive. August 24th, 2008 at 7:44 pm

    Um..
    So..we swept the Orioles. :)

  47. raymagnetic August 24th, 2008 at 7:45 pm

    Pete doesn’t have an agenda against Girardi. Pete is actually closer to Girardi than he was to Torre. At least that’s what Pete says. Do I believe it? No. As Phil said, how much credibility does Jeter have when earlier in the year aftr getting plunked by Cabrera, Jeter said he was fine. Jeter then hit worse than he ever has in his career. Yet I never saw Pete question him. I guess players can lie and managers can’t.

  48. Doreen August 24th, 2008 at 7:46 pm

    So – yeah, Girardi has a problem being honest about injuries. It really doesn’t make sense. Clearly his answers really amount to a “no comment,” because he tells you nothing. But it appears that the players haven’t gotten the memo about saying “I’m fine” to the media, because Girardi’s been “caught” a few times this season.

    Truthfully, I know going in that he’s not being forthcoming, and knowing that, I treat all Girardi’s injury reports as non-information. However, it does not bother me. I can absolutely see how it can bother Pete and the other members of the media. It makes their job tougher. What I would ask Pete is, is it just injuries or are there other instances where you’ve found him to be out and out lying? Outside of, perhaps, who is currently in the pitching rotation, because that I do believe is something that this season has been so subject to change you might as well go with the “he’s in the rotation” line. If he hasn’t lied about everything on earth and he’s otherwise not a problem, then I think you just say, this is who he is.

    BUT, I can’t deny that once I knew Marte had elbow inflammation, I personally was less critical of his last couple of outings.

    I also suggest that if Howe was winning, his lack of credibility would not have been an issue and if Girardi manages to get these Yankees into the playoffs the same will be true. Not playing to expectations or losing will result in the nitpicking. Winning makes up for a lot.

    And didn’t I read hear that Joe Torre was a master of the non-answer? That he would go into stories and go off on tangents to distract from the questions at hand? Well, unfortunately, that ‘s not Joe G’s strength. Pete have you tried in a private moment perhaps to tell Joe G that if he is not comfortable discussing injuries, he should just say, “I’m not comfortable talking about the health of my players”?

  49. vinny-b (place Arod on irrevocable waivers) August 24th, 2008 at 7:48 pm

    “Jeter said he was fine. Jeter then hit worse than he ever has in his career. Yet I never saw Pete question him. I guess players can lie and managers can’t.”

    jeter is God. Or at least, the media believes he is.

  50. Rio de Janeiro August 24th, 2008 at 7:48 pm

    Letting the media know that Marte is unavaiable certainly affects the game. For example, if the opposing manager knows the only lefty in our pen is out, he can stack his LHB’s without worrying about matchups late in the game. So yeah I do agree that he shouldn’t let everybody know about the injuries. But the one thing he shouldn’t do is lie to the media, if you want to hide something just go ahead and say no comment, or can’t talk about it now. It looks really bad if you say something and the player then says the complete opposite.

  51. Hew August 24th, 2008 at 7:51 pm

    1. Pete, please include this in another post – you got your point across in the update…its the fact that you create another post just to repeat yourself with no new information that shows your unwarranted dislike of Girardi – please end your mission to turn the impressionable fans against Girardi – Torre was a horrific manager, and by horrific, i mean absolutely terrible…the bullpen has for the most part flourished under Girardi, something it did not do under Torre after the rubber arms of Stanton and Nelson aged and left. How come you dont point out stats like [which was accurate approximately 2 weeks ago but i have not checked recently] “the yankees lead the league in innings pitched out of the bullpen but do not have one individual in the top 10.” Torre had at least 3 guys in the top 10 in innings pitched by a reliever annually and there is a very good chance that the reason the yankees have not had the “Bridge to Mariano” prior to this year was because the manager did not know how to use them. Get over yourself.
    [see what i did there...its what you do - i just started spewing useless information to get a personal bias across]

    2. Thomas – the (ex) mike and the mad dog routine does not work because baseball is unpredictable – if the yankees sweep the sox next week and the twins/whitesox lose – everything changes…

  52. darkmoonfire August 24th, 2008 at 7:52 pm

    Yet another example of Truthless Joe.

    It’s easy to see why the team hasn’t been motivated this year, when that’s what their manager does. Would you ever trust your manager in your work, if you new he lied routinely?

  53. Phil - 27 in '08 August 24th, 2008 at 7:52 pm

    I’ll always disagree with Pete on this issue of telling the media everything about the players’ health. Why give the opposition any advantage? It could affect their strategy against the Yankees.

    As far as credibility…Girardi, though not forthcoming, is always pretty clearly assuming the best or saying “he’s fine.” Jeter does the same thing. Girardi never says “elbow inflammation” when it is really a broken toe. He just gives the “sunny” version. :)

    I think Pete overreacts about this topic.

  54. DFox August 24th, 2008 at 7:53 pm

    “But if a reporter asks a direct question based on information he has obtained, it’s usually wise to tell the truth.”

    Why? What’s going to happen to him if he doesn’t?

    I don’t see what all the calling Girardi a liar is about. That’s his managing style. He doesn’t like to reveal information about injuries. If you don’t like it, then I guess you should call for his firing. He does it like he would manage everything else, what he thinks is best for the team.

    I’m not sure who here really cares that Marte had inflammation in the elbow. I don’t see how it would have benefited any person here to know that a week ago…

  55. Nick in SF August 24th, 2008 at 7:54 pm

    Pete Abe is supposed to give Girardi advice on what to say to… Pete Abe?

    Unless such advice was solicited, that would probably be mildly unethical. Or at least unprofessional.

  56. Vader August 24th, 2008 at 7:54 pm

    No, but with Pete being a huge Pat’s fan you think he would cut Girardi some slack?

    I don’t understand why this is such a big deal?

    If a guy has serious injury, I’m sure the manager would let everyone know. Also, especially with relievers, you would think the manager doesn’t want the other manger to know that their only lefty is unavailable.

  57. Taylor August 24th, 2008 at 7:54 pm

    Here’s hoping your car goes out a cliff you fat evil bastar*.

  58. Tom H August 24th, 2008 at 7:54 pm

    I think what it does is hurt Girardi with the beat reporters, which is no big deal if you win, but if you lose than it can get very ugly for you. I think Joe thinks that he is allowing other teams into the clubhouse if he divulges these injurys fully. I bet this offseason we will see an apology and a change in this from Girardi, a la Tom Caughlin. Bottom line, win and no one cares.

