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Nothing gets past Godzilla

Posted by: Peter Abraham - Posted in Misc on Mar 08, 2009 Print This Post Print This Post | Email This Post Email This Post

Roger Kahlon is Hideki Matsui’s translator. He’s a terrific guy who has a great relationship with Joe Girardi, the players and the beat writers.

With Matsui recovering from knee surgery and not playing until this past week, we had been kidding Roger about not having much to do. But that has changed in the last few days as we’ve been interviewing Matsui on a fairly regular basis.

When today’s session broke up, I asked Roger if he needed a rest from all the translation he has been doing.

“That’s right, you better give him a break,” Matsui said in perfect English as everybody laughed.

Meanwhile, Matsui went from first to third today when a low liner off the bat of Cody Ransom to right skipped past Marcus Thames. He seems to be getting his legs under him along with getting his eye back at the plate.

Matsui is probably done as an outfielder, at least on any regular basis. But if his knees allow it, he will be a presence in the middle of the lineup.

Girardi said this afternoon that he is inclined to leave Mark Teixeira hitting third even when A-Rod is out. That could mean Matsui bats cleanup.

 
 

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288 Responses to “Nothing gets past Godzilla”

  1. Rebecca-Optimist Prime...Staying to Write the Story March 8th, 2009 at 6:20 pm

    Would you all rather have matsui or Posada hit clean up, injuries not withstanding?

  2. Minnesota Yankee Fan March 8th, 2009 at 6:22 pm

    I think Jorge should bat cleanup. He usually has a good at bat in pressure situations. Go Yanks!

  3. Tom March 8th, 2009 at 6:22 pm

    Matsui.

  4. Tom March 8th, 2009 at 6:23 pm

    I’d just want to split the switch hitters up…

  5. Joe from Long Island (now from Tampa) March 8th, 2009 at 6:24 pm

    Matsui was really motoring. On at least a limited basis, ie, going from 1st to 3rd, he’ll be fine, I think.

    He’s a professional hitter. Now that his fielding days are behind him, I guess he’ll put even more emphasis on doing the job with the bat, and could be a real force. I think Tex 3rd, Matsui 4th, and just everyone up one, with Ransom at the end (maybe Brett or Melky 9th) and you have it.

    BTW, Joker Marchant is a great place to see a game.

  6. Joan March 8th, 2009 at 6:25 pm

    I think Matsui should be batting clean-up over Jorge..I think he’ll have a good season.

  7. Betsy March 8th, 2009 at 6:25 pm

    From the prior thread –

    One of the scouts had A.J. Burnett throwing 98 today on his gun. John Harper of the Daily News mentioned that to him.
    “Really?” Burnett said with a grin. “I didn’t mean to.”

    *LOL at AJ – I just love this guy……He just falls out of bed throwing 95, but it sounds like he was well within himself today (no K’s). How I wish we could have seen this on tv – I’m dying for highlights!

    Phil was terrific, too – what an encouraging outing. I like that he’s using the slider, even just occasionally. His new power curve seems to be working out fine and the cutter obviously works for him. I can’t wait to get some quotes from Joe, etc….; they must really be pleased.

    That’s great news about Matsui’s knees -and he’s got weeks left to strengthen them even further. I like the idea of keeping Tex in the 3rd slot – let him settle in and get comfortable.

  8. Sully Sox March 8th, 2009 at 6:26 pm

    John Kruk says the Yankees are done.

    That the Yanks will be out of the running, by the end of April, and ARod will be lucky to hit 8 homers this season.

    Wow.

  9. Casanova Wong March 8th, 2009 at 6:29 pm

    HAHAHA john kruk is such a dick he sucks at his job so badly.

  10. Tom March 8th, 2009 at 6:31 pm

    Kruk’s an idiot. However, last season he was on the radio in Milwaukee and he claimed that the ESPN producersmake him say controversial things so people will blog about it.

  11. Patrick Bateman March 8th, 2009 at 6:35 pm

    Does Matsui really still need a translator?

  12. gayle March 8th, 2009 at 6:36 pm

    Not to burst anyones bubble but the Dteroit radio announcers said before the game that the radar gun at lakeland is known to be a bit off. Now that is not to say that AJ wasnt throwing 98 but they talked about it before he threw a pitch so one has to think maybe 98 was little much

  13. Rebecca-Optimist Prime...Staying to Write the Story March 8th, 2009 at 6:36 pm

    Dude, it’s 7 March. Even the Orioles and the Pirates aren’t done!

  14. able 21 March 8th, 2009 at 6:37 pm

    I’ll be the last one to take away Roger Kahlon’s job, but after all these years, did anyone consider getting Matsui the Japanese version of Rosetta Stone.

  15. SJ44 March 8th, 2009 at 6:37 pm

    Nobody is out of a pennant race at the end of April. Not even the Pirates.

    Contrived controversy is what makes ESPN unwatchable.

    Thank God for the MLB Network. No reason to watch ESPN for baseball commentary now.

  16. E-gawa March 8th, 2009 at 6:38 pm

    I would bat Posada cleanup.. Matsui usually doesn’t heat up until interleague and Posada’s best numbers tend to be april-june.

  17. Boston Dave March 8th, 2009 at 6:38 pm

    Matsui deserves more credit for being an excellent hitter. He is an injury risk at this point but if he is in the lineup, he is one of the Yankees best bats.

    Everyone is entitled to their opinion of course, but I’ve been shocked by how many people have been trying to cast Matsui off for pennies on the dollar just to get him out of pinstripes.

    IMO, Matsui is the kind of player, and person, that the Yankees need (even if it’s just as a DH).

    just my two cents.

  18. painttheblack23 March 8th, 2009 at 6:39 pm

    Lets accept “Kruk is a moron” as a fundamental law of nature and never talk about it again.

  19. Tom March 8th, 2009 at 6:39 pm

    Per Heyman, he’s Boras’ media-man, so this is most likely accurate.

    “Rodriguez was told that the arthroscopic surgery would probably hold up “one to three years” but only fixed half the problem, so he opted for the second surgery in November to completely repair the injury.

    While Rodriguez was told that while he should be playing again by May, the exact recuperation period depends on how much bleeding there is in the affected area. In Monday’s surgery Philippon will reattach the labrum to the bone to protect the cartilage.”

  20. Tom March 8th, 2009 at 6:40 pm

    oh, here’s the link:

    http://sportsillustrated.cnn.c.....index.html

  21. Chris March 8th, 2009 at 6:40 pm

    From the previous thread -

    Boston Dave – The Sox bullpen has been lights out this spring, just from looking at the box scores. Saito is healthy, that Ramon Ramriez kid they got from KC looks nice, plus Okijima has yet to be scored upon.

    They are stacked in the pen, so for those of us hoping Saito would get TJ surgery and their pen would crumble… doesn’t look like that will happen.

  22. Boston Dave March 8th, 2009 at 6:41 pm

    It’s so true. I really enjoy Buster Olney’s blog but he is not exempt from the ESPN entertainment first, integrity second methodology.

    It’s a shame because for the general masses, ESPN is the one stop shop for sports news.

  23. Boston Dave March 8th, 2009 at 6:42 pm

    I think Keith Law may be one of the few ESPN analysts that gives their honest opinions.

  24. vinny-b __NYY fan and WBC promoter__ March 8th, 2009 at 6:43 pm

    “Just got back from the game, met and got Cashman to sign a ball, AJ and Phil looked awesome”

    BGNYY: how did you meet Cashman? Was he nice?

  25. Tom March 8th, 2009 at 6:43 pm

    OH. MY. GOD. It is March 8th folks. Who gives to craps if the Sox ‘pen looks good or not. Or, what the gun gun says A.J. is throwing.

  26. Boston Dave March 8th, 2009 at 6:43 pm

    Chris,

    Saito isn’t even what concerns me. Trying to be as impartial as possible, their bullpen has improved considerably.

    I like the Yankees pen as well but it remains to be seen if it will actually be improved (considering it was very effective for the most part last season).

    The Sox pen appears to have improved quite a bit.

  27. Tom K March 8th, 2009 at 6:44 pm

    Not good that AJ is throwing so hard this early in the season. That’s exactly why he has been so injury prone. I thought he was trying to throw in the mid 90s instead like Roy Halladay told him?

