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It’s amazing what two days off can do

Posted by: Peter Abraham - Posted in Misc, Podcast on Jul 01, 2009 Print This Post Print This Post | Email This Post Email This Post

Alex has pulled a Hulk Hogan in the last seven games. He was down and out, sprawled on the canvas with the referee about to count to three.

Then, suddenly, he was up and now the American League is about to get thrown around the ring before A-Rod drops the leg on them.

Joe Girardi said tonight that some hitters turn around quickly. But usually not this quickly. Alex was 1 for 27 after his first two at-bats against the Braves on June 24. He was down to .204 on the season and appeared dead in the water.

He is 10 for 21 since with four home runs and 13 RBI along with 10 walks. The Yankees have won seven straight and all is right in his world. He was even cracking jokes to the writers tonight.

Here is his postgame press conference:

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Two things are at play here, I think. Obviously those two days off in Miami helped. Plus A-Rod also has cut down on the extensive pre-game work he used to do. He estimated that he takes 75 percent fewer swings than he used to before games. It’s obvious just watching him in the field that he has more energy.

Plus he reached rock bottom. There was really nowhere to go but up and that probably freed his mind a little. Alex is a notorious over-thinker, but at some point you can’t really analyze going 1 for 27. You can just go out and do something about it.

Credit to him, he got up and did do something about it. Now the question is whether the Yankees will have the courage to sit him down sometime soon and whether the fans will know enough not to complain about it.

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151 Responses to “It’s amazing what two days off can do”

  1. Terry from NH July 1st, 2009 at 11:12 pm

    Arod is the cog that turns the machine. Without him the Yanks are ordinary.

  2. Bob(the original) July 1st, 2009 at 11:12 pm

    Watch, tomorrow some hacks will be writing columns about how he must have gone back on steroids.

    Probably the same ones who were writing last week about how it was because he wasn’t using them that he was struggling(Buster Olney).

  3. Betsy July 1st, 2009 at 11:12 pm

    Um, no – the fans are not smart enough not to complain about it. I have the lowest possible opinion of Yankee fans……. If the Yankees don’t sit Alex, then they are incredibly short-sighted and foolish. I’m happy for the guy – will the mediots who wrote his obituary also write about his apparent resurrection?

  4. Rebecca--Optimist Prime July 1st, 2009 at 11:13 pm

    Alex Rodrigues is still no Jesus Montero.

  5. GreenBeret7 July 1st, 2009 at 11:15 pm

    Betsy
    July 1st, 2009 at 10:59 pm
    GB, I’d probably love the R&B show – heaven knows we can never get enough of Cold War humor, lol.

    ————————————————————

    It was a cartoon that kids loved, but it was actually created to humor the adults that got the bad puns. I have the movie and every episode. It really needs to have a warning label about overdosing on laughter and puns. About 20 per show….the worst was “Fractured Fairytales”. They had a spinoff that was just as “bad”, “Dudley Doowright Of The Mounties”.

  6. miggs July 1st, 2009 at 11:15 pm

    Chapman clip…. this guy is amazing.

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v.....s&amp

  7. RalphieD (OPPC) July 1st, 2009 at 11:15 pm

    “Alex Rodrigues is still no Jesus Montero.”

    your right…alex rodrigueZ is better though!

  8. Brandon...Joba = Rick "The Vild Thing" Vaughn according to some here LOL July 1st, 2009 at 11:17 pm

    This such beautiful news on Alex. :)

    CASHMAN GO GET CHAPMAN ! :x

  9. CB July 1st, 2009 at 11:17 pm

    sorry repost:

    “I hold out hope Gouerreal will defect one day because Derek Jeter is his hero. He would take less money to play for the Yankees.”

    Gouerreal would look fantastic in pin stripes. Didn’t know he was a true believer. That’s too bad.

    Chapman is going to get more than the matsuzaka contract. I think he’ll get significantly more as this will be a true open bidding on a free market.

    They should sign whoever they need to get Chapman in the fold in terms of those two players who just defeceted. Good they were in on them already.

    SJ do you know anything about Chapman other than what’s generally known?

  10. Betsy July 1st, 2009 at 11:17 pm

    I gotta catch that GB – I think the Boomerang network might carry it. Since they also carry the Smurfs, I’m very happy, lol……

  11. miggs July 1st, 2009 at 11:18 pm

    Brackman’s line tonight. Great first 2 innings then couldn’t throw a strike.

    Andrew Brackman: 3.2 IP, 0 H, 5 R, 5 ER, 8 BB, 4 K, 1 WP, 3-4 GB/FB

    ouch.

  12. dennis-Costanza July 1st, 2009 at 11:19 pm

    Off topic…

    Listening to Harry Chapin. Great story teller.

    -dennis

  13. Brandon...Joba = Rick "The Vild Thing" Vaughn according to some here LOL July 1st, 2009 at 11:20 pm

    Chapman is a Yankees fan CB

  14. CB July 1st, 2009 at 11:22 pm

    brandon,

    I was waiting for you to get the news.

    So how do you know he’s a yankee fan…?

    This is going to be brutal bidding.

  15. Patrick July 1st, 2009 at 11:22 pm

    Chapman looks pretty good. Randy Johnson-like body and fastball. Not very good secondary stuff though.

