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Game 37: Twins at Yankees

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

YANKEES (19-17)
Jeter SS
Damon LF
Texeira 1B
Rodriguez 3B
Matsui DH
Swisher RF
Cabrera CF
Pena 2B
Cash C

Pitching: RHP A.J. Burnett (2-1, 5.36).

Notes: Thanks to my Journal New colleague Josh Thomson for calling in the lineup. He’s covering the game today. … The Yankees have won four straight and six of their last eight. They are 6-2 since Alex Rodriguez rejoined the team. … This will be the first time Robinson Cano hasn’t started and Pena’s debut at second base.

Check back for more later on.

Shameless plug: I’m scheduled to be on WFAN at 11:45 a.m.

UPDATE, 11:18 p.m.: According to Joe Girardi, Cano is just getting a day off. Swisher could get one soon (maybe Tuesday) and Alex will be the DH or get the day off tomorrow. … No Phil Coke today after his outing yesterday.

UPDATE, 12:17 p.m.: David Wells, now with TBS, did a press conference today on the anniversary of his perfect game. Here is Josh’s report:

As always, Wells had a lot to say. He talked about joining the media, how he went out with Cone last night and the perfect game was on TV, etc. However, he had a lot to say about steroids, including-

1. Players who are caught should be banned for life.

2. He suggested players who have been caught should be ineligible for the Hall.

3. He said he saw Clemens at a Toby Keith golf outing. He called him “Eli,” the old nickname Clemens once had for him, which meant everytime David talks, he lies.

“Roger didn’t like it,” Wells said. He went on to say he will reserve judgment but – “The facts that you have in hand, its pretty overwhelming.”

4. He said that maybe stats compiled using steroids shouldn’t count. He specifically mentioned A-Rod’s home runs hit against him while A-Rod was in Texas. “Should they count? No. Are they? Probably. And I’m OK with that,” Wells said.

5. He went so far as to say maybe steroid users should have their own league, or be allowed to use but not be eligible for the Hall.

Thanks to Josh for the report.

UPDATE, 3:14 p.m.: Chien-Ming Wang dominated today in Scranton in the first game of a doubleheader. 7 innings, 4 hits, 0 runs, 0 walks, 1 strikeout. 75 pitches / 49 strikes, 12 of the 21 outs on the ground. He has thrown 13 scoreless innings in AAA. Be interesting to see what the Yankees do next with him.

The radar gun in Scranton on the scoreboard is unreliable. But a scout I know who was there said Wang got up to 93. The lineup he faced included Travis Hafner, Tony Graffanino and Andy Marte.

Brian Bruney is expected to start the second game to get his inning in.

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1,491 Responses to “Game 37: Twins at Yankees”

  1. bru May 17th, 2009 at 10:45 am

    cano gets the day off.

    probably arod tomorrow.

  2. C May 17th, 2009 at 10:46 am

    another walkoff?

  3. Fran (the original) May 17th, 2009 at 10:48 am

    ARod has played in the field every day since coming back. Thought he would be DH in a few games. His hip must be feeling good.

  4. Betsy May 17th, 2009 at 10:51 am

    LOL Great Q & A with AJ:

    http://www.nypost.com/seven/05.....038;page=1

    He’s a very interesting guy….lost of fun facts, from the fact that he almost quit baseball after his trade to the Marlins, to the fact that he named his bats, to the fact that he broke his foot bowling while drunk, lol. Swisherlicious? Love it……….

    AJ knows he’s not the most consistent guy out there, but it’s not for lack of trying. He’s going to be an big asset to this team…….maybe he’ll get it going today.

  5. Betsy May 17th, 2009 at 10:51 am

    Bodh, love that quote you posted from Jorge about Alex in the prior thread – do you have a link for that? Thanks!

  6. bodhisattva May 17th, 2009 at 10:52 am

    I don’t think Alex would put himself in jeopardy, so I’ll chalk this up to him feeling great and not to misguided bravado.

    Glad to see Robi get a well-deserved breather.

  7. Anthony Murillo May 17th, 2009 at 10:52 am

    Oh no! Kevin Cash is playing? ugh…

  8. Laura - Win together, strike out alone! May 17th, 2009 at 10:55 am

    Cano needs a breather more than Alex does. They can DH Alex tomorrow.

  9. andrew May 17th, 2009 at 10:57 am

    why isnt cervelli getting the call today and cash is?

  10. 86w183 May 17th, 2009 at 10:58 am

    Which would be more beneficial, AJ pitching a shutout or Wang/Bruney combining for one?

    It’s kind of a wash isn’t it?

    Good to see Swisher in there again. If he gets hot he might have as many hits as strikeouts…. if he gets REALLY hot.

  11. rconn23 May 17th, 2009 at 10:59 am

    This is a good lineup. Cano needs a day off. He’s in a bad way at the plate right now.

    Excited to see Pena flash the leather at second.

  12. Laura - Win together, strike out alone! May 17th, 2009 at 11:00 am

    The Post has a story about how Tino Martinez told Tex on Friday to be more aggressive at the plate. He said that Tex was being too selective and was waiting on the perfect pitch to swing at. Tino told him to go into attack mode and let the chips fall where they may. Looks like his advice worked.

  13. C May 17th, 2009 at 11:03 am

    Edwar and veras should be out

  14. C May 17th, 2009 at 11:04 am

    where is angel berroa what a waste of space

  15. Bobby May 17th, 2009 at 11:05 am

    Why so many days off Pete?

  16. Fran (the original) May 17th, 2009 at 11:07 am

    The only post that is mine is 10:48. The ones after that are not me. I changed my screen name last week and added (the original) and still someone is impersonating me. We really do need registration.

    I am going out until later this afternoon, so any other posts in my name are not me.

  17. jennifer May 17th, 2009 at 11:09 am

    Pena at second. I’m scared.

  18. jennifer May 17th, 2009 at 11:09 am

    Link doesn’t work, than again the links for the post never work. I guess they don’t care about getting hits.

  19. jennifer May 17th, 2009 at 11:14 am

    Q: You met your wife (Karen) rehabbing in Melbourne (Fla.) after the Mets-Marlins trade.

    A: All I can remember is we spent the entire first night together and did nothing but talk the entire night.

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

    yeah right AJ. :P

  20. jonathan May 17th, 2009 at 11:18 am

    I really do not understand this lineup. Why play swisher and cash? Cervelli and Gardner bring a youthful energy! Cash looks lost at the plate.

  21. Betsy May 17th, 2009 at 11:19 am

    I’m wondering why Cash myself……..

  22. bodhisattva May 17th, 2009 at 11:20 am

    Betsy
    May 17th, 2009 at 10:51 am
    Bodh, love that quote you posted from Jorge about Alex in the prior thread – do you have a link for that? Thanks!
    ============

    Here you go, Betsy:

    “Alex is my teammate and Alex is going to be my friend forever,” Posada said. “I’m going to support him any way I can, and that’s all I’ve got to say, tell you the truth.”

    http://www.nypost.com/seven/02.....154377.htm

  23. Betsy May 17th, 2009 at 11:22 am

    http://www.nj.com/yankees/inde.....xeira.html

    Some of the recent success, he said, has to do with his strength of his right wrist. Teixeira injured the wrist early in the season. Though he was healthy enough to play after taking a cortisone shot to help get rid of the pain, he said he only recently regained all the strength in his wrist.

    With his wrist at full strength, Teixeira said he has had an easier time staying on the ball longer on his left-handed swing, which he uses the majority of his plate appearances.

    “I’m confident that all the extra work I’ve put in has paid off,” he said.

  24. SJ44 May 17th, 2009 at 11:23 am

    It must be a good lineup if folks are complaining about it.

    Everytime folks complain about the lineup, it seems to do well.

  25. Trevor May 17th, 2009 at 11:23 am

    Girardi had Cash catch Burnett in Toronto. Maybe he rather have a veteran out there with Burnett. :?

  26. AJ May 17th, 2009 at 11:23 am

    It disgusts me that Swisher is still playing despite the lack of anything he has been doing as of late.

  27. 86w183 May 17th, 2009 at 11:27 am

    Cervelli is not ready to catch every day, Girardi has to mix Cash in there, but what does Swisher have to do to earn a seat?

  28. JoeyA May 17th, 2009 at 11:28 am

    I would love for someone to get some info on Damon & Jeter on how they’re feeling, especially Damon.

    SJ-

    Everytime I read something about Jorge, its that he should be ready by June. the 3-4 weeks estimated on May 4 seems about right to the people covering the team.

    Thoughts? I hope he gets back early, but can’t rush it. He’s too important

  29. Doreen May 17th, 2009 at 11:32 am

    Hi Everyone!

    So, now I think I need to pretend I’m still on vacation. Seems like my guys in the Bronx (and on the road!) did pretty good while I was not watching.

    Did Joba end up pitching last week with the bruised thumb?

    I figured the best thing for them to do with him vis-a-vis the first inning blahs was to get him to pitch the first inning before the game started. Glad they got that memo!

    The game they lost in Toronto – was that Burnett v. Haliday?

    See, I did not watch, nor did I read the newspapers, and barely saw ESPN highlights. Though I was watching ESPN the night Melky got his walk-off – they had put up the 4-3 score, and I thought they’re ninth inning rally would fall short and one second later they flashed the 5-4 final. That was the closest I got all week to ‘watching’ a game.

  30. teddy May 17th, 2009 at 11:36 am

    i understad cano needs a day off, why not tommorrow against the lefty

  31. Andy S May 17th, 2009 at 11:36 am

    I wonder why Gardner isn’t getting a start to give Swish a day off. Gardner certainly hasn’t been an automatic out lately and he adds a lot of speed to the lineup. I like Swish, but his bat has been looking slow. He NEEDS a day off and Gardner needs some AB’s!

  32. bodhisattva May 17th, 2009 at 11:36 am

    Hi Doreen,

    Nice to see your username in here again.

    Hope you enjoyed your trip.

    Joba pitched with the thumb but without incident, except for the usual rocky first inning.
    Burnett opposed Halladay.

    Enjoy your “first” game back.

  33. Doreen May 17th, 2009 at 11:38 am

    Thanks, bodhisattva – it’s nice to be back home.

  34. bodhisattva May 17th, 2009 at 11:38 am

    teddy
    May 17th, 2009 at 11:36 am
    i understad cano needs a day off, why not tommorrow against the lefty
    ================
    Cano, as Jamie Walker learned, breaks into a grin when lefites are brought in to face him. And then he hits them :D

  35. SJ44 May 17th, 2009 at 11:39 am

    Cano hits lefties. He doesn’t need a day off based on which side a pitcher throws from.

    I don’t think you bring back Posada until his leg is 100%.

    I figure that’s 4-6 weeks from the time he hurt it.

    You want him back at 100% and nothing less.

    If it takes a little longer, so be it.

    Just means he will be fresher as the season goes on.

  36. ARodHasAThingForGeriatrics May 17th, 2009 at 11:42 am

    Betsy, Do you think A-Rod got some hitting “tips” from his cousin? He seems to be hitting the ball further.

  37. vb03 May 17th, 2009 at 11:43 am

    Swisher needs to sit. At least for a couple days.

  38. Rishi May 17th, 2009 at 11:44 am

    “The high-flying Yankees will get to showcase their skills on the national stage on Sunday, with the series finale with the Twins the marquee game for Sunday MLB on TBS. The station’s broadcasting team will include 20-year veteran Chip Caray, who will provide play-by-play, along with analysts David Wells and Ron Darling in the booth.”

    so this game is on YES and TBS…might be interesting to hear the Wells commentary…

  39. Rishi May 17th, 2009 at 11:45 am

    I think under normal circumstances, Alex plays in actual minor league games before coming up…he was expected back May 15th and I think we’re seeing why that was. All those walks mean something too

  40. stuart a May 17th, 2009 at 11:46 am

    cano and swisher have been terrible lately. that is the ups and downs of baseball. 2 weeks ago texiera was terrible now he is on fire.. just need enough guys to be going at any one time to help the lineup..

    again if they had 1 more bat on the bench then they could sit swisher today but they insist on so many pitchers …

    aceves should be going no where he throws strikes which beside mo and coke(to many HR’s) no one else does. look at the walks from our pitchers terrible..

  41. t May 17th, 2009 at 11:47 am

    http://www.mlbtraderumors.com/.....l#comments

    Am I the only one who thinks signing Damon again should be a top priority? He’s an asset and no Gardner/AJax/Melky is going to replace him, period.

  42. jennifer May 17th, 2009 at 11:47 am

    Swisher needs a day off. Love him but seems like he needs a mental break.

  43. carl May 17th, 2009 at 11:48 am

    Pete talking about his post yesterday.

  44. jennifer May 17th, 2009 at 11:48 am

    t- If you can go year to year with him you do it. But if he is looking for 3 years you pass.

  45. Rishi May 17th, 2009 at 11:49 am

    the steroid post?

  46. 224 May 17th, 2009 at 11:50 am

    Hopefully we can get 7-8 solid innings from Aj tonight.

    AJ is another one of those guys with great potential that hasn’t quite found himself. I don’t think he’s past the point of being able to, though.

    Maybe he’ll get on a roll tonight. Let’s hope.

  47. Betsy May 17th, 2009 at 11:50 am

    Thanks, bodhisattva – I remember that quote now. The media just likes to make facts fit their theories instead of theories fitting the facts…..The best thing to do is just to use our own brains instead of letting these sportswriters lead us around like sheep.

  48. Betsy May 17th, 2009 at 11:51 am

    I’m not complaining about the lineup at all – just wondering why Cash instead of Cervelli.

  49. carl May 17th, 2009 at 11:52 am

    Yeah steroid post, he didn’t say much about it.

  50. Tarheelyank May 17th, 2009 at 11:53 am

    I would like to have seen a Gardner, Melky, Pena, and Cervelli bottom of the order. Let the rabbits run and presure the defense.

    Having said that Swish and Cash will probably both hit bombs.

  51. LTL May 17th, 2009 at 11:57 am

    Betsy
    May 17th, 2009 at 11:51 am
    I’m not complaining about the lineup at all – just wondering why Cash instead of Cervelli.

    Let’s speculate about this a bit. Seems that two cathchers will be returniong soon. What to do with Cash and Cervelli? Cervelli can go back down to the minors, but what about Cash? Maybe we can get a bag of bats for him when the time comes if he can show a little during his time in NY?

    Sorry not enough tea to spell correctly!

  52. YANKS_LEGEND May 17th, 2009 at 12:00 pm

    “No Phil Coke today after his outing yesterday.”

    I wish it read “no Veras ever after all his outings.”

  53. carl May 17th, 2009 at 12:02 pm

    I hope Damon comes back.

  54. Scooter10 May 17th, 2009 at 12:03 pm

    Thought maybe Cash caught Burnett when he was in Toronto. But my research found that Cash’s last year in Toronto was 2004 and Burnett’s first was 2006. Seems like they are alternating Cervelli and Cash right now.

  55. J.O. May 17th, 2009 at 12:03 pm

    Great job on the radio!

  56. rconn23 May 17th, 2009 at 12:04 pm

    Signing Damon should be a priority, but only to a sensible deal. And nothing more than a 2-year deal is sensible.

  57. Scooter10 May 17th, 2009 at 12:07 pm

    I think the Yankees will look to sign Holliday in the offseason. If they do, might be tough to bring Damon back.

  58. No Way Jose May 17th, 2009 at 12:08 pm

    rconn I agree. but Damon will be able to get more than 2 yrs on a deal.

  59. Scooter10 May 17th, 2009 at 12:08 pm

    Damon is a great guy. A very good player. And I like having him on the team. However, I think I would only go with a 1-year after this season.

  60. trisha - Joe Girardi knows more than you do! May 17th, 2009 at 12:08 pm

    *OPPC*
    Opt in/Opt out
    Members: Trisha, Rebecca, Boston Dave, Nick in SF, Angel, SoS, DT, Pepitone, S.A., pat, Dr. Cox, Giuseppe Franco, Pat M, Jeff NJ, Fran, Tex, Laura, bodhisattva, Doreen, ed, rishi, saucy

    Hey all! Yesterday we started a forum “club”. It’s called the Official Positive Poster’s Club. We’re doing it lighheartedly but obviously some of us enjoy that there are a group of people who typically manage to keep the faith. So we decided to bond together and form a club.

    Anyone can be a member – hence the opt in/opt out. If you see your name there and you haven’t opted in it’s probably because we think of you as a positive poster! HOWEVER, if your name is there and you didn’t opt it, you certainly have the right to opt out. And not all of the people who would choose to opt out are necessarily negative posters. Some, like mel, just want to reserve the right to “spit and cuss” during the game when they get upset about something that Yakees are or are not doing. I can respect that. It’s not my style but I can certainly respect it being someone else’s style.

    Last night a few posters asked me questions about the “rules” and I did the best I could, wishing that other members were around to help out. I think I tried to point out the difference between whining, complaining, hostile posts and constructive criticism posts. Maybe one contains hostility and nastiness and the other is merely a statement of what one wishes could be the case?

    Anyway, when you see the initials OPPC, you’ll know what it means. Membership is open – so long as you choose to remain positive!

    :)

  61. bodhisattva May 17th, 2009 at 12:10 pm

    Betsy
    May 17th, 2009 at 11:50 am
    Thanks, bodhisattva – I remember that quote now. The media just likes to make facts fit their theories instead of theories fitting the facts…..The best thing to do is just to use our own brains instead of letting these sportswriters lead us around like sheep.
    =============
    And the irony is, they think like sheep and lead the way for the lowest common denominator, not for the thoughtful fan, who sees through them.

    I have a caustic email exchange w/a certain Daily News columnist that would blow your mind. If there was any doubt that the media approaches Rodriguez objectively, this is confirmation for such skepticism.

    This is a guy I had had it with back in 2006 for his assails on Rodriguez, so I sent him my thoughts and away we went.

  62. SJ44 May 17th, 2009 at 12:11 pm

    I don’t see the Yankees commiting another 100+ million dollar contract and tie up another position on the team.

    Especially for a guy (Holliday) who is a good, but not great, player.

    Unless Scott Boras’ asking price drops significantly, I don’t see that move on the horizon.

    Plus, at least so far, Holliday is showing himself to be more of a Coors Field stat compiler than a star hitter.

  63. S.A.--The sun will come out tomorrow May 17th, 2009 at 12:11 pm

    Welcome back Doreen. Hope the vacation was great. :)

    Let’s go Yanks! Continue winning

  64. 224 May 17th, 2009 at 12:12 pm

    Matt Holliday would not be a good signing, imo. He’s overrated, as he played in Colorado.

    He struggled mightily early on with the A’s and we do NOT need another $20million player in our lineup. We should sign a solid, sensible player and move on. Maybe Damon for another year if the market is thin for corner outfielders.

  65. trisha - Joe Girardi knows more than you do! May 17th, 2009 at 12:12 pm

    *OPPC* – Opt in/Opt out
    Members: Trisha, Rebecca, Boston Dave, Nick in SF, Angel, SoS, DT, Pepitone, S.A., pat, Dr. Cox, Giuseppe Franco, Pat M, Jeff NJ, Fran, Tex, Laura, bodhisattva, Doreen, ed, rishi, saucy

    Doreen, welcome home!!! Notice we’ve used your name in vain…

    ;)

  66. Rishi May 17th, 2009 at 12:14 pm

    thanks, Trisha :)

  67. S.A.--The sun will come out tomorrow May 17th, 2009 at 12:14 pm

    From Seby’s Q&A with AJ:

    Q: Nick Swisher?

    A: Swisherlicious. We have a thing here that if you have a bad day, if you’re in the worst mood ever, whatever, just think Swisherlicious, and it’ll make you smile.

    That’s what we need to do around here, just think Swisherlicious. ;)

  68. Brandon Pie "Because it's the thing to do in this stadium" May 17th, 2009 at 12:15 pm

    And that’s how you use a bench, finally Cano gets much needed rest and if Alex needs a breather later you caan put Pena at 3B and Sr. citizen at 2B. I like Cash catching Burnett b/c Pettitte will need Cisco and then we got CC going.

  69. rconn23 May 17th, 2009 at 12:16 pm

    MLB Network is now playing the 1976 ALCS Game 5 between the Yankees and Royals. Of course, that’s the game with the Chambliss home run.

    It’s especially cool because the broadcasting crew is Keith Jackson, Howard Cosell and ….Reggie Jackson!

    I had completely forgotten that Jackson was in the booth.

    Funny that he would sign with the Yankees in the offseason and the rest, as they say, is history.

  70. SJ44 May 17th, 2009 at 12:17 pm

    Here is another example of why those who quote stats without context should be careful:

    Jose Veras got a “hold” yesterday.

    1/3 of an inning, 1 BB (who ended up scoring) and one hit, and he got a “hold” for that “effort”.

    Anybody watching the game would say he wasn’t good.

    But, the “stat” says otherwise.

    Same goes for a guy like Holliday. Great numbers. Where and how did he compile them?

    When you are being asked to spend the kind of money Scott Boras will for him, it takes a closer look at his numbers to determine whether its a worthwhile investment.

    At least at this juncture, I think its safe to say the Yankees should pass on this one.

  71. S.A.--The sun will come out tomorrow May 17th, 2009 at 12:22 pm

    Q&A with Melancon:

    http://www.scrantontimes.com/s.....es/1.21595

  72. Tom in N.J. May 17th, 2009 at 12:22 pm

    Why pay a premium for a player like Holliday when players like Swisher and Josh Willingham can be had for a song?

    Saying nothing of Dunn, Abreu, Burrell signing for less money per year as a whole then Holliday would ask for on the FA. market.

  73. Scooter10 May 17th, 2009 at 12:24 pm

    Will be good to get Pena a couple of starts. Today at 2B and tomorrow at 3B.

  74. Angel - A tale told by idiots, full of sound and fury - signifying nothing. May 17th, 2009 at 12:26 pm

    Welcome back, Doreen. I hope you had a wonderful vacation.

  75. Vince May 17th, 2009 at 12:27 pm

    Scooter10
    May 17th, 2009 at 12:07 pm
    I think the Yankees will look to sign Holliday in the offseason. If they do, might be tough to bring Damon back.

    ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~
    Up to now, Matt Holliday hasn’t made the adjustment to the AL very well. Being in a contract year and a Boras client, things don’t bode well.

  76. Rishi May 17th, 2009 at 12:28 pm

    David Wells needs a psych eval…those points were all over the amap

  77. Rishi May 17th, 2009 at 12:29 pm

    “5. He went so far as to say maybe steroid users should have their own league, or be allowed to use but not be eligible for the Hall. ”

    huh?

  78. SJ44 May 17th, 2009 at 12:30 pm

    Boomer getting his TV chops going. Shooting to be the Charles Barkley of Baseball for the TNT/TBS crew.

    Hey, you do what you gotta do to be a “star”.

    Only problem with Boomer gettin’ on the Steroids Soapbox….

    Given his hard partying ways as a player, I would bet he had a few illegal (greenies) substances in him when he put together his performances.

    People who live in glass houses…….

  79. Laura - Win together, strike out alone! May 17th, 2009 at 12:30 pm

    SJ44, if you were the Yankees, would you sign Damon again? I’d give him a one year deal with another year as an option.

  80. Joe May 17th, 2009 at 12:33 pm

    David Wells was a JUICER HIIMSELF. So shut up.

  81. Bronx Jeers May 17th, 2009 at 12:34 pm

    Boomer is calling the game today? His first day in the booth and it’s a Yankee game. Alright. Could be interesting.

  82. rconn23 May 17th, 2009 at 12:35 pm

    Agreed on the hold SJ44, it’s a dubious stat.

    It’s akin to how the Cy Young voting is based primarily on wins, instead of looking at how well the pitcher actually performed – ERA, WHIP, strikeouts, walks, etc.

    For instance, Mike Mussina was easily the best pitcher on the Yankee staff in 2001, but who won the Cy Young that year? Clemens. Why? More wins.

    Mussina got poor run support that year.

    The save is another overrated statistic. K-Rod was at best the fourth best closer in the AL last year. Yet some will claim he had the greatest season of any closer. He blew 8 saves.

    I like statistics. I think the best run organizations blend scouting, player development and statisitical anaylsis.

    It’s just placing emphasis on the RIGHT statistics that’s important.

  83. Laura - Win together, strike out alone! May 17th, 2009 at 12:36 pm

    I have zero respect for Wells so I’ll be watching the YES broadcast.

  84. Chris May 17th, 2009 at 12:36 pm

    Hey Pete,

    You claimed Romulo Sanchez didn’t have impressive stuff. Well, scouting reports have him 92-94 topping out at 98 on his fastball with a solid curveball. His issues are weight related and sometimes he loses control. Sounds a lot like Brian Bruney from afar.

    What caused you to call Romulo Sanchez someone with non-impressive stuff?

  85. Brandon Pie "Because it's the thing to do in this stadium" May 17th, 2009 at 12:39 pm

    “Well, scouting reports have him 92-94 topping out at 98 on his fastball with a solid curveball. His issues are weight related and sometimes he loses control.”

    Sometimes ? he’s basically Jose Veras 2.0 and fat.

  86. AD May 17th, 2009 at 12:39 pm

    Damon Comes Back next year. I’m Sure he will test the waters, and see that no one is going to give him more than 2 years, and he will inevitably end up back with NY with a 2 Yr Deal – around 15-18 million

  87. Greg May 17th, 2009 at 12:40 pm

    I don’t get the “Eli” thing. What’s that a reference to?

  88. Dan May 17th, 2009 at 12:40 pm

    Didn’t Ortiz say that steroid users should be suspended for a year?

  89. SJ44 May 17th, 2009 at 12:41 pm

    Laura,

    Depends how the season goes for him. If he has a healthy, productive year, I would look into a 1 year + an option deal for him.

    If he gets a better deal elsewhere, I thank him for 4 good years with the Yankees.

    I think Johnny may forgo a year or so to stay in NY.

    He has shown to be able to play here and I don’t discount someone from playing just because of age. If you can still play, that’s what I’m looking for.

    Its great to want to get “younger”. But, if “younger” doesn’t mean “better”, you become the Marlins.

    I don’t think the Yankees want to become the Marlins.

  90. SJ44 May 17th, 2009 at 12:43 pm

    Sanchez is just minor league filler. They aren’t getting back a stud for Eric Hacker.

    If he was really something, they Pirates would have kept him in their bullpen.

    He’s a guy to put on the AAA roster and see what happens and nothing more.

    There is more to “stuff” than the radar gun. If you don’t believe that, watch some Kyle Farnsworth video.

  91. Laura - Win together, strike out alone! May 17th, 2009 at 12:46 pm

    “I think Johnny may forgo a year or so to stay in NY.”

    I do too. I think that he’s genuinely happy here.

    “There is more to “stuff” than the radar gun. If you don’t believe that, watch some Kyle Farnsworth video.”

    And why would we want to do that? Didn’t we suffer enough watching him pitch when he was with us? :P

  92. Brandon Pie "Because it's the thing to do in this stadium" May 17th, 2009 at 12:47 pm

    SJ I was really hoping to get our juvenile delinquent back, that would have been sweet. :(

    BTW what are your thoughts on Colin Curtis and Eduardo Nunez who are starting to rake a bit in AA.

  93. gayle May 17th, 2009 at 12:49 pm

    SOmething about the Wells perfect game and watching it again last night. This was in the midst of the whole Knoblach cant throw to first time period. How lucky was Wells that day that Chuck didnt make one of his signature throws there certainly were a few balls hit to him that could have resulted in that.

    Sort of bummed that we here in NYC wont be able to see Boomer today.

  94. 7*7 May 17th, 2009 at 12:50 pm

    So why did Wells even hold a press conference?

  95. SJ44 May 17th, 2009 at 12:50 pm

    Brandon,

    Forget about Tabata. At this point in his career, he’s a non-prospect.

    Curtis has a very good bat. It will be interesting to see what the Yankees do with him. I don’t see him as an everyday player in NY.

    He can be a future bench player or packaged to a team where he can play everyday and return the Yankees some help for the second half of the season.

    Nunez? He really opened eyes in the spring. I love his bat. That’s a kid I keep and let him develop.

  96. Sean Serritella May 17th, 2009 at 12:50 pm

    Greg….

    “Four years later, Wells made his distaste for Clemens public in his book, criticizing the deal and saying most of the Yankees hated Clemens for plunking batters while Clemens was with the Jays. Wells, who was teammates with Clemens at the time, graciously mentioned that Clemens was the premier pitcher of his generation, too.

    In addition, Wells said that if he was Mike Piazza during the 2000 World Series, he would have retaliated when Clemens threw a hunk of Piazza’s bat at the hitter. What Wells said he would have done is unprintable on a family blog.

    Clemens, who is no Jerry Seinfeld, had a tidy comeback to Wells’s book as he nicknamed the pitcher “Eli” for “He lie.”

    Clemens added, “Because if a story goes over 30 seconds, he’s lying.””

    From… http://bats.blogs.nytimes.com/.....s-talking/

  97. SJ44 May 17th, 2009 at 12:53 pm

    Again today, the most important Yankee game isn’t in NY. Its in Scranton.

    Wang and Bruney’s outings today are much more important than the game at the Stadium.

    The Yankees really need both guys back ASAP. Today could go a long way in getting them back.

    Here’s hoping both have great outings today.

    This team becomes better immediately when both guys are back on the active roster.

  98. justin May 17th, 2009 at 12:53 pm

    I DONT GET ONE WORD WELLS JUST SAID…MAYBE HIM AND CONE HAD TO MUCH TO DRINK LAST NIGHT LOL WHY COULDNT THE PRESSER BE STEROID FREE JEEZZZZ

  99. vinny-b (Girardi, Pettitte, Mo, Matsui, Gardner = my top 5) May 17th, 2009 at 12:53 pm

    I don’t disagree with anything Davif Wells said.

    then again, am not an Arod apologist.

  100. bodhisattva May 17th, 2009 at 12:53 pm

    Trisha,

    I’m touched to be in your club.

    As long as I can continue to make snide comments about our worthy opponents to the north, I’m in ;)

  101. Tom in N.J. May 17th, 2009 at 12:54 pm

    What about this INTL. FA. kid Miguel Angel Sano. He’s a 16 year old SS. prospect who can be had for “just” money in July….

  102. AD May 17th, 2009 at 12:56 pm

    How come Jose Veras is still on the team?… And the Fact that he is out of options in not an acceptable answer anymore.

  103. SJ44 May 17th, 2009 at 12:57 pm

    Nobody needs to be anybody’s “apologist” to find humor in Wells’ comments.

    Its great to get on the Steroid Soapbox. However, if you are Boomer, that’s a precarious place to be given his history of off the field exploits.

    Especially when most of that is said for effect as he develops his TV persona.

  104. Brandon Pie "Because it's the thing to do in this stadium" May 17th, 2009 at 1:01 pm

    Thanks SJ, I like Collin and Eduardo too. I really think Nunez is going to be special once he hits his stride and gets patient. They are shortening his swing from what I hear and this month he’s doubled what he has done in all of April.

  105. carl May 17th, 2009 at 1:07 pm

    Lets get to this guy early.

  106. carl May 17th, 2009 at 1:07 pm

    winds blowing to right field lol

  107. Tarheelyank May 17th, 2009 at 1:10 pm

    SJ
    Are you coming to Durham for the ACC playoff? I am going to try and make a least one game. I will consider myself a temporary BC fan. :D

  108. Dr. Cox May 17th, 2009 at 1:11 pm

    Lets do this A. J.

  109. carl May 17th, 2009 at 1:12 pm

    Squeezed already

  110. DYNASTY IS DESTINY! May 17th, 2009 at 1:12 pm

    Let’s Go Yanks!!!!

  111. Lost in Tex-is May 17th, 2009 at 1:13 pm

    put melky in right, gardner in center Joe. geez you don’t think out of the box do you?

    heh

  112. TD May 17th, 2009 at 1:13 pm

    TBS jerks in the booth… including Wells.

  113. Brandon Pie "Because it's the thing to do in this stadium" May 17th, 2009 at 1:15 pm

    “put melky in right, gardner in center Joe. geez you don’t think out of the box do you?”

    With Pena playing we might need a PR late in the game, hence Gardner on the bench.

  114. Brandon Pie "Because it's the thing to do in this stadium" May 17th, 2009 at 1:16 pm

    walk him

  115. S.A.--The sun will come out tomorrow May 17th, 2009 at 1:17 pm

    come on AJ

  116. carl May 17th, 2009 at 1:17 pm

    Elevate a fastball

  117. trisha - Joe Girardi knows more than you do! May 17th, 2009 at 1:18 pm

    “As long as I can continue to make snide comments about our worthy opponents to the north, I’m in”

    Oh I guess I forgot to mention that the FIRST rule of the club is that members have to be willing to make continual snide comments about the opponents to the north. Sorry about that.

    :D

  118. carl May 17th, 2009 at 1:19 pm

    BP better be ready.

  119. Brandon Pie "Because it's the thing to do in this stadium" May 17th, 2009 at 1:19 pm

    “come on AJ”

    com’on AJ my those M&M boys are dangerous.

    PENA !

  120. carl May 17th, 2009 at 1:19 pm

    PENA!

  121. RalphieD May 17th, 2009 at 1:19 pm

    nice play pena!!!

  122. trisha - Joe Girardi knows more than you do! May 17th, 2009 at 1:20 pm

    :)

    Dey’s good.

  123. DYNASTY IS DESTINY! May 17th, 2009 at 1:20 pm

    That’s Defense!

    Go Yanks!

  124. Rachel May 17th, 2009 at 1:20 pm

    The SS makes a nice play…

  125. Serf May 17th, 2009 at 1:20 pm

    I love how Michael Kay things everything is an outstanding play. That wasn’t that big of a play. Anyone could’ve got that.

  126. RS May 17th, 2009 at 1:20 pm

    Great play by Pena!

    And why is Berroa still on the roster? Swisher and Pena can obviously cover all the infield positions well.

  127. Ed - Swisher is awesome!! May 17th, 2009 at 1:20 pm

    so Pena is leading all rookies in batting avg and obp.

    ROTY! :)

  128. Brandon Pie "Because it's the thing to do in this stadium" May 17th, 2009 at 1:21 pm

    Way to pick it El Nino :)

  129. Tom in N.J. May 17th, 2009 at 1:21 pm

    Great play. A run saved is just as valuable as a run driven in.

  130. rconn23 May 17th, 2009 at 1:21 pm

    Pena can pick it at any position. Probably the best defender on the team other than Teixiera.

  131. Laura - Win together, strike out alone! May 17th, 2009 at 1:21 pm

    That Pena is a keeper.

  132. kasey May 17th, 2009 at 1:22 pm

    man. he got out of that inning but that’s just a brutal way to start the game. 23 pitches? it looks like a.j. is a what-you-see-is-what-you-get guy. i know a lot of people thought he had turned a corner after his time in toronto but it looks like he just isn’t a guy who’s going to be able to make use of all of his talent, at least not just yet. here’s hoping he’s a solid contributor and a piece of the puzzle for the yanks, but i think expecting him to be the “second ace” of the staff looks to be a tad too much. drag.

  133. m May 17th, 2009 at 1:22 pm

    Tuned in just in time to get the tired old farm vs. free agent crap. And then I got to hear about how much money my team outspent the Twins by.

    At least Boomer called them on it. The other guy was “Twins didn’t spend the money”. Boomer, “But they could have” and then he softened it by saying “they did well”.

    I really wish they could find some original topics to discuss.

  134. SJ44 May 17th, 2009 at 1:22 pm

    Tarheel,

    I’m trying to move some meeetings around as we speak.

    Trying to get there Wed-Fri.

    Have a big dinner party I have to cook for on Saturday.

    If one client is accomodating, I’ll be there Wed-Sun.

  135. carl May 17th, 2009 at 1:23 pm

    lol the crowed got silent fast.

  136. bodhisattva May 17th, 2009 at 1:23 pm

    trisha – Joe Girardi knows more than you do!
    May 17th, 2009 at 1:18 pm
    “As long as I can continue to make snide comments about our worthy opponents to the north, I’m in”
    Oh I guess I forgot to mention that the FIRST rule of the club is that members have to be willing to make continual snide comments about the opponents to the north. Sorry about that.
    =====

    Imagine clappy icon.

  137. carl May 17th, 2009 at 1:24 pm

    88mph fastball throwing strikes in the zone. We need to get to this guy

  138. Brandon Pie "Because it's the thing to do in this stadium" May 17th, 2009 at 1:25 pm

    That’s thinking too much Arod there Tex.

  139. RS May 17th, 2009 at 1:26 pm

    I hate when our pitcher battles through an inning and the offense goes down on 10 pitches.

  140. S.A.--The sun will come out tomorrow May 17th, 2009 at 1:26 pm

    9 pitch inning for Slowey

  141. dave May 17th, 2009 at 1:27 pm

    Have their own league? I dont think so. How many people exactly would be in that league currently? And sure he doesnt want arods homers against him to count. It makes his stats look better. David Wells was a great pitcher but he is really an idiot as a person. His comments are a joke. He totally disregards the fact that half the game probably cheated at one point and now, it is nearly impossible to say who used and who didnt in the past. So how can arods homeruns not count but all the pitchers who used and pitched against him do. And Im sure there were many. If I didnt know wells so well, I would never think the comments above were serious but because its him, we all know they are. Do us a favor wells, stop running your mouth all the time.

