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Good morning … and Happy National Maritime Day! …

Posted by: Sam Borden - Posted in Misc on May 22, 2009 Print This Post Print This Post | Email This Post Email This Post

… which is a very appropriate way to lead into Memorial Day. (Also, judging by the deserted parking lot at the Metro-North station this morning, it would seem to be “National Start Your Long Weekend Early Day” today. If you’re one of those working “summer hours” or even “no hours” today, congratulations. Welcome to summer.)

The Yankees are celebrating Maritime Day by cruising through their recent schedule (all credit to editor Susie for that line), though it figures to get tougher with the World Champion Phillies in town. Now that I think about it, it actually might be more appropriate for this blog to celebrate National Unity Day (which is taking place today in Yemen, our neighbor to the [Middle] East) since this weekend will involve Yankees and Mets fans – normally sworn enemies – having to root for one another.

Strange right? Nothing would be better for a Yankee fan than if the Mets win three in a row (they’re at Fenway) while nothing would please the Met fan more than if the Yanks put up another sweep (with the Phillies in town). Just think: if it weren’t for Yemenite Unity Day, the universe would probably tilt off its axis. How do you guys feel about pulling for Wright, Reyes and Beltran, et. al? Make you a little sick to your stomach? Kind of hard to keep food down?

I’ll be back later this morning with an extended mailbag (it went beyond mini when I had to start a new Outlook folder to keep all the emails), but I did want to address one question here that I got upwards of 10 times from a variety of people:

Everyone (from Everywhere, USA) writes: If you could create one holiday, what would it be?

As it turns out, I actually have a credentialed expert to go to for this one: My wife’s boss recently had an awards day at the office and, among the awards given was one to my wife for “Most Likely to Create a New Holiday.” Seriously.

So, as soon as the emails started rolling in, I asked her what the new holiday should be. Without missing a beat (and obviously recognizing a sports theme would be nice), she said, “What about National Mulligan Day?”

I loved it. National Mulligan Day. You know how every time you step up on the first tee of a golf course, slice your opening drive into the parking lot and then just tee up another and swing again? If everyone got a do-over day like that in real life, it’d be fantastic! Guys who forgot their anniversary could go back and get flowers. Kids who didn’t do their homework could go back and copy it from a friend. Lonn Trost could go back and build a stadium that fans actually like! (I’m kidding … sort of.)

Obviously everyone would have to eat mulligatawny soup (preferably from the Soup Nazi) on this day and the really devoted celebrants would pay tribute to the mullet. Good times all around.

What do you guys think? National Mulligan Day? Could be good, right? Plus, consider this particularly relevant benefit: If the Yankees somehow don’t win their 10th in a row tonight, they can just invoke their Mulligan Day and go back to try again tomorrow.

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151 Responses to “Good morning … and Happy National Maritime Day! …”

  1. Patrick May 22nd, 2009 at 9:16 am

    wow harsh will..

    National Mulligan day sounds great, I’d go back and decide to stay on vacation for 1 more day

  2. Matt May 22nd, 2009 at 9:16 am

    I’ve really got no problem rooting for the Mets. I like Wright and I think Beltran is the best CF in baseball (regardless of what Steve Phillips would have you think). I don’t root for them, but I also don’t necessarily root against them. I hope they beat Boston, but I’m not counting on it.

  3. randy l. May 22nd, 2009 at 9:18 am

    “Why again do the Yankees need another high-paid starting pitcher? ”
    precisely.

    wang is a star pitcher.

    since when has he been downgraded?bad results while still being injured? so what.
    some uninformed people have gotten used to thinking of wang as a damaged and downgraded pitcher.
    this is totally shoddy thinking.

    if wang doesn’t return to his former stature, someone on the yankees needs to be fired.
    it’s really that simple.

  4. Al from BK May 22nd, 2009 at 9:18 am

    9 game winning streak, feels good :)

  5. JoeyA May 22nd, 2009 at 9:20 am

    Idk about anybody else on this blog, but I went away for college and, as a result, became a NY fan.

    Always been a Yankee fan, but after watching other telecasts of games/listening to other broadcasters/ and dealing with the fans of other teams, like the Phils, i root for the Mets now.

    I’m pretty sure Philadelphia fans are the most ignorant, hard headed fan base I’ve ever come into contact with.

    So, I don’t mind rooting for the Mets too much.

  6. JoeyA May 22nd, 2009 at 9:22 am

    My only concern about this Wang thing is, if it still is his foot, what could they possibly accomplish in the last 15 days that he couldn’t accomplish in the months prior when he was rehabbing?

    Was he not doing strength training exercises or something?

    Maybe someone can shed some light, but how can they fix something in 15 days that wasn’t fixed in 6-9 months?

  7. Jon Ringland May 22nd, 2009 at 9:24 am

    “9 game winning streak, feels good”

    Damn straight…and as I live in the Philly area, beating the tar out of the Phillies would feel good too :)

  8. jennifer May 22nd, 2009 at 9:27 am

    Al from BK May 22nd, 2009 at 9:18 am

    9 game winning streak, feels good :)
    *********

    10 IS BETTER. :D

  9. Ryan May 22nd, 2009 at 9:28 am

    Why does everyone have to be negative? We’ve got a beautiful weekend ahead of us, the Pinstripes are starting to click, and we have an outstanding Blog here. Keep up the great work Pete (and Sam). You guys know your stuff. Will is just pissed that Papi didn’t give him a reach around last night.

  10. Al from BK May 22nd, 2009 at 9:30 am

    “Al from BK May 22nd, 2009 at 9:18 am

    9 game winning streak, feels good :)

    *********

    10 IS BETTER. :D”

    Touche, I smell 12 but lets not get presumptuous :)

  11. Jeff NJ May 22nd, 2009 at 9:31 am

    How many days until Pete comes back?