  28. m March 8th, 2009 at 6:45 pm

    If the gun was off, he probably was throwing in the mid-90′s.

  29. Russell NY March 8th, 2009 at 6:45 pm

    They just announced the gun was off by 10mph. They adjusted it up so he really threw 108.

  30. Boston Dave March 8th, 2009 at 6:46 pm

    Tom,

    I care that the Red Sox pen has improved. I suggest you put your head back in your ass and pull it back out in a month.

  31. Jermaine D'Twan Monroe-Gibbons March 8th, 2009 at 6:47 pm

    Pete-
    Matsui is asian, therefore his eyes will never be perfect, and never have been perfect. Come on, you’re better than that.

  32. Sully Sox March 8th, 2009 at 6:47 pm

    maybe AJ is just amped up. I’m sure a Valium will help.

  33. Boston Dave March 8th, 2009 at 6:48 pm

    wow, funny stuff

  34. m March 8th, 2009 at 6:48 pm

    And he was throwing free and easy. Not reaching back for that extra few mph.

    Lucky thing the Sox pen is so good because the rotation is not looking so healthy.

  35. Yank761 March 8th, 2009 at 6:49 pm

    Our pen certainly isin’t going to be as good as last year. We were like 74-2 or something when leading after 7 innings. Mariano only blew 1 save all year (and we ended up winning that game in extras). And all this was with a brutal month of August too when the pen couldn’t get anyone out.

    It is impossible to replicate that kind of success. Bullpens fluctuate from year to year, even with the same guys.

  36. Wang IS Taiwan March 8th, 2009 at 6:50 pm

    I’d rather Matsui up there to bat when the game’s on the line than anyone. Now, that guy’s clutch under pressure.

  37. Boston Dave March 8th, 2009 at 6:50 pm

    m,

    that’s the “bright spot” I guess – the rotation. I predict they’ll have to make Masterson a starter at some point (possibly right away) which would weaken their pen quite a bit.

    Beckett, IMO, is the only starter who has a good chance to improve. The rest of the guys will do worse (in my humble, non-professional opinion).

  38. BGNYY March 8th, 2009 at 6:51 pm

    Vinny he was in the parking lot waiting for car, he was nice enough to sign for me… told some people after me no but he was ready to leave

    kid besides me said
    ” You signed some good player this offseason”

    Cash said

    “I hope so, we will see”

  39. S.A.-Time to take a vow of silence Alex. For your own sanity March 8th, 2009 at 6:51 pm

    John Kruk says the Yankees are done.

    ==================================

    How can we be done? Nothing even started yet. Again, Kruk has to be on crack.

  40. BGNYY March 8th, 2009 at 6:53 pm

    good players
    “”"

    ^^

  41. BWH March 8th, 2009 at 6:55 pm

    Does Matsui really need an interpreter?

    Probably not, but I would bet that his contract guarantees him an interpreter, so an interpreter he gets.

  42. Boston Dave March 8th, 2009 at 6:55 pm

    It wouldn’t surprise me if Kruk is reading from a script that his bosses have given him. Bashing the Yankees is good for business at NESPN.

  43. Joe March 8th, 2009 at 6:56 pm

    John Kruk also said we won’t make the playoffs because Matsui has to play left field and he’ll be a liability there

  44. gayle March 8th, 2009 at 6:56 pm

    I still find it mildly funny that Mter calls Alex AL

    http://weblogs.newsday.com/spo....._been.html

  45. m March 8th, 2009 at 6:58 pm

    Why does Matsui “have” to play left field?

  46. gayle March 8th, 2009 at 6:58 pm

    Matsui and interpreter and needing or not needing one. I have heard that he prefers to have an interpreter to answer the questions from the press although he understands most everything he is more comfortable answering with the interpreter

  47. BGNYY March 8th, 2009 at 6:58 pm

    Also got a chance to see how great of a guy Swish is, he was walking to the clubhouse and I yelled Swisherrrrrr and he looked around found me and pointed and did a quick funny dance

  48. Boston Dave March 8th, 2009 at 6:59 pm

    “Though an earlier report indicated that Ervin Santana was suffering from only inflammation in his right elbow, the Angels have revealed that Santana actually has a sprained medial collateral ligament.”

    rotoworld.com

    Big loss for the Angels of Santana is out for a while. They were already without a clear #5 starter.

  49. Phil March 8th, 2009 at 7:00 pm

    gayle,

    the post clearly said it was a scout who said it, not some employee of the stadium, scouts bring their own guns. So that the Tiger announcer made a comment about the stadium gun, doesn’t change anything about what the scout got on his gun.

  50. GreenBeret7 March 8th, 2009 at 7:03 pm

    Boston Dave
    March 8th, 2009 at 6:46 pm
    Tom,

    I care that the Red Sox pen has improved. I suggest you put your head back in your ass and pull it back out in a month.

    ————————————————————

    Based on ST numbers and their importance when predicting the upcoming season, that means that Tomko is the odds on favorite for the Cy Young, Berroa for the MVP and zTriple Crown and Gardner will win the ROY and tie Berroa for league honors in home runs. Love the way that looks. Number 27 is ours.

  51. m March 8th, 2009 at 7:03 pm

    When does the WBC end? I want to know when the latest that the players will be back. When they’re all back, we’ll see what the lineup will project to be.

  52. trisha - As long as you're in pinstripes, Kei, I've got your back. March 8th, 2009 at 7:04 pm

    Didn’t see the new thread.

    Girardi has been saying that Ransom would be Arod’s replacement. That was even before people knew there was such a thing as a hybrid surgery. I would think that Ransom it will be.

    I’m happy that Ransom will be getting the shot. I’ve been in the camp that believed the Yankees could get by by staying in the system.

    I know I’m leaving myself wide open by making this statement, but there is definitely something wrong with me. Despite anyone’s temptation to run with this, I will at least explain what I mean by it. No matter what team loses a baseball game, except for the Red Sox, I always feel bad for the losing team. In the WBC I feel bad for Panama. Today as happy as I was that the Yankees won, I felt bad that we were destroying Detroit.

    I wish I had more killer in me and less pity when it comes to those things.

    Is all.

  53. Angel - A tale told by idiots, full of sound and fury, signifying nothing March 8th, 2009 at 7:04 pm

    Heh. Cool story Pete – its this kind of stuff that keeps me posting here.

    Hey, speaking of translators – how’s Wang’s English coming along?

  54. trisha - As long as you're in pinstripes, Kei, I've got your back. March 8th, 2009 at 7:05 pm

    mel, it’s something like March 22nd.

  55. gayle March 8th, 2009 at 7:07 pm

    Phil–

    Thanks for clearly correcting me. Geez I wasnt bursting anyone’s excitement just stating what they said on the broadcast. If he was throwing 98 great

  56. Angel - A tale told by idiots, full of sound and fury, signifying nothing March 8th, 2009 at 7:08 pm

    Does Matsui really need an interpreter?

    Probably not, but I would bet that his contract guarantees him an interpreter, so an interpreter he gets.

    *********************************************

    I bet he just finds it more comfortable to speak in his native tongue. I would, especially with the amount of press he has following him. I bet he gets bomarded at times.

    Hell, I wish I had an (accent) translator sometimes, and I speak english, lol. Sometimes things still get lost in translation.

  57. m March 8th, 2009 at 7:11 pm

    For the tech geeks here.

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cL9Wu2kWwSY

  58. Dougko1 March 8th, 2009 at 7:13 pm

    Hideki Matsui = Edgar Martinez

  59. Boston Dave March 8th, 2009 at 7:13 pm

    Green Beret,

    where did I say I was basing my opinion that the Sox bullpen has improved on their spring training #s? I’ll cut you some slack but next time you should probably not take things out of context.

    The fact that they have been lights out strengthens that opinion but I’ve been saying it for several months.

  60. vinny-b __NYY fan and WBC promoter__ March 8th, 2009 at 7:14 pm

    BGNYY: kewl :)

    if would be able to have a convo/meet any person on the yankees, it would be Cashman

  61. m March 8th, 2009 at 7:15 pm

    Thanks, trisha. We have a couple more weeks to drive ourselves crazy guessing the lineup.

    I think Matsui likes having the buffer. And a pal. You know, someone who’s eyes are almost as bad as his. That “joke” by Jermaine was just too stupid.