  59. randy l August 24th, 2008 at 7:56 pm

    “As Phil said, how much credibility does Jeter have when earlier in the year aftr getting plunked by Cabrera, Jeter said he was fine. Jeter then hit worse than he ever has in his career. Yet I never saw Pete question him. I guess players can lie and managers can’t.”

    this is my thinking too. jeter never says he’s hurt when we know from watching that he is. i would not call what jeter is doing lying. i would call it sucking it up and doing the best he can and not giving in to an injury.

    i would like to see the league rules that say all injuries need to be publicized. if there isn’t one what are we talking about?

  60. Vader August 24th, 2008 at 7:57 pm

    Taylor, a little over the top????

  61. DFox August 24th, 2008 at 7:58 pm

    “but if you lose than it can get very ugly for you”

    That’s just silly. Girardi has to do his job and make sure he pleases the beat writers? Come on. He’s been sunny on injuries and loosing a lot this year. What has happened to him? Nothing.

  62. Clay Buchholz Loves Laptops (My Latest Blog Entry: My "True Yankee" List From The Last 35 Years) August 24th, 2008 at 8:00 pm

    Wow. Osi Umenyiora is out for the season.

  63. Rishi August 24th, 2008 at 8:01 pm

    How about we focus on “My biggest hit of the year” and how that might translate for the rest of the week/season…

    I think the injury report stuff is an agree to disagree type topic

  64. vinny-b (place Arod on irrevocable waivers) August 24th, 2008 at 8:01 pm

    “Hew
    August 24th, 2008 at 7:51 pm
    1. Pete, please include this in another post – you got your point across in the update…its the fact that you create another post just to repeat yourself with no new information that shows your unwarranted dislike of Girardi – please end your mission to turn the impressionable fans against Girardi – Torre was a horrific manager, and by horrific, i mean absolutely terrible…the bullpen has for the most part flourished under Girardi, something it did not do under Torre after the rubber arms of Stanton and Nelson aged and left. How come you dont point out stats like [which was accurate approximately 2 weeks ago but i have not checked recently] “the yankees lead the league in innings pitched out of the bullpen but do not have one individual in the top 10.” Torre had at least 3 guys in the top 10 in innings pitched by a reliever annually and there is a very good chance that the reason the yankees have not had the “Bridge to Mariano” prior to this year was because the manager did not know how to use them. Get over yourself.
    [see what i did there…its what you do - i just started spewing useless information to get a personal bias across]”

    co-signed.

  65. Wang IS Taiwan August 24th, 2008 at 8:02 pm

    Beyond losing credibility with the media and public, worse yet, Girardi loses credibility with his players.

    Marte comes off looking like Joe doesn’t WANT to use him or doesn’t TRUST him. Terrible image to paint to the public when nothing could be further from the truth.

  66. BBFan August 24th, 2008 at 8:02 pm

    “That’s where you are wrong. It’s about acting and being professional. Dealing with the media is an important of the job. Especially in NY.

    Put it to you another way. If you lie about the small stuff, the beat guys won’t give you a break on the big stuff.

    Over the course of a year, something big always comes up you want to keep quiet. You lose your shot to do it when you pull stuff like this.”

    SJ,

    I agree with you but Pete does not live by the same rules. He always second guesses what Girardi says. Minor aches and pains are some thing every baseball player goes thru.

    When there were bigger things, Girardi has been forthcoming to the media. With what happened with Bruney, Joba previoulsy, Girardi was forthcoming in what happened. But for Pete the whole hell was coming loose and Girardi should have said so. It turns out Bruney is back pitching and Joba was back in three days. We can argue what ever we want here, but it does not mean a thing. Obvioulsy, Pete is stirring up things on the blog for more posts (We would not have written these posts otherwise), but at the same time he is mroe blancaed in his articles for Journal News as he can not take the same approach in those articles.

  67. Susie Wilson August 24th, 2008 at 8:04 pm

    Even if,for arguments sake, you can exploit a bad knee by pitching inside,what does that have to do with Marte’s elbow? The only explanation is he didnt want to be second guessed for the 42 pitch outing. But if that was the case you eould think he would clue in Damaso.Its strange.

    Btw,please sober up before you post taylor

  68. BBFan August 24th, 2008 at 8:05 pm

    “Marte comes off looking like Joe doesn’t WANT to use him or doesn’t TRUST him. Terrible image to paint to the public when nothing could be further from the truth.”

    Was he not used today for more than an inning with the game on line?

  69. Clay Buchholz Loves Laptops (My Latest Blog Entry: My "True Yankee" List From The Last 35 Years) August 24th, 2008 at 8:05 pm

    “No, but with Pete being a huge Pat’s fan you think he would cut Girardi some slack?”

    Oh, ok. I see what you’re saying. Football and baseball is sort of different, though. Also, there seems to be a better way for Girardi to handle this, that’s all.

  70. russ August 24th, 2008 at 8:07 pm

    lets move on.this upcoming series has meaning.we need to sweep.anything less and we have no chance.

  71. yanksfanmc August 24th, 2008 at 8:08 pm

    Answer: “I did. For the last week I’ve had inflammation in my elbow. That has been bothering me. They gave me some days off.”

    As he talked, Marte’s right elbow was wrapped in enough ice to chill three cases of beer.

    Pete, maybe Girardi is telling the truth. At least his pitching arm wasnt wrapped. Or, maybe thats why his pitching arm hurts-they have been wrapping up the wrong hinge

  72. Tom H August 24th, 2008 at 8:09 pm

    Dfox. Not saying Girardi should change, or that this even enters his mind (nor should it) just saying that in ny if the media becomes an enemy it is generally not a good thing.

  73. randy l August 24th, 2008 at 8:09 pm

    first of all think why are reporters even allowed in the locker room?

    it’s really too publicize the game. it is entertainment after all. people but tickets. they pay to watch on tv.

    it’s not investigative reporting in the sense of watergate reporting, and

    mlb wants writers writing about the game because it’s in effect free advertising.

    so i don’t doubt there are league rules mandating a certain level of cooperation with the press. the press in baseball is in effect used for publicity.

  74. Wang IS Taiwan August 24th, 2008 at 8:10 pm

    BBFan — Duh. That was after we hadn’t seen him for days.

  75. BBFan August 24th, 2008 at 8:11 pm

    Pete’s harping about Marte and Girardi is much ado about nothing.

    Marte is the only effective left hander in the bullpen.
    He is not on the disabled list.
    Why should Girardi divulge if his left handed reliever will be avialable or not? To please Pete? That is insane.

  76. BBFan August 24th, 2008 at 8:13 pm

    Taylor,

    What you wrote is totally unwarranted.
    You can always disagree with Pete’s position with logical arguments.

  77. Joe from Long Island August 24th, 2008 at 8:14 pm

    Who knows if Joe G. is under some “gag order” from the front office on how to respond to the media. Obviously, no one is going to come out and admit that.

    Having said that, both Pete (and the majority of the media, for that matter) and Joe G. seem like decent guys trying to do their jobs. I can see both sides of the issue. I just hope this doesn’t come back to bite Joe G. in the rear.

