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Game 11: Indians at Yankees

Posted by: Peter Abraham - Posted in Misc on Apr 17, 2009 Print This Post Print This Post | Email This Post Email This Post

YANKEES (5-5)
Jeter SS
Damon LF
Teixeira 1B
Swisher DH
Posada C
Cano 2B
Cabrera RF
Ransom 3B
Gardner CF

Pitching: RHP Joba Chamberlain (0-0, 1.50).

INDIANS (3-7)
Sizemore CF
DeRosa 3B
Martinez C
Hafner DH
Garko 1B
Choo RF
Francisco LF
Graffanino 2B
Cabrera SS

Pitching: RHP Anthony Reyes (1-0, 6.00)

Joba Chamberlain vs. the Cleveland hitters.

Anthony Reyes vs. the New York hitters.

Notes: RHP Dave Robertson was optioned back to Scranton and 1B Juan Miranda was called up. Miranda is on the 40-man roster, so the move makes sense from that standpoint. Jose Veras is out of options and the Yankees do not want to expose him to waivers. … Hideki Matsui has a sore left knee, which is why he is out. Matsui was on the bases four times yesterday, which probably has something to do with it.

UPDATE, 11:19 a.m.: Matsui had fluid in his knee from being on the bases that was drained. This would seem to be a problem, no? Because you kind of want your DH to get on base.

The Yankees are sticking to that May 15 date with A-Rod. But I will be shocked if he’s not playing by May 1.

UPDATE, 11:50 a.m.: Xavier Nady had a CT scan on his right elbow. He’s hoping to find out today whether he needs surgery or not. At this point, he has had an MRI, two X-rays and now a scan. They should be able to determine what the issue is.

As was reported here the other day, the MRI indicated a ligament tear. But the Yankees are doing the right thing and checking it out.

Hopefully for X’s sake it’s something he can rehab. Otherwise he is done for the season and then will be a free agent. It would be a surprise if the Yankees took him back at that point. They’ll need two corner OFs and will probably throw a pile of money at Matt Holliday.

UPDATE, 1:13 p.m.: They’re underway in the Bronx and it’s 1-0 Cleveland as DeRosa homered off Joba. I’m off today but keeping an eye on the game as I do expenses and catch up on things at home. I’ll check in from time to time.

UPDATE, 2:33 p.m.: Did the Yankees inadvertently build a launching pad? Through four innings today, there have been 15 home runs hits at the new ballpark. There were eight in the two exhibition games against the Cubs, three yesterday and four so far today.

And that is before the weather gets warm.

15 homers in 30 innings? Yikes.

UPDATE, 4:02 p.m.: Brian Bruney is a beast. His last six outings: 5.2 innings, 0 hits, 0 runs, 0 walks, 12 strikeouts. In other words, he has struck out 12 of the last 17 batters he has faced.

Bruney is the latest example spring training not meaning a thing to an established player. Bruney pitched terribly almost all spring, appearing as though he was trying to throw the ball through the catcher. But when the lights came on, he has been terrific.

UPDATE, 4:13 p.m.: Um … Another home run? Good for Jeter and the Yankees. But it would appear that the Yankees built themselves a launching pad. There are six homers today and all of them went to right field.

 
 

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1,213 Responses to “Game 11: Indians at Yankees”

  1. m April 17th, 2009 at 10:47 am

    Good luck, Cody. We’re all pulling for you. But you gotta work with us.

    Win one for the LoHudders!

  2. Trevor April 17th, 2009 at 10:49 am

    Why was Miranda called up when there is 2 first baseman on the team?
    Also Robertson sent down? He was the best reliever yesterday. He’s proven himself in AAA already.

  3. Dave D April 17th, 2009 at 10:49 am

    Need a good performance from Jobber today and the offense needs to step up.

    We have no idea what to get from Wang tomorrow and Carmona is going to be tough to hit if he has his command.

  4. NITRO April 17th, 2009 at 10:51 am

    Wait… Veras has options?

    Then why is he still here?!?

  5. jennifer April 17th, 2009 at 10:52 am

    Sending Robertson down doesn’t make sense. He is the only reliever who did his job yesterday. Veras has options send him down!!

  6. Soriano April 17th, 2009 at 10:53 am

    Keeping Veras over Robertson is sheer idiocy. The only thing I don’t know is whom to blame– Girardi, Cashman, or both.

  7. JoeyA April 17th, 2009 at 10:53 am

    Maybe I’m naive, but why do we keep Matsui? Aside from being owed a nice chunk of change, he is killing this team.

    He needs rest because he ran the bases yesterday….are you kidding me?

    The Tigers had the guts to get rid of Sheffield, who, at this point in his career, is about where Matsui is, ability wise.

    The guy can’t play anywhere but DH, and when he is DH, you can’t trust him to run the bases.

    AND, how do you think those knees are going to look come July or August.

    Thoughts anyone?

  8. Kyle April 17th, 2009 at 10:54 am

    Teixeria should have gotten the day off… he is killing us right now. This would be my lineup

    Damon LF
    Jeter SS
    Swisher DH
    Posada C
    Cano 2B
    Cabrera CF
    Ransom 1B
    Pena 3B
    Gardner CF

  9. m April 17th, 2009 at 10:54 am

    Continuing from the last thread. The depth kind of disappeared all of a sudden. We’ve scored at least 4 runs in every game, except yesterday (when we should have).

    Forcing Matsui into the lineup weakened it because Nady or Posada would be sitting. Well, now there’s no Nady to sit and Matsui’s being forced to the very end of the bench. Tex is not nearly healthy enough to be playing, but he’s gutting it out because there’s no Alex. Thank heavens he’s on his way back sooner than later.

    It’d be really, really nice if one of those power bats could take to the majors like a fish to water. Wishful thinking, but we can still hope.

    I’m not panicking yet, but Cody & Gardner picking it up a little would quell any anxiety that threatens to surface.

  10. Patrick April 17th, 2009 at 10:54 am

    Good and bad move by Cash. We needed a LH bat with Matsui suffering and Miranda is the best we have in AAA. He ought to be the full-time DH while Matsui recuperates.

    However, Robertson should not have been sent down. He has nothing left to prove in AAA. Veras on the other hand cannot be trusted in a big spot. We have enough mop-up guys but we need someone that throws strikes. Send Veras down, keep Robertson.

  11. Betsy April 17th, 2009 at 10:54 am

    Why am I not surprised? It’s one body blow after another for this team. I understand that every team has to deal with injuries, but the Yankees have been decimated the past few years.

  12. Jeter's Edge (Remove the dang net!) April 17th, 2009 at 10:55 am

    I agree, Robertson was great last year and good yesterday. Why punish him by sending him down? Veras stunk last year and he stinks again. Him and Farnsworth needed to be moved long ago but they only took care of Farnsworth.

  13. m April 17th, 2009 at 10:55 am

    *power bats from AAA

  14. Front Row April 17th, 2009 at 10:55 am

    This Matsui thing has become very concerning. He can’t even play 2 games in a row

    Everyone should look a this lineup today and realize how important Nady was. This is why we can’t even rest Teix.

  15. Andrew April 17th, 2009 at 10:56 am

    If Matsui is unavailable because of his knee (he seems more and more done by the day, btw), then the bench is even shorter hence the need for another position player. Miranda is on the 40-man too so you can do the simple option. My guess is that Cash is trying to figure out who to give the 40 man roster spot that will open up once Nady is put on the DL.

    It could be Berroa if Ransom continues to be a disaster. But then again, if the bullpen continues to stink it could be Melancon.

  16. Kevin from Edmonton April 17th, 2009 at 10:57 am

    Matsui should be gone. I agree with JoeyA. He is nothing but a liability now. He has been declining from the moment he got to NY.

    The Yankees should eat the contract and move on.

    Here’s pulling for Joba today!

  17. jennifer April 17th, 2009 at 10:57 am

    I’d say it was a joint decision by Cash and Joe. A poor one at that.

    And something has to be done with Matsui. I thought we finally got rid of our ‘can’t play’ everyday player in Giambi. If Matsui already has fluid in his knees after playing a handful of games how is he going to get through the entire season?

  18. m April 17th, 2009 at 10:57 am

    Matsui & Nady not in the regular lineup means a lot of DH for Posada with Molina behind the plate.

    I’m good with that. The main purpose of the exercise is to get Posada’s bat in there. Anyone no the splits for his numbers DH vs. catching?

  19. Tex's New Best Friend April 17th, 2009 at 10:58 am

    yeah veras needs to go. you dont come into a game and walk the first batter, two times in a row. both led to us blowing a game.

  20. trisha - I am panic proof. April 17th, 2009 at 10:59 am

    (posted from other thread. didn’t see the new thread)

    Was at yesterday’s game. Scored a front-row seat at the last minute and paid $300+ less than face value. It was an experience I will not soon forget. Yes you are treated like royalty. Up to the 6th inning it was a pretty good game though we were always waiting for that other shoe to drop since Cliff Lee turned back into Cliff Lee and CC was behind hitters most of the game. Because of all the circumstances of the game, though, we were definitely overstimulated. Add to that the fact that there wasn’t a lot of excitement in the game and the pace was rather slow, there wasn’t a lot to be excited about. The bleachers were really loud, the rest of the Stadium not so much. But again, there wasn’t so much to be loud about.

    Is it a totally different crowd? With the downturn in the economy would there be fewer people at games even if we were at the other Stadium? My guess is that once the adjustment period is over and people feel like they are home once again, there will be the appropriate amount of Staidum noise. Again, if was weird being in a different place (both Stadium-wise and for me, seat wise.) I could definitely get used to sitting in the front row! I was third-base side, section 29.

    I agree with Pete, though about the feel of being further away from the action. I don’t know if it’s the foul-ball territory, but it still felt like you were further away.

    I will have pictures on line at some point. I saw Gayle’s and hers were fantastic. Mine won’t be nearly as nice, but I’m happy to share them with whomever wants to see them.

  21. jennifer April 17th, 2009 at 10:59 am

    Andrew- I don’t think anyone has taken issue with bringing up a position player. The issue is sending down Dave instead of Veras who apparently has options.

  22. Patrick April 17th, 2009 at 10:59 am

    JoeyA,

    I think we keep Matsui because people in the organization are optimistic that he will be an impact bat this season. Before going down with the knee injury last year, he was a force at the plate. If he can get healthy I think he can be once again. I wouldn’t be surprised to see him land on the DL for a few weeks to try and recuperate those knees.

  23. Thomas Robust April 17th, 2009 at 11:00 am

    Robinson Cano has been hitting, walking, and playing decently on the field. With Jeter batting 1st, why don’t the Yankees slot Cano second and move everyone else down one. The Yankees can also switch between Damon and Swisher batting Swisher 3rd and Tex 4th (or the other way around). It’s already been 10 games, changes have to be made. This is one that I think should be made. (added by Mobile using Mippin)

  24. F7 TD April 17th, 2009 at 11:01 am

    Does Matsui really serve any purpose on the team? He had an awful spring and it has carried over into the season. He can’t play every day and he has 0 bad speed. Lefties also eat him up.

    Nady would look nice right about now. In any case, Cash needs to acquire a RH bat for the bench.

  25. David (In Seattle) April 17th, 2009 at 11:01 am

    Robertson is now tied with Swisher for lowest era on the team, but could he maintain it?

  26. CountryClub April 17th, 2009 at 11:01 am

    Two horrible things in this post. 1st, Ransom needs to find the bench. I cant believe after yesterday’s (and the whole short season’s) disgrace that Pena is not playing in his place. 2nd, how in the world is Veras not sent down? This is a guy who had a very good 2 month stretch last year. But he stunk at the end of the year and he’s stunk at the start of this year. There is no way he should stay and Robertson should be sent down. Horrendous.

  27. Jeter in LF April 17th, 2009 at 11:01 am

    yankees are too old and their bullpen sucks.

  28. jennifer April 17th, 2009 at 11:02 am

    I think the lack of crowd noise was because the game was so slow. Lee was slow and CC was constantly going to 3-2 counts. not too much to get excited about.

  29. stuart April 17th, 2009 at 11:02 am

    aftr hour GM’s again if veras and others do not turn it around soon they will be out…

    is this a hard concept to understand?

    Robertson had 1 good outing not 10….

    Matsui is 35 not 40, waive him???Get a brain children….

  30. Redding April 17th, 2009 at 11:02 am

    “Hideki Matsui has a sore left knee, which is why he is out. Matsui was on the bases four times yesterday, which probably has something to do with it.”

    Wow. Ok, there is no way we can count on Matsui this year. Cashman can’t just sit on his hands.

  31. Tex's New Best Friend April 17th, 2009 at 11:02 am

    yankees are too old and their bullpen sucks.

    ___

    We are fine. Tex is hurt, A-Rod hasnt played yet, Nady is out, pen has sucked sans Mo, Bruney and Swish, and we are 5-5.

    A-Rod is the right handed power bat.

  32. Andrew April 17th, 2009 at 11:03 am

    Jennifer,

    Understood. I think the move is bad in the short-term because Robertson seems to have graduated from AAA and has been successful so far in the majors. But that said he undoubtedly will be back soon. Another blow-up from someone like Coke or Veras probably tickets either of them for Scranton and will lead to Robertson getting recalled.

  33. JoeyA April 17th, 2009 at 11:05 am

    He had an entire offseason to recoup his knees. He isn’t swinging the bat with any force.

    On top of that, when and if he does get on base, HE CAN”T RUN!!! And, if by some miracle he does run, he basically needs the next day or two off!

    Come on people, we are talking a guy who can’t run, can’t play the field, and now, his last asset being his bat, is even looking sad.

    Just get rid of him! We have enough guys on this team who are going to need rest here and there (Alex, Posada, Damon, Teix), we don’t need a fulltime DH.

    Our one-dimensional DH is losing his last dimension.

    All of this, mind you, in the first half of April!!!…..I don’t even want to consider Matsui in June-August.

    The man needs to go.

  34. m April 17th, 2009 at 11:05 am

    Thomas,

    The lineup is definitely a work in progress, and injuries have made changes necessary.

    Damon batting third? I’d rather see Cano there.

  35. Trevor April 17th, 2009 at 11:05 am

    I don’t understand what the issue with not keeping Robertson here. Does Girardi and Cashman not like him? How much more can he do in AAA and he’s already on the 40 man. What’s the problem?

  36. trisha - I am panic proof. April 17th, 2009 at 11:06 am

    “I think the lack of crowd noise was because the game was so slow. Lee was slow and CC was constantly going to 3-2 counts. not too much to get excited about.”

    jen, exactly. The game was almost boring at points because the pitching was so painfully slow – and there were so many deep counts with CC.

  37. Patrick April 17th, 2009 at 11:06 am

    Matsui is obviously still hurting but when healthy he has an impact bat. Getting rid of him now would be refusing to look at the big picture.

    The fact that Ransom is on the team, as a starter or bench player, is an embarrassment. He isn’t in a slump right now, this is the real Cody Ransom. I hate to say it because he seems like an okay guy but he isn’t a good player.

    He should be on the bench now with Pena starting and when A-rod comes back we should keep Pena or Berroa over Ransom.

  38. jennifer April 17th, 2009 at 11:07 am

    Are we so sure Matsui is 35? Plus how many games did he play in a row in Japan and here? All those years playing on turf killed his knees and we are paying for it.

  39. AROD fan April 17th, 2009 at 11:07 am

    Sending Robertson down is a little weird, IMO. it’s almost like he’s scape-goating the one person who you really can’t blame. these are the types of things that bug me with Joe G.

  40. Tom in NJ April 17th, 2009 at 11:08 am

    Yeah, there’s a reason why Ransom is a 33 year old career minor leaguer.

  41. David April 17th, 2009 at 11:09 am

    Silly move by the Yankees. Veras is the worst reliever on the Yankees now. Robertson has a much higher upside. Very disappointing move.

  42. Hank April 17th, 2009 at 11:09 am

    And Robertson, who is our best reliever after Bruney/MO gets sent down while Jose “Ball 4″ Veras will get more opportunities to lose games.

    This front office is inept.

  43. Patrick April 17th, 2009 at 11:09 am

    Robertson isn’t being punished, Cashman and Girardi just like Veras more I guess.

  44. Betsy April 17th, 2009 at 11:10 am

    I thought Veras was out of options…….Pete mistaken?

  45. m April 17th, 2009 at 11:10 am

    AROD fan,

    They used to do this with Torre, too. In fact is was worse because only the Circle of Trust stuck around.

    There’s a reason, we just don’t know it. Doesn’t mean we have to like it, but they’re not idiots contrary to what their actions say. :)

  46. wallypip April 17th, 2009 at 11:11 am

    I’m 99.99% positive that Veras is out of options. Maybe Pete could confirm or double-check that?

  47. Cal April 17th, 2009 at 11:11 am

    “I don’t understand what the issue with not keeping Robertson here. Does Girardi and Cashman not like him? How much more can he do in AAA and he’s already on the 40 man. What’s the problem?”

    Because they somehow seem to still have it somewhere in their cranium that Vera$$ might actually be able to throw a first pitch strike to a batter. Stupidity can do that to you. Maybe they just need him to cost the team another 2 to 3 games before reality sinks in. Wouldn’t be the least bit surprised if he as in there today since he seems to be micro Joe’s love child.

  48. Wave Your Hat April 17th, 2009 at 11:12 am

    (Continuing the Marte discussion from the last thread)-

    Patrick-

    I’m not bellyaching, more I told you so-ing. There’s a (small) difference.

    I don’t know whether Marte will continue to get pounded. His career numbers say no, but there’s a reason relievers are relievers. Almost all of them are inconsistent by nature (which is why they shouldn’t get long, expensive contracts in the first place).

    My guess is Marte will have good days and bad days, like many relievers. Hopefully more bad than good. He does serve a useful purpose.

    I agree there’s nothing to be done about it now, but at the time I thought, with the age of our team, that applying Marte’s money toward Cameron and getting a cheaper lefty made more sense.

  49. Sea Net April 17th, 2009 at 11:12 am

    This was a joint decision by Cash/Girardi, though ultimately, it is up to the GM, he is in charge of the roster moves.

    Cashman loves Veras, you can tell from his interviews this spring, he always spoke highly of him (and Ransom for that matter).

  50. Betsy April 17th, 2009 at 11:12 am

    Tex should not have played yesterday – and I still prefer him to rest today. The Yankees need him long term – it might be nice if they thought long term.

    Robertson had one good outing in a complete blowout – I’m not going to get upset about it. Also, he’s not a strike thrower – hasn’t he always had command issues?

  51. AROD fan April 17th, 2009 at 11:12 am

    There is no point in getting rid of him. Maybe we should just turn him into a pinch hitter.

  52. JoeyA April 17th, 2009 at 11:12 am

    Patrick-
    completely disagree. He has had a long time to get his knees healthy, a body part used in every activity. It isn’t like his big toe is injured. These are his knees we are talking about.

    And, I think getting rid of Matsui is looking at the big picture. He won’t get healthier as the season progresses, and we have other guys that will need days off from the field who will be better DH’ than Matsui.

    I’m sorry, but I can’t possibly justify using a DH that not only is incapable of playing the field or running the bases, but now, can’t hit either.

    And, he needs days off after he does do his job because he ran around the base too much!!

    Come on, we are the New York Yankees. There should be no reason we have to put up with a player like this for a full season. Teix, Damon, Alex when he gets back could all interchangeably use the DH spot to stay healthy.

  53. Doug April 17th, 2009 at 11:12 am

    does veras really have options left? because i read somewhere that he does not

  54. Wave Your Hat April 17th, 2009 at 11:13 am

    Oops-

    I meant to say, hopefully more good than bad. I certainly don’t wish any ill towards Marte.

  55. David Cone's Labrum April 17th, 2009 at 11:13 am

    Patrick –

    Matsui is an impact bat? I’m struggling with that one. He’s a one-trick pony now. He couldn’t leg out a double to save his life. The only impact he has at this point is the roster spot he’s taking.

    The lower half of the lineup looks like the SF Giants.

    AND, Posada catching two day games in a row…

    Sorry for the negativity, but we all should hope A-rod comes back and we’re still hanging around .500.

  56. AROD fan April 17th, 2009 at 11:13 am

    i agree with tex resting… if this thing isn’t treated properly could he end up needing tommy john?

  57. Bob(The Original) April 17th, 2009 at 11:13 am

    I have never understood the attachment to Veras. He just is not reliable.

    I suspect though his time here is pretty limited and he’s most likely down to his last chance.

  58. Y26 April 17th, 2009 at 11:14 am

    Enough is enough with Matsui

    We need to acquire Magglio Ordonz and make him the DH. Tigers would love to dump his salary.

  59. m April 17th, 2009 at 11:14 am

    http://highschool.rivals.com/c.....CID=936541

    High school kid has a 3 game no-hitter streak going. Check out the baby picture. Cute!

  60. Wave Your Hat April 17th, 2009 at 11:14 am

    All of you are way too quick to give up on Matsui. We are only 10 games into the season. Give him time, he will be a very useful ballplayer before the season is half over.

  61. m April 17th, 2009 at 11:15 am

    Y26,

    LOL. The idea is good, but Ordonez has rice crispy knees. Gotta pick someone else.

  62. Steve B April 17th, 2009 at 11:15 am

    “Come on, we are the New York Yankees. There should be no reason we have to put up with a player like this for a full season”

    There are $13 million reasons.

  63. RussW210 April 17th, 2009 at 11:15 am

    Hey guys, for fantasy:

    Geovany Soto (Cubs) or Russell Martin (Dodgers) ???

  64. COL 88 April 17th, 2009 at 11:16 am

    A slow start by the hitters?

    Injuries to key players?

    Bullpen woes?

    Minor league lineups and no clutch hitting whatsoever?

    Welcome to April in Yankees Universe, where the script never changes regardless of the roster turnover.

  65. Betsy April 17th, 2009 at 11:16 am

    Ransom playing is a joke…….now the Yankees are just getting stubborn about it. I said a few days ago that Girardi’s innate optimisim blinds him to reality…….and that’s what’s happening with Ransom. How bad does it have to get for him to make a change?

    This is going to be a long season already – it’s hard not to get depressed about the injuries. Every year it’s the same thing….Of course, we should have expected this with Matsui. People were penciling him in for all sorts of good stats, assuming the knee surgery was going to fix him. It didn’t.

  66. Steve B April 17th, 2009 at 11:17 am

    Betsy:

    Robertson did manage 35 or so strikeouts in his 30 innings in the bigs last year. Not bad for a not being a strike thrower. That said, he did put 45 runners on base in those 30 innings, 15 by walk and that is too many.

  67. Pauly April 17th, 2009 at 11:18 am

    Hey guys, for fantasy:

    Geovany Soto (Cubs) or Russell Martin (Dodgers) ???

    Martin all the way, something’s wrong w/ Soto. He’s 1 for April.

  68. tampayank April 17th, 2009 at 11:19 am

    “Y26 April 17th, 2009 at 11:14 am

    Enough is enough with Matsui

    We need to acquire Magglio Ordonz and make him the DH. Tigers would love to dump his salary.”

    He’ll probably be available at the All Star Break if Detroit is struggling

  69. Steve B April 17th, 2009 at 11:19 am

    Russell:

    Martin. Soto has some health issues and Martin is the better all around fantasy player (read: he’ll give you double digit steals in addition to everything else).

  70. Bob(The Original) April 17th, 2009 at 11:20 am

    Betsy
    April 17th, 2009 at 11:16 am
    Ransom playing is a joke…….now the Yankees are just getting stubborn about it. I said a few days ago that Girardi’s innate optimisim blinds him to reality…….and that’s what’s happening with Ransom. How bad does it have to get for him to make a change?

    This is going to be a long season already – it’s hard not to get depressed about the injuries. Every year it’s the same thing….Of course, we should have expected this with Matsui. People were penciling him in for all sorts of good stats, assuming the knee surgery was going to fix him. It didn’t.

    ——————————

    Don’t waste your time here then.

    10 games into a season and you act like it’s over? Really makes you look stupid.

    Matsui very well may be done. But giving up on him after 10 games is moronic. You don’t start evaluating guys until they have at least 100 ABs.

    And last I checked, almost every team is dealing with injuries and bullpen woes. Stop your whining.

  71. Tom in NJ April 17th, 2009 at 11:20 am

    Does Veras have any options left? Back in March, Pete said he did not:

    · OF Melky Cabrera and RHP Jose Veras are out of options. Any other player they would want to send down has options.

    http://yankees.lhblogs.com/200.....questions/

    However today, Pete said he does: “Jose Veras has options, too…”

  72. Steve B April 17th, 2009 at 11:20 am

    “We need to acquire Magglio Ordonz and make him the DH. Tigers would love to dump his salary.””

    I’d assume some competition for his services from the north.

  73. Boogie Down April 17th, 2009 at 11:21 am

    Cash needs to go out and find another bench player once we hear for sure Nady is out for the year. Why is it every yr our bench is short and worthless??

  74. JoeyA April 17th, 2009 at 11:21 am

    Steve B-
    you’re telling me the Tigers can get rid of Sheffield but we don’t have the financial security to do it with Matsui.

    It’s one thing when you have $13M invested in an asset. It’s completely different when you have $13M invested in someone who is hurting the team.

    You cut your losses. Matsui may string together a couple weeks of hitting sure, but the man has no knees. That’s not an issue that resolves itself or simply goes away.

    Every time the guy has to leg out anything other than a single, you run the risk of injury. I don’t think he could run out a triple, IMO.

    “All of you are way too quick to give up on Matsui. We are only 10 games into the season. Give him time, he will be a very useful ballplayer before the season is half over.”

    Exactly. We are 10 games in, and the man needs a day off because he got on base a lot yesterday. He’s our DH!!!! it’s his job to get on base.

    Think about this for a second, the man does his job and needs to take a day off. Everytime Matsui does what we pay him to do, he hurts us the next day or two for it because he needs rest. This is a player we should keep?

    I hear Reggie can still swing a bat, why don’t we let him DH. It’d be the same damn thing, except Reggie would be a much more entertaining soundbyte.

  75. rmel April 17th, 2009 at 11:21 am

    “Sending Robertson down is a little weird, IMO. it’s almost like he’s scape-goating the one person who you really can’t blame. these are the types of things that bug me with Joe G.”

    “And Robertson, who is our best reliever after Bruney/MO gets sent down while Jose “Ball 4” Veras will get more opportunities to lose games.

    This front office is inept.”

    Sending Robertson down one day after he came up and performed well is a joke….I know Veras can’t be sent down but come on….3 K’s in 2 innings and sent down I have a feeling Joe G. has his favorites and Robertson is not one of them

  76. Billy April 17th, 2009 at 11:21 am

    I agree that bullpen issues will get ironed out but I don’t see the Girardi’s love for Veras. The bullpen will look much different and hope that he’s not a part of it. We have guys in Edwar and Veras that couldn’t cut for other organizations.

  77. Patrick April 17th, 2009 at 11:21 am

    David Cone’s labrum -

    I said that Matsui is an impact bat WHEN HEALTHY. Jeez.. reading comprehension people..

    Whenever Matsui has been healthy in his career, he’s been able to hit. Right now he isn’t healthy. Wouldn’t it make more sense to DL him for a few weeks so he can try and rehab the knees rather than just DFA him? Come on guys, think with your heads.

  78. V April 17th, 2009 at 11:22 am

    Why is ransom playing? Play pena

  79. ALB3 April 17th, 2009 at 11:22 am

    Russell Martin

  80. Thomas Robust April 17th, 2009 at 11:22 am

    Batting Cano 3rd wouldn’t be wise if Jeter is batting leadoff and Damon’s 2nd. If Swisher bats 2nd, Cano can bat 3rd between Swish and Tex, Damon would bat 5th. Point is, no matter which way you look at it, Cano should not be hitting 6th (as long as he continues hitting and walking), he should be batting 2nd or 3rd, unless Damon, Tex, and Swish are hitting for higher avg., which they are not. (added by Mobile using Mippin)

  81. Patrick April 17th, 2009 at 11:23 am

    It’s like you guys are vindictive towards the players that don’t perform. Yeah lets punish Matsui and release him because he’s hurt. Lets tear Veras a new a-hole because he walked a few guys. This is a business, stop making it so personal.

  82. Billy April 17th, 2009 at 11:23 am

    No team will trade for trade for Magglio unless the Tigers eat part of his salary. Detroit is still paying $14 million this year for Sheff.

  83. Sarah April 17th, 2009 at 11:24 am

    great blog…just came upon it and will definitely need it to keep up to date on the yanks this season, thanks!!!

    http://seriouslybysarah.blogsp.....ously.html

  84. JoeyA April 17th, 2009 at 11:24 am

    Matsui very well may be done. But giving up on him after 10 games is moronic. You don’t start evaluating guys until they have at least 100 ABs.
    ————————————————-

    Very true in regards to stats, not KNEES. to say a guy won’t hit .300 because of his first 10 games Is moronic.

    But, to say a guy who needs a day off because he ran the bases too much is going to help this team in the long run is even more moronic, IMO.

  85. curious April 17th, 2009 at 11:25 am

    Pete, you reported on March 25th that Veras is out of options:

    http://yankees.lhblogs.com/200.....questions/

  86. Patrick April 17th, 2009 at 11:25 am

    “This would seem to be a problem, no?”

    Yeah big problem. They should probably DL him for a few weeks and let him strengthen the knee. Miranda can hold down the DH spot for awhile, he has a good bat vs righties.

  87. SJ44 April 17th, 2009 at 11:25 am

    Some observations after being around the team for the last 4 days…..

    Different vibe around this group this year. Best way to describe it? Less stressful and more relaxed. Last year, the team seemed uptight all the time. I think Girardi was partly to blame (more on him later) but, I also think the players shoulder that responsibility.

    Last year, with so many guys playing for a 2009 contract, at least to me, it became more of a “me” team instead of a “we” team. When many of them got off to slow starts, those guys began to just worry about their numbers and the team took a back seat. I think that, and Girardi’s uptight nature, really brought on a lot of the issues from last year.

    This year is completely different. Girardi first of all is a completely different guy this year. Its a much more relaxed clubhouse and he is also more relaxed.

    Cashman and Zillo really worked on Girardi this winter. They implored him to make changes in the way he handles certain things. He’s done that to date.

    Its a LOT more relaxed team and that’s a good thing.

    Its also a team MUCH more invested in the TEAM. To that, the new guys, CC, AJ, Tex and Swisher deserve a lot of credit. Those guys are really invested in the TEAM doing well. That rubs off on kids like Joba, Gardner, Pena, etc.

    That’s going to make them more of a team than its been in recent years.

    Swisher gets too much ink for being “goofball”. The guy has a great sense of humor. However, he also has a great work ethic.

    He’s in the cage early everyday working on his game.

    With the way NYC can overhype guys, I really hope he isn’t pigeonholed as just a “goofball”. He’s much more than that.

    The offense will need a bat in the next few months. I don’t think Matsui can hold up and losing Nady really hurts.

    Arod? He will be fine. He feels better than he has in two years and swinging freer and easier than he has in a long time. In fact, he may not even need the second surgery because of how well the first surgery turned out.

    I think folks need to give Brett Gardner some time. You watch him in BP, and he really smokes the ball in the gaps. He’s still learning the league and learning the pitchers.

    If he can just draw a few more walks, and make pitchers pay (like he did Tuesday night) with some gap hits, he will help this team at the bottom of the order.

    In the games he’s gotten on base, teams have pitched Jeter differently (more fastballs) and adjusted their defense in ways we haven’t seen for a lot of Yankee players in recent years.

    I just hope he can hit enough to stay here because he’s an asset to the team when he does.

    Jeter was hurt by playing in the WBC, IMO. He didn’t get enough AB’s, and its taken him awhile for his swing to come around.

    The last couple of days in Tampa, he was smoking the ball to all fields. He carried it into the games and its sign his swing is coming around.

    All of the new guys (CC, AJ, Tex, Swisher) are really, really good guys. I can’t remember the last time 4 guys have come here and fit in so seamlessly.

    Last thing…..the new stadium.

    I think people should just judge it on its own merits and not continue to compare it to the old Yankee Stadium.

    The old Yankee Stadium was the Lourve. You can’t compare other museums to the Lourve. It stands on its own.

    The new building? Its HUGE. Anybody who tells you otherwise is lying to you. Its an amazing structure.

    It has everything and its even given the ushers a personality transformation. They are a helluva lot more friendly and helpful than they were in the old place! lol

    They have every food option imaginable so, you won’t go hungry. Sadly, there aren’t a lot of budget food options. But, that’s a sign of the time in all ballparks these days.

    The museum is great. Well worth going to.

    Opening the park 3 hours early? Great idea. You can sit and have a drink in the sports bar and see all of BP. Can’t get much better than that.

    The sightlines? A lot better in the upper decks than I thought. My seats are behind the plate. But, I went up to the upper decks to check it out and the seats were better than I thought they would be.

    The sound? A lot was made out of that yesterday but, I think its too early to judge it. Yesterday was definitely a “wine and cheese” crowd. I don’t know if its going to be like that all year though.

    All in all, when you judge it on its own merits, its a magnificant facility. Those worried about the Yankees “losing” home field advantage? If the team is good, they will a home field advantage. If its not, just like in any other place, you have no home field advantage.

    Just my $.02.

  88. m April 17th, 2009 at 11:25 am

    “However today, Pete said he does: “Jose Veras has options, too…””

    Clubhouse attendant just asked Veras if he wanted steak or chicken for his pregame meal.

  89. Rishi April 17th, 2009 at 11:26 am

    Apparently Tex was out of the first line-up:

    A Setback for Hideki Matsui
    By Tyler Kepner
    The good news for the Yankees is that Mark Teixeira is back in the lineup after leaving Thursday’s game early to get a cortisone shot in his sore left wrist. The bad news is that Hideki Matsui’s knees are bothering him again.

    It is clear this will probably be an issue all season long. Matsui did not start the last two games at Tampa Bay, and after one game as the starting designated hitter, he is back on the bench.

    Matsui is still only 34 years old, but all those years of playing every game on the artificial turf of the Tokyo Dome are taking their toll. It is troubling that even after operations on both knees since late 2007, there remains a build-up of fluid.

    “It’s somewhat discouraging, but it’s something we’ll have to deal with a lot during the course of the year, just because of where he is in his career with his knees,” Manager Joe Girardi said. “He doesn’t want to take time off, but he has some fluid and you’ve got to give him a day. You’ve got to make sure to keep the fluid out. That’s the concern.”

    To give themselves more protection on the bench, the Yankees called up first baseman Juan Miranda and sent down reliever Dave Robertson, who worked two scoreless innings on Thursday.

    No word yet on Xavier Nady’s CT scan; hopefully we’ll have more later. But it’s safe to say the Yankees never wanted to deal with this many injuries this early in the season. At least the pitchers are healthy.

  90. jennifer April 17th, 2009 at 11:26 am

    I bet Jose is out of options. That would make the decision clearer.

