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Game 18: Yankees at Red Sox

Posted by: Peter Abraham - Posted in Misc on Apr 26, 2009 Print This Post Print This Post | Email This Post Email This Post

YANKEES (9-8)
Gardner CF
Jeter SS
Teixeira 1B
Swisher LF
Cano 2B
Posada C
Matsui DH
Cabrera RF
Berroa 3B

Pitching: LHP Andy Pettitte (2-0, 2.53).

Pettitte vs. the Boston hitters.


RED SOX (11-6)
Ellsbury CF
Pedroia 2B
Ortiz DH
Youkilis 1B
Drew RF
Bay LF
Lowell 3B
Varitek C
Green SS

Pitching: RHP Justin Masterson (1-0, 3.18).

Masterson vs. the New York hitters.

GAME THREE: The Yankees will and avert a sweep in an 8 p.m. ESPN game. Meanwhile fans will try and avert listening to Joe Morgan. … The Yankees lost 5-4 in 11 and 16-11. … It’s off to Detroit after the game. I have a 6 a.m. Northwest flight and may just stay up all night.

THE STOPPER: Good note from Elias via the Yankees: Tonight marks the 24th time in Andy Pettitte’s career as a Yankee that he will start in the final game of a series with the Yankees trying to avoid a sweep. According to the Elias Sports Bureau, in his Yankees career, has gone 17-1 in those starts – including one win in an abbreviated two-game series. Went 4-0 with one no decision in 2008 in such starts, including four road starts.

HISTORICALLY BAD: Saturday’s loss at Boston marked just the third time in franchise history that the Yankees lost a game by at least five runs in a game in which they had once led by at least six runs. According to the Elias Sports Bureau, it had not happened since June 5, 1956 vs. Cleveland, when the Yankees let a 6-0 lead slip and lost 15-8. It marked the largest lead blown against Boston since May 16, 1968 at Fenway Park (led 9-3 in the fourth, lost 11-10).

WHO’S HOT: Jeter is 8 of 21. … Damon is 9 of 21. … Swisher has reached base safely in all 17 games. … Phil Coke has thrown four scoreless innings in a row. … Matsui is 7 of 18.

WHO’S REALLY HOT: Robbie Cano (.366/.410/.634) is having the best April of his career. He has hit safely in all but one game and had five homers along with 15 RBI. He takes a 12-game hit streak into the game.

CLUTCH IN SHORT SUPPLY: The Yankees have left 27 men on base in two games and are 7 for 36 with runners in scoring position.

ON THE SOX: Remember, for news from the other side, visit WEEI.com and the Full Count Blog.

Back later with much more.

UPDATE, 5:44 p.m.: Nick Swisher just showed up in a black suit with red pinstripes. It zips up the front. He also had on a gray fedora. He looks like one of Al Capone’s henchmen.

UPDATE, 6:24 p.m.: Johnny Damon is out of the lineup with a sore right shoulder, a sore knee and a sore back. Girardi said he hopes Damon will be available tomorrow.

UPDATE, 7:14 p.m.: Alex Rodriguez just had physical therapy today. Girardi said “there is a chance” the third baseman would get in a minor-league game this week. That is Girardi-speak for he will get in a game this week.

UPDATE, 8:25 p.m.: No score through one inning. It was 60 degrees at game time, a drop of about 20 degrees from what it was this afternoon in Boston. All the seats are full between the dugouts. What a concept.

UPDATE, 8:52 p.m.: Nice situational baseball there by the Yankees. Two singles, a bunt, a sacrifice fly.

I’m not sure I’m bunting in the third inning of a scoreless game at Fenway Park. But it worked out for now.

UPDATE, 9:05 p.m.: As was widely predicted, using Angel Berroa at third base is not proving to be a great idea. He has made two errors so far this inning and cost Andy Pettitte a run.

This is a guy who up until yesterday had played one-third of an inning at third base in the majors. People used to complain all the time about Joe Torre going with the experienced player instead of the rookie. There is no difference in this case. Joe Girardi is using Berroa because he knows who he is. Ramiro Pena would be a much better choice. He won’t hit, but at least he’ll make the basic plays at the position.

UPDATE, 9:15 p.m.: Another hit for Robinson Cano. He has a 13-game hit streak. He also has hit safely in 27 of 28 games dating back to last season.

UPDATE, 9:56 p.m.: Pettitte is pitching well. But you can’t walk Varitek to start the inning. You knew that would come back and bite him.

Now it’s 2-1 Sox with the bases loaded for Drew as Girardi calls for the intentional walk of Youkilis.

UPDATE, 9:58 p.m.: Ellsbury just stole home on Pettitte. That is inexcusable.

But Pettitte does not hold runners well. If you remember, Aaron Hill of Toronto did the same to him two years ago.

Now the game is getting away from the Yankees.

UPDATE, 10:40 p.m.: That at-bat was No. 8,102 for Jeter. That ties Mickey Mantle for the most in franchise history.

Hey, it’s Mark Melancon.

UPDATE, 10:44 p.m.: Wow, a relief pitcher who can get three outs in a row. What a concept.

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1,586 Responses to “Game 18: Yankees at Red Sox”

  1. jay destro April 26th, 2009 at 4:32 pm

    it can’t get any worse

  2. Mark April 26th, 2009 at 4:38 pm

    This is deja vu all over again — no clutch hitting.

  3. Jmwa April 26th, 2009 at 4:42 pm

    Yeah, swisher is like 3 for his last 30. Real hot pete.

  4. Baseball Mogul April 26th, 2009 at 4:42 pm

    I knew Andy was good historically in these situations, but didn’t know he was THAT good. We’ll need him to continue to pitch as he has.

    Hopefully, there’s a multi-run lead and Melancon can ease his way in…

  5. m April 26th, 2009 at 4:43 pm

    Go, Andy! Go Yankees!

    (for those of you who think it’s a loss already, go take the wife out for a nice dinner & a movie)

  6. E. Simone April 26th, 2009 at 4:43 pm

    I’m not looking forward to listening to Joe Morgan and the other guy that does ESPN Baseball! Hopefully they can get a win but we only know that’s possible if Andy either pitchers a shut-out or goes deep like 8 innings deep lol

  7. Rebecca-Optimist Prime April 26th, 2009 at 4:43 pm

    jay, it can get a LOT worse.

    How soon we forget.

    ****

    NY papers are saying that Hughes is officially starting Tuesday, but we knew that, anyway.

  8. m April 26th, 2009 at 4:44 pm

    Pete,

    Any confirmation on Hughes?

  9. Rivalry Time April 26th, 2009 at 4:44 pm

    NICK GREEN! COME ON!

  10. Teixeiramvp (JobaCyYoung) April 26th, 2009 at 4:46 pm

    From previous thread, for GB7: What’s the word on AJax? Better than Melky and Gardy? Because if his AAA stats translate at all to the majors he’ll be a force for years.

  11. Trevor April 26th, 2009 at 4:47 pm

    Hughes was announced a few days ago that he was starting in Detroit.

  12. m April 26th, 2009 at 4:49 pm

    Trevor,

    Really? It seemed more like the worst kept secret, but I didn’t see anything from Girardi or Cash.

  13. CB April 26th, 2009 at 4:51 pm

    There’s been no official naming of hughes as the starter.

    Kat O’Brien and now Kepner are reporting it now so it’s likely. Kat is particularly good with sources inside the organizaton.

    But there’s been no official word.

    It does appear to be hughes. Let’s hope he’s able to given them 5-6 quality innings. Detroit has a good hitting team.

  14. bodhisattva April 26th, 2009 at 4:52 pm

    Teix,

    AJax is a changed hitter. He used to have a high leg kick and a long swing. That’s all gone – his front foot barely leaves the ground, and he’s back further, allowing him to go to all fields. He’s become a dedicated student of hitting. I think people jumped on him because he’s relatively new to baseball, and doomed him as a “toolsy” guy with no real refined skills.

    His stats down there don’t matter to me – it’s his approach that is important and that gives him a much better chance to succeed whenever he goes to the plate.

    The Yankees need to leave him alone until rosters expand in September.

  15. Trevor April 26th, 2009 at 4:53 pm

    It’s the breaking pitch just off the plate that Austin Jackson is having trouble with. That’s probably where most of his K’s are coming from.
    Definantly a better talent then both Gardner and Melky. Still needs to work on his pitch recognition.

  16. Rob NY -- 2009 The Road to Redemption April 26th, 2009 at 4:54 pm

    Hughes is starting Tuesday? Melancon is already up? Looks like Cashman has installed a http://charlesgoyette.com/uplo.....705224.png in the office.

  17. K-ace April 26th, 2009 at 4:55 pm

    Why is Damon off today? This is an important game for us..

  18. Joe from Long Island April 26th, 2009 at 4:56 pm

    Pete – I truly feel bad for you. So much for the glamorous world of business travel. Are you planning on spending the night at the airport? Oh, such fun.

    As always, safe travelling.

  19. retire #6 April 26th, 2009 at 4:56 pm

    Is anyone going to be there tonight? Email me and we can get a little blog meet up dtferree@gmail.com

  20. Teixeiramvp (JobaCyYoung) April 26th, 2009 at 4:57 pm

    bodhisattva-Nothing wrong with a jack of all trades.

  21. Giuseppe Franco April 26th, 2009 at 4:57 pm

    The issues that Jackson is having with breaking pitches is a big reason why he needs to stay in Scranton for the full season.

    A player’s weakness gets around very quickly in the big leagues. Pitchers will keep throwing him breaking balls until he adjusts and learns how to hit them.

    Jackson also has issues with not laying off high fastballs – which is something else major league pitchers love to exploit with young and inexperienced hitters.

  22. John April 26th, 2009 at 4:58 pm

    Who’s hot? Damon. Who’s not playing? Damon. Who’s pitching? Masterson. A right handed pitcher. Great game to sit Damon. Awesome.

  23. m April 26th, 2009 at 5:00 pm

    Damon could be sore from his date with the Green Monster last night.

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

    Is this really CB? Whoever wrote it, WTH are you talking about?

    CB
    April 26th, 2009 at 4:46 pm
    Nick,

    The tragic thing about Melancon was how his mama told him to be a good boy and never play with guns.

    And now he won’t wear pinstripes. Insists on wearing all black to the mound.

  24. Rebecca-Optimist Prime April 26th, 2009 at 5:00 pm

    Tell me I did not just see Gardner and Cabrera in the same line up…

  25. Teixeiramvp (JobaCyYoung) April 26th, 2009 at 5:00 pm

    Franco-All right. You think he’ll be seen next year?
    And did you see my response to your post on Melancon from the previous thread?

  26. Pat M April 26th, 2009 at 5:01 pm

    Cano will be in the hunt for the AL Batting Title this season…..Nick in SF….Bulls cover by 1/2 point…..Great stat by Pete on Andy…..

  27. Teixeiramvp (JobaCyYoung) April 26th, 2009 at 5:01 pm

    m-It was joke that made sense because of a misunderstanding from a comment I made.

  28. Ed - the new era of the Yanks bullpen is here April 26th, 2009 at 5:01 pm

    Hopefully Girardi starts to trust Jackson and Melancon and put them in a game.

  29. GreenBeret7 April 26th, 2009 at 5:02 pm

    Joe from Long Island
    April 26th, 2009 at 4:48 pm
    GB7 – Thanks for the update.
    ——————————————————————————————
    Not a problem, Joe. Not sure what pitches Jackson struck out on, because I didn’t have the game on, but, I’m guessing that at least two were on breaking/offspeed pitches. That’s the main reason that he needs to spend the year in AAA. If it were me, after the season is over, I’d be buying a pitching machine, set up a batting cage and set the machine for curve balls. That’s his biggest flaw right now. After about a week, big league pitchers with good offspeed and breaking balls will eat him alive. They’ll continue until he proves he can hit them. He can hit just about anybody’s fastball.

  30. GreenBeret7 April 26th, 2009 at 5:03 pm

    Teixeiramvp (JobaCyYoung)
    April 26th, 2009 at 4:40 pm
    GreenBeret7-Is the word on AJax that he’s better than Melky and Gardy? Because he sounds like a dream come true, in the future.
    ——————————————————————————————
    He’s as good as any of the other AAA center fielders, and, right now, that’s where he belongs.

  31. Enoch April 26th, 2009 at 5:03 pm

    I am a big Girardi fan, but his bullpen mgt. and lineup changes are getting to me.

    Brett Gardner is the absolute worst hitter on this team. He is a very, very bad hitter.

    So why is he hitting in the spot of the order that gets the most at bats? This is insanity.

    Damon’s tough. He can play. Masterson has a history of problems with lefties. This stinks.

  32. m April 26th, 2009 at 5:03 pm

    Teixeira,

    Okay, it’s just that I’ve seen posts from both CB and SJ44 that I never would’ve imagined them making.

    They’re the 2 most rational, sane people here and some of their posts were anything but that.

  33. Trevor April 26th, 2009 at 5:04 pm

    Ajax shouldn’t be ashamed of not being able to lay off the high FB. Most big league hitters have trouble laying off that pitch. It looks too good to hit.

  34. bodhisattva April 26th, 2009 at 5:04 pm

    AJax is making progress with plate coverage and pitch recognition.

    Don’t know if anyone here has had a chance to see him live?

    I saw him on Easter Sunday (Hughes game) after having seen him a fair amount at AA – and it really confirmed that the transformation I witnessed in him in ST is for real. Seeing him live again was eye-opening. I wish SWB was closer to me.

    Glad to see Reggie has taken the kid under his wing.

  35. m April 26th, 2009 at 5:05 pm

    Okay, so no one’s going to wait for the explanation of why Damon’s out?

    So no one saw Johnny bounce off the Green Piece of Crap like a ragdoll?

  36. bodhisattva April 26th, 2009 at 5:07 pm

    GreenBeret7
    April 26th, 2009 at 5:03 pm
    Teixeiramvp (JobaCyYoung)
    April 26th, 2009 at 4:40 pm
    GreenBeret7-Is the word on AJax that he’s better than Melky and Gardy? Because he sounds like a dream come true, in the future.
    ——————————————————————————————
    He’s as good as any of the other AAA center fielders, and, right now, that’s where he belongs.
    =====================================

    Right, no justification for rushing him. In fact, his progress should be persuasive in letting him stay put. We may have a player who’s ready to help us in 2010.

  37. tex's former best friend April 26th, 2009 at 5:07 pm

    this is my huge problem with joe g.

    why is damon benched and melky and gardner both playing? he insists on sitting the hot players. surprised cano and jeter dont have the day off too.

  38. jennifer-Etch A Sketch loss April 26th, 2009 at 5:08 pm

    m- I was just going to say that. Damon went flying into the monster yesterday. Does anyone need to be reminded that it is metal? He could have hurt himself and needed a day off.

  39. CB April 26th, 2009 at 5:08 pm

    “Is this really CB? ”

    Yes it’s me. Why is it that everytime I write to nick I get accused of being an imposter?

    Damn you Nick in SF in Folsom.

  40. Rebecca-Optimist Prime April 26th, 2009 at 5:11 pm

    M and Jennifer: I less bothered by Damon being rested than I am by the fact that Gardner and Melky are in the line up together. Here’s hoping they probe me wrong.

    This is where missing Nady really hurts.

  41. m April 26th, 2009 at 5:13 pm

    lol, Rebecca. Proofread before you submit!

  42. Yanks Fan in Austin April 26th, 2009 at 5:15 pm

    Joe Morgan is garbage.

  43. GreenBeret7 April 26th, 2009 at 5:16 pm

    Mel, as a “Southern Gentleman” I wouldn’t have mentioned that. Snicker and think about it, yes. Never say it, though.

  44. Rob NY -- 2009 The Road to Redemption April 26th, 2009 at 5:16 pm

    lol Rebecca wants to be probed wrong by Melky and Gardner? IMPOSTER!

  45. Bo knows April 26th, 2009 at 5:16 pm

    I didn’t see anything in the last two games to get me upset. Rivera made a mistake, chit happens. Last night we saw a tired bullpen in April. Again our starting pitching as a unit hasn’t performed to expectations which wore out our bullpen. As the starting pitching improves so will the bullpen. Joba pitched in and out of trouble but his two seamer was working great, all those DPs. This will really help him in his development. The Grand Slam was a lucky guess, hind sight, should have started him with a breaking ball, no way he catches up to that pitch otherwise. Boston pitched around Texierra last night, five walks, they won’t be able to do it with Alex coming back. I liked what I saw of our team, fighting back yesterday, they were great, didn’t quit. All in all I’m looking forward to the rest of the season.

  46. bodhisattva April 26th, 2009 at 5:16 pm

    If Damon’s out, why wouldn’t Gardner and Melky both play?

    Surely Damon isn’t a healthy scratch.

  47. John April 26th, 2009 at 5:19 pm

    And until Gardner learns how to bunt there is no way he should lead off. If you are going to utilize your speed, they should at least be fearful he will bunt his way on. By doing that the first or third guys move up and then maybe you squeeze these slap grounders past them. The issue with Gardner as always he tries to work walks, but then late in the count is merely fighting pitches off. Either throw down some bunts or attempt to pull it every once in a while to keep people honest. His swing right now is like a tennis slice that just produces pop flys to the outfield. The ones during the Rays series were gret only because thhe OFers didn’t think he would drive it that far. Normal distance routine fly outs.

  48. Christina April 26th, 2009 at 5:19 pm

    I am gonna miss this game tonight because of my lame-o job. Not cool.

  49. Rebecca-Optimist Prime April 26th, 2009 at 5:20 pm

    Oh.

    Oh dear.

    I am never gonna live that one down, am I?

  50. Brandon If Melancon doesn't K the first batter he's a bust "I LOVE ME SOME ME !" April 26th, 2009 at 5:20 pm

    he did scratch cut his hand against that wall yesterday. Not to mentioned banged his body against that wall. It’s only normal he’d be scratched tonight.

  51. Nick in SF April 26th, 2009 at 5:20 pm

    Kodos: “We have reached the limits of what anal probing can teach us.”

  52. Steve B April 26th, 2009 at 5:20 pm

    Start of this series began a stretch of 32 games in 33 days. Guys like Damon are going to see the occasional day off.

  53. Brandon If Melancon doesn't K the first batter he's a bust "I LOVE ME SOME ME !" April 26th, 2009 at 5:21 pm

    “Joe Morgan is garbage.”

    Fire Joe Morgan = FAILED !

  54. GreenBeret7 April 26th, 2009 at 5:22 pm

    When Girardi and Long convince Gardner to stop trying to work walks from the first pitch on, he’ll start hitting better. He’s not being patient…he’s being indecisive.

  55. kill.schill(ing) April 26th, 2009 at 5:22 pm

    Girardi does rest players, in general, and Damon, in particular, at the oddest times.

    Unless Damon’s injured, I don’t comprehend the logic of not playing his best lineup in a night game that hasn’t succeeded and doesn’t precede a day game?

    What’s the criteria:

    1) A winning streak that affords the luxury? No

    2) A slump? No. If that, Swish would sit.

    3) Fatigue? Not as evidenced in Damon’s performance.

    4) Better defense for a pitcher that needs it? Perhaps, but, applied consistently, Pena would spell Berroa.

    5) Protecting Damon’s health from the dangers of artificial turf? No?

    6) Intuition? NO, that’s the previous Joe.

    7) Because Girardi has the authority to do so? Hmmn?

    I only hope Damon hasn’t sustained an injury.

    I can’t infer any other arguable reason for resting him when facing a sweep in a nationally televised game when offense is at a premium because of an exhausted bullpen.

    Too bad, Justin Christian’s not on the roster.

  56. ray sam April 26th, 2009 at 5:23 pm

    yanks will win tonight red sox pitching just as bad as yanks

  57. jennifer-Etch A Sketch loss April 26th, 2009 at 5:23 pm

    Brandon he cut his hand?

  58. Nick in SF April 26th, 2009 at 5:24 pm

    CB: as long as you keep your “I’m a Bruney Believer” pin on, I’ll know it’s the real you.

  59. Bo knows April 26th, 2009 at 5:25 pm

    Bodhisattva

    I watched Grit bat yesterday, all hands, no lower body. He’s not long as a starter batting this way. That was not what I saw in ST, he’s reverted. Melky has improved but boy, he lacks baseball smarts. What strikes me most is how many of the hitters don’t have zone at bats. They should all read Ted Williams book.

  60. Brandon If Melancon doesn't K the first batter he's a bust "I LOVE ME SOME ME !" April 26th, 2009 at 5:25 pm

    “Brandon he cut his hand?”

    Well after he hit the wall yesterday he was looking at it grimaced a bit and there was some type of red liquid on his hand.

  61. ray sam April 26th, 2009 at 5:26 pm

    red sox not winning no world series with this pitching staff their ace got killed yesterday

  62. Nick in SF April 26th, 2009 at 5:26 pm

    “I can’t infer any other arguable reason for resting him when facing a sweep *in a nationally televised game* when offense is at a premium because of an exhausted bullpen.”

    BCS voters will be watching!

  63. John April 26th, 2009 at 5:32 pm

    Bo knows… completely get what you are saying, but there were a few things I had issues with and they seem to reoccur with this team.

    They can’t bunt and I mean simply sacrifice. Gardner not getting Posada over the first game, Berroa not getting the runner over yesterday. Even Damon’s bunt was up in the air and very luckyhe didn’t send a liner back to the pitcher.

    Posada’s pitch selection lately has shown he isn’t on the same page with the pitchers or knows them yet. Maybe it gets better. And before I hear the whole you hate Posada. I love Posada, but he has been known to be weak in some areas, this is one. Watch Varitek and Molina handle pitchers. AJ was worked up, he couldn’t get him calm. He called for the same pitches over and over again to the same location in the same pitch series. Varitek makes pitchers eleviate from time to time to keep hitters honest. With fastball pitchers like Burnett and Sabathia he hasn’t done that. Move the eye of the hitter around. Varitek’s homer, AJ even said he should have nodded the pitch selection off, but the location was poor. Poor pitch, but poor setup by Jorge. Worst case there was a homer. Varitek is a low ball hitter that needs to get his arms extended with that swing. Even hitting the target was low and out over the plate. Jam him up inside.

    Mental lapses persist. I know it’s Johnny and the Sox did it too, but how do you get picked off second base? Defensively too, we have seen the good and the bad so far.

    Sac Flys or ground balls with men on third and less than 2 outs. For some reason they can’t seem to focus. I mean the announcers say it every game now, the pitcher is in trouble, our guys act like they are. That’s one of the big differences between a Youkilis and an average player. He stays within himself and has a plan at the plate. Melky had no plan yesterday, got up there hacking away. If you take a strike that is fine, but you are looking at one pitch to drive, not just drive any pitch. Productive outs continue to be a problem with this team.

    And the bullpen, yes it’s tired, but Marte and Veras are our Oliver Perez pitchers. Lots of stuff, but you haven’t a clue what they will come out and do. Relief pitchers don’t have to be outstanding, but consistency would be helpful. You give up a run sure once in a while, these guys go thru total meltdowns.

    Now do I believe much of this will get better, sure it can. Give Jorge more time with the staff to learn these guys, midseason it will be better. I never thought Cano would “get it”, but he has been, get Melky and some others to do the same. Arod back will help Tex a lot and Tex is usually a guy that does get those runs in. And how about some speed? Some hit and run. Create some action.

  64. dennis-costanza(sox fan) April 26th, 2009 at 5:33 pm

    Flew to boston this AM today for the game this eve. Really warm day here for April. The bad news is I have to be in Houston the rest of the week. I really do not want to be that close to Mexico at this point re:swine flu.

    I read some posts from ths AM about Sox fans being gleeful…I am not. This Sox team looks very exposed. SS, C, and the rotation is weak at this point. Beckett was pounded yesterday, Lester is OK at best and then what? The bullpen is weak w/out Materson IMO.

    -dennis

  65. NongEyeJon April 26th, 2009 at 5:35 pm

    Is Johnny Damon hurt, based on him not being in the lineup? Was this from banging into the wall?

  66. CB April 26th, 2009 at 5:36 pm

    nick,

    I wear it pinned close to my heart.

  67. m April 26th, 2009 at 5:36 pm

    there was some type of red liquid on his hand.

    Fake blood? Boy, Red Sox don’t fall far from the apple tree. :?

  68. Brandon If Melancon doesn't K the first batter he's a bust "I LOVE ME SOME ME !" April 26th, 2009 at 5:37 pm

    Dellin Betances
    6.1 IP, 6 H, 2 R, 2 ER, 3 BB, 6 K’s

    Mike “I aiming for your job DAMASO :evil: !” Dunn
    1 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 0 BB, 2 K’s

  69. NongEyeJon April 26th, 2009 at 5:39 pm

    Gosh, I can’t wait for these morons to announce the game tonight. If Buck/McCarver weren’t enough, we have to listen to Miller/Morgan talk about the Yankees blowing these past 2 games. Only Joe Morgan can make those 2 losses seem worse than they actually already were.

  70. m April 26th, 2009 at 5:41 pm

    Nong,

    Worse, yet. Steve “I was a GM once, no really!” Phillips is in the booth. And his pet topic is how mediocre AJ Burnett is.

  71. Brandon If Melancon doesn't K the first batter he's a bust "I LOVE ME SOME ME !" April 26th, 2009 at 5:42 pm

    Colin Curtis is tearing it up in Trenton 7 xtra base hits in 14 games. In 08′ he had 20.

  72. Enoch April 26th, 2009 at 5:42 pm

    Fine, I accept Damon needing a rest after hitting the wall.

    I cannot accept the worst hitter on the team batting leadoff, though. Gardner shouldn’t be on our team. We have too many resources and cash to have AAA talent on the bench.

  73. ZMAN7777 April 26th, 2009 at 5:42 pm

    I agree with the folks that believe Boston is not a World Championship club. However, what does that say about our Yanks? Our starters are about on par with theirs, as are the lineups (though we are less clutch), and they have a significant edge in the bullpen.

  74. Pat M April 26th, 2009 at 5:43 pm

    Bo Knows, your summary is exactly what I watch…..

  75. Brandon If Melancon doesn't K the first batter he's a bust "I LOVE ME SOME ME !" April 26th, 2009 at 5:43 pm

    sorry that is doubles :)

  76. John April 26th, 2009 at 5:43 pm

    What about Peter Gammons commentary from the Sox dugout???? Who will he have a lovefest with tonight, Nick Green, Lugo or R. Ramirez. It will be someone obscure who will have a massive impact this year. I guaranteed he brings up Bowden or Bard for sure and compares them to Joba. Ah, I miss Peter with his ESPN Cy Young prediction of Matt Clement or Willy Mo being the next Ortiz.

  77. John April 26th, 2009 at 5:43 pm

    What about Peter Gammons commentary from the Sox dugout???? Who will he have a lovefest with tonight, Nick Green, Lugo or R. Ramirez. It will be someone obscure who will have a massive impact this year. I guaranteed he brings up Bowden or Bard for sure and compares them to Joba. Ah, I miss Peter with his ESPN Cy Young prediction of Matt Clement or Willy Mo being the next Ortiz.

  78. GreenBeret7 April 26th, 2009 at 5:46 pm

    dennis-costanza(sox fan)
    April 26th, 2009 at 5:33 pm
    Flew to boston this AM today for the game this eve. Really warm day here for April. The bad news is I have to be in Houston the rest of the week. I really do not want to be that close to Mexico at this point re:swine flu.

    ————————————————————

    You needn’t worry about swine flu unless pigs fly.

    No reason to choke back the laughter, Dennis. Somebody was dying to say it, but, was to embarrassed. Me…I have no such shame.

  79. Rebecca-Optimist Prime April 26th, 2009 at 5:46 pm

    Brandon: I’ll be impressed if there’s a game where Carmen Angelini does NOT make an error!

  80. John April 26th, 2009 at 5:47 pm

    Well it says there is no clear cut World Championship club this year. Essentially it means you can say as of today it may be an NL team again, the team that gets hot. Rays don’t have everything working in their favor anymore. No career years this year, weaker pitching performances now. Yankees we know have issues. Sox are a very good club. But if that is Ortiz, wait until injuries kick in. Angels banged up. The Jays will cool. Imagine if they kept AJ though and McGowan, Litsch and the other kid whos name eludes me was healthy. Then I might be worried of them.

  81. GreenBeret7 April 26th, 2009 at 5:47 pm

    was ***too*** embarrassed

  82. m April 26th, 2009 at 5:48 pm

    GB7,

    Apparently I have no shame either. Where’s the morality police?!?

    BTW, you may be southern, but you have yet to prove that you’re a gentleman. ;)

  83. Jeff NJ April 26th, 2009 at 5:48 pm

    f ing Manny, out at 2ND!! HA HA

  84. Brandon If Melancon doesn't K the first batter he's a bust "I LOVE ME SOME ME !" April 26th, 2009 at 5:49 pm

    “Brandon: I’ll be impressed if there’s a game where Carmen Angelini does NOT make an error!”

    I’m starting to believe the OF is his future.

  85. dennis-costanza(sox fan) April 26th, 2009 at 5:49 pm

    GB7.

    Well said. LOL.

    I really appreciate your support and understanding….:)

    -dennis

  86. IrishCarBomb April 26th, 2009 at 5:49 pm

    Damon needs another day off?

    How many days off does this guy get?

  87. Rebecca-Optimist Prime April 26th, 2009 at 5:49 pm

    Guys, I have a solution to the Miller/Morgan/Phillips problem that should work just fine.

    1) Locate your remote.

    2) Locate the button with the letters ‘S’ ‘A’ ‘P’ (or, the settings option if you have an IO control).

    3) Press button, or find option for audio language and switch to Spanish.

    4) ENJOY!

  88. ZMAN7777 April 26th, 2009 at 5:50 pm

    John — good point on the Jays. If their pitching were healthy, they’d probably win the East. As it stands, I wouldn’t rule them out. They’ll stay in the hunt, I think. If the Yankees don’t find some semblance of a bullpen, they won’t.

  89. Rebecca-Optimist Prime April 26th, 2009 at 5:50 pm

    Brandon: given that we’ve got no SS prospect close to ready, this does not bode well.

  90. Trevor April 26th, 2009 at 5:50 pm

    ESPN Classic has game 4 of the ALCS 2004 on now. Bad memories…..

  91. swisherrocks April 26th, 2009 at 5:52 pm

    Modell’s is finally selling Swisher name and number shirts….I just picked one up today :)

  92. Brandon If Melancon doesn't K the first batter he's a bust "I LOVE ME SOME ME !" April 26th, 2009 at 5:53 pm

    “Brandon: given that we’ve got no SS prospect close to ready, this does not bode well.”

    Pena and Nunez are the only ones that come to mind.

  93. John April 26th, 2009 at 5:55 pm

    Bought the Swisher one at Modells last week for $17. At the stadium I think they are $40 something or more just because they have the logo on the sleeve. And they didn’t even have Swisher.

  94. GreenBeret7 April 26th, 2009 at 5:57 pm

    m
    April 26th, 2009 at 5:48 pm
    GB7,

    Apparently I have no shame either. Where’s the morality police?!?

    BTW, you may be southern, but you have yet to prove that you’re a gentleman.

    ————————————————————

    My only defense is that I wasn’t born in the south. That’s my reason, so, don’t try changing my mind.

  95. Rebecca-Optimist Prime April 26th, 2009 at 5:57 pm

    “UPDATE, 5:44 p.m.: Nick Swisher just showed up in a black suit with red pinstripes. It zips up the front. He also had on a gray fedora. He looks like one of Al Capone’s henchmen. ”

    Photos or it didn’t happen.

  96. John April 26th, 2009 at 5:59 pm

    No SS prospects close, but there are SS available in a trade. The key is eventually this pitchign talent accumulated should get you something significant in a trade back. Even Marquez and Betmeit plus some money got you Nick. If Joba is a starter and Hughes pans out he replaces Andy. Where eventually does Kennedy, Betcances, Brackman, Bleich, amongst others fit in? They are all starter.

  97. G. Love April 26th, 2009 at 5:59 pm

    I was watching the game last night with a friend of mine who happened to be a Red Sox fan (poor dolt) and I thought it was hilarious that while we were watching the game he launched into a diatribe about how the media HATES the Red Sox and praises the Yankees.

    He was talking Fox, ESPN, etc. How they constantly bash the Red Sox in their presentations and take shots at them whenever they can.

    He was completely serious.

    My jaw almost hit the floor.

    I just sat there and laughed considering how often myself and other people in here go nuts over how the Yankees are treated by the national media.

  98. TIME FOR #27 April 26th, 2009 at 5:59 pm

    why is damon not playing? I think its time to start the “FIRE GIRARDI” campaign!!! wahhhhhhhhhh……. this team makes me vomit…

  99. jennifer-Etch A Sketch loss April 26th, 2009 at 6:00 pm

    Swisherrocks- Which Modells? I went a few weeks ago and they didn’t have any.

  100. Betsy April 26th, 2009 at 6:01 pm

    Maybe Swish is going to shoot the next guy that blows the game up for the Yankees, taking the team completely out of the game.

  101. jennifer-Etch A Sketch loss April 26th, 2009 at 6:02 pm

    Yeah Pete, pics please!!

  102. trisha - click to see my bigger and better Opening Day pictures April 26th, 2009 at 6:02 pm

    Hey all. The very nice part of being out all day is that I have no need to go back through all the posts, many of which I am assuming are either angst ridden or total defeatist.

    I on the other hand am feeling really pretty good about life. The way I have always tended to gauge games against “them”, in addition to the bottom line W or L of course, is to see how close they were to us in a W or how close we were to them in an L. I have never taken great heart when the scores have been high and we’ve beaten them by a run. Conversely, I don’t feel great pain to have gotten beaten in games where they were beaten up by us also.

    So therefore I am really not feeling so bad at all. There is a relative absence of RSN gloating around here. Part of it could have been that local eyes are also fixed on basketball or hockey. But RSN are total fools, even if they sometimes act like it. They can’t be feeling that great that Beckett gave up 8 ER, Okajema hasn’t been giving them much, Masterson has had to be pulled from the pen and put in the starting lineup, and Lester has also had his problems.

    I’m looking forward to tonight’s game and also looking forward to things coming together for the Yankees. In the near future they will have Arod back, Bruney healthy, and maybe they’ll even decide to keep Hughes around after Wang returns.

    GO YANKS!

  103. Teixeiramvp (JobaCyYoung) April 26th, 2009 at 6:03 pm

    I don’t think anybody favors anybody.
    I’m back guys.

  104. trisha - click to see my bigger and better Opening Day pictures April 26th, 2009 at 6:03 pm

    That should read RSN are NOT total fools[

  105. GreenBeret7 April 26th, 2009 at 6:04 pm

    DJ Mitchell started strong, striking out 3 in the first two innings. was hit for a double and two singles, and 1 run in the third. Angelini has a single in two at bats and he’s been dazzling in the field. He’s fielded the only ball hit to him.

    Adams is 2 for 2. Angelini (ironically enough) scores on an error.

  106. GreenBeret7 April 26th, 2009 at 6:05 pm

    NYY does have two other shortstops of promise in Garrison Lassiter and Addison Maruszak.

  107. trisha - click to see my bigger and better Opening Day pictures April 26th, 2009 at 6:06 pm

    “I read some posts from ths AM about Sox fans being gleeful…I am not. This Sox team looks very exposed. SS, C, and the rotation is weak at this point. Beckett was pounded yesterday, Lester is OK at best and then what? The bullpen is weak w/out Materson IMO.”

    Swear to God I had not seen this post by Dennis. This is EXACTLY what I was talking about.

    Thanks Dennis for giving it from the perspective of RSN.

  108. Jeff NJ April 26th, 2009 at 6:06 pm

    I like Johnny Damon coming off the bench. Although truth be told, I’m still not sold on starting Matsui over Damon. Funny thing about Matsui is he always comes around with the numbers when the years over despite some of the ugliest ground balls to 2nd you’ll ever see.

  109. G. Love April 26th, 2009 at 6:07 pm

    Damon smashed into the Monster pretty hard last night going after a ball so it could just be a day off since he’s a little banged up.

  110. Fran April 26th, 2009 at 6:07 pm

    Dennis,
    I feel for you re: the swine flu. I live 7 blocks from the school in NY where the outbreak occurred and one of the students infected lives in my building.

  111. tampayank April 26th, 2009 at 6:09 pm

    can the media question his juggling lineups and also how long is Gardner’s leach?…. goodness, I’m pissed and the game hasn’t even started…’little G’ prove me wrong and make something happen against Masterson

  112. Fran April 26th, 2009 at 6:10 pm

    Trisha, I like your optimism.

  113. m April 26th, 2009 at 6:10 pm

    Sounds like Swisher showed up in a zoot suit. What a character. I wouldn’t be shocked if he had showe up in a Red Sox uni.

  114. Jeff NJ April 26th, 2009 at 6:12 pm

    wowzer Fran, I think you should move deep underground.

    I can’t get to worked up over Swine Flu after Bird Flu turned out to be a dud. I mean how many people died form each to this point? And SARS was a real scary one, it took South Park about 3 days to parody it. Am I as crazy as you

  115. jennifer-Etch A Sketch loss April 26th, 2009 at 6:12 pm

    Dennis- Stay safe.

    Fran- What precautions are they taking for you? Is the CDC there?

  116. Pat M April 26th, 2009 at 6:12 pm

    The media was forced to praise to accomplishments of the Yanks in the 90′s….Many times you’d hear comments on how can you not like this ream…Good guys, hard working , no stars…So when the Yanks tanked in 04 with an AllStar team, they wolves were on the prawl….

  117. dennis-costanza(sox fan) April 26th, 2009 at 6:12 pm

    Trisha.

    Great photos from opening day. I was most impressed that you had a photo of yourself at the end. That takes guts as 90 percent of posters would not do that. We disagree a lot but as I have said before I respect your passion and honesty.

    -dennis

  118. Jeff NJ April 26th, 2009 at 6:13 pm

    wowzer Fran, I think you should move deep underground.

    I can’t get to worked up over Swine Flu after Bird Flu turned out to be a dud. I mean how many people died form each to this point? And SARS was a real scary one, it took South Park about 3 days to parody it. Guess we’ll see.

  119. Brandon If Melancon doesn't K the first batter he's a bust "I LOVE ME SOME ME !" April 26th, 2009 at 6:15 pm

    There better be some pics of Swish and that suit, either here or his twitter.

  120. m April 26th, 2009 at 6:16 pm

    Remember I mentioned that Tim Montemayor guy? Talk show host? He was following the game and he said something really odd. He (notorious Cubs fan) said that there’s something about this Yankees team that makes you want to cheer for them. He said it was like they’re blue collar and stuff. I nearly drove off the road.

    But if you thing about it, he’s right. We’ve been the underdog for a while now. And no one currently on the roster wears a scarf.

    Anyway, Colin Cowherd (what a tool) says that a good Yankees team is good for baseball.

  121. dennis-costanza(sox fan) April 26th, 2009 at 6:17 pm

    Jennifer/Fran. Thanks.

    JeffNJ. In Mexico the death total has gone from 26 to 81 in a day and a half. I am not an alarmist however I would like more info before traveling to a border state. IMO.

    -dennis

  122. GreenBeret7 April 26th, 2009 at 6:18 pm

    Charleston is holding up their end of the system, scoring 6 runs in the third. Lassiter has a 2 run triple.

  123. jvcelt April 26th, 2009 at 6:19 pm

    veritek is the worst hitter in the american league. this weekend is an aberration. the ‘devil’ rays r stinking it up. i have come down from the window ledge. we r gonna be ok.

  124. Fran April 26th, 2009 at 6:20 pm

    Jennifer and Jeff,

    We were told that if you have any flu-like symptoms to stay in your apartment and not go out and infect anyone else unless the symptoms get bad. However, you can be sure that if I experience any type of flu symptoms I will be at the hospital emergency room very quickly.

  125. trisha - click to see my bigger and better Opening Day pictures April 26th, 2009 at 6:21 pm

    Fran for me to be able to feel that from “behind the enemy lines” you know there has to be something to it!

    :D

    Seriously though, I have never felt happy after the Yanks have beaten “them” at the Stadium but gotten our butts handed to us in the process. Whenever that has happened it has reminded me that they are going to remain a problem for us. Well, and as Dennis pointed out in almost the same words I used, Red Sox Nation can’t be feeling terribly gleeful that despite winning two games they really had to fight like hell for both wings, and with a little luck on our side, both of them could have been wins for us. What makes me feel even better for our side is that we can feel pretty good that Bruney would have been a difference maker for us in that first game anyway – and he will be back with the team very soon.

    Also, we were playing with our third-string 3B since we lost our second-string.

    I just think we have a lot of good to be looking forward to.

    :)

  126. Fran April 26th, 2009 at 6:22 pm

    Trisha, I’m with you.

  127. trisha - click to see my bigger and better Opening Day pictures April 26th, 2009 at 6:23 pm

    wow I guess I have been pretty far out of the loop! I hadn’t heard a lot about the swine flu. Okay, I hadn’t heard basically anything.

    I think I should go and check out the news…

  128. DT April 26th, 2009 at 6:24 pm

    “We were told that if you have any flu-like symptoms to stay in your apartment and not go out and infect anyone else unless the symptoms get bad.”

    hmmm…. sounds a lot like me as a Yankee fan this weekend living in RSN.

  129. NongEyeJon April 26th, 2009 at 6:26 pm

    I agree with someone’s sentiment about the mixing up of the lineups. There is little to no consistency. If such a big deal was made about Jeter batting lead-off, and Damon needs a day…give him 1/2 a day and let him DH. And take Matsui out. Things will become a little more stable with AROD, but who knows how many lineups we’ll see this year. I’ve always liked Girardi but the past 2 games…and this season, in fact, he seems to be over-managing.

  130. dennis-costanza(sox fan) April 26th, 2009 at 6:27 pm

    Going to walk over and meet clients at the Cask before the game. I will follow the blog via IPhone.

    Take Care.

    -dennis

  131. m April 26th, 2009 at 6:27 pm

    Thanks for the update. Some of us knew there was an explanation, hopefully nothing too serious.

  132. Brandon If Melancon doesn't K the first batter he's a bust "I LOVE ME SOME ME !" April 26th, 2009 at 6:28 pm

    “Charleston is holding up their end of the system, scoring 6 runs in the third. Lassiter has a 2 run triple.”

    That’s great for Las

    “wow I guess I have been pretty far out of the loop! I hadn’t heard a lot about the swine flu. Okay, I hadn’t heard basically anything.”

    I told you guys since Friday, yeah it’s got alot of people nervous in Mexico and Cali, IDK how 7 kids in NY have it but it’s mild here in NY so….. just make sure you take your medicine and get checked up the minute a flu comes. There’s nothing else anyone can do right now other than that.

  133. Myles Standish April 26th, 2009 at 6:29 pm

    I could never figure out why the Red Sox and White Sox didn’t switch names for obvious reasons.

  134. Rebecca-Optimist Prime April 26th, 2009 at 6:30 pm

    Brandon: they went to Cancún for Spring Break…

    Pete: Thanks for the update on Damon. Ouch!

  135. trisha - click to see my bigger and better Opening Day pictures April 26th, 2009 at 6:31 pm

    Brandon, unfortunately my ability to read posts on the forum is sometimes limited so I end up missing entire sections (and I will admit that if Pete keeps jumping threads, unless I find the thread topics rivetting, I usually don’t keep playing leap thread!)

    So I obviously missed any discussion about the swine flu! That and the fact that I was probably tight as a drum all day Friday…

    ;)

  136. Fran April 26th, 2009 at 6:31 pm

    Brandon, the kids that got it here in NYC were in Cancun for spring break a week and a half ago and brought it back with them.
    I know that it’s mild, but when it is in your building it is not mild enough.

  137. Brandon If Melancon doesn't K the first batter he's a bust "I LOVE ME SOME ME !" April 26th, 2009 at 6:32 pm

    “Brandon: they went to Cancún for Spring Break…”

    It’s confirmed ? or you joking ?

  138. Brandon If Melancon doesn't K the first batter he's a bust "I LOVE ME SOME ME !" April 26th, 2009 at 6:33 pm

    Damn WTF is going on in Mexico ?

    Well I got to go out I’ll talk to you guys later. :)

  139. Jeff NJ April 26th, 2009 at 6:33 pm

    Damn Damon went on the Dl either last year or the year before after hitting the wall against the Sox. That guy gives max effort against his former “Idiots”.

  140. Teixeiramvp (JobaCyYoung) April 26th, 2009 at 6:33 pm

    Sorry guys caled away suddenly which has happened to me several times but I’m back.
    Got to disagree with trisha here, who I respect and agree with often (I like the optimism). The way I see it if they played bad it’s that much worse that we lost. And if we played good then they played better.
    That being said Melancon hasn’t integrated into the pen yet and our starting staff still needs to get it’s groove on, which it will. It’s too talented not to. And then there’s A-Rod..we know that with A-Rod we win game 1 at least.
    I’m not panicking.

  141. jennifer-Etch A Sketch loss April 26th, 2009 at 6:33 pm

    fran- So is there a cure for it? They are telling you not to go out, so will it get better on it’s own?

    I agree, too close for comfort, i’d be at er too.

  142. kasey April 26th, 2009 at 6:33 pm

    “UPDATE, 6:24 p.m.: Johnny Damon is out of the lineup with a sore right shoulder, a sore knee and a sore back. Girardi said he hopes Damon will be available tomorrow.”

    in other words, johnny damon is johnny damon.

  143. NongEyeJon April 26th, 2009 at 6:34 pm

    As per the CDC, the only thing you can do is repeatedly wash your hands, and if you’re sick, don’t go to work/school…and if you are flu-ish, go to the emergency rooms. You have to assume that much of the deaths in Mexico stems from the lack of substantial health care, or access to that health care. As a result, we probably need to put it into perspective. LAY OFF THE BACON!

  144. jennifer-Etch A Sketch loss April 26th, 2009 at 6:35 pm

    Is everyone happy, now that they know Damon is sore. All from crashing into a metal wall. Geniuses those people up in Boston. HMMM lets make a wall, pad it, no keep it metal, players only crash into it.

  145. trisha - click to see my bigger and better Opening Day pictures April 26th, 2009 at 6:35 pm

    Now to sound terribly out of it but what exactly is swine flu? Is it exactly what it sounds like, in terms of where it comes from? I’ve heard of mad cow disease and bird flu but I don’t know that I had really heard of swine flu…

  146. trisha - click to see my bigger and better Opening Day pictures April 26th, 2009 at 6:37 pm

    jen, why had people been jumping all over Girardi for not playing Damon without even knowing the reason? That would be different!

    :lol:

  147. Teixeiramvp (JobaCyYoung) April 26th, 2009 at 6:38 pm

    Damon is fine.

  148. Brandon If Melancon doesn't K the first batter he's a bust "I LOVE ME SOME ME !" April 26th, 2009 at 6:39 pm

    Ok one last thing before I go

    Jerry Reese drafted this guy to keep Ahmad Bradshaw on his toes

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1RNOiG52388

    And introducing the Ramses Barden the guy that will make Manningham and Smith nervous

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=b11Or3oMJWY

  149. GreenBeret7 April 26th, 2009 at 6:39 pm

    Swine flu comes from eating too many pork rinds and boco-bits on your salad.

