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Game 22: Angels at Yankees

Posted by: Peter Abraham - Posted in Misc on Apr 30, 2009 Print This Post Print This Post | Email This Post Email This Post

YANKEES (11-10)
Jeter SS
Damon LF
Teixeira 1B
Matsui DH
Cano 2B
Posada C
Swisher RF
Cabrera CF
Pena 3B

Pitching: RHP A.J. Burnett (2-0, 5.47).

Burnett vs. the Los Angeles hitters.

ANGELS (9-11)
Figgins 3B
Izturis DH
Abreu RF
Hunter CF
Morales 1B
Napoli C
Kendrick 2B
Rivera LF
Aybar SS

Pitching: RHP Anthony Ortega (0-1, 7.20).

BACK HOME: The Yankees return from a 2-4 road trip to start an eight-game homestand against the Los Angeles Angels. The Yankees are three games out of first in the AL East while the Angels are three games out in the AL West.

STREAKS AND SUCH: Robinson Cano (16) and Hideki Matsui (9) have hit streaks going. … Mark Teixeira is 1 of his last 16. He’ll be happy to see April in the rear-view mirror. … Phil Coke hasn’t allowed a run in his last five innings.

THE KIDS ARE ALL RIGHT: According to the Elias Sports Bureau, the one combined earned run allowed on Tuesday by 22-year-old Phil Hughes (6.0 IP, 0 ER) and on Wednesday by 23-year-old Joba Chamberlain (7.0 IP, 1 ER) marked the first time the Yankees had starters that young allow one earned run or less in consecutive games since 5/29-30/1981, when 22- year-old Dave Righetti (8.0 IP, 1 ER) and 20-year-old Gene Nelson (5.2 IP, 0 ER) accomplished the feat in consecutive wins at Cleveland. (Thanks to the Yankees for that note).

MORE ON A-ROD: Rodriguez faced 33 pitches in the intrasquad game today. He also did his usual worjout and took batting practice after the game. A-Rod is scheduled to DH in an extended spring training game tomorrow against the Pirates in Bradenton.

WELCOME BACK, BOBBY: Bobby Abreu was a Yankee for 372 games from 2006-08. He hit .295, had a .376 OBP and drove in 243 runs. The Yankees declined to retain him as a free agent as they were concerned about his age and declining defensive skills. The Angels picked him up on the cheap and he is at .368/.430/.434 for them.

Hopefully folks give Bobby a nice hand tonight. He was a good, solid player for the Yankees and never caused any trouble.

A.J.’S TURN: After dominant starts by Phil and Joba, A.J. Burnett needs a bounce back after his atrocious performance against the Red Sox on Saturday. He has allowed 11 earned runs in his last 11.1 innings.

DISH ON SWISH: Nick Swisher is hitting .307 and leads the team in homers (seven), RBI (19) and is second in OBP (.416).

Kevin Devaney will take it from here. Enjoy the game.

UPDATE, 6:09 p.m.: Hello all, Kevin Devaney here taking over for Pete. Just got back from the clubhouse. Below are audio of Girardi and GM Brian Cashman from the pregame:

Girardi audio April 30, 2009

Cashman audio from April 30, 2009

Update, 7:20 p.m.: Not a great first inning for Burnett considering he’s coming off that awful start in Boston. Two other things of note:

1. The Bleacher Creatures did a role call for Bobby Abreu in right. Necessary? I mean, he wasn’t exactly loved the entire time he was here because of his indifferent personality and his fear of outfield walls.

2. Speaking of fear, there’s a reporter in the press box wearing a doctors mask. The swine flu scare is taking over. Just look at the empty seats around the dugouts. People are afraid!

Update, 7:56 p.m.: Nice play in the hole by Jeter finally gives Burnett a scoreless inning. Much-needed for the emotional pitcher, especially against the heart of the Angels order.

Update, 8:00 p.m.: The Old Johnny Damon Half-Swing Home Run. Ortega apparently never got the memo not to throw fastballs on the inner-half to lefties here at the new stadium.

Update, 8:28 p.m.: Derek Jeter brings home two runs (one an error in right) and the Yankees take the lead. It puts him in sole possession of 10th place on the all-time Yankee list. It’s 4-3 Yanks in the bottom of the fourth.

How did the rally start? Oh yeah, Nick Swisher’s single. The guy might not be talented enough to actually lead the Yankees in homers and RBI all season. But he’s going to be in the middle of things a lot.

By the way, Swisher’s collage was completed by tonight’s return to the stadium. He cut out pictures of every teammate and taped them all together on the right side of his locker. Most of the players are in snazzy suits. Very cool for a player to do that. A-Rod should do the same, although he probably couldn’t name 4 or 5 of the guys.

Update, 8:42 p.m.: By the way, I should have noted this earlier, but an email from Tim made a great point: I’ve been to five Yankee home games this season and the roar on Derek Jeter’s hit before was by far the loudest it’s been here. Pete has compared this place to a “church” at times, and I agree. But on that hit, I felt like I was back at the old stadium. Maybe the museum fans are gone and the real folks finally got tickets? Let’s hope so.

Update, 9:08 p.m.: The Angels have now put the leadoff man on base in four of Burnett’s seven innings. The first three scored, including Napoli’s homer. Let’s see if Burnett can finally dance around this.

Update, 9:10 p.m.: Burnett finally makes pitches and gets out of an inning. Double-play ball and a first-pitch pop-out. Good sign.

Update, 9:38 p.m.: That’s a 17-game hitting streak for Robinson Cano. Posada’s ground-rule double puts runners on second and third with one out. Seriously, is there any doubt Nick Swisher’s going to come through here?

Update, 9:39 p.m.: Intentionally walking Swisher was a good move. Never let the MVP candidate beat you in that spot.

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1,349 Responses to “Game 22: Angels at Yankees”

  1. Al from BK April 30th, 2009 at 3:40 pm

    Back to baseball. No discussion of tipping etiquette, or restaurants where well endowed women serve hot wings.

  2. Patrick April 30th, 2009 at 3:41 pm

    NOOOOO JOSE MOLINO WHERE ART THOU MY SWEET PRINCE!?!?

  3. V April 30th, 2009 at 3:42 pm

    :tup: Melky’s the starting CF now, and Pena’s the 3B til ARod’s out. Glad to see Girardi’s giving at bats to the hot hitters.

  4. Uncle Ellsworth April 30th, 2009 at 3:42 pm

    same lineup 3 days in a row??

  5. CountryClub April 30th, 2009 at 3:44 pm

    Pete,

    Coke hasnt allowed an earned run in his past 6 innings. And he’s gone the past 5 innings without giving up a run of any kind.

  6. S.A.--Honk if you hate hobbits April 30th, 2009 at 3:45 pm

    The Los Angeles Angels of Aneheim of America always give us trouble. Let’s change that starting tonight.

  7. ALB3 April 30th, 2009 at 3:45 pm

    I have a feeling Melky is going to stay in CF for the remainder of the season.

    He’s hitting and he’s doing a good job patrolling out there.

  8. Mac Daddy April 30th, 2009 at 3:45 pm

    Burnett + Posada = BLAH

  9. Al from BK April 30th, 2009 at 3:45 pm

    Someone tell Tex that tomorrow is May and that he can start hitting now ;)

  10. Peter Abraham April 30th, 2009 at 3:46 pm

    Country Club:

    Correct. He has allowed one hit. Thats what I looked at. Fixed it. Thanks.

  11. AeroFANatic April 30th, 2009 at 3:46 pm

    Rivera
    Bruney
    Melancon
    Coke
    Robertson
    Veras
    Marte

    This should be our BP pecking order. Send down or out Ramierez and Albaldejo once Bruney comes back.

  12. SJ44 April 30th, 2009 at 3:47 pm

    I wonder if this book will lead to a massive expose` on the tipping habits of professional athletes?

    I could see it now….

    “A Sportscenter Special with “Destiny”, a former dancer at Scores. She talks about how cheap professional athletes are with their tips.

    Pedro Gomez has the scoop in this special, 3 part story….Strippers and the Athletes who won’t tip them”.

  13. Tex's Friend (CC has it together, Hughes is the man, Joba too) April 30th, 2009 at 3:48 pm

    same lineup 3 days in a row??

    two games. didnt posada sit in the second game against detroit?

  14. Patrick April 30th, 2009 at 3:49 pm

    I have irrefutable evidence that A-rod doesn’t tip strippers during a lap dance. Despicable.

  15. Leroy April 30th, 2009 at 3:50 pm

    I like this line-up. Seeing Matsui smack a ball up against the left field wall with the bases loaded was a treat. Him running to 3rd was the “gravy”.
    Melky is HOT and he should be in the line-up as our CF. Just because Gardner won the job in the spring never meant he could not “lose the job”.

  16. vb03 April 30th, 2009 at 3:50 pm

    Outside the Lines: Hooters Girl Reveals the Scrooge in Today’s Professional Athlete

    I can see it now.

  17. Wave Your Hat April 30th, 2009 at 3:50 pm

    In the last thread SJ and a number of other posters were considering the impact of ARod’s return on the team, so I thought I’d try a rough statistical analysis.

    CB does this kind of thing a lot better than I do but here’s my back of the envelope calculation of what not having ARod has meant so far (stats are from Baseball Reference):

    In 21 games, Ransom was about 4.4 runs worse than the average hitter, Berroa was .8 runs worse and Pena 1.9 runs worse.

    Between them, they were 7.1 runs worse than the average hitter. Maybe Pena and Berroa had a few at bats playing other positions, but not enough to worry about.

    Last year, which was far from ARod’s best year, he was 38.1 runs better than the average hitter in 138 games. If ARod had not been hurt and had performed at last year’s rate, he could be expected to have been about 5.72 runs better than the average hitter over that same 21 game period.

    That means, looking just at hitting, ARod would have been about 12.82 runs better than the Ransom/Berroa/Pena combination over our first 21 games. That doesn’t include all the runs his defense might have saved over the Ransom/Berroa combo.

    At the accepted 10 runs equaling a win, that means last year’s ARod would have been about 1.25 wins better over the first 21 games than Ransom/Berroa/Pena, which translates to about 9.6 wins better over a full season.

    9.6 wins is a staggeringly huge number. And that’s using ARod’s sub-par 2008 year. On career numbers, it’s more than that. And that’s not including ARod’s glove versus Ransom’s or Berroa’s.

    So, even if ARod comes back not 100%, he is going to make an enormous difference.

  18. SJ44 April 30th, 2009 at 3:51 pm

    Second part of the Pedro’s shocking story, “Amber, a waitress at Hooters in Miami” says the following about Arod….

    “He came in and order wings and 2 orders of fries. Extra hot and even wanted more sauce on the side. Had me fill his water glass THREE TIMES!!! The bill came to $20.00.

    He left me a $3.00 tip!!! Cheap @#@$#@”!

    Pedro: “As you can see, Amber is not a happer camper. Because of Arod’s cheap ways, she has had to put off cosmetology school for another year and has taken on extra shifts at the restaurant to make ends meet.

    All because of a $3.00 tip from Arod”.

    What is the world coming to?

  19. ePic April 30th, 2009 at 3:52 pm

    Why is Mark Teixeira still batting third? Move him down until he proves that he can actually hit a baseball.

  20. Patrick April 30th, 2009 at 3:52 pm

    WYH, Nice post, agreed 100%.

    Just read this on ESPN: Rodriguez said, “I’m not going there,” when asked Thursday to comment on the report in the New York Daily News, which quoted excerpts from an upcoming book, “A-Rod,” on Rodriguez by Sports Illustrated writer Selena Roberts.

    Good I guess? Maybe A-rod will be smart and ignore this nonsense.

    One other thing out of Roberts’ new book that I find to be really funny:

    Yankees teammates, Roberts writes, nicknamed Rodriguez “B—h T–s” in 2005 because he put on 15 pounds in the offseason that resulted in round pectorals, a condition called gynecomastia that can be caused by anabolic steroids.

    ahahah

  21. Rebecca-Optimist Prime April 30th, 2009 at 3:52 pm

    So i was doing some thinking earlier, whilst procrastinating, and I realized this not so secret fact:

    When A-Rod comes back the line up will basically look like

    Jeter
    Damon
    Teixeira
    A-Rod
    Matsui
    Canó
    Posada
    Swisher
    Cabrera

    So I’m thinking, any lineup where in Matsui, Posada, or Canó could be hitting seventh, and Swisher hitting 8th and Xavier Nady, when he’s healthy, slotting into 8th also?

    That’s one @#$@ of a line up.

    If the bullpen gets its act together and Wang figures something out…

    Oh man, it’s gonna be an amazing summer.

  22. Jerkface April 30th, 2009 at 3:52 pm

    Stick to yer day job, SJ44. :)

  23. Bob(The Original) April 30th, 2009 at 3:53 pm

    SJ44
    April 30th, 2009 at 3:47 pm
    I wonder if this book will lead to a massive expose` on the tipping habits of professional athletes?

    I could see it now….

    “A Sportscenter Special with “Destiny”, a former dancer at Scores. She talks about how cheap professional athletes are with their tips.

    Pedro Gomez has the scoop in this special, 3 part story….Strippers and the Athletes who won’t tip them”.

    —————————

    Sad thing is, Bob Ley is probably working on that story right now.

    All I can say is thank God for the MLB Network. I hardly ever even turn on ESPN anymore. It’s great to have a network where you can get actual baseball and not all the off the field TMZ type drama garbage they spew forth anymore.

  24. Patrick April 30th, 2009 at 3:53 pm

    “Why is Mark Teixeira still batting third? Move him down until he proves that he can actually hit a baseball.”

    He still has a super high OBP

  25. Bob(The Original) April 30th, 2009 at 3:55 pm

    ePic
    April 30th, 2009 at 3:52 pm
    Why is Mark Teixeira still batting third? Move him down until he proves that he can actually hit a baseball.

    —————————————–

    Stop posting until you can prove you actually have a brain.

  26. Tex's Friend (CC has it together, Hughes is the man, Joba too) April 30th, 2009 at 3:55 pm

    we get it, a-rod is a jerk. WHo the F cares. Is anyone else really tired of trying to watch a baseball game and hearing about what alex did outside of the stadium? This crap has no business on ESPN. Talk about steroids, fine whatever, but the rest of this crap is just worthless, as is ESPN in general anyway.

  27. Ed - the new age of the Yankees is here April 30th, 2009 at 3:56 pm

    Second part of the Pedro’s shocking story, “Amber, a waitress at Hooters in Miami” says the following about Arod….

    “He came in and order wings and 2 orders of fries. Extra hot and even wanted more sauce on the side. Had me fill his water glass THREE TIMES!!! The bill came to $20.00.

    He left me a $3.00 tip!!! Cheap #$#@”!

    Pedro: “As you can see, Amber is not a happer camper. Because of Arod’s cheap ways, she has had to put off cosmetology school for another year and has taken on extra shifts at the restaurant to make ends meet.

    All because of a $3.00 tip from Arod”.

    What is the world coming to?

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

    was she expecting a $100 tip for a bill that came out to be 20 bucks? YEAH RIGHT. 3 bucks tip for a 20 dollar bill? that’s good enough. I also tip the same amount when my bill is the same.

  28. Marky Mark Melancon April 30th, 2009 at 3:58 pm

    Cowherd was money today talking about A rod

  29. Hazel April 30th, 2009 at 4:05 pm

    Did someone just ? why Tex continues to bat 3rd? Please have this person escorted out of here and make it fast :)

    Tex is a notorious slow-starter. After 3+ weeks, he has proven that.
    Is there a need to worry? I don’t think so. Not yet at least.

  30. RalphieD April 30th, 2009 at 4:05 pm

    anybody hear that joel zumaya says he hates the yankees…via foxsports:

    “I think Skip (Detroit Tigers manager Jim Leyland) wanted me to show the Yankees I still have something in the tank,” Zumaya said. “I wanted to go at ‘em. I can’t stand the Yankees, man.”

    funny

  31. Al from BK April 30th, 2009 at 4:05 pm

    Okay everyone I have a confession. I was at an Applebees in Tampa about 3 weeks ago when A-Rod was sitting with another guy having drinks, when they left I couldn’t help but notice that A-Rod had only left a 15 dollar tip for an 80$ tab! Needless to say I was vexed and disappointed in Alex. Anybody know a good publisher I can visit? I’m thinking about writing about this harrowing tale.

  32. MaineYankee April 30th, 2009 at 4:07 pm

    When I started reading the posts today I had to check to see if it was LoHud. Started to think it was Comedy Central. :lol:

  33. Nick in SF April 30th, 2009 at 4:07 pm

    In the previous thread, Trisha wrote:

    “Nick, I guess you don’t get that in stating my opinion I am not looking for converts. Those who feel the same way as I do, and you have seen I am sure quite a few, don’t need to be converted. I disagree with the group who prefers Posada, but I don’t feel the need to come up with a juvenile name to call the group, nor to discuss the group and take shots at them ad nauseum when they’re not around, or to keep negative discussion about them going. I’ll leave that to you to do to us.”

    And then:

    “Have a ball children. Call us whatever you want.”

    So you object to being called a name (“Posada Truther”) and your recourse is to call people a name (“children”)? This is in keeping with your lack of desire to win converts, no doubt.

    I think what you *do* get is that several people have asked for more substantive reasons to back up your opinion. You don’t have to provide such reasons, of course. And you are within your rights to object to people who mock your position. But you surely understand why people would have fun with your contrarian position especially given that you don’t care to back it up or try to convince anyone that it has any substantive basis?

    And now I will accept your invitation to ‘have a ball’ in my patented childish manner:

    Should be have seperate game threads for the Posada Truthers and the Posada Deniers?

  34. Awww April 30th, 2009 at 4:08 pm

    For whatever reason, people are fascinated by the tips of athletes and celebs. I suppose we want our guys to be generous, but let’s face it — not a very important issue.

    I believe this covers two of today’s themes…from last Sunday’s Boston Herald…

    “New York Yankees Derek Jeter and Jorge Posada and ex-teammate Bernie Williams hanging at the M Bar at the Mandarin Oriental (hunky Jeeedah tipped the waitress 100 percent, whilst Posada left a more, ah, fiscally conservative 30 percent)”

    I suppose the waitress would have preferred they dined with Molina… a ridiculous issue, btw. (You’re better than that Tricia!)

    http://www.bostonherald.com/tr.....__more___/

  35. Tex's Friend (CC has it together, Hughes is the man, Joba too) April 30th, 2009 at 4:08 pm

    perhaps espn can spend 5 minutes talking about their precious dustin pedroia and his pedophile brother?

    no a-rod tipping is way more serious.

  36. you gotta have faith (right porch giveth and the right porch taketh away) April 30th, 2009 at 4:09 pm

    rebecca,

    our line-up with arod back looks amazing. the bottom of the order isnt a 1-2-3 automatic out like it was for the most part of last year. and we won 89 games last year, remember that :)

  37. Bronx Jeers April 30th, 2009 at 4:10 pm

    So apparently Gardner’s out of the picture for the time being. How does he get back in?

    I guess he’ll have to wait for Melky to fall from grace.

    I like Gardner but if Melky’s performing, what can you do. Maybe if they were in better shape record wise or if the offense wasn’t so inconsistent.

    Can sombody explain to me what’s wrong with Gardner’s swing?

  38. JR April 30th, 2009 at 4:10 pm

    There’s only one reason to leave a big tip at Hooters, and Alex doesn’t need to take that step like the rest of us schmoes

  39. jennifer April 30th, 2009 at 4:11 pm

    Just continue saying I’m not addressing MS Roberts book, so if no one has a baseball question I think we are finished. Good day.

  40. can i get an amen April 30th, 2009 at 4:11 pm

    ESPN has nothing better to do. A-Rod is indeed a lightning rod. The media is just waiting for him to screw something up so they can turn another “non-story” into a headline.

    Do I want his life? I don’t think so!!

  41. Tex's Friend (CC has it together, Hughes is the man, Joba too) April 30th, 2009 at 4:12 pm

    Gardner’s swing?

    Do you watch the games?

    He swings downward under the ball and pops everything up. That, along with melky having the better arm, better average, and some power doesnt leave him in a good position right now other than to pinch run. plus melky plays all three outfield positions while gardner doesnt play right.

  42. SJ44 April 30th, 2009 at 4:12 pm

    All kidding aside, it is kind of sad that a players tipping habits are “proof” of anything. Or, even being a story.

    When you step away from it, you just shake your head and say, “geez, what is the world coming to”?

    Think about it….

    The publishing company, looking to market this book, sends out a release featuring Arod’s “Hooters Habits”.

    Its incredible that this is what covering sports, or writing about athletes, has come to these days.

    It doesn’t matter if you like Arod or not.

    For some of this stuff to be treated as “news” by media outlets really speaks to the sad state of affairs we are in today.

  43. liz April 30th, 2009 at 4:13 pm

    At least while Arod is out, they need Melky’s bat. Maybe when Arod gets back, gardner will be reinserted one way or another.
    Either way, it doesn’t matter to me as long as the team wins. :)

  44. Rebecca-Optimist Prime April 30th, 2009 at 4:13 pm

    “our line-up with arod back looks amazing. the bottom of the order isnt a 1-2-3 automatic out like it was for the most part of last year. and we won 89 games last year, remember that :)”

    I know!

    It’s amazing, given everything that went WRONG last year, how close we really did come to making the playoffs.

    Which means, this season, once all the kinks are worked out…

    You know that 12 game win streak Boston had?

    We should be good for three or four of those.. :-D

    (Yes, this post teeters on delusional, I know)

  45. leche April 30th, 2009 at 4:13 pm

    Garnder has earned his way to the bench. Just like he earned the starting spot to begin the season.

    We are lucky enough to have 2 CF’s that can be plugged in when needed. How many teams can do the same???

    For now Melky will be out there and sooner or later he will struggle, get into a slump and then Gardner will get in there to get some at bats.

    The situation is just fine. No need to fine tune this or alter the plan.

  46. no.27 April 30th, 2009 at 4:14 pm

    “If YOU have an explanation for that to allay the fears of those of us who think those things may have profound effects on the outcomes of games, not to mention elevating pitchers’ ERAs, please give it to me. I am willing to listen to anything. Again, Bob Lorenz put up the stats on television, not me. So it is more than me asking questions here.

    Until someone comes up with some reasonable explanation, or it appears that there is nothing to the stats, I and others will still sit with questions.”

    Hasn’t a “reasonable explanation” been given? The numbers show that Posada’s CERA has been as good or better than the team ERA throughout his career. There is also analysis that says that a catchers ability to call a game is statistically insignificant.

    The funny thing is, you haven’t addressed any of the “reasonable explanations”, you just ignore them because they make way more sense than the gut feeling you get or the stats that Bob Lorenz put up with a tiny sample size.

    Whats worse is that you start talking about Posada not hustling because he might have a problem with Girardi. Or maybe Posada is calling a bad game on purpose because he wants to get Girardi fired.

  47. Eric April 30th, 2009 at 4:14 pm

    “On Patrick’s radio interview, Roberts said that based on the sudden improvement in his bench press (from 100 to 310) in just six months in high school, and “in conjunction with the reporting that I did with [his high school] teammates would make it irrefutable to me, not a ‘may have,’ ” that Rodriguez took performance-enhancing drugs in high school.”

    THAT is objective journalism? Seriously? How can anyone stick up for this woman. She is insane.

  48. you gotta have faith (right porch giveth and the right porch taketh away) April 30th, 2009 at 4:15 pm

    Bronx Jeers,

    i like gardner too, and i believe if arod was in the line up then he would’ve had more of a chance to play it out for at least a month and a half maybe 2 until it was obvious he sucked, but since arod isnt in the line up joe needs to go with the hottest bat which is melky right now.

    hopefully the next time brett gets a chance he makes it interesting and starts to hit.

  49. Doreen April 30th, 2009 at 4:15 pm

    Posada has a family. He’s allowed to tip conservatively (which, by the way 30% is pretty generous). :)

    (Plus, he’s been reading this blog, and he’s afraid he might be in danger of losing his full-time job, doncha know???) Just poking a little fun. :)

    But more importantly, does that mean that Jeter and Posada requested separate checks????? Are they feuding????

  50. Eric April 30th, 2009 at 4:16 pm

    Selena Roberts = Nancy Grace

  51. pat April 30th, 2009 at 4:16 pm

    Jeter and Posada doing seperate checks? If I’m the waitress, next time they come in I start a tab and hand the bill to Jeter. :wink:

  52. Tex's Friend (CC has it together, Hughes is the man, Joba too) April 30th, 2009 at 4:17 pm

    We can all do something about this and not buy this pointless stupid book.

  53. trisha - click to see my bigger and better Opening Day photos April 30th, 2009 at 4:17 pm

    “I think what you do get is that several people have asked for more substantive reasons to back up your opinion. You don’t have to provide such reasons, of course. And you are within your rights to object to people who mock your position. But you surely understand why people would have fun with your contrarian position especially given that you don’t care to back it up or try to convince anyone that it has any substantive basis?”

    Nick, don’t you feel even a LITTLE BIT disingenuous to quote everything in my post except for the part where I said we had presented stats but that they had been rejected by the Posada group and that was the end? And it is the end.

    So what we are left with is a group of us who still prefer Molina’s defensive catching and believe in the stats that were presented, and feel we have a right to believe the way we do – and who have shown nothing but respect to anyone who feels differently; and then we have a group of bullies on the other side who feel that they need to continue to pummel us I guess until we bow down and accept their position.

    My preference is to have both sides understand it’s okay to disagree and that when you reach an impasse it’s best to let it go.

    From everything I read today, it isn’t going anywhere from a select group of people who prefer Posada, and those of us who had the nerve to prefer Molina will hear about it and get it shoved in our faces daily.

    So be it.

  54. Chris from NJ April 30th, 2009 at 4:18 pm

    It’s nice to hear when celebs leave huge tips, but it’s not like A-Rod left a ‘stingy’ tip, he left a normal tip. I usually tip closer to 20% for good service, but 15% is pretty common. Just because you serve someone who is rich and famous doesn’t entitle you to a 100% tip, especially if the hooters girl was a Marlins fan or something!

  55. Doreen April 30th, 2009 at 4:19 pm

    Eric -

    Do you think she even TRIED to find anyone to refute it?

    :)

  56. saucY April 30th, 2009 at 4:19 pm

    “Hopefully folks give Bobby a nice hand tonight. He was a good, solid player for the Yankees and never caused any trouble.”

    QFT! :)

  57. Tex's Friend (CC has it together, Hughes is the man, Joba too) April 30th, 2009 at 4:20 pm

    would love to see him come back on this homestand and take advantage of our ‘launching pad’ while it still is one.

  58. Al from BK April 30th, 2009 at 4:20 pm

    “teammates would make it irrefutable to me, not a ‘may have,’ ” that Rodriguez took performance-enhancing drugs in high school.””

    The fact that this woman got a book published amazes me. I am gonna write a book about a secret alien race of unicorns taking over the Earth, and how the President is head of the unicorn society ;)

  59. Rishi April 30th, 2009 at 4:21 pm

    Jon Heyman’s questioning her “evidence” too

  60. you gotta have faith (right porch giveth and the right porch taketh away) April 30th, 2009 at 4:21 pm

    Rebecca,

    yep, you can also add in that a 39 year old moose was our ace for the second half, with razzle and ponsanity rounding out our 3,4.

    lol i dont understand how we won all those games last year.

  61. Tex's Friend (CC has it together, Hughes is the man, Joba too) April 30th, 2009 at 4:22 pm

    I would give abreu a good ovation. only with us two years but he played everyday, hit .300 and over 100 rbis both years.

  62. Doreen April 30th, 2009 at 4:23 pm

    you gotta have faith (right porch giveth and the right porch taketh away)
    April 30th, 2009 at 4:21 pm
    Rebecca,

    yep, you can also add in that a 39 year old moose was our ace for the second half, with razzle and ponsanity rounding out our 3,4.

    lol i dont understand how we won all those games last year.

    ——————————

    Smoke & Mirrors standing in for Aura & Mystique?

  63. Tex's Friend (CC has it together, Hughes is the man, Joba too) April 30th, 2009 at 4:23 pm

    yep, you can also add in that a 39 year old moose was our ace for the second half, with razzle and ponsanity rounding out our 3,4.

    —-

    and the total inability to hit with runners on, or to not hit into double plays.

  64. Patrick April 30th, 2009 at 4:24 pm

    geez trish, cry more why don’t you?

    If you bring weak arguments to the blog you will get challenged. If you don’t want your opinions to be challenged then get better opinions! The reason we have the audacity to question your preference of Molina is because it’s a dumb preference!

  65. Marky Mark Melancon April 30th, 2009 at 4:24 pm

    I’d bet a weeks pay A rod hasent been to a hooters in at least the last 5-10 years

  66. chambliss April 30th, 2009 at 4:25 pm

    I am shocked to learn the pro athletes hang out in strip clubs.

    Mo Vaughn was a fixture in some well-known adult establishments in Rhode Island.

  67. trisha - click to see my bigger and better Opening Day photos April 30th, 2009 at 4:25 pm

    no. 27, there’s no available response to your CERA numbers since comparative CERA has been questioned as a reliable statistic by Keith Woolner in Baseball Prospectus and others. While I will hardly claim to be an expert on this stuff, and I would guess few of us are, it makes it impossible to respond to what you presented.

    http://bb_catchers.tripod.com/catchers/cera1.htm

  68. In Search of O'Neill April 30th, 2009 at 4:25 pm

    whouda thunk it that arod, like the economy has bottomed out. nowhere to go but up from here. thanks selena . the yanks will give you credit when we rally around arod and become a monster.

  69. saucY April 30th, 2009 at 4:25 pm

    i was pretty shocked the other night when i realized we had 5 switch hitters in the regular line-up late. (i guess i forgot Pena was a SH)

    5!

    8 or 9 lefties or 6 of 9 righties.

    i wonder what the record is for switch hitters in the same line-up…

  70. Eric April 30th, 2009 at 4:25 pm

    chambliss-
    The Foxy Lady.

  71. Doreen April 30th, 2009 at 4:26 pm

    Marky Mark Melancon
    April 30th, 2009 at 4:24 pm
    I’d bet a weeks pay A rod hasent been to a hooters in at least the last 5-10 years

    —————————

    I’ll bet a weeks’ pay that Hooter has an uptick in customers this week! :lol:

    And they’ll all leave at least 16% tip.

  72. Roy April 30th, 2009 at 4:26 pm

    Excellent point about Abreu. He certain deserves a nice round of applause for his time served in The Bronx

  73. Doreen April 30th, 2009 at 4:27 pm

    saucy -

    I didn’t know Pena was a SH, either. Found out last night. But that was so cool, all those SHs! :)

  74. Nick in SF April 30th, 2009 at 4:29 pm

    Bullies? Pummel? Cue the violins. I think Tom Waits said it best: “Come down off the cross. We can use the wood.”

    No, I do not feel disingenuous in the least. I haven’t seen you cite any real stats or discuss the ones that have been cited. I’ve seen you give hearsay evidence that Bob Lorenz put something up on YES. You also said you didn’t see it because you were watching something else. I didn’t see it either.

    And if you really object to people having fun with positions they think are silly, then you’re in the wrong place.
    Also, I think Jose Molina is a better defensive catcher too. I think Jorge Posada is a better player than Jose and the team is better served by having Jorge start as many games as he can while trying to keep him fresh and healthy.

  75. saucY April 30th, 2009 at 4:29 pm

    “I saw Arod at the “Juice” bar. ”

    badum-tish….. groan………

  76. Bronx Jeers April 30th, 2009 at 4:29 pm

    I prefer whoever gives the Yankess the best chance to win.

    Tonights lineup is the best possible lineup IMO.

    Wow, 8 left handed bats in a row!

  77. Rebecca-Optimist Prime April 30th, 2009 at 4:30 pm

    Saucy: It’s pretty incredible. Would be fun if we could have 9 switch hitters…eventually the game may get to the point where that is the case.

  78. Patrick April 30th, 2009 at 4:31 pm

    Nick please stop with your insults, I am feeling very attacked right now!

  79. Michael W. April 30th, 2009 at 4:31 pm

    Matsui leads the team in OBP.

    .419 to Swisher’s .416

    Matsui also has a 12:9 walk-to-strikeout ratio.

  80. trisha - click to see my bigger and better Opening Day photos April 30th, 2009 at 4:31 pm

    Patrick, because YOU decide something is a weak argument that makes it a weak argument?

    :lol:

    Wow you really think you’re something!

    I have an idea. Read the way SJ responds to people and then try to mimic when you respond to others. Until then you won’t mind if I ignore you, will you? I didn’t think so.

  81. pat April 30th, 2009 at 4:34 pm

    “Would be fun if we could have 9 switch hitters…”

    and Pat Venditte could pitch!

  82. Nick in SF April 30th, 2009 at 4:34 pm

    By the way (and this is unrelated to the Persecution of the Posada Truthers discussion), I didn’t notice at the time, but our arch-foes the Boston Red Sox moved into first place by percentage points last night with their win and the Blue Jays’ loss.

    While none of us want to see Boston in first place, the flip side to that development is that hopefully that marks the beginning of the return to the natural order and the end of the Blue Jays on top of the division. They are down 8-2 to Kansas City in the 6th inning as I type this. Hopefully after tonight the Red Sox will still be in first place by percentage points only and the Yanks will be a game closer to the top.

    So say we all?

  83. DT April 30th, 2009 at 4:34 pm

    Tripped up by a tipper-less stripper. Say that three times fast.

  84. Al from BK April 30th, 2009 at 4:36 pm

    I think I stopped taking the Roberts book seriously when she brought A-Rod’s Wife and children into it. You cannot dog someones personal life and then pretend you are a real journalist who deserves respect.

  85. CaptainsCorner April 30th, 2009 at 4:36 pm

    Selena Roberts is just upset because she can’t get into Arod’s bedroom…

  86. MaineYankee April 30th, 2009 at 4:36 pm

    Doreen

    Usually you have well thought out posts that make sense.

    The comedy routine makes me wonder if it’s the real Doreen or a troll. :lol: j/k

  87. Rebecca-Optimist Prime April 30th, 2009 at 4:37 pm

    pat: I still can’t get over, how, in baseball america, most teams have columns on the depth chart for rhp and lhp… and then the Yankees have one for rhp/lhp.

    Venditte is the man.

    Seriously, he’s got some great numbers in low A.

  88. Patrick April 30th, 2009 at 4:37 pm

    “Patrick, because YOU decide something is a weak argument that makes it a weak argument?”

    In this case, yes I am right and you are wrong.

    I can only make arguments for myself. If I see something I disagree with, I will post an opposing argument. The fact that you have nothing to back up your stance makes it a WEAK argument.

    I’m not alone either. Most of the people on this blog think Posada is better than Molina. The fact that you are in the minority should clue you in a little bit.

    Unfortunately it seems you are immune to logical arguments. I am clearly wasting my time responding to your worthless posts.

  89. hardwired April 30th, 2009 at 4:37 pm

    A-Rod was just making sure he had funds to allocate to his apartment ventures, obviously.

    hey, who just muttered ‘slumlord’ under their breath?

  90. tampayank April 30th, 2009 at 4:38 pm

    I like the consistency in the lineup, Godzilla is back

  91. Betsy April 30th, 2009 at 4:38 pm

    Closet A’s fan (NY): What do you think of Phil Hughes performance last night? Can he keep it up?

    SportsNation Keith Law: Looked pretty good, not outstanding, but much improved. The life on the two-seamer addresses one of the concerns I had about him in the past (four-seamer was pretty true). And he pitched out of a jam that I don’t think he would have escaped last year. Plus Detroit has a good lineup. Cautious optimism.

    ***Phil was more than just pretty good. Hmm…….

  92. tampayank April 30th, 2009 at 4:40 pm

    you think Bob Holtzman is going to every Hooters in Tampa tonight for ‘research’ on this latest revelation?

  93. Boston Dave April 30th, 2009 at 4:40 pm

    “All kidding aside, it is kind of sad that a players tipping habits are “proof” of anything.”

    ———-

    True Red Sox – Manny story.

    Manny Ramirez went out with a bunch of the clubhouse guys for drinks after a game. The bill came to a few hundred bucks and Manny just sat there and made the guys who make $7.50/hr pay for it.

    I could probably write a book with alot more credible sources on Manny than Selena did on ARod. I know of all sorts of escapades, cheating on his wife countless times, etc. I have first hand accounts.

    Maybe I will? :)

  94. In Search of O'Neill April 30th, 2009 at 4:41 pm

    mike and some guy going at it

  95. Uncle Ellsworth April 30th, 2009 at 4:41 pm

    Mike Fran did not know there is a Bowling Alley near the Stadium. That bowling alley has been there for 40+ years

  96. Boston Dave April 30th, 2009 at 4:41 pm

    Oh, and David Ortiz is one of the slowest drivers on the road.

    He’ll be in the left lane going 50 at times.

    More in the upcoming book that exposes the Red Sox, their tipping habits, driving habits, and how almost every one of them cheats on their wives.

  97. hardwired April 30th, 2009 at 4:42 pm

    Maybe the waitresses weren’t buff enough? The man has standards.

  98. no.27 April 30th, 2009 at 4:42 pm

    Trisha,

    That link has nothing to do with the numbers I posted. I’m not comparing Posada’s CERA to Molina’s. I’m comparing Posada’s CERA to the team’s ERA over the same period to show that Posada’s game calling has no negative effect on the pitchers that he catches.

    Your link does mention this though: “A catcher gains game-calling ability with time.” That sort of goes against your theory of Posada suddenly losing his ability to call a game, doesn’t it?

  99. Doreen April 30th, 2009 at 4:42 pm

    Maine Yankee –

    It’s me. I’m just bored. And tired of the “serious” discussions that won’t die. :)

    Plus some of the stuff going on with regard to Selena’s book is really just laughable.

  100. Patrick April 30th, 2009 at 4:43 pm

    Ok enough fighting with the Posada Truthers, I’m off to the stadium. Have fun watching the game kiddies

  101. In Search of O'Neill April 30th, 2009 at 4:43 pm

    is that all selena’s got? rally around arod man

  102. Patrick April 30th, 2009 at 4:43 pm

    “Maybe the waitresses weren’t buff enough? The man has standards.”

    This made me laugh :)

  103. trisha - click to see my bigger and better Opening Day photos April 30th, 2009 at 4:44 pm

    “Bullies? Pummel? Cue the violins. I think Tom Waits said it best: “Come down off the cross. We can use the wood.””

    That’s pretty offensive. But that’s never bothered you in the way you argue, so forget that.

    “No, I do not feel disingenuous in the least. I haven’t seen you cite any real stats or discuss the ones that have been cited. I’ve seen you give hearsay evidence that Bob Lorenz put something up on YES. You also said you didn’t see it because you were watching something else. I didn’t see it either.”

    In fact the stats I was referring to were put up the day before and people spun out of control and were ready to have the poster drawn and quartered because they disagreed with the stats – those I did see by the way, since they were all posted on the forum. The fallacy as always is anyone actually believing they corner the truth (which is why I always say I respect anyone’s right to disagree). But some people here believe they do.

    “Also, I think Jose Molina is a better defensive catcher too. I think Jorge Posada is a better player than Jose and the team is better served by having Jorge start as many games as he can while trying to keep him fresh and healthy.”

    Why do you believe he is a better defensive catcher? Patrick would call you ludicrous and absurd. How can you POSSIBLY believe he is a better defensive catcher? Is there something wrong with you? Do you have eyes? Are you truly that stupid????? Good God that makes you a Posada truther doesn’t it? I want your argument right now or I’ll know you just don’t know what you’re talking about. But that’s not unusual. You’re the leader of the pack when it comes to ideas that have no rational basis!

    ;)

    So there you go. I too happen to think Molina is a better defensive catcher. I too understand how important Posada is to the lineup. But I prefer to have Molina catch more games because I think it might give us either a better chance of winning games when all is said and done or might end up a wash. It’s what I THINK. I can understand others who think differently.

  104. In Search of O'Neill April 30th, 2009 at 4:44 pm

    this has got to loosen arod up, the worst is over man, relax!

  105. pat April 30th, 2009 at 4:44 pm

    We are fast approaching needing a 24 hour time out on the Posada debate.

    It’s stupid and has made me stop reading comments from some of the people I usually enjoy reading.

  106. MaineYankee April 30th, 2009 at 4:45 pm

    Doreen

    Keep it up it’s nice to have some humor for a change.

  107. James (One of the Many) April 30th, 2009 at 4:46 pm

    “Manny Ramirez went out with a bunch of the clubhouse guys for drinks after a game. The bill came to a few hundred bucks and Manny just sat there and made the guys who make $7.50/hr pay for it.”

    I’ve read this story before somewhere, involving manny having heaps of uncashed pay checks in his locker and ortiz snatching his credit card before the group headed out saying the night was on manny… until it actually came down to it

    Who wrote that? I recall it being pretty entertaining

    out of total boredom I just typed “bad tipper” into yahoo and it’s sad how many results there are and how many people are listed

  108. m April 30th, 2009 at 4:46 pm

    Can’t we agree to disagree without mocking people?

  109. In Search of O'Neill April 30th, 2009 at 4:46 pm

    Trisha-

    If molina catches say 60% to jorge’s 40 i assume you would be dhing jorge the rest of the time. where would that leave matsui?