  142. Rishi May 17th, 2009 at 1:27 pm

    esp not a big fan of swinging at pitch 1

  143. SJ44 May 17th, 2009 at 1:27 pm

    AJ will be helped more than anybody on the staff when Molina comes back.

    The problem with AJ is, he gets too proud of his fastball at times, at the cost of using his other pitches.

    Molina seemed to have a good rapport with him and forced him to use his other pitches.

    Some guys just aren’t good throwing to a variety of different catchers.

    AJ may be that kind of cat.

  144. joe May 17th, 2009 at 1:28 pm

    thats 4 innings over the last 2 games that have been 9 or less pitches

  145. Dr. Cox May 17th, 2009 at 1:28 pm

    I see Burnett as a tough, get an out anyway he can, type of guy.

    He’s not going to dominate a line up or throw a perfect game, ever. He walks way too many guys for that.

    But, and SJ referred to this with the Joba vs, Hughes argument, he has that toughness that wills himself to get outs.

    And guess what, he really hasnt pitched terribly. I can see him being a decent season pitcher but an absolute BEAST in the post-season.

    I think we should hold off on the “Burnett’s a Bust” comments.

  146. carl May 17th, 2009 at 1:30 pm

    Great inning.

  147. Tom in N.J. May 17th, 2009 at 1:30 pm

    6 pitches.

  148. Dr. Cox May 17th, 2009 at 1:30 pm

    Well would you look at that. A 1-2-3 inning.

  149. Brandon Pie "Because it's the thing to do in this stadium" May 17th, 2009 at 1:30 pm

    SJ I love Molina but w/ Georgy coming back (who I really don’t like behind the plate) and Cisco and Cash (who I like) what can we get for Molina ? can we get BP help ?

  150. RalphieD May 17th, 2009 at 1:30 pm

    good economical inning for AJ

  151. SJ44 May 17th, 2009 at 1:30 pm

    Six pitch inning, 4 of them curveballs, and it made his fastball even more effective.

    Much better sequence of pitches called by Cash in that inning.

  152. S.A.--The sun will come out tomorrow May 17th, 2009 at 1:30 pm

    Nice inning for AJ

  153. m May 17th, 2009 at 1:31 pm

    Dr. Cox,

    I missed it, are people saying AJ’s a bust after 7 games?

  154. RS May 17th, 2009 at 1:31 pm

    nice quick inning

  155. joe May 17th, 2009 at 1:31 pm

    nice 6 pitch? inning

  156. Psyluk May 17th, 2009 at 1:31 pm

    It’s too bad AJ didn’t plant 98 into Gomez’s back after the antics on Friday.

  157. RalphieD May 17th, 2009 at 1:32 pm

    “thats 4 innings over the last 2 games that have been 9 or less pitches”

    and the yankees have won those games…its not stupid to swing early with these twin pitchers…they throw a ton of strikes (except liriano)

  158. carl May 17th, 2009 at 1:32 pm

    Solo jack im callin it

  159. m May 17th, 2009 at 1:32 pm

    Brandon,

    Seriously? You want to trade Molina? Cash & Cervelli go down when Molina comes back. Maybe you don’t resign him in light of Cervelli’s emergence, but I’d rather have too many catchers than too few.

  160. Rishi May 17th, 2009 at 1:32 pm

    it would be nice if the Yankee bats can make Slowey work this inning…

  161. SJ44 May 17th, 2009 at 1:33 pm

    Brandon,

    Cervelli is not ready this year to be the backup catcher.

    Enthusiasm is nice but, he needs another 300 minor league AB’s before we have that conversation.

    I’d keep Molina all year. Too many vets love throwing the the guy to let him go now. Use the off-season to move on and look for a backup catcher.

  162. carl May 17th, 2009 at 1:34 pm

    He didn’t get booed!

  163. Angel - A tale told by idiots, full of sound and fury - signifying nothing. May 17th, 2009 at 1:35 pm

    vinny-b (Girardi, *Pettitte*, Mo, Matsui, Gardner = my top 5)
    May 17th, 2009 at 12:53 pm
    I don’t disagree with anything Davif Wells said.
    then again, am not an Arod apologist.

    Apparently you have a different standard for Andy Pettitte, though.

    Ironic.

  164. joe May 17th, 2009 at 1:35 pm

    kinda wierd that slowy is going to throw a perfect game on the day that wells threw one and he is in the booth on tbs

  165. Sean Serritella May 17th, 2009 at 1:36 pm

    m, that’s a good point when it comes to the catching situation.

  166. Rishi May 17th, 2009 at 1:36 pm

    good catch, Angel :)

  167. yanks May 17th, 2009 at 1:36 pm

    ok….so the yankees cannot hit these 5 era guys

    i mean someone is hitting them

  168. Brandon Pie "Because it's the thing to do in this stadium" May 17th, 2009 at 1:36 pm

    “I’d keep Molina all year. Too many vets love throwing the the guy to let him go now. Use the off-season to move on and look for a backup catcher.”

    I know but if we are thinking about upgrading, I mean the bat is nonexistant so is the baserunning. I get what your saying but it’s something they might or might not consider.

  169. vb03 May 17th, 2009 at 1:37 pm

    Swisher needs to meet the bench for awhile.

  170. carl May 17th, 2009 at 1:37 pm

    Some one call the Yanks and tell them this guy only throws strikes.

  171. S.A.--The sun will come out tomorrow May 17th, 2009 at 1:37 pm

    Slowey @ 20 pitches

  172. Dr. Cox May 17th, 2009 at 1:38 pm

    Now, Swisher needs to be dealt with. He is striking out looking WAY too much and is not protecting at all.

    At this rate, Nady can’t come back soon enough.

  173. Brandon Pie "Because it's the thing to do in this stadium" May 17th, 2009 at 1:38 pm

    Damn when Swish goes bad he goes baaaaaaaaad.

  174. vb03 May 17th, 2009 at 1:38 pm

    League is hitting .337 off Slowey for a reason.

  175. RS May 17th, 2009 at 1:38 pm

    Why have we made all the Twins’ starting pitchers look like Cy Youngs so far? They all have ERA’s, give up lots of hits, and get few strikeouts but we can’t hit them.

  176. m May 17th, 2009 at 1:39 pm

    Sean,

    Makes sense, especially since Jorge and Jose have injuries that could bother them throughout the season. Hamstrings, especially. And needless, to say, they’re old. haha.

  177. Rishi May 17th, 2009 at 1:39 pm

    ok – so maybe he gets rocked the second time through the line up

  178. Don May 17th, 2009 at 1:40 pm

    but why does Slowey have a 5-1 record? (must be getting some good run support)

  179. SJ44 May 17th, 2009 at 1:41 pm

    Slowey is going to throw a perfect game today? Exaggerate much?

    Brandon,

    The Yankees got Molina for Jeff Kennard, an organizational arm. He has vitrually no trade value and Cervelli isn’t ready to be a backup catcher in the majors right now.

    They will have to upgrade the pen at some point in the season.

    Molina though, won’t be enough in trade value to make that happen.

  180. Nick in SF in Larkspur May 17th, 2009 at 1:41 pm

    Brandon, two weeks ago you want Molina catching over Jorge and now you want to dump him?

    What?

    Is it the eyes?

  181. Bronx Born May 17th, 2009 at 1:41 pm

    SJ what’s your take on Swisher. Is he playing hurt?

  182. m May 17th, 2009 at 1:41 pm

    Brandon,

    You’re talking of trading for another catcher? Boston tried and they couldn’t do it with a lot more than Molina.

    But, yeah, always something to consider.

  183. trisha - AJ - the OPPC has your back! May 17th, 2009 at 1:42 pm

    clappy icon -

    :D

    All I can say to that is life without juice is like life without sunshine for some people!

    Meanwhile, I hope you all heard David Cone talking about how the pitchers all love to have Molina catch them, ahem, AND how pitchers need to feel a sense of comfort with their catchers, ahem, and how AJ really hasn’t been able to settle in with one catcher, ahem.

    Of course I didn’t say all of the same things and have people throw rotten tomatoes at me for saying them!

    :lol:

  184. carl May 17th, 2009 at 1:42 pm

    Bad pitch sequence.

  185. Rishi May 17th, 2009 at 1:43 pm

    man, Punto with a crazy ab

  186. SJ44 May 17th, 2009 at 1:43 pm

    The Yankees have won the first two games of this series. How have they made their pitchers look like Cy Young?

    Liriano is a very good pitcher. Slowey had 2 good innings.

    Let’s not get carried away just yet.

  187. RalphieD May 17th, 2009 at 1:43 pm

    damn punto really worked aj but nice play damon!

  188. m May 17th, 2009 at 1:43 pm

    Oh, Damon. Good job holding onto that.

  189. Brandon Pie "Because it's the thing to do in this stadium" May 17th, 2009 at 1:43 pm

    “Is it the eyes?”

    IDK, must be. :?

  190. John May 17th, 2009 at 1:44 pm

    Kevin Slowey, a man with a 5 ERA and an opponent’s against batting average of .337, is looking like Don Drysdale. If they need another walk-off tonight because they are in a 2-1 game with a stiff like Slowey it says a lot about how incredibly streaky this team’s offense is. This game BETTER be 6-1 Yankees in the sixth or there is something wrong. You can get shut down by Francisco Liriano and Roy Halladay, but Kevin Slowey should not be a Rubix Cube that is impossible to figure out.

  191. Dr. Cox May 17th, 2009 at 1:45 pm

    GREAT pitch.

  192. vb03 May 17th, 2009 at 1:45 pm

    On the bright side, A.J. looks like he brought his stuff to the mound today.

  193. Tom in N.J. May 17th, 2009 at 1:45 pm

    2 seamer?

  194. carl May 17th, 2009 at 1:46 pm

    Nasty

  195. Tom in N.J. May 17th, 2009 at 1:46 pm

    lookin’ good. Let’s get some runs!

  196. S.A.--The sun will come out tomorrow May 17th, 2009 at 1:46 pm

    Good job AJ!

  197. joe May 17th, 2009 at 1:46 pm

    burnett lookin good, lets get some run support

  198. RS May 17th, 2009 at 1:47 pm

    I’m hoping the Yankees will have a better read on Slowey the second time through the order.

  199. vb03 May 17th, 2009 at 1:47 pm

    Poor guy didn’t have a chance. This is what makes A.J. so maddening, that he could pitch lights out like this every inning, but he doesn’t.

  200. Matt May 17th, 2009 at 1:47 pm

    Wang is pitching lights out in scranton

    3 IP 1H 1SO 1gidp 0R all on 30 pitches total

  201. SJ44 May 17th, 2009 at 1:48 pm

    My take on Swisher?

    I wish they had another OF on the roster instead of Berroa so they can sit him for a bit.

    Despite the pleas of statheads, the 2008 and 2009 editions of Nick Swisher do not show him to be an everyday player.

    Play him 2-3 days a week? He could be useful.

    Everyday? It hasn’t been there for 2 years.

    I like Swisher. I’d like him more as a part-time player. Which he is at this stage of his career, regardless of his age.

    The bat just isn’t quick enough through the zone to make him an effective hitter, IMO.

  202. Silky Johnston May 17th, 2009 at 1:48 pm

    Pitching duel brewing. Both pitchers are dealing. I was at David Wells’ Perfect Game. Still have my ticket stub and beanie baby

  203. Dr. Cox May 17th, 2009 at 1:48 pm

    I can’t believe that was 11 years ago. I swear I remember it like it was yesterday.

  204. trisha - AJ - the OPPC has your back! May 17th, 2009 at 1:49 pm

    OPPC* – Opt in/Opt out
    Members: Trisha, Rebecca, Boston Dave, Nick in SF, Angel, SoS, DT, Pepitone, S.A., pat, Dr. Cox, Giuseppe Franco, Pat M, Jeff NJ, Fran, Tex, Laura, bodhisattva, Doreen, ed, rishi, saucy

    Yessir, thast’s my baby, nosir, don’t mean maybe!!!

    So see I wanted Burnett so bad I could taste it. And I just really had the feeling that the Yankees would be getting the Burnett we are seeing right now.

    I’m thinking we’ve rounded the corner gang. This guy will make grown men weep, that’s how good he’s going to be for us. Of course, there will always be the grown men here who weep just because they can’t deal with anything short of perfection. But for everyone else, you’re going to love this guy.

    By the way, I have ALWAYS loved Boomer and always will.

  205. Laura - Win together, strike out alone! May 17th, 2009 at 1:49 pm

    Slowey has only thrown 20 pitches. We’ve got to make him work harder.

  206. Bronx Born May 17th, 2009 at 1:49 pm

    Thank you SJ that makes a lot of sense. I appreciate the response.

  207. SJ44 May 17th, 2009 at 1:50 pm

    What if it isn’t 6-1 John? What are you going to do if they “only” win the game 3-2, have a fit?

    Stop looking at stats and watch the game. Slowey is throwing well so far.

    Unless they change the rules of baseball and make it a 2 inning instead of a 9 inning game, its kind of foolish to lose your mind over this game right now, don’t you think?

  208. trisha - AJ - the OPPC has your back! May 17th, 2009 at 1:50 pm

    I hate to have to do this but did you all realize that Kevin Slowey is PITCHING A NO HITTER?

    :)

  209. Boston Dave (in Eugene, OR) May 17th, 2009 at 1:50 pm

    “what can we get for Molina ? can we get BP help ?”

    ——

    yes. for Charleston.

  210. Angel - A tale told by idiots, full of sound and fury - signifying nothing. May 17th, 2009 at 1:51 pm

    I can’t believe there are STILL people whining in the first two innings of a game after the last couple of games.

    Unbelievable.

  211. Brandon Pie "Because it's the thing to do in this stadium" May 17th, 2009 at 1:51 pm

    “Wang is pitching lights out in scranton

    3 IP 1H 1SO 1gidp 0R all on 30 pitches total”

    Doing it in AAA doesn’t mean much the way to measure him ia the velocity off his sinker and the key word is sink (down!).

  212. vb03 May 17th, 2009 at 1:52 pm

    It’s really difficult to believe that 1998 was 11 years ago. What a year that was.

  213. bodhisattva May 17th, 2009 at 1:52 pm

    AJax playing LF today. Wang sinker so far today looking prosaic, although he’s getting groundouts.

  214. EvoLuTioN May 17th, 2009 at 1:52 pm

    wang seems to be dealing

  215. Brandon Pie "Because it's the thing to do in this stadium" May 17th, 2009 at 1:52 pm

    Is Slowey going to pitch a perfect game ?

  216. vb03 May 17th, 2009 at 1:53 pm

    Slowey perfect through three.

  217. Spiced Ham May 17th, 2009 at 1:53 pm

    Ugh

  218. Boston Dave (in Eugene, OR) May 17th, 2009 at 1:53 pm

    “This game BETTER be 6-1 Yankees in the sixth or there is something wrong.”

    ——–

    Detroit’s offense is pretty good. Slowey held them to 1 run over 6 innings 5 days ago.

    Perhaps you should at least wait until this lineup gets to see him the second time through before crapping your pants?

  219. carl May 17th, 2009 at 1:53 pm

    why are they out in front of a 88 mph fastball? he doesn’t throw hard and hes throwing nothing but strikes.

  220. Brandon Pie "Because it's the thing to do in this stadium" May 17th, 2009 at 1:53 pm

    “AJax playing LF today.”

    versatility training for Sept.

  221. Dr. Cox May 17th, 2009 at 1:53 pm

    Boomer in a serious moment reflecting on the 98 and 99 seasons and Michael Kay making a comment about him wearing a suit and tie.

    c’mon now.

  222. m May 17th, 2009 at 1:54 pm

    trisha,

    It’s worse than a no-hitter. But I won’t say if because of the reverse jinx. Is Kay in the booth? I hope he shuts up!

  223. trisha - AJ - the OPPC has your back! May 17th, 2009 at 1:54 pm

    *OPPC* – Opt in/Opt out
    Members: Trisha, Rebecca, Boston Dave, Nick in SF, Angel, SoS, DT, Pepitone, S.A., pat, Dr. Cox, Giuseppe Franco, Pat M, Jeff NJ, Fran, Tex, Laura, bodhisattva, Doreen, ed, rishi, saucy

    “I can’t believe there are STILL people whining in the first two innings of a game after the last couple of games.

    Unbelievable.”

    Angel, just the kind the OPPC posse would like to be able to weed the hell out of here!

    :D

  224. trisha - AJ - the OPPC has your back! May 17th, 2009 at 1:54 pm

    *OPPC* – Opt in/Opt out
    Members: Trisha, Rebecca, Boston Dave, Nick in SF, Angel, SoS, DT, Pepitone, S.A., pat, Dr. Cox, Giuseppe Franco, Pat M, Jeff NJ, Fran, Tex, Laura, bodhisattva, Doreen, ed, rishi, saucy

    “I can’t believe there are STILL people whining in the first two innings of a game after the last couple of games.

    Unbelievable.”

    Angel, just the kind the OPPC posse would like to be able to weed the hell out of here!

    :D

  225. vb03 May 17th, 2009 at 1:54 pm

    As long as A.J. keeps the Twins down, the offense will explode at some point.

  226. Boston Dave (in Eugene, OR) May 17th, 2009 at 1:54 pm

    “I can’t believe there are STILL people whining in the first two innings of a game after the last couple of games.

    Unbelievable.”

    ——-

    In this blog, people will whine and moan if the Yankees win the World Series but ONLY win 4 games to 1.

  227. Angel - A tale told by idiots, full of sound and fury - signifying nothing. May 17th, 2009 at 1:54 pm

    vb03
    May 17th, 2009 at 1:52 pm
    It’s really difficult to believe that 1998 was 11 years ago. What a year that was.

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

    They also lost games that year, a few of them in quite frustrating manner too. Its amazing how 11 years makes people forget that, in their nostalgia.

  228. Trevor May 17th, 2009 at 1:54 pm

    Yankees on their way to getting no hit.

  229. jennifer May 17th, 2009 at 1:55 pm

    trevor- No worries, we’ll get to him.

  230. Boston Dave (in Eugene, OR) May 17th, 2009 at 1:55 pm

    ““AJax playing LF today.”

    versatility training for Sept.”

    ——–

    the Yankees need versatility training for all of their minor leaguers, IMO.

  231. Angel - A tale told by idiots, full of sound and fury - signifying nothing. May 17th, 2009 at 1:56 pm

    I just don’t see what the point is. I mean if the Yankees go ahead later in the game, they’ll all have to pull a houdini and disappear immediately, lol.

    Why post in a manner that makes that inevitable?

  232. jennifer May 17th, 2009 at 1:56 pm

    I was at cousins wedding when the perfect was pitched.

  233. trisha - AJ - the OPPC has your back! May 17th, 2009 at 1:56 pm

    mel, actually Kay has already said it about twenty times!!!

    So hopefully Slowley’s perfect game (sorry I went one notch down) will be disappearing soon.

    He really is a d-bag – not that I mind him doing it in these cases – because he knows it’s a no no but continues to do it during games where the Yankee pitchers are the “beneficiaries” of his largesse…

  234. joe May 17th, 2009 at 1:57 pm

    twins are getting no hit too -.-

  235. vb03 May 17th, 2009 at 1:57 pm

    Angel – A tale told by idiots, full of sound and fury – signifying nothing.

    They also lost games that year, a few of them in quite frustrating manner too. Its amazing how 11 years makes people forget that, in their nostalgia.

    ————————————————————-

    All WS-winning teams go through slumps. There at times when it’s exasperating and people need to vent, but some really go off the ledge after two or three innings when things don’t go the Yankees way.

    Another A.J. K.

  236. m May 17th, 2009 at 1:57 pm

    I hope we see some more of that from Mauer.

  237. SJ44 May 17th, 2009 at 1:57 pm

    Carl,

    You spend way too much time fixated on the radar gun.

    Kyle Farnsworth threw 98 and he has gotten belted around for years.

    Its 88, with MOVEMENT and LOCATION. The latter two things are much more important than the radar reading.

    Greg Maddox is a first ballot Hall of Famer and spent the last 15 years of his career throwing between 86-88 MPH with his fastball. How did he do?

    Its not how fast you throw it. Its how well you locate and how much it moves.

    That’s why they call it “pitching” and not “throw it as fast as you can”.

  238. RS May 17th, 2009 at 1:58 pm

    “The Yankees have won the first two games of this series. How have they made their pitchers look like Cy Young?”

    They haven’t been able to hit any of the starting pitchers, despite all of them having 5.00+ ERA’s and high H/9 rates.

    Liriano hasn’t been nearly as dominant since his TJ surgery. He walked 6 batters on Friday and the Yankees only scored on a solo homerun.

    The Yankees won the first two games because of the Twins bullpen. They also used Mo for 2 innings last night, and they probably won’t have that luxury today.

  239. carl May 17th, 2009 at 1:58 pm

    Cabrera Vladimr and someone else.

  240. Brandon Pie "Because it's the thing to do in this stadium" May 17th, 2009 at 1:58 pm

    “twins are getting no hit too -.-”

    not w/ the M&M boys

  241. Boston Dave (in Eugene, OR) May 17th, 2009 at 1:58 pm

    forget Slowey…

    If Burnett can join CC and Joba and get it going like this….

    the rest of the AL is in deep deep trouble.

  242. RS May 17th, 2009 at 1:59 pm

    Bad play by Melky.

  243. vb03 May 17th, 2009 at 1:59 pm

    Bad play by Melky.

  244. carl May 17th, 2009 at 1:59 pm

    SJ44 Look at his record era and opponent batting average. This isn’t Greg Maddux.

  245. Brandon Pie "Because it's the thing to do in this stadium" May 17th, 2009 at 1:59 pm

    wow Melky com’on 2 days in a row :?

  246. North May 17th, 2009 at 1:59 pm

    Why does Melky always leave his brain on the bench…

  247. m May 17th, 2009 at 1:59 pm

    This is not a good development.

  248. trisha - AJ - the OPPC has your back! May 17th, 2009 at 1:59 pm

    “In this blog, people will whine and moan if the Yankees win the World Series but ONLY win 4 games to 1.”

    :lol:

    And they will trash and trade every Yankee player “responsible” for the loss!

    Dis-gusting.

  249. carl May 17th, 2009 at 1:59 pm

    Don’t look at his record scratch that.

  250. Joekuh - in absence of bridge, please jump into nearest puddle face-first May 17th, 2009 at 1:59 pm

    lol @ the rays messing up their lineup card. interesting.

  251. RS May 17th, 2009 at 2:00 pm

    Nice, DP!

  252. S.A.--The sun will come out tomorrow May 17th, 2009 at 2:00 pm

    Top first: Eleven pitches, eight strikes for Chien-Ming Wang in the first inning.

    1. Groundball to the mound on a 1-1 pitch.
    2. Trevor Crowe struck out looking at a 91 mph fastball.
    3. Best matchup of the day, Wang started Travis Hafner with a fastball away, got a swinging strike on a slider and called strike two on a fastball on the inner half. Hafner checked his swing on an inside fastball before hitting a routine grounder up the middle. It was a 6-3 putout because of the extreme infield shift.

    Bottom first: Ladies and gentlemen, Shelley Duncan. Two-run bomb to left, his 11th of the season, has the Yankees in front 2-0. Unless Wang is regularly throwing his fastball 60 mph, the stadium radar is having a bad day. I saw only one accurate reading which had Wang at 90.

    Top second: Ten-pitch inning for Wang who again retired the side in order despite throwing a first-pitch ball to all three hitters.

    1. After falling behind 1-0, Wang got a called strike and a swinging strike before a soft lineout to first.
    2. Fell behind 2-0 before a foul ball and a flyout to center.
    3. Andy Marte popped up a 1-0 pitch, sky high to shortstop.

    Top third: Wang faced three hitters this inning, and each at-bat followed the same pattern: First pitch called strike, second pitch ball, third pitch ground ball. Nine pitches, six strikes. Like on Tuesday, Wang is doing a good job keeping his pitches down in the zone.

    1. Groundout to second.
    2. Grounder past the third baseman for a single.
    3. Routine double-play ball, 4-6-3.

    http://community.thetimes-trib.....start.aspx

    Damn, come on AJ

  253. vb03 May 17th, 2009 at 2:00 pm

    Perfect DP, just what A.J. needed.

    Pena flashing the leather today.

  254. Brandon Pie "Because it's the thing to do in this stadium" May 17th, 2009 at 2:00 pm

    AL to EL Nino ! DOUBLE PLAY !

  255. trisha - AJ - the OPPC has your back! May 17th, 2009 at 2:00 pm

    YOU CAN ALL STOP CRYING NOW!!!!!

    :D

  256. John May 17th, 2009 at 2:00 pm

    SJ44, didn’t realize that I was “losing my mind.” Guess I should tell my girlfriend to alert law enforcement in case they lose, as I might go on a rampage:) But, in answer to your question, obviously the main thing is to win the game, but eventually this team has to hit and hit on a consistent basis. Kevin Slowey should NOT be dealing against this team, sorry, he shouldn’t. There inconsistency offensively is one of the main reasons why, for more than a year now, this team seasaws back and forth between winning streaks and losing streaks (win 4, lose three, etc…). And this is by no means isolated. They essentially got shut down by scrubs all week (with the exception of Halladay and Liriano obviously) and have had to make comebacks because of that. You’re not coming back in the seventh, eighth, and ninth innings every single night.

  257. S.A.--The sun will come out tomorrow May 17th, 2009 at 2:00 pm

    Nice dp.
    Let’s get a hit

  258. Angel - A tale told by idiots, full of sound and fury - signifying nothing. May 17th, 2009 at 2:00 pm

    Okay Bert Blyleven is a goober talking about Melky not having a strong arm. There are a lot of things that can be said about Melky some good – some not, but he DOES have a strong arm.

  259. m May 17th, 2009 at 2:00 pm

    Random thought of the day. Penne is my favorite pasta. :)

  260. Brandon Pie "Because it's the thing to do in this stadium" May 17th, 2009 at 2:01 pm

    90 mph for Wang ? he’s staying down.

  261. vb03 May 17th, 2009 at 2:01 pm

    I don’t know what Sr. Citizen is still doing on the team, Pena has that utility IF role locked down pretty good.

  262. trisha - AJ - the OPPC has your back! May 17th, 2009 at 2:01 pm

    “forget Slowey…

    If Burnett can join CC and Joba and get it going like this….

    the rest of the AL is in deep deep trouble.”

    BINGO!

  263. SJ44 May 17th, 2009 at 2:02 pm

    Carl,

    Stop looking at stats and watch the game. He is pitching well so far.

    ANYBODY can pitch well in a given game. These guys are all ML players.

    He is coming off an outing that he held down a good hitting team like the Tigers.

    Here is an interesting concept…..

    The other team has guys who can play too. Just because they play the Yankees, it doesn’t mean they are going to lay down and get belted around.

    Last I checked, the score is 0-0. Even with my limited math skills, it tells me the Yankees aren’t losing and the game isn’t quite “over” yet.

  264. Silky Johnston May 17th, 2009 at 2:02 pm

    how did the rays mess up their lineup card?

  265. Angel - A tale told by idiots, full of sound and fury - signifying nothing. May 17th, 2009 at 2:02 pm

    lol, that is fairly random, M.

    But a good choice of a random topic.

  266. m May 17th, 2009 at 2:04 pm

    Yes! Perfecto & no-no gone!

  267. Brandon Pie "Because it's the thing to do in this stadium" May 17th, 2009 at 2:04 pm

    That should be an error

  268. vb03 May 17th, 2009 at 2:04 pm

    No-no gone, yay.

    Jeter hustling down the line.

  269. Dr. Cox May 17th, 2009 at 2:04 pm

    Hey if thats how we are going to get hits off this guy, Ill certainly take it.

    Great hustle by the captain. VERY close play.

  270. Silky Johnston May 17th, 2009 at 2:04 pm

    I think thats the first infield hit for Jete this season, at least that I remember seeing…

  271. Angel - A tale told by idiots, full of sound and fury - signifying nothing. May 17th, 2009 at 2:04 pm

    Yay! Jetes long infield grass helps him beat that out. :D

  272. carl May 17th, 2009 at 2:04 pm

    SJ44 They are taking pitches from a guy who has 4 walks this year. Hes pitching good today because we are making him look good.

  273. SJ44 May 17th, 2009 at 2:04 pm

    Ramiro Pena, Kevin Cash and a slumping Nick Swisher in the lineup.

    Couple that with Arod still getting his stroke going.

    That’s half the lineup John consisting of cold hitters.

    Its pretty hard to expect an offensive juggernaut in that situation.

    Just have to keep grinding and see how they do the second time in the order against him.

  274. vb03 May 17th, 2009 at 2:05 pm

    Jeter almost caught, but luckily is safe.

  275. Silky Johnston May 17th, 2009 at 2:05 pm

    Nevermind, he had one in baltimore, but the point I was making was that hes not legging out infield hits as much as he used to, good to see him leg one out

  276. m May 17th, 2009 at 2:05 pm

    lol. Ump wanted to change his mind.

  277. Boston Dave (in Eugene, OR) May 17th, 2009 at 2:05 pm

    John,

    It’s 3 innings. Slowey just shut down the Tigers. Relax.

    I’ll go on record as saying I think the Yankees will score over the next 3 innings.

    The Yanks haven’t seen Slowey yet this year. The second time through will be different.

  278. RS May 17th, 2009 at 2:06 pm

    Jeter getting some lucky breaks on the basepaths. Both plays were really, really close.

  279. The Other Phil May 17th, 2009 at 2:06 pm

    Carl, isn’t that the point? He has 4 walks this year, which means he throws strikes and has control.

  280. vb03 May 17th, 2009 at 2:06 pm

    Beauty of a drag bunt by Damon.

  281. m May 17th, 2009 at 2:06 pm

    Damon can bunt!

  282. trisha - AJ - the OPPC has your back! May 17th, 2009 at 2:06 pm

    *OPPC* – Opt in/Opt out
    Members: Trisha, Rebecca, Boston Dave, Nick in SF, Angel, SoS, DT, Pepitone, S.A., pat, Dr. Cox, Giuseppe Franco, Pat M, Jeff NJ, Fran, Tex, Laura, bodhisattva, Doreen, ed, rishi, saucy

    The Yankees have been playing GREAT ball. Stop looking for splinters in the weeds and things to complain about. Start looking for what’s right in front of your nose for God sake! They’re winning. They are not perfect because they are human, just like us.

  283. Rishi May 17th, 2009 at 2:06 pm

    see that – 2nd time through the line up :)

  284. carl May 17th, 2009 at 2:06 pm

    SJ44 I’m overreacting a bit. We should be aggressive though.

  285. Brandon Pie "Because it's the thing to do in this stadium" May 17th, 2009 at 2:07 pm

    LOL last season Damon

    “I don’t know how to bunt” this season “Sure coach !” :lol:

  286. Dr. Cox May 17th, 2009 at 2:07 pm

    Small Ball! I love it!

    This is how I teach my players how to play!

    I would love to see a sac fly here too lol

  287. carl May 17th, 2009 at 2:07 pm

    No its not the point hes hittable.

  288. Tarheelyank May 17th, 2009 at 2:07 pm

    SJ
    Good luck to your nephew. I dont know if you have been to a game at the Bulls stadium but it’s a great ballpark to see a game.

    Right down the road, MiLB just finished renovating the old Bull Durham Stadium. It looks real nice.

  289. trisha - AJ - the OPPC has your back! May 17th, 2009 at 2:08 pm

    *OPPC* – Opt in/Opt out
    Members: Trisha, Rebecca, Boston Dave, Nick in SF, Angel, SoS, DT, Pepitone, S.A., pat, Dr. Cox, Giuseppe Franco, Pat M, Jeff NJ, Fran, Tex, Laura, bodhisattva, Doreen, ed, rishi, saucy

    One of my very favorite – shrimp fra diavolo over linguine. Cannot stand anything alfredo.

  290. S.A.--The sun will come out tomorrow May 17th, 2009 at 2:08 pm

    More from Chad on Wang:

    Top fourth: Eight-pitch inning for Wang. He’s thrown 11 pitches, then 10, then 9, now 8. He’s at 38 total pitches, 26 for strikes.

    1. Fell behind 1-0, threw two called strikes, then got a line out to first.
    2. Groundball to first on an 0-1 pitch. Wang covered the bag.
    3. Facing Hafner again, Wang’s first pitch was a ball, his second was a 91 mph fastball that Hafner grounded to the shortstop on the right side of second base.

  291. vb03 May 17th, 2009 at 2:09 pm

    Don’t look at pitches! He won’t walk you. Just won’t.

  292. Brandon Pie "Because it's the thing to do in this stadium" May 17th, 2009 at 2:09 pm

    Tex your killing me there.

  293. Neil May 17th, 2009 at 2:09 pm

    Slowey is obviously not going to be walking anyone, but Teixeira continues to take pitches with a runner on third and one out.

  294. m May 17th, 2009 at 2:09 pm

    Would love to see the overhead view on that called strike.

  295. Angel - A tale told by idiots, full of sound and fury - signifying nothing. May 17th, 2009 at 2:09 pm

    Even a pitcher with a bad ERA can have a great game and be unhittable at times though, Carl.

  296. Dr. Cox May 17th, 2009 at 2:09 pm

    You know, even though that was a great pitch. YOU MUST PROTECT!

    If its close with two strikes, you have to take a cut, just HAVE to.

  297. vb03 May 17th, 2009 at 2:09 pm

    If Wang is still sitting on 90-91, I’ve still got my doubts regarding his arm strength.

  298. RS May 17th, 2009 at 2:09 pm

    If this guy is throwing pitches all over the plate, shouldn’t our hitters at least be able to foul pitches off with 2 strikes?

  299. Tarheelyank May 17th, 2009 at 2:10 pm

    I dont care what Slowey’s record is that was a nasty pitch to strike-out Tex.

  300. Neil May 17th, 2009 at 2:10 pm

    Keep getting in 0-2 counts. It works well.

  301. yanks May 17th, 2009 at 2:10 pm

    why do the yankees even bunt the guy over to third…seriously this team cannot get a sac fly worth their life. it is probably more worth it just to swing away with a man on 2nd and no outs

  302. SJ44 May 17th, 2009 at 2:11 pm

    Thanks Tarheel.

    I was at Duke a few weeks ago for that series and drove by the Bulls Ballpark a few times.

    If I go, I’m looking forward to seeing it.

    Not likin’ the velocity from Wang. You can get AAA hitters out with 91 MPH sinkers. A little tougher to do at the ML level.

    Will be interesting to see the scouts gun readings. Evidently, the stadium radar gun has been malfunctioning today.

  303. Pel (Uncertainty is certain.) May 17th, 2009 at 2:12 pm

    pathetic

  304. DominicanYank May 17th, 2009 at 2:12 pm

    According to Gameday those last two strikes to Tex where balls inside…oh well, still have to protect…

  305. vb03 May 17th, 2009 at 2:12 pm

    That was right down the middle.

    Tells you how out of sync A-Rod still is. He needs a few more games to start raking.

  306. Rishi May 17th, 2009 at 2:12 pm

    well – if nothing else, they did a good job on the pitch count this inning :)

  307. yanks May 17th, 2009 at 2:12 pm

    where is the stat that is runner on 3rd and less than 2 outs

    because this team cannot get him in. what is so hard about hitting a fly ball. you can fail and still be great. is this offense so bad that they cannot even fail?

  308. RS May 17th, 2009 at 2:12 pm

    Is there anyway in the world the Twins wouldn’t have scored if it was Mauer, Morneau with a runner at 3rd and 1 out?

  309. Vince May 17th, 2009 at 2:12 pm

    Need to get that run in. Especially in a pitchers duel. Could end up being the difference, you never know.

  310. trisha - AJ - the OPPC has your back! May 17th, 2009 at 2:12 pm

    *OPPC* – Opt in/Opt out
    Members: Trisha, Rebecca, Boston Dave, Nick in SF, Angel, SoS, DT, Pepitone, S.A., pat, Dr. Cox, Giuseppe Franco, Pat M, Jeff NJ, Fran, Tex, Laura, bodhisattva, Doreen, ed, rishi, saucy

    I will now post the fight song of the OPPC. We invite all forum members to sing along!

    *You’ve got to accentuate the positive
    Eliminate the negative
    Latch on to the affirmative
    Don’t mess with Mister In-Between

    You’ve got to spread joy up to the maximum
    Bring gloom down to the minimum
    Have faith or pandemonium
    Liable to walk upon the scene

    (To illustrate his last remark
    Jonah in the whale, Noah in the ark
    What did they do
    Just when everything looked so dark)

    Man, they said we better
    Accentuate the positive
    Eliminate the negative
    Latch on to the affirmative
    Don’t mess with Mister In-Between
    No, do not mess with Mister In-Between
    Do you hear me, hmm?

    (Oh, listen to me children and-a you will hear
    About the elininatin’ of the negative
    And the accent on the positive)
    And gather ’round me children if you’re willin’
    And sit tight while I start reviewin’
    The attitude of doin’ right

    (You’ve gotta accentuate the positive
    Eliminate the negative
    Latch on to the affirmative
    Don’t mess with Mister In-Between)*

    :)

  311. S.A.--The sun will come out tomorrow May 17th, 2009 at 2:12 pm

    That was disapointing

  312. Brandon Pie "Because it's the thing to do in this stadium" May 17th, 2009 at 2:12 pm

    “If Wang is still sitting on 90-91, I’ve still got my doubts regarding his arm strength.”

