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Close isn’t good enough

Posted by: Peter Abraham - Posted in Misc on Apr 27, 2009 Print This Post Print This Post | Email This Post Email This Post

Jim Leyland, as he often does, put it well.

“Sabathia pitched very well,” he said. “Verlander just pitched better.”

For what it’s worth, the cagey old skipper of the Tigers likes what he sees from the Yankees.

“He’s a great pitcher,” Leyland said of Sabathia. “It’s just a matter of time before he starts racking up wins. They’re a tough team to manage against. They’re about to get a lot tougher in three weeks from what I understand.”

Leyland is talking about the return of Alex Rodriguez, of course. The Yankees have scored three runs in their last 19 innings and are 8 of 51 (.157) with RISP in the last four. Once Rodriguez is back, the lineup will be deeper and presumably more productive.

But bringing back a 33-year-old former steroids user with a bad hip isn’t going to solve the problem of the Yankees looking like a company softball team at times. When you see Jacoby Ellsbury steal home or Curtis Granderson lay down a perfect bunt to start a rally, it’s a reminder of how old and slow the Yankees can look.

This team has good pitching and over time, that pitching will produce. Even the bullpen. But already we’re seeing sore knees (Hideki Matsui), sore shoulders (Johnny Damon) and Jorge Posada running down to first base like he’s pulling U-Haul trailer behind him. Derek Jeter let a groundball up the middle score a run today. By now you’re used to that.

Their “young and athletic” guys are Robinson Cano and Melky Cabrera. Cano is 13 of 27 on stolen bases in his career and Melky was benched last summer.

Other teams can make things happen at the plate or in the field. The Yankees seem to have no choice but to wait and hope something does. Their roster is so top heavy with aging and expensive players that an injury or two throws everything off.

Even Mark Teixeira seems to be getting a little frustrated.

“I’m here to produce, not have good at-bats,” he said. “Good at-bats don’t do anybody any good. … We just haven’t gotten the job done. Everyone needs to step up a little bit.”

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239 Responses to “Close isn’t good enough”

  1. Cor Shep April 27th, 2009 at 11:16 pm

    I’m glad Tex is getting a little pissed, he should be. And everyone needs to seriously step up there game. I’m not panicking at all like most people are, but they need to start playing like they should on paper, no excuses. No team should easily out-hit the opponent and lose the game..

  2. RalphieD April 27th, 2009 at 11:17 pm

    well tex has the right attitude atleast

  3. yankeefan April 27th, 2009 at 11:17 pm

    Considering the Yankees shelled out a lot of money this offseason to get CC to be our ace, he REALLY should be better!

  4. KWAN April 27th, 2009 at 11:17 pm

    Certainly a low point of our season. We need our “HA” moment.

    The team just looks listless. I guess when you’re the 2nd oldest team in baseball, you’ll have nights like that often.

    I wish we could get younger like Boston with good young players we can build around, not bench players like Gardner, Melky, Pena, etc.

  5. Rebecca-Optimist Prime April 27th, 2009 at 11:18 pm

    Terribly off topic here, but did anyone see the Denver/NO score? 58 point margin!

    Anyway.

    The team will win eventually.

    Didn’t we, at one point in time not too long ago, lose fourteen straight or something and then still made the playoffs?

  6. EricNS April 27th, 2009 at 11:19 pm

    We will get better players when we get better scouting, a better run operation and a better GM

  7. Wild Card April 27th, 2009 at 11:19 pm

    Like to hear someone in the clubhouse take responsibility and light a fire under his teammates.

  8. corona April 27th, 2009 at 11:19 pm

    Teix must feel like he is still in Arlington and CC must feel like he is still in Cleveland.

    These players came here to win, not be a .500 team with all this stress/pressure/chaos surrounding them.

  9. tishbi April 27th, 2009 at 11:21 pm

    No Tex everyone needs to step up alot!!! Theere is a huge gap from the way you guys have been playing baseball to the way winning baseball is played.

  10. Rebecca-Optimist Prime April 27th, 2009 at 11:21 pm

    …ok I may have made that up.

  11. Mad Max April 27th, 2009 at 11:21 pm

    Tampa won tonight, looks like they are starting to get on a roll.

    They cannot let the season spiral out of control. Someone needs to get a big hit or something to get us back on track. Not holding my breath though. The team hasn’t shown that kind of moxie in years.

  12. aaarrrrggghhh!!! April 27th, 2009 at 11:22 pm

    Jorge was dogging it, plain and simple.

    Absolutely inexcusable in that situation. That was nothing short of subversion.

  13. Will April 27th, 2009 at 11:22 pm

    I was just starting to question Tex today, I know I shouldnt, his defense has been tremendous so far, but I’ve been getting frustrated with his lack of offense. I’m glad he realizes it too. This reinforces, at least in my mind, that he’s a team player and will pull it together.

  14. YankeeDiva April 27th, 2009 at 11:23 pm

    Wow Pete you are a bitter old man aren’t you? Do the snide comments ever end?

    Where is the fire and cohesiveness the Yankees were suppose to have with Arod the ‘cancer’ being out? You said they would be better off without him remember?

    The players need to get their acts together and do their jobs (and play like they get paid).

  15. Betsy April 27th, 2009 at 11:24 pm

    Tex is right………I didn’t even bother watching the post-game. I just want them to get the job done, I don’t want to hear excuses. Injuries are one thing, not executing time and time and time again with RISP is another.

  16. F7 TD April 27th, 2009 at 11:24 pm

    Sad part is that Girardi is not going to bench Jorge, even if he was dogging it. He is not going to lose this clubhouse by benching his vets. All he can do is sweep it under the rug.

    I can totally see the Delgado-Posada connection as mentioned in the other thread.

  17. BOOGAS April 27th, 2009 at 11:25 pm

    The Yankees ARE old and slow. The pitching has totally
    s-cked. There is no clutch hitting on this team – none. Its the same old stuff with this team.

  18. DYNASTY IS DESTINY! April 27th, 2009 at 11:25 pm

    “…Jorge Posada running down to first base like he’s pulling U-Haul trailer behind him.”

    That was hilarious…unfortunately it was a pretty accurate description…

  19. Betsy April 27th, 2009 at 11:25 pm

    Corona, CC hasn’t exactly carried his weight. He was fine tonight, but otherwise has been mediocre. Tex I will give more of a pass to, with his wrist issues – and he has done well with RISP.

  20. Nick April 27th, 2009 at 11:26 pm

    A-Rod is one man.

    How is that going to help Swisher, Posada, Matsui, etc. get big hits?

    Do they expect him to hit the 3-R HR everytime that they never seem to be able to?

  21. Therston April 27th, 2009 at 11:26 pm

    But bringing back a 33-year-old former steroids user with a bad hip isn’t going to solve the problem of the Yankees

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

    THIS…Peter…is ridiculous. You just described one of the best players in baseball like that. Talk about persuasive essays.
    WOW, This is what the short season has come to.

  22. CaptainsCorner April 27th, 2009 at 11:26 pm

    Too bad these last couple of games aren’t at YS with the wind tunnel because Tex hits a ton of fly balls to the warning track. Hopefully he gets going soon. They need some power in the lineup. Singles are nice but when you are mostly a station to station team and don’t hit with RISP they need more power.

  23. BOOGAS April 27th, 2009 at 11:26 pm

    Maybe Joe Girardi needs to take the team out to another pool hall. Or better yet – take them all to Chuck E Cheese and let them have SKEEBALL tournaments.

  24. Betsy April 27th, 2009 at 11:27 pm

    I can’t imagine Jorge dogging it ……maybe he’s hurting or just really slow.

  25. Rockks April 27th, 2009 at 11:27 pm

    If we miss the playoffs this year, Cashman might as well resign.

    I mean, what else can he do? He went out and got 3 of the top 4 free agents for $423 million. He has the best player in baseball, best closer, one of the best pitchers, one of the best catchers, a stud 2B and 1B, Jeter’s still here, and assembled on paper what was supposed to be the best rotation in baseball. Once Bruney and Melancon are together, the bullpen will probably be solid too.

    Where is he supposed to go now? Matt Holliday? John Lackey? If he can’t win with this team he constructed this winter, where is he going to improve us?

  26. Melky boy April 27th, 2009 at 11:27 pm

    The yankees gave Pete’s buddy Brett Gardner ,a so-called “most athletic ” player in the world ,a ton of chance to be the most exciting player in Yankees history, he didn’t make it, so now they have to go back Melky ,a worst center fielder ever Pete have seen .

  27. julia cano April 27th, 2009 at 11:27 pm

    Why is everyone talking about giving up on girardi already? if we arent going to give up on the team lets give him a chance. hes shown to make improvements in players who really can deliver, look at cano and swish. swish even thinks hes the best manager ever ! and who can deny that swish is probably the coolest down to earth dude.
    im scared that the world cant see what awesome players the yankees are because they are just getting killed with these injuries.
    if i see the yankees not deliver when the bases loaded one more time im going to have nightmares!

  28. Trevor April 27th, 2009 at 11:29 pm

    Atheletsim is a bit overrated when it comes to baseball. It’s a hand eye coordination sport.
    When I think of “boy that dude is an athlete. He is athletic” I think of basketball. Baseball is last on the list.
    When you don’t play well or hit you look old and slow. But the Yankees average age is actually 29 y/o.
    Certainly age wise not an old team.

  29. aaarrrrggghhh!!! April 27th, 2009 at 11:29 pm

    One person’s ‘snide comment’ is another person’s accurate assessment.

    He’s there, amongst the players. We’re lucky to get his perspective.

  30. Benny Blanco April 27th, 2009 at 11:29 pm

    Mike Cameron’s current BA with Brews is

    328, OBP 431, SLG 639 4hr 11 rbi

  31. Joe April 27th, 2009 at 11:29 pm

    CC is a slow starter in April and will finish April with a 4.73 ERA… hardly unacceptable.

    He has a proven track record of success. He is the least of our problems.

  32. JWEAV April 27th, 2009 at 11:30 pm

    Nobody ever jogged to first for Torre. I’ve lost all respect for Posada.

  33. LLIME April 27th, 2009 at 11:30 pm

    Blanco – Who needs Cameron? We have gritty, gutty Brett Gardner!!!!!

  34. Yankees 'N More April 27th, 2009 at 11:31 pm

    The Yankees had a player as young and as athletic as any you mentioned, Peter, sitting on their bench tonight.

    Go back and look at Curtis Granderson’s first 40 or 50 games in the big leagues.

    If 18 games into the season loses you a job, then it’s going to be tough to develop what you’re talking about.

    And something tells me if Granderson WERE here, a lot of media and fans would be beating the strikeout drum rather than focusing on the positives he provides.

