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Game 67: Yankees at Marlins (Updates: A-Rod put on bench; audio from A-Rod)

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YANKEES (37-28)
New lineup
Jeter SS
Damon LF
Teixeira 1B
Posada C
Swisher RF
Cano 2B
Cabrera CF
Berroa 3B
Pettitte LHP

Pitching: LHP Andy Pettitte (6-3, 4.52).

MARLINS (33-35)
Coghlan LF
Helms 3B
Ramirez SS
Cantu 1B
Uggla 2B
Paulino C
Hermida RF
Ross CF
West LHP

Pitching: LHP Sean West (2-1, 3.00).

TIME/TV: 7:10 p.m., YES.

HERE WE GO AGAIN: The Yankees are facing a losing team with a 23-year-old rookie starter they have never seen before. Obviously they have no chance whatsoever.

INTERLEAGUE ISSUES: The Yankees are 4-5 against the National League this season and 14-13 over the last two years. They are 24-21 over the last three years and 34-29 over the last four years.

SLUMPING: The Yankees have lost two straight and five of their last eight.

HOMECOMING: Outside of two exhibition games in 2008, Miami native Alex Rodriguez has not played at whatever they call the stadium the Marlins play in these days. Maybe that will help him get a few hits. Here is the breakdown of his slump:

• 8 of 55 (.145) in June.

• Last 10 games: 3 for 34 (.088) with a .262 OBP.

• 2 for 21 on the last homestand.

• Four extra-base hits in his last 19 games, a span of 66 at-bats.

• His season average is down to .212. But he does have a .370 OBP thanks to 29 walks in 38 games. But at what point will teams stop walking him?

PITCHING PROGRESS: Last four games: 35 innings, 27 hits, 9 earned runs, 14 walks, 34 strikeouts.

BULLISH ON THE BULLPEN: Last five games for the relievers: 14.1 innings, 9 hits, 1 earned run, 3 walks, 16 strikeouts.

SWISH STOPS SKID: Nick Swisher’s two hits last came after an 0-for-18 streak.

OFFENSIVE WOES: The Yankees scored seven runs in the last three games, two in the last two.

Back with more later.

UPDATE, 3:32 p.m.: This being South Florida, rain is coming and they’re putting the tarp down. But it always rains here in the late afternoon then it clears out.

UPDATE, 4:01 p.m.: Talked to Brett Gardner. He’s still woozy and has a headache.

UPDATE, 4:39 p.m.: BREAKING NEWS: A-Rod out of the lineup. Will sit the next two days. More to come.

UPDATE, 4:54 p.m.: Alex was in the lineup. Then it was decided he was “fatigued” and needed two days off. Girardi admitted he should have given him time off before this.

UPDATE, 5:25 p.m.: Berroa at third.

UPDATE, 5:37 p.m.: Angel Berroa? I have no idea why. … Meanwhile, Alex told us that he went to see Girardi after the game last night and asked for time off. But he was in the lineup today. Then, after a conversation that included Brian Cashman, not only was he out of the lineup today, he’s out tomorrow as well.

A-Rod has been told to do nothing. But he will be available to pinch hit.

Alex spoke to the media for longer than he has all season after going over what he was going to say with the media relations director. He said the original plan was to take a day off once a week when he returned but that he asked to stay in the lineup. A-Rod also talked about missing spring training. “That’s a holy time for me,” he said.

“You can’t forget I was on crutches two months ago,” he said. That isn’t exactly true. He started workouts in Tampa on April 14 and took batting practice that day. He was on crutches three months ago.

The general idea, it seems, is that the Yankees hope the time off will renew Alex’s energy and improve his swing. Hitting coach Kevin Long said that of Alex’s last 70 swings, 50 were “reaches.” That compact swing he has when he’s going well is missing.

UPDATE, 6:04 p.m.: Here is Alex’s pre-game session with reporters:

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UPDATE, 7:17 p.m.: We’re underway in Miami. 1-0 Yankees already, much to the delight of the crowd. Mostly Yankees fans here.

UPDATE, 7:33 p.m.: The well-rested Angel Berroa just ripped a double to the gap in left. Seems like Joe Girardi is a genius. This is a big night for Berroa. All his friends from Del Boca Vista (Phase II) are at the game.

UPDATE, 7:34 p.m.: And Pettitte with an RBI double as well. That’s what the Yankee offense needed, Berroa and a pitcher at the bottom of the order. Or course.

UPDATE, 7:40 p.m.: Sean West didn’t get the secret plans for rookie pitchers on how to beat the Yankees apparently. Now it’s 4-0 and they have eight hits.

UPDATE, 8:05 p.m.: Big (relatively speaking for this market) crowd here and they all seem to be Yankees fans. That has to be a weird feeling for the Marlins.

UPDATE, 8:30 p.m.: Andy putting together a nice outing. Meanwhile Sean West has fanned seven including six of the last nine batters he has faced.

Yankees lead 6-1.

UPDATE, 8:41 p.m.: Intentionally walking Melky to get to Berroa? The nerve of those Marlins.

UPDATE, 8:43 p.m.: Oh, that NL strategy. Berroa pops up and now Pettitte is up. It’s such a different game.

UPDATE, 9:15 p.m.: Aceves warming up. Pettitte has allowed three hits over six innings and still appears strong, however.

UPDATE, 9:30 p.m.: That’ll probably be it for Pettitte. 7 innings, 1 hits, 1 run, 0 walks, 7 strikeouts.

UPDATE, 9:50 p.m.: Every Yankees starter has at least one hit. … Update on Xavier Nady: He played four innings in right field and went 2 for 3 with a walk during a minor-league exhibition game across the state in Clearwater. He reported no problems. This was his first action in the outfield since he hurt his elbow.

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732 Responses to “Game 67: Yankees at Marlins (Updates: A-Rod put on bench; audio from A-Rod)”

  1. Andrew June 19th, 2009 at 3:32 pm

    Hopefully Al has a big game tonight.

  2. Erica - newly OPPC June 19th, 2009 at 3:33 pm

    That is some depressing pre-game stats.

    Let’s Go Yankees!! Make the stink go away please

  3. randy l. June 19th, 2009 at 3:38 pm

    “Sure you write this at 7AM when everybody including you know who is fast asleep on the West Coast.
    bronx jeers-”

    nick in sf-
    there’s a post that bronx jeers thought i was trying to get this past you
    .June 19th, 2009 at 7:17 am

  4. vb03 - Save the Wanger, Save the Season June 19th, 2009 at 3:39 pm

    “The Yankees are facing a losing team with a 23-year-old rookie starter they have never seen before. Obviously they have no chance whatsoever.”

    Classic.

  5. JGS June 19th, 2009 at 3:42 pm

    sometimes all you need is one good hit to break out of a slump. Alex should have had that last night, but Willie Harris made a catch we will be seeing on highlight reels all year. I hope that means he is getting his timing back, and in the meantime I’ll take the walks.

  6. Doreen June 19th, 2009 at 3:43 pm

    I thought I heard Michael Kay say “Landshark Stadium” on last night’s broadcast – referring to the Florida venue. Was he joking? Or is that really the name? It had to be a joke, because that was one of the funniest routines on SNL years (and years) ago.

  7. EZ Rep June 19th, 2009 at 3:44 pm

    All 3 of these games are night/evening games, plus they have an off-day on Monday… looks like plenty of partying on South Beach for these guys

  8. Matt June 19th, 2009 at 3:45 pm

    They renamed Dolphin Stadium for this years football season to Landshark Stadium for Jimmy Buffet’s company Landshark beer is a sponsor.

  9. Brandon W June 19th, 2009 at 3:45 pm

    Well the offense hasn’t been performing up to its capabilities recently, but at least the pitching has been decent lately. Despite Joba’s poor pitching yesterday, I don’t think 3 runs in 6 IP is unacceptable from your 23 year old #5 starter. A little more length would have been nice, and some of those walks were unacceptable, but overall the results could have been much worse.

    I don’t have a ton of faith in Andy lately, so I’m not as hopeful as I would like to be about tonight’s game, but I’ll watch the game before declaring it a loss..

    Here’s hoping his hometown (and, presumably, some fan support there) helps Alex get going.

    Since no lineup has been posted, I’m hoping Jeter finds his way in, especially since he is notoriously hard to keep out of a lineup. I would rather see Jeter in the lineup to help the Yankees get ahead early than have him be a pinch hitter when they’re behind in the late innings.

    One thing I don’t see a lot of people talking about is the pressure that the pitchers are under because of the offensive struggles. While all of those come from behind wins show team toughness, pitchers are under more pressure always being behind in the game. You think Joba nibbles as much if he has a couple runs behind him and his offense isn’t getting shut down? Having some run support helps confidence, especially with the mental pressures of pitching at the new stadium (during the homestands).

  10. tampayank June 19th, 2009 at 3:46 pm

    ‘bad beer ballpark’ most people still consider that place ‘Joe Robbie’ Stadium

  11. Brandon W June 19th, 2009 at 3:46 pm

    And by the time I post that, the lineup is up, with Jeter. That makes me happy, anyway.

  12. Erica - newly OPPC June 19th, 2009 at 3:47 pm

    YAY for Jeter being back!

  13. SJ44 June 19th, 2009 at 3:48 pm

    Doreen,

    Landshark Beer, a partnership between Anheuser Busch and Jimmy Buffet, did a naming rights deal for the stadium with Steve Ross, the new owner of the Miami Dolphins. The deal is for one year, ending Super Bowl Sunday.

    The name will go back to “Dolphins Stadium” for the Super Bowl.

  14. MrVeeck June 19th, 2009 at 3:48 pm

    The Yankees are facing four young pitchers they have never seen before. Four game losing streak right there.

  15. NYY626 June 19th, 2009 at 3:49 pm

    jeter makes the world go round ;) and look at that, cano and posada switched spots in the lineup…

  16. NYY626 June 19th, 2009 at 3:49 pm

    jeter makes the world go round ;) and look at that, cano and posada switched spots in the lineup…

  17. Matt June 19th, 2009 at 3:49 pm

    im going out there tonight, i await the neck ache hopefully the yankees can pull this one out with good ole’ andy on the hill. Hope the offense can hit Sean West, he’s pitched some good games recently, marlins certainly find diamonds in the rough in AA.

  18. Bronx Jeers June 19th, 2009 at 3:51 pm

    Hey all,

    The Cub-Indian game just started on the MLB app video stream.

    Not too shabby.

    Don’t get too excited though. Blackout restrictions still apply. No Yankee games unless you’re out of the long arm of YES.

  19. Stultus Magnus June 19th, 2009 at 3:52 pm

    Cano bats 6th!

    Cool.

  20. you gotta have faith (we need you wang!) June 19th, 2009 at 3:52 pm

    i wonder if anyones gonna complain about this line up?
    lol

  21. Guy Incognito June 19th, 2009 at 3:53 pm

    Landshark beer is actually pretty good. Kind of reminds me of Corona, which is the ne plus ultra of summertime beer.

  22. Stultus Magnus June 19th, 2009 at 3:53 pm

    “Don’t get too excited though. Blackout restrictions still apply. No Yankee games unless you’re out of the long arm of YES.”

    I heard that they were gonna start streaming Yankee games for in-market customers soon.

    Goodbye work…

  23. Tom June 19th, 2009 at 3:54 pm

    I assume Matsui is the DH? Where is he batting though?

  24. Stultus Magnus June 19th, 2009 at 3:54 pm

    “Yanks to Be First With Streaming in Home Market”

    Article:
    http://www.nytimes.com/2009/06.....mlbtv.html

  25. NYY626 June 19th, 2009 at 3:55 pm

    Tom, meet Andy Pettitte, our new DH for the night…

  26. you gotta have faith (we need you wang!) June 19th, 2009 at 3:55 pm

    the marlins are actually 33-35. not the 37-28 that pete has.

    wow we are still 9 games over? hmm the way people have been jumping off ledges left and right i thought it was way worse than that lol

  27. Erica - newly OPPC June 19th, 2009 at 3:55 pm

    Tom
    June 19th, 2009 at 3:54 pm
    I assume Matsui is the DH? Where is he batting though?

    ***
    Umm Tom- they are in Florida a NL ball park. No DH, remember? Pettitte gets to bat

  28. Stultus Magnus June 19th, 2009 at 3:55 pm

    Maybe I should be glad they aren’t all day games…

  29. Ed H. June 19th, 2009 at 3:56 pm

    This is a repost from the last thread. (I missed the new post.)
    “They were 16-45 coming into Yankee Stadium. Come on now.”
    Use your eyes. What did you see on the field those three games? Did the Nats pitch effectively? Did they throw strikes and challenge Yankees hitters? Did their bullpen do the job? Did you see a lot of errors? Did they make some good plays defensively, especially when they really needed to? Did the Nats make mistakes leading to outs on the bases? Did they get hits when they had runners on and score enough to win? Did you see a competent Nationals team or did you see a laughing stock of a baseball franchise?
    No matter what their record says, no matter what you hear on TV or read in the press or on the net, the Washington Nationals baseball team showed up in Yankee Stadium this week. Your eyes told you that this is true.
    Maybe they got up for the Yanks at new Yankee Stadium. Maybe they were playing for pride. Maybe they were playing to save Manny Acta’s job. Maybe time will show that they are improving and their record will soon reflect that. Who knows? And really, what does it matter why the Nats played the Yanks as well as they did?
    There’s no shame here for our guys in losing the series to the surprising Nats. They played a team that was prepared and that was competitive. Don’t let pre-conceived notions blind you to what happened on the field.

  30. Steve B June 19th, 2009 at 3:56 pm

    “I assume Matsui is the DH? Where is he batting though?”

    At the Stadium…in a week and a half.

  31. Stultus Magnus June 19th, 2009 at 3:57 pm

    Tonight Pettitte is the DH. ;)

  32. you gotta have faith (we need you wang!) June 19th, 2009 at 3:57 pm

    ah we are 37-29. still not bad, we just need to win series.

  33. Scorch June 19th, 2009 at 3:59 pm

    So when will Joba reach his innings limit? 2012?

  34. Forntoso June 19th, 2009 at 4:01 pm

    Pettitte is the DH tonight… Girardi wanted to give this slumping lineup a spark, so he decided to mix things up. He thought Andy could provide some small ball and fundamentals at the bottom of the lineup.

  35. Bronx Jeers June 19th, 2009 at 4:01 pm

    i wonder if anyones gonna complain about this line up?
    lol”

    I’d like to complain about our 9 hitter and the lack of the DH in general but it would be futile.

    And all the anti-Posada propagandists better prepare themselves for a whole lot of Jorge over the next 9 games.

    With this weekend schedule being what it is, I’d expect him to play every game.

    I like Cervelli but Jorge needs to catch AJ tomorrow.

  36. Joe Monte June 19th, 2009 at 4:02 pm

    DFA Matsui and call up Austin Jackson. You can use Swisher, Damon & Posada at the DH.

  37. Evan June 19th, 2009 at 4:04 pm

    The Yankees have such a good team with the right pieces to win it all this year. I am not satisfied with “being only 3 back” and I hate when people talk about how the season is long as we have time to correct our weaknesses. I agree with all that but enough is enough.

    I’m all for Joba to the pen but that isn’t the issue here. Right now we have a problem with our pitching staff and its coach. I believe DAVE EILAND needs to be fired. I can’t blame him for Wang. And I can’t place 100% blame on him for our weak pen. But the small issues have added up and it’s time for him to go.

    Losing 2/3 to the Nationals and losing to a Nieve (Mets) is a problem. I want to know who is responsible for scouting these young pitchers who the Yankees are not used to facing. That scout needs to go as well. Something needs to be done to shake this team up. It seams either everyone is hot or everyone slumps at the same time.

    Finally, there is a major issue with Posada. Everyone agrees he is a far superior offensive player and he has been great for the Yanks in the past. Bill Simmons refers to it as the Ewing theory – when a good player is hurt or leaves the team sometimes does better. The Giants won a super bowl after Tiki Barber left them – a perfect example.

    For some reason, the pitching staff was tremendous when Posada was hurt. Cervelli has dont a great job calling games and the pitchers are comfortable with him. Joba doesn’t like Posada. neither does AJ or CC (well, they both went out of their way to praise Cervelli). What do we do about this? I think Girardi needs to step in but the problem is he also doesn’t like Posada. This could be a major issue down the road. Maybe the Yankees are better off with Posada on the DL. Time will tell.

  38. Papa Smurf June 19th, 2009 at 4:04 pm

    How come Girardi doesn’t bat Andy Pettitte 8th. You put Melky in the 9 hole because you hope to get as many people on base for Mark Teixeira. Like Larussa does for Albert Puljos.

  39. Stultus Magnus June 19th, 2009 at 4:05 pm

    “You can use Swisher, Damon & Posada at the DH.”

    And as pitchers during this road trip. Damon with his knee-buckling eephus pitch and eephus change-up.

  40. Erica - newly OPPC June 19th, 2009 at 4:07 pm

    Papa Smurf
    June 19th, 2009 at 4:04 pm
    How come Girardi doesn’t bat Andy Pettitte 8th. You put Melky in the 9 hole because you hope to get as many people on base for Mark Teixeira. Like Larussa does for Albert Puljos.

    *****
    Cause when it back-fires all of the mini-GMs on this blog will call it overmanaging

  41. Bronx Jeers June 19th, 2009 at 4:07 pm

    Stultus Magnus ,

    Thanks for that link. More good news. Odd that Cablevision gets their deal done first as they and YES have a troubled past.

  42. CENTRAL CT YANKEE June 19th, 2009 at 4:07 pm

    Hopefully Arod goes out with a couple strippers in South Beach. That will get his game going. Everyday back page last year = 35 hrs 100 RBIs, not in the tabloids this year .212 average 9 taters

  43. Rose June 19th, 2009 at 4:07 pm

    Yankees are facing a pitcher they haven’t seen before. Is that their built in excuse if they lose?

    Hope Andy throws a good game.

    ————————————————————–
    Alex gets booed everywhere. Unfortunately, he gets booed a lot at Yankee Stadium.
    Yankee fans don’t support him the way Sox fans supported Ortiz through his horrendous slump.

  44. PruBelongs June 19th, 2009 at 4:08 pm

    Papa Smurf – because Pettitte is more likely to get on base.

  45. Stultus Magnus June 19th, 2009 at 4:08 pm

    “Maybe the Yankees are better off with Posada on the DL. Time will tell.”

    I can step in SJ’s angry shoes, trust me I can.

  46. Joe Monte June 19th, 2009 at 4:08 pm

    ““You can use Swisher, Damon & Posada at the DH.”
    And as pitchers during this road trip. Damon with his knee-buckling eephus pitch and eephus change-up.”

    Hello, I was talking about going forward once interleague concludes.

    Austin is batting .348 (or so) and we don’t need his power in the lineup we have. We need youth and speed in our OF.

  47. tampayank June 19th, 2009 at 4:08 pm

    I wish the AL would get rid of the DH and have both leagues have the pitcher bat…..it would get rid of these non athletic players like Big Popup and at this age Matsui….if you can’t play the field, goodbye

  48. Stultus Magnus June 19th, 2009 at 4:10 pm

    Bronx Jeers,

    No problem. It is good news. Seriously, the only reason I get cable is to watch the Yanks. I actually get it turned off when the season is over. So hopefully, instead of plunking $50 a month or whatever just for Yankee games, I can pay $20 instead and just watch on the computer.

  49. AD June 19th, 2009 at 4:11 pm

    “DFA Matsui and call up Austin Jackson. You can use Swisher, Damon & Posada at the DH.”

    Im not a big Matsui fan, and really never have been, I stick by the creed that he was brought here to generate revenue from the Japanese media 1st and play Baseball 2nd. But the post quoted above is just Crazy Talk.

    Maybe they trade him late in the season to a west coast team that needs bat, you got to at least back for him.

  50. AD June 19th, 2009 at 4:13 pm

    *At Least get something back from him. I meant to say

  51. Rose June 19th, 2009 at 4:13 pm

    Yanks need to watch Gardner carefully. Look what happened to Mets Church.

  52. Erica - newly OPPC June 19th, 2009 at 4:14 pm

    How far away is GGBG from playing again? Having a short bench can really hurt them in the NL parks.

    Maybe putting him on the Dl would not be a terrible idea

  53. What?? June 19th, 2009 at 4:14 pm

    “Maybe the Yankees are better off with Posada on the DL. Time will tell.”

    We pretty much found out the answer to that last year. The Yankees lost like 60 runs of production and missed the playoffs without Posada.

  54. Stultus Magnus June 19th, 2009 at 4:17 pm

    “Maybe the Yankees are better off with Posada on the DL. Time will tell.”

    I know, that was the bone-head post of the day.

  55. Joe Monte June 19th, 2009 at 4:18 pm

    AD – I agree that the Yanks should make an effort to get something in return for Matsui. However, we’re talking about a player who is in the last year of a contract and is owed $7.6 million, has two bad knees, can’t run, can’t play the OF, and is stuck as a DH. We’re limited to AL Central and West teams: 9 teams. There are a lot of negatives for Matsui’s marketability.

  56. GreenBeret7 June 19th, 2009 at 4:19 pm

    Evan
    June 19th, 2009 at 4:04 pm

    Finally, there is a major issue with Posada. Everyone agrees he is a far superior offensive player and he has been great for the Yanks in the past. Bill Simmons refers to it as the Ewing theory – when a good player is hurt or leaves the team sometimes does better. The Giants won a super bowl after Tiki Barber left them – a perfect example.

    For some reason, the pitching staff was tremendous when Posada was hurt. Cervelli has dont a great job calling games and the pitchers are comfortable with him. Joba doesn’t like Posada. neither does AJ or CC (well, they both went out of their way to praise Cervelli). What do we do about this? I think Girardi needs to step in but the problem is he also doesn’t like Posada. This could be a major issue down the road. Maybe the Yankees are better off with Posada on the DL. Time will tell.

    ————————————————————

    Finally, here’s the living proof that I’ve suspected all along. Being clinically brain dead does not mean the body can’t function.

    Proof that “Joba doesn’t like Posada. And neither do AJ and CC.”?

    No..You don’t need any more proof than to know it’s true than just read what the sports writers say.

    I’ve always suspected that the brain dead could only parrot what others are saying. I know they don’t actually think.

  57. Evan June 19th, 2009 at 4:19 pm

    “We pretty much found out the answer to that last year. The Yankees lost like 60 runs of production and missed the playoffs without Posada.”

    Are you insane? They didn’t miss the playoffs because they lacked Posada’s bat. Have you forgotten what our rotation looked like? Sidney Ponson was one of our starters!

    The catcher’s biggest responsibility is the pitching staff. Our pitchers don’t seem to like Jorge – neither does our manager. The staff also pitches much better when Posada is not behind the plate. I’m all for DHing him instead of using Matsui’s corpse. But Cervelli is better for the rotation that Jorge. And it’s not even close. Just ask Joba, CC, and AJ.