  78. Wang IS Taiwan August 24th, 2008 at 8:14 pm

    I don’t understand why some of you argue so vehemently against Girardi being more honest or at least not lying. It’s just common sense — at least to those of us who have common sense.

    If you’re so against getting legit info on your team’s health and the players’ status, you’re probably wasting your time on Pete’s blog. That’s just what he’s trying to pass along — accurate info on the team.

  79. BBFan August 24th, 2008 at 8:16 pm

    “BBFan — Duh. That was after we hadn’t seen him for days.”

    So what?

    Should Girardi be announcing the opposing manager that Marte is not avaialble every day just to please Pete?
    For God’s sake Marte was not on disabled list nor he was being considered for disabled list. Also, if Girardi lost confidence in Marte, do people expect him to say so?

  80. back bench August 24th, 2008 at 8:16 pm

    “lets move on.this upcoming series has meaning.we need to sweep.anything less and we have no chance.”

    Absolutely, and as a bridge to this more pressing subject, FYI:

    “According to reports out of Beantown, J.D. Drew has a herniated disk in his back. Take it from me, herniated disks, when they act up, are painful and make even the simplest activities difficult, to say nothing of trying to turn on a major league fastball. Drew, with a history of back problems, will likely have real issues down the stretch. Even if he stays on the field, the likelihood of him generating any power numbers is now slim indeed.”

    First Beckett, now Drew. Very interesting.

  81. Nick in SF August 24th, 2008 at 8:17 pm

    If you’re going to lie, have a good reason. Or at least be good at it.

    If the player is going to contradict you 15 minutes after you lie, did you have a good reason? Were you good at it?

  82. george August 24th, 2008 at 8:18 pm

    i’m all for getting info, but i also don’t mind when the Yankees play it close to the vest. it’s not like Girardi’s trying to cover up wiretapping. there’s just no benefit to the Yankees for the league to know Marte’s hurting.

  83. yanksfanmc August 24th, 2008 at 8:19 pm

    Only game worrying me this series is thursday, buy at leaqst Moose is on the hill

  84. Travis August 24th, 2008 at 8:21 pm

    Was that Brien Taylor posting, perhaps? I could see him being a bit touchy about injury reports.

  85. E-Man August 24th, 2008 at 8:21 pm

    Maybe Girardi isn’t even lieing.

    Has anyone considered that he’s just clueless?

  86. AJ Yanks August 24th, 2008 at 8:28 pm

    Francessa dislikes Hank/Hal, Joba, Clemens, Wells etc.
    Kay dislikes Torre, Mussina, Cano, etc.
    Pete dislikes Girardi, Arod, Edwar etc.

    Every media member has their likes and dislikes, nothing wrong with that.

  87. PittsburghYankeeFan August 24th, 2008 at 8:33 pm

    Girardi has bigger problems with this team than whether he is telling Peter Abraham the full story about one of his relievers.

    The team is going to catch fire–10 games too late. He is going to have to hear that all winter.

    Cut him some slack–he’s going to need it.

  88. a little on the mad side August 24th, 2008 at 8:33 pm

    why do you try to make something out of nothing? marte has been pretty bad, why should they put him in more games?

  89. G. Love August 24th, 2008 at 8:38 pm

    I really feel nothing short of a sweep vs. Boston keeps us in this thing.

    I think any loss against them is going to remind these guys the uphill climb that is facing them. I also think a sweep demoralizes Boston and probably puts the Twins or Chicago into the wild card lead.

    I don’t know if this team is on a roll or we finally figured out we had to beat a bad team like Baltimore, but at least they brought some juice to this series this week.

    This really is our playoffs this week and the team and the fans in attendance need to treat it that way.

    We have to pump these guys up and raise the roof on the old barn vs. Boston one last time since this will be the last time we’ll be playing them there.

    October’s coming early this year. It starts Tuesday.

    We won’t be seeing them in the post season whether we get in or not.

    I hope the bats show up and we pitch around Ortiz and get w/in 2 games of them.

    I think we’ll have a chance to make it. A slim chance, but a chance nonetheless.

  90. russ August 24th, 2008 at 8:39 pm

    e-man

    he is clueless joe part 2.the only thing joe has really done is usually use the bullpen better.i wanted joe over mattingly.i would of picked bowa 1st but he never got a chance.i would pick donnie now, i wanted a pinella/weaver/bowa type to get the team going.giradi really is more of a boy scout tough guy.i wanted a smart baseball tough guy.torre looked like he was sleeping all the time.

  91. yanksfanmc August 24th, 2008 at 8:41 pm

    We need a sweep=2 out of 3 and we only pick up a game

  92. Radnom August 24th, 2008 at 8:44 pm

    I love how a confessed Patriots fan can seriously criticize a manager of a sports team for underplaying injuries to the media.

    Hypocritical much?

  93. russ August 24th, 2008 at 8:44 pm

    should giambi bat 7th 8th 9th in lineup.

  94. Wang IS Taiwan August 24th, 2008 at 8:49 pm

    BBfan — It’s not like baseball games and the manager’s moves with his players will impact national security. It’s just entertainment.

    What I don’t understand is the bashing of Pete’s personal takes that goes on on his own site, no less. That’s what’s crazy.

    We’ll have to agree to really disagree on this issue.

  95. Rishi August 24th, 2008 at 8:50 pm

    russ – i’m going to say 8 … right before the catcher du jour

  96. stuart August 24th, 2008 at 8:50 pm

    Peter it just seems to me you constantly obsess on Girardi and the injury thing!!!

    The Jeter example was accurate.. You constantly make little digs about Girardi, he is a hard ass I know, and is not as friendly with the media as uncle Joe Torre was but that should be irrelvant…

    Like the whole Joba situation, what is he doing wrong there? They provide little info of what the next step is so they are not confronted about manipulating things or being innaccurrate so now the media complains they are not giving any info.. Maybe sometimes they just don’t know, I know people don’t like that answer but maybe it is reality.

    I just disagree Peter and I am confident we just do not see eye to eye on this subject..

  97. jennifer- I got your back Girardi August 24th, 2008 at 8:51 pm

    Pics of the new stadium. http://yesnetwork.prospero.com.....;tid=53813

    Not liking the long rows. I hate people climbing over me to get out and get food and beer. Also looks like when you sit up high the fierez (sp, I know I butchered the word) blocks your view.

  98. jennifer- I got your back Girardi August 24th, 2008 at 8:54 pm

    Another thing when you sit in the “cheap” seats it looks like you can touch the clouds.

  99. Nick in SF August 24th, 2008 at 8:55 pm

    Without fail, if Pete Abe makes some comment on Girardi’s lack of candor, as he did today, some seemingly brand-new poster(s) with an unfamilar name comes back with sharp, personal criticism. Funny how that works.