  62. m March 8th, 2009 at 7:15 pm

    *whose

  63. trisha - As long as you're in pinstripes, Kei, I've got your back. March 8th, 2009 at 7:16 pm

    This is just so sad. DR 9-0

  64. Al from BK March 8th, 2009 at 7:17 pm

    With the Spring Phil is is having I wonder why Joba has shrugged off 2 horrendous starts?

  65. Sarah Connor March 8th, 2009 at 7:19 pm

    m
    there’s a storm coming

  66. Betsy March 8th, 2009 at 7:19 pm

    Just because the Boston pen has been lights out now does not mean it will be that way over the course of a grueling, 162 game season. I never count on negative performances from a team – I figure it’s better to just assume the Sox/Rays (as examples) are going to be solid in most places and then let the chips fall as they may. I can only be concerned with what the Yankees are doing -and they should have a good/very good pen.

  67. GreenBeret7 March 8th, 2009 at 7:19 pm

    Boston Dave
    March 8th, 2009 at 7:13 pm
    Green Beret,

    where did I say I was basing my opinion that the Sox bullpen has improved on their spring training #s? I’ll cut you some slack but next time you should probably not take things out of context.

    The fact that they have been lights out strengthens that opinion but I’ve been saying it for several months.

    ————————————————————

    Well, you’re basing it on how well they’re doing, right? Numbers. Same thing that I’m baseing mine on.

    Don’t bother patronizing me by “cutting me some slack”. I don’t need it.

  68. m March 8th, 2009 at 7:19 pm

    lol. From the mlb.com recap:

    Burnett scattered his grounders and easy flyouts so well that Yankees manager Joe Girardi had to send him to the bullpen to throw 17 more pitches just so he’d reach the allotted pitch count of 35. Try working from the stretch a little, Girardi told him.

  69. Betsy March 8th, 2009 at 7:20 pm

    http://d.yimg.com/a/p/ap/20090.....lks104.jpg

    I get a kick out of pictures of pitchers in motion – their faces just look hilariously contorted. – AJ doesn’t even look like himself, loll.

  70. vinny-b __NYY fan and WBC promoter__ March 8th, 2009 at 7:23 pm

    AJ Burnett throwing 98, in the spring?

    he is going to kill someone.

    AJ kinda reminds me, of some of the turn-of-the-century pitchers in Ken Burn’s documentary

  71. ChrisAU March 8th, 2009 at 7:23 pm

    Any word on why Rollins is starting over Jeter tonight?

  72. Betsy March 8th, 2009 at 7:23 pm

    Gayle, I’m sure AJ was not throwing 98 in his first ST start, but let’s say he was hitting 94-95 – that’s impressive (not that you were saying otherwise).

    M, lol – thanks for sharing!

  73. m March 8th, 2009 at 7:24 pm

    Sarah Connor,

    ??

  74. Boston Dave March 8th, 2009 at 7:25 pm

    Green Beret,

    what the heck are you talking about? I had said the Red Sox bullpen appears to be much improved well before spring training started.

    Therefore, for you to infer that I am basing my opinion on spring training #s is ridiculous.

    what is so hard to understand?

  75. vinny-b __NYY fan and WBC promoter__ March 8th, 2009 at 7:27 pm

    “That could mean Matsui bats cleanup”

    good. I love Matsui.

  76. trisha - As long as you're in pinstripes, Kei, I've got your back. March 8th, 2009 at 7:27 pm

    Baseball Tonight has Girardi on.

  77. Boston Dave March 8th, 2009 at 7:28 pm

    Green Beret,

    further, where are you getting this “patronizing” bullcrap?

    You started in with an attempted and unsuccessful insult to one of my posts.

    If you are going to take people’s opinions and try to mock the posters, don’t be surprised when you get some resistance (especially when you are way off base).

  78. Joe from Long Island (now from Tampa) March 8th, 2009 at 7:29 pm

    Guys – I was at the game today, and looked at the stadium speedometer, or whatever you call it. Whenever I looked, they had AJ topping out in the low 90s (91-92), and lower on what I presume were offspeed stuff. They had Phil logging in at 93. I only saw 95plus with Brackman and Rodney.

  79. trisha - As long as you're in pinstripes, Kei, I've got your back. March 8th, 2009 at 7:29 pm

    ESPN doc “showing” Arod’s injury…

  80. Sarah Connor March 8th, 2009 at 7:29 pm

    m
    I don’t know… that “did you know?
    vid you posted got me thinking that the world will be taken over by computers and when it is don’t say Hollywood didn’t warn us

  81. m March 8th, 2009 at 7:29 pm

    I guess the best thing to do is not move so many parts around.

    But I would’ve loved to see Gardner/Damon/Jeter at the top.

  82. Betsy March 8th, 2009 at 7:30 pm

    Tom, AJ throws hard fall out of bed – that’s just the kind of arm he has. From all accounts, he was throwing nice and easy…….and notice he didn’t get any K’s. I don’t think he was trying too hard at all…….

  83. m March 8th, 2009 at 7:31 pm

    Sarah,

    Okay. That was one of my thoughts. Another is that you live in my neck of the woods because the weather’s been icky.

  84. Uncle Ellsworth March 8th, 2009 at 7:32 pm

    Jeter and Rollins were gonna take turns starting – that was the plan.

  85. trisha - As long as you're in pinstripes, Kei, I've got your back. March 8th, 2009 at 7:32 pm

    Hey mel, any chance you get to see the final game of the WBC?

  86. m March 8th, 2009 at 7:33 pm

    trisha,

    ??

  87. S.A.-Time to take a vow of silence Alex. For your own sanity March 8th, 2009 at 7:35 pm

    Some cute pictures of Joba with his little son from yesterday:

    http://www.daylife.com/photo/0.....rk_Yankees

    http://www.daylife.com/photo/0.....rk_Yankees

  88. Tom March 8th, 2009 at 7:36 pm

    “Tom,

    I care that the Red Sox pen has improved. I suggest you put your head back in your ass and pull it back out in a month.”

    Wow, nice insult, Boston Dave. Perhaps you should follow your own advice and go back and look at the context of my post-I said who cares how the Boston ‘pen looks in march. It’s March, a few years ago Bronson Sardinha looked like Babe Ruth. And whether or not they have improved is another topic for discussion.

  89. GreenBeret7 March 8th, 2009 at 7:39 pm

    Tom
    March 8th, 2009 at 7:36 pm
    “Tom,

    I care that the Red Sox pen has improved. I suggest you put your head back in your ass and pull it back out in a month.”

    Wow, nice insult, Boston Dave. Perhaps you should follow your own advice and go back and look at the context of my post-I said who cares how the Boston ‘pen looks in march. It’s March, a few years ago Bronson Sardinha looked like Babe Ruth. And whether or not they have improved is another topic for discussion.

    ————————————————————

    He was insulting you, Tom. He was just giving you some information based on experience.

  90. vinny-b __NYY fan and WBC promoter__ March 8th, 2009 at 7:40 pm

    my take on Red Sox bullpen:

    oh, i’m so scared. Not impressed.

  91. GreenBeret7 March 8th, 2009 at 7:40 pm

    Correction: He ***wasn’t*** insulting you, Tom

  92. jennifer March 8th, 2009 at 7:40 pm

    Joe say anything interesting.

  93. Betsy March 8th, 2009 at 7:40 pm

    http://newyork.yankees.mlb.com.....8;c_id=nyy

    I love this quote:

    “The results count, no matter what,” Burnett said. “You want to execute every pitch you can, whether it’s a spring bullpen [session] or a game. It’s a lot different out there with fans and umpires and guys behind you out there playing. It was fun.”

  94. Boston Dave March 8th, 2009 at 7:42 pm

    Tom,

    If you had said something less offensive, then sure. Instead you tried to be dramatic and insinuate that Chris and I (who were carrying over a previous discussion) were basing our opinions on spring training #s. I realize it looked that way but the style and intent of your post was unnecessary.

    I don’t start this stuff. But when people like you take a condescending approach to their posts I am going to stick up for myself. If it bothers you, I suggest you try to be less offensive with your responses.

  95. Joe March 8th, 2009 at 7:43 pm

    Burnett is so intriguing.

    He may be my favorite of the acquisitions.