  150. Tom in N.J. April 26th, 2009 at 6:39 pm

    The “Spanish Flu” pandemic of 1918-1919 that killed between 50 million to 100 million, was some form of swine flu.

  151. trisha - click to see my bigger and better Opening Day pictures April 26th, 2009 at 6:39 pm

    Fran and jen, on another topic altogether, I have resigned myself to last place in our league. It seems that no matter what I try I can’t move too far out of last!

    Anyway, I picked up Phil Hughes. That makes me really happy! I finally had to let go of Jeremy Guthrie.

  152. GreenBeret7 April 26th, 2009 at 6:39 pm

    ***baco-bits*** on your salad

  153. Fran April 26th, 2009 at 6:40 pm

    Jennifer, there is no actual cure but they are treating it like a flu with aspirin, fluids, etc. and I think I heard that the government is releasing mass quantities of flu vaccine for bad cases (which may or may not work). And one of the drug companies is working on a vaccine specifically for swine flu.

  154. Fran April 26th, 2009 at 6:41 pm

    Trisha, not if I get there first. My team is pretty pathetic as well.

  155. trisha - click to see my bigger and better Opening Day pictures April 26th, 2009 at 6:41 pm

    Well, the closest I’ve gotten to Mexico is Taco Bell! And the primary ingredients in what I ordered were chicken and cheese.

    :)

  156. tex's former best friend April 26th, 2009 at 6:42 pm

    so damon isnt available today? so we have molina and who on the bench? anyone?

  157. Fran April 26th, 2009 at 6:43 pm

    Trisha, it’s not transmitted by eating pork products.

  158. trisha - click to see my bigger and better Opening Day pictures April 26th, 2009 at 6:45 pm

    Fran -

    :D

    I swear I tried everything possible and even finally figured out my “problems” in terms of everyone else’s teams. My biggest problem is that I didn’t bother getting position players who know how to hit!

    He he he. Well, that’s not entirely true, because avg. is not my problem. But that’s only one point. I cannot get what I need out of remaining free agents, and that is players with HR and RBI power. So at this point all I can say is that it is what it is. I will certainly try to make changes from time to time but I can see what I need was drafted by the more intelligent members of our league – that would be team owners 1-9, with me being owner 10!

    :lol:

    But I do have a pretty nice pitching compliment. However, so does everyone else probably.

  159. Doreen April 26th, 2009 at 6:46 pm

    Fran -

    Please take extra care of yourself.

    My daughter works p/t in a hospital in LI. I told her to be xtra careful about washing hands, etc.

    We should all be extra careful.

    Dennis (red sox fan) – I understand how you feel. We’re supposed to go to San Diego for a wedding in Sept. Well, we’re going to go, but now I feel a little nervous.

  160. Jeff NJ April 26th, 2009 at 6:46 pm

    Ramiro Pena. So Pena and Molina on the bench if Johnny can’t play. Um, A Rod, can’t maybe, you just rehab with the big team?

  161. S.A.--It's a marathon, not a sprint. Calm down. April 26th, 2009 at 6:47 pm

    UPDATE, 5:44 p.m.: Nick Swisher just showed up in a black suit with red pinstripes. It zips up the front. He also had on a gray fedora. He looks like one of Al Capone’s henchmen.

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

    Dude, pictures! Come on!

    So Damon seems to be sore all over. That sucks

  162. trisha - click to see my bigger and better Opening Day pictures April 26th, 2009 at 6:47 pm

    Fran – thanks! If I had taken a minute to think about it I PROBABLY would have figured that out. Though isn’t bird flu transmitted through contacted with infected birds?

    I wish they wouldn’t give all these animal names without some consistency in application!

  163. trisha - click to see my bigger and better Opening Day pictures April 26th, 2009 at 6:47 pm

    Fran – thanks! If I had taken a minute to think about it I PROBABLY would have figured that out. Though isn’t bird flu transmitted through contacted with infected birds?

    I wish they wouldn’t give all these animal names without some consistency in application!

  164. Tom in N.J. April 26th, 2009 at 6:48 pm

    I went to a Yankee game in Toronto during the SARS scare.

  165. GreenBeret7 April 26th, 2009 at 6:49 pm

    Mitchell is pitching a great game. His only real mistakes is allowing the 4 balls he allowed hit to Angelini. angelini has made the plays, though. He’d be so much better in the outfield. Charleston doesn’t have the young mashers on this team, but, they have a ton of speed, especially in the outfield with Almonte, Kruml and Mesa.

    Again, it’s their pitching that will shine. Mitchell is doing to be good if he stays healthy. The big arm is Marshall. At age 19, a big 95-96 MPH fastball, good curve and a close to plus changeup.

    Taylor Grote’s bat is coming around….another hit after banging a double into left field corner.

  166. trisha - click to see my bigger and better Opening Day pictures April 26th, 2009 at 6:49 pm

    Fran – I am seriously now going to read up on swine flu, just so that I can understand what it is all about.

    Be back!

  167. Fran April 26th, 2009 at 6:49 pm

    Doreen, Thanks

  168. Jeff NJ April 26th, 2009 at 6:50 pm

    A lot of viruses start from animals. They said AIDS started in apes. It’s only recently they are nmaing them based on the first animal known to have it. Imagine they just called AIDS “Ape Flu”?

  169. Rebecca-Optimist Prime April 26th, 2009 at 6:51 pm

    Brandon: Confirmed.

  170. m April 26th, 2009 at 6:51 pm

    I’d really avoid shaking hands with Tim McCarver now. :(

  171. GreenBeret7 April 26th, 2009 at 6:52 pm

    Lassiter with another hit…RBI

  172. BoBBY Boberson April 26th, 2009 at 6:54 pm

    It must be nice for Terry Francona to trot the same lineup out there day after day- I wonder what that’s like???

    I totally forget what its like to have a lineup that’s not inhabited by 9 glass objects.

  173. Bo knows April 26th, 2009 at 6:54 pm

    John
    You make very good points and most of them I’ve said myself.
    In some order, yes Posada does not call a very good game, he never has, it’s his offense that makes him so valuable. Varitek, give the devil his due calls a hell of a game. There was a reason why Boston brought him back and it wasn’t the HR he hit. To my mind, strictly a guess swing but this is a man that that thinks right along with the pitcher. The hitting with RISP – it’s been crappy for years – Jeter is as bad as anyone. I fault Torre, who as a catcher should have stressed that all the time. Jeter only played for Torre until last year. Melky – too much attitude, no brains. Girardi, I’ve been a big fan since his playing days, great defensive catcher, he’s still learning managing and getting better. He was never stupid and I would rate his game knowledge with anyone. GB made a very good point about Gardner, he’s confused and to my mind regressed in his hitting approach. He needs a week off to work with video and the hitting coach. Fianlly, you can’t rework All Stars and make them do basics, this is where Tiexiera is so important, maybe they’ll learn from him. That DP to the catcher had me yelling, absolutely great play.

  174. Neil April 26th, 2009 at 6:56 pm

    Many Yankees seem to have been hit with a strain of the RISP flu.

  175. Rebecca-Optimist Prime April 26th, 2009 at 6:57 pm

    About the swine flu:

    What’s really worrying right now is that the majority of those dead are 25-40 years old, which is one of the signs of the pandemic.

    That Mexico doesn’t have the same healthcare is not really that reassuring, because it’s already in the US and with our ultra-hygenic facilities probably only a matter of time before the strain becomes more severe.

    Wash your hands, especially after being in public…

  176. CB April 26th, 2009 at 7:00 pm

    “The hitting with RISP – it’s been crappy for years – Jeter is as bad as anyone. I fault Torre, who as a catcher should have stressed that all the time. Jeter only played for Torre until last year.”

    Derek Jeter’s batting average with RISP:

    2009 – .368
    2008 – .317
    2007 – .354
    2006 – .384
    2005 – .261

    If Jeter were as “bad as anyone” with RISP this team would win 120 games.

    And if you want to “blame” torre for Jeter perennially excelling with RISP over the past 5 years I guess you can.

  177. EricNS April 26th, 2009 at 7:01 pm

    When do they fire Cashman for assembling a $200 million glass house?

  178. trisha - click to see my bigger and better Opening Day pictures April 26th, 2009 at 7:03 pm

    “In some order, yes Posada does not call a very good game”

    I’ve brought this topic up from time to time over the last few seasons…

    Just a point of fact.

  179. Jeff NJ April 26th, 2009 at 7:06 pm

    “When do they fire Cashman for assembling a $200 million glass house?”

    Why is Epstein looking to upgrade to a team where he doesn’t have to share a 3 by 6 cubicle in a 100 year old building? If the Yankees were to make Epstein an offer, he’d be gone in a Boston minute (which is equal to two chowdas and a three “Yankees Suck” chants.

  180. Betsy April 26th, 2009 at 7:06 pm

    Oy vey – a sore right shoulder, knee and back? Poor Johnny……..will the injuries never cease?

  181. GreenBeret7 April 26th, 2009 at 7:07 pm

    Mitchell had a great game going for 5.1 innings, until a pair of one out singles and a 3 run homer.

    Mitchell 6.0 innings, 6 hits, 4 runs, 4 earned runs, 0 walks, 6 strikeouts, 1 HRA.

  182. talltenor April 26th, 2009 at 7:09 pm

    Not surprised Damon is out tonight; he hit the Monstah a couple of times pretty hard.

    Pete, sorry about the early departure to Detroit tomorrow, but hope to see you while you’re here. I’ll be at Tuesday’s game (weather permitting… storms are forecast).

  183. panayioti April 26th, 2009 at 7:09 pm

    Jeff NJ
    April 26th, 2009 at 7:06 pm
    “When do they fire Cashman for assembling a $200 million glass house?”
    Why is Epstein looking to upgrade to a team where he doesn’t have to share a 3 by 6 cubicle in a 100 year old building? If the Yankees were to make Epstein an offer, he’d be gone in a Boston minute (which is equal to two chowdas and a three “Yankees Suck” chants.

    Not that I fault Cashman for every signing, think everyone knows his voice is as small as his frame, most of the time. But I would make that deal for Epstein in a second. I think Theo has a better grasp of player development and talent evaluation than Cashman. You have to think that Lucchino is just as bad as Big Stein and Bros Stein.

  184. miggs April 26th, 2009 at 7:09 pm

    Nothing like a day at the beach to wash away this past week and get refreshed for the days ahead. What a great day today.

    Firing up the grill for some steaks and settling in for some Yankees baseball.

    The game will no doubt be on mute. Listening to Joe Morgan will only make me lose my appetite. Steve Phillips will only add to the agony. Its an easy decision.

  185. Betsy April 26th, 2009 at 7:09 pm

    Jen, the Yankees aren’t much better. They decided for whatever reason to do away with the padding in the outfield walls……so if any Yankee crashes into those, it will be the same (or worse, I think it’s cement) as crashing into the Green Monster.

  186. Fran April 26th, 2009 at 7:11 pm

    Trisha, I know that you have brought up Posada’s game calling a number of times. I noticed that last night on the post-game show Burnett went out of his way to say that Posada called a good game. Almost seemed to me like too much.

  187. Rebecca-Optimist Prime April 26th, 2009 at 7:12 pm

    miggs: Try the SAP button.

  188. Bo knows April 26th, 2009 at 7:12 pm

    I don’t disparage Jeter’s talent and the stats back you up. This is a man that should have at least one MVP on his shelf. But for a man with an inside out swing and a man on third and one out, all I say is – watch. I was talking about basics, hitting to the opposite field, spoiling a pitch etc. And I won’t even begin on Alex who swings from the heels on the low outside pitch.

  189. Betsy April 26th, 2009 at 7:13 pm

    Bo Knows, there have been periods that Jeter hasn’t been good in the clutch, but over his career he has been very clutch. This year he’s been very good, especially with two outs.

  190. GreenBeret7 April 26th, 2009 at 7:13 pm

    Betsy
    April 26th, 2009 at 7:09 pm
    Jen, the Yankees aren’t much better. They decided for whatever reason to do away with the padding in the outfield walls……so if any Yankee crashes into those, it will be the same (or worse, I think it’s cement) as crashing into the Green Monster.

    ————————————————————

    YS has padding covering the concret walls. The old stadium had flexible walls, though.

  191. bdog375 April 26th, 2009 at 7:14 pm

    I am shocked to see Berroa in the lineup instead of Pena. Andy Pettitte relies on his defense so much, and Pena’s glove is vastly superior to Berroa.

  192. GreenBeret7 April 26th, 2009 at 7:15 pm

    ***concrete walls***

  193. GreenBeret7 April 26th, 2009 at 7:15 pm

    bdog375
    April 26th, 2009 at 7:14 pm
    I am shocked to see Berroa in the lineup instead of Pena. Andy Pettitte relies on his defense so much, and Pena’s glove is vastly superior to Berroa.

    ————————————————————

    He also needs runs scored for him.

  194. Nick in SF April 26th, 2009 at 7:16 pm

    This blog is great, but I don’t think it’s intended to be anyone’s primary source for news and world events. ;)

  195. Don Altobello April 26th, 2009 at 7:17 pm

    Seems that the team is back to where it was last year: expensive players, poor results, worst thinking.

    Whhy do we have D.Marte in NY, and Alfredo Aceves in AAA?
    Why we call Rivera from bullpen when the team has not won yet?
    Why is our team so consistent in letting go away the best players in the winter, and get the most expensive?

    Makes you think…

  196. Jeff NJ April 26th, 2009 at 7:20 pm

    Wow Don, those could be the three dumbest questions ever poised in one posting! Congrats!

    I expecially like the Rivera one, I mean why do we call him when the team has not won yet? I guess we should only call him after they win, guess that will keep his innings down!

  197. miggs April 26th, 2009 at 7:21 pm

    Wow almost 600 posts today with no game action yet. Don’t you people go outside?

    If you were anywhere on the east coast today you had beautiful weather.

  198. Bo knows April 26th, 2009 at 7:22 pm

    By “letting go their best players” do you by any chance mean Giambi and the RF ghost? Because they’re getting paid a quarter or less than what they made last year. The market judges.

  199. Jeff NJ April 26th, 2009 at 7:22 pm

    miggs, half the postings are from 6pm on. Perfect relaxation time before lighting the BBQ.

  200. Betsy April 26th, 2009 at 7:23 pm

    GB, thanks – that makes me feel a little better.

  201. Teixeiramvp (JobaCyYoung) April 26th, 2009 at 7:24 pm

    Don Altobello-That may be the record for dumbest post EVER.
    Normally I just tell people that I disagree then I state why but that was just too stupid…

  202. hardwired April 26th, 2009 at 7:24 pm

    It’s time to circle the wagons.

  203. Rebecca-Optimist Prime April 26th, 2009 at 7:26 pm

    miggs: 90 F kinda crosses the line from ‘beautiful’ to ‘blazing hot’.

  204. Teixeiramvp (JobaCyYoung) April 26th, 2009 at 7:28 pm

    I hate the cold and winter. 90 degrees is beautiful to me.

  205. jennifer-Etch A Sketch loss April 26th, 2009 at 7:29 pm

    miggs= I was outside working on my tan for 4 hours. I think I had enough of the outside.

  206. jennifer-Etch A Sketch loss April 26th, 2009 at 7:32 pm

    New York Yankees baseball pregame on radio. :-)

  207. Bo knows April 26th, 2009 at 7:32 pm

    Hey Pat

    You know the saying “Great men think alike etc etc. We’ve been in and around the game too long to differ much in opinions.
    Back in the day when the Angels and Yankees had these old teams the question came up who had the older team. I was doing good upholding the Yankees but then the ruling came down and I lost. “The Yankees were in an earlier time zone”. Sic transit

  208. jennifer-Etch A Sketch loss April 26th, 2009 at 7:32 pm

    Suzy talking to Mark Melancon.

  209. Al from BK(Mark Sanchez is a NY JET!) April 26th, 2009 at 7:33 pm

    Jeez thank God I have been watching the NFL draft non-stop this weekend. Trying to avoid the sweep, after we should have been going for the sweep how embarassing. Hopefully this is an aberration and this team isn’t this gutless.

  210. Fran April 26th, 2009 at 7:36 pm

    The NFL draft is finally over, although it was a great one for the NY Jets.

  211. Rebecca-Optimist Prime April 26th, 2009 at 7:38 pm

    Mmm, time to watch some playoff hockey pre baseball. Let’s Go Devils!

  212. Teixeiramvp (JobaCyYoung) April 26th, 2009 at 7:39 pm

    Very unhappy with my Giants. Not that the pick was bad, but you can’t gamble on a draft pick being a star to replace an A-one type reciever like Burress. If he’s a bust, the Giants will be terrible. Should’ve (any maybe they still will) gotten Edwards or Boldin.

  213. Teixeiramvp (JobaCyYoung) April 26th, 2009 at 7:39 pm

    Rebecca-Should be a good one.
    Let’s see if my Devils can salvage my weekend.

  214. Teixeiramvp (JobaCyYoung) April 26th, 2009 at 7:40 pm

    Let’s see if my Devils can salvage my weekend.

  215. liz April 26th, 2009 at 7:40 pm

    it’s a new day! :)

  216. Al from BK(Mark Sanchez is a NY JET!) April 26th, 2009 at 7:42 pm

    Wow I been busy with the Jets that I didn’t notice Melancon got called up all I can say is thank goodness!

  217. GreenBeret7 April 26th, 2009 at 7:42 pm

    Don Altobello
    April 26th, 2009 at 7:17 pm
    Seems that the team is back to where it was last year: expensive players, poor results, worst thinking.

    Whhy do we have D.Marte in NY, and Alfredo Aceves in AAA?
    Why we call Rivera from bullpen when the team has not won yet?
    Why is our team so consistent in letting go away the best players in the winter, and get the most expensive?

    ***Makes you think***

    ————————————————————

    Judging by your questions….apparently not.

  218. jennifer-Etch A Sketch loss April 26th, 2009 at 7:44 pm

    Mark is on now!

  219. GreenBeret7 April 26th, 2009 at 7:45 pm

    any time Betsy. I was wondering why they put up the solid walls instead of the flex walls, though. Makes no sense when you’re trying to protect your multi-million dollar players.

  220. jennifer-Etch A Sketch loss April 26th, 2009 at 7:45 pm

    Al from BK

    He was only called up becuase Brian went on the DL. :(

  221. built to win April 26th, 2009 at 7:45 pm

    I am still laughing about Rebecca’s typo. That was pretty good.

  222. Bo knows April 26th, 2009 at 7:46 pm

    GB

    YOu’re in fine form. Classic Snark. POINT!!

  223. Fran April 26th, 2009 at 7:46 pm

    Good news on Alex. Looks like he’ll be in a minor league game this week. He should be back soon.

  224. GreenBeret7 April 26th, 2009 at 7:47 pm

    Al from BK(Mark Sanchez is a NY JET!)
    April 26th, 2009 at 7:42 pm
    Wow I been busy with the Jets that I didn’t notice Melancon got called up all I can say is thank goodness!

    ————————————————————

    Will he be as gutless as the rest of the team if he gives up a run or two?

  225. trisha - click to see my bigger and better Opening Day pictures April 26th, 2009 at 7:49 pm

    Don Altobello, I don’t think your post was dumb and I have a problem with people calling other people names or being overly harsh about something they write, so I will at least give you my best shot on your questions. And incidentally you are far from the only person here who has questioned why we have Marte, so I would have to think that the majority wouldn’t consider that too “dumb”.

    “Whhy do we have D.Marte in NY, and Alfredo Aceves in AAA?
    Why we call Rivera from bullpen when the team has not won yet?
    Why is our team so consistent in letting go away the best players in the winter, and get the most expensive?”

    I am one of the people on this forum who happen to think Marte is a very good pitcher when used properly. He really has done a very nice job overall. When he isn’t used to get too many outs, I think he keeps the Yankees in the game. One bad pitch Friday night was the difference (though it was hardly lost by the bullpen).

    I think I know what you meant about us only using Mariano once we’ve won the game. I would think you mean just bringing him in when we are leading. At home, it is not unusual for a closer to come in with a tie, in an attempt to keep the score tied and hope that the home team wins in the bottom of an inning.

    About letting go of players. I was very sad to see Abreu go. But I always believe the organization has a plan that is probably a lot more comprehensive and thought out than what we may want or be thinking.

    Those are just my opinions. I think the Yankees did an excellent job this time around and got some phenomenal free agents. I wasn’t sold on Tex, but he has showed me how wrong I was.

  226. Bo knows April 26th, 2009 at 7:49 pm

    GB

    To temper my enthusiasm, subtract 10 percent for “barrels and fishes” but still a definite point.

  227. Bronx Jeers April 26th, 2009 at 7:49 pm

    Gammons looks like he’s hiding a little something under his papers.

  228. GreenBeret7 April 26th, 2009 at 7:49 pm

    Bo knows
    April 26th, 2009 at 7:46 pm
    GB

    YOu’re in fine form. Classic Snark. POINT!!

    ————————————————————

    I’m in a ***fowl*** mood. I must have the bird flu.

  229. Pat M April 26th, 2009 at 7:50 pm

    Pete..Northwest Airlines…Logging those World Perks miles….

  230. jennifer-Etch A Sketch loss April 26th, 2009 at 7:51 pm

    GreenBeret7

    At least you’re not mad, cause you could have mad cow.

  231. GreenBeret7 April 26th, 2009 at 7:52 pm

    Bo knows
    April 26th, 2009 at 7:49 pm
    GB

    To temper my enthusiasm, subtract 10 percent for “barrels and fishes” but still a definite point.

    ————————————————————

    I don’t know whether to just take the points or act like most of the board and stomp my feet, hold my breath and pout for not having it my way. At age 60, am I too old to be spoiled?

  232. m April 26th, 2009 at 7:52 pm

    Gammons looks like he’s hiding a little something under his papers.

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

    A flask?

  233. dennis April 26th, 2009 at 7:52 pm

    game time approaches, predictions anyone?

  234. GreenBeret7 April 26th, 2009 at 7:53 pm

    jennifer-Etch A Sketch loss
    April 26th, 2009 at 7:51 pm
    GreenBeret7

    At least you’re not mad, cause you could have mad cow.

    ————————————————————

    I’m just happy that i’m not a male chauvanist pig, or, else….

  235. trisha - click to see my bigger and better Opening Day pictures April 26th, 2009 at 7:53 pm

    I’ve been watching the Manager’s Show for two reasons: I have no desire to tune into ESPN any earlier than absolutely necessary; and I wrote Kay a question to ask Girardi and I want to see if he is going to do it.

  236. GreenBeret7 April 26th, 2009 at 7:55 pm

    jennifer-Etch A Sketch loss
    April 26th, 2009 at 7:51 pm
    GreenBeret7

    At least you’re not mad, cause you could have mad cow.

    ————————————————————

    I should have taken the cheap joke and answered, “Mooo”.

  237. Pat M April 26th, 2009 at 7:56 pm

    Prozat time for GB7….He must have missed his 4:00 meds…..Let’s get this win and get the hell out of Boston….Should have won Friday, should have won Saturday, need to win today and only lose 1 game in the standings….I hope somebody explained the strike zone to Melky….

  238. Glenn April 26th, 2009 at 7:56 pm

    At the rate Jesus Montero is hitting, he’ll be in Trenton sometime in June.

    http://www.minorleaguebaseball.....pid=524968

  239. trisha - click to see my bigger and better Opening Day pictures April 26th, 2009 at 7:57 pm

    Oops. Sent it to the wrong place.

    Funny though that Kay was just talking about how Ortiz didn’t say too much about Pedro’s headhunting but had a lot to say about Joba! I mentioned that a few days ago!

  240. Al from BK(Mark Sanchez is a NY JET!) April 26th, 2009 at 7:59 pm

    “Will he be as gutless as the rest of the team if he gives up a run or two?”

    As long as he doesn’t give up 16 I’ll have no problem with him. Seriously Boston has been in our heads since 04 we can’t seem to beat them in a big game or when we are in a position to win I think its a mental stigma.

  241. GreenBeret7 April 26th, 2009 at 7:59 pm

    Pat M
    April 26th, 2009 at 7:56 pm
    Prozat time for GB7….He must have missed his 4:00 meds…..Let’s get this win and get the hell out of Boston….Should have won Friday, should have won Saturday, need to win today and only lose 1 game in the standings….I hope somebody explained the strike zone to Melky….

    ————————————————————

    I don’t need no stinkin’ meds.

    p.s. Can I have some of yours.

  242. Bo knows April 26th, 2009 at 7:59 pm

    GB

    And here I thought the blue face was lack of circulation, but then again you have been circulating havn’t you. About 4,00 RPM I figger.

  243. trisha - click to see my bigger and better Opening Day pictures April 26th, 2009 at 8:00 pm

    Unfortunately for those of us who had prayed that Molina would be catching Burnett, it seems that it ain’t gonna be the norm. Girardi just said that Posada would be catching all of the pitchers and that Molina would catch a day game after a night game because, said Girardi, in the playoffs Posada would be the primary catcher so it is necessary for him to catch all of the pitchers.

    I don’t have to like the answer, but it obviously makes nothing but sense.

  244. jennifer-Etch A Sketch loss April 26th, 2009 at 8:02 pm

    Oh look my 3 favorite people in the booth. YEAH!!

  245. trisha - click to see my bigger and better Opening Day pictures April 26th, 2009 at 8:02 pm

    The air is oppressively heavy. I cannot imagine being in the ballpark.

  246. B.George April 26th, 2009 at 8:02 pm

    Is the Brett Gardner era ever gunna be over???????????

  247. Nick in SF April 26th, 2009 at 8:03 pm

    Earlier this afternoon I saw something truly sad and ugly in downtown Larkspur, CA. I want to share it with you all, but I have to warn you, it’s not for the weak, the frail, or the faint of heart. Click only if you have the fortitude and courage to look into the heart of our pathetic foe:

    http://www.flickr.com/photos/9.....477287171/

  248. yankeenate April 26th, 2009 at 8:04 pm

    For those interested in watching the game it is also available on espn360.com

  249. GreenBeret7 April 26th, 2009 at 8:04 pm

    Bo knows
    April 26th, 2009 at 7:59 pm
    GB

    And here I thought the blue face was lack of circulation, but then again you have been circulating havn’t you. About 4,00 RPM I figger.

    ————————————————————

    Not much circulating, lately. It’s been about two weeks since I’ve met a new “wife”.

  250. Bo knows April 26th, 2009 at 8:04 pm

    Hey Pat

    I see you noticed the vibrations as well. I figger the governor valve is stuck in the open position.

  251. Benny Blanco April 26th, 2009 at 8:05 pm

    I just want to thank Steve Phillips for informing us that the yankees have the worst era in baseball.

  252. S.A.--It's a marathon, not a sprint. Calm down. April 26th, 2009 at 8:05 pm

    Let’s go yankees! No sweep. Please!

  253. trisha - click to see my bigger and better Opening Day pictures April 26th, 2009 at 8:05 pm

    I thought Pete said it was Gardner, Jeter. Looks like Jeter was grabbing the bat.

  254. G April 26th, 2009 at 8:07 pm

    da worst era is cause of wang’z strugglezz

  255. Ed - the new era of the Yanks bullpen is here April 26th, 2009 at 8:07 pm

    anyone noticed that the 3 stooges are wearing the same suits with 3 different ugly ties?

  256. S.A.--It's a marathon, not a sprint. Calm down. April 26th, 2009 at 8:07 pm

    Nick-you should have keyed that car! :P

  257. trisha - click to see my bigger and better Opening Day pictures April 26th, 2009 at 8:07 pm

    “I just want to thank Steve Phillips for informing us that the yankees have the worst era in baseball.”

    Yeah and while we were all wise enough to mention Wang as a big part of that, he didn’t see the need.

    Tool.

    I’m hating this broadcast already. It feels like Morgan was given a sensual massage by the Red Sox, he is so fawning over them.

  258. trisha - click to see my bigger and better Opening Day pictures April 26th, 2009 at 8:08 pm

    Never mind. Actually it’s the way it should be. Gardner ahead of Jeter.

  259. S.A.--It's a marathon, not a sprint. Calm down. April 26th, 2009 at 8:09 pm

    mute button on

  260. Uncle Ellsworth April 26th, 2009 at 8:10 pm

    I want a win tonight for no other reason than I deserve it. We ALL deserve it!
    Last 2 games were pretty tough. I spent a lot of time slaving in a hot Yard today and yesterday.
    Is it too much to ask that the weekend ends on a high note?
    I don’t think so.

  261. Rich April 26th, 2009 at 8:11 pm

    Pettitte will pitch us to an important win tonight, he’s never been flustered in a big game and this will be no exception. 5-2 Yankees.

  262. Rob NY -- 2009 The Road to Redemption April 26th, 2009 at 8:11 pm

    So what exactly does Steve Phillips bring to this booth? They identified a problem with the worst two man announcing team in baseball and added the worst ‘in studio’ personality they had? Whoever came up with that idea should be fired.

    GGBG — Gimme a Groundout Brett Gardner.

  263. trisha - click to see my bigger and better Opening Day pictures April 26th, 2009 at 8:12 pm

    S.A., I’m going to see if Sterling and Waldman are in sych enough with the television action, timing wise. If so, I will mute the television and listen to them.

  264. jennifer-Etch A Sketch loss April 26th, 2009 at 8:12 pm

    sa- thought the same thing!! write red soxs stink or something like that.

    Awful camera angles. HATE IT.

  265. Bronx Jeers April 26th, 2009 at 8:12 pm

    Mics turned up.

  266. jennifer-Etch A Sketch loss April 26th, 2009 at 8:13 pm

    trisha- I did the same thing, it is a pitch behind, oh well better than listening to those 3 stooges.

  267. John April 26th, 2009 at 8:13 pm

    Let’s pause and try to make the booing dramatic. A joke.

    Can’t wait until the “radar gun” reads 100. I give it three more pitches

  268. Al from BK(Mark Sanchez is a NY JET!) April 26th, 2009 at 8:13 pm

    ESPN games are the worst. They always seem to happen when the Yankees are struggling I can hardly watch this game.

  269. John April 26th, 2009 at 8:13 pm

    What a theory, yes they aren’t booing Tex because they have Mike Lowell

  270. Rich April 26th, 2009 at 8:14 pm

    Ouch…made Masterson look pretty good in that inning.

  271. boobie April 26th, 2009 at 8:14 pm

    tex seems to like the high ones

  272. John April 26th, 2009 at 8:15 pm

    I nice idea, but I guess they can’t contractually, would be having one Yankees regular announcer and one Sox announcer for these games. At least you would have guys who cover the teams and know what they are talking about.

  273. Ryan April 26th, 2009 at 8:15 pm

    LOL-Masterson is throwing harder than Joba. Seriously: what is the deal w/ a lot of our pitchers (CC, Joba) not being able to crack 95+ on the gun? It’s not the gun…

  274. Rich April 26th, 2009 at 8:15 pm

    “Can’t wait until the “radar gun” reads 100. I give it three more pitches”

    Was just gonna write that. That’s a ridiculous gun, Pettitte will be at 95 mph all night according to ESPN.

  275. John April 26th, 2009 at 8:17 pm

    Well the Yes gun Friday night had Lester hitting 100 Joba 95. Take 5 mph off usually. Love how they try to make it dramatic.

    Andy will throw a fastball at 93 at some point I am sure.

  276. frank April 26th, 2009 at 8:17 pm

    Guys just keep in mind that this case of Influenza can be prevented with washing ur hands and keeping clean.

    Now on the Giradi watch, please let’s not make a mistake by firing Joe at this moment. It April let’s not go crazy.
    Follow us on twitter on Yankeesvoice.

    Stay vigilant.

  277. JB (Blue Jays Fan) April 26th, 2009 at 8:17 pm

    Come on Yankees! Beat these guys. I want to be up by two games.

  278. Rob NY -- 2009 The Road to Redemption April 26th, 2009 at 8:17 pm

    lol I really don’t like Youkillis attitude in general but how can you argue with him taking his team photo in a Fu-Man-Chu? That’s pretty classy. Something about a guy with a mustache.

  279. jennifer-Etch A Sketch loss April 26th, 2009 at 8:17 pm

    John April 26th, 2009 at 8:13 pm

    What a theory, yes they aren’t booing Tex because they have Mike Lowell

    ——————-

    Who said that? the fools on espn? I have them muted.

  280. Nick in SF April 26th, 2009 at 8:17 pm

    S.A.: I might have considered it, but the driver was inside! We chatted for a minute, his accent was so bad I think he must have had chowdah stuck between his teeth. The gloating was as obnoxious as you’d expect.

    He said “you seem like a smart guy, why aren’t you a Mets fan?”

    I said “I was – in 1986.”

    Then I left.

  281. miggs April 26th, 2009 at 8:17 pm

    Please no sweep. If they can just win tonight they’ll be 2 games over.500 and one behind the Sox.

    Considering all the injuries and only playing 6 home games so far, that’s not bad at all.

    Also I just threw together this peppercorn glaze for the steaks I made… fantastic. I may have to open that restaurant after all.

  282. YankeeRay April 26th, 2009 at 8:18 pm

    Tex is pressing too much. He is swinging at too many high fastballs especially with 2 strikes when he is supposed to be a patient hitter.

    I always liked Nick Green and he would be a better utility guy then anything we have.

  283. Pat M April 26th, 2009 at 8:18 pm

    Nick in SF…..Nice set of wheels..Porche Targa maybe…..GB7, I have plaenty of meds, an assortment of pain killers, anti-inflamatories….No Prozat….There was a time when both Millar and Morgan always spoke highlty of The Yanks, must been out of respect as they kept kicking everyone’s ass….

  284. pat April 26th, 2009 at 8:18 pm

    Miller is usually annoying but has been hiting the Red Bull all afternoon?

  285. Benny Blanco April 26th, 2009 at 8:18 pm

    Every time I freggin blink, the redsox are always on base…urghhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhh!

  286. Kevin (not that Kevin) Brown April 26th, 2009 at 8:18 pm

    Girardi may have “reformed” his relationships with his players and the media – but his moves as a manager still mystify: Gardner batting leadoff is insane. If Damon is out why not keep Jeter leadoff where he’s been doing great and move Cano into the No. 2?

    Ditto someone above who questioned why Pena is not playing third with Pettitte pitching.

  287. trisha - click to see my bigger and better Opening Day pictures April 26th, 2009 at 8:19 pm

    jen, I just did the same thing. I’ll take a pitch behind rather than listen to those fools! This can actually work out okay.

  288. GreenBeret7 April 26th, 2009 at 8:20 pm

    Pat M
    April 26th, 2009 at 8:18 pm
    Nick in SF…..Nice set of wheels..Porche Targa maybe…..GB7, I have plaenty of meds, an assortment of pain killers, anti-inflamatories….No Prozat….There was a time when both Millar and Morgan always spoke highlty of The Yanks, must been out of respect as they kept kicking everyone’s ass….

    ————————————————————

    You have anything that makes selective posts invisible? They’re already unreadable.

  289. jennifer-Etch A Sketch loss April 26th, 2009 at 8:20 pm

    Wow, John getting all excited, than it didn’t go out so far. :lol:

  290. Rich April 26th, 2009 at 8:21 pm

    Sit down Green Elf.

    Morgan: Pettitte can’t overpower Ortiz with the fastball….umm excuse me Joe but have you realized that he’s got a goose egg in the HR column?? Anyone can overpower him right now.

  291. jennifer-Etch A Sketch loss April 26th, 2009 at 8:21 pm

    Kevin, because Brett is actually pretty good at lead off.

  292. Bronx Jeers April 26th, 2009 at 8:21 pm

    So Nick, has your understanding of the rivalry been enhanced as a result of that exchange?

  293. trisha - click to see my bigger and better Opening Day pictures April 26th, 2009 at 8:22 pm

    What a freakin riot! I swear I thought that the elf had a homer the way Sterling started the call! And since their call is ahead of the television, I was sure it was out!

  294. jennifer-Etch A Sketch loss April 26th, 2009 at 8:22 pm

    Nice double play. Hit is on the nose? um would have been a 5 bouncer to the outfield.

  295. Rich April 26th, 2009 at 8:22 pm

    Oooh yes big play to save some pitches for Andy.

  296. pat April 26th, 2009 at 8:22 pm

    Economical inning.

  297. GreenBeret7 April 26th, 2009 at 8:22 pm

    I’m hoping that the home plate umpire is calling balls and strikes right away, because he’s about 5 minutes late with the signals.

  298. William Buckner April 26th, 2009 at 8:22 pm

    Good baserunning. Ellsbury is a poor mans Brett Butler. Gardner is a poor mans Ellsbury.

  299. jennifer-Etch A Sketch loss April 26th, 2009 at 8:23 pm

    Rich – i think Goose at 55 years old could overpower Ortiz right now.

  300. trisha - click to see my bigger and better Opening Day pictures April 26th, 2009 at 8:23 pm

    Miggs, peppercorn steak is one of my very favoriteS!!!!

  301. S.A.--It's a marathon, not a sprint. Calm down. April 26th, 2009 at 8:23 pm

    Hahaha Nick :lol:

    I’m surprised that dude didn’t have a “Honk if you love Hobbits” bumper sticker on the back of his car too.

  302. Al from BK(Mark Sanchez is a NY JET!) April 26th, 2009 at 8:23 pm

    Hopefully there is a save situation tonight so Mo can have a come back performance and we can get a look at Melancon!

  303. randy l. April 26th, 2009 at 8:24 pm

    my quick trusty calculator tells me that the yankees team era without wang is 5.29.

    *disclaimer- “quick” was the operative word.

  304. We Miss Paulie April 26th, 2009 at 8:26 pm

    I can’t stand Joe Morgan.

  305. Rob NY -- 2009 The Road to Redemption April 26th, 2009 at 8:27 pm

    That’s actually a pretty sweet insight into Swisher from Steve Phillips. I can hate on him but that was good. Swish looks up before he takes his AB to remember his grandparents.

  306. William Buckner April 26th, 2009 at 8:27 pm

    Who’s worse, Joe Morgan or Tim McCarver?

  307. John April 26th, 2009 at 8:27 pm

    I think Morgan might actually be the least annoying out of the 3 tonight, amazing.

    John on speed tonight, he’s +annoying

  308. panayioti April 26th, 2009 at 8:27 pm

    Honk if you love Hobbits

    That is the funniest thing I have heard today… Nice!

  309. Sweet_Lou April 26th, 2009 at 8:28 pm

    Masterson looks overpowering so far.

  310. jennifer-Etch A Sketch loss April 26th, 2009 at 8:28 pm

    we miss- the mute button is your friend.

    Geez every time Kevin touches the ball they have to scream yuk? Um it is a routine play, give me a break.

  311. Laura - Plug it in, change the world! April 26th, 2009 at 8:29 pm

    Oh no, not the Joba to the bullpen discussion. UGH!!

  312. NongEyeJon April 26th, 2009 at 8:29 pm

    Is Justin Masterson the next coming of Cy Young?

  313. John April 26th, 2009 at 8:29 pm

    Yankees approach to Masterson should be the same as others with Wang.

  314. Pat M April 26th, 2009 at 8:30 pm

    GB7, I just scan the author and I know to move on….Selective readings…You just know who’s who after a few years…..

  315. m April 26th, 2009 at 8:30 pm

    oh, boy. Andy be good.

  316. Rich April 26th, 2009 at 8:30 pm

    Gotta have better AB’s than this so far.

  317. Benny Blanco April 26th, 2009 at 8:30 pm

    1,2,3..1,2,3. Here we go.

  318. panayioti April 26th, 2009 at 8:30 pm

    William Buckner
    April 26th, 2009 at 8:27 pm
    Who’s worse, Joe Morgan or Tim McCarver?
    ***********************************************

    Tim McCarver. Joe just sounds like a drunk uncle trying to give you advice on how to score with a hooker.

    McCarver sounds like a guy who spends hours in toilet reading his word of the day toilet paper and then trying to formulate a sentence that sounds amazingly intelligent but in the end is just nonsense.

  319. Al from BK(Mark Sanchez is a NY JET!) April 26th, 2009 at 8:30 pm

    Yankees always struggle against rookie no-names just watch us go hit-less into the 5th against this kid.

  320. Nick in SF April 26th, 2009 at 8:31 pm

    Bronx Jeers: it was intense and stressful. For a second it felt I was in Brookline and I wondered if I was going to make it out alive.

  321. John April 26th, 2009 at 8:31 pm

    Sox called up Bowden today for just this game, I am already calling Gammons man crush for tonight.

  322. GreenBeret7 April 26th, 2009 at 8:32 pm

    Pat M
    April 26th, 2009 at 8:30 pm
    GB7, I just scan the author and I know to move on….Selective readings…You just know who’s who after a few years…..

    ————————————————————

    I’ve got to learn to do that. Maybe by the time that I get to be your age.

  323. We Miss Paulie April 26th, 2009 at 8:32 pm

    I have ESPN on mute and listening to Sterling now. The timing of the radio is a few seconds behind the picture, but its better than Morgan, etc. in real time!

  324. tex's former best friend April 26th, 2009 at 8:33 pm

    is anyone concerned jon miller is going to explode in his pants when talking about kevin youkilis?

  325. John April 26th, 2009 at 8:33 pm

    Wow if they won’t give Andy those calls will be a long night

  326. trisha - click to see my bigger and better Opening Day pictures April 26th, 2009 at 8:34 pm

    “Yankees always struggle against rookie no-names just watch us go hit-less into the 5th against this kid.”

    You mean that Justin Masterson is pitching a no hitter into the 3rd inning?

    Let us wait and watch…

  327. NongEyeJon April 26th, 2009 at 8:34 pm

    Pettitte struck Youklis out once, maybe even twice in that at-bat.

  328. NongEyeJon April 26th, 2009 at 8:35 pm

    Yeah….John Miller has already exploded.

  329. jennifer-Etch A Sketch loss April 26th, 2009 at 8:35 pm

    http://mlb.mlb.com/news/articl.....8;c_id=mlb

    Another outfielder pitches in a game.

  330. Rich April 26th, 2009 at 8:35 pm

    Nancy just got owned…beautiful location so far from Pettitte.

  331. talltenor April 26th, 2009 at 8:35 pm

    In today’s “Times,” Harvey Araton brought up Joba-to-the-pen. He says the Yanks would be better off with him there, throwing hard for up to two innings, rather than having him start & worry about pacing himself.

    Araton said Hughes as the #5 starter would be better than Joba (presuming Wang makes it back).

  332. thunderfangabe April 26th, 2009 at 8:35 pm

    as they went to the last commercial it sounded like miller said hughes pitching for detroit on tuesday…??

    and how long are they going to talk about how youkilis holds the friggin’ bat???

  333. Don April 26th, 2009 at 8:35 pm

    Pete – Did you know the Red Sox had the highest average ticket price as of 2008?

  334. Uncle Ellsworth April 26th, 2009 at 8:36 pm

    miss Paulie

    if you have dvr u can try to sync it up

  335. Al from BK(Mark Sanchez is a NY JET!) April 26th, 2009 at 8:36 pm

    Typical ump squeezing a Yanks pitcher in Boston.

  336. Nick in SF April 26th, 2009 at 8:36 pm

    I thought I saw Barry Goldwater in that old video of Joe Morgan at the plate. Wild, wacky stuff.

  337. CYF April 26th, 2009 at 8:37 pm

    Andy’s looking good so far, pitches are nice and crisp

  338. Benny Blanco April 26th, 2009 at 8:37 pm

    I’m so tired of jason bay.

  339. We Miss Paulie April 26th, 2009 at 8:37 pm

    Youkilis, Youkilis, Youkilis……

  340. Terry from NH April 26th, 2009 at 8:38 pm

    Masterson’s no rookie, but if the Yanks can crush Beckett and Lester then theres no reason to believe Masterson can’t be hit. Pettitte is working quickly tonight so far.

  341. thunderfangabe April 26th, 2009 at 8:38 pm

    not FOR detroit…IN detroit****

  342. talltenor April 26th, 2009 at 8:38 pm

    thunderfangabe, I’ll be at Tuesday’s game v. the Tigers (weather permitting), and I sure hope Hughes won’t pitching for *them*.

  343. K-ace April 26th, 2009 at 8:38 pm

    Seriously, wish I was at the game. I hate these ESPN announcers.

  344. John April 26th, 2009 at 8:38 pm

    Oh god we will talk about the Tex and Lowelll playing third the whole game now

  345. NongEyeJon April 26th, 2009 at 8:39 pm

    Jason Bay is your new Yankee killer, if Boston didnt have enough already.

  346. Sweet_Lou April 26th, 2009 at 8:39 pm

    Andy’s getting hit hard

  347. jennifer-Etch A Sketch loss April 26th, 2009 at 8:39 pm

    Shows you how strange baseball is. The hard hit balls were caught, the soft ones were hits.

    Suzy is an idiot, those weren’t hard it. Bay was off the end of the bat, the other was a looper over second.

    Can I listen to some intelligent baseball anywhere?

  348. John April 26th, 2009 at 8:39 pm

    Oh no, now Morgan is talking basketball?????? What the heck

  349. trisha - click to see my bigger and better Opening Day pictures April 26th, 2009 at 8:41 pm

    Jason Bay looks like something that came over on the Mayflower – either that or someone plowing on an Amish farm.

  350. We Miss Paulie April 26th, 2009 at 8:41 pm

    Yeah, really hard Sweet.

  351. tex's former best friend April 26th, 2009 at 8:41 pm

    another recap on youkilis’s homer?

  352. thunderfangabe April 26th, 2009 at 8:41 pm

    hehe talltenor…i caught my mistake :)

    im going to be in detroit next week…wish it was this week!!!!!!!!!!!

  353. ray (nonsox fan) April 26th, 2009 at 8:41 pm

    now, its time to lick the celtics clean, like joe buck had to cleanse the bruins with his spittle.

  354. Boston Dave April 26th, 2009 at 8:41 pm

    “All the seats are full between the dugouts. What a concept.”

    you’re not that ignorant, Pete

  355. Erica April 26th, 2009 at 8:41 pm

    Why do these ESPN announcers seem to be having such a hard time accepting Tex choose to be a Yankee instead of going to Boston?

  356. hardwired April 26th, 2009 at 8:41 pm

    What are the odds of a fire breaking out in the ESPN booth?

    Logic dictates they’re not good, but if there is a God he’ll know (and do what’s right).

  357. S.A.--It's a marathon, not a sprint. Calm down. April 26th, 2009 at 8:42 pm

    John April 26th, 2009 at 8:39 pm

    Oh no, now Morgan is talking basketball?????? What the heck

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

    Maybe they give their opinions on how the NFL draft went down next? :P

  358. trisha - click to see my bigger and better Opening Day pictures April 26th, 2009 at 8:42 pm

    “Andy’s getting hit hard”

    Yeah wow. I was hoping Girardi would pull him.

