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It’s one game, calm down

Posted by: Peter Abraham - Posted in Misc on Apr 07, 2009 Print This Post Print This Post | Email This Post Email This Post

Just a suggestion:

One game does not provide remotely enough evidence to write a “Here is what is wrong with the Yankees” comment on the blog.

They played a nice crisp game on Opening Day a year ago, beating the Blue Jays 3-2. How did that work out for them? Calm down, it’s one game.

Cesar Izturis came to the plate in the eighth inning having hit one home run in his previous 1,221 at-bats. So because he hit one out he’s going to be an All-Star this season?

Game 2 isn’t until Wednesday. Try not to jump off a bridge before then.

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102 Responses to “It’s one game, calm down”

  1. Leaping Tom April 7th, 2009 at 1:49 am

    It’s a disaster. They needed Manny and failed to sign him. They also needed Derek Lowe and failed to sign him. Also they needed to move Derek Jeter to the bullpen and Joba can’t throw 105mph so he’s got to go NOW while he still has some trade value. The season is OVER — OVER.

  2. Thomas A. Anderson April 7th, 2009 at 1:50 am

    Peter, for that to happen, you would have to expect that Yankee fans exhibit patience, reason, and sensibility.

    You know better than that.

  3. m April 7th, 2009 at 1:52 am

    Can’t we push some of these guys off the bridge? :P

  4. m April 7th, 2009 at 1:54 am

    The Chicken Littles. Not the players.

  5. J April 7th, 2009 at 2:02 am

    I was so disappointed with Rasom,Cano and Posoda.
    I really wish A-Rod come back soon.

  6. G. Love April 7th, 2009 at 2:03 am

    I actually thought Girardi managed a nice game. I had no issues with any of his decisions.

    Players just didn’t execute at bat or with pitches.

    As for a bitter taste, it felt a bit like one of those Rasner specials from last season.

    That said, I loved seeing Gardner create a run and then see Jeter work the hit and run with him. All good stuff.

    I also loved seeing Jorge and Matsui rip HR’s like they did.

    I’m not being Pollyanna here but I’m not up in arms over the loss.

    They fought their way back to w/in a run and Coke giving up the HR was karmic payback for Jeffrey Maier since I think Damon would have definitely snared it.

    On a side note, I wish we had a position for Swisher. I liked his energy and the fact that he went the other way. Anyone comparing him to Giambi is way off. Giambi hasn’t hit a ball like that to LF since his last stint in Oakland.

  7. Nick April 7th, 2009 at 2:09 am

    In my opinion, the team did fine. CC had an off-night (hopefully it’s a rare occurrence) and the team missed a few plays here or there. They scored 5 runs, Girardi managed well, and the bullpen held up (for the most part). No worries – it’ll be a good season.

  8. Nick in SF in Lake Tahoe April 7th, 2009 at 2:12 am

    I am displeased with the result but I’m going to try to hang on ’til Wednesday.

    Coming to Lake Tahoe was clearly a mistake.

  9. Elizabeth April 7th, 2009 at 2:15 am

    We go through this every year.

    It didn’t help, though, that some idiot posted this article in Bleacher/Report that ended up in my Twitter feed:

    http://bleacherreport.com/arti.....er-unfolds

    The line about the chemistry in the Boston clubhouse made me laugh.

  10. Melky Fan April 7th, 2009 at 2:16 am

    G. Love, I remember Pollyanna. Those were great posts.

  11. Nick in SF in Lake Tahoe April 7th, 2009 at 2:22 am

    Maybe Twitter isn’t the answer after all.

  12. thisguy April 7th, 2009 at 2:23 am

    my concern before the season was the bullpen…my concern now is the bullpen…

    …i am also leaning towards the idea that when a big man who has had oblique problems in the past, has to wear a heating pad on his rib cage between innings on a fairly warm day, he is, in fact, hurt.

    CC’s fastball actually hit 88 at one point. It should be a steady 94. Not to mention he couldn’t locate.

    His velocity and location seemed fine in spring training, which makes it even more likely he is hurt. Unless he has a dead arm, his velocity shouldn’t dip 6 mph.

    This is not a time to panic, even if CC goes on the DL for a month. It is a long, long season and I would be more concerned with our bullpen in the long run.

    People have been pretending for far too long that our bullpen is okay when clearly it has a lot of questions. There are relievers who have to step up in order for it to be okay. Outside of Mo, there are no sure bets in this pen. Problem is, it’s hard to find those sure bets. There just aren’t that many shut down relievers.

    The yanks should be fine. And seriously…are there people actually worried about Tex already?

    Predictions:

    1) Marte is the second lefty in the pen to come into a game, Coke is the main lefty.
    2) Bruney isn’t used for important innings/spots
    3) CC is currently hurt (mildly)
    4) Tex will be fine: 292-32-121
    5) Yanks win the division, Rays win the wild card.

  13. Elizabeth--Team Melky April 7th, 2009 at 2:24 am

    *Maybe Twitter isn’t the answer after all.*

    The Twitter gods have betrayed me.

  14. DocBooch April 7th, 2009 at 2:25 am

    What a clunker today, let’s see how they respond on Tuesday. Their spring started really shaky until they put it together and dominated. They looked too tense from pitchers to batters today.

    I think Wanger is going to show us how you handle your first game of the year. CC will get his rythm, he, undocumented as much as Tex, is a notoriously slow starter.

    I’ve been tracking CC for the past two years when I figured the Yanks would have them in their radar and his first month has been awful. I’ll still take him over Johan.