  16. Giuseppe Franco July 1st, 2009 at 11:23 pm

    Patrick July 1st, 2009 at 11:22 pm

    Chapman looks pretty good. Randy Johnson-like body and fastball. Not very good secondary stuff though.

    —————

    He had a ridiculous change up as well. Nobody in the WBC could hit it.

  17. GreenBeret7 July 1st, 2009 at 11:25 pm

    Betsy, if you like it, the discs are available on Amazon, as is the movie. Dudley Doowright movie with Brendan Fraiser is filled with the same humor. There was also an old movie called “Boris and Natasha” based on the show with Sally Kellerman.

    Like you, loved the “Airplane” and “Naked Gun” movies. Another is “Hamburger: The Movie”.

  18. teddy July 1st, 2009 at 11:27 pm

    well pete you mention hogan, here you go

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=guG9cVs3ms4

  19. Brandon...Joba = Rick "The Vild Thing" Vaughn according to some here LOL July 1st, 2009 at 11:28 pm

    CB he said it on some univison when they asked what team he would if he could want to pitch for. Unless it was a marketing ploy he said he and Yulesky would one day if they could play for the Yankees but that they were not leaving Cuba.

  20. Betsy July 1st, 2009 at 11:30 pm

    Hamburger the movie? LOL Isn’t there also a movie called Hot Dog? Yumm, I’m getting hungry……..GB, thanks for the info. If I can find the time to ever watch the DVDs, I may just order them.

  21. Nick in SF on I-80 East July 1st, 2009 at 11:30 pm

    I see the results were good, but how did Andy look?

  22. Nick in SF on I-80 East July 1st, 2009 at 11:33 pm

    Hot Dog The Movie is one of the great awful ski films of the 80′s with naked breasts, sensitive guitar playing, and David Naughton.

  23. Drive 4-5 July 1st, 2009 at 11:33 pm

    The fans weren’t the only ones burying A Rod just 2 weeks ago comments like ” Alex is in a steep decline and the Yankees have to figure out a way to stabilize that and get something out of him. Otherwise that $258 million they owe him through 2017 is going to go down as the worst contract in sports history.” was posted.

    A few days later when A Rod was still struggling this was posted” ” maybe it’s October on the Kabbalah calendar. Somebody needs to check that out. ”

    A Rod is a liar a cheat and a phony, but he is also one of the greatest hitters to ever step foot on a ballfield.We all need to learn some patience.

  24. miggs July 1st, 2009 at 11:34 pm

    Nothing wrong with that secondary stuff.

    He’s a 21 year old lefty who throws 100 MPH. His changeup is maybe more legendary than his fastball.

    A guy with tools like that can work on his slider or curve as he progresses.

    Bottom line, he’s got all the tools at his disposal to be a special player.

  25. Brandon...Joba = Rick "The Vild Thing" Vaughn according to some here LOL July 1st, 2009 at 11:35 pm

    And he’s got a Kate Hudson to come home to. :lol:

  26. Giuseppe Franco July 1st, 2009 at 11:35 pm

    Pettitte was excellent tonight. Great command. Pounded the zone. And everything was working.

    Only mistake of the night was a fastball up in the zone and down the middle to Griffey.

  27. Matty July 1st, 2009 at 11:36 pm

    You know, with the WWE belt in the locker room, I approve of this mixing of my favorite team and sports entertainment.

    I still think Joba should adopt a Ric Flair type persona. Big aviators, Flair for the Gold, everything.

  28. Betsy July 1st, 2009 at 11:37 pm

    LOL Nick – thanks for the summary on Hot Dog. It sounds almost as cheesy as Zapped……

  29. joe. July 1st, 2009 at 11:38 pm

    chapman sort of reminds me of clayton kershaw.

  30. Rebecca--Optimist Prime July 1st, 2009 at 11:38 pm

    Guys–don’t get too high on Chapman yet. May be at least a year before he can establish residence and yadda yadda. Only just defected today.

    Am much more amped up about holy Jesus =P

  31. Buddy Biancalana July 1st, 2009 at 11:40 pm

    Betsy-

    You know there was a Zapped II, right?

  32. GreenBeret7 July 1st, 2009 at 11:40 pm

    Betsy
    July 1st, 2009 at 11:37 pm
    LOL Nick – thanks for the summary on Hot Dog. It sounds almost as cheesy as Zapped……

    ————————————————————

    Those movies are all “Gone with The Wind” type classics.

    well almost, anyway.

  33. Patrick July 1st, 2009 at 11:41 pm

    miggs,

    I’ve never even heard of Chapman before today, I’m just going off what I saw on that video. His fastball is electric, he is also has a great “pitcher’s” body. It seemed like his curve/slider/whatever was crap and he has some control problems.

    Just observations from one video, obviously its just one game.

    Either way, a guy that can throw 95-100 from the left side is invaluable.

  34. Buddy Biancalana July 1st, 2009 at 11:42 pm

    It was called Zapped Again!

    http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0101005/

  35. Giuseppe Franco July 1st, 2009 at 11:43 pm

    I actually remember that movie Zapped.