  359. S.A.--It's a marathon, not a sprint. Calm down. April 26th, 2009 at 8:42 pm

    *maybe they will

  360. John April 26th, 2009 at 8:42 pm

    Why are we recapping the fact that Varitek resigned with the Sox??? Do we not know this.

    Actually Phillips adding something of value other than the obvious

  361. PreteFunkEra April 26th, 2009 at 8:43 pm

    “The timing of the radio is a few seconds behind the picture”

    If you have DVR – Pause it for a moment then hit play.

  362. NongEyeJon April 26th, 2009 at 8:43 pm

    Erica,
    Because of MIKE LOWELLL!!!!!!!!

  363. ray (nonsox fan) April 26th, 2009 at 8:44 pm

    erica, because to work for espn or fox or nbc or any network, you are inherently a boston fan

  364. NongEyeJon April 26th, 2009 at 8:44 pm

    Yeah, I thought that was out of the park. What? No commentators talking about the bandbox that is Fenway?

  365. Uncle Ellsworth April 26th, 2009 at 8:44 pm

    Jon Miller’s intonation is what gets me: he always sounds like he’s asking a question.

  366. Al from BK(Mark Sanchez is a NY JET!) April 26th, 2009 at 8:44 pm

    Its funny that every player the sox get off the scrap heap manages to become an all-world player. Lowell, Ortiz, etc. all yankeekillers.

  367. We Miss Paulie April 26th, 2009 at 8:44 pm

    Got it, thanks! Duh.

    In a way, I’d rather have Sterling prep me for any bad news before I see it:)

  368. Erica April 26th, 2009 at 8:45 pm

    Yes- so the ESPN guys recapping the fact that Tex signed witht he evil empire everytime Tex or Lowell come up tonight is definitely something to look forward to. Is anyone taking a shot everytime they flash on Theo Epstein?

  369. jennifer-Etch A Sketch loss April 26th, 2009 at 8:45 pm

    PreteFunkEra

    Duh- I forgot about it. :)

    And that ball just died at the wall, I thought it was going to hit.

  370. miggs April 26th, 2009 at 8:45 pm

    That ball by Varitek looked like trouble. Nice to see it fall short.

    Need to make Masterson work a little here, he’s been cruising so far.

  371. Nick in SF April 26th, 2009 at 8:45 pm

    “Jason Bay looks like something that came over on the Mayflower”

    Is that true, GB7? Does he look familiar?

  372. tex's former best friend April 26th, 2009 at 8:45 pm

    Jon: ‘that was so close to a homerun’
    Joe: ‘who are these guys in the gray uniforms?’
    Jon (looking off screen): SHRUG.
    Joe: Youkilis?
    Everyone looks in confusion.

  373. Donnie April 26th, 2009 at 8:46 pm

    Andy is getting tagged left and right. If we don’t score some runs, and fast, we aren’t gonna stand a chance, because these balls are only going to stay in the park, or find our players’ gloves so many times.

  374. Terry from NH April 26th, 2009 at 8:46 pm

    Thank God Pettite!! Please give us 1 win this series. I can’t stand any Bosux player and I MEAN any!! Bay looks like that alien that came out of the ship in Close Encounters of the third kind…lmao!!…. Sorry kinda harsh.lol

  375. ray (nonsox fan) April 26th, 2009 at 8:46 pm

    if theo was a yankee, the gorilla suit would be constantly mentioned.

  376. Terry from NH April 26th, 2009 at 8:46 pm

    Pettitte..sorry

  377. NongEyeJon April 26th, 2009 at 8:46 pm

    Theo Epstein is on ESPN’s Top 1 list of Hottest GM’s

  378. Pat M April 26th, 2009 at 8:46 pm

    I was hoping that when Pittsburgh was having their mid-summer sale that Cashman would have landed Bay, regardless of his less than stellar glove…..Nothing wrong with Nady, I just think he’s the lesser of the two…..I got blasted here for that…

  379. thunderfangabe April 26th, 2009 at 8:47 pm

    yankees are batting…no baseball talk please…thanks, jon!

  380. hardwired April 26th, 2009 at 8:47 pm

    Jon Miller is a-okay.

    Joe Morgan is the anti-Christ.

  381. tex's former best friend April 26th, 2009 at 8:47 pm

    i do also notice the emphasis on the negatives of the yankees and the positives of boston.

  382. Erica April 26th, 2009 at 8:48 pm

    I love the Yankees, but I will admit- Theo Epstein is easy on the eyes. Clearly ESPN has a crush on him too

  383. JB (Blue Jays Fan) April 26th, 2009 at 8:48 pm

    Reading this board, I can’t understand why you are down on Matsui. Sure he is old, but he still looks like he can hit. Not only that he is one of the smartest hitters I have ever seen. When it comes to clutch situations, he is the only Yankee I fear.

  384. JR Yankees April 26th, 2009 at 8:48 pm

    “Its funny that every player the sox get off the scrap heap manages to become an all-world player. Lowell, Ortiz, etc. all yankeekillers.”
    _______________________
    And actually, Lowell was a throw-in as part of the Beckett trade. That’s how horrible he was.

    The thing with Lowell is that in any other park he would continue to be horrible. His swing works perfect with the green monster.

  385. We Miss Paulie April 26th, 2009 at 8:49 pm

    Hey Lowell, hows that hip?

  386. boobie April 26th, 2009 at 8:49 pm

    huge by the grass

  387. Benny Blanco April 26th, 2009 at 8:49 pm

    Melky..does a body good.

  388. Rich April 26th, 2009 at 8:49 pm

    Yeah nice play by Joe Morgan’s crush there.

  389. tex's former best friend April 26th, 2009 at 8:49 pm

    oh no… lowell the god just missed a ball.

    guess tex is ok afterall.

  390. trisha - click to see my bigger and better Opening Day pictures April 26th, 2009 at 8:49 pm

    Please notice the COINCIDENCE of course, and always a coincidence, of Masterson giving up his first hit after I mentioned his no hitter. And to think that people actually believe that baseball superstition that you can break up a no hitter if you mention those words before the 5th inning. Who would be ignorant enough to even believe that stuff?

    :D

    You got it baby. And every single time it happens I believe it more and more.

    I of course respect those who think it is total hooey and balderdash.

  391. NongEyeJon April 26th, 2009 at 8:49 pm

    do you bunt?

  392. Erica April 26th, 2009 at 8:49 pm

    It can’t be an E5- it must be the grass’s fault

  393. ray (nonsox fan) April 26th, 2009 at 8:49 pm

    hardwired, are you insane, jon miller is like listening to michael kay or jerry remy, lick the sox clean. friday it was all about how beautiful boston is and that loser ted williams, the bum who batted 200 in a world series, teddy lost the ballgame.

  394. thunderfangabe April 26th, 2009 at 8:49 pm

    glad we have mark “the glove” texiera and not mike “ooops” lowell

  395. GreenBeret7 April 26th, 2009 at 8:50 pm

    Nick in SF
    April 26th, 2009 at 8:45 pm
    “Jason Bay looks like something that came over on the Mayflower”

    Is that true, GB7? Does he look familiar?

    ————————————————————

    How would I know? I was on the Santa Maria.

  396. thunderfangabe April 26th, 2009 at 8:50 pm

    texeira

  397. Benny Blanco April 26th, 2009 at 8:50 pm

    Look at my uncle putting down that bunt.

  398. tex's former best friend April 26th, 2009 at 8:50 pm

    berroa is showing to me that he would have been a better choice than ransom, in hindsight of course.

  399. Htman213 April 26th, 2009 at 8:50 pm

    “Hey Lowell, hows that hip?”

    Ask Dr. Albaladejo

  400. Rich April 26th, 2009 at 8:50 pm

    Okay okay nice job Angel…put the ball up the middle Brett.

  401. Pat M April 26th, 2009 at 8:50 pm

    Lowell was a blue chip Yankee prospect guys…..A real sac bunt….

  402. hardwired April 26th, 2009 at 8:51 pm

    Lowell came THAT CLOSE to having to use his Life Alert device.

  403. tex's former best friend April 26th, 2009 at 8:51 pm

    is gardner ever going to hit?

  404. miggs April 26th, 2009 at 8:51 pm

    nice bunt by Berroa. I’ll take that every time.

    I just don’t have any confidence in Gardner. Wish i did but he’s just not that good. He looks overmatched.

  405. NongEyeJon April 26th, 2009 at 8:51 pm

    Wow….poking fun at BG….these ESPN guys are clearly impartial.

  406. NongEyeJon April 26th, 2009 at 8:52 pm

    hey bg does the job

  407. Erica April 26th, 2009 at 8:52 pm

    GGBG got it done!!!!!!

  408. tex's former best friend April 26th, 2009 at 8:52 pm

    what is that? a manufactured run?

  409. talltenor April 26th, 2009 at 8:52 pm

    thunderfangabe… not being able to watch or listen at the moment (I’m at work), I thought you meant the ESPN guys had said that! Either way… I’m just hoping the weather forecast for Tuesday is wrong!

  410. Rich April 26th, 2009 at 8:52 pm

    Well done Brett, all you need to do…now the captain with an RBI opp.

  411. Ben April 26th, 2009 at 8:52 pm

    gardy gets the job done! feel like thats the first time he got a man in from 3rd with less than 2 outs with year

  412. Uncle Ellsworth April 26th, 2009 at 8:53 pm

    Nick in SF
    April 26th, 2009 at 8:45 pm
    “Jason Bay looks like something that came over on the Mayflower”

    Is that true, GB7? Does he look familiar?

    I think if GB came over on the Mayflower He’d be a sox fan.
    I’d suggest a colony that he may have been part of but I’ve off the age jokes

  413. Al from BK(Mark Sanchez is a NY JET!) April 26th, 2009 at 8:53 pm

    A-Rod sounds like he is only a week away, I am ecstatic :)

  414. jennifer-Etch A Sketch loss April 26th, 2009 at 8:53 pm

    JB (Blue Jays Fan)

    He just got his legs under him. Before this he looked awful at the plate. It seems after he got his knee drained things started to click for him.

  415. Terry from NH April 26th, 2009 at 8:53 pm

    Trish

    “Please notice the COINCIDENCE of course, and always a coincidence, of Masterson giving up his first hit after I mentioned his no hitter.”

    Just like yesterday Fox mentioned the grandslam before Varitek launched one…wish the announcers would shut it when they are at bat..

  416. bodhisattva April 26th, 2009 at 8:53 pm

    The bottom of the order produces a run. Good going by the Beloved and the Disenfranchised.

  417. thunderfangabe April 26th, 2009 at 8:53 pm

    someone please send joe a program from scranton…it says angel likes to be called ain-gel not ahn-hel…do some research, mr. morgan

  418. swisherrocks April 26th, 2009 at 8:53 pm

    Honestly…I wouldn’t mind if the ESPN broadcast booth would just blow up randomly.

  419. bodhisattva April 26th, 2009 at 8:53 pm

    ^^Oh forgot. Gardy’s the leadoff.

  420. Erica April 26th, 2009 at 8:54 pm

    I wonder if that was the grass’s fault too??

  421. hardwired April 26th, 2009 at 8:54 pm

    Am I crazy? It’s entirely possible, but my take on Miller is he’s unpretentious. I’m probably way wrong.

  422. trisha - click to see my bigger and better Opening Day pictures April 26th, 2009 at 8:54 pm

    LMAO on the comments about the Mayflower and the Santa Maria!

    Well done!

  423. NongEyeJon April 26th, 2009 at 8:54 pm

    Why didn’t Boston want Tex? MIKE LOWELLLLLL!!!!!!!!!!!

  424. ray (nonsox fan) April 26th, 2009 at 8:54 pm

    if brett gardner can get 3 hits in 10 at bats in the world series in his career, i know, thats a long shot, he’ll have a better avg than that weasel, bum, loser ted williams. why doesnt jon miller say that.

  425. Rich April 26th, 2009 at 8:54 pm

    Haha Morgan’s lover screws up 2

  426. Joeshi! April 26th, 2009 at 8:54 pm

    ahahahaha, lowell is too funny

  427. tex's former best friend April 26th, 2009 at 8:54 pm

    everyone remember these days when you boo a -rod in two weeks. we need him badly.
    not a good inning for the best 3rd baseman in the history of the world

  428. m April 26th, 2009 at 8:54 pm

    Yeah, team work! GGBG may be overmatched, but he did what many of the elder statesman on the team have failed to do for the last 4 years.

  429. miggs April 26th, 2009 at 8:54 pm

    Not lisening to the 3 stooges but it sounds like a typical NYY game reading your comments.

    Its amazing those guys, the whole station, gets away with their biased garbage.

    They need a competitor. Any decent station will knock them off their perch.

    Lowell can’t even bend down. The inning stays alive.

  430. Benny Blanco April 26th, 2009 at 8:55 pm

    It’d be nice if Tex can smash this.

  431. bodhisattva April 26th, 2009 at 8:55 pm

    Thanks, Mikie.

  432. We Miss Paulie April 26th, 2009 at 8:55 pm

    Making excuses for Lowell….how about he just effed it up?

  433. JR Yankees April 26th, 2009 at 8:55 pm

    Now only did Lowell blow another play but he just did a good impression of Peter Gammons drooling on himself when he tried to spit.

  434. Benny Blanco April 26th, 2009 at 8:55 pm

    forget it..too late

  435. Ben April 26th, 2009 at 8:55 pm

    tex’s ball sails out at the stadium…

  436. thunderfangabe April 26th, 2009 at 8:55 pm

    sorry to get you nervous, talltenor :)

    i hope the weather holds up for you!!

  437. Donnie April 26th, 2009 at 8:55 pm

    Leaving that runner at third is gonna come back to bite them. Got a real bad feeling about this game, and would have liked that second run.

  438. boobie April 26th, 2009 at 8:55 pm

    tex gotta get it going

  439. NongEyeJon April 26th, 2009 at 8:56 pm

    Ouch JR

  440. hardwired April 26th, 2009 at 8:56 pm

    Whenever I see Bay, the word “hayseed” instantly flashes in my mind.

    Invariably.

  441. tex's former best friend April 26th, 2009 at 8:57 pm

    jon miller likes sausage too im sure.

  442. NongEyeJon April 26th, 2009 at 8:57 pm

    All 3 of these stooges love the 9 inch sausage

  443. ray (nonsox fan) April 26th, 2009 at 8:57 pm

    ESPN Everything SOx and Patriots network has no competition, and never will. They even tried to ruin the English Premier League by acquiring its rights. they love chelsea, the red sox of football, and hate manchester united, the yankees of football.

  444. Ben April 26th, 2009 at 8:57 pm

    sox fans love those 9 inch sausages

  445. trisha - click to see my bigger and better Opening Day pictures April 26th, 2009 at 8:57 pm

    Terry from NH, that stuff always drives me crazy too. It’s like they’re willing it to happen.

  446. NongEyeJon April 26th, 2009 at 8:57 pm

    Jason Bay is Canadian.

  447. JB (Blue Jays Fan) April 26th, 2009 at 8:57 pm

    No wonder they are so fat and ugly in Boston — look at the garbage they eat.

  448. thunderfangabe April 26th, 2009 at 8:58 pm

    ::crossing fingers and chanting ‘please please please dont send a-rod to trenton this week’::

    i cant get out of work early this week to allow myself time to go find a damn parking spot!!!!!!!!

    http://thunderbaseball.wordpress.com/

  449. S.A.--It's a marathon, not a sprint. Calm down. April 26th, 2009 at 8:58 pm

    Oh come on Angel

  450. JR Yankees April 26th, 2009 at 8:58 pm

    NongEyeJon
    April 26th, 2009 at 8:56 pm

    Ouch JR
    _______________________
    Is that you Gammons, posting from the Red Sox dugout?

  451. MJL April 26th, 2009 at 8:58 pm

    Thanks for holding all of that disgusting cash with my food, idiot.

  452. Al from BK(Mark Sanchez is a NY JET!) April 26th, 2009 at 8:59 pm

    Tex will look a lot better with the 3 time AL MVP batting behind him.

  453. JB (Blue Jays Fan) April 26th, 2009 at 8:59 pm

    There is a rumour in Toronto that the Blue Jays and Red Sox have discussed Rios for Bay. The Blue Jays would never do it unless Bay agrees to a contract extension before the trade. We would never take 6 months of Bay and give up 6 years of Rios. Bay wants to play here.

  454. NongEyeJon April 26th, 2009 at 8:59 pm

    JR,

    YESH

  455. trisha - click to see my bigger and better Opening Day pictures April 26th, 2009 at 9:00 pm

    Hey Donnie, got anything positive to say?

    Any chance you could be medicated before games and that way maybe you wouldn’t find spies hiding in the stands?

    Or are you seriously that skitterish? While that runner at 3rd may come home to bite us, is there any chances that the runners they’ve left on base will come back to bite them? Or are the Yankees the only ones who can be bitten and stung?

  456. Ben April 26th, 2009 at 9:00 pm

    yankees pitchers have a lot of trouble throwing to second for dp balls

  457. bodhisattva April 26th, 2009 at 9:00 pm

    NongEyeJon
    April 26th, 2009 at 8:57 pm
    Jason Bay is Canadian.
    ==============
    So is Sidney Crosby. Go Guins!

  458. Rich April 26th, 2009 at 9:01 pm

    Oh and now we have “Love Fest: One Elf, One ESPN Crew”

  459. tex's former best friend April 26th, 2009 at 9:01 pm

    got thunder season tickets, hope a rod comes .

  460. JR Yankees April 26th, 2009 at 9:02 pm

    NongEye:

    That was good.
    _________________________________________

    How many more times throughout the game are the cameras going to show Epstein standing in his suite?

  461. m April 26th, 2009 at 9:02 pm

    lol @ Suzyn. Dating herself by saying her grandfather was at the 1918 World Series.

  462. tex's former best friend April 26th, 2009 at 9:03 pm

    how many times will we hear how pedroia can get hot at any time? cant everyone?

  463. Brandon If Melancon doesn't K the first batter he's a bust "I LOVE ME SOME ME !" April 26th, 2009 at 9:03 pm

    “Teixeiramvp (JobaCyYoung)
    April 26th, 2009 at 7:39 pm
    Very unhappy with my Giants. Not that the pick was bad, but you can’t gamble on a draft pick being a star to replace an A-one type reciever like Burress. If he’s a bust, the Giants will be terrible. Should’ve (any maybe they still will) gotten Edwards or Boldin.”

    Dude your questioning Jerry Reese ? :?

  464. Jesse April 26th, 2009 at 9:03 pm

    Hey guys, sac flys, bunts, scoring runners from first, are going to be more important this year then 3 run home runs.

  465. NongEyeJon April 26th, 2009 at 9:03 pm

    Despite Ortiz’s struggles, I don’t really want to face him with 2 on. He’s due.

  466. ray (nonsox fan) April 26th, 2009 at 9:03 pm

    there’s espn, helping other teams figure out andy pettitte, got to know what youre looking for. espn, is there anyway to get youkilis to not get a hard hit ball or a walk.

  467. JR Yankees April 26th, 2009 at 9:04 pm

    Was that Theo?

    Anybody know if he’s at the game?

  468. Donnie April 26th, 2009 at 9:04 pm

    Trisha,

    It’s not just leaving THAT runner. It’s that Andy’s getting hit pretty hard (outside of the grounder Berroa booted), and there’s just no chance we keep them off the board. The sooner we get a second run, the sooner it’s okay for Andy to slip up and allow a run. With as hard as they’re hitting him, it’s GOING to happen, and I’d rather have a lead when it happens.

    Also, go back and look at yesterday’s posts, when AJ was crucified, and I defended him. It’s got nothing to do with being positive or negative, it’s just how I see things.

  469. Clay Buchholz Loves Laptops - Latest Blog Entry: My Interview With Bill Gallo April 26th, 2009 at 9:05 pm

    Does Theo Epstein ever wear a tie? He seems to always be in casual-Friday dress. Just wondering.

  470. NongEyeJon April 26th, 2009 at 9:05 pm

    unreal…we can’t make the plays

  471. tex's former best friend April 26th, 2009 at 9:05 pm

    wow… just wow. what a weak arm.

  472. Brandon If Melancon doesn't K the first batter he's a bust "I LOVE ME SOME ME !" April 26th, 2009 at 9:05 pm

    What I can’t take is watching wasted call ups, I mean Ramiro Pena could have started at 3B tonight right ? and have people not paid attention to Eric Duncan.

  473. ray (nonsox fan) April 26th, 2009 at 9:05 pm

    what a loser!

  474. thunderfangabe April 26th, 2009 at 9:05 pm

    i have thunder season tix on top of the home dugout so im not worried about that part…its the parking that is a nightmare…working 40min away and not getting out until 430 is not helpful for a 705 start time.

    when clemens came, they were running a shuttle to several offsite parking areas. wait time for the shuttle was approximately FOREVER. im not really wanting to do that!!

  475. Jesse April 26th, 2009 at 9:05 pm

    PEDROIA IS BREAKING FOR FIRST!

  476. Donnie April 26th, 2009 at 9:05 pm

    Good lord almighty, can A-Rod just skip over the minor league games, please? This is pathetic.

  477. RS April 26th, 2009 at 9:05 pm

    Omg, Arod cannot come back soon enough. This inning should be over by now.

  478. Angel - Tales told by idiots, full of sound and fury, signifying nothing. April 26th, 2009 at 9:06 pm

    My goodness Joe Morgan says some spectacularly stupid things.

    Hey, did you know he’s a Hall of Famer?

  479. Brandon If Melancon doesn't K the first batter he's a bust "I LOVE ME SOME ME !" April 26th, 2009 at 9:06 pm

    Joe Morgan SHUT UP ! that throw was thrown like a spike throw drom a QB

  480. Al from BK(Mark Sanchez is a NY JET!) April 26th, 2009 at 9:06 pm

    How typical.

  481. K-ace April 26th, 2009 at 9:07 pm

    Damnit, Berroa stinks. Can’t wait for A-rod to be back in a week or two.

  482. ray (nonsox fan) April 26th, 2009 at 9:07 pm

    where is papi’s oppo home run, is he off the juice?!?!?!

  483. swingsandmisses April 26th, 2009 at 9:07 pm

    Alex come back now!

  484. Kara April 26th, 2009 at 9:07 pm

    Can Girardi please learn that no one’s going to produce offensively from 3B until A-Rod gets back so he might as well just play the best defensive 3B on the team…which is clearly not Berroa (cough cough Pena cough cough)?

  485. Clay Buchholz Loves Laptops - Latest Blog Entry: My Interview With Bill Gallo April 26th, 2009 at 9:07 pm

    Trisha, nice Opening Day pictures!

    Will you bring me to a game sometime?

  486. m April 26th, 2009 at 9:07 pm

    Total suckitude. Can’t hate on Angel, but man alive, our runs of Masterson come at a premium.

  487. carl April 26th, 2009 at 9:07 pm

    “We are a better team without the greatest to ever play it!!!”

  488. Brandon If Melancon doesn't K the first batter he's a bust "I LOVE ME SOME ME !" April 26th, 2009 at 9:07 pm

    from a QB *

  489. NongEyeJon April 26th, 2009 at 9:08 pm

    So, now that we are all pining for AROD, how long will it take for people to actually want Angel Berroa back?

  490. trisha - click to see my bigger and better Opening Day pictures April 26th, 2009 at 9:08 pm

    Donnie, I hear what you’re saying. I just think it’s easier to be hopeful than to feel dread. Or something.

    Everyone, get off Berroa if you’re on him. He’s not a natural 3B and it wasn’t his fault that Tex didn’t pick it.

    My opinion of course.

  491. hardwired April 26th, 2009 at 9:08 pm

    I don’t think they’re dissecting this enough.

  492. swisherrocks April 26th, 2009 at 9:08 pm

    I want to punch every person in the face who said they’d be better off without A-Rod.

  493. RS April 26th, 2009 at 9:09 pm

    way to go Pettitte, picking off the little elf.

  494. trisha - click to see my bigger and better Opening Day pictures April 26th, 2009 at 9:09 pm

    BYE HOBBIT!!!!!

    Now that thrilled me.

    :)

  495. hardwired April 26th, 2009 at 9:09 pm

    More astute baserunning by Pedroyer.

  496. Angel - Tales told by idiots, full of sound and fury, signifying nothing. April 26th, 2009 at 9:09 pm

    Keebler elf got picked off.

  497. jennifer-Etch A Sketch loss April 26th, 2009 at 9:09 pm

    I cannot wait for Alex comes back. Absence makes the heart grow founder.

  498. NongEyeJon April 26th, 2009 at 9:09 pm

    swisherrocks, i agree. i never bought that argument, because it isn’t sound at all. people will say it’s because of the playoff performance, but frankly, without him, we don’t even make it that far this year.

  499. KP April 26th, 2009 at 9:10 pm

    i know everyone would rather trash berroa and joe morgan, but i agree with him there. teixeira was trying to throw out ellsbury before he caught the ball. still a bad throw, but one that teixeira would normally come up with. and i hate joe morgan as much as the rest of you, just happen to agree here.

  500. swisherrocks April 26th, 2009 at 9:10 pm

    Sit down Dustin Pedophile. Oh wait, that’s your brother

  501. Laura - Plug it in, change the world! April 26th, 2009 at 9:11 pm

    “I want to punch every person in the face who said they’d be better off without A-Rod.”

    That’s going to take a while. There were a lot of idiots saying that. If memory serves, the owner of this blog said it as well.

  502. Brandon If Melancon doesn't K the first batter he's a bust "I LOVE ME SOME ME !" April 26th, 2009 at 9:11 pm

    “Everyone, get off Berroa if you’re on him. He’s not a natural 3B and it wasn’t his fault that Tex didn’t pick it.”

    Trisha it wasn’t exactly a good throw ?

  503. JR Yankees April 26th, 2009 at 9:11 pm

    “way to go Pettitte, picking off the little elf.”
    _____________________________

    Pettitte is screwed now. Pedroia is going to talk to all his buddies and they’re gonna steal Pettitte’s shoes tonight while he sleeps.

  504. pat April 26th, 2009 at 9:11 pm

    Is it mean that I find it enjoyable when Pedroia shakes his head in disbelief?

    I particularly enjoyed it when the ball went through his legs yesterday but the look on 2B right there was pretty good too.

  505. gomer April 26th, 2009 at 9:11 pm

    Joe Morgan mentioned earlier Pettitte’s delivery is easy to read. I believe he is 2nd in pick offs in mlb history, behind Steve Carlton!

  506. trisha - click to see my bigger and better Opening Day pictures April 26th, 2009 at 9:11 pm

    Clay, thank you for looking at them and liking them!

    And of course I will take you to a game sometime.

    :)

  507. RS April 26th, 2009 at 9:12 pm

    Both teams have had a messy series so far.

    Wild pitches, passed ball, catcher’s interference, HBP, pick off, blown saves, blown 6-run lead, errors that lead to runs…

    You can never just get a nice, crisp game with the Yankees/Sox.

  508. Angel - Tales told by idiots, full of sound and fury, signifying nothing. April 26th, 2009 at 9:12 pm

    Pedroia-inspired schadenfreude, pat.

  509. Clay Buchholz Loves Laptops - Latest Blog Entry: My Interview With Bill Gallo April 26th, 2009 at 9:12 pm

    I said that ARod’s injury was a blessing in disguise. I still feel that way.

  510. GGBG April 26th, 2009 at 9:13 pm

    Masterson is a kid. We need to rattle him. Don’t we have anyone on the roster who can foul off 6-7 pitches in an AB?

  511. dave April 26th, 2009 at 9:13 pm

    Does anyone else feel like vomiting when they go to the stadium, sit in the bleachers, look towards all the best seats and see that they are all empty on a weekend in the first weekend of the season, Its disgusting… I just dont understand. All those seats are what right now? Sold and no one is coming, partly sold and they cant lower the price on the rest OR just not selling because the prices are so outrageous.

    eITHER way, the yanks have to be losing some cash because of not selling out this early in the season. This last sunday, the stadium was 4000 less than capacity. I couldnt believe in the first weekend series of the season and th stadium was not even close to sold out.

    Its just mind-boggling why the organization would put itself in this position. And all the real fans are in the bleachers and the teirs which are packed and probably just as pissed as I am when they look at where their seats used to be and see the seats and empty and we didnt even have a chance to buy tickets for them.

  512. trisha - click to see my bigger and better Opening Day pictures April 26th, 2009 at 9:13 pm

    Brandon, yeah but he’s ours and he’s doing his best.

    You know how I go.

  513. Sweet_Lou April 26th, 2009 at 9:13 pm

    Swish has a good start towards a golden sombrero

  514. NongEyeJon April 26th, 2009 at 9:14 pm

    Clay Bucholz,
    A blessing for whom?

  515. Donnie April 26th, 2009 at 9:14 pm

    Could ESPN show Pedroia six or seven more times in the next 15 minutes? I don’t think they’ve shown him anywhere NEAR enough tonight!

    Seriously, this is getting ridiculous.

  516. pat April 26th, 2009 at 9:14 pm

    “I want to punch every person in the face who said they’d be better off without A-Rod.”

    Sherman and Lupica first please.

  517. GGBG April 26th, 2009 at 9:14 pm

    Cano is going to knock one out of the park. His swing is aces right now.

  518. m April 26th, 2009 at 9:14 pm

    Pettitte is screwed now. Pedroia is going to talk to all his buddies and they’re gonna steal Pettitte’s shoes tonight while he sleeps.

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

    Not to worry. They’ll fix the shoes and put them back.

  519. tex's former best friend April 26th, 2009 at 9:14 pm

    20 minutes to defend the elf getting picked off.

  520. Angel - Tales told by idiots, full of sound and fury, signifying nothing. April 26th, 2009 at 9:15 pm

    A blessing in disguise for Alex or for the team, Clay?

    Has Shrew Robert’s book come out yet? Or does it keep being put back to coincide with his return to the majors?

  521. Clay Buchholz Loves Laptops - Latest Blog Entry: My Interview With Bill Gallo April 26th, 2009 at 9:15 pm

    “does anyone think that pedroia hanging out with his dirt bag brother is worse than Arod with yuri sucart”

    Imagine if Pedroia’s brother hung out with Yuri Sucart? That would be really bad.

  522. GGBG April 26th, 2009 at 9:15 pm

    Did i say out of the park? I meant over the infield. :)

  523. jennifer-Etch A Sketch loss April 26th, 2009 at 9:15 pm

    mute button people, mute button. :)

  524. Nick in SF April 26th, 2009 at 9:15 pm

    Angel, the term is ‘pedroiafreude’ and it’s catching faster than the swine flu.

  525. sill April 26th, 2009 at 9:15 pm

    joe morgan has always loved robinson

  526. Brandon If Melancon doesn't K the first batter he's a bust "I LOVE ME SOME ME !" April 26th, 2009 at 9:16 pm

    “Brandon, yeah but he’s ours and he’s doing his best.

    You know how I go.”

    He might as well have spiked it :lol:

    Yeh I know.

  527. S.A.--It's a marathon, not a sprint. Calm down. April 26th, 2009 at 9:16 pm

    Robbie sure is having a pret-tay good April

  528. NongEyeJon April 26th, 2009 at 9:16 pm

    sill,
    he has always loved him, but his logic about him being a good hitter there…was illogical.

  529. hardwired April 26th, 2009 at 9:16 pm

    “…and Pedroia breaks for first!” – possible meme?

  530. bodhisattva April 26th, 2009 at 9:17 pm

    What’s so shocking about that. The word is lackadaisical.

  531. Angel - Tales told by idiots, full of sound and fury, signifying nothing. April 26th, 2009 at 9:17 pm

    haha Nick. I like that.

    Sounds better than Keeblerfreude or Hobbitfreude, for sure.

  532. Brandon If Melancon doesn't K the first batter he's a bust "I LOVE ME SOME ME !" April 26th, 2009 at 9:17 pm

    “joe morgan has always loved robinson”

    Prbly the first time I ever agreed w/ him last season.

  533. trisha - click to see my bigger and better Opening Day pictures April 26th, 2009 at 9:18 pm

    Hey dave, the Yankees didn’t depend on the economy tanking when they started the Stadium several years ago.

    I actually don’t have empty seat angst. A number of us think that since the Yankees have so many nonseat venues when fans can watch the games, people with tickets are not always in their seats.

    Anyway, I think it’s better not to heavily stress about things you can’t change. Just love your team and keep rooting for them, and the rest will eventually take care of itself. Don’t forget with a brand new Stadium, attendees are still like kids in a candy store. More of the seats will fill up as people are finished examining all the new nooks and crannies.

    JMO

  534. NongEyeJon April 26th, 2009 at 9:18 pm

    posada has not looked good in this series, at all

  535. Angel - Tales told by idiots, full of sound and fury, signifying nothing. April 26th, 2009 at 9:19 pm

    I’m really liking Robbie’s approach this year, so far.

  536. Jesse April 26th, 2009 at 9:19 pm

    Joe Girardi what do you think of RED HOT Pedroia?You know he can get hot at anytime?

  537. NongEyeJon April 26th, 2009 at 9:19 pm

    so the sox lovefest is over, and now the yankee hateration is starting.

  538. hardwired April 26th, 2009 at 9:20 pm

    Any chance we see Melancon tonight? It’s risky as hell, if it all blows up what does it do to his psyche?

    If it’s close, who else do you trust? Tough call.

  539. m April 26th, 2009 at 9:20 pm

    sill,

    In Robinson’s case, it’s probably because he’s a smooth second baseman.

    But, Morgan is the biggest reverse-racist I’ve ever seen given a microphone.

    Argggghhh. Sterling’s fake HR call.

  540. pat April 26th, 2009 at 9:20 pm

    “Keeblerfreude or Hobbitfreude”

    No freude about it. He’s a real elf.

  541. trisha - click to see my bigger and better Opening Day pictures April 26th, 2009 at 9:20 pm

    “He might as well have spiked it

    Yeh I know.”

    :D

  542. Al from BK(Mark Sanchez is a NY JET!) April 26th, 2009 at 9:21 pm

    This is getting really old, these bozos ripping our pitching. Maybe if Wang didn’t have a 35 ERA we would have a better team ERA!

  543. Brandon If Melancon doesn't K the first batter he's a bust "I LOVE ME SOME ME !" April 26th, 2009 at 9:21 pm

    nice baserunning Robi

  544. NongEyeJon April 26th, 2009 at 9:21 pm

    matsui starting to heat up

  545. trisha - click to see my bigger and better Opening Day pictures April 26th, 2009 at 9:21 pm

    I am SO loving the rediscovered Robby

  546. Dan April 26th, 2009 at 9:21 pm

    Pettitte is going to break Kenny Rogers’s pickoff record this year.

  547. Trevor April 26th, 2009 at 9:21 pm

    I miss Arod’s tac on homeruns. :(
    We could use those right now.

  548. tex's former best friend April 26th, 2009 at 9:22 pm

    Jon: Pedroia almost caught that.

  549. NongEyeJon April 26th, 2009 at 9:22 pm

    Thats why i hate melky cabrera

  550. Brandon If Melancon doesn't K the first batter he's a bust "I LOVE ME SOME ME !" April 26th, 2009 at 9:22 pm

    Melky why ..

  551. Donnie April 26th, 2009 at 9:23 pm

    Why did it have to be Melky there? Seriously. Get a man in scoring position, and his ability to work a pitcher goes right out the flipping window.

  552. ZMAN7777 April 26th, 2009 at 9:23 pm

    My kingdom for a two-out base hit.

  553. tex's former best friend April 26th, 2009 at 9:23 pm

    highest era after three weeks?

    they make it sound like it is october already.

    how bout ripping our inability to score runs with runners on.

  554. joe April 26th, 2009 at 9:23 pm

    rally killer :(

  555. thunderfangabe April 26th, 2009 at 9:23 pm

    melancon is a level-headed guy.

  556. trisha - click to see my bigger and better Opening Day pictures April 26th, 2009 at 9:23 pm

    Gee da melk, coudln’t you have taken one pitch at least???

    :(

  557. Trevor April 26th, 2009 at 9:24 pm

    Oh baby you got what I need but you say he just a friend.

  558. S.A.--It's a marathon, not a sprint. Calm down. April 26th, 2009 at 9:24 pm

    Melky. :(

  559. m April 26th, 2009 at 9:24 pm

    Seriously? First pitch swinging? Even Robi takes the first pitch. We’re trying to knock Masterson out of the game, not get an early flight.

  560. ZMAN7777 April 26th, 2009 at 9:24 pm

    The lack of discipline there was unreal. How about treating the AB as if it were important?

  561. ZMAN7777 April 26th, 2009 at 9:25 pm

    Melky = hacker. There’s never a reason to throw him a strike.

  562. trisha - click to see my bigger and better Opening Day pictures April 26th, 2009 at 9:25 pm

    Girardi just gave EXCELLENT answers about the rotation. The answers made total sense. Why couldn’t Mo, Larry, and Curly figure that stuff out. I seriously don’t get the lack of perspective with some of the stuff they say. It ain’t rocket science.

  563. Jesse April 26th, 2009 at 9:25 pm

    That Pedroia pickoff was a red sox plan to have youkilis lead off this inning.

  564. Brandon If Melancon doesn't K the first batter he's a bust "I LOVE ME SOME ME !" April 26th, 2009 at 9:25 pm

    “Thats why i hate melky cabrera”

    I don’t hate him, but that’s why I can’t call him anything more than a #4 OF. Seriously I’m praying whatever Colin Curtis is doing in AA continues because he’s starting to show a smart bat.

    I mean a good AB by Robi then followed up by a good AB by Matsui then what was lost in all this was Robi’s heads up baserunning from 1st to 3rd and then Melky first ball swinging for a HR no doubt.

  565. tex's former best friend April 26th, 2009 at 9:26 pm

    yeah if schilling makes the hof, pettitte better.

  566. dave April 26th, 2009 at 9:26 pm

    trisha -

    I hope your right but I am really talking about the actual attendance on sunday. I have had sunday season tickets for 10 years and almost every single game has been sold out or very close to it for those ten years. Now, this sunday was not only a weekend but the first weekend the new stadium was open and when they announced attendance, it was 4000 less than capacity. And capacity is 6000 less than the old stadium I believe. So all in all there were ten thousand less fans than the old stadium being sold out. And it was pretty obvious when looking at the seats that the teir and bleachers and all the worse seats were completely packed and even overflowing while all the best seats were almost completely empty areas.

    And i understand the economy was not expect to be this bad when they started building but certainly the economy was struggling when they put the tickets on sale and decided on the final prices. I mean they should have accounted for it then and lowered the prices for now. I mean fans LOVE the yanks but not at the expense of choosing to buy season tickets or put food on the table and a roof over their heads. Ya know? Its just pretty obnoxious to look at the area my seat used to be and see it empty while i didnt even get the option to buy better seats for some reason. I just dont understand that at all. Why force all the best seats to be 80 game packages? There has to be a better way. Hopefully, the organization will come to their senses next year and prices and packages will both go way down because it is out of control.

  567. GGBG April 26th, 2009 at 9:26 pm

    HOLY COW! WE FINALLY GOT YOUKILIS OUT!

  568. K-ace April 26th, 2009 at 9:27 pm

    Melk is ridiculous. Thats why he’s a fourth outfielder, where is the discipline?

  569. GreenBeret7 April 26th, 2009 at 9:27 pm

    gomer
    April 26th, 2009 at 9:11 pm
    Joe Morgan mentioned earlier Pettitte’s delivery is easy to read. I believe he is 2nd in pick offs in mlb history, behind Steve Carlton!

    ————————————————————

    Pettitte’s second, but Kenny Rogers is the only one with more. 102-93.

  570. Brandon If Melancon doesn't K the first batter he's a bust "I LOVE ME SOME ME !" April 26th, 2009 at 9:27 pm

    Maybe I was a little bit too hard on Melky but first ball swinging because he had the hole at 2B but he doesn’t know yet how to take a smart AB w/ that hole in 2B.

  571. swisherrocks April 26th, 2009 at 9:27 pm

    whyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyy can they not get a hit with risp >_<

  572. ZMAN7777 April 26th, 2009 at 9:27 pm

    8-9-1 in this lineup are just sad.

  573. hardwired April 26th, 2009 at 9:27 pm

    Great point, thunderfangabe. All the more reason for Joe to see what he has.

    We already know what Edwar, Veras and Marte are bringing to the party (stains on the carpet, ripped drapery, etc.).

  574. NongEyeJon April 26th, 2009 at 9:28 pm

    Brandon,

    Hate might be strong…yet, the fact that he’s still swinging at the first pitch, in a situation like that, it shows there is absolutely no maturing whatsoever. He has completely plateaued and actually regressed. I can’t stand that I know what he’s going to do in that situation: ground ball to the right side, or a pop-up to left field.

  575. GGBG April 26th, 2009 at 9:28 pm

    I love Andy but he is not a HOF’er. Schilling has 3000 K’s but really has only had about 4-5 great seasons. I don’t see him as a HOF’er either but he probably gets in.

  576. Uncle Ellsworth April 26th, 2009 at 9:29 pm

    Dr. Dave is that you?

  577. Nick in SF April 26th, 2009 at 9:29 pm

    Al: true, but unfortunately the Yanks aren’t elligible to win the “not including games started by Wang” division. :(

  578. John April 26th, 2009 at 9:29 pm

    Can Cano tell Melky how much better it is to see more than one pitch??? How can you get a read on a pitcher just going up there hacking away? Again no plan or clue when you walk up to the plate. That is purely why Melky is on the bench.

  579. NongEyeJon April 26th, 2009 at 9:29 pm

    He just struck out Jason Bay again.

  580. ZMAN7777 April 26th, 2009 at 9:29 pm

    Pedroia’s brother — Your statement certainly seems spot on.

  581. dave April 26th, 2009 at 9:29 pm

    They just mentioned ALL those games that the yanks have supposedly sucked or the pen so they say. Outside of yesterday, every game they mentioned was WANG and not the pen. Yet, they did not mention wang the entire time they were talking about all those runs scored against the yanks. ESPN is just atrocious sometimes.

    And the yanks are above 500 with their ace last year pitching like garbage and their best hitter last year and this year on the dl. I would say they are doing pretty darn good. Apparently joe morgan disagrees but luckly i know far more than him nad baseball is not my job.

  582. NongEyeJon April 26th, 2009 at 9:30 pm

    i love how the morons in the booth dont mention how close that 2-2 pitch was. and now, the inning continues.

  583. John April 26th, 2009 at 9:30 pm

    Amazing ump giving the Sox another extra out.

  584. Brandon If Melancon doesn't K the first batter he's a bust "I LOVE ME SOME ME !" April 26th, 2009 at 9:30 pm

    NongEyeJon, I don’t want to lose him, because he’s useful but not in everyday ABs, he has smarter ABs when he is actually fighting for something off the bench, that’s why I think he’s a 4th OF.

  585. thunderfangabe April 26th, 2009 at 9:30 pm

    talked with him many times when he was in trenton and scranton. he is very chill and laidback, but he is in the zone when it comes to his job. he doesnt let it get him all freaked out though. he wont spaz. he just wants to pitch.

  586. ZMAN7777 April 26th, 2009 at 9:31 pm

    Melky hits the occasional HR, and Gardner the occasional seeing-eye-single. Other than that, they’re both sub-.250 hitters.

  587. dave April 26th, 2009 at 9:31 pm

    YES uncle its me. I came back to write some novels for you guys because i know you missed them.

    wanted to bash espn and joe morgan with you guys too.

  588. Jeff April 26th, 2009 at 9:31 pm

    Yankees, just win baby!

  589. Donnie April 26th, 2009 at 9:32 pm

    Psst. Hey. Your caps lock is own.

  590. tex's former best friend April 26th, 2009 at 9:32 pm

    oh my.

    king of the world struck out.

  591. tex's former best friend April 26th, 2009 at 9:32 pm

    how about we give andy some run support.

  592. Donnie April 26th, 2009 at 9:33 pm

    It is also on. It does NOT own.

  593. dave April 26th, 2009 at 9:33 pm

    lowell the america league rbi later AFTER NOT EVEN A MONTH OF PLAY!!!!

    Are they serious? I mean they never saw mike lowell strike out before? He is not exactly an mvp over here. His career is practically over.

  594. m April 26th, 2009 at 9:33 pm

    Hopefully, the Yankees win this game so that all the drivel that the espn crew is spewing will be rendered useless and irrelevant.

  595. miggs April 26th, 2009 at 9:33 pm

    No more of this “Well without Wang, our ERA would be…”

    Bottom line, Wang’s part of ther team. His stats count too. If every team could disregard their worst pitcher, their numbers would be better too. That’s a lame excuse.

    Also, I’m not sure I like Girardi’s answers on the rotation. I know he’s got to be positive but come on. “As soon as we get everyone back we’ll be fine”. Huh? Who’s gone? Bruney for 2 games? Wang has missed one start.

    They’ve been bad. Obviously I believe they’re going to get better, but to say everything will be fine is a little presumptous.

  596. Brandon If Melancon doesn't K the first batter he's a bust "I LOVE ME SOME ME !" April 26th, 2009 at 9:33 pm

    “Can Cano tell Melky how much better it is to see more than one pitch??? How can you get a read on a pitcher just going up there hacking away? Again no plan or clue when you walk up to the plate. That is purely why Melky is on the bench.”

    Really Robi can’t, it took Robi 5 – 7 mths. to readjust himself in everything he wanted to do to become better, Melky is in a mindset where he thinks he’s Manny when he hits HR and has good ABs, that’s why I love him winning games for us off the bench and not being afraid to be aggressive but it hurts him. The Yankees hate it, hate it when he wastes ABs like those.

  597. dave April 26th, 2009 at 9:33 pm

    i wrote later i meant leader

  598. swingsandmisses April 26th, 2009 at 9:33 pm

    Go Andy! I guess after last inning he decided to take it out of the fielders’ hands and strike out the side. :P

  599. trisha - click to see my bigger and better Opening Day pictures April 26th, 2009 at 9:34 pm

    dave, my hope is that the organization is working on a way to help with the tickets that aren’t sold. The thing that strikes me though is that there are going to be a lot of people who are wandering around the stadium or are in the lounges or restaurants, who have tickets. Those seats are also going to appear unsold. That’s why I am thinking that with the passage of time at least those people will make their way outside, once the nicer weather comes, and sit in their seats.

    I have to say that Pettitte has looked magnificent.

  600. tex's former best friend April 26th, 2009 at 9:34 pm

    the outstanding pitching coach?

    is boston’s pitching much better than the yankees this year? sans wang.

  601. GreenBeret7 April 26th, 2009 at 9:35 pm

    GGBG
    April 26th, 2009 at 9:28 pm
    I love Andy but he is not a HOF’er. Schilling has 3000 K’s but really has only had about 4-5 great seasons. I don’t see him as a HOF’er either but he probably gets in.

    ————————————————————

    Shilling’s no HOFer. Not with 11 losing seasons in 20 years. His numbers are built on longevity. That’s the arguement for keeping Blyleven, Kaat and John out.

  602. David Cone's Labrum April 26th, 2009 at 9:35 pm

    Win or lose, it’s great to see Andy so sharp. He should be up 1-0.