  35. CaptainsCorner April 27th, 2009 at 11:31 pm

    The Arod comments are pathetic. Getting him back will help the other guys because it will take a ton of weight off there shoulders. When you have Posada and Swisher batting 4th not only is it pathetic but it puts a ton of pressure on them. Then they try to do too much. Arod obviously won’t stand there and told the bats for them. But the other guys will move down in the order to where they should be and it has to get better..because it can’t get worse with there hitting.

  36. bodhisattva April 27th, 2009 at 11:32 pm

    Posada dogging it. That doesn’t sound right. I’m not gong to leap to that conclusion. It’s entirely possible he has a pull or something. We had a grueling weekend in Boston.

    Barry Bonds is in the SF booth doing color.

  37. GreenBeret7 April 27th, 2009 at 11:32 pm

    Rebecca-Optimist Prime
    April 27th, 2009 at 11:18 pm
    Terribly off topic here, but did anyone see the Denver/NO score? 58 point margin!

    Anyway.

    The team will win eventually.

    Didn’t we, at one point in time not too long ago, lose fourteen straight or something and then still made the playoffs?

    ————————————————————

    Pretty close, Rebecca. The Yanks lost 15 of their last 18 games of the year including the last 7 of the year, then they took out the Mets in 5 to win the 2000 WS.

  38. Arizz April 27th, 2009 at 11:32 pm

    New faces, same results.

    A front running offensive team. Turn into pumpkins with men on base.

    This has been a problem for YEARS. Why should it change this year? Atleast in previous years, they would score consistently throughout the game. They can’t even do that now. Sick of always tipping our cap to the pitcher. We have a $200 million dollar team loaded with some of the top hitters in the game.

  39. aaarrrrggghhh!!! April 27th, 2009 at 11:33 pm

    I know, Betsy, that’s what makes it so unfathomable.

    Jorge is a gamer, but I didn’t even need to see the replay. It was evident in live action that he was jogging down the line, then actually slowed before touching the bag.

    It’s the ninth inning…do or die. Inexcusable.

  40. Garym(Yanks and More) April 27th, 2009 at 11:35 pm

    Does anyone ever talk about the real problem the hitting coach, he is the worst one in baseball and should of been fired last year. KEVIN LONG MUST GO, its hte philosophy of the team, they don’t hit with RISP for a reason and thats Kevin Longs job, just get a hit or sac fly or move runners over when you need to, no they are always looking for the BIG hit and can’t get it, KEVIN LONG MUST GO.

  41. Jorge Tabata April 27th, 2009 at 11:35 pm

    This team just needs some fire and clutchness. Too many corporate, mentally weak hitters. We need a guy like Manny who doesn’t let pressure affect him and will hit in every big spot and take the pressure off everyone.

    He can give this team some guts and swagger.

  42. NYYanksFan April 27th, 2009 at 11:36 pm

    Tell Tex to start stepping up and everyone else might follow.

  43. Al April 27th, 2009 at 11:36 pm

    Talk about being fatalistic, Pete. First of all, A-Rod WILL help the line-up considerably. If you look at that stats, you’ll see that the team is more than 1 run better per game when A-Rod is playing.

    We knew Matsui’s sore knees would be a problem, but he seems to be doing as well as can be expected.

    We knew Jeter couldn’t get to any balls up the middle. What’s new with that?

    Was Posada ever fast? Didn’t think so.

    And since when does Cano’s stolen base rate matter? Just have him stop stealing, then that won’t matter. Personally, I care more about his Hits, Walks, Homeruns, Runs, RBIs, OPS, and defensive play. But maybe that’s just me.

    And I don’t even know how to respond to the statement:
    “Other teams can make things happen. The Yankees have to wait and hope something does.”

    What does that even mean? That the Yankees don’t steal bases? That they have all decided to stop trying? What does this mean, Pete?

    This is the way I’ll look at it. A perennial MVP candidate has been missing the entire season. 2 of the top 3 starting pitchers haven’t pitched well- one has pitched horrendously and we will not see again until he gets better. Further, another MVP candidate, Tex, has yet to perform where he is expected to/will perform. The bullpen has been far worse than expected, and should pitch to something better than a 6.00 era.

    My picture is slightly too rosy, but your picture, Pete, makes it sound like you are about to jump of a bridge (if you were a Yankees fan, that is.)

  44. GreenBeret7 April 27th, 2009 at 11:37 pm

    And people expected better than the Rodriguez comment? Where have you people been?

    Of course, you never heard that sort of thing about Giambi, as long as Giambi bought drinks at the strip clubs.

  45. JWEAV April 27th, 2009 at 11:38 pm

    Posada dogged it. You better believe it. I don’t care what anybody says. I just ran my Posada Bowman Collection valued at $1400 through a shredder. That punk.

  46. D-Train April 27th, 2009 at 11:38 pm

    “Tell Tex to start stepping up and everyone else might follow.”

    Bingo. A guy hitting .218 telling the rest of the team to step up? lol

    Teix is our best hitter and needed to carry us when Alex was out, and he has done anything but.

  47. Joe April 27th, 2009 at 11:39 pm

    Giambi is honest and a likeable guy

    A-Rod is not

  48. JackO April 27th, 2009 at 11:41 pm

    Did anyone notice that every single position player on the Red Sox is white? Only team in the league that is constructed that way. Makes you wonder…

  49. CaptainsCorner April 27th, 2009 at 11:41 pm

    I guess this is how the Giants bring fans to the ballpark. Come see the Barry Bonds side show.

  50. Blackout April 27th, 2009 at 11:42 pm

    Speaking of A-Rod in 2 weeks, Selena Roberts’ book is out and the freak show is back in town.

    Atleast that might loosen up the team a little with some comedic relief

  51. CENTRAL CT YANKEE April 27th, 2009 at 11:43 pm

    “We need a rain out”—-Crash Davis, Bull Durham

  52. pat April 27th, 2009 at 11:44 pm

    How many RBIs do likeable get you and we really don’t need to get into the Giambi honesty debate again, do we?

    Who would win a 100 yd dash- the guy with the bad hip, the guy with the bad knees, the guys with the bad shoulders or the catcher?

  53. miggs April 27th, 2009 at 11:44 pm

    OK I stayed away all game but there are a few things that need to be discussed.

    1)Posada. Say what you want Posada apologists. I’m not saying he specifically tanked it, but to say he ran hard to first base is complete nonsense. I watched the entire play… Posada never once turned completely towards first base when he was running. It was a complete joke. I’m not sure if he thought the ball was going to go through the infield or maybe he didn’t think they would try and turn two. The bottom line is there is NO WAY he should have been doubled on that ball. There is no excuse.

    2) The CC haters need to shut up. The guy pitched a complete game, threw strikes, and had no margin for error. That first run should have never scored. How many times do we have to see that ball to Jeter’s left that he can’t get to? Its the same song and dance every time. He lunged for it after it had gone by him and he wasn’t even close, the ball went 3 feet under his glove. And the HR hit the top of the wall. CC will be fine, he pitched well enough to win today.

    3) Describing A Rod as a 33 year old former steroid user with a bad hip and downplaying the effect of his return on this team is both moronic and short-sighted. I think Pete does a great job and obviously I love this blog but that’s just silly.

    4) Every game that goes by I believe more and more that neither Damon or Matsui will be resigned. I’m so sick of hearing “his knee is achy” or “his shoulder is a little sore”. Enough. These mid-late 30s players all break down. Damon can’t play 7 days a week. Matsui maybe can play 5. You need guys that can play everyday, especially with this pathetic bench.

    I’ll have more later, right now I’m disgusted.

  54. GreenBeret7 April 27th, 2009 at 11:45 pm

    Joe
    April 27th, 2009 at 11:39 pm
    Giambi is honest and a likeable guy

    A-Rod is not

    ————————————————————

    Really? Honest about what? He’s still never said what he was apologizing for? He certainly wasn’t “clutch”. Likeable doesn’t win games. Most fans wouldn’t have issues with Rodriguez either if the media didn’t lead you around like sheep. 75% of you will parrot anything the media says and quote it as gospel.

  55. DT April 27th, 2009 at 11:45 pm

    I hate to bring any ray of sunshine into the LoHud gloom and doom – because everyone loves despair but:

    The 2008 World Series champs – Philadelphia Phillies started out last year 8-10.

    the champs even lost 6 games in a row at one point.

    During those sad events, 12 million Phillie fans jumped off the Walt Whitman Bridge.

    (that last part was not true, but I wanted to stay on today’s literature theme)

  56. Bronx Jeers April 27th, 2009 at 11:45 pm

    Atheletsim is a bit overrated when it comes to baseball. It’s a hand eye coordination sport.

    —————————————————————-

    I know. I also hate it when players need to do those stupid things like “run”.

    “Jorge Posada running down to first base like he’s pulling U-Haul trailer behind him”

    He looked like one of those strongmen who pull trucks.

    I was puzzled. I thought it was such a slow roller. Then the exchange was slow. Then Posada was really slow. It was like a slow motion play in real time. I don’t know if he was dogging it or he’s hurting? Either way it’s not good.

    Matsui on 2 bum sticks looked faster than that.

  57. David Av April 27th, 2009 at 11:46 pm

    Next 2 games are

    Hughes vs. Jackson
    Chamberlain vs. Porcello

    Man, now that the Tigers have some pitching they are going to be scary.

  58. pat April 27th, 2009 at 11:47 pm

    JackO

    Only if Ellsbury, Lugo and Lowell don’t count.

  59. aaarrrrggghhh!!! April 27th, 2009 at 11:48 pm

    The broken bats have now officially passed from the sublime to the ridiculous.

    Every time Tex or Damon put a good swing on the ball, their bats shatter in their hands. Lack of quality control on the manufacturing end? What the hell???

    Time to try out another manufacturer.

  60. Betsy April 27th, 2009 at 11:48 pm

    aarrgh, I don’t believe Jorge was dogging it. I didn’t see it, but I don’t believe that he’s capable of doing that.

  61. V April 27th, 2009 at 11:49 pm

    The Yankees are averaging over 5.5 runs per game. They’ve been held to under 2 runs, what, 3 times?

    The reasons they aren’t 13-6 instead of 9-10: 1) ARod has 0 at bats, 2) Chien-Ming Wang has had the worst 3 consecutive starts in the HISTORY of baseball. Everything else is a cascade from that – hitters press to make up for lost production, are put into situations they can’t handle. The bullpen is taxed from throwing 8 innings when it should throw, at most, 3. 1 inning relievers throw 50+ pitches, etc.

    I’ll take a team that gets 100 baserunners and only knocks 10 of them in over a team that gets 8 baserunners and knocks them all in. Sure, 1.000 BA with RISP sounds better than a .100, but the runs are what matter.