  96. Teixeiramvp March 8th, 2009 at 7:43 pm

    Hey, if the Yanks can’t survive one month no A-Rod, they don’t deserve a ring. One month is nothing, I am intensely relieved. Still, if you’re Girardi you roll out a big blackboard, take out a big piece of chalk and write FAST START in all captitals, than underline it five times. As the Yanks found out to their dismay last yr. sometimes a great second half just won’t cut it. I will be fine w/a wild card so long as they’re in the playoffs, once you’re in it’s anyone’s game. Yanks could win it all. I think this yr. will be special regardless of who cleans up when A-Rod’s gone…and Tex’ll win MVP. Go Yanks!

  97. Uncle Ellsworth March 8th, 2009 at 7:44 pm

    Who’s pitching for VZ?

    Anyone else into this game?

  98. Al from BK March 8th, 2009 at 7:45 pm

    “The results count, no matter what,” Burnett said. “You want to execute every pitch you can, whether it’s a spring bullpen [session] or a game. It’s a lot different out there with fans and umpires and guys behind you out there playing. It was fun.”

    Someone relay this to Joba who is 1 more bad start away from the entire sports world calling for his return to the pen.

  99. Boston Dave March 8th, 2009 at 7:45 pm

    Green Beret,

    I suggest you stop responding to my posts if you don’t like this. We had one argument a while back, I apologized, and I have not said anything that was not complimentary to you since.

    You feel the need to take jabs at people and I’m going to stick up for myself.

    The solution? Ignore my posts. A better suggestion? Stop trying to be funny by insulting people.

  100. Kyle March 8th, 2009 at 7:46 pm

    The Yankees have the best rotation in the division
    The Red Sox have the best bullpen in the division
    The Yankees have the best offense in the division (With A-Rod)
    The Rays have the best defense in the division
    The Rays have the highest upside in the division

  101. trisha - As long as you're in pinstripes, Kei, I've got your back. March 8th, 2009 at 7:46 pm

    Aren’t you in Cali? The finals are in LA.

  102. KO March 8th, 2009 at 7:46 pm

    HAHAHAHAAHAHAHAHAH why am i not surprised Girardi will not bat Tex cleanup in A-Rod’s absence. This guy could not get a lineup right in a million years. It was a weakness of his last season and it is obviously continuing.

  103. vinny-b __NYY fan and WBC promoter__ March 8th, 2009 at 7:47 pm

    “Anyone else into this game”

    uncle ellsworth: definitely

    it is funny. The baseball fans didn’t think the WBC mattered. If you watch the games, you would think they are playoff games.

    playing the sport, for fun of it. This is baseball.

  104. Boston Dave March 8th, 2009 at 7:47 pm

    KO,

    what is your ideal lineup?

  105. GreenBeret7 March 8th, 2009 at 7:47 pm

    So, would it be ok to insult you without being funny?

  106. DJ Z45 March 8th, 2009 at 7:48 pm

    Al,

    Agree. I wish Joba took the game as seriously as Burnett did.

    I wonder if he realizes that Hughes is right on his tail and if this was an open competition (like it should have been), Hughes would be miles ahead of him.

  107. Christina March 8th, 2009 at 7:48 pm

    BG– I have had the same experience with Swisher. Some of us wonder what he is on because he is alway going nonstop. hes been one of the most outgoing guys by far this spring- him and damon are great to the fans.

    I got Matsui to sign for me today which is hard to do as he rarely signs. Was a funny yet somewhat embarassing situation that apparently the Japanense reporters caught and taped.

  108. Al from BK March 8th, 2009 at 7:48 pm

    “The Red Sox have the best bullpen in the division”

    Really? IMO its Papelbum, Okajima followed by ?????????

    I’m not concerned their rotation isn’t that good, except for Lester and on some occasions Beckett.

  109. Teixeiramvp March 8th, 2009 at 7:48 pm

    Burnett says that because that’s the thing he’s supposed to say to make everyone happy. I don’t care about Spring Training stats. Joba is a great pitcher. He will win the most games, barring injury, than any other pitcher on the staff. Melancon will set up, and eventually replace, Mo. Right now, it’s all god w/the Yanks as the Fall Classic train goes rolling along.

  110. trisha - As long as you're in pinstripes, Kei, I've got your back. March 8th, 2009 at 7:49 pm

    jen, not really.

  111. DJ Z45 March 8th, 2009 at 7:49 pm

    I’d rather have Matsui as the cleanup hitter than Cano as the #3 hitter

  112. Uncle Ellsworth March 8th, 2009 at 7:50 pm

    vinny
    what happened last time? were the USA games on at bad times?
    It was like “i’d like to watch a game, oh, the’re eliminated?”

    I’m actually going to visit my VZ friend at his bar and watch the game in a playoff type atmosphere.
    USA! USA!

  113. Boston Dave March 8th, 2009 at 7:50 pm

    GB7,

    there is a difference between being funny and trying to be funny.

    you can do whatever you want to do. I made a suggestion that you ignore my posts.

    I clearly don’t take well to people who try to mock or insult me for no apparent reason. I value other opinions but that’s not what you’ve offered here.

    I think we should squash this. No?

  114. Freddy K March 8th, 2009 at 7:51 pm

    Saito looks like he did in LA. If he stays healthy he is going to be a beast

  115. trisha - As long as you're in pinstripes, Kei, I've got your back. March 8th, 2009 at 7:52 pm

    KO, or maybe he doesn’t want to put that kind of pressure on Tex and will let one of the guys whose been there take on that role.

  116. Al from BK March 8th, 2009 at 7:53 pm

    Line-up without A-Rod-

    Damon
    Jeter
    Tex
    Matsui
    Posada
    Nady/Swisher
    Cano
    Ransom
    Gardner

  117. Freddy K March 8th, 2009 at 7:53 pm

    I wouldn’t mind Swisher as the #3 hitter, getting on base for Teixeria. He has been a walk machine this Spring.

  118. Phil March 8th, 2009 at 7:53 pm

    Matsui GIDP’s a lot. So does Po.

  119. Al from BK March 8th, 2009 at 7:54 pm

    “He will win the most games, barring injury, than any other pitcher on the staff.”

    More than CC/Wanger? Thats hard to believe.

  120. Arcobug March 8th, 2009 at 7:54 pm

    I am surprised that ESPN is not televising the AROD surgery. John Kruk and Steve Phillips can be in studio doing play by play.

    Phillips : Look at that Kruk – that labrum looks horrible. I cant see how this will put AROD out for only 6-9 weeks. He looks pretty much done.

    Kruk: Yea Steve. Thats great news for the rest of the league. I bet there are a lot of pitchers out there right now jumping for joy.

  121. Boston Dave March 8th, 2009 at 7:54 pm

    does anyone know who the starting pitcher is for Venezuela tonight?

  122. GreenBeret7 March 8th, 2009 at 7:55 pm

    Boston has as many issues in the bullpen with them hoping that their rehabbing pitchers stay effective and healthy as NYY does in hoping their young pitchers, like Bruney and Coke don’t slide backwards.

  123. Teixeiramvp March 8th, 2009 at 7:55 pm

    Freddy K-A walk machine vs. minor league pitchers.
    I’m a Nady guy. I think he’ll have another really good yr. for the Yanks.

  124. Teixeiramvp March 8th, 2009 at 7:57 pm

    Al from bk-I say this because Joba will be facing the worst pitchers on each team. He should win the majority of his games. Can’t say the same for Wang, though his ERA MAY be better.

  125. Al from BK March 8th, 2009 at 8:00 pm

    “Al from bk-I say this because Joba will be facing the worst pitchers on each team. He should win the majority of his games.”

    Good point. However Joba is only getting 25-30 starts while CC will be getting 35+.

  126. Arcobug March 8th, 2009 at 8:00 pm

    I heard that Bruney gave up a tape measure home run today. I am surprised that has not started up the Joba bullpen stuff.

  127. Patrick March 8th, 2009 at 8:01 pm

    Sounds like the lineup is going to be:

    Damon LF
    Jeter SS
    Teixeira 1B
    Matsui DH
    Posada C
    Cano 2B
    Swisher RF
    Ransom 3B
    Gardner CF

    However, I might go with:

    Damon LF
    Jeter SS
    Swisher RF
    Teixeira 1B
    Matsui DH
    Posada C
    Cano 2B
    Ransom 3B
    Gardner CF

    Those are both pretty good lineups as long as Ransom and Gardner bat above replacement level. (not a given)

  128. vtred March 8th, 2009 at 8:01 pm

    Nady hasn’t hit OR walked against the same minor league pitching.