    He’s staying down, that’s just not good enough.

  313. Neil May 17th, 2009 at 2:13 pm

    What a waste of an inning.

    Leadoff guy gets on and steals second, then Joe Girardi takes the bat out of one of the hottest hitters in the league to have him bunt, only to have Tex watches strikes go over the plate, and A-Rod fall into an 0-2 count on two 89 mph fastballs down the middle. A wasted chance to score a run and now the 5-6-7-8-9 hitters will eat up our next two innings. A.J. better put up a zero all day.

  314. Fire Michael Kay May 17th, 2009 at 2:13 pm

    small ball’s great, but again, valuing runners on 3rd w less than 2 out.

  315. SJ44 May 17th, 2009 at 2:14 pm

    The 2-1 pitch to Tex was a ball. Fairchild missed that pitch and it changed the entire count.

    The 2-2 pitch was a great pitch. That’s almost impossible to hit because its heading toward your hip and breaks to the inner half too late for you to react to it.

    Sometimes, a pitcher makes a great pitch. In that case, Slowey made a great pitch.

  316. JoeT 28 in 10!! May 17th, 2009 at 2:14 pm

    4th inning prediction: Robinson Cano with a pinch-hit walk-off single…. 3rd straight walk-off, why not?? lol

  317. vb03 May 17th, 2009 at 2:14 pm

    “Leadoff guy gets on and steals second, then Joe Girardi takes the bat out of one of the hottest hitters in the league to have him bunt”

    I think Damon did that by himself.

    How does Adam Lind have that many homers? Wow.

  318. trisha - AJ - the OPPC has your back! May 17th, 2009 at 2:14 pm

    Tex went 20 for 20 yesterday. Count your blessings and stop complaining.

    Or don’t.

    These are not machines. As long as the Yankees keep winning, just keep cheering.

  319. JoeT 28 in 10!! May 17th, 2009 at 2:15 pm

    5th**

  320. Rishi May 17th, 2009 at 2:15 pm

    so why do Umpires feel significantly less “on their game” this year than year’s past…or is it just happening with the Yankees?

  321. SJ44 May 17th, 2009 at 2:15 pm

    Girardi didn’t take the bat out of Damon’s hand. Damon was bunting for a base hit.

    A guy doesn’t try a drag bunt if he is sacrificing.

    Try again to second guess the manager. This team, have a clue about the game situation.

  322. Boston Dave (in Eugene, OR) May 17th, 2009 at 2:16 pm

    here’s a stat for all of you:

    Yankees starting pitching over the past 7 games (including AJ so far today through 4)

    ERA: 3.37

    If AJ goes 7 innings today (fair estimate?), they will have about 50 innings (averaging about 7 IP per start).

    that includes a tough start for AJ last time out and Hughes giving them just 5 innings.

  323. Angel - A tale told by idiots, full of sound and fury - signifying nothing. May 17th, 2009 at 2:16 pm

    I’m already sick of FSN North coverage. They’re so stupid.
    I can’t wait for this series to be over.

    /end rant.

  324. yanks May 17th, 2009 at 2:16 pm

    we hit, we can’t pitch

    we pitch, we can’t hit

    come on burnett, need to get some scoreless innings because our offense SUCKS

  325. Neil May 17th, 2009 at 2:16 pm

    Is this the one inning of each A.J. start where he blows up?

  326. SJ44 May 17th, 2009 at 2:16 pm

    This “time” not “team”.

    Sorry for the typo.

  327. vb03 May 17th, 2009 at 2:16 pm

    “so why do Umpires feel significantly less “on their game” this year than year’s past…or is it just happening with the Yankees?”

    I’m thankful this isn’t the NBA. NBA refs are infinitely worse than these guys. Wally Bell on Friday came pretty close though. Terrible strike zone.

  328. Brandon Pie "Because it's the thing to do in this stadium" May 17th, 2009 at 2:17 pm

    Jorge Vazquez 2-3, 2 doubles

    Que boca tan sucia Carlos :?

  329. carl May 17th, 2009 at 2:17 pm

    vb03

    I agree thank God.

  330. S.o.S. May 17th, 2009 at 2:18 pm

    Am i the only one uncomfortable with Wangs fastball sitting at 90-91? Does he still not have his leggs back or is his 94-96 velocity history? I just think his sinker was heavy and hard to pick up because of how hard he threw it. If its down to 90 then the hitters in the majors have more time to react and capitalize on mistakes. Do you think hes ready to come up even if he hasnt ampped it up yet?

  331. Doreen May 17th, 2009 at 2:18 pm

    Trisha -

    I saw my name in the OPPC, and wondered if someone had opted in in my behalf – nice to remembered even though I was missing for a week. :) So, if I choose to post during games, would the rules of the OPPC allow saying, for instance, “man, that was not such a great inning?” Just want to be clear – :lol: .

    We had a great time, but it’s always good to be home. Athough I will say that having to put on jeans and a sweatshirt this morning instead of shorts and a tank top was not appreciated. And shoes. Yuck. Was just getting used to my flip-flops. :)

    Today’s a multitask day – half listening to the game in the background; downloading photos; sorting and starting the laundry (ugh); and whatever else comes up. Let’s Go Yankees!

  332. m May 17th, 2009 at 2:18 pm

    lol. I think Barkley’s underestimating how good an athlete Wells is.

  333. SJ44 May 17th, 2009 at 2:19 pm

    Little known fact…..

    The Yankees were thisclose to getting Nick Punto in the off-season to be their utility infielder.

    If Alexi Castilla didn’t lose his mind and put himself in the doghouse for some off-season stuff (eventually getting sent down to the minors later), they probably would have made that deal.

    I’ve always liked Punto as a reserve player off the bench. Good fundamentally, and can play 3B, 2B, and SS.

  334. vb03 May 17th, 2009 at 2:19 pm

    I think Wang should stay down until he builds the arm strength to hit 93-94 on the gun with his sinker.

  335. SJ44 May 17th, 2009 at 2:21 pm

    SOS,

    If those gun readings are accurate, he needs another start in AAA.

    Not good enough to be in the rotation yet. His sinker has to be at 92-94 for Wang to be Wang.

  336. Boston Dave (in Eugene, OR) May 17th, 2009 at 2:21 pm

    “Little known fact…..

    The Yankees were thisclose to getting Nick Punto in the off-season to be their utility infielder.”

    ———-

    he obviously really wanted to stay in Minny though. If he wanted to play for NY, he could have. The Yanks went after him, and IIRC, he waited (and hoped) to see if Minny would resign him.

  337. trisha - AJ - the OPPC has your back! May 17th, 2009 at 2:23 pm

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    Doreen, someone actually nominated you! Well to accentuate the positive I guess you could say “wish we could have gotten a few more runs there.” I myself have been known to say “we need to get this run in” and then “drat” when it doesn’t happen :D

    If you are ever uncomfortable with feeling you are too restricted, you can always opt out if you need to.

    But heck it would be sweet if people could find a way to chill and look at the game as a whole and not as a pitch by pitch drama! Ain’t ever gonna happen, I know it.

  338. RS May 17th, 2009 at 2:23 pm

    Bad job there. You can’t walk a guy 0-2 when he hasn’t proven he can hit the ball.

  339. vb03 May 17th, 2009 at 2:23 pm

    Bad sequence to Span there.

  340. Brandon Pie "Because it's the thing to do in this stadium" May 17th, 2009 at 2:23 pm

    AJ, Span ? really, I mean really…

  341. S.A.--The sun will come out tomorrow May 17th, 2009 at 2:24 pm

    I vote for Wang staying down in AAA a little more and get that arm strength up. But then again, I don’t have a vote.

  342. yanks May 17th, 2009 at 2:24 pm

    come on burnett, stop this threat

  343. Jessica Lee May 17th, 2009 at 2:24 pm

    Everyone keeps saying Wang throw 94-96mph sinker which is not sure. Mostly Wang sinker sits around 90-93 range. When he throws 4 seamer will be 94-95mph.

    Based on what I see from Wang’s pitching, he keeps most his pitches down in the strike zone with good movement.

    In my opinion, movement and location is much important than speed.

  344. carl May 17th, 2009 at 2:24 pm

    Is Wang really sitting at 91 or does no one know for sure?

  345. GreenBeret7 May 17th, 2009 at 2:24 pm

    Walking Span there and Tolbert in the first inning was just bad pitching.

  346. Donnie May 17th, 2009 at 2:24 pm

    Ah, Christ, AJ, you had that guy 0-2. Can’t walk him, espeically if it pushes a guy in to scoring position. If he gives up a run here, that would be disastrous. Knuckle down and get this guy.

  347. SJ44 May 17th, 2009 at 2:24 pm

    Very, very bad pitch sequence by Cash there.

    Span has not been on Burnett’s fastball the entire day.

    No need to throw 4 straight curveballs after you have him 0-2.

    Bad job by Cash in that situation. AJ should have shaken him off and thrown a fastball at either 2-2 or 3-2.

  348. Dr. Cox May 17th, 2009 at 2:24 pm

    SJ:

    Agree with you 100% on Punto. I was itching for that deal to go through. Its those little moves that make or break an off-season, imo.

    Just like Molina a couple years back.

  349. yanks May 17th, 2009 at 2:24 pm

    AJ, just blow your fastball by him

  350. S.A.--The sun will come out tomorrow May 17th, 2009 at 2:25 pm

    come on AJ..

  351. trisha - AJ - the OPPC has your back! May 17th, 2009 at 2:25 pm

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    I’m LOVING me some Burnett!!!!

  352. Boston Dave (in Portland, OR) May 17th, 2009 at 2:25 pm

    “here’s a stat for all of you:

    Yankees starting pitching over the past 7 games (including AJ so far today through 4)

    ERA: 3.37″

    —–

    down to 3.30 :)

    (again, if AJ goes 6-7 IP today, they’ll also be averaging 7IP per start over that span)

  353. vb03 May 17th, 2009 at 2:25 pm

    Good job getting out of it.

  354. vb03 May 17th, 2009 at 2:26 pm

    Time to do something about Cy Slowey.

  355. Donnie May 17th, 2009 at 2:26 pm

    There ya go, AJ. Good job of pitching there.

  356. m May 17th, 2009 at 2:27 pm

    This game is going so quickly, and now we’re in the 5th. If we weren’t looking so weak against Slowey, we’d be talking about how tough AJ’s been.

    Good job, AJ. Let’s go bats.

  357. S.A.--The sun will come out tomorrow May 17th, 2009 at 2:27 pm

    78 pitches for AJ

  358. Jessica Lee May 17th, 2009 at 2:27 pm

    “which is not sure”

    I need to edit button. which is not true.

  359. carl May 17th, 2009 at 2:27 pm

    The rollover on our rotation is ridiculous. Pettitte tomorrow. CC the next day. Man I can’t wait until Wang is healthy.

  360. trisha - AJ - the OPPC has your back! May 17th, 2009 at 2:27 pm

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    Is that the real SJ? He never sits and calls plays like that!

    I’m L’ing my A off at anyone saying what a pitch sequence should be. Like you’re there and know.

    :lol:

  361. Boston Dave (in Portland, OR) May 17th, 2009 at 2:27 pm

    “Based on what I see from Wang’s pitching, he keeps most his pitches down in the strike zone with good movement.

    In my opinion, movement and location is much important than speed.”

    ———

    Jessica,

    yes of course. But Wang did have his sinker closer to 94-95 pre-injury IIRC. He could still be effective at 90 but if the drop in speed is related to injury/strength, then they need to make sure that is resolved first.

  362. rconn23 May 17th, 2009 at 2:27 pm

    Best case scenario is that Burnett goes 7. He’s at 78 pitches now.

    Interesting to see who the first out of the bullpen is today.

  363. Donnie May 17th, 2009 at 2:28 pm

    AJ’s doing great, but am I the only one who thinks that Cash is just…kind of…I don’t know…awful? He’s diving all over the place for stuff that should be easily caught or picked. I don’t know if that’s his style or what, but it’s just not very settling. I thought he was supposed to be here because he was sort of good defensively. I have yet to see that from him. Plus, some of his sequences have been mind-boggling.

  364. S.A.--The sun will come out tomorrow May 17th, 2009 at 2:28 pm

    More from Chad on Wang:

    Top fifth: Another 10 pitch inning, eight for strikes. Is there a chance Wang could start the second game as well?

    1. Wang missed with a first-pitch changeup, and clean-up hitter Chris Gimenez would up grounding a 2-1 sinker down the third-base line for a double. Wang threw six more pitches, all strikes.
    2. Groundout after a called strike one on a 91 mph sinker. Runner moved to third.
    3. Shallow flyout to right field after a called strike one on a slider down in the zone.
    4. Another groundout to first base, again after a called strike one.

  365. vb03 May 17th, 2009 at 2:28 pm

    I’d like a solo HR here.

  366. SJ44 May 17th, 2009 at 2:29 pm

    Watching AJ so far as a Yankee, he’s like Pettitte in this degree…..

    He doesn’t like to shake off a catcher. Like Andy, he wants to see the pitch called and execute it. Doesn’t want to think too much out there.

    Not a criticism of him. Andy is the same way and that’s why he and Jorge have had the relationship they have had over the years. Andy trusts Jorge and is comfortable in what he calls in a given sequence.

    AJ hasn’t found that comfort zone with anybody but Molina yet.

    Its a tribute to the quality of his stuff that he can put up zeroes and not be comfortable with a catcher.

    With Posada scheduled to come back before Molina at the present time, it will be interesting to see how Girardi plays it.

  367. vb03 May 17th, 2009 at 2:29 pm

    Please. PLEASE stop looking at strike three. Kid’s not going to walk you.

  368. GreenBeret7 May 17th, 2009 at 2:30 pm

    Slowey is zeroed in on the inside corner. He doesn’t miss it.

  369. SJ44 May 17th, 2009 at 2:30 pm

    Everybody is giving up on that Maddox-like moving fastball on the inner half and Slowey is spotting it perfectly.

    That’s just good pitching beating good hitting.

  370. carl May 17th, 2009 at 2:30 pm

    Swish!

  371. Donnie May 17th, 2009 at 2:30 pm

    Ump’s giving Slowey an awful lot of the inside, but at least he’s consistent. They just have to adjust, and maybe move back in the box a little so they don’t keep getting jammed.

  372. vb03 May 17th, 2009 at 2:30 pm

    Swisher with something positive.

  373. joe May 17th, 2009 at 2:30 pm

    legit hit.

  374. Boston Dave (in Portland, OR) May 17th, 2009 at 2:30 pm

    Another stat for you all:

    Detroit vs Slowey (5 days ago) – 1 run over 6 innings

    Detroit vs the other teams they’ve faced over the past 5 days –

    46 runs over 41 innings

    that pesky Slowey…

  375. Brandon Pie "Because it's the thing to do in this stadium" May 17th, 2009 at 2:30 pm

    “Everyone keeps saying Wang throw 94-96mph sinker which is not sure. Mostly Wang sinker sits around 90-93 range. When he throws 4 seamer will be 94-95mph.”

    That sinker at times would top out at the high 90′s, today from reports it’s 92 mph and he’s sitting 90, 91. He is not ready at all, he needs to build his arm strength back up AAA hitters will let you slide ML in the AL won’t be as forgiving.

    Did Swish get a soilid hit up the middle 8O

  376. m May 17th, 2009 at 2:30 pm

    WooHoo! Stop the presses! Swish off the dish!

  377. S.o.S. May 17th, 2009 at 2:31 pm

    SJ,
    I read an earlier post of yours that you said that velocity isnt important. Is Wang an exception to the rule due to only having one pitch(i.e. Rivera)?

    Trish,
    Whats this O.P.P. thing you got going?

  378. trisha - AJ - the OPPC has your back! May 17th, 2009 at 2:31 pm

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    Hey I owe all an apology because I thought we had plated a run that inning. Too busy finding silly songs. I know.

  379. RS May 17th, 2009 at 2:31 pm

    Can we please protect the plate with 2 outs?

    And today was a bad day to sit Cano. He would have gone up there hacking against Slowey and not get called out on strikes.

  380. Rishi May 17th, 2009 at 2:31 pm

    Melky a nice, run-scoring hit now is just as good as it would be later :)

  381. rconn23 May 17th, 2009 at 2:32 pm

    I mean, really. Where do people get off questioning Burnett’s pitch sequence?

    I mean, it’s almost as bad as someone questioning Posada’s ability to call a game.

    I mean who would be silly enough to do that?

    :)

  382. vb03 May 17th, 2009 at 2:32 pm

    We’ll probably see Cano later this game PH’ing for Pena if it stays like this in the late innings.

  383. Brandon Pie "Because it's the thing to do in this stadium" May 17th, 2009 at 2:33 pm

    Melky WTH ?

  384. vb03 May 17th, 2009 at 2:34 pm

    Slowey’s pitching pretty damn well. Where is the guy with the 5 ERA and .337 BAA?

  385. Dr. Cox May 17th, 2009 at 2:34 pm

    Melky and Damon have the most purposeful foul tips in the line up.

    aaaaaand as I say this Melky swings and misses lol.

    got to give credit where credit is due. Slowey is pitching great.

  386. m May 17th, 2009 at 2:35 pm

    Ron Darling failing to mention that the Twins have been so successful because their division sux.

  387. Brandon Pie "Because it's the thing to do in this stadium" May 17th, 2009 at 2:36 pm

    Oh com’on it’s Ramiro Pena !

  388. RS May 17th, 2009 at 2:36 pm

    On the bright side, we probably would have already lost this game last year. At least we have the pitching now to keep us in the game when our bats are cold.

  389. kasey May 17th, 2009 at 2:36 pm

    boy, they’re making slowey look a lot better than his numbers would indicate he is.

  390. Dr. Cox May 17th, 2009 at 2:36 pm

    god, I hate these M&M boys.

  391. Bo knows May 17th, 2009 at 2:37 pm

    You know something. At this point if I was Joe, I would park his butt on the bench for a couple of games. For the last three games he’s been going through the motions. Cano is doing the same. If it’s in the same area code they’re swinging. I vote hungover.

  392. m May 17th, 2009 at 2:37 pm

    Okay, swing if it’s inside, lay off if it’s outside.

  393. trisha - AJ - the OPPC has your back! May 17th, 2009 at 2:37 pm

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    SoS, yesterday we kind of spontaneously decided to form a forum club for posters who know how to remain positive. We thought it was kind of good to be able to band together and do the best we can to avoid the per-pitch whining that is the hallmark of this forum. So DT gave it the name of the Official Positive Poster’s Club. You can see we have people who joined up and then others who were automatically nominated.

    I guess the major rule is that you have the ability to remain positive and stay away from the nasty trashing posts that pervade the forum during most games!

    Oddly enough, nobody nominated rconn23!!!!!

    :lol:

  394. Brandon Pie "Because it's the thing to do in this stadium" May 17th, 2009 at 2:37 pm

    It must have been a wild Saturday night yesterday.

  395. Rishi May 17th, 2009 at 2:37 pm

    Brandon- something they said on TBS? They do realize how many of the starting 9 started the season in the minor leagues, right?

  396. vb03 May 17th, 2009 at 2:37 pm

    With Slowey too, you can’t get him out of the game early when he’s on because you never get a chance to extend AB’s. Just gotta keep putting zeros on the Twins’ side of the board.

  397. S.A.--The sun will come out tomorrow May 17th, 2009 at 2:37 pm

    More:

    Top sixth: Eleven pitches, seven strikes. The radar showed one 92 mph sinker this inning, the highest velocity I’ve seen. That said, most of Wang’s pitches have shown up as 50 or 60 on the stadium gun, so there’s a good chance he’s hit 92 or higher and it just hasn’t shown up properly on the stadium radar. Wang is at 59 pitches, 41 strikes.

    1. Threw two straight strikes to Tony Graffanino, missed with a 91 mph fastball up and in, then got a chopper to third on a 92 mph fastball.
    2. Called strike one, missed outside with a slider, shattered a bat for a routine grounder to short.
    3. Four straight fastballs. The first two were balls, the second was fouled off, the fourth was a flyout to left

  398. RS May 17th, 2009 at 2:38 pm

    Detroit’s offense is on fire. They scored 14 runs yesterday and after falling behind 6-0 today, they scored 8 runs to take an 8-6 lead.

  399. rconn23 May 17th, 2009 at 2:38 pm

    Slowey is just great today. He really is.

    Gotta hope Burnett can stave off the big bats in this inning.

  400. yanks May 17th, 2009 at 2:38 pm

    this inning should be a hard one for AJ

  401. SJ44 May 17th, 2009 at 2:38 pm

    Trisha,

    Yeah, its me. I’m waiting for a phone call from a client to see if I can move an appointment so I can go to the ACC Baseball Tournament next week.

    Since the game thread seems to have more regulars than whiners, I figured it was ok to hang out here for awhile.

  402. Tarheelyank May 17th, 2009 at 2:38 pm

    If you blame the Yankee hitters you are not paying attention. To this point Slowey is nasty.

  403. trisha - AJ - the OPPC has your back! May 17th, 2009 at 2:39 pm

    “Slowey’s pitching pretty damn well. Where is the guy with the 5 ERA and .337 BAA?”

    On any given day, it is possible for a pitcher to have a very good game?

  404. carl May 17th, 2009 at 2:39 pm

    Ok so the gun is off. Hopefully hes 92-93-94

  405. Brandon Pie "Because it's the thing to do in this stadium" May 17th, 2009 at 2:39 pm

    “Brandon- something they said on TBS? They do realize how many of the starting 9 started the season in the minor leagues, right?”

    I mean he took a mound visit for a rookie :lol:

  406. joe May 17th, 2009 at 2:39 pm

    twins should score this inning. probably their best chance

  407. vb03 May 17th, 2009 at 2:40 pm

    Damn, Pena almost got to that one too.

  408. trisha - AJ - the OPPC has your back! May 17th, 2009 at 2:40 pm

    Okay SJ. We always need to try to figure when it’s you and when it’s your stalker!

  409. RS May 17th, 2009 at 2:40 pm

    Darn, that would have been a good play.

  410. joe May 17th, 2009 at 2:41 pm

    will this be the inning that burnett unfolds
    usually when he gives up one run in an inning, it turns into 3 in a snap

  411. vb03 May 17th, 2009 at 2:41 pm

    “On any given day, it is possible for a pitcher to have a very good game?”

    It can’t be!

    But seriously, he’s been locating as well as I’ve seen in awhile.

    Need to keep the Twins’ bats in check.

  412. Rishi May 17th, 2009 at 2:41 pm

    hey, joe – enough already

  413. SJ44 May 17th, 2009 at 2:42 pm

    SOS,

    Yes. In Wang’s case, what took him from being a non-prospect to a borderline ML all star was one pitch. A heavy, 92-94 MPH sinker.

    Without that pitch, he doesn’t have enough weapons to be an effective ML pitcher.

    He needs that bowling ball sinker, and you only get it from throwing hit harder so it doesn’t flatten out, for him to be back to normal.

    Evidently, the stadium radar gun has been malfunctioning in Scranton today. I will be interested to see/hear the scout gun readings on his outing today.

  414. carl May 17th, 2009 at 2:42 pm

    It should be 1-0

  415. Angel - A tale told by idiots, full of sound and fury - signifying nothing. May 17th, 2009 at 2:42 pm

    Anyone with bad numbers can have a day where they pitch great.

    That’s just baseball.

  416. Rishi May 17th, 2009 at 2:44 pm

    “ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. — An error on the Tampa Bay Rays’ official lineup card forced starting pitcher Andy Sonnanstine to bat in Sunday’s game against Cleveland.

    The Rays listed Ben Zobrist and Evan Longoria as the third baseman on the card given to the umpires before the start of the game. Longoria was supposed to be the designated hitter.

    After the top of the first, in which Zobrist played third, the game was delayed 13 minutes as the umpires discussed the matter among themselves and individually with Tampa Bay manager Joe Maddon and Cleveland manager Eric Wedge.

    The umpires pulled the Indians off the field midway through the delay.

    The Rays lost their DH position due to the error, meaning Sonnanstine replaced Longoria in the third spot of the lineup. Longoria was available to come off the bench.”

    Wow – sucks for the Rays…

  417. kasey May 17th, 2009 at 2:44 pm

    um, maybe i just don’t read the threads enough anymore but am i to understand that trisha has started some sort of club within the people who post in the game threads? i’m confused.

  418. Angel - A tale told by idiots, full of sound and fury - signifying nothing. May 17th, 2009 at 2:44 pm

    I think Slowey is looking pretty good today. His control has been good. He’s getting his pitches exactly where he wants them for the most part.

  419. vb03 May 17th, 2009 at 2:45 pm

    Burnett’s been as nasty as Slowey.

  420. trisha - AJ - the OPPC has your back! May 17th, 2009 at 2:46 pm

    BURNETT HAS BEEN PHENOMENAL!!!!!

    I think so anyway!

  421. vb03 May 17th, 2009 at 2:46 pm

    Good old-fashioned pitcher’s duel.

  422. JoeT 28 in 10!! May 17th, 2009 at 2:46 pm

    what was that about unfolding??

  423. Bo knows May 17th, 2009 at 2:47 pm

    Melky swung at five pitches, the last three, further and further out of the strike zone. No, he’s mailing it in. Last year isn’t that far back. He’s doing the same thing again, he feels secure and here we go again. Look at Cano’s stance, he’s back to where he was last year and slumping. If these two are to be rescued, someone has to take charge. Melky’s two throws yesterday and today, tell me he’s paying attention.

  424. kasey May 17th, 2009 at 2:47 pm

    “Yes. In Wang’s case, what took him from being a non-prospect to a borderline ML all star was one pitch. A heavy, 92-94 MPH sinker.

    Without that pitch, he doesn’t have enough weapons to be an effective ML pitcher.”

    thank you! i know there are many who believe “wang didn’t win 38 games in two years without being able to win when his sinker was off” but the fact of the matter is he just didn’t have the secondary pitches to be a decent ML starting pitcher without that sinker. sure, he won games when he didn’t have his best command but, without that pitch, he’s now mowing through lineups, that’s for sure. his secondary pitches were mediocre at best.

  425. Fire Michael Kay May 17th, 2009 at 2:47 pm

    It’s really sad. We had an entire graphic set up for Mauer and Morneau, almost as if they were a part of our team. The M n M boys, what an insult to Mantle and maris. I cant believe they’re allowed to make that insulting comparison on air. I guess it’s Kay, so Im never surprised.

  426. trisha - AJ - the OPPC has your back! May 17th, 2009 at 2:48 pm

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    “um, maybe i just don’t read the threads enough anymore but am i to understand that trisha has started some sort of club within the people who post in the game threads? i’m confused.”

    um, no dear, you MISUNDERSTAND. Someone else suggested it. I merely listed the names.

  427. S.A.--The sun will come out tomorrow May 17th, 2009 at 2:48 pm

    Let’s get a few runs now

  428. GreenBeret7 May 17th, 2009 at 2:48 pm

    “On any given day, it is possible for a pitcher to have a very good game.”

    ————————————————————

    Just ask Bobo Hollowman. He threw a no hitter in his first major league game after 3 relief appearances. He won two more games in his career.

  429. vb03 May 17th, 2009 at 2:48 pm

    If Wang comes back up here without his bowling ball sinker being at least 93 mph, he’ll get shelled again.

  430. S.o.S. May 17th, 2009 at 2:48 pm

    Trish,
    Iv always wanted to join a gang but couldnt decide which one was beating the other up. So i stayed on the sidelines. Im excited!! When do i get jumped im!?

  431. SJ44 May 17th, 2009 at 2:48 pm

    He’s not mailing it in. Please.

    Did you see the movement on those pitches? Those pitches are moving out of the strikezone at the time the hitter is taking his swing.

    That’s not “mailing it in”, that’s good pitching.

    Geez, did Melky “mail it in” Friday night against Joe Nathan?

    Have a little perspective.

  432. RS May 17th, 2009 at 2:49 pm

    Burnett at 93 pitches. He’ll probably come out for the next inning with the bottom of the order up, but after that it gets dicey with the bullpen.

  433. vb03 May 17th, 2009 at 2:49 pm

    Slowey’s been downright filthy.

  434. Boston Dave (in Portland, OR) May 17th, 2009 at 2:49 pm

    “Since the game thread seems to have more regulars than whiners, I figured it was ok to hang out here for awhile.”

    ———

    funny how a 4 game win streak can do that :)

    we’ll do our best to keep it that way…

  435. Angel - A tale told by idiots, full of sound and fury - signifying nothing. May 17th, 2009 at 2:50 pm

    Umm excuse me? Pitching duel?

    Obviously no one sent the teams the memo that those are not allowed under any circumstances for the health of this blog. People will spend the whole thread criticizing the offense, if one of those happens!

  436. trisha - AJ - the OPPC has your back! May 17th, 2009 at 2:50 pm

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    SoS – You’re in there! You’ve been there from the start.

  437. MP May 17th, 2009 at 2:50 pm

    wow, slowey’s only at 68 pitches after cash’s AB

  438. RS May 17th, 2009 at 2:50 pm

    Does Slowey even throw anything other than an 88-mph fastball? I’m watching on YES and the gun has pretty much everything at one speed. I think he has a curve and changeup but it seems like he’s beating us by spotting the fastball on the corners of the plate.

  439. Angel - A tale told by idiots, full of sound and fury - signifying nothing. May 17th, 2009 at 2:51 pm

    Melky is mailing it in now?

    Sheesh. Surreal.

  440. joe May 17th, 2009 at 2:51 pm

    o/t clayton kershaw tossing a no-no thru 6 vs marlins

  441. vb03 May 17th, 2009 at 2:51 pm

    Man, Punto has a cannon.

  442. vb03 May 17th, 2009 at 2:52 pm

    Kay with more “Hughes to the bullpen” nonsense.

  443. Rishi May 17th, 2009 at 2:52 pm

    I think AJ comes back for one more — it’s the bottom of the line up…

  444. Pat M May 17th, 2009 at 2:52 pm

    The Yankee lefthand hitters are waiting on a mistake…One of those backdoor fastballs gets too much of the plate….

  445. rconn23 May 17th, 2009 at 2:52 pm

    Tex two-run shot???

  446. Boston Dave (in Portland, OR) May 17th, 2009 at 2:52 pm

    it doesn’t get better than that strike 3 pitch to Cash :(

  447. Rishi May 17th, 2009 at 2:52 pm

    ok,Tex…let’s do something here…

  448. S.A.--The sun will come out tomorrow May 17th, 2009 at 2:53 pm

    to the 7th we go

  449. trisha - AJ - the OPPC has your back! May 17th, 2009 at 2:53 pm

    “Umm excuse me? Pitching duel?

    Obviously no one sent the teams the memo that those are not allowed under any circumstances for the health of this blog. People will spend the whole thread criticizing the offense, if one of those happens!”

    Isn’t it sad that it’s at the point where there can’t just be a real good game going on, fingers always have to be pointed somewhere.

  450. rconn23 May 17th, 2009 at 2:53 pm

    Ugh. He smoked it though.

  451. Rishi May 17th, 2009 at 2:53 pm

    i mean, really…sheesh

  452. vb03 May 17th, 2009 at 2:53 pm

    Just need to keep holding Minny down until this offense can do something.

  453. Betsy May 17th, 2009 at 2:53 pm

    We couldn’t ask for more from AJ today – great game. I’d love to see him get a win, but the important thing is he’s matched Slowey zero for zero and given us innings.

  454. Boston Dave (in Portland, OR) May 17th, 2009 at 2:54 pm

    “it seems like he’s beating us by spotting the fastball on the corners of the plate.”

    ——–

    that’s what opposing teams used to say about Maddox.

    the movement on Slowey’s fastball has been outstanding. perfect location.

    just thank AJ for giving the Yanks a chance for a 5th straight W.

  455. S.o.S. May 17th, 2009 at 2:54 pm

    trish,
    id like to nominate m,miggs,sj,cb,gb7 in the gang.

  456. Fire Michael Kay May 17th, 2009 at 2:54 pm

    Cash got key hits, home runs with the Red Sox, and as expected, he’s worse than a little leaguer with us.

  457. vb03 May 17th, 2009 at 2:54 pm

    A 1-0 walkoff would be something else. Only a few innings away from that.

  458. S.A.--The sun will come out tomorrow May 17th, 2009 at 2:54 pm

    I keep on thinking Kay is saying “cat night”
    Come to the game and get a free cat! :P

  459. trisha - AJ - the OPPC has your back! May 17th, 2009 at 2:55 pm

    Let’s face it, this is going to be a tough loss for whichever team loses. This has been an awesomely-pitched game on both sides. What the Yankees have going for them is they won the first two. The Twins are looking at getting swept.

  460. joe May 17th, 2009 at 2:55 pm

    its important for burnett to get a quick inning here

    no letdowns vs. the bottom of the order

  461. Betsy May 17th, 2009 at 2:55 pm

    People are focused more on the negative (Yanks being shut down) than they are on the postive (AJ pitching great)……but that’s no surprise.

  462. Bo knows May 17th, 2009 at 2:55 pm

    Melky’s big hit for the walkoff was a Texas Leaguer. He didn’t exactly smoke it. Nathan on his fourth consecutive appearance. I just went to Gameday, on that Melky sequence other than the last pitch, the breaks were 5 to 6 inches. Four out of the five pitches were out of the strike zone.

  463. Brandon Pie "Because it's the thing to do in this stadium" May 17th, 2009 at 2:56 pm

    Brett Marshall is hitting 96 mph in A ball today.

  464. carl May 17th, 2009 at 2:56 pm

    I don’t believe we should be in a pitching duel with this guy. We can’t afford to be in one with him. This may be Burnetts last inning. No Mo. Slowey has a low pitch count and we have to use our bp against M&M.

  465. GreenBeret7 May 17th, 2009 at 2:56 pm

    Wang pitched a 7 inning complete game shutout. 1 strikeout, 4 hits, 0 walks. 91 pitches, 52 strikes. 12 ground outs, 8 fly outs.

    Jackson 0-2 with a walk

    Linden was 2-3 with a homer, Shelley Duncan was 1-3, 2 run homer.

  466. Boston Dave (in Portland, OR) May 17th, 2009 at 2:56 pm

    “The Rays listed two third basemen on their lineup card on Sunday, causing them to lose their designated hitter.

    The plan was for Evan Longoria to DH and bat third on Sunday, but he was listed at third, along with Ben Zobrist.

    Since he didn’t take a position in the top of the first, the Rays have now had to go to starting pitcher Andy Sonnanstine as their No. 3 hitter.”

    -rotoworld

  467. Vince May 17th, 2009 at 2:56 pm

    Another quality start from Roy Halliday …… ho hum !

  468. Rishi May 17th, 2009 at 2:57 pm

    but he got the hit, right? with 2 outs (where matsui and swish did little) and the Yankees got the win – ultimately, that’s what matters

  469. joe May 17th, 2009 at 2:57 pm

    gomez will be running

    come on burnett

  470. Boston Dave (in Portland, OR) May 17th, 2009 at 2:57 pm

    “I don’t believe we should be in a pitching duel with this guy. We can’t afford to be in one with him.”

    ——-

    give it a rest. we get it. you think Slowey and the Yankees offense sucks.

  471. Brandon Pie "Because it's the thing to do in this stadium" May 17th, 2009 at 2:58 pm

    Linden what’s gotten into him ?

  472. RS May 17th, 2009 at 2:58 pm

    Great, Gomez is on base. Just concentrate on the hitter, AJ.

  473. trisha - AJ - the OPPC has your back! May 17th, 2009 at 2:59 pm

    *OPPC* – Opt in/Opt out
    Members: Trisha, Rebecca, Boston Dave, Nick in SF, Angel, SoS, DT, Pepitone, S.A., pat, Dr. Cox, Giuseppe Franco, Pat M, Jeff NJ, Fran, Tex, Laura, bodhisattva, Doreen, ed, rishi, saucy, miggs, SJ44, cb, GreenBeret7

    SoS, mel already opted out. I put the others in (miggs definitely would opt in I think). I know a few of them are here. If they choose to opt out, they can say so.

    :)

  474. Angel - A tale told by idiots, full of sound and fury - signifying nothing. May 17th, 2009 at 2:59 pm

    Are you pining away for Roy Halliday, Vince? Do I need to point out that we have a pretty good pitching duel going on here at the moment?

  475. carl May 17th, 2009 at 2:59 pm

    I don’t think he sucks. I think we should be beating him.

  476. KP May 17th, 2009 at 3:00 pm

    Yeah, Cash hit a terrific .207 in his Red Sox career. He was pretty brilliant.

  477. Boston Dave (in Portland, OR) May 17th, 2009 at 3:00 pm

    Clayton Kershaw with a no-no through 5 1/3.

    (pitch count is too high to go 9 IMO)

  478. yanks May 17th, 2009 at 3:00 pm

    aj is reallllllly working himself into trouble now

  479. vb03 May 17th, 2009 at 3:00 pm

    Can’t lose this hitter. Focus on the hitter.