  15. G. Love April 7th, 2009 at 2:40 am

    I’m not concerned about the bullpen at all if the starters give us length as they should.

    The problem this team has had for the past few years is the starters stink and are usually out sometime in the 5th and the bullpen is constantly being asked to hold the score while the offense is asked to catch up because the starters have stunk.

    That was a pattern last season and it can’t/shouldn’t happen again this season.

    If CC pitches his game and gets us into the 7th then our pen is more situational and more effective.

    Bruney was garbage today, but he’ll get straightened out. If he plays that whole walk the ballpark routine again this season he’s going to start breaking chairs in the clubhouse again on his way out.

    He’s better than that. Pete said it best when he mentioned it looked like Bruney was trying to throw the ball through a brick wall again instead of pitch.

    The pen has talent. It just needs the starting staff to go more than 5 innings a night.

  16. Bobby CC April 7th, 2009 at 2:43 am

    That said, I loved seeing Gardner create a run and then see Jeter work the hit and run with him. All good stuff.

    I also loved seeing Jorge and Matsui rip HR’s like they did.

    ____________________

    Exactly. I am far from am optimistic Yankee fan (not pessimistic, just very superstitious) but I took more positives from today’s game than negatives. The pitching staff struggled. CC couldn’t find the plate, and it reminded me of Mo Rivera in April of 2007 when he couldn’t find the plate. No matter what team you are playing, you are facing major league hitters and they will make you pay.

    Bruney is overthrowing like it is 2007 (thanks Pete), and CC is walking guys like it is 2001. To say these are “problems” and things that should concern me on DAY ONE is crazy (ESPECIALLY after they weren’t problems last season….well, Bruney does need to cut down on BB’s, but he can be UN-hittable). They can be fixed by tomorrow, or they can be fixed within a few outings. Now this is a division where you can’t give away games, but to panic after game 1 of 162 is absurd….

  17. Corey April 7th, 2009 at 2:56 am

    There’s a few things that happened in this game that could have caused the Yankees to win…. 1) Johnny Damons triple….that could have easily been an in the park HR, he didnt start bursting until he was halfway to second base. 2) Xavier Nadys awful rounding of third base…..he may have actually scored if he just kept running. 3) Clearly fan interference on that Izturis HR.

    If anything…for the yankees to keep it at 6-5 til that controversial HR by Izturis….with Sabathia having one of his worst outings of his career….thats impressive enough for me on Opening Day. If anything everyone should be excited besides the loss…Posada and Matsui looked healthy. Thats more important to the seasons outcome than going 0-1

  18. Boston Dave April 7th, 2009 at 3:02 am

    the fact that people are even discussing the Yankees prospects for the (entire) season based on one game is funny.

    there is ZERO need to say that you “still believe” in the team. even saying that is ridiculous because of how unnecessary it is.

    as Pete said, it’s one damn game.

  19. E-gawa April 7th, 2009 at 3:35 am

    If anyone DOES decide to jump off a bridge.. I’ll be happy to take any Yankees tickets that you were able to afford this season?

  20. Ed H. April 7th, 2009 at 4:59 am

    One down, 161 to play.

    I’m glad they got that game out of their system.

  21. Pat April 7th, 2009 at 5:53 am

    The pen is awful. As bruney showed all spring.

  22. Brandon ( I Love Me Some Me), Clyde on Mike Taylor: "Round and round I go, where I stop nobody knows..." April 7th, 2009 at 6:02 am

    Waking up for work and I read Jose Canseco 90 % sure Manny Ramirez is on the list.

    Now I’m going to take my coffee and get ready for work. :?

  23. Brandon ( I Love Me Some Me), Clyde on Mike Taylor: "Round and round I go, where I stop nobody knows..." April 7th, 2009 at 6:03 am

    ‘The pen is awful. As bruney showed all spring.’

    The pen will be fine, get some coffee yourself. :)

  24. jb April 7th, 2009 at 6:28 am

    They left runners on base every inning. Not good, but they were on, they had their chances to score and still win this game. Offense was bad last year. CC was off to an awful start last year and has had slow starts in the past, big deal, one game. The bullpen will be fine as well. This is all quite funny to me. They have Wang and Burnett coming up and could easily take 2 of 3. Although I will disclose than Burnett I don’t believe pitches well in Baltimore so can’t wait to see what happens if he has a poor outing. Game 1 in the books. Look at it one way, we will be tied with the Rays or Sox and a game behind the other at the end of today. Cheer up, life isn’t so bad. Baseball is back !!

  25. joey April 7th, 2009 at 6:59 am

    no one is writing off the yankees. its just that when you dish out the cash to someone that is supposed to be an ace and he stinks it up, it’s curious.. especially about a pitcher that didn’t exactly do well in the american leauge last year, and is an x factor for the yanks…this obviously doesn’t write off CC either, but there is no reason why a perfectly heathy 161 mil$ pitcher cannot beat baltimore…..

    a red sox fan

  26. TimStoddardOwnsYou April 7th, 2009 at 7:20 am

    Curious eh? Unreal. John Heyman must be feeding you lines now, as per his comments on SI.com this morning about the Yankees not getting their return for the money invested in CC and Tex. Give me a break.

  27. TGFizeek April 7th, 2009 at 7:23 am

    It is hilarious that Pete has to take the role of consoling parent to some of his readers.
    This is a marathon, not a sprint.