  12. Jon Ringland May 22nd, 2009 at 9:31 am

    “Why does everyone have to be negative? We’ve got a beautiful weekend ahead of us, the Pinstripes are starting to click, and we have an outstanding Blog here.”

    Amen brother!!!

  13. Clay Buchholz Loves Laptops - Latest blog entry: An interview with Bill Gallo May 22nd, 2009 at 9:34 am

    A nice story.

    http://www.nydailynews.com/spo.....r_dad.html

  14. Jon Ringland May 22nd, 2009 at 9:34 am

    “When he cannot keep anymore of his arod hate mongering inside”

    lmao, harsh but true. Ive always maintained that at some point Arod may have kicked pete’s dog.

  15. JoeyA May 22nd, 2009 at 9:34 am

    Jeff, I believe he is on the DL for a week, retroactive to Monday. So, after this weekend, Pete should be back.

  16. Doreen May 22nd, 2009 at 9:37 am

    I’m sorry – I didn’t see the new thread – this is a repost.
    Christina –
    That’s what we paid for the suite. But even if that was some kind of special, and that’s usually a regular room rate, it’s decent. We stayed 4 nights. I think if we were going for just one night, it might have been worth a splurge on the room with a view of the field. But if you’re looking to save some money AND get the view of the field from a centerfield window, staying in a non-view room and utilizing the hotel’s restaurant/lounge is a good deal. As long as you order something, no one bothers you.
    Now, again, we did not see the Yankees, we saw the A’s, so it may be a lot more crowded and not as easy to do if Yankees are in town.
    I agree that Hughes should go to AAA and get his work and his innings. I don’t really see how he gets to do what he needs to coming out of the bullpen for the Yankees. If he did in fact say he’d like to stay in NY out of the pen, I’d like to know his thinking. However, the other night after the game, when asked about what happens to him once Wang comes up, he did say it didn’t matter because he’d get the ball in 5 days no matter where he was and that was what was important. So I don’t know if I believe he said he preferred to stay in the pen or offered to because the pen is a weakness right now.
    As for Jake Peavy –
    The real news would be if he EVER agrees to a trade at all. You can’t really blame the guy – he has a full NTC and what’s the point of having one if you don’t use it? But if he wants to stay in San Diego so badly, and the only reason the Padres are offering him out is money, why doesn’t Peavy renegotiate the financials in his contract?

  17. DB - (officially panicked 5/13/09) May 22nd, 2009 at 9:40 am

    JoeyA, he won’t be finished with his PT for awhile. They are targeting some specific muscles in his groin and legs that allow him generate his power. That’s why they are taking it slow him. But, if he is getting results already they won’t hesistate to throw him in there at the ML level.

  18. Guy May 22nd, 2009 at 9:43 am

    9 straight.

    We are going to destroy the Phillies.

    Expect either Yankee blowouts or low scoring game. Our pitching is going to shut them down. Their pitching will have to step up.

  19. Peter Rabbit May 22nd, 2009 at 9:43 am

    I just want to voice my opinion. These daily [Holiday] Day posts are way too long and it’s way too much to read first thing in the morning.

    I don’t want to be wined and dined every single morning! I just want the facts bub! The facts!

  20. Doreen May 22nd, 2009 at 9:43 am

    Sam -

    I like National Mulligan Day. Once a year, getting to choose something to do over. I could go for that.

    hey -

    Look at all the bobbleheads on the Mike & Mike show.

  21. Jon Ringland May 22nd, 2009 at 9:45 am

    We need LENGTH from A.J. tonight…last nights win was clutch, but it really drained the pen. Look for AJ to go at least seven, ideally eight, and then give Bruney the ball. That happens, we’re in great shape for the rest of the weekend.

  22. Guy May 22nd, 2009 at 9:45 am

    Also,don’t panic if we trail in the bottom of the ninth.

    Brad Lidge looks awful this year.

  23. Doreen May 22nd, 2009 at 9:49 am

    I will be supremely happy if the Yankees can take 2 of 3 from the Phillies. I would like if they won tonight. I hope they’re good games. I hope the Mets regroup and beat the Red Sox at least 2 of 3 – but I seriously doubt that will happen. If they were in Citifield and not Fenway, I’d have more optimism.

    Is this Dice-K’s first start off the DL or did he pitch last week, too?

    Santana should be able to beat the Sox.

    I started my baseball fandom as a Mets fan, so I never root against them unless they’re playing the Yankees or if their winning would somehow negatively affect the Yankees. Since they’re in different leagues, I don’t see it as a conflict of interest. :

  24. Guy May 22nd, 2009 at 9:50 am

    Mets are gona get creamed. Santana MAY win. That’s it.

    Mets are the most overrated team in baseball. I want their bullpen, though. (Except they could take K-Rod, we’ll keep Mo).

  25. Christina May 22nd, 2009 at 9:52 am

    We are going to destroy the Phillies

    Yea right.LOL!

  26. Christina May 22nd, 2009 at 9:53 am

    We need LENGTH from A.J. tonight…last nights win was clutch, but it really drained the pen.

    AJ Burnett is really bad against NL teams.

  27. Guy May 22nd, 2009 at 9:53 am

    Christina-We’re hot, they’re not.

    Anybody here think the Sox would sweep us? They were hot. We weren’t.

  28. Guy May 22nd, 2009 at 9:55 am

    The Phils have a real good offense, but I’m of the belief good pitching beats good hitting. And if our starters give length like they should, this team doesn’t scare me because it has no pitching.

  29. ray (sox fan) May 22nd, 2009 at 10:01 am

    Doreen, this is Dice-K’s first start since coming off the DL.

    He did a few rehab starts but this is the first one back up with the major league club.

  30. Yankee U May 22nd, 2009 at 10:02 am

    Do you think that it’s a coincidence that this winning streak has come at the same time that Pete has been off this blog? Does his negative energy affect the Yankees?