    Scott Baio was really big then and Heather Thomas was one of the mid-80s most popular bimbos.

  36. Rob NY -- 2009 The Road to Redemption July 1st, 2009 at 11:43 pm

    Rebecca — Jesus is a man child, but a lefty throwing 100 mph, with that changeup? Call up the mighty El Duque and I don’t care if we have to give him a bullpen spot, make sure he locks this kid up. We don’t have many chances at special arms this young as a byproduct of the big club being consistently good. Money can’t be an object, the Yankees need to make this happen.

    Maybe because I just watched him pumping 97-98-100 mph fastballs on the youtube there but when special talent is available this young…. wow.

    We should all be jumping for Jesus though. You know those ‘testify’ signs for Lebron James? What do you think folks will be bringing to the stadium the day after Montero hits his first homer to right? Can’t wait to see the back page of the news!

  37. Nick in SF on I-80 East July 1st, 2009 at 11:43 pm

    Thanks, GF. Missed the game completely. Glad that Andy had a good start and didn’t labor as he has recently.

    I guess they won’t drop him from the rotation yet.

  38. Betsy July 1st, 2009 at 11:44 pm

    Buddy, I never saw that – was Scott Baio in it again? My, I don’t know why I just thought of Zapped – I haven’t seen it in many, many years.

  39. Greg Cohen July 1st, 2009 at 11:44 pm

    Whatcha gonna do brother, when A-Rod and all his A-Rodimanics run wild on you!

  40. Richie July 1st, 2009 at 11:46 pm

    They need to do whatever Phillipon says. Girardi should have no input.

  41. Rebecca--Optimist Prime July 1st, 2009 at 11:46 pm

    Rob: No question, Yanks should go after Chapman. But, being realistic, we’ll probably see Montero sooner.

  42. Betsy July 1st, 2009 at 11:47 pm

    Zapped Again, lol – right up there with Teen Wolf II? I never saw that one…..or Grease II.

    Yep, Heather Thomas was a popular cover girl on such teen mags as BOP, 16 and Tiger Beat – Thomas and also Heather Locklear.

  43. m July 1st, 2009 at 11:48 pm

    Just perused the game thread, pretty tame in there tonight.

    But why do people insist on complaining? Just enjoy the ride

    And why are people obsessed with Boston and debate whether they are the best team or not?

    Boston is good, but hardly unbeatable.

    We just need to worry about rounding our own team out and gearing up for the second half.

    And just because Boston’s has the division lead now, doesn’t mean they’ll have it on the last day of the season. I enjoy laughing at their goofy owner and ugly players just as much as the next person. I scoreboard and gameday watch, too. But I don’t lose sleep over them because baseball’s a funny game, it almost never turns out like it’s supposed to.

  44. Buddy Biancalana July 1st, 2009 at 11:48 pm

    Betsy-

    Mr.Baio moved on to bigger & better things by then. I was 10 years old when that movie came out, my friend’s parent took us, my first R rated flick.

  45. Patrick July 1st, 2009 at 11:49 pm

    Wow just noticed that Montero went 2 for 3 tonight with a double, HR and BB. That guy can really hit. Hits for average, power, doesn’t strike out much. REALLY impressive. Is it possible that he moves up to AAA to start 2010 or will he spend more time in AA to learn catching?

    If the Yanks can find a position for this guy he will be a STUD for years to come.

  46. GreenBeret7 July 1st, 2009 at 11:50 pm

    You don’t have a real movie collection without “Hollywood Knights” and “Hollywood Hot Tubs”. Class cheese.

  47. Betsy July 1st, 2009 at 11:50 pm

    El Duque is with the Rangers – forget him being a recruiter for the Yanks

  48. Richie July 1st, 2009 at 11:50 pm

    I think Heather Thomas had substance issues which derailed her career.

  49. m July 1st, 2009 at 11:51 pm

    Andy’s sandwiched two good games between the Atlanta one. For me that confirms my thought that he was really affected by the Atlanta heat.

  50. Richie July 1st, 2009 at 11:51 pm

    m

    But why do people insist on complaining? Just enjoy the ride.
    ___

    Is questioning a manager’s decision really complaining?

  51. Betsy July 1st, 2009 at 11:51 pm

    Anyone remember Blame it on Rio? I know it’s a bad movie technically, but I love it, lol…….talk about cheesy.

  52. SJ44 July 1st, 2009 at 11:52 pm

    CB,

    If the Yankees ante up, he’s theirs to lose.

    Most Cuban players want to play in NY, preferably for the Yankees and live in Miami in the off-season.

    Chapman us a very immature kid who has an amazing arm.

    Years ago, the Cuban team had a LH pitcher named Feret I believe. Next to Linares, he was the best player in Cuba. Better than El Duque, Contreras and Livan.

    Depending in who you believe, the government found out he was looking into defecting and threw him off the team. They brought him back, over pitched him, and blew out his arm.

    I think that’s Chapman’s fear.

    I heard from people in Miami who monitor the Nationsl team closely that he was looking to defect at the WBC but was talked out of it.

    If he has indeed defected, it’s been in the works for awhile.

    If he is healthy, he’s a must sign by the Yankees, IMO.

    He’s that good.

    Has some growing up to do but, he’s got magic in that arm.

