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Good sign for the Yankees?

Posted by: Peter Abraham - Posted in Misc on Jun 22, 2009 Print This Post Print This Post | Email This Post Email This Post

GLF-US OPEN-GLOVERThe new U.S. Open champion, Lucas Glover, is a Yankees fan from South Carolina.

“We gotta get the Yankees turned around New York,” he said during his interview with NBC. Good for him, even though the entire country was seemingly rooting for Phil Mickelson.

Hopefully somebody in the Bronx invites Glover up to throw out the first pitch. Guy deserves a little love from the Pinstripes.

 
 

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66 Responses to “Good sign for the Yankees?”

  1. Wait till they come to OUR house AGAIN June 22nd, 2009 at 2:36 pm

    This was a very disappointing and anticlimactic open. Big exciting finish petered out with the Mickelson choke.

    I love Mickelson, but he choked. Come on, a bogey on two of the last three holes?

  2. SJ44 June 22nd, 2009 at 2:36 pm

    Can he hit as well as he drives the golf ball?

    If so, sign him up. Especially if he can hit with RISP.

  3. stuart June 22nd, 2009 at 2:37 pm

    holy mole… petes comments on how to fix the yanks I basically agree with evrything except Swisher..

    Having Nady back and sitting swisher agaisnt some lefties would be a good thing.

    the other comments are totally right on…I cannot beleive I agree with Peter, stop the presses. I am mad I missed Lucas Glovers speech a Yankee fan, he now is a guy I can root for.

  4. m June 22nd, 2009 at 2:38 pm

    It was a good ending.

    I’m rooting for Amy, but was not rooting for Phil (Mickelson).

    It was nice to see David Duval bounce back, too.

    Back to baseball…

  5. Wait till they come to OUR house AGAIN June 22nd, 2009 at 2:38 pm

    And of course Tiger moves from a ridiculous 11 strokes back or something to four back. Unbelievable.

  6. Wait till they come to OUR house AGAIN June 22nd, 2009 at 2:39 pm

    Duval was a nice story.

  7. stuart a June 22nd, 2009 at 2:39 pm

    i agree totally with peters formula to improve the yanks but add some nady against lefties instead of swisher.

    i bat cano 7th in the order he cannot get it down with RISP…

  8. you gotta have faith (we need you wang!) June 22nd, 2009 at 2:39 pm

    2 weeks of baseball can change a lot, they are frustrating to watch right now but at least they put up a fight last night, our pitching has been better lately, hopefully our hitting comes around.

    Gardner should definatly get more starting time, he has been hiting more consistantly.

  9. Hokiehill June 22nd, 2009 at 2:40 pm

    It’s always good to see a comeback story (in regards to Duval) but it’s common knowledge that the guys is a jerk so I had a tough time getting too excited about that one. It would have been nice for Phil to get the win but at least now he can set golf aside for a while and worry about his wife (who I wish a fast recovery). Congrats to Glover…

  10. tampayank June 22nd, 2009 at 2:41 pm

    Mickelson chokes again, that 17th hole for him just sums it up

  11. GreenBeret7 June 22nd, 2009 at 2:43 pm

    I can agree with unloading Berroa once Ransom returns, but, the only pitchers Ransom and Swisher need to face are fastball pitchers. Neither can hit a breaking pitch for squat.

  12. Tom in N.J. June 22nd, 2009 at 2:46 pm

    Donald Fehr out as head of MLPA?

  13. yankee pen June 22nd, 2009 at 2:46 pm

    Tomko…how much more are you going to give him a chance? In my opinion Melancon is the answer, and not just a tryout. Let him succeed, or let him fail. A few innings will not show it.

  14. Hokiehill June 22nd, 2009 at 2:46 pm

    How far off is Ransom’s return anyway. I havent heard anything about him in at least a month. How is he going to get a spot back once Nady returns and Berroa most likely goes? Based on the sample Ransom gave us earlier in the year, Pena is a better option both fielding and hitting. We’ll need another infield bench player since A-Rod will be sitting once a week…

  15. m June 22nd, 2009 at 2:46 pm

    Tiger’s really kicking himself. A stroke better on each round and this would’ve been his. Was kind of pulling for Barnes, too.