  480. yanks May 17th, 2009 at 3:00 pm

    now we have got a problem

    hit definitely scores a run with gomez
    ….not looking good

  481. vb03 May 17th, 2009 at 3:00 pm

    Could really use a DP here.

  482. trisha - AJ - the OPPC has your back! May 17th, 2009 at 3:02 pm

    *OPPC* – Opt in/Opt out
    Members: Trisha, Rebecca, Boston Dave, Nick in SF, Angel, SoS, DT, Pepitone, S.A., pat, Dr. Cox, Giuseppe Franco, Pat M, Jeff NJ, Fran, Tex, Laura, bodhisattva, Doreen, ed, rishi, saucy, miggs, SJ44, cb, GreenBeret7

    “People are focused more on the negative (Yanks being shut down) than they are on the postive (AJ pitching great)……but that’s no surprise.”

    Bets, are you sure you don’t want to opt in?

  483. Boston Dave (in Portland, OR) May 17th, 2009 at 3:02 pm

    “I don’t think he sucks. I think we should be beating him.”

    ——–

    are you watching the game on tv or on mlb.com?

    because if you’re watching the game, then you’d see he is dealing.

    The Tigers thought they should be beating him too.

  484. vb03 May 17th, 2009 at 3:02 pm

    BIG strikeout of Span.

  485. trisha - AJ - the OPPC has your back! May 17th, 2009 at 3:02 pm

    Oh my God. That was a beautiful pitch.

  486. vb03 May 17th, 2009 at 3:03 pm

    Jeez, that pitch was ridiculous.

  487. RS May 17th, 2009 at 3:03 pm

    See, that’s the same pitch Slowey keeps throwing, except his fastball is 7 mph slower.

  488. m May 17th, 2009 at 3:03 pm

    Wow. What a pitch on the punchout.

  489. Angel - A tale told by idiots, full of sound and fury - signifying nothing. May 17th, 2009 at 3:03 pm

    Don’t you get tired of it, yanks? You did the same thing yesterday. Appeared like the proverbial prophet of doom and then had to run away with your tail between your legs when the sky didn’t fall.

    Why do that to yourself?

  490. Brandon Pie "Because it's the thing to do in this stadium" May 17th, 2009 at 3:03 pm

    dammit !

  491. carl May 17th, 2009 at 3:04 pm

    Someone tell Michael Kay Okajima caught Damon with the inside move.

  492. vb03 May 17th, 2009 at 3:04 pm

    Big two out hit from Tolbert. You just gotta hold it here now if you’re Burnett.

  493. Boston Dave (in Portland, OR) May 17th, 2009 at 3:04 pm

    Kershaw through 6. Still no hits but he’s at 94 pitches.

  494. m May 17th, 2009 at 3:04 pm

    Yuck. Base hit. Game not over, guys.

  495. GreenBeret7 May 17th, 2009 at 3:04 pm

    Can you imagine a pitcher with Slowey’s control and Burnett’s? You’d be watching a right handed Sandy Koufax or Bob Gibson.

  496. Dr. Cox May 17th, 2009 at 3:04 pm

    That missed opportunity with Jeter on 3rd really looms large now.

    This could have been a 1-0 game from either dugout.

  497. C May 17th, 2009 at 3:04 pm

    WOW GOD DAMMIT

  498. yanks May 17th, 2009 at 3:04 pm

    god damnit…..melky where the hell are you throwing the ball?

    gotta keep it at 1 run here….tough with mauer up…great

  499. S.A.--The sun will come out tomorrow May 17th, 2009 at 3:05 pm

    damn

  500. trisha - AJ - the OPPC has your back! May 17th, 2009 at 3:05 pm

    I still believe we will take this game. Burnett has pitched a beautiful game.

    LET’S GO YANKEES!!!

  501. yanks May 17th, 2009 at 3:05 pm

    yanks can keep themselves in the game here, or they can pretty much lose the game

  502. Donnie May 17th, 2009 at 3:05 pm

    How do you give that up to a .182 hitter? Baseball makes no sense sometimes.

    Also, I really can’t put in to words how much I effing hate Carlos Gomez. I honestly think I’d have to use great restraint not to punch him in the face repeatedly if I saw him on the street.

  503. Neil May 17th, 2009 at 3:05 pm

    Big out here. If he can hold it to 1-0 he did his job, and if the Yankees lose 1-0, it’s on the offense. You can’t get shutout by a guy who throws 89 mph and came into the game with an ERA in the 5′s.

  504. RS May 17th, 2009 at 3:05 pm

    I don’t like the way this game is going. Even if Burnett gets out of this, who do we go to to get Morneau out the next inning?

    Oh yeah, and Slowey is WELL on pace to throw a CG shutout.

  505. Brandon Pie "Because it's the thing to do in this stadium" May 17th, 2009 at 3:06 pm

    shoot me

  506. vb03 May 17th, 2009 at 3:06 pm

    Some wild pitches by A.J.

    And Kay keeps stating the obvious.

  507. rconn23 May 17th, 2009 at 3:06 pm

    Dicey here. Dicey. One more hitter A.J. Keep the game in reach.

  508. Nic May 17th, 2009 at 3:06 pm

    if there was such a thing as a half-error, Melky would lead the league.

  509. Dr. Cox May 17th, 2009 at 3:06 pm

    Hold him here Allan James!!!!

  510. carl May 17th, 2009 at 3:06 pm

    Come On AJ!

  511. joe May 17th, 2009 at 3:06 pm

    ….gotta keep it at 1

  512. Angel - A tale told by idiots, full of sound and fury - signifying nothing. May 17th, 2009 at 3:07 pm

    I think you might have to get in a line for the whole punching Gomez thing, Donnie. :)

  513. trisha - AJ - the OPPC has your back! May 17th, 2009 at 3:07 pm

    “How do you give that up to a .182 hitter? Baseball makes no sense sometimes.”

    Donnie – asked and answered.

    ;)

  514. Boston Dave (in Portland, OR) May 17th, 2009 at 3:07 pm

    “How do you give that up to a .182 hitter? Baseball makes no sense sometimes.”

    ——–

    unless he is hitting .000, I’m not sure what’s confusing you so much.

  515. carl May 17th, 2009 at 3:07 pm

    lol

  516. RS May 17th, 2009 at 3:07 pm

    Cash is downright awful behind the plate.

  517. Neil May 17th, 2009 at 3:07 pm

    LOL Nice stop Cash, nice pitch A.J. What a joke.

  518. Brandon Pie "Because it's the thing to do in this stadium" May 17th, 2009 at 3:07 pm

    You gotta be kidding me.

  519. vb03 May 17th, 2009 at 3:07 pm

    Terrible job by Cash losing the ball. Damn it.

  520. m May 17th, 2009 at 3:08 pm

    Okay, now that Punto walk hurts twice as much.

  521. SJ44 May 17th, 2009 at 3:08 pm

    That’s basically AJ’s career in a nutshell.

    Walks a .191 hitter to extend an inning and gets beat by a .162 hitter in a RISP situation.

    Follow that up with 2 WP’s in the Mauer AB and puts the team in a big hole. That’s just bad, bad pitching.

    That’s what is so frustrating about him. Great, great stuff but, almost finds ways to put himself out of games.

    Like now……

  522. Donnie May 17th, 2009 at 3:08 pm

    Kevin Cash needs to be DFA’d. Honestly, this guy is completely worthless.

  523. vb03 May 17th, 2009 at 3:08 pm

    Gotta get the bullpen in now. Wish we had a lefty available.

  524. Pel (Uncertainty is certain.) May 17th, 2009 at 3:08 pm

    a mysterious force attracts the yankees to .500

  525. Andrew May 17th, 2009 at 3:09 pm

    girardi keeps the starters in way too long.

  526. kasey May 17th, 2009 at 3:09 pm

    it’s a quality start but two wild pitches allowing a run to score? i’m going to go ahead and say that’s poor, poor pitching from aj that at-bat.

  527. S.o.S. May 17th, 2009 at 3:09 pm

    Boston Dave,
    Im surprised you havnt nominated nyph113th yet.

    Trish,
    Uncle Elseworth, raymagnetic.

  528. vb03 May 17th, 2009 at 3:09 pm

    Either way this is A.J.’s last hitter.

  529. joe May 17th, 2009 at 3:09 pm

    well thats game considering the yankees cannot get a hit off an 88 mph thrower

  530. Fire Michael Kay May 17th, 2009 at 3:10 pm

    this is kevin cash, the guy who caught the knuckleball with the red sox, took pitches and worked at bats with the red sox, and got key hits and home runs with the red sox.

    Kevin Cash, with us, looks as if he doesnt even care about this team. i bet nobody on this team even knows his name, our pitchers say, hey catcher, give me the ball.

    Brian Cashman has to get rid of this worhtless bum/ red sox in yankees clothing.

  531. Rishi May 17th, 2009 at 3:10 pm

    ok now – maybe long long layoff hurts Slowey…

  532. carl May 17th, 2009 at 3:10 pm

    It’s Baseball…stuff happens.

  533. RS May 17th, 2009 at 3:10 pm

    How sad is it that we don’t have a good lefty who can come in to get Morneau out when Burnett is well over 100 pitches?

    The Red Sox would have Okajima in this game in a flash, the Rays have Howell, etc. This complete lack of trust in the bullpen (which of course is warrented) is going to wear out our starters.

  534. Pat M May 17th, 2009 at 3:10 pm

    SJ, You can see it coming

  535. SJ44 May 17th, 2009 at 3:10 pm

    27th game this year, this staff has walked 5 or more guys in a game.

    The #1 reason they rank near the bottom in pitching.

    Walks have killed this staff so far this year.

    Aside from CC, nobody else seems to be improving in that area. Not good.

  536. Dr. Cox May 17th, 2009 at 3:10 pm

    mother f’er.

    I still do not think this game is close to over. But its so hard to sweep a team 4 games.

  537. RalphieD May 17th, 2009 at 3:11 pm

    tough situation for girardi…either way you are second guessed…you like aj in its your fault…you take him out and the reliever gets hit, its your fault

  538. vb03 May 17th, 2009 at 3:11 pm

    Says a lot about the bullpen that A.J. is nearing 120 pitches.

  539. Angel - A tale told by idiots, full of sound and fury - signifying nothing. May 17th, 2009 at 3:12 pm

    Come on, AJ. Finish this inning off.

  540. vb03 May 17th, 2009 at 3:12 pm

    A.J. is out of gas. He needs the hook.

  541. kasey May 17th, 2009 at 3:12 pm

    boy, this is the third consecutive outing in which aj has thrown more than 110 pitches, the second in a row in which he’s topped 115. if we’re all aware of his injury history, how is girardi keeping him in, especially when he’s obviously tiring and losing command.

  542. Boston Dave (in Portland, OR) May 17th, 2009 at 3:12 pm

    how was that Cash’s fault?

    AJ missed by a mile and the ball bounced all the way up over Cash’s mask.

    was it a passed ball? no.

  543. vb03 May 17th, 2009 at 3:12 pm

    Big situation for Alby right here.

  544. joe May 17th, 2009 at 3:12 pm

    not aj’s fault the team cannot get a friggin hit

  545. trisha - AJ - the OPPC has your back! May 17th, 2009 at 3:12 pm

    *Official Positive Poster’s Club* – Opt in/Opt out
    Members: Trisha, Rebecca, Boston Dave, Nick in SF, Angel, SoS, DT, Pepitone, S.A., pat, Dr. Cox, Giuseppe Franco, Pat M, Jeff NJ, Fran, Tex, Laura, bodhisattva, Doreen, ed, rishi, saucy, miggs, SJ44, cb, GreenBeret7, raymagnetic, uncle ellsworth

    SoS – got em.

  546. Boston Dave (in Portland, OR) May 17th, 2009 at 3:12 pm

    “Says a lot about the bullpen that A.J. is nearing 120 pitches.”

    —–

    because AJ never throws over 100 pitches?

    cmon now.

  547. S.A.--The sun will come out tomorrow May 17th, 2009 at 3:13 pm

    Oh dear

  548. Angel - A tale told by idiots, full of sound and fury - signifying nothing. May 17th, 2009 at 3:13 pm

    The way Slowey is pitching they may have to hope he makes a mistake, or that they can get to the bullpen sooner.

  549. joe May 17th, 2009 at 3:13 pm

    burnett is going to drive me crazy for 5 years

  550. RS May 17th, 2009 at 3:13 pm

    Don’t Mauer and Morneau ever strike out?

  551. Laura - Win together, strike out alone! May 17th, 2009 at 3:13 pm

    Am I being negative if I say that so far, AJ hasn’t lived up to the contract? :P

  552. GreenBeret7 May 17th, 2009 at 3:13 pm

    Biggest mistake of this inning was walking Punto.

  553. vb03 May 17th, 2009 at 3:13 pm

    “how is girardi keeping him in, especially when he’s obviously tiring and losing command.”

    Because he’s got nothing in the bullpen?

    Coke, Bruney and Mo all unavailable. It’s like picking between differently spiked chairs to sit on.

  554. Donnie May 17th, 2009 at 3:13 pm

    Slowey’s only at 73 pitches. Unless they do something they haven’t done all game, and actually work a few ABs, and get a few hits against him and get him out of the game, this one’s in the books.

    They manage to actually make him work, and do SOMETHING to take away that inside corner, and they’re still within striking distance. But their plate approaches so far have to been very good.

  555. Pel (Uncertainty is certain.) May 17th, 2009 at 3:13 pm

    great hitting and great pitching. either or. rarely in the same game.

  556. joe May 17th, 2009 at 3:14 pm

    the offense today looked like an absolute joke since the first pitch

    yeah ok, the guy is going to throw strikes then swing you damn bat!! chances are you are going to get something good to hit

  557. Rishi May 17th, 2009 at 3:14 pm

    so TB’s pitcher has to hit and they are still winning 6-3…good for them

  558. Boston Dave (in Portland, OR) May 17th, 2009 at 3:14 pm

    “burnett is going to drive me crazy for 5 years”

    ———-

    as long as he can give them outings like this, he can drive you insane as far as I’m concerned.

  559. JoeT 28 in 10!! May 17th, 2009 at 3:14 pm

    Andrew – have you seen some of the guys in our bullpen?? Coke and Mariano unavailable today, AJ was throwing LIGHTS OUT, no way you go to the pen when he’s at 100 pitches.

    Anyone know what happened with the AAA game?? Gamecast is showing X’s for the 7th 8th and 9th as if the games been cancelled

  560. S.A.--The sun will come out tomorrow May 17th, 2009 at 3:14 pm

    Come on Alba.

  561. vb03 May 17th, 2009 at 3:14 pm

    “because AJ never throws over 100 pitches?

    cmon now.”

    He’s gonna be gassed by mid-August.

    Either gassed or injured, at this rate.

    Almost every start he throws 110 or more.

  562. carl May 17th, 2009 at 3:14 pm

    Alby can get us out of this spot. This is why I wanted us to get to Slowey though. No knock on our O no Knock on him. We knew this inning was coming. We had to score some runs to win this game.

  563. SJ44 May 17th, 2009 at 3:15 pm

    Pat M,

    Yup, and for the second start in a row with him, Girardi stays with him too long because he has no confidence in the bullpen, and the game gets away from him.

    Baseball is a game of domino effect. You have to be able to minimize damage and not stay with starters too long.

    When a guy is walking .191 hitters, and giving up hits to .162 hitters in the late innings, its clear he is losing it.

    Add to it, 2 WP’s and you can’t stay with him as long as Girardi did.

    I understand why. No confidence in the bullpen.

    Two starts in a row, the same thing takes place with him.

    The walks though, are killing this staff this year. If that’s going to keep up, this offense is going to have to score 800+ runs to overcome this kind of pitching this year.

    Very, very tough to do in this division.

  564. joe May 17th, 2009 at 3:15 pm

    ….game can be lost here with alba

  565. joe May 17th, 2009 at 3:15 pm

    ten bucks says he walks him

  566. Betsy May 17th, 2009 at 3:15 pm

    I’ll still take 2 runs in 6 2/3 innings…It’s not AJ’s fault the Yankees didn’t hit today.

  567. RS May 17th, 2009 at 3:15 pm

    Who trusts Alby to throw strikes?

  568. Donnie May 17th, 2009 at 3:15 pm

    Alby + A power hitting leftie with the bases loaded = potential recipe for disaster

    Hold on to you hats, folks. This is gonna be a bumpy ride.

  569. Laura - Win together, strike out alone! May 17th, 2009 at 3:15 pm

    “the offense today looked like an absolute joke since the first pitch”

    That’s what happens when you go against a guy who is dealing. Slowey has it going on today. Nothing the offense can do about that. Now, we have to hope that the long wait negatively affects him.

  570. Rishi May 17th, 2009 at 3:15 pm

    Andy Sonnestine just hit an RBI double…

  571. Boston Dave (in Portland, OR) May 17th, 2009 at 3:15 pm

    “Biggest mistake of this inning was walking Punto.”

    ———

    that walk hurt.

    the ump was giving AJ some generous calls (and Slowey) throughout the game. It did seem like the ump tightened up a bit there.

    oh well. AJ ran out of gas. he pitched well.

  572. GreenBeret7 May 17th, 2009 at 3:16 pm

    Yankees must be trailing. The idiots are now visable, again.

  573. Angel - A tale told by idiots, full of sound and fury - signifying nothing. May 17th, 2009 at 3:16 pm

    the offense today looked like an absolute joke since the first pitch
    yeah ok, the guy is going to throw strikes then swing you damn bat!! chances are you are going to get something good to hit

    ****************************************************
    Not with the way Slowey’s been pitching. He’s been good today. Sometimes you just get outpitched.

  574. kasey May 17th, 2009 at 3:16 pm

    boston dave, what part of portland are you in. i live in the nw part of town, though i’m out of the country right now.

  575. carl May 17th, 2009 at 3:17 pm

    Huge!

  576. Boston Dave (in Portland, OR) May 17th, 2009 at 3:17 pm

    Alby has gone 7 straight appearances without giving up a run.

    but you guys dont care about stats.

  577. vb03 May 17th, 2009 at 3:17 pm

    “Andy Sonnestine just hit an RBI double…”

    That’s ridiculous, Longoria must be laughing in the dugout.

    Free day off and your replacement does what you do.

    Excellent job by Alby.

  578. Angel - A tale told by idiots, full of sound and fury - signifying nothing. May 17th, 2009 at 3:17 pm

    Nice job, Alby.

  579. joe May 17th, 2009 at 3:17 pm

    comeon offense

  580. trisha - AJ - the OPPC has your back! May 17th, 2009 at 3:17 pm

    GOD BLESS ALBY!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  581. Laura - Win together, strike out alone! May 17th, 2009 at 3:17 pm

    “Andy Sonnestine just hit an RBI double…”

    How stupid must TB feel that they don’t even know how to fill out a lineup card?

  582. Roger(the new amsterdam yankees ) May 17th, 2009 at 3:17 pm

    burnett did a good job!we’re going to win this game..just have this feeling

  583. Rishi May 17th, 2009 at 3:18 pm

    Great Job,Albie!!!

  584. Betsy May 17th, 2009 at 3:18 pm

    I just hope AJ’s arm (or any of our SPs for that matter) doesn’t fall off ….and no, this has nothing to do with his injury history. How many pitches did he throw today? I understand Joe doesn’t have confidence in the pen, but you can’t keep pushing your starters like this – they will have nothing left (and it’s only mid-May)

  585. RS May 17th, 2009 at 3:18 pm

    Nice job getting out of that jam. Now please, please score runs. If the Twins get to the ninth with a lead, there’s an almost 0% chance Nathan blows the save again.

  586. carl May 17th, 2009 at 3:18 pm

    Kershaw no hitter through 6. Free live look in on mlb.com sorry if posted.

  587. kasey May 17th, 2009 at 3:18 pm

    lookls like albaladejo threw enough strikes to get the power-hitting lefty out.

    hopefully they can do something against slowey, though 2-0 looks like 10-0 right now.

  588. vb03 May 17th, 2009 at 3:18 pm

    Praying that Slowey’s control suffers because of that long inning.

  589. Donnie May 17th, 2009 at 3:18 pm

    Wow. Alby’s got huge ones. That was not at all expected. GREAT job of pitching.

    Got scrape a couple here, boys. I don’t like waiting until the 8th to try and come back, and I don’t like the odds of beating Nathan twice.

  590. Rishi May 17th, 2009 at 3:18 pm

    I’m hoping we can hit a couple RBI doubles, Laura :)

  591. trisha - AJ - the OPPC has your back! May 17th, 2009 at 3:18 pm

    “That’s what happens when you go against a guy who is dealing. Slowey has it going on today. Nothing the offense can do about that. Now, we have to hope that the long wait negatively affects him.”

    That says it all. You know gang there are going to be games where we have to be gracious enough to suck it up and not point fingers.

  592. carl May 17th, 2009 at 3:18 pm

    7 now

  593. RalphieD May 17th, 2009 at 3:19 pm

    if the bullpen holds the twins down i think the yanks have a legit chance

  594. Pat M May 17th, 2009 at 3:19 pm

    SJ, The bb stat sums it up….GB, you’re right, the walk to Punto opened the door…Yanks need to respond in this ab

  595. Boston Dave (in Portland, OR) May 17th, 2009 at 3:19 pm

    kasey,

    I’m technically just over the border in Vancouver, WA right now and have a hotel here for the day/night.

    I may head to Portland tonight and will definitely be there tomorrow and perhaps Tuesday checking out the city. Any suggestions?

  596. vb03 May 17th, 2009 at 3:19 pm

    Can we send Swisher to the bullpen while on days off or slumping?

  597. S.A.--The sun will come out tomorrow May 17th, 2009 at 3:19 pm

    That was ginormous. Put on those rally caps!

  598. SJ44 May 17th, 2009 at 3:19 pm

    That’s a solid job by Albie.

    That’s a tough inning for him.

    You could make an argument, with Coke, Marte, and Bruney available, he’s out of there after the Punto walk.

    Girardi rolled the dice on that one and it turned up snake eyes.

    Didn’t pitch bad and didn’t pitch great. In a pitchers duel though, one bad inning sometimes costs you the game.

    Gotta find a way to come up with late inning magic again.

  599. no.27 May 17th, 2009 at 3:19 pm

    A-Rod is going to jack a home run and Cano will have a big pinch hit RBI.

  600. Betsy May 17th, 2009 at 3:19 pm

    Boston Dave, AJ did pitch very well – but because he gave up 2 runs, people are going to kill him. It’s odd – most people don’t think he’s that good, yet when he gives a performance like this (which is very good), they criticize him for hit.

  601. Rishi May 17th, 2009 at 3:20 pm

    PH for Cash?

  602. Boston Dave (in Portland, OR) May 17th, 2009 at 3:20 pm

    “Wow. Alby’s got huge ones. That was not at all expected.”

    ——–

    for people who have a clue, it wasn’t all that unexpected.

    Alby since May 1st:

    7.1 IP, 0 ER

  603. Boston Dave (in Portland, OR) May 17th, 2009 at 3:21 pm

    “Boston Dave, AJ did pitch very well – but because he gave up 2 runs, people are going to kill him.”

    ———

    you can call them “people”. I have another name for them :)

  604. carl May 17th, 2009 at 3:21 pm

    A-Rod!!!

  605. Pel (Uncertainty is certain.) May 17th, 2009 at 3:21 pm

    A-ROD COULDN’T COME BACK QUICK ENOUGH!

  606. vb03 May 17th, 2009 at 3:21 pm

    GONE!!!

  607. m May 17th, 2009 at 3:22 pm

    The wild pitch really hurts right now.

    Okay, one more.

  608. Angel - A tale told by idiots, full of sound and fury - signifying nothing. May 17th, 2009 at 3:22 pm

    1 down, two to go.

    Hopefully that long inning affected him.

  609. Betsy May 17th, 2009 at 3:22 pm

    AJ pitched 6 innings of shut out ball and gave up 2 in 6 2/3 innings. How is that merely not great/not bad?

  610. carl May 17th, 2009 at 3:22 pm

    Swing at strikes.

  611. Donnie May 17th, 2009 at 3:22 pm

    No. 27 is on point so far.

  612. trisha - AJ - the OPPC has your back! May 17th, 2009 at 3:22 pm

    *Official Positive Poster’s Club* – Opt in/Opt out
    Members: Trisha, Rebecca, Boston Dave, Nick in SF, Angel, SoS, DT, Pepitone, S.A., pat, Dr. Cox, Giuseppe Franco, Pat M, Jeff NJ, Fran, Tex, Laura, bodhisattva, Doreen, ed, rishi, saucy, miggs, SJ44, cb, GreenBeret7, raymagnetic, uncle ellsworth

    Roger (New Amsterdam Yankees), would you like to join up?

  613. Rishi May 17th, 2009 at 3:22 pm

    so the YES Network thinks it’s the top of the 7th

  614. no.27 May 17th, 2009 at 3:22 pm

    “May 17th, 2009 at 3:19 pm

    A-Rod is going to jack a home run and Cano will have a big pinch hit RBI.”

    Ahem.

  615. Laura - Win together, strike out alone! May 17th, 2009 at 3:22 pm

    I simply can’t rejoice in that HR because you know – it’s tainted. LOL!!

  616. kasey May 17th, 2009 at 3:23 pm

    boston dave – i’ve got suggestions galore (even for vancouver, as my folks live there). drop me an email at boseef (at) comcast (dot) net and let me know what you’re looking for, i’ll send a list your way.

  617. Boston Dave (in Portland, OR) May 17th, 2009 at 3:23 pm

    “The wild pitch really hurts right now.”

    ———

    m,

    as long as it still doesn’t hurt after the game, no biggie.

    how about a 3rd straight walkoff???

  618. Rishi May 17th, 2009 at 3:23 pm

    No.27…you are looking good so far :)

  619. carl May 17th, 2009 at 3:23 pm

    Matsui!!!

  620. S.A.--The sun will come out tomorrow May 17th, 2009 at 3:23 pm

    Alex! :lol:

  621. no.27 May 17th, 2009 at 3:23 pm

    See Cano getting that bat and going to the cage in the dugout?

  622. vb03 May 17th, 2009 at 3:23 pm

    Matsui doubles. Looks like that long layoff hurt.

  623. m May 17th, 2009 at 3:23 pm

    Put Gardner in, NOW!

  624. RalphieD May 17th, 2009 at 3:23 pm

    trisha i want in the club! :)

  625. kasey May 17th, 2009 at 3:24 pm

    hey, it looks like slowey is sloweying down a bit.

    see what i did there!

    sorry.

  626. S.A.--The sun will come out tomorrow May 17th, 2009 at 3:24 pm

    Matsui! :lol:

  627. Rishi May 17th, 2009 at 3:24 pm

    good point, m

  628. RS May 17th, 2009 at 3:24 pm

    HAVE TO GET THIS RUN IN

  629. Boston Dave (in Portland, OR) May 17th, 2009 at 3:24 pm

    kasey, sweet thanks. will do.

  630. trisha - AJ - the OPPC has your back! May 17th, 2009 at 3:24 pm

    “for people who have a clue, it wasn’t all that unexpected.

    Alby since May 1st:

    7.1 IP, 0 ER”

    And that is the greatest illustration of premature worry and negativity! These people spend so much time puking that they don’t even know that they can release themselves from the puking!

  631. SJ44 May 17th, 2009 at 3:24 pm

    The biggest thing with AJ are the walks. The walks kill him and many of them come after he is ahead in counts.

    O’Neill made a great point in the broadcast about not wasting pitches all the time when you are ahead 0-2 in the count.

    Its little changes he has to make. If he makes them, these outings go from good to great.

    ARod with a bomb and Matsui with a double and the “Team That Never Quits” is back in the game.

  632. carl May 17th, 2009 at 3:24 pm

    Swish great bunt

  633. Roger(the new amsterdam yankees ) May 17th, 2009 at 3:24 pm

    trisha

    yes please!i wanne be a member!

  634. Rishi May 17th, 2009 at 3:24 pm

    a BUNT…man, alive…this is a different team

  635. Bronx Jeers May 17th, 2009 at 3:24 pm

    Come on guys. Lets get this run over.

    Nice bunt Swish.

  636. Silky Johnston May 17th, 2009 at 3:24 pm

    great job swish

  637. Pel (Uncertainty is certain.) May 17th, 2009 at 3:24 pm

    wow that was a great, great bunt by swish

  638. vb03 May 17th, 2009 at 3:24 pm

    Sacrifice successful.

  639. Pel (Uncertainty is certain.) May 17th, 2009 at 3:25 pm

    considering matsui has 2 peg legs

  640. Rishi May 17th, 2009 at 3:25 pm

    c’mon Melky

  641. joe May 17th, 2009 at 3:25 pm

    NO!!!!! this team needs to stop bunting

    bottom line, they cannot get a sac fly or get in the guy with runner on 3rd and less than 2 outs

    why give away the outs?

  642. Boston Dave (in Portland, OR) May 17th, 2009 at 3:25 pm

    “ARod with a bomb and Matsui with a double and the “Team That Never Quits” is back in the game.”

    ———

    too bad we have so many ‘fans’ in here that do quit.

    go Yanks!

  643. carl May 17th, 2009 at 3:25 pm

    Melk = Clutch.

  644. kasey May 17th, 2009 at 3:25 pm

    i won’t lie. i don’t see that sac bunt working out at all. matsui will stay on 3rd. melky and cano are not the guys you want trying to move a runner.

  645. vb03 May 17th, 2009 at 3:25 pm

    Need a good AB here from Melky.

  646. Bronx Jeers May 17th, 2009 at 3:26 pm

    If a sac fly, one would think it needs to fairly deep.

  647. Benny Blanco May 17th, 2009 at 3:26 pm

    Come on melky, work that count.

  648. Boston Dave (in Portland, OR) May 17th, 2009 at 3:26 pm

    “NO!!!!! this team needs to stop bunting”

    ———

    couldn’t disagree more.

    you dont fix a problem by doing the wrong things right.

    you find a way to do the right things right.

  649. trisha - AJ - the OPPC has your back! May 17th, 2009 at 3:26 pm

    *Official Positive Poster’s Club* – Opt in/Opt out
    Members: Trisha, Rebecca, Boston Dave, Nick in SF, Angel, SoS, DT, Pepitone, S.A., pat, Dr. Cox, Giuseppe Franco, Pat M, Jeff NJ, Fran, Tex, Laura, bodhisattva, Doreen, ed, rishi, saucy, miggs, SJ44, cb, GreenBeret7, raymagnetic, uncle ellsworth, ralphied

    What would be real sweet is if they could get enough runs here for AJ to win this game…

    ralphied, you are in!

  650. carl May 17th, 2009 at 3:26 pm

    Melk sac fly!

  651. Pel (Uncertainty is certain.) May 17th, 2009 at 3:26 pm

    tie game!

    FINALLY A SUCCESSFUL SAC FLY!!

  652. RalphieD May 17th, 2009 at 3:26 pm

    niceee!!!!!!!! gj melky!!

  653. kasey May 17th, 2009 at 3:26 pm

    i stand corrected.

  654. Rishi May 17th, 2009 at 3:26 pm

    small ball, baby!!!

  655. RS May 17th, 2009 at 3:26 pm

    Nice job!

  656. vb03 May 17th, 2009 at 3:26 pm

    Beauty of a sac fly to tie the game.

    Melkster gets the job done.

  657. joe May 17th, 2009 at 3:26 pm

    wow, unbelievable

    what an absolutely horrible throw

  658. Rishi May 17th, 2009 at 3:27 pm

    AJ thanks you, too

  659. vb03 May 17th, 2009 at 3:27 pm

    That throw was horrid.

  660. SJ44 May 17th, 2009 at 3:27 pm

    Denard Span channeling Johnny Damon’s arm with that throw! lol

    Good read by Robbie Thompson.

    New ballgame!

  661. m May 17th, 2009 at 3:27 pm

    Okay, maybe we didn’t need Gardner on that sac fly.

  662. Benny Blanco May 17th, 2009 at 3:27 pm

    Yankees will win.

  663. carl May 17th, 2009 at 3:27 pm

    wow what a play punto

  664. Bronx Jeers May 17th, 2009 at 3:27 pm

    Good work. Matsui runs hard even though it looks like it’s killing him.

    Wow!

  665. Betsy May 17th, 2009 at 3:27 pm

    SJ, that’s true about the walks. I still suspect AJ will be better in the 2nd half…..or when the weather warms up. I’m sure he’s frustrated as well…He did pitch very well and he did give us innings, and that’s important. I’m getting uncomfortable with leaving SP in there when they are tired….isn’t that how you get hurt (or one of the ways)?

  666. Rishi May 17th, 2009 at 3:27 pm

    can Albie keep it going?

  667. RalphieD May 17th, 2009 at 3:28 pm

    wow that is some catch!

  668. Donnie May 17th, 2009 at 3:28 pm

    Dave,

    Get off your soap box. Guy comes in with the bases loaded against a great hitter like Kubel, who’s a lefty, is not the best situation for a right handed pitcher. I’m not doubting Alby’s ability, because he HAS been reliable lately. But look at his last outing. He got himself in trouble, and then worked out of it, but in this case, getting in to trouble was not an option. Seriously, I’m not bridge jumping here. That’s a tough spot for a guy to come in to, and he didn’t just work the batter, he straight up went after him. That’s all I was saying.

  669. vb03 May 17th, 2009 at 3:28 pm

    What a grab by Punto.

  670. rconn23 May 17th, 2009 at 3:28 pm

    Wow. That throw was worse than Melky’s:)

    Great job, by A-Rod, Swish, Matsui and Melky.

    Good grief what a catch.

  671. Angel - A tale told by idiots, full of sound and fury - signifying nothing. May 17th, 2009 at 3:28 pm

    Melky mailed in a sac fly.

  672. DYNASTY IS DESTINY! May 17th, 2009 at 3:28 pm

    This team refuses to give up!

    Go Yanks!!!!

  673. Silky Johnston May 17th, 2009 at 3:28 pm

    great play by punto, but im not sure that was necessary

  674. joe May 17th, 2009 at 3:28 pm

    back to 0s
    im surprised, usually the yankees cannot get the man in at 3rd with less than 2 outs

    ….now who pitches? albaladejo? ahh the bullpen is scary bad

  675. Betsy May 17th, 2009 at 3:28 pm

    Yes!!!!

  676. Betsy May 17th, 2009 at 3:28 pm

    Yes!!!!

  677. Fire Michael Kay May 17th, 2009 at 3:28 pm

    excellent inning!

  678. vb03 May 17th, 2009 at 3:28 pm

    Rob Thomson >>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>> Bobby Meacham

  679. S.A.--The sun will come out tomorrow May 17th, 2009 at 3:28 pm

    All tied up. Nice!
    Behave Yankees bullpen

  680. Benny Blanco May 17th, 2009 at 3:29 pm

    another walk off win for the yankees??

  681. carl May 17th, 2009 at 3:29 pm

    # DYNASTY IS DESTINY! May 17th, 2009 at 3:28 pm

    This team refuses to give up!

    Go Yanks!!!!

    You never lie

  682. vb03 May 17th, 2009 at 3:29 pm

    “Melky mailed in a sac fly.”

    LOL

  683. BBFan May 17th, 2009 at 3:29 pm

    Trisha,

    Count me in.

  684. joe May 17th, 2009 at 3:30 pm

    boy, i wish i could wave a magic wand and get 3 new bodies into our bullpen

  685. Pat M May 17th, 2009 at 3:30 pm

    Punto’s catch was unreal, as he slid 8 feet to the right spot….

  686. Rishi May 17th, 2009 at 3:30 pm

    UPDATE, 3:14 p.m.: Chien-Ming Wang dominated today in Scranton in the first game of a doubleheader. 7 innings, 4 hits, 0 runs, 0 walks, 1 strikeout. 75 pitches / 49 strikes, 12 of the 21 outs on the ground. He has thrown 13 scoreless innings in AAA. Be interesting to see what the Yankees do next with him.

    The radar gun in Scranton on the scoreboard is unreliable. But a scout I know who was there said Wang got up to 93. The lineup he faced included Travis Hafner, Tony Graffanino and Andy Marte.

    Brian Bruney is expected to start the second game to get his inning in.

  687. RS May 17th, 2009 at 3:30 pm

    Come on, Albaladejo. Get a nice quick inning and keep the momentum going.

  688. Benny Blanco May 17th, 2009 at 3:30 pm

    BTW, arod has had less than 50 ab’s and he already has 3 hrs.

    Big poopi has over 144 ab’s and has zero. What is wrong with that dude?

  689. joe May 17th, 2009 at 3:31 pm

    come on ably, no walks here

  690. trisha - AJ - the OPPC has your back! May 17th, 2009 at 3:31 pm

    *Official Positive Poster’s Club* – Opt in/Opt out
    Members: Trisha, Rebecca, Boston Dave, Nick in SF, Angel, SoS, DT, Pepitone, S.A., pat, Dr. Cox, Giuseppe Franco, Pat M, Jeff NJ, Fran, Tex, Laura, bodhisattva, Doreen, ed, rishi, saucy, miggs, SJ44, cb, GreenBeret7, raymagnetic, uncle ellsworth, ralphieD, Roger (new amsterdam yankees)

    “I simply can’t rejoice in that HR because you know – it’s tainted. LOL!!”

