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Game 2: Yankees at Orioles

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YANKEES (0-1)
Jeter SS
Damon LF
Teixeira 1B
Matsui DH
Posada C
Cano 2B
Nady RF
Ransom 3B
Gardner CF

Pitching: RHP Chien-Ming Wang.

ORIOLES (1-0)
Roberts 2B
Jones CF
Markakis RF
Huff 1B
Mora 3B
Scott DH
Pie LF
Zaun C
Izturis SS

Pitching: RHP Koji Uehara.

Chien-Ming Wang (8-2, 4.07 in 2008) vs. the Baltimore hitters.

Koji Uehara (6-5, 3.81 for the Yomiuri Giants in 2008) has never faced any of the New York hitters.

IT’S POSSIBLE: According to extensive research done by LoHud Yankees Blog statisticians, it is possible for a team to recover from an 0-1 start and still make the playoffs.

OLD FRIENDS: According to the Elias Sports Bureau, SS Derek Jeter, C Jorge Posada and RHP Mariano Rivera became the first trio of Yankees to play together in each of 15 straight seasons (1995-2009) with Monday’s season-opening loss at Baltimore.

INTERNATIONAL FLAVA: The 2009 Yankees Opening Day roster featured players hailing from seven different countries (Dominican Republic, Japan, Mexico, Panama, Puerto Rico, Taiwan and the United States). Among Major League teams, only Atlanta (eight) has more countries represented on their roster. The Yankees’ total of 12 foreign-born players is tied with the Mets and Red Sox for the second-most in the Majors behind Seattle’s 15.

(The two previous notes were lifted off the Yankees’ notes)

WALKING MAN: Robinson Cano walked twice on Monday. It was only the 13th time in his career he has done that.

Sam Borden wrote a column for SNY.tv on Cano.

IF LOVING YOU IS WANG, I DON’T WANT TO BE RIGHT: CMW is 23-8 after a loss in his career. He is 3-1, 5.13 in eight starts against the Orioles and 2-0, 4.20 in four starts at Camden Yards.

More to come later.

UPDATE, 4:07 p.m.: CC said the mysterious heating pad he uses is to – get this – stay warm on cold days. Shocking.

UPDATE, 5:31 p.m.: Talked to A.J. Burnett, who lives 30 minutes from Camden Yards. He said he expects to be a little anxious before his first start as a Yankee tomorrow. “There will be some butterflies floating around in there,” he said. “There better be.”

CC threw in the bullpen today and worked on his fastball command. Contrary to some speculation, he is not injured. He simply was overthrowing and didn’t have command of his fastball. “I’m going to get it right,” he said. “It was one start.”

UPDATE, 5:40 p.m.: Here is the first part of Joe Girardi’s pre-game. He talks about Uehara, Burnett, CC, Joba and some other stuff.

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I was going to upload the A.J. Burnett interview but Nick Swisher was blaring In the Air Tonight in the background.

UPDATE, 7:24 p.m.: We’re underway in Baltimore. It’s 54 degrees and the Wanger is already on the hot seat, having allowed consecutive doubles by Jones, Markakis and Huff. It’s 2-0 O’s. Let the panic begin.

UPDATE, 7:42 p.m.: It’s 2-0 Baltimore in the middle of the second inning. I don’t see any way possible for the Yankees to win this game or any other game this season. 0-162. Unless there’s a forfeit. Than 1-161.

UPDATE, 7:54 p.m.: Teixeira’s career as a Yankee:

F-8
1-3
BB
P6
FC
P-5
P-6

Hey, he did hit one ball out of the infield. It’s not that bad.

UPDATE, 8:12 p.m.: The Yankees have played 12 innings this season and have left at least one runner on base in every one of them.

UPDATE, 8:36 p.m: Wang got crushed. Four doubles, a homer four singles, three walks and it’s 7-1 Baltimore. He was even worse than Sabathia.

Yankee starters have managed to go eight innings without a strikeout. That’s hard to do.

UPDATE, 8:44 p.m.: The combined line of the two starters this season:

8 innings, 17 hits, 13 earned runs, 8 walks, 0 strikeouts. That’s a 14.63 ERA, Yikes.

UPDATE, 8:51 p.m.: You know the bad news. Here is the good news: The last Yankees team to start 0-2 were the 1998 Yankees. They proceeded to win 114 of the remaining 160 games and rolled to the World Series. So maybe this is a good sign.

UPDATE,10:00 p.m.: No quit in these Yankees. Now Teixeira (0 for 9) gets another at-bat to try and keep the game going.

 
 

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1,015 Responses to “Game 2: Yankees at Orioles”

  1. Lara08 April 8th, 2009 at 3:32 pm

    “IT’S POSSIBLE: According to extensive research done by LoHud Yankees Blog statisticians, it is possible for a team to recover from an 0-1 start and still make the playoffs.”

    Can you pass this on to some of your professional brethren in sports journalism too? Some of those articles/ blogs were a bit much.

  2. Brad Pitt's better-looking brother April 8th, 2009 at 3:32 pm

    “IT’S POSSIBLE: According to extensive research done by LoHud Yankees Blog statisticians, it is possible for a team to recover from an 0-1 start and still make the playoffs.”

    - – - – -

    you might need to document that with some of these cliff-jumpers pete.

  3. JoeyA April 8th, 2009 at 3:32 pm

    And an 0-3 start can still produce one of the best seasons ever in baseball by a team.

  4. Fran April 8th, 2009 at 3:33 pm

    Pete, thanks for the info that the Yanks haven’t been eliminated from playoff contention yet. I was about to throw in the towel on the season. :)

  5. Bronx Jeers April 8th, 2009 at 3:35 pm

    STOP THE SKID!!

    The Wangstopper General at your service.

  6. Kevin April 8th, 2009 at 3:35 pm

    Pete you are funny. I’ll share that info to every Yankee fan that I know.

  7. G. Love April 8th, 2009 at 3:36 pm

    What’s the Red Sox magic number?

    I think Pete should start running it.

  8. Will Moller April 8th, 2009 at 3:36 pm

    This is a nitpick, but not necesarily of Pete, as this is done all over.

    Why on earth do you display his record “after a loss”? These things are essentially unconnected.

    To wit: Wang after a loss is 23 and 8, a 74% winning percentage. Wang in his career is 54 and 20, a 73% winning percentage. Tacking one win onto his career would put him at 76%–for all intents and purposes he is exactly the same after a win and after a loss–as would really be expected.

  9. Tony in Albany April 8th, 2009 at 3:37 pm

    from Tyler Kepner :

    “Uehara, 34, was a 20-game winner as a rookie in 1999, but he had slipped in recent seasons. After going 17-21 in 2005 and 2006, he spent most of the next two seasons in the bullpen. Now he is the No. 2 starter in a patchwork Orioles’ rotation after signing a two-year, $10 million free-agent contract.

    Though slowed by a hamstring injury in spring training, Uehara worked six innings in his final start and was cleared to make his debut on Wednesday. He impressed the Orioles by learning a changeup in camp, and the team needs him to pitch well; its next three starters are the rookie Alfredo Simon, and the journeymen Mark Hendrickson and Adam Eaton.”

    http://bats.blogs.nytimes.com/.....or-matsui/

    Should be open feeding for a Yankee line-up that has been hitting fairly well lately. I don’t see a Japanese pitcher with clearly diminished stuff translating well at all to the AL East, what do you guys think?

  10. Will Moller April 8th, 2009 at 3:38 pm

    I don’t know why it put a line through a portion of my post. Again:

    To wit:
    Wang after a loss: 23 – 8, 74%
    Wang after a win: 54 – 20, 73%

    For all intents and purposes the same. Why do people bother posting this statistic? (record after a loss).

  11. Tony in Albany April 8th, 2009 at 3:38 pm

    also…man what does that say about the orioles pitching staff that this guy is their number 2!? This could be a veeery long year for the orioles despite their clearly upgraded offense.

  12. Brad Pitt's better-looking brother April 8th, 2009 at 3:39 pm

    Tony in Albany

    Except that Uehara has the advantage of the Yankee hitters never having seen him before.

  13. Paulie April 8th, 2009 at 3:39 pm

    What’s the weather like in Baltimore today? Will the cold air play a role in Wang’s ability to control and use his sinker effectively?

  14. mko April 8th, 2009 at 3:40 pm

    Hmm, Wang doesn’t have good numbers against the O’s. Let’s hope for the best :-D

  15. Patrick April 8th, 2009 at 3:40 pm

    That is a really lame pun, Pete. So lame that its funny. I didn’t get it at first because whenever I read Wang’s name I pronounce it like Wang, not Wong.

  16. Brad Pitt's better-looking brother April 8th, 2009 at 3:41 pm

    Tony

    The Orioles will be in for a long season – no doubt. But supposedly they have excellent young starters progressing in the minors and may be a factor in a couple years if some of them pan out.

  17. Skinny Mike April 8th, 2009 at 3:41 pm

    “If Chien-Ming is Wang, I don’t Want to be Right!”
    http://nysuperfan.com/if-chien.....shirt.html

  18. Hokiehill April 8th, 2009 at 3:41 pm

    Wang gets the win today…pitches 7 solid innings

  19. Noel April 8th, 2009 at 3:42 pm

    We need AROD FAST

  20. Patrick April 8th, 2009 at 3:44 pm

    This is totally off topic and might sound insane but I could see the top 4 teams in the NL east finishing in any order. Any of those 4 teams could win the division. The Braves and Marlins are a lot better than people think… I think.

  21. Brad Pitt's better-looking brother April 8th, 2009 at 3:46 pm

    “The Braves and Marlins are a lot better than people think… I think.”

    - – - –

    You think, therefore they are.
    Or something like that…

  22. RussW210 April 8th, 2009 at 3:46 pm

    That ERA for Wang against the Orioles doesn’t look too appetizing. I seem to remember him getting smacked around a bit by Baltimore.

  23. GreenBeret7 April 8th, 2009 at 3:47 pm

    mko
    April 8th, 2009 at 3:40 pm
    Hmm, Wang doesn’t have good numbers against the O’s. Let’s hope for the best

    ————————————————————

    He’s pitched in 9 games against Baltimore. 5 good to great starts and 3 not good to bad. He has on relief appearance in which he earned a save. I’ll leave it up to you to look at his seasonal and career numbers.

  24. Pel April 8th, 2009 at 3:48 pm

    >it is possible for a team to recover from an 0-1 start
    >and still make the playoffs.

    UNPOSSIBLE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!11111111111

  25. Hughes The Savior April 8th, 2009 at 3:48 pm

    Wang’s line: 6.1 6H 3R 3ER 2BB 4K
    Yankees Win 7-4

  26. GreenBeret7 April 8th, 2009 at 3:48 pm

    He has ***one*** relief appearance

  27. mko April 8th, 2009 at 3:50 pm

    @GreenBeret7:
    Where do you see his stats per start? Thanks.

  28. DT April 8th, 2009 at 3:50 pm

    After all the bridge jumping posts I’ve read in the last 36 hours, I’m surprised Teixeira isn’t on the bench tonight and CC isn’t halfway to Scranton.

  29. Danny April 8th, 2009 at 3:50 pm

    It’s not Uehara’s stuff that’s the problem. It’s the fact that we haven’t seen him before and most Japanese pitchers have very funky deliveries that take some time to pick up on.

  30. Christina April 8th, 2009 at 3:52 pm

    4/8/2009- Francesa still think Jober needs to be in the bullpen. I doubt he will ever get it.

  31. Hokiehill April 8th, 2009 at 3:53 pm

    http://sports.espn.go.com/espnmag/story?id=4050462

    Bill Simmons on A-Rod…not really that bad. Basically says A-Rod is not a BAD person, more-so an uncomfortable/strange person. Then goes on to talk about how team chemistry is over-rated in baseball. Some interesting points.

  32. GreenBeret7 April 8th, 2009 at 3:54 pm

    baseball-reference.com

    type in his last name, when it comes up, look under splits. Gives you yearly and career. Right next to it, you can look at every individual game he’s pitched.

    http://www.baseball-reference......=&t=p

  33. NYSuperFan April 8th, 2009 at 3:54 pm

    Pete, Thanks for the plug for our “If Chien-Ming’s Wang, I Dont Want To Be Right” t-shirt: http://nysuperfan.com/if-chien.....shirt.html

    FYI everyone above….according to the media….the Yankees are doomed becasue of the 0-1 start so no need to try and think differently

  34. klem April 8th, 2009 at 3:54 pm

    “IT’S POSSIBLE: According to extensive research done by LoHud Yankees Blog statisticians, it is possible for a team NOT to recover from an 0-1 start or make the playoffs.”

    Sarcasm…sarcasm…

  35. Shred Em April 8th, 2009 at 3:54 pm

    Gardna’s a punch-and-judy hitta, Jober needs to pitch the 8th, and Jeta’s not a hall of famer when you take out his big hits and championships. When will you learn, Christina? The almighty Mike Francesa knows all.

  36. Hokiehill April 8th, 2009 at 3:56 pm

    Shred Em, was that a NY accent you typed in there, or Boston?

  37. Shred Em April 8th, 2009 at 3:59 pm

    It’s a Mike Francesa accent. I’d say lawn-GAILAND.

  38. S.o.S.*118-44!!* April 8th, 2009 at 4:00 pm

    “IT’S POSSIBLE: According to extensive research done by LoHud Yankees Blog statisticians, it is possible for a team NOT to recover from an 0-1 start or make the playoffs.”

    hmmm. Hard to believe. I sure would like to know how many teams in history made that miracle happen. You can probably count them with one hand.

    The other stat i would like to know is how many teams have comeback from being a run down in the first 3 innings?

  39. Bronx Jeers April 8th, 2009 at 4:00 pm

    I think the 1908 Cubs started out 0-1.

    100 years and counting….

  40. 4time April 8th, 2009 at 4:02 pm

    Francessa adds “r” to everything that ends in “a”

    Like Jobber. Posadar. Riverer. Sabathier. Santaner.

    etc.

  41. S.o.S.*118-44!!* April 8th, 2009 at 4:05 pm

    Question to all Yankee fans? Im seriously wondering if anyone else thinks that the Yankees can find a way to comeback and win a game no matter how many runs there down in the ninth inning? i.e. Last game in the ninth down 5. I was thinking of the game against the Royals that they scored 5 with 2 outs in the ninth a couple years back.

    Am i sick to think this? Shrink sick?

  42. REZ April 8th, 2009 at 4:06 pm

    It was funny how Teix said “we’re the Yankees so we get booed”. He’s played 1 regular season game with the team LOL

    What he should have said was… “Anyone who wears a Yankee uniform will get booed”.

  43. Yankee Mike April 8th, 2009 at 4:07 pm

    “According to the Elias Sports Bureau, SS Derek Jeter, C Jorge Posada and RHP Mariano Rivera became the first trio of Yankees to play together in each of 15 straight seasons (1995-2009) with Monday’s season-opening loss at Baltimore.”

    Peter…sort of misleading stat by Elias…Posada’s 1995 action consisted of ONE late-inning catching substitution, I think in September. He didn’t even bat.

  44. Brian April 8th, 2009 at 4:08 pm

    If the Yankees somehow find a way to dig themselves out of this 0-1 mess that they are in it would truly be one of the greatest comeback stories in sports history.

  45. sweet lou April 8th, 2009 at 4:09 pm

    Francessa is holding a contest to win tickets for a game

    And what does the first-place winner receive? You get to sit WITH the great Mike Francessa at a game.

    I’m sure people are falling over themselves to try and win that contest….

  46. Brad Pitt's better-looking brother April 8th, 2009 at 4:09 pm

    “If the Yankees somehow find a way to dig themselves out of this 0-1 mess that they are in it would truly be one of the greatest comeback stories in sports history.”

    - – - –

    Yep. Right behind the Miracle on Ice.

  47. Christina April 8th, 2009 at 4:09 pm

    Shred Em- You are indeed correct. Francesser sure knows it all. Those who want Jober as a starter are borderline crazy and must know very little about baseball. I think the only sane fans are Mike and Lisa from Whitestone.

  48. Danny April 8th, 2009 at 4:11 pm

    “It was funny how Teix said “we’re the Yankees so we get booed”. He’s played 1 regular season game with the team LOL”

    Yeah I heard that. Mike was hilarious

  49. Tex's New Best Friend April 8th, 2009 at 4:12 pm

    Didnt the Phillies lose their first game last year?

    Tampa is also 0-1 so im thinking BAHHHHHston has run away with the AL East…

  50. jennifer April 8th, 2009 at 4:13 pm

    Let’s go to the video tape. Quick someone pull out video from last year in April. See if he has a heating pad on.

  51. Betsy April 8th, 2009 at 4:13 pm

    REZ you sound just like Francesca. Any player wearing pinstripes is a Yankee, period. Tex is a Yankee now, Jeter and co. are his teammates. Therefore, when he refers to the Yankees, it is “we”. Sheesh.

    Last week, Mark Feinsand had an article in the Daily News about AJ. There was this quote: “Even though I haven’t been here, I’m here now….whatever happened in their past is kind of my past now, too”. I love that quote for many reasons.

    I really do not understand what fans want from these players…apparently more than they can humanly give. If we trade for/sign players like Randy Johnson who don’t seem to want to be here and barely are a part of the fabric of the team, we complain about it. We have new players now who have transitioned seemlessly into pinstripes and who want to be here and yet we still complain? What do you want? CC, AJ, Tex and Swish to have their own separate clubhouse until such time as we determine that it is ok to call themselves Yankees?

  52. randy l. April 8th, 2009 at 4:14 pm

    “According to extensive research done by LoHud Yankees Blog statisticians, it is possible for a team to recover from an 0-1 start and still make the playoffs.”

    that’s true, but it’s also true that teams that act like each game isn’t really important seldom make the playoffs .

    for example, can you picture youkillis or pedroia standing there in no man’s land after their third base coach blew a play and then just quit and let themselves be tagged with no run down?

    that may seem like a little thing, but what’s worse was that no one on the yankees seems to have gotten on nady about it. so it’s just ok to quit when you look like you are out?

    that’s not a sign of a team that’s fighting to win every game. nady shouldn’t be playing today. swisher should be in his spot to send a message that hustling on every play matters.

  53. Trevor April 8th, 2009 at 4:14 pm

    If the “bridge to Mo” fails then guys like Melancon Robertson Dunn Clagget etc.. will get their shot. Francesa is clueless and he’s doing a good job of convincing the callers that Joba belongs in the pen.
    Just like he shot down the idea a couple of years ago about “some kid” named Joba that will help out the ML club out of the pen.

  54. gayle April 8th, 2009 at 4:15 pm

    You think Yankee fans are bad I am sure after a 0-3 start with all 3 losses to The Braves no less the Phil’s fans are literally going to jump off the Walt Whitman lol

  55. tampa yankee April 8th, 2009 at 4:18 pm

    i’m from bethpage, Lawn-guyland.I say lets get a tuner hero and a soder.It’s sounds right to me.Just kidding.us long islanders talk funny.

  56. Shred Em April 8th, 2009 at 4:18 pm

    Mike is right when he says it would give the Yanks the best 1-2 punch in the majors in the bullpen, and that would be a HUGE advantage. However, for the longterm success of the franchise, it is beneficial that Joba be a starter. End of story.

  57. CG April 8th, 2009 at 4:18 pm

    No one uses a heating pad to stay warm. Clearly CC is lying.

    You need to get to the bottom of this Pete. These Yankees are tricky.

    A heating pad for warmth, where do they come up with this stuff.

  58. CG April 8th, 2009 at 4:19 pm

    Next thing you’re going to tell us is that they drink beverages to rehydrate.

    Is there no end to the lies.

  59. Patrick April 8th, 2009 at 4:21 pm

    randy,

    I am pretty sure the team takes every game seriously. However, after a bad game, what is the point in getting worked up about it? Every athlete I know forgets a bad game as soon as its over and concentrates on the next game.

    I don’t think anyone is saying that the players shouldn’t take every game seriously and play 100%.

  60. corona April 8th, 2009 at 4:23 pm

    randy l – That’s precisely the difference between the Yankees and Sox. Boston always get off to fast starts.

  61. gayle April 8th, 2009 at 4:24 pm

    I am sure there is some person somewhere searching through old Indians games to see if there is any further evidence to either refute or support this outlandish claim by CC that he uses something other than a jacket to keep warm.

  62. GreenBeret7 April 8th, 2009 at 4:25 pm

    People need to stop worrying about getting to Rivera. The bullpen is fine and there is no “Bridge To Far” to get to Rivera.

  63. GreenBeret7 April 8th, 2009 at 4:25 pm

    “Bridge ***Too*** Far” to get to Rivera.

  64. Avinash April 8th, 2009 at 4:26 pm

    “that may seem like a little thing, but what’s worse was that no one on the yankees seems to have gotten on nady about it. ”

    And you know that how randy? Do you expect Girardi to dance and scream at Nady in front of the camera so Randy from the Lohud Yankees blog sees it? Do you expect Jeter to rip Nady in the media? What is ridiculous is the fact that most of you act like you know what’s going on behind closed doors. Maybe Girardi did talk to Nady about that play. No one knows.

  65. Jeff D April 8th, 2009 at 4:26 pm

    Our players put pressure on themselves to off to a fast start and fail as a result. For the Red Sox, it comes naturally just by executing fundamentals. They also have big game performers on their team.

    Don’t think that Teix isn’t thinking in his own mind about having to get off to a fast start, especially while Alex is out. Same with CC.

  66. Patrick April 8th, 2009 at 4:26 pm

    Francesca acts like the bullpen leading up to Mo is the “Bridge To Nowhere”.

  67. SJ44 April 8th, 2009 at 4:27 pm

    Yes, because one game denotes a “fast” or “slow” start. Brilliant.

    Randy,

    Re: that play, I don’t see what else Nady could have done. It probably looks worse on TV than it actually was.

    It wasn’t a bad play….if I was the third base coach, I would have sent him. It was just one of those things.

    Hard to say it represents a “lack of fight” with the team since they came back from a 6-1 deficit and had the tying run in scoring position. That shows they did have fight. Just didn’t get it done.

  68. Pel April 8th, 2009 at 4:28 pm

    The Orioles wanted it more. The Yankees didn’t want it as much. Maybe even less so.

    The Orioles had something to prove. The Yankees didn’t have as much to prove.

    The Orioles think each game is important. The Yankees don’t think each game is important.

    Some of the implications from comments made here in the past 2 days.

    I wish FJM would come back as a traveling entity going from comment section to comment section spotlighting baseless cliches. Those guys were great.

  69. Frank (Red Sox fan) April 8th, 2009 at 4:28 pm

    Does anyone one else feel the quality of the blog has improved since Trish hasn’t posted lately? Just saying.

  70. Tex's New Best Friend April 8th, 2009 at 4:29 pm

    Lets face it, at 6-5, had they actually used the instant replay they supposedly implemented, two plays in the game would have been overturned, one may have cost us a run initially, but the homerun would have been called an out, thus not kicking us in the stomach and letting 4 runs comes in.

  71. Forntoso April 8th, 2009 at 4:29 pm

    lol 10 reporters asking Joba questions now

    Amazing

  72. Tex's New Best Friend April 8th, 2009 at 4:29 pm

    Actually just the homerun since thats all they replay.

  73. Patrick April 8th, 2009 at 4:30 pm

    The scrappiest player in the league is A-rod, he’ll do anything to win. Slap balls, shout during fly balls… I wonder why nobody labels him as scrappy? Maybe because he doesn’t suck and calling someone “scrappy” is a nice way of saying they have lacking baseball skills and make up for it with huge effort.

    Scrappiness, being a gamer, all these goofy buzzwords are so pointless. So what if Nady stopped, Thompson screwed him over. He would have been out either way.

  74. SJ44 April 8th, 2009 at 4:30 pm

    I didn’t see that play as a “lack of hustle” on the part of Nady.

    He took an aggressive turn around third, which is how you are taught in that situation. The ball just didn’t go through and by the time Mora got the ball, Nady was a dead duck.

    I guess I don’t see what his trangression was on the play. He was hustling. It was just a better play by Izturis.

  75. Fran April 8th, 2009 at 4:32 pm

    Just wanted to wish a Happy Passover to all of you who are celebrating.

  76. Leaping Tom April 8th, 2009 at 4:33 pm

    When did Puerto Rico gain independence? I know they had a WBC team, but I thought that was just so they’d have one more competitive team to balance out Italy, Australia, the Netherlands, China, South Africa, Canada and Taiwan.

  77. Trevor April 8th, 2009 at 4:33 pm

    Oh boy Mike’s about to get on Joba. :roll:

  78. SJ44 April 8th, 2009 at 4:33 pm

    Frank,

    I will take all of Trisha’s posts, even the crazy one’s (Sorry Trisha but, we ALL, myself included, have crazy posts every once in a while! lol) than reading the gibberish from the Chicken Little’s and moron’s who come into the game threads everytime the Yankees fall behind in Yankee games.

    Trolls, morons, chicken littles, and idiots ruin blog posts much more than homers ever do.

  79. Tank April 8th, 2009 at 4:34 pm

    Francessa is killing Joba after his press conference

  80. Brad Pitt's better-looking brother April 8th, 2009 at 4:35 pm

    “Re: that play, I don’t see what else Nady could have done. It probably looks worse on TV than it actually was.

    It wasn’t a bad play….if I was the third base coach, I would have sent him. It was just one of those things.”

    - – - – - –

    It wasn’t a topic I was posting on and I haven’t followed the thread but it is possible what Randy meant was not the play itself, but Nady making no effort to force a rundown or at least a reasonable facsimile of one on that play.
    99 times out of 100 he would be tagged out, sure. But the visual of a base runner just stopping after rounding third and then just letting the third baseman come over and tag him with no attempt to avoid it looks bad. It is possible also that it looked worse on TV than it was… but that IS how it looked on TV.

  81. Dave D April 8th, 2009 at 4:36 pm

    Mike is going off on Joba

    “10 cent ahead. Joba is nothing, don’t compare yourself to Yohi. This is the problem with sports nowg

  82. Trevor April 8th, 2009 at 4:36 pm

    Mike’s trying to push up his ratings.

  83. Patrick April 8th, 2009 at 4:37 pm

    Trisha says some insane stuff but at least she doesn’t go nuts after one loss. She is probably the most positive poster on the blog. The blog is worse when these nuts come out of the woodwork and declare the season is over after one loss.

  84. randy l. April 8th, 2009 at 4:37 pm

    patrick-

    i don’t think in recent years the yankees play with the same sense of urgency in april that they do in from july on. i do think there is a complacency that has set in because they do always look so good on paper.

    the thing that is most annoying about the red sox is that they are an in your face team that even when they are beaten they are too stupid to know it. so they win sometimes when they shouldn’t.

    i like classiness in players as much as the next person, but i think the yankees have to take it to other teams much more than they have in recent years. i liked torre, but i didn’t like things like having the yankees watching the red sox receive their world series rings. i would have had the team stay in the clubhouse. losing to the red sox should feel like eating dirt.

    i like a billy martin type manager every now and then to set the tempo. the yankees have gotten too soft in recent years. you do realize that cashman and girardi will not survive not making the playoffs. there’s no time like now to make sure that doesn’t happen.

    the yankees should approach april the way they do july and they’d be a better team.