  58. AD June 19th, 2009 at 4:19 pm

    “How far away is GGBG from playing again? Having a short bench can really hurt them in the NL parks.”

    Maybe putting him on the Dl would not be a terrible idea

    Erica – Agreed, however, I wonder if BG getting hurt put a kink in the plans to put Matsui on the DL? for 2 weeks here.

    Hopefully hes just a little banged up (BG that is) and will be able to play in 2 or 3 days with no ill effects. We shall see.

  59. Doreen - Been to the New Stadium June 19th, 2009 at 4:21 pm

    To everyone that answered my question – thanks. So Landshark Beer. Okay. Cool.

  60. Stultus Magnus June 19th, 2009 at 4:21 pm

    “Time will tell”

    Indeed, the answer is blowing in the winds.

    Out there.

    Somewhere.

    Where’s *Haiku-Man*??!?

  61. Erica - newly OPPC June 19th, 2009 at 4:21 pm

    I also find it ironic that so many poster compained about the Yanks lack of intensity- but want to DL (is he even hurt???) Posada, who anyone will agree- is the most intense player on the team

  62. Don June 19th, 2009 at 4:23 pm

    Berroa will be valuable in the NL parks

  63. GreenBeret7 June 19th, 2009 at 4:24 pm

    It doesn’t matter if Pettitte pitches a perfect game or not. It doesn’t matter if Rodriguez hits 5 homers and adds 3 doubles. It’s never enough to satisfy the vultures.

    Hello, vultures.

  64. Erica - newly OPPC June 19th, 2009 at 4:25 pm

    Stultus- I am not Haiku Man (nor do I pretend to be a justifiable substitute). But I think I have one that will do the above quote justice-

    To DL or Not
    The stupid people think so
    Time will tell if yes

  65. Rayvt June 19th, 2009 at 4:25 pm

    What does OPPC stand for?

  66. mark June 19th, 2009 at 4:26 pm

    PAPELBON: I COULD SIGN WITH YANKEES

    http://www.nypost.com/seven/06.....175094.htm

  67. Erica - newly OPPC June 19th, 2009 at 4:26 pm

    Optimistic Prime Posters Club
    (I am pretty sure the 1st P is prime- the other three letters I am confident on)

  68. Wave Your Hat June 19th, 2009 at 4:27 pm

    “Berroa will be valuable in the NL parks”

    As a tour guide, or for some other reason?

  69. Erica - newly OPPC June 19th, 2009 at 4:28 pm

    I find it disgusting Papelbum is worrying about his next big money contract 2 years in advance

  70. GreenBeret7 June 19th, 2009 at 4:28 pm

    Evan
    June 19th, 2009 at 4:19 pm
    “We pretty much found out the answer to that last year. The Yankees lost like 60 runs of production and missed the playoffs without Posada.”

    ***Are you insane*** ? They didn’t miss the playoffs because they lacked Posada’s bat. Have you forgotten what our rotation looked like? Sidney Ponson was one of our starters!

    ————————————————————

    This is the oldest way to try showing your sanity. Doubt everyone elses sanity. It never works. The courts are on to that one.

  71. AD June 19th, 2009 at 4:29 pm

    AD – I agree that the Yanks should make an effort to get something in return for Matsui. However, we’re talking about a player who is in the last year of a contract and is owed $7.6 million, has two bad knees, can’t run, can’t play the OF, and is stuck as a DH. We’re limited to AL Central and West teams: 9 teams. There are a lot of negatives for Matsui’s marketability.

    Joe – The Yanks are not eating 7 million dollars so that another team can just pick him up for the league minimum. These next 10-11 days will be a good chance for him to rest and maybe, maybe get on one more hot streak rolling into july and august. I agree that the yanks are a far superior team with him on the bench, however, the REALITY is that the yanks will not release Matsui and eat his salary. No Shot.

  72. bodhisattva - OPPC member - Destiny Wears Pinstripes June 19th, 2009 at 4:29 pm

    Rose
    June 19th, 2009 at 4:13 pm
    Yanks need to watch Gardner carefully. Look what happened to Mets Church.
    =========

    Someone should address that stupid plexi-glass while we’re on this road trip. Scary stuff.

  73. Rayvt June 19th, 2009 at 4:30 pm

    mark
    June 19th, 2009 at 4:26 pm
    PAPELBON: I COULD SIGN WITH YANKEES

    Ruth Traded! Wally Pipp does not start ending longest MLB streak of consecutive starts! Kid named Gerhig starts hoping to start a streak of his own!

  74. Rayvt June 19th, 2009 at 4:31 pm

    Thanks Erica!

  75. vb03 - Save the Wanger, Save the Season June 19th, 2009 at 4:31 pm

    “Berroa will be valuable in the NL parks”

    He was around back when DH wasn’t even a valid baseball term.

    His knowledge is invaluable.

  76. Erica - newly OPPC June 19th, 2009 at 4:31 pm

    vb03 – Save the Wanger, Save the Season
    June 19th, 2009 at 4:31 pm
    “Berroa will be valuable in the NL parks”

    He was around back when DH wasn’t even a valid baseball term.

    His knowledge is invaluable.

    ***
    Why stop there? He was around at the inception of baseball!

  77. vb03 - Save the Wanger, Save the Season June 19th, 2009 at 4:32 pm

    “vb03 – Save the Wanger, Save the Season
    June 19th, 2009 at 4:31 pm
    “Berroa will be valuable in the NL parks”

    He was around back when DH wasn’t even a valid baseball term.

    His knowledge is invaluable.

    ***
    Why stop there? He was around at the inception of baseball!”

    He was the brains behind the infield positions. He knew he could milk it for the next 100+ years. :D

  78. NYY626 June 19th, 2009 at 4:32 pm

    why do people keep saying “even the manager doesnt like posada”, when posada has said Girardi is like a brother to him. Stop speculating people. This blog is turing into Perezhilton.com.

  79. Rayvt June 19th, 2009 at 4:33 pm

    Evan

    Put down the bottle and walk away from the computer! GB has your number and if you make him made he will be right over! LOL!

  80. GreenBeret7 June 19th, 2009 at 4:33 pm

    Sorry, but that plexiglass isn’t as hard as the concrete wall behind the two inches of hard padding.

  81. vb03 - Save the Wanger, Save the Season June 19th, 2009 at 4:33 pm

    “why do people keep saying “even the manager doesnt like posada”, when posada has said Girardi is like a brother to him. Stop speculating people. This blog is turing into Perezhilton.com.”

    Oliver Perez married Paris Hilton? No wonder he isn’t in the Met rotation, he’s too busy making videos.

  82. Tom in N.J June 19th, 2009 at 4:34 pm

    Sean West is a big dude. He’s 6-8.

  83. The Other Phil June 19th, 2009 at 4:34 pm

    Oh for Darwin’s sake… Looks like today’s inane idea is DFA/Trade Matsui…

    Matsui has a full no-trade. He’s not going ANYWHERE. Yanks aren’t dumping him. Jackson needs to spend the bulk of his time in AAA. From what I’ve read, the consensus (from the team, not the fans or the ‘fans’) is he needs to be down there the bulk of, if not the full year.

  84. Stultus Magnus June 19th, 2009 at 4:34 pm

    “For some reason, the pitching staff was tremendous when Posada was hurt.”

    It’s true, last year Sidney Pontoon soared to new heights like a graceful eagle.

  85. Eric June 19th, 2009 at 4:35 pm

    LOL, Rob Neyer taking a not so subtle shot at John Sterling…

    “First, I want to mention that Cohen is one of the very best play-by-play men in the majors. He has the silky, syruppy voice, of course. He also calls a good game, he knows his history, and he has at least a passing familiarity with sabermetrics and the basic principles of logical thinking. His brief comments about the rookie pitchers are highly reasonable and nonjudgmental, which I like. The Mets and the Yankees should have some of the best broadcasters, and for the most part they do (at least on TV).”

  86. Wave Your Hat June 19th, 2009 at 4:35 pm

    With Gardner unavailable the Yanks have one useful pinch hitter. This will hamstring them on an NL road swing. We are going to face situations where Matsui has been used and the pitcher needs to be pinch hit for, and the only choices will be Pena, Berroa and Cervelli.

    A loss waiting to happen.

  87. The Other Phil June 19th, 2009 at 4:36 pm

    “I find it disgusting Papelbum is worrying about his next big money contract 2 years in advance”

    Consider who you’re talking about. Are you surprised? This is the guy that changed his story 3 times about how ‘awful’ the fans were to him and his wife… He’s a glory hound and a jackass.

  88. CENTRAL CT YANKEE June 19th, 2009 at 4:37 pm

    They should call up Duncan for the next 9 games…pinch hitter for the pitchers

  89. Rayvt June 19th, 2009 at 4:38 pm

    What I find amusing is we criticize Berroa who actually can hit. His fielding is suspect, but he has shown he can hit. Pena gets a free ride and he is not a hitter. Cervelli/Molina are not hitters either and they are loved too. Is this like the backup QB thing where you always love the underdog until you get a good dose of how bad they are?

  90. InTheNameOfLove June 19th, 2009 at 4:39 pm

    Rayvt stop being an ass kisser. No one likes you. Go away.

  91. Erica - newly OPPC June 19th, 2009 at 4:39 pm

    The Other Phil
    June 19th, 2009 at 4:36 pm

    Consider who you’re talking about. Are you surprised? This is the guy that changed his story 3 times about how ‘awful’ the fans were to him and his wife… He’s a glory hound and a jackass.

    ****
    Nothing in this sport surprises me anymore. I am a jaded baseball fan!

    I particularly despise him. When he wins he dances all over the mound like he is dancing with wolves. And when he loses, he attacks cameramen who had the nerve to take his picture. Despicable

  92. Stultus Magnus June 19th, 2009 at 4:39 pm

    Nice haiku Erica, enigmatic.

    “Oh for Darwin’s sake… Looks like today’s inane idea is DFA/Trade Matsui…”

    No, the lamest was that Posada on the DL makes the team better off.

  93. GreenBeret7 June 19th, 2009 at 4:39 pm

    What difference does it make who the pinch hitters are? 2/3rds of this board has already conceded 2, if not all 3 games to the Marlins.

  94. Papa Smurf June 19th, 2009 at 4:40 pm

    Johnny Damon said the new wall at the new stadium is a lot harder than the old wall at the old stadium. Another thing the yankees did wrong with the stadium.

  95. Erica - newly OPPC June 19th, 2009 at 4:41 pm

    Thank you Stultus-

    It was a particularly strange opinion that deserved to be immortalized via haiku.

  96. Trevor June 19th, 2009 at 4:41 pm

    UPDATE: Arod out of the lineup and will sit the next 2 days.

  97. Wave Your Hat June 19th, 2009 at 4:42 pm

    You’re right, GB7, I forgot for a minute that the Yanks are doomed.

  98. Erica - newly OPPC June 19th, 2009 at 4:42 pm

    Interesting development-

    A-Rod must be hurt. Girardi said he was not sitting him unless he ASKED. I doubt he did that.

    I guess we get to experience the wisdom of Berroa after all.

    Who is actually left on the bench for this series???

  99. E-gawa June 19th, 2009 at 4:43 pm

    Arod and Gardner? That’s 2 too many to not have available in these NL games.

  100. Stultus Magnus June 19th, 2009 at 4:43 pm

    If the Yanks are losing 2 of 3 or getting swept, they should have a sweepstakes to let fans pinch-hit in the games they are gonna lose.

    Stinks about A-Rod. I hope it’s only 2 days…

  101. Chambliss June 19th, 2009 at 4:44 pm

    I hope that CC is ready to pinch hit.

    Gardner should go on the DL if he can’t play in the next day or two. Let Jackson come up for a cup of coffee.

  102. Rishi June 19th, 2009 at 4:45 pm

    so Arod is not going to play in the series in his home town – something is not right there…not good

  103. Erica - newly OPPC June 19th, 2009 at 4:46 pm

    I volunteer myself as a pitch hitter

  104. The Other Phil June 19th, 2009 at 4:47 pm

    Erica: In the age of FA, I’m not surprised when any player moves. But he, in particular, is a grandstanding, egotistical, selfish jerkoff.

    We all know that he ultimately wouldn’t end up in pinstripes, but he can’t say that because he knows he would lose any leverage in free agency if he did.

  105. Bob(the original) June 19th, 2009 at 4:47 pm

    Chambliss June 19th, 2009 at 4:44 pm

    I hope that CC is ready to pinch hit.

    ———————————–

    That’s actually not a bad idea. I’ve thought of that a few times this season.

    Not worth the injury risk though I guess.

  106. Wave Your Hat June 19th, 2009 at 4:47 pm

    “What I find amusing is we criticize Berroa who actually can hit. His fielding is suspect, but he has shown he can hit.”

    Here are Berroa’s OPS+ numbers from 2001 on:

    76 66 101 78 81 52 -30 62 -18

    What was your point again? I forgot…

  107. swings & misses June 19th, 2009 at 4:48 pm

    Pouring here in Boston right now even though weather.com says there’s 0-5% precipitation for today. Wonder if the Red Sox will be able to play.

  108. Erica - newly OPPC June 19th, 2009 at 4:49 pm

    I am leaving work folks. I’ll be back eventually tonight. I am going to attempt dinner at the beach (so what if its cloudy).

    Have fun watching!

  109. Don June 19th, 2009 at 4:49 pm

    This is A-Rod’s homecoming… how can he be out of the lineup?

    Those Miami fans didn’t come to the game to see Johnny Famon or Nick Swisher

  110. Bob(the original) June 19th, 2009 at 4:50 pm

    Sweeney Murti said Girardi described A-Rod as “fatigued.”

  111. Stultus Magnus June 19th, 2009 at 4:51 pm

    Conspiracy theory:

    They knew that A-Rod wouldn’t be able to play for most of the Marlin’s series but they didn’t announce it until now so they would sell more tickets…

  112. Rayvt June 19th, 2009 at 4:52 pm

    Erica – newly OPPC
    June 19th, 2009 at 4:28 pm
    I find it disgusting Papelbum is worrying about his next big money contract 2 years in advance

    As Napoleon once said:
    “Never interrupt your enemy when he is making a mistake.”

  113. Mike June 19th, 2009 at 4:53 pm

    Damon
    Jeter
    Teixiera
    Posada
    Cano
    Swisher
    Cabrera
    Pena
    Pitcher

    Yipee!!! should be fun. Our big RH bat out against this rookie lefty.

  114. Rayvt June 19th, 2009 at 4:54 pm

    InTheNameOfLove
    June 19th, 2009 at 4:39 pm
    Rayvt stop being an ass kisser. No one likes you. Go away.

    LOL!

  115. Trevor June 19th, 2009 at 4:54 pm

    Of course he’s fatigued, he’s played in every game since coming back. I know they had an off day Monday but still.

  116. Stultus Magnus June 19th, 2009 at 4:54 pm

    I hope the Yanks get Papelbon…and sit him for 4 years…

  117. Bob(the original) June 19th, 2009 at 4:54 pm

    Man I hate non DH baseball. The NL needs to get with the times.

  118. Stultus Magnus June 19th, 2009 at 4:55 pm

    DAMMIT. Just when Cano was out of the 5th spot, they put him back in!

    That lasted two seconds.

  119. Distd June 19th, 2009 at 4:55 pm

    Scary how playing in the NL means that one injury will turn our lineup into an AAA one.

  120. Y 27 June 19th, 2009 at 4:57 pm

    They need to find a better bench player than Pena

    Go out and get DeRosa… someone who can actually hit.

  121. tampayank June 19th, 2009 at 4:58 pm

    Pete,

    Can you get an a Q&A w/ the Marlins Mermaids w/ pics? ;)

  122. Bad Scooter June 19th, 2009 at 4:58 pm

    So this is a AAA lineup Distd? Have you ever seen a AAA game? Obviously not. Damon, Jeter, Tex, Posada, Cano, Swisher comparable to a AAA lineup?

  123. Ed H. June 19th, 2009 at 4:58 pm

    “Gardner should go on the DL if he can’t play in the next day or two.”

    This doesn’t make sense. Lose a guy with valuable skills for two weeks when he might only need to be out a day or two? We don’t have a better fourth outfielder/pinch runner/bunter/base stealer on the team.

  124. Trevor June 19th, 2009 at 5:00 pm

    UPDATE: Girardi admitted he should have given him time off before this.

    Um duh Joe. He DH ONCE, been playing the field since coming back. Fine time do it now. :roll:

  125. Rebecca-Optimist Prime June 19th, 2009 at 5:00 pm

    Lineup’s a bit short…whoo nine days of this!

  126. Andrew June 19th, 2009 at 5:01 pm

    So they’re not saying his hip is bothering him or he has any other type of injury? I guess that’s a plus. Seems odd that Girardi would do such a bad job gauging when he needed rest that he’d have to sit him on 2 consecutive days.

  127. Stultus Magnus June 19th, 2009 at 5:02 pm

    “Lineup’s a bit short…whoo nine days of this!”

    Watch ‘em go 9-0 and A-Rod haters will be back in full force.

  128. Rayvt June 19th, 2009 at 5:04 pm

    InTheNameOfLove

    BTW, who are you anyway?

  129. YankeesLuv June 19th, 2009 at 5:04 pm

    Joe finally came to his senses. The guy came back early from hip surgery, they should have been more careful.

  130. Wave Your Hat June 19th, 2009 at 5:04 pm

    With the bases empty, Cano is batting .375 OBP, .575 SLG, .950 OPS. With men on, he’s .301/.435/.736. Leading off an inning, he’s .417/.678/1.095.

    Meanwhile, Jeter is .372/.482/.,854 with the bases empty, and .406..475/.880 with RISP.

    My wacky stathead proposal is to bat Cano leadoff, and Jeter fifth.

  131. Ed H. June 19th, 2009 at 5:04 pm

    I’m glad they are resting Alex. He’s been wearing down. Can’t believe how dedicated he’s been in deciding to have this hybrid surgery, working so hard and coming back so quickly. He’s earned a lot of points in my book.

    I didn’t want him signed to come back after he opted out but now he’s our Alex and we have to take care of him. I just hope that rest is all he needs right now.

  132. Fan Interference June 19th, 2009 at 5:05 pm

    I have to try Landshark. I used to like Corona in the Summer with the lime, but then tried Bud Lime, and have been drinking that. It’s cheaper, tastes good, and you don’t have to mess with cutting up any limes.

  133. Papa Smurf June 19th, 2009 at 5:06 pm

    Lineup will be short for only two games its not that big of a deal.

  134. Fan Interference June 19th, 2009 at 5:07 pm

    “I didn’t want him signed to come back after he opted out but now he’s our Alex and we have to take care of him. I just hope that rest is all he needs right now.”

    I didn’t want him either, but he’s ours. Once we get a real GM, maybe they can negotiate his buyout with deferred money, with interest (So the Union does’t have a cow). I just don’t see how he’s still playing at 42.

  135. Stultus Magnus June 19th, 2009 at 5:07 pm

    “My wacky stathead proposal is to bat Cano leadoff, and Jeter fifth.”

    Why not? Shake things up, I’m always a proponent of that.

  136. Bronx Jeers June 19th, 2009 at 5:09 pm

    ARod out in his homecoming? 2 games and with a day off on Mon?

    That hip must not be feeling too good.

    Girardi now on WFAN

  137. Fan Interference June 19th, 2009 at 5:09 pm

    Girardi needs a pie in his face. And to think the Yankees dissed Mattingly for this stiff.

  138. Bronx Jeers June 19th, 2009 at 5:12 pm

    Girardi:

    “Not the hip, just fatigued. Got in at 4am.”

  139. Fill June 19th, 2009 at 5:13 pm

    Please tell me Pena is playing third and not Berroa. Oh dear god not Berroa.

  140. you gotta have faith (we need you wang!) June 19th, 2009 at 5:14 pm

    “Girardi admitted he should have given him time off before this.”

    good job.

    now im a supporter of Joe, but that sentance pisses me off to no end.

  141. Mr. Positivity June 19th, 2009 at 5:14 pm

    Sean West and Josh Johnson are going to mow right through this lineup

    How can we expect to win with a slumping offense that now has our 2 big bats out of it?

  142. Andrew June 19th, 2009 at 5:15 pm

    I figure the Nationals series would have been the perfect time to give A-Rod some rest, especially yesterday after the huge delay. I understand not resting him during Boston or the Mets, but oh well, hindsight is 20/20 as they say.

  143. Ed H. June 19th, 2009 at 5:15 pm

    “I just don’t see how he’s still playing at 42.”

    Right. At this point, I don’t see it either. If at some point it becomes clear to all that he can’t play any more, and Alex is ready to retire, I’m sure that something will be worked out contractually.

    It wasn’t Cashman who wanted him. He was on our side and strongly wanted to let Alex move on. This travesty of a contract was a Hank Steinbrenner special.

  144. Brandon 5 Cena ZEEEEEEROOOO "Because I'm AWESOME !" June 19th, 2009 at 5:15 pm

    FATIGUED !? did he turn into Baldelli all the sudden ?!

    Oh lord, me worried. :(

    GI Joe needs to smack Fatcessa

  145. you gotta have faith (we need you wang!) June 19th, 2009 at 5:15 pm

    “Not the hip, just fatigued. Got in at 4am.”

    does anyone believe this?

  146. RalphieD (OPPC all day) June 19th, 2009 at 5:15 pm

    “How can we expect to win with a slumping offense that now has our 2 big bats out of it?”

    who besides arod?

  147. Trevor June 19th, 2009 at 5:16 pm

    Francesa whining about Joba to Girardi.

  148. Stultus Magnus June 19th, 2009 at 5:16 pm

    “Not the hip, just fatigued. Got in at 4am.”

    Odd, didn’t all of them get in around 4am? Sounds like a smoke screen.

    Evil, duplicitous Girardi…

  149. Stultus Magnus June 19th, 2009 at 5:19 pm

    “This travesty of a contract was a Hank Steinbrenner special.”

    I like how some people heralded it as some sort of deal the Yanks would be getting.

    I’m not an A-Rod hater, I just think the possibility to earn as much as 300 million in 10 years is no “deal”.

  150. Doreen - Been to the New Stadium June 19th, 2009 at 5:19 pm

    Hope ARod’s okay.

  151. Bronx Jeers June 19th, 2009 at 5:20 pm

    Girardi ” Jorge will catch 6 or 7″ of the 9 games.

    Also ” No problem with the starters and Posada” ” No problem with me and Posada”

    I’ll give to Francesa for not lobbing softballs to Girardi. He’s asking all the questions we’ve been dealing with all week.

  152. stuart June 19th, 2009 at 5:21 pm

    arod has not been a big bat lately he has been a zero bat. who is the other big bat? Gardner… gardner has been playing well but big bat would be a innacurate description…

    how about the yanks get a few hits with men on base, that is a novel concept……..