  16. Wait till they come to OUR house AGAIN June 22nd, 2009 at 2:46 pm

    Tomko should be DFA’ed.

  17. Wait till they come to OUR house AGAIN June 22nd, 2009 at 2:47 pm

    Yeah well, Tiger has his U.S. Open. Phil does not.

  18. stuart a June 22nd, 2009 at 2:47 pm

    a invetory of the yanks…

    1b- in good hands
    2b – in good hands even though he is not a good hitte rwhen it matters, move him down in the order
    SS- doing just fine
    3B- no choice but hope arod picks it up, play pena when alex rests(preferabbly against righties), waive Berroa
    C- good hands posada can still play and has not lsot his mind, cervelli a good young player, molina back soon.
    LF- Damon in a slump but a good player, defense has not been as good as it should be.
    CF- melky and gardner.. doing adequate or slightly better. gardner huge late inning base stealer. should get mor AB’s sit Damon but especially swisher a little more.
    RF- swisher and big all or nothing guy. k’s to much, high OBP, needs to learn how to run the bases. Nady back would help late inning PH and rest swisher against tough lefties.
    DH- Matsui, adequate. very streaky, loves the hole between 2nd and 3rd. DH Damon and arod on occasion also maybe jeter.

    bench- eliminate berroa and add either OF bat or Ransom or both….

    starting rotation- ccDone fine. joba listen to your catchers and pick up velocity. ditto for burnett on listening to cathcher. wang must turn it around immediately. pettitte battle for a 5th starter. Hughes waiting in the wings.

    bullpen- much better then 30 games ago. eliminate tomko. tomko can pitch more then 1 inning but stinks, give a young guy a try and laso allow those who have done well to pitch more. need bruney to stay healthy and stop babying him….

    this team is in good shape….

  19. Hokiehill June 22nd, 2009 at 2:47 pm

    Maybe they should start working on Cervelli at 3rd so he can stay on as the 3rd catcher and 2nd backup infielder once Molina comes back…

  20. m June 22nd, 2009 at 2:49 pm

    Wait,

    What are you talking about? Is Phil entitled to one? ;)

  21. EvoLuTioN June 22nd, 2009 at 2:50 pm

    If they wanna keep berroa for some bizarre reason, pena should be optioned down to AAA when ransom is ready

  22. stuart a June 22nd, 2009 at 2:50 pm

    tiger is the best golfer of all time. mickelson is a very good golfer just not as good as tiger, that is not a crime.

    ny fans very impressive during golf tourney…

  23. Wait till they come to OUR house AGAIN June 22nd, 2009 at 2:51 pm

    m-No. But I wanted Phil to win more than Tiger for that reason as well as for his wife, and I’m a big Tiger fan. The single most devoted athlete at any sport/game (depending on what you call golf) I’ve ever seen.

  24. GreenBeret7 June 22nd, 2009 at 2:51 pm

    stuart a
    June 22nd, 2009 at 2:39 pm
    i agree totally with peters formula to improve the yanks but add some nady against lefties instead of swisher.

    i bat cano 7th in the order he cannot get it down with RISP…

    ————————————————————

    You’d better check Cano’s numbers when hitting in the 5th slot. He seems to be hitting pretty well. .312, 7 homers, 27 RBI. Not exactly the dog you paint him to be.

  25. Wait till they come to OUR house AGAIN June 22nd, 2009 at 2:52 pm

    Tiger is insane. The U.S. Open before this one was just an out of this world performance by Tiger (Rocco too).

  26. m June 22nd, 2009 at 2:53 pm

    Wait,

    Ah, I see. Phil’s the one kicking himself because he was so close. Actually co-leader, no?

    Not a big Phil fan. Best wishes to his wifem though. If she had been there, she wouldn’t have let him wear skinny pants.

  27. GreenBeret7 June 22nd, 2009 at 2:55 pm

    Pena is not a good defensive 3rd baseman….not now and not in the minors. He’s fine defensively filling in at 2nd and shortstop. He could help himself and the team learning to play some outfield.

  28. Wait till they come to OUR house AGAIN June 22nd, 2009 at 2:55 pm

    Pena is an excellent defensive SS, all right at third.