    Today, they ran into someone who’s shown flashes of dominance, on a day in which he decided to show said dominance. 99 fastball, curveball, and changeup with command is going to make ANY lineup look silly.

    As someone above said – no way would you guys have given Granderson a chance at the beginning of his career. The number of people who come up from the minors and produce immediately is tiny (Pujols, Braun, etc.). Most follow the typical rookie path of taking a season to figure things out. Unfortunately, in New York, 15 bad games = you’re worthless. Wonder how Yankees’ fans would have treated Pedroia if he were a Yankee in 2007.

    Yankees’ fans are the worst bandwagon, ‘what have you done for me lately’ bridge jumpers in baseball. Stop whining about the team, and do something else until they’re in first again.

  62. Bank 86 April 27th, 2009 at 11:50 pm

    Posada can’t call a game and now isin’t hustling?

    When is enough enough and we decide to trade him? We don’t need players like that on my team.

  63. crawdaddie April 27th, 2009 at 11:51 pm

    I was at the game tonight, Posada is just plain slow and at 37, he’s getting slower.

  64. Ca Vz April 27th, 2009 at 11:51 pm

    miggs,

    Couldn’t agree more. People trashing CC need to get a clue. Pitched his heart out tonight. He’s going to be a monster for us.

  65. GreenBeret7 April 27th, 2009 at 11:52 pm

    pat
    April 27th, 2009 at 11:47 pm
    JackO

    Only if Ellsbury, Lugo and Lowell don’t count.

    ————————————————————

    Add Ortiz, Delcarmen, Ramon Ramirez, Gil Velazquez, Okajima, Matsuzaka, Saito, and Lopez.

  66. pat April 27th, 2009 at 11:52 pm

    “We don’t need players like that on my team.”

    Mr. Steinbrenner, is that you?

  67. Uncle Reggie April 27th, 2009 at 11:53 pm

    I know it is early, but I think its time we broke out the hookers and steroids. When do we head to Toronto?

  68. Drain003 April 27th, 2009 at 11:53 pm

    I can’t believe people drank the spring training kool-aid and thought this team was changed.

    A tiger won’t change it’s stripes.

  69. raymagnetic April 27th, 2009 at 11:54 pm

    “When you see Jacoby Ellsbury steal home or Curtis Granderson lay down a perfect bunt to start a rally, it’s a reminder of how old and slow the Yankees can look.”

    Yankees old and slow?

    Yankees 14 SB 2 CS
    Red Sox 15 SB 8 CS
    Detroit 14 SB 4 CS

    I’m just saying.

    Teams will tend to look old and slow when they’re losing and they’ll look young and full of life when they’re winning. that’s the nature of the game.

  70. Michael April 27th, 2009 at 11:54 pm

    Can we just call Alex, Alex, and leave all the extra stuff off? I appreciate this blog’s insight into the Yankees but I don’t think stuff like that is needed.

  71. V April 27th, 2009 at 11:54 pm

    And Pete’s evident hatred for ARod is hilarious at this point. One of THE best hitters in baseball, described as “But bringing back a 33-year-old former steroids user with a bad hip”.

    Wonder if that’s how he’ll be described at the end of the season when he has 40 HR and 100 RBI.

  72. aaarrrrggghhh!!! April 27th, 2009 at 11:55 pm

    Watch the replay of the game, Betsy.

    If you had asked me before the play, I too would NEVER have believed him capable of it.

    See it for yourself, if your stomach can bear it. You’ll be as angry as we are.

  73. Jay Pinstriper April 27th, 2009 at 11:55 pm

    Pete is right

    How much is a 33 yr old steroid user with a bad hip going to help us? What if he breaks down after a month and isin’t the same hitter?

    What if he gets booed after a slow start and goes into a shell like 06?

    Wishful thinking that the 07 A-Rod is going to return and carry us to October. We don’t even know how effective he will be. Surgery is surgery, it is an individual process.

  74. Nick in SF April 27th, 2009 at 11:56 pm

    The Barry Zito renaissance continues. He’s shutting out the Dodgers through 6 in SF.

    Barry Bonds just did an inning in the booth with the broadcast crew. Broke down several at-bats. A phenomenally intelligent hitter.

    They re-played a showdown with Eric Gagne that ended with a 100 mph fastball over the center field wall. It wasn’t all the cream and the clear.

  75. bodhisattva April 27th, 2009 at 11:57 pm

    75% of you will parrot anything the media says and quote it as gospel.
    ==========
    Pathetic…and true.

  76. DEN x 2 April 27th, 2009 at 11:57 pm

    Those who defend Posada are the ones who didn’t watch the play.

    If he was hurt, some writer would have gotten to it by now.

  77. Giambi and Arod April 27th, 2009 at 11:57 pm

    Last year
    keep in mind Giambi was 38 and Arod was 32
    Homers Arod 35
    Giambi 32

    RBI Arod 103
    giambi 96

    Strike outs Arod 117
    Giambi 111

    Giambi played 7 more games than Arod- and he was certainly more clutch (exactly what the Yankees are not this year again)
    Arod is not the cure all

  78. miggs April 27th, 2009 at 11:58 pm

    “I’ll take a team that gets 100 baserunners and only knocks 10 of them in over a team that gets 8 baserunners and knocks them all in. Sure, 1.000 BA with RISP sounds better than a .100, but the runs are what matter.”

    Hit the nail on the head V. They’ve had a ton of guys on base. The percentage doesn’t mean anything to me, its the runs. That’s what you use to keep score, the freaking runs. Not the percentage of runs that score or the avg. of the hitters when guys are on base.

    “Yankees’ fans are the worst bandwagon, ‘what have you done for me lately’ bridge jumpers in baseball. Stop whining about the team, and do something else until they’re in first again.”

    Can’t argue with this point either. Personally, I think the Yankees have the worst fans in all of sports. How many times during game threads do we have to hear “that’s the game” or “its over” after going down 1 run in the 3rd inning. Its an embarassment for me as a real yankee fan.

    Then you have this gem….

    “aarrgh, I don’t believe Jorge was dogging it. I didn’t see it, but I don’t believe that he’s capable of doing that.”

    Yeah that makes sense. Post a comment with an opinion on a play you never saw. Can’t say I’m surprised.

  79. Rosa April 27th, 2009 at 11:58 pm

    The only player slower than Posada is Molina. They are catchers, they can’t run. Posada is not the type to dog it.

    CC pitched great? He gave up 4 runs. How did Verlander do?

    Tex needs to step up. Fly balls to the warning track will not get it done.

    When Arod comes back, don’t expect him to start hitting homers right way. Wang needs to get straightened out and I think he will. Nady would help but who knows how many weeks it will take him to get back.

    Hitting with RISP must improve.

    This team right now looks lifeless.

  80. GreenBeret7 April 27th, 2009 at 11:59 pm

    Not much on the health updates and activity with Rodriguez, wang and Damon, but, it’s something.

    http://sports.espn.go.com/mlb/.....id=4105769

  81. Seymore April 28th, 2009 at 12:00 am

    It’s the culture thats the problem

    The Sux have developed a winning culture. Every player they plug in automatically becomes a clutch warrior and a winning player

    Every single player we plug in forgets how to play baseball in big spots.

    We need to change the culture. That may not happen until the old guard is gone, even if it isin’t their fault.

  82. jonnycat April 28th, 2009 at 12:00 am

    where can I catch a clip of the posada play?

  83. JWEAV April 28th, 2009 at 12:01 am

    Betsy believe it. It should have been the tying run at the plate with 1 out. I’m shocked. Posada would never have done that to Torre. Girardi is too young to manage these guys. They just don’t have respect for him. I don’t ever remember players chating with Torre during the game the way they do with Girardi. Its like he’s one of the guys. There is something wrong with that dugout. Someone needs to punch a wall…kick a cooler or something. We need a good old fashion bench clearing brawl, multi-player suspension to jumpstart this season.

  84. do something else? April 28th, 2009 at 12:01 am

    Do something else until they are in first again? You mean like last year? Yankee fans have a right to be fed up. Last year wasa joke, and this year is starting out the same way. Dont paint Yankee fans like spoiled babies. The team as currently constructed should not have missed the playoffs last year, and should not be under 500 now.

  85. CaptainsCorner April 28th, 2009 at 12:01 am

    Maybe Posada has a leg problem. That is the only thing I can think of because there is NO WAY he should of been out on that play. When the ball was being thrown to 1st I said Posada is definitely way past 1st base and was shocked when he was still jogging. He almost looked like Cano when he joggs to 1st base.

  86. Lara08 April 28th, 2009 at 12:02 am

    Now GB7 you know winning is irrelevant. Its all about good guys who don’t cause distractions. Winning is just extra for the Yanks.

    I’m amused that Yankee fans/ writers have put such a high premium on being a team without drama. Because we all know that’s the Yankee tradition. Its not like they’ve been called the Bronx Zoo, had an owner that was banned, changed managers like underwear, drunk themselves out of career and life, fought in the dugout and had big egos about being straws that stirred drinks or any such nonsense of that nature.

    This tizzy has me laughing. Alex’s absence has proved one thing (that will be forgotten when he gets back): his “distractions” are overblown, they are lame excuses the public gives his team mates for not doing their jobs, and they are not the reason the Yanks don’t get it done.

  87. DYNASTY IS DESTINY! April 28th, 2009 at 12:02 am

    “Teams will tend to look old and slow when they’re losing and they’ll look young and full of life when they’re winning. that’s the nature of the game.”

    Excellent point.

  88. MO 42 April 28th, 2009 at 12:02 am

    Posada working with Hughes tomorrow? This should be fun.

    And Molina would have given a much better AB. Memo to Girardi, let the young hungry players like Molina get their chance to shine, should leave him in there from now on.

  89. Bronx Jeers April 28th, 2009 at 12:03 am

    As a team, they’re not hitting so bad. Avg. and OBP are decent to good. They’re getting on base. They’re just not rounding the bases. No ones getting the big hit to drive em in.

    And who said RBI’s were a meaningless stat?

    They also can’t seem to make the big pitch when they need it. Last 4 games you can identify 1 pitch that “decided” the game.

  90. GreenBeret7 April 28th, 2009 at 12:04 am

    Giambi and Arod
    April 27th, 2009 at 11:57 pm
    Last year
    keep in mind Giambi was 38 and Arod was 32
    Homers Arod 35

    Giambi 32

    RBI Arod 103

    giambi 96

    Strike outs Arod 117

    Giambi 111

    Giambi played 7 more games than Arod- and he was certainly more clutch (exactly what the Yankees are not this year again)
    Arod is not the cure all

    ————————————————————

    How many times did Giambi kill a rally by refusung to hit to left field? How many more base runners did he leave on base? Want to cherrypick with more incomplete stats?