  53. GreenBeret7 July 1st, 2009 at 11:53 pm

    m
    July 1st, 2009 at 11:51 pm
    Andy’s sandwiched two good games between the Atlanta one. For me that confirms my thought that he was really affected by the Atlanta heat.

    ————————————————————

    He was more affected by the brutal 4th inning defense.

  54. Giuseppe Franco July 1st, 2009 at 11:54 pm

    Heather Thomas used to be on The Fall Guy with Lee Majors who played bounty hunter/ stunt man.

    Markie Post was also on that show.

    Man, I feel old. That was like 25 years ago.

  55. m July 1st, 2009 at 11:54 pm

    Richie,

    No, it’s not, at all. But everyday, people are complaining. When we’re winning. Kay’s the biggest complainer. Fluke! Heck baseball’s full of luck.

  56. GreenBeret7 July 1st, 2009 at 11:54 pm

    Betsy
    July 1st, 2009 at 11:51 pm
    Anyone remember Blame it on Rio? I know it’s a bad movie technically, but I love it, lol…….talk about cheesy.

    ————————————————————

    Is that with Michael Caine, where he was hitting on his best friend’s teenaged daughter?

  57. Pat M. July 1st, 2009 at 11:55 pm

    Demi Moore ….

  58. Brandon...Joba = Rick "The Vild Thing" Vaughn according to some here LOL July 1st, 2009 at 11:55 pm

    SJ just say Chapman has the glow.

  59. Richie July 1st, 2009 at 11:55 pm

    Betsy

    Anyone remember Blame it on Rio? I know it’s a bad movie technically, but I love it, lol…….talk about cheesy.
    _

    Demi Moore (pre-surgery)

  60. Giuseppe Franco July 1st, 2009 at 11:57 pm

    Is questioning a manager’s decision really complaining?

    ————

    It wasn’t just that stuff, though.

    Some people continue to whine and diminish their wins against the Mariners and Mets because they haven’t played well against the Red Sox.

    I couldn’t care less about the Red Sox right now. I’ll worry about them in August when the Yanks play them again.

  61. Matty July 1st, 2009 at 11:58 pm

    “SJ just say Chapman has the glow.”

    SHO’ NUFF!

  62. GreenBeret7 July 2nd, 2009 at 12:01 am

    rest in Peace, Karl Malden….age 97.

  63. jfinfonsfosnf July 2nd, 2009 at 12:01 am

    Girardi threw a changeup using Aceves/Coke in the 8th inning. Bottom line it doesn’t really matter what inning they come in they just need to get hitters out. You could lose the game in the 6th, 7th or 8th.

  64. Pel July 2nd, 2009 at 12:01 am

    So who do the Yanks have to pay under the table to get this kid without him entering a draft?

  65. Richie July 2nd, 2009 at 12:04 am

    m

    I understand. I usually find the GT way too negative to participate, but I did have a problem with Girardi warming up Hughes and not using him because he told Francesa that if he warms up it’s as if he used him, and that could mean he won’t be available tomorrow.

  66. GreenBeret7 July 2nd, 2009 at 12:05 am

    Pel
    July 2nd, 2009 at 12:01 am
    So who do the Yanks have to pay under the table to get this kid without him entering a draft?

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    Nothing. He’s waiting to be declared a free agent.

  67. Betsy July 2nd, 2009 at 12:07 am

    GB, that’s it. The girl who played the daughter who hit on Michael Caine was married to Matt Williams for years……. Demi Moore was also in the movie.

  68. Betsy July 2nd, 2009 at 12:07 am

    Oh good, so I’m not the only one who remembers that movie.

  69. GreenBeret7 July 2nd, 2009 at 12:11 am

    Betsy
    July 2nd, 2009 at 12:07 am
    GB, that’s it. The girl who played the daughter who hit on Michael Caine was married to Matt Williams for years……. Demi Moore was also in the movie.

    ————————————————————

    Who’s matt Williams? The ex D-Backs third baseman?

  70. Pel July 2nd, 2009 at 12:12 am

    >Nothing. He’s waiting to be declared a free agent.

    Really? So to circumvent drafting, all you have to do is NOT be a U.S. citizen?

  71. Betsy July 2nd, 2009 at 12:12 am

    Yep…..

  72. GreenBeret7 July 2nd, 2009 at 12:16 am

    OH…Ok. Never knew he was married to an actress. Thanks, Betsy. I’m glad that I’m not the only one with a passion for cheese and bad puns. Now, I feel normal.

  73. Erica - newly OPPC July 2nd, 2009 at 12:17 am

    I am off to bed. Good night Yankee people!

  74. GreenBeret7 July 2nd, 2009 at 12:18 am

    Have a great night, Erica.

  75. Betsy July 2nd, 2009 at 12:21 am

    No problem, GB -I’m sure there are more like us out there, lol

  76. DT - OPPC member (it's in our blood) July 2nd, 2009 at 12:26 am

    GreenBeret7
    July 2nd, 2009 at 12:01 am
    rest in Peace, Karl Malden….age 97.

    hang in there GB. It must be tough losing on of your contemporaries. :-(

    Of course when you knew him in grade school he probably went by the name Mladen Sekulovich.