  28. whatever April 7th, 2009 at 7:32 am

    This bullpen is not going to be fine. The five guys not named Mo are a joke. Who’s in charge of the 8th inning? Or is it what or I don’t know? Cashman will spend the better part of the year trying to figure his little oversight out. The solutions are in the minors and on other teams right now, they’re not here.

  29. Bill Porter April 7th, 2009 at 7:33 am

    Pete, maybe you could share that good advice to calm down with Bill Madden and the rest of the NY Metro press squad. After surveying their daily contribution to the morning’s dreck one might think the venom they sprayed would be reserved for the Yankees if they had hired Bernie Madoff’s kids to run the employee pension program. The Yankees simply lost a dreary game on a dreary day in Baltimore on APRIL FREAKING 6TH. Imagine how agitated they’ll be when the Yankees dump a game in September; I see a peptic ulcer or two on the way for these poor fish wrap peddlers if they don’t calm down.

  30. Rob NY -- 2009 The Road to Redemption April 7th, 2009 at 7:33 am

    I laughed and agree that yesterday definitely looked like a Rasner special from last year. In fact it looked like the last game I saw at the old stadium in August. Yanks fought back but then gave it up. Everybody has a few stinkers in them so that CC tossed one isn’t a huge surprise. I just hated that they were leaving men in scoring position stranded, that sucks.

    Oh, and I think that we need to just go ahead and ban the word ‘velocity’ from the blog. CC was throwing his 2 seamer ALOT which is why he was throwing in the low 90s. But now we have to hear that he’s hurt? Joba’s mechanics are broken too, check the videos on youtube.

    :rollseyes:

  31. Vincent April 7th, 2009 at 7:46 am

    Cano working the count to 3-2 then smacking it for a hit was great. I want to see more of that.

  32. Doreen April 7th, 2009 at 7:46 am

    G. Love -

    Loved your post. Right on (of course, ’cause I feel exactly the same way! :lol: ).

    Pete -

    Did you ever realize you’d need to be a pyschologist when you started this whole blog adventure?? :)

    I don’t feel nearly as bad about yesterday as I thought I might. I plan to avoid all sports talk radio today and tomorrow – ’cause they’re bad for your mental health when the Yankees don’t win.

    Loved Gardner yesterday. Gritty, Gutty, Brett Gardner. I’ve officially been won over by him.

  33. Vincent April 7th, 2009 at 7:47 am

    Cano also had a quick flip to make sure they got Izturis for a DP. Liked that too.

  34. Rob NY -- 2009 The Road to Redemption April 7th, 2009 at 7:47 am

    And btw, the bullpen will be one of the better bullpens in the league despite the fact that some of my fellow lohudders didn’t know their names before they got to the big team. Who was the closer for the Rays last year? This year? Okay well they went to the ship and are predicted to go again, and our pen is better in the back end. The 8th inning? Who cares? It’s one inning and we have the best rotation in the AL. A lefty or two coming up, toss out Marte (still like him better than the young Coke for the pressure spots this early). A righty, it’ll be Veras or Bruney. They’re just as good as anybody who was available not named Putz or Rodriguez this year, so hold onto your hats and enjoy the ride.
    This is New York Yankee flight 2009 a 162 game flight to the post season.
    Please note that the emergency exits are clearly marked with red exit signs on both sides of the aircraft. The are 8 exits : 2 at the front, 4 at the middle and 2 at the rear of the cabin. If at anytime you feel concerned over the following topics please find one of the exits, and jump: The 8th inning, Joba’s velocity, CC’s velocity, A-Rod’s antics, or a 1 game losing streak. Thank you for your attention.

  35. Yanksgal07 April 7th, 2009 at 7:51 am

    I was at the game yesterday so I never had time to read any comments yesterday …long day. Seriously, people are complaining after just ONE game? If those people are going to jump off a bridge after ONE game ..please do…who needs to hear such nonsense after just ONE game. A lot of the Baltimore fans were rubbing it in but to give them their due most were saying thanks because this would be the most fun for them this year. I actually had a few say …”please beat Boston because since they won they are the most obnoxious fans in the world”. I loved that statement.. :o).

    SOOOOOOOO…it’s ONE game. Put down the guns, the razor blades, the sleeping pills..at least till they lose 5 in a row…

    One thing ..they were BRUTAL to Tex. I was saying the same thing as Pete to some of the fans I talked to …”Did they really expect him to sign with Balti”? Their answer …no but the booing was part of the fun besides the win.

    Try to remember …we have another 161 games to go…

    Go Yankees 2009 !!!

  36. Garym(Yanks and More) April 7th, 2009 at 7:56 am

    CC had a off day bottom line. Your starting pitcher sets the tone for the game, we have wang and AJ up next, they all won’t have bad games, if we go out there and win the next couple I am sure people will forget this one, just chill out we got a long way to go.

  37. Doreen April 7th, 2009 at 8:00 am

    One more thing – I think Bruney will be fine, but I’m not worried even if he isn’t. They have some depth in the bullpen, and the Scranton Shuttle will be utilized.

    Yanksgal07 -

    The fans in Baltimore must have really had fun yesterday! :lol: The Orioles management must have felt good about the common bond that was forged among the fans with regard to Tex. Teixeira had expected booing, but I wonder if he realized just how loud it could get. I read that they had a sell-out crowd there yesterday – and it was mostly hometowners as opposed to the usual Yankees crowds they get there (thanks, apparently, to the Opening Day ticket package that “discouraged” out-of-town Yankees fans.)