  153. Trevor June 19th, 2009 at 5:21 pm

    Diet Coke asking is there problems in the club-house. :roll:

  154. bodhisattva - OPPC member - Destiny Wears Pinstripes June 19th, 2009 at 5:21 pm

    Concrete’s harder, but the short plexi-glass wall caused his head to snap back. The contact took place between the top of that wall and the upper verterbrae – dangerous.

  155. stuart June 19th, 2009 at 5:23 pm

    hank steinbrenner is one shrewd guy, there were zero teams that would have given arod a contract within $50 mill of what the yanks did..

    10 yrs $270 mill no one would have been in the same zipcode for that contract, no one…….

    that is all hanky do not blame cashman on that one he did not even want to resign him…………

  156. rover June 19th, 2009 at 5:23 pm

    Wonder why when veteran players praise a rookie who by the way has done a very nice job that somehow that equates to dissing the regular he replaces. Cant’ quite wrap my mind around that. I wonder if the vets ought to point out all the rookies mistakes, destroy his confidence and crush him in the media with statements like he is the absolute worst player I’ve seen, has no personality and is real short of major league skills.
    Thank god the players are smarter than some of the fans.

  157. bodhisattva - OPPC member - Destiny Wears Pinstripes June 19th, 2009 at 5:26 pm

    Brandon 5 Cena ZEEEEEEROOOO “Because I’m AWESOME !”
    June 19th, 2009 at 5:15 pm
    FATIGUED !? did he turn into Baldelli all the sudden ?!
    Oh lord, me worried.
    GI Joe needs to smack Fatcessa
    ======

    I’m sure he’d like to. It is a little hard to take, listening to that blowhard swashbuckle that fat mouth of his around and Girardi is stuck gingerly playing the diplomat.

  158. Christina25 June 19th, 2009 at 5:26 pm

    Verducci is dising Girardi about Arod not getting any rest after his surgery. I think that is the reason for the pulling.

  159. GreenBeret7 June 19th, 2009 at 5:27 pm

    RalphieD (OPPC all day)
    June 19th, 2009 at 5:15 pm
    “How can we expect to win with a slumping offense that now has our 2 big bats out of it?”

    who besides arod?

    ————————————————————

    I’m guessing he’s referring to the legendary slugger, Brett Gardner.

  160. randy l. June 19th, 2009 at 5:29 pm

    “It’s true, last year Sidney Pontoon soared to new heights like a graceful eagle.”

    i always though of him more as the spruce goose type- hard to get off the ground and a crash waiting to happen.

  161. Ed H. June 19th, 2009 at 5:30 pm

    “I’m not an A-Rod hater, I just think the possibility to earn as much as 300 million in 10 years is no ‘deal’.”

    I don’t hate Alex either. It just seemed like bad business to me. The length, the money, the bonuses, the long term commitment to a guy that self-destructive all seemed out of whack to me.

    The bottom line, I think, is that Alex was lucky enough to have a new, not overly savvy owner, who wanted to make a big splash, in the person of Hank Steinbrenner. Alex took advantage of the situation, and of the owner, in the same way he did Tom Hicks in Texas with his previous contract. Can’t fault Alex for it. It was a great business move on his part to capitalize on that situation.

  162. S.A.--The sun will come out tomorrow; I'm down with the OPPC June 19th, 2009 at 5:30 pm

    Diet Coke bringing at lot of whine to this interview with Girardi. lol

  163. Johnny D. June 19th, 2009 at 5:31 pm

    LOL! Rookie pitcher! Oh no!!! Feels like 2008 all over again lately.

  164. Papa Smurf June 19th, 2009 at 5:31 pm

    I dont really blame Girardi for not resting A-Rod. He played 9 games in a row against rivals Tampa, Boston and the mets. I dont think any yankee fan would want A-Rod to take a day off against those teams. This is the time to rest A-Rod against Florida.

  165. Mr. Positivity June 19th, 2009 at 5:32 pm

    Girardi’s feeling the collar tighten… that’s why he is playing every game to win and not resting guys unless they are hurt

    If only the players got the message….

  166. Rishi June 19th, 2009 at 5:32 pm

    UPDATE, 5:25 p.m.: Berroa at third.

    Gross

  167. Mike June 19th, 2009 at 5:33 pm

    So who is going to fire Girardi exactly?

    Does Hal even know the baseball season has started? Unless Cashman wants to do it, it won’t get done until after the season if we miss the playoffs.

  168. Trevor June 19th, 2009 at 5:33 pm

    I swear Francesa makes up stuff sometimes. Really who “told” him that the veterans don’t like Girardi? Which really means the “old guard”.
    I doubt that actually happened.

  169. Brandon 5 Cena ZEEEEEEROOOO "Because I'm AWESOME !" June 19th, 2009 at 5:33 pm

    El Nino needs to rid of the Snr. Citizen some how.

  170. Torro June 19th, 2009 at 5:34 pm

    Berroa can handle the bat better than Pena…. he has some pop, can hit some balls in the gap, good bat speed

    We can go for defense late in the game in the double switch. Berroa’s RH bat against West is a good idea.

  171. Pel June 19th, 2009 at 5:35 pm

    The Joe Girardi Report with Mike Francesa:

    http://www.zshare.net/audio/616023768d243e6f/

  172. Betsy June 19th, 2009 at 5:35 pm

    Wow, how stupid are the Yankees. I don’t care if Brett had a concussion or not – was it REALLY necessary to have him fly to FL with the team instead of giving him a couple of days off? I swear, this team is just horrible with injuries. They used to be conservative – not now. They are too desperate to win to do right by the players.

    Joe – ya think you should have given Alex a few days off here and there instead of asking Alex? Man, what did Joe expect Alex to say? Of course he’d say he’d want to play. More sheer stupidity……

  173. Nick in SF in Dallas June 19th, 2009 at 5:36 pm

    If you’re out there, randy, I just read the post of yours on top of the thread but not original post being referenced. If peepes want to sneak stuff past “you know who”, this is a great weekend to do it as I am not able to keep up.

    This does not apply to m, as I wrote a computer program that alerts me every time she complains about how AJ is treated worse than the better pitchers by blog commenters.

    :evil:

    Carry on.

  174. Brandon 5 Cena ZEEEEEEROOOO "Because I'm AWESOME !" June 19th, 2009 at 5:36 pm

    doesn’t suprise me Ernie Banks would have sat for Berroa if he had a sniffle.

  175. Scorch June 19th, 2009 at 5:36 pm

    Who cares if the veterans don’t like Girardi?

    I would bet that if you had Girardi in one corner and the “Old Guard” in the other…. the rest of the team would go into Girardi’s corner, especially the new guys and the young guys.

    This ain’t the old guard’s team anymore, time for them to realize that.

  176. Johnny D. June 19th, 2009 at 5:37 pm

    YAY! Berroa! Almost certainly an out along with Pettitte.

  177. XFactor June 19th, 2009 at 5:37 pm

    Why would A-Rod allow Girardi to bench him in his hometown?

    I would much rather try and play through it now and then take the Atlanta series off or something rather than not be in there for my hometown fans.

  178. Christina - Picture of YES Network studio June 19th, 2009 at 5:38 pm

    Who is this guy named Angel Berroa?

  179. Johnny D. June 19th, 2009 at 5:38 pm

    Someone’s grandfather.

  180. Javitt June 19th, 2009 at 5:38 pm

    Dan LeBatard from 790 the Ticket in south Florida thinks Arod, a high profile Miami native, not being in the lineup the next two days is simply Girardi’s way of trying to get back at the Marlins for doing him dirty back when he was their manager.

    Sounds like the dude is just fishing for a story thoug

  181. SandMan June 19th, 2009 at 5:39 pm

    Swisher RF
    Cabrera CF
    Berroa 3B
    Pettitte LHP

    That West kid is licking his chips facing that bottom of the order…. so are Leo Nunez and Lindstrom if they have a lead

  182. RS June 19th, 2009 at 5:39 pm

    Anyone else worried that Jeter’s ankle will become a lingering injury for him this year? He got off to such a great start defensively and his stolen bases increased dramatically from last season. I’d hate for him to lose a step because his ankle isn’t 100%, and he’s not letting it heal fully.

  183. K-Zone June 19th, 2009 at 5:40 pm

    Why would the Marlins care if A-Rod is not in the lineup?

    If anything… it HELPS them that one of our best players is out of the lineup. The tickets are sold anyway for the game.

  184. Brandon 5 Cena ZEEEEEEROOOO "Because I'm AWESOME !" June 19th, 2009 at 5:40 pm

    “Someone’s grandfather.”

    great great…

  185. GreenBeret7 June 19th, 2009 at 5:40 pm

    randy l.
    June 19th, 2009 at 5:29 pm
    “It’s true, last year Sidney Pontoon soared to new heights like a graceful eagle.”

    i always though of him more as the spruce goose type- hard to get off the ground and a crash waiting to happen.

    ————————————————————

    A friend of mine that I grew up with was a chopper pilot in Vietnam and is now the personal pilot of the guy that was the last owner of the “Spruce Goose”. It’s is a musueum in McMinnville, Oregon. The “Goose” was made of laminated birch, not spruce. Henry Kaiser was the originator of the idea for the plane. Hughes on;y designed and built it.

  186. bodhisattva - OPPC member - Destiny Wears Pinstripes June 19th, 2009 at 5:41 pm

    I haven’t watched Francesa in several weeks.

    I tuned in and caught the end of Girardi, once you guys said he was on.

    Francesa seems sort of low key today – that makes me happy for those of you who brave his show.

  187. Cal June 19th, 2009 at 5:41 pm

    Burnett has a tough task tomorrow…. a AAA lineup behind him and opposed by Josh Johnson, one of the best pitchers in the NL.

    He will also be amped up back in his old stadium for the first time.

  188. Sean Serritella June 19th, 2009 at 5:41 pm

    “Who is this guy named Angel Berroa?”

    Some one who might get a hit in the clutch.

  189. Andrew June 19th, 2009 at 5:42 pm

    No the idea is that the Marlins ownership cares because the Yankees’ highest profile Miami native is out of the lineup Friday & Saturday. They want to insure as many people as possible show up. No A-Rod probably won’t turn away ticket buyers but for some reason that doesn’t make sense to me, it might.

  190. Carl June 19th, 2009 at 5:43 pm

    atrocious

  191. Cal June 19th, 2009 at 5:43 pm

    I don’t know why people think that “mailing it in” means that the team quit and tried to not win the game.

    What it simply means is that they were going through the motions…. much like they did for most of last year.

    They didn’t quit, they just didn’t seem interested or in the zone.

  192. GreenBeret7 June 19th, 2009 at 5:45 pm

    SandMan
    June 19th, 2009 at 5:39 pm
    Swisher RF
    Cabrera CF
    Berroa 3B
    Pettitte LHP

    That West kid is licking his chips facing that bottom of the order…. so are Leo Nunez and Lindstrom if they have a lead

    ————————————————————

    Seems like those are going to be some mighty soggy ***chips*** that West is licking.

  193. Joe I June 19th, 2009 at 5:45 pm

    “Dan LeBatard from 790 the Ticket in south Florida thinks Arod, a high profile Miami native, not being in the lineup the next two days is simply Girardi’s way of trying to get back at the Marlins for doing him dirty back when he was their manager.”

    So, that clown thinks Girardi would risk losing just to stick it to the Marlins? I thought sports radio in NY and Philly was bad.

  194. jax gmen June 19th, 2009 at 5:45 pm

    how are we supposed to score tonight?

    plus dolphins stadium is tough to hit HRs in

  195. 4 x 4 June 19th, 2009 at 5:46 pm

    Who is “Cena”?

  196. Carl June 19th, 2009 at 5:48 pm

    Seems like those are going to be some mighty soggy chips that West is licking.

    lol

  197. Backspace June 19th, 2009 at 5:48 pm

    We lost a series to the Reds and Pirates last year in interleague

    In 07, we went 1-5 on that Colorado/San Francisco road trip

    In 06, we lost 2\3 to the Nationals (two of the worst games you could lose)

    In 05, we lost a series to the Cards and Brewers (though the Cards were a good team)

  198. RS June 19th, 2009 at 5:49 pm

    I’m guessing Berroa is starting over Pena because Pena’s the only legitimate pinch-runner on the bench. If Matsui pinch hits in the late innings and get on base, you’re going to need Pena to run for him.

  199. Rishi June 19th, 2009 at 5:49 pm

    UPDATE, 5:37 p.m.: Angel Berroa? I have no idea why. … Meanwhile, Alex told us that he went to see Girardi after the game last night and asked for time off. But he was in the lineup today. Then, after a conversation that included Brian Cashman, not only was he out of the lineup today, he’s out tomorrow as well.

    A-Rod has been told to do nothing. But he will be available to pinch hit.

    *~*~*~*~*~

    Did Girardi forget when he was making out the lineup for today?

  200. Coach6423 June 19th, 2009 at 5:50 pm

    I give Joe all the credit in the world for not snapping at that guy. What a loud mouth.

  201. Dan June 19th, 2009 at 5:51 pm

    Andy will give us one of his Andy performances… 6 innings, 3 runs/ 6 innings, 4 runs

    Can we score for him? Asking an awful lot of that lineup to do so against a young talented lefty.

  202. Track Wall Outta Here June 19th, 2009 at 5:51 pm

    I think Girardi could have done a much better job handling the situation with A-Rod. There were plenty of opportunities to give A-Rod a day off before this series in Florida. I don’t get it. I can’t find the logic Girardi was following up until now.

  203. wherezbernie June 19th, 2009 at 5:51 pm

    Seems odd that Girardi would do such a bad job gauging when he needed rest that he’d have to sit him on 2 consecutive days.
    —————————————————————–
    Nothing about how this team manages injuries and rest surprises me anymore. Nobody seems to ‘get’ that it’s about 162 games plus postseason, and nobody seems to care. Is Cashman the one mailing it in here?

  204. Drain003 June 19th, 2009 at 5:52 pm

    Berroa can hit lefties better than Pena

    Berroa is a good hitter… can hit .260 with some pop, has a good eye.

  205. Sean Serritella June 19th, 2009 at 5:52 pm

    “how are we supposed to score tonight?

    plus dolphins stadium is tough to hit HRs in”

    jax, we don’t. We hit balls to the warning track for outs.

  206. Doreen - Been to the New Stadium June 19th, 2009 at 5:53 pm

    Sometimes it’s smarter to not work through it.

    If he needs the time off, is it any surprise to anyone?

    What continues to puzzle me is how players have the final say on whether or not they play. It sounds like the original play was a good one – one day off a week. They should not have acquiesced to Alex’s request to stay in the lineup. No matter what.

    Because, in the long run, he’ll end up missing more time.

    Alex has looked tired, to me. It’s not just a “slump.”

    Anyway, let’s hope they pull together and play, really play, these games.

  207. Peter Abraham June 19th, 2009 at 5:53 pm

    If it’s not too much to ask, please refrain from calling people name when discussing baseball. That includes Mike Francesa. Of you disagree with some point he is making, fine. There is no reason to be uncivil.

    Thanks.

  208. Chambliss June 19th, 2009 at 5:54 pm

    Alex needs to sit, along with Berroa who should be DFA’d. Pena is much better with the glove than Berroa, and he gets his bat on the ball and runs the bases very well.

    I hate interleague play.

    Now would be a good time for Matsui to go on the DL with a phantom injury, since he can’t play in the field. Bring Shelley Duncan or Jackson up for a short stint.

  209. Johnny D. June 19th, 2009 at 5:55 pm

    We need Nady tonight. :(

  210. bodhisattva - OPPC member - Destiny Wears Pinstripes June 19th, 2009 at 5:56 pm

    My day just got better.

    Sam Elam has been added to the Staten Island roster :D

  211. RalphieD (OPPC all day) June 19th, 2009 at 5:57 pm

    “Swisher RF
    Cabrera CF
    Berroa 3B
    Pettitte LHP

    That West kid is licking his chips facing that bottom of the order…. so are Leo Nunez and Lindstrom if they have a lead”

    that is basically better than any nl teams bottom 4

  212. Matthew June 19th, 2009 at 5:57 pm

    No wonder the veterans are leery Joe… he is way in over his head and has no idea how to handle anything.

    Atleast Joe will have Swisher and Burnett in his corner at all times because he allowed them to throw pies at eachother and play loud music, so he has some support.

  213. Sean Serritella June 19th, 2009 at 5:57 pm

    You got it Pete. You got it Pete. You got it Pete. You got it Pete. You got it Pete.

  214. Sean Serritella June 19th, 2009 at 5:58 pm

    Please, only teasing.

  215. Betsy June 19th, 2009 at 5:58 pm

    Wow, I’m really ready to get rid of Joe…..or very close to it. Alex asks for time off and Joe just ignores him? I can’t think of anything more pathetic and Joe should be raked for it – fortunately, he is. Ugh.

  216. Code X June 19th, 2009 at 5:59 pm

    “jax, we don’t. We hit balls to the warning track for outs.”

    That would be an improvement from what we saw these past 2 days.

    Baby steps…

    Maybe one of these days we can score 5-6 runs and win a ball game.

  217. Dan June 19th, 2009 at 6:00 pm

    Maybe Joe wanted him in the lineup because he wanted Alex to be able to play in front of his hometown fans?

    Geez, not everything is done with malice.

  218. MaineYankee June 19th, 2009 at 6:01 pm

    The last time Berroa started there were the same coments as tonight. Funny thing was the Yankees won.

  219. randy l. June 19th, 2009 at 6:01 pm

    http://www.sprucegoose.org/

    gb7

    it fills up the whole museum. pretty cool place.

  220. Christina - Pictures of YES Network studio June 19th, 2009 at 6:03 pm

    Does that mean I can’t call Mike Francesa an idiot? :(

  221. Baseball Fab June 19th, 2009 at 6:03 pm

    Mike is a superb inteviewer, you have to give him that. He shows respect and doesn’t play “gotcha” but at the same time he asked all of the questions that needed to be asked.

    I am hard pressed to see why anyone would take issue with how Mike does an interview, it is probably the single best and maybe only good thing he does.

  222. V Torch June 19th, 2009 at 6:04 pm

    Mike has to be doing something right…. he has the highest rated sports talk show in the country and everyday, this board transcribes every word he says and reacts to it.

  223. Trevor June 19th, 2009 at 6:05 pm

    What is Girardi on? If Arod ask for time off why did you have him in the lineup originally.
    He continues to baffle me.

  224. BX 44 June 19th, 2009 at 6:06 pm

    Berroa can handle the bat just fine. He is a professional hitter and better than Pena

  225. MaineYankee June 19th, 2009 at 6:07 pm

    For all the people that like to find fault with this team, you would be suprised to hear the RS fans. Same song diferrent verse.

  226. Fill June 19th, 2009 at 6:07 pm

    “Who is this guy named Angel Berroa?”

    Some one who might get a hit in the clutch.

    ——————————————

    This is a joke right? Has anyone seen Berroa get a hit this season? I heard it happened one time but I think that was some kind of crazy urban myth. Do we even need to get into his defense? I suppose it makes sense to use him tonight since he is there but at what point do we send him to the glue factory and bring up Duncan or someone else?

  227. Sean Serritella June 19th, 2009 at 6:08 pm

    I like Mike. I get a kick out of how he yells at callers. As long as he’s on YES, he’ll always be number one because YES is the Yankee broadcast system. With their backing, I don’t see anyone taking over number one from him for a long time.

  228. Christina - Pictures of YES Network studio June 19th, 2009 at 6:09 pm

    BX 44

    Berroa can handle the bat just fine. He is a professional hitter and better than Pena

    ——————————————————-

    If he’s so much better than Pena, then why in the world does Girardi not play him?

    This guy is a huge waste of a roster space.

  229. Ed H. June 19th, 2009 at 6:09 pm

    I have a hard time listening to Francessa but have to give credit where credit is due. He asked Girardi all of the questions that we have been asking and was no pushover in handling Girardi’s responses. He truly got Joe to go on the record with answers to all of the pertinent questions fans have been asking.

    Pel, thanks so much for posting the interview. As an out-of-town Yankees fan, I appreciate it.

  230. Nick in SF in Dallas June 19th, 2009 at 6:10 pm

    Are Diet Coke references verboten too?

    That drives a lot of blog traffic.

  231. Sean Serritella June 19th, 2009 at 6:10 pm

    Calm down Fill. I was half joking, half taking a jab at A-Rod. It was meant in jest.

  232. Micro-managment June 19th, 2009 at 6:11 pm

    Now can you see why the old guard dislikes Girardi??

    Cashman should just get rid of him, get the chemistry of the clubhouse back in order. The team will play hard for Pena. Posada loves him.

    They should have actually consulted the old guard before selecting a manager. Did Cashman think this club would embrace just anybody? Not a chance.

    Now he is seeing the error of his ways. Want to save the season? Get rid of the manager who is managing tight and who has lost the clubhouse.

  233. Georgia June 19th, 2009 at 6:11 pm

    It seems when the tabloids showed A-Rod was “dating,” his slump started. I wish he would go back to his original statement when he started in May – that it was good to just be focusing on baseball. He needs to date in the off season.

  234. tex's friend June 19th, 2009 at 6:12 pm

    the twitter comments by pete and others are why no player requests the night off. first accusation by all reports is, he’s fatigued, must be coming off the ‘roids.

    ORRRRRRRRRRRRRR

    how bout he has played almost everyday since he got back from a hip injury, probably a week or two too soon. spare us the ” we have this for 8 more years” crap.

  235. GreenBeret7 June 19th, 2009 at 6:13 pm

    randy l.
    June 19th, 2009 at 6:01 pm
    http://www.sprucegoose.org/

    gb7

    it fills up the whole museum. pretty cool place.

    ————————————————————

    I’ve seen that thing. It’s beyond huge. Hughes took a lot of flak over that plane from the media to the government, but, as it turned out, the Germans were building the same type of planes. They were in the planning stages of building an entire fleet of them to be used in the invasion of the USA and Canada, scheduled for ’46. They had two prototypes already built.

  236. Papa Smurf June 19th, 2009 at 6:13 pm

    The old guard yankees that are left are bunch of whiney babies who haven’t won anything in years. Instead of Posada being worried about Girardi he should be worried that the pitchers hate throwing to you.

  237. The Mad Prince in Pinstripes June 19th, 2009 at 6:13 pm

    I thought he’d have gotten at least SOME time off long before today and tomorrow.

    Glad they’re doing this because if he is ineffective behind Teix, they can pitch around Teix. Gotta get ARod rested.

  238. Angel (F) - 'Cos you know I was OPP(C), hell from the very start June 19th, 2009 at 6:14 pm

    Georgia
    June 19th, 2009 at 6:11 pm
    It seems when the tabloids showed A-Rod was “dating,” his slump started. I wish he would go back to his original statement when he started in May – that it was good to just be focusing on baseball. He needs to date in the off season.

    :roll:

  239. bru June 19th, 2009 at 6:14 pm

    AD
    June 19th, 2009 at 4:13 pm
    *At Least get something back from him. I meant to say

    ————————————————————

    no team is going to wan’t matsui & his 13 million dollar contract in the nl when he can’t play the field & you expect something back in return?

    how about a bill for 13 million dollars & a few fans to be named later?