    Who really cares?

  100. Travis August 24th, 2008 at 8:55 pm

    Jennifer, good news! The aisle seats will only be $7,899 on Stubhub!

  101. mel (Congrats to the World Champions, Waipio!) August 24th, 2008 at 8:56 pm

    How did a thread about Cano disenigrate into a bitchfest about Joe & Pete.

    Next time, Pete, keep your comments to yourself. :)

  102. jennifer- I got your back Girardi August 24th, 2008 at 8:57 pm

    Oh goodie, so I can go to more than one game!! :P

    Supposedly the seats upstairs aren’t supposed to go up again next year.

  103. Nick in SF August 24th, 2008 at 8:57 pm

    Re: the Red Sox series, a sweep would be great, but 2 of 3 would be sufficient, leaving us 4 back with a full month. Losing 2 would be very bad and getting swept would be fatal.

  104. russ August 24th, 2008 at 8:58 pm

    pudge will start to hit too, he been pressing to make a diffrence on a team slumping.his bat will help if we continue to surge ahead.

  105. Travis August 24th, 2008 at 9:00 pm

    Jennifer, you are right, the seats in the upper deck are supposed to be the same price. There must be fewer of them, though, right?

  106. mel (Congrats to the World Champions, Waipio!) August 24th, 2008 at 9:01 pm

    Nick,

    Hello?! What about Minny & Chicago?

  107. russ August 24th, 2008 at 9:03 pm

    nick in sf

    if we lose 2 of 3 it’s not very bad it’s over.there is no time left to lose ground.the hole this team dug looks impossible now.

  108. Nick in SF August 24th, 2008 at 9:05 pm

    Well, what about Minny and Chicago? We’re not playing them this week, we’re playing the Red Sox. We could sweep the Red Sox and not pick up any ground on either of them, theoretically.

    Are the people who say we have to sweep going to concede the season if we don’t? How many series have we gone into where it looked like a potential sweep on paper and how many of those series did we actually sweep?

  109. russ August 24th, 2008 at 9:09 pm

    chase wright really needs to start next time in rasners spot and rasner takes over the mop up role.the kid has been great in both aa and aaa.he deserves a shot before hughes.i think he gotten over torre leaving him for the dogs verse boston.

  110. mel (Congrats to the World Champions, Waipio!) August 24th, 2008 at 9:11 pm

    Nick,

    Calm down please. :)

    My point is that we’re chasing two teams, not one.

    And for those who say anything less than a sweep dooms us, hold off on your predictions.

    5 weeks is a lot of baseball.

  111. russ August 24th, 2008 at 9:13 pm

    nick in sf’

    we can only worry about the games we can control.the ones we are playing in.if we lose 2 of 3 we lose ground and time to make it up.

  112. ramon August 24th, 2008 at 9:13 pm

    it’s not like marte was shut down, he was still available most days but we didn’t need him. so girardi didn’t feel the need to divulge any information. it was just a few days off, nothing more. he looked fine today so it wasn’t a serious injury.

    how many days a week do 10 ERA guys pitch anyway?

  113. Travis August 24th, 2008 at 9:14 pm

    Russ, I agree that Chase Wright should get a shot. Rasner has had his chances and disappointed. I don’t hold the Boston game against him, he’s just a kid.

  114. Nick in SF August 24th, 2008 at 9:14 pm

    mel, I am calm. I made that same point in the game thread when some folks were wrongly rooting for the White Sox to beat Tampa. I have not forgotten about the CWS/Minny duo.

    But here I was just talking about what we can control in the next three games. I

  115. Brandon (Can Baby Mo stay w/ us ?) August 24th, 2008 at 9:14 pm

    Those dimensions look smaller, IDK why I get a Citizens Park vibe when I look straight away CF

  116. DFox August 24th, 2008 at 9:15 pm

    Nick in SF is correct. They don’t HAVE to sweep. Does that help their chances? Of course, but based on the million little pieces the Red Sox are in, I don’t see 1 game being the difference. With that said, I really think they should be able to sweep. They’ve been hitting pitchers this week that they haven’t hit before, like Guthrie and Cabrera. Wakefield they can do damage against, and now, you don’t even know what his health situation is. And then you have Byrd who is very beatable, but I do fear Ponson. I don’t like them running him out there against the Sox, but I guess they have to. And then the Mussina/Lester matchup is pretty much a toss up. If Lester’s last performance is any indication of how he’s going to pitch, then I would say the Yankees have the upper hand.

  117. russ August 24th, 2008 at 9:16 pm

    ramon

    funny. but marte is better than he’s pitched just not as good as hoped in american league.he be great as just 1-2 out lefty specilist.

  118. trisha - I am a Sidney supporter and also believe Arod will start to hit. August 24th, 2008 at 9:18 pm

    I can understand how a reporter would be upset about not getting a straight story since it colors how he or she might write a story. And I guess since this is Pete’s blog he has the right to express his disappointment with Girardi if he feels Girardi isn’t being forthcoming. But I don’t think it needs to be beat into the ground by Pete each and every time. It might suffice for Pete to make a simple statement about it and let it go rather than do an entire parody about it.

    From my perspective, and I have said this before, I don’t believe Girardi owes blog posters jack squat so other than being helpful for armchair managing (as someone pointed out previously) it really doesn’t impact our lives in the least, nor should it. And since being an armchair manager isn’t a paid profession but rather a voluntary one, Girardi isn’t impacting anyone’s livelihood in terms of the forum posters.

    I don’t personally care what I find out, or when. My life isn’t changed based on information, faulty information, or false information. I will still be there watching the games and cheering the team on. And if it does anything about keeping another team from planning its gameplan against the Yankees by having Girardi keep thing close to the vest, I’m all for having him wrap it up tight.

    “Every media member has their likes and dislikes, nothing wrong with that.”

    See actually I disagree with this since you are looking for objectivity in reporting, or you should be. To me the most effective reporters are the ones whose likes and dislikes remain a total mystery to everyone but those closest to the reporter.

    Just my opinion.

  119. E-Man August 24th, 2008 at 9:19 pm

    “Pics of the new stadium. http://yesnetwork.prospero.com.....;tid=53813

    Not liking the long rows. I hate people climbing over me to get out and get food and beer. Also looks like when you sit up high the fierez (sp, I know I butchered the word) blocks your view.”

    It’s really sad that they’re not making sure it’ll be perfect. Another bad spot to sit is the the bleachers.. It’s already bad but now you have the restaurant blocking your view also.

  120. mel (Congrats to the World Champions, Waipio!) August 24th, 2008 at 9:23 pm

    Random Thoughts:

    1. Let’s pray that Wakefield’s knuckleball breaks an ankle and can’t dance on Tuesday.

    2. Although I knew that Matsui’s absence derailed our offense, I was not so optimistic about his return. I’ve been pleasantly surprised.