  29. Wait till they come to OUR house AGAIN June 22nd, 2009 at 2:57 pm

    Yeah m, All Phil had to do was par and boom-18 hole playoff time. He is too good not too have won a U.S. Open yet, he just chokes away these opens over and over again.

  30. Wait till they come to OUR house AGAIN June 22nd, 2009 at 2:57 pm

    When I say par, I mean par the final three holes.

  31. sab June 22nd, 2009 at 2:57 pm

    uumm..stuart a

    “DH- Matsui, adequate. very streaky, loves the hole between 2nd and 3rd. ”

    Stuart a… meet the shortstop position…that would be the hole between 2nd and 3rd…

  32. Clycle June 22nd, 2009 at 2:57 pm

    Cashman went out and got the 3 best free agents on the market and added them to a team that won 89 games last year.

    What more does he need to do? He gave Girardi all the tools he needed to win. This team has underachieved with Girardi and not played up to their potential.

    What more do you want Cashman to do? Trade for Cliff Lee, Matt Holliday, and Roy Halladay? Gee, maybe then we can compete with out division rivals!! Because spending 1\2 a billion dollars this winter wasn’t enough.

    Cashman is not the problem. Yeah, he has a couple of wasted roster spots (Berroa, Tomko), but he did the best job with this team he could do with the core. The fact that we’re debating the 24th-25th men on the roster proves that Cashman has done a good job.

    Don’t lump Cashman and Girardi together. Cashman is good at his job. Girardi is not. Cashman couldn’t have made it easier for Girardi this year if he tried.

  33. stuart a June 22nd, 2009 at 2:58 pm

    green beret 7, i assume your #’s are right with Cano in the 5th hole. I just do not see him getting big hits with RISP. fro some reason he presses. whywould he take a pitch on occasion. he has to be top 10% in the league in making contact, therefore he can take a pitch on occasion, look for a pitch or location, he just seems to not think at the plate. also your #’s for him hitting 5th do not show what his BA is with RISP just his overall BA..

    the last few losses the yanks have had they just could not get abig hit when they need it against the nats or marlins. not just cano but swisher, jeter and others….

  34. Mark in Tampa June 22nd, 2009 at 2:59 pm

    Weren’t Mickelson’s Pinstriped pants a Yankee tribute also?

  35. stuart a June 22nd, 2009 at 3:00 pm

    sab my bad. i am a terrible typer. i meant the hole between 2nd and 1st, matsui’s 2nd home…

    sorry..

  36. Tom B June 22nd, 2009 at 3:03 pm

    anyone surprised (above) that mickelson choked needs to check back in to the real world…

  37. Wait till they come to OUR house AGAIN June 22nd, 2009 at 3:04 pm

    Tom B-Not surprised at all, just disappointed.

  38. you gotta have faith (we need you wang!) June 22nd, 2009 at 3:05 pm

    what do you think is the magic number to win the East or at least the wildcard?

    96? 93? if so then the yanks would have to go around 57-36 for the rest of the season.

    think they can do it?

    should be fun to watch.

  39. m June 22nd, 2009 at 3:05 pm

    Clycle,

    Your post made me laugh.

    I linked a video on the other thread. Cashman had a cameo role. Two brothers were trying to get Julio Franco into the ASG, so he could be the only baseball player to play at the age 50.

    So they’re talking to Cashman at OYS asking for his advice on how to get Julio in the game. So Cashman says, “Usually when I deal with a problem, the best thing to do is throw money at it.”

  40. BR June 22nd, 2009 at 3:08 pm

    Clycle, You think Brian Cashman is good at his job???

    Cashman has taken one of the best teams in baseball history and turned them into an old and overpaid group of selfish stars who are either grasping for the wildcard every year or get knocked out in the first round of the playoffs.

    Wow, it must have been so tough on Cashman to sign the 3 best guys on the market. That was some negotiating he did offering them all more money than anyone else was willing to pay.

  41. Boogie Down Bob June 22nd, 2009 at 3:11 pm

    I’m not one to panic, and I still believe in this team and I’m 100 % confident we’re going to be playing baseball in October.

    That said, it’s time to get our act together and pick up the pace. I believe we are entering a critical stretch in the season as the All-Star break is quickly approaching.

