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Game 99: Yankees at Rays (updated with Girardi audio)

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YANKEES (60-38)
Jeter SS
Damon LF
Teixeira 1B
Rodriguez 3B
Matsui DH
Posada C
Cano 2B
Swisher RF
Cabrera CF

Pitching: RHP A.J. Burnett (9-4, 3.74).

RAYS (54-45)
Upton CF
Crawford LF
Longoria 3B
Zobrist 2B
Pena 1B
Burrell DH
Gross RF
Hernandez C
Bartlett SS

Pitching: RHP James Shields (6-6, 3.70).

TIME/TV: 7:10, YES.

STATE OF THE ‘STRIPES: The Yankees were 9-1 on their homestand and tonight start a nine-game road trip to Tampa, Chicago and Toronto. They lead Boston by 2.5 games and Tampa by 6.5. The Yankees have won 22 of their last 28 and 45 of 66.

ROAD WARRIORS: The Yankees are 25-21 on the road. Only the Angels (28-20) are better in the AL.

LOOK OUT, JOE: The Dodgers (62-36) will have the best record in baseball but the Yankees are only two games behind them now.

RAYS REPORT: The Yankees are 4-4 against the Rays this season.

SERIES STREAK: The Yankees have won eight of their last nine series. They have won 22 series this season, two fewer than all of last season.

SWEET 16s: Here is the latest on the Sandman and the Franchise:

Mariano Rivera’s last 16 games: 16 innings, 4 hits, 0 runs, 1 walk, 15 strikeouts.

Phil Hughes’ last 16 games: 21 innings, 11 hits, 0 runs, 4 walks, 25 strikeouts.

BURNETT BLASTS OFF: A.J. Burnett has a 1.93 ERAin his last seven games. Opponents have hit .208 against him.

THEY’RE HOT: Derek Jeter is 6 of 13 with six RBI … Mark Teixeira is 6 of 16 with five RBI and four extra-base hits … Jorge Posada is 7 of 17 with five runs scored, five RBI and four extra-base hits. … Melky Cabrera is 5 of 8 with thee runs scored and four walks … Cody Ransom is 3 of 7 with three doubles and three runs scored.

HAVE YOU SEEN THIS MAN: Mark Melancon has not pitched since July 10.

WELL-RESTED: Alex Rodriguez had yesterday off. He is 1 of his last 12 with six strikeouts.

HAPPY BIRTHDAY: A-Rod turns 34 today. The beat writers are all chipping in and taking him out for dinner tonight after the game. What a time that will be. We’re thinking of either Macaroni Grill or Applebees. He can get whatever he wants.

Back with more later.

UPDATE, 4:24 p.m.: Second-round draft pick J.R. Murphy is in the clubhouse and will work out with the team.

UPDATE, 5:08 p.m.: The first place Yankees will be secondary news tomorrow with the bizarre happenings in Queens. Omar Minaya accused the News beat writer of bringing down Tony Bernazard because he wanted his job. Today seems like beginning of the end for Minaya.

UPDATE, 5:45 p.m.: Joe Girardi just said they wanted to keep the extra pitcher because the bullpen is a little short (Hughes is down today, for instance). Melancon is not really available in a tight spot, either. Not fair to just toss him in there at this point.

They will need a CF at some point, or at least another OF. There is little chance Johnny Damon can play every day, especially not with five of the next nine games on turf. They don’t seem to want Eric Hinske lumbering around in left field. They seem only to trust him in right field at this point.

UPDATE, 5:58 p.m.: Here is the Girardi audio. He was in the dugout, so the quality is not terrific. Best I could do:

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UPDATE, 6:38 p.m.: You have to watch of these videos over on SNY.TV of the Mets fiasco today.

Watch Omar Minaya’s bizarre attack on Adam Rubin here along with Rubin’s response.

One of the first things you learn at journalism school is not to become the story. This has to be a bad spot for Rubin. But Minaya is teetering on the brink of full-scale nuttiness. It’s unfathomable how the Wilpons could let him run their team at this point.

I covered the Mets before I was promoted to the Yankees. They are are wildly dysfunctional organization but what happened today was an all-timer. It’s too bad because Mets fans are largely good folks who care deeply about their team. They deserve better.

UPDATE, 6:52 p.m.: There is a report on AOL Fanhouse that the Yankees are interested in Bronson (or as A-Rod calls him, Brandon) Arroyo. Considering he has roughly $16 million left on his deal, the Reds would have to include a boatload of money. Can’t see them taking on that much money for a No. 5 starter.

Arroyo is still scheduled to start tomorrow for the Reds. This rumor seems like just that, a rumor.

UPDATE, 7:08 p.m.: We’re underway in Tampa. A nice 72 degrees inside The Trop. Good pitching matchup, should be a fun game to watch.

UPDATE, 7:11 p.m.: After a little more checking, the Arroyo thing is not true.

UPDATE, 7:30 p.m.: How about Hideki? He scores from first on a double by Posada. Matsui looked like he had just finished a marathon when he scored. But it’s 1-0.

UPDATE, 7:32 p.m.: Robbie again with the RISP? So Matsui scores from first and Cano triples with a runner on second? This is real wrath of God type stuff. Fire and brimstone coming down from the skies. Rivers and seas boiling. Forty years of darkness. Earthquakes, volcanoes. The dead rising from the grave. Human sacrifice, dogs and cats living together. Mass hysteria.

Yanks 3-0.

UPDATE, 7:47 p.m.: Breaking news: Brian Cashman is talking trade with Adam Rubin of the Mets. Johan Santana for Alan Horn, Kei Igawa, Cody Ransom and a PTBNL.

Meanwhile, A.J. Burnett is having a classic A.J. Burnett game: No hits, four strikeouts, two walks, wild pickoff throw, 159 pitches in two innings. OK, only 37. But still.

UPDATE, 7:56 p.m.: The Reds just shot down the Arroyo rumor, too. Mike Francesa said to be furious.

UPDATE, 8:16 p.m.: OK, so Cano now has a hit with a runner in scoring position and has drawn a walk. Has that ever happened in the same game before?

UPDATE, 8:41 p.m.: A-Rod got rung up on a low pitch by Brian Knight. He barked at him a few seconds but was not tossed. Joe Girardi came in for the rescue.

A-Rod is 1 for 14 with seven strikeouts in the last four games.

UPDATE, 8:55 p.m.: A.J. Burnett is throwing an absolute gem through five innings: 1 hit, 0 runs, 2 walks, 4 Ks. He has retired eight straight. 3-0 Yankees.

UPDATE, 8:58 p.m.: And it’s an R-Bomb for Robbie. The Canoabino! Yankees lead 4-0.

UPDATE, 8:59 p.m.: Wow, Swish just hit one to right field that nearly reached the back row. 5-0 Yankees. Ninth time the Yanks have gone back-to-back this season.

UPDATE, 9:34 p.m.: Burrell can’t run but, wow, A-Rod has a cannon.

UPDATE, 9:39 p.m.: Counting tonight, Burnett has a 1.68 ERA in his last seven starts.

UPDATE, 9:48 p.m.: The Birthday Boy lines a two-run double off the wall in left. Yankees 7-1 and this game is well in hand. Kate Hudson in the crowd cheering like crazy. Tampa TV keeps showing her. Not because she is a celebrity, because she’s the youngest person ever to attend a Rays game.

UPDATE, 10:04 p.m.: Albaladejo gets ripped, forcing Mariano to get up. It’s poor innings like this that lead to Mo being used needlessly and cause problems in games later in the week.

Melancon needs to pitch at some point, no? A 7-1 lead wasn’t enough?

UPDATE, 10:06 p.m.: Big K by Dave Robertson there. Telling you, he’s going to be very, very good down the road.

UPDATE, 10:17 p.m.: Career home run 200 for Johnny. Yankees open it up, 11-3. Back later with reaction from the clubhouse.

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1,625 Responses to “Game 99: Yankees at Rays (updated with Girardi audio)”

  1. Erica - always OPPC July 27th, 2009 at 3:31 pm

    Last Call for “Guess the Line Up”

    Here’s who I have so far:
    Andrew, Bill, BBFan, Patrick the Prospect Hugger, Henner (same)
    Dan
    IDCWYT
    Hokiehill
    Miggs, Andrew33, Largo (same)
    NYY626, CT23, Laura (same)
    Jim
    No Hype

  2. Christopher July 27th, 2009 at 3:32 pm

    Take Alex to GNC instead.

  3. Rebecca--Optimist Prime--Montero Fanaticus Primus July 27th, 2009 at 3:32 pm

    Happy Birthday A-Rod.

    Now go hit a grand slam ;)

  4. Erica - always OPPC July 27th, 2009 at 3:32 pm

    A-Rod strikes me more of a TGI friday’s type of guy!

  5. S.A.--Relax, Relate, Release July 27th, 2009 at 3:33 pm

    Take Alex to the Olive Garden

  6. BDave 2.0 July 27th, 2009 at 3:33 pm

    go with the Mac Grill Alex…

  7. Uncle Ellsworth July 27th, 2009 at 3:33 pm

    ARod = Hooters

  8. Melissa C July 27th, 2009 at 3:33 pm

    Happy Birthday A-Rod!

    Lets go Yanks!

  9. Rebecca--Optimist Prime--Montero Fanaticus Primus July 27th, 2009 at 3:34 pm

    Erica:

    Jeter SS
    Damon LF
    Teixeira 1B
    Rodriguez SS
    Posada C
    Matsui DH
    Canò 2B
    Swisher RF
    Cabrera CF

  10. CountryClub July 27th, 2009 at 3:34 pm

    Pete, I hope you’re actually taking him to the Capital Grille. or you can hit the steakhouse in the Hard Rock. That might be too far a trip for you though.

  11. NYY626 July 27th, 2009 at 3:34 pm

    Wow Pete, atleast step in up a notch and take Alex to the Outback or something :grin:

  12. Hokiehill July 27th, 2009 at 3:34 pm

    Pete, be sure to have him bring Madonna along so you can get the senior citizen discount…

  13. Erica - always OPPC July 27th, 2009 at 3:35 pm

    got it Rebecca!

  14. Eights July 27th, 2009 at 3:35 pm

    Jeter SS
    Damon LF
    Tex 1B
    A-Rod 3B
    Matsui DH
    Posada C
    Cano 2B
    Swisher RF
    Cabrera CF

    Yep, sounds about right.

  15. Rick July 27th, 2009 at 3:36 pm

    The Yankees lead MLB in home and road attendance ….

    http://espn.go.com/mlb/attendance

  16. Russell NY July 27th, 2009 at 3:37 pm

    “Jeff Fletcher of AOL FanHouse hears that the Reds are close to making a deal after top team officials spoke on a conference call this morning. The Reds, fifth in the NL Central, are sellers and have pitchers like Bronson Arroyo, Aaron Harang and Francisco Cordero who could all appeal to teams seeking pitching.”

    Harang please?

  17. A Mere 10 July 27th, 2009 at 3:37 pm

    I don’t think the yankees should pursue very good relievers, like heath bell, because it can seriously come back to bite them in the a**. First, he will cost a lot. And I feel like he will fall apart in New york. This guy was a Met and he had over 5 era. Somehow, we have bad luck with acquiring relievers, and I don’t think it’s a good idea to mess with the bullpen. We should just pursue a 5th starter, like ducherer, and maybe an outfielder. What’s your opinion?

  18. Zoso July 27th, 2009 at 3:38 pm

    Take Alex to Chotchkie’s. The servers there have real flair.

  19. Ruthie J July 27th, 2009 at 3:38 pm

    is kate invited too?? how bout the kiddes? damn right applebees, or maybe chillis 5$ corses.please the fam and your accountant… really though, i dont really like a-rod, but its his birthday so I’ll try my hardest not to let my heart boo him when he goes up to bat tonight….

  20. Andy In Sunny Daytona July 27th, 2009 at 3:40 pm

    Take Alex to Mons Venus. I hear they have an excellent buffet.

  21. Hokiehill July 27th, 2009 at 3:40 pm

    “i dont really like a-rod, but its his birthday so I’ll try my hardest not to let my heart boo him when he goes up to bat tonight…”

    So YOU’RE the one I keep hearing on TV and shaking my head at!

  22. Zoso July 27th, 2009 at 3:42 pm

    Does Chris Carlin have a jawline? He looks like a character from Thumb Wars.

  23. Bill July 27th, 2009 at 3:43 pm

    Hey, I was right.

    That’s a pretty cool gesture with dinner, Pete. Do you guys do that with any other players?

  24. rconn23 July 27th, 2009 at 3:44 pm

    Two words Pete: Awesome Blossom.

  25. Andrew July 27th, 2009 at 3:44 pm

    Sweet, nailed that lineup prediction.

  26. Gennaro July 27th, 2009 at 3:44 pm

    Pete, take Alex to the Wing House!

  27. GreenBeret7 July 27th, 2009 at 3:44 pm

    It appears that the Yanks are stretching Kroenke out at Scranton. He had a 4 inning start today. Is he getting ready for a trade or a September callup? Kontos is going nowhere. He’s scheduled for elbow surgery or already had it). Also, they have been stretching out Trenton relief pitcher, Kanekoa Texeira with 6 straight starts.

  28. matt July 27th, 2009 at 3:44 pm

    Jeter SS
    Damon LF
    Teixera DH
    Rodriguez 3B
    Posada C
    Cano 2b
    Swisher 1B
    Hinske RF
    Carbera CF

  29. Laura - Let's stop the TB running game! July 27th, 2009 at 3:44 pm

    “The Yankees lead MLB in home and road attendance ….”

    Like I said, the fans don’t care that RF is not what it needs to be.

  30. Erica - always OPPC July 27th, 2009 at 3:45 pm

    Congratulations go out to the following record number of people who correctly guessed today’s line up:

    Andrew 2:24
    Bill 2:45
    BBFan 2:49
    Patrick the Prospect Hugger 2:58
    Henner 3:22
    Eights 3:35

    Congratulations to all of today’s winners!!!! Please tune in tomorrow at 2pm for another thrilling round of “Guess the Line Up”

  31. Laura - Let's stop the TB running game! July 27th, 2009 at 3:45 pm

    I had Matsui and Posada in the wrong order. Other than that, I was dead on. :)

  32. Yankee Trader July 27th, 2009 at 3:45 pm

    Erica:

    Jeter SS
    Damon LF
    Teixeira 1B
    A-Rod 3B
    E Hinske RF
    Posada C
    Cano 2B
    Swisher DH
    Cabrera CF

    Yankees WIN! with Hinske going yard!

  33. Bryan July 27th, 2009 at 3:45 pm

    I think Pete was joking about dinner

  34. Rebecca--Optimist Prime--Montero Fanaticus Primus July 27th, 2009 at 3:46 pm

    GB: It does look like they’re stretching Texeira out

  35. Irish Johnny July 27th, 2009 at 3:46 pm

    What about In-N-Out Burger?

  36. Chris in CT July 27th, 2009 at 3:46 pm

    his name is Chris Carlin? I thought it was Nick Johnson….

  37. Erica - always OPPC July 27th, 2009 at 3:47 pm

    Laura-

    3 other people had that same mistake you did. Flipping Posada and Matsui is one of the most common quirks I watch for in these line up sumbissions

  38. Bronx Jeers July 27th, 2009 at 3:47 pm

    Re-post

    I thought it was supposed to be the “Phranchise”

    “Or as Shelley Duncan would have called it, the greatest day ever.”

    If only Shelley was there…..

    TB might have gotten his clock cleaned.

    Seriously I’m surprised the Mets fired him. Thought they would have promoted him.

    That’s how they seem to roll.

    With Joba nearing his limit, I’m not loving Ace and Mitre getting all those starts. Neither has pitched a big game in their careers.

    Veras and Ramirez tanking and Marte’s injury really screwed with the Hughes original plan and now they’re sort of walking the thin line with this rotation. It’s very good but 1 case of tendinitis away from being in trouble.

    Snell is intriguing.

  39. DT - OPPC member (blood type - Positive) July 27th, 2009 at 3:47 pm

    “HAPPY BIRTHDAY: A-Rod turns 34 today. The beat writers are all chipping in and taking him out for dinner tonight after the game. What a time that will be. We’re thinking of either Macaroni Grill or Applebees”

    Kate H. gives her approval, as long as it isn’t Mons Venus for dessert.

  40. L to the 2nd July 27th, 2009 at 3:47 pm

    MLB.com already speculating about 2010 HOF

    Leading candidates are Blyleven & Dawson, with R. Alomar as a first-timer.

    What are the odds NO ONE makes it next year??

  41. Zoso July 27th, 2009 at 3:47 pm

    Now Tony Bernazard can go back to driving buses. Just make sure you stay behind the yellow line, or he WILL kick your ass.

  42. Erica - always OPPC July 27th, 2009 at 3:48 pm

    Matt & Yankee Trader

    Thank you for your entries, but however please try to submit them by 3:40. Guessing the line up loses some of it’s suspense after Pete has actually posted the line up

    Please play tomorrow though. The game starts at 2!

  43. bronxbeliever July 27th, 2009 at 3:48 pm

    Sports writers at Macaroni Grill??? The restaurant won’t allow it since they serve wine there on the HONOR system.

  44. Wild July 27th, 2009 at 3:48 pm

    i hope ARod scores tonight

  45. henner July 27th, 2009 at 3:48 pm

    what do i win? what do i win??

  46. Bill July 27th, 2009 at 3:48 pm

    Oh, right. Why didn’t I think of that?

  47. Hokiehill July 27th, 2009 at 3:49 pm

    Yeah, if you take the players I had wrong and move them around and put different players back in the lineup, then I was dead on too!

    Since the Yankees have to pay so much in luxury tax and revenue sharing to other clubs, those same teams should have to take the average attendance figures when the Yankees are in town, subtract the average attendance when they’re not in town, and pay back the difference to the Yankees…

  48. Zoso July 27th, 2009 at 3:49 pm

    Alex is notoriously cheap. I say take him to Waffle House.

  49. NYY626 July 27th, 2009 at 3:49 pm

    Bryan
    July 27th, 2009 at 3:45 pm
    I think Pete was joking about dinner
    ____________________________________________________________
    I think most of us realize this Bryan :)

  50. Zoso July 27th, 2009 at 3:50 pm

    “i hope ARod scores tonight”

    Kate Hudson is winking and giving a big thumbs up!

  51. matt July 27th, 2009 at 3:50 pm

    Sorry, I didnt see that it was posted already posted.

  52. Chris in CT July 27th, 2009 at 3:50 pm

    if Angel Berroa was still on the team, would he have gone with you and still qualified for the Senior Discount or the Early Bird Special?

  53. Rebecca--Optimist Prime--Montero Fanaticus Primus July 27th, 2009 at 3:50 pm

    You can see that Omar’s trying to be way too PC.

  54. Anthony Murillo July 27th, 2009 at 3:51 pm

    Goodness Minaya is a terrible public speaker.

  55. Hensley Muellens Blast Pal July 27th, 2009 at 3:51 pm

    SS Jeter
    LF Damon
    1B Tex
    3b Arod
    DH Matsui
    2B Cano
    C Posada
    RF Hinske
    CF Melky

  56. L to the 2nd July 27th, 2009 at 3:51 pm

    Omar…you’re next buddy.

  57. GreenBeret7 July 27th, 2009 at 3:52 pm

    Yeah, Rebecca, It noticed that about a month ago that they had Texeira starting and now has 6 starts. I doubt that it’s for this year because of the innings, but, he’s really been effective in this role. I haven’t seen him, but, numbers wise, he looks promising.

  58. henner July 27th, 2009 at 3:52 pm

    pete: when it was ortiz’s birthday the sox were in tampa too. gammons arranged for multiple limos to take the man of honor and his teammates to joes stone crabs where they dined on surf and turf, creamed spinach and potatoes and drank bottles upon bottles of wine — all on the gammons dime. care to upstage?

  59. Zoso July 27th, 2009 at 3:53 pm

    Tony Bernazard, Building Super, E. Orange N.J.

  60. Doreen July 27th, 2009 at 3:53 pm

    Omar is really tripping over his words. Very “interesting” statement by him.

  61. Erica - always OPPC July 27th, 2009 at 3:53 pm

    Henner-

    Bragging rights that you know the inner mind of Joe Girardi. And my heartfelt congratulations :-)

    (Ummm- the rest of you can please stop guessing line ups now. The mystery is gone. And somehow you are all still wrong)

  62. L to the 2nd July 27th, 2009 at 3:54 pm

    Was that for Poopi’s 38th birthday?

  63. Hokiehill July 27th, 2009 at 3:54 pm

    Ooooh that Snell
    Can’t you Snell that Snell
    Ooooh that Snell
    The Snell of death surrounds you !!

  64. Dan July 27th, 2009 at 3:54 pm

    Pete, I’m actually throwing in a frozen pizza after the game.

    You two can join me. We can have it on the mound.

    Plus it’s gourmet.

  65. Yankee Trader July 27th, 2009 at 3:54 pm

    GB7-
    Texeira and Swisher for Jeff Marquez, Jhonny Nunez and Betemit. Not a bad deal. Is Betemit out of baseball? How are Nunez and Marquez doing?

    Erica-Sorry for the late entry, just came online! Wanted Hinske to play in RF tonight.

  66. Bronx Jeers July 27th, 2009 at 3:54 pm

    Never heard of Macaroni Grill. Sounds bizarre,

    Last weekend was in Pittsburgh and ate at a Golden Corral ?

    Not to be hatin on the country folk but it was a frightening scene.

  67. Erica - always OPPC July 27th, 2009 at 3:54 pm

    Matt-

    Its cool. You were only about a minute too late. Pete probably posted it as you were typing. Please join in tomorrow!

  68. DT - OPPC member (blood type - Positive) July 27th, 2009 at 3:54 pm

    Omar trying to bring HR into this… poor Harold Reynolds takes the fall again.

  69. rconn23 July 27th, 2009 at 3:55 pm

    Rosenthal says the A’s would likely consider a “modest prospect” for Duchscherer.

    Should be tempting for the Yankees if true. He’s a versatile arm if healthy. His first rehab start went well, and he should be ready within two weeks.

    In Billy Beane speak though “modest prospect” could mean Montero:)

  70. CB July 27th, 2009 at 3:55 pm

    I can’t ever remember a baseball GM start off a press conference by talking about the human resources department providing the basis for a personnel decision.

    Omar is lost, as is that franchise.

  71. BLACKACCORD July 27th, 2009 at 3:55 pm

    Take A-rod to a chinese buffet.. he probably deserves the 5.99 buffet…

  72. Jake July 27th, 2009 at 3:55 pm

    Terrible lineup

    Why is Swisher in there? He is hitting .200 since May!! Why is Hinske on the roster if he never plays?

    And Ransom had 2 doubles yesterday, why not ride the hot hand and give him another shot to start?

    And Posada? against this lineup? they are going to steal 4-5 bases on him. This is the perfect opportunity to give Molina a couple of starts.

  73. MBD July 27th, 2009 at 3:55 pm

    I was born on the exact same day as A-Rod in 1975…today.

    I’ve been charting our progress comparitively….How’s that for a measuring stick?

  74. Erica - always OPPC July 27th, 2009 at 3:56 pm

    Yankee Trader-

    Thats okay. Come online sooner tomorrow!!!

    Hinske is due for a start, so hold on to that guess for tomorrow

  75. Erica - always OPPC July 27th, 2009 at 3:56 pm

    MBD
    July 27th, 2009 at 3:55 pm
    I was born on the exact same day as A-Rod in 1975…today.

    I’ve been charting our progress comparitively….How’s that for a measuring stick?

    ****

    Hahaha. I was born the exact same day as Jake Gyllenhall in 1980. I am SO much better and more accomplished!

  76. Hokiehill July 27th, 2009 at 3:57 pm

    “Terrible lineup

    Why is Swisher in there? He is hitting .200 since May!! Why is Hinske on the roster if he never plays?

    And Ransom had 2 doubles yesterday, why not ride the hot hand and give him another shot to start?

    And Posada? against this lineup? they are going to steal 4-5 bases on him. This is the perfect opportunity to give Molina a couple of starts.”

    People complain before every game…yet we’re 9-1 since the break…people making these decisions are doing a good job so far, wouldn’t you say?

  77. Rebecca--Optimist Prime--Montero Fanaticus Primus July 27th, 2009 at 3:57 pm

    GB: It’d be something if he turned into something.

    That might yet be one of the best trades the Yankees have made in a long time.

  78. john_halfz July 27th, 2009 at 3:57 pm

    Kroenke’s walks are still a bit high, no?

  79. BLACKACCORD July 27th, 2009 at 3:57 pm

    MBD ,

    be happy that you dont get booed by 50k people at work every day.. :)

  80. Dan July 27th, 2009 at 3:57 pm

    MBD Happy Birthday.

    Someone should take you to Don Shula’s steakhouse.

  81. Bronx Jeers July 27th, 2009 at 3:58 pm

    “i hope ARod scores tonight”

    Kate Hudson is winking and giving a big thumbs up!

    ————————————————————–

    K-Hud seems to me to be a “carpenter’s dream” if anybody remembers what that means.

  82. Carlos July 27th, 2009 at 3:58 pm

    Happy Birthday A-Rod

    Let’s Go Yankees!!!

  83. Laura - Let's stop the TB running game! July 27th, 2009 at 3:58 pm

    Listening to Omar, you come to understand why the Mets are in the sorry state that they are in. The guy lives on some other planet. Totally out of touch.

  84. Zoso July 27th, 2009 at 3:59 pm

    In other words, if the Daily News hadn’t said, “Enough of the bulls***!” Bernazard would still be bullying poor young Mulvas around. Way to be pre-emptive, Mets.

  85. Laura - Let's stop the TB running game! July 27th, 2009 at 3:59 pm

    “K-Hud seems to me to be a “carpenter’s dream” if anybody remembers what that means.”

    Bronx, you may be aging yourself because I’m old and even I don’t know what that means. :P

  86. Y 27 July 27th, 2009 at 3:59 pm

    LOL Omar calls out Adam Rubin right in front of him

  87. MBD July 27th, 2009 at 3:59 pm

    Black Accord & Dan –

    Thanks…I would trade the boos for the astonishing paycheck and the ability to hit a curveball….still can’t get that down.

    Shula’s in Key West….that would be nice.

  88. GreenBeret7 July 27th, 2009 at 3:59 pm

    Yankee Trader
    July 27th, 2009 at 3:54 pm
    GB7-
    Texeira and Swisher for Jeff Marquez, Jhonny Nunez and Betemit. Not a bad deal. Is Betemit out of baseball? How are Nunez and Marquez doing?

    Erica-Sorry for the late entry, just came online! Wanted Hinske to play in RF tonight.

    ————————————————————

    Yeah, Trader, that’s a good trade if Swisher never improves. Texeira just might be the wild card. He’s just 23 years old and this is his first pro starts. Walks are a little high, but the rest of the numbers are a lot better than one would imagine.

    http://www.baseball-reference......xeir001kan

  89. Zoso July 27th, 2009 at 4:01 pm

    That look on Adam Rubin’s face is absolutely priceless. I am so DVR’ing this.

  90. S.A.--Relax, Relate, Release July 27th, 2009 at 4:01 pm

    If I’m a mets fan listening to Omar, I might be crying right now

  91. Laura - Let's stop the TB running game! July 27th, 2009 at 4:01 pm

    “You know, uh, you know, uh, you know, ah, uh, you know.”

    How much are they paying this guy? He can’t even speak.

  92. Erica - always OPPC July 27th, 2009 at 4:01 pm

    Hokiehill-

    Actually, its Jake that complains about the line up everyday in a very similar style/comment.

    I get worried if he doesn’t post his daily complaint by 4.

    Girardi could write a line up of 400 hitters and Jake would still find fault with it! I admire dedication like that

  93. Yankee Trader July 27th, 2009 at 4:01 pm

    MBD
    July 27th, 2009 at 3:55 pm
    I was born on the exact same day as A-Rod in 1975…today.

    I’ve been charting our progress comparitively….How’s that for a measuring stick?

    ****
    Erica

    Hahaha. I was born the exact same day as Jake Gyllenhall in 1980. I am SO much better and more accomplished!
    —————–

    MBD-You’ll have to ask Kate!

    I was born the exact same date and year as Moses!!

  94. Uncle Ellsworth July 27th, 2009 at 4:02 pm

    I was born on the same day and year as Tia Carrera.
    party on dude!

  95. teddy July 27th, 2009 at 4:02 pm

    omar taking shot at a reporter what a loser

    taking all the credit for adam work

  96. Laura - Let's stop the TB running game! July 27th, 2009 at 4:02 pm

    “If I’m a mets fan listening to Omar, I might be crying right now”

    I don’t think they need to hear this to be near tears. The Mets season should be sufficient to do that. LOL!

  97. Nat July 27th, 2009 at 4:02 pm

    lol Adam Rubin. Oh man this is great.

  98. DT - OPPC member (blood type - Positive) July 27th, 2009 at 4:03 pm

    Tony Bernazard vs. the entire AA team under the Tony Kornheiser banner at the Binghamton Mets NYSEG stadium.

    No women and children. No weapons. Shirts optional.

  99. t-rock July 27th, 2009 at 4:03 pm

    That was kind of messed up for him to single out Rubin like that.

  100. CountryClub July 27th, 2009 at 4:03 pm

    The Golden Corral is a buffet chain in Pennsylvania. It’s almost like a truck stop. The breakfasts arent bad…but I dont venture there for lunch or dinner.