    LMAO!!!!!

  691. SJ44 May 17th, 2009 at 3:31 pm

    Angel,

    I was thinking about writing the same thing about the SF! lol

  692. tampayank May 17th, 2009 at 3:31 pm

    so is Pete typing up his anti A-ROD/ steroids piece right about now after his 2nd HR is as many days? This blog is becoming unreadable w/ the constant attacks, enjoy the rest of the game everyone and hopefully the Yanks can pull out the win

  693. carl May 17th, 2009 at 3:31 pm

    Clutch homer by Alex

  694. vb03 May 17th, 2009 at 3:31 pm

    “Big poopi has over 144 ab’s and has zero. What is wrong with that dude?”

    That shipment from the D.R. didn’t come in this year.

  695. S.o.S. May 17th, 2009 at 3:31 pm

    SJ,
    Can you recall the last time we had a pitching staff that walks as many people is these starting 5? Im sure its going to turn around but it seems like everytime i look at the stats at the end of the game. They have 4 plus walks. Is that the pitching coach to blame?

  696. joe May 17th, 2009 at 3:31 pm

    what is with this bullpen and leadoff walks?
    they love them

  697. BBFan May 17th, 2009 at 3:32 pm

    The stars are aligned for A-Rod to have anohter walk off opportunity in the ninth. Depending on what happends in the 8th, he could the first or second batter in the ninth.

  698. kasey May 17th, 2009 at 3:32 pm

    lead-off walks score. it’ll be 3-2 minny after this, if not worse.

  699. Dr. Cox May 17th, 2009 at 3:32 pm

    All the bridge jumpers are gone…floating around in the Hudson.

    I guess its just the OPPC now.

    Lets go Bull-pen.

  700. joe May 17th, 2009 at 3:32 pm

    i wish brian cashman was here to see how bad this bullpen is

  701. vb03 May 17th, 2009 at 3:32 pm

    Leadoff walks score. Let’s hope this adage doesn’t ring true.

  702. carl May 17th, 2009 at 3:32 pm

    You strike out a guy with the bases loaded in the biggest spot of the game and now you can’t find the zone?

  703. RalphieD May 17th, 2009 at 3:32 pm

    hmm brett tomko…can we get some more aceves?

  704. S.A.--The sun will come out tomorrow May 17th, 2009 at 3:32 pm

    Boo walks

  705. RS May 17th, 2009 at 3:33 pm

    Oh my god, this bullpen is so bad. Remember a couple years ago when Pettitte and Clemens pitched out of the bullpen on their throwing day? I think we’re getting close to that point.

  706. Neil May 17th, 2009 at 3:33 pm

    Get Cash off the team.

  707. vb03 May 17th, 2009 at 3:33 pm

    WTH was that, Cash?

  708. trisha - AJ - the OPPC has your back! May 17th, 2009 at 3:33 pm

    “Big poopi has over 144 ab’s and has zero. What is wrong with that dude?”

    mama don’t take, my steh-he-roids a-way-hay-hay-hay

    mama don’t take, my steh-he-roids a-way-hay-hay-hay

  709. Rishi May 17th, 2009 at 3:33 pm

    pitching change for the bottom 3rd of the lineup?

  710. jennifer May 17th, 2009 at 3:33 pm

    Kevin Cash stinks, I guess we know why the soxs let him walk.

  711. joe May 17th, 2009 at 3:33 pm

    now they are really working themselves into trouble

    leadoff walks score 80% of the time, correct me if i am wrong

    why in the hell are you giving them a free base, WHY?!?!?!?

  712. SJ44 May 17th, 2009 at 3:33 pm

    Another walk. Ugh.

    I lost track of today’s total. Its either 6 or 7 and rising.

    Can anybody on this staff but Mo throw strikes?

    Its unbelievable how many walks they give up every day.

    That’s the kind of stuff that puts pitching coaches on the hot seat.

    Nearly 40 games into the season. You can’t keep that up.

    This is how you lose close games. Leadoff walk, SB, bunt the guy over, and a SF.

    Bad, bad pitching once again by the Yankees.

  713. vb03 May 17th, 2009 at 3:33 pm

    Alby looking shaky.

  714. carl May 17th, 2009 at 3:34 pm

    wow hes so lucky lmao great play

  715. S.A.--The sun will come out tomorrow May 17th, 2009 at 3:34 pm

    ugh. come on

  716. Rishi May 17th, 2009 at 3:34 pm

    I mena, c’mon.,..do not let them get another run so quickly!

  717. m May 17th, 2009 at 3:34 pm

    Nice play by Alby there.

  718. RS May 17th, 2009 at 3:34 pm

    That was a huge play right there.

  719. Donnie May 17th, 2009 at 3:34 pm

    Nice play, Alby. Great move there.

  720. Roger(the new amsterdam yankees ) May 17th, 2009 at 3:34 pm

    good job by alba!

  721. vb03 May 17th, 2009 at 3:34 pm

    Wow, awesome break for the Yankees.

  722. jennifer May 17th, 2009 at 3:34 pm

    Good play by Alby. Caught the runner off second. Kept dp in order.

  723. trisha - AJ - the OPPC has your back! May 17th, 2009 at 3:34 pm

    GREAT play by Alby!

  724. Boston Dave (in Portland, OR) May 17th, 2009 at 3:34 pm

    Donnie,

    whatever… you can keep doubting the Yanks. You ripped AJ. He pitched well. You ripped Alby. He got it done. You ripped Cash as if he’s not their 4th option and showed even more ignorance.

    if you’re confused, so be it. but when you’re consistently wrong in your underestimations of the Yankees on a Yankee blog, don’t be surprised when you get called out on it.

  725. Rishi May 17th, 2009 at 3:35 pm

    nice! 2 more quick outs, please

  726. jennifer May 17th, 2009 at 3:35 pm

    That is not really SJ is it?

  727. carl May 17th, 2009 at 3:35 pm

    Kershaw with his no hitter has been sitting for a long time.

  728. vb03 May 17th, 2009 at 3:35 pm

    Cash looks tentative back there.

  729. S.A.--The sun will come out tomorrow May 17th, 2009 at 3:35 pm

    2 more Alby

  730. Dr. Cox May 17th, 2009 at 3:35 pm

    Not gonna get any DP’s with Alby in there.

  731. SJ44 May 17th, 2009 at 3:36 pm

    That’s a nice play by Albie. Ran the guy back and handled it the right way.

    Big, big out.

    SOS,

    1991. That was the last time I remember a Yankee pitching staff walk this many hitters every game.

  732. Dr. Cox May 17th, 2009 at 3:36 pm

    kevin cash is just awful!

  733. carl May 17th, 2009 at 3:36 pm

    wait nm he lost

    <—- Fail

  734. RS May 17th, 2009 at 3:36 pm

    Can we please get their 8-9 hitters out for once?

  735. vb03 May 17th, 2009 at 3:36 pm

    This game is on the arm of Alby now.

  736. joe May 17th, 2009 at 3:37 pm

    this bullpen is so bad that it is actually scary
    literally scary

  737. carl May 17th, 2009 at 3:37 pm

    wait nm he has it stil lol

    <—fail again

  738. yanks May 17th, 2009 at 3:37 pm

    joe, agreed

  739. Benny Blanco May 17th, 2009 at 3:38 pm

    we need a dp…

  740. vb03 May 17th, 2009 at 3:38 pm

    Alby’s pitches are up in the zone.

  741. cubandude May 17th, 2009 at 3:38 pm

    Gomez is getting a free pass so far because the game is close. I’m looking forward to Andy drilling him in the ribs tomorrow :)

    Meanwhile, is it just me or Cash is having a tough time stopping bouncers … ?

  742. yanks May 17th, 2009 at 3:38 pm

    this is the difference between boston and us

    we have jonathan albaladejo in a tie game in the 8th
    boston can choose between about 3 or 4 shutdown guys

    its really embarassing

  743. SJ44 May 17th, 2009 at 3:38 pm

    Another problem this staff has had all year? They can’t get the bottom of orders out consistently.

    If you look at the bottom of orders in their box scores all season and #8 and #9 hitters reach base way, way too much against this staff.

    Its a real struggle and Dave Eiland has to find a way to improve this staff.

    They may not be great but, they have to be able to throw consistent strikes and dominant bottom of orders.

  744. Roger(the new amsterdam yankees ) May 17th, 2009 at 3:38 pm

    strikes please!

  745. trisha - AJ - the OPPC has your back! May 17th, 2009 at 3:39 pm

    *Official Positive Poster’s Club* – Opt in/Opt out
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    “why in the hell are you giving them a free base, WHY?!?!?!?”

    My guess is that it was not intentional.

  746. S.A.--The sun will come out tomorrow May 17th, 2009 at 3:39 pm

    come on

  747. RS May 17th, 2009 at 3:39 pm

    Stop walking #9 hitters! This bullpen is ridiculously inept.

  748. vb03 May 17th, 2009 at 3:39 pm

    WHY WALK NICK PUNTO? WHYYYYYY

    /rant

  749. jennifer May 17th, 2009 at 3:39 pm

    wow awful. We praise Alby and what does he do? Pushes the lead run to third. Nice job.

  750. Devon May 17th, 2009 at 3:39 pm

    Alba is trash. None of these bullpen guys throws strikes.

  751. Rishi May 17th, 2009 at 3:39 pm

    carl, you had me all confused!

  752. Dutch Hugo May 17th, 2009 at 3:39 pm

    S.O.S. : don’t think you can blame Eiland for wildness by the staff starters. Just different types of pitchers now, we have a lot of power pitchers. With power pitchers you get walks, usually. But you also get strikeouts. AJ has always walked guys. Joba, and Hughes (now) are young, too. Used to have guys like Moose — pinpoint control. Just a different staff…

  753. Neil May 17th, 2009 at 3:39 pm

    This is hard to watch.

  754. Pel (Uncertainty is certain.) May 17th, 2009 at 3:39 pm

    tomko?

    giveth, taketh, etc.

  755. Roger(the new amsterdam yankees ) May 17th, 2009 at 3:39 pm

    why not aceves??

  756. Benny Blanco May 17th, 2009 at 3:39 pm

    are you kidding me?

  757. kasey May 17th, 2009 at 3:39 pm

    hey, now somebody else has to get out of a bases-loaded jam because of walks. it’s like passing the baton!

  758. vb03 May 17th, 2009 at 3:40 pm

    Alby gets a Bronx cheer as he goes into the dugout.

  759. m May 17th, 2009 at 3:40 pm

    C’mon, GGBT, you can do it. Ground ball.

  760. S.A.--The sun will come out tomorrow May 17th, 2009 at 3:40 pm

    Oh lord

  761. yanks May 17th, 2009 at 3:40 pm

    what in the world was brian cashman thinking going into this season

    if it was not for that play by jonathan, he would have let the first 4 to reach….just embarassing

  762. Laura - Win together, strike out alone! May 17th, 2009 at 3:40 pm

    Girardi is asking a lot of Tomko here.

  763. cubandude May 17th, 2009 at 3:40 pm

    Tomko’s wife could be more effective here …

  764. K-ae May 17th, 2009 at 3:40 pm

    Wow, bringing Tomko in.

    Tough situation, I can barely watch this inning >.<

  765. Boston Dave (in Portland, OR) May 17th, 2009 at 3:40 pm

    “this is the difference between boston and us”

    ——–

    another difference is the two team’s records over the past 5-8 games.

    I’ll take the team with the 6-2 record and the starter’s ERA in the mid-3′s.

  766. SJ44 May 17th, 2009 at 3:40 pm

    Another walk to a .180 hitter. That’s 8 today and climbing.

    Just awful, awful pitching. Worse pitching staff in the league for a reason. They can’t throw strikes to anybody.

    That’s why Girardi stretches out the starters too much.

    Hard to have confidence in a bullpen that is now averaging 8 walks per 9 innings, when you kick out Mo’s numbers out of the equation.

  767. Benny Blanco May 17th, 2009 at 3:40 pm

    I absolutely LOATHE our bullpen.

  768. Fire Michael Kay May 17th, 2009 at 3:41 pm

    instead of putting in aceves, we got lucky to get the final out from alba the last inning without him walking someone, nope, we wait until he walks the last guy. instead of with 1st and 2nd, nope, joe girardi made his decision he wanted to wait til the bases were loaded.

  769. Trevor May 17th, 2009 at 3:41 pm

    How do you struggle with the bottom of the Twins lineup?

  770. joe May 17th, 2009 at 3:41 pm

    the yankees bullpen is beyond description

    how can a team have that good of a rotation, and that bad of a bullpen. what a joke

  771. carl May 17th, 2009 at 3:41 pm

    Sorry Rishi the look in is back on

  772. Neil May 17th, 2009 at 3:41 pm

    Aceves would get outs. It would be too easy for Girardi to use him.

  773. Neil May 17th, 2009 at 3:42 pm

    Instead Girardi opts to bring in another failed major leaguer.

  774. RS May 17th, 2009 at 3:42 pm

    Why does Girardi wait until the bases are loaded to make a pitching change? Albaladejo had bad control this entire inning.

  775. Jerry May 17th, 2009 at 3:42 pm

    again, bullpen sucks.
    The front office failed to address this issue year after year.

  776. Bronx Jeers May 17th, 2009 at 3:42 pm

    8 walks so far?

    Hey Tomko hasn’t walked anybody this year.

    4 hits in 1.2 but no walks.

  777. carl May 17th, 2009 at 3:42 pm

    No hitter over

  778. joe May 17th, 2009 at 3:42 pm

    so bad, just so bad

  779. Neil May 17th, 2009 at 3:42 pm

    LOL Is he really going to walk in the go-ahead run?

  780. Pel (Uncertainty is certain.) May 17th, 2009 at 3:43 pm

    >how can a team have that good of a rotation, and that bad of a bullpen. what a joke

    this is the bizarro 2008 season

  781. RalphieD May 17th, 2009 at 3:43 pm

    come on tomko…please

  782. Dr. Cox May 17th, 2009 at 3:43 pm

    COME ON BEAR DOWN!!!

  783. joe May 17th, 2009 at 3:43 pm

    bret tomko is our 8th inning man

    someone take that in and think about it for a second

  784. Boston Dave (in Portland, OR) May 17th, 2009 at 3:43 pm

    “how can a team have that good of a rotation, and that bad of a bullpen. what a joke”

    ———

    take away 2 of the top 3 setup men from almost any bullpen and see what happens.

    it’s tough to handle the loss of Bruney and Marte (you have to give him the benefit of the doubt that he was pitching injured earlier this season)

  785. Benny Blanco May 17th, 2009 at 3:43 pm

    Can anyone throw a strike???..this is beyond pathetic.

  786. jennifer May 17th, 2009 at 3:44 pm

    So who goes when Brian is back? You have your choice out of any of the clowns out of the pen.

    Alby
    Veras
    Edwar

  787. Justin C. May 17th, 2009 at 3:44 pm

    can we start DFA’ing some of these terrible relievers

    this has been going on for a while now

  788. trisha - AJ - the OPPC has your back! May 17th, 2009 at 3:44 pm

    “we have jonathan albaladejo in a tie game in the 8th
    boston can choose between about 3 or 4 shutdown guys”

    Really. Have you been keeping track of Boston? Do you remember their premier guy Javy Lopez? He was DFA. Their pen has been getting trounced.

    Our 8th inning guy’s name is Brian Bruney. He’s on his way back.

  789. bodhisattva May 17th, 2009 at 3:44 pm

    I see we’re in some trouble, here.

    My buddy called me from his car and is illegally speaking on his cell because he can’t rely on Sterling to give him the goods. Unfortunately for him, I’ve been watching Wang and now Bruney on MiLB and have turned only a cursory eye to our game.

  790. carl May 17th, 2009 at 3:44 pm

    Omfg tex

  791. Roger(the new amsterdam yankees ) May 17th, 2009 at 3:44 pm

    wow tex!!!

  792. joe May 17th, 2009 at 3:44 pm

    great play by tex

  793. RalphieD May 17th, 2009 at 3:44 pm

    WOW…great play tex!!!!!!!!!!!!!11111

  794. Angel - A tale told by idiots, full of sound and fury - signifying nothing. May 17th, 2009 at 3:44 pm

    I just want the Yankees to go ahead so all the idiots will go away.

    Nice one Teix.

  795. Jeff NJ May 17th, 2009 at 3:44 pm

    That kid can pick it!

  796. jennifer May 17th, 2009 at 3:44 pm

    Wow we have a first baseman. :-)

    Nice job Marky Mark.

  797. Dr. Cox May 17th, 2009 at 3:44 pm

    WOW!

    What a play!

  798. Sean Serritella May 17th, 2009 at 3:44 pm

    Wow, now that was a nice play by Tex.

  799. SJ44 May 17th, 2009 at 3:45 pm

    Remember all the years some of us have said you need a glove at first base?

    That’s a reason why.

    Great play by Tex!

  800. S.A.--The sun will come out tomorrow May 17th, 2009 at 3:45 pm

    strikes man. Strikes!

  801. trisha - AJ - the OPPC has your back! May 17th, 2009 at 3:45 pm

    *Official Positive Poster’s Club* – Opt in/Opt out
    Members: Trisha, Rebecca, Boston Dave, Nick in SF, Angel, SoS, DT, Pepitone, S.A., pat, Dr. Cox, Giuseppe Franco, Pat M, Jeff NJ, Fran, Tex, Laura, bodhisattva, Doreen, ed, rishi, saucy, miggs, SJ44, cb, GreenBeret7, raymagnetic, uncle ellsworth, ralphieD, Roger (new amsterdam yankees)

    :)

  802. Neil May 17th, 2009 at 3:45 pm

    Tolbert a .184 hitter up. Please no let down.

  803. joe May 17th, 2009 at 3:45 pm

    no letdowns here

    come on get this last out

  804. DYNASTY IS DESTINY! May 17th, 2009 at 3:45 pm

    Wow!

    Defense is good thing!!!!!

  805. Rishi May 17th, 2009 at 3:45 pm

    ok – one more please :)

  806. jennifer May 17th, 2009 at 3:45 pm

    Great throw from his knees, that is awesome, wasn’t able to get much on it. But got it home.

  807. Bronx Jeers May 17th, 2009 at 3:45 pm

    OK now they gotta get out of this. That was too good a play to waste.

  808. S.A.--The sun will come out tomorrow May 17th, 2009 at 3:45 pm

    wow Tex!

  809. Bo knows May 17th, 2009 at 3:45 pm

    Hey guys, watch Melky’s at bats now and what they were a couple of weeks ago. I don’t try to convince anyone. You got a chuckle, good on you. But four swings out of the strike zone are not performance.

  810. kasey May 17th, 2009 at 3:45 pm

    even if brian bruney comes back healthy, this bullpen is a huge problem that needs solving sooner rather than later. i know cashman can’t just go to relievermart and pick up a couple of solid pitchers, but he has to understand that, more than anything else, the thing that is prohibiting his team from making any kind of serious run at the division, is the bullpen. and, last i checked, it’s his job to do something about it. yes, his hands are tied to some degree and yes, tomko MAY (repeat, MAY) get out of this unscathed (i doubt it), but they are playing with fire every time somebody not named rivera comes out of the bullpen.

  811. Benny Blanco May 17th, 2009 at 3:46 pm

    Imagine if that were giambi or swisher??

  812. joe May 17th, 2009 at 3:46 pm

    oh my frigging god

    THROW A STRIKE!!!!!!!!!!!!

  813. Boston Dave (in Portland, OR) May 17th, 2009 at 3:46 pm

    “again, bullpen sucks.
    The front office failed to address this issue year after year.”

    ——–

    they had one of the best pens in baseball last year.

    Bruney and Marte got hurt. They thought they had more depth in the pen than this.

    relax.

  814. Matthew May 17th, 2009 at 3:46 pm

    I can’t watch this bullpen pitch. (or at least attempt to pitch)

  815. BBFan May 17th, 2009 at 3:46 pm

    Oh Man, that was an unbeleivable play by Tex.
    Not only great stop, but throw from the knees unbalanced, unbelievable.

  816. carl May 17th, 2009 at 3:46 pm

    wow tomko

  817. Dr. Cox May 17th, 2009 at 3:46 pm

    Way to battle! This is baseball!

    Sometimes…I really love this team.

  818. joe May 17th, 2009 at 3:46 pm

    unbelievable, come on guys lets get some runs

    mauer leads off the 9th

  819. jennifer May 17th, 2009 at 3:46 pm

    Wow I was very nervous watching Cash going after that.

  820. Angel - A tale told by idiots, full of sound and fury - signifying nothing. May 17th, 2009 at 3:46 pm

    Whew.

  821. Donnie May 17th, 2009 at 3:46 pm

    “whatever… you can keep doubting the Yanks. You ripped AJ. He pitched well. You ripped Alby. He got it done. You ripped Cash as if he’s not their 4th option and showed even more ignorance.

    if you’re confused, so be it. but when you’re consistently wrong in your underestimations of the Yankees on a Yankee blog, don’t be surprised when you get called out on it.”

    I ripped AJ? What are you looking at? The only “negative” thing I said was that you can’t give up the third out to a guy batting .182, when you’re up on him 0-2. That’s not ripping him, that’s common sense. Go look at past posts, I’ve been one of AJ’s staunchest supporters. AJ was tired, and it showed. I wasn’t ripping the 6.2 innings of shutout ball he pitched before he lost it, just because I pointed out that losing that out was going to mean trouble.

    Alby’s managed to load up the bases now, by not finding the zone, with one out. But I’m wrong for doubting him with when he comes in with the bases loaded against a good left handed hitter? Explain that to me. I’m all for being positive, but not blind faith.

    And I completely understand that Cash is their 4th option. But 4th option or not, he’s been awful behind the plate today. I don’t think expressing distaste in that is really all that out of line.

    Seriously, dude…enjoy the game however you see fit. But straight up attacking people for a having a differing opinion than you is just as bad as bridge jumping.

    I’ll also point out that I willingly admit when I’m wrong about things. Seriosuly, there are far worst people you could choose to attack than me. Get over yourself.

  822. Brandon Pie "Because it's the thing to do in this stadium" May 17th, 2009 at 3:46 pm

    your killing me here

  823. Jeff NJ May 17th, 2009 at 3:46 pm

    We score here. Is Mo available?

  824. bodhisattva May 17th, 2009 at 3:46 pm

    Woo hoo! Nice work – Hail Tomko, hail Tex!

  825. Roger(the new amsterdam yankees ) May 17th, 2009 at 3:46 pm

    ok now get some runs!

  826. Trevor May 17th, 2009 at 3:47 pm

    Whew! Got out of it.

  827. Pel (Uncertainty is certain.) May 17th, 2009 at 3:47 pm

    OH BABY YOU, YOU GOT WHAT I NEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEED!!!!!!!!!!

  828. cubandude May 17th, 2009 at 3:47 pm

    WoWWWWW

    YES!!!

  829. trisha - AJ - the OPPC has your back! May 17th, 2009 at 3:47 pm

    *Official Positive Poster’s Club* – Opt in/Opt out
    Members: Trisha, Rebecca, Boston Dave, Nick in SF, Angel, SoS, DT, Pepitone, S.A., pat, Dr. Cox, Giuseppe Franco, Pat M, Jeff NJ, Fran, Tex, Laura, bodhisattva, Doreen, ed, rishi, saucy, miggs, SJ44, cb, GreenBeret7, raymagnetic, uncle ellsworth, ralphieD, Roger (new amsterdam yankees)

    Those are your New York Yankees.

    That’s Mark Teixeira.

    That’s Brett Tomko.

    NOW SHUT UP!

  830. DYNASTY IS DESTINY! May 17th, 2009 at 3:47 pm

    All of a sudden this team is making the big plays…

    Getting the big hits…

    Just like the Yanks of old!

  831. Donnie May 17th, 2009 at 3:47 pm

    GREAT job of pitching by Tomko. That guy may just reinvigorate his career.

  832. m May 17th, 2009 at 3:47 pm

    Some awesome D by Tex, and a popup to the catcher to end the inning.

    Let’s go Yankees (and lakers)

  833. Benny Blanco May 17th, 2009 at 3:47 pm

    COLLECTIVE “whew” for all of us. That was crucial.

  834. Rishi May 17th, 2009 at 3:47 pm

    and another long lay-off for Slowey :)

  835. Fire Michael Kay May 17th, 2009 at 3:48 pm

    was that last pitch high??

    Im excited we got rewarded, but how can a pitcher or a group of pitchers be so inept, its almost like starving for food and having food right next to you, and deciding not to eat it. Go 2-0 with the bases loaded twice and then throw ball 3 and get rewarded with a popout.

  836. S.A.--The sun will come out tomorrow May 17th, 2009 at 3:48 pm

    Wow!
    Who needs a drink after that? :lol:

    get some runs

  837. Boston Dave (in Portland, OR) May 17th, 2009 at 3:48 pm

    I’m trying to go back and dig up the “Tex is a $160M bust” from 10 days ago.

    the same people are whining about something new today.

    have some faith!!!!

  838. Pat M May 17th, 2009 at 3:48 pm

    Tomko’s stock just spiked upward…….Texeria, enough said…

  839. Jeff NJ May 17th, 2009 at 3:48 pm

    Speaking of Mo. I’m thinking that having Mo pitch two innings yesterday totalling less than 30 pitches and then getting the day off today, could be less taxing on him then pitching an inning each day. Anyone know?

  840. Trevor May 17th, 2009 at 3:49 pm

    “OH BABY YOU, YOU GOT WHAT I NEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEED!!!”

    BUT YOU SAY HE’S JUST A FRIEND.

  841. joe May 17th, 2009 at 3:50 pm

    nothing falls around span, that guy gets every ball

  842. Bronx Jeers May 17th, 2009 at 3:50 pm

    I like Aceves but I don’t think he can pitch 2 games in a row. He’s not really a reliever.

    If they get the lead, I guess it’s Mo even though it really shouldn’t be.

    Tie game? I don’t know. I guess Tomko

  843. BBFan May 17th, 2009 at 3:50 pm

    As O’Neil said, we have to win this game.
    Otherwise it will be big let down.

  844. SJ44 May 17th, 2009 at 3:50 pm

    Dave,

    That’s not a good argument though.

    This is ML baseball. You don’t have to have all all stars out there. However, you have to be able to throw strikes.

    I don’t care about injuries. That doesn’t stop a pitcher from throwing strikes.

    Its not just one guy.

    Ramirez and Veras aren’t hurt and were here all last year. Neither guy can throw strikes.

    In fact, had Veras done his job yesterday, they probably would have had Coke or Mo available today.

    Its a very, very bad bullpen Dave and the injuries aren’t the only reason. Somehow, they have to throw more quality strikes.

    Brett Tomko got the job done. You know what? He gets the ball again until he shows he isn’t up to the task.

    That’s what you have to do when you only have one guy out there (Mo) you have confidence in.

  845. joe May 17th, 2009 at 3:50 pm

    slowey could pitch into the 10th inning, that is embarassing

  846. Dan May 17th, 2009 at 3:51 pm

    Bills bullpen is a disaster

  847. Boston Dave (in Portland, OR) May 17th, 2009 at 3:51 pm

    Donnie,

    for a “staunch supporter” of the Yanks, you sure do criticize them on a play by play basis.

    get this! in any given game, there are good plays and there are bad plays!!! woo hoo!

    I’ll let you get back on your roller coaster though.

  848. Mark May 17th, 2009 at 3:51 pm

    With Bruney coming back very soon, these guys could be pitching for their jobs (Veras, Tomko, Albaladejo). Unless of course they just get rid of Angel Berroa.

  849. Dr. Cox May 17th, 2009 at 3:51 pm

    This would be a HUGE winning weekend for me if the Yankees pull this out.

    My little league (well not so little, they are 15-18 years old) wins Thurs, Friday, Sat and hopefully tonight, the Yankees hopefully pull this one out to make it 5 in a row.

    AND this is the weekend where I finally am committing to quitting smoking!

    I think this weekend is going to be the start of lots and lots of good things to come.

    What say you all?

  850. carl May 17th, 2009 at 3:51 pm

    Mo is up lol

  851. Paul May 17th, 2009 at 3:51 pm

    starting to gel….
    :)

  852. Dutch Hugo May 17th, 2009 at 3:52 pm

    Man, guys ripping on Cashman for the bullpen, remember that Bruney and Marte are out and Veras was pretty good last year. I don’t think you can expect Cashman to think he was going to be bad this year — and Veras may still turn it around. I’ve been tough on Cashman for other things, but I think he figured he had three solid 8th inning guys, plus Coke. Unfortunately, with most relievers, you don’t really know what you’re going to get from one season to the next. A guy who was great last year can be awful the next.

  853. S.A.--The sun will come out tomorrow May 17th, 2009 at 3:52 pm

    Mo warming up?

  854. m May 17th, 2009 at 3:52 pm

    Bloop and a blast starts with a bloop.

  855. Roger(the new amsterdam yankees ) May 17th, 2009 at 3:52 pm

    love those bloopers

  856. George Mitchell May 17th, 2009 at 3:52 pm

    Official Positive Poster’s Club

    You should call it the test positive posters with this team

  857. RalphieD May 17th, 2009 at 3:52 pm

    hmmm mariano warming up….he must be feeling good

  858. Rudy May 17th, 2009 at 3:52 pm

    Oh look SJ, Mo is warming up. Your argument yesterday was pointless.

  859. carl May 17th, 2009 at 3:53 pm

    <———– Needs to wait until the game is over to complain :(

  860. Rishi May 17th, 2009 at 3:53 pm

    a run would be good here :)

  861. trisha - AJ - the OPPC has your back! May 17th, 2009 at 3:53 pm

    *Official Positive Poster’s Club* – Opt in/Opt out
    Members: Trisha, Rebecca, Boston Dave, Nick in SF, Angel, SoS, DT, Pepitone, S.A., pat, Dr. Cox, Giuseppe Franco, Pat M, Jeff NJ, Fran, Tex, Laura, bodhisattva, Doreen, ed, rishi, saucy, miggs, SJ44, cb, GreenBeret7, raymagnetic, uncle ellsworth, ralphieD, Roger (new amsterdam yankees)

    COLLECTIVE “whew” for all of us. That was crucial.”

    Benny, I’m opting out of that one and I’ll tell you why. I don’t get nervous about the possibility of a loss. So I can tell you that when things like that happen I’m not on the end of my seat.

    That’s why you never see me wretching on this forum. Seriously.

    (I will admit that my postseason persona is different. Unfortunately I am a bundle of nerves in the postseason.)

    :)

  862. K-ae May 17th, 2009 at 3:53 pm

    Bullpen isn’t Cashmans fault guys, Relax yourselves.

    Bullpen was good last year and should be better as the year progresses.

    Bruney & Coke will serve primary roles, Veras, Edward and others can be used as two out guys etc.

    Bullpen will be managed better, have faith :p

  863. carl May 17th, 2009 at 3:54 pm

    Lets hope Tex his a double triple homer so tomko can stay in

  864. Front Line May 17th, 2009 at 3:54 pm

    Burnett walked 86 guys last year, which ranked 5th in the AL. To put that in perspective, guys like Dice-K and Daniel Cabrera only had a couple more walks than he did.

    He also had the most pitches per inning in the AL, second only to Lincecum in the league. The only way you get length out of him is if you stretch him out. Take him out after 100, you’re going to get 5.1 inning masterpieces.

  865. Jeff NJ May 17th, 2009 at 3:54 pm

    table setters. I love having Damon on the team, he always seems to come through. Tex’s turn.

  866. BBFan May 17th, 2009 at 3:54 pm

    Well, if Tex does not hit into a DP, Alex will be the guy with the big hit…..If Tex does it, that is even better.

  867. Boston Dave (in Portland, OR) May 17th, 2009 at 3:54 pm

    “Its a very, very bad bullpen Dave and the injuries aren’t the only reason. Somehow, they have to throw more quality strikes.”

    ——–

    SJ44,

    I agree. I said yesterday that it’s a shame that they really need to add a piece of two to the pen.

    My beef is more with people that say that Cashman or the front office did nothing as if we knew the pen would be this bad or BOTH of their 8 inning guys would be hurt.

    The pen is bad. But almost everyone here was applauding the depth and potential of it in spring training.

    I am choosing to look at the positives (such as Alby going 8 straight outings without giving up an earned run) rather than the negatives (it wasn’t always pretty).

    make no mistake about it though, I agree that they need to be better.

  868. Rishi May 17th, 2009 at 3:55 pm

    ok, boys…a run here…it’s Tex’s turn for a big hit :)

  869. carl May 17th, 2009 at 3:55 pm

    Lets go Alex

  870. trisha - AJ - the OPPC has your back! May 17th, 2009 at 3:55 pm

    *Official Positive Poster’s Club* – Opt in/Opt out
    Members: Trisha, Rebecca, Boston Dave, Nick in SF, Angel, SoS, DT, Pepitone, S.A., pat, Dr. Cox, Giuseppe Franco, Pat M, Jeff NJ, Fran, Tex, Laura, bodhisattva, Doreen, ed, rishi, saucy, miggs, SJ44, cb, GreenBeret7, raymagnetic, uncle ellsworth, ralphieD, Roger (new amsterdam yankees)

    Dr. Cox – I’m there!

  871. RalphieD May 17th, 2009 at 3:55 pm

    dam tex just missed it…good swing

  872. jennifer May 17th, 2009 at 3:55 pm

    Damn he just missed it. Alex just a single. That is all I want.

  873. Laura - Win together, strike out alone! May 17th, 2009 at 3:55 pm

    Can Alex do it again?

  874. BBFan May 17th, 2009 at 3:55 pm

    Here we dgo Alex.
    We want another A-bomb.
    A hit will do too.

  875. Brandon Pie "Because it's the thing to do in this stadium" May 17th, 2009 at 3:56 pm

    Think on base Alex

  876. SJ44 May 17th, 2009 at 3:56 pm

    Man, Tex just missed that pitch.

    So much for the “jet stream”.

    That’s why the media should have waited longer before declaring the place a launching pad.

  877. Sean Serritella May 17th, 2009 at 3:56 pm

    What happened to that wind tunnel the Yankees were supposed to have?

  878. kasey May 17th, 2009 at 3:57 pm

    i’m sorry, i don’t love that mo is up and burnett has thrown a combined 350 pitches over his last three starts. this is may. i know girardi’s not working with much of anything and you trust you players but, man. there are only so many bullets in a gun, especially when that gun is your nearly-40 closer, who also happens to be the only reliable pitcher in your bullpen, and who had, as of last week, been dealing with “arm strength issues.”

  879. Baker May 17th, 2009 at 3:57 pm

    Rivera pitched 2 innings yesterday and is warming up again today?

    Did the playoffs start already?

  880. jennifer May 17th, 2009 at 3:58 pm

    Okay Arod hit, now it is up to Matsui.

  881. Neil May 17th, 2009 at 3:58 pm

    Pump some Black Betty at the Stadium.

  882. Brandon Pie "Because it's the thing to do in this stadium" May 17th, 2009 at 3:58 pm

    Well that’s just pitching scared.

  883. Jeff NJ May 17th, 2009 at 3:58 pm

    easiest base ever, it hit his shirt. Up to Matty. Must see TV.

  884. carl May 17th, 2009 at 3:58 pm

    Matsui crush Mejars

  885. joe May 17th, 2009 at 3:59 pm

    big spot here

  886. jennifer May 17th, 2009 at 3:59 pm

    I have a strong dislike for Ron Gardnehire. I used to not think much of him, but after he yelled at Tex that ticked me off. Tex has all the right to yell at that punk (former Met). In fact I think Tex should have decked him.

  887. BBFan May 17th, 2009 at 3:59 pm

    We will score runs this inning.
    Matsui will come through.

  888. joe May 17th, 2009 at 4:00 pm

    is the yankees do not score here they are in big trouble with mauer and morneau leadoff off the next inning and the bottom of the order for the yankees due up in the 9th

  889. trisha - AJ - the OPPC has your back! May 17th, 2009 at 4:00 pm

    *Official Positive Poster’s Club* – Opt in/Opt out
    Members: Trisha, Rebecca, Boston Dave, Nick in SF, Angel, SoS, DT, Pepitone, S.A., pat, Dr. Cox, Giuseppe Franco, Pat M, Jeff NJ, Fran, Tex, Laura, bodhisattva, Doreen, ed, rishi, saucy, miggs, SJ44, cb, GreenBeret7, raymagnetic, uncle ellsworth, ralphieD, Roger (new amsterdam yankees)

    OPPC members – I think that we should alternate days with the listing of the membership so that we each take a day where we list the membership on the top of all of our posts, and then it passes to another member the next day. What do you think of that? That way one person (me) doesn’t have to be doing the listing all the time.

    Thanks!

  890. Donnie May 17th, 2009 at 4:00 pm

    Yes, Dave, there ARE good plays and bad plays. I don’t think being disheartened by bad plays, and cheering good plays, is entirely unacceptable.

    A while ago, I said IF they don’t do what they hadn’t done all game, and work Slowey, and scrape a couple runs, then that was the game.

    And you know what? They DID work him and scrape some runs.