  31. Doreen May 22nd, 2009 at 10:03 am

    Thanks, ray. I thought it was, but I was MIA last week. :)

  32. Tex's Friend (Soon the starting 5 will dominate again!) May 22nd, 2009 at 10:05 am

    note to aj burnett. no fastballs to howard. only outside curves.

  33. ray (sox fan) May 22nd, 2009 at 10:05 am

    No problem Doreen.

  34. pat May 22nd, 2009 at 10:06 am

    “But if he wants to stay in San Diego so badly, and the only reason the Padres are offering him out is money, why doesn’t Peavy renegotiate the financials in his contract?”

    Why should he want/have to? He signed the contract in good faith.

  35. Christina May 22nd, 2009 at 10:07 am

    Christina-We’re hot, they’re not.

    You beat crappy teams. Do you think that this will continue?

  36. Kevin S. May 22nd, 2009 at 10:07 am

    “We need LENGTH from A.J. tonight”

    That’s what she said.

    I have absolutely no issues whatsoever with rooting for the Mutts to beat the snot out of Boston this weekend. No, the real trying times would come if Boston was needed to play spoiler to a team the Yanks were battling for a playoff berth. This? No brainer.

  37. Guy May 22nd, 2009 at 10:08 am

    By the way, what happened to Tomo last nught? I thought it would be Aceves, Tomko, maybe Bruney, maybe not, and then Mo. Instead they use Albaladejo, who is terrible.

  38. Christina May 22nd, 2009 at 10:08 am

    I have absolutely no issues whatsoever with rooting for the Mutts to beat the snot out of Boston this weekend.

    I’m sure you do. Will it happen? Lets see.

  39. randy l. May 22nd, 2009 at 10:08 am

    “I wouldn’t put Hughes in the bullpen.
    He needs to build innings and consistency with all of his pitches. You don’t do that in the bullpen.
    Go back to AAA, build on the improvements made, and keep working hard. That’s the best thing for him right now.”

    sj44-

    i agree. hughes at any time is one line drive off the wrong body part away from being needed. he needs to stay tuned up for starting. he’ll be back

  40. Guy May 22nd, 2009 at 10:09 am

    Christina-Yes.

  41. Rishi May 22nd, 2009 at 10:10 am

    Man – Christina, there is no need for you to single-handedly fight every anti-Red Sox comment on this board…it will keep you busy for the rest of your life.

  42. Guy May 22nd, 2009 at 10:10 am

    Christina-I remember a very nice Christina who was a Yankee fan so you must be a troll.

    Too bad Pete isn’t here or you’d be GONE.

  43. Guy May 22nd, 2009 at 10:10 am

    Rishi-This is a troll. Don’t respond to her anymore.

  44. Rishi May 22nd, 2009 at 10:10 am

    Guy – 2 Christinas – I think this is the one who was the lone poster on the WEEI boards Pete was pitching during the Yankee-Red Sox games

  45. Guy May 22nd, 2009 at 10:11 am

    This troll comes on here all the time and impersonates Christina.

    She’s a real jerk who doesn’t debate but attacks and ridicules.

  46. Guy May 22nd, 2009 at 10:11 am

    Rishi-I’ve seen her before. She is a jerk.

  47. Doreen May 22nd, 2009 at 10:12 am

    pat -

    He shouldn’t have to. And I suppose he wouldn’t want to. I mean, conversely, no team renegotiates a deal up to keep a player, do they?

    It just seems that it is really important to him to stay. And it’s obvious the Padres are trying to rid themselves of the contract. At some point, something’s got to give, no?

    I guess not really.

  48. Al from BK May 22nd, 2009 at 10:13 am

    Obviously need 7 strong from AJ. Bruney and Coke need to pitch, Mo needs a rest.

  49. Texeiramvp May 22nd, 2009 at 10:13 am

    Hey Christina, I remember you!

    I’m here VERY quick for various reasons, but Guy is right. Don’t respond to Christina.

  50. Rishi May 22nd, 2009 at 10:13 am

    gotcha – well I’m really good at ignoring :)

  51. Jon Ringland May 22nd, 2009 at 10:14 am

    ““We need LENGTH from A.J. tonight”

    That’s what she said”

    Well played sir

  52. Jon Ringland May 22nd, 2009 at 10:16 am

    This is one of those rare weekends when Mets and Yankees fans are actually rooting for one another to succeed. I hope the Mets and Red Sox play three 15 inning games that the Mets sweep.

  53. JoeyA May 22nd, 2009 at 10:17 am

    Question of the Day:

    Over-under on 2 home runs for Howard in this series?

    I’m going over with 4. I’m not joking either.

    One bad pitch, with that porch, let’s just hope we can limit baserunners when he coms up to bat.

  54. Wave Your Hat May 22nd, 2009 at 10:17 am

    I assumed Hughes needed to go back to AAA when (and IF) Wang comes back and is effective. He is obviously destined to be a starter and, IMO, a good one, so it seemed to me his continuing development in AAA if there was no spot for him in the Yanks rotation was a no brainer.

    The other night, though, Cone (I think) and Paulie seemed to think it made sense for Hughes to remain in the Yanks’ bullpen once Wang reclaimed his old rotation spot. I don’t always agree with those guys, but I do take their opinions pretty seriously, as I think any fan should.

    There’s no question in my mind that Hughes would help the Yanks now by pitching out of the bullpen. I guess the question is, would the Yanks’ be better off in the long run if Hughes goes back to AAA instead when and if Wang gets his rotation spot back.

    I don’t think it’s necessarily true if Wang gets his spot back that Hughes must continue to pitch in the rotation in AAA in order for Hughes to be able to pitch in the Yanks’ rotation later this season, or to be ready to take a major league rotation spot out of spring training next season.