  110. CaptainsCorner April 30th, 2009 at 4:47 pm

    The most revealing story in the new Sox book is that when Pedroia is too tired to play in a game he has his stunt double Verne Troyer fill in for him.

  111. Boston Dave April 30th, 2009 at 4:48 pm

    “So there you go. I too happen to think Molina is a better defensive catcher.”

    ——-

    For me, personally, it’s not hard to accept that Molina is a better defensive catcher and could possibly be better at calling games.

    It’s just not something I’m going to accept on blind faith, however. If someone can make a convincing argument to support the claim, fantastic.

    I have yet to hear anything remotely convincing though.

    That doesn’t make it right to attack people for having that opinion. However, you’re not going to garner much respect around here if you attack the unofficial captain of the team in Posada and his game-calling without having some pretty good evidence of it.

    If you want to say Molina is a great game-caller I think you’ll get less offensive responses than saying Posada is a terrible game-caller. Either way, support the argument with some facts or #s.

  112. trisha - click to see my bigger and better Opening Day photos April 30th, 2009 at 4:50 pm

    no. 27. Do you have any answer for why people started to question Pudge’s game-calling skills. You know the guy is going into the HOF? Do they get lazy? Do they not spend as much time as they should figuring out which pitches to call for? Is there something else going on in their lives to distract them? Can we ever figure out all of the variables?

    And my answer to you about Molina calling a better game is that there are no statistics that are going to be sufficient. Unless you are willing to accept the comparison CERA. Which seem to come under question. How about if Molina’s CERA ended up being well under the team CERA? What would you think then? That has already been discredited.

    The whole discussion was about some of us feeling that Molina calls a better game.

    I don’t know what to say beyond that. The whole thing went far afield. I say let’s just live and let live. It’s not hurting anyone here for some people to feel one way and another group to feel another way.

  113. Uncle Ellsworth April 30th, 2009 at 4:50 pm

    It will be interesting to see haw the Stadium plays today..

    Is the Posada debate officially over?

    say yes.

  114. 86w183 April 30th, 2009 at 4:51 pm

    I know the Dodgers of the sixties had an all switch hitting infield. Wes Parker, Jim Lefebvre, Maury Williams and Jim “Junior” Gilliam.

    Can’t recall any time that a team had five full time starters who were switch hitters.

    One of the greatest trivia questions ever is this; can you name the last switch hitter to win the American League MVP?

  115. trisha - click to see my bigger and better Opening Day photos April 30th, 2009 at 4:52 pm

    “If molina catches say 60% to jorge’s 40 i assume you would be dhing jorge the rest of the time. where would that leave matsui?”

    I understand the problem. Good question. I don’t have a good answer.

    :(

  116. Boston Dave April 30th, 2009 at 4:52 pm

    “What girl on her right mind would look at Pete?…..She gotta be on drugs or something.”

    cmon now, be nice.

    Pete can say “ladies, did you see me on ESPN this morning?”

    that’s more than we can say…

  117. Joekuh - Its azaming how much Nik Zherdev reminds me of Robbie Cano. April 30th, 2009 at 4:52 pm

    Molina may have an advantage over Posada defensively, but it’s overwhelmed by Posada’s bat. We’ve got a solid starting C and an excellent defensive back-up. What’s the problem?

  118. high and tight April 30th, 2009 at 4:52 pm

    Does anyone else think it would be amusing if Pete turned out to be the impostor troll?

    Go ahead, have your fun, Pete.

  119. James (One of the Many) April 30th, 2009 at 4:53 pm

    Uncle Ells, the pope doesn’t pregame, what was funnier is he asked the rest of the guys about the bowling alley and none of them knew either. I once met an out of town friend at the park and he brought a small travel bag with him, encountered the same problem, predictable problem imo, nothing to whine about.
    The later caller who tried to pick a fight with him has been the highlight since I’ve had the show on…

  120. In Search of O'Neill April 30th, 2009 at 4:53 pm

    Who was Maury Williams? You must mean Maury.

  121. In Search of O'Neill April 30th, 2009 at 4:53 pm

    Wills.

  122. Uncle Ellsworth April 30th, 2009 at 4:54 pm

    Vida Blue

  123. Rebecca-Optimist Prime April 30th, 2009 at 4:55 pm

    Just looking at the weather map, looks like a real good thing we got out of Detroit last night…

    Doesn’t look too good for the weekend.

  124. GreenBeret7 April 30th, 2009 at 4:57 pm

    Molina’s lack of offense loses more games than Posada’s supposed lack of game calling skills.

  125. Zach in Port Jeff April 30th, 2009 at 4:57 pm

    I got scolded by Pete.

  126. Nick in SF April 30th, 2009 at 4:58 pm

    m: mocking positions isn’t the same as mocking people. To many of us, the notion that Jose Molina should catch more games than Jorge Posada is ridiculous (that is, worthy of ridicule). This being a jocular forum, ideas that are worthy of riducle will often be ridiculed. Those who propigate the ideas in question can combat that in a number of ways; complaining about persecution hasn’t shown to be a very effective way thus far, but maybe it will prove to be over time.

    Trisha: Tom Waits lyrics are offensive? I’ll put this how you often do: I’m sorry you *feel the need* to be offended. The quote I used had an obvious message: feelings of martyrdom in this case are over the top. I’m sorry if that was somehow unclear.

  127. Uncle Ellsworth April 30th, 2009 at 4:58 pm

    James
    any fan knows you need to check your bags.

    I like that the guy called him on “I want Joba to fail” too

  128. trisha - click to see my bigger and better Opening Day photos April 30th, 2009 at 4:58 pm

    “Can’t we agree to disagree without mocking people?”

    mel, you of course were able to say what I’ve been trying to by condensing it to one simple sentence.

  129. James (One of the Many) April 30th, 2009 at 4:58 pm

    People didnt “start” to question pudge’s game calling skills, he’s always been accused of calling fastballs to help catch base stealers, and all of that is could just be “hate” too, just look at this year, people are praising him for wandy rodriguez’s improvement. Clemens saying posada was the best catcher he’s every played with goes a long way in my book, and jorge’s bat vs molina is very lopsided

  130. Wave Your Hat April 30th, 2009 at 5:01 pm

    I agree with pat, the Posada-Molina thing is played out.

    I think everyone knows where everyone else stands and at this point all of us have plenty of information to draw their own conclusions about who should play. I suspect most of us already have.

    It’s fun to try to make someone say “uncle” but it’s a little immature as well.

    I’d propose one bright line, though, no questioning of Posada’s desire or hustle. He’s a gamer, and that’s beyond question.

    I’m off to the game. Go AJ!

  131. Ninja Burglar April 30th, 2009 at 5:03 pm

    “Sources” have just relvealed that Selena Roberts’s stripper name was Angelina.

  132. Laura - There's nothing you have that I need, I can breathe! April 30th, 2009 at 5:03 pm

    I remember a couple of years ago when Posada got everyone shirts that said “Grind it Out” or something to that affect. I think that this year, A-Rod should get everyone shirts that say “I’m not going there”. That way, when the reporters ask them questions about the book, they can just point to the shirt and be done with it.

  133. Uncle Ellsworth April 30th, 2009 at 5:04 pm

    Reggie Miller
    April 30th, 2009 at 5:02 pm
    So Arod had man mountains in the locker room. He was probably breast feeding at the time. Leave him alone.

    Was this supposed to be at the same time he was posing in Central park?

  134. S.A.--Honk if you hate hobbits April 30th, 2009 at 5:04 pm

    We should write a book on the great Posada vs. Molina debate. I am willing to be used as an anonymous source. :)

  135. Pel (Uncertainty is certain.) April 30th, 2009 at 5:04 pm

    >Pete Abe being on the road probably has a girl in every port!

    Wendy’s

  136. Thurston Howell, III April 30th, 2009 at 5:07 pm

    Greetings proletariat Yankee fans,

    Do you now feel the class gap has closed with the reduction of price in our seats? Bah! So be it. While you are watching on TV, look for lovey in her new pinstriped mink tonight at the game. She always had a thing for Angels since I bought that Raphael painting from Sotheby’s back in 1986, but tonight, she might join you in despising them.

    And what ever will Master Chef Dan Pasqua think of tonight as we relax our tushies in those cushioned seats? Shall we have the kimodo dragon tartar again? Or the pan seared polar bear cheeks served on top of placido polenta with a fava bean side? Or African tree frog sausage served with Bavarian knoblauch (garlic) bread balls?

    Ta for now! And remember to save those pennies, as you could one day be like me and go to a game should you decide not to send your kiddies to college!

    T. Howell, III

  137. Zach Smart April 30th, 2009 at 5:07 pm

    Nick Swisher has been an unlikely catalyst

    “swisher sweets”

    http://zsmart.blogspot.com/200.....weets.html

  138. Uncle Ellsworth April 30th, 2009 at 5:09 pm

    joe g on wfan

  139. Pel (Uncertainty is certain.) April 30th, 2009 at 5:09 pm

    Girardi on Francesa right now

  140. GreenBeret7 April 30th, 2009 at 5:09 pm

    The question about the record for most switch hitters in one game by one team is easy and recent. It is 6. April 18th, 2009 when the Yankees had Posada, Teixeira, Cabrera, Pena, Swisher, and Anthony Claggett.

  141. MaineYankee April 30th, 2009 at 5:10 pm

    Listening to local sports radio. Arod story is giving them lots of calls. Coarse it’s like they haven’t had any players with the same baggage.

    They will acknowledge it if the player isn’t on the team now.

    One guy called in and said J.D. Drew needs to be careful because a career minor leaguer who played in right, hit a game winning HR last night.

    Cashman needs to find guys like that to fill the Yankees bench needs. Oh I guess he’s tried that, Ransom, Berroa. :lol:

  142. trisha - click to see my bigger and better Opening Day photos April 30th, 2009 at 5:11 pm

    “I agree with pat, the Posada-Molina thing is played out.

    I think everyone knows where everyone else stands and at this point all of us have plenty of information to draw their own conclusions about who should play. I suspect most of us already have.

    *It’s fun to try to make someone say “uncle” but it’s a little immature as well.*

    I’d propose one bright line, though, no questioning of Posada’s desire or hustle. He’s a gamer, and that’s beyond question.

    I’m off to the game. Go AJ!”

    Good post Wave. Thanks for that.

    “Clemens saying posada was the best catcher he’s every played with goes a long way in my book, and jorge’s bat vs molina is very lopsided”

    James, not to try to be tit for tat, but Moose said the same thing about Molina. So that doesn’t take the day for me. About Jorge’s bat. There is no question.

    I’m with Wave, and pat. We all know our positions. Thank you to every person on this forum who disagreed with the Molina position but did so with respect. I will continue to appreciate the camraderie of those people and respect their civility. I’ve never thought that “mocking” people or their ideas was a very mature way to communicate.

    Thanks mel, as always for your input.

    Later all.

  143. 86w183 April 30th, 2009 at 5:13 pm

    Yes, indeed Vida Blue 1971 is the last switch hitter to win the AL MVP.

    THE NL has had five such MVPs since. Pete Rose, Willie McGee, Terry Pendleton, Ken Caminiti and Jimmy Rollins.

  144. no.27 April 30th, 2009 at 5:13 pm

    trisha,

    I’m giving you stats and you’re asking me about Pudge Rodriguez. I don’t think that you can really use this idea of catchers getting lazy as a legitimate argument.

    Posada has caught a hell of a lot more innings than Molina, so I think the CERA comparison would be more accurate with him. Molina has a much smaller sample size so variance is going to have a bigger affect.

    Even so, if we can agree that Posada doesn’t have a negative affect on his pitchers, how much lower would Molina’s CERA have to be compared to his team ERA to make up for Posada having a MUCH MUCH better bat? Much better as in a career OPS 210 points higher than Molina’s?

  145. Betsy April 30th, 2009 at 5:13 pm

    Bruney starting to throw…….good sign.

  146. Trevor April 30th, 2009 at 5:13 pm

    Somebody tell Francesa it not YOUS it’s HUGHES.

  147. rconn23 April 30th, 2009 at 5:14 pm

    The theory that’s being laughed at is the ludicrous assertion, presented here yesterday, that Posada has forgotten how to call games.

    That’s just silly.

    Giving the ole “agree to disagree” isn’t going to cut it.

    There’s just no justifiable evidence to support this theory.

    Blaming A.J Burnett’s sucktastic performance, essentially saying that Burnett – who is 32 by the way and a veteran pitcher – just threw the ball where Posada wanted him to and that’s why he stunk – is insane.

    Then saying that Alby gave up four runs because he just threw it where Posada set up his glove is just nuts. So, he managed to call a good game for Joba, then set up Alby to fail. Riiight.

    That’s the type of nonsense that was presented here last night.

    As someone so correctly put it, Posada hasn’t lost his ability to call games unless he’s lost his mind.

  148. Teixeiramvp (JobaCyYoung) April 30th, 2009 at 5:15 pm

    I’m trying to see if I could win the Yanks Sox tickets from Francesa. Anybody know what Mike artfully described as the 3 Yanke “tidbits” that all casually tossed out during the show? Or is it trivia he’s going to ask? Because if it’s trivia, I have a shot.
    Any information would be greatly appreciated. Thanks!

  149. saucY April 30th, 2009 at 5:15 pm

    Tom Waits is on my list of people i like with names that are also complete sentences.

    that is all.

  150. Teixeiramvp (JobaCyYoung) April 30th, 2009 at 5:16 pm

    rconn23-I agree.

  151. Teixeiramvp (JobaCyYoung) April 30th, 2009 at 5:16 pm

    all is Al.

  152. Uncle Ellsworth April 30th, 2009 at 5:17 pm

    Vida Blew.

  153. James (One of the Many) April 30th, 2009 at 5:17 pm

    http://yankees.lhblogs.com/200.....wn-season/

    crazy stuff

  154. S.A.--Honk if you hate hobbits April 30th, 2009 at 5:17 pm

    Youuuuuuuuuus
    Jobber
    Tamper
    Idear

    Francesa has his own language

  155. Bronx Jeers April 30th, 2009 at 5:17 pm

    Ranger fans,

    I just saw Mark Messier in a cafe and had absolutley no courage to approach him.

  156. Nick in SF April 30th, 2009 at 5:17 pm

    “I’ve never thought that “mocking” people or their ideas was a very mature way to communicate.”

    Then don’t do it yourself? Lead by example? Shame the malefactors with better comportment?

    Just saying. ;)

  157. Teixeiramvp (JobaCyYoung) April 30th, 2009 at 5:20 pm

    I respect trisha. She’s always been respectful to me. I do however completely disagree on the points with Posada and Molina. Molina is a great backup though, and he’s probably the best defensive catcher I’ve ever seen.

  158. saucY April 30th, 2009 at 5:20 pm

    i wish i could get email alerts when Thurston Howell made posts :lol: :lol: :lol:

  159. WS April 30th, 2009 at 5:20 pm

    BP did a small follow-up study RE: catchers and game-calling abilities…

    “…the conclusion that there is no detectable game-calling ability still stands. Whether you look across all pitcher-catcher combinations (as in the original article), or whether you focus on two catchers who both work with the same pitcher in consecutive years, there is no tendency for a catcher to exert influence over the opposition’s offensive production. While the position of catcher is still physically demanding, and may indeed be a critically important defensive position, we’ll need to look elsewhere to assess the full magnitude of his contribution.”

    http://www.baseballprospectus......icleid=436

  160. Teixeiramvp (JobaCyYoung) April 30th, 2009 at 5:23 pm

    S.A.–Honk if you hate hobbits: What was the purpose of writing those things?

  161. Uncle Ellsworth April 30th, 2009 at 5:23 pm

    Trisha has left the building.

  162. Rebecca-Optimist Prime April 30th, 2009 at 5:24 pm

    Bronx Jeers:

    I can’t stand the Rangers, I hate em even more than the Red Sox, but I have tremendous respect for Messier.

  163. S.A.--Honk if you hate hobbits April 30th, 2009 at 5:24 pm

    According to the Elias Sports Bureau, the one combined earned run allowed on Tuesday by 22-year-old Phil Hughes (6.0 IP, 0 ER) and on Wednesday by 23-year-old Joba Chamberlain (7.0 IP, 1 ER) marked the first time the Yankees had starters that young allow one earned run or less in consecutive games since 5/29-30/1981, when 22- year-old Dave Righetti (8.0 IP, 1 ER) and 20-year-old Gene Nelson (5.2 IP, 0 ER) accomplished the feat in consecutive wins at Cleveland.

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

    I believe that children are our future
    Teach them well and let them lead the way

  164. S.A.--Honk if you hate hobbits April 30th, 2009 at 5:25 pm

    Teixeiramvp (JobaCyYoung) April 30th, 2009 at 5:23 pm

    S.A.—Honk if you hate hobbits: What was the purpose of writing those things?

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

    I was bored :)

  165. Scorpio April 30th, 2009 at 5:25 pm

    “The whole discussion was about some of us feeling that Molina calls a better game.”

    Exactly. This is getting out of hand and people, mainly Trisha, are being attacked and mocked with snark under the guise of “debate” for no reason other than disagreeing with the likes of some on this board.

    If Molina could hit like Posada, this wouldn’t even be an issue. WE ALL KNOW THAT POSADA IS THE BETTER PLAYER AND SHOULD BE IN THE LINEUP DAILY. No one is disputing that. Molina is, to some – myself included, the better catcher in defense, game calling. Stats like CERA (I’m not familiar with) & thrown out % help qualtify a catcher’s value but stats alone does not always show how much better Molina can be in comparison to Posada. How can you measure the runners on base that don’t steal because it’s Molina behind the plate? Or potential passed balls that Molina stops. Is there a stat for that? You can’t deny that pitchers feel comfortable with Molina behind the plate, they like his game calling, he puts them at ease. Aren’t pitchers supposedly very “fragile” creatures? If they didn’t need guidance they would just throw whatever pitch at whatever time it’s called for, no? No need for a catcher to call the game.

    If we go by stats alone, then Jeter is one of the worst SS out there. Is that true, what does that mean?

    Posada hitting is 100x better than Molina’s, Posada is a good catcher therefore he is rightfully the STARTING CATCHER but that alone does not negate the fact that Molina is a better defensive catcher. Defense is half the game, isn’t it?

    There is no right or wrong, just opinion.

    I wasn’t even going to respond to all the Posada Truthers crap but after seeing all the snark being hurled at Trisha. I couldn’t let her stand alone.I’ve always been polite on this board, too bad I can’t say the same for some others.

  166. Teixeiramvp (JobaCyYoung) April 30th, 2009 at 5:25 pm

    Rebecca-That’s a huge comment to make.
    Red Sox are my most hated, VERY closely followed by the Mets, and then in distant third the Rangers.
    By the way, what happened in game 7? What a collapse!

  167. ANSKY April 30th, 2009 at 5:25 pm

    SJ –

    Said Hooters waitress could go on and write a book about the humiliation and trauma of such a $3.00 (standard 15%) tip, go on a book tour, and promote it on Oprah’s book club show. She could claim she secretly felt there was a rivalry with Madonna to further conjure plot, make hundreds of thousands of dollars if not millions, and perhaps even try to blackmail Madonna or A-Rod for some extra pocket money.

    Selena Roberts would say “see … I told you so”. And then she might roll over, give Jose Canseco a peck on the cheek and say “OK time to get dressed … we have a book promo to go to, Honey.”

  168. Nick in SF April 30th, 2009 at 5:27 pm

    Uncle Ellsworth: I admire how you cry ‘uncle’ every time you post and never once complain about it.

    Oof, I just did it too.

  169. Teixeiramvp (JobaCyYoung) April 30th, 2009 at 5:28 pm

    Scorpio-All right. I know Molina plays better D, but I do think Posada calls a good game, as good as Molina. S.A.: All right, just wasn’t sure if you were trying to say something or something.
    By the way, anybody know Sterling’s HR call for Swish? I’m dying to learn.

  170. Zak April 30th, 2009 at 5:29 pm

    TeixeiraMVP: I believe it’s something like “JOLLY OL’ ST NICK!”

  171. Trevor April 30th, 2009 at 5:30 pm

    “I believe that children are our future
    Teach them well and let them lead the way”

    Show em all the beauty they possess inside
    Give them a sense of pride to make it easier

  172. DT April 30th, 2009 at 5:30 pm

    These comments going back and forth between my pal Trisha and my comedy mentor Nick reminds me of a Seinfeld episode -

    Don’t make me get out this sound byte guys:
    http://tinyurl.com/ayclx

  173. Bronx Jeers April 30th, 2009 at 5:30 pm

    “I can’t stand the Rangers, I hate em even more than the Red Sox,”

    How is that even possible? Islander fan?

    Apparently I also have great respect for Messier. Either that or it’s a serious man-crush that makes me quiver like a little girl cause I practically ran away from him.

  174. Rebecca-Optimist Prime April 30th, 2009 at 5:30 pm

    “Rebecca-That’s a huge comment to make.
    Red Sox are my most hated, VERY closely followed by the Mets, and then in distant third the Rangers.
    By the way, what happened in game 7? What a collapse!”

    I’m trying not to think about it. I’m still in shock.

    The only thing that makes it better is that the Rangers lost, too, and they had a 3 games to 1 lead while we never lead by more than one game and had two (should have been three @$@#$@#$) OT games and a 1-0 game to boot! Our series was much, much closer.

  175. Teixeiramvp (JobaCyYoung) April 30th, 2009 at 5:30 pm

    Zak-Thanks. Know anything about the Francesa Yankee tidbits?

  176. saucY April 30th, 2009 at 5:31 pm

    teams i hate: red sox and eagles.

    used to hate the flyers, but don’t get all that worked up over hockey any more. i dislike some other teams, but hate would be too strong a word for them.

  177. Jennifer D. April 30th, 2009 at 5:31 pm

    Look I never bought ARod’s “convenient” steroid timeline. Even if he did use (which he probably did) while in a Yankees uniform I am not shocked. Lot’s of guys around the league have been using them but he is a lightening rod for this type of attention. His profile makes him a bigger catch for the media.

  178. hardwired April 30th, 2009 at 5:31 pm

    Baba O’Riley is playing on Classic Vinyl right now…always makes me think of O’Neill coming up to bat.

    It was the best of times, and it was the BEST of times.

  179. Nick in SF April 30th, 2009 at 5:31 pm

    Scorpio: see rconn23′s 5:14 post just for starters. If the entire debate/fiasco was simply about whether one might be a better defensive catcher than the other then the discussion would have been quite different. Tom Waits notwithstanding.

  180. Teixeiramvp (JobaCyYoung) April 30th, 2009 at 5:32 pm

    Rebecca-Arrgh, I was disappointed, but I was focusing on the Hughes win to get my mind off of it.
    One of the best series of all time, you think?

  181. Zak April 30th, 2009 at 5:32 pm

    Sorry, TexMVP, I didn’t catch his show today. Been in class most of the day.

  182. Stuckey April 30th, 2009 at 5:32 pm

    Can sombody explain to me what’s wrong with Gardner’s swing?

    ____________

    Yes, he swings with his arms fully extended, which greatly lengthens the time it takes for his bat to go through the hitting zone (larger, longer arc, put simply).

    It also makes it harder for him to square anything over the inner half of the plate.

    What to see how a guy with his tools SHOULD swing? Watch Ellsbury’s 8th inning last night in Cleveland. Kept his hands in, greatly shortening the time to takes to go through the zone, and last night resulted in a hard ground ball up the middle.

  183. Rebecca-Optimist Prime April 30th, 2009 at 5:33 pm

    ““I can’t stand the Rangers, I hate em even more than the Red Sox,”

    How is that even possible? Islander fan?

    Apparently I also have great respect for Messier. Either that or it’s a serious man-crush that makes me quiver like a little girl cause I practically ran away from him.”

    Devils. Hardcore Devils fan. My brother likes the Devils as much as I like the Yankees, and the Devils, for me, aren’t really that far behind.

    There aren’t a lot of teams that are run much better.

  184. Uncle Ellsworth April 30th, 2009 at 5:33 pm

    Nick in SF
    April 30th, 2009 at 5:27 pm
    Uncle Ellsworth: I admire how you cry ‘uncle’ every time you post and never once complain about it.

    Oof, I just did it too.

    Ha.

    TO ALL:
    So can there be a truce on the Posada/Molina debate?

    Seems everyone has made their points – more than once. And its just getting repetitive. And no one is going to be swayed.

    AJ seven STRONG!

  185. Nacho April 30th, 2009 at 5:35 pm

    A.J. 7 strong innings. Now that is something I can support!

  186. Teixeiramvp (JobaCyYoung) April 30th, 2009 at 5:35 pm

    A-Rod doesn’t deserve this. What has he really done that makes us hate him? Cheated at a baseball game? I know he’s done other things, but the reason people supposedly hate him is the cheating. Get over it. It’s just a game, and for Selena Roberts to put every bit of hearsay and specualtion in her book for the sole purpose of money, regardless of the pain she puts on A-Rod’s life is sickening.

  187. Zach in Port Jeff April 30th, 2009 at 5:35 pm

    I think the more disturbing news is that Kevin Brown was walking around the Yankee clubhouse with HGH.

    He should definitely ask his dealer for a refund, because it obviously didnt work.

  188. S.A.--Honk if you hate hobbits April 30th, 2009 at 5:36 pm

    By the way, anybody know Sterling’s HR call for Swish? I’m dying to learn.

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

    I think it’s something along the lines of Jolly Old St. Nick

  189. Teixeiramvp (JobaCyYoung) April 30th, 2009 at 5:36 pm

    Zak-That’s all right. I’d like to figure it out, though.

  190. Doris from Rego Park April 30th, 2009 at 5:36 pm

    we play today, we win today. das it.

  191. Uncle Ellsworth April 30th, 2009 at 5:38 pm

    DT
    April 30th, 2009 at 5:30 pm
    These comments going back and forth between my pal Trisha and my comedy mentor Nick reminds me of a Seinfeld episode –
    Don’t make me get out this sound byte guys:
    http://tinyurl.com/ayclx

    ClassiC!!!!!!!!

    closure?

  192. Zak April 30th, 2009 at 5:39 pm

    Amen to that, Doris. They need to get the mentality back into the clubhouse.

  193. Dave April 30th, 2009 at 5:39 pm

    I think if the homers continue to fly out of the new yankee stadium, there is something that can be done to try to alleviate the problem this season that doesnt involve construction work and that is the humidor for the baseballs. I mean that did work in coors didnt it? Why wouldnt it work here? It may not solve the problem but it could curb it if it gets out of hand.

    As for Ms. Roberts how convenient to have news of her “book” coming out as arod begins his ascent back to the majors. Selena is just a nightmare to yankees fans right now holding a black cloud over arods head and our heads as well. She can mess up arods play as he tries to return via his confidence level, the media can take the story and run with it (as im sure they will) once again making arod the focus of every ounce of negative attention which will end up overshading any yankee accomplishments/the entire team’s play in general except this time it will be during the actual season and/or she can really dig deep and this book can mess with the clubhouse atmosphere impacting the play of the entire team and transforming a great moment like the return of the best hitter in sports to our lineup into a friday the 13th like movie not seen since the off-season and the debacle of 2008.

    Pete is right in that nothing selena said has proved to be false but the information was most certainly attained by illegal actions on one or multiple people’s parts and not only has no one tries to investigate how she got this information but perhaps even more importantly, not a single other name has been uncovered from that “anonymous” list of players showing a complete lack of interest in uncovering cheaters in baseball on selena and the rest of the media’s part and far more interest in destroying arods career and reputation and the yanks season right along with it.

    If the media is doing this in an attempt to rectify their complete ignorance of the roids situation in the 90s, I dont think using arod for target practice is nearly as effective as actually uncovering the rest of the cheaters. I know that the media has to sell papers and get ratings but it would be nice to throw a little morality in there every now and again.

  194. Nick in SF April 30th, 2009 at 5:39 pm

    DT: knowing your track record, I’m going to assume that sound byte is something both amusing and trenchant. However, I don’t want to download it as a file onto my laptop, which is what I’m asked to do when I click on it.

    Word of caution: any exhibit of friendliness towards me can sometimes lead to unpleasant remarks.

  195. Teixeiramvp (JobaCyYoung) April 30th, 2009 at 5:41 pm

    The best way to get back at horrible people like Selena is just to put up the middle finger and win this division, with A-Rod tearing it up.

  196. S.A.--Honk if you hate hobbits April 30th, 2009 at 5:41 pm

    Nick did you watch LOST last night?
    No spoilers-just wondering good or bad.

    I thought it was great!

  197. Bronx Jeers April 30th, 2009 at 5:42 pm

    Can sombody explain to me what’s wrong with Gardner’s swing?

    __

    Yes, he swings with his arms fully extended, which greatly lengthens the time it takes for his bat to go through the hitting zone (larger, longer arc, put simply).

    It also makes it harder for him to square anything over the inner half of the plate.

    ————————————————————

    Thanks for that.

  198. Teixeiramvp (JobaCyYoung) April 30th, 2009 at 5:42 pm

    Since when was Ellsbury a Yankee killer by the way?

  199. Zak April 30th, 2009 at 5:44 pm

    Truefax, TexMVP. I believe in karma; Selena can try and make A-Rod’s life a living hell. But hopefully at the end of the season, it was all worth it.. A-Rod holds up the World Series trophy and is named World Series MVP. He doesn’t deserve all of this.

  200. S.A.--Honk if you hate hobbits April 30th, 2009 at 5:44 pm

    just wondering good or bad=just wondering if you thought it was good or bad

  201. saucY April 30th, 2009 at 5:44 pm

    Nick in SF

    no need to save it to your computer

    http://www.geocities.com/Telev.....inlove.mp3

  202. Teixeiramvp (JobaCyYoung) April 30th, 2009 at 5:45 pm

    Selena Roberts is one of my most hated people on the planet.

  203. Nick in SF April 30th, 2009 at 5:46 pm

    S.A.: yes, I did watch it and it was very entertaining and I was seriously not expecting what happened at the end. I hope it doesn’t end up meaning what it looks like it meant, but everything that happened in the episode previously suggests that it does.

    But I don’t know if we needed to see the goo goo eyes camera shots back and forth between Jack and Kate and Sawyer and Juliet. Love quadrangle = booooooring.

    Did you see Matthew Fox on Letterman a couple nights ago?

  204. right center gap in NY April 30th, 2009 at 5:47 pm

    how many home runs will be hit tonight?

    take a wild guess and see if you were accurate or not.

    i’d like to predict that Tex will go yard tonight and so will Matsui

  205. Teixeiramvp (JobaCyYoung) April 30th, 2009 at 5:48 pm

    I’m saying 0. They’re due for a no HR game at home.

  206. Zak April 30th, 2009 at 5:49 pm

    I’ll say 4 home runs.. 3 by Yankees: Cano, Tex and .. hmm.. Damon.

    And then the Angel? Good ol’ returning Bobby Abreu.

  207. Uncle Ellsworth April 30th, 2009 at 5:49 pm

    HRS?

    Jeter and Cano and one for them. (3)

  208. Boston Dave April 30th, 2009 at 5:49 pm

    “Selena Roberts is one of my most hated people on the planet.”

    ——-

    You should hate the people who support that type of journalism by buying the book just as much.

    If she makes money off the book because there is a market for it, who is to blame?

  209. Bronx Jeers April 30th, 2009 at 5:50 pm

    “There aren’t a lot of teams that are run much better.”

    Can’t argue with that. Lou Lamoriello? Possibly the best executive in pro sport.

  210. Teixeiramvp (JobaCyYoung) April 30th, 2009 at 5:52 pm

    Boston Dave-That’s no excuse for writing it. Your point is well taken, but all that means is despite the fact that she knows he’s going to get hell from people who are going to buy the book she writes it anyway because she wants money.

  211. Teixeiramvp (JobaCyYoung) April 30th, 2009 at 5:53 pm

    Bronx Jeers-Agreed.

  212. James (One of the Many) April 30th, 2009 at 5:54 pm

    Re: HR’s tonight I say 3:

    torri hunter off burnett (bad ave vs him, but 2 HR’s and he’s hitting well of late)

    rookie angels pitcher, either lights out or lit up, his numbers in the minors were not amazing
    http://www.thebaseballcube.com.....tega.shtml
    so, Swisher and Jorge go yard

    that’s my guess

  213. Nick in SF April 30th, 2009 at 5:55 pm

    saucY: thanks for trying, but when I click on that it just says ‘Buffering…’ but nothing happens. Maybe this is a metaphor for me being the real problem. ;)

  214. Tom in N.J. April 30th, 2009 at 5:55 pm

    It’s odd that SI.com is making a big deal out of the “Pitch tipping” side to this story.

    Tom Verducci even asked Selig if “giving pitches to an opposing team would subject a player to possible disciplinary action for striking at the integrity of the game and violating a contractual obligation to the “high standards of fair play,”

    http://sportsillustrated.cnn.c.....d/?eref=T1

  215. Laura - There's nothing you have that I need, I can breathe! April 30th, 2009 at 5:55 pm

    “But I don’t know if we needed to see the goo goo eyes camera shots back and forth between Jack and Kate and Sawyer and Juliet. Love quadrangle = booooooring.”

    I think that I’m the only one who enjoys the love quadrangle. I read the LOST message boards and everyone else hates it. Maybe I’m just a silly romantic. And for the record, I want Sawyer with Kate.

    As for the episode, it was up there with some of the best of the entire series. Eloise Hawking will not be winning any Mother of the Year awards, that’s for sure.

  216. Rebecca-Optimist Prime April 30th, 2009 at 5:55 pm

    ““There aren’t a lot of teams that are run much better.”

    Can’t argue with that. Lou Lamoriello? Possibly the best executive in pro sport.”

    He is possibly a bigger cult figure among Devils fans than Marty Brodeur, and that says something.

  217. S.A.--Honk if you hate hobbits April 30th, 2009 at 5:57 pm

    Did you see Matthew Fox on Letterman a couple nights ago?

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

    No. I missed seeing Foxie on Letterman. :(
    I too was surprised by what happened at the end of that episode. I’ve been trying to stay spoiler free with this show.
    Such a good episode!

  218. Rebecca-Optimist Prime April 30th, 2009 at 5:58 pm

    “It’s odd that SI.com is making a big deal out of the “Pitch tipping” side to this story.

    Tom Verducci even asked Selig if “giving pitches to an opposing team would subject a player to possible disciplinary action for striking at the integrity of the game and violating a contractual obligation to the “high standards of fair play,”

    http://sportsillustrated.cnn.c.....d/?eref=T1

    How exactly do you prove that?

  219. Nick in SF April 30th, 2009 at 5:58 pm

    Laura: Sawyer with Kate? What, you don’t like Sawyer?

    Who do you want Jack to end up with? His beard?

  220. dontfirecash April 30th, 2009 at 5:59 pm

    I’ve got to chime in regarding Lost. Why the #(@)#@ would they want Farraday to undo the plane crash? It makes no sense; they all wanted to go back to the island, and now they just don’t all of a sudden?

  221. m April 30th, 2009 at 5:59 pm

    Sorry in advance, people, but if I don’t respond to Nick in SF’s question, he’ll ask me about it again. ;)

    Nick,

    I think Scorpio best said what I was trying to say. Nobody’s trying to push Posada out the door and some of what has been said has merit, just not statistical backup. So what?

    It just got crazy and out of hand. Some of us tried to nip it in the bud by backing off, and others just refused to let it die. Instead they wanted to make themselves feel better by mocking, snarking, and misrepresenting a small population of the board.

    This is place is cool because there seems to be some mutual respect. When that’s disturbed, it’s not such a cool place.

    And nothing I said was even remotely directed at you. Even when you mock, you always do it respectfully.

  222. Nick in SF April 30th, 2009 at 6:01 pm

    S.A.: Foxie on Letterman was pretty dull (Letterman has no clue about the show, it’s always more entertaining when Lost people are on Jimmy Kimmel; he did a lot about the show last night) but he basically said that the season finale was going to be outstanding and the cliffhanger will be very intense and fans will love it but also be frustrated because there will be such a long wait until the final season.

  223. Teixeiramvp (JobaCyYoung) April 30th, 2009 at 6:01 pm

    m-Yeah, I agree. I never really had a problem with trisha anyway.

  224. GreenBeret7 April 30th, 2009 at 6:09 pm

    And, Chamberlain said it all in his interview. Basically, “I was getting behind in the third inning and I just needed a kick in the rear.” Nice to see that he knows that he was overdue for that. His and Hughes next starts will be very interesting.

  225. right center gap in NY April 30th, 2009 at 6:13 pm

    Joba surprised me last night. His velocity was around 95. If he wants to be a power pitcher, then as a starter he needs to throw that hard on a consistent basis.
    No other way around the situation.

  226. Nick in SF April 30th, 2009 at 6:13 pm

    m: awww, I sometimes mock disrespectfully too, I just don’t disrespect you.

    In this case I will respectfully disagree again while respecting your feelings. I don’t think the discussion got crazy or out of hand, but only one person really went after me in particular while Those With A Contrary Position could feel that they were being ganged up upon. I think the ration of people commenting on both sides is appropriate to the quality of the respective arguments, however. ;)

    I will also say that not every person in the Those With A Contrary Position camp have endorsed all of the same statements, ideas, and concepts. So people mocking what person A said might have also included persons B and C in the mockery.

    Anyway, I don’t think the phrase “Posada Truthers” is vicious or hateful or comes close to crossing some line of propriety, plus it flat out made me laugh out loud. Some other words that were used (“stupid”, “ludicrous”, etc.) might not have the same wit, but I don’t think they were used with hate in mind, at least not by the regulars who used them.

    So when you said that there was a lot of hate in here, I didn’t see the hate but I can see how you might feel it. And now, bowing to popular will, I will attempt to refrain from commenting on the Posada Problem for the rest of the evening unless someone has something particular they want to say to me about it.

  227. GreenBeret7 April 30th, 2009 at 6:14 pm

    Rebecca-Optimist Prime
    April 30th, 2009 at 5:58 pm
    “It’s odd that SI.com is making a big deal out of the “Pitch tipping” side to this story.

    Tom Verducci even asked Selig if “giving pitches to an opposing team would subject a player to possible disciplinary action for striking at the integrity of the game and violating a contractual obligation to the “high standards of fair play,”

    http://sportsillustrated.cnn.c.....eref=T1”;

    How exactly do you prove that?

    ————————————————————

    I’d call BS on that. Michael Young, who said that Rodriguez was his favorite teammate, would have noticed it as much as anybody, besides the main guy. Buck Showalter would have picked up on that in a second, and, as much as he disliked Rodriguez never hinted at that as an issue.

  228. Teixeiramvp (JobaCyYoung) April 30th, 2009 at 6:15 pm

    Posada will be a great manager one day. So will Molina.
    All catchers would make good managers.

  229. Nick in SF April 30th, 2009 at 6:16 pm

    I meant ratio, not ration.

    Meanwhile, while LoHud fiddled, the Blue Jays burned; we can’t lose ground to them, at least.

  230. Teixeiramvp (JobaCyYoung) April 30th, 2009 at 6:17 pm

    The Red Sox never lose now.
    :-(

  231. rconn23 April 30th, 2009 at 6:17 pm

    Scorpio,

    I’m not attacking anyone personally on this board, you Trisha or anyone else.

    You really need to look back at prior threads to see how the argument devolved from “Molina is a better defensive catcher and possibly calls a better game” to “Posada has lost the ability to call games” and is the reason the pitching has stunk.

    It was inferred that A.J. Burnett melted down and Alby almost coughed the game away last night was because they threw it where Posada told them to throw it.

    Now, honestly, do you really believe that?

  232. GreenBeret7 April 30th, 2009 at 6:19 pm

    Part of the reason that Texas pitchers were hit hard were because of Rodriguez….Ivan Rodriguez, who had a penchent for calling for fastballs when runners were on base, regardless of the batter or the situation. Pitchers weren’t always pleased by that. The other ptoblem with Texas pitchers is that they were lousy to begin with.

  233. GreenBeret7 April 30th, 2009 at 6:22 pm

    right center gap in NY
    April 30th, 2009 at 6:13 pm
    Joba surprised me last night. His velocity was around 95. If he wants to be a power pitcher, then as a starter he needs to throw that hard on a consistent basis.
    No other way around the situation.

    ————————————————————

    He needs to throw that hard when the situation calls for a 95-97 MPH fastball.

  234. Uncle Ellsworth April 30th, 2009 at 6:23 pm

    The decrepit Derek Jeter (34)
    and the Vibrant Jose Reyes (25)
    have similar stats at the end of April.
    Including the ALL IMPORTANT GDIP (2)

    grist for the mill

  235. Scorpio April 30th, 2009 at 6:26 pm

    rconn23, Nick in SF:

    Thanks, I will look back at the older threads. I was just surprised by how feisty this Molina/Po thing got.

    And no, I do not think that Po has lost his game calling ability or caused any sort of meltdown.

    Now, let’s all just get along and bring home a WIN.

  236. GreenBeret7 April 30th, 2009 at 6:26 pm

    KC turned 6 ground balls into DPs. Damned…you’d think Jeter was playing for them.

    Not very often do you see a catcher have two triples in one game like John Buck did for KC.