  85. Leaping Tom April 8th, 2009 at 4:39 pm

    Not only should Nady have attempted to force a rundown, it should have been instinctual to do so. Never just walk into a tag like that, except in maybe an exhibition game where you’re mostly just trying to finish the game without any injuries.

    PS: Puerto Rico. Still not a country (I just checked).

  86. Fran April 8th, 2009 at 4:39 pm

    Patrick, I agree with you. Trisha is a passionate fan and a very positive poster.

  87. SJ44 April 8th, 2009 at 4:41 pm

    Re: CC and the heating pad “issue”, I put the blame on that one on Kay, Singleton and the YES crew.

    They spent so much time on it, with numerous camera shots of him in the dugout, while only giving explanations that could have been answered in the negative.

    Singleton had never seen it before and Kay couldn’t understand why CC was doing it. As if because Kay was comfortable in the weather meant CC couldn’t possibly be comfortable in the weather. Using it to stay warm was a consideration neither announcer gave any merit to. Ironically, that turned out to be the right answer.

    Its an example of how something small could become big immediately in today’s media.

    Simply put, especially given the Yankees conservative bent toward the health of their pitchers, if he was hurt, he would have been pulled. They weren’t going to risk the health of their $161 million pitcher in Game One.

    In the future, it would be nice if the YES Network, and its announcers, knew the players on the team well enough to know how they handle cool weather or how they keep themselves warm when they are pitching.

    It would save some panic among the fan base.

  88. Pel April 8th, 2009 at 4:41 pm

    Mike’s overreaction is just about on par with some of the posts here.

  89. Patrick April 8th, 2009 at 4:43 pm

    Well randy, the results support your arguments. The Yankees play very poorly in the beginning of the season. I agree, I wish they would get off their butts and play with more urgency.

  90. tampayank April 8th, 2009 at 4:44 pm

    “The scrappiest player in the league is A-rod, he’ll do anything to win. Slap balls, shout during fly balls… I wonder why nobody labels him as scrappy?”

    lol b/c he shaves daily and probably puts on moisturizer before games……I’m an A-ROD fan, hope he mashes the AL in a month but fans will always root for the ‘little guy that could’

  91. randy l. April 8th, 2009 at 4:44 pm

    “I didn’t see that play as a “lack of hustle” on the part of Nady.”

    sj-

    unless my eyes deceived me, nady was ten feet away when the third baseman had the ball and made no attempt to get away. he just let himself be tagged out.

    yeah he’d be out 99 out of 100 times, but why not make the attempt?

  92. Uncle Ellsworth April 8th, 2009 at 4:44 pm

    “Does anyone one else feel the quality of the blog has improved since Trish hasn’t posted lately? Just saying.”

    no

  93. Wilson April 8th, 2009 at 4:44 pm

    Francessa just destroyed Joba

    I knew that “Yogi is Yogi and Joba is Joba” comment would set him off.

  94. rover April 8th, 2009 at 4:45 pm

    I guess Pete doesn’t understand how difficult it is going to be to finish 161-1 after using up your 1 on day 1.

  95. E-gawa April 8th, 2009 at 4:45 pm

    So Joba has a press conference and theirs no mention of it on this blog.. lol…

  96. Patrick April 8th, 2009 at 4:46 pm

    Haha SJ44, I don’t expect the YES announcers to know which players like to wear scarves, which ones like hoodies, which ones use heating pads, etc. I do expect them to use common sense and if they had there would have been no issue the other day.

    A heating pad generates heat, it was a cold wet day in April… uhhhhh I wonder why he was using it??

  97. Al from BK April 8th, 2009 at 4:47 pm

    Wait Pete, we can still make the playoffs? :)

  98. bodhisattva April 8th, 2009 at 4:48 pm

    Didn’t Trisha dub Pedroia the Evil Elf?

    She makes the Hall on that alone. And she’s a fierce, great Yankee fan.

    She can play on my team any time.

  99. SJ44 April 8th, 2009 at 4:48 pm

    Randy,

    I agree with the overall statement re: their lack of urgency early in the season. However, at least after Game One, I don’t think they lost because they failed to play with a sense of urgency.

    They lost because their pitching for most of the game.

    They made a heckuva comeback after being down 6-1. To me, that showed fight. They just didn’t finish the job.

    They talk so much about “getting off to a good start”, I actually think they will if they talk less about it.

    Sometimes, you talk so much about doing something, it locks you up from doing it. I hope that’s not the case with the Yankees and needing a “fast start”.

    I’m from the school of, just play hard and good things will happen.

    Looking at the lineup….having a kid like Gardner in it alone brings more urgency to it because he is a very energetic kid.

    Watching CC berate himself coming off the mound after the third inning tells me he had his gameface on. He just didn’t have his good stuff on that day.

  100. Patrick April 8th, 2009 at 4:48 pm

    tampayank,

    I know, I was joking. My point is that “scrappy” players are characterized as guys that fight and claw and scrap for every single thing. Well the fact is, A-rod fights to win as much as anyone.

    The difference between A-rod and “scrappy” players is that A-rod is actually a good player while most “scrappy” players aren’t.

    Honestly, if I was Pedroia or Youkilis I’d be offended at being called scrappy. They are legitimately great players, they don’t need that silly characterization.

  101. Fran April 8th, 2009 at 4:49 pm

    Patrick, if the YES announcers used common sense the other day they would have realized that if CC was hurt, he would have been pulled immediately. Why would the Yanks risk any further injury to their ace?

  102. SJ44 April 8th, 2009 at 4:50 pm

    Their pitching **stunk** most of the game. Sorry for the typo.

  103. Patrick April 8th, 2009 at 4:50 pm

    I am going to be so happy after the Yankees win tonight and we can stop analyzing the heck out of Monday’s game.

  104. jennifer April 8th, 2009 at 4:51 pm

    What exactly was the purpose of the press conference? All it will serve to do is keep the story going, and feed the likes of Sherman and Stupica.

  105. Yanksgal07 April 8th, 2009 at 4:52 pm

    Who died and appointed Francesa God?? lol He says who does Joba think he is? Well …who does Mike think he is? I don’t listen to his show much ..I’m at work with nothing to do so I’m listening now and Mike is something else …what that something else is …I have no idea tho’. I also DVR’d his show Saturday before the exhibition game and he is the rudest person to his guests…always cutting them off, not letting them finish a sentence and if they disagree with him they don’t have a prayer. How do people listen to his show every day? I will go to the WFAN website when he has an interview I’m interested in and I’ll listen to that interview..otherwise …I couldn’t waste my valuable time listening to this self-righteous, smug person.

    Go Yankees 2009 !!!

  106. jimmy1138 April 8th, 2009 at 4:52 pm

    “Koji Uehara (6-5, 3.81 for the Yomiuri Giants in 2008) has never faced any of the New York hitters.”

    Not quite true. Uehara pitched 2006 in the WBC game Japan vs USA against Derek Jeter if I looked that up correctly.

  107. SFYanksFan April 8th, 2009 at 4:52 pm

    SJ -

    Noticed your nephew (BC catcher right?) got a mention in the both the Callis chat at ESPN and the Goldstein chat at BP today; both with kind words.

    FWIW…

  108. Brad Pitt's better-looking brother April 8th, 2009 at 4:53 pm

    Randy

    I am a fan of Nady’s and that play did bother me too.
    First game of the season – one run game after your team makes a nice comeback – the opposing SS makes a great hustle play – and you decide you’re too cool or whatever to try to equivocate that hustle by participating in a rundown. I don’t like it.
    I’m sure Nady felt he was hung out to dry by the 3B coach and maybe he was. But it doesn’t excuse “giving up the out.” It was a turning point.
    I am not a reactionary but as I watched it I said he should take him out and replace him with Swish or Melky that inning.
    Wasn’t it just last year Robbie and Melky started playing lackadaisically and it slowed the team down? He can’t let that happen all over again – especially starting on opening day.

  109. pat April 8th, 2009 at 4:53 pm

    Francessa is over the top in how he reacts sometimes but I said earlier in the Joba post that he seems to have a sense of entitlement he has yet to earn.

    So while Mike makes things more dramatic than they need to be, I agree with him on the sense of entitlement issue.

  110. Trevor April 8th, 2009 at 4:54 pm

    Mikes biggest complaint is Joba saying ‘Joba is Joba and Yogi is Yogi’. Mike just wanted something to whine about.

  111. G April 8th, 2009 at 4:54 pm

    In all seriousness, and im not trying to be mean, should CC lose like 20 pounds. Im not saying that hes a bad pitcher now, but for the future. Hes 29 and hes like 300 pounds. Thats not good. By the end of his contract hell be pretty old and it will be even harder for him to lose the weight. 36 and 29 is a huge difference. He’ll become and even better pitcher. Felix Hernandez is a perfect example.

  112. Shred Em April 8th, 2009 at 4:55 pm

    Mike NEEDS Kellerman. Kellerman is such an antagonistic opposite to Francesa. I would’ve loved to hear Max counter Mike’s stance on Joba. Now that would be GREAT radio.

  113. DT April 8th, 2009 at 4:55 pm

    “unless my eyes deceived me, nady was ten feet away when the third baseman had the ball and made no attempt to get away. he just let himself be tagged out.

    yeah he’d be out 99 out of 100 times, but why not make the attempt?”

    Randy – Nady is in his WALK year. Obviously he takes the word seriously.

  114. GreenBeret7 April 8th, 2009 at 4:55 pm

    Pedroia and Youkilis are not “great players”. Pedroia’s had two very good years for a 2nd baseman/#2 hitter. Youkilis has had one very good year that doesn’t come close to the years that Morneau. Teixeira and other first basemen have been puuting up for years. When they can put those numbers up for 7-19 years in a rowm then great. Youkils/Pedroia are a long ways from being called great.

  115. whoisthedogg April 8th, 2009 at 4:57 pm

    I can’t wait to hang out with my Ching-Ming Wang out!!!!

    :-)

  116. GreenBeret7 April 8th, 2009 at 4:57 pm

    been ***putting*** up for years

  117. Patrick April 8th, 2009 at 5:01 pm

    GB7, It depends on your definition of “great”.

    Pedroia was the best 2B in the AL last year. Youkilis was the best 1B in the AL. His numbers were nearly as good as Teixera’s were last year.

  118. Boston Dave April 8th, 2009 at 5:02 pm

    I have to admit randy is making some good sense today.

    it would be nice to see the Yanks, even though there needn’t be a sense of urgency, play like there is.

    it doesn’t mean they would have won game 1. it’s not about that. it’s a way of playing the game and it might lead to an extra win or two over the course of 162. in this game, that’s a big deal.

  119. Patrick April 8th, 2009 at 5:03 pm

    Also, my point GB7, is that Pedroia/Youkilis are very good players; measurable by their stats, not their grit/scrappiness/intangibles. They are tangibly very good.

  120. Jerkface April 8th, 2009 at 5:06 pm

    Someone please define ‘sense of urgency’? Does it mean ‘win the game’? Does it mean ‘swing wildly at every pitch trying to make something happen because you urgently need a hr’?

    Just because the yankees heat up later in the season should not mean they are playing any less hard. This is making up something unquantifiable to explain something.

    There is more than likely a completely logical explination that does delve into the realm of grittiness and hustle. If anyone has read the book Outliers, you’d see where my mind is at on this.

  121. SJ44 April 8th, 2009 at 5:08 pm

    SF,

    What was said? He was named ACC Player of the Week for the second time this year. Perhaps they were talking about that.

    Thanks for the headsup.

  122. teddy April 8th, 2009 at 5:09 pm

    pedroia a great player, youklis has had 1 great season

  123. Jerkface April 8th, 2009 at 5:09 pm

    Damn typo. I meant, that does NOT delve into the imaginary grit and hustle that announcers and writers paste on players.

  124. S.A.--It's a marathon, not a sprint April 8th, 2009 at 5:10 pm

    UPDATE, 4:07 p.m.: CC said the mysterious heating pad he uses is to – get this – stay warm on cold days. Shocking.

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

    Oh my goodness gracious!!
    Trying to stay warm when it’s cold? Weird. :P

  125. m April 8th, 2009 at 5:10 pm

    If we win, our average players will be considered good. Our good players will be called great. And our great players will be called immortal.

    Winning elevates everyone’s status. There’s a reason why people only talk about good players on winning teams. The others are irrelevant. Time for us to be relevant again.

    Can’t avoid losses. But some are uglier than others. They need to work hard and continue the good play they had going in the spring (with the help of the Baby Bombers).

  126. SJ44 April 8th, 2009 at 5:11 pm

    If Wang pitches well for 7 innings and the Yankees win tonight, does it mean they played with a greater sense of urgency? Or, does it mean their starting pitching was better and that led them to the win?

    This teams success is directly tied to its starting pitching this year. The better it is, the better the Yankees will be.

    Whether its April or July, that’s how its going to go this year.

  127. vin April 8th, 2009 at 5:13 pm

    “They spent so much time on it, with numerous camera shots of him in the dugout, while only giving explanations that could have been answered in the negative.”

    I was stuck listening to the Orioles’ broadcast on my XM, and they didn’t make any mention of the heating pad. I guess they were more concerned with their team’s non-issues.

  128. SFYanksFan April 8th, 2009 at 5:13 pm

    SJ -

    Both generally said he was generating a buzz. Callis said he may be creeping into the bottom half of first round territory.

  129. Boston Dave April 8th, 2009 at 5:14 pm

    SJ44,

    I agree that pitching is going to be behind their success. That doesn’t mean they should stop running out grounders or trying to make the most out of every play.

    I could be wrong but I think that’s what was meant by “sense of urgency”.

    Some of us see Nady’s complete lack of effort on that play as a lack of this “urgency”. That’s all. If he hadn’t run out a grounder it would be the same thing, IMO.

  130. m April 8th, 2009 at 5:14 pm

    By “win”, I mean win it all. The whole enchilada.

  131. rover April 8th, 2009 at 5:14 pm

    Wasn’t it jeter who put the ball in play with nady? If it wass the Joe G needs to talk with jeter about not hitting further to the left of the opposing player. Three more feet and there is not even a discussion.

  132. bodhisattva April 8th, 2009 at 5:16 pm

    Jerkface
    April 8th, 2009 at 5:06 pm
    Someone please define ‘sense of urgency’? Does it mean ‘win the game’? Does it mean ‘swing wildly at every pitch trying to make something happen because you urgently need a hr’?
    =======================================

    “They need to play with a sense of urgency:’

    Translation:

    “I, as an analyst, am a fraud, and have no insight to offer. Therefore, I will invoke sportswriter cliche No. x and hope no one actually notices that I’ve pretty much said nothing.”

  133. Boston Dave April 8th, 2009 at 5:17 pm

    “Wasn’t it jeter who put the ball in play with nady? If it wass the Joe G needs to talk with jeter about not hitting further to the left of the opposing player. Three more feet and there is not even a discussion.”

    while he’s at it, Joe G should tell him to start hitting into the gaps and maybe an occasional homerun.

  134. rover April 8th, 2009 at 5:18 pm

    Boston Dave

    Well we solved a season full of problems there didn’t we?

  135. SJ44 April 8th, 2009 at 5:18 pm

    SF,

    Thanks for the update.

  136. Boston Dave April 8th, 2009 at 5:19 pm

    rover,

    in all seriousness, i am optimistic about Jeter having a much better season than last.

    people may attribute it to his hitting leadoff and he may get “typecast” as a leadoff guy, but I think it would have happened anyway.

  137. Boston Dave April 8th, 2009 at 5:22 pm

    If the Yankee bridge jumpers think they have it bad….

    how are the Phillies fans feeling?

    they’re on the verge of being swept at home to start the season.

    1.8% of their season can be deemed utter failure.

  138. GreenBeret7 April 8th, 2009 at 5:22 pm

    Why does everyone assume that somebody trying to drive the ball hard (when that’s what they are paid to do) automatically assume that those players are trying to hit everything out of the park? Soriano tries to hit everything out, McGwire did, Mantle did, but, that doesn’t mean that everyone else does.

  139. SJ44 April 8th, 2009 at 5:23 pm

    Boston Dave,

    The one thing I’d like to see from Jeter again is the ability to hit the ball in the air. Simply put, he doesn’t drive the ball in the gaps as he used to. Everything, it seems, is on the ground.

    That more than anything else, prompted the lineup change. If he can drive the ball again, he will be back to his usual offensive numbers.

    If he can’t, it may become a problem the Yankees are going to have to deal with as the season unfolds.

    If he offense declines in the same way his defense has, the Yankees will have a real dilemma with him.

    I hope it doesn’t come to that this year.

  140. Boston Dave April 8th, 2009 at 5:23 pm

    GB7,

    Scott Rolen said it best.

    Hitting a HR is a double gone awry.

  141. rover April 8th, 2009 at 5:23 pm

    Boston Dave
    There is no bigger fan of Dj then me. well I’m sure there is but. I Think he wll do just fine. The reports of his demise are overstated.

    Truth be told it well could be in this lineup that the switch may be best for them both. I’ mean DJ then JD kinda natural.

  142. Brad April 8th, 2009 at 5:24 pm

    It would seem that Xavier Nady should show some occasional emotion on the field or in the dugout in light of this being a contract year for him but maybe he’s just a low key non-emotional guy.

  143. SFYanksFan April 8th, 2009 at 5:24 pm

    SJ -

    No problem. Second Player of the Week huh? Admittedly I don’t follow the college game very much, but he must be doing something right; congrats.

  144. Boston Dave April 8th, 2009 at 5:27 pm

    SJ44,

    Agreed. I do think we’ll see an improvement from 2008 though – at least offensively. He had the lowest OPS of his career, so I guess my prediction isn’t that bold.

  145. Brandon ( I Love Me Some Me), Clyde on Mike Taylor: "Round and round I go, where I stop nobody knows..." April 8th, 2009 at 5:29 pm

    If Robi Cano gets a .360 OBP % wrap up the MVP trophy and send it to his house because he can hit .400

  146. m April 8th, 2009 at 5:30 pm

    Why would Nady try to be something he’s not? Well, he could try to be a patient hitter. But, I don’t think it’s in his DNA to get pumped up. He looks fine, just the way he is. :)

  147. bodhisattva April 8th, 2009 at 5:30 pm

    Brandon ( I Love Me Some Me), Clyde on Mike Taylor: “Round and round I go, where I stop nobody knows…”
    April 8th, 2009 at 5:29 pm
    If Robi Cano gets a .360 OBP % wrap up the MVP trophy and send it to his house because he can hit .400
    ===========================

    Agreed. He’s my MVP choice too. He has the talent to be ridiculous.

  148. bodhisattva April 8th, 2009 at 5:31 pm

    BTW, I see a .375 OBP for our boy.

  149. Boston Dave April 8th, 2009 at 5:32 pm

    Derek Jeter 2006:
    .343BA 118runs 97RBI 34steals .900 OPS; gold glove winner

    no MVP

    Dustin Pedroia 2008:
    .326BA 118runs 83RBI 20steals .869OPS; gold glove

    MVP

    Morneau was slightly better in 2006 than 2008 but still…

    DJ got robbed :)

  150. saucY April 8th, 2009 at 5:33 pm

    catching up on comments here. but i have to agree with randly l., re: nady…

    that was the biggest head scratcher for me on Monday night.

  151. Joe from Long Island April 8th, 2009 at 5:35 pm

    Got home early –
    1. I really hope Dan Geise gets another shot in the majors. What I’m sorry about is that we couldn’t make a deal for him. Obviously, he’s a journeyman pitcher, but he put up good numbers last year and because good pitching is always at a premium, I hoped that we could have gotten something in return for his contract. I think there are a few pitchers in our system where we need to make a deal (as they probably won’t make it in NY) to get some useful parts.

    2. I have to learn not to even turn on the FAN when Francesa is on. I turned it on during the drive home and immediately got him saying that Joba had to go to the ‘pen because the Yank’s bullpen blew handing it off to Mo Monday. I kid you not. He doesn’t even know what happens during the games. Nor does he seem to care. He’s in fantasy-land, like many of his callers.

    This is why I keep good scotch in the house.

  152. SJ44 April 8th, 2009 at 5:37 pm

    If Cano has a .375 OBP, he will be MVP this year.

    On the subject of change or playing with a sense of urgency, it been pretty gratifying to see Cano’s AB’s in Game One. Even in the Cubs series for that matter.

    Much more comfortable and patient at the plate. Looks miles better than he did a year ago at this time.

    If that form holds up, he’s going to have a big year.

    Looking at the lineup, I think they are going to need Robbie to have a big year. I’m not as impressed with the offense, especially without Arod, as others.

    Still don’t like their inabilities with RISP and there are quite a few DP candidates in the lineup.

    On the other hand, if Gardner can become a player out of the 9 hole, the offense will have more balance to it.

    Its why, more than it recent years, the starters really have to be good for this team to be successful this year. I don’t see this team winning a lot of slugfests. Success is going to have to come through the starters.

  153. randy l. April 8th, 2009 at 5:39 pm

    “it would be nice to see the Yanks, even though there needn’t be a sense of urgency, play like there is.”

    boston dave-
    that’s really all i’m saying. i haven’t said a word about sabatha having a bad day . it happens.
    i run a small business and every morning in season we have a meeting and everyone knows the total we have to beat from the day the previous year.

    we have a number we’re aiming at.if we beat it, it’s a win . if we don’t, it’s a loss. we beat it 2 out of 3 days. what it does is get us in the present. the yankees don’t have to make up something to get in the present. they have wins and losses every day.

    being short sighted isn’t the answer, but looking too far ahead isn’t either. a balance is necessary. as someone who is in boston, you know that ever since varitek got in arod’s face the red sox as a team have been an in your face team. the fan base picks it up which helps their home games because the fans are very into it.

    they have an attitude that is almost delusional but it works for them. tampa bay last spring took out catchers right and left in spring training crossing the unwritten rules of spring training. their feistiness and fisticuffs took them to the world series.

    the rays and the red sox were at each others throats all last year. the teams do not like each other. maybe not classy, but it works for both of them. i’d like to see the yankees get a bit of a chip on their shoulder and not lose with such grace.

    one player i think who could make a difference in this regard is burnett. he’s got a bit of an attitude to him and i think it’s needed to give this team an edge that it hasn’t had in a while.

  154. Nick in SF April 8th, 2009 at 5:41 pm

    et tu, saucY?

    “what’s worse was that no one on the yankees seems to have gotten on nady about it…”

    Maybe the flogging took place privately? Or maybe, as I suspect, the fish really does rot from the head first. Brian Cashman, who never played the game, must have issued a ‘no hustle’ directive to the players. Joe Girardi, who played the game, must follow or lose his job.

    It’s an awful situation. As much as Girardi wants to bench Nady and the rest of the starters (they didn’t display the proper pants-on-fire urgency or they would have won the darn game, right?), Cashman won’t let him. Paper champions? Paper tigers!

    Alternate theory: CC was pitching like his pants were on fire, but his pants are so baggy, he never felt the heat.

  155. Boston Dave April 8th, 2009 at 5:41 pm

    SJ44,

    The offense is better this year than last, IMO. Throw in better pitching and they may not need much of an improvement.

    I agree about Cano.

  156. GreenBeret7 April 8th, 2009 at 5:42 pm

    RIP, Marvin Webster.

  157. Joe from Long Island April 8th, 2009 at 5:44 pm

    Wasn’t Marvin Webster an NBA star?

  158. Betsy April 8th, 2009 at 5:45 pm

    SJ, I’m tempering my excitement about this team for just the reasons you said. I don’t understand what’s happened to Jeter, Posada and Matsui (for examples), but they just don’t get the job done anymore. I don’t expect any player to be perfect, but either they have crappy approaches at the plate with RISP or they used up all of the luck/talent in winning the 4 WS. Since I don’t believe in the latter, I have to believe the former is the case. Now that I look at, I see why people are picking the Yankees to miss the playoffs – they’re not as good as the Red Sox (and maybe the Rays). They’re not as good as the Sox because although they have very good hitters, as I mentioned above, these hitters suck in the clutch (for the most part) and fail consistently at doing the little things to win games. I was much more positive during ST, but of course half the time the starters were out of the games. It’s funny – except for Alex, they don’t have real HR hitters in the lineup, yet HRs are the only way they ever really score runs.

    For me, although I personally like this team a lot, they have an awful lot to prove to me.

    **Michael Kay being a drama queen, saying the team is waiting to exhale and tonight is a huge game, lol

  159. CB April 8th, 2009 at 5:47 pm

    “CC was pitching like his pants were on fire, but his pants are so baggy, he never felt the heat.”

    Wasn’t this why he was using the heating pad of death?????

  160. pat April 8th, 2009 at 5:47 pm

    Cano’s patience has been light years ahead of what it had been. Kevin Long more than earned his contract if all he did in 3 years is successfully tweak Robbie’s stance.

  161. SJ44 April 8th, 2009 at 5:47 pm

    Boston Dave,

    This is where we disagree. I’m not yet sure the offense is better than last year when it wasn’t very good at all.

    Definitely isn’t better than last year without ARod right now.

    I guess my big issue with the offense is the poor AB’s with RISP. When you look back on this team, that has been in place since August of 2007. Somebody, I forget who, told me this team is hitting under .240 with RISP since August of 2007. If that’s the case, and it continues this season, that ain’t good enough to get it done.

    Jeter is still a question mark until we see if he can drive the ball again, IMO.

    We have an unproven rookie (Gardner) in CF.

    RF, whether its Nady or Swisher is a question mark.

    Posada and Matsui are coming off injuries. The good news is that both guys seem to have gotten their bat speed back.

    The age factor in the lineup is also a concern to me.

    Potentially, the offense can be very good. Right now? Big question mark to me that I hope can be answered in the affirmative as the season goes on.

  162. Brad Pitt's better-looking brother April 8th, 2009 at 5:48 pm

    The Yankees have done well to prepare and improve themselves for this season. Great additions made and I know Cano will be better and more consistent than last year.
    Pitching is 200% improved.
    Odd thing is: I think the key to our season is in our captain.
    Where once his play was a given, it is less so now. Jetes can still do it – he just has to get it done. Both with the glove (and arm – some pretty bad throws Monday) and his bat. Whoever noticed the increased number of ground balls he hits its right on. If he can elevate more of those into line drives things will roll. (I have to believe scouts from other teams have noticed and are probably having their pitchers feed him a steady diet of two-seamers and various other sinkers.)
    But Derek is Derek and it’ll get done I believe.

  163. saucY April 8th, 2009 at 5:48 pm

    “et tu, saucY?”

    nady should have attempted something. i have no idea if anything was said to him in the clubhouse. i’d guess that it came up.

    i see this topic is kind of a beaten dead horse by now though…

  164. Boston Dave April 8th, 2009 at 5:50 pm

    randy,

    I would settle for them just trying to make the most out of every play. If people want to call it urgency or scrappyness, so be it. I just like to see hustle and max effort.