  91. aaarrrrggghhh!!! April 28th, 2009 at 12:04 am

    Miggs, you obviously don’t spend much time visiting other teams’ forums.

    Take SOSH (Red Sox forum), for example. They personify every point you made. If the Sox are on a losing streak, everyone is garbage and every game is over before it starts.

    It’s not just Yankee fans.

  92. Tarheels April 28th, 2009 at 12:05 am

    Maybe Posada was sending a message to Girardi like Delgado did to Willie last year.

    If he was injured, wouldn’t Kim Jones or Pete or even Girardi have mentioned it?

    There is no explanation for that non hustle. Did he just assume the DP?

  93. Lara08 April 28th, 2009 at 12:06 am

    That A-Rod/ Giambi comparison is laughable.

  94. V April 28th, 2009 at 12:07 am

    Re: Batting with runners in Scoring Position.

    Tampa Bay was the worst in the AL last year: http://sports.espn.go.com/mlb/.....8;type=reg

    How’d that work out for them?

    The Twins were #1 in the AL.

  95. Jersey Shore April 28th, 2009 at 12:07 am

    Giambi got more big hits in his Yankee tenure than A-Rod did

    Giambi is a standup guy and has a loveable personality

    A-Rod would have hit a solo HR today in the 7th inning when it was 4-0 but if runners were on base in the 9th, he would have struck out.

  96. Nick in SF April 28th, 2009 at 12:08 am

    “Did he just assume the DP?”

    Of course not. You can never assume the DP. ;)

  97. V April 28th, 2009 at 12:08 am

    The Yankees were #2 with RISP in the AL in 2007. Heh.

  98. V April 28th, 2009 at 12:09 am

    Actually, #2 in MLB in 2007.

  99. The Ghost April 28th, 2009 at 12:09 am

    Is Jeter the only player on the team playing for a contract this year? It’s pretty sad how some players only produce where there is a big contract waiting at the end of the season. Isn’t that right Jorge?

  100. bodhisattva April 28th, 2009 at 12:10 am

    Manny up with the go-ahead run at third and one out.

  101. GreenBeret7 April 28th, 2009 at 12:10 am

    Lara08
    April 28th, 2009 at 12:02 am
    Now GB7 you know winning is irrelevant. Its all about good guys who don’t cause distractions. Winning is just extra for the Yanks.

    I’m amused that Yankee fans/ writers have put such a high premium on being a team without drama. Because we all know that’s the Yankee tradition. Its not like they’ve been called the Bronx Zoo, had an owner that was banned, changed managers like underwear, drunk themselves out of career and life, fought in the dugout and had big egos about being straws that stirred drinks or any such nonsense of that nature.

    This tizzy has me laughing. Alex’s absence has proved one thing (that will be forgotten when he gets back): his “distractions” are overblown, they are lame excuses the public gives his team mates for not doing their jobs, and they are not the reason the Yanks don’t get it done.

    ————————————————————

    You’d think that after being 9-15 last year without the glove and bat he provides and 80-58 with him, people would learn that minor distractions or not, Rodriguez helps them win. Not by himself, but, because it changes what the pitchers can do with the other players.

  102. Rosa April 28th, 2009 at 12:10 am

    MO42

    Molina cannot hit. He has no power. Maybe you are thinking of the Molina that plays for St. Louis.

    And he is not young or hungry. Plus he is a back-up catcher, nothing more.

  103. no.27 April 28th, 2009 at 12:10 am

    “Giambi played 7 more games than Arod- and he was certainly more clutch (exactly what the Yankees are not this year again)
    Arod is not the cure all”

    Where do you get this from?
    RISP:
    Rodriguez- .271/.406/.863 in 166 ABs
    Giambi- .213/.339/.692 in 150 ABs

  104. carl April 28th, 2009 at 12:11 am

    Who cares if he has a “Lovable personality”. A-Rod > Giambi by a mile. This team sucks without him. SUCKS.

  105. raymagnetic April 28th, 2009 at 12:11 am

    “The Yankees were #2 with RISP in the AL in 2007. Heh.”

    I don’t believe this because since 2004 the Yankees have had no heart and haven’t been able to hit with RISP.

    Isn’t that the company line that tossed around here on a daily basis?

  106. V Torch April 28th, 2009 at 12:11 am

    Tampa Bay didn’t win because of their offense.

    They won because they had the #2 ranked rotation the the #1 ranked bullpen in the AL. Also had excellent defense and led the league in SBs.

  107. KO April 28th, 2009 at 12:12 am

    GOOD. they should be frustrated. plus, i’m tired of hearing this “old and slow” excuse. sure speed and youth, if there is talent also is great. athleticism is awesome and it’s a must a lot of times. it adds a lot. but when you get down to it, baseball is about good pitching and timely hitting. the Yankees have some great ball players that can pitch well and hit well, no matter if the Rays are more athletic or Ellsbury can steal home. it’s about getting it done in the clutch and solid starting pitching. the Yankees have what it takes but they just can’t get it done. it’s like also, they blow a big game with Rivera and then they start expecting to lose. you can just see it sometimes. someone needs to show some leadership, show by example and start getting it done. this team is still way too talented to make excuses for. there are so many little things that impact a baseball game that are more important than blazing speed and youth. this isn’t basketball.

  108. The Ghost April 28th, 2009 at 12:12 am

    Oh, Nady is playing for a contract as well. I guess that’s why he’s trying to come back. Guaranteed if he got his big contract last season, he’d be lounging out at the pool right now out for the season. You see, this is the real problem when you chase free agents – you tend to get players that are only motivated by money and when the money is there win or lose then you get a team like the Yankees have right now.

  109. miggs April 28th, 2009 at 12:12 am

    “A-Rod would have hit a solo HR today in the 7th inning when it was 4-0 but if runners were on base in the 9th, he would have struck out.”

    Ok what’s your point? If A Rod had homered in the 7th then its 4-2 with Posada up as the WINNING run. Completely different game. Maybe then Jorge would have ran hard down the line.

    I guess even if he didn’t run hard it still would have been 4-3. Tying run at the plate.

    Again, discounting A Rod is so retarded. He’s one of the best players in the game. He’s a huge asset. Look at the lineup with him added, its completely different. He’s one player, but with him the entire lineup is better. This point isn’t even up for debate.

  110. raymagnetic April 28th, 2009 at 12:13 am

    By the way, in 2005, the year after their hearts were snatched from their chests mortal kombat style the Yankees were 2nd in the league hitting with RISP.

  111. tampayank April 28th, 2009 at 12:13 am

    if salary wasn’t an issue, I’m sure many other teams would love to have A-ROD on their team, and if Mike Lowell is an example, A-ROD will be fine and he is a physical specimen compared to Lowell which is even better news in regards to recovery and being himself between the lines….if he used roids since 03 he would have been caught….he works his tail off and wants to win; let Selena Roberts do the continuous smearing…I thought this was a pro Yankee blog?

  112. bodhisattva April 28th, 2009 at 12:13 am

    Manny knocks in the go-ahead run.

  113. TexasYanksfan April 28th, 2009 at 12:13 am

    Can somebody be fired already?! OK, just kidding, sort of, but as a lot of people have said, a lot of people need to step it up. The Yanks will heat up as the season goes on and CC and Tex will be fine, and A-Rod will help tremendously, but no sense in digging a damn hole.

  114. Jason April 28th, 2009 at 12:14 am

    The Yankees are just hungover after 2004. We still haven’t recovered

    Completely changed the direction of the franchise. It’s like we’re the Jets and the Red Sox are the Pats.

    We just don’t have that swagger or confidence. We’re just waiting for the other shoe to drop and are way too tight in big spots.

  115. Nick in SF April 28th, 2009 at 12:14 am

    I didn’t say the The Barry Zito renaissance was completed. But at least he won’t get the loss.

    Manny is clutch, if there is such a thing, which I believe there is.

  116. GreenBeret7 April 28th, 2009 at 12:14 am

    There are very few more “athletic” than Cody Ransom. How’s that working out?

  117. Tank April 28th, 2009 at 12:15 am

    “Manny knocks in the go-ahead run.”

    Wish we had players that would do that.

  118. pat April 28th, 2009 at 12:15 am

    Damon says Ransom is the most athletic guy on the team. How did that work out for them?

  119. Uncle Reggie April 28th, 2009 at 12:16 am

    25 guys, 24 taxi cabs and one stretch limo with a washed up 50 year old hag of a singer in the passenger seat. That my friends is the problem. They don’t call it the curse of A-rod for nuthin…

  120. bodhisattva April 28th, 2009 at 12:16 am

    Tank,

    There’s only one Manny.

  121. BBB luvs 33-y/o former roids users w/bad hips April 28th, 2009 at 12:17 am

    Pete – In 2007, Aaron Hill stole home on the Yankees. On Andy Pettitte in particular, in fact. Does that also make us look old and slow? Even though the Blue Jays are slower than us and in fact one of the slowest teams in baseball?

    Everything’s relative. I for one am tired of all the negativity, from both myself and others, and am bringing back optimism in a big way. Pete, you say our pitching staff is solid and will rebound, and I agree. Why can’t the same thing happen with the offense, which has already been avging 5 runs per game and is bound to first stabilize and then really ignite upon the return of the best player in the league?

    GO YANKEES. Tomorrow we start a winning streak.

  122. pat April 28th, 2009 at 12:17 am

    GB

    Jinx. You owe me Coke. Thinking like you makes me think I might need a little Jack in it too though. :smile:

  123. Joe April 28th, 2009 at 12:17 am

    To the user named Aaaaarrrggghhh

    If Arod hits 40 HR and 100 RBI I swear I will give each reader on this thread a thousand dollars. Listen, it isn’t a coincidence that he just happens to hurt his hip after he comes off the steroids(where injuries occur 1-5 years after you lay off the juice). If he cant turn his hips full force, that swing wont be as powerful.

    I can see him ending up with around 25 home runs and 85-95 RBI. Which unfortunately, looks like what TEX is going to do as well. We didn’t pay our Corner Infield 430 million dollars to hit 50 HR and 190 RBI per year combined…

    If Connie Mack or Earl Weaver were managing this team, every single vet that didnt hustle wouldnt play for a couple weeks until they learned their lesson.

  124. Night Owl April 28th, 2009 at 12:17 am

    If Ransom was a Red Sox, he would play like Mike Smith did in the 80s for the Phillies

  125. GreenBeret7 April 28th, 2009 at 12:17 am

    Well, at least PA did his job. The board was slowing down, so, he picks a sure fire way to boost company revenues at 2 cents a hit. true company man…what sacrifice for the good of the company.