  101. GreenBeret7 July 27th, 2009 at 4:04 pm

    Rebecca–Optimist Prime–Montero Fanaticus Primus
    July 27th, 2009 at 3:57 pm
    GB: It’d be something if he turned into something.

    That might yet be one of the best trades the Yankees have made in a long time.

    ————————————————————

    I’m not expecting a lot, but, yeas it would be. It will be curious to see if they let him finish the season in Scranton, though.

  102. vinny-b (keep Montero) July 27th, 2009 at 4:05 pm

    “George Kontos recently had TJ Surgery and is out for a year. He has no trade value”

    of all the injuries to players on the farm, this one bothered me the most. Kontos may well had been ready to make his mark in the bullpen for NYY (circa Joba 2007).

    a shame

  103. Laura - Let's stop the TB running game! July 27th, 2009 at 4:05 pm

    Nobody likes to be fired? Omar, there’s this thing known as proper English. Look it up. :P

  104. Doreen July 27th, 2009 at 4:05 pm

    It’s painful to listen to this press conference. Why does he keep stressing HR?? What is the significance of that?

    It’s obvious he did not want to fire Bernazard.

  105. KWAN July 27th, 2009 at 4:06 pm

    Adam is ticked off

  106. Dan July 27th, 2009 at 4:06 pm

    So out of curiosity I’m looking up who was born the same date as me. I’m going through saying oh, yeah, cool, and then I get this

    2335 – William T Riker, Valdez Alaska, character on Star Trek Next Generation

  107. CB July 27th, 2009 at 4:06 pm

    Why would the mets even have a press conference around this firing? Why make it even a bigger deal than it was?

    Just fire him and move on. Why make it into a theater production, especially when you know how bad Omar is in a press conference.

    How could he involve Adam Rubin in the story? What is he thinking? What benefit is that to the mets to take on the press in that childish way?

    Now not only is the firing a story – the press conference itself is going to be a story.

    Omar has created a meta-story and that is now going to take on a life of its own that will outlast the bernazard firing itself.

    The mets should have had the head of their HR department run the press conference…

  108. Zoso July 27th, 2009 at 4:07 pm

    Wow, just wow. I didn’t think much of Omar Minaya to begin with, but this is just unreal. If I’m Adam Rubin, it would become my life’s mission to dig up every single piece of dirt on the POS and run it on the front page.

  109. James 3D July 27th, 2009 at 4:07 pm

    LOL Wow! Rubin is feisty!

  110. Mark July 27th, 2009 at 4:07 pm

    Omar just opened up Pandora’s box. Should never have used Rubin’s name, even if he is right.

  111. Rebecca--Optimist Prime--Montero Fanaticus Primus July 27th, 2009 at 4:07 pm

    CB:

    You forget one crucial thing:

    These are the Mets ;)

  112. tampayank July 27th, 2009 at 4:07 pm

    Penthouse Club sounds more like a place AROD may end up tonight if he wants a steak:)

  113. Yankee Trader July 27th, 2009 at 4:08 pm

    GB7-
    Thanks for the link. Marquez has been awful, Nunez has pitched well in AA, recently called up to AAA. Betemit-any clue if he’s playing anywhere?

  114. Uncle Ellsworth July 27th, 2009 at 4:08 pm

    Omar, Wow

  115. S.A.--Relax, Relate, Release July 27th, 2009 at 4:08 pm

    and some complain about Cashman. Look at the clown in Queens

  116. Dan July 27th, 2009 at 4:08 pm

    “Why would the mets even have a press conference around this firing? Why make it even a bigger deal than it was?

    Just fire him and move on.”

    NYC could make fired Jimmy the Bell Hop at the Park Plaza a press conference. I mean it is NYC

  117. RS July 27th, 2009 at 4:09 pm

    This press conference is making me cringe. I’m embarrassed for Mets fans at how messed up this organization is.

    At least it will cause some juicy gossip over the next few days.

  118. Drain003 July 27th, 2009 at 4:09 pm

    That was pretty low that Omar told the world that the journalist who wrote this story was lobbying for a job in the organization.

    Just looks bad. Even if Rubin did have an exe to grind.

  119. SJ44 July 27th, 2009 at 4:09 pm

    Next time the children on here whine about Cashman, play back the tape of this press conference.

    Which guy would you want to run your franchise, Omar or Cash?

    It is PAINFUL to listen to Omar. A man who has no business being in that job.

    Adam vs. Omar under the O’Neill banner going on right now! lol

  120. fridayjones July 27th, 2009 at 4:09 pm

    What other team in baseball bats 2 of its three outfielders at the very bottom of the lineup?

  121. Laura - Let's stop the TB running game! July 27th, 2009 at 4:09 pm

    The Mets are train wreck.

  122. Zoso July 27th, 2009 at 4:09 pm

    Omar: “HR…umm…ummm…interpersonal…ummm…HR…Adam Rubin!”

  123. Erica - always OPPC July 27th, 2009 at 4:10 pm

    Seriously, a press conference is highly ineffective for firings. 3 am text messages are so much more efficient.

  124. DT - OPPC member (blood type - Positive) July 27th, 2009 at 4:10 pm

    Omar is a buffoon. The Wilpon’s should schedule a press conference tomorrow to get rid of him.

    Pete – you regret still not following the Mets? ;-)

  125. Uncle Ellsworth July 27th, 2009 at 4:10 pm

    Vick reinstated.

  126. Doreen July 27th, 2009 at 4:10 pm

    CB -

    You’re right.

    This an amazingly poorly run press conference.

    He’s not even prepared. He should have had a written statement and said, no questions. Or deferred questions to the people who ran the investigation.

    And it sounds like he had a day to get ready for it, too.

  127. Johnny July 27th, 2009 at 4:10 pm

    It does look suspicious that the journalist who wrote this damming story about Bernzeard was lobbying for his job.

  128. Laura - Let's stop the TB running game! July 27th, 2009 at 4:10 pm

    Well, this gives the guys on the FAN something talk about for the next couple of days.

  129. CB July 27th, 2009 at 4:11 pm

    Bernazard was Omar’s guy. He stuck with him through gobs of nonsense.

    Bernazard getting fired was Omar’s first sign of real weakness.

    And now he’s taken an embarrassment and turned it into a flame war with a reporter.

    What a disaster. Only the mets could take and awful, embarrassing story and throw a can of gasoline on it as their method of spin control.

  130. Laura - Let's stop the TB running game! July 27th, 2009 at 4:12 pm

    “It does look suspicious that the journalist who wrote this damming story about Bernzeard was lobbying for his job.”

    Whether he wanted the job or not, it doesn’t change the fact that what Bernazard did was wrong and was a fireable offense.

  131. R+ July 27th, 2009 at 4:12 pm

    This right here is a tutorial of how NOT to handle a press conference.

  132. roger(live from amsterdam) July 27th, 2009 at 4:12 pm

    So Pete,you have to chip in to buy a meal for a millionaire..there’s something wrong with that picture

  133. Bill July 27th, 2009 at 4:12 pm

    Wow. Omar needs to take lessons from Cashman and stick to the “process”! He needs to learn how to talk for 20 minutes and say nothing! I can’t believe Omar dragged the reporter into this!

  134. RDM July 27th, 2009 at 4:12 pm

    I would get A Rod the book, “How to hit with runners in scoring position 101″,,,,he needs to step it up w/the Rays and Sox on the horizon

  135. RS July 27th, 2009 at 4:12 pm

    Let’s not ever complain about Cashman rambling on about nothing. Sometimes the best things are left unsaid.

  136. Laura - Let's stop the TB running game! July 27th, 2009 at 4:13 pm

    “Seriously, a press conference is highly ineffective for firings. 3 am text messages are so much more efficient.”

    Somewhere in MIL, Willie is laughing his butt off.

  137. Uncle Ellsworth July 27th, 2009 at 4:13 pm

    Kay “utter disgrace”

  138. RDM July 27th, 2009 at 4:13 pm

    Also hearing rumblings here where I live about a package that would send Martinez and Lee to Dodgers for the likes of Billingsley and a few others….

  139. Clint July 27th, 2009 at 4:13 pm

    I guess Adam Rubin isin’t getting the Player Development job anymore LOL!!!

  140. Laura - Let's stop the TB running game! July 27th, 2009 at 4:14 pm

    If Cash were doing this press conference, it would have been over an hour ago.

  141. CB July 27th, 2009 at 4:14 pm

    “Next time the children on here whine about Cashman, play back the tape of this press conference.”

    Throughout this press conference I’ve found myself with the lingering yearning to hear the word “process” repeated over and over.

    Anything would have been better.

    It’s always like this every time Omar does one of these press conferences.

    You are embarrassed just listening to him.

    This might be worse than the press conference he had last year to fire Willie. And that was horrific.

  142. Rebecca--Optimist Prime--Montero Fanaticus Primus July 27th, 2009 at 4:14 pm

    Wow.

    That Omar conference…unless Omar can produce some evidence that Rubin really was trying to lobby for a job, which is a really serious accusation, Omar’s kind of up a creek here…

  143. GreenBeret7 July 27th, 2009 at 4:14 pm

    Yankee Trader
    July 27th, 2009 at 4:08 pm
    GB7-
    Thanks for the link. Marquez has been awful, Nunez has pitched well in AA, recently called up to AAA. Betemit-any clue if he’s playing anywhere?

    ————————————————————

    I think that Betemit cleared waivers and is still in the Sox organization at AAA Charlotte.

  144. S.A.--Relax, Relate, Release July 27th, 2009 at 4:14 pm

    What can one even say after that?

  145. SJ44 July 27th, 2009 at 4:14 pm

    Another clueless post. He’s hit with RISP all year. Over half his HR’s have come late and have either tied or given the Yankees the lead.

    Try hard this week to post at least one thing that makes sense. We can start with one and build from there.

  146. Rob L. July 27th, 2009 at 4:15 pm

    They should take Arod to “5 Guys Burgers & Fries”. You can’t beat that place, they give you free peanuts and have the best fries ever.

  147. Dan July 27th, 2009 at 4:15 pm

    “Well, this gives the guys on the FAN something talk about for the next couple of days.”

    That might be the worst result coming out of this press conference.

  148. Uncle Ellsworth July 27th, 2009 at 4:16 pm

    How do Wright, Santana and K rod feel about their organization?

    What are joe and Evan saying?

  149. ITC 99 July 27th, 2009 at 4:16 pm

    Maybe we should offer Rubin a chance to be an assistant minor league guy in our organization, just to annoy the Mets.

  150. Erica - always OPPC July 27th, 2009 at 4:16 pm

    Laura – Let’s stop the TB running game!
    July 27th, 2009 at 4:14 pm
    If Cash were doing this press conference, it would have been over an hour ago.
    ****

    I think Cash would have gone the much cleaner “press release” route instead of a circus tent

  151. SJ44 July 27th, 2009 at 4:16 pm

    Ned Colletti, the Dodgers GM, said today the FOX Sports story on that reported trade is, “completely false”.

  152. Laura - Let's stop the TB running game! July 27th, 2009 at 4:16 pm

    “Another clueless post. He’s hit with RISP all year. Over half his HR’s have come late and have either tied or given the Yankees the lead.”

    SJ44, RDM is a troll. Please ignore him.

  153. zim July 27th, 2009 at 4:16 pm

    Take ARod to Hooters. What the heck he is single.

  154. RS July 27th, 2009 at 4:17 pm

    “What other team in baseball bats 2 of its three outfielders at the very bottom of the lineup?”

    Teams that don’t have the best infield in baseball?

  155. Bill July 27th, 2009 at 4:17 pm

    Can someone fill me in on what exactly is happening at this press conference?

  156. Tom in N.J. July 27th, 2009 at 4:17 pm

    What’s Omar saying?

  157. Tom in N.J. July 27th, 2009 at 4:18 pm

    “What other team in baseball bats 2 of its three outfielders at the very bottom of the lineup?”

    The team with the best record in the American League. :wink:

  158. Laura - Let's stop the TB running game! July 27th, 2009 at 4:18 pm

    “Can someone fill me in on what exactly is happening at this press conference?”

    A lot happened, but the bombshell was that Omar accused Adam Rubin of trying to get Bernazard fired so that he could get his job.

  159. BX 44 July 27th, 2009 at 4:18 pm

    Kay and Beiningo/Roberts are going crazy lol

  160. teddy July 27th, 2009 at 4:19 pm

    adam got omar buddy fired and omar now taking shots at adam rubin

  161. Dan July 27th, 2009 at 4:19 pm

    Take A-Rod to hooters?

    Apparently he doesn’t like them.

  162. CB July 27th, 2009 at 4:19 pm

    “It does look suspicious that the journalist who wrote this damming story about Bernzeard was lobbying for his job.”

    See here where the fire will start that will make this much worse for Omar and the Mets.

    Omar never said that Rubin directly wanted Bernazard’s job. He never said that.

    But Omar tried to imply that so that people will confuse the issues. Omar wanted the take away message people will walk away is that Rubin wanted Bernazard’s job without him saying it.

    He wanted to paint Rubin guilty without needing to take responsibility for the accusation.

    The press will not confuse this frontal assault on them.

    Omar tried to take a page out of Washington politics. He tried to convert a controversy and misdirect attention by making it a story about the press.

    This is classic spin the issue out of the world of politics.

    But Omar’s so clumsy and awful and has so little skill that he completely botched the spin job the mets paid their PR firm a ton of money to plan.

    What a disaster.

  163. Zoso July 27th, 2009 at 4:19 pm

    Omar Minaya going with the Chewbacca Defense.

    Brilliant!

  164. Mickey B July 27th, 2009 at 4:20 pm

    Omar just created the hugest firestorm since I don’t know when.

    He basically fired Bernazard and then threw Adam Rubin of the Daily News under the bus for getting the story right. Told everyone that when the “take off your shirt” story came out, he had to see if Rubin wrote it because Adam wanted a job with Minaya.

    Unreal…the talkies are going BANANAS right now.

  165. Erica - always OPPC July 27th, 2009 at 4:20 pm

    At what point are they going to ask Omar what he is doing to fix the Mets???

  166. Bronx Jeers July 27th, 2009 at 4:20 pm

    “Try hard this week to post at least one thing that makes sense. We can start with one and build from there.”

    That’s funny.

    My advice… start with something easy. Like the uniforms. You know….Yanks sometimes wear white with blue pinstripes.

  167. Rebecca--Optimist Prime--Montero Fanaticus Primus July 27th, 2009 at 4:20 pm

    BX44: What are they saying?

    I have the tv on SNY since they’re trying to get Rubin on.

  168. Erica - always OPPC July 27th, 2009 at 4:21 pm

    Do you realize if Pete was still covering the Mets, he could have been run over by the bus today???????

  169. rconn23 July 27th, 2009 at 4:21 pm

    Leave it to Rob Neyer to be level headed. This is worth a read folks.

    http://myespn.go.com/blogs/swe.....style.html

  170. RDM July 27th, 2009 at 4:21 pm

    “Another clueless post”…humm…just looked it up..>A Rod w/RISP is batting .262 and RISP w/2 outs he is batting .243…is that good for a clean up hitter SJ44??? I guess I am wrong…..

  171. 77513 July 27th, 2009 at 4:22 pm

    LOL @ The Mets they are a mess

  172. Laura - Let's stop the TB running game! July 27th, 2009 at 4:22 pm

    “But Omar’s so clumsy and awful and has so little skill that he completely botched the spin job the mets paid their PR firm a ton of money to plan.”

    The whole thing was clumsy. He’s a horrible speaker. If you are going to levy veil accusations at someone, at least say them with some conviction and with some confidence. Uh, um, you know, uh, um. What a tool!

  173. TD213 July 27th, 2009 at 4:22 pm

    This is like Selena Roberts finding out that story about A-Rod.

    Maybe there was an axe to grind and maybe Rubin was trying to get Bernzzard’s job. But that isin’t the point. The point was that Rubin was RIGHT. Just like Roberts was right.

    Agendas should not matter. Both stories turned out to be true.

  174. RDM July 27th, 2009 at 4:22 pm

    Well see how A Rod does against Tampa, Boston, and LA…those are the potential playoff teams…..

  175. Rebecca--Optimist Prime--Montero Fanaticus Primus July 27th, 2009 at 4:23 pm

    CB: The accusation that Rubin was trying to lobby for a job is bad enough on its own merits, even without the Bernazard stuff.

    But if you throw Bernazard into it, holy moly.

    The Mets might be bumping the Yanks off the back page with this one

  176. Yankee Trader July 27th, 2009 at 4:23 pm

    Also hearing rumblings here where I live about a package that would send Martinez and Lee to Dodgers for the likes of Billingsley and a few others….

    Ned Colletti, the Dodgers GM, said today the FOX Sports story on that reported trade is, “completely false”.
    ——————————————-

    Another example of Ken Rosenthal trying to leak the biggest rumor of the day

  177. aluminum bat for Damon July 27th, 2009 at 4:23 pm

    After the long wait my sorces tell me that Toronto will come up with 4 prospects including Travis Snider,J.P. Arencibia, Brett Cecil, and Justin Jackson in exchange for Halladay. All though this is an extremly high price to pay both sides look like they are willing to pull the trigger on this one. The “wow” factor JP has been talking about (or having every other GM and your fans calling you dumb as I see it) has been met with the proposal.

  178. champ809 July 27th, 2009 at 4:23 pm

    if the Yanks can p/u Duchscherer for a prospect like Suttle(orig drafted as a 3b which the A’s need in the worst way cuz Wallace will be a 1b) that would be a good move….he could pitch out of the pen in Aug and build up arm strength and maybe stretch out to take Joba’s spot once he hits his innings limit and if all goes well picking up his option for next year works too….i think Wang will need the surgery and be gone til the all star break next season so even with Hughes going into the rotation next year you still need a 4th starter…for as much as i love Andy he’s not a $10 mil pitcher at this point so it maybe time for him to return to Houston next year

  179. Laura - Let's stop the TB running game! July 27th, 2009 at 4:23 pm

    “At what point are they going to ask Omar what he is doing to fix the Mets???”

    They didn’t get a chance. That Rubin stuff took the press conference in another direction…and not in a good one either.

  180. The Mad Prince in Pinstripes July 27th, 2009 at 4:25 pm

    Personally, I like the idea of pursuing Aaron Harang or Bronson Arroyo as a 4th or 5th starter if the Yankees do not trade for a reliever and throw Aceves into the rotation.

    Those guys should be able to be had on the relative cheap and won’t cost the big time prospects.

    Get it done Cash.

  181. BX 44 July 27th, 2009 at 4:25 pm

    Rebecca –

    Same things that we’re saying… embarrassing, disgraceful, Omar should be ashamed, despicable, Mets are an abomination, rather than quiet the story, they turned it into a circus etc.

    All 3 of them are fuming at Omar for bringing Rubin into this

  182. Erica - always OPPC July 27th, 2009 at 4:26 pm

    Laura-

    Maybe thats why Minaya threw Rubin under the bus. To create a diversion from the crappy job he is actually doing as GM!!!!!

  183. JJ July 27th, 2009 at 4:27 pm

    Have the Mets sunk to Knicks-like levels yet?

  184. The Mad Prince in Pinstripes July 27th, 2009 at 4:27 pm

    Who cares about the Mets? This is a Yankee blog and the Mets are so bad they’re not even worth discussing!

  185. GreenBeret7 July 27th, 2009 at 4:27 pm

    champ809
    July 27th, 2009 at 4:23 pm
    if the Yanks can p/u Duchscherer for a prospect like Suttle(orig drafted as a 3b which the A’s need in the worst way cuz Wallace will be a 1b) that would be a good move….he could pitch out of the pen in Aug and build up arm strength and maybe stretch out to take Joba’s spot once he hits his innings limit and if all goes well picking up his option for next year works too….i think Wang will need the surgery and be gone til the all star break next season so even with Hughes going into the rotation next year you still need a 4th starter…for as much as i love Andy he’s not a $10 mil pitcher at this point so it maybe time for him to return to Houston next year

    ————————————————————

    Suttle has been out all year with elbow surgery. No value.

  186. Yankee Trader July 27th, 2009 at 4:27 pm

    MLB trade rumors stated Duscherer looked good last night.

    “A’s righty Justin Duchscherer, who has yet to pitch in the majors this season while coming off elbow surgery, recorded six outs on 18 pitches Sunday in a Class A rehabilitation assignment that was well-attended by scouts.

    Duchscherer, 31, threw 22 more pitches in the bullpen, bringing his total to 40. He is scheduled to throw 60 in his next rehab appearance on Friday, which will take place after the 4 p.m. non-waiver deadline.

    While Duchscherer is frequently injured, he will be highly motivated to pitch in the final two months as he prepares to enter the free-agent market. He has been an All-Star as both a starter and reliever, and has a 3.14 career ERA.

    Any team that acquires Duchscherer will owe him the remainder of his $3.9 million salary for this season — about $1.3 million.

    The A’s likely would accept a modest prospect in return.

    Ian Snell took a 2-1 loss last night giving up 9 hits in 5 innings, but has been pitching very well.

    Should we have any interest in either?

  187. vinny-b (keep Montero) July 27th, 2009 at 4:27 pm

    “Leading candidates are Blyleven & Dawson”

    it needs to be:

    Tim Raines
    Lee Smith
    Andre Dawson

    all 3 players completely dominated, in their era

  188. Clare July 27th, 2009 at 4:28 pm

    SJ,

    In addition to ARod’s 10 of 19 HRs, when he was at 54 RBIs I saw someone note that 30 of his 54 RBIs either tied the game or gave the Yankees a lead.

    I saw that the Power came back to beat the River Dogs last night, and Tony was 2-3 (IIRC). He must be having a blast.

  189. Laura - Let's stop the TB running game! July 27th, 2009 at 4:28 pm

    “Maybe thats why Minaya threw Rubin under the bus. To create a diversion from the crappy job he is actually doing as GM!!!!!”

    Well, his plan worked. The story went from “the Mets suck” to “Omar is a lowlife”. LOL!

  190. Uncle Ellsworth July 27th, 2009 at 4:28 pm

    I feel bad for my Met fan friends, (friend)

    this reflects poorly on ownership as well.

    Kay “I would have charged the podium”

  191. CB July 27th, 2009 at 4:29 pm

    Rebecca,

    Omar and the Mets got awful advice once again.

    Whatever PR firm they used told them to turn divert attention away from the Bernazard issue because it was so embarrassing and to try to turn the story into a process story about the nature of the press.

    This is a page directly out of the politics of cynicism. You’re a governer and have an affair? No problem. Just try to make yourself a victim of the press. Attack the press. Misdirect the story from it’s substance to the way it’s being covered. Turn it into a process story.

    What a dote. There is no way that this strategy was going to work. And there is no way Omar has the rhetorical skill to pull this off.

  192. vb03 July 27th, 2009 at 4:29 pm

    # RDM July 27th, 2009 at 4:21 pm

    “Another clueless post”…humm…just looked it up..>A Rod w/RISP is batting .262 and RISP w/2 outs he is batting .243…is that good for a clean up hitter SJ44??? I guess I am wrong…..

    ———————-

    In 37 AB with RISP and 2 outs he has a .802 OPS and a .451 OBP.

    In those 37 AB he walked 11 times.

    BA isn’t the be-all end-all, but you probably don’t get that.

  193. Bronx Jeers July 27th, 2009 at 4:29 pm

    I think Pete’s been gunning for Angel Berroa’s job all season.

    Funny thing is … he may have done better.

  194. Dan July 27th, 2009 at 4:29 pm

    Maybe Omar had no answers for what the Mets would actually do as a ball club, so he just picked a donkey and ran with it.

    Hey it kept him from talking about the team doing horrid. That is a plus.

  195. teddy July 27th, 2009 at 4:30 pm

    omar a bitter loser

  196. vtred July 27th, 2009 at 4:30 pm

    Kay: If they accused me of doing something like that, I would have charged the podium

    LOL

  197. Rebecca--Optimist Prime--Montero Fanaticus Primus July 27th, 2009 at 4:30 pm

    CB:

    And anyone that knows anything about the press knows that the press will protect their own, too.

  198. Cash is King July 27th, 2009 at 4:30 pm

    “Suttle has been out all year with elbow surgery. No value.”

    Actually, it was his shoulder that was operated on twice in less than one year.

  199. Laura - I'm ready for the 2nd half. Are the Yankees?? Why, yes they are!! July 27th, 2009 at 4:31 pm

    “Who cares about the Mets? This is a Yankee blog and the Mets are so bad they’re not even worth discussing!”

    Dude, this is a huge story. Plus, the game doesn’t start for hours. We’ll talk Yankees later. :P

  200. pat July 27th, 2009 at 4:31 pm

    If I’m the Wilpon’s, I’m not pleased.

    Omar was supposed to put out a fire today and instead lit a new one.

    Maybe next time Jeff Wilpon will step up and do what needs to be done rather than send someone out there to do it for him.

  201. Cash is King July 27th, 2009 at 4:31 pm

    “Kay: If they accused me of doing something like that, I would have charged the podium”

    Minaya would’ve kicked his butt.

  202. Dan July 27th, 2009 at 4:31 pm

    Time to head off to the game. Go Yankees. I’ll be on the first base side. with the other 30,000 extra fans the Yankees bring to the ball park.

  203. SJ44 July 27th, 2009 at 4:32 pm

    The Yankees have the best record in baseball since Arod’s return. His close and late numbers are outstanding.

    The entire team has talked all year about how his production and his presence has changed their season.

    More than half his HR’s have come late and have either tied the game or given the Yankees the lead.

    Someone has to be an absolute moron to complain about ARod and his value to the team this year.

    Then again, some people just like being stupid. They wear it well and are proud to do so.

    That story by Rob on ESPN should be required reading for the dolts who go on the Anti-Arod rampages on here.

    Then again, it makes too much sense so they won’t read it. If they do, will disregard it.

  204. Tom B July 27th, 2009 at 4:32 pm

    THEY’RE HOT: Derek Jeter is 6 of 13 with six RBI … Mark Teixeira is 6 of 16 with five RBI and four extra-base hits … Jorge Posada is 7 of 17 with five runs scored, five RBI and four extra-base hits. … Melky Cabrera is 5 of 8 with thee runs scored and four walks … Cody Ransom is 3 of 7 with three doubles and three runs scored.

    —————-
    Pete why do you write things like this. Baseball is a funny game where given any sample size, someone can be made to look amazing, or terrible. you should introduce some standards to the stats that you report. always go by the last 10 or 20 games, not this cherry picked meaningless streaks that players go on.

    and you should take a-rod to happy birthday indian. its lower eat side but it will be hilarious, trust me.

  205. vb03 July 27th, 2009 at 4:32 pm

    Cash is King July 27th, 2009 at 4:31 pm

    “Kay: If they accused me of doing something like that, I would have charged the podium”

    Minaya would’ve kicked his butt.

    —————–

    Minaya and Kay under the O’Neill banner!

  206. Homer July 27th, 2009 at 4:33 pm

    Isn’t the PR guy for the Mets – Jay Horowitz, one of the most respected guys in baseball?

    How can all the public statements by this organization be so bad?

  207. Zoso July 27th, 2009 at 4:34 pm

    Good for Vick. This is America. The man paid his dues, time to move on.

  208. Matthew July 27th, 2009 at 4:35 pm

    Rubin being interviewed on SNY

  209. Bronx Jeers July 27th, 2009 at 4:35 pm

    “Kay: If they accused me of doing something like that, I would have charged the podium”

    I would consider giving up a playoff ticket to actually witness that.

    And if Kay ever attacked me, I’d take him out with a squeeze bottle of Heinz.

  210. Mickey B July 27th, 2009 at 4:36 pm

    I am convinced that this was Omar’s doing. The Wilpons did not put him up to him.

    Having said that, he’s not vindictive, just plain stupid. He had no idea that this remark, while seemingly innocent to him, would be so damaging.

    He has no pulse on public speaking nor public matters.

  211. DT - OPPC member (blood type - Positive) July 27th, 2009 at 4:36 pm

    ““Kay: If they accused me of doing something like that, I would have charged the podium”
    Minaya would’ve kicked his butt.”

    I would take Kay in a head butting contest.

  212. Laura - Happy Birthday, Alex! Now let me see some HRs! July 27th, 2009 at 4:36 pm

    “Good for Vick. This is America. The man paid his dues, time to move on.”

    I agree. I believe in second chances.

  213. Zoso July 27th, 2009 at 4:36 pm

    Adam Rubin could make a fortune from this. He just went from Adam Who? to Adam “the guy Omar Minaya threw under the bus” Rubin, next on our show.

  214. Cash is King July 27th, 2009 at 4:37 pm

    People need to remember that Arod was a good if not great playoff performer up to the last 3-4 games with the Red Sox in 2004. In the playoffs, these hitters aren’t facing chopped liver and people ought to look at some of the WS stats of Yogi, Joe D, Willie and many others in which sometimes they played well and there were times when they didn’t hit well.

  215. CB July 27th, 2009 at 4:37 pm

    “And anyone that knows anything about the press knows that the press will protect their own, too.”

    Often in politics they actually don’t. It’s quite easy to shift the coverage from it’s substance to a meta-story about coverage.

    It’s done all of the time.

    But it wasn’t going to work here. Not with the mets being so inept and with their team being so bad. Not with Bernazard’s track record and the scope of how embarrassing this incident has been with Bernazard taking off his shirt and losing it with minor leaguers.