    It may lead to an extra win, it may not. Still, it’s an attitude that seems to follow around the teams that win.

  165. Nick in SF April 8th, 2009 at 5:50 pm

    “I don’t understand what’s happened to Jeter, Posada and Matsui (for examples), but they just don’t get the job done anymore.”

    Betsy, Jeter went 3-5 and Posada and Matsui each homered in the one game the Yanks have played. The pitchers gave up 10 runs. Don’t panic!

  166. SJ44 April 8th, 2009 at 5:51 pm

    Joe,

    Marvin Webster was the “Human Eraser” (his nickname). Played in the NBA for about 10 years, and with the Knicks for almost 6 years. He was an outstanding defensive player.

    He had a history of hepetitis, which cut short his career.

    Sadly, his son Marvin Jr, who played for Temple in the Mid-90′s died after a practice from the same heart disease which killed Hank Gathers.

    Sad story. RIP Marvin.

  167. pat April 8th, 2009 at 5:51 pm

    “but Nick Swisher was blaring In the Air Tonight in the background.”

    Someone had to be doing the drum beat. Who was it?

  168. Rick April 8th, 2009 at 5:52 pm

    Recession hits the national pastime …..

    http://www.nypost.com/seven/04.....163521.htm

  169. Nick in SF April 8th, 2009 at 5:53 pm

    “Wasn’t this why he was using the heating pad of death?????”

    I think we’re getting warmer!

  170. pat April 8th, 2009 at 5:53 pm

    Jorge not Jeter is my key.

    If he can catch, it keeps his and Matsui’s bat in the line-up.

    If he can’t it’s Molina’s bat and either Jorge or Hideki which weakens them considerably.

  171. Greg from Galveston April 8th, 2009 at 5:54 pm

    “but Nick Swisher was blaring In the Air Tonight in the background.”
    What version? Phil Collins, Nonpoint, ect…

  172. GreenBeret7 April 8th, 2009 at 5:55 pm

    I think Webster’s career would have been so much better had he not spent the bulk of his career playing behind Bill Cartwright. I didn’t see a lot of his games on TV, but, more than a few. No dertermination on cause of death, yet. He was found in a Tulsa hotel room.

  173. vin April 8th, 2009 at 5:56 pm

    “Jorge not Jeter is my key.

    If he can catch, it keeps his and Matsui’s bat in the line-up.

    If he can’t it’s Molina’s bat and either Jorge or Hideki which weakens them considerably.”

    Right on, pat. I’m with you.

  174. Joe from Long Island April 8th, 2009 at 5:56 pm

    Yeah, the team has a lot of questions.

    A catcher who may be passed his prime.

    A lot question marks at SS, RF, and a young and unproven kid in CF.

    A DH who’s trying to come back from injury, and where the jury is still out.

    A pitching staff that looks good on paper, but also has a lot of questions.

    OK, guys, which team am I writing about? Yanks or Red Sox?

  175. Boston Dave April 8th, 2009 at 5:58 pm

    SJ44,

    There is no doubt they need to hit with RISP. I think they will. I think Girardi is going to employ more hit and runs and try to create situations that put the pressure on the opponent and not hope for HR.

    Abreu was not very good last year. At worst it’s a draw this year. Tex is a major upgrade. Cano should improve, perhaps quite a bit. Matsui playing DH could be huge. When healthy, he can hit. If Posada is there, big improvement from 08′. Jeter had his worst offensive season in 2008. I’d put my money on him improving at least somewhat. Gardner looks like there’s at least reasonable potential to improve over their CF situation last season.

    Considering how bad their 2008 offense turned out, it’s more than likely IMO, they’ll improve. The question is how much. If their pitching is better than it was last season, and it should be much better, they won’t need a huge improvement on offense. If they get it, they’re as good as any team.

    My biggest concern is not their pitching or their offense. It’s simply their ability to stay healthy. Solve that and I think we’re looking at a team with as good a chance as any to win it all.

  176. Betsy April 8th, 2009 at 5:59 pm

    Nick, not panicking, just trying to be realistic. I actually would prefer not to see HRs – they just remind me that the Yankees really don’t know how to score any other way. I’m not asking for perfection, but it’s been several years since the Yankees have been able do the little things (and frankly, getting the run home from 3rd with less than 2 outs isn’t so little). They can maybe feast on mediocre pitching on bad teams, but their inability to take advantage of situations could kill their chances. I didn’t like what I saw in game 1, but we’ll see over the next few weeks if this is a different team.

  177. vin April 8th, 2009 at 6:00 pm

    From Rosenthal’s article off msn.com

    “Looking for a starting pitcher? Pedro Martinez is ready now, Mark Mulder could be ready soon and Ben Sheets might be ready by the second half, with the semi-retired Paul Byrd another potential option.

    A hitter? Available immediately: Frank Thomas, Jim Edmonds and Mark Grudzielanek; Geoff Jenkins; Frank Catalanotto, Luis Gonzalez and Jay Payton.”

    I still can’t believe no one signed Sheets… maybe a Jon Leiber type deal? I’m guessing he and his agents are the ones holding out until he’s healthy.

  178. Boston Dave April 8th, 2009 at 6:00 pm

    ““I don’t understand what’s happened to Jeter, Posada and Matsui (for examples), but they just don’t get the job done anymore.””

    Nick, I agree. Not sure where this came from, especially after 1 game.

  179. vin April 8th, 2009 at 6:01 pm

    Good point, Joe.

  180. Vader April 8th, 2009 at 6:02 pm

    Very good Joe…but if you listened to the experts there is only one team you could be talking about.

  181. GreenBeret7 April 8th, 2009 at 6:02 pm

    For those concerned about the NYY bullpen, consider Atlanta. They have a 10-3 lead going into the 7th inning. They get the first out, and then it’s followed by 4 singles, a hit batter and 4 walks, including three bases loaded walks. They are on their 4th pitcher of the inning. 10-9 Atlanta.

  182. S.A.--It's a marathon, not a sprint April 8th, 2009 at 6:03 pm

    I totally forgot about Ben Sheets. I forgot he is still out there available.

  183. CB April 8th, 2009 at 6:04 pm

    “I think we’re getting warmer!”

    CC was cub scout when he was younger. It didn’t work out however because he didn’t rub stick together with enough urgency to create the spark needed for fire.

    Ergo now he has a passion for water bottles.

    BTW I clicked on some link you put up that was the picture of that terrible movie Panic Room. Very disappointing. Was that really your A game? Panic Room after loss 1 of the season?

    Someone needs to start linking with a little more urgency….

  184. S.A.--It's a marathon, not a sprint April 8th, 2009 at 6:05 pm

    Holy implosion by the Braves bullpen. :shock:

  185. Boston Dave April 8th, 2009 at 6:05 pm

    GB7,

    just turned that game on (mlb.tv). bases juiced!

    Atlanta’s bullpen may be the only thing keeping them from the playoffs. Schaffer looks good so far too.

  186. vin April 8th, 2009 at 6:06 pm

    I did to, until one day in early March it dawned on me that he hadn’t signed anywhere.

  187. Nick in SF April 8th, 2009 at 6:06 pm

    You made some good points, Betsy, I just thought it was funny that the three players you mentioned all produced in the game on Monday. The two players whose lack of production was the most glaring were the two imports, CC and Tex (I’m not going to blame Cody Ransom for being Cody Ransom). We all have faith that they’ll ‘get the job done’ this season, don’t we?

  188. GreenBeret7 April 8th, 2009 at 6:06 pm

    4th bases loaded walk of the inning. This is ugly, with Howard at bat, bounce out, 11-10 Philadelphia.

  189. Boston Dave April 8th, 2009 at 6:08 pm

    GB7,

    damn there is some serious lag on mlb.tv. Utley just walked right now. You ruined the suspense :)

  190. DT April 8th, 2009 at 6:08 pm

    The most important game of the season and Girardi just keeps chucking the same losing line-up out there day after day – it’s unbelieveable!

    We are in last place! Something MUST be done. Fire Girardi! Fire Cashman! Bring in Dick Williams!
    What? He’s 78? Who cares – he’s still alive.

    I swear if they lose tonight I’m jumping. I’ve got a foot stool and a puddle ready – don’t try and stop me.

    (the preceding announcement was brought to you by BJYFOA –
    Bridge Jumping Yankee fools of America)

  191. Joe from Long Island April 8th, 2009 at 6:10 pm

    I wonder if Cash is looking at the Atlanta game and putting together trade possibilities with our surplus of young arms.

    I wonder if there’s a match to be made.

  192. Nick in SF April 8th, 2009 at 6:11 pm

    CB: those feisty Rays fans have already linked to all the good pictures… I’ll try to link like my modem’s on fire once the game starts.

  193. randy l. April 8th, 2009 at 6:11 pm

    boston dave-

    one of the good things about the season starting is that we have red sox and their fans to go after rather than each other on the blog. we seem to be in agreement that a little edginess and sense of urgency wouldn’t hurt the yankees.

    i took another look at the nady play. it looks even worse when you play it a few times. if it’s an out of character play no big deal. it really is like a runner not running out ground balls.

    if it happens again, it’s another story.

  194. SJ44 April 8th, 2009 at 6:14 pm

    DT,

    Good stuff. LOL

    With that, I’m off for the evening. I’m giving up in game threads once it gets close to gametime for baseball lent. It gets hazzardous to my health to read such swill at my advanced age.

    Have a good night all, and here’s to a Yankee victory tonight!

  195. GreenBeret7 April 8th, 2009 at 6:14 pm

    Boston Dave
    April 8th, 2009 at 6:08 pm
    GB7,

    damn there is some serious lag on mlb.tv. Utley just walked right now. You ruined the suspense

    ————————————————————

    I’m sure that more than suspense has been ruined for Bobby Cox, today.

  196. Uncle Ellsworth April 8th, 2009 at 6:15 pm

    For the Urgency discussion

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KSGpwf9SNVE

  197. Buddy Biancalana April 8th, 2009 at 6:15 pm

    Is that the real CB?

  198. Boston Dave April 8th, 2009 at 6:15 pm

    Joe,

    I don’t think Atlanta’s bullpen is that bad (relative to the avg bullpen which isn’t saying much). I guess it could be bad but if Gonzalez, Soriano, and Moylan stay healthy they’re ok. They have some decent guys but they could definitely use some more depth.

    The Yanks should look to deal if there are any desperate buyers.

  199. Ryan April 8th, 2009 at 6:17 pm

    Anyone know what the worst start is to make the playoffs? Just curious.

  200. randy l. April 8th, 2009 at 6:18 pm

    “Is that the real CB?”

    no way.

  201. Brad Pitt's better-looking brother April 8th, 2009 at 6:18 pm

    1-0 according to some here

  202. Arod, all the time April 8th, 2009 at 6:19 pm

    I just finished watching Joba’s police performance, and have a question. Why is it that the Yankees front office always draft, trades for, or buys these type guys? Between their support for steroid abusers, coke abusers and alcoholics, it’s a wonder why state officials do not make them culpable. I think they are.

  203. CB April 8th, 2009 at 6:19 pm

    Buddy,

    This is the real CB. I won’t be posting during the game thread so I just though I’d check in before the game starts.

    I think they’ll do well tonight. This is the enormous advantage of having a deep rotation.

    They are favored to win nearly every night. That makes it much easier to throw away one bad start like CC put up.

  204. Buddy Biancalana April 8th, 2009 at 6:20 pm

    Thanks for the confirmation randy.

  205. Boston Dave April 8th, 2009 at 6:22 pm

    randy,

    I’m a bit surprised that more people don’t see it that way. If people can appreciate running hard on every grounder, why not this?

    I hate harping on it because it’s not a big deal if it truly is an isolated thing. But it wouldn’t hurt to see guys playing with some fire in them, something to prove, or whatever you want to call it. Like I said, I’m not saying they won’t. It’s just that plays like that particular one are surely not evidence of it.

  206. randy l. April 8th, 2009 at 6:23 pm

    not the real cb.

  207. Nick in SF April 8th, 2009 at 6:26 pm

    Buddy: I have helped bring out CB’s inner comedian before. I think it is the real CB. Why randy would say “no way” is a mystery.

  208. Nick in SF April 8th, 2009 at 6:29 pm

    I don’t think that’s the real randy l. The real randy l. wouldn’t be so wrong about it being the real CB, would he?

  209. Boston Dave April 8th, 2009 at 6:30 pm

    go Yanks… I’m going to follow suit and abandon the game thread.

    looking forward to seeing CMW vs Uehara

  210. GreenBeret7 April 8th, 2009 at 6:31 pm

    You can tell that’s the “real CB”. He spelled his name correctly.

  211. m April 8th, 2009 at 6:31 pm

    Yes, Marte & Bruney are looking pretty good to the Braves right now. :)

  212. CB April 8th, 2009 at 6:32 pm

    randy,

    This is really me. I don’t have much to say about the game tonight given its game 2. Nick seemed like he needed some moral support in his visual linking and pyrotechnics so hey…

    What else can I say? Since my brief foray into Nick’s world of comedics didn’t work out so well how about something different.

    I meant to send you an interesting article on statistics and society in relationship to the financial meltdown that Felix Salmon wrote a few months ago. It’s about a model that’s a kind of Gaussian Copula Function.

    It was developed by a fellow who looked like he was destined to win a Nobel prize. Now not so much.

    It’s an interesting follow up to that Joe Nocera article from the NY Times I sent you a few months ago on the VAR statistical model that created so much grief from it’s misuse.

    Take a look. It’s an even better article than the Nocera one.

    http://www.wired.com/techbiz/i.....ntPage=all

  213. Doreen April 8th, 2009 at 6:32 pm

    GB7 -

    That was so bad it was hysterical! :lol: (Or that’s the wine I had with dinner.)

  214. randy l. April 8th, 2009 at 6:34 pm

    “CB
    April 8th, 2009 at 6:04 pm
    “I think we’re getting warmer!”
    CC was cub scout when he was younger. It didn’t work out however because he didn’t rub stick together with enough urgency to create the spark needed for fire.
    Ergo now he has a passion for water bottles.
    BTW I clicked on some link you put up that was the picture of that terrible movie Panic Room. Very disappointing. Was that really your A game? Panic Room after loss 1 of the season?
    Someone needs to start linking with a little more urgency….”

    nick in sf-

    if you think that the above is from CB i’d have to disagree. inner comedian? CB was the most articulate poster on the blog. what did you do give him a lobodomy?

    if that’s really cb , let him tell us about The Black Swan theory by Nassim Nicholas Taleb and how it relates to baseball.

  215. Buddy Biancalana April 8th, 2009 at 6:34 pm

    Maybe randy thinks CB is Cashman, using his reverse initials as his handle. I’m on the fence though, CB usually writes differently.

  216. m April 8th, 2009 at 6:35 pm

    jennifer,

    I ask you every year. But do you still have the # to text for Yankee scoring updates? I cleared my sent folder. Thanks in advance!

  217. Betsy April 8th, 2009 at 6:36 pm

    Oh boy, I forgot AJ lives near Baltimore. It will be an interesting test for him tomorrow. If the Yankees lose tonight, he will be placed in the role of stopper…….in his first start in pinstripes, in practically his hometown. I hope this doesn’t come to pass, but I’ll be interested in his reaction to the media attention if he doesn’t pitch well.

  218. randy l. April 8th, 2009 at 6:37 pm

    CB-

    lol. ok , i believe you. forget what i said about the lobodomy :)

  219. GreenBeret7 April 8th, 2009 at 6:38 pm

    Doreen
    April 8th, 2009 at 6:32 pm
    GB7 –
    That was so bad it was hysterical! (Or that’s the wine I had with dinner.)

    ————————————————————

    Sure hope you have a waterproof (or wineproof) computer.

  220. CB April 8th, 2009 at 6:38 pm

    randy,

    I like Taleb’s work you know that. I’ll have to answer your question later as I’m getting late for an appointment.

    His first book is very good as well. Even more impressive than Taleb is the person who mentored him – Benoit Mandelbroit. He’s a genius.

  221. randy l. April 8th, 2009 at 6:39 pm

    lobotomy , that is.

    hey nick, do you think you could get me in touch with my inner sense of humor ? :)

  222. Benoit Manelbroit - Genious April 8th, 2009 at 6:40 pm

    at your service…

  223. GreenBeret7 April 8th, 2009 at 6:42 pm

    randy l.
    April 8th, 2009 at 6:39 pm
    lobotomy , that is.

    hey nick, do you think you could get me in touch with my inner sense of humor ?

    ————————————————————

    I thought your spelling ability WAS your inner sense of humor.

    Don’t relax, Pal. I’m just warming up.

  224. Count of Montefusco April 8th, 2009 at 6:44 pm

    Dear Michael Kay,

    Could you not talk?

    Thanks,

    Count of Montefusco

  225. Count of Montefusco April 8th, 2009 at 6:44 pm

    PS Shut up

  226. Benoit Manelbroit - Genious April 8th, 2009 at 6:46 pm

    no query too burdensome, no conundrum too abstruse…
    ask away

  227. randy l. April 8th, 2009 at 6:46 pm

    “I thought your spelling ability WAS your inner sense of humor.
    Don’t relax, Pal. I’m just warming up.”

    gb7-

    i could spot you the “I” and you’d still have trouble spelling “IQ”.

  228. Nick in SF April 8th, 2009 at 6:47 pm

    randy, first you have to let go of your hatred. *Then* you can laugh. ;)

    (Buddy, seriously, that is the ‘real’ CB!)

  229. randy l. April 8th, 2009 at 6:49 pm

    monsieur manelbroit-

    is is true that how a team plays one game will show up as a fractal pattern of the whole season?

    in other words are the yankees screwed as you have said about the economy?

  230. DT April 8th, 2009 at 6:51 pm

    Just stating this up front –

    If a joke is funny, it’s me. (even if Nick in SF says it)

    If a joke is not funny – it’s an impostor.

  231. Benoit Manelbroit - Genious April 8th, 2009 at 6:51 pm

    actually my dear dear Randy

    the economy parallels the obvious contusions in the x lineage as portrayed versus the y constant throughout Yankee history.
    It’s elementary really. Did I make myself clear?

  232. Arod, all the time April 8th, 2009 at 6:52 pm

    Ahh, I got it, I think!

    I makes sense that a baseball team owned by a convicted felon would harbor drug addicts and alcoholics on his team’s roster. Thanks for all your help, folks!

  233. Buddy Biancalana April 8th, 2009 at 6:53 pm

    Nick-

    After the last post by CB, I believed him or her.

  234. Count of Montefusco April 8th, 2009 at 6:53 pm

    Cher Monsieur Manelbroit,

    Est-ce que c’est possible por Michael Kay fermer sa bouche? Si non, porquoi pas?

    Merci,

    Count of Montefusco

  235. S.o.S.*118-44!!* April 8th, 2009 at 6:54 pm

    Damn i missed all the good jokes.

    Nick,
    I actually like the panic room link. I think thelma and Louise jumping off cliff in the end of the movie wouldnt have been good link as well.

  236. GreenBeret7 April 8th, 2009 at 6:55 pm

    randy l.
    April 8th, 2009 at 6:46 pm
    “I thought your spelling ability WAS your inner sense of humor.
    Don’t relax, Pal. I’m just warming up.”

    gb7-

    i could spot you the “I” and you’d still have trouble spelling “IQ”.

    ————————————————————

    I’m so above school yard comebacks like that. Now, if you had said that I had the IQ of an ice cube, I could respect that, and maybe given you a point for originality and effort. But, not for that feeble attempt.

  237. Benoit Manelbroit - Genious April 8th, 2009 at 6:56 pm

    I am in total agreement concerning the knave, Micheal Kay.
    Though his head is rather large and grotesque, it does not seem to harbor the gray matter necessary to satisfactorily complete his duties at times.
    Pity.
    (But I still like him anyway)

  238. S.o.S.*118-44!!* April 8th, 2009 at 6:58 pm

    I wont believe that he’s the real CB until he gives us the percentages of making the playoffs starting 0-1. CB would be able to break it down to the T. Will the real CB stand up.

  239. Benoit Manelbroit - Genious April 8th, 2009 at 6:59 pm

    This masquerade cannot go on any longer!
    I must admit that I am none other than the dolt known as Brad Pitt’s better-looking brother. Not a true genious though most will be surprised to hear such news, no doubt.
    I’ll get back to you in about a week after ingesting some additional ginko-biloba and ginseng and report if there are any improvements.

  240. pat April 8th, 2009 at 7:01 pm

    Genious ?

  241. KGsturnz0r217 April 8th, 2009 at 7:02 pm

    the tupac version of “in the air tonight” i hope

  242. randy l. April 8th, 2009 at 7:02 pm

    Benoit Manelbroit – Genious -

    i think if the yankees lose tonight, chaos theory will come in handy on the blog.

  243. S.o.S.*118-44!!* April 8th, 2009 at 7:05 pm

    Im not sure if anyone has mentioned this already but why the hell is Giambi batting 5th?!!! I mean all he does is pull the ball and hit into the shift. .250 hitter with no speed and cant hit opposite field shouldnt be that high in the lineup. There i got it out of my system.

    (SORRY BAD HABBITTS ARE HARD TO DIE. THOUGHT IT WAS STILL 08.)

    Lets play ball!!!

  244. Buddy Biancalana April 8th, 2009 at 7:05 pm

    pat-

    Haha, well done.

  245. Uncle Ellsworth April 8th, 2009 at 7:06 pm

    Panic Room or This?
    http://www.wristcutters.com/

  246. randy l. April 8th, 2009 at 7:07 pm

    “Now, if you had said that I had the IQ of an ice cube, I could respect that,”

    i once told a 6’7 300 lb bouncer that he had the IQ of a peanut , and that didn’t go over well so i try to stay away from that sort of comparison.

  247. Benny ( it's Game time) Blanco April 8th, 2009 at 7:08 pm

    derek knows how to get on base..

  248. Uncle Ellsworth April 8th, 2009 at 7:08 pm

    Jeter Walks!

  249. Nick in SF April 8th, 2009 at 7:09 pm

    “After the last post by CB, I believed him or her.”

    Or her??? You live too close to Berkeley!

  250. kd April 8th, 2009 at 7:09 pm

    nice to see jeter taking the lead-off thing seriously

  251. Uncle Ellsworth April 8th, 2009 at 7:11 pm

    Pol Pot at the bat

  252. S.A.--It's a marathon, not a sprint April 8th, 2009 at 7:11 pm

    Listen to those Boos. :roll:

  253. jennifer April 8th, 2009 at 7:11 pm

    Wow what a bunch of losers the O’s fans are. Get over it!!

  254. Tom in NJ April 8th, 2009 at 7:11 pm

    Kay is recapping the anger

  255. Matty April 8th, 2009 at 7:12 pm

    YES just farked up a graphic.

    They listed where players represent on the 25-man roster.

    The USA, DR, PR, Taiwan, and Mexico was listed.

    Matsui must be pissed.

  256. jennifer April 8th, 2009 at 7:12 pm

    Is anyone else annoyed by this pitcher. He is fidgety on the mound.

    Come on Mark, hit a hr! Shut them up!

  257. Benny ( it's Game time) Blanco April 8th, 2009 at 7:12 pm

    what is mark looking at??

  258. Matty April 8th, 2009 at 7:13 pm

    NO WAI MICHAEL KAY!

    I’M GLENN! LONG TIME LISTENER!

    At that point, Michael Kay drops him with a 357.

  259. DT April 8th, 2009 at 7:13 pm

    this guy look to be a nibbler like Igawa.
    that could be good.

  260. Benny ( it's Game time) Blanco April 8th, 2009 at 7:14 pm

    0-5

  261. Matty April 8th, 2009 at 7:14 pm

    Little known secret: Matsui actually speaks perfect English, Roger just needs a job.

  262. Tom in NJ April 8th, 2009 at 7:14 pm

    why does Matsui always look coy..

  263. Nick in SF April 8th, 2009 at 7:16 pm

    Round one goes to Lieutenant Uhura.

  264. S.A.--It's a marathon, not a sprint April 8th, 2009 at 7:16 pm

    Time for the Wang

  265. GreenBeret7 April 8th, 2009 at 7:17 pm

    randy l.
    April 8th, 2009 at 7:07 pm
    “Now, if you had said that I had the IQ of an ice cube, I could respect that,”

    i once told a 6’7 300 lb bouncer that he had the IQ of a peanut , and that didn’t go over well so i try to stay away from that sort of comparison.

    ————————————————————

    And, they question your intelligence? A wise man once said, “Just don’t even go there.”.

    Now, the fact that what the wise man said has nothing to do with anything, is of no consequence. I just though I’d say it.

  266. PRAWN April 8th, 2009 at 7:17 pm

    Yankees need to bomb this guy. Let Baltimore know who is in charge here.

  267. Buddy Biancalana April 8th, 2009 at 7:17 pm

    Haha, good stuff Nick.

  268. m April 8th, 2009 at 7:17 pm

    Well, at least the Yankees weren’t swinging away at his stuff. Made him work for it. Maybe a couple more innings of that will grind Uehara down.

    Let’s go CMW.

  269. jennifer April 8th, 2009 at 7:18 pm

    I was not really impressed with him. I think second time through we will kill him.

  270. V April 8th, 2009 at 7:19 pm

    I’m not going to go all ‘knee jerk’ on y’all, but I was rather disappointed in that inning.

    1) Why doesn’t Jeter steal? Is he that slow anymore? This guy was throwing hard to handle 80 mph junk and Jeter didn’t attempt to ‘steal’ until a 3-2 count.

    2) I was very unimpressed with Teixeira’s at bat. We get it, patience, grinding, long at bats, but please don’t watch two fat fastballs down the middle for strikes?

  271. pat April 8th, 2009 at 7:20 pm

    Are they really gonna boo him every time he touches the ball?

  272. jennifer April 8th, 2009 at 7:20 pm

    Damn booing everything he does. Get over it. They are a pathetic bunch of fans. Stadium is empty on the second game of the season.

  273. jennifer April 8th, 2009 at 7:21 pm

    pat- I really hope he hits a hr next time up.

  274. CG April 8th, 2009 at 7:21 pm

    Just sitting here thinking about the new stadium. You know what they should have done. They should have put the restaurant lower and put the monuments on top of it. They could have had Monument Park out in open view for all to see. Picture it if you can… just a thought.

  275. Russell NY April 8th, 2009 at 7:21 pm

    “Are they really gonna boo him every time he touches the ball?”

    Orioles fans really don’t have much to cheer for so they are used to it.

  276. Laura - Plug it in, change the world! April 8th, 2009 at 7:22 pm

    BAL fans are quickly catching up to BOS fans on the “pathetic baseball fan” scale.

  277. PRAWN April 8th, 2009 at 7:22 pm

    Wang throwing a fastball down the middle on an o-2 count

    GEEZ

  278. Paulie April 8th, 2009 at 7:22 pm

    Note to self: Pick up Adam Jones for my fantasy team. The dude is hitting lights out.

  279. Russell NY April 8th, 2009 at 7:23 pm

    So how is the 1-4 going to hurt us today?