  240. Razzle Dazzle June 19th, 2009 at 6:14 pm

    Not executing means not getting hits with RISP

    There was nobody to get hits with RISP yesterday because we had no runners in scoring position aside from that 7th inning.

    The team wanted no part of that game.

  241. Fill June 19th, 2009 at 6:14 pm

    Hah nuance and sarcasm! Sorry sometimes these things are lost to me on the internets. I’m with you Sean.

  242. The Mad Prince in Pinstripes June 19th, 2009 at 6:15 pm

    GreenBeret,

    I saw the Spruce Goose when it was still docked next to the Queen Mary in Long Beach a long time ago.

    Didn’t know those crazy Germans were building similar plans nor did I know that Hitler was crazy enough to invade Canada and the United States. Well, Canada I can understand…

  243. Sean Serritella June 19th, 2009 at 6:15 pm

    Come on guys. Stop creaming all over A-Rod’s jock. Every one knows that he’s not a clutch hitter and he’s the worst thing to ever happen to the Yankees. Every one knows that since he stopped taking steroids, he can’t hit anymore because maybe he was never a good hitter to begin with.

  244. Jay June 19th, 2009 at 6:16 pm

    Exactly Papa

    And where is this great Posada leadership we have heard of? Has he spoken to Joba about growing up? Has he called a team meeting?

    The old guard has faded. The team has no leaders.

  245. vb03 - Save the Wanger, Save the Season June 19th, 2009 at 6:17 pm

    “Come on guys. Stop creaming all over A-Rod’s jock. Every one knows that he’s not a clutch hitter and he’s the worst thing to ever happen to the Yankees. Every one knows that since he stopped taking steroids, he can’t hit anymore because maybe he was never a good hitter to begin with.”

    Wow, bitter much?

  246. Carl June 19th, 2009 at 6:17 pm

    Pete why would you type that on twitter when you could have asked him that to his face?

  247. Ed H. June 19th, 2009 at 6:17 pm

    There is some logic to starting Berroa today.

    If he’s going to be on the roster, you’ve got to play him some in order to keep him fresh. (Especially with us old guys, you know …)

    There is not a huge difference, offensively, between Berroa and Pena. You’re going to want to pinch hit for either one of them in a key situation in a close game. By starting Berroa, you can then bring in Pena, the better defender, for the late innings.

    If Gardner is not available to pinch run, Pena is your next best option on the Yanks. If Berroa starts, you still have a good pinch runner on the bench if Matsui gets on with the tying run in the ninth inning.

    Overall, not a bad choice to start Berroa.

  248. migames June 19th, 2009 at 6:18 pm

    we have this: Is “fatigue” code for “no longer on steroids and/or HGH?” Only eight more years of this.

    and we have this:If it’s not too much to ask, please refrain from calling people name when discussing baseball. That includes Mike Francesa. Of you disagree with some point he is making, fine. There is no reason to be uncivil.

    and is it ok to be uncivil when you make jokes of dominicans? just wondering…

  249. Angel (F) - 'Cos you know I was OPP(C), hell from the very start June 19th, 2009 at 6:18 pm

    I hope that was sarcasm, Sean.

  250. Bronx Jeers June 19th, 2009 at 6:20 pm

    I got your back Nick. And Randy’s got my back watching your back in case he tries to slip something by you behind your back.

    From what Pete wrote about A-Rod, it seems like the Yanks may have made another fumble. They’re like Tiki in that department.

  251. Sean Serritella June 19th, 2009 at 6:21 pm

    Now now, Angel(F), you’re down with the OPPC, from the very start, remember?

  252. MrVeeck June 19th, 2009 at 6:21 pm

    Of course AROD is tired. Kate Hudson has him up all night with her loooooooooove.

  253. Rishi June 19th, 2009 at 6:21 pm

    migames
    June 19th, 2009 at 6:18 pm
    we have this: Is “fatigue” code for “no longer on steroids and/or HGH?” Only eight more years of this.

    and we have this:If it’s not too much to ask, please refrain from calling people name when discussing baseball. That includes Mike Francesa. Of you disagree with some point he is making, fine. There is no reason to be uncivil.

    and is it ok to be uncivil when you make jokes of dominicans? just wondering…

    o-o-o-o-o-o-o-o-o-o-o-o-o

    Excellent point

  254. Joba Da Heat June 19th, 2009 at 6:21 pm

    The team dynamic has changed. You think Swisher, Burnett, Tex, CC, Joba, Bruney, Damon etc. want to be pushed around by the Old Guard? They have formed their own alliance.

  255. Mike June 19th, 2009 at 6:22 pm

    Pete is 100% right

    C”mon… hasn’t it entered your head once that his downfall may be linked to his lack of HGH?

  256. Peter Abraham June 19th, 2009 at 6:23 pm

    Mike Francesa is Dominican? I have no idea (as usual) what some of you are talking about.

    Regardless, I have work to do. Just play nice. If you’re not intelligent enough to post without calling people names, please don’t post.

  257. Spyder June 19th, 2009 at 6:24 pm

    At this point, I HOPE he goes back on steroids. He needs to take something undetectable so his performance will increase.

    You really want 8 more years of a .210 hitting cripple?

    He’s already a cheat anyway, let him go back on the roids.

  258. Carl June 19th, 2009 at 6:25 pm

    Mike June 19th, 2009 at 6:22 pm

    Pete is 100% right

    C”mon… hasn’t it entered your head once that his downfall may be linked to his lack of HGH?

    Maybe Pete should ask him that to his face. Hes around him all day. Put the audio up on the blog. Lets here what Alex would have to say.

  259. migames June 19th, 2009 at 6:27 pm

    Mike Francesa is Dominican? I have no idea (as usual) what some of you are talking about.

    no, but Angel Berroa is. And you LOVE to make fun of his appearance. Which is pathetic beyond belief. If you dislike arod because you think you are on a high moral ground based on his cheating, well, thats your right. But to make fun of someone for the way he looks, well its childish and pathetic. So dont be telling people to be civil when you yourself are not.

  260. Doreen - Been to the New Stadium June 19th, 2009 at 6:28 pm

    So we’re jumping to the conclusion that Girardi ignored Alex’s request for time off, when we have no idea how the request was phrased? How about Alex said, “Hey, Skip, I’m gonna be needing some time off soon.”

    If we find out Alex said, “Hey, Skip, I don’t want to be in the lineup tomorrow,” that’s different.

    Or how about he said, “I’m gonna need some time off, I’ll let you know tomorrow when I get to the clubhouse.” And Girardi made up the lineup knowing full well if Alex came in and said, “I can’t go tonight,” he would take him out.

    Why do some of you always imagine the most malicious of circumstances?

    And while I doubt the “old guard” doesn’t like Girardi, who really cares if they do or not? They’re not paid to like the manager. They’re paid to go out and play every night.

  261. Evan June 19th, 2009 at 6:28 pm

    2 days for A-Rod?

    Another wonderful example of how Girardi (and the front office) is killing the team.

    Anyone hear Girardi on the FAN? Got so defensive about the club’s performance and his relationship with the players. Such a disgrace. Hopefully he’ll be fired soon.

  262. R+ June 19th, 2009 at 6:29 pm

    A-Rod is hitting like Ramiro Pena, except without the defense.

  263. bodhisattva - OPPC member - Destiny Wears Pinstripes June 19th, 2009 at 6:31 pm

    DLR on the DL. Man – hopefully just an arm “rest.”

    Two starters I’m most interested in tracking at Trenton – DLR and Garcia – both go down. :(

  264. Distd June 19th, 2009 at 6:31 pm

    “Hopefully he’ll be fired soon.”

    Couple more mailing in efforts like 4 of the past 5 nights, and he’ll be gone.

  265. Christina June 19th, 2009 at 6:31 pm

    Oh Carl, hush it. Pete isn’t friends with Alex so who cares what he says. If anything, this is a public site, so if Alex cares (which he doesnt) what Pete says, he can come read it for himself. It’s not as if A-Rod IP Address is banned from reading the words and Pete is going behind his back and being a terrible backstabbing friend.

  266. Sean Serritella June 19th, 2009 at 6:31 pm

    “At this point, I HOPE he goes back on steroids. He needs to take something undetectable so his performance will increase.

    You really want 8 more years of a .210 hitting cripple?

    He’s already a cheat anyway, let him go back on the roids.”

    I couldn’t agree more. Go back on steroids. He’s stinking it up now. I can’t imagine how much more unclutch he’ll be off of steroids.

  267. Angel (F) - 'Cos you know I was OPP(C), hell from the very start June 19th, 2009 at 6:32 pm

    Thank you, Doreen!

    That was said much nicer than I was going to word the same question.

  268. Angel (F) - 'Cos you know I was OPP(C), hell from the very start June 19th, 2009 at 6:33 pm

    It’s a legitimate question, Sean.

  269. bodhisattva - OPPC member - Destiny Wears Pinstripes June 19th, 2009 at 6:35 pm

    ARod over-extended yesterday and nobody considered the possibility. I thought GI Joe was going to be less laissez-faire than his predecessor?

  270. Sean Serritella June 19th, 2009 at 6:36 pm

    What’s the question? If I like A-Rod? No, I don’t. In my view he’s every thing wrong with the Yankees.

  271. bru June 19th, 2009 at 6:36 pm

    the yankees should at all cost look into getting rid of arod after this year.
    his contract is an absolute disaster & there is now way of telling what role steroids played in his past production & his problems now mentally & physically.

    that 30 million dollars could be much better spent on another 3rd baseman,bullpen & outfielder(s).

  272. Rachel June 19th, 2009 at 6:36 pm

    The way Girardi and the organization have handled Arod makes the Met’s doctor look like a genius. It was VERY obvious that he needed a day off about 2 weeks ago. The fact that Girardi never noticed he needed a day and he has been struggling so bad makes Girardi look like an idiot. I said about 2 weeks ago I am shocked he hasn’t had a day off. So now that they are playing without the DH this situation comes up and he can’t play at all. The Mets/Nats series was the perfect time for him to DH and rest. DH one of the games and get the other 2 off. You really have to wonder how dumb Girardi and Cash are watching him struggle everyday and they continued to play him everyday.

  273. J.O. June 19th, 2009 at 6:37 pm

    Why would Girardi put in Berroa instead of Pena?

  274. bodhisattva - OPPC member - Destiny Wears Pinstripes June 19th, 2009 at 6:37 pm

    Angel,

    I know it’s not “all of you” by the way (who went postal on Posada).

    That’s why I said “some” ;)

    Things did improve once I landed in a forum not devoted to taking shots at Jorge. We came back and won the game. :)

  275. Doreen - Been to the New Stadium June 19th, 2009 at 6:38 pm

    You’re welcome, Angel.

    It’s really getting crazy here. It’s a slump and it’s not been a good week to 10 days, but I don’t understand all the armageddon going on.

    If it wasn’t for the people I look forward to hearing from each day, I don’t know how much longer I succumb to this guilty pleasure known as the Lohud blog. :(

    Anyway, here’s to a good game tonight in spite of all the untalented fighting and unhappy players who hate their manager that we are forced to watch. :)

  276. Peter Abraham June 19th, 2009 at 6:38 pm

    migames:

    I had no idea, frankly, that Berroa was Dominican. Nor do I care. You have no idea of my background, where I am from or the people I associate with. Be very careful about accusing anybody of racism, especially when you know no facts whatsoever. None.

    I make fun of Berroa because his baseball card says he’s 31 and he looks like he is 50. The players on the team, including Dominicans, joke around about it, too.

    Yes, I make fun of him because he is Dominican. Boy, I really hate those Dominicans. Yes, sir. Meanwhile, go back and read the stories I did defending Jose Reyes when he was a rookie and people were accusing him of being a dog. Ask Jose who helped him with his interviews when he was a rookie. Or who he used to joke around with every day.

    Or read the stories I did about Pedro Martinez when he played for the Mets. Or the lengthy feature I did on Robbie Cano 18 months ago when I spoke to his Dad.

    Don’t make comments when you have no idea what you’re talking about.

  277. Moreno June 19th, 2009 at 6:38 pm

    “I couldn’t agree more. Go back on steroids. He’s stinking it up now. I can’t imagine how much more unclutch he’ll be off of steroids.”

    Sean, we’re seeing what he is now without the steroids. A guy that has no power, no mobility, no speed, can’t catch up to FBs etc.

    Sadly, this isin’t going to change unless he gets back on steroids.

  278. MaineYankee June 19th, 2009 at 6:38 pm

    Doreen

    You need to stop post common sense here. It gets lost amongst all the negative posts. :lol:

    I agree with what you said.

  279. Angel (F) - 'Cos you know I was OPP(C), hell from the very start June 19th, 2009 at 6:42 pm

    The question was, was it sarcasm?

    Your response allows me to remember to disregard anything you say about him. So, thanks.

  280. bodhisattva - OPPC member - Destiny Wears Pinstripes June 19th, 2009 at 6:43 pm

    .Alex needs to discover bee pollen and goji berries.

  281. Betsy June 19th, 2009 at 6:43 pm

    Doreen, here’s my problem.

    Joe is trying to be WAY too much of a player’s manager – the players need to be protected from themselves because they are always going to want to play. He’s clueless in this regard. Also, though, Cashman should have stepped in – with Alex AND with Brett. The Yankees are exhibiting terribly poor judgment when it comes to injuries – and they have been for a couple of years.

  282. migames June 19th, 2009 at 6:44 pm

    alright, i take your word, and it came out about you making fun of dominicans, and im sorry if that offended you.

    but the second part still bothers the heck out of me. Then because everyone in the yankee locker room makes fun of him, then its ok to make fun of him. Your jokes are based on his physical appearance. You are better than that. And to say you joke about it because “the guys in the locker room have fun with it” is not a good excuse.

  283. Angel (F) - 'Cos you know I was OPP(C), hell from the very start June 19th, 2009 at 6:44 pm

    I know bodhi. I just didn’t want to feel like I was being lumped in with those people, cause I don’t think that at all. :)

    I hear you about needing to take a breather from here sometimes, it gets crazy. I often get up and walk away these days.

  284. MaineYankee June 19th, 2009 at 6:46 pm

    bodhisattva – OPPC member – Destiny Wears Pinstripes
    June 19th, 2009 at 6:43 pm
    .Alex needs to discover bee pollen and goji berries.

    ——————————————————–

    I remember what you said about the value of bee pollen but what about goji berries?

  285. Mike June 19th, 2009 at 6:47 pm

    He’s trying to be a player’s manager because the clubhouse disliked him last year and that was his biggest problem.

    So by allowing pies, loud music, and all this non-sense… he is trying to get the team back in his favor. And based on the quotes from Damon, AJ, Swisher, Tex etc., he has done just that.

    His number one priority was to get the players on his side. Aside from the old guard, who will probably never embrace anyone other than Torre, he has done just that.

  286. Carl June 19th, 2009 at 6:47 pm

    Kerry wood blows a save against the cubs. Solo homer derek lee.

  287. Jesse June 19th, 2009 at 6:48 pm

    Why didn’t they put Pena at 3rd? Is it because he played two days in a row?

  288. TD123 June 19th, 2009 at 6:48 pm

    The funny part is that, the only way Girardi is fired is if we miss the playoffs.

    He is not getting let go mid season unless the team completely collapses and goes like 3-15 over a stretch and falls way behind the wild card.

    So all this talk about getting rid of Girardi is humorous. George isin’t calling the shots, Cashman is. Hal will defer to Cashman.

  289. Yankee Trader June 19th, 2009 at 6:49 pm

    “And while I doubt the “old guard” doesn’t like Girardi, who really cares if they do or not? They’re not paid to like the manager. They’re paid to go out and play every night.”

    Doreen-
    You’re absolutely correct, but that’s what happens when the employee is making more than his boss and his GM.

  290. Sevrx June 19th, 2009 at 6:51 pm

    So who do you want managing?

    Tony Pena, who quit on the Royals?

    Bobby V, who wears out his welcome everywhere he goes?

    Donnie Dodger— another inexperienced manager?

    Willie Randolph— who couldn’t even handle the Mets?

    Slim pickings.

  291. Sean Serritella June 19th, 2009 at 6:51 pm

    Hey migames, I think Posada has big ears but I still think he is a good player. Oh wait, no I don’t.

  292. G. Love June 19th, 2009 at 6:53 pm

    You know who has really big ears? That actor Brendan Gleeson. You could put a size 14 shoe on those things.

  293. ray (sox fan) June 19th, 2009 at 6:53 pm

    Hey Maine Yankee….would you do something about all this rain? :)

    I think there are a lot of both Yankee fans and Sox fans who have short term memory. If either team goes through a rough few days then it is amazing how many fans are ready to jump off the bridge.

    This is true of both Yankee and Sox fans. If either team goes on a 3 or 4 win streak the hordes are ready to jump back on the bandwagon.

  294. Angel (F) - 'Cos you know I was OPP(C), hell from the very start June 19th, 2009 at 6:55 pm

    If it wasn’t for the people I look forward to hearing from each day, I don’t know how much longer I succumb to this guilty pleasure known as the Lohud blog. :(

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

    Absolutely. I’ve been taking breathers more and more often lately. It just gets too much.

    As positive and optimistic as I am, there are occasions in games where I don’t feel so great about things. But it feels almost like voicing that on here would be like adding to the hysterical and hyperbolic pile ons that go on around here, so I rarely voice them. Which is ridiculous, when you think about it, because I usually try to be constructive and objective in my criticisms, and sometimes its warranted.

    I think things can be written intentionally in such a way that its easy to ascribe the most malicious motive to someone. Sometimes you just gotta read between the lines. Good thing there are still people who do that. :)

  295. Rachel June 19th, 2009 at 6:55 pm

    “Why didn’t they put Pena at 3rd?”

    I would assume it is because Pena is hitting .071 against lefties this season, 1-14. But it is not like Berroa is some big threat at the plate either. I would rather have Pena in there for the defense.

  296. Angel (F) - 'Cos you know I was OPP(C), hell from the very start June 19th, 2009 at 6:56 pm

    LOL G.Love.

    I’m never going to look at him without seeing a pair of Nike sneakers covering his years.

  297. Angel (F) - 'Cos you know I was OPP(C), hell from the very start June 19th, 2009 at 6:57 pm

    EARS not YEARS.

    *looks around suspiciously for GB7*

  298. Christina June 19th, 2009 at 6:57 pm

    BREAKING NEWS: The Yankees are 35-33 for the season, placing them 6 games out of first. No wait, thats the Rays. Well, the Yankees have 7 pitchers currently on the DL. No wait, thats the Jays.

    You people need to chill out because this team could be in a lot worse shape. Just look at the rest of the team in the AL East. It kills me how spoiled many of you are. Do or die everyday, I hope you dont live your real lives like this.

  299. Drills June 19th, 2009 at 6:58 pm

    If Jeter is a leader… where was he when the fans were booing A-Rod?

    He came to Giambi’s defense. Why not A-Rod’s?

    Just like Damon won’t call out Joba because he is his friend

    When is the last time Posada spoke up? Then again, everything probably goes in one year and out the other. Why would the team listen to someone as stubborn as him?

    Face it, this team has a bunch of fraud leaders. We need a guy like Paul O’Neil who will throw water coolers and yell at everyone.

  300. ray (sox fan) June 19th, 2009 at 6:59 pm

    “I’m never going to look at him without seeing a pair of Nike sneakers covering his “years”.

    Angel….maybe GB7 would be interested in some of those Nike’s if they will cover some of his “years”.

    Oh I know I am going to hear about this from him later!

  301. Jones June 19th, 2009 at 6:59 pm

    “Why didn’t they put Pena at 3rd? Is it because he played two days in a row?”

    Pena is outstanding on the defensive end, but he has to work on his bat. Maybe thats why Berroa is getting the start? I’m not sure. Though Berroa is nothing special. I would rather see Pena start, because I like his style of defense.

  302. ray (sox fan) June 19th, 2009 at 7:00 pm

    EARS not YEARS.

    “looks around suspiciously for GB7″

    You beat me to the punch Angel.

  303. JJ June 19th, 2009 at 7:00 pm

    The Jays are scary. They havr had so many injuries, yet they are right there. And that is with their 9 game losing streak.

  304. Yankee Trader June 19th, 2009 at 7:01 pm

    “So who do you want managing?”

    I don’t care who manages. Any of us could manage[NOT]

    I want:

    Pitcher’s who throw strikes.
    Good defense, especially up the middle.
    Hitters going up there not looking always for the homerun.
    Another bench player besides Berroa.
    Another capable bullpen arm to replace Tomko.
    Scoring early and often, instead of trying to play from behind.
    Dave Duncan as my pitching coach and Rudy Jaramillo as my hitting coach.
    Players that are hungry.
    Scoring with RISP, instead of ending the rally with a DP.

    Is all this too much to ask??

    Well maybe the Duncan and Jaramillo part is!

  305. Frida K. June 19th, 2009 at 7:01 pm

    Guess AROD misses the juice. Why doesn’t he just use HGH like Andy does ?

  306. Jones June 19th, 2009 at 7:01 pm

    “When is the last time Posada spoke up? Then again, everything probably goes in one year and out the other. Why would the team listen to someone as stubborn as him?”

    What are talking about? Posada has spoken up. Have you watched him? He’s not quiet. He spoke up about Andy, Clemens, and A-rod.

  307. Carl June 19th, 2009 at 7:01 pm

    No John Flaherty. We already won.

  308. Terry from NH June 19th, 2009 at 7:02 pm

    Damn Bike Week here in NH and the rain won’t go away for these people.. Glad Arod has a day off finally. Let’s hope a new day can bring some offense.. Someone needs to step up tonight.. Who will it be?

  309. bru June 19th, 2009 at 7:02 pm

    i think the yankees are right there.

    i am just concerned about arod & his disasterous contract & an overated pitching staff.
    i think we can win it all but this team is going to have to get better & more consistent pitching & timely hitting.

    i don’t see many teams better than us if any at all.
    every game is a struggle even the games we win.we seem to always be losing early & having to win late.

    i just don’t think posada is in sink with the pitching staff wich is disturbing considering cervelli seems to be.

  310. Nick in SF in Dallas June 19th, 2009 at 7:03 pm

    Berroa should be playing in Miami, isn’t that close to the Foutain of Youth?

  311. trisha - OPPC lifetime member June 19th, 2009 at 7:03 pm

    Just stopping by to say I am happy to see Berroa getting the start at 3rd. I’ve think I’ve always had a lot more esteem for his playing ability and professionalism than many others here, and also with his willingness to ride the bench the majority of the time and truly appear to appreciate the opportunities he has to get into games and always show such enthusiasm. I hope he does well tonight.

    I haven’t changed my view on Posada and that’s the biggest reason I decided to take a break from this place. Once I realized that I was going to have to deal with endless personal hostility and antagonism because I was voicing an unpopular position, I decided it was easier to be away from here.