    Historically, many major league starters have commenced their careers in the bullpen. Many pitchers have pitched in the pen one year, and pitched in the rotation the next. And many pitchers have gone from the pen to the rotation within the space of one season. Pitching from the pen does not mean you can’t move to the rotation.

    The more difficult question is would Hughes progress more if he went back to AAA to, for example, work on his changeup, than if he stayed in the Yanks’ bullpen. The more I think about this, the less of a slam dunk the answer seems. Nothing says Hughes will ever master the change-up. If you could master a pitch just by throwing it, a lot of pitchers hould have more pitches than they actually do. And, by pitching to AAA batters Hughes knows he can get out, he may develop bad habits he didn’t otherwise have. So going back to AAA is not a clear winner.

    On the other hand, pitching out of the Yanks’ pen, he will have the task of getting actual major league hitters out. In addition to helping the Yanks’ win now, he will develop skills at the major league level. This has been a tried and true method of acquiring the skills he will need as a starter. But, the Yanks will have at least 7 pitchers in their pen, so it’s not clear to me Hughes will pitch enough out of the pen to develop those skills.

    Bottom line, I don’t think there’s a clear answer, and I think the Yanks (and Hughes) could go right or wrong either way.

  55. Kevin S. May 22nd, 2009 at 10:17 am

    Yeah, I used to hate having to register for sites to post on them, but after experiences here and on other blogs where you can call yourself anything you want to, I’m all for unique handles.

  56. Rishi May 22nd, 2009 at 10:18 am

    “What is unusual about Rodriguez’s approach is that rather than do what many in his position would have – declare the news media a no-win proposition and just clam up – he is reinventing himself while being as accessible as ever.

    “This is about as well as he has handled the media since he got to New York,” said Newsday baseball columnist Ken Davidoff, who like most cranky baseball writers is not prone to unjustified gushing.”

    http://www.newsday.com/sports/.....947.column

  57. pat May 22nd, 2009 at 10:19 am

    Doreen

    Sometimes we as fans forget, it’s a business.

  58. William Buckner May 22nd, 2009 at 10:20 am

    Albie did one good thing yesterday. By using him up, he likely won’t be available tonight (I would think neither will Veras or The Lion).

    That said, it would make sense to option Albie to S/WB for a different pen arm. I would think Robertson.

    That would mean in a week, they’ve rid themselves of 2/3 of the pen problem!!

  59. Kevin S. May 22nd, 2009 at 10:20 am

    Oh, and regarding Hughes and the pen… it depends on how they use him. Yeah, if they try to make him an eighth inning guy, that’s the same development-retarding Joba went through. On the other hand, if they use him for two to three-inning spurts (maybe once through the lineup), he can have his innings limited while still contributing to the big league club, and there’s less of a stretching out factor needed for returning to the rotation.

  60. Jon Ringland May 22nd, 2009 at 10:22 am

    “Question of the Day:

    Over-under on 2 home runs for Howard in this series?

    I’m going over with 4. I’m not joking either.

    One bad pitch, with that porch, let’s just hope we can limit baserunners when he coms up to bat.”

    Michael Kay made a really good point on last nights broadcast about Howard. When he is going well, he hits the ball with power to left field. The temptation to pull the ball to that short porch in right could actually throw him off from what he does best. I have a feeling (and ive probably jinxed the Yanks by bringing it up) that he will not be hitting for power this weekend.

  61. Wave Your Hat May 22nd, 2009 at 10:23 am

    “On the other hand, if they use him for two to three-inning spurts (maybe once through the lineup), he can have his innings limited while still contributing to the big league club, and there’s less of a stretching out factor needed for returning to the rotation.”

    Good point.

  62. E May 22nd, 2009 at 10:27 am

    When was the last time the Yankees won 10 straight? For some reason these things are impossible to find in google.

  63. awful May 22nd, 2009 at 10:29 am

    What was the point of that entry??? God I miss PAbe

  64. JoeyA May 22nd, 2009 at 10:29 am

    “Michael Kay made a really good point on last nights broadcast about Howard. When he is going well, he hits the ball with power to left field. The temptation to pull the ball to that short porch in right could actually throw him off from what he does best. I have a feeling (and ive probably jinxed the Yanks by bringing it up) that he will not be hitting for power this weekend.”

    It’s a valid point. IMO, when Howard is hitting well, his temptation turns into reality, especially with suspect arms in a bullpen.

    He may be tempted, but I don’t think it will curb his hitting to the point he is ineffective. Plus, as we all know, that wall is a joke. We’ve seen people much weaker than Howard poke a ball over. He CRUSHES pitches a-la Giambi prime. Scary for this stadium this year.

    Hopefully A.J. can make him whiff at some nasty pitches and he won’t have the opportunity to put one out. We should get 7-8 from A.J. tonight, hopefully.

  65. Jon Ringland May 22nd, 2009 at 10:30 am

    JoeyA,

    Agreed. The Phil’s have a ton of quality left-handed hitters who can hit for power. That could spell disaster for Yankee pitching this weekend. Fortunately, we have a few lefties of our own :)

  66. Kevin S. May 22nd, 2009 at 10:32 am

    “When was the last time the Yankees won 10 straight? For some reason these things are impossible to find in google.”

    I know they came up just short in ’07, leaving Larry Bowa with his head of hair. That would have been hilarious to see.

  67. ERIC May 22nd, 2009 at 10:34 am

    A lots Taiwan’s mass media report Wang will come back MLB today, but I don’t know it’s trun or not?
    How do you think?

  68. Frank from Norwalk May 22nd, 2009 at 10:35 am

    When did you say Pete is coming back?

