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Game 20: Yankees at Tigers

Posted by: Peter Abraham - Posted in Misc on Apr 28, 2009 Print This Post Print This Post | Email This Post Email This Post

YANKEES (9-10)
Jeter SS
Damon LF
Teixeira 1B
Matsui DH
Cano 2B
Swisher RF
Cabrera CF
Molina C
Pena 3B

Pitching: RHP Phil Hughes (season debut).

Hughes vs. the Detroit hitters.

TIGERS (11-8)
Granderson CF
Polanco 2B
Ordonez RF
Cabrera 1B
Guillen DH
Laird C
Inge 3B
Anderson LF
Everett SS

Pitching: RHP Edwin Jackson (1-1, 2.77).

Edwin Jackson vs. the New York hitters.

HUGHES THE MAN: Phil Hughes was 3-0, 1.86 in three starts for Triple-A Scranton. In 19.1 innings he allowed 17 hits and four earned runs. He walked three and struck out 17. Opponents hit .233 against him.

BAD TREND: The Yankees walked once and struck out 17 times in the last two games.

CANO ON A ROLL: Robinson Cano is up to .380 and has hit in 14 straight at 22 of 61. He has hit safely in 28 of 29 games dating last to last season.

NICK NEEDS A KNOCK: Nick Swisher is 6 of 35 (.171) with two RBI in his last nine games. His battig average has gone from .406 to .284.

MATTY MAKING STRIDES: Hideki Matsui 11 of his last 27 and has hit safely in seven straight.

SPUTTERING: The Yankees have scored three runs in the last 19 innings.

APRIL SHOWERS: The Yankees are 32-39 in April the last three seasons.

MINOR MATTERS: Eric Hacker was called up from Trenton to replace Hughes in the Scranton rotation. … Ian Kennedy has allowed 1.59 ERA in his first four starts. … Colin Curtis has a 12-game hit streak for Trenton. … Jeremy Bleich threw six scoreless innings for Tampa last night, fanning six. Jesus Montero is hitting .364, fourth in the FSL. … Manny Banuelos allowed one run in four innings for Charleston. Garrison Lassiter is hitting .346 and has nine RBI in 14 games.

Back later with much more.

UPDATE, 3:34 p.m.: Word is the Yankees are about to announce a cut in some ticket prices. More as that becomes available.

UPDATE, 3:40 p.m.: See details in the previous post on the new ticket prices for some seats.

UPDATE, 4:26 p.m.: Steven Jackson has been sent back to Scranton. Jackson was active for eight games but never got in.

UPDATE, 5:17 p.m.: Posada has a sore hamstring, hence his absence. … A-Rod took live BP today. Sergio Mitre was throwing. … Wang threw a 50-pitch bullpen.

UPDATE, 6:13 p.m.: This from the AP:

Alex Rodriguez participated in a sliding drill for the first time and got 15 at-bats Tuesday during his initial simulated game since undergoing right hip surgery last month.

The New York Yankees third baseman slid five times on a sliding mat, a key step in his rehab program. He also faced rehabbing pitchers Sergio Mitre (elbow) and Paul Patterson (shoulder) in the simulated game.

“A good day. It felt good,” Rodriguez said. “Good to be out there.”

He hit several hard liners to right field and several strong grounders up the middle.

Rodriguez could start playing in extended spring training games this week. The Yankees expect him to rejoin the team by May 15, although it is possible he might be back sooner.

The three-time AL MVP continued to increase his other workouts. Rodriguez took 28 swings in regular batting practice before the simulated game, 66 afterward, and started fielding popups off a pitching machine.

Also, Chien-Ming Wang threw 50 pitches off the mound and might pitch in an extended spring training game late this week.

Wang, on the 15-day disabled list with weakness in his hips, has started working out in a pool. He is doing some of the same work that Rodriguez does as part of his off-field program.

UPDATE, 6:15 p.m.: Joe Girardi, ever coy, said A-Rod was “very close” to playing in an extended spring game. I would guess that comes tomorrow or Thursday. And while the Yankees are sticking to May 15, he’s not going to need two weeks of games. I suspect we will see A-Rod back with the Yankees by May 6 or 7. Certainly by when they go to Baltimore on May 8.

Meanwhile, all those who called Posada a loafer yesterday now feel a little silly as we learn he was “running” with a hamstring pull. Posada thinks he’ll be OK, but it’s enough of an injury to have kept him out of the lineup for two days.

Look for Chien-Ming Wang to get into a game of some sort by Saturday. He’ll throw another bullpen on Thursday. That game, likely extended spring, would be 40-50 pitches. He had two physical therapy sessions today on his hips.

UPDATE, 6:31 p.m.: Here is Joe Girardi’s pre-game interview:

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UPDATE, 7:14 p.m.: Hughes is having trouble with his curveball but got Granderson with 94 heat. Good sign.

UPDATE, 7:17 p.m.: Curveball was working there against Polanco.

UPDATE, 7:19 p.m.: Three up, three down. Welcome back to the majors, Mr. Hughes.

Meanwhile, Berroa wouldn’t have gotten his walker within five feet of that ball.

UPDATE, 7:33 p.m.: So far, so good for Hughes. 32 pitches, 20 strikes, three strikeouts. His curve isn’t steady yet but he’s spotting his fastball well and that is half the battle for a starter. He’s 92-94 with it, which is plenty.

UPDATE, 7:54 p.m.: Hughes looks great and he just fanned Everett with a nice hook. But after getting ahead of Everett 0-2, he needed six more pitches to get him. That’s too many. Learning to be economical is a big thing for a young starter.

Meanwhile, Deryl Cousins isn’t doing him any favors with his strike zone.

UPDATE, 8:24 p.m.: The Yankees are now 8 of 53 with RISP in the last five games. That’s .151.

Cano up to 15 games. … Now Hughes need to find a way out of this jam. A 6-4-3 would work nicely.

UPDATE, 8:31 p.m.: Hughes squirms out of trouble there. He is keeping his composure nicely. Now maybe the Yankees can get him a few runs.

UPDATE, 8:44 p.m.: What a great job by Hughes so far. 5 innings, 2 hits, 0 runs, 2 walks, 5 strikeouts. He’s at 81 pitches. If he’s economical, he can give them another two innings.

UPDATE, 9:00 p.m.: That was a dropped third strike and Cano didn’t run. Once he was tagged, he was out. Cano probably thought it was a foul ball.

Heck of a game.

UPDATE, 9:09 p.m.: Who’s the man? Phil Franchise, that’s who.

6 innings, 2 hits, 0 runs, 2 walks, 6 strikeouts. I have him for 99 pitches, 58 strikes.

Nobody warming up in the Yankees pen. If somebody does, it better be Mark Melancon and not one of the Firestarter Five.

UPDATE, 9:16 p.m.: Second and third for Posada. They have to walk him, no?

Now this means Angel Berroa has to play third. Oh, boy.

UPDATE, 9:20 p.m.: Weird scoring there. Posada gets a sac fly and the second run scores on an error by Anderson.

Regardless, Yankees lead 2-0. Looks like Hughes is staying out there. I would have to think he’s batter by batter at this point. But nobody is warming up.

UPDATE, 9:30 p.m.: Looks like Melancon is warming up now. … After scoring three runs over a span of 25 innings, the Yankees have four so far here in the seventh.

Long inning. He’s at 99 pitches. 4-0 lead. Do you get Hughes out? Tough call. I’d go batter by batter.

UPDATE, 9:40 p.m.: With this long inning, I think it’s time to pat Hughes on the back and call it a night. If the bullpen can’t hold a 6-0 lead …

UPDATE, 9:43 p.m.: There’s Panda-monium here at the ballpark as Jose Molina delivers a grand slam. It’s 10-0.

Nice night, Phil.

The Yankees saw 56 pitches in that inning.

UPDATE, 9:54 p.m.: Phil Hughes six scoreless followed by a 1-2-3 innings by Mark Melancon? The Yankees are partying like it’s 2010.

It’ll get lost in a 10-0 game. But this is a really good night for the Yankees to have those two guys pitch as well as they did.

At any rate, I have my newspaper story to finish. Enjoy the rest of the game. Sorry for the technical problems as well. I alerted the office and hopefully it’ll get taken care of.

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1,439 Responses to “Game 20: Yankees at Tigers”

  1. Wat April 28th, 2009 at 3:34 pm

    gotta win today. Lets go Hughes

  2. Brandon If Melancon doesn't K the first batter he's a bust "I LOVE ME SOME ME !" April 28th, 2009 at 3:35 pm

    Banuelos is going to really special.

  3. Andrew April 28th, 2009 at 3:35 pm

    Let the lunacy begin.

  4. Brandon If Melancon doesn't K the first batter he's a bust "I LOVE ME SOME ME !" April 28th, 2009 at 3:36 pm

    be really special. *

    Sorry rushed excitement.

  5. Patrick April 28th, 2009 at 3:37 pm

    Jesus Montero had 2 HR today

  6. C April 28th, 2009 at 3:38 pm

    breaking news yankees lowering the pirces of luxery seats

  7. m April 28th, 2009 at 3:40 pm

    Ahh, Pete. You had me going. I thought the Yankees were going to announce some roster cuts. ;)

  8. Stephen April 28th, 2009 at 3:41 pm

    UPDATE, 3:34 p.m.: Word is the Yankees are about to announce a cut in some ticket prices. More as that becomes available.

    As Boomer & Carton mentioned this morning, what happens to the people who bought cheaper seats because they could only afford to spend X dollars and now see that luxury seats are in their price range? Can they upgrade? This should be interesting.

  9. Patrick April 28th, 2009 at 3:42 pm

    Carmen Angelini is so bad right now. He is hitting .229, 16 SO, 4 BB, only 3 XBH, and 13 errors in 16 games. He’s still pretty young but he hasn’t shown any progress since being drafted :(

  10. Andrew April 28th, 2009 at 3:42 pm

    I’m sure whatever reductions are announced won’t be enough to placate the class warriors and moralists who like to drone on and on about the dirtiness of the Yankees’ wealth and extravagant prices and all that.

  11. pat April 28th, 2009 at 3:43 pm

    Only the most expensive ones are cut. The other ones get additional free tickets to games for free.

  12. Carrie Bradshaw April 28th, 2009 at 3:46 pm

    I LOVE Manny Banuelos !!!!!!!!

  13. Rebecca-Optimist Prime April 28th, 2009 at 3:47 pm

    Pete, no mention of Angelini’s error streak?

  14. Andrew April 28th, 2009 at 3:47 pm

    Ramiro Pena better be playing 3rd again tonight. Hughes could use the best D possible behind him.

  15. The Mad Prince in Pinstripes April 28th, 2009 at 3:47 pm

    I’d like to see Hal muster some of his dad’s fury and light a fire under the underachieving backsides of the Yankees.

    Sometimes George piped in when it wasn’t necessary, but sometimes he gave them the extra motivation they needed.

    Pipe in HAL!!!

  16. Nick in SF April 28th, 2009 at 3:48 pm

    Pete left it out, but they also announced that the obstructed-view bleacher seats have gone from $5 to -$5. But watch out, they still get you with concessions. :(

  17. SFBrando April 28th, 2009 at 3:49 pm

    espn news is reporting that a-rod took live bp today in tampa

  18. Uncle Ellsworth April 28th, 2009 at 3:50 pm

    At least they are trying

  19. Clay Buchholz Loves Laptops - Latest Blog Entry: My Interview With Bill Gallo April 28th, 2009 at 3:50 pm

    The biggest draw so far in the new Yankee Stadium has been Joel Osteen. I find that very funny.

  20. Boston Dave April 28th, 2009 at 3:50 pm

    “I’d like to see Hal muster some of his dad’s fury and light a fire under the underachieving backsides of the Yankees.”

    ———

    or take the muzzle off of Hank?

    remember him?

  21. Boston Dave April 28th, 2009 at 3:51 pm

    “Only the most expensive ones are cut. The other ones get additional free tickets to games for free.”

    ——-

    seems fair to me

    if you were already willing to buy tickets at full price, you now get free tickets

  22. S.A.--Honk if you hate hobbits April 28th, 2009 at 3:52 pm

    I forgot about Hank.
    I’m surprised he doesn’t have a twitter account and spends his days twittering away.
    Or even someone making a fake Hank Steinbrenner twitter account. :P

  23. Clay Buchholz Loves Laptops - Latest Blog Entry: My Interview With Bill Gallo April 28th, 2009 at 3:53 pm

    “At least they are trying.”

    Yes, the seats went from ridiculously insane to just insane.

  24. Trevor April 28th, 2009 at 3:54 pm

    Good job by the Yankees. Those prices where ridiculous before. Still expensive but at least there will be tickets available on the cheap.

  25. Giuseppe Franco April 28th, 2009 at 3:54 pm

    George yelling and screaming in the old days never helped this team win a single game.

    The players probably just rolled their eyes and shook their heads every time George became unhinged.

  26. Brandon If Melancon doesn't K the first batter he's a bust "I LOVE ME SOME ME !" April 28th, 2009 at 3:56 pm

    “espn news is reporting that a-rod took live bp today in tampa”

    Thank you and I can’t wait for the circus to return ! :D

  27. Nick in SF April 28th, 2009 at 3:58 pm

    S.A.: Hank has quarantined himself out of fear that the equine flu is coming next.

  28. Boston Dave April 28th, 2009 at 3:58 pm

    “I forgot about Hank”

    ——–

    I’m sure somebody put the kabosh on him running his mouth to the media every day, for good reason.

    I never thought yelling about the players, especially veterans, to the media made a difference.

    You don’t think Jeter, Posada, Damon, Tex, etc know they need to pick it up?

    I hope the pitchers get it too. If not, yelling at them or about them isn’t going to do much.

  29. Giuseppe Franco April 28th, 2009 at 3:59 pm

    If you think the Yanks are going to lower their best seats to the $30-40 price range with a payroll over $200M for the last several years and a $1.5 Billion new home – well, you are living in the Land of Oz.

    All those big name free agents that the fans demand every year have come at a price, so people are going to have to learn to live with it since they helped create that monster.

  30. Danny April 28th, 2009 at 3:59 pm

    I think A-Rod and the Selena Roberts circus will help the team.

    He might deflect attention away from other guys and take the pressure off them.

  31. S.o.S. April 28th, 2009 at 3:59 pm

    I heard that the camera people behind the net are getting 3d glasses from now on.

    “Any player who is called up from this point forward, and sees no action, gets ‘Steven Jacksoned’.”

    I have to respond to this post on a previous thread. That name has already been set in stone. Its called getting BRITTONED.

    1.Brittoned = Not seeing any action and being shipped back to the minors.
    2.Pavanoed = Is getting placed on the dl.
    3.Texed = A homer from Mark.
    4.Sporting my Kei’s = Shades.
    5.Posadas all over my hands = Callisis
    6.quit throwing like a Damon = Biggest insult
    7.?

  32. Boston Dave April 28th, 2009 at 4:01 pm

    “espn news is reporting that a-rod took live bp today in tampa”

    ——-

    ESPN should have to pay ARod royalties.

  33. pat April 28th, 2009 at 4:01 pm

    WFAN just said Alex’s target date has been moved up to 1st week of May by the team.

  34. Boston Dave April 28th, 2009 at 4:01 pm

    “I think A-Rod and the Selena Roberts circus will help the team.

    He might deflect attention away from other guys and take the pressure off them.”

    ——-

    As long as ARod plays to his ability, it can’t make the rest of the team worse than they are right now.

  35. SFYanksFan April 28th, 2009 at 4:02 pm

    Scott Boras, excuse me Jon Heyman, is reporting that Arod has moved his return target up a week.

  36. K-Zone April 28th, 2009 at 4:02 pm

    Hank needs to get these guys in a room and chew them out. Let them know this play is unacceptable and they didn’t pay $423 million this winter to get swept by Boston and be under .500 in late April.

    He must let them know they must get it together or there will be firings, demotions, and other consequences.

  37. Uncle Ellsworth April 28th, 2009 at 4:02 pm

    Carrie Bradshaw
    April 28th, 2009 at 3:46 pm
    I LOVE Manny Banuelos !!!!!!!!

    This is funny.

  38. S.A.--Honk if you hate hobbits April 28th, 2009 at 4:03 pm

    Nick in SF April 28th, 2009 at 3:58 pm

    S.A.: Hank has quarantined himself out of fear that the equine flu is coming next.

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

    :lol:

  39. Boston Dave April 28th, 2009 at 4:03 pm

    “All those big name free agents that the fans demand every year have come at a price, so people are going to have to learn to live with it since they helped create that monster.”

    ——-

    cmon GF, stop spoiling the fun with reality.

    Let’s trade for Cameron and his $10M and a few more high priced bench guys but drop ticket prices even more.

  40. Uncle Ellsworth April 28th, 2009 at 4:03 pm

    pat
    April 28th, 2009 at 4:01 pm
    WFAN just said Alex’s target date has been moved up to 1st week of May by the team.

    Yankees: “That’s not the information we have, its a process you know”

  41. GreenBeret7 April 28th, 2009 at 4:04 pm

    The Yankees are the reason for players like Angelini and Justin Snyder not improving their defense. The same can be said for most of their infielders. They have to bring in good instructors to the lower levels to help managers like Torre Tyson to work with these kids. They’re making the same mistakes with Garrison Lassister, Damon Sublett Addison Maruszak and the Nunez’ kids, Eduardo and Luis. It’s the one big failure of the farm system…pinching pennies on instructors.

  42. Boston Dave April 28th, 2009 at 4:04 pm

    “1.Brittoned = Not seeing any action and being shipped back to the minors.
    2.Pavanoed = Is getting placed on the dl.
    3.Texed = A homer from Mark.
    4.Sporting my Kei’s = Shades.
    5.Posadas all over my hands = Callisis
    6.quit throwing like a Damon = Biggest insult
    7.?”

    ———-

    LOL

    keep that list going…

  43. DMoney April 28th, 2009 at 4:05 pm

    Can A-Rod….

    Cure Wang?

    Teach Hughes a changeup?

    Teach Joba to throw high 90s with command again?

    Make CC/AJ pitch better?

    Make the bullpen get outs in big spots (especially until Bruney returns)?

    Make the other hitters in the lineup hit with RISP?

    As SJ said, he will be a MARGINAL improvement. This isin’t the NBA. One player isin’t going to turn a team upside down. He’ll help, but don’t expect him to work miracles. The other guy need to perform too and so far they have not.

  44. Brandon If Melancon doesn't K the first batter he's a bust "I LOVE ME SOME ME !" April 28th, 2009 at 4:07 pm

    $48 – $90 in pairs on Yankees.com right now. Later guys.

  45. Zach in Port Jeff April 28th, 2009 at 4:07 pm

    Scott Boras, excuse me Jon Heyman, is reporting that Arod has moved his return target up a week.
    ======================
    Heh heh. Good one. I wonder if Jon Heyman’s middle name is “Mouthpiece”?

  46. Lance April 28th, 2009 at 4:08 pm

    “NICK NEEDS A KNOCK: Nick Swisher is 6 of 35 (.171) with two RBI in his last nine games. His battig average has gone from .406 to .284.”

    And people wanted him to start over Nady. As usual, Girardi knew more than the armchair managers here.

  47. Bill April 28th, 2009 at 4:08 pm

    No Posada? Benched for dogging it?

  48. Giuseppe Franco April 28th, 2009 at 4:09 pm

    Hank needs to get these guys in a room and chew them out. Let them know this play is unacceptable and they didn’t pay $423 million this winter to get swept by Boston and be under .500 in late April.

    He must let them know they must get it together or there will be firings, demotions, and other consequences.

    —————-

    How is a blubbering fool going to help this team win games?

    He doesn’t even run the team. Hal and Cashman do.

    Hank sounds like a buffoon every time he opens his mouth and has embarrassed the franchise more than anything else.

  49. S.o.S. April 28th, 2009 at 4:10 pm

    7. Quit Hidecking around and marry me already = Fear of commitment.
    8. Im wearing my Giambi’s = Thongs
    9. Swish time = Getting blown out and looking for a fan to finish the game.
    10. Whats up with your Giambi look = Wet dog look(hair)
    11.?

  50. Wild Card April 28th, 2009 at 4:10 pm

    What’s the word on Ajax? Has he been playing or is he hurt?

  51. PaulydaGoat April 28th, 2009 at 4:10 pm

    GB7
    They have to save all the money for the Damon’s, Matsui’s, Posada’s so we can witness them becoming old.

    Seriously though,
    when is the “Captain” gonna take one for the team and move himself to CF?

  52. vtred April 28th, 2009 at 4:11 pm

    Girardi sending a message to Posada— LOVE IT.

  53. Wild Card April 28th, 2009 at 4:11 pm

    So is Melky in the lineup just so Cano stays superhuman?

  54. Boston Dave April 28th, 2009 at 4:12 pm

    SoS,

    you gotta publish that

  55. Chris April 28th, 2009 at 4:12 pm

    how is jeter moving to centerfield going to solve anything? he doesn’t have the range for short stop anymore, but all of a sudden he’ll have the range to play in the outfield, something he’s never done before in his life?

  56. yankee 822 April 28th, 2009 at 4:12 pm

    Cabrera, Molina, and Pena against a hard throwing righty like Edwin Jackson?

    This is going to be a long night

  57. PaulydaGoat April 28th, 2009 at 4:13 pm

    Bill–
    No. Posada is benched for being a horsecrap catcher who Girardi doesn’t want to subject Phil Franchise to.

    And the fact that right now, Molina is hitting better than him too.

  58. Boston Dave April 28th, 2009 at 4:13 pm

    “So is Melky in the lineup just so Cano stays superhuman?”

    ——–

    Gardner is obviously getting a wakeup call that he needs to improve when he gets his next chance.

  59. Matt-Pitt April 28th, 2009 at 4:13 pm

    “And people wanted him to start over Nady. As usual, Girardi knew more than the armchair managers here.”

    Swisher still has a OBP of close to .400 (.392), slugging of .612 which is an OPS of 1.004. Will he keep it up? Probably not going based off his career numbers. However, its not how you get on base, its how OFTEN you get on base and Swisher has done that better than Nady throughout both of their careers. So yes, Swisher should be starting even if Nady was still around.

  60. Nick in SF April 28th, 2009 at 4:14 pm

    Marginal improvements are often the difference between winning and losing. SJ44 is crediting the Ransom/Berroa combo with 3 losses that Alex Cora could/would have prevented.

    Is Arod a bigger ‘marginal improvement’ than Alex Cora?

  61. Giuseppe Franco April 28th, 2009 at 4:14 pm

    I don’t think Posada has been benched for “dogging it”.

    He did catch on Saturday and Sunday and had a half day off yesterday.

    I’m sure they are just resting their 38 yr old catcher who is still coming back from major shoulder surgery.

  62. Boston Dave April 28th, 2009 at 4:14 pm

    “how is jeter moving to centerfield going to solve anything? he doesn’t have the range for short stop anymore, but all of a sudden he’ll have the range to play in the outfield, something he’s never done before in his life?”

    ——–

    don’t forget he doesn’t have the arm he used to have either.

    but people also wanted Grudz or Durham to play 3rd base.

  63. jennifer April 28th, 2009 at 4:15 pm

    HMMM Jorge benched? Is it cause he didn’t hustle last night?

  64. JohnC April 28th, 2009 at 4:15 pm

    WOW! Posada not playing again tonight. Pete, any info on this? Is Girardi sending him a message for not hustling last night on that DP? I sure hope so.

  65. JohnC April 28th, 2009 at 4:15 pm

    WOW! Posada not playing again tonight. Pete, any info on this? Is Girardi sending him a message for not hustling last night on that DP? I sure hope so.

  66. jennifer April 28th, 2009 at 4:15 pm

    Giuseppe Franco

    half day? He only had one ab, and didn’t have to catch.

  67. Rebecca-Optimist Prime April 28th, 2009 at 4:16 pm

    1.Brittoned = Not seeing any action and being shipped back to the minors.
    2.Pavanoed = Is getting placed on the dl.
    3.Texed = A homer from Mark.
    4.Sporting my Kei’s = Shades.
    5.Posadas all over my hands = Callisis
    6.quit throwing like a Damon = Biggest insult

    7. Swisher’d = worked the count full and struck out
    8. Melky’d = struck out at ball four/pitch up in the eyes
    9. Joba’d = being taken out due to pitch count
    10. Proctor’d = reliever being relied on excessively
    11. Girardi’d = being given a day off despite being on a hot streak.
    12. LoHud’d = Jumping off a cliff because the Yanks lost a game in April.

  68. R+ April 28th, 2009 at 4:16 pm

    When A-Rod comes back, Swisher would fit well in the lineup

    Without him, we need Nady and his RBI ability. He is a .280 hitter. Swisher is a .240 hitter. We don’t need OBP, we need RBIs and some RH power.

  69. Pat M April 28th, 2009 at 4:16 pm

    GB7, A few of us have been asking the same question for awhile now…Where have all the coaches gone ???

  70. GreenBeret7 April 28th, 2009 at 4:16 pm

    Jesus….the idiots have arrived early, today. I was hoping they would be kept after school.

  71. Mike from NC April 28th, 2009 at 4:17 pm

    I’m glad Lassiter is doing well in the minors; he just graduated from my high school.

  72. PaulydaGoat April 28th, 2009 at 4:17 pm

    Chris–

    So Jeter at short and Gardner/Cabrera in CF is better than Pena at SS and Jeter in CF?

  73. Rob NY -- 2009 The Road to Redemption April 28th, 2009 at 4:18 pm

    I gotta say I’m glad to see GI Joe American hero sat Posada down after not running out the grounder last night. (at least it would seem to be the reason?) I know the fact that I’d rather Jorge DH full time isn’t accepted and I appreciate that as long as Matsui keeps hitting our best team is with Jorge behind the dish but Girardi needs to send a message that lack of hustle isn’t acceptable. If Jimmy Rollins can get benched for it Jorge can too.

  74. Doreen April 28th, 2009 at 4:19 pm

    So what should be at the bottom of the order? If you want defense at third, you have to have Pena. If Posada is not playing because he’s either sore or someone’s sore at him, you’ve got Molina. Cabrera is not so bad – inconsistent, but not horrid.

    If they had something better, then it’s worth complaining about. But that’s not the case here. :)

  75. S.o.S. April 28th, 2009 at 4:19 pm

    SoS,

    you gotta publish that

    ————————–

    Boston Dave,
    Stop that. Dont give me a bigger Matsui than i already have.

    11. Gardenering out = This one is tricky. It sounds like grounding but its the opposite. Fly out to shallow outfield.
    12. Wanging it = Just serving up meat balls and not getting on top of the ball.
    13. Canoing it = 2 meanings. Being non challaunt and swinging at the first pitch.(08 and prior version).
    14.

  76. Matt-Pitt April 28th, 2009 at 4:19 pm

    “Without him, we need Nady and his RBI ability. He is a .280 hitter. Swisher is a .240 hitter. We don’t need OBP, we need RBIs and some RH power.”

    Again… Everybody is going off Nady’s career year last year and expecting it to just happen again. Nady and Swisher have never driven in 100 runs in a season. Nady has hit 20+hrs in 2 years of his career. Swisher has done it 4 years in a row. Least look up the numbers before you say it.

  77. Rebecca-Optimist Prime April 28th, 2009 at 4:20 pm

    The good news would be if its a benching. Here’s hoping he’s not hurt or something.

  78. Matt-Pitt April 28th, 2009 at 4:20 pm

    And RH power… Swish is a switch hitter and has power from both sides.

  79. Chris April 28th, 2009 at 4:21 pm

    You’d be substituting one problem for another. Right now we have below average defense at shortstop and above average defense in centerfield, with someone who can’t hit. If you put jeter in center, you’ve got below average defense there and with Pena at short you have an above average defender, who can’t hit. Basically it’s not solving anything and opening up another can of worms for us defensively. Then we’d have a good defense up the middle and our outfield just got worse too. There is not one person who can honestly say “jeter would be a good defensive centerfielder”. He’s not 23 years old and learning a new position. He has lost a few steps in his speed, his arm is starting to weaken too. Not really something I want to see, another defensive liability in the outfield

  80. PaulydaGoat April 28th, 2009 at 4:21 pm

    GB7–

    I assume you mean me. I assure you I am not a kid or an idiot.

    So you dont agree with my opinion, no need for the attack.

  81. GreenBeret7 April 28th, 2009 at 4:21 pm

    Pat M
    April 28th, 2009 at 4:16 pm
    GB7, A few of us have been asking the same question for awhile now…Where have all the coaches gone ???

    ————————————————————

    Yep, and it’s an issue that possibly only around 4 people have even thought about it being a problem. 100 million dollars worth of farm talent and they cut corners on teachers.

  82. S.o.S. April 28th, 2009 at 4:22 pm

    10. Proctor’d = reliever being relied on excessively

    ————————

    Rebecca,
    Tough call on this one. Its that or Sturtzed.

  83. GreenBeret7 April 28th, 2009 at 4:22 pm

    PaulydaGoat
    April 28th, 2009 at 4:21 pm
    GB7—
    I assume you mean me. I assure you I am not a kid or an idiot.

    So you dont agree with my opinion, no need for the attack.

    ————————————————————

    It must be your guilty conscience. I didn’t mention you.

  84. Uncle Ellsworth April 28th, 2009 at 4:22 pm

    sending a Tex: hit to warning track?

  85. tampayank April 28th, 2009 at 4:23 pm

    will AROD be back at the stadium Monday for the Sox? That would add a little spice to that game

  86. Drew April 28th, 2009 at 4:24 pm

    I’m guessing Posada is aching? Or they don’t want the Tigers running on them.

    He didn’t dog it last night, that was him busting it..that’s the sad part.

  87. trisha - click to see my bigger and better Opening Day photos April 28th, 2009 at 4:24 pm

    Doreen -

    Thank you for reading my tome! That is a true Yankee sister to take the time to do that.

    :)

  88. PaulydaGoat April 28th, 2009 at 4:25 pm

    Chris–
    Well, I disagree that we have seen above average defense in CF. Its ok, but I was expecting a little more from Gardner. It seems he has problems tracking some balls.
    And I would put Jeter over Cabrera in athleticism.
    I would say the CF defense would be better and the SS defense would be much better.

  89. Pel (Uncertainty is certain.) April 28th, 2009 at 4:26 pm

    >Jeter in CF

    passed a leaping jeter

  90. Benny Blanco April 28th, 2009 at 4:26 pm

    Arod moved up his return date…..YES! Now selena and the rest of the rat pack can move up their book date. As yankee fans, we should expect exceprts of this TRASH to start circulating by the beginning of next week. UGGHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHH!!!!!

  91. S.o.S. April 28th, 2009 at 4:26 pm

    14. Josing around the bases = Running like a turtle.
    15. Chamberland pitch = A high and tight pitch that has batter land on thier rear(see Youk for ex.).

  92. Benny Blanco April 28th, 2009 at 4:26 pm

    Excerpts* oopsy!

  93. GreenBeret7 April 28th, 2009 at 4:27 pm

    Lassiter’s hitting well at Charleston and he’s cutting down on the strikeouts, but, they’re playing him out of position at third base. I’d like to see them have Lassister and Angelini switch positions. Personally, I think Angelini needs to be moved to the outfield. His best defensive talents are tracking flies and a strong arm.

  94. VIGGY April 28th, 2009 at 4:27 pm

    “Swish is a switch hitter and has power from both sides”

    SO DO I, (A-LOT OF POWER)
    BUT I CANT HIT MAJOR LEAGUE PITCHING.

  95. Bob(The Original) April 28th, 2009 at 4:28 pm

    Why no Posada again?

  96. PaulydaGoat April 28th, 2009 at 4:28 pm

    GB7–
    You didn’t mention anybody specific. Who were you talking about then?

  97. brian April 28th, 2009 at 4:29 pm

    14. Jeter’d = hitting into an inning ending double play
    15. Matsui’d= rolling over and hitting a ball to the second baseman
    16. Pettite’d= being stole home on

  98. bodhisattva April 28th, 2009 at 4:30 pm

    Rob NY — 2009 The Road to Redemption
    April 28th, 2009 at 4:18 pm
    I gotta say I’m glad to see GI Joe American hero sat Posada down after not running out the grounder last night. (at least it would seem to be the reason?) I know the fact that I’d rather Jorge DH full time isn’t accepted and I appreciate that as long as Matsui keeps hitting our best team is with Jorge behind the dish but Girardi needs to send a message that lack of hustle isn’t acceptable. If Jimmy Rollins can get benched for it Jorge can too.
    ==============================================
    Jorge is gassed, and may be achy. Needs a break. That’s my two cents.

  99. stuart April 28th, 2009 at 4:30 pm

    what is up with no Jorge tonight, PETE????????????????

  100. 86w183 April 28th, 2009 at 4:31 pm

    Neither Swisher nor Nady is an All-Star caliber every day player. Both are useful MLB hitters who probably should play about 2/3 of the time.

    Makes sense to put the best defenisve team on the field for Hughes. I don’t think Jorge dogged anything. He is one of the slowest players in the game. Jorge and the Molina family could be a 4 X 100 relay team that would barely break the four minute quarter mile.

  101. trisha - click to see my bigger and better Opening Day photos April 28th, 2009 at 4:31 pm

    OH MY GOD!!!!

    That’s about Molina catching tonight’s game. I have so much ambivalence only because I don’t know exactly what is going on. I hate to say it but it didn’t help having someone suggest that Posada might be trying to pull a 2008 Carlos Delgado!

    Anyway, I am THRILLED Molina is catching because I think Hughes has a good shot with Molina there to baby him, if you will. I think Molina has a good temperament for pitchers who need some gentle guidance and/or understanding. I think Phil needs that based on where he has been.

    I don’t want Posada to be hurt because he is an important part of the team. So I am hoping that he is sitting this out because he is being benched. But if he is being benched, that’s not a good thing because it would mean that he was dogging it down the line and he is being wilful because he’s upset with Girardi.

    Most of all, it makes me sick to the pit of my stomach to think that Posada would do anything to hurt the team just to try to get rid of Girardi. I am not ready to go there so I don’t need a thousand Posada fans telling me I am sick or crazy.

    But since I have questioned the way he has called some games, the thought that he would do anything to hurt a pitcher just to make Girardi look ineffective, well, that thought would make me crazy.

    I think that if Jorge has been pouting and wilful (saying IF) I would like to believe that he is enough about the team that he will find a way to put it aside. I have to say that I do see him that way.

  102. S.o.S. April 28th, 2009 at 4:33 pm

    Folks. I dont know what all this panic crap is about. We spot teams leads every season. We got swept a couple years ago by boston to begin the season(or lost 2 of 3 with a blown save by MO) and still proceeded to win the division with a less talented team. Why are we acting like these pitchers arent going to throw like the back of their card would tell us?

    Jeter isnt moving to centerfield anytime soon or ever. His speed has declined and so has his arm. Left field is his next destination(would prefer a power hitter in that spot). But it wont be for a couple years.