  129. Arcobug March 8th, 2009 at 8:01 pm

    -

  130. yankeefan91 Arod fan Rooting For Team D.R March 8th, 2009 at 8:02 pm

    boston dave armando galarraga

  131. S.A.-Time to take a vow of silence Alex. For your own sanity March 8th, 2009 at 8:02 pm

    I think Armando Galarraga gets the start for Venezuela tonight

  132. Teixeiramvp March 8th, 2009 at 8:02 pm

    Al from bk-True, but I love Joba, think he will one day be awesome. C.C. is great, but he won’t be facing number five starters. Every time we go to Toronto it’s C.C. vs. Halladay, as an example, but it’s Joba v. a minor leaguer. I think Joba’ll win more.

  133. Arcobug March 8th, 2009 at 8:03 pm

    Girardi said that Tex is still batting third.

  134. Christina March 8th, 2009 at 8:03 pm

    He gave up a huge bomb. That sucker slammed up against the scoreboard thing

  135. Boston Dave March 8th, 2009 at 8:04 pm

    Thanks S.A.

  136. Teixeiramvp March 8th, 2009 at 8:05 pm

    vtred-No, but Nady hit last yr. and Swish didn’t. Their career numbers are similar, but since Nady did well last yr. and Swish didn’t, I take Nady.

  137. Teixeiramvp March 8th, 2009 at 8:06 pm

    A homer’s a homer’s a homer. It’s still only one run.

  138. trisha - As long as you're in pinstripes, Kei, I've got your back. March 8th, 2009 at 8:06 pm

    Boston Dave – Armando Galarraga

  139. Boston Dave March 8th, 2009 at 8:07 pm

    I’d have David Wright hitting ahead of Youk but that’s a pretty good lineup nonetheless.

  140. Uncle Ellsworth March 8th, 2009 at 8:07 pm

    can some give updates?
    I’m stuck at work for a few cantos

  141. Uncle Ellsworth March 8th, 2009 at 8:09 pm

    someone

  142. Bo knows March 8th, 2009 at 8:09 pm

    The paint in mother’s basement must be injurious to your health and physically and mentally.. Joba is in the tank? When did this happen? The guy hasn’t pitched yet, what was it 4 innings. He needs to dial it down for the future. No need to throw the ball through the wall. Yeesh!

  143. Boston Dave March 8th, 2009 at 8:09 pm

    thanks trisha

    nice start for the US

  144. S.A.-Time to take a vow of silence Alex. For your own sanity March 8th, 2009 at 8:10 pm

    Rollins starts things off for the USA with a double

  145. Boston Dave March 8th, 2009 at 8:10 pm

    Uncle Ellsworth,

    you can follow pitch by pitch (I believe) on espn.com gameday (in the WBC section)

  146. Uncle Ellsworth March 8th, 2009 at 8:11 pm

    thanks BD

  147. S.A.-Time to take a vow of silence Alex. For your own sanity March 8th, 2009 at 8:12 pm

    Bye Bye Hobbit

  148. vinny-b __NYY fan and WBC promoter__ March 8th, 2009 at 8:13 pm

    “vinny
    what happened last time? were the USA games on at bad times?
    It was like “i’d like to watch a game, oh, the’re eliminated?”

    the USA did get eliminated early, 3 years ago (didn’t make it past the second round). They look like they care this time tho. I expect makeup of the team, have something to do with it.

    to tell the truth, enjoyed the tournement regardless. Noticing the excitent exhibited by fans in the latin countries. The opportunity to watch Team Cuba. And to watch Japan, put on a baseball clinic (fundamentals)

  149. vinny-b __NYY fan and WBC promoter__ March 8th, 2009 at 8:15 pm

    “can some give updates?
    I’m stuck at work for a few cantos”

    will update you, bro

  150. m March 8th, 2009 at 8:15 pm

    Well. How about that Boston system? They sure know how to bunt. :(

  151. Teixeiramvp March 8th, 2009 at 8:17 pm

    Yanks will learn

  152. Boston Dave March 8th, 2009 at 8:17 pm

    lol m

    I was thinking the same thing.

  153. vinny-b __NYY fan and WBC promoter__ March 8th, 2009 at 8:18 pm

    0-0 bottom of first

    team Valez, up to bat (facing Oswalt)

  154. Uncle Ellsworth March 8th, 2009 at 8:18 pm

    how bad was the rollins pick off?

  155. trisha - As long as you're in pinstripes, Kei, I've got your back. March 8th, 2009 at 8:19 pm

    One of the commentators said “Derek Jeter doesn’t look happy that he’s not playing.”

    Ya think?

    :D

  156. trisha - As long as you're in pinstripes, Kei, I've got your back. March 8th, 2009 at 8:20 pm

    Uncle Ellsworth – bad

  157. trisha - As long as you're in pinstripes, Kei, I've got your back. March 8th, 2009 at 8:21 pm

    Yeah great move by the Yankees not bringing Bobby Abreu back.

    :(

    (Obviously I’m still not over that)

  158. Phil March 8th, 2009 at 8:22 pm

    TMVP

    Swisher is YOUNGER and has been better every other year. And Nady was not very good in the AL last year. He did his best ever in the weak sister league. Swisher is better than Nady.

  159. Uncle Ellsworth March 8th, 2009 at 8:22 pm

    That’s why Jeter is unhappy Trisha … methinks

    The deal was Jeter and Rollins alternate games so he knew he would not start this game. He may be mad about getting yanked yesterday for rollins

  160. m March 8th, 2009 at 8:22 pm

    Uncle,

    Bad. First, the elf screwed up the bunt. No contact. Hung Rollins out to dry. Don’t know if Rollins should’ve kept going.

    LOL. Abreu hitting .750. I’m going to keep a close eye on his defense. :)

  161. m March 8th, 2009 at 8:23 pm

    Abreu looks fat.

  162. Uncle Ellsworth March 8th, 2009 at 8:24 pm

    Wait! Hobbit or Elf?
    which is it?

  163. trisha - As long as you're in pinstripes, Kei, I've got your back. March 8th, 2009 at 8:24 pm

    Uncle, actually I was just trying to make a joke there. We all know how Jeter is, so I’m thinking that anyone who knows Jeter has to know he is unhappy to be sitting.

    (I don’t like that he’s sitting either. I think that’s like a slap in the face. He’s the captain for God sake!)

  164. m March 8th, 2009 at 8:25 pm

    Helf?

  165. GreenBeret7 March 8th, 2009 at 8:25 pm

    Uncle Ellsworth
    March 8th, 2009 at 8:18 pm
    how bad was the rollins pick off?

    ————————————————————

    Ellie, you know what the “daylight play” is. There was so much light that it’s being renamed the “Sumnmer In The Arctic Circle Daylight Play”.

  166. Pel March 8th, 2009 at 8:26 pm

    http://espn.go.com/extra/baseb.....=290308116

    ESPN GAMECAST (just like GAMEDAY)

  167. LGV March 8th, 2009 at 8:26 pm

    This has surely been discussed here before, but how good is Cody Ransom defensively?

  168. m March 8th, 2009 at 8:28 pm

    I wonder if the Miracle-Gro that Youkilis uses on his chin is a banned substance?

  169. Uncle Ellsworth March 8th, 2009 at 8:28 pm

    Trisha – I’m with ya.
    GB – everything is illuminated.
    m – Helf? hmmmm….

  170. trisha - As long as you're in pinstripes, Kei, I've got your back. March 8th, 2009 at 8:30 pm

    That was actually sweet watching Adam Dunn last night! Goes to show that some of those guys are as nervous as we are in tight situations – probably moreso!

  171. Teixeiramvp March 8th, 2009 at 8:30 pm

    Nady did well, he hit 280. I’m sorry, but we fundamentally disagree. I think Nady is better than Swisher.

  172. trisha - As long as you're in pinstripes, Kei, I've got your back. March 8th, 2009 at 8:31 pm

    LGV – going based on what Cody has showed so far, his defense has been great. I don’t know much about his defense otherwise.