    3. Getting past Guthrie and Cabrera is huge for these guys.

    4. I was not so high on Bruney’s return. I admit I was wrong.

    5. Rasner didn’t make it out of the 4th? I know Nady’s error hurt, but he was in trouble all day. Rasner’s been a ticking time bomb for a while. There’s something about him that makes him so hittable.

    6. It’s been a while since they’ve been double digits over .500.

  121. Brandon (Can Baby Mo stay w/ us ?) August 24th, 2008 at 9:25 pm

    Aceves and Melancon shut down AAA BUF (CLE)

  122. trisha - I am a Sidney supporter and also believe Arod will start to hit. August 24th, 2008 at 9:26 pm

    jenn, I kind of like the long rows. When I look at the pictures it at least appears that there is a lot of leg room so a lot of room for people to get by without stepping all over you or falling on you! Of course that could just be an optical illusion.

    I read someone’s comment on that site where the person said he felt the new stadium had no character. I think we really have to wait until it is finished to make that decision!

  123. jennifer- I got your back Girardi August 24th, 2008 at 9:26 pm

    Travis it looks like it, but I haven’t heard.

  124. jennifer- I got your back Girardi August 24th, 2008 at 9:28 pm

    True about waiting till its done. Lets see when the grass is planted and the dirt is out there. Right now it looks very sterile.

  125. Clay Buchholz Loves Laptops (My Latest Blog Entry: My "True Yankee" List From The Last 35 Years) August 24th, 2008 at 9:31 pm

    I have a funny picture to show everyone, but you have to click on my blog. It’s hysterical.

    http://claybuchholzloveslaptop.....82408.html

  126. Travis August 24th, 2008 at 9:32 pm

    “The Yankees have not announced prices for the seats near the outfield but say they will keep the lowest-priced reserved seats in the top deck at $20 and $25 and bleachers at $12. Trost said 25,000 seats will not have an increase and that a complete price list will be released this month.”

    http://hosted.ap.org/dynamic/s.....TE=DEFAULT

  127. jennifer- I got your back Girardi August 24th, 2008 at 9:33 pm

    The upper deck is pretty similar to The Phillies park. You have to go up steps to get to the upper deck. I guess it was needed because they have the “open” food area.

  128. Travis August 24th, 2008 at 9:34 pm

    Sorry, Clay, I had to click back here once I read that you love John Sterling.

  129. Rishi August 24th, 2008 at 9:37 pm

    Check out the Dodger game…

  130. Brandon (Can Baby Mo stay w/ us ?) August 24th, 2008 at 9:38 pm

    I like that what Rasner has filled in for us but GI Joe can not trot him this week. The blister has not done him any favors he may need to be shutdown.

    There are a few options we should look into

    Chase Wright (again yes he has been the better option for about 2 mths. but forever maligned w/ the #4

    Alfredo Aceves (has stepped it up his last 2 starts, tonight K’d victims named Victor Martinez, Morgan Ensberg and Travis Hafner.)

    Kei Igawa (I’d rather not)

    Victor Zambrano (has been solid since starting in our affiliate, but worry because location has never been his thing)

    Philip Hughes (That would be pushing him)

    Ian Kennedy (I’d rather not)

    Jason Jones (might be too inexperienced for this)

    So weighing all of this out my guess they will decide to shut down Ras because he’s not well and we saw that, so if we see it you know they do too. It will be an active 40 man roster decision and a who can get outs decision.

    Victor Zambrano
    Chase Wright
    Alfredo Aceves

    and pray to god it’s one of them otherwise here comes Kei Igawa :(
    Chase

  131. GreenBeret7 August 24th, 2008 at 9:38 pm

    Give me a break, please. When has the media ever been concerned with credibility?

    I think the media would be more concerned about not making snippy or snide remarks about the players and manager that they are supposed to be getting information/quotes from.

  132. Clay Buchholz Loves Laptops (My Latest Blog Entry: My "True Yankee" List From The Last 35 Years) August 24th, 2008 at 9:38 pm

    Travis, did you scroll to the bottom of the post?

  133. mel (Congrats to the World Champions, Waipio!) August 24th, 2008 at 9:39 pm

    Clay,

    Wow. She’s just like wine. Gets better with age. I wonder if she asked inane questions for the school paper, too?

  134. TD August 24th, 2008 at 9:42 pm

    The upper deck of new stadium is set further back, the seats will be further away from players on field.

    In the Stadium now, the fans in upper deck are much closer to the players, visiting teams comment about this…that when in the field the loud fans get in their heads and affect their play. We will lose this.

  135. Clay Buchholz Loves Laptops (My Latest Blog Entry: My "True Yankee" List From The Last 35 Years) August 24th, 2008 at 9:42 pm

    Clay,

    “Wow. She’s just like wine. Gets better with age. I wonder if she asked inane questions for the school paper, too?”

    She was too busy working on her hair.

  136. Brandon (Can Baby Mo stay w/ us ?) August 24th, 2008 at 9:42 pm

    Why would Philly fans boo J-Roll ? (a former MVP) damn :?

  137. Jose August 24th, 2008 at 9:43 pm

    Clay

    We need to sign that 5-tool horse.

  138. Az Four August 24th, 2008 at 9:43 pm

    You didn’t hear the things he said about Philly fans?

  139. Travis August 24th, 2008 at 9:44 pm

    Clay, if that is who I think it is in the photo, I much prefer the modern-day version!

    Also, Clay, you do a nice job with your site. I especially LOVE the Batting Stance Guy. A reporter from Pittsburgh introduced it to me several weeks ago, and I could spend hours there watching that guy do his thing.

  140. mel (Congrats to the World Champions, Waipio!) August 24th, 2008 at 9:44 pm

    Brandon,

    He’s in a major slump and his hit was ruled an error even though Garciaparra had zero chance of throwing Rollins out.

  141. Clay Buchholz Loves Laptops (My Latest Blog Entry: My "True Yankee" List From The Last 35 Years) August 24th, 2008 at 9:44 pm

    “Sorry, Clay, I had to click back here once I read that you love John Sterling.”

    Travis,

    Love is probably a bit strong. He’s a character and he amuses me. I watch most of the games on television, though. I only listen to him in small doses.

  142. Nick in SF August 24th, 2008 at 9:45 pm

    Brandon, of course Chase Wright can get past the 4 homers. Just come up to the bigs and produce.

    I agree about no Rasner next start, I said so during the game thread! But that doesn’t mean he has to be shut down. Don’t we need a long man? And don’t we need someone who might be able to replace the guy who replaces Rasner? That’s been Rasner’s specialty all season.

  143. Jeff August 24th, 2008 at 9:47 pm

    Honestly, why Pete is so obsessed with this is beyond me.