  103. KO April 28th, 2009 at 4:33 pm

    brian i think you forgot teixeira’d = hitting a really long, ridiculously high fly ball that always gets caught short of the fence

  104. bodhisattva April 28th, 2009 at 4:33 pm

    Addendum:

    I find it interesting what a 4-game slide does to people.

    Jorge previously was “the real captain” and a guy who got in people’s faces, didn’t tolerate lack of effort, the “heart & soul” of the team.

    Based on one play, with no hard evidence, he has morphed into a dog and Molina needs to be the ED catcher.

    Remind me never to go to war with any of you.

  105. Patrick April 28th, 2009 at 4:33 pm

    So what’s wrong with Posada?

  106. GGBG April 28th, 2009 at 4:34 pm

    I love Jeter as much as any Yankee fan but watching him go left after a ball is painful. He has no range. He never dives. When was the last time he dove to his left, caught a ball and threw someone out at 1st?

    His range to the right is better and he can still make that jump throw but even that looks a step lower than before.

    He’s going to cost us a lot of runs in the field.

    That being said at least he has hit well. Looks like he got over that wrist thing from last year.

  107. trisha - click to see my bigger and better Opening Day photos April 28th, 2009 at 4:34 pm

    S.o.S. -

    There are many of us, I THINK, who are not panicked. We’re probably not always quite as vocal as the panicky ones though. But isn’t that just a microcosm of life!

  108. Patrick April 28th, 2009 at 4:34 pm

    Swisher is most definitely an everyday player. Go look at his career stats before making silly assertions.

  109. KO April 28th, 2009 at 4:36 pm

    btw, Jorge did NOT bust it down the line last night. I don’t care how slow he is. The dude was not running his hardest and that was pretty obvious to me, I noticed it right away. There is such a huge difference between being down by 2 with a guy one, one out.. and being down by 2 with nobody on and 2 out. I don’t know if he could have beaten it out. Maybe not. But the 2nd baseman took an AWFUL long time to get it over there to 1st, and Posada wasn’t busting it. I was surprised

  110. trisha - click to see my bigger and better Opening Day photos April 28th, 2009 at 4:36 pm

    “So what’s wrong with Posada?”

    The question were all asking.

    Bod – you can go to war with me because I know ultimately I will have your back if we’re wearing the same uni. Some people call that blind loyalty! It doesn’t mean, though, that I won’t squabble with you when we’re on the base!

    :D

  111. pat April 28th, 2009 at 4:36 pm

    If Jorge is hurt will people apologize for accusing him of dogging it?

  112. brian April 28th, 2009 at 4:36 pm

    ko- your right but u also forgot to include the part that the ball actually looks like it will get out but just dies its incredible how many times i have been fooled this year thinking that texeria’s ball was gone and its a normal fly, maybe its because i haven’t seen him swing enough to know but it seems like the ball isn’t coming off his bat well

  113. Uncle Ellsworth April 28th, 2009 at 4:39 pm

    ok a lot of negativity here today, surprise , surprise – some even coming from the more positive of us.
    How ’bout we put a moratorium on negative stuff from 6:00 til however long it takes.
    I wouldn’t expect everyone to play along but think it may be fun for those of you that do – like you daring your loquatious friend to pipe down for an hour.
    BTW feel free to start before six.

    Who’s game?

  114. Code X April 28th, 2009 at 4:39 pm

    “If Jorge is hurt will people apologize for accusing him of dogging it?”

    No.

  115. JT April 28th, 2009 at 4:39 pm

    Pete, whats up with Posada not starting two days in a row?

  116. V April 28th, 2009 at 4:39 pm

    Gardner is done. Go melky!

  117. bodhisattva April 28th, 2009 at 4:40 pm

    trisha – click to see my bigger and better Opening Day photos
    April 28th, 2009 at 4:36 pm
    “So what’s wrong with Posada?”
    The question were all asking.
    Bod – you can go to war with me because I know ultimately I will have your back if we’re wearing the same uni. Some people call that blind loyalty! It doesn’t mean, though, that I won’t squabble with you when we’re on the base!
    ==============
    trisha, my dear, I’ve already invited you to join me in my section to chase out all the neophytes. Together, we’d rule the world ;)

  118. joeman April 28th, 2009 at 4:40 pm

    have to agree leave Swisher alnoe & let him play.

    seeing Hughes & the Yanks giving up 4 runs tonight & losing 4-3,no clutch hitting will do them in,for those who care I called the Verlander gem last night.

  119. Patrick April 28th, 2009 at 4:41 pm

    Jeter has actually been better in the field than most AL shortstops so far this year. His UZR is 4th best among AL shortstops.

  120. kill.schill(ing) April 28th, 2009 at 4:41 pm

    Actually, using Molina two nights in a row, is worrisome.

    Doesn’t it suggest that Jorge is hurting, if not necessarily injured.

    I can’t imagine Girardi thinks Molina’s pitch selection will serve Hughes that much better than Jorge’s.

  121. brian April 28th, 2009 at 4:41 pm

    tex i know is a slow starter and i didn’t mean to bash him but i think not having a-rod in the lineup to protect him has greatly effected his performance, it will change once a-rod comes back….there is no one in our line-up right now that i would even be afraid of thats the problem, i bet other pitchers think they can get out any of the yankees at any time, maybe besides Cano who i expect to keep this up all season he should bat 3rd arod 4th tex 5th

  122. Bob(The Original) April 28th, 2009 at 4:42 pm

    Come on PEte, you can’t post a lineup with Posada not in it again, and have no comment about it!!!

    Playing with a 6 man lineup tonight should be fun.

  123. bodhisattva April 28th, 2009 at 4:43 pm

    V
    April 28th, 2009 at 4:39 pm
    Gardner is done. Go melky!
    =================
    Gardner has a move. Send him down and tirelessly teach him the art of bunting. If he could learn this, he could be valuable. He’d be a help as a PR for us and late innings OF.

  124. brian April 28th, 2009 at 4:43 pm

    what are peoples opinions, on the line-up
    cano
    arod
    tex

    or

    arod
    tex
    cano

    or

    tex
    arod
    cano

  125. 86w183 April 28th, 2009 at 4:43 pm

    Patrick—-

    Learn to read will ya? I wrote he was not an every day All-Star caliber player which is why I think the Yanks would be better off if he played less often.

    Am I wrong? You think a career .245 hitter who strikes out 20 percent of his plate appearances should be in a lineup every day? I don’t.

    By the way that robust batting average drops to .224 with RISP.

  126. please win one in detroit April 28th, 2009 at 4:45 pm

    porcello tomorrow:

    7IP, 5 Hits, 0ER, 2 BB’s, 8K’s

  127. Bad Scooter April 28th, 2009 at 4:46 pm

    Bodhi – Great post at 4:33. I agree.

  128. Pat M April 28th, 2009 at 4:48 pm

    GB7, You have a way of exposing all the fragile ego’s that reside or visit the LoHud….Were you in special ops ??

  129. m April 28th, 2009 at 4:48 pm

    There’s got to be some logical explanation. Worse case is that Jorge’s banged up. Don’t think that’s the case.

    Taking a stab in the dark, who caught Hughes when he came up last September? Molina most likely.

  130. tex's friend (cc looks like he is getting it together) April 28th, 2009 at 4:49 pm

    Poooooooosadaaaaaa???

  131. please win one in detroit April 28th, 2009 at 4:49 pm

    didn’t molina catch 2 out of 3 games in tampa bay as well

  132. Rebecca-Optimist Prime April 28th, 2009 at 4:50 pm

    m: Well, with Posada by that time done for the year, there’s no real question.

    If you’re referring to Septemer 2007, I have no idea.

  133. m April 28th, 2009 at 4:50 pm

    kill-schill,

    There’s more to calling a game than pitch selection.

  134. cano he didnt April 28th, 2009 at 4:50 pm

    i would like to see
    Jeter/Damon
    Damon/Jeter
    Cano
    Teix
    Arod
    Posada
    Godzilla
    Swish
    CFer

  135. V April 28th, 2009 at 4:51 pm

    “Gardner has a move. Send him down and tirelessly teach him the art of bunting. If he could learn this, he could be valuable. He’d be a help as a PR for us and late innings OF.”

    That wasn’t me you responded to. It’s my personal troll. I won’t be here for the rest of the day, so please don’t respond to him.

    Pete – will you PLEASE ban this dude? The one that keeps impersonating people?

  136. James (One of the Many) April 28th, 2009 at 4:51 pm

    Does anyone remember the name of the veteran Mexican league player the yankees signed, he played in the WBC as well, pete mentioned him some time back but I can not recall his name.

  137. V April 28th, 2009 at 4:51 pm

    I repeat: Please ignore, for the rest of the day, any moron posting as ‘V’, ‘The Real V’, etc.

  138. Bob(The Original) April 28th, 2009 at 4:52 pm

    m
    April 28th, 2009 at 4:48 pm
    There’s got to be some logical explanation. Worse case is that Jorge’s banged up. Don’t think that’s the case.

    Taking a stab in the dark, who caught Hughes when he came up last September? Molina most likely.

    ——————————————

    If that’s why, how come Jorge isn’t DHing?

    Last thing we need right now is for Jorge to be hurt.

  139. Benny Blanco April 28th, 2009 at 4:52 pm

    Taking a stab in the dark, who caught Hughes when he came up last September? Molina most likely.

    And Phil Hughes pitched 8 innings of 2 run ball against, who else?, AJ burnett.

  140. m April 28th, 2009 at 4:52 pm

    Rebecca,

    Yes, talking about ’08. So it could’ve been Moeller, Pudge, Stewart, too. But since they’re no longer with us, Molina’s a pretty good guess. :)

  141. Patrick April 28th, 2009 at 4:52 pm

    86whatever,

    “Both are useful MLB hitters who probably should play about 2/3 of the time. ”

    My reading skills tell me that you think Swisher is not an everyday player, hence my earlier comment. Career .811 OPS = everyday player, end of conversation. Take out his down year last year and his career numbers are even better. Also take into account that he is just reaching his peak and his numbers should be even better than his career averages in 2009.

    It’s pretty sad how fans turn on players so quickly. Swisher starts out hot and fans are loving him but when he goes into a slump all the same fans jump all over him.

  142. Uncle Ellsworth April 28th, 2009 at 4:53 pm

    James:

    Where in the world is Jorge Vasquez!!

  143. m April 28th, 2009 at 4:54 pm

    Bob,

    Oops. Assumed he be DH’ing.

    Then I’ll say there was a spat.

  144. Kelsy April 28th, 2009 at 4:55 pm

    I like:

    Cano
    A-Rod
    Teix

  145. Ed - the new age of the Yankees is here April 28th, 2009 at 4:55 pm

    mel,

    correction, Stewart is still with us. he was reacquired in a trade during spring training.

  146. randy l. April 28th, 2009 at 4:58 pm

    “LoHud….Were you in special ops ??”

    pat m-

    who else would take him?

  147. S.A.--Honk if you hate hobbits April 28th, 2009 at 4:59 pm

    Taking a stab in the dark, who caught Hughes when he came up last September? Molina most likely.

    m-It was Pudge and Moeller in September

    http://www.baseball-reference......;year=2008

  148. m April 28th, 2009 at 4:59 pm

    Ed,

    Knew someone would catch that. :)

    Okay, everyone who thinks we win today, raise your hand.

    ^

  149. bodhisattva April 28th, 2009 at 4:59 pm

    ames (One of the Many)
    April 28th, 2009 at 4:51 pm
    Does anyone remember the name of the veteran Mexican league player the yankees signed, he played in the WBC as well, pete mentioned him some time back but I can not recall his name.
    ====
    Jorge Vasquez, 1B.

  150. bru April 28th, 2009 at 5:00 pm

    the rs were laughing at the yankees.no respect at all.

    the yankees need arod back,the pitching needs to get going,they need a long man in the pen & they need a new cf now.

    they can’t compete with the rs with melky,gardner,pena/berroa in the lineup especially if molina catches.
    209 million dollar team & they run that lineup out?

    it is terrible.they should bring ajax up soon & give him a shot.all i hear is it is early.

    what is everybody going to say at the as break when melky & gardner are hitting 250 with a 300 obp?

    the rs are loaded with talent & have money to spend.

    if bp & smoltz contribute it is going to be a long year for the yankees.

    girardi over manages.why does he feel the need to run 15 pitchers out per game & pitch marte to righties?

    we need to get 6 innings minimum from out starters,marte or coke for the 7th,bruney/melancon/joba for the 8th & mo to close it out.

    i hope hughes pitches a gem.

  151. Uncle Ellsworth April 28th, 2009 at 5:00 pm

    randy l.
    April 28th, 2009 at 4:58 pm
    “LoHud….Were you in special ops ??”

    pat m-

    who else would take him?

    winning the hearts and minds of Lohudders one comment at a time.

  152. S.A.--Honk if you hate hobbits April 28th, 2009 at 5:00 pm

    Taking a stab in the dark, who caught Hughes when he came up last September? Molina most likely.

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

    My post was eaten up so I will try this again.
    m-It was Pudge and Moeller in September catching for Phil

  153. bodhisattva April 28th, 2009 at 5:01 pm

    Uncle Ellsworth
    April 28th, 2009 at 4:53 pm
    James:
    Where in the world is Jorge Vasquez!!
    ======================
    In Trenton. Tempted to drive out there tomorrow, since Z-Mac is pitching.

  154. S.A.--Honk if you hate hobbits April 28th, 2009 at 5:01 pm

    Okay, everyone who thinks we win today, raise your hand.

    ^

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

    ^ Hand raised. :)

  155. Ed - the new age of the Yankees is here April 28th, 2009 at 5:02 pm

    “Okay, everyone who thinks we win today, raise your hand.”

    :two thumbs up: lol

  156. Greg April 28th, 2009 at 5:02 pm

    Yankees 3B so far this year: .192 BA, .244 OBP, .370 SLG, .614 OPS.

    A-Rod’s had 4 years where his slugging % alone is higher than that OPS.

    A-Rod’s worst year of is his career (as a 21 year old): .300 BA, .350 OBP, .496 SLG, .846 OPS

    A-Rod’s average year: .306 BA, .389 OBP, .578 SLG, .967 OPS

    Even if nothing else changes, substituting A-Rod for the living dead that has been out there so far will have a drastic impact.

  157. Uncle Ellsworth April 28th, 2009 at 5:02 pm

    m

    I am Sparticus!

  158. S.o.S. April 28th, 2009 at 5:02 pm

    That wasn’t me you responded to. It’s my personal troll. I won’t be here for the rest of the day, so please don’t respond to him.

    ——————-

    V-I dont understand why this keeps happening to you. I would like to add that their are 25 more letters to choose from. Wheres the originality in that?

  159. m April 28th, 2009 at 5:03 pm

    SA,

    Thanks.

  160. Tank April 28th, 2009 at 5:04 pm

    Detroit isin’t a running team. Just keep Granderson off base.

    Detroit has 12 SBs, 6 of them by some kid name Josh Anderson who is a pinch runner for them off the bench.

  161. DEN x 2 April 28th, 2009 at 5:06 pm

    Muhlanson needs to be the setup man

  162. pat April 28th, 2009 at 5:06 pm

    I’ll be supportive. Hand raised!

  163. Uncle Ellsworth April 28th, 2009 at 5:07 pm

    m

    hand raised

  164. 86w183 April 28th, 2009 at 5:07 pm

    Patrick—

    I’m not turning on Swish. I’m not down on Swish. I’m not jumping all over Swish. I like the guy as a player and love his personality.

    All I wrote is that in my opinion he’s not an All-Star.

    To me players who are not All Stars ought to be used in mix and match opportunities whenever it makes sense. When Nady was healthy I thought that the Yankees had a situation where all six OF/DH types could start between 100-140 games.

    With Nady out I definitely believe Swisher should be in the lineup just about every day.

    I would pefer not to be accused of writing things I did not write and doing things I did not do.

    And if Swish is an All-Star in pinstripes I will buy you a Steak at NYY Steaks at some future opportunity.

  165. GreenBeret7 April 28th, 2009 at 5:07 pm

    Pat M
    April 28th, 2009 at 4:48 pm
    GB7, You have a way of exposing all the fragile ego’s that reside or visit the LoHud….Were you in special ops ??

    ————————————————————

    actually, PAT M, yeah for almost 36 years. I had a lot of fun, but, I think the most enjoyable part of it was helping buold schools and hospitals. We also visited a lot of schools here in the states. I remember one in particular. It was a class for “special children”. One obnoxious little guy in Rhode Island….a little monster named randy something or other.

  166. James (One of the Many) April 28th, 2009 at 5:08 pm

    Thanks Uncle Ellsworth and bodhisattva, out of curiosity I wanted to check his stats so far, but I had forgotten he played 1st.

  167. hardwired April 28th, 2009 at 5:09 pm

    let’s count the live bats currently in the lineup:

    Cano

    am I forgetting anyone???

  168. m April 28th, 2009 at 5:10 pm

    I like it! I was expecting crickets.

    Didn’t click the links, but espn is reporting that Alex did sliding drills and there’s an article on Kerrigan’s Kids and the revival of Pittsburgh pitching.

  169. trisha - click to see my bigger and better Opening Day pictures April 28th, 2009 at 5:10 pm

    “trisha, my dear, I’ve already invited you to join me in my section to chase out all the neophytes. Together, we’d rule the world”

    Bod – I’m there. With the cut in price how much do I pay to sit in your section?????

    :D

    By the way, I would have raised both hands about tonight’s win but I was driving.

  170. chambliss April 28th, 2009 at 5:10 pm

    I have great respect for SJ and other posters on this board, but I think many people underestimate the impact that A-Rod could have on the team when he returns. Remember that in April of 2007 he hit 14 home runs in 18 games, with 33 RBI over that period. That was a historic month for him, but he could do it again. Even just a regular A-Rod month would be a significant improvement over what we have been getting from our other third basemen.

    Having A-Rod back in the lineup helps other guys in the lineup too. Watch Tex’s numbers jump with A-Rod batting behind him.

    A-Rod can’t help Wang, but he can sure help guys like CC and AJ who might be able to relax a bit if they are more confident that the team will score more runs with A-Rod back in the lineup.

    And Jeter? How quickly we all forget that A-Rod at third makes Jeter a better shortstop because he covers the hole better than most third basemen, allowing Jeter to cheat more up the middle.

    Will A-Rod be the savior? I don’t know. He can’t make Posada quicker to first and he can’t make Girardi make better in game decisions, but he is going to give a huge boost to the team.

  171. Ed - the new age of the Yankees is here April 28th, 2009 at 5:11 pm

    I think we found out new CFer: :D

    Ryan Freel’s Orioles career is **not off** to a good start. He’s trying to bounce back from a head injury, and has gripes with the team’s handling of the situation according to MASN’s Steve Melewski. His reply when asked whether he wants to stay with the Orioles:

    “I think change is good for people. I think the expectations were for me to come here and perform in a different way than I did. I don’t think I met the expectations the way I in spring training. There is nothing wrong with change. **I don’t think I fit here**. I can’t control what they do with me. It’s putting a damper on my career.”

    You may recall that Freel met with Andy MacPhail on April 15th **over playing time concerns**.

    http://www.mlbtraderumors.com/.....happy.html

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

    Cashman should make a move. oh yeah, he could also play 2B and 3b.

  172. Pat M April 28th, 2009 at 5:12 pm

    Off the record,,GB7, You’re something else

  173. randy l. April 28th, 2009 at 5:12 pm

    “GB7….Were you in special ops ??”

    pat m-
    think dirty dozen

  174. TimStoddardOwnsYou April 28th, 2009 at 5:13 pm

    Posada has to be hurt…I was angry last night when he loafed down the first base line. Could it be because of injury? Or is Girardi benching him because he saw it too?

  175. Mark in Tampa April 28th, 2009 at 5:13 pm

    Don’t we have enough guys who play like they have head injuries?

  176. Fran April 28th, 2009 at 5:14 pm

    m,

    That’s good news about Alex doing sliding drills. That is supposed to be the last step before he gets into games.

  177. Billy April 28th, 2009 at 5:14 pm

    For what it’s worth, CJ just reported that Ian Kennedy left last night’s game with numbness in one of his fingers.

  178. Al from BK April 28th, 2009 at 5:14 pm

    Ed- Freel is a Mr. everything the guy could play catcher if you wanted him to. However his bat is not much better than what we already have here.

  179. S.o.S. April 28th, 2009 at 5:14 pm

    m,
    If we score more runs than Detroit and Phil pitches good enough to win. Then I will raise my hand and proclaim V for victory.

  180. trisha - click to see my bigger and better Opening Day pictures April 28th, 2009 at 5:15 pm

    kill.shill, I may get kill shilled for saying this because it’s such a small selection (so I’ve heard) but pitchers with Molina catching have a lower ERA than with Jorge catching. Who knows if there is any positive correlation there (or negative) but if there is I would suggest that pitch selection could have something to do with it.

    Or to quote Burnett: I threw some pitches tonight that I don’t ordinarily throw…

    Now I’ll duck!

    :D

  181. Uncle Ellsworth April 28th, 2009 at 5:15 pm

    My THEORY
    Posada has back spasms.

  182. TimStoddardOwnsYou April 28th, 2009 at 5:17 pm

    My theory (I’m hoping)
    Girardi grew a pair and benched Posada for last night.

  183. 86w183 April 28th, 2009 at 5:17 pm

    Freel would be a nice utility guy wouldn’t he? But if’s whining about playing time with the Orioles that may not be a good idea.

  184. James (One of the Many) April 28th, 2009 at 5:18 pm

    Freel may be worth a flyer but there must have been a reason beyond injuries that he could never hack it for years on the reds (Very streaky with the bat I think). A poor man’s chone figgins when he is hitting… this of course ignores he is hurt and on the O’s

  185. GreenBeret7 April 28th, 2009 at 5:18 pm

    Pat M
    April 28th, 2009 at 5:12 pm
    Off the record,,GB7, You’re something else

    ————————————————————

    PAT, ragging on randy is a lot better than complaining about who’s at fault for the last loss.

  186. chambliss April 28th, 2009 at 5:18 pm

    Let’s hope that Posada is being benched because he did not give maximum effort going to first. That issue can be fixed more quickly than a leg or back injury.

  187. m April 28th, 2009 at 5:19 pm

    And no one should be crying for Stephen Jackson. He’ll be back soon enough, and thanks to the Yankees he has free medical benefits for life.

    Even if they say Jorge is achy or sore, it might not be reason to panic. If (and that’s a BIG IF because I didn’t see the play so I can’t judge it) Joe’s going to bench Jorge, they’ll never admit it.

  188. CaptainsCorner April 28th, 2009 at 5:20 pm

    Well this kind of explains it…

    Posada tweaked a hamstring on Sunday. Joe Girardi wouldn’t hesitate using him in a pinch. Soggy conditions here. That probably slowed him out of the box in last night’s 9th.

    http://njmg.typepad.com/yankeesblog

  189. Al from BK April 28th, 2009 at 5:20 pm

    Heres the good news the pen is well rested to back up Phil tonight.

  190. trisha - click to see my bigger and better Opening Day pictures April 28th, 2009 at 5:21 pm

    I don’t know exactly whaty, if anything, is going on, but here is 2 + 2. I don’t know if it adds to 4 or 5

    Girardi was asked the other night if he understoood Jorge was upset because he was taken out of the game and Girardi said he understood Jorge being upset and that players want to play and that he would be upset too if he was taken out, but that as manager it was his responsibility to make sure that he protected Jorge’s shoulder. I guess Jorge had caught a lot of innings.

    Last night we see Jorge just about moving it down the line. Was Jorge upset because he felt he should have caught last night? Is he under the impression that he gets all games except a day game following a night? I don’t know the answer to that but Jorge was NOT busting it down first.

    One of at least two possibilities.

    He’s still being a baby and was pouting.

    He’s hurt and couldn’t run it out.

    I guess we’ll find out sooner or later.

  191. bodhisattva April 28th, 2009 at 5:21 pm

    trisha – click to see my bigger and better Opening Day pictures
    April 28th, 2009 at 5:10 pm
    “trisha, my dear, I’ve already invited you to join me in my section to chase out all the neophytes. Together, we’d rule the world”
    Bod – I’m there. With the cut in price how much do I pay to sit in your section?????

    By the way, I would have raised both hands about tonight’s win but I was driving.
    ========

    I’m up stairs with the “real” fans, so no reductions for me, I’m afraid. You’d pay $25 – right over the strike zone, too.

    As for raising your hands while driving, I think you made the right choice. No sense in sacrificing yourself for the cause. We need you!

  192. Pat M April 28th, 2009 at 5:22 pm

    GB, When you mentioned Rhode Island I thought you were e about to mention Tricia, but youelected to keep it house by singling out The Original Tin Cup…..

  193. m April 28th, 2009 at 5:22 pm

    Thanks, Captain Corner.

    Hope that hammy heals soon. WTH was he pinch hitting if he can’t run?

  194. TimStoddardOwnsYou April 28th, 2009 at 5:23 pm

    Damnit, I was so wishing that Posada wasn’t hurt, so Girardi could’ve benched his rear-end.

  195. Boston Dave April 28th, 2009 at 5:24 pm

    Hideki Irabu has unretired to pitch for the Long Beach Armada of the independent Golden Baseball League. He last pitched in 2004, for the Hanshin Tigers. He’ll be 40 years old when he makes his debut for the Armada.

  196. GreenBeret7 April 28th, 2009 at 5:24 pm

    Pat M
    April 28th, 2009 at 5:22 pm
    GB, When you mentioned Rhode Island I thought you were e about to mention Tricia, but youelected to keep it house by singling out The Original Tin Cup…..

    ————————————————————

    Of the Rhode Island posters, Randy’s got a better sense of humor.

  197. gayle April 28th, 2009 at 5:24 pm

    Mitre to Arod

    I really really really want to make a joke here but will let others do it for me. However the joke really is much too obvious.

  198. DT April 28th, 2009 at 5:24 pm

    GB was in special ops? Wow!
    Who knew there was another life before his Statler and Waldorf fame?

    It’s like kids thinking Joe D. is just Mr. Coffee.

  199. Uncle Ellsworth April 28th, 2009 at 5:25 pm

    UPDATE, 5:17 p.m.: Posada has a sore hamstring, hence his absence. … A-Rod took live BP today. Sergio Mitre was throwing. … Wang threw a 50-pitch bullpen.

    Let the Posadagate speculating begin!

  200. jennifer April 28th, 2009 at 5:25 pm

    So that would explain why he didn’t run hard down to first yesterday. I knew there had to be a logical explanation.

  201. pat April 28th, 2009 at 5:25 pm

    “WTH was he pinch hitting if he can’t run?”

    They were hoping for a ball over the fence and he could limp his way home at that point.

  202. trisha - click to see my bigger and better Opening Day pictures April 28th, 2009 at 5:25 pm

    bod -

    :D

    You my main man!!!!!

    And see what happens when you don’t get to read all the posts? Now I am about to check out RI – so to speak!

    About Jorge’s hammy. Hope it heals soon. I will sure enjoy Molina calling games in the meantime.

  203. Giuseppe Franco April 28th, 2009 at 5:26 pm

    Posada tweaked a hamstring on Sunday. Joe Girardi wouldn’t hesitate using him in a pinch. Soggy conditions here. That probably slowed him out of the box in last night’s 9th.

    —————-

    I would hope that all the imbeciles who trashed Posada last night will step up and apologize.

    That’s what a four-game losing streak and no evidence to why Posada was laboring down the line last night will do to the crazies on this board.

  204. CaptainsCorner April 28th, 2009 at 5:26 pm

    Girardi having him pinch hit was basically him hoping for some power. They both knew anything on the ground its a DP and the game is most likely over. He tried it and obviously it didn’t work.

  205. bodhisattva April 28th, 2009 at 5:26 pm

    bru
    April 28th, 2009 at 5:00 pm
    the rs were laughing at the yankees.no respect at all.
    ================================
    We will laugh last.

  206. Brandon If Melancon doesn't K the first batter he's a bust "I LOVE ME SOME ME !" April 28th, 2009 at 5:26 pm

    “UPDATE, 5:17 p.m.: Posada has a sore hamstring, hence his absence. … A-Rod took live BP today. Sergio Mitre was throwing. … Wang threw a 50-pitch bullpen.”

    Oh really sore hamstring ? Yay-Rod ! I forgot we picked him up, he could help the BP in June. Trade bait to me.

  207. trisha - click to see my bigger and better Opening Day pictures April 28th, 2009 at 5:27 pm

    I guess the age factor is against GB, as Randy is not from Rhode Island. But who’s counting.

  208. Boston Dave April 28th, 2009 at 5:28 pm

    “I would hope that all the imbeciles who trashed Posada last night will step up and apologize.”

    ——

    though I kept saying I couldn’t believe that Posada would dog it, it did look like he did. But I’ll apologize if he indeed has a sore hamstring.

  209. S.o.S. April 28th, 2009 at 5:28 pm

    Hideki Irabu has unretired to pitch for the Long Beach Armada of the independent Golden Baseball League. He last pitched in 2004, for the Hanshin Tigers. He’ll be 40 years old when he makes his debut for the Armada.

    ———————-

    Boston Dave,
    Any idea if he looks like a Colon or an Igawa these days?

  210. trisha - click to see my bigger and better Opening Day pictures April 28th, 2009 at 5:29 pm

    Grand Papi, um, well see, we’re not THAT close. And anyway, how do I know that you don’t advertise on craigslist as a Yankee fan who wants to meet other Yankee fans for lunch – and then plans to take us out one by one!

    Where would you be coming from?

  211. Seth April 28th, 2009 at 5:29 pm

    Teixeria is a major disappointment

    Do people realize that he has the same average the same as Brett Gardner? He is hitting worse than Pena and Molina!

    Basically, the only guy he is outperforming is Ransom.

  212. saucY April 28th, 2009 at 5:30 pm

    i love Statler and Waldorf !!!

  213. GreenBeret7 April 28th, 2009 at 5:30 pm

    DT
    April 28th, 2009 at 5:24 pm
    GB was in special ops? Wow!
    Who knew there was another life before his Statler and Waldorf fame?

    It’s like kids thinking Joe D. is just Mr. Coffee.

    ————————————————————

    It’s the only job that the miltary could find for me to do that kept me away from golf courses. They figured if I was going to do any damage, they should take advantage of it and get me away from real people.

    Being away from real people is great training for being on this board.

  214. Grand Papi April 28th, 2009 at 5:30 pm

    Western Mass, No minor league teams out here.

  215. Boston Dave April 28th, 2009 at 5:30 pm

    SoS,

    no idea but Irabu will be joining Jose Lima on the team.

    Perhaps Oil Can Boyd will join the team and Michael Kay can use

    “Generation Trey” again

  216. SJ44 April 28th, 2009 at 5:31 pm

    Posada being hurt just accentuates the issues with the bench.

    You are putting an injured player on the field in the hopes he does something.

    The same thing is happening with Damon right now.

    If guys are injured, they can’t help the team.

    Playing them further hurts the team.

    Its like a vicious circle. He didn’t run hard because he’s hurt. But, by not running hard, it cost them a chance to come back in the game.

    Better bench options, Posada doesn’t hit last night and he is able to rest his hamstring.

    Its not Girardi’s fault. Its the roster he is saddled with at the present time.

    Sergio Mitre…..the forgotten guy. Got suspended for 50 games while rehabbing from TJ Surgery.

    The Marlins got him from the Cubs and really liked his arm.

    If he can make it back the second half of the year, he could help them either in the ‘pen or in the back end of the rotation if injuries take place.

  217. trisha - click to see my bigger and better Opening Day pictures April 28th, 2009 at 5:31 pm

    “I would hope that all the imbeciles who trashed Posada last night will step up and apologize.”

    Since I did not trash him for not busting it down the line, I plead not guilty. Plus I’m not an imbecile.

    I will continue to question other things.

  218. Grand Papi April 28th, 2009 at 5:31 pm

    My occupation – ——- Male escort.

  219. Betsy April 28th, 2009 at 5:32 pm

    So I guess we can lay off Jorge now for last night…

  220. chambliss April 28th, 2009 at 5:33 pm

    Most stars struggle for a while after joining the Yankees. Give Tex a little time. He smoked a ball Sunday night that would have been gone the previous day. He scorched another last night that he just missed.

    He is playing great defense.

    Be patient. His numbers will jump with A-Rod batting behind him.

  221. Dan 832 April 28th, 2009 at 5:35 pm

    Just futher evidence of poor roster construction. Basically everyone is hurt and none can play at full speed.

    Such is the life of an old team. Really hurts flexibility.

  222. Grand Papi April 28th, 2009 at 5:35 pm

    Just kidding. I love the rivaly as do I like to see what you guys are saying through thick and thin. I really don’t know why the Yankee fans are panicking, they will come around as they always do.

  223. Betsy April 28th, 2009 at 5:35 pm

    I figured Jorge was hurt – no way that man dogs it. I will reiterate how STUPID it is for the Yankees to be taking any chances with Damon… This is so depressing.

  224. GreenBeret7 April 28th, 2009 at 5:35 pm

    Rhode Island, Connetticutt, Massacheussetts, Maine….what’s the difference? Only enough humor in those four states for one person.

  225. saucY April 28th, 2009 at 5:35 pm

    go yanks!

    leaving work now. may dvr the game and go see ‘Sugar’ tonight.

    Thanks to whomever mentioned the movie here sometime last week. :)

  226. S.o.S. April 28th, 2009 at 5:35 pm

    lol BD.

  227. chambliss April 28th, 2009 at 5:36 pm

    SJ:

    I know that the bench is really thin, but wouldn’t it have made more sense for Posada to take himself out if he couldn’t run, particularly with a man on first?

    Ground ball and the game was over.

    With no outs a strikeout would have been better than a DP.

  228. Jerkface April 28th, 2009 at 5:36 pm

    My prediction: Phil Hughes RULES

  229. Outlawz April 28th, 2009 at 5:36 pm

    We really need to ask Selig if he will allow us to play with a 2nd DH.

    We certainly need it with all the age on the team. Matsui, Damon, Posada… even A-Rod can’t push it and will need to DH and get a breather more often than normal. Nady is going to be a DH basically when he comes back too.

    Wish we had some athletic young 2-way players.

  230. Dave April 28th, 2009 at 5:36 pm

    Doreen April 28th, 2009 at 8:53 am

    Dave –
    And who would you have signed to catch for the Yankees instead?

    Doreen,

    I never said the yanks should not have re-signed posada. I said it was a big mistake to sign him through 2011 and already it is pretty obvious that he isnt going to be a catcher for much longer with almost three seasons still left on the deal. No other team was going to go anywhere near posada for four year and 3 was likely risky for any competition we had. We should have lowered the years and upped the average annual. And none of this is hindsight either – im sure even the yanks knew four years was at least one year too many and gave it to him for what he did for the team and not what he will do. Its fine to give players more money for that reason but NOT more years. If he wouldnt sign for any less than four, we should have at least waited until another team actually offered it to him first and that was not happening.

  231. trisha - click to see my bigger and better Opening Day pictures April 28th, 2009 at 5:37 pm

    Grand Papi, nothing against you, but I’m not in the habit of letting strangers hang out! Especially those of the Red Sox ilk. But I would consider buying you a soda at a Pawsox game, perhaps when they play the dashing Scranton team?