  173. rodg12 March 8th, 2009 at 8:34 pm

    U.S. is blowing some pretty good opportunities early. Hopefully that changes.

  174. vinny-b __NYY fan and WBC promoter__ March 8th, 2009 at 8:35 pm

    “I think Nady is better than Swisher”

    I don’t know why. Unless you’re a girl.

    Nady doesn’t really do anything, exceptional.

  175. rodg12 March 8th, 2009 at 8:36 pm

    Is it just me or did it look like Bobby had put on a few pounds when I saw him at the plate?

  176. trisha - As long as you're in pinstripes, Kei, I've got your back. March 8th, 2009 at 8:36 pm

    I totally expect Jeter to be brought into this game at some point.

  177. trisha - As long as you're in pinstripes, Kei, I've got your back. March 8th, 2009 at 8:37 pm

    rodg, someone else mentioned the same thing about Bobby.

  178. Boston Dave March 8th, 2009 at 8:37 pm

    trisha,

    I believe they mentioned that Jeter is coming in after Rollins’ 3rd AB.

  179. Betsy March 8th, 2009 at 8:37 pm

    Al, the reason why I liked that quote is because it shows Burnett is taking things seriously. Joba’s going to be fine, but apparently he’s working on mechanical issues – that would explain his wildness. I don’t think he’s not taking his pitching seriously – not at all.

  180. m March 8th, 2009 at 8:38 pm

    rodg,

    I said that ^^. He’s got a pot-belly. Too much good Mexican food in LA.

  181. Uncle Ellsworth March 8th, 2009 at 8:39 pm

    Thanks guys
    Go USA!

  182. rodg12 March 8th, 2009 at 8:39 pm

    Ump’s got a big zone tonight. Could be a low scoring game.

  183. trisha - As long as you're in pinstripes, Kei, I've got your back. March 8th, 2009 at 8:40 pm

    Boston Dave, didn’t hear that. Did anyone give any explanation why they are switching off Jeter and Rollins? Did anyone play the entire game last night or are they just doing it that way?

  184. rodg12 March 8th, 2009 at 8:40 pm

    m –
    Apparently. Good to know it wasn’t just me who saw it.

    You just hear Jete picked up the tab at dinner the other night for the whole squad?

  185. trisha - As long as you're in pinstripes, Kei, I've got your back. March 8th, 2009 at 8:42 pm

    3 lbs of lasagna feeds 4 people? They must eat a lot!

  186. Boston Dave March 8th, 2009 at 8:42 pm

    Swisher has the better OPS+

    Oakland and Pittsburgh have comparable park factors (both are pitchers parks according to the #s).

    It doesn’t really matter who WAS better. They both have something to prove this season and I hope they both prove it with authority!

  187. S.A.-Time to take a vow of silence Alex. For your own sanity March 8th, 2009 at 8:42 pm

    This is like the 5th time I have seen that commercial for MLB ’09 The Show with Pedroia.
    Enough!

  188. vinny-b __NYY fan and WBC promoter__ March 8th, 2009 at 8:44 pm

    “You just hear Jete picked up the tab at dinner the other night for the whole squad”

    wish i made 22 million per year (plus endorsements). So people could brag about me, picking up a dinner tab

  189. pat March 8th, 2009 at 8:44 pm

    “You just hear Jete picked up the tab at dinner the other night for the whole squad?”

    It’s tradition. The guy with the biggest contract at the table always pays the bill.

  190. Boston Dave March 8th, 2009 at 8:45 pm

    trisha,

    I’m not sure what the plan is but with both Rollins and Jeter on the team it makes sense. Two MVP caliber SS that have won gold gloves (of course that award doesn’t mean much) and it’s not like you can ask either to play another position.

  191. m March 8th, 2009 at 8:45 pm

    No, didn’t hear that. I love hearing that about athletes. KB24 does it all the time, even on his own birthday. Haha.

    SoS is so happy his team picked up Gooden. Gooden said the Lakers were in talks with him as well.

    Looks like the team’s hitting a wall, huh? Gotta power through the next 20 games. Looked at the schedules and I see 5 possible losses. Looked at Cleveland & Boston. With the exception of the 1 head to head, they both have only cupcakes left.

  192. Boston Dave March 8th, 2009 at 8:46 pm

    SA,

    seriously. I think I’ve seen it closer to 20 times (19.5 times too many).

  193. Spotless March 8th, 2009 at 8:46 pm

    Nady is better looking than Swisher, therefore he should start

  194. Boston Dave March 8th, 2009 at 8:47 pm

    m,

    when is Bynum due back?

  195. 7*7 March 8th, 2009 at 8:48 pm

    Oswalt has such good stuff

  196. m March 8th, 2009 at 8:49 pm

    Don’t know, he was doing elliptical last week, and plans on doing the anti-gravitational treadmill this week.

    What happened with Rondo?

  197. Boston Dave March 8th, 2009 at 8:50 pm

    I’ll never forgive Scutaro for that GW HR off Mariano…

  198. Joe March 8th, 2009 at 8:51 pm

    Our future 3rd baseman at bat now

  199. trisha - As long as you're in pinstripes, Kei, I've got your back. March 8th, 2009 at 8:52 pm

    Oh wonderful.

    :(

  200. trisha - As long as you're in pinstripes, Kei, I've got your back. March 8th, 2009 at 8:52 pm

    Oh wonderful.

    :(

  201. vinny-b __NYY fan and WBC promoter__ March 8th, 2009 at 8:52 pm

    “Our future 3rd baseman at bat now”

    would sign off on that. Mora always kills the yankees

  202. PAT M. March 8th, 2009 at 8:52 pm

    Boston Dave,,,I was at that game and sat stunned along with all the other Yankee fans that filled the Oakland Col. that day….Shocked…..

  203. rodg12 March 8th, 2009 at 8:52 pm

    m -
    I did hear that Gooden signed with the Spurs. I mostly thought ‘meh.’ Decent move for them, but not earth shattering or competition changing IMO. Lakers should be able to make do without him. Especially if Mbenga keeps playing possessed like he has the last couple games. Yeah, they’ve hit a bit of a wall, though they looked pretty good against Minnesota. You’re right, they just gotta keep pushing through these last games. I’m confident Kobe and Phil will lead them well enough that they’ll do that.

  204. vinny-b __NYY fan and WBC promoter__ March 8th, 2009 at 8:52 pm

    1-0 Valenz

    3 consecutive singles

    RBI single by Mora

  205. Boston Dave March 8th, 2009 at 8:53 pm

    m,

    he sprained his ankle in the Cleveland game and left but came back in to play. I didn’t see the game today but I’m assuming that’s what it was. If it were serious I figure I would have heard something so I’d expect him back in a game or two. The C’s got exposed a little bit today without Rondo. Marbury may be ok as a role player but he’s not close to being ready to run an offense right now.

    It seems like the Lakers didn’t skip a beat when Bynum went down. I can’t see how his return would hurt but it could take a few games to get back in sync.

  206. PittsburghYankeeFan March 8th, 2009 at 8:53 pm

    John Kruk??? Yawn….

    Boston BP is better? OK, it better be, since the are really going to need it this year. Maybe Dice-K can give them more than 5 inning outings.

    This Yankee rotation is the best the best we have seen in a long time. When your number 5 throws 98-99, and your number 4 won 14 last year.

    ARod will be back by the end of April to early May. Say what you want about him, he is in terrific shape and works hard. The cyst draining eliminated a lot of stiffness, so the surgery should work out well.

  207. S.A.-Time to take a vow of silence Alex. For your own sanity March 8th, 2009 at 8:53 pm

    Boston Dave, we should a shot(vodka, whiskey, whatever) every time that commercial comes on. If we are going to have to see it, might as well be drunk.

  208. Boston Dave March 8th, 2009 at 8:54 pm

    Pat M,

    my condolences. I don’t think I’d ever be able to get that out of my head. Of all people to take Rivera deep…

  209. vinny-b __NYY fan and WBC promoter__ March 8th, 2009 at 8:54 pm

    Venezuela has a solid lineup. Too bad they’re in a tough bracket

  210. trisha - As long as you're in pinstripes, Kei, I've got your back. March 8th, 2009 at 8:55 pm

    Well it could have been worse. Now USA can’t waste opportunities. Of course they need to get on base in order not to waste opportunities!