    On another note, is there a whiter team than the Red Sox? Seriously?

    Even their damn pitching and hitting coaches look like Greg Marmalard.

  603. kill.schill(ing) April 26th, 2009 at 9:35 pm

    SWINE FLU OUTBREAK IN NEW YORK.

    Huh, the Red Sox don’t arrive until Monday of NEXT week.

    Dumb.

  604. David Cone's Labrum April 26th, 2009 at 9:36 pm

    Youk made that play look difficult. He’s good at that.

  605. tex's former best friend April 26th, 2009 at 9:37 pm

    yeah they all worked out. baldelli on the dl, penny era over 6 and smoltz still on the dl.

    good pick ups.

  606. Brandon If Melancon doesn't K the first batter he's a bust "I LOVE ME SOME ME !" April 26th, 2009 at 9:37 pm

    3 out of those 4 will get hurt this year.

  607. Al from BK(Mark Sanchez is a NY JET!) April 26th, 2009 at 9:37 pm

    Wow they really are stroking the sox ego here. Bragging about the sox signings and slamming Tex, CC and AJ.

  608. Boston Dave April 26th, 2009 at 9:37 pm

    “No more of this “Well without Wang, our ERA would be…”

    Bottom line, Wang’s part of ther team. His stats count too.”

    ———–

    It depends on the context. Wang’s starts are outliers. When people say “the Yankees have the worst ERA in baseball” it’s misleading.

  609. Trevor April 26th, 2009 at 9:37 pm

    Enough with Theo Epstein.

  610. pat April 26th, 2009 at 9:38 pm

    Lowell looking a little tentative in the field tonight. Not complaining just observing.

  611. John April 26th, 2009 at 9:38 pm

    Gardner is back to being overpowered every at bat. I like Brett, but he has to start hitting some line drives and do something more than get up there being defensive at every at bat

  612. Brandon If Melancon doesn't K the first batter he's a bust "I LOVE ME SOME ME !" April 26th, 2009 at 9:39 pm

    Brett when I see that I keep thinking what are you waiting for ?

  613. trisha - click to see my bigger and better Opening Day pictures April 26th, 2009 at 9:39 pm

    miggs, I actually do think everything is going to be alright and come together. So I think Girardi’s answers were factually correct (the injuries) and spot on (my opinion that things will all come together nicely.

    JMO

    Back to Glory, Berroa was MVP so he obviously knows how to hit. But I think the thing he had going for him more than anything was major league experience. Playing in fenway isn’t the easiest thing in the world for a newerbie.

    JMO

  614. carl April 26th, 2009 at 9:40 pm

    I was wrong about Jeter. Jeter is the man.

  615. Boston Dave April 26th, 2009 at 9:40 pm

    “Wow they really are stroking the sox ego here. Bragging about the sox signings and slamming Tex, CC and AJ.”

    ——–

    are you surprised?

  616. Boston Dave April 26th, 2009 at 9:40 pm

    Tex is due for a big hit.

  617. miggs April 26th, 2009 at 9:40 pm

    Gardner is so bad. Melky will be the starting CF by June 1st. I’m pretty confident in saying that.

    And Jeter continues to serve notice that he is far from done. At least at the plate.

  618. trisha - click to see my bigger and better Opening Day pictures April 26th, 2009 at 9:40 pm

    “It depends on the context. Wang’s starts are outliers. When people say “the Yankees have the worst ERA in baseball” it’s misleading.”

    Yep

  619. 2008 Hasn't Ended April 26th, 2009 at 9:40 pm

    Brett Gardner is a complete waste. He is an automatic out. How many times has he struck out looking? Better yet, how many times has he struck out without lifting the bat off his shoulders? I don’t want to hear about his speed being a “game-changer.” You have to get on base to change the game.

    He doesn’t even play a good CF. He stinks going back on the ball and his arm is a noodle.

    But hey, he sure can run really fast!

  620. tex's former best friend April 26th, 2009 at 9:41 pm

    berroa was rookies of the year, not mvp

  621. Peter Abraham April 26th, 2009 at 9:41 pm

    Once again:

    You can’t swear in the comments section. You can’t abbreviate curses, etc. You can’t call the manager “a homo.” You can’t make crude sexual comments. You can’t use ALL CAPS.

    I understand that some people are stupid and cant make their points about baseball without resorting to such idiocy. There are plenty of other blogs for you. Go there. Just stop posting here.

    Thanks.

  622. Boston Dave April 26th, 2009 at 9:41 pm

    I’m curious if Masterson is on a pitch count. He was on an 80 pitch count last game.

    He’s approaching 80 now.

  623. KP April 26th, 2009 at 9:41 pm

    can’t the sox fans come up with a chant better than “Yankees Suck”?

  624. 2008 Hasn't Ended April 26th, 2009 at 9:41 pm

    “Berroa was MVP so he obviously knows how to hit”

    Just another poster that started following the game over the last few years….

  625. GreenBeret7 April 26th, 2009 at 9:42 pm

    According to Sterling/Waldman will start playing games this coming week.

  626. dave April 26th, 2009 at 9:42 pm

    Trisha,

    Yea but the organization also decided to spend some of our money on bulking up security to try to ensure that the real fans cant actually get to the better seats without a ticket despite the facts that most of them are completely empty. I mean i was able to move from the bleachers to the upper main deck on the first base side but i left to get food and came back and had a problem with security trying to get back in after sitting there for half the game and this was in the seventh inning. So security was stopping me from going to empty seats in the seventh inning and this was not even in the really good lower main seats but the upper part of the split level. I dunno but seats like that never had security in the old stadium. It is like the equivalent of the loge with security. Why block off seats that are empty anyway?

  627. tex's former best friend April 26th, 2009 at 9:42 pm

    damn

  628. Back to Glory April 26th, 2009 at 9:42 pm

    Actually Tex is due for a lot of money this month in return for NO BIG HITS…

  629. Trevor April 26th, 2009 at 9:42 pm

    That would have been a HR at YS.

  630. jennifer-Etch A Sketch loss April 26th, 2009 at 9:42 pm

    Darn that died at the wall. :-( should have been a hr.

  631. Kara April 26th, 2009 at 9:43 pm

    KP,

    No. They can’t. That would take effort and creativity.

  632. NongEyeJon April 26th, 2009 at 9:43 pm

    I thought Tex had it there. Damn…it

  633. 2008 Hasn't Ended April 26th, 2009 at 9:43 pm

    I have always believed competition amongst teammates is a good thing. Tex and Gardner are having a nice battle for the lowest batting average on the team…that’s about the most exciting thing about this team!

  634. Boston Dave April 26th, 2009 at 9:43 pm

    Pete,

    I couldn’t care less personally but if you’re going to critique the comments you probably shouldn’t be allowing names like

    “Pedroia’s brother likes little boys”

  635. Brandon If Melancon doesn't K the first batter he's a bust "I LOVE ME SOME ME !" April 26th, 2009 at 9:43 pm

    “Tex is due for a big hit.”

    The equalizer is behind the plate, srsly if anyone is more responsible for how good the Red Sox have been it’s Jason Varitek. The Yankees w/ all thier additions have lacked a game caller, Molina is that but he doesn’t have the bat. Hopefully the kids in the system are learning to call better games where Posada lacks.

  636. built to win April 26th, 2009 at 9:43 pm

    Why do you think there are all these Cialis and Viagra commercials during baseball games?

  637. pat April 26th, 2009 at 9:43 pm

    Sterling had to have given everyone listening a little thrill with that one.

  638. trisha - click to see my bigger and better Opening Day pictures April 26th, 2009 at 9:43 pm

    Sorry, I meant ROY

  639. Back to Glory April 26th, 2009 at 9:43 pm

    Sorry Pete – didn’t know the NO CAPS rule. Berroa is still a joke though.

  640. Al from BK(Mark Sanchez is a NY JET!) April 26th, 2009 at 9:44 pm

    This has sox win written all over it, we haven’t given Andy any support against a kid pitcher in a must-win.

  641. GGBG April 26th, 2009 at 9:44 pm

    GB7 -

    I agree with you. I don’t think he should get in but the fact that he led the Sux to the WS and the bloody sock and enough other stats probably get him in.

  642. Boston Dave April 26th, 2009 at 9:44 pm

    “The equalizer is behind the plate, srsly if anyone is more responsible for how good the Red Sox have been it’s Jason Varitek.”

    Tek is overrated as a game caller IMO. I’m sure I’ll get slammed for that but the Sox backup catchers probably have similar #s from the pitchers.

    I’m sure Nolan Ryan’s catcher had good #s too.

  643. Peter Abraham April 26th, 2009 at 9:45 pm

    Why do people overreact to one out?

    Ted Williams made outs 60 percent of the time when he hit .400. People who watch one strikeout and write “this guy is no good” look like dopes.

    Have some perspective.

  644. dave April 26th, 2009 at 9:45 pm

    berroa was not rookie of the year, he STOLE rookie of the year. Dont ask me how but matsui was clearly the ROY that year.

  645. GreenBeret7 April 26th, 2009 at 9:45 pm

    According to Sterling/Waldman will start playing games this coming week.

    ————————————————————

    I guess it would have been more informational if I had said Alex Rodriguez begins playing in games this week.

  646. 2008 Hasn't Ended April 26th, 2009 at 9:45 pm

    Who hits below .200 first – Tex or Gardner?

  647. Bronx Jeers April 26th, 2009 at 9:45 pm

    Berroa was MVP of the greater Santo Domingo men’s senior “slowball” league.

  648. ZMAN7777 April 26th, 2009 at 9:45 pm

    Right now, the only hot hitters in this lineup are Cano, Matsui and Jeter, while 8-9-1 are Mendoza-like. Tex really needs to start stepping it up.

  649. NongEyeJon April 26th, 2009 at 9:46 pm

    come on….lead off walks NEVER end up well

  650. m April 26th, 2009 at 9:46 pm

    Andy. :(

  651. Pasqua April 26th, 2009 at 9:46 pm

    1) KP – The chant seems pretty appropriate in regards to this series.

    2) HOW do the guys who wrote Fire Joe Morgan manage to resist re-starting the site after listening to this man each week? (Screw Parks and Recreation, Ken T.)

    3) Gardner’s swing has reverted to a flat-footed uppercut. He was getting his lower half involved during spring training. This is last-September-Brett…and that’s not a good Brett (and, yes, I know he has the RBI tonight).

  652. trisha - click to see my bigger and better Opening Day pictures April 26th, 2009 at 9:46 pm

    Oh lord please. Please get Andy through this inning without any damage.

    Thanks

  653. panayioti April 26th, 2009 at 9:46 pm

    Ok, full assessment of the weekend. It is hard to see that the Red Sox are more than 2 games better than the Yankees.

    This has been more of a “bad break”series for the Yankees than anything else.

  654. GGBG April 26th, 2009 at 9:47 pm

    Back to Glory -

    Who would you put at 3b in Berroa’s place?

  655. bodhisattva April 26th, 2009 at 9:47 pm

    Pedroia’s brother likes little boys
    April 26th, 2009 at 9:42 pm
    we could have had mike cameron and bill hall instead of BG, Melky, and Ransom, but Cashman decided he was going to 95% in spending and the whole way.
    ——————–
    Give me a bleepin’ break. Cameron is 36 years old, has declined defensively, hits the wrong way for the Stadium, and Ks a lot.

  656. tex's former best friend April 26th, 2009 at 9:47 pm

    yeah put this season in perspective. we can say up until august that it is only the XXX game..

    nothing that happens here matters.

    we’ll see when it comes to the final week, and we are 2 behind boston for first that these games dont matter.

  657. Boston Dave April 26th, 2009 at 9:48 pm

    Pedroia’s brother,

    If Pete is going to police the comments he probably shouldn’t be allowing immature names like yours. If he isn’t, no big deal. Like I said, I couldn’t care less.

  658. Back to Glory April 26th, 2009 at 9:48 pm

    Is it just me or is pettite the only gamer on this staff?

  659. hardwired April 26th, 2009 at 9:48 pm

    Teixeira’s worth to the Yanks is hard to quantify. How much emphasis do you place on the type of D that serves as a security blanket for the entire infield?

    The Yanks haven’t had a 1B w/his acumen since Donnie. He’s worth every penny of his contract. Over time, this will become self-evident.

  660. Kettle April 26th, 2009 at 9:48 pm

    Pete
    I feel the same way. That is why I think that Chad Jackson and Laurence Maroney should be given another chance. Also, everyone should have just forgotten about Ellis Hobbs getting beaten on a Super Bowl losing touchdown catch. It was just one play.

  661. 2008 Hasn't Ended April 26th, 2009 at 9:48 pm

    “This has been more of a “bad break”series for the Yankees than anything else.”

    Friday – 1 run scored on two bases loaded, no out situations is a bad break?

    Saturday – giving up 16 runs is a bad break?

    Really?

  662. sill April 26th, 2009 at 9:49 pm

    Are you trying to say pedroias brother doesn’t like little boys? Facts point to that he does, just like bucholtz steals laptops. facts are facts man

  663. Pat M April 26th, 2009 at 9:49 pm

    One thing that’s positive so far this early season, is how great a heathly Derek Jeter is….

  664. miggs April 26th, 2009 at 9:50 pm

    Come on let’s get a DP here.

  665. tex's former best friend April 26th, 2009 at 9:50 pm

    bill hall? dont think his number this year have been any better than melky’s

  666. NongEyeJon April 26th, 2009 at 9:50 pm

    i agree, facts are facts. and the fact is, that pettitte has lost the strike zone

  667. Brandon If Melancon doesn't K the first batter he's a bust "I LOVE ME SOME ME !" April 26th, 2009 at 9:50 pm

    “Tek is overrated as a game caller IMO. I’m sure I’ll get slammed for that but the Sox backup catchers probably have similar #s from the pitchers. ”

    He’s called 4 no hitters, is it a coincidence that when Tek went up in the lineup and was put in more games in 03 – 04 that they actually broke through as a club and have been one of the better pitching teams in the AL for a few yrs. now. Just watch the impact Matt Weiters will have for Baltimore, we need to be ready for things like that.

  668. Boston Dave April 26th, 2009 at 9:50 pm

    does anybody know if Masterson is on a pitch count? Have they mentioned it on ESPN?

  669. dave April 26th, 2009 at 9:50 pm

    I know injuries always happen and girardi said that there is a point in the year for every team in which the injury bug really hits them hard but we dont have arod, wang, nady, bruney and ransom and the season started less than a month ago. I have a feeling the injury bug will hit us again but i think the team is doing pretty well for missing that talent. And CC and tex have not really turned it on quite yet. Plus, we could have just as easily won the last two against boston the games were so close.

  670. Back to Glory April 26th, 2009 at 9:51 pm

    Obviously Pena – and the yanks woudl still be winning this game if I was the manager and I did that. OR call up a hot bat from AAA and not a guy who can’t play third at all. Does that make sense or am I way off that Berroa and his stone hands and bat with a hole in it have no busines at third base in a red sox game

  671. trisha - click to see my bigger and better Opening Day pictures April 26th, 2009 at 9:51 pm

    dave, the problem with being allowed into other seats, especially with all of the restaurants, lounges, etc., is that if someone owns that seat and wants to come back there for two innings, then you are where you don’t belong.

  672. sill April 26th, 2009 at 9:51 pm

    pettites losing it, need to get someone warming

    \

  673. Kettle April 26th, 2009 at 9:51 pm

    Boston Dave

    I have no problem with this name:

    “pedroia’s brother likes little boys”

    It is true, accurate and something you wont hear or read about from ESPN or few other news organizations.

  674. dave April 26th, 2009 at 9:51 pm

    when is melancon actually going to pitch out of the pen up here? What day?

  675. NongEyeJon April 26th, 2009 at 9:52 pm

    This is not good…walks are not good.

  676. dave April 26th, 2009 at 9:52 pm

    Melancon should have been up here three weeks ago. He never should have left. He should have come out opening day and pitched for the yanks.

  677. Boston Dave April 26th, 2009 at 9:53 pm

    “He’s called 4 no hitters, is it a coincidence that when Tek went up in the lineup and was put in more games in 03 – 04 that they actually broke through as a club”

    ——

    you’re right. It has nothing to do with Pedro Martinez, Curt Schilling, Josh Beckett, Jon Lester, etc

    It’s all Varitek.

  678. built to win April 26th, 2009 at 9:53 pm

    Come on, Andy.

  679. GGBG April 26th, 2009 at 9:53 pm

    Pena has a good glove but can he play 3b? Are you going to throw someone whos a rookie or call someone up for their first game to play in Fenway?

    Berroa’s not a stone hands defender – not great but not stone hands. He was the best option to play 3b now until ARod comes back and it doesn’t have to do with his bat.

  680. Ben April 26th, 2009 at 9:53 pm

    Dustin Pedroia is an Underwear Gnome

  681. CaptainsCorner April 26th, 2009 at 9:53 pm

    Pettitte is making their worst hitters into hard outs. I mean walking captain finished, ellsbury who stinks and even Nick Green he went to 3-2 on him.

  682. 2008 Hasn't Ended April 26th, 2009 at 9:53 pm

    Back to Glory,

    You are 100% correct. There’s no excuse for Angel Berroa being on the 25 (or even 40) man roster. He brings NOTHING to the table, except a few Pete Abe jokes. I can live with someone not having a bat if he can catch the ball. Pena can do that. Berroa is a complete waste and so was Ransom for the same reason.

  683. NongEyeJon April 26th, 2009 at 9:53 pm

    One more…get papi….pleasee. He’s due…just let me be due another game.

  684. tex's former best friend April 26th, 2009 at 9:54 pm

    looks like veras getting ready to warm up?

    they may be thinking melancon shouldnt make his first appearence at fenway.

  685. Jeet Skeet April 26th, 2009 at 9:54 pm

    wow these commentators are ridiculous. Why dont they just bend over and take it from everyone on the red sox team. Its just insane how these guys have a hard on about everything the sox do

  686. dave April 26th, 2009 at 9:54 pm

    83 rbis in his mvp season – HA! How many mvps have 83 rbis and are not leadoff hitters. Worst MVP EVER!

  687. Ben April 26th, 2009 at 9:54 pm

    and papi is a member of the crab people

  688. NongEyeJon April 26th, 2009 at 9:55 pm

    Melancon is a big boy…he can handle Fenway. If not, what’s the point.

  689. Trevor April 26th, 2009 at 9:55 pm

    The Red Sox installed more benches in an already tight dugout.
    Players looked liked they’re bunched together.

  690. bodhisattva April 26th, 2009 at 9:55 pm

    Pedroia’s brother likes little boys
    April 26th, 2009 at 9:48 pm
    you’re right bod,
    but cameron has got to better than these two bumbling idiots. i just really want bill hall.
    ===============

    I happen to disagree. Have you seen Cabrera’s OPS? It’s nuts. The Yankees issue is he’s in and out of the lineup. He’s 24 years old, and still in the develpmental stage as a hitter. To expect him to come off the bench as if he’s Mark Loretta or Ruben Sierra – in other words, like a veteran PH – is a ridiculous expectation. Even Cano, who is a much more gifted hitter, would have trouble adjusting to such a role if he weren’t used to it.

    They blew it when they waited a day to send him down last year, killing any option on him. To expect him to be productive coming off the bench – esp as a switchy – is a ludicrous expectation. Considering all the jerking back and forth, his numbers are impressive.

    Either make him the CF, trade him, or use him as a late-innings replacement.

    As for Gardner, his OBP and slugging speak for themselves.

  691. Boston Dave April 26th, 2009 at 9:55 pm

    “Boston Dave

    I have no problem with this name:

    “pedroia’s brother likes little boys”

    It is true, accurate and something you wont hear or read about from ESPN or few other news organizations.”

    ————

    I don’t have a problem with it either. But if Pete is policing the blog and trying to keep immature idiots from posting swears in the comments, he shouldn’t allow names like that one. Who cares if it’s true or not?

    If you don’t like Pedroia, fine. None of us do. That doesn’t make it cool to be an idiot.

  692. NongEyeJon April 26th, 2009 at 9:55 pm

    damn it

  693. Back to Glory (The Real One) April 26th, 2009 at 9:55 pm

    Get a real name and stop impersonating. You don’t deserve the name of the greatest yankee fan of all time.

  694. sill April 26th, 2009 at 9:55 pm

    ball game folks

  695. tex's former best friend April 26th, 2009 at 9:55 pm

    well not scoring, it was only a matter of time.

  696. Brandon If Melancon doesn't K the first batter he's a bust "I LOVE ME SOME ME !" April 26th, 2009 at 9:55 pm

    Why not bust his hands ?

  697. jennifer-Etch A Sketch loss April 26th, 2009 at 9:55 pm

    How do you give up a double to Ortiz. He is cooked.

  698. Al from BK(Mark Sanchez is a NY JET!) April 26th, 2009 at 9:55 pm

    Ballgame.

  699. Angel - Tales told by idiots, full of sound and fury, signifying nothing. April 26th, 2009 at 9:56 pm

    I *REALLY* hate that ballpark. :(

  700. m April 26th, 2009 at 9:56 pm

    Sigh.

  701. CaptainsCorner April 26th, 2009 at 9:56 pm

    That is what happens when you walk guys. Even Shrek who is finished can get a lucky fenway hit.

  702. trisha - click to see my bigger and better Opening Day pictures April 26th, 2009 at 9:56 pm

    :(

  703. Lidle's broken cessna April 26th, 2009 at 9:56 pm

    “I have no problem with this name:

    “pedroia’s brother likes little boys”

    It is true, accurate and something you wont hear or read about from ESPN or few other news organizations.”

    me neither!

  704. NongEyeJon April 26th, 2009 at 9:56 pm

    Well, because Justin Masterson is Cy Young, is this game over? This is what happens when you walk the lead-off man.

  705. Donnie April 26th, 2009 at 9:56 pm

    Trisha,

    See what I mean about that second run? Andy’s getting shelled, and the ball eventually found it’s way into an open spot.

  706. talltenor April 26th, 2009 at 9:56 pm

    Back in my hotel now… and I think it’s time to kill the ESPN audio in favor of John & Suzyn.

  707. ZMAN7777 April 26th, 2009 at 9:56 pm

    And right there is one huge difference between the two teams: hitting with 2-outs and RISP. Soooo frustrating.

  708. tex's former best friend April 26th, 2009 at 9:56 pm

    drewhas 2 Ks, but watch a grand slam .

  709. Kettle April 26th, 2009 at 9:57 pm

    Clearly David Ortiz “got prepared” for this series. And on a totally completely unrelated note, I wonder when those other 103 names of PED users are going to come out.

  710. swisherrocks April 26th, 2009 at 9:57 pm

    I wanna throw up….Ortiz…honestly Andy?

  711. CaptainsCorner April 26th, 2009 at 9:57 pm

    When does this ever end well, when you walk someone. Just pitch to the guy.

  712. Bo knows April 26th, 2009 at 9:57 pm

    Pedroia’s brother likes little boys

    Are you a low life, no class or just brain dead. What kind of header is that? Despicable.

  713. Donnie April 26th, 2009 at 9:57 pm

    “Yankees suck”. Really? Seriously?

    Stay classy, Boston.

  714. bodhisattva April 26th, 2009 at 9:57 pm

    NongEyeJon
    April 26th, 2009 at 9:55 pm
    Melancon is a big boy…he can handle Fenway. If not, what’s the point.
    ===========================================

    Don’t waste your worry on Melancon.

  715. Yanks22 April 26th, 2009 at 9:57 pm

    Im really starting to think the Yankees will never beat the Red Sox

  716. jennifer-Etch A Sketch loss April 26th, 2009 at 9:57 pm

    Do sox fans know how to chant anything else? Like hmmm maybe lets go ….. (i can’t say it).

  717. Pasqua April 26th, 2009 at 9:57 pm

    Holy crap, from the tone of some of those comments I though Papi went yard. 2-1 (at this moment) is not exactly “ball game.”

  718. Ric April 26th, 2009 at 9:57 pm

    “That is what happens when you walk guys. Even Shrek who is finished can get a lucky fenway hit.”

    um- if that fenway wall wasnt there, ellsbury wouldve scored

  719. dave April 26th, 2009 at 9:57 pm

    tRISA- there were thousands of empty seats all in the best sections. If someone comes back, I could just move over a seat. Or down one row or up one row. Or walk across the aise. They are ALLL empty.

  720. NongEyeJon April 26th, 2009 at 9:57 pm

    JD Drew is due…just like Ortiz

  721. sill April 26th, 2009 at 9:57 pm

    hung it, and got lucky

  722. Boston Dave April 26th, 2009 at 9:58 pm

    Considering Masterson was on an 80 pitch pitch-count last game, I’m guessing he’s done after 6 innings tonight.

    That gives the Yanks 3 innings (assuming they don’t score next inning) to hammer a tired Sox pen.

  723. Angel - Tales told by idiots, full of sound and fury, signifying nothing. April 26th, 2009 at 9:58 pm

    I’m curious about something. Do fans at Yankee Stadium regularly chant Red Sox suck during Red Sox/Yankees games?

  724. boobie April 26th, 2009 at 9:58 pm

    would of liked another curveball there to ortiz…another bad pitch

  725. NongEyeJon April 26th, 2009 at 9:58 pm

    MELANCON

  726. dave April 26th, 2009 at 9:58 pm

    MARK!

  727. jennifer-Etch A Sketch loss April 26th, 2009 at 9:58 pm

    Mark is up.

    Wow they were sleeping.

  728. NongEyeJon April 26th, 2009 at 9:58 pm

    Wow….are the Yankees even in this game?

  729. Al from BK(Mark Sanchez is a NY JET!) April 26th, 2009 at 9:58 pm

    Now this is getting embarassing.

  730. trisha - click to see my bigger and better Opening Day pictures April 26th, 2009 at 9:58 pm

    That broke my heart

  731. Dan April 26th, 2009 at 9:58 pm

    How does that happen?

  732. talltenor April 26th, 2009 at 9:58 pm

    OMG!!! What the heck was that?!?!?!?

  733. Yanks22 April 26th, 2009 at 9:58 pm

    this team is a joke. a steal of home are you joking!!

  734. Trevor April 26th, 2009 at 9:59 pm

    Andy fell a sleep…….

  735. dave April 26th, 2009 at 9:59 pm

    R u kidding me? This isnt the playoffs guys – you shouldnt suck that bad!!!!!!

  736. Back to Glory (The Real One) April 26th, 2009 at 9:59 pm

    Is Posada awake?

  737. We Miss Paulie April 26th, 2009 at 9:59 pm

    That’s crap.

  738. tex's former best friend April 26th, 2009 at 9:59 pm

    wow.

  739. bodhisattva April 26th, 2009 at 9:59 pm

    Yanks22
    April 26th, 2009 at 9:57 pm
    Im really starting to think the Yankees will never beat the Red Sox
    ============
    Wow. Helluva community here. Night.

  740. dave April 26th, 2009 at 9:59 pm

    PATHETIC!!!!

  741. Brandon If Melancon doesn't K the first batter he's a bust "I LOVE ME SOME ME !" April 26th, 2009 at 9:59 pm

    The ball was down the middle in a happy zone for lefties.

    Please leave Mark in the pen, don’t put him in until Molina calls his game.

  742. CaptainsCorner April 26th, 2009 at 9:59 pm

    Have to love Andy sleeping on the mound tonight. That was embarrassing for him…Letting a minor leaguer run wild on you.

  743. Mark-Cant Touch This (from I Phone) April 26th, 2009 at 9:59 pm

    The embarrassment continues :(

  744. Rob NY -- 2009 The Road to Redemption April 26th, 2009 at 9:59 pm

    Great job Jorge.

  745. ZMAN7777 April 26th, 2009 at 10:00 pm

    Goodnight Irene. This team doesn’t have it. Sorry folks.

  746. GreenBeret7 April 26th, 2009 at 10:00 pm

    And a brain lock. Pettitte is still on the mound, winding up.

  747. NongEyeJon April 26th, 2009 at 10:00 pm

    This game is now, over….get out the brooms baby.

  748. tex's former best friend April 26th, 2009 at 10:00 pm

    what a joke

  749. dave April 26th, 2009 at 10:00 pm

    I think boston is right – YANKEES SUCK!

  750. panayioti April 26th, 2009 at 10:00 pm

    Ok, the Yankees fundamentals SUCK!!!!!!!!

    there is the height of embarrassment for the Yankees. How does Posada not see that.

    Enough of Posada. He has become worthless.

    Another meltdown by the Yanks…

  751. m April 26th, 2009 at 10:00 pm

    4-1 lead. Yikes.

  752. We Miss Paulie April 26th, 2009 at 10:00 pm

    WHEELS
    COMING
    OFF
    CART

  753. talltenor April 26th, 2009 at 10:00 pm

    Where’s the focus? Where’s the hard-nosed professionalism? OMG!!!

  754. trisha - click to see my bigger and better Opening Day pictures April 26th, 2009 at 10:00 pm

    5th inning and the wheels feel like they’re coming off. Sad because Pettitte was pitching a gem.

  755. jennifer-Etch A Sketch loss April 26th, 2009 at 10:00 pm

    Just awful, the game is falling apart again.

  756. 2008 Hasn't Ended April 26th, 2009 at 10:00 pm

    Last place here we come!

  757. Teixeiramvp (JobaCyYoung) April 26th, 2009 at 10:00 pm

    This is the Boston massacre.
    If this doesn’t light a fire under their a$$ they’re a bad team.

  758. Al from BK(Mark Sanchez is a NY JET!) April 26th, 2009 at 10:00 pm

    9-9 3rd in the division, ugh. I’m out folks gonna watch Jets draft highlights again.

  759. Jeet Skeet April 26th, 2009 at 10:01 pm

    Angel…no they dont chant red sox suck..they actually dont chant anything in the stadium anymore!

  760. Yanks22 April 26th, 2009 at 10:01 pm

    The Red Sox remind me of us when we used to be good.

  761. Trevor April 26th, 2009 at 10:01 pm

    And the inning started with walking Varitek who is hitting 215.

  762. dave April 26th, 2009 at 10:01 pm

    This is the worst three game series the yanks have played in quite some time against boston. HORRIBLE playing, embarassing fielding, lack of clutch hitting, bad pitching

  763. swisherrocks April 26th, 2009 at 10:01 pm

    I am so, so, so, so sick of this team right now. They embarass themselves nightly.

  764. Boston Dave April 26th, 2009 at 10:01 pm

    Andy needs to snap out of it and keep them in this game.

  765. Pasqua April 26th, 2009 at 10:01 pm

    Okay…now I’m thinking it’s ball game. This is going to be one of those games that gets mentioned next winter when somebody writes a memoir about the dysfunction of the Yankees. “When Ellisbury stole home, that told me that nobody was invested in winning,” yadda, yadda, yadda.

  766. We Miss Paulie April 26th, 2009 at 10:01 pm

    What could have Posada done? Andy was in the zone.

  767. Teixeiramvp (JobaCyYoung) April 26th, 2009 at 10:01 pm

    This is a nightmare.
    We have no good starters.

  768. CaptainsCorner April 26th, 2009 at 10:01 pm

    Well there goes this game. A good catcher comes out to make sure the pitcher is ok after that. Posada is pathetic. This team is as weak as weak can be. Just embarrassing getting controlled by a minor leaguer.

  769. Luigi April 26th, 2009 at 10:02 pm

    nothing but heartbreak with this team

  770. Don Vito A. Bellamo April 26th, 2009 at 10:02 pm

    good night, ALL…anytime,EVER,we get swept by the Sox…I AM HATING LIFE !!! :-(

  771. Pasqua April 26th, 2009 at 10:02 pm

    Yanks22 — Exactly.

  772. NongEyeJon April 26th, 2009 at 10:02 pm

    Pettitte was getting knocked around. The balls were falling in. It was a matter of time. But guess how it started? Lead off walk.
    And the Yankees are not even this game. The offense looks asleep against Masterson and this team is just nowhere to be found

  773. tex's former best friend April 26th, 2009 at 10:02 pm

    Pete: Guys it is just 18 games.

    Starting to be as repetitive as a Joe G press conference.

  774. GreenBeret7 April 26th, 2009 at 10:02 pm

    That’s the 3rd time in 6 years that somebody has stolen home on Pettitte. Mike sweeney for KC, Hill from Toronto and now, Ellsbury.

  775. Angel - Tales told by idiots, full of sound and fury, signifying nothing. April 26th, 2009 at 10:02 pm

    Well I’m not talking about the new stadium really, lol

    More asking if historically at the old stadium if this happens.

  776. daver April 26th, 2009 at 10:02 pm

    Stealing of home was just adds to this embarassing weekend.

  777. Donnie April 26th, 2009 at 10:02 pm

    Aaaaaand over to “In Plain Sight” we go. Screw this. I have better, more enjoyable things to do than watch this team suck.

  778. Brandon If Melancon doesn't K the first batter he's a bust "I LOVE ME SOME ME !" April 26th, 2009 at 10:02 pm

    “there is the height of embarrassment for the Yankees. How does Posada not see that.”

    Exactly that steal wasn’t on Andy, Georgy fell asleep and didn’t even block the plate.

  779. tick629 April 26th, 2009 at 10:03 pm

    i wasn’t watching the game…how did elsberry steal home….isnt that impossible?

  780. ZMAN7777 April 26th, 2009 at 10:03 pm

    Sadly, there isn’t one Yankee starter right now of whom you can say, “He’ll stop the slide.” I don’t believe Girardi will last the season, though he’s hardly the biggest problem.

  781. thunderfangabe April 26th, 2009 at 10:03 pm

    he tripped onto the dish….

  782. Boston Dave April 26th, 2009 at 10:03 pm

    Yanks need to pick Andy up here. badly

  783. CaptainsCorner April 26th, 2009 at 10:03 pm

    If Ellsbury was on the Yanks someone would get beaned for that when they come up. But ofcourse the Yanks are too weak for that.

  784. dave April 26th, 2009 at 10:03 pm

    pedroias brother – you are just learning that? I could have told you that two years ago. Wake up and smell the coffee guy!

  785. ye April 26th, 2009 at 10:03 pm

    yanks suck,

    texeira is garbage, posada blows, our pitching is embarassing and we cant hit if our lives depended on it.

    sabathia is a major bust as well.

    cashman and girardi need to be fired asap.

  786. GreenBeret7 April 26th, 2009 at 10:03 pm

    Nobody but himself to blame with 3 walks, though.

  787. S.A.--It's a marathon, not a sprint. Calm down. April 26th, 2009 at 10:03 pm

    Oy vey

  788. meee April 26th, 2009 at 10:03 pm

    That was pathetic! But at my first ever Yankees game, A-Rod stole home and it was a pretty big deal, the crowd went wild!

  789. Angel - Tales told by idiots, full of sound and fury, signifying nothing. April 26th, 2009 at 10:03 pm

    About as annoying as half the people who project their word vomit onto this comment section night after night.

  790. stuart April 26th, 2009 at 10:03 pm

    massacre 3 game disaster. lucky early in the season.

    friday night meltdown.

    saturday could not hold a 6 run lead.

    sunday, just not make the plays.

    boston hit better in the clutch, make th elittle plays, and man it up on the mound when it matters.

    maybe see melancon tonight… total total terrible 3 game series.. blame girardi all you want, it is the players who wet there bed.. aj gave up a 6 run lead, veras and others looked like they would pee in there pants while on the mound, they have any pitchers who can dominate? You figure for all that money maybe someone could dominate!!!

    7th in league in runs scored like 26th best ERA……….

  791. GGBG April 26th, 2009 at 10:04 pm

    This will not go over well on the blog but oh well.

    We’re down 4-1. It’s still Fenway Park. It’s only 3 runs. We cannot expect to score less than 4 runs and win games. Period.

  792. AD April 26th, 2009 at 10:04 pm

    I am embarrassed to be a Yankee fan today.

  793. Kettle April 26th, 2009 at 10:04 pm

    Lidle

    Nice job comparing a guy who died tragically to a guy who commited a crime against a child. Those two are exactly the same. Congratulations on winning the award for moron of the year.

  794. Teixeiramvp (JobaCyYoung) April 26th, 2009 at 10:04 pm

    Steal of home should ALWAYS be an automatic third out.
    Posada should be taken out of the game disgraced.
    Our starters are a disaster and our bullpen is a disaster, and our fielding.
    Our hitting is so-so.
    How? How did EVERY SINGLE ONE of our starters get rocked?

  795. built to win April 26th, 2009 at 10:04 pm

    Stealing home is a major momentum problem. Glad Andy struck out the last batter. Not Andy’s fault for the first runner or stealing home. Should be a 2 run game. Now we get to see Melancon’s debut. Bet he is excited.

  796. Trevor April 26th, 2009 at 10:04 pm

    Pettitte looked like he completely lost his focus. Umm duh you have to pay attention to Ellsbury a speedy runner at third.
    They need to get out Boston and regroup.

  797. Boston Dave April 26th, 2009 at 10:04 pm

    Andy doesn’t even check runners on 2nd or 3rd… never looks.

  798. kasey April 26th, 2009 at 10:04 pm

    i don’t care if it’s april 26 or september 6, getting swept in boston, and especially in this fashion, is not a reflection of a yankee team headed in the right direction.

  799. Angel - Tales told by idiots, full of sound and fury, signifying nothing. April 26th, 2009 at 10:04 pm

    Wow, I was hoping Stuart had gotten less hysterical and prone to hyperbole since I saw him last.

    Possibly not.

  800. sill April 26th, 2009 at 10:04 pm

    im only continuing to watch to see melancon pitch or else i’d turn this debacle of a team off and get some rest

  801. hardwired April 26th, 2009 at 10:04 pm

    Have we officially bottomed out? Is Posada aware that he’s wearing body armor & Ellsbury weighs 170 lbs? Why am I asking rhetorical questions?

  802. talltenor April 26th, 2009 at 10:05 pm

    I *so* want to be upbeat, but gee…

  803. jennifer-Etch A Sketch loss April 26th, 2009 at 10:05 pm

    Inexcusable walking Jason, and allowing the steal of home. All on him.

  804. tex's former best friend April 26th, 2009 at 10:05 pm

    saying cc and tex are busts is dumb. but the fundamentals so far have been really lousy.

  805. miggs April 26th, 2009 at 10:05 pm

    Break out the Xanax and Paxil!

    Its all over. Let the hand-wringing and nail biting begin.

    This place turned into a complete sewer at exactly 9:57.

    That’s my signal. In the words of Michael Kay “See ya!”

  806. Pasqua April 26th, 2009 at 10:05 pm

    ye – I’ll talk to someone on your behalf about having the season canceled. clearly, your points are valid and not at all reactionary.

  807. Pat M April 26th, 2009 at 10:06 pm

    Salt in the wounds…Getting it in every fashion….Wake up call guys ?????

  808. Boston Dave April 26th, 2009 at 10:06 pm

    “If Ellsbury was on the Yanks someone would get beaned for that when they come up. But ofcourse the Yanks are too weak for that.”

    ——–

    why would you bean someone for your own bad play?

    They should have thanked Ellsbury for attempting it… they just messed up.

  809. stuart April 26th, 2009 at 10:06 pm

    Posada defensively has never been great. He had a beautiful 8th inning yesterday, he never learns. never blocks the plate but he can hit…

    pettitte walking junk hitters a formula for success…

    the sux are the late 90 yankees, relentless, tough, and smart. we are the old sux, some superstars, depth not great, fundamantally not sound…

  810. Teixeiramvp (JobaCyYoung) April 26th, 2009 at 10:06 pm

    Actually, this is the New York massacre.
    New York is being massacred, not Boston.
    Honestly the Yanks could score ten runs and I’d still put the smart money on the Red Sox to win.

  811. DT April 26th, 2009 at 10:06 pm

    “This game is now, over….get out the brooms baby.”

    why is it raining?

    Boston came back from 6-0 yesterday, have some faith.

  812. NongEyeJon April 26th, 2009 at 10:06 pm

    This inning will be a tell-tale sign of how much fight this team has. If we go down 1-2-3, we’re folding.

  813. dave April 26th, 2009 at 10:07 pm

    Lets look at how long these espn morons drool over ellsbury’s historic steal of home.

    This was not ellsbury’s brilliance but pettitte’s horrendous and inexcusable lack of awareness.

  814. GGBG April 26th, 2009 at 10:07 pm

    As sad as the momentum is – we still can’t hit. This team cannot manufacutre runs. It either hits enough home runs to win or it loses.

  815. CaptainsCorner April 26th, 2009 at 10:07 pm

    Pettitte is the same as every other Yankee starter 1 thing happens and then they just lose it. How many times this year is Girardi going to try walking a batter for it to not work out?? Keep managing scared. Mangers that do that and don’t win get fired…

  816. Raphy April 26th, 2009 at 10:07 pm

    Why does every single scoreboard on mlb.com have a different score (4-1)than Gameday (3-1)?

  817. Al from BK(Mark Sanchez is a NY JET!) April 26th, 2009 at 10:07 pm

    The Sox play how we used to play with heart, with pride, with grit. They actually care about playing hard at home they never give up on a game. I hate to use this as an excuse but none of our players are hungry because everyone makes 10 million+ a year. Terry Francona is a great manager who has the respect of his team, Girardi is the opposite a hot-head who couldn’t lead a bunch of pee wee leaguers. I am done with this team for now and the foreseeable future, until they start playing with heart I will not be supporting them.

  818. Teixeiramvp (JobaCyYoung) April 26th, 2009 at 10:08 pm

    DT-We’re at Fenway Park and we’re emotionally drained.
    We’re not going to win this game.
    I am ashamed right now to be a Yankee fan.

  819. Rob April 26th, 2009 at 10:08 pm

    I know its early but you just have to laugh at this….It seems for the past 5 years any move the Sox make it work and any move we make it back fires……wow

  820. Luigi April 26th, 2009 at 10:08 pm

    cano is really seeing the ball well

  821. pat April 26th, 2009 at 10:08 pm

    Yanks/Sox in Fenway Park. This game isn’t going to end 4-1 Sox. Not saying the Yanks will win but more drama will ensue.

  822. Kettle April 26th, 2009 at 10:08 pm

    This is just pathetic. How can Steve Phillips have a job? I didnt think it was possible for ESPN to get any worse on Sunday Night Baseball but adding Phillips has done the job.

  823. Brandon If Melancon doesn't K the first batter he's a bust "I LOVE ME SOME ME !" April 26th, 2009 at 10:08 pm

    GB I’m going to ask you a simple question, I know alot of ppl overreact but when your catcher falls asleep there and I’m going to be honest Posada tonight is calling a so so game because I still can’t believe he didn’t bust Ortiz in the hands…anyway how do you not take Georgy out of this game, and I’m scared of them bringing in Melancon because I just don’t have faith in Georgy handling him.

    Meanwhile Robi seems to be the only Yankee awake for this series.

  824. NongEyeJon April 26th, 2009 at 10:08 pm

    Can we actually get an extended freakin rally? Or is Posada going to do nothing again this weekend?

  825. stuart April 26th, 2009 at 10:09 pm

    pete’s buddy the swish down to 295 in BA.

    Pete likes him cause he has personality and talks to him.. call me a old fashioned guy I like players that win and produce… If you want a circus you just have to look at arod..

    those old boring yankees of about 98, that team really was boring. I was bored from all the wins. it was terrible….

  826. S.A.--It's a marathon, not a sprint. Calm down. April 26th, 2009 at 10:09 pm

    I love the Cano

  827. Raphy April 26th, 2009 at 10:09 pm

    Never mind, they just fixed it.

  828. Teixeiramvp (JobaCyYoung) April 26th, 2009 at 10:09 pm

    CaptainsCorner-Logistically walking him was a smart move but with the way this has been going I knew it would bite us in the end.

  829. ZMAN7777 April 26th, 2009 at 10:09 pm

    “emotionally drained”. That’s hardly an excuse. Wonder if the hot Tiger bats are giddy in anticipation right now?

  830. ZMAN7777 April 26th, 2009 at 10:09 pm

    “emotionally drained”. That’s hardly an excuse. Wonder if the hot Tiger bats are giddy in anticipation right now?

  831. GGBG April 26th, 2009 at 10:09 pm

    Dave-

    Lets look at how long these espn morons drool over ellsbury’s historic steal of home.

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

    They actually mentioned Ellsbury and Jackie Robinson in the same breath. Amazing, isn’t it?

  832. CaptainsCorner April 26th, 2009 at 10:09 pm

    This Sox love fast is disgusting. It started from the very 1st inning. When Miller said lets listen to Tex get booed…When he didn’t get booed Miller didn’t know what to say. It is soo annoying already. Good thing tvs come with a mute button. Where is the sox mascot Gammons? How can he possibly miss a game?…

  833. Luigi April 26th, 2009 at 10:09 pm

    yea its just so beyond ridiculous that you have to laugh at it, the red sox can do no wrong and we cant do anything right, dont worry things will change…its a long season

  834. Jay April 26th, 2009 at 10:10 pm

    Now let’s see… Berroa plays so far away that Ellsbury can walk half way home without worrying about picked off. Pettite doesn’t even look at the runner on third. And Posada doesn’t even know he’s coming home. Awesome job on the fundamentals by the Yankees, huh? This team is getting harder and harder to pull for. They’re like an intensely stupid Goliath. Even when they win… :(

  835. stuart April 26th, 2009 at 10:10 pm

    sux 5 hits 4 runs.

    yanks 6 hits 1 run, sound about right. cano going to get a meaningless hit soon……..

    no clutchness, zippo…

  836. talltenor April 26th, 2009 at 10:10 pm

    This is beginning to look like the Rangers today, v. the Caps. Are the Sawx in the Yankees’ heads?

  837. Peter Abraham April 26th, 2009 at 10:10 pm

    Please tell me somebody didn’t really comment that the Yankees should bean Ellsbury for stealing home.

    Good lord.

    So players shouldn’t try?

    How about you bean yourself? Do us all a favor.

  838. Boston Dave April 26th, 2009 at 10:10 pm

    “pete’s buddy the swish down to 295 in BA.”

    good thing BA isn’t necessarily as important as OPS.

  839. Rob NY -- 2009 The Road to Redemption April 26th, 2009 at 10:10 pm

    http://redsarmy.files.wordpres.....button.jpg

    ZOMG !!!!

  840. Teixeiramvp (JobaCyYoung) April 26th, 2009 at 10:10 pm

    sill-Hey genius, 3 runs vs. the A’s come in mind?

  841. panayioti April 26th, 2009 at 10:10 pm

    Posada and his contract are just a waste.

  842. DT April 26th, 2009 at 10:11 pm

    The Yanks have battled back all year. The pitching may stink, but they don’t quit. (only some fans do)

  843. Mark-Cant Touch This (from I Phone) April 26th, 2009 at 10:11 pm

    Well at least Cano is becoming a beast of a hitter, please come back soon A-rod :(. And I doubt we see Malencon

  844. Nick in SF April 26th, 2009 at 10:11 pm

    Angel: “Boston sucks” is the chant of choice. In the stadium, in the subway cars, in bars, on the street.