  91. Betsy April 17th, 2009 at 11:26 am

    Sorry, but Matsui’s done. Fluid on the knee from being on the bases? That’s pretty sad……

  92. NYYanksFan April 17th, 2009 at 11:27 am

    This year is all about the pitching. They can’t count on A-Rod coming back from in season surgery to carry the offense and defense is not this teams strength.

  93. JoeyA April 17th, 2009 at 11:28 am

    He just had knee surgery!

    R&R isn’t going to resolve a reoccurring knee issue with a 35 (if thats true) player who was basically the Cal Ripken of Japan but played the outfield.

    I think people treat Matsui like he’s only been in baseball since coming to the MLB.

    Not to bring up this debate, but Bonds would be a better DH than Matsui for this season, IMO. He’s had enough rest, which is what everybody believes will help Matsui find his place again.

  94. Bill from NJ April 17th, 2009 at 11:28 am

    Matsui may not even get to 100 AB’s to evaluate.

  95. jennifer April 17th, 2009 at 11:28 am

    I read he was signed to a minor league contract. Wouldn’t that imply that he could be sent down?

  96. Rishi April 17th, 2009 at 11:28 am

    Thanks for your thoughts, SJ – nice to hear your perspective :)

  97. Wave Your Hat April 17th, 2009 at 11:29 am

    I’d like to hear an explanation of why Robertson was called up yesterday and sent down today for Miranda. Miranda could have been called up yesterday just as easily, and our pen was well rested going into yesterday’s game.

    On the surface it suggests some disarray in the Yanks’ front office, but perhaps there were wheels within wheels, so to speak, and if you knew all it would make sense.

    Any thoughts?

  98. Largo April 17th, 2009 at 11:29 am

    Some things never change

    Yankees record after 10 games:

    2009 5-5
    2008 5-5
    2007 5-5
    2006 5-5
    2005 4-6
    2004 5-5

    Of course, 2003 was 9-1, but I will ignore that.

    Point being – Its April 17th. They are ahead of the Rays and Red Sox. I don’t plan to panic unless they end up at 11-20 again.

    Also, my guess is Robertson was sent down because he probably isn’t available today or tomorrow (he pitched 2 innings yesterday and 3 on Monday). Veras only threw 12 (very bad) pitches yesterday. With Joba limited in innings and Wang hoping to get out of the 2nd inning tomorrow – it probably doesn’t make sense to have someone you can’t use.

  99. V April 17th, 2009 at 11:29 am

    Veras over Robertson??? Y

  100. David Cone's Labrum April 17th, 2009 at 11:29 am

    Patrick –

    What’s given you the impression that Matsui will recover from this with rest and rehab? He had an entire offseason of r&r, was treated with kid gloves during Spring Training, and played only 93 games last season.

    The guy runs like Kirk Gibson and is not playing today because he was “on base 4 times” yesterday?

    Come on. I’m thinking with nothing but my head on this.

  101. rmel April 17th, 2009 at 11:29 am

    Pete, is Veras out of options or not…thanks

  102. Peter Abraham April 17th, 2009 at 11:30 am

    My bad on the Veras option. He does not have any. I was thinking about somebody else. Plus I had just woken up. Sorry about that.

  103. m April 17th, 2009 at 11:30 am

    Great observations, SJ. Thanks.

  104. Betsy April 17th, 2009 at 11:30 am

    That said, I really feel for him – Matsui is such a class guy and he worked very hard to come back. How do you treat fluid in the knee? Does it go away, the player has a few good weeks, and then it recurs on a regular basis?

    I didn’t realize Tex wasn’t in the lineup – am I missing something from Kepner’s piece? If he wasn’t going to be in in the first place, then I don’t think he should be in now.

  105. jennifer April 17th, 2009 at 11:30 am

    Jose Veras rhp
    1 year/$432,975 (2009)

    * 1 year/$432,975 (2009)
    o re-signed by Yankees 2/09 ($215,842 in minors)

    SO can’t we send him down???

  106. John April 17th, 2009 at 11:31 am

    Can’t we send Girardi down…I hear he has options…maybe he’d learn a trick or two from the undefeated Scranton folks.

  107. trisha - I am panic proof. April 17th, 2009 at 11:31 am

    While yesterday’s game was rather ugly I am not ready to write anybody off on the basis on that one game. Re: Yankee offense – Cliff Lee isn’t chopped liver. About the rest of it. I am willing to give the game up to new Stadium jitters.

    If we are having this same conversation about the same people a month from now (my guess is that despite anybody’s fondest wishes or great wisdom otherwise, Marte and Veras will still be pitching a month from now) then I will agree that there are problems with those players. Until then, I happily turned the page on the game already.

    GO YANKEES!

  108. dan l April 17th, 2009 at 11:31 am

    Robertson last year did not do well throwing first pitch strikes but yesterday he did. Last year he did throw over 61% strikes overall.

    The reason he was sent down is because he’s thrown 7 innings since April 10th. He will need a couple of days off before he can pitch again. If the Yankees want him up for good they will likely be using him for one inning at a time in AAA going forward over the next ten days.

    Both Steven Jackson and Anthony Claggett have not pitched in the last few games and should be able to come if needed.

  109. saucY April 17th, 2009 at 11:32 am

    Dear Hideki Matsui,

    Hit home runs. Then you won’t have to stay on the bases too long…

    Regards,
    saucY

  110. Patrick April 17th, 2009 at 11:33 am

    David Cone’s Labrum,

    Well the Yankees clearly seem to think what I’m thinking because they aren’t going to release him. I don’t see the harm in letting him recuperate for a few weeks on the DL then see if he’s any better. Why immediately release him? It has no benefit to the team. My guess is that the doctors will drain the fluid in his knee, see how he feels in a day and if he is still hurting they will DL him. Evaluate after a few weeks then go from there.

    SJ44,

    Thanks for your observations, they are very interesting and encouraging.

  111. RussW210 April 17th, 2009 at 11:33 am

    Thanks Steve B. I put in a waiver claim and am dropping Soto. I’m last so I should have Russell Martin by Monday :)

  112. Andrew April 17th, 2009 at 11:34 am

    Perhaps Robertson got called up because they thought after resting Matsui in Tampa his knees would respond better than they did after yesterday’s game. It’s clear that he should be relegated to a pinch hitter/twice-a-week DH type guy if this is how bad his knees have gotten. Matsui’s problems combined with Nady being most likely out from now until September at the earliest make it seem like Miranda has a chance to get some playing time in New York this time around. You could DH him and play Swisher in RF and see if Miranda’s minor league power can translate at all in the majors. Then again, this also may mean more Melky, which I don’t think is a good thing.

  113. JoeyA April 17th, 2009 at 11:34 am

    SJ seats behind the plate??

    I figured they’d give you your own luxury box, CASHMAN!!

    haha great observations. Glad to hear from an insider how well the new team is coming together.

    Chemistry may not put us over the top, but it’s something this team has lacked since the late 90′s

  114. Mike April 17th, 2009 at 11:34 am

    It absolutely baffles me that Ransom continues to play on a daily basis. Remind me again why we interrupted Pena’s development?

  115. m April 17th, 2009 at 11:34 am

    WYH,

    Miranda was called up today because yesterday we were missing only Nady. Today, we’re missing (technically) Tex and Matsui. Tex is supposed to be sitting, but forced to play because of Matsui’s setback.

    Lots of things to consider when they make moves. We have to give the front office the benefit of the doubt because 1. they’ve got far more experience than we do 2. they’ve got far more info than we do.

    We like to believe otherwise, because of the magic of the internets, but they’re really more equipped to make these decisions than we are. :)

  116. Joan April 17th, 2009 at 11:35 am

    It makes me sad to think Hideki can’t even run the bases anymore. This is the last year of his contract, right? I’m guessing he’ll retire..

  117. Wave Your Hat April 17th, 2009 at 11:35 am

    I’ve seen Matsui have bad streaks before and come back strong.

    I’m not prepared to write him off yet. I think he’s a warrior and will do everything he can to get through the physical issues.

  118. Patrick April 17th, 2009 at 11:35 am

    Ok then if Veras doesn’t have options he should be relegated to a mop-up role. Send Albaladejo down, keep Robertson and give Veras Alba’s role.

  119. K April 17th, 2009 at 11:35 am

    I like the idea of sending Girardi down to Scranton.

  120. Billy April 17th, 2009 at 11:35 am

    “Both Steven Jackson and Anthony Claggett have not pitched in the last few games and should be able to come if needed.”

    They haven’t exactly been lights out either though. Roberston and Melancon are clearly the class of the SWB pen, besides Tomko. I follow Michael Dunn in the Trenton boxscores. I really think the Yankees want him up in SWB by mid-May, timed with a possible Melancon promotion? So far he’s lights out and his location has been spot on.

  121. RussW210 April 17th, 2009 at 11:36 am

    “Cabrera CF
    Ransom 1B
    Pena 3B
    Gardner CF”

    Kyle. I can’t even begin to explain how much that hurts me lol

  122. Anthony April 17th, 2009 at 11:36 am

    How does it make sense to get rid of Matsui? How is he hurting the team? Just saying that he’s taking up a roster spot doesn’t cut it. What player in the minors or available as a free agent should take the spot away from him rather than one of our useless relievers with plenty of options? There is no point in giving away Matsui this early in the season. As long as we can afford to do so, we must continue giving him every opportunity to get healthy and perform. There are a number of players I would get rid of before I got rid of Matsui, for example, Cody Ransom, Jose Veras, and Damaso Marte (he’s only owed as much over the next few seasons as Matsui is for this one year, so it’s not outlandish)- guys who have not really ever shown that they can do anything particularly valuable for us. And to send Matsui down to bring up yet another reliever is crazy. You can’t carry 1,000 pitchers. If we don’t trust some of the guys we have, send them down or release them, don’t release Matsui in order to load up our roster with middle relievers.

  123. bdog375 April 17th, 2009 at 11:37 am

    “I’d like to hear an explanation of why Robertson was called up yesterday and sent down today for Miranda.”

    I think the explanation is no Matsui. We lost Nady and they replaced him with a pitcher. Now we don’t have Matsui today so that is one less bat on the bench. If we kept Robertson our bench today would be Molina and Pena. Not a safe bet. I guess CC could always be the DH :)

  124. gayle April 17th, 2009 at 11:37 am

    My guess is that being Robertson pitched 2 innings yesterday he was not available to pitch today anyway thus why he was the guy sent down.

    I have a feeling that once they know more about Nady and Matsui today they will probably make another move tomorrow being as they are home for a few days I think the Scranton shuttle will get a workout this weekend.

  125. Wave Your Hat April 17th, 2009 at 11:37 am

    m-

    As I said, I’m prepared to believe the Yanks have more info than me. :)

    But, the issues you raise, weren’t they true yesterday as well?

  126. Patrick April 17th, 2009 at 11:37 am

    If Tex misses any more time this is the lineup:

    Jeter SS
    Damon LF
    Swisher 1B
    Posada DH
    Cano 2B
    Cabrera RF
    Pena 3B
    Molina C
    Gardner CF

    How scary is that?

  127. Mike in Harrisburg April 17th, 2009 at 11:38 am

    Wave Your Hat:

    This isn’t a “bad streak.” He can swing the bat ok but it sounds like a “physically unable to perform” kind of thing. I’m having flashbacks to Tom Berenger’s character in Major League.

  128. m April 17th, 2009 at 11:40 am

    WYH,

    Tex was manipulating his wrist with his other hand during the game. Matsui’s fluid in the knees is a new issue.

    Lots of things changed in the last 24 hours.

  129. SJ44 April 17th, 2009 at 11:40 am

    Veras doesn’t have options.

    With Robertson pitching 2 innings yesterday, it makes sense to send him down since he would be unavailable to work today.

    I hope Miranda can show he can hit righties in the show. It would make it easier to rest or DL (if they need to) Matsui to get his knees healthy.

    Here is the tipoff I had to Matsui’s health.

    When I was told the Yankees aren’t even thinking about playing him in the OF until June, my first thought was, “he can’t be healthy”.

    You hit with your legs. If his legs aren’t healthy enough to play the OF, I don’t know how they can be healthy enough to stay in the lineup everyday and hit.

    Its a bad problem for the Yankees because their offensive depth has really taken a hit.

    Thankfully, its a long season and you just have to grind though the tough times.

    As far as releasing Matsui, that would be foolish. First off, just because the Tigers are inept enough to sign Gary Sheffield to a bad contract and then eat it, doesn’t mean you have to copy such ineffective management.

    Second, let’s say for the sake of argument, Matsui’s knees won’t be 100% until July 1. If that happens, isn’t that like acquiring a good bat at the deadline?

    If I can get 250-300 second half AB’s from a healthy Hideki Matsui, I’ll take them.

  130. JoeyA April 17th, 2009 at 11:41 am

    Does anybody recall the scene in Rookie of the Year, when the kid gets on base in his only at bat.

    The batter after him gets on base too. Than, the third batter hit’s a double and both guys on base are digging for home.

    From third to home, the runner on first catches up to the rookie of the year kid before they cross home plate.

    If brett Gardner is on first and Matsui on 2nd, this exact scenario will play out.

    I’m just calling it now.

  131. Patrick April 17th, 2009 at 11:42 am

    Exactly SJ. Saying “well the Tigers released Sheff, why can’t we release Matsui?” is stupid. The Tigers are dumb, Cashman is not dumb.

  132. Mike in Harrisburg April 17th, 2009 at 11:42 am

    Here’s the question – even given rest, do they GET healthy, or is it a degenerative thing? We’re only ten games into the season, he had months to rest up, and build up strength. Cartilage doesn’t grow back.

  133. S.A.--Let's get ready to rumble! April 17th, 2009 at 11:43 am

    Here’s hoping Joba can give us an efficient and productive outing today.

    Matsui just looks old. But let’s see how this goes. The season just started. But fluid in his knees? Well that’s not a good sign.

    Cody Ransom..boy do I miss Alex.

    For all those participating in the imaginary fistfight under the ONeil banner with our crazy friend @ 12:10. Good luck! Take pictures! Buy his little brother some frozen yogurt. :P

  134. Billy April 17th, 2009 at 11:44 am

    Miranda had a horrible spring but it shows a lot that he was able to bounce back and start mashing at AAA. If he can hit righties, he will be ok. SWB is undefeated and four straight wins against Buffalo is no easy task.

  135. JoeyA April 17th, 2009 at 11:44 am

    SJ-
    my only question to your logic on second half AB’s is:

    Regardless of when or how Matsui comes back, aren’t his knees, at this point, going to be a re-occurring issue.

    So even if he strings together some nice at-bats with some clutch hitting, won’t he still require days off to drain fluid from his knees because he had to run the bases.

    I don’t think this sort of thing will just go away after some R&R.

    Thoughts?

  136. Tom in NJ April 17th, 2009 at 11:44 am

    Well, it’s good to see that Milton Bradley’s in mid-season form. He has a strained groin and an ejection that could lead to him being suspended for bumping the ump.

  137. RussW210 April 17th, 2009 at 11:45 am

    Wait a second… is Bronson Arroyo the creator of that song “The Freshman”?

  138. Dee April 17th, 2009 at 11:46 am

    please ransom. go away

  139. Ed - Swisher is awesome!! April 17th, 2009 at 11:46 am

    “If he can hit righties, he will be ok”

    If he can hit **lefties**, he will be ok.

  140. pat April 17th, 2009 at 11:47 am

    SJ

    Since early in ST, I got the feeling the new comers are setting the tone in the clubhouse this year rather than just trying to fit in.

    Other than anyone not named Alex, they have more job security by value of their contracts and are really the first wave of “Girardi Guys” rather than “Torre Guys”.

    They will say the right things and be deferential to the right people but they are the present and future of the team.

  141. Duffy April 17th, 2009 at 11:48 am

    It’s time for Joe to realize that Cano is the third best hitter on this team behind only Tex and A-Rod. I’m thinking a lineup something like this:

    SS Derek Jeter
    LF Johnny Damon
    2B Robinson Cano
    1B Mark Teixeira
    RF Nick Swisher
    C Jorge Posada
    DH Juan Miranda
    3B Ramiro Pena
    CF Brett Gardner

    Even consider flip flopping Cano and Tex just to bring a little more balance to the lineup. I think it’s time to give Miranda a chance to be a power bat for us and let Cano finally drive in a ton of runs at the top of the order.

  142. Tex's New Best Friend April 17th, 2009 at 11:48 am

    Girardi is not the problem. He cannot leave all those men on base, he cannot hold the pens hand. he tried to work with what he has right now. Eventually we will have robertson, melancon, etc….

    One thing for sure, we will have a very different outfield in 2010.

  143. curious April 17th, 2009 at 11:48 am

    “Jose Veras rhp
    1 year/$432,975 (2009)

    * 1 year/$432,975 (2009)
    o re-signed by Yankees 2/09 ($215,842 in minors)

    SO can’t we send him down???”

    no, none of this has anything to do with it.

  144. RussW210 April 17th, 2009 at 11:49 am

    Duffy – that’s the best lineup I’ve seen all morning.

  145. Betsy April 17th, 2009 at 11:49 am

    SJ, great post…..thank you!

    You mentioned that CC, AJ, Tex and Swish are invested in the team……..Paul O’Neill mentioned this a few games ago. The fact is, these guys have long-term deals – they aren’t here as 1 or 2 year rentals just to “try” NY out to see how they like it. You’re right – Swish shouldn’t be pigeonholed as the class clown, but he probably will because he’s an unsual type of Yankee player. The way that Swish made an X on his forearm (shoulder?) in honor of his injured teammate – that type of thing should get more attention than his drinking gallons of Red Bull. I only knew about it from reading this blog, unfortunately.

    I love the way that CC and AJ have mentored Joba – that really tells me that they care about the future of Joba and the Yankees, not just their own. It’s a selfless thing – and Joba can one day pass down his knowledge to other Yankee youngsters. Tex is fantastic – he is too good to be true. I feel for him with his injury, but he’s going to be the face of the franchise – no doubt in my mind. The fans are going to fall in love with him – if they give him a chance and stop booing him.

    Great points about the new stadium, particularly your last ones. I don’t think they need their stadium to intimidate teams (is that even possible in baseball), they just need to perform well. I loved the place – thought it was spectacular. I didn’t get a chance to go through the museum, but I’ll do that the next time. SJ44, I sat behind the plate and only one level away from the upper deck – the seats were not to be believed. My first reaction was “greatest seats ever!!!”….and I still think that’s the case. I hope people give this new YS a chance – believe me, the Yankees will create their own memories here.

  146. Steve B April 17th, 2009 at 11:49 am

    “Wait a second… is Bronson Arroyo the creator of that song “The Freshman”?”

    From the 90′s, by The Verve Pipe?

    I don’t think so.

  147. saucY April 17th, 2009 at 11:51 am

    good post SJ44. i agree with you on the ushers. there is a very noticable difference!

  148. m April 17th, 2009 at 11:51 am

    Aw. Isn’t today the day Scranton gets their championship rings? Miranda’s going to miss out, but he’d rather be in the Bronx.

    I’ve seen the ring (or a picture of one) at the Scranton page on milb.com. It’s very nice. Not gaudy like the NFL rings, but very nice. It’s got the diamond encrusted interlocking NY on the face and the Yankee hat & bat on the side.

    Phil’s pitching the home opener, too.

  149. CB April 17th, 2009 at 11:52 am

    There are several precedent’s for Marte’s contract.

    In fact the reason why Marte was signed to that contract was because of the absurd spike in prices for relief pitchers in the free agent market the year before.

    The primary reason Marte got those dollars was because of what Scott Linebrink, David Riske, Luiz Vizcaino, Ron Mahay, and Octavio Dotel got in free agency the year before.

    All of those guys signed multi year contracts for more than 3.25 million each.

    Marte has a better track record than any of them and is left handed.

    David Riske got a 3 year $13M deal. Ron Mahay 2 years $8m. Think about that.

    But the key contract that set the tone for Marte was probably the ridculous Linebrink deal – 4 yrs/ 19M.

    I’m sure Cashman looked at how the relief pitcher market exploded the year before and thought signing Marte at $4M x 3 would likley be close to market rate.

    He read the market right with Abreu and Giambi. Misread it some with Marte. If they’d waited they probably could have gotten him for a 2 year deal.

    But when you look at Marte’s deal you have to consider what had happened the year before on the market for free agent pitchers.

    It was clear this off season would be slow. But given how bad the relief market the year before was out of wack it was difficult to assess what the market price for a guy like Marte would have been this past winter.

  150. Billy April 17th, 2009 at 11:52 am

    “If he can hit righties, he will be ok”

    If he can hit lefties, he will be ok.

    My bad.

  151. trisha - I am panic proof. April 17th, 2009 at 11:52 am

    SJ, while yesterday may or may not have been a wine and cheese crowd (I think it’s unfair to judge people that way without really knowing – I’ve seen interviews with many people who make every opening day, every year – and they are far from wine and cheese people…) I will say that the crowd did get into the game when they were given reason. There were MANY games at the old Stadium where the broadcasters would say things like “this is a very quiet Yankee crowd”. Well hell, teams that are getting their brains beaten out at home don’t get a lot of loud and wild cheering. And before the bottom did come out, watching Lee and CC pitch was like watching paint dry. The bleacher crowd was pretty loud and rowdy. But overall, there really wasn’t a lot to get excited about.

    I personally felt so oversimulated by the time the game began that it was almost exhausting. Yes I love the Yankee pomp and circumstance but trotting out all the “old timers”, while I understand the reason for doing it, was like a damned game in itself.

    I would have been happy with John Philip Sousa music, a flag ceremony, and play ball.

    And then, of course, an exciting game.

    For anyone lucky enough to score a legends ticket – and if this is your thing – you eat and drink (except for liquor) free for the entire game. And their menu is extensive.

    I was trying to get a handle on the viewing venues and from where I was sitting, it looked like one of the best places to see the game would be the first deck above the main seating, between home and first. Of course it could be a perspective thing and may have just appeared that way from where I was sitting (third base line).

  152. Matt April 17th, 2009 at 11:53 am

    How can Girardi play Ransom after his horrible performance yesterday, and consistently over the course of the season? He is hitting .100 for the season and playing horrible defense. Why are we sitting Pena, a young player who needs to play every day to develop, for Ransom who is not only terrible but a replacement level player?

  153. SJ44 April 17th, 2009 at 11:54 am

    Its Matsui’s last year with the Yankees. You do what you have to do to get him healthy AB’s this season because, when he is a healthy, he’s the best clutch hitter on the team.

    If that’s only 250 second half AB’s, its the Yankees, they can afford him.

  154. frankiedue April 17th, 2009 at 11:55 am

    I can’t wait until the Yankees wake up and our bullpen consists of:

    Robertson-6th
    Bruney-7th
    Melancon-8th
    Rivera-9th

    Marte/Coke-lefty specialists

  155. AROD fan April 17th, 2009 at 11:55 am

    nice post trisha. I love this line, “and before the bottom did come out, watching Lee and CC pitch was like watching paint dry.”

  156. gayle April 17th, 2009 at 11:58 am

    Just the idea that there were people outside the stadium as well as inside the stadium with signs that said hello can I help you shows the change taking place.One guy who used to be the usher/security in my section at OYS no longer works security (I think they hired a new company) but he was outside with the sign and was as always helpful as could be.

  157. Tim Sherman April 17th, 2009 at 12:00 pm

    You guys kill me. So after 10 games, two of which he didn’t play all of you “experts” have decided that Cody Ransom can’t play. “Playing horrible defense.” Did you see the play he made yesterday, throwing from his knees to save a run. A-Rod never would have made that play. Funny, he killed at AAA last year and played and hit well after being called up. He is off to a slow start and that’s unfortunate, but 8 games don’t prove anything at all for a position player. So should we get rid of Texeira too? Last time I checked, he wasn’t exactly tearing the cover off the ball. I agree that sending down Dave Robertson was a huge mistake. He is the perfect replacement for Veras. He throws strikes, which Veras can not seem to do consistently He never has been able to. There is enough evidence to prove that he will not be consistently effective. Too bad if he has to pass through waivers. Make him someone else’s problem then. We have more than enough capable replacements at AAA.

  158. trisha - I am panic proof. April 17th, 2009 at 12:01 pm

    As a total aside, “our Kim Jones” is TINY! She looks like she’s about a size 3. I guess television does add weight because I always thought she looked big and horsey. She definitely is not that.

  159. Rich April 17th, 2009 at 12:01 pm

    Duffy, I’m with you. If Cano continues to hit, I’d don’t see it too long before he gets moved up.

  160. 4th place yanx April 17th, 2009 at 12:02 pm

    this season is justice served part II.. The Yankees continue to pay for their moronic ways of the past 10 years. They will come in 4th place this year, behind either Toronto or Baltimore. Don’t believe that? The offense is gone. Pitching is weak. Bullpen stinks. Team chemistry is lacking.

    Overpaid Yankees (in order)
    1) Jeter
    2) Posada
    3) Matsui
    4) ARod
    5) CC
    6) Damon

    Good (non-rookie)Yankees Contracts:
    1) Swisher
    2) AJ

    I realize that after 2010 Matsui, Damon, and Nady come off the payroll (although CC will make 9 million more!) And after 2011, jeter and mariano will be off the books.

    Nonetheless, the Yankees failures are Wall Street’s failures.. Greed, excess, arrogance, and waste.

    And for the record, I am neither a Mets or RedSox fan. I used to cheer for the Yankees in the 1990s but not since they jumped the shark in the 2000s

    Hopefully, they get common sense and don’t sign a big name free agent next year. By this summer (when the Yanks are clearly out of it), Austin Jackson, Phillip Hughes will be fulltime players with Damon at DH (Matsui DL’d) and one or more of their starters on the DL

  161. Billy April 17th, 2009 at 12:04 pm

    Hey Tim Sherman, I like Ransom as a utility guy but he can’t play every day and his career numbers bear that out. I really would love for you to explain your definition of “killing last year.” Ransom hit .255 last year with 22 homers and 71 RBIs. Decent year, not killing.

  162. Billy April 17th, 2009 at 12:05 pm

    don’t feed the trolls

  163. Pauly April 17th, 2009 at 12:06 pm

    If you can hear a pin drop on opening day in the innagurual season of a brand new Yankee Stadium while YOGI BERRA throws out the first pitch, I’m sorry, but there’s a problem with the crowd. I can’t help but wonder how much money the concession people made on sushi and martinis.

  164. m April 17th, 2009 at 12:07 pm

    Tim Sherman,

    Thanks for that. With the sour taste of the meltdown, I forgot about that play by Ransom. Very handsome play indeed.

    If DFA’ed, Veras would be picked up. Young, cheap, had a good ’08. There’s no manager in baseball that doesn’t think they can fix a pitcher. Which is why guys like Farnsworth and Hawkins are so employable.

    We may be overreacting to the significance of the game yesterday. And it was sad to watch CC’s laborious efforts go to waste. But if he walks the first batter on 4 pitches again, he needs to get yanked so fast his head spins around. That was gross.

  165. DT April 17th, 2009 at 12:07 pm

    Miranda? Ay Caramba.

    I hope he left his glove in Scranton.

  166. trisha - I am panic proof. April 17th, 2009 at 12:08 pm

    Thanks Arod fan. :)

    gayle, your pictures were fabulous. I will have some and I know they will be pretty boring comparatively.

    Watching Yankee batting practice right now and Cashman was there talking and smiling up a storm. Just my opinion of course, but you don’t make judgments on a season based on the season opener held in a brand new Stadium that has been getting press for the last three years. Let the dust settle and then start to discuss what you think you’re seeing.

    I think we have one hell of a team. You’re going to see them get the job done.

    Off to a half-day meeting. :(

    GO YANKEES!

  167. gayle April 17th, 2009 at 12:09 pm

    One other thing I noticed yesterday and this goes to the net issue. With the plate being closer to the crowd the foul balls going behind were going EXTREMELY quick if that net was not as high there would for sure be some fan injuries there were at least 3 balls that the net caught that if it wasn’t there would have blasted the people in the second deck right behind home plate.

  168. m April 17th, 2009 at 12:09 pm

    Veras needs to be yanked.

  169. gayle April 17th, 2009 at 12:11 pm

    Pauly part of the problem with the Yogi throwing out the first pitch and the crowd was that the PA announcer really had no set up for it. it happened for about a milisecond after everyone had left the field so rather than calling him out from the dugout he just walked over from where he was standing was already at the plate and basically was ready to go. There was no separation from the other on the field ceremonies and as it was happening it sort of felt anti-climatic as well as being rushed.

  170. pat April 17th, 2009 at 12:11 pm

    Tim Sherman
    Everyone knows what Cody is. He’s 33 not 23 so there’s a good chance he’s going to play to the back of his baseball card. I think everyone was hoping for a hot streak for a few weeks and instead got the opposite instead.

  171. Steve B April 17th, 2009 at 12:12 pm

    “So after 10 games, two of which he didn’t play all of you “experts” have decided that Cody Ransom can’t play”

    Not at the MLB level. 10 games? It was decided long ago that Ransom can’t play and was done so by guys who know a lot more about the game than any of us. He’s a minor league player, period.

  172. gayle April 17th, 2009 at 12:12 pm

    Thanks trisha glad you enjoyed them. I enjoy taking them and like I did last year will be documenting the first season throughout the year so I hope you enjoy.

  173. trisha - I am panic proof. April 17th, 2009 at 12:13 pm

    “If you can hear a pin drop on opening day in the innagurual season of a brand new Yankee Stadium while YOGI BERRA throws out the first pitch, I’m sorry, but there’s a problem with the crowd. I can’t help but wonder how much money the concession people made on sushi and martinis.”

    Pauly I really think you had to be there. Another side of being at the opening day in the inaugural season of a brand new Yankee Stadium is that there were many many things to see having nothing to do with the game. As Gayle pointed out yesterday, there were times when there were long waits at the food lines and those were the same people who weren’t at their seats during those times. Also, people were doing a lot of Stadium sightseeing, the restaurants, the museum. I didn’t do any of that, but I wouldn’t blame anyone who did. It’s like being a kid in a candystore.

    Here’s a guess for ya though. After the cheering at Yogi throwing out the first ball, if the Yankees games the crowd moments to cheer, they cheered. So you can fill in the blanks.

  174. RussW210 April 17th, 2009 at 12:14 pm

    “From the 90’s, by The Verve Pipe?
    I don’t think so.”

    OK – his picture came up on Pandora.com as the band. Guess he made his own version?

  175. CB April 17th, 2009 at 12:15 pm

    To date Cody Ransom has been the worst player in a starting line up in the AL so far this season. He’s already been 5 runs worse than a league average 3b. Hard to believe you could be already 5 runs worse than average only 10 games into the season but Ransom’s done it.

    Now I’m not trying to suggest that based on that -5 run figure you can draw a inferences about Ransom’s innate ability or about how good he could be in the future.

    I’m only talking about what he empirically has done so far this season over a small sample of games. And over these 10 games he’s been the worse regular in the AL.

    Pitching wise Wang has been the single worst starting pitcher in the AL so far this season. Which again is in no way to say that Wang will be even close to the worst at the end of the season.

    But what I think these two levels of performance tell you is that through 10 games a 5-5 record isn’t that bad given that they have 2 players who empirically through this small group of games have killed them.

    Once ARod comes back they will be literally replacing the single worst AL performance with what could be the single best AL performance. That will be an enormous difference. Just huge.

    Similarly once Wang gets his mechanics straightened out he will essentially be replacing his awful performance level with one of the best performance levels in the AL.

    This team has to simply get through this stretch and get Alex back, get Tex healthy and get Wang straightened out.

  176. m April 17th, 2009 at 12:16 pm

    I have to warn you guys in advance, I’m a scoreboard watcher. So please don’t tell me it’s too early to be watching the scoreboard.

    Anyway, Baltimore is starting a series in Boston tonight. Guthrie v. Penny. Should be an interesting matchup. Penny’s the wildcard on that staff. It would be in the Yankees best interest for him not to pitch to his potential. :)

  177. gayle April 17th, 2009 at 12:16 pm

    trish I have to say I was really happy to have gone to the Cubs games for that exact reason I had already done my sightseeing on a game that didnt count so I was able to just sit in my seat and watch the game this time around.

  178. Billy April 17th, 2009 at 12:16 pm

    Ransom is a career .242 minor leaguer which included some years where he did actually kill in the hitter friendly PCL. I love Eric Duncan and this was hit shot if he ever had one. Great kid just not panning out.

  179. Lori April 17th, 2009 at 12:17 pm

    SJ – Thanks for the info on the team. As for the crowd, we tried, really we did. My seats are in that upper level “terrace level” behind the plate, and while a few of those around us were what has been termed here the “wine and cheese” crowd, there were many Yankee faithful who really wanted the team to spark. But they just didn’t. I like trisha’s “watching paint dry” comment. CC just wasn’t electric.

    We loved Jorge’s homerun – had been cheering him on. But some of the plays were just dumb, the number of men left on base was appalling, and the 7th inning, well I don’t think I need to get in to that.

    I also saw a lot of the comments about the concession stands — couple of comments. First, if the game had been more exciting, I’m sure there would have been more folks in their seats and less on the lines. Second, it is great having so many options. But they are all in different places. You can’t get the garlic fries at the same time you get your foot long hotdog. My husband went and got us hot dogs. Later he went in search of fries, and didn’t get the good ones because he couldn’t find them! I love the variety, but I don’t plan on running all over the place to get it. (and some options are only on certain levels — so once we’re up on the Terrace level, I’m not heading down two or three levels in search of the Latina menu (which looks fabulous by the way!).
    And speaking of the levels – Seems to me they need more ways up and down. There appear to be stair wells at the ends of each level, and one escalator we found, and then two or three elevator banks. Couldn’t for the life of me find a set of stairs down in the middle though.

    But inside the stadium is great. The scoreboard was information overload and will take some getting used to in order to know where to look for information. The scoring decisions seemed to be posted late (hits vs. errors), and the various boards weren’t always in sync. But that’s a nit. I love the board.

    Finally, one last comment about the net. I know it interferes with some tv shots, but it also is in the way when looking from the upper level behind the plate down to the plate. In the old place, our seats were in basically the same place, but when you looked down there was no net in the way. I think because the net here is taller rather than covering the seats behind the plate, it is interfering more with the sight lines.

    Anyway, although lots of nits, overall I love the place.

  180. murphydog April 17th, 2009 at 12:18 pm

    gayle:

    Excellent point regarding the net and home plate being closer to the first row in the new park. Pretty much explains why we have net-obstructed TV shots now and didn’t before – different angle for the camera.

    That will be a tough one to fix. But they’d better figure it out because the tv product on that shot is just bush league.

  181. G. Love April 17th, 2009 at 12:18 pm

    You don’t DFA or waive Matsui.

    That’s just stupid.

    It’s 10 games. If he truly can’t play on a consistent basis due to fluid in his knees or whatever, then you DL him and let him rehab until it appears the issue is resolved. He’s under contract. You’d be cutting your nose off to spite your face.

    If he gets his legs back under him and his conditioning improves, he’s exactly the kind of LH veteran power bat the team needs on the bench and as a DH when Posada is playing.