  237. randy l. April 30th, 2009 at 6:27 pm

    “Can sombody explain to me what’s wrong with Gardner’s swing?”
    __
    “Yes, he swings with his arms fully extended, which greatly lengthens the time it takes for his bat to go through the hitting zone (larger, longer arc, put simply).”

    in a baseball swing or a golf swing, the moment the arms extend the swing speed slows down. on the ideal swing ,the arms reach maximum extension on impact. if a player reaches extension too soon no power and slow swing speed.

    releasing the wrists at the last possible split second is the key. bonds was the best at it. it takes a lot of strength to hold the angle and not release the swing( which is where the steroids come in).

    when michael jordan was with the white sox minor league system in the early days of his trying baseball, he couldn’t even reach the warning track in bp even though he’s huge.
    he gave up his wrist cock early and released early which made a long swing with his arms extended. he never really learned how to release late.

    garder’s swing is so stiff and so bad , i don’t even know where to begin with what’s wrong with it. the biggest thing wrong is it’s stiff and mechanical and slow. i’m actually amazed he does as well as he does with it.

    he doesn’t know how to crack the whip. that’s like when you snap a towel. the wrists don’t so much move the bat as they hold it back until release. easy to show , but hard to explain. when swinging, the wrists want to let go because of the momentum of the swing. holding the release until the last possible millisecond creates amazing power.

    it’s clear gardner doesn’t hold the angle. you can see how hard it is to hold the angle when a hitter tries to check his swing. the momentum of the bat makes the wrists release. on a good swing keeping the bat back and cocked when the body has turned and the belly button is facing the pitcher is the goal. arod , cano. teixeira are all excellent at doing it. as i said bonds is the best.

  238. rconn23 April 30th, 2009 at 6:27 pm

    I came up with Posada Truthers, because I was trying to be funny (maybe I did a poor job:)) It’s a debate about Jorge Posada’s game-calling skills. It’s not life or death.

    This isn’t global politics we’re discussing here folks. It will be OK. Get a thicker skin.

  239. GreenBeret7 April 30th, 2009 at 6:28 pm

    them = Toronto

  240. RayVT April 30th, 2009 at 6:28 pm

    This crap about catchers is getting ridiculous!! Posada is by far a better catcher than Molina! Sure Molina has a defensive advantage perhaps, but a catcher is more than just that. Last time I checked, they still had to bat unless perhaps you want CC to bat for himself and let Matsui bat for Molina.

    The reason a pitcher has a preference of one catcher over another usually has nothing to do with calling pitches, but does have to do with the target they provide. Some pitchers like a small target and a catcher with soft hands. A sinkerball pitcher likes a catcher that blocks pitches in the dirt well. All pitchers are in control of their pitch selection. They have a game plan even before the game of what pitches and when. It is a process of getting to know each other. One of Girardi’s strengths is that he understands that interface of Pitcher & Catcher. Sometimes Coaches even call the pitches. Some pitchers pitch what they want even though a catcher call a certain pitch. LOL! This discussion of catchers is a discussion by people who seem to know little about baseball. (I have it from a good source, that someone knew that someone else knew more about this!!) So here is my 15% tip, if you want to discuss the best catcher for NY, then lets find the best defensive catcher in baseball and DH for him and let our pitchers bat. I have seen some tremendous catchers defensively that is over the years, including the Tiger’s Inge’s father, who were incredible but couldn’t hit. The same thing goes with SS. But guess what? They aren’t playing in the majors unless they hit too!

  241. Lala April 30th, 2009 at 6:28 pm

    If Trisha would leave this site, oh my god, that would be the greatest thing ever. Is there a more incompetent, cheesy homer? UGH! I despise her. She’s too mentally ill to actually leave, but I applaud anyone here who is calling her out on her sad, bizarre psychosis. Good work.

  242. Pat M April 30th, 2009 at 6:31 pm

    This whole Alex mess is growing tiresome….As for tipping pitchers, there’s no way he or any middle inf could get away with this….As for all the steroid accusations, Ms. Roberts seemingly has the Freedom of the press amendment shield that will deflect the alledged two party source’s….Not certain what Alex ever did to her, but she has an agenda…..Sorry Pete, I understand she’s a member of your fraterity, but this is taking it too far…..Nick in SF……Bulls laying the 3 maybe the best pick of the NBA Postseason to date……

  243. Stuckey April 30th, 2009 at 6:31 pm

    The Red Sox never lose now.
    —————–

    I think I might actually like to see the Sox beat up on the Rays some this weekend.

    I don’t believe in the Jays, and everyone else in the league looks fairly ordinary, so its probably going to come down to the Top 2 in the East and the leaders in the other two divisions.

    In other words, its in the Yankees interest to have the team struggling dig the hole a littler deeper for themselves I think, rather than to even things out among the projected three best teams.

    Maybe if the hole gets big enough, the Rays could be this year’s Tigers, which I sort of anticipated might happen anyway.

  244. GreenBeret7 April 30th, 2009 at 6:32 pm

    YES interviewed Rodriguez about Roberts and it’s book. Rodriguez’ response, “I’m not going there. I’m just happy to be playing, again.”.

  245. randy l. April 30th, 2009 at 6:36 pm

    “Can sombody explain to me what’s wrong with Gardner’s swing?”
    __
    “Yes, he swings with his arms fully extended, which greatly lengthens the time it takes for his bat to go through the hitting zone (larger, longer arc, put simply).”

    in a baseball swing or a golf swing, the moment the arms extend the swing speed slows down. on the ideal swing ,the arms reach maximum extension on impact. if a player reaches extension too soon no power and slow swing speed.

    releasing the wrists at the last possible split second is the key. bonds was the best at it. it takes a lot of strength to hold the angle and not release the swing( which is where the steroids come in).

    when michael jordan was with the white sox minor league system in the early days of his trying baseball, he couldn’t even reach the warning track in bp even though he’s huge.
    he reeased his wrists early which made a long swing with his arms extended. he never really learned how to release late.

    garder’s swing is so stiff and so bad , i don’t even know where to begin with what’s wrong with it. the biggest thing wrong is it’s stiff and mechanical and slow. i’m actually amazed he does as well as he does with it.

    he doesn’t know how to crack the whip. that’s like when you snap a towel. the wrists don’t so much move the bat as they hold it back until release. easy to show , but hard to explain. when swinging, the wrists want to let go because of the momentum of the swing. holding the release until the last possible millisecond creates amazing power.

    it’s clear gardner doesn’t hold the angle. you can see how hard it is to hold the angle when a hitter tries to check his swing. the momentum of the bat makes the wrists release. keeping the bat back with wrists unreleased when the body has turned and the belly button is facing the pitcher is the goal on a good swing. arod , cano. teixeira are all excellent at doing it. as i said bonds is the best.

    it is possible to break a bat by holding the angle too long. when you start the swing and hold the angle if your wrists don’t break the bat handle can. don’t try that at home :)

  246. Betsy April 30th, 2009 at 6:37 pm

    http://www.nj.com/yankees/inde.....22_th.html

    Interesting comments from Tex……

    First baseman Mark Teixeira told a group of visiting Angels writers that he loved his time in Anaheim and said his time spent with the Angels last season was “the best two-and-a-half months of my career,” to which a New York writer had to ask, “including your one month with the Yankees?”

    Teixeira avoided that question. He told the Angels’ writers he signed with the Yankees as a free agent over the winter, he said, because he wanted to be back on the East Coast, near his parents in Maryland. He also admitted had the Angels offered more money, he might have been convinced to stay.

  247. Wild Card April 30th, 2009 at 6:39 pm

    WELCOME TO BIZZARO LOHUD

  248. Uncle Ellsworth April 30th, 2009 at 6:41 pm

    randy1
    it always seemed to me that Tino had something weird looking with his swing. like he didn’t turn his wrists- not that it was a problem for him

  249. GreenBeret7 April 30th, 2009 at 6:42 pm

    Gardner’s approach to hitting is the exact opposite of his ST approach. Whatever possessed him to change back to his Jul-Aug 2008 approach is beyond me.

  250. Bx is burning April 30th, 2009 at 6:42 pm

    Reggie Miller = T. Howell III’s stupid alter-ego.

  251. Zooboy April 30th, 2009 at 6:46 pm

    If Gardner really has reverted back to his old swing, should’nt he go back to AAA to see if he can refind it? I’d like to see him used as a weapon off the bench in late innings, but that does not seem to be happening. Perhaps Shelly or another more potent bat would be better for the bench. I will say, I am really enjoying the Leche rebound.

  252. Joe from Long Island April 30th, 2009 at 6:47 pm

    Somebody help me out –

    I went to work today (I’m still dependent on the paycheck), and IT has blocked my getting the blog, so I’m just scanning posts now.

    Do I have this right – Roberts’ new book on ARod investigates – how much he tips waitresses?

  253. GreenBeret7 April 30th, 2009 at 6:48 pm

    Uncle Ellsworth
    April 30th, 2009 at 6:41 pm
    randy1
    it always seemed to me that Tino had something weird looking with his swing. like he didn’t turn his wrists- not that it was a problem for him

    ————————————————————

    Martinez was also animal strong. He had something else that goes unnoticed…..slopping, rounded shoulders. Ever notice that is a common trait with most of the best of the high average hitters. Williams, DiMaggio, Musial, Mantle, Mattingly, Aaron and Ruth. First chance you get, look at pix of them. The rounded shoulders allow the arms to hang lower and into more of a hitting position.

  254. randy l. April 30th, 2009 at 6:48 pm

    “it always seemed to me that Tino had something weird looking with his swing. like he didn’t turn his wrists- not that it was a problem for him
    uncle ellsworth

    you can still release the wrists without rolling them. now that you mention that, i can see that in tino’s swing.

  255. randy l. April 30th, 2009 at 6:50 pm

    “I went to work today (I’m still dependent on the paycheck), and IT has blocked my getting the blog, so I’m just scanning posts now.”

    joe in long island-

    man, talk about a bad day at work.

  256. GreenBeret7 April 30th, 2009 at 6:50 pm

    That should be ***sloping*** shoulders. Slopping would be mass writings by Roberts.

  257. Betsy April 30th, 2009 at 6:51 pm

    GB, one of the things I remember being said about Donnie Baseball when I was much younger (unfortunately,. lol) was that he had sloping shoulders like Musial. For some reason, that has stuck with me for all these years.

  258. Joe from Long Island April 30th, 2009 at 6:54 pm

    randy – Don’t rub it in.

  259. Uncle Ellsworth April 30th, 2009 at 6:54 pm

    Thanks
    GB, Randy
    rounded shoulders I’ll look for it.
    Tino just looked different to me.

  260. GreenBeret7 April 30th, 2009 at 6:54 pm

    Betsy
    April 30th, 2009 at 6:51 pm
    GB, one of the things I remember being said about Donnie Baseball when I was much younger (unfortunately,. lol) was that he had sloping shoulders like Musial. For some reason, that has stuck with me for all these years.

    ————————————————————

    They had almost the exact same swing and batting stance, right down to the corkscrew swing that helped them generate their power.

  261. Adeel April 30th, 2009 at 6:58 pm

    On Kim Jones’ blog someone asked her if Pete Abraham ever sleeps… her response… He blogs in his sleep.

  262. miggs April 30th, 2009 at 6:58 pm

    Burnett is going to spin a gem tonight.

    I’m predicting a Matsui HR and multiple hits for doncha know Robbie Cano.

  263. Chris April 30th, 2009 at 7:00 pm

    Anybody find it surprising that the Red Sox shut down John Smoltz for at least the next week? Suddenly, their prized pickups of Baldelli, Smoltz and Penny aren’t looking too good at all

  264. Stuckey April 30th, 2009 at 7:00 pm

    Gardner’s approach to hitting is the exact opposite of his ST approach. Whatever possessed him to change back to his Jul-Aug 2008 approach is beyond me.

    __________

    Can’t say I saw many of his ST ABs but I’ll take your word his swing wasn’t always just way and he just ran into some inferior pitches, but the answer to your question is probably the common reason many slumps happen.

    As Randy well explained, hitting a baseball is almost like a game of chicken. You have to have the confidence (and strength to justify it) to allow the pitch to get closer to you for that extra couple 100ths of a second, and then explode on it.

    When your priority is making contact, you start “feeling” for the ball, which pragmatically is starting your swing too early and lengthening it because your brain tricks you into thinking that’s the best way to get the bat on it.

    I think Gardner pressed when the regular season started, subconsciously prioritizing making contact … any contact, and he started feeling for the ball.

  265. GreenBeret7 April 30th, 2009 at 7:02 pm

    Matt Holliday must have thought he was back in Colorado. He hit his first AL home run….in Texas. Now hitting .240.

    Now, just get Jeter and Teixeira turned around.

  266. Uncle Ellsworth April 30th, 2009 at 7:03 pm

    does anyone know who the poster here is that played with Wang in Staten Island?

  267. trisha - click to see my bigger and better Opening Day pictures April 30th, 2009 at 7:04 pm

    Okay I will try to make this brief, I promise. :)

    I have to say that I enjoy and respect the vast majority of people who post here, even when we disagree with each other vehemently. I have tried my best to treat the “few others” with respect. I really have tried. But I’ve come to the conclusion that with those others I have so little respect for what they represent that from this point on I will just act as if they are not here.

    I will always be happy to respond to people who treat me with respect. I continue to use SJ as the model of person who will disagree with nothing but respect. So for future reference if I post something with which someone disagrees and it happens to be a member of the outlier group I will not respond to the person at all. The only time you might see me say anything is if I find that any of those people have forum coffe clatches and use me as their punching bag. Short of that, they are no longer part of my forum vocabulary.

    If you ask me a question over and over and I don’t respond it’s intentional. If you don’t understand, I will merely say “don’t bother” and then you’ll understand.

    Thanks, and GO YANKEES!!!!!

    I promise I will continue to try to treat everyone and their ideas with respect. If you feel that I am not doing it, let me know. I don’t want to be that kind of person because it diminishes not just you but also me.

  268. GreenBeret7 April 30th, 2009 at 7:04 pm

    Stuckey
    April 30th, 2009 at 7:00 pm
    Gardner’s approach to hitting is the exact opposite of his ST approach. Whatever possessed him to change back to his Jul-Aug 2008 approach is beyond me.

    Can’t say I saw many of his ST ABs but I’ll take your word his swing wasn’t always just way and he just ran into some inferior pitches, but the answer to your question is probably the common reason many slumps happen.

    ————————————————————

    Late last year and this spring, he actually had a baseball swing. The swing he has now is more suited for softball.

  269. Nick in SF April 30th, 2009 at 7:04 pm

    “Do I have this right – Roberts’ new book on ARod investigates – how much he tips waitresses?”

    No, it’s about how he was tipping 15% of pitches as a Ranger.

  270. m April 30th, 2009 at 7:05 pm

    Kevin,

    Thanks for the audio.

    BTW, we’re not all crazy. Some of us are just crazed.

  271. randy l. April 30th, 2009 at 7:06 pm

    joe in long island-

    you might have to get a blackberry or iphone.

    you could call me and i could read it to you, but i’m starting to get into my busy season so that won’t work.

    i know what to do, call gb7.

    he’s retired and has all the time in the world. plus he doesn’t do anything. he’ll be happy to hear from you.

    the only problem is that the language might be a little different without pete’s filter getting in the way.

  272. Stuckey April 30th, 2009 at 7:07 pm

    Can think of Matttinly’s swing without thinking about the 2 or 3 times a year he’s fly out to left field for 4 to 7 days at a time.

    It was like the game you saw his drop the bat head and fly out to left 2 or 3 times, you KNEW he was going to fight that for about another week.

    Which brings us to Gardner. Gardner didn’t change his approach, not consciously/purosely I mean.

    Great athelete’s are as much and probably more about whats upstairs than physical tools.

  273. DYNASTY IS DESTINY! April 30th, 2009 at 7:07 pm

    Go Yanks!

  274. derek April 30th, 2009 at 7:09 pm

    did anyone else just see AJ rip that rosin/resin bag out of the kids hand like a d-bag?

  275. Bronx Jeers April 30th, 2009 at 7:10 pm

    Randi I.

    Thanks for the analysis on Gardner’s swing. Good stuff

  276. GreenBeret7 April 30th, 2009 at 7:10 pm

    randy l.
    April 30th, 2009 at 7:06 pm
    joe in long island-

    you might have to get a blackberry or iphone.

    you could call me and i could read it to you, but i’m starting to get into my busy season so that won’t work.

    i know what to do, call gb7.

    he’s retired and has all the time in the world. plus he doesn’t do anything. he’ll be happy to hear from you.

    the only problem is that the language might be a little different without pete’s filter getting in the way.

    ————————————————————

    You bet, Randy. You can call me at any time…phone number is 1-UKISSMYASZ.

  277. m April 30th, 2009 at 7:10 pm

    Listening now. Someone (female?) asked about the swine flu. Girardi gave a good answer, finishing with “Of course I worry about my children, and of course my wife.”

    Then the person asked about where the children are. And Girardi said, “I’d rather not talk about their school, but yeah, they’re doing good.”

    I wouldn’t want anyone asking about my family on the record either.

  278. carl April 30th, 2009 at 7:11 pm

    Empty seats! Empty seats!

  279. trisha - click to see my bigger and better Opening Day pictures April 30th, 2009 at 7:11 pm

    “He felt like he had good stuff but just didn’t make the right pitches at the right time.” I think that’s the thing some of us questioned.

    Is it okay that I said that?

  280. GreenBeret7 April 30th, 2009 at 7:11 pm

    Badly played by Damon. Stupid, actually.

  281. Joe Mama April 30th, 2009 at 7:11 pm

    Great start there by Burnett

  282. Pat M April 30th, 2009 at 7:11 pm

    Figgins hasn’t been hitting his weight, and he leads off with a 2 strike triple

  283. Benny Blanco April 30th, 2009 at 7:11 pm

    I hate figgins.

  284. DYNASTY IS DESTINY! April 30th, 2009 at 7:12 pm

    Doesn’t matter who’s pitching…if they’re wearing pinstripes, Chone Figgins turns into Ty Cobb…

    How do you get this guy out? Seriously, is there anyone besides Manny that hits the Yankees as well as Figgins?

  285. Jay April 30th, 2009 at 7:13 pm

    Anybody else with a DVR, please take a look at Jeter’s no-throw to third base and tell me that he couldn’t have easily thrown out Figgins.

  286. Mike from NC April 30th, 2009 at 7:13 pm

    God, those expensive seats are still empty. I know it shouldn’t bother me, but I can’t help it. I’m not used to watching Yankee home games with so few fans in the background.

  287. trisha - click to see my bigger and better Opening Day pictures April 30th, 2009 at 7:14 pm

    carl, here’s something that I don’t understand. I went on both stubhub and Ebay looking to see if anyone was hawking front row seats. I couldn’t find one (just looking not that I could have gone.) Then where are the people or the tickets? I don’t get it.

  288. derek April 30th, 2009 at 7:14 pm

    Jay, I noticed it, too.

    Great start here by the Yankees.

    Think Jeter is tipping pitches? lol

  289. Joe Mama April 30th, 2009 at 7:14 pm

    I hope Bobby doesn’t kill the Yankees in this series

  290. Donnie April 30th, 2009 at 7:14 pm

    Why didn’t we resign him? Lord. Abreu has been a beast so far this year.

  291. Joe Mama April 30th, 2009 at 7:15 pm

    That pop up was almost out of there

  292. Joe Mama April 30th, 2009 at 7:15 pm

    That pop up was almost out of there

  293. carl April 30th, 2009 at 7:15 pm

    Donnie he wouldn’t have done it with us.

  294. trisha - click to see my bigger and better Opening Day pictures April 30th, 2009 at 7:15 pm

    I miss Bobby Abreu.

    I’m still in mourning over him.

    :(

  295. Jay April 30th, 2009 at 7:16 pm

    I suspect the only reason he didn’t throw to third is because his view of Figgins was obstructed by Burnett (who was pointing to third to tell Jeter to throw there).

  296. randy l. April 30th, 2009 at 7:16 pm

    “I think Gardner pressed when the regular season started, subconsciously prioritizing making contact … any contact, and he started feeling for the ball.”

    stuckey-

    that makes sense. when i gave the example of michael jordan , i should have mentioned he almost always made contact, but with no power at all. good point about worring about making contact at the extent of power.

  297. Joe Mama April 30th, 2009 at 7:17 pm

    Here we go again with the shrinking strike zone.

  298. derek April 30th, 2009 at 7:17 pm

    trisha,

    Will you still mourn him when he refuses to go for any fly ball within 10ft of the wall?

  299. SJ44 April 30th, 2009 at 7:17 pm

    AJ is reverting back to trying to blow everybody away instead of pitching.

    He’s throwing too many fastballs. That’s getting him into trouble.

  300. tampayank April 30th, 2009 at 7:18 pm

    I don’t miss Abreau, he wouldn’t stand 5 feet within a wall but suddenly he’s giving 100% for the Angels, he’ll break down physically soon, good move by Cashman

  301. trisha - click to see my bigger and better Opening Day pictures April 30th, 2009 at 7:20 pm

    derek I loved everything about him. I think his offense was awesome, he was really consistent, he was a great teammate, he loved playing for the Yankees, he had a good arm, and I was in the minority I guess of people who didn’t think his defense was terrible.

  302. John April 30th, 2009 at 7:20 pm

    Why are we playing in Pirates stadium?

  303. GreenBeret7 April 30th, 2009 at 7:22 pm

    Jeter’s back to hitting everything on the ground. Take the Odor Eaters out of your shoes and you’ll start hitting the middle of the ball.

  304. Pat M April 30th, 2009 at 7:22 pm

    One thing about the Angel Organization, they teach all their pitchers to pitch down in the zone…

  305. liz April 30th, 2009 at 7:23 pm

    we couldn’t possibly keep Abreu with an already crowded outfield. Unless you believe that we shouldn’t have gotten swish.

  306. Bronx Jeers April 30th, 2009 at 7:23 pm

    “I was in the minority I guess of people who didn’t think his defense was terrible.”

    Rabble rouser!

  307. trisha - click to see my bigger and better Opening Day pictures April 30th, 2009 at 7:23 pm

    When you think about it, on any given night there are up to 64 major league umpires out there. I don’t know if I know the names of 64 umpires! Do they rotate through both leagues or do they stick to one league?

    Anyway, Angel Hernandez is one name I wish I didn’t know!

  308. derek April 30th, 2009 at 7:23 pm

    I can’t help but remember Abreu for his non-play in that No-hitter or perfect game that someone (Wang, I think) was pitching. The ball hit the wall right next to him because he was terrified of ever hitting the wall. That was when I officially came to dislike Abreu.

  309. trisha - click to see my bigger and better Opening Day pictures April 30th, 2009 at 7:24 pm

    An unusual flub for Torii

  310. Laura - Plug it in, change the world! April 30th, 2009 at 7:24 pm

    “Who do you want Jack to end up with? His beard?”

    Jack can have Juliet, Nick.

  311. carl April 30th, 2009 at 7:25 pm

    Matsui is on fiya

  312. S.A.--It's a marathon, not a sprint. Calm down. April 30th, 2009 at 7:25 pm

    Tex with a double.

  313. Mackenzie April 30th, 2009 at 7:25 pm

    Trade away all of our youth before the swine flu kills us all!

  314. S.A.--It's a marathon, not a sprint. Calm down. April 30th, 2009 at 7:25 pm

    Nice job Matsui

  315. GreenBeret7 April 30th, 2009 at 7:25 pm

    Matsui is really running well the last 6-7 days.

  316. trisha - click to see my bigger and better Opening Day pictures April 30th, 2009 at 7:25 pm

    “Rabble rouser!”

    :lol:

    Ain’t it!

  317. Boston Dave April 30th, 2009 at 7:26 pm

    that Matsui guy sure is washed up

  318. Laura - Plug it in, change the world! April 30th, 2009 at 7:26 pm

    I just got in the house. What kind of reception did Abreu get?

  319. randy l. April 30th, 2009 at 7:26 pm

    “You bet, Randy. You can call me at any time…phone number is 1-UKISSMYASZ.”

    gb7-
    gee, i was just trying to help out joe from long island :)

  320. derek April 30th, 2009 at 7:26 pm

    If Matsui keeps up with these extra-base hits they’re going to have to attach those buckets they put on maple trees to those old knees of his.

  321. jennifer April 30th, 2009 at 7:28 pm

    Did anyone catch AJ snatching the rosin bag from the bat boy? What was up with that. He wasn’t laughing either.

  322. Stev55 April 30th, 2009 at 7:28 pm

    Laura:

    Abreau got a decent hand from all 6 fans.

  323. trisha - click to see my bigger and better Opening Day pictures April 30th, 2009 at 7:29 pm

    Liz, it wasn’t just Swisher. We already had a crowded outfield when Cashman announced that he was going to be using Sui primarily to DH to start off the season. They also said that they wanted to try to give Damon time at DH. So that meant we already had Nady, Melky/Brett/someone else? and Damon in the field, with the potential of Sui going back at some point. So we were unfortunately crowded without Swisher.

  324. ari April 30th, 2009 at 7:29 pm

    peters old joke
    Speaking of fear, there’s a reporter in the press box wearing a doctors mask. The swine flu scare is taking over. Just look at the seats around the dugouts. People are afraid

  325. liz April 30th, 2009 at 7:29 pm

    matsui’s clutch hitting is what I’ll miss most when they let go of him at the end of his contract.. :(

  326. derek April 30th, 2009 at 7:29 pm

    Jenn,
    I saw it, too. It looked like kind of a d–k move

  327. Laura - Plug it in, change the world! April 30th, 2009 at 7:29 pm

    “1. The Bleacher Creatures did a role call for Bobby Abreu in right. Necessary? I mean, he wasn’t exactly loved the entire time when he was here because of his indifferent personality and fear of outfield walls.”

    Forget the supposed fear of the wall. If you look at what he did offensively, he deserved a nice ovation.

  328. jennifer April 30th, 2009 at 7:30 pm

    Um what the heck AJ?

  329. Donnie April 30th, 2009 at 7:30 pm

    Mike Napoli? Really, AJ?

  330. CaptainsCorner April 30th, 2009 at 7:30 pm

    Burnett has nothing on his fastball nothing…

  331. GreenBeret7 April 30th, 2009 at 7:30 pm

    randy l.
    April 30th, 2009 at 7:26 pm
    “You bet, Randy. You can call me at any time…phone number is 1-UKISSMYASZ.”

    gb7-

    gee, i was just trying to help out joe from long island

    ————————————————————

    LMAO. Joe’s more than welcome to call that number, too.

  332. Pel (Uncertainty is certain.) April 30th, 2009 at 7:30 pm

    well waddaya know, a HR

  333. Laura - Plug it in, change the world! April 30th, 2009 at 7:30 pm

    “Abreau got a decent hand from all 6 fans.”

    LOL!

  334. trisha - click to see my bigger and better Opening Day pictures April 30th, 2009 at 7:30 pm

    Yankee Stadium = launching pad.

  335. S.A.--It's a marathon, not a sprint. Calm down. April 30th, 2009 at 7:31 pm

    :|

  336. Rishi April 30th, 2009 at 7:31 pm

    what is going on with AJ -

  337. carl April 30th, 2009 at 7:31 pm

    Nap crushed that.

  338. Donnie April 30th, 2009 at 7:31 pm

    Wow. AJ’s just lost it. Just all over the place.

  339. SJ44 April 30th, 2009 at 7:32 pm

    Too many fastballs and guys are just sitting on them.

    Either change the pitching pattern or he is going to continue to get pounded.

  340. GreenBeret7 April 30th, 2009 at 7:32 pm

    Donnie
    April 30th, 2009 at 7:30 pm
    Mike Napoli? Really, AJ?

    ————————————————————

    Check out Napoli’s home run numbers. He’s no surprise.

  341. liz April 30th, 2009 at 7:32 pm

    trisha, that’s true. that’s why I don’t think they can keep Abreu even if he did well (which could also be questionable) for us — at least for the offense

  342. CaptainsCorner April 30th, 2009 at 7:32 pm

    I hope tonight is not a bullpen in the 3rd inning night..

  343. trisha - click to see my bigger and better Opening Day pictures April 30th, 2009 at 7:32 pm

    “The Bleacher Creatures did a role call for Bobby Abreu in right.”

    Awww I missed that.

  344. Harold April 30th, 2009 at 7:33 pm

    god michael kay why did you bring up posada vs. molina

  345. Benny Blanco April 30th, 2009 at 7:33 pm

    That home run unnerved him.

  346. RalphieD April 30th, 2009 at 7:33 pm

    “Mike Napoli? Really, AJ?”

    he does hit a lot of homeruns for a catcher

    “Burnett has nothing on his fastball nothing…”
    95, 96 all night…

  347. DT April 30th, 2009 at 7:33 pm

    Trisha – have you been texting Kay again? ;-)

  348. Sweet_Lou April 30th, 2009 at 7:33 pm

    so much for the momentum generated the last 2 games by the “young guns”…….

  349. Laura - Plug it in, change the world! April 30th, 2009 at 7:33 pm

    I’m starting to think that these guys visit this blog. They were just discussing the Posada/Molina for AJ debate that we’ve been having for days now.

  350. EvoLuTioN April 30th, 2009 at 7:34 pm

    posada is killing this team

  351. Benny Blanco April 30th, 2009 at 7:34 pm

    Every time we play the angels we look like crap.

  352. derek April 30th, 2009 at 7:34 pm

    Great job, Posada.

  353. trisha - click to see my bigger and better Opening Day pictures April 30th, 2009 at 7:35 pm

    “what is going on with AJ -”

    I promised not to talk about it…

    :D

  354. Rishi April 30th, 2009 at 7:35 pm

    ok – with the base-stealing As in town why do you not put Molina in? not a posada-molina comparison, i think this is standard

  355. EvoLuTioN April 30th, 2009 at 7:35 pm

    napoli’s swing didn’t even look complete, looked like he checked it and bombed one lol

  356. jonnycat April 30th, 2009 at 7:35 pm

    SJ-

    What do you think the feasability of that Arod interview up on SI now about him tipping pitches?

    Actually, now that I’m thinking about it with the level of low-level advantages players pine for, I couldn’t care less

  357. Joe Mama April 30th, 2009 at 7:36 pm

    Burnett really needs to throw strikes and stop walking people, especially today because the Angels will run so a walk is as good as a double

  358. trisha - click to see my bigger and better Opening Day pictures April 30th, 2009 at 7:36 pm

    “Trisha – have you been texting Kay again? ”

    :D

    Now why would I want to do that? I’m just a stupid ludicrous silly moron worthy of mocking. Anyway, just like everyone else with eyes, he didn’t need me to point out the obvious to him!

    :lol:

  359. derek April 30th, 2009 at 7:37 pm

    make sure no one steals home here

  360. leblanc April 30th, 2009 at 7:38 pm

    If I hear the phrase “launching pad” one more time, I am going to inhale a jar of swine flu.

  361. miggs April 30th, 2009 at 7:39 pm

    That HR by Napoli would have been out of any stadium.

    That one hardly adds to the theory of the park being a “launching pad”.

  362. trisha - click to see my bigger and better Opening Day pictures April 30th, 2009 at 7:39 pm

    GOOD FOR SWISH!

  363. derek April 30th, 2009 at 7:39 pm

    Abreu wouldn’t have gotten that ball…

  364. EvoLuTioN April 30th, 2009 at 7:39 pm

    Here is what is going on at the Angels blog:

    Geez Napoli just half swinged that out of the yard.

    by Chzburger Jones on Apr 30, 2009 4:30 PM PDT reply reply actions actions 0 recs
    LOL. at angels stadium that is a routine pop up

    by dmoney2741 on Apr 30, 2009 4:30 PM PDT reply reply actions actions 0 recs

  365. CaptainsCorner April 30th, 2009 at 7:39 pm

    Posada behind the plate against the Angels is just brutal. Steal 2nd, 3rd they might even try stealing home also.

  366. DT April 30th, 2009 at 7:39 pm

    On the reply it looked like Napoli hit the homer off the end of bat.

    Now a broken bat to the warning track.

    Yankee pitcher’s are gonna miss Detroit.

  367. GreenBeret7 April 30th, 2009 at 7:40 pm

    That ball went way too far on a shattered bat.

  368. BBB April 30th, 2009 at 7:40 pm

    1) That Bleacher Creature roll call for Abreu is totally sacrelige IMO. It’s one thing for Giambi, but Abreu is soft and lazy and brought those qualities with him into the clubhouse.

    2) AJ, pls make an adjustment. The HR to Napoli isnt crazy, he does have power….but still, cmon. We need to run up Ortega’s pitch count too. The Angels bullpen is no longer what it once was.

  369. Blackdragon905 April 30th, 2009 at 7:40 pm

    Wow the bat completely shattered and the ball still made it to the warning track lol.

  370. RS April 30th, 2009 at 7:40 pm

    That last run was manufactured. We’re going to need to stop letting the Angels steal bases.

  371. jennifer April 30th, 2009 at 7:40 pm

    [Comment From DASSIT]
    Does Pete Abraham ever sleep?
    6:56
    He blogs in his sleep.

    From Kim jones live chat. :lol:

  372. miggs April 30th, 2009 at 7:40 pm

    So much for my prediction of AJ pitching a gem.

    I should keep these proclaimations to myself from now on.

    At least he got out of that inning.

  373. carl April 30th, 2009 at 7:40 pm

    Why does it seem like the ball on carries for the Opposing team?

  374. Lala April 30th, 2009 at 7:41 pm

    TRISHA – SHUT YOUR STUPID MOUTH! YOU ARE AN INCOMPETENT WATERHEAD. NOBODY HERE LIKES YOU. PETE LAUGHS AT HOW STUPID YOU ARE. EVERYONE THINKS YOU’RE A FOOL AND A LOSER.

  375. Mark-Cant Touch This April 30th, 2009 at 7:41 pm

    A broken bat, and the ball goes that far wow!

  376. trisha - click to see my bigger and better Opening Day pictures April 30th, 2009 at 7:41 pm

    “That ball went way too far on a shattered bat.”

    Yep

  377. CaptainsCorner April 30th, 2009 at 7:41 pm

    “Geez Napoli just half swinged that out of the yard.”

    That ball was absolutely crushed!! Fastball right down broadway, that is a homerun anywhere.

  378. SJ44 April 30th, 2009 at 7:41 pm

    It’s pretty clear Burnett and Posada aren’t on thecsame page tonight.

    Girardi is going to have to get these guys on the same page.

    The answer isn’t giving him a personal catcher. It’s working out whatever issues these guys may have with each other.

    AJ is a better pitcher than the guy that has now given up 11 runs in his last 3 innings of work.

  379. bdog375 April 30th, 2009 at 7:41 pm

    Someone should go sneeze on the guy with a mask. Hypochondriac.

  380. randy l. April 30th, 2009 at 7:42 pm

    burnett had a 6.07 era last year during april.
    he also had a 5.06 era in june.

    i think streakiness is part of the deal with AJ.

  381. carl April 30th, 2009 at 7:42 pm

    Come on Posada take a pitch.

  382. BBB April 30th, 2009 at 7:43 pm

    Evolution, that Angel fan doesnt know what he is talking about. Los Anaheim fans are just about the most ignorant in baseball, every time I watch games there everyone is cheering pop ups as if theyre HR’s. If they cant tell the difference at the Stadium, then why could they on TV?

    Still, I cant wait for the offseason when they can do something to make the new park a little bit less hitter friendly.

  383. trisha - click to see my bigger and better Opening Day pictures April 30th, 2009 at 7:43 pm

    SJ agree. At least you notice there are issues to be worked out!

  384. Uncle Ellsworth April 30th, 2009 at 7:43 pm

    bdog375
    April 30th, 2009 at 7:41 pm
    Someone should go sneeze on the guy with a mask. Hypochondriac.

    germophobe

  385. RS April 30th, 2009 at 7:43 pm

    I actually miss Abreu when it comes to his aproach at the plate. You never heard “one pitch, one out” when he was batting.

  386. Joe I April 30th, 2009 at 7:43 pm

    Selena Roberts will report that the reason why the Angles are smacking AJ around is because A-Rod is calling the signs in to the Angels from Fla.

  387. EvoLuTioN April 30th, 2009 at 7:43 pm

    Captains corner, you’re the only that feels it was absolutely crushed. It only made it to the 2nd row in the right porch, thats hardly “crushed”

  388. S.A.--It's a marathon, not a sprint. Calm down. April 30th, 2009 at 7:43 pm

    Let’s see if they can get some runs this inning.

    Okay Posada-1 pitch, 1 out. Not a part of the plan

  389. carl April 30th, 2009 at 7:44 pm

    Now this guy is looking like Ben sheets.

  390. miggs April 30th, 2009 at 7:44 pm

    Come on. Work some counts here. They’re letting this guy off easy.

    Let’s go melky.

  391. SJ44 April 30th, 2009 at 7:44 pm

    Napoli crushed that pitch. That’s a HR anywhere.

    The Arod tipping pitches is BS.

    Show me the proof. Unnamed source gossip is not proof.

  392. trisha - click to see my bigger and better Opening Day pictures April 30th, 2009 at 7:44 pm

    THAT’S MY DA MELK!!!!

  393. BBB April 30th, 2009 at 7:45 pm

    This is terrible, why is no one taking any pitches?

  394. Rishi April 30th, 2009 at 7:45 pm

    here’s hoping posada went straight to try to find a solution to the pitching part of the game…

  395. derek April 30th, 2009 at 7:45 pm

    I don’t want to go overboard about the new stadium being a “launching pad” (sorry leblanc), but if the HR rate keeps up throughout the duration of a season or two, nullifying the several hundred million dollar investment in pitching, do the Yankees dare move the fences out?

    Do they become slaves to tradition and keep the fences @ old Yankee Stadium measurements even if it does waste such an investment?

  396. max April 30th, 2009 at 7:45 pm

    Has anyone else experienced difficulty with the yesnetwork website media player recently? It hasnt been working for me, very frustrating.

  397. RS April 30th, 2009 at 7:46 pm

    Melky should try to steal here. It’s frustrating that the Yankees hardly ever run. Abreu isn’t faster than Melky, Jeter, Damon, etc. but he already has 9 SB because the Angels are much more aggressive.

  398. SJ44 April 30th, 2009 at 7:47 pm

    Flats picked it up immediately tonight.

    Predictable pitching patterns. It happens.

    Gotta make adjustments.

  399. carl April 30th, 2009 at 7:47 pm

    Look at those b**** t*** bouncin.

  400. trisha - click to see my bigger and better Opening Day pictures April 30th, 2009 at 7:47 pm

    max, I’ve never tried that but is it the same as using MLB.com?

  401. CaptainsCorner April 30th, 2009 at 7:47 pm

    Melky run!! If your out then your out. All of a sudden Abreu at 35 can steal bases.

  402. EvoLuTioN April 30th, 2009 at 7:47 pm

    From the independent league to Cy young

    Only against the Yanks

  403. EvoLuTioN April 30th, 2009 at 7:48 pm

    melky steals lol

  404. CaptainsCorner April 30th, 2009 at 7:48 pm

    Thank you..For once we run against the bunny rabbits.

  405. jennifer April 30th, 2009 at 7:49 pm

    I know where were all those steals for Bobby when he was here.

  406. ARX April 30th, 2009 at 7:49 pm

    Hurry back Arod…

  407. trisha - click to see my bigger and better Opening Day pictures April 30th, 2009 at 7:49 pm

    MELKY!!!!!

    See here’s what I really love and respect about Girardi and really didn’t like about Torre. Girardi will let you try to play your way into the game. With Torre, he had favorites, and if you weren’t one of those guys, he’d put you out there with a .123 BA and say it was just a matter of time.

  408. carl April 30th, 2009 at 7:49 pm

    Jennifer he was batting in front of A-Rod.

  409. Benny Blanco April 30th, 2009 at 7:50 pm

    Randy, you beat me to it. I was just gonna post that..

  410. trisha - click to see my bigger and better Opening Day pictures April 30th, 2009 at 7:50 pm

    I remember Bobby stealing bases. I don’t think it’s just my blind loyalty, but I will look it up to be sure!

  411. DT April 30th, 2009 at 7:51 pm

    I have a feeling the second time thru the order will have better results.

    Yanks are relying on the big inning lately. Next inning – runs runs runs.

  412. Doris from Rego Park April 30th, 2009 at 7:51 pm

    I love Posada but what the heck are they going to do with him behind the plate? Teams like the the Angels and Rays must salivate when they know he is catching. This is going to be a real problem.

  413. max April 30th, 2009 at 7:51 pm

    i’m not sure, Trisha. I love it (when it works). It plays all the post game interviews and sometimes pre/batting practice interviews. Theres been a Robinson Cano interview Kim Jones can’t stop raving about (on her blog) and ive been dying to watch it. Ive never used the MLB one, what content do they have on it?

  414. S.A.--It's a marathon, not a sprint. Calm down. April 30th, 2009 at 7:51 pm

    Hopefully a nice quick inning for AJ here

  415. BBB April 30th, 2009 at 7:52 pm

    It’s funny, Angel Berroa looks like he’s 50 and Ramiro Pena looks like he’s 15.