    Like I said, watch however you want. If you want to be entirely optimistic, and believe that they can win any game at any time, that’s fine. No one’s going to take that away from you. But at the same time, don’t attack people for watching the game differently than you, especially when they aren’t calling “OMG SEASON OVER” after every out.

    I watch the game as it happens. Until the 7th, our offense looked very flat, and didn’t look like they were going to figure Slowey out. And then they did, and I acknowledged that. It’s not like I’m still saying, “I don’t care that they tied it, they’re still going to lose”.

    And for the record, baseball IS a rollercoaster. Teams (and players) have high high, and low lows. So I don’t take offense to that at all.

  891. Pat M May 17th, 2009 at 4:00 pm

    For those who love the pitching aspect of the game, you have to love what the Twins have as far as young starting pitching…The run 24-25 year olds out there who already understand the art of pitching

  892. jennifer May 17th, 2009 at 4:01 pm

    Wow lots of special things happened on this day.

  893. Brandon Pie "Because it's the thing to do in this stadium" May 17th, 2009 at 4:01 pm

    Kay doing his best let me jinx them attempt.

    And why is it that Giambi’s HR seems like it’s on syndicate through YES ?

  894. S.A.--The sun will come out tomorrow May 17th, 2009 at 4:01 pm

    get a run somehow here

  895. m May 17th, 2009 at 4:01 pm

    2-0.

  896. DYNASTY IS DESTINY! May 17th, 2009 at 4:02 pm

    Godzilla will be clutch!!!!!

  897. Tom in N.J. May 17th, 2009 at 4:02 pm

    take all the way….

  898. ARodHasAThingForGeriatrics May 17th, 2009 at 4:02 pm

    Trisha, sure seems like the estrogen is at an all-time high today. Please, call Manny, get him to give you his doctor’s number, ask for the same medication and hopefully things can get back to their normal level.

  899. Brandon Pie "Because it's the thing to do in this stadium" May 17th, 2009 at 4:02 pm

    I hope Matsui realizes it’s 3 – 0

  900. GreenBeret7 May 17th, 2009 at 4:02 pm

    Bruney wasn’t impressive in his one inning for scranton. 2 hits, 1 run, 0 walks, 1 strikeout. 17 pitches, 12 strikes.

  901. trisha - AJ - the OPPC has your back! May 17th, 2009 at 4:03 pm

    jen, I’ve always liked Gardenhire. Maybe we were just seeing frustration coming from him when he yelled at Tex.

  902. Brandon Pie "Because it's the thing to do in this stadium" May 17th, 2009 at 4:03 pm

    He swung at ball 4

  903. RS May 17th, 2009 at 4:03 pm

    That might have been ball 4…

  904. rodney May 17th, 2009 at 4:03 pm

    swing at ball four!

  905. GreenBeret7 May 17th, 2009 at 4:03 pm

    I don’t envy the yankee pitcher in the 9th inning. Mauer, Morneau and Cuddyer.

  906. joe May 17th, 2009 at 4:03 pm

    swung at ball four there

    come on take 3 in a row what are the chances he is going to get 3 striaght strikes? come on matsui, get your head on the game

  907. YankeeRay May 17th, 2009 at 4:04 pm

    Ball 4 by matsui as usual

  908. Boston Dave (in Portland, OR) May 17th, 2009 at 4:04 pm

    Donnie,

    fair enough. for lack of a better word, perhaps I “miscategorized” you.

    cut me some slack though… there are so many of ‘those types’ in here. :)

  909. rodney May 17th, 2009 at 4:04 pm

    wow

  910. carl May 17th, 2009 at 4:04 pm

    :(

  911. Brandon Pie "Because it's the thing to do in this stadium" May 17th, 2009 at 4:04 pm

    he swung at ball 4 twice

  912. RS May 17th, 2009 at 4:04 pm

    Horrible AB. Swung at ball 4 twice.

  913. rconn23 May 17th, 2009 at 4:04 pm

    Damnit!

  914. Pel (Uncertainty is certain.) May 17th, 2009 at 4:04 pm

    SWING AT BALL 4 TWICE!

  915. jennifer May 17th, 2009 at 4:04 pm

    swung at ball 4 twice!!

  916. Zooboy May 17th, 2009 at 4:04 pm

    How is Melacon doing after his trip back to SWB?

  917. RalphieD May 17th, 2009 at 4:04 pm

    wow…i really cant believe matsui did that

  918. kasey May 17th, 2009 at 4:04 pm

    got up 3-0 and swung at ball four. twice. that is an awful at-bat from matsui. awful.

  919. Spiced Ham May 17th, 2009 at 4:04 pm

    IDIOT!

  920. Jeff NJ May 17th, 2009 at 4:05 pm

    ugh, that sucked. Am I allowed to say that President Trisha?

  921. Betsy May 17th, 2009 at 4:05 pm

    Pathetic at bat by Matsui- he swung at ball 4 on 3-1

  922. Rishi May 17th, 2009 at 4:05 pm

    ok – I know it’s hard…but three quick outs here…

  923. Brandon Pie "Because it's the thing to do in this stadium" May 17th, 2009 at 4:05 pm

    “I don’t envy the yankee pitcher in the 9th inning. Mauer, Morneau and Cuddyer.”

    Pick your choice of death :(

  924. Donnie May 17th, 2009 at 4:05 pm

    Well…that was certainly deflating.

  925. sunny615 May 17th, 2009 at 4:05 pm

    yikes…

  926. S.A.--The sun will come out tomorrow May 17th, 2009 at 4:05 pm

    :cry:

  927. Baker May 17th, 2009 at 4:05 pm

    Middle of the order due up in the 9th, bottom of the order for us

    Yikes

  928. The Other Phil May 17th, 2009 at 4:05 pm

    2nd strike was borderline. Its not like it was in the dirt. Not a good swing on strike 3 though..

  929. jennifer May 17th, 2009 at 4:05 pm

    ha-ha we all screamed the same thing!!

  930. Fire Michael Kay May 17th, 2009 at 4:05 pm

    at 3-0, i was thinking that Matsui was smarter than their guy swinging 2-0, but as usual, we cant taken whats given to us. We dont eat when starving, dont drink when thirsty. Same team, but we can still win this game.

  931. joe May 17th, 2009 at 4:05 pm

    un-fricking-believable

    i cannot believe this

    when you are ahead 3-0

    JUST TAKE 3 STRAIGHT PITCHES…he obviously does not have the zone, what makes you want to start swinging at things, come on man!!!!!! now rivera for his third inning in 2 days vs the meat of the order, not that it really matters there because the yankees will have 678 due up in the 9th

    they are going to lose this game

  932. Benny Blanco May 17th, 2009 at 4:05 pm

    How does he not take that last pitch?

  933. SJ44 May 17th, 2009 at 4:05 pm

    Unlike the opponents, Yankee hitters bail out a guy out of the bullpen who can’t throw a strike.

    Matsui swung at 2 balls no where near the zone.

    Why? Let him walk you.

    Very bad execution in some of the little things that decide games today.

  934. YankeeRay May 17th, 2009 at 4:06 pm

    And ball 5, he has the worst discipline in these situations.
    The 3-1 pitch you should only swing at if it is right in his wheelhouse. That is a terrible approach in a huge situation.

  935. Tom in N.J. May 17th, 2009 at 4:06 pm

    Um, check out Matsui’s Wikipedia page:

    “He is currently living in Forks, Washington. He is married to Alex Rodriguez.”

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hideki_Matsui

  936. Rob May 17th, 2009 at 4:06 pm

    matsui swung at ball 4 twice in that at bat, and he should have at least made contact on that second one.

  937. Brandon Pie "Because it's the thing to do in this stadium" May 17th, 2009 at 4:07 pm

    KAY STHU !

  938. Pat M May 17th, 2009 at 4:07 pm

    Morales never gave in to Matsui…Hey folks those were all strikes, borderline maybe, but certainly too close to take……Did any of you who are critzing Matsui ever play ball ???

  939. Laura - Win together, strike out alone! May 17th, 2009 at 4:07 pm

    I’m holding my breath….

  940. YankeeJosh May 17th, 2009 at 4:07 pm

    Why is Rivera in there? I could see if it was 3-2 and a save siuation and the Yankees needed him to close. But it’s a tie game, no need to over-use Mo in now.

  941. kasey May 17th, 2009 at 4:07 pm

    “wow…i really cant believe matsui did that”

    really? i’ve seen that at-bat from matsui way, way too often.

  942. Yank1 May 17th, 2009 at 4:07 pm

    That was the worst AB I have ever seen in a big spot

    Wow. Take the walk, it was right there for you

  943. Trevor May 17th, 2009 at 4:08 pm

    Well if they’re going to win this it will another walk off.

  944. SJ44 May 17th, 2009 at 4:08 pm

    Well, you don’t take 3 straight pitches. Its not little league.

    He should have taken the 3-1 pitch and put the kid in a situation where he had to get a strike. Overall, a bad AB and he bailed out the rookie.

    Oh well, its done now.

    9th inning.

  945. RS May 17th, 2009 at 4:08 pm

    God I hate the M & M boys.

  946. Dr. Cox May 17th, 2009 at 4:08 pm

    Have I mentioned how much I hate these M & M boys??

  947. sunny615 May 17th, 2009 at 4:08 pm

    so who gets the walkoff? Swish? Melky? or Cervelli?

  948. Jeff NJ May 17th, 2009 at 4:09 pm

    I get the feeling Mo isn’t going to be sharp today. I wouldn’t have used him here, would have left Tomko in.

  949. S.A.--The sun will come out tomorrow May 17th, 2009 at 4:09 pm

    come on Mo!

  950. Fire Michael Kay May 17th, 2009 at 4:09 pm

    this loser continues calling them the m n m boys. this michael kay is ntohing but a pig. he thinks he’s smart. why doesnt he call them what they are against the red sox, the m and m minor leaguers.

  951. yanks May 17th, 2009 at 4:09 pm

    come on mo, i have a bad feeling for some reason…ahhh

  952. The Other Phil May 17th, 2009 at 4:09 pm

    Pat M: Don’t bother. Did you see the posts? Matsui was called “idiot”, didn’t “have his head in the game”, “stupid”, “pathetic”… The doomsayers and bridge jumpers can’t be reasoned with.

  953. kasey May 17th, 2009 at 4:10 pm

    and mo’s cutter is back at 90mph. i wonder why.

  954. Betsy May 17th, 2009 at 4:10 pm

    Mo is pitching? Ridiculous……..way to take care of your closer, Joe

  955. bodhisattva May 17th, 2009 at 4:10 pm

    Zooboy
    May 17th, 2009 at 4:04 pm
    How is Melancon doing after his trip back to SWB?
    =============================

    Coming off a good outing.
    Set him up nice for that baby.

  956. Tom in N.J. May 17th, 2009 at 4:10 pm

    Rivera shows ‘em how it’s done.

  957. RS May 17th, 2009 at 4:10 pm

    Shut up Morneau.

  958. Rishi May 17th, 2009 at 4:10 pm

    Just call them Mauer and Morneau…it’s their names. And, Kay should know better.

  959. Bronx Jeers May 17th, 2009 at 4:10 pm

    Um, check out Matsui’s Wikipedia page:

    “He is currently living in Forks, Washington. He is married to Alex Rodriguez.”

    That’s funny.

    Once I was looking up Hall & Oates on wikipedia.

    It said they met in their high school bathroom when they were teabagging each other.

  960. sunny615 May 17th, 2009 at 4:10 pm

    RS and Dr. Cox the same person?

  961. Boston Dave (in Portland, OR) May 17th, 2009 at 4:10 pm

    “I wouldn’t have used him here, would have left Tomko in.”

    ——

    I’m shocked he didn’t. Gotta hope for the best but it’s really questionable.

  962. yanks May 17th, 2009 at 4:11 pm

    LETS GO MARIANO

  963. Yankee Trader May 17th, 2009 at 4:11 pm

    “Man, Tex just missed that pitch.”

    “Damn he just missed it. Alex just a single. That is all I want.”

    Damn Man-Matsui didn’t just miss it he missed it by two feet!!

  964. jennifer May 17th, 2009 at 4:11 pm

    sunny

    Swisherlicious

  965. yanks May 17th, 2009 at 4:11 pm

    where the heck did that miss?!?!?

  966. Donnie May 17th, 2009 at 4:11 pm

    Morneau looks like WWE’s John Cena.

  967. Boston Dave (in Portland, OR) May 17th, 2009 at 4:11 pm

    m’s Lakers off to a good start.

  968. SJ44 May 17th, 2009 at 4:12 pm

    Josh,

    I’m guessing that Mo told Joe he was fine and wanted to pitch.

    Perhaps Mo feels he needs more work to strengthen his shoulder.

    There is no way Girardi is putting him in today unless Mo wanted in.

    Joe ain’t that stupid to do it on his own.

  969. jennifer May 17th, 2009 at 4:12 pm

    Bronx Jeers

    And to think when I was in college I used that to cite a source for a paper. :lol:

    That was until professors became hip to what a load that site is.

  970. Tom in N.J. May 17th, 2009 at 4:12 pm

    Bronx Jeers,

    Wait, so Hall and Oates met while having a tax protest in the bathroom?

  971. GreenBeret7 May 17th, 2009 at 4:12 pm

    I’m glad to see the Yanks getting some left field time for Jackson. Next is to get him some time in right field. When he does come up, that’s where he needs to break in at for the first few games.

  972. trisha - AJ - the OPPC has your back! May 17th, 2009 at 4:13 pm

    *Official Positive Poster’s Club* – Opt in/Opt out
    Members: Trisha, Rebecca, Boston Dave, Nick in SF, Angel, SoS, DT, Pepitone, S.A., pat, Dr. Cox, Giuseppe Franco, Pat M, Jeff NJ, Fran, Tex, Laura, bodhisattva, Doreen, ed, rishi, saucy, miggs, SJ44, cb, GreenBeret7, raymagnetic, uncle ellsworth, ralphieD, Roger (new amsterdam yankees)

    Tom in NJ – :) I don’t think you said anything that would risk your membership. But I am NOT the president. Just the lister of names. This here club is a democracy!

  973. carl May 17th, 2009 at 4:13 pm

    look whos up we better win

  974. RS May 17th, 2009 at 4:13 pm

    God I love Mo. I wish the rest of our bullpen had even half as good of command as he did.

  975. Angel - A tale told by idiots, full of sound and fury - signifying nothing. May 17th, 2009 at 4:13 pm

    They really need to win it this inning.

  976. Betsy May 17th, 2009 at 4:13 pm

    Pat M, that 3-1 pitch was a ball and really wasn’t that close. There’s a difference between calling a player pathetic and an at-bat pathetic – Matsui’s at bat was just that. It was terrible – up 3-0 and he goes down like that?

  977. RalphieD May 17th, 2009 at 4:13 pm

    mo is the man

  978. Brandon Pie "Because it's the thing to do in this stadium" May 17th, 2009 at 4:13 pm

    If there is one guy by the deadline that I would attempt to get it’s Joakim Soria b/c I’d actually feel confident w/ this BP.

  979. JoeT 28 in 10!! May 17th, 2009 at 4:13 pm

    Nice work Mo – Walk-off Time!!

  980. sunny615 May 17th, 2009 at 4:13 pm

    Yay Mo!

  981. Roger(the new amsterdam yankees ) May 17th, 2009 at 4:13 pm

    good job by mo.melky will hit a homerun

  982. trisha - AJ - the OPPC has your back! May 17th, 2009 at 4:14 pm

    *Official Positive Poster’s Club* – Opt in/Opt out
    Members: Trisha, Rebecca, Boston Dave, Nick in SF, Angel, SoS, DT, Pepitone, S.A., pat, Dr. Cox, Giuseppe Franco, Pat M, Jeff NJ, Fran, Tex, Laura, bodhisattva, Doreen, ed, rishi, saucy, miggs, SJ44, cb, GreenBeret7, raymagnetic, uncle ellsworth, ralphieD, Roger (new amsterdam yankees)

    I absolutely heart Mariano.

  983. Jeff NJ May 17th, 2009 at 4:14 pm

    never been so happy to be wrong. No way in heck Mo would pitch a second inning if they don’t score here.

  984. Donnie May 17th, 2009 at 4:14 pm

    Okay, Melky, Cervelli, and Robbie in the 9th.

    Even if we, God forbid, DON’T pull this out, this has been a GREAT series from a baseball standpoint.

  985. Spiced Ham May 17th, 2009 at 4:14 pm

    Good job Mo, Yankees need this right now. Veras is warming

  986. longtime May 17th, 2009 at 4:14 pm

    what an easy game when you throw strikes, way to go Mo

  987. Pat M May 17th, 2009 at 4:14 pm

    The next time I visit the Confessional box, I’ll have to confessa sin of sacrilidge…I questioned the great Rivera a few weeks ago…..Gladly take the 10 Hail Mary’s….

  988. yanks May 17th, 2009 at 4:14 pm

    if the yanks don’t win it this inning they are in big time trouble because YES showed Jose Veras warming

    if veras comes in 1-100 odds that he walks the leadoff man

  989. SJ44 May 17th, 2009 at 4:14 pm

    Pete’s 3:14 update has a scout telling him Wang’s sinker was hitting 93 today.

    If that’s the case, he’s pretty close to being ready.

    93 with good sink is where he needs to be.

    Time for another walk off win!

  990. GreenBeret7 May 17th, 2009 at 4:14 pm

    Eric Duncan ties up the game in Scranton with his first homer. Jackson is 1-1 with a walk.

  991. S.A.--The sun will come out tomorrow May 17th, 2009 at 4:14 pm

    Mo is the best. Now get a run

  992. bodhisattva May 17th, 2009 at 4:15 pm

    Eric Duncan 1st homer of the year. First run driven in in 67 ABs.

  993. Fire Michael Kay May 17th, 2009 at 4:15 pm

    come on, we got the m and m boys batting for us this inning, oh wait they’re not on our team. then why does michael kay play thme up and come up with nicknames for them….

  994. Tom in N.J. May 17th, 2009 at 4:15 pm

    I had a student copy and paste a wiki entry and hand it in. The whole article.

    Idiot, did’t even remove the numbers for the endnotes, or the headers.

  995. yanks May 17th, 2009 at 4:15 pm

    cc, swisher, bruney fishing…..can’t miss TV

  996. Laura - Win together, strike out alone! May 17th, 2009 at 4:15 pm

    We need to win right here. The bullpen is on fumes.

  997. RS May 17th, 2009 at 4:15 pm

    The other teams in the AL East just keep on winning. I’m beginning to think the only way we can make up ground is to beat TOR and BOS ourselves.

  998. Dr. Cox May 17th, 2009 at 4:15 pm

    “this loser continues calling them the m n m boys”

    Well, technically, they are M & M boys.

  999. Adham May 17th, 2009 at 4:15 pm

    I Guess its going to be 3 walk off hits in three days

  1000. sar515 May 17th, 2009 at 4:16 pm

    1st Stadium HR SWISH!!!

  1001. Rishi May 17th, 2009 at 4:16 pm

    Tom – that is worse than idiotic

  1002. yanks May 17th, 2009 at 4:16 pm

    comon guys works some walks here, get gardy in and steal a bag

  1003. carl May 17th, 2009 at 4:16 pm

    Swish goes yard

  1004. Donnie May 17th, 2009 at 4:16 pm

    Correction, Swisher, Melky, Cervelli. Robbie if anyone gets on.

  1005. SJ44 May 17th, 2009 at 4:16 pm

    Brandon,

    Why would you think the Royals would have any interest in trading Soria? Next to Greinke, he’s their best pitcher.

    They have a shot to win that division.

    Soria is untouchable.

  1006. Jeff NJ May 17th, 2009 at 4:16 pm

    Peter’s post said he hit 93, but didn’t specify it was the sinker. Getting that sinker right is definitely key.

  1007. Seldom May 17th, 2009 at 4:16 pm

    How can we expect to win with Swisher, Melky, Cano, and Cervelli due up?

    This is a good pitcher they have in here too.

  1008. Betsy May 17th, 2009 at 4:16 pm

    Why isn’t Aceves up ? Veras? Sheesh……

  1009. RS May 17th, 2009 at 4:16 pm

    Swish walks, Gardner pinch hits and turns the wheels on. It’s so simple :)

  1010. Brandon Pie "Because it's the thing to do in this stadium" May 17th, 2009 at 4:17 pm

    “Eric Duncan 1st homer of the year. First run driven in in 67 ABs.”

    tease/wuss

  1011. RS May 17th, 2009 at 4:17 pm

    *pinch runs

  1012. YankeeJosh May 17th, 2009 at 4:17 pm

    SJ,

    I have no doubt Mo said he’s good to go. He always will.

    I think given the fact that it was a tie game, and Mo has pitched a lot lately, I’d have kept Tomko in. If Matsui had gotten the go ahead run in, then I’d have gone to Mo.

    I know it would have required Mo to be warmed up, but I think today was a day to only use Rivera if needed for a save.

  1013. 50 Cents May 17th, 2009 at 4:17 pm

    Veras = runs for the Twins. Win it now please

  1014. GreenBeret7 May 17th, 2009 at 4:18 pm

    SJ44
    May 17th, 2009 at 4:14 pm
    Pete’s 3:14 update has a scout telling him Wang’s sinker was hitting 93 today.

    If that’s the case, he’s pretty close to being ready.

    93 with good sink is where he needs to be.

    Time for another walk off win!

    ————————————————————

    I’d like to see Bruney and Wang both get one more game in Scranton.

  1015. Benny Blanco May 17th, 2009 at 4:18 pm

    Let this guy walk you.

  1016. Brandon Pie "Because it's the thing to do in this stadium" May 17th, 2009 at 4:18 pm

    Gardenhoser !

  1017. ARodHasAThingForGeriatrics May 17th, 2009 at 4:18 pm

    Trisha, Betsy is positive, add her to the list: she knows when A-Rod is happy, sad, hungry, or lactating.

  1018. trisha - AJ - the OPPC has your back! May 17th, 2009 at 4:18 pm

    *Official Positive Poster’s Club* – Opt in/Opt out
    Members: Trisha, Rebecca, Boston Dave, Nick in SF, Angel, SoS, DT, Pepitone, S.A., pat, Dr. Cox, Giuseppe Franco, Pat M, Jeff NJ, Fran, Tex, Laura, bodhisattva, Doreen, ed, rishi, saucy, miggs, SJ44, cb, GreenBeret7, raymagnetic, uncle ellsworth, ralphieD, Roger (new amsterdam yankees)

    Good job by Swisher

  1019. Tom in N.J. May 17th, 2009 at 4:18 pm

    Will the Melk-man do it again?

  1020. Bronx Jeers May 17th, 2009 at 4:18 pm

    Great walk. Pinch run Gardner here?

  1021. A+ Track May 17th, 2009 at 4:18 pm

    We have to be able to score in another way other than a HR

    Someone hit the ball in the gap or something

  1022. RS May 17th, 2009 at 4:18 pm

    Would love to see Melky get another walk-off against the Twins. Show them how dumb they were to settle for Gomez in the Santana trade.

  1023. carl May 17th, 2009 at 4:18 pm

    Gardy!

  1024. Dr. Cox May 17th, 2009 at 4:19 pm

    This stadium still has the “roar of the crowd” that the old stadium has.

    This is why BG was on the bench. For this purpose.

    LETS GET HIM HOME!

  1025. Tom in N.J. May 17th, 2009 at 4:19 pm

    Great bunt.

  1026. carl May 17th, 2009 at 4:19 pm

    GJ MELK!! Single Cervelli!

  1027. Brandon Pie "Because it's the thing to do in this stadium" May 17th, 2009 at 4:19 pm

    good bunt Melk

  1028. trisha - AJ - the OPPC has your back! May 17th, 2009 at 4:19 pm

    My Da Melk!!!

  1029. Donnie May 17th, 2009 at 4:19 pm

    Why…would you not give Gardner a chance to steal before you sacrificed? I don’t understand the call there.

  1030. Roger(the new amsterdam yankees ) May 17th, 2009 at 4:19 pm

    uh!why not steal??

  1031. James May 17th, 2009 at 4:19 pm

    Would have been smarter to see Gardner steal 2nd the Melky bunt him to 3rd.

  1032. yanks May 17th, 2009 at 4:19 pm

    oookkkk…..melky is one of our better hitters right now why is he bunting….let gardy steal and then bunt him over, no?

  1033. Rishi May 17th, 2009 at 4:20 pm

    Gardner going to steal 3rd?

  1034. Benny Blanco May 17th, 2009 at 4:20 pm

    is cano up?

  1035. yanks May 17th, 2009 at 4:20 pm

    cash, then robbie

  1036. Tom in N.J. May 17th, 2009 at 4:20 pm

    These games are giving me an ulcer.

  1037. RS May 17th, 2009 at 4:20 pm

    Can Gardner steal 3rd or is that too risky? The pitcher is a lefty.

  1038. trisha - AJ - the OPPC has your back! May 17th, 2009 at 4:20 pm

    *Official Positive Poster’s Club* – Opt in/Opt out
    Members: Trisha, Rebecca, Boston Dave, Nick in SF, Angel, SoS, DT, Pepitone, S.A., pat, Dr. Cox, Giuseppe Franco, Pat M, Jeff NJ, Fran, Tex, Laura, bodhisattva, Doreen, ed, rishi, saucy, miggs, SJ44, cb, GreenBeret7, raymagnetic, uncle ellsworth, ralphieD, Roger (new amsterdam yankees)

    Oh my God. Don’t look at the eyes.

  1039. carl May 17th, 2009 at 4:21 pm

    Damn Gardner!

  1040. Rishi May 17th, 2009 at 4:21 pm

    no Cash – “Cervie” is in there

  1041. Dr. Cox May 17th, 2009 at 4:21 pm

    TERRIBLE BASE RUNNING!

  1042. Tom in N.J. May 17th, 2009 at 4:21 pm

    AH! So close…

  1043. Brandon Pie "Because it's the thing to do in this stadium" May 17th, 2009 at 4:21 pm

    Damn what a play by Mauer

  1044. Spiced Ham May 17th, 2009 at 4:21 pm

    Fail

  1045. yanks May 17th, 2009 at 4:21 pm

    NOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO gardner STAY AT FIRST, THEN ALL WE NEED IS A SAC FLY!!! NOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO

  1046. Donnie May 17th, 2009 at 4:21 pm

    Oh, for the love of..

    Why. Just…why? There was one out. Why the HELL would you do that?

  1047. Pel (Uncertainty is certain.) May 17th, 2009 at 4:21 pm

    WHAT A HUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUGE WASTE!!!!!!!!!!!!

    STOP BEING GREEDY!!!

  1048. Roger(the new amsterdam yankees ) May 17th, 2009 at 4:21 pm

    that’s bad baserunning!!!

  1049. Benny Blanco May 17th, 2009 at 4:21 pm

    why???????????????????????

  1050. RS May 17th, 2009 at 4:22 pm

    I don’t think that was worth the risk. Would have had 1st and 3rd one out.

  1051. SJ44 May 17th, 2009 at 4:22 pm

    Not a good play by Gardner at all. That’s when swagger bites you in the butt.

    Just stay on third and give Cano the chance to drive you in.

    Lots of mistakes by the Yankees today.

  1052. jennifer May 17th, 2009 at 4:22 pm

    That was a huge gamble. One he lost.

  1053. Rishi May 17th, 2009 at 4:22 pm

    seems like a similar play from that other inning…

  1054. Tom in N.J. May 17th, 2009 at 4:22 pm

    Should have gone spikes up…

  1055. Spiced Ham May 17th, 2009 at 4:22 pm

    So much fail

  1056. kasey May 17th, 2009 at 4:22 pm

    i’d like to know whether wang “got up” to 93 or was hitting it consistently. that difference is important.

    matsui’s at bat was pathetic. no two ways about it. the guy has been called a “professional hitter” by everyone who matters in baseball and that at bat was anything but.

  1057. Eastport May 17th, 2009 at 4:22 pm

    What the…?

    Gardner CANNOT do that. Give Cano a chance to hit a sac fly

    Great. now unless Cano hits a HR, we’re going to lose. Veras in the 10th.

  1058. yanks May 17th, 2009 at 4:22 pm

    great play by mauer, horrible decision by gardner

  1059. carl May 17th, 2009 at 4:22 pm

    I like the hustle. Pick him up.

  1060. Pel (Uncertainty is certain.) May 17th, 2009 at 4:22 pm

    GRITTY GREEDY BRETT GARDNER

  1061. trisha - AJ - the OPPC has your back! May 17th, 2009 at 4:22 pm

    Great play by Mauer.

  1062. kasey May 17th, 2009 at 4:22 pm

    that was just horrible. good lord.

  1063. m May 17th, 2009 at 4:23 pm

    Gardner ran through the sign. Too bad. Still gotta get a run.

  1064. JoeT 28 in 10!! May 17th, 2009 at 4:23 pm

    JoeT 28 in 10!! May 17th, 2009 at 2:14 pm

    4th inning prediction: Robinson Cano with a pinch-hit walk-off single…. 3rd straight walk-off, why not?? lol

    Just throwing it out there – not that a single will score him

  1065. James May 17th, 2009 at 4:23 pm

    So many dumb moves by the Yankees today

    Awful

  1066. Angel - A tale told by idiots, full of sound and fury - signifying nothing. May 17th, 2009 at 4:23 pm

    Ack. What was he thinking going home? Was he sent or did he go on his own?

  1067. Rishi May 17th, 2009 at 4:23 pm

    ok, but no.27 predicted a Arod HR and “huge” RBI for Cano…here’s his chance :)

  1068. yanks May 17th, 2009 at 4:23 pm

    that is the game right there

    horrible decision by gardner, now unless robbie hits a homer, its veras……jesus crist

  1069. RS May 17th, 2009 at 4:23 pm

    Now we need an extra base hit.

  1070. Roger(the new amsterdam yankees ) May 17th, 2009 at 4:23 pm

    a sac fly wins the game…very very bad baserunning

  1071. Sacro May 17th, 2009 at 4:24 pm

    That is going to come back to bite them.

  1072. Doreen May 17th, 2009 at 4:24 pm

    Gardner ran through the coach, besides. Too in love with his speed?

  1073. rodney May 17th, 2009 at 4:24 pm

    Terrible read by gardner

  1074. rconn23 May 17th, 2009 at 4:24 pm

    I can’t believe Gardner did that. I really can’t. Oh well.

  1075. Christina May 17th, 2009 at 4:24 pm

    bad choice by Gardner, but the game is not over yet.

  1076. Angel - A tale told by idiots, full of sound and fury - signifying nothing. May 17th, 2009 at 4:24 pm

    If it takes an amazing play to get someone, does it mean it was that horrible a decision?

  1077. Brandon Pie "Because it's the thing to do in this stadium" May 17th, 2009 at 4:24 pm

    Dammit the only way Brett would have scored there is going air bound. Still bad play.

  1078. SJ44 May 17th, 2009 at 4:24 pm

    He ran through the stop sign too.

    He’s not a good enough player to EVER run through a stop sign.

    A very, very bad play by Gardner.

  1079. Bronx Jeers May 17th, 2009 at 4:24 pm

    Gardner should have faked the dive and hurdled it over!

    Replays and hindsight work wonders.

  1080. Chris May 17th, 2009 at 4:24 pm

    Horrible base running by Gardner. With only one out he would have been on third. I know Pete absolutely loves him but this guy just is not major league ready…

  1081. ken May 17th, 2009 at 4:25 pm

    Kudos to M Kay (no fave of mine) for calling out Gardner on that play. YES has become a true propaganda outlet.

  1082. yanks May 17th, 2009 at 4:25 pm

    before cano strikes out and we go to the 10th, can someone please explain to me what the yankees see in jose veras?

  1083. carl May 17th, 2009 at 4:25 pm

    Cano pick him up if you can

  1084. Benny Blanco May 17th, 2009 at 4:25 pm

    What a stupid decision to run.

  1085. Andrew OH May 17th, 2009 at 4:25 pm

    that was a good play on both ends, cannot blame gardner at all guys

  1086. Jeff NJ May 17th, 2009 at 4:25 pm

    opt out: Gardner blew it there. Ok opt me back in.

  1087. Tom in N.J. May 17th, 2009 at 4:25 pm

    “Gardner should have faked the dive and hurdled it over!

    Replays and hindsight work wonders.”

    Willie Mays-Hayes style…

  1088. Holla May 17th, 2009 at 4:26 pm

    One of the dumbest moves I have ever seen.

    He took Matsui off the hook for his 8th inning AB, now nobody will remember that lol

  1089. M May 17th, 2009 at 4:26 pm

    What a dumb play by Gardner – terrible.

  1090. carl May 17th, 2009 at 4:26 pm

    would have been game over damn. Oh well

  1091. Brandon Pie "Because it's the thing to do in this stadium" May 17th, 2009 at 4:26 pm

    That would have been GW sac fly there.

  1092. Roger(the new amsterdam yankees ) May 17th, 2009 at 4:26 pm

    gotte give cervelli credit for that hit…he’s doing very well

  1093. RC 16 May 17th, 2009 at 4:26 pm

    And see? Cano hit the ball in the air.

    We would have won the game right now. UGH

  1094. Pel (Uncertainty is certain.) May 17th, 2009 at 4:26 pm

    laaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaame

    really, really stupid move by gardner.

    schmuck.

  1095. sar515 May 17th, 2009 at 4:26 pm

    There was the win…

    Supposed to be gritty…not greedy!

  1096. GreenBeret7 May 17th, 2009 at 4:26 pm

    I’m assuming that it’s Ramirez coming in.

  1097. Spiced Ham May 17th, 2009 at 4:26 pm

    Thanks for costing us the game Gardner

  1098. Rob May 17th, 2009 at 4:26 pm

    thompson blew that one, now veras will blow this one. Girardi should be fired for using veras here.

  1099. Neil May 17th, 2009 at 4:27 pm

    Please bring in Aceves. PLEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEAAAAAAAAAAAAASEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEE

  1100. yanks May 17th, 2009 at 4:27 pm

    when you have a game in your hand and have a chance with a sac fly to win it…..how the hell can you run into an out

    oh my god, now we have to watch jose veras walk everyone and the bat boy

    bad baseball…mental lapses

  1101. Rishi May 17th, 2009 at 4:27 pm

    do you think we get Nathan in the bottom of the 10th?

  1102. Angel - A tale told by idiots, full of sound and fury - signifying nothing. May 17th, 2009 at 4:27 pm

    Damn, he could have scored on that just there.

    Oh well. Not over yet.

  1103. trisha - AJ - the OPPC has your back! May 17th, 2009 at 4:27 pm

    *Official Positive Poster’s Club* – Opt in/Opt out
    Members: Trisha, Rebecca, Boston Dave, Nick in SF, Angel, SoS, DT, Pepitone, S.A., pat, Dr. Cox, Giuseppe Franco, Pat M, Jeff NJ, Fran, Tex, Laura, bodhisattva, Doreen, ed, rishi, saucy, miggs, SJ44, cb, GreenBeret7, raymagnetic, uncle ellsworth, ralphieD, Roger (new amsterdam yankees)

    Guess it’s time for my obligatory I don’t like extra innings games.

  1104. Fire Michael Kay May 17th, 2009 at 4:27 pm

    its just the luck that goes agaisnt us, i dont know if that wouldve been a base hit up the middle or not, but against the red sox, Mijares aint gettng a body part on the ball…
    if he does get a body on the ball, it’s not going right back to the pitcher….and mauer isnt smart enough to hold onto the ball and run back to home.

  1105. Harris May 17th, 2009 at 4:27 pm

    It isin’t even a debatable play.

    You are on 3rd with 1 out, with Cano due up and a flyball to win it.

    Why even attempt that? A low percentage play.

  1106. sar515 May 17th, 2009 at 4:27 pm

    By the way…Tex wins this game for us.

  1107. SJ44 May 17th, 2009 at 4:27 pm

    That’s not hustle, that’s stupidity.

    Robbie Cano can hit a SF to win the game. Its not like Kevin Cash was the next hitter.

    If they lose today, they have nobody to blame but themselves.

    Too many fundamentally stupid plays today to expect to overcome them like they are meaningless.

    Speed is nice but, its the most overrated commodity in the game if you don’t use it correctly.

    In that instance, Gardner didn’t use it correctly.

  1108. carl May 17th, 2009 at 4:27 pm

    what are you talking about Thompson told him to stay at third.

  1109. Rishi May 17th, 2009 at 4:27 pm

    Rob- he ran through the stop sign

  1110. ken May 17th, 2009 at 4:27 pm

    Well, rookie mistake. He’s still a keeper.

  1111. RS May 17th, 2009 at 4:28 pm

    Game should be over by now :(

  1112. yanks May 17th, 2009 at 4:28 pm

    some please tell me what the yankees see in jose veras

    this guy STINKS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  1113. Stop. May 17th, 2009 at 4:28 pm

    You’re all turning into the nasty group I’ve become accustomed to. Calm down.

  1114. ixMalicexi May 17th, 2009 at 4:28 pm

    You know I’m not at all upset by Gardners decision. If he makes it, the game is over and he’s a hero. It took an amazing dive to get him so how can you blame the kid for trying? It’s not like the game ended on that play or anything and who knows if Cano would have driven him in anyway.