  126. Uncle Reggie April 28th, 2009 at 12:19 am

    Babe Ruth is pissed we tore his house down.

  127. Bill April 28th, 2009 at 12:19 am

    Joe,

    In the bandbox we play in, if he hits 25 HRs then we know his career is over.

    He has to hit atleast 45, even though atleast 70% of them will be when we’re trailing or leading by 6 runs

  128. GreenBeret7 April 28th, 2009 at 12:19 am

    pat
    April 28th, 2009 at 12:17 am
    GB

    Jinx. You owe me Coke. Thinking like you makes me think I might need a little Jack in it too though.

    ————————————————————

    You’d better be careful. Thinking like me is what gets me in trouble.

  129. MatsuiSucks April 28th, 2009 at 12:19 am

    im so f-ing sick of this team…im done with this. its a f-ing joke. i want a whole new team. gimme all 20 year old kids bc then at least i can hope for something good in the future. were done. this team is done. screw everyone of them. theyre all a bunch of chokes and dont even care. nobody wants to win. its pathetic.

  130. Lara08 April 28th, 2009 at 12:20 am

    A-Rod’s hip is due to steroid use? Hear that Chase and Mike? You were on roids. And every doctor that was in a newspaper, online, TV and radio interview I dont know what correspondence course you got your medical degree from but obviously it was 4th tier.

  131. carl April 28th, 2009 at 12:21 am

    Bill because all 6 run leads are safe.

  132. GreenBeret7 April 28th, 2009 at 12:21 am

    Night Owl
    April 28th, 2009 at 12:17 am
    If Ransom was a Red Sox, he would play like Mike Smith did in the 80s for the Phillies

    ————————————————————

    Mike Smith? This has to be a joke.

  133. Brandon W April 28th, 2009 at 12:23 am

    The worst part about the Posada play, IMO, wasn’t his slow jogging from the start. I could POSSIBLY be willing to excuse that to the fact that he is an aging catcher (although it would be a cop-out; he really didn’t seem to be even trying to hustle). The inexcusable part was when he pulled up at first. He didn’t race through the bag, he slowed down, just enough for them to make the play.

    I like Posada. My roommate is a huge Posada fan too. Both of us were angry when he did that. If I remember correctly, Melky was on first on the play. Down by 3 runs in the last inning, you pinch run Gardner there. That isn’t even a question. Gardner would have had a chance at outrunning the play to second if he had been heads up about it (if he didn’t outright steal the bag). Bad (non-)move by Girardi, bad play by Posada.

    Cano’s current hot bat (that inexplicably hasn’t found its way into the cleanup spot even though the slumping yet walking Swisher finds himself there frequently) won’t carry them to October. Neither will A-Rod’s return in and of itself. People need to play to enjoy the game and play to win.

    As much as I dislike a lot of the Red Sox players (like Youk), they’re gamers. While I still think most of the Yankees are, too, more of them need to start showing it. I’m not in panic mode, not yet, but I am discouraged. And the discouragement isn’t because of their results or standings; it has been the efforts going into it.

  134. Uncle Reggie April 28th, 2009 at 12:23 am

    Lara, One word.
    Nomar Garciapparra. He got off the juice and fell apart completely…

  135. bodhisattva April 28th, 2009 at 12:23 am

    Ethier makes a nice catch.

  136. V April 28th, 2009 at 12:24 am

    “im so f-ing sick of this team…im done with this. its a f-ing joke. i want a whole new team. gimme all 20 year old kids bc then at least i can hope for something good in the future. were done. this team is done. screw everyone of them. theyre all a bunch of chokes and dont even care. nobody wants to win. its pathetic.”

    Then go root for the Nationals. You won’t be missed.

  137. Bill April 28th, 2009 at 12:24 am

    carl,

    You’re right, with this crappy bullpen of ours, I shouldn’t assume anything.

  138. Max April 28th, 2009 at 12:25 am

    How soon until Girardi gets on the Hot Seat? A sweep in the Motor City would sure make things interesting….

  139. no.27 April 28th, 2009 at 12:26 am

    The Yankees production from 3rd base so far:

    .156/.206/.472

    Rodriguez will literally double those numbers. They’ve had a total of 17 bases in 19 games with 6 RBIs and 4 errors.

    He’s not going to turn the team around on his own, but his impact is going to be huge. The starters are too talented to continue to pitch like this. This will cause the bullpen to be rested so that they can do their jobs. Teixeira will start hitting and this team will be fine.

  140. Harold April 28th, 2009 at 12:26 am

    This team just has to learn how to win

  141. corona April 28th, 2009 at 12:27 am

    If Girardi is under .500 by Memorial Day, he is gone. They will find someone to inject passion into this team like Gary Carter or Luis Sojo

  142. Nick in SF April 28th, 2009 at 12:29 am

    Princess Letizia of Spain :)

  143. Joe April 28th, 2009 at 12:29 am

    Lara 08

    Chase Utley’s hip injury was due to wear and tear. But come on lets be real, he is off steroids for 4 or 5 years and the tries to hide the hip injury from the team….because he knows the roids helped his hip….common sense.

    Somewhere along the line, somebody kept telling him he was really good, because he never used to be like this. It’s a shame. He could have been the man who saved baseball. It is a sad thing for Albert Pujols because he is the poster boy for the MLB….but they are stuck in the steroid era…

    Final prediction for this team : 90-72….miss the playoffs, yet again. Girardi is gone and Mattingly gets hired. Cashman is gone and Kim Ng gets hired. A-rod is flat out released. Garret Atkins is signed…..I dont even want to think about the rest of the roster.

  144. JWEAV April 28th, 2009 at 12:30 am

    Posada is pushing $100 million for his career, why would he bust it down the line this early in his contract?

  145. V April 28th, 2009 at 12:30 am

    Oh, yes, the problem is Joe Girardi. THAT’S why ARod got hurt. THAT’S why Wang put up a 34.50 ERA in 6 innings. Because of the manager.

    So, fire Joe, and everything will fix itself. Gotcha.

  146. V April 28th, 2009 at 12:31 am

    “Final prediction for this team : 90-72….miss the playoffs, yet again. Girardi is gone and Mattingly gets hired. Cashman is gone and Kim Ng gets hired. A-rod is flat out released. Garret Atkins is signed…..I dont even want to think about the rest of the roster.”

    What is this, MLB 2k9?

    I don’t say this lightly, but you are truly stupid.

  147. BBB luvs 33-y/o former roids users w/bad hips April 28th, 2009 at 12:31 am

    V – you’re definitely onto something with your post about Tampa Bay’s reg. season failure with RISP and how it didn’t stop them. I don’t know where to find team batting splits for the 08 WS, but if you can find em, take a gander. It’s very interesting stuff:

    Tampa Bay hit for a great avg with RISP while Philly’s team BA in the same situation was abysmal. Yet Philly won handily anyway, because Tampa Bay just didn’t put enough men on base while Philly put so many on that the statistical chance of scoring more runs swung greatly in their favor.

    As far as I’m concerned, the 2008 World Series validates everything Billy Beane ever said, including that clutchiness doesn’t matter. It’s luck, it’s a crapshoot. All the Yankees need is good pitching and defense and the big hits will inevitably follow. We’re not there with the defense yet, but I believe we have the pitching. Good things are going to happen with this team.

  148. Observer283 April 28th, 2009 at 12:33 am

    The proof, as they, is in the pudding.

    Last year with “A-Cancer”: 80-58 (Comes out to about 94 wins over the course of a season).

    Last year without “A-Cancer”: 9-15. Now 24 games is not a lot, but its not an insignificant number of games. And in that “not insignificant” number of games, the Yankees were considerably worse without “A-Cancer” than they were with it.

    423 million dollars later, they are 9-10 without him this year (so far).

    So….We get it. A-Rod is not likeable. He gets paid a TON of money, so it will never feel like he is worth it unles the team goes 162-0 in the regular season and 11-0 in the post.

    But can we cut the crap NOW, please? Pretty please? The team is way better with A-Rod than they are without him (especially since he is being replaced with sub-replacement level players). Until he proves he doesn’t deserve it on the field, let’s give the man his due. You don’t have to want to share a beer with him, but just acknowledge that he is part of the solution and the team has many bigger problems than his “distractions.”

  149. vtred April 28th, 2009 at 12:33 am

    Let Cashman fix the bullpen, bench, and get Mike Cameron and give the team a month with A-Rod and a healthy Wang before he fires the manager.

    Girardi isin’t going turn water into wine.

  150. pat April 28th, 2009 at 12:34 am

    “One word.
    Nomar Garciapparra.”

    :smile:

  151. Oddessy April 28th, 2009 at 12:34 am

    Mattingly and Kim Ng! That’s the winning ticket for sure!

  152. V April 28th, 2009 at 12:34 am

    “As far as I’m concerned, the 2008 World Series validates everything Billy Beane ever said, including that clutchiness doesn’t matter. It’s luck, it’s a crapshoot. All the Yankees need is good pitching and defense and the big hits will inevitably follow. We’re not there with the defense yet, but I believe we have the pitching. Good things are going to happen with this team.”

    EXACTLY. And the Yankees’ rotation will, at the end of the season, be better than the Phillies 2008 rotation. Period.

    If you play fantasy baseball, this is your LAST chance to buy low on CC. He’s past his April woes, and I fully expect a sub-3.00 ERA through September. I’d lay money on it.

    I don’t know what to expect from the other guys (and Joba’s velocity worries me a little bit – I don’t mind sitting at 92, but I’d like to see a flash of 98 or 99 once in awhile), but this is going to be an awesome rotation when everything clicks.

  153. RockinDaBronx April 28th, 2009 at 12:35 am

    Gary Carter?, lol.

  154. Homer April 28th, 2009 at 12:35 am

    Man, did things go downhill after that Oakland 14 inning game or what

    Doesn’t even look like the same team

  155. miggs April 28th, 2009 at 12:36 am

    BBB whats going on?

    If you have one rolled please pass it over.

  156. GreenBeret7 April 28th, 2009 at 12:36 am

    Joe
    April 28th, 2009 at 12:29 am
    Lara 08

    Chase Utley’s hip injury was due to wear and tear. But come on lets be real, he is off steroids for 4 or 5 years and the tries to hide the hip injury from the team….because he knows the roids helped his hip….common sense.

    Somewhere along the line, somebody kept telling him he was really good, because he never used to be like this. It’s a shame. He could have been the man who saved baseball. It is a sad thing for Albert Pujols because he is the poster boy for the MLB….but they are stuck in the steroid era…

    Final prediction for this team : 90-72….miss the playoffs, yet again. Girardi is gone and Mattingly gets hired. Cashman is gone and Kim Ng gets hired. A-rod is flat out released. Garret Atkins is signed…..I dont even want to think about the rest of the roster.