  416. EvoLuTioN April 30th, 2009 at 7:52 pm

    hm i cant see my posts lol

  417. miggs April 30th, 2009 at 7:52 pm

    EvoLuTioN
    April 30th, 2009 at 7:43 pm
    Captains corner, you’re the only that feels it was absolutely crushed. It only made it to the 2nd row in the right porch, thats hardly “crushed”

    You lose all credibility with nonsense posts like this. Do you watch baseball? Napoli hit that ball square. he knew it was gone right after he hit it. This isn’t really up for debate if you watch baseball and saw the play.

    Quoting comments from an Angels blog doesn’t do anything to help support your ridiculous claim.

  418. EvoLuTioN April 30th, 2009 at 7:52 pm

    i just thought about this, torre outed nearly everything in his book, you don’t think he would have wrote about that “B___ T___” if it was true?

  419. Benny Blanco April 30th, 2009 at 7:53 pm

    Burnett is not happy.

  420. Coach6423 April 30th, 2009 at 7:53 pm

    Do you want to know why Bobby didnt steal at an alarming rate? He was hitting in front of Arod. You don’t take a chance to steal in many situations with a power hitter up, because it one, is distracting, two, not a smart play. If you are out, and he hits one out, your two run shot just became a solo.

  421. GreenBeret7 April 30th, 2009 at 7:53 pm

    RS
    April 30th, 2009 at 7:46 pm
    Melky should try to steal here. It’s frustrating that the Yankees hardly ever run. Abreu isn’t faster than Melky, Jeter, Damon, etc. but he already has 9 SB because the Angels are much more aggressive.

    ————————————————————

    For a team that hardly ever runs, they seem to be doing ok. 17 steals and 2 caught. angels are 23-3. NYY is 4th in the league. Want to talk about runs scored and homers, next?

  422. carl April 30th, 2009 at 7:53 pm

    Callin those low strikes.

  423. EvoLuTioN April 30th, 2009 at 7:53 pm

    okay miggs, did you see how far that shattered bat hit traveled? Napoli connected off the end of his bat.

  424. Doris from Rego Park April 30th, 2009 at 7:53 pm

    I find it incredibly frustrating to be down 3-1 right now with this pitching matchup. very, very frustrating.

  425. randy l. April 30th, 2009 at 7:54 pm

    “The Arod tipping pitches is BS.”

    who makes up this stuff ?

    let me get this straight. two middle infielders on opposing teams have signals that they will give each other in blowout games ?

    okeydokey.

    when writers start thinking up stuff like this it’s probably a sign that it’s time for them to go into fiction.

  426. EvoLuTioN April 30th, 2009 at 7:54 pm

    lol posada throws it over Burnett’s head

  427. Doris from Rego Park April 30th, 2009 at 7:54 pm

    Evolution- Selena Roberts is just pissed that Arod stole her nickname

  428. EvoLuTioN April 30th, 2009 at 7:55 pm

    randy l., did you also know that Arod only tips 15% at hooters? rofl

  429. trisha - click to see my bigger and better Opening Day pictures April 30th, 2009 at 7:55 pm

    Oh max, you’re using it for that. I’m pretty sure that it’s the only place you can find the Yanks pre and post games. And not to make it worse for you but I saw that Cano interview when she did it and you don’t want to miss it.

  430. miggs April 30th, 2009 at 7:55 pm

    Most times I’m passive on in-game threads but tonight I’m going to call out all the garbage.

    Know what you’re talking about or don’t post.

    Please.

  431. S.A.--It's a marathon, not a sprint. Calm down. April 30th, 2009 at 7:56 pm

    Nice inning for AJ

  432. Rishi April 30th, 2009 at 7:56 pm

    great inning!

  433. EvoLuTioN April 30th, 2009 at 7:56 pm

    Go back to being passive miggs.

    kthx

  434. jennifer April 30th, 2009 at 7:57 pm

    Hey aj that is more like it!

  435. Tom in N.J. April 30th, 2009 at 7:57 pm

    Tipping pitches, from Steven Goldman:

    “I suppose that the news that Rodriguez sometimes tipped pitches to pals will get more play at this point, but I wonder if it will be merited. There is an old tradition, going back to the game’s earliest days, of sometimes giving a friend a gift in a game that’s already been decided. You can find countless anecdotes about this kind of thing in baseball history books.”

    http://pinstripedbible.mlblogs.....tents.html

  436. Uncle Ellsworth April 30th, 2009 at 7:57 pm

    let’s go boys!

  437. Doris from Rego Park April 30th, 2009 at 7:57 pm

    wow- there are people behind home plate all of a sudden

  438. GreenBeret7 April 30th, 2009 at 7:58 pm

    randy l.
    April 30th, 2009 at 7:54 pm
    “The Arod tipping pitches is BS.”

    who makes up this stuff ?

    let me get this straight. two middle infielders on opposing teams have signals that they will give each other in blowout games ?

    okeydokey.

    when writers start thinking up stuff like this it’s probably a sign that it’s time for them to go into fiction.

    ————————————————————

    Two people would have picked up on that. Michael Young and Buck Showalter.

    She has the wrong Rodriguez. Besides Texas having the worst pitching staffs in baseball annually, Ivan Rodriguez preferred fastballs in running situations and everybody knew it.

  439. EvoLuTioN April 30th, 2009 at 7:58 pm

    I still can’t understand why the Angels called up their #1 power prospect only to leave him on the bench for 2 weeks. DHing Maicer Izturis..

  440. Angel - A tale told by idiots, full of sound and fury - signifying nothing. April 30th, 2009 at 7:58 pm

    Why is that girls that work at Hooters always seem to be called Amber? lol

    Hooters is overpriced the food isn’t that good at all, even their much-vaunted wings.

  441. tampayank April 30th, 2009 at 7:58 pm

    anyone have an audio link the wtsnam1270 isn’t showing the game

  442. SJ44 April 30th, 2009 at 7:58 pm

    Better pitching pattern that inning.

    I suspect Girardi talked to both guys. Good adjustments made that inning.

  443. randy l. April 30th, 2009 at 7:59 pm

    people have talked about posada’s pitch calling. i’m neutral on the subject, but he just throw the ball over beunett’s head. that’s a real no no. some pitchers want the ball the same spee in the smae place everytime on the throw back to the pitcher. a catcher can really tick off a pitcher if he’s all over the place throwing the ball back to the pitcher.

    i’m not saying posada is. i’m just pointing out that throwing the ball back is something you don’t ever hear about , but it does matter.

  444. EvoLuTioN April 30th, 2009 at 7:59 pm

    Doris, 50% will do that :D

  445. EvoLuTioN April 30th, 2009 at 7:59 pm

    50% off i meant ;)

  446. Doris from Rego Park April 30th, 2009 at 7:59 pm

    for some reason this game is really grinding my gears

  447. Mark-Cant Touch This April 30th, 2009 at 8:00 pm

    Is that CY YOUNG Pitching a against us

  448. carl April 30th, 2009 at 8:00 pm

    Johnny DAMON!!

  449. ARX April 30th, 2009 at 8:00 pm

    Damon!!!

  450. Doris from Rego Park April 30th, 2009 at 8:00 pm

    its now grinding my gears slightly less

  451. jennifer April 30th, 2009 at 8:00 pm

    Positively demonic!

  452. max April 30th, 2009 at 8:00 pm

    haha thanks trisha! i guess i’ll just wait for them to hopefully put it on their you tube channel.
    I also heard the shirtless swisher interview was a good one :) haha

  453. EvoLuTioN April 30th, 2009 at 8:00 pm

    now THAT was absolutely bombed

  454. Doris from Rego Park April 30th, 2009 at 8:01 pm

    back to back here

  455. RS April 30th, 2009 at 8:01 pm

    Nice job, Damon. That ball was actually crushed.

  456. Tom in N.J. April 30th, 2009 at 8:01 pm

    Gb, I’m sure, if one were so inclined, one could look at the video of the alleged tipping to see if Alex did anything out of the ordinary…

  457. S.A.--It's a marathon, not a sprint. Calm down. April 30th, 2009 at 8:01 pm

    Damon! :D

  458. jennifer April 30th, 2009 at 8:01 pm

    Doris- :lol: Either they are the people who show up late, or they moved people.

    I think it is they just show up late. Lots of suits back there.

  459. Baja April 30th, 2009 at 8:02 pm

    I’m thinking Arod breaks the HR record by August 2011.

  460. miggs April 30th, 2009 at 8:02 pm

    And Trisha I’m usually supportive of what you write but this Posada/ Molina debate is not only getting quite old, but I agree with Patrick and others that you can’t continue to beat a dead horse with this issue unless you provide some sort of facts or stats to back up your claim.

    Now you’ve been on this issue for days and frankly no one is getting anywhere with it. I’m not going to give my opinion because its really not relavent. But you’ve actually written long posts detailing why you won’t respond to certain posters and what you feel is wrong with their responses.

    I admire the fact that you won’t back down and I hope you don’t take offense to this but you gotta let it go, ok?

  461. Coach6423 April 30th, 2009 at 8:02 pm

    I also heard Arod kicks puppies…

  462. EvoLuTioN April 30th, 2009 at 8:02 pm

    godzilla is just the guy we want :D

  463. DT April 30th, 2009 at 8:02 pm

    That low pitch was a strike for AJ – it’s nice to be a veteran pitcher sometimes. ;-)

  464. Uncle Ellsworth April 30th, 2009 at 8:03 pm

    I also heard the shirtless swisher interview was a good one haha

    Swish said “Awesome” like 10 times

  465. EvoLuTioN April 30th, 2009 at 8:03 pm

    matsui on wheels :o

  466. Laura - Plug it in, change the world! April 30th, 2009 at 8:04 pm

    I don’t even want to think about all of the fluid that is probably building up in Matsui’s knees right now. Ugh!

  467. Mark-Cant Touch This April 30th, 2009 at 8:04 pm

    I think this ump is blind he has no consistent strike zone

  468. cano he didnt April 30th, 2009 at 8:04 pm

    i cant remember the last time i saw matsui smile, or look somewhat happy.

  469. GreenBeret7 April 30th, 2009 at 8:05 pm

    Tom in N.J.
    April 30th, 2009 at 8:01 pm
    Gb, I’m sure, if one were so inclined, one could look at the video of the alleged tipping to see if Alex did anything out of the ordinary…

    ————————————————————

    Goldman’s an idiot, anyway. He’s got Rodriguez qupted as saying the steroid use was from 2003-2005. He’s the twin brother of another noted Rodriguez hater who shall remain nameless.

  470. ZMAN7777 April 30th, 2009 at 8:05 pm

    Burnett has to be able to beat Ortega. Come on, Yanks.

  471. trisha - click to see my bigger and better Opening Day pictures April 30th, 2009 at 8:05 pm

    miggs, I have my reasons and agreed with others’ reasons but some people like to poke and prod and pretend you didn’t say things. As I said, I’m through with the AH’s here, few though they may be. You haven’t been around for all of the discussion. The main PITA was the one who tried to keep stirring the crap, which he does quite well and continually.

    That said, I don’t have to say a word tonight because there are enough guys who have already mentioned Posada behind the plate. I notice Tom from N.J. has been extremely silent about it. I guess it’s easier to call out someone smaller than you are…

    ;)

  472. GreenBeret7 April 30th, 2009 at 8:05 pm

    Rodriguez ***quoted*** as

  473. miggs April 30th, 2009 at 8:05 pm

    Godzilla beating out a DP.

    Love it.

    Hey Evolution, why don’t you check out the Angels blog and see what they’re saying about that Damon HR?

    That way you can better formulate your own opinion based on others, instead of using your eyes and common sense.

  474. GreenBeret7 April 30th, 2009 at 8:06 pm

    Two bad at bats tonight for Jeter and Cano.

  475. EvoLuTioN April 30th, 2009 at 8:07 pm

    miggs, go back into your shell. Just because your homerism can’t come to reality doesn’t mean it isn’t true

  476. EvoLuTioN April 30th, 2009 at 8:08 pm

    cano hasn’t had his swing sofar :(

  477. Doris from Rego Park April 30th, 2009 at 8:08 pm

    Why do you guys care what people are saying about an inadament object? Who cares if people think the new stadium is a launching pad? Why take it personally?

  478. jennifer April 30th, 2009 at 8:08 pm

    Uncle Ellsworth April 30th, 2009 at 8:03 pm

    I also heard the shirtless swisher interview was a good one haha

    Swish said “Awesome” like 10 times
    ————————————

    Loved when he yelled shirtless interview over here.

  479. Paul April 30th, 2009 at 8:09 pm

    children, put down the knives

  480. jennifer April 30th, 2009 at 8:10 pm

    I asked yesterday but had no takers. I’ll try again. I have tickets to next Sunday’s game in Baltimore. Anyone interested. Just looking for face.

  481. m April 30th, 2009 at 8:10 pm

    First of all, nice to see that umps squeeze pitchers that don’t wear pinstripes. It was kind of fun watching those low strikes called on Bobby.

    Second, how does Johnny Damon get balls out of the park (any park) without driving the ball?

    Third, anyone else laugh when they saw video of Alex running in Tampa today? I swear I saw some bouncing under his shirt.

  482. Dave April 30th, 2009 at 8:10 pm

    SJ,

    Selena has never lied yet (that we know of) so obviously everything from here on out that she says should be taken as fact without any question I mean who are we to question the methods of a reporter with this kind of moral integrity and obvious care for the game far more than furthering her career. Temples she be erected in selena’s honor…

  483. miggs April 30th, 2009 at 8:10 pm

    Evolution like I said, sometimes the stupidity on this blog pisses me off. Unfortunately for you, you happen to head that list tonight.

    I’m far from a “homer”. I know baseball. From what I’m reading tonight, I can’t say the same thing about you.

    Don’t like me tearing apart your posts? Make better ones.

  484. DT April 30th, 2009 at 8:10 pm

    the truth of the tipping scandal will come to light.

    Arod dropped a thirteen dollar tip on that $20 dinner.

    Cousin Yuri picked up the ten on the way out when A-rod wasn’t looking!

  485. RS April 30th, 2009 at 8:10 pm

    Tampa up 4-0. However, right now I feel that I can’t be optimistic about a Red Sox loss unless they’re down 10 runs in the 9th inning.

  486. jennifer April 30th, 2009 at 8:11 pm

    Jesse Barfield.

  487. Uncle Ellsworth April 30th, 2009 at 8:11 pm

    “Loved when he yelled shirtless interview over here”

    did he really? missed that part

  488. Al from BK April 30th, 2009 at 8:11 pm

    3-2 Halos, to be honest I was expecting worse. 3-2 in this park is a tie game everywhere else :)

  489. jennifer April 30th, 2009 at 8:12 pm

    uncle I think that is what he said. I’ll go back and watch it again.

  490. trisha - click to see my bigger and better Opening Day pictures April 30th, 2009 at 8:12 pm

    So I turn to Tampa Bay and what do I hear? May I never get to speak again about Molina being superior if I am lying! :D The ball carrying at Yankee Stadium. The Sox broadcasters are talking about how Wedge told them the balls were flying out of there.

    TAMPA LEADING 4-0, bottom of the 3rd. Beckett on the mound.

    Oh yeah.

  491. EvoLuTioN April 30th, 2009 at 8:12 pm

    What is so “unfortunate” about it for me. Like I care what a homer thinks

  492. Rishi April 30th, 2009 at 8:13 pm

    it’s what he said – I was watching :)

  493. EvoLuTioN April 30th, 2009 at 8:13 pm

    jennifer, what section?

  494. miggs April 30th, 2009 at 8:14 pm

    Trisha are you referring to the undisputed funniest guy on the blog? I don’t want to call him out by name.

    I haven’t read through all the old posts so I’m only guessing here. But he’s pretty friendly and hardly confrontational. What happened?

  495. ARX April 30th, 2009 at 8:14 pm

    Please dont let this SB bite us in the rear…

  496. EvoLuTioN April 30th, 2009 at 8:15 pm

    great throw posada, with that kind of movement on his fastball he should be coming out of the bullpen for us. :D lol jk

  497. Doris from Rego Park April 30th, 2009 at 8:15 pm

    they cannot give a run back here

  498. S.A.--It's a marathon, not a sprint. Calm down. April 30th, 2009 at 8:15 pm

    not the greatest throw

  499. jennifer April 30th, 2009 at 8:16 pm

    Can’t find it on line.

  500. GreenBeret7 April 30th, 2009 at 8:16 pm

    Burnett’s pitches are really moving. Appears hard to catch, tonight.

  501. ARX April 30th, 2009 at 8:16 pm

    …and I repeat myself…

  502. EvoLuTioN April 30th, 2009 at 8:16 pm

    now he steals 3rd. angels are running all over posada

  503. RS April 30th, 2009 at 8:16 pm

    Kendrick looked out…

  504. yankeenate April 30th, 2009 at 8:16 pm

    Can’t see game but has Posada come close to throwing anyone out?

  505. Doris from Rego Park April 30th, 2009 at 8:16 pm

    they are abusing posada now…

  506. Doris from Rego Park April 30th, 2009 at 8:16 pm

    they are abusing posada now…

  507. jennifer April 30th, 2009 at 8:17 pm

    EvoLuTioN

    section 74 row JJ

  508. Rishi April 30th, 2009 at 8:17 pm

    are they going to let this guy steal home? gmab, get it together!

  509. BBB April 30th, 2009 at 8:18 pm

    Yeah, thats right Kendrick. Sit down.

  510. DT April 30th, 2009 at 8:18 pm

    Thank goodness Pena is playing 3rd and not Berroa.

  511. S.A.--It's a marathon, not a sprint. Calm down. April 30th, 2009 at 8:18 pm

    AJ @ 66 pitches

  512. GreenBeret7 April 30th, 2009 at 8:19 pm

    That last one was a wild pitch…not a steal.

  513. trisha - click to see my bigger and better Opening Day pictures April 30th, 2009 at 8:19 pm

    No Miggs, I am not referring to him. I am referring to someone who has shown himself to be a hypocrite, a fraud, and a viper and who has trashed me for sport many times in the past, often when I am not around to defend myself. So it’s ovah. Email me sometime and I will give you the details. I will not respond at all if the person shows up and calls me on this.

    I do have to say though for all the mouth some of these guys had when I was the only one around trying to fend them off (I didn’t bring the topic up today) I notice they are relatively silent tonight in terms of calling out men who have talked about Posada behind the plate.

    Tough guys!

    :D

  514. Betsy April 30th, 2009 at 8:19 pm

    What happened with AJ and the bat boy?

    Gotta say I’m disappointed with AJ tonight, though I can’t say I’m surprised. He seems to give up a lot of HRs and it doesn’t take that much to hit one out of YS. He and Jorge worked fine together in ST – I can’t imagine that Jorge is having that bad of an effect on him. It’s up to AJ to make the pitches. I hope that Saturday’s game didn’t throw him off- he has to be better than that.

  515. carl April 30th, 2009 at 8:21 pm

    Posada’s looking silly at the plate and behind the plate.

  516. miggs April 30th, 2009 at 8:21 pm

    Ok so I’m a “homer” because I said a HR by an ANGELS player was hit well and not a product of the Stadium.

    That doesn’t even make any sense. But judging by the rest of the nonsense you’re spewing I guess I shouldn’t be surprised.

    Here’s a newsflash. I’ve been posting here a long time and my opinion is respected (by most) in almost everything I say.

    Can’t say the same about you. In fact the more and more you post, the bigger joke I think you are.

    So keep the gems coming. I could use a good laugh.

  517. Benny Blanco April 30th, 2009 at 8:21 pm

    Tampa losing to boston 4-0

  518. EvoLuTioN April 30th, 2009 at 8:21 pm

    jennifer, either i’m blind or i can’t find 74 on the seating chart lol

  519. ZMAN7777 April 30th, 2009 at 8:21 pm

    Come on, offense, this isn’t John Lackey.

  520. Benny Blanco April 30th, 2009 at 8:22 pm

    tampa’s winning oops

  521. carl April 30th, 2009 at 8:22 pm

    Swishaaaah

  522. RS April 30th, 2009 at 8:23 pm

    Interesting stat on Swish about all his road homeruns. I never noticed that he hadn’t hit one at home yet (how could he not?)

  523. BBB April 30th, 2009 at 8:23 pm

    Swish full count. Quick, everybody drink! :)

  524. jennifer April 30th, 2009 at 8:23 pm

    Betsy- He was waiting off the mound for the rosin bag, and when the bat boy brought it he swiped it out of his hands. I expected to see him laughing or smiling, but he had a look of disgust.

  525. Rishi April 30th, 2009 at 8:23 pm

    can swish steal? do we even know?

  526. jennifer April 30th, 2009 at 8:24 pm

    rs- The Yankees haven’t played at home. :D

  527. jennifer April 30th, 2009 at 8:24 pm

    EvoLuTioN

    Are you looking in Baltimore? I thought I said that. :lol:

  528. EvoLuTioN April 30th, 2009 at 8:24 pm

    lol miggs, resorting to the “I’m a old well-respected member” line.

    Here’s a newsflash, its an internet blog

  529. EvoLuTioN April 30th, 2009 at 8:25 pm

    jennifer, oooooooooooooooooooooh

    lol woops!

  530. miggs April 30th, 2009 at 8:25 pm

    Trish I’ll email you later.

    If this person is going out of their way to trash you and its not fair then you should email Pete. I’m sure he could take care of it.

  531. carl April 30th, 2009 at 8:25 pm

    Can we sign La Russa to a minor league deal :)

  532. Buddy Biancalana April 30th, 2009 at 8:26 pm

    4-0 Tampa, Beckett looking sharp again.

  533. BBB April 30th, 2009 at 8:26 pm

    Wow, I see Matt Garza is bending the Sux over his knee and calling them Suzy yet again. Good times :)

    Meanwhile in Yankeeland, why is it that everytime we get a RISP Pena comes to the plate?

  534. Scorpio April 30th, 2009 at 8:26 pm

    I just got in and heard Kay say that this Ortega kid came up from AAA with a 9+ERA….and we only have 2 runs? Geez.

  535. EvoLuTioN April 30th, 2009 at 8:26 pm

    great job pena!

  536. carl April 30th, 2009 at 8:26 pm

    Nice speed pena

  537. miggs April 30th, 2009 at 8:26 pm

    Evolution you’re such a tool you didn’t even realize it wasn’t a home game.

    You’re such a freaking joke. Keep the wisdom coming.

  538. jennifer April 30th, 2009 at 8:26 pm

    Okay can Jeter finally hit the ball? No MORE GROUND BALLS!!

  539. trisha - click to see my bigger and better Opening Day pictures April 30th, 2009 at 8:27 pm

    I love our Yankees!

  540. carl April 30th, 2009 at 8:27 pm

    Jeter ground ball out im callin it.

  541. BBB April 30th, 2009 at 8:27 pm

    Ramiro Pena > me

  542. EvoLuTioN April 30th, 2009 at 8:27 pm

    lets go captain, show them who’s boss

  543. carl April 30th, 2009 at 8:28 pm

    Wow i was wrong lol at abreu.

  544. jennifer April 30th, 2009 at 8:28 pm

    Thanks Bobby. :)

  545. EvoLuTioN April 30th, 2009 at 8:28 pm

    Miggs,

    Yes I’m such a tool because I don’t have the Yankees schedule memorized.

    You just sound desperate now

  546. Al from BK April 30th, 2009 at 8:28 pm

    YEAHHH!!!

  547. JR April 30th, 2009 at 8:29 pm

    thats why he’s the captain :)

  548. Scorpio April 30th, 2009 at 8:29 pm

    YES!!!! Love the Captain.

  549. RS April 30th, 2009 at 8:29 pm

    Pena scores from third on what should be ruled a single. Now I remember why we let Abreu go, haha.

  550. miggs April 30th, 2009 at 8:29 pm

    Hey BBB the idiots are raising my blood pressure tonight.

    Time to break out my “herbal medicine”.

    And Abreu showing why he wasn’t resigned.
    What an awful defensive play.

  551. Bronx Jeers April 30th, 2009 at 8:29 pm

    Abreu! Gracias hombre.

  552. jennifer April 30th, 2009 at 8:29 pm

    So far I’m liking Thomson at 3rd. Aggressive when he needs to be.

  553. randy l. April 30th, 2009 at 8:29 pm

    “There is an old tradition, going back to the game’s earliest days, of sometimes giving a friend a gift in a game that’s already been decided. You can find countless anecdotes about this kind of thing in baseball history books. ” steven goldman

    so give us an example if there are countless anecdotes.

    i’ll bet that he’s talking about catchers or a player one time saying a pitch is coming.

    i did that once in a semi pro game when the red sox cut their triple a second baseman gary miller-jones and he was playing on the opposing team while waiting to get picked up by someone.

    he had been in the minors for seven years and i knew he could hit the fastball of any pitcher we had , so i called for nothing but slop all day. he was 0-4 when he came up in the last inning when we were well ahead with the game out of reach.

    as he got in the batter’s box and i told him fast ball. he didn’t swing, and a fast ball down the middle came. he gave me a dirty look. i said fastball again. same thing. fastball down the middle, no swing. he looked at me quizzically and i said fast ball coming.

    this time, he hit the3rd fastball off the centerfield fence. i just felt it was a courtesy to a pro player who didn’t deserve any more ugly pitches.

    but that’s not tipping pitches the way goldman is talking about it. i think there’d be lots of one time tipping. especially from catchers.

    but an ongoing thing? i don’t see it.

  554. Blackdragon905 April 30th, 2009 at 8:29 pm

    the captain!

  555. EvoLuTioN April 30th, 2009 at 8:29 pm

    bobby being bobby :D

  556. S.A.--It's a marathon, not a sprint. Calm down. April 30th, 2009 at 8:29 pm

    nice job Jetes

  557. Joe Mama April 30th, 2009 at 8:30 pm

    Abreu still helping out the Yanks

  558. Rishi April 30th, 2009 at 8:30 pm

    ok, Burnett, puh-lease keep it together

  559. Betsy April 30th, 2009 at 8:30 pm

    I read elswhere (missed the game as I had some business to attend to) that AJ was cursing on the mound…….any truth to that? If so, I think he’s got to cut that out. I like that he’s emotional – I wouldn’t want him to lose that – but if he’s going to let his temper get the best of him, he’s just not going to succeed here……or anywhere.

  560. jennifer April 30th, 2009 at 8:30 pm

    Bobby kept looking up. Um Why you pick up the ball and than see where to throw it to.

  561. ZMAN7777 April 30th, 2009 at 8:30 pm

    Thank you Jeter and Bobby A.

  562. trisha - click to see my bigger and better Opening Day pictures April 30th, 2009 at 8:30 pm

    Evolution, do you want to know why Nick will do well tonight? And AJ will keep it together? Because I had them both sitting on the bench and went and moved them into game position but forgot to submit the lineup. So you know what that means? Neither one is officially playing in my lineup tonight!

    :(

  563. ARX April 30th, 2009 at 8:31 pm

    Back to you AJ, settle down, make it hold up.

  564. EvoLuTioN April 30th, 2009 at 8:31 pm

    ah miggs, you’re a stoner.

    All the questions are now answered

  565. Betsy April 30th, 2009 at 8:32 pm

    Jen, thanks. Sounds like AJ was in a nasty mood tonight – poor bat boy.

  566. Vince April 30th, 2009 at 8:32 pm

    Jennifer :

    Bobby Meacham would have held Ramiro Pena up.

  567. hardwired April 30th, 2009 at 8:32 pm

    Tampa Bay attempting to beat the punk right out of Josh Beckett. Personally, I don’t think it’s possible.

  568. EvoLuTioN April 30th, 2009 at 8:32 pm

    trisha,

    I know the feeling :( Seems like everyone I pickup for a game ends their hot streak that night

  569. trisha - click to see my bigger and better Opening Day pictures April 30th, 2009 at 8:33 pm

    STUPID BOB LORENZ!

    And finally Michael Kay acknowledges the jinx!

    Woo hoo Rays. 6-0

  570. Joe Mama April 30th, 2009 at 8:33 pm

    Everyone has been talking about the red sox streak but there has got to be some concern there with the pitching. Beckett is out of the game already, Penny is 2 – 0 with like 8.46 ERA that is going ot catch up to them sooner or later

  571. Rishi April 30th, 2009 at 8:33 pm

    “By the way, Swisher’s collage was completed by tonight’s return to the stadium. He cut out pictures of every teammate and taped them all together on the right side of his locker. Most of the players are in snazzy suits. Very cool for a player to do that. A-Rod should do the same, although he probably couldn’t name 4 or 5 of the guys.”

    i do like that guy

  572. Neil April 30th, 2009 at 8:33 pm

    Give a Yankee starter a lead…they will give it right back.

  573. Doris from Rego Park April 30th, 2009 at 8:34 pm

    now he needs to strike out the side

  574. carl April 30th, 2009 at 8:34 pm

    Come on AJ settle down.

  575. Joe Mama April 30th, 2009 at 8:34 pm

    It’s like they don’t want to win the game today

  576. Rishi April 30th, 2009 at 8:34 pm

    AJ!!!!!!!!!!! WTF – outs are your friend

  577. miggs April 30th, 2009 at 8:34 pm

    Evolution,

    First of all, anyone who has any knowledge of Yankee Stadium knows there’s no “section 74″ They’re all in the hundreds.

    Also, the game is next weekend, its not like its 2 months away. Considering they’re on an 8 game homestand until next Thursday common sense (yup there’s that phrase again) would tell you the game isn’t at home.

    Has nothing to do with having the schedule memorized. It has to do with putting 2+2 together and knowing basic facts about the team you supposedly root for.

  578. Tex's friend (CC's back and Phil is the man) April 30th, 2009 at 8:35 pm

    09 yankees: get the lead, give it right back.

  579. BBB April 30th, 2009 at 8:35 pm

    Miggs: LOL, I hear dat. If you’re anywhere near the Stadium, you can always get some from Abreu, looks like he twisted one up between innings on that last play there!

  580. GreenBeret7 April 30th, 2009 at 8:35 pm

    Perhaps he’s referring to the Pete Alexander/Rogers Hornsby incident when ST. Louis was going to cut Hornsby for not hitting during his rookie year and Alexander grooved one for him, or, when players hated Cobb so bad, that pitchers grooved pitches to Lajoie so he’d win the batting title. Or maybe when Denny McLain had win number 30 in hand and told Freehan he wanted to lay one in to see how far Mantle could hit one. Mantle was McLain’s hero.

  581. ARX April 30th, 2009 at 8:35 pm

    :sigh:…..

  582. carl April 30th, 2009 at 8:35 pm

    Great…

  583. Al from BK April 30th, 2009 at 8:35 pm

    This always happens against the Angels damn!

  584. Doris from Rego Park April 30th, 2009 at 8:35 pm

    jesus thats a terrible job by AJ

  585. Neil April 30th, 2009 at 8:35 pm

    Thata boy A.J. The king of holding leads.

  586. carl April 30th, 2009 at 8:35 pm

    We could gain on Toronto and maybe Boston today. We need this win.

  587. S.A.--It's a marathon, not a sprint. Calm down. April 30th, 2009 at 8:36 pm

    Dang it.

  588. SJ44 April 30th, 2009 at 8:36 pm

    Single that turns into a double because of Damon’s arm and AJ can’t settle down.

    Poor job by AJ.

    Gotta get him out there before he melts down again.

    Another poor start.

  589. Boston Dave April 30th, 2009 at 8:36 pm

    Beckett 95 pitches through 4

    ouch

  590. Pel (Uncertainty is certain.) April 30th, 2009 at 8:36 pm

    ugh

  591. Rishi April 30th, 2009 at 8:36 pm

    AJ is a freaking hot mess – I expect walks, but all this?

  592. tampayank April 30th, 2009 at 8:36 pm

    finally picked a runner off

  593. Doris from Rego Park April 30th, 2009 at 8:37 pm

    sick play by jeter

  594. RalphieD April 30th, 2009 at 8:37 pm

    damon’s defense has really hurt them this game…but he did hit a homerun…

  595. EvoLuTioN April 30th, 2009 at 8:37 pm

    miggs,
    Am I suppose to have the seating chart memorized as well?

  596. Joe Mama April 30th, 2009 at 8:37 pm

    Finally they got somebody it was getting ridiculous out there

  597. Ric April 30th, 2009 at 8:38 pm

    nice to hear about swishers collage- what is he- a tweenage girl??? lame

  598. Betsy April 30th, 2009 at 8:38 pm

    Terrible job by AJ – there’s nothing else to say. It’s too early to take him out, though…….

  599. Ro-Bin-Son (Jon R) April 30th, 2009 at 8:38 pm

    Good pitchout call by jorge there. I think these speedy players are making him rush his throws. I hope we beat these scrubs tonight

  600. miggs April 30th, 2009 at 8:38 pm

    Again Evolution proving your stupidity.

    It just never ends. Obviously you have no clue what I’m referring to, which doesn’t surprise me.

    Just keep digging yourself a bigger and bigger hole.

  601. Boston Dave April 30th, 2009 at 8:38 pm

    Uniform #34 is cursed?

    Hughes had to change #s to realize his potential…

    Now AJ has it. Get him a new #.

  602. carl April 30th, 2009 at 8:39 pm

    lol was that Andy’s son?

  603. Laura - Plug it in, change the world! April 30th, 2009 at 8:39 pm

    They should have AJ throw to Molina his next start just for kicks. :P

  604. Doris from Rego Park April 30th, 2009 at 8:39 pm

    Miggs- chill out already. jeez.

  605. randy l. April 30th, 2009 at 8:40 pm

    “Or maybe when Denny McLain had win number 30 in hand and told Freehan he wanted to lay one in to see how far Mantle could hit one. Mantle was McLain’s hero.”

    gb7-
    that’s exactly the kind of thing i mean. i think if goldman gave any examples they would be like the one to mantle from mclain .

    maclain was something huh. waht a character.

  606. miggs April 30th, 2009 at 8:40 pm

    BBB you crack me up. So funny re: Abreu.

    What a sad display in RF…

  607. Joe from Long Island April 30th, 2009 at 8:40 pm

    Beckett seems to be getting bombed tonight, also, but I don’t think anyone on this board wouldn’t want Josh Beckett on his team.

    AJ has to work tonight. It happens. As SJ said, above, he needs to get it together and not melt down again.

  608. EvoLuTioN April 30th, 2009 at 8:40 pm

    Great pitch by burnett

  609. SJ44 April 30th, 2009 at 8:41 pm

    One thing we are seeing this early in the season.

    The pitching doesn’t yet match the hype.

    Guys are really struggling and the consistency is missing.

    Eiland, Girardi, the pitchers and both catchers have to get on the same page.

    These guys have to be better than this.

  610. ARX April 30th, 2009 at 8:41 pm

    Whats AJ’s pitchcount now? maybe we can still squeeze 7 out of him…

  611. EvoLuTioN April 30th, 2009 at 8:41 pm

    Garza is clowning on the red sox :D

  612. Joe Mama April 30th, 2009 at 8:41 pm

    Finally Burnett go a call there

  613. Rishi April 30th, 2009 at 8:42 pm

    AJ’s at 83 pitches

  614. BBB April 30th, 2009 at 8:42 pm

    Thats right Abreu, sit the f down. If you didnt hit AJ when we needed you to then you sure as hell aint hitting him now.

    Sorry to any fans of his, but my inner Bobby Abreu hater is coming out after 2.5 years of putting it aside to root for the laundry lol.

  615. Rishi April 30th, 2009 at 8:42 pm

    ONE PITCH OUT!

  616. Al from BK April 30th, 2009 at 8:42 pm

    Tex, how weak. Tomorrow is May you can start playing like 180 mil now.

  617. Neil April 30th, 2009 at 8:42 pm

    Way to work Ortega’s count and get to the pen Tex. Productive at bat

  618. ZMAN7777 April 30th, 2009 at 8:43 pm

    Good point, SJ. Both CC and AJ are major disappointments thus far.

  619. GreenBeret7 April 30th, 2009 at 8:43 pm

    Loving to see Garza’s 4 perfect innings so far.

  620. Scorpio April 30th, 2009 at 8:43 pm

    The Rays always play the Sox hard, I like that. Way to go Garza. But you never know, those Sox seem to always mount a comeback somehow.

  621. Pat M April 30th, 2009 at 8:43 pm

    Angels are going to exploit every percieved Yankee defensive liability…..Jorge & Damon’s arm….AJ has been so-so but he’s not getting hit hard other than Napoli’s dinger…..At least he’s battling…The issue is that Ortega is making his first start, and the Yanks are having trouble squaring him up…..

  622. Joe Mama April 30th, 2009 at 8:43 pm

    that was not a good ab by texeria

  623. trisha - click to see my bigger and better Opening Day pictures April 30th, 2009 at 8:44 pm

    Miggs and Evolution – I say this only because I really like you both. Can’t you shake hands and start again?

    Hope you don’t mind my saying that.

    Thanks

  624. Betsy April 30th, 2009 at 8:44 pm

    I hope not, Laura. AJ has to learn to throw to Posada – can we really blame tonight on Posada anyway?

  625. EvoLuTioN April 30th, 2009 at 8:44 pm

    Beckett has been looking mediocre for a while now :D

  626. Joe from Long Island April 30th, 2009 at 8:44 pm

    ZMAn – I think you’re forgetting those games where AJ followed Wang and was lights out.

  627. randy l. April 30th, 2009 at 8:45 pm

    would the yankees trade wang for garza ?

    it would get wang reunited with neil allen who coaches for the rays.

    at this point the rays wouldn’t do it even up.

    the yankees would have to add a player or two.

  628. EvoLuTioN April 30th, 2009 at 8:45 pm

    trisha,

    I’m done :P

  629. trisha - click to see my bigger and better Opening Day pictures April 30th, 2009 at 8:45 pm

    “The Rays always play the Sox hard, I like that. Way to go Garza. But you never know, those Sox seem to always mount a comeback somehow.”

    Not tonight. That’s a promise Scorpio! And thanks for your support earlier. I really appreciated it.

  630. carl April 30th, 2009 at 8:46 pm

    wow are you serious? wtf did I just watch?

  631. EvoLuTioN April 30th, 2009 at 8:47 pm

    “would the yankees trade wang for garza ?

    it would get wang reunited with neil allen who coaches for the rays.

    at this point the rays wouldn’t do it even up.

    the yankees would have to add a player or two.”

    why in the world would the Rays do that? Wang on turf wouldn’t be a good mix. And this is when he was the real Wang

  632. Joe Mama April 30th, 2009 at 8:47 pm

    Well at least Burnett can’t give up the lead here

  633. miggs April 30th, 2009 at 8:47 pm

    This is gonna be one of those games that will be decided at the end.

    I agree that the Angels will exploit every weakness they can find. Posada’s defnse, Damon’s arm, AJs psyche. They’ll use everything they can.

    That’s why Scoiscia is considered the best manager in the game. Down 3 starting pitchers and Guererro and they’re still a tough tough out.

  634. Boston Dave April 30th, 2009 at 8:47 pm

    Matt Garza

    has a perfect game going through 5 against the Red Sox.

    68 pitches so far

  635. ZMAN7777 April 30th, 2009 at 8:48 pm

    Uhh, Joe, I don’t recall AJ ever being lights out in April. He was decent twice, but far from lights out.

  636. EvoLuTioN April 30th, 2009 at 8:48 pm

    Hopefully the rays don’t even have to use their failpen tonight

  637. carl April 30th, 2009 at 8:48 pm

    I hope Matt gets it

  638. Scorpio April 30th, 2009 at 8:48 pm

    No problem, Trisha. Couldn’t let you bear it all alone. =)

  639. SJ44 April 30th, 2009 at 8:49 pm

    The Angels are doing what they need to do with their shorthanded lineup to win games.

    Gotta respect that.

    It’s up to the Yankees to do the same.

  640. Brandon If Melancon doesn't K the first batter he's a bust "I LOVE ME SOME ME !" April 30th, 2009 at 8:49 pm

    “would the yankees trade wang for garza ?”

    I wish :(

  641. randy l. April 30th, 2009 at 8:50 pm

    boston dave-

    garza’s dealing. did you see that 3-2 breaking ball that froze bay?

  642. Laura - Plug it in, change the world! April 30th, 2009 at 8:50 pm

    “I hope not, Laura. AJ has to learn to throw to Posada – can we really blame tonight on Posada anyway?”

    I was being obnoxious, Betsy. :)

  643. Ro-Bin-Son (Jon R) April 30th, 2009 at 8:50 pm

    yo that curt schilling twitter is hilarious!! haha 38 doughnuts

  644. BBB April 30th, 2009 at 8:50 pm

    randy l – I wouldn’t trade Wang for Garza from the Yankees point of view, because I think the perceptions of each pitcher are such that the Yankees would have to throw in too good of an extra player. And it isn’t worth it if it’s a position player to get a pitcher when we already have so many of our own young ones.

    The Rays really struck gold in the Garza deal. One of the few trades the Twins were ever on the wrong end of.

  645. ARX April 30th, 2009 at 8:51 pm

    So, say this is still tied/within a run after 7, who gets the 8th? Melancon? (ps call me a noob but I nevr heard his name pronounced til last week and I still cant get used to it :P )

  646. Ro-Bin-Son (Jon R) April 30th, 2009 at 8:52 pm

    THANK you john flaherty for once again correcting michael kkk. Honestly I don’t know how he became our main broadcaster

  647. Rishi April 30th, 2009 at 8:52 pm

    that curt schilling twitter is hysterical

  648. Benny Blanco April 30th, 2009 at 8:52 pm

    Umpire is blind..