  845. tex's former best friend April 26th, 2009 at 10:11 pm

    we make young pitching look very good more often than not.

  846. dave April 26th, 2009 at 10:11 pm

    pedroia brother- glad you knew melky will never learn to walk but what about BG? I didnt hear what you said about him…

  847. panayioti April 26th, 2009 at 10:11 pm

    Just Googled “who gives a rats arse” and it returned the 2009 Yankees team picture. Fascinating how this internet works. Amazing stuff.

  848. ZMAN7777 April 26th, 2009 at 10:11 pm

    At least Swisher hit the ball this time. It’s been awhile.

  849. dave April 26th, 2009 at 10:12 pm

    cant wait to hear what Joe Moron I mean morgan says about melancon

  850. Trevor April 26th, 2009 at 10:12 pm

    Bowden is their Ian Kennedy. I wouldn’t get too excited about him. Not to say he’s going to be bat shy like Kennedy has been. but he’s about a 4/5 starter.

  851. kimoinsd April 26th, 2009 at 10:12 pm

    After the way they played this weekend Jeter should call a players only, closed door meeting to get the yanks heads out of their a$$e$!

  852. talltenor April 26th, 2009 at 10:12 pm

    Yes, Pete, unfortunately someone did.

    Too much “anything less than a championship is a failure” Kool-Aid.

  853. Brandon If Melancon doesn't K the first batter he's a bust "I LOVE ME SOME ME !" April 26th, 2009 at 10:12 pm

    “Posada and his contract are just a waste.”

    That’s not true, his bat is not a waste, it’s just almost everything else.

  854. Teixeiramvp (JobaCyYoung) April 26th, 2009 at 10:13 pm

    Peter, you’re 100% right.
    Cano should steal second, third, and home instead.

  855. dave April 26th, 2009 at 10:13 pm

    teixeriamvp – stop being soo melodramatic. We have four solid pitchers who are not pitching solidly this weekend.

  856. tex's former best friend April 26th, 2009 at 10:13 pm

    time for matsui, bring it home.

  857. Jay April 26th, 2009 at 10:13 pm

    I’ve been championing Girardi since before he was hired. And I’m THRILLED that Torre is gone. But I think it’s pretty obvious that the team is even MORE asleep under Girardi than they were under Torre. And they were like Sleeping Beauty after 2001 under Torre. (Not to mention what he did to one poor wretch in the bullpen after another. Proctor ought to be able to sue him for damages.

  858. hardwired April 26th, 2009 at 10:13 pm

    I always get a kick out of how racially diverse the fan base in Fenway seems to be.

  859. Boston Dave April 26th, 2009 at 10:13 pm

    huge AB here for Matsui

  860. dave April 26th, 2009 at 10:13 pm

    good riddance masterson

  861. CaptainsCorner April 26th, 2009 at 10:14 pm

    Cano is the only one who always hits. Can someone please help him attempt to score some runs?!! Tex pretend it is May and start to look like the real Tex…

  862. GreenBeret7 April 26th, 2009 at 10:14 pm

    Brandon If Melancon doesn’t K the first batter he’s a bust “I LOVE ME SOME ME !”
    April 26th, 2009 at 10:08 pm
    GB I’m going to ask you a simple question, I know alot of ppl overreact but when your catcher falls asleep there and I’m going to be honest Posada tonight is calling a so so game because I still can’t believe he didn’t bust Ortiz in the hands…anyway how do you not take Georgy out of this game, and I’m scared of them bringing in Melancon because I just don’t have faith in Georgy handling him.

    Meanwhile Robi seems to be the only Yankee awake for this series.

    ————————————————————

    Do you really want to throw a 88-90 MPH fastball on the inner side of the plate to Ortiz? Unless Pettitte has a secret screwball pitch, that’s the only way a lefty gets inside to a lefty.

  863. trisha - click to see my bigger and better Opening Day pictures April 26th, 2009 at 10:14 pm

    I am not embarrassed to be a Yankee fan. I am proud to be a Yankee fan. I will always be proud to be a Yankee fan.

    I will say, though, that probably the most embarrassing thing that can happen to a team in a game, is having the other team steal home. I still haven’t been able to breathe right since that play!

  864. Teixeiramvp (JobaCyYoung) April 26th, 2009 at 10:14 pm

    DT-Sigh. You’re right, but this series has been a murphy’s law series.
    Anything that can go wrong will go wrong.

  865. Kettle April 26th, 2009 at 10:14 pm

    Pete
    Maybe the Yankees should score 52 points on a Hall of Fame coach while going for it on 4th down in the 4th quarter because, you know, we were just giving the team a chance to stop the 4th down play. Good think karma won in the end. That would be classier, right?

  866. dave April 26th, 2009 at 10:14 pm

    Why is damon sitting when he is RIGHT in the middle of a hot streak in fenway!!??

  867. Mark-Cant Touch This (from I Phone) April 26th, 2009 at 10:14 pm

    The Yankees offense this year has been pathetic at times and at times very good, i just hope when A-rod Gets back things improve in the hitting with RISP

  868. m April 26th, 2009 at 10:14 pm

    Aw, shucks. I wanted to see Matsui rip one of Masterson’s offerings.

  869. Trevor April 26th, 2009 at 10:15 pm

    “I always get a kick out of how racially diverse the fan base in Fenway seems to be”

    Please!

  870. Pat M April 26th, 2009 at 10:15 pm

    This club needs a five game winning streak real soon….

  871. dave April 26th, 2009 at 10:16 pm

    I am not embarrassed to be a yankee fan but i am embarrassed that the team is playing embarrassing baseball right now.

  872. GGBG April 26th, 2009 at 10:16 pm

    Someone named Hunter Jones – a rookie – is now coming in to face our lineup.

    Can we please make him a little uncomfortable? Take some pitches? Foul some off? Make him work?

  873. Brandon If Melancon doesn't K the first batter he's a bust "I LOVE ME SOME ME !" April 26th, 2009 at 10:17 pm

    “teixeriamvp – stop being soo melodramatic. We have four solid pitchers who are not pitching solidly this weekend.”

    What’s interesting to me is that the best pitched game of the series was w/ Molina calling the game. After that it’s been near pinball baseball, so what happened ? it can’t be they all just started to suck.

  874. ZMAN7777 April 26th, 2009 at 10:17 pm

    Do we now get stymied by Howard “No One Ever Is To Blame” Jones?

  875. Nick in SF April 26th, 2009 at 10:17 pm

    “I am ashamed right now to be a Yankee fan.”

    Come on, grow a spine! *This* game isn’t even over yet.

  876. 2008 Hasn't Ended April 26th, 2009 at 10:17 pm

    Hunter Jones?!?!?! LOL!

  877. Rob NY -- 2009 The Road to Redemption April 26th, 2009 at 10:17 pm

    “Proctor ought to be able to sue him for damages.”

    lol Negligent Supervision for the win!

  878. Boston Dave April 26th, 2009 at 10:17 pm

    I predict a BB to Hideki and a clutch hit from Melky…

    please please please

  879. hardwired April 26th, 2009 at 10:17 pm

    Gardner should steal first.

  880. Mark-Cant Touch This (from I Phone) April 26th, 2009 at 10:17 pm

    Look at that the Red Sox manager giving a kid a chance in the bullpen, I hope joe would do that..

  881. joe April 26th, 2009 at 10:18 pm

    lets get some hits off this youngster

  882. jennifer-Etch A Sketch loss April 26th, 2009 at 10:18 pm

    dave- did you read Pete’s post? If you did you wouldn’t be asking.

    UPDATE, 6:24 p.m.: Johnny Damon is out of the lineup with a sore right shoulder, a sore knee and a sore back. Girardi said he hopes Damon will be available tomorrow.

  883. DT April 26th, 2009 at 10:18 pm

    Teix – we are playing a hot team – in their park no less. The Red Sox will cool down. The Yanks will play better.

    As long as guys are trying and not giving up ABs – have some faith.

  884. Peter Abraham April 26th, 2009 at 10:18 pm

    Attention “Pedroia’s Brother Likes Little Boys”

    Change your name or you will be banned. This blog does not allow such crude language. Have some class, please.

    It’s not funny.

  885. dave April 26th, 2009 at 10:18 pm

    6 hits in 5 innings and we can only score a single run

  886. Teixeiramvp (JobaCyYoung) April 26th, 2009 at 10:19 pm

    trisha-Which is why I’m embarassed.
    Let’s go through key events this series that changed everything (Murphy’s law):
    1. Forget bases loaded stuff. Up by 2, bottom of ninth, best closer ever on mound vs. Manny’s replacement gives up game tying HR. Later, Youk, the most hated Sock, wins it.
    2. One of the worst hitters in the league is up against a pitcher who historicaly owns his team, and he gives up a grand slam, then gives up a HR to one of the worst power hitters in the league to tie the game
    3. The team comes back and ties it only to have the bullpen blow it
    4. 2 errors at 3rd lead to unearned game tying run
    5. Ellsbury steals home
    6. Hitter who they elected to face after intentional walk drives in two more runs
    What else can go wrong?

  887. CaptainsCorner April 26th, 2009 at 10:19 pm

    It would be nice if Gardner can steal tons of bases. Oh I forgot he hasn’t figured out how to get to 1st base yet.

  888. Boston Dave April 26th, 2009 at 10:19 pm

    damn, well hit by Matsui

    it’s up to Melky

  889. Brandon If Melancon doesn't K the first batter he's a bust "I LOVE ME SOME ME !" April 26th, 2009 at 10:19 pm

    “Do you really want to throw a 88-90 MPH fastball on the inner side of the plate to Ortiz? Unless Pettitte has a secret screwball pitch, that’s the only way a lefty gets inside to a lefty.”

    Ortiz is in so much of a funk I doubt he hits an 85 mph pitch in his hands.

  890. relax April 26th, 2009 at 10:19 pm

    you guys are absolutely amazing. ive read this blog for a couple years now and ive never written a single comment. so after ellisbury stole home, i came on here to see what pete thought. i also wanted to see what you “fans” would be writing. one dude is telling posada how to call a game. really dude? cmon now. another is complaining that the red sox fans have the audacity to chant “yankees suck”. this is major league baseball, not little league. you ever been to a yanks sox game at the stadium? try and count all the “boston sucks” chant. you wont have enough fingers and toes. but the most amazing part of this all is the panic that just hopped out of the screen and punched me right in the grill when i read the comments.holy moses. relax. its astonishing. 9-8 with no arod and wang with an era higher that most of your baseball iqs is not that bad. its a long season. enjoy it. you guys arent. its baseball. its a game. im a huge fan, but it doesnt alter my life like the way it does to some of you. ok, now enjoy the rest of the game, its far from over. excuse me, im gonna go get some ice for my face. that panic punched me good. go yankees.

  891. panayioti April 26th, 2009 at 10:19 pm

    Brandon If Melancon doesn’t K the first batter he’s a bust “I LOVE ME SOME ME !”
    April 26th, 2009 at 10:12 pm
    “Posada and his contract are just a waste.”
    That’s not true, his bat is not a waste, it’s just almost everything else.

    that is very true. But even his bat is suspect. Perhaps we should get rid of matsui, and just keep Posada as a DH. He can sleep during each half inning and not have to worry about all the other things a catcher must do.

  892. Teixeiramvp (JobaCyYoung) April 26th, 2009 at 10:19 pm

    DT-I have faith in the team but not this series.

  893. dave April 26th, 2009 at 10:19 pm

    when is hughes pitching??

  894. GreenBeret7 April 26th, 2009 at 10:20 pm

    This BS about blaming bad pitches on the catcher (whoever the catcher is) is beyond stupid. The pitch to Ortiz wasn’t that bad….low and outside. Pettitte’s mistakes besides forgetting about Ellsbury were the walks.

  895. Trevor April 26th, 2009 at 10:20 pm

    Lets see can they get a hit with RISP here.

  896. Pedroia's brother arrested for illegal activity April 26th, 2009 at 10:20 pm

    is that okay pete

  897. Brandon If Melancon doesn't K the first batter he's a bust "I LOVE ME SOME ME !" April 26th, 2009 at 10:20 pm

    Melky he’s a rookie be patient you’ll find it…oh forget it.

  898. 2008 Hasn't Ended April 26th, 2009 at 10:21 pm

    I say again: Hunter Jones?!?! LOL!

  899. Boston Dave April 26th, 2009 at 10:21 pm

    that AB was more embarrassing than the steal of home

  900. John April 26th, 2009 at 10:21 pm

    3 pitches Melky really???? Two way out of the zone???

  901. m April 26th, 2009 at 10:21 pm

    Bah.

  902. CaptainsCorner April 26th, 2009 at 10:21 pm

    Ofcourse AAA Hunter Jones can get people out. But the Yanks AAA people can’t get anyone out. As Melky swings at the dirt and then over his head. Please tell me Austin Jackson will be ready next week Melky and Gardner are AAA fools.

  903. jennifer-Etch A Sketch loss April 26th, 2009 at 10:21 pm

    dave- Tuesday, cc is tomorrow.

  904. Trevor April 26th, 2009 at 10:21 pm

    What the hell is Melky swinging at? That looked similar to what he swung at against Oakland with the bases loaded and no out.

  905. dave April 26th, 2009 at 10:21 pm

    and again i have to ask, where is damon??? Girardi knows he is 9 for his last 20 right?

  906. GGBG April 26th, 2009 at 10:21 pm

    Matsui hit that good but our weekend luck reared its head again. No such thing as a clutch hit for us.

  907. Pedroia's brother arrested for illegal activity April 26th, 2009 at 10:22 pm

    melky is a wasted piece of trash. hunter mahan made him look like a fool

  908. S.A.--It's a marathon, not a sprint. Calm down. April 26th, 2009 at 10:22 pm

    :(

  909. joe April 26th, 2009 at 10:22 pm

    melky blows.

  910. Teixeiramvp (JobaCyYoung) April 26th, 2009 at 10:22 pm

    panayioti-What are you talking about he’s hitting well.
    This has been an awful weekend for all NY/NJ sport teams in season (hockey, baseball).

  911. hardwired April 26th, 2009 at 10:22 pm

    Can Melancon play CF?

  912. Joe Mama April 26th, 2009 at 10:22 pm

    Here comes the overworked bullpen. I really don’t see how the Yankees can pull out this game.

  913. GGBG April 26th, 2009 at 10:22 pm

    dave

    He’s hurt, obviously. What do you think, he wants to sit?

  914. NongEyeJon April 26th, 2009 at 10:22 pm

    So BoSox youngsters get the job done…do ours? I mean, it is utterly unbelievable how inept our team is. I’ve been a supporter of Cashman, but no more. This team is not built to win.

  915. Boston Dave April 26th, 2009 at 10:23 pm

    relax,

    welcome to the game thread.

    Even when the Yankees are winning, people criticize the team.

    When they are losing, it’s a cesspool.

    When they are losing to the Red Sox…. well…. it’s like this.

  916. swisherrocks April 26th, 2009 at 10:23 pm

    Melky is useless.

    I’m done with this game once Melancon is finished pitching.

  917. AD April 26th, 2009 at 10:23 pm

    Do we keep trying CF with Gardner and Melky? Or do we go back and try to get Cameron from Miwaukee?

  918. John Coxstosin April 26th, 2009 at 10:23 pm

    How much does Melky suck? Oh, let me count the ways.

  919. YankeeRay April 26th, 2009 at 10:23 pm

    Melky saw 1 strike and took it and even that was a borderline strike, He swings at 2 terrible pitches.
    Very clutch at bat

  920. ZMAN7777 April 26th, 2009 at 10:23 pm

    One team hits with 2-outs and RISP. The other team doesn’t at all. It’s been that way since Friday. 7 LOB now thru 6. I have to believe the Yankees lead the league in LOB. Sad.

  921. GreenBeret7 April 26th, 2009 at 10:23 pm

    How about getting rid of the impersonators that infest the board?

  922. Mark-Cant Touch This (from I Phone) April 26th, 2009 at 10:23 pm

    Well at least this is our last game as the hell hole know as Fenway

  923. KP April 26th, 2009 at 10:23 pm

    dave, if you watched the game yesterday you’d know why damon isn’t playing. That would include pinch hitting.

  924. jennifer-Etch A Sketch loss April 26th, 2009 at 10:23 pm

    dave- Did you read what I posted to you? He is banged up. He crashed into the wall yesterday and is sore. Ever think that maybe Joe knows what he is doing?

  925. CaptainsCorner April 26th, 2009 at 10:23 pm

    At this point I can’t figure out who is worse Melky or Gardner?!

  926. Nick in SF April 26th, 2009 at 10:24 pm

    The juxtaposition of Steve Philips’ praise and Melky’s K was not kind. :(

  927. NongEyeJon April 26th, 2009 at 10:24 pm

    Wow, Girardi really doesn’t want to use Melancon, or Jackson. Is there anyone?

  928. Erik Sec. 309 April 26th, 2009 at 10:24 pm

    This team is in trouble. They’re hurt, and they look lost. When they get people on base, they don’t drive them in and when people get on base, the pitchers lose focus. This is a mess……an embarrasing mess.

  929. DT April 26th, 2009 at 10:24 pm

    things are looking better already. Berroa didn’t make an error!

  930. John April 26th, 2009 at 10:24 pm

    3 automatic outs tonight Melky, Berroa and Gardner. That’s just terriffic.

  931. Josh April 26th, 2009 at 10:24 pm

    Two simple things I would have done before this game. First, Cano would have been moved up in the order to hit behind Tex or in the 2nd spot in behind Jeter. Second, I would have sent Berroa to wash the towels. Pena should be starting. I would rather have a solid glove you can count on then a washed up first round pick.

  932. Abe/s Odd World April 26th, 2009 at 10:24 pm

    Stupid Yankees…

  933. Luigi April 26th, 2009 at 10:24 pm

    i wanna see melancon against the heart of their order

  934. Blackdragon905 April 26th, 2009 at 10:24 pm

    Melky can never lay off a low breaking ball at his feet, always has to swing at it and either swings and misses or barely makes contact, very frustrating to watch.

  935. Teixeiramvp (JobaCyYoung) April 26th, 2009 at 10:25 pm

    What happened to Burnett and Pettite?
    What happened to our great pitching?
    Now our “good” starters are getting rocked.

  936. Boston Dave April 26th, 2009 at 10:25 pm

    Andy looks like he’s on his way to a quality start and kept them in the game (3 ER).

    They need some hits with RISP and last inning might have been their best chance (off Hunter Jones… ugh).

  937. GGBG April 26th, 2009 at 10:25 pm

    ZMan

    We haven’t hit with RISP in about two years.

  938. Brandon If Melancon doesn't K the first batter he's a bust "I LOVE ME SOME ME !" April 26th, 2009 at 10:25 pm

    “This BS about blaming bad pitches on the catcher (whoever the catcher is) is beyond stupid. The pitch to Ortiz wasn’t that bad….low and outside. Pettitte’s mistakes besides forgetting about Ellsbury were the walks.”

    I know Pettite had some fault, but the game calling GB come on man I love Georgy too, but other than his bat his game calling is just not there it’s mediocore at best. It’s almost like we have to go old school w/ him and call pitches from the dugout at times.

  939. GreenBeret7 April 26th, 2009 at 10:26 pm

    Brandon If Melancon doesn’t K the first batter he’s a bust “I LOVE ME SOME ME !”
    April 26th, 2009 at 10:19 pm
    “Do you really want to throw a 88-90 MPH fastball on the inner side of the plate to Ortiz? Unless Pettitte has a secret screwball pitch, that’s the only way a lefty gets inside to a lefty.”

    Ortiz is in so much of a funk I doubt he hits an 85 mph pitch in his hands.

    ————————————————————

    Ortiz is not a hitter that I’d be playing games with, regardless of what he’s hitting.

  940. Trevor April 26th, 2009 at 10:26 pm

    Garardi made the right move. Made no sense to use Melancon here in the 6th. Especially since the Yankees didn’t score.

  941. jennifer-Etch A Sketch loss April 26th, 2009 at 10:26 pm

    Kettle

    I missed that one, and Pete probably did too. Email him on it. People are seriously mentally disturbed.

  942. NongEyeJon April 26th, 2009 at 10:26 pm

    Wow…there #9 has been on-base twice….hmmm…how bout ours?

  943. Boston Dave April 26th, 2009 at 10:26 pm

    “Wow, Girardi really doesn’t want to use Melancon, or Jackson. Is there anyone?”

    ———–

    Melancon was warming up and Andy is pitching well. Why would you take him out?

  944. ZMAN7777 April 26th, 2009 at 10:26 pm

    Well, coming up it’s at Detroit and then home for LAA (who are struggling, but always seem to beat the Yanks)

  945. GGBG April 26th, 2009 at 10:26 pm

    Ellsbury comes up and ESPN turns on the mic’s to enhance the volume of the cheering.

  946. Dave April 26th, 2009 at 10:27 pm

    my bad I just read petes posts about damon – i figured he was feeling sore but he is tearing it up at the plate so i figured he may be able to come in at some point.

    I love Joe – i have t he utmost faith in him right now. I just thought he was being too overprotective but if he is hurting, he is hurting.

  947. Teixeiramvp (JobaCyYoung) April 26th, 2009 at 10:27 pm

    I don’t want to see Melancon.
    Murphy’s law says he gets rocked and he loses all confidence and procedes to be our worst pitcher for the rest of his career.
    No thanks.

  948. jennifer-Etch A Sketch loss April 26th, 2009 at 10:27 pm

    GGBG April 26th, 2009 at 10:25 pm

    ZMan

    We haven’t hit with RISP in about two years.

    ——————————

    It is more than that, it seems like it has been years since we’ve hit with risp.

  949. JR April 26th, 2009 at 10:27 pm

    “he’s got good speed and he’s gunna be hard to catch” VOMIT.

  950. Mark-Cant Touch This (from I Phone) April 26th, 2009 at 10:28 pm

    I with Gardner was Ellesbury, Elllesburry is not that great but at least he gets on base sometimes

  951. Rob NY -- 2009 The Road to Redemption April 26th, 2009 at 10:28 pm

    Mark on the Iphone — Do you have some trick for keeping up with these threads or do you just get a thumb work out flicking your way to the bottom of the page?

  952. CaptainsCorner April 26th, 2009 at 10:28 pm

    I really wish that Melancon did not have to make his major league debut in this type of game. But the Yanks are obviously done scoring runs for the night so what is the difference.

  953. NongEyeJon April 26th, 2009 at 10:28 pm

    BTW, Ross Ohlendorf beat Jake Peavy today.

  954. ZMAN7777 April 26th, 2009 at 10:28 pm

    GGBG: You’re right, but the impact has only been magnified this weekend. It’s sickening.

  955. Teixeiramvp (JobaCyYoung) April 26th, 2009 at 10:28 pm

    Boston Dave-He wasn’t pitching that well.
    I would hve left him in to though.
    I loved Girardi last year, but now even though we’re off to a better start I think he’s doing worse than last year.
    Get it together Joe.

  956. John April 26th, 2009 at 10:28 pm

    Ortiz is trying to hit the ball the other way. An inside pitch on his hands is the way to go. Same as yesterday. He hasn’t turned on any pitches this year so why wouldn’t you jam him up? A ball on the outside of the plate asks to be hit the other way. What he is trying to do isn’t it?

  957. Dave April 26th, 2009 at 10:28 pm

    where is melancon so I can mute this game and do something useful

  958. GGBG April 26th, 2009 at 10:28 pm

    Anyone want to talk about how great Andy’s pickoff move is? That’s two guys he’s picked off tonight.

  959. Htman213 April 26th, 2009 at 10:29 pm

    BTW, Ross Ohlendorf beat Jake Peavy today.

    How does that trade look now??

  960. Peter Abraham April 26th, 2009 at 10:29 pm

    I’ve had enough with the stupid comments, personal attacks, etc.

    Zero tolerance. Either stop or you’re out. If you want to be a moron, go someplace else.

  961. CaptainsCorner April 26th, 2009 at 10:29 pm

    So basically everyone is going to try running on Pettitte now. Is Ortiz next..well if he and his .230 average can get on base that is.

  962. Mark-Cant Touch This (from I Phone) April 26th, 2009 at 10:29 pm

    Hey not to worry the Amazing part of our line up is coming up, the 50 year old, and cant buy a base GGBG

  963. Teixeiramvp (JobaCyYoung) April 26th, 2009 at 10:30 pm

    RISP avg. is overrated.
    If you drive in more than your fair share of runs I don’t care if the avg. is in the negatives.
    They have to score.

  964. GreenBeret7 April 26th, 2009 at 10:30 pm

    Brandon If Melancon doesn’t K the first batter he’s a bust “I LOVE ME SOME ME !”
    April 26th, 2009 at 10:25 pm
    “This BS about blaming bad pitches on the catcher (whoever the catcher is) is beyond stupid. The pitch to Ortiz wasn’t that bad….low and outside. Pettitte’s mistakes besides forgetting about Ellsbury were the walks.”

    I know Pettite had some fault, but the game calling GB come on man I love Georgy too, but other than his bat his game calling is just not there it’s mediocore at best. It’s almost like we have to go old school w/ him and call pitches from the dugout at times.

    ————————————————————

    Has nothing to do with loving Posada or not loving him. He was calling a great game yesterday for 3.1 innings and for 4.1 innings today. Did he forget how to call games after that one deadly third of an inning? Come on, Brandon…you’re smarter than that.

  965. ZMAN7777 April 26th, 2009 at 10:30 pm

    I’ll admit that I’m still reeling from Friday and Saturday and I blame myself for caring so much about it.

  966. DT April 26th, 2009 at 10:30 pm

    I’m not listening to TV. John and Suzie will have to do.

    Once Joe Morgan referred to Whitey Ford’s ghost – he got a 10 game suspension from me.

  967. Boston Dave April 26th, 2009 at 10:30 pm

    “Boston Dave-He wasn’t pitching that well.”

    ————

    I disagree. He had one bad inning out of 6.

    He gave them a quality start if you’re considering he is only responsible for 3 of the runs.

    If you go 6 and give up 3 ER at Fenway, that’s pretty good.

  968. Dave April 26th, 2009 at 10:30 pm

    teixeiramvp – you are saying that because the entire bullpen is horrendous right now. If Joe had maybe one person he could rely on outside of Mo, he would look a lot better right now. Thas why i was praying for the day melancon would finally pitch so he can be moved to the eighth inning in a lead and that day is today!!!

  969. Erik Sec. 309 April 26th, 2009 at 10:30 pm

    Who would’ve thought that Andy would be our most reliable pitcher?….

  970. GGBG April 26th, 2009 at 10:31 pm

    ZMAN –

    I was pretty upset about it during our last playoff stint and basically all of last year. Seems the same this year.

    There are no run manufacturing single, single, walk, double, single kind of innings with this team. If we hit home runs, we score and have a chance to win. If we don’t, we don’t and we don’t.

  971. trisha - click to see my bigger and better Opening Day pictures April 26th, 2009 at 10:31 pm

    I can’t say it happens every single outing but Pettitte has had the 5th inning yips at times. If you remember the same thing used to happen to Ted Lilly. It was almost like Knobs when his throwing problems started. It would be a self-fulfilling prophecy. With Lilly he would be going like a house of fire and then the 5th inning would roll around and he’d lose it. Come back out for the 6th and things would be fine.

  972. S.A.--It's a marathon, not a sprint. Calm down. April 26th, 2009 at 10:31 pm

    Can we borrow some of those runs that we scored yesterday towards tonight’s game? :(

  973. NongEyeJon April 26th, 2009 at 10:31 pm

    Let’s see what we can do against their rookies…do we think we can actually do something?

  974. ZMAN7777 April 26th, 2009 at 10:32 pm

    RISP is NOT overrated. It defines this team.

  975. Boston Dave April 26th, 2009 at 10:32 pm

    Yanks must get to Bowden. The Sox are taking their chances with the young guys.

  976. Teixeiramvp (JobaCyYoung) April 26th, 2009 at 10:32 pm

    Dave-true

  977. talltenor April 26th, 2009 at 10:32 pm

    What next? Bring on da Tigahs!

  978. pat April 26th, 2009 at 10:32 pm

    Andy’s got a good move when the man is on 1st, it’s 3rd he needs a little work on. :wink:

  979. Trevor April 26th, 2009 at 10:32 pm

    Sox version of Ian Kennedy here.

  980. Dave April 26th, 2009 at 10:32 pm

    one, melancon is wasting his talents in scranton and two, melancon, bruney and mo in close and tie games would basically mean the game is over after the sixth innings for opponents!

  981. CaptainsCorner April 26th, 2009 at 10:32 pm

    Look how pathetic the Sox think the Yanks are they are pitching 2 guys just up from AAA. That is really emabrrassing.

  982. John April 26th, 2009 at 10:32 pm

    Haven’t they been hyping this kid that he can throw high 90s????

  983. Teixeiramvp (JobaCyYoung) April 26th, 2009 at 10:33 pm

    ZMAN7777-No, pitching does.
    More often than not we score the runs.

  984. Rob NY -- 2009 The Road to Redemption April 26th, 2009 at 10:33 pm

    “BTW, Ross Ohlendorf beat Jake Peavy today.
    How does that trade look now??”

    While we’re concerned about the results of mediocre former Yankee pitchers would you like to buy Rasner back from Japan?

  985. Boston Dave April 26th, 2009 at 10:33 pm

    “RISP is NOT overrated. It defines this team.”

    ——–

    while I can’t argue that RISP is very important, the Rays were one of the worst in baseball last year with RISP. They did ok.

    If the Yankees pitching, in general, were pitching to their ability, we wouldn’t be talking about RISP.

  986. panayioti April 26th, 2009 at 10:33 pm

    panayioti-What are you talking about he’s hitting well.
    This has been an awful weekend for all NY/NJ sport teams in season (hockey, baseball).

    Ya, you are probably right. I am so pissed right now with the fundamental lack of attention that this team has I am ready to take the ship down. I cannot believe that a team of this talent can function with such minor league quality on a daily basis. In the Oakland series, ball hit to Jeter could turn 2 but instead throws home where there is no catcher.

    Damon falls asleep in yesterday’s game and gets picked from second.

    Posada throws wide on a pitchout – runner is called safe, but the throw should have been on line. Tonight, does not see a runner stealing home.

    There are many more blunders like this that are just inexcusable for a team that has as much experience in the majors. Who’s fault – players, Girardi, Cashman, combination… doesn’t really matter, because these blunders prevent winning streaks which is the cure all for everything ailing this dysfunctional organization.

  987. Luigi April 26th, 2009 at 10:33 pm

    how come everytime i post on here someone has to impersonate me, and its not just me, Pete its high time that you try to incorporate registration, some real moronic and immature people on here

  988. Pat M April 26th, 2009 at 10:33 pm

    Melky is not a professional hitter…If you cannot reconize the difference between his horrible an as opposed to Matsui’s says it all……He has no conception of what the strike zone is….

  989. Dave April 26th, 2009 at 10:33 pm

    yea and the yanks habe no high hopes for melancon – he is just an arm cuz the yanks have a diccimated pen after wang or the pen according to espn let up all those runs in the first few weeks. ESPN is just a joke in these games

  990. 200 Mil - .500 baseball team April 26th, 2009 at 10:34 pm

    is it over yet

  991. Danny April 26th, 2009 at 10:34 pm

    You knew this series wouldn’t end well after MO blew that game.

    We had to have that game, set the tone for the entire series. Same thing happened in 07 and we got swept then too.

  992. yankeefan718 April 26th, 2009 at 10:34 pm

    when do we get rid of swinging scrubs and pop up machines like gardner and angel baroa

  993. NongEyeJon April 26th, 2009 at 10:34 pm

    This guy will dominate the Yanks.

  994. KP April 26th, 2009 at 10:34 pm

    Are we really bringing up Ohlendorf again? I hope he’s great for the Pirates, but that doesn’t change whether it was a good trade or not. I don’t think he could have made it in New York, to be honest. But the point is, I don’t think even one person disliked that trade at the time, so don’t criticize it now. Was Cashman supposed to know Nady would blow out his elbow? Nobody but Theo could have seen that one coming.

  995. Pedroia's brother arrested for illegal activity April 26th, 2009 at 10:35 pm

    kettle,

    len bias was defended by espn and has been every year by Bill Simmons. When other people have lives cut short Bill Simmons is upset that Len Bias’ death cost the Celts more championships. ESPN = class ;)

  996. jake April 26th, 2009 at 10:35 pm

    This losing and poor play is getting very old, very fast. They need to pick it up… A LOT.

    Girardi will be gone by June 1st if they dont change…

    And Brett Gardner is suckin it up again. This now marks 9 days where i have said SEND GARDNER DOWN.

    He needs to learn how to hit/get on base before you can use your speed to steal.

  997. hardwired April 26th, 2009 at 10:35 pm

    Ohlendorf? seriously, that ship has sailed. We have to move on. It would have taken an apocalyptic-like turn of events for him to see the Yankee rotation.

    He was never going to blossom w/sporadic appearances from the bullpen.

  998. tampayank April 26th, 2009 at 10:35 pm

    Pettite just had the one rough inning, he gutted out a decent start, when you get no run support what do you expect, this is one of the worst baseball weekends in a while

  999. Sevrx April 26th, 2009 at 10:35 pm

    We just can’t compete with a team like Boston who plays the game the right way in all 3 phases and knows how to win.

    When we pitch we don’t hit and when we hit we don’t pitch. Maybe we overestimated our team.

  1000. Mark-Cant Touch This (from I Phone) April 26th, 2009 at 10:35 pm

    I’ll admit that I’m still reeling from Friday and Saturday and I blame myself for caring so much about it.
    _ __ _ __ __ ___ _ _ __ _ __ __ __ __ __ __ __ __ _ _ _ __
    I hate caring too much lol

  1001. randy l. April 26th, 2009 at 10:35 pm

    at this point in time the red sox have a stronger team will, a stronger focus . they try harder and are more in to it . the yankees have players that are into it, but there’s a scared third baseman, a battered pitch staff, a coaching staff that doesn’t know what button to push.

    you have to be in denial to say the yankees are strong right now. they’re not. they really need to do a major regrouping and play some weaker teams. they need put this series in the rear view mirror and never look back at it.

    right now they are just not as good as the red sox.

    later may be another story. it’s up to them.

  1002. ZMAN7777 April 26th, 2009 at 10:35 pm

    Do we now make Bowden look like Bouton?

  1003. Boston Dave April 26th, 2009 at 10:36 pm

    please leave Bowden in for the 8th when the Yanks have some hitters up

  1004. Teixeiramvp (JobaCyYoung) April 26th, 2009 at 10:36 pm

    NY massacre ladies and gents.

  1005. Dave April 26th, 2009 at 10:36 pm

    WOWEEEEEEEEE Those redsox really know hot to draft em. They must be like human computers!

  1006. Zodiac April 26th, 2009 at 10:36 pm

    Pettitte showed a hell of a lot more heart than Burnett did yesterday.

  1007. GGBG April 26th, 2009 at 10:36 pm

    TexMVP

    RISP avg is how teams like the Angels consistently score runs. Singles and doubles are more common – and therefore more consistent – than home runs. It’s great to have a lineup where anyone can hit the ball out but when that’s what they’re all trying to do it’s wildly inconsistent.

    You score runs consistently when you work pitchers, foul pitches off, take your walks and get a hit or two. That’s how the Dynasty teams did it. That’s how we need to do it now. Stop trying to drive every pitch, take what the pitcher gives you – don’t try to drive every pitch, don’t try to hit a 10-run homer and be willing to pass the baton.

  1008. John April 26th, 2009 at 10:36 pm

    A low 90s fastball same pitch over and over and Bowden is so great why?

  1009. yankeefan718 April 26th, 2009 at 10:36 pm

    can gardner hit the ball on the ground for once? he’s not a major league hitter.. and he can’t bunt.

  1010. CaptainsCorner April 26th, 2009 at 10:36 pm

    It is really hard to score runs when you have Gardner, Melky and Berroa in the same lineup. Tex and Posada not hitting..Really the only people hitting are Cano, Jeter and Matsui. So Berroa and Gardner can’t even hit a AAA guy..

  1011. Al from BK(Mark Sanchez is a NY JET!) April 26th, 2009 at 10:36 pm

    I just tuned in again to see Melancon and I get to watch Gardner and Berroa flail at pitches. This is gonna be a long season.

  1012. Dave April 26th, 2009 at 10:37 pm

    theo is better than brian tho – i will give them that much. Brian just spends a ton of money, theo actually puts some thought into hit signings. Except for swisher- that was real solid.

  1013. Teixeiramvp (JobaCyYoung) April 26th, 2009 at 10:37 pm

    GGBG-Angels don’t score runs.

  1014. Luigi April 26th, 2009 at 10:37 pm

    “We just can’t compete with a team like Boston who plays the game the right way in all 3 phases and knows how to win.

    When we pitch we don’t hit and when we hit we don’t pitch. Maybe we overestimated our team.”

    we’re not overestimating our team, they just need to put it all together at once, which will happen, this team is too good for that not to happen

  1015. Sweet Sassy Molassey April 26th, 2009 at 10:37 pm

    Getting shut down by the back-end of the back-end of the Boston bullpen. Let the good times roll.

  1016. ZMAN7777 April 26th, 2009 at 10:37 pm

    I despise this 8-9-1. Please, find someone who stands a chance.

  1017. Boston Dave April 26th, 2009 at 10:38 pm

    “right now they are just not as good as the red sox.”

    ———-

    it doesn’t help when you’re missing one of the best players in baseball. Take Youk away from the Sox and they aren’t sweeping this series.

  1018. Dave April 26th, 2009 at 10:38 pm

    yea letting ellsbury steal home really showed how much HEART pettitte had in this game. GIMME a break! Pettitte was not good and burnett just stunk. It was stuff, not heart

  1019. KP April 26th, 2009 at 10:38 pm

    The Yankees are averaging almost 6 runs per game this season. It doesn’t matter what the BA w/ RISP is, as long as we score runs. If someone scores from first on a double, does that not count as a run since he wasn’t in scoring position?

  1020. Mark-Cant Touch This (from I Phone) April 26th, 2009 at 10:38 pm

    GGBG let me tell you this again, no one I repeat no one is scared of you, and no one I repeat no one will be careful when pitching to you, please do us all a favor and stop waiting till you get two strikes to swing at the ball.

  1021. YankeeRay April 26th, 2009 at 10:38 pm

    Nice – we suck

  1022. NongEyeJon April 26th, 2009 at 10:38 pm

    Wow, their rookies just dominate…ours….ugh.

  1023. Trevor April 26th, 2009 at 10:38 pm

    Jeter swung at those pitches like they where 99 mph.

  1024. Teixeiramvp (JobaCyYoung) April 26th, 2009 at 10:38 pm

    Luigi-I agree.
    The 2nd half run will be legendary.

  1025. Alex April 26th, 2009 at 10:39 pm

    Schedule isin’t going to get any easier

    3 @ Detroit who have a killer offense facing Hughes, CC, and Joba

    4 vs. LA Angels who own us regardless of what their roster looks like

    2 each vs. Tampa and Boston

    followed by a trip to Baltimore which always kills us early in the season especially in Camden Yards.

    Then we face Toronto and their great pitching followed by Minnesota and Philly….

    This team better get it righted fast.

  1026. Dave April 26th, 2009 at 10:39 pm

    anyone can be the mayor of a pile of garbage like the city of boston.

  1027. NHYankee62 April 26th, 2009 at 10:39 pm

    “Two simple things I would have done before this game. First, Cano would have been moved up in the order to hit behind Tex or in the 2nd spot in behind Jeter. Second, I would have sent Berroa to wash the towels. Pena should be starting. I would rather have a solid glove you can count on then a washed up first round pick.”

    Josh:

    That’s the best post I’ve seen in this thread for about the past 30 min.

    Everyone knows that Swisher’s numbers were going to level out. Face it; he’s an average player at best. There’s a reason Nady beat him out in spring training.

    Also, I’m completely baffled as to why Girardi has shown so much horrible judgment in who to start at third. Pena was the obvious choice from the start. Ranson, Pena, Berroa; none of them can hit. Pena is the the best defender. Pretty simply solution. So now with Ranson out, Girardi is actually dumb enough to start this washed up never has been in Berroa. The guy has made TWO errors that cost the team a run. Yet Girardi will stubbornly keep starting him while the kid who can actually make the routine plays sits on the bench!!

  1028. Boston Dave April 26th, 2009 at 10:39 pm

    silver lining:

    after tonight we can go back to Michael Kay instead of Tim McCarver, Joe Margan and Jon Miller.

  1029. talltenor April 26th, 2009 at 10:39 pm

    A buddy of mine in DC and I made an over/under bet on Girardi lasting past Memorial Day. I took the over…

  1030. YankeeRay April 26th, 2009 at 10:39 pm

    Nice – we stink

  1031. Boston Dave April 26th, 2009 at 10:39 pm

    *Morgan

  1032. Teixeiramvp (JobaCyYoung) April 26th, 2009 at 10:40 pm

    KP-Exactly

  1033. Rob April 26th, 2009 at 10:40 pm

    the thing that gets me is that the sox bring up young pitchers that pitch….we bring up pitchers that are afraid and sink

  1034. ZMAN7777 April 26th, 2009 at 10:40 pm

    Bowden would be the 8th inning guy on our staff.

  1035. Dave April 26th, 2009 at 10:41 pm

    we are missing arod and nady and they are missing lowrie and lugo hmmm i wonder whos hurting more…

  1036. Trevor April 26th, 2009 at 10:41 pm

    Paplebon Delcarmen and Ramirez is unavailable for them. I know they haven’t seen these rookies but you have to score against these Sox youngsters.

  1037. Sea Net April 26th, 2009 at 10:41 pm

    Of course, the Red Sox young players all shine while ours all flop (except Cano).

    Their bullpen outside of Okijima has owned us too. Whereas we don’t have a single reliever (including MO) who can get Sox hitters out.

  1038. Minnesota Yankee Fan April 26th, 2009 at 10:41 pm

    Argh. Why? Why?

  1039. CaptainsCorner April 26th, 2009 at 10:41 pm

    So who is worse Melky or Gardner? Yanks should just pick 1 and get rid of the other. Bring up Duncan or Miranda. There is absolutely no reason to have them both on the team. I also expect it be only a few more games until Girardi plays Pena at 3rd. Really what is the point of Berroa. He cant hit and cost them runs in that inning.

  1040. Boston Dave April 26th, 2009 at 10:42 pm

    “3 @ Detroit who have a killer offense facing Hughes, CC, and Joba”

    ——–

    killer offense but suspect pitching.

    these are the types of series that the Yankees win easily if their pitching is on.

  1041. tampayank April 26th, 2009 at 10:42 pm

    man ESPN loves Boston

    in other news, Gardner still sucks, he looks like a little leager at the plate

  1042. Teixeiramvp (JobaCyYoung) April 26th, 2009 at 10:42 pm

    200 Mil – .500 baseball team:It’s clear she doesn’t know much about baseball.
    Why didn’t you tell her we were missing three major players, including an MVP candidate?

  1043. DT April 26th, 2009 at 10:42 pm

    The Red Sox have played 12 of the first 18 at home.

    Before we call them the 1923 Yankees, let’s wait at least 1-2 more games.

  1044. S.A.--It's a marathon, not a sprint. Calm down. April 26th, 2009 at 10:42 pm

    Melancon!!!

  1045. Dave April 26th, 2009 at 10:42 pm

    listening to morgan and mccarver is like torture – everything they say is the equivalent of word vomit and chalk on a blackboard. Get a clue guys!

  1046. GGBG April 26th, 2009 at 10:43 pm

    Here comes Melancon. Come on now Mark!

  1047. Boston Dave April 26th, 2009 at 10:43 pm

    “Paplebon Delcarmen and Ramirez is unavailable for them. I know they haven’t seen these rookies but you have to score against these Sox youngsters.”

    ———

    very true. The Yanks have nobody to blame but themselves if they go scoreless against Hunter Jones and Michael Bowden.

  1048. aronik April 26th, 2009 at 10:43 pm

    The Savior is here…MARK

  1049. Brandon If Melancon doesn't K the first batter he's a bust "I LOVE ME SOME ME !" April 26th, 2009 at 10:43 pm

    He’s a bust.

  1050. Patrick April 26th, 2009 at 10:43 pm

    Nice one Mark, demolished that bat and great concentration to catch the ball

  1051. Uncle Ellsworth April 26th, 2009 at 10:43 pm

    ice water

  1052. Seth April 26th, 2009 at 10:44 pm

    Al from BK – Bro, this is going to be a long season. Concentrate on Mark Sanchez and the Jets instead. Atleast something to get excited about, though its 4 months away until NFL starts.

  1053. Dave April 26th, 2009 at 10:44 pm

    imagine if melancon got nailed by the bat – that would be a perfect ending to a perfect series

  1054. PreteFunkEra April 26th, 2009 at 10:44 pm

    –Bat shatters–

    Ans so the Melancon era begins!

  1055. Pedroia's brother arrested for illegal activity April 26th, 2009 at 10:44 pm

    boston dave,

    we could go back to

    ‘there it goes, see ya, and the red sox walk off with a win.’ michael kay, the biggest loser on the face of the planet, worse than any espn or fox, because hes our home commentator and its as if hes the away.

  1056. Boston Dave April 26th, 2009 at 10:44 pm

    somebody’s gotta tell Melancon that you don’t throw the ball there to Pedroia

  1057. Rob NY -- 2009 The Road to Redemption April 26th, 2009 at 10:44 pm

    LOL the elf hits it to the short part of the park and Miller says that’s the wrong way to hit it? OH right, he should have hit it to right field…

  1058. Trevor April 26th, 2009 at 10:44 pm

    Sterling is already butchering his name.

  1059. GGBG April 26th, 2009 at 10:44 pm

    Eek! First AB is a chuck and duck broken bat. yikes!

  1060. Al from BK(Mark Sanchez is a NY JET!) April 26th, 2009 at 10:44 pm

    This series has all the ear-marks of a classic massacre. Mariano blows the save Friday night, Burnett blows 6 run lead yesterday, today Ellsbury steals home etc. I just hope things change once A-Rod returns, because right now this team has no guts.

  1061. Gus April 26th, 2009 at 10:44 pm

    papi scares me here

  1062. Dave April 26th, 2009 at 10:44 pm

    this is our future

  1063. Bronx Jeers April 26th, 2009 at 10:44 pm

    Well there’s something positive.

  1064. Pat M April 26th, 2009 at 10:44 pm

    Does anybody still tout Gardner and Melky over Ellsbury …That seemed to be the talk of spring Training…379 is still short for a power alley Miller my putz….

  1065. Gus April 26th, 2009 at 10:45 pm

    my bad

  1066. NongEyeJon April 26th, 2009 at 10:45 pm

    There’s Mark Melancon. Ill take it!

  1067. CaptainsCorner April 26th, 2009 at 10:45 pm

    ESPN is trying to sway the ball over the wall with there camera. Nice angle there….