    Hope you’re all doing well. Take care.

  312. Trev June 19th, 2009 at 7:04 pm

    Even if we get shutout through 7 innings tonight, don’t worry. We are the Yankees, we have the ability to always come back and rally. This is a gutsey, firey team. They will find a way.

  313. Christina June 19th, 2009 at 7:04 pm

    JJ- not only are they still in it, but they have stepped up with Roy Halladay being out. He was basically holding that pitching staff together and now they are throwing out another young rookie to replace him til him comes off the DL.

    It’s also important to note they have done this without the power of Vernon Wells and Alex Rios who have been asleep for a good portion of the year. At least Rios appears to be snapping out of it.

  314. Rachel June 19th, 2009 at 7:05 pm

    Hopefully Pettitte’s back is better and we can see a decent version of him tonight..Not 115 pitches, 5 innings and 5 runs.

  315. Tom H June 19th, 2009 at 7:05 pm

    No need to respond there Pete. You should take a que from A-rod, sometimes not answering is the way to go. Your response is like Ty Cobb saying, “hey I’m not a racist, I have a black butler”. The majority of people here know you aren’t racist Pete, not sure why you felt the need to defend it and site examples of your work with dominicans… Who taught Jose Reyes english? Really?

    Anyway go yanks, plenty of firepower to get some Ws coming up.

  316. Nick in SF in Dallas June 19th, 2009 at 7:05 pm

    *Fountain* of Youth, that is.

  317. Yankee Trader June 19th, 2009 at 7:06 pm

    “i just don’t think posada is in sink with the pitching staff wich is disturbing considering cervelli seems to be.”

    That would be sync. A lot of posters here already believe Posada’s defensive skills are in the sink and down the drain!!

  318. MaineYankee June 19th, 2009 at 7:06 pm

    I really enjoy watching baseball and the Yankees are the team I have followed for over 40 years. Through that time there have been more bad teams than good, but I still follow them and cheer for them. If they lose life goes on. If they win it is very satisfying but life still goes on.

    From some of the posts I read here I wonder why you even follow them. Based on the comments of some here it can’t be because you enjoy baseball.

    The non stop complaints about everything connected to the team just makes me wonder why you bother to spend your time being so misserable.

    No I don’t like everything about them and when they lose games like the last two it bothers me. But I have followed sports long enough to take the good with the bad.

    Like I said I enjoy baseball and that’s why I watch the games.

    I enjoy this sight because Pete does a good job informing us about the Yankees with info that we might not get elsewhere. Also the discussions here can be informative and enjoyable.

  319. bodhisattva - OPPC member - Destiny Wears Pinstripes June 19th, 2009 at 7:07 pm

    MaineYankee
    June 19th, 2009 at 6:46 pm
    bodhisattva – OPPC member – Destiny Wears Pinstripes
    June 19th, 2009 at 6:43 pm
    .Alex needs to discover bee pollen and goji berries.
    ————————————————————————————
    I remember what you said about the value of bee pollen but what about goji berries?
    =======

    Hopefully not setting myself up for the ARod haters here, but goji berries have natural HGH in them – they help you recover, improve vision, have high Vit A, and a host of other immune-enhancing qualities. Tibetans eat them and there are all sorts of folk legends about bodhisattvas living to 200 years old, subsisting on them.

    Just don’t eat too many – unless you’re close to the “euphemism” – to quote Edward Albee. They increase peristalsis, lol. Maybe Lohud will allow this link:

    http://altmedicine.about.com/o.....a/goji.htm

  320. Jimmy June 19th, 2009 at 7:07 pm

    “i think the yankees are right there.
    i am just concerned about arod & his disasterous contract & an overated pitching staff.”

    …and no middle relief, nothing to offer in a trade and no help from the farm system. Other than that THIS IS THE YEAR

  321. Christina June 19th, 2009 at 7:07 pm

    Trisha, valid point about Berra. We have yet to hear him complain about never playing. It could be for numerous reasons, but at least he doesnt vocally put down the manager about it like some players do.

  322. Christina June 19th, 2009 at 7:08 pm

    Berroa**

  323. DYNASTY IS DESTINY! June 19th, 2009 at 7:09 pm

    Let’s Go Yanks!!!!!

  324. bodhisattva - OPPC member - Destiny Wears Pinstripes June 19th, 2009 at 7:10 pm

    trisha!

    Good to “see” you.

    I can love you and Posada, even if you don’t love him.

    That’s because I’m a bodhisattva, lol. (not a true one, of course – that would take me a few hundred lifetimes, I expect).

    Stick around, girl. People here miss you.

  325. Carl June 19th, 2009 at 7:11 pm

    Jeter!!

  326. RS June 19th, 2009 at 7:11 pm

    Bad luck. That should have been a triple.

  327. NYY626 June 19th, 2009 at 7:11 pm

    whoaaaa so i guess its not just yankee stadium where jetes is hitting for more power?? that was a rocket

  328. RalphieD (OPPC all day) June 19th, 2009 at 7:11 pm

    wow…he smoked that…easy homer at almost any other park

  329. S.A.--The sun will come out tomorrow; I'm down with the OPPC June 19th, 2009 at 7:12 pm

    Nice start Jetes!

  330. Bronx Jeers June 19th, 2009 at 7:13 pm

    Did that just the 434 sign?

    434?!!!!

  331. DYNASTY IS DESTINY! June 19th, 2009 at 7:13 pm

    Pinstripes, fighting fish…

    Alligators and aphids…

    In the Sunshine State…

  332. GreenBeret7 June 19th, 2009 at 7:13 pm

    Angel (F) – ‘Cos you know I was OPP(C), hell from the very start
    June 19th, 2009 at 6:57 pm
    EARS not YEARS.

    looks around suspiciously for GB7

    ————————————————————

    You can’t blame me for that one, Angel. I may leave letters out of words, but, I can never be accused of wasting additional key strokes.

  333. pat June 19th, 2009 at 7:13 pm

    Been out all day and just reading through here has me wondering if this Blog increases or decreases my enjoyment of the Yankees. I do enjoy the insight some provide though so I’m torn.

    Nice hit Captain. Go Yankees!

  334. Joe Monte June 19th, 2009 at 7:14 pm

    Hey AD – The Yanks are eating $46 million with Igawa, what’s another $7.6 million?

    Shouldn’t someone’s head roll w/ that signing?

    Igawa $46 Million
    Pavano $40 Million
    Wright $20 Million
    Karsay $23 Million
    Farnsworth $17 Million
    Marte $12 Million
    Total $158 Million

    That’s a lot of waste by one GM…

  335. RalphieD (OPPC all day) June 19th, 2009 at 7:14 pm

    dam damon…not a pretty swing

  336. Carl June 19th, 2009 at 7:15 pm

    Tex!

  337. ray (sox fan) June 19th, 2009 at 7:15 pm

    Dice-K just gave up a home run with his very first pitch.

  338. RalphieD (OPPC all day) June 19th, 2009 at 7:15 pm

    i felt the same way that jeter did..”how did that ball get through”..

  339. The Other Phil June 19th, 2009 at 7:16 pm

    You can always tell when it’s close to game time. The comments get more ridiculous.

    And of course, the comments section is never complete unless someone references Paul O’Neill’s “fire” as an automatic trait of “leadership”. Let’s see what Carlos Perez is up to. He knows how to beat up a water cooler. He’d make a great leader in the clubhouse. Let’s re-sign Kevin Brown. He punched walls (with his pitching hand, no less). He’s a great leader.

  340. Rachel June 19th, 2009 at 7:16 pm

    With the way they have been hitting it would really stink to not score Jeter. Bad base running by the captain…

  341. RS June 19th, 2009 at 7:16 pm

    The Blue Jays really deserve a lot of credit for playing as well as they have with all their injuries. They now have 7 pitchers on the DL, and all of them are quality pitchers.

    Halladay
    McGowan
    Marcum
    Litsch
    Janssen

    is an all-star rotation and all of them are hurt. Their former closer, BJ Ryan, has also spent time on the DL and their current closer, Downs, is out as well.

  342. MaineYankee June 19th, 2009 at 7:16 pm

    ray (sox fan)
    June 19th, 2009 at 6:53 pm
    Hey Maine Yankee….would you do something about all this rain?

    I think there are a lot of both Yankee fans and Sox fans who have short term memory. If either team goes through a rough few days then it is amazing how many fans are ready to jump off the bridge.

    This is true of both Yankee and Sox fans. If either team goes on a 3 or 4 win streak the hordes are ready to jump back on the bandwagon.

    ————————————————-

    Hi ray

    If it doesn’t stop raining I think we might float south. Not a good thing seeing Boston is south. :lol:

    I’m sure if you listen the JAB you hear alot of the same panic about the RS.

  343. Joe Monte June 19th, 2009 at 7:16 pm

    Where’s the bunt comments!

  344. RalphieD (OPPC all day) June 19th, 2009 at 7:17 pm

    nice…good job jorge!

  345. Carl June 19th, 2009 at 7:17 pm

    Mr washed up Posada!

  346. bodhisattva - OPPC member - Destiny Wears Pinstripes June 19th, 2009 at 7:18 pm

    Derek not looking very comfortable running down the baseline.

  347. NYY626 June 19th, 2009 at 7:18 pm

    the yankees like playing in the heat huh? maybe this march weather in June is throwing them off….

  348. DYNASTY IS DESTINY! June 19th, 2009 at 7:18 pm

    Clutch, clasping maple…

    Posada crushes cowhide…

    Summer solstice nears…

  349. Joe Monte June 19th, 2009 at 7:18 pm

    You have to love Boston sticking with Dice K

  350. Carl June 19th, 2009 at 7:18 pm

    Dice K looks horrible. Good news for us.

  351. Rachel June 19th, 2009 at 7:18 pm

    Good job by Posada. They needed to get an early run on the board.

  352. Hughes to Joba to Rivera June 19th, 2009 at 7:18 pm

    what happened to cano?

  353. Carl June 19th, 2009 at 7:19 pm

    Terrible Swisher. But Yankee fans won’t boo him no!

  354. Matt June 19th, 2009 at 7:19 pm

    Swisher is killing this team. He’s just been awful recently, but Gardner getting hurt means he has to play, yet again.

  355. RalphieD (OPPC all day) June 19th, 2009 at 7:19 pm

    dammit swish! stop hitting into dps :P hit the ball softer or higher!

  356. tex's friend June 19th, 2009 at 7:19 pm

    ok time to sit swish.

  357. Falppy June 19th, 2009 at 7:19 pm

    Swisher YOU SUCK

  358. bodhisattva - OPPC member - Destiny Wears Pinstripes June 19th, 2009 at 7:19 pm

    Too bad that wasn’t Cano – batting .312 with 158 OPS vs lefties.

  359. RS June 19th, 2009 at 7:20 pm

    Damn, that ball was hit hard but right at the third baseman. We should have gotten more out of that inning.

  360. Zooboy June 19th, 2009 at 7:20 pm

    Wordsmith on the Blog…

    Pondering and Posting…

    Destiny is Dynasty?

  361. GreenBeret7 June 19th, 2009 at 7:21 pm

    Jesus…Rodriguez hits into another double play.

    Oooops. My mistake. I was under the impression from all that’s said on here and printed by the writers that only Rodriguez hit into double plays and killed rallies.

  362. bodhisattva - OPPC member - Destiny Wears Pinstripes June 19th, 2009 at 7:21 pm

    DYNASTY IS DESTINY!
    June 19th, 2009 at 7:18 pm
    Clutch, clasping maple…
    Posada crushes cowhide…
    Summer solstice nears…
    ====

    When’s the collection coming out?

    Seriously, baseball haiku? It’s brilliant – and it only is because these are.

  363. Aceino June 19th, 2009 at 7:21 pm

    If Jeter is having trouble running the bases maybe they’ll use a pinch runner later.

  364. Rachel June 19th, 2009 at 7:21 pm

    Swish should never bat before Cano. I am sure Girardi did it to break up all of the automatic outs at the bottom. But that is stupid you want all of your good hitters together.

  365. DYNASTY IS DESTINY! June 19th, 2009 at 7:21 pm

    Yankees take the lead…

    Citrus, soon citronella…

    Sighs along Snake Creek…

  366. RS June 19th, 2009 at 7:21 pm

    “Dice K looks horrible. Good news for us.”

    And just our luck that the Yankees haven’t faced him at all this year.

  367. bru June 19th, 2009 at 7:22 pm

    Jimmy
    June 19th, 2009 at 7:07 pm
    “i think the yankees are right there.
    i am just concerned about arod & his disasterous contract & an overated pitching staff.”

    …and no middle relief, nothing to offer in a trade and no help from the farm system. Other than that THIS IS THE YEAR

    ————————————————————

    i guess hughes,joba,coke,robertson,ace,cervelli are not helping us.

    we are deep in catching & pitching,have plenty to offer & are also one of the higher ranked farm systems in baseball.

    the mets got santanna for nothing at all.
    montero,ajax,mcallister are all very promising prospects.

    it doesn’t take much to turn it around especially with the yankees financial resources.

    compare last year to this year & our minor league system a few years ago compared to now.
    we are in a much better position.

    we have a few bad contracts but who doesn’t?

  368. MaineYankee June 19th, 2009 at 7:23 pm

    bod

    Thanks, I was wondering if it might help with Lyme Disease.

  369. RS June 19th, 2009 at 7:24 pm

    How about those Cubbies?? Yesterday they were down 5-1 in the 8th inning and came back to win 6-5. Today they were down 7-0 and now the game is tied.

  370. GreenBeret7 June 19th, 2009 at 7:24 pm

    Go figure. Now people are starting to complain that Cano ISN’T batting 5th.

  371. Boston Dave - OPPC June 19th, 2009 at 7:24 pm

    Daisuke was super lucky to have gotten away with only 2 runs allowed.

    bases loaded nobody out, 2 runs in, he gets a strikeout. then Casey Kotchman hits a bullet that could have been a 2 run double but it was right at Youkilis who easily got to 1st for the double play.

  372. DYNASTY IS DESTINY! June 19th, 2009 at 7:24 pm

    Pettitte, peers, peerless…

    Pitching amidst the palm trees…

    Fearless of the fish…

  373. Please hit the baseball June 19th, 2009 at 7:25 pm

    You can tell early if Pettitte will be effective….depends on the umpire….giving him corners or not

  374. RS June 19th, 2009 at 7:25 pm

    Dice-K gets out of a bases loaded 0 out jam with a strikeout and a doubleplay. How does he do it?

  375. Laura - All we are saying is give Wang a chance! June 19th, 2009 at 7:25 pm

    “Go figure. Now people are starting to complain that Cano ISN’T batting 5th.”

    When you put someone there who is worse suited for 5th than Robbie is, that is bound to happen.

  376. bodhisattva - OPPC member - Destiny Wears Pinstripes June 19th, 2009 at 7:26 pm

    Maine,

    Don’t know if it’s a specific, but anything that boosts your immune system can’t hurt.

    I will keep my ears open for any new breakthroughs.

    Be well. :)

  377. RS June 19th, 2009 at 7:27 pm

    How aren’t those 2 pitches strikes?

  378. RalphieD (OPPC all day) June 19th, 2009 at 7:27 pm

    very nice inning andy…6 more please

  379. Carl June 19th, 2009 at 7:27 pm

    Boston could of had A-Rod, Hanley, and Ortiz.

  380. NYY626 June 19th, 2009 at 7:27 pm

    andy looks much better tonight.

  381. DYNASTY IS DESTINY! June 19th, 2009 at 7:27 pm

    bodhisattva,

    Thank you for the vote of confidence…Glad you like the haiku!

    I try…

  382. Yankee Trader June 19th, 2009 at 7:28 pm

    1st time in 12 starts Pettitte has had a 1-2-3 1st inning.

  383. Boston Dave - OPPC June 19th, 2009 at 7:29 pm

    “Dice-K gets out of a bases loaded 0 out jam with a strikeout and a doubleplay. How does he do it?”

    ——–

    luck.

    he allowed a bullet by Kotchman that happened to be right at Youkilis.

    he looked horrible the entire inning except to Matt Diaz.

    Rest assured, he’ll be giving up some more runs this game.

  384. GreenBeret7 June 19th, 2009 at 7:29 pm

    Laura – All we are saying is give Wang a chance!
    June 19th, 2009 at 7:25 pm
    “Go figure. Now people are starting to complain that Cano ISN’T batting 5th.”

    When you put someone there who is worse suited for 5th than Robbie is, that is bound to happen.

    ————————————————————

    What it actually means is that there are people on here that will complain about anything, even if they have to invent a reason.

  385. The Other Phil June 19th, 2009 at 7:30 pm

    Kotchman should have bunted and should be benched for hitting into that DP…

  386. Hughes to Joba to Rivera June 19th, 2009 at 7:30 pm

    girardi is dum!

  387. bodhisattva - OPPC member - Destiny Wears Pinstripes June 19th, 2009 at 7:30 pm

    Cano loves him some lefties :D

  388. Laura - All we are saying is give Wang a chance! June 19th, 2009 at 7:31 pm

    “What it actually means is that there are people on here that will complain about anything, even if they have to invent a reason.”

    Well, yeah that too! :)

  389. Boston Dave - OPPC June 19th, 2009 at 7:31 pm

    Kenshin Kawakami looked nasty in the 1st…

    strikes out Pedroia

    K’s Drew

    Sit down Youkilis

    all swinging.

  390. joeman June 19th, 2009 at 7:32 pm

    if Pedro was smart he would sign a minor league contract with the Yankees,he would be starting after the ALL-Star break. A Jones should have signed one also

  391. Carl June 19th, 2009 at 7:32 pm

    Berroa!!!

  392. RalphieD (OPPC all day) June 19th, 2009 at 7:33 pm

    BERROA…get the oxygen ready!!!

  393. Please hit the baseball June 19th, 2009 at 7:33 pm

    Angel Berroa wow

  394. Bronx Jeers June 19th, 2009 at 7:33 pm

    Holy crap!

  395. bodhisattva - OPPC member - Destiny Wears Pinstripes June 19th, 2009 at 7:33 pm

    DYNASTY IS DESTINY!
    June 19th, 2009 at 7:27 pm
    bodhisattva,
    Thank you for the vote of confidence…Glad you like the haiku!
    I try…

    I hope you’re preserving these, and they aren’t just going off in the air…

  396. Carl June 19th, 2009 at 7:33 pm

    LOL ANDY!!

  397. Boston Dave - OPPC June 19th, 2009 at 7:33 pm

    The Yankees are better off without ARod!!

    just thought I’d get that started. you know, for kids!

  398. Carl June 19th, 2009 at 7:33 pm

    OMG ANDY!!!

  399. Maria June 19th, 2009 at 7:34 pm

    Go Andy!!!

  400. NYY626 June 19th, 2009 at 7:34 pm

    holy freakin crap andy pettitte :)

  401. RalphieD (OPPC all day) June 19th, 2009 at 7:34 pm

    ANDY!!! HAHA…this is classic

  402. Tom in N.J June 19th, 2009 at 7:34 pm

    Andy Pettitte!!!!!?

  403. Bronx Jeers June 19th, 2009 at 7:34 pm

    Ok. Pinch me now.

  404. Serf June 19th, 2009 at 7:34 pm

    LOL at Berroa. LOL at Andy.

  405. Please hit the baseball June 19th, 2009 at 7:34 pm

    Please don’t get hurt Andy,…..what was that lizfranc or something like that?

  406. Pat M. June 19th, 2009 at 7:34 pm

    Somewhere Tricia is smiling….Berroa tomahawks a doubles

  407. swingsandmisses June 19th, 2009 at 7:34 pm

    Woo! Go Andy!

  408. DYNASTY IS DESTINY! June 19th, 2009 at 7:34 pm

    The fish floundering…

    Cano and Berroa reach…

    Yankees lead by two…

  409. Tom in N.J June 19th, 2009 at 7:34 pm

    Wade Boggs like!

  410. bodhisattva - OPPC member - Destiny Wears Pinstripes June 19th, 2009 at 7:35 pm

    Hey, that’s what I call going with the pitch. Put him in the lineup on off days.

  411. Scorpio June 19th, 2009 at 7:35 pm

    omg, i didn’t realize it was Andy. lol…good job Andy!

  412. Drew June 19th, 2009 at 7:35 pm

    Back to back doubles by Berroa and Pettitte? What a shame if we were to lose this game after that.

  413. Laura - All we are saying is give Wang a chance! June 19th, 2009 at 7:35 pm

    So the moral of the story is that the Yankees *can* hit pitchers they’ve never seen as long as they leave cookies right over the plate. Got it!

  414. Boston Dave - OPPC June 19th, 2009 at 7:36 pm

    And Daisuke…

    walks the UNWALKABLE Jeff Francoeur to lead off the 2nd.

    That guy refuses to walk… but Daisuke found a way!!

  415. DYNASTY IS DESTINY! June 19th, 2009 at 7:36 pm

    Pettitte at the plate…

    Pitcher plying swatter’s trade…

    The lead increases…

  416. terpbomber June 19th, 2009 at 7:36 pm

    Andy getting in on the act. Nice!

  417. Maria June 19th, 2009 at 7:36 pm

    Watching our pitchers bat has to be the highlight of interleague games in national stadiums for me. Too funny. (Minus the part when Wang got injured of course.)

  418. Carl June 19th, 2009 at 7:37 pm

    Jete on fiya

  419. RalphieD (OPPC all day) June 19th, 2009 at 7:37 pm

    come on damon you need to get andy in!!

  420. Boston Dave - OPPC June 19th, 2009 at 7:37 pm

    Daisuke will be hitting the DL when Smoltz comes up.

    he looks awful.

  421. RalphieD (OPPC all day) June 19th, 2009 at 7:38 pm

    i like this offense today…

  422. Carl June 19th, 2009 at 7:38 pm

    Yanks must have been heated about the Nationals series. Damon!

  423. DYNASTY IS DESTINY! June 19th, 2009 at 7:40 pm

    The captain connects…

    First and third, one out only..

    Damon delivers…

  424. Please hit the baseball June 19th, 2009 at 7:40 pm

    Keep it going Jorge

  425. Please hit the baseball June 19th, 2009 at 7:41 pm

    that pitch was high

  426. Carl June 19th, 2009 at 7:41 pm

    what a joke. Horrible call.

  427. Boston Dave - OPPC June 19th, 2009 at 7:41 pm

    not a good call there

    Posada has a right to be mad

  428. Please hit the baseball June 19th, 2009 at 7:41 pm

    better call the same for Andy

  429. RalphieD (OPPC all day) June 19th, 2009 at 7:41 pm

    clearly not a strike

  430. CB June 19th, 2009 at 7:42 pm

    “Kenshin Kawakami looked nasty in the 1st…”

    Kawakami isn’t great but he’s been ok.

    Same for Uehara – though he’s been better than Kawakami.

    I’d guess the yankees figured that Igawa would be at least as good as those guys have been.

    Who’d of thought?