  649. randy l. April 30th, 2009 at 8:52 pm

    “why in the world would the Rays do that? Wang on turf wouldn’t be a good mix. And this is when he was the real Wang”

    do you realize you’re talking about a guy who won 19 two years in a row ?
    it’s amazing how far wang’s stock has fallen even in the mind of yankee fans.

  650. Rishi April 30th, 2009 at 8:52 pm

    all these two out baserunners are dangerous

  651. Scorpio April 30th, 2009 at 8:53 pm

    Melancon, before I heard it pronounced, I called him “Melon Cone” haha…

    ok, AJ is pretty not good tonight, ugh.

  652. GreenBeret7 April 30th, 2009 at 8:53 pm

    randy l.
    April 30th, 2009 at 8:40 pm
    “Or maybe when Denny McLain had win number 30 in hand and told Freehan he wanted to lay one in to see how far Mantle could hit one. Mantle was McLain’s hero.”

    gb7-
    that’s exactly the kind of thing i mean. i think if goldman gave any examples they would be like the one to mantle from mclain .

    maclain was something huh. waht a character.

    ————————————————————

    Yeah, McLain had a lot of faults, but, he had a sense of history. That homer put Mantle into 2nd place all time, passing Jimmy Foxx at that time.

    Ford did the same thing. In NY, he had like a 14-0 lead on KC, right after the Yanks had traded Billy Martin and Ford grooved one for him to hit a homer.

  653. Nick in SF April 30th, 2009 at 8:54 pm

    Just got home. Everyone good tonight? ;)

  654. RS April 30th, 2009 at 8:54 pm

    Haha Swish. Complete opposite of Abreu.

  655. ARX April 30th, 2009 at 8:54 pm

    Well, nice try :)

  656. SJ44 April 30th, 2009 at 8:54 pm

    Coming to the Yankees is a BIG challenge for a guy like AJ.

    It’s one thing to talk it but, it’s another thing to walk it.

    He is going to have to push himself more than he ever has in his career.

    If he does, he will be very good.

    If not, this won’t work out.

    I respect that he is looking to challenge himself. He now has to get the job done.

  657. Jerkface April 30th, 2009 at 8:54 pm

    Randy: Tampa’s GM is smart enough to realize wins dont matter

  658. RalphieD April 30th, 2009 at 8:54 pm

    great effort by nick

  659. Ro-Bin-Son (Jon R) April 30th, 2009 at 8:54 pm

    AAAAA Swish almost had it!! That would’ve been a money out. Not missing Bobby Abreu on that play

  660. BBB April 30th, 2009 at 8:55 pm

    Wow, great effort by Swish there. Thats my man.

  661. Joe from Long Island April 30th, 2009 at 8:55 pm

    ZMan –

    4/9, @Baltimore – 5.1 7 2 2 1 6 – won 11-2
    4/14, @Tampa Bay – 8.0 3 2 2 1 9 – won 7-2

    I guess we have different standards.

  662. Pat M April 30th, 2009 at 8:55 pm

    Angels are a gritty grind it out ballclub…..There defense has been poor so far this season….Unusual for them…

  663. EvoLuTioN April 30th, 2009 at 8:56 pm

    nice throw by posada, even better catch/tag by posada

  664. Al from BK April 30th, 2009 at 8:56 pm

    CANO!

  665. carl April 30th, 2009 at 8:56 pm

    Niiiiiiiiiice posada

  666. ARX April 30th, 2009 at 8:56 pm

    Nice one Jorge! Maybe that’ll slow em down ;)

  667. miggs April 30th, 2009 at 8:56 pm

    Holy crap they’re stealing every chance they get. So aggressive. The Angels don’t play games.

    If Jorge keeps gunning them down that’ll stop.

  668. ZMAN7777 April 30th, 2009 at 8:57 pm

    Geez, they’ll run anyone, even Napoli. Not sure that one made sense.

  669. randy l. April 30th, 2009 at 8:57 pm

    wang at tropicana field last three years:

    2.66 era
    40 innings
    4-1 record

  670. Rishi April 30th, 2009 at 8:57 pm

    100 pitches through 6, does AJ come back out

  671. GreenBeret7 April 30th, 2009 at 8:57 pm

    As long as the pitchers make more than a half hearted attempt at keeping runners close, Posada will throw them out, as would 90% of other catchers. He had no such chance on the first three.

  672. BBB April 30th, 2009 at 8:58 pm

    Pat M: Abreu has infected the whole team’s gloves!

  673. trisha - click to see my bigger and better Opening Day pictures April 30th, 2009 at 8:58 pm

    Awww Jason Bay just looked like the man in Grant Wood’s American Gothic, trying to catch the ball with a pitchfork rather than a glove, and dancing it all over the field!

    :lol:

  674. ZMAN7777 April 30th, 2009 at 8:58 pm

    Joe — I’ll definitely give you the TB performance.

  675. Betsy April 30th, 2009 at 8:58 pm

    SJ, think it’s possible that the Boston game really threw him for a loop? AJ seemed mentally tough in his first few starts, but the last two – not so much.

  676. EvoLuTioN April 30th, 2009 at 8:58 pm

    randy,
    nice. Surprise for a ground ball pitcher :o

  677. Rishi April 30th, 2009 at 8:59 pm

    posada, man – take a freaking pitch

  678. BBB April 30th, 2009 at 8:59 pm

    LOL at the Toyota text poll. How could they even ask that?

    And if they were gonna ask such a ridiculous question, why was Molina not a choice?

  679. Pel (Uncertainty is certain.) April 30th, 2009 at 8:59 pm

    apparently, jorge thinks this is the inning where 1 pitch equals 3 strikes.

  680. Rishi April 30th, 2009 at 9:00 pm

    Hunter Jones in to pitch for Beckett – who’s Hunter Jones?

  681. Benny Blanco April 30th, 2009 at 9:01 pm

    Beckett 2-1 7.22 era…OUCH!

  682. EvoLuTioN April 30th, 2009 at 9:01 pm

    josh beckett 6ER

  683. Pat M April 30th, 2009 at 9:01 pm

    SJ, I thought the biggest challenge for AJ was getting over the implosion from Saturday….That would indicate heart and determination…So far his line is good..He’s been dinked around tonight, but he’s hanging tough…..So far I say he’s passing the test….

  684. Joe from Long Island April 30th, 2009 at 9:01 pm

    ZMAn – at least we can agree on that.

  685. EvoLuTioN April 30th, 2009 at 9:01 pm

    Rishi,
    Hunter Jones went 1-2-3 against the Yanks

  686. BBB April 30th, 2009 at 9:01 pm

    Hopefully that Jones character gets a quick out so Garza doesn’t sit too long.

  687. trisha - click to see my bigger and better Opening Day pictures April 30th, 2009 at 9:01 pm

    Rish -

    A guy who unfortunately made us look like monkeys. He must be up from PAWtucket.

  688. randy l. April 30th, 2009 at 9:02 pm

    “Tampa’s GM is smart enough to realize wins dont matter”

    jerkface-

    19 wins two years in a row probably include some numbers even a jerkface could appreciate.

    so do i imply you are of the school that doesn’t belive wang is that good?

  689. SJ44 April 30th, 2009 at 9:02 pm

    Pat M,

    You know what I like about the Angels?

    They are a no excuses team. Injuries, player changes, even tragedy, doesn’t change the way they attack teams.

    That’s the way you have to play this game.

  690. Rishi April 30th, 2009 at 9:02 pm

    oh well, the Rays appear to have enough runs :)

  691. Harold April 30th, 2009 at 9:03 pm

    did Michael Kay just say that swisher has some speed??? What the hell is he talking about swisher has 7 SB in his CAREER

  692. Boston Dave April 30th, 2009 at 9:03 pm

    randy,

    I saw that. nasty stuff.

    I’ve only caught pieces of the game but he’s been locating well.

  693. Richie April 30th, 2009 at 9:04 pm

    We need to grind out a win.

  694. Al from BK April 30th, 2009 at 9:04 pm

    Well the offense looking very yankee-like.

  695. RS April 30th, 2009 at 9:04 pm

    One interesting thing I noticed about the Red Sox these last couple days. They’re not afraid to leave their starters in.

    Yesterday Lester had given up 5 runs in 5 innings and was up to 95 pitches, but he was back out there pitching the sixth inning.

    Today Beckett was left in until he had 113 pitches, despite the fact he gave up 7 runs.

    Normally managers will yank out a starter when his pitch count is up AND he’s not pitching well at all.

    I wonder if the Red Sox have a different philosophy, or if this is just a coincidence. It doesn’t surprise me about Beckett, but Lester is one of those young starters who apparently is at “high risk” because of his innings load last year. You’d think the Sox would take him out at 100 pitches when the team is trailing by 5 runs.

  696. Rishi April 30th, 2009 at 9:04 pm

    Girardi and team responding to the arod stuff:

    http://mlb.mlb.com/news/articl.....Id=rss_nyy

  697. EvoLuTioN April 30th, 2009 at 9:04 pm

    Penny/Beckett 7+ ERA
    Lester is at 5.40

    lol

  698. Nick in SF April 30th, 2009 at 9:05 pm

    Does Beckett just mail it in until the post-season now? Given his uber-legendary October status.

  699. Betsy April 30th, 2009 at 9:05 pm

    Pat M, that was my worry as well with AJ. He took last Saturday’s performance hard……

  700. Paddy R April 30th, 2009 at 9:05 pm

    nice job by the yankee offense working counts against a kid making his second start. 95 pitches through 6 innings.

  701. Benny Blanco April 30th, 2009 at 9:06 pm

    COME ON AJ!!!!!

  702. Sean Serritella April 30th, 2009 at 9:06 pm

    What AJ really needs to do is start “J**king” off on the mound.

  703. Rishi April 30th, 2009 at 9:06 pm

    i mean really – enough with the hits

  704. BBB April 30th, 2009 at 9:06 pm

    Nick – Didn’t work out too well for him this past Oct. if that was the case. As I recall the Rays were all over him then, too.

  705. ZMAN7777 April 30th, 2009 at 9:08 pm

    “He took last Saturday’s performance hard……”

    As well he should

  706. randy l. April 30th, 2009 at 9:08 pm

    “They are a no excuses team. Injuries, player changes, even tragedy, doesn’t change the way they attack teams.”

    i like the way they have a theme of always applying pressure. whether it works or not they just keep coming.

  707. Just another handle. April 30th, 2009 at 9:09 pm

    Garza perfect through 6. TB up 7-0

  708. GreenBeret7 April 30th, 2009 at 9:09 pm

    Garza perfect through 6. 76 pitches

  709. pat April 30th, 2009 at 9:09 pm

    Big double play as I sit down to watch.

  710. Nick in SF April 30th, 2009 at 9:10 pm

    BBB: maybe he thinks he has to save it up now? Either way, I like it. I wonder how long it will take until the word “blister” makes an appearance. Or are those days gone for good? ;)

  711. S.A.--It's a marathon, not a sprint. Calm down. April 30th, 2009 at 9:10 pm

    nice dp

  712. Joe from Long Island April 30th, 2009 at 9:10 pm

    Give credit to AJ – he’s getting it done as his own “relief pitcher”.

  713. Betsy April 30th, 2009 at 9:11 pm

    ZMann, no question…….

    No excuses either tonight – just didn’t have it.

  714. Sean Serritella April 30th, 2009 at 9:11 pm

    These base runners for Anaheim seem more aggressive than the Rays. They’re half way down to second with their leads.

  715. ALB3 April 30th, 2009 at 9:11 pm

    People won’t like this following statement, but I think Girardi should use Veras for the 8th.

    His stuff when he threw those 3 innings was nastier than I’ve ever seen it and I’ve got a feeling he’ll throw well tonight.

    Using Coke again wouldn’t be a good idea. We can’t just use him every game.

  716. Rishi April 30th, 2009 at 9:12 pm

    i wold say AJ’s done now…can we get a run or two here, please

  717. Abe/s Odd World April 30th, 2009 at 9:12 pm

    This is semi Yankee related, but I watch these games via MLB Gameday, and is anyone else pissed that you have to pay now for services that they used to offer for free (video highlights)?? As if the MLB doesn’t make enough money as it is, I’ve already had to pay for the iPod/iPhone app version of Gameday, but now they want another $20 for the “premium-but used to be free” full version of Gameday??

  718. S.A.--It's a marathon, not a sprint. Calm down. April 30th, 2009 at 9:12 pm

    AJ didn’t have his best outing, but he battled

  719. rconn23 April 30th, 2009 at 9:12 pm

    He wasn’t great, but nice job by Burnett to battle through and go 7 innings.

    Let’s pick up a run or two, turn it over to Melancon and Rivera, and everyone drive home safely.

  720. trisha - click to see my bigger and better Opening Day pictures April 30th, 2009 at 9:12 pm

    Betsy, AJ surrendered 2, 2, and 3 ER in his starts with Molina. Not so with Posada. SJ has suggested that he and Posada are not on the same page and have to find a way to get there. Maybe this isn’t all on Burnett and so maybe you shouldn’t dump it all there.

  721. Betsy April 30th, 2009 at 9:12 pm

    I hate the Angels, ally, but after the tragedy with Nick Adenhart, I can’t get upset at them anymore – except when they play the Yankees. They’re an admirable team.

  722. GreenBeret7 April 30th, 2009 at 9:12 pm

    Good strong final two innings by Burnett to finsh the night.

  723. ZMAN7777 April 30th, 2009 at 9:13 pm

    Frankly, it’s sickening that Boston has won so often given how poorly Beckett and Lester have pitched. Hopefully, the law of averages will catch up with Wakefield soon too.

  724. bdog375 April 30th, 2009 at 9:13 pm

    Garza is becoming one of the best big game pitchers. He was the Rays best pitcher in the post season last year and he has owned the sox the past two seasons. Considering he is still developing he might be the pitcher in their organization.

  725. Boston Dave April 30th, 2009 at 9:13 pm

    “i mean really – enough with the hits”

    AJ went 7 innings, 8 hits, and just 1 walk

    not exactly terrible

    one of the 3 extra base hits should have been a single too

  726. Pat M April 30th, 2009 at 9:13 pm

    SJ, The Angel Organization ( as do the Twins ) teach that brand of baseball all the way down to low A ball….It’s a club philosphy , just as the pitchers believe they own the plate, and teach the low zone…..Very strong on fundamentals…..As I mentioned aerlier, their defense has been spotty this season and it’s cost them a few games…..Third time thru the lineup I thought the Yanks would take this kid out….

  727. DT April 30th, 2009 at 9:13 pm

    When Michael Kay said Nick Swisher had speed, I was ready to call a Narc.

  728. EvoLuTioN April 30th, 2009 at 9:13 pm

    lets hope the yanks can get burnett some more runs so hes in line for the win

  729. ZMAN7777 April 30th, 2009 at 9:14 pm

    AJ wasn’t awful tonight, Betsy. He’s just inconsistent.

  730. Boston Dave April 30th, 2009 at 9:14 pm

    “Considering he is still developing he might be the pitcher in their organization.”

    ——–

    Tampa Bay is going to have a few aces soon enough.

    They’ll be in the race for a while with that core of young guys.

  731. EvoLuTioN April 30th, 2009 at 9:14 pm

    bdog, theres nothing surprising there. Garza has the best stuff of the rays rotation and thats widely known

  732. ZMAN7777 April 30th, 2009 at 9:15 pm

    It’s sad that we have no one on the bench to pinch hit.

  733. EvoLuTioN April 30th, 2009 at 9:15 pm

    sickening is penny being 2-0 with a 7+ era

  734. jennifer April 30th, 2009 at 9:15 pm

    Terry removing players, I guess trying to change his luck. Can’t play it straight can he?

  735. EvoLuTioN April 30th, 2009 at 9:16 pm

    lets hope we don’t help scot shields here, he’s been terrible for the angels thus far

  736. trisha - click to see my bigger and better Opening Day pictures April 30th, 2009 at 9:16 pm

    And the Hunter just became the hunted!

    8-0 Rays, compliments of Longoria.

    Yeow-

  737. Betsy April 30th, 2009 at 9:16 pm

    Trish, there’s no bigger AJ fan than me, but I just can’t blame the catcher for the pitcher’s problems. If SJ is right, then yes – AJ and Jorge both need to work together to fix this. They worked fine in ST – so I don’t see what else could have changed. It doesn’t matter – AJ and the other pitchers are just going to have to find a way to make it work. They should be better than this.

  738. Frontier April 30th, 2009 at 9:16 pm

    This is what AJ is

    That’s why he had a 4.07 ERA last year and a 3.81 career ERA and is only 10 games over .500.

    He is an inconsistent pitcher. All the stuff in the world, mediocre results. You can do a hell of a lot worse for your #3 starter though. But don’t expect him to be an ace.

  739. Pat M April 30th, 2009 at 9:17 pm

    Tampa plays the same ball as the Angels…Joe Madden had been the bench coach and long time Angel organizational guy for decades….

  740. jennifer April 30th, 2009 at 9:17 pm

    Nice that Evan is on my fantasy team. :-)

  741. BBB April 30th, 2009 at 9:17 pm

    I still can’t believe the Twins traded Garza for Delmon Young. I cant believe how overhyped Young turned out to be. If Swisher sees the most pitches in baseball, he has to see the fewest.

  742. Rishi April 30th, 2009 at 9:17 pm

    c’mon damon – let’s do this

  743. Nat April 30th, 2009 at 9:18 pm

    You have to admire the Angels. They, along with the Red Sox are teams who we should try to emulate.

  744. EvoLuTioN April 30th, 2009 at 9:18 pm

    Nat,
    luck is on the red sox side thus far

  745. GreenBeret7 April 30th, 2009 at 9:18 pm

    Ex-Yankee and now Tampa catcher Michel Hernandez has his first ML homer against Boston

  746. trisha - click to see my bigger and better Opening Day pictures April 30th, 2009 at 9:19 pm

    Betsy nothing will be better than for them to both get on the same page.

    I didn’t remember them from ST but yes I agree then, if they had it going in ST they should have it going now.

    I know you weren’t here for the beginning of the game but Kay was mentioning the difference in BA with Molina and Posada catching AJ and I think it was like 226 v. 376. Something like that.

  747. joe April 30th, 2009 at 9:19 pm

    wow shields has walked a lot of men o.o

  748. igotid88 April 30th, 2009 at 9:19 pm

    I didn’t know the rays/sox game was on mlb network.

  749. EvoLuTioN April 30th, 2009 at 9:20 pm

    BBB, delmon young is still ONLY 23 years old, don’t be so quick to judge him.

    Twins should be playing him everyday but they aren’t

  750. O-Dawg April 30th, 2009 at 9:20 pm

    Burnett has always had a rep. of being a hot head and being too emotional. The cursing on the mound/bat boy incident are just more examples as was his inability to hold a 6-0 lead last week because he got too amped up.

    Emotion is only good if you can channel it properly. Otherwise, it is more of a detriment.

  751. trisha - click to see my bigger and better Opening Day pictures April 30th, 2009 at 9:21 pm

    “wow shields has walked a lot of men o.o”

    :lol:

  752. Sean Serritella April 30th, 2009 at 9:21 pm

    Jeter had that base stolen.

  753. Betsy April 30th, 2009 at 9:21 pm

    ZMann, I know that’s been his MO for his career. I’m going to keep the faith with AJ until he gives me good reason not to. Maybe I’m naive – but I buy into what he’s been talking about. It’s early and his first three starts were good….We’ll see.

  754. EvoLuTioN April 30th, 2009 at 9:22 pm

    attaboy scot :lol:

  755. Rishi April 30th, 2009 at 9:22 pm

    Shelly Duncan on Twitter: http://twitter.com/shelldunc

  756. DT April 30th, 2009 at 9:22 pm

    cmon Tex – it’s almost May – change the calendar man.

  757. EvoLuTioN April 30th, 2009 at 9:23 pm

    way to kill the rally tex :(

  758. Rishi April 30th, 2009 at 9:23 pm

    c’mon TEX

  759. carl April 30th, 2009 at 9:23 pm

    Tex getting booed. Looking like jeter.

  760. jennifer April 30th, 2009 at 9:23 pm

    Mark getting his first tastes of boos.

  761. Al from BK April 30th, 2009 at 9:23 pm

    Tomorrow is May right? right?

  762. Tex's friend (CC's back and Phil is the man) April 30th, 2009 at 9:23 pm

    so are they booing tex yet?

  763. Sweet_Lou April 30th, 2009 at 9:23 pm

    the boo-birds are out for tex. May can’t come fast enough.

  764. Mark-Cant Touch This April 30th, 2009 at 9:23 pm

    Tex continues his struggles :(

  765. SJ44 April 30th, 2009 at 9:23 pm

    To AJ’s credit, he dug deep tonight.

    This a step forward for him. He didn’t cave.

    He and Jorge just need to get on the same page.

    Tex is starting to press. That ain’t good.

  766. S.A.--It's a marathon, not a sprint. Calm down. April 30th, 2009 at 9:24 pm

    Yankee Bullpen time. :|

  767. Betsy April 30th, 2009 at 9:24 pm

    O-Dawg, yeah I missed it, but the grab of the rosin bag and the cursing are not good signs at all.

  768. igotid88 April 30th, 2009 at 9:24 pm

    aw tex man

  769. DT April 30th, 2009 at 9:24 pm

    “Tomorrow is May right? right?”

    actually 2 hours and 36 minutes… but who’s counting except Tex. (and me)

  770. trisha - click to see my bigger and better Opening Day pictures April 30th, 2009 at 9:24 pm

    jen, I went to set my lineup and rotation for tonight because I had Swish and AJ on the bench, and after I did it I forgot to submit it. So according to my team, neither are playing tonight.

    :D

  771. Terry from NH April 30th, 2009 at 9:24 pm

    wow..Tex couldn’t be any worse right now! He shouldn’t even be this high in the batting order.. Cano should be wher Tex is.. Sure he walks alot, but damn he is brutal right now!! Rally kill right there

  772. BBB April 30th, 2009 at 9:25 pm

    wow, man. seriously?

    All spring I kept reminding myself Tex is a career .260 hitter in April, don’t expect too much from him….what I wouldnt give for him to hit .260 right now!

  773. Al April 30th, 2009 at 9:25 pm

    Are they booing Teix because he said he would have gone to Anahiem if they made him a similar offer?

  774. GreenBeret7 April 30th, 2009 at 9:25 pm

    Austin Jackson is 1-2 with his 6th steal. Shelley Duncan has a 2 run homer. PJ Pilittere has a solo shot.

  775. carl April 30th, 2009 at 9:26 pm

    Why not nm

  776. jennifer April 30th, 2009 at 9:26 pm

    Thanks for the info on game on mlb network.

  777. 4time April 30th, 2009 at 9:27 pm

    Teixieria is NOT worth $180 million.

    Should have signed Manny for 1\3rd the price. Atleast you knew he would hit and hit in big spots regardless of baggage.

    He also doesn’t know the meaning of the words “pressing” or “pressure”.

  778. Betsy April 30th, 2009 at 9:27 pm

    SJ, how do a pitcher and catcher go about doing that? Do you think that this is just a matter of AJ and Jorge simply being unfamilar with each other and going through a feeling out sort of process?

  779. Mark-Cant Touch This April 30th, 2009 at 9:27 pm

    If Figgins played just against the Yankees he would be in the Hall of Fame.

  780. DT April 30th, 2009 at 9:27 pm

    How is Figgins only a .247 hitter? He only hits the Yanks?

    By the end of the weekend he’ll be over .300

  781. S.A.--It's a marathon, not a sprint. Calm down. April 30th, 2009 at 9:27 pm

    2 more Coke

  782. jennifer April 30th, 2009 at 9:27 pm

    Yeah because we had a spot for him in the outfield. You know this isn’t like playstation or fantasy baseball.

  783. Pat M April 30th, 2009 at 9:27 pm

    I agree SJ, he hung in there tonight and he left with his team in postion to win…..The Twins traded Garza, but Tampa traded away Edwin Jackson…..

  784. jennifer April 30th, 2009 at 9:28 pm

    I can’t believe that is how he lost it!! WOW.

  785. trisha - click to see my bigger and better Opening Day pictures April 30th, 2009 at 9:28 pm

    No hitter broken up.

    :(

  786. trisha - click to see my bigger and better Opening Day pictures April 30th, 2009 at 9:28 pm

    No hitter broken up.

    :(

  787. Doreen April 30th, 2009 at 9:28 pm

    Pat M
    April 30th, 2009 at 9:13 pm
    SJ, The Angel Organization ( as do the Twins ) teach that brand of baseball all the way down to low A ball….It’s a club philosphy , just as the pitchers believe they own the plate, and teach the low zone…..Very strong on fundamentals…..As I mentioned aerlier, their defense has been spotty this season and it’s cost them a few games…..Third time thru the lineup I thought the Yanks would take this kid out….

    ————————————–

    When you fellas talk about teaching these things, how do they teach. I mean, I’m sure it’s not just a matter of “telling” a young pitcher they own the plate, etc. How do they make sure they learn this?

    And if an organization is not teaching fundamentals, which I thought is what the minor leagues are all about, what are they teaching? Would they be more “individualized” in their teaching? Looking at a particular player’s skill set and working within that, rather than “forcing” (for lack of a better word) a player to do it the organization’s way?

    And then, do they cut players who cannot learn these fundamentals? And then do they end up with a kind of spin on the natural selection process?

    I’m curious.

    (And Teixeira isn’t just starting slow, he’s almost going backwards!)

  788. Tom in N.J. April 30th, 2009 at 9:28 pm

    Is Brackman pitching tonight?

  789. carl April 30th, 2009 at 9:28 pm

    perfect game no hitter is over :(

  790. Boston Dave April 30th, 2009 at 9:28 pm

    perfect game over

    Ellsbury single

  791. Rishi April 30th, 2009 at 9:28 pm

    there went the no hitter

  792. Don 432 April 30th, 2009 at 9:29 pm

    Slow start
    Injuries
    Shakey bullpen
    High priced FA acquisitions disappointing out of the gate
    Lack of clutch hitting
    Ownage by the Angels

    Some things never change. A leopard can’t change it’s spots.

  793. Rishi April 30th, 2009 at 9:29 pm

    didn’t see the hit – should Bartlett have gotten him

  794. EvoLuTioN April 30th, 2009 at 9:30 pm

    garza gave up a hit to jacoby

    a really crappy infield single

  795. Betsy April 30th, 2009 at 9:30 pm

    Tex will be fine – I’m not worried.

  796. jennifer April 30th, 2009 at 9:30 pm

    It was a perfect game. :-( How sweet would that have been. Stunk it was on a soft hit up the middle.

  797. Scorpio April 30th, 2009 at 9:30 pm

    why in the world is Albaladejo warming up? omg…

    Bummer for Garza. Ellsbury yet again!

  798. Nick in SF April 30th, 2009 at 9:31 pm

    It’s a cliche, but I love how Tex still does it with the glove through his rough patch at the plate. Only the International Date Line is holding him back now.

  799. carl April 30th, 2009 at 9:31 pm

    Muh lan Sin

  800. BBB April 30th, 2009 at 9:31 pm

    If anything I kind of wish the Yankees traded Matsui while he still had value so signing Manny would have actually been an option….but then I have visions of Matsui hustling down the line to beat out a grounder, busted knee and all…and Manny starts to seem a bit less attractive.

    Maybe he opts out this fall and becomes a FA when we have a DH spot open though, you never know…

  801. EvoLuTioN April 30th, 2009 at 9:32 pm

    what in the world is glowmen?

  802. randy l. April 30th, 2009 at 9:32 pm

    “Tampa plays the same ball as the Angels…Joe Madden had been the bench coach and long time Angel organizational guy for decades….”

    pat m-

    good point . what’s interesting is that the rays have these wall street statistical analysis guys owning and running the team, but they play old schol baseball. i was down at their minor league complex last spring training, and they were doing bunting drills i hadn’t seen before.

    they obviously believe in giving up outs to score one run- just like the angels do.very un- moneyball.

  803. Rishi April 30th, 2009 at 9:32 pm

    Hey! it’s already May in Asia and Europe…

  804. tampayank April 30th, 2009 at 9:32 pm

    infield single too for ellsbury, could have been in out; let’s go Yanks!

  805. jennifer April 30th, 2009 at 9:32 pm

    Terry out there arguing, why are they letting him argue so long? Toss him out.

  806. EvoLuTioN April 30th, 2009 at 9:32 pm

    coke was pumped!

  807. trisha - click to see my bigger and better Opening Day pictures April 30th, 2009 at 9:32 pm

    jen, did you hear Michael Kay just blame Bob Lorenz for breaking it up? That’s a riot seeing it’s his big mouth that usually is responsible. Tonight Lorenz announced it early and Michael Kay said he had just jinxed it.

    At least Kay is finally getting it!

  808. hardwired April 30th, 2009 at 9:32 pm

    Every time they say, “Ortega” I start Jonesing for a taco.

  809. GreenBeret7 April 30th, 2009 at 9:32 pm

    Jackson now 2-3 and hitting .371.

  810. BBB April 30th, 2009 at 9:32 pm

    damn, Garza lost it. Ellsbury likes little boys!!

  811. Nick in SF April 30th, 2009 at 9:32 pm

    Ouch, Kay, “He goes!” too close to “He gone!” for comfort.

  812. carl April 30th, 2009 at 9:32 pm

    Hell yeah coke.

  813. DT April 30th, 2009 at 9:32 pm

    Youk 0-2 tonight and pulled from lineup.

    that voodoo doll is gold Jerry. Gold.

  814. Joe from Long Island April 30th, 2009 at 9:33 pm

    Forget Joba in the ‘pen. It’s Coke and Melancon.

  815. BBB April 30th, 2009 at 9:33 pm

    hardwired I hear ya, everytime they say Coke I start jonesing for…heh, nevermind.

  816. S.A.--It's a marathon, not a sprint. Calm down. April 30th, 2009 at 9:33 pm

    Well done Coke

  817. rconn23 April 30th, 2009 at 9:34 pm

    SJ44, I agree with you Coke is just OK, but man am I hoping he just become pretty good. We need any bullpen arm we can find.

  818. ARX April 30th, 2009 at 9:34 pm

    I would feel much better, if they put up a run and it went to Mo, than it were still tied after 8 and it went to Albaladejo :(

  819. Joe Mama April 30th, 2009 at 9:34 pm

    ok how about a couple of runs here before the monsoon hits

  820. SJ44 April 30th, 2009 at 9:34 pm

    Betsy,

    It’s all about communication.

    Talk out game situations, what to throw to certain hitters, how to minimize damage, etc.

    It’s about building trust and comfort with each other.

    Often, that takes longer than just ST.

  821. trisha - click to see my bigger and better Opening Day pictures April 30th, 2009 at 9:34 pm

    Scorp, it was just a lazy little come backer that went over the mound. The good thing is that an 8-0 score allows Garza a little distraction time without doing a lot of harm.

  822. Yes can April 30th, 2009 at 9:35 pm

    Selena Roberts on Twitter.

    http://www.twitter.com/selenaroberts

  823. Tankus April 30th, 2009 at 9:35 pm

    Al,

    Those comments were kind of funny. A punch in the gut to the Yankee fans who thought Teix always dreamed of being a Yankee…..

  824. GreenBeret7 April 30th, 2009 at 9:35 pm

    Austin Romine has a solo homer….Montero is 0-3 with a walk. Montero also caught 1 stealing and has a passed ball.

  825. Killa Cali April 30th, 2009 at 9:36 pm

    I’m actually not confident in MO right now

    If the game is still tied in the 9th, go to Bruney.

  826. trisha - click to see my bigger and better Opening Day pictures April 30th, 2009 at 9:36 pm

    “Youk 0-2 tonight and pulled from lineup.

    that voodoo doll is gold Jerry. Gold.”

    :lol:

  827. Rishi April 30th, 2009 at 9:36 pm

    wow – people are having a lot of fun with Twitter!

  828. Nick in SF April 30th, 2009 at 9:37 pm

    “what in the world is glowmen?”

    Plural of ‘glow man’? I think Kay is getting paranoid.

    DT: I never did get to hear that clip you posted, can you give me a clue? I’m pretty well-versed in my Seinfeld references.

  829. Doreen April 30th, 2009 at 9:37 pm

    trisha -

    did anyone visit the mound right after the hit? To help him get a breather?

  830. EvoLuTioN April 30th, 2009 at 9:37 pm

    phew, cano continues the streak

  831. carl April 30th, 2009 at 9:37 pm

    GJ CANO!

  832. hardwired April 30th, 2009 at 9:37 pm

    Killa Cali, I don’t think they have time to activate Bruney before the next inning.

  833. ARX April 30th, 2009 at 9:38 pm

    “Robbie’s batting streak is on the line….”
    WHAM
    hehe

  834. RalphieD April 30th, 2009 at 9:38 pm

    phew..cano extends the streak

  835. Rishi April 30th, 2009 at 9:38 pm

    ok posada – let’s do something here

  836. GreenBeret7 April 30th, 2009 at 9:38 pm

    Brackman got knocked around in Charleston, Angelini has no errors, Ray Kruml has two more hits.

  837. EvoLuTioN April 30th, 2009 at 9:38 pm

    Twitter: I’m on the toilet taking a dump

  838. DT April 30th, 2009 at 9:38 pm

    Bobby Abreu went to the Dane Cook school of acting.

  839. trisha - click to see my bigger and better Opening Day pictures April 30th, 2009 at 9:38 pm

    Doreen, try just about all of them. It was so nice to see. They all went and gave him a pat.

  840. carl April 30th, 2009 at 9:38 pm

    Ahhh are you serious!?!?!?

  841. EvoLuTioN April 30th, 2009 at 9:38 pm

    Angels just got SO lucky….

    posada ground rule double

  842. Brandon If Melancon doesn't K the first batter he's a bust "I LOVE ME SOME ME !" April 30th, 2009 at 9:39 pm

    damn

  843. Betsy April 30th, 2009 at 9:39 pm

    Not trying to be facetious, but maybe the new guys and Jorge should go out together……..In ST, they didn’t even work full time as battery mates because the Yankees had to be cautious with Jorge. Pitchers are always having to get used to new catchers – it really shouldn’t be too difficult to get them on the same page.

  844. trisha - click to see my bigger and better Opening Day pictures April 30th, 2009 at 9:39 pm

    SOMEONE BETTER COME UP WITH A SAC FLY RIGHT NOW!

    Just sayin

  845. carl April 30th, 2009 at 9:39 pm

    Come on swishAAAh

  846. joe April 30th, 2009 at 9:39 pm

    is melancon warming?

  847. Rishi April 30th, 2009 at 9:39 pm

    ok, Swisher…something – anything here…sac fly, whatever

  848. RalphieD April 30th, 2009 at 9:39 pm

    damn why couldnt that wall be just a bit higher lol

  849. EvoLuTioN April 30th, 2009 at 9:40 pm

    intentionally walking swisher lol

  850. DT April 30th, 2009 at 9:40 pm

    Nick – it was the episode where Elaine and Jerry were fighting. Kramer walks in and yells – stop it, stop it now. Can’t you two see you are in love with each other?

  851. BBB April 30th, 2009 at 9:40 pm

    wow, bad break for us. Still, lets get em here!!!

  852. Brandon If Melancon doesn't K the first batter he's a bust "I LOVE ME SOME ME !" April 30th, 2009 at 9:40 pm

    oh come on !

  853. Sean Serritella April 30th, 2009 at 9:40 pm

    I’m calling this now. Grand Slam by Melky.

  854. ARX April 30th, 2009 at 9:40 pm

    Cmon Melky make em pay…I’m calling bases clearing double ;)

  855. EvoLuTioN April 30th, 2009 at 9:40 pm

    lets go LA LECHE

  856. RalphieD April 30th, 2009 at 9:40 pm

    melky please get a run in..please

  857. carl April 30th, 2009 at 9:40 pm

    Melk man lets get it

  858. SJ44 April 30th, 2009 at 9:40 pm

    Rconn,

    Used smartly, Coke can contribute. I just don’t want folks overrating him.

    That said, he’s better than just about everybody else out there.

    Abreu showing why he is an Ex-Yankee. Just an awful defensive player at this point in his career.

    Bad break there. Ball needed to hit the fence.

    Big spot for Melky here. Need to score in this inning.

  859. Scorpio April 30th, 2009 at 9:40 pm

    i feel so nervous now. I WANT THIS GAME!

  860. Scorpio April 30th, 2009 at 9:40 pm

    i feel so nervous now. I WANT THIS GAME!

  861. BBB April 30th, 2009 at 9:41 pm

    ack, IBB. Why don’t we have Juan Miranda on our bench again?

  862. Mark-Cant Touch This April 30th, 2009 at 9:41 pm

    Come on Milkman

  863. EvoLuTioN April 30th, 2009 at 9:41 pm

    MELKY COMES THROUGH HELL YEAH

  864. Rishi April 30th, 2009 at 9:41 pm

    Melky – you get this run in and you get to play center tomorrow…

  865. carl April 30th, 2009 at 9:41 pm

    yes!!!

  866. Donnie April 30th, 2009 at 9:41 pm

    Melky.

    With the bases loaded.

    Good lord, why?

    Don’t get me wrong, Melky’s been MUCH better lately…but he ALWAYS presses in these spots.

  867. RalphieD April 30th, 2009 at 9:41 pm

    nice job melky!!!!!!!!!

  868. Uncle Ellsworth April 30th, 2009 at 9:41 pm

    the melkman

  869. Kevlar April 30th, 2009 at 9:41 pm

    Teix is kind of like A-Rod in that regard, Tank.

    He tries to say something to please everyone, not realizing that he may alienate his own team by complimenting someone. There is a reason all the beat writers thought he was too perfect and maybe disingenuous.

    Though in this case, he was being honest. Even Heyman (the Boras mole) said that he would have preferred to stay in Anaheim, but everyone dismissed it. Now they hard it from the horse’s mouth…

    But forget that… his hitting has been awful. Under .200 to start the year.

  870. Betsy April 30th, 2009 at 9:41 pm

    Melky!!!

  871. Donnie April 30th, 2009 at 9:41 pm

    Okay, nevermind. Way to go, Melky!

  872. trisha - click to see my bigger and better Opening Day pictures April 30th, 2009 at 9:41 pm

    TRISHA HEARTS MELKY!!!!!

  873. ARX April 30th, 2009 at 9:41 pm

    Rats! only one! Mo to close it out now :)

  874. Yes can April 30th, 2009 at 9:41 pm

    omg, selena roberts admitting what she is

  875. pat April 30th, 2009 at 9:41 pm

    Leche ain’t looking back now!

  876. Nick in SF April 30th, 2009 at 9:41 pm

    Melky has a recent history of helping with the run line, just one there??? ;)

    I think we’re getting more.

  877. Blackdragon905 April 30th, 2009 at 9:42 pm

    melky!!!!

  878. Rishi April 30th, 2009 at 9:42 pm

    yay melky!! you get to play tomorrow!!! :)

  879. S.A.--It's a marathon, not a sprint. Calm down. April 30th, 2009 at 9:42 pm

    Melky!

  880. Yes can April 30th, 2009 at 9:42 pm

    http://www.twitter.com/selenaroberts

  881. Richie April 30th, 2009 at 9:42 pm

    Some people forget that Melky is younger than Gardner. He may be starting to get it.

  882. tommyfusco April 30th, 2009 at 9:42 pm

    here come the melky hat….i mean fans

  883. Uncle Ellsworth April 30th, 2009 at 9:42 pm

    Enchilaaada!

  884. carl April 30th, 2009 at 9:42 pm

    Pena!!!!!!!!!!!!

  885. Brandon If Melancon doesn't K the first batter he's a bust "I LOVE ME SOME ME !" April 30th, 2009 at 9:42 pm

    YEH RAMIRO !

  886. Donnie April 30th, 2009 at 9:42 pm

    A-Rod who?

  887. Mark-Cant Touch This April 30th, 2009 at 9:42 pm

    Pena who?

  888. Tom in N.J. April 30th, 2009 at 9:42 pm

    I really like the kid…

  889. ARX April 30th, 2009 at 9:42 pm

    PENA!!!!!!!!!
    LMAO never thought I’d say that…

  890. RalphieD April 30th, 2009 at 9:43 pm

    YEA PENA!!!!

  891. Richie April 30th, 2009 at 9:43 pm

    Pena is getting better.

  892. trisha - click to see my bigger and better Opening Day pictures April 30th, 2009 at 9:43 pm

    The little sweetheart Pena!!!!!

  893. Bronx Jeers April 30th, 2009 at 9:43 pm

    Pena is doin good for himself!

  894. Laura - Plug it in, change the world! April 30th, 2009 at 9:43 pm

    Again, why did the Yankees say that Pena couldn’t hit?

  895. Kevlar April 30th, 2009 at 9:43 pm

    yeah… gardner is better than melky!!

  896. Pat M April 30th, 2009 at 9:43 pm

    OK, Who throws the 9th now ?????

  897. DT April 30th, 2009 at 9:43 pm

    There is the big inning I was expecting!

    That was big for Pena. Great confidence builder. (not being ph for)

  898. BBB April 30th, 2009 at 9:43 pm

    PENA!!!! Yeah boyyyy!