  69. Rishi May 22nd, 2009 at 10:35 am

    According to MLB.com, he’ll be pitching in the minor leagues today:

    http://newyork.yankees.mlb.com.....8;c_id=nyy

  70. Jon Ringland May 22nd, 2009 at 10:35 am

    ““When was the last time the Yankees won 10 straight? For some reason these things are impossible to find in google.”

    I know they came up just short in ‘07, leaving Larry Bowa with his head of hair. That would have been hilarious to see.”

    It was either ’05 or ’06. They won 11 in a row after a HORRIBLE April start.

  71. Jon Ringland May 22nd, 2009 at 10:35 am

    ““When was the last time the Yankees won 10 straight? For some reason these things are impossible to find in google.”

    I know they came up just short in ‘07, leaving Larry Bowa with his head of hair. That would have been hilarious to see.”

    It was either ’05 or ’06. They won 11 in a row after a HORRIBLE April start.

  72. pat May 22nd, 2009 at 10:37 am

    “When was the last time the Yankees won 10 straight?”

    May 7-17, 2005

  73. Stultus Magnus (Storm the Moat) May 22nd, 2009 at 10:38 am

    The Yanks never won 10 straight under Torre, I hope they can make a little history tonight. If not, no big deal, but at least take 2 of 3. I’m always happy with winning series.

    I was wrong about Cano in the 2 spot last night, it turned out to be fine. Just thought I’d admit it. Lucky jerk. Cano, Cano, the kind of player who will hit .750 for 4 days and .150 for the next 2 weeks…

  74. GD27 May 22nd, 2009 at 10:38 am

    Anyone know why Bruney wasn’t used last night? I believe he last pitched on Tuesday night and should have been available.

  75. Joey's Poodle May 22nd, 2009 at 10:39 am

    Sam,

    Before you disappear, I’ve been wondering — are you related to that other, older Borden who works at that other, older paper?

  76. Jon Ringland May 22nd, 2009 at 10:39 am

    Pat,

    Impressive! Do u work for Elias, haha

  77. Stultus Magnus (Storm the Moat) May 22nd, 2009 at 10:39 am

    Pat, is that correct? I thought they never won 10 straight under Torre… Maybe it was more than 10 straight.

  78. E May 22nd, 2009 at 10:39 am

    Pat –

    Thank you! I have been looking all over for that. How did you find it? I assume from the dates that the streak ended at 10?

  79. Jon Ringland May 22nd, 2009 at 10:40 am

    “Pat –

    Thank you! I have been looking all over for that. How did you find it? I assume from the dates that the streak ended at 10?”

    I can tell you with almost 100% certainty that it ended at 11

  80. pat May 22nd, 2009 at 10:44 am

    Stultus

    More then 10 under Torre. They won 10 in a row in 1998 too.

    E.

    Info is on baseball-reference.com. Go to the Yankee team page and work backwards on the years and it shows you longest winning streaks with the dates of it.

  81. E May 22nd, 2009 at 10:44 am

    Stultus:

    Pat appears to be correct: http://www.nydailynews.com/spo....._joba.html

    I only found that by searching for the dates, I still don’t have any idea how to find when long winning streaks occurred.

  82. Rebecca-Optimist Prime May 22nd, 2009 at 10:46 am

    The Phillies aren’t exactly a pushover. They don’t have great pitching outside of Hamels, but holy crap, they can hit.

    And that short porch in right has got to have Utley and co salivating.

    That said, there is utterly no reason we can’t win each game if we keep doing as we’ve been doing the last few games-take a lead early, let the starters cruise and blow it open late.

  83. ERIC May 22nd, 2009 at 10:46 am

    Rishi -
    ThankS,but the Taiwan’s mass media is very sure and the Taiwan’s mass media report was after the report that you say

  84. pat May 22nd, 2009 at 10:47 am

    E

    Here’s the link

    http://www.baseball-reference......ores.shtml

  85. Brandon Pie "Because it's the thing to do in this stadium" May 22nd, 2009 at 10:47 am

    I’ve been saying the guy that needs to prove himself right now is Wang not Hughes, if anything b/c he’s 1 pitch away from a DP and the turbo sinker out of the BP would be interesting out of the pen, why not put Wang there have him work back to what he was if he continues to progress.

  86. Rishi May 22nd, 2009 at 10:47 am

    Eric – I’ve read it in a bunch of blogs etc to…I guess we’ll just have to wait and see

  87. Yankee U May 22nd, 2009 at 10:51 am

    Basball-reference.com gives streak information in the Teams Schedule and Results Tab

  88. Nick in SF in Vallejo May 22nd, 2009 at 10:54 am

    Impacto Deportivo is reporting that Wang pitched in last night’s Yankee win. I don’t know what to believe!

  89. Yankee U May 22nd, 2009 at 10:54 am

    I’ve got to learn to type faster.

  90. Brandon Pie "Because it's the thing to do in this stadium" May 22nd, 2009 at 10:55 am

    “Impacto Deportivo is reporting that Wang pitched in last night’s Yankee win. I don’t know what to believe!”

    Is it Taiwan ? :)

  91. ERIC May 22nd, 2009 at 10:58 am

    Rishi- You are right! but we(Taiwan people)wait over 10 houres and we can’t found any news about it at American web!
    That’s why we not sure the report was ture or not !

  92. Rebecca-Optimist Prime May 22nd, 2009 at 10:59 am

    Eric: Originally Wang was supposed to pitch today but they decided to give Hughes another start.

    It’s still entirely possible Wang takes Joba’s spot if Joba can’t go.

  93. murphydog May 22nd, 2009 at 11:02 am

    Naional Mulligan Day? The divorce rate would be cut in half. (Hi, Honey. Who’s that hot brunette over there? She’s my girlfriend. Not cool? Guess I’m gonna have to go ahead and tee this marriage up one more time…)

    It’ll be interesting to see how the Yanks do against the Phils after playing down to the level of the Orioles. Meantime, what’s that wonderful aroma? Hey, it’s first place and it’s right around the corner…

  94. Nick in SF in Vallejo May 22nd, 2009 at 11:03 am

    Eric: where are you in Taiwan?