    ————————————————————

    what makes you think that Pujols and Utley weren’t on the 2003 list?

  157. Uncle Ellsworth April 28th, 2009 at 12:37 am

    What did I miss?

  158. Buck Nasty April 28th, 2009 at 12:39 am

    FOR EVERYONE WHO WANTS GIRARDI FIRED WHO THE HELL DO YOU WANT AS THE MANAGER HUH. GOOD LORD AND TO ALL THE PEOPLE SAYING SICK OF THIS TEAM. GO ROOT FOR ANOTHER ONE THEN CUZ IT IS OBIVOUS THAT, THAT IS WHAT YOU WANT GO ROOT FOR ANOTHER TEAM.

  159. carl April 28th, 2009 at 12:39 am

    You all hate A-Rod so much it hurts you to know that we are a last place ALE team without him.

  160. GreenBeret7 April 28th, 2009 at 12:40 am

    God Good…I just read the rest of Joe’s enlightening message. Do you honestly think the Yanks are going to pay Rodriguez to play for another team?

    You’d better go have your mommy fix your night time ba ba and change you into your bunny jammies.

  161. Jeter in LF April 28th, 2009 at 12:40 am

    I cannot believe how overplayed the Ellsbury steal of home has become.

    The weighed average age of the Yankees and the Sox are almost identical.

    Stop overreacting to small sample size.
    ___

    “bringing back a 33-year-old former steroids user with a bad hip…”

    Could you invent a more maligning spin? Seriously, be fair.

  162. Buck Nasty April 28th, 2009 at 12:41 am

    EVERYONE WHO SAYS JOE IS STUPID FOR THIS HE NEEDS TO DO THIS. WHY ARENT YOU MANAGING THE TEAM OH THATS RIGHT CUZ ALL WE DO IS SIT AROUND ON A BLOG AND CRITICIZE OTHER PEOPLE DOING THIR JOBS

  163. ZMan April 28th, 2009 at 12:41 am

    Why not just make Hank the manager?

    He could add some much needed fire to the team and teach them how to win.

  164. pat April 28th, 2009 at 12:42 am

    “Princess Letizia of Spain”

    Ok, for manager, GM or CF?

  165. Al from BK April 28th, 2009 at 12:43 am

    “But bringing back a 33-year-old former steroids user with a bad hip isn’t going to solve the problem of the Yankees”

    Whoa Pete way out of line there. A-Rod is a top 3 ML player who will likely return and still manage his 30+ HR’s 100+ RBI. This team needs him we can’t make light of his importance if A-Rod were here now I have no doubt we would be well over .500 but when Swisher is batting clean-up you have a problem as much as I like the guys he is not 1/8th of A-Rod.

  166. m April 28th, 2009 at 12:46 am

    Missed everything from the 4th on. Good thing I guess.

    First of all, can people stop using the word “abortion” to describe what’s happening on the field? Use your imagination a little and find another word.

    Tex a little mad? I hope he’s mad at himself. I know he’s not mad at Jeter, cuz he’s been doing what he can offensively to keep the team in games.

    I don’t know that Jorge’s trying to undermine the efforts of Girardi. But I wonder if there’s a bit of paranoia as Jorge approaches his twilight years? He saw first hand what happened to Girardi.

    Hughesy? I like Huey better. haha. I hope he pitches well tomorrow. It’ll be a great lift for the team.

    btw. sports talk guy was talking about how the team doesn’t look confident with Sabathia on the mound. Of course he said this after Ordonez’s shot and I wasn’t watching, but it could be the burden of 3 game losing streak.

  167. Dave21 April 28th, 2009 at 12:46 am

    I wouldn’t mind if the Jets bring back Brett Favre for another year to tutor Sanchez and hand the job to him mid-season

  168. Tom B April 28th, 2009 at 12:47 am

    this article makes me not want to read this blog anymore. pete’s yankee hate is seething and obvious. you’re writing a beat blog for yankee fans, but it’s not written by one.

  169. CYF April 28th, 2009 at 12:48 am

    CC’s been a slow starter. Tex is a notorious slow starter. Both will turn it up. ARod will be ARod, a monster. I’m not worried about any of those guys. Cano can’t keep up this pace but he’ll be good. I think Wang will get his act together too.

    The entire outfield is worrisome (except Johnny, but it seems like he’s playing hurt or at least sore half the time these days).

    It’s been disappointing so far, but I have faith that the team will get it together for a good run. Yanks will be back in the race.

  170. GreenBeret7 April 28th, 2009 at 12:48 am

    Cashman made a great trade in getting Molina. Unforunately, he picked the wrong Molina. He got the only one that couldn’t hit.

  171. Tom K April 28th, 2009 at 12:49 am

    Jeter in LF -

    There is no more overrated ballplayer in baseball than Ellsbury, I agree.

  172. Nick in SF April 28th, 2009 at 12:49 am

    Clearly the Yankees replaced Joe Torre with the wrong ex-player.

    Fire Girardi, hire Chad “Chaddy Chaddy Bang Bang” Curtis.

    He would crack down on Jeter and pesky disrespectful reporters!

  173. Tom B April 28th, 2009 at 12:49 am

    GreenBeret7 April 28th, 2009 at 12:48 am

    Cashman made a great trade in getting Molina. Unforunately, he picked the wrong Molina. He got the only one that couldn’t hit.

    ————————
    thats not true, yadier has one hit in his career, against the mets in 06… otherwise he hits .215

  174. A-List April 28th, 2009 at 12:50 am

    Tex is hitting .220, which is the exact same as Gardner and less than Pena and Molina, FYI.

    So basically, he has only outperformed Ransom. He is the one who needs to step up.

  175. GreenBeret7 April 28th, 2009 at 12:51 am

    Uncle Ellsworth
    April 28th, 2009 at 12:37 am
    What did I miss?

    ————————————————————

    Incredibly enlightening reading.

    To sum everything up, everybody sucks but Jeter, and depending on who’s post you read, they’re the only one that has a clue and truly knows baseball.

  176. Tom B April 28th, 2009 at 12:52 am

    A-List April 28th, 2009 at 12:50 am

    Tex is hitting .220, which is the exact same as Gardner and less than Pena and Molina, FYI.

    So basically, he has only outperformed Ransom. He is the one who needs to step up.

    —– Teix has a career batting avg of .250 in april. anyone expecting more than that at this point is only fooling themselves.

  177. Buck Nasty April 28th, 2009 at 12:52 am

    Tex and CC are notriously slow starters look at them both last year and look where they ended up case closed

  178. Nick in SF April 28th, 2009 at 12:53 am

    pat: I was responding to the “They will find someone to inject passion into this team” comment, but I’m sure Princess Letizia could be a solid GM or manager. She would definitely hold the attention of 24 of the 25 players (she’s probably too young for Arod).

    For those unfamiliar with Princess Letizia, she’s the one in purple:

    http://tinyurl.com/c7xn98

  179. Seaside April 28th, 2009 at 12:54 am

    Just flipping through the TV… Sean Hannity is interviewing Kim Kardashian.

    You just never know what you’ll see at 1 in the morning on TV.

  180. GreenBeret7 April 28th, 2009 at 12:55 am

    April 28th, 2009 at 12:49 am
    GreenBeret7 April 28th, 2009 at 12:48 am

    Cashman made a great trade in getting Molina. Unforunately, he picked the wrong Molina. He got the only one that couldn’t hit.
    ————————————thats not true, yadier has one hit in his career, against the mets in 06… otherwise he hits .215

    ————————————————————

    I don’t know? That .304 average and .265 career looks decent to me. .309 against the Mets career.

  181. Uncle Ellsworth April 28th, 2009 at 12:56 am

    Thanks GB7
    Well i Think if I looked hard enough i could find some Jeter hate.
    I’d like to know your opinion of the Posada play.

  182. EvoLuTioN April 28th, 2009 at 12:57 am

    at this point, we are an abomination with risp.
    Jeter/damon need to start running more
    the gardner experiment has failed so we have to work with melky now.

    I’m entirely lost on posada though, when i saw posada running today i thought i was looking at a slow mo replay, but it wasn’t… absolutely absurd he didn’t seem to be putting forward any effort at all to beat out that ground ball

  183. EvoLuTioN April 28th, 2009 at 1:00 am

    time will fix c.c. and tex….but posada seems just about done. He can’t call a good game, he seems scared as hell to block the plate. He is way too uptight in the clubhouse as well

  184. GreenBeret7 April 28th, 2009 at 1:01 am

    Uncle Ellsworth
    April 28th, 2009 at 12:56 am
    Thanks GB7
    Well i Think if I looked hard enough i could find some Jeter hate.
    I’d like to know your opinion of the Posada play.

    ————————————————————

    I don’t think it was a lack of hustle. What I didn’t understand was why he kept watching the play while he was running down the line. It surely did slow him down (and he didn’t need anymore help with that).

  185. Uncle Ellsworth April 28th, 2009 at 1:01 am

    replay on YES now

  186. G. Love April 28th, 2009 at 1:01 am

    Here’s what I’m furious about tonight and I’m furious…

    Girardi has Gardner on the fricking bench and doesn’t pinch run him for Melky when Gardner is an automatic stolen base in that situation which would have broken up the double play and possibly caused Leyland to walk Posada who you could have pinch ran Berroa for if need be.

    It shows no foresight as a manager. It shows not knowing what your weapons are. I’m not impressed with his moves. At all.

    But what I’m more furious about is Posada. That was a damn disgrace. He jogged and watched the play. He never turn and ran his hardest.

    He watched the whole damn play.

    When I saw how the ball was hit I was happy because I figured Jorge could beat than one out.

    Disgraceful.

    Watch that play enough and it will make you sick and wonder why we care so much.

    I wonder if Girardi communicates to Posada how awful that was or does he just grin and give platitudes to the other team and his losing pitcher.

    I thought Cashman injected enough new blood into this team to make a difference. This is a tired old team. We’ve seen this act from them before and the new pieces just seem to fit right in with the tired old way they play.

    I’m starting to get the feeling that Cashman needs more addition by subtraction to fix this.

    He has to find another OF’er somewhere. A real OF’er. Not Holliday, but someone who is younger than Damon and better than Melky.

    If I were Cashman I’d be pulling out what’s left on top of my head wondering what else I have to do with these guys to get them to win. This team is given everything. From the highest salaries to the best clubhouse and amenities in baseball.

    I wouldn’t fault him for sitting up right now wondering what else he has to do.