  899. EvoLuTioN April 30th, 2009 at 9:43 pm

    wow, amazing

  900. joe April 30th, 2009 at 9:43 pm

    who says the yanks need arod back?!

  901. SJ44 April 30th, 2009 at 9:43 pm

    That’s why Pena needs to stay here when Arod comes back. He can play.

  902. Yes can April 30th, 2009 at 9:43 pm

    big rbi’s from them, aww the poor wittle angels are lacking against us, about time!

  903. Rishi April 30th, 2009 at 9:43 pm

    so Melky and Pena feel a whole lot more clutch than Tex

  904. Blackdragon905 April 30th, 2009 at 9:43 pm

    pena!!!!!

  905. pat April 30th, 2009 at 9:44 pm

    Pena has to stay.

  906. Nick in SF April 30th, 2009 at 9:44 pm

    DT: thanks, I know it well. Alas, in think in this case my love is unrequited. :(

  907. cano he didnt April 30th, 2009 at 9:44 pm

    pena>ransom

  908. Tex's friend (CC's back and Phil is the man) April 30th, 2009 at 9:44 pm

    dont start the we dont need a -rod back crap again, but pena looks pretty good.

  909. Brandon If Melancon doesn't K the first batter he's a bust "I LOVE ME SOME ME !" April 30th, 2009 at 9:44 pm

    “A-Rod who?”

    umm no I wouldn’t say that :lol:

  910. rconn23 April 30th, 2009 at 9:44 pm

    Great job by Melky. And how about the all-glove, no bat Pena coming through. Good stuff.

  911. Jerzz April 30th, 2009 at 9:44 pm

    Coke is kind of like Luis Vizcaino was in 07 for us

    Not very good, but the best of a weak bunch. Therefore, he will get the chance to pitch a lot.

  912. trisha - click to see my bigger and better Opening Day pictures April 30th, 2009 at 9:44 pm

    tommyfusco -

    :lol:

  913. BBB April 30th, 2009 at 9:45 pm

    Also, competition brings out the best in Melky. I’m proud of the kid. And Pena should have been playing the whole time instead of Ransom!

  914. Joe Mama April 30th, 2009 at 9:45 pm

    good job there by Pena, who needs A-Rod

  915. Harold April 30th, 2009 at 9:45 pm

    “Update, 9:39 p.m.: Intentionally walking Swisher was a good move. Never let the MVP candidate beat you in that spot.”

    Not a good move when the melk is fresh

  916. NITRO April 30th, 2009 at 9:45 pm

    The Senior Citizen would have hit a grand slam.

  917. GreenBeret7 April 30th, 2009 at 9:45 pm

    I see that the Yanks have been able to remove one of their center fielders’ picture from the
    melk carton…..errrr….milk carton.

  918. trisha - click to see my bigger and better Opening Day pictures April 30th, 2009 at 9:45 pm

    Michel Hernandez just had the first 3-hit game of his career!

    Awww. Nice.

  919. Sweet_Lou April 30th, 2009 at 9:45 pm

    every Yankee has at least 1 hit

  920. Joe from Long Island April 30th, 2009 at 9:45 pm

    Pena stays, Berroa goes to Scranton – you can never have enough back up players (grinning)

  921. DT April 30th, 2009 at 9:45 pm

    Am I the only one who is getting really frustrated with this positive RISP hitting? What are we going to complain about?

  922. Joe from Long Island April 30th, 2009 at 9:47 pm

    Now Jeter needs to drive in these two – like Pete says, you have to step on the Angels’ neck.

  923. YankeeRay April 30th, 2009 at 9:47 pm

    Jala Pena

  924. trisha - click to see my bigger and better Opening Day pictures April 30th, 2009 at 9:47 pm

    “Also, competition brings out the best in Melky.”

    BBB, couldn’t agree with you more.

  925. Rishi April 30th, 2009 at 9:47 pm

    this is about to no longer be a save situation

  926. carl April 30th, 2009 at 9:47 pm

    I would love to see Damon hit a granny. Or Tex even.

  927. Betsy April 30th, 2009 at 9:47 pm

    Pena! Man, this kid is doing some kind of job. I don’t know if he can keep it up with the bat, but he can really pick it at 3rd……I want this game so badly, I can taste it, lol

  928. Benny Blanco April 30th, 2009 at 9:47 pm

    melky is taking his job back.

  929. Ryan (Im just waiting till the shine wears off) April 30th, 2009 at 9:48 pm

    What do the yankees think they are doing getting hits in big spots like that. I am appalled.

  930. Joe I April 30th, 2009 at 9:48 pm

    “Am I the only one who is getting really frustrated with this positive RISP hitting? What are we going to complain about?”

    Don’t worry, someone will find something to complain about on this board. You should know better.

  931. Dazz April 30th, 2009 at 9:48 pm

    So what was the purpose of using Scott Shields for 2 batters but not letting him pitch the 8th too?

    Shields has owned us, we own Spier.

  932. RalphieD April 30th, 2009 at 9:48 pm

    “Coke is kind of like Luis Vizcaino was in 07 for us

    Not very good, but the best of a weak bunch. Therefore, he will get the chance to pitch a lot.”

    why do people think coke isnt good…he has pretty good stuff..its just a matter of consistency

  933. ARX April 30th, 2009 at 9:48 pm

    cmon Damon, grand slam here, really bury these guys…

  934. Teixeiramvp (JobaCyYoung) April 30th, 2009 at 9:48 pm

    LET’S GO YANKEES!
    GRAND SLAM JOHNNY!
    Just want to say that before the game I said about Pena “I like this kid. Can’t hit, but he’s a great fielder.” Great job, Pena!

  935. trisha - click to see my bigger and better Opening Day pictures April 30th, 2009 at 9:49 pm

    “Am I the only one who is getting really frustrated with this positive RISP hitting? What are we going to complain about?”

    :lol:

    Hey wait. I have an idea. How about whether Molina is a better defensive catcher than Jorge?

  936. Sweet_Lou April 30th, 2009 at 9:49 pm

    nice that Pena is playing well: takes the pressure off ARod having to come charging in; now he can ease in slowly.

  937. BBB April 30th, 2009 at 9:49 pm

    Trisha – I have to say I’d just about lost faith in the Melkster and never thought he’d get mad and come storming back like this. I thought he’d just get replaced and not put up a fight at all. I’m really proud of him.

  938. Kevin at SHU April 30th, 2009 at 9:49 pm

    DT we can probably complain about not seeing Mariano Rivera in this game if we end up getting a few more runs.

  939. carl April 30th, 2009 at 9:49 pm

    JOhnny will got 04 game 7 alcs on him watch.

  940. jennifer April 30th, 2009 at 9:49 pm

    Feisty crowd. No way do the Yankees send down Pena. Alex comes back you dfa Angel. No one will pick him up.

  941. S.A.--It's a marathon, not a sprint. Calm down. April 30th, 2009 at 9:49 pm

    Let’s make the cushion bigger

  942. Benny Blanco April 30th, 2009 at 9:50 pm

    coke era down to 3.72

  943. Benny Blanco April 30th, 2009 at 9:50 pm

    coke era down to 3.72

  944. Teixeiramvp (JobaCyYoung) April 30th, 2009 at 9:50 pm

    Coke is good. Our bullpen, which will contain Coke, Melancon, Bruney, Mo, and Albaladejo (who has shown he could pitch) is starting to get hot, I hope.
    Our bullpen was really bad, but I’m hoping Melancon’s the turning point.

  945. carl April 30th, 2009 at 9:50 pm

    Nm jonny = Fail. Tex better come through or the boos will kill him.

  946. Mark-Cant Touch This April 30th, 2009 at 9:50 pm

    Well Tex here you go :)

  947. trisha - click to see my bigger and better Opening Day pictures April 30th, 2009 at 9:50 pm

    I’ve been concentrating between our game and TB, but I just caught something about Coke.

    I think Coke is the real thing. Really. He has great stuff and great control.

  948. John_Halfz April 30th, 2009 at 9:50 pm

    Bring back Gardner, please.

  949. BBB April 30th, 2009 at 9:50 pm

    Damon giving Teix the chance to be the hero

  950. DT April 30th, 2009 at 9:51 pm

    Tex grand slam in the rain?

  951. Sweet_Lou April 30th, 2009 at 9:51 pm

    it’d be sweet if tex crushed one

  952. Benny Blanco April 30th, 2009 at 9:51 pm

    Pena BA 269.

  953. Teixeiramvp (JobaCyYoung) April 30th, 2009 at 9:52 pm

    Let’s send a Tex message.
    This series is ours.

  954. rconn23 April 30th, 2009 at 9:52 pm

    Shields had a 9.20 ERA coming into the game. Whether he has pitched well against the Yanks or not in the past, Scoscia has him on a short leash.

  955. Doreen April 30th, 2009 at 9:52 pm

    Trisha -

    Thanks for that info. I was hoping somebody did. Nice it was a group.

    Good for Pena (and Melky, of course).

  956. JoeT April 30th, 2009 at 9:52 pm

    Hey does anyone have the video link of Swisher reading the line-up for the FOX game of the week??

  957. carl April 30th, 2009 at 9:52 pm

    oo mg tex

  958. carl April 30th, 2009 at 9:53 pm

    Tex you had to swing!!!!!

  959. Rishi April 30th, 2009 at 9:53 pm

    Tex needs a time out

  960. Teixeiramvp (JobaCyYoung) April 30th, 2009 at 9:53 pm

    Bad game for Tex, but can’t blame him there. Great pitch.

  961. BBB April 30th, 2009 at 9:53 pm

    geez

    OK tomorrow is May, no more suck plz Teix!

  962. Mark-Cant Touch This April 30th, 2009 at 9:53 pm

    Well May starts tomorrow.

  963. DT April 30th, 2009 at 9:53 pm

    Looks like Tex was guessing fast ball. He’s in a funk.

  964. ARX April 30th, 2009 at 9:53 pm

    its only april…Teix is a slow starter….its only april…..Teix is a slow starter……sending some vibes out there to stem the tide

  965. trisha - click to see my bigger and better Opening Day pictures April 30th, 2009 at 9:53 pm

    BBB, I know just what you’re saying. I never stopped believing that he had the stuff but I didn’t know if we were going to see him fight for that position. I am so happy he did. He is definitely rewarding our faith in him.

    And THANK YOU GOD FOR AT LEAST ONE STRONG ARM IN THE OUTFIELD!

    It makes me crazy to see people run on Johnny.

  966. Betsy April 30th, 2009 at 9:53 pm

    Ugh Damon……..terrible at bat. Tex – oy vey.

  967. Joe from Long Island April 30th, 2009 at 9:54 pm

    Tex needs a confidence boost. Might be pressing a bit, feeling frustrated; why else would he take that last pitch. Getting Alex hitting behind him next week will be good medicine.

  968. Joe April 30th, 2009 at 9:54 pm

    Man what a waste of money

    We got ourselves another A-Rod (except with 1\2 the talent)

  969. Nick in SF April 30th, 2009 at 9:54 pm

    DT: Tex is saving that for a down-by-3 situation.

    And of course the Celtics-Bulls goes to OT. How could it not?

  970. BBB April 30th, 2009 at 9:54 pm

    Wow, Celtics/Bulls going into OT yet again.

  971. cano he didnt April 30th, 2009 at 9:54 pm

    i know tex will get hitting soon and his defense is amazing, but im pretty sure another very slow starting giambi is better offensively right now…

  972. Donnie April 30th, 2009 at 9:55 pm

    My fantasy teams weeps for The Artist Formerly Known as Mark Teixeira.

    I’m so glad this month is over. Maybe he starts hitting tomorrow.

  973. SJ44 April 30th, 2009 at 9:55 pm

    Only split he threw for a strike the entire AB.

    Tex was sitting rightly sitting fastball there.

    Just a case where the pitcher won the battle on that AB.

  974. Sean Serritella April 30th, 2009 at 9:55 pm

    I was thinking the same thing, BBB. Tomorrow is May, he has to start hitting.

  975. EvoLuTioN April 30th, 2009 at 9:55 pm

    celts-bulls in OT again

  976. Rishi April 30th, 2009 at 9:55 pm

    4-5-6 hitters for Mo…keep the ball in the yard, please

  977. randy l. April 30th, 2009 at 9:56 pm

    “When you fellas talk about teaching these things, how do they teach. I mean, I’m sure it’s not just a matter of “telling” a young pitcher they own the plate, etc. How do they make sure they learn this?”
    doreen -

    i’m good friends with the twins triple a manager and the pitching coach there the last three years.

    they are old school guys who teach fundamentals. i was at a game that garza pitched when he was with them and he had attitude dripping all over him. stan cliburn had a talk with him in mid summer that garza gave cliburn credit for turning aroung his season. he basically told garza he wasn’t respecting himself or the game with all the whining about not being in the majors.

    the twins are a no nonsense kind of team. they teach fundamentals , but they also push character. that was why garza was traded. they just didn’t feel like he fit in with his attitude.maybe they were wrong. he’s very good now and was then.

    it’s not rocket science. it’s coaches who have been around the game their whole life and part of a consistent coaching team throughout the system. they teach pitchers to throw strikes and use their fielders. they teach everyone to bunt, hit and run, move runners over, and to field their positions.

    it sounds basic , but you’d be surprised how simple the game is even at the triple a level.
    there are not all kinds of teaching assistents running around. there’s a manager who coaches third base, a pitching coach, and a hitting coach who coaches first base.

    if the yankees really wanted to do something different they’d put as many coaches at the triple a level as they have at the major league level.

  978. ePic April 30th, 2009 at 9:56 pm

    Wow. Tex struck out. What a shocker. Why is a man hitting .200 batting third for the New York Yankees? A total waste.

  979. Teixeiramvp (JobaCyYoung) April 30th, 2009 at 9:57 pm

    Joe-That was a joke, right?
    Mo is not his old self this season. Hope it’s just a slow start and not age.

  980. EvoLuTioN April 30th, 2009 at 9:57 pm

    w00t rondo looks done

  981. Joe Mama April 30th, 2009 at 9:57 pm

    They need to change something up for Texeria, maybe move him down in the order for a couple of games see if that gets him going. Swisher could bat 3rd for a couple of games

  982. Pat M April 30th, 2009 at 9:57 pm

    Rivera still throwing 90 mph flat fastball cookies…

  983. hardwired April 30th, 2009 at 9:57 pm

    Michael Kay was able to drop ‘gloamin’ in yet again. I’m sure he’s very satisfied w/himself.

    Flaherty probably wants to drop kick him.

  984. Benny Blanco April 30th, 2009 at 9:57 pm

    Come on mo..

  985. SJ44 April 30th, 2009 at 9:57 pm

    Another cutter that didn’t cut.

    It’s a struggle for Mo right now.

    Gotta grind thru it.

  986. Brandon If Melancon doesn't K the first batter he's a bust "I LOVE ME SOME ME !" April 30th, 2009 at 9:58 pm

    That YES gun is so off.

  987. Terry from NH April 30th, 2009 at 9:58 pm

    Could you imagine how many more games the Yanks would have won if Tex just batted .275?…lol No excuses for him.. If this game was tied, he would have been crucified there!

  988. JasonR April 30th, 2009 at 9:59 pm

    Is the YES radar gun off? Is Mariano really throwing 87 MPH fastballs?

  989. JoeT April 30th, 2009 at 9:59 pm

    sorry my comment got jumbled in with the Teix strike out comments lol

    Does anyone have a link for the video of Swisher reading the line-up for that fox game??

  990. Teixeiramvp (JobaCyYoung) April 30th, 2009 at 9:59 pm

    Come on Mo.

  991. Bronx Jeers April 30th, 2009 at 9:59 pm

    Lets do this Mo!

  992. Brandon If Melancon doesn't K the first batter he's a bust "I LOVE ME SOME ME !" April 30th, 2009 at 10:00 pm

    92 according to stadium gun, 85 on YES. No way he gets away w/ 85 – 86

  993. joe April 30th, 2009 at 10:00 pm

    mo is throwing 90-93

  994. John_Halfz April 30th, 2009 at 10:00 pm

    Holy cow. You people are outrageously stupid. Look at Mattingly’s career splits by month. Imagine if he’d had to deal with idiotic teenaged blog posters.

  995. trisha - click to see my bigger and better Opening Day pictures April 30th, 2009 at 10:00 pm

    Kim Jones has her first postgame interview question already written out:

    “Mark, I’m sure you heard the Yankee crowd booing you each time you struck out tonight. Did that have any effect on you?”

  996. Nick in SF April 30th, 2009 at 10:00 pm

    “Flaherty probably wants to drop kick him.”

    Why should he be any different?

  997. RalphieD April 30th, 2009 at 10:01 pm

    come on mo one more!!!

  998. GreenBeret7 April 30th, 2009 at 10:01 pm

    Teixeiramvp (JobaCyYoung)
    April 30th, 2009 at 9:57 pm
    Joe-That was a joke, right?
    Mo is not his old self this season. Hope it’s just a slow start and not age.

    ————————————————————

    Jesus, give it a rest.

  999. Terry from NH April 30th, 2009 at 10:01 pm

    Really does Mo need to be here pitching in this situation? Especially after last nights debacle.. Couldn’t he be saved for tomorrows game. Now he won’t be available.

  1000. trisha - click to see my bigger and better Opening Day pictures April 30th, 2009 at 10:02 pm

    Mo looking for like Mo every minute.\

  1001. ARX April 30th, 2009 at 10:02 pm

    Ballgame :)

  1002. Bronx Jeers April 30th, 2009 at 10:02 pm

    Mo notches it.

    All is right!

  1003. carl April 30th, 2009 at 10:02 pm

    theeeeeeeee yankees win!

  1004. Rishi April 30th, 2009 at 10:02 pm

    nice one!

  1005. Teixeiramvp (JobaCyYoung) April 30th, 2009 at 10:02 pm

    Terry from NH-No excuses now, but you need to count the amount of wins that we will get when Tex hits 400 from June on.

  1006. rconn23 April 30th, 2009 at 10:03 pm

    Mo is good.

  1007. BBB April 30th, 2009 at 10:03 pm

    w00t!!! Nice win! AJ and Mo gutted it out, and a great showing for the bottom of the order.

  1008. cano he didnt April 30th, 2009 at 10:03 pm

    yeah the YES radar seems to be way off all the time this year

  1009. tampayank April 30th, 2009 at 10:04 pm

    nice win

  1010. GreenBeret7 April 30th, 2009 at 10:04 pm

    Rivera will do what Rivera has done for 14 years when he struggles….adjust.

  1011. DT April 30th, 2009 at 10:04 pm

    I’ll take a 12-10 April !

    16 road games.
    No A-Rod.
    Bad Wang.
    Pressing Tex.

    Great job tonight by AJ – giving the team innings.

  1012. S.A.--It's a marathon, not a sprint. Calm down. April 30th, 2009 at 10:04 pm

    Mo is God
    :)

  1013. Teixeiramvp (JobaCyYoung) April 30th, 2009 at 10:04 pm

    GreenBeret7-Give it a rest? Now I’m annoyed.
    I made ONE comment on Mo, who is 39 years old blew a save to the Sox and gave up a 3 run HR yesterday. I’m not making this up.
    I’m not giving it a rest. Why can’t I bring up the subject?

  1014. Betsy April 30th, 2009 at 10:04 pm

    Great job by Mo – once he gets through his usual April dead arm period, he’s going to be fine. Every April this happens – as sure as death and taxes

  1015. DC April 30th, 2009 at 10:05 pm

    Why was the YES gun showing Mo throwing in the mid 80′s? That wasn’t correct, was it?

  1016. Pat M April 30th, 2009 at 10:05 pm

    Rivera bore down and improved on every pitch…..I’m gladly eating crow…..Thou shalt never question The Great Rivera….

  1017. Teixeiramvp (JobaCyYoung) April 30th, 2009 at 10:05 pm

    Great job today though. :-)

  1018. Harold April 30th, 2009 at 10:05 pm

    Save mo for tomorrow night? Thats idiotic. We have a save situation tonight. You use him

  1019. west coast April 30th, 2009 at 10:05 pm

    MO isin’t going to be very effective if he continues to throw flat 89 MPH cutters….

    Certainly something to bear watching.

  1020. Terry from NH April 30th, 2009 at 10:06 pm

    How can you guarantee that Tex will hit .400 from here on? Some new Yankee players never adjust to being a Yankee. Hope i’m wrong (esp.since he is being paid 160 mil), but it does happen.

  1021. Mark-Cant Touch This April 30th, 2009 at 10:06 pm

    Well Milky has taken his job back from GGBG

  1022. Joe from Long Island April 30th, 2009 at 10:06 pm

    Flaherty picked up that Mo was leading too much with his left shoulder, and that Posada was motioning to him to “throw through me” – whatever Jorge told him, it seemed to work, as Mo was demonstrably better after that.

  1023. Craw April 30th, 2009 at 10:06 pm

    Thanks to Teixeira, we had to use MO in the rain a night after we wasted him because Albaladejo imploded.

  1024. DT April 30th, 2009 at 10:06 pm

    15 road games… my bad.

  1025. Marky Mark Melancon April 30th, 2009 at 10:07 pm

    TEX would be a problem currently but his glove has been sick… He will come around at worst he hits as good as giambi with 10 x the glove

  1026. V Torch April 30th, 2009 at 10:07 pm

    I think Teixeira is going to struggle against the Angels because he wanted to badly to stay there, so he is pressing against his favorite team…

  1027. Benny Blanco April 30th, 2009 at 10:07 pm

    3 straight.

  1028. Teixeiramvp (JobaCyYoung) April 30th, 2009 at 10:07 pm

    GreenBeret7-I’m not saying you won’t be right. You probably will be. But Mo can’t go forever, and there’s nothing that was done yet this year to convince me Mo had it under control.

  1029. Terry from NH April 30th, 2009 at 10:07 pm

    Harold, Dont’ ever say i’m Idiotic. 3 runs up tonight. Tomorrow could be tied or a 1 run game.. Harold go find Kumar now!!

  1030. GreenBeret7 April 30th, 2009 at 10:07 pm

    Shelley Duncan has his 2nd homer tonight and 9th on the season. Jackson has walked again…always a good sign from him.

  1031. BBB April 30th, 2009 at 10:07 pm

    Teixmvp – The same thing happened 2 Aprils ago, and everyone said the same thing you’re saying now except it was ‘he’s 37′ instead of 39. It’s not that youre being illogical to worry, but he’s Mo and has defied age so far, and has built up an entire continent of collateral and benefit of the doubt that he’ll continue to do so. 39 indeed….going on 29! :)

  1032. Run Gardner Run April 30th, 2009 at 10:08 pm

    Mariano had a grimace on his face after a pitch. Hes battling through an injury, but he wont say it

  1033. Y26 April 30th, 2009 at 10:08 pm

    How was the crowd today?

  1034. ePic April 30th, 2009 at 10:08 pm

    “Holy cow. You people are outrageously stupid. Look at Mattingly’s career splits by month. Imagine if he’d had to deal with idiotic teenaged blog posters.”

    The problem isn’t that Tex sucks in April. It’s the fact that he’s batting third. He’s hitting .200 yet he’s still batting third. It makes absolutely no sense. If he sucks in April, why in the hell do you let him bat third?

  1035. Teixeiramvp (JobaCyYoung) April 30th, 2009 at 10:08 pm

    Terry from NH-History tells us he’ll pick it up intensely.

  1036. wojo April 30th, 2009 at 10:08 pm

    Seeing Robbie in the post game interview makes me think of “Sugar”. Great movie about a young pitcher coming out of the Dominican Republic trying to make the big leagues.

    Make sure to check this movie out if it’s in your neighborhood:
    http://www.imdb.com/video/imdb/vi1463354137/

    You think guys like Robbie, Soriano, and Ortiz went to check this film out?

  1037. BBB April 30th, 2009 at 10:09 pm

    anywho, you guys will think this is blasphemy but the Celtics better win, I freaking hate the Bulls.

  1038. E-gawa April 30th, 2009 at 10:09 pm

    Yesssss! It’s nice to play the Angels when they’re slumping for once. Hopefully we take the series.

  1039. Run Gardner Run April 30th, 2009 at 10:09 pm

    “Well Milky has taken his job back from GGBG”

    He took it from him about a week ago. It’ll go back to Gardner WHEN Melky begins to struggle. Its not an if with Melky, its a when. It will go back and forth all season

  1040. trisha - click to see my bigger and better Opening Day pictures April 30th, 2009 at 10:10 pm

    Nice game, Yankee fans.

    :)

  1041. Teixeiramvp (JobaCyYoung) April 30th, 2009 at 10:10 pm

    BBB-Right…so when Mo is struggling at the age of 39 we could gurantee that he’ll work through it.
    Sorry, but I can’t gurantee that a 39 year old pitcher can keep up Mo’s fantastic stats forever.

  1042. Nick in SF April 30th, 2009 at 10:10 pm

    Sorry Pat M, but I love Big Baby!

  1043. E-gawa April 30th, 2009 at 10:10 pm

    “How was the crowd today?”

    It looked bad.. the upper deck too.

  1044. Harold April 30th, 2009 at 10:10 pm

    What is it about new Yankees first basemen struggling? Tino, Giambi, and Tex all getting the boo birds during April of their debut seasons

  1045. Doreen April 30th, 2009 at 10:10 pm

    randy l -

    It does sound simple. The only further question I have is how do you teach someone to throw strikes? Throw through a box placed at a particular spot? (I am serious).

    For instance, Kei Igawa – he had such trouble keeping his pitches down in the zone, right? When they sent him down to the minor leagues, what might they do?

    And, are you saying the Twins and Angels are teams that continue instruction even past the instructional league and that other teams do not do this?

    I just find this very fascinating. Guys play baseball all their lives. You’d think it would be more fine tuning once they reach the minor league level. And what about college baseball? Is it geared more toward winning championships than teaching players?

    And feel free to take this discussion to a new day. I realize I should be paying attention to the game, but I can’t watch Mo pitch. :oops: Almost never can.

  1046. Lala April 30th, 2009 at 10:11 pm

    Uh, Trisha, we didn’t do anything.

  1047. Terry from NH April 30th, 2009 at 10:11 pm

    Yes, but in Tex past history he wasn’t a Yankee! SO much $$, so much pressure!! He was never paid this much either. I hope he comes around because it is early, but damn he sucks right now.. Arod is sorely needed!

  1048. Eastport April 30th, 2009 at 10:11 pm

    “Mariano had a grimace on his face after a pitch. Hes battling through an injury, but he wont say it”

    Yeah, that’s what I was thinking too

  1049. GreenBeret7 April 30th, 2009 at 10:12 pm

    Eric Duncan with an RBI single and now hitting .309. Scranton leads 9-6 bottom of the 7th.

  1050. Zooboy April 30th, 2009 at 10:13 pm

    12-0 Tampa Bay.

  1051. Teixeiramvp (JobaCyYoung) April 30th, 2009 at 10:13 pm

    Terry from NH-Why worry about something when history tells us it won’t happen? Tex MIGHT not pick it up. The Yankees also MIGHT win 75 games, but I don’t believe it because of certain evidence that tells me otherwise, like with Tex.

  1052. Eastport April 30th, 2009 at 10:13 pm

    Teixeria, better start hitting or else the booing is going to get much much worse.

    The stadium isin’t even 1\2 full and you can hear the boos. Imagine when the fans finally start showing up..,

  1053. Terry from NH April 30th, 2009 at 10:13 pm

    All I know is that Mariano outings were wasted last night and tonight. Sure they won, but 8-3 and 7-4 games he was brought in.. Now they have to count on Marte and scrubs tomorrow.. Could be a momentum killer!!

  1054. RL84 April 30th, 2009 at 10:13 pm

    Teixeiramvp (JobaCyYoung) – Yea hes 39 but he’s yet to walk a batter, has more strikeouts then innings pitched and has a history of starting slow in april. That is why you shouldn’t be worried.

  1055. BBB April 30th, 2009 at 10:14 pm

    What is this stuff about Mariano battling an injury? Please dont scare me like that for no reason, it hasn’t been long enough since I quit smoking!

    Maybe he was grimacing after a pitch because he didnt like the location?

    But, did anyone else notice this?

  1056. Zooboy April 30th, 2009 at 10:14 pm

    Jonathan Van Every doing his Swish imitation.

  1057. Nick in SF April 30th, 2009 at 10:14 pm

    “How was the crowd today?”

    “It looked bad.. the upper deck too.”

    What are you talking about? The upper deck was full of glow men. They need to start buying Legends seats, though.

  1058. BBB April 30th, 2009 at 10:15 pm

    Double OT in Chicago

  1059. Teixeiramvp (JobaCyYoung) April 30th, 2009 at 10:16 pm

    RL84-I have no problem with you telling me this. It’s just that I brin up the subject and GB7 immediately jumps down my throat.
    I hope you’re right, but the fact of the matter is it will happen eventually, making Melancon critically important to the team’s future.

  1060. RDG April 30th, 2009 at 10:16 pm

    I hate the Bulls and Celtics, so luckily one of them is going to lose.

  1061. trisha - click to see my bigger and better Opening Day pictures April 30th, 2009 at 10:16 pm

    Hernandez now has a 4-hit game! 13-0

  1062. Harold April 30th, 2009 at 10:16 pm

    Terry from NH-

    What if they don’t need Mariano tomorrow? You use him when you need to close out a win. You take the win and deal with tomorrow, tomorrow

  1063. Run Gardner Run April 30th, 2009 at 10:17 pm

    “What is this stuff about Mariano battling an injury? Please dont scare me like that for no reason, it hasn’t been long enough since I quit smoking!
    Maybe he was grimacing after a pitch because he didnt like the location?
    But, did anyone else notice this?”

    I know the grimace he made, and it was a “that hurt” grimace. Buster Olney noticed it too. Its not good.

  1064. Zooboy April 30th, 2009 at 10:17 pm

    I don’t think it’s imminent by any means, but one day Mo will slow down. Savor every pitch, because I doubt we see anyone like him again for a long, long while.

  1065. Nick in SF April 30th, 2009 at 10:17 pm

    You know what they always say, when Boston and Chicago play, don’t bother watching until the second OT.

  1066. RL84 April 30th, 2009 at 10:18 pm

    Teixeiramvp (JobaCyYoung) – Yes ofcourse it will happen eventually. I think we’ve got a couple more years til we have to worry about that. But Melancon is very important now and for the future.

  1067. randy l. April 30th, 2009 at 10:18 pm

    javier lopez playing right field for the red sox and someposition player pitching.

  1068. Tex's friend (CC's back and Phil is the man) April 30th, 2009 at 10:18 pm

    sox are getting the beat down tonight

  1069. Teixeiramvp (JobaCyYoung) April 30th, 2009 at 10:18 pm

    I thought the ballpark was pretty loud and crowded.

  1070. Johnson April 30th, 2009 at 10:18 pm

    I thought the crowd seemed pretty loud today compared to the first homestand. I dunno if YES turned up the crowd or it was actually louder, but the crowd seemed more into it tonight

  1071. Teixeiramvp (JobaCyYoung) April 30th, 2009 at 10:19 pm

    RL84-I understand that, I just don’t see why I can’t bring up the subject.

  1072. Zooboy April 30th, 2009 at 10:19 pm

    Sox out hit tonite 18-1.

  1073. BBB April 30th, 2009 at 10:19 pm

    RDG – it is a bit like Saddam vs Osama, but to me the Bulls are way worse. I’ve never seen such a bunch of crybabies in professional sports as the Bulls teams of the past few years.

  1074. Dr. J April 30th, 2009 at 10:20 pm

    I love how YES isin’t even mentioning the A-Rod story

    It’s the biggest story in baseball and they just sweep is under the rug

  1075. DYNASTY IS DESTINY! April 30th, 2009 at 10:21 pm

    “Maybe he was grimacing after a pitch because he didnt like the location?

    But, did anyone else notice this?”

    Yes, I noticed it too…let’s hope it’s nothing to worry about…

    Go Yanks!

  1076. Craw April 30th, 2009 at 10:22 pm

    Hopefully LeBron James beats the Bulls or Celtics, wins a championship, then comes to NY in 2010.

  1077. Teixeiramvp (JobaCyYoung) April 30th, 2009 at 10:22 pm

    Dr. J-Good. It has nothing to do with the Yankees, it has to do with one player, and they’re not his personal autobiography crew or something.

  1078. Harold April 30th, 2009 at 10:22 pm

    I’m glad they’re not talking about A-rod v. Selena on YES

  1079. X-Mann April 30th, 2009 at 10:24 pm

    Personally, I don’t care if A-Rod is still taking steroids. As long as he comes back and hits 40 HRs.

  1080. Rishi April 30th, 2009 at 10:25 pm

    wow – van every in to pitch for boston…good for them

  1081. Kernal April 30th, 2009 at 10:26 pm

    Burnett needs to stop cursing on the mound

  1082. randy l. April 30th, 2009 at 10:26 pm

    “And, are you saying the Twins and Angels are teams that continue instruction even past the instructional league and that other teams do not do this?”

    doreen-
    i suspect all teams pretty much look the same as far as the way they teach, but it’s like anything- some people are better at what they do than others.

    ask sj or pat m. there is a remarkable difference between a triple a staff and a major league staff. think if girard was coaching thrd base for the yankees in addition to managing. don’t you think that alone would be keeping him kind of busy during a game. well that’s what they do at the triple a level.

  1083. Rishi April 30th, 2009 at 10:26 pm

    and the pitcher is going to RF…weird

  1084. BBB April 30th, 2009 at 10:26 pm

    lol at Van Every, what a Swisher wannabe. Lame! ;)

  1085. Betsy April 30th, 2009 at 10:27 pm

    Does Joe sound subdued or is it me?

  1086. S.A.--It's a marathon, not a sprint. Calm down. April 30th, 2009 at 10:28 pm

    The stadium seemed pretty loud to me tonight. At least that’s how it came across on tv.

    Let’s go Bulls. 44 sec left

  1087. Jeff April 30th, 2009 at 10:29 pm

    Teixeria needs to get over the fact that LAA didn’t make him a good offer and he couldn’t play where he wanted to. And he needs to start hitting

  1088. Rebecca-Optimist Prime April 30th, 2009 at 10:31 pm

    Uh, so Van Every, a RF was pitching for the Sox and Nick Swisher did SO much better.

    Oh, and Lester played RF.

  1089. pat April 30th, 2009 at 10:31 pm

    Roberts talks about Alex pitch tipping.

    http://sportsillustrated.cnn.c.....index.html

    Whatcha think randyl?

  1090. Joe from Long Island April 30th, 2009 at 10:31 pm

    YES hasn’t mentioned anything about a Mo injury. Given the number of reporters that follow the Yanks and are in that clubhouse, I would think that if there was a story, it would get out. Not a 100% guarantee, but somewhat comforting.

  1091. JETS 09 April 30th, 2009 at 10:32 pm

    If MO is hurt, he needs to be upfront about it.

    Sutcliffe, Phillips, and Olney all mentioned that he looks like something is up with his groin.

    His velocity is way down

  1092. Teixeiramvp (JobaCyYoung) April 30th, 2009 at 10:32 pm

    Why do you all assume he likes LA more than NY?
    He said himself that all three offers were very close, he was even on all of them and decided on the Yanks becuase of his wife.
    It’s a slow start, he does that. We’ll all get over that come June.

  1093. Teixeiramvp (JobaCyYoung) April 30th, 2009 at 10:33 pm

    I’m not going to spend time worrying over an injury that may not even exist.

  1094. Harold April 30th, 2009 at 10:34 pm

    Nino and Leche

  1095. Nick in SF April 30th, 2009 at 10:34 pm

    Anaheim is closer to Fullerton than LA. ;)

  1096. Forntoso April 30th, 2009 at 10:35 pm

    TeixMVP,

    He said it himself this evening in the Star Ledger. But Heyman mentioned this months ago

  1097. Stuckey April 30th, 2009 at 10:35 pm

    who is 39 years old blew a save to the Sox and gave up a 3 run HR yesterday. I’m not making this up.

    —————–

    He came in with 2 men on base and gave up a homerun while protecting a 5 run lead.

    People can justify it all you want, but questioning Rivera to THIS degree is lacking in perspective.

    He blew a tough save to Boston, which he’s done in his prime (on homers) and in the playoffs.

    He might not be clicking on all cylinders right now (also nothing new), but what makes it doubly ridiculous is the panicked assumption that if and when Rivera’s velocity does drop a little, that he won’t be able to make an adjustment and still be effective.

    Good pitchers ADJUST (see Mussina, Mike). The odds that Rivera IS losing is stuff AND he won’t be able to make adjustments is a double assumption based on little to nothing.

  1098. Betsy April 30th, 2009 at 10:35 pm

    LOL AJ – Kim asked him if it’s a sign of maturity that he wasn’t out after 4 or 5 innings given his struggled and he sort of smiled and replied “if you say so”…I don’t think he was too happy with his performance…….and he suggested that the media go speak with Pena, lol

  1099. Betsy April 30th, 2009 at 10:35 pm

    LOL AJ – Kim asked him if it’s a sign of maturity that he wasn’t out after 4 or 5 innings given his struggled and he sort of smiled and replied “if you say so”…I don’t think he was too happy with his performance…….and he suggested that the media go speak with Pena, lol

  1100. Rishi April 30th, 2009 at 10:35 pm

    that Pena is so “little boy” cute

  1101. GreenBeret7 April 30th, 2009 at 10:35 pm

    Teixeiramvp (JobaCyYoung)
    April 30th, 2009 at 10:16 pm
    RL84-I have no problem with you telling me this. It’s just that I brin up the subject and GB7 immediately jumps down my throat.
    I hope you’re right, but the fact of the matter is it will happen eventually, making Melancon critically important to the team’s future.

    ————————————————————

    Every time Rivera has a bad game, you start questioning his agem his health or whether he’s wearing his jock strap too tight. How about still gaining strength and he historically has his bad month in April, although most closers would kill to have his bad months.

    You do the same thing with every pitcher and every hitter.

  1102. Mark-Cant Touch This April 30th, 2009 at 10:35 pm

    Romero good for you kid :)

  1103. Trevor April 30th, 2009 at 10:35 pm

    Pena looks like a bat boy. :lol:

  1104. Bronx Jeers April 30th, 2009 at 10:36 pm

    Pena looks like a little kid.

    For all intents and purposes, he is

  1105. Teixeiramvp (JobaCyYoung) April 30th, 2009 at 10:36 pm

    Forntoso-He and it? And what exactly were the words, if you do mean Tex?

  1106. Doreen April 30th, 2009 at 10:36 pm

    Thanks, Randy l.

    Boy, Pena looks about 16! So happy for him.

  1107. Betsy April 30th, 2009 at 10:37 pm

    Rebecca, what? Lester was in RF?

  1108. Joe from Long Island April 30th, 2009 at 10:37 pm

    Well, that’s it for me. Got to get up in the morning.

    Good night, all.

  1109. Teixeiramvp (JobaCyYoung) April 30th, 2009 at 10:38 pm

    GreenBeret7-Right, like I’m defending Tex right now.
    Stop avoiding it. So he historically has a bad April. That doesn’t change the fact that he MIGHT (proabbly not) be declining at his age. That’s what ballplayers nearly in their forties do. I’m not apologizing or taking it back.

  1110. Jeff NJ April 30th, 2009 at 10:38 pm

    Great win again tonight. Nice to keep the chicken littles and doom sayers away for another day.

  1111. KThomas April 30th, 2009 at 10:38 pm

    AJ shouldn’t be happy with himself. 2nd game in a row he blew a lead.

    We are paying him $82 million. He must pitch better.

  1112. Doris from Rego Park April 30th, 2009 at 10:38 pm

    why in world wouldnt chicago foul?

  1113. Betsy April 30th, 2009 at 10:38 pm

    Pena does look like a kid – good for him. He’ll always have this moment no matter what else happens in his career….

  1114. Nick in SF April 30th, 2009 at 10:39 pm

    Mo is beyond human temporal concerns.

  1115. Benny Blanco April 30th, 2009 at 10:39 pm

    Pena looks like he’s 15 years old..lol

  1116. S.A.--It's a marathon, not a sprint. Calm down. April 30th, 2009 at 10:40 pm

    Pena looks like he should be looking for a date for the prom. Such a baby face. :)

    About to go into triple OT in Chicago

  1117. Teixeiramvp (JobaCyYoung) April 30th, 2009 at 10:41 pm

    And like I always, before yesterday’s start, defended Joba as a starter, even in his bad starts.
    I don not jump down pitchers and hitters throats when they struggle, and this is the first time I’ve mentioned Mo’s struggles.

  1118. Teixeiramvp (JobaCyYoung) April 30th, 2009 at 10:42 pm

    At least not all the time. :-)

  1119. randy l. April 30th, 2009 at 10:44 pm

    “Whatcha think randyl?”

    i think a reporter can make anything she wants if she uses unnamed sources. she’s got access to video of every major league game he’s played in. show us the proof.

    i think she’s just an opportunistic reporter who’s making up “news”.

  1120. Tantron Willoughby detests Arlen Specter April 30th, 2009 at 10:44 pm

    I say keep young Pena and trade Arod. Arod is a cancer plain and simple. It doesn’t take a book to conclude that he will disrupt the team chemistry. The team is gelling and now 9 more years of misery.