    He might not be able to contribute right now but there’s no evidence that he can’t contribute later in the season.

    Cutting him makes no sense. It’s 10 games. If he’s proven w/o a shadow of a doubt that he’s through as a player then so is half the hitters in the league who has similar numbers.

    And you cannot waive Veras at this point in the season. You just can’t.

    The guy still has electric stuff. If this current coaching staff at the major league level could fix Bruney the way they apparently have then they can fix Veras.

    Veras would be claimed w/in seconds of his release. He’s exactly the type of guy you impulsively waive and then he becomes a star on his next team.

    The one I am concerned about is Marte. I’ve seen nothing to make me think he can pitch effectively here. It’s got to be a mental block, right? Or is he the new Gagne?

    It just doesn’t make sense unless he’s truly a sensitive sort who can pitch well in Pittsburgh or KC but not on a big market club.

  182. no.27 April 17th, 2009 at 12:20 pm

    The thing with Marte is that the Yankees could have just offered him arbitration and gotten him on a 1 year deal or gotten picks for him OR picked up his 2 year option.

    As good as Marte has been in the past, why give a set up guy/middle reliever more years than you have to?

  183. Billy April 17th, 2009 at 12:20 pm

    Ransom made an incredible play yesterday but that can’t possibly make up for the disaster he has been at the plate. He needs to use that incredible vertical leap to get over the Mendoza Line.

  184. 4th place yanx April 17th, 2009 at 12:21 pm

    offtopic but it was funny to hear Gammons on the radio this AM.. he was asked why Ortiz is not the same player as when he first came to the RedSox.. the obvious answer is Steroids! But Pete of course didnt go there because I’m sure no RedSox player ever used that stuff! :)

  185. VO April 17th, 2009 at 12:21 pm

    Veras was not sent down because he is out of options, and the Yankees do not want him to be taken away on waivers as noted in the above article. By sending Robertson down they know that he will still be there to be called up if needed.

  186. m April 17th, 2009 at 12:21 pm

    haha. So technically, Ransom has enough hops to jump over Pedroia?

  187. Thurston Howell, III April 17th, 2009 at 12:23 pm

    I must say, I do love the new stadium. All high class, high society. Face it lovey, we make the world go round. Survival of the fittest, the richest. And, of course we were all into the game. When the team with the blue hats and pinstripes, the…um…those guys, you know…the home team…when they were swinging the bat, we were rattling our jewelry. Surely you must have heard it?

  188. VO April 17th, 2009 at 12:23 pm

    You don’t just put Matsui on waivers, I think you keep him especially now with the lack of depth already (Melky and Gardner in the same line-up) if anything you trade him, but who would take that much of a contract for a guy with questionable health?

  189. Sean Serritella April 17th, 2009 at 12:25 pm

    I wonder if Austin Jackson will be with the team some point this year.

  190. m April 17th, 2009 at 12:25 pm

    Poor Nady. Poor us!

    The Yankees just have to get it done, one game at a time, one series at a time.

  191. VO April 17th, 2009 at 12:26 pm

    As much as I look forward to Jackson in the bigs I think if he can spend this year killing in AAA, and kill in spring training as well he would be best suited just starting the year in the outfield for us in 2010 instead of on the bench in 2009. We don’t want to rush him and turn him into Eric Duncan.

  192. 4th place yanx April 17th, 2009 at 12:28 pm

    sean- 100% Austin will be up… you have to think that Damon or Matsui will go down for stretches.. If Damon gets hurt, Austin should come up . If Matsui gets hurt, there is no clear DH so I’d slide Damon over to DH and plug Jackson in… Plus if the Yanks are out of it by the summer, Jackson will be up…

  193. Billy April 17th, 2009 at 12:29 pm

    “We don’t want to rush him and turn him into Eric Duncan.”

    I really don’t think Eric Duncan was ever rushed. He clearly deserved his promotion to AA and the Yankees challenged him at AAA. That’s not rushing him.

  194. m April 17th, 2009 at 12:29 pm

    Sean,

    You know, before this week I would’ve said that he’d be up for a cup.

    But if Nady & Matsui end up out for the season, all kinds of scenarios present themselves. I can see the Yankees acquiring one bat, but not two.

    I say if and when we make the postseason, Jackson might be on the roster as a bench player for pinch running and defensive replacement.

    Basically, it comes down to needing warm bodies. And you want to take the best ones with you.

  195. murphydog April 17th, 2009 at 12:31 pm

    Everybody, come in off the ledge.

    Like Cash said, the Yankees are the only team that plays 162 one-game seasons. In a similar vein, the immortal words of Earl Weaver, “Hey, this ain’t the NFL, we do this everyday.”

    It’s a long season and you got to trust it.

  196. JB April 17th, 2009 at 12:33 pm

    Rightly or wrongly, if the Tigers stink it up and we know the economy there is bad, the Yankees may make a move on Ordonez or Granderson to free up contract space for them. There are a lot of quality bats with big contracts out there. Carlos Lee being another. Don’t want to wear those guys forever, but a guy like Granderson could fill in nicely for Damon if he isn’t brought back, similar type styles and Granderson is still under contract. I just don’t see them paying big money for Holliday unless they keep the cost under control. With their minor league talent developing another year I see a trade much more likely to fill at least one of those OF holes.

  197. Count of Montefusco April 17th, 2009 at 12:34 pm

    Please stop w/ the get rid of Matsui nonsense.

    Was anybody else as surprised as me to see him leg out that infield hit? He did get down the line pretty fast. I understand that fluid in the knees is not good, but the way he ran when he had to yesterday said to me that he is structurally sound.

    We don’t know how much of his baserunning difficulty so far is him just being ginger and precautious and how much of it is actually a physical inabilty. Same goes for his torque at the plate. The guy is old, he will need MUCH more time before you can assess his overall health.

  198. jennifer April 17th, 2009 at 12:35 pm

    Sterling our great broadcaster called Tex Tejada.

  199. Joe Monte April 17th, 2009 at 12:36 pm

    Matsui should go on the DL to keep Robertson on the roster right now.

  200. Tex's New Best Friend April 17th, 2009 at 12:36 pm

    Hopefully for X’s sake it’s something he can rehab. Otherwise he is done for the season and then will be a free agent. It would be a surprise if the Yankees took him back at that point. They’ll need two corner OFs and will probably throw a pile of money at Matt Holliday.

    ______

    Just one. Swisher can be an everyday RF.

  201. m April 17th, 2009 at 12:37 pm

    JB,

    Granderson’s the one you want, but I don’t think the Tigers let him go. He’s the face of their franchise, sort of and has that great power/speed combo.

    I don’t think the Yankees are worried so much about the money with Holliday. It’s the cost of good prospects that might give them pause.

    But, it might be a moot point anyway. The AL west is wide open, there for the A’s taking.

  202. Billy April 17th, 2009 at 12:38 pm

    Before making a Holliday a member of the Yankees, let’s see how he does outside of Denver.

  203. m April 17th, 2009 at 12:39 pm

    Maybe I’ll tune into WCBS just to hear Sterling butcher Asdrubal Cabrera’s name.

  204. KennyH123 April 17th, 2009 at 12:40 pm

    Let me try to explain something to some of you.

    Look at Veras numbers last season. Very solid, and his first full big league season. He also throws 97 MPH with a hellacious slider. Yes he is prone to wild streaks, but he also has a tremendous arm. You don’t throw that away on April 16th. Give me a break.

    I love Robertson’s potential, but look at his numbers in the big leagus last year. Someone said he was “GREAT”. In what bizarro world is a 5.34 ERA “great”? He may need some seasoning. He may not. But he was anything but great last year.

    Here’s an idea. Try not to be a moron have a modicum of patience for a change. The bullpen will be fine.

  205. 4th place yanx April 17th, 2009 at 12:41 pm

    Gammons also said this AM that the RedSox are WAY underbudget and will get a bat in Ortiz doesnt turn around… He mentioned Miguel Cabrera or Holliday… unfortunately for the Yankees the Sox may be in a better position to get one of those guys… unless the Yanks trade a few big prospects.. which would really deplete their minors.

  206. saucY April 17th, 2009 at 12:42 pm

    “Sterling our great broadcaster called Tex Tejada.”

    this, is just embarassing :oops:

  207. Pauly April 17th, 2009 at 12:43 pm

    trisha – I am panic proof.
    April 17th, 2009 at 12:13 pm
    “If you can hear a pin drop on opening day in the innagurual season of a brand new Yankee Stadium while YOGI BERRA throws out the first pitch, I’m sorry, but there’s a problem with the crowd. I can’t help but wonder how much money the concession people made on sushi and martinis.”

    Pauly I really think you had to be there. Another side of being at the opening day in the inaugural season of a brand new Yankee Stadium is that there were many many things to see having nothing to do with the game. As Gayle pointed out yesterday, there were times when there were long waits at the food lines and those were the same people who weren’t at their seats during those times. Also, people were doing a lot of Stadium sightseeing, the restaurants, the museum. I didn’t do any of that, but I wouldn’t blame anyone who did. It’s like being a kid in a candystore.

    Here’s a guess for ya though. After the cheering at Yogi throwing out the first ball, if the Yankees games the crowd moments to cheer, they cheered. So you can fill in the blanks.

    I was at the first exhibition game against the Cubs. You know, the one where tickets were sold at 1926 prices? The place was rocking the whole night, even when the Yanks lost the lead, and that game didn’t even count. So while I appreciate the advice, I already have filled in the blanks.

  208. Vito April 17th, 2009 at 12:43 pm

    Sign Frank Thomas for DH (ducks)

  209. Jeter in LF April 17th, 2009 at 12:45 pm

    Leaving Veras on the roster makes no sense considering how good Robertson can be.

    Neither does playing Ransom over Pena.

  210. GreenBeret7 April 17th, 2009 at 12:45 pm

    I’m sorry, but watching the first 6 innings of yesterday’s game was entertaining and amazing to watch. You have two craftsmen on the mound and both are working without their main tool….control and command. somehow, they gut through a game where both should have been knocked out of the game early. They were able to limit the damage to one run. sorry, but, if you don’t enjoy that on occassion, you don’t know or appreciate great craftsmanship or the ability of a guy that can outthink the other team.

    I don’t want it every day, but, on occassion, it’s great to see somebody struggle and still perform admirably.

  211. pat April 17th, 2009 at 12:46 pm

    Are the people who are saying to cut Matsui at least the same ones who said that the team is better off without Alex so we know the craziness isn’t spreading? :wink:

  212. Johnny D. April 17th, 2009 at 12:46 pm

    None of the problems from last year have been resolved. We’re still injury laden and have an awful BP.

  213. jennifer April 17th, 2009 at 12:47 pm

    Xavier Nady returned from his CT scan on his right elbow and said he had no update to offer, apologizing because he knows no news is pretty boring news. But Nady had a gift waiting at his locker, a wrapped box of chocolates from a friend. He chuckled and said, “Look who makes it.”

    The candy manufacturer: Christopher Elbow.
    http://bombersbeat.mlblogs.com/

  214. m April 17th, 2009 at 12:49 pm

    GB7,

    I’d sign up for a pitcher’s duel any time. As long as we win.

    Johnny D.,

    Our bullpen’s not awful, it’s just pitched awfully at times. I may have overreacted about Veras, but that’s because his control issues are nothing new.

  215. murphydog April 17th, 2009 at 12:50 pm

    GB7:

    “I don’t want it every day, but, on occassion, it’s great to see somebody struggle and still perform admirably.”

    You gotta remember your audience. Around here, if a pitcher doesn’t go undefeated and pitch a perfect game every time out, he’s no good. Sad to say but too many of these posters don’t know what they are looking at.

  216. Patrick Bateman April 17th, 2009 at 12:50 pm

    They won’t need 2 corner outfielders next year. Swisher is still under contract.

    They need an outfielder and a DH.

  217. GreenBeret7 April 17th, 2009 at 12:54 pm

    For those wanting to trash Veras, Albaladejo and Marte while extolling the virtues of Mike Stanton, Jeff Nelson and Ramiro Mendoza, you’d better go back and actually look at their numbers. Those bullpens were a mix and match of journeyman bullpenners, that about 70% of the time did their jobs pretty well. When they didn’t they were putrid. Just like this collection of bullpenners. The one constant in both groups was the closer. Ironically, the same guy for both groups.

  218. saucY April 17th, 2009 at 12:59 pm

    some of these look more like sculptures than chocolate:

    http://www.elbowchocolates.com/

  219. SJ44 April 17th, 2009 at 12:59 pm

    Keeping Veras over Robertson today makes plenty of sense. You are just too ignorant or dense to see why.

    1. Veras is out of options. Let me explain this to you delicately. Just because he has pitched like crap to start the season, the Yankees don’t want to waive him for nothing.

    They can’t send him down without exposing him to waivers. He would be snapped up immediately and the Yankees get nothing for him. I know you may want that in your fit of panic. However, there isn’t a baseball GM with any sense who would waive a guy with Veras’ arm after the first 10 games.

    2. Robertson pitched 2 innings yesterday and is unavailable today. They needed a position player today. Robertson has options remaining. Since he wasn’t going to be able to pitch today, he’s the odd man out.

    Its not tough to figure out. Just try thinking a little bit instead being in panic mode 24/7.

    The game is ready to start so all the assorted nutjobs who infiltrate the place will be here. For the rational fans, enjoy the game everybody!

    For the bridgejumpers, please jump. Your parents can donate your stuff to charity and everybody wins in the end.

  220. Billy April 17th, 2009 at 1:00 pm

    “Those bullpens were a mix and match of journeyman bullpenners,”

    Good point but I would add that the difference in this scenario is that there were no other options on the farm because the Columbus pullpen were maily journeymen as well.

  221. Kevin April 17th, 2009 at 1:00 pm

    GB07 that may be true, but I don’t remember Stanton, Nelson, or Mendoza taking us out of a ballgame in one single inning like Veras and Marte did yesterday. So they may have given up a run here or there, but nine runs in a single innning between two relievers? That is a huge problem in my book and combine that with the fact that Veras is not bothered by the fact that he was dreadful in yesterday’s game is cause for concern.

  222. Steve B April 17th, 2009 at 1:01 pm

    “Someone said he was “GREAT”. In what bizarro world is a 5.34 ERA “great”?”

    ERA isn’t often the best measure of a reliever. Guy comes in for an inning and gets ripped for 5 runs and then has 7 consecutive one innning appearances when he gives up nothing still has an ERA around 6, but in general has been effective.

    Not saying that was Robertson, but it has to be considered. Robertson’s issues last year were that he put too many guys on base. Yet he offset that to some degree by fanning better than a batter an inning. Jury’s still out, but he’s shown some things you sort of have to like.

  223. GreenBeret7 April 17th, 2009 at 1:02 pm

    murphydog
    April 17th, 2009 at 12:50 pm
    GB7:

    “I don’t want it every day, but, on occassion, it’s great to see somebody struggle and still perform admirably.”

    You gotta remember your audience. Around here, if a pitcher doesn’t go undefeated and pitch a perfect game every time out, he’s no good. Sad to say but too many of these posters don’t know what they are looking at.

    ————————————————————

    I always thought that was part of baseball’s charm and what drew people in. You didn’t have to be a freak of nature to play, little guys getting the best of the big guys. Guys with all of the talent in the world, but, just not having access to that talent, trying to outthink someone.

    Nobody loved Mickey Mantle more than me, but watching hime strike out four times in a game against a nobody pitcher was gut wrenching, but, in the bottom of the 9th, dragging a bunt past the pitcher to score the winning run was great theatre.

    I can’t say that I ever had the thrill of watching Koufax or Gibson have to out think anybody….those guys just weren’t human. Much like Mariano Rivera.

  224. m April 17th, 2009 at 1:03 pm

    Man, Paul Oneill is really looking like Screech.

  225. hardwired April 17th, 2009 at 1:04 pm

    My favorite Sterling moments are when he pauses mid-sentence to swallow what sounds to be about five ounces of saliva. good times.

  226. saucY April 17th, 2009 at 1:05 pm

    geez, i wish it wasn’t another day game today… :|

  227. DT April 17th, 2009 at 1:05 pm

    “For the bridgejumpers, please jump. Your parents can donate your stuff to charity and everybody wins in the end.”

    Hurray for charity. That’s a lot of stress toys, rosary beads, Magic 8 balls, and cap-lock keys.

  228. SJ44 April 17th, 2009 at 1:06 pm

    Kevin,

    Then you have a bad memory. I can think of several games off the top of my head where Nelson and Stanton spit it up.

    Hell, Nelson was getting booed like crazy by the fans when he first came to NY because he kept blowing leads. He even ripped the fans at some point.

    The Yankees lost a game by 20 runs in Cleveland on the 4th of July a couple of years ago. “Somehow” they still made the playoffs.

    Bottom line is, bullpens are constant works of progress. Guys get hot, you ride out the hot streak. Guys get cold, you use them in as many non-stress situations as possible until they get it going again.

    This team can’t afford to carry 13 pitchers given the injuries to the position players. They also can’t just cut loose Veras for nothing because he has stunk after 10 games this year.

    You try and fix him because that works out best for everybody in the end.

  229. Kevin April 17th, 2009 at 1:06 pm

    I’m watching this tribute to Bob Sheppard right now on YES. All I can say is what a line-up and I actually got goosebumps while listening to it. Another thing I will add is that we miss you Bob.

  230. GreenBeret7 April 17th, 2009 at 1:07 pm

    Kevin
    April 17th, 2009 at 1:00 pm
    GB07 that may be true, but I don’t remember Stanton, Nelson, or Mendoza taking us out of a ballgame in one single inning like Veras and Marte did yesterday. So they may have given up a run here or there, but nine runs in a single innning between two relievers? That is a huge problem in my book and combine that with the fact that Veras is not bothered by the fact that he was dreadful in yesterday’s game is cause for concern.

    ————————————————————

    I remember more than a few games that Nelson would come into the game in the 8th inning, get an out, give up a hit, hit a batter, walk the next two batters and then throw a wild pitch. Stanton just came in and gave up a three run bomb. You’d better go back and look at their numbers and go back and look at those box scores. Batter by batter, they are available for viewing.

  231. Drew April 17th, 2009 at 1:07 pm

    Sterling is bananas…everyone is saying how with the stands set back it’s more detached..he says the new place is more initimate. Sterling wouldn’t know an unbiased statement if it hit him over his head.

  232. Pel April 17th, 2009 at 1:09 pm

    off to a good start

  233. m April 17th, 2009 at 1:11 pm

    I’m just noticing now, as Melky watches that go over his head, that Swisher’s not in the field today.

  234. Baseball Fab April 17th, 2009 at 1:11 pm

    Joba is sitting around 91?

  235. Benny ( guess who's in tampa) Blanco April 17th, 2009 at 1:12 pm

    Its a DP!

  236. Vincent April 17th, 2009 at 1:12 pm

    SJ44 thanks for your comments. This team is definitely special.

    One thing though, A-Rod will need the second surgery because that surgery is to reshape the bone. It is mandatory after having the first surgery.

  237. Dassit April 17th, 2009 at 1:12 pm

    how was the fight under the o’neill banner btw?

  238. Kevin April 17th, 2009 at 1:13 pm

    m…Swisher is DH’ing today according to the line-up posted above. That is good as Swisher’s bat is hot right now, but needs a rest from the field. That actually is a smart move by Girardi.

  239. GreenBeret7 April 17th, 2009 at 1:13 pm

    I remember a lot of bad games involving Jeff Nelson, but, I also remember all of the times that he was brought in to face Frank Thomas. Thomas crapped his pants every time he saw Jeff Nelson warming up, because he knew what was going to happen. Manny Ramirez had a lot of late inning injuries during those days, too.

  240. vin April 17th, 2009 at 1:14 pm

    “I remember more than a few games that Nelson would come into the game in the 8th inning, get an out, give up a hit, hit a batter, walk the next two batters and then throw a wild pitch. Stanton just came in and gave up a three run bomb. You’d better go back and look at their numbers and go back and look at those box scores. Batter by batter, they are available for viewing.”

    Sounds like you need to go get some Rose-colored glasses.

  241. Benny ( guess who's in tampa) Blanco April 17th, 2009 at 1:14 pm

    When are they going to bat robbie 5th?

    urggghh!

  242. the truth April 17th, 2009 at 1:14 pm

    crow was quiet because a lot of people were walking around/hanging out to check out the new stadium..

  243. Rishi April 17th, 2009 at 1:14 pm

    Swisher tops list of shrewd offseason trade pickups

    http://sports.yahoo.com/mlb/ne.....;type=lgns

  244. kasey April 17th, 2009 at 1:17 pm

    trusting matsui was a big mistake, in my opinion. the guy’s as good as done. he can’t run the bases, certainly can’t play in the field. that’s a pretty expensive pinch hitter.

    just me, but if a guy sees two doctors and a specialist, then has a cortisone shot, i’m going to have a hard time believing his wrist problem is “minor” and won’t come back to haunt him. sorry, again, that’s just me. that’s a little bit too much smoke for there not to be an eventual fire.

    couldn’t have seen nady or tex’s injuries coming, but cashman’s probably going to have to make a move at some point in the near future.

  245. Anthony April 17th, 2009 at 1:18 pm

    Let Boston trade for Holliday. They have nowhere to put him and they’d have to make a deal with Billy Beane. That’ll deplete their minors and they’ll still have to watch Holliday hit free agency since his agent is Scott Boras.

  246. jennifer April 17th, 2009 at 1:18 pm

    Swisher is going to hit one out.

  247. Carl April 17th, 2009 at 1:19 pm

    Come on Nicky Swish.

  248. Rishi April 17th, 2009 at 1:19 pm

    ok Swish – something good here, please

  249. m April 17th, 2009 at 1:19 pm

    peace?

  250. Kevin April 17th, 2009 at 1:19 pm

    Mau it is only the first inning so settle down a tad.

  251. Billy April 17th, 2009 at 1:21 pm

    Mau is a troll

  252. jennifer April 17th, 2009 at 1:21 pm

    Oh I was so close to being right.

  253. Tom in NJ April 17th, 2009 at 1:21 pm

    bummer

  254. Kevin April 17th, 2009 at 1:21 pm

    At least he got the runner to third. Would have liked to see that leave the park though.

  255. GreenBeret7 April 17th, 2009 at 1:22 pm

    Swisher just missed. a little too much air.

  256. Carl April 17th, 2009 at 1:22 pm

    :(

  257. Sweet_Lou April 17th, 2009 at 1:22 pm

    and the clutch hitting continues…..

  258. m April 17th, 2009 at 1:22 pm

    Just missed a 3-run shot.

  259. Donnie April 17th, 2009 at 1:22 pm

    Here we go again.

  260. liz April 17th, 2009 at 1:22 pm

    are they going to be leaving a lot of batters on base again today?

  261. Pel April 17th, 2009 at 1:23 pm

    take a pitch for fraks sake!

  262. liz April 17th, 2009 at 1:23 pm

    *batters = should have said men
    but you know what I mean

  263. Dee April 17th, 2009 at 1:24 pm

    when are they going to learn that they should put cano in front of posada in the lineup

  264. GreenBeret7 April 17th, 2009 at 1:26 pm

    I see that the sad sack trolls are out in force. NYY must be down by a run. the 1:14 post was the phoney. Go figure. They’ll be running and ruining the boards again today, because it’s money.k

  265. m April 17th, 2009 at 1:26 pm

    Okay, it’s obvious that “mau” is a foreigner. I guess they have ledges in China, too?

  266. pat April 17th, 2009 at 1:29 pm

    m

    :smile: I was thinking it as you were writing it. The double negative in the first post gave it away.

  267. Carl April 17th, 2009 at 1:29 pm

    Wish we had Molina behind the plate :(

  268. Cant Touch This April 17th, 2009 at 1:31 pm

    Once again we can’t get the big hit

  269. m April 17th, 2009 at 1:31 pm

    Ooohh. I’m so scared. Laters.

  270. gayle April 17th, 2009 at 1:32 pm

    The crowd is certainly cheering the 2 strike counts today

  271. tampayank April 17th, 2009 at 1:32 pm

    how’s the crowd today so far, louder?

  272. SJ44 April 17th, 2009 at 1:34 pm

    This will be good for Pete today. He will get the chance to see the sewer that the game threads have become.

    Still hoping we have some successful bridgejumpers today. The world is overpopulated anyway.

    If the Yankees trailing can lessen the population, I’m all for it.

  273. Rock Smoother April 17th, 2009 at 1:35 pm

    At the game….much more alive crowd today….NOT even comparable…

    A lot of empty seats in that lower bowl but much louder more active crowd

  274. GGBG April 17th, 2009 at 1:36 pm

    Joba’s got the good breaking stuff but he looks like he’s pointing the fastball. He looks effective but he doesn’t look smooth.

  275. murphydog April 17th, 2009 at 1:36 pm

    “For the bridgejumpers, please jump. Your parents can donate your stuff to charity and everybody wins in the end.”

    SJ, you’re in midseason form already! :)

  276. Pel April 17th, 2009 at 1:38 pm

    ooooh melky saw 2 pitches. that’s an improvement!

  277. mau April 17th, 2009 at 1:38 pm

    i like red sox. they are mine favorite team.

  278. jennifer April 17th, 2009 at 1:38 pm

    sj- Could not agree more. Darwin’s survival of the fittest.

  279. m April 17th, 2009 at 1:39 pm

    mau,

    Apologies for that. At first you sounded like a troll. But it’s obvious that you love the Yankees, so maybe you’re a bridge jumper.

    Feel free to write what you want, but don’t be surprised if people call you out on stuff.

  280. Whatever April 17th, 2009 at 1:39 pm

    Is that the Legends section or the Ghost of Wall Streeters Past section? Lots of empty seats in the IRS Most Wanted areas.

  281. Steve B April 17th, 2009 at 1:40 pm

    “Joba’s got the good breaking stuff but he looks like he’s pointing the fastball. He looks effective but he doesn’t look smooth.”

    For a young pitcher, he does seem to have a knack for getting pretty good results even when he may not have his “A” stuff.

  282. Dee April 17th, 2009 at 1:40 pm

    ransom is soo good.

  283. Rishi April 17th, 2009 at 1:40 pm

    bryanhoch: I’m amazed at how the grandstands are filled with fans and there are entire rows of sections empty on the field level. Wow.
    3 minutes ago from web

    at least Ransom saw a fair amount of pitches :)

  284. GreenBeret7 April 17th, 2009 at 1:40 pm

    appears to be a bit of a wide strike zone for both pitchers.

  285. liz April 17th, 2009 at 1:40 pm

    are the yanks pressing? maybe they are trying too hard to get the first win in the new stadium.

  286. Benny ( guess who's in tampa) Blanco April 17th, 2009 at 1:41 pm

    Wow, I dont know how long I can stomach cody being absolutely clueless at the plate.

  287. m April 17th, 2009 at 1:41 pm

    Oh, and don’t feel sorry for me. Where I live we have lots of Mau’s and they’re really pleasant.

  288. Dr. Cox April 17th, 2009 at 1:41 pm

    at work. How does the crowd sound today?

    For some reason the fact that they were so quiet really bothered me.

  289. Cant Touch This April 17th, 2009 at 1:42 pm

    So do the Yankees wait till the six inning to get to this guy? I can see him going 6 innings with 2 runs

  290. Dee April 17th, 2009 at 1:42 pm

    the crowd sounds better today. i noticed a difference right away

  291. Hughes The Savior April 17th, 2009 at 1:42 pm

    How is Joba looking? Is he locating well? What pitch does he have the most command of?

  292. Roger(from amsterdam) April 17th, 2009 at 1:43 pm

    isn’t pena just as good as ransom…?

  293. Cant Touch This April 17th, 2009 at 1:44 pm

    Joba is not locating the Fastball…

  294. Lori April 17th, 2009 at 1:44 pm

    Yeah Suzyn – “real fans” are in the grandstands.

  295. Bx22 April 17th, 2009 at 1:45 pm

    Does anybody know who will be pitching this tuesday? I have tix to the game vs the A’s.

  296. Don Vito A. Bellamo April 17th, 2009 at 1:45 pm

    The strike zone literally just shrunk. I was watching on MLB Gameday and Joba’s first pitch to this batter showed IN the zone ( @ the top…but IN the zone ) and after it went green and said BALL,,,the strike zone literally shrunk to show the pitch to now be OUT of the strike zone….TOO FUNNY !

  297. m April 17th, 2009 at 1:46 pm

    Joba getting lots of groundballs today. That’s 2 DP’s so far.

  298. Rishi April 17th, 2009 at 1:46 pm

    Bx22
    April 17th, 2009 at 1:45 pm
    Does anybody know who will be pitching this tuesday? I have tix to the game vs the A’s.

    It’s CC – I’ll be there too :)

  299. 86w183 April 17th, 2009 at 1:46 pm

    Joba looks fine to me. HR was just one of those things with a fastball up and away being hit in the right direction.

    Surprised they called up Miranda… would have preferred Russo or Berroa as a possible 3B. Hell, play Miranda at 3B if you have to… it’s better than what we gots now.

    If standing around a bit causes Matsui to be unavaiable maybe he needs to retire. My 80 year old mother in law can stand around for two or three hours without needing medical attention. He was a fine player and a class act, but you wonder if his pride will allow him to continue like this.

  300. m April 17th, 2009 at 1:47 pm

    Nice pitch on that punchout.

  301. murphydog April 17th, 2009 at 1:48 pm

    The HR Joba gave up to DeRosa in the 1st inning was a meatball right in the middle of the plate. Saw it on MLB gameday. That will happen early with a power pitcher until he is all warmed up and hitting his spots. But he settled down – he struck out DeRosa 2d time through, so you can all come back in off the ledge now.

  302. S.A.--Let's get ready to rumble! April 17th, 2009 at 1:48 pm

    Joba!
    Let’s get the offense going

  303. Bx22 April 17th, 2009 at 1:49 pm

    Rishi, thank you very much! Sweet. I can’t wait.

  304. tampayank April 17th, 2009 at 1:49 pm

    glad to hear the crowd is better, you know actually clapping at 2 strikes, or knowing what a strike is unlike a lot of the crowd yesterday

  305. liz April 17th, 2009 at 1:50 pm

    2nd time around.. you think these guys have a read on Reyes yet? its their first time to see him after all.

  306. Dee April 17th, 2009 at 1:50 pm

    gardner needs to bunt more

  307. Steve B April 17th, 2009 at 1:53 pm

    Not the result you want, but that was a pretty decent AB for Gardner.

  308. Cant Touch This April 17th, 2009 at 1:53 pm

    What an offense we have…

  309. Carl April 17th, 2009 at 1:53 pm

    How many pitches does Joba have?

  310. Rishi April 17th, 2009 at 1:54 pm

    47 pitches for joba

  311. true facts April 17th, 2009 at 1:54 pm

    Brett Gardner’s head is disturbingly large. Keep you helmet on at all times kid!

  312. vin April 17th, 2009 at 1:55 pm

    “But he settled down – he struck out DeRosa 2d time through, so you can all come back in off the ledge now.”

    You didn’t get the memo? We’re letting them all jump off today. I think they call it, “thinning the herd.”

  313. Rishi April 17th, 2009 at 1:55 pm

    silver lining: it’s hard to leave a land of runners on base if they are not getting there….

    not really

  314. Carl April 17th, 2009 at 1:55 pm

    Thanks rishi

  315. Brandon "I'll see you underneath the Oneil banner !" April 17th, 2009 at 1:56 pm

    ‘isn’t pena just as good as ransom…?’

    prbly better imo.

    BTW for those of you wondering I couldn’t get a ticket to the game today, but a few of my friends went, one is an off duty cop today. Anywho they called Joe Francisco under the Oneil banner nada, they saw some ppl in a Matsui jersey and a few girls in Oneil jerseys taking pics but no Joey was found. The guy w/ the Matsui jersey they saw was not w/ a little brother but he looked 5’9 to him.

    Johnny loves the park.

  316. Carl April 17th, 2009 at 1:56 pm

    Damon!!

  317. Billy April 17th, 2009 at 1:56 pm

    would have preferred Russo or Berroa as a possible 3B. Hell, play Miranda at 3B if you have to… it’s better than what we gots now.”

    Russo is hurt.

  318. Cant Touch This April 17th, 2009 at 1:56 pm

    Simply Demonic!!!

  319. Lori April 17th, 2009 at 1:56 pm

    ” A Johnny Rocket”! A new Sterling call?! Wonder if Damon’s HRs are sponsored this year.

  320. Kevin April 17th, 2009 at 1:56 pm

    I was about to say give the offense some time as this is their first time seeing this particular pitcher, but it looks like Damon has a good read on him.

  321. m April 17th, 2009 at 1:57 pm

    Johnny looked just as confused as I was.

    Too bad Jeter swung at 3-1, we might be up by one.

  322. Rishi April 17th, 2009 at 1:57 pm

    TEX!!!!

  323. Carl April 17th, 2009 at 1:57 pm

    TEX!!

  324. Pel April 17th, 2009 at 1:57 pm

    NOW THAT’S WHAT I’M TALKING ABOUT!

  325. Dee April 17th, 2009 at 1:57 pm

    god i love johnny damon. i really hope to see him in pinstripes again next year.

    TEX!!!!!!!!

  326. Rishi April 17th, 2009 at 1:57 pm

    we are up by one :)

  327. Kevin April 17th, 2009 at 1:57 pm

    You’re on the Mark Texiera!!!

  328. vin April 17th, 2009 at 1:57 pm

    Wrist is feeling better, I see.

  329. jennifer April 17th, 2009 at 1:57 pm

    Mark delivers a Tex message you’re on the Mark Mark. lame!!

  330. Andrew April 17th, 2009 at 1:57 pm

    John Sterling in midseason form on these home run calls.

  331. Lori April 17th, 2009 at 1:57 pm

    And then a “Tex-Message” . . . “You’re on the Mark, Teixeira” HaHa!

  332. m April 17th, 2009 at 1:57 pm

    No-doubter!

    Too bad Jeter swung at 3-1, we might be up by two.

  333. Brandon "I'll see you underneath the Oneil banner !" April 17th, 2009 at 1:58 pm

    damn that was far.

  334. Pel April 17th, 2009 at 1:58 pm

    SUDDENLY GEORGE MITCHELL CALLS FOR THE BANNING OF CORTISONE!

  335. Andy Hawkin's Ghost April 17th, 2009 at 1:58 pm

    Sterling has lost control. “A tex message?” terrible.

  336. jennifer April 17th, 2009 at 1:58 pm

    Lori’ well we do have Johnny Rockets in the stadium.

  337. murphydog April 17th, 2009 at 1:58 pm

    vin:

    “You didn’t get the memo? We’re letting them all jump off today. I think they call it, “thinning the herd.” ”

    Sorry. My bad.

    Attention: Belay my last

  338. Benny ( guess who's in tampa) Blanco April 17th, 2009 at 1:58 pm

    what was in that cortizone shot??

  339. Benny ( guess who's in tampa) Blanco April 17th, 2009 at 1:58 pm

    what was in that cortizone shot??