  95. ERIC May 22nd, 2009 at 11:03 am

    The Taiwan’s mass media are very very sure!!
    but why nobody report the new in American

  96. Brandon Pie "Because it's the thing to do in this stadium" May 22nd, 2009 at 11:03 am

    Heh, Joba isn’t missing a start, he has a bruise. IMO Wang could be better used in the BP, his stuff is at 92 if you put him in the BP he might put that turbo sinker up a few notches.

  97. Rebecca-Optimist Prime May 22nd, 2009 at 11:04 am

    According to Will Carroll via Twitter, the Sox are discussing a Delcarmen-for-Nick Johnson deal with the Nationals.

    I wasn’t aware the Sox needed a 1b?! Is Youkilis really hurting that badly or is there something else going on here?

  98. Stultus Magnus (Storm the Moat) May 22nd, 2009 at 11:07 am

    Thanks guys, I stand corrected.

    Wang has won 54 games for the Yanks since 2005. Hughes has won 7 games since ’07. I think it’s Hughes who has something to prove. For what Wang has done over the last few seasons, he deserves patience from the Yanks and their fans as he struggles through a problem.

  99. TW May 22nd, 2009 at 11:07 am

    Word is that Wang got an urgent phone call after Joba got hurt. He was asked to stay in New York in case he was needed if AJ is unable to go deep in the game today.

  100. Nick in SF in Vallejo May 22nd, 2009 at 11:07 am

    Ok, Brandon, I’ll play along. Do you want to put Wang in the bullpen for the rest of the season or just while he works his way back to facing ML hitters?

  101. Guy Incognito May 22nd, 2009 at 11:10 am

    Rebecca I know nothing is wrong with Youk. He’s on my fantasy team and still killing it at .402, dunno why the Sox think they need Johnson unless they can flip him somewhere else. Youk has played some third base in his career, maybe they want to move Lowell?

    Delcarmen is a spare part extraordinaire. Not surprised the Nats want him at all.

  102. Brandon Pie "Because it's the thing to do in this stadium" May 22nd, 2009 at 11:10 am

    “Ok, Brandon, I’ll play along. Do you want to put Wang in the bullpen for the rest of the season or just while he works his way back to facing ML hitters?”

    The latter.

  103. m May 22nd, 2009 at 11:11 am

    pat,

    Did you submit your resume to Elias yet?

    Right now, there seems to be a big backlash of the IDOL results. Anyone else think the wrong guy won? I never vote, but this year I TRIED. Phone lines were open, but texting was not open during in my time zone. Anyhoo. I think you said “Brian Roberts” won Idol the other night. I kind of thought he looks like Evan Longoria. But evertime I see his face, I want to tune into baseball. :)

  104. ERIC May 22nd, 2009 at 11:11 am

    Nick in SF in Vallejo : Taipei ! what’s wrong?
    Rebecca-Optimist Prime :thanks for your anser! but I need the latest new!

  105. YankeeFan May 22nd, 2009 at 11:11 am

    TW:
    That’s what I’m reading on those Chinese websites too!

  106. Stultus Magnus (Storm the Moat) May 22nd, 2009 at 11:12 am

    I always liked Nick Johnson, I’ll wish him luck wherever he ends up.

  107. Brandon Pie "Because it's the thing to do in this stadium" May 22nd, 2009 at 11:13 am

    “Delcarmen is a spare part extraordinaire. Not surprised the Nats want him at all.”

    Nats are desperate for BP arms, I guess this signals the Sox aren’t sure about Youk at this point, but trading an established arm and counting on unknowns…? something is up.

  108. SJ44 May 22nd, 2009 at 11:13 am

    The problem with the Hughes to the bullpen argument is the infrequency in which he would work.

    Mo, bruney, Coke, and Aceves would all be in front of him.

    There isn’t any way he would get consistent work.

    It would be next to impossible for him to stay sharp.

    Also, unlike other situations where teams work a guy from the pen and build him to be a starter, the Yankees are a contending team.

    That makes such a transition equally tougher on him because they don’t have the luxury of learning on the job.

    AAA is the best place for him to get regular work.

    Regular work is the only way he will get better.

  109. m May 22nd, 2009 at 11:14 am

    Rebecca,

    If anything, the Sawx are looking for a bat to replace Ortiz (in season!). But why would they go for Nick Johnson? They certainly have the pieces to pick up someone better.

    And isn’t Delcarmen their “ace” in the pen? Curious.

  110. vin May 22nd, 2009 at 11:14 am

    “Impacto Deportivo is reporting that Wang pitched in last night’s Yankee win. I don’t know what to believe!”

    What did John Sterling say about this? Just believe the opposite.

  111. you gotta have faith (right porch giveth and the right porch taketh away) May 22nd, 2009 at 11:15 am

    im really excited about this series, it should be fun :)

  112. Nick in SF in Vallejo May 22nd, 2009 at 11:16 am

    Eric: Just curious, I was an english teacher in Taiwan many years ago, I lived in Chungli in Taoyuan County. If you look here, I have a photoset about Yankee fans in Taiwan from October 2007:

    http://www.flickr.com/photos/9.....451651434/

    Can someone give a link to one of these TW stories about Wang staying in NY?

  113. raymagnetic - Papi Stinks haha May 22nd, 2009 at 11:16 am

    “Heh, Joba isn’t missing a start, he has a bruise. IMO Wang could be better used in the BP, his stuff is at 92 if you put him in the BP he might put that turbo sinker up a few notches.”

    Just stop it with the Wang to the BP nonsense.

  114. Christina May 22nd, 2009 at 11:18 am

    Great, 2 Christina’s here. The other one clearly isn’t me. This is going to be my only post of the day as I am working.