    3 for 4
    4 for 4
    4 for 4
    4 for 4

    ? :/

  280. Benny ( it's Game time) Blanco April 8th, 2009 at 7:23 pm

    Why are we making adam jones look like Bernie Williams?

  281. jennifer April 8th, 2009 at 7:23 pm

    I see Nady is afraid of walls as well. :)

  282. carl April 8th, 2009 at 7:23 pm

    Wow nady is slow

  283. Russell NY April 8th, 2009 at 7:23 pm

    Paulie – just a warning… don’t just players for your fantasy league based on how they do against just the Yankees. Players always do much better against us then they do against everyone else. They overachieve.

  284. YankeeJosh April 8th, 2009 at 7:24 pm

    The level of booing for Teixeira really surprises me. I figured O’s fans would boo him before every at bat but there’s such hatred in the booing. Before the at bat, through the at bat, and whenever he touches the ball. Even Manny and Ortiz don’t have it so bad in the Bronx.

    In my opinion that type of booing should be reserved for certain type of jerks, the John Rocker types. Booing is one nthing, but this level is really absurd.

  285. Benny ( it's Game time) Blanco April 8th, 2009 at 7:24 pm

    1-0

  286. PRAWN April 8th, 2009 at 7:24 pm

    Looks like another long game for the Yankees – again

  287. S.A.--It's a marathon, not a sprint April 8th, 2009 at 7:24 pm

    Damn

  288. jennifer April 8th, 2009 at 7:24 pm

    wow just wow, went to espn to look at my fantasy team, and this is what hits me in the face.

    A Zone All His Own

    He doesn’t have a tattoo on his face. He hasn’t threatened to eat anyone’s kids. But A-Rod has done something Bill Simmons never thought possible: He’s broken the Tyson Zone.

  289. Paulie April 8th, 2009 at 7:25 pm

    Russell NY – Good point.

    Good to see the O’s are getting their batting practice in today.

  290. ZMAN7777 April 8th, 2009 at 7:25 pm

    Someone needs to step up eventually. These are not the 1954 Indians we’re playing. Sad.

  291. PRAWN April 8th, 2009 at 7:25 pm

    Where is this great pitching that the Yankees were talking about?

  292. Buddy Biancalana April 8th, 2009 at 7:25 pm

    Is that the real CG?

  293. PRAWN April 8th, 2009 at 7:26 pm

    Wang looks awesome today

  294. Russell NY April 8th, 2009 at 7:26 pm

    Well, 0-2 is a good way to start the season.

  295. Benny ( it's Game time) Blanco April 8th, 2009 at 7:26 pm

    wow…..

  296. Betsy April 8th, 2009 at 7:26 pm

    See, the Yankees got their leadoff man on in the first and did absolutely nothing with him. I wish Jeter would try to steal, be aggressive – anything. This is precisely why I have concerns about this offense.

    I’m also not surprised at Wang’s performance thus far

  297. Ed - Mo is invulnerable April 8th, 2009 at 7:26 pm

    “Are they really gonna boo him every time he touches the ball?”

    you owe me NY will definitely destroy the O’s with the boos when they come to town.

  298. Blackdragon905 April 8th, 2009 at 7:27 pm

    wang’s sinker is pretty atrocious right now, let’s hope he settles down.

  299. G. Love April 8th, 2009 at 7:27 pm

    Someone get Geise warm!

    Whoops.

  300. Paulie April 8th, 2009 at 7:27 pm

    I think my 5-year-old nephew can hit off wang right now.

  301. PRAWN April 8th, 2009 at 7:27 pm

    Meanwhile the Yankees will look lifeless against an over the hill Japanese pitcher.

  302. Paddy R April 8th, 2009 at 7:27 pm

    xavier nady is not good.

    its 2 games, but this teams’ desire to start in a hole last year continuing to the first two games of this season is concerning. you can’t say that’s an overreaction, because it happened all last year. the games in april don’t matter less than the games in july, it’s unacceptable to constantly be getting off to slow starts (both in the season and in games).

  303. jennifer April 8th, 2009 at 7:27 pm

    Wow just stop watching than. Shut the game off and go play in traffic if you think the game is over now.

  304. Nick in SF April 8th, 2009 at 7:27 pm

    The curse of Geise?

  305. ZMAN7777 April 8th, 2009 at 7:27 pm

    What’s the record for most doubles hit in an inning?

  306. feefoo April 8th, 2009 at 7:28 pm

    matsui is washed up

  307. Matt April 8th, 2009 at 7:28 pm

    I miss Jose Molina behind the plate. All the memories of Posada calling for a pitcher’s 3rd best pitch with runners on base and serving up extra base hits are rushing back.

  308. Ed - Mo is invulnerable April 8th, 2009 at 7:28 pm

    Huff just got owned by Wang.

  309. S.o.S.*118-44!!* April 8th, 2009 at 7:28 pm

    O.k. I think its time for Posada to use one of his 3 time outs and give Wang that shoulder thing sign. He is throwing batting practice.

  310. vin April 8th, 2009 at 7:28 pm

    That helps. Thanks Aubrey.

  311. PRAWN April 8th, 2009 at 7:29 pm

    Wangs lisfranc is acting up

  312. Shred Em April 8th, 2009 at 7:29 pm

    Thank you, Aubrey Huff.

  313. feefoo April 8th, 2009 at 7:29 pm

    wang always has mechanical problems…

  314. Benny ( it's Game time) Blanco April 8th, 2009 at 7:29 pm

    pass a diving randsom

  315. jennifer April 8th, 2009 at 7:29 pm

    I wonder if people are still glad Alex is gone. Alex would have had that.

  316. PRAWN April 8th, 2009 at 7:30 pm

    Yanks need to win this game 15-2

  317. feefoo April 8th, 2009 at 7:30 pm

    ransom is garbage… get pena in there at least his defense is good.

  318. Paulie April 8th, 2009 at 7:30 pm

    Paging new third baseman Pena. Paging new third baseman Pena.

  319. jennifer April 8th, 2009 at 7:30 pm

    Yeah Jorge sucks, he’s only caught no hitters and perfect games, but he is awful!!!

  320. Matt April 8th, 2009 at 7:30 pm

    A-Rod is missed on defense and offense, but even moreso on offense as you watch this team with no power try to swing for the fences.

  321. ZMAN7777 April 8th, 2009 at 7:30 pm

    Another problem is that this team has no reliable arms in the pen beyond Rivera. If the starters don’t go deep, it’s over.

  322. GreenBeret7 April 8th, 2009 at 7:30 pm

    Looks like stupidity will reign tonight. The trolls must be on vacation.

  323. Paddy R April 8th, 2009 at 7:30 pm

    are these balls lasers? on gamecast can’t watch.

  324. S.A.--It's a marathon, not a sprint April 8th, 2009 at 7:31 pm

    That’s finally over with.

  325. carl April 8th, 2009 at 7:31 pm

    A-Rod is watching the game smiling.

  326. Donnie April 8th, 2009 at 7:31 pm

    Am I the only one who’s seen just about enough of the Cody Ransom Experiment? He doesn’t seem to have the instincts for the position. It looked to me (and maybe I’m wrong) that he broke WAY late on that hit, and that it should have been playable. I’ll gladly eat my words if he hits today, but if not, I’d prefer to at least give Pena a chance.

  327. PRAWN April 8th, 2009 at 7:32 pm

    We’re underway in Baltimore. It’s 54 degrees and the Wanger is already on the hot seat, having allowed consecutive doubles by Jones, Markakis and Huff. It’s 2-0 O’s. Let the panic begin.
    ———————————————————
    PANIC!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  328. Russell NY April 8th, 2009 at 7:32 pm

    Paddy R – exactly. It’s depressing how bad they are in April. We need ARod.

    The balls are lasers, yes.

  329. vin April 8th, 2009 at 7:32 pm

    Good news: 3 ground balls
    Bad news: 3 doubles

  330. jennifer April 8th, 2009 at 7:33 pm

    GreenBeret7

    Ain’t that the truth. It is truly pathetic on here. They’ve managed to drive away the good posters during the games.

  331. Laura - Plug it in, change the world! April 8th, 2009 at 7:33 pm

    “A-Rod is watching the game smiling.”

    I doubt it. A-Rod is a fierce competitor he’s probably pissed that he can’t be on the field making a difference.

  332. Benny ( it's Game time) Blanco April 8th, 2009 at 7:33 pm

    Espn has a single white-female obession with the yankees.

  333. carl April 8th, 2009 at 7:33 pm

    I been tired of Nady since last year. I have to give Cody a couple more games.

  334. Uncle Ellsworth April 8th, 2009 at 7:33 pm

    GB7 Hunker Down!

  335. Ed - Mo is invulnerable April 8th, 2009 at 7:33 pm

    “The balls are lasers, yes.”

    when the hell did we got all high tech?

  336. nick April 8th, 2009 at 7:33 pm

    unfortunately i cant watch this game on tv because i am on class, but got in gametrack. does wang look as bad is it seems??

  337. S.o.S.*118-44!!* April 8th, 2009 at 7:34 pm

    Fellas its the first inning!!

    We are facing the 09 version of Igawa. This will turn out to be a Yankee blowout.

  338. S.o.S.*118-44!!* April 8th, 2009 at 7:34 pm

    Fellas its the first inning!!

    We are facing the 09 version of Igawa. This will turn out to be a Yankee blowout.

  339. Angel - Tales told by idiots, fully of sound and fury, signifying nothing. April 8th, 2009 at 7:34 pm

    Apparently booing Teixeira is all in good fun for O’s fans.

    Don’t get it, personally.

    T-minus … till the bridge jumping panic begins, lol.

  340. vin April 8th, 2009 at 7:34 pm

    “A-Rod is watching the game smiling.”

    Why? Is he getting a reflection of himself off the tv?

  341. Betsy April 8th, 2009 at 7:34 pm

    The Yankees really need a long man. They may have to use up their pen tonight if Wang can’t right himself……Paging Tomko?

  342. carl April 8th, 2009 at 7:34 pm

    Laura I know he wants to be back. Im saying he’s smiling because of all the haters who say we are better without him

  343. Paulie April 8th, 2009 at 7:34 pm

    I’m calling it right now: No Hitter by Dice K’s Cousin.

  344. Troll April 8th, 2009 at 7:35 pm

    CC – Busted
    Wang – Busted
    A.J – Next to be busted ?

  345. ZZ April 8th, 2009 at 7:35 pm

    Fire Girardi!!!!

  346. Laura - Plug it in, change the world! April 8th, 2009 at 7:35 pm

    “Laura I know he wants to be back. Im saying he’s smiling because of all the haters who say we are better without him”

    Oh. I thought you meant something nefarious. My bad.

  347. Betsy April 8th, 2009 at 7:35 pm

    That said, Wang (like any good pitcher) may very well settle down and pitch very well. 2-0 is not a difficult deficit to overcome.

  348. S.A.--It's a marathon, not a sprint April 8th, 2009 at 7:36 pm

    atta boy Cano

  349. Benny ( it's Game time) Blanco April 8th, 2009 at 7:36 pm

    cano…baby. big year!

  350. Uncle Ellsworth April 8th, 2009 at 7:36 pm

    sorry Paulie

  351. Paddy R April 8th, 2009 at 7:36 pm

    come on robbie stay hot kid attaboy.

  352. Laura - Plug it in, change the world! April 8th, 2009 at 7:36 pm

    I will be very surprised if Cano doesn’t have a huge offensive season this year.

  353. Paulie April 8th, 2009 at 7:36 pm

    I’m calling it right now: Cano bats 400 for the season.

  354. jennifer April 8th, 2009 at 7:36 pm

    Paulie- Can you call a shut out now. Seeing that you are the new Mrs. Cleo.

  355. kd April 8th, 2009 at 7:36 pm

    good sign, cano going to other way

  356. Bronx Jeers April 8th, 2009 at 7:37 pm

    “I’m calling it right now: No Hitter by Dice K’s Cousin.”

    Can you call a shutout now?

  357. S.o.S.*118-44!!* April 8th, 2009 at 7:37 pm

    Cano looks freaking smooth hitting this year. I predict a big year from him. .330 with 45 walks

  358. nick April 8th, 2009 at 7:37 pm

    what is the yankees obsession with making the orioles bum pitchers look like nolan ryan. its the same with every rookie pitcher they throw out there, danny batista was unhittable against us the whole time he was there and it just seems like anyone they throw out there who has a terrible track record is an ace vs. the yanks

  359. Uncle Ellsworth April 8th, 2009 at 7:37 pm

    Betsy GLASS HALF FULL!
    like to see it!

  360. AD April 8th, 2009 at 7:37 pm

    Is anyone else watching YES feed on MLB TV Premium and seeing flickering black lines?

  361. carl April 8th, 2009 at 7:37 pm

    Yes AD

  362. PRAWN April 8th, 2009 at 7:38 pm

    Swish should be starting but thats just me

  363. jennifer April 8th, 2009 at 7:38 pm

    I keep hearing strange background noises (on hd).

  364. Paulie April 8th, 2009 at 7:38 pm

    Jennifer, I won’t call a shut out, but I will call a rain delay by the third inning.

  365. Polish Prince April 8th, 2009 at 7:38 pm

    But we finished the exhibition season so well. What is happening?

  366. jennifer April 8th, 2009 at 7:39 pm

    God Zahn looks like an old man.

  367. Nick in SF April 8th, 2009 at 7:39 pm

    Morning rush hour in Taipei:

    http://tinyurl.com/cu8has

    Is that a city in panic?

  368. Angel - Tales told by idiots, fully of sound and fury, signifying nothing. April 8th, 2009 at 7:39 pm

    Nice one, Robbie.

  369. Paulie April 8th, 2009 at 7:39 pm

    Alright, I’m calling a shut out right now

  370. jennifer April 8th, 2009 at 7:40 pm

    Paulie- Don’t you see, you called a no hitter, and bam it was gone. So I want you to call a shut out. You are a jinx. :P

  371. nick April 8th, 2009 at 7:40 pm

    robby cano showing some speed on the bases good to see, i hope we can work the small ball this year with gardner in the lineup

  372. Angel - Tales told by idiots, fully of sound and fury, signifying nothing. April 8th, 2009 at 7:40 pm

    Heh. Must be all that snuff chewing, Jennifer.

  373. Donnie April 8th, 2009 at 7:40 pm

    Apparently, playing third base is overrated.

  374. panayioti April 8th, 2009 at 7:40 pm

    AD, I had to change from the NexDef to normal and it has cleared up the YES feed on MLB

  375. Ed - 2009 season can't start soon enough April 8th, 2009 at 7:40 pm

    shortness pays off. :D

  376. Betsy April 8th, 2009 at 7:41 pm

    Uncle Ellsworth, I have to tell you – I am fighting my natural tendency towards negativity. So far, I’m mostly failing, but I haven’t broken yet,lol.

    I’m glad Cano looks good because I’ve thought for awhile that he would have a huge bounceback season. Maybe he learned a little something from last year…….In any case, he’s just a very talented player; it would shock me if he didn’t hit.

  377. CARL PAVANO's ACCOMPLICE April 8th, 2009 at 7:41 pm

    CANO IS GOING TO HAVE A HUGE YEAR…NOW ALL WE NEED IS NADY TO START HITTING

    I WANTED SWISHER IN RF I WONDER HOW LONG IT TAKES TILL JOE SEES THAT

    GO GARDNER

  378. Nick in SF April 8th, 2009 at 7:41 pm

    Ransom made that too close. Melky would have slid under the tag!

  379. Paulie April 8th, 2009 at 7:41 pm

    Jennifer, I picked up on it, after the fact ;)

  380. carl April 8th, 2009 at 7:41 pm

    Its fine now panayioti

  381. PRAWN April 8th, 2009 at 7:41 pm

    GRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRR

  382. panayioti April 8th, 2009 at 7:42 pm

    Ok, second thought, just cleared up the audio but the picture is fuzzy. So there is the choice – Michael Kay or clear picture and no audio.

  383. Benny ( it's Game time) Blanco April 8th, 2009 at 7:42 pm

    0-2 risp… we left 3 on base

  384. ZMAN7777 April 8th, 2009 at 7:42 pm

    Good to see we’re hitting in the clutch again like last year.

  385. PRAWN April 8th, 2009 at 7:43 pm

    I really would love it if the Yanks bomb Uehara tonight. That would make my day.

  386. Russell NY April 8th, 2009 at 7:43 pm

    Paulie – ditto.

    At least the Mets are losing :)

  387. carl April 8th, 2009 at 7:43 pm

    Our team should be fired.

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

    1 away

  389. Shred Em April 8th, 2009 at 7:44 pm

    Wang got lucky…that was another cookie.

  390. Russell NY April 8th, 2009 at 7:44 pm

    Clear and no audio… all the way

  391. Paulie April 8th, 2009 at 7:44 pm

    wonder what Uehara’s nickname was in Japan?

  392. Uncle Ellsworth April 8th, 2009 at 7:45 pm

    Betsy –
    I think Cano is a big part of this year too.
    Stay positive!!!
    A 1 2 3 inning by Wang can chage it all.
    All is well

  393. Tex April 8th, 2009 at 7:45 pm

    its like 2008 up in here.

  394. Polish Prince April 8th, 2009 at 7:45 pm

    Lester, 5 K’s in 2 innings.

  395. S.o.S.*118-44!!* April 8th, 2009 at 7:45 pm

    This scene describes some Yankee fans during games.

    http://www.wheels-near-u.co.uk.....g.jpg.html

  396. Sean Serritella April 8th, 2009 at 7:45 pm

    Wow, thank god I came to this blog because I thought the game started at 8.

  397. ZMAN7777 April 8th, 2009 at 7:45 pm

    It’s not his fault, but it’s conceivable that Girardi’s seat might be getting warm before the home opener.

  398. jennifer April 8th, 2009 at 7:46 pm

    Okay I figured out what the stupid background noise is. It is from the Yes traffic where they show the mph, it also sounds like a phone ringing. Does anyone else hear this, before I email yes to complain?

  399. Tex April 8th, 2009 at 7:46 pm

    Has a yankee starter struck anyone out yet this year?

  400. S.A.--It's a marathon, not a sprint April 8th, 2009 at 7:46 pm

    1 more Wanger

  401. Laura - Plug it in, change the world! April 8th, 2009 at 7:47 pm

    The true sign of a good pitcher is if he can battle through w/o his good stuff. Wang doesn’t appear to have it tonight. Let’s see if he can hang in there and give the team a chance to battle back.

  402. AD April 8th, 2009 at 7:47 pm

    @Carl

    Yup, looks like its fine now. I’m watching it on 6 bars. Seems to be less stuttering that way and the picture still looks very good.

  403. no.27 April 8th, 2009 at 7:47 pm

    groundball!

  404. Doreen April 8th, 2009 at 7:48 pm

    Okay, a much calmer inning for Wang.

    Now, let’s see some hitting?

  405. Lindsey April 8th, 2009 at 7:48 pm

    For the others watching the YES feed on mlb.tv premium… is the feed also coming back to the game late for you? For me, every half inning, when the feed comes back there is already 1 out… also, at the beginning of the game, there was no sound from the booth for probably 5 min… anyone else having these problems?

  406. CARL PAVANO's ACCOMPLICE April 8th, 2009 at 7:48 pm

    WAY TO GO WANG, JUST TRY GETTING MORE GROUND BALLS.

    NOW LETS SEE SOME HITTING. TALKING TO YOU DAMON AND TEX

  407. Rick April 8th, 2009 at 7:48 pm

    Winning breeds confidence. A nice winning streak and everybody feels good and feeds off one another.
    Just hiccups at this point. No cause for concern.

  408. Joe from Long Island April 8th, 2009 at 7:49 pm

    I can’t believe the brain dead on this site.

  409. Paulie April 8th, 2009 at 7:50 pm

    Second go around for the lineup. I’m calling it right now: 1-2-3 inning

  410. pat April 8th, 2009 at 7:51 pm

    3Bman having a tough night tonight.

  411. Benny ( it's Game time) Blanco April 8th, 2009 at 7:51 pm

    go dj!

  412. Andrew April 8th, 2009 at 7:51 pm

    The pitching will be fine. I’m far more worried about the offense. Why the #@%^ is Nady in the lineup instead of Swisher against a right-handed pitcher? I thought Cashman and Girardi were more statistically inclined than to pull this crap.

  413. randy l. April 8th, 2009 at 7:51 pm

    “God Zahn looks like an old man.”

    he kind of looks like Zonker Harris in Doonesbury.

  414. S.o.S.*118-44!!* April 8th, 2009 at 7:51 pm

    Im calling it now. Jeter becomes the first player to hit .500 for the entire season. He just has the IT factor.

  415. Nick in SF April 8th, 2009 at 7:51 pm

    I’m going to feel really stupid if the Yanks come back and win this game, I already bit down on the cyanide capsure. :(

  416. S.A.--It's a marathon, not a sprint April 8th, 2009 at 7:52 pm

    Seriously, the boos are lame.

  417. CARL PAVANO's ACCOMPLICE April 8th, 2009 at 7:52 pm

    DAMON WHY ARE YOU SUCKING!!!

  418. Tex April 8th, 2009 at 7:52 pm

    unbelievable

  419. pat April 8th, 2009 at 7:52 pm

    I hear the boos and expect to see Alex.

  420. tampa yankee April 8th, 2009 at 7:52 pm

    at least damon doesn’t bounce into dp

  421. JoeM April 8th, 2009 at 7:52 pm

    the mlb-tv feed is awful tonight

  422. Nick April 8th, 2009 at 7:52 pm

    Watching on mlb.tv and I am having the same problems as well. However for the top of the 3rd the feed did come back on time for Jeter’s at bat.

  423. Uncle Ellsworth April 8th, 2009 at 7:52 pm

    The Tex Booing is comical.

    Let’s go TEX!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  424. Laura - Plug it in, change the world! April 8th, 2009 at 7:52 pm

    You know, TEX really needs to shut these people up with a major bomb.

  425. Giuseppe Franco April 8th, 2009 at 7:52 pm

    It’s not his fault, but it’s conceivable that Girardi’s seat might be getting warm before the home opener.

    ————–

    Don’t be retarded.

    Girardi is going to be the manager for the entire 2009 season unless things go horribly wrong and they are 20 games under .500 before the All-Star Break.

    And that’s not going to happen with this rotation.

  426. Tex April 8th, 2009 at 7:53 pm

    too bad popups dont count as homeruns, we’d be winning

  427. CARL PAVANO's ACCOMPLICE April 8th, 2009 at 7:53 pm

    THIS LOOKS LIKE THE FIRST INNING ALL OVER

  428. S.o.S.*118-44!!* April 8th, 2009 at 7:53 pm

    Can someone tell Tex that he can swing at strikes anytime hes ready!!!

  429. Peter Abraham April 8th, 2009 at 7:53 pm

    Please don’t post in ALL CAPS as it’s annoying and reveals you to be stupid. Thanks.

  430. Donnie April 8th, 2009 at 7:54 pm

    He’s gotta stop pressing. It’s not necessary to try THIS hard.

  431. Laura - Plug it in, change the world! April 8th, 2009 at 7:54 pm

    These fans are really embarrassing themselves and baseball fans in general.

  432. Lindsey April 8th, 2009 at 7:54 pm

    Thanks, Nick – wanted to make sure it wasn’t my internet acting up or something – mine came back in time as well for Jeter’s AB :)

  433. Angel - Tales told by idiots, fully of sound and fury, signifying nothing. April 8th, 2009 at 7:54 pm

    Someone needs to tell MK and Ken Singleton that this isn’t anything like A-Rod being booed in Seattle and Texas. A-Rod actually played for those cities. Teixeira never played for the O’s.

  434. CARL PAVANO's ACCOMPLICE April 8th, 2009 at 7:54 pm

    WOW

  435. Benny ( it's Game time) Blanco April 8th, 2009 at 7:54 pm

    Tex 0-6

  436. S.A.--It's a marathon, not a sprint April 8th, 2009 at 7:55 pm

    atta boy Jetes. Steal!

  437. pat April 8th, 2009 at 7:55 pm

    Matsui is gonna get it done

  438. nick April 8th, 2009 at 7:55 pm

    orioles are so petty booing tex, how about your owner throws some money out there and gives him a reason to play there. cal ripken aint walking through camden yards door anymore

  439. ZMAN7777 April 8th, 2009 at 7:55 pm

    Hey genius Giuseppe — it will take a lot less than being 20 games below .500 for Girardi to lose his job.

  440. Scott April 8th, 2009 at 7:55 pm

    Pete any word on why selena is waiting to release her Arod book until May 12th? He hasn’t been in news enough to drive up sales? Would have been nice to have that released and out of the news before Arod had to come back to the team. Hey Selena, See yoU Next Tuesday

  441. Polish Prince April 8th, 2009 at 7:55 pm

    what happend to Tex’s hot spring training too?

  442. nick April 8th, 2009 at 7:56 pm

    50 pitches for kei igawa part II hopefully we can get to their pen early

  443. Mark April 8th, 2009 at 7:56 pm

    Hey guys has anyone jumped off the bridge yet

  444. Tex April 8th, 2009 at 7:57 pm

    when tex gets out of baltimore, it will be on. look out KC.

  445. Peter Abraham April 8th, 2009 at 7:57 pm

    Scott:

    I don’t know Selena and have no idea. I would imagine her publisher wants to release the book when A-Rod is back in the majors. That would seem to make sense.

  446. Benny ( it's Game time) Blanco April 8th, 2009 at 7:57 pm

    Yankees 0-4 risp.

  447. Tex April 8th, 2009 at 7:57 pm

    11 left on monday, 4 so far today….

  448. Donnie April 8th, 2009 at 7:58 pm

    Tex didn’t have a bunch of petty, ignorant morons getting in his head during the spring.

  449. Laura - Plug it in, change the world! April 8th, 2009 at 7:58 pm

    “Teixeira never played for the O’s.”

    The whole thing reeks of stupidity. Here you are, a premiere player going for your big contract. You have two offers. One from a team that hasn’t had a winning season in ages (and won’t this year either) and one from the most successful franchise in sports. Which would you choose? That’s what makes their behavior so ridiculous. No sane person would have chosen BAL over NYY, including the jack behinds that are booing him.

  450. Paulie April 8th, 2009 at 7:58 pm

    At least the Mets are losing to the Reds.

  451. ZMAN7777 April 8th, 2009 at 7:58 pm

    This is Guthrie and U-something. What happens when we face a real pitching staff?

  452. Nick in SF April 8th, 2009 at 7:59 pm

    What’s shaking in Wang’s hometown of Tainan? Well, here’s a clickable Tainan street map, with links to multiple traffic CCTV cameras. :

    http://tntcc.tncg.gov.tw/

  453. jennifer April 8th, 2009 at 7:59 pm

    Isn’t that book old news now? Who cares, I certainly don’t.

  454. S.o.S.*118-44!!* April 8th, 2009 at 7:59 pm

    “Hey guys has anyone jumped off the bridge yet”

    Do you mean cliff?
    http://www.wheels-near-u.co.uk.....g.jpg.html

    Only half the fans so far. I expected much more than that.