    As of today, we sit 4 games back of the Red Sox, who are facing a 9 game road trip vs. the Nats, Braves, and Orioles. After that, they come home for 10 games vs. Seattle, Oakland, and Kansas City. Not exactly a daunting stretch.

    If we’re not careful and don’t go on a mini-run before the break, the Sox could be looking at a fairly sizeable advantage over us in the East by the time the ASG rolls around.

  42. Mark in Tampa June 22nd, 2009 at 3:11 pm

    Cashman could have said more accurately: “the best thing to do is throw somebody else’s money at it.”

  43. sab June 22nd, 2009 at 3:11 pm

    stuart a – in a naming ceremony scheduled for sometime in September – the spot between 1st and second will be named after retiring yankee hero Hideki Matsui – it will be affectionately known as “Deki’s Dirt” for all the times matsui hit a ground ball there…

  44. Stultus Magnus June 22nd, 2009 at 3:12 pm

    SJ,
    I’m playing devil’s advocate more than anything, but you seem to have two sets of standards, one for yourself and one for others. Perhaps you have never railed on people who’ve said Cano is batting in the wrong spot (unlikely), but you have called people questioning the line-up “whiners.” You’ve also said the manager knows more than the people commenting when it comes to the line-up. Now, as you post your new, improved line-up, please revisit your own words.

    Also, when you use stats, they are “facts.” When anybody else uses them, they are manipulating them to prove their own point. And of course, the famous SJ quote: “You can use numbers and situations and do anything with them”

    So, if you weren’t a hypocrite, you’d stop calling out people who are questioning the line-up and you’d stop using statistical data to advance a theory or point. Doubt that’ll happen.

    Why are you pushing golf, Pete? Not too fun…

  45. BR June 22nd, 2009 at 3:14 pm

    Brian Cashman has the easiest job in all of baseball. He has almost twice as much money and resources than any other GM in baseball. Yet, the list of his dumb moves are really unbelievable.

    Lets just name a few recent years.
    1. $41 million to Kei Igawa instead of $40 million to Ted Lilly
    2. Not negotiating with Mo or Posada before the season even though we had no viable replacement for them even if they did decline somewhat. So, after the season SINCE we had no viable replacement Cashman overpaid in years and money.
    3. $40 million to Carl Pavano off ONE good year
    4. $82 million to AJ Burnett just because he pitched well against us and the Red Sox last year
    5. Trusting your rotation to be made up of basically 3 rookies.

    Do I need to continue, because I can

  46. Leaping Tom June 22nd, 2009 at 3:15 pm

    I wasn’t rooting for Phil Mickelson. I was rooting for more rain. Jesus christ, is there anything worse than golf? Seriously?

  47. BR June 22nd, 2009 at 3:16 pm

    Also lets talk about the Nick Swisher trade which everyone gives Cashman a lot of credit for. Just wait two years when Nick Swisher is making $10 million dollars. In two years we are going to be paying a part time OF/bench player 10 million dollars because he draws a lot of walks.

  48. Boogie Down Bob June 22nd, 2009 at 3:21 pm

    BR,

    I disagree with you on the Swisher trade. Seriously, what is 10 million to the Yankees? It’s nothing, and the Yankees are one of only a few teams that can afford a 10 mil a year luxury like that.

    Because of Nady’s injury, he was pushed into a more prominent role, and its debatable whether he’s suited for it. However, without the injuries, having a guy like Swisher who can come off the bench and play all 3 outfield positions and give Tex a day off at first is a great thing to have.

  49. GreenBeret7 June 22nd, 2009 at 3:21 pm

    Amazing how a bunch of couch turnips can make the assumption that because an athlete doesn’t win, that automatically makes them a choker. That would make the sports world full of chokers, like Lebron James, david Wright, Boston Red Sox, or anybody else you don’t happen to like.

  50. Boogie Down Bob June 22nd, 2009 at 3:22 pm

    Phil Mickelson is the Buffalo Bills of golf…now back to baseball!

  51. Wait till they come to OUR house AGAIN June 22nd, 2009 at 3:26 pm

    GreenBeret7, Choking is having something in the bag and losing it. Or being favored and failing specatcularly.