  1068. GGBG April 26th, 2009 at 10:45 pm

    Ellsbury, Pedroia, Ortiz

    Down 1-2-3 on 4 pitches.

    MARK 4 PRESIDENT!

  1069. Al from BK(Mark Sanchez is a NY JET!) April 26th, 2009 at 10:45 pm

    Melancon sure works fast!

  1070. Teixeiramvp (JobaCyYoung) April 26th, 2009 at 10:45 pm

    Man, I love this guy.
    Very impressive are words we should get used to hearing when Melancon pitches.

  1071. panayioti April 26th, 2009 at 10:45 pm

    this is my first viewing of Melancon. I like him…. The first positive thing of tonight.

    Still down 3. More Xanax and wine.

  1072. Mark-Cant Touch This (from I Phone) April 26th, 2009 at 10:45 pm

    Malencon welcome to the big leagues young man, Marte you suck lol

  1073. built to win April 26th, 2009 at 10:45 pm

    One inning, no hits, top of order. . . way to go!

  1074. Blackdragon905 April 26th, 2009 at 10:45 pm

    Very impressive inning by Melancon! Too bad that is the only thing that has been impressive tonight.

  1075. aronik April 26th, 2009 at 10:45 pm

    Melancon the savior

  1076. Mike V April 26th, 2009 at 10:45 pm

    What a weekend to have an early season meltdown,a sweep by the dreaded Sawx. The injuries all around have hurt the offense, defense and pitching, but veterans needs to pick it up. Their experience is why they get paid the big bucks. We had two games in this series and gave them away.

    Tonight, Andy was OK until he started walking hitters. Posada’s job was to watch Elsbury at third and remind Andy to check him. He had the clear view and Andy had his back to him. Yesterday, Posada’s catcher interference error with no one on base led to problems. It’s a lack of concentration by the veterans. It’s a bad performance by the pen. Lack of hitting with RISP. They had so many chances in the first two games.

    Clearly, with the injuries, the best lineup is not on the field right now. But, Borroa doesn’t cut it. Use Pena. He gives you better defense at third and the offense won’t be that different. Gardner has to do anything he can to get on base. Bunt every time at bat if he has to and use speed. Damon was needed to try to capture tonight’s game. Your best outfield is Melky, Swisher, Damon with Matsui as DH. Gardner can’t be in there unless he uses his bunting capability and speed. He could have been a late game D replacement for Damon if Yanks had lead. If Damon need a day off, it could have come in the next game against Detroit.

    They better get their heads together. Here’s hopping that Hughes has got his game together (he’s done well at Scranton) and can give them a boost for the long term when he starts this week.

  1077. Vince April 26th, 2009 at 10:45 pm

    “papi scares me here”

    Doesn’t matter, the Yanks don’t have a comeback in them anyways.

  1078. carl April 26th, 2009 at 10:45 pm

    Yeah Melancon is here to stay.

  1079. hardwired April 26th, 2009 at 10:45 pm

    easy gas. now THERE’S a pitcher!

    Welcome, Mark Melancon.

  1080. John April 26th, 2009 at 10:45 pm

    Well that was something positive. Mark looked ready there.

    Just like Coke shows confidence which is what you want.

    That was a nice inning,

  1081. Boston Dave April 26th, 2009 at 10:46 pm

    Pedroia’s bro,

    as bad as Michael Kay may be, I don’t think he’s anywhere near as bad as the Fox and ESPN crew.

    Although I think the Yanks will beat the Sox this season, the Sox have perhaps the best announcers in baseball. That’s the only thing I’ll concede to the Sox, despite what happens in April.

  1082. Dirk Thomas April 26th, 2009 at 10:46 pm

    Um, you’re hired.

  1083. S.A.--It's a marathon, not a sprint. Calm down. April 26th, 2009 at 10:46 pm

    Well done Marky Mark!

  1084. AD April 26th, 2009 at 10:46 pm

    Do you guys think Swisher is better as the first guy off the bench for us? Ever since he’s been put in as am everyday starter, he’s been struggling like crazy.

  1085. Jeff NJ April 26th, 2009 at 10:46 pm

    four pitches for Melancon to retire the 1, 2 and 3 hitter in the Boston lineup. This kid is never returning to Scranton. Good for us.

  1086. CaptainsCorner April 26th, 2009 at 10:46 pm

    Good job by Melancon..

  1087. NongEyeJon April 26th, 2009 at 10:46 pm

    Look…if that’s the one thing I can take out of this series, then Mark Melancon’s first inning, will be it.

  1088. Teixeiramvp (JobaCyYoung) April 26th, 2009 at 10:46 pm

    FOUR PITCHES!
    Melancon is more than the silver lining, he is our future.

  1089. RalphieD April 26th, 2009 at 10:46 pm

    hmmmm 95-96..throws strikes..not named veras or marte…sounds like new 8th inning guy till bruney gets back

  1090. Trevor April 26th, 2009 at 10:46 pm

    Melancon’s FB was 94-96 mph with movement.

  1091. DT April 26th, 2009 at 10:46 pm

    Melancon should have taken the broken bat and whipped it toward the Red Sox dugout. (then claimed it was a ball of course) ;-)

  1092. talltenor April 26th, 2009 at 10:46 pm

    In late 1988, I saw McCarver step out of a cab along Broadway, between 67th & 68th Streets. First thing he did was spit onto the sidewalk.

  1093. ZMAN7777 April 26th, 2009 at 10:47 pm

    Very nice. Could have used that yesterday.

  1094. Josh April 26th, 2009 at 10:47 pm

    Pretty nice way to start your career. Three up and three down. You know what, would we be worse off if we dumped everyone in the bullpen, except Mo and then bring up Scranton’s bullpen. In all honesty, they couldn’t perform worse.

  1095. Ed - the new era of the Yanks bullpen is here April 26th, 2009 at 10:47 pm

    Melancon = beast.

  1096. Dave April 26th, 2009 at 10:47 pm

    how many pitches was that – 5 against the top of the order. Yeaaa, melancon is already more reliable than everyone in the pen not named mo

  1097. Patrick April 26th, 2009 at 10:47 pm

    Hey look guys, Mark Melancon just mowed down the top of the Red Sox lineup on 5 pitches – all strikes.

    By the time Bruney is back, Melancon will be setting up Rivera.

  1098. John April 26th, 2009 at 10:47 pm

    Melancon – wow. How heavy was that fastball to Ellsbury if it exploded his bat like that. Impressive.

  1099. randy l. April 26th, 2009 at 10:47 pm

    “it doesn’t help when you’re missing one of the best players in baseball.”

    totally agree. they need him back.

  1100. Boston Dave April 26th, 2009 at 10:47 pm

    “What a weekend to have an early season meltdown,a sweep by the dreaded Sawx. The injuries all around have hurt the offense, defense and pitching, but veterans needs to pick it up.”

    ———

    does anybody here not think ARod would have made a difference in this series instead of Berroa??

    he is back in a week or so. the Yankees starting pitching can’t be much worse.

    they will turn it around. Like I said, take Youk away from the Sox and where would they be??

    ARod is coming to help.

  1101. John April 26th, 2009 at 10:47 pm

    Bowden was throwing the same unimpressive stuff. They will score some runs here.

  1102. tampayank April 26th, 2009 at 10:47 pm

    let’s see if Tex can get it going here in the 8th, Swisher hasn’t looked good at the plate lately, that Nady loss is starting to hurt more now that Swish has gone back down to earth

  1103. Rudy April 26th, 2009 at 10:47 pm

    LOL it was 1 inning guys and no one on the Red Sox has ever seen him. Let’s take it easy cowboys

  1104. Teixeiramvp (JobaCyYoung) April 26th, 2009 at 10:48 pm

    Boston Dave-I’m forcing myself to be optimistic.
    Yanks are better.
    But this game is theirs.

  1105. stuart April 26th, 2009 at 10:48 pm

    imagine a reliever that does not nibble and pee in his pants against the big bad sux.

    if the radar un was right he is a hard thrower 94 and 95….

    imagine throwing strikes what a concept…

  1106. Boston Dave April 26th, 2009 at 10:48 pm

    “Bowden was throwing the same unimpressive stuff. They will score some runs here.”

    agreed.

  1107. NongEyeJon April 26th, 2009 at 10:48 pm

    bowden has fallen behind every hitter. do we think we can make him pay?

  1108. swisherrocks April 26th, 2009 at 10:48 pm

    Finally a positive…..fantastic job Melancon.

  1109. Dave April 26th, 2009 at 10:48 pm

    tex is hitting 222 – come on man!

  1110. Teixeiramvp (JobaCyYoung) April 26th, 2009 at 10:48 pm

    FOUR PITCHES!

  1111. Al from BK(Mark Sanchez is a NY JET!) April 26th, 2009 at 10:49 pm

    Easy little fly out there by Tex. Jeez this team is something.

  1112. Joe April 26th, 2009 at 10:49 pm

    Hey guys, long time reader, first time poster!

    Melancon looks great!! Unfortunately, the team hasn’t. Something needs to be done about 3rd base(Arod needs to be back soon), and our pitching needs to get their acts together. Our bullpen shouldnt have to be pitching so many innings in the beginning of the year. Unbelievable.

  1113. CaptainsCorner April 26th, 2009 at 10:49 pm

    Tex looks awful..Good thing April is almost over.

  1114. Dave April 26th, 2009 at 10:50 pm

    ooo now everyone loves arod and wants him back – keep that in mind when everyone is booing him for no reason by his second week back. JUST remember how much we are missing him right now

  1115. Trevor April 26th, 2009 at 10:50 pm

    They’re not even facing the RS best relievers and still going down easy.

  1116. Teixeiramvp (JobaCyYoung) April 26th, 2009 at 10:50 pm

    You watch. Texand A-Rod in June will be beautiful.

  1117. Pedroia's brother arrested for illegal activity April 26th, 2009 at 10:50 pm

    boston dave,

    i can ignore these losers on espn and fox because theyre just jealous losers, like ken rosenthal, peter gammons, buster olney.

    michael kay is the so called Yankees homer, but all he does all day on espn radio is bash the yankees and then during the games, he talks about the other team, or the other teams beautiful city.

    the sox easily have the best commentators as do the bruins and celtics and patriots (jim nantz).

  1118. Dave April 26th, 2009 at 10:50 pm

    OHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHH the redsox have more answers now of course!

  1119. helno51 April 26th, 2009 at 10:50 pm

    theres petes hot hitter

  1120. NongEyeJon April 26th, 2009 at 10:50 pm

    wow, bowden is unhittable. we go out with a whimper. this is the tell-tale sign of the lack of fortitude this team has. they just want to leave.

  1121. Dave April 26th, 2009 at 10:50 pm

    joe morgan is the dumbest person on the planet – im convinced

  1122. John April 26th, 2009 at 10:50 pm

    Pathetic. His fastball doesn’t even look like it has life. Mustg be that motion jerk which they aren’t timing it. Cano will crush one.

  1123. panayioti April 26th, 2009 at 10:50 pm

    Swept by the Red Sox. ouch! That does not feel or look good.

  1124. Teixeiramvp (JobaCyYoung) April 26th, 2009 at 10:50 pm

    I always liked A-Rod.

  1125. ZZ April 26th, 2009 at 10:51 pm

    So the love-fest/man-crush/bromance has moved from swisher to melancon. Gotta love fickle yankee fans.

  1126. Bronx Jeers April 26th, 2009 at 10:51 pm

    “Melancon should have taken the broken bat and whipped it toward the Red Sox dugout. (then claimed it was a ball of course)”

    There was no intent.

    (Repeat 30 times)

  1127. Boston Dave April 26th, 2009 at 10:51 pm

    “Boston Dave-I’m forcing myself to be optimistic.
    Yanks are better.
    But this game is theirs.”

    ———

    as painful as this has been… not having ARod is as huge as any loss in baseball short of Albert Pujols.

    Teixeira is off to his annual slow start. Once ARod comes back, that has to help.

    Their starting pitching has been as bad as we could have imagined. It will be better.

    Melancon could help the pen right away.

    There is reason to be optimistic. It just would have been nice if the Yanks started playing to their potential from the get go.

  1128. CaptainsCorner April 26th, 2009 at 10:51 pm

    It looks like Swish lost his cape…

  1129. Boston Dave April 26th, 2009 at 10:52 pm

    “Swept by the Red Sox. ouch! That does not feel or look good.”

    ———-

    Aww shucks. Only 16 more games against the Sox to win another season series against them.

  1130. NHYankee62 April 26th, 2009 at 10:52 pm

    I can’t say it happens every single outing but Pettitte has had the 5th inning yips at times. If you remember the same thing used to happen to Ted Lilly. It was almost like Knobs when his throwing problems started. It would be a self-fulfilling prophecy. With Lilly he would be going like a house of fire and then the 5th inning would roll around and he’d lose it. Come back out for the 6th and things would be fine.”

    Trish,

    Pettitte’s biggest problem was the walks. He walked Varitek and Ellsbury. Then it came back to bite him. THat is inexcusable. He did a good job battling through the 6 and not completely unraveling like Burnett, but Pettitte neeeds to know better than to walk those 2 guys.

  1131. MMF April 26th, 2009 at 10:52 pm

    i went to bring sunday paper to recycling in kitchen, missed melancon’s inning! wow!

  1132. hardwired April 26th, 2009 at 10:52 pm

    Joe Morgan kicking the Yanks when they’re down. It would help if he only knew what the hell he was talking about.

    The Yankees don’t have any prospects in the minor leagues? Really? Pure, unadulterated crap.

  1133. Boston Dave April 26th, 2009 at 10:52 pm

    p.s.

    has anybody happened to see the # of home games the Yankees have played vs. the Sox?

    go take a gander if you haven’t

  1134. Teixeiramvp (JobaCyYoung) April 26th, 2009 at 10:52 pm

    NongEyeJon-Be fair, you know they want to do well.
    They have come back from three runs twice and made a nice comeback vs. the Rays.
    Geez guys, we’ll sweep Detroit and all will be right.

  1135. Al from BK(Mark Sanchez is a NY JET!) April 26th, 2009 at 10:52 pm

    Sox with the win tonight have won 10 in a row. I just hope we can stay close enough that we are not out of it when A-Rod returns.

  1136. Thurman April 26th, 2009 at 10:53 pm

    Right now, without hesitation, it is very easy to assert that the $150M Red Sox are a far better team than the $200M Yankees, no doubt.

  1137. Trevor April 26th, 2009 at 10:53 pm

    They can’t hit the Sox version of Ian Kennedy. :roll:

  1138. Dave April 26th, 2009 at 10:53 pm

    YES therein lies the difference – hughes who would be one of the youngest players in the league evew now has taken years to develop – ya know like when he was 17 and 18 years old. And the sox have buckholz – IN THE MINORS ALSO.

    And the sox have all these pitchers they dont need minhor leaguers and the yanks have no one except CC sabathia, aj burnett, andy pettitte and joba chamberlain. Oh and their ace the last three years and 2 time 19 game winner.

    So boston has more answers but WHERE????????????

  1139. DT April 26th, 2009 at 10:53 pm

    Hopefully Damon can ph tonight.

  1140. RC 12 April 26th, 2009 at 10:53 pm

    I don’t even know how to feel about this team.

    Atleast last year, you knew we’d probably miss the playoffs because we had 3 rookies in the rotation and it was a semi-rebuilding year and you knew we’d be better in 2009 after we go crazy in free agency.

    What do we have to look forward to now? What else can Cashman possibly do to fortify the team? He spent $423 million this winter and the results are the same.

  1141. Michael Kei (Igawa) !!y/FhIC8T301 April 26th, 2009 at 10:53 pm

    >Brett Gardner

    http://www.ticklemegood.com/Laugh%201.jpg

  1142. Dave April 26th, 2009 at 10:54 pm

    THE sox have smoltz and the yanks have hughes and kennedy so the sox must be better of course. Who wouldnt want a 42 year old coming off back surgery over one of the best prospects in baseball

  1143. CaptainsCorner April 26th, 2009 at 10:54 pm

    6 up and 6 down for Mr. AAA…Good thing we have Berroa and all the other garbage coming up in the 9th.

  1144. S.A.--It's a marathon, not a sprint. Calm down. April 26th, 2009 at 10:54 pm

    So is this rock bottom in April?

  1145. Teixeiramvp (JobaCyYoung) April 26th, 2009 at 10:54 pm

    And the nightmare continues.
    Papelbon strikes out the side.
    Or whoever is in in the ninth.

  1146. ZZ April 26th, 2009 at 10:54 pm

    bowden > melancon???

  1147. KP April 26th, 2009 at 10:54 pm

    The way that guy throws, he’ll have elbow trouble in no time.

  1148. carl April 26th, 2009 at 10:54 pm

    Guess Melancon wasn’t good enough for Espn.

  1149. Eastport April 26th, 2009 at 10:55 pm

    Red Sox about to win their 10th in a row.

    They’re going to run away and hide with this division. We have no one to blame but ourselves.

  1150. Mark-Cant Touch This (from I Phone) April 26th, 2009 at 10:55 pm

    Well there is a good chance we get swept here, its not the end of the world.

    Tex is due to come around
    The Pitching will Improve

    And Cano only gets hotter as the weather gets hotter, I believe going to get a very special from our man Robi

  1151. Thomas April 26th, 2009 at 10:55 pm

    Pack ‘em up for Detroit

  1152. youk April 26th, 2009 at 10:55 pm

    John
    April 26th, 2009 at 10:47 pm
    “Bowden was throwing the same unimpressive stuff. They will score some runs here.”

    Really impressive how many runs they scored on Bowden there.

    Johnny boy….your crystal ball cracked?

  1153. Boston Dave April 26th, 2009 at 10:56 pm

    “Right now, without hesitation, it is very easy to assert that the $150M Red Sox are a far better team than the $200M Yankees, no doubt.”

    ———–

    good thing they don’t hand out awards for April.

    it’s the same thing every year. In case you didn’t notice, even when the Yankees were winning the division every year, the Sox were out front in April.

  1154. Trevor April 26th, 2009 at 10:56 pm

    And I thought this game would end at midnight.

  1155. Mark-Cant Touch This (from I Phone) April 26th, 2009 at 10:56 pm

    Eastport April 26th, 2009 at 10:55 pm

    Red Sox about to win their 10th in a row.

    They’re going to run away and hide with this division. We have no one to blame but ourselves
    _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _

    Your an Idiot

  1156. 2008 Hasn't Ended April 26th, 2009 at 10:56 pm

    The Tex/Gardner race to .200 is going to be a fantastic finish. Looks like Tex wants it more!

  1157. trisha - click to see my bigger and better Opening Day pictures April 26th, 2009 at 10:56 pm

    Well we know how the Yankees always fare against pitchers they’ve never seen. I guess this shouldn’t have been a surprise.

    I guess I’m happy there will be no YES postgame tonight. It would be too depressing.

  1158. DT April 26th, 2009 at 10:56 pm

    “Right now, without hesitation, it is very easy to assert that the $150M Red Sox are a far better team than the $200M Yankees, no doubt.”

    Correct. At the end of the game they get the April 26th championship trophy. Hopefully ESPN will stick around and show it.

  1159. GGBG April 26th, 2009 at 10:56 pm

    AL from BK

    ARod is probably 20 games away from returning. The most we will probably be back is 5-6 games and that’s if things go very bad.

    5-6 games in Mid-May is nothing.

  1160. Dave April 26th, 2009 at 10:57 pm

    that dumb comment above about ex boyfriends was not me.

  1161. Front Row April 26th, 2009 at 10:57 pm

    Maybe we weren’t as good as we thought we were. This is embarrassing

  1162. Teixeiramvp (JobaCyYoung) April 26th, 2009 at 10:57 pm

    ZZ-ABSOLUTELY NOT!!!

  1163. Pat April 26th, 2009 at 10:57 pm

    jesus… does nespn swallow too? wtf wipe your lips guys some is spillin out

    Hard to bad mouth a team that is kicking the living sh-it out of yours

  1164. hardwired April 26th, 2009 at 10:57 pm

    We can take solace in one thing: the steal of home will not be the deciding run in the game tonight.

    That would have been too much to bear.

  1165. Johnny D. April 26th, 2009 at 10:57 pm

    This team is a disaster and has all the same problems as last year. Plagued with injuries, no bullpen, giving up leads, no run production.

    Pathetic.

  1166. DT April 26th, 2009 at 10:57 pm

    I’m not that good to have two posts back to back.
    the first is a fake.

  1167. John April 26th, 2009 at 10:58 pm

    very uninspired game tonight by the Yankees. Completely flat. Cannot believe they couldn’t hit this kid yet. Then again with the at bats tonight Kei Igawa pitching for the Sox they would be claiming he was a great sign.

    Yankees will get back on a roll. This team is too talented. Tex with Arod will see more production. For those constantly complaining about Arod there is no denying he will be a huge upgrade.

    Really like what I am seeing from Mark though.

    Jeter the range right.

  1168. Pat M April 26th, 2009 at 10:58 pm

    Randy I, I agree with you, Boston showed it’s resolve last Friday night when they came from behind 7-0 vs Baltimre and they have not looked back since….As much as we dislike Joe Morgan, whet he just said is correct,Boston is set up better than the Yanks right now…And it starts with the top of their order….They play with a team concept…Yanks will get rebound and this will be the low point of the season….Friday night and then again Saturday had effects on both teams….Sox have come from behind in all three of these games

  1169. tex's former best friend April 26th, 2009 at 10:58 pm

    good reach jet.

  1170. GGBG April 26th, 2009 at 10:58 pm

    There’s a play a younger, better defensive SS makes. Come on Derek, dive for one like you mean it!

  1171. Htman213 April 26th, 2009 at 10:58 pm

    “Your an Idiot”

    Ummm…. Idiot….. it’s.. You’re and Idiot. As in… you are an Idiot

  1172. GreenBeret7 April 26th, 2009 at 10:58 pm

    Ok….Let’s boo Melancon, now. He gave up a hit.

  1173. Dave April 26th, 2009 at 10:59 pm

    Munson zz AND ALL YOu other tools. Why are you wasting your time in a yankees blog as sox fans. Go back to your fellow ignorant uninformed fans

  1174. S.A.--It's a marathon, not a sprint. Calm down. April 26th, 2009 at 10:59 pm

    come on Mark

  1175. CaptainsCorner April 26th, 2009 at 10:59 pm

    1 inning was good to get his feet wet. Now Girardi will let him get smacked around..

  1176. New Brandon April 26th, 2009 at 10:59 pm

    Need Cano to hit cleanup.

  1177. DT April 26th, 2009 at 10:59 pm

    Pete – the name imposters are out in force.

    I’m done for tonight. Adios peeps.

  1178. Trevor April 26th, 2009 at 10:59 pm

    Prediction: DP here.

  1179. Boston Dave April 26th, 2009 at 11:00 pm

    If Melancon walks Van Every, will he get the same abuse that Veras gets ? :)

  1180. Teixeiramvp (JobaCyYoung) April 26th, 2009 at 11:00 pm

    Even Melancon’s losing it.
    Please Melancon. You’re the only silver lining.

  1181. Zach April 26th, 2009 at 11:00 pm

    This division race is over unfortunately. We couldn’t even beat them… who else will? Kansas City? Texas?

  1182. Dave April 26th, 2009 at 11:00 pm

    Im still waiting to hear moron I mean morgan talk about ALL of these redsox answers that the yanks dont have??

    What are they joe? Im dying to hear your keen insight over here, Your brilliance is overwhelming

  1183. Pat April 26th, 2009 at 11:00 pm

    “Go back to your fellow ignorant uninformed fans”

    And here we are talking about swallowing… ummm, you know what

    Pot meet kettle

  1184. Htman213 April 26th, 2009 at 11:01 pm

    So much for Melancon getting three outs. Seems all he was good for.

    On a side note… will Sox fans be calling for Bowden to stay in the pen??

  1185. Ric April 26th, 2009 at 11:01 pm

    melancon looks like pinochio

  1186. RS April 26th, 2009 at 11:01 pm

    How many times does Miller have to say Bay is 8th in the league in RBI?

  1187. Trevor April 26th, 2009 at 11:01 pm

    Wonder if he’s feeling nervous now….

  1188. carl April 26th, 2009 at 11:01 pm

    Uh oh

  1189. Brandon If Melancon doesn't K the first batter he's a bust "I LOVE ME SOME ME !" April 26th, 2009 at 11:01 pm

    Oh boy, this not good.

  1190. Al from BK(Mark Sanchez is a NY JET!) April 26th, 2009 at 11:01 pm

    Poor Mark. Oh well I liked what I saw before people got on base.

  1191. Vince April 26th, 2009 at 11:01 pm

    Lol, best guy in the pen besides Mo right? This blog is hilarious.

  1192. RalphieD April 26th, 2009 at 11:01 pm

    rough time for melancon right now…yeesh

  1193. Dave April 26th, 2009 at 11:01 pm

    I wonder if nesn pays nespn money to talk about the sox or they just do it for free.

  1194. CaptainsCorner April 26th, 2009 at 11:01 pm

    Great way to get his confidence up Girardi…

  1195. tex's former best friend April 26th, 2009 at 11:01 pm

    is it me, or did the home plate ump not call that until bay ran to first.

  1196. pat April 26th, 2009 at 11:02 pm

    Did Tex lower everyones expectations by the media putting it out there that he’s a notoriously slow starter?

  1197. NHYankee62 April 26th, 2009 at 11:02 pm

    Steve Phillips once again showing why he cant’ find another GM job.

  1198. Zach April 26th, 2009 at 11:02 pm

    “melancon looks like pinochio”

    LOL good call

  1199. A-Rod: Redefining Choke April 26th, 2009 at 11:02 pm

    Unbelievable. I know he’s a rookie, but Van Every? Seriously?

  1200. Dave April 26th, 2009 at 11:02 pm

    pat – well one comment was a joke and the other was actually a serious comment about baseball. BIG DIFFERENCE.

  1201. John April 26th, 2009 at 11:03 pm

    Thought berroa was going to chuck that one away too. Need to play Pena. Don’t care about the bat. A hit here or there or an adventure every ball hit to third?

  1202. Patrick April 26th, 2009 at 11:03 pm

    lol i guess i was wrong.. melancon = bust!

    kidding but this dude has to throw strikes

  1203. Ric April 26th, 2009 at 11:03 pm

    “I wonder if nesn pays nespn money to talk about the sox or they just do it for free.”

    why would they be singing praise for a team getting swept. seriously.

  1204. ReUp 59 April 26th, 2009 at 11:03 pm

    Mahlanson is another Veras

    Can look good one day and gets smacked around the next.

  1205. Boston Dave April 26th, 2009 at 11:03 pm

    “How many times does Miller have to say Bay is 8th in the league in RBI?”

    ———

    LOL – every Lowell or Bay at bat we’re reminded

  1206. S.A.--It's a marathon, not a sprint. Calm down. April 26th, 2009 at 11:03 pm

    Oh no

  1207. Trevor April 26th, 2009 at 11:03 pm

    He has strangely lost his command.

  1208. Jay April 26th, 2009 at 11:04 pm

    Awesome range on Youklis’ ball up the middle by Jeter, huh? What a joy this team is to watch…

  1209. Boston Dave April 26th, 2009 at 11:04 pm

    if Melancon can get out of this unscathed, he can go back to being everyone’s savior

  1210. GGBG April 26th, 2009 at 11:04 pm

    Can I be the first person to pre-judge Melancon’s entire career if he gives up a run or three here?

    I mean, how good could he be if he gives up a run right? Perfection or suck. There is nothing in between for the TRUE Yankee fan…right??

  1211. trisha - click to see my bigger and better Opening Day pictures April 26th, 2009 at 11:04 pm

    “Swept by the Red Sox. ouch! That does not feel or look good.”

    Yeah the Red Sox fans said the same thing when we marched in there in August of 2007 and swept them 5 straight games. You see where that got us.

    I don’t think you can take much from sweeps other than they’re best forgotten quickly.

  1212. John April 26th, 2009 at 11:04 pm

    Yet another reliever who can’t throw strikes.

    Relief help has to be Cashman’s top priority right now. Go out and get another team’s closer.

  1213. Dave April 26th, 2009 at 11:05 pm

    PAT – HES HITTING 222 AND no one cares. If arod starting the first month off hitting 222 every paper in the country would be talking about it using one avenue or another.

  1214. Teixeiramvp (JobaCyYoung) April 26th, 2009 at 11:05 pm

    I give Melancon a free rookie year.
    I love this kid.

  1215. Trevor April 26th, 2009 at 11:05 pm

    Mark starting to toughen up here.

  1216. tex's former best friend April 26th, 2009 at 11:05 pm

    whats he shaking his head for? he basically swung.

  1217. Adam April 26th, 2009 at 11:05 pm

    Girardi needs to be fired. It’s clear he can’t manage a bullpen and doesn’t understand what each guy’s role should be. Using some of these guys for multiple innings is just idiotic.

  1218. CaptainsCorner April 26th, 2009 at 11:05 pm

    If Boston was playing now how the Yanks are all ESPN would say is its still early, its only April, they will be fine and they have had some injuries. Including the best player in baseball. But ofcourse not they will just go on and on how bad the Yanks are. Please tell me that another Yankees game is not on ESPN again this year. They are just brutal.

  1219. John April 26th, 2009 at 11:05 pm

    Amazing hoping all over Mark already.

    Let’s see if he gets out of this. This is the difference between him and other pen guys.

  1220. miggs April 26th, 2009 at 11:05 pm

    Come on one more out.

    Melancon wiggling out of a based loaded no out jam?

  1221. NHYankee62 April 26th, 2009 at 11:05 pm

    “Mahlanson is another Veras
    Can look good one day and gets smacked around the next.”

    Seriously???

    This is the kid’s first EVER appearance in the majors!

    Even Big George is more patient !!!

  1222. Bronx Jeers April 26th, 2009 at 11:05 pm

    Son of the Melon !

  1223. E-Rod April 26th, 2009 at 11:06 pm

    This is what Cashman gets for rushing him. Melancon was NOT ready and should not have been counted upon to be a savior.

    As usual, they panicked and set the guy back, just like Hughes/Kennedy.

  1224. KP April 26th, 2009 at 11:06 pm

    showed some guts there

  1225. carl April 26th, 2009 at 11:06 pm

    Confidence boost +5

  1226. John April 26th, 2009 at 11:06 pm

    And there you go. He will be a good contributor this year.

  1227. tex's former best friend April 26th, 2009 at 11:06 pm

    nice. melancon is godddddddd

  1228. Boston Dave April 26th, 2009 at 11:06 pm

    Takashi Saito = Byung Hyung Kim ??

    cmon Yanks

  1229. GGBG April 26th, 2009 at 11:06 pm

    Melancon escapes unscathed!

    ON A HILL IN A MANGY CITY, A SAVIOR IS BORN!!

  1230. Dave April 26th, 2009 at 11:06 pm

    they talk about melancon when he is walking ppl about how he cant find the zone and then, he strikes out tek and they are talking about ellsbury

  1231. Ed - the new era of the Yanks bullpen is here April 26th, 2009 at 11:06 pm

    Melancon = awesome.

  1232. RS April 26th, 2009 at 11:06 pm

    Is it too early to make Melancon our set-up man? I already trust him more than any of our other relievers, besides Mo.

  1233. Teixeiramvp (JobaCyYoung) April 26th, 2009 at 11:06 pm

    Ladies and gents I think this is the start of the Melancon era.

  1234. carl April 26th, 2009 at 11:06 pm

    E-Rod = Fail lol

  1235. helno51 April 26th, 2009 at 11:06 pm

    these idiots gave him no credit on espn. i mean he battled out of that nicely and they basically acted surprised like it was a total fluke and gave him no credit.

  1236. RalphieD April 26th, 2009 at 11:06 pm

    melancon just wanted to show he can work out of a bases loaded jam

  1237. tex's former best friend April 26th, 2009 at 11:06 pm

    we need a good line for him after an inning.

    melancon is dancin’???

    anyone?

  1238. Trevor April 26th, 2009 at 11:06 pm

    Guys he’s very good. I knew he would get out of it. It also helps none of the RS seen him before.

  1239. Dan April 26th, 2009 at 11:06 pm

    Looks like he lost his command as soon as he moved to the stretch. Nice job getting out of that jam.

  1240. Mark-Cant Touch This (from I Phone) April 26th, 2009 at 11:06 pm

    This division race is over unfortunately. We couldn’t even beat them… who else will? Kansas City? Texas?
    _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ __ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _

    Yeah why even play the remaining 144 games idiot

  1241. Patrick April 26th, 2009 at 11:07 pm

    Melancon is a stud ok?

  1242. Josh April 26th, 2009 at 11:07 pm

    This is the type of pitcher you build a bullpen out of. Power pitchers who can throw heat. We need to get rid of guys like Ramirez and bring up some arms from the farm teams.

  1243. hardwired April 26th, 2009 at 11:07 pm

    Great work by Melancon. If he can escape that jam in Fenway then it’s not hype – he’s got the goods.

    Unfortunately, the 1.85% of the season that this 3-game series represents is circling the drain…

  1244. GGBG April 26th, 2009 at 11:07 pm

    E-Rod

    This is what Cashman gets for rushing him. Melancon was NOT ready and should not have been counted upon to be a savior.

    As usual, they panicked and set the guy back, just like Hughes/Kennedy.

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

    You were saying? Idiot.

  1245. Bo Jackson April 26th, 2009 at 11:08 pm

    Season over for the Yanks! Well we always have the Jets and their new QB!

  1246. Teixeiramvp (JobaCyYoung) April 26th, 2009 at 11:08 pm

    If this is what you get for trusting rookies then maybe all isn’t lost after all.
    Time for Hughes.
    I come out of this game strangely confident.

  1247. NHYankee62 April 26th, 2009 at 11:08 pm

    “If Boston was playing now how the Yanks are all ESPN would say is its still early, its only April, they will be fine and they have had some injuries. Including the best player in baseball. But ofcourse not they will just go on and on how bad the Yanks are. Please tell me that another Yankees game is not on ESPN again this year. They are just brutal.”

    Hey man I’m with ya!

    BTW; NESPN has the Wed night game!

    Great job by Melocon btw!

  1248. randy l. April 26th, 2009 at 11:08 pm

    berroa is not good.

    i may be a more sure third baseman than him,and i’m 60.

    and i didn’t play third base.

    and i’m in a wheel chair.

    (just kidding about the wheel chair)

    i’d play the kid there.

  1249. Boston Dave April 26th, 2009 at 11:08 pm

    aside from the mistake pitch to Pedroia, Melancon got all ground balls

    good sign

  1250. S.A.--It's a marathon, not a sprint. Calm down. April 26th, 2009 at 11:08 pm

    onions Melancon
    I like him. I say we keep this one. :)

  1251. tex's former best friend April 26th, 2009 at 11:08 pm

    yeah i didnt write that last comment about papelbon. i actually know how to spell . d-bag.

  1252. David Cone's Labrum April 26th, 2009 at 11:08 pm

    I’m going to go out on a limb and suggest that Cano hurt his right hand on that second to last swing against Bowden.

    He was shaking it and grimacing.

    Cross your fingers…hamate bone issues are no good.

  1253. talltenor April 26th, 2009 at 11:08 pm

    I guess Ellsbury get the Player of the Game, eh? Sheesh…

  1254. John April 26th, 2009 at 11:09 pm

    Anyone comparing Mark to Veras clearly doesn’t know anything about him or sen him pitch before. This kid will be a staple as a setup guy or eventual closer for the Yankees if he remains healthy. He’s that good. And he never gets rattled. The mental part is the best part of the kid.

  1255. Boston Dave April 26th, 2009 at 11:09 pm

    get Damon ready to pinch hit

  1256. Al from BK(Mark Sanchez is a NY JET!) April 26th, 2009 at 11:09 pm

    Hope this thing can end soon, so we can tuck our tails and head to Detroit.

  1257. CaptainsCorner April 26th, 2009 at 11:09 pm

    This should be an exciting bottom of the 9th…Let me guess an easy 1,2,3?

  1258. LGV April 26th, 2009 at 11:09 pm

    Wow, can’t believe some people here are ready to call the season a failure already. There’s like 140+ games to play. Unbelievable.

  1259. Thomas April 26th, 2009 at 11:09 pm

    Lets see how much heart this team has right here….

  1260. John April 26th, 2009 at 11:09 pm

    Saito with the fake Dice K / Nomo wind up. Do they teach the motion over there or something?

  1261. Mark-Cant Touch This (from I Phone) April 26th, 2009 at 11:09 pm

    So whats the magic number until the Yankees are eliminated from the playoffs?

  1262. Boston Dave April 26th, 2009 at 11:10 pm

    horrible Jorge

    just horrible

  1263. SDYankee April 26th, 2009 at 11:10 pm

    Nice job Jorge…2-0 needing base runners and he swings at what looked like ball three.

  1264. tex's former best friend April 26th, 2009 at 11:11 pm

    the only good thing to come out of this is the end of the sox love fest in the announce booth.

  1265. CaptainsCorner April 26th, 2009 at 11:11 pm

    As the always bright Posada swings 2-0. I knew it would be a good inning. Does Ellsbury get a medal or car for stealing a base?

  1266. Rob NY -- 2009 The Road to Redemption April 26th, 2009 at 11:11 pm

    So what’s the difference between taking human growth hormones and having stem cells injected into your elbow? Apart from the practical aspects aren’t both of these things performance enhancing drugs? Hope his elbow doesn’t explode!

  1267. Trevor April 26th, 2009 at 11:11 pm

    Dumb at bat by Posada. Just swung at ball 3.

  1268. John April 26th, 2009 at 11:11 pm

    Yankees playing like they just want to hop on a plane now. Not sure why I am still watching. Body language tells you they don’t have a shot

  1269. dave April 26th, 2009 at 11:11 pm

    still waiting for morgan to start rattling off all these answers that the sux have and the yanks dont …. That is a bold comment to make without any evidence or actual words to back that up

  1270. S.A.--It's a marathon, not a sprint. Calm down. April 26th, 2009 at 11:12 pm

    Not the best weekend for Jorge

  1271. stuart April 26th, 2009 at 11:12 pm

    the espn crew spout so much garbage it is laughable.. bucholtz is proven but hughes is a 22 yr old failure..

    they have no idea about either teams minor league players. they are just spouting nonsense.. ellsbury appears better the nour Cf’s but he is a 270 hitter at best.

    the lovefest for the sux is classic…these guys would not know montero if he ran over them in a car…is bowden 22 or 26 they gave me 2 ages, what is it???

    joe morgan and fatso and the loser GM make millions and they do no research where can I get a job like that???

  1272. Seth April 26th, 2009 at 11:12 pm

    Awesome… Berroa, Melky, Ransom, Molina, Brett, Gardner etc.

    Great depth Cashman.

  1273. tampayank April 26th, 2009 at 11:12 pm

    “Teixeiramvp (JobaCyYoung)
    April 26th, 2009 at 10:50 pm
    I always liked A-Rod.


    +1 and I’m sure Tex can’t wait to have that protection in the lineup, having Swisher as your cleanup hitter is laughable

  1274. jldraw April 26th, 2009 at 11:12 pm

    Hi gang,

    In my opinion the outlook looks really bleak for Girardi right now unless The Yankees perform well in the next two series. He’s gonna get roasted over the coals by the media in the next few days over this likely Boston sweep and I’d be surprised if management hasn’t already taken notice that the team is underperforming under him.

    Looking ahead to the next two series we face the Central division leading Tigers and the Angels. The Tigers are playing good baseball right now and The Angels for some reason seem to own The Yankees.

    Although I’m inclined to think that Girardi will be given some extra rope due to the fact his bullpen has been decimated and A-Rod is still out with injury I do think if we get swept in either of the upcoming series combined with a series loss in the other (1-6 in our next six games) then combined with this likely sweep it could mean the end of the Girardi-era.

    Just my opinion

  1275. NHYankee62 April 26th, 2009 at 11:13 pm

    People, yes it was promising to see Meloncon dominant the 8th and work out of a bases loaded jam. Looks like he may be a big help this year, we could definitely use it!

    However, let’s not rush to judgment in either extreme. Saying he’s now the new 8th inning guy is almost as bad as saying he can’t cut it after the bases first became loaded.

    Bruney was doing pretty good before going to the DL. It’s still Bruney and Mo. Hopefully Meloncon can prove himself at this level and help out in the 6th and 7th innings.

  1276. hardwired April 26th, 2009 at 11:13 pm

    I sat through the bamboo chutes under my finger nails that was the ESPN crew just to watch Melancon pitch.

    It was worth it.

  1277. dave April 26th, 2009 at 11:13 pm

    captains corner – he gets to be talked about the entire rest of the game even though it was far more posada and pettitte than ellsbury who was responsible for the run.

  1278. Max April 26th, 2009 at 11:13 pm

    Would they replay Gardner stealing home a million times?

  1279. thunderfangabe April 26th, 2009 at 11:13 pm

    anyone want to hazard a guess as to how much total time they have devoted to showing and/or talking about the steal of home???

  1280. talltenor April 26th, 2009 at 11:13 pm

    LGV, too many people have bought into the anything-less-than-a-championship-is-a-failure mantra, ridiculous as it is.

  1281. Boston Dave April 26th, 2009 at 11:14 pm

    “Would they replay Gardner stealing home a million times?”

    ——–

    not a chance

  1282. Mac Daddy April 26th, 2009 at 11:14 pm

    Miller and Morgan are ripping on Posada…they even get it…Girardi needs to become a manager and let all feelings/friendships take a seat in the trunk if he wants to keep his job

  1283. lil' m April 26th, 2009 at 11:14 pm

    relax: You are so right.

  1284. tex's former best friend April 26th, 2009 at 11:14 pm

    at least we are leading the league in pop-ups

  1285. marc April 26th, 2009 at 11:14 pm

    This team has absolutely no depth. It is pitiful that a 200m team has no bench and a garbage bullpen.

  1286. Dave21 April 26th, 2009 at 11:15 pm

    We’re not in the Red Sox’ league

    However, we will beat up on most other teams like we did Oakland, KC, Cleveland etc.

    We’ll still make the playoffs, but Boston is a FAR FAR superior team.

  1287. David Cone's Labrum April 26th, 2009 at 11:15 pm

    jldraw – wrong.

    It’s April. We’re 9-9 without Arod, and our closer and best pitcher blew the first two games of this series.

    Girardi has not cost this team wins.

    Relax.

  1288. stuart April 26th, 2009 at 11:15 pm

    seth I wil lteach your little mind something, AROD is not repalceable.. he is a jerk but he is there best player by far. You do not replace guys like AROD.

    No I am wrong the sux have Nick Green at SS a yankee retread, he is great my bad. ask the espn guys.

    18 games into the season get a life….

  1289. Al from BK(Mark Sanchez is a NY JET!) April 26th, 2009 at 11:15 pm

    I had a feeling we would be a .500 team without A-Rod and just look at where we are exactly .500! The bullpen always concerned me I wanted us to pick up a vet reliever for some depth on the cheap but everyone said I was being paranoid now we see you can never have too much depth in baseball.

  1290. dave April 26th, 2009 at 11:15 pm

    NHYankees – melancon had pitched close to 11 innings with a 0 era and under 1 whip in scranton. He was also dominating in spring training. I wouldnt say he is the eighth inning guy with bruney around but with no one else being reliable for NY right now and bruney out, yes, melancon may very well be the best we have. One or two more outings and girardi will prolly actually use him for the eighth. When bruney is back in two weeks, melancon seventh bruney eighth and mo ninth. I dont think that is much of a stretch.

  1291. beedogs April 26th, 2009 at 11:15 pm

    another pathetic excuse for a baseball game. do these guys care as long as the checks clear?

  1292. Patrick April 26th, 2009 at 11:15 pm

    It’s pretty funny that on the night we can’t use our established relievers a guy like Melancon comes in and pitches well.

    I really hope Girardi/Cashman wake up and make the bullpen: Rivera, Melancon, Bruney (when healthy), Robertson, Coke, Marte, Aceves

  1293. Boston Dave April 26th, 2009 at 11:16 pm

    if Melky and Damon can get on, Gardner will get a chance to tie it up :)

  1294. Abe Peter April 26th, 2009 at 11:16 pm

    Wow,

    Are the Yankees really going to score one run against Bat Masterson, two AAA pitchers and a guy coming off arm surgery?

  1295. CaptainsCorner April 26th, 2009 at 11:16 pm

    I know it is early but I wonder if Girardi will have a pep talk with them after this game. Losing the game, getting swept is fine but they look absolutely dead out there. From pitchers not doing there jobs pitching long in the games, to batters swinging at anything in sight. They just do not battle out there at all. They look like how the Mets do in September.

  1296. pat April 26th, 2009 at 11:16 pm

    Dave

    It has nothing to do with Alex. He’s held up to expectations no one could deliver on.

    Just wondering why there hasn’t been more buzz about Tex not exactly lighting it up yet but people have gotten on Ransom, Gardner and Melky who have significantly lower upsides.

  1297. dave April 26th, 2009 at 11:16 pm

    Shocking, thst Joe Moron doesnt think it matters that Arod is not here. Yea, what does the best player have to do with sweeping or not?

  1298. talltenor April 26th, 2009 at 11:16 pm

    jldraw, I took the over on Memorial Day when I bet my buddy on whether or Girardi would last that long. Not looking promising, so far.

  1299. V Torch April 26th, 2009 at 11:16 pm

    Girardi is in wayy over his head, so is Cashman for that matter.

    Time to clean house and get competent people in here.

  1300. dave April 26th, 2009 at 11:17 pm

    i knew jonny shuld get in here at some point.

  1301. tex's former best friend April 26th, 2009 at 11:17 pm

    hopefully he sends a foul ball right into the booth and takes miller and morgan out.

  1302. Trevor April 26th, 2009 at 11:18 pm

    Where was this single when there was a RISP?

  1303. The Stranger April 26th, 2009 at 11:18 pm

    I will never, ever, ever berate Jorge for not blocking the plate again. After watching what the became without having him for the long haul last season, I quickly came to realize one single play at home is not worth the risk of losing him. It’s that simple.

    Olé all you want, Jorge. I’ve got your back.

  1304. D-Train April 26th, 2009 at 11:18 pm

    Teix, CC, and AJ have all been busts so far.

    They’ve had their moment (Teix’s defense, Burnett’s game vs, Tampa), but they have been major disappointments so far.

  1305. Boston Dave April 26th, 2009 at 11:18 pm

    “Girardi is in wayy over his head, so is Cashman for that matter.

    Time to clean house and get competent people in here.”

    ———

    at what point is it the players job to perform?

  1306. KP April 26th, 2009 at 11:18 pm

    Nice people up there in Boston. Run a guy out of town then boo him when he comes back. That’s classy.

  1307. Pat M April 26th, 2009 at 11:18 pm

    Yanks will be fine, I am starting to have serious reservations about the cf situation though…

  1308. Capn Jetes April 26th, 2009 at 11:18 pm

    V Torch…well said.

  1309. AD April 26th, 2009 at 11:19 pm

    I can’t believe we just got swept by this team. They don’t even have any superstars. How is this possible? Its just a collection of guys with facial hair.