  340. Brandon "I'll see you underneath the Oneil banner !" April 17th, 2009 at 1:59 pm

    430 ft + ?

  341. Dee April 17th, 2009 at 1:59 pm

    too bad it isnt opening day haha

  342. pat April 17th, 2009 at 1:59 pm

    Back to back solo shots is one way to get around those pesky RISP.

  343. Carl April 17th, 2009 at 1:59 pm

    Swish is coolin off

  344. S.A.--Let's get ready to rumble! April 17th, 2009 at 1:59 pm

    Back to work Joba

  345. Lori April 17th, 2009 at 2:00 pm

    that’s what I was thinking jennifer – makes sense to me!

  346. tampayank April 17th, 2009 at 2:00 pm

    “Pel April 17th, 2009 at 1:58 pm

    SUDDENLY GEORGE MITCHELL CALLS FOR THE BANNING OF CORTISONE!”

    lol I was just thinking about that

  347. Joe Monte April 17th, 2009 at 2:00 pm

    Holy Sh!t, this Sterling guy is killing me w/ these corny lines when the Yanks hit a HR…Text Message, on the Mark??? Our broadcasters are a joke.

  348. vin April 17th, 2009 at 2:00 pm

    “what was in that cortizone shot??”

    Don’t worry, Mark’s cousin gave him the shot.

  349. Brandon "I'll see you underneath the Oneil banner !" April 17th, 2009 at 2:00 pm

    ‘Swish is coolin off’

    Doubt it, he timed a LD swing there, he just missed it

  350. m April 17th, 2009 at 2:01 pm

    Oh, yeah. Pete, thanks. ;)

    I temporarily forgot the rules.

  351. Tyler April 17th, 2009 at 2:01 pm

    I’m not watching, just listening…. is it true that theres a ton of empty seats behind home plate?

  352. CB April 17th, 2009 at 2:01 pm

    It’s funny how over rated speed is in the game.

    Kay, O’Neil and Singelton were talking about Gardner and speed.

    As an example of what Gardner is capable of they talked about Carlos Gomez and what a difference speed makes in his game.

    As evidence of this they cited the 30 bunt base hits Gomez had last year.

    Gomez hit .258 with a .296 OBP. He didn’t even get on base 30% of the time.

    But somehow the fact that he had 30 bunt hits is some great achievement.

    It’s as if how someone gets a base hit is more important then whether he can hit in the first place.

    If you can’t get on base 30% of the time you are a huge liability to your team and it doesn’t matter how much speed you have, how you use it or how many bunt hits you have.

  353. Lori April 17th, 2009 at 2:01 pm

    Gameday folks having fun to: they’ve labeled the video highlights: “Damon’s dinger” and “Teixeira’s tater”

  354. SJ44 April 17th, 2009 at 2:02 pm

    Swish is cooling off because he’s 0-2. He just missed a 3 run HR his first time up.

    He’s not going to hit .400 all year. But, he’s still getting great swings in most of his plate appearances. That’s all you ask for as a hitter.

  355. S.A.--Let's get ready to rumble! April 17th, 2009 at 2:02 pm

    Mark delivers a Tex message you’re on the Mark Mark.

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

    Sterling needs to work on some of these calls . Then again, Sterling needs to work on a lot of things. ;)

  356. vin April 17th, 2009 at 2:02 pm

    “Holy Sh!t, this Sterling guy is killing me w/ these corny lines when the Yanks hit a HR…Text Message, on the Mark??? Our broadcasters are a joke.”

    If that surprises you, then you ain’t seen nothing yet…

  357. murphydog April 17th, 2009 at 2:03 pm

    Did Sterling do his “back to back and belly to belly”?

  358. Brandon "I'll see you underneath the Oneil banner !" April 17th, 2009 at 2:04 pm

    Georgy :(

  359. jennifer April 17th, 2009 at 2:04 pm

    murphy yes he did.

  360. Laura - Plug it in, change the world! April 17th, 2009 at 2:04 pm

    I’m at work. Is the crowd better today?

  361. Brandon "I'll see you underneath the Oneil banner !" April 17th, 2009 at 2:04 pm

    nevermind.

  362. m April 17th, 2009 at 2:05 pm

    So if the ball hits him after he swings, it’s not a HBP?

  363. jennifer April 17th, 2009 at 2:05 pm

    Can someone explain what just happened.

  364. S.A.--Let's get ready to rumble! April 17th, 2009 at 2:05 pm

    What is going on here? Sterling sounds confused(not surprising)

  365. Andy Hawkin's Ghost April 17th, 2009 at 2:06 pm

    Do you think he has moments of inspiration for those HR calls? “Hmmm text message..what about TEX message?!!!” Yes, he did the “belly to belly thing. Can we fire this goon and hire someone will some class.

  366. vin April 17th, 2009 at 2:06 pm

    Nice work there by Girardi.

  367. Steve B April 17th, 2009 at 2:06 pm

    “But somehow the fact that he had 30 bunt hits is some great achievement.”

    Imagine his average and OBP without ‘em.

  368. Tom in NJ April 17th, 2009 at 2:06 pm

    yes, m.

    You swing and miss, and the ball hits you. you’re out.

  369. m April 17th, 2009 at 2:06 pm

    Victor needs to take some acting lessons.

  370. Brandon "I'll see you underneath the Oneil banner !" April 17th, 2009 at 2:06 pm

    ‘So if the ball hits him after he swings, it’s not a HBP?’

    if it hits you and you swing and before it, it’s automatic out, like bunting for a foul ball on strike 3.

  371. Joe Monte April 17th, 2009 at 2:07 pm

    Nice work Girardi…Torre would have been asking for more green tea if he was still here (ha!)

  372. murphydog April 17th, 2009 at 2:07 pm

    I actually like “corney” when it comes to baseball. Man if only you could have heard Mel Allen. I heard him on This Week in Baseball, don’t remember him from the radio or tv. I have heard some old recordings though. He was truly The Voice of the Yankees – and oddly enough, a lawyer. How about that?

  373. m April 17th, 2009 at 2:07 pm

    Tom,

    Thanks. Kenny explained it best. It’s a dead ball, otherwise batters would kick the ball away and run to first.

  374. Celerino Sanchez April 17th, 2009 at 2:07 pm

    >It’s funny how over rated speed is in the game.

    I agree CB! It makes me think back to the ’92 World Series where Otis Nixon BUNTED for the last out with the tying run in scoring position.

    You can’t steal first base!

    (p.s. – that said, I am a Gradner supporter!)

  375. SJ44 April 17th, 2009 at 2:08 pm

    Three observations sitting in the stands today.

    The crowd is MUCH louder today. More of the usual fans in my section. Most of them sold their tickets yesterday for between 3-5K apiece. Can’t really blame them but, its nice to see them back.

    Joba is throwing well except when he overthrows his fastball. He spins off his back leg instead of driving off of it and it sails. His breaking stuff has been filthy so far.

    Guys are getting in good counts on Reyes. They just have to make better contact. Which should happen.

  376. DT April 17th, 2009 at 2:08 pm

    Somebody hand John and Suzie a rulebook.

  377. Benny ( guess who's in tampa) Blanco April 17th, 2009 at 2:08 pm

    he cannot locate his fastball today.

  378. Pel April 17th, 2009 at 2:08 pm

    Joba’s command is bipolar today.

  379. kidjock April 17th, 2009 at 2:08 pm

    There are so many rules in baseball you learn something new every day.

  380. Brandon "I'll see you underneath the Oneil banner !" April 17th, 2009 at 2:08 pm

    Joba is flying open a bit too much, hopefully by June it’s not a habit.

  381. GreenBeret7 April 17th, 2009 at 2:08 pm

    m
    April 17th, 2009 at 2:06 pm
    Victor needs to take some acting lessons.

    ———————————————————–

    Kind of hard to act like you don’t hear the dogs barking when you get hit flush on the toes with a hard slider.

  382. Dee April 17th, 2009 at 2:10 pm

    i love how the legends seats are all empty behind home plate.

  383. Cant Touch This April 17th, 2009 at 2:10 pm

    Yeah I see that when Joba lowers the velocity on his fastball he locates it better.

  384. murphydog April 17th, 2009 at 2:11 pm

    “He cannot loate his fastball today”

    He might yet, as he gets a little more fatigued… might keep him from overthrowing.

    Remember he’s a kid and he is trying to be as tough as he can be for his guys. He’ll learn that less is more.

  385. Doris from Rego Park April 17th, 2009 at 2:11 pm

    If you put a gun to John Sterling’s head and asked him to tell the truth he would say that fans tune in to listen to him and not the game. Unfortunately we are cursed with the worst radio broadcast team in the country.

  386. DT April 17th, 2009 at 2:11 pm

    Not watching the game – are the Cleveland hitters being extremely patient or is Joba wild? They seemed to work the counts on CC too.

  387. vin April 17th, 2009 at 2:11 pm

    This is my 5th season of listening to John and Suzyn on mlb gameday. John has finally gotten on my nerves. He’s too quick to make the call, hence the “it is high, it is far, it is caught” jokes. I’m not watching the game, its OK to delay the call by 1 second so you make sure you know if the ball is gone/caught, fair/foul, safe/out.

    I do like Suzyn, however. She knows the game, and genuinely cares about the team without being completely biased. I’ll never forget her and John ripping Krazy Kyle a couple years ago when he give up the long ball seemingly every time out. I appreciate the honesty in discussing his “suckiness.”

  388. m April 17th, 2009 at 2:12 pm

    GB7,

    It actually looked like it was on the outer ankle. He’s going to be sore for awhile.

  389. Tex's New Best Friend April 17th, 2009 at 2:13 pm

    pen will have to come in for at least 3 innings. Bring on Vera$$

  390. Tex's New Best Friend April 17th, 2009 at 2:13 pm

    pen will have to come in for at least 3 innings. Bring on Vera$$

  391. Doreen April 17th, 2009 at 2:13 pm

    I was out and I’ve been catching up with all these great posts.

    Trisha, Gayle, Lori, SJ44 and others, thank you so much for sharing your observations and experiences at the new stadium. We have tickets for June 12th and I can’t wait to go. I don’t know where the seats are; it doesn’t really matter – we’re going. I do know they’re not the seats you had Trisha, or you, SJ44! :lol:

    GB7 -

    Yesterday was not really a pitchers’ duel. Yes, the score was 1-1 through 6. But CC threw a lot of pitches, a lot of non-strikes. And the Yankees kept getting people on base and doing nothing with it. The game kinda dragged. I LOVE a pitchers’ duel. Pitchers’ duels are usually faster moving affairs with the pitchers really being in command. Both pitchers yesterday performed admirably and were able to amp it up when they had to to overcome their shortcomings. But, IMO, not really a pitchers’ duel.

    I think Trisha is right – so much went on BEFORE the game – including people getting up at the crack of dawn in order to be there when the gates opened at 10, you can forgive people for needing a bit of a siesta around 2 to 3 p.m. :lol: We really need to have a little more patience with each other vis-a-vis what “real” fans would have done. I respect the person’s opinion who was at the exhibition game, but the people at that game did not sit for a couple of hours BEFORE the game even started.

    I’m not feeling good about Matsui, but it’s early. He has time to rebound and/or the Yankees have time to do something. They have some resources – the key is to use them wisely. Same with the bullpen.

    Anyway – time to turn the game on.

    Both last night’s discussion and a lot of what was said here today was fantastic. Thanks, guys!

  392. Benny ( guess who's in tampa) Blanco April 17th, 2009 at 2:13 pm

    Joba has walked three already. He’s hanging around cc too much. LOL

  393. CB April 17th, 2009 at 2:14 pm

    “Imagine his average and OBP without ‘em.”

    This is true. But the fact is even with the bunt hits he’s simply not good.

    His speed, his ability to bunt in no way makes up for the fact that he is not a good offensive player.

    Gomez had a .657 OPS last year with a .294 wOBA. That is simply awful but the fact that he happens to be the league’s fastes player makes up for the fact that he’s a terrible offensive player?

    It indicates that he has a skill. Kind of like Shelley Duncan is very strong and he too has a physical skill that doesn’t translate into him being a plus at the plate.

    And while it is true that this skill is the only thing that enables Gomez to even be a replacement level offensive player, the fact is, even with the bunting, he’s a replacement level ball player who is not helping his team win.

  394. Dr. Cox April 17th, 2009 at 2:14 pm

    Brandon,

    What are you doing here, I thought you had a fight to go to??

  395. Doris from Rego Park April 17th, 2009 at 2:14 pm

    Waldman lost all credibility when she cried when Clemmens came back

  396. Kevin April 17th, 2009 at 2:14 pm

    How many pitches does Joba have right now?

  397. S.A.--Let's get ready to rumble! April 17th, 2009 at 2:14 pm

    Choo walks

  398. Roger(from amsterdam) April 17th, 2009 at 2:14 pm

    i didn’t expect joba to throw 98 as a starter.But 90-91..?that’s a big difference…that’s not a power pitcher but it works in this game

  399. Cant Touch This April 17th, 2009 at 2:14 pm

    Joba cannot located his fastball today

  400. S.A.--Let's get ready to rumble! April 17th, 2009 at 2:15 pm

    Joba @ 70

    2-2 game now

  401. Pel April 17th, 2009 at 2:15 pm

    Joba’s command is atrocious.

  402. Brandon "I'll see you underneath the Oneil banner !" April 17th, 2009 at 2:15 pm

    if there is something Ben Francisco knows how to hit it’s a fastball.

  403. Benny ( guess who's in tampa) Blanco April 17th, 2009 at 2:15 pm

    I spoke too soon, make that four walks.

  404. Donnie April 17th, 2009 at 2:15 pm

    Ben Francisco is quickly becoming my least favorite Indian.

  405. Carl April 17th, 2009 at 2:15 pm

    walks

  406. Dee April 17th, 2009 at 2:15 pm

    that’s why we need a long reliever

  407. Matt April 17th, 2009 at 2:16 pm

    These kinds of hits are the result of terrible calls by the home plate umpire. First pitch breaking ball that is a strike called a ball, and of course he can sit on a fastball on the next pitch!

    Inconsistent strike zone today just killed us. I thought they had evaluation systems in place, but these umpires look as mediocre as ever.

  408. panayioti April 17th, 2009 at 2:16 pm

    So what have I missed. See it is 2-2. Is it pitching or is the Yankee offense sill missing?

  409. Joekuh - "THATS THE QUESTION AND NONE IS ASKING IT.” April 17th, 2009 at 2:17 pm

    It’s so hard to read this board when ppl ask the same question over and over, THAT WAS ANSWERED ABOUT 20 POSTS AGO. Read the whole blog, then make a comment. Is it so hard?

  410. Brandon "I'll see you underneath the Oneil banner !" April 17th, 2009 at 2:17 pm

    last 2 pitches were 98 and 97 , calm down kid.

  411. Pel April 17th, 2009 at 2:18 pm

    >Inconsistent strike zone today just killed us.

    No. Joba’s not locating to save his life.
    The game’s only as close as it is because he was bailed out by weakly hit grounders.

  412. vin April 17th, 2009 at 2:18 pm

    Joba needs a quick inning in the 5th.

  413. Carl April 17th, 2009 at 2:18 pm

    Matt Joba is missing.

  414. Brandon "I'll see you underneath the Oneil banner !" April 17th, 2009 at 2:18 pm

    95 flyball (out)

  415. Cant Touch This April 17th, 2009 at 2:18 pm

    I’m not trying to start trouble and maybe its just me but it seems that Molina calls a better game than Jorge…

  416. Steve B April 17th, 2009 at 2:18 pm

    75 pitches

    38 strikes, 37 balls

    Still, he has been adept at minimizing damage. He’s gonna need 9 outs from the pen though.

  417. m April 17th, 2009 at 2:18 pm

    Could’ve been worse.

    Joba was cruising along. 38 through 3 or something. But the Indians hitters aren’t going to bail out Joba.

  418. Donnie April 17th, 2009 at 2:19 pm

    Joba’s cussing himself out. That’s at least nice to see. He’s missing the zone by a mile, and he knows it. More players should look that disappointed with themselves when they play under their ability.

  419. Duffy April 17th, 2009 at 2:19 pm

    I’m all for Joba being a starter but he really needs to prove that he can throw strikes and go deep in ball games, otherwise he’ll be better off as the 8th inning guy and heir apparent to Mariano.

  420. Carl April 17th, 2009 at 2:19 pm

    We all know molina is better behind the plate.

  421. Pel April 17th, 2009 at 2:19 pm

    >last 2 pitches were 98 and 97 , calm down kid.

    all 4 pitches for that last AB were at 91, 95, 92, 92.

  422. vin April 17th, 2009 at 2:19 pm

    “So what have I missed. See it is 2-2. Is it pitching or is the Yankee offense sill missing?”

    I’m only listening and following on gameday, but I get the sense the Yanks’ offense is about to bust loose on Reyes. However, it may all be for naught if Joba doesn’t get a quick inning soon.

  423. GreenBeret7 April 17th, 2009 at 2:19 pm

    Looks like Cuzzi’s strike zone has shrank between innings. The last inning the plate looked to be about 24 inches wide.

  424. Sean Serritella April 17th, 2009 at 2:19 pm

    Every time I watch Joba pitch, I keep thinking we have the next Pedro Martinez. I’m hoping he becomes as good as him.

  425. Brandon "I'll see you underneath the Oneil banner !" April 17th, 2009 at 2:21 pm

    ‘all 4 pitches for that last AB were at 91, 95, 92, 92.’

    Dude the YES gun said 98 97 95 on the last 3

  426. StrawthatStirs April 17th, 2009 at 2:21 pm

    Anyone notice what Joba’s highest radar reading has been?

  427. Dee April 17th, 2009 at 2:21 pm

    joba actually reminds of burnett a bit too. burnett used to struggle with overthrowing the ball. i think that with time and experience joba will learn how to use his fastball and make it even more effective as a starter

  428. Steve B April 17th, 2009 at 2:21 pm

    He was at 45 thru 3, Mel.

    75 now.

  429. Doreen - You can tell it's me by all the smileys April 17th, 2009 at 2:21 pm

    I just tuned into the game – in time to see it get tied up, of course – and am noticing a lot of the “comfy” seats empty. What a shame. Seems to me there should be a way for people to sit there when others don’t show up. Or to sell the unsold ones on game day, at a DEEP discount of course.

    Did Jorge start using different bats, or is he taking lessons from Damon???? :lol:

  430. Someone Else April 17th, 2009 at 2:21 pm

    If Joba can be effective at 91-92, so what if it ain’t 97-98? He can dial it up if he needs it, but he’ll be much more valuable if he doesn’t throw his arm onto the DL (see: Burnett, A.J.). Hopefully he’s learned something from AJ on that front.

    He needs to throw more strikes, but, again, 2 ER in 4 IP is not a disaster.

  431. vin April 17th, 2009 at 2:22 pm

    “I’m all for Joba being a starter but he really needs to prove that he can throw strikes and go deep in ball games, otherwise he’ll be better off as the 8th inning guy and heir apparent to Mariano.”

    He’ll be OK… he just needs a little more time with AJ. Burnett attributes a lot of his success to Roy Halladay teaching him its better to be efficient than throw the ball very hard.

  432. CB April 17th, 2009 at 2:22 pm

    “last 2 pitches were 98 and 97 , calm down kid.”

    No they weren’t. The Yes gun is wrong. Both pitches were 92.

    We’re watching Joba trying to learn how to pitch successfully in the majors without having to throw 96-98 to do so.

    He’s evolving very quickly and that’s not an easy process for a young pitcher to go through.

    He’s trying to pitch in a different way. He’s trying to make the transition Burnett made at age 32 at the age of 23.

  433. StrawthatStirs April 17th, 2009 at 2:22 pm

    Sorry, didn’t see prior posts.. ignore…

  434. Cant Touch This April 17th, 2009 at 2:22 pm

    What is up with Posada’s bats lol

  435. Rich April 17th, 2009 at 2:22 pm

    Joba is all over the place with the heater. Curve and slider aren’t bad which is keeping us in this game.

  436. Cant Touch This April 17th, 2009 at 2:22 pm

    I hate you Grady!!

  437. Brandon "I'll see you underneath the Oneil banner !" April 17th, 2009 at 2:23 pm

    Then I was wrong pel and CB. I just glanced there. And damn you Grady :x

  438. Pel April 17th, 2009 at 2:23 pm

    >Dude the YES gun said 98 97 95 on the last 3

    And? Do you really think he throws any pitch at 65 MPH, because I’ve seen that?

    He didn’t throw any of those pitches for 98 or 97 MPH.

  439. Kevin April 17th, 2009 at 2:23 pm

    That was a nice catch by the center-fielder.

  440. m April 17th, 2009 at 2:23 pm

    I hate Sizemore when he plays us.

  441. Matt April 17th, 2009 at 2:24 pm

    And the MLB gun said 92, 95, 92 on those three pitches. The YES gun cannot be trusted.

  442. panayioti April 17th, 2009 at 2:24 pm

    seems like there are a lot of Yankee pitchers who cannot find the strike zone, save Burnett.

    and the hitting has all but disappeared the last two games.

  443. NY5 April 17th, 2009 at 2:24 pm

    I read the thread from yesterday’s game and some of the things people were writing were ridiculous. Then again, most things people writing during these game threads are ridiculous. I only say that becasue when we are winning everthing is all good in Yankeeland, and when we are losing it seems like everyone is coming up with these trades because someone has a bad game.

    SJ44 I don’t know what you do for a living, but you seem to know your stuff. I enjoy reading your posts.

    I was at yesterday’s game, and I read that many people thought the crowd was quiet. I don’t know if the writers are just saying that because they want a story or what, but it wasn’t as bad with how the game was going. I think some of the writers already had it in their minds that since it was a new stadium and the prices were up that it was just a bunch of rich people now in the stadium and it would be boring. They were writing about it all winter. The fact is that the game was really slow, and the team gave nothing to cheer about. CC did well, but he kept getting in and out of jams, which caused his pitch count to go up. We left so many people on base, and I think the crowd was just waiting for that big hit and it never came. The defense wasn’t anything to cheer about either. There were so many misplays out there. The “We Want Swisher” chant was awesome, I wish I could have seen his face when we were chanting it. I just don’t want anyone to think that it isn’t the same kind of feeling to be in there as it was in the old stadium. There are ways to get the cheaper tickets, and the people are the same. People are trying to bash this new stadium, but you just have to go out and see it. It really is a beautiful place.

  444. Carl April 17th, 2009 at 2:24 pm

    Melk man!

  445. Tom in NJ April 17th, 2009 at 2:24 pm

    Melky is god?

  446. kasey April 17th, 2009 at 2:24 pm

    it looks like, hopefully, joba will give them a “quality” start but he’s going to burn up the pen again, and with wang going tomorrow, no less. not great. it’s early in the season, but getting 5 innings from CC and joba is not going to do the yankees any favors.

    luckily, right now, every team looks flawed, but the yankees certainly have some concerns.

  447. Brandon "I'll see you underneath the Oneil banner !" April 17th, 2009 at 2:24 pm

    That was Melky ?

  448. S.A.--Let's get ready to rumble! April 17th, 2009 at 2:24 pm

    Melky! HR!

  449. Pel April 17th, 2009 at 2:24 pm

    THE MELK MAN DELIVERS!!!!!

  450. Steve B April 17th, 2009 at 2:24 pm

    “The Yes gun is wrong.”

    Bite your tongue.

  451. Donnie April 17th, 2009 at 2:24 pm

    Well…can’t say as I saw THAT coming. Good for him.

  452. vin April 17th, 2009 at 2:24 pm

    Seems like Cano is hitting everything hard this year. He’s going to hit .330

    The Melk-Man delivers!!!!!!

  453. pat April 17th, 2009 at 2:24 pm

    Little Leche with power.

  454. ALB3 April 17th, 2009 at 2:25 pm

    Brett who?

  455. Dee April 17th, 2009 at 2:25 pm

    i love how the yankees score runs through homeruns and not hitting with runners in scoring position lol. whatever ill take it.

  456. GreenBeret7 April 17th, 2009 at 2:25 pm

    Doreen
    April 17th, 2009 at 2:13 pm

    GB7 –
    Yesterday was not really a pitchers’ duel. Yes, the score was 1-1 through 6. But CC threw a lot of pitches, a lot of non-strikes. And the Yankees kept getting people on base and doing nothing with it. The game kinda dragged. I LOVE a pitchers’ duel. Pitchers’ duels are usually faster moving affairs with the pitchers really being in command. Both pitchers yesterday performed admirably and were able to amp it up when they had to to overcome their shortcomings. But, IMO, not really a pitchers’ duel.

    ————————————————————

    I guess it depends on one’s point of view, Doreen. I saw it as two staff aces going at it with neither having their full arsenal. They spent the day trying to out think the other line-ups. To me that’s a pitcher’s duel as much as a Koufax/Gibson or Ford/Pierce match-up. My opinion only, of course.

  457. Tex's New Best Friend April 17th, 2009 at 2:25 pm

    Melky is officially better than Gardner

  458. John_Halfz April 17th, 2009 at 2:25 pm

    Melky sucks, right? Brett Gardner is more exciting and gritty.

  459. m April 17th, 2009 at 2:25 pm

    The MelkMan does deliver!

    I was just going to say that even Giambi’s slimmer than Melky. Maybe Big G left his protein shakes behind?

  460. Dee April 17th, 2009 at 2:25 pm

    melky and brett- the competition continues. too bad melky doesnt play third. freakin ransom

  461. Cant Touch This April 17th, 2009 at 2:25 pm

    The Milk man delivers! imagine if we had some men on base! poor cody he can’t get a break!

  462. Lori April 17th, 2009 at 2:25 pm

    Hey – Melky’s playing!

    “That’s the Melky way” — sorry, I know folks here hate him. But I really enjoy Sterling. Listening on gameday you actually get to hear a lot of other announcers – they for the most part are just pathetic. At least Sterling has energy.

  463. Andrew April 17th, 2009 at 2:26 pm

    Hopefully Melky realizes hits & home runs = playing time right now.

  464. Tex's New Best Friend April 17th, 2009 at 2:26 pm

    just call brett gardner ‘skim milk’

  465. SJ44 April 17th, 2009 at 2:27 pm

    CB,

    Exactly right re: Joba. He doesn’t have to throw 98 to be effective. He has to tighten his mechanics and drive off that back leg and his fastball command will be fine.

    I’ll tell ya one thing about this place…..RF is HR haven. The ball flies out of here in right.

    Another reason why, even if it takes 3 months, you do what you have to do to get Matsui’s legs right. He could crush balls to right and really help the team.

    Pitchers are going to have to stay on the outer half of the plate to lefties because you have no chance if they put good wood on the ball in right.

  466. Brandon "I'll see you underneath the Oneil banner !" April 17th, 2009 at 2:27 pm

    ‘Melky is officially better than Gardner’

    Dude relax on that. I swear if and when Brett gets on a row this won’t be mentioned again.

  467. Trevor April 17th, 2009 at 2:27 pm

    Gameday has Joba 97, 98 YES which is a slow gun has him 91 92.

  468. tampayank April 17th, 2009 at 2:27 pm

    Team Melky lol

  469. Cant Touch This April 17th, 2009 at 2:28 pm

    Hold the lead Joba and throw strikes!

  470. m April 17th, 2009 at 2:28 pm

    strikes, joba. strikes.

  471. Carl April 17th, 2009 at 2:28 pm

    Jesus Joba. You want them to have the lead again?

  472. Trevor April 17th, 2009 at 2:29 pm

    How many walks for Joba now?

  473. Duffy April 17th, 2009 at 2:29 pm

    “He’ll be OK… he just needs a little more time with AJ. Burnett attributes a lot of his success to Roy Halladay teaching him its better to be efficient than throw the ball very hard.”

    I agree, but being a Yankee fan I naturally would like to see it pan out sooner rather than later.

  474. Brandon "I'll see you underneath the Oneil banner !" April 17th, 2009 at 2:29 pm

    5

  475. Tex's New Best Friend April 17th, 2009 at 2:29 pm

    I like gardner for late inning running. I want to see that he can hit consistently. Despite how melky’s year ended last year, he was hot for the first part, consistently.

  476. panayioti April 17th, 2009 at 2:29 pm

    So Burnett and Pettitte seem to be the only starters that know where the strike zone is. This could be an issue if Eiland doesn’t get these guys to correct it.

  477. John_Halfz April 17th, 2009 at 2:29 pm

    Please. Sterling is the worst announcer in the major leagues. He’s a homer and a cheerleader which, I guess, is fine if you’re Mike Shannon (Stl) and baseball savvy. But Sterling doesn’t follow plays, he doesn’t know how to watch plays, he can’t judge balls, etc. I can think of three teams in the NL central off the top of my head who have much, much better broadcasting teams: Houston, St Louis and Cincinnati. I always look for NL Central action on XM when I have a rental car. But Sterling is easily the worst in all of baseball.

  478. m April 17th, 2009 at 2:30 pm

    Textbook hitting by that pest Sizemore.

  479. JOJO April 17th, 2009 at 2:30 pm

    You can’t walk the 9th hitter twice. you have to make him hit his way on if you have to take the ball to home plate and set in on a tee for him. FRUSTRATING!!!

  480. Carl April 17th, 2009 at 2:30 pm

    take him out

  481. GreenBeret7 April 17th, 2009 at 2:30 pm

    Nothing could be better for NYY than having Gardner and Cabrera fight all year for playing time, as long as they’re fighting because they’re both going equally well. If it’s because they both are stinking up the joint…that’s not good.

  482. Cant Touch This April 17th, 2009 at 2:30 pm

    Joba has the most 4 pitch walks I have ever seen! and the run will score, walks always score it seems like

  483. tampayank April 17th, 2009 at 2:30 pm

    but Gardner is so ‘gritty’ when he pops up every 3-2 pitches

  484. Carl April 17th, 2009 at 2:30 pm

    rofl long man please.

  485. Pel April 17th, 2009 at 2:30 pm

    Yank ‘em. Set up a triage. Joba’s embarrassing himself.

  486. Brandon "I'll see you underneath the Oneil banner !" April 17th, 2009 at 2:30 pm

    too much of the plate there

  487. Cant Touch This April 17th, 2009 at 2:30 pm

    Damon has no arm!

  488. Kevin April 17th, 2009 at 2:31 pm

    Lead-off walk come back to bite us! Why am I not surprised?

  489. SJ44 April 17th, 2009 at 2:31 pm

    Too many walks from the starters the last 2 days. Ten in 10 innings, 8 of them on four pitches.

    Joba can’t walk the #9 guy in the order on 4 pitches and that leads to this inning.

    Gotta get him out of the game now or this one will get out of hand early. He can’t find the zone consistently and that has hurt him today.

  490. vin April 17th, 2009 at 2:31 pm

    Make or break time for Joba.

  491. Donnie April 17th, 2009 at 2:31 pm

    Wow. Joba looks awful at this point. Problem is, who’s going to relieve him? “Let’s send Veras back out there!” I think not. He’s gonna have to get himself out of trouble.

  492. Pel April 17th, 2009 at 2:31 pm

    The lead: easy come. easy go.

  493. panayioti April 17th, 2009 at 2:31 pm

    Horrible pitching the last two days. Joba is pitching like the bullpen did yesterday.

  494. Sigmund April 17th, 2009 at 2:31 pm

    SJ44 and others: I greatly appreciate all the astute comments and valuable insights. I’m a regular reader of this blog, but an infrequent commenter.

    I do have one thing to add. I know how frustrated many of you get with the crazy emotionality that is prevalent in the posts, especially when the Yankees are losing.

    The “bridge jumpers,” I think they’ve been called.

    As a professional psychologist, I can tell you that it is extremely common for people who are deep fans of a team to go through such a radical roller-coaster of emotions during the course of a game — rationally, they know there are 162 games in a season; but a large percentage of people, when caught up emotionally in something, can’t see the forest for the trees.

    What is rather unusual, in this day and age, is the ability to publish comments in virtually real time. I, myself, tend to “live and die” with the Yankees, but I don’t rush to the keyboard to post my feelings with every incoming wave. (Such restraint, as you can see, isn’t available to us all.) And, of course, within in minutes or hours I — like most of the bridge-jumpers — have a much calmer, more dispassionate sensibility return to us. I won’t bore you with links to scholarly papers, but it’s been shown, by scanning brain waves, that a shockingly high percentage of people literally do go “crazy” during sporting events.

    Basically, what I’m trying to say, is that however irksome you find the intense emotionality often on display here, I can assure you that all you are witnessing is very typical human behavior — you’re just privy to what has, until very recently, been more private behavior (previously confined to a couch, where one can yell at the TV and annoy only one’s spouse) brought into a more public realm.

    Sorry to be so long winded. At least I’m not billing anybody for my time. (!)

    Now — go Yanks!

  495. Rich April 17th, 2009 at 2:31 pm

    Every Joba fastball that catches the plate is a meatball. Doesn’t have much today.

  496. Joe Mama April 17th, 2009 at 2:32 pm

    ok on gameday that was a 91 mph fastball where is the velocity

  497. DT April 17th, 2009 at 2:32 pm

    Joba and Wang back to back is not good.

    the relievers are going to be taxed.

  498. Roger(from amsterdam) April 17th, 2009 at 2:32 pm

    ramson hits the first ball or strikes out…

  499. Tex's New Best Friend April 17th, 2009 at 2:32 pm

    this is becoming typical yankees. get the lead and give it right back.

  500. Laura - Plug it in, change the world! April 17th, 2009 at 2:33 pm

    It is extremely frustrating when the Yankees get the lead and their pitcher turns around in the next half inning and surrenders it.

  501. Brandon "I'll see you underneath the Oneil banner !" April 17th, 2009 at 2:33 pm

    ‘I like gardner for late inning running. I want to see that he can hit consistently. Despite how melky’s year ended last year, he was hot for the first part, consistently.’

    And he lost the job because he got lazy and was out of shape and trying to be a HR hitter, which he is not. Hopefully he starts realizing his future relies on working the count and hitting the ball into gaps, oh and executing bunts and sac flys.

  502. CB April 17th, 2009 at 2:33 pm

    “He has to tighten his mechanics and drive off that back leg and his fastball command will be fine.”

    SJ,

    He’s looked pretty bad finishing several of his fastball. Very loose mechanics, spinning towards first base, not well balanced, not keeping himself centered and moving towards the plate.

    It almost looks to me that he’s actively trying to figure out how to throw a lower velocity fastball.

    And in that process I think he might be over thinking. Looks like he’s trying to aim the ball.

    Perhaps over concentrating on location because he doesn’t want to throw as hard.

  503. Johnny D. April 17th, 2009 at 2:33 pm

    Joba should be in the BP. :(

  504. StawthatStirs April 17th, 2009 at 2:34 pm

    I don’t care what the YES gun shows at times.. Joba has lost 4-5 mph.. If he can’t better locate his 92-93 FB, get him back to the pen.. way too many BB to be a decengt starter..

  505. m April 17th, 2009 at 2:34 pm

    Joba’s got nothing. 42strikes/44 balls. And it’s not even close.