  455. jennifer April 8th, 2009 at 8:00 pm

    Okay is Wang really throwing 57mph?

  456. jennifer April 8th, 2009 at 8:00 pm

    What is wrong with the ump? Every single one of those pitches were strikes.

  457. Giuseppe Franco April 8th, 2009 at 8:00 pm

    Hey genius Giuseppe—it will take a lot less than being 20 games below .500 for Girardi to lose his job.

    ———–

    For you to suggest that Girardi’s seat could get warm before the opener is an illustration that you don’t have any idea what you’re talking about.

    Cashman isn’t firing Girardi anytime soon. He wanted Girardi and he’s going to stick with him.

    Even a horrific road trip to start the isn’t going to change anything.

    The Yanks didn’t win much when Steinbrenner went batty and changed managers as often as he changed his underwear.

  458. DT April 8th, 2009 at 8:00 pm

    “Hey guys has anyone jumped off the bridge yet”

    The bridge people have wised up. You need to call ahead and they will give you a designated jump time. It prevents long lines.

    Of course, bridge jumpers with fast pass get to jump first.

  459. nick April 8th, 2009 at 8:01 pm

    four pitch walk, this inning looks ominous roberts can run all over

  460. Corey April 8th, 2009 at 8:01 pm

    as long as Wang has a couple more quick innings I’m confident in winning this game….Uehara wont be in there much longer if they keep working him. Though I cant say he’s awfully impressive….they’re just missing pitches and popping them up…not like he’s blowing people away

  461. ZMAN7777 April 8th, 2009 at 8:01 pm

    Cue the postgame tape: “Uehara is deceptive. You have to tip your cap to him. He kept us off balance.”

  462. Tex April 8th, 2009 at 8:01 pm

    will jones homerun??

  463. Vanessa - Flair For The Dramatic April 8th, 2009 at 8:01 pm

    Did Jorge lose some poundage?

  464. Mark April 8th, 2009 at 8:01 pm

    double play im not calling it lol

  465. S.o.S.*118-44!!* April 8th, 2009 at 8:02 pm

    “This is Guthrie and U-something. What happens when we face a real pitching staff?”

    Well if history repeats itself. The Yankees light up good pitching.

    Hold on a second. I thought Guthrie was a good pitcher?

  466. Shred Em April 8th, 2009 at 8:02 pm

    Adam Jones is very good, I think he’ll develop into a pretty good hitter. The Orioles have some good young players and 1-5 in the order is pretty solid.

  467. miggs April 8th, 2009 at 8:02 pm

    “See, the Yankees got their leadoff man on in the first and did absolutely nothing with him. I wish Jeter would try to steal, be aggressive – anything. This is precisely why I have concerns about this offense.

    I’m also not surprised at Wang’s performance thus far”

    I swear I try and bite my tongue and move past these posts but I just can’t.

    Betsy you are the most annoying, negative, depressing drama queen on this blog. Its not even close.

    So negative, so uninformed, such NONSENSE.

    “I don’t understand what’s happened to Jeter, Posada and Matsui (for examples), but they just don’t get the job done anymore. ”

    Are you kidding? Jeter went 3-5 yesterday and Matsui and Posada homered and are coming off serious injuries in 2008.

    “I actually would prefer not to see HRs – they just remind me that the Yankees really don’t know how to score any other way. ”

    Yeah I agree. I’d rather they strike out or ground into double plays, that’s much more productive.

    I’m sorry I try and look past this garbage but its just too much. Get a grip.

    So Matsui, Posada, and Jeter can’t get the job done. You have concerns about the offense because Jeter didn’t score in the first inning. Wang’s performance doesn’t surprise you… he sucks right? He only won 19 games 2 years in a row and was on his way to another stellar season last year before he got hurt.

    You hate the new stadium. Too many ads. The dirt circle around home plate is too big. The crowd wasn’t into it. The stadium wasn’t full.

    Look I know you post here a lot and apparently you spend a lot of time following the team. Just don’t make it exceedingly painful for others reading the blog.

  468. jennifer April 8th, 2009 at 8:03 pm

    Nice job Jorge!! :)

  469. S.A.--It's a marathon, not a sprint April 8th, 2009 at 8:03 pm

    gotcha

  470. jennifer April 8th, 2009 at 8:03 pm

    And Tex. :D

  471. Angel - Tales told by idiots, fully of sound and fury, signifying nothing. April 8th, 2009 at 8:03 pm

    Nice one, Jorgie!

  472. KO April 8th, 2009 at 8:04 pm

    leave it to the Yankees, with huge expectations and brand new stars, to come out flat against a last place team in their own division. so far these two games look like a reprint of 2008. they have absolutely no clue at the plate. no plan of action. way too many times already have they taken a fat pitch right down the middle on the 1st pitch or early in the count and they’re falling behind, then chasing. everyone seems like they are pressing already and a bunch of scrubs are whipping them…. Wang no more runs bro…

  473. S.o.S.*118-44!!* April 8th, 2009 at 8:04 pm

    Well it looks like Posadas arm is fully healthy.

  474. tampayank April 8th, 2009 at 8:04 pm

    if the Yanks lose this series, it’s going to be a long roadtrip

  475. Bronx Jeers April 8th, 2009 at 8:04 pm

    That throw was way low too. Still he’s thrown out 2 so far.

  476. Uncle Ellsworth April 8th, 2009 at 8:04 pm

    hip hip Jorge!

  477. ZMAN7777 April 8th, 2009 at 8:04 pm

    Right on, miggs!

    As for you, Giuseppe, if the Yankees fall 10 games below .500, Girardi will be gone.

  478. JoemAma April 8th, 2009 at 8:05 pm

    wow cody randsom playing some bad ball defense and offense bad combo

  479. Nick in SF April 8th, 2009 at 8:05 pm

    I’m more worried about the fans who try to jump from tunnels. ;)

  480. Tex April 8th, 2009 at 8:05 pm

    If Ransom doesnt hit, why not just play Pena, we get a good fielder.

  481. Donnie April 8th, 2009 at 8:05 pm

    And Tex saves Ransom’s ass. This is just embarrassing. I really hope Joe isn’t stubborn about this, because he clearly doesn’t belong on the hot corner.

  482. GreenBeret7 April 8th, 2009 at 8:05 pm

    It would appear that when surgery was done on Posada’s shoulder, they grafted a Molina arm on while they were at it. He’s looked great, so far this year.

  483. Laura - Plug it in, change the world! April 8th, 2009 at 8:05 pm

    I would have liked for us to get Markakis, but it was not meant to be.

  484. Shred Em April 8th, 2009 at 8:06 pm

    Come on CMW! Get that sinker down!

  485. Betsy April 8th, 2009 at 8:06 pm

    Did you just spend a lot of time insulting me, Miggs? I figured as such…….moving on. I really don’t care what you think of me, but it’s nice to know that I annoy you so much that you can’t just ignore me.

  486. Donnie April 8th, 2009 at 8:06 pm

    Sorry, I should not have cursed. My apologies, Pete.

  487. panayioti April 8th, 2009 at 8:06 pm

    For those interested, there are at least 15 posts regarding the MLBTV issues. Summary of the rants indicate MLB is responding the same way the Yankees are playing, not very well.

    Just thought I would provide a PSA for all those here. Now, that it is out of the way, those of you on the ledge can skooch closer to the edge and those already calling for Girardi’s firing, there are numerous villages requesting your return.

  488. DT April 8th, 2009 at 8:07 pm

    I know Gregg Zaun. Gregg Zaun was a friend of mine.
    Mr. Posada – you are no Gregg Zaun.

  489. JoemAma April 8th, 2009 at 8:07 pm

    r u really serious?

  490. RobC April 8th, 2009 at 8:08 pm

    Rarely post but Miggs, that was dead on. Betsy needs to chill the F out.

  491. Laura - Plug it in, change the world! April 8th, 2009 at 8:08 pm

    “And Tex saves Ransom’s ass. This is just embarrassing.”

    What are you talking about? 1B often have to dig balls out of the dirt from 3B and SS. No guy is going to make a perfect throw every time. Geez! This is only the 2nd game for Ransom and already people are ready to toss the guy. When did Yankee fans become psychotic?

  492. S.o.S.*118-44!!* April 8th, 2009 at 8:08 pm

    miggs,
    Late to the party i see. Better late than never. For some reason i thought Wang had 3 straight seasons with 19. Could be wrong. I know he had the most wins by any pitcher in 3 seasons. Anyways, just wanted to say WELCOME!!

  493. miggs April 8th, 2009 at 8:08 pm

    Look I’m sorry its just ridiculous.

    I know for a fact I’m not the only one who feels this way.

    Just go back and re-read your posts.

  494. ZMAN7777 April 8th, 2009 at 8:08 pm

    This is ugly. Wang can’t throw strikes now.

  495. Paulie April 8th, 2009 at 8:08 pm

    Has Mora been indentified as a Steriod user? If not, I’ll put 20 bucks that he’s one of the 103 players on that list that has not be released.

  496. Uncle Ellsworth April 8th, 2009 at 8:09 pm

    Lloyd Bentsen reference Wow

  497. randy l. April 8th, 2009 at 8:09 pm

    nice throw by posada, and very nice on the run throw by cano . cano looks like he’s come to play so far.

  498. no.27 April 8th, 2009 at 8:10 pm

    wtf is swisher doing playing “in the air tonight” when wang is starting?

    whats wrong with “like a rolling stone” or “papa was a rolling stone”?

    swisher needs to go. he can bring cc, teixeira, marte, bruney, ransom, and anyone else who hasn’t had a game winning home run this year with him.

  499. jonnycat April 8th, 2009 at 8:11 pm

    Need Help!

    So I finally caved in and got the mlb.tv package since I don’t have cable. Get home all excited just log in and the game is in blackout! They say i can listen to it on their radio station, but since I live in NYC I can listen to it on 880. So what the !@!# did I pay this money for when I can listen for free on the radio? Anyone know if all the games on YES are blacked out, and if so what’s the point of me having this? thanks!

  500. carl April 8th, 2009 at 8:11 pm

    um Wang has thrown 1 slider and 1 change up?

  501. Nick in SF April 8th, 2009 at 8:11 pm

    Mora? Steroids? That might explain the quintuplets.

  502. S.o.S.*118-44!!* April 8th, 2009 at 8:11 pm

    “It would appear that when surgery was done on Posada’s shoulder, they grafted a Molina arm on while they were at it. He’s looked great, so far this year.”

    gb7,
    Any truth to the rumor that he replaced his arm with a bionic one? Steve Austin style.

  503. miggs April 8th, 2009 at 8:11 pm

    SOS he would have won 19 last year if he didn’t get hurt.

    He was 8-2 and I believe he got hurt in mid-June.

    Not sure on that date I’d have to look it up, but I’m almost positive it was before the all-star break.

    Either way, he was on his way to another solid season. The guy doesn’t get the respect he deserves. All he’s done is win since his first year. So he doesn’t strike guys out, who cares? He wins and he eats innings. He can pitch for my team any day.

  504. Donnie April 8th, 2009 at 8:11 pm

    Laura, it’s going nothing to do with being psychotic. The guy has made 4 AWFUL plays at third in two games. That’s not something that someone comfortable at a position does. You’re right, no guy IS going to make perfect throws every time, but this is not Jeter sailing one wide once. This is consistently bad defense.

  505. GreenBeret7 April 8th, 2009 at 8:12 pm

    It would appear that when surgery was done on Posada’s shoulder, they grafted a Molina arm on while they were at it. He’s looked great, so far this year..

  506. tampayank April 8th, 2009 at 8:12 pm

    let’s get some runs

  507. Betsy April 8th, 2009 at 8:12 pm

    What is your problem, Miggs? Let’s try to keep it civil. I didn’t read your post, but I take it you think I’m going overboard? Well, where did I say the Yankees were not a good team? My point is that the offense is a concern to me because for the last couple of years, they have done nothing with RISP. I know you can not dispute that. They score a lot of runs via the HR – and they often do not move runners over. Again, this is true.

    I can’t worry about whether people like me or not, not in real life and not on a blog. They can respond or not respond to my posts – it just seems silly to get into a fight and over what?

  508. S.A.--It's a marathon, not a sprint April 8th, 2009 at 8:13 pm

    johnnycat-I think all the games on YES will be blacked out for you.

  509. randy l. April 8th, 2009 at 8:13 pm

    kazmir just challenged pedroia up around the shoulders. why do teams keep doing that? double off the wall.

  510. JoemAma April 8th, 2009 at 8:13 pm

    why cant we hit kei igawa number 2?

  511. GreenBeret7 April 8th, 2009 at 8:14 pm

    S.o.S.*118-44!!*
    April 8th, 2009 at 8:11 pm
    “It would appear that when surgery was done on Posada’s shoulder, they grafted a Molina arm on while they were at it. He’s looked great, so far this year.”

    gb7,
    Any truth to the rumor that he replaced his arm with a bionic one? Steve Austin style.

    ————————————————————

    As long as it was his arm and not Lindsey Wagner’s. They could use her legs, though.

  512. Nick in SF April 8th, 2009 at 8:15 pm

    randy: because up around the shoulders for Pedroia feels like throwing at a regular player’s belt.

  513. pat April 8th, 2009 at 8:15 pm

    “Mora? Steroids? That might explain the quintuplets.” :smile:

  514. Shred Em April 8th, 2009 at 8:15 pm

    Robbie just missed it.

  515. Donnie April 8th, 2009 at 8:16 pm

    Markakis is earning his paycheck tonight.

  516. GreenBeret7 April 8th, 2009 at 8:16 pm

    Cano just missed on that one.

  517. S.o.S.*118-44!!* April 8th, 2009 at 8:17 pm

    “He can pitch for my team any day.”

    miggs,
    Nooo!!! They turned you. If its not cliff jumpers its bandwagon jumpers!! Who’s your team now? No dont tell me. You have 24 hours to recind. Come back to the dark side.

  518. panayioti April 8th, 2009 at 8:17 pm

    Mora has quintuplets? I believe Tejada is the father.

  519. Tex April 8th, 2009 at 8:17 pm

    let go a-rod clap clap clapclapclap….

  520. Mark April 8th, 2009 at 8:18 pm

    way to go nady, now get a hit with someone on first

  521. carl April 8th, 2009 at 8:18 pm

    Man man man

  522. Brendan April 8th, 2009 at 8:18 pm

    Hey Pete & Readers… Is anyone else having major problems with their YES Network feeds on their cable systems? This is the 2nd game in a row now that I’ve tried to tune in and watch this season, but I keep getting reruns of games from the 2008 Yankees. What gives?

  523. jennifer April 8th, 2009 at 8:19 pm

    wow that was so close to going out!

  524. Tom in NJ April 8th, 2009 at 8:19 pm

    Sweet

  525. Jake April 8th, 2009 at 8:19 pm

    A-Who?

  526. Ed - 2009 season can't start soon enough April 8th, 2009 at 8:19 pm

    EAT THAT, Ransom bashers.

    thought it was a homer?

  527. Paulie April 8th, 2009 at 8:19 pm

    Atta Boy A-Rod, I mean Ransom!

  528. JoemAma April 8th, 2009 at 8:19 pm

    there u go mini arod

  529. JoemAma April 8th, 2009 at 8:19 pm

    there u go mini arod

  530. S.A.--It's a marathon, not a sprint April 8th, 2009 at 8:19 pm

    Nice Cody!

  531. Benny ( it's Game time) Blanco April 8th, 2009 at 8:19 pm

    there u go cody!

  532. carl April 8th, 2009 at 8:19 pm

    Man if they fired Girardi I wouldn’t care if the new manager put swisher in right.

  533. Tex April 8th, 2009 at 8:19 pm

    A-Rod with a double!!!!!!!!!!

  534. Donnie April 8th, 2009 at 8:19 pm

    So, like I said…if he hits…Good for him.

  535. Shred Em April 8th, 2009 at 8:19 pm

    That’s exactly what they gotta do. Wait on this clown’s fastball, square it up, and drive it. It’s not a ML fastball, it’s a cookie.

  536. pat April 8th, 2009 at 8:19 pm

    That was such a HR swing from Cody. So close

  537. Blackdragon905 April 8th, 2009 at 8:19 pm

    ransom!!!

  538. Nick in SF April 8th, 2009 at 8:19 pm

    Arod would’ve hit that out of the park. Keep trying, Ransom.

  539. Mark April 8th, 2009 at 8:19 pm

    Randsom should of been at 3rd

  540. Tex April 8th, 2009 at 8:19 pm

    now melky lite…

  541. GreenBeret7 April 8th, 2009 at 8:19 pm

    Hopefully, that will buy Ransom at least another game from the Yankee Faithless.

  542. Laura - Plug it in, change the world! April 8th, 2009 at 8:20 pm

    “This is consistently bad defense.”

    Put yourself in his position. He’s being asked to “replace” A-Rod. Can you imagine how nervous he is? Same with CC. No way he wasn’t nervous as hell on Monday. These guys are human. They get butterflies in their stomachs just like we do. Give the guy a chance. If he’s still making these errors next week, then Cashman has got to make a move.

  543. S.o.S.*118-44!!* April 8th, 2009 at 8:20 pm

    Who need Alex when we have Cody!!

  544. Kelly Leak April 8th, 2009 at 8:20 pm

    Now THAT’S clutch!

    ARod is expendable.

  545. jennifer April 8th, 2009 at 8:20 pm

    Okay if Sterling was screaming that was a homerun, I could forgive him for that, I thought for sure it was gone.

  546. no.27 April 8th, 2009 at 8:20 pm

    “The Yankees have played 12 innings this season and have left at least one runner on base in every one of them.”

    That means the Yankees have had at least one runner on base in every inning so far this season. That’s pretty good.

  547. Uncle Ellsworth April 8th, 2009 at 8:20 pm

    get on base GGG

  548. Tex April 8th, 2009 at 8:20 pm

    Awesome…

  549. Shred Em April 8th, 2009 at 8:21 pm

    Brett should have swung at the second pitch of the AB…another meatball.

  550. Tex April 8th, 2009 at 8:21 pm

    didnt Joe tell Brett to keep the ballon the ground?

  551. Laura - Plug it in, change the world! April 8th, 2009 at 8:21 pm

    Gardner is going to do Jack Squat this season if he keeps hitting balls in the air.

  552. Doreen April 8th, 2009 at 8:21 pm

    Nice hit by Cody. I thought it was gone – I wish it was gone.

  553. tampayank April 8th, 2009 at 8:21 pm

    hopefully Wang has a 1-2-3, top of the lineup next inning

  554. S.o.S.*118-44!!* April 8th, 2009 at 8:23 pm

    What the hell is wrong with Gardner. That was up and in. Did he think he was Pedroia for a minute?

    Alright we cut the deficit in half. Next inning we take the lead for good.

  555. pat April 8th, 2009 at 8:23 pm

    The answer is doubles with a runner on 1st. The guys on 2nd and 3rd are a distraction again this year

  556. no.27 April 8th, 2009 at 8:23 pm

    Yankees get their 3rd chance to look at this guy coming up. I’m betting no one sees him for a 4th time.

  557. Shred Em April 8th, 2009 at 8:24 pm

    It’s only a matter of time before we get to this guy…if he’s not locating with the offspeed stuff and he has to throw the fastball for strikes, he’s doomed. That fastball is fat, very little movement and only 87, 88.

  558. Tex April 8th, 2009 at 8:24 pm

    guess not

  559. Benny ( it's Game time) Blanco April 8th, 2009 at 8:24 pm

    we cannot and i mean cannot get roberts out.

  560. Nick in SF April 8th, 2009 at 8:25 pm

    “Pie” is pronounced pee-ay? What?

    Felix Pie as in apple pie would be so cool.

  561. S.A.--It's a marathon, not a sprint April 8th, 2009 at 8:26 pm

    come on Wang

  562. jonnycat April 8th, 2009 at 8:26 pm

    S.A – thanks!

    so if I understand you the package I have on mlb.tv will not show me the games on yes, but will show me the games I can see for free on CBS and FOX? un-frickin-believeable! You think it would make a difference if I upgraded to mlb.tv premium?

  563. Giuseppe Franco April 8th, 2009 at 8:27 pm

    Pie has a ton of talent. He’s got all the tools to be a star in this league but he never hit when he was with the Cubs.

    He can really fly and he’s got an excellent arm. And good power too.

  564. Donnie April 8th, 2009 at 8:27 pm

    Laura, I don’t think Cashman needs to make a move. I think Ransom is a decent enough replacement utility player, and is a decent bench player. I just think he’s cut out to be a starter. I think he’s a much better hitter than Pena, but that Pena’s defense is better. We’ve got to pick one or the other, and if Cody keeps drilling the ball like that last AB, then I can handle the marginal defense. But until that point, he wasn’t.

    And I don’t excuse butterflies. It’s not about replacing A-Rod, it’s about playing third base. He’d likely be making these same mistakes on any other team.

  565. Shamik April 8th, 2009 at 8:28 pm

    Wang needs to get his act together and not give up any runs this inning. Let’s get a DP

  566. DT April 8th, 2009 at 8:28 pm

    “Pie” is pronounced pee-ay? What?
    Felix Pie as in apple pie would be so cool.

    Every time I ask for Apple Pee-ay, the waitress looks at me funny.

  567. Shamik April 8th, 2009 at 8:28 pm

    oh the pain…2 on no outs

  568. Donnie April 8th, 2009 at 8:28 pm

    Wang doesn’t have it tonight. He doesn’t like pitching in the cold.

  569. Blackdragon905 April 8th, 2009 at 8:29 pm

    omg…

  570. panayioti April 8th, 2009 at 8:29 pm

    Yikes! Two starters, each with zero control. That can’t be good.

  571. 86w183 April 8th, 2009 at 8:29 pm

    All those runners LOB and Alex not to blame? Can’t be!

    You OBP junkies paying attention? Runs and RBI win games OBP is just a stat.

    Wang looks lousy and Gardner has been useless… not getting good jumps on balls, not even close and two freakin’ horrible at bats

  572. ugh April 8th, 2009 at 8:29 pm

    unbelievable.

  573. KO April 8th, 2009 at 8:29 pm

    LOL GREGG ZAUN JUST MASHED A DOUBLE I AM OFFICIALLY TURNING IT OFF

  574. GreenBeret7 April 8th, 2009 at 8:29 pm

    Trenton leading after 4 innings, 3-0. Hacker has allowed 2 hits, 1 walk and 2 strikeouts.

  575. carl April 8th, 2009 at 8:30 pm

    This is just sad man. Our pitchers are afraid to throw strikes.

  576. ZMAN7777 April 8th, 2009 at 8:30 pm

    Nice outing, Wang. We are in trouble.

  577. Paulie April 8th, 2009 at 8:30 pm

    this could get ugly

  578. Shamik April 8th, 2009 at 8:30 pm

    is that CC pitching tonight?

  579. Nick in SF April 8th, 2009 at 8:30 pm

    Our blogfather asks, what’s the matter with pee-ay?

  580. Benny ( it's Game time) Blanco April 8th, 2009 at 8:30 pm

    I’m not getting mad.

  581. Shamik April 8th, 2009 at 8:31 pm

    pull wang!

  582. Doreen April 8th, 2009 at 8:31 pm

    Maybe the Yankees need to have spring training in PA.

    At least, maybe, they should start moving north gradually?

  583. ZMAN7777 April 8th, 2009 at 8:31 pm

    Those $2500 seats might be a tad empty, don’t you think?

  584. Shred Em April 8th, 2009 at 8:31 pm

    All-time Yankee killing team:

    2B: Brian Roberts
    DH: Mark Loretta
    OF: Ken Griffey Jr.
    OF: Manny Ramirez
    1B: David Ortiz
    DH: Edgar Martinez
    3B: Bill Mueller
    SS: Chone Figgins
    C: Sandy Alomar Jr.

  585. Paulie April 8th, 2009 at 8:31 pm

    What is “wang” with Wang today? Get it?

  586. Mark April 8th, 2009 at 8:31 pm

    we have an AMAZING starting staff don’t we. If that was the yankees with 2nd and 3rd with no outs we wouldn’t of scores

  587. Giuseppe Franco April 8th, 2009 at 8:31 pm

    Nice outing, Wang. We are in trouble.

    ————

    People are idiots.

  588. randy l. April 8th, 2009 at 8:31 pm

    wang is overstriding.

  589. RalphieD (for free sports betting look here http://www.centsports.com/?opcode=317843) April 8th, 2009 at 8:32 pm

    “Wang looks lousy and Gardner has been useless… not getting good jumps on balls, not even close and two freakin’ horrible at bats”

    yes its all gardners fault!! = =

  590. YanksFanMan April 8th, 2009 at 8:32 pm

    Wang has looked pretty bad today. The pitching being this bad isn’t how we expected the year to start. Oh well, lots of games left.

  591. Marcus April 8th, 2009 at 8:33 pm

    I hate playing the O’s. they only seem to try hard against
    the Yanks.

  592. JoemAma April 8th, 2009 at 8:33 pm

    wow great!

  593. JoemAma April 8th, 2009 at 8:33 pm

    wow great!

  594. Blackdragon905 April 8th, 2009 at 8:33 pm

    does roberts ever have a bad game vs. us?

  595. Benny ( it's Game time) Blanco April 8th, 2009 at 8:33 pm

    lets burn out the bullpen shall me.

  596. Pel (2009 Resolution: Be mORE April 8th, 2009 at 8:33 pm

    tex doing something giambi would’ve never did

  597. Benny ( it's Game time) Blanco April 8th, 2009 at 8:33 pm

    lets burn out the bullpen shall me.

  598. S.A.--It's a marathon, not a sprint April 8th, 2009 at 8:33 pm

    jonnycat-I don’t think it will make a difference if you do upgrade. I’m not sure though.

    Wang-Yikes!

  599. carl April 8th, 2009 at 8:33 pm

    I dont think wang is throwing anything other than the sinker.

  600. panayioti April 8th, 2009 at 8:33 pm

    well the bright side is Joe will have a really good idea who he can use out of the pen. Can’t be good that a starter can’t make 5 innings.

  601. ZMAN7777 April 8th, 2009 at 8:33 pm

    Giuseppe — the voice of reason. Shut the hell up.

  602. Donnie April 8th, 2009 at 8:34 pm

    Lord, Edwar is warming. Anyone remember that game against Anaheim last year where we ended up losing by, like, 16 runs? Why do I feel like that’s coming again?

  603. Every Day Phil Coke April 8th, 2009 at 8:35 pm

    Why is it every year the Yankees look like S*it out of the gate? Did they do anything in spring training other than play billiards?

  604. pat April 8th, 2009 at 8:35 pm

    “wang is overstriding.”

    My husband just said the same thing.

  605. miggs April 8th, 2009 at 8:35 pm

    Come on Wang, you’re making me look bad.

    Either way, I remember Wang having similar issues last year in his first few starts.

    The location of the sinker is key. Can he locate it? Can he keep it down? It seems so simple yet if it was that easy to fix I’m sure he’d do it.

    Luckily the guy is top notch. He’ll get it figured out. He always does.