  77. GreenBeret7 July 2nd, 2009 at 12:29 am

    Betsy
    July 2nd, 2009 at 12:21 am
    No problem, GB -I’m sure there are more like us out there, lol

    ————————————————————

    That may not be such a good thing. History will show that “cheese and bad puns” will destroy Western Civilization. We’ll get blamed for that. Maybe people like us should move to the east

  78. m July 2nd, 2009 at 12:29 am

    Now that Tampa Bay lost, the Yankees hold the longest winning streak.

  79. Jerkface July 2nd, 2009 at 12:30 am

    Jesus has more walks and XBH than strike outs in AA

  80. GreenBeret7 July 2nd, 2009 at 12:31 am

    DT – OPPC member (it’s in our blood)
    July 2nd, 2009 at 12:26 am
    GreenBeret7
    July 2nd, 2009 at 12:01 am
    rest in Peace, Karl Malden….age 97.

    hang in there GB. It must be tough losing on of your contemporaries.

    Of course when you knew him in grade school he probably went by the name Mladen Sekulovich.

    ————————————————————

    actually, he did grow up not far from where I did. In Gary, Indiana. One hell of an actor.

  81. DT - OPPC member (it's in our blood) July 2nd, 2009 at 12:32 am

    I lost an e in that last post, I know.

    I’ll just add it here. Good game for the Yankeees tonight.
    I wonder when Girardi will get Hinske an AB?

  82. Pat M. July 2nd, 2009 at 12:34 am

    Disn’t Karl Malden play a Priest in ”On the Waterfront ”….Most remember him from Streets of San Francisco”

  83. Boston Dave 2.0 - the kinder gentler version July 2nd, 2009 at 12:36 am

    CC
    AJ
    Chapman
    Joba
    Hughes
    Wang
    Pettitte

    all the guys in the minors

    YIKES!!

  84. DT - OPPC member (it's in our blood) July 2nd, 2009 at 12:36 am

    Father Berry.

    He was in Patton too. And the baseball movie – Fear Strikes Out.

  85. Rebecca--Optimist Prime July 2nd, 2009 at 12:39 am

    I just noticed…in 19 games, Montero has hit into five DP =(

  86. m July 2nd, 2009 at 12:41 am

    Rebecca,

    He obviously is a true Yankee. :)

  87. GreenBeret7 July 2nd, 2009 at 12:50 am

    Pat M.
    July 2nd, 2009 at 12:34 am
    Disn’t Karl Malden play a Priest in ”On the Waterfront ”….Most remember him from Streets of San Francisco”

    ————————————————————

    Yeah, and Omar Bradley in “Patton” Jimmy Piesall’s father in “Fear strikes Out”, was the old guy in “Babydoll” that was married to Carole Lindley (Catholic church tried to get it banned.)

  88. GreenBeret7 July 2nd, 2009 at 12:52 am

    Baby doll was with Carole Baker, not Carole Lindley

  89. Christina- pictures from AAA Yanks game July 2nd, 2009 at 12:58 am

    hey Trisha! Great picture of the Melkman! Sorry I didnt respond earlier but I had to get my free shipping in at Victoria’s Secret. They probably just up the price and add in the free shipping, but I am a sucker for stuff like that.

    Anyhow, I take it you live in CT? Have you ever been to any AAA games in NY? If you have the chance, check out Syracuse. It is not as fun there since the Jays left, as you can only get so much excitement from the Washington Nationals farm team. But they are always cool to check out when the Yankees are in town.

  90. haiku-man July 2nd, 2009 at 1:00 am

    Nothing will motivate a player like the All Star Game!

  91. JD July 2nd, 2009 at 1:05 am

    Crap! I read that Youkulis is leading over Teix in the All-star polls now.

  92. Angel (OPPC) - A tale told by idiots - full of sound and fury, signifying nothing. July 2nd, 2009 at 1:07 am

    Sooo I assume the Hulk Hogan/WWE reference mean Alex got the belt to display tonight? :D

  93. Pel July 2nd, 2009 at 1:15 am

    Andy got the belt.

  94. carl July 2nd, 2009 at 1:15 am

    Andy got the belt tonight

  95. CompassRosy July 2nd, 2009 at 1:27 am

    Congrats on the series, Yank fans.

    Based on the pitching match ups, I thought this was the game the M’s might have a shot at. But, as per usual (with the exception of his last start vs. the Padres) Jarrod got no help from his offense.

    I’m hoping against hope that my M’s can eek out a win tomorrow ~ highly unlikely with Vargas on a road mound…

    HOME: 2-0, 1.67 ERA, .223 BAA
    ROAD: 1-3, 5.86 ERA, .333 BAA

    He’s given up a homer in all but one start (and one he gave up two) but of those 9 homers, 8 were solo shots.

    Com’ on, Jason ~ surprise me ;-)

    I’m thinking that Russell’s overdue for one of his moon shots…

  96. Nick in SF in Lake Tahoe July 2nd, 2009 at 2:22 am

    Winnings the series is nice, but I’ll be having sweep dreams.

  97. Wait till they come to OUR house AGAIN July 2nd, 2009 at 6:15 am

    Who’s this guy Chapman, and what are the odds we get him?