  211. Boston Dave March 8th, 2009 at 8:55 pm

    SA,

    lol… I’d be up for that if I wasn’t still recovering from last night (which didn’t include any sleep)

  212. ray (sox fan) March 8th, 2009 at 8:55 pm

    m
    March 8th, 2009 at 8:28 pm
    “I wonder if the Miracle-Gro that Youkilis uses on his chin is a banned substance?”

    It’s the same substance that will be used to treat THE CYST! :)

  213. vtred March 8th, 2009 at 8:55 pm

    The Lincecum commercial has kind of gotten old too.

  214. m March 8th, 2009 at 8:56 pm

    rodg,

    Did you see Mbenga’s block party? The only thing is his minutes will disappear when Bynum comes back.

    Boston Dave,

    I think the concensus is that the offense is better without Bynum, but the defense is better with him.

    It’s the teams with the speedy guards that give us trouble.

  215. Y26 March 8th, 2009 at 8:56 pm

    Venezuela should have played in the South Africa, Cuba, Australia bracket.

  216. Tom March 8th, 2009 at 8:57 pm

    Galarraga’s delivery is identical to Beckett’s

  217. S.A.-Time to take a vow of silence Alex. For your own sanity March 8th, 2009 at 8:58 pm

    This MLB 2K9 commercial with Lincecum is another one.

  218. bru March 8th, 2009 at 8:58 pm

    hughes is going to make it very hard for the yankees to send him to the minors.

  219. trisha - As long as you're in pinstripes, Kei, I've got your back. March 8th, 2009 at 8:59 pm

    “Galarraga’s delivery is identical to Beckett’s”

    Then Team USA will soon be spraying the ball all over the field.

    :D

  220. vinny-b __NYY fan and WBC promoter__ March 8th, 2009 at 8:59 pm

    “March 8th, 2009 at 8:56 pm
    Venezuela should have played in the South Africa, Cuba, Australia bracket”

    agreed. They were screwed over 3 years ago. Cuz, too many excellent teams, in one bracket.

  221. PC Dave March 8th, 2009 at 9:00 pm

    bru

    He’s going to give the Yankees something strong to consider, re: Joba.

  222. vinny-b __NYY fan and WBC promoter__ March 8th, 2009 at 9:00 pm

    “This MLB 2K9 commercial with Lincecum is another one”

    at least it’s not ‘Derek Jeter – The Edge’

  223. Boston Dave March 8th, 2009 at 9:01 pm

    Victor Zambrano warming up

    sound the alarms

  224. trisha - As long as you're in pinstripes, Kei, I've got your back. March 8th, 2009 at 9:01 pm

    I don’t want to be mean because he can be effective, but I’m not terribly upset that Victor Zambrano will be coming into the game.

  225. S.A.-Time to take a vow of silence Alex. For your own sanity March 8th, 2009 at 9:02 pm

    at least it’s not ‘Derek Jeter – The Edge’

    ====================

    oh my god. No more of those! (still love ya Jeets)

  226. 66 stripes March 8th, 2009 at 9:02 pm

    Detroit has an interesting pitching staff… if Verlander/Bonderman can pitch like they did in 07 and Porcello shows something, they have a very interesting rotation

    Galarraga
    Verlander
    Bonderman
    Porcello

  227. trisha - As long as you're in pinstripes, Kei, I've got your back. March 8th, 2009 at 9:02 pm

    Come on Team USA!

  228. LLIME March 8th, 2009 at 9:02 pm

    I’m much more into the WBC than I thought I would be

  229. vinny-b __NYY fan and WBC promoter__ March 8th, 2009 at 9:03 pm

    USA at bat. top of the 4th

    single by Dunn. 1st and 3rd, 2 outs

  230. vinny-b __NYY fan and WBC promoter__ March 8th, 2009 at 9:04 pm

    2 rbi double by Mark DeRosa.

    2-1 USA

  231. rodg12 March 8th, 2009 at 9:04 pm

    m -
    I couldn’t watch the game Friday night, unfortunately. Read about it afterward though. Saw he had the 5 blocks and and thought, whoa! I did watch Tuesday’s game and saw him have 3.

  232. trisha - As long as you're in pinstripes, Kei, I've got your back. March 8th, 2009 at 9:04 pm

    Tom you were exactly right about Galarraga being like Beckett! Good call!

    HA HA HA!

  233. vinny-b __NYY fan and WBC promoter__ March 8th, 2009 at 9:04 pm

    triple by DeRosa

  234. Zolio March 8th, 2009 at 9:05 pm

    Look at the Yankees and Red Sox fan holding the US Flag chanting “USA” :D

  235. Boston Dave March 8th, 2009 at 9:05 pm

    Team USA looked FIRED up on that. They definitely care about this…

  236. Tom March 8th, 2009 at 9:05 pm

    I guess I jinxed him lol

  237. rodg12 March 8th, 2009 at 9:05 pm

    Big knock by DeRosa. Big knock!! Helped out a bit by the misread by Blanco.

  238. m March 8th, 2009 at 9:06 pm

    I guess DeRosa didn’t like the HBP. Nice turnaround with 2 outs.

  239. murphydog March 8th, 2009 at 9:06 pm

    Since the conversation is getting a little thin, I thought I would share a discovery I made Friday night.

    I was at my mother in law’s in the Bronx for dinner. (Chuletas with white rice and red beans, yum).

    After we ate, my wife and her mother were having an in depth conversation in spanish which I think had something to do with a problem involving a cousin from Puerto Rico, but I’m not entirely sure. Anyway I drifted over to the TV and started watching the movie Kingpin, with Woody Harrelson, Randy Quaid and Vanessa Angel. All of a sudden, there’s a scene with a bar fight and a really big redneck guy is about to beat up Randy Quaid’s character. Lo and behold it’s Roger Clemens with a tractor cap and a modified mullet. His character’s name? “Skidmark.”

    http://www.imdb.com/title/tt01.....edits#cast

    Was I the only one who didn’t know Rocket was in this movie under the name “Skidmark”?

  240. Spotless March 8th, 2009 at 9:09 pm

    USA will be beaten by Italy in the next round

  241. m March 8th, 2009 at 9:09 pm

    lol. That movie’s so stupid. I’ve watched it about 5 times. Why do I keep watching? Because I keep missing the ending.

  242. trisha - As long as you're in pinstripes, Kei, I've got your back. March 8th, 2009 at 9:11 pm

    Ordonez is a user. Happy that Granderson caught it.

  243. S.A.-Time to take a vow of silence Alex. For your own sanity March 8th, 2009 at 9:11 pm

    Was I the only one who didn’t know Rocket was in this movie under the name “Skidmark”?

    ===============================

    You were not the only one. I never knew that either.

    Skidmark? lol

  244. PAT M. March 8th, 2009 at 9:12 pm

    Boston Dave,,,It was a long flight back to Orange County after that game…..Later that summer ( 07 ) I flew up to see them play vs. The Giants and they lost 2 of three against them…..That was the road trip from hell as the down swing started in Colorado and they plummented to 8 games out by the time they made their way back yo The Bronx……..

  245. trisha - As long as you're in pinstripes, Kei, I've got your back. March 8th, 2009 at 9:12 pm

    Anyone know who’s coming in after Oswalt?

  246. Redding March 8th, 2009 at 9:12 pm

    This Venezuela team needs to get Oswalt out of the game and get to LaTroy Hawkins

  247. Boston Dave March 8th, 2009 at 9:13 pm

    murphydog,

    I’ve seen that movie plenty of times and can’t even remember that part. I’ll look for it next time. Love Bill Murray in that one.

  248. GreenBeret7 March 8th, 2009 at 9:15 pm

    trisha – As long as you’re in pinstripes, Kei, I’ve got your back.
    March 8th, 2009 at 9:12 pm
    Anyone know who’s coming in after Oswalt?

    ————————————————————

    Jack Ruby?

  249. Boston Dave March 8th, 2009 at 9:15 pm

    Pat M,

    was one of the SF games a 15 or 16 inning loss? I was at that one. Got to sit there for hours and hours only to have a run down Scott Proctor give up the winning run on a bloop hit.

    That was one of the most frustrating games I’ve been to.