  1121. miggs April 30th, 2009 at 10:45 pm

    This Celtics/Bulls series has been fantastic.

    What these teams beating each other’s brains out tells me is that the Celts don’t have a chance against the Cavs.

  1122. the tampa yankee April 30th, 2009 at 10:47 pm

    will pena stay when ransom comes of dl and arod returns?

  1123. Teixeiramvp (JobaCyYoung) April 30th, 2009 at 10:48 pm

    Gellinf…like getting swept by the Red Sox…
    Pena did a good job, but he can’t hit.

  1124. Stuckey April 30th, 2009 at 10:48 pm

    I say keep young Pena and trade Arod.

    __________

    There isn’t a team in the league that trade for him…

  1125. Teixeiramvp (JobaCyYoung) April 30th, 2009 at 10:49 pm

    g, not f at end of gelling.

  1126. The Ghost April 30th, 2009 at 10:49 pm

    I don’t think there is anyone happier on earth tonight than Ramiro Pena.

  1127. Recko April 30th, 2009 at 10:50 pm

    I LOVE Adam Schein

  1128. Nick in SF April 30th, 2009 at 10:50 pm

    You know what they always say, when Boston and Chicago play, don’t bother watching until the -second- third OT.

  1129. Teixeiramvp (JobaCyYoung) April 30th, 2009 at 10:51 pm

    Trading A-Rod is ridiculous, we’re hurting badly w/o him.
    One good game from Pena and A-Rod’s disposable?

  1130. CaptainsCorner April 30th, 2009 at 10:51 pm

    I hope Mo is just going threw his usual April struggles. But his location is bad, velocity is down and the ball hasn’t been cutting like usual. Hopefully he gets it together because I don’t trust him right now in a 1 run game.

  1131. Pat M April 30th, 2009 at 10:51 pm

    GB7, What I was alluding to last night and earlier this evening about Rivers was yes the past few years he has some off nights in the early season…..Those problems was his sharpness in locating his cutter…What I have noticed as of late was the lack of movement ( no real cut action ) plus the loss of velocity….It’s different than years past…Even tonight as he blew thru the last three hitters, his pitches did not cut much and his speed is still down somewhat….He did improve on each pitch it seemed tonight….He’s still the greatest 1 inning reliever ever…

  1132. Boston Dave April 30th, 2009 at 10:51 pm

    The Bulls were 12-3 to end the season. They’re an up and coming team and are playing very well.

    Without Garnett, the Cavs would be pretty big favorites if the two teams even play each other… but I wouldn’t say the Celts have no chance.

  1133. Teixeiramvp (JobaCyYoung) April 30th, 2009 at 10:51 pm

    Schein’s entertaining, but stupid.

  1134. randy l. April 30th, 2009 at 10:53 pm

    Tantron Willoughby detests Arlen Specter

    does anyone care what you think about a politician ?

  1135. pat April 30th, 2009 at 10:53 pm

    randyl

    Agree with your diagnosis but guess I should have been more clear.

    Is this anything you’ve ever heard about anyone doing or is it even plausible there would be enough time for a SS to get the sign, signal it to a batter, give the infield signs and get set to field a ball in the time between sign and pitch?

  1136. Brandon If Melancon doesn't K the first batter he's a bust "I LOVE ME SOME ME !" April 30th, 2009 at 10:53 pm

    NOAHHHHHHHHHH!

  1137. Dr. Cox April 30th, 2009 at 10:55 pm

    “I say keep young Pena and trade Arod.
    There isn’t a team in the league that trade for him…”

    You can’t be serious??????

  1138. RL84 April 30th, 2009 at 10:55 pm

    Riveras cutters looked like they had good movement to me tonight. His velocity was 90-91 on gameday. Thats not what we’re used to but not abnormal when you factor in that hes coming off a shoulder surgery and doesn’t get a lot of work in spring training. I have a feeling that as the weather heats up and his arm strength is built up you’ll see his normal velocity return.

  1139. Brandon If Melancon doesn't K the first batter he's a bust "I LOVE ME SOME ME !" April 30th, 2009 at 10:56 pm

    “Trading A-Rod is ridiculous, we’re hurting badly w/o him.
    One good game from Pena and A-Rod’s disposable?”

    We’re well under .500 w/o him. Any fan that thinks we are better off w/o him has to be insane in the brain. I like Ramiro Pena too but not as a longterm, he most likely is Jete’s replacement that battles w/ Eduardo Nunez to become the successor.

  1140. whatever April 30th, 2009 at 10:56 pm

    Who on earth would prefer to root for A-Rod over Ramiro Pena? Somebody, do something. Keep him away, permanently. I’ll take good feelings over sleaze every day of the week, thanks.

  1141. StandingO'Neill April 30th, 2009 at 10:57 pm

    Well I’d say Kevin filled in nicely for Pete, he hit the 3 typical gameday jokes…1)One about Arod 2) One about the lack of fans in the front rows 3)And the ball carrying to right field.

    Well done!

  1142. Soul April 30th, 2009 at 10:57 pm

    I’d trade A-Rod for Jared Weaver, Jose Arredondo, and Dallas McPherson.

  1143. Brandon If Melancon doesn't K the first batter he's a bust "I LOVE ME SOME ME !" April 30th, 2009 at 10:57 pm

    If he is at all anywhere legit Pena can be a better Rey Ordonez, and a hell of a better fielder than Jetes is.

  1144. Nick in SF April 30th, 2009 at 10:57 pm

    What on earth is Eddie House the cold-blooded Pac-10 sharpshooter doing shooting that inside the arc??

  1145. Stuckey April 30th, 2009 at 10:59 pm

    Only in the Yankee universe would a pitcher who notched a save on 14 pitches (10 of them strikes), giving up a single, two Ks and a weak groundout to the mound be cause to be concerned.

    I’ll take this old, ineffective closer over pretty everyone else in the game, and twice on doubleheaders.

  1146. Brandon If Melancon doesn't K the first batter he's a bust "I LOVE ME SOME ME !" April 30th, 2009 at 10:59 pm

    Nick, Eddie House & Ray Allen are really pissing me off here :x

  1147. GreenBeret7 April 30th, 2009 at 10:59 pm

    Pat M
    April 30th, 2009 at 10:51 pm
    GB7, What I was alluding to last night and earlier this evening about Rivers was yes the past few years he has some off nights in the early season…..Those problems was his sharpness in locating his cutter…What I have noticed as of late was the lack of movement ( no real cut action ) plus the loss of velocity….It’s different than years past…Even tonight as he blew thru the last three hitters, his pitches did not cut much and his speed is still down somewhat….He did improve on each pitch it seemed tonight….He’s still the greatest 1 inning reliever ever…

    ————————————————————

    Yeah, I understand the lack of movement, but, I’d tend to think that the off and on cold, damp weather after the surgery has as much to do with it as anything. If it’s still like this by mid may/June, I’ll start to be concerned. He’ll do as always…make a minor adjustment in the pen and go back to driving batters crazy. I’d love for him to break out that changeup that he used on Ryan Howard in ST last uear. Howard never had a chance. Cutter and two straight knee buckling changeups. He said then that when it’s perfected, he’ll use it in a game.

  1148. randy l. April 30th, 2009 at 11:00 pm

    pat-
    well for one thing , the hitter would have to be looking at the shortstop fairly continuously waiting for the sign. you’ve watched hitters looking at the third baseman. it’s kind of obvious.
    it just seems like the kind of stuff that someone who’s never played would make up. she’s saying there was a whole network of players that all knew the signs alex was giving. she needs to name souurces if she’s going to play this game.

    until she does, i don’t take it seriously.

  1149. S.A.--It's a marathon, not a sprint. Calm down. April 30th, 2009 at 11:00 pm

    Y M C A
    It’s fun to stay the the
    Y M C A

    Hold onto this lead Chicago.

    1 point game 23.7 secs left

  1150. pat April 30th, 2009 at 11:00 pm

    whatever

    How many good feelings did you have when they got swept in Boston last weekend?

    The good feeling you have is called RBI induced glee and who has a better chance of supplying that, Alex or Ramiro?

  1151. S.A.--It's a marathon, not a sprint. Calm down. April 30th, 2009 at 11:01 pm

    the the = at the

  1152. Teixeiramvp (JobaCyYoung) April 30th, 2009 at 11:01 pm

    StuckeyHe’s a cause for concern not for today, but for yesterday and vs. Boston.
    GB7-I guess you ignoring me is better for all concerned.
    Night everybody.

  1153. Brandon If Melancon doesn't K the first batter he's a bust "I LOVE ME SOME ME !" April 30th, 2009 at 11:02 pm

    DAmn you Heinrich !

  1154. Nick in SF April 30th, 2009 at 11:02 pm

    Brandon, I once saw Eddie House torch the Cal Bears for 65 points. Or was it 66? It was brutal. That guy seriously has ice water in his veins.

  1155. BBB April 30th, 2009 at 11:02 pm

    Boston Dave, the Bulls have been a young up and coming team since 2005. I’ll believe the hype when they legitimately win a series by being the better team instead of just getting lucky facing a banged up squad of defending champs, as with the Heat in 07 and Celtics now.

  1156. DT April 30th, 2009 at 11:02 pm

    The Yankees have a better shot at selling out the $2500 seats than another team taking on A-Rod’s contract.

    He isn’t going anywhere.

  1157. David April 30th, 2009 at 11:03 pm

    Mo is going through dead arm. He didn’t throw all winter and started throwing later in spring. Every year he goes through dead arm. People freak and then he’s fine.

  1158. RL84 April 30th, 2009 at 11:03 pm

    “Only in the Yankee universe would a pitcher who notched a save on 14 pitches (10 of them strikes), giving up a single, two Ks and a weak groundout to the mound be cause to be concerned.

    I’ll take this old, ineffective closer over pretty everyone else in the game, and twice on doubleheaders.” -Stuckey
    ———————————————————

    Hahah it is amazing isn’t it

  1159. pat April 30th, 2009 at 11:03 pm

    Thanks randy.

    Somehow I’m picturing a batter looking at the SS instead of the pitcher as strike one goes bye.

  1160. Brandon If Melancon doesn't K the first batter he's a bust "I LOVE ME SOME ME !" April 30th, 2009 at 11:03 pm

    why take that foul there ?

  1161. StandingO'Neill April 30th, 2009 at 11:03 pm

    Why would you be concerned about Mo? Jesus come on relax. The homerun yesterday was really meaningless, he clearly wasn’t warm yet because Mo never misses his spot by as much as he did on that pitch to Granderson. And that wasn’t the first game he’s ever blown against Boston. I swear people look for things to worry about.

  1162. randy l. April 30th, 2009 at 11:04 pm

    “you’ve watched hitters looking at the third baseman.”
    make that “the third base coach”

  1163. Brandon If Melancon doesn't K the first batter he's a bust "I LOVE ME SOME ME !" April 30th, 2009 at 11:04 pm

    I LOVE YA DERRICK ROSE !!!!

  1164. S.A.--It's a marathon, not a sprint. Calm down. April 30th, 2009 at 11:04 pm

    Rose!

  1165. Pat M April 30th, 2009 at 11:05 pm

    And Hienrich misses the layup…Didn’t like that chump when he played for Kansas….Now that’s a choke….I’m cooked

  1166. BBB April 30th, 2009 at 11:05 pm

    i’ll give it up for Rose, he’s a baller, but the rest of the Bulls are weaksauce.

  1167. Kenny April 30th, 2009 at 11:05 pm

    Bottom line – Jobber should be groomed to be Mariano’s successor.

    He has a closer mentality and is just much more dominant as a reliever.

  1168. S.A.--It's a marathon, not a sprint. Calm down. April 30th, 2009 at 11:05 pm

    Whew!
    Game 7 here we come

  1169. Brandon If Melancon doesn't K the first batter he's a bust "I LOVE ME SOME ME !" April 30th, 2009 at 11:05 pm

    dammit you and that FT line !

  1170. GreenBeret7 April 30th, 2009 at 11:05 pm

    Soul
    April 30th, 2009 at 10:57 pm
    I’d trade A-Rod for Jared Weaver, Jose Arredondo, and Dallas McPherson.

    ————————————————————

    Nice to see that you really keep up on things. McPherson is in the Giants system.

  1171. H-Town April 30th, 2009 at 11:06 pm

    Both of these teams are a mere appetizer for King James anyway

  1172. Nick in SF April 30th, 2009 at 11:06 pm

    Rondo? Rondo takes the shot?

    Rondo is no Tyus Edney.

  1173. Brandon If Melancon doesn't K the first batter he's a bust "I LOVE ME SOME ME !" April 30th, 2009 at 11:06 pm

    “He has a closer mentality and is just much more dominant as a reliever.”

    That will be Melancon genius.

  1174. RL84 April 30th, 2009 at 11:07 pm

    “Bottom line – Jobber should be groomed to be Mariano’s successor.

    He has a closer mentality and is just much more dominant as a reliever”
    ——————————————

    Uhh did you watch Joba pitch yesterday? Have you heard of Mark Melancon?

  1175. StandingO'Neill April 30th, 2009 at 11:09 pm

    I think the guy was being sarcastic boys, I mean he even called him Jobber…..

  1176. A-List April 30th, 2009 at 11:09 pm

    When will the Knicks start to play exciting games like this in late April? :(

  1177. S.A.--It's a marathon, not a sprint. Calm down. April 30th, 2009 at 11:09 pm

    Kenny April 30th, 2009 at 11:05 pm

    Bottom line – Jobber should be groomed to be Mariano’s successor.

    He has a closer mentality and is just much more dominant as a reliever.

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

    http://mlb.mlb.com/images/2008/03/06/CYanfkah.jpg

  1178. BBB April 30th, 2009 at 11:09 pm

    Game 7 baby. Heinrich is a punk and the Bulls will soon be manhandled like the little girls they are.

    Now onto Portland getting clowned by Houston. Darius Miles says karma’s a beyotch; once the Jailblazers, always the Jailblazers!

  1179. RL84 April 30th, 2009 at 11:10 pm

    Never can tell these days. I appologize if he was being sarcastic.

  1180. Francis April 30th, 2009 at 11:10 pm

    Heilman has a 0.82 ERA this year

    :D Mets

  1181. BBB April 30th, 2009 at 11:11 pm

    good night all, nice win today, GO YANKEES!

  1182. Yank1 April 30th, 2009 at 11:11 pm

    I can’t stand the Bulls.

    I can’t believe I have actually been rooting for a Boston team all these days

  1183. GreenBeret7 April 30th, 2009 at 11:13 pm

    Jesus….Who are these pathetic Marlins announcers?

    “And, it’s a hit. Crack-a-lack”.

  1184. cano he didnt April 30th, 2009 at 11:15 pm

    anyone else see the sox get spanked tonight? van every has nothing on swisher when it comes to pitching. he looked furious haha

  1185. whatever April 30th, 2009 at 11:16 pm

    Pat – We lost the first two games in Boston because our pitching didn’t come through, not because A-Rod wasn’t there. We’re 5th in the league in runs and 4th in BA and Tex hasn’t even started hitting yet. Of our 10 losses you can only pin two on lack of hitting. And, still, we need A-Rod? Why? Because too many Yankee fans, and the organization, are stuck on the so-called sure thing. Meantime, it’s role playing, team-first guys like Pena that have been missing from the mix for so long now. Too bad we can’t turn the page.

  1186. m April 30th, 2009 at 11:16 pm

    How was the rest of the game? I left after the 5th.

    I meant the Yankees game, not the Sox blowout. :)

    Garza was perfect through 6 or something?

    That Derek Rose is something. What a game, what a series.

  1187. Brandon If Melancon doesn't K the first batter he's a bust "I LOVE ME SOME ME !" April 30th, 2009 at 11:16 pm

    “When will the Knicks start to play exciting games like this in late April? ”

    When they actually get ball players that play both sides of the ball and listen to a defensive coach. I have to admit never did I think Vinny Del Negro would take the Bulls to where they are but what an underrated coach IMO. The 2 tri-state coachs are a joke LF has pics of Rod Thorn & O-Phoni is just what he is all offense, jokes no real system to win a championship there.

  1188. Giuseppe Franco April 30th, 2009 at 11:19 pm

    For the record, Josh Beckett now sports a 7.22 ERA, 2.11 WHIP after getting lit up for his second straight start.

  1189. Ace April 30th, 2009 at 11:19 pm

    Pete. I think your best friend GGBG will be relegated to permanent pinch-runner with the way Melky is playing. The Gardner experiment is over, and he should be our version of Dave Roberts come playoff time.

    You can’t be in the majors and bat .200. Unless your Mark Teixeira.

  1190. Brandon If Melancon doesn't K the first batter he's a bust "I LOVE ME SOME ME !" April 30th, 2009 at 11:20 pm

    “I can’t stand the Bulls.

    I can’t believe I have actually been rooting for a Boston team all these days”

    There is no chance in hell I would root for a Boston team. The Bulls aren’t the Jordan Bulls anymore, they have players that have NY ties or are just that rootable.

    Joakim Noah
    John Salmons
    Ben Gordon
    yes believe it or not Tyrus Thomas

    and it all runs on Derrick Rose’s leadership.

  1191. Pat M April 30th, 2009 at 11:20 pm

    GB7, I like your open minded approach to Rivera…The change could add 2 more years as a most effective closer….

  1192. Ace April 30th, 2009 at 11:21 pm

    Franco. Beckett can play as bad as he wants in the regular season. But come playoff time, that man is money and I would trade any of our pitchers to have him, and I’m sure you would too. But it is very enjoyable to see him crash and burn this season :)

  1193. Paul April 30th, 2009 at 11:22 pm

    I think the Bulls could beat the Cavs

    Bad matchup for CLE.

  1194. James (One of the Many) April 30th, 2009 at 11:22 pm

    Who is Kare…. the Melk Man? back on track! Another good night for the team

  1195. Tank April 30th, 2009 at 11:24 pm

    The Knicks will be good if, and only if, they strike gold in 2010.

    That’s pretty much their only hope. If they don’t get anyone, then the futility may continue for a while. The problem is that they are good enough to win 30 games, hence a #5-7 pick. They’re mirrored in the cycle of mediocrity. I don’t see that changing.

  1196. GreenBeret7 April 30th, 2009 at 11:25 pm

    Pat M
    April 30th, 2009 at 11:20 pm
    GB7, I like your open minded approach to Rivera…The change could add 2 more years as a most effective closer….

    ————————————————————

    I was in Tampa that day when Rivera broke it out. Last pitches of the game. Howard stood there looking at Rivera with a “What the Hell was that” look. He just shook his head and walked off taking to himself. You know he was thinking that was a dirty trick to pull. Funny scence. Rivera had a smirk on his face and you could almost see him chuckle.

  1197. Giuseppe Franco April 30th, 2009 at 11:27 pm

    Franco. Beckett can play as bad as he wants in the regular season. But come playoff time, that man is money and I would trade any of our pitchers to have him, and I’m sure you would too. But it is very enjoyable to see him crash and burn this season

    ———

    I’ll take Roy Halliday over Beckett.

    But it goes to show you just how a few big games in the postseason can elevate someone’s reputation to a level that he never matched in the regular season.

    Case in point, both Sabathia and Halliday have had better career numbers than Beckett. His only truly great regular season was in 2007.

    You still have to get to the postseason though and I think Beckett is at best the third best pitcher in the AL East.

  1198. Brandon If Melancon doesn't K the first batter he's a bust "I LOVE ME SOME ME !" April 30th, 2009 at 11:27 pm

    “it’s role playing, team-first guys like Pena that have been missing from the mix for so long now. Too bad we can’t turn the page.”

    Oh please, do you even know what the hell you are talking about ? so lets get this straight the 3B position hasn’t produce anything we’re under .500 w/o him, yes the pitching has been very spotty, mostly Wang and a start here and by CC and the BP’s ocassional problem, but you think one hit is going to make anyone agree w/ this ? I love Ramiro he’s better use off the bench, Matsui’s leg isn’t guaranteed to hold up, your going to lose Nady soon, Robi is going to go through a cold streak sooner or later, Teix alone is not going to do it, Georgy isn’t exactly a clean bill of health and minimizing games he calls is actually a good thing. If anything when Alex returns he’s going to play 3B and ocassionally DH, when he DH’s Ramiro can play 3B, also Ramiro would give a guy like Jeter who’s defense in the late innings is near putrid and also sub in for a guy like Robi whenever he needs rest.

    Yes role players are good when you use them right not on an everyday basis.

  1199. Betsy April 30th, 2009 at 11:27 pm

    Yet will the Boston papers wonder what’s wrong with Joshie? Will ESPN? Somehow I doubt it. I love it, lol, though I think he’s going to be lights out against the Yankees

  1200. GreenBeret7 April 30th, 2009 at 11:27 pm

    Funny ****scene*** . Rivera had a smirk on his face and you could almost see him chuckle.

  1201. whatever April 30th, 2009 at 11:28 pm

    Man, Oden is hopeless.

  1202. whatever April 30th, 2009 at 11:28 pm

    Man, Oden is hopeless.

  1203. Nick in SF April 30th, 2009 at 11:28 pm

    M, I didn’t get to start watching the game until the 5th inning. I think I saw a better half than you did.

    On the other hand, you got to be on LoHud for more fireworks. :(

  1204. 11th Hour April 30th, 2009 at 11:29 pm

    AJ must stop cursing and the bad boy incident. His mound temperament really isin’t good.

    Some guys just can’t channel emotion in a positive way.

  1205. James (One of the Many) April 30th, 2009 at 11:30 pm

    “minimizing games he calls is actually a good thing.”

    right on par with the trade a-rod outbursts

  1206. V April 30th, 2009 at 11:30 pm

    “Franco. Beckett can play as bad as he wants in the regular season. But come playoff time, that man is money and I would trade any of our pitchers to have him, and I’m sure you would too. But it is very enjoyable to see him crash and burn this season”

    :rofl:

    Small sample sizes, d00d. I’d take him over Pettitte, but that’s it.

  1207. m April 30th, 2009 at 11:31 pm

    Something’s up with Beckett. With the exception of his first outing, he’s been bad. Something about his fastball.

    Some interesting stats from BBTN (under Numbers to Know). This was posted before tonight’s game:

    http://sports.espn.go.com/mlb/notebook?page=bbtn

  1208. NYY Trek April 30th, 2009 at 11:31 pm

    There’s nothing to be worried about with Beckett. He has a track record. He is also the best current postseason pitcher in baseball.

    Sox are still 6 games over .500, and thats with Penny and Beckett having 7 ERAs, Dice-K on the DL, Lester with a 5+ ERA etc.

  1209. Brandon If Melancon doesn't K the first batter he's a bust "I LOVE ME SOME ME !" April 30th, 2009 at 11:32 pm

    and for the record whatever would you reject Carlos Beltran for Melky too, last I checked Carlos ain’t clutch but any fan would make that deal if they could and Minaya would clearly be on drugs… so if you’d do that my minds starts to wonder how some stupidity can spew from your mouth to a keyboard about doing away w/ Alex Rodriguez for Ramiro Pena..yeeeeeeeeeeeeeah ! that makes sense.

  1210. DT April 30th, 2009 at 11:32 pm

    “Yet will the Boston papers wonder what’s wrong with Joshie? Will ESPN?”

    Dice is on the DL – Beckett is getting racked – have no fear – that’s why they signed Penny and Smoltz. The best signings since Lincoln signed the Emancipation Proclamation.

  1211. Brandon If Melancon doesn't K the first batter he's a bust "I LOVE ME SOME ME !" April 30th, 2009 at 11:33 pm

    “right on par with the trade a-rod outbursts”

    Georgy’s not a good game caller everyone knows that. :lol:

  1212. SU MAN April 30th, 2009 at 11:34 pm

    Would Smoltz say that he wanted to stay in Atlanta if they paid him?

    Dumb comment by Tex.

  1213. Seaside April 30th, 2009 at 11:36 pm

    Girardi needs to play the Sr. citizen tomorrow

  1214. m April 30th, 2009 at 11:37 pm

    Nick,

    Never a dull moment in the LoHud.

    Well, I don’t know why I feel so good about the Boston beat down. Soxenfreude?

    Did you guys see a big deal being made out of Torre’s batting the pitcher 8th yesterday?

    And did Georgie get mad at Van Every for having fun on the mound?

  1215. AeroFANatic April 30th, 2009 at 11:39 pm

    If Rivera isn’t available tomorrow night, who closes? Veras or Melancon?

  1216. miggs April 30th, 2009 at 11:40 pm

    Can someone fill me in on what happened with Burnett and the bat buy today?

    I heard bits and pieces but not the full story.

    Thanks.

  1217. Clare April 30th, 2009 at 11:41 pm

    pat,

    Are you still around? I read your Roberts link, and I just don’t think it makes sense purely from a logic standpoint.

    First, she says that “Ranger sources” noticed this, I think she implied Ranger officials, but never confronted ARod about it. I have a hard time believing that if a team official thinks something like that is going on, they don’t talk to ARod about it.

    Second, she asserts that there was a quid pro quo going on. How could she possibly know this, if the info came from the Rangers? Now, maybe she’s trying to obscure her source, who was someone who participated in this deal. But unless she talked to someone who was part of the agreement, I don’t see how she can know that there were players who agreed to tip ARod in return. And if she did speak to such a person, she’s lying about her source, and the person ratting now is a complete hypocrite.

    She never claims to have any information from any party to the arrangement, or anyone who claims that ARod admitted to it, she just claims that people noticed ARod (but not any other player) tipping pitches. If that’s the case, the rest of the story is, on it’s face, pure speculation.

  1218. Zodiac April 30th, 2009 at 11:41 pm

    I’d let Marte close tomorrow

  1219. Betsy April 30th, 2009 at 11:42 pm

    Su Man, I posted Tex’ comments earlier – I think they are really stupid. No Yankee fan needs to hear that he may have gone back to CA if they had upped their offer. I know Lost in Texas (I think that’s his/her name) said that Tex always wanted to be a Yankee, but it’s obvious from his comments that any old East Coast team would have done. I never thought so until today because the Yankees/Sox offers were very comparable (ony about $1.5 million less from the Sox per year), but now I think that Tex definitely would have gone to the Sox if they had outbid the Yankees (even if just by a little). I’m wondering just how media savy Tex is.

  1220. Brandon If Melancon doesn't K the first batter he's a bust "I LOVE ME SOME ME !" April 30th, 2009 at 11:44 pm

    “If Rivera isn’t available tomorrow night, who closes? Veras or Melancon?”

    Anyone but flaco, he cracks vs the Angels. I’d say if it’s to that point Melancon the stage is set.

  1221. James (One of the Many) April 30th, 2009 at 11:44 pm

    I’m a registered melky fan (small fee) and perhaps he’s just hot and bound to come back earth, but I think he’s capable of hitting 280 year in and out with a +arm, and until A jackson is ready, I like that. He came up very young, had a pretty darn good rookie year, a passable second and a down turn, but what he’s showing with competition in house has to be given some kudos I think. I’m happy for him, at the least, the more he produces the more trade value he can bring, even if it is minimal. I’m off, g-night lohuders, great win!

  1222. dave April 30th, 2009 at 11:44 pm

    In most professions destroying the life and reputation of another fellow humanbeing as either considered illegal or at the very least met with harsh criticism. Yet, being a reporter must be great, because not only are you praised for something like that but you become rich and famous while you continue to make another person suffer.

    Arod was wrong. He was stupid and he is a cheater. He rarely says the right thing and seems to be a very strange and certainly a very arrogant person. But the fact is arod is not a bad guy and he is one of the best in the world at what he does which would make almost anyone appear arrogant. He does not deserve to have to go through this again after having major surgery and rehabbing following a painful and traumatic off-season in which his reputation was left in tatters. And while some may believe selena is doing this just as any other reporter would do, I wholeheartedly disagree. I think she is willing to destroy a great player and a decent person in order to further her career and reap the benefits of massive book sales. If you cant see the breach of morals in that, well i just dont know what to tell you.

    And really the worst part about all this is that selena has not only not yet been criticized by her peers for completely destroying arods life and becoming rich and famous in the process but on the other hand, she has been praised as an excellent journalist. Well, i guess you dont need any sort of ethics or morals to be a great journalist anymore if that is the case. And the fact that neither selena nor any other reporter has even attempted to try to uncover the other names on that list so that arod doesnt continue to be the scapegoat for the steroids era is just beyond ridiculous. We all know the list is out there and if this reporting is truly to make up for the media’s obvious ignorance in the 90s, why not do it the proper way and try to oust all of the past users that you possibly can.

    Why continue to let the blame for decades of steroids abuse and public/media indifference fall on arods shoulders? This situation is getting despicable already and as I predicted over the summer, i think that this book will not only shine more light on arods flaws but will also reveal selena’s misguided intentions as she is about to look very cruel to the publics eye as well. I think most people believe arod has suffered enough as has the game of baseball and the yankee organization so it is time now to either start working to uncover other players names or just put the whole thing behind us. Continuing to harp on arod’s story achieves nothing for baseball but a small fortune for roberts most likely.

  1223. Brandon If Melancon doesn't K the first batter he's a bust "I LOVE ME SOME ME !" April 30th, 2009 at 11:44 pm

    “I’d let Marte close tomorrow”

    Why ?

  1224. GreenBeret7 April 30th, 2009 at 11:44 pm

    DT
    April 30th, 2009 at 11:32 pm
    “Yet will the Boston papers wonder what’s wrong with Joshie? Will ESPN?”

    Dice is on the DL – Beckett is getting racked – have no fear – that’s why they signed Penny and Smoltz. ***The best signings since Lincoln signed the Emancipation Proclamation*** .

    ————————————————————

    I wpuld have expected better than that. Gotta make ‘em think a little. ***The best signing since Annie Sullivan and Helen Keller***

  1225. Clare April 30th, 2009 at 11:45 pm

    miggs,

    prior to the first pitch, but after warmups, the YES cameras showed Burnett waiting with his hand out – and then rather forcefully grabbing the rosin bag from someone’s hand (I don’t think the batboy was fully in the picture).

    My take was that he might have been annoyed that the bag was not already out – or that it was delaying the start of the game. But obviously that’s just a guess, and it might have been nothing at all.

  1226. whatever April 30th, 2009 at 11:45 pm

    Still waiting for a single example of how our record would be any different right now with A-Rod.

    Must be all those great month’s of April he led us to in the past. Wait. There weren’t any.

    Must be all the personality he adds to the clubhouse. Wait, he is at best tolerated, at worst, widely despised.

    Must be what he brings to the postseason.

    A-Rod is nothing more than a grossly overpaid monument to artificially inflated statistics. Any serviceable, team-oriented 3B would be preferable.

  1227. m April 30th, 2009 at 11:45 pm

    Are we voting? Mo’s out for certain?

    Melancon.

    Just reading the recap of the boston game. Tito pulled Van Every to pitch after Lopez gave up two doubles. Wow. Of course espn will be all over that. Such a great manager sending a message to his pitcher.

  1228. GreenBeret7 April 30th, 2009 at 11:45 pm

    I ***would***

  1229. Eric April 30th, 2009 at 11:48 pm

    Betsy -

    It’s ALWAYS about the money. Teix is a Boras client, so that is even more true. We did outbid Boston by $10 million, that’s why he came here. And the Angels were not even in the conversation.

    I know we want to all believe that the player wanted to always be a Yankee, but it is rarely the case. I wish it were because it would connect the fan to the player more, but we can’t be naive enough to think it is.

  1230. m April 30th, 2009 at 11:48 pm

    oops. Pulled Van Every out of RF!

  1231. Patrick April 30th, 2009 at 11:49 pm

    Just got back from the game a few minutes ago (takes awhile to drive back to jersey).. A few observations:

    - Burnett wasn’t great but he fought through the game and had 7 innings of decent pitching. After reading through the posts it was funny how many of you want into panic mode when he gave up a run. The dude is a pro, let him work out of it! Girardi showed trust in him and he came through!

    - The place was pretty packed tonight. Most of the sections were 80-100% full. One thing that is deceptive – the areas behind the seats are so big there are a lot of fans standing and watching the game.

    - It was pretty hilarious reading through the comments and seeing one specific person who shall remain nameless try to come up with arguments about why Posada stunk tonight and how much better Molino would have been.

    - The crowd was loud tonight, I didn’t notice any noise difference from the games I was at last year.

    The new stadium is great, after my first game there I love it. I’m just hoping that it doesn’t play too much like a hitter’s park as the season continues.

  1232. Brandon If Melancon doesn't K the first batter he's a bust "I LOVE ME SOME ME !" April 30th, 2009 at 11:49 pm

    “Still waiting for a single example of how our record would be any different right now with A-Rod.”

    Anyone want to do the honors ? Really this is too easy for me.

    “A-Rod is nothing more than a grossly overpaid monument to artificially inflated statistics. Any serviceable, team-oriented 3B would be preferable.”

    Did he bang your wife, gf or someone you chased another time ?

  1233. R+ April 30th, 2009 at 11:50 pm

    AJ shunned the Braves (who offered the same amount of $$) to come here.

    But if the Braves had offered $85-86 mil, he prob. would have gone there.

    And we all knew CC had to be dragged here

  1234. kill.schill(ing) April 30th, 2009 at 11:50 pm

    Nice to see the Bleacher Creatures’ gratitude for Abreu.

    Obviously, they understand why Yankees fans appreciated Abreu while he was here far more than Kevin Devaney did.

    Maybe, Kevin, you should spend more time with real fans and less time with the fear-mongering, mask-wearing, Selena-loving apologists– the Creatures might explain precisely why Abreu merited the roll call.

  1235. DT April 30th, 2009 at 11:51 pm

    To be fair to all involved – I ran the Posada vs. Molina catching fight via my computer simulation program.

    It wasn’t even close.

    Posada started off strong and was in an offensive mode. He really came out swinging. Left and Righty power.

    Jose quickly went into a defensive posture. Fans were booing the obvious rope a dope.

    Molina had the crowd on their feet when he went to the tag team approach and brought in Yadier and Bengie.

    Ahead on all cards at the time, poor Jorge didn’t know what hit him.

    Crossword champion and part time referee Mike Mussina stopped the fight in the 5th round.

  1236. Harold April 30th, 2009 at 11:53 pm

    dave-

    I agree with most of what you said, and what I wanna know is why other names on that positive test list haven’t been revealed? I think Roberts said when she decided to come forward with the Arod positive test, she went back and confirmed it with 2 or 3 sources. So she talked to multiple people with firsthand knowledge of that list, yet A-rod is the only name to come out? Wouldn’t doing her job entail finding out as many names as possible, which clearly she had the sources to. I think its pretty clear that she wants to destroy A-rod for the betterment of her career, and she chose A-rod because hes the biggest fish in the sea and he’s the one who would get her the most attention and most money. That to me is what is beyond pathetic in all this.

  1237. Stuckey April 30th, 2009 at 11:53 pm

    Sox are still 6 games over .500, and thats with Penny and Beckett having 7 ERAs, Dice-K on the DL, Lester with a 5+ ERA etc.

    —————–

    And if Mo keeps Bay in the park, (or if Yanks drive in a run with the bases loaded and no outs) the Yanks and Sox have the same record, despite Boston enjoying 5 more home games than the Yanks.

    A pitch separates these two teams.

    That’s how perception swings wildly in April.

  1238. DT April 30th, 2009 at 11:54 pm

    “I would have expected better than that. Gotta make ‘em think a little. The best signing since Annie Sullivan and Helen Keller”

    Nice. I guess I’m getting tired.
    I need to work on endurance if I want to outdo a Green Beret. Damn those naps of yours.

  1239. Zach in Port Jeff April 30th, 2009 at 11:54 pm

    “Must be all those great month’s of April he led us to in the past. Wait. There weren’t any. ”
    =============================
    please see A-rod’s April stats for 2007.

  1240. West Side April 30th, 2009 at 11:54 pm

    Teixeria has a little A-Rod in him… always trying to please everyone. Those comments today were meant to appease to the LA players/fans/media.

    Just like Baltimore on opening day when he said he dreamed of playing in BAL and would have in a perfect world.

    Then when we went to Boston, he talked about how great Theo is and thats why the Sox are the great organization they are.

    He tries to be TOO nice and diplomatic. That’s his problem. The only people he should try and appease are the Yankees, not other teams/organizations.

  1241. Harold April 30th, 2009 at 11:56 pm

    “Still waiting for a single example of how our record would be any different right now with A-Rod.

    Must be all those great month’s of April he led us to in the past. Wait. There weren’t any. ”

    April of ’07 he had like 30+ RBI and more than a couple walk-offs. You’re an idiot

  1242. BBB April 30th, 2009 at 11:58 pm

    Betsy – I don’t think Teix would have gone to Boston for comparable money, mostly because of the way their management screwed him over when he first enteted the draft after HS, telling other teams he had a strong committment to a college so he’d drop and they could pick him.

    As far as I know, Boston never had a chance to match the Yankees’ final offer. A lot of people think that was just Boras letting the Yanks have the last word, but I think it’s just as logical that Teix told Boras not to let Boston counter.

    His comments about how he’d have stayed in Anaheim are a little uncouth, and not very believable since it was obvious he wanted to play on the East coast. But he’s never played in a big media market before so I’m willing to give him a couple passes on this media foibles thing. Jeter needs to give him lessons stat, though.

  1243. GreenBeret7 April 30th, 2009 at 11:59 pm

    I’d like to see NYY sign Mike McDougal, who was just released by the White sox. Send him to scranton and try to straighten him out. When he has his control, he’s nearly impossible to hit with that 95-97 MPH fastball.

  1244. no.27 May 1st, 2009 at 12:00 am

    “By the way, Swisher’s collage was completed by tonight’s return to the stadium. He cut out pictures of every teammate and taped them all together on the right side of his locker. Most of the players are in snazzy suits. Very cool for a player to do that. A-Rod should do the same, although he probably couldn’t name 4 or 5 of the guys.”

    That’s a long way to find something to give Rodriguez a hard time about. Why should Rodriguez do that? Why would he need to know any of his teammates names to do that? There’s enough going on with A-Rod that if you want to rip on him you can at least be clever about it.

  1245. Betsy May 1st, 2009 at 12:00 am

    Eric, I don’t have a problem with that – hey, if any of us were offered great jobs and we had to decide, it very likely would come down to $$$. I just think Tex’ comments were rather silly …….I’m sorry he said them even if that is reality.

  1246. miggs May 1st, 2009 at 12:01 am

    Thank you Clare.

    Sounds like AJ was just focused on the game and was ready to throw the first pitch. I’d be upset too if the rosin bag was missing. Guys have their routines and most get really psyched up before the game.

    Hey, Roger Clemens used to have scorching hot balm rubbed on his testicles before each start. Apparently he used to stand there in the trainer’s room and snort like a bull. Sorry for the details, that story cracks me up everytime.

    My point is I’m sure Clemens would have been pretty pissed if the rosin bag wasn’t there when he went out to pitch.

    I gotta give AJ a pass on that one. Everything I’ve heard he’s a great teammate and treats everyone with respect.

  1247. dave May 1st, 2009 at 12:03 am

    And i think the people in this country are always so ready and willing to place the blame for any major catastrophe that occurs here at the hands of a single person. It just seems easier and cleaner. There is less of a mess to clean up no matter how big the original disaster if only one or a handful of people are responsible. Unfortunately, like most other disasters, there is in fact many people who are responsible and while the media is expected to pin it all on one or a few people based on whatever shred of evidence they scoop up from wherever, the public should be smart enough to know better that that.

    Whatever,

    Your ignorance is astounding. At first i thought your post was a joke but then, i realized you were actually serious. I cant imagine that you need an answer to your question without realizing the blatantly obvious.

    How about this … does two mvps in the last four years in pinstripes ring any bells? How about three mvps in the last six years? If that doesnt do it for you, how about the 2007 season when arod single handedly carried the yanks into the playoffs with his bat? yA KNOW 156 rbis, 143 runs and 54 homers and only probably one of the best five seasons in all of baseball history by a player. I know 2007 was ages ago and you may have not even known the yanks then judging by your comments but try to read up on it ok? If arods presence on the club can serve to get the yanks into the PLAYOFFS one season, how in the world could you think that his presence wouldnt make a difference in a few wins in single games?

  1248. boycott the book May 1st, 2009 at 12:03 am

    Blog sucked tonight.
    BOOOOO!

    We want pete! We want pete!

  1249. whatever May 1st, 2009 at 12:03 am

    April 2007? We were 9-14.

    Next?

  1250. GreenBeret7 May 1st, 2009 at 12:03 am

    DT
    April 30th, 2009 at 11:54 pm
    “I would have expected better than that. Gotta make ‘em think a little. The best signing since Annie Sullivan and Helen Keller”

    Nice. I guess I’m getting tired.
    I need to work on endurance if I want to outdo a Green Beret. Damn those naps of yours.

    ————————————————————

    It’s not the naps. It’s what I do before the naps that does the trick.

  1251. m May 1st, 2009 at 12:04 am

    Don’t care about AJ being a jerk to the batboy.

    Don’t care about Tex’s comments to the LA press.

    And I really don’t care about A-rod’s distractions.

    DAAAAA YAAAAANKKKKEEEESSS WOOOOONNNN!!!

    Winning record in April. Just need to tack on some more in the homestand.