  98. joeman July 2nd, 2009 at 6:19 am

    a lock down 8th inning RP for this team would be huge & take it to the next level

  99. carl July 2nd, 2009 at 6:22 am

    ahhh you mean Phil Hughes?

  100. Giuseppe Franco July 2nd, 2009 at 6:28 am

    joeman July 2nd, 2009 at 6:19 am

    a lock down 8th inning RP for this team would be huge & take it to the next level

    ————-

    I certainly hope you don’t mean Chapman.

  101. Wait till they come to OUR house AGAIN July 2nd, 2009 at 6:44 am

    So who is Chapman?

  102. Giuseppe Franco July 2nd, 2009 at 6:56 am

    http://www.mlbtraderumors.com/.....fects.html

  103. Wait till they come to OUR house AGAIN July 2nd, 2009 at 7:10 am

    Thanks.

  104. Laura - All we are saying is give Wang a chance! July 2nd, 2009 at 7:28 am

    This has been a bad week and a half for celebrities, but a good stretch for the Yankees. I’d sit Alex tonight and get it over with. With CC going, we shouldn’t need much fire power.

    That picture of Alex, Cody and Cash is hysterical, only because it shows how short Cash really is. Should we be calling him the Hobbitt now? And how freakin’ big are Alex’s hands? Wow.

    Go Yankees!

  105. SJ44 July 2nd, 2009 at 7:37 am

    Certain players become available to you that are budget breakers. Guys that, no matter what your budget states, are worth going to ownership and asking for a “little more”.

    Mark Teixeira was that kind of player. That’s why Cash went to Hal and asked for the coin to sign him.

    The Washington Nationals didn’t sign their first round pick, Aaron Crow last year over a $400,000 difference of opinion. Chump change when it comes to high draft picks.

    The last thing they want to do as an organization to upset Bud is to set a signing bonus record for a draft pick.

    Steven Strasburg comes along and guess what? That’s exactly what’s going to happen because he’s a budget breaker and you HAVE to do it.

    Chapman is that kind of player. Better than Dick-K. Better than Inoa. Better than Darvish. He’s that good and whatever it takes to pay him, you do it because the chances are slim you will get access to that kind of arm at that age anytime soon.

  106. Wait till they come to OUR house AGAIN July 2nd, 2009 at 7:45 am

    So you’re saying that if you need to offer the kid your first born son, you do it?

  107. Wait till they come to OUR house AGAIN July 2nd, 2009 at 7:49 am

    If the Yanks can they have to go for it to make up for the low draft picks.

  108. #23 Hitman July 2nd, 2009 at 7:52 am

    WOW…..I hope Cash is on a flight to the Netherlands right now!! Wonder what the odds on us landing this guy. If we do, is he eligible to play right away?

  109. SJ44 July 2nd, 2009 at 8:00 am

    He won’t play for awhile. He has to find a country of origin and then be cleared by MLB, so he can be a free agent. That will take 4-6 months.

    He will then hold tryouts to give teams a look and field offers.

    You won’t see him until next season.

  110. Wait till they come to OUR house AGAIN July 2nd, 2009 at 8:03 am

    I gather he’s ML ready, or no?

  111. Steve B July 2nd, 2009 at 8:15 am

    SJ:

    What do we make of Brackman of these days? Still striking out a batter an inning and allowing slighty less than a hit per inning, but 34 walks and 23 earned runs in 21 1/3 over his last six starts seems a little disconcerting. It had looked like he was really getting his game together earlier in the season.

  112. Vader July 2nd, 2009 at 8:18 am

    SJ…from what you’re saying he is one of the best amateur arms to come around and a long time. In your opinion, will he get a ML contract and are we talking a contract the size of Dice-K including the posting fee or just the 50-mil?

    Also, would you say his age is accurate?

  113. 86w183 July 2nd, 2009 at 8:22 am

    No way to be certain of age and it would be pure insanity to give him a Daisuke type contract. Of course it would be pure insanity to give him an Igawa type deal too

    For what it’s worth, Brackman’s catcher was ejected during the fourth inning when he issued six walks. Shame they pulled a guy in the fourth inning of a no hitter.. that has to be a first!

  114. Wait till they come to OUR house AGAIN July 2nd, 2009 at 8:23 am

    A.J. had 9 walks and they let him finish the game.

  115. Betsy July 2nd, 2009 at 8:23 am

    Wow, a good article by Madden:

    http://www.nydailynews.com/sports/ba…es.html?page=0

    Once they made the decision to keep Hughes up here and have him work out of the bullpen, thus depriving him of the necessary innings he would have gotten in his primary starter’s role, it stands to reason the Yankees would want to take full advantage of his often overpowering strikeout repertoire. It is rather remarkable how quickly and easily Hughes has adapted to short relief.

  116. Wait till they come to OUR house AGAIN July 2nd, 2009 at 8:24 am

    Didn’t Robert Machado play for Detroit or something?

  117. Steve B July 2nd, 2009 at 8:27 am

    Re: Hughes

    I thought the 9 pitch inning Tuesday followed by having him warm up and not use him last night was peculiar. Anyone put forth a satisfactory rationalization?