    And no, you don’t load the bases, when Joba can’t throw strikes.

  506. tampayank April 17th, 2009 at 2:34 pm

    joba has fallen apart

  507. Brandon "I'll see you underneath the Oneil banner !" April 17th, 2009 at 2:34 pm

    ‘what a pitching coach, he does so much to help our team.’

    Your really going to say this in April ?

  508. Doreen - You can tell it's me by all the smileys April 17th, 2009 at 2:34 pm

    GB7

    Definitely we have different points of view on this. :)

    Maybe I was also in siesta-zone like a lot of the crowd. I had gotten myself all worked up over the pre-game (which I listened to half on the radio, and saw the rest on tv) and, you know, frankly, introducing all the old players, as really great as it is, it slows everything down. It’s tradition and it’s wonderful to see who is still around and wanting to be a part of the Yankees, so it is what it is, but I’m thinking they don’t really need oldtimer’s day this season! :lol: (I know, I’m being blasphemous.)

  509. Tex's New Best Friend April 17th, 2009 at 2:35 pm

    hey its only april, then its only may, and then hey its just the offseason. i love how there is no reason to think there is a problem just because its the 11th game.

  510. Carl April 17th, 2009 at 2:35 pm

    We’re gonna lose!

  511. liz April 17th, 2009 at 2:35 pm

    who’s warming up?

  512. tampayank April 17th, 2009 at 2:36 pm

    Joba should still be a starter, he has the stuff to be an ace but still is a work in progress obviously….I’m starting to question the way Posada calls games, Molina is clearly better at calling games

  513. Andrew April 17th, 2009 at 2:36 pm

    John Sterling just completely misses the call on this play with Damon throwing to 3rd.

  514. Brandon "I'll see you underneath the Oneil banner !" April 17th, 2009 at 2:36 pm

    The umpire sleeping now ?

  515. Pel April 17th, 2009 at 2:36 pm

    This game is over.

  516. Rich April 17th, 2009 at 2:36 pm

    Where the heck is the umpire?

  517. SJ44 April 17th, 2009 at 2:36 pm

    The umpires just screwed up royally. Nobody rotated to third base and missed the DeRosa tag play.

  518. Dee April 17th, 2009 at 2:36 pm

    get thrown out girardi. both times he did yankees rallied and won

  519. Pauly April 17th, 2009 at 2:36 pm

    Why is Ian Kennedy dressed up like Joba Chamberlain?

  520. murphydog April 17th, 2009 at 2:36 pm

    Not for nothin, but you critics are killing your 5th starter as if he were the ace. Wake up. He’s a young starting pitcher in the middle of April who needs to: stretch out his arm, smooth out his mechanics and relax a little.

  521. Cant Touch This April 17th, 2009 at 2:37 pm

    Thanks doctor Phil well lol. Damon has a horrible arm!

  522. S.A.--Let's get ready to rumble! April 17th, 2009 at 2:37 pm

    wtf

  523. Kevin April 17th, 2009 at 2:37 pm

    He was safe Joe Girardi

  524. Matt April 17th, 2009 at 2:38 pm

    Stop blaming the pitchers. It’s our inability to score runs in bunches that leads to this. The biggest lead they’ve had all series has been ONE run. When you don’t put a team away, your pitcher never gets a chance to settle in, and the other team never gets shut down.

  525. Donnie Baseball23 April 17th, 2009 at 2:38 pm

    The bullpen is struggling a little, so move Joba to the pen and Hughes to the rotation and send down Miranda. O ya and FIRE GIRARDI.

  526. LakeMichigan April 17th, 2009 at 2:38 pm

    Joba needs to find his command. Too many walks, especially leading off innings. But yes, the season is still young. And he’s still relatively new to the starting rotation.

  527. Rick April 17th, 2009 at 2:38 pm

    i love damon but he has no arm….this team has too many dh types

  528. Dee April 17th, 2009 at 2:38 pm

    joba just has no command today

  529. Carl April 17th, 2009 at 2:39 pm

    ;(

  530. DT April 17th, 2009 at 2:39 pm

    Is anyone warming up in the pen?

  531. panayioti April 17th, 2009 at 2:39 pm

    So much for a solid rotation. We have 2 pitchers that are solid. Everyone else at this point is suspect. And worst of all, Yanks are getting schooled by Cleveland. Embarrassing.

  532. StawthatStirs April 17th, 2009 at 2:39 pm

    Bad News Bears time…

  533. GreenBeret7 April 17th, 2009 at 2:39 pm

    All I know is, I’m happy that all of the ceremony non-sense is over until Old-Timer’s Day. It really screws up player prep, I’d think, and especially the pitchers.

  534. Dee April 17th, 2009 at 2:39 pm

    coke is warming up

  535. Pel April 17th, 2009 at 2:39 pm

    Joba left the game way too late.

  536. Brandon "I'll see you underneath the Oneil banner !" April 17th, 2009 at 2:40 pm

    ‘hey its only april, then its only may, and then hey its just the offseason. i love how there is no reason to think there is a problem just because its the 11th game.’

    Because there isn’t, no one is perfect all season. What do think everyone starts off 100 % , baseball is a game of slumps and and good muscle memory and bad muscle memory, they just came off a long road and it’s thier first time back at home getting use to a new stadium. They are all kinks that will work themselves out.

  537. Kevin April 17th, 2009 at 2:40 pm

    Not even five complete innings out of Joba….depressing.

  538. Carl April 17th, 2009 at 2:40 pm

    Yeah we’re just old.

  539. Benny ( guess who's in tampa) Blanco April 17th, 2009 at 2:40 pm

    thanks joba.

  540. Tex's New Best Friend April 17th, 2009 at 2:40 pm

    The Joba lovefest may be on life support.

  541. vinny-b (Girardi, Pettitte, Mo, Matsui, Gardner = my top 5) April 17th, 2009 at 2:40 pm

    yet another reason, to not like the new stadium. It is a launching pad.

    thank goodness, they didn’t tear down the old one yet

  542. Rich April 17th, 2009 at 2:40 pm

    Pretty poor outing for Jobber…had very little command. But it is mid April so he should be more comfortable in the coming weeks.

  543. Matt April 17th, 2009 at 2:40 pm

    The Indians are not this good, we are letting them stay in games they have no right to be in by giving them free passes and not scoring any runs.

    However, when you don’t score runs, your pitcher thinks he has to be perfect and starts walking guys.

    It’s really the offense. Anthony Reyes has nothing, but they let him get through all of those innings with no damage other than a few solo shots. This kind of pitcher is one they should touch up for 6 or 7 runs.

  544. Eric April 17th, 2009 at 2:41 pm

    I really think this team is not that good. Matsui can’t play, Damon can’t throw, the center field position does not hit, Posada is questionable….Two good starters. One good reliever and MAYBE Bruney. Third place again. Get ready for it.

  545. m April 17th, 2009 at 2:41 pm

    Well, at least we’re not down 10. This game’s not over yet.

  546. vin April 17th, 2009 at 2:41 pm

    Big opportunity here for Coke. Hopefully he can make a good hitter look bad.

  547. Cant Touch This April 17th, 2009 at 2:41 pm

    Yea I’m not over reacting on Joba it’s April he will get better,he will learn. Nice try Damon..but I wish we had the Rays outfield they catch everything lol

  548. Benny ( guess who's in tampa) Blanco April 17th, 2009 at 2:41 pm

    How much pressure is on wang tomorrow?

  549. Matt April 17th, 2009 at 2:41 pm

    Also, the stadium is playing like Citizens Bank Park. It’s embarrassing that the Yankees play in a bandbox now, and with no offense to speak of, they cannot win in their own ballpark.

    A launching pad for a team with no power. Yikes.

  550. SJ44 April 17th, 2009 at 2:42 pm

    Joba’s problem is not his velocity. Its mechanics and location. It has nothing to do with his velocity.

    If you can’t throw strikes, it doesn’t matter how hard you throw, you will fail. Ask Kyle Farnsworth.

    Its part of Joba’s evolution as a starting pitcher. He has to learn to throw strikes and be more aggressive in the zone. His lack of strikethrowing has really hurt him today.

    Its almost as if he has started to pitch defensively after DeRosa hit the HR. he never really got on top of his fastball today. You can’t get by just throwing breaking pitches to everybody. Fastball command is the #1 thing a starting pitcher has to do to be successful.

    This inning is also another illustration as to how much bad defense can hurt you in games. The Indians are really taking advantage of Damon’s weak arm in left and a good LF catches that ball for the third out and saves a run.

    Also, when you don’t have confidence in the middle part of your bullpen. you tend to go too long with your starter.

    Joe tried to push it with Joba today because of that or he would have been out of there 3-4 hitters earlier.

    Now, with an enemic offense, 5-3 is a big hole. Hope Coke can stop the bleeding here.

  551. m April 17th, 2009 at 2:42 pm

    No, I think the Indians are this good. They’ve got a lineup of good hitters.

  552. Cowbell204 April 17th, 2009 at 2:42 pm

    I’ve always been of the “Joba should start” mindset, but I’m slowly drifting back to the idea of putting him into the bullpen. Joba has yet to show that he can consistently go deep into a game.

  553. Tom in NJ April 17th, 2009 at 2:42 pm

    When did Joba turn into Ian Kennedy?

  554. sunny615 April 17th, 2009 at 2:42 pm

    Question Pete: Why wouldn’t you want to expose Veras to waivers? He blows… He’s Farnsworth except that he throws 95 instead of 99.

  555. vin April 17th, 2009 at 2:42 pm

    “The Joba lovefest may be on life support.”

    That’d probably be the best thing for him. Give him a little space, and let him develop. Most 23 year olds are still in the mid-minor leagues.

  556. vinny-b (Girardi, Pettitte, Mo, Matsui, Gardner = my top 5) April 17th, 2009 at 2:43 pm

    “Two good starters”

    ? come’on Eric.

  557. Carl April 17th, 2009 at 2:43 pm

    Phil coke ughhh

  558. Matty C April 17th, 2009 at 2:43 pm

    Phil Coke this years Ohlendorf

    Whenever you want to give away a game bring in Coke

  559. tampayank April 17th, 2009 at 2:43 pm

    if Wang is a disaster again tomorrow, very bad news for our bullpen

  560. StawthatStirs April 17th, 2009 at 2:44 pm

    Swish s/b in RT, Melk in LFT w/ Damon @ DH.. Why is Swish DH’ing? It’s early in the season and he’s a youger player??

  561. vinny-b (Girardi, Pettitte, Mo, Matsui, Gardner = my top 5) April 17th, 2009 at 2:44 pm

    “I’ve always been of the “Joba should start” mindset, but I’m slowly drifting back to the idea of putting him into the bullpen. Joba has yet to show that he can consistently go deep into a game”

    and how old is Joba?

    these posts are downright comical. (and predictable)

  562. YankeeJosh April 17th, 2009 at 2:44 pm

    SJ,

    The umpires messed up that play but lucked out and got the call right. Derosa was safe even though the throw beat him.

  563. Brandon "I'll see you underneath the Oneil banner !" April 17th, 2009 at 2:44 pm

    ‘Phil coke ughhh’

    You were saying ?

  564. Betsy April 17th, 2009 at 2:45 pm

    The pen is going to be torched again today and with Wang tomorrow? That’s a problem. Even with AJ – you can’t expect 7/8 innings from him every time….it’s a very difficult burden to place on him.

  565. S.A.--Let's get ready to rumble! April 17th, 2009 at 2:45 pm

    Get to work bats

  566. vinny-b (Girardi, Pettitte, Mo, Matsui, Gardner = my top 5) April 17th, 2009 at 2:45 pm

    “why did my posts get deleted Pete. because i want dave eiland fired????????????”

    or maybe, cuz your post was delusional

  567. Nick F. April 17th, 2009 at 2:45 pm

    Damon is responsible for a couple of runs. They need an arm in LF next year.

  568. m April 17th, 2009 at 2:46 pm

    If Wang can’t find his way back tomorrow, it’ll be bad news for the whole club.

  569. DT April 17th, 2009 at 2:46 pm

    Weinman, don’t be a Whineman.

    You used all caps. You repeated yourself over and over.

  570. vin April 17th, 2009 at 2:46 pm

    Big out by Coke – He’s probably done though, with 2 righties and a switch hitter coming up next inning. Albaladejo maybe?

  571. John in Ohio April 17th, 2009 at 2:46 pm

    I’m a big fan of how Damon approaches life, but man…he’s a liability out there, for sure.

  572. Rick April 17th, 2009 at 2:46 pm

    chamberlain is going to have games like this..he is learning to pitch in the major leagues….he will be fine….just one of the days where he is learning

  573. Carl April 17th, 2009 at 2:46 pm

    Blame Dave for joba sucking I like that.

  574. Brandon "I'll see you underneath the Oneil banner !" April 17th, 2009 at 2:46 pm

    So sam, them being 21, 22 , 23 has nothing to do w/ it ?

  575. GreenBeret7 April 17th, 2009 at 2:46 pm

    Eric
    April 17th, 2009 at 2:41 pm
    I really think this team is not that good. Matsui can’t play, Damon can’t throw, the center field position does not hit, Posada is questionable….Two good starters. One good reliever and MAYBE Bruney. Third place again. Get ready for it.

    ————————————————————

    Reality must be tough on you. Get a grip on it, then come back.

  576. vinny-b (Girardi, Pettitte, Mo, Matsui, Gardner = my top 5) April 17th, 2009 at 2:46 pm

    “Phil coke ughhh”

    how fast ny fans turn on their players.

    yes. Maybe St Louis does have the best baseball fans afterall.

  577. adam April 17th, 2009 at 2:47 pm

    How is it that there is STILL no long reliever in the bullpen?

  578. Joe Mama April 17th, 2009 at 2:47 pm

    Joba has nothing today no command no velocity.
    So they go into Tampa Bay and take two games. They leave a small army on base last night and today they look dead, these slow starts are frustrating.

  579. 86w183 April 17th, 2009 at 2:47 pm

    It’s amazing that Eiland only knows what he’s doing when AJ, Pettite, Bruney and Mariano are on the mound.

    I don’t know if Joba is trying to pace himself, but his mechanics seem to change from pitch to pitch. And why is he throwing so many breaking pitches?

  580. Carl April 17th, 2009 at 2:47 pm

    Gardner why

  581. Andrew April 17th, 2009 at 2:47 pm

    This place is going to start getting sillier and sillier unless the offense has a big afternoon. The best rotation in the AL has been reduced to “2 good starters”, and Phil Coke will be run out of town on a rail unless he puts up goose eggs for 2 innings.

  582. Cant Touch This April 17th, 2009 at 2:47 pm

    I still think we win this game..don’t look at it like its 5-3 look at it as 2-0.

  583. Carl April 17th, 2009 at 2:47 pm

    Thats more like it

  584. sunny615 April 17th, 2009 at 2:48 pm

    2010:
    Swisher LF
    Austin Jackson CF
    Gardner/?? RF
    Gardner/Melky 4th OF

  585. Disppointed April 17th, 2009 at 2:48 pm

    Please put JOBA in the Pen and bring up HUGHES!! Give the kid another chance!!!!

  586. Disappointed April 17th, 2009 at 2:49 pm

    Please someone put JOBA in the Pen and bring up HUGHES!! Give the kid another chance!!!!

  587. SJ44 April 17th, 2009 at 2:49 pm

    Eiland should be fired because Joba didn’t pitch well?

    Nice to see the baseball geniuses are back on the blog.

    A note to the bridgejumpers.

    In many Asian cultures, suicide is considered a very brave thing to do.

    We will all think of you bridgejumpers in the most positive and bravest way possible if you take the leap today.

    Come on, be a team player. Do it for best interests of the blog.

    I’ll have Pete set up a Monument Park at LoHud for the successful bridge jumpers.

  588. S.A.--Let's get ready to rumble! April 17th, 2009 at 2:49 pm

    Speedy Gardner

  589. panayioti April 17th, 2009 at 2:50 pm

    Yankees need to put clauses in their pitchers contracts that say if you average 5 innings or less, your contract is rescinded. This is not good. I know it is only april but aside from burnett and pettitte, our pitchers just cannot throw strikes or last longer than 5 innings. Unacceptable.

  590. Carl April 17th, 2009 at 2:50 pm

    lets strand the runner. The Yankee way.

  591. ALB3 April 17th, 2009 at 2:50 pm

    SJ or CB, I want your opinion on this.

    Everyone seems to be against Dave Eiland.

    Do you feel a need for him to be replaced or do you think he’s been satisfactory?

  592. Dee April 17th, 2009 at 2:50 pm

    2010:
    Swisher LF
    Austin Jackson CF
    Gardner/?? RF
    Gardner/Melky 4th OF

    idk bout that. i think that yankees are going to make a run for holliday

  593. vinny-b (Girardi, Pettitte, Mo, Matsui, Gardner = my top 5) April 17th, 2009 at 2:50 pm

    “what exactly does dave eiland do, he did his best to screw each of generation trey”

    your post should be deleted, just for using the term ‘generation trey’

  594. Dee April 17th, 2009 at 2:51 pm

    but i will miss damon if he is gone. i do love him. just not his arm

  595. Tex's New Best Friend April 17th, 2009 at 2:51 pm

    out on 3-0, awesome.

  596. Carl April 17th, 2009 at 2:51 pm

    Yeah that’s more like it.

  597. Tex's New Best Friend April 17th, 2009 at 2:52 pm

    what the hell!!!

  598. Tex's New Best Friend April 17th, 2009 at 2:52 pm

    what the hell!!!

  599. Brandon "I'll see you underneath the Oneil banner !" April 17th, 2009 at 2:52 pm

    dammit he would have made it too

  600. Matt April 17th, 2009 at 2:52 pm

    The Yankees not only can’t hit, but they are dumb at the plate too.

    You are down 2 runs and you are the tying run. It is a 3-0 count, the pitcher is missing by a lot, and you have 2, 3, 4 on deck. What do you do?

    YOU SWING.

    WHY WOULD YOU SWING IN THAT SPOT ON 3-0?

    Terrible at bat by Jeter that could have completely destroyed any hope of a big inning.

    This is why they can’t score runs in bunches. The lineup is not only short, but their approach is a joke. Wake up guys and take a freaking pitch.

  601. Tex's New Best Friend April 17th, 2009 at 2:52 pm

    1 pitch, 1 out…..

  602. vinny-b (Girardi, Pettitte, Mo, Matsui, Gardner = my top 5) April 17th, 2009 at 2:52 pm

    “A note to the bridgejumpers.
    In many Asian cultures, suicide is considered a very brave thing to do”

    good one, SJ

    :)

  603. Cant Touch This April 17th, 2009 at 2:52 pm

    Pathetic!!!

  604. StawthatStirs April 17th, 2009 at 2:54 pm

    sunny615
    April 17th, 2009 at 2:48 pm
    2010:
    Swisher LF
    Austin Jackson CF
    Gardner/?? RF
    Gardner/Melky 4th OF

    No reason to wait… W/ Matsui knee filled up again, Swish showing good production, and Damon getting embarrased in LF, the time is now..

  605. SJ44 April 17th, 2009 at 2:54 pm

    Yes, Phil Hughes is the answer right now.

    The guy who won exactly ZERO games last year in NY and gave up 2 HR in 4 innings in his first AAA start.

    He is the “answer” until he has a bad game here, then you will call for Girardi’s firing.

    How ’bout this. Joba had a bad day. Get over it and move on. He will be back on the hill, as he should be, in 5 days.

  606. Carl April 17th, 2009 at 2:54 pm

    Nick Swisher’s biggest at bat this year.

  607. Brandon "I'll see you underneath the Oneil banner !" April 17th, 2009 at 2:54 pm

    lets go Swish

  608. saucY April 17th, 2009 at 2:54 pm

    SJ44, hilarious :lol:

  609. Brandon "I'll see you underneath the Oneil banner !" April 17th, 2009 at 2:55 pm

    ‘Nick Swisher’s biggest at bat this year.’

    Dude it’s freaking April :?

  610. rconn23 April 17th, 2009 at 2:55 pm

    The offense is fine. It’s done a pretty decent job considering Tex was out for three games. Once the second best player in baseball returns, call me crazy, but I think it should be even better.

    The bullpen will be fine as well eventually with the integration of Melancon, and hopefully Robertson.

    Joba has to stop nibbling around the plate, as many young pitchers have a habit of doing, or he will get hammered. It doesn’t matter that he throws 96 mph. Throw strikes, it’s that simple.

  611. 86w183 April 17th, 2009 at 2:55 pm

    Why exactly is Swish the Dh and Damon in LF?

    Nice inning Johnny

  612. GreenBeret7 April 17th, 2009 at 2:55 pm

    Matt
    April 17th, 2009 at 2:52 pm
    The Yankees not only can’t hit, but they are dumb at the plate too.

    You are down 2 runs and you are the tying run. It is a 3-0 count, the pitcher is missing by a lot, and you have 2, 3, 4 on deck. What do you do?

    YOU SWING.

    WHY WOULD YOU SWING IN THAT SPOT ON 3-0?

    Terrible at bat by Jeter that could have completely destroyed any hope of a big inning.

    This is why they can’t score runs in bunches. The lineup is not only short, but their approach is a joke. Wake up guys and take a freaking pitch.

    ————————————————————

    Jeter’s job was to at least move the runner and he did that. If he goes to 3-1 in the count, he’s not going to get that same pitch. as it turns out, Damon didn’t do his job.

  613. Donnie Baseball23 April 17th, 2009 at 2:56 pm

    I dont care what level you are on. Girardi shouldve given the take sign to Jeter on that at-bat, and Jeter is just as guilty for swinging. Look this guy is struggling big time and Jeter and Damon gave him 2 outs. ruined a chance for a big inning.. Way to go.

  614. vinny-b (Girardi, Pettitte, Mo, Matsui, Gardner = my top 5) April 17th, 2009 at 2:56 pm

    Swisher even looks like a ballplayer

  615. Matt April 17th, 2009 at 2:56 pm

    Look at Reyes working himself into his own jam by falling behind hitters.

    THIS IS WHY JETER CANNOT SWING AT THAT 3-0 PITCH.

    Imagine how different this inning looks if he takes a few pitches and gets walked.

  616. Dee April 17th, 2009 at 2:57 pm

    ok how many times has posada come up with runners on base and done nothing. he better deliver

  617. panayioti April 17th, 2009 at 2:57 pm

    Great bases loaded. And we won’t even score. this sucks!!!!!!

  618. joe April 17th, 2009 at 2:57 pm

    ump has a tight strike zone today

  619. Cant Touch This April 17th, 2009 at 2:57 pm

    Lets hope Posada doesn’t break another bat lol

  620. Brandon "I'll see you underneath the Oneil banner !" April 17th, 2009 at 2:57 pm

    I wish Robi was up here. Because if Posada were next after Robi he’d get pitches to hit here.

  621. Donnie Baseball23 April 17th, 2009 at 2:58 pm

    Jeters job is to the move the runner?? ru serious? maybe early in the game if its 1-0 or 1-1 in the 3rd. When your down 2 in the 5th and a guy is struggling and he has you 3-0 u take if it goes 3-1 hes going to throw you a fastball cause he doesnt want 1st and 2nd no outs. Come one now know a little baseball

  622. Dee April 17th, 2009 at 2:58 pm

    nice crowd!!

  623. Matt April 17th, 2009 at 2:58 pm

    Jeter’s job in that spot is to move the runner up, but remember that you are down 2 runs also. He was behind 3-0 to you. Why are you swinging? 3-0 count with a runner on 2nd is the beginning of a HUGE inning. You are down 2 runs, you let the pitcher get himself in trouble in that spot.

    And BTW, in a 3-1 count he is still in prime position to get a pitch to hit. And if he doesn’t? He draws a walk, and there is a huge rally brewing.

    By swinging on 3-0, he never gave himself a chance.

  624. derek April 17th, 2009 at 2:59 pm

    Same thing every year. SITUATIONAL HITTING.

    I love how people talk about the Yankees as buying a big lineup and spending like crazy…NICK F’ing SWISHER is batting clean-up. The White Sox gave him up for a bag of balls and a car-wash.

    I’m not jumping off a bridge, but I’m sick and tired of this team starting slow every year and then just barely eking their way in to contention in August/September.

    They just can’t EVER get the job done against mediocre opponents.

  625. m April 17th, 2009 at 2:59 pm

    Dang. Just missing these bombs.

  626. panayioti April 17th, 2009 at 2:59 pm

    We suck. Can’t believe we can’t even score 1 run. It is slowly becoming 2008 all over again.

  627. Kevin April 17th, 2009 at 2:59 pm

    So close yet so far, ugh.

  628. Joe Mama April 17th, 2009 at 3:00 pm

    Frustration is setting in

  629. Cant Touch This April 17th, 2009 at 3:00 pm

    Look at that we leave the basses loaded hooray!!!!

  630. Dee April 17th, 2009 at 3:00 pm

    ughhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhh!!!!! why can’t they hit with runners on base??!! i just don’t understand it!

  631. jennifer April 17th, 2009 at 3:00 pm

    So much for the launching pad. Nick and Jorge both miss homeruns. :(

  632. RussW210 April 17th, 2009 at 3:00 pm

    And a fly out to left. Damn Yankees indeed.

  633. Tex's New Best Friend April 17th, 2009 at 3:01 pm

    next inning we will see a solo homerun

  634. Dee April 17th, 2009 at 3:01 pm

    nobody has to hit homeruns. just base hits in these situations. why why why cant they get it done

  635. Matt April 17th, 2009 at 3:01 pm

    It’s always a TWO OUT RALLY because of terrible at bats like the one Jeter had.

    You can’t expect to be scoring runs if you have only one shot to do it every time up.

    The way Reyes is pitching there, imagine how different the inning looks if Jeter takes a few pitches and draws a walk. It’s not his job to move a runner up there, it’s his job to get on base and start a huge rally as the leadoff hitter. He’s not the #8 hitter, he is the catalyst and he has to approach his at bat without hacking away at EVERYTHING in a hitter’s count.

    This isn’t the first at bat today that Jeter just couldn’t take a pitch in. Jeter should not be a leadoff hitter if he can’t make the pitcher pay when he works the count.

  636. derek April 17th, 2009 at 3:01 pm

    Oh, and good job by the Yankee’s $20 million Double-Play machine for swinging 3-0 there. My autistic cousin wouldn’t swing 3-0, I’m glad Jeter is smarter than that.

  637. S.A.--Let's get ready to rumble! April 17th, 2009 at 3:01 pm

    More peeps LOB. Boo

  638. Rick April 17th, 2009 at 3:01 pm

    jeter swinging on 3-0 changed the whole complexion of that inning….why would he do that….they needed base runners to put the pressure on reyes…. doing that took the bats out of tex and swishers hands….that was a bonehead play

  639. Brandon "I'll see you underneath the Oneil banner !" April 17th, 2009 at 3:01 pm

    State Farm wasn’t there :(

  640. SJ44 April 17th, 2009 at 3:02 pm

    ALB,

    Who is “everybody”? The crybabies on this blog?

    What’s wrong with Dave Eiland? The entire pitching staff was injured last year yet, they actually IMPROVED in every area from the year before.

    This year? Its Dave Eiland’s fault Joba didn’t throw strikes today.

    Honestly ALB, if you asked the panicked folks on this blog what Dave Eiland does, they couldn’t tell you. They just want somebody “fired” because, 12 games in, the Yankees haven’t won every game. Its dumbell talk.

  641. Trevor April 17th, 2009 at 3:02 pm

    “State Farm wasn’t there”

    :lol:

  642. CaptainsCorner April 17th, 2009 at 3:02 pm

    The Indians know why pitch to Swish when you have Posada up next….Posada who very rarely gets a hit with men on base. Swish will be pitched around until Girardi uses his brain and bats Cano after Swish. Yanks could be winning if Damon and his girl arm wasn’t playing LF.

  643. Joe Mama April 17th, 2009 at 3:03 pm

    The Yankees needed at least to get that run from third with one out just remind me of last year a little too much

  644. 23forever April 17th, 2009 at 3:03 pm

    When Girardi uses an outfielder as a DH…it has to be Damon and use your three best defensive players. Every team will run on Damon’s arm all year long.

  645. S.A.--Let's get ready to rumble! April 17th, 2009 at 3:03 pm

    Come on Coca Cola

  646. RussW210 April 17th, 2009 at 3:03 pm

    Does mystique and aura stand for something else? ARod won’t help what is happening here. They need to stop loading the bases with 2 outs. And popping up to the 2nd baseman with a man on 3rd and 1 out.

  647. Matt April 17th, 2009 at 3:04 pm

    Can’t blame the pitching when you see this offense inning after inning after inning.

    How many freaking chances do they get every game? Yesterday they had 19 base runners and TWO runs.

    Today they have left runners on base 2 or 3 times already, and have done so with some pitiful at bats at best.

    The pitchers aren’t the problem when you strand 15 runners every game and trail by only 2 or 3 runs! You can’t expect them to throw 7 IP 1 ER every night to make up for our anemic offense.

  648. RussW210 April 17th, 2009 at 3:05 pm

    Is it really 24 men on base in 1.5 games for the Yankees at their new home? Could it be any worse? Why do they do this to us?

  649. JOJO April 17th, 2009 at 3:05 pm

    Can we play tomorrows game across the street?

  650. SJ44 April 17th, 2009 at 3:06 pm

    There is no doubt, situational hitting, as well as hitting with RISP, is a BIG weakness and has been for a very long time.

    Since August of 2007, this team is hitting .231 with RISP. That just isn’t good.

    Too many guys in the lineup press and try to do too much, IMO.

    Reyes is a soft thrower. Damon doesn’t have to swing at the first pitch in order to look for something to drive. Look at a couple of pitches and work a count. You get yourself in a better hitting position. You also give Tex more looks at what he is throwing.

    Its a real weakness of the team and it manifests itself more when they are losing because guy needlessly press.

    Posada had a good AB. Can’t complain about that one.

    The Damon AB? That killed the inning, IMO.

  651. Matt April 17th, 2009 at 3:06 pm

    You miss A-Rod yet? When he’s in that lineup it looks so much different, and as much as you guys like to ride A-Rod for his AB’s with runners on, A-Rod can do what no other hitter on this team can do, which is to hit a home run with guys on base and blow a game open.

  652. tampayank April 17th, 2009 at 3:06 pm

    man this game is frustrating

  653. Tom in NJ April 17th, 2009 at 3:06 pm

    There seems to be somebody posting under my name. Why? I don’t know.

    The 3:01 post is not me, and neither was the earlier ones.

    Goodbye Lohud. Enjoy the season. Go Yankees.

  654. Brandon "I'll see you underneath the Oneil banner !" April 17th, 2009 at 3:06 pm

    ‘jeters been taken hold of by kevin long. kevin long and dave eiland are pigs, nothing more’

    Joe Francisco ? aren’t you suppose to be under the Oneil banner ?

  655. Joe Mama April 17th, 2009 at 3:06 pm

    Ransom is just a black hole right now he made one good play yesterday but then made a poor throw to give the indians extra outs. Maybe it’s time to give Pena a few days to play

  656. SJ44 April 17th, 2009 at 3:08 pm

    Nice to see Phil Coke with back to back strong outings.

    Fastball is back up to 94 and he has had good tilt on his slider the past two days.

    It will make Girardi’s life a lot easier as he figures out the bullpen if Coke can continue to pitch like he has the past two days.

  657. m April 17th, 2009 at 3:08 pm

    gameday showed coke @ 92. Yes @ 94.

    Good to see him looking better.

  658. Cant Touch This April 17th, 2009 at 3:08 pm

    We miss you A-rod gwt well soon please because this Offense sucks with runners on, and there is no way you can do worst…Cano should be batting 5th right now he is a better hitter than Posada but Joe is worried about hurting Posadas ego…

  659. jennifer April 17th, 2009 at 3:09 pm

    excuse me tom from nj. All I said is so much for the launching pad and you rip me. I think you need to check your attitude at the door.

  660. derek April 17th, 2009 at 3:09 pm

    Great. We get to listen to Tim McCarver tomorrow.

  661. CB April 17th, 2009 at 3:09 pm

    “Do you feel a need for him to be replaced or do you think he’s been satisfactory?”

    Dave Eiland was the pitching coach last year when Joba out dueled Josh Beckett at Fenway 1-0.

    He was the pitching coach last year both when Andy Pettite started out the season great and when Pettite finished up the season poorly.

    He was the pitching coach when CC was dominant his second start and when CC struggled yesterday.

    It’s not the coach. It just isn’t.

    Joba’s trying to figure things out like all young pitchers do.

    That’s all there is to it. He’s trying to become a pitcher very quickly (perhaps too quickly) and he’s backing off too much from establishing his fastball.

    Easy to say that he needs to correct that but like most things in life you have to learn those sorts of things for yourself. Telling only goes so far.

  662. CaptainsCorner April 17th, 2009 at 3:10 pm

    It looks like this is going to be a long 3 weeks until Arod comes back.

  663. Brandon "I'll see you underneath the Oneil banner !" April 17th, 2009 at 3:10 pm

    the .450 hitter w/ a .480 OBP % comes up w/ no one on.

  664. nettles April 17th, 2009 at 3:10 pm

    Coke is It! Nice job, Phil.

  665. RussW210 April 17th, 2009 at 3:10 pm

    Now we will get 2 quick outs. Load the bases. And strand everyone. Again.

  666. tampayank April 17th, 2009 at 3:11 pm

    Posada also hasn’t called good games behind the plate

  667. Brandon "I'll see you underneath the Oneil banner !" April 17th, 2009 at 3:11 pm

    Manny Cano

  668. jennifer April 17th, 2009 at 3:11 pm

    Sorry tom since that wasn’t you. I should have known better. I think we need to email Pete about getting registration here. The impersonating is out of control and frankly I am sick and tired of it.

  669. Dee April 17th, 2009 at 3:11 pm

    and like i said. posada needs to hit in front of posada.

    the end.

  670. Kevin April 17th, 2009 at 3:11 pm

    Robby Cano!!!!

  671. COL 88 April 17th, 2009 at 3:11 pm

    This team just can’t score without the long ball

    A Tiger can’t change it’s stripes

  672. Cant Touch This April 17th, 2009 at 3:11 pm

    Look at that maybe Cano should be batting 5th like i said!!!

  673. Tex's New Best Friend April 17th, 2009 at 3:11 pm

    I so called that solo homerun

  674. GreenBeret7 April 17th, 2009 at 3:12 pm

    That is a strong guy. He just threw his hans at the ball and flipped it into the 2nd deck.

  675. RussW210 April 17th, 2009 at 3:12 pm

    Cano should bat #4 next game. Please.

  676. JOJO April 17th, 2009 at 3:12 pm

    How many solo hr’s can we hit?!?! Not complaining but Damn. Can we pop one with someone on base?!?!

  677. tampayank April 17th, 2009 at 3:13 pm

    nothing worse than starting a losing streak at your new ballpark, let’s get some runs!!!