  606. S.o.S.*118-44!!* April 8th, 2009 at 8:36 pm

    Is ther a bigger pain in the rear that the Yankees face than Roberts?

    Millar?
    Rios?
    Scutaro?

    ??

  607. Yankee Trader April 8th, 2009 at 8:36 pm

    No velocity. No control. Replay of yesterday.

  608. Paulie April 8th, 2009 at 8:36 pm

    “wang is overstriding”

    Nah, he just stinks right now.

  609. Shamik April 8th, 2009 at 8:36 pm

    you have to sit wang after this inning…he just doesnt have the sink er going

  610. Pat April 8th, 2009 at 8:37 pm

    Wang is awful. He’s a #4 starter at best

  611. Kaseya April 8th, 2009 at 8:37 pm

    Really, pete? You’re going to post on the futility of the Yankee offense and teixeira’s at-bats and not even mention the fact that wang has been mediocre AT BEST all spring? Whatever it takes to avoid openly and honestly criticizing your fiancé, I guess.

  612. Joe I April 8th, 2009 at 8:37 pm

    “Either way, I remember Wang having similar issues last year in his first few starts.”

    Wang was 5-0 last April. He beat Halladay opening night, Tampa in his 2nd start and Boston in his 3rd start. So, you might be thinking 2 years ago.

  613. Giuseppe Franco April 8th, 2009 at 8:37 pm

    Giuseppe—the voice of reason. Shut the hell up.

    ———–

    Nah, you need to get called on your lunacy.

    You post nothing but idiotic nonsense and clearly need to find another hobby because baseball is beyond your understanding.

    Girardi could lose his job by the opener?

    This team is in trouble?

    Give me a break.

  614. Every Day Phil Coke April 8th, 2009 at 8:38 pm

    The Hank watch is on.

    The Dave Eiland watch is on.

  615. ZZ April 8th, 2009 at 8:38 pm

    Awesome. Already destroying our bullpen only two games into the season.

    Great job of Girardi not bringing a long man into the rotation.

  616. BrettIsGod April 8th, 2009 at 8:38 pm

    get it together

  617. Doreen April 8th, 2009 at 8:38 pm

    So, I’m actually looking forward to watching American Idol. :(

    Dead Arm period????

  618. Paulie April 8th, 2009 at 8:38 pm

    I have a feeling another NY newspaper to not be named (Daily News) will report tomorrow that Wang has an injury. Just saying.

  619. teddy April 8th, 2009 at 8:38 pm

    leave wang out their

  620. Pel April 8th, 2009 at 8:39 pm

    And there’s the nail.

  621. Cowbell204 April 8th, 2009 at 8:39 pm

    game over

  622. Benny ( it's Game time) Blanco April 8th, 2009 at 8:39 pm

    0-2

  623. Ed - 2009 season can't start soon enough April 8th, 2009 at 8:39 pm

    uh, its time to pull Wang off.

  624. S.A.--It's a marathon, not a sprint April 8th, 2009 at 8:39 pm

    http://i141.photobucket.com/al.....1239237474

  625. JoemAma April 8th, 2009 at 8:39 pm

    WTF this is just… speechless

  626. JoemAma April 8th, 2009 at 8:39 pm

    WTF this is just… speechless

  627. JoemAma April 8th, 2009 at 8:39 pm

    WTF this is just… speechless

  628. Doreen April 8th, 2009 at 8:39 pm

    What the–

  629. vito b April 8th, 2009 at 8:39 pm

    oy vey? AJ the stopper?…

  630. Tex April 8th, 2009 at 8:39 pm

    everytime we get within one, we give back 4. wonderful!

  631. Donnie April 8th, 2009 at 8:39 pm

    Oh well. Come back, get ‘em tomorrow.

    Hey, at least LOST is on in 20 minutes.

  632. Kelly Leak April 8th, 2009 at 8:39 pm

    Wang is not an Ace.

    Wang isn’t even a Deuce.

  633. Eric April 8th, 2009 at 8:39 pm

    What is WRONG with Girardi?!?!?!?! Wang had NOTHING AT ALL and he leaves him in there until the game is over?!?! IDIOT!!!

  634. randy l. April 8th, 2009 at 8:39 pm

    nice safety squeeze by the rays to go up by a run.

  635. Angel - Tales told by idiots, fully of sound and fury, signifying nothing. April 8th, 2009 at 8:39 pm

    Yikes, Wang really doesn’t have his location tonight.

  636. klem April 8th, 2009 at 8:39 pm

    WOW! I am speechless…

  637. miggs April 8th, 2009 at 8:40 pm

    Man he crushed that ball.

    Wow they’re yanking Wang. Another long night for the pen.

    Eesh.

  638. Brian April 8th, 2009 at 8:40 pm

    Well at least now I can watch Lost

  639. Hank April 8th, 2009 at 8:40 pm

    Great job not taking a long man Girardi. He’s fired by May.

  640. S.A.--It's a marathon, not a sprint April 8th, 2009 at 8:40 pm

    Lost is on in 20 minutes. :)

  641. gayle April 8th, 2009 at 8:40 pm

    I am not just bringing this up now as I questioned it when the move was made but this is the exact reason why I do not understand why the Yankees for the 2nd straight year have not brought a long ma at least out of Spring training when the pitchers are not totally warmed up have to pitch in cold weather. SO now we haveto burn our bullpen for 5 innins. Makes no sense to me.

    The rest will come together but why again do we have to go through this with the long reliever spot.

  642. Shred Em April 8th, 2009 at 8:40 pm

    Somebody tell Wang this isn’t the playoffs lol!

    All kidding aside, he’ll be fine…but darn…even the outs were loud.

  643. Paulie April 8th, 2009 at 8:40 pm

    Amazing! Yanks getting fooled by some no name guy, while the O’s are resembling the 1927 Yankees.

  644. Angel - Tales told by idiots, fully of sound and fury, signifying nothing. April 8th, 2009 at 8:40 pm

    We should take bets on the headline in the NYDN tomorrow, lol.

  645. YANKEES STINK April 8th, 2009 at 8:41 pm

    THE YANKEES SUCK!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  646. Shamik April 8th, 2009 at 8:41 pm

    finally girardi

  647. Blackdragon905 April 8th, 2009 at 8:41 pm

    WOW WANG WOW, that was atrocious.

  648. Vince Black April 8th, 2009 at 8:41 pm

    don’t take him out now….make him work through it!

  649. YanksFanMan April 8th, 2009 at 8:41 pm

    Well, at least I can get caught up on the rest of the stuff I need to do tonight…

  650. carl April 8th, 2009 at 8:41 pm

    sinker,sinker,sinker,sinker,sinker,sinker,sinker,sinker,

  651. Angel - Tales told by idiots, fully of sound and fury, signifying nothing. April 8th, 2009 at 8:42 pm

    I might have to go play some Animal Crossing or something, lol.

  652. Paddy R April 8th, 2009 at 8:42 pm

    it’s ok guys, just don’t panic. it doesn’t matter that the season started monday, it’s a really long season. it’s totally irrational to be a fan of a team and be upset that they are losing, no matter what month. the games in april don’t count as much as the games over the summer.

  653. Yankee Trader April 8th, 2009 at 8:42 pm

    See Ya! Wang worse than Sabathia tonight. No velocity. No strikeouts. Few ground balls+no control!

  654. Mark April 8th, 2009 at 8:42 pm

    Can anyone tell me our staffs ERA im trying not to get mad but it’s hard i really don’t want the Yankees putting themselves in a whole again..if we fall to far back with the way the American league east is were not coming back.

    Good thing I don’t have to wait for a full day to sit on this garbage

  655. Global Warming April 8th, 2009 at 8:42 pm

    Where is the “these games don’t matter” crowd? When this team decides to show up let me know.

    Ridiculous.

  656. ron April 8th, 2009 at 8:43 pm

    same old bums….. no f….k..g balls…. they should line this team and just shoot them…..

  657. Donnie April 8th, 2009 at 8:43 pm

    Yankees starters don’t have a single K this season.

    They do, however, have 8 walks in 8 innings of work. Just awful start to the season.

  658. sunny615 April 8th, 2009 at 8:43 pm

    season’s over!!! SOB!!! WAH!!! or not.

  659. ZMAN7777 April 8th, 2009 at 8:43 pm

    Giuseppe — I’ve forgotten more about baseball than you’ve ever known. You seriously think Girardi’s safe until/if the team falls 20 games below .500?? Then you’re a complete imbecile. There is NO WAY that happens. With the expectations such as they are, even a buffoon such as yourself should know better.

  660. sam (red sox fan) April 8th, 2009 at 8:43 pm

    Don’t jump all over my head. I’m just asking a question here. Can either of the two bad starts have anything to do with the way Posada is calling the game? Or were both starters just way off.

  661. ugh April 8th, 2009 at 8:43 pm

    What a pathetic joke. It’s like this team enjoys embarassing themselves.

  662. Angel - Tales told by idiots, fully of sound and fury, signifying nothing. April 8th, 2009 at 8:43 pm

    Is it the top of the 9th inning, Eric?

  663. Shamik April 8th, 2009 at 8:43 pm

    atleast lester is giving it up

  664. panayioti April 8th, 2009 at 8:43 pm

    At least there is a new episode of CSI NY tonight. Kind of fitting.

  665. Michael April 8th, 2009 at 8:44 pm

    Where’s Tomko?
    oh yeah we dont need a long reliever

  666. Tex April 8th, 2009 at 8:44 pm

    have we struck anyone out this year yet?

  667. Kelly Leak April 8th, 2009 at 8:44 pm

    Money for Nothing and opposition Hits for Free

  668. Doreen April 8th, 2009 at 8:44 pm

    Gayle -

    It does make you wonder – why couldn’t they take a long man temporarily (the first two weeks), then send him back and bring up the other guy? They are notorious for getting off to slow starts – they are not good in raw April weather – it’s like a shock to their systems.

    I know they’ll be okay, but sheesh, these have been two tough games. A solid reminder that we should not take anything for granted or count any chickens before they hatch.

  669. Corey April 8th, 2009 at 8:45 pm

    Well…Rays crushing Red Sox right now too……if they win both of them will be 1-1 and we’ll be 0-2 at this pace……which is alot better than one of them being 2-0

  670. carl April 8th, 2009 at 8:45 pm

    No long man. Our pen is already getting ate up. Swisher isn’t starting. Joe Torre all over again.

  671. vito b April 8th, 2009 at 8:46 pm

    Sam – both pitchers lacked control. Don’t think it is posada

  672. Hank April 8th, 2009 at 8:46 pm

    I’m wondering what defense of Wang pete will come up with.

  673. S.A.--It's a marathon, not a sprint April 8th, 2009 at 8:46 pm

    Let’s be like the Phillies today. Come on!

  674. tampayank April 8th, 2009 at 8:46 pm

    same story as 2008, the Yanks make no name Triple A pitchers look like John Smoltz. looks like 2-7 before the home opener if we’re lucky. At least there is 5 innings left to try a great rally like the Phillies earlier today(positive spin) but not a good start to start wearing down that bullpen.

  675. JOJO April 8th, 2009 at 8:46 pm

    All the talk about Spring Training being too long due to the WBC this year. Looks like the Yanks could have used 2 more weeks. I guess winning the Grapefruit League Title doesn’t mean much after all.

  676. klem April 8th, 2009 at 8:46 pm

    STAY STRONG YANKEES… According to extensive research done by LoHud Yankees Blog statisticians, it is possible for a team to recover from an 0-2 start and still make the playoffs.

  677. Kelly Leak April 8th, 2009 at 8:46 pm

    Fire Cashman

  678. Betsy April 8th, 2009 at 8:47 pm

    AJ gets his first test in pinstripes tomorrow……..and in basically his hometown, first start as a Yankee. Pressure on him? Nah, not much.

    They’re going to have to send one of the pen guys down and bring up a long reliever. There are still 5 innings left – they’re going to kill this pen for tomorrow and maybe the next day.

  679. EricNS April 8th, 2009 at 8:47 pm

    Hey Pete – you want to cover the Mets – at least they will be in a race – still a chance to go 0-162 would be interesting.

  680. pat April 8th, 2009 at 8:47 pm

    Has Jeter leadoff 3 times tonight?

  681. FergsKU April 8th, 2009 at 8:47 pm

    Team looks just as anemic as last season. Awesome!

  682. Mark April 8th, 2009 at 8:47 pm

    Anyone know something good on TV i can watch?

  683. Donnie April 8th, 2009 at 8:48 pm

    Sam

    Sabathia might have been on a different page than Posada, but Wang has pitched to him for years now. Plus, if you watched it, Wang just couldn’t command anything. His fastball was straight as all get out, and his sinker wasn’t sinking, at all. A sinker that doesn’t sink is a crappy fastball, and it’s going to get hammered.

  684. Dissappointed April 8th, 2009 at 8:48 pm

    FIRE JOE and his WACK Staff!!!

  685. pat April 8th, 2009 at 8:48 pm

    If Tex hits a HR now, is it meaningless?

  686. S.A.--It's a marathon, not a sprint April 8th, 2009 at 8:48 pm

    Here are the boos

  687. randy l. April 8th, 2009 at 8:49 pm

    “Don’t jump all over my head. I’m just asking a question here. Can either of the two bad starts have anything to do with the way Posada is calling the game?”

    no.

    did lester give up 5 runs because varitek was calling a bad game?

  688. tampayank April 8th, 2009 at 8:49 pm

    maybe Tex can get his first hit

  689. Mark April 8th, 2009 at 8:49 pm

    Mr. Pop-Up

  690. Corey April 8th, 2009 at 8:49 pm

    So which of you clowns still wish Arod wasnt a Yankee? We need him….he will not only help us, but it will get Mark some better pitches too. I dont see this team winning much without Arod and Teixeira throwing up goose eggs

  691. ugh April 8th, 2009 at 8:49 pm

    ANOTHER POP UP.

    Oh my God……

  692. Bronx Jeers April 8th, 2009 at 8:50 pm

    Well in bizzaro world our starters lead the league in ERA!

    On Sunday I looked at the matchups and thought and thought that a sweep could be possible. More bizzaro world.

    Tex certainly is consistent.

  693. sam (red sox fan) April 8th, 2009 at 8:50 pm

    Thanks vito.

  694. Benny ( it's Game time) Blanco April 8th, 2009 at 8:50 pm

    He has stranded…8…0-7

  695. Giuseppe Franco April 8th, 2009 at 8:50 pm

    Giuseppe—I’ve forgotten more about baseball than you’ve ever known. You seriously think Girardi’s safe until/if the team falls 20 games below .500?? Then you’re a complete imbecile. There is NO WAY that happens. With the expectations such as they are, even a buffoon such as yourself should know better.

    ———–

    You keep talking that way and you’ll expose yourself to be clueless about this game. I won’t need to say anything.

    And yes, Girardi’s job is safe for awhile. Cashman isn’t going to fire him unless the wheels completely fall off.

    That won’t happen with this rotation. I don’t care how they’ve pitched the last couple of games. These guys have long track records of success.

    They will be fine – unlike you.

  696. S.o.S.*118-44!!* April 8th, 2009 at 8:50 pm

    sam,
    Cant blame Posada for the pitchers not throwing strikes. Low velocity, no control = A BEATING!! The sinker wasnt sinking and he was basically throwing batting practice. The good thing about baseball is its a LOOOOOONG season.

  697. S.o.S.*118-44!!* April 8th, 2009 at 8:50 pm

    sam,
    Cant blame Posada for the pitchers not throwing strikes. Low velocity, no control = A BEATING!! The sinker wasnt sinking and he was basically throwing batting practice. The good thing about baseball is its a LOOOOOONG season.

  698. carl April 8th, 2009 at 8:50 pm

    Lets take strikes and swing at balls out of the zone.

  699. Dissappointed April 8th, 2009 at 8:50 pm

    Maybe we need AROD to help on the field..

  700. jennifer April 8th, 2009 at 8:51 pm

    Well thank goodness it is only the second game of the season. :)

  701. swingsandmisses April 8th, 2009 at 8:52 pm

    Ew. Maybe they should have started Pettitte in one of these first three games. He owns the Orioles career-wise (25-6), the other guys, not so much.

  702. pat April 8th, 2009 at 8:52 pm

    Koji with the fist pump.

  703. Dissappointed April 8th, 2009 at 8:53 pm

    second game.. right i just hope this is not how the season will go.. this will be the biggest waste ever..

  704. Mark April 8th, 2009 at 8:53 pm

    Cy young is pitching against the Yankees!

  705. Uncle Ellsworth April 8th, 2009 at 8:53 pm

    Rome wasn’t built in a day

  706. Tex April 8th, 2009 at 8:53 pm

    I disagree there is nothing to worry about. Starters can’t strike anyone out and we have left a runner on base every inning so far this year. These are fundamentals.

  707. JOJO April 8th, 2009 at 8:54 pm

    Embarrassing. Even if this was two random back to back games in July…two terrible performances by the starters in back to back games. There is no excuse. Two experienced starting pitchers should have come into the season ready to get outs and stay in games. This isn’t Joba, we’re talking about. Blame it on Girardi or Cashman if you like, but neither one of them has thrown a pitch.

  708. Ed - 2009 season can't start soon enough April 8th, 2009 at 8:54 pm

    Koji is done. Will the Yanks be like the Phillies tonight? hmm..

  709. tampayank April 8th, 2009 at 8:55 pm

    A-ROD please come back; I guess back to the usual April AL East Cellar in the meantime

  710. LathamJoe April 8th, 2009 at 8:55 pm

    ” Maybe they should have started Pettitte in one of these first three games. He owns the Orioles career-wise (25-6), the other guys, not so much.”
    Yeah, Sabathia “owned” them too!
    0-2 start, gentlepeople!

  711. Mark April 8th, 2009 at 8:57 pm

    “Koji is done. Will the Yanks be like the Phillies tonight? hmm..”

    Ed: The Answer is NO!

  712. tampayank April 8th, 2009 at 8:57 pm

    maybe the Os bullpen will implose but ours may also

  713. tampayank April 8th, 2009 at 8:58 pm

    implode

  714. carl April 8th, 2009 at 8:58 pm

    Can we start edwar?

  715. Grand Papi April 8th, 2009 at 8:58 pm

    Angel, Does that Old Goat guy still have a site and if so could you give it to me? Thanks!

  716. EricNS April 8th, 2009 at 8:59 pm

    Pete – the 98 team had intestinal fortitude – this team does not – the 08 team with new faces

  717. carl April 8th, 2009 at 9:01 pm

    The 98 Yankees didn’t have to face the 2009 rays/sox.

  718. miggs April 8th, 2009 at 9:01 pm

    Wow its deteriorating quickly in here…. I guess that’s to be expected.

    Put away the sharp objects. Because no playoff team has ever lost 2 games in a row right? And this game isn’t even over yet. The O’s pen sucks.

    Ehh, why am I trying to reason with you guys? Moan and groan all you want. Its comic relief.

  719. Giuseppe Franco April 8th, 2009 at 9:03 pm

    Pete – the 98 team had intestinal fortitude – this team does not – the 08 team with new faces

    ———-

    Is that right? You can make that assumption based on two games?

    They lost two straight games in ST as well and then proceeded to win 10 straight.

    But, no. The season is over. This team has no chance.

  720. Nick in SF April 8th, 2009 at 9:03 pm

    Ok, they have 4 innings to abuse the Baltimore pen. Cold pay off tomorrow. Silver lining!

  721. tampayank April 8th, 2009 at 9:03 pm

    so is Tex the new headcase, only Yankee w/o a hit this series

  722. carl April 8th, 2009 at 9:03 pm

    Miggs look who is in line for the win. Same stuff as last year. Some pitcher we never faced beating us.

  723. JOJO April 8th, 2009 at 9:04 pm

    ” Maybe they should have started Pettitte in one of these first three games. He owns the Orioles career-wise (25-6), the other guys, not so much.”
    “Yeah, Sabathia “owned” them too!”

    Wang had a good record at Camden Yards too. I mean, come on, what good pitcher hasn’t owned the Orioles in the last 4-5 years. They’ve sucked.

    Can’t wait for Tex to play. It sure would be nice to have his bat in the line-up with Arod out. This Andy Phillips is killing us at first base.

  724. jennifer April 8th, 2009 at 9:04 pm

    Tomorrows game is 1:35, now how am I supposed to get any work done? I need to finish everything since I’ll be off Friday. :lol:

  725. Angel - Tales told by idiots, fully of sound and fury, signifying nothing. April 8th, 2009 at 9:04 pm

    Don’t know, Grand Papi – haven’t been there in a while. But it looks like they might still be there.

    http://yankeefansunite.freeforums.org/portal.php

  726. S.o.S.*118-44!!* April 8th, 2009 at 9:04 pm

    I asked this question earlier today. Is there anyone else that always thinks the Yankees will come from behind and win no matter what the score is till the final out? All i can think about is the Royals leading by 5 a couple years back 2 outs in the ninth inning.

  727. Uncle Ellsworth April 8th, 2009 at 9:05 pm

    Chip away!

  728. Cliff April 8th, 2009 at 9:06 pm

    The Yankees went 0-3 in 1998 losing the three games by a combing score of 21-6 and went on to win 125 games and the first of three straight championships. Don’t jump of the GW yet.

    Phils were losing 10-1 today and won. Keep the faith.

  729. Angel - Tales told by idiots, fully of sound and fury, signifying nothing. April 8th, 2009 at 9:06 pm

    The hits they’ve gotten have been good and well hit, they’re just not getting consistently timely hits yet. Be nice to see some this inning.

  730. Shamik April 8th, 2009 at 9:07 pm

    double with no outs…lets get atleast 2 runs

  731. Arod, all the time April 8th, 2009 at 9:07 pm

    “Potentially the best starting staff in the AL”

    Yeah, potentially the worst too. LMAO

  732. S.A.--It's a marathon, not a sprint April 8th, 2009 at 9:07 pm

    I asked this question earlier today. Is there anyone else that always thinks the Yankees will come from behind and win no matter what the score is till the final out?

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

    I still think that. It ain’t over til it’s over

  733. joe April 8th, 2009 at 9:07 pm

    is the O’s pen as bad as Atlanta’s pen?

  734. S.o.S.*118-44!!* April 8th, 2009 at 9:08 pm

    “Pete – the 98 team had intestinal fortitude – this team does not – the 08 team with new faces”

    Yeah. We knew when they started 98 0-3 that they had intestinal fortitude. The pirates are accepting applications.

  735. Benny ( it's Game time) Blanco April 8th, 2009 at 9:08 pm

    cano

  736. Uncle Ellsworth April 8th, 2009 at 9:08 pm

    SoS
    I bet Trisha does.
    I’d Like to say I’m always that optimistic – but not always.

    I have NOT given up on this game though.

  737. carl April 8th, 2009 at 9:08 pm

    Cano is the man btw.

  738. Ed - 2009 season can't start soon enough April 8th, 2009 at 9:08 pm

    “Ed: The Answer is NO!”

    hmm its starting to look like a Yes.

  739. joe April 8th, 2009 at 9:08 pm

    rally rally!

  740. Shamik April 8th, 2009 at 9:08 pm

    CANO

  741. Cliff April 8th, 2009 at 9:09 pm

    I meant 10-3

  742. Cliff April 8th, 2009 at 9:09 pm

    I meant 10-3

  743. S.A.--It's a marathon, not a sprint April 8th, 2009 at 9:09 pm

    Tomorrow’s game is at 1:35? I didn’t realize that. Looks like I will be getting nothing done tomorrow afternoon. :P

  744. Nick in SF April 8th, 2009 at 9:09 pm

    S.o.S.: I don’t necessarily think the Yanks will always come back and win no matter the score, but I always think it’s worth watching until the end regardless of the score. So I guess somewhere beneath the surface is the hope/belief that they always *might* come back and win or at least make it interesting.

  745. Bronx Jeers April 8th, 2009 at 9:09 pm

    Pete – the 98 team had intestinal fortitude – this team does not ”

    In all fairness, we don’t know squat about this team. These 2 bad games get amplified because they’re the first games of the season and because we’ve been waiting for so long for them.

    Don’t anybody worry. We’ve got our “country boys” coming to the hill. And country boys are tough. Not like these Pacific ocean pansies we’ve seen the last two nights. :lol:

    Is that our Robbie?

  746. miggs April 8th, 2009 at 9:09 pm

    Say what you want, I love the way Cano is swinging the bat so far this year. He’s got the sweetest swing.

    This game is far from over.

  747. Ed - 2009 season can't start soon enough April 8th, 2009 at 9:10 pm

    SA,

    Im with you. NO GIVING UP WITHOUT A FIGHT.

  748. Cliff April 8th, 2009 at 9:10 pm

    SA, yeah, not good. Masters is on all day and Tiger is teeing off right around the first pitch. Good thing I have two monitors

  749. JOJO April 8th, 2009 at 9:11 pm

    I’m not liking the fact that we start two pitchers and neither one of them can even record a strike-out. That has to be some kind of a record to start off a season.

  750. miggs April 8th, 2009 at 9:11 pm

    Only 22,000 people at that game? The 2nd game of the year?

    Wow. I’m glad I’m not an Oriole fan.

  751. S.A.--It's a marathon, not a sprint April 8th, 2009 at 9:12 pm

    get Cano home. Please?

  752. Matt April 8th, 2009 at 9:12 pm

    Here we go again. Runner on 3rd, no outs, he isn’t driven in. The problem isn’t the pitching, regardless of how bad it is. They are always in every game, and just can’t do the simple things that a winning team does to win games.

  753. JOJO April 8th, 2009 at 9:12 pm

    robbie cano…don’t cha know

  754. carl April 8th, 2009 at 9:12 pm

    Nady ughhh

  755. miggs April 8th, 2009 at 9:12 pm

    Cliff I thought Masters coverage didn’t start until 4 PM on ESPN.

    It is on somewhere else earlier?

  756. Doreen April 8th, 2009 at 9:13 pm

    What did Robby do? I missed it.

  757. Benny ( it's Game time) Blanco April 8th, 2009 at 9:13 pm

    yankees 2-16 w/ risp. Cant put this on alex.

  758. S.A.--It's a marathon, not a sprint April 8th, 2009 at 9:13 pm

    Masters also tomorrow? I did not realize that either. Productivity will be down tomorrow

  759. Betsy April 8th, 2009 at 9:13 pm

    Tampafan, Tex is a headcase because he’s in a slump?

  760. tampayank April 8th, 2009 at 9:13 pm

    Cano has swung the bat well today

  761. Tex April 8th, 2009 at 9:14 pm

    3rd base no out, and nada….

  762. Matt April 8th, 2009 at 9:14 pm

    The Yankees beat themselves. Who cares if Wang gives up 7 runs if they can’t score more than 2 or 3 because they continue to fail in EASY spots like runner on 3rd, no outs?

    They could have easily won yesterday if they just got ANY runs in. Runner on 2nd, no outs, can’t move him up. Runner on 3rd, 1 out, can’t drive him in. The chances are there, but without A-Rod in the lineup, they just can’t score.

    They are far worse without A-Rod. Anyone who thinks otherwise is just insane.