    And ultimately not with Omar being the front man for the spin. He has none of the skills needed to pull this off.

  216. Y26 July 27th, 2009 at 4:38 pm

    Kay vs. Minaya in a sumo-wrestling contest

  217. Doreen July 27th, 2009 at 4:38 pm

    This reporter may end up losing his job. :(

  218. Cash is King July 27th, 2009 at 4:38 pm

    Rubin might be done as the Mets beatwriter as nobody will talk to him now.

  219. Frank July 27th, 2009 at 4:39 pm

    Can Rubin sue the Mets?

  220. Patrick the Prospect Hugger July 27th, 2009 at 4:39 pm

    “The beat writers are all chipping in and taking him out for dinner tonight after the game. ”

    You aren’t seriuos are you Pete?

  221. Laura - Happy Birthday, Alex! Now let me see some HRs! July 27th, 2009 at 4:39 pm

    “Adam Rubin could make a fortune from this. He just went from Adam Who? to Adam “the guy Omar Minaya threw under the bus” Rubin, next on our show.”

    Very true. Most people probably didn’t even know who this guy was.

  222. Tom in N.J. July 27th, 2009 at 4:39 pm

    Kay looks like a man who has a mean head-but.

  223. RS July 27th, 2009 at 4:39 pm

    I would love to get Duscherer if the cost is just a modest prospect. The A’s obviously do not see him as a part of their future but he has had a ton of success in the past and seems to be doing well in his rehab.

    Right now it’s a little unclear whether the Yankees are looking for a reliever or a starter, and Duscherer could fit either bill. If he doesn’t work out, well…it’s not like we’re giving up Montero or Jackson.

  224. GreenBeret7 July 27th, 2009 at 4:40 pm

    Laura – Happy Birthday, Alex! Now let me see some HRs!
    July 27th, 2009 at 4:36 pm
    “Good for Vick. This is America. The man paid his dues, time to move on.”

    I agree. I believe in second chances.

    ————————————————————

    Makes no difference. The guy was a jerk before the dog fighting issues. He also has worse quarterbacking skills than any QB since Marlon Briscoe.

  225. DT - OPPC member (blood type - Positive) July 27th, 2009 at 4:40 pm

    Now I understand why Pete takes subtle Arod shots in the blog.

    He’s pulling a Rubin! Pete wants the Yankee 3rd base job!

  226. Laura - Happy Birthday, Alex! Now let me see some HRs! July 27th, 2009 at 4:40 pm

    “This reporter may end up losing his job.”

    We live in a very litigious society; no doubt he’ll sue if that happens.

  227. Lara08 July 27th, 2009 at 4:40 pm

    I started reading that review in the NYT about the books and had to stop because I wanted to vomit. But I’ll read Neyer’s article since a couple of common sense folks are saying its a must read.

  228. Laura - Happy Birthday, Alex! Now let me see some HRs! July 27th, 2009 at 4:42 pm

    “Makes no difference. The guy was a jerk before the dog fighting issues. He also has worse quarterbacking skills than any QB since Marlon Briscoe.”

    I don’t follow football so I can’t comment on his skills. I was commenting on him being able to try and get another job in the field. Whether he’s good at it or not makes no difference. He should at least be given the opportunity to try. Now that being said, I doubt that anyone will take him, but at least he can’t say that he was banned.

  229. Johnny D. July 27th, 2009 at 4:42 pm

    If A-Rod reads the blog, you should be careful, Pete.

  230. Erica - always OPPC July 27th, 2009 at 4:42 pm

    Adam Rubin as already mentally written Chapter One of his Oman Minaya tell-all as he listens to this press conference

  231. Zoso July 27th, 2009 at 4:42 pm

    Kay is all kinds of fired up!

  232. RS July 27th, 2009 at 4:42 pm

    I love how Minaya defends Bernazard’s work in the farm system when the Mets AA and AAA teams are both 20 games under .500 and the Mets’ best prospect from the last 3-4 years has been Pelfrey.

  233. SJ44 July 27th, 2009 at 4:42 pm

    Clare,

    He’s doing great. He’s hitting .361 with 16 RBI, 10 runs scored and a 1.011 OPS with the Power.

    Here is his scouting report on Manny Banuelos, who he faced last night.

    Best off speed stuff of any pitcher he has faced. Great changeup and his breaking ball was nasty.

    Fastball was ok. Was mostly at 90-91 last night but it was his changeup that really impressed him.

    That’s a good thing because if an 18 year has a great changeup, he’s a fast mover through a farm system.

  234. Laura - Happy Birthday, Alex! Now let me see some HRs! July 27th, 2009 at 4:43 pm

    “He’s pulling a Rubin! Pete wants the Yankee 3rd base job!”

    Judging from the photos of Pete that we’ve seen, he’s fighting a lost cause. :P

  235. vb03 July 27th, 2009 at 4:43 pm

    Adam Rubin is going to pull a Selena Roberts, he ain’t taking this lying down.

  236. Rick July 27th, 2009 at 4:43 pm

    Minaya is great fodder for Saturday Night Live.
    The Wilpons should be embarrassed. “Iron Mike” Tyson has got Minaya beat as a public speaker by miles.

  237. TIME FOR #27 July 27th, 2009 at 4:44 pm

    AJ let’s bury tampa and get this road trip of on the right foot. LETS GO YANKEES!!!

  238. kelvin ace July 27th, 2009 at 4:44 pm

    I feel bad for Rubin. I mean he’s a journalist he did a story this isn’t his fault, to say he covered the story in order to get a job is insane.

    Minaya should be gone and I hope Rubin doesn’t lose his job.

  239. Zoso July 27th, 2009 at 4:44 pm

    3 words GB7: wild cat offense

  240. Frank July 27th, 2009 at 4:44 pm

    Don’t forget that Omar/Benezzard developed studs like Daniel Murphy, Nick Evans, John Niese, Joe Smith, Carlos Gomez etc.

  241. Rebecca--Optimist Prime--Montero Fanaticus Primus July 27th, 2009 at 4:44 pm

    To be completely honest here, unless Rubin knows there’s irrefutable proof that Omar’s allegations are correct, I’d expect Rubin to seek legal action against the Mets.

    We’ll probably be able to learn something from what Rubin does or does not do here.

    I wonder how awkward it has to be for Rubin to go from behind the microphone to suddenly in front of it…

  242. Wave Your Hat July 27th, 2009 at 4:45 pm

    I hope the Yanks call up or trade for another OF before the day comes (which if the past is future will be soon) that Damon sits, because I’m not looking forward to Swisher in LF and Hinske in RF.

  243. Yankee Trader July 27th, 2009 at 4:45 pm

    GB7-
    “Makes no difference. The guy was a jerk before the dog fighting issues. He also has worse quarterbacking skills than any QB since Marlon Briscoe.”

    If any team hires Vick it should be as a running back, and before they hire him they should test his downfield speed against a dozen unfed, ravenous pit bulls!!

  244. Cash is King July 27th, 2009 at 4:45 pm

    “Here is his scouting report on Manny Banuelos, who he faced last night.

    Best off speed stuff of any pitcher he has faced. Great changeup and his breaking ball was nasty.

    Fastball was ok. Was mostly at 90-91 last night but it was his changeup that really impressed him.

    That’s a good thing because if an 18 year has a great changeup, he’s a fast mover through a farm system.”

    SJ44,

    Thanks for the scouting report as Manny might be having a little stamina issue right now as he approaches 100 innings as an 18 year old.

  245. charlestonchew July 27th, 2009 at 4:46 pm

    Our team’s offense is in great shape, though we could use a backup CF. Jackson seems the obvious move to split time with Melky, especially considering that he’ll most likely be a September call-up anyway. If not, one would hope that Rios or maybe even a Scott Hairston type is available cheaply.

    The starting rotation is in great shape, despite what many may believe. All of our starters have turned in superb performances lately, including Joba and Pettitte (if you ignore his inherited runners that scored). Mitre may make for a weak back end of the rotation, but he can easily be replaced by Aceves and, if that doesn’t work, there’s no reason Phil Hughes can’t be stretched out into the rotation in time for the end of August. It’s a move we’d rather not have to make, but not one that is impossible to make.

    All things seem to be working well for the Yankees right now and there is little indication that there’s any sort of slide in the near future. This team is in first to stay.

  246. miggs July 27th, 2009 at 4:46 pm

    I have to say, and I’ll choose my words carefully here….

    I understand english is not Minaya’s first language but holy crap could he get out one sentence without stuttering or stumbling over his words?

    Just an awful awful public speaker. Painful to listen to.

    Not only does he sound uneducated, he sounds clearly over his head. Saying the same thing over and over.

    The crazy thing is he’s the GM of a major league team. And this isn’t his first GM job.

    This is seperate from the whole Adam Rubin disaster.

  247. Doreen July 27th, 2009 at 4:47 pm

    I just felt for Rubin when he said plaintively, “How am I going to cover this team?”

  248. CB July 27th, 2009 at 4:47 pm

    “Rubin might be done as the Mets beatwriter as nobody will talk to him now.”

    There was absolutely no reason why the mets needed a press conference to announce this firing.

    All a press conference would do would draw more attention to the embarrassment that Bernazard has become.

    It’s pretty clear now why they wanted to go through with the press conference. They wanted the attention so they could throw Rubin under the bus and make that the story.

    What a buffoonishly run business.

  249. Cash is King July 27th, 2009 at 4:48 pm

    “I feel bad for Rubin. I mean he’s a journalist he did a story this isn’t his fault, to say he covered the story in order to get a job is insane.

    Minaya should be gone and I hope Rubin doesn’t lose his job.”

    I know that Minaya isn’t popular, but let’s now assume that there might not be some truth to what Minaya implied. I don’t know if it’s true or not, but there are usually two sides to such stories.

  250. Laura - Happy Birthday, Alex! Now let me see some HRs! July 27th, 2009 at 4:48 pm

    The worst part is that the guy can’t cover the Mets now, which actually might be a good thing for Rubin. :P

  251. miggs July 27th, 2009 at 4:48 pm

    Patrick is just sounds like another shot at A Rod

  252. Rebecca--Optimist Prime--Montero Fanaticus Primus July 27th, 2009 at 4:48 pm

    Miggs: Someone else mentioned shock that Minaya didn’t read from a prepared statement. I kind of agree with this.

    SJ and GB: The best option now would seem to be to shut Banuelos down, or at least give him a breather, wouldn’t it? He is only 18, after all.

  253. SJ44 July 27th, 2009 at 4:48 pm

    What’s so impressive about Manny and Montero is, these kids are basically HS seniors in age competing as pros in pro leagues. That’s pretty tough to do.

    In Montero’s case, he’s doing it 2 steps away from the majors, which is amazing.

  254. GreenBeret7 July 27th, 2009 at 4:50 pm

    SJ44
    July 27th, 2009 at 4:42 pm
    Clare,

    He’s doing great. He’s hitting .361 with 16 RBI, 10 runs scored and a 1.011 OPS with the Power.

    Here is his scouting report on Manny Banuelos, who he faced last night.

    Best off speed stuff of any pitcher he has faced. Great changeup and his breaking ball was nasty.

    Fastball was ok. Was mostly at 90-91 last night but it was his changeup that really impressed him.

    That’s a good thing because if an 18 year has a great changeup, he’s a fast mover through a farm system.

    ————————————————————

    Banuelos’ fastball was much better early this season, but, he should be reaching his innings limits. He’s about the size of Ron Guidry in ’77-’78, so hopefully, at age 18, he has a growth spurt coming. He lost his chance to ge the win last night when he hit Tony S. in the foot just before giving up the homer. He’s quite a pitcher, though. Your nephew had another very good game. Congrats to him, SJ. Just don’t tell Torre Tyson I said that.

  255. Doreen July 27th, 2009 at 4:50 pm

    miggs -

    Minaya clearly was not prepared, nor was he 100% okay with firing Bernarzard. If he was committed to that decision, he would have been able to get the words out. He made it clear it was HR who recommended this and I infer from his inability to find the right words to describe what was going on that he doesn’t agree with this and is uncomfortable with it. He should not have done the press conference under those circumstances.

    It had nothing to with with English. We in NY area have enough experience with accented English to not even give it a second thought.

  256. john_halfz July 27th, 2009 at 4:50 pm

    What would the basis for “legal action” be? His best course of action would be to put a sock in it. Minaya looks terrible as it is. No sense in risking the prospect that you’ll look bad, yourself. As long as Omar continues to play Nero, Rubin should sit tight.

  257. Uncle Ellsworth July 27th, 2009 at 4:52 pm

    Rubin is beside himself.
    He’s wondering how he can cover the team now.

  258. #9 July 27th, 2009 at 4:53 pm

    Applebees rocks!

  259. Laura - Happy Birthday, Alex! Now let me see some HRs! July 27th, 2009 at 4:53 pm

    “What would the basis for “legal action” be?”

    If the Daily News cans him, he can sue Minaya for slander and the Daily News for wrongful termination.

  260. GreenBeret7 July 27th, 2009 at 4:53 pm

    Yankee Trader
    July 27th, 2009 at 4:45 pm
    GB7-
    “Makes no difference. The guy was a jerk before the dog fighting issues. He also has worse quarterbacking skills than any QB since Marlon Briscoe.”

    If any team hires Vick it should be as a running back, and before they hire him they should test his downfield speed against a dozen unfed, ravenous pit bulls

    ————————————————————

    Strap about 20 pounds of fresh meat to his back and give him a 15 yard head start.

  261. xyz July 27th, 2009 at 4:54 pm

    Omar should do his entire press conference (assuming he still has a job) entirely in Spanish.

    Go with the old, “No speaka English.”

  262. Patrick the Prospect Hugger July 27th, 2009 at 4:54 pm

    “I hope the Yanks call up or trade for another OF before the day comes (which if the past is future will be soon) that Damon sits, because I’m not looking forward to Swisher in LF and Hinske in RF. ”

    Ugh didn’t even think of that.

    Honestly, I think it is imperative that the Yankees either call up Austin Jackson or acquire another CF.

    Melky cannot start in center every day and when Damon has his weekly rest day (or two) the Yanks can’t afford to have Hinske and Swisher out there at the same time.

    I think if Jackson were called up he’d have plenty of opportunities to play. Damon usually sits once a week or more. Melky isn’t suited to playing every day. I could see Jackson getting 3-4 starts a week and several defensive replacement appearances.

  263. DT - OPPC member (blood type - Positive) July 27th, 2009 at 4:56 pm

    only in Mets bizarro world:

    Tues: Rubin is fired from Daily News.
    Weds: Omar is fired as Mets GM. (for hiring Angel Berroa)
    Thurs: Adam Rubin is hired as Mets GM.
    Friday: Angel Berroa is released.
    Saturday: Angel Berroa is hired by the Daily News.

  264. Patrick the Prospect Hugger July 27th, 2009 at 4:56 pm

    I don’t know any 19 year old high schoolers.

    Montero is super young to be in AA but there’s no need to exaggerate it.

    When I was 19 I was a sophomore in college.

  265. L to the 2nd July 27th, 2009 at 4:57 pm

    Holy crap Omar just sealed his own fate.

    Nice job.

  266. john_halfz July 27th, 2009 at 4:58 pm

    I don’t think anything he’d have against Minaya is actionable. It’s non-specific. I think it’s jumping the gun to think that he’ll be fired by DN. If that happens, he can think about his options.

  267. john_halfz July 27th, 2009 at 4:58 pm

    I don’t think anything he’d have against Minaya is actionable. It’s non-specific. I think it’s jumping the gun to think that he’ll be fired by DN. If that happens, he can think about his options.

  268. Yankee Trader July 27th, 2009 at 4:58 pm

    If any team hires Vick it should be as a running back, and before they hire him they should test his downfield speed against a dozen unfed, ravenous pit bulls

    ————————————————————

    Strap about 20 pounds of fresh meat to his back and give him a 15 yard head start.
    ———————————–

    I’m still LMAO!!!

  269. GreenBeret7 July 27th, 2009 at 4:58 pm

    Rebecca–Optimist Prime–Montero Fanaticus Primus
    July 27th, 2009 at 4:48 pm
    Miggs: Someone else mentioned shock that Minaya didn’t read from a prepared statement. I kind of agree with this.

    SJ and GB: The best option now would seem to be to shut Banuelos down, or at least give him a breather, wouldn’t it? He is only 18, after all.

    ————————————————————

    Definately needs to be shut down soon. He’ll be at 100 innings during his next start and only had 42 last year in his debut.

  270. Cash is King July 27th, 2009 at 4:59 pm

    “I don’t know any 19 year old high schoolers.

    Montero is super young to be in AA but there’s no need to exaggerate it.

    When I was 19 I was a sophomore in college.”

    Corban Joseph was 19 going on 20 when he was drafted by the Yankees last year. Also, the Yankees drafted and signed a 19 year old high school pitcher this year. And there others besides those two.

    http://web.minorleaguebaseball.....pid=543377

  271. xyz July 27th, 2009 at 5:00 pm

    The Mets: is this rock bottom? I mean, seriously, this is almost surreal. What the hell are they thinking?

    I thought rock bottom was when they made Willie fly out to the west coast, and then fired him at 3:30 in the morning (what scumbags).

    Congrats, losers, you’ve outdone yourselves.

  272. Laura - Happy Birthday, Alex! Now let me see some HRs! July 27th, 2009 at 5:00 pm

    “I don’t think anything he’d have against Minaya is actionable.”

    I’m no lawyer so I don’t know, but that doesn’t mean that Rubin wouldn’t try.

  273. Uncle Ellsworth July 27th, 2009 at 5:00 pm

    Daily news Loves this.

    All Rubin did was test the waters, ask some questions.

  274. James July 27th, 2009 at 5:00 pm

    Robbie Cano career .429 hitter against shields in 21 abs
    Johnny Damon .333 in 18 abs
    Jeter .385 in 26 abs
    Godzilla .438 in 18 abs
    Posada .200 in 15 abs
    melky .267 in 15 abs
    arod .231 in 13 abs
    swish .167 in 6 abs
    tex .077 in 13 abs

    9 hrs combined, with godzilla hitting 3, damon 2, and cano, arod, swish, and jeter each have 1.

  275. SJ44 July 27th, 2009 at 5:01 pm

    There are 18 and 19 year olds in HS in South Florida Patrick.

    In fact, most of the HS football teams are filled with kids closer to 19 than 18 in their senior years of HS.

  276. Patrick the Prospect Hugger July 27th, 2009 at 5:01 pm

    Thanks for the correction Cash.

    19 year old high schoolers? Must be 5th year seniors.

  277. S.A.--Relax, Relate, Release July 27th, 2009 at 5:01 pm

    According to Rubin, he was just asking generally how to get into baseball. Not that he was angling for any specific job. Said he had conversations with Jeff, but never really had any meetings to go in depth.
    What a mess

  278. Patrick the Prospect Hugger July 27th, 2009 at 5:02 pm

    Thanks SJ44, Cash showed me some examples as well.

    Montero is certainly impressive.

  279. champ809 July 27th, 2009 at 5:03 pm

    Harang has been terrible for a year and a half now and will make $14 mil next year…Arroyo(Francesca’s mancrush)has an era of almost 6 over the last season and a half and will make $12mil….i wouldn’t want any part of either of ‘em and i’m sure Cash doesn’t either

  280. Laura - Happy Birthday, Alex! Now let me see some HRs! July 27th, 2009 at 5:04 pm

    “Daily news Loves this.”

    They may. My issue is that what Omar did makes it seem like instead of doing his job, Adam Rubin is spending his time on the Daily News’ dime trying to find another job. Most employers wouldn’t be thrilled with this, if they believed it. I doubt that the DN will fire Rubin, but I don’t know how he can cover the Mets after this.

  281. Patrick the Prospect Hugger July 27th, 2009 at 5:04 pm

    Wow Minaya is a real d-bag

    This could hurt Rubin’s career. I feel bad for the guy, he does a good job by breaking the Bernazard story then gets burned because the Mets are acting like petulant children.

  282. GreenBeret7 July 27th, 2009 at 5:05 pm

    Texas, Florida, Alabama are known for having 19 year old athletes. Many that show athleticism in junior high are held back a year to enhance their skills and improve their scholarship chances. It’s not just a “southern thing” either.

  283. Frank July 27th, 2009 at 5:05 pm

    Isin’t SJ a lawyer? He probably knows how Rubin can go about this.

  284. L to the 2nd July 27th, 2009 at 5:05 pm

    So SJ who in your opinion is closest to the big club?

    Are we talking Jackson & Montero in 2011? What about pitching? Kennedy is recovering from the aneurysm – has his stock dropped (outside of the injury)?

  285. Patrick the Prospect Hugger July 27th, 2009 at 5:05 pm

    champ809,

    Harang has a lot of talent and has actually pitched better than the numbers show this year. 4.09 FIP, not bad.

    He also eats a ton of innings, would be pretty much perfect in the Yankee rotation.

  286. Patrick the Prospect Hugger July 27th, 2009 at 5:06 pm

    Correction – Harang has a 4.05 FIP

  287. L to the 2nd July 27th, 2009 at 5:06 pm

    Actually GB7 question is for you too since you seem to have your finger on the ML system…

  288. Rebecca--Optimist Prime--Montero Fanaticus Primus July 27th, 2009 at 5:06 pm

    I’ve known 19 y/o high schoolers, mostly people that miss the cut off date or are held back at a young age for whatever reason.

  289. Dazz July 27th, 2009 at 5:07 pm

    The Daily News won’t can Rubin, they know the legal ramifications of doing so

    However, this ruins Rubin. He won’t be able to be taken seriously again. How can he cover the team after accusations like that? People resign in situations like this.

  290. champ809 July 27th, 2009 at 5:07 pm

    Banuelos will be shut down soon just because of the value he has to the organization but as far as the innings are concerned he’s been pitching professionally in Mexico since he was 15-16 so he’s thrown some innings…i would guess the Yanks cap him at 115-120…they may begin to limit him to 3 inning starts from here on out…

  291. 77513 July 27th, 2009 at 5:07 pm

    Justin Duchscherer would be a nice trade for the yanks. The A’s are not looking for much in return. He is someone you can put in triple a for pitching depth and let him finish rehabbing and then you use him if Joba hits his innings limit in late august.

  292. GreenBeret7 July 27th, 2009 at 5:08 pm

    Harang hasn’t been the same since he went about 8 innings back in May and came back two nights later and threw 63 pitches in an extra inning loss.

  293. YankeesLuv July 27th, 2009 at 5:08 pm

    Happy Birthday A-Rod!
    Let’s goooo Yankees! :)

  294. SJ44 July 27th, 2009 at 5:09 pm

    I don’t see Rubin having any legal action against the Mets.

    If Rubin can’t cover the team, he can be re-assigned to another beat.

    What Omar did was despicable. However, he didn’t do anything that would be expose the Mets to a lawsuit they could lose.

  295. Clare July 27th, 2009 at 5:09 pm

    SJ44,

    Thanks for the report on your nephew and his scouting report on Manny.

    I was wondering about your take on something Pete said yesterday. If Wang has to undergo shoulder surgery that keeps him out until midseason next year, do you think there’s any chance the Yankees non-tender him over the winter? My uninformed guess is that there’s no way they let him go unless they’re absolutely sure his career is over, and there’s no way to know that until the rehab is done. What do you think?

  296. Laura - Happy Birthday, Alex! Now let me see some HRs! July 27th, 2009 at 5:09 pm

    “However, this ruins Rubin. He won’t be able to be taken seriously again. How can he cover the team after accusations like that? People resign in situations like this.”

    Can we get someone to accuse Mike Lupica of something so that he can resign? :P

  297. Laura - Happy Birthday, Alex! Now let me see some HRs! July 27th, 2009 at 5:10 pm

    “I don’t see Rubin having any legal action against the Mets.”

    Didn’t he slander him or libel him? I never get those two straight.

  298. Cash is King July 27th, 2009 at 5:10 pm

    “I don’t see Rubin having any legal action against the Mets.

    If Rubin can’t cover the team, he can be re-assigned to another beat.

    What Omar did was despicable. However, he didn’t do anything that would be expose the Mets to a lawsuit they could lose.”

    The NY media will keep after Omar until they get him out of town.

  299. L to the 2nd July 27th, 2009 at 5:11 pm

    No kidding – the little shrimp fancies himself a political expert now, too.

  300. SJ44 July 27th, 2009 at 5:12 pm

    Clare,

    I think there is a possibility the Yankees could non-tender Wang if he is going to miss most, or all of next season because of shoulder surgery.

    I couldn’t put odds on it right now but, its a possibility.

  301. Tony Bernazard July 27th, 2009 at 5:12 pm

    Way to make me the secondary story, Omar.

  302. L to the 2nd July 27th, 2009 at 5:12 pm

    Agree – Omar has the bullseye squarely on him now

  303. xyz July 27th, 2009 at 5:12 pm

    I’d love to hear Pete’s reaction to the presser snafu.

  304. Cash is King July 27th, 2009 at 5:13 pm

    “I’d love to hear Pete’s reaction to the presser snafu.”

    What do you think, the media war wagons have circled Omar.

  305. L to the 2nd July 27th, 2009 at 5:14 pm

    I think based on Wang’s history with the Yanks, there’s no way they non-tender him. Hell, they invested about $3m in Andrew Brackman.

  306. GreenBeret7 July 27th, 2009 at 5:14 pm

    L to the 2nd
    July 27th, 2009 at 5:06 pm
    Actually GB7 question is for you too since you seem to have your finger on the ML system…

    ————————————————————

    By need, Jackson would be my guess, but, Montero is like years ahead of any minor leaguer I’ve seen with a bat. Kennedy won’t be in NY before next year. I’ve only seen Jackson and Montero on TV (spring training) or MILB.TV. I saw about 10 of Montero’s Tampa FSL games this year. Beyond that, this year, I’d only be going on numbers. The minor leaguers that I see are some of the Tampa games and a lot of the Charleston games, though, not as many as I’d like. I do listen to their games when not there, though.

  307. Laura - Happy Birthday, Alex! Now let me see some HRs! July 27th, 2009 at 5:15 pm

    “I’d love to hear Pete’s reaction to the presser snafu.”

    I could be wrong, but I’d think he’d side with Rubin. Just a hunch. :wink:

  308. SJ44 July 27th, 2009 at 5:15 pm

    He didn’t slander Rubin under the legal definition of slander.

    He did a rotten thing but not an actionable thing under the legal defnition of slander, IMO.

  309. Lambchop Louie July 27th, 2009 at 5:15 pm

    Minaya will take his shirt off and challenge Adam Rubin in front of CitiField on Wednesday. Tickets now on sale.

  310. m July 27th, 2009 at 5:16 pm

    Wow. So the Omar presser was worse than the one he explained Randolph’s firing?

    Rosenthal went on Dan Patrick today. Took the rap for the rumor. He said that there were enough people close to the situation for him to run with the story. Cliff Lee and Loney were the principals, but the other players involved had been discussed internally. Said that Red Sox are in on Halladay, Lee, and A-Gonz because that’s how they roll.

  311. CB July 27th, 2009 at 5:16 pm

    Evan and Joe on WFAN have now concluded (and rightly so) that Mets ownership coordinated Omar’s inept attack on Adam Rubin.

    Omar is done if this is the story that emerges. Jeff Wilpon is going to emerge from this with his own name scorched. And as is the mets way, he’ll look to throw the other guy under the bus rather than bear the brunt of the responsibility.

    The way they got rid of Willie spoke volumes for the rot inside of that organization.

    And that rot is now going to consume one person after another.

  312. Laura - Happy Birthday, Alex! Now let me see some HRs! July 27th, 2009 at 5:16 pm

    “Today seems like beginning of the end for Minaya.”

    That’s not going to be very comforting to Mets fans, who know that this loser should have been out of there at least 1.5 years ago.

  313. Joe I July 27th, 2009 at 5:16 pm

    “Minaya will take his shirt off and challenge Adam Rubin in front of CitiField on Wednesday. Tickets now on sale.”

    That would draw more people than the Mets game.

  314. Rebecca--Optimist Prime--Montero Fanaticus Primus July 27th, 2009 at 5:17 pm

    “UPDATE, 5:08 p.m.: The first place Yankees will be secondary news tomorrow with the bizarre happenings in Queens. Omar Minaya accused the News beat writer of bringing down Tony Bernazard because he wanted his job. Today seems like beginning of the end for Minaya.”

    There you go.

  315. lasrever July 27th, 2009 at 5:17 pm

    When did the Mets hire Mushmouth as GM?

  316. L to the 2nd July 27th, 2009 at 5:17 pm

    I had heard the rumblings that Montero may eventually become too big physically to be a good defensive catcher. If true, do you groom him for a corner OF spot?

  317. Pel July 27th, 2009 at 5:18 pm

    >UPDATE, 5:08 p.m.: The first place Yankees will be secondary
    >news tomorrow with the bizarre happenings in Queens. Omar
    >Minaya accused the News beat writer of bringing down Tony
    >Bernazard because he wanted his job. Today seems like
    >beginning of the end for Minaya.

    Are the Mets going to eat his extension?

    Probably yes. HIYOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO!

  318. Gates July 27th, 2009 at 5:18 pm

    Rubin can’t do anything because this is likely true. He probably was lobbying for the job.

  319. SJ44 July 27th, 2009 at 5:19 pm

    How soon before the Daily News pulls the plug on their show on SNY?