    Think about it.

    Since my house is a very comfortable 78 degrees, I think I will go out and buy me dinner as the thought of putting the oven on is quite unappealing!

    Later y’all.

  232. Uncle Ellsworth April 28th, 2009 at 5:38 pm

    Saucy
    I mentioned it but not sure if you saw mine or another’s
    please give a review.

  233. Giuseppe Franco April 28th, 2009 at 5:38 pm

    Teixeria is a major disappointment

    Do people realize that he has the same average the same as Brett Gardner? He is hitting worse than Pena and Molina!

    —————

    Teixeria is a notorious slow starter. That’s what he is.

    If you think giving him more money is going to change him as a ballplayer – then you aren’t paying attention.

    When owners/GMs decide to spend big money on a FA – they are buying the entire package – both his strengths and weaknesses.

    More money doesn’t increase a player’s strengths and eliminate all their weaknesses.

    Teixeira will turn it around soon enough. It doesn’t help that A-Rod is still out and teams are pitching around him.

    The guy had five walks on a day that the Yanks scored 11 runs. Do you think the Red Sox would have pitched around him as much with A-Rod hitting behind him?

    I tend to doubt it.

  234. S.o.S. April 28th, 2009 at 5:38 pm

    leaving work now. may dvr the game and go see ‘Sugar’ tonight.

    —————-

    For a second there saucy. I thought you were hanging out at the same places Pacman goes.

  235. Thomas April 28th, 2009 at 5:38 pm

    Remember in 07, the same thing happened with Damon.

    He was banged up but refused to go on the DL because of his pride. Torre benched him a couple days in a row and then he made a fuss about how he is an everyday player and maybe he should go to a team where he can be that.

    Damon is a gamer, but can be a real drama queen at times.

  236. Boston Dave April 28th, 2009 at 5:38 pm

    trisha,

    finally got around to checking out your opening day pics… I like your attempt at the panoramic view. nice job on the pics.

  237. Betsy April 28th, 2009 at 5:38 pm

    Why was Jorge playing last night? Seriously – a tweaked hamstring can develop into a full blown tear……ugh.

  238. DC 212 April 28th, 2009 at 5:39 pm

    I am jealous of ballplayers salaries! I expect them to be perfect!

  239. saucY April 28th, 2009 at 5:39 pm

    it was probably you uncle E. it included a story about Cano getting invited to it’s premier…

  240. Boston Dave April 28th, 2009 at 5:39 pm

    “More money doesn’t increase a player’s strengths and eliminate all their weaknesses.”

    ———

    but… but… but….

    it doesnt? :)

  241. trisha - click to see my bigger and better Opening Day pictures April 28th, 2009 at 5:40 pm

    Seth, just want to add that I think Tex will be great. There’s not a lot you can do when someone is a typical slow starter but then heats right up. Also add the pressure of playing for the Yanks, I think he’s done okay so far. Plus thank you God for his glove. That hans’t been sleeping!

  242. Wave Your Hat April 28th, 2009 at 5:40 pm

    I have watched Jorge for thirteen years now.

    I’ve never seen Jorge dog it. That includes last night. Jorge and Jeter get my vote for the Yanks least likely to dog it, ever.

    Jorge has clearly given 100% since he came up. I just don’t get the hostility people have shown towards him on this blog lately.

  243. Boston Dave April 28th, 2009 at 5:40 pm

    “I am jealous of ballplayers salaries! I expect them to be perfect!”

    ———–

    Keanu Reeves still gets paid good money and his movies aren’t exactly perfect.

    and then there’s Rush Limbaugh. I think he gets paid well.

  244. Cor Shep April 28th, 2009 at 5:42 pm

    Could Posada’s sore hammy be the reason why he walked to first on the DP yesterday?

  245. Joe from Long Island April 28th, 2009 at 5:42 pm

    Dave – Omar Minaya was openly courting Posada. While Omar had not made a firm offer, he did meet with him. At the time, Jorge had complained about the Yanks only offering a 3-year deal. He wanted four, and I remember it being reported that Omar was considering it.

    If the Yanks had failed to sign Jorge at that time – then what? As I recall, and my memory may be faulty, the alternatives were not too palatable.

    It’s not a perfect world. You make compromises. Losing Jorge’s bat and his leadership in the clubhouse was not something Cash wanted. I think this is why this is Matsui’s last year with the team. I think we’ll see a rotation through DH next year, and Jorge will be part of that rotation.

  246. Giuseppe Franco April 28th, 2009 at 5:43 pm

    Since I did not trash him for not busting it down the line, I plead not guilty. Plus I’m not an imbecile.

    I will continue to question other things.

    ———-

    I wasn’t singling anyone out. I just know there were a host of people here ripping the guy after his AB last night when they had no evidence to support their claim.

    I’ll say this much, however, I think the whole Posada/Molina pitch selection debate is way way overblown – especially in regards to Burnett on Saturday.

    The guy only throws two pitches for the most part. What’s the holdup?

    Burnett is responsible for executing his pitches – not Posada or Molina. It’s not really that complicated to shake off Posada when he calls for a fastball and throw the curveball instead – and vise versa.

  247. Jerzz April 28th, 2009 at 5:43 pm

    This team has no idea how to handle injuries. From the trainers, to the coaches, to the manager, to the GM.

    Damon is playing on one shoulder and is in pain. Posada can’t walk. Matsui can’t run more than 2 bases before becoming sore.

    Really hurts Girardi’s flexibility. For example, he couldn’t pinch run with Gardner yesterday as the tying run because with Damon banged up the way he is, he couldn’t risk using his last OF. And this may be a chronic thing with Damon.

  248. Boston Dave April 28th, 2009 at 5:44 pm

    “It’s not a perfect world. You make compromises. Losing Jorge’s bat and his leadership in the clubhouse was not something Cash wanted.”

    ——-

    see: Varitek

    do you think the Sox gave him his previous contract for his bat?

    How many ‘perfect’ catchers are in the game? Not many. You have to overpay for a proven catcher relative to other positions.

    Question his defense if you will, they could not afford to let Jorgy walk.

  249. Dave April 28th, 2009 at 5:44 pm

    i WROTE all about my optimism regarding hughes current call up but it never posted. I just wanted to say I have a REALLY good feeling about hughes this time around and I never say that about anyone. I just have an awesome vibe this time around and i think he will really impress some people in the upcoming weeks. I think it is about that time where he begins the transition from amazing prospect to what 99 percent of this blog imagined he could be at some point in the last few years. Im not saying I think he will be absolutely dominant tonight (although he may be) but i am saying that i think he may very well be around the majors for a long time to come after this last ride from scranton. I cant wait to see what he can do this year.

    With hughes, melancon and joba all up in the majors and all poised to fill pretty big roles most likely maybe we can stop hearing this incessant nonsense that boston knows how to produce star players and we dont. I dont even think its fair to say that now but if the three above perform to their capabilities, we will clearly shove it right back in the haters faces.

  250. talltenor April 28th, 2009 at 5:44 pm

    When I left work at 5:10, the Devil was beating his wife (old Southern expression). The rain has stopped, however, and the sun is now out. It’ll still be chilly, but… game on!

  251. brian cashman is a tool® April 28th, 2009 at 5:45 pm

    during this time of year, I generally gauge how well the Yanks are doing by my drink of choice.

    If all is well, I’m laying low w/a couple of Sierra Nevada pale ales.

    tonight, It’s boilermakers (featuring my old pal, Jim Beam).

  252. Wild Card April 28th, 2009 at 5:45 pm

    When you field an ancient team you can expect injuries.

  253. S.o.S. April 28th, 2009 at 5:46 pm

    Keanu Reeves still gets paid good money and his movies aren’t exactly perfect.

    ————————-

    Speaking of Keanu. I just watched As the world stood still. I was wondering if Keanu was actually acting or just being himself. I have to say, he is the worst actor i have ever seen.

  254. Boston Dave April 28th, 2009 at 5:46 pm

    “I wasn’t singling anyone out. I just know there were a host of people here ripping the guy after his AB last night when they had no evidence to support their claim.”

    ——–

    no need to single anyone out. 90% of the board was ripping Posada, myself included (though in my case it was more in shock that he wouldn’t be going 100%)

    It should serve as a reminder to all of us that we need to reserve judgment sometimes…. I’m speaking to the people who have already said the Yankees won’t make the playoffs.

  255. bodhisattva April 28th, 2009 at 5:47 pm

    Bad Scooter
    April 28th, 2009 at 4:46 pm
    Bodhi – Great post at 4:33. I agree.
    ====================
    Thank you, Scooter. I miss you in the booth :(

  256. Al from BK April 28th, 2009 at 5:47 pm

    Well apologies to Posada I knew he was laboring a bit and the injury explains it.

  257. Boston Dave April 28th, 2009 at 5:49 pm

    “When you field an ancient team you can expect injuries.”

    ——–

    no doubt. That’s why depth is huge.

    Let’s hope the only injuries from here on out are of the day-to-day variety.

    If we get 110 games from Posada this season I’d consider that a win. I’m fine with resting him 30% of the time whether he has a tweaked hamstring or not.

  258. Doreen April 28th, 2009 at 5:51 pm

    Well, it seems a sore hamstring would explain why Posada ran the way he did last night. Some of you are so quick to assign ulterior motives…

  259. Joe from Long Island April 28th, 2009 at 5:53 pm

    Oh, for Pete’s sake – Jorge is the last guy to be dogging it.

    He’s slow. Very slow. At his age, and after squatting for forever behind the plate, his legs are shot. He gave it his best shot, but, he is what he is. What do you want, him to magically become 20 years younger? He provides what he does, which is still a lot, but he is what he is. You’re not going to find a catcher who runs like BJ Upton.

    Give it a break already.

  260. Uncle Ellsworth April 28th, 2009 at 5:53 pm

    SoS
    Bill and Ted’s Excellent Adventure was fun though.

  261. SJ44 April 28th, 2009 at 5:54 pm

    I do find it a little troubling that we are in the last week of April and it seems like the entire team is either on the DL or playing hurt.

    A little early for all this, wouldn’t you say?

    All it means is a team with flaws is just playing more shorthanded every night.

    I wonder if Joe Girardi stays up at night and wonders who he killed in a past life.

    The guy can’t catch a break.

    Having a healthy NY Yankee roster these days seems as rare as Haley’s Comet.

  262. m April 28th, 2009 at 5:55 pm

    Doreen,

    What are you talking about? This is all a big ruse to make sure that Molina catches AJ tomorrow. ;) (that’s a joke, folks)

    In other news. Ollie Perez has one more chance to prove himself or he risks demotion. In related news, Freddie Kreuger has been released by the Mets (And no! We don’t want to sign him so that Joba can go to the pen!)

  263. Pat M April 28th, 2009 at 5:55 pm

    I say it again,Yanks will be playing deep into October….Covering all action…..How’s that GB…

  264. bodhisattva April 28th, 2009 at 5:56 pm

    Boston Dave
    April 28th, 2009 at 5:40 pm
    “I am jealous of ballplayers salaries! I expect them to be perfect!”
    —————-
    Keanu Reeves still gets paid good money and his movies aren’t exactly perfect.
    and then there’s Rush Limbaugh. I think he gets paid well.
    ===============================
    LOL.

    I don’t mind Reeves getting paid for dumb movies.

    But I was wondering how he managed to play Hamlet in Toronto – or anywhere else, for that matter. That must have been painful – to watch.

  265. trisha - click to see my bigger and better Opening Day pictures April 28th, 2009 at 5:56 pm

    talltenor -

    WOW!

    Listening to you in Faust just blew me away Bravo! I am a short alto who has sung in the chorus with the RI Civic Chorale and Orchestra. Once again I am reminded of my ordinariness!

    :D

    (I have a sister who is a classical pianist. I too play the piano but listening to her reminds me of my ordinariness in that area too!)

    Yeah well nobody orders better at a drivethru that I know of!

    :)

  266. SJ44 April 28th, 2009 at 5:56 pm

    Joe,

    He’s slow but, not THAT slow.

    He doesn’t want to blow out the hamstring and didn’t run hard last night.

    Can’t say I blame him but, it begs the question, why is he playing? He’s playing because they have no options to PH off the bench.

    Its either Posada or Brett Gardner.

    Add to it Damon playing hurt and they are shorthanded again every night.

    Doesn’t make it easy to fill out a lineup and expect to compete.

  267. Jorge Posada April 28th, 2009 at 5:57 pm

    “Really hurts Girardi’s flexibility. For example, he couldn’t pinch run with Gardner yesterday as the tying run because with Damon banged up the way he is, he couldn’t risk using his last OF. And this may be a chronic thing with Damon.”

    It’s not like it was the 1st or the 5th.. it was the top of the 9th and they were rallying. There are no good excuses to not use Gardner.

  268. Dave April 28th, 2009 at 5:57 pm

    i also think that while it is devastating for the yanks to get swept by boston in which all three games were pretty much heart-breakers to heart-wrenching and follow that up with another abysmal loss mainly because they were shutdown completely offensively by a guy who started the game with a 9 era, I also think that there was a very bright silver lining as well. CC not only looked good for the wide majority of that start but he looked downright unhittable for the first time in his yankee career.

    He was locating well and more importantly, he was getting swings and misses for pretty much the first time this season. The win would have been more than nice no doubt but after the horror show that burnett put on against the sox when that was supposedly a BIG reason we signed him and with joba not quite right yet and wang now in the minors, we desperately need CC to be the pitcher that he is right now and he was for most of yesterday.If nothing else, that should at the very least allay some concerns about him.

  269. E-gawa April 28th, 2009 at 5:57 pm

    lol I’m jorge posada.. that was an accident.

  270. S.o.S. April 28th, 2009 at 5:58 pm

    Uncle Elseworth,
    I never watch it. The only movie i like from him is the Matrix. I try to look past the flaws and more towards the plot.

    SJ,
    Sanchez?

  271. Doreen April 28th, 2009 at 5:58 pm

    Dave,

    If I misread your earlier (way earlier :) ) post, I apologize. But I do think the Mets would have signed him for whatever he wanted. There were no options other than Jorge. I wish they didn’t have to go the extra year, either, though. So, I guess we kind of agree in the long run. :)

  272. William Buckner April 28th, 2009 at 5:58 pm

    “Jorge has clearly given 100% since he came up. I just don’t get the hostility people have shown towards him on this blog lately.”

    It’s because Molina is the back up QB. When a team struggles through 3 games everyone wants the back up to start. They forget there is a reason they are the back up.

    Jorge is the best C the Yankees have had since Thurman Munson and is the 3rd best C in the last 20 years.

    If you think he’s at any level the problem with this team, you need to relearn baseball.

  273. GreenBeret7 April 28th, 2009 at 6:00 pm

    SJ44
    April 28th, 2009 at 5:54 pm
    I do find it a little troubling that we are in the last week of April and it seems like the entire team is either on the DL or playing hurt.

    A little early for all this, wouldn’t you say?

    All it means is a team with flaws is just playing more shorthanded every night.

    I wonder if Joe Girardi stays up at night and wonders who he killed in a past life.

    The guy can’t catch a break.

    Having a healthy NY Yankee roster these days seems as rare as Haley’s Comet.

    ————————————————————

    Oddly, though, not all of the injuries are to the elder statesmen. Seems to be evenly split between the older ones and the under 33s.

  274. m April 28th, 2009 at 6:00 pm

    dave,

    Some nice points. CC did look good in the innings I saw (#2-4). And he got some strikeouts, which we’ve been sorely needing.

    I think people need to look at Verlander’s stuff, not his ERA. No shame losing to him. And not our fault that Kerry Woods is NOT a closer.

  275. Uncle Ellsworth April 28th, 2009 at 6:02 pm

    SWB pitching coach Scott Aldred is on Michael Kay

  276. S.o.S. April 28th, 2009 at 6:03 pm

    Oddly, though, not all of the injuries are to the elder statesmen. Seems to be evenly split between the older ones and the under 33s.

    —————————-

    GB,
    Youd think Girardi would learn after last year. Less conditioning, more candy in the clubhouse(including slim jims and pop corn)= LESS INJURIES.

    I have to ask. Is there any other sport that has as brittle of athletes as baseball?

  277. Nick April 28th, 2009 at 6:03 pm

    These injuries are becoming ridiculous.

    Is there anyone on the team who is actually healthy?

    This may be the worst year yet, atleast so far.

  278. Joe from Long Island April 28th, 2009 at 6:03 pm

    SJ – Absolutely. My point is that he gave it his best shot, but he could only do what he could do.

    The bench is another issue. After losing Nady (thank goodness Cash didn’t deal Swish) and Ransom, and Melky and Brett being what they are – unfortunately, not much at this point – the bench needs replenishment. Getting Alex back will help, indirectly, but getting good bench help must be harder than it looks. Else, Cash would have dealt with by now.

  279. aaarrrggghhh!!! April 28th, 2009 at 6:04 pm

    Posada w/a bad hammy? man, I feel like a stooge.

    he didn’t want to blow out his hammy last night, and that makes total sense (been there, no fun!)

  280. aimes April 28th, 2009 at 6:05 pm

    =NICK NEEDS A KNOCK: Nick Swisher is 6 of 35 (.171) with two RBI in his last nine games. His battig average has gone from .406 to .284.=

    But yesterday you had him listed as hot!

    Guess you had missed the last 8 games, huh pete?

  281. trisha - click to see my bigger and better Opening Day pictures April 28th, 2009 at 6:05 pm

    Boston Dave, thrilled you like the pics.

    Thanks.

  282. Betsy April 28th, 2009 at 6:05 pm

    The injuries are the most frustrating thing – and I’m not going to blame the Yankees. It’s not their fault Nady blew out his arm or that Alex developed a hit injury. It’s not their fault Wang suffered a bad foot injury last year. I don’t believe in curses and I am not superstitious, but the spate of injuries almost makes me believe that the baseball gods just have it in for the Yankees. Injuries are one thing, but it’s one after another after another. Damon should not be playing – can’t believe the Yankees aren’t going to get him tested- and either should Posada.

  283. Larry April 28th, 2009 at 6:05 pm

    And you’re always walking on egg shells as far as Burnett’s health is concerned. Joba was hurt last year too.

    Depth is great until you have to use it.

  284. Uncle Ellsworth April 28th, 2009 at 6:06 pm

    Bodi
    LOL.

    I don’t mind Reeves getting paid for dumb movies.

    But I was wondering how he managed to play Hamlet in Toronto – or anywhere else, for that matter. That must have been painful – to watch.

    have you seen “As You Like It”?
    not Brannagh’s best
    Big fan of Henry V and the long version of Hamlet

  285. PaulydaGoat April 28th, 2009 at 6:07 pm

    At least Tex has taken some responsibility for his bad play. And AJ as well. When is the last time Jeter and Mr. Nosmile did that?

    We are doomed to watch this old, slow team until Damon, Matsui, Posada, etc come off the books. Hopefully they wont mistake past heroics, mystique, etc for reasons to resign Jeter to a huge contract guaranteeing his clogging up the infield until he is 40. Maybe they will learn from the Posada mistake. I can’t wait until I get to see some athleticism out there again.

    And that’s not being negative, its being real.

  286. Uncle Ellsworth April 28th, 2009 at 6:08 pm

    I meant “much ado about nothin’”

  287. hardwired April 28th, 2009 at 6:08 pm

    Molina catching Hughes tonight would be the right call, even if Jorge was 100%.

    He’s such a steadying force behind the plate. Weak, weak bat, but almost totally off-set by what he brings to the table on the other end.

  288. S.o.S. April 28th, 2009 at 6:09 pm

    This may be the worst year yet, atleast so far.

    ——————–

    Id have to give that to(06 i believe)the year we had everyone and their mother as a starter at one time or another. I think it was a major league record for the most starters in one year. Fortuneately we havnt had starting pitching injuries so far.

  289. 34 Score April 28th, 2009 at 6:09 pm

    Biggest game of the year

    Hughes MUST step up

    Or rather, the offense must beat up Edwin Jackson.

    Don’t know how effective Hughes can be against this potent lineup with 2 pitches though. He absolutely needs his FB command to even have a shot. A 30-35 pitch first inning is not what he needs.

  290. Rebecca-Optimist Prime April 28th, 2009 at 6:09 pm

    Betsy: A lot of these injuries have to do with age. Even Nady’s not really that young.

  291. Uncle Ellsworth April 28th, 2009 at 6:10 pm

    Aldred called Melancon “an animal”

  292. GreenBeret7 April 28th, 2009 at 6:11 pm

    Pat M
    April 28th, 2009 at 5:55 pm
    I say it again,Yanks will be playing deep into October….Covering all action…..How’s that GB…

    ————————————————————

    The only thing slowing things down are the snowballing injuries. A weakness in one section of the team is affecting the other parts. I gotta think pressure on the offense to score affects the pitchers to try keeping the scoring down. The offense tries scoring more runs to offset the pitching, and the vicious cycle continues. It was much the same problem as last year.

  293. Boston Dave April 28th, 2009 at 6:13 pm

    “Biggest game of the year

    Hughes MUST step up”

    ——–

    perhaps the biggest game of April, not the year

  294. trisha - click to see my bigger and better Opening Day pictures April 28th, 2009 at 6:14 pm

    Betsy maybe we can take up a collection and buy those people in Tampa their rings…

    :)

  295. Doreen April 28th, 2009 at 6:14 pm

    Okay,

    Listening to Robi Cano there, almost made me cry. Okay, I’m a mom and I’m “of a certain age,” so I cry at interesting things. BUT I have always been a Robi Cano fan, and now I just REALLY want to see him do well all year and for longer. When he talked about working with his dad, and talking to his dad – yo KNOW that last year bothered him.

  296. pat April 28th, 2009 at 6:14 pm

    Good interview with Cano on YES. He’s not lazy and don’t want no one calling him lazy! :smile

  297. NITRO April 28th, 2009 at 6:15 pm

    2006 we lost Sheffield and Matsui for most of the year. Cano missed like 2 months. Giambi and MO missed some time during the end of the year but we basically clinched after the 5 game Boston sweep

    2007 we lost Hughes for most of the yr, Mussina missed a month, Wang missed a month, Matsui was banged up down the stretch and ineffective, Giambi missed like 4 months, Rasner and Karstens missed most of the year,

    2008 we lost Hughes for most of the yr, Kennedy, Matsui for 1\2 the year, Posada for 1\2 the year, A-Rod for a month, Wang for 1\2 the year, Bruney for 1\2 the year, Joba for 6 weeks, Andy had a bum shoulder from July on,

    This year so far we lost A-Rod for a month, Nady for 2.5 months, Bruney is on the 15 day, Ransom is on the 60 Day, Wang is probably gone for a while, Posada/Matsui/Damon are banged up

  298. SJ44 April 28th, 2009 at 6:15 pm

    SOS,

    Sanchez? Yes.

    Here’s my basic point…..

    Steven Jackson wasn’t needed here for 8 days. They don’t need another pitcher. They need another bat off the bench.

    I would prefer John Rodriquez because he has major league experience and can play the OF. Because of their mismanagement of the 40 man roster, they are hesitant to do it. That’s not right, IMO.

    If not JR, then why not Miranda? He’s on the 40 man.

    They needed a bat off the bench last night and couldn’t use it because it wasn’t there.

    So, in addition to playing an injured Damon, they bring up an injured Posada in a key situation. That’s not right.

    That’s not on Girardi. He can only manage the roster he’s given.

    With the injuries and the inconsistency of the offense, I would think you would want another bat off the bench.

    Obviously, the Yankees think otherwise.

    I hope they are right.

  299. Uncle Ellsworth April 28th, 2009 at 6:16 pm

    Doreen
    what’s for dinner?

  300. Hank's on Twitter April 28th, 2009 at 6:16 pm

    Hank’s on Twitter people.

    http://www.twitter.com/hankstein

  301. Boston Dave April 28th, 2009 at 6:16 pm

    “Also, Chien-Ming Wang threw 50 pitches off the mound and might pitch in an extended spring training game late this week.

    Wang, on the 15-day disabled list with weakness in his hips, has started working out in a pool. He is doing some of the same work that Rodriguez does as part of his off-field program.”

    ————–

    I was always confident of this, but for some reason I’m more confident now that Wang will be back soon enough and pitching like his old self.

  302. hardwired April 28th, 2009 at 6:16 pm

    Want a bad leg injury?

    I blew out both sets of quadriceps simultaneously playing football one day.

    You can not appreciate having your legs under you until they’re lacking.

  303. trisha - click to see my bigger and better Opening Day pictures April 28th, 2009 at 6:17 pm

    S.o.S. if I remember right the worst year was the year that the new conditioning coach conditioned everyone into pulled hamstrings. As I remember we had a spate of players and pitchers out with hammies.

    I am thinking that is also the year that the Elias Bureau said the Yankees had used the most starting pitchers in the history of baseball!

    Oh yeah, we won the division that year too.

  304. pat April 28th, 2009 at 6:17 pm

    Doreen

    I’m as big a sap as you are. :smile:

  305. Dave April 28th, 2009 at 6:17 pm

    Sj

    Thats why I find it absolutely hillarious every off season when people argue with me about how the yanks will be such a better team the following year because wang will be healthy in 2009 or because we will have matsuis bat for a full season in 2009. A lot of people on this blog have very very short term memories it seems because while some think injuries will just be non-existent that nexst season I for one realize that we dont get through a month nevermind a whole season without some injury to a starting player. Thats also why I really do appreciate the fact that the team is slowly getting younger.

    We lose damn and matsui never year and posada is pretty much the sole geriatric in the lineup. The following season he will also be gone and jeter and arod will likely take that title while still in their mid 30s. this blog really needs to Remember next off-season to try not to count on the team that is on paper being on the field though. It is april and we have arod, wang, bruney, nady and ransom all on the dl and already beginning to hear the season long grumblings from the geriatric crowd of matsui damon and posada who are all now apparantly made of glass or paper mache. I know people getting banged up in a long season but its april for god sakes.

  306. bodhisattva April 28th, 2009 at 6:17 pm

    ncle Ellsworth
    April 28th, 2009 at 6:06 pm
    Bodi
    LOL.
    I don’t mind Reeves getting paid for dumb movies.
    But I was wondering how he managed to play Hamlet in Toronto – or anywhere else, for that matter. That must have been painful – to watch.
    have you seen “As You Like It”?
    not Brannagh’s best
    Big fan of Henry V and the long version of Hamlet
    =============================
    Uncle,

    I saw Branagh’s Hamlet 19 times. I have some serious issues with this or that soliloquy, but overall he was brilliant. And NOBODY can trump Jacoby’s Claudius.

    Whose AYLI? Never have seen it live, but wanted like hell to see all male version in London with Adrian Lesser playing Ros.

    BTW, if you ever get a chance to see Mark Rylance, there isn’t any actor alive who comes close to him for Shakespeare.

  307. Bronx 78 April 28th, 2009 at 6:18 pm

    As Pete said – A-Rod is a 33 yr old former steroid user. He got hurt last yr and missed a month too. He is starting to become injury prone.

  308. See? April 28th, 2009 at 6:18 pm

    Not enough of you are apologizing for your Jorgie outbursts — please keep them coming. And while you’re at it, say you’re sorry to your television set when you see him in the dugout. Dogging it? Nice fans.

  309. Jackie April 28th, 2009 at 6:19 pm

    The game tonight is NOT a must win.

    Whomever thinks that needs to learn how the game is played over a 162 game season

  310. Dave April 28th, 2009 at 6:19 pm

    In my last post I meant the following year meaning the end of 2011

  311. S.A.--It's a marathon, not a sprint. Calm down. April 28th, 2009 at 6:19 pm

    Posada has a sore hamstring, hence his absence.

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

    Well, that explains yesterday.
    We need to start wrapping these players up in bubble wrap.

  312. Clint April 28th, 2009 at 6:19 pm

    Rebecca – Yep. That’s what happens when you are an old team.

  313. GreenBeret7 April 28th, 2009 at 6:19 pm

    S.o.S.
    April 28th, 2009 at 6:03 pm
    Oddly, though, not all of the injuries are to the elder statesmen. Seems to be evenly split between the older ones and the under 33s.
    ——————————————
    GB,
    Youd think Girardi would learn after last year. Less conditioning, more candy in the clubhouse(including slim jims and pop corn)= LESS INJURIES.

    I have to ask. Is there any other sport that has as brittle of athletes as baseball?

    ————————————————————

    Race horses.

    Actually, a lot of the problems are possibly from being too strong…too well conditioned. The old saying that you can’t pull fat is true. These guys are tuned up to tight that muscles don’t stretch…they tear. Weight training/lifting is good, but, too much is bad. Baseball players that are musclebound are totally useless.

  314. trisha - click to see my bigger and better Opening Day pictures April 28th, 2009 at 6:20 pm

    Doreen, I had a lump in my throat the entire interview.

    Poor Robby. Imagine feeling that you are playing hard, despite how it looks, and reading and hearing that you are lazy.

    Poor sweetheart.

    :(

  315. bodhisattva April 28th, 2009 at 6:20 pm

    Sorry, I meant Adrian Lester. Getting my thespians confused. Anton Lesser was an awful Hamlet.

  316. Doreen April 28th, 2009 at 6:20 pm

    trisha -

    I’m in on take a collection for rings! :lol:

  317. trisha - click to see my bigger and better Opening Day pictures April 28th, 2009 at 6:22 pm

    Okay D, my first task will be to see how much each ring costs!

    Did this have to be reported in a poor economy????

    :)

  318. bodhisattva April 28th, 2009 at 6:22 pm

    See?
    April 28th, 2009 at 6:18 pm
    Not enough of you are apologizing for your Jorgie outbursts—please keep them coming. And while you’re at it, say you’re sorry to your television set when you see him in the dugout. Dogging it? Nice fans.
    ==================

    Instead of apologies, how about thinking before leaping to premature conclusions? That would be welcome.

  319. Doreen April 28th, 2009 at 6:22 pm

    trisha -

    Oh, that part of the interview got me too! Plus, the sparkle in his eyes was gone until Kim Jones started talking about the All-Star game. I hope he gets selected. He won’t get voted in, no matter how well he’s hitting, because of Pedroia and the Sox fans, but I hope Madden chooses him.

  320. trisha - click to see my bigger and better Opening Day pictures April 28th, 2009 at 6:23 pm

    “Instead of apologies, how about thinking before leaping to premature conclusions? That would be welcome.”

    That would be unique.

  321. Uncle Ellsworth April 28th, 2009 at 6:25 pm

    Bodi I meant Much ado about nothing KB K. Reeves, B. Blessed, E. Thompson , Denzel

    I will watch for Rylance..
    BTW Jacobi in “I Claudius” was great too.
    If you’ve never seen it I highly suggest it.
    Best mini series EVER

  322. Fran April 28th, 2009 at 6:25 pm

    Trisha and Doreen,

    Where did you see that Cano interview? I thought the pre-game starts at 6:30

  323. DMan77 April 28th, 2009 at 6:25 pm

    Lets go Yankees, let’s get it done tonight.

  324. Kyle April 28th, 2009 at 6:26 pm

    Don’t think Cano will beat Pedroia or Kinsler out for 2B in the Allstar Game

    Just like I don’t think A-Rod will beat Longoria out.

  325. Mitch April 28th, 2009 at 6:27 pm

    Still loving Nick Swisher?

  326. KING FELIX April 28th, 2009 at 6:27 pm

    Time for Texeira to do something

    I’m tired of his warning track power

  327. Doreen April 28th, 2009 at 6:28 pm

    Fran

    They have a “Batting Practice” show at 6. And Kim Jones usually does a pre-game interview during it.

    Most of the show is pretty boring, though. :) I don’t usually watch it. Just happened to put it on after dinner tonight.

  328. trisha - click to see my bigger and better Opening Day pictures April 28th, 2009 at 6:30 pm

    Fran, I am betting you will see it as part of the pre-game. They showed it in BP but they often do that and then repeat it.

    I guarantee you you will cry. Be prepared. Poor Robby.

  329. S.A.--It's a marathon, not a sprint. Calm down. April 28th, 2009 at 6:30 pm

    Meanwhile, all those who called Posada a loafer yesterday now feel a little silly as we learn he was “running” with a hamstring pull. Posada thinks he’ll be OK, but it’s enough of an injury to have kept him out of the lineup for two days.

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

    I said yesterday I was getting a bad vibe from Posada. I didn’t realize that bad vibe was coming from his hamstring!

  330. Uncle Ellsworth April 28th, 2009 at 6:31 pm

    Only if Lotho “Pimple” Sackville-Baggins is having a horrible year will Robi get voted in.

  331. Fran April 28th, 2009 at 6:32 pm

    Trisha and Doreen,

    Thanks. If it is not on the pre-game, I’ll check the YES website. They usually put the player interviews on there.

  332. Al from BK April 28th, 2009 at 6:33 pm

    “The game tonight is NOT a must win.”

    Certainly not a must-win especially with Hughes on the hill. However the losing looks like its starting to get to the team as it should.

  333. trisha - click to see my bigger and better Opening Day pictures April 28th, 2009 at 6:34 pm

    Okay, I think take out is calling me! (I know I said that about an hour ago.) Now it’s getting close to gametime so I REALLY am going this time!

  334. dave April 28th, 2009 at 6:35 pm

    Dont worry pauldagoat. Slowly but surely and very subtly they are getting younger and younger each year. And at this point it has become a trend and finally one we can be proud of. And we are only doomed until next season because this is the last year we see matsui for sure and unless damon somehow manages to stay healthy this year (which isnt likely considering he already has ten ailment in april) he is gone too. That is a nice 30 mil, we can blow on bay or holliday if he can hit outside of coors. Bay will be 31 and holliday will be 29. AJax who is still mashing in scranton will be 23 i think and he could be ready out of ST. hughes could replace pettitte who will probably retire finally and aj will be by far the oldest pitcher in the rotation at 33. So essentially we could replace damon and matsui with a star free agent who is around 30 and a rising prospect in his early 20s and replace our only starter in his late 30s with the 22 year old hughes. Maybe then the yanks will stop looking so old to everybody

  335. DYNASTY IS DESTINY! April 28th, 2009 at 6:37 pm

    Big game tonight…gotta stop the slide…

    Let’s Go Yanks!

  336. S.A.--It's a marathon, not a sprint. Calm down. April 28th, 2009 at 6:37 pm

    Keanu Reeves will always be Ted “Theodore” Logan to me

  337. KThomas April 28th, 2009 at 6:39 pm

    So when is a game a “must win”?

    How many more in a row can we lose before we get to a “must win”?

  338. Nick in SF April 28th, 2009 at 6:39 pm

    I do *not* feel silly (or sillier) for issuing my list of Jorge excuses yesterday, nor should anyone who indicated laughter or approval via a smiley or laughing emoticon. I regret nothing.

    Has today been designated the Official LoHud Stand and be Counted Day?

    If so, I love my underdog Yankees! While I will not be in front of a tv for Jeterks leadoff hit or Phil Hughes’ first K, I will be on board asap.

    Count me in – for the win!