  763. Rick April 8th, 2009 at 9:14 pm

    Doesn’t anybody read scouting reports ? Markakis, Roberts, et al get contained by many teams. There’s a flaw in every hitter’s swing but the Yankees can find what makes these guys tick ?

  764. joe April 8th, 2009 at 9:15 pm

    not liking the bottom 3rd. Get swish playing!

  765. JOJO April 8th, 2009 at 9:15 pm

    “Here we go again. Runner on 3rd, no outs, he isn’t driven in. The problem isn’t the pitching, regardless of how bad it is. They are always in every game, and just can’t do the simple things that a winning team does to win games.”

    The Pitching is a problem. If we win 5-3 yesterday no one cares how many men were left on base. And when you give up 7 runs the next night, you’re supposed to lose.

  766. Alvin April 8th, 2009 at 9:16 pm

    What are you talking about? It’s ARod’s fault, obviously. He’s 0.000 with RISP this season.

  767. Yanks86 April 8th, 2009 at 9:16 pm

    Absolutely PATHETIC…

    The O’s were giving up a run. All we had to do was hit one to the right side and….nothing.

  768. GreenBeret7 April 8th, 2009 at 9:16 pm

    Matt
    April 8th, 2009 at 9:12 pm
    Here we go again. Runner on 3rd, no outs, he isn’t driven in. The problem isn’t the pitching, regardless of how bad it is. They are always in every game, and just can’t do the simple things that a winning team does to win games.

    ————————————————————

    Well, I just learned something new. Two games = Always.

  769. Matt April 8th, 2009 at 9:17 pm

    Why is Nady still in the lineup? Swisher is a far better offensive AND defensive player, sees more pitches, and also knows how to play the game. Who do we need in the lineup while A-Rod is out? A .330 OBP guy who makes boneheaded baserunning plays, or a guy who sees 4.5 pitcher per plate appearances with a .350+ OBP and good power from both sides of the plate? Hmm…

    And to top it off, Nady has missed some balls in the outfield that I can guarantee you Abreu even would have reached.

  770. Dan April 8th, 2009 at 9:17 pm

    Tex is a headcase. This is unacceptable.

    Why can’t we ever acquire players with guts? We always go get players who have been losers on other teams.

  771. Cliff April 8th, 2009 at 9:17 pm

    miggs, the masters site has a live stream all day. It is pretty awesome

  772. Bronx Jeers April 8th, 2009 at 9:18 pm

    That was cool.

    Not Gardner runnin that ball down I’m talkin about that sausage.

    The vendors put the mustard on for you. At the stadium all you get are packets.

  773. carl April 8th, 2009 at 9:18 pm

    Matt they liked what he did for us last year!

  774. Angel - Tales told by idiots, fully of sound and fury, signifying nothing. April 8th, 2009 at 9:19 pm

    Who ARE these people that appear out of nowhere during game threads to incessantly fill the screen with paragraphs of complaining? lol.

    One paragraph would cover it, lol.

  775. Rudy April 8th, 2009 at 9:20 pm

    LOL Tex is no headcase. You guys that claim he is are the ones that need help.

  776. KWAN April 8th, 2009 at 9:21 pm

    We spent $423 million dollars and start the season getting swept by Baltimore after our great Spring

    Looks just like last year… no name pitchers fool us, no clutch hitting whatsoever, starting pitching gets bombed, show no emotion, bad defense

    You can change the names and faces, but the backbone of this team remains the same.

  777. tampayank April 8th, 2009 at 9:21 pm

    Baltimore is definitely getting in his head, sad, his Yankee start can’t get any worse, he has another shot next inning to get that first hit

  778. GO CUBS 2009 April 8th, 2009 at 9:21 pm

    SameCrapDiffYear….pathetic collection of talent that knows only how to underachieve as a team….who is the next rag arm to toe the rubber for our lowly Spankees ?

  779. miggs April 8th, 2009 at 9:21 pm

    “Tex is a headcase. This is unacceptable.

    Why can’t we ever acquire players with guts? We always go get players who have been losers on other teams.”

    ***shaking head, chuckling***

    Are there even any words to describe this post?

  780. Vince Black April 8th, 2009 at 9:22 pm

    This is all Alex’s fault.
    Somehow.
    Someway.

  781. Joe Mama April 8th, 2009 at 9:22 pm

    Someone tell the Yankees that spring training is over.

  782. Andrew April 8th, 2009 at 9:23 pm

    “Why is Nady still in the lineup? Swisher is a far better offensive AND defensive player, sees more pitches, and also knows how to play the game. Who do we need in the lineup while A-Rod is out? A .330 OBP guy who makes boneheaded baserunning plays, or a guy who sees 4.5 pitcher per plate appearances with a .350+ OBP and good power from both sides of the plate? Hmm…”

    I echo Matt’s sentiments, and it’s by far my biggest issue with the season so far. I believe in the rotation and even the pen, but having Nady starting, at least against righties, is totally unacceptable.

  783. Andrew April 8th, 2009 at 9:23 pm

    “Why is Nady still in the lineup? Swisher is a far better offensive AND defensive player, sees more pitches, and also knows how to play the game. Who do we need in the lineup while A-Rod is out? A .330 OBP guy who makes boneheaded baserunning plays, or a guy who sees 4.5 pitcher per plate appearances with a .350+ OBP and good power from both sides of the plate? Hmm…”

    I echo Matt’s sentiments, and it’s by far my biggest issue with the season so far. I believe in the rotation and even the pen, but having Nady starting, at least against righties, is totally unacceptable.

  784. carl April 8th, 2009 at 9:23 pm

    It is Alex’s fault for being injured.

  785. Forntoso April 8th, 2009 at 9:23 pm

    Another rookie pitcher tomorrow… some kid named Simon with a 6.23 ERA that none of us have faced

    AJ has a 4.97 career ERA vs. BAL. I mean, not that it matters, unless he throws a no hitter we’re not going to win with this offense anyway.

  786. Donnie April 8th, 2009 at 9:23 pm

    “We spent $423 million dollars and start the season getting swept by Baltimore after our great Spring.”

    Last I checked, they don’t automatically give Baltimore the win tomorrow just because they won the first two.

  787. Cliff April 8th, 2009 at 9:23 pm

    People are making this site unbearable. Get a clue people. Like I said earlier, in 1998 the yank were 0-3 and lost by a combing score of 21-6.

  788. jennifer April 8th, 2009 at 9:23 pm

    Well this is funny a fan of the lovable losers coming to talk smack. Maybe if you win a ws once every 100 years you can talk smack until than, go back in your hole.

  789. panayioti April 8th, 2009 at 9:23 pm

    shaking head, chuckling

    Are there even any words to describe this post?

    Yes miggs, Michele Bachmann from Minnesota is posting on the Yankees blog.

  790. JOJO April 8th, 2009 at 9:23 pm

    Kwan makes a lot of points that sadly we can’t refute at this point.

  791. jennifer April 8th, 2009 at 9:24 pm

    donnie- Last time I checked mlb games don’t end after 6 innings, so this one isn’t over either.

  792. Bronx Jeers April 8th, 2009 at 9:24 pm

    Jeter leading off again?

    Not saying much for Gardner is it?

  793. S.A.--It's a marathon, not a sprint April 8th, 2009 at 9:25 pm

    Tex is a headcase. This is unacceptable.

    Why can’t we ever acquire players with guts? We always go get players who have been losers on other teams.

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

    http://i141.photobucket.com/al.....h_noes.gif

    :roll:

  794. jennifer April 8th, 2009 at 9:26 pm

    Nice play by the cf’er.

  795. 7 UP April 8th, 2009 at 9:26 pm

    Go acquire Matt Holliday and put him in CF

    Trade Melky, Shelly Duncan, and Dan Giese to OAK for him. We cannot watch our season go down the drain because of this pathetic offense.

  796. sam (red sox fan) April 8th, 2009 at 9:27 pm

    Tex will probably be happy to head out of Baltimore. Even if he gets a hit he’ll probably be booed!

    Burnett will smoke these guys tomorrow. You can probably count on that.

  797. jennifer April 8th, 2009 at 9:27 pm

    SA- LOL!! Too funny. Geez someone tell the o’s fans to stuff it. I am going in May, I am almost afraid to wear Tex’s shirt.

    And look at the old bag cheering when he fouled the ball off his foot.

  798. Benny ( it's Game time) Blanco April 8th, 2009 at 9:27 pm

    0-8

  799. Tex April 8th, 2009 at 9:27 pm

    0-8

  800. Bronx Jeers April 8th, 2009 at 9:27 pm

    Oh how I’d like to shoot that bird.

  801. tampayank April 8th, 2009 at 9:28 pm

    Teixiera Ks….WOW

  802. Ed - 2009 season can't start soon enough April 8th, 2009 at 9:28 pm

    SA, LOL at those stick figures.

  803. DYNASTY IS DESTINY! April 8th, 2009 at 9:28 pm

    I can’t recall anyone being booed more than this…can anyone else?

  804. I want Michael Kay's Job April 8th, 2009 at 9:28 pm

    Serious question here. Most of the first pitches to the Yanks this evening are right down the middle of the plate. Anyone else notice that NO yankee hitters ever attempt to swing? I know it is ingrained not to swing at the first pitch but come on. These are pitches right down the middle of the plate.

  805. Ryan April 8th, 2009 at 9:28 pm

    Give Swisher the start at first tomorrow. Maybe being benched will piss Teixeira off a little, or at least keep his o-fer out of the 3 spot.

  806. klem April 8th, 2009 at 9:28 pm

    LOL…

  807. joe April 8th, 2009 at 9:29 pm

    Go acquire Matt Holliday and put him in CF

    Trade Melky, Shelly Duncan, and Dan Giese to OAK for him. We cannot watch our season go down the drain because of this pathetic offense.

    oakland will laugh at that offer.

  808. jennifer April 8th, 2009 at 9:29 pm

    Someone ask the O’s fans what Tex owed them? So he grew up 30 miles from Baltimore, he hasn’t lived there in 10 years, give me a break. It would be like Yankee fans ticked that Manny didn’t sign with us, after all he grew up in the Bronx. It is just idiotic.

    He owed them NOTHING!!

  809. Donnie April 8th, 2009 at 9:29 pm

    Jennifer, you are technically correct, but really…what are the chances? It’d be nice, sure, but I wouldn’t count on it. I’d just as soon chalk this one up in the L column and watch LOST…which…is what I elected to do.

  810. S.A.--It's a marathon, not a sprint April 8th, 2009 at 9:29 pm

    Don’t wear a Tex shirt jennifer. These Baltimore fans seem nutty!

  811. tampayank April 8th, 2009 at 9:29 pm

    7up Giese is already an Oakland Athletic

  812. carl April 8th, 2009 at 9:29 pm

    ROFL at the bird in the background when Tex got K’d.

  813. Bronx Jeers April 8th, 2009 at 9:29 pm

    “Trade Melky, Shelly Duncan, and Dan Giese to OAK for him”

    Giese is already OAK property. Please go to bed now.

  814. S.o.S.*118-44!!* April 8th, 2009 at 9:29 pm

    “Trade Melky, Shelly Duncan, and Dan Giese to OAK for him.”

    Add Kei and you got yourself a deal.

    BTW. Giese has gotten a head start and is flying there as we speak.

  815. rconn23 April 8th, 2009 at 9:30 pm

    This site is absurd right now.

  816. rconn23 April 8th, 2009 at 9:30 pm

    This site is absurd right now.

  817. jennifer April 8th, 2009 at 9:30 pm

    DYNASTY IS DESTINY!

    Damon wasn’t booed this bad when he returned to Fenway, the first ab he was, but than they lost interest.

    Same for Alex.

    SA- email that to Pete, he should put it up on the blog.

  818. JOJO April 8th, 2009 at 9:31 pm

    “Go acquire Matt Holliday and put him in CF”

    We can’t. Not yet. Matt Holiday is from Oklahoma which is only 1 state over from Missouri, so they’ll boo him in Kansas City this weekend and he won’t be able to hit.

  819. Angel - Tales told by idiots, fully of sound and fury, signifying nothing. April 8th, 2009 at 9:31 pm

    LOL SA. Its amazing how well those stick figures captured the chicken running around with their heads cut off feel.

  820. pat April 8th, 2009 at 9:31 pm

    Mora can still go to his left. Nice play.

    Tex in this series is looking like Alex in Texas last year. They can say the boos don’t bother them but I’m not buying it. That’s one reason I’ll never understand why fans boo their own player.

  821. Benny ( it's Game time) Blanco April 8th, 2009 at 9:32 pm

    why do i feel like aj might have 11 k’s tomorrow. He has that look about him…like enough is enough.

  822. Kyle April 8th, 2009 at 9:32 pm

    Why do people keep bringing up the 98 Yankees?

    This team isn’t even remotely close. That team won the WS in 96 and made the playoffs in 97. They had proven winners and clutch performers. They had guys who knew how to handle NY and an offense capable of executing. They were a winning team. What kind of pedigree does the 2009 team have aside from the 4 ring members fading into the sunset?

    You can’t compare the 98 team to this collection of mercenaries.

  823. jennifer April 8th, 2009 at 9:32 pm

    sa- I don’t think I will, I would truly be afraid. They are obviously a mentally ill group of fans.

  824. Nick in SF April 8th, 2009 at 9:32 pm

    “Someone tell the Yankees that spring training is over.”

    How about that it isn’t over? They were playing pretty well in spring training. :(

  825. Doreen April 8th, 2009 at 9:33 pm

    At first, I wasn’t troubled by the O’s fans booing Tex. Frankly, I thought it was a novelty that would wear off. And for them, I guess it’s something that brings them together, no matter how ridiculous the reason for doing so.

    However, now it is truly gone over the edge. It’s not funny anymore.

  826. kelvin April 8th, 2009 at 9:33 pm

    Tex will go 0-26 to start the season.

    Mark that down.

  827. Alias April 8th, 2009 at 9:34 pm

    Here’s my prediction from a post put up 2 days ago (you can check it if you want):

    http://yankees.lhblogs.com/200.....ent-715796

    ————————–
    April 6th, 2009 at 11:16 pm

    Box score for Wang, Wednesday

    IP: 3
    Hits: 10
    R: 7
    ER: 7

    ————————–

    Just like with C.C., I’m almost right on again on Wang.

    How ’bout that ?

    I’ll make my prediction on AJ tomorrow.

    Sincerely,
    Yankee Fan From That NBC Show About Doctors

  828. Michael April 8th, 2009 at 9:34 pm

    nice play by cano!

  829. pat April 8th, 2009 at 9:34 pm

    “You can’t compare the 98 team to this collection of mercenaries.”

    Exactly how many of those ’98 Yankees were homegrown or underpaid?

  830. S.A.--It's a marathon, not a sprint April 8th, 2009 at 9:34 pm

    Those stick figures running around should be the official image of this blog. :P

  831. JoeM April 8th, 2009 at 9:35 pm

    Can’t read anymore of this tonight. Most of you are nuts

  832. jennifer April 8th, 2009 at 9:35 pm

    Doreen- It is disturbing. He owed them nothing! He didn’t string them along.

  833. carl April 8th, 2009 at 9:35 pm

    Cano is on fiya.

  834. Yank23 April 8th, 2009 at 9:36 pm

    Girardi is bothering me already. You gotta get Wang out of the game before the HR… He had nothing. The game wasnt out of reach at 5-1….7-1 is a lot tougher. He should have a long man(Tomko) in the pen especially for the beginning of the year… there are cold days against good hitting teams like the O’s, Rays, Royals. You know you are going to need a lot of help from the pen. I liked the way Torre handled the pen, he would have pulled Wang to keep the Yanks in the game.

  835. Joe Mama April 8th, 2009 at 9:36 pm

    They need to get Tex going. Bat him 5th for a few games. I know its early but they need to shake it up a little and get out of this little funk. Swisher needs to play tomorrow batting in the 3 hole

  836. Zodiac April 8th, 2009 at 9:36 pm

    Now we’re going to burn our entire bullpen in a game that is already decided.

    Nice job carrying no long man, Joe. Did you not realize the history of this team and the players in the rotation? They are all notorious slow starters.

  837. Nick in SF April 8th, 2009 at 9:37 pm

    Giambi was booed just as mercilously in his first game in Oakland as a Yankee, as I recall.

    I’ve said this before, but I was at that game and during a lull I yelled “Jason, we respect your choice!” as loudly as I could. I got a nice reaction from the A’s fans. ;)

  838. S.o.S.*118-44!!* April 8th, 2009 at 9:37 pm

    “Tex will go 0-26 to start the season.

    Mark that down.”

    hmmm. I might forget to Mark it down. Can you Tex it to me?

  839. jennifer April 8th, 2009 at 9:37 pm

    Do you realize it isn’t only Joe’s decision, the gm has a say as well.

  840. I want Michael Kay's Job April 8th, 2009 at 9:38 pm

    Yank23:
    News flash: Tomko isn’t even on the 40 man roster. Do some research before you post.

  841. Matt April 8th, 2009 at 9:38 pm

    Down 5 runs, WHY are you not taking a pitch on 3-1? The approach at the plate is just consistently DUMB.

  842. Uncle Ellsworth April 8th, 2009 at 9:38 pm

    Alias your show
    is crap and your predictions too!

  843. Donnie April 8th, 2009 at 9:38 pm

    Kyle, I’m not saying this team IS the 98 Yankees, but come on. To say with certainty that they aren’t going to string together a hot streak (or several of them) the way that team did, two games in to the season, is just folly. They could pull of something similar to the 98 team. They might not. That’s why the games aren’t played on paper. Enjoy the games, and stop trying to forecast the entire season two flippin’ games in.

  844. Yank1 April 8th, 2009 at 9:39 pm

    “We can’t. Not yet. Matt Holiday is from Oklahoma which is only 1 state over from Missouri, so they’ll boo him in Kansas City this weekend and he won’t be able to hit.”

    lol, sad isin’t it? Teixeria can’t handle a little booing

  845. Matt April 8th, 2009 at 9:40 pm

    You can tell when a team is giving up when behind in a game, and the Yankees are a prime example of that tonight.

    Without A-Rod in the lineup, they look just like last year’s team at the plate, maybe even worse.

  846. JOJO April 8th, 2009 at 9:41 pm

    Girardi had to try to save the bullpen. Can’t blame him there. Wang is a big boy. He needs to work out of jams and give more than 3.2 innings.

  847. Cobra 272 April 8th, 2009 at 9:43 pm

    Do people realize that neither of our starters have recorded a strikeout yet?

    As a team, we have only struck out 3 Baltimore hitters in 16 innings.

    This pitching staff could not have dreamed about a worse start.

  848. Nick in SF April 8th, 2009 at 9:43 pm

    If Tex goes 0-26, that means his 27th at-bat will be the beginning of the road to 27. It’s in the stars.

  849. S.o.S.*118-44!!* April 8th, 2009 at 9:43 pm

    “I’ve said this before, but I was at that game and during a lull I yelled “Jason, we respect your choice!” as loudly as I could. I got a nice reaction from the A’s fans.”

    Nick,
    Thank goodness that A’s fans are nothing like Raider fan. You wouldnt have been able to tell your grandchildren about it.

  850. JOJO April 8th, 2009 at 9:44 pm

    Tex is being baptized by fire. This is the process that makes you a True Yankee. It must take place.

    The Ghosts of Yankee Past have spoken.

  851. Spiced Ham April 8th, 2009 at 9:45 pm

    Offense sucks, pitching sucks, defense sucks. Can’t wait for A-Rod to come back, at least he is entertaining :(

  852. S.o.S.*118-44!!* April 8th, 2009 at 9:46 pm

    5 runs down going into the ninth. Did i mention the Royals game a couple years ago 2 outs in the ninth? We got them where we want them!!

  853. JOJO April 8th, 2009 at 9:46 pm

    Glass Half-Full:

    Bullpen looks good tonight.

  854. Carl April 8th, 2009 at 9:46 pm

    Need to re-shape the lineup

    Swisher needs to play 1st, Melky in CF, Pena at SS, Molina at C

    Get some spark into the lineup.

  855. carl April 8th, 2009 at 9:48 pm

    swisher in right carl jesus

  856. CaptainsCorner April 8th, 2009 at 9:48 pm

    I think the 1 positive is Cano has looked really good the last 2 days. On defense and offense. I really hope that Girardi plays Swisher tomorrow. Posada will probably not play and the lineup will be even worse with Molina playing. They need to breakup up Nady, Ransom and Gardner at the bottom. Arod please come back ASAP!!!

  857. Angel - Tales told by idiots, fully of sound and fury, signifying nothing. April 8th, 2009 at 9:48 pm

    “Swisher needs to play 1st, Melky in CF, Pena at SS, Molina at C”

    LOL this post is deserving of SA’s “oh noes” gif.

  858. Uncle Ellsworth April 8th, 2009 at 9:49 pm

    Carl
    Jeter is batting 500

  859. Doreen April 8th, 2009 at 9:49 pm

    Not lovin’ this game, but lovin’ my HD! That was a beautiful shot!

  860. JOJO April 8th, 2009 at 9:50 pm

    “Need to re-shape the lineup
    Swisher needs to play 1st, Melky in CF, Pena at SS, Molina at C
    Get some spark into the lineup.”

    That’s a spark? A .220 hitter, and three guys whose combined OBP won’t be .900?

  861. Nick in SF April 8th, 2009 at 9:50 pm

    S.o.S.: if it had been a Raiders game, I probably would have been saying it to the TV – which would have been showing a different game since the Raiders are usually blacked out at home.

  862. Arizz April 8th, 2009 at 9:50 pm

    This team is showing no heart.

    So much for getting off to a fast start.

  863. Uncle Ellsworth April 8th, 2009 at 9:51 pm

    Swisher gets a hit and he starts tomorrow

  864. Doreen April 8th, 2009 at 9:52 pm

    He looks just like Kei Igawa without the sunglasses! Man. Or, Kei’s evil twin. :(

  865. Garrett April 8th, 2009 at 9:52 pm

    Ah well, 2 bad games what can you do..good thing next game is right away tomorrow..go yanks!

  866. Russell NY April 8th, 2009 at 9:53 pm

    I won’t watch the Yankees until they get back to .500. At least the Sox are losing.

  867. CaptainsCorner April 8th, 2009 at 9:54 pm

    Swish is a walking machine!! Unlike Nady who just swings out of his shoes at every pitch…Swish needs to play RF and not be the Ransom pinch hitter. That is just a waste.

  868. Angel - Tales told by idiots, fully of sound and fury, signifying nothing. April 8th, 2009 at 9:54 pm

    LOL, Russell. That might be a bit consoling in August, but two games in its a bit hard to find cold comfort in that.

  869. Quilvio Imposter April 8th, 2009 at 9:54 pm

    Good luck tomorrow, AJ.

    God help you (and the team) if we get swept by Baltimore after our spending spree and all the hype this winter/spring….

  870. S.o.S.*118-44!!* April 8th, 2009 at 9:55 pm

    “I probably would have been saying it to the TV – which I WOULD BE WATCHING A DIFFERENT GAME CAUSE IT HURTS MY EYES WATCHING THAT SORRY TEAM.”

    Fixed.

  871. mark April 8th, 2009 at 9:55 pm

    Nady sucks. I wonder how long Girardi stays with his experiments before he’s willing to try something that might work. Put Swisher in right for God sake!

  872. carl April 8th, 2009 at 9:55 pm

    God swisher just rots on the bench. So sad.

  873. Benny ( it's Game time) Blanco April 8th, 2009 at 9:56 pm

    good job derek

  874. JOJO April 8th, 2009 at 9:56 pm

    Guess I’ll watch the end of the Mets game and hope their bullpen implodes. Ahhh, simple pleasures.

  875. Vince Black April 8th, 2009 at 9:56 pm

    jeter what a stat padder!!!

  876. Angel - Tales told by idiots, fully of sound and fury, signifying nothing. April 8th, 2009 at 9:56 pm

    Nice Jeets. Made the score look a bit more respectable. :)

  877. S.A.--It's a marathon, not a sprint April 8th, 2009 at 9:57 pm

    Nice going old man Jetes!

  878. Uncle Ellsworth April 8th, 2009 at 9:57 pm

    I’ll take that – good for jeter

  879. mark April 8th, 2009 at 9:57 pm

    Big deal. So Jeter just helped your fantasy team. George Sherrill sniffs that mound and the game is over anyway.

  880. Angel - Tales told by idiots, fully of sound and fury, signifying nothing. April 8th, 2009 at 9:57 pm

    Is that a meaningless HR?

  881. joe April 8th, 2009 at 9:57 pm

    and like that we’re back in the game

  882. Nick in SF April 8th, 2009 at 9:58 pm

    Melky pinch-hit for Tex?

    Kidding!!

  883. Arc 23 April 8th, 2009 at 9:58 pm

    I don’t even know how to react.

    Atleast last year we knew it could be a developmental year with Hughes/Kennedy and we would be better in 09, so you could prepare mentally for a disappointing season.

    This is just depressing– all this talent and the lifeless play of 08 continues. Maybe the baseball gods just hate us.

  884. Bronx Jeers April 8th, 2009 at 9:58 pm

    good to see Derek off to a sweet start to the season.

    Damon gets on…Tex is goin yard.

  885. A. Rodriguez April 8th, 2009 at 9:58 pm

    It will come down to Tex. It always comes down to Tex.

  886. CaptainsCorner April 8th, 2009 at 9:59 pm

    It looks like it will be the perfect ending to the game. Tex gets to make out yet again…

  887. Matt April 8th, 2009 at 9:59 pm

    Don’t those chances we missed, like runner at 3rd no outs, look big now? Tying run would have been at the plate in the form of Teixeira, but when you can’t do the simple things right, you won’t be in position to win the game with one swing.

  888. Uncle Ellsworth April 8th, 2009 at 9:59 pm

    A hit here TEX could bode well.

    Jeter is doing well batting first.

  889. Betsy April 8th, 2009 at 9:59 pm

    Tex’ start reminds me of Tino’s – Tino got off to a dreadful start and was even booed. I’m not worried about the guy at all.

    I just wonder who’s available in the pen tomorrow – their arms are going to fall off at this rate.

  890. jennifer April 8th, 2009 at 10:00 pm

    Even if we lose, I would just love to see Tex go yard here.

  891. Angel - Tales told by idiots, fully of sound and fury, signifying nothing. April 8th, 2009 at 10:00 pm

    Whats really cruel is being tormented with Dunkin Donuts commercials when the nearest one is 1000s of miles away. :(

  892. Clark April 8th, 2009 at 10:00 pm

    Let’s see if Burnett is worth $82 million

    No excuses tomorrow. Nervousness isin’t an option when you need to win the game to avoid being swept by a last place team.

    Beating Baltimore really shouldn’t be this had.

  893. inchcape April 8th, 2009 at 10:01 pm

    Swish has been excellent. Does everyone else want to turn away when Nady takes an AB?

  894. pat April 8th, 2009 at 10:01 pm

    Gotta love the drama

  895. bodhisattva April 8th, 2009 at 10:01 pm

    Nick in SF
    April 8th, 2009 at 9:58 pm
    Melky pinch-hit for Tex?
    Kidding!!
    ======
    He would have gotten Cano home.