    As for whoever said the Yankees are winning cause Pete is gone, he covered a game Saturday, so your theory is a tad far-fetched. Almost as good as people saying Kay jinxes perfect games.

  115. Brandon Pie "Because it's the thing to do in this stadium" May 22nd, 2009 at 11:18 am

    “Just stop it with the Wang to the BP nonsense.”

    Why ? he’s a contact pitcher, isn’t going to strike out many, what he is doing in AAA is just that, what strikes me is his velocity has dropped if anything he should work for his job not just get it handed to him.

  116. m May 22nd, 2009 at 11:20 am

    What’s the reason for Wang staying back? In case AJ can’t go tonight? What’s with that? Taiwan media believing the Glass AJ stories? :(

  117. raymagnetic - Papi Stinks haha May 22nd, 2009 at 11:21 am

    “Why ? he’s a contact pitcher, isn’t going to strike out many, what he is doing in AAA is just that, what strikes me is his velocity has dropped if anything he should work for his job not just get it handed to him.”

    Putting Wang in the BP makes as much sense as putting Joba in the bullpen.

    Name me another starter with Wang’s resume that was injured and when they came back they were put in the bullpen until they proved themselves.

  118. YankeeFan May 22nd, 2009 at 11:21 am

    Nice, Nick! Here you go:

    http://mlb.ftv.com.tw/content/news.aspx
    http://tw.news.yahoo.com/artic.....1jywx.html

    These are just some of the news outlets. Other websites are reporting the same thing.

  119. tampayank May 22nd, 2009 at 11:22 am

    “Yankee U
    May 22nd, 2009 at 10:02 am
    Do you think that it’s a coincidence that this winning streak has come at the same time that Pete has been off this blog? Does his negative energy affect the Yankees?


    yeah I mentioned yesterday how I have been enjoying the lack of Anti-AROD posts since Pete’s been gone…I’m sure they will return once Pete is back

  120. Guy Incognito May 22nd, 2009 at 11:22 am

    Brandon, maybe the Sox just want Johnson coming off the bench. Even though Youkilis seems fine after a short DL stint maybe they just want someone to give him a break in the field for 20-25 games the rest of the way. Johnson knows the AL East and could be a very valuable DH/bench guy the rest of the way.

  121. Nick in SF in Vallejo May 22nd, 2009 at 11:23 am

    Glass AJ or Gassed AJ?

  122. YankeeFan May 22nd, 2009 at 11:23 am

    No, FYI, the Taiwanese media is not THAT bad…
    It’s just that a lot of relievers were used yesterday.
    I would say this is just a precautionary step.

  123. Wave Your Hat May 22nd, 2009 at 11:23 am

    “The problem with the Hughes to the bullpen argument is the infrequency in which he would work.”

    Yes, the problem is the modern 7 man bullpen.

    Back in the day, teams would have a 10 man staff, with either 4 or later 5 starters, so there were plenty of opportunities to pitch in the pen. Relief stints of 3-4 innings were quite common.

    Today, the average relief appearance is down to about an inning, with reliance (over-reliance, IMO) on the platoon match-up and designated “roles”. That doesn’t leave a lot of room for the 3 inning relief appearance.

    My concern is the same as yours, that with 7 relievers Hughes would not see a substantial number of innings. I still think if he could get regular work in a 2-3 inning relief role it would be best for the Yanks short term as possibly best for Hughes, but I agree Hughes’ opportunities for 2-3 inning appearances would be limited at best.

  124. Wave Your Hat May 22nd, 2009 at 11:24 am

    Brandon-

    How well do you think Wang pitches out of the stretch?

  125. MikeEff May 22nd, 2009 at 11:25 am

    Rebecca—

    it may be that they want johnson to DH—Papi may have hot a homer, but he still looks awful at the plate

  126. YankeeFan May 22nd, 2009 at 11:27 am

    Nick in SF in Vallejo, could you see my message?
    I have posted the links, but the system says my comment is awaiting moderation.

  127. m May 22nd, 2009 at 11:28 am

    Just kidding about the Taiwan media.

    But when would AJ be gassed (!) Pre-game meal? When do they activate Wang? As soon as AJ loads the bases?

  128. CB May 22nd, 2009 at 11:28 am

    “But why would they go for Nick Johnson? They certainly have the pieces to pick up someone better. ”

    Johnson is a very talented player who is having a terrific season so far.

    No idea if the sox are interested in him but there have been rumors about the Sox shopping Delcarmen to an NL team with the idea that Delcarmen could be a cheap closer in the NL. Presumably the Sox would replace Delcarmen with Bard.

    Johnson fits the ideal type of red sox hitter. If they’re interested in him it’s because he has a .900 OPS with a .435 OBP and a .406 wOBA.

    He’s been one of the better offensive players in the NL this season.

    If they trade for Johnson then they really have concluded that Papi is finished.

  129. pat May 22nd, 2009 at 11:29 am

    Pete must be having Yankee DTs by now.

    There were lots of good storylines this week and as much as some of us complain about his take on certain things, it’s obvious he takes his job seriously and enjoys what he does.

  130. Brandon Pie "Because it's the thing to do in this stadium" May 22nd, 2009 at 11:29 am

    “Brandon-

    How well do you think Wang pitches out of the stretch?”

    Yeh I know. :?

  131. Nick in SF in Vallejo May 22nd, 2009 at 11:31 am

    YankeeFan: I see them now. It usually takes a few minutes for a post to appear if it has more than one link. Thanks.

  132. Brandon Pie "Because it's the thing to do in this stadium" May 22nd, 2009 at 11:31 am

    “Johnson fits the ideal type of red sox hitter. If they’re interested in him it’s because he has a .900 OPS with a .435 OBP and a .406 wOBA.”