  678. Joe Mama April 17th, 2009 at 3:13 pm

    How about they flip Cano and Posada in the lineup

  679. SJ44 April 17th, 2009 at 3:13 pm

    They are going to have to put the balls in the humidator once summer comes! lol

    This place is a launching pad to right center.

    Robbie hit that HR off his front foot and it made the second deck.

    5-4, not over yet bridgejumpers but, your suicide plans are always welcome!

  680. Laura - Plug it in, change the world! April 17th, 2009 at 3:13 pm

    Mark it down. Cano will be in the hunt for the batting title this year.

  681. RussW210 April 17th, 2009 at 3:13 pm

    RANSOM GOT A HIT RANSOM GOT A HIT!!! NO FREAKING WAY!!!!! ALERT THE PRESS!!

  682. CaptainsCorner April 17th, 2009 at 3:13 pm

    This pitcher must really stink. If the pitcher, I mean Ransom can get a hit…

  683. Brandon "I'll see you underneath the Oneil banner !" April 17th, 2009 at 3:14 pm

    this offseason they are going to push that RF fence a bit back or put a high wall. Although Robi’s HR was a no doubter anywhere.

  684. Rishi April 17th, 2009 at 3:14 pm

    hey – did Ransom just get a hit??? That’s newsworthy!

  685. Rgr April 17th, 2009 at 3:14 pm

    So Yankee stadium averages a home run every other inning?

  686. Joe Mama April 17th, 2009 at 3:14 pm

    I reverse jinxed Ransom

  687. derek April 17th, 2009 at 3:14 pm

    Exactly, Cano, if his head is on straight, is a better option hitting in front of Posada.

    Is it just me or is Posada kind of an A$$hole. Every time they talk about him it is some nonsense about how he’s annoyed with this or that, or he’s just generally being a crotchety F**k.

  688. Floyd April 17th, 2009 at 3:15 pm

    Just a couple more solo HRs and then we can hand the ball to Veras!!!

  689. JOJO April 17th, 2009 at 3:15 pm

    if the yanks win the world series they won’t touch the walls. they’ll be just fine.

  690. derek April 17th, 2009 at 3:15 pm

    Is it possible for Jeter to GIDP with 2 outs and a man on 2nd?

    I think so…

  691. nettles April 17th, 2009 at 3:16 pm

    Jeet’s gonna tie this game up right now! Come on, Cap’n!

  692. CaptainsCorner April 17th, 2009 at 3:16 pm

    If you get the ball up in the air to right it is out. In the summertime it is going to be really bad. That stinks that the Yanks now have a launching pad.

  693. m April 17th, 2009 at 3:16 pm

    Almost had it. C’mon Jeter. We’re counting on you. Again.

  694. vtred April 17th, 2009 at 3:16 pm

    Awesome, we’ve developed our own Coors Field

  695. Brandon "I'll see you underneath the Oneil banner !" April 17th, 2009 at 3:17 pm

    Cano has immense power, even off his front foot, my friend watched him in La Capital and the guy srsly he’s strong, it’s all his head and the new approach.

  696. Betsy April 17th, 2009 at 3:17 pm

    Another crappy day for the offense. This is exactly what I was worried about in ST, except it’s worse than I thought. This team has a hard time scoring except via the HR -and it will cost them. I understand that Ransom himself has left a small army on the bases, but he’s not the only one. Jorge (despite the HR yesterday) was terrible with RISP……and he’s just one example. They simply can not execute – and I would expect this to remain an issue. It’s nice that they have good starting pitching, but asking AJ, CC, etc…..to go out and pitch 1 or 2 run ball for 8 innings, night after night, with no wiggle room, is placing a great burden on them.

  697. derek April 17th, 2009 at 3:17 pm

    lol @ Floyd’s comment. Well played, sir.

  698. RussW210 April 17th, 2009 at 3:17 pm

    Cleveland is smart. Instead of walking guys they give up the solo homer.

    The Yankees walk the bases till they are blue in the face.

  699. tampayank April 17th, 2009 at 3:18 pm

    Gammons said the Sox are looking into acquiring either Matt Holliday or Miguel Cabrera

  700. Brandon "I'll see you underneath the Oneil banner !" April 17th, 2009 at 3:18 pm

    Fatcessa: ‘They took his swagga away when they put him in the rotation !’ ‘I’ve seen this before !’

  701. Cant Touch This April 17th, 2009 at 3:18 pm

    So how many men have we left on today?

  702. SJ44 April 17th, 2009 at 3:19 pm

    How has Posada not called a good game? Because Joba couldn’t throw his fastball over the plate for strikes to get ahead of hitters? That’s now the catchers fault?

    If a starting pitcher has no fastball command, all a catcher can do is try and work around it. Against a good hitting team, which Cleveland is, that’s just about impossible.

    You can’t call breaking pitches all the time. If you do, and the starter is constantly in 2-0 counts, he gets hammered. Regardless of how hard he throws.

    Really, get a grip.

    Joba is not why Joba didn’t pitch well today. Not Girardi, Posada, Eiland or the man in the moon.

    Once you figure that out, you will have a better understanding of the game.

  703. CaptainsCorner April 17th, 2009 at 3:19 pm

    Please tell me that Marte will not be putting on a glove today…

  704. Brandon "I'll see you underneath the Oneil banner !" April 17th, 2009 at 3:19 pm

    ‘Gammons said the Sox are looking into acquiring either Matt Holliday or Miguel Cabrera’

    Good luck ripping them off, Billy Beane and Detroit’s GM ?

  705. Rishi April 17th, 2009 at 3:19 pm

    Cant Touch This
    April 17th, 2009 at 3:18 pm
    So how many men have we left on today?
    _____

    5 – Posada has 5 LOB, too

  706. Joe Mama April 17th, 2009 at 3:20 pm

    There is no way the Yankees win this game today

    My work here is done

  707. RussW210 April 17th, 2009 at 3:20 pm

    I wonder if the gameday guy is getting blisters from pressing the “in play out(s)” button.

  708. jennifer April 17th, 2009 at 3:21 pm

    Even though I think it is obvious the 3:16 comment was not mine.

  709. Cant Touch This April 17th, 2009 at 3:21 pm

    The yankees are allergic to back to back hits…

  710. Brandon "I'll see you underneath the Oneil banner !" April 17th, 2009 at 3:21 pm

    14 in the last 2 days by Georgy so far. :(

  711. Tex's New Best Friend April 17th, 2009 at 3:21 pm

    wow…. just wow.

  712. panayioti April 17th, 2009 at 3:21 pm

    Man o man…. this team. More frustrating than dealing with teenagers.

  713. Betsy April 17th, 2009 at 3:21 pm

    If this stadium really is a launching pad, then that’s too bad. I guess it’s not something you ever know until you build it, but the old YS was neutral and I loved it. I can’t stand bandboxes…..it’s still too early to say for sure, but I’m crossing my fingers that YS doesn’t turn out that way – not exactly good for our pitchers.

  714. RussW210 April 17th, 2009 at 3:21 pm

    “There is no way the Yankees win this game today

    My work here is done”

    I agree. You just know when its over. Like when Jeter swings at a 3-0 pitch and pops to right. Or Veras walks the first guy on 4 pitches in a tie game. Or Jeter strikes out with a man on 2nd.

  715. Brandon "I'll see you underneath the Oneil banner !" April 17th, 2009 at 3:22 pm

    Fatcessa: ‘They took his swagga away when they put him in the rotation !’ ‘I’ve seen this before !’

    ‘He was a KNOCKOUT, now they are teaching him how to dance !’

    :lol:

  716. sam the greawoodt Weinman) April 17th, 2009 at 3:22 pm

    im not sure why you banned my other ip pete and deleted my posts. did i do something wrong???????

  717. SJ44 April 17th, 2009 at 3:22 pm

    Oh, if Gammons said it, it must be true.

    Mind you, the A’s and Tigers have no intention of trading either player but hey, if Pete says so, it must be true.

  718. GreenBeret7 April 17th, 2009 at 3:23 pm

    Boston’s not shipping off two young pitchers that they can’t afford to give up and Anderson plus for a bat.

  719. Matt April 17th, 2009 at 3:23 pm

    The real fear with the new YS being a launching pad is that it’s all the other teams doing the launching. We lose our homefield advantage because our lineup is not a powerful one at this moment, so we are always going to be giving up more runs than we can score because other teams are hammering the ball.

  720. Brandon "I'll see you underneath the Oneil banner !" April 17th, 2009 at 3:23 pm

    ‘im not sure why you banned my other ip pete and deleted my posts. did i do something wrong???????’

    You wrote in caps :lol:

  721. JOJO April 17th, 2009 at 3:23 pm

    we’ll get some more runs but can the bullpen keep it close?

  722. Hank April 17th, 2009 at 3:23 pm

    Losing 2 in a row to the 2-7 Indians, with Wang going tomorrow

    Great Job, Yankees. What an effort. Pitchers don’t throw strikes, offense can’t hit with men on base

    You can spend all the money in the world, but you can’t buy guts.

  723. sam the greawoodt Weinman) April 17th, 2009 at 3:23 pm

    Everything SOx and Patriots Network ESPN gets what they ask for every time, they question our bullpen and pitching staff and this is waht we do.

  724. stuart April 17th, 2009 at 3:24 pm

    what is the yanks BA with RISP??I know small smaple size but it must be terrible…

    4 solo crap jacks…..

  725. Kevin April 17th, 2009 at 3:24 pm

    Who’s coming into pitch? I missed what Michael Kay said.

  726. sam the greawoodt Weinman) April 17th, 2009 at 3:24 pm

    i stopped writing in caps Brandon, he banned my first ip address for that.

  727. Brandon "I'll see you underneath the Oneil banner !" April 17th, 2009 at 3:24 pm

    ‘The real fear with the new YS being a launching pad is that it’s all the other teams doing the launching.’

    You do realize we have the better pitchers right ?

  728. SJ44 April 17th, 2009 at 3:24 pm

    That’s solid work by Coke. Leadoff hit this inning or not, that’s two straight solid outings for him and 3 of his last 4.

    Building blocks people. That’s what you look for with the team.

    Coke getting back on the beam is good news.

  729. Cant Touch This April 17th, 2009 at 3:25 pm

    I don’t care what Boston does I want the yankees to score runs and stop killing rallies

  730. Brandon "I'll see you underneath the Oneil banner !" April 17th, 2009 at 3:25 pm

    ‘i stopped writing in caps Brandon, he banned my first ip address for that.’

    Joey why weren’t you under the Oneil banner ? :lol:

  731. RussW210 April 17th, 2009 at 3:25 pm

    95% change the Indians score here. If Yanks had man on first nobody out it would be 5% chance.

  732. ALB3 April 17th, 2009 at 3:25 pm

    Tex will hit a three run home run to win this thing. You just have to be patient.

  733. JOJO April 17th, 2009 at 3:26 pm

    ‘Gammons said the Sox are looking into acquiring either Matt Holliday or Miguel Cabrera’.

    Boston starting to panic. They don’t have much faith in David Ortiz (he’s no longer Big Papi) and the rest of that line-up.

  734. James 3D April 17th, 2009 at 3:26 pm

    With Wang going tomorrow, Burnett will be in charge of stopping a 3 game losing streak and getting swept at home by the Indians, against Pavano

    And he’ll likely have no bullpen help either (or offensive help for that matter).

    Eerily similar to last year where Mussina was the only guy we could rely on and he had to stop losing streaks. Atleast we have Andy to accompany him though.

  735. RussW210 April 17th, 2009 at 3:26 pm

    bet you derose walks or gets a hit because we are so worried about the guy on first.

  736. Tom in N.J. April 17th, 2009 at 3:27 pm

    Just who would the Sox give up for Miguel Cabrera? I remember SJ write once that the Tigers had money problems but, why would they trade him?

  737. JOJO April 17th, 2009 at 3:27 pm

    So true RussW210. The Yanks offense, or lack there of, defies logic.

  738. RussW210 April 17th, 2009 at 3:27 pm

    Here we go with the missed location because OH MY GOD THERE IS A GUY ON FIRST LETS FREAK OUT!

  739. sam the greawoodt Weinman) April 17th, 2009 at 3:27 pm

    couldnt put it better myself russ

  740. CaptainsCorner April 17th, 2009 at 3:27 pm

    You know Girardi doesn’t trust his bullpen when Alba is pitching in the 7th inning. This is gonna be bad…

  741. Ed - Swisher is awesome!! April 17th, 2009 at 3:27 pm

    “Joey why weren’t you under the Oneil banner ?”

    burn. :lol:

  742. Steve B April 17th, 2009 at 3:28 pm

    “Losing 2 in a row to the 2-7 Indians, with Wang going tomorrow”

    Think we get a little to wrapped up in the 2-7 thing. The Tribe is a pretty good team. They are no more a .222 team than the Red Sox are a .333 team or the Yankees are a .500 team or the Marlins are an .889 team.

    It’s early. Tribe had a bad week. They are not a bad team.

  743. Kevin April 17th, 2009 at 3:28 pm

    Why in God’s name is Marte warming up after what he did yesterday?!?

  744. panayioti April 17th, 2009 at 3:28 pm

    Nice. Marte is warming up. Why not just make it easier and bring in Veras!

  745. RussW210 April 17th, 2009 at 3:28 pm

    DP!

  746. sam the greawoodt Weinman) April 17th, 2009 at 3:28 pm

    theyll give up nothing for cabrerea just like they did for schilling and others. theyve got peter gammons to drive up the price of their loser prospects.

  747. Cant Touch This April 17th, 2009 at 3:28 pm

    Guys Marte is warming up. Lets all pray that he doesn’t see that mound!

  748. SJ44 April 17th, 2009 at 3:29 pm

    Hank,

    Let me ask you, how were their “guts” the last two games in Tampa after getting blown out in the first game?

    Or, is that so far in the recesses of your memory you can’t recall it.

    You aren’t smart enough to know or question the “guts” of this team. Especially on April 17.

    Get back to us when you learn more about the game instead of embarrassing yourself with nonsensical posts.

  749. Brandon "I'll see you underneath the Oneil banner !" April 17th, 2009 at 3:30 pm

    Joey btw Dr.Cox asked if you could meet him there tomorrow.

  750. Andrew April 17th, 2009 at 3:30 pm

    Excellent work by Alby there. Try to get Marte back up on the horse and have him face Hafner and Choo in the 8th. Like the way Joe is working the ‘pen so far today.

  751. 86w183 April 17th, 2009 at 3:30 pm

    Hey you doom and gloomers… we’re gonna win this game!

  752. Jacob X April 17th, 2009 at 3:30 pm

    Wang could throw 7 innings of 2 run ball and we’ll still probably lose.

    We can’t even get clutch hits off Anthony Reyes. You really think we’re going to touch Carmona? Especially when 1\2 the lineup is slumping or ailing.

  753. RussW210 April 17th, 2009 at 3:30 pm

    Good boy Alby.

  754. RussW210 April 17th, 2009 at 3:30 pm

    “Hey you doom and gloomers… we’re gonna win this game!”

    Easier said than done lol

  755. Jack Knight April 17th, 2009 at 3:31 pm

    aaaaaaand kate smith….

  756. CaptainsCorner April 17th, 2009 at 3:31 pm

    Maybe Girardi will bring in Marte just to get the crowd noise going?! Make sure the fans are still there…Now being serious Girardi please do not bring that disaster in.

  757. panayioti April 17th, 2009 at 3:31 pm

    As YES pans the crowd, the crowd is as interested in this game as the Yankee players. That is funny.

    I don’t know what is worse, a disinterested crowd, a disinterested team or both. How could you not be excited to play every day AND for the Yankees?

  758. nettles April 17th, 2009 at 3:31 pm

    Way to get out of the inning, Jon Alphabet!

  759. Brandon "I'll see you underneath the Oneil banner !" April 17th, 2009 at 3:31 pm

    The only thing I ask for is please, please let Robi’s next AB be w/ be w/ RISP.

  760. SJ44 April 17th, 2009 at 3:31 pm

    Detroit has no intentions of trading Granderson or Cabrera.

    That’s just Ol’ Pete givin’ the Fenway faithful something to talk about other than their poor start so far.

  761. Andrea April 17th, 2009 at 3:31 pm

    Ok, I’m not one of those who is ant-God Bless America at Yankee Stadium (if you listen right now you can hear everyone singing along fairly loudly), but I am kind of anti-Kate Smith. They need a new rendition of the song.

  762. m April 17th, 2009 at 3:31 pm

    Arrest that ump for playing with his gum during GBA!

  763. CB April 17th, 2009 at 3:32 pm

    Coke did a very nice job. He’s going to be a real plus for the pen. Very difficult to find a lefty pitcher with his repertoire.

    His slider makes him very effective against LH batters. His two seam fastball keeps RH hitters honest.

    He’s going to be a big help this year. Very good stuff, left handed and has good command.

  764. Brandon "I'll see you underneath the Oneil banner !" April 17th, 2009 at 3:32 pm

    sorry double post in same post.

  765. Floyd April 17th, 2009 at 3:32 pm

    If we get a lead, Joe will bring in Veras. Don’t Worry. He is just saving him until we get a lead.

  766. randy l. April 17th, 2009 at 3:32 pm

    “It’s not the coach. It just isn’t.”

    cb-

    it didn’t cross my mind today that it’s the pitching coach’s fault with joba, but playing devil’s advocate, how do we know eiland is a good pitching coach? pettitte, sabathia, burnett, and wang were ready made before eiland ever saw them.

    eiland was thought to be good and was promoted because of his influence on young pitchers like hughes and kennedy in addition to joba. hughes and kennedy obviously din’t work out for the time being, so what is it that is eiland”s claim to fame?

    objectively speaking, what has he done so far that makes him a good pitching coach? what separates him from a bad or mediocre one?

    i think the question of how good he is needs to be left open. he really needs to get some results. i don’t think it’s unfair at all to question eiland’s competence. it is a results based business.he does have to bring on some young pitchers. so far the early returns are mixed.

  767. Tom in N.J. April 17th, 2009 at 3:32 pm

    Thanks, SJ.

  768. SJ44 April 17th, 2009 at 3:33 pm

    I’m at the game. The crowd has been good today. Louder than yesterday and into the game.

    Crowd noise is not a problem here. At least not today.

  769. m April 17th, 2009 at 3:33 pm

    Still talking about the offense? We’ve scored 4 or more in 10 out of the first 11 games.

    Pitchers need to stop walking people and giving up runs.

  770. Cant Touch This April 17th, 2009 at 3:33 pm

    Andrew: Are you sure you Marte in there with this close of a game. I say wait till the Yankees are winning by 5 or losing by 5 to put him in a game to see if he can work things out. Marte has no business in this game he has not earned it!

  771. Brandon "I'll see you underneath the Oneil banner !" April 17th, 2009 at 3:33 pm

    Carlos Zambrano getting lit up, that must mean the Cubs won’t make the playoffs, maybe he should be in the BP too.

  772. DT April 17th, 2009 at 3:33 pm

    The Yankees will tie this game up. Joba is the king of no-decisions. He won’t get the loss.

  773. Doreen - You can tell it's me by all the smileys April 17th, 2009 at 3:34 pm

    Nice inning by Alby.

    I gotta say – the Kate Smith version is really not bad. I know you get tired of things just because of repetition, but it’s quick, it’s upbeat and it’s as straight a version as you’re gonna get. :)

  774. Doreen - You can tell it's me by all the smileys April 17th, 2009 at 3:34 pm

    Nice inning by Alby.

    I gotta say – the Kate Smith version is really not bad. I know you get tired of things just because of repetition, but it’s quick, it’s upbeat and it’s as straight a version as you’re gonna get. :)

  775. Joe April 17th, 2009 at 3:34 pm

    If someone was willing to take all of Cabrera’s $144 million dollar contract, they would ship him in a heartbeat.

    They could get back a nice prospect like Delcarmen or Chris Carter

  776. nettles April 17th, 2009 at 3:35 pm

    Cub’s pitching coach must suck too, following the “logic” of some posters.

  777. Pel April 17th, 2009 at 3:35 pm

    http://i40.tinypic.com/2vvqngi.png

    joba:
    93 pitches
    36 in the zone
    57 not in the zone

  778. Cant Touch This April 17th, 2009 at 3:36 pm

    M:If you have watched the Yankee offense you should know that the are hitting horrible with runners on, Its not just about how many runs you score but when you score the runs

  779. Matt April 17th, 2009 at 3:36 pm

    Look at what Damon just did leading off that inning. That is why he should be hitting first and Jeter second.

  780. m April 17th, 2009 at 3:36 pm

    Nice at-bat by Johnny there.

  781. miggs April 17th, 2009 at 3:37 pm

    “Another crappy day for the offense. This is exactly what I was worried about in ST, except it’s worse than I thought.”

    More gibberish from the queen of nonsense. Yeah, 4 runs in 6 innings is a crappy day for the offense. That’s 6 runs per 9 innings.

    You just love to hear yourself whine and complain. I swear somehow, some way you must be getting paid by the word. That’s the only logical explanation for posting the crap you post.

    If the Yankees averaged that number of runs for the year, they’d be the highest scoring team in MLB.

  782. Don Vito A. Bellamo April 17th, 2009 at 3:37 pm

    ump s*cks….3 pitches ALL in the same place ….one a strike,,,2 are balls….IDIOT !

  783. Joe D April 17th, 2009 at 3:37 pm

    Is it my imagination but does the stadium not sound as loud? Taking into account that the play is uninspired, it still sounds more subdued.

  784. Brandon "I'll see you underneath the Oneil banner !" April 17th, 2009 at 3:37 pm

    How the hell did ?

  785. m April 17th, 2009 at 3:37 pm

    OMG!!!!!

  786. Pel April 17th, 2009 at 3:37 pm

    YANKEES BAILED OUT ON A THROWING ERROR!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!1111111

  787. Ed - Swisher is awesome!! April 17th, 2009 at 3:37 pm

    the Yanks are making some noise!!!!!!

  788. ALB3 April 17th, 2009 at 3:37 pm

    I will take it any way that we can get it.

  789. Dee April 17th, 2009 at 3:37 pm

    ill take it. if that’s how we have to score runs haha. let’s score some more now!

  790. Carl April 17th, 2009 at 3:37 pm

    Damon was gone

  791. pat April 17th, 2009 at 3:37 pm

    Damon’s arm may not work but his legs still do. Big send by Rob Thomson.

  792. miggs April 17th, 2009 at 3:37 pm

    oh wait, they just scored their 5th run in 6+ innings.

    Yeah the offense sucks. Give me a tissue. I’m going to whine all game!

  793. Don Vito A. Bellamo April 17th, 2009 at 3:37 pm

    Yankees are going to win this game, though.

  794. Kevin April 17th, 2009 at 3:37 pm

    The Yankees got a break there.

  795. GreenBeret7 April 17th, 2009 at 3:37 pm

    Heads up running by Damon. Loving breaks that go the Yankees’ way.

  796. derek April 17th, 2009 at 3:38 pm

    Thats how these yankees roll! An error by a crappy team on a weakly hit ground ball by a superstar in a clutch at-bat.

    NICE.

  797. Doreen - You can tell it's me by all the smileys April 17th, 2009 at 3:38 pm

    WoW! Go, Johnny, Go! :lol:

  798. m April 17th, 2009 at 3:38 pm

    Look! They’re bringing the cleaners to mop up the yogurt!

  799. Don Vito A. Bellamo April 17th, 2009 at 3:38 pm

    told ya

  800. Tom in N.J. April 17th, 2009 at 3:38 pm

    Better to be lucky,,,

  801. Brandon "I'll see you underneath the Oneil banner !" April 17th, 2009 at 3:38 pm

    Lets go Mr. Full count

  802. Lori April 17th, 2009 at 3:38 pm

    Whatever it takes baby. It’s a whole new ballgame! Now if we can only get one of those rockets – I think Swish is due, no?

  803. CaptainsCorner April 17th, 2009 at 3:38 pm

    Good thing Damon has good speed. Scoring from 1st on that…Now they will probably pitch around Swish so Posada can make another out.

  804. Andrea April 17th, 2009 at 3:38 pm

    Doreen, it is quick, but having to hear it at least 15 times a season in person, it becomes a bit cartoonish. Just that whole beginning thing and her weird vibrato at the beginning. It might just be me, though. But I have a hard time not laughing.

  805. S.A.--Let's get ready to rumble! April 17th, 2009 at 3:38 pm

    Nice!

  806. Cant Touch This April 17th, 2009 at 3:38 pm

    Ill take it anyway i can!

  807. Sean Serritella April 17th, 2009 at 3:39 pm

    Nick Swisher looks just like Don Mattingly.

  808. DT April 17th, 2009 at 3:39 pm

    Attention Mr. Bruney. You are wanted in the 8th inning, ASAP.

  809. m April 17th, 2009 at 3:39 pm

    lol. Rob Thompson, not trusting the guys to get it done with 2nd & 3rd, zero outs.

  810. CaptainsCorner April 17th, 2009 at 3:39 pm

    What is Swish doing? Bunting…

  811. Tex's New Best Friend April 17th, 2009 at 3:40 pm

    Get Bruney up!!!!!

  812. E-gawa April 17th, 2009 at 3:40 pm

    So I missed some of the game and am looking at what happened on foxsports.. under player news it has this:

    Roy Halladay (CLE)

    News: Roy Halladay was great against the Twins on Thursday, improving to 3-0 after surrendering just one run off eight hits and zero walks while striking out eight in seven innings.

    And

    Francisco Liriano (NYY)

    News: While it didn’t stop him from falling to 0-3 through three starts season, Francisco Liriano did get back on track against the Blue Jays on Thursday, giving up one earned run (two total) off seven hits and one walk with five strikeouts in six innings.

    Am I missing a mega trade here? lol

  813. Donnie April 17th, 2009 at 3:40 pm

    No quit in this team, I’ll give ‘em that. They may be disappointing with RISP so far this year, but at least they look like they care what happens.

  814. Betsy April 17th, 2009 at 3:40 pm

    Credit to Coke for bouncing back against a good Indians team and good job by Alby……

  815. Matt April 17th, 2009 at 3:41 pm

    This is the big spot. You gotta move him to third and hit a fly ball, or drive him in any way you can. This is what we’ve struggled to do, but we HAVE TO score these kinds of runs with the lineup a little weakened right now.

    And there you go, Swisher strikes out and doesn’t move him over. This team just can’t do the fundamental stuff.

  816. Brandon "I'll see you underneath the Oneil banner !" April 17th, 2009 at 3:41 pm

    good take, that look a bit ballish

  817. Rishi April 17th, 2009 at 3:42 pm

    uh-what is with this strike zone?

  818. RussW210 April 17th, 2009 at 3:42 pm

    Called out on strikes? OK.

  819. Doreen - You can tell it's me by all the smileys April 17th, 2009 at 3:42 pm

    Andrea -

    It’s definitely a little kitsch-y – a little bit of 40′s Americana in 2009. I think it’s okay to laugh. :)

    They’re going play do anyway.

    Actually, as beautiful a voice as “Dr.” Ronan Tynan has, his version goes on for days……

  820. panayioti April 17th, 2009 at 3:42 pm

    Odds Posada gets an out leaving another on bases

  821. Tex's New Best Friend April 17th, 2009 at 3:42 pm

    posads should have 20 rbis by now with the army he has been leaving on base.

  822. Don Vito A. Bellamo April 17th, 2009 at 3:42 pm

    ump REALLY s*cks !

  823. Cant Touch This April 17th, 2009 at 3:42 pm

    Lets see if Posada leaves another man on..

  824. Andrew April 17th, 2009 at 3:43 pm

    Marte is an important part of the bullpen, to suddenly be mortified of using him this early in the season is a bad decision, IMO. 2 lefties are due up next inning and he is paid his $4 million to get out lefties in big spots so I want him in the game, regardless of how terrible he looked yesterday.

  825. CB April 17th, 2009 at 3:43 pm

    “how do we know eiland is a good pitching coach?”

    Where in post did I ever say Eiland was a good pitching coach.

    Never said it.

    I personally don’t think coaching at the major league level or managing at the major league level has very much impact on the outcomes of games.

    Coaching in football and basketball have infinitely more impact on the game. Baseball is filled with so much random chance and variability that coaching, IMO, becomes enormously over rated.

    So people attribute an inordinate amount of influence to coaching when it’s really player performance that’s the issue.

    Is Eiland a “good” pitching coach? I’m not sure. Hughes and Kennedy were terrible last year. Edwar and Veras were much better than they’d ever been before.

    He’s most likely fine and I don’t believe he has much impact on the game one way or the other.

    The best example of how a pitching becomes perceived in a completely plastic way was Leo Mazzone.

    He was literally a genius in Atlanta. A genius. Discussed as one of the best pitching coaches in history. He goes to Baltimore and suddenly he’s awful and gets fired.

    Joba struggled today because he couldn’t locate his fastball.

    Eiland will work with him. He’ll make recommendations.

    But baseball like any highly technical, mechanics driven sport (e.g. golf…) is much less about instruction than how well one can implement instruction into practice.

  826. RussW210 April 17th, 2009 at 3:43 pm

    They cant walk Posada here because Cano is on fire. I see Posada getting out.

  827. Doreen - You can tell it's me by all the smileys April 17th, 2009 at 3:43 pm

    Oops – they’re going to play “it” anyway. Sorry. :) (When the laptop is actually on my lap I make more mistakes!)

  828. tampayank April 17th, 2009 at 3:43 pm

    sorry for relaying some info from a known journalist, tight bunch in here

  829. saucY April 17th, 2009 at 3:43 pm

    “Tied score, now how many of you fake fans are still talking smack. Get the men off this site, and let the girls Behave Badly. Ransom, nice hit and *buns.*”

    :lol:

  830. Brandon "I'll see you underneath the Oneil banner !" April 17th, 2009 at 3:43 pm

    please walk him then we can PH Miranda for Cody.

  831. Cant Touch This April 17th, 2009 at 3:44 pm

    Yes Cano is up

  832. Brandon "I'll see you underneath the Oneil banner !" April 17th, 2009 at 3:44 pm

    oh nevermind Melky is after Robi.

  833. RussW210 April 17th, 2009 at 3:44 pm

    Cano up. No more solo homers. Produce with men on base please.

  834. PAT M April 17th, 2009 at 3:44 pm

    Cano to deliver right now

  835. Sweet_Lou April 17th, 2009 at 3:45 pm

    time for Cano to get the Yankees first hit with RISP.

  836. Rishi April 17th, 2009 at 3:45 pm

    Please Cano – get a hit here…let’s go – be the hero!!!

  837. Brandon "I'll see you underneath the Oneil banner !" April 17th, 2009 at 3:45 pm

    ‘Yes Cano is up’

    w/ baserunners ! :D

  838. jennifer April 17th, 2009 at 3:45 pm

    Again previous comment not mine.

  839. GreenBeret7 April 17th, 2009 at 3:45 pm

    Cano is on every pitch so far this year.

  840. Gates April 17th, 2009 at 3:45 pm

    I see the Nick Swisher cloud has bursted

    There is a reason why he has bee traded twice in the last 2 years and the Chi Sox gave him away. He is a .240 career hitter and kills rallies.

  841. Andrea April 17th, 2009 at 3:45 pm

    Doreen–I can’t handle Tynan’s version on a regular basis, but for like a world series game, he’s nice to have.

    Kate Smith isn’t bad once in a while. But I do wish they would switch it up.

  842. Brandon "I'll see you underneath the Oneil banner !" April 17th, 2009 at 3:46 pm

    Manny! MAnny! Manny!

    I mean Robi ! Robi ! Robi !

  843. RussW210 April 17th, 2009 at 3:46 pm

    Too bad you cant pinch hit matsui for melky. But why would you want to?

  844. Matt April 17th, 2009 at 3:46 pm

    They’re doing this inning what they used to be good at but not as much lately, and that’s taking pitches and letting the pitcher get himself in trouble. Too often they chase bad pitches and get him off the hook.

  845. Brandon "I'll see you underneath the Oneil banner !" April 17th, 2009 at 3:46 pm

    damn you Grady

  846. Ed - Swisher is awesome!! April 17th, 2009 at 3:47 pm

    c’mon Melky, makes some noise!!!

  847. RussW210 April 17th, 2009 at 3:47 pm

    Inning over. Melky up next.

  848. saucY April 17th, 2009 at 3:47 pm

    sorry jennifer. didn’t seem like you…

  849. Tex's New Best Friend April 17th, 2009 at 3:47 pm

    nope. they can all hit solo homeruns but when people are on base, nada…

  850. Kevin April 17th, 2009 at 3:47 pm

    Come on Melky!!!

  851. Brandon "I'll see you underneath the Oneil banner !" April 17th, 2009 at 3:48 pm

    If you GO I’ll kick your butt myself

  852. Rishi April 17th, 2009 at 3:48 pm

    ok – can melky actually get two hits in one game?

  853. PAT M April 17th, 2009 at 3:48 pm

    Cano is seeing the ball so well..It’s early of course, but he’s on every pitch

  854. Tom in N.J. April 17th, 2009 at 3:48 pm

    Yeah, jennifer, it seems there is some troglodyte homunculus posting under our names. Coward.

    I’m sure now, it will post under mine.

  855. SJ44 April 17th, 2009 at 3:48 pm

    He hit it hard, just at Sizemore. Another good AB for Robbie.

    The problem was Swisher not advancing Tex to third.

    That’s an area of this team that is really, really lacking and has for a long time. Moving runners over with productive outs.

    Cost them a couple of runs so far today. They have to improve in that area.

  856. Cant Touch This April 17th, 2009 at 3:48 pm

    Cano hit that hard! If swish would of gotten Tex to third we might have the lead….small things always come back to hurt..

  857. Matt April 17th, 2009 at 3:48 pm

    Swisher and Posada today:

    0-7 8 LOB

    Wonder why we can’t score runs with guys on base…

    Come back A-Rod!

  858. Andrew April 17th, 2009 at 3:48 pm

    “I see the Nick Swisher cloud has bursted”

    How does that make sense, because he hasn’t launched home runs the last 2 days he is done?!?! He is still having quality at-bats, what his average dipping below .400 means that his days as a productive player are over?! Ridiculous.

  859. Brandon "I'll see you underneath the Oneil banner !" April 17th, 2009 at 3:48 pm

    ‘nope. they can all hit solo homeruns but when people are on base, nada…’

    Giive Robi a break he lined the crap out of that ball.

  860. Doreen - You can tell it's me by all the smileys April 17th, 2009 at 3:49 pm

    What are these people waiting for?????

    You would think none of them grew up with baseball – no one knows they’re supposed to HELP THEIR TEAM by screaming to distract the pitcher????? there’s a smattering, you can tell, of people trying, but where the heck – what the heck. This is annoying It’s too darn quite……!

  861. Dee April 17th, 2009 at 3:49 pm

    base hit…please

  862. Matt April 17th, 2009 at 3:50 pm

    Yankees with RISP today: 0-8

    It’s a miracle they’ve scored five runs today, but they should be blowing Cleveland out.

    This is the stuff that puts a ton of pressure on the pitching staff, and they can’t be perfect every day.