  896. mark April 8th, 2009 at 10:01 pm

    -Is that a meaningless HR?-

    What’s good about the homer is the Yankees lose by a more respectable score so there’s less to crab about the offense.

  897. jennifer April 8th, 2009 at 10:01 pm

    Okay I’ll take a double, :) now the Yankee fans get to cheer!!

  898. joe April 8th, 2009 at 10:01 pm

    let’s see if tex has better luck on the other side of the plate.

  899. Uncle Ellsworth April 8th, 2009 at 10:01 pm

    wooooooooooo

    Monkey OFF the BACK!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  900. Angel - Tales told by idiots, fully of sound and fury, signifying nothing. April 8th, 2009 at 10:01 pm

    Yay! Now that was a good first hit! Way to go, Tex!

  901. pat April 8th, 2009 at 10:02 pm

    And Tex exhales.

  902. DYNASTY IS DESTINY! April 8th, 2009 at 10:02 pm

    That’s how you respond!!!!

  903. CaptainsCorner April 8th, 2009 at 10:02 pm

    Good thing he proved me wrong…But it is probably alittle too late…

  904. S.A.--It's a marathon, not a sprint April 8th, 2009 at 10:02 pm

    Tex!

  905. mark April 8th, 2009 at 10:03 pm

    - Does everyone else want to turn away when Nady takes an AB?

    I do.

  906. S.o.S.*118-44!!* April 8th, 2009 at 10:03 pm

    2 outs vs. Royals a couple years ago?

  907. A. Rodriguez April 8th, 2009 at 10:03 pm

    Tex should have yelled Ha! on that last popup!

  908. jennifer April 8th, 2009 at 10:03 pm

    Oh well, monkey is off tex’s back now.

  909. Angel - Tales told by idiots, fully of sound and fury, signifying nothing. April 8th, 2009 at 10:04 pm

    Well they showed fight, contrary to popular belief.

  910. Andrew April 8th, 2009 at 10:04 pm

    HAAAAAAAAAAA!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    -A-Rod

  911. Nick in SF April 8th, 2009 at 10:04 pm

    “Nervousness isin’t an option when you need to win the game to avoid being swept by a last place team.”

    Last place? Um….

  912. YankeeRay April 8th, 2009 at 10:04 pm

    That was ball 3 that Matsui swung at. That should have been Manny hitting there.

    Mark my words, Wand will not be a Yankee next year.

  913. CaptainsCorner April 8th, 2009 at 10:04 pm

    As Matsui swings at a pitch over his head…

  914. mark April 8th, 2009 at 10:05 pm

    The best news is that Burnett starts tomorrow. Trust me Yankee fans are going to be relieved Cashman went out and got that guy. He’s going to be lights out for the Yankees. At least we have a guy to turn things around right now.

  915. Angel - Tales told by idiots, fully of sound and fury, signifying nothing. April 8th, 2009 at 10:06 pm

    Hasn’t the Manny ship already long sailed for LaLa Land?

  916. YankeeRay April 8th, 2009 at 10:06 pm

    wang

  917. S.A.--It's a marathon, not a sprint April 8th, 2009 at 10:06 pm

    Say hello to going 160-2! :P

  918. pat April 8th, 2009 at 10:06 pm

    I vote that Tex bats righty tomorrow no matter who is pitching. If it’s working, don’t fix it.

  919. Joltin' Joe April 8th, 2009 at 10:07 pm

    And that is why Posada should be batting 4th.

  920. carl April 8th, 2009 at 10:07 pm

    If swisher doesn’t start tomorrow I will cry.

  921. Vader April 8th, 2009 at 10:07 pm

    I wonder when Donnie Baseball’s phone is going to ring…just kidding

  922. Mike April 8th, 2009 at 10:07 pm

    A couple of items,

    1) I blame this loss on Strictly on Michael Kay and the fact that he is a Jinx and won’t stop talking about nonsense.

    2) Why are we advertising for the horrible state of assachucetts on the yankees lohud blog.

  923. JOJO April 8th, 2009 at 10:08 pm

    Pitching needs to come around. Despite offensive struggles…ten runs after 2 games is not bad. Hopefully AJ can be our stopper tomorrow. I’ll be pulling for him.

  924. Joltin' Joe April 8th, 2009 at 10:08 pm

    If not Tex.

  925. DT April 8th, 2009 at 10:09 pm

    Do yourself a favor.

    Bookmark this blog. Come back in August and read all these comments. They’ll be good for a chuckle.

    Cya tomorrow.

  926. YankeeRay April 8th, 2009 at 10:09 pm

    Angel – Tales told by idiots, fully of sound and fury, signifying nothing.
    April 8th, 2009 at 10:06 pm
    Hasn’t the Manny ship already long sailed for LaLa Land?

    ——

    Unfortunately for this year it has. Donnie will bring him here next year.

  927. Swish Bat April 8th, 2009 at 10:10 pm

    As they did so many times last year, they teased us by padding their stats against a scrub reliever, then the team brought in their closer and we went out quietly.

    This reminds me so much of 2008 in every way. Just a few different faces.

  928. Nick in SF April 8th, 2009 at 10:10 pm

    To everyone who says “mark my words…”:

    If you look at the top right-hand side of your post, there’s a highlights date and time. That’s a link to your post. You can click on it an bookmark it and then your very own words are marked for posterity and can be recalled at any time.

  929. Benny ( it's Game time) Blanco April 8th, 2009 at 10:10 pm

    Thank G we have an early game tomorrow.

  930. tampa yankee April 8th, 2009 at 10:11 pm

    any chance we let swisher play center? i know it’s not gonna happen but gardner needs to hit the ball on the ground or he’ll bat 150

  931. bb April 8th, 2009 at 10:11 pm

    Baseball Blows!

  932. Angel - Tales told by idiots, fully of sound and fury, signifying nothing. April 8th, 2009 at 10:12 pm

    It’s odd to see Abreu in a Angels uniform.

  933. YankeeRay April 8th, 2009 at 10:12 pm

    CaptainsCorner
    April 8th, 2009 at 10:04 pm
    As Matsui swings at a pitch over his head…

    —–

    The best pitch of the at bat was the 1-0 pitch which was a very hittable pitch. Posada does belong 4th so they can’t just throw a lefty at us behind Tex or Arod.

  934. Corey April 8th, 2009 at 10:13 pm

    After the first 2 games of this series…I say you gotta start swisher over Nady tomorrow. He has come through in both of his AB’s.

  935. Al from BK April 8th, 2009 at 10:13 pm

    Hard to win games when your starters pitch like that.

  936. Angel - Tales told by idiots, fully of sound and fury, signifying nothing. April 8th, 2009 at 10:13 pm

    Are you going to keep going on about Manny being a yankee this year too? lol

  937. Betsy April 8th, 2009 at 10:14 pm

    Too little, too late. At least Cano is looking very good and so is Jeter. I’m very happy for Tex that he got that double – I have complete faith in him. The lack of fundamentals is going to kill this team, if not now then down the line.

  938. Alias April 8th, 2009 at 10:14 pm

    I got the feeling that this team is like the Tigers of 2008–that is, the one that went 0 for 7 out of the gate then ended up missing the playoffs, despite all the high expectations.

    Sincerely,
    Yankee Fan From That NBC Show About Doctors

  939. Joltin' Joe April 8th, 2009 at 10:14 pm

    Really doesn’t having a switch-hitter up 4th make sense. Game on line a tough lefty reliever vs Matsui with Posada on deck. Posada up righty would have made more sense.

  940. CaptainsCorner April 8th, 2009 at 10:16 pm

    Maybe 1 time this season the Yanks will actually be able to get a runner in from 3rd with NO ONE OUT. That was absolutely pathetic. They had the infield back and Nady and Ransom can’t get the ball out of the infield. Well that was the difference in the game being tied in the 9th inning.

  941. Floyd April 8th, 2009 at 10:16 pm

    Maybe we’re like last year’s Detroit Tigers… a team who everybody loved going into the year, but the rotation completely fell apart and they sunk themselves in April

    We wouldn’t be the first team to be hyped up in the winter, only to fail on the field in April.

  942. Joltin' Joe April 8th, 2009 at 10:16 pm

    Melky could get a surprise start tomorrow as well as Swisher. Who starts for Balt?

  943. mark April 8th, 2009 at 10:17 pm

    - After the first 2 games of this series…I say you gotta start swisher over Nady tomorrow. He has come through in both of his AB’s.

    Yeah let’s hope Girardi says the same thing. I’m sick of Nady already and think Swisher would bring lots of energy to the team.

  944. gayle April 8th, 2009 at 10:17 pm

    Will Jorge start tomorrow day game after night game or do we have MOlina in thus a much weaker lineup

  945. Alias April 8th, 2009 at 10:18 pm

    I predicted that it will be Baltimore vs. Padres in the World Series.

    Another prediction: Yankees’ starting rotation will have the worst ERA in the AL at the end of the season.

    Sincerely,
    Yankee Fan From That NBC Show About Doctors

  946. tampa yankee April 8th, 2009 at 10:18 pm

    the bullpen was great.cano looks good.tex got a hit.swisher did his thing with the walk.this team will come together and win 8 or 9 in a row

  947. Tex April 8th, 2009 at 10:19 pm

    ok we gave gardner two games. being in the melk man to deliver…

  948. Cliff April 8th, 2009 at 10:20 pm

    Will you people stop complaining. It is 2 games in. Give it a rest. You are making Yankees fans look like they know nothing about baseball.

  949. Tony in Albany April 8th, 2009 at 10:21 pm

    Take these two starts and just throw them out the window – it’s two games that are complete aberrations for both pitchers. CC and Wanger will pitch like themselves once we’re back in New York, and at least the bullpen looked solid today. 10 runs in 2 games is nothing to scoff at, and almost any other day if our offense scores 5 runs we should absolutely win the game. I’m sure AJ will throw some dirty stuff tomorrow and everyone who started with the doom and gloom will feel so silly….Let’s go Yanks!

  950. Bill April 8th, 2009 at 10:21 pm

    Just got home and read over the thread. Sounds like it was a rough game, but at least we fought back in the end.

    One thing that bothered me: Many people are criticizing Oriole fans for booing Tex and being petty. Do you remember the ASG and Papelbon? Yea, he can be a tool, but he was pitching for us and the entire stadium was chanting insults at him. I don’t see a difference in the situations.

  951. Tex April 8th, 2009 at 10:22 pm

    ok the positives.

    yankees scored 5 both games. beats the output last year. guys are getting on base.
    cc and wang will come around.
    tex got a hit
    pen didnt give up any runs
    yankees are older and struggle in bad weather. rain monday, cold today. come summer they will be slamming.

  952. no.27 April 8th, 2009 at 10:22 pm

    “Another prediction: Yankees’ starting rotation will have the worst ERA in the AL at the end of the season.”

    At the end of the season the Yankees will be the only team left from the AL that’s still playing, so they will have the best and worst ERA.

  953. Front Row April 8th, 2009 at 10:23 pm

    This is what Wang does— and why you can never trust him in a big game. When his sinker is up, he is dead.

    Taking a look at it, this rotation isn’t nearly as vaunted as advertised. It’s good, but not the best. Too many guys who can just lost it at any time.

    Burnett better pitch a big game tomorrow. How can this team get swept by BAL to open the season?

  954. Joltin' Joe April 8th, 2009 at 10:23 pm

    What do you know Cliff? The sky aint falling but entitled to opinions eh?

  955. Vince Black April 8th, 2009 at 10:24 pm

    I miss Abreu

  956. carl April 8th, 2009 at 10:26 pm

    Vince we just need swisher in right.

  957. Cliff April 8th, 2009 at 10:27 pm

    I know that there are 160 games yet to play and and people are acting like the season is over.

  958. Joltin' Joe April 8th, 2009 at 10:28 pm

    Most of these guys are 12 years old Cliff.

  959. Edwards April 8th, 2009 at 10:28 pm

    eerily similar to last year– unable to beat the bottom feeders of the league and play inconsistent baseball.

    Teixeria is NOT worth $180 million, he is not worthy of being the 3rd highest paid player in baseball.

  960. Cliff April 8th, 2009 at 10:29 pm

    Front Row, how was tonight a big game and can’t any picther just not have it for a game?

  961. tampayank April 8th, 2009 at 10:29 pm

    Burnett please go at least 6 innings tommorow

  962. Joltin' Joe April 8th, 2009 at 10:30 pm

    Football mentality.

  963. Cliff April 8th, 2009 at 10:31 pm

    Edwards, how can you possibly say they are “unable to beat the bottom feeders” with a 2 game sample size?

  964. RC 61 April 8th, 2009 at 10:32 pm

    The problem is that Cashman didn’t get any players with fortitude.

    He should have signed proven winners like Lowe and Manny who are clutch and unfazed by pressure and know how to win.

    You think Lowe gives up 7 runs tonight??

  965. Cliff April 8th, 2009 at 10:32 pm

    Good call Joltin’ joe

  966. ray (sox fan) April 8th, 2009 at 10:33 pm

    “Teixeria is NOT worth $180 million, he is not worthy of being the 3rd highest paid player in baseball.”

    Hey, I’m a Sox fan, but even I have to ask how does one come up with this conclusion after a grand total of two games?

  967. Joltin' Joe April 8th, 2009 at 10:33 pm

    Don’t bother Cliff, mostly children in here.

  968. pat April 8th, 2009 at 10:34 pm

    8 of the next 11 games are day games. This could lead to a higher unemploment rate.

  969. Russell NY April 8th, 2009 at 10:34 pm

    “Hey, I’m a Sox fan, but even I have to ask how does one come up with this conclusion after a grand total of two games?”

    Think a lot of it is just the frustration of being terrible in April every single year.

  970. Jeter in LF April 8th, 2009 at 10:34 pm

    I’m encouraged by Jeter’s fast start at the plate. I just hope he stays healthy.

  971. Edwards April 8th, 2009 at 10:37 pm

    The team is showing the same patterns it did last year. A 2-game sample is enough when it as been doing the same thing all of last year.

    The offense is just putrid unless they tack on meaningless runs, it’s not the pitching I’m worried about.

    They are not making the playoffs if they don’t execute fundamentals. This was the problem last year. Thats why we had losing records against bad teams. We’re already starting this season 0-2 against a bottom feeder.

  972. Betsy April 8th, 2009 at 10:38 pm

    The 5 runs scored in each game are mostly illusory – when they needed to score, they couldn’t do jack.

  973. Joltin' Joe April 8th, 2009 at 10:40 pm

    Edwards

    This is a totally different team , you can’t compare yet.

  974. Betsy April 8th, 2009 at 10:40 pm

    Come on – I’m concerned as well (mostly about the offense), but the pitching has too many guys who can fall apart? I think that’s a tad reactionary.

  975. Angel - Tales told by idiots, fully of sound and fury, signifying nothing. April 8th, 2009 at 10:40 pm

    How is two games this year indicative of an overall pattern?

    My statistics professor would have laughed me out of class if I’d said something like that.

  976. Buck Nasty April 8th, 2009 at 10:40 pm

    Did you really just call Derek Lowe Clutch?

  977. S.A.--It's a marathon, not a sprint April 8th, 2009 at 10:41 pm

    pat April 8th, 2009 at 10:34 pm

    8 of the next 11 games are day games. This could lead to a higher unemploment rate.

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

    I am so not getting any work done during the day with all these games going on. :P

  978. YankeeJosh April 8th, 2009 at 10:42 pm

    The only thing I’m taking from the first two games is that the Yankees need a long man in the pen. Regardless of how good the rotation is, even the best pitchers have off nights, and injuries happen and having a long man mitigates that. Alby’s been great but I’d like areal long man.

    Yanks battled tonight, the pitching wasn’t there. Itt’ll come. We still have AJ, Pettitte and Joba to come. That’s some very good pitching. Cano has looked good so far. No need to panic yet.

  979. Jonathan Rivas April 8th, 2009 at 10:43 pm

    Right, they may be illusory, but they still would have been enough to win with decent starting pitching, although they could not somehow bring in a guy from 3rd and no outs, they still had scored enough to win. The problem is obviously inherent in the starting pitching, and as frustrated as I am I am sure we will see the true Sabathia’s and Wang’s next time around

  980. Drain003 April 8th, 2009 at 10:43 pm

    If Burnett loses and we get swept out of Baltimore, then there is a legit cause for concern.

    People are vastly underrating the Rays and Sox. They are not going to go on long losing streaks in the mid-summer so we can catch up. They get a 4-5 game lead, and it could be over, unless you think we will sweep a series against them.

    You’re putting an awful lot of pressure on the team by getting off to this slow start. Girardi and the newcomers are going to press.

  981. pat April 8th, 2009 at 10:44 pm

    If they lost 2 games in a row in June, no one would flinch. First 2 games of the year and everyone is freaking out.

    Urgency is a good thing but predicting disaster is over the top.

  982. Al from BK April 8th, 2009 at 10:44 pm

    Burnett having to earn his stripes early now. Who would have predicted 8 IP 0 K’s from CC and Wanger.

  983. JackBlack April 8th, 2009 at 10:45 pm

    Some of you are real idiots!! Can’t beleive all the whining and bashing after just 2 games!! You people are an embarrassment to the true Yankee fans who don’t lose faith after 2 games. Maybe you should go root for the Braves. They’re 2-0!

  984. Buck Nasty April 8th, 2009 at 10:47 pm

    there is absolutely no way you can be concerened if you lose the first 3 games of the year

  985. pat April 8th, 2009 at 10:48 pm

    SA

    2 have 4 pm start times so that helps a little.

  986. Kyle April 8th, 2009 at 10:48 pm

    Hard to score when you have 3 automatic outs at the bottom of the lineup (Swisher, Ransom, Gardner) and are getting nothing from your #3 hitter.

    Throw in the lack of fundamentals this team possesses and you could see this slow start coming from a mile away. The problem? Our pitching was supposed to carry us early on. If they don’t get it together, we’re going to sink.

  987. Ro-Bin-Son April 8th, 2009 at 10:48 pm

    Another thing, what was the ’98 yanks’ record after two games? Only wishfully thinking of the possibilities ;)

  988. kill.schil(ing) April 8th, 2009 at 10:49 pm

    Has any Yankee had worse at-bats thus far than Cashman’s boyfriend, Xavier Nady?

    When does Swisher supplant this guy? How long do we have to wait to see it?

    It’s not even that Nady hasn’t hit. He looks terrible at the plate, swinging at garbage, not moving runners, twice now he missed a chance to score a run on an out.

    Send this guy back to Flushing. He belongs in the NL, not in the Majors.

  989. kill.schil(ing) April 8th, 2009 at 10:49 pm

    Has any Yankee had worse at-bats thus far than Cashman’s boyfriend, Xavier Nady?

    When does Swisher supplant this guy? How long do we have to wait to see it?

    It’s not even that Nady hasn’t hit. He looks terrible at the plate, swinging at garbage, not moving runners, twice now he missed a chance to score a run on an out.

    Send this guy back to Flushing. He belongs in the NL, not in the Majors.

  990. Doreen April 8th, 2009 at 10:49 pm

    The relief pitching was there. That’s good.

    And as far as the 5 runs being “illusory,” well, you gotta start somewhere. I’d rather fight back and come up a bit short than not do anything at all.

    It’s disappointing, sure, especially since everyone has high hopes. But still, let’s wait and see. It’s a darn shame that two games into the season, the team has to be apologetic.

  991. S.A.--It's a marathon, not a sprint April 8th, 2009 at 10:50 pm

    2 have 4 pm start times so that helps a little.

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

    True. :)

  992. WOW April 8th, 2009 at 10:50 pm

    Hey, Marex Teixriguez doubled with a man on second in the ninth with two out! Holy freaking Jesus crap!

  993. Buck Nasty April 8th, 2009 at 10:51 pm

    IT’S 2 GAMES! IS EVERYONE REALLY THIS CONCERNED OVER THE TEAM THERE ARE 160 MORE

  994. Betsy April 8th, 2009 at 10:52 pm

    Kyle, how exactly is Swisher an automatic out? He’s not even the starter……..

  995. V April 8th, 2009 at 10:57 pm

    “People are vastly underrating the Rays and Sox. They are not going to go on long losing streaks in the mid-summer so we can catch up.”

    The Red Sox lost 5 straight from June 28th – July 2nd, 2008.
    The Rays lost 7 straight from July 7th – July 13th, 2008 (right after winning 7 straight from June 29th – July 6th).

  996. Tom in NJ April 8th, 2009 at 10:58 pm

    The Phillies lost the first two game of last season to the Washington Nationals. How’d they do again?

  997. Betsy April 8th, 2009 at 10:59 pm

    Doreen, I’m glad the team showed some fight – at times last year, it seemed like they quit (seemed being the key word – I know they tried hard last year, they just didn’t get it done). That said, they should feel embarrassed for being so pitifiul at the fundamentals. Nothing is going to be handed to them and their main rivals are very, very good..probably better than they are. The offense is just very flawed – they will lose plenty of games because their inability to execute.

    Right now, I am very concerned about the pen. AJ is human – what happens if he gets rocked? They can’t leave him out there to be a punching bag- who can pitch tomorrow?

    Swisher needs to be starting, if for no other reason than he puts up good, quality at bats.

  998. V April 8th, 2009 at 10:59 pm

    The Yankees’ longest losing streak in 2008 was 4 games. I thought it’d be longer. They did have several ‘futility’ streaks (lose 3, win 1, lose 3, etc.).

  999. miggs April 8th, 2009 at 11:00 pm

    If i didn’t know what blog I was reading I’d swear you guys were talking about the Padres or some other 2nd rate organization.

    The team can’t do this, it sucks at that.

    Go look at the Padres lineup 1-9 and then tell me the Yankees suck with a straight face. Please.

  1000. miggs April 8th, 2009 at 11:02 pm

    K Rod in a big jam….

  1001. Tony in Albany April 8th, 2009 at 11:07 pm

    i am *so* done with reading gameday threads from now on…apparently the crazies like to come out during the game. it’s honestly hilarious how unrealistic people are, and hopefully not representative of most of us as yankee fans? in talking with my buddies yeah of course we’re all pissed off about how bad these games have been, but we’re all rational enough to realize it’s TWO GAMES! Loved the comment above that the World Champion Phillies lost their first 2 games last year haha.

  1002. ORIOLES #1 April 8th, 2009 at 11:09 pm

    ORIOLES CRUSH THE SKANKS AGAIN! PREPARE TO BE SWEPT!

  1003. Russell NY April 8th, 2009 at 11:09 pm

    Mets win… terrible day all around (except Boston losing)

  1004. miggs April 8th, 2009 at 11:16 pm

    For those concerned about the bullpen…..

    The Yankees only used 3 relievers tonight and there was an off day yesterday. Only one pitcher was used for more than 1.1 inning, and that was Alby and he only threw 22 pitches.

    So unless I’m missing something everyone but Alby should be available tomorrow. In summary, it seems a little dramatic to be worried that the bullpen guys “arms are going to fall off”.

  1005. Jeter in LF April 8th, 2009 at 11:27 pm

    Betsy

    Right now, I am very concerned about the pen. AJ is human – what happens if he gets rocked? They can’t leave him out there to be a punching bag- who can pitch tomorrow?
    ___

    Then the SWB shuttle gets activated.

  1006. gayle April 8th, 2009 at 11:34 pm

    Is anyone watching the Centerstage with Bernie. Horrible interview by Kay glossed over the whole first part of Bernie’s time in the Bronx. DIdnt ask him about Roberto Kelly and if it was true that he was horrible to him, glossed over so much thus far maybe the 2nd half will be better but so far nothing of interest or new

  1007. Drew April 8th, 2009 at 11:35 pm

    I guess we’re not going to go 161-1

  1008. Betsy April 8th, 2009 at 11:36 pm

    Gayle, I think that was Mel Hall that was horrible to Bernie…..not Kelly. I always liked Kelly and was sorry to see him go. Who knew about Paulie, though?

    I don’t watch Centerstage at all because I’m not at all interested in celebrities. I figure this will be repeated a million times if I want to catch it, lol. Sorry to hear the first half wasn’t so hot……

  1009. gayle April 8th, 2009 at 11:41 pm

    Betsy you may be correct I know it was one of them. Bernie’s music is great but the interview really bad.

  1010. ANSKY April 8th, 2009 at 11:42 pm

    Cashman should talk with the Steinbrenners about a 50-player trade where we swap rosters, top to bottom, with Baltimore. Clearly they’re a far better team than the Titanic of a team we have, which one can only conclude after these two games is doomed for a pathetic 0-162 season. Where’s Carl Pavano we need hi … SNNNFFFFFF (deep inhale whiffing of smelling salts followed by violent bug-eyed head shaking) Wuh-wuh-wuh-wuh-woooo-ooooahhh … waitaminnit … sorry … sarcasm so overwhelming I passed out. I’ve seen harsher game threads. It’s a loooong season, and there will be 160 more opportunities. Opportunities for wins … not for more brutal game threads.

  1011. G. Love April 8th, 2009 at 11:42 pm

    A little harder to find positives about tonight.

    Wang was horrid. I have faith he’ll get back on track, but man was he just bad tonight.

    I understand the frustration because these first 2 games feel a lot like last season. Falling behind early. Going to the bullpen before the 5th. Playing catch up.

    That was last season’s calling card.

    Still, the team is fighting it’s way back.

    Ransom just missed a game tying homer.

    Cano, much to my surprise, looks very good at the plate.

    Jeter hit a ball in the air and out of the park.

    The pen tonight was excellent.

    The starting pitching will straighten itself out, but man it makes me sick to lose a series to Baltimore to start the season.

    These are the teams the Yankees should be bludgeoning and when they don’t, it’s seriously frustrating.

    I’d like to see AJ play stopper tomorrow. Go out there with some swagger and pitch 7 innings.

    He does that and the rest of the team will win the game.

    This constantly spotting the team a few runs early in the game has to stop.

  1012. Jeter in LF April 8th, 2009 at 11:42 pm

    It was Mel Hall. He called Bernie, Bambi, and it took Mattingly to stick up for him to make it stop. Kelly did resent Bernie after he won the CF job.

  1013. GreenBeret7 April 8th, 2009 at 11:48 pm

    An odd start to the season throughout baseball. Almost all of the top starters have been knocked around, so far. Lee, Lincecum, Lester, Sabathia, Wang, Halliday, Verlander and on and on. That’s a good reason not to be concerned. Thinkg will get back to normal.

  1014. Betsy April 8th, 2009 at 11:54 pm

    Good post, GLove – nice summary. It’s hard for me to think about the positives after a game like this, so I appreciate you pointing out that there were quite a few.

    Looking forward to AJ tomorrow – if he pitches well, everything will look better.

  1015. BIG GUY April 9th, 2009 at 8:09 am

    yanksfanmc
    April 6th, 2009 at 9:57 pm
    just remember, in 98 we started off 1-4

    REALLY !!!! WOW!!!!!! That is an amzing stat


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