    It pisses me off that they might land Nick but when you have Teixeira should we care ?

  133. Jon Ringland May 22nd, 2009 at 11:31 am

    ““Brandon-

    How well do you think Wang pitches out of the stretch?”

    Yeh I know.”

    In MLB 09 The Show, Wang is IMPOSSIBLE to control while pitching from the stretch. Realistic as hell, no? :)

  134. pat May 22nd, 2009 at 11:33 am

    new post about Wang

  135. m May 22nd, 2009 at 11:33 am

    11:31 post by Brandon is an imposter.

  136. tampayank May 22nd, 2009 at 11:33 am

    Big Popup is still done, funny how it’s celebrated that he has just 1 HR and we’re almost into June….I sure hope he’s done, it will hurt the Sux or make them open their pockets which eventually helps us in the arms race b/c they’ll have to eat his contract

  137. Rishi May 22nd, 2009 at 11:33 am

    new post: Wang called back…good job Erid :)

  138. Brandon Pie "Because it's the thing to do in this stadium" May 22nd, 2009 at 11:33 am

    It’s sad really Jon.

  139. CB May 22nd, 2009 at 11:34 am

    “but when you have Teixeira should we care ?”

    No. Not at all. The Sox have been rumored to be looking for a bat.

    There’s no way they can’t be worried about Papi at this point.

    Also new post – wang has been pulled from his start tonight and recalled. Feinsand reporting that he will be available out of the pen tonight as a long reliever.

  140. ray (sox fan) May 22nd, 2009 at 11:34 am

    Rebecca-Optimist Prime
    May 22nd, 2009 at 11:04 am
    “According to Will Carroll via Twitter, the Sox are discussing a Delcarmen-for-Nick Johnson deal with the Nationals.

    I wasn’t aware the Sox needed a 1b?! Is Youkilis really hurting that badly or is there something else going on here?”

    Rebecca, if the Sox make this move I don’t see it as a concern with Youkilis but more of a concern with Ortiz. Yes he hit a home run the other night, but just hasn’t been getting the job done.

    I don’t know how well Nick Johnson is doing this year.

    In spite of Peter Gammon’s bragging about Delcarmen actually this year Delcarmen has been very good out of the bullpen.

    Maybe the Sox feel that with Bard coming up and probably with Masterson going back to the pen with Dice-K and possibly Smoltz coming up that Delcarmen is expendable.

  141. vin May 22nd, 2009 at 11:34 am

    Johnson to the Sox would be a huge move for them, IMO. Makes them much deeper. Will not only give Ortiz and Youkilis rest, but Francona can give Lowell more time off and move Youkilis to 3rd. I’d hate to see them become more versatile.

  142. YankeeFan May 22nd, 2009 at 11:35 am

    You’re welcome.
    Now I see even the American media is reporting this news.

  143. Kevin S. May 22nd, 2009 at 11:35 am

    What about linking Hughes to Joba? You really need to limit both their innings, so when Joba starts, have him go five, while Hughes is preparing in the pen like he’s going to start the game, but he’ll come in for the sixth inning.

  144. Nick in SF in Vallejo May 22nd, 2009 at 11:35 am

    m: how do you know?

  145. JGS May 22nd, 2009 at 11:52 am

    Lets go Mets!!!

    that wasn’t hard…I never disliked the Mets, I just dislike a lot of Met fans, who I find are generally idiotic loudmouths. Because of their annoying fans, it is fun to watch the Mets fail, but in a Mets-Red Sox game, there is not even a second’s hesitation about rooting strongly for them

  146. Doreen May 22nd, 2009 at 11:55 am

    m -

    It was me who reported that ‘Brian Roberts’ had won “Idol.” Because Kim Jones had reported that Derek Jeter had been teasing Roberts about resemblng Kris Allen.

    I think the wrong guy won, but I’m not surprised. I think Kris benefitted from votes that were going to Danny Gokey, because they’re similar personalities (even though their musical styles are quite different). I like Kris Allen a lot, and was very impressed with his improvement week to week. But Lambert is clearly the best overall talent they’ve ever had on that show.

    I think the Idol producers are very lucky. They have two guy who they can get mileage out of (again). They love Lambert and I wouldn’t be surprised if they promote Lambert almost as much as they will Allen. I also think that Lambert will have the better and longer career. He’s got his exposure.

    Middle America (no offense) was not going to vote for Lambert.

    My daughter voted for Lambert, got through twice and was devastated on Wednesday when he did not win. Another life lesson presented and explained. :)

  147. Christina May 22nd, 2009 at 12:58 pm

    I’m not pretending to be the yankee Christina. That is my name too. If you noticed her name is in bold while mine is not.

  148. Christina May 22nd, 2009 at 1:07 pm

    Delcarmen can be good sometimes and bad. Nick Johhnson has a history of being injured. I dont know if I like this move.If they trade for him they may have another Drew in their hands.I would love for them to go after Adrian Gonzalez.

  149. Bo knows May 22nd, 2009 at 2:03 pm

    Johnson and Youkilis in the lineup will wear out the opposing pitcher. If I was the Yankees I would be very worried. In a way it’s justice considering what they did to Johnson back when. The canonized George going for the latest shiny toy in Giambi. Johnson was a great young 1B hitting 20 HRs plus, great OBP and great defense but they wanted more power from him so one winter he put on 40 pounds. Need hints? And started getting injured. They then traded for Giambi and traded Johnson to Montreal for Vasquez.

  150. DB - (officially panicked 5/13/09) May 22nd, 2009 at 3:34 pm

    You are all full of crap. She has seen and done more than 99.99999999% of the planet. The moral sentiment is a nice gesture, but frankly it is BS.

  151. Barbara Mulligan May 28th, 2009 at 5:06 pm

    By the way there is a National Mulligan Day..October 17th!!!

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