  1252. BBB May 1st, 2009 at 12:04 am

    kill schill – maybe you can explain the Bleacher Creatures’ appreciation for Abreu to me then, cause I don’t get it either! I’ve watched the guy play in 2 cities now and from where I’m sitting, he’s hurt just about every team he’s been on with selfishness, laziness, refusal to make adjustments to help the team, coming to camp out of shape, and so on.

    Am I really the only one who was thrilled to finally see the back of him? I know this is cliche but I just don’t think he’s a winning type guy, at all. Had I been at the game tonight, I’d have been more likely to give Juan Rivera a hand than him. Well, ok maybe thats goin too far. Definitely never liked Abreu though & didn’t get the love tonight.

  1253. Clare May 1st, 2009 at 12:05 am

    Doug Mientkiewicz has ARod’s back, saying they were together all the time in HS and he never saw any signs ARod was on steroids. I miss Dougie.

    http://www.latimes.com/sports/.....2022.story

  1254. m May 1st, 2009 at 12:07 am

    dave,

    Please stop with the MVP’s. They don’t mean much. Look at the company he keeps. Barry Bonds, Jason Giambi. Maybe Big Papi should be happy he never won an MVP. :)

  1255. S.A.--It's a marathon, not a sprint. Calm down. May 1st, 2009 at 12:08 am

    “If you’re going to have the [guts] to come out and say something like that, of that magnitude, whether it’s a high school teammate or some of the Yankee teammates that have said something, be a man and put your name on it,” Mientkiewicz said. “Don’t give me the anonymous source . . . Be a man. Be a man and say who you are. That way there’s no questioning whether it’s real or not.”

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

    Word

  1256. Betsy May 1st, 2009 at 12:08 am

    West Side, I agree.

    BBB, remember also that Tex just said that he wanted to play on the East Coast so he could be near his parents. Yankee fans don’t want to hear that he might have chosen LA or that he wanted any place on the East Coast. You’re right – he needs to take lessons from Jeter. I like the guy, but I’m not as gung ho on him as I was a few hours ago.

  1257. Betsy May 1st, 2009 at 12:08 am

    West Side, I agree.

    BBB, remember also that Tex just said that he wanted to play on the East Coast so he could be near his parents. Yankee fans don’t want to hear that he might have chosen LA or that he wanted any place on the East Coast. You’re right – he needs to take lessons from Jeter. I like the guy, but I’m not as gung ho on him as I was a few hours ago.

  1258. James (One of the Many) May 1st, 2009 at 12:09 am

    link of the day Clare, great find

  1259. Patrick May 1st, 2009 at 12:09 am

    “Hey, Roger Clemens used to have scorching hot balm rubbed on his testicles before each start. Apparently he used to stand there in the trainer’s room and snort like a bull. Sorry for the details, that story cracks me up everytime.”

    That story is easily the funniest thing in Torre’s book. Why in God’s name did Clemens have a trainer do it? Couldn’t he apply the scorching hot balm to his own balls? Hahaha so absurd

  1260. whatever May 1st, 2009 at 12:09 am

    And while we’re talking about 2007, that was the last injury-free year, wasn’t it, before the effects of years of apparent steroid abuse started to catch up with him. He missed the better part of a month last year and the better part of two months this year. We are looking at a player on the downside, bad news all around.

    Here’s more on your hero, for your reading pleasure:

    http://sportsillustrated.cnn.c.....ref=sircrc

  1261. m May 1st, 2009 at 12:10 am

    BBB,

    Bobby was a good enough guy and clutch with the bat, but I get what you mean. There was something about him.

    But yeah, I definitely don’t miss his glove. I kind of felt sorry for him on that gaffe. To come back to Yankee stadium and do that?! Oi.

  1262. Uncle Ellsworth May 1st, 2009 at 12:10 am

    Thanks Clare great article

  1263. Nick in SF May 1st, 2009 at 12:12 am

    I think I missed something. How did Selena Roberts completely ruin Arod’s life? Has he been arrested for something? Contract voided? Repo men come calling? What?

  1264. miggs May 1st, 2009 at 12:12 am

    BBB I was just watching the highlights of the game on BBTN.

    Its amazing how terrible Abreu is in the field. The misplayed ball that got by him and the low line drive where he just slowed down and let it dink in….. he’s SO BAD.

    He’s a very good hitter and I admit at the time I was hoping they would have brought him back. But upon further review I actually think his bad defense outweighs his offense. Or rather, his bad defense definitely NEGATES his offense for sure.

    And his heart was always in question. Did he really care at all? He did hit well in the clutch, which makes you wonder.

  1265. Buddy Biancalana May 1st, 2009 at 12:15 am

    That story is easily the funniest thing in Torre’s book. Why in God’s name did Clemens have a trainer do it? Couldn’t he apply the scorching hot balm to his own balls? Hahaha so absurd

    ———————————————————

    You gotta be kidding, the trainer applied the balm for him, what a diva!

  1266. gayle May 1st, 2009 at 12:15 am

    If I were at the game I would have stood up and applauded for Bobby as well. How quickly everyone forgets what he did for this team. Except for the wall issue, he played hard, never was in any trouble, produced for this team and was very good in the community.

    I guess you have to be a saint with some of you to garner appreciation.

  1267. Harold May 1st, 2009 at 12:16 am

    Whatever-

    How can he have missed two months of this season if the season started April 4th?

  1268. dave May 1st, 2009 at 12:16 am

    Harold,

    I agree but what i think is the most pathetic about all this is that her peers or the various other media outlets that interview her and talk about her have nothing but praise for her pretty much stating that nothing that is happening is wrong in any way, shape or form. Forget that someone broke the law to give her a name from an anonymous survery and forget that no one ever cared to follow up on the list of almost 100 other names that im sure could have been leaked similar to the way arods name was. So selena is lauded and rewarded for destroying arods life, doing nothing to follow up on the list and reaping the rewards in terms of huge sums of cash. And lets not forget that no other media source has taken up the cause of trying to find out just who these other cheaters are but they would rather chastise arod and write ten stories about him a day using 5 reporters from each major media outlet.

    Couldnt one of the thousand or so reporters following arod around salivating for some cheap story to sell a paper, do some actual investigating and get another name or two. And I really fail to see how in the world any of this possibly helps the game of baseball recover from the steroids era – constantly criticizing arod does nothing of the sort. As i said, we should put this behind us or continue to try to uncover users who have not yet been disclosed but kicking arod when he is already down and bleeding is just another cheap way to make money and continue to destroy the life of someone who for all his faults is a decent person who doesnt deserve this.

  1269. miggs May 1st, 2009 at 12:20 am

    “I like the guy, but I’m not as gung ho on him as I was a few hours ago.”

    Why? Because of a few comments to the LA press, comments probably where he was just answering questions he was asked?

    Come on. What did you expect him to say? Of course he was happy there, had a great time. Would have considered playing there. Just like he said he would have played in Baltimore, said nice things about the Red Sox.

    I just find it comical that a few quotes in the press changed your opinion of the guy. Seems a little silly but I guess not surprising.

  1270. James (One of the Many) May 1st, 2009 at 12:21 am

    can’t sleep, can someone sum up teix’s comments? didnt catch the post game

  1271. Harold May 1st, 2009 at 12:25 am

    I would agree with Nick in SF that Arod’s life isn’t ruined or destroyed, thats a little excessive of me (and others) to say. Clearly, Arod was in the front seat of his own destruction more than anyone. The point is, however, that Selena Roberts is out to get him and bring him down as much as she can for personal gain and its pathetic.

  1272. Betsy May 1st, 2009 at 12:27 am

    Miggs, I didn’t change my mind on him. I still think Tex is a good guy and I do like him. It doesn’t bother me that he was happy in LA – this comes as no surprise as the word even during the offseason was that he loved playing in California. I just think his comments were a bit over the top – do we really need to know that he might have stayed in CA had the Angels upped his offer? I think he should have cut his statement off at the point where he said those were the two happiest months of his career. Again, I didn’t change my mind on him – I just slightly unhappy with him.

  1273. Giuseppe Franco May 1st, 2009 at 12:28 am

    April 2007? We were 9-14.

    Next?

    ————–

    A-Rod is the reason they went to the postseason in 2007. Not a chance they would have made it without him.

    Last season’s quad injury that required A-Rod to miss a big chunk of games was the very same injury Jeter had early last season.

    Was Jeter’s quad tear the from the affects of steroid use?

    FWIW, the Yanks’ record without A-Rod last season was 9-14. They were 80-58 with him.

  1274. whatever May 1st, 2009 at 12:30 am

    “The better part” of two months, Harold. The trend with A-Rod’s health is not our friend, two years into a ten-year deal.

    This will be a fun conversation in, say, two more years when a 35-year-old A-Rod is making $30 million, with five years left to go and younger players are lucky to get five-year deals at a fraction of the cost. If you’re really thinking about the future of this ranchise, you’re hoping he’s either banned, traded or forced to retire sooner rather than later.

  1275. Betsy May 1st, 2009 at 12:30 am

    James…..here’s the link:

    http://www.nj.com/yankees/inde.....22_th.html

  1276. raymagnetic May 1st, 2009 at 12:30 am

    “Yankee fans don’t want to hear that he might have chosen LA or that he wanted any place on the East Coast. You’re right – he needs to take lessons from Jeter. I like the guy, but I’m not as gung ho on him as I was a few hours ago.”

    Betsy,

    This Yankee fan doesn’t give a hoot about what Teix said. I’m not sure how that fits in with your ideal Yankee fan image but not all Yankee fans are disappointed because Teix spoke about what he MIGHT have done.

    The fact of the matter is he CHOSE to play in NY.

  1277. dave May 1st, 2009 at 12:31 am

    m,

    The difference is – this was in 2007 with strictly enforced steroids testing and then, he participated in the WBC at some point in which he had to undergo a mandatory blood test. Cycling off of something right before the WBC would not have worked either and blood tests are extremely sensitive to any sort of hormone imbalance and other abnormalities like in the olympics where they pretty much catch everyone who cheats at this point. And if he was using steroids in 2007 when exactly did he stop? Because he never had a year that was significantly worse than another although he had some that were significantly better.

    Whatever,

    I dont mean to be mean but are you even a yankee fan? How has arod missed two months this season – he is already in extended spring games and April just ended. Last time i checked, april is one month. And last year he missed about 20 games less than his average. But every player misses time eventually whether they did steroids or not. You are trying to tell me every player that goes on the dl for 20 games has used roids? I think that is basically every player. And arod has been playing for 14 years now as most people dont start in the majors at such a young age.

    Perhaps, it is the game itself that took a toll on him but most players who have played 14 seasons are in their 38 or so and begin to break down a bit. I dont think arod is breaking down quite yet but i think not playing 158 games a season is understandable for a player in his mid 30s going into his 15th season. It happens to every player. Jeter has missed significant time a few years now whereas when he was younger, he rarely did. It is just the normal progression to me but everyone wants to blame everything on steroids which is so dumb already.

  1278. Pat M May 1st, 2009 at 12:33 am

    GB7, McDougel came up with KC with an electric arm ….When did Chicago release him….Wonder how the Yankee scouts view him….Outstnding fastball…I remember him just whiffing the Yanks about 3-4 years ago in a relief role…..Cashman has to make a call….Bruney like project..He’s a tall kid I think…..Texeria is preesing, you can see it during the Detriot series….He’ll be fine and when Alex gets back watch out…..

  1279. James (One of the Many) May 1st, 2009 at 12:34 am

    thank you much Betsy, I think it’s harmless and just looking to give a friendly answer (similar to political correctness that apparently athletes now have to mind), I dont read much into it. New day, good win, now I’m really going to try and sleep! Go Yanks

  1280. Betsy May 1st, 2009 at 12:35 am

    Ray, you’re right – I shouldn’t speak for all Yankee fans, just for me.

  1281. Giuseppe Franco May 1st, 2009 at 12:35 am

    “Yankee fans don’t want to hear that he might have chosen LA or that he wanted any place on the East Coast. You’re right – he needs to take lessons from Jeter. I like the guy, but I’m not as gung ho on him as I was a few hours ago.”

    —————

    I don’t see the big deal here.

    I don’t think Sabathia’s first choice was pinstripes either but he took the cash because nobody else had an offer that was even comparable.

    It’s a non-issue in my opinion.

  1282. m May 1st, 2009 at 12:37 am

    dave,

    I’m so over anything regarding Alex that’s not baseball related.

    MVP’s are an arbitrary award given by a bunch of guys who don’t watch every game (no offense, Pete!).

    Obviously, the one Alex won in Texas is tainted.

    And if this news came out earlier, he wouldn’t have won the ones he had with the Yankees.

    A-rod won’t be winning any more MVP’s. His name is Mudd.

    But like I said, they’re not very important. It’s a team sport. You win as a team, lose as a team.

    I only want to see a healthy Alex make postitive contributions to the team.

    Didn’t you have these same thoughts the first time Selena Roberts dropped a bomb on Alex?

  1283. dave May 1st, 2009 at 12:39 am

    whatever

    banned or forced to retire? What game do you think we are talking about here? No one knows how many people used steroids but most estimates are over 50 percent of the players in the sport. Arod is not the only one – so what exactly are they banning him for? And when are players ever forced to retire recently?

    Plus, you are acting like arod is the only one in the sport to ever use and we signed the one guy that is tarnished to a long term deal. In reality, you have no idea who tried steroids. It could be anyone in the game ANYONE. I dont particular like the ten years just because it isnt over until he is well past 40 but he will likely just be payed those last few years and released which is the price a team pays for signing someone well into their forties when they are closer to 30. I think arod has PLENTY of solid quality years left in him. Just because the report came out this off season DOES NOT mean that he will morph into a different player as a result of steroids now that we all know he used them. He will be with us for quite some time so i would recommend you stop hating on the guy and just accept that fact. He is still one of the best players in the game so at this point, having arod is definitely more of a benefit than a negative.

  1284. miggs May 1st, 2009 at 12:39 am

    I must say…. Pete has spoiled us.

    No offense to Kevin but no posts after the game, no audio, no stories from the locker room. Heck, no updates period since around 9PM.

    I keep checking in and……nothing.

    Just goes to show what a great job Pete does. I don’t always agree with him, but the man is a blogging machine.

  1285. whatever May 1st, 2009 at 12:40 am

    We’re much better this year, Giuseppe. Much stronger rotation and a big upgrade at 1B. It also looks like Swisher and Abreu are a wash in RF at the plate and, as we saw tonight, we gain a lot in the field.

    The basic point, o slaves of Alex, is the team is perfectly fine without him. If he never made it back, we’d still be better than last year. Is the line-up stronger with Alex? Of course. Is the team? That’s more art than science. I think he’s a huge distraction and this particular group is coming together quite nicely in his absence. I also see enormous value in the team not being constantly tarred by his never-ending lies, his cheating, and his excesses. It’s exhausting, and he’s exhausting.

  1286. Buddy Biancalana May 1st, 2009 at 12:41 am

    A-rod won’t be winning any more MVP’s. His name is Mudd.

    ———————————————————–

    Not sure I buy into that.

  1287. V May 1st, 2009 at 12:44 am

    ARod’s injuries have nothing to do with steroids, as anyone with a clue would know. Quad strain, his hip? Give me a flipping break.

  1288. miggs May 1st, 2009 at 12:44 am

    I mean, he blogged his all-nighter and trip to the airport. That was priceless.

    I was out that night and didn’t get to read any of it until the next morning, but it was great. Pictures while driving in the tunnel, his car standing alone in the Sox parking lot, useless info about the airport, just great stuff.

  1289. Nick in SF May 1st, 2009 at 12:45 am

    If Arod delivers, he can win another MVP.

    Nothing is better than a redemption story, particularly one involving an Orange-American.

  1290. V May 1st, 2009 at 12:46 am

    “We’re much better this year, Giuseppe. Much stronger rotation and a big upgrade at 1B. It also looks like Swisher and Abreu are a wash in RF at the plate and, as we saw tonight, we gain a lot in the field.

    The basic point, o slaves of Alex, is the team is perfectly fine without him. If he never made it back, we’d still be better than last year. Is the line-up stronger with Alex? Of course. Is the team? That’s more art than science. I think he’s a huge distraction and this particular group is coming together quite nicely in his absence. I also see enormous value in the team not being constantly tarred by his never-ending lies, his cheating, and his excesses. It’s exhausting, and he’s exhausting.”

    :rofl:

    I guess the Dodgers would have been ‘fine’ without Manny, right?

    ARod’s offense, over Ramiro Pena’s, is worth probably 5 wins, minimum, over the course of the rest of the season.

    His ‘distractions’ will cost ZERO wins.

  1291. m May 1st, 2009 at 12:47 am

    Buddy,

    Definitely open to debate. But just take a look at how the media treated Bonds. A lot of them (writers) feel they’re the protectors of the integrity of the game.

    You’ll see Quentin, Youkilis, heck even Jeter win the award before Alex.

    If Alex hits 50 homeruns this year, they’ll say it’s because of the launchpad. They’ll just keep moving the goal posts to spite him.

  1292. miggs May 1st, 2009 at 12:47 am

    I can’t even respond to “whatever” and his posts about A Rod. I’m still trying to decide if he’s serious or just plain hates the guy.

    Either way, its too late to tackle a battle like that.

  1293. Brandon If Melancon doesn't K the first batter he's a bust "I LOVE ME SOME ME !" May 1st, 2009 at 12:48 am

    So they beat up on one of the worst pitching staffs in the league and they are all sudden juggernauts, my god just shut up already, the Angels aren’t the same team, we went against a Sp w/ a 7 ERA and a BP guy that threw it down the pipe, other than Robi Cano and Matsui who will be hurt this team isn’t stronger than last season, the SP is not the full team.

  1294. Buddy Biancalana May 1st, 2009 at 12:48 am

    Good stuff Nick the Dragon Slayer.

  1295. Giuseppe Franco May 1st, 2009 at 12:48 am

    The basic point, o slaves of Alex, is the team is perfectly fine without him. If he never made it back, we’d still be better than last year. Is the line-up stronger with Alex? Of course. Is the team? That’s more art than science. I think he’s a huge distraction and this particular group is coming together quite nicely in his absence. I also see enormous value in the team not being constantly tarred by his never-ending lies, his cheating, and his excesses. It’s exhausting, and he’s exhausting.

    —————–

    It’s fair to say you weren’t an A-Rod fan before these allegations and nonsense so all that “liar liar” and “distraction” stuff is quite disingenuous.

    I’ll guarantee you this – the players and coaches can’t wait to have him back. They couldn’t care less about his personal life and all the diva crap. They want him on the field and playing like A-Rod because he’s still one of the greatest players of this generation.

    Swisher made a comment about A-Rod the other day in the NY Post. He said the media doesn’t know A-Rod like his teammates and they can’t wait to get him back.

  1296. Nick in SF May 1st, 2009 at 12:49 am

    m: was Bonds denied an MVP award that you think he should have won?

  1297. m May 1st, 2009 at 12:50 am

    Nick,

    That’s the thing about team sports. There are several guys on each team that deliver. MVP of the Yankees so far? Jeter. Just because he doesn’t put up eye-popping HR numbers, it appears he’s not valuable. But he’s delivered left and right so far in the young season.

  1298. Brandon If Melancon doesn't K the first batter he's a bust "I LOVE ME SOME ME !" May 1st, 2009 at 12:51 am

    Giuseppe stop clearly common sense is not whatever’s trait.

  1299. m May 1st, 2009 at 12:52 am

    Nick,

    Probably not. But he probably got less votes & consideration than he would’ve if the BALCO stuff didn’t come out.

  1300. Buddy Biancalana May 1st, 2009 at 12:53 am

    m-

    Bonds had a terrible relationship with the media & still won the MVP 7 times.

  1301. dave May 1st, 2009 at 12:53 am

    M,

    What same thoughts the first time? I defended alex and bashed selena but i dont regret doing that. I dont care if she was right – that does not mean that every word that comes out of her mouth will be the honest truth. And she is clearly someone of very low moral standards so i think she would exaggerate to make her stories more interesting to read and sell more copies because she is so clearly all about the benjamins over there and doesnt give a thing about the sport of baseball or how she is continuing to force everyone to relive the worst part about the game over and over again.

    As for the mvps – it does mean most valuable player and not player with the best stats so i think it does mean more than some of the other awards given out as the player needs to significantly help the team be competitive in order to be in the running for it. And while you can say it was the stats, arod did bring the yanks to the playoffs in 2007 and without him, there is no way they make it that year and we would be more than two years removed from a playoff game.

    I also doubt that there is any significant proof that arod used during his time on the yanks and if he did, i cant imagine it was for very long at all. A big clue for me is that arod voluntarily participated in the first WBC even though there was no one forcing him to do so. He knew there was going to be a blood test and he chose to participate. No one taking any anabolic steroids would voluntarily take a blood test in order to play in something like the WBC. They would have to be out of their minds to take that kind of risk. Plus, the rules of the MLB itself have gotten far more strict and soon after coming to the yanks, there began to be drug tests and penalties that were enforced if the player got caught along with full disclosure to the media and public. And while there are very advanced drugs coming out im sure, I just dont think a player of arods caliber would be able to take that kind of risk at that point knowing the severe repercussions of getting caught that were not there previously on the rangers and were instituted the year he came to NY. So that is alot of evidence of why he likely did not use on the yanks or if he did, it couldnt have been for even a full year I wouldnt think. I would need to see some pretty hardcore and undesputable evidence to believe otherwise and due to the fact that steroids users who were caught were all made known to the public, I find it impossible to believe he ever got caught by the mlb after they started testing or we would all already know about it years ago.

  1302. Brandon If Melancon doesn't K the first batter he's a bust "I LOVE ME SOME ME !" May 1st, 2009 at 12:54 am

    “There are several guys on each team that deliver. MVP of the Yankees so far? Jeter.”

    *coughs* Robi Cano *coughs* Nick Swisher

  1303. Nick in SF May 1st, 2009 at 12:55 am

    Buddy: thanks, the dragons are easy. It’s the windmills I have trouble with.

    m: That’s the thing about team sports? What? If Arod produces at an MVP level that’s clearly ahead of other candidates in years ahead he still won’t win the award becuase… that’s the thing about team sports? What?

  1304. m May 1st, 2009 at 12:56 am

    Buddy,

    Not talking about their relationship. They’re not there to protect the game from d-heads. They (IMO) honestly feel they’re there to protect the integrity of the game.

    Are you guys telling me they’re going to give known users MVP awards and turn around and deny them entry into the HOF?

  1305. m May 1st, 2009 at 12:59 am

    Brandon,

    You’re right. I was just thinking of how many times this season that Jeter’s had either game-tying or go-ahead hits.

    Nick,

    I’m sorry, you’re confusing me. Can we just drop it?

  1306. igotid88 May 1st, 2009 at 12:59 am

    If Alex had said the same thing Tex said. It’ll be on the back page and all of talk radio.

  1307. WS May 1st, 2009 at 1:01 am

    Unless he fails another drug test, they would have no reason to not vote for him (assuming his numbers were MVP quality of course). I wouldn’t think you could pass him over in, say 2010, if he hasn’t tested positive in 6-7 yrs. MVP should be based on the current season, not what someone may/may not have done in the past.

  1308. Nick in SF May 1st, 2009 at 1:03 am

    m: didn’t mean to confuse you. Buddy and I are saying (I think) that we are not sold on the notion that Arod will be denied an MVP in the future if he is the clear candidate. I am also confused because I didn’t think there was some larger point about the nature of team sports. Yes, we can drop it.

  1309. Buddy Biancalana May 1st, 2009 at 1:03 am

    m-

    Good point, but Alex apologized. The others have not even admitted what they have done.

    I’m curious how Pete would vote in the MVP should A Rod’s numbers warrant consideration.

  1310. m May 1st, 2009 at 1:04 am

    WS,

    You would be absolutely correct…in a perfect world.

  1311. Brandon If Melancon doesn't K the first batter he's a bust "I LOVE ME SOME ME !" May 1st, 2009 at 1:05 am

    “You’re right. I was just thinking of how many times this season that Jeter’s had either game-tying or go-ahead hits.”

    I know m, the automatic thought would be it’s Jeter, but really it’s not. Nick Swisher and Robinson Cano have carried this team on thier back. Jetes has been big in a few spots, he gets alot of credit for the Tampa game when it was Gardner who did it there. But Swisher and Cano getting on base, getting big hits and wearing out SP staffs have been what’s keeping us mediocore right now.

  1312. Buddy Biancalana May 1st, 2009 at 1:06 am

    Still laughing at Orange-American.

  1313. dave May 1st, 2009 at 1:07 am

    Nick,

    maybe completely destroyed is too harsh to use but come on, she clearly made his life absolutely miserable the entire off-season after the story came out. And every day arod was in the papers after that day with another horribly negative story or ten all of which stemmed from the first of course. And in my mind, she may have been able to get more names or just didnt press hard to get anyone but the BIG FISH because she knew that the light being solely on arod would draw the most readers and the most attention rather than spreading the guilt around between some players no one really cares about. So she made this circus all around him with alex at the center and he clearly cannot handle situations like that so he crumbled.

    And now that he is finally on his way back to help the team which has been hovering around 500 or so and alex could finally be seen as the kind of player that he is, she is once again going to destroy the moment with the book putting a cloud and a media circus mess over the arod return to the yanks. Its just miserable of her. I am pissed at her and frustrated and feel like she has the potential to alter the course of the entire season for the yanks so i cant imagine what arod feels towards her or how she has impacted him but im sure you realize that that selena story and this book despite being horribly irritating at the time they come out also have far reaching effects as well.

  1314. tampayank May 1st, 2009 at 1:07 am

    “Clare
    May 1st, 2009 at 12:05 am
    Doug Mientkiewicz has ARod’s back, saying they were together all the time in HS and he never saw any signs ARod was on steroids. I miss Dougie.

    http://www.latimes.com/sports/.....2022.story

    thanks for that link, I bet ESPN won’t report this, nice of Doug to speak out, you know a lot of players have to feel sorry for him, especially the former roid users still in the game that haven’t come out or been caught

  1315. m May 1st, 2009 at 1:08 am

    Nick,

    I think I meant that it’s a team sport so there’s not “clear” winner, as all the good teams would have several contributors who could be worthy of consideration. They can (and will) move the goal posts every year. It’s not just a stat-based award. Last season they gave Pujols the award because his stats were off the chart. But there was some thought that he wouldn’t get it because his team didn’t make the playoffs.

  1316. Buddy Biancalana May 1st, 2009 at 1:12 am

    m-

    Dawson won in 87′ & the Cubs sucked that year.

  1317. John_Halfz May 1st, 2009 at 1:12 am

    Hey, A-Rod haters. I think he’s a jerk. But you remember last year. You treated every loss like a nuclear strike from Iran. Remember how they were 12-10…and then A-Rod missed 17 of 23 games, and they went 8-15? That kind of killed the season, no? And, yeah, Ramiro Pena, awesome. I can’t imagine how awesome it would be to drive in 2 in a close game at YS for your first 2 career BIs. Neither can I imagine how it felt for Bubba Crosby to hit that walk off against BAL. Fact is, the team didn’t build their postseason streak with Crosbys and Penas. It was guys like A-Rod.

    Just hope he rakes and that Selena Roberts changes careers. And root for the 24 other guys harder. That’s cool. Because it’s all A-Rod deserves.

  1318. Pat M May 1st, 2009 at 1:15 am

    For all their woes, had the Yanks not given away the first 2 games in Fenway, they’d be tied for first place as April closes…..We’ll all look back at April as a stepping stone to a great season……Expect a deep October run this year….

  1319. m May 1st, 2009 at 1:16 am

    Buddy,

    Was Dawson a suspected or confirmed steroid user?

    My point is that they’ll ding him for the steroid use. They’ll never admit it, though.

  1320. GreenBeret7 May 1st, 2009 at 1:16 am

    Pat M
    May 1st, 2009 at 12:33 am
    GB7, McDougel came up with KC with an electric arm ….When did Chicago release him….Wonder how the Yankee scouts view him….Outstnding fastball…I remember him just whiffing the Yanks about 3-4 years ago in a relief role…..Cashman has to make a call….Bruney like project..He’s a tall kid I think…..Texeria is preesing, you can see it during the Detriot series….He’ll be fine and when Alex gets back watch out…..

    ————————————————————

    PAT M, Chicago released him about 7 days ago. I watch him pitching and the first thing that comes to mind is Kyle Farnsworth. I’ve also seen him drop down almost sidearm like a few times like Jeff Nelson.

  1321. Nick in SF May 1st, 2009 at 1:18 am

    dave: I don’t know how miserable Arod’s life was during the off-season, he looked pretty cheery down in the Bahamas. When you cover up bad mistakes and then they’re exposed, it’s not pleasant.

    Arod doesn’t deserve to have untrue things written about him, but I wouldn’t stick my neck out and assume that every new allegation is false just because we don’t like the author of the book or question her motives.

    I wish none of it had happened because it hasn’t been great for the Yankees. Oh well. Arod has his job and his fortune and can still be the author of the rest of his career. Unless he knows yet more that we don’t know yet, I doubt he’s losing a lot of sleep over it.

  1322. Buddy Biancalana May 1st, 2009 at 1:22 am

    m-

    My point about Dawson was that he won while not leading his team to the playoffs, just like Pujols.

  1323. dave May 1st, 2009 at 1:24 am

    pat – i agree. Barring some major catastrophic plague of injuries and ineffectiveness, I cant imagine the yanks not making it to the playoffs this season. They just have an overwhelming quantity of pitching talent this season with potentially six current or future aces or number two starters on hand at any given point this season and the usual strong but streaky offense. I see the pen actually becoming our strongest weapon with mo, bruney, melancon and when guys like marte, veras and the like come around, possibly the best bullpen in the majors at some point this season. We just have to remember that this is the best rotation and probably the best pen we have had since 2000 and that def indicates that we are a playoff team. I wont go any further in predictions than making the playoffs but thats good enough for now.

  1324. Nick in SF May 1st, 2009 at 1:28 am

    m: I think what you’re making is a prediction. The set of circumstances necessary to test it may not come about, so we won’t know. But there are sometimes, and maybe often, fairly clear choices for the MVP. I think Arod can still win one if he’s the clear choice as he has been in the past.

  1325. m May 1st, 2009 at 1:29 am

    Buddy,

    And my point is if Alex had off the chart stats, but the Yankees missed the playoffs, he won’t win the award.

    They’ll use the “he’s on a bad team” excuse not to give it to him. Why? Because they’re dinging him for the steroid use.

  1326. Nick in SF May 1st, 2009 at 1:32 am

    dave: I wrote you a long reply and it got filtered. I can’t write it again, I have to go find some food. The upshot was that Arod made his own mess and, unless there are more legitimate shoes to drop that he knows about, he should be fine.

  1327. Buddy Biancalana May 1st, 2009 at 1:33 am

    m-

    Okay, thanks for clearing that up, however we agree to disagree.

  1328. m May 1st, 2009 at 1:33 am

    Nick,

    Of course, it’s not like I have a crystal ball. But I just think that the writers have already made their intentions clear on the steroid issue in regards to HOF. I can’t see them changing their mind when looking at current players who’ve been linked to steroids.

  1329. Pat M May 1st, 2009 at 1:35 am

    GB, I’m surprised nobody has picked him up, unless there;s a character issue….Man he had some great potential & I do remember him dropping down and coming across..He’s still a young guy…..I recall him going to Chicago as they were hoping that he’d be another Bobby Jenks guy and set up for him…..Hell I didn’t even know he was cut loose…..Young Mr. Pena is coming along nicely & his swing is looking much better as he becomes comfortable playing in the bigs….I often wonder what it must be like for a kid like him walking into the Yanks clubhouse and looking around at all the who’s who of the game….I remember an interview with Molina after he was traded from the Angels to The Yanks…He said when he walked into the Yankee’s clubhouse he didn’t know wether to intoduce himself or ask for an autograph….Pena stays with the club when Alex gets back….He’s a ss by trade right ???

  1330. Nick in SF May 1st, 2009 at 1:36 am

    m: you’re qualifying your scenario now to Arod having great stats but the team missing the playoffs? That’s a new wrinkle, but I thought we were dropping it? I think your point is, to be more clear, an unfounded assertion which may, in fact, be correct, but we have no factual basis for judgement. And on that note, I must go eat.

  1331. m May 1st, 2009 at 1:39 am

    Nick,

    Negative. Whether or not we’re a playoff team, I don’t think Alex wins the MVP.

    But he’d get more votes if we’re winning.

    And yes, I’ll drop it.

    (Just don’t can’t see the writers being Jekyll & Hyde on the issue.)

  1332. pat May 1st, 2009 at 1:42 am

    I wonder…

    If Minky and the coach refute the high school steroid use, can Roberts still technically call it irrefutable evidence?

    Joe Torre says it’s troublesome that the parents of so many of Roberts sources never named them. Were the unnamed sources in his book not named by their parents or just unnamed by Torre and Verducci?

    Pat M

    Were you the one who was friends with Guardado? He had an interesting night tonight.

  1333. raymagnetic May 1st, 2009 at 1:42 am

    Jeter’s been 3.3 runs above replacement level, Cano 3.2 runs and Swisher 3.1 runs.

  1334. m May 1st, 2009 at 1:46 am

    raymagnetic,

    How about win shares? :)

  1335. raymagnetic May 1st, 2009 at 1:53 am

    I have no idea about win shares. But Cano has indeed been the most valuable Yankee in terms of actual $.

    Cano’s been worth 5.1 mil, Swisher 4.1 mil and Jeter 3.4 mil

    http://www.fangraphs.com/winss.....38;month=0

  1336. stuart May 1st, 2009 at 2:24 am

    yea the yanks minors never produce anyone the yjust buy all there players; cano, coke, melky, gardner, joba, hughes, melancon, and pena stink!!!!!

    same with derek, pettitte, mo, and jorge…

    the experts are right the sux have done a lot better with there system………..

  1337. dave May 1st, 2009 at 2:45 am

    damn filter. Well, i agree with what you said but im sure if you had expanded upon it as you probably did in the original post we would have had differing views on it. I just think that while what arod did was wrong, he has payed his dues at this point and it should be time to turn the page already instead of milking this for all its worth as selena is obviously doing from day one. Moreover, its totally unfair and bogus that arod has to endure this ridiculous amount of coverage and have the media dissect his every word and action just because the reporter wanted the big fish which has the best story and the most money and all the other guys on that list are lying back now watching arod get trounced and thanking god that it isnt them.

    Just because arod has the most talent does not mean he should suffer the full wrath of everyone while the rest get off completely free and yet, that is exactly what is happening. Arod is getting far too much blame and his life is being impacted far too much by this as it is likely an overcompensation for not being able to approach whoever else is out there.

    Why should arod bear the burden of responsibility for everyone else in hiding? And why does not a single reporter seem to care about exposing anyone else at this point but seem completely and utterly consumed with anything and everything arod. I mean reporters even joke around that arod is their gold mine and if they cant find anything good that day, they can just turn right back to whatever is going on with arod.

    I mean when is enough enough. If the reporters are realizing this and even joking about it, why dont they realize its overkill at some point? And of course, there is always the possibility of rather than trying to take advantage of every last straw of roberts investigation, they can actually start one of their own like a real reporter might do. I KNOW that takes a little more work and effort but it does allow them to write some non-arod literature. Im just sayin’ when i hear a reporter talk about there being nothing else to write some days and them still have arod as their golden goose, I have to wonder exactly why there is nothing else to write about – perhaps because the reporter is the one that is supposed to find something new, relevant and interesting to cover as that is their job and arod is just the easy target where not much work is involved.

  1338. KO May 1st, 2009 at 3:04 am

    Pretty lame about the role call for Abreu. He was solid for the Yanks but nothing special and he was extremely shaky on defense. Even Swisher is probably much better in the field. Also the crowd afer Pena’s hit made it sound like the old stadium. It was probably the best crowd so far… still could use some work though

  1339. Pel (Uncertainty is certain.) May 1st, 2009 at 4:00 am

    >Pretty lame about the role call for Abreu.

    Maybe there was a relationship between the creatures and said RF.

    :::shrugs:::

  1340. Dr. Cox May 1st, 2009 at 7:11 am

    I sure would love a new post.

  1341. GZA May 1st, 2009 at 7:17 am

    Swish has tempered the sadness I felt on seeing Bobby go. The Creatures did the right and good thing, if you ask me.

    Maybe Tex has the swine flu?

    Finally made it up to New Yankee. It looks pretty swell from the outside, but it freaking sucks otherwise. The only thing I liked is that the seats are marginally more comfortable.

    The old park was just fine and this new joint is a boondoggle wrapped in a scam stuffed in a travesty.

  1342. Doreen May 1st, 2009 at 7:18 am

    Good morning, Dr. Cox -

    I was going to facetiously post “First” but I notice you beat me to being first of the morning! :lol:

    Is it worth it to comment on stuff from last night, or should we wait for the “In Today’s Journal” post?

    I did want to say, regarding “the book,” that ARod already has an iron-clad contract, and so he will be the last one standing. MVP awards and all that are nice-to-haves; he already has a couple. He’s said all he wants is to win a WS. Well, if the Yankees win one, nobody votes as to whether he gets a ring or not. And Hurray to Dougie M. for speaking up.

    Nice win last night. All wins are nice!

  1343. Dr. Cox May 1st, 2009 at 7:24 am

    Doreen:

    guess Pete is getting some much needed sleep and just forgot to post the Journal News post. Devaney did cover the game last night from what I read.

    “but it freaking sucks otherwise.”

    This is false. This is just you being swayed by the all-knowing media who says the park is not what it’s supposed to be therefor, they have already formulated your opinion for you.

    The park is a masterpiece, a new cathedral a work of near perfection. Are they flaws, of course… but in a few years those flaws will be embraced by the fans instead of being ripped apart. Inside and outside the stadium is absolutely breathtaking.

    But seriously, lets all keep crying about the homeruns.

    FYI, my friends were there last night and they said Damons “half swing homerun” was a no-doubter. Somehow, he crushed that.

  1344. PittsburghYankeeFan May 1st, 2009 at 8:23 am

    ARod hate and medical misonformation are a potent brew of BS. ARod’s hip injury has to do with the structure of his hip, which he was born with.

    The surgery he had this year corrects most of the problem. ARod should be stronger this year than any year in the past five.

    The surgery he will have after the season corrects the rest of the problem permanently. There is nothing else in this guy to suggest that he will break down.

    ARod is best understood as a baseball nerd who wants to improve his life, given the childhood that he had. Like most nerds, he lacks some social understanding.

    He is a doofus, but he is our doofus as Yankee fans, forever. Haters, get used to it, please–you are starting to get boring.

    In terms of the 15% tip, nobody has noted that ARod is good friends with Warren Buffet, and takes lots of financial advice from him. Anyone know how much Warren Buffet generally tips (and he is worth about 50 times what ARod is)? That’s right, 15%. Why doesn’t SI or ESPN mention that?

    I posted this last night, and I’ll post it again. If ARod hits 50 HR this season, despite the month layoff, I challenge any of the haters to post a picture of themselves dressed in the one of the Stilleto and Lace outfits.

  1345. ellen May 1st, 2009 at 8:40 am

    I went to the game last night and all I can say is the new stadium is breathtaking. And the garlic fries are top notch!

  1346. right center gap in NY May 1st, 2009 at 1:02 pm

    “Leche” looks very comfortable at the plate. I like his approach. I think he just might have “grown up” a lot with what happened late last season and not winning the CF job coming out of ST. Perhaps that was the motivation he needed to get to where he is right now.
    Regardless, we will need Gardner sometime during the season. So I hope he can help us win a few games here and there.

    A.J. battles last night, despite not having his best stuff.
    Excellent inning by Coke in the 8th. I enjoyed his fire after striking about Bobby to end the inning.

  1347. GZA May 1st, 2009 at 5:57 pm

    As long as it’s 15 after taxes, I got no real problem with that percentage.

  1348. GZA May 1st, 2009 at 6:19 pm

    Dr. Cox: F you. The media’s made up my mind for me? Whatever, a-hole.

    New Yankee is anything but “a masterpiece, a new cathedral a work of near perfection.” (By the way, try punctuation sometime.) In fact, aside from the slightly better-quality seats, nothing was done right. It’s still ugly bare concrete everywhere on inside–only more brightly lit than the old stadium.

    The men’s rooms at the renovated Trenton train station blow the ones at $1.5 billion New Yankee out of the water.

    The grandstand’s farther away from the field than the old tier was.

    The video scoreboard is huge, sure, but it doesn’t actually show the score all the time.

    The analog, hand-operated scoreboard is minuscule.

    As are the World Series years and the retired numbers. And Monument Park is not only poorly situated, it’s poorly built. (Compare all that with, for example, the Tigers’ awesome statues at Comerica.)

    The food’s the same quality (i.e., low) as the old place, even if there are more options.

    So, in terms of aesthetics, sightlines, and amenities–the three most salient things about any stadium–New Yankee fails terribly.

    Citizens Bank cost a third as much and is about a million times nicer–on the inside, anyway. As I said, New Yankee does look pretty great from the outside.

    So, in conclusion, sit on it, jerk.

  1349. GZA May 1st, 2009 at 6:20 pm

    A two-em dash, not a strikethrough, was intended.

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