  250. trisha - As long as you're in pinstripes, Kei, I've got your back. March 8th, 2009 at 9:15 pm

    Kee-rap.

  251. Boston Dave March 8th, 2009 at 9:16 pm

    now that was funny GB :)

  252. trisha - As long as you're in pinstripes, Kei, I've got your back. March 8th, 2009 at 9:18 pm

    “Jack Ruby?”

    :lol:

    I fear that at this point he’s the only one who will be able to stop these suckers!

  253. trisha - As long as you're in pinstripes, Kei, I've got your back. March 8th, 2009 at 9:19 pm

    Who in hell are the broadcasters for this game?

  254. NYYanksFan March 8th, 2009 at 9:19 pm

    Are we rooting for Team USA to win or do we want them to lose so Jeter gets back with his real team sooner?

  255. Brandon, Mr.Pringles: 'It's an acquired skill to play hard' March 8th, 2009 at 9:21 pm

    Oli Perez is down 3-0 for Mexico , Luke Hughes and Chris Snelling w/ HRs for AUS

  256. trisha - As long as you're in pinstripes, Kei, I've got your back. March 8th, 2009 at 9:21 pm

    I want Team USA to win but with the way Davey Johnson is managing I don’t think it’s going to matter!

  257. S.A.-Time to take a vow of silence Alex. For your own sanity March 8th, 2009 at 9:23 pm

    Venezuela with the lead now.

  258. Phil March 8th, 2009 at 9:23 pm

    TMVP

    Then I can only conclude that you don’t understand baseball. I don’t even think you know why Mark Teixeira is so valuable.

  259. trisha - As long as you're in pinstripes, Kei, I've got your back. March 8th, 2009 at 9:23 pm

    Good job by Johnson not having anyone up. I feel like I’m watching a Yankee game with Torre managing.

    :(

  260. Mark in Tampa March 8th, 2009 at 9:23 pm

    Wow, Oswalt is at 65 pitches on March 8th! Love that WBC. Glad no Yankee pitchers are involved.

  261. Brandon, Mr.Pringles: 'It's an acquired skill to play hard' March 8th, 2009 at 9:27 pm

    Continue here or next thread, btw Gregor Blanco is so going to be a pest for Atlanta in the future.

  262. trisha - As long as you're in pinstripes, Kei, I've got your back. March 8th, 2009 at 9:29 pm

    Yahoo.

    Why not continue on this thread?

  263. Brandon, Mr.Pringles: 'It's an acquired skill to play hard' March 8th, 2009 at 9:30 pm

    A Cody Ransom thread needs some posts but yeh we can continue here.

  264. trisha - As long as you're in pinstripes, Kei, I've got your back. March 8th, 2009 at 9:32 pm

    We can look at the Cody Ransom thread when this game is over. We don’t have to jump threads every time a new one is put up. That always strikes me as nuts, especially when you’re in the middle of a discussion!

    Just sayin

  265. Brandon, Mr.Pringles: 'It's an acquired skill to play hard' March 8th, 2009 at 9:32 pm

    Yankee signee intl slugger Jorge Vasquez has the basesloaded for Mexico right now 3-1 AUS and he has a beatiful compact swing ! 8O

  266. Brandon, Mr.Pringles: 'It's an acquired skill to play hard' March 8th, 2009 at 9:34 pm

    CHATO just hit a grandslam ! Yankees prospect.

  267. trisha - As long as you're in pinstripes, Kei, I've got your back. March 8th, 2009 at 9:35 pm

    Zambrano is definitely quirky. He can be absolutely unhittable, wild in the zone, or straight as an arrow.

    You just never know what you’re going to get.

  268. trisha - As long as you're in pinstripes, Kei, I've got your back. March 8th, 2009 at 9:36 pm

    Hopefully Jeter is coming in now.

  269. trisha - As long as you're in pinstripes, Kei, I've got your back. March 8th, 2009 at 9:37 pm

    8 runs in one inning! Wow!

  270. trisha - As long as you're in pinstripes, Kei, I've got your back. March 8th, 2009 at 9:38 pm

    DJ in. Yay!!!

  271. Brandon, Mr.Pringles: 'It's an acquired skill to play hard' March 8th, 2009 at 9:39 pm

    3 vs Oli Perez
    5 vs Greg Anderson of AUS

    That Jorge Vasquez guy that the Yankees signed has a real deal swing. He has a Pujols like approach I can’t wait to see him vs the USA.

  272. trisha - As long as you're in pinstripes, Kei, I've got your back. March 8th, 2009 at 9:41 pm

    I switched stations in time to see it.

  273. trisha - As long as you're in pinstripes, Kei, I've got your back. March 8th, 2009 at 9:43 pm

    Brandon feel free to stay with the other thread. I don’t want you to have to go back and forth.

  274. Brandon, Mr.Pringles: 'It's an acquired skill to play hard' March 8th, 2009 at 9:44 pm

    Trisha the crowd was cheering Chato chato chato , on 1-2 and he did it almost on cue. Almost like he was introducing himself.

  275. trisha - As long as you're in pinstripes, Kei, I've got your back. March 8th, 2009 at 9:46 pm

    It’s so crazy trying to watch both games!

  276. Pel March 8th, 2009 at 10:01 pm

    YEAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAH BABY!!!!!!!!!!!

  277. KO March 8th, 2009 at 10:07 pm

    Boston Dave I could easily come up with my “ideal lineup” but that’s pointless, all i meant by my comment was that Tex should definitely hit cleanup in Alex’s absence. It is obvious

  278. Brandon, Mr.Pringles: 'It's an acquired skill to play hard' March 8th, 2009 at 11:55 pm

    So the Ransom thread is out of order we can post here I guess.

  279. Kyle March 8th, 2009 at 11:57 pm

    Yeah that thread isin’t working for me either

  280. Brandon, Mr.Pringles: 'It's an acquired skill to play hard' March 9th, 2009 at 12:05 am

    Austrailia w/ 17 hits vs Mexico it’s 11 – 7

  281. Boston Dave March 9th, 2009 at 12:15 am

    “KO March 8th, 2009 at 10:07 pm

    Boston Dave I could easily come up with my “ideal lineup” but that’s pointless, all i meant by my comment was that Tex should definitely hit cleanup in Alex’s absence. It is obvious”

    KO, I don’t think it’s that obvious. I was curious if you were going to provide your rationale.

    Tex has played about 40% of his career hitting 3rd and 40% hitting 4th. His OPS is more than .050 higher hitting 3rd. I’m not saying he shouldn’t hit cleanup, just that I don’t think it’s so obvious.

  282. Wilson March 9th, 2009 at 12:16 am

    Mexico wasted Vasquez’s grandslam :<

  283. Brandon, Mr.Pringles: 'It's an acquired skill to play hard' March 9th, 2009 at 12:24 am

    Oli Perez gave them nothing, Jorge Vasquez put them on his back and now it’s the 7th inning Mexico doesn’t have it to come back, thier crowd sounds like a Yankee crowd when they strand runners for 6 innings now.

  284. Betsy March 9th, 2009 at 12:26 am

    The Cody thread isn’t working for me, either……Here’s some more good stuff:

    http://www.nj.com/yankees/index.ssf/…her_aj_bu.html

    Burnett said he felt physically strong and successfully mixed his curveball in for strikes. But he said his primary focus during the spring will remain honing his fastball.
    “I want to establish the No.1, that’s my bread and butter,” Burnett said. “I threw a lost of fastballs today, but that’s what I do. I get ahead with the fastballs. That’s one of my main goals this spring is to get that down and away locked in.”

  285. Peter Abraham March 9th, 2009 at 12:26 am

    i have no idea why comments weren’t allowed on the last post but the IT guys fixed it.

    tell me next time. Sorry about that.

  286. dan 771 March 9th, 2009 at 12:27 am

    Just a hiccup like the DR with the NEDS… Meixco is the superior team and will win the pool

    they got their wakeup call. too much talent on the mexico team

  287. Betsy March 9th, 2009 at 12:29 am

    http://www.nj.com/yankees/index.ssf/…k_yankees.html

    Tex is obsessive-compulsive, too…..yet another reason for me to like him, lol!

  288. Brandon, Mr.Pringles: 'It's an acquired skill to play hard' March 9th, 2009 at 12:33 am

    next pg.


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