    Girardi in my mind has zero obligation to tell reporters anything that he doesn’t want that he feels may be a detriment to team. I know Pete got use to St. Joe placating them over the years, (which is prolly why none of the reporters every criticized Joe for never retaliating whenever the Yanks were getting plunked)

    But jeesh, Torre is gone Pete. There is a new system in here, I think everything is just fine and Girardi has done a nice job.

    The Yankees sweep a series and yet Pete ends his post with negativity. Great.

  144. Clay Buchholz Loves Laptops (My Latest Blog Entry: My "True Yankee" List From The Last 35 Years) August 24th, 2008 at 9:48 pm

    “Also, Clay, you do a nice job with your site. I especially LOVE the Batting Stance Guy. A reporter from Pittsburgh introduced it to me several weeks ago, and I could spend hours there watching that guy do his thing.”

    Thanks Travis!

    I agree, the Batting Stance Guy is very funny, not to mention very accurate with his depictions.

  145. AJ Yanks August 24th, 2008 at 9:48 pm

    Zombrano is more likely than Wright.

  146. mel (Congrats to the World Champions, Waipio!) August 24th, 2008 at 9:49 pm

    Nick,

    Rasner was the longman during the Kennedy Affair. That’s how he got back into the rotation. He did well and Kennedy created the vacancy.

    Didn’t realize it, but we picked up 2 games on the Sox this weekend.

    Don’t want to jinx anything, but the Yankees could do themselves a favor by continuing what they’re doing.

  147. JR Yankees August 24th, 2008 at 9:50 pm

    Couple of things here:

    Firstly, this is Pete Abraham’s blog. Something he contributes to on his own time. Yea, it is linked to the LoHud paper, but it is very much opinionated and obviously controversial for that reason.

    It is very simple, if you don’t like Pete’s opinions, don’t read them. Read the LoHud paper where Pete (and others) are not allowed to input their personal opinions. Better yet, visit other sites where you feel you can get the same unopinionated first hand news and updates.

    There is a reason why this website is so popular. Pete gets information that people want to hear. Then he adds his own touch to it and most of the time it is rather amusing. He takes shots at certain people but that is what makes this blog unique…that is why it is so popular. I’m not sticking up for him, but really, this is a blog not a newspaper or press release. Deal with it.

    Now, more importantly, this upcoming series with the Sox. I don’t think losing one will be devastating but the matchups seem to fall in our favor. Wake is fresh off the disabled list so hopefully his knuckler is off. And that just means it should be batting practice for us while hopefully Andy can hold his own.

    Obviously Ponson isn’t the best type of pitcher to be throwing against the Sox but Byrd isn’t that much better. Giambi is a one man wrecking crew against Byrd.

    Then we’ve got Lester who got roughed up in his last outing and is approaching 170+ IP for the first time in the majors. He is probably tiring. Throw in the problems with the bullpen and we definately have an opportunity here.

  148. Paul T August 24th, 2008 at 9:52 pm

    I am with Travis in this one. The Yankees radio team is an embarassment. Has to be the wrst in baseball. I cringe when i have to listen to Sterling adn Waldman in the car. Sterling must actually think people listen because of him. I HATE HIM!

  149. jennifer- I got your back Girardi August 24th, 2008 at 9:52 pm

    What the heck was that from Manny. He ducked and the pitch was no where near him, it was practically a strike.

  150. Nick in SF August 24th, 2008 at 9:53 pm

    Rasner also lost his rotation spot to Giese very recently and only got it back because Giese got hurt. THAT is how he got back into the rotation.

    I’d rather see someone else pitch on Saturday.

  151. mel (Congrats to the World Champions, Waipio!) August 24th, 2008 at 9:53 pm

    Times said that Marte’s been battling it for 3 weeks. He should’ve been DL’ed to rest it if that were the case. Of course pitchers are involved in these decisions and sometimes make things worse.

    Puzzling to say the least. Why use an ineffective pitcher battling tendinitis for 3 weeks? Britton’s been available. You know, when he’s in Scranton. They never use him in the Bronx. :)

  152. jennifer- I got your back Girardi August 24th, 2008 at 9:54 pm

    Paul agreed!! I had to listen to a game on the radio. And I couldn’t tell what was going on in the game. Kept saying the wrong player was at the plate. The worst is when he is laughing when a pitch is delivered and you can’t tell what was called. Or when he screams with excitement.

  153. jennifer- I got your back Girardi August 24th, 2008 at 9:55 pm

    Hey maybe Marte wasn’t hurt, and decided to make something up to account for him stinking?

  154. mel (Congrats to the World Champions, Waipio!) August 24th, 2008 at 9:55 pm

    jennifer,

    They’re something like 10-11 since they got Manny. Hardly his fault tho. By all appearances, he’s doing good things.

  155. Travis August 24th, 2008 at 9:56 pm

    Can’t agree more, Paul. What makes it especially unbearable for me is that I don’t have cable TV, so I rely on the Yankees Radio Network (driven by Jeep!) for coverage. Sterling and Waldman are atrocious. And the fact that the Yankees make them read 17 commercials every half-inning makes the problem even worse. (This post was brought to you by Paramount Pictures, which reminds you that The Postman Always Rings Twice. Ugh.)

  156. jennifer- I got your back Girardi August 24th, 2008 at 9:57 pm

    I think it is 11-10, but I get the point. The Dodgers have given Joe a lot and they still haven’t done very well. Maddox stunk in his first game with them.

  157. GreenBeret7 August 24th, 2008 at 9:58 pm

    Hew, please name all of the bullpen studs that Torre had at his beck and call after Stanton, Nelson and Mendoza left…just the ones that weren’t already used up, were worth a damned before they got to NYY or were healthy in the first place….beyond Rivera, Gordon and possibly one year of Vizcaino.

  158. killa August 24th, 2008 at 9:58 pm

    big sweeeppp

  159. Travis August 24th, 2008 at 9:58 pm

    Jennifer, my “favorite” has to be when John Sterling only tells part of the story. It’s like this: “Jeter leads of third base, here’s the pitch. Slow roller toward second, Utley makes the play to first, two away.”

    What seems like five minutes elapse, and then we’re told:

    “Jeter scored on the play, Yanks lead 2-1.”

  160. Clay Buchholz Loves Laptops (My Latest Blog Entry: Some Thoughts - and a funny picture. August 24th, 2008 at 9:59 pm

    By Marte’s response, I take it that his arm is not bothering him anymore?

  161. jennifer- I got your back Girardi August 24th, 2008 at 10:00 pm

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  162. jennifer- I got your back Girardi August 24th, 2008 at 10:02 pm

    I also cannot stand his homerun calls. Okay you want one for your homerun hitters, Alex and Giambi, fine I can live with that.

    But Handsom Ranson. UGH, or Bet on Betiment!