  187. Floyd April 28th, 2009 at 1:04 am

    With Damon basically playing with 1\2 a shoulder, it probably isin’t the best idea to waste Gardner in that spot

  188. Joe April 28th, 2009 at 1:06 am

    You guys obviously do not know about baseball. Kim Ng is one of the most respected people in baseball. She used to work for the Yankees as a special advisor. And Don Mattingly has sat on the bench next to Joe Torre for his whole coaching career. Maybe a Torre like personality could be of good use again. Because lets face it, Girardi isnt exactly Albert Einstein when it comes to baseball. Good player, but not incredibly intelligent.

    And no one blamed Girardi for Arods injury. And MLB 2k9? Garret Atkins will be a FA. You guys are obviously not baseball fanatics. Just crazy Yankee fans…

  189. Buck Nasty April 28th, 2009 at 1:07 am

    Also if Gardner does score that still leaves us down him scoring doesnt win it for us, doesnt even tie for us

  190. SDYankee April 28th, 2009 at 1:07 am

    The Yanks will eventually start winning and contend for a playoff spot. Teams have to learn how to win. The Sox did that in 2004. Enough of the “yanks are old, un-athletic”, the Sox have the same issues and are winning. There #2 pitcher Dice K is on the DL ala CMW, there old outfielder JD Drew has a sore back ala Damon, their 3rd baseman has bad hips, there SS is a career utility infielder, their power threat has not hit a HR yet, their catcher’s bat has clearly slowed, their 4th and 5th OF’s are on the DL and three of their BP arms made their ML debut this year.

    When your winning everything you touch is gold, ala Brian Doyle, Chicken Stanley, Jim Spencer, Luis Vizcaino, Luis Sojo, Aaron Boone, Ricky Ledee, et.al.

    This Yankee team is the team everyone was clamoring for during Sept/Oct/Nov/Dec. It’s a good team but it has to learn to win…and it better hapen soon because NO Yankee team has had a losing April and won a playoff series in more than 50 years.

  191. vtred April 28th, 2009 at 1:10 am

    Steven Jackson has contributed greatly to the team and has come up big for us so far

  192. Buck Nasty April 28th, 2009 at 1:10 am

    BUT BUT BUT WERE NOT WINNGIN RIGHT NOW AND OUR HITTERS ARENT ALL HITTING 300 AND OUR PITCHERS ARENT ALL UNDEFEATED WITH 0.00 ERAS THIS TEAM IS CRAP

  193. Al from BK April 28th, 2009 at 1:12 am

    “I wouldn’t mind if the Jets bring back Brett Favre for another year to tutor Sanchez and hand the job to him mid-season”

    Favre is done with my Jets and quite frankly I think they are done with him. I hope Sanchez wins the job outright the guys best weapon is his brain I know he can lead this team.

  194. igotid88 April 28th, 2009 at 1:18 am

    GreenBeret7 April 28th, 2009 at 1:01 am

    Uncle Ellsworth
    April 28th, 2009 at 12:56 am
    Thanks GB7
    Well i Think if I looked hard enough i could find some Jeter hate.
    I’d like to know your opinion of the Posada play.
    ——————————————————————————————
    I don’t think it was a lack of hustle. What I didn’t understand was why he kept watching the play while he was running down the line. It surely did slow him down (and he didn’t need anymore help with that).
    ____________________________________________________________

    a lot of players do that. which i don’t understand. I’m always yelling at them through the tv. “why are you looking at the ball. Just run straight to first.”

  195. Nick in SF April 28th, 2009 at 1:20 am

    Sanchez will crack like… like… like something to do with eggs and omelettes.

  196. m April 28th, 2009 at 1:24 am

    Nick in SF,

    Why the gate on Sanchez? Does he not excite you?

  197. m April 28th, 2009 at 1:25 am

    err. That’s supposed to be ‘hate’.

    Where’s Pete? Prolly asleep, poor guy.

  198. igotid88 April 28th, 2009 at 1:25 am

    If Hughes does well his next few starts. And Wang comes back to form. Do you think they should make Joba the long man in the pen? Instead of 1 inning here 2 there. As a long man and some possible spot starts. He could get to the innings minimum or close to it. The playoff if they make it would get him there. I don’t know. Just throwing something out there.

  199. Nick in SF April 28th, 2009 at 1:25 am

    Sorry, m, I forgot U$C was your adopted mainland college football team. ;)

  200. Al from BK April 28th, 2009 at 1:27 am

    If Sanchez has anything going for him its his ability to handle pressure the guy wants to be a star and he knows there is no bigger place to be a star than NY.

  201. no.27 April 28th, 2009 at 1:30 am

    “Girardi has Gardner on the fricking bench and doesn’t pinch run him for Melky when Gardner is an automatic stolen base in that situation which would have broken up the double play and possibly caused Leyland to walk Posada who you could have pinch ran Berroa for if need be.

    It shows no foresight as a manager. It shows not knowing what your weapons are. I’m not impressed with his moves. At all.”

    I disagree.

    If you have Gardner steal 2nd base it takes the bat out of Posada’s hand because they walk him to get to Pena. You can’t pinch run for Posada because then you don’t have a catcher for the bottom of the inning. Now you have the worst hitter on the team at the plate and a slow Posada at 1st.

    They really need to send down Berroa. They need to have a guy that can play 3rd base because as it is right now, they can’t pinch hit for Pena, who is the weakest hitter on the team.

  202. Nick in SF April 28th, 2009 at 1:32 am

    Maybe, Al, but Matt Leinert handled the pressure at SC pretty well and definitely wanted to be a huge star. Is the problem that he didn’t go someplace that was big enough to handle his stardom?

    I have no actual smidgen of a clue how Sanchez will do, but he didn’t impress me tremendously when I saw him. Then again, that’s no barometer of anything at all.

  203. m April 28th, 2009 at 1:33 am

    One thing Sanchez has going for him is that he’s no wallflower, unlike the QB for the “other” NY football team.

    The only thing is that he can’t bring his O-line. :(

    j/k.

    There’s a kid with Hawaii ties that got drafted by or was signed as an undrafted free agent by the Jets?

  204. Boston Dave April 28th, 2009 at 1:34 am

    “I don’t think it was a lack of hustle.”

    ——–

    I have to think he can run faster than that. If it were the playoffs, would he be running harder?

    So while he may not have meant to dog it, he did.

  205. Boston Dave April 28th, 2009 at 1:35 am

    “Do you think they should make Joba the long man in the pen? ”

    ——-

    that would be the worst possible use of him

  206. dave April 28th, 2009 at 1:39 am

    I am very happy that the yanks have the luxury of letting both damon and matsui go at the end of the season. While i love them both, i think this team is desperately in need of shedding more of their geriatric injury prone crowd and while damon continues to have some sort of medical issue every single day (and not always the same one) matsui is basically a shell of his former self. Matsui is just plain gone and i dont even think the yanks would even discuss re-signing him.

    As for damon, the constant pains and aches in april tell me that we should bid him farewell at the end of the season too. I think he was worth the contract and gave us all he had in his last few years of still being a star player but i really dont think there is much left in the tank and if damon doesnt fall apart at some point this year, he will next year and we are asking for it, if we re-sign him as we were with posada’s ridiculous deal. Luckly, the yanks dont have any long-term ties with damon so the sentimental BS that doesnt even belong in negotiations to begin with isnt even a factor.

    Nady may be a little bit more of a close call but he would need to come back from this injury and really play hard and win something for the yanks to stay in it. Boras will want some obscene amount of money and nady has never in his career proved he is a star yet.

    Pettitte is also probably going to finally head into retirement esp if hughes steps up this year. I know this doesnt have much to do with anything going on right now except that with giambi and abreu out the door last year along with the walking joke that is pavano and moose, we shed a lot of old and injury prone bodies. The departure of damon, matsui and pettitte really drastically decreases that average age. Replace pettitte with hughes and damon and matsui with ajax and someone like bay out of free agency and all of a sudden, the yanks are no longer an old team anymore.

    Their entire outfield with swish would be 30 or younger and burnett would be the veteran of the rotation and will have just turned 33 in january of 2010. Jorge, mo, jeter and arod would be the only vets on the team and that dh spot would be wide open for posada to hog if we ever sign a decent second catcher (not even backup anymore at that point.) With posada able to dh most days, mo being immortal and possibly having a capable replacement in the wings in melancon and while jeet – 35 in ’10 and arod – 34 in ’10 are no spring chickens they are a fine age to be the two vets of the club next year (with dh po.) Posada’s contract is up in 2011 (TWO MORE YEARS after this one jeez!) and jeters is up in 2010 as is Mo’s making 3 of the 4 oldest and wealthiest players on the team free to retire/leave or decrease their pay if the yanks so decide. Wit po and mo next year, only 2 players on the entire team will be above 35 I believe and adding jeet, arod and burnett is almost everyone over 32 possibly making the average age of the entire club in the late 20s. So maybe the team still looks old now but not for long…

  207. no.27 April 28th, 2009 at 1:41 am

    The long reliever usually comes in when the starter is ineffective and the team is losing. What is the point of putting a guy as talented as Joba in a role where his job would be to keep the Yankees within 4 runs or something like that?

  208. The Gsffer April 28th, 2009 at 1:42 am

    There’s good buzz around Sandler’s new film, tentatively titled “Rude Awakening,” which focuses on his character, Michael Berenson, as a rabid Yankee fan who falls into a coma after a terrible car crash while listening to the final play of the 1995 ALDS. He awakes in October 2004, just in time to get caught up to date on the success of the late 90′s only to experience heartbreak in the ALCS.

    Some insiders are hinting that the writers are keeping the conclusion of the script flexible, in the hopes that a fast-forward happy ending might be filmed if the Yankees are successful this year. Should it appear by mid-summer that the Yanks will once again be denied that ever-elusive 27th championship, the word is that Jimmy Fallon–who in this film reprises his role as devoted Red Sox fan Ben Wrightman from “Fever Pitch” (2005)–will “train” Sandler’s character in “the ways of the loss.”

    Stay tuned.

  209. m April 28th, 2009 at 1:44 am

    Are we already writing off Pettitte? What will we do in the offseason if we go round and round on it now?

    Unless Wang, Joba, and Hughes all have 10+ wins with sub-4 ERAS, the door may be open for Pettitte if he gives 200 IP of sub-4 ERA ball himself. Because trust me, if Andy has a good season and is feeling good, he’ll be pitching somewhere in 2010.

  210. JoshWhite April 28th, 2009 at 1:46 am

    I agree about the pinch running. I was furious when Girardi didn’t put Gardner in. What was he thinking? Any answers on that Pete?

  211. Nick in SF April 28th, 2009 at 1:48 am

    I sort of trust you, but those are some heavy qualifiers.