  1310. Trevor April 26th, 2009 at 11:19 pm

    That’s a HR at YS.

  1311. S.A.--It's a marathon, not a sprint. Calm down. April 26th, 2009 at 11:19 pm

    Well, at least we can’t blame today’s game on the bullpen

  1312. Seth April 26th, 2009 at 11:19 pm

    “Where was this single when there was a RISP?”

    C’mon Trev, we know the team forgets how to play baseball when there are runners on base.

  1313. Mark-Cant Touch This (from I Phone) April 26th, 2009 at 11:19 pm

    We’re not in the Red Sox’ league

    However, we will beat up on most other teams like we did Oakland, KC, Cleveland etc.

    We’ll still make the playoffs, but Boston is a FAR FAR superior team.
    _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _

    Yes a three game series is the equivalent of 162 games. I must hand it to you, you are an absolute genius…

  1314. David Cone's Labrum April 26th, 2009 at 11:20 pm

    Man – get in off the ledge folks.

    Mo blew it Friday.

    AJ blew it yesterday.

    Pettitte did what he does – he kept it close.

    RISP not so good all weekend.

    Not exactly describes a loser team.

    Guys didn’t get their jobs done, plain and simple.

    Chill.

  1315. talltenor April 26th, 2009 at 11:20 pm

    Melky did well, and JD gave it a ride, but this one had loss written all over it long ago. ‘Night, all… looking forward to Hughes on Tues.!

  1316. GGBG April 26th, 2009 at 11:20 pm

    Sickening weekend.

    I still don’t see how we only score one run against Masterson, Bowden, Jones and Saito. In Fenway. That’s a disgrace.

  1317. youk April 26th, 2009 at 11:20 pm

    KP
    April 26th, 2009 at 11:18 pm
    “Nice people up there in Boston. Run a guy out of town then boo him when he comes back. That’s classy.”

    Almost as classy as Yankee fans who will chew up and spit out their own players and boo Arod like crazy.

  1318. Giuseppe Franco April 26th, 2009 at 11:20 pm

    Just wondering why there hasn’t been more buzz about Tex not exactly lighting it up yet but people have gotten on Ransom, Gardner and Melky who have significantly lower upsides.

    ————

    Maybe because Teixeira is a notorious slow starter and it’s expected. At least it should be expected.

    Same thing with Sabathia.

  1319. m April 26th, 2009 at 11:21 pm

    bah. I expect the guys to bounce back against the Tigers.

    Melancon, Hughes, and the prospect of Alex coming back will pull the guys out of any funk they’re in.

    If you’re giving up after 18 games, just turn your fan card in. You don’t deserve it.

    Go Yankees.

  1320. trisha - click to see my bigger and better Opening Day pictures April 26th, 2009 at 11:21 pm

    Very disappointing.

    Let’s get out of here and get the job done in Detroit.

    Night all

    :(

  1321. E-gawa April 26th, 2009 at 11:21 pm

    Awesome .500 again under Girardi.

  1322. girardi needs the pep talk April 26th, 2009 at 11:21 pm

    Its early but theres a pattern. Once again Girardi has better players better pitchers and overall better roster and the team is underachieving. When does he become accountable?
    Red sox bring in a rookie from AAA he sails through the Yankee line up, Yanks bring in a “top prospect” and he gets out of trouble but at least the sox threatened. Girardi is still married to his buddy Gardner who is still hitting what he hit last year 222 give or take a few and nothing has changed. How does the organization bring him all this talent and the team is still 500? Arod?? well they still have the best lineup without him.

  1323. hardwired April 26th, 2009 at 11:21 pm

    just for the record, wishing that Joe Morgan would d.i.a.f. is not an abbreviated curse (technically, it would be using an acronym as a curse).

    d.i.a.f. = die in a fire.

  1324. John April 26th, 2009 at 11:22 pm

    Why do you need superstars. A few smart plays here and there. Some situational hitting from our guys. Don’t need superstars for that. Series maybe 2-1 in the Yankees favor. Then everyone would be fairly happy after this series. If it’s that close then you can certainly make some improvements. Not even 20 games in and people are complaining. I love it, the Yankees fans have become the old cursed Red Sox fans, doom around every corner.

  1325. Zach in Port Jeff April 26th, 2009 at 11:22 pm

    Time for bed. I searched all night for the ballgame. Espn was airing “Bromance – The Jacoby Ellsbury Story” instead.

    Yaaaaaawn.

  1326. Brandon If Melancon doesn't K the first batter he's a bust "I LOVE ME SOME ME !" April 26th, 2009 at 11:22 pm

    Too much work to do. Pitch by pitch calling from Posada spotty to poor, hitting w/ RISP horrible in the late innings. Game time IQ putrid. Bullpen spotty. Defense less than average. Starting pitching mediocore to bad. All of that needs to improve.

  1327. dave April 26th, 2009 at 11:22 pm

    jldraw ,

    You are not giving enough blame to wang and the bullpen. Wnag has long three games in a brutal fashion all by his lonesome. That has nothing to do with girardi. And the pen has been brutal for the most part outside of bruney. Even mo blew a save in the first month against the sox. How can girardi manage a pen that sucks no matter which arm he calls upon? He needs at least three reliable arms to do well. I knew we needed more help in the pen coming into the season. All the guys in here were giving me sooo much crap like ooo we have soooo many arms and blah blah blah. i DO think once bruney comes back, melancon, bruney and mo will be shutdown lights out after the sixth and we will roll. But other guys need to step up so girardi can do his job. I dont think girardi has done almost anything detrimental to the team as of yet so i think he is still definitely safe for now.

  1328. CaptainsCorner April 26th, 2009 at 11:22 pm

    I am glad that Damon is smiling. I love how Posada cried like a baby when Girardi took him out of the game the other day for defense but he has been brutal. His defense was always bad but he has looked all of his 37 year old age. He hasn’t hit a lick recently, falling asleep behind the plate tonight and the game where he didn’t back up home plate and went to 1st instead. He isn’t bright and his game has been pathetic. Too bad Matsui is too old to play the outfield because without Arod there best lineup is Posada DH and Molina catching.

  1329. pat April 26th, 2009 at 11:22 pm

    3 down 15 to go against the Sox this year. Contrary to what many believe tonight, the Yanks might even win a few of them. :wink:

  1330. Bo Jackson April 26th, 2009 at 11:22 pm

    Swept under the rug by the Sox. That stinks.Lets spend another half billion dollars next year and increase ticket prices some more.!

  1331. Jersey Joe April 26th, 2009 at 11:22 pm

    You want to blame someone for this series sweep?

    Mariano. He set the tone for this disaster. Not trashing him, but it’s true. Stop blaming the Girardi, GM, Gardner, Berroa, Melky etc.

    Mariano is the reason we got swept. He absolutely cannot blow that save. Changed the entire complexion of the series and might have a ripple effect now.

  1332. Nick in SF April 26th, 2009 at 11:22 pm

    Alright, m, you said we can’t leave Boston 3 games behind the Sox.

    So now what? :(

  1333. Mark-Cant Touch This (from I Phone) April 26th, 2009 at 11:23 pm

    Teix, CC, and AJ have all been busts so far.

    They’ve had their moment (Teix’s defense, Burnett’s game vs, Tampa), but they have been major disappointments so far.
    _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _

    How are you not a GM of a baseball team right now, your knowledge of baseball is outstanding. I would never in my wildest dreams call a player a bust after 18 games, but you with all your superior knowledge of baseball can. I bow down to your stupidity.

  1334. Al from BK(Mark Sanchez is a NY JET!) April 26th, 2009 at 11:23 pm

    “I can’t believe we just got swept by this team. They don’t even have any superstars. How is this possible? Its just a collection of guys with facial hair.”

    Easy, they actually take pride in the uniform.

  1335. stuart April 26th, 2009 at 11:24 pm

    some of the posters here are clueless.

    cashman did not do his job he has no viable replacement for there best player when he got hurt.

    He should have kept Nick Green he is great since now he is a sux…

    they are 4 out with 144 to go it is over…..

    I forgot Youkilis will hit 440, and grienke will have a .70 era, and CC will scuk and so will joba and AJ, and wang will have a 32 ERA after having a under 3.70 career ERA.

    it is ovah……

  1336. Giuseppe Franco April 26th, 2009 at 11:24 pm

    If you’re giving up after 18 games, just turn your fan card in. You don’t deserve it.

    Go Yankees.

    ————-

    At least there a few on this board who aren’t completely insane. Sadly, that number is plummeting.

  1337. Vince April 26th, 2009 at 11:25 pm

    “I can’t believe we just got swept by this team. They don’t even have any superstars. How is this possible? Its just a collection of guys with facial hair.”

    Youk and Pedroia are stars, as much as I hate to admit it.

  1338. KP April 26th, 2009 at 11:25 pm

    youk,

    You’re right about A-rod, although I don’t see him getting booed at home again after watching Ransom. Regardless, that’s completely different. The Sox fans have no reason to boo Damon, they loved him when he was there and he wanted to come back. They didn’t want him back. Is he supposed to retire? He’s a good guy and doesn’t deserve to be booed, but I’m sure it doesn’t bother him anyway. I just think it’s a little ignorant of those fans.

  1339. Dan April 26th, 2009 at 11:25 pm

    Red Sox have become what the Yankees were and we’re the pre-04 Red Sox.

    The franchise have taken a dramatic turn in opposite directions. Sad to see what we have become.

  1340. Betsy April 26th, 2009 at 11:26 pm

    LOL unbelievable at the revisionist history here regarding AJ. After each of AJ’s first 3 starts, people were thrilled. Now one bad start and we go back and decide that all but one of those starts were really just mediocre? That’s fair…….

    Tex has had quite a few moments this year. Everyone knows he is a slow starter and he did have the wrist problem. He’s also played a fantastic first base – probably could win the gold glove already with the plays he’s made.

    CC has been mediocre, but is there any doubt he’s going to find his way and be the horse we need him to be?

  1341. dave April 26th, 2009 at 11:26 pm

    pat –

    Im just saying tex and alex both make a ton of money. Tex is hitting 222 after the first few weeks. If alex did that, people would be going nuts about it. With tex, no one seems all that surprised or annoyed about it. No real media coverage of it. Thats why i brought it up to compare it to alex as they do both make significant salaries for hitters in the game right now.

  1342. Trevor April 26th, 2009 at 11:26 pm

    Story of this series for the Yankees is their atrocious situational hitting.
    Friday’s game should have been a win. And tonight they was putrid. Yesterday that’s just bad pitching. But still the story was their poor situational hitting.

  1343. bodhisattva April 26th, 2009 at 11:26 pm

    Bo Jackson
    April 26th, 2009 at 11:22 pm
    Swept under the rug by the Sox. That stinks.Lets spend another half billion dollars next year and increase ticket prices some more.!
    ==========================

    Relax. April is always a frigid month for the Yankees. Long weekend in a Peanut ballpark. Boston is basically returning the same team. We’ve got a lot of new pieces, Alex isn’t here, etc. Let’s have another look at the end of next month. I like our upside over the long season.

  1344. Jose April 26th, 2009 at 11:27 pm

    Red Sox have an actual bullpen

    They also know how to hit with runners on base

    It is the exact opposite for us in both cases. That’s why we are a .500 team and Sox have won 10 in a row

  1345. carl April 26th, 2009 at 11:27 pm

    Only problem I have with Joe G is that Cano should have been hitting 4th in the order.

  1346. Giuseppe Franco April 26th, 2009 at 11:27 pm

    Mariano is the reason we got swept. He absolutely cannot blow that save. Changed the entire complexion of the series and might have a ripple effect now.

    ————

    Really?

    Mo blowing that save had such a carry over effect on the pitching staff that Burnett blew a six-run lead after he was cruising for four innings?

    Sigh. Unreal.

  1347. David Cone's Labrum April 26th, 2009 at 11:27 pm

    who are these posters? Most of you guys need to do some homework.

    “girardi needs the pep talk” – what a bunch of crap you just posted.

    Please tell me your post is not serious.

    “Girardi is still married to his buddy Gardner who is still hitting what he hit last year 222 give or take a few and nothing has changed. How does the organization bring him all this talent and the team is still 500? Arod?? well they still have the best lineup without him.”

    Gardner won the job out of spring training. Melky hits solo shots and dps. Have you seen his abs lately? pathetic. First pitch swinging, lousy with RISP. Gardner gives them a chance to change the game with just a walk or a single.

    As for “all this talent”…huh? Cashman has one CF at AAA who’s an impact guy. Beyond Melancon, that’s it.

    Get on Mo for poor location Friday night.

    Get on AJ for spitting the bit yesterday.

    But Girardi? C’mon.

    Yanks had this series won if those two guys had done their jobs.

  1348. Rivera? April 26th, 2009 at 11:27 pm

    should not have been in the game in the first place. Yanks had many chances to blow out the sox including two times with bases loaded. Its comes from the top, the managers job is to get the players to play “at least” to their potential. Girardi has failed miserably last season and is off to another bad start. Blaming the players? Teams with much less talent do more, Players wearing pinstripes come here and do not perform as well. Whats up Joe?

  1349. Frank April 26th, 2009 at 11:27 pm

    Relax everyone… or don’t watch the next 144 games. I don’t care, do whatever you want.

  1350. stuart April 26th, 2009 at 11:27 pm

    Look at texiera’s career #’s he always starts slow. who knows why but he has done it for years.. Oh sorry no facts on this website just drivel, my bad…..

  1351. Nick in SF April 26th, 2009 at 11:28 pm

    That was not the real randy l. No doubt.

  1352. pat April 26th, 2009 at 11:28 pm

    Giuseppe

    I’m not getting on Tex. Just interesting how lowering expectations make failure more palatable.

    No matter how slow a starter he is, I expect more from Tex than Melky, Gardner, Berroa and Ransom. Others don’t seem to agree based on the comments here the past few weeks.

  1353. Bo Jackson April 26th, 2009 at 11:28 pm

    When was the last time we won the World Series, It seems pretty ——————————DISTANT

  1354. dave April 26th, 2009 at 11:28 pm

    pdroia is definitely not a star – he is just really lucky to have his best season of his career in a year where no one did all that good and he won the mvp. He may be a star in boston but pedroia is not a star in baseball in general. Arod, hanley, utley, santana, wright- there are stars. Pedroia is not in the same class as those guys. He is more like cano than like arod or hanley.

  1355. carl April 26th, 2009 at 11:29 pm

    Come on now we all know Tex is a slow starter.

  1356. randy l. April 26th, 2009 at 11:29 pm

    imposter alert.

    pat m-

    time to regroup huh. hopefully we’ll have a team running on all cylinders next time the yankees play them.

    people make fun of horace clark , but he was better than beroa.

  1357. Benny Blanco April 26th, 2009 at 11:29 pm

    GGBG is 3 for 18.

  1358. Mitchell April 26th, 2009 at 11:29 pm

    ouch

  1359. St. Louie April 26th, 2009 at 11:29 pm

    Is there any question that the Sox are the far better organization from top to bottom?

    They completely outclassed us this weekend in all facets. Their young players all shine, they can hit with runners on, they have great arms in the pen, great manager, and a swagger to them.

    All we have is the remaints of the aging dynasty core to live off of. Let’s stop fooling ourselves.

  1360. hardwired April 26th, 2009 at 11:29 pm

    summing up this weekend:

    http://www.wickedsunshine.com/.....tThisAgain!.jpg

  1361. CB April 26th, 2009 at 11:30 pm

    “Yanks will be fine, I am starting to have serious reservations about the cf situation though…”

    I don’t know how many dozens of posts I made over the off season regarding CF.

    There was a very large risk that the yankees would once again get replacement level production from their CF.

    A number of us advocated for trading for Mike Cameron and people guffawed. He’s terrible, he strikes out, etc. etc.

    CF is a major problem and Cameron would have been an enormous upgrade to what they have.

    It is still too early to draw any definite conclusions on Gardner as he hasn’t had enough at bats, but i simply don’t see him having any of the tools needed to be an everyday major league hitter. I wish I did – but I just don’t see it at all.

    There’s this idea that it was OK to simply take a chance on Gardner in CF. Even a purported stat head like Steve Goldman kept saying it over and over – give gardner a shot. Don’t make a trade.

    Now they are getting replacement level hitting from CF and it’s a major problem. Average at any position to even slightly below average is fine.

    Replacement is completely unacceptable.

    Day in and day out right now they have 3 replacement level bats in the line up. When Molina catches that 4.

    That’s the fundamental problem with the offense right now. Gardner, Melky, Ransom/berroa and when he’s playing Molina are simply not good hitters and haven’t produced at all.

  1362. dave April 26th, 2009 at 11:30 pm

    meant to put pujols in that group of stars

  1363. Seth April 26th, 2009 at 11:30 pm

    Yeah… Girardi told Burnett to choke away a 6 run lead yesterday.

    Don’t blame him that our players have no guts.

  1364. stuart April 26th, 2009 at 11:30 pm

    not to add more facts for the kiddies but the yanks have played 6 home games and 12 road games. the opposite for the sux. toronto(they will not compete) have had a easy easy schedule so far and are playing way way over there head.

    I am sure the posters on the rays site are posting similar drivel to what we see hear…..

  1365. Buddy April 26th, 2009 at 11:30 pm

    If I’m a manager, and a guy steals home on one of my pitcher’s, that guys getting one in his ear next time up. Just saying.

  1366. Corey April 26th, 2009 at 11:31 pm

    You guys are nuts….we just caught Boston on a 7agme game winning streak…AT Fenway, WITHOUT A-Rod, WITHOUT Nady, WITHOUT Bruney, Texieira hasnt warmed up yet either…..relax.

  1367. randy l. April 26th, 2009 at 11:31 pm

    tampa yank-
    that wasn’t me.
    notice the capital letter on “Randy”.
    notice the content.

  1368. heard it last year April 26th, 2009 at 11:31 pm

    same posters new year. Some of you have been posting the same stuff as last year. The same thing that is happening now (under achieving) happened last year. Girardi clearly has a very strong pitching staff. He has plenty of bats, and the team is a 500 team. The team is under performing, again. Cant deny it. Now you can say its not the managers fault all you want, but its his job to get the most out of his team and he isnt

  1369. Al from BK(Mark Sanchez is a NY JET!) April 26th, 2009 at 11:31 pm

    “Red Sox have become what the Yankees were and we’re the pre-04 Red Sox.

    The franchise have taken a dramatic turn in opposite directions. Sad to see what we have become.”

    I often consider this and it makes me sad. The Sox have replaced us as the class organization in baseball. We have been spending billions the past 5 years attempting to reclaim the past.

  1370. 7*7 April 26th, 2009 at 11:31 pm

    What you’re seeing is Cashman’s laziness this off-season shining through.

    Spent $423 million on the superstars and failed to address anything else. Thought Veras and co. would be able to get big outs, didn’t even attempt to build a bench. Farm system is not producing anything or anyone.

    This is Cashman’s mess moreso than Girardi’s.

  1371. J April 26th, 2009 at 11:32 pm

    agreed that the sox fans shouldn’t necessarily boo damon, but he was hardly “run out of town.” like with pedro, it was an issue of that extra year on the contract. sox didn’t want to go 4, yankees did, and so he left. unless i’m remembering incorrectly, those negotiations weren’t at all contentious; it was simply a (reasonable) business decision by damon.

  1372. Buddy April 26th, 2009 at 11:32 pm

    The pen worries me. We were supposed to have all of this depth in Spring training, and it’s like the whole pen went into a slump at once. What gives?

  1373. Trevor April 26th, 2009 at 11:32 pm

    Watch Francesa on Mike’d up wax poetic about the RS.

  1374. ZMAN7777 April 26th, 2009 at 11:32 pm

    CB — You were right about Cameron. I wasn’t a proponent of getting him, but he has to be better than what’s out there now. CF and 3B are black holes at the moment.

  1375. John April 26th, 2009 at 11:33 pm

    Series over, they will recover and we will get them back at the stadium.

    Things I look forward to this week.

    Seeing Hughes pitch.

    Seeing a better game from CC

    Hopefully MM sticking around in the pen.

    Pena playing 3B and only playing Berroa for offense if they are losing.

    Yankees playing with a little more fire.

    Not happy, but things will be ok. Looking at the schedule already and worrying about the rest of the season less than 20 games in is absurd.

    Look at it this way, Papi is no longer Papi, Lester hasn’t looked great this year and we hit him. We roughed up Beckett again. Two of the three losses were more our fault than something they did. If that’s the case you adjust. And we hopefully will starting to get some healthy guys back again.

  1376. Mop Up Man April 26th, 2009 at 11:33 pm

    Face it – it pains me to say something like this – but it is clear that the Red Sox are the far superior organization right now, and have surpassed the Yanks. This weekend demonstrated that they have better player development, something I wish the Yankees did more. The Sox have translated their player development into more depth, better defense, better pitching, starting and relief, more clutch hitting, and more focus on the field. The steal of home was embarrassingly bad and is a symbol of where the two teams are right now.

    This could all change by summer. The Yankees have the talent to make a run. But, watching Red Sox no names embarrass the Yankees collection of superstar mercenaries that they annually assemble burns me. Further, I realize that a few plays could have turned this series in our favor, but the talent and depth gap between the two teams is undeniable.

  1377. Betsy April 26th, 2009 at 11:33 pm

    That said, this team just looks like the same team from last year. The Sox are just a better team, period. It’s ok to admit that. I can’t even get upset – what’s the point? It’s deja vue all over again. Alex is not going to be the savior for this team. Even if he has a year like 2007 (not total stats, of course, but clutch hitting), he can only come to the plate 4 times a game. The Sox have tremendous pitching and a very good bullpen, plus guys that know how to get it done in the clutch. Nevermind the Sox, though. The Yankees have major issues that I don’t believe are easily resolved. We say this every year……..amazing.

  1378. GreenBeret7 April 26th, 2009 at 11:33 pm

    Pat M
    April 26th, 2009 at 11:18 pm
    Yanks will be fine, I am starting to have serious reservations about the cf situation though…

    ————————————————————

    PATM, have you read any rumors about who’s available in center? Milwaukee’s going to ask a ton for CVameron now, because they have no replacement. NYY doesn’t have a 2nd baseman to go after Schumaker, who was St. Louis’ CF last year. I’m dead set against bringing in Jackson. The only other option in the system right now is Todd Linden. He’s pretty much bombed any time the Giants gave him a shot. At 29, he’s about like Ramsom at third. Fukedome could be had, but, that’s even less appealing.

  1379. stuart April 26th, 2009 at 11:33 pm

    cb everythign you say is correct ecept offense has not been there problem..

    also 1 replacement level player will be gone in about 2 weeks…. they will have 1 questionable hitting area and that is CF and catcher when Molina plays, so what..

    they have plenty of offense there starters have been bad so far and obviously the pen… if these starters stink this year they are in trouble, these starters should be great, not good but great bottom line……….

  1380. Kernal April 26th, 2009 at 11:34 pm

    Jersey Joe,

    Burnett’s gutless performance was far worse than Mariano’s blown save. I agree that it did set the tone for the series, Burnett had a chance to erase it and he gagged.

    If this team can’t recover from a rare blown save by the greatest of all time, then they might as well pack up and go home.

  1381. Steve Balboni April 26th, 2009 at 11:34 pm

    Nice people up there in Boston. Run a guy out of town then boo him when he comes back. That’s classy.

    ——————————————

    Yeah because that didn’t happen to David Wells or Carl Pavano at Yankee Stadium.

  1382. Buddy April 26th, 2009 at 11:34 pm

    I believe it was Damon who said he would never play for the Yankees. So Sox fans do have a gripe there, albeit a small one.

  1383. Mark-Cant Touch This (from I Phone) April 26th, 2009 at 11:34 pm

    Okay this is my time to go, stupidity has taken over this blog. We got swept in April by the Red Soxs, key word IN APRIL. Wait let me say it again we got swept by a hot Red Soxs team IN APRIL. Mo blew a save, Burnett blew a six run lead I mean this team is pathetic, we don’t belong on the same field with the Red Soxs. I mean we got swept in April. There is no chance for us, why should we play the remaining 144 games idiots. And for all you sane Yankee fans I’m sorry you have to put up with this nonsense.

  1384. tampayank April 26th, 2009 at 11:34 pm

    sorry randy l. ….glad it was an imposter

  1385. Giuseppe Franco April 26th, 2009 at 11:35 pm

    I’m not getting on Tex. Just interesting how lowering expectations make failure more palatable.

    No matter how slow a starter he is, I expect more from Tex than Melky, Gardner, Berroa and Ransom. Others don’t seem to agree based on the comments here the past few weeks.

    ———–

    So what’s your solution?

    Send Teixeira hate mail? Throw eggs at his house? Write nasty things about he and his wife on a message board?

  1386. CaptainsCorner April 26th, 2009 at 11:35 pm

    Just because Tex is known as a slow starter that doesn’t mean it is ok. Cano has done that and he was killed for it. Just like Arod would be if that was the case for him. Once Arod went down Tex knew he needed to have a big April or at least be consistent. So should Arod just announce that he doesn’t hit in October and then it will be ok and he doesn’t have to?! It just stinks with Arod out Tex has for the most part done nothing.

  1387. Pat M April 26th, 2009 at 11:36 pm

    Like it or not, the farm system is about 2 maybe 3 years away from feeding the big team with players…We got a late start…Cashman loaded up with pitching and that is strating to pay dividends……Epstien’s little Gorilla stunt has paid off for them….For all that has gone wrong so far, .500 is not that bad considering the 2 blown games that led to the sweep….So much for being in first place by April 30th….

  1388. Zach in Port Jeff April 26th, 2009 at 11:36 pm

    “If I’m a manager, and a guy steals home on one of my pitcher’s, that guys getting one in his ear next time up. Just saying.”
    =====================================
    Agreed.

  1389. John April 26th, 2009 at 11:36 pm

    And it’s early to say, but if AJAx continues to play well, I don’t see how he isn’t up by July. I like Gardner but he is back to last years guy and Melky is the same. He doesn’t quite get that they need a singles disciplined line drive hitter which he could be, not a guy swinging all over the joint and trying to crush them.

  1390. for Seth April 26th, 2009 at 11:36 pm

    Correct, AJ was bad, but why does Girardi leave him in to give up the game? Girardi did the same exact thing in Wangs three losses. He leaves these guys in until the game is gone, so he gives up on games that will come back to haunt him at the end of the year. AJ should have been out sooner

  1391. Dan April 26th, 2009 at 11:36 pm

    It is so depressing that we spend $423 million and still have the same problems, year after year, we throw money at the problem and it doesn’t get fixed.

  1392. Benny Blanco April 26th, 2009 at 11:36 pm

    pat
    April 26th, 2009 at 11:28 pm
    Giuseppe

    I’m not getting on Tex. Just interesting how lowering expectations make failure more palatable.

    No matter how slow a starter he is, I expect more from Tex than Melky, Gardner, Berroa and Ransom. Others don’t seem to agree based on the comments here the past few weeks.

    ———————————————————

    I totally agree, and yankee fans were ready to crucify cano for having a terrible april. We must remember that none of us thought that:

    1) We lost arod for 8 weeks

    2) Wang would implode

    We’ll get the redsox back..trust me.

  1393. Trevor April 26th, 2009 at 11:36 pm

    Ha ha I knew Francesa was going to kiss the RS fanny.

  1394. Sea Net April 26th, 2009 at 11:37 pm

    Ouch… Francessa telling it as it is— this series was indicative of the direction the two franchises are heading.

    Their young players dazzle, ours fizzle.

  1395. Nick in SF April 26th, 2009 at 11:37 pm

    randy l: you’re welcome for defending you! ;)

  1396. stuart April 26th, 2009 at 11:37 pm

    betsy with a classic post yeah the sox are just better. the yanks did not adress any issues in the offseason all is lost.

    tex at first, cc and aj in the rotation are not upgrades the yare just mirages…..afterall gimabi is actually a better fielder and hitter then Tex, once he puts on the jersey tex at 28 will turn into a 230 hitter it will happen..

    Swisher with a career 350+ OBP is not better then the 2008 Melky he is not better it is a illusion…
    CC is done he is washed up, he is after all 28 yrs old..

    seriously read the comments you fans are clueless…..

  1397. John April 26th, 2009 at 11:37 pm

    Tex clearly tried to be more aggressive tonight. The other games he keeps walking and someone needs to drive them in. He just didn’t get results tonight. Although he had one to RF and one to LF which look like he just missed them.

  1398. 4 x 4 April 26th, 2009 at 11:38 pm

    LOL Francessa is killing Burnett

    Wow, he is going off but he is 100% right. The Sox are just too good. Sox are better than us in ever phase.

  1399. carl April 26th, 2009 at 11:38 pm

    Betsy are you serious about A-Rod? He changes the whole dynamic of the lineup.

  1400. Trevor April 26th, 2009 at 11:39 pm

    Francesa typical over-reaction.

  1401. R-Tek April 26th, 2009 at 11:39 pm

    Did I mention that Berroa sucks?

  1402. stuart April 26th, 2009 at 11:40 pm

    fatcessa said it so it must be true.. he could not find SWB if they had a free buffet italian restaurant.

    Hey fatcessa maybe mention Joba to the pen or your 2nd favorite Mclouth for CF…..those are his old standby’s

    why would you posters listen to a moron like fatcessa???He has no clue….

  1403. THE TRUTH April 26th, 2009 at 11:40 pm

    Red Sox pitching is beyond stacked. too much depth. maybe next year yankee fans…

  1404. Boston Dave April 26th, 2009 at 11:40 pm

    “CB—You were right about Cameron.”

    ———

    three things.

    1. The Yankees did try to get Cameron but they weren’t going to overpay (sure, it’s debatable if they should have given up whatever it took but it’s not like they didn’t inquire)

    2. 90% of the people here were goo goo over Gardner in Spring Training.

    3. It’s not enough at bats to make a final judgment. Gardner needs to make some serious adjustments. If he can’t, Melky will get a shot. If he can’t handle it, you can be sure the Yankees will address the situation at the trade deadline.

  1405. ZMAN7777 April 26th, 2009 at 11:40 pm

    It may be time to consider batting Cano third or fourth in the lineup. Swisher’s in a deep slump, and Posada looks lost right now.

  1406. Dazz April 26th, 2009 at 11:40 pm

    Can’t disagree with anything Mike said unless you’re wearing pinstriped glasses.

    Can’t put any silver lining on a series like this.

  1407. CaptainsCorner April 26th, 2009 at 11:40 pm

    Girardi- Berroa did not have a good night. lol That is an understatement.

  1408. Buddy April 26th, 2009 at 11:40 pm

    The difference in Boston these past five years is that they know they can beat the Yankees, and have no fear whatsoever in doing so. Even the newer arrivals hurt the Yankees. It’s a mindset. Even when the Yanks are ahead in games, they play on their heels. This started in 2003, but Grady Little gave us a gift, and left Pedro in. In 2004 it all came to fruition. What also kills us late in games is that they know they can beat Rivera, and are not intimidated by him. In Mo’s great career, the Sox are the only team that comes closest to “Owning ” him. But the bottom line is that if the road to the World Series goes through Boston, the Yanks aren’t making it. Not in these times.

  1409. CB April 26th, 2009 at 11:40 pm

    “CF and 3B are black holes at the moment.”

    People really don’t understand what an enormous problem having even one replacement level bat in your line up is.

    Signing Tex did not “make up” or make it right for them to put Gardner/ melky in CF.

    You simply cannot have replacement level or quite honestly below average players at any position. If you do then over the course of the season the teams you play will generate enormous relative advantages to what you are putting out on the field.

    It is decimating. In turn too many people don’t value average to slightly above average guys like Cameron and Nady. On a team like the yankees when you have tex and arod those kind of guys are fine.

    Brett Gardner is not. Not even close.

    On the flip side people aren’t fully appreciating how devastating the loss of Alex has been.

    Ransom/ berroa are producing literally nothing.

    Let’s put it this way – Alex is one of the top 5 players in the game.

    When Ransom was playing he was one of the five worst players in the league.

    So it’s not like you are taking Alex and replacing him with an average to slightly below average guy.

    It’s devastating because you are replacing arguably the best player in baseball with the worst.

  1410. Giuseppe Franco April 26th, 2009 at 11:41 pm

    Here’s the thing that many people here just do not grasp…….

    George Young of the NY Football Giants was a genius in many ways and had a great line that was dead on……

    “Giving a player a big contract doesn’t change the player, it just makes him richer.”

    I’ve read a lot in the Yankee blogosphere about how guys like Sabathia, Teixeira, and Burnett have to step up their games because of their big contracts and I tend to think those people really don’t have much of a grasp of this game.

    More money isn’t going to change these players or their historical tendencies.

    Sabathia is a notorious slow starter and so is Teixeira. Burnett has huge upside but there are risks involved too.

    When he’s on his game, he is lights out and capable of throwing a no-hitter with 12 K’s.

    But he’s also been inconsistent through the years and has had a long history of health issues.

    Why do people think giving these guys more money is going to change that?

    When you commit to a free agent no matter the cost – you are buying the entire package – both the strengths and weaknesses of their game.

    If you think more money is going to increase their strengths and eliminate all their weaknesses – then you are living in the Land of Oz.

    I’ve never been a big fan of Michael Kay, but I believe in a similar philosophy that he does in regards to ballplayers; you are what the back of your baseball card says you are.

    Sure, players are going to have their career highs and career lows. But, generally, that player is going to produce consistent stats throughout most of his career.

    These guys will eventually do what their supposed to do. Until then, the Yanks and their fans are going to have to live with their production and hope A-Rod comes back and does what he’s supposed to do.

    They will turn things around. People just need to be patient and watch it unfold.

  1411. vtred April 26th, 2009 at 11:41 pm

    I agree with Francesa – Burnett’s choke was the killer. You cannot blow a 6-0 lead, just cannot.

  1412. Trevor April 26th, 2009 at 11:41 pm

    Francesa is an idiot. He already thinks all the Sox young pitchers have worked out. Seriously funny stuff. He likely has never heard of Bowden before. :lol:

  1413. John April 26th, 2009 at 11:42 pm

    Red Sox pitching too stacked? Was that the same “ace” pitchers than the Yankees smacked around Friday and Saturday and didn’t even hit with RISP? Yeah stacked.

  1414. Drain003 April 26th, 2009 at 11:42 pm

    Wow, Francessa pronounced Melancon’s name right! But does he know who he is?

    But wow, this rant was spot on. Very sad….

  1415. hey stuart April 26th, 2009 at 11:42 pm

    Usually agree with your posts but I`m not down on the players, its the manager. he is unable to get the machine started and running consistently. Forget this series its the fact that its a 500 team – it shouldnt be, no matter who is hurt, who is a slow starter, theres too much talent to be 500

  1416. bodhisattva April 26th, 2009 at 11:43 pm

    When ARod comes back, offense from CF will be a non-issue. The last thing I want is a 36-year old CF on the decline.

  1417. S.A.--It's a marathon, not a sprint. Calm down. April 26th, 2009 at 11:43 pm

    I thought Melancon was kinda dazzling

  1418. stuart April 26th, 2009 at 11:43 pm

    Berroa does stink but it is not a significant factor in the yanks succeeding or failing this year.

    If Arod is out for more then a few more weeks that is bad, they cannot replace him period he is irreplaceable…

  1419. Boston Dave April 26th, 2009 at 11:43 pm

    anybody who is ready to concede that the Sox are better hasn’t been paying attention.

    the Sox almost always take an early division lead over the Yanks. It happens every dang year. By the end of the year, the Yankees are where we though they’d be (which aside from last season means the playoffs).

    Could the Sox win the division? Of course. But the Sox are almost always in front at the end of April. The Yanks are generally the stronger second half club.

  1420. Al from BK(Mark Sanchez is a NY JET!) April 26th, 2009 at 11:44 pm

    It really says something about this team that we couldn’t even steal one at Fenway.

  1421. Dr. J April 26th, 2009 at 11:44 pm

    We need Berroa’s offense more than Pena’s defense.

    Pena hit like .240 in AA, what makes people think he can hit ML pitching? He is an automatic out.

  1422. Pat M April 26th, 2009 at 11:44 pm

    GB7, I think they’re stuck with what they have in center….At this point it’s a glaring problem because the club is playing spotty right now….Maybe they’ll fix it come July if things don’t improve…Melky is a mess with his pitch selection….Gardner is overmatched once again….They need Nady and of course Alex.Regardless to what all the baseball gods here say , the Yanks will be a very good ballteam, and will be viewed as the team to beat ….I do like Boston’s team approach to the game, and they have the best Mgr in the AL…

  1423. Buddy April 26th, 2009 at 11:44 pm

    Another thing I noticed is that the Yankees lacked intensity. Look at Damon laughing as his ball was caught. I know it’s only April, but if that was O’neill, his helmet would have been flying off his head, and he’d have been pissed.

  1424. randy l. April 26th, 2009 at 11:44 pm

    nick in sf-

    thanks. yeah that wasn’t me of course, but it was funny the night cb was trying to be funny and i kept insisting to him that he wasn’t himself.

    i’ve kind of over and relaxed about this three game sweep in fenway because it’s obvious some changes have to be made. the next time the two teams play the yankees will look different.

    melancon looked good. it was nice seeing a first baseman who can throw to second. cano is back.posada can throw and hit. there’s a lot of good stuff.

    i had hoped my eyes were wrong, but gardner’s swing was painful to watch. i agree about center. i ‘d try to get someone and have melky as the 4th outfielder.

    i’m hoping the yankees get lucky with hughes. i would have rather waited a little longer, but he is more ready than he’s ever been.

    this weekend was awake up call. i’m sure there’s going to be some changes.

  1425. mark April 26th, 2009 at 11:45 pm

    and when he’s playing Molina are simply not good hitters and haven’t produced at all.

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

    Molina had two games where he went 1 for 3 with a RBI and a walk, one game where he went 1 for 2 and he went 2 for 3 Friday night with 2 walks and scored a run.

  1426. Betsy April 26th, 2009 at 11:45 pm

    Too bad about the play by play on Francesca as I purposely chose not to listen to him. Aww, is he blaming the whole series on AJ? Who cares. I’m sure he’s already saying what a choker he is who can’t pitch worth a darn – well that’s what he thought when they signed him. I guess he can’t let the whole season play out……..and will he get on CC’s case? He’s had exactly one good start this year.

    Stuart, you obviously did not read my post. Where did I say the Yankees didn’t address any needs? Whatever……..

  1427. Clint April 26th, 2009 at 11:45 pm

    We should have won the first 2 games of the series

    Mariano had to save that game

    Burnett had to win a game up 6-0, completely bombed.

    We gave these games away. But the Sox just get all the breaks now, they are like the 90s Yankees

  1428. Buddy April 26th, 2009 at 11:46 pm

    Here’s a question, what has more use on this club, Berroa or a jockstrap?

  1429. hardwired April 26th, 2009 at 11:46 pm

    great post, Giuseppe Franco!

  1430. CaptainsCorner April 26th, 2009 at 11:46 pm

    It is very obvious that Gammons wrote this segment for Francesa. I knew something was up when he wasn’t on ESPN drooling over how good the Sox are. He was too busy writing for Francesa’s show at NBC.

  1431. CB April 26th, 2009 at 11:46 pm

    “90% of the people here were goo goo over Gardner in Spring Training.”

    I wasn’t one of them. I know they tried to get Cameron. If the price tag was too high in terms of money fine.

    Get another player.

    I advocated for Gabe Kapler and again people laughed at the idea.

    They just needed to do something. In a year when you are trying to win it all, taking a chance like having a replacement level player in your starting 9 is a very poor risk to take.

    Starting pitching is the primary problem right now. That will get fixed pending injuries/wang.

    The CF problem is a black hole.

    In a division this tight you simply can’t have a black hole on the field.

  1432. replacement bats? April 26th, 2009 at 11:46 pm

    Despite having AROD out, Ransom/Berroa/Melky/Gardener the Yanks are 500 after 18 games correct? Well, there are teams with much better records with less hitting, and certainly less startnig pitching. No question

  1433. Al April 26th, 2009 at 11:47 pm

    The Mets fired Willie… how did that work out?

    Oh, what’s that? Another September collapse and bullpen implosion. Firing a manager does nothing, but make ownership look incompetent.

    Tony Pena or Bowa are not saving this team. You guys keep looking for a quick fix, it ain’t happening.

  1434. Brap April 26th, 2009 at 11:48 pm

    I can’t believe some people are denigrating the Sox for stealing home. I suppose it’s better to not score runs and lose like gentlemen.

  1435. stuart April 26th, 2009 at 11:48 pm

    if you want to see how clueless fans are do this it is hilarious. read the posts during the melancon 2 inning outing tonight. after 1 inning he is the next Mo with the bases loaded and no outs he is a bust and will never be anything…

    it is classic, go back and look you will crack up………

  1436. stuart April 26th, 2009 at 11:48 pm

    if you want to see how clueless fans are do this it is hilarious. read the posts during the melancon 2 inning outing tonight. after 1 inning he is the next Mo with the bases loaded and no outs he is a bust and will never be anything…

    it is classic, go back and look you will crack up………

  1437. Benny Blanco April 26th, 2009 at 11:48 pm

    Yankees BA, RISP 167.

    Boston BA, RISP 297.

    Yankees will not win many games if this continues. And more importantly they cant blame alex for this.

  1438. Carlton April 26th, 2009 at 11:48 pm

    Betsy – I don’t care how big an AJ fan you are, you cannot say with a straight face that its fine that he blew a 6-0 lead in Fenway coming off the Friday game.

    If it was CC or Andy, they would be killed too. 6-0 lead. That is Oliver Perez like.

  1439. dennis-costanza(sox fan) April 26th, 2009 at 11:49 pm

    Back at the Hilton BB…

    I disagree that there is a talent delta between these two teams. Sox are hot but that run will slow down quickly IMO. NYY are built for a long season. SP is better and Arod is coming back in the next two weeks. Series will be 9-9 at the end of the year.

    August is a long way from today…

    Respectfully. -dennis

  1440. Wilson April 26th, 2009 at 11:50 pm

    I hate Fatcessa, but nothing he said was wrong. Summed up perfectly what we have become and what the Sox are. Nobody is basing it off this series, this series just reinforced what most of us already knew but were reluctant to admit.

  1441. stuart April 26th, 2009 at 11:50 pm

    I am against cameron.

    gabe kapler stinks, he went to my high school I know all about him he went to Taft high school in WOodland Hills CA, he stinks, CB hw can you come up with that reach.

    also some phony is posting under my name also, very mature…

  1442. Trevor April 26th, 2009 at 11:50 pm

    Francesa is a clown. How is this sweep “devastating”?
    Really a series in April is some how going to kill the Yankee season? I can’t believe he gets paid to spew this non-sense.

  1443. GreenBeret7 April 26th, 2009 at 11:51 pm

    Pat M
    April 26th, 2009 at 11:44 pm
    GB7, I think they’re stuck with what they have in center….At this point it’s a glaring problem because the club is playing spotty right now….Maybe they’ll fix it come July if things don’t improve…Melky is a mess with his pitch selection….Gardner is overmatched once again….They need Nady and of course Alex.Regardless to what all the baseball gods here say , the Yanks will be a very good ballteam, and will be viewed as the team to beat ….I do like Boston’s team approach to the game, and they have the best Mgr in the AL…

    ————————————————————

    There were very few of us that wanted or at least had no problem with Cameron for basically Cabrera and the cost of Cameron’s contract back in December. NYY won’t get that for less than Cabrera and two pitchers, now, plus Cameron’s contract.

  1444. Seth April 26th, 2009 at 11:51 pm

    “Yankees BA, RISP 167.

    Boston BA, RISP 297.”

    Bingo. Difference between the two teams right there. That and the bullpen.

  1445. CB April 26th, 2009 at 11:51 pm

    Thanks for post Dennis. I agree that the yanks staff will be fine.

    For the sox the interesting question is what happens when Youk cools off. Papi will be needed then.

    Either way – at this point in time your team is the better one by a good margin.

    Hats off to you. Your team beat the yankees in a variety of ways this series.

  1446. duuk tsarith April 26th, 2009 at 11:51 pm

    It could be worse, we could be Mets fans.

  1447. stuart April 26th, 2009 at 11:52 pm

    the yanks may hit bad for the year with RISP but there is no chance they will hit 167, zippo chance.. the worst team in history hit better with RISP, that is why stats after 20 games are a joke…

  1448. stuart April 26th, 2009 at 11:52 pm

    the yanks may hit bad for the year with RISP but there is no chance they will hit 167, zippo chance.. the worst team in history hit better with RISP, that is why stats after 20 games are a joke…

  1449. RhapsodyInBlue April 26th, 2009 at 11:52 pm

    I remain very optimistic. A few things to consider in this young season. The Yankees have played 12 of their 18 games to date on the road, the Red Sox the opposite.

    How many games have we played in our comfort zone in the Bronx at night? Not many. One?

    Melancon looked very good to me making his first appearance in Fenway.

    A big game from Phil on Tuesday with the Dork returning to help the lineup shortly,just what the Doctor ordered.

    The Sox in Cleveland tomorrow then onto the big glad bag in Tampa where they play so well. Talk to me next Sunday.

  1450. Buddy April 26th, 2009 at 11:52 pm

    “I can’t believe some people are denigrating the Sox for stealing home. I suppose it’s better to not score runs and lose like gentlemen.”

    It’s perfectly ok to steal home, just like it’s perfectly ok for the opposing pitcher to intentionally throw at the guy who stole it.

  1451. replace the manager April 26th, 2009 at 11:52 pm

    Cannot fire 25 players. The definition of a manager is too manage the team to its potential, When has Joe done that? At what point in his tenure have you said, “wow the yanks are playing great? Joe has better starting pitching than almost any other team. Joe has more bats than most other teams. To not make the playoffs last year with that roster, then to start this season at 500??

  1452. 96 Yanks April 26th, 2009 at 11:53 pm

    If the team wants to prove this series was a fluke, then go out and sweep Detroit.

    Bad pitching and bullpen, go out and pound them. Another series loss and then this starts to become a problem. We come home for 4 with the Angels, then 2 each with BOS and TB.

  1453. vb03 April 26th, 2009 at 11:54 pm

    Wow, a tremendous spanking administered to the Yanks from the hottest team in the majors. Ran into a buzzsaw.

    It doesn’t matter, as long as they win 5 or 6 out of the next seven, this series will be a distant memory by next weekend.

    On the bright side, even if they go 0-19 against Boston this year, if they play .660 ball against everyone else, they finish with 95 wins! Cause so far this motley crew can’t seem to get it together, especially in Fenway.

  1454. GreenBeret7 April 26th, 2009 at 11:54 pm

    stuart
    April 26th, 2009 at 11:50 pm
    I am against cameron.

    gabe kapler stinks, he went to my high school I know all about him he went to Taft high school in WOodland Hills CA, he stinks, CB hw can you come up with that reach.

    also some phony is posting under my name also, very mature…

    ————————————————————

    Everyone knew they were phoney. They made some sense and nobody was being called names.