  431. jpb1973 June 19th, 2009 at 7:43 pm

    Yankees have 4 runs on 8 hits in 2 innings. Now ARod is asking Girardi to put him in the game.

  432. bodhisattva - OPPC member - Destiny Wears Pinstripes June 19th, 2009 at 7:43 pm

    Dynasty knows that haiku isn’t about pumping in the FB,

    but floating change ups.

    He/she knows it’s about taking something off.

  433. Eights June 19th, 2009 at 7:44 pm

    Bad calls all around tonight.

    I loved seeing Pettitte run the bases. I couldn’t help but laugh when he look a knee on second. I love Pettitte, probably my favorite baseball player alongside Jeter.

  434. Carl June 19th, 2009 at 7:46 pm

    Eights June 19th, 2009 at 7:44 pm

    Bad calls all around tonight.

    I loved seeing Pettitte run the bases. I couldn’t help but laugh when he look a knee on second. I love Pettitte, probably my favorite baseball player alongside Jeter.

    He took HGH. Hes a joke like Clemens.

  435. NYY626 June 19th, 2009 at 7:48 pm

    didnt he admit to taking HGH 2x to help recover from an injury? its not like he used for years…

  436. RalphieD (OPPC all day) June 19th, 2009 at 7:49 pm

    it seems routine for the trainers and girardi to come out to see andy

  437. CB June 19th, 2009 at 7:49 pm

    It’s remarkable the difference having Jeter in the line up makes. He’s having a terrific season and is still a special talent. Hopefully his defense doesn’t take a hit while the tries to play through this ankle. But if it does so be it. I think it’s been injuries that really hurt his game the past two years.

    Pena is a nice young player. But at this point he really doesn’t hit well. He’s more or less hitting at a replacement level so far this year.

    Guys who hit at replacement level kill line ups. It’s a huge obstacle to over come – especially when you’re taking out a guy like Jeter who has been so far above.

    With ARod slumping as badly as he has, it’s tough to carry a line up with Pena and either Melky/ Gardner. That problem gets amplified even more on nights like last night when Cervelli is also playing.

  438. Laura - All we are saying is give Wang a chance! June 19th, 2009 at 7:50 pm

    I know it’s bad form to discuss Francessa, but I just heard his convo with Girardi where he’s trying to get Joe to say that Joba sucks as a starter and should be in the bullpen. Very entertaining.

  439. Carl June 19th, 2009 at 7:50 pm

    didnt he admit to taking HGH 2x to help recover from an injury? its not like he used for years…

    LMAO! This is a joke right! More like 200 times!

  440. Boston Dave - OPPC June 19th, 2009 at 7:50 pm

    “I’d guess the yankees figured that Igawa would be at least as good as those guys have been.”

    ————

    Or at least Hideki Irabu… ugh

  441. Eights June 19th, 2009 at 7:53 pm

    “LMAO! This is a joke right! More like 200 times!”- Carl

    Do you have any physical, tangible evidence to support your claims? If you do, I will gladly sit by and listen…but something tells me you’re pulling your “information” out of your ass.

    Also, that’s like the third of fourth bad call I’ve seen against Pettitte. That was definitely a strike, as were a few earlier. This ump must not be a Yankees fan.

  442. Laura - All we are saying is give Wang a chance! June 19th, 2009 at 7:54 pm

    Yuck Swisher!!

  443. Boston Dave - OPPC June 19th, 2009 at 7:55 pm

    “something tells me you’re pulling your “information” out of your ass.”

    ————–

    at this point, if Andy Pettitte only used twice, he’s in the minority anyway.

    it’s not really an insult anymore to say a guy used PEDs. It’s the norm.

  444. BR June 19th, 2009 at 7:55 pm

    Worse contract…Arod or Igawa?

  445. Carl June 19th, 2009 at 7:56 pm

    Melky!

  446. RalphieD (OPPC all day) June 19th, 2009 at 7:56 pm

    yea melky!

  447. S.A.--The sun will come out tomorrow; I'm down with the OPPC June 19th, 2009 at 7:57 pm

    Melky!

  448. Please hit the baseball June 19th, 2009 at 7:57 pm

    the melk man delivers

  449. BBFan June 19th, 2009 at 7:57 pm

    So much for the accusation that Melky can hit HRs only in the sandbox in the bronx.

  450. tishbi June 19th, 2009 at 7:58 pm

    As they fail to step on the throat of a struggling pitcher. 4 straight crap AB’s.

  451. BBFan June 19th, 2009 at 7:58 pm

    “The Yankees are facing a losing team with a 23-year-old rookie starter they have never seen before. Obviously they have no chance whatsoever.”

    What do you say now :)

  452. DYNASTY IS DESTINY! June 19th, 2009 at 7:59 pm

    Melky makes ‘em pay…

    Crushing where the sun now sets…

    Yankees put up five…

  453. tishbi June 19th, 2009 at 7:59 pm

    Melky saves the inning and maybe the game. If he shuts us down here in the 3d. he wouldve cruised to 7,

  454. Carl June 19th, 2009 at 7:59 pm

    Andy’s dad supplied him and you think he only used twice? Hes a fraud as much as Alex is. The way he gets a pass is remarkable.

  455. MaineYankee June 19th, 2009 at 8:00 pm

    Boston Dave – OPPC
    June 19th, 2009 at 7:37 pm
    Daisuke will be hitting the DL when Smoltz comes up.

    he looks awful.

    ——————————————————

    On a local sports shoe RS fans wanted him dfa. Sound familiar. :lol:

  456. tishbi June 19th, 2009 at 8:00 pm

    Berroa shows his age

  457. S.A.--The sun will come out tomorrow; I'm down with the OPPC June 19th, 2009 at 8:02 pm

    darn

  458. CB June 19th, 2009 at 8:03 pm

    “On a local sports shoe RS fans wanted him dfa. Sound familiar.”

    I’ve noticed that as well. Lots of sox fans have jumped off the Dice-K band wagon. They want him DFA’d, sent to the minors, put in the pen…

    Yeah. That sounds fairly familiar.

  459. S.A.--The sun will come out tomorrow; I'm down with the OPPC June 19th, 2009 at 8:06 pm

    Andy’s dad supplied him and you think he only used twice? Hes a fraud as much as Alex is. The way he gets a pass is remarkable.

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

    Can’t disagree with this.

  460. MaineYankee June 19th, 2009 at 8:06 pm

    CB
    June 19th, 2009 at 8:03 pm
    “On a local sports shoe RS fans wanted him dfa. Sound familiar.”

    I’ve noticed that as well. Lots of sox fans have jumped off the Dice-K band wagon. They want him DFA’d, sent to the minors, put in the pen…

    Yeah. That sounds fairly familiar.

    ——————————————————-

    Shows insanity doesn’t just live here. :lol:

  461. RalphieD (OPPC all day) June 19th, 2009 at 8:08 pm

    phew thank god for tex!

  462. swingsandmisses June 19th, 2009 at 8:09 pm

    I can’t wait until Pete interviews Berroa after the game. :D

  463. Carl June 19th, 2009 at 8:09 pm

    Tex is amazing. That won’t show up in the box score even though he does that day in and day out.

  464. CB June 19th, 2009 at 8:11 pm

    “Shows insanity doesn’t just live here”

    No it doesn’t. The complete over reaction to Buchholz struggling last year was another one. Reminded me of the reaction to Kennedy last year (but stranger as bucchholz is more talented) and also to hughes last year. Lots of people seemed to conclude that buchholz just wasn’t mentally tough enough and that’s why he had a difficult time last season rather than say he’s a young pitcher who was a SS until relatively recently and had to adjust to the MLB game after suffering almost no failure in the minors as he zoomed through the system.

  465. Aceino June 19th, 2009 at 8:12 pm

    “Pena is a nice young player. But at this point he really doesn’t hit well. He’s more or less hitting at a replacement level so far this year. ”

    He’s young. I think he could have good at bats. He just has to work at it. His defense is awesome. Hopefully his offense will come into play down the road.

  466. BBFan June 19th, 2009 at 8:12 pm

    If Tex does not win gold glove this year then congress needs to assemble a secret grand jury to invetigate.

  467. DT - OPPC member (it's in our blood) June 19th, 2009 at 8:12 pm

    good game so far.
    Dynasty – great job on the haiku. (I think that’s the plural too – like fish)

    Pretty quiet in here so far. I say let’s give trolls and whiners the night off, they have been working hard lately.

  468. GreenBeret7 June 19th, 2009 at 8:15 pm

    Pettitte has yet to walk anybody, but, he’s still missing the plate a lot. 32-22 strikes to walks isn’t great.

  469. bodhisattva - OPPC member - Destiny Wears Pinstripes June 19th, 2009 at 8:19 pm

    Kind of like Hughes wasn’t “mentally tough enough” ? – But then suddenly was, because he was getting results?

    Stunning how getting results can suddenly make a pitcher transform his basic “character”.

    The fact is, these are stupid, baseless accusations that people like Mike Lupica dream up because they have nothing tangible to offer, and the lowest common denominator uncritically runs with it.

  470. AC June 19th, 2009 at 8:20 pm

    While i love the old age jokes, especially the Boca Vista (Phase II) reference, Berroa is only 31 years old and two years my junior. He was a 5 tool wizard in 2003 with 17 hrs, 73 rbi’s and 21 swipes. Then the wheels really came off. Perhaps, we will have a resurgence of Angel of Old?
    Viva Berroa?

  471. matt a June 19th, 2009 at 8:21 pm

    “Seems like Joe Girardi is a genius. This is a big night for Berroa. All his friends from Del Boca Vista (Phase II) are at the game.”

    hahahahaha seinfeld.

  472. RalphieD (OPPC all day) June 19th, 2009 at 8:22 pm

    he got him on the armpit

  473. DT - OPPC member (it's in our blood) June 19th, 2009 at 8:23 pm

    good to see Trisha pop in tonight as well. She must be smiling to see Berroa get a big hit.

    I was against Angel at first, but I think he might be worth hanging onto.
    I hope Cashman brings him back in 2010 – it would be a nice touch to see him in a Yankee uniform breaking Minnie Miñoso mark of playing in 8 straight decades.

  474. NYY626 June 19th, 2009 at 8:24 pm

    boston losing 4-0 :)

  475. MaineYankee June 19th, 2009 at 8:24 pm

    CB
    June 19th, 2009 at 8:11 pm
    “Shows insanity doesn’t just live here”

    No it doesn’t. The complete over reaction to Buchholz struggling last year was another one. Reminded me of the reaction to Kennedy last year (but stranger as bucchholz is more talented) and also to hughes last year. Lots of people seemed to conclude that buchholz just wasn’t mentally tough enough and that’s why he had a difficult time last season rather than say he’s a young pitcher who was a SS until relatively recently and had to adjust to the MLB game after suffering almost no failure in the minors as he zoomed through the system.

    ————————————————

    Evidently Buccolz made a comment recently about not being with the big club and people have been all over him for that. Also sounds like he may have a bit of an ego problem.

  476. bodhisattva - OPPC member - Destiny Wears Pinstripes June 19th, 2009 at 8:25 pm

    Andy getting some calls, here.

  477. CB June 19th, 2009 at 8:26 pm

    “Stunning how getting results can suddenly make a pitcher transform his basic “character”.”

    Very true. Hughes was a wimp who couldn’t handle the pressure of the bigs or NY after those few starts this season he was very bad in.

    It became an issue of “character” and “internal fortitude” rather than baseball skill and experience.

    It’s just strange how cause and effect get mixed up all of the time based on some observed association.

  478. DYNASTY IS DESTINY! June 19th, 2009 at 8:28 pm

    Future of the fish…

    Captain’s catch, flying, high, free…

    Pettitte pressing past…

  479. S.A.--The sun will come out tomorrow; I'm down with the OPPC June 19th, 2009 at 8:29 pm

    Wow, it is quiet in here. Me like :)

    Let’s get a few more runs now

  480. Boston Dave - OPPC June 19th, 2009 at 8:29 pm

    “Evidently Buccolz made a comment recently about not being with the big club and people have been all over him for that. Also sounds like he may have a bit of an ego problem.”

    ———-

    I can understand he wants to pitch for the Sox and not Pawtucket but the Sox haven’t really had a need since early in the season.

    That’s the price you pay when you’re with better teams that don’t have holes in their starting rotation.

    If they need another starter and go to Bowden instead, I could see reason for frustration. Until then, he can continue to learn how to pitch in the minors.

  481. CB June 19th, 2009 at 8:29 pm

    “Evidently Buccolz made a comment recently about not being with the big club and people have been all over him for that. ”

    That was really much ado about nothing. Reminded me a bit of Kennedy making those nieve comments after that game last year and yankee fans went nuts and still hold it against him.

    But that has gotten a lot of play in boston for no clear reason.

  482. CB June 19th, 2009 at 8:32 pm

    Whatever this stadium is called at this particular moment in time – it’s a good one for andy to throw in.

    Huge outfield and balls just die out there.

    It’s good the team scored a bunch of runs – this isn’t a place they can count on home runs to score a ton of runs through.

  483. Rob Thompson June 19th, 2009 at 8:32 pm

    Order has been restored to the universe. Sox getting pounded, Yankees pounding, A-Rod getting a much needed rest. 2 games back by 10:30pm tonight.

  484. Boston Dave - OPPC June 19th, 2009 at 8:32 pm

    I dropped Nick Swisher for Marcus Thames on a fantasy baseball team.

    That should be all he needs to start hitting.

  485. DT - OPPC member (it's in our blood) June 19th, 2009 at 8:33 pm

    Extra Innings has me listening to the Marlins broadcast.
    I think about 5 times they have said the Fish didn’t get home from Boston until 4:30 am.

    Excuses excuses. What time did the Yanks arrive in Florida?

  486. Carl June 19th, 2009 at 8:34 pm

    Welcome to the party swish

  487. S.A.--The sun will come out tomorrow; I'm down with the OPPC June 19th, 2009 at 8:34 pm

    nice Swishy!

  488. Boston Dave - OPPC June 19th, 2009 at 8:34 pm

    Nick can thank me for dropping him (literally just dropped him before his AB).

    Nick,
    I’ll take a signed ball or game-used bat.

  489. Boston Dave - OPPC June 19th, 2009 at 8:36 pm

    Daisuke and West had very similar starts tonight, except West had 7 K’s to Matsu’s 2.

  490. tampayank June 19th, 2009 at 8:37 pm

    “UPDATE, 8:05 p.m.: Big (relatively speaking for this market) crowd here and they all seem to be Yankees fans. That has to be a weird feeling for the Marlins.

    on TV it sounds like a Yankee Home Game… The Landshark is Yankee Stadium South tonight

  491. DT - OPPC member (it's in our blood) June 19th, 2009 at 8:37 pm

    UPDATE, 8:30 p.m.:
    Yankees lead 6-1.

    Pete – you looking in the crystal ball again? It’s 5-1.

  492. BR June 19th, 2009 at 8:38 pm

    Has Cano ever not swung at the first with a guy in scoring position?

  493. GreenBeret7 June 19th, 2009 at 8:38 pm

    Boston Dave – OPPC
    June 19th, 2009 at 8:34 pm
    Nick can thank me for dropping him (literally just dropped him before his AB).

    Nick,
    I’ll take a signed ball or game-used bat.

    ————————————————————

    Make sure that you don’t get a used-game bat of Swisher’s from May. There is no proof that it was used. There’d be no marks on it.

  494. bodhisattva - OPPC member - Destiny Wears Pinstripes June 19th, 2009 at 8:39 pm

    Very true. Hughes was a wimp who couldn’t handle the pressure of the bigs or NY after those few starts this season he was very bad in.
    =====

    Yet rather than consider that perhaps the accusation was baseless, after all, a narrative is created that Hughes – or whomever the villified player is – had some sort of dramatic epiphany, prompting the “mental toughness” required to pitch effectively.

  495. Carl June 19th, 2009 at 8:39 pm

    Now you see why Swish is batting ahead of Cano.

  496. Carl June 19th, 2009 at 8:41 pm

    Berroa grand slam im calling it!

  497. Christina - Pictures of YES Network studio June 19th, 2009 at 8:41 pm

    Grand Slam here for Berroa

  498. BR June 19th, 2009 at 8:41 pm

    Can not really complain tonight but Long really needs to work on Cano’s approach with RISP. He should not be allowed to swing at the first pitch with RISP. Then maybe he would not be 0-2 everytime he is in a big spot to drive in runs or win the game.

  499. CB June 19th, 2009 at 8:42 pm

    “Yet rather than consider that perhaps the accusation was baseless, after all, a narrative is created that Hughes – or whomever the villified player is – had some sort of dramatic epiphany, prompting the “mental toughness” required to pitch effectively.”

    It’s the beauty of circular reasoning. It’s a self fulfiling prophesy. You never have to worry about being wrong. You can always make things fit your assumptions.

    Team chemistry is very similar.

  500. BBFan June 19th, 2009 at 8:42 pm

    Time for Berroa to bop one and get some respect from peter the great :)

  501. S.A.--The sun will come out tomorrow; I'm down with the OPPC June 19th, 2009 at 8:42 pm

    Hit a grand slam Berroa! :P

  502. S.A.--The sun will come out tomorrow; I'm down with the OPPC June 19th, 2009 at 8:43 pm

    Darn it

  503. Carl June 19th, 2009 at 8:43 pm

    Andy will triple.

  504. bodhisattva - OPPC member - Destiny Wears Pinstripes June 19th, 2009 at 8:43 pm

    For interested parties, Atlanta 6, Boston 0

  505. DT - OPPC member (it's in our blood) June 19th, 2009 at 8:43 pm

    Pop up to center for Berroa – I’m calling it!!

  506. Christina - Pictures of YES Network studio June 19th, 2009 at 8:43 pm

    As Michael Kay often says, it is high, it is far, it is caught. Pretty close to a grand slam though. Berroa was robbed.

  507. stuart June 19th, 2009 at 8:48 pm

    another clutch ab from captn. cluthc cano..hey he can get a single to left when the yanks are winning or losing by 7 all the time, but when it counts he literally is avg. at best.

    they should be winning by 8, hopefully it will not come back to haunt them……..

  508. S.A.--The sun will come out tomorrow; I'm down with the OPPC June 19th, 2009 at 8:48 pm

    Yikes Matsuzaka:

    4IP 8H 6R 6ER 4BB 2SO
    8.23 ERA

  509. Carl June 19th, 2009 at 8:51 pm

    Mike hates Swisher so much lol

  510. NYY626 June 19th, 2009 at 8:54 pm

    weird lack of comments today! Is it because andy is pitching well and people cant complain that he’s washed up, or is it because its friday and its actually not raining in NY? :)

  511. Kevin June 19th, 2009 at 8:54 pm

    Why doesn’t Bruney have the inaugural yankee patch on his hat?

  512. Steamer June 19th, 2009 at 8:54 pm

    I still can’t stop laughing about the Del Boca Vista line. Brilliant.

  513. DT - OPPC member (it's in our blood) June 19th, 2009 at 8:55 pm

    “Yikes Matsuzaka”

    I can’t keep up with all these new nicknames. Wasn’t he Dice-K last year?
    What ever happened to Lefty, Doc, Slick and Clank?

  514. ePic June 19th, 2009 at 8:57 pm

    “Mike hates Swisher so much lol”

    Why? What did he say?

  515. dave June 19th, 2009 at 8:58 pm

    Any Seinfeld reference is A-OK with me.

    I heard Angel’s father is running for president there.

  516. Nick in SF in Dallas June 19th, 2009 at 8:59 pm

    Hughes was softer than Florida swampland.

    I’m glad the blog chatter helped toughen him up a little.

  517. Carl June 19th, 2009 at 9:00 pm

    ePic June 19th, 2009 at 8:57 pm

    “Mike hates Swisher so much lol”

    Why? What did he say?

    Mike has been killing his base running and play in right field on his radio show. Then last night at the stadium, they were chanting Michael Kays name. On the plane Swish goes up to Michael and says,”We were that bad they were chanting your name?”

  518. Papa Smurf June 19th, 2009 at 9:03 pm

    Kay is a loser he’s been killing Swisher ever since he asked for the ball when he struck out Kapler.

  519. DT - OPPC member (it's in our blood) June 19th, 2009 at 9:03 pm

    Rickles – Texas?
    you take a wrong turn off the Golden Gate or did you lose a bet?

  520. Doreen - Been to the New Stadium June 19th, 2009 at 9:06 pm

    Hi All -

    I’ve been really busy this evening – catching as much of the posts and the game as I can. Late dinner, yada, yada.

    Dynasty is Destiny -

    I hope you are saving all your Haiku. I think it would make a great retrospective of the season in book form. I am enjoying it immensively and think I would miss it if you stopped. Perhaps someone would publish it – or you could self-publish and raise money for a charity. I’d buy it! Thanks for a very unique perspective. :)

  521. Carl June 19th, 2009 at 9:07 pm

    News flash

    That was a blistering double.

  522. Doreen - Been to the New Stadium June 19th, 2009 at 9:07 pm

    Hey, have they relaxed the facial hair directive? Pettitte’s got quite the 5 o’clock shadow, no? But if he keeps pitching like this, hay, why not? And as I write this he gives up a smoked double. :lol: :lol:

  523. RalphieD (OPPC all day) June 19th, 2009 at 9:10 pm

    very nice catch melky!

  524. Doreen - Been to the New Stadium June 19th, 2009 at 9:10 pm

    Trisha -

    Hey! Good to hear from you. You know I don’t always agree with everything you say, and I expect it’s mutual, but I’ve missed you lately. Hope you’re well.

    Oh, that smoked double was by Ramirez? No problem.

  525. S.A.--The sun will come out tomorrow; I'm down with the OPPC June 19th, 2009 at 9:10 pm

    very nice Melky

  526. GreenBeret7 June 19th, 2009 at 9:11 pm

    Gotta bring Pettitte back out for the bottom of the 7th and go batter to batter.

  527. Nick in SF in Dallas June 19th, 2009 at 9:11 pm

    I couldn’t take all the vicious anti-Posada talk, so I just got in the car and started driving until I calmed down.

    And visiting a friend.

  528. swingsandmisses June 19th, 2009 at 9:11 pm

    Good thing they’re playing in Florida. Those last two balls probably out at YS.

  529. DT - OPPC member (it's in our blood) June 19th, 2009 at 9:11 pm

    Cantu has been on Pettitte all night. 3 good swings.

  530. DT - OPPC member (it's in our blood) June 19th, 2009 at 9:15 pm

    Posada has had a good game Nick.

    If he hadn’t called that gopher pitch to Ross – he would be working on his first catching shutout of the year. :-(

  531. Carl June 19th, 2009 at 9:15 pm

    GJ SWISH!

  532. tex's friend June 19th, 2009 at 9:15 pm

    AGAIN!?!

  533. S.A.--The sun will come out tomorrow; I'm down with the OPPC June 19th, 2009 at 9:17 pm

    Heyman twitter: some yankee higherups think team “went thru motions” in losing series to nationals

    :?