  339. hardwired April 28th, 2009 at 6:39 pm

    Safeco Field looks like a ghost town, the majority of which appear to be White Sox fans.

    Now THEY have real troubles…

  340. hardwired April 28th, 2009 at 6:42 pm

    laughing @myself, the game is in Chicago. still barren as Mexico City.

  341. Benny Blanco April 28th, 2009 at 6:46 pm

    I going out on a limb. I say Phil goes 7 innings.

  342. bodhisattva April 28th, 2009 at 6:46 pm

    Uncle Ellsworth
    April 28th, 2009 at 6:25 pm
    Bodi I meant Much ado about nothing KB K. Reeves, B. Blessed, E. Thompson , Denzel
    I will watch for Rylance..
    BTW Jacobi in “I Claudius” was great too.
    If you’ve never seen it I highly suggest it.
    Best mini series EVER
    =============
    “B-b-b-b-but Gr-gr-gr-gr-and m-m-m-mother!”

    Classic. How about John Hurt’s Caligula? Classic.

    Much Ado I thought was Branagh at his energetic worst. He gets too much energy and “overthrows”. LOL.

  343. dave April 28th, 2009 at 6:46 pm

    Tonight is not a must win but i think hughes has to do somewhat well tonight if nothing else to prevent this blog from looking more like a mental institution. Also we have lost 4 straight so while you would never want to expect hughes to win his first game in the majors since last season or be mad if he didnt, at the same time, the morale is starting to get mighty low around here so i can only imagine how annoyed/depressed/aggravated some of the team could be. I will be happy if hughes puts in a solid effort and the offense scores a few runs for him. I think I would actually enjoy it more if the yanks consistently scored with runners in position tonight rather than win 10-5 with 10 solo shots. This team really needs to start showing themselves that scoring with two men on and 0 or 1 out should be expected every time rather than it be a nice surprise when they actually do score.

    The best possible scenario for me outside of a no-hitter/perfect game by hughes would be if hughes pitches 7 shutout innings, melancon strikes out the side in the eighth and Mo does the same in the ninth with the yanks winning by a few runs and leaving ZERO men in scoring position. I think that kind of game would make my week and make up for enduring the tragedy of this weekends debauchery. The above would be idea but as long as hughes pitches real well and the yanks win, i will be ecstatic!

  344. Zooboy April 28th, 2009 at 6:48 pm

    Nick — please don’t let the truth get in the way of a funny post. “#5. Maybe his hamstring is sore” might have been accurate, but would have blown the comic relief.

  345. Uncle Ellsworth April 28th, 2009 at 6:51 pm

    Bodi
    Can’t say how impressed I was with I, Claudius.
    Loved Sian Phillips. (most of that stuff actually happened)
    Must say Henry v is my fave WS on film.

    Have you ever seen Julie Taymor’s Titus?
    It’s pretty darn good too

  346. hardwired April 28th, 2009 at 6:56 pm

    go f yourself, troll.

    I’d bash your head in, 100 times out of 100.

  347. Rose April 28th, 2009 at 6:56 pm

    Next year 2 old guys (Damon and Matsui) gone.

    Posada will DH frequently even though he says he is a catcher.

    Since they called up Jackson why wasn’t he used? He took up a roster spot for nothing.

    Send a short reliever down and bring up a long man.

    I hope Hughes has a good outing.

    Beside great defense, Tex has shown nothing. He has to get it going.

  348. Benny Blanco April 28th, 2009 at 6:57 pm

    Lets go yanks.

  349. Al from BK April 28th, 2009 at 6:57 pm

    Heres wishing Phil and the guys a good game. GET HUGHESY SOME RUN SUPPORT!!!

  350. Giuseppe Franco April 28th, 2009 at 6:59 pm

    Beside great defense, Tex has shown nothing. He has to get it going.

    ———-

    When the calendar flips to May, he will get it going.

  351. Teixeiramvp (JobaCyYoung) April 28th, 2009 at 7:00 pm

    I love Mark Melancon.
    All of you are telling me not to call him our savior. Well, I’m doing it. He is our savior.
    That being said, if he has a bad year I’ll chalk it up to being a rookie and give him next year to prove himself.

  352. hardwired April 28th, 2009 at 7:01 pm

    so long, handle.

    like I give a rat’s ass.

  353. Teixeiramvp (JobaCyYoung) April 28th, 2009 at 7:01 pm

    Giuseppe Franco-I agree 100%.
    Are the SNY people idiots or what? Do they have any idea what they’re talking about?

  354. KThomas April 28th, 2009 at 7:03 pm

    Adam Schien = Worst host ever

  355. Kevin at SHU April 28th, 2009 at 7:03 pm

    I think Hughes has a great game tonight and we get the win…I honestly think that even though I have been very critical of this team as of late. Hughes has stepped it up when needed (October 2007 relief appearance comes to mind) and I have a feeling he will do so tonight.

  356. Teixeiramvp (JobaCyYoung) April 28th, 2009 at 7:04 pm

    I like Schein because he’s entertaining, but he really is wrong about everything.

  357. pat April 28th, 2009 at 7:04 pm

    The boys spotting Phil a few runs would be a nice welcome.

  358. dave April 28th, 2009 at 7:05 pm

    I love when these radio hosts do interviews with media guys and when the topic of the yanks not selling out games in the first week of the season in a new stadium comes up, there always seems to be either a mention or a small discussion about how all those empty seats look really bad to the fans watching on tv and it makes the organizaton look bad and YES. I mean is that really even remotely important?

    I would think the thousands upon thousand of yankee fans who are the ACTUAL fans of the team and were forced to move to the bleachers after decades as season ticket holders in the loge or main decks being told to take bleacher seats or dont bother coming to a yankee game this season would make the organization look bad. Or how about that the organization did not allow almost any of these holders to buy seats anywhere but the bleachers and these same fans were forced to look at all the best seats in the house remain empty the first week? BUT NO – It is all those ugly empty seats on tv that really makes the organization look like real scumbags or so these interviews go on to say usually. And now, on april 28th they finally decide that they better make the tickets low enough because otherwise they wont sell out and meet their initial profit goals so they relent and let the actual fans be able to pay for a ticket that is probably still obscenely prices even at half price.

    Not to mention, I have not yet heard if these seats will actual be single game tickets. As far as I know, up until now, these seats have been 40 60 and 80 game ticket plans that companies and such bought and all this time the yanks didnt want to be forced with possibly giving back any money for the sold tickets so they waited and waited knowing we were in a recession and knowing these prices could have been adjusted at any time the organization decided to do so. To me, the whole thing reeks. It is just a slap in the face to the fans followed by an admission that it was bad business and they actual need some actual fans to fulfill their goal of selling out and were forced to lower them after waiting a month into the season before doing so. What a sham? And now that everyone who actually cares is a mile away from the field packing the upper decks and bleachers, the stadium has completely lost that homefield advantage and hometown atmosphere that the fans used to create which certainly shook up opponents at times.

  359. Teixeiramvp (JobaCyYoung) April 28th, 2009 at 7:07 pm

    I am syked about Devils in game 7. COME ON MARTY!!!!

  360. Teixeiramvp (JobaCyYoung) April 28th, 2009 at 7:08 pm

    Is syked with an I?

  361. hardwired April 28th, 2009 at 7:08 pm

    impossible to replicate true talent, troll.

    that’s why I have a life, and you obviously don’t.

    if you’d like to discuss this in further detail, speak up.

  362. Kevin at SHU April 28th, 2009 at 7:09 pm

    I actually think it is spelled psyched.

  363. Al from BK April 28th, 2009 at 7:11 pm

    Hmmm 1, 2, 3 how typical.

  364. S.A.--It's a marathon, not a sprint. Calm down. April 28th, 2009 at 7:11 pm

    Time to get to work Hughesie.

    Gosh I feel like a nervous mother hen towards him. So nervous. lol :)

  365. dave April 28th, 2009 at 7:13 pm

    sorry for the rant so close to game time but I figured it was relevant with the news today and i had to get that out before it was too late. Eventually I think the organization will just be forced to lower prices and stop this nonsense with the wide majority of decent seats in the house being associated with huge price tags and huge ticket plans finally make them available to the average fan who doesnt mind paying big money to see one game or doesnt mind paying a reasonable price to buy a larger ticket plan. The yanks were selling out constantly in the last few years with pretty high prices on everything – I think the greed was overwhelming and uncalled for after everything was so expensive to begin with.

  366. bodhisattva April 28th, 2009 at 7:15 pm

    K!

  367. Al from BK April 28th, 2009 at 7:15 pm

    BLOW ME AWAY!

  368. carl April 28th, 2009 at 7:16 pm

    Phil!

  369. dave April 28th, 2009 at 7:16 pm

    HELL YEA BUDDY!

  370. tex's friend (cc looks like he is getting it together) April 28th, 2009 at 7:16 pm

    BAM. 26 more.

  371. DYNASTY IS DESTINY! April 28th, 2009 at 7:16 pm

    Good start!

    Let’s Go Yanks!

  372. carl April 28th, 2009 at 7:16 pm

    93 on the gun

  373. GreenBeret7 April 28th, 2009 at 7:17 pm

    Nice start for Hughes…93 and 94 MPH on 2 seamers and 70-74 MPH on the curve.

  374. dave April 28th, 2009 at 7:17 pm

    SA – i know exactly what you mean except for me, its move like a protective older brother as hughes is 3 years younger than me.

  375. carl April 28th, 2009 at 7:17 pm

    nasty

  376. tex's friend (cc looks like he is getting it together) April 28th, 2009 at 7:17 pm

    damn that was nasty.

  377. DYNASTY IS DESTINY! April 28th, 2009 at 7:17 pm

    Nasty!!!!!

  378. dave April 28th, 2009 at 7:17 pm

    OOOOOOOOO YESSSSSSSSS

  379. Al from BK April 28th, 2009 at 7:17 pm

    Another K!

  380. all for killing trolls April 28th, 2009 at 7:17 pm

    tracking i.p. addresses is a great hobby.

  381. tex's friend (cc looks like he is getting it together) April 28th, 2009 at 7:18 pm

    i already want hughes here full time.

  382. peri April 28th, 2009 at 7:18 pm

    his curveball looked good there, WOW.

  383. GreenBeret7 April 28th, 2009 at 7:18 pm

    Al from BK
    April 28th, 2009 at 7:11 pm
    Hmmm 1, 2, 3 how typical.

    ————————————————————

    Whining in the first inning…how typical.

  384. jason April 28th, 2009 at 7:18 pm

    lot of trouble with that curve to K Polanco.
    Hughes looks broader and bigger.
    Attacking the zone and has hit 94 already.
    Lets keep this up for about 7 innings.

  385. randy l. April 28th, 2009 at 7:19 pm

    the first thing i notice with hughes is 93-94mph. much better than he was last year.

  386. carl April 28th, 2009 at 7:19 pm

    Great stop pena

  387. Al from BK April 28th, 2009 at 7:19 pm

    Nice inning!

  388. bodhisattva April 28th, 2009 at 7:19 pm

    Pena my boy!

  389. Joe Monte April 28th, 2009 at 7:19 pm

    Pena!

  390. tex's friend (cc looks like he is getting it together) April 28th, 2009 at 7:19 pm

    guess we found our 3rd basemen until alex is back.

  391. DYNASTY IS DESTINY! April 28th, 2009 at 7:20 pm

    Wow!

  392. dave April 28th, 2009 at 7:20 pm

    wow – arod couldnt do that and i think that is the first time i said that and actually meant it

  393. jason April 28th, 2009 at 7:21 pm

    That is a third baseman there.
    Nice play – nice inning for Hughes to settle down and get locked in.
    Much more aggressive attacking the zone and a tick or two higher mph which is always nice.

    My key for Hughes (and Kennedy even more) is when batters get on. These guys looked scared to give up a run last year. They have got to stay tough and continue to go after hitters with runners on base. Detroit is a very, very good line-up so I will be watching how Phil reacts and acts with runners on.

  394. GreenBeret7 April 28th, 2009 at 7:21 pm

    randy l.
    April 28th, 2009 at 7:19 pm
    the first thing i notice with hughes is 93-94mph. much better than he was last year.

    ————————————————————

    That and the big speed changes in curve, slider (89) and fastball.

  395. S.A.--It's a marathon, not a sprint. Calm down. April 28th, 2009 at 7:21 pm

    That was fun to watch.

  396. bodhisattva April 28th, 2009 at 7:21 pm

    andy l.
    April 28th, 2009 at 7:19 pm
    the first thing i notice with hughes is 93-94mph. much better than he was last year.
    ———–
    separation good too, if he can keep dropping that CB in there.

  397. jason April 28th, 2009 at 7:21 pm

    Lets get Phil a few runs!!

  398. dave April 28th, 2009 at 7:21 pm

    Im telling you guys – i had a feeling he would really be breaking through. He has nasty stuff and the last few times he was up, he was either injured or not really showing his true colors.

  399. trisha - click to see my bigger and better Opening Day pictures April 28th, 2009 at 7:21 pm

    Despite being in 10th place out of 10 in my Fantasy League (not an easy feat but I managed it!) I am proud to say that I went out and got Phil Hughes for my team the minute I heard he was coming up!

    :D

    I am so proud to be the owner of Phil Hughes!!!!!

  400. SJ44 April 28th, 2009 at 7:22 pm

    Consistent 94 on his fastball. Lower arm slot that’s allowing him to throw the cutter and get late pop on the fastball. Knuckle curve looks great. Very, very nice.

    Pena also showing why he has to play everyday until Arod comes back.

  401. S.A.--It's a marathon, not a sprint. Calm down. April 28th, 2009 at 7:22 pm

    18 pitches for Phil that inning

  402. Keanu April 28th, 2009 at 7:23 pm

    Trouble with the curve ball? 5 pitches in to the game? Calm down Pete, calm down, you sound like one of us.

  403. panayioti April 28th, 2009 at 7:23 pm

    So Posada has a sore hamstring, just like Wang has an injury. Another cop out by the Yankees.

  404. tex's friend (cc looks like he is getting it together) April 28th, 2009 at 7:23 pm

    dear god cano looks hurt

  405. Rob NY April 28th, 2009 at 7:24 pm

    I’d just like to point out that Hughes’ heater was sitting at 93-94 that frame. He’s better than 89-91.

  406. spark April 28th, 2009 at 7:24 pm

    Yanks better get Hughes some runs. I don’t want him to lose or get a no decision just because Yanks can’t score.

  407. S.A.--It's a marathon, not a sprint. Calm down. April 28th, 2009 at 7:25 pm

    Rangers up 1-0 (for those that care)

  408. tex's friend (cc looks like he is getting it together) April 28th, 2009 at 7:25 pm

    lots of popups. again making an average pitcher look like cy young so far, but impressed with phil

  409. Jeter2007 April 28th, 2009 at 7:25 pm

    wow. this is the BEST i’ve ever seen hughes. probably better than that 6.2 inn no hitter vs texas. 93-94 mph, sharp curve. better than that big 12-6 he had. spotting the fast ball. anyone know what that 86-87 off-speed pitch is? cutter maybe? PHENOM could be back!

  410. dave April 28th, 2009 at 7:25 pm

    He is older now which helps his confidence, he has been through more ups and downs which he needed to do as well as through injuries and he has really developed his stuff. He may need a little more refining but he is good enough that he can do that at the major league level. We should be using his talents if they are good enough to do well in the majors and being in the majors means he can get advice from guys like Mo, CC, Pettitte, etc.

  411. tex's friend (cc looks like he is getting it together) April 28th, 2009 at 7:27 pm

    like usual, but july we will be rolling…. and only have 15 games to make up in the standings.

  412. pat April 28th, 2009 at 7:27 pm

    Somebody please buy the guy yelling “swing” a hot dog so his mouth is full. That could get more annoying than Morgan, Miller, the heckler or cowbells.

  413. ZMAN7777 April 28th, 2009 at 7:27 pm

    Let’s see if we can dent the mighty Edwin Jackson express. Just give the kid a few runs.

  414. dave April 28th, 2009 at 7:27 pm

    Outside of before during and after that injury, he has been at 92-93 his entire career mostly. He was hitting that on the gun in high school and that was his scouting report coming in

  415. tex's friend (cc looks like he is getting it together) April 28th, 2009 at 7:27 pm

    has a-rod practiced sliding yet?

  416. Pat M April 28th, 2009 at 7:27 pm

    Hughes’s delivery looks like it did 2 years ago & not that different than his days at Foothill HS…..Love to get 6 quality innings out of Young Master Phillip…

  417. carl April 28th, 2009 at 7:28 pm

    IF hes gonna sit at 93-94 why keep joba in the rotation :( and I am a joba in the rotation believer :(

  418. tex's friend (cc looks like he is getting it together) April 28th, 2009 at 7:28 pm

    also, glad hughes is back to wearing 65.

  419. Les Deux April 28th, 2009 at 7:28 pm

    That heckler shouting before Yankees players make plays and RIGHT before they swing the bat is really annoying.

  420. tex's friend (cc looks like he is getting it together) April 28th, 2009 at 7:28 pm

    where are phil’s goggles?

  421. miggs April 28th, 2009 at 7:29 pm

    Planned on staying away in game but after seeing Phil dealing I had to stop in. Love the tempo and aggression throwing strikes.

    Uh oh spoke too soon. Let’s see how he does from the stretch.

  422. carl April 28th, 2009 at 7:29 pm

    Les Deux I agree.

  423. spark April 28th, 2009 at 7:29 pm

    ESPN reports AROD took sliding drills today.

    http://sports.espn.go.com/mlb/.....id=4108338

  424. bodhisattva April 28th, 2009 at 7:30 pm

    Not much to do there but go to first.

  425. bodhisattva April 28th, 2009 at 7:32 pm

    THIEF!

  426. tex's friend (cc looks like he is getting it together) April 28th, 2009 at 7:32 pm

    uh where was that?

  427. spark April 28th, 2009 at 7:32 pm

    i guess Phil will get no respect from the umpire tonight.

  428. tex's friend (cc looks like he is getting it together) April 28th, 2009 at 7:32 pm

    WOW

  429. dave April 28th, 2009 at 7:33 pm

    5 outs and 3 Ks – not too shabby. Never lost faith in you phil!

  430. all for killing trolls April 28th, 2009 at 7:34 pm

    that YES gun is complete b.s. Hughes is throwing much harder than 88 mph.

  431. Pat M April 28th, 2009 at 7:35 pm

    Randy I, What have you noticed differently from Phil ????

  432. jennifer April 28th, 2009 at 7:35 pm

    Hughes is looking good. The ump has missed a few strikes, but he hasn’t let that bother him.

  433. Kevin at SHU April 28th, 2009 at 7:35 pm

    So far so good for Hughes….wish I could say the same about the offense.

  434. GreenBeret7 April 28th, 2009 at 7:35 pm

    Two mistakes in that inning. Only one cost him a hit. Otherwise…extremely impressive.

  435. jason April 28th, 2009 at 7:35 pm

    Just two innings – but I am digging Phil 2.0!

  436. Perry April 28th, 2009 at 7:35 pm

    I’m a Celtics fan with a playoff game, a Devils fan with a playoff game and a Yankees fan with Phil Hughes on the mound. Needless to say I don’t know what to watch.

  437. spark April 28th, 2009 at 7:35 pm

    Hughes looking good. What if Joba pitches well tomorrow? Will the youth movement be officially back on? Call up IPK. LOL

  438. dave April 28th, 2009 at 7:36 pm

    Man if hughes continues the game like this – it will be such a nice momentum booster for this team right now. This start while not phils only chance to succeed, still has a good amount riding on it – stop losing streak, boost morale, give the fans something to be happy about, start his career as a major leaguer after years and years in the yanks farm system and on and on

  439. Les Deux April 28th, 2009 at 7:37 pm

    Go Melkman!

  440. bodhisattva April 28th, 2009 at 7:38 pm

    Leche thumbs his nose at the board again.

  441. Jeter2007 April 28th, 2009 at 7:38 pm

    great half inning there. hughes seems to have some of that swagger back. i love it. he’s still so young so give him some time

  442. GreenBeret7 April 28th, 2009 at 7:38 pm

    Pat M
    April 28th, 2009 at 7:35 pm
    Randy I, What have you noticed differently from Phil ????

    ————————————————————

    Same motion, same release, pitch after pitch.

  443. Adeel April 28th, 2009 at 7:38 pm

    Good game so far for Hughes. Hopefully the offense gets it done today.

  444. S.A.--It's a marathon, not a sprint. Calm down. April 28th, 2009 at 7:39 pm

    Nice job so far by Hughesie. Lets see if they can get him some runs

  445. spark April 28th, 2009 at 7:39 pm

    Molina better be bunting.

  446. all for killing trolls April 28th, 2009 at 7:39 pm

    What happens when Wang is ready to come back?

    Hughes either has to go back to Scranton, or to the pen (and that ain’t happening).

  447. Jeter2007 April 28th, 2009 at 7:39 pm

    question: what do you do if hughes is pitching great & wang comes back as normal??? too soon to start thinking about joba in the pen? i’m all for him in the rotation, but we need all the good arms we can get

  448. spark April 28th, 2009 at 7:40 pm

    Come on Girardi. Make something happen with the bottom of the order. Molina needed to bunt there.

  449. spark April 28th, 2009 at 7:40 pm

    Let’s just enjoy the moment. No Joba to the bullpen talk, please!!!!

  450. Pat M April 28th, 2009 at 7:40 pm

    GB, That’s one of the things I’ve noticed…He’s also driving with his legs more….Somewhere between Clemens and Seaver

  451. I hunt and kill trolls for sport April 28th, 2009 at 7:42 pm

    tracking…

    tracking…

    I’m on you, troll

  452. trisha - click to see my bigger and better Opening Day pictures April 28th, 2009 at 7:42 pm

    “Let’s just enjoy the moment.”

    YES!

  453. dave April 28th, 2009 at 7:42 pm

    spark – it never left dude – it was only hidden from view and regaining momentum. IPK could be something in the majors but not on the yanks msot likely unless it involves the pen or a big injury from multiple starters.

    I think melancon and ajax are more going to be part of the new youth movement than IPK who was probably added just so people could say generation tre and never actually had the monster talent that hughes and joba both have.

    Adding hughes, joba, melancon and ajax pretty soon will hopefully change the perception of some uninformed fans (Mike Francesa) who dont know enough about the organization to realize when they are right in the middle of a major youth movement. He had about ten years in between jeter, pettitte, mo and posada era and the cano and wang era to complain about the yanks not developing or say the sox were doing better and he decides to go on and on about it as the yanks are right in the middle of a new youth movement. The ignorance is just astounding

  454. Teixeiramvp (JobaCyYoung) April 28th, 2009 at 7:43 pm

    Darn. Devils down already.
    At least Hughes looks sharp.

  455. GreenBeret7 April 28th, 2009 at 7:44 pm

    Pat M
    April 28th, 2009 at 7:40 pm
    GB, That’s one of the things I’ve noticed…He’s also driving with his legs more….Somewhere between Clemens and Seaver

    ———————————————————–

    If he starts using his legs like them consistantly, he’s going to add another 3-4 MPH as he matures.

  456. Teixeiramvp (JobaCyYoung) April 28th, 2009 at 7:45 pm

    I don’t get the arguement “If Hughes is effective, Joba belongs in the pen.” Guess what? Wang is not here. If Hughes is effective, we still have a hole.
    YES!!! Langenbrenner tied it!

  457. Adeel April 28th, 2009 at 7:45 pm

    Nice baserunning there by Melky.

  458. spark April 28th, 2009 at 7:45 pm

    if we had bunted melky over. we’d have a run now.

    good points, dave.

  459. trisha - click to see my bigger and better Opening Day pictures April 28th, 2009 at 7:46 pm

    YAHOO DA MELK!!!!!

    What I like about Girardi is that he is not afraid to mix and match and he will put out the players he believe give the best chance3.

    Torre married his players and someone had to be dreadful for him to even consider moving him in the lineup, never mind not playing him!

  460. dave April 28th, 2009 at 7:46 pm

    jeter2007 – please, lets just pretend like all we care about is hughes pitching well right now. When was the last time you hear girardi complain about having too many quality arms? Things have a way of working themselves out with pitchers.

  461. spark April 28th, 2009 at 7:47 pm

    Steal home, Melky.

  462. Teixeiramvp (JobaCyYoung) April 28th, 2009 at 7:47 pm

    Good steal Jeet.

  463. tex's friend (cc looks like he is getting it together) April 28th, 2009 at 7:47 pm

    well thats nice if damon doesnt strike out

  464. carl April 28th, 2009 at 7:47 pm

    Risp. LOL we ain’t scoring!!

  465. bodhisattva April 28th, 2009 at 7:48 pm

    Wasteful

  466. Teixeiramvp (JobaCyYoung) April 28th, 2009 at 7:48 pm

    I hate Damon.
    At least this inning.

  467. panayioti April 28th, 2009 at 7:48 pm

    Another at bat with RISP and another ZERO.

    Baby steps, i guess.

  468. Jeter2007 April 28th, 2009 at 7:49 pm

    guys – the joba question is just a question.
    R E L A X

  469. Cor Shep April 28th, 2009 at 7:49 pm

    why wasn’t Cabrera bunted over by Molina and Pena – the two worst hitters on the team…. We’d be up 1-0 if either did…

  470. swisherrocks April 28th, 2009 at 7:49 pm

    Did anyone honestly think they’d score there?

  471. Teixeiramvp (JobaCyYoung) April 28th, 2009 at 7:50 pm

    I’m hoping 1 run is enough.
    Can never gurantee that, though. And we still need a run.
    Hughes looks real sharp though. Sharper than CC did.

  472. ZMAN7777 April 28th, 2009 at 7:50 pm

    Man, this RISP Flu is brutal.

  473. Kevin at SHU April 28th, 2009 at 7:50 pm

    Why can’t we ever get a hit with runners in scoring position? Is that asking too much or something?

  474. Pat M April 28th, 2009 at 7:50 pm

    Just cannot get a key knock

  475. Donie April 28th, 2009 at 7:50 pm

    More guys left in scoring position! Yes! I had missed seeing that for the last 22 hours!

    This team is so damn frustrating sometimes. At least Phil looks good. He could get lit up at this point, and it’d STILL be better than any outing Wang’s given us this year.

  476. Johnny D. April 28th, 2009 at 7:50 pm

    This is so sad to watch.

  477. liz April 28th, 2009 at 7:51 pm

    you have to wonder.. just how much is damon hurting?

  478. tishbi April 28th, 2009 at 7:51 pm

    Jeter just cost us a run. With 1 runner in scoring position Damon might have gotten a hit, but with 2 RISP there was no chance.

  479. spark April 28th, 2009 at 7:51 pm

    Gary Sheffield just hit a triple for the Mets. A guy like Reyes may have 20 triples in Citifield this year.

  480. carl April 28th, 2009 at 7:51 pm

    I like how Hughes isn’t afraid of contact.

  481. kill all trolls April 28th, 2009 at 7:51 pm

    who knew you could use source code to trace i.p. addresses?

  482. Teixeiramvp (JobaCyYoung) April 28th, 2009 at 7:51 pm

    No worries. It’s early. The key thing is that we’ve created chances.

  483. boobie April 28th, 2009 at 7:52 pm

    waste one here phil…curveball dirt

  484. dave April 28th, 2009 at 7:52 pm

    exactly – all that matters is now. Right now, we have five in our starting staff and they are CC, AJ, Pettitte, joba and hughes. Thats all that really matters is who is starting right now and that they give us a chance to win each time out. When wang comes back the situation can be totally different and do we even have any idea when he is actually coming back? Everything is so up in the air for him and for the overall health of this team at any given moment that there is absolutely no point discussing wang coming back and what we should do until that point when it actually happens.

  485. ZMAN7777 April 28th, 2009 at 7:52 pm

    The bizarre thing about the whole RISP matter is that it touches everyone. Not one guy is coming through in the clutch.

  486. jennifer April 28th, 2009 at 7:53 pm

    Wow the ump is awful. Where was that pitch!!

  487. spark April 28th, 2009 at 7:53 pm

    STOP SQUEEZING HUGHES!!!

  488. carl April 28th, 2009 at 7:53 pm

    wtf that was strike 3.

  489. GreenBeret7 April 28th, 2009 at 7:53 pm

    Pat M
    April 28th, 2009 at 7:50 pm
    Just cannot get a key knock

    ————————————————————

    The two air balls by Molina and Pena hurt.

  490. Jeter2007 April 28th, 2009 at 7:53 pm

    is it me, or cousins’ zone too tight?

  491. trisha - click to see my bigger and better Opening Day pictures April 28th, 2009 at 7:54 pm

    I don’t mind being solo in this position if I am, but I am joyful that Molina is catching this game. I just think that Hughes has more comfort shaking off Molina than he would Jorge. They are two very different personalities.

  492. spark April 28th, 2009 at 7:54 pm

    Nasty

  493. Teixeiramvp (JobaCyYoung) April 28th, 2009 at 7:54 pm

    I know you have a point you guys since they’re not scoring but sometimes I think you’d complain if they scored 11 runs but had a low RISP avg… oh wait you did complain when they scored 11 runs but had a low RISP avg. Never mind.

  494. jennifer April 28th, 2009 at 7:54 pm

    jeter- It is the size of a postage stamp. I think Joe is going to have to get tossed soon.

  495. tex's friend (cc looks like he is getting it together) April 28th, 2009 at 7:55 pm

    a great day: 7 from hughes, 1 from melancon and 1 for rivera

  496. trisha - click to see my bigger and better Opening Day pictures April 28th, 2009 at 7:55 pm

    Cousins’ zone is too tight.

  497. dave April 28th, 2009 at 7:55 pm

    Whenever i hear someone say that comment about wang coming back, its just so blatantly obvious that they are pushing towards joba in the pen but trying to hide it and see if someone who is against it actually thinks it makes sense in that scenario. And you know what? IT STILL DOES NOT MAKE SENSE because that isnt even close to being the scenario right now and putting joba in the pen now would be asking for an injury. You cant just move a guy back and forth whenever you are in the mood. He is currently in the process of trying to develop his arm strength as a starter after quite some time as a reliever and its just plain unfair to completely mess him up again. Joba is a STARTER AND THAT IS THAT!

  498. GreenBeret7 April 28th, 2009 at 7:55 pm

    If Hughes can get through this lineup one more time, I think that he’ll be ok, and ready to go. Nothing hit hard except for Cabrera’s.

  499. ZMAN7777 April 28th, 2009 at 7:56 pm

    Meanwhile, Boston is punishing Cleveland . . .

  500. carl April 28th, 2009 at 7:56 pm

    Come on man are you serious?

  501. jennifer April 28th, 2009 at 7:56 pm

    I think really soon, another one.

  502. spark April 28th, 2009 at 7:56 pm

    I am hoping that as the game goes on the ump will realize that Hughes is consistently around the plate and he’ll start getting some benefit of the doubt. So far the bad calls haven’t hurt him but he’s thrown 4 or 5 extra pitches that he shouldn’t of had to.

  503. Paddy R April 28th, 2009 at 7:56 pm

    is it too much to ask girardi to bunt molina with one on and no out????? so a single scores the run?????? WHAT IS WRONG WITH THIS GUY?????

  504. Teixeiramvp (JobaCyYoung) April 28th, 2009 at 7:56 pm

    Come on Melancon. Have a three pitch inning next time.
    Meanwhile, Hughes is getting ridiculously squeezed. What is this Ump’s problem?

  505. tex's friend (cc looks like he is getting it together) April 28th, 2009 at 7:56 pm

    WHAT, apparently it has to be right down the middle to be called

  506. RalphieD April 28th, 2009 at 7:56 pm

    this ump is squeezing hughes big time

  507. Al from BK April 28th, 2009 at 7:56 pm

    Phil getting SQUEEZED!

  508. kill all trolls April 28th, 2009 at 7:57 pm

    piano wire

    meet neck

  509. S.A.--It's a marathon, not a sprint. Calm down. April 28th, 2009 at 7:57 pm

    this ump needs glasses

  510. Teixeiramvp (JobaCyYoung) April 28th, 2009 at 7:57 pm

    Meanwhile, Boston may never lose again.

  511. Juggy April 28th, 2009 at 7:57 pm

    I was thinking about purchasing MLB TV so I can watch the yankee games since I’m in Florida now.. Anyone know of any discount codes or perhaps a better service to see every Yankee game? I’m getting frustrated now that XM Radio took away internet radio so I’m looking to get rid of XM Radio anyway.

    Your input would be appreciated!

  512. dave April 28th, 2009 at 7:57 pm

    THAT CALL with two outs isnt so bad. That kind of call with zero outs would be much worse. it was a bad call but if you get that call that was a decent spot with 2 outs. Now, of course, granderson is annoying as hell but that is something else.

  513. SJ44 April 28th, 2009 at 7:57 pm

    Loving what I see with Hughes.

    He’s getting squeezed by Cousins yet he is keeping his composure.

    Great arm slot, consistent leg drive and delivery. Props to him.

    Too bad the offense is so inept.

    Regardless, if Phil keeps pitching like this, he’s in the rotation to stay, regardless of what happens with Wang.

  514. tex's friend (cc looks like he is getting it together) April 28th, 2009 at 7:58 pm

    phil just focus on polanco, if you get him out, granderson doesnt matter.

  515. Andrew April 28th, 2009 at 7:58 pm

    Having some trouble the second time through here.

  516. jennifer April 28th, 2009 at 7:58 pm

    S.A.–It’s a marathon, not a sprint. Calm down. April 28th, 2009 at 7:57 pm

    this ump needs glasses
    ————————————-

    Sad thing is he’s wearing them.

  517. Al from BK April 28th, 2009 at 7:58 pm

    UMP SUCKS!

  518. trisha - click to see my bigger and better Opening Day pictures April 28th, 2009 at 7:59 pm

    HUGHES IS GETTING USED

  519. Teixeiramvp (JobaCyYoung) April 28th, 2009 at 7:59 pm

    If Granderson tries to steal Molina will throw him out. Or just pick him off on first.

  520. Jeter2007 April 28th, 2009 at 7:59 pm

    dave – relax dude. i want joba in the rotation too. it’s just a question. no one here may like it, but you can be sure cashman and management have given thought to many of these scenarios.
    you’re preaching to the choir

    btw, that should have been strike 3, not a walk

  521. S.A.--It's a marathon, not a sprint. Calm down. April 28th, 2009 at 7:59 pm

    come on Phil

  522. jennifer April 28th, 2009 at 7:59 pm

    andrew- Only because the ump doesn’t know w strike if it hit him in the face.

  523. dave April 28th, 2009 at 7:59 pm

    guys,

    kennedy has said like ten times that he is known as a hitters ump so he isnt just picking on hughes.

  524. tex's friend (cc looks like he is getting it together) April 28th, 2009 at 7:59 pm

    go inside

  525. tex's friend (cc looks like he is getting it together) April 28th, 2009 at 7:59 pm

    phew

  526. Nick in SF April 28th, 2009 at 7:59 pm

    I’m worried that Molina is being too passive in letting Hughes call some of these pitches. We got lucky there but we can’t count on luck to win this game. We need a fiery catcher!