  38. able 21 April 7th, 2009 at 8:02 am

    It is incredible. I woke up and still love the Yankees chances to win it all this season. What is wrong with me that I don’t agree with the negativity floating in the air?

  39. Steve B April 7th, 2009 at 8:06 am

    “CC had a off day bottom line.”

    CC’s a sandwich guy. Not very good in April and October but eats up everything in between.

  40. Steve B April 7th, 2009 at 8:09 am

    “(thanks, apparently, to the Opening Day ticket package that “discouraged” out-of-town Yankees fans.)”

    In fairness, I think that was more about encouraging O’s fans to get to some games. I believe the O’s drew 40K or more only 13 times last year. 11 of those were Boston and the Yankees. 1 was Opening Day and inexplicably, the last was a game against the Pirates.

  41. Yanksgal07 April 7th, 2009 at 8:10 am

    Doreen…

    Yes …lots of Orioles fans yesterday due to the packages I guess. I go to a few games in Balti every season and it’s usually Yankee Stadium of the South …many more
    Yankee fans. Very few were very nasty during the game… most of the fans were good natured. The few who got in our face with the Yankee sucks chants were responded to by my daughter with “enjoy fifth place” to which most agreed and just said they wanted to enjoy the moment since they didn’t expect too many. This is where Yankee fans should learn to appreciate what they have and the fact that they are always competitive and give us exciting seasons…not seasons where you just accept you are going to lose like Balti & the Nats.

    Anyway ..as I said ..it’s just ONE game …let’s see what happens after the other 161.

    Time for work …have a good one …

    Go Yankees 2009 !!!

  42. Doreen April 7th, 2009 at 8:13 am

    Steve B -

    Yes, and I think it was a smart thing for the Orioles to do. It didn’t hurt, though, that it had the side benefit of ensuring that the opening day crowd would be more likely to be cheering for the home team. :)

  43. Yanksgal07 April 7th, 2009 at 8:14 am

    One thing I think led to CC’s failure …he probably was distracted by that great aroma waffling in toward the pitcher’s mound from Boogs..lol. I bet he could’t wait to get out of the game to order him some bbq… :o). Seriously..CC will be just fine ..let him get his bad game out of the way right away. Heck…I believe he had four bad starts last year to begin the season and look how he finished…

    Yankee fans …one word to remember …Patience

    Go Yankees 2009

  44. HANK S April 7th, 2009 at 8:15 am

    WE NEED TO TRADE FOR ROY HALLADAY!! HE’S A WARRIOR. I KNEW CASHMAN DIDN’T DO ENOUGH TO PREVENT THIS COLOSSAL FAILURE OF A BALLCLUB. WE’LL BE BETTER IN 2010…..MARK MY WORDS.

  45. RussB April 7th, 2009 at 8:19 am

    CC and Tex will be fine… but the bullpen???

  46. Steve B April 7th, 2009 at 8:19 am

    Doreen:

    My guess is Opening Day would have been a home crowd either way. Think things may be a little bit back to normal tomorrow. Ideally, Yankees fans would want the 3 series in Baltimore to be scheduled in June-September and over a weekend. Early April weekday series probably won’t be quite the draw for Yankees fans that summer weekenders are, but I suspect they are much more a presence today and tomorrow.

  47. Steve B April 7th, 2009 at 8:20 am

    Actually, that’s tomorrow and Thursday.

  48. DT April 7th, 2009 at 8:26 am

    I drove to the bridge, saw the long line – and was told there was a two hour wait to jump.

    Not having that kind of patience, I just headed for the nearest puddle.

  49. jennifer April 7th, 2009 at 8:29 am

    Yogi, Bernie to appear on TV special
    By Bryan Hoch / MLB.com
    04/06/09 5:22 PM ET

    BALTIMORE — Yogi Berra and Bernie Williams will visit living rooms across America on Tuesday, appearing as special guests on QVC’s “Yankee Stadium: The Inaugural Season” program.

    Broadcast live from Yankee Stadium, the Yankees legends will appear from 8-10 p.m. ET, promoting Stadium items, collectibles, apparel and autographed items.

    One specially packaged set available for sale will include the new book “The Final Season: The Official Retrospective,” signed by Williams, a commemorative Final Season logo patch and Williams’ new upcoming album, “Moving Forward.”

    The authors of “The Final Season,” Al Santasiere and Mark Vancil, will also be signing copies of the book at Mickey Mantle’s Restaurant in New York City on April 16 — the day of the Yankees’ home opener — from 5:30-8 p.m.

  50. jennifer April 7th, 2009 at 8:30 am

    I really don’t get O’s fans. Why do they think Tex owned it to them to sign there. Just because it was his hometown. Earth to O’s fans your team is garbage, why would he sign there?

  51. jennifer April 7th, 2009 at 8:32 am

    I think it is hysterical when a team that has been under .500 for how many years (?) Chants Yankees suck. funny pot meet kettle.

  52. Doreen April 7th, 2009 at 8:32 am

    Steve B -

    Absolutely. We’ve gone to Baltimore to see games – on a weekend in the summer weather, of course. Much nicer than raw weather in April. And there’s no way we could make the trip on a weekday (school, work, you know??). And I think, generally, Baltimore welcomes the Yankees crowd. The entire city benefits, at least if our little family is any indication. It’s a great time.

  53. jennifer April 7th, 2009 at 8:36 am

    doreen- So true, hotels are booked at rack rate, bars crowded. They hate us, yet love our money.