  863. Joe Mama April 17th, 2009 at 3:50 pm

    ‘Gammons said the Sox are looking into acquiring either Matt Holliday or Miguel Cabrera’

    There is no way the Tigers are letting go of Miguel Cabrera, it’s like sox fans wishing for Hanley Ramirez. If detroit holds a fire sale it will be players like Maglio Ordonez going and not Cabrera

  864. Ed - Swisher is awesome!! April 17th, 2009 at 3:50 pm

    at least, Melky is having a good AB too.

  865. Cant Touch This April 17th, 2009 at 3:50 pm

    Good at bat by the Milk man so far

  866. Brandon "I'll see you underneath the Oneil banner !" April 17th, 2009 at 3:51 pm

    How has Nick Swisher’s cloud bursted, what is it that fans watch ? he’s tatooed the few pitches he’s hit today, they clearly are pitching around him, soon won’t have that option.

  867. Brandon "I'll see you underneath the Oneil banner !" April 17th, 2009 at 3:52 pm

    ‘at least, Melky is having a good AB too.’

    Yup I’ll admit that too. Srsly if Melky walks PH Miranda or Matsui here.

  868. Doreen - You can tell it's me by all the smileys April 17th, 2009 at 3:52 pm

    I hate to say it, but Yankee stadium needs the “Let’s Make Noise,” stuff. :( People don’t know. They just mustn’t know. “Shakes head.” :(

  869. DT April 17th, 2009 at 3:52 pm

    I bet Ransom is rooting for Melky more than we are….

  870. CaptainsCorner April 17th, 2009 at 3:52 pm

    So basically they can only score if the pitcher throws the ball away. Are they ever going to score more then 1 run per inning? Pathetic…

  871. Tex's New Best Friend April 17th, 2009 at 3:52 pm

    awesome

  872. Brandon "I'll see you underneath the Oneil banner !" April 17th, 2009 at 3:52 pm

    forget that, but tie game we’ll take it.

  873. joeman April 17th, 2009 at 3:53 pm

    these guys just can’t hit

  874. sam the greawoodt Weinman) April 17th, 2009 at 3:53 pm

    good AB by melky regardless of result, if we could get more ab’s like that out of him, he could be valuable.

  875. Kevin April 17th, 2009 at 3:53 pm

    More runners left stranded on base. Why do we have to leave a village on base every single game? It gets frustrating after awhile.

  876. Cant Touch This April 17th, 2009 at 3:53 pm

    A man on second and no outs and we don’t score again! This is Pathetic!

  877. Matt April 17th, 2009 at 3:53 pm

    It’s not that teams like Tampa are “better” than us per say, it’s that they maximize their opportunities every time they’re at the plate. If we maximized our opportunities at the plate to the degree those teams do, we’d score 10 runs every game. We really need to get these kinds of runs home. There’s no excuse.

  878. RussW210 April 17th, 2009 at 3:53 pm

    Melky out. 12 men LOB so far. This is going to be about 30 LOB in 2 games.

  879. DT April 17th, 2009 at 3:54 pm

    and Joba is off the hook, of course.

    seriously, he more no decisions than anyone I can remember.

  880. Dee April 17th, 2009 at 3:54 pm

    it’s just so hard to watch

  881. Matt April 17th, 2009 at 3:54 pm

    in all my years of watching games, i’ve never seen:

    a)crowds this lifeless

    b)so many empty seats all over the stadium, the bleachers excluded.

    oh, and the team can’t hit with RISP. that also.

  882. RussW210 April 17th, 2009 at 3:54 pm

    Lets put Veras or Marte in and call it a day.

  883. Matt April 17th, 2009 at 3:54 pm

    Well, this is what I’ve been saying for days. Every inning they score 1 or 2. They never have the big inning and blow it open. That inning had “big inning” written ALL OVER IT, and they couldn’t score even that 2nd run at 2nd with no outs.

  884. SJ44 April 17th, 2009 at 3:54 pm

    Yup, that Nick Swisher has had a “bad” game Gates. It must mean his “bubble has burst” because he didn’t get 3 hits today.

    Forgetting of course he’s carried this offense so far this year, how DARE HE not get hits today!

    Good God, what has become of the education system in this country to produce this many dumb people?

  885. Cant Touch This April 17th, 2009 at 3:54 pm

    So how about this offense m

  886. DT April 17th, 2009 at 3:54 pm

    seriously, he *has* more no decisions than anyone I can remember.

  887. gerogies April 17th, 2009 at 3:55 pm

    good AB by melky, regardless of result

  888. Joe Mama April 17th, 2009 at 3:55 pm

    Let’s see what Bruney has today with a game on the line

  889. ALB3 April 17th, 2009 at 3:55 pm

    This team is frustrating to watch the the moment, but we’re still winning games and we’re off to a decent start. Everyone seems to forget the fact that every year, the Yankees have a bad start. And every year, we come back and make the playoffs (except one).

    We won 89 games that year. It may only take 92-93 to make the playoffs this year and this team is going to win more than that. Just be patient and let players find their grooves. A-Rod will be back and our offense will be unstoppable. I’m content that in a lineup missing Arod, we’re scoring 5+ runs almost every game.

  890. Andrew April 17th, 2009 at 3:55 pm

    You wonder how quick the panic will take over if Bruney struggles today. I’m guessing some genius will be making the “Mets ’08″ bullpen comparisons if he gives up a run.

  891. m April 17th, 2009 at 3:55 pm

    LOB is like love. It’s better to love and lost, than to never have loved at all.

    At least they’re getting on base.

  892. CaptainsCorner April 17th, 2009 at 3:55 pm

    Please tell me that Arod is taking batting practice again today….

  893. Matt April 17th, 2009 at 3:56 pm

    Look at how many empty seats there are behind home plate. Just wow.

  894. Carl April 17th, 2009 at 3:56 pm

    omg hes nasty

  895. GreenBeret7 April 17th, 2009 at 3:56 pm

    Matt
    April 17th, 2009 at 3:54 pm
    in all my years of watching games, i’ve never seen:

    a)crowds this lifeless

    b)so many empty seats all over the stadium, the bleachers excluded.

    oh, and the team can’t hit with RISP. that also.

    ————————————————————

    Judging by the idiocy that you’re spewing, I’m guessing that all of your years of watching baeball consists of about 2 years.

  896. Cant Touch This April 17th, 2009 at 3:57 pm

    The yankees have left a country on base the pass two games lol

  897. Scott April 17th, 2009 at 3:58 pm

    I have not heard of a single one of the Indians relievers

    Zach Jackson? Joe Smith? Vin Chulk?

    Shows how little faith Wedge has in our offense that he doesn’ even use Betencourt, Perez, or Jansen Lewis.

    And this crowd is awful. Like a flower show, not a baseball game

  898. Vader April 17th, 2009 at 3:58 pm

    Matt, I was thinking the same thing…so when is there going to be a market correction, because the Yankees can like seeing empty seats.

  899. nettles April 17th, 2009 at 3:58 pm

    Whoo…Bruney is gassing it!

  900. panayioti April 17th, 2009 at 3:58 pm

    You know, 2 years ago people on this blog game many of us, mainly SJ44, crap for being against the Posada signing.

    Looks like the loyalists who were against change made a mistake. His contract and having him as the primary catcher is starting to hurt the Yankees.

  901. RussW210 April 17th, 2009 at 3:58 pm

    Me neither Matt. Especially “c”

  902. PAT M April 17th, 2009 at 3:58 pm

    SJ, It’s tough to post during the game so far this season, crazy stuff getting posted

  903. Carl April 17th, 2009 at 3:59 pm

    Bruney is the man.

  904. m April 17th, 2009 at 3:59 pm

    How quiet is it at the stadium that I can hear individuals?

  905. Joltin' Joe April 17th, 2009 at 3:59 pm

    same problems as last year…we don’t hit in the clutch…melky will get most of the time in RF, he’s our best OF…crowd will continue to suck as this is now a high-priced ballpark a la the playoffs and world series where rich tourists abound

  906. RussW210 April 17th, 2009 at 3:59 pm

    pana – it still doesn’t change the fact that there were no better options.

  907. rconn23 April 17th, 2009 at 3:59 pm

    They have 5 runs so far in the game. This team can hit. Considering injuries to important players, they’ve hit pretty well. Cano killed the ball, he just hit to Sizemore.

    SJ44 hit the nail on the head. The team has got to move runners over with productive outs.

    Is Swisher had done his job, Robbie’s deep fly would have put the Yankees ahead.

  908. Doreen - You can tell it's me by all the smileys April 17th, 2009 at 4:00 pm

    Matt,

    If you watch other teams’ games, it’s the same everywhere. Of course, the Yankees are the most expensive, but all behind the plate seats go for super-premium prices and they don’t get filled. It’s really ridiculous. And that’s the shot that’s on camera all the time.

    Frankly, I don’t think even people who actually have the money want to spend over $2,000 to see one baseball game.

    And if they’re sold, but not used, I think that’s worse!

  909. Brandon "I'll see you underneath the Oneil banner !" April 17th, 2009 at 4:00 pm

    Ughh that’s what I don’t like, they aren’t on the same page yet pitcher to catcher.

  910. AROD fan April 17th, 2009 at 4:00 pm

    I’m really annoyed with the YES guys pushing the stats with RISP when they obviously have no idea what the context or relevance of this stat is. They can say, “yanks just left 2 stranded” because that is an obvious fact, but to go from that obvious fact and say, “yanks still having troubles with RISP” –then you are referring to a statistic and not one particular event the end of one particular inning. If they are going to talk about the Yanks stats with RISP then they need to do a little more research and give us a little more info. But to say that leaving two runners stranded in one inning is indicative of overall problems with RISP without mentioning any other teams or giving any kind of context to the stat really drives me nuts.

  911. Vader April 17th, 2009 at 4:00 pm

    Joe Smith played for the Mets and Vin Chaulk was with the Blue Jays or Rays recently.

  912. Dee April 17th, 2009 at 4:00 pm

    i love these guys who in suits behind home plate. so ridiculous

  913. Joe Mama April 17th, 2009 at 4:01 pm

    I’m guessing the people who bought the 2500 seats are at work

  914. Carl April 17th, 2009 at 4:01 pm

    THE MAN!

  915. Brandon "I'll see you underneath the Oneil banner !" April 17th, 2009 at 4:01 pm

    Damn that was nasty.

  916. Doreen - You can tell it's me by all the smileys April 17th, 2009 at 4:01 pm

    Does anyone think all these day games in a row have been a source of problems? It shouldn’t be, but these guys are night creatures – they’ve been conditioned over the years to work at night. Just wondering.

    Bruney’s doing a fantastic job. :)

  917. Someone Else April 17th, 2009 at 4:01 pm

    Man, CBS.sportsline has one of the balls in that at bat as being DOWN THE MIDDLE.

  918. S.A.--Let's get ready to rumble! April 17th, 2009 at 4:02 pm

    Bruuuuuuuuuuuuney. :)

  919. Matt April 17th, 2009 at 4:02 pm

    im thinking ransom is gonna have something to do with us pulling this one out………

  920. nettles April 17th, 2009 at 4:02 pm

    Atta boy, Brian!!!

  921. m April 17th, 2009 at 4:02 pm

    The pitch must look dead-red to these hitters. Nice job, Bruney.

  922. AROD fan April 17th, 2009 at 4:02 pm

    “Frankly, I don’t think even people who actually have the money want to spend over $2,000 to see one baseball game.”

    I agree. No one gets or keeps money spending 2k on a baseball game, or about 4000% of what they should be paying for any given item.

  923. Dee April 17th, 2009 at 4:02 pm

    let’s hope they pinch miranda for ransom. one can only hope

  924. Joltin' Joe April 17th, 2009 at 4:03 pm

    hey old school, just cause you’re ancient don’t mean others can’t have an opinion…and the crowds do suck and we do leave men on base…

  925. Al from BK April 17th, 2009 at 4:03 pm

    Great job Bruney! Wow look at those empty seats, I know it shouldn’t concern me but that’s embarassing.

  926. SJ44 April 17th, 2009 at 4:03 pm

    The bullpen today: 3 1/3 innings, 0 hits, 0 runs, 0 BB, 3 K’s.

    The bullpen is the reason why they are tied in this game.

    Joba didn’t pitch well and the offense has struggled advancing runners and hitting with RISP.

    Its why losing your mind over the bullpen after a bad game is foolish.

    These guys can pitch. You just can’t overwork them.

    That’s one thing Girardi and Eiland do very well. They space out the outings with the guys in the ‘pen.

  927. AROD fan April 17th, 2009 at 4:03 pm

    people who are in prison and are forced to buy an item at 4000% of the price do so (say a toothbrush or a phone call) but no one who actually has the choice and a brain does.

  928. PAT M April 17th, 2009 at 4:03 pm

    The word is going to get around the league real fast that Brian Bruney is one bad hombre…..

  929. Glenn April 17th, 2009 at 4:04 pm

    Joba can take a page out of Bruney’s book. Pound the strike zone early and often.

  930. Joltin' Joe April 17th, 2009 at 4:04 pm

    hit one out mats

  931. GreenBeret7 April 17th, 2009 at 4:04 pm

    Doreen – You can tell it’s me by all the smileys
    April 17th, 2009 at 4:01 pm
    Does anyone think all these day games in a row have been a source of problems? It shouldn’t be, but these guys are night creatures – they’ve been conditioned over the years to work at night. Just wondering.

    Bruney’s doing a fantastic job.

    ————————————————————

    I wouldn’t think it’s the day games as much as 4 straight home openers and the disruptions in preparation they cause.

  932. Trevor April 17th, 2009 at 4:05 pm

    Those $2500 seats are too expensive for the average fan. So we will see many games where the lower level is empty. Except for games against Boston or something.

  933. CORY April 17th, 2009 at 4:05 pm

    Someone said the Yankees need to be more like the Rays with RISP, because they all take good at bats. Meanwhile the Rays had the lowest Batting Average with RISP in the AL

  934. Cant Touch This April 17th, 2009 at 4:05 pm

    wow it’s like wedge knows the yankees can’t score runs with the revilers he is sending out there lol

  935. Brandon "I'll see you underneath the Oneil banner !" April 17th, 2009 at 4:05 pm

    that’s a long strike ump :?

  936. Pel April 17th, 2009 at 4:05 pm

    >Man, CBS.sportsline has one of the balls in that at bat as being DOWN THE MIDDLE.

    It was a slider.

  937. AROD fan April 17th, 2009 at 4:05 pm

    yes, we leave men on base. that is true. what an intelligent comment you have made about the game! my problem is not discussing stats w RISP, it is doing so in complete ignorance of the meaning or use of the stat.

  938. Brandon "I'll see you underneath the Oneil banner !" April 17th, 2009 at 4:06 pm

    Matsui isn’t healthy.

  939. Pel April 17th, 2009 at 4:06 pm

    Hideki had no business being out there.

  940. Dee April 17th, 2009 at 4:06 pm

    like i said. miranda for ransom. nope. they go with matsui. jeez

  941. Tex's New Best Friend April 17th, 2009 at 4:06 pm

    glad matsui pinch hit.

  942. Cant Touch This April 17th, 2009 at 4:06 pm

    With the Matsui is hitting we might as well started the inning with one out

  943. Scott April 17th, 2009 at 4:06 pm

    Way too many empty seats. It’s embarassing

  944. panayioti April 17th, 2009 at 4:06 pm

    I like Matsui, but what was the point of pinch hitting him. This is just a roster spot wasted. It is embarrassing for Matsui and for the Yankees. That was a piss poor decision by Girardi. No amount of information supports that decision.

  945. Mike R April 17th, 2009 at 4:06 pm

    Matsui just got that at bat stolen from him by the ump (well according to gameday, that is).

  946. frankiedue April 17th, 2009 at 4:07 pm

    Why not put Matsui on the DL?

  947. Donnie April 17th, 2009 at 4:07 pm

    Matsui is finished. I appreciate that he feels dishonorable calling it a career before his contract is up, and he wants to help the team, and feels like he’s letting us down, and hell, he probably feels worse about his performance that we do. But he looked helpless up there. Sometimes you just have to know when enough is enough.

  948. m April 17th, 2009 at 4:08 pm

    Not to be mean, but why get upset? Matsui was PH for Ransom.

  949. Doreen - You can tell it's me by all the smileys April 17th, 2009 at 4:08 pm

    GB7 -

    Yeah, that too. :)

    That’s waaaaay too many home openers to have to participate in. I figure most teams get 2 – their own and one other. It’s been a choppy week, I guess in that regard.

  950. Brandon "I'll see you underneath the Oneil banner !" April 17th, 2009 at 4:08 pm

    ‘like i said. miranda for ransom. nope. they go with matsui. jeez’

    He used Matsui to see if he can get a hit here and start a rally, Miranda will be saved for the later innings, Brett is in between right now, when he gets balanced he’ll be fine.

  951. Joe Mama April 17th, 2009 at 4:08 pm

    Here is hoping Bruney keeps this up. I’m most interested in seeing how he respond to giving up a few runs. Hopefully this happens sometime at the end of May

  952. Vader April 17th, 2009 at 4:08 pm

    In regards to bullpen management Girardi is night and day compared to Torre.

  953. Tex's New Best Friend April 17th, 2009 at 4:08 pm

    goog to see the guy with a 6 ERA struck out two in a row

  954. Joltin' Joe April 17th, 2009 at 4:08 pm

    there are plenty of empty seats all around the stadium.

  955. Harper M April 17th, 2009 at 4:09 pm

    Matsui is done. Time to cut our losses like the Tigers did with Sheff.

    He is simply a waste of a roster spot.

  956. Dee April 17th, 2009 at 4:09 pm

    honestly, because they called up miranda before the game. what was the point if you’re just going to PH matsui, who you know is not healthy and lost and the plate. no point

  957. DT April 17th, 2009 at 4:09 pm

    “Why not put Matsui on the DL?”

    It’s a tough economy, they are trying to keep his translator employed.

  958. Joe Mama April 17th, 2009 at 4:10 pm

    When Matsui is jacking bombs in 2 months everyone will be back on his wagon

  959. 86w183 April 17th, 2009 at 4:10 pm

    It’s a lot more dishonorable to accept a massive paycheck when you cannot do the job. Then again as we have seen there is no honor when it comes to guaranteed contracts.

    Miranda should have gotten that AB

  960. John_Halfz April 17th, 2009 at 4:10 pm

    Boy, I’m lovin’ Brett Gardner’s approach. Puts his OBP back under .300.

  961. Brandon "I'll see you underneath the Oneil banner !" April 17th, 2009 at 4:10 pm

    ‘April 17th, 2009 at 4:09 pm
    Matsui is done. Time to cut our losses like the Tigers did with Sheff.

    He is simply a waste of a roster spot.’

    My head hurts

    and that might be the game.

  962. Carl April 17th, 2009 at 4:10 pm

    CAPTAIN!

  963. Kevin April 17th, 2009 at 4:10 pm

    El Capitan!!!!

  964. Tom in N.J. April 17th, 2009 at 4:10 pm

    Enter Sandman!

  965. StawthatStirs April 17th, 2009 at 4:10 pm

    Ok.. this ballpark plays small….

  966. Benny ( guess who's in tampa) Blanco April 17th, 2009 at 4:10 pm

    DEREK FOR MAYOR!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  967. Joltin' Joe April 17th, 2009 at 4:10 pm

    there is just no juice in the ballpark…dead, dead crowd…
    JETER…JETER JUICED ONE

  968. Ed - Swisher is awesome!! April 17th, 2009 at 4:10 pm

    Jeter comes through again. got to admit, he was due for one!!

  969. Sweet_Lou April 17th, 2009 at 4:11 pm

    El Capitan !

  970. m April 17th, 2009 at 4:11 pm

    5 solos. Jeter fought off a homerun!

  971. Psyluk April 17th, 2009 at 4:11 pm

    Thank goodness for the captain.

    Where are all the naysayers who wrote him off this season.

  972. derek April 17th, 2009 at 4:11 pm

    Look, a solo HR. At least they should win, but this park is still a potential problem.

  973. Tex's New Best Friend April 17th, 2009 at 4:11 pm

    another solo homerun

  974. Dee April 17th, 2009 at 4:11 pm

    nice!!! but yet another solo homerun. ill take it tho.

  975. Glenn April 17th, 2009 at 4:11 pm

    Time for Mariano to heat up.

  976. liz April 17th, 2009 at 4:11 pm

    who do you think will be going out to pitch the 9th? I have a feeling joe is not going to let bruney out there again just in case he needs him tomorrow.

  977. Doreen - You can tell it's me by all the smileys April 17th, 2009 at 4:11 pm

    Yay, Derek Jeter!

  978. S.A.--Let's get ready to rumble! April 17th, 2009 at 4:11 pm

    Jetes!!!!!!!!!!

  979. panayioti April 17th, 2009 at 4:11 pm

    This is great that Jeter hit a HR but it is a sign of problems to come for this team. They cannot score runs unless they hit the HR. 2008 repeat is slowly creeping in.

  980. David April 17th, 2009 at 4:11 pm

    curtain callll

  981. Pel April 17th, 2009 at 4:11 pm

    THE CAPTAIN!

  982. tampayank April 17th, 2009 at 4:11 pm

    el capitan

  983. derek April 17th, 2009 at 4:11 pm

    Really? A curtain call?

  984. leblanc April 17th, 2009 at 4:11 pm

    I’m not watching cause I cant get Yes (it’s in the most expensive package on DirecTV, enough expenses as is) are there really that many empty seats? Man I am not one to get emotional, but that depresses me. I want to love this new stadium but all I hear are negatives. I am trying to stay positive about it but damn.

  985. Cant Touch This April 17th, 2009 at 4:11 pm

    Well ill take it, 5 homeruns is not the way to win but ill take it..and GOOD GOD the Yankees now have a ban box!

  986. grafxkid April 17th, 2009 at 4:11 pm

    Hey Sterling, that’s: El Capitan de MVP :)
    yeah, Jetes

  987. GreenBeret7 April 17th, 2009 at 4:12 pm

    That swing by Jeter was the same swing he had on the 3-0 pitch. Difference was more air under this one.

  988. Joltin' Joe April 17th, 2009 at 4:12 pm

    still sounds like a tennis crowd, my god, what has happened?…good while it lasted.

  989. Joe Mama April 17th, 2009 at 4:12 pm

    Where are all the people saying Jeter was done?

  990. liz April 17th, 2009 at 4:12 pm

    oopss.. I clicked submit too early.. the answer to my question is now obvious…

  991. Vader April 17th, 2009 at 4:12 pm

    The Bronx Bombers’ new home is like Citizens Bank Park…Wow

  992. John_Halfz April 17th, 2009 at 4:12 pm

    Everyone’s being real good about giving Matsui a chance to find himself. A bunch of upstanding fans you guys are.

  993. DYNASTY IS DESTINY! April 17th, 2009 at 4:12 pm

    Captain Clutch strikes again!

  994. pat April 17th, 2009 at 4:12 pm

    Do they have more HRs than doubles so far this year?

  995. StawthatStirs April 17th, 2009 at 4:12 pm

    And that stadium sucks up the crowd noise..

  996. nettles April 17th, 2009 at 4:13 pm

    Jeets!!!!

  997. Dee April 17th, 2009 at 4:13 pm

    random question: do you think the yankees are bothered that the “fans” are so far away? i mean, the ones up close are all business-men like. i feel like that would bother me as a player. i want my fans up close and in on the action. just a thought.

  998. Doreen - You can tell it's me by all the smileys April 17th, 2009 at 4:13 pm

    I can’t believe people are complaining that they’ve hit 5 solo homeruns. Who cares???

    This is solo homerun day, apparently. :)

  999. tampayank April 17th, 2009 at 4:13 pm

    is there a jet stream in there, same dimensions, you figured it wouldn’t play that different

  1000. John_Halfz April 17th, 2009 at 4:13 pm

    Just remember Jeter’s 1/20 in the context of Matsui’s current struggles. Or don’t. You guys redefine fair-weather in a revolting way.

  1001. Grant April 17th, 2009 at 4:13 pm

    when is jeter gonna stop being the man?

  1002. Joltin' Joe April 17th, 2009 at 4:13 pm

    the stadium crowd is a little like the crowd in here…

  1003. Fire Meachum April 17th, 2009 at 4:13 pm

    Wow…. we have created our own Citizens Bank Park!

  1004. Frank April 17th, 2009 at 4:13 pm

    Is it just me or is the power alley in right field gone? Looking at the dimensions on the CBS game tracker, it looks like its shorter in right center than it used to be. Maybe its just me?

  1005. Carl April 17th, 2009 at 4:14 pm

    we score 5 runs this inning. Mo won’t pitch :(

  1006. DYNASTY IS DESTINY! April 17th, 2009 at 4:14 pm

    5 solo shots today, correct?

    Is that a record for one team in a game?

  1007. Al from BK April 17th, 2009 at 4:14 pm

    The Yanks better rethink 3,000 dollar seats for next year because its obvious those prices wont fly in this economy.

  1008. nettles April 17th, 2009 at 4:14 pm

    Get the Metallica CD out…

  1009. tampayank April 17th, 2009 at 4:15 pm

    wonder if ownership lowers the prices in the middle of the season, w/ their machismo probably not

  1010. m April 17th, 2009 at 4:15 pm

    Carl,

    I’ll take the 5 runs. This is a team sport. :)

    tampa,

    There’s a tunnel according to the booth. The Yankees just didn’t know where the entrance was until this game.

  1011. Andrew April 17th, 2009 at 4:15 pm

    I don’t think it’s a bad idea to DL Matsui if he is struggling this badly with his knees and just let him take his time to rest and try to get healthy. It gives you a chance to look at people within the organization and evaluate if anyone is capable of stepping up and chipping in offensively (a Juan Miranda, John Rodriguez, Shelley Duncan-type). If you get lightning in a bottle from one of those guys great but if not then Cashman will know the priority is going to be findind a bat this summer.

  1012. Vader April 17th, 2009 at 4:16 pm

    liz…the home team’s closer will always pitch the ninth inning of a tie game since the home team can win it in the bottom of the ninth and there will not be a save situation.

  1013. countryclub April 17th, 2009 at 4:16 pm

    who cares about the noise at the stadium. it’s a bunch of bunk that it truly affected anyone. Sure didnt affect an inferior Marlins team in 2003. Or an inferior Red Sox team in 2005. Or an inferior Tigers… You get the idea. Players win and lose.

  1014. DT April 17th, 2009 at 4:16 pm

    “is there a jet stream in there, same dimensions, you figured it wouldn’t play that different”

    the open concourses make a huge difference. they want to make sure you can see the game while you overpay at the concession stands.

  1015. Joltin' Joe April 17th, 2009 at 4:16 pm

    Mo time!

  1016. Vito April 17th, 2009 at 4:16 pm

    is there wind blowing thru the open concourse that is pushing balls to RF out?

  1017. Al from BK April 17th, 2009 at 4:16 pm

    “And that stadium sucks up the crowd noise..”

    No there just aren’t enough real fans there Wall st. fat cats don’t applaud or get rowdy. Its truly ashame the place is a morgue.

  1018. Kevin April 17th, 2009 at 4:16 pm

    Enter Mariano Rivera

  1019. Dee April 17th, 2009 at 4:17 pm

    i really wish today was opening day :(
    oh well

  1020. Tex's New Best Friend April 17th, 2009 at 4:17 pm

    Rivera time.

  1021. Tex's New Best Friend April 17th, 2009 at 4:17 pm

    Rivera time.

  1022. GreenBeret7 April 17th, 2009 at 4:17 pm

    Rivera in with the bottom three in the order. Atvantage – Rivera. Watch out for Francisco, though.

  1023. Someone Else April 17th, 2009 at 4:17 pm

    Anyone else think ARod is absolutely drooling about coming back to Coors Field?

  1024. Joltin' Joe April 17th, 2009 at 4:17 pm

    hey countryclub… iwas at the ws in fla and that place was electric…against the yanks

  1025. frankiedue April 17th, 2009 at 4:18 pm

    Why is everyone calling this stadium a bandbox? The old Yankee Stadium had a short porch in right, correct?

  1026. tampayank April 17th, 2009 at 4:18 pm

    are there open concourses on the upper deck also?

  1027. GreenBeret7 April 17th, 2009 at 4:18 pm

    ***Advantage***

  1028. Vader April 17th, 2009 at 4:18 pm

    I guess I should take it as a compliment to be impersonated…since didn’t make that comment at 4:12.

    Pete you need to really look into this stuff.

  1029. m April 17th, 2009 at 4:18 pm

    It could be the mikes, but I can hear the crowd noise (or lack of) more than the other stadium. The other stadium was like rumbling, and this one is more like the other stadiums where you can hear cheering or heckling.

  1030. Z (sign Manny) April 17th, 2009 at 4:20 pm

    The game is 6-5 in the 8th. The bullpen has been working quick and putting up 0s and the offense has been chipping away and we just took the lead.

    You would think the game was 12-0 in the 8th inning on a random July afternoon against the Royals. They need to do something about the crowd noise, even if they have to artificially manufacture it. It is ridiculous.

  1031. pat April 17th, 2009 at 4:20 pm

    “wonder if ownership lowers the prices in the middle of the season, w/ their machismo probably not”

    They’d have to refund money to everyone who already paid for them so they would probably be ahead of the game monetarily leaving them empty this year. Next year, different story.

  1032. Brandon "I'll see you underneath the Oneil banner !" April 17th, 2009 at 4:21 pm

    ‘Anyone else think ARod is absolutely drooling about coming back to Coors Field?’

    If he isn’t there is something wrong w/him, Ben Francisco hits FB Gardner out runs FB.

  1033. m April 17th, 2009 at 4:21 pm

    Nice call by GB7, but nicer play by Gardner.

  1034. SJ44 April 17th, 2009 at 4:21 pm

    I don’t know if TV did that play justice but, that was a terrific catch by Gardner. He covered a TON of ground on that play!

  1035. Joe Mama April 17th, 2009 at 4:21 pm

    The Yankees should donate all those seats that are empty behind the plate to some charity that could pick out deserving people to go to games and fill those seats up.
    I read somewhere that the Rays were giving away season tickets to some fans that have been hit by hard times.

  1036. G April 17th, 2009 at 4:21 pm

    What’s the deal with the extreme negativity in 85% of the comments on here?? It’s April 17th everyone, yeah there are issues that need to be addressed but it is a long season.

    I leave you with a clip from the newsday…

    When a reporter asked him (Jeter) about how the club had “turned the corner” after its 0-2 start, Jeter responded sarcastically, “Yeah, our season was on the line there after the first two games.”

    That’s one of the many reasons he’s the captain and not any of us, (along with that home run he just hit!!!)

    Finish em off Mo…

  1037. Matt April 17th, 2009 at 4:22 pm

    Mo’s velocity is only 90 mph today and was 88-89 the last game in Tampa. He was hitting 92 mph in KC. Is this just him building arm strength still from shoulder surgery, because it’s kind of weird to see him not hitting those 90′s, and it shows when guys are hitting pitches that hard if he misses his spots.

  1038. m April 17th, 2009 at 4:22 pm

    Double play would be really nice.

  1039. Brandon "I'll see you underneath the Oneil banner !" April 17th, 2009 at 4:22 pm

    Mortal Kombat quote

    “Finish Him !”

  1040. GreenBeret7 April 17th, 2009 at 4:22 pm

    Vader
    April 17th, 2009 at 4:18 pm
    I guess I should take it as a compliment to be impersonated…since didn’t make that comment at 4:12.

    Pete you need to really look into this stuff.

    ————————————————————

    It’s the same two or three jerks posting. Make any guesses as to which site is producing the brain dead posters….my guess is it’s the same one that the co-owner of this site has the running feud with.

  1041. ALB3 April 17th, 2009 at 4:23 pm

    OK guys, first of all these are both day games.

    Wait for a night game. The place will explode.

  1042. Dee April 17th, 2009 at 4:23 pm

    i love molina’s targets

  1043. pat April 17th, 2009 at 4:23 pm

    “Anyone else think ARod is absolutely drooling about coming back to Coors Field?”

    He doesn’t hit as many RF HRs so it might play similiar to the old Stadium for him.

  1044. m April 17th, 2009 at 4:23 pm

    SJ,

    It was impressive on the tv, too.

  1045. countryclub April 17th, 2009 at 4:23 pm

    Joltin Joe – The Yanks lost clinching games in all of those series at home. My point is that the noice from the crowd has almost nothing to do with the team winning and losing. It just gives people like Sherman something to write about.

  1046. GreenBeret7 April 17th, 2009 at 4:24 pm

    m
    April 17th, 2009 at 4:21 pm
    Nice call by GB7, but nicer play by Gardner.

    ————————————————————

    Would like to see Francisco playing for the Yankees.

  1047. Brandon "I'll see you underneath the Oneil banner !" April 17th, 2009 at 4:24 pm

    Mo you bored or something ? :lol:

  1048. Cant Touch This April 17th, 2009 at 4:24 pm

    Come on Mo stop making me sweat

  1049. StawthatStirs April 17th, 2009 at 4:24 pm

    This is not good…

  1050. Joltin' Joe April 17th, 2009 at 4:24 pm

    don’t like the smell of this…

  1051. tampayank April 17th, 2009 at 4:24 pm

    uh oh

  1052. boobie April 17th, 2009 at 4:25 pm

    damons homer (if there is a stream) was helped by it, other than that all of the homers have been legit sweet spot shots

  1053. Tex's New Best Friend April 17th, 2009 at 4:25 pm

    here we go, give the lead back?

  1054. Donnie April 17th, 2009 at 4:25 pm

    Yeah, I’m not liking this much either. Something doesn’t feel right here. Hope I’m wrong.

  1055. Joe Mama April 17th, 2009 at 4:25 pm

    Now Rivera decided to show everyone he is human

  1056. Kevin April 17th, 2009 at 4:25 pm

    Come on Mariano…get this done!

  1057. PAT M April 17th, 2009 at 4:25 pm

    I missed Matsui’s ab, from what I’m reading it wasn’t pretty…..GB or SJ give some insight…

  1058. Brandon "I'll see you underneath the Oneil banner !" April 17th, 2009 at 4:26 pm

    Mo is just bored, watch. :lol:

  1059. Vader April 17th, 2009 at 4:26 pm

    It is what it is I guess…but I do like that site if it means anything.

  1060. Betsy April 17th, 2009 at 4:26 pm

    Did anyone think that the Yanks should have sent Miranda to PH instead of Matsui? I don’t feel strongly either way as the Yankees did say he was available to pinch hit, but with fluid in the knees, I’m not sure he could have been expected to put up a good AB. Wouldn’t it have been better to just send up a completely healthy Miranda?

  1061. ALB3 April 17th, 2009 at 4:26 pm

    I always feel great with Mo on the mound. I think we’re fine.

  1062. Cant Touch This April 17th, 2009 at 4:26 pm

    Mo does this on purpose to make us sweat he is a cruel cruel man lol

  1063. S.A.--Let's get ready to rumble! April 17th, 2009 at 4:26 pm

    Come on Mo!