  320. #9 July 27th, 2009 at 5:19 pm

    The Mets are better than professional wrestling…

  321. Yank1 July 27th, 2009 at 5:19 pm

    I bet all the writers stick together and destroy Omar tomorrow and protect Rubin. Even the competing writers know he crossed the line.

  322. Patrick the Prospect Hugger July 27th, 2009 at 5:19 pm

    “Harang hasn’t been the same since he went about 8 innings back in May and came back two nights later and threw 63 pitches in an extra inning loss.”

    Hahahaha there’s Dusty Baker for you. I feel bad for Harang but that right there is hilarious.

    Anyways, SJ44 brought up the possibility of Harang being injured but he’s thrown 127 innings this year and his average fastball velocity exactly matches his career average FB velo.

    Those two factors tell me that he most likely is not injured. Also, although his ERA is high his FIP and BABIP show that he’s had a bit of bad luck this year.

    Harang has the talent and while he won’t be a great SP in the AL east he could eat a ton of innings and be a solid back of the rotation guy.

  323. Ruthie J July 27th, 2009 at 5:20 pm

    on second thought, ci ci’s pizza would be better pete.i dont know, sounds a little more swanky…/Hey Hokiehill, no i dont think i am THAT fan.lol. no matter what i always cheer my team on, and every single player, you should hear me when the yanks go up to bat..”YEA ROBBIE..RISP DONT MEAN A THING”… i just harbor an internal dislike for certain player personalities for various reasons. ::notice the refrence to my heart not an outward boo. i just dont care for the guy, thats all.=) but good idea with bringing madonna for the senior citizens discount

  324. Laura - Happy Birthday, Alex! Now let me see some HRs! July 27th, 2009 at 5:20 pm

    This is the definition of slander: the action or crime of making a false spoken statement damaging to a person’s reputation.

    I think that Rubin can argue that Omar’s statements damaged his reputation. It’s a weak case, but in this country, people have won with less.

  325. L to the 2nd July 27th, 2009 at 5:20 pm

    If the Wilpons were so damaged by Madoff as we keep hearing, then sell the team. At this rate it’s addition by subtraction for everyone.

    Hey, Mark Cuban may still be in the market…

  326. Pat M.... July 27th, 2009 at 5:21 pm

    SJ, How many spins through the league has it been for Tony ??? If it’s been twice he may get bumped up soon with the numbers he’s posted and the baseball IQ he’s displayed it may happen soon….

  327. Aardvark July 27th, 2009 at 5:21 pm

    Mets need to bring in Bill James or Larry Luchino or someone who knows how to build a franchise.

  328. raymagnetic July 27th, 2009 at 5:21 pm

    ay dios mios what a mess in Mets land.

    Could you imagine if Minaya were the Yankees GM. Randy l would be waiting out of Yankee stadium with a sniper’s rifle.

  329. Laura - Happy Birthday, Alex! Now let me see some HRs! July 27th, 2009 at 5:22 pm

    “I had heard the rumblings that Montero may eventually become too big physically to be a good defensive catcher.”

    You probably heard that here. LOL!

  330. SCRANTON July 27th, 2009 at 5:22 pm

    Pete new poll.

    What would you do if Tony Bernazard challenged you to a fight?
    A.Fight Him
    B.Back Off
    C.Tell Him To Put His Shirt Back On.
    D.Choices A & C

  331. champ809 July 27th, 2009 at 5:22 pm

    over the last year and a half Harang is 11-28 with 4.6 era he’s thrown 310 innings and given up 360 hits and 54 homers…at a cost of 14mil per year….you want that balls would be flying out of the new stadium like missiles…face it he ain’t the same pitcher from ’06-’07 and it ain’t the team…Cueto and Volquez have been very good to great…Duchscherer has pitched to an era under 3.00 in that same time is versatile(SP/RP) and is owed 1.3 mil this year and an option for under 4 mil next year….other than the injury risk(admittedly big risk) you tell me who you want…obtw Duchs doesn’t give up the long ball…

  332. lasrever July 27th, 2009 at 5:22 pm

    “He probably was lobbying for the job.”

    Yeah, because you can go from beat writer to V.P. of Player Development just like that.

  333. JGS July 27th, 2009 at 5:22 pm

    Couldn’t agree more with that Minaya update–he is toast after the season ends

  334. Nat July 27th, 2009 at 5:23 pm

    SNY is the official home of the Mets and their primary sponsor is the Daily News.

    Whose side will they take?

  335. Patrick the Prospect Hugger July 27th, 2009 at 5:23 pm

    Hey GB7, I was just looking at Harang’s game log and didn’t see what you are talking about. All of his appearances have been starts and 5-7 days apart. Did this happen last year or are you thinking of another pitcher?

  336. L to the 2nd July 27th, 2009 at 5:23 pm

    Memo to Fred & Jeff (a/k/a Moe & Larry):

    Get John Hart in here stat.

  337. Patrick the Prospect Hugger July 27th, 2009 at 5:24 pm

    A.Fight Him

  338. GreenBeret7 July 27th, 2009 at 5:25 pm

    L to the 2nd
    July 27th, 2009 at 5:17 pm
    I had heard the rumblings that Montero may eventually become too big physically to be a good defensive catcher. If true, do you groom him for a corner OF spot?

    ————————————————————

    Montero isn’t as big as Mauer or Wieters and about the same size as Carlton Fisk was (he lasted 23 years). Montero works hard on his defense and that’s what he wants to do. He could be an emerceny outfielder, but, he doesn’t have that kind od footspeed. On the other hand, Austin Romine is a very good candidate as a corner infielder/outfielder. He has the footspeed.

  339. L to the 2nd July 27th, 2009 at 5:25 pm

    Good point SJ – if I were NYDN I’d take a walk…

  340. Bronx Jeers July 27th, 2009 at 5:25 pm

    Rubin said that he only spoke with Jeff Wilpon about an FO job.

    Meaning most likely this attack was from above Omar.

    Meet The Mets, What A Mess
    Step right up and place your bets

    Trade your kiddies beat your wife
    Guaranteed to create team strife

    Because the Mets are really bootin some balls
    Cant’ seem to knock one over the wall

    East side, West side everyone’s wearin a frown
    Omar and the Wilpons are the joke of this town

  341. Patrick the Prospect Hugger July 27th, 2009 at 5:25 pm

    champ,

    Duchscherer is on the DL and is a career reliever. Last year was his first time starting.

  342. Laura - Happy Birthday, Alex! Now let me see some HRs! July 27th, 2009 at 5:25 pm

    “What would you do if Tony Bernazard challenged you to a fight?
    A.Fight Him
    B.Back Off
    C.Tell Him To Put His Shirt Back On.
    D.Choices A & C”

    Actually, my choice would be E. Let Shelley Duncan fight him.

  343. GMz July 27th, 2009 at 5:26 pm

    We have our version of Bernazzard in Randy Levine.

    I remember Chris Russo saying after we fired Torre

    “Yankee fans.. how do you feel that the face of your franchise now is Randy Levine?”

  344. Uncle Ellsworth July 27th, 2009 at 5:27 pm

    Rubin, for me, holds all the credibility cards here.

  345. L to the 2nd July 27th, 2009 at 5:27 pm

    GB – interesting, although I wonder if they make a run @ Mauer in 2 years (hip hip Jorge just about done) & change their strategery. That may be too enticing to pass up.

  346. Erick July 27th, 2009 at 5:28 pm

    I tend to believe Omar… that Rubin was lobbying for the job.

  347. Erica - always OPPC July 27th, 2009 at 5:29 pm

    C- Definitely

  348. Coach July 27th, 2009 at 5:30 pm

    Do you think that the Mets will bring Omar on their next road trip and fire him at 3am?

    That would be so special if it actually happened.

  349. L to the 2nd July 27th, 2009 at 5:30 pm

    Even if Rubin was lobbying or had an axe to grind, what Omar did was a bozo no-no — way over the line.

  350. Rebecca--Optimist Prime--Montero Fanaticus Primus July 27th, 2009 at 5:30 pm

    My first inclination is to believe Rubin, but I am biased. I don’t know either Omar or Rubin personally, so it’d be wrong of me to assume anything.

  351. Davey H July 27th, 2009 at 5:31 pm

    It’s funny… Omar did this to deflect attention away from him and make Rubin look bad.

    But in the process, he looks worst of all. He brought down Rubin, but he brought himself and the organization down with him.

    It was not a net gain, it was a net loss.

  352. Clare July 27th, 2009 at 5:31 pm

    I’m not often on the side of the press, but what Omar did here was not just wrong, it was stupid.

    By attacking the reporter, he was essentially saying that they were only firing the guy because of the publicity, essentially admitting that bad behavior is perfectly acceptable as long as it stays out of the paper. If he can’t see that he only makes the team look worse with that concession there’s no hope for him.

    If the story was wrong, they shouldn’t have fired the guy. If the story was right, they should have fired him based on his behavior, not based on the fact it was printed in the newspaper. Either way, attacking Rubin in this instance only makes the Mets look bad.

  353. Omar Minaya July 27th, 2009 at 5:31 pm

    Ummm….errr….ummmm…HR was investigating…the…ummm…allegations…that…err…Tony Bernazard was acting inappropriately. What they found…err….well, I mean, you know…ummmm…interpersonal issues did exist….it’s true, there were…ummmm….interpersonal issues. That said, I…ummm…scuffled…you know what I mean….errrrr…I scuffled because Adam Rubin…it’s all his fault.

    Any…ummm…questions?

  354. 77513 July 27th, 2009 at 5:31 pm

    GMz
    July 27th, 2009 at 5:26 pm
    We have our version of Bernazzard in Randy Levine.

    I remember Chris Russo saying after we fired Torre

    “Yankee fans.. how do you feel that the face of your franchise now is Randy Levine?”

    —————————————-

    Russo is an idiot, I dont recall any stories of Levine taking off his shirt and challenging minor league players to fight.

  355. CB July 27th, 2009 at 5:32 pm

    Given the state of the newspaper industry, being a reporter right now must be one of the more unstable sources of employment in the country.

    What journalists hasn’t at least wondered about his employment and the potential need to switch jobs and enter a new industry?

    The idea that the Mets tried to shoe horn something Rubin said related to entering a different industry into calling into question what Bernazard did is ridiculous.

  356. GreenBeret7 July 27th, 2009 at 5:32 pm

    Patrick the Prospect Hugger
    July 27th, 2009 at 5:23 pm
    Hey GB7, I was just looking at Harang’s game log and didn’t see what you are talking about. All of his appearances have been starts and 5-7 days apart. Did this happen last year or are you thinking of another pitcher?

    ————————————————————

    My screwup. That was Micah Owings.

  357. DT - OPPC member (blood type - Positive) July 27th, 2009 at 5:32 pm

    Bronx Jeers – nice job. :-)

  358. Mark July 27th, 2009 at 5:33 pm

    Omar also knew that Rubin has no ground for a lawsuit. How can Rubin prove slander?

  359. L to the 2nd July 27th, 2009 at 5:33 pm

    Chris Russo? Who is Chris Russo?

  360. Erica - always OPPC July 27th, 2009 at 5:35 pm

    Bye everyone!!!

    I am going to catch my firm softball team in action. The last time I cheered them on they swept their very first doubleheader. My cheerleading skills were requested for an appearance tonight as they try for a playoff spot.

    Catch you all during gametime!

  361. Joe Monte July 27th, 2009 at 5:35 pm

    If the Yanks did end up acquiring Washburn from Seattle, what prospects would it take to acquire the soon to be free agent?

    Miranda, Ryan Pope, Reggie Corona and a low A ball player???

    I don’t see Cashman giving up the top tier prospects in any trade and especially not for Washburn.

  362. Laura - Happy Birthday, Alex! Now let me see some HRs! July 27th, 2009 at 5:35 pm

    “How can Rubin prove slander?”

    That’s a question for his lawyer.

  363. R-Tek July 27th, 2009 at 5:35 pm

    Don’t the Mets and the Daily News have a good relationship?

    Francessa mentioned that the Post is aligned with the Yanks and the Daily News aligned with the Mets

    Hell, SNY’s chief sponsor is the Daily News.

    Talk about a bizarre pattern. It’s like the Mets sold out one of their own.

  364. #9 July 27th, 2009 at 5:35 pm

    Any reporter that attacks or criticizes Omar Minaya is obviously looking to get his job…

  365. YankeesLuv July 27th, 2009 at 5:36 pm

    The Mets, geez what can you say.

  366. Patrick the Prospect Hugger July 27th, 2009 at 5:36 pm

    “My screwup. That was Micah Owings.”

    Still, Dusty Baker, LOOOOOLLLL

  367. champ809 July 27th, 2009 at 5:36 pm

    the Harang game he’s referring to was an extra inning game they played i think it went 16 innings and Harang threw 3 or 4 innings in the game….Duchs is coming off the DL in a week and he threw for the Yanks and Brewers scouts last night and threw 2 perfect innings…bottom line he’s a much better option if he’s healthy than Harang is right now…much more cost effective from a salary standpoint, cost to procure standpoint and most importantly comparing the recent performance of the two players it’s no comparison…plainly put flyball pitchers who give up alot of hits and the new stadium is a bad bad bad combo

  368. Clare July 27th, 2009 at 5:36 pm

    CB,

    I agree. And even if Rubin was angling for that job (which I don’t belive) it’s beside the point. No one has challenged the accuracy of his reporting (as far as I know). Whatever his motivation was is not relevant to the issue at hand, which was Bernazard’s behavior.

  369. Snake July 27th, 2009 at 5:37 pm

    Happiest person in the world? Tony Bernezzard. Now he can just quietly fade into the sunset.

  370. Alan July 27th, 2009 at 5:37 pm

    The Wilpons have enough on their minds after being hoodwinked by Bernie Madoff and now this PR gaff.
    Tough times in Flushing for some time to come.

  371. Fire Bud Selig July 27th, 2009 at 5:38 pm

    Just to get back on the topic of the Yankees – any one else liking what A-Rod is doing team-wise and even fan-wise this year. He is really going out of his way to show that he is shedding his me-only tendancies.

    It might be a product of his army of PR advisors, but it’s better than nothing!

  372. Omar Minaya July 27th, 2009 at 5:38 pm

    Does anyone have the number for a good headhunter? I have interpersonal skills.

  373. Betsy July 27th, 2009 at 5:38 pm

    Let’s see Francesca make excuses for Omar now – what a paranoid jerk. Bernarzard brought himself down -and I am thrilled that Willie is out of there and with a good organization like the Brewers.

    I’m not thrilled with the Yankees looking at relievers because they really need a starter. On the other hand, it’s ridiculous to think they should give up premium prospects for a Jarod Washburn. Forget Heath Bell – the Pads will ask for Joba or Hughes-led package and, if not them, then a package of too many of our top prospects. Plus, was Bell any good with the Mets? I’m honestly not sure. Even if he is, I would not ravage our farm system for him. I really am not a fan of Aceves in the rotation……..Yanks are in a bind. They just don’t have enough pitching or OF depth – they really need to make multiple deals.

  374. #9 July 27th, 2009 at 5:39 pm

    Can’t wait to hear the Met fans call to the Schmoozer tonight…

  375. Tommy July 27th, 2009 at 5:39 pm

    I am a journalist myself. I write for my local high school paper.

    I take Ruban’s side.

  376. #9 July 27th, 2009 at 5:39 pm

    “Does anyone have the number for a good headhunter?”

    Why did you leave your last job?

  377. Tom in N.J. July 27th, 2009 at 5:40 pm

    Last season Harang had a 63 pitch relief appearance 2 days after throwing over 100 pitches in a start.

    Is that what you were talking about?

    http://www.baseball-reference......;year=2008

  378. JJ July 27th, 2009 at 5:41 pm

    “Last season Harang had a 63 pitch relief appearance 2 days after throwing over 100 pitches in a start.”

    Really Dusty? Really? Wow.

  379. RS July 27th, 2009 at 5:41 pm

    I believe Rubin because Omar loves Bernazard and probably did not want to fire him. Rubin’s article that shed light on Bernazard’s acts kind of forced management’s hands because the media was pressuring them to fire Bernazard. Omar took shots at Rubin for basically getting his man fired.

  380. Irish Johnny July 27th, 2009 at 5:41 pm

    Never attack the press – they’re very thin skinned.

    That goes for all media. I saw Thomas Friedman LOSE IT once during the late 90s when someone reasonably criticized one of his books at a lecture.

  381. lasrever July 27th, 2009 at 5:42 pm

    Justin Duchscherer is the most logical choice, imo. He’s a free agent after this season, so the A’s won’t be looking to take Cashman to the cleaners (rumor has it a B-level prospect will get the deal done).

    He could take Ace’s spot in the pen, and the Yanks could give Ace some starts down the stretch.

  382. Patrick the Prospect Hugger July 27th, 2009 at 5:42 pm

    Tom in NJ that looks to be what GB7 was referring to.

    There was also an incident this year where Owings threw 7 innings (90 pitches) and came back 4 days later to throw 81 pitches in an extra innings game. Not terrible but couldn’t have been good for his arm.

  383. Harper M July 27th, 2009 at 5:42 pm

    AJ – Do not put guys on base. They will all run wild.

    Go right after Crawford and Upton. If you are going to walk guys, walk guys like Burrell who can’t run.

  384. Patrick the Prospect Hugger July 27th, 2009 at 5:43 pm

    “Really Dusty? Really? Wow.”

    Bahahaha did you expect anything else from Dusty?

    One of the worst managers in the league.

  385. champ809 July 27th, 2009 at 5:43 pm

    Last season Harang had a 63 pitch relief appearance 2 days after throwing over 100 pitches in a start.

    Is that what you were talking about?

    that is the exact game in question…he took the 13th-16th innings because he was the last guy available-in fairness to Dusty- and the reat is history….let him go to Boston!

  386. vinny-b (keep Montero) July 27th, 2009 at 5:44 pm

    “Chris Russo? Who is Chris Russo?”

    i’ll take coke-heads from Connecticut for $200

  387. bru July 27th, 2009 at 5:45 pm

    SJ44
    July 27th, 2009 at 4:14 pm
    Another clueless post. He’s hit with RISP all year. Over half his HR’s have come late and have either tied or given the Yankees the lead.

    Try hard this week to post at least one thing that makes sense. We can start with one and build from there.

    ————————————————————

    lmfao

    just fell out nof my chair & onto the floor and spit my soda out all over my computer.

  388. Rockks July 27th, 2009 at 5:45 pm

    I am so excited about the trade deadline

    Who will we get? Heath Bell? Duschcheser? Washburn? Halladay? Downs? Qualls? Snell? Zach Duke? Bannister?

    I can hardly contain my excitement. Who knows who we will end up with? And it can happen any time too. We could acquire someone right now. Or maybe tomorrow morning when we wake up. Or maybe after the game (a yankee win)? Or maybe DURING game like the Marte/Nady trade.

    So excited

  389. CB July 27th, 2009 at 5:45 pm

    “No one has challenged the accuracy of his reporting (as far as I know). ”

    That’s the whole point. The mets want you to forget that the story was accurate. They want you to forget how embarrassing Bernazard was. And in the process they wanted to extract some cheap measure of revenge on the person who reported the truth.

    Shift attention off of the substance of the story – and make the story about the coverage itself. Make it a story about how the story was written rather than its substance. Then in the process impugn the integrity of the person reporting the story so that the original entire event goes away as if it never happened.

    The purpose of this is to try to make the public start questioning what can be believed and to get them to dismiss the facts at hand.

    It is the height of cynacism. Especially here – because Omar basically said that the Mets own internal investigation by their “HR department” (i.e. not him…) corroborated most of what Rubin reported. Not everything – of course Minaya wants to insert incriminations – but enough so that Minaya fired his friend.

    That the Mets fired Bernazard after sticking with him through so much controversy (i.e. stabbing willie in the back…) is all you need to know about the accuracy of the facts reported.

    This is a classic spin technique from politics. It’s done all of the time.

    Don’t dispute the facts when they are against you. Turn it into story about the story and take a general shot against the reporter’s credibility so that you don’t have to worry about the facts anymore.

    The mets are a joke.

  390. Omar Minaya July 27th, 2009 at 5:45 pm

    “Why did you leave your last job?”

    Well, ummm….uhhhh…what I mean is, you know there was this guy…I don’t want to get into, you know, specifics, but…ummm…this guy, we’ll call him Adam Rubin…well, anyway, this guy was angling for my job…and, ummm, I’m not afraid to say I scuffled.

  391. Wave Your Hat July 27th, 2009 at 5:45 pm

    For those that aren’t completely absorbed in the Mets’ doings, anybody else nervous that the Rays or the Sox could get Cliff Lee or Victor Martinez? MLB Trade Rumors seems to be featuring the possibility.

  392. Neil July 27th, 2009 at 5:47 pm

    Minaya would have been better off to borrow Bobby V’s disguise at his press conference.
    It’s now official. The Mets have become a laughingstock.

  393. Tom in N.J. July 27th, 2009 at 5:47 pm

    “There was also an incident this year where Owings threw 7 innings (90 pitches) and came back 4 days later to throw 81 pitches in an extra innings game. Not terrible but couldn’t have been good for his arm.”

    Yuck!

    If I was a pitcher on a team Dusty Baker ran, I’d take out a huge insurance policy on my arm.

  394. joeman July 27th, 2009 at 5:49 pm

    Arod is sure on fire & Damon or Swisher in CF, you can’t make this stuff up or can you

  395. Matt July 27th, 2009 at 5:49 pm

    I don’t see what the big deal is. Omar just shed light on the fact that the reporter who was instrumental in getting Bernezzard fired by making these incidents public, had an agenda. He wanted this guy’s job.

    Shouldn’t we blame Rubin for having the agenda and trying to get the guy fired? Omar just did what he had to. He couldn’t let Ruben go unscathed. He publicized this whole thing and made Omar fire his friend.

  396. GreenBeret7 July 27th, 2009 at 5:49 pm

    Tom in N.J.
    July 27th, 2009 at 5:40 pm
    Last season Harang had a 63 pitch relief appearance 2 days after throwing over 100 pitches in a start.

    Is that what you were talking about?

    http://www.baseball-reference......;year=2008

    ————————————————————

    I has wrong on the facts, but, still not that wrong. It was Owings that pitched 7 innings and 90 pitches against ‘Zona and on the 16th pitched 5.2 innings and 80+ pitches in relief. His ERA has gone from 3.95 to 5.35 since then. If I’m Cinncy or Owings, I’d be an outfielder next year. That’s too good a bat to waste.

  397. The Chewbacca Defense July 27th, 2009 at 5:49 pm

    Well played, Mr. Minaya.

  398. champ809 July 27th, 2009 at 5:49 pm

    the Mets traded Bell because Bell thought Rick Peterson was a nutjob and they didn’t get along just like they traded Kazmir because Al Leiter and John Franco thought he was a wise ass which is how Bernazard convinced the Wilpons to fire Peterson because at the time both trades blew up in their faces and Peterson was the deserved fall guy….having said that he did a hell of a job with Maine and Perez while he was here and neither has been the same since they canned him

  399. RayVT July 27th, 2009 at 5:50 pm

    Personally, I don’t see what Tony B did that was so bad! The Class A team he was talking too had numerous issues including a lack of hustle and wild parties from a mostly 18 yr old crew. (Maybe 19 LOL!) I’m sure Tony started fussing at them and they rebelled like teenagers do. So he took it up a notch like a lot of Coaches & high testosterone individuals do. Tony was sent there to make a point with these undisciplined kids.

    That said, exposing this kind of banter to the general public was a misuse of trust shared with reporters. Kind of a do you beat your wife often kind of statement. Sure Tony B is a hot head but he is more of a drill Sargent than politican. He was called out by Rubin and I’m sure Minaya was livid.

    It appears Minaya is in over his head. Then again Ozzie of CWS Manager fame could have said the same stuff and no one would care. But this is NY so everything is scrutinized. The Mets should have sent Tony on a 2 week vacation to South America to look at recruits or something. Their whole organization is corrupt from the Wilpons down. But that could probably be said about a lot of these clubs.

  400. Snake July 27th, 2009 at 5:51 pm

    Wave Your Hat
    July 27th, 2009 at 5:45 pm

    For those that aren’t completely absorbed in the Mets’ doings, anybody else nervous that the Rays or the Sox could get Cliff Lee or Victor Martinez? MLB Trade Rumors seems to be featuring the possibility.

    ————————–

    Deathly afraid. Which is why I was so ecstatic when it looked like the Dodgers were going to get them.

    People can downplay it, but the Rays/Sox getting BOTH of them can turn this race upside down. It sucks because it looks like if they go anywhere, it will be to one of those teams.

  401. CB July 27th, 2009 at 5:52 pm

    “anybody else nervous that the Rays or the Sox could get Cliff Lee or Victor Martinez? MLB Trade Rumors seems to be featuring the possibility.”

    Do you believe the Red Sox will go into next year with Beckett, Lester, and three huge question marks in their rotation?

    Wakefield is 43 next year and will invariably wind up on the DL at some point. Dice-K is a huge unknown going into next year.

    There’s no way they can trade for Martinez unless they move Buchholz and Bard plus others.

    I don’t see them taking that big a chance with their rotation next year.

  402. Cal July 27th, 2009 at 5:53 pm

    “The Yankees have won eight of their last nine series. They have won 22 series this season, two fewer than all of last season”

    +++++ Very tellng, kind of gives you an idea of where the team stands this season compared to what happened last year.

  403. Nome July 27th, 2009 at 5:54 pm

    “For those that aren’t completely absorbed in the Mets’ doings, anybody else nervous that the Rays or the Sox could get Cliff Lee or Victor Martinez? MLB Trade Rumors seems to be featuring the possibility.”

    More afraid of that then I am them getting Halladay.

    Whoever gets those 2 would be so scary. An ace and clean-up hitter, both in their prime, added to what already is practically a playoff team.

  404. hardwired July 27th, 2009 at 5:54 pm

    Journalism was my minor in college, and this was Rule #1 according to my favorite professor:

    Never pick a fight with a man who buys his ink by the barrel.

    Omar Minaya, you just dug your own grave.

  405. m July 27th, 2009 at 5:54 pm

    Wait. So it’s Rubin’s fault that this clown got fired?

    How about those kinds of things shouldn’t have even happened. They’re fireable offenses and the fact that it took sunshine reporting for it to happen is an indictment of the mets and how they’re run.

    How can they expect to win anything when they’re a bad organization from top to bottom?

  406. L to the 2nd July 27th, 2009 at 5:55 pm

    Neither Lee nor Halladay are going anywhere unless the price starts dropping.. and fast.

  407. GreenBeret7 July 27th, 2009 at 5:55 pm

    Tom in N.J.
    July 27th, 2009 at 5:40 pm
    Last season Harang had a 63 pitch relief appearance 2 days after throwing over 100 pitches in a start.

    Is that what you were talking about?

    http://www.baseball-reference......;year=2008

    ————————————————————

    My real mistake was mixing two seperate incidents together, one year apart. I remember that set of games of Harang’s and wondering what was going through Baker’s mind. I saw visions of Kerry Wood and Mark Prior. Nearly identical circumstances with Owings this year.

  408. Frank July 27th, 2009 at 5:55 pm

    More afraid of the Sux/Rays getting Lee or Halladay rather than V-Mart.

    A Beckett/Lester/Lee combo in October will be deadly.

  409. joeman July 27th, 2009 at 5:55 pm

    and if the Yankees played .500 ball against the Sox they would be six games up

  410. Willie Randolph July 27th, 2009 at 5:55 pm

    Even if the Nationals are crushing the Brewers tonight, I’ll be splitting a gut in the Brewers dugout laughing at Minaya and Bernazard.

  411. RayVT July 27th, 2009 at 5:56 pm

    joeman
    July 27th, 2009 at 5:49 pm
    Arod is sure on fire & Damon or Swisher in CF, you can’t make this stuff up or can you

    LOL! ARod is hitting .320 for the last 30 days according to Yahoo FBB. Leave him alone. But I grimmace at the thought of Damon or Swisher on any routine flyball let alone from CF. Maybe ARod can play CF! LOL!

  412. m July 27th, 2009 at 5:56 pm

    Cliff Lee is no Halladay. Don’t fool yourselves.

  413. Clare July 27th, 2009 at 5:57 pm

    CB,

    That’s a great explanation of how it works. And, withough getting into politics, I can think of several times in the recent past where that tactic has worked in the political arena.

    I think it’s clear it’s not going to work here, but I think it’s an interesting sociological issue regarding when and how that type of distraction works, and when it doesn’t.

    You’ve aready said that one of the reasons it didn’t work was that Minaya was so inept. Do you have any more thoughts on this case in particular, or in general why this tactic backfires?

  414. joeman July 27th, 2009 at 5:57 pm

    remember a few years ago Jeter was mention as a CF ( would be the best OFer they have)

  415. Rebecca--Optimist Prime--Montero Fanaticus Primus July 27th, 2009 at 5:57 pm

    RT @BryanHoch MLB Fanhouse reports #Yankees and #Reds working on Bronson Arroyo trade: http://kgg2r.tk

  416. Sevrx July 27th, 2009 at 5:57 pm

    Why don’t we get in on V-Mart? He can be our catcher of the future and our DH next year.

    This year, he can play the outfield or something.