  527. dave April 28th, 2009 at 7:59 pm

    i meant kenny not kennedy my bad – so used to typing kennedy i guess

  528. Rudy April 28th, 2009 at 8:00 pm

    Hughes throws at THE VERY LEAST 10 pitches fewer if the ump isn’t squeezing him so badly.

    Thanks UMP.

  529. Al from BK April 28th, 2009 at 8:00 pm

    Phil looks great the ump is a moron. He should have K’d Granderson twice in that AB.

  530. kylelitke April 28th, 2009 at 8:00 pm

    He does need to be more economical, but he also had Everett struck out on that fastball at the knees that was called a ball.

  531. dave April 28th, 2009 at 8:01 pm

    Nick – i would have to think its because molina doesnt know hughes style too well yet. Has he ever caught hughes before?

  532. Teixeiramvp (JobaCyYoung) April 28th, 2009 at 8:01 pm

    dave-You’re right, he’s just a bad Ump.

  533. S.A.--It's a marathon, not a sprint. Calm down. April 28th, 2009 at 8:01 pm

    Phil @ 52 pitches

  534. Adeel April 28th, 2009 at 8:01 pm

    Anyone else notice that Hughes’ walk back to the dugout is a lot more confident than I have ever seen before.

  535. Jeter2007 April 28th, 2009 at 8:01 pm

    for 2008, cousins’ games averaged 9.3 runs
    he was 47% over on games

    he just seems tight tonight

  536. Uncle Ellsworth April 28th, 2009 at 8:02 pm

    Do we really think Joe G. has the guts to put Melancon in in the 8th inning – if the Yanks have the lead?
    I hope so.

  537. Teixeiramvp (JobaCyYoung) April 28th, 2009 at 8:03 pm

    Hardwired might have been a troll.

  538. Nick in SF April 28th, 2009 at 8:03 pm

    dave: I hope he knows that Phil is only 22!

  539. The Stranger April 28th, 2009 at 8:03 pm

    from Jim ‘Ring ‘Em Up!’ Joyce to Squeezey McSqueezerson.

    Good one, MLB.

  540. Teixeiramvp (JobaCyYoung) April 28th, 2009 at 8:04 pm

    PANDOLFO SCORES!!!!
    DEVILS UP 2-1!

  541. tex's friend (cc looks like he is getting it together) April 28th, 2009 at 8:04 pm

    when tex starts slow, is it always this slow?

  542. Al from BK April 28th, 2009 at 8:04 pm

    Jackson is getting calls that Phil isn’t getting. BS!

  543. Sweet_Lou April 28th, 2009 at 8:04 pm

    Mark “Approaching the Mendoza Line” Texeira

  544. GreenBeret7 April 28th, 2009 at 8:04 pm

    PAT M, what do you think the reason is that Jackson isn’t more of a strikeout pitcher with that big fastball?

  545. tex's friend (cc looks like he is getting it together) April 28th, 2009 at 8:04 pm

    we are kings of the pop up this year.

  546. hardwired April 28th, 2009 at 8:05 pm

    I guess I’ve made it to the big time. I was feeling all left out, not being handle-jacked and all.

  547. trisha - click to see my bigger and better Opening Day pictures April 28th, 2009 at 8:05 pm

    For real. All I care about is that he doesn’t squeeze our guy and make him throw 20 extra pitches because he can’t keep track of the strike zone.

  548. Al from BK April 28th, 2009 at 8:05 pm

    Will we ever score again?

  549. Paddy R April 28th, 2009 at 8:05 pm

    girardi is just an awful manager not bunting molina, i can’t get over how clueless this guy is. we aren’t scoring runs, leadoff baserunner, get him over and put the pressure on the pitcher to get two outs without allowing a single. NOT A DIFFICULT CONCEPT! we’re all saying it, but he doesn’t see it, just like he doesn’t see most things.

  550. Teixeiramvp (JobaCyYoung) April 28th, 2009 at 8:05 pm

    You wait. By June he’ll be the most popular player on the blog.
    Meanwhile Cano will win the batting title by hitting 360.

  551. S.A.--It's a marathon, not a sprint. Calm down. April 28th, 2009 at 8:05 pm

    Uncle E-I hope so. The only problem we have is the “having the lead” thing. Gonna need to score some runs for that to happen.

  552. spark April 28th, 2009 at 8:06 pm

    we need a homerun. too bad we’re not in the bandbox.

  553. dave April 28th, 2009 at 8:06 pm

    jeter 2007

    I agree about the strike – it was a strike but everyone is acting surprised about the ump when it has been said about 5 times that he is a hitters ump. I guess no one cares

    Anyway, I didnt actually know your views on joba but i just think its way too premature to even start talking about it. Especially because wang isnt even on any sort of timetable as far as I know so god knows when he will even be back or what will happen between now and then. Maybe once wang is on his way back towards the majors and all five starters are healthy and effective as is wang, we can really start debating it but it seems pointless now.

    And that question while you may not have meant to just completely implies that the joba to the pen situation will be brought up. I mean of course it will in that convo. How many different scenarios can you think of without any injury and with all six pitching well? There arent too many options there or too many that actually makes sense. Sorry if I wrongly implied that you wanted joba in the pen but it definitely sounded like that was what you were insinuating in the original post.

  554. Teixeiramvp (JobaCyYoung) April 28th, 2009 at 8:06 pm

    hardwired-The first day here I was just attacked.
    Baptism of fire. :-(

  555. dave April 28th, 2009 at 8:07 pm

    wwow – that was some swing. That ball was in another zip code when he tipped it.

  556. Teixeiramvp (JobaCyYoung) April 28th, 2009 at 8:08 pm

    Now I’m not exactly popular but people at least don’t think I’m a Sox fan in disguise.

  557. GreenBeret7 April 28th, 2009 at 8:08 pm

    Yes, the streak is still alive. Angelini has his 14th error, allowing 2 runs to score.

  558. Pat M April 28th, 2009 at 8:09 pm

    GB, Jackson falls behind the count too often….It’s been his m.o.sice his Dodger days….But what great machanics

  559. S.A.--It's a marathon, not a sprint. Calm down. April 28th, 2009 at 8:09 pm

    Cano making him work

  560. jennifer April 28th, 2009 at 8:09 pm

    8:02 isn’t me.

  561. panayioti April 28th, 2009 at 8:09 pm

    Isn’t it sad that the state of discussion has turned on whether or not our pitchers get squeezed. Because if they get squeezed we know that runs will come and the Yanks do not have the offensive power to overcome a 1-0 deficit. Frightening lull in the Yankee lore.

  562. Teixeiramvp (JobaCyYoung) April 28th, 2009 at 8:10 pm

    At least he’s getting the pitch count up.
    We know the bullpen’s not untouchable.

  563. carl April 28th, 2009 at 8:10 pm

    Great at bat by cano.

  564. Les Deux April 28th, 2009 at 8:10 pm

    Karma, Cano deserved that!

  565. Kelsy April 28th, 2009 at 8:11 pm

    Robi would never have seen this many pitches last year.

  566. pat April 28th, 2009 at 8:11 pm

    Nice AB for Cano and making Everett look silly in the process.

  567. trisha - click to see my bigger and better Opening Day pictures April 28th, 2009 at 8:11 pm

    “Will we ever score again?”

    Not if you don’t stop spreading negative karma! I was told by a source close to the baseball gods that they feel you never have a positive thing to say, no matter what, and frankly they are tired of it! Not whether or not it’s true (about you being negative) I don’t know. I’m just telling you what I heard.

  568. Nick in SF April 28th, 2009 at 8:11 pm

    Epic at-bat. Detroit is discombobulated.

  569. Teixeiramvp (JobaCyYoung) April 28th, 2009 at 8:11 pm

    Getting squeezed never helps.
    Cano with an hitthat’s really an error.

  570. dave April 28th, 2009 at 8:11 pm

    Al – seriously. The only time we scored in the past few days was all within the same 30 seconds in the ninth inning and the second run was brought in on a double play that pretty much finished us off.

    That is the yanks version of hitting with runners in scoring position – ground into a double play to make it almost impossible to win the game but get the run home to make it 4 to 2. Thats what went down yesterday right?

  571. hardwired April 28th, 2009 at 8:11 pm

    Everett still would have had time to throw out Posada.

  572. carl April 28th, 2009 at 8:11 pm

    Come on swish break out of it now!

  573. spark April 28th, 2009 at 8:11 pm

    Great at bat by Cano. swisher needs to wake up now.

  574. jennifer April 28th, 2009 at 8:11 pm

    Swisher needs to stop trying to do too much. Just let your abilities take over.

  575. Pel (Uncertainty is certain.) April 28th, 2009 at 8:12 pm

    12 pitches, 3 taken for ball, 3 in the zone

    cano has fouled off all but 3.
    swung at every single piece of garbage and if it wasn’t for the SS, the inning is over.

    he’s better than that.

  576. bodhisattva April 28th, 2009 at 8:12 pm

    Hardwired,

    Anyone taking on Ulysses – out of masochism – is cool w/me.

  577. GreenBeret7 April 28th, 2009 at 8:12 pm

    Pat M
    April 28th, 2009 at 8:09 pm
    GB, Jackson falls behind the count too often….It’s been his m.o.sice his Dodger days….But what great machanics

    ————————————————————

    thanks, PAT.

    How about that Cano at bat, huh? Not only ran it full, but of the 9 strikes, he hit every one.

  578. Mop Up Man April 28th, 2009 at 8:12 pm

    Great at bat for Robbie there! I hope this reflects a new style and is not just part of one of his streaks of hot and disciplined hitting.

  579. Teixeiramvp (JobaCyYoung) April 28th, 2009 at 8:12 pm

    Posada should have had a fielder’s choice except his hammie bothered him.

  580. dave April 28th, 2009 at 8:13 pm

    Jeter is probably leading the team in RISP because he has the least number of at bats in that scenario or something because NO ONE on the team is hitting with RISP.

  581. Teixeiramvp (JobaCyYoung) April 28th, 2009 at 8:13 pm

    Swish striking out.

  582. carl April 28th, 2009 at 8:14 pm

    Risp help me lord. Please!!

  583. S.A.--It's a marathon, not a sprint. Calm down. April 28th, 2009 at 8:14 pm

    Swishy with the walk

  584. Teixeiramvp (JobaCyYoung) April 28th, 2009 at 8:14 pm

    Jeter’s been clutch enough anyway. Two game winning hits, would have been three but Pedroia robbed him.

  585. Kevin at SHU April 28th, 2009 at 8:15 pm

    There is a runner in scoring position. Can we do something or are we going to end the inning?

  586. Donie April 28th, 2009 at 8:15 pm

    Runner in scoring position for Melky. If history shows, he’ll be swinging wildly at three 4 seamers that are actually over his head.

  587. Donie April 28th, 2009 at 8:15 pm

    Runner in scoring position for Melky. If history shows, he’ll be swinging wildly at three 4 seamers that are actually over his head.

  588. Teixeiramvp (JobaCyYoung) April 28th, 2009 at 8:15 pm

    Good job Swish. Proved me wrong.

  589. swisherdoesntrocksomuchanymore April 28th, 2009 at 8:15 pm

    worst.team.ever.

  590. ray (sox fan) April 28th, 2009 at 8:15 pm

    It’s looking to be a long game in Cleveland tonight.

    It is 5-3 after two innings with both starting pitchers having high pitch counts.

    Brad Penny doesn’t look very good tonight.

  591. spark April 28th, 2009 at 8:16 pm

    swing the bat!!!!

  592. jennifer April 28th, 2009 at 8:16 pm

    Hughes hasn’t gotten that pitch all night. Now it is a strike?!

  593. Uncle Ellsworth April 28th, 2009 at 8:16 pm

    Let’s go Melk!

  594. carl April 28th, 2009 at 8:16 pm

    Good Job yankees.

  595. swisherdoesntrocksomuchanymore April 28th, 2009 at 8:16 pm

    I take it back, they’re not the Nats. Now thats a bad team/

  596. tex's friend (cc looks like he is getting it together) April 28th, 2009 at 8:16 pm

    yankees being yankees

  597. chr1zisnyy April 28th, 2009 at 8:17 pm

    melky.. you have got to be kidding me.. unbelievable

  598. jennifer April 28th, 2009 at 8:17 pm

    Good job Melky, swing at a pitch in the dirt. Nice, real nice. Now why am I not surprised.

  599. manny(yanksfan) April 28th, 2009 at 8:17 pm

    At least it wasn’t over his head.

  600. trisha - click to see my bigger and better Opening Day pictures April 28th, 2009 at 8:17 pm

    START THE COMPLAINING!

  601. Teixeiramvp (JobaCyYoung) April 28th, 2009 at 8:17 pm

    Melky proving once again that he’s the most clutch player in the game.
    I know, I know. Walk off HR. Even a blind squirrel…

  602. spark April 28th, 2009 at 8:17 pm

    so he takes two pitches down the middle and swings at the one in the dirt.

    Ladies and Gentlemen…Melky Cabrera!!!

  603. Kevin at SHU April 28th, 2009 at 8:17 pm

    I’m speechless. How is a team this bad with RISP? How?

  604. ZMAN7777 April 28th, 2009 at 8:17 pm

    Can we disguise the men on-base, so they think they’re batting with nobody on? I mean, come on already!

  605. S.A.--It's a marathon, not a sprint. Calm down. April 28th, 2009 at 8:17 pm

    groan

  606. Teixeiramvp (JobaCyYoung) April 28th, 2009 at 8:17 pm

    trisha-Can you really blame them?

  607. dave April 28th, 2009 at 8:18 pm

    I think at one point this week the yanks were last in the league in both era and hits with RISP. That has to be the two worst stats to finish dead last in at the same time. Doesnt exactly bode well for playoff contenders – those are the two ways you win.

  608. Teixeiramvp (JobaCyYoung) April 28th, 2009 at 8:18 pm

    It is all with two outs. They need to make these opportunities with less outs.

  609. Keith April 28th, 2009 at 8:19 pm

    RISP – RISP …. same old dry story after having Jackson on the ropes with a high pitch inning.

  610. Nick in SF April 28th, 2009 at 8:19 pm

    Melky Agonistes. :(

  611. bodhisattva April 28th, 2009 at 8:19 pm

    Mario Lemieux up.

  612. Al from BK April 28th, 2009 at 8:20 pm

    Unfortunately hitting with RISP is not something money can buy. These guys need to get their stuff together.

  613. dave April 28th, 2009 at 8:20 pm

    i just knew that if hughes pitched lights out the yanks would just be unable to score a single run.

    This team is the definition of murphys law this week. we do everything poorly to ensure the loss well excelling in the rest.

  614. Donnie April 28th, 2009 at 8:20 pm

    Say what you will about Brett Gardner, but at least he makes contact there. It would have been a ground out, or a pop up, but at least he makes contact. How we managed to think that two AAA-calibur players challenging for CF was a good idea, instead of trading for an ACTUALY CFer, is beyond me.

  615. S.A.--It's a marathon, not a sprint. Calm down. April 28th, 2009 at 8:20 pm

    Sometimes where there is a drought people do a little rain dance for it to rain.
    I’m thisclose to doing a runs dance for the yankees

  616. carl April 28th, 2009 at 8:20 pm

    If we hit with risp we would be in first place. We would average about 7 runs a game. This is sad.

  617. Teixeiramvp (JobaCyYoung) April 28th, 2009 at 8:21 pm

    Runs scored is how you win, not RISP avg.
    That being said, since we’re not hitting HR’s or slugging people from first, a good RISP avg. would be nice.

  618. ZMAN7777 April 28th, 2009 at 8:21 pm

    Girardi, just pick the lineup out of a hat. It worked once for Billy.

  619. spark April 28th, 2009 at 8:21 pm

    We are soooo bad with RISP that soon we are going to get one of those Chien Ming Wang stats that goes like…

    “The yanks will have to go 20 for their next 20 with RISP to reach the league average of .265.”

  620. ray (sox fan) April 28th, 2009 at 8:21 pm

    Grand Papi
    April 28th, 2009 at 8:19 pm
    “Ray, Might as well watch the Celts, this one won’t be over till midnite!”

    Good suggestion! I’m flipping back and forth.

  621. dave April 28th, 2009 at 8:21 pm

    hughes is doing everything well tonight so far

  622. S.o.S. April 28th, 2009 at 8:21 pm

    Just got in. What i miss?

    Heres what iv gathered so far.
    squeezed
    Nasty
    94
    discombobulated(whatever that means)

  623. trisha - click to see my bigger and better Opening Day pictures April 28th, 2009 at 8:21 pm

    Yeah I blame them because all that ever happens on this blog is whining complaining crybabies who are ready to kill when things don’t go their way.

    How about this? The Yankee players aren’t out there trying to suck. They are having a hard time now. How about trying a little support and sucking up the disappointment. Like for once.

    This place is sickening.

  624. GreenBeret7 April 28th, 2009 at 8:21 pm

    Eric Hacker has been sensational….except for one inning. 5 innings only 5 hits, 0 walks, 7 strikeouts. The bad news is all of the base runners came in 1 inning and two were homers.

  625. DominicanYank April 28th, 2009 at 8:21 pm

    Believe it or not, the Yanks aren’t the worse hitting with RISP. They are at .223 for the season, good for 4th worst in the league. The Astros and Dbacks are hitting .208 and .206 respectively…

  626. m April 28th, 2009 at 8:21 pm

    I love how Phil’s ball looks so heavy.

    How can they score Everett’s error a “hit”?

  627. C April 28th, 2009 at 8:21 pm

    Bunch of whips

  628. Ro-bin-son April 28th, 2009 at 8:22 pm

    It’s kinda weird that our pitchers have been hitting a lot of batters, honestly its pretty annoying those are runs right there.

  629. Teixeiramvp (JobaCyYoung) April 28th, 2009 at 8:22 pm

    I like that. A run’s dance.
    I should research.

  630. Pat M April 28th, 2009 at 8:23 pm

    Will someone explain the strike zone to Melky, especailly with 2 strikes…Swinging at anything close is one thing , but he expands from ankles to shoulders….All season he’s been doing this….

  631. Peter Abraham April 28th, 2009 at 8:23 pm

    Attention those sociopaths in the crowd:

    Please don’t impersonate other people. I just banned some odd soul who impersonated a man and a woman in a span of five minutes. I don’t even want to know what your problems are. But don’t bring them in here.

    Thanks.

  632. dave April 28th, 2009 at 8:23 pm

    teixeiramvp – i was talking about the playoffs. Most times everything is about pitching and very timely clutch hitting because you dont get many chances usually. Doing this bad in era and RISP at the same time the last week does not bode well as a playoff contender.

  633. spark April 28th, 2009 at 8:24 pm

    “Believe it or not, the Yanks aren’t the worse hitting with RISP. They are at .223 for the season, good for 4th worst in the league. The Astros and Dbacks are hitting .208 and .206 respectively…”

    But the Astros & DBacks suck. That doesn’t make me feel better.

  634. Uncle Ellsworth April 28th, 2009 at 8:24 pm

    Thanks Pete

  635. dave April 28th, 2009 at 8:25 pm

    and arent the yanks basically proving within the last few days that no matter how high a teams avg is, you dont win if you dont hit with RISP. Thats what it says to me.

  636. carl April 28th, 2009 at 8:25 pm

    lol pete

  637. Teixeiramvp (JobaCyYoung) April 28th, 2009 at 8:25 pm

    ray-I fulfilled my bet.
    Check the Julia’s Rants Blog for Letsgoyankees.
    trisha-When they do bad, there’s nothing wrong with eing annoyed, especially when you know they can play better.

  638. panayioti April 28th, 2009 at 8:25 pm

    The bright side is the yankees have more hits than the tigers. Yaaaaa, yanks finally winning something

  639. Angel - A tale told by idiots, full of sound and fury, signifying nothing April 28th, 2009 at 8:30 pm

    How about this? The Yankee players aren’t out there trying to suck. They are having a hard time now. How about trying a little support and sucking up the disappointment. Like for once.

    This place is sickening.

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

    :)

  640. Donnie April 28th, 2009 at 8:31 pm

    Trisha, you gotta come to grips with the fact that some people choose to deal with disappointment different. Some people get super-positive and supportive, and never think the game’s out of reach until the final out. Some people get irritated and spit venom to vent their disappointment. You really can’t tell them they aren’t warranted, just like they shouldn’t tell you to shut up and stop being positive. I’d like to think I fall somewhere in the middle, personally. I think either extreme is kind of silly, but you do what you have to to deal with the disappointment of this team looking as flat as they do right now. My best advice is do your thing and ignore the comments you don’t agree with. Simple as that.

  641. Ro-bin-son April 28th, 2009 at 8:31 pm

    Attaboy Phil, He’s really coming up big for us, hopefully our offense doesn’t proceed to pull off another loss where we outhit the other team. Those shenanigans are getting pretty old now

  642. tommyfusco April 28th, 2009 at 8:31 pm

    who ever that Trisha guy is, i like him.

    my sentiments exactly.

  643. GreenBeret7 April 28th, 2009 at 8:31 pm

    Kontos is twirling a gem for Trenton. 5 innings, 3 hits, 0 runs, 2 walks, 7 strikeouts. Trenton leads 1-0.

  644. SJ44 April 28th, 2009 at 8:32 pm

    Loving what I’m seeing from Hughes. He’s toughening up in big situations. Regardless of tonight’s outcome, he gets another start and that’s great.

    The offense? They just can’t hit with RISP.

    Once you realize that fact, it makes their futility more tolerable.

    Look at it this way, when they eventually get a hit w/RISP, treat it as a nice surprise.

  645. DMan77 April 28th, 2009 at 8:32 pm

    Dear Yankees,

    Please get a hit with runners in scoring position. Maybe even with 2 outs. That would make my dreams come true.

    Sincerely,
    yankeesfaninboston

  646. Nick in SF April 28th, 2009 at 8:32 pm

    Yankees need more game-thread support from LoHud commenters?

  647. trisha - click to see my bigger and better Opening Day pictures April 28th, 2009 at 8:32 pm

    Tex, complaining is the norm here not the exception.

  648. S.A.--It's a marathon, not a sprint. Calm down. April 28th, 2009 at 8:32 pm

    Hughesie! :D

  649. liz April 28th, 2009 at 8:33 pm

    looks like phil is getting tired.. this offense has to break out soon.. something.. anything..

  650. m April 28th, 2009 at 8:33 pm

    Nick,

    Bottom of the 4th. Hughes with the fist pump as he walks off the field.

  651. Johnny D. April 28th, 2009 at 8:33 pm

    Hughes looks great.

  652. pat April 28th, 2009 at 8:33 pm

    Someone needs to hit a HR and loosen everyone up.

  653. Abe/s Odd World April 28th, 2009 at 8:34 pm

    Wow – Hughes is impressive tonight… too bad I can’t say the same for this “offense”…

  654. Kevin at SHU April 28th, 2009 at 8:34 pm

    Trisha this team does not deserve praise in certain areas right now and one of those areas is hitting with RISP. I think it is perfectly alright for us to complain how we are doing in this particular area considering we are dead last in it.

    Now I will mention a positive in this game which is Phil Hughes is pitching a great ballgame right now which is what I predicted, but he can do this all by himself and he needs the offense to step it up.

  655. Al from BK April 28th, 2009 at 8:35 pm

    I think a few of us LoHud bloggers should show up at the ballpark I think we could get more hits than the Yanks at the moment.

  656. Nick in SF April 28th, 2009 at 8:35 pm

    m: I’m pro-fist pump and I vote.

  657. Angel - A tale told by idiots, full of sound and fury, signifying nothing April 28th, 2009 at 8:35 pm

    The offense looks wound like clocks, especially with men on base. :(

    Like completely different hitters.

  658. Stephen April 28th, 2009 at 8:36 pm

    Can we just cut to the chase?

    Let Hughes pitch to as many hitters as necessary until he gives up a run, and call it a game.

  659. ZMAN7777 April 28th, 2009 at 8:36 pm

    I personally don’t care how positive Trisha wants to be, but she has no right dictating how others should respond.

  660. jennifer April 28th, 2009 at 8:37 pm

    Will Jeter take advantage? He should have had that.

  661. bodhisattva April 28th, 2009 at 8:37 pm

    Miggy is worse at that than anyone I’ve ever seen.

  662. C April 28th, 2009 at 8:37 pm

    this team suck

  663. Teixeiramvp (JobaCyYoung) April 28th, 2009 at 8:37 pm

    trisha-Understood, but right now it’s warranted.
    Swine flu outbreak in NYC. Wonder if Yankee Stadium’s a good idea.
    It’s gonna be a ghost town at the stadium.

  664. Terry from NH April 28th, 2009 at 8:37 pm

    If anything, Hughes may feel the pressure of being perfect with this inept offense. I love what i see from him though. This offense is pathetic. AROD please come back and complete this lineup soon.

  665. KO April 28th, 2009 at 8:37 pm

    this is just a loop playing…. constant repeats of 2008 and now this year…. when we pitch, we don’t hit…. and when we hit we don’t pitch… you don’t have to be young and athletic to hit with RISP you just have to be clutch… this is so weak….. they also have zero plate discipline all of the sudden lately

  666. jennifer April 28th, 2009 at 8:38 pm

    Nope, why am I not surprised. he swings at a pitch at his eyes, just like Melky.

  667. Abe/s Odd World April 28th, 2009 at 8:38 pm

    UPDATE, 8:31 p.m.: Hughes squirms out of trouble there. He is keeping his composure nicely. Now maybe the Yankees can get him a few runs.

    They’d actually have to hit the ball first….

  668. Abe/s Odd World April 28th, 2009 at 8:38 pm

    UPDATE, 8:31 p.m.: Hughes squirms out of trouble there. He is keeping his composure nicely. Now maybe the Yankees can get him a few runs.

    They’d actually have to hit the ball first….

  669. ray (sox fan) April 28th, 2009 at 8:38 pm

    Teixeiramvp (JobaCyYoung)
    April 28th, 2009 at 8:25 pm
    “ray-I fulfilled my bet.
    Check the Julia’s Rants Blog for Letsgoyankees.”

    No problem Teix.

    Sounds like Hughes is pitching a pretty decent game for you guys.

  670. S.o.S. April 28th, 2009 at 8:38 pm

    SJ,
    Assuming Hughes pitches well today and on his next start. Do you send him down or keep Wang at aaa until he cools off or someone gets hurt?

    Cant understand how some average pitchers pitch like a CY YOUNG when facing the Yanks.

  671. Terry from NH April 28th, 2009 at 8:39 pm

    Jeter from 3-0 to K.. Why is the only guy hitting the ball (Cano) batting so far down in the lineup???

  672. spark April 28th, 2009 at 8:39 pm

    Edwin Jackson pitching the game of his life.

  673. bodhisattva April 28th, 2009 at 8:40 pm

    ZMAN7777
    April 28th, 2009 at 8:36 pm
    I personally don’t care how positive Trisha wants to be, but she has no right dictating how others should respond.
    ==============
    Maybe the fact that people have been in here for days now genuflecting before the Red Sox and calling our players dogs has worn her patience thin.

    Any way, she has as much right to express her disgust with negative posters as they do to express theirs with the ballclub. Why should you moderate her?

  674. spark April 28th, 2009 at 8:40 pm

    if hughes pitches like this he ain’t going nowhere. Wang will have to get in where he can fit in.

  675. ZMAN7777 April 28th, 2009 at 8:40 pm

    Edwin Jackson is decent, but not this good. No more tip of the hats, please. I’ll choke if they say after the game that this was the best Edwin Jackson they’ve ever seen.

  676. jennifer April 28th, 2009 at 8:40 pm

    Why does every garbage pitcher pitch the game of their life against the Yankees. It has been that way since they got rid of Rick Downs.

  677. Johnny D. April 28th, 2009 at 8:41 pm

    These Yankees look all pitchers look like Cy Young.

  678. Jason April 28th, 2009 at 8:41 pm

    This offense is pathetic.

  679. Zooboy April 28th, 2009 at 8:41 pm

    Next time we have 2 out with RISP, I’d like to see CC pinch hit. He can drive in a go-ahead run and then Swish can pitch the 8th.

  680. panayioti April 28th, 2009 at 8:41 pm

    This team needs a new approach to hitting. Striking out while fun is not doing it

  681. S.A.--It's a marathon, not a sprint. Calm down. April 28th, 2009 at 8:41 pm

    strike out #5

  682. dennis April 28th, 2009 at 8:42 pm

    you’se been trish’ed = stfu!

  683. EricNS April 28th, 2009 at 8:42 pm

    Riddle me this – what has nine bats but can’t hit in the clutch – the Yankee offense!

  684. Al from BK April 28th, 2009 at 8:43 pm

    This game has “tip your cap” postgame written all over it. I honestly can’t remember when we last scored.

  685. spark April 28th, 2009 at 8:43 pm

    that curveball was sick.

  686. ZMAN7777 April 28th, 2009 at 8:43 pm

    Man, does Hughes deserve better tonight.

  687. bodhisattva April 28th, 2009 at 8:43 pm

    Ooh…got that call.

  688. Teixeiramvp (JobaCyYoung) April 28th, 2009 at 8:43 pm

    Forget Yankee Stadium. Swine flu outbreak.

  689. Nick in SF April 28th, 2009 at 8:43 pm

    bodhi: are you trying to moderate those who would moderate the moderator???

  690. Sweet_Lou April 28th, 2009 at 8:43 pm

    jennifer April 28th, 2009 at 8:40 pm

    Why does every garbage pitcher pitch the game of their life against the Yankees. It has been that way since they got rid of Rick Downs.

    =============
    My theory: these pitchers are auditioning for a future big-bucks Yankee contract…….

  691. carl April 28th, 2009 at 8:43 pm

    Great inning.

  692. tex's friend (cc looks like he is getting it together) April 28th, 2009 at 8:43 pm

    oh man that was nice.

  693. Andrew Leo April 28th, 2009 at 8:43 pm

    if phillip keeps this up…..u know what will start…………..move the fat boy to the pen

  694. bodhisattva April 28th, 2009 at 8:44 pm

    Hey Negative Nellies, we’re in this game. Now how about that!

  695. jennifer April 28th, 2009 at 8:44 pm

    Wow nice inning from Hughes. They have to score. He needs this game. Best we’ve seen from him in quite a while.

  696. EvoLuTioN April 28th, 2009 at 8:44 pm

    what a FILTHY curve.

  697. Lou in SoCal April 28th, 2009 at 8:44 pm

    “Cant understand how some average pitchers pitch like a CY YOUNG when facing the Yanks”.

    I do! Yanks are last in AL w/ RISP

    Just think, we spend the most and we are last w/ RISP I am so proud!

  698. Teixeiramvp (JobaCyYoung) April 28th, 2009 at 8:44 pm

    I’m not asking for 10 runs in 3 innings. I’d be happy with five.

  699. Terry from NH April 28th, 2009 at 8:44 pm

    Every year the Sox take off and the Yanks stink up the joint. Now they have to catch up again. This gets a little redundant. Is it Girardi? Are they missing Bowa? I’m tired of answering questions from Sox fans here in NH about why the Yanks stink so bad in the spring. Matt Holliday is looking pretty good right now cause this outfield is pretty sad right now. Can’t wait to see some junk come off the books for 2010…

  700. pat April 28th, 2009 at 8:44 pm

    Pena really has a strong arm and throws strikes to Tex.

  701. bodhisattva April 28th, 2009 at 8:45 pm

    Nick in SF
    April 28th, 2009 at 8:43 pm
    bodhi: are you trying to moderate those who would moderate the moderator???
    =============
    Nick,

    Are you trying to moderate my moderation of the moderator moderating Trisha moderating the negative posters??

  702. DT April 28th, 2009 at 8:45 pm

    This is the inning. I’m on your side Trish.
    Positivity !!

  703. spark April 28th, 2009 at 8:45 pm

    This is the inning. I predict Yanks will explode…for 1 run.

  704. DMan77 April 28th, 2009 at 8:46 pm

    Terry from NH-

    I feel your pain, I’m right in Boston. It’s hell right now!

  705. Terry from NH April 28th, 2009 at 8:46 pm

    Hughes showing CC how it’s done tonight… and with 159 million less!

  706. Teixeiramvp (JobaCyYoung) April 28th, 2009 at 8:46 pm

    This is the best I’ve ever seen from him, including that interrupted no-hitter.
    Cone is really stupid though. He keeps talking about how he’s hitting 94 and 95. Has he even gone over 92? And if so, only to 93.

  707. S.A.--It's a marathon, not a sprint. Calm down. April 28th, 2009 at 8:46 pm

    Hughesie doing good. Can we keep him? :D

  708. swisherdoesntrocksomuchanymore April 28th, 2009 at 8:46 pm

    Poor Phil…I feel so bad for the guy. Pitching great and nothing to show for it.

  709. jennifer April 28th, 2009 at 8:47 pm

    Terry from NH

    How would it be Joe? The Yankees have gotten off to slow starts for a few years now. Since 2005 if I recall correctly.

  710. Teixeiramvp (JobaCyYoung) April 28th, 2009 at 8:47 pm

    Hughes’ll have a great ERA at least.

  711. carl April 28th, 2009 at 8:48 pm

    Please hit a double triple or homer tex.

  712. Nick in SF April 28th, 2009 at 8:48 pm

    All things in moderation.

    But some of the anti-negative comments have been rather immoderate, no?

  713. jonnycat April 28th, 2009 at 8:48 pm

    btw can anyone remind me when Selena’s book on AROD is coming out?

  714. Strummerson April 28th, 2009 at 8:48 pm

    Phil looks really good tonight. Let’s start arguing about whether he should be the set-up man!!!

    …or maybe CC or AJ.

  715. ZMAN7777 April 28th, 2009 at 8:48 pm

    Maybe this will be Jackson’s last inning? Should we be hoping for that? Who knows these days.

  716. ray (sox fan) April 28th, 2009 at 8:48 pm

    Now I remember why I hated Lugo.

    Chance for a double play and he doesn’t catch the ball thrown right to him.

    7-4 bottom of 3rd. This game may end up making a Yankee/Sox game look short.

  717. tex's friend (cc looks like he is getting it together) April 28th, 2009 at 8:49 pm

    give me a rod any day. he would never come in and start the season .210.

  718. Teixeiramvp (JobaCyYoung) April 28th, 2009 at 8:49 pm

    I hate Selena Roberts. (Name right?)

  719. robbie April 28th, 2009 at 8:49 pm

    even cy young can’t win with this team….. they can’t hit a basketball thrown at them….

  720. Terry from NH April 28th, 2009 at 8:49 pm

    DMAN77- You wear bulletproof Yankee gear? lol I live in the Lake Winnipesaukee area surrounded by Sox idiots. It makes me almost sick to my stomach every spring when this happens. If Hughes does make in NY this time around then I have no problem with Joba in the pen, BUT this all depends on Wang making back too…

  721. DMan77 April 28th, 2009 at 8:50 pm

    Tie game in Cleavland.

  722. ray (sox fan) April 28th, 2009 at 8:50 pm

    Update that score….now 7-7…Cleveland/Boston game.