  1115. Donnie May 17th, 2009 at 4:28 pm

    Aceves on.

    This game is taking years off my life.

  1116. Neil May 17th, 2009 at 4:28 pm

    ACEVES YEAHHHHHHHHHHHH

  1117. jennifer May 17th, 2009 at 4:28 pm

    Rob- Really, was he supposed to stand in front of Brett? He was told to stop at third.

  1118. Vince May 17th, 2009 at 4:29 pm

    Rob Thomson was too willing with Gardner’s speed.

  1119. yanks May 17th, 2009 at 4:29 pm

    taking bets here: jose veras will walk the first man

  1120. Rishi May 17th, 2009 at 4:29 pm

    I got no work/errand done today and am exhausted

  1121. yanks May 17th, 2009 at 4:29 pm

    oh nevermind it is aceves….hmmm interesting i like it 100 times more than jose veras

  1122. rconn23 May 17th, 2009 at 4:29 pm

    And the game would have been over has Gardner stayed on third, because that would have been deep enough to get him home.

  1123. Doreen May 17th, 2009 at 4:29 pm

    Angel -

    I think so – but, it would be easily forgotten if it resulted in the win. If it results in a loss it compounds the error.

    I don’t think it was a fake to first so much as Mauer realizing he would have a tough play on Cervelli, who runs pretty well.

  1124. SJ44 May 17th, 2009 at 4:29 pm

    Nice spin by Michael Kay praising Gardner but, its a stupid play with a .300 hitter up next.

    It should be Ok for a Yankee announcer to say, “That was a bad play”.

    When you run through a stop sign, that’s a bad play.

  1125. Bronx Jeers May 17th, 2009 at 4:29 pm

    “that was a good play on both ends, cannot blame gardner at all guys”

    Whose down with OPP?

  1126. yanks May 17th, 2009 at 4:30 pm

    lets go AL

  1127. Angel - A tale told by idiots, full of sound and fury - signifying nothing. May 17th, 2009 at 4:30 pm

    I’m not turning into anything, Stop.

    I am perfectly calm, lol.

  1128. Rishi May 17th, 2009 at 4:30 pm

    HE RAN THROUGH THE STOP SIGN

  1129. ken May 17th, 2009 at 4:30 pm

    ABV: anybody but Veras

  1130. Andrew OH May 17th, 2009 at 4:30 pm

    i understand 1 out, sac fly and we win. but he had a chance and he took it. seeing how far mauer was from the plate and a split second away from throwing to first, he had to take that chance. it’s sad you guys are hating him for that

  1131. Spiced Ham May 17th, 2009 at 4:30 pm

    Good to not see Veras out there

  1132. Maria May 17th, 2009 at 4:30 pm

    Poor base running by Gardner. He completely blew through the stop sign. At the same time, great heads up play by Mauer showing his own gritty and guttiness.

  1133. carl May 17th, 2009 at 4:31 pm

    Man Aceves good start.

  1134. GreenBeret7 May 17th, 2009 at 4:31 pm

    If Mauer is 6’3″ instead of 6’5″, Gardner is safe. Tall catchers do have value.

  1135. Doreen May 17th, 2009 at 4:31 pm

    Top of the Yankee order coming up next?

  1136. Benny Blanco May 17th, 2009 at 4:31 pm

    who’s the next three up for the yankees?

  1137. Angel - A tale told by idiots, full of sound and fury - signifying nothing. May 17th, 2009 at 4:31 pm

    How exactly did Thompson blow that, Rob?

    He put up a stop sign. Do you think he should not have done that?

  1138. Donnie May 17th, 2009 at 4:31 pm

    Good. At least if Minnesota breaks through here, it won’t involve that jerkwad Carlos Gomez.

  1139. carl May 17th, 2009 at 4:31 pm

    Any other catcher he can do that on. Mauer is too smart of a ball player.

  1140. 86w183 May 17th, 2009 at 4:31 pm

    Thompson pointed but he sure as hell wasn’t yelling NO, NO, NO like he should have been. It was very passive coaching from a guy who has been tremendous all season.

    I saw Gardner heading hom in that situation and could only think of one thing… RUN FORREST RUN

    Dummy… but they’re still gonna win

  1141. Donnie May 17th, 2009 at 4:32 pm

    Top of the order, Benny. Jeter, Damon, Tex.

  1142. KP May 17th, 2009 at 4:32 pm

    I think most people thought Mauer would make the throw to first to get the out, which would have allowed Gardner to score easily. So, I like the thinking, it just didn’t work out. If Mauer threw to first, everyone would be talking about how smart the play was by Gardner. Mauer made a terrific play to get him. Hats off to him. The game isn’t over yet.

  1143. RS May 17th, 2009 at 4:32 pm

    Guys, I’m sure Gardner was 99% sure Mauer was throwing that ball to 1B in which case he would have been safe easily. It might not have been a good gamble, but it was an instinct move.

  1144. carl May 17th, 2009 at 4:32 pm

    Jeter Damon Tex A-Rod. I love our chances if Aceves can close the door this inning.

  1145. We Miss Paulie May 17th, 2009 at 4:32 pm

    -Why did Melky bunt? Why not let Gardy steal instead?

    -Gardner should have held on 3rd and waited for Robbie to hit him in.

    If I’m making those calls, why can’t Girardi?

  1146. Doreen May 17th, 2009 at 4:33 pm

    Nice. Aceves could go two?

  1147. Donnie May 17th, 2009 at 4:33 pm

    Wow, that was some piece of pitching by Aceves. GREAT job.

  1148. Benny Blanco May 17th, 2009 at 4:33 pm

    Alex walk off??

  1149. trisha - AJ - the OPPC has your back! May 17th, 2009 at 4:33 pm

    Really smart move when they brought both Aceves and Tomko up.

  1150. Dan May 17th, 2009 at 4:33 pm

    SJ44 -Nice spin by Michael Kay praising Gardner but, its a stupid play with a .300 hitter up next.

    It should be Ok for a Yankee announcer to say, “That was a bad play”.

    When you run through a stop sign, that’s a bad play.

    ————-

    Your post would make sense had not Kay clearly stated that it wasn’t a good decision.

    Is there not enough to nitpick here? You have to make things up. Jesus.

  1151. carl May 17th, 2009 at 4:33 pm

    Dooreen it aint going another inning :)

  1152. SJ44 May 17th, 2009 at 4:33 pm

    Very nice job by Aceves. Another guy, along with Tomko, pitching himself into the mix.

    Top of the order coming up? Do they have another run in them today?

  1153. Trevor May 17th, 2009 at 4:34 pm

    Anyone else notice Cervelli has his right hand exposed while the the pitch is coming?
    That’s an injury waiting to happen.

  1154. Roger(the new amsterdam yankees ) May 17th, 2009 at 4:34 pm

    good job by aceves

  1155. E-gawa May 17th, 2009 at 4:34 pm

    Melky bunting was the smart move.. Gardner trying to take home with 1 out was a dumb move.

  1156. Angel - A tale told by idiots, full of sound and fury - signifying nothing. May 17th, 2009 at 4:34 pm

    Exactly, Doreen. If his gamble had of paid off, which is what he took, I can’t see half of this angst and handwringing. Because it would have been a game winner.

    Should he have gone through? In hindsight probably not, but the fact that it took an awesome play to get him in the end shouldn’t be discounted either.

  1157. Fire Michael Kay May 17th, 2009 at 4:34 pm

    good inning by aceves, joe making a smart decision not to use veras, shocking I know. Ill never fault brett for actually trying rather than standing with cement in his shoes. however, i agree with runner on 3rd less than 2 out, but then again, our team struggles with that more than any other team..

  1158. Pat M May 17th, 2009 at 4:34 pm

    The old rule is never make the 2nd or 3rd out at 3rd base or at home…..Especially the 2nd out…..Running thru a stop sign is a fine…..

  1159. trisha - AJ - the OPPC has your back! May 17th, 2009 at 4:34 pm

    Doreen, I don’t remember how many pitches he threw yesterday but Aceves was brought up with Tomko to go long.

  1160. Maria May 17th, 2009 at 4:34 pm

    Even though we haven’t been able to capitalize on them yet, I like all of the sac bunting and playing of the small ball the Yanks have been doing today. It is good to see Girardi is trying to instill in them it is not always necessary to swing for the fences.

  1161. Brandon Pie "Because it's the thing to do in this stadium" May 17th, 2009 at 4:35 pm

    I can’t fault him that much b/c if he were safe we’d be on his nuts for a week. I like his guts but it was dumb, but credit Mauer I mean that’s just an amazing play by him, it really was, how many catchers don’t make that throw to 1B, Brett did this in the minors last yr. and scored, Mauer was just amazing.

  1162. E-gawa May 17th, 2009 at 4:35 pm

    Last year.. Joe would have had Melky swing away

  1163. Sean Serritella May 17th, 2009 at 4:35 pm

    I liked Gardner’s move when he went home. I thought it was agressive.

  1164. Doreen May 17th, 2009 at 4:35 pm

    Why do they name the player of the game before the game is over? Would it kill them to wait until the last out?????

  1165. Benny Blanco May 17th, 2009 at 4:35 pm

    How is Joe mauer player of the game when the friggin game is not over ????

  1166. Level 43 May 17th, 2009 at 4:35 pm

    Someone hit a HR please.

    Only way we’re going to score

  1167. S.o.S. May 17th, 2009 at 4:36 pm

    All i know is that was bobby meachums fault!!

    I dont care what Aceves does next inning. He better have a spot in this bullpen. He’s been nails since being called up. Time to dfa one the walk a thon pitchers.

  1168. S.A.--The sun will come out tomorrow May 17th, 2009 at 4:36 pm

    win it here!

  1169. KP May 17th, 2009 at 4:36 pm

    We Miss Paulie,

    I’m almost certain Girardi is not the 3rd base coach. Correct me if I’m wrong.

  1170. KWAN May 17th, 2009 at 4:36 pm

    Joe Mauer is the player of the game?

    What if we win on a Damon walkoff?

    Is he still player of the game?

  1171. Jeff NJ May 17th, 2009 at 4:36 pm

    hopefully we win the game here and all is forgiven for Gardner.

  1172. YankeeJosh May 17th, 2009 at 4:36 pm

    Here’s the only thing I think Gardner can be thinking. He hits third and see Mauer with the ball and thinks the throw to first wilol get Cervelli, thus making out number 2. That takes off the sac fly possibility so Gardner tries to force the issue by running home.

    Still a bad decision, but a split second one, and it’s the only way it makes sense.

    Great play by Mauer though.

  1173. Doreen May 17th, 2009 at 4:36 pm

    Not that Mauer is bad choice, just that, well, the game isn’t over. :)

  1174. SJ44 May 17th, 2009 at 4:36 pm

    No, he said BOTH things. He said it was a bad play, then the next two times after the replays said “its a good play if he scores”.

    I guess you can choose which comment to like or hope the guy just sticks to one POV.

    A rookie running through a stop sign in a tie game with a .300 hitter on deck is a bad play. Its not even debatable.

    Done now. Hopefully, the top of the order can work some magic.

  1175. Donnie May 17th, 2009 at 4:37 pm

    E-gawa,

    No one is debating that Melky bunting was a good move. It was. However, Gardner should have been given a chance to steal second first, so that the bunt would then move him to third. Then you have 2 cracks at driving him in.

  1176. thunderfangabe May 17th, 2009 at 4:37 pm

    aceves started a bunch in the minors

  1177. Joe from Long Island May 17th, 2009 at 4:37 pm

    Gee, Rob, your powers of prognostication are awesome.

    By the way, the replays show Gardner ran on his own.

  1178. YankeeRay May 17th, 2009 at 4:37 pm

    That was a great play by Mauer. From Gardners stand point he couldn’t assume that Cervelli was going to be safe. If Mauer throws to first then Gardner is safe. If Gardner holds at 3rd and Cervelli is out then he’s on 3rd with 2 outs.
    If Mauer had gone 3 more feet farther for the ball then Gardner is safe.
    Crazy play all around but not that terrible of a decision on Gardners part.

  1179. Spiced Ham May 17th, 2009 at 4:38 pm

    Dear Jeter, stop being terrible

  1180. Benny Blanco May 17th, 2009 at 4:39 pm

    come on….get the bat to alex.

  1181. We Miss Paulie May 17th, 2009 at 4:39 pm

    KP, wow really? Thanks for clearing that up.

  1182. Doreen May 17th, 2009 at 4:39 pm

    I also like having Melky bunt. The more they bunt successfully, the better. I know Gardner could have stolen 2nd base, but getting your players to bunt in bunt situations and getting them used to doing it is not a bad thing.

    Plus, it forced Melky not to swing for the fences.

  1183. thunderfangabe May 17th, 2009 at 4:39 pm

    trisha, can i opt in??

  1184. The Other Phil May 17th, 2009 at 4:39 pm

    KP: It’s not worth it. Every loss is the worst one ever and every win is the biggest one of the year on this forum.

  1185. carl May 17th, 2009 at 4:40 pm

    Game over!!

  1186. Source 23 May 17th, 2009 at 4:40 pm

    You’re not going to keep getting these chances. End it now. They still have Nathan when they take the lead off Veras, Edwar etc.

  1187. Tom in N.J. May 17th, 2009 at 4:40 pm

    Game time!

  1188. Maria May 17th, 2009 at 4:40 pm

    DAMON!!!!!!!

  1189. trisha - AJ - the OPPC has your back! May 17th, 2009 at 4:40 pm

    *Official Positive Poster’s Club* – Opt in/Opt out
    Members: Trisha, Rebecca, Boston Dave, Nick in SF, Angel, SoS, DT, Pepitone, S.A., pat, Dr. Cox, Giuseppe Franco, Pat M, Jeff NJ, Fran, Tex, Laura, bodhisattva, Doreen, ed, rishi, saucy, miggs, SJ44, cb, GreenBeret7, raymagnetic, uncle ellsworth, ralphieD, Roger (new amsterdam yankees)

    GAME!

  1190. Christina May 17th, 2009 at 4:40 pm

    wow insane!

  1191. Spiced Ham May 17th, 2009 at 4:40 pm

    JOHNNY

  1192. YankeeJosh May 17th, 2009 at 4:40 pm

    Johnny Damon!

  1193. Brandon Pie "Because it's the thing to do in this stadium" May 17th, 2009 at 4:40 pm

    WALK OFF BABY !

  1194. S.A.--The sun will come out tomorrow May 17th, 2009 at 4:40 pm

    Johnny!!

  1195. Jeff NJ May 17th, 2009 at 4:40 pm

    I told ya, I love Johnny Damon!

  1196. Donnie May 17th, 2009 at 4:40 pm

    Three days, three walk off wins.

    This team is awesome.

  1197. Roger(the new amsterdam yankees ) May 17th, 2009 at 4:40 pm

    damon!!!

  1198. YankeeRay May 17th, 2009 at 4:40 pm

    Johnny Rocket

  1199. Bronx Jeers May 17th, 2009 at 4:40 pm

    Kay said it’s a good play if he scores?

    Wow! Three walk offs!

    A weekend of Magic.

  1200. Doreen May 17th, 2009 at 4:40 pm

    Now, is Damon the player of the game??

    This is fantastic! Could it be the ghosts have finished unpacking, finally???

  1201. RalphieD May 17th, 2009 at 4:40 pm

    amazing…go damon!!!

  1202. Angel - A tale told by idiots, full of sound and fury - signifying nothing. May 17th, 2009 at 4:40 pm

    Alright Damon!

    Sometimes faith is rewarded. Lately its been rewarded a lot.

  1203. rconn23 May 17th, 2009 at 4:40 pm

    WHAT. A. GAME!

    Most satisfying win of the season. Great great game!

  1204. Jeff May 17th, 2009 at 4:40 pm

    And of course, this journeyman Crain is making easy work of us.

  1205. YankeesLuv May 17th, 2009 at 4:41 pm

    Wow! There is magic in the air! :)

  1206. Brandon Pie "Because it's the thing to do in this stadium" May 17th, 2009 at 4:41 pm

    Bring the damn PIE !

  1207. Fire Michael Kay May 17th, 2009 at 4:41 pm

    woooooooooooooooooooohooooooooooooooooooooooo

    this guy hits no doubters!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  1208. cubandude May 17th, 2009 at 4:41 pm

    The PIE is comming!!

  1209. bodhisattva May 17th, 2009 at 4:41 pm

    Way to go Johnny D!
    Different hero every day!
    Nice to see Gardner get off the hook.

  1210. Pel (Uncertainty is certain.) May 17th, 2009 at 4:41 pm

    Damon is showing the Yankees that he wants to stick around.

  1211. kasey May 17th, 2009 at 4:41 pm

    you’ve gotta respect three walk-off wins in a row.

  1212. Rishi May 17th, 2009 at 4:41 pm

    I am LOVING IT

  1213. Dr. Cox May 17th, 2009 at 4:41 pm

    JOHNNY!!!!!

  1214. GreenBeret7 May 17th, 2009 at 4:41 pm

    That is three crushing losses to a team that played NYY as even as it gets.

  1215. DYNASTY IS DESTINY! May 17th, 2009 at 4:41 pm

    Another walk-off win!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    Go Yankees!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  1216. Benny Blanco May 17th, 2009 at 4:41 pm

    get the pie ready.

  1217. Benny Blanco May 17th, 2009 at 4:41 pm

    get the pie ready.

  1218. Spiced Ham May 17th, 2009 at 4:41 pm

    Oh Johnny boy!

  1219. C May 17th, 2009 at 4:42 pm

    3 Staight Walkoff WTBOMBGERS

  1220. bodhisattva May 17th, 2009 at 4:42 pm

    Pie Man on the loose!

  1221. thunderfangabe May 17th, 2009 at 4:42 pm

    the twins have been trying to hang in there all weekend and then all of a sudden the yanks send them home sad

  1222. Dutch Hugo May 17th, 2009 at 4:42 pm

    What a series!

  1223. m May 17th, 2009 at 4:42 pm

    Big assist to Gardner there, setting up the dramatic finish.

    Hoping for a blowout in favor of the Yankees tomorrow night, so that we have no need to use Mo…or Veras.

    Keeping an eye on the Boston game. They had the bases loaded and only got one. So what does Seattle do? Ties it up.

  1224. S.A.--The sun will come out tomorrow May 17th, 2009 at 4:42 pm

    LOL AJ! Damon got pied

  1225. Trevor May 17th, 2009 at 4:42 pm

    The come back kids!

  1226. Drain003 May 17th, 2009 at 4:42 pm

    “And of course, this journeyman Crain is making easy work of us.”

    lol

  1227. Coach6423 May 17th, 2009 at 4:43 pm

    aj got him

  1228. trisha - AJ - the OPPC has your back! May 17th, 2009 at 4:43 pm

    *Official Positive Poster’s Club* – Opt in/Opt out
    Members: Trisha, Rebecca, Boston Dave, Nick in SF, Angel, SoS, DT, Pepitone, S.A., pat, Dr. Cox, Giuseppe Franco, Pat M, Jeff NJ, Fran, Tex, Laura, bodhisattva, Doreen, ed, rishi, saucy, miggs, SJ44, cb, GreenBeret7, raymagnetic, uncle ellsworth, ralphieD, Roger (new amsterdam yankees), thunderfangabe

    thunderfangabe – YOU…ARE…IN!!!

    Okay, which member of the OPPC wants this tag for tomorrow? Please?????

  1229. bodhisattva May 17th, 2009 at 4:43 pm

    Damon talking about sleeping in.

    Happy but tired team.

    Mother hen Suzyn cleaning up, there. Lol.

  1230. Dr. Cox May 17th, 2009 at 4:43 pm

    “Dear Jeter, stop being terrible”

    Yea 2 for 5. That guy is awful.

    Get a grip.

  1231. Donnie May 17th, 2009 at 4:43 pm

    Contract year performance or not, I am going to be VERY disappointed if they don’t at least OFFER Johnny a year-and-an-option in the off-season.

  1232. Roger(the new amsterdam yankees ) May 17th, 2009 at 4:44 pm

    i gotte say…these games are a lot of fun to watch!

  1233. jennifer May 17th, 2009 at 4:44 pm

    Kim Jones plotting with Johnny to get AJ back.

  1234. Betsy May 17th, 2009 at 4:44 pm

    wow, Johnny!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    3rd walk off in a row – does it get any better than this?

    YES missed AJ’s pie routine again…..agh!

  1235. Betsy May 17th, 2009 at 4:44 pm

    wow, Johnny!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    3rd walk off in a row – does it get any better than this?

    YES missed AJ’s pie routine again…..agh!

  1236. Rishi May 17th, 2009 at 4:44 pm

    I would offer to help, Trisha…but I’m back on the road tomorrow until the weekend

  1237. James May 17th, 2009 at 4:44 pm

    Why was Burnett charged with 2 ERs?

    Those runs were because of Cash

  1238. Trevor May 17th, 2009 at 4:45 pm

    Suzyn Waldman cleaning Damon’s face. :lol:

  1239. rconn23 May 17th, 2009 at 4:45 pm

    That’s one of the best ballgames I’ve watched in a long time.

    Giving the other team nine walks, they had no business winning that game, but they found a way. Good vibe about this team right now. Good vibe.

    Great defense by both teams, Tex, Mauer, Damon, Pena. Wow.

  1240. Rishi May 17th, 2009 at 4:45 pm

    Betsy – they showed it in a slo-mo replay

  1241. trisha - AJ - the OPPC has your back! May 17th, 2009 at 4:45 pm

    *Official Positive Poster’s Club* – Opt in/Opt out
    Members: Trisha, Rebecca, Boston Dave, Nick in SF, Angel, SoS, DT, Pepitone, S.A., pat, Dr. Cox, Giuseppe Franco, Pat M, Jeff NJ, Fran, Tex, Laura, bodhisattva, Doreen, ed, rishi, saucy, miggs, SJ44, cb, GreenBeret7, raymagnetic, uncle ellsworth, ralphieD, Roger (new amsterdam yankees), thunderfangabe

    Okay, who called the game “lost” at any point during this game? *Raise your hand*

    And if you raise your hand, any chance you can STFU about this stuff in future games since it just makes you look foolish? You know the old saying, that’s why they play 27 (or more) outs?

    GRR!

  1242. Boston Dave (in Portland, OR) May 17th, 2009 at 4:45 pm

    “What a series!”

    ——–

    how about one more walk-off for the Yanks tomorrow?

    who’s turn is it? Tex? Cano? Cervelli?

    you make the call…

  1243. Betsy May 17th, 2009 at 4:45 pm

    AJ needs to be pied……..but then, when he is, he’s going to get back at the culprit by giving him a Gatorade bath….lol. See what you learn in ST?

  1244. Spiced Ham May 17th, 2009 at 4:46 pm

    “Yea 2 for 5. That guy is awful.

    Get a grip.”

    Yeah I knew someone would comment on that. Loosen up your panties are on too tight.

  1245. Silky Johnston May 17th, 2009 at 4:46 pm

    minnesota has gotta be devastated

  1246. No Way Jose May 17th, 2009 at 4:46 pm

    The Twins just can’t win in the Bronx. I think that’s 11 in a row and like 20 of 23 or something crazy.

  1247. Boston Dave (in Portland, OR) May 17th, 2009 at 4:46 pm

    “Why was Burnett charged with 2 ERs?

    Those runs were because of Cash”

    ——-

    Cash didn’t throw any wild pitches did he?

    go back and watch the game again. it’s pretty obvious.

  1248. Rishi May 17th, 2009 at 4:46 pm

    Dave- I’ll take a normal win tomorrow, pleae :) this is way too stressful

  1249. ARodHasAThingForGeriatrics May 17th, 2009 at 4:47 pm

    I love how A-Rod has injected this team with that positive energy.

  1250. thunderfangabe May 17th, 2009 at 4:47 pm

    yay!!! thanks!!

  1251. Michel May 17th, 2009 at 4:47 pm

    Must suck to be on the Twins right now. Three straight walk-off losses is tough to take.

  1252. JoeT 28 in 10!! May 17th, 2009 at 4:47 pm

    I don’t think that was a bad play at all by Gardy – if Maur (Sp?) tries to be the hero and make the throw to first (like 99% of catchers would have) Gardner scores and the game is over

  1253. sunny615 May 17th, 2009 at 4:47 pm

    Yay Damon!

  1254. Boston Dave (in Portland, OR) May 17th, 2009 at 4:48 pm

    “minnesota has gotta be devastated”

    ——-

    can you imagine if it were Minnesota with 3 straight walkoffs against the Yanks?

    ouch.

    the Yanks need to ride this wave of great starting pitching and some clutch hitting all the way to the postseason…

  1255. trisha - AJ - the OPPC has your back! May 17th, 2009 at 4:48 pm

    Rish thanks, eventually you can help out.

    :)

    Boston Dave, will you do it please? Just think once you do it you don’t have to look it for at least, well, 31 days if everyone takes a turn!

  1256. Trevor May 17th, 2009 at 4:48 pm

    Who cares if Minnesota is devastated. The Yankees have had enough of their own problems to pity another team.

  1257. C May 17th, 2009 at 4:48 pm

    “C
    May 17th, 2009 at 10:46 am
    another walkoff?”
    hehehe

  1258. C May 17th, 2009 at 4:48 pm

    “C
    May 17th, 2009 at 10:46 am
    another walkoff?”
    hehehe

  1259. GreenBeret7 May 17th, 2009 at 4:48 pm

    It’s not that I mind the walk off hits, but, it’s the having to come from behind late in so many games to get to that point, especially, this early in the season.

  1260. yanks May 17th, 2009 at 4:48 pm

    can we just get a normal win??? jesus these games are hard to watch every single day

    can’t we just get a normal…say…7-3 or 6-2 win? lol

    go yanks

  1261. sar515 May 17th, 2009 at 4:48 pm

    JOHNNY DRAMA!

  1262. Boston Dave (in Portland, OR) May 17th, 2009 at 4:49 pm

    Rishi,

    it’s stressful for us…

    but the Yanks players look like they’re having the time of their lives (and its working!)

  1263. S.o.S. May 17th, 2009 at 4:49 pm

    One thing that baffled me? How does Arod gets skied by Melky for Damons helmet? He like a foot shorter. I guess the hip isnt fully ready yet.

  1264. S.A.--The sun will come out tomorrow May 17th, 2009 at 4:49 pm

    I would love to hear Sterling during that Gardner play in the 9th. He must have been confused as heck

  1265. sunny615 May 17th, 2009 at 4:49 pm

    These are the games that the Yankees used to lose last year. A lot. So I’m pleased.

  1266. thunderfangabe May 17th, 2009 at 4:49 pm

    how many guys have worn #17 in the past 2 years? shelley, cash…i forget the rest!!

  1267. yankeesjtj May 17th, 2009 at 4:50 pm

    nice use of “injected” ARodHasAThingForGeriatrics

    :)

    Great win for the yanks!

  1268. OldPositiveYanksFan (disgusted with all the yellow 'journalism') May 17th, 2009 at 4:50 pm

    sigh…

  1269. Betsy May 17th, 2009 at 4:50 pm

    I think Alex started a new tradition – the helmet toss, lol

    Great job by Aceves……and, forgotten, very good job by AJ…..on the mound and off it, lol.

    I love looking at this team jumping up and down like little boys, lol

  1270. carl May 17th, 2009 at 4:50 pm

    Rofl at Johnny Damon Jumping in the Pack. Go back and watch it lol

  1271. trisha - AJ - the OPPC has your back! May 17th, 2009 at 4:50 pm

    *Official Positive Poster’s Club* – Opt in/Opt out
    Members: Trisha, Rebecca, Boston Dave, Nick in SF, Angel, SoS, DT, Pepitone, S.A., pat, Dr. Cox, Giuseppe Franco, Pat M, Jeff NJ, Fran, Tex, Laura, bodhisattva, Doreen, ed, rishi, saucy, miggs, SJ44, cb, GreenBeret7, raymagnetic, uncle ellsworth, ralphieD, Roger (new amsterdam yankees), thunderfangabe

    “Must suck to be on the Twins right now. Three straight walk-off losses is tough to take.”

    Really. I always have some compassion for things like that, unless it’s the Red Sox.

  1272. Benny Blanco May 17th, 2009 at 4:50 pm

    I do not feel bad for the twins. They yankees need these type of victories, it helps the teams confidence. If we were on the receiving end of those losses, other teams would be going for the jugular. Lets go the jugular tomorrow.

  1273. Benny Blanco May 17th, 2009 at 4:50 pm

    I do not feel bad for the twins. They yankees need these type of victories, it helps the teams confidence. If we were on the receiving end of those losses, other teams would be going for the jugular. Lets go the jugular tomorrow.

  1274. Stultus Magnus (Storm the Moat) May 17th, 2009 at 4:51 pm

    Must stink for the Twinkies right now, that would be tough. I wonder what the record is for consecutive walk-off wins. Can somebody contact Elias? Pete?

  1275. Bronx Jeers May 17th, 2009 at 4:51 pm

    Another win for Aceves as well.

    I liked him last season. I hope he stays and keeps it up.

    I think he’d prefer to be a starter, maybe even elsewhere, but being with the big club in the pen has gotta beat starting in Scranton.

    Does Gardner owe Damon a watch or something?

  1276. Silky Johnston May 17th, 2009 at 4:51 pm

    # Boston Dave (in Portland, OR) May 17th, 2009 at 4:48 pm

    “minnesota has gotta be devastated”
    ———-

    can you imagine if it were Minnesota with 3 straight walkoffs against the Yanks?

    ouch.

    the Yanks need to ride this wave of great starting pitching and some clutch hitting all the way to the postseason…

    Trevor May 17th, 2009 at 4:48 pm

    Who cares if Minnesota is devastated. The Yankees have had enough of their own problems to pity another team.

    ————————————————-
    1) If that had happened to the Yankees, this blog’s newly formed OPPC may not exist…

    2) I don’t pity Minnesota, but I care because we play them again tomorrow and hopefully these 3 wins translate to another win tomorrow.

  1277. NITRO May 17th, 2009 at 4:52 pm

    We have played 16 games at the new stadium

    Only in one of those games has a starter recorded a win (Pettitte vs. OAK)

    Infact, a starter has decision in only 5 of the 16 games.

  1278. Dutch Hugo May 17th, 2009 at 4:52 pm

    And don’t forget the defense. Zero errors since last Wednesday’s win in Toronto. Love the timely hitting. Not just the walkoffs, but late-inning hits to come back. As soon as Minnesota took the lead, we came right back. I don’t even mind the lack of hitting in the early inning if we’re going to continue to get great starting pitching and clutch hitting late in games. That, plus bullpen is a recipe for a championship.

  1279. thunderfangabe May 17th, 2009 at 4:52 pm

    walkoff or blowout…a win is a win and i will take them ALL :)

  1280. bodhisattva May 17th, 2009 at 4:53 pm

    trisha – AJ – the OPPC has your back!
    May 17th, 2009 at 4:43 pm
    Official Positive Poster’s Club – Opt in/Opt out
    Members: Trisha, Rebecca, Boston Dave, Nick in SF, Angel, SoS, DT, Pepitone, S.A., pat, Dr. Cox, Giuseppe Franco, Pat M, Jeff NJ, Fran, Tex, Laura, bodhisattva, Doreen, ed, rishi, saucy, miggs, SJ44, cb, GreenBeret7, raymagnetic, uncle ellsworth, ralphieD, Roger (new amsterdam yankees), thunderfangabe
    thunderfangabe – YOU…ARE…IN!!!
    Okay, which member of the OPPC wants this tag for tomorrow? Please?????
    ============

    Trisha,
    I’ll be at park tomorrow through Wednesday. Next time I’m in-game I’ll volunteer. ;)

  1281. JoeT 28 in 10!! May 17th, 2009 at 4:53 pm

    SA – I am AFRAID for the people that had to listen to that on the radio

  1282. carl May 17th, 2009 at 4:53 pm

    A-Rod took the helmet back from Melky and Melky slapped him in the face lol

  1283. Benny Blanco May 17th, 2009 at 4:53 pm

    Yankees are 7-2 since alex returned. I’m just saying.

  1284. Betsy May 17th, 2009 at 4:53 pm

    GB, I would like blowouts too, but hey – I’ll take this. This team is getting done late in games – whatever mistakes they make early in games or however inconsistent they are offensively, they are doing the job. They’re also building up confidence in themselves – and that can’t be taught.

  1285. Nick in SF in Larkspur May 17th, 2009 at 4:53 pm

    My favorite LoHud post of the weekend was Friday night, down 2 runs, the guy said “great, now we can’t win 3/4 in this series.”.

    Not just conceding that game, but also a game to be named later. Classic. And now we go for the sweep.

  1286. S.o.S. May 17th, 2009 at 4:54 pm

    AJ needs to be pied……..

    —————–

    Lay off AJ. Iv been enjoying watching the healthy version play for us. Lets not risk a neck/eye/nose or anyother injury. He givith not taketh.

  1287. bodhisattva May 17th, 2009 at 4:54 pm

    Little Dusty & the boys are down 2-1.

  1288. The Ghost May 17th, 2009 at 4:54 pm

    That Gardner play was a great hustle play and Mauer was definitely going to go to first but Cervelli was too fast. Speed giveth and speed taketh on that one. It was upsetting to see Girardi giving Gardner a dirty look coming back to the dugout. He should have been congratulating him on trying to make something happen. These are the kinds of heads up plays that wins games, it can’t be all home runs.

  1289. Vader May 17th, 2009 at 4:55 pm

    trisha – AJ – the OPPC has your back!
    May 17th, 2009 at 4:40 pm
    Official Positive Poster’s Club – Opt in/Opt out
    Members: Trisha, Rebecca, Boston Dave, Nick in SF, Angel, SoS, DT, Pepitone, S.A., pat, Dr. Cox, Giuseppe Franco, Pat M, Jeff NJ, Fran, Tex, Laura, bodhisattva, Doreen, ed, rishi, saucy, miggs, SJ44, cb, GreenBeret7, raymagnetic, uncle ellsworth, ralphieD, Roger (new amsterdam yankees)

    GAME!

    Is there room for one more?

  1290. Boston Dave (in Portland, OR) May 17th, 2009 at 4:55 pm

    here is what Johnny is on pace for:

    133 runs, 210 hits, 41 2b, 9 3b, 46HR, 123RBI, 14SB, .324AVG

    contract year or not, this guy is en fuego! he still gets to every fly ball he should get to as well.

    keep him in pinstripes

  1291. Rishi May 17th, 2009 at 4:55 pm

    apparently it’s whipped cream, not shaving cream…much easier on the eyes etc

  1292. Benny Blanco May 17th, 2009 at 4:55 pm

    I wonder how Francesa will open up the show. He’ll fine some way to undermine the 5 game winning streak.

  1293. bodhisattva May 17th, 2009 at 4:55 pm

    I can’t forgive you for games you haven’t blown yet.

  1294. Brandon Pie "Because it's the thing to do in this stadium" May 17th, 2009 at 4:55 pm

    “The Twins just can’t win in the Bronx. I think that’s 11 in a row and like 20 of 23 or something crazy.”

    They are going to come in pissed tomorrow.

  1295. RS May 17th, 2009 at 4:55 pm

    Call me crazy, but this team is a lot like the Rays of last year.

    None of our hitters are leading in offensive categories, CC is leading the team with just 3 wins, and we’re getting production from young replacement players like Pena, Cervelli, and Gardner.

    Oh yeah, the Rays led the majors with 10 walk-offs last year and the Yankees already have 5 with 3/4 of the season left.

  1296. Tom in N.J. May 17th, 2009 at 4:56 pm

    Still talking about the Gardner play on YES?

    Meh, I’m over it.

  1297. trisha - AJ - the OPPC has your back! May 17th, 2009 at 4:56 pm

    *Official Positive Poster’s Club* – Opt in/Opt out
    Members: Trisha, Rebecca, Boston Dave, Nick in SF, Angel, SoS, DT, Pepitone, S.A., pat, Dr. Cox, Giuseppe Franco, Pat M, Jeff NJ, Fran, Tex, Laura, bodhisattva, Doreen, ed, rishi, saucy, miggs, SJ44, cb, GreenBeret7, raymagnetic, uncle ellsworth, ralphieD, Roger (new amsterdam yankees), thunderfangabe

    bod, thanks!

  1298. Dr. Cox May 17th, 2009 at 4:56 pm

    “walkoff or blowout…a win is a win and i will take them ALL”

    Thats the long and short of it. I will take any win.

    Also, what is with feeling bad for the Twins? I dont play that was, I play to win and want to crush all opponents and step on their throat.

    Baseball is war lol.

  1299. Mehdi also in SF May 17th, 2009 at 4:56 pm

    Hahaha I have to say that reading the SOSH Yankee game threads is pure comedy. Some delusional Sox fans coupled with a few cretinous ones and some poor Yankee fans who feel like doing their game threads there. But they are so delusional it’s laughable that I just wanted to share.

    http://sonsofsamhorn.net/index.....038;st=320

  1300. Yanks May 17th, 2009 at 4:56 pm

    Guys, I am all for being positive, but this whole “club” thing that Trisha has started is extremely lame. This reminds me of high school and the art of being popular or whatever you want to call it.

    Do we really need to be a part of a club to be positive? I mean come on. Posting each person’s name in each of your posts is a tad ridiculous. I hope this isn’t going to be a daily trend.