  417. Betsy July 27th, 2009 at 5:58 pm

    CB, I’m not sure I understand why Minaya is done if the Wilpons had him accuse Rubin of angling for Bernarzard’s job…..If they want Omar gone, why would they bother?
    Do you mean done in the sense that the press and fans will run him out of town? Jeff Wilpon is nothing but a sniveling little toady who was born under a lucky star – he’s the Mets version of Hank Steinbrenner, except Jeff doesn’t have a more capable brother to stifle him. No one cared when Willie was fired the way he was because the media didn’t like Willie, but that was despicable. I wonder if the media will now come around as to the snakes running the organization? Adam Rubin, if he’s fired by the News, will get another job with another paper – even if it’s not covering the Mets..and I hope so, because all he did was do his job.

    Laura, slander and libel are the same thing except libel is the printed word and slander the spoken. You can think of it like this: libel/library. If you see court documents, they have liber numbers, which are the same as page #s. The root of these words “libe” has to do with books/printed words.

  418. Rebecca--Optimist Prime--Montero Fanaticus Primus July 27th, 2009 at 5:59 pm

    Sevrx, you have heard of Jesus Montero, right?

  419. Matt July 27th, 2009 at 6:00 pm

    “MLB Fanhouse reports #Yankees and #Reds working on Bronson Arroyo trade”

    LOL

    This is Cashman’s solution to the rotation?

    LOL

  420. All-Star July 27th, 2009 at 6:01 pm

    Mike Francessa works for MLB Fan House?

  421. Giuseppe Franco July 27th, 2009 at 6:01 pm

    That would be a stupid trade to get Arroyo. The guy can’t even get NL hitters out right now.

  422. raymagnetic July 27th, 2009 at 6:02 pm

    “RT @BryanHoch MLB Fanhouse reports #Yankees and #Reds working on Bronson Arroyo trade”

    You sure it was Bryan Hoch and not Francessa?

    Francessa wants Arroyo almost as bad as Brandon wants Jonathan Sanchez. :)

  423. Y 27 July 27th, 2009 at 6:02 pm

    Arroyo is even worse than Mitre AND he is signed for next year as well

    What would be the point of this trade?

  424. Betsy July 27th, 2009 at 6:02 pm

    Oh no, not Bronson Arroyo – Francesca has made me dislike him intensely,lol. Just kidding, but is he any good?

  425. Wanzies (Steve) July 27th, 2009 at 6:02 pm

    Yankees And Reds Talking Arroyo Trade
    By Ben Nicholson-Smith [July 27 at 5:00pm CST]
    The Yankees and Reds are sersiously discussing a Bronson Arroyo trade, according to Jeff Fletcher of AOL FanHouse. One of Fletcher’s sources says the possible deal “will get done,” though the two clubs haven’t determined how much of the $4MM remaining on Arroyo’s contract the Reds will pay. Arroyo will make $11MM next season and the same amount in 2011 if his team doesn’t buy him out for $2MM.

    http://mlb.fanhouse.com/2009/0.....royo-deal/

  426. Trevor July 27th, 2009 at 6:03 pm

    Yay Bronson Arroyo or as Arod said “Brandon Arroyo”. Diet Coke will be thrilled.

  427. JJ July 27th, 2009 at 6:03 pm

    I’m hoping Cashman is just using the Reds as leverage to get Halladay

    There is no way we can seriously be interested in Arroyo.

  428. raymagnetic July 27th, 2009 at 6:03 pm

    I hate Bronson Arroyo ever since the slap play :-x

  429. Chris July 27th, 2009 at 6:04 pm

    Rumors will continue to be just that ….. rumors until the self imposed deadline by the Jays GM has passed and even then he’s likely to extend it right up to the Friday deadline.
    Absolutely no rumors coming out of the Yankees camp which is no surprise.

  430. Sigmund July 27th, 2009 at 6:04 pm

    “and if the Yankees played .500 ball against the Sox they would be six games up”

    They’d actually be 10 1/2 up, Joeman!

    I know, kills me too.

  431. Wave Your Hat July 27th, 2009 at 6:05 pm

    Victor Martinez would really help the Rays.

    Lee would help the Rays or the Sox.

    Over a year and 2 months, would anybody really be surprised if Lee outpitched Halladay, or vice versa?

    It wouldn’t surprise me if the Sox pulled off a major deal at the deadline, they’ve done it before.

  432. Ez Rep July 27th, 2009 at 6:05 pm

    Arroyo is signed for 2010 too.

    He has a 5.21 ERA in the NL.

    You might as well just bring up Igawa.

  433. SJ44 July 27th, 2009 at 6:05 pm

    He’s got a 2 million dollar buyout after this season. That will get exercised rather than anybody paying him 11 million next year.

  434. Eric July 27th, 2009 at 6:06 pm

    “It wouldn’t surprise me if the Sox pulled off a major deal at the deadline, they’ve done it before.”

    Same here. I would expect them too actually. Sox have issues, no way Theo will let it go unaddressed. Even if he doesn’t get anyone, he will try his hardest

    I would guess they do end up getting someone good though, unfortunately.

  435. Wanzies (Steve) July 27th, 2009 at 6:06 pm

    Bronson Arroyo rhp
    2 years/$25M (2009-10), plus 2011 club option

    2 years/$25M (2009-10), plus 2011 club option
    signed extension with Cincinnati 2/07

    $2.5M signing bonus (paid 2008)
    09:$9.5M, 10:$11M, 11:$11M club option ($2M buyout)
    2011 option may increase to $13M based on IP
    agreed to give up 2008 performance bonuses as part of deal

  436. raymagnetic July 27th, 2009 at 6:06 pm

    I’m not worried about the Rays catching the Yankees. There is no way in hell they are catching the Yankees.

    The Rays already have a good offense, VMart isn’t going to make that much of a difference from now until the end of the season.

    They need to play 8 games better than the Yankees from this point on and I don’t see that happening.

  437. thisguy July 27th, 2009 at 6:07 pm

    ugh…this would be a terrible deal for the yanks…

    i rather just get a reliever and put aceves in the rotation.

    you’ll get the same results, if not better…without losing prospects and money.

  438. teddy July 27th, 2009 at 6:07 pm

    GO YANKEES

  439. Dan July 27th, 2009 at 6:07 pm

    Much rather take a chance on a guy like Ian Snell than Arroyo

  440. Rebecca--Optimist Prime--Montero Fanaticus Primus July 27th, 2009 at 6:07 pm

    “Arroyo is even worse than Mitre AND he is signed for next year as well

    What would be the point of this trade?”

    The point is to simply have another pitcher in the system.

  441. Zoso July 27th, 2009 at 6:07 pm

    the thing I’m looking forward to the most is the Yanks being able to put this ’0-8 vs. Boston’ merde to bed. OMG, it never ends. Three bad series and sure enough it’s thrown out there ad nauseum.

    The Yanks are winning at a .600+ clip, and yet somehow those eight games against Boston define the season thus far.

    Hopefully, the Yanks can put together a few nice series against the offensively-challenged beaneaters, and that will be that. In the words of the immortal Michael Kay, “See ya!”

  442. Jeff in Canada July 27th, 2009 at 6:08 pm

    The one (maybe only) positive about acquiring Arroyo is that he and A-Rod already have their handshake down.

    No corn-rows please.

  443. SJ44 July 27th, 2009 at 6:08 pm

    Unless the Sox want to trade Bard and/or Buchholz, they aren’t getting Victor, Lee, Halladay or Gonzalez.

    Nobody is excited about Bowden. After Bard and Buchholz, Casey Kelly and Lars Anderson (in that order) are the guys scouts really love.

    After that, its the Japanese pitcher.

    If the Sox are going to get in on bigger talents, those are the names that have to go back in return.

  444. Wave Your Hat July 27th, 2009 at 6:08 pm

    “They need to play 8 games better than the Yankees from this point on and I don’t see that happening.”

    If the Yanks take 2 of 3 from them in this series I will cease worrying about them.

  445. Jake July 27th, 2009 at 6:10 pm

    If we sweep Tampa, we would be 10 in the loss column ahead of them.

  446. Russell NY July 27th, 2009 at 6:10 pm

    Francessa is going to do a backflip… and land on his face lol

  447. Wanzies (Steve) July 27th, 2009 at 6:11 pm

    Haven’t seen him pitch lately, but Arroyo’s main advantage is as an “innings eater” (200 IP/year for the last few years). Historically, a high-4′s era, 1.4ish Whip (too many base runners) and has a hot streak each year. He’s currently in his “hot streak”. Just my quick read of him.

  448. hardwired July 27th, 2009 at 6:11 pm

    I’ve got the fever, and the only cure is less cowbell!

  449. SJ44 July 27th, 2009 at 6:12 pm

    Above all else, the Yankees can’t get swept. That would put the Rays right back in the race.

    Even losing 2 out of 3 puts the Rays 6 out in the loss column with about 60 games remaining. Still an uphill climb.

    If the Yankees sweep or win 2 of 3? Unless the Yankees collapse, its going to be real hard for the Rays to catch them with only 60 games remaining in the season.

    All the pressure is on the Rays in this series. If the Yankees play as well as they have the last 3 weeks, they can put the Rays in the rearview mirror in the next 3 days.

  450. Mr. Positivity July 27th, 2009 at 6:13 pm

    A rotation of

    CC
    AJ
    Andy
    Arroyo
    Mitre

    Does not give me confidence in the month of September and in the playoffs.

    We would have replaced Joba and Wang with Mitre/Arroyo. 2 guys who probably are not even starters on good teams. Ouch.

  451. CB July 27th, 2009 at 6:13 pm

    People are overrating the red sox trade chips in pulling off a big deal.

    Many of their top guys have taken a hit in value. Bucchholz and Bard would have to go in a deal of substance and they can’t afford to let those guys go.

    And even Bucchholz isn’t worth what he was two years ago do to his poor major league performance to date.

    Masterson now looks like he’s only a reliever due to his difficulties getting out lefties. Bowden is a middling guy.

    And their number one prospect coming into this year – Lars Anderson – has had an absolutely terrible year and his value has fallen off a cliff.

    They can make a deal – but it will hurt them in the process.

  452. Rebecca--Optimist Prime--Montero Fanaticus Primus July 27th, 2009 at 6:13 pm

    SJ: Just worry about today’s game. Win today, worry about tomorrow tomorrow.

  453. raymagnetic July 27th, 2009 at 6:13 pm

    “If the Yanks take 2 of 3 from them in this series I will cease worrying about them.”

    Even if the Rays win 2 of 3 I’m not worrying about them. They aren’t making up a game a week on the Yankees, not with the way the Yankees have been playing.

    I’d like to see the Yankees bury them this week however.

  454. SJ44 July 27th, 2009 at 6:14 pm

    Why don’t you wait until deals are actually made to complain about them? Seems like the logical thing to do.

    You may be complaining about something that won’t happen.

  455. Melissa C July 27th, 2009 at 6:16 pm

    It is an embrassing how poorly Omar speaks. I am of Spanish desent and speak both English and Spanish well. I was cringing while he was speaking. He was just horrible and is an embrassement to the Mets.

  456. joeman July 27th, 2009 at 6:16 pm

    Hot Stove.. nothing like it

  457. Yanks 86 July 27th, 2009 at 6:16 pm

    Exactly.

    If we get swept, the Rays are right back in this thing. We have our 3 best pitchers going. You figure we can get atleast ONE of these games.

    That’s all we really need.

  458. Anthony Murillo July 27th, 2009 at 6:17 pm

    Bronson Arroyo?

    No thank you!

  459. Wanzies (Steve) July 27th, 2009 at 6:19 pm

    Angels started the trend several years ago of overvaluing their prospects to the point of not using them as trade chips in ANY deals (see Brandon Wood).

    I harken back to the Baseball America historical Top 100 each year; you just never know with “prospects”.

    I’ll go with late 90s NYY model: good home-grown core and use the prospects to get the missing pieces. Not sure Arroyo is David Cone (okay, I’m SURE he’s not), but NYY are going to have to get some innings from somewhere. Keep it close through six, turn it over to the bullpen and deep lineup. Can’t ask for more from your 4-5 starters.

  460. Sigmund July 27th, 2009 at 6:19 pm

    “the thing I’m looking forward to the most is the Yanks being able to put this ‘0-8 vs. Boston’ merde to bed. OMG, it never ends. Three bad series and sure enough it’s thrown out there ad nauseum.

    The Yanks are winning at a .600+ clip, and yet somehow those eight games against Boston define the season thus far”

    I don’t think it defines the season — technically, the Yanks could go zero-for-the-season against Boston and still win the World Series (assuming Boston loses in the first round of the playoffs or doesn’t make it to the post season).

    The trouble is this: More than likely, the Yanks will face the Sox if they hope to progress far into the post season. And, as of the last time they played, the Sox were the better team, head-to-head. Much better. Lord knows I hope this changes, but the math, at least, is ugly. If the two teams were really equal (that is, each had a 50/50 chance of winning each game), the chances that one team would go 0-8 is one in 512. In other words, it can be said (again, mathematically speaking, and as of six weeks ago) that there’s greater than a 99.5% chance that the Sox are better than the Yanks, head-to-head.

    Which is why I’m worried, and hope like crazy that those odds looks a lot better come year end.

  461. Mike R July 27th, 2009 at 6:20 pm

    I’m not too excited about this Arroyo talk.
    Baseball-reference’s similar player listings for him are pretty funny.

    Similar Pitchers through 31

    Kris Benson (975)
    Joey Hamilton (974)
    Mark Clark (973)
    Dustin Hermanson (972)
    Andy Ashby (968)
    Brett Tomko (967)

  462. Wave Your Hat July 27th, 2009 at 6:20 pm

    I’m not writing the Rays off yet.

    Of the Yanks 64 remaining games, 30 are against the Red Sox, the Rays or Toronto. We have two separate West Coast road trips to go through, including one more visit to Anaheim.

    I’d REALLY like to win 2 out of 3 against the Rays.

  463. joeman July 27th, 2009 at 6:21 pm

    don’t know if it would happen but a Yankee of of Swisher in LF,Damon in CF & Hinske in RF would be hard to watch

  464. PittsburghYankeeFan July 27th, 2009 at 6:21 pm

    Quite an afternoon.

    First, don’t be hating on the Burgh and Golden Corral! Good place for breakfast at 3 AM.

    Second, if Omar fights Kay, Paul O’Neill should ref under his banner.

    Third, should we be betting over which GM gets the axe first, JP Riccardi or Omar Minaya?

    Fourth, Jason Zillo deserves a promotion. The ARod hit piece in the NY Times Book Review by Toure (who the hell is Toure) looks mean and old after HOPE week. ARod is simply playing baseball right now, if anyone noticed, and nothing about poker clubs, strip clubs, Madonna, kabbalah is making the news. Just the Yankees leaving YS open until 3 AM for XP kids. Take that, Toure!

    Fifth, best team in the AL, possibly best record in baseball by the end of the week, and 56% home grown players on the 25 man (versus 48% for the Sawx, and second in MLB). Where does the Boston media get off saying the Yankees simply buy talent and nothing else? Look in the mirror, chowdaheads.

    Sixth, if the Sawx want to gut their farm for Cliff Lee +/- Victor Martinez, let them. Note to Lohudnicks: we’ve been down that path with the Yankees from 2001-2006, and where did that get us?

    Seventh, Joba appears to be able to start until September 1. After that, the farm floodgates can open, and rotation depth is no longer a problem. So you need a fifth starter for about 5-6 starts. Aceves plus Mitre should be at least replacement level, which is all they need. Picking up a reliever is the way to go, which Cashman is trying to do under the radar.

    Eighth, maybe JP does Rios plus Downs to the Yankees for salary dump plus quantity in return–unlikely, but worth a thought.

    Ninth, my guess is that Wang has scar tissue. However, convince Pettitte to pitch one more year in 10 (which he hinted at in the offseason), and you have CC, Burnett, Joba, Hughes, Pettitte with Wang a question. In 2011, sign Doc to a 3-5 year contract.

  465. Bronx Jeers July 27th, 2009 at 6:23 pm

    Arroyo?

    What?

    URGENT: Attn Brian Cashman,

    Please look at this before signing anything!

    http://www.thesunblog.com/sports/arroyoguitar.jpg

  466. Carl D July 27th, 2009 at 6:24 pm

    To me, West Coast trips are only a big deal when we are playing the Angels.

    When push comes to shove in late September and we’re fighting for our playoff lives, are we really going to lose that series in Seattle to the Mariners who would have packed it in by then?

  467. Russell NY July 27th, 2009 at 6:26 pm

    “A rotation of

    CC
    AJ
    Andy
    Arroyo
    Mitre

    Does not give me confidence in the month of September and in the playoffs.”

    Joba would then be in the bullpen making it Coke, Aceves, Joba, Hughes, Mo. Pure domination. But at that point you would think Aceves would be in there for Mitre. Ace could make a decent #4. They will be fine.

  468. Ham Fighters July 27th, 2009 at 6:28 pm

    as with all trades, it depends on what you pay. that being said, arroyo would be a good p/u, he wont be awed by the a.l. east and he’s shown he will give you innings. we’re not looking for a top end guy, we’re just looking for an upgrade from mitre.

  469. hardwired July 27th, 2009 at 6:28 pm

    Washburn really makes the most sense. He’s a lefty (always a plus at the Stadium). He’s battle tested, and he knows the AL. What’s more, he’s having a very solid season.

    Unless Seattle is unrealistic with their trade demand, I’m all for Cashman going full on for him.

  470. joeysdadjoe July 27th, 2009 at 6:28 pm

    Zoso
    July 27th, 2009 at 4:19 pm
    Omar Minaya going with the Chewbacca Defense.
    Brilliant!

    Did Omar rip Rubins arm off?

  471. m July 27th, 2009 at 6:29 pm

    omg. I’d rather have Washburn than Arroyo.

  472. Betsy July 27th, 2009 at 6:31 pm

    I still think it’s hilarious how fans give the Rays mucho respect when they are 6 games behind us, but when we were only 3 back of the Sox, it was because the Yankees sucked and it was the end of the world.

    The Jays are not trading within the division, but if they do, the Yankees can’t let Doc go there……..

  473. SJ44 July 27th, 2009 at 6:32 pm

    Would you rather trade Phil Hughes for Washburn or get Arroyo for much less of a price? Last year, Seattle wanted Hughes for Washburn.

    Last week, they wanted Gardner AND Cabrera for Washburn.

    Its not about which pitcher you would rather have. I’d rather have Doc Halladay than all of these guys combined.

    The issue is cost to obtain the player. If the cost is ridiculous, as most of the trade proposals have been all over baseball so far, deals aren’t getting done.

  474. Betsy July 27th, 2009 at 6:32 pm

    No thanks on Washburn – I certainly am not willing to give up premium prospects for him. Pass.

  475. vinny-b (keep Montero) July 27th, 2009 at 6:33 pm

    “omg. I’d rather have Washburn than Arroyo”

    the asking price for Washburn will be sky-high. Supply & demand

  476. Wave Your Hat July 27th, 2009 at 6:33 pm

    “I still think it’s hilarious how fans give the Rays mucho respect when they are 6 games behind us, but when we were only 3 back of the Sox, it was because the Yankees sucked and it was the end of the world.”

    You make the mistake of assigning a collective consciousness to the people who post on this blog.

  477. m July 27th, 2009 at 6:34 pm

    SJ,

    Neither!

    I’ll stick with Sergio mitre or get a reliever to replace Aceves when he goes back to the rotation.

  478. m July 27th, 2009 at 6:35 pm

    vinny,

    If that’s the case, then Washburn will most likely be a mariner after the deadline.

    We went through this last season, too.

  479. joeman July 27th, 2009 at 6:35 pm

    with all the teams still looking at the playoffs, you think they would have to go looking at a team that is just about out of the playoff race, upon looking there’s not much out there. Washburn does look like a good move but at what cost.

  480. pat July 27th, 2009 at 6:36 pm

    “It wouldn’t surprise me if the Sox pulled off a major deal at the deadline, they’ve done it before.”

    They also have a history of a Gagne trade too. Major doesn’t always equal good for the Sox, Yanks or anyone else.

  481. SJ44 July 27th, 2009 at 6:36 pm

    They are getting a pitcher this week. There is no way they are going the rest of the year with the staff as presently constructed.

    If its a bullpen guy, they will transition Aceves back to the rotation. If its a starter, they pen will remain the same.

    Knowing the Yankees, they will probably get a starter and bullpen help and just stockpile it.

    I would be very surprised if they stood pat.

  482. hardwired July 27th, 2009 at 6:36 pm

    Would you expect Seattle to say they want scrubs for Washburn?

    It’s called negotiation. Seattle is going nowhere, and Washburn is a rental.

    Cashman is a good G.M. (contrary to what I’ve written in the past). If there’s a way to do it at a reasonable cost, I’m sure he’ll get it done.

    Don’t sell Washburn short, he really is pretty damn solid for a middle-of-the-rotation sort.

  483. Laura - Happy Birthday, Alex! Now let me see some HRs! July 27th, 2009 at 6:39 pm

    “They are getting a pitcher this week. There is no way they are going the rest of the year with the staff as presently constructed.”

    I have no problem with that as long as we don’t trade away our blue chip players.

  484. Conan July 27th, 2009 at 6:39 pm

    Imagine if AJ or CC gets hurt. The season goes down the drain…

  485. Betsy July 27th, 2009 at 6:39 pm

    Wave, I’m not sure what your point is. There are plenty of folks on this board who quake in their boots from fear of the Rays, but hate on the Yankees at the same time. I respect the Rays, but to me it just is hypocritical…..

  486. Mark July 27th, 2009 at 6:40 pm

    You said you wanted Cashman to get 1 or 2 starters right?

    Well, the Bronson Arroyos of the world are the only ones available unless you want to give up top prospects. Every guy we acquire will be of the “lightening in a bottle” variety, with no guarantee of success. No sure things unless you want to give up a lot.

  487. hardwired July 27th, 2009 at 6:41 pm

    addendum: Washburn isn’t quite a rental. He’s signed through 2010.

    The onus will be on Cashman to not overpay, but I still think he can get it done w/out sacrificing a future asset.

  488. Jonah July 27th, 2009 at 6:41 pm

    Kim Jones just said that the Rays have 3 10-game homestands left in the 2nd half.

    And they just went 6-4 on their road trip.

    They are not going to go away. they may not catch us, but they will make us sweat.

  489. Betsy July 27th, 2009 at 6:41 pm

    Hardwired, I don’t think so……..The Ms were looking for Austin Jackson last year even though getting rid of Washburn would have been a salary dump. No thanks – I’m not counting on them to be reasonable.

  490. SJ44 July 27th, 2009 at 6:42 pm

    Washburn has 3 problems:

    1. He’s a flyball pitcher and that really isn’t a good recipe for pitching in the new Stadium.
    2. He’s not Lee or Halladay. However, he is good enough to make Seattle ask for better level prospects in return.

    Unfortuately, he’s not good enough to warrant giving up those prospects. Especially since he’s a FA at the end of the year and is a flyball pitcher.

    3. The Yankees have been down this road before with the Mariners, albeit under different management. I don’t know if they want to get bounced around again like they were last year.

  491. Doreen July 27th, 2009 at 6:42 pm

    I’d love for AJ to win tonight. That would guarantee no sweep and anything else, in the Rays’ homefield, is gravy.

  492. Banks July 27th, 2009 at 6:42 pm

    Arroyo is signed through 2010. The club option is for 2011.

    So if we get him, we’re stuck with him for next year too.

  493. Kelvin Ace July 27th, 2009 at 6:42 pm

    I have faith in AJ and CC, they should be fine.

    (dont jynx it lol)

  494. Ham Fighters July 27th, 2009 at 6:43 pm

    remember, cash has pointed out on several occasions plenty of talent will be available post-deadline.

  495. thisguy July 27th, 2009 at 6:43 pm

    # Laura – Happy Birthday, Alex! Now let me see some HRs! July 27th, 2009 at 6:39 pm

    “They are getting a pitcher this week. There is no way they are going the rest of the year with the staff as presently constructed.”

    I have no problem with that as long as we don’t trade away our blue chip players.

    i’ll trade away prospects like jackson and mcallister and melancon if it gets me a pitcher like cliff lee.

    not sure if i add romine to that deal…maybe another sp prospect…but im sure the indians would want either romine or montero

  496. Betsy July 27th, 2009 at 6:44 pm

    Jonah, I’m sorry, but you missed my point. I want to know why fans are respecting the Rays and praising them (which I agree with, by the way), but when the Yankees were only 3 games behind the Sox (and the Rays are 6 behind us), fans were killing the Yankees. It makes no sense to me.

  497. Matt July 27th, 2009 at 6:44 pm

    Unless Cashman is going to give up top prospects, people just have to accept that we’re going to head down the stretch with a shaky rotation.

    When you lose someone like Wang and have to take your young promising starter out of the rotation because of innings, you can’t replace them with comparable pitchers in the middle of the season. There is nothing Cashman can do.

  498. Doreen July 27th, 2009 at 6:44 pm

    The Rays had some nice come from behind wins on their road trip. They and the Yankees are a good matchup. Two teams with lots of confidence who play 9 innings. Gonna be a tough series.

  499. SJ44 July 27th, 2009 at 6:45 pm

    I think Cash is overstating what will be available on the waiver wire.

    Plus, with the Yankees in first place, I doubt very seriously the Rays or Red Sox are going to let good players slip through that could help the Yankees.

    I think he was speaking more in a wishful tone than a belief tone.

  500. Wave Your Hat July 27th, 2009 at 6:45 pm

    Betsy-

    I was just kidding. I do respect the Rays, but I wasn’t among those panicking after we dropped 3 to the Angels. People worry about things all the time here, but it’s different people worrying about different things at different times.

  501. hardwired July 27th, 2009 at 6:47 pm

    addendum to the addendum: Washburn is free agent in 2010:

    http://www.mlbtraderumors.com/.....ree-a.html

    Seattle would be overplaying their hand if they seriously pushed for an A-list prospect.

    Also, I promise to do better research before posting in the future. lol.

  502. Wanzies (Steve) July 27th, 2009 at 6:47 pm

    A guess? Ian Snell, Bronson Arroyo and a reliever, let’s say Grabow or Capps. If it’s Snell and a Pirate RP, here’s guessing that two mid-level pitchers and Juan Miranda go to Pittsburgh. I’m also guessing that Arroyo costs less, player-wise because of his cost, salary-wise. Thoughts?

  503. m July 27th, 2009 at 6:47 pm

    Cashman did make a good point about more players making it through waivers because teams don’t want to be stuck holding the bag if they’re doing it for the sake of blocking teams.

  504. Homer July 27th, 2009 at 6:48 pm

    SJ,

    Agree. No good player is going to fall to us on waivers. If he doesn’t get someone by Friday, there is very little he can do.

  505. RayVT July 27th, 2009 at 6:48 pm

    Where a Pitcher plays is important as well. The Reds play in a band box while Seattle is a pitchers park. Washburn is every bit as much a risk as Arroyo. I prefer Halladay & even Bedard if he is healthy or soon healthy. Durch is also a good option provided the A’s don’t try to fleece the Yankees for him.

    Where Boston may be able to do damage is not with their farm system, but by taking on contracts. They may be able to get the Pirates 2B Sanchez & SS Wilson combo and parlay a trade to Cleveland of Pedoria & Lowrie with a Pitcher like Bucholtz & Bard for Lee & V-Mart. I actually think 2B Sanchez & SS Wilson would be an upgrade over Pedoria & Lowrie to boot.

    The Yankees could do something similar to try & get Rios & Halladay with another club or even the Pirates or Giants. I think Lee could be great in Yankee Stadium similar to Key.

  506. Betsy July 27th, 2009 at 6:49 pm

    http://blogs.nypost.com/sports/st/

    Just terrific…….

  507. joeman July 27th, 2009 at 6:50 pm

    right now Sergio Mitre isn’t the answer, I still have faith in Andy & Joba seems to have turn it around,so what they should be looking for is a SP who can get them 6-7 innings and keep them in the game,also another lefthanded RP wouldn’t hurt. BTW…to look at 2010 FA’s not much out there hitters or pitchers

  508. Wanzies (Steve) July 27th, 2009 at 6:51 pm

    Just my opinion, but the pitchers the NYY should/could/would be looking at would fall under the definition of “service-able”. They don’t need to be aces. They need to pitch 6 per outing.

  509. CB July 27th, 2009 at 6:52 pm

    “addendum to the addendum: Washburn is free agent in 2010:”

    Washburn is a free agent at the end of this year. Cot’s is a better source of contract information than mlbtraderumors.

  510. Betsy July 27th, 2009 at 6:52 pm

    Wave, I’ll buy that,lol…… I worry, too, but on the other hand, I think after 100 or so games that I can have faith in this team.

    Here’s hoping AJ pitches a game like he pitched the last time we were in Tampa, lol

  511. Mike July 27th, 2009 at 6:53 pm

    Yankee fans are confident about their own team, but smart enough to realize how talented the Rays are and how one bad slump by us (which we’ve had already this season) can really erase all the breathing room we have.

    Our schedule is also much tougher in the 2nd half than theirs or Bostons are. Especially in September. Tampa plays 13 of their last 16 at home. They also only have 3 games left on the West, we have 13.

    Nobody is “worried” about Tampa. Just want to gain as much ground on them as possible because they are a dangerous team.

  512. hardwired July 27th, 2009 at 6:54 pm

    How does this pitcher sound?:

    ERA: 2.71

    WHIP: 1.06

    batting avg against: .224

    Don’t sell Washburn short. It’s not like I’m in the Jarrod Washburn fan club, but compared to Arroyo or Snell he looks like Walter Johnson.