    Don’t you guys want Lugo?

  723. GreenBeret7 April 28th, 2009 at 8:50 pm

    spark
    April 28th, 2009 at 8:39 pm
    Edwin Jackson pitching the game of his life.

    ————————————————————

    Apparently, you’ve never seen the Jackson of last year or this year, the, He’s found his control and has a great arm.

  724. DYNASTY IS DESTINY! April 28th, 2009 at 8:51 pm

    Hughes is doing everything they asked of him…

    Can he hit?

  725. trisha - click to see my bigger and better Opening Day pictures April 28th, 2009 at 8:51 pm

    tie game in Cleveland

    for those of you who postulated the Red Sox may never lose again…

  726. Teixeiramvp (JobaCyYoung) April 28th, 2009 at 8:51 pm

    Yanks and Sox have record for longest nine inning game.

    Rolston scores! Devils up 3-2.
    This game is far from over. Ditto for baseball.

  727. DMan77 April 28th, 2009 at 8:51 pm

    Terry from NH-

    Haha lived here for awhile, most of my friends are Sox fans… I think I’ve grown bullet proof skin over the years.

    Still, these times are pretty frustrating. Was tough to head to work this Monday.

  728. carl April 28th, 2009 at 8:51 pm

    Matsui!

  729. Terry from NH April 28th, 2009 at 8:51 pm

    Jennifer- Yeah, but that was with Rasner and scrubs and $423 million less than. Teixeira is downright terrible right now. ALL freakin popups.

  730. jennifer April 28th, 2009 at 8:52 pm

    Okay there is your break Yankees. Get it done now!

  731. DYNASTY IS DESTINY! April 28th, 2009 at 8:52 pm

    Godzilla!!!!!!

  732. Kevin at SHU April 28th, 2009 at 8:52 pm

    Nice hit Matsui :)

  733. Teixeiramvp (JobaCyYoung) April 28th, 2009 at 8:52 pm

    Matsui triple, like it matters.
    And the Sox haven’t lost yet.
    Besides, I was joking. Yeah, they’ll REALLY never lose again.

  734. GreenBeret7 April 28th, 2009 at 8:52 pm

    Cleveland scores 4 runs and ties Boston at 7-7.

  735. Al from BK April 28th, 2009 at 8:52 pm

    A runner in scoring position! Cue the lazy pop up.

  736. Ro-bin-son April 28th, 2009 at 8:52 pm

    woow who would’ve thunk it. well if we waste a triple by godzilla then abandon the ship of hope! haha

  737. Nick in SF April 28th, 2009 at 8:52 pm

    ‘Matsui’ and ‘stand-up triple’: didn’t see that coming.

  738. Lou in SoCal April 28th, 2009 at 8:52 pm

    Don’t get too excited….yanks are hitting .208 w/ RISP.

  739. pat April 28th, 2009 at 8:52 pm

    Lucky. Please Robbie!

  740. Sweet_Lou April 28th, 2009 at 8:52 pm

    Oh-oH, RISP……….

  741. jennifer April 28th, 2009 at 8:53 pm

    terry- Not true. The Yankees have gotten off to awful starts for a few years now.

  742. chr1zisnyy April 28th, 2009 at 8:53 pm

    brad penny is 2-0 with a 8.83 era.. wow

  743. Teixeiramvp (JobaCyYoung) April 28th, 2009 at 8:53 pm

    That guy Saito for the Sox has become a second closer.
    That’ll be Melancon for us, except he’ll go the seventh inning too.

  744. carl April 28th, 2009 at 8:53 pm

    I think the Sox will release Penny win DiceK comes back.

  745. jennifer April 28th, 2009 at 8:53 pm

    Can they make that idiot stop screaming every time a pitch is thrown.

  746. S.A.--It's a marathon, not a sprint. Calm down. April 28th, 2009 at 8:53 pm

    oh no. A RISP. :(

  747. Zooboy April 28th, 2009 at 8:54 pm

    Let CC pinch hit!

  748. bodhisattva April 28th, 2009 at 8:54 pm

    A little well placed immoderation never hurts, I always say. We just have to pick our immoderate moments with a modicum of self-moderation. Then, they’re bound to have more impact, perhaps moving us, finally, toward a post-moderate place where we can all get along.

  749. robbie April 28th, 2009 at 8:54 pm

    linedrive to opposite field

  750. Pat M April 28th, 2009 at 8:54 pm

    GB, I’m not sure what they consider a good arm….Jackson has a real good arm…All I know is that the Yanks would like to have Jackson

  751. Nick in SF April 28th, 2009 at 8:54 pm

    Brad Penny is now reconsidering that experimental swine-stem-cell therapy.

  752. DMan77 April 28th, 2009 at 8:55 pm

    Cano hitting .192 with RISP (5 for 26)

    Come on, break out of this….

  753. Teixeiramvp (JobaCyYoung) April 28th, 2009 at 8:55 pm

    bodhi, I have no clue what you just wrote, and it’s written right in front of me.

  754. ZMAN7777 April 28th, 2009 at 8:55 pm

    Well, this is the guy we want up

  755. robbie April 28th, 2009 at 8:55 pm

    line drive to opposite field

  756. spark April 28th, 2009 at 8:55 pm

    Cano is fouling off some tough pitches.

  757. Uncle Ellsworth April 28th, 2009 at 8:56 pm

    Cano battlin’

  758. ZMAN7777 April 28th, 2009 at 8:56 pm

    Another epic AB

  759. DMan77 April 28th, 2009 at 8:56 pm

    ZMAN7777-

    You’d think he’d be the guy we want… but not really. See above.

  760. igotid88 April 28th, 2009 at 8:56 pm

    well it’s .208 w/ RISP not .000. So there’s a chance/

  761. Teixeiramvp (JobaCyYoung) April 28th, 2009 at 8:56 pm

    I’m still dying to know Sterling’s HR call for Swisher. Anybody know?

  762. S.o.S. April 28th, 2009 at 8:56 pm

    brad penny is 2-0 with a 8.83 era.. wow

    ————————-

    Gammons and all the so called experts were right on the money with Penny. Low risk high reward. Maybe they can put him in the bullpen to answer phone calls.

  763. Betsy April 28th, 2009 at 8:57 pm

    I just came back from dinner to see this……and boy, am I pleased and surprised. I have always had faith in Phil, but I just thought he wasn’t ready. Wow – the kid is doing some job – I’ll watch the replay later. If it’s true about Phil using his legs more, that’s fantastic. One thing I remember Tom Seaver saying when he used to broadcast for the Yanks is how important it was for a power pitcher to use his trunk – that’s where most of the power comes from. Otherwise, the pitcher is just throwing with his arm and that can lead to injuries. Regardless of what happens with the offense this game (and obviously it’s lousy tonight – but Jackson has pitched very well this year), the story is Phil. I’m so happy for him.

  764. robbie April 28th, 2009 at 8:57 pm

    changed my mind HR to RF….. hehehehe

  765. Terry from NH April 28th, 2009 at 8:57 pm

    Jennifer, but in 05 the team had Randy Johnson and Pavano. This team has Tex, CC and AJ. Back in 05 also Wang wasn’t really established or Cano and Melky. This year is definately more disheartening….I kinda expected things back then to take a step back..

  766. Al from BK April 28th, 2009 at 8:57 pm

    What the heck!

  767. chr1zisnyy April 28th, 2009 at 8:57 pm

    im going to be sick

  768. Lou in SoCal April 28th, 2009 at 8:58 pm

    Wish I could have bet on the outcome of that at bat. I’d own Vegas.

  769. tommyfusco April 28th, 2009 at 8:58 pm

    just look at his name, either hes spiritual…or a Steely dan fan.

  770. Teixeiramvp (JobaCyYoung) April 28th, 2009 at 8:58 pm

    Cano can’t hit with RISP. He hits EVERY OTHER TIME!!!!
    And the crappy Ump doesn’t help.

  771. carl April 28th, 2009 at 8:58 pm

    This is unbelievable.

  772. ray (sox fan) April 28th, 2009 at 8:58 pm

    sos

    After tonight’s game Penny’s ERA will be much higher. He isn’t even finishing the third inning and he gave up 7 runs.

  773. Zooboy April 28th, 2009 at 8:58 pm

    Oh well. Next time Godzilla will need to steal home.

  774. Stephen April 28th, 2009 at 8:58 pm

    We play today, we lose today.

  775. tex's friend (cc looks like he is getting it together) April 28th, 2009 at 8:58 pm

    didnt realize you could change a call on a whim.

  776. spark April 28th, 2009 at 8:58 pm

    Girardi needed to get thrown out. We need a little Billy Martin to shake this group up.

  777. DMan77 April 28th, 2009 at 8:58 pm

    Cano is almost the worst player on the team with RISP.

    Look up the stats, he’s terrible. Terrible with RISP.

  778. ZMAN7777 April 28th, 2009 at 8:59 pm

    You’re right, DMAN, it doesn’t matter who’s up there

  779. bodhisattva April 28th, 2009 at 8:59 pm

    Teixeiramvp (JobaCyYoung)
    April 28th, 2009 at 8:55 pm
    bodhi, I have no clue what you just wrote, and it’s written right in front of me.
    ==========
    I’m not sure I understood it either, and I wrote it :).

    I bet you can understand and enjoy this though:

    Cleveland has rallied against Penny. Score is 7-7. Imagine those gritty Bosox, surrendering that lead. Is that even possible?

  780. Abe/s Odd World April 28th, 2009 at 8:59 pm

    Stupid Yankees…

  781. Terry from NH April 28th, 2009 at 8:59 pm

    Cano crucial situation and it continues again…. SIGH!!

  782. jennifer April 28th, 2009 at 8:59 pm

    I thought Joe was going to get tossed. I don’t think he foul tipped it, but I thought it was bs that the third base ump over turned the homeplate umps call.

  783. Bo Jackson April 28th, 2009 at 9:00 pm

    Penny would need 270 pitches to throw a complete game.

  784. Keith April 28th, 2009 at 9:00 pm

    UPDATE, 8:31 p.m.: Hughes squirms out of trouble there. He is keeping his composure nicely. Now maybe the Yankees can get him a few runs.

    Key word : maybe

  785. bodhisattva April 28th, 2009 at 9:00 pm

    Mario Lemieux proving there’s life after hockey.

  786. ray (sox fan) April 28th, 2009 at 9:00 pm

    Penny lasts 2 and two thirds innings with 89 pitches and 7 runs allowed.

  787. CENTRAL CT YANKEE April 28th, 2009 at 9:00 pm

    Unfortunately the Sox know how to come back

  788. Teixeiramvp (JobaCyYoung) April 28th, 2009 at 9:00 pm

    bodhi, they haven’t lost yet.
    This game gives me a very bad feeling.

  789. Dr. Cox April 28th, 2009 at 9:00 pm

    This is embarrassing. The Red Sox are dominating the league and we can’t push one run across the plate.

  790. Al from BK April 28th, 2009 at 9:00 pm

    Switching to the Rangers game, at least they are trying.

  791. spark April 28th, 2009 at 9:00 pm

    Hughes got more support in Scranton. Pathetic.

  792. ZMAN7777 April 28th, 2009 at 9:00 pm

    Wow, this is asking a lot out of Hughes

  793. GreenBeret7 April 28th, 2009 at 9:01 pm

    Pat M
    April 28th, 2009 at 8:54 pm
    GB, I’m not sure what they consider a good arm….Jackson has a real good arm…All I know is that the Yanks would like to have Jackson

    ————————————————————

    If Jackson had been the 4-5 pitcher last year for NYY they’re in the plaoffs and Tampa would have been out. Love the arm, too. His control is coming and everything now moves.

  794. Nick in SF April 28th, 2009 at 9:01 pm

    Next week Jim Joyce will be screwing us over via his iphone.

  795. Teixeiramvp (JobaCyYoung) April 28th, 2009 at 9:01 pm

    How are the Rangers doing?

  796. randy l. April 28th, 2009 at 9:01 pm

    “if hughes pitches like this he ain’t going nowhere. Wang will have to get in where he can fit in.”

    well, since the yankee coaches seem to have little understanding of wang’s sinker maybe they’ll convert him back to a 96-97 four seam fastball guy with a slider and change up like he used to be when he wasn’t that good.

    then he could fit right in the bullpen as someone who looks good but isn’t.

    then he’ll get released after being really bad for a while

    and go to the rays where neil allen will get the sinker going again in about a week and wang will win 19 again and beat the yankees most of the times he faces them.

    that’s how wang will fit in.

  797. carl April 28th, 2009 at 9:02 pm

    spark April 28th, 2009 at 9:00 pm

    Hughes got more support in Scranton. Pathetic.

    lmao this is beyond sad.

  798. Al from BK April 28th, 2009 at 9:02 pm

    Looks like Hughes gets another start the guy looks great.

  799. Teixeiramvp (JobaCyYoung) April 28th, 2009 at 9:02 pm

    All this being said, we act like we’re losing and it’s tied. Relax.

  800. Kevin at SHU April 28th, 2009 at 9:02 pm

    Note to offense: Your pitcher needs help! He can not win this game all by himself and he is doing an excellent job on the mound tonight. Can you please help him out?

  801. DYNASTY IS DESTINY! April 28th, 2009 at 9:03 pm

    Wonder if Hughes can hit with RISP?

  802. Pat M April 28th, 2009 at 9:03 pm

    Betsy, I was thinking of you as I was watching Phil

  803. panayioti April 28th, 2009 at 9:03 pm

    Well they are consistent. This is like owning Lehman Brothers stock. All that money invested and poof! Crap!

  804. jennifer April 28th, 2009 at 9:04 pm

    Edwin wasn’t that great, this is not a tip of the hat game. This is a game that is on the hitters, cause they can’t do anything. It is pathetic.

  805. S.A.--It's a marathon, not a sprint. Calm down. April 28th, 2009 at 9:04 pm

    Might be time to contact a voodoo priest and get a goat. This offense needs something

  806. Al from BK April 28th, 2009 at 9:04 pm

    7 innings for Phil? If only he could get one friggin run!

  807. dennis April 28th, 2009 at 9:04 pm

    ray, penny’s defense booted two dp chances that would have alowed him to cruise through three. see lugo. 4 er is cruising for penny. the dan rules!

  808. carl April 28th, 2009 at 9:04 pm

    What Hughes is doing to this offense is pretty remarkable.

  809. Bo Jackson April 28th, 2009 at 9:04 pm

    The world reknown Hunter Jones comes in to stop the bleeding.

  810. Casper April 28th, 2009 at 9:04 pm

    If this team doesn’t help the poor kid out its a shame. He’s really pitching a hell of a game.

  811. GreenBeret7 April 28th, 2009 at 9:05 pm

    PAT M, that last pitch was perfect. Very few times do you ever see a pitcher eat up Cabrera that bad inside.

  812. Teixeiramvp (JobaCyYoung) April 28th, 2009 at 9:05 pm

    This team will have a legendary second half run when people get healthy.

  813. DMan77 April 28th, 2009 at 9:05 pm

    This could really be a season changing game if the Yankees can win.

  814. Angel - A tale told by idiots, full of sound and fury, signifying nothing April 28th, 2009 at 9:05 pm

    I wish this was like Wheel of Fortune and they could buy a run, lol.

  815. Matt April 28th, 2009 at 9:05 pm

    What was that about Hughes not being ready? How you guys could think he isn’t ready just because he was hurt a lot is beyond me. Every time he’s been in the big leagues he has pitched well, what more could you ask for?

  816. spark April 28th, 2009 at 9:05 pm

    Girardi looks like he’s about to go postal in the dugout.

  817. Nick in SF April 28th, 2009 at 9:05 pm

    randy: when did Neil Allen leave the Yankee organization?

  818. Teixeiramvp (JobaCyYoung) April 28th, 2009 at 9:06 pm

    If they lose, oh well.

  819. Teixeiramvp (JobaCyYoung) April 28th, 2009 at 9:06 pm

    Ranger’s game score anyone?

  820. Terry from NH April 28th, 2009 at 9:07 pm

    The Yanks could use someone with Rangers Sean Averys spunk and grit. Someone to light a fire in them. 1-1 in the 3rd period. GO RANGERS!!

  821. GreenBeret7 April 28th, 2009 at 9:07 pm

    Gotta be careful here. Guillen can hurt him.

  822. Neil April 28th, 2009 at 9:07 pm

    ray (sox fan)
    April 28th, 2009 at 9:00 pm
    Penny lasts 2 and two thirds innings with 89 pitches and 7 runs allowed.
    /////////////////////

    Is this a report or is somebody supposed to care ?

  823. S.A.--It's a marathon, not a sprint. Calm down. April 28th, 2009 at 9:08 pm

    Rangers/Caps game tied at 1

  824. jennifer April 28th, 2009 at 9:08 pm

    Great inning for Hughes, now can we score some runs? I think Joe needs to knock over a few coolers, this is beyond pathetic at this point.

  825. Angel - A tale told by idiots, full of sound and fury, signifying nothing April 28th, 2009 at 9:08 pm

    Nicely done there, Phil.

  826. Teixeiramvp (JobaCyYoung) April 28th, 2009 at 9:08 pm

    1-1, great game. How much time?

  827. SJ44 April 28th, 2009 at 9:08 pm

    Great job by Hughes tonight.

    The offense? Well, you have to have an offense to be critical of it.

    The Yankees possess a “ffence”. No “O”.

    Perhaps somebody can close their eyes and hit a solo HR. That seems to be the only way they can score.

  828. GreenBeret7 April 28th, 2009 at 9:08 pm

    OK. Hughes at 100 pitches. Mostly easy innings. Gotta let him come out in the 7th and go batter to batter.

  829. Lou in SoCal April 28th, 2009 at 9:09 pm

    Poor Phil is pitching his heart out. Be nice if someone who is making over 1 million dollars a year can stand up and play like a yankee for crying out loud. Phil deserves the win.

  830. bodhisattva April 28th, 2009 at 9:09 pm

    1-1

  831. Nick in SF April 28th, 2009 at 9:09 pm

    Teixeiramvp, check here: http://www.lmgtfy.com

  832. Teixeiramvp (JobaCyYoung) April 28th, 2009 at 9:09 pm

    SJ, you have to be a troll. You ARE the same person who called me a whiny twelve year old when I complained about the pen?

  833. Julia Cano April 28th, 2009 at 9:09 pm

    seriously! someone get that moron out of the crowd. im all for excitment and yelling for my team but to scream like that every time someone swings is just plain obnoxious

  834. Sweet_Lou April 28th, 2009 at 9:10 pm

    S.A.–It’s a marathon, not a sprint. Calm down. April 28th, 2009 at 9:04 pm

    Might be time to contact a voodoo priest and get a goat. This offense needs something
    ========================

    How about if all the Yanks wear Giambi thongs?

  835. Pat M April 28th, 2009 at 9:10 pm

    GB, Sawdust on Miguel….

  836. Teixeiramvp (JobaCyYoung) April 28th, 2009 at 9:10 pm

    Ha ha Nick. Very funny.
    I feel lazy at the moment.

  837. Lost in Tex-is April 28th, 2009 at 9:10 pm

    Alright people this is very important!

    When I was at The Yankees/Rays game I was given a Rays hat and a Yankees hat. Yes, “Official” MLB hats..

    both hats are size 7 3/8 — Rays hat fits perfect but the Yankees is a finger or two to big.

    I went to the Mall and tried on all size yankee hats and not one fits me, either to small or to big.

    Maybe I need a rebigulator for my head or something, but I find that about as odd as odd can be.

    P.S. Why is that these scubs pitchers keep shutting down the yankees and they get all the credit.. “Man is he pitching great today” Instead of “Man, these yankees can’t hit for crap”.

    Hughes is pitching great today, tho :-)

  838. spark April 28th, 2009 at 9:11 pm

    Ok now that Jack Morris is out the game, maybe we can get some runs.

  839. igotid88 April 28th, 2009 at 9:11 pm

    I hope Phil comes out for the 7th

  840. Terry from NH April 28th, 2009 at 9:11 pm

    Celtics down by 9 with 9 minutes to go in 4th.. Could be 3-2 Chicago after tonight.. Love it!

  841. DT April 28th, 2009 at 9:11 pm

    This could be the inning! (runs runs runs)

  842. Lost in Tex-is April 28th, 2009 at 9:11 pm

    It’s been a really long day.

  843. jennifer April 28th, 2009 at 9:12 pm

    How would you like to sit next to that buffoon?

    I think I’d dump my beer on him.

  844. Teixeiramvp (JobaCyYoung) April 28th, 2009 at 9:12 pm

    Every inning could be the inning.
    Swish with a hit.

  845. carl April 28th, 2009 at 9:12 pm

    Swish says I’m not dead yet.

  846. Angel - A tale told by idiots, full of sound and fury, signifying nothing April 28th, 2009 at 9:13 pm

    How many pitches is Phil at?

  847. Betsy April 28th, 2009 at 9:13 pm

    Pat, I’m so happy for Phil -he’s such a good kid. If he turns into a stud or even just a very good pitcher, I will feel better for having had faith in him. I don’t want to see him get a loss – I’m not sure if I would bring him out for another inning. On the other hand, he’s bound to be better than our pen options. I really shouldn’t feel this way, but even if the Yankees lose, how unhappy can I be?

  848. spark April 28th, 2009 at 9:13 pm

    Oh, now you wanna bunt? Well, it’s about friggin’ time.

  849. DYNASTY IS DESTINY! April 28th, 2009 at 9:13 pm

    2-run Hr coming right up!

  850. DYNASTY IS DESTINY! April 28th, 2009 at 9:13 pm

    2-run Hr coming right up!

  851. Lost in Tex-is April 28th, 2009 at 9:13 pm

    .. but I really truly do want an official yanks hat that fits correctly!

  852. bodhisattva April 28th, 2009 at 9:13 pm

    dennis
    April 28th, 2009 at 9:04 pm
    ray, penny’s defense booted two dp chances that would have alowed him to cruise through three. see lugo. 4 er is cruising for penny. the dan rules!
    ======
    I am sorry, but you are mistaken. Everyone knows the Red Sox are indomitable, and that their gritty, hard-working infielders are incapable of making mistakes. They have a superior clubhouse culture which would not permit that.

  853. randy l. April 28th, 2009 at 9:13 pm

    nick in sf-

    you always ask trick questions , but i’ll play. he left after being the triple a coach in columbus in 2006.

  854. Teixeiramvp (JobaCyYoung) April 28th, 2009 at 9:14 pm

    I THINK Phil is at 100 pitches.

  855. Angel - A tale told by idiots, full of sound and fury, signifying nothing April 28th, 2009 at 9:15 pm

    Come onnnnnnnnn – two on, no one out. They HAVE to so something here.

  856. DT April 28th, 2009 at 9:15 pm

    ph Posada so he can crawl into a triple play.

  857. Teixeiramvp (JobaCyYoung) April 28th, 2009 at 9:15 pm

    The great power hitter Jose Molina ready to slug one.

  858. Pat M April 28th, 2009 at 9:15 pm

    Please, can someone drop a sac bunt

  859. GreenBeret7 April 28th, 2009 at 9:15 pm

    Scranton’s losing 6-0 bottom of the 8th. Good news…Jackson is 2-3, both singles, 1 strikeout.

  860. jennifer April 28th, 2009 at 9:15 pm

    Um Jose, take one for the team!!

  861. DYNASTY IS DESTINY! April 28th, 2009 at 9:15 pm

    Didn’t know Molina could move so quickly…

  862. Julia Cano April 28th, 2009 at 9:15 pm

    jennifer-
    totally. people like that arent even fun to hang out, just listening to him is making me crazy!

  863. Lost in Tex-is April 28th, 2009 at 9:15 pm

    Can we please get a manager that knows how to kick dirt at an umpire? I like seeing that! Especially when my team is in a batting slump.

  864. igotid88 April 28th, 2009 at 9:16 pm

    99 pitches

  865. Teixeiramvp (JobaCyYoung) April 28th, 2009 at 9:17 pm

    PLEEEEEASE, JUST A FLY BALL!

  866. jennifer April 28th, 2009 at 9:17 pm

    Now you just walk the next guy, and the following player will hit into a dp. Simple. :-)

  867. Zooboy April 28th, 2009 at 9:17 pm

    Molina is just a flat out good ballplayer.

  868. Kevin at SHU April 28th, 2009 at 9:17 pm

    Nice job Molina. How can we possibly screw this opportunity up?

  869. swisherdoesntrocksomuchanymore April 28th, 2009 at 9:17 pm

    If they don’t score here I will literally vomit.

  870. S.A.--It's a marathon, not a sprint. Calm down. April 28th, 2009 at 9:17 pm

    How about if all the Yanks wear Giambi thongs?

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

    If things get desperate enough, they might have to go this route.

  871. DYNASTY IS DESTINY! April 28th, 2009 at 9:17 pm

    Good bunt by Molina…

    At some point we have to start hitting with RISP…

    How about now?

    Let’s Go Yanks!

  872. Al from BK April 28th, 2009 at 9:17 pm

    Okay Jorge just get a fly ball.

  873. carl April 28th, 2009 at 9:17 pm

    Kevin we are the Yankees. We can screw anything up.

  874. bodhisattva April 28th, 2009 at 9:17 pm

    I almost typed something that absolutely would have jinxed this. I am glad I caught myself.

  875. ARX April 28th, 2009 at 9:17 pm

    3 run HR, calling it now

  876. Nick in SF April 28th, 2009 at 9:18 pm

    randy: thanks. No trick, I was just wondering if, in theory, it’s possible for Wang to pitch well while simultaneously not having Neil Allen in the organization. Perhaps it’s different when Allen is working for a rival rather than just being a cell phone call away.

    You probably didn’t see it, but yesterday I advocated firing Dave Eiland and performing a ninja operation in Tampa before introducing Al Neilan as our new pitching coach.

  877. Angel - A tale told by idiots, full of sound and fury, signifying nothing April 28th, 2009 at 9:18 pm

    Come on, Jorge…

  878. randy l. April 28th, 2009 at 9:18 pm

    i don’t like sending cold guys in to pinch hit. very few can do it.

  879. trisha - click to see my bigger and better Opening Day pictures April 28th, 2009 at 9:18 pm

    I love Jose Molina. Everything about him screams quality, and he even gets sac bunts and hits when we need them.

  880. Patrick April 28th, 2009 at 9:18 pm

    Walk him to get to Jeter? No I doubt it.

  881. spark April 28th, 2009 at 9:18 pm

    My Kingdom For A Run!!!

    no pop ups!!
    no come backers to the pitcher!!
    no strike outs!!!

  882. Lost in Tex-is April 28th, 2009 at 9:18 pm

    Swing first > find out what pitch it is after! You cannot win games that way!

  883. bodhisattva April 28th, 2009 at 9:18 pm

    ARX
    April 28th, 2009 at 9:17 pm
    3 run HR, calling it now
    ======
    Unfortunately, he heard you

  884. igotid88 April 28th, 2009 at 9:18 pm

    I would’ve kept Pena in there

  885. DT April 28th, 2009 at 9:18 pm

    When is the last time the Yanks ever tried a squeeze play?

  886. carl April 28th, 2009 at 9:18 pm

    omg yes!!!

  887. Al from BK April 28th, 2009 at 9:18 pm

    Thank God.

  888. DYNASTY IS DESTINY! April 28th, 2009 at 9:19 pm

    Yeahhhhh!!!!!!!!!!

  889. Angel - A tale told by idiots, full of sound and fury, signifying nothing April 28th, 2009 at 9:19 pm

    OMG. Two whole runs!

  890. pat April 28th, 2009 at 9:19 pm

    Better lucky than good sometimes!

  891. JR April 28th, 2009 at 9:19 pm

    praise God!!! finally

  892. ARX April 28th, 2009 at 9:19 pm

    That ….works…

  893. jennifer April 28th, 2009 at 9:19 pm

    Lucky break.

    Now do you pr Jorge?

  894. Teixeiramvp (JobaCyYoung) April 28th, 2009 at 9:19 pm

    It would have been interesting to see Pena try a suicide squeeze.
    Come to think of it, was that the best move by Joe? Get rif of your best defensive third baseman in a close game like this? It would have made better sense to pinch hit Molina then suicide squeeze Pena, although Molina is a great defensive cathcer.
    Go Jorge! Just saw the bloop hit.

  895. Kevin at SHU April 28th, 2009 at 9:19 pm

    I’ll take it!!!

  896. YankeeJosh April 28th, 2009 at 9:19 pm

    Finally, a break. Worried about having Berroa and his defense at Third for the rest of the game.

  897. Bronx Jeers April 28th, 2009 at 9:19 pm

    Wasn’t pretty. Not even sure it’s a hit.

    I’ll take it.

  898. spark April 28th, 2009 at 9:19 pm

    how the hell did he whiff on that? i’ll take it though.

  899. Mark-Cant Touch This (from I Phone) April 28th, 2009 at 9:19 pm

    Hey guys, just got home. I see we got lucky with RISP, man ill take it.

  900. bodhisattva April 28th, 2009 at 9:19 pm

    Woo!

  901. randy l. April 28th, 2009 at 9:20 pm

    .. but i like opposing outfielders who look like little leaguers.

  902. Jeter's Future Wife April 28th, 2009 at 9:20 pm

    I haven’t been watching, been watching Rangers/Caps Game 7…Hughes looks that good eh?

  903. Al from BK April 28th, 2009 at 9:20 pm

    Phil looked like he was going to explode if they didn’t score here haha.

  904. S.A.--It's a marathon, not a sprint. Calm down. April 28th, 2009 at 9:20 pm

    :)

  905. RalphieD April 28th, 2009 at 9:20 pm

    hughes’s reaction was priceless

  906. spark April 28th, 2009 at 9:20 pm

    Berroa is pinch running for posada.

  907. Lost in Tex-is April 28th, 2009 at 9:20 pm

    I hope the squirrel is climbing the right field foul poll at the new stadium.

  908. Angel - A tale told by idiots, full of sound and fury, signifying nothing April 28th, 2009 at 9:21 pm

    lol, bronx jeers.

    I hear that, but given the virtual run famine, it doesn’t have to be pretty at all- it just has to be on the board.

  909. jennifer April 28th, 2009 at 9:21 pm

    Say your prayers, hail mary’s etc that Angel will do a good job at third. :lol:

  910. Lou in SoCal April 28th, 2009 at 9:21 pm

    Sweet Berroa at 3rd! Cross your fingers!

  911. derek April 28th, 2009 at 9:21 pm

    Really, Girardi? REALLY? I don’t even care that Posada got a “hit”, that is TERRIBLE managing.

    Angel Berroa is a HUGE liability at 3rd base and you’ve got Hughes pitching a gem that will go a long way, not only for the team, but for his confidence.

    You’re going to put that F’ing BUM in at 3rd to blow a play later in the game.

    Great-F’ING-Job, Girardi. Get the hell out of here!

  912. Terry from NH April 28th, 2009 at 9:21 pm

    FINALLY a break!! GO Yanks!

  913. DYNASTY IS DESTINY! April 28th, 2009 at 9:21 pm

    Cone has a good point…

    But who cares–we get 2!!!!!

  914. carl April 28th, 2009 at 9:21 pm

    Tex will break out now

  915. jennifer April 28th, 2009 at 9:21 pm

    RalphieD April 28th, 2009 at 9:20 pm

    hughes’s reaction was priceless

    Yep , it was like please god please god. Yes it dropped in!!

  916. Teixeiramvp (JobaCyYoung) April 28th, 2009 at 9:22 pm

    I just think Pena is far superior to Codey and Angel defensively and Jorge, while worse than Molina, is worse to a lesser ratio, if that makes sense.

  917. robbie April 28th, 2009 at 9:22 pm

    finally a cheap run…. hehehehehe…. thank god for that error…

  918. Keith April 28th, 2009 at 9:22 pm

    C’mon ….. keep it going. Show no mercy for a change. Do it for Phil.

  919. Al from BK April 28th, 2009 at 9:22 pm

    Phil-7th, Mark-8th, Mo-9th? Anyone else excited about that :)

  920. Pat M April 28th, 2009 at 9:22 pm

    Well one thing is for certain, that kid will be going down….

  921. jennifer April 28th, 2009 at 9:23 pm

    derek- Are you serious? He saw an opportunity to get some runs. He had to take it. Maybe if this team would score they wouldn’t have to ph.

  922. Greg Cohen April 28th, 2009 at 9:23 pm

    “Firestarter Five”

    Hahahahahahaha

  923. CB April 28th, 2009 at 9:23 pm

    Young pitching is mystifying. You want to think there’s going to be some kind of straight path involved. Some kind of defined trajectory. Do X and Y will happen. But that’s just not the way it works.

    Hughes simply looks great. He looks better tonight than he did in his major league debut when he threw those 6 odd no hit innings against texas. Not a little better – much better.

    He’s a much more complete pitcher now. Much more complete. That power curve ball he’s added is terrific. On top of that he now also has that slow looping curve ball that is generating 15-16 mph differences off his fastball. The cut fastball is very effective.

    And the fastball command is just tremendous.

    It looks to me like he’s driving off that back leg better than we’ve seen him do so in a long time. He has much momentum through his balance point going home. With that comes that beautiful arm action.

    Lots of people are going to need to jump back on the phil hughes band wagon.

  924. igotid88 April 28th, 2009 at 9:23 pm

    We talk about the Yankees not scoring. The NY Rangers haven’t been that well all year also. Now down 2-1 with 3 to go.

  925. Lost in Tex-is April 28th, 2009 at 9:23 pm

    I really think it is time for the yankees to stop using numbers on their jerseys.. they should use something cool like Comic Sans font.. that way Damon could have skull n xbones, matsui a fire hydrant, cano a circle with a strike thru .. etc..

  926. S.A.--It's a marathon, not a sprint. Calm down. April 28th, 2009 at 9:23 pm

    Caps up 2-1 over the Rangers in the 3rd. :(

  927. Sweet_Lou April 28th, 2009 at 9:24 pm

    # derek April 28th, 2009 at 9:21 pm

    Really, Girardi? REALLY? I don’t even care that Posada got a “hit”, that is TERRIBLE managing.

    Angel Berroa is a HUGE liability at 3rd base and you’ve got Hughes pitching a gem that will go a long way, not only for the team, but for his confidence.

    You’re going to put that F’ing BUM in at 3rd to blow a play later in the game.

    Great-F’ING-Job, Girardi. Get the hell out of here!
    ==================

    I agree. Risky move.

  928. robbie April 28th, 2009 at 9:24 pm

    rangers down 1-2 2:50 to go…..

  929. Terry from NH April 28th, 2009 at 9:24 pm

    2-1 Caps with unders 3 minutes left.. NY teams find a way to frustrate us don’t they???

  930. Teixeiramvp (JobaCyYoung) April 28th, 2009 at 9:25 pm

    Al from BK-I’m actually a little worried about Mo. Even w/o the BoSox game he hasn’t been his usual lights out stuff.
    Bring on Melancon, the Mo of the future in his first years. We are witnessing future greatness, and I really believe ditto w/Joba.

  931. jennifer April 28th, 2009 at 9:25 pm

    Nate is now in the pen? wow.