  534. Brandon 5 Cena ZEEEEEEROOOO "Because I'm AWESOME !" June 19th, 2009 at 9:20 pm

    Anybody believe the Yankees w/ Al ?

  535. DT - OPPC member (it's in our blood) June 19th, 2009 at 9:21 pm

    Wow. Call Elias.

    Is that the first time ever – Cano and Cabrera drew back to back walks?

  536. Carl June 19th, 2009 at 9:22 pm

    Nats are trying to go on a 3 game win streak :)

  537. Brandon 5 Cena ZEEEEEEROOOO "Because I'm AWESOME !" June 19th, 2009 at 9:22 pm

    DT I think it is 8O

  538. Brandon 5 Cena ZEEEEEEROOOO "Because I'm AWESOME !" June 19th, 2009 at 9:23 pm

    father time couldn’t get that one.

  539. tex's friend June 19th, 2009 at 9:25 pm

    hows about pena tomorrow instead of berroa.

  540. Sarah June 19th, 2009 at 9:27 pm

    Y’all know why the Yankees are winning today – because Berroa is in the game, thats why. You folks are terrible about him. Just need someone to pick on. Give it a rest.

  541. Tom in N.J June 19th, 2009 at 9:27 pm

    Good news on Nady.

  542. S.A.--The sun will come out tomorrow; I'm down with the OPPC June 19th, 2009 at 9:28 pm

    Berroa!
    :shock:

  543. Carl June 19th, 2009 at 9:28 pm

    Tex is just too good. Jesus Christ.

  544. Brandon 5 Cena ZEEEEEEROOOO "Because I'm AWESOME !" June 19th, 2009 at 9:29 pm

    That throw could have hurt Teix.

  545. Doreen - Been to the New Stadium June 19th, 2009 at 9:30 pm

    Beautiful game by Andy!

    He and the Yankees (and the fans) needed this one from him!

  546. swingsandmisses June 19th, 2009 at 9:31 pm

    If the Yankees make the playoffs, Andy has got to be slated to pitch on the road. His home/road splits are so drastic this year.

  547. #24FTW June 19th, 2009 at 9:31 pm

    well pete – i hope you have an update about the berroa play at 3rd bc if you’re going to make fun of how old he looks on a daily basis, its only fair to give him props for getting to that ball and making the play (with an assist from tex of course)

  548. Jeff NJ - Lost in Boston June 19th, 2009 at 9:31 pm

    Can anyone tell me the link to watch the game online? NESN, while enjoyable tonight, is not my cup of tea.

  549. Carl June 19th, 2009 at 9:32 pm

    So Guzman who was making every play against us just bobbles a routine grounder lol.

  550. S.A.--The sun will come out tomorrow; I'm down with the OPPC June 19th, 2009 at 9:32 pm

    7IP 3H 1R 1ER 0BB 7SO

    Thumbs up for Andy.

  551. SJ44 June 19th, 2009 at 9:33 pm

    This place is 80/20 Yankee fans tonight.

    When Ramirez hit that double, there was hardly any cheering.

    Pettitte just got a standing ovation as he left the mound.

    One last thing…..when you go to a game here, these people NEVER stay in their seats. A constant flow of people walking in front of you during game action.

    Very annoying.

  552. stuart June 19th, 2009 at 9:33 pm

    pena will play tommorrow for berroa.. pena is much better hitting lefty.

    17 men on base for the yanks tonight. still limited clutch hitting but when you pitch well it is less important..

    andy came up with a very nice effort tonight….

  553. J-Dawg--Veintisiete en... let's try '09! June 19th, 2009 at 9:35 pm

    Just what the doctor ordered for Pettitte. A nice outing and hopefully a tone setter for the rest of the series.

  554. DT - OPPC member (it's in our blood) June 19th, 2009 at 9:35 pm

    “Good news on Nady.”

    Tom – did YES mention something?

  555. Erica - newly OPPC June 19th, 2009 at 9:35 pm

    Okay- I think we all need to text and vote for Berroa for Chevy Player of the Game. Just because the idea is so funny.

    Although, I am impressed with his RBI. Sterling was going on a 5 minute speech about how Berroa will probably stink because he hadn’t hit so long, and then he smacked a double. Sterling then used his classic “you can’t predict baseball” line

  556. Carl June 19th, 2009 at 9:35 pm

    Vintage Jete

  557. tex's friend June 19th, 2009 at 9:36 pm

    another dp? come on guys.

  558. Erica - newly OPPC June 19th, 2009 at 9:36 pm

    I think its amazing how much quiter this blog is when the Yanks are playing a sound game and all of the hater/pessimists/trolls just magically disappear

  559. CB June 19th, 2009 at 9:38 pm

    This is the kind of game that really speaks to the value of good starting pitching.

    The team comes in off a terrible series with the Nationals and one of their single worse games last night.

    The line up tonight is patchwork with no DH and Alex sitting and unavailable to even pinch hit. Jeter is still banged up. And on top of that Gardner is also unavailable. That’s a bad situation in an NL park because if you need to pinch hit for the pitcher your options are very limited.

    But Andy threw a gem tonight. Perhaps the past couple of bad starts he had were related to his back more than anything else.

    Over the past 4 games the yankees starters have thrown around 26 innings and given up 10 runs. That is fantastic. Can’t ask for much more than that.

    With burnett going tomorrow that’ll mark the yankees going though the intended rotation one turn for the first time with Wang looking halfway decent.

    I’ve thought for a while the key number for the yankees this season was going to be getting 33 innings from their starters each turn through the rotation. Let’s see Burnett throw 7 tomorrow.

  560. jennifer June 19th, 2009 at 9:38 pm

    Evening all. Nice game tonight. I knew the Yankees would get on track.

  561. Doreen - Been to the New Stadium June 19th, 2009 at 9:38 pm

    Erica -

    It’s nice isn’t it?

    Like when you have a huge house party and all the noisy guests leave and just your friends stay to help you clean up! :)

  562. Tom in N.J June 19th, 2009 at 9:38 pm

    DT, Nady played four innings in the OF in Tampa tonight. He didn’t “let lose” on a throw but, Kay said Nady felt fine…

  563. Erica - newly OPPC June 19th, 2009 at 9:39 pm

    LOL. Awesome metaphor Doreen-

    Don’t let the door hit you on the way out :-)

  564. GreenBeret7 June 19th, 2009 at 9:40 pm

    Brandon 5 Cena ZEEEEEEROOOO “Because I’m AWESOME !”
    June 19th, 2009 at 9:29 pm
    That throw could have hurt Teix.

    ————————————————————

    Oh, come on, Brandon. It was two outstanding plays and I’m sure there was no immediate danger to Teixeira.

  565. Erica - newly OPPC June 19th, 2009 at 9:40 pm

    Exactly Jenn-

    I am so glad the Yanks didn’t forfeit the season on June 19th

  566. tex's friend June 19th, 2009 at 9:41 pm

    once again two hits after a double play, probably cost us 3 runs.

  567. Erica - newly OPPC June 19th, 2009 at 9:41 pm

    Imagine if Berroa plays again tomorrow and gets on a “hot streak”. For all of the making fun we have been doing, the guy doesn’t embarrass himself out there

  568. Doreen - Been to the New Stadium June 19th, 2009 at 9:42 pm

    So, CB, do you figure 7, 7, 7, 6, 6?

    That should soooo be doable with this staff. But the devil is always in the details, isn’t it?

  569. DT - OPPC member (it's in our blood) June 19th, 2009 at 9:43 pm

    “I think its amazing how much quiter this blog is when the Yanks are playing a sound game and all of the hater/pessimists/trolls just magically disappear”

    you don’t even need to have a TV or radio to find out how the Yanks are doing – just use this fail safe method:

    if that troll loser flatcutter is posting – Yanks are losing. If he isn’t – Yanks are winning.

  570. stuart June 19th, 2009 at 9:43 pm

    19 baserunners and 5 runs so far………

  571. Doreen - Been to the New Stadium June 19th, 2009 at 9:43 pm

    Erica -

    I figured everyone could relate to that! At one time or another we’ve all done hosted one of those. :)

  572. Carl June 19th, 2009 at 9:43 pm

    Bruney looks stupid

  573. Nick in SF in Dallas June 19th, 2009 at 9:44 pm

    Andy has had some bad starts, no need to sugarcoat them .

    But, as far as I know, he has yet to give up more than 5 earned runs in a start this season.

    Pettitte is not a problem.

  574. DT - OPPC member (it's in our blood) June 19th, 2009 at 9:44 pm

    Thanks Tom! That is good news.

  575. tex's friend June 19th, 2009 at 9:44 pm

    ha, 11 left on.

    i am glad we had a good ppitching performance, but commmmmmmmeeee onnnnnnnnnnnnn

  576. stuart June 19th, 2009 at 9:45 pm

    19 baserunners and 5 runs.. man can swisher hit into another dp? maybe make one of his great baserunning plays?????????????

    if gardner was 100% I put him in Cf and move Swisher to the bench…

  577. Erica - newly OPPC June 19th, 2009 at 9:47 pm

    I wonder if the equipment guys knew Bruney lost so much weight. His uniform looks very big on him

  578. S.A.--The sun will come out tomorrow; I'm down with the OPPC June 19th, 2009 at 9:47 pm

    Still not a fan of the Bruney stache

  579. Doreen - Been to the New Stadium June 19th, 2009 at 9:47 pm

    I’m shakin’ my head. You just can’t please some people.

    Enjoy the win. Please????

  580. GreenBeret7 June 19th, 2009 at 9:47 pm

    NYY needs a strong 7-8 inings from Burnett tomorrow. No more than two runs and minimal walks, 2 or less. This is a young and fairly aggressive hitting team so that should help Burnett.

  581. Erica - newly OPPC June 19th, 2009 at 9:48 pm

    I don’t like his ‘stache either- but I am curious to know what diet he was on. LOL

  582. jennifer June 19th, 2009 at 9:49 pm

    Erica- Well he isn’t on the see food diet. :)

  583. DT - OPPC member (it's in our blood) June 19th, 2009 at 9:49 pm

    The Yanks would have more runs, but Pete jinxed them in his 8:30 update.

  584. Joe from Long Island June 19th, 2009 at 9:50 pm

    I hear the Red Sox are putting on a good performance against Atlanta tonight.

  585. CB June 19th, 2009 at 9:50 pm

    “do you figure 7, 7, 7, 6, 6?

    That should soooo be doable with this staff. But the devil is always in the details, isn’t it?”

    Doreen

    Coming into the season that was my expectation. I think that should be very doable for this rotation.

    Last year the yankee’s pen threw around 38-39% of the team’s innings. That is ridiculously high.

    If the team gets an average of 7/7/7/6/6 each 5 days the bull pen only has to throw around 28% of the teams innings. That’s enormous.

  586. bru June 19th, 2009 at 9:50 pm

    what is the nady news?

    lowe against becket tomorrow

  587. GreenBeret7 June 19th, 2009 at 9:51 pm

    Erica – newly OPPC
    June 19th, 2009 at 9:48 pm
    I don’t like his ‘stache either- but I am curious to know what diet he was on. LOL

    ————————————————————

    No alcohol, very little red meat, no bread and a lot of salids is what he said this spring.

  588. Erica - newly OPPC June 19th, 2009 at 9:51 pm

    Haha. No Jenn, not that one.

    Whatever diet it was- he could probably get a gig as the spokesperson during the offseason if he wants some extra cash

  589. jennifer June 19th, 2009 at 9:51 pm

    He played 4 innings in the outfield. Only made throws to the cut off man. Came through it okay.

  590. DT - OPPC member (it's in our blood) June 19th, 2009 at 9:52 pm

    SJ44 is at the game?

    I hope that isn’t him in the front row with the gorilla mask.

  591. Erica - newly OPPC June 19th, 2009 at 9:52 pm

    GB7-
    So he was basically on the lettuce diet ;-)

  592. Nick in SF in Dallas June 19th, 2009 at 9:52 pm

    CB, I assume you’re wearing your “I’m a Bruney Believer” pin. I left mine at home but they’re easy to find in Texas.

  593. Brandon 5 Cena ZEEEEEEROOOO "Because I'm AWESOME !" June 19th, 2009 at 9:52 pm

    Who’s Brian Bruney ?

  594. GreenBeret7 June 19th, 2009 at 9:52 pm

    a lot of salids is what he said this spring.

    Although he did have more salads than the salids. Salids are more fattening.

  595. jennifer June 19th, 2009 at 9:53 pm

    No alcohol. WOW. Don’t think I can do it. lol

  596. Doreen - Been to the New Stadium June 19th, 2009 at 9:53 pm

    I could never give up my glass of wine!

    Thus, the kickboxing class.

  597. Nick in SF in Dallas June 19th, 2009 at 9:54 pm

    Is it real SJ44 at the game or imposter SJ44?

    It would be awkward if they met there.

  598. jennifer June 19th, 2009 at 9:54 pm

    Well salad’s can be fattening too. Have you ever read the labels on dressings!! WOW!

  599. Brandon 5 Cena ZEEEEEEROOOO "Because I'm AWESOME !" June 19th, 2009 at 9:54 pm

    “Oh, come on, Brandon. It was two outstanding plays and I’m sure there was no immediate danger to Teixeira.”

    it was short armed slinged and Tex came off the bag have to make a hop 180 tag

  600. Doreen - Been to the New Stadium June 19th, 2009 at 9:55 pm

    Or the occasional margarita. :)

  601. GreenBeret7 June 19th, 2009 at 9:55 pm

    Erica – newly OPPC
    June 19th, 2009 at 9:52 pm
    GB7-
    So he was basically on the lettuce diet

    ————————————————————

    No, he substituted the red meat for fish or chicken. The salads were for his pet rabbit. He’s growing them for the meat. I tastes like chicken.

  602. trisha - OPPC lifetime member June 19th, 2009 at 9:55 pm

    “You know I don’t always agree with everything you say,”

    :)

    I don’t know why people feel the need to tell me they don’t agree with me as a preface to saying they still like seeing me. It seems to be a theme here.

    This isn’t for you D, but let me say this clearly as this post has given me the vehicle to do so:

    Because you disagree with me hardly assumes that you (the disagreers) have gotten it right!

    Anyway, I still don’t feel like hanging here the way I used to. And I probably won’t for a while. If the feeling passes then it does. But except for one individual here whom I find less than honorable, I actually like the posters here. I’m just not crazy about the blows that were struck the last several days. But that’s life in the fast lane.

    If the poster Mo’sflatcutter shows up tonight, please tell him I was asking for him. I did want to ask him if we were supposed to be following the Red Sox model tonight, or the Yankee model. I get confused sometimes since he is always so quick to tell us why the Red Sox continue to be superior to the Yankees!

    :D

    Be well.

  603. Brandon 5 Cena ZEEEEEEROOOO "Because I'm AWESOME !" June 19th, 2009 at 9:55 pm

    Watch this guy GI Joe might want him by the end of this series.

  604. Tom in N.J June 19th, 2009 at 9:55 pm

    “Is it real SJ44 at the game or imposter SJ44?

    It would be awkward if they met there.”

    HA!

  605. Erica - newly OPPC June 19th, 2009 at 9:55 pm

    Thanks for clearing that up GB7. I will be sure to stay away from salids and only eat salad.

  606. CB June 19th, 2009 at 9:55 pm

    Nick

    I’ve never taken that pin off. I sleep with it pinned close to my heart.

    I believe! I believe!

  607. jennifer June 19th, 2009 at 9:56 pm

    Doreen

    I’m more of a cosmo girl. Know of a place in the village that makes great Cosmos!!

  608. Erica - newly OPPC June 19th, 2009 at 9:56 pm

    Trish!!!! I like when you post. Don’t go

  609. GreenBeret7 June 19th, 2009 at 9:56 pm

    ***It*** tastes like chicken.

    I gotta cut off the beer right now.

  610. Brandon 5 Cena ZEEEEEEROOOO "Because I'm AWESOME !" June 19th, 2009 at 9:58 pm

    he’s starting to mix the change up now :?

  611. Erica - newly OPPC June 19th, 2009 at 9:58 pm

    Friday night, I was in a sports bar in Atlantic City watching the horribly long Yankees vs. Mets game. I was drinking beer the entire time. I am not much of a drinker, so by the end I was just hoping they would hurry cause I wasn’t sure how much more I could drink

  612. Tom in N.J June 19th, 2009 at 9:58 pm

    James Joyce went into a self imposed exile too.

    He wore an eye patch, though.

  613. DT - OPPC member (it's in our blood) June 19th, 2009 at 9:58 pm

    “Is it real SJ44 at the game or imposter SJ44?
    It would be awkward if they met there.”

    I only see one guy in a gorilla mask. But there could be two.
    I better not having Trading Places nightmares now.

  614. BBFan June 19th, 2009 at 9:59 pm

    Any news on what happened with Veras?
    Did any team claim him?

  615. Doreen - Been to the New Stadium June 19th, 2009 at 9:59 pm

    Trisha =

    Perhaps it came out wrong, but what I meant was I assume reasonable people can disagree, and still basically like each other. That’s all I meant.

    Be well.

  616. trisha - OPPC lifetime member June 19th, 2009 at 10:00 pm

    “Trish!!!! I like when you post. Don’t go”

    Erica, and it’s people like you who make me want to hang around!

    Especially since I know you’d like this update: Sux losing 8-2, 1 out remaining in the bottom of the 9th.

    :)

  617. Sarah June 19th, 2009 at 10:00 pm

    Red sox lose. Ortiz strikes out.

  618. Carl June 19th, 2009 at 10:00 pm

    Man he blew Ortiz away. Boston loses.

  619. trisha - OPPC lifetime member June 19th, 2009 at 10:01 pm

    What better way for the Sux to make the final out – Ortiz K.

  620. Brandon 5 Cena ZEEEEEEROOOO "Because I'm AWESOME !" June 19th, 2009 at 10:01 pm

    K-Rod should have an easy save here for the Mets. Ryan Church gave him a cushion, meanwhile Manuel plotting how he’s going to bench him.

  621. Joe from Long Island June 19th, 2009 at 10:01 pm

    So….Who do you send out when Nady is ready? If it’s Berroa, then you’re short an infielder. Matsui, they way he’s playing now – but you can’t send him down, and I can’t see the Yanks DFAing him. So, do you invent an injury and put Matsui on the DL? Does Cash have a trade in the works? I would think they’re already working out the permutations. Wonder what their calculations are.

  622. Erica - newly OPPC June 19th, 2009 at 10:01 pm

    I haven’t heard ANYTHING on Veras

  623. Scorpio June 19th, 2009 at 10:01 pm

    Sux lose! we gain a game…yeah!

  624. Doreen - Been to the New Stadium June 19th, 2009 at 10:02 pm

    jennifer –

    Ha! Ha! I had also written, Or Cosmopolitan, but I decided to delete it! Wine, cosmos & margaritas. That’s what I like. (I didn’t want to sound like I drink a lot, ’cause I don’t and no one here really knows me, so I didn’t want to give the wrong impression.)

  625. Brandon 5 Cena ZEEEEEEROOOO "Because I'm AWESOME !" June 19th, 2009 at 10:02 pm

    “Man he blew Ortiz away. Boston loses.”

    Rafy or Manny ?

  626. BR June 19th, 2009 at 10:02 pm

    You know what is interesting… In a game in which the Yankees are seemingly in complete control, if the Marlins would have or were to score one more run here it would be a save situation and we would see Mo. What a joke that stat is.

  627. trisha - OPPC lifetime member June 19th, 2009 at 10:02 pm

    Erica, I will definitely check out when you’re around and will come and hang out. Promise girlfriend.

    :)

  628. jennifer June 19th, 2009 at 10:02 pm

    BBFan

    No claim yet, but it is only the 3rd day. I think it is a 10 day period. I know I read he would accept assignment, wants to stay in yankee org.

  629. Nick in SF in Dallas June 19th, 2009 at 10:02 pm

    If I ever start posting from Zurich, you’ll know I went into exile.

    Or I guess that would work from main street too.

    And while I admit that I’m watching the game right now via a bootleg livestream, I don’t think that makes me less than honorable – unless you believe there’s no honor among thieves.

  630. BR June 19th, 2009 at 10:03 pm

    Wait Kay just reminded me. The Marlins do not even have to score. All they have to do is have the tying run on deck. Makes the save stat even more of a joke than I just stated

  631. Carl June 19th, 2009 at 10:04 pm

    “Man he blew Ortiz away. Boston loses.”

    Rafy or Manny ?

    Mike Gonzales

  632. Erica - newly OPPC June 19th, 2009 at 10:04 pm

    Aww- thanks Trisha. I always appreciate your opinions and the facts that you have behind them. And you never resort to name calling for your point.

    You are a good egg by my standards :-)

  633. jennifer June 19th, 2009 at 10:04 pm

    Doreen- Not a big drinker either. Only on weekends. :-)

  634. S.A.--The sun will come out tomorrow; I'm down with the OPPC June 19th, 2009 at 10:04 pm

    salad with chicken and some lemon-not bad

  635. Tom in N.J June 19th, 2009 at 10:05 pm

    Or, If Samuel Beckett becomes your personal transcriber.

  636. DT - OPPC member (it's in our blood) June 19th, 2009 at 10:05 pm

    “I haven’t heard ANYTHING on Veras”

    Somewhere I heard Houston had some interest. Maybe Pete said it? Forget the salads, I need Ginko Beloba.

  637. trisha - OPPC lifetime member June 19th, 2009 at 10:05 pm

    By the way, Toronto, who just swept the first-place Philss, are tied 1-1 with the Nats in the top of the 9th.

    So much for making grandiose assumptions about what teams should be beating which other teams!

  638. Joe from Long Island June 19th, 2009 at 10:05 pm

    Was that DiceK, the $100M man, who got slammed tonight?

  639. chr1zisNYY June 19th, 2009 at 10:06 pm

    I don’t know if anyone has posted this yet, but I just looked up Jose Veras on Wikipedia (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jose_Veras) and the last sentence in the Playing Career section is hilarious.

    “Veras was designated for assignment by the Yankees on June 16, 2009, because let’s be honest; he wasn’t that good.”

    HAHA!

  640. Carl June 19th, 2009 at 10:06 pm

    Yep

  641. Doreen - Been to the New Stadium June 19th, 2009 at 10:06 pm

    Nice game.

  642. Erica - newly OPPC June 19th, 2009 at 10:06 pm

    Why does Houston seem to pick up the outcasts from the Yankee bullpen? Latroy Hawkins made a lovely home there

  643. S.A.--The sun will come out tomorrow; I'm down with the OPPC June 19th, 2009 at 10:07 pm

    Yankees win
    :)

  644. Scorpio June 19th, 2009 at 10:07 pm

    Dice K at least won them a ring. I wouldn’t start making jokes when we paid Igawa $40M to be a AAA starter.

  645. trisha - OPPC lifetime member June 19th, 2009 at 10:07 pm

    Erica, and I absolutely love you too. Seriously. (I mean that in a friend to friend way, of course!) He he.