  513. SJ44 July 27th, 2009 at 6:54 pm

    In other words, Sherman has nothing new to report on Halladay.

    At this point, if he gets traded, then its news. Its like that for everybody now.

    Until then, its just people filling space to give readers their fix of trade rumors.

  514. Doreen July 27th, 2009 at 6:54 pm

    I may not want the Yankees to trade for Halladay (or rather, give up Joba and/or Hughes to procure him), but I sure as heck do not want Halladay to be pitching for the hated, dreaded, Red Sox. :(

  515. Peter Abraham July 27th, 2009 at 6:56 pm

    Just a word to the wise, if you make up “breaking news” on his blog, you’ll be banned from commenting. One strike and you are out. Non-negotiable.

  516. hardwired July 27th, 2009 at 6:56 pm

    CB, by 2010 they mean prior to the 2010 season. That’s what threw me at first. You’re right on about Cot’s though.

  517. Rebecca--Optimist Prime--Montero Fanaticus Primus July 27th, 2009 at 6:56 pm

    RT @jamalg @mlbtraderumors says that Bronson Arroyo IS scheduled to start tomorrow; TBA listed for tomorrow’s Reds starter was an “error.”

  518. Track Star July 27th, 2009 at 6:56 pm

    JP finally making the smart move. Red Sox can offer him a better package than these NL teams.

    We could too, but I doubt Cashman includes Joba or Hughes. Sox might not be as high on Buchholz, despite what they say publicly.

  519. hardwired July 27th, 2009 at 6:57 pm

    Pete, would a bullet to the head be too severe?

    I vote ‘No’, but that’s just me.

  520. GreenBeret7 July 27th, 2009 at 6:57 pm

    Doreen
    July 27th, 2009 at 6:42 pm
    I’d love for AJ to win tonight. That would guarantee no sweep and anything else, in the Rays’ homefield, is gravy.

    ============================================================

    Well, it may be gravvy, but, it would be nice to have some American Fries to put under the gravvy.

  521. Bronx Jeers July 27th, 2009 at 6:57 pm

    This Arroyo thing is the biggest hit on the line we’ve had yet. I’m going to try and say 3 positive things.

    He’ generally a healthy player.

    He has pitched in the AL East and has won at least 1 big game.

    Maybe all those earned runs in the NL central were against Pujols?

  522. SJ44 July 27th, 2009 at 6:57 pm

    Would you trade Montero, Romine, Jackson or Hughes for Washburn? How about Melky AND Gardner?

    These are some of the names Seattle has floated in the last year with the Yankees re: Washburn.

    His stats don’t mean much if he is a flyball pitcher in Yankee Stadium. That would skew those stats.

    He’s a good pitcher. He’s not worth giving up A List propsects for which, at least right now, is what Seattle is looking for in return.

    If you are going to give up A List prospects, you have to get an A List player back in return. If not, the deal makes no sense from the Yankees perspective.

  523. CB July 27th, 2009 at 6:57 pm

    “http://blogs.nypost.com/sports/st/

    Just terrific…….”

    Betsy,

    I saw that story. I assume you’re referring to Sherman reporting the Jays feel that the Phillies and Sox are the best matches for Halladay?

    Here’s a question. Why would a Toronto source leak a story to a NY reporter?

    Could it be intentional? Perhaps as a way to ridiculous way to get the yankees to the table?

    Those leaks are intentional. They are leaked for an audience. Joel Sherman doesn’t have some magical relationship with people in the Jays who are going to be honest with him just because he’s a swell guy.

    The Jays don’t want to trade Doc in the division. But the Phils have refused to bid against themselves so now the Jays are going to leak rumors to dry to artificially drum up a market. He’s trying to put pressure on the Phils by convincing them that the Sox and Yankees are still in it.

    JP is up a creek and he knows it now.

  524. joeman July 27th, 2009 at 6:58 pm

    SJ44 July 27th, 2009 at 6:54 pm

    In other words, Sherman has nothing new to report on Halladay.

    At this point, if he gets traded, then its news. Its like that for everybody now.

    Until then, its just people filling space to give readers their fix of trade rumors
    ——————————————————–
    this is why baseball is talked about 365 days a year….RUMORS

  525. Dave July 27th, 2009 at 6:58 pm

    Sox sniffing around all these big names – Gonzo, V-Mart, Lee, Halladay etc. makes me nervous.

    Clearly Theo is big game hunting. Will be interesting to see who, if anyone, is untouchable for him.

  526. carl July 27th, 2009 at 6:59 pm

    Lets go Yankees!

  527. Laura - Happy Birthday, Alex! Now let me see some HRs! July 27th, 2009 at 6:59 pm

    “Maybe all those earned runs in the NL central were against Pujols?”

    Good one, Bronx!

  528. SJ44 July 27th, 2009 at 7:00 pm

    What makes you think Toronto values Buchholz highly if the Red Sox don’t?

    Toronto is looking for the moon for Halladay. Absent that, they aren’t going to give him to the Red Sox, despite the fears from paranoid Yankee fans re: anything Red Sox.

    The same premium the Yankees have for Halladay is in place for Boston.

    If they want to blow up their system to get him, good luck.

  529. Vince July 27th, 2009 at 7:01 pm

    Gammons will go full throttle in overrating his beloved Boston Socks prospects as Theo Epstein’s tool right through Friday.

  530. Mike Mineo July 27th, 2009 at 7:01 pm

    Pete, I agree with you about the Mets situation. I have several friends that are diehard Mets fans, and also completely respectable of other teams and their fans.

    For their organization to show this form of immaturity is an insult to the fans that pay for Mets tickets and merchandise, in addition to devoting hours of their hard-working weeks to watch their favorite baseball team. To run an organization so poorly is disgraceful to the game of baseball, not to mention a slap in the face to journalists that simply want to get a TRUE story out there.

    I never understood why someone would give Minaya a chance… real front offices like the Yankees and Red Sox would laugh in his face if he applied for a job. The guy got lucky one year and has been a disgrace to the professionalism of baseball ever since.

    As far as I’m concerned, Yankees and Red Sox fans should be thankful for their organization’s professionalism (most of the time). John Henry may spew off ridiculous statements and Hank may be too loud and obnoxious, but these guys are really nothing more than entertaining. They don’t directly harm their teams with their immaturity. Behind closed doors they are doing what they are supposed to, for the most part.

  531. Rebecca--Optimist Prime--Montero Fanaticus Primus July 27th, 2009 at 7:01 pm

    RT @ed_price #Reds say Bronson Arroyo will start tomorrow. But #Yankees have 2 scouts in Cincy, so something brewing

  532. joeman July 27th, 2009 at 7:01 pm

    I have breaking news stories all the time but I do keep them to myself

  533. Dave July 27th, 2009 at 7:01 pm

    Arroyo had a 3.47 ERA in the 2nd half last year

    For his career, he has a 3.90 ERA in the 2nd half, a run lower than his 1st half ERA.

    Could be like the Sox with LaRoche… has strong 2nd half numbers that we could capitalize on.

  534. Pat M.... July 27th, 2009 at 7:02 pm

    The question being asked by Yankee the Yankee Ownership is, how many productive years do Jeter, Rivera, Posada, A-Rod Mr. Stienbrenner have left ??? If they pick up a mid-level starter, or reliever and push Aceves to the rotation what is the % of winning this season & next??? How does that % increase if you cash in some valued chips now ??? It really comes down to the few that own the club and price they value an increased chance of winning right now…..

  535. Doreen July 27th, 2009 at 7:02 pm

    CB -

    And I took the bait! :lol: (Hook, line and sinker) (Regarding the RS interest in Halladay)

  536. Serf July 27th, 2009 at 7:02 pm

    http://www.nesn.com/2009/07/re.....-done.html

    Arroyo would be nice.

  537. Mike Mineo July 27th, 2009 at 7:02 pm

    Vince,

    Actual scouts could give a hoot about Gammons’ ESPN analysis. They have their own scouts that are being paid to do their job. Gammons is for the everyday baseball fans with no access to the in-depth team reports. I personally think he is a good reporter but I hope no one actually believes that he has an influence on the trading deadline.

  538. 213 Area Code July 27th, 2009 at 7:03 pm

    “Just Say No” to Arroyo, no matter what his first name is (I thought ARod might of called him “Slappy”). None of those ’04 Beaneaters in Pinstripes, ever. No to Derek Lowe over the winter & remember that “Minky” was worthless too.

  539. Phil July 27th, 2009 at 7:03 pm

    We better not be giving up anything of value if we’re getting Arroyo.

  540. carl July 27th, 2009 at 7:04 pm

    Arroyo Made A-Rod and Varitek fight :( Hes trouble

  541. SJ44 July 27th, 2009 at 7:04 pm

    Everybody, including the Yankees, “sniff around” at the bigger talents on the market. Who doesn’t? That’s not news.

    When the Sox do a deal, then you can panic. Until then, think for a minute.

    They need a bat more than they need another pitcher. If they use all of their assets, which they would have to do, to get Halladay, where are they getting the bat?

    As CB says, the Jays don’t want to trade Halladay within the division unless they get a huge return.

    Boston, like the Yankees aren’t going “huge” to get him. That being the case, there will be no deal.

  542. Zoso July 27th, 2009 at 7:06 pm

    I’m so glad the Yanks won yesterday. The thought of Mark Ellis beating them was almost too much to bear.

  543. timo July 27th, 2009 at 7:07 pm

    Last weekend of the year we have to go into the Trop while the Sox get the Indians in Fenway.

    So unless we have a four game lead after 159 games, we’ll very likely be sweating the last series of the year.

  544. Laura - Happy Birthday, Alex! Now let me see some HRs! July 27th, 2009 at 7:08 pm

    Oh God, we have to put up with those damn cowbells.

  545. bodhisattva - Destiny Wears Pinstripes July 27th, 2009 at 7:08 pm

    RDM
    July 27th, 2009 at 4:21 pm
    “Another clueless post”…humm…just looked it up..>A Rod w/RISP is batting .262 and RISP w/2 outs he is batting .243…is that good for a clean up hitter SJ44??? I guess I am wrong…..
    =====

    Uhh…you are profoundly wrong RDM.

    2 outs and RISP the guy’s OBP is .451…do you have a clue? He’s not getting pitched to, bozo. Earlier, when he couldn’t really couldn’t employ his lower half because of his surgery, he used his smarts to read the strike zone and take walks.

    His High Leverage numbers: .288/.427/.678 with an OPS of 1.015.
    Yanks within a run: 1.026 OPS.
    Yanks within two: 1.007 OPS.

    Late & Close?: .265/.468 (!!!)/ with a 256 OPS+ (!!!!!!!)

    Some people around here just seriously don’t know how to interpret results, or ignore them altogether. It’s kind of stunning.

    This guy is doing this off of HIP surgery: what part of exceptional bat don’t you see in these statistics?

    I’m not even trying to be mean here, I am seriously stunned that someone would try to skew what ALex has done since his return negatively, using BA alone. I have no words….

  546. Anthony Murillo July 27th, 2009 at 7:08 pm

    Who thinks the birthday boy will homer tonight?

  547. Betsy July 27th, 2009 at 7:09 pm

    CB, good points….Ok, off to dinner. Go AJ!

  548. Rebecca--Optimist Prime--Montero Fanaticus Primus July 27th, 2009 at 7:09 pm

    I don’t care what A-Rod does tonight as long as the Yankees win.

    He could suddenly strip at third base and I wouldn’t care if the Yankees won.

  549. Zoso July 27th, 2009 at 7:10 pm

    I’ll admit, it would be kind of funny to watch Francesa spin Arroyo’s stinkers if pitched for the Yanks.

    And trust me, there would be stinkers. He’s capable of spinning a few good starts, but he is more than capable of being LIT UP.

  550. Wangawa July 27th, 2009 at 7:10 pm

    oh boy, 3 whole days of cowbells

  551. Anthony Murillo July 27th, 2009 at 7:11 pm

    I’m sure you’d care just a little bit if he stripped, Rebecca lol.

  552. Laura - Happy Birthday, Alex! Now let me see some HRs! July 27th, 2009 at 7:11 pm

    “He could suddenly strip at third base and I wouldn’t care if the Yankees won.”

    Um, Alex standing naked at 3B is certainly something that would catch my eye. The Yankees winning would just be gravy. :)

  553. sunny615 July 27th, 2009 at 7:11 pm

    Peter Abraham:
    “I covered the Mets before I was promoted to the Yankees.”

    ++++

    Funny how Pete thinks getting to the Yanks is a promotion over the Mets. I guess anyone/everyone would think that. :)

  554. sunny615 July 27th, 2009 at 7:12 pm

    Here’s a suggestion guys: take a pitch?

  555. RayVT July 27th, 2009 at 7:12 pm

    I expect ARod to hit 3 HRs tonight! One for himself, 1 for Kate & 1 for Madonna. LOL!

  556. Kelvin Ace July 27th, 2009 at 7:12 pm

    Damn I know this is a Yankees Blog and all, But I just watched the Video Pete linked us to..

    Minaya stepped out of character right there. You can tell by Rubins reaction, like wow, Did Minaya really just do this, I cant believe this.

    Mets should restructure their leadership, Minaya shouldn’t be GM at this point.

  557. xyz July 27th, 2009 at 7:13 pm

    Tampa is a pretty cool city. Clean, for the most part, and Ybor City knows how to party.

  558. Laura - Happy Birthday, Alex! Now let me see some HRs! July 27th, 2009 at 7:13 pm

    “Mets should restructure their leadership, Minaya shouldn’t be GM at this point.”

    He should have been canned 2 years ago.

  559. carl July 27th, 2009 at 7:13 pm

    Tex baby!

  560. CPinDC July 27th, 2009 at 7:14 pm

    Anyone else watching the game via MLB.tv? I can hear the stupid cowbells, the crowd, the ball hitting the mitt but no Michael Kay, Singleton, Cone, et al!!!

    What’s up? Thanks

  561. tjrover July 27th, 2009 at 7:15 pm

    “expedite more the investigation”

    yeah ok. minaya is an idiot who can’t even grasp simple english. it’s no wonder he’s run that team into the ground. he fits in with the rest of that organization’s clownish antics. and people have called the Yankees a zoo…..

    if the Yankees are a zoo the Mets are a carnival

  562. Kelvin Ace July 27th, 2009 at 7:15 pm

    Yeah I agree, When Willie was released, Minaya should have been as well :/

  563. Joe Mama July 27th, 2009 at 7:17 pm

    “Anyone else watching the game via MLB.tv? I can hear the stupid cowbells, the crowd, the ball hitting the mitt but no Michael Kay, Singleton, Cone, et al!!!

    What’s up? Thanks”

    Same for me, I’m listening to the other broadcast but the Rays announcers are pretty terrible

  564. Anthony Murillo July 27th, 2009 at 7:17 pm

    Minaya is a tool, no other way around that. He’s not been the greatest of GM’s. He’s done a lot of “no brainer” moves, I.E.: Johan Santana, K-Rod, Beltran

  565. neo July 27th, 2009 at 7:17 pm

    someone have a link for the game?

  566. hardwired July 27th, 2009 at 7:19 pm

    “the Rays announcers are pretty terrible”

    I remember when Dewayne Staats did Yankee games. Those were most definitely not ‘the good old days’.

  567. Tom in N.J. July 27th, 2009 at 7:20 pm

    “The Arroyo-to-the-Yankees thing? Yeah, not so much. Shot down by the Yanks.”

    http://twitter.com/PeteAbe/statuses/2879489096

  568. Ben July 27th, 2009 at 7:20 pm

    does the camera angle seem off to anyone else?

  569. joeman July 27th, 2009 at 7:20 pm

    Minaya is tough to listen to

  570. Anthony Murillo July 27th, 2009 at 7:21 pm

    Woah, this umpire is a little tight eh?

  571. big dog July 27th, 2009 at 7:21 pm

    horrible call

    AJ is throwing well watch out

  572. carl July 27th, 2009 at 7:21 pm

    Oh come on that was strike 3

  573. Laura - Happy Birthday, Alex! Now let me see some HRs! July 27th, 2009 at 7:21 pm

    Dear AJ,

    Please do not walk the fast TB runners. Thanks.

    Signed, All Yankee fans

  574. CPinDC July 27th, 2009 at 7:21 pm

    I just checked at the mlb support forum and evidently I am not crazy….others have noticed the broadcaster’s silence as well. At 7:14 pm today, MLB support said that they are working on it.

  575. Joe Mama July 27th, 2009 at 7:22 pm

    The moving strike zone is my favorite

  576. CB July 27th, 2009 at 7:22 pm

    ““The Arroyo-to-the-Yankees thing? Yeah, not so much. Shot down by the Yanks.””

    What a surprise. The Reds leaked to a reporter that their player with an untradable contract was wanted by the team with the most money in the game.

  577. Devon July 27th, 2009 at 7:23 pm

    Nice don’t let the Rays get too comfortable up there A.J

  578. sunny615 July 27th, 2009 at 7:23 pm

    oops

  579. CB July 27th, 2009 at 7:24 pm

    “Woah, this umpire is a little tight eh?”

    AJ had Crawford struck out. Bad call.

  580. hardwired July 27th, 2009 at 7:24 pm

    Looks like another wandering strike zone tonight.

  581. Yagi July 27th, 2009 at 7:24 pm

    Can I watch game online for free?

  582. Laura - Happy Birthday, Alex! Now let me see some HRs! July 27th, 2009 at 7:25 pm

    Longoria looked like he was swinging for the fences there.

  583. carl July 27th, 2009 at 7:26 pm

    GJ AJ

  584. RS July 27th, 2009 at 7:26 pm

    Swisher makes me nervous but AJ gets out of the jam!

  585. Rebecca--Optimist Prime--Montero Fanaticus Primus July 27th, 2009 at 7:26 pm

    Interesting tweet:

    @metsgrrl: wilpons were apparently not live, folks. sorry. but jeff w. said that adam was not the first person to ask a general question.

    If the Wilpons are siding with a reporter over their own GM, Omar is cooked.

  586. Anthony Murillo July 27th, 2009 at 7:26 pm

    I get so nervous when a ball is hit to Swisher…ugh

  587. carl July 27th, 2009 at 7:26 pm

    Yagi July 27th, 2009 at 7:24 pm

    Can I watch game online for free?

    http://www.mlb.tv

  588. RalphieD (OPPC) YES Radar Gun=Terrible July 27th, 2009 at 7:27 pm

    nice job aj..nice catch swish?

  589. pat July 27th, 2009 at 7:27 pm

    Look, Rays strand guys at 3rd with less than 2 outs too.

  590. xyz July 27th, 2009 at 7:27 pm

    I likes me some A.J.!

  591. CB July 27th, 2009 at 7:27 pm

    Great job by AJ getting out of that. He had Crawford struck out. Instead of getting caught up in the bad call and the poor pick of throw he focused on Longoria and just blew him away.

    His stuff was very good that inning.

  592. SJ44 July 27th, 2009 at 7:28 pm

    Not pretty but Nick made the catch and that’s all that matters.

    Poetic justice since AJ struck out Crawford and didn’t get the call.

  593. Joe Mama July 27th, 2009 at 7:28 pm

    AJ + Nick Swisher = Crazy plays in Right

  594. CPinDC July 27th, 2009 at 7:28 pm

    Broadcaster’s audio up now on YES. Now if they could just cut out the cowbells! :/

  595. Laura - Happy Birthday, Alex! Now let me see some HRs! July 27th, 2009 at 7:28 pm

    “Look, Rays strand guys at 3rd with less than 2 outs too.”

    Let’s hope we see more of that when that situation arises.

  596. xyz July 27th, 2009 at 7:28 pm

    Michael Kay: “Nick Swisher’s a thrill-a-minute out there.”

    You got that right, balloon head.

  597. joeman July 27th, 2009 at 7:28 pm

    somewhere along the way this OF defense is going to lose some big games for this team

  598. carl July 27th, 2009 at 7:29 pm

    JORGE!!!

  599. RalphieD (OPPC) YES Radar Gun=Terrible July 27th, 2009 at 7:30 pm

    wow…nice going mat and posada

  600. Laura - Happy Birthday, Alex! Now let me see some HRs! July 27th, 2009 at 7:30 pm

    Matsui’s knees just called 911.

  601. xyz July 27th, 2009 at 7:30 pm

    Matsui runs pretty well for a guy lugging a refrigerator.

    I know, I know…he had bad knees.

  602. SJ44 July 27th, 2009 at 7:30 pm

    Where is the dolt whining about Posada’s “awful”AB’s?

  603. carl July 27th, 2009 at 7:31 pm

    Best slide ever

  604. Laura - Happy Birthday, Alex! Now let me see some HRs! July 27th, 2009 at 7:31 pm

    Robbie will get a hit. Robbie will get a hit. Positive thinking!!

  605. Joe Mama July 27th, 2009 at 7:31 pm

    Good Job Matsui

  606. CB July 27th, 2009 at 7:31 pm

    I think what people complain about most here is players swinging at the first pitch.

    Well matsui just crushed a first pitch.

    And Posada crushed a first pitch for a double to drive in the run.

    Was that poor patience?

  607. NYY626 July 27th, 2009 at 7:32 pm

    cant believe matsui just scored all the way from 1st!

  608. carl July 27th, 2009 at 7:32 pm

    Robbie!!!

  609. RalphieD (OPPC) YES Radar Gun=Terrible July 27th, 2009 at 7:32 pm

    YEA CANO!

  610. Laura - Happy Birthday, Alex! Now let me see some HRs! July 27th, 2009 at 7:32 pm

    Told you!!!!!!

  611. djsunyc July 27th, 2009 at 7:32 pm

    ROBBIE DOESN’T FEAR THE RISP!!!

    ROBBIE BROUGHT THE COWBELL!!!

  612. James July 27th, 2009 at 7:32 pm

    robbie cano dontcha know?

  613. Uncle Ellsworth July 27th, 2009 at 7:33 pm

    Robi bustin’ it all the way?? I’m on radio

  614. carl July 27th, 2009 at 7:33 pm

    Swish!

  615. djsunyc July 27th, 2009 at 7:33 pm

    yanks up 3-0…that was QUICK…

  616. things that go thump in the dead of the night July 27th, 2009 at 7:33 pm

    its a good thing cano can’t hit with runners in scoring position…this is why people shouldn’t assert that cano’s weakness is that he isn’t “clutch”

  617. Patrick the Prospect Hugger July 27th, 2009 at 7:33 pm

    ABC baseball.

    Single-Double-Triple that’s about as simple as it gets :)

  618. xyz July 27th, 2009 at 7:33 pm

    James “Big Game” Shields obviously doesn’t feel this is a big game.

    Cowbell down.

  619. RalphieD (OPPC) YES Radar Gun=Terrible July 27th, 2009 at 7:33 pm

    great job swish…look at the fundamentals!

  620. djsunyc July 27th, 2009 at 7:34 pm

    i would almost bunt melky right now…

  621. carl July 27th, 2009 at 7:34 pm

    Uncle Ellsworth July 27th, 2009 at 7:33 pm

    Robi bustin’ it all the way?? I’m on radio

    Everyone thought it was gone. He turned on the Jets though.

  622. SJ44 July 27th, 2009 at 7:34 pm

    Two fastest guys on the team makin’ their way around the bases. lol

  623. Doreen July 27th, 2009 at 7:34 pm

    Nice inning so far. :)

  624. joeman July 27th, 2009 at 7:34 pm

    Cano didn’t bust it out of the box

  625. Joe Mama July 27th, 2009 at 7:34 pm

    The wind took that one

  626. xyz July 27th, 2009 at 7:34 pm

    “Robi bustin’ it all the way??”

    negatory.

  627. S.A.--Serenity Now July 27th, 2009 at 7:34 pm

    This is good. Very good

  628. Patrick the Prospect Hugger July 27th, 2009 at 7:35 pm

    “Cano didn’t bust it out of the box”

    Seriously bro? He got a triple! What do you want an inside the park HR?

  629. carl July 27th, 2009 at 7:35 pm

    Wooo Keep it going Yanks!

  630. Laura - Happy Birthday, Alex! Now let me see some HRs! July 27th, 2009 at 7:35 pm

    “I think what people complain about most here is players swinging at the first pitch. Well matsui just crushed a first pitch. And Posada crushed a first pitch for a double to drive in the run. Was that poor patience?”

    No, it was a bit of observation and luck. They noticed that Shields was throwing a lot of first pitch fastballs for strikes. If you are going to be aggressive, you try to get a hold of one of those. Thankfully, they were successful.

  631. djsunyc July 27th, 2009 at 7:35 pm

    send jeter…let him steal 2nd…

  632. things that go thump in the dead of the night July 27th, 2009 at 7:35 pm

    anyone else who remembers the 98 juggernaut team think this team has been playing like that team?

  633. Russell NY July 27th, 2009 at 7:36 pm

    Now that you have 3 runs the idea is to work up Sheilds’ pitch count… I don’t know why Melky swung at that 1-0 pitch with no one on. Ugh.

  634. joeman July 27th, 2009 at 7:37 pm

    Cano didn’t bust it out of the box”

    Seriously bro? He got a triple! What do you want an inside the park HR?

    ————————————–

    run the bases like your suppose to

  635. S.A.--Serenity Now July 27th, 2009 at 7:37 pm

    29 pitches for Shields

  636. SJ44 July 27th, 2009 at 7:38 pm

    To attack Shields, you try and stay away from his changeup.

    To do so, you look for fastballs early in the count and swing.

    Make him adjust. That’s a good gameplan.

  637. RDM July 27th, 2009 at 7:38 pm

    Pete, don’t get too excited…..lot of game left and AJ threw 20 pitches the first inning…..

  638. Uncle Ellsworth July 27th, 2009 at 7:39 pm

    things that go thump in the dead of the night
    July 27th, 2009 at 7:35 pm
    anyone else who remembers the 98 juggernaut team think this team has been playing like that team?

    KJ asked Mo if he was reminded of other teams he’s been on he said “not even close” Like this team is the best -
    maybe a little hyperbolic on his part but this team is Rockin’

  639. djsunyc July 27th, 2009 at 7:39 pm

    how does a guy batting .219 make the all star game?

  640. joeman July 27th, 2009 at 7:40 pm

    Patrick the Prospect Hugger July 27th, 2009 at 7:35 pm

    “Cano didn’t bust it out of the box”

    Seriously bro? He got a triple! What do you want an inside the park HR?

    ————————————-

    and the only reason he got a triple is because the RF couldn,t find the ball

  641. djsunyc July 27th, 2009 at 7:41 pm

    before the season started, i predicted AJ would be in cy young territory. now he started off rough but his last 7 starts have been nothing but cy young worthy…

  642. Laura - Happy Birthday, Alex! Now let me see some HRs! July 27th, 2009 at 7:41 pm

    AJ has some nasty stuff tonight. He has really turned his season around.

  643. Machi July 27th, 2009 at 7:41 pm

    Peter Venkman would be proud.

  644. SJ44 July 27th, 2009 at 7:42 pm

    “don’t get too excited”. This from the Mensa candidate of the blog. Too funny.

  645. djsunyc July 27th, 2009 at 7:42 pm

    lol…

  646. Tom from Worcester July 27th, 2009 at 7:43 pm

    Pete just quoted one of the funniest movies of all time! Love the Ghostbusters!

  647. RalphieD (OPPC) YES Radar Gun=Terrible July 27th, 2009 at 7:44 pm

    imagine how good aj would be if he didnt walk guys…HOF potential..

  648. carl July 27th, 2009 at 7:45 pm

    Come on AJ attack!

  649. Laura - Happy Birthday, Alex! Now let me see some HRs! July 27th, 2009 at 7:46 pm

    “Come on AJ attack!”

    What is he, carl – a pit bull? LOL!

  650. SJ44 July 27th, 2009 at 7:46 pm

    Walks are the only weakness in AJ’s game. If he could ever clean that up, he’s one of the 5 best pitchers in the game.

  651. Jon July 27th, 2009 at 7:46 pm

    Great Twitter post Pete lmao

  652. carl July 27th, 2009 at 7:47 pm

    Nice that’s how you do it

  653. Laura - Happy Birthday, Alex! Now let me see some HRs! July 27th, 2009 at 7:47 pm

    trisha would love this. The TB announcers were just praising Jorge’s game calling skills.

  654. djsunyc July 27th, 2009 at 7:47 pm

    “When AJ Attacks”…next on nat geo…

  655. pat July 27th, 2009 at 7:47 pm

    PFP at it’s best!

  656. xyz July 27th, 2009 at 7:48 pm

    A.J. is just plain nasty. This is the guy who was walking death against the Yanks in years past.

  657. S.A.--Serenity Now July 27th, 2009 at 7:48 pm

    37 pitches for AJ

  658. Tom in N.J. July 27th, 2009 at 7:48 pm

    splendid?

  659. carl July 27th, 2009 at 7:48 pm

    # Laura – Happy Birthday, Alex! Now let me see some HRs! July 27th, 2009 at 7:46 pm

    “Come on AJ attack!”

    What is he, carl – a pit bull? LOL!

    lol he needs to act like one

  660. CB July 27th, 2009 at 7:48 pm

    AJ’s got his very good fastball tonight. They are not going to hit it.

    He just needs to stop fooling around like he was with Burrell and just throw heat. Burrell is a .225 hitter this year. AJ completely overpowered Longoria and he’s trying to hit corners with Burrell?