    BTW Nice NICE play by Ryan Howard!! Dove in foul ground near the stands to make a catch.

  163. JR Yankees August 24th, 2008 at 10:02 pm

    Couple of things:

    I am not sure why people get so bent out of shape with Pete’s comments. This is his blog afterall. And…it’s a blog not a newspaper or press release. It is meant to be opinionated and that is what makes it so unique. I don’t get why people continue to visit here if they dislike the purpose of the blog. If you dislike the information and personal touch of a blog then why not visit a newspaper site where opinions aren’t allowed. Or stick to reading only Pete’s LoHud Newspaper articles.

    This upcoming series is obviously a big one. A swepp would be nice but 2 out of 3 would suffice and the matchups seem to favor the Yankees.

    Wake is fresh off the DL so maybe his knuckler won’t float as nicely which would mean batting practice for us. Hopefully Andy will be holding his own no matter what Wake does.

    Obviously Ponson isn’t the best guy to be throwing out there against a team liek the Sox but neither is Byrd. Giambi is his personal nemesis.

    Then there is Lester who was roughed up in his last outing and is quickly approaching 170+ IP for the first time in the majors. He is probably tiring. Plus, we’ve got a potential 20 game winner pitching for us that day (I’ll be there for this one too).

  164. Travis August 24th, 2008 at 10:03 pm

    Jennifer, you got me there, I am laughing out loud so hard that the neighbors just called to make sure everything was OK. I told them not to worry, there’s a party at every table at Benihana!

  165. Paul T August 24th, 2008 at 10:03 pm

    Hahaha..I no longer question humanity now that I know it isn’t only me and Muschnick that hates sterlng!! travis..u need to get u some cable…i would have off’d myself by now. i lived on year with the radio when cablevision didnt have the yes network..worst summer of my life!…as for Waldman, if i hear her talking about pitching mechanics one more time i will throw up in my mouth

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    “Can’t agree more, Paul. What makes it especially unbearable for me is that I don’t have cable TV, so I rely on the Yankees Radio Network (driven by Jeep!) for coverage. Sterling and Waldman are atrocious. And the fact that the Yankees make them read 17 commercials every half-inning makes the problem even worse. (This post was brought to you by Paramount Pictures, which reminds you that The Postman Always Rings Twice. Ugh.)”

    His incorrect home run calls are the worst. You get all excited that a Yankee hit a home run only to find out the ball hit the top of the wall, or was caught.

  167. Brandon (Can Baby Mo stay w/ us ?) August 24th, 2008 at 10:06 pm

    GB who would you compare Jesus to in MLB ?..I’ve heard some names but I want to know from you watching him personally.

  168. jay destro August 24th, 2008 at 10:06 pm

    holy crap what a long awful drive that was

  169. ERâ„¢ (The Final Seasonâ„¢) August 24th, 2008 at 10:08 pm

    Byrd?

    That’s the same guy who trounced the Yanks in the playoffs last year?

    Oh Boy. 15 — 0, Sox

  170. cause you gotta have faith fa-faith fa-faith! August 24th, 2008 at 10:09 pm

    what are giambi’s numbers against byrd? obviously they are good when he is called his nemesis, hopefully ponson is on his game though because this series is a must 2 or sweep but i will take 2!

  171. mel (Congrats to the World Champions, Waipio!) August 24th, 2008 at 10:12 pm

    jay destro,

    But it was worth it, no?

  172. JR Yankees August 24th, 2008 at 10:13 pm

    In 19 AB against Byrd, Giambi has 6 hits, 4 of them homeruns.

  173. mel (Congrats to the World Champions, Waipio!) August 24th, 2008 at 10:15 pm

    Looks like:

    Boston Series:
    -Wakefield/Pettitte
    -Byrd/Ponson
    -Lester/Mussina

    Toronto Series:
    -Parrish/Pavano
    -Burnett/Rasner
    -Purcey/Pettitte

    Is there any scenario where we see Rasner actually start that game? Against Burnett? I can’t see it.

  174. Mark (Brett is back) August 24th, 2008 at 10:15 pm

    I’m hoping the Yanks can get a sweep, but that is asking a alot. I feel like Andy can get the team off to a good start on Tuesday, but I always worry the Yanks lay an egg after an off day with the bats ( see Toronto last Tuesday after scoring like 15 runs vs the Royals on Sunday). Ponson vs Byrd is really anyones game, but this could be another short outing for Sid. Wednesday is a toss-up Lester had a brutal start last time out, but will be ready, and dominated his time in at the stadium. I expect a good start from Moose because thats all he does this year. I say the Yanks win games 1 and 3, and they are 4 back going into a brutal weekend of Doc and Burnett.

  175. the original SP August 24th, 2008 at 10:16 pm

    Sterling should be banned from radio. Shame on you, Clay.

  176. JR Yankees August 24th, 2008 at 10:20 pm

    Mel,

    The TOR series looks alright but we were supposed to face Litsch last time and they flipped around the rotation to make sure we got Halladay. When is Halladay pitching prior to the series against us? In other words, is there anyway they can try to screw us again?

  177. the original SP August 24th, 2008 at 10:20 pm

    Travis, I feel your pain. I listened to Sterling from 2003 – 2006, but I almost went insane so I got cable. It’s a good investment. After the season, I just get rid of it.

  178. Brandon (Can Baby Mo stay w/ us ?) August 24th, 2008 at 10:21 pm

    In 19 AB against Byrd, Giambi has 6 hits, 4 of them homeruns.

    Doesn’t matter

  179. GreenBeret7 August 24th, 2008 at 10:21 pm

    Brandon, size/body wise, he’s built like Carlos Delgado. If the Yanks are going to want him to do any catching in the future, he needs to watch the weight. As a hitter, since he’s right handed, he’s hard to compare to many hitters. He has a great swing with only a slight uppercut. He hits some of the most ungodly line drives into the gaps that you’ve ever seen. In the last 20 years, maybe his swing is a Dave Winfield type swing, not quite that long, but, that kind of violent contact. His last trip to Savannah, he hit two line drives through the trees and onto the highway past left center field (both about 450 feet). Not high, soaring flies….high line drives.

  180. Mark (Brett is back) August 24th, 2008 at 10:22 pm

    Actually my mistake I guess we don’t face Doc. Susan and Sterling told me today we would, but if he pitched last Thursday he would pitch Wednesday, and then not again in the Bronx, but knowing the Jays they will throw him on 3 days rest haha.

  181. mel (Congrats to the World Champions, Waipio!) August 24th, 2008 at 10:22 pm

    JR,

    Actually, I think I had it wrong. Purcey was before Halladay, but they flipped for us, right? So it now looks like we’ll catch Halladay for the series finale:

    http://sports.espn.go.com/mlb/.....e?team=tor

  182. jennifer- I got your back Girardi August 24th, 2008 at 10:23 pm

    Actually he would pitch next Sunday against us!! UGH!! I am going to that game too!