  1301. Boston Dave (in Portland, OR) May 17th, 2009 at 4:57 pm

    Dutch Hugo,

    great point.

    Pena’s good play in the 1st. Tex with the amazing stab and throw from the ground to save the game.

    The D has room for improvement but it’s as good as it’s been in a while.

  1302. R-Tek May 17th, 2009 at 4:57 pm

    Of our wins at the stadium -

    vs. CLE, Jeter tiebreaking HR in 8th inning
    vs. CLE – Posada go-ahead HR in 7th
    vs. OAK – Pettitte wins
    vs. OAK – Walkoff in 14th
    vs. LAA – Tie-breaking hit in the 8th inning by Melky
    vs. LAA – Rally from 5 down, Posada walkoff hit
    vs. MIN – Walkoff hit off Nathan
    vs. MIN – A-Rod walkoff HR
    vs. MIN – Damon walkoff HR

    So if you look at it, we have only had one “normal” win at the stadium, when Pettitte won.

  1303. trisha - AJ - the OPPC has your back! May 17th, 2009 at 4:58 pm

    *Official Positive Poster’s Club* – Opt in/Opt out
    Members: Trisha, Rebecca, Boston Dave, Nick in SF, Angel, SoS, DT, Pepitone, S.A., pat, Dr. Cox, Giuseppe Franco, Pat M, Jeff NJ, Fran, Tex, Laura, bodhisattva, Doreen, ed, rishi, saucy, miggs, SJ44, cb, GreenBeret7, raymagnetic, uncle ellsworth, ralphieD, Roger (new amsterdam yankees), thunderfangabe, vader

    vader – YOU ARE IN!

    :)

  1304. JoeT 28 in 10!! May 17th, 2009 at 4:58 pm

    Trisha – I want in!!

    and I think that Aceves is good enough to get a number out of the 90′s now!! My one day of leading the “Aceves to the bullpen” group before he got called up worked out well lol

  1305. Betsy May 17th, 2009 at 4:58 pm

    Rishi, thanks! I’ll catch the replay of the pieing later…….AJ is a really a cool dude.

  1306. Brandon Pie "Because it's the thing to do in this stadium" May 17th, 2009 at 4:58 pm

    What do you guys think the Royals would want for Joakim Soria ?

  1307. Yankee Trader May 17th, 2009 at 4:59 pm

    The way Damon is playing, the Yankees might neeed to find room on their roster to bring him back next year.

  1308. Brandon Pie "Because it's the thing to do in this stadium" May 17th, 2009 at 5:01 pm

    What you like about this team is if one guy doesn’t get you somebody will demeanor, now if only we can do this to Boston. :?

  1309. trisha - AJ - the OPPC has your back! May 17th, 2009 at 5:01 pm

    *Official Positive Poster’s Club* – Opt in/Opt out
    Members: Trisha, Rebecca, Boston Dave, Nick in SF, Angel, SoS, DT, Pepitone, S.A., pat, Dr. Cox, Giuseppe Franco, Pat M, Jeff NJ, Fran, Tex, Laura, bodhisattva, Doreen, ed, rishi, saucy, miggs, SJ44, cb, GreenBeret7, raymagnetic, uncle ellsworth, ralphieD, Roger (new amsterdam yankees), thunderfangabe, vader

    Yanks -

    1. you are one of the most negative posters here so don’t worry about having to be a member of this club

    2. GET IT STRAIGHT. I DID NOT START THIS CLUB. But I do list the members.

    If you don’t like it, tough. If people like you cried and complained less during games maybe nobody would have come up with this club.

    Seems that a lot of people do like it bucko.

  1310. Yankee Trader May 17th, 2009 at 5:01 pm

    “What do you guys think the Royals would want for Joakim Soria ?”

    Joba Chamberlain for starters!

    No chance they give up one of the top five closers for peanuts.

  1311. Betsy May 17th, 2009 at 5:01 pm

    LOL I just saw the replay – AJ has that pie thing down to a science!

  1312. Joe from Long Island May 17th, 2009 at 5:01 pm

    Great win. The Twins are a tough team, coming off a three-game sweep of the Tigers. They could have taken all three here, but their BP has the same issues as ours.

    Interesting BP use by Girardi. He did not use either Veras or Edwar in this game, and is working in Aceves and Tomko, who, so far, have rewarded his trust.

    As Bruney and Marte come back, it’s looking more and more like Veras’ and Edwar’s time in the Bronx is coming to an end. How do you justify sending anybody else down?

  1313. m May 17th, 2009 at 5:01 pm

    Brandon,

    How about Veras & Molina? ;)

  1314. Brandon Pie "Because it's the thing to do in this stadium" May 17th, 2009 at 5:02 pm

    “The way Damon is playing, the Yankees might neeed to find room on their roster to bring him back next year.”

    Careful

  1315. trisha - AJ - the OPPC has your back! May 17th, 2009 at 5:02 pm

    *Official Positive Poster’s Club* – Opt in/Opt out
    Members: Trisha, Rebecca, Boston Dave, Nick in SF, Angel, SoS, DT, Pepitone, S.A., pat, Dr. Cox, Giuseppe Franco, Pat M, Jeff NJ, Fran, Tex, Laura, bodhisattva, Doreen, ed, rishi, saucy, miggs, SJ44, cb, GreenBeret7, raymagnetic, uncle ellsworth, ralphieD, Roger (new amsterdam yankees), thunderfangabe, vader, Joe T 28 in 10

    You are in!!!

    :)

  1316. Boston Dave (in Portland, OR) May 17th, 2009 at 5:03 pm

    “The way Damon is playing, the Yankees might neeed to find room on their roster to bring him back next year.”

    ——-

    find room?

  1317. Trevor May 17th, 2009 at 5:03 pm

    “How about Veras & Molina?”

    Throw in Edwar too.

  1318. Brandon Pie "Because it's the thing to do in this stadium" May 17th, 2009 at 5:03 pm

    “Brandon,

    How about Veras & Molina?”

    I wish.

  1319. Christina May 17th, 2009 at 5:03 pm

    So only people who are in the “club” are positive Trisha? I am confused.

    I am pretty sure I haven’t added much negativity to this blog. Being a realistic fan doesn’t make you a negative poster.

  1320. bodhisattva May 17th, 2009 at 5:04 pm

    Yanks
    May 17th, 2009 at 4:56 pm
    Guys, I am all for being positive, but this whole “club” thing that Trisha has started is extremely lame. This reminds me of high school and the art of being popular or whatever you want to call it.
    Do we really need to be a part of a club to be positive? I mean come on. Posting each person’s name in each of your posts is a tad ridiculous. I hope this isn’t going to be a daily trend.
    =======
    Think you’re missing the point. It’s an ironic commentary on how self-flagellating and tediously negative Yankee fans are on this thing. I think her point is, it’s time to spoon feed positivism to this sorry lot by drawing a line in the sand. At least, that’s my reading of it.

  1321. Kevin May 17th, 2009 at 5:04 pm

    No way we should bring back Damon

    Colin Curtis is ready to replace Damon next yr

    Plus Jorge Vasquez could get moved to the corner

    Damon did well for us in 4 yrs here, but it is time to move on. Get younger.

  1322. Boston Dave (in Portland, OR) May 17th, 2009 at 5:05 pm

    go Mariners!

    The Sox avoid both King Felix and an injured Bedard in a 3game series.

    Losing this series would not be good for them…

  1323. m May 17th, 2009 at 5:05 pm

    The walks weren’t good, but otherwise AJ did a good job keeping the team in the game. Which is all we ask of our pitchers.

  1324. USSR May 17th, 2009 at 5:06 pm

    If people like you cried and complained less during games maybe nobody would have come up with this club.

    Grow up, you “positivity posers” do not own this blog.

  1325. Christina May 17th, 2009 at 5:06 pm

    Halladay wins and is 8-1. Insane. I love that man.

  1326. Brandon Pie "Because it's the thing to do in this stadium" May 17th, 2009 at 5:06 pm

    “No way we should bring back Damon

    Colin Curtis is ready to replace Damon next yr”

    He might, might. Not a definite.

  1327. Boston Dave (in Portland, OR) May 17th, 2009 at 5:06 pm

    “No way we should bring back Damon

    Colin Curtis is ready to replace Damon next yr

    Plus Jorge Vasquez could get moved to the corner

    Damon did well for us in 4 yrs here, but it is time to move on. Get younger.”

    ———

    uh, define “ready”.

    I’d prefer my starters to have some MLB experience. Even the Jay Bruces and Colby Rasmuses of the world take time to develop at this level.

    Curtis isn’t close to that level.

  1328. GreenBeret7 May 17th, 2009 at 5:07 pm

    Betsy
    May 17th, 2009 at 4:53 pm
    GB, I would like blowouts too, but hey – I’ll take this. This team is getting done late in games – whatever mistakes they make early in games or however inconsistent they are offensively, they are doing the job. They’re also building up confidence in themselves – and that can’t be taught.

    ————————————————————

    I appreciate the walkoffs and the late inning comebacks, but, so many, so early is what overworks the bullpens. They need for the offense, all of them, to start showing up early in the game.

  1329. JoeT 28 in 10!! May 17th, 2009 at 5:07 pm

    I feel so included Trisha lol

    Love the pictures btw, thanks for sharing them

  1330. Boston Dave (in Portland, OR) May 17th, 2009 at 5:07 pm

    If they can get Damon for a 1yr deal or a 2yr deal/option with conditions, it’s a no brainer.

    you can bring the young guys in to platoon and give Damon a rest.

  1331. yanks May 17th, 2009 at 5:08 pm

    i still do not think jose veras should be on this team

  1332. Yankee Trader May 17th, 2009 at 5:08 pm

    Things looking up:

    1. Yankees willing to play small ball, and bunting more.
    2. Starting pitching has been much better, and Wang should be back soon.
    3. We found a long reliever who can throw strikes in Aceves.
    4. The defense is much improved.
    5. Our hitting is improved also, especially in comeback wins.
    6. If Bruney can come back and stay healthy, our bullpen will be better. If you trade Veras, your likely to have to take another struggling reliever in return.

  1333. E-gawa May 17th, 2009 at 5:08 pm

    Some of those people in your club are pretty negative. I’d recheck membership if I were you.

  1334. yanksince57-was last year 1959 or was it 1965? May 17th, 2009 at 5:09 pm

    if we get a walkoff win monday, i may have to run to the oppc :)

  1335. trisha - AJ - the OPPC has your back! May 17th, 2009 at 5:09 pm

    *Official Positive Poster’s Club* – Opt in/Opt out
    Members: Trisha, Rebecca, Boston Dave, Nick in SF, Angel, SoS, DT, Pepitone, S.A., pat, Dr. Cox, Giuseppe Franco, Pat M, Jeff NJ, Fran, Tex, Laura, bodhisattva, Doreen, ed, rishi, saucy, miggs, SJ44, cb, GreenBeret7, raymagnetic, uncle ellsworth, ralphieD, Roger (new amsterdam yankees), thunderfangabe, vader

    Christina, the opt in/opt out is there for a reason. People for the most part have opted in. You can do the same thing. Some people have decided not to. That’s okay too.

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

    Bod has interpreted it correctly.

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

    But please everyone stop saying I started this club. I picked up a suggestion from someone else and just listed the names.

    *Boston Dave* – please will you take this tomorrow? I shouldn’t have to do this every day.

    Thanks.

  1336. RhapsodyInBlue May 17th, 2009 at 5:09 pm

    Mehdi also in SF

    SOSH reads more like Sons of Fog Horn Leg Horn.

  1337. JoeT 28 in 10!! May 17th, 2009 at 5:09 pm

    I want to hear what the coaches/scouts who watched CMW pitch today have to say, the numbers sound good but I hope the sinker was where it needs to be

  1338. Betsy May 17th, 2009 at 5:10 pm

    GB, I agree ………I do wish they’d work in a few blowouts here and there, lol

  1339. CHI Town May 17th, 2009 at 5:10 pm

    AJ HAS to cut down on the walks and late 2 out hits

    With AJ, it’s always that 1 inning. Same thing happened in Boston, against Tampa (both times), Toronto, today etc. Sometimes it is the end of the game, other times it is earlier like the Boston and home Tampa games.

    He’s been ok so far. Gives us a chance to win.

  1340. Brandon Pie "Because it's the thing to do in this stadium" May 17th, 2009 at 5:10 pm

    “i still do not think jose veras should be on this team”

    Agreed.

  1341. trisha - AJ - the OPPC has your back! May 17th, 2009 at 5:13 pm

    *Official Positive Poster’s Club* – Opt in/Opt out
    Members: Trisha, Rebecca, Boston Dave, Nick in SF, Angel, SoS, DT, Pepitone, S.A., pat, Dr. Cox, Giuseppe Franco, Pat M, Jeff NJ, Fran, Tex, Laura, bodhisattva, Doreen, ed, rishi, saucy, miggs, SJ44, cb, GreenBeret7, raymagnetic, uncle ellsworth, ralphieD, Roger (new amsterdam yankees), thunderfangabe, vader, Joe T 28 in 10

    “Some of those people in your club are pretty negative. I’d recheck membership if I were you.”

    E-gawa, again I just listed the names as they came along. If someone goes negative, they can always be opted out.

    “if we get a walkoff win monday, i may have to run to the oppc”

    :D

    You’ll be welcomed with open arms, even if we don’t get that walkoff!

  1342. Cliff May 17th, 2009 at 5:13 pm

    Its amazing that some of you people are still coming up with things to complain about when the team has won 5 staight games and 3 stairght series. Go become fans of Philadelphia temas, you will fit right in.

  1343. Yankee Trader May 17th, 2009 at 5:14 pm

    Matsui won’t be back, and Damon can spend some time at DH.

    If he hits .300, 20 homers and steals 25-30 bases, how do you not try and bring back a valued lefty hitter with speed and savvy, for another year?

    If Matsui weren’t back this year, Abreu would have been a steal at 5M to DH.

  1344. John May 17th, 2009 at 5:14 pm

    For selfish reasons, I’d like to start getting CC, AJ, etc. some wins on their record.

    Either the bullpen blows a lead when a starter is in line for a win and we have to rally, or we give the starter no run support while they are in the game and they get a ND .

  1345. bodhisattva May 17th, 2009 at 5:14 pm

    Betsy
    May 17th, 2009 at 5:10 pm
    GB, I agree ………I do wish they’d work in a few blowouts here and there, lol
    =====

    Alex is back, and his mid-order presence will soon better define the entire lineup, leading to those “big” innings that are escaping us. Mean time, we’re find new ways to win every day.

  1346. 86w183 May 17th, 2009 at 5:15 pm

    I’d have to see the club rules before signing up. I’m probably more positive than most, but I do like to take my shots when/where warranted.

    I can’t believe how many of you are trying to defend Gardner’s play. It was bad, bad BAD baseball because of the situation. If there are two outs, it’s worth the risk. But with one out he MUST make certain that Mauer throws the ball. Otherwise its too risky.

    I’ve written several times I think the Yankees will keep Damon on a one year deal with a vesting option… about $ 7.5 mill per year sounds about right in this market. Matsui and Nady will not be back. Damon can be the primary DH and still be more useful as a part-time OF than Matsui.

    I’m really started to get excited about what this team could be when healthy.

  1347. Chief May 17th, 2009 at 5:16 pm

    people seriously need to chill about gardner’s play…if he was safe, all of you would be saying how smart of a baserunning play it was. mauer made a hell of a play (mentally and physically) to get gardner

  1348. GreenBeret7 May 17th, 2009 at 5:17 pm

    Charleston lost 5-3 on an error by the 1st inning. Marshall was ok, but, too many walks, Angelini was 1-5.

    Charleston pitchers gave up just 3 hits, but a ton of walks.

    Marshall’s line: 5.0 innings, 2 hits, 3 runs, 3 earned runs, 4 walks, 3 strikeouts, 0 HRA. 5.35 ERA.

    Mesa was 1-2 with an RBI double. Joseph was 2-4 and Grote was 2-4 with 2 doubles.

  1349. ARodHasAThingForGeriatrics May 17th, 2009 at 5:17 pm

    Trisha, can you iron my shirt?

  1350. Vader May 17th, 2009 at 5:18 pm

    IMO, the Yankees have a chance to really start building off these types of games, where you start to think you can win most games as long as you are within 2-3 runs.

    The rub here is if the pen can keep you in those types of games. I really do not have a lot of confidence in Veras, Edwar or Allbie and if Girardi tries to use Coke for more than a few outs, it gets iffy.

    Aceves, to me has earned a spot for more work and I really hope guys like Melancon and Robertson can get another chance…oh by the way Bruney pitched toady, not looking at the results just hope he feels good tomorrow and he will back this week with Wang in tow.

    I think this series will be looking at as starting to get this train rolling.

  1351. E-gawa May 17th, 2009 at 5:18 pm

    I’d like to see them go after Mauer next year. We pick up a gold glove catcher and block boston. We could have Jorge as the DH/back up or even 3rd.

  1352. JoeT 28 in 10!! May 17th, 2009 at 5:18 pm

    I’m definitely going to defend Gardner – SOOOO many ways that he scores and is the HERO.. how pumped would everyone on here be if he scored on that?? it’s the best play all year, etc.

    Mauer makes the throw, he makes a bigger pump-fake, he’s 1/2 a step slower, etc. etc. Gardner scores and is on the back page as our hero

  1353. Holla May 17th, 2009 at 5:19 pm

    We need to win a 10-2 game

    We can’t go through 6 awful relievers every night to win games

  1354. trisha - AJ - the OPPC has your back! May 17th, 2009 at 5:20 pm

    Wow Mo’s hair is very different!

  1355. Betsy May 17th, 2009 at 5:20 pm

    LOL the media asking AJ about the pieing……AJ wasn’t going to do it, but Mo egged him on (as AJ said, he wasn’t going to mess with karma, lol)……

    Trish, I’m sorry – Cervelli’s eyes are no match for AJ’s…..

  1356. joe May 17th, 2009 at 5:20 pm

    When did MO get hair? is he waring a tupay?

  1357. Lambchop Louie May 17th, 2009 at 5:21 pm

    Cream pies seem to be the order of the day at No. 1 East 161st Street in da Bronx.

  1358. vtred May 17th, 2009 at 5:21 pm

    It would be funny if none of our starters wins more than 10 games and our bullpen records 60 wins lol

  1359. Larry Of Palm Bay May 17th, 2009 at 5:22 pm

    When was the last time there was 3 walkoffs in a row. YES said August 1972. I looked up Boxscores and could not Find 3 wins in a row at home

  1360. trisha - AJ - the OPPC has your back! May 17th, 2009 at 5:22 pm

    Bets, no question that AJ has great eyes.

  1361. JoeT 28 in 10!! 3-2 = WIN 10-2 = WIN a win is a win is a win!! May 17th, 2009 at 5:22 pm

    so ahh…. sweep tomorrow??

  1362. Bill Porter May 17th, 2009 at 5:23 pm

    Heard Wells’ voice and turned the volume down. Hope his back is feeling better.

  1363. JoeT 28 in 10!! 3-2 = WIN 10-2 = WIN a win is a win is a win!! May 17th, 2009 at 5:24 pm

    Vtred – I can go for that, all of our starters win 10 and the pen wins 60

    CC 10
    AJ 10
    Joba 10
    Hughes 10
    Pettitte 10
    Wang 10
    Pen total 60

    = 120 wins…. SOLID

  1364. EvoLuTioN May 17th, 2009 at 5:25 pm

    what a game.

  1365. carl May 17th, 2009 at 5:25 pm

    Burnett got the win?

  1366. trisha - AJ - the OPPC has your back! May 17th, 2009 at 5:25 pm

    *Official Positive Poster’s Club* – Opt in/Opt out
    Members: Trisha, Rebecca, Boston Dave, Nick in SF, Angel, SoS, DT, Pepitone, S.A., pat, Dr. Cox, Giuseppe Franco, Pat M, Jeff NJ, Fran, Tex, Laura, bodhisattva, Doreen, ed, rishi, saucy, miggs, SJ44, cb, GreenBeret7, raymagnetic, uncle ellsworth, ralphieD, Roger (new amsterdam yankees), thunderfangabe, vader, Joe T 28 in 10

    *Boston Dave, you own this tomorrow!*

  1367. DT May 17th, 2009 at 5:26 pm

    A good Yankee win. Way to keep the faith OPP.

    Positive posters don’t always live in Pollyanna-ville.
    We just stay far away from Doomsville and Gloomsville.

    There are 27 outs. A game is never over until it’s over. (Hey Yogi, gets down with OPP too)

    The season has 162 games. One game, one series, one week – don’t make a season.

    Take the test. Which one are you?

    1) Matsui sucks! What a piece of garbage! Trade him. DFA him. We will never win now. Chalk this one up in the loss column. That AB will lead to a long losing streak. This team has no heart. Fire Girardi. Fire Cashman. Fire the beat writers. $13 mil for this bum!

    2) Ugh. Tough AB for Matsui. He swung at ball four. He’ll get them next time. This game isn’t over yet – 2 more innings and the score is tied! At least he went down swinging. Matsui scored on a SF earlier, at least he did something positive today.

  1368. EvoLuTioN May 17th, 2009 at 5:26 pm

    What do you guys think about hughes going back to AAA? I don’t think that’s beneficial at all because he has nothing left to prove there, i don’t want him to get stuck as an AAAA pitcher. Should we put him in the pen for this season?

  1369. trisha - AJ - the OPPC has your back! May 17th, 2009 at 5:26 pm

    carl – Aceves got the win

  1370. Rishi May 17th, 2009 at 5:27 pm

    I believe Aceves got the win

  1371. Rishi May 17th, 2009 at 5:27 pm

    bases loaded, no outs and Bay at bat…not good at all

  1372. carl May 17th, 2009 at 5:28 pm

    Thanks

  1373. Bronx Jeers May 17th, 2009 at 5:30 pm

    Did you guys see that about the Rays making a mistake in the lineup card and thus losing the DH for the game?

    Interesting. I guess Maddon needs some new Buddy Hollys.

  1374. trisha - AJ - the OPPC has your back! May 17th, 2009 at 5:31 pm

    *Official Positive Poster’s Club* – Opt in/Opt out
    Members: Trisha, Rebecca, Boston Dave, Nick in SF, Angel, SoS, DT, Pepitone, S.A., pat, Dr. Cox, Giuseppe Franco, Pat M, Jeff NJ, Fran, Tex, Laura, bodhisattva, Doreen, ed, rishi, saucy, miggs, SJ44, cb, GreenBeret7, raymagnetic, uncle ellsworth, ralphieD, Roger (new amsterdam yankees), thunderfangabe, vader, Joe T 28 in 10

    Thanks DT. Maybe I’ll save that as the official test.

  1375. Rishi May 17th, 2009 at 5:31 pm

    ok – no runs scored…crazy

  1376. Vader May 17th, 2009 at 5:33 pm

    EvoLuTioN, IMO he needs to back down, when Wang is ready, to keep working on his craft and to get more experience, but at 22 years old he is far from a AAAA player.

    He may never become a stud, but I think he will be a very good pro.

    Also, that play Tex made with the bases loaded, makes you really appreciate defense and there is no way Giambi is able to make that throw.

  1377. Tom in N.J. May 17th, 2009 at 5:33 pm

    I saw that too Bronx Jeers.

    Of course Soninstein(spelling) goes 1-3 with an RBI

    Imagine this place if Girardi did that?

    The internet would break.

  1378. DerekT May 17th, 2009 at 5:33 pm

    Trisha,

    Kudos to the concept of OPPC. To whomever the founder.

    Point taken. Negative Nellies, Complainers, and Bridge Jumpers are what they are.

    You just come across as trying so hard, to move this concept forward so fast. Because of this, readers naturally assume your are the head fan in charge.

    We are all happy with the Team results lately, there is certainly reason for optimism.

  1379. trisha - AJ - the OPPC has your back! May 17th, 2009 at 5:33 pm

    Thanks Rish. I’m gonna switch over to the Seattle game. No matter what happens I have faith in Masterson to blow it.

    :)

  1380. Richie May 17th, 2009 at 5:35 pm

    Jennings had Wang topping out at 92. He needs more mL starts.

  1381. m May 17th, 2009 at 5:36 pm

    Look at that. Boston left the bases loaded, and are making some noise in the bottom half. While I would love Boston to play extra innings on a get away day, I’ll take a Seattle win in regulation.

  1382. Laura - Win together, strike out alone! May 17th, 2009 at 5:36 pm

    I love the walk offs as much as anyone, but it would be nice to go into the 9th with a nice 5 run cushion. Just sayin’. :wink:

  1383. Vader May 17th, 2009 at 5:38 pm

    “Interesting. I guess Maddon needs some new Buddy Hollys.”

    Or less Vino before the games.

  1384. Brandon Pie "Because it's the thing to do in this stadium" May 17th, 2009 at 5:39 pm

    Team Mexico is 5 for 7 w/ 4 doubles a HR and 3 RBI in Trenton’s double header :)

  1385. Bronx Jeers May 17th, 2009 at 5:41 pm

    Tom in N.J. May 17th, 2009 at 5:33 pm

    I saw that too Bronx Jeers.

    Of course Soninstein(spelling) goes 1-3 with an RBI

    Imagine this place if Girardi did that?

    The internet would break.

    ———————————————————–

    Let’s hope CC didn’t see it and gets some ideas.

    He might sabotage Joe’s lineup card just to get some swings in!

  1386. Dr. Cox May 17th, 2009 at 5:41 pm

    ugh, the Joe Girardi show is the worse show on TV lol

  1387. Pat M May 17th, 2009 at 5:42 pm

    Damon gets credit for winning the game & rightfully so….But the play Texeria made in the 8th with the bases loaded saved the game….

  1388. Old(I am sooooo Positive)YanksFan May 17th, 2009 at 5:43 pm

    Colin Curtis? He who has never played a game above AA? Who has a career MiLB OPS of 0.724? He will replace JD? (career MLB OPS 0.793, this year over 1.000).

    Good call Dude~!~!

  1389. trisha - AJ - the OPPC has your back! May 17th, 2009 at 5:44 pm

    *Official Positive Poster’s Club* – Opt in/Opt out
    Members: Trisha, Rebecca, Boston Dave, Nick in SF, Angel, SoS, DT, Pepitone, S.A., pat, Dr. Cox, Giuseppe Franco, Pat M, Jeff NJ, Fran, Tex, Laura, bodhisattva, Doreen, ed, rishi, saucy, miggs, SJ44, cb, GreenBeret7, raymagnetic, uncle ellsworth, ralphieD, Roger (new amsterdam yankees), thunderfangabe, vader, Joe T 28 in 10

    DerekT, I think it was actually thought of as a fun thing to do. So we’re having fun with it. It’s probably comic relief as much as anything else!

    I think what may drive some of us OPPC types crazy is that we’re there supporting the Yankees and do so through wins and losses. You know that the forum is pretty typically a hotbed of negitivity and pessimism and a lot of it happens before a player even has a chance to “earn” that. God forbid it actually happens.

    But no I’m not pushing anything or that isn’t my agenda. I’m just going with it. Heck I know how to be my own powerhouse of positivity because it’s just the way I am. I never need an army with me. But I have to admit it really is a lot more pleasant to have a positive and hopeful atmosphere than one where people are always ready to call it quits.

    JMO

  1390. Jones May 17th, 2009 at 5:45 pm

    Not that I have anything against Cervelli but, why did they remove Cash from the game? I thought he was actually doing a good job behind the plate besides that one run scored.

  1391. rconn23 May 17th, 2009 at 5:45 pm

    Colin Curtis’ ceiling is as a fourth outfielder in the majors. Nothing more.

    Johnny Damon is an all-star caliber player.

    It’s fine to want to get younger, but you don’t replace Damon with someone like Curtis.

  1392. DT May 17th, 2009 at 5:46 pm

    Reading back over the thread – it looks like 9 out of 10 were against Gardner trying to score in 9th.

    It took a great play by Mauer to get him. I can’t get on Gardy for the hustle. (but if the Yanks were down a run, it wouldn’t have been pretty to lose the game on that play.)

    Many assumed Cano would have hit a SF to win the game in the 9th if Gardner stayed on 3rd.
    I’m not so sure Minny Gardner wouldn’t have walked Cano to load the bases. (with Jeter up next – looking for a ground ball)

  1393. trisha - AJ - the OPPC has your back! May 17th, 2009 at 5:46 pm

    *Official Positive Poster’s Club* – Opt in/Opt out
    Members: Trisha, Rebecca, Boston Dave, Nick in SF, Angel, SoS, DT, Pepitone, S.A., pat, Dr. Cox, Giuseppe Franco, Pat M, Jeff NJ, Fran, Tex, Laura, bodhisattva, Doreen, ed, rishi, saucy, miggs, SJ44, cb, GreenBeret7, raymagnetic, uncle ellsworth, ralphieD, Roger (new amsterdam yankees), thunderfangabe, vader, Joe T 28 in 10

    “I love the walk offs as much as anyone, but it would be nice to go into the 9th with a nice 5 run cushion. Just sayin’.”

    Ain’t it.

    ;)

  1394. rconn23 May 17th, 2009 at 5:46 pm

    Jones,

    They pitch hit Cano for Cash. That was why they replaced him.

  1395. Rishi May 17th, 2009 at 5:47 pm

    Cano pinch hit for Cash so Cervelli came in…

  1396. Christina (pictures from the Toronto series on my blog) May 17th, 2009 at 5:48 pm

    Dr. Cox- they have to fill up the time slot somehow. Replaying the Joe Girardi show 4 times a day is what the Yesnetwork relies on to get by the day.

  1397. Stultus Magnus (Storm the Moat) May 17th, 2009 at 5:48 pm

    The last time New York had three consecutive walk-off wins was August 27-29, 1972.

    I wasn’t watching the game, but I saw a highlight on the Gardner play… It’s hard for me to be critical (especially after a win) other than saying you don’t run through a stop sign. I hope the 3B coach gives him hell. But otherwise I thought it was an exciting play and I liked it.

    Cano would have hit into a DP if it were 1st and 3rd 1 out. We all know that!

  1398. DT May 17th, 2009 at 5:49 pm

    Damon gets credit for winning the game & rightfully so….But the play Texeria made in the 8th with the bases loaded saved the game….

    good point. That was some throw from his knees.

  1399. Dr. Cox May 17th, 2009 at 5:49 pm

    “Not that I have anything against Cervelli but, why did they remove Cash from the game? I thought he was actually doing a good job behind the plate besides that one run scored.”

    Were you watching the same game? Cash was garbage behind the plate today.

  1400. Betsy May 17th, 2009 at 5:50 pm

    Someone posted on the RAB game thread that AJ said the team watches game replays together – I missed him saying that, but if true, that’s a great thing that they continue to bond………..

  1401. Rishi May 17th, 2009 at 5:50 pm

    Funny:

    Series At A Glance
    New York leads 3-0 (as of 5/17)
    Details [+]

    Friday, May 15
    Minnesota 4 Final
    NY Yankees 5

    Saturday, May 16
    Minnesota 4 Final
    NY Yankees 6 in 11

    Sunday, May 17
    Minnesota 2 Final
    NY Yankees 3 in 10

    Monday, May 18
    Minnesota 7:05
    NY Yankees PM ET
    G. Perkins vs. A. Pettitte

    Schedules: MIN | NYY

    MLB Scores
    Sunday, May 17th
    Oakland 7 Final
    Detroit 11

    Minnesota 2 Final
    NY Yankees 3 in 10

    Chi White Sox 2 Final
    Toronto 8

    LA Dodgers 12 Final
    Florida 5

    Arizona Postponed
    Atlanta

    Philadelphia 8 Final
    Washington 6

    Colorado 4 Final
    Pittsburgh 11

    Cleveland 5 Final
    Tampa Bay 7

    LA Angels 0 Final
    Texas 3

    Baltimore 4 Final
    Kansas City 7

    Milwaukee 8 Final
    St. Louis 2

    Houston 6 Final
    Chi Cubs 5

    Cincinnati 1 Top of
    San Diego 2 7th

    Boston 2 Top of
    Seattle 2 6th

    NY Mets 8:00
    San Francisco PM ET

    Newark Star-Ledger
    Ex-Yankee David Wells says steroid users should be banned from baseball after first offense
    New York Yankees’ Mark Teixeira says regaining strength in troublesome wrist has made difference
    New York Yankees beat Minnesota Twins, 3-2, in 10 innings, on Johnny Damon’s home run

  1402. C May 17th, 2009 at 5:51 pm

    I really like what I’m seeing from Aceves. I think he can be a really valuable 7th/8th inning guy for us. Then if Bruney and Marte come back and are effective, we’d have 5 solid options in the pen: Aceves/Coke in the 7th, Bruney/Marte in the 8th, Mo in the 9th. Maybe Hughes can be our long man when Wang returns, and all of a sudden our bullpen doesn’t look so bad at all…

  1403. Rishi May 17th, 2009 at 5:51 pm

    Sorry, that was the wrong copy…was supposed to be:

    Game notes
    David Wells was in the broadcast booth for TBS on the 11th anniversary of his perfect game at Yankee Stadium — against Minnesota. In a neat coincidence, John Hirschbeck was the first base umpire that day and again on Sunday. “Quick game if I remember,” Hirschbeck said with a laugh. “It was an exciting day, I will say that. Yankee Stadium was going crazy, leading up to it. It was fun to be a part of.”

  1404. Dr. Cox May 17th, 2009 at 5:51 pm

    Joba vs the Orioles this week.

    Should we all start the Aubrey Huff Target Practice club too?? lol

  1405. Betsy May 17th, 2009 at 5:53 pm

    Kay just said on the Joe G. show that Coney and O’Neill don’t like the pie in the face routine……..sheesh, no offense, but they are really sticks in the mud, lol

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    Members: Trisha, Rebecca, Boston Dave, Nick in SF, Angel, SoS, DT, Pepitone, S.A., pat, Dr. Cox, Giuseppe Franco, Pat M, Jeff NJ, Fran, Tex, Laura, bodhisattva, Doreen, ed, rishi, saucy, miggs, SJ44, cb, GreenBeret7, raymagnetic, uncle ellsworth, ralphieD, Roger (new amsterdam yankees), thunderfangabe, vader, Joe T 28 in 10, BBFan

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    Hi Trisha, just caught the end of the game. I was positive that the Yanks would win ;)
    If you want me to list the names one day this week just let me know.

  1408. S.A.--The sun will come out tomorrow May 17th, 2009 at 5:56 pm

    So ya think the Yankees will bring Wang back? Or maybe one more start in Scranton?

  1409. Bronx Jeers May 17th, 2009 at 5:59 pm

    You know I’m all for the power of positive thinking and it is dis-heartening to know that all the negativity this blog sees when the “chips are down” scares away some good posters.

    And Trisha’s club or whatever it is is just a reaction to this negativity.

    However I am scared that this club could serve as the first step in a series of unfortunate events that will eventually lead to this:

    http://tinyurl.com/qkxea2

  1410. DT May 17th, 2009 at 6:02 pm

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    Aug. 27 was a double header with KC.
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    Cele Sanchez scored the winning run in both games. (Hoss Clarke SF and Johnny Callison single)

    August 29 was a 7-6 win over Texas. (down 4-2 at one time)
    Johhny Callison won that in the 11th on a single.

    So it was three straight games back then – but not three straight days!

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  1412. trisha - AJ - the OPPC has your back! May 17th, 2009 at 6:13 pm

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    Members: Trisha, Rebecca, Boston Dave, Nick in SF, Angel, SoS, DT, Pepitone, S.A., pat, Dr. Cox, Giuseppe Franco, Pat M, Jeff NJ, Fran, Tex, Laura, bodhisattva, Doreen, ed, rishi, saucy, miggs, SJ44, cb, GreenBeret7, raymagnetic, uncle ellsworth, ralphieD, Roger (new amsterdam yankees), thunderfangabe, vader, Joe T 28 in 10, BBFan

    Bronx Jeers :lol:

    Fran, thanks! I’m tired of getting beat up over our happy club!

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

    “Your club is hilarious,”

    YAWN! It’s not MY club. It was a group effort.

    “its message is lost with its exclusivity”

    apparently not

    “and therefore makes it a negative.”

    Then it should fit well here.

    “But why try and prove that point, to someone who watches a baseball game, and only wants to hear positive things.”

    Don’t have a clue what you’re saying.

    Plus I’m tired of being the spokesperson for the group – because I am not.

    If you want to join, here is the test

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    1) Matsui sucks! What a piece of garbage! Trade him. DFA him. We will never win now. Chalk this one up in the loss column. That AB will lead to a long losing streak. This team has no heart. Fire Girardi. Fire Cashman. Fire the beat writers. $13 mil for this bum!

    2) Ugh. Tough AB for Matsui. He swung at ball four. He’ll get them next time. This game isn’t over yet – 2 more innings and the score is tied! At least he went down swinging. Matsui scored on a SF earlier, at least he did something positive today.

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  1413. Dr. Cox May 17th, 2009 at 6:19 pm

    “Hi Trisha, just caught the end of the game. I was positive that the Yanks would win
    If you want me to list the names one day this week just let me know.”

    How about you let Flam do it.

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