  1455. KP April 26th, 2009 at 11:55 pm

    I see about 90% of you have already given up on this team, but I still do not see how they are a better team. Two pitches changed this series completely. Not to take anything away from the Sox, they made the most of their opportunities. But Rivera saves that game 95% of the time. Burnett doesn’t throw that meatball to Varitek, we still have a 5 run lead. Again, take nothing away from the Sox, who jumped on those pitches.

    Everyone trying to find ways to fix the lineup, stop. There is nothing wrong with the offense. We’re missing the best player in the American League and averaging over 5 runs per game. Once the starting pitching gets it together (and they will), we won’t have to use our 4th and 5th best relievers so often. Everything will come together. I’m still very optimistic about this team.

  1456. duuk tsarith April 26th, 2009 at 11:55 pm

    What type of off-speed pitches does Melancon have? He threw nothing but fastballs tonight.

    What does he complement that gas with???

  1457. gIANNI April 26th, 2009 at 11:55 pm

    all 3 losses were bad…Yankees looked tired….I don’t get that….they were seriously outplayed and out managed….but we have A Rod coming soon..and CC will warm up…and maybe Hughes will surprise us…

  1458. stuart April 26th, 2009 at 11:55 pm

    amazing thing is how many walks the yanks have given so far this year. the starters are walking guys left and right and the bullpen is more of the same ..

  1459. pat April 26th, 2009 at 11:55 pm

    Giuseppe

    Please. I asked a reasonable question and you’re talking hate mail and egg throwing?

    My solution: How about fans backing off on some of the criticism of guys like Ransom, Berroa, Melky and Gardner who combined don’t have the skills that Tex does but get abused by fans and the media.

  1460. Buddy April 26th, 2009 at 11:55 pm

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pLMl0CLIDLg

    This should be Girardi’s after game speech.

  1461. gIANNI April 26th, 2009 at 11:56 pm

    well his gas stunk up the joint in his 2nd inning

  1462. ray (sox fan) April 26th, 2009 at 11:56 pm

    Boston Dave
    April 26th, 2009 at 11:43 pm
    “anybody who is ready to concede that the Sox are better hasn’t been paying attention.

    the Sox almost always take an early division lead over the Yanks. It happens every dang year. By the end of the year, the Yankees are where we though they’d be (which aside from last season means the playoffs).”

    As a Sox fan I actually agree with Dave’s post.

    It seems that for quite a few years now the Sox start out fast with the Yankees starting out slower.

    It is actual comical to read these posts that are suggesting that it is a foregone conclusion that the Sox will win the AL east.

    I believe the battle for the AL east will go right down to the end of the season. I haven’t followed Tex’s career as closely but I know that CC started out slow last year.

    I will be shocked if CC doesn’t have an impressive season after all is said and done. I would be more concerned about the Yankee bullpen.

  1463. Betsy April 26th, 2009 at 11:56 pm

    GF, great post. George Young was right………..

    I have full confidence in all the guys we signed. AJ was a risk, we all knew that, but it was just one game and he’d done very well previously. Some guys are late bloomers – I personally think he will be terrific for us. Francesca is a reactionary – he decides who he likes and doesn’t like and then rides that theme throughout the year. He hated the AJ signing…..hated it. You just know though, that if AJ performs the way he’s capable, he will be kissing his behind once he gets him on his show.

  1464. Chi Town April 26th, 2009 at 11:56 pm

    This series completely exposed us in every facet.

    Sox are considerably better than us, it’s not even that close. We’re closer to the rest of the pack (Tampa, Minnesota, Toronto) than we are Boston.

  1465. Peter Rabbit April 26th, 2009 at 11:57 pm

    Am I the only one who thinks the team is relatively fine?
    Chalk this up to having a bad weekend— the Yankees almost won 2 out of 3 games this weekend. They weren’t blown out, they were competitive in games 1 and 2.

    Folks gotta calm down. The real test is how they play in the days to come.

  1466. Angel - Tales told by idiots, full of sound and fury, signifying nothing. April 26th, 2009 at 11:58 pm

    would ESPN be showing an encore of this game if the Red Sox had lost?

  1467. Betsy April 26th, 2009 at 11:59 pm

    The trade for Cameron was, I believe, Melky and Igawa. I think the Yankees got very cheap and didn’t want to eat much, if any, of Igawa’s salary. It’s hard to get on the Yankees considering the $$$ they spent this offseason, but they had no choice but to do that – they had serious holes. Setting some kind of budget when they STILL had holes to fill even after signing the big 3 was stupid – penny wise and pound foolish. That would go on Hal.

  1468. RC 16 April 26th, 2009 at 11:59 pm

    Why single out Francessa? Everyone (fans and media) have killed AJ for last night and it will continue tomorrow on the radio/papers/TV.

    He blew a 6-0 lead a night after the heartbreaking loss. He deserves to be ripped, he would tell you that himself.

  1469. carl April 26th, 2009 at 11:59 pm

    We’ll be ok.

  1470. GreenBeret7 April 26th, 2009 at 11:59 pm

    The idiots can knock Rodriguez all they want, but, look at the team record when he doesn’t play. 9-15 last year. 9-9 this year. With him last year, they were 80-58.

  1471. Giuseppe Franco April 26th, 2009 at 11:59 pm

    My solution: How about fans backing off on some of the criticism of guys like Ransom, Berroa, Melky and Gardner who combined don’t have the skills that Tex does but get abused by fans and the media.

    ————–

    They are easy targets because they aren’t good major league players. That’s just the way it is I suppose.

    But you mentioned Teixeira and his numbers right now so it appears you are suggesting that they blame him more.

    None of that is going to change anything. Teixeria is what he is. He starts slow and heats up beginning in May.

    There’s really nothing anyone can do about it.

  1472. Buddy April 26th, 2009 at 11:59 pm

    Joe Morgan is an complete f’in tool.

  1473. REZ April 27th, 2009 at 12:00 am

    AJ has much much more to prove than Sabathia or Teixeria do.

    Can’t compare them at all. CC and Teix were no brainers and have track records of big time performance. AJ was a huge risk and has a track record of injuries and mediocre performance.

  1474. dennis-costanza(sox fan) April 27th, 2009 at 12:00 am

    CB.

    When Youk cools off which will happen this lineup is in trouble.

    Ortiz is done IMO. He can not turn on a low 90′s fastball and he is hitting 3rd??

    The Yanks are 9-9 and have had no breaks IMO. This will turn.

    The amazing thing is that fans of almost every team in MLB would trade for your/our 25 man roster in a heart beat.

    -dennis

  1475. vb03 April 27th, 2009 at 12:01 am

    Boston was the better team with RISP. In a 3 game series, that’s the difference between getting swept and winning 2/3.

    A team’s hot and cold streaks are determined by how they hit with RISP. If you look at the Sox’s 10 game streak, their RISP stats should be through the roof. Of course, its the exact opposite for the Yankees.

  1476. CB April 27th, 2009 at 12:02 am

    Once the royals are out of it I would look into trading for Coco Crisp.

    Again people can laugh. But go look at what his production is compared to the current situation.

    You can get by with average at a position. You cannot get by with replacement level.

    I really hope Gardner can pick it up. But I honestly don’t see the tools there for him to be an everyday big leaguer.

  1477. corona April 27th, 2009 at 12:02 am

    The anger is misguided. Don’t kill Berroa, Ransom, Veras, Edwar, Marte, Melky etc.

    Kill the man who constructed the roster.

  1478. Blackdragon905 April 27th, 2009 at 12:03 am

    pitching will be fine. However, I’m deeply concerned about the lack of clutch hitting. It’s been bad for a long time now. I feel like it has infected the whole team. I mean the Yanks were unfathomably atrocious with RISP in this series. But it’s not just this series, it’s been for a very long time. They can certainly get enough guys on base, but for whatever reason, don’t get enough of them home. I think they are the worst in baseball so far this year hitting with RISP. I could be wrong, but I know it’s pretty close to being last.

  1479. Rich April 27th, 2009 at 12:04 am

    I cringe to think what Detroit’s lineup will do to CC (still April), Hughes, and Joba.

    This could get ugly fast. We don’t have the lineup to win shootouts.

  1480. CaptainsCorner April 27th, 2009 at 12:05 am

    I really think the team is ok except for the bullpen. I think the starting rotation will be fine once they get more innings under there belt. The lineup ok once Arod comes back, Tex heats up and hopefully Swish can contribute. But the bullpen has a lot of problems. Hopefully Melancon can be ok and be used in the 6th or 7th innings with Bruney in the 8th. But they need someone else to step up in the bullpen. I hope I am wrong but I think the team is really going to struggle for the next 2 weeks without Arod and Bruney. Especially if Tex, Posada and Swish don’t step up and everyone in the bullpen.

  1481. Betsy April 27th, 2009 at 12:05 am

    Carlton, please read my posts. Where did I say that it was fine that AJ blew a 6-0 lead? How many times can I say that it was a terrible performance? I am simply not willing to trash the guy and say he’s a choking bum – if Francesca or whomevefr else wants to do that, that’s fine. I think I’ll stay the course with him……

  1482. Betsy April 27th, 2009 at 12:05 am

    Carlton, please read my posts. Where did I say that it was fine that AJ blew a 6-0 lead? How many times can I say that it was a terrible performance? I am simply not willing to trash the guy and say he’s a choking bum – if Francesca or whomevefr else wants to do that, that’s fine. I think I’ll stay the course with him……

  1483. Bx 44 April 27th, 2009 at 12:05 am

    This is a very very flawed team. The Sox are in much better position than we are.

    The “experts” who pointed this out don’t look so dumb now do they? Even Pete said it.

  1484. KP April 27th, 2009 at 12:06 am

    vb03,

    Are you saying the Yankees were expected to score more than 11 runs yesterday? The offense had the team in position to win the first two games, it just didn’t happen.

  1485. CB April 27th, 2009 at 12:06 am

    One note on Teixeira –

    He doesn’t have a very high batting average and hasn’t driven in nearly enough runs.

    He always starts cold and is again.

    That said he is not problem.

    Tex has an .854 OPS and a .377 wOBA. He’s getting on base at a .403 clip.

    That is a amazing given how low his BA is. He’s getting on base a lot and hitting for power.

    And those numbers are only going to go up. He’s looks primed to have a very good season.

    The other issues in the line up however are problematic as they simply are much less likely to change unless the player is replaced.

  1486. Brian April 27th, 2009 at 12:07 am

    Everybody needs to take a deep breath. It’s a long season.

  1487. Jay April 27th, 2009 at 12:07 am

    Funny how everyone is looking for a savior

    First it was Melancon
    Now it’s A-Rod
    Soon it will be Mike Cameron

    Then we’ll start talking about Larry Bowa or Showalter becoming the manager.

    There is no savior. This team has ALOT of issues that one person is not going to fix. Those expecting A-Rod or any player to ride in on a white horse are going to be in for a rude awakening.

  1488. caNO way we dont make the playoffs April 27th, 2009 at 12:08 am

    sigh….there is always tomorrow guys its only april

  1489. duuk tsarith April 27th, 2009 at 12:09 am

    How precisely did Melancon’s gas “stink up the joint” in his 2nd inning? Is it his fault DJ has less range to his left than a cadaver?

    How many runs did he give up in that half-inning, incidentally?

  1490. Betsy April 27th, 2009 at 12:09 am

    RC 16, I actually think the media has been fair to AJ because of his previous performances. I didn’t see a lot of trashing of him. I really don’t care what Francesca has to say…I certainly agree that he has more to prove than, say CC or Tex, but I have faith. We’ll see how it all turns out. I make no bones about being a big fan, both on and off the field, and if he turns out to be a disappointment, I will still be a fan…….but I would admit to being wrong. As I said, I will not call him a choker, a bum, or whatever names people want to use. I think AJ has it in him – others don’t. That’s ok.

  1491. randy l. April 27th, 2009 at 12:11 am

    cb-

    i don’t know if you remember , but before burnett was signed we had some discussion about his bad first half last year and his phenomenal second half. last year he was either really on or really off.

    i was hoping for the second half one to be there most of the time , but we may have to live with aj being erratic at times. i just don’t know him as a pitcher well enough to make a good guess at this point.

    i was a bit taken back by him falling apart the way he did when he really could have just challenged the red sox hitters when he had the big lead.

  1492. KP April 27th, 2009 at 12:11 am

    Jay,

    This team does not have a lot of issues. I firmly believe the starting pitching not getting deep into games is the only issue right now. That will fix itself. When it does, the bullpen will be able to go back to being a normal bullpen that doesn’t need to pitch 4-5 inning every night. I’m also very happy with a lineup that scores over 5 runs per game without the best player in the AL.

  1493. V Torch April 27th, 2009 at 12:11 am

    Francessa actually sounded very high on Hughes. Thinks he is going to do much better this time around.

    His criticism tonight was not outrageous at all. Some might call it overreaction, it was a truth. More of a ‘big picture’ critique. This series exposed us and showed us why we might not make it to October. We have a lot of problems. Some will correct themselves, others won’t. Cashman has his work cut out for him… amazing we’re saying that after he spent $423 million this winter.

  1494. pat April 27th, 2009 at 12:12 am

    Giuseppe

    My question was more about expectations. I was just using Tex as an example of how when reasonable expectations are set, the player doesn’t become a punching bag. If no one had said over and over, “Tex is a slow starter”, I doubt he would be given the slack he is getting.

  1495. GreenBeret7 April 27th, 2009 at 12:13 am

    As much as I don’t see them as the answer to center field, Jody Gerut or Scott Hairston may be the only answer that comes at a reasonable cost.

  1496. Giuseppe Franco April 27th, 2009 at 12:13 am

    Let’s see….

    Fire Cashman. Fire Girardi. Fire Kevin Long. Fire Dave Eiland.

    I don’t recall the Yanks winning much when George was lost his mind on several occasions and consistently fired his personnel.

    Firing Girardi isn’t going to make Sabathia turn his normally slow April around. The calendar flipping to May will do that.

    Ditto for Teixeira. And A-Rod coming back and hitting behind him will also improve his production.

    Cashman isn’t firing Girardi and Hal isn’t firing Cashman.

    They will keep their jobs and the rotation will start doing what they’re supposed to do.

  1497. Trevor April 27th, 2009 at 12:15 am

    I’m going to eat some crow here. I rather have Nady starting every day instead of Swisher. I like Swisher’s patience at the plate and power but that’s about it. He’s best served coming off the bench.
    Boy I didn’t realize how important Nady was. He’s not great but serviceable. Glad he’s not out for the season.

  1498. Soul April 27th, 2009 at 12:15 am

    This bullpen just isin’t very good outside of Bruney/Melancon

    We caught lightening in a bottle last year and Cashman expected it to repeat itself this year, when bullpens are notorious for fluctuation. Especially when our pen is filled with hard throwers with bad control and HR tendencies.

    Just because a bullpen did well last year, does not mean it will happen again this year. You would figure people here have watched enough baseball in their lifetime to know that. Bullpens are the most unpredictable aspect of baseball.

  1499. KO April 27th, 2009 at 12:15 am

    lol, the “experts” who “predicted” this were most likely biased fools. i’m SURE they knew Wang, 54-20 before this season, would come out and pitch like a rookie leaguer. I’m sure they predicted Rivera would give up a tying, 2 out 2 run homer in the 9th… and I know they knew Burnett, lights out so far this year, would blow a 6-0 lead and especially they predicted the Varitek (LOL) grand slam. Sure some thought our bullpen would be shaky. but few could have foreseen it to be this horrible. I mean most of these guys have proven to have some talent, and they can’t even hold ONE lead right now. Right now, the bottom line even w/o A-Rod the Yanks have just as much talent as the Sox or any team. Their confidence, execution, and coaching staff are crap. Sure it’s early in the year but we were saying that in ’08. Hopefully we can beat these other teams coming up not named Boston, but this sure was a disappointing weekend.

  1500. Sweet Sassy Molassey April 27th, 2009 at 12:16 am

    A.J. got hosed by the home plate ump. Varitek should never even have had that AB.

    He had Drew struck out, the ump hosed him.

    Not being an apologist for him, but those are the facts. The 3-2 pitch was outside, but the 1-2 pitch to Drew was 100% a strike.

  1501. Sea Net April 27th, 2009 at 12:17 am

    Trevor – Good point and I have to eat crow too.

    Swisher has really become exposed being an everyday player. Girardi was 100% right to name Nady the starter. As usual. the posters (myself included) on this board tried to play manager and it failed.

  1502. Pepitone April 27th, 2009 at 12:17 am

    All I know is this, last year every playoff team had a winning record in April, either they were 2 or 6 games over 500 (Phillies were only 2 games over after April last year). All the Yanks need to do is finish this month 1 to 2 games over 500 and they are right there.

    I would much rather have them stink now, than stink in August and September thru Oct.

    Gil Hodges used to say, “stay around 500 until June, then work to go 20 over by September. Then get hot going into the playoffs.” As long as the Yanks hang around – and they are despite their miserable play – they are contenders despite what Boston does.

  1503. CB April 27th, 2009 at 12:17 am

    “i was a bit taken back by him falling apart the way he did when he really could have just challenged the red sox hitters when he had the big lead.”

    I was as well. Worst game for me was game 2 hands down. Game one happened because Mo is human and Cano – who has been on fire – also has to make some bad outs once in a while.

    Game 2 was the one I was hoping for. I wanted AJ to come into fenway and completely shut them down as he’s done so often. AJ is already in their heads. To put up a big number on them in game two would have heightened that.

    On the whole though I think he’s going to be good. I do. He’s not going to be the problem pending injury. Might be erratic but he’ll be valuable.

    Hopefully he just got too hopped up for his first game as a yankee in fenway.

    He looked way too high strung to me yesterday. Like he was trying too hard. When it started getting away from him he just lost his concentration.

    Hopefully it’ll be an experience he grows from.

  1504. Don Fanucci April 27th, 2009 at 12:18 am

    I never post but I enjoy very much reading some of the comments. First off, Pete you do a phenomenal job of reporting. Keep up the great work! Second, it’s 18 games into the season so I’m not about to start panicking by any means.

    The Yanks’ approach against Boston’s two top starters was great. Lester labored thru 6 and Beckett was knocked around. The starting rotation and ‘pen will round into form as the season progresses. It’s going to take some time to get the right combination in the bullpen especially with the young arms who need to mature at the big league level. What concerns me is the team’s inability to hit with RISP. It’s downright sad and it’s not like it’s going to improve any with A-Rod coming back…

    Lastly, I cannot watch a game that’s covered by the national media. McCarver, Buck, Rosenthal and especially Steve Phillips hate the Yankees. It’s nauseating to listen to McCarver and Buck talk about the Red Sox and how great a team they are, etc., etc. This is the national media who are supposed to remain objective. Anyway folks, the season is young so don’t panic.

    - Don Fanucci

  1505. Victor April 27th, 2009 at 12:18 am

    Burnett gave up a grand slam to the worst hitter in baseball.

    Embarrassing. No wonder he said he couldn’t sleep. I couldn’t either if I were him after that gag job including with a grand slam to Varitek.

  1506. CaptainsCorner April 27th, 2009 at 12:20 am

    The Yanks better get there pitching in order for this Detroit series, otherwise it will be a long one. Their pitching isn’t good at all but they can hit. Yanks are facing Verlander, you never know what you will get with him and Porcello. Yanks never saw him before and we know what happens with guys like that. Zumaya also just came back from the DL. CC better have his May stuff for tomorrow and step up and I hope that Hughes has good stuff otherwise he will be smacked around.

  1507. Giuseppe Franco April 27th, 2009 at 12:21 am

    They don’t need to overhaul the bullpen.

    The best way to improve the bullpen is for the starters to do their job and pitch like their supposed to pitch.

    The Yankee bullpen was terrible last April too and that was primarily because Hughes was bad and not giving them enough innings, ditto for Kennedy, and Moose had his worst month of the season as well.

    When Sabathia, Wang, Burnett, and Joba start rolling – the bullpen will improve significantly because they won’t have such a huge workload.

    It’s a simple solution because they have the arms in the pen that are perfectly capable of getting hitters out.

    They just can’t pitch 4-5 innings a game and expect to always be sharp.

  1508. Sevrx April 27th, 2009 at 12:21 am

    Burnett will be ok. Sabathia will be great. Teix will be great.

    Our issues are

    Wang
    Jobber
    Hughes

    Bullpen
    Centerfield
    Right field
    Runners with scoring position

    and the bench

  1509. Betsy April 27th, 2009 at 12:21 am

    Who cares what Francesca thinks about Hughes? He completely trashed him last year, now he’s high on him again?

    How can one series at the beginning of a grueling season be termed devastating? If the Yankees are any good, they will get their behinds in gear and start playing well.

    Cashman (and I’m a huge fan) failed on the CF front…..although that could be a Hal thing as Hal has a fixation with keeping the payroll lower or equal to last years. I thought Ransom would be fine for a few weeks, but once it was apparent that he was not, Cash was certainly not proactive in signing someone…….ANYONE. Yep, the bottom third of the lineup is atrocious – an NL team would have a better 7-8-9.

  1510. pat April 27th, 2009 at 12:22 am

    Francessa was against the Burnett signing. It pained him to eat a little crow when Burnett looked good in his first start and while I didn’t hear his rant tonight, I’m sure it was a little “I told you so” on Francessa’s part because he hates being wrong.

  1511. D-Train April 27th, 2009 at 12:22 am

    They need to get rid of Marte, Veras, and Edwar.

    Everyone else can stay.

  1512. Sweet Sassy Molassey April 27th, 2009 at 12:22 am

    When was the last time one person saved a season?

    That would be Joba Chamberlain in 2007. He did it by coming out of the bullpen and putting out fires before leads were bled away.

    Keep him in the rotation, and let the blood-letting continue.

  1513. S.A.--It's a marathon, not a sprint. Calm down. April 27th, 2009 at 12:23 am

    Don Fanucci-You need to post here more often. :)

  1514. Clark April 27th, 2009 at 12:24 am

    Francessa briefly mentioned Burnett… his main rant was the difference between the Yankees and Red Sox organizations, young players, swagger, etc.

    And he was 100% right. All depends if you want to acknowledge the truth or not. Hey, if you think we’re better than Boston, good for you.

  1515. Uncle Reggie April 27th, 2009 at 12:25 am

    I am telling you. Someone buried Youks jock in the Stadium and this curse will not go away until it is found.

  1516. Trevor April 27th, 2009 at 12:26 am

    Only thing that really concerns me with this team is their situational hitting. We don’t know with that get better. We all hope but are not sure.
    Not worried about the pitching. Soon as the starters start consistently going deep into games the pen should be fine. Right now they’re being exposed too much.
    Arod is back in another week. Bruney’s elbow only needs rest. and Nady is back in month.
    Like I said my only concern is the situational hitting.

  1517. jax gmen April 27th, 2009 at 12:26 am

    lol you guys are trashing Francessa now but will be the first ones to tune into him at 1:05 tomorrow, then post disparaging comments about him tomorrow on this blog while he is ranting.

    It never ends. Sure you don’t care what Francessa says…..

  1518. randy l. April 27th, 2009 at 12:26 am

    “The idiots can knock Rodriguez all they want, but, look at the team record when he doesn’t play. 9-15 last year. 9-9 this year. With him last year, they were 80-58.”

    and it’s not just the offense. the strong throws, the good fielding are part of the package too.

  1519. Pat M April 27th, 2009 at 12:26 am

    Game 1 set the tone for the series…..Yanks took the lead in all three games, but the failure to win game 1 and then to come back and blow a 6 run lead will come up all season long as Boston believs they can overcome all leads…Sox will not have another win streak like this all season, they’re good but not this good….Yanks have lost 20 % of their 25 man roster to the dl, very unusual…..Once the sting of this weekend goes away, the turnaround will begin….It’s starts in Detroit tomorrow….CC, Hughes ?, Joba…..

  1520. GreenBeret7 April 27th, 2009 at 12:27 am

    Don Fanucci
    April 27th, 2009 at 12:18 am
    I never post but I enjoy very much reading some of the comments. First off, Pete you do a phenomenal job of reporting. Keep up the great work! Second, it’s 18 games into the season so I’m not about to start panicking by any means.

    The Yanks’ approach against Boston’s two top starters was great. Lester labored thru 6 and Beckett was knocked around. The starting rotation and ‘pen will round into form as the season progresses. It’s going to take some time to get the right combination in the bullpen especially with the young arms who need to mature at the big league level. What concerns me is the team’s inability to hit with RISP. It’s downright sad and it’s not like it’s going to improve any with A-Rod coming back…

    Lastly, I cannot watch a game that’s covered by the national media. McCarver, Buck, Rosenthal and especially Steve Phillips hate the Yankees. It’s nauseating to listen to McCarver and Buck talk about the Red Sox and how great a team they are, etc., etc. This is the national media who are supposed to remain objective. Anyway folks, the season is young so don’t panic.

    – Don Fanucci

    ————————————————————

    Say….are you one of THE Fanucci Brothers. The ones that made those great silk suits for Angelo “Snaps” Provolone?

    j/k. couldn’t resist.

  1521. T-Dot April 27th, 2009 at 12:27 am

    If the Yanks are for real, they will sweep Detroit.

    Their upcoming schedule does them no favors. Angels, Boston, Tampa, @ Toronto, @ Baltimore, Minnesota, Philly all this month.

    Just good team after good team. Time for them to suck it up and right the ship.

  1522. KO April 27th, 2009 at 12:28 am

    Also Giuseppe, there is a point where you have to start holding the coaching staff accountable. However you slice it the mediocrity has been present since Girardi took over. I guess he has one more full season to get it done, but obviously if the Yanks fall short of the playoffs this year he will be gone. He may not even make it through the season at this rate. Sure Girardi is not out there playing but at some point you have to look at the constants that have been there. It is also pretty painful to keep watching other teams that have much less talent than the Yanks overperform, outmaneuever and outhustle us. That is at least some testament to coaching. The Yankees, on the other hand have tons of talent and consistently underperform and choke away games. But then again, the savior A-Rod is coming back soon. I forgot.

  1523. Jeff D April 27th, 2009 at 12:29 am

    “lol you guys are trashing Francessa now but will be the first ones to tune into him at 1:05 tomorrow, then post disparaging comments about him tomorrow on this blog while he is ranting.”

    That’s why he has the #1 talk show in the country and makes like $5 million a year. Everyone says they hate him and they don’t care what he thinks, yet the listen to his show and boost his ratings. Face it– people WANT to know what Francessa, Kay etc. think about their team.

  1524. Pepitone April 27th, 2009 at 12:29 am

    Clark -

    “Hey, if you think we’re better than Boston, good for you.”

    No, we’re not better than Boston now, in April, but we have 16 more games with them. Let’s see how things look in August.

    I will say this, though, I did not like the look in the eyes of the Yankee players in the dugout tonight. They looked down, defeated, and hopeless. That’s not the look I want to see from our guys. Girardi’s job is to keep these guys believing in themselves, and he is letting that slip a bit after this weekend IMO.

  1525. small sample size April 27th, 2009 at 12:30 am

    anyone interested in checking out a forum where the posters aren’t continually berated by a petulant moderator should check out sonsofsamhorn.com.

    Yes, it’s a Sox site, but the posters are literate (and they actually have something called FREEDOM OF SPEACH).

  1526. Bronx Jeers April 27th, 2009 at 12:31 am

    Melancon looked good. Didn’t freak out and kept it simple when he got in trouble. Jeter sure looked lead-footed on that grounder.

    I hope they don’t use him tomorrow.

    The Melancon Rules!

    We got two decent starts as well. They weren’t great but they were good enough to win. Sleepy/inept bats as seems to be the norm.

    I really hope CC doesn’t stink tomorrow.
    They need a win and the pen could use an extra day rest.
    The team sure could use it’s ace pitching like one as well.

    They don’t need to be stinking up the joint waiting for ARod to lift them up as we all know how he handles that extra pressure.

    Hughes and Melancon can inject some energy into this staff. That’s my plan.

  1527. Danny April 27th, 2009 at 12:32 am

    Betsy – Mike never trashed Hughes. He was the only one who maintained that he would be a good pitcher when Kay, Sherman, Madden, etc. were killing him.

    He wanted him traded for Santana, but he was always high on him and still is apparently.

    And he did say AJ would be a star here if he pitched well.

  1528. JINT April 27th, 2009 at 12:33 am

    So how is A-Rod going to help us hit with RISP or teach the bullpen to get outs, Joba to get his velo. back, Wang to fix himself etc.?

    A-Rod is one man. He isin’t going to make guys magically better in the clutch. He also isin’t going to solve our other problems.

  1529. GreenBeret7 April 27th, 2009 at 12:34 am

    randy l.
    April 27th, 2009 at 12:26 am
    “The idiots can knock Rodriguez all they want, but, look at the team record when he doesn’t play. 9-15 last year. 9-9 this year. With him last year, they were 80-58.”

    and it’s not just the offense. the strong throws, the good fielding are part of the package too.

    ————————————————————

    I wasn’t even adding in the defense. Spectaular, no, he’s not. Solid, he is. I’d rate him just about even on third base defense with Youkilis. It’s pretty safe to say that last year, that 9-15 could have been turned around, giving NYY 95 wins. Depending on the scores of the games and who they were with, one could infer that it could have been worth a playoff trip.

  1530. Uncle Reggie April 27th, 2009 at 12:34 am

    I guess we picked the wrong weekend to give up the human growth hormone.

  1531. CaptainsCorner April 27th, 2009 at 12:35 am

    It is hard to blame the Yankees for their RISP numbers when they have such bad players playing on an everyday basis and the others not helping. They have gotten nothing from 3rd base and CF. Molina nothing 99% of the time when he plays. Tex has done nothing, Swish took off his superman cape and the last couple of days done nothing. Do people really expect Melky, Gardner, and who ever is playing 3rd to come threw in big spots? Not enough guys are contributing and it is hard on the other guys. They have as many as 4 easy outs in the lineup on any given day.

  1532. bg90027 April 27th, 2009 at 12:35 am

    It was a tough series to watch but its crazy to be so worried this early, especially since our problem has been pitching. Coming into today’s game, our offense was averaging 5.8 runs a game with A-Rod out all year, getting nothing from 3B, Nady out, Matsui only recently contributing anything, Gardner looking overmatched and Tex off to his typical slow start. Does anyone really believe that we have the worst pitching in the league? This will turn around. Our bullpen has pitched poorly but I believe that we have a lot of quality arms. They won’t all pan out, but enough will. We just need to get better and more consistent starting pitching and that will start to happen soon.

  1533. Betsy April 27th, 2009 at 12:35 am

    CB and Randy – now that I will agree with. I got over game 1 a few hours after it happened…… Game 2 still lingers (although now that the series is over and they blew up tonight, it doesn’t as much).

    It’s odd because it’s not like AJ came into the game and just laid an egg. He had great stuff and he looked fantastic. He’s an emotional guy and if you’ve read any of the stories surrounding this series, you’d see that he was extremely excited to be part of this rivalry. I think he was looking forward to this so badly that he was more hopped up than he ususally would be (he’s got those interlocking NYs on his uniform now, not the Jays logo) and a few hits just sort of set him off. Once he gave up the slam, the bases were empty and he still got hit. I think he got very frustrated at himself and sort of as he said let it get out of hand. This is not the guy we saw in the 2nd half of last year nor was it the same guy we saw in the first 3 games. It doesn’t matter that he only truly dominated one game – he battled in both Baltimore and against the Indians and in those games he was being squeezed (and he did not lose his cool). People were commenting here that he appeared to be different…….

    In any case, AJ took the loss very hard -and I’ll bet he spent a lot of time thinking about what he did wrong and what he could improve upon. I suspect his next game against the Sox will have different results.

  1534. Giuseppe Franco April 27th, 2009 at 12:37 am

    KO,

    Girardi has the entire season. He’s not getting fired before the season is over.

    Be patient and wait for Sabathia and Teixeira to turn it around and for A-Rod and Bruney to return.

    Talk to me in two months and we’ll see how things have changed from today.

  1535. Uncle Reggie April 27th, 2009 at 12:37 am

    Bg, You talk about those stats, but then you fail to realize that most of the wins have been against subpar competition and subpar pitching.

  1536. Trevor April 27th, 2009 at 12:37 am

    Arod won’t help with RISP. He’ll just be one better hitter in that line up.
    That’s why I said my concern is the situational hitting.

  1537. Bo knows April 27th, 2009 at 12:39 am

    There is no problem with the bullpen. They are overworked and tired in April. The bullpen is decimated, yeesh. Tough to get decimated when there is only seven guys in the bullpen. Pardon me there are ten now, Bruney got decimated. Thank God it’s the Easter season, we can hope for resurrection.

  1538. The Stranger April 27th, 2009 at 12:39 am

    Uncle Reggie: “I guess we picked the wrong weekend to give up the human growth hormone.” – LOL

  1539. Al from BK(Mark Sanchez is a NY JET!) April 27th, 2009 at 12:42 am

    Line-up when A-Rod returns:

    Jeter-SS
    Damon-LF
    Tex-1B
    A-Rod-3B
    Matsui-DH
    Swisher-RF
    Posada-C
    Cano-2B
    Gardner-CF

    I think we will all feel better once we see that line-up and less Berroa/Pena.

  1540. m April 27th, 2009 at 12:44 am

    Let’s see. Varitek’s the worst player in baseball? He’s got more homeruns than just about everyone on the Yankees.

    BTW. I hate Fenway.

  1541. The Stranger April 27th, 2009 at 12:44 am

    I won’t feel better, Al, if Cano is batting eighth.

    He’s feeling it, and s/b given as many ABs as is humanly possible.

    I like how your premise, though.

  1542. Trevor April 27th, 2009 at 12:44 am

    I wouldn’t put too much stock in Francesa liking Hughes. A lot of his love affair for Hughes is his “Joba should be in the pen” rant.
    Simple: if he says that Hughes is no good his “Joba needs to be in the pen” rant wouldn’t make sense.

    He did make some valid points tonight. But came off as overreacting.
    Remember him say 2 weeks ago ” You Tampa might be better then both the Yankees and Red Sox”?
    This was based on Upton making that great catch against the Yankees.

  1543. GreenBeret7 April 27th, 2009 at 12:46 am

    Uncle Reggie
    April 27th, 2009 at 12:37 am
    Bg, You talk about those stats, but then you fail to realize that most of the wins have been against subpar competition and subpar pitching.

    ————————————————————

    4 of those Yankee wins came against the 1st and 4th best pitching staffs in the league and two more against the defending AL champs. Not exactly inferior.

  1544. Rivalry Time April 27th, 2009 at 12:46 am

    Good to see the board is still up and running. Only April.

  1545. Pat M April 27th, 2009 at 12:46 am

    Pepitone, You make a good point about the players body language….There was this one camera shot of Jeter just looking out from the dugout in the 8th inning….It looked like he was thinking back to the glory days…..That expression seems more and more prevalent now a days…After the swipe of home, it seemed to me that they just went through the motions after that….Tough trip to Boston…

  1546. Vince B. April 27th, 2009 at 12:47 am

    I still miss ole number 53.
    For everything he wasn’t , there sure were a lot of things he was.

    And Abreu has been getting it done for along time.

    .375 BA
    11 rbi’s

    8 steals in 8 attempts

  1547. Betsy April 27th, 2009 at 12:47 am

    Actually, I won’t be turning into any sports radio..not on WFAN anyway. MAYBE Michael Kay, but I doubt it. I want to put this series behind me and move on………

    I respect the Sox a lot, but as we all know, the Yankees lag behind the Sox in developing young players because Cashman just got control in 2005. I think the Sox are better right now…………and I ranted a bit earlier because I was frustrated. It’s a very long season, it really is. Mike should know that by now. There’s still plenty of time to turn things around. The Yankees have flaws like all teams, but I do believe this team fights. If their pitching would just give them half a chance, they’ll be fine (but enough with the heads up their behinds plays like the stealing of home – I can’t think of anything more embarrassing than having the opposing team steal home)

  1548. Betsy April 27th, 2009 at 12:47 am

    Actually, I won’t be turning into any sports radio..not on WFAN anyway. MAYBE Michael Kay, but I doubt it. I want to put this series behind me and move on………

    I respect the Sox a lot, but as we all know, the Yankees lag behind the Sox in developing young players because Cashman just got control in 2005. I think the Sox are better right now…………and I ranted a bit earlier because I was frustrated. It’s a very long season, it really is. Mike should know that by now. There’s still plenty of time to turn things around. The Yankees have flaws like all teams, but I do believe this team fights. If their pitching would just give them half a chance, they’ll be fine (but enough with the heads up their behinds plays like the stealing of home – I can’t think of anything more embarrassing than having the opposing team steal home)

  1549. m April 27th, 2009 at 12:48 am

    And AJ’s got more guts than the people here who call players names on an anonymous forum. You guys wish you could have one follicle worth of his talent.

    Still hate Fenway.

  1550. Bo knows April 27th, 2009 at 12:49 am

    “I like how your premise, though”.

    “Grammar Police” over here, this one.

  1551. pat April 27th, 2009 at 12:50 am

    “Boston believs they can overcome all leads”

    We saw lots of mediocre but IMO that may be the worst thing that happened this weekend.

  1552. m April 27th, 2009 at 12:55 am

    We can all thank the Orioles for that. Their “ace” Guthrie was staked to a 7 run lead at Fenway in that first game.

  1553. bodhisattva April 27th, 2009 at 12:55 am

    Bo knows
    April 27th, 2009 at 12:39 am
    There is no problem with the bullpen. They are overworked and tired in April. The bullpen is decimated, yeesh. Tough to get decimated when there is only seven guys in the bullpen. Pardon me there are ten now, Bruney got decimated. Thank God it’s the Easter season, we can hope for resurrection.
    ======================================================
    Yup, our BP is a strength. We have yet more quality people in the system should we need reinforcements later in the season. What a great position to be in. Rather than obsess over a relatively meaningless road series in April, the interest of tonight’s game is the debut of Melancon. That trumps anything else that happened.

    On a separate note, it’s a shame Miranda has nowhere to play. He is now smacking around lefties, his nemesis. Our ballpark was made for his bat.

  1554. pat April 27th, 2009 at 12:56 am

    From the NY Times

    “Alex Rodriguez will intensify his training in Tampa, Fla., as he recovers from hip surgery, and Joe Girardi said there was a chance he would start a rehabilitation assignment this week, though not on Monday.”

    How about Tuesday then? :wink:

  1555. m April 27th, 2009 at 12:58 am

    pat,

    I think “Not on Monday” is Girardi speak for Tuesday.

  1556. Bo knows April 27th, 2009 at 12:58 am

    I don’t get all this bashing. Andy pitched a hell of a game. Gave up two runs in six innings. The others were on two errors and Posada falling asleep. Joba wasn’t too shabby either. So AJ imploded, so did Beckett. Posada isn’t familiar with him yet. Sometimes you get the bear…

  1557. CaptainsCorner April 27th, 2009 at 1:01 am

    Cash said that Arod would get in a game by the 1st which is Friday. So hopefully earlier then that and by Wed or Thurs. Now lets take some advice from Pettitte.

    “For me to get concerned is going to take an awful lot more than [this],” Pettitte said.

  1558. Betsy April 27th, 2009 at 1:02 am

    It’s good for the Sox to believe they can overcome, but when they face very good pitching (which the Yanks did not provide), they will find it harder to do so.

    I’m sorry to hear that the Yankees body language seemed so negative – that’s a bad sign. If this team is already starting to not believe in itself………. crisis time. This is the most disturbing part to me…..ugh.

  1559. bodhisattva April 27th, 2009 at 1:02 am

    m
    April 27th, 2009 at 12:44 am
    Let’s see. Varitek’s the worst player in baseball? He’s got more homeruns than just about everyone on the Yankees.
    BTW. I hate Fenway.
    ===============

    Varitek is basically shot. He was an automatic out in the ALCS for a reason.

  1560. Pat M April 27th, 2009 at 1:04 am

    Maybe Miranda becomes the LH dh next season after Matsui leaves…Lord knows that a nice bat off the bench would be a plus…Maybe when they move some of the dead wood when healthy bodies arrive he can come up …

  1561. m April 27th, 2009 at 1:07 am

    Varitek can be made to look silly. When you have him swinging at off-speed stuff…Oh, am I not supposed to talk about that?

  1562. Trevor April 27th, 2009 at 1:09 am

    The RS have won 10 in row. To quote Parcells: You’re never has good as you are when you winning and you’re never as bad as you’re when your losing.
    RS are hot now. They will cool off eventually.

  1563. m April 27th, 2009 at 1:10 am

    Can you guys tell me why the Yankees are dead last in swing & misses? Velocity down? Not working with different eye heights and both sides of the plate?

  1564. JINT April 27th, 2009 at 1:11 am

    Bottom line – We only have 2 reliable arms in our bullpen – Mahlanson and Coke.

  1565. Danny April 27th, 2009 at 1:12 am

    Do all of our pitchers with the exception of Andy, MO, and Bruney have more walks than strikeouts?

    Major problem

  1566. pat April 27th, 2009 at 1:14 am

    “Derek Jeter’s strikeout in the seventh inning was his 8,102nd major league at-bat, tying Mickey Mantle for the most as a Yankee.” NYTimes.com

    Is it too embarassing to ask for the ball on a strikeout?

  1567. Destraz April 27th, 2009 at 1:14 am

    Yeah… Randy Johnson and Kevin Brown had more guts than the people on this forum too. So I guess every player shouldn’t be criticized because they are better than people on a blog

    Next.

  1568. ken April 27th, 2009 at 1:14 am

    If the starting pitching did its job then the hitting is good enough.

  1569. pat April 27th, 2009 at 1:16 am

    JINT

    Giving up on Mo already?

  1570. R Com April 27th, 2009 at 1:16 am

    Mariano has his worst career numbers against Boston. They don’t fear him.

    Boston is a determined bunch. God I hate them so much, but they are everything I wish we were.

  1571. JINT April 27th, 2009 at 1:17 am

    lol, I didn’t feel I needed to include him. Should have said besides MO.

  1572. t-rock April 27th, 2009 at 1:18 am

    That “Big” series we won in Tampa doesn’t mean a whole lot now… Tampa is 7-12 and have lost 5 series in a row.

  1573. G. Love April 27th, 2009 at 1:23 am

    I think this series has more to do with the Yankees futility this weekend than the Sox’s dominance.

    I think any Yankee fan who watched this series sat there and thought “the Yankees are beating themselves”.

    They made mistakes. They pitched poorly. They left important runners on base even though they scored a good amount of runs.

    There’s a mental issue with this team. I think they are not ready to be confident yet.

    They’re still learning. It’s amazing to say that about a team with Jeter as captain and Mo as closer, but I think it’s the truth.

    They need to show themselves and each other what they are capable of still.

    The Sox are confident. You don’t steal home with 2 outs and the bases loaded unless you are confident.

    The Yanks are trying to learn how to be confident. If it takes smacking around the lesser teams, so be it.

    I think there’s a tense quality to the Yankees and something has to come along and ease the tension. Maybe it’s Arod coming back. Maybe it’s CC throwing a CGSO.

    The team has to get some swagger and confidence.

    That said, I’ve laid off Cashman for awhile, but it’s inexcusable that he couldn’t find some real 3b who actually plays the position for a living to fill in for Arod.

    I’m not talking Beltre. I’m talking Mike Lamb. Someone. Anyone who can play 3b in Arod’s absence. Ransom wasn’t capable and neither is Berroa.

    The other thing he needs to address is CF. I don’t think the Gardner/Melky thing is going to work.

    Gardner looks horrible up there at the plate and Melky looks like Melky. He’ll be exposed for what he is with more playing time. Bat Melky enough and his batting average and power numbers will drop like stones.

    I don’t know where he’s going to find a CF at this point in the season, but hopefully he’s looking. The team is giving away at bats again like last season.

    It’s a shame because I was pulling for Gardner because of his speed, but he is a mess at the plate.

    He’s going up there looking for a walk so hard that he is letting balls go right over the plate. Then he gets into the 2 strike count and you know he’s going to K.

    He needs to show some kind of adjustment this week.

  1574. GreenBeret7 April 27th, 2009 at 1:25 am

    pat
    April 27th, 2009 at 1:14 am
    “Derek Jeter’s strikeout in the seventh inning was his 8,102nd major league at-bat, tying Mickey Mantle for the most as a Yankee.” NYTimes.com

    Is it too embarassing to ask for the ball on a strikeout?

    ————————————————————

    The Mick would have understood a strikeout and probably saw the ironic humor in it.

  1575. GreenBeret7 April 27th, 2009 at 1:27 am

    R Com
    April 27th, 2009 at 1:16 am
    Mariano has his worst career numbers against Boston. They don’t fear him.

    Boston is a determined bunch. God I hate them so much, but they are everything I wish we were.

    ————————————————————

    What? 7 WS titles in 105 years?

  1576. Uncle Reggie April 27th, 2009 at 1:31 am

    Can A-rod pitch?

  1577. Bo knows April 27th, 2009 at 1:31 am

    Yay, the Snark is back. Where ya been?

  1578. GreenBeret7 April 27th, 2009 at 1:38 am

    Bo knows
    April 27th, 2009 at 1:31 am
    Yay, the Snark is back. Where ya been?

    ————————————————————

    I thought that I was through for the night, but, found that I had one more snark left in me.

  1579. bodhisattva April 27th, 2009 at 1:40 am

    GreenBeret7
    April 27th, 2009 at 1:27 am
    R Com
    April 27th, 2009 at 1:16 am
    Mariano has his worst career numbers against Boston. They don’t fear him.
    Boston is a determined bunch. God I hate them so much, but they are everything I wish we were.
    ——————————————————————————————
    What? 7 WS titles in 105 years?
    ======================================
    touche.

  1580. bodhisattva April 27th, 2009 at 1:42 am

    m
    April 27th, 2009 at 1:07 am
    Varitek can be made to look silly. When you have him swinging at off-speed stuff…Oh, am I not supposed to talk about that?
    ======================
    His bat speed is nowhere. He’s more of a nowhere man than Ortiz.

  1581. TIDROW April 27th, 2009 at 2:39 am

    Stop crying Yankee fans. This is a process. The Sox stole the Yankees mojo in 2004. They are riding high now. What the Yankees need to do is stay tough. Keep grinding. To turn this around they need to play well and get to meaningful games late in the year. There will come a moment of truth in this season where the yankees will have an opportunity to be great again. They just have to seize that moment and everything will be alright again. It won’t be easy. It took the Sox to come back from a 3-0 deficit in a championship series to get to where they are now. The Yankees will have to do something spectacular to turn the tide in their favor once again. I don’t know about any of you but i’m with them all the way. Let the rollercoaster ride begin!!!! LETS GO YANKEES!!!!!

  1582. Where's Dr.A? April 27th, 2009 at 12:45 pm

    Totally enjoyed all youse guys posts!

    To quote the Cars (a Boston band): Let the Good Times Roll!

    The streak is alive and well and onward to Cleveland to TCOB!!!!!!!!!

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