    The 04′ Yanks choked. Tiger choked (however he has his U.S. Open already). The 60′ (I believe it was 60′) Yanks choked to the Pittsburgh Pirates. The Buffalo Bills choked to the Houston Oilers. And Phil choked.

    Sorry, but that’s choking. I’ve choked, heck everybody has.But the fact is Phil at least had a one game playoff in the bag and imploded.

  52. BR June 22nd, 2009 at 3:26 pm

    There are A LOT of better ways you can improve your baseball team than to pay a part-time player $10 million. I also do not buy that he can play CF. He is a nightmare on most nights in RF or LF and you are going to trust this guy in CF?

  53. BR June 22nd, 2009 at 3:28 pm

    Mark DeRosa is the ultimate utility guy in baseball right now and he signed a 3 year $13 million contract a few years ago. Swisher is going to make almost that in one year

  54. GreenBeret7 June 22nd, 2009 at 3:30 pm

    Wait till they come to OUR house AGAIN
    June 22nd, 2009 at 3:26 pm
    GreenBeret7, Choking is having something in the bag and losing it. Or being favored and failing specatcularly.

    The 04? Yanks choked. Tiger choked (however he has his U.S. Open already). The 60? (I believe it was 60?) Yanks choked to the Pittsburgh Pirates. The Buffalo Bills choked to the Houston Oilers. And Phil choked.

    Sorry, but that’s choking. I’ve choked, heck everybody has.But the fact is Phil at least had a one game playoff in the bag and imploded.

    ————————————————————

    That’s some kind of pathetic thought process. As I see it, anybody that can an earning in sports has more talent than those that criticize them for being better than you ever dreamed of being. Sounds a lot like jealousy to me.

  55. Wait till they come to OUR house AGAIN June 22nd, 2009 at 3:32 pm

    GreenBeret7-So you’re saying we should never criticize athletes?

    What’s up with you, I like Phil but he choked. HE CHOKED. As I said, I’ve choked. Everybody has. That doesn’t mean they would beat me, but it does mean they should have done better than they did. Stop having a cow over it, it happens.

  56. Horatio June 22nd, 2009 at 3:33 pm

    Wait till they come to OUR house AGAIN

    The Oilers actually choked against the Bills (assuming we’re referring to the 35-3 lead that turned into a 41-38 loss), not the other way around.

  57. Wait till they come to OUR house AGAIN June 22nd, 2009 at 3:35 pm

    Horatio-You’re right, mixed up the names. Thanks.

  58. Jake June 22nd, 2009 at 3:44 pm

    Well why not, we need as much help as we can get :/

  59. Wait till they come to OUR house AGAIN June 22nd, 2009 at 3:45 pm

    In fact, I’ll get something straight: I’m terrible at sports. Awful. Horrendous. In golf I can’t be mentioned in the same breath with my great grandfather, let alone w/competitors in the U.S. Open. I do know enough to know that if you’re tied with three holes to go, you should be able to keep the tie. That he didn’t was a CHOKE. Them being better than me or my supposed jealousy has nothing at all to do w/it. But when you should get something done and you don’t, you choked.

  60. sab June 22nd, 2009 at 4:14 pm

    whoa nellie….

    the yankees didn’t choke against the redsox in 2004 – they just went into a team slump after the 3rd game…please get your facts straight…..

  61. Wait till they come to OUR house AGAIN June 22nd, 2009 at 4:16 pm

    sab, my facts ARE staright. I watched the series, they had every chance to win. They choked, because they went into a team slump.

  62. Wait till they come to OUR house AGAIN June 22nd, 2009 at 4:17 pm

    staright is straight

  63. Tom B June 22nd, 2009 at 4:20 pm

    greenberet is funny, assuming everyone that posts here has never competed in anything before. how could we possibly understand the concept of choking, all i have is this keyboard…

  64. Richie June 22nd, 2009 at 4:30 pm

    It’s not going to happen in the absence of the Steinbrenners facing the hard truths and taking bold action.

  65. Casanova Wong June 22nd, 2009 at 6:40 pm

    Screw throwing the first pitch put I wanna see him chip it into Posada’s glove from the mound. That would be awesome.

  66. saucY June 23rd, 2009 at 5:02 pm

    screw mickelson. i’ll always root for an unknown when i actually watch golf.

    i used to love Payne Stewart (rip), however.


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