  212. Al from BK April 28th, 2009 at 1:48 am

    Sanchez has a good not great arm and that concerns some people but not me(he is no chad). He is very accurate, has solid mobility and will always make the smart throws not chucking it 40 yards down the field into triple coverage ala Favre. I have a lot of faith in Sanchez all he needs is a big target WR to throw to and no it shouldn’t be Plax.

  213. m April 28th, 2009 at 1:52 am

    Nick in SF,

    You can hedge this bet. I didn’t say that those 3 kids were going do that. I simply said that if Pettitte pitches well and is feeling healthy he’ll be pitching somewhere in 2010. This time he won’t make the mistake of saying he wants to play for a particular team. :(

  214. susan mullen April 28th, 2009 at 1:56 am

    Carl Crawford stole home v the Red Sox in 2006. I have a small picture of it. The team we have now has had competition: the denouement of a long time owner, the transfer of leadership to an extended group of relatives with varied agendas whose roles are fluid, competition with the YES Network needing certain players to fulfill its agenda (interest in Japan, etc), and of course the new stadium. The stadium needed Arod even if the team didn’t.

  215. Doris from Rego Park April 28th, 2009 at 1:57 am

    Is Arod 33- yes or no
    Did he admit to steroids- yes or no
    Does he have a bad hip- yes or no

    Whats wrong with what pete wrote? its 100% accurate

  216. Back Bench April 28th, 2009 at 1:57 am

    just asking, but in your heart of hearts, how would you rank the managers of the RS, Toronto, Tampa and the NYY? (You can use any meaningful criteria you chose)

    Thought so.

  217. Nick in SF April 28th, 2009 at 1:59 am

    I just meant the qualifiers on Andy (200 innings, sub-4.00 ERA then reduced to pitches well, feeling good), not the enigmatic is-he-a-kid Wang, the dull Joba, or the kettle of excitement Phil Hughes.

    I’d like to see your theory on Andy tested, of course.

  218. Interior Hamburglar April 28th, 2009 at 2:01 am

    Hi Susan Mullen,

    Good to see you round here again. Checked out your blog. A pleasure to read your writing and analysis, from photos to Francesa.

    IH

  219. m April 28th, 2009 at 2:07 am

    Well, maybe we’ll see a fist-pump from Hughes on the mound. Or by proxy from Joba in the dugout.

    Jets fans, Tavita Thompson OL from Oregon State. Don’t know much about him, but he came from a good football prep school. And of course he’ll have that aloha spirit. ;)

  220. RustyJohn April 28th, 2009 at 2:49 am

    What really emphasizes how little foresight this organizaton has is my experience watching a new GM come into town here in Seattle and in one off-season dump payroll, plug problems with underrated low-cost players, and build a bullpen on the cheap with a lot of power arms. If the friggin’ Mariners can take a 100+ loss team and in three months convert it into an 85 win operation and losing only an overrated closer in the process, why does Cashman’s solution to every problem have to be panic and then give every free agent a multi-year deal so the team is stuck with them until the player is in their mid/late 30s or even early 40s? Really? There wasn’t anyone out there who could play centerfield other than Melky or Gardner? I’d take Franklin Guttierrez in center any day over those guys- nothing like watching Damon/Swisher/Gardner lumber around in the outfield and compare it with Chavez/Gutierrez and Ichiro.

    Think this team is bad now-wait a year or two when ARod, Jeter and Posada are a year older and Cashman still hasn’t figured out what to with the outfield. There is zero position player development.

    Then, to watch him stockpile arms and trade Ohlendorf/Karstens/Tabata for a middle reliever and an average right fielder with one year left on his contract instead of trying to get some position prospects was great.

    The only reason we have Swisher is because Ken Williams is an even worse GM than Cashman.

  221. Mark April 28th, 2009 at 6:53 am

    Who built the rickety roster? When does accountability enter the mix? The teflon mans time is up.

  222. 86w183 April 28th, 2009 at 8:03 am

    Running Gardner for Melky would have been idiotic. You don’t gain much speed and you eliminate the opportunity for Gardner to run for Posada if he got on.

    With the tying run at the plate the runner at first doesn’t need to be stealing. However IF Posada gets on THEN you put in Gardner to get speed on the bases with the potential tying run.

    Yes, The Yankees can get much younger next year if they have Austin Jackson and Holliday/Bay replacing Matsui and Damong. But that doesn’t help for the next 143 games.

    It’s pretty clear that Pete cannot/will not write anything involving Alex without a snide comment. That it is factual doesn’t change the reality that it is irrelevant to the context and in there for two purposes — to insult the player and annoy his supporters.

  223. Yankee Realist April 28th, 2009 at 9:33 am

    Pete,

    So much for your prediction of the Yankees winning the World Series. I felt a Wild Card bid would be the best they could do and I doubt that will even happen.

  224. NJ Steve April 28th, 2009 at 9:36 am

    Pete, your hate for ARod is turning you into a bad writer. Last year the team was below .500 without ARod (something like 9-14) and well above .500 with him. The team is far better with him and this year the Yanks are 9-10 without him and I would estimate would have won 3 more games with him making them a respectable 12-7.

    The other silly comment about the Yanks having to sit back and wait for something to happen is, well, absurd. Guess how many bunts the Red Sox have this year? I believe the answer is none. The other off mark target about Cano stealing bases doesn;t make sense either. The Yanks have stolen 14 bases and only been caught twice (That is great and 14 is 7th in baseball). The Red Sox have stolen 15 bases but been caught 8 times which is not even valuable.

    Relax people, we have been banged up this year and we have been a little unlucky (our timing has been very bad). The pitching has been the worst in baseball so far this year and that will not continue

  225. Anthony April 28th, 2009 at 9:48 am

    To say that we’re losing because we’re a veteran team and a little slower and less athletic is asinine. We’re losing because we’re not playing up to our ability. Each guy on this team (other than the obvious spots) is within the top five at his position (arguably, at least). There is no reason to be found other than that we just haven’t gotten it done in some key situations lately and our starting pitching hasn’t been giving us a chance to win in most games. When the pitching does that, then you are left with “must wins” on the days where they finally do give you a quality start, which isn’t always going to happen, obviously. We just need our pitching to give us more chances, that’s all.

  226. GG April 28th, 2009 at 9:53 am

    Two words: Bobby Abreu – 300 hitter; 400 on base %; 100 RBI. Yanks let him walk. Sad.

  227. dd April 28th, 2009 at 9:56 am

    “With the tying run at the plate the runner at first doesn’t need to be stealing. However IF Posada gets on THEN you put in Gardner to get speed on the bases with the potential tying run.”

    You could not do that because you would not have any catchers left to finish the game.

  228. RayVT April 28th, 2009 at 10:03 am

    I sincerely doubt that Posada dogged it. Maybe it seemed that way, because Girardi didn’t have Melky stealing 2nd base with Cabrera playing behind the runner at 1st. That is typical Girardi coaching or lack there of. You have a slow runner at the plate and a speedy runner on 1st and a runner on 3rd and you don’t steal! WOW! Incredible. Girardi provides the attitude to this team and it sucks.

    Also, lay of Tex! He is swinging at anything he can reach trying to help the team out but other teams still prefer to walk him. Arod is needed to protect him.

    The team is pressing! Duh! This is still April folks, and the Yanks have played fewer home games than most after an extended spring as well. I am sure they are tired and wanting to be at home for an extended time! Again, Girardi needs to use the pitchers properly. He can’t have Bruney when he comes back being the most active RP in the majors (like he was in 1st 2 wks of season). He has to use Marte only against LH batters. He needs to have a long man. Melancon needs to be the 7th inning guy. Bruney the 8th. Mo the 9th. Let Veras spot for the one who needs a rest. I also like Robertson and Coke for 1 inning or less situations. None of those guys should go more than 1 inning.

  229. bodhisattva April 28th, 2009 at 10:09 am

    RayVT

    Good post!
    Welcome your sanity.

  230. panayioti April 28th, 2009 at 10:49 am

    miggs
    April 27th, 2009 at 11:44 pm
    OK I stayed away all game but there are a few things that need to be discussed.

    Miggs, while you can be brutal sometimes, I completely agree with your assessment on this post. The Yankees took a leap of faith signing players like Matsui, Damon and even over extending Posada. They are now stuck with these bloated contracts of which the return is less than 50%. Fans tend to get emotional about players like Jeter, Posada, Matsui, but the fact is that they are a declining product. Jeter, while still able to produce, needs to consider what is best for the team as a position player. He has never been good going to his left but his overall play makes him valuable to the team. Matsui needs to just bow out gracefully saying his knees are just too damaged to continue. And Posada, I am just turned off by him. It started with this over reaction to the Swisher pitching appearance and has gone down hill since.

  231. Kid Yanks April 28th, 2009 at 10:54 am

    Boy that Jason Bay is sure helping Boston forget about that guy they had named Manny. He does it to Cleveland in 0-0 tie in the 9th inning with a 3 run bomb!

    Looks like they did us better there in the “getting guys from Pittsburgh” department. I’d take Bay over Nady any day of the week! Heard Boston is close to tieing him up to a long-term deal. Mariano should like that!

    Way ta go Mar-i-anoooooooooooooo!!!!!

  232. helno51 April 28th, 2009 at 11:40 am

    Id like the team to be more athletic also but the teams in the 90s werent exactly athletic.

  233. que? April 28th, 2009 at 11:41 am

    Someone actually believes Jorge was running at full speed last night?

    Really???

    No wonder Ponzi schemes are always so successful.

  234. Buck Nasty April 28th, 2009 at 1:11 pm

    Im absolutely shocked! The only reason you woul pinch run gardner is if Melky is is he is the tying run which he isnt, becasue if you do and try to steal him and he does get caught well then girardi gets blamed for running us out of an inning. if posada gets on and we pinch run gardy for him then that is only the tying run and since were the away team even if we take the lead out 2 catchers are now out of the game and we have Brett Gardner in spot of catcher. Wow people kill Girardi and say things like this. I’m honestly shocked that the steinbrenners aretn looking for managers off of lohud honest to god shocked

  235. saucY April 28th, 2009 at 2:46 pm

    jorge dogs it in his final at bat, and the entire team is labeled old and unathletic…

  236. saucY April 28th, 2009 at 2:50 pm

    “I’d take Bay over Nady any day of the week! ”

    you’re a genius!

  237. Meh M April 28th, 2009 at 4:13 pm

    This is depressing. I’m not giving up of course. I always root harder for them when they’re losing…can’t help it. But still, it’s depressing.

  238. Meh M April 28th, 2009 at 4:24 pm

    I’m a big Hughes fan btw, I can’t wait for him to get out there tonight. Go PH

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