  932. jennifer April 28th, 2009 at 9:25 pm

    Well Angel made that a little close.

  933. KThomas April 28th, 2009 at 9:25 pm

    Wouldn’t it be funny if Girardi puts in Veras/Marte in the bottom of the 7th?

  934. Mark-Cant Touch This (from I Phone) April 28th, 2009 at 9:26 pm

    A cheap hit is better than no hit :)

  935. Lost in Tex-is April 28th, 2009 at 9:26 pm

    I love J.D. I play him on xbox all the time and strike him out tho.. doesn’t mean he isn’t a good player however realistic MLB 2009 is.

  936. pat April 28th, 2009 at 9:26 pm

    3-4 more runs and Berroa can’t hurt them at 3rd.

  937. Kevin at SHU April 28th, 2009 at 9:26 pm

    Hello offense….I have certainly missed you, but better late than never to the party. :)

  938. spark April 28th, 2009 at 9:26 pm

    i want a tex message.

  939. EvoLuTioN April 28th, 2009 at 9:26 pm

    bronx bloopers

  940. Angel - A tale told by idiots, full of sound and fury, signifying nothing April 28th, 2009 at 9:26 pm

    The liability scores a run.

  941. Nick in SF April 28th, 2009 at 9:26 pm

    Now put your foot on their throats! Don’t let up! Get the kid (and the team) a WIN!

  942. Teixeiramvp (JobaCyYoung) April 28th, 2009 at 9:26 pm

    Devils up :-)
    Hits falling our way :-)
    Rangers losing. Neither here nor there to me.
    Good night for sports, at least to me.

  943. Steve in MN April 28th, 2009 at 9:27 pm

    Time for Tex to put it away

  944. EvoLuTioN April 28th, 2009 at 9:27 pm

    why didnt jeter go 1st to 3rd?

  945. DYNASTY IS DESTINY! April 28th, 2009 at 9:27 pm

    Sounds like a good time for Tex to show up…

  946. Mark-Cant Touch This (from I Phone) April 28th, 2009 at 9:27 pm

    Well Angel made that a little close.
    _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _

    Hes a 50 year old man, what more can the guy do?

  947. Angel - A tale told by idiots, full of sound and fury, signifying nothing April 28th, 2009 at 9:27 pm

    Stop taking my name in vain, Jennifer. :D

  948. Nick April 28th, 2009 at 9:27 pm

    Teixeria -

    You’re right. I think he has given up atleast 1 hit in every outing this season. He has not looked ‘dominant’. No 5 pitch innings like he had in the Spring or 7 pitches with 2 strikeouts.

  949. Lost in Tex-is April 28th, 2009 at 9:27 pm

    seems to me like Joe G needs to take these guys back to the pool hall in Tampa.. then walk them across the street to Mans Venus for some relaxing.

    Hi we swing at EVVVEERRRRRYTHING!!!

  950. Teixeiramvp (JobaCyYoung) April 28th, 2009 at 9:27 pm

    KThomas-And wouldn’t it be funny if he pinch hit Gardner for Cano?

  951. EvoLuTioN April 28th, 2009 at 9:28 pm

    lets go king matsui

  952. Betsy April 28th, 2009 at 9:28 pm

    What did Hughes do/say? LOL I go out for a second and I missed it!

  953. Steve in MN April 28th, 2009 at 9:28 pm

    or…not

  954. Mark-Cant Touch This (from I Phone) April 28th, 2009 at 9:28 pm

    Tex is underneath everything :(

  955. DYNASTY IS DESTINY! April 28th, 2009 at 9:28 pm

    What’s Hughes pitch count?

  956. Pat M April 28th, 2009 at 9:28 pm

    Texeria is pressing…

  957. spark April 28th, 2009 at 9:28 pm

    tex has me vexed

  958. Kevin at SHU April 28th, 2009 at 9:28 pm

    Melancon is warming up.

  959. Terry from NH April 28th, 2009 at 9:28 pm

    Rangers lose this series and it will mark a big collapse. 3-1 up only to lose.. I think that unraveling of coach JT might have done them in.. no matter what it is very disappointing cause I can’t stand Ovechkin!

  960. jennifer April 28th, 2009 at 9:29 pm

    EvoLuTioN April 28th, 2009 at 9:27 pm

    why didnt jeter go 1st to 3rd?
    =========================

    Thought the same thing, especially since the ball was thrown home.

  961. derek April 28th, 2009 at 9:29 pm

    jenn,

    I agree they needed a run there (they had to score, eventually), but you had 2nd and 3rd with 1 out, almost anything would have gotten at least one run in.

    My point is that Girardi over-managed in that spot. He caved to the pressure of losing the past 4 games and put Posada in a spot where it could have really back-fired.

    Angel Berroa should be nowhere near 3rd base if they aren’t ahead or behind by 10 runs. He is absolutely terrible at 3B and to put him in a pressure spot is an equally terrible move.

    He lucked out this time, but in a big spot I don’t think I want my Manager making that kind of decision.

  962. panayioti April 28th, 2009 at 9:29 pm

    Call Homeland Security, hide the women and children, yankees have erupted for back to back run scoring hits.

    Is there no mercy!!!!

  963. EvoLuTioN April 28th, 2009 at 9:29 pm

    MATSUI FTW

  964. DT April 28th, 2009 at 9:29 pm

    Tex looks to be pressing – not the first big money FA to do so. Seems like they all do.

  965. Teixeiramvp (JobaCyYoung) April 28th, 2009 at 9:29 pm

    Nick-I really hope it’s just a slow start, which he apparently has had before.
    Still, it magnifies Melancon’s importance to our future.
    Go Tex!

  966. Betsy April 28th, 2009 at 9:29 pm

    I think Pat M and I get to steer that bandwagon, lol.

  967. spark April 28th, 2009 at 9:29 pm

    godzilla is crushing balls.

  968. jennifer April 28th, 2009 at 9:29 pm

    Well no harm, no foul in not getting to third.

  969. DYNASTY IS DESTINY! April 28th, 2009 at 9:29 pm

    Godzilla!!!!!

  970. Lost in Tex-is April 28th, 2009 at 9:30 pm

    Matsui can do it even if they remove his legs!

  971. carl April 28th, 2009 at 9:30 pm

    WE cant stop scoring now!

  972. ARX April 28th, 2009 at 9:30 pm

    I do believe 4 runs will hold, thanks Matsui!
    PS Go Caps!!! (sorry but I’m a Devils fan :-) )

  973. Al from BK April 28th, 2009 at 9:30 pm

    Melancon for 2 innings again, please no. I want him in the 8th!

  974. Angel - A tale told by idiots, full of sound and fury, signifying nothing April 28th, 2009 at 9:30 pm

    What is this? A runfest?

    I don’t believe what I’m seeing.

  975. S.A.--It's a marathon, not a sprint. Calm down. April 28th, 2009 at 9:31 pm

    What are these run thingies? :)

  976. igotid88 April 28th, 2009 at 9:31 pm

    # Betsy April 28th, 2009 at 9:28 pm

    What did Hughes do/say? LOL I go out for a second and I missed it!
    ———————————————————–
    It looked as if he was about to say F*&% when Posada popped it up. Then went yeah we the LF dropped it.

  977. Betsy April 28th, 2009 at 9:31 pm

    If Phil comes out for the 7th, he may not be sharp as he’s been sitting for awhile…..I hope at the first sign of trouble that Joe pulls him so that Phil can leave with a good taste in his mouth.

  978. trisha - click to see my bigger and better Opening Day pictures April 28th, 2009 at 9:31 pm

    This is a riot! All the haters suddenly become lovers.

    I’m with bod. I can count on one hand the people I’d want coming into war with me.

  979. Terry from NH April 28th, 2009 at 9:31 pm

    How many pop-ups is that for Tex? Good job Matsui. Seems he is finding his groove, but Tex I don’t know what is wrong. Never thought i’d see him struggle like this..

  980. Nick in SF April 28th, 2009 at 9:31 pm

    Finally, real Yankee baseball. Good starting pitching, wear down the opponent, pounce!

  981. swisherdoesntrocksomuchanymore April 28th, 2009 at 9:32 pm

    MOAR MOAR MOAR RUNS!!!!

  982. Angel - A tale told by idiots, full of sound and fury, signifying nothing April 28th, 2009 at 9:32 pm

    Ugh, that guy is still yelling obnoxiously.

  983. carl April 28th, 2009 at 9:32 pm

    Joba better step it up a notch tomorrow.

  984. Teixeiramvp (JobaCyYoung) April 28th, 2009 at 9:32 pm

    This series with the ‘Canes and Devils is one of the classic series of all time.
    What an incredible series.
    Go Robbie Cano!

  985. Al from BK April 28th, 2009 at 9:32 pm

    All of a sudden hitting with RISP!

  986. Pat M April 28th, 2009 at 9:32 pm

    Yes you do Betsy…..Phil has been on the bench too long….Pull him Joe

  987. Kevin at SHU April 28th, 2009 at 9:32 pm

    This is certainly pleasant to watch :)

  988. bob April 28th, 2009 at 9:32 pm

    WHO IS THIS DICKBAG YELLING IN THE CROWD

  989. randy l. April 28th, 2009 at 9:33 pm

    “Young pitching is mystifying. You want to think there’s going to be some kind of straight path involved. Some kind of defined trajectory. Do X and Y will happen. But that’s just not the way it works.”

    it’s an apprenticeship. it takes time.

    the phrase i hate more than any other concerning young players is” he has nothing else to prove”. no hitters, shut outs, perfect games don’t mean a pitcher is ready. they need to learn their craft.

    even now hughes is really young. pitching him two years ago seems really crazy.

  990. V Torch April 28th, 2009 at 9:33 pm

    Nate Robinson is in the bullpen now for the Tigers?

    Didn’t he start game 1 of the playoffs against us?

  991. Steve in MN April 28th, 2009 at 9:33 pm

    who is this guy and what did he do with robbie?

  992. GreenBeret7 April 28th, 2009 at 9:33 pm

    In 4 at bats tonight, Cano has seen 32 pitches.

  993. Dr. Cox April 28th, 2009 at 9:33 pm

    Im pleased. Howeva-

    Just goes to prove, just like the O’s series, that we cannot hit starting pitching and have to wait until the BO comes in.

  994. Abe/s Odd World April 28th, 2009 at 9:33 pm

    Hughes may get his first ML win. Good for him.

  995. Mark-Cant Touch This (from I Phone) April 28th, 2009 at 9:33 pm

    Hold some hits with RISP you never know when will get another one :)

  996. Betsy April 28th, 2009 at 9:34 pm

    Not worried in the slightest about Tex, not at all.

  997. Teixeiramvp (JobaCyYoung) April 28th, 2009 at 9:34 pm

    Well I though the offense had a pretty good game, right? :-)

  998. DT April 28th, 2009 at 9:35 pm

    This team can not hit with runners in scoring position.
    It’s pitiful.

    RISP is a joke. They’ll never get a big hit.
    No clutch players. The season is over.

    Did I forget anything?

  999. Angel - A tale told by idiots, full of sound and fury, signifying nothing April 28th, 2009 at 9:35 pm

    I guess Phil was probably done after his last inning anyway? So this long inning won’t make a difference to him?

  1000. Pasqua April 28th, 2009 at 9:35 pm

    It is becoming readily apparent why Swisher’s career BA is so low. The man really does try to hit a HR every time he’s up. I love the euphemisms for him: “Trying to launch;” “Doesn’t get cheated.” It just means, “Swings too hard.”

  1001. Don April 28th, 2009 at 9:35 pm

    I don’t want Joe to put Hughes in the 7th

    Even if he pulls him after giving up a hit/walk, I don’t want that run charged to his ERA.

    He needs to have 6 shutout innings on his resume.

  1002. Matt April 28th, 2009 at 9:38 pm

    Wow, you guys prove me right more and more with every post. His first ML win? He has 5 career wins!

    You all like to listen to the hype that he’s “not ready” and he’s “young and inexperienced” but give him a break! He has proven himself up here every time he’s been healthy and had a huge performance in the 2007 ALDS. What more does he have to do to earn your respect?

  1003. Angel - A tale told by idiots, full of sound and fury, signifying nothing April 28th, 2009 at 9:38 pm

    “In 4 at bats tonight, Cano has seen 32 pitches.”

    That really is a telling stat. Who would have through there would be such a turnaround from last year?

  1004. S.A.--It's a marathon, not a sprint. Calm down. April 28th, 2009 at 9:38 pm

    In 4 at bats tonight, Cano has seen 32 pitches.

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

    Seriously. Wow. :shock:

  1005. spark April 28th, 2009 at 9:38 pm

    Tonight the role of ARod will be played by Melky Cabrera with the pile on grand slam.

    Sorry, I couldn’t resist.

  1006. KP April 28th, 2009 at 9:39 pm

    Did the YES Network watch the same game I did? Damon and Posada as player of the game candidates?

  1007. Teixeiramvp (JobaCyYoung) April 28th, 2009 at 9:39 pm

    trisha-Am I one of them?
    I try to be consistent, and when I’m not I admit it.

  1008. jennifer April 28th, 2009 at 9:39 pm

    It would be nice to see if he could get through the 7th, but given his pc near 100, and the long inning, I’m not sure if I would push it.

  1009. Betsy April 28th, 2009 at 9:40 pm

    I agree, Pat – too long. Phil deserves a pat on the behind for a job well done. I think Melancon is warming up – the game is not over by any means, but man – this has been a very good night for the Yankees. Imagine the congrats Phil will get when he leaves the game – is there any better feeling than being on the receiving end of same from your teammates?

  1010. Angel - A tale told by idiots, full of sound and fury, signifying nothing April 28th, 2009 at 9:40 pm

    “In 4 at bats tonight, Cano has seen 32 pitches.”

    That really is a telling stat. Who would have *thought* there would be such a turnaround from last year?

  1011. Keith April 28th, 2009 at 9:41 pm

    Melancon was warming up in the pen. Hold him for the 8th and Mo to close. Veras or Coke or both for the bottom of the 7th.
    Nice job Phil Hughes.

  1012. jennifer April 28th, 2009 at 9:41 pm

    Jose hits a gs!! :) 10 run 7th inning. WOW!!

    I think we can put the scrubs into pitch.

  1013. Pel (Uncertainty is certain.) April 28th, 2009 at 9:42 pm

    i have no idea what team i’m watching right now

  1014. Al from BK April 28th, 2009 at 9:42 pm

    Whoa, we could have used this the past couple of days.

  1015. Doreen April 28th, 2009 at 9:42 pm

    So, now they can make an out because no one – NO ONE – is in scoring position!

    (I’ve been lurking…)

  1016. Mark-Cant Touch This (from I Phone) April 28th, 2009 at 9:42 pm

    Molina does everything lol

  1017. Teixeiramvp (JobaCyYoung) April 28th, 2009 at 9:42 pm

    GRAND SLAM!!!!!
    GO MOLINA!!!!

  1018. S.A.--It's a marathon, not a sprint. Calm down. April 28th, 2009 at 9:42 pm

    :shock: molina!

  1019. Nick in SF April 28th, 2009 at 9:43 pm

    Now put *that* score up in Cleveland!

    We’re coming for you!

  1020. Brian April 28th, 2009 at 9:43 pm

    LOL at Sterling’s HR call for Molina:

    “Jose, can you see that one?”

  1021. daver April 28th, 2009 at 9:44 pm

    do you think our bullpen will be able to hold the lead?

  1022. Pat M April 28th, 2009 at 9:45 pm

    Betsy, No 5 game losing streak ….Molina tee’s off with his driver

  1023. bodhisattva April 28th, 2009 at 9:45 pm

    Angel – A tale told by idiots, full of sound and fury, signifying nothing
    April 28th, 2009 at 9:38 pm
    “In 4 at bats tonight, Cano has seen 32 pitches.”
    That really is a telling stat. Who would have through there would be such a turnaround from last year?
    ======
    Me
    GB7
    Knicks

  1024. Betsy April 28th, 2009 at 9:49 pm

    wow, I saw some highlights on MLB network – Phil was absolutely nasty.

    Big inning for Melancon – he has to throw strikes and shut the Tigers down here

  1025. Teixeiramvp (JobaCyYoung) April 28th, 2009 at 9:50 pm

    Go Melancon!
    The future of the franchise (along with Joba)!

  1026. DMan77 April 28th, 2009 at 9:51 pm

    Can’t stop smiling, these are the Yankees we needed to see.

    Good defense, **situational hitting** AND fantastic pitching.

    Great, great game.

  1027. S.A.--It's a marathon, not a sprint. Calm down. April 28th, 2009 at 9:53 pm

    Anyone else having trouble with this site?

    Nice inning by Melancon. I’m so happy for Phil tonight.

  1028. TexasYanksfan April 28th, 2009 at 9:53 pm

    PHIL HUGHES! Great outing, young man. That’s what we need. C’mon Melancon, let’s close this out!

  1029. Mark-Cant Touch This (from I Phone) April 28th, 2009 at 9:53 pm

    Its nice to see a pitcher that throws strikes coming out of the bullpen.

  1030. Betsy April 28th, 2009 at 9:53 pm

    wow, I saw some highlights on MLB network – Phil was absolutely nasty.

  1031. Teixeiramvp (JobaCyYoung) April 28th, 2009 at 9:54 pm

    Turning point of the season right here!
    This site is going really slow.

  1032. Pat M April 28th, 2009 at 9:54 pm

    So maybe Hughes wasn’t that overhyped and that over rated after all….

  1033. tommyfusco April 28th, 2009 at 9:54 pm

    Yes, SA. its on and off

  1034. spark April 28th, 2009 at 9:55 pm

    who’s going to pitch the 8th???

  1035. Don April 28th, 2009 at 9:56 pm

    Hughes has replaced Burnett as our new ‘stopper’.

  1036. trisha - click to see my bigger and better Opening Day pictures April 28th, 2009 at 9:56 pm

    “Did I forget anything?”

    This team stinks. wah wah wah

    They can’t hit anything with RISP. wah wah wah

    Girardi should lose his job. wah wah wah.

    This team is an embarassment. wah wah wah

    MOLINA IS AN OFFENSIVE LIABILITY. wah wah wah

    Berroa is garbage. wah wah wah

    _________________________________________

    DT, I’d say that pretty much sums it up. Of course now the same people can’t slober enough!

    :lol:

  1037. Betsy April 28th, 2009 at 9:56 pm

    Yep – Phil is our new stopper, Pat, lol. I wish he could have gotten the win, but that’s nothing in the grand scheme of things.

  1038. pat April 28th, 2009 at 9:56 pm

    “Anyone else having trouble with this site?”

    Yes, very slow refreshing.

  1039. Dr. Cox April 28th, 2009 at 9:57 pm

    My IDIOT roommates stole the remote and put the stupid C’s/Bulls game on!

    How;d Melancon pitch??

  1040. Betsy April 28th, 2009 at 9:58 pm

    Correction – I’m thrilled that Phil will get a win. It’s been a long time coming for him……..

  1041. Hank April 28th, 2009 at 9:58 pm

    Jobber needs to keep the momentum going tomorrow.

    Porcello is a good young pitcher too.

  1042. Back Bench April 28th, 2009 at 9:58 pm

    Hughes, Cano, Melancon…

    Back to the future!!

  1043. S.A.--It's a marathon, not a sprint. Calm down. April 28th, 2009 at 9:58 pm

    I think the Tigers bullpen is doing a wonderful job tonight.

    Edwar for the 8th

  1044. Jason April 28th, 2009 at 9:58 pm

    Matsui is KILLING THE BALL.

  1045. ARX April 28th, 2009 at 9:58 pm

    Well, the other stuff is typical whines from the panickers/bandwagoners but lets not get crazy and declare their RISP problems over based on one explosive inning.

  1046. Scorpio April 28th, 2009 at 9:59 pm

    woohoo, I can watch Sportscenter tonight. Had to avoid all sport related media for the past 4 days, very hard to do in NYC.

    Great work Phil!

  1047. Nick in SF April 28th, 2009 at 9:59 pm

    I credit good vibes from LoHud for this turnaround;

    “I love my underdog Yankees! Count me in – for the win!”

  1048. Mark-Cant Touch This (from I Phone) April 28th, 2009 at 9:59 pm

    Go Melancon!
    The future of the franchise (along with Joba)!
    _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ __ _ _ _ _ __ _ _ _ _ _ _ _

    Don’t forget Robi

  1049. John C. April 28th, 2009 at 9:59 pm

    Why is Melancon in a 10-0 game?

    He is currently our best reliever apart from MO. Let Veras/Marte pitch in 10-0.

  1050. trisha - click to see my bigger and better Opening Day pictures April 28th, 2009 at 10:00 pm

    I thank God Cashman traded for Molina.

    I thank God Molina caught this game.

    I thank God for the several posters here who are solid no matter what goes on with the Yankees. It gives me both comfort and company.

  1051. Doreen April 28th, 2009 at 10:00 pm

    ARX -

    But it started with a “sorta” hit from Posada that broke the ice. You know, that may be all they needed to relieve the pressure – the “Yes We Can” moment. :)

  1052. hardwired April 28th, 2009 at 10:00 pm

    Dr. Cox, you missed one of the sickest breaking pitches for a K I’ve seen in my life.

    Melancon is the real McCoy.

  1053. Teixeiramvp (JobaCyYoung) April 28th, 2009 at 10:01 pm

    trisha, Molina IS an offensive liability. One swing doesn’t change that. Aaron Boone wasn’t MVP of the series after the HR.

  1054. Angel - A tale told by idiots, full of sound and fury, signifying nothing April 28th, 2009 at 10:01 pm

    Ugh, I hate when the blog goes annoying and slow like now

  1055. Mark-Cant Touch This (from I Phone) April 28th, 2009 at 10:01 pm

    woohoo, I can watch Sportscenter tonight. Had to avoid all sport related media for the past 4 days, very hard to do in NYC.

    Great work Phil!
    _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ __ _ _ __ _ _ __ _ __ _ __

    I’m the exact same way i don’t watch sportcenter unlessthe Yankees win lol

  1056. randy l. April 28th, 2009 at 10:01 pm

    “So maybe Hughes wasn’t that overhyped and that over rated after all….”

    pat m-

    he’s still twenty two. he was just rushed. it’s obvious now that two years ago was just too much too soon.

  1057. Zooboy April 28th, 2009 at 10:01 pm

    Melancon is (was) in because he warmed up while it was still a game. Snce he was already warm, you mine as well use him for an inning.

  1058. Dr. Cox April 28th, 2009 at 10:02 pm

    MOTHER F-Er.

    Oh Well. If this could is as advertised, We’ll be seeing alot of him this season.

  1059. Kevin at SHU April 28th, 2009 at 10:02 pm

    My thoughts from the last inning as my internet connection was going in and out. Very nice hitting all around, but I still think those of us who complained up until that point (including myself) had every right to as they were hitting horribly especially with RISP.

    I am so glad that Phil Hughes had a great start as that is exactly what we needed tonight.

  1060. Teixeiramvp (JobaCyYoung) April 28th, 2009 at 10:02 pm

    Mark-Cant Touch This (from I Phone): Can’t forget Robbie.

  1061. 7 UP April 28th, 2009 at 10:02 pm

    Hughes may never be Santana, but I am perfectly having him in our rotation cheaply for the next several years.

    He has something you can’t teach— guts. Pitchers who can handle NY are rare. We have one groomed now.

  1062. panayioti April 28th, 2009 at 10:03 pm

    “Did I forget anything?”
    This team stinks. wah wah wah
    They can’t hit anything with RISP. wah wah wah
    Girardi should lose his job. wah wah wah.
    This team is an embarassment. wah wah wah
    MOLINA IS AN OFFENSIVE LIABILITY. wah wah wah
    Berroa is garbage. wah wah wah

    DT, I’d say that pretty much sums it up. Of course now the same people can’t slober enough!

    +++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++
    But let me respond, as many say to those who gripe that it is only one game, the same can be said about this offensive explosion. So before those of you start condeming those of us who complain about the hitting, remember, they can throw a donut up tomorrow and this becomes nothing more than a memory.

  1063. Russell NY April 28th, 2009 at 10:04 pm

    Anyone hear that d-bag Detroit fan screaming at Hughes after every pitch and the batters while the ball is being thrown? D-R-U-N-K

    Also, wonder what inning that Red Sox fan stayed till?

  1064. Bronx Jeers April 28th, 2009 at 10:04 pm

    10 runs – 10 hits?

    I do believe I’m seeing double.

    Phil’s awesome start tonight nudges Joba a bit.

    Joba’s been alright but he hasn’t had a line like Phil just put up.

  1065. Mark-Cant Touch This April 28th, 2009 at 10:05 pm

    Who will pitch the 9th?

  1066. Angel - A tale told by idiots, full of sound and fury - signifying nothing. April 28th, 2009 at 10:05 pm

    It could also be the start of something.

    Po-tae-to po-tah-to

  1067. Teixeiramvp (JobaCyYoung) April 28th, 2009 at 10:05 pm

    7 UP-Who knows, he may be the next Santana. Maybe.
    Anyway, unless my information is faulty then Melancon was included in the supposed deal.
    Perhaps in hindsight it was a good move not going through with the trade.

  1068. trisha - click to see my bigger and better Opening Day pictures April 28th, 2009 at 10:05 pm

    Actually it has been a lot more than one swing of the bat.

    START THE COMPLAINING ABOUT BERROA!

  1069. Russell NY April 28th, 2009 at 10:06 pm

    If Hughes pitches well in 3-4 starts and Wang’s sinker regains velocity you might just have to look at Joba in the bullpen.

    You could argue Pettitte is gone next year so Joba still has a spot but Joba hasn’t proved anything this year and we are seeing a strikeout pitcher with diminished velocity.

  1070. Teixeiramvp (JobaCyYoung) April 28th, 2009 at 10:06 pm

    Nooooo…
    Canes tie the game with a minute and a half left. :-(
    Overtime…

  1071. Kevin at SHU April 28th, 2009 at 10:07 pm

    Trisha I was originally going to say something, but after the replay I changed my mind as there was no way he was getting that. The ball was way too fast for him to get to it in my opinion.

  1072. ARX April 28th, 2009 at 10:07 pm

    Meh just leave Edwar in there for the ninth, unless they think Mo needs the work

  1073. Pat M April 28th, 2009 at 10:07 pm

    Randy I, You were the one that expressed reservation, even with the no hitter…I was looking at Phil with blinders on back then….Talent was never the concern, pro experience and the conditioning that goes with was

  1074. Russell NY April 28th, 2009 at 10:08 pm

    If Girardi punched Ramirez in the face he would disappear.

  1075. Teixeiramvp (JobaCyYoung) April 28th, 2009 at 10:08 pm

    trisha-Sorry, but Molina is not a good hitter, which is all right. We have him for the defense, and we have Posada for the hitting.

  1076. Doris from Rego Park April 28th, 2009 at 10:08 pm

    True story: I was in LA in business and and developed awful back spasms. Called my wife and said get me an appointment with an Orthopedist, any Orthopedist. Cut the trip short and fly back home. Go to the doctor today- Dr. Stuart Hershon. Great guy.

  1077. E-gawa April 28th, 2009 at 10:09 pm

    It’s nice to see a good game again.

  1078. spark April 28th, 2009 at 10:09 pm

    Let Marte pitch the ninth. Lord knows he needs to lower his ERA and even he can’t give up 10 runs in one inning.

    Can he?

  1079. jennifer April 28th, 2009 at 10:09 pm

    Veras? Good time to get your bums on the right track.

  1080. Teixeiramvp (JobaCyYoung) April 28th, 2009 at 10:09 pm

    Devils lost.
    Well that sucked.

  1081. m April 28th, 2009 at 10:09 pm

    Just got in. Is it still 0-0? :(

  1082. E-gawa April 28th, 2009 at 10:09 pm

    When Wang comes back.. Joba to the Pen!!!

  1083. bodhisattva April 28th, 2009 at 10:10 pm

    Ooh, quick counter and Carolina takes the lead.

  1084. Nick in SF April 28th, 2009 at 10:10 pm

    Great game in Boston. Great series. It’s a shame only one of these teams can lose!

  1085. carl April 28th, 2009 at 10:10 pm

    10-0 m yanks up.

  1086. Teixeiramvp (JobaCyYoung) April 28th, 2009 at 10:10 pm

    How did the Devils lose this one…
    What a collapse.

  1087. Russell NY April 28th, 2009 at 10:10 pm

    Rangers lose =(

  1088. Teixeiramvp (JobaCyYoung) April 28th, 2009 at 10:11 pm

    That was the greatest series I’ve ever seen.
    Devils suck.
    Am I bandwagoning? Absolutely.
    At least the Yanks won.
    Sigh.

  1089. Doreen April 28th, 2009 at 10:12 pm

    panayioti -

    Let people savor this game for 24 hours before reminding everyone it’s just one game. :lol:

  1090. bodhisattva April 28th, 2009 at 10:12 pm

    Very quick transition off neutral zone turnover. No chance for Brodeur.

  1091. ARX April 28th, 2009 at 10:12 pm

    Well that totally sucked the joy out of the Rangers collapse :(

  1092. pat April 28th, 2009 at 10:13 pm

    m

    Hands raised. :smile:

  1093. Giuseppe Franco April 28th, 2009 at 10:13 pm

    If Hughes pitches well in 3-4 starts and Wang’s sinker regains velocity you might just have to look at Joba in the bullpen.

    ————–

    Stop with the nonsense.

    Joba in the rotation isn’t an experiment. He’s there because he’s the best arm this organization has developed in 20 years.

    Regardless how Hughes pitches, Joba is staying in the rotation for the 2009 season.

    You’re gonna have to learn to live with it.

  1094. m April 28th, 2009 at 10:13 pm

    carl,

    Just kidding. I heard the glorious update on the radio!

  1095. carl April 28th, 2009 at 10:13 pm

    Wow swish crushed that.

  1096. jennifer April 28th, 2009 at 10:13 pm

    How cute, some kid yelled to Melky to hit a homerun.

    Swisher getting back on track?

  1097. Kevin at SHU April 28th, 2009 at 10:13 pm

    Swisher!!! :)

  1098. pat April 28th, 2009 at 10:13 pm

    Meaningless

  1099. Russell NY April 28th, 2009 at 10:13 pm

    There are 5 detroit fans left in the stands.

  1100. Teixeiramvp (JobaCyYoung) April 28th, 2009 at 10:13 pm

    Less than two minutes left and a lead, when you lose it’s a collapse.
    What a heartbreaker.
    Every time I watch them on the internet they lose.

  1101. ARX April 28th, 2009 at 10:13 pm

    Swisher…such a stat-padder..

    jk

  1102. m April 28th, 2009 at 10:14 pm

    pat,

    Power of the -blog- people!

  1103. jennifer April 28th, 2009 at 10:14 pm

    And of course the sox are back on top.

  1104. randy l. April 28th, 2009 at 10:14 pm

    pat m-
    i was just concerned about the conditioning at the time . it was a brutal cold spring and hughes didn’t have much of an innings base because of that. after about 45 pitches in his first game his velocity dropped way down. tonight on his 90th pitch he hit 92-93 mph. big difference.

    it must be a nice feeling for you after watching him all these years seeing it come to fruition.

  1105. Teixeiramvp (JobaCyYoung) April 28th, 2009 at 10:14 pm

    I need to focus on the Yankees whooping. :-)

  1106. S.A.--It's a marathon, not a sprint. Calm down. April 28th, 2009 at 10:15 pm

    Not a good night for the local hockey teams.

    Swisher!

  1107. jennifer April 28th, 2009 at 10:15 pm

    Russell? 5 I think you are being generous. ;)

  1108. Mark21 April 28th, 2009 at 10:15 pm

    All I know is if he continues to pitch like this, you can’t send Hughes back down….

  1109. Jeff NJ April 28th, 2009 at 10:15 pm

    Is it possible the Yankees are actually a good team that has been unlucky lately?

    Maybe all the chicken littles need to go back to hibernating in their law offices.

  1110. pat April 28th, 2009 at 10:16 pm

    Melky walking twice in 1 inning :shock:

  1111. Nick in SF April 28th, 2009 at 10:16 pm

    Rangers-Devils ’94 the greatest series of all time?

  1112. trisha - click to see my bigger and better Opening Day pictures April 28th, 2009 at 10:16 pm

    “So before those of you start condeming those of us who complain about the hitting, remember, they can throw a donut up tomorrow and this becomes nothing more than a memory.”

    The difference panyioti is that since I haven’t been whimpering and complaining about the team and stomping my foot like a spoiled three year old, it wouldn’t change a thing for me. I am fine with believing things will start to come together and waiting patiently for them to happen, and being supportive of the team I supposedly love, in the meantime.

    I’m seriously not used to being around people who sound like disgruntled nutcases just because things don’t go their way. It’s a baseball game.

    Take a read of this blog sometime. And I know I’m not the only person who feels that way.

    And there are posters who don’t come here during games because of the whacked out comments and stifling negativity.

    I personally think a lot of people here are total hypocrites since they turn on the Yankees like animals and then act like the sweetest people in the world when things start to go their way. It’s disgusting to me.

    To answer perhaps your question that might obviously follow, why do I come here? Because as I said there are a handful of posters who are sane and solid, and they are supporters through thick and thin. I am away from NY without a lot of Yankee friends so I come here for the cameraderie of those people. And yes, when things get negative and hostile enough, I leave.

    So that’s my vent.

  1113. Teixeiramvp (JobaCyYoung) April 28th, 2009 at 10:16 pm

    jennifer-Sox never lose.
    This team bears way too many similarities to the 1998 Yanks.
    A WS two years ago, a near miss next year, a slow start, then a great winning streak to end the month.
    Still, Yanks are right there.

    I can’t get over the Devils loss.

  1114. Teixeiramvp (JobaCyYoung) April 28th, 2009 at 10:18 pm

    Nick in SF-This one is up there.
    Devils always on the losing end.

  1115. Yank1 April 28th, 2009 at 10:18 pm

    Teix looking completely lost… hitting .206 now. Leaving tons of guys on base. Warning track power.

    He is a .259 career hitter in April. Of Course, he has had the worst April of his career this year.

    He doesn’t look comfortable. Hope that changes with Alex comes back.

  1116. ray (sox fan) April 28th, 2009 at 10:18 pm

    I won’t say this very often, but congratulations to Phil Hughes.

    He had a tough year last year so I don’t mind seeing him get a win tonight.

  1117. Teixeiramvp (JobaCyYoung) April 28th, 2009 at 10:18 pm

    Yank1-So he’ll have his best June.
    It all evens out.

  1118. Doris from Rego Park April 28th, 2009 at 10:18 pm

    No one liked my Stuart Hershon story?

  1119. dad April 28th, 2009 at 10:18 pm

    Melky should perform as a 4th outfielder bench him until he gets it.

  1120. Teixeiramvp (JobaCyYoung) April 28th, 2009 at 10:20 pm

    trisha-So this has been bothering you for awhile?

  1121. GreenBeret7 April 28th, 2009 at 10:20 pm

    Maybe nobody cared about your Stuart Hershon story.