    He will dominate tonight if he does not walk people.

    His stuff is so good tonight.

  661. Ralph July 27th, 2009 at 7:48 pm

    Why dont the Yankees talk to the Diamondbacks about a Haren/Qualls package?

  662. xyz July 27th, 2009 at 7:49 pm

    I’m nominating A.J. as the Stay Puft Marshmallow Man.

  663. Laura - Happy Birthday, Alex! Now let me see some HRs! July 27th, 2009 at 7:50 pm

    “Why dont the Yankees talk to the Diamondbacks about a Haren/Qualls package?”

    Because we’d have to send either Hughes or Joba to get Haren. If you want top shelf players, you usually have to send back top shelf players.

  664. djsunyc July 27th, 2009 at 7:50 pm

    man…all tex has to do is just hold the bat out there facing 3rd base and he gets a base hit. doesn’t even have to swing it…

  665. Joe Monte July 27th, 2009 at 7:50 pm

    Hey Ralph,

    The Yankees would have to give up Hughes or Joba and two prospects named Montero and Austin Jackson to acquire Dan Haren. He’s a top 5 starting pitcher right now and he will not come cheap.

  666. RalphieD (OPPC) YES Radar Gun=Terrible July 27th, 2009 at 7:51 pm

    “Why dont the Yankees talk to the Diamondbacks about a Haren/Qualls package?”

    funny how i am answering somebody with my own name…but yea thats not happening…

    joba
    hughes
    montero
    ajax
    romine
    +++++more, lots

    worth it? no..

  667. Uncle Ellsworth July 27th, 2009 at 7:51 pm

    There is no AJ only Zule

  668. S July 27th, 2009 at 7:54 pm

    Wait, seriously?

  669. Laura - Happy Birthday, Alex! Now let me see some HRs! July 27th, 2009 at 7:54 pm

    “UPDATE, 7:47 p.m.: Breaking news: Brian Cashman is talking trade with Adam Rubin of the Mets. Johan Santana for Alan Horn, Kei Igawa, Cody Ransom and a PTBNL.”

    It’s a good thing he got Bernazard fired, otherwise we couldn’t do that deal. :P

  670. sunny615 July 27th, 2009 at 7:56 pm

    Arod should have yelled HA!

  671. bru July 27th, 2009 at 7:56 pm

    If they want to blow up their system to get him, good luck.

    why them do you advocate the yankees getting him then?

    i think he would be great & make us better for a few years but i don’t know how much better than joba he will be once joba is over his restrictions.

  672. Laura - Happy Birthday, Alex! Now let me see some HRs! July 27th, 2009 at 7:57 pm

    “Arod should have yelled HA!”

    That play only works once. :)

  673. carl July 27th, 2009 at 7:57 pm

    A-Rod with wrist bands so cool

  674. thisguy July 27th, 2009 at 7:57 pm

    With the clock ticking.

    I’m going to ask people once again:

    Jackson, Romine, Mcallister, Melancon for Cliff Lee

    I wouldn’t want to trade Romine or Montero, and would rather add a high upside arm guy like Manuel Banuelos instead, but you’d have to believe this is the Indians asking price.

    Would you do it? If not, what package would you send for Cliff Lee?

  675. S.A.--Serenity Now July 27th, 2009 at 7:58 pm

    42 pitches for Shields

  676. Pat M.... July 27th, 2009 at 7:58 pm

    CB, You got to just love that arm…..

  677. Ralph July 27th, 2009 at 7:58 pm

    True it would take a big package but I think it wouldnt be as much as u would give for Halliday. True it would be better to get Halliday but I think Haren has a huge upside.
    Centering a package around Joba and Montero with 2 B Prospects ans a C should get it done.

  678. Laura - Happy Birthday, Alex! Now let me see some HRs! July 27th, 2009 at 7:59 pm

    “I’m going to ask people once again:

    Jackson, Romine, Mcallister, Melancon for Cliff Lee”

    And I’ll tell you once again – No.

  679. RS July 27th, 2009 at 7:59 pm

    This ump is really squeezing Burnett.

  680. Aaron July 27th, 2009 at 8:00 pm

    Once I saw the fire and brimstone quote, I was sincerely hoping for the rest of the Ghostbusters quote. Thanks for delivering Pete.

  681. Laura - Happy Birthday, Alex! Now let me see some HRs! July 27th, 2009 at 8:00 pm

    Give that man his Gold Glove now, please.

  682. carl July 27th, 2009 at 8:00 pm

    Tex amazing

  683. NYY626 July 27th, 2009 at 8:00 pm

    tex is nastyyy

  684. djsunyc July 27th, 2009 at 8:00 pm

    giambi would’ve hit that with his glove and launched it over the fence for a homerun…

  685. sunny615 July 27th, 2009 at 8:00 pm

    Giambi totally makes that play… or not.

  686. carl July 27th, 2009 at 8:01 pm

    And A-Rod is correct

  687. sunny615 July 27th, 2009 at 8:01 pm

    I’m going to ask people once again:

    Jackson, Romine, Mcallister, Melancon for Cliff Lee

    +++++

    Is that before or after Shapiro laughs Cashman off the phone.

  688. Laura - Happy Birthday, Alex! Now let me see some HRs! July 27th, 2009 at 8:03 pm

    AJ at 49 pitches.

  689. DT - OPPC member (blood type - Positive) July 27th, 2009 at 8:03 pm

    “I’m going to ask people once again:
    Jackson, Romine, Mcallister, Melancon for Cliff Lee”

    Q:
    how would an opposing scout file a report on Melancon?

    A:
    “Looks good in the pen. Carries out the bullpen equipment with authority. Eats peanuts and watches the other pitchers intently. Impressively, he hasn’t given up a hit in 17 days”

  690. Rishi July 27th, 2009 at 8:04 pm

    not sure if this has been posted already:

    http://myespn.go.com/blogs/swe.....style.html

  691. Laura - Happy Birthday, Alex! Now let me see some HRs! July 27th, 2009 at 8:05 pm

    “Q:
    how would an opposing scout file a report on Melancon?

    A:
    “Looks good in the pen. Carries out the bullpen equipment with authority. Eats peanuts and watches the other pitchers intently. Impressively, he hasn’t given up a hit in 17 days”

    LOL!

  692. SJ44 July 27th, 2009 at 8:06 pm

    Cleveland wouldn’t do that trade.

    Bru,

    No premium, you look at Doc. With the premium the Jays are attaching to a Yankee offer, you can’t drain the system to get him.

  693. xyz July 27th, 2009 at 8:06 pm

    I love how the home team fans always boo when the pitcher throws over to first, as if that’s going to stop the pitcher to throw over in the future.

    Sadly, even Yankee fans do it.

  694. xyz July 27th, 2009 at 8:07 pm

    boo!!! now the catcher is talking to the pitcher.

    boo!!!

  695. CB July 27th, 2009 at 8:07 pm

    Pat M.,

    That strike out of Longoria – how many guys can do that.

    This is Longoria. And he literally had no chance. Just completely over powered.

    Unfortunately the rays are a very patient team and they are clearly going up there and taking pitches to run up AJ’s pitch count.

    And he hasn’t adjusted to that. He’s trying to strike every guy out and to be perfect.

    He just not throwing enough strikes right now. And that’s a shame on a night where his fastball is tremendous.

  696. jp July 27th, 2009 at 8:07 pm

    u are a funny dude pete
    that adam line brought a smile to my face in what was otherwise a rough day.

  697. Groundhoggator July 27th, 2009 at 8:07 pm

    Pete,

    Hard to be credible when you don’t spell our prospects correctly… it’s Horne, plus any offer w/the Mets that doesn’t have Bruney as part of the package is immediately dismissed.

  698. champ809 July 27th, 2009 at 8:08 pm

    and the genius that wants to give up our future(Montero,AJax,Hughes,and everybody else) for Cliff Lee…get a clue Cliff Lee was DEMOTED to AAA in ’07 cuz he sucked…i know he won the CY last year but that’s been all he’s done in his career and he’s 31…duh if i am going to trade my entire future(which i would def NOT do if i’m Cash)i’m bringing back Halladay or King Felix not Lee!

  699. RS July 27th, 2009 at 8:08 pm

    Don’t let Longo hit one out here.

  700. thisguy July 27th, 2009 at 8:08 pm

    it’s funny how one person says no (laura), and then another says the indians’ gm would laugh at cashman making that offer (sunny).

    you can replace melancon in the deal if you’d like DT.

  701. Laura - Happy Birthday, Alex! Now let me see some HRs! July 27th, 2009 at 8:08 pm

    “I love how the home team fans always boo when the pitcher throws over to first, as if that’s going to stop the pitcher to throw over in the future.”

    Or as if it’s not part of the game. I could see it if the pitcher was doing something dishonest by throwing over there. But in fact, he’s doing his job. Pitchers are supposed to try and hold the runner. That’s how baseball works. And people boo. They are stupid. No other excuse makes sense.

  702. Pat M.... July 27th, 2009 at 8:09 pm

    That trade proposal is laughable……I just don’t see Lee being remotely worth that package……

  703. SJ44 July 27th, 2009 at 8:09 pm

    MM, Cano made that close. He is so quick on that pivot!

  704. carl July 27th, 2009 at 8:09 pm

    Gonna need Ace today. Maybe 2 innings from him.

  705. Laura - Happy Birthday, Alex! Now let me see some HRs! July 27th, 2009 at 8:10 pm

    AJ at 58 pitches.

  706. Laura - Happy Birthday, Alex! Now let me see some HRs! July 27th, 2009 at 8:12 pm

    “UPDATE, 7:56 p.m.: The Reds just shot down the Arroyo rumor, too. Mike Francesa said to be furious.”

    He thinks its ATROCIOUS that the Yankees would turn down such a great deal for such a spectacular pitcher.

    Francessa needs a permanent vacation.

  707. RalphieD (OPPC) YES Radar Gun=Terrible July 27th, 2009 at 8:12 pm

    aj not economical today but if your not gonna be economical atleast dont give up runs and hes not doing that…hard to complain too much..but im sure some will anyways

  708. SJ44 July 27th, 2009 at 8:13 pm

    Solid job by AJ so far. Some more runs would be nice.

  709. Laura - Happy Birthday, Alex! Now let me see some HRs! July 27th, 2009 at 8:13 pm

    I hate to say it, but we’ll probably only get 5, maybe 6 from AJ today.

  710. xyz July 27th, 2009 at 8:13 pm

    “Cano made that close. He is so quick on that pivot!”

    Cano’s sidearm semi-flip is almost revolutionary. He can pull it off from seemingly anywhere on the field. It has serious velocity, and is unerringly accurate.

    He plays 2B on a different level.

  711. Frustrated K July 27th, 2009 at 8:15 pm

    To Cliff Lee haters: He’s having a better year than CC Sabathia and AJ Burnett. Lee’s career year has topped both of their career years too. That’s a renaissance in my opinion.

  712. McGeorge Bundy July 27th, 2009 at 8:15 pm

    “UPDATE, 7:47 p.m.: Breaking news: Brian Cashman is talking trade with Adam Rubin of the Mets. Johan Santana for Alan Horn, Kei Igawa, Cody Ransom and a PTBNL.”

    This is neither funny nor nice.

  713. Laura - Happy Birthday, Alex! Now let me see some HRs! July 27th, 2009 at 8:15 pm

    And he takes a walk! Robbie!!!

  714. RalphieD (OPPC) YES Radar Gun=Terrible July 27th, 2009 at 8:15 pm

    cano walking…whats going on with the world

  715. RS July 27th, 2009 at 8:15 pm

    Cano takes a 4 pitch walk?

  716. S.A.--Serenity Now July 27th, 2009 at 8:15 pm

    UPDATE, 7:56 p.m.: The Reds just shot down the Arroyo rumor, too. Mike Francesa said to be furious.

    =========================================

    He spit out his diet coke after hearing the news

  717. Rebecca--Optimist Prime--Montero Fanaticus Primus July 27th, 2009 at 8:15 pm

    Wait. Canó has a triple AND a four pitch walk? BRB, checking weather forecast in Hell…

  718. RalphieD (OPPC) YES Radar Gun=Terrible July 27th, 2009 at 8:16 pm

    “To Cliff Lee haters: He’s having a better year than CC Sabathia and AJ Burnett. Lee’s career year has topped both of their career years too. That’s a renaissance in my opinion.”

    boy is that funny…

  719. Laura - Happy Birthday, Alex! Now let me see some HRs! July 27th, 2009 at 8:16 pm

    Lee is 7-9. How is he having a better year than AJ and CC?

  720. Patrick the Prospect Hugger July 27th, 2009 at 8:16 pm

    “run the bases like your suppose to”

    You are a dope.

  721. teddy July 27th, 2009 at 8:17 pm

    lay off pete

  722. Patrick the Prospect Hugger July 27th, 2009 at 8:17 pm

    “This is neither funny nor nice.”

    Really? i thought it was hilarious

  723. Laura - Happy Birthday, Alex! Now let me see some HRs! July 27th, 2009 at 8:17 pm

    I bet you the TB players hate those cowbells.

  724. Doreen July 27th, 2009 at 8:18 pm

    I sure wish they wouldn’t be getting ahead of themselves regarding teh Rays. This game is young; this series is young; this season is still not done. Never underestimate your opponent.

  725. Laura - Happy Birthday, Alex! Now let me see some HRs! July 27th, 2009 at 8:18 pm

    Is it me or does Swisher strike out at least once a game?

  726. Patrick the Prospect Hugger July 27th, 2009 at 8:19 pm

    Doreen its not like Michael flipping Kay is going to jinx the Yankees by talking about them possibly running away with the division.

    Discussing the long term effects of this series is totally legit.

  727. carl July 27th, 2009 at 8:20 pm

    wth is cano doing

  728. RS July 27th, 2009 at 8:20 pm

    Why was Cano running there???

  729. Laura - Happy Birthday, Alex! Now let me see some HRs! July 27th, 2009 at 8:20 pm

    Why do they have Robbie steal? He’s just not that fast.

  730. Trevor July 27th, 2009 at 8:21 pm

    Cano missed a sign.

  731. RalphieD (OPPC) YES Radar Gun=Terrible July 27th, 2009 at 8:21 pm

    melky missed the sign?

  732. SJ44 July 27th, 2009 at 8:21 pm

    Melky has to swing there to protect Cano. Not a good job there.

  733. DT - OPPC member (blood type - Positive) July 27th, 2009 at 8:21 pm

    “Is it me or does Swisher strike out at least once a game?”

    It seems like Swisher strikes a ton – but actually he has struck out less than Youk, Ortiz, Drew and Bay.

  734. sunny615 July 27th, 2009 at 8:21 pm

    running? Cano was taking a stroll.

  735. RalphieD (OPPC) YES Radar Gun=Terrible July 27th, 2009 at 8:22 pm

    cano’s reaction leads you to think it was a botched hit and run

  736. Psyluk July 27th, 2009 at 8:22 pm

    Pete, please ban the guy pretending to be Adam Rubin, there’s enough ridiculousness in here to deal with this sort of stuff.

    Meanwhile, AJ’s going to get to 100 before the 6th…

  737. Psyluk July 27th, 2009 at 8:23 pm

    Shields suddenly lost the strike zone.

  738. Melky C. July 27th, 2009 at 8:23 pm

    I want to get picked off so I can go play Guitar Hero with Robbie in the clubhouse until we have to go back in the field

  739. teddy July 27th, 2009 at 8:23 pm

    freaking melky

  740. Pat M.... July 27th, 2009 at 8:24 pm

    For a guy that has such a good eye, Swishwer whiffs far to often……

  741. Laura - Happy Birthday, Alex! Now let me see some HRs! July 27th, 2009 at 8:24 pm

    So now, I get treated the the weekly “YS is a bandbox” discusion by the opponent’s announcers. It just never gets old.

  742. carl July 27th, 2009 at 8:24 pm

    Terrible inning. Just horrible.

  743. miggs July 27th, 2009 at 8:24 pm

    regardless of who missed the sign, you don’t do what cano did halfway down to second. Unbelievably stupid player, deserves to sit the rest of the game. Such a lazy, immature player.

  744. Sandman July 27th, 2009 at 8:25 pm

    “OK, so Cano now has a hit with a runner in scoring position and has drawn a walk. Has that ever happened in the same game before?”

    Pete, if he steals a base, you’d better get outta there fast… something will be coming. 4 horsemen, flying pigs, unicorns… something big.

  745. RalphieD (OPPC) YES Radar Gun=Terrible July 27th, 2009 at 8:26 pm

    “Terrible inning. Just horrible.”

    they’ve had worse…way worse…wayyyyyyyyy worse

  746. Go Yanks July 27th, 2009 at 8:26 pm

    One of them missed the sign; we’ll find out after the game.

    Cano’s reaction seems to indicate it was Cabrera

  747. Laura - Happy Birthday, Alex! Now let me see some HRs! July 27th, 2009 at 8:26 pm

    BOS 5-0 vs OAK.

  748. joeman July 27th, 2009 at 8:26 pm

    run the bases Cano

  749. champ809 July 27th, 2009 at 8:26 pm

    so Lee has a better 2 weeks and that makes him better than Sabathia and Burnett? his “career year” he pitched with no pressure for a team whose season was over in june…while CC was busy winning his CY he pitched his team to the ALCS and pitched the whole second half leading CLeveland to the division while Cliff Lee that same season was being demoted because he was terrible, c’mon guy stop it! you want to overpay for a guy with 1 years performance under his belt do it in your dynasty keeper fantasy league

  750. NYY626 July 27th, 2009 at 8:27 pm

    is it only the 4th inning? geeze

  751. migg July 27th, 2009 at 8:27 pm

    regardless of who missed the sign, you don’t do what cano did halfway down to second. Unbelievably stupid player, deserves to sit the rest of the game. Such a lazy, immature player.

  752. joeman July 27th, 2009 at 8:27 pm

    twice tinoght Cano didn’t bust it,and don’t give me that triple crap

  753. bru July 27th, 2009 at 8:28 pm

    Psyluk

    stop trying to ban people.

    this isn’t high school.

    let pete determine on his own who to ban.

  754. RalphieD (OPPC) YES Radar Gun=Terrible July 27th, 2009 at 8:28 pm

    wow AJ threw 2 straight changeups

  755. xyz July 27th, 2009 at 8:28 pm

    A.J. has to keep the pitch count down w/Phil unavailable. Pitch to contact, A.J., pitch to contact.

  756. things that go thump in the dead of the night July 27th, 2009 at 8:29 pm

    I think the HOF will survive without Goose Gossage

  757. DT - OPPC member (blood type - Positive) July 27th, 2009 at 8:29 pm

    hard to believe how many strike outs Upton and Pena have already. (because they always seem to kill the Yanks)

    Pena 128
    Upton 110

    Swisher 78 leads the NYY in k’s.

  758. Laura - Happy Birthday, Alex! Now let me see some HRs! July 27th, 2009 at 8:29 pm

    Poor Robbie. Just can’t get any love on this blog.

  759. Stuckey July 27th, 2009 at 8:29 pm

    So you people whine and &itch even when the Yankees are up 3-0 against a division/wildcard rival on the road??

  760. Gardner Belongs In Center July 27th, 2009 at 8:30 pm

    maybe we can trade Cano and Cabrera for Jake Peavy and David Eckstein.

  761. Laura - Happy Birthday, Alex! Now let me see some HRs! July 27th, 2009 at 8:30 pm

    “Swisher 78 leads the NYY in k’s.”

    No shock there. He also leads the team in cartwheels out in RF. :P

    Sorry, that play just sticks with me.

  762. pat July 27th, 2009 at 8:32 pm

    migg

    If you hate the play and not the player, it sounds more intelligent and constructive.

  763. Boston Dave 2.0 July 27th, 2009 at 8:32 pm

    Pete is famous – and a “highly trusted source”

    from rotoworld.com

    “According to Peter Abraham of The Journal News, the Yankees have shot down a rumor that they have interest in the Reds’ Bronson Arroyo.

    A source told AOL Fanhouse’s Jeff Fletcher this afternoon that a deal “will get done,” but Abraham is a highly trusted source when it comes to Yankee affairs. It seems the Yanks will stick with Sergio Mitre as their No. 5 starter, unless something happens before Friday.
    Source: Peter Abraham on Twitter ”

    nice job Pete – movin on up…

  764. carl July 27th, 2009 at 8:32 pm

    Nice work AJ

  765. RS July 27th, 2009 at 8:32 pm

    AJ’s past 70 pitches already. He needs to get at least through 6 innings.

  766. Dan July 27th, 2009 at 8:32 pm

    AJ doing pretty well without his best stuff tonight.

  767. Boston Dave 2.0 July 27th, 2009 at 8:33 pm

    “A.J. has to keep the pitch count down w/Phil unavailable. Pitch to contact, A.J., pitch to contact.”

    ———-

    eh, pitch to no runs first

    then pitch to contact

  768. RDM July 27th, 2009 at 8:33 pm

    Come on AJ, approaching 80 pitches in the 3rd inning YIKES. Hope he can go 6!! Boston clobbering Oakland 5-0. Yes, I watch Lee often, he is a great pitcher.

  769. jpb1973 July 27th, 2009 at 8:34 pm

    C’mon now, lets tack on some runs…AJ’s thrown 73 pitches for 4 innings…we will need to use the bullpen early and it would be nice to have a good lead.

  770. JD July 27th, 2009 at 8:34 pm

    “maybe we can trade Cano and Cabrera for Jake Peavy and David Eckstein.”

    Go play in traffic.

  771. DT - OPPC member (blood type - Positive) July 27th, 2009 at 8:34 pm

    “No shock there. He also leads the team in cartwheels out in RF.
    Sorry, that play just sticks with me.”

    I feel sorry for the Yanks CF. He’s got a circus going on in RF and Ice Capades in LF. So many choices….

  772. Laura - Aaron is right! Rose belongs in the Hall! July 27th, 2009 at 8:34 pm

    “AJ doing pretty well without his best stuff tonight.”

    Dan, have you been watching? His fastball is very good tonight.

  773. Boston Dave 2.0 July 27th, 2009 at 8:34 pm

    Wakefield had a “setback”

    “Tim Wakefield was unable to throw Monday as the Red Sox had hoped.

    Wakefield has been sidelined since July 9 with a lower back strain and was hoping to make a major stride in his rehab Monday afternoon. “The medical staff wouldn’t allow it,” he said. “I felt like I could have. I feel fine. I feel a lot better.” He’ll try again Tuesday afternoon.”

    Source: Providence Journal

  774. RalphieD (OPPC) YES Radar Gun=Terrible July 27th, 2009 at 8:35 pm

    “Come on AJ, approaching 80 pitches in the 3rd inning YIKES. Hope he can go 6!! Boston clobbering Oakland 5-0. Yes, I watch Lee often, he is a great pitcher.”

    ummm…can you read? its 74 pitches through 4…cluelesssss

  775. xyz July 27th, 2009 at 8:35 pm

    I was waiting for Kay to go off on Minaya. Voila.

  776. David July 27th, 2009 at 8:35 pm

    Does anyone here have IO/ internet and Cable vision ?? You could help me watch the games!! right now i cant see any because I’m in a contract with dish and i didnt know they didn’t have YES. PLease help..

    e-mail me at goddzz @ yahoo. com
    You dont have anything to loose and will have helped a big yankee fan!

  777. Laura - Aaron is right! Rose belongs in the Hall! July 27th, 2009 at 8:36 pm

    “I feel sorry for the Yanks CF. He’s got a circus going on in RF and Ice Capades in LF. So many choices….”

    Don’t forget Alex and his pop ups misadventures. That’s entertaining as well.

  778. Doreen July 27th, 2009 at 8:36 pm

    DT – OPPC member (blood type – Positive)
    July 27th, 2009 at 8:34 pm
    “No shock there. He also leads the team in cartwheels out in RF.
    Sorry, that play just sticks with me.”
    I feel sorry for the Yanks CF. He’s got a circus going on in RF and Ice Capades in LF. So many choices

    ——————

    That literally made me laugh out loud! Best line EVER!! Thanks, DT.

  779. Boston Dave 2.0 July 27th, 2009 at 8:36 pm

    Pete getting some street cred from rotoworld.com –

    “According to Pet er Abr aham of The Journal News, the Yankees have shot down a rumor that they have interest in the Reds’ Bronson Arroyo.

    A source told AOL Fanhouse’s Jeff Fletcher this afternoon that a deal “will get done,” but Abraham is a highly trusted source when it comes to Yankee affairs. It seems the Yanks will stick with Sergio Mitre as their No. 5 starter, unless something happens before Friday.
    Source: Pe ter Abr aham on Twitter”

  780. Boston Dave 2.0 July 27th, 2009 at 8:37 pm


    Does anyone here have IO/ internet and Cable vision ?? You could help me watch the games!! right now i cant see any because I’m in a contract with dish and i didnt know they didn’t have YES. PLease help..”

    ———–

    mlb.tv works too

  781. Laura - Aaron is right! Rose belongs in the Hall! July 27th, 2009 at 8:38 pm

    Don’t have to hurt it, Tex.

  782. Bleacher Creature P.J. July 27th, 2009 at 8:38 pm

    Yankees magic number to clinch AL East: 63
    Yankees magic number to clinch playoff berth: 61

  783. carl July 27th, 2009 at 8:38 pm

    Keep it moving! Lets go Yankees!

  784. RS July 27th, 2009 at 8:38 pm

    That’s the first time I can remember Tex getting an opposite field hit like that.

  785. AB July 27th, 2009 at 8:38 pm

    David, The only reason why I went with Directv instead of Dish network was because they had YES network and Dish network doesnt.

    This link used to work up until a couple of days ago but hasn’t worked around game time the past few days: http://stream2.wtsnam1270.com/

  786. Laura - Aaron is right! Rose belongs in the Hall! July 27th, 2009 at 8:38 pm

    Alex is due for a huge bomb.

  787. Yigi July 27th, 2009 at 8:39 pm

    uh no, Arod’s batting average is approaching the David Ortiz line.

  788. RalphieD (OPPC) YES Radar Gun=Terrible July 27th, 2009 at 8:40 pm

    not a strike…

  789. Angel - A tale told by idiots, full of sound and fury, signifying nothing July 27th, 2009 at 8:40 pm

    That was a crappy strike call.

  790. RS July 27th, 2009 at 8:40 pm

    Shields threw two borderline calls and the ump gave him both pitches.

  791. Laura - Aaron is right! Rose belongs in the Hall! July 27th, 2009 at 8:40 pm

    I think Alex is also mad because the ump took a lot of time, as if he was still making up his mind what to call.

  792. pat July 27th, 2009 at 8:40 pm

    That’s the first time I remember Alex fighting a call.

  793. Shdw July 27th, 2009 at 8:40 pm

    Too close to take but it wasn’t a strike according to Gameday

  794. Steph July 27th, 2009 at 8:41 pm

    Great quote from GB Pete, made me chuckle… no TV in my part of PA so the blog and the comments are my best updates.. Thanks everyone!

  795. ryan July 27th, 2009 at 8:41 pm

    Gameday is terrible at determining strikes and balls.

  796. carl July 27th, 2009 at 8:41 pm

    Shdw July 27th, 2009 at 8:40 pm

    Too close to take but it wasn’t a strike according to Gameday

    Gameday is like the bible around here

  797. David July 27th, 2009 at 8:42 pm

    AB, thanks for the Link, but i have the radio broadcast, but i cant watch on TV, as I live in the NY area. And Blackout restrictions apply.

    Boston Dave 2.0: MLB.tv wont work for me because its in market, ( i live in NYC area)

  798. DT - OPPC member (blood type - Positive) July 27th, 2009 at 8:42 pm

    Arod must have birthday plans. Looking for an early exit.

  799. things that go thump in the dead of the night July 27th, 2009 at 8:42 pm

    Does anyone here have IO/ internet and Cable vision ?? You could help me watch the games!! right now i cant see any because I’m in a contract with dish and i didnt know they didn’t have YES. PLease help..
    e-mail me at goddzz @ yahoo. com
    You dont have anything to loose and will have helped a big yankee fan!

    also, I know this guy in Nigeria who can make you rich fast, please send money order to…

  800. Laura - Aaron is right! Rose belongs in the Hall! July 27th, 2009 at 8:42 pm

    Wow, you can’t hit a ball any harder than that.

  801. RS July 27th, 2009 at 8:42 pm

    How did Damon not tag up on that?

  802. Shdw July 27th, 2009 at 8:43 pm

    That’s because it’s the most accurate on the internet as far as I’ve seen. The radar is better than most stadium readings and it can actually show you the trajectory of the pitch and where it crossed the plate. Can your eye see where it crossed the plate on tv?

  803. RalphieD (OPPC) YES Radar Gun=Terrible July 27th, 2009 at 8:43 pm

    cant blame matsui there…he hit a rope…guy made a good play…tough luck

  804. xyz July 27th, 2009 at 8:43 pm

    Pete getting some street cred from rotoworld.com

    ———————

    as well he should. Pete is The Man.

  805. Laura - Aaron is right! Rose belongs in the Hall! July 27th, 2009 at 8:43 pm

    I think it’s safe to say that Matsui has Shields number.

  806. Laura - Aaron is right! Rose belongs in the Hall! July 27th, 2009 at 8:44 pm

    “How did Damon not tag up on that?”

    Not enough time. That ball got out there in a hurry.