    You are a great person. Thanks for your support.

  646. Erica - newly OPPC June 19th, 2009 at 10:07 pm

    trisha – OPPC lifetime member
    June 19th, 2009 at 10:02 pm
    Erica, I will definitely check out when you’re around and will come and hang out. Promise girlfriend.
    ***
    Sounds like a plan to me :-)

  647. trisha - OPPC lifetime member June 19th, 2009 at 10:08 pm

    Nice game by both Pettitte and Posada.

  648. DT - OPPC member (it's in our blood) June 19th, 2009 at 10:08 pm

    Nick – enjoy Texas. Send us a postcard from Alamo Heights.

  649. Jamie June 19th, 2009 at 10:08 pm

    aw. Alex hugged Ramiro Pena. Thats cute. Sorry….I just love huggs

  650. Brandon 5 Cena ZEEEEEEROOOO "Because I'm AWESOME !" June 19th, 2009 at 10:09 pm

    “Mike Gonzales”

    TJS FA Gonzo ? Good for him.

  651. GreenBeret7 June 19th, 2009 at 10:09 pm

    this is exactly what NYY needed. a nice, quick, almost clean boring 5-1 win….early timely hitting without the big bombs, great pitching from Pettitte (in complete control) and a perfect 2 innings from the pen. Boring as in total control from the 1st inning to the last out. No excitement or close calls.

  652. jennifer June 19th, 2009 at 10:09 pm

    Oh my god. Who caught todays game? It can’t be Jorge. After all no pitcher caught by him can only give up a run!

  653. Christina - Pictures of YES Network studio June 19th, 2009 at 10:09 pm

    Hey Trisha, you’re back. Good to see you posting!

  654. NYY626 June 19th, 2009 at 10:09 pm

    derek’s post games with kim can sometimes be pretty funny

  655. trisha - OPPC lifetime member June 19th, 2009 at 10:10 pm

    (I did read that Girardi had a talk with Posada. I’m sure that Posada reads the papers too and watches SportsCenter. If any changes for the good were made as a result of that, hip hip Jorge.)

    Okay, now I go.

  656. Erica - newly OPPC June 19th, 2009 at 10:10 pm

    Very good game. Guess the pessimists need to wait to complain until tomorrow’s lineup gets posted

  657. Brandon 5 Cena ZEEEEEEROOOO "Because I'm AWESOME !" June 19th, 2009 at 10:10 pm

    “aw. Alex hugged Ramiro Pena. Thats cute. Sorry….I just love huggs”

    That’s good for El Nino, Al doesn’t hug nobodies he must think he has some star potential.

  658. Tom in N.J June 19th, 2009 at 10:10 pm

    ‘Oh my god. Who caught todays game? It can’t be Jorge. After all no pitcher caught by him can only give up a run!’

    Pettitte, Bruney and Tomko pitched a shutout.

    It was Jorge who gave up the homer…

  659. Erica - newly OPPC June 19th, 2009 at 10:11 pm

    Derek couldn’t run away from Kim Jones quickly enough. LOL

  660. trisha - OPPC lifetime member June 19th, 2009 at 10:11 pm

    Christina – thanks!!!

    I have some pictures from games a while ago I will be putting up in case you are interested in seeing them. Just thought I’d tell ya because I always enjoy reading your blog and seeing your pics

  661. Brandon 5 Cena ZEEEEEEROOOO "Because I'm AWESOME !" June 19th, 2009 at 10:11 pm

    “derek’s post games with kim can sometimes be pretty funny”

    They both give nothing, I mean nada. It’s mostly Kim w/ blad Yes or No questions.

  662. Erica - newly OPPC June 19th, 2009 at 10:12 pm

    “It was Jorge who gave up the homer…”

    He must have given the sign for meatball again. I hate when he does that

  663. Nick in SF in Dallas June 19th, 2009 at 10:12 pm

    Thanks, easier to enjoy with a Yankee win. Looking forward to good stuff from AJ tomorrow.

  664. Boston Dave - OPPC June 19th, 2009 at 10:12 pm

    Yankees tied for the 3rd best record in all of MLB (behind Dodgers and Sox) ??

    Say it ain’t so!

    :)

  665. Erica - newly OPPC June 19th, 2009 at 10:13 pm

    I am a little sad Angel Berroa didn’t win Player of the Game. He’ll probably never have the chance again

  666. Christina - Pictures of YES Network studio June 19th, 2009 at 10:13 pm

    Trisha- definitely- is it the link by your name or a different one?

    thanks for reading my blog also :)

  667. swingsandmisses June 19th, 2009 at 10:14 pm

    Wow that was the first game since April 27 (and third game all year) that no Yankee pitcher issued a walk to the opponent.

  668. Joe from Long Island June 19th, 2009 at 10:14 pm

    I don’t think DiceK was their MVP, so to say “he won them a ring” may not be exaclty accurate. I think some other players there had good years and contributed somewhat. Why does comparing that deal to any other deal make the first one any better?

  669. Erica - newly OPPC June 19th, 2009 at 10:15 pm

    Okay- I am getting ready for bed. Its been a long week. I worked a full week for the first time since April. I am pathetic. LOL

    Good night everyone!!

    And Trisha, I am genuinely glad to see you pop up. I’ll support you anytime ;-)

  670. Papa Smurf June 19th, 2009 at 10:16 pm

    Berroa is more clutch than A-Rod

  671. Jones June 19th, 2009 at 10:16 pm

    “aw. Alex hugged Ramiro Pena. Thats cute. Sorry….I just love huggs”

    haha you sound like my girlfriend. She’s another one that loves hugs. Nothing wrong with that.

  672. Brandon 5 Cena ZEEEEEEROOOO "Because I'm AWESOME !" June 19th, 2009 at 10:16 pm

    If Fernando Nieves gets double digit wins I quit watching baseball.

  673. Betsy June 19th, 2009 at 10:16 pm

    Nice bounceback game from the Yanks – and great job by Andy……I will try to be positive, lol – I promised myself not to be Debbie Downer.

    I’m really looking forward to having Nady back and I’m sure he’s dying to come back.

  674. Brandon 5 Cena ZEEEEEEROOOO "Because I'm AWESOME !" June 19th, 2009 at 10:18 pm

    “Berroa is more clutch than A-Rod”

    Even smurfette knows this isn’t true.

  675. Erica - newly OPPC June 19th, 2009 at 10:19 pm

    Actually Brandon-

    Maybe this is vindication that Nieve is a truly lights out pitcher. LOL

  676. Betsy June 19th, 2009 at 10:19 pm

    GB, these type wins have been few and far between. I’ll just be happy of AJ pitches well tomorrow even if we lose. We need him to get on a roll, and for more than a couple of games at a time.

  677. Brandon 5 Cena ZEEEEEEROOOO "Because I'm AWESOME !" June 19th, 2009 at 10:20 pm

    “Maybe this is vindication that Nieve is a truly lights out pitcher. LOL”

    Then there is still hope for Kei Igawa. :)

  678. joe-seppi June 19th, 2009 at 10:22 pm

    Then there is still hope for Kei Igawa. :)

    as a first base coach!

  679. GreenBeret7 June 19th, 2009 at 10:22 pm

    Perhaps this will stymie the talk about the Yanks not winning or hitting first time left handers. Possibly because West pitches a lot like Lannan.

  680. Bret the Hitman June 19th, 2009 at 10:23 pm

    Mike Gonzalez + Rafael Soriano both with 2 K’s tonight against the Sox. Both are having solid years with good peripherals and stuff.

    And BOTH will be free agents after 2009.

  681. Nick in SF in Dallas June 19th, 2009 at 10:25 pm

    bodhi (and any other Elvis Costello fans), a live set is streaming from Telluride at http://www.koto.org

  682. JackBlack June 19th, 2009 at 10:25 pm

    Big win tonight. Needed this game with Josh Johnson going tommorrow night for Marlins.

  683. Betsy June 19th, 2009 at 10:26 pm

    Interesting that the place clears out on a night the Yankees won..

  684. Brandon 5 Cena ZEEEEEEROOOO "Because I'm AWESOME !" June 19th, 2009 at 10:26 pm

    Nady could land you Soriano if he’s healthy

  685. Erica - newly OPPC June 19th, 2009 at 10:31 pm

    Soriano had his chance with the pinstripes

  686. Brandon 5 Cena ZEEEEEEROOOO "Because I'm AWESOME !" June 19th, 2009 at 10:31 pm

    “Interesting that the place clears out on a night the Yankees won..”

    IKR. Gutless, atleast bring it consistantly.

  687. DYNASTY IS DESTINY! June 19th, 2009 at 10:31 pm

    Reeling in the fish…

    The Sunshine State of affairs…

    LoHudders rejoice…

  688. Erica - newly OPPC June 19th, 2009 at 10:31 pm

    Betsy-

    No one has complaints :-)

  689. Nick in SF in Dallas June 19th, 2009 at 10:32 pm

    But why the ellipses?

    Very puzzling…

  690. Erica - newly OPPC June 19th, 2009 at 10:34 pm

    I guess “Fire Girardi” and “DL Posada” (when he’s not hurt…) sounds really dumb after a good win

  691. Betsy June 19th, 2009 at 10:35 pm

    Brandon, true – the trolls are very unreliable. You can’t trust them in a big spot.

    Erica…..lol, no complaints at all!

    I like ellipses……….and also commas,,,,,,,,,,,,,but I really love ;;;;;;;;

  692. Betsy June 19th, 2009 at 10:35 pm

    Brandon, true – the trolls are very unreliable. You can’t trust them in a big spot.

    Erica…..lol, no complaints at all!

    I like ellipses……….and also commas,,,,,,,,,,,,,but I really love ;;;;;;;;

  693. GreenBeret7 June 19th, 2009 at 10:36 pm

    I think that reporters need to be checking out why Kauffman Stadium has become a homer haven. 6 more homers there, tonight. What an embarrassment.

  694. Nick in SF in Dallas June 19th, 2009 at 10:37 pm

    Don’t forget -this-, Betsy…

  695. BR June 19th, 2009 at 10:39 pm

    If they sign Gonzalez or Soriano to go along with Bruney and Mo that would be some bullpen

  696. Erica - newly OPPC June 19th, 2009 at 10:40 pm

    Okay- going bed now. Night night. Happy Yankee thoughts on the troll-less blog :-)

  697. Betsy June 19th, 2009 at 10:40 pm

    I have a framed photo of that in my room, Nick in SF in Dallas, lol.

  698. BR June 19th, 2009 at 10:41 pm

    How could Nady land us Soriano? If Soriano became available he would instantly become the best reliever on the market

  699. bru June 19th, 2009 at 10:44 pm

    http://sports.yahoo.com/mlb/ne.....;type=lgns

  700. Bronx Jeers June 19th, 2009 at 10:44 pm

    Jeez, Andy just said that he’d probably had given up 3 or 4 runs if the game was in Yankee Stadium.

    Given that his last 6 out of 7 starts were home and he’s been sort of bad seems to say that the homers there have effected him.

    I hope they seriously consider doing something with those walls this winter.

  701. bru June 19th, 2009 at 10:45 pm

    yankees interested in pedro

  702. tampayank June 19th, 2009 at 10:45 pm

    Pettite pretty much admitted in the post game that he hates pitching in Yankee Stadium(in a nice Texan accent way)…..it’s true, if NYS played a little more fair, it would greatly benefit pitchers like Pettitte, a few of the Marlins hits would have been bombs in the Bronx

  703. Bob(the original) June 19th, 2009 at 10:50 pm

    tampayank June 19th, 2009 at 10:45 pm

    Pettite pretty much admitted in the post game that he hates pitching in Yankee Stadium(in a nice Texan accent way)…..it’s true, if NYS played a little more fair, it would greatly benefit pitchers like Pettitte, a few of the Marlins hits would have been bombs in the Bronx

    ————————–

    Does he hate the run support he gets there?

  704. Betsy June 19th, 2009 at 10:50 pm

    Andy needs to get over that, seriously. He’s got a mental block now – enough with the excuses.

  705. Tom in N.J June 19th, 2009 at 10:52 pm

    “The YankeesNew York Yankees took a look at Pedro MartinezPedro Martinez in the Dominican Republic and informed the right-handed pitcher they will pass on signing him”

    http://blogs.nypost.com/sports.....ot_no.html

  706. hardwired June 19th, 2009 at 10:57 pm

    the two home plate umps/fans from Toronto have made the trip down to D.C.

    they are sitting directly behind home plate.

  707. Bronx Jeers June 19th, 2009 at 10:58 pm

    “Andy needs to get over that, seriously. He’s got a mental block now – enough with the excuses.”

    I don’t think it’s mental. The numbers say it’s real. Look at his splits.

    He’s given up 9 HR’s at home and 1 away.

    5.77 era vs 2.59.

  708. Brandon 5 Cena ZEEEEEEROOOO "Because I'm AWESOME !" June 19th, 2009 at 10:58 pm

    “How could Nady land us Soriano? If Soriano became available he would instantly become the best reliever on the market”

    Both will be FAs and ATL wants to replace Franceour and add a stick w/ McLouth, Jones and the boys to make a push in the NL playoff race, Soriano will likely not resign, Nady won’t either, this is all on Nady being healthy though. X for Sori could happen.

  709. Giuseppe Franco June 19th, 2009 at 10:59 pm

    tampayank June 19th, 2009 at 10:45 pm

    Pettite pretty much admitted in the post game that he hates pitching in Yankee Stadium(in a nice Texan accent way)…..it’s true, if NYS played a little more fair, it would greatly benefit pitchers like Pettitte, a few of the Marlins hits would have been bombs in the Bronx

    ——————–

    Well, then he and the rest of the starters are going to have to get over it because the Yanks can’t do anything about the ballpark.

    The Stadium helps their starters too because they get a lot more run support.

    It all evens out.

  710. Brandon 5 Cena ZEEEEEEROOOO "Because I'm AWESOME !" June 19th, 2009 at 11:01 pm

    “I don’t think it’s mental. The numbers say it’s real. Look at his splits.”

    I would agree normally but you see I actually watch his home starts and a stadium or no stadium when you leave cookies down the middle they have a tendency of going a long way.

  711. DT - OPPC member (it's in our blood) June 19th, 2009 at 11:04 pm

    Tom – you left out the best line from that Post blog note…

    If (Pedro)Martinez does have to wait until next spring, he has a backup plan.
    “I’m thinking of becoming a swimsuit model,” he said.

    I can see it now. Who’s Your Daddy swim wear. When your boys need a good home.

  712. Falppy June 19th, 2009 at 11:04 pm

    Nationals putting up a fight against the AL.East

  713. Giuseppe Franco June 19th, 2009 at 11:04 pm

    To be fair, Pettitte was baited by Kim Jones when he talked about his home/away splits.

    The guy wasn’t whining or anything like that. She flat out asked him about the huge disparity in his home/away splits and he simply answered the question.

    What he said was absolutely true. That ball that Ramirez hit would have been long gone at the Stadium and the ball that Cantu hit would have been in Monument Park.

    Pettitte wasn’t whining. He just answered a loaded question by Jones.

  714. hardwired June 19th, 2009 at 11:06 pm

    Papelbon in pinstripes?

    His contract expires after the 2011 season, and he says he would have no problem pitching in the Bronx:

    http://blog.masslive.com/redso.....t_sit.html

    Man, I don’t know what the hell to think about this. One the one hand, he seems to be such a complete d-bag, but on the other hand Mo will probably be retiring around the same time…

  715. trisha - OPPC lifetime member June 19th, 2009 at 11:07 pm

    Someone need to tell the Nats they are not supposed to beat any teams in the majors.

    Because after all, they have no right beating a team in the 12th inning after that team just swept the Phils.

    Isn’t that the kind of logic people here used?

  716. Boston Dave - OPPC June 19th, 2009 at 11:07 pm

    Nationals win. 3 in a row.

  717. Carl June 19th, 2009 at 11:07 pm

    Grats Nationals!

  718. pat June 19th, 2009 at 11:07 pm

    Bay gets 2 hits but 0 fers for the rest of the Sox line-up against a pitcher they’ve never seen before.

    Nieve beats the Rays.

    Nats beat the Jays.

  719. Nick in SF in Dallas June 19th, 2009 at 11:13 pm

    Baseball is a funny sport.

    :arrow:

  720. GreenBeret7 June 19th, 2009 at 11:14 pm

    How can elite teams like Boston, Tampa and Toronto choke against the dregs of the NL? That should never happen. They just didn’t want to win, I guess. They just rolled over like dogs. They had no heart….just mailed it in.

    Did I forget any clever phrases?

  721. RS June 19th, 2009 at 11:16 pm

    We might have woken up a sleeping giant with the Nationals, lol. 3 in a row now for them.

  722. YankeeRay June 19th, 2009 at 11:21 pm

    Just got home from game. Took my 3 kids and bought tickets at 5:30 at the window and lucked out as 4 tickets became available 14 rows behind home plate for 58 each. Can’t beat that.
    My daughter got a BP ball from Joba and if I wasn’t watching Aaaron Boone boot a groundball in game 1 of the 03 series on the big screen I would have caught a Damon BP homer that landed 2 seats away from me lol.
    Of all the games for Arod to sit out, my first Yankee game since 03 series and I miss seeing him play as a yankee for the first time.
    Oh well, great night for the family.

  723. haiku-man June 19th, 2009 at 11:28 pm

    You forgot a team,THE Yankees!!

  724. haiku-man June 19th, 2009 at 11:32 pm

    If you’re going to see Arod ,you didn’t miss much,he’s not hitting

  725. Tifany June 20th, 2009 at 12:14 am

    “aw. Alex hugged Ramiro Pena. Thats cute. Sorry….I just love huggs”

    That was sweet. Love Ramiro Pena :D

  726. Dutch Hugo June 20th, 2009 at 12:34 am

    Evan: Are you insane? They didn’t miss the playoffs because they lacked Posada’s bat. Have you forgotten what our rotation looked like? Sidney Ponson was one of our starters!
    The catcher’s biggest responsibility is the pitching staff. Our pitchers don’t seem to like Jorge – neither does our manager. The staff also pitches much better when Posada is not behind the plate. I’m all for DHing him instead of using Matsui’s corpse. But Cervelli is better for the rotation that Jorge. And it’s not even close. Just ask Joba, CC, and AJ.”
    —————————————

    I’m with Green Beret on this one. Evan, you are either clinically brain dead, or just a garden variety imbecile.
    So what’s your explanation for, say, 2005, when 2/5 of our rotation was comprised of Aaron Small and Shawn Chacon, and we still made the playoffs with Posada as catcher?
    You want us to “just ask AJ, CC and Joba…”
    Yeah, uhh, Evan, somebody did ask Joba about his “problem” with Posada. He blamed himself. I guess you already forgot the game the other night, when Joba “pitched” to Cervelli and had the same problems he had when he threw to Posada? Or did the memory of that just get lost somewhere in the vast, hollow void between your ears?
    Do you really think you know better than former catcher Girardi which catcher gives us a better chance to win? What are your credentials? You know more than Andy Pettitte about it? You know more than Mariano Rivera about it? More than Roger Clemens? More than the rest of the team’s players and coaches? Where has CC ever said anything against Posada? Or Joba? The answer is, they haven’t. The stuff you wrote? You pulled it out of your a**. So why don’t you just put it back there and leave it there.

  727. Jones June 20th, 2009 at 1:45 am

    “Yeah, uhh, Evan, somebody did ask Joba about his “problem” with Posada. He blamed himself. I guess you already forgot the game the other night, when Joba “pitched” to Cervelli and had the same problems he had when he threw to Posada? Or did the memory of that just get lost somewhere in the vast, hollow void between your ears?
    Do you really think you know better than former catcher Girardi which catcher gives us a better chance to win? What are your credentials? You know more than Andy Pettitte about it? You know more than Mariano Rivera about it? More than Roger Clemens? More than the rest of the team’s players and coaches? Where has CC ever said anything against Posada? Or Joba? The answer is, they haven’t. The stuff you wrote? You pulled it out of your a**. So why don’t you just put it back there and leave it there.”

    Amen to that.

  728. talltenor June 20th, 2009 at 2:15 am

    From England…

    I couldn’t follow the game thread in real-time, or listen to the broadcast on mlb.com. But to Pete’s point that most of the fans in attendance in Miami were rooting for the Yankees, I attended a Mets-Marlins game three seasons ago where 3/4 of the people there were cheering for the Mets. That would really have to be demoralizing, I would think.

  729. haiku-man June 20th, 2009 at 10:00 am

    Papelbon is using the Yankees as leverage,with the RS. No matter how much the Yankees are hated,it always comes down to
    this. *Everybody wants to be a Yankee.*

    Let the record reflect *as of this thread RS have been 8-0* in games played with the Yankees. *Yet their #1 closer would*
    *consider coming to their #1 rival.*

  730. Sarah June 20th, 2009 at 12:50 pm

    I don’t know whether you will read this but DUTCH HUGO you are one of the worst fans I have ever read. Who in the heck gives you the right to berate another fan in such a degrading way. It is your style, when you are in a majority in an argument, (whether right or WRONG) to vilify any one who disagrees with you and your Mano-Mano group.

    This board is one of the best because of the baseball intelligence of a lot of the posters. The humor, and the Haiku is great also. But you, man, bring the board down with your venom. Get over yourself.

  731. Dutch Hugo June 20th, 2009 at 1:16 pm

    Sarah – I guess it’s ok for people like you or Evan or whoever to constantly berate Jorge Posada, a great Yankee player for what? 15 years? For you guys to just MAKE STUFF UP about him, like “all the pitchers hate to pitch to him” or “he has a weak arm”…. just total lies and garbage. That’s ok. But for me to come to his defense and call you guys out on it, that’s not ok.

    And for the record, up until a couple of days ago, defending Posada on this board was most definitely NOT a majority opinion. There were times on here when I was all alone against five or six of your rabid Posada-haters spewing your venom and lies about Posada.

    Sarah, you get over yourself. This is a board for people to voice their OPINIONS. That is fine, and I have no problem with that. What I have a problem with is when people, like Evan, and you sometimes, who just make stuff up and then present it on here as fact. Evan says stuff that is simply not true, and just throws it out there like it’s God’s truth and he knows it. It’s no such thing.

    You did the same thing, and I called you on it. You can’t handle it when you are caught making stuff up and trying to pass it off as fact? Tough. That’s life. Maybe you should learn not to do that. Stick to the facts, or call your opinions what they are. Opinions. Nothing more.

  732. Dutch Hugo June 20th, 2009 at 1:57 pm

    Oh, and by the way, Sarah, you and your crowd of Posada haters get on this board and tell lies and just make stuff up about our all-star, world-series winning catcher to try and puff up your arguments and conjecture, and yet I am “one of the worst fans” you have ever read for defending him and calling out your lies as what they are?

    That’s some pretty twisted logic there. I think you need to revisit what it means to be a fan of a team.

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