  118. Bronx Jeers July 2nd, 2009 at 8:27 am

    This is what happen when you get hit by a Chapman pitch?

    http://tinyurl.com/lqwuq7

  119. Betsy July 2nd, 2009 at 8:29 am

    I don’t think they’ll be playing a game today…

    http://www.newsday.com/news/lo.....8663.story

  120. Wait till they come to OUR house AGAIN July 2nd, 2009 at 8:30 am

    Steve B-I agree. Hughsie should be the 8th inning guy. Bruney needs to earn his job.

  121. Betsy July 2nd, 2009 at 8:31 am

    Steve B……..no, unfortunately

  122. 86w183 July 2nd, 2009 at 8:31 am

    Last night was one of the pratfalls of trying to match up out of the bullpen. You waste Aceves for one batter, then you waste Highes getting him up and no using him. I think it would be better to let Coke face the # 9 hitter, keep Aceves in reserve and rest Hughes, but what do I know.

    It worked, but you can make an argument that Rivera, Coke and Hughes should be off limits tonight.

  123. RER - 98 July 2nd, 2009 at 8:32 am

    There’s no real urgency to rush Jesus Montero to the big leagues. By current projection, he should spend all of 2010 in AAA ball with a possible callup in September.
    By 2011, Jorge should be phased out of catching no more than 50 games with Montero catching the rest and he still won’t be 21 years of age. Incredible.
    Tony Pena still has the spring trainings of 2010 and 2011 to polish off his catching skills.
    Until then, Frankie Cervelli can show his worth as a capable backup and also upgrade his hitting skills.

  124. Wait till they come to OUR house AGAIN July 2nd, 2009 at 8:33 am

    86w183-Why Hughsie? He didn’t pitch.

    What I wantto know is how Joe would have looked if it had gone extra iinnings and he had wasted 2 of his 3 best pitchers.

  125. Wait till they come to OUR house AGAIN July 2nd, 2009 at 8:34 am

    RER – 98: I agree totally, although he could be a guy we use as DH when Matsui goes. Still, I doubt that the Yanks will use a rookie DH.

  126. SJ44 July 2nd, 2009 at 8:35 am

    Its not pure insanity at all. His age has been varified through the number of international events Cuba has played in the past several years.

    He’s the best international arm in the world that doesn’t have a pro contract.

    This isn’t Kei Igawa.

    If he was eligible for the draft this year, he goes 1 or 2 and no lower. That’s how good he is.

    He will get a major league contract, just like Strasburg will, because he’s that good.

    People just have to let Brackman pitch this year. Good and bad, ups and down.

    Take a look at Randy Johnson’s number his first year + in the minors. They aren’t pretty, and he wasn’t coming off TJ Surgery.

    The biggest thing for him is to get through the season healthy and get his innings in.

    If that happens, with another off-season of training (he’s a workout freak), I suspect you will see better results next year.

    He is a talented kid coming off a serious injury. Gotta give him time.

  127. Wait till they come to OUR house AGAIN July 2nd, 2009 at 8:38 am

    Dice-K was not that good, just extraordinarily lucky.

  128. Wait till they come to OUR house AGAIN July 2nd, 2009 at 8:39 am

    Brackman projects to be an Ace type of pitcher?

  129. SJ44 July 2nd, 2009 at 8:40 am

    Coke hasn’t thrown 25 pitches the last two days. He’s fine. Aceves is fine for today, as is Hughes.

    That’s what you do in a bullpen. You matchup and sometimes, guys don’t get in the game, despite warming up.

    You have lefties stacked at the top of the Seattle order. That’s prime meat for Coke.

    The only guy I’d have off limits today is Mo. Other than that, everybody else is fresh and good to go.

  130. Bronx Jeers July 2nd, 2009 at 8:44 am

    Here’s a nice picture of Chapman.

    http://cache.daylife.com/image.....X/610x.jpg

  131. Wait till they come to OUR house AGAIN July 2nd, 2009 at 8:46 am

    My guess is if needed, Hughes close out the game.

    Kay made the stupidest comment yesterday when he said these wins were more “valid” or something than the nine game win streak.

    Right. Wins against the fourth place, third place, and 50%-of-their-roster-is-injured team are far more valid than wins against first and second place teams (yes the O’s too but we didn’t come from behind against them).

    Riiiight.

  132. Wait till they come to OUR house AGAIN July 2nd, 2009 at 8:46 am

    Are Chapman’s teeth white or what?

  133. 86w183 July 2nd, 2009 at 8:54 am

    SJ —

    Are you saying you would guarantee more than $ 46 Million to Chapman?

    I don’t like using guys three days in a row unless necessary and I don’t like heating up Hughes three days in a row.

    They have to be careful of overusing Coke because he’s the lone lefty. They have to be even more careful about Hughes who has never pitched two days in a row. Heating a guy up is just like pitching him… something Mr. Torre failed to grasp as he was ending careers left and right in the bullpen

    Heading out so I can’t respond to responses for a few hours.

  134. Vader July 2nd, 2009 at 8:55 am

    So…if everything is true about Chapman, the bidding war won’t start until the off-season?

    If the bullpen keeps on keeping-on, it will become a major strength and I wonder if some talking heads will start giving it respect and hopefully, I will never have to hear the names Hunter Jones and Michael Bowden again.