  54. randy l. April 7th, 2009 at 8:36 am

    now that the games count, we’ll get to see what this team is all about. it’ll take a month of real games to come to some conclusions. and even then , it’ll still be early. i didn’t get to see a lot of the game but nady quitting on that play at third when he could have gotten in a run down really bothered me. it looked like his instinct was to quit and give up. i realize it’s one play, but in my mind that puts a watch on him in my mind.

    to me that was even worse than not running out a ground ball . if he’s not talked to by the coaching staff, then i wonder about the coaching staff.

    i go into these games being skeptical that the team is as good on the field as it is on paper so when i see a player dog it like nady did, it gets my attention. if i’m the manager swisher or anyone else besides nady gets the next start to send a message.

  55. Betsy April 7th, 2009 at 8:40 am

    Tim, are you kidding me? Did Heyman really say that about CC and Tex? My god, how do these people get jobs? I may listen to Michael Kay today, but he’s the only one – I’m not reading the papers and I’m not listening to WFAN. Last night I was upset and disappointed, but some of the comments were just not to be believed.

    CC just had absolutely nothing – how many times is that going to happen? There will be days when his stuff is mediocre and he can fight through it. Last night was not one of those nights- and Roy Halladay won a game giving up 5 runs in 7 innings.

  56. S.A.--It's a marathon, not a sprint April 7th, 2009 at 8:44 am

    Game 2 isn’t until Wednesday. Try not to jump off a bridge before then.

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

    Please. Let those that are ready to jump after 1 game..jump.
    I’ll even help push :P

  57. Betsy April 7th, 2009 at 8:45 am

    The one thing I am concerned with is the offense because it looked like the same old team, just with different players. They only know how to score runs via the HR – they still can’t get the runner home from 3rd with less than two outs. This is going to cost them big time in this division. I feel like I have to temper my excitement now because their offense is just going to be hit or miss all year, like last year.

    I did love Nick Swisher coming in cold and hitting that sweet double……..

  58. SJ44 April 7th, 2009 at 8:48 am

    The gameday threads have become a joke. Pete ought to rename them Bridge Jumpers Central.

    Add to it the post-game thread in which the morons adopt the screen names of the regulars to post their swill and the blog becomes unreadable after Yankee losses.

    There are ways around this problem. Unfortunately, it seems the newspaper is more excited about the number of posts, regardless of who they are from, than of the quality of the blog.

    A few of us regulars were talking about it last night and we may just avoid the game and post-game threads altogether and restrict our comments to morning and off day threads.

    We figure the 12 year olds will (hopefully) be in school and it will also cut down the amount of fakes who come into the blog posting under the regulars names.

    If nothing else, it will give Pete a way to track those down who turn the blog into mush on a given day.

    Anybody, and I mean anybody, who is trying to draw conclusions after ONE game about this team really should find another hobby because baseball ain’t cuttin’ it for you. You are simply not intelligent enough to be giving your thoughts to anybody about the team.

    Its one thing to be disappointed over a loss. Its another thing to go off the deep end (as we saw in the gameday and post-game threads) and lose your mind over one game.

    Its yet another reason why the baseball world laughs at Yankee fans.

    For those in a professional capacity (some members of the media) who are doing it? Resign or take the buyout from your sinking ship and do something else with your life because you lose ALL credibility by going into panic mode after one day of the baseball season.

  59. Betsy April 7th, 2009 at 8:50 am

    Bob Klapisch – disheartening and embarrassing.

  60. bdog375 April 7th, 2009 at 8:50 am

    I though we looked very good yesterday. Given the debuts we had everything else looked fundamentally solid. CC is no good on opening days, then add the pressure of a new team and contract. Tex had the fans ripping him hard. Otherwise, the team looked focused and ready for the season.

  61. jennifer April 7th, 2009 at 8:52 am

    Betsy- I read the title of his article and didn’t even bother reading it. All it will do is make me angry.

  62. Betsy April 7th, 2009 at 8:56 am

    SJ, your last paragraph says it all. I just (for some reason, I have no idea) took a quick look at Klapisch’s article (Money for Nothing – lol) and he makes it sound like the Yankees are going to fall apart. I wasn’t in the clubhouse, but why do I think the Yankees weren’t falling apartlast night? I’m sure they were disappointed and annoyed with themselves for not doing better, but this team is not made of glass. It’s ONE game. I still think the fact that this team honestly likes each other (the pre-game fistbumping was cool and so was the laughing as Tex got booed) is going to be an asset as we hit the dog days.

  63. randy l. April 7th, 2009 at 8:56 am

    “I drove to the bridge, saw the long line – and was told there was a two hour wait to jump.
    Not having that kind of patience, I just headed for the nearest puddle.”

    DT-

    maybe anti depressants should be handed out to yankee fans in the month of april because they haven’t been so great in recent years. one loss and people feel like here we go again.

  64. Steve B April 7th, 2009 at 8:56 am

    Couple game 1 thoughts:

    Anyone think Gardner had a little Abreu-itis on that double by Roberts in the 5th? Loved the double play throw, though Mora looked pretty safe.

    On the Izturis homer, anyone else impressed by how much ground Damon covered getting back to the wall. He was almost at deep short and got there.

    Cano had some nice AB’s and made some plays. A bright spot in an otherwise tough day.

    Arod can’t get back soon enough.

    For a day anyway, everything we thought we knew about the pitching was wrong. Sabathia will be fine. The pen, non closer division? Don’t know. Power arms abound, but none besides Marte who have proven anything on the big stage. Bronx bullpen probably isn’t the easiest place to build a resume, but that’s what they’re up against. Big opportunity to keep the Yankees in the game was blown. Still think that will be the exception rather than the rule, but there’s room for a little concern there.