  183. AJ Yanks August 24th, 2008 at 10:23 pm

    We have a prospect in the minors (DSL) named Harold Garce who has 84 walks in 37.2 innings.

    http://web.minorleaguebaseball.....pid=542416

  184. jennifer- I got your back Girardi August 24th, 2008 at 10:24 pm

    So again in the Toronto series we face Burnett and Halladay! :cry:

    One would think eventually we’d figure them out!

  185. Travis August 24th, 2008 at 10:24 pm

    Mark, I can’t believe that Susan and Sterling would have made a mistake like that. I mean, they are world-class announcers!! (Excuse me, while I go hang myself).

  186. ZMAN7777 August 24th, 2008 at 10:25 pm

    Have to agree with Mel. Rasner won’t start against Burnett. It can’t hurt giving Wright a chance. With Rasner, you already know very well what you’re going to get.

  187. Mark (Brett is back) August 24th, 2008 at 10:25 pm

    Ok my mistake again he will pitch Sunday ugh.

  188. jennifer- I got your back Girardi August 24th, 2008 at 10:26 pm

    Also I can’t tell you how many times I’ve heard Suzy refer to Joe G as Joe Torre!!

  189. mel (Congrats to the World Champions, Waipio!) August 24th, 2008 at 10:26 pm

    jennifer,

    There’s hope. This team doesn’t get beat by good pitchers two times in a row. Bad pitchers are a different story.

  190. Mark (Brett is back) August 24th, 2008 at 10:27 pm

    I am just confused over this haha. See what Sterling does to me. He pitched vs the Yanks Thursday so 4 days rest he would Tuesday then another 4 days rests sets him up for Sunday in the Bronx ugh.

  191. bigjf August 24th, 2008 at 10:28 pm

    ER:

    He’s (Byrd) now pitching for the same team whose executive outed him for HGH use conveniently right before he was preparing to face them in that same postseason. I’m not saying Byrd would take a dive to spite the Red Sox organization for that, but the timing of that scandal would have left a chip on my shoulder…

  192. Travis August 24th, 2008 at 10:29 pm

    Jennifer, poor Suzyn was never the same after she blew a gasket while welcoming Roger Clemens back to New York.

    http://www.wcbs880.com/topic/p.....oId=695991

  193. Brandon (Can Baby Mo stay w/ us ?) August 24th, 2008 at 10:29 pm

    Post Game Aceves/Melancon teaser report via Chad Jennings:

    Almost too good to be true, but Alfredo Aceves (left) said he was only vaguely aware that there were three major league hitters in the Buffalo lineup Sunday night. The Bisons had Josh Barfield, Victor Martiinez and Travis Hafner batting two, three and four — probably a better group than Cleveland’s Jamey Carroll, David Dellucci and Jhonny Peralta — but Aceves spent the past six years in the Mexican League said he didn’t know before the game that those three were rehabbing. He treated them like any other minor league hitters.

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  194. sw August 24th, 2008 at 10:29 pm

    Well, Ras did just shut the Jays down on Tuesday in a duel against Burnett. It could happen again. :P

  195. JR Yankees August 24th, 2008 at 10:29 pm

    Either way even if Halladay wasn’t scheduled to pitch, Toronto would find a way to make sure he starts against us. So, even if we do well against the Sox, the Toronto series could unravel us again. Damn Burnett and Halladay. Who knows though, maybe losing to them all the time in the past will give us an extra incentive to beat them in a wildcard race.

  196. ZMAN7777 August 24th, 2008 at 10:31 pm

    Regardless of who Toronto pitches, the Yankees need to win at least 4 out of 6 on the homestand. I actually believe they need 5 heading on a long road trip.

  197. bigjf August 24th, 2008 at 10:32 pm

    Pete, I did that long drive to and from Baltimore yesterday. Hit heavy traffic on the way in, and none on the way out. Took 6 hours to get there, 4 1/2 to get home. I’m guessing you probably hit more traffic on the way back since it wasn’t an overnight drive, but I would hope you made it back by now.

    I’m guessing most of the players get flights out of B-More? If not, I hope their limos are stocked with some nice adult beverages…

  198. Curious George August 24th, 2008 at 10:35 pm

    By the way, how is Carl feeling today? Is he all right?? I am just curious….

  199. Brandon (Can Baby Mo stay w/ us ?) August 24th, 2008 at 10:36 pm

    AJ Yanks that guy hits 101 on the gun and is 22 yrs. old in the DSL Yanks, he’s very, very raw, but flat out dominant when he locates.

  200. Nick in SF August 24th, 2008 at 10:37 pm

    Carl? Carl Pavano?

    You mean that wasn’t a dream?

  201. bdog375 August 24th, 2008 at 10:38 pm

    I love this blog – Pete’s great. The only improvements would be if he didn’t love the Pats, and hate Girardi.

  202. GreenBeret7 August 24th, 2008 at 10:38 pm

    If NYY wants to help their cause any in beating Halliday and Burnette, the best thing they could do is play Gardner and between him, Jeter and Damon, bunt on them and run wild on the bases. Matsui doesn’t hit either one very well.

  203. killa August 24th, 2008 at 10:47 pm

    stik with same line up..players like consistancy..more comfortable at plate

  204. DFox August 24th, 2008 at 10:59 pm

    “Matsui doesn’t hit either one very well.”

    Matsui was the ONLY one who hit Halliday last time…

  205. Brandon (Can Baby Mo stay w/ us ?) August 24th, 2008 at 11:02 pm

    Matsui was the ONLY one who hit Halliday last time…

    he tired out and was trying to pitch to contact

  206. GreenBeret7 August 24th, 2008 at 11:12 pm

    DFox, I said “very well”. He’s played six straight games (including 3 of turf), so far and will most likely play in the three Boston games. I’m guessing that he’ll get at least one of those games off against Toronto.

    Brandon, did you read my response to you about Montero?

  207. Brandon (Can Baby Mo stay w/ us ?) August 24th, 2008 at 11:20 pm

    Thanks GB. I’ve been hearing some people even mention the name Pujols when it comes to him, I knew he had power but not LD 450 feet 8O

  208. yanksfanmc August 24th, 2008 at 11:57 pm

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    I flipped over to the Sux game and Burnett looked terrible. Couldn’t throw strike for his life and his breaking ball was especially all over the place. I couldn’t believe that this was the same guy from just the other night.

    Heres hoping thats the Burnett we see this weekend. I know there are supporters of him here on this blog, but beware he has a tough time staying healthy, and if you ask me he really steps his game up against us because he knows the exposure his games get against us and knows NY always pays premium cash for pitching. Please do not sign this guy

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