  1122. Bronx Jeers April 28th, 2009 at 10:21 pm

    Say Hey?

  1123. Kevin at SHU April 28th, 2009 at 10:21 pm

    Nice catch Berroa!

  1124. John C. April 28th, 2009 at 10:21 pm

    Sox are going to run away and hide with the division.

    We could start to play well and still find ourselves losing ground because we can’t keep up with their pace. 12th win in a row tonight.

  1125. Nick in SF April 28th, 2009 at 10:21 pm

    The negativity is so stifling that there are over 1,100 comments on a Tuesday night Tigers game in April?

    It’s only stifling if you let it stifle you. Deep breaths. Nothing said here affects the game on the field.

  1126. Uncle Ellsworth April 28th, 2009 at 10:21 pm

    Doris great story!

    Wow you All are crazy.

    Do you think the Yanks are still worst in team ERA

    Phil…HUGE

  1127. Doris from Rego Park April 28th, 2009 at 10:22 pm

    GreenBeret- thats entirely possible

  1128. Teixeiramvp (JobaCyYoung) April 28th, 2009 at 10:22 pm

    Wow John C.
    It’s called a hot streak.
    They happen.
    I’ll worry when they do this three times in close proximity.

  1129. ray (sox fan) April 28th, 2009 at 10:22 pm

    Sox/Cleveland at 8-8

  1130. ARX April 28th, 2009 at 10:23 pm

    Well, if thats how you feel youre entitled to your opinion/vent…as a yankees/Jets fan I’m used to homers/bandwagoners on various sites whooping it up during a win just for them to turn on the venom during a rough patch, and for the trolls to be out in force. I guess I just expect this on the internet, and have learned over the years to filter out/skip past/ignore the usual chatter and look for the ‘good posters’, so it really doesnt bother me.

  1131. randy l. April 28th, 2009 at 10:23 pm

    hey nick in sf-
    livan ate some innings again.

    he’s flirting with getting below the magic 6.00 era level.

  1132. trisha - click to see my bigger and better Opening Day pictures April 28th, 2009 at 10:23 pm

    Cleveland ties the game.

  1133. Spiced Ham April 28th, 2009 at 10:23 pm

    Nothing to complain about today. I forgot how that felt. It feels good. I wish I would get this feeling more often :D

  1134. jennifer April 28th, 2009 at 10:23 pm

    You think Inge could attempt to get out of the way? no he turns and allows his butt to be hit.

  1135. Teixeiramvp (JobaCyYoung) April 28th, 2009 at 10:25 pm

    But of course Spiced Ham you weren’t here for the first five innings.
    The ones where we had no offense.
    Lots of complaining there.

  1136. E-gawa April 28th, 2009 at 10:25 pm

    Stop with the nonsense.

    Joba in the rotation isn’t an experiment. He’s there because he’s the best arm this organization has developed in 20 years.

    Regardless how Hughes pitches, Joba is staying in the rotation for the 2009 season.

    You’re gonna have to learn to live with it.

    ————

    Oh wow! We have someone from the Yankee Front Office posting here. Thanks for the insider info.

    Plans change. Deal with that.

  1137. Teixeiramvp (JobaCyYoung) April 28th, 2009 at 10:26 pm

    E-gawa: I’d agree if the plan changed, which it didn’t.
    What he said is true.

  1138. Kevin at SHU April 28th, 2009 at 10:26 pm

    Nick exactly….some of us use this forum to vent when things do not go as planned as opposed to more irrational things such as throwing a remote at the television. People honestly can not use game threads to get a honest opinion of how the team is doing as things will get heated in here no matter what goes on.

  1139. Nick in SF April 28th, 2009 at 10:27 pm

    randy: I see he also flirted with the 6th inning again. ;)

  1140. Giuseppe Franco April 28th, 2009 at 10:27 pm

    Oh wow! We have someone from the Yankee Front Office posting here. Thanks for the insider info.

    Plans change. Deal with that.

    —————

    We’ll see how plans change when he’s still in the rotation in August and September.

  1141. GoBigBlue April 28th, 2009 at 10:27 pm

    Why are people ragging on Melky? I think he has done well for himself tonight.

  1142. YbRessap April 28th, 2009 at 10:27 pm

    Man, Melky is terrible! He’s gone up to plate five times and has gotten on base only four times. Four times! What a shmuck. The Gritty Gardner would’ve gotten on all five times. And with his amazing speed he would have already stolen five bases with lunch pail in his hand.

  1143. hardwired April 28th, 2009 at 10:27 pm

    I get the feeling that Melancon may never see the minor leagues again.

  1144. Spiced Ham April 28th, 2009 at 10:28 pm

    Yeah Teixiera, unfortunately I had something to do today and couldn’t watch the first 4 or 5 innings. I thought I was going to have something to complain about, thank goodness they broke through.

  1145. S.A.--It's a marathon, not a sprint. Calm down. April 28th, 2009 at 10:28 pm

    come on Veras

  1146. Y26 April 28th, 2009 at 10:28 pm

    Veras and Edwar can’t even have 1-2-3 innings in blowouts LOL

  1147. carl April 28th, 2009 at 10:29 pm

    Melancon is here to stay. Not gonna lie just to think about Melancon, Joba, Bruney, Mo gets me happy inside.

  1148. DT April 28th, 2009 at 10:29 pm

    wow, finally getting back on the site…. I KNEW that would happen – too many positive thoughts killed the lohud blog !
    :-)

  1149. pat April 28th, 2009 at 10:29 pm

    That helps the team ERA. :smile:

  1150. carl April 28th, 2009 at 10:29 pm

    Shut out baby.

  1151. m April 28th, 2009 at 10:29 pm

    Nick in SF,

    Did you watch the end of the 4th? Phil skipped off the field with a fist pump. Wasn’t as exciting as Joba’s tilt-a-whirl, but it was fun nonetheless.

  1152. Teixeiramvp (JobaCyYoung) April 28th, 2009 at 10:29 pm

    1 game winning streak!
    At least it’s more than zero!
    Hughes is our Ace!

  1153. ARX April 28th, 2009 at 10:30 pm

    No Yankees win call? I feel cheated :P Good game, nice way to break out of the slide.

  1154. Floyd April 28th, 2009 at 10:30 pm

    First shutout of the year

  1155. Nick in SF April 28th, 2009 at 10:31 pm

    What turned things around for these Yankees?

    I’m going to say it was when I adopted Princess Letizia of Spain as our blog godmother.

  1156. Scorpio April 28th, 2009 at 10:31 pm

    It’s great to be on the winning side of a lopsided game for a change.

  1157. Debbie Downer April 28th, 2009 at 10:31 pm

    This is exactly what’s wrong with this team. Can’t score or pitch a lick every game and, today, 11-0. Watch them blow their wad completly tonight and get blown away tomorrow.

  1158. See? April 28th, 2009 at 10:32 pm

    It’s too bad some of you are such nutbags – this place should be more fun than it is.

  1159. randy l. April 28th, 2009 at 10:32 pm

    nick in sf -

    he’s been throwing too hard- high eighties.

    he needs get back to the low eighties and pace himself.

    plus they shouldn’t put the spread out before the 7th inning.

    that’s just asking for trouble.

  1160. trisha - click to see my bigger and better Opening Day pictures April 28th, 2009 at 10:32 pm

    “The negativity is so stifling that there are over 1,100 comments on a Tuesday night Tigers game in April?”

    HA HA HA HA HA!!!!

    I guess nobody helped you figure out that negative people aren’t stifled negative comments and therefore negative comments, strong and often, have a way of providing a very nice venue to gripe and complain nonstop.

  1161. Dazz April 28th, 2009 at 10:32 pm

    They better not send Mahlanson down

    He is the best reliever in the pen not named Bruney/MO.

    If they send him down in favor of the likes of Veras, Edwar, Marte… I will lose all faith in Cashman’s ability to evaluate talent.

  1162. DT April 28th, 2009 at 10:33 pm

    “It’s only stifling if you let it stifle you. Deep breaths. Nothing said here affects the game on the field.”

    Thanks for telling me now, Rickles. I just spent $100 on Ebay for a Youk voodoo doll. (pins not included)

  1163. Nick in SF April 28th, 2009 at 10:33 pm

    m: I did and I even responded to your comment about it at the time.

    It wouldn’t seem like a big deal if you loved *all* the Yankees like you love your special ones. ;)

  1164. E-gawa April 28th, 2009 at 10:33 pm

    “We’ll see how plans change when he’s still in the rotation in August and September.”

    Yeah ok.. They’ll go 6 man with a rocky bullpen to Mo. That’s what’ll happen.

  1165. See? April 28th, 2009 at 10:35 pm

    Can the complainers go away for one night? Please let me lurk at intelligence. I think we deserve it!

  1166. GoBigBlue April 28th, 2009 at 10:36 pm

    Well then maybe its just me but, I actually thought Melky did good.

  1167. Jeff NJ April 28th, 2009 at 10:36 pm

    Is it possible that when Wang gets back, he might be the odd man out having to go to the bullpen?

    I think we might see A Jax by the all star break. And before you denounce this remember when everyone on this board was convinced Uncle Joe that Melancon wouldn’t be up before May 15th? Things change.

  1168. Nick in SF April 28th, 2009 at 10:38 pm

    Trisha: glad I could give you a hearty laugh! Have you proven something I said was wrong, though?

    Some people deal with their feelings and frustrations about the team by venting and ranting on here.

    Some people deal with their feelings and frustrations about the tone of comments by venting and ranting on here.

    Some even deal with their feelings and frustrations about the comments about the tone of the comments by venting and ranting on here.

    Who is right? Who is wrong? Who is to say?

    DT: send me that Youk voodoo doll, I’ll bring it to Youk’s brother’s restaurant here the next time I go.

  1169. Zooboy April 28th, 2009 at 10:38 pm

    Pete — thanks for banning the imposter. (The real “Zooboy” — btw — bad time for the real Bronx Zoo, come for a visit when the games not on!)

  1170. m April 28th, 2009 at 10:38 pm

    lol, Nick. I love them all, every last stinkin’ one of them. But I think Molina was one of my 3 scoops of rice that I talked about in the offseason. I think Hughes was, too? Gotta go back and check. I might need to scoop more rice.

    And isn’t it nice to see those great pickups pickup Cleveland? Penny & Saito combining for 8 runs (5 ER)

  1171. Giuseppe Franco April 28th, 2009 at 10:39 pm

    Did you watch the end of the 4th? Phil skipped off the field with a fist pump. Wasn’t as exciting as Joba’s tilt-a-whirl, but it was fun nonetheless.

    ————-

    I find it ironic that one of Francesa’s biggest talking points regarding the “Joba to ya know what” argument is that using him in the rotation has sort of “de-clawed” his mentality or presence on the mound.

    Of course, Francesa and his pal Mad Dog were the very same people who replayed Joba’s fist pumps on the air repeatedly last year and condemned him for showing too much emotion on the mound and criticized him as a sign of “immaturity.”

    The solution then was that Joba needed to tone his emotion down and “be more like Jeter and Mariano.”

  1172. trisha - click to see my bigger and better Opening Day pictures April 28th, 2009 at 10:39 pm

    “Can the complainers go away for one night? Please let me lurk at intelligence. I think we deserve it!”

    Seriously. It’s never going to happen.

    A few of us have suggested that Pete have two game threads, one for people who just want to watch and discuss the game without a lot of drama, and the other one for people who need to “vent”. He’s never picked up on it.

  1173. Doris from Rego Park April 28th, 2009 at 10:39 pm

    You know what? Its really fun to watch Robbie Cano play this season

  1174. The Stranger April 28th, 2009 at 10:40 pm

    Hughes throws a knuckle-curve? Sweet! That is such a weapon.

  1175. Nick in SF April 28th, 2009 at 10:40 pm

    “I guess nobody helped you figure out…”

    And furthermore, Trisha, can’t you make your point without that kind of personal insult? Nobody wants to read that kind of stuff after a big Yankee win. ;)

  1176. E-gawa April 28th, 2009 at 10:41 pm

    “Is it possible that when Wang gets back, he might be the odd man out having to go to the bullpen? ”

    Joba would have to pitch ALOT better for that to happen. Right now, his velocity is down and he’s throwing too many pitches an inning. He’s not the same pitcher as he was as a reliever.

    If they move anyone, it’s him.

  1177. James (One of the Many) April 28th, 2009 at 10:41 pm

    Still got your “got melk” shirts from his rookie year? Looks like a CF’er may be having a bad season forgiven similar to a 2bagger… I said it, back on the melk wagon I go

  1178. Pat M April 28th, 2009 at 10:41 pm

    Nick in SF, You’ll understand this, even with Hughes throwing tonight, the Yanks were favored…I playedit small, hometown support….

  1179. E-gawa April 28th, 2009 at 10:41 pm

    Wang is also a proven starter.

  1180. trisha - click to see my bigger and better Opening Day pictures April 28th, 2009 at 10:42 pm

    Nick maybe it’s all in the upbringing. We didn’t rant and complain in my house over stupidity. We were also taught the meaning of loyalty. I’ve carried that through life.

    I am guessing that a lot of the angst might come from personal insecurity and it comes out that way. Whatever it is, I wish Pete would have two gamethreads. That would solve everything.

  1181. Betsy April 28th, 2009 at 10:42 pm

    LOL that’s true, GF….

    Sheesh, Bob Lorenz – the story is Phil Hughes, not the 10 runs the Yankees scored.

  1182. bodhisattva April 28th, 2009 at 10:43 pm

    GoBigBlue
    April 28th, 2009 at 10:27 pm
    Why are people ragging on Melky? I think he has done well for himself tonight.
    ========
    LOL. If it were Gardner that had gone 2-for-3 w/a pair of walks, there wouldn’t be a dry seat in the Lohud house.

  1183. DT April 28th, 2009 at 10:44 pm

    “DT: send me that Youk voodoo doll, I’ll bring it to Youk’s brother’s restaurant here the next time I go.”

    only when it stops working, Nick.
    Youk went 0-4 yesterday, 1-4 so far tonight. So far so good.

    Shipping on that doll killed me. The head was so big it had to be sent separately.

  1184. Steph Marbury April 28th, 2009 at 10:44 pm

    Are you New Yorkers still following my game?

  1185. hardwired April 28th, 2009 at 10:44 pm

    Wasn’t Wang what Michael Kay called the ‘titular ace’ just a year ago?

    Once he’s right, Wang goes straight back into the rotation. He’s a proven winner and a valuable innings-eater.

  1186. See? April 28th, 2009 at 10:44 pm

    Trisha – i love that idea of two threads.

  1187. Zooboy April 28th, 2009 at 10:44 pm

    Will Gardner continue to sit if Melky plays, or does he go back to Scranton?

  1188. trisha - click to see my bigger and better Opening Day pictures April 28th, 2009 at 10:45 pm

    “And furthermore, Trisha, can’t you make your point without that kind of personal insult? Nobody wants to read that kind of stuff after a big Yankee win.”

    You’re right. Best to save it for a big Yankee loss when things REALLY resemble a sewer in here! Good point.

  1189. Uncle Ellsworth April 28th, 2009 at 10:45 pm

    Good Lord finally watching post game-
    Hughes was dealin’

  1190. E-gawa April 28th, 2009 at 10:46 pm

    Regardless what they do.. it’s a good problem to have..

  1191. James (One of the Many) April 28th, 2009 at 10:46 pm

    for the movies buffs out there, I got the Mouse that roared tonight, bit of a slow start

  1192. Giuseppe Franco April 28th, 2009 at 10:46 pm

    Yeah ok.. They’ll go 6 man with a rocky bullpen to Mo. That’s what’ll happen.

    ———–

    Uh, no. Maybe you’re new to this game. Let me explain it to you.

    If Wang comes back and pitches like Wang – Hughes will go back down to Scranton.

    Meanwhile, the rest of the rotation pitches the way they are supposed to pitch and the bullpen becomes the beneficiary because they don’t have to log so many innings.

    As a result, the bullpen will start pitching better and Bruney will be back from the DL.

    So we’ll probably see Melancon, Bruney, and Mo become the primary go-to guys in the later innings.

    See that. It’s not really that complicated.

    The bullpen was terrible last April too and they turned it around. Sit back and be patient.

  1193. Doris from Rego Park April 28th, 2009 at 10:46 pm

    Little known fact: Bob Lorenz is a CPA and is an expert handicapper. He knows more about the ponies than just about anyone.

  1194. trisha - click to see my bigger and better Opening Day pictures April 28th, 2009 at 10:47 pm

    “Trisha – i love that idea of two threads.”

    That would really be awesome. Then people who feel like complaining wouldn’t be encumbered by those of us who don’t – and vice versa. It would probably be a horror show for Pete to do it, but if he gave it a try and it didn’t work, then so be it. But maybe he would be willing to give it a try.

  1195. Dazz April 28th, 2009 at 10:48 pm

    So has every game of the Celtics/Bulls series gone to OT?

  1196. Sore Hammy April 28th, 2009 at 10:48 pm

    Nick in SF: You are so very entertaining on this blog. tks!

  1197. m April 28th, 2009 at 10:48 pm

    Betsy & SA,

    Our boy done good, huh? I’m just bursting with pride. lol.

  1198. trisha - click to see my bigger and better Opening Day pictures April 28th, 2009 at 10:49 pm

    DT – :lol:

  1199. Uncle Ellsworth April 28th, 2009 at 10:50 pm

    Doris did hershon tell you that.

    James its been a while since I’ve seen it. Peter Sellars right? whats the name of the country?

  1200. V April 28th, 2009 at 10:51 pm

    “derek
    April 28th, 2009 at 9:29 pm
    jenn,

    I agree they needed a run there (they had to score, eventually), but you had 2nd and 3rd with 1 out, almost anything would have gotten at least one run in.

    My point is that Girardi over-managed in that spot. He caved to the pressure of losing the past 4 games and put Posada in a spot where it could have really back-fired.

    Angel Berroa should be nowhere near 3rd base if they aren’t ahead or behind by 10 runs. He is absolutely terrible at 3B and to put him in a pressure spot is an equally terrible move.

    He lucked out this time, but in a big spot I don’t think I want my Manager making that kind of decision.”

    Well, THAT certainly worked out. He played 3rd base… with a 10 run lead!

  1201. E-gawa April 28th, 2009 at 10:51 pm

    That makes perfect sense. They’ll move the guy who doesn’t need anymore time in the minors and is pitching well in favor of a guy who’s pitching so-so and on an innings limit.

    Yup that’s what’ll happen. You’re right.

  1202. X-Mann April 28th, 2009 at 10:52 pm

    The only reason Francesser wants Hughes to succeed is because he thinks that will facilitate Jobber to the pen

  1203. hardwired April 28th, 2009 at 10:52 pm

    An ancillary benefit of Melancon will be the wear-and-tear he’ll save on Brian Bruney’s arm.

  1204. DT April 28th, 2009 at 10:52 pm

    “Trisha – i love that idea of two threads.”

    LOL… the positive thread would be like the Washington Generals, the negative would be like the Globetrotters.

    That’s it from Lohud arena with the final score:
    Negative Thread: 1,323 posts
    Positive Thread: 123 posts.

    Thank you for your internet participation, and drive home safely.

  1205. Nick in SF April 28th, 2009 at 10:52 pm

    Trisha: and yet you would admit that you have ranted and complained in this thread. And you are not stupid. But stupid ranting and complaining pushes your buttons enough to drive you to rant and complain?

    If you think you can pummel people into rooting (and commenting) the way you want them too, good luck. I would enjoy the game threads more too without all the hysteria and idiocy, but I don’t think every negative thought or comment about the play on the field (or some of the players) is inherently hysterical or idiotic.

    Meanwhile, the 1200 comment threshold has now been breached.

  1206. Bo Jackson April 28th, 2009 at 10:53 pm

    That Ramon Ramirez was a good pick up by the Sox. He’s throwing flames.

  1207. Betsy April 28th, 2009 at 10:54 pm

    M, I’m sooo happy for Phil. I’m taping the replay so I can watch it tomorrow, but from the little I saw, he was just nasty. He looked so excited during that 7th inning……and even in the clips I saw of him walking off the mound, he looked confident. The team needed this in a big way – Phil just came up huge.

  1208. Doris from Rego Park April 28th, 2009 at 10:55 pm

    Nope. The good doctor and I didnt talk too much baseball, my back was in agony. My buddy goes to Santa Anita with Bob in the offseason. Dude is a legend there…

  1209. S.A.--It's a marathon, not a sprint. Calm down. April 28th, 2009 at 10:55 pm

    m-words can’t even express just how happy I am for Phil right now. :D

    Last year was rough for him. Nice to see him kick butt and get a W today.

  1210. Gates April 28th, 2009 at 10:55 pm

    If Hughes continues to pitch well and is pitching considerably better than Joba, he isin’t going to get sent down.

    That sends the wrong message to everybody for a team that spent $423 million this winter and has a ‘playoffs or bust’ mandate. You put your 25 best men on the roster, period. This is not the Pirates. We must win.

  1211. i'm bored April 28th, 2009 at 10:55 pm

    Awesome game all round. Phil with the great start. Hitting with RISP. And the most important thing – a W.

    Bittersweet night though. Rangers lost. Good thing I’m not that into hockey anyway.

    Hopefully this strong start from Phil gives a little kick on Joba’s tushy to get it going tomorrow.

  1212. James (One of the Many) April 28th, 2009 at 10:55 pm

    Uncle Ells, yes, Sellars, been working through the pink panther movies I hadnt seen before and continued to some movies of his that seemed fun as well (liked dr strangelove quite a bit). The country name is “Dutchy of Grand Fenwick”, the wine is similarly named, the premise is good at least, i think it’ll pick up

  1213. Betsy April 28th, 2009 at 10:56 pm

    Finally Phil coming up on YES

  1214. Nick in SF April 28th, 2009 at 10:56 pm

    Pat M: I had the Yanks at -102, ever-so-slight underdogs. Nice win!

  1215. ray (sox fan) April 28th, 2009 at 10:57 pm

    It seems to me that having two threads makes a very big assumption that everyone would agree when a post is merely venting and when a post is positive.

    I have seen many times that someone has been accused of being negative and they responded that they were simply observing and being honest.

    I see no way that everyone would agree on what posts are negative and what posts are negative. Just my opinion.

  1216. The Stranger April 28th, 2009 at 10:57 pm

    When the Yanks weren’t scoring early, I didn’t mind. I just wanted to see Phil pitch — he was dealing.

  1217. yankee 822 April 28th, 2009 at 10:58 pm

    Mark Melancon looks like Pinocchio

  1218. Giuseppe Franco April 28th, 2009 at 10:59 pm

    That makes perfect sense. They’ll move the guy who doesn’t need anymore time in the minors and is pitching well in favor of a guy who’s pitching so-so and on an innings limit.

    Yup that’s what’ll happen. You’re right.

    —————

    They still signed Andy Pettitte because they didn’t want to hand Hughes a starting job.

    Plus, and this is a very significant point, Hughes has had some durability issues the last two years. He hasn’t pitched a full season since 2006.

    I love what I saw from Hughes tonight. But let’s not hand him a Cy Young Award yet. He’s shown flashes of being great more than once and he hasn’t been able to keep rolling.

    If you move Joba back into the pen and Hughes gets hurt again or becomes ineffective for one reason or another – then you’re screwed because you can’t keep moving him back and forth and now you’re throwing Kennedy or Aceves out there instead.

    Be patient and learn something about this game. They aren’t making a long term decision based on three starts and a 3.94 ERA.

  1219. Pat M April 28th, 2009 at 11:00 pm

    Nick in SF. I had them at -120….

  1220. Scorpio April 28th, 2009 at 11:00 pm

    2 threads is pointless. The point of a blog is to engage in varying viewpoints. Let people say what they want to say. Just keep out the trolls.

  1221. Nick in SF April 28th, 2009 at 11:02 pm

    ray: congrats on the Celtics win. I don’t know how they do it without Leon Powe. ;)

    The positive thread/negative thread is a non-starter. What is there, a positivity cop? Cheer enforcer? You would just have the trolls and jokers muck up the smiley thread.

  1222. Scorpio April 28th, 2009 at 11:03 pm

    “I love what I saw from Hughes tonight. But let’s not hand him a Cy Young Award yet. He’s shown flashes of being great more than once and he hasn’t been able to keep rolling.”

    Totally agree. Very happy for Phil, let’s keep it up. Also, one GOOD inning does not erase all our RISP woes.

  1223. See? April 28th, 2009 at 11:04 pm

    Registered positive and negative threads would help. :)

  1224. Nick in SF April 28th, 2009 at 11:05 pm

    Pat M: -120! Yikes. I thought I always got the squarest lines, but you beat me by a ton – this time. My book is showing Joba at -133, we’ll see which way that moves.

  1225. Pat M April 28th, 2009 at 11:06 pm

    From what i remember, All three of them ( Hughes, Joba, Ian ) were to hit the scen in earnest when the new Stadium opened…Yhey were to replace Andy, Pavano, and Wright..We all know how that truned out….I maybe be off with Jaret though…..

  1226. ray (sox fan) April 28th, 2009 at 11:06 pm

    Nick in SF
    April 28th, 2009 at 11:02 pm
    “ray: congrats on the Celtics win. I don’t know how they do it without Leon Powe.”

    Nick

    I mentioned on an earlier post that I actually was happy that Hughes got a win tonight.

    Without Garnett and Powe I don’t see the C’s going too far in the playoffs.

    I see a Laker/Cavalier finals (and no offense intended to you m ) but I will not be surprised if Cleveland wins the whole thing.

  1227. Brandon If Melancon doesn't K the first batter he's a bust "I LOVE ME SOME ME !" April 28th, 2009 at 11:07 pm

    If anything what Phil is doing might put Wang on the trade block or we go 6 man rotation to protect Joba and Phil’s innings.

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  1229. yankee 822 April 28th, 2009 at 11:07 pm

    “If anything what Phil is doing might put Wang on the trade block or we go 6 man rotation to protect Joba and Phil’s innings.”

    Exactly

  1230. Pat M April 28th, 2009 at 11:09 pm

    Nick in SF, I have to wait until all the games are over before my broker will post tomorrow’s games…..Just think, the Twins wanted Hughes, Kennedy, Melancon as the principals for Santana….

  1231. S.A.--It's a marathon, not a sprint. Calm down. April 28th, 2009 at 11:10 pm

    I love what I saw from Hughes tonight. But let’s not hand him a Cy Young Award yet. He’s shown flashes of being great more than once and he hasn’t been able to keep rolling.

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

    Totally agree. It was only 1 start, let’s just see how he continues on.
    But today sure was nice and much needed.

    Smiles for everyone. :)

  1232. Nick in SF April 28th, 2009 at 11:10 pm

    Brandon, wouldn’t that be selling low on Wang? I thought you were against selling low. ;)

  1233. Giuseppe Franco April 28th, 2009 at 11:11 pm

    If anything what Phil is doing might put Wang on the trade block or we go 6 man rotation to protect Joba and Phil’s innings.

    ———-

    Meh, I don’t know about that.

    Wang isn’t worth much to anyone right now. he needs to get over his issues and start pitching like Wang again or he won’t be worth spit.

    But your point is valid that Hughes has an innings cap too. They need Wang back to eat the number of innings he accustomed to doing over his career.

  1234. ARX April 28th, 2009 at 11:11 pm

    Assuming (hoping, praying…) Wang gets it together, why on earth would he be traded when a)Joba is still on a limit and we’ll need an extra starter and b) Pettitte won’t be here forever? I refuse to believe a 2 time 19 game winner has permanently lost his touch and I wouldn’t trade him short of getting a Halliday type in return.

  1235. Uncle Ellsworth April 28th, 2009 at 11:11 pm

    positive and negative threads – seriously? seriously?

  1236. Bronx Jeers April 28th, 2009 at 11:12 pm

    I’m not looking forward to the next month if Hughes is gonna continue to pitch like that. Oh God and if Wang straightens it out and comes back to his old self?

    I mean its great for the Yanks and all but what about this blog? Hysteria and idiocy galore!

    The Yanks really need to consider the comments section of this blog regarding this matter.

  1237. V April 28th, 2009 at 11:13 pm

    I would be more than happy with a 6 man rotation, and either 1) trading Wang, or 2) just waiting out the season and saying bye-bye to Pettitte. Remember. Pitchers. Get. Hurt. Depth = good.

    Not sure how valuable Wang would be on the trading block – I wouldn’t deal him for anything less than a high ceiling OFer, and I honestly don’t think he, even if healthy and dealing from May through July, could land a Maybin/Jones/Rasmus/Fowler/LaPorta. Unless you can get an elite talent of that magnitude, you can’t deal him.

  1238. Nick in SF April 28th, 2009 at 11:14 pm

    While everyone and everything is on a positive note, I’m out of here. See ya!

  1239. ARX April 28th, 2009 at 11:15 pm

    BTW is there a link to a story showing definitively who the Twins wanted for Johan? I swear I’ve heard a million different combinations, usually depending on who’s going well (“and to think we almost traded xyz…”) or who’s doing poorly (“see? we could’ve had Santana for these scrubs…”

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  1241. trisha - click to see my bigger and better Opening Day pictures April 28th, 2009 at 11:17 pm

    “That’s it from Lohud arena with the final score:
    Negative Thread: 1,323 posts
    Positive Thread: 123 posts.

    Thank you for your internet participation, and drive home safely.”

    :lol:

    And I know you’re right about that, DT!

    “But stupid ranting and complaining pushes your buttons enough to drive you to rant and complain?” Apparently. But it has to do more with the object of the stupid ranting and complaining rather than stupid ranting and complaining per se, something that seems to permeate the fabric of everyday life anyway. Fan disloyalty pushes my buttons because I am a very loyal person. I don’t play both sides of the street and have no respect for people who do. You’re my good bud when things are going well but you kick dirt on me when they’re not? With fans like that who needs enemies?

    That said, I absolutely agree with you that not every negative observation has an overtone of idiocy and hysteria. Some express disappointment, others may be posed as questions and concerns. It’s the off-the-wall whacked out out-of-control totally negative comments to which I refer.

    But let us not belabor this on a night that was wonderful, for me anyway, because I’m rooting for my favorite team but got even more wonderful since my favorite team ended up winning. But above and beyond that, I am getting the chance to see the Red Sox lose in the bottom of the 9th.

    Here’s hoping!

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  1243. talltenor April 28th, 2009 at 11:21 pm

    JUST BACK FROM THE GAME, and here are my thoughts…

    My colleague and I had seats behind the Tigers dugout, just inside of third base. I could see Pete in the press box.

    1) Phil looked good. As Pete said, his curve was only just working, but he spotted his fastball well, kept his composure, and did what he had to do. He threw a lot of change-ups. FB velocity was consistently 90-92; he reached 94-95 several times. The best part was that he K’d six while giving up only two hits.

    2) The Tigers’ Jackson threw 96 with minimal physical effort. That kid has a very economical delivery, and the fact that he throws that hard, while looking like he’s just tossing the ball, was extremely impressive. But I had him at 116 pitches after 6, so you knew he was done.

    3) Cano not running out that called third strike was odd, as Pete said. I had the impression that he didn’t run b/c he didn’t want to make it obvious that he’d swung & missed – Robbie was counting on the ump calling it a foul tip, but it definitely wasn’t.

    4) The Yankees’ 10-spot in the 7th wasn’t as impressive as one would think from looking at the box score. The Tigers’ pitchers gave up four walks in that half-inning, and Anderson’s error in LF was ridiculous. I’m sure he was thinking about the throw, but he still should’ve caught that ball.

    5) The lady behind me made the home run circle, like an up does, as soon as Leyland brought in Lyon, who subsequently gave up the granny to Molina. But Molina sure smoked that ball! He had a good game, 2/4 with a sacrifice bunt.

    6) Good night for Swisher, 2/3 with a homer and two BB’s.

    7) Good night for Robbie, too… I’m really happy he’s going with the pitch when that’s what he’s being given to hit.

    8) Temperature at game time was 50, with the breeze blowing out. By the 9th, the temp was down to 45. Jeter would put his right hand into his right rear pocket between every pitch, when he was in the field.

    9) I didn’t like what Veras was doing after he got the first two outs in the 9th fairly quickly. He nibbled at Inge before hitting him, and he nibbled at Anderson too, before allowing a single to him.

    10) Melancon is the real deal!!!

    11) To repeat, the Tigers’ starter, Edwin Jackson, impressed me tremendously with how little effort it took him to throw 96/97. That guy’s good!

    My colleague and I may go to tomorrow night’s game, too, after we finish work at 8:00. We work right across the street from Comerica, so it wouldn’t be a big deal to spend $12 on a bleacher seat and still get to see 2/3 of the game.

    I was very happy to have seen two young pitchers go at each other, each doing well.

    ‘night, all…

  1244. talltenor April 28th, 2009 at 11:25 pm

    Typo in my #5 above… the lady behind me made the home run circle, like an UMP does, when Lyon came in.

  1245. The Stranger April 28th, 2009 at 11:26 pm

    Not a major point here, but why doesn’t YES ever utilize a pitch zone so we can tell if pitches were actually in the strike zone?

    Nearly every other team has it, and it’s not like it’s esoteric technology.

  1246. Bo knows April 28th, 2009 at 11:26 pm

    Hughes pitched six innings, six innings and already we’re moving Joba, we’re trading Wang. Tomorrow Joba pitches an no hitter and this place will implode. I know there’s a pony here somewhere with all this … on this site.

  1247. Pel (Uncertainty is certain.) April 28th, 2009 at 11:28 pm

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  1248. Mop Up Man April 28th, 2009 at 11:32 pm

    Time for my obligatory “blister” comment at the end (true to my nane): very excited to see Hughes and Melancon pitch so well tonight. Here’s hoping for more of it. Yankee pride!

  1249. no.27 April 28th, 2009 at 11:52 pm

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    He’s really developed a lot over the last year. He was the #1 pitcher in the minors with a curveball, fastball, changeup, and slider. Now he’s got a knuckle curve and a cutter.

    People need to get lay off Posada. He’s having a great year on offense and his arm has looked very good. There is nothing wrong with the way he calls a game. Some fans don’t realize how valuable his bat is as a catcher. If you think seeing Molina in the lineup more than once a week is a good idea, just look at what Posada has done compared to other catchers since 2000. And speculating on Posada not playing hard or calling a bad game on purpose because he isn’t happy with Girardi is as dumb as it gets.

  1250. saucY April 29th, 2009 at 11:48 am

    “Meanwhile, all those who called Posada a loafer yesterday now feel a little silly as we learn he was “running” with a hamstring pull. ”

    gotta call you out here, Pete.

    After Jorge’s baserunning on Monday, you didn’t say anything about him. But you did say that the team is old and unathletic right after that play. It was pretty evident what led to you making that statement. But you’re in the clear here because you didn’t say point out Jorge specifically?

    Maybe if some knew he was having hamstring problems they wouldn’t have gotten on his case. But nobody knew because our favorite beat writer/blogger didn’t find out for us ;)

    If we know nothing of an injury and he’s replacing Jose late in the game, it’s wrong of us to assume he’s healthy?

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