  65. Betsy April 7th, 2009 at 8:57 am

    Jen, you were smart. In any case, I’m simply not reading any other articles. I’ll get my Yankee stuff from Michael Kay. Everyone is just drooling over the Yankees loss like mad dogs…….and that doesn’t interest me at all

  66. Patrick April 7th, 2009 at 9:04 am

    randy good point about Nady. I was listening on the radio so I didn’t realize he gave up. I’m a Swisher fan myself and I think he should be starting instead of Nady. I liked Swisher’s at-bat (obviously) but he also looked really psyched and tried to get his team into it. That is pretty cool considering he’d been on the bench all day and only got a few minutes of game action.

    Also, the problem with Yankee fans is that there are so many of us. I think every fan base has some silly fans that expect their team to win every game and get suicidal when it doesn’t happen. The problem here is that the Yankees are so popular they attract a lot of people that don’t really know much about baseball. If a bad play happens these people overreact instead of realizing that there are 162 games and thousands of other plays yet to happen.

    I have friends that don’t follow baseball at all but when the Yankees have an especially bad loss they always seem to know about it. Baseball is not football, one loss does not mean the end of a season.

  67. DT April 7th, 2009 at 9:04 am

    Here is an idea. Maybe the best of both worlds.

    LoHud wants their hits on the blog – I don’t blame them,
    it’s a revenue stream.

    Dedicated bloggers don’t want to have their usernames hijacked and don’t want to read the drab from trolls and bridge jumpers.

    Make registration optional. Names that are registered are either bolded or given a different name color. (like what happens when you enter a website with your comment)

    The drive-by’s can still post – but their name won’t be highlighted.

    LoHud gets their hits. Bloggers don’t get their name hijacked.

  68. DT April 7th, 2009 at 9:06 am

    “maybe anti depressants should be handed out to yankee fans in the month of april because they haven’t been so great in recent years. one loss and people feel like here we go again.”

    If we do that – let me know. I’ll load up on pharmacuetical stocks….lol

  69. David April 7th, 2009 at 9:08 am

    Tell that to Sam Borden. His article on CC was a steaming pile.

  70. SJ44 April 7th, 2009 at 9:11 am

    Betsy,

    In the “old” days (when I was younger), you would read columnists to gain perspective on sports topics about on a given day. From the good columnists at least, you actually learned things from their columns to better understand the athletes and whichever sport they were writing about in their column.

    Nowadays, mainly because the newspaper industry is in dire straits, they appeal to the bridgejumpers. Its not about perspective anymore.

    Its about instant analysis, mostly negative, because their company surveys have shown that gains eyeballs.

    We can take an unscientific survey just from this blog to support the analysis.

    We had about 1600 posts between the gamethread and the post-game thread yesterday. After a Yankee win (believe me bridgejumpers, they will win a game this year), check out the number of posts in the gameday and post-game threads. I bet it won’t be near 1600. Negative “sells”, even in the blog world.

    Unfortunately, when you are in a dying industry, you do what you have to do to gain eyeballs and that’s what many newspapers and their columnists are doing these days.

    That has made the quality of sportswriting, once the hallmark of many great American newspapers, take a steep decline downward in recent years.

    Too often, its just emotional swill that could have been written (with less pristine grammar of course) by any of the bridgejumpers who took over the blog last night.

    Its a shame because younger fans don’t get any real perspective from reading columnists anymore. Its just better packaged swill and nothing more.

    That’s why blogs, more accurately, the QUALITY of blogs, are important to me. If a well run, quality blog falls apart because of the bridgejumpers, where do the non-reactionary fans go for perspective? They lose the opportunity to have solid, interactive experiences with other fans and discussions reduce themselves to idiot levels.

    As in reading today’s columns for example.

    Nobody is advocating going “pollyanna”. However, to declare acquisitions “busts” after ONE game is the height of stupidity.

    Its not offering an opinion. Its appealing to the morons in the fan base to get eyeballs to your story and nothing more.

    I say this because I can assure you, Joel Sherman, Bob Klapisch and Bill Madden, unlike some of the people who will parrot their stories today, really do understand the dynamics of a baseball season, regardless of their personal biases.

    They are just doing what they are doing in the hopes to get enough eyeballs to their stories to keep their papers afloat.

    Its a shame its gotten to that point but, that’s another discussion for another day.

  71. Patrick April 7th, 2009 at 9:12 am

    One thing that did trouble me last night was Ransom’s fielding. Maybe it was just opening day jitters but if he fields like that until A-rod is back, we have a problem. His job is to make all the plays an average 3B should make and hit above .200. That’s it.

    Suzyn Waldman was saying all last night how good Ransom usually is in the field. Where did this idea come from? I don’t think he’s known as being a really fantastic fielder..

  72. JohnBlacksox (24 + 1) April 7th, 2009 at 9:15 am

    I think it’s natural to be bummed out by yesterday’s game in that it looked so much like last year’s clunkers. Untimely hitting, bad baserunning, etc.

    If CC had pitched great, and Tex hit, and they lost, it would have been more of a positive.

    I think they’ll have to find a way to get Swisher into more games.