  1064. Joltin' Joe April 17th, 2009 at 4:26 pm

    with a name like countryclub i can see you like it quiet like tennis or golf…lol

  1065. GreenBeret7 April 17th, 2009 at 4:26 pm

    Rough inning for Rivera. It always seems to be the pesky sand gnats that hurt him.

  1066. Matt April 17th, 2009 at 4:27 pm

    He’s hitting 91 now. A little better, but he needs to get some of that velocity back as the year goes on or guys are going to be sitting on cutters inside and reaching them a bit more easily.

  1067. Brandon "I'll see you underneath the Oneil banner !" April 17th, 2009 at 4:27 pm

    Mo: I want more crowd noise, this not enuff

  1068. SwisherRocks April 17th, 2009 at 4:27 pm

    come on…

  1069. SwisherRocks April 17th, 2009 at 4:27 pm

    come on…

  1070. panayioti April 17th, 2009 at 4:27 pm

    Anyone who thinks that Mariano is not the greatest closer of all time, needs to have their brains examined. 2 pitches his entire career as a closer and wicked effective. Just amazing.

  1071. Joltin' Joe April 17th, 2009 at 4:27 pm

    derosa is clutch

  1072. Matt April 17th, 2009 at 4:27 pm

    BIGGGG strikeout there

  1073. Joltin' Joe April 17th, 2009 at 4:28 pm

    stand up and clap you idiots

  1074. GreenBeret7 April 17th, 2009 at 4:28 pm

    PAT M
    April 17th, 2009 at 4:25 pm
    I missed Matsui’s ab, from what I’m reading it wasn’t pretty…..GB or SJ give some insight…

    ————————————————————

    PAT M, it was all arms…zero movement from the waist down.

  1075. AROD fan April 17th, 2009 at 4:28 pm

    totally possible about the launching pad, but also possible that everyone is trying harder since its the new stadium.

  1076. Kevin April 17th, 2009 at 4:29 pm

    You’ve got to be kidding me…that was a strike!

  1077. Brandon "I'll see you underneath the Oneil banner !" April 17th, 2009 at 4:29 pm

    WTF ?! you call that fool !

  1078. Donnie April 17th, 2009 at 4:29 pm

    Oh, TERRIBLE call. That was strike three. Wow.

  1079. Joltin' Joe April 17th, 2009 at 4:29 pm

    WHERE WAS THAT!!!!

  1080. Carl April 17th, 2009 at 4:29 pm

    B***sh**

  1081. Matt April 17th, 2009 at 4:29 pm

    WOW, that was a TERRIBLE call.

  1082. Ed - Swisher is awesome!! April 17th, 2009 at 4:29 pm

    oh hell no, that was strike 3.

  1083. Lori April 17th, 2009 at 4:29 pm

    Gee – crowd sounds fine to me today (listening to it on gameday audio). :)

  1084. Cant Touch This April 17th, 2009 at 4:29 pm

    That was strike 3! I say Mo paints the outside corner

  1085. Carl April 17th, 2009 at 4:30 pm

    BallGAME!

  1086. Brandon "I'll see you underneath the Oneil banner !" April 17th, 2009 at 4:30 pm

    YOU SHOULD HAVE K’d LAST TIME ! :x

  1087. SwisherRocks April 17th, 2009 at 4:30 pm

    PHEW

  1088. Joltin' Joe April 17th, 2009 at 4:30 pm

    MARIANO! MARIANO!

  1089. Vader April 17th, 2009 at 4:30 pm

    Good come back Cuzzi

  1090. Tex's New Best Friend April 17th, 2009 at 4:30 pm

    Mo….

  1091. Donnie April 17th, 2009 at 4:30 pm

    Whew. Heck of a game, fellas. Big, BIG win there.

  1092. panayioti April 17th, 2009 at 4:31 pm

    Cuzzi sucks behind the plate. That was totally a make up call for the 2 pitches before…. That is disgraceful.

  1093. DYNASTY IS DESTINY! April 17th, 2009 at 4:31 pm

    Yessssssss!!!!!!

  1094. kidjock April 17th, 2009 at 4:31 pm

    that was a strike

  1095. pat April 17th, 2009 at 4:31 pm

    That was a make-up call. :smile:

  1096. nettles April 17th, 2009 at 4:31 pm

    First win in the new Stadium, and the first of many!

  1097. SJ44 April 17th, 2009 at 4:31 pm

    So let’s see….

    The team with “no bullpen”, “no heart”, “no offense”, “no pitching coach”, and whatever else the bridgejumpers think actually come back and win today! Imagine that?

  1098. tampayank April 17th, 2009 at 4:31 pm

    phew

  1099. m April 17th, 2009 at 4:31 pm

    First official win at NYS, and it was a doozy.

    Thanks for playing along, guys!

  1100. ALB3 April 17th, 2009 at 4:31 pm

    The ump made up for it. Thank god.

  1101. sfochild April 17th, 2009 at 4:31 pm

    Cant Touch This you are a wise man

  1102. Joe Mama April 17th, 2009 at 4:31 pm

    Wow that was a good win. Way to pick up Joba today

  1103. DT April 17th, 2009 at 4:31 pm

    The house that MO built.

    Mariano makes it exciting just so we don’t take him for granted. ;-)

  1104. GreenBeret7 April 17th, 2009 at 4:31 pm

    That was no swing and no strike. You can take it to the bank that Cuzzi was fooled on the pitch earlier and it was a make-up.

  1105. rodg12 April 17th, 2009 at 4:32 pm

    “And that is before the weather gets warm.”

    This is a bit of a misnomer. Baseballs will actually fly farther and faster in the cool 65-70 degree days in NY than in the hot and sticky 90 degree days in the summer. Simply put, the less humid, warmer weather keeps the balls harder than the humid hot weather. Witness the humidor in Colorado.

  1106. ALB3 April 17th, 2009 at 4:32 pm

    SJ44, I’m glad that you’re saying all the things we’re all thinking to the pessimistic bridge jumpers.

    Thank you.

  1107. Tom in N.J. April 17th, 2009 at 4:32 pm

    Is the bullpen good again?

  1108. Pauly April 17th, 2009 at 4:32 pm

    I love you Mo and Mo each day

  1109. Joltin' Joe April 17th, 2009 at 4:32 pm

    THAT MAKES UP FOR THE BLOWN CALL…

  1110. Vincent April 17th, 2009 at 4:32 pm

    Jeter for MVP

  1111. m April 17th, 2009 at 4:32 pm

    All three of those pitches were borderline. Maybe one was a real strike.

    But, we’ll take it!

  1112. Carl April 17th, 2009 at 4:33 pm

    Wang tomorrow? Please god let him be good.

  1113. Dee April 17th, 2009 at 4:33 pm

    The team with “no bullpen”, “no heart”, “no offense”, “no pitching coach”, and whatever else the bridgejumpers think actually come back and win today! Imagine that?

    true. but still doesn’t change the fact that they have not been getting it done with RISP. hopefully that will come as the season continues.

  1114. m April 17th, 2009 at 4:33 pm

    BTW, tremendous job by the bullpen today. Lots of zeroes across the board. They’re the ones who salvaged the game.

  1115. Betsy April 17th, 2009 at 4:33 pm

    Whew………good win, great job by the pen.

  1116. Betsy April 17th, 2009 at 4:33 pm

    Whew………good win, great job by the pen.

  1117. Doreen - You can tell it's me by all the smileys April 17th, 2009 at 4:34 pm

    Whew.

    Gotta make a confession – couldn’t watch the bottom of the ninth. :oops:

    Yay Yankees! Yay Mo!

    Sorry I’m such a chicken sometimes. :)

  1118. Cant Touch This April 17th, 2009 at 4:34 pm

    So let’s see….

    The team with “no bullpen”, “no heart”, “no offense”, “no pitching coach”, and whatever else the bridgejumpers think actually come back and win today! Imagine that?
    _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _
    Me personally never said any of that, they won I’m happy but 5 home runs is not how you win in the playoffs and you have to admit they have been horrible with runners on!

  1119. Harper M April 17th, 2009 at 4:34 pm

    I think psychologically… Rivera knew how easy the ball carries in this par now so he tried to be too fine and struggled a little bit.

    All parks are not created the same. You pitch differently in Philly, Texas, or Colorado than you do McAffe Collisium.

  1120. GreenBeret7 April 17th, 2009 at 4:34 pm

    Well, the jerks and trolls will be gone in about 15 minutes. They need a few minutes to sling their snot and cry on each other’s shoulders. They return the next time NYY is behind 1-0, though. Sob away, jerks.

  1121. Laura - It's still early! It's still early! It's still early! There, I feel better. April 17th, 2009 at 4:35 pm

    “The team with “no bullpen”, “no heart”, “no offense”, “no pitching coach”, and whatever else the bridgejumpers think actually come back and win today! Imagine that?”

    I don’t want to sound like a bridge jumper, SJ44, but I think that you will admit that the starters need to go deeper in these games and the hitters have to start producing with RISP. We won today, but we won’t win every time we go 0 for 8 w/ RISP.

  1122. countryclub April 17th, 2009 at 4:35 pm

    It’s a good day. the team is over .500 and they’re ahead of Tampa and Boston. Now they just need a nice 7 game winning streak.

  1123. Andrew April 17th, 2009 at 4:35 pm

    The bullpen is good again for today, but tomorrow if any of them falter you will be having calls for Eiland’s job and demands for DFAs and demotions left and right.

  1124. SJ44 April 17th, 2009 at 4:35 pm

    As far as the fans, all of the seats behind home plate are sold today.

    Its a Friday afternoon game. I don’t think there are 4 Friday afternoon games on the schedule this year. That’s a tough time for a game.

    That said, I’d say the place was 80% full today and it was loud. The crowd was into it much more than yesterday.

    There is nothing wrong with the stadium. I guess if you are somebody who enjoys finding fault in everything Yankee, you are certainly well within your right to complain.

    However, its a beautiful place and I think most who visit will really like it.

    As I said earlier, you judge this place on its own merits and not against the old Stadium because that’s impossible to do.

  1125. DYNASTY IS DESTINY! April 17th, 2009 at 4:35 pm

    Great first win at the new ballpark!

    In ’23 Ruth’s hr helped the Bombers get their first win in the “old” Yankee Stadium…

    In ’09 Jeter’s hr gives the Yanks their first win in the New Yankee Stadium…

    And Mo gets the save…

    Perfect!

  1126. pat m in ct April 17th, 2009 at 4:35 pm

    Is that the 3rd game that Jeter’s delivered the game winner?

  1127. m April 17th, 2009 at 4:35 pm

    post eaten up.

    The story of the game (besides the 5 solos) was the bullpen. They definitely redeemed themselves by salvaging the game.

    Great job.

    The floodgates are open. They got the monkey off their back, and they’ll come “free and easy”.

  1128. Cant Touch This April 17th, 2009 at 4:36 pm

    Tom In New Jersey: Mo,coke,al, and burney are good…Veras and Marte still sucks!

  1129. Joe Mama April 17th, 2009 at 4:36 pm

    So Wang is on tomorrow to get this winning streak started. He better bring his good stuff tomorrow or this pen will be shot

  1130. 86w183 April 17th, 2009 at 4:36 pm

    Told You so! Called it when down… you gotta hangin there folx… but to the thought police out there… all criticism is not pointless, meaningless or inaccurate just because it comes early in the year.

    I said Ransom was a terrible choice even for a month and he’s hitting about what an average eight grader weighs

    Bruney was awesome and Mo was Mo when he had to be.

    Cuzzi had to call that pitch after blowing the 1-2 pitch that should have ended the game.

    Wang tomorrow… 6 1/3, 2 ER, Yanks win 8-4..

  1131. Betsy April 17th, 2009 at 4:37 pm

    No, Dee – you’re right in that regard. They can’t keep leaving that many men on base and expect to win. I don’t love all the HRs, either – it almost seems like they are one dimensional. That said, with their frustrations, this is so far superior a team to last year – starting with the main fact that they fight. The team does have heart and spirit, even if they are lacking in fundamentals at time

  1132. saucY April 17th, 2009 at 4:37 pm

    nice win.

    my DVR at home has yesterdays pregame, yesterdays game, and today’s game. i think i’ll just watch yesterdays pre-game followed by todays game :lol:

  1133. PAT M April 17th, 2009 at 4:37 pm

    Some of our fellow LoHuders must see baseball from their perfect world…..

  1134. GreenBeret7 April 17th, 2009 at 4:37 pm

    Doreen – You can tell it’s me by all the smileys
    April 17th, 2009 at 4:34 pm
    Whew.

    Gotta make a confession – couldn’t watch the bottom of the ninth.

    Yay Yankees! Yay Mo!

    Sorry I’m such a chicken sometimes.

    ————————————————————

    Doreen, everyone (men) knows that women can’t deal with pressure. They always crack.

    Some wise man (and definately not a married guy) said that.

  1135. Vader April 17th, 2009 at 4:38 pm

    “you judge this place on its own merits and not against the old Stadium because that’s impossible to do”…unless you want to do it 86 years from now.

  1136. Joltin' Joe April 17th, 2009 at 4:38 pm

    can’t all be as smug as you…

  1137. Kevin April 17th, 2009 at 4:38 pm

    I am happy the we got the W, but given that there should be cause for concern with a few things such leaving runners on base, the bullpen having to come in the fifth inning, etc. They did just enough things right to win this game, but it should not have been that hard in my opinion.

  1138. C April 17th, 2009 at 4:39 pm

    Wow Burney has more wins than CC,Joba,Wang combined

  1139. JB (Blue Jays Fan) April 17th, 2009 at 4:39 pm

    Hey watched the ballgame today.

    My thoughts as a non-Yankee fan:

    The new stadium is home run scary, especially to right field. Both Jeter and Damon’s home run is a fly out in most parks.

    While it is going to be great watching these home runs for you guys, it will also be frustrating when pop-outs turn into home runs. Any pitcher on the club who gives up a lot of fly balls should be concerned — especially in the bullpen. Our big lefties Travis Snider and Adam Lind are built for that type of ballpark.

    Just my thoughts.

  1140. Brandon "I'll see you underneath the Oneil banner !" April 17th, 2009 at 4:40 pm

    Robi Cano is going to go off on the stadium. He might end up being the MVP of this league.

  1141. Doris from Rego Park April 17th, 2009 at 4:40 pm

    That was a very nice win

  1142. Betsy April 17th, 2009 at 4:40 pm

    Doreen, you too? LOL

  1143. DT April 17th, 2009 at 4:40 pm

    Pete – who is covering the game in your absence?

    Is Sam there today?

  1144. brian April 17th, 2009 at 4:41 pm

    It has a lot to do with the height of the fences in right field i think

  1145. yanksince57-was last year 1959 or was it 1965? April 17th, 2009 at 4:41 pm

    encouraging win, but i really want the blow by blow on the lohud fist fight!

  1146. Vader April 17th, 2009 at 4:42 pm

    It does seem that alot of balls that seem to be harmless fly balls are going out to rightcenter…when will Alex be back???

  1147. Dee April 17th, 2009 at 4:42 pm

    That said, with their frustrations, this is so far superior a team to last year – starting with the main fact that they fight. The team does have heart and spirit, even if they are lacking in fundamentals at time

    oh i agree with you 100% on that. totally. there is a big difference team wise. and they are definitely better. couldnt agree more. just the RISP bothers me. but that will come. hope so lol

  1148. SJ44 April 17th, 2009 at 4:42 pm

    Laura and everybody else……

    Its not college football. How you win does not matter.

    With the present condition of the team, Wang struggling, two straight short starts, Arod out, Tex and Matsui hurting, etc, you take wins any way you can get them.

    All this, “You can’t win like that in October” is a bunch of crap.

    How about this? How about GETTING to October and hope you have that “worry”.

    This team didn’t make the playoffs last year. They are missing their best player. Their best clutch hitter (Matsui) can barely stand up.

    Tex is one day removed from a cortizone shot.

    They opened with a 9 game road trip. That’s the longest in the HISTORY of the franchise.

    They are also in a new home. They are still getting used to the place.

    Instead of whining about what they aren’t, you all should be real happy they are what they are right now.

    That’s an example of a team having GUTS.

    Unless of course, you don’t believe Arod will come back, Wang will ever pitch well again, CC and Joba are only 5 inning pitchers, the bullpen isn’t any good, and the fans aren’t loud enough for your tastes.

    If you feel that way, then the season is already over. Move and come back here next year.

    For the majority of us though, we are liking the fight we are seeing from this group so far and are excited about the possibilities as the season goes on.

  1149. 86w183 April 17th, 2009 at 4:42 pm

    Watched the game on Yes and there’s virtually no crowd noise at all… really cuts down on the enjoyment.

    6-5 isn’t great… but considering what they’ve dealt with its not horrible

  1150. Spiced Ham April 17th, 2009 at 4:42 pm

    I think bad pitching has something to do with it right now as well (all the home runs)

  1151. Doris from Rego Park April 17th, 2009 at 4:42 pm

    I will say that I am genuinely concered that the place sounds like a morgue though. they were day game, but still.

  1152. Doreen - You can tell it's me by all the smileys April 17th, 2009 at 4:42 pm

    Betsy -

    Yeah. :lol:

    Because Mo is so perfect, I always expect “this is gonna be the time he won’t” so I can’t watch!

  1153. GreenBeret7 April 17th, 2009 at 4:43 pm

    JB (Blue Jays Fan)
    April 17th, 2009 at 4:39 pm
    Hey watched the ballgame today.

    My thoughts as a non-Yankee fan:

    The new stadium is home run scary, especially to right field. Both Jeter and Damon’s home run is a fly out in most parks.

    While it is going to be great watching these home runs for you guys, it will also be frustrating when pop-outs turn into home runs. Any pitcher on the club who gives up a lot of fly balls should be concerned—especially in the bullpen. Our big lefties Travis Snider and Adam Lind are built for that type of ballpark.

    Just my thoughts.

    ————————————————————

    That 2-7 part of the line-up is going to break a lot of hearts, this year. Add that pain in the azs at the top and that’s about as good as any line-up around. Not a lot of depth, though if one gets hurt, though, is there? Anything left in the system?

  1154. E-gawa April 17th, 2009 at 4:43 pm

    Wow.. just imagine what Arod is going to do to this place.

  1155. Joltin' Joe April 17th, 2009 at 4:43 pm

    how many -6 inning jobes from joba before hughes gets called up and joba cements the pen? anybody? or is that too negative?

  1156. gayle April 17th, 2009 at 4:44 pm

    The Ranger sign Matt Gilroy (BU star)to multi year star that may make even me a Rangers fan

  1157. Dee April 17th, 2009 at 4:44 pm

    when a-rod comes back this team is going to be even more fired up! as will i!

  1158. gayle April 17th, 2009 at 4:44 pm

    Mo was going to be fine it is not May yet lol

  1159. m April 17th, 2009 at 4:44 pm

    Nothing wrong with pointing out the flaws of the team.

    But why call a game when you have 4 more home innings to go? Why declare the season over. Or say you hate this team when it’s obvious that you don’t?

    Just keep it sane and civil.

  1160. Pauly April 17th, 2009 at 4:45 pm

    Doreen, everyone (men) knows that women can’t deal with pressure. They always crack.

    Some wise man (and definately not a married guy) said that.

    Ladies…he’s available.

  1161. GreenBeret7 April 17th, 2009 at 4:47 pm

    Great bullpen work today. So much for being the weakest link.

  1162. Joltin' Joe April 17th, 2009 at 4:47 pm

    pauly…lol

    question? did kay just say bruney is taking the 8th inning job away from VERAS? or was i hearing things?

  1163. JetsDaily April 17th, 2009 at 4:48 pm

    I mean, home runs are flying out right now, but it’s been 3 games. If the pace keeps up for another 10-15 games, I’ll definitely buy it, but I’m still a little skeptical that three games proves anything.

  1164. Christina April 17th, 2009 at 4:49 pm

    I’d say that man was probably correct. I can’t deal with pressure or make a decision for my life. Oh well.

  1165. Dee April 17th, 2009 at 4:49 pm

    Great bullpen work today. So much for being the weakest link.

    our bullpen is not a weak link. but marte definitely is. he just hasn’t proven himself in ny yet. at all..

  1166. GreenBeret7 April 17th, 2009 at 4:49 pm

    Pauly
    April 17th, 2009 at 4:45 pm
    Doreen, everyone (men) knows that women can’t deal with pressure. They always crack.

    Some wise man (and definately not a married guy) said that.

    Ladies…he’s available.

    ————————————————————

    all I’m saying is that no married guy would have the nerve to say that. Women are sneaky. They know everything. Just like your dads didn’t know what you did, but, your mothers knew you did it before you did it.

  1167. Laura - It's still early! It's still early! It's still early! There, I feel better. April 17th, 2009 at 4:50 pm

    SJ44, you are right. In the end, it doesn’t matter how you win. However, I think you are missing the point of my post. We aren’t always going to be able to win these types of games. No team can do as poorly with RISP as we do and win on a consistent basis. That’s what killed us last year (well, that and the fact that we had close to no pitching).

    I’m not going all doom and gloom. I don’t think that the season is over. I don’t think that Eiland should be fired. I know that CMW will rebound. I have hopes that Joba will mature and become a more complete pitcher. However, I do think is that this team needs to play better going forward. If that makes me a bridge jumper, so be it.

  1168. Sean April 17th, 2009 at 4:50 pm

    “”"”"”"”"”UPDATE, 4:13 p.m.: Um … Another home run? Good for Jeter and the Yankees. But it would appear that the Yankees built themselves a launching pad. There are six homers today and all of them went to right field.”"”"”"”"”"

    It was 5 solo shots, and are you sure you covered the Yankees in the old Yankee Stadium? You do know they had a short porch there as well?

  1169. Doreen - You can tell it's me by all the smileys April 17th, 2009 at 4:50 pm

    Pauly -

    I imagine that guy will stay available, too! :)

  1170. PAT M April 17th, 2009 at 4:51 pm

    Just another W in the win column…They all look the same come October……The Matsui situation is of great concern I believe…I missed his AB, but GB’s discription wasn’t pretty…..Cano looks very comfortable….

  1171. JB (Blue Jays Fan) April 17th, 2009 at 4:52 pm

    GB7:
    “That 2-7 part of the line-up is going to break a lot of hearts, this year. Add that pain in the azs at the top and that’s about as good as any line-up around. Not a lot of depth, though if one gets hurt, though, is there? Anything left in the system?”

    Believe me, the Blue Jays offence is not as good as it is performing right now. There is not any immediate help in the system right now other than long-term prospects. The exception is pitching. Some of the best Blue Jays pitchers are in the minor leagues right now to start the year (Brett Cecil and Brad Mills). They also have a surplus of bullpen arms that could make any other any team (Accardo, Wolfe, etc.). A lot of things have to continue to go right for the Blue Jays to keep in this thing, but Travis Snider and Adam Lind are gold.

  1172. atwork April 17th, 2009 at 4:52 pm

    any reason jorge was replaced in the 9th? I’m at work and can’t filter 1000 comments

  1173. Betsy April 17th, 2009 at 4:52 pm

    SJ44, you’re right – perfect post. As always, you are the voice of reason.

    I’m not loving all the HRs that this park is producing, but the Yankees have very good pitchers who are also strike out pitchers……and Wang, when he’s on, gets a ton of ground balls. Our pitching staff should be ok for the most part.

  1174. C April 17th, 2009 at 4:52 pm

    with the 5 HR TODAY yankees r tie for 3rdin mlb

  1175. C April 17th, 2009 at 4:52 pm

    with the 5 HR TODAY yankees r tie for 3rdin mlb

  1176. Nick in SF in Lake Tahoe April 17th, 2009 at 4:53 pm

    Trying to catch up on dvr, but I don’t see the Yankees coming back in this game. The season is done too, what a waste. I hate this team.

  1177. DT April 17th, 2009 at 4:53 pm

    I can’t believe the Yanks have 24 pitchers on their 40 man roster. (actually 25/40 before Geise was DFA)

    Even if Matsui is put on the DL – the only other player on the 40 man is Cervelli.

  1178. GreenBeret7 April 17th, 2009 at 4:53 pm

    I have to believe that one more at bat like Matsui had today and he’ll be on the DL, and, they bring back Robertson. Just can’t see Russo as being ready.

  1179. G. Love April 17th, 2009 at 4:53 pm

    Last years team would not have had the ability or the heart to come back like this team has shown early on.

    It’s a different team. They keep fighting.

    Last year when we were down 2-0 the game was over and the hitters looked like they believed it was over.

    Now it’s a completely different story.

    This version of Cano is completely different than what we saw last year. Tex, Swisher and Gardner are new. Jorge is healthy and in the lineup. Jeter can hit the ball in the air again with power.

    This isn’t Giambi, Abreu and what we got used to last year from Cano, Melky, Molina.

    It’s a different team.

    The sooner you embrace that fact the more fun it’s going to be for you.

    I think a lot of people are carrying over the frustrations of last year to this year and not seeing what’s happening here.

  1180. Laura - It's still early! It's still early! It's still early! There, I feel better. April 17th, 2009 at 4:54 pm

    JB (Blue Jays Fan), where have you been? Haven’t “seen” you in ages.

  1181. Al from BK April 17th, 2009 at 4:54 pm

    I gotta say I’m not too enthused about Wang starting tomorrow, he needs to get his stuff together.

  1182. Ninja Burglar April 17th, 2009 at 4:55 pm

    Isn’t right field just as close in this stadium as it was in the old stadium? I don’t understand how this is new, that Yankee Stadium has a short porch in right.

  1183. pat April 17th, 2009 at 4:55 pm

    As long as the Yankees keep hitting more HRs than the visitors do…I can live with a “launching pad”.

  1184. GreenBeret7 April 17th, 2009 at 4:56 pm

    JB (Blue Jays Fan)
    April 17th, 2009 at 4:52 pm
    GB7:
    “That 2-7 part of the line-up is going to break a lot of hearts, this year. Add that pain in the azs at the top and that’s about as good as any line-up around. Not a lot of depth, though if one gets hurt, though, is there? Anything left in the system?”

    Believe me, the Blue Jays offence is not as good as it is performing right now. There is not any immediate help in the system right now other than long-term prospects. The exception is pitching. Some of the best Blue Jays pitchers are in the minor leagues right now to start the year (Brett Cecil and Brad Mills). They also have a surplus of bullpen arms that could make any other any team (Accardo, Wolfe, etc.). A lot of things have to continue to go right for the Blue Jays to keep in this thing, but Travis Snider and Adam Lind are gold.

    ————————————————————

    Oh, yeah, I agree. They won’t all be hitting .400, but, the threat is always there. Just like NYY’s offense isn’t as sporatic as it appears and the 1-5 rotation isn’t going to misfire very often this year.

  1185. Frankie speaking . . . April 17th, 2009 at 4:56 pm

    Nice win and kudos to the big contributors.
    Not a good sight seeing a class guy like Hideki look so futile in his last at bat using nothing but his upper body and guts to get thought the at bat.
    After so much hard work since January it looks like DL time for him – again.

  1186. JB (Blue Jays Fan) April 17th, 2009 at 4:56 pm

    Laura — been busy watching my Blue Jays and posting my own boards! I only come on here once and awhile to chat with my rationale Yankee and baseball fans. I never post when you guys have lost because I am afraid I will challenged to a fight under the Alomar banner. :)

  1187. pat April 17th, 2009 at 4:57 pm

    From Girardi- Nady to get another MRI tomorrow.

  1188. Laura - It's still early! It's still early! It's still early! There, I feel better. April 17th, 2009 at 4:58 pm

    “I think a lot of people are carrying over the frustrations of last year to this year and not seeing what’s happening here.”

    That may be true to a certain extent. However, we can’t ignore that the Yankees have also carried over their penchant for not hitting with runners in RISP over from last season as well.

    I think it’s more that people had such high expectations for this team that at this point, everything they do short of winning every single game they play will be met with disappointment.

  1189. Joltin' Joe April 17th, 2009 at 4:58 pm

    christina

    did you call that guy a man? read his post at 4:20.

  1190. Laura - It's still early! It's still early! It's still early! There, I feel better. April 17th, 2009 at 4:59 pm

    “I never post when you guys have lost because I am afraid I will challenged to a fight under the Alomar banner. ”

    Smart man!

  1191. DT April 17th, 2009 at 5:00 pm

    From Suzie on the radio – Girardi says Matsui is not DL bound. It’s day by day to see if he can play.

  1192. GreenBeret7 April 17th, 2009 at 5:01 pm

    pat
    April 17th, 2009 at 4:57 pm
    From Girardi- Nady to get another MRI tomorrow.

    ————————————————————

    Any more CTs, X-rays, MRIs and if he gets back on the field this year, NYY can save a lot on electricity during night games. Nady will be glowing brightly.

  1193. S.A.--Let's get ready to rumble! April 17th, 2009 at 5:01 pm

    Nice win and surprising. Since ya know..the new stadium is supposedly cursed and everything. ;)

  1194. Pauly April 17th, 2009 at 5:01 pm

    I hear you GB7, I’m just messing around. Have a good night everyone, great win today. Let’s get it done Wanger!!!!!

  1195. DT April 17th, 2009 at 5:02 pm

    Joltin Joe –

    that 4:20 post was the pathetic poser not GB.
    This poser really needs a life. I feel sorry for him. He’s a real loser.

  1196. CB April 17th, 2009 at 5:04 pm

    Terrific win.

    Anytime this team wins by picking up the rotation is a huge plus.

    This rotation is going to be absolutely fine over the course of the season barring injury.

    On the occassions where it does underperform – every one of those games you can win is a tremendous plus.

    Joba will not pitch like this often. To win a game where he just didn’t have his command is great.

    Remember – the AL East will be a dog fight. Whoever wins the division will take it by a game or two.

    So that means the team that is able to win the most games when it’s greatest strenght isn’t working may well be the team that takes it.

    Very good day at the stadium.

  1197. Joltin' Joe April 17th, 2009 at 5:04 pm

    DT

    How can you be so sure?

  1198. Betsy April 17th, 2009 at 5:05 pm

    Joe said that Matsui’s condition is not DL-worthy – they see how he is on a day to day basis. That could hurt the team because he’s taking up a roster spot. It also means that this is a chronic condition which rest won’t cure.

  1199. Doreen - You can tell it's me by all the smileys April 17th, 2009 at 5:07 pm

    Girardi did stress, with Matsui, that “today” they are not looking at the DL for Matsui. Really is day to day. :)

    Love Mariano – Kim asked him about the “jam” of 2 guys on base. He says, that’s already done, you get the next 2 outs. He’s so focused and he doesn’t get rattled. It is truly amazing watching him work, but also, seeing how he goes about his work. It makes you realize how flippantly people throw the words future “Hall of Famer” around for slightly above-average players. Mo will deserve his own wing! :)

  1200. DT April 17th, 2009 at 5:07 pm

    DT
    How can you be so sure?

    The pathetic poser couldn’t even spell his user name correctly, that’s a start.

  1201. Doreen - You can tell it's me by all the smileys April 17th, 2009 at 5:10 pm

    S.A. -

    Funny! :lol:

    I was thinking about that last night. The Yankees had some really bad years in the Old Yankee Stadium – I guess the ghosts were unhappy with ownership or something? Or the food choices? Feisty ghosts.

  1202. Betsy April 17th, 2009 at 5:10 pm

    Albaladejo will get lost, but he was very good again today. He’s not flashy, but he’s very solid – I like him a lot. It was nice to see him bounce back with a good effort after his 3 inning stint in Tampa in the blowout.

  1203. GreenBeret7 April 17th, 2009 at 5:14 pm

    Betsy, it’s not such a bad thing if albaladejo pitches well and gets lost in the crowd. It’ll make it much easier for him to sneak in, get the job done and slip away. Everybody ignors him except Girardi and the team.

  1204. Betsy April 17th, 2009 at 5:14 pm

    G Love, I completely agree. It’s often frustrating watching this team so far, but they don’t quit…..It’s hard not to genuinely like this team even with their flaws.

  1205. Uncle Ellsworth April 17th, 2009 at 5:14 pm

    Were gonna lose Matsui and X in the same week. Tex had better be ok. Sui has fluid already – That is NOT good.

  1206. Mo April 17th, 2009 at 5:16 pm

    Looking to follow fellow lohod yankee bloggers on twitter.
    please follow me http://twitter.com/koshersports.

  1207. Rick April 17th, 2009 at 5:17 pm

    great yankee comeback!!!! once arod and tex and the pitching gets more consistent which it will the matsui problem will not be as glaring…..but he may need the dl sooner than later

  1208. Betsy April 17th, 2009 at 5:18 pm

    JB, will you thank Roy for us, lol? I think this is the right time, right place for AJ – he’s been fantastic, both on and off the field. Roy is frustating to face, but what a class act…..

  1209. Betsy April 17th, 2009 at 5:18 pm

    JB, will you thank Roy for us, lol? I think this is the right time, right place for AJ – he’s been fantastic, both on and off the field. Roy is frustating to face, but what a class act…..

  1210. joeman April 17th, 2009 at 6:10 pm

    Bring up Hughes & move Joba to the pen….

  1211. Dogu April 17th, 2009 at 6:40 pm

    I was at the game today, and have some thoughts on the crowd complaints.

    I DO have an issue with all the fans milling about at all time (not in their seats/watching the game), but I think this is something that will calm down after a we get into the season. It’s still a novelty at this point.

    I DO have an objection to people saying the crowds are dead. Yesterday was just a dreadfully boring game that would kill any crowd from any season. Today was again, dreafully boring until the 6th/7th inning. Does someone really want to tell me that watching both pitchers throw 25 pitches an inning normally results in enthusiastic crowds?

    I don’t know how it played on TV, but it felt like old times when the error scored Damon, Jeter popped the game-winner, and Mo closed it out.

  1212. Mer April 17th, 2009 at 10:55 pm

    While I’m not a regular poster, I hit refresh on this site about twenty times a day so I’m familiar with many of you and I adore Pete.

    I went to the first two games. I sat in the 200s yesterday and 100s today. Granted, I could put my jacket on the seat next to me today as there was no one to my left…BUT…I had the best time of my life.

    Please don’t say the crowd was dead. We were on our feet most of the time — and it was loud! Really loud! Yesterday was a grind it out game that obviously got out of hand — but when there was something to cheer for, it was Yankee Stadium and it felt great.

    You’re going to love it, everyone. Don’t let early conventional wisdom take the day — it’s wrong. My pretzel was hot, my Diet Coke was cold, my nose is all red from the sun, and if I could go back tomorrow and to every game after that, I would in a heartbeat.

    I love this team and I loved the stadium. They will work out the pricing structure and the darn net…. in the meantime, Derek Jeter hit a home run just for me and I sat next to my dad. I hope you all have the same opportunity.

  1213. hardwired April 18th, 2009 at 6:37 pm

    first they change the Stilletos banner, removing the brunette in the orange bikini. Then the Yanks lay this egg.

    Times are hard.


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