    For someone who says that he is one of the foremost experts on NY sports, how he can hang on two names that are not even in the majors is beyond me?

  135. Bronx Jeers July 2nd, 2009 at 8:57 am

    OK last pic of Chapman.

    BTW his full name is Aroldis Chapman de la Cruz. In “American” his name would be Harry Chapman which rivals Bernie Williams as the most Anglo name for a Latino player.

    This pic really show his size. Check out the Vlad Guerrero like glutes. Power.

    http://cache.daylife.com/image.....i/610x.jpg

  136. Giuseppe Franco July 2nd, 2009 at 9:00 am

    Betsy July 2nd, 2009 at 8:23 am

    Wow, a good article by Madden:

    ———————-

    Bill Madden is the same guy who said Hughes was a bust last year and needed to be shipped away before his trade value dropped to nothing.

    He also said that signing Mark Teixeira was a “foolish” thing to do.

    So forgive me if I roll my eyes at whatever Madden says. He’s not much different than Francesa.

    They both essentially measure Yankee success by their record against the Red Sox and how many kids the farm develops.

  137. Andrew July 2nd, 2009 at 9:01 am

    I don’t care about the teams that the Yankees are beating, the key is to get good pitching (check), keep playing good baseball (Check) and continue to string wins together (another check). It’s a cliche but the wins all look the same at the end of the year and they all go towards getting into October.

  138. Bruney\'s Elbow July 2nd, 2009 at 9:01 am

    White Trash…

    http://www.sun-sentinel.com/ne.....5258.story

  139. SJ44 July 2nd, 2009 at 9:05 am

    86,

    Yes, I would offer him “Igawa Money”, and its going to take more than that, IMO, to sign him if the rumors are true that he has defected.

    He is that good.

    How do we know Hughes was fully heated up? Even if he was, that’s life in the bullpen. Sometimes, you aren’t used. Its all part of the process. These guys aren’t fine china. I sometimes think fans and media people over analyize these moves.

    One thing Girardi does well is spread the work in the pen. No one guy is really “Proctored” and he’s not going to “Proctor” Phil Hughes.

    Vader,

    Yes, the bidding war won’t heat up until the off-season.

    He has to go somewhere, like Costa Rica for example, that falls outside any draft eligible guidelines, making him a full free agent.

    We have to find out who he chooses as an agent.

    Most teams, including the Yankees, have extensive files on the better Cuban players. They know their friends, advisors, likes/dislikes, etc.

    Once MLB clears his point of origin as an area allowing him to be a FA (probably by late Fall, early winter), it will be open bidding for his services.

    Again, all of this is assuming he actually did defect. So far, I’m not seeing any legitimate news organization confirming his defection.

  140. Wait till they come to OUR house AGAIN July 2nd, 2009 at 9:06 am

    Wow, the sun sentinel article is not working on my computer.

    I hate it when that happens.

  141. GreenBeret7 July 2nd, 2009 at 9:08 am

    86w183
    July 2nd, 2009 at 8:22 am
    No way to be certain of age and it would be pure insanity to give him a Daisuke type contract. Of course it would be pure insanity to give him an Igawa type deal too

    For what it’s worth, Brackman’s catcher was ejected during the fourth inning when he issued six walks. Shame they pulled a guy in the fourth inning of a no hitter.. that has to be a first!

    ————————————————————

    Abeita getting thrown out of the game and Brackman’s control issues had nothing to do with each other. Abeita hit a long fly down the line that cleared the fence and was called foul and Abeita thought it was a home run. He got tossed for arguing and bumping the umpire. That was in the bottom of the fiurth inning. Brackman walked 4 in the top of the fourth and was pulled.

  142. vinny-b July 2nd, 2009 at 9:12 am

    “We have to find out who he chooses as an agent”

    I nominate you : )

  143. SJ44 July 2nd, 2009 at 9:15 am

    Vinny,

    I’d come out of retirement to represent Chapman and Gourreal. That’s 100 million bucks in major league ready talent from Cuba. A 21 year old lefty who throws 98 with a sick changeup and a 24 year old kid who can play anywhere on the field and hit like crazy.

    That’s a daily double worth doing! lol

    Too bad Gourreal, for reasons known only to him, is such a true believer in the Castro regime and has rejected every person who has come forward (and there have been many) and offered to assist him with any defection plan.

  144. Aura July 2nd, 2009 at 9:17 am

    I haven’t been to the new stadium yet and should be going to the game on Friday. We always used to meet at The Bat. Has anything taken its place at the new stadium? I’ve seen a lot of people here referring to the “O’Neill banner” but is that already inside the stadium? What’s the new place outside the stadium to meet a friend?

  145. vito b July 2nd, 2009 at 9:20 am

    Re: Hughes warming up.

    I actually think Hughes was going to close the game out, Mo had been used a little bit the last week and I think Joe was going to give him the day off, but Mo wanted to close it out imo so he sat hughes down.

  146. GreenBeret7 July 2nd, 2009 at 9:21 am

    Unless you’re planning on having a fight with your friend, don’t meet under the O’Neill Banner.

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    Montero is a machine.

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