  73. Ed Rieger April 7th, 2009 at 9:24 am

    Instead of saying what needs to be fixed after 1 game, ill point out what went wrong, etc

    What went wrong :
    1 – Starting pitcher, CC, had no command, thus giving up 6 runs. Although bad, with the yankees lineup, can be made up, as long as nothing else goes wrong.
    2 – “8th” inning guys did not do their JOB, specfically BRUNEY and MARTE (4 runs in the 8th, 2 a cheap homer off of Coke)
    3 – Yankees seemed to leave alot of runners on base
    4 – Nady gets tagged out after rounding 3rd. Not sure if this was Nadys fault or the 3rd base coach.

    What went right-
    1 – Posada and Matsui both went yard. Which is a good sign
    2 – Gardner threw someone out at the plate
    3 – Jeter had 3 hits, although 1 hit may have been a double play if the hit and run wasnt on, and another one resulted in Nady getting tagged out after rounding 3rd.
    4 – Albadajo pitched well, keeping the yankees in the game untill the 8th inning guys didnt do their job.

  74. Joekuh April 7th, 2009 at 9:27 am

    like the registration optional idea. SJ44, your post is ABOSLUTELY right. But am I the only one who died laughing at Nick’s DX-style celebration on the bench after he hit the double? :D the man is pure energy out there, LOL.

  75. randy l. April 7th, 2009 at 9:32 am

    even if every comment was a good one during games, there would too many to read. trolls and craziness don’t bother me that much because i have my list of people i pay attention to that has developed over time.

    it would be nice to use a filter that could be activated during games to see only the posters you’ve decided to look at. i have my own filter, but a real one would make it easier on the eyes.

    we’re all used to using filters when we look up a players stats. surely the tech people could make a filter where you put in all the users who you want to see. it could be a list of any number of posters. just keep adding to your list or subtract someone you don’t want to see.

    in the meantime, i recommend just using your own filter.

  76. hokiehill April 7th, 2009 at 9:35 am

    Remember that CC had a slow start last season but look how well his year ended up. I think I heard yesterday that he started 1-3 (or 1-4) with an ERA over 7 in his first few starts…just needs to get into the swing of the season and he’ll be fine. he admitted to being nervous and rightfully so, but I’ll still put money on him having a very strong year.

    Come on A.J.!

  77. hokiehill April 7th, 2009 at 9:41 am

    One thing that had me giddy yesterday was Jeter’s first lead off at bat of the season…working the count up to 8 pitches and getting a base knock! that’s the kind of scrappy/pesky at bat we need to start the game with.

  78. GreenBeret7 April 7th, 2009 at 9:44 am

    You can’t blame Nady or Thompson for that play at third. The ball was ticketed for center field unto Izturis knocked it down. By that time, Nady was nearly at third and Thompson tried to hold him up. It was a good play by Izturis, not somebody’s screw-up.

    Albaladejo gave up two hits in an inning and a third. He pitched well to work around them, but, he didn’t pitch well. I’ll settle for working around the issues.

  79. pat April 7th, 2009 at 9:45 am

    Things that make you say Hmmm….

    People seem more confused by O’s fans booing Tex than they do by Yankee fans booing Yankees.

  80. GreenBeret7 April 7th, 2009 at 9:45 am

    center field ***until*** Izturis

  81. pat April 7th, 2009 at 9:47 am

    Patrick

    One place it might have come from is Cashman saying last week that Cody is a better defensive 3Bman than Alex.

  82. Doreen April 7th, 2009 at 9:49 am

    randy l -

    I find that works best – keeps my aggravation to a minimum. If it’s an unfamiliar person, I skim, make a decision and either continue or move on.

    You also learn the personalities to some extent of the people who are here regularly. You can tell when they’re having a good day or a bad day – and I’ll react to their posts accordingly. Some days, even we even-keeled people contribute to the venting/ranting, myself included.

    I usually give the game threads a chance – if they get too crazy, I take a break. There’s definitely better post-game analysis after a good night’s sleep so I do look forward to the next morning’s posts. The game threads often amount to yelling at your television set via the keyboard! Uncensored, knee-jerk reactions.

  83. Coach6423 April 7th, 2009 at 9:51 am

    I was encouraged.

    *Gardener was a spark plug. He does things that others simply can’t do.

    *Cano was Cano, Matsui was Matsui, Jorge was Jorge.

    *I think Tex earned his money on the pick of Jeter’s low throw, and on a stretch he made on the DP on Isturis.

    *Baltimores top 3 played the game of their life.

    *They battled.

    *Jeter, 3 hits out of the leadoff hole.

    They lost, I can’t believe they are not going to go 162-0….

  84. Doreen April 7th, 2009 at 9:52 am

    GreenBeret7 -

    Unfortunately, the camera caught Nady after the play nonchalantly taking his batting gloves off or adjusting them, or whatever. He looked non-plussed. But it was after the play had already happened.

  85. Just another handle. April 7th, 2009 at 9:53 am

    SJ44

    I appreciate your analysis of sports writers.

    I read a lot of OP/ED pieces from many newspapers around the country and the situation is the same there as well.

    This analysis can be further extrapolated to the “news” and personality driven talk shows who are more interested in hyping a story for it’s ratings value than actually giving their audience a comprehensive story or interview that provides context and/or perspective.

    Is this what the public wants? Or is this just what they think we want?

    To my mind it doesn’t seem to matter what we want or what the real story might be, better to continue with sound bites that drive us to the next commercial irregardless of the importance of FACTS!

    Nice analysis on your part that furthers the understanding of what is actually going on.

  86. hjcho April 7th, 2009 at 9:55 am

    As one of my patients once said, “This game is really important, because they only have 161 more left to play.”

  87. GreenBeret7 April 7th, 2009 at 10:03 am

    Doreen
    April 7th, 2009 at 9:52 am
    GreenBeret7 –
    Unfortunately, the camera caught Nady after the play nonchalantly taking his batting gloves off or adjusting them, or whatever. He looked non-plussed. But it was after the play had already happened.

    ————————————————————

    Yeah, but, it was just a play that happens. The last time he saw the ball, it was headed into center field and when he looked at Thompson waving at him, he turned towrds home, then the play was stopped. Anybody who has watched Nady very much realizes that he’s not exactly Paul O’Neill in the dugout. He’s not a ranter.

    As far as the camera goes, that’s all people will remember, “that he didn’t seem to care”. I also find it enormously hilarious that after one at bat, people want Swisher in right field. They’ll all (Nady, Swisher, Matsui and Damon) get 450+ at bats, unless one is traded. As long as they all hit, I’m happy.

  88. Doreen April 7th, 2009 at 10:08 am

    GB7 -

    If they hadn’t shown Nady at that particular point in time, I don’t really think (as many) people would be after his head. These plays happen quickly. For all intents and purposes, that ball looked like it had eyes and was going into CF. Itzuris made a really good play, Nady got caught. End of story, for me, anyway. But I don’t tend to look for evidence of nonchalance and I’m not looking for excuses for Nady to be benched in favor of Swisher.

  89. Coach6423 April 7th, 2009 at 10:24 am

    Wow, apparently ESPN thought we were going to go 162-0 as well, and were just waiting to have their mediocre writers print stories about how the Yankees big money players are busts as well. How do these people get jobs?

  90. Paul (click here) April 7th, 2009 at 10:30 am

    hehe

  91. JT April 7th, 2009 at 10:31 am

    The irony for me is that I have Phil Coke AND Cesar Izturis on my fantasy team. Coke was in my lineup, Izturis on the bench (of course). Seriously, what is that guy doing hitting a homerun? I was gettin all excited about Coke gettin the vulture win, just as I’d planned, then the guy I took at the end of the draft just to get me some steals every now and then homers! WTH? What are the chances Izturis hits a HR there? That’s baseball.

  92. Coach6423 April 7th, 2009 at 10:41 am

    Karma says chances were good. That should have been reviewed.

  93. Jorge Steinbrenner April 7th, 2009 at 10:45 am

    What all of you are saying is exactly the reason why I no longer post on here, or rarely even come and read the comments on this, or any other, Yankee blog.

    I found that, last season, my enjoyment of this team was less when I did. It was too disheartening for me to realize that so much of this fanbase is just as difficult to listen to than if I were to read, say, a Red Sox blog. I’d rather stick to people who know what they’re talking about. I don’t even have to agree with them. Those are in my own life, and not here.

    I’d love to see a place where people like SJ, G Love, Rebecca, etc. get to share opinions. Like others said, that’s up to LoHud. Until that day, I’ll continue to be an infrequent visitor (to the comments…..I read Pete 18 million times a day) and lurker.

  94. Jordan W. April 7th, 2009 at 10:47 am

    Every team loses 60 games.

  95. Tete April 7th, 2009 at 11:00 am

    I totally agree with you Pete. Everyone needs to calm down.

  96. sab April 7th, 2009 at 11:32 am

    I agree its only 1 game and at least on paper they will be better – but we had about 100 of these same games last year. Lack of timely hitting, mental errors in baserunning, costly blunders on the field, sub par pitching (starting and relief). I’m sure they will have more games like this again this year but when do you stop saying “its only one game” and start saying “same old team like last year”….and how long before you need to call Bruney into the managers office to inform him he’s on the scranton shuttle? He hasn’t shown anything since February – maybe he needs to GAIN some weight again…

    One last thing – is it against Yankee tradition to BUNT a run in with a guy on third and less than two outs?!?!?!?

  97. Bleemer J, April 7th, 2009 at 11:38 am

    It’s hilarious when the Yankees keep failing. The whole baseball world just laughs as the self-important Yankees can barely manage a third place finish despite having an obscene amount of money tied up in player salaries.

    I’m going to enjoy watching this team fail (again & again).

  98. JT April 7th, 2009 at 12:26 pm

    I was thinking Girardi should have pinch hit swisher for Nady. When Nady came up in that situation late in the game, it was an easy bet for a GIDP. Then he pinch hits Swish to start the next inning and gets a double. Obviously he wasn’t gauranteed a double the inning before, but I liked that matchup a lot better. Nady swings from his heels and is SLOW. You get a fastball in under his hands and he’ll ground out all day.

  99. Kevin April 7th, 2009 at 1:03 pm

    Just a reminder, the ’98 team started out 1-4. I’d say that worked out OK for them.

  100. Mitch April 7th, 2009 at 1:31 pm

    yeah it’s only one game. But big $$$ stater fails (see R. Johnson), big $$$ firstbaseman fails (see J. Giambi), on 3rd 1 out with no run (see last few seasons), bullpen fails to keep game at 1 run… you get my drift. I could hear Yogi saying it’s deja vu all over again. Not good karma to start season.

  101. Peri April 7th, 2009 at 2:18 pm

    Bla bla bla, yeah comparing Giambi and Johnson to Tex and Sabathia is fair. Come on. we can still go 161-1. this is why it’s hard to stand up for us Yankees fans sometimes.

  102. We Miss Paulie April 7th, 2009 at 8:48 pm

    Bleemer, you’re a dope.

    If you’re waiting for the Yankees to “keep failing”….keep waiting.

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