  807. RS July 27th, 2009 at 8:46 pm

    Those cowbells are so ridiculous. If they’re this loud on TV, I can’t imagine what it’s like actually sitting in the crowd.

  808. Laura - Aaron is right! Rose belongs in the Hall! July 27th, 2009 at 8:47 pm

    “Those cowbells are so ridiculous. If they’re this loud on TV, I can’t imagine what it’s like actually sitting in the crowd.”

    My guess is that it’s like torture.

  809. RalphieD (OPPC) YES Radar Gun=Terrible July 27th, 2009 at 8:47 pm

    queue a “Matt” post

  810. sunny615 July 27th, 2009 at 8:47 pm

    I saw that third strike on arod and it was below the knees… the ump got stoked by the catcher

  811. tjrover July 27th, 2009 at 8:47 pm

    RS
    July 27th, 2009 at 8:46 pm
    Those cowbells are so ridiculous. If they’re this loud on TV, I can’t imagine what it’s like actually sitting in the crowd.

    ———

    agree. but i think the problem is exacerbated on the broadcast due to microphone placement etc.

  812. Laura - Aaron is right! Rose belongs in the Hall! July 27th, 2009 at 8:48 pm

    This is totally off topic, but can someone explain the appeal of the Jonas Brothers to me? I was once 16 so I know about boy bands, etc. However, usually the guys in the boy bands are very cute. Has anyone looked at the Jonas brothers? Not a cute one in the bunch. And they can’t sing either. I just don’t get it.

    End of off topic rant.

  813. David July 27th, 2009 at 8:48 pm

    Does anyone here have IO/ internet and Cable vision ?? You could help me watch the games!! right now i cant see any because I’m in a contract with dish and i didnt know they didn’t have YES. PLease help..
    e-mail me at goddzz @ yahoo. com
    You dont have anything to loose and will have helped a big yankee fan!

    “”also, I know this guy in Nigeria who can make you rich fast, please send money order to…””

    That was uncalled for… I’m no scammer, nor do you have to pay a penny its just some small formality that the person who has the cable has to do…

  814. Rebecca--Optimist Prime--Montero Fanaticus Primus July 27th, 2009 at 8:53 pm

    David: It’d be illegal.

  815. RS July 27th, 2009 at 8:53 pm

    The thing that amazes me about Burnett is that he’s basically a two-pitch pitcher but I haven’t seen him have his good curveball his last 3 or 4 starts. Yet he STILL manages to get guys out.

  816. xyz July 27th, 2009 at 8:53 pm

    David, get DirecTv. Problem solved.

    I’m sorry, dude, but you signed a Dish Network contract. That bad’s on you.

  817. carl July 27th, 2009 at 8:53 pm

    Nice play Alex

  818. Boston Dave 2.0 July 27th, 2009 at 8:53 pm

    great play by Alex

  819. NYY626 July 27th, 2009 at 8:54 pm

    Laura, I dont get the appeal of the Jonas brothers either.

    Nice play alex!

  820. Angel - A tale told by idiots, full of sound and fury, signifying nothing July 27th, 2009 at 8:54 pm

    I swear these Rays announcers say things for the sake of saying them.

    Absolute drivel.

  821. Boston Dave 2.0 July 27th, 2009 at 8:55 pm

    David,

    mlb.tv – it’s in HD and it’s just for 2 months

    case solved

  822. Doreen July 27th, 2009 at 8:55 pm

    Laura -

    I think right now they’re they only boy band in town. :( That I can think of, anyway.

  823. Coach6423 July 27th, 2009 at 8:56 pm

    AJ Burnett is the best pitcher with the worst control in baseball…

  824. RS July 27th, 2009 at 8:56 pm

    Laura,

    I’m a 17 year old girl and I don’t understand it either. When I was younger I used to love Backstreet Boys and N’Sync but those bands actually had some pretty good songs. I don’t think the Jonas brothers are especially attractive and their music is not good.

  825. Boston Dave 2.0 July 27th, 2009 at 8:56 pm

    Josh Beckett through 6

    79 pitches – 63 strikes, 16 balls

    is that what they call “attacking the strikezone” ?

  826. Angel - A tale told by idiots, full of sound and fury, signifying nothing July 27th, 2009 at 8:56 pm

    “You dont have anything to loose and will have helped a big yankee fan!”

    Don’t like your chances. Someone here was nice enough to do that for people and a person changed their password on them. So yeah, there is something to lose. I wouldn’t do it.

  827. xyz July 27th, 2009 at 8:56 pm

    I’ll take the Jonas Brothers over Stone Temple Pilots (Alice In Chains wannabes).

    God, I hate STP.

  828. NYY626 July 27th, 2009 at 8:56 pm

    Big reason I hate the red sox: Bandwagon fans.

    exhibit 1) people with rays shirts and Bosox hats at Rays game
    exhibit 2) guy on train yesterday wearing Mets t-shirt and sox hat.

  829. Patrick the Prospect Hugger July 27th, 2009 at 8:57 pm

    “AJ Burnett is the best pitcher with the worst control in baseball…”

    Haha that’s actually extremely accurate

  830. Angel - A tale told by idiots, full of sound and fury, signifying nothing July 27th, 2009 at 8:58 pm

    Me three, Laura.

    NKOTB they aren’t. LOL, I’m dating myself aren’t I?

  831. carl July 27th, 2009 at 8:58 pm

    Cano is on fire!

  832. djsunyc July 27th, 2009 at 8:58 pm

    DONTCHA KNOW!!!

  833. RS July 27th, 2009 at 8:58 pm

    Yeahhh Cano! He’s on a hot streak.

  834. Uncle Ellsworth July 27th, 2009 at 8:58 pm

    that’s it Robi, jog

  835. NYY626 July 27th, 2009 at 8:58 pm

    Cano is vindicated! :wink:

  836. Pel July 27th, 2009 at 8:58 pm

    CANOHMYEFFINGOD!!!!!!!!

  837. Laura - Aaron is right! Rose belongs in the Hall! July 27th, 2009 at 8:58 pm

    “I’m a 17 year old girl and I don’t understand it either. When I was younger I used to love Backstreet Boys and N’Sync but those bands actually had some pretty good songs. I don’t think the Jonas brothers are especially attractive and their music is not good.”

    Thanks. I was worried that I was the only one who felt that way. You don’t remember them, but when I was your age, the big boy band was Duran Duran. They still perform today to much smaller crowds. Anyway, they were not only cute, but their songs were great. They still hold up today.

  838. Serf July 27th, 2009 at 8:58 pm

    Cano can possibly win back to back player of the game awards.

  839. pat July 27th, 2009 at 8:58 pm

    Nice add on Robbie

  840. GGBG July 27th, 2009 at 8:58 pm

    DONCHA KNOW!

  841. S.A.--Serenity Now July 27th, 2009 at 8:58 pm

    Nice Robbie :lol:

  842. Patrick the Prospect Hugger July 27th, 2009 at 8:58 pm

    Hey guys did Cano run too slowly out of the box? I need to know this so I can decide whether to make fun of him or not.

  843. Benny Blanco July 27th, 2009 at 8:58 pm

    Cano Crushed that.

  844. xyz July 27th, 2009 at 8:59 pm

    the hard parts are out of the way for the cycle. go get ‘em, Robbie.

  845. carl July 27th, 2009 at 8:59 pm

    SWISH BABY!!!

  846. djsunyc July 27th, 2009 at 8:59 pm

    HOLY MOSES!!!

  847. Angel - A tale told by idiots, full of sound and fury, signifying nothing July 27th, 2009 at 8:59 pm

    Back to back!

  848. Laura - Aaron is right! Rose belongs in the Hall! July 27th, 2009 at 8:59 pm

    Two bombs in a row!!

  849. Patrick the Prospect Hugger July 27th, 2009 at 8:59 pm

    THAT WAS A BOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOMMMMBBB

  850. Serf July 27th, 2009 at 8:59 pm

    Cano can possibly win back to back player of the game awards.
    -=============================

    Speaking of back to back.

  851. RS July 27th, 2009 at 8:59 pm

    Oh my, that was Swishalicious!

  852. Uncle Ellsworth July 27th, 2009 at 8:59 pm

    Swishalicous

  853. GGBG July 27th, 2009 at 8:59 pm

    BACK TO BACK AND BELLY TO BELLY!

  854. Boston Dave 2.0 July 27th, 2009 at 8:59 pm

    that was simply….. CRUSHED!!!!

  855. NYY626 July 27th, 2009 at 8:59 pm

    wow, did that just happen? I thoroughly enjoy this team :)

  856. Benny Blanco July 27th, 2009 at 8:59 pm

    MY FAULT….SWISHER CRUSHEDDDDDDDDD THAT!

  857. pat July 27th, 2009 at 8:59 pm

    Swish says “Take that, Robbie” :wink:

  858. djsunyc July 27th, 2009 at 8:59 pm

    can they do a repeat of the back to back to back?

  859. Michael T July 27th, 2009 at 8:59 pm

    Where’s the “work the count” crowd beating up on Cano for first pitch hacking?

  860. S.A.--Serenity Now July 27th, 2009 at 8:59 pm

    Swishy!

  861. Zooboy July 27th, 2009 at 8:59 pm

    4-pitch walk followed by a 1st-pitch homer. Two nice at bats!

  862. Laura - Aaron is right! Rose belongs in the Hall! July 27th, 2009 at 8:59 pm

    “NKOTB they aren’t. LOL, I’m dating myself aren’t I?”

    You are dating you and me. :)

  863. Boston Dave 2.0 July 27th, 2009 at 9:00 pm

    light. tower. power.

  864. GreenBeret7 July 27th, 2009 at 9:00 pm

    That looked like my 5 iron.

    Ok….maybe not my 5 iron, but somebody hits one like that.

    Here’s a clue….it ain’t Randy.

  865. EY July 27th, 2009 at 9:00 pm

    Robbie with a walk, hitting in RISP, and homer in the same game?

    Who’s this guy in Robbie’s shirt, where’s the real Robbie, and what has Cashman done with him?

  866. Psyluk July 27th, 2009 at 9:00 pm

    Oh please, we all know that the right field at the Trop is an absolute joke. That would be a pop-up in old Yankee Stadium :)

    Nice work by Swisher and Cano. They’re hitting Shields early in the count tonight.

  867. xyz July 27th, 2009 at 9:00 pm

    Would Swisher’s shot have been in the upper deck in NYS?

  868. Angel - A tale told by idiots, full of sound and fury, signifying nothing July 27th, 2009 at 9:00 pm

    LOL Duran Duran.. I’m in good company with my NKOTB reference then.

  869. Irish Johnny July 27th, 2009 at 9:01 pm

    Boooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooom

  870. Laura - Aaron is right! Rose belongs in the Hall! July 27th, 2009 at 9:01 pm

    Robbie has a kruk in his neck.

  871. Pel July 27th, 2009 at 9:02 pm

    anudda low one

  872. Johnny D. July 27th, 2009 at 9:02 pm

    Two towering shots. Great HRs.

  873. djsunyc July 27th, 2009 at 9:03 pm

    jeter…man…you are such a good hitter…my goodness…

  874. xyz July 27th, 2009 at 9:03 pm

    If Swisher gets anywhere near his April uber-hotness watch the hell out American League. One crazy sick lineup.

  875. djsunyc July 27th, 2009 at 9:03 pm

    can y’all feel it? we are in a zone right now…

  876. RS July 27th, 2009 at 9:04 pm

    “Josh Beckett through 6

    79 pitches – 63 strikes, 16 balls

    is that what they call “attacking the strikezone” ?”

    What’s amazing is that 4 of those 16 balls came in one AB as he has in fact issued a walk today.

  877. Uncle Ellsworth July 27th, 2009 at 9:04 pm

    Johnny how about #200?
    I know its been buggin ya.

  878. S.A.--Serenity Now July 27th, 2009 at 9:04 pm

    NKOTB they aren’t. LOL, I’m dating myself aren’t I?

    =============================

    I was in love with Joey. Those blue eyes. Sigh :lol:

  879. Laura - Aaron is right! Rose belongs in the Hall! July 27th, 2009 at 9:04 pm

    “jeter…man…you are such a good hitter…my goodness…”

    This will make your day. The TB announcers were saying that the reason Jeter is having a great season is because of the new stadium. They said that he’ll bat .320 as long as he’s hitting there. Let them tell it, Jeter isn’t getting hits on the road. That’s quite a feat.

  880. GGBG July 27th, 2009 at 9:05 pm

    This inning reminds me of the scene from the will smith movie Independence Day where he opens the alien spacecraft, punches and knocks out the alien saying “Welcome to Earth!”

    :: WHAM :: Welcome to the AL East!

  881. Uncle Ellsworth July 27th, 2009 at 9:05 pm

    Menudo.

  882. champ809 July 27th, 2009 at 9:06 pm

    the lack of a 3rd even league average pitch is what keeps AJ from truly being top 5 SP in the league that and his “sliging” delivery which give him his command issues…if his delivery was truer and more repeatable he’d have consistant command and control of his curve and he’d consistently be unhittable…but he is what he is…his fastball is overpowering enough to almost dominate even the best lineups with that alone and when then curve is working…goodnite sweetheart well it’s time to go….

  883. DT - OPPC member (blood type - Positive) July 27th, 2009 at 9:06 pm

    “Robbie has a kruk in his neck.”

    A John Kruk?

    That’s one giant pain in the neck.

  884. Laura - Aaron is right! Rose belongs in the Hall! July 27th, 2009 at 9:06 pm

    “Menudo.”

    Wow. Forgot about them. That’s where Ricky Martin got his start.

  885. VT Yankeefan the Original July 27th, 2009 at 9:07 pm

    Laura – Aaron is right! Rose belongs in the Hall! July 27th, 2009 at 9:04 pm

    “jeter…man…you are such a good hitter…my goodness…”

    This will make your day. The TB announcers were saying that the reason Jeter is having a great season is because of the new stadium. They said that he’ll bat .320 as long as he’s hitting there.

    —————————————
    Jeter is hitting 2 points higher on the road this year.

  886. Laura - Aaron is right! Rose belongs in the Hall! July 27th, 2009 at 9:07 pm

    “A John Kruk?

    That’s one giant pain in the neck.”

    I didn’t know how to spell it. LOL!

  887. GreenBeret7 July 27th, 2009 at 9:07 pm

    Laura – Aaron is right! Rose belongs in the Hall!
    July 27th, 2009 at 9:04 pm
    “jeter…man…you are such a good hitter…my goodness…”

    This will make your day. The TB announcers were saying that the reason Jeter is having a great season is because of the new stadium. They said that he’ll bat .320 as long as he’s hitting there. Let them tell it, Jeter isn’t getting hits on the road. That’s quite a feat.

    ————————————————————

    Stattz and McGFrane would be better off trying to explain what two nobodies like Bartlett and Zobrist are taking.

  888. Benny Blanco July 27th, 2009 at 9:08 pm

    Ever since AJ made the comment regarding “greatness”, he’s been lights out. He has to go 7 today.

  889. Doreen July 27th, 2009 at 9:08 pm

    Would you consider the Beatles a boy band???

  890. GGBG July 27th, 2009 at 9:08 pm

    champ

    You can dominate without a third pitch if your two pitches are dominant. Randy J, for example. It’s rare but do-able.

  891. GreenBeret7 July 27th, 2009 at 9:08 pm

    ***MaGrane***

  892. xyz July 27th, 2009 at 9:09 pm

    My favorite team since ’98.

    There, I said it.

  893. carl July 27th, 2009 at 9:09 pm

    Would love to see Alex go deep…Cano hit for the cycle

  894. Laura - Aaron is right! Rose belongs in the Hall! July 27th, 2009 at 9:09 pm

    Alex needs a hit on his birthday.

  895. Dave July 27th, 2009 at 9:09 pm

    Why isin’t anyone mentioning that Giambi is hitting .190 and on the DL? Just because he is a nice guy?

  896. joeman July 27th, 2009 at 9:09 pm

    Patrick the Prospect Hugger July 27th, 2009 at 8:58 pm

    Hey guys did Cano run too slowly out of the box? I need to know this so I can decide whether to make fun of him or not.
    ——————————————–
    never said Cano couldn’t hit but he does tend not to play at full speed at all times

  897. S.A.--Serenity Now July 27th, 2009 at 9:10 pm

    Why isin’t anyone mentioning that Giambi is hitting .190 and on the DL? Just because he is a nice guy?

    ========================

    Probably because no one cares about what’s going on with him now?

  898. A-rod will never get it July 27th, 2009 at 9:11 pm

    Swish will def have something funny to say about his hr.

  899. Laura - Aaron is right! Rose belongs in the Hall! July 27th, 2009 at 9:11 pm

    “Would you consider the Beatles a boy band???”

    No, only because both girls and boys liked them. Boy bands tend to have huge female followings. Everybody followed the Beatles.

  900. jpb1973 July 27th, 2009 at 9:11 pm

    Is it true that Angel Berroa played in the major leagues before the infield fly rule was enacted?

  901. Krystal July 27th, 2009 at 9:12 pm

    This is a kinda random question. Does anyone know what the deal is when the Yankees are in Tampa? I assume a lot of them have homes in that area, are they allowed to go there or do they have to stay with the team?

  902. Boston Dave 2.0 July 27th, 2009 at 9:12 pm

    Doreen,

    how dare you! :)

  903. xyz July 27th, 2009 at 9:12 pm

    If A.J. had 3 plus pitches and no mechanical issues he’d be getting CC money.

    I’ll take this A.J. AND CC

  904. Brian in 702 July 27th, 2009 at 9:12 pm

    was DeWaynne Statts fired by the Yankees? Constant cheap shots from him and his color guy on the Tampa feed

  905. xyz July 27th, 2009 at 9:13 pm

    “are they allowed to go there or do they have to stay with the team?”

    Next year, they’ll ALL be staying at Jeter’s Marriott resort.

  906. Jordan July 27th, 2009 at 9:13 pm

    This whole not having Michael Kay thing is amazing.

  907. carl July 27th, 2009 at 9:13 pm

    jpb1973 July 27th, 2009 at 9:11 pm

    Is it true that Angel Berroa played in the major leagues before the infield fly rule was enacted?

    He came up with the rule after he let a ball drop to double up a player.

  908. David July 27th, 2009 at 9:14 pm

    ARod seems to be in a bit of a slump. Is something wrong with his swing?

  909. OldYanksFan July 27th, 2009 at 9:14 pm

    Jeter Splits – 2009
    Home: 200 9 .320 .401 .495 .896
    Away: 183 2 .322 .395 .415 .810

    So YS has definitely helped Derek’s HR numbers (and SLG), but his BA and OPS are pretty consistent.

  910. RS July 27th, 2009 at 9:14 pm

    Two games in a row that this happens. Come on, Posada!

  911. Boston Dave 2.0 July 27th, 2009 at 9:15 pm

    Burnett’s ERA is down to 3.59

    considering it was 5.40 early in the season…

    perty good

  912. xyz July 27th, 2009 at 9:15 pm

    I think the Yanks fired Dewayne’s hair piece. Unfortunately for him, he was still attached.

  913. RhapsodyInBlue July 27th, 2009 at 9:15 pm

    That’s the third time that has happened to Posada in past 2 months.

  914. RalphieD (OPPC) YES Radar Gun=Terrible July 27th, 2009 at 9:15 pm

    thats a legitimate bad job by posada there….that could really hurt if this was a closer game…hopefully it wont

  915. Doreen July 27th, 2009 at 9:15 pm

    Well, early Beatles really had all those crazy teenager girls (my older cousin was one of them) and they were all over those fan magazines. I know later Beatles definitely was not, and the Rolling Stones never were. But I think EARLY Beatles, just off the plane on Ed Sullivan Beatles, might could be considered a “boy band.” Their two movies were themed around trying to avoid all the girl fans (especially “A Hard Day’s Night”).

  916. Laura - Aaron is right! Rose belongs in the Hall! July 27th, 2009 at 9:16 pm

    AJ almost at 100 pitches.

  917. This Year July 27th, 2009 at 9:17 pm

    The Beatles a boy band???? Greatest, most influential rock band in history a boy band? I need a drink.

  918. SJ44 July 27th, 2009 at 9:17 pm

    Too many third are being dropped the past few weeks.

    Can’t open the door to this team.

  919. Laura - Aaron is right! Rose belongs in the Hall! July 27th, 2009 at 9:17 pm

    “But I think EARLY Beatles, just off the plane on Ed Sullivan Beatles, might could be considered a “boy band.” ”

    I agree. But in the end, their music allowed them to overcome that label.

  920. rconn23 July 27th, 2009 at 9:17 pm

    That’s a costly, costly passed ball by Posada.

  921. RS July 27th, 2009 at 9:17 pm

    Argh, that strikeout was a killer. Now the big boppers are up and Burnett’s pitch count is rising to 100.

    He must get out of this inning with no more than 2 runs given up.

  922. djsunyc July 27th, 2009 at 9:18 pm

    posada’s passed balls need to be worked on. way too many recently…could be the dog days of summer effecting his concentration…

  923. Angel - A tale told by idiots, full of sound and fury, signifying nothing July 27th, 2009 at 9:18 pm

    I liked Donnie, SA. :D

  924. carl July 27th, 2009 at 9:18 pm

    should have been 3 outs

  925. Laura - Aaron is right! Rose belongs in the Hall! July 27th, 2009 at 9:18 pm

    I’ll trade a run for a DP.

  926. NYY626 July 27th, 2009 at 9:18 pm

    i’ll take it

  927. RalphieD (OPPC) YES Radar Gun=Terrible July 27th, 2009 at 9:18 pm

    never been happier to trade a run for 2 outs in my life

  928. RS July 27th, 2009 at 9:18 pm

    Yes DP! Burnett should be out of the inning but I’ll take it.

  929. djsunyc July 27th, 2009 at 9:19 pm

    why shouldn’t longoria get an RBI? i think that’s a stupid rule…he brought in a run, period.

  930. Patrick the Prospect Hugger July 27th, 2009 at 9:19 pm

    “never said Cano couldn’t hit but he does tend not to play at full speed at all times”

    FYI Cano is 2 for 3 with 2 RBI and a walk today. Why are you criticizing him? Are you retarded?

    I think SO!

  931. Boston Dave 2.0 July 27th, 2009 at 9:19 pm

    “That’s a costly, costly passed ball by Posada.”

    ———-

    really? two “costlys” ?

    I think it might have been costly but you lost me at costly, costly.

  932. RS July 27th, 2009 at 9:19 pm

    I think Burnett can start the 7th inning.

  933. carl July 27th, 2009 at 9:20 pm

    That’s how you do it Allan James Burnett

  934. Uncle Ellsworth July 27th, 2009 at 9:20 pm

    Beatles are NOT a boy band.

  935. djsunyc July 27th, 2009 at 9:20 pm

    dang, burnett looking like a superstar these days…

  936. RalphieD (OPPC) YES Radar Gun=Terrible July 27th, 2009 at 9:20 pm

    do you send AJ out for the 7th at 105 pitches?

  937. Boston Dave 2.0 July 27th, 2009 at 9:20 pm

    “why shouldn’t longoria get an RBI? i think that’s a stupid rule…he brought in a run, period.”

    ———–

    kinda like stealing a base on fielders indifference.

    the Yanks will let the run score in exchange for the 2 outs.

  938. rconn23 July 27th, 2009 at 9:20 pm

    Nice, nice job A.J.

  939. Angel - A tale told by idiots, full of sound and fury, signifying nothing July 27th, 2009 at 9:20 pm

    The Beatles did have crazy psycho girl fans.

    Just like the girls who go crazy over Robert Pattinson nowadays. I swear its Beatlemania revisited when I see how hysterical they get around him, lol.

  940. SJ44 July 27th, 2009 at 9:20 pm

    The DP helps but, you hate giving up a run in that fashion.

    Great job by AJ maintaining his composure.

    Need more runs and AJ needs go complete 7.

  941. Changster July 27th, 2009 at 9:20 pm

    Random Question:
    What’s better… A player batting:

    1) .320 20HR
    2) .300 30HR
    3) .280 40HR

  942. Laura - Aaron is right! Rose belongs in the Hall! July 27th, 2009 at 9:21 pm

    “why shouldn’t longoria get an RBI? i think that’s a stupid rule…he brought in a run, period.”

    I think it’s because with a DP, you may drive in a run, but you also make an additional out. They want to penalize you for that, thus no RBI on a DP.

  943. Doreen July 27th, 2009 at 9:21 pm

    Laura -

    Yes. Thank goodness.

    I just wanted to be a bit of a trouble maker. :)

  944. Laura - Aaron is right! Rose belongs in the Hall! July 27th, 2009 at 9:22 pm

    “3) .280 40HR”

    You know what they say? Chicks dig the long ball.

  945. Laura - Aaron is right! Rose belongs in the Hall! July 27th, 2009 at 9:22 pm

    “I just wanted to be a bit of a trouble maker.”

    I’ve heard that about you. :)

  946. RS July 27th, 2009 at 9:22 pm

    It would be nice to get an insurance run or two and enter Melancon/Robertson territory.

  947. Erica - always OPPC July 27th, 2009 at 9:22 pm

    Laura – Aaron is right! Rose belongs in the Hall!
    July 27th, 2009 at 8:59 pm
    “NKOTB they aren’t. LOL, I’m dating myself aren’t I?”

    You are dating you and me.
    ****

    This September I finally got to see NKOTB in concert. I don’t care that it was 20 years too late!!!

  948. Dave July 27th, 2009 at 9:23 pm

    Is it just me or has AJ had a decent amount of dropped strike-threes this year that ended up allowing the runner to reach…

  949. Brian in 702 July 27th, 2009 at 9:23 pm

    i have all the respect in the world for the Beatles but she loves you could have been done by NKOTB, NSYNC or any other boy band

  950. tjrover July 27th, 2009 at 9:23 pm

    Random Question:
    What’s better… A player batting:
    1) .320 20HR
    2) .300 30HR
    3) .280 40HR

    what are the respective OBPs? can’t answer without knowing OBP!

  951. Laura - Aaron is right! Rose belongs in the Hall! July 27th, 2009 at 9:23 pm

    “Just like the girls who go crazy over Robert Pattinson nowadays. ”

    Not sure what that’s about. He’s not that good looking either. I guess I just like baseball players.

    Yeah, I’m talking about Markakis. Deal with it. :P

  952. Erica - always OPPC July 27th, 2009 at 9:23 pm

    Uncle Ellsworth
    July 27th, 2009 at 9:20 pm
    Beatles are NOT a boy band.

    ***

    The Beatles were NOT a Boy Band. But they unwittingly set the prototype for every boy band that followed

  953. RhapsodyInBlue July 27th, 2009 at 9:23 pm

    Random answer.

    Whichever has the best glove in the field.

  954. Boston Dave 2.0 July 27th, 2009 at 9:24 pm

    “Is it just me or has AJ had a decent amount of dropped strike-threes this year that ended up allowing the runner to reach…”

    ——–

    I think so – but I think a majority of them were on sick curveballs that were deemed wild pitches and not passed balls.

  955. Doreen July 27th, 2009 at 9:24 pm

    Uncle E – I think the Beatles were the original, the blueprint for the boy band. But as Laura said, they fortunately overcame that label, because their music was far too sophisticated and they fought being pigeon-holed. :)

  956. Laura - Aaron is right! Rose belongs in the Hall! July 27th, 2009 at 9:24 pm

    “i have all the respect in the world for the Beatles but she loves you could have been done by NKOTB, NSYNC or any other boy band”

    You are selling John and Paul short. They wrote their own stuff. NKOTB, NSYNC and the Backstreet Boys were lucky if they could write the alphabet.

  957. SJ44 July 27th, 2009 at 9:24 pm

    One thing the Yankees need to do the rest of this game is to try and raise the pitch counts of the Rays relievers.

    They have been pitching a lot lately and you want to keep wearing them down.

  958. Patrick the Prospect Hugger July 27th, 2009 at 9:25 pm

    “Need more runs and AJ needs go complete 7.”

    Haha what? Why? Pretty sure the bullpen can hold onto a 4 run lead against a offensively slumping rays team. THere is zero need to overwork AJ right now

  959. carl July 27th, 2009 at 9:25 pm

    I refuse to believe that Posada is that slow

  960. Dave July 27th, 2009 at 9:25 pm

    “I think so – but I think a majority of them were on sick curveballs that were deemed wild pitches and not passed balls.”

    Yeah that’s probably true. I guess it comes with the territory when you have a pitcher like A.J. Burnett who can be effectively wild (or just plain wild).

  961. The Ghost July 27th, 2009 at 9:26 pm

    You know your team is doing well when you are more exited about watching your team pitch than watching them hit.

  962. Laura - Aaron is right! Rose belongs in the Hall! July 27th, 2009 at 9:26 pm

    “I refuse to believe that Posada is that slow”

    Sorry carl, but the eyes don’t lie.

  963. Dave July 27th, 2009 at 9:26 pm

    “I refuse to believe that Posada is that slow”

    I was at the one blemish on the 9-1 road trip. I couldn’t believe it then myself… Gotta love Jorge though.

  964. Laura - Aaron is right! Rose belongs in the Hall! July 27th, 2009 at 9:26 pm

    Stop the presses, Cano walked twice in one game.

  965. Patrick the Prospect Hugger July 27th, 2009 at 9:26 pm

    Cano was way too lackadaisical on that trot to first. Get your head in the game robbie, jeez what a dope!

  966. Boston Dave 2.0 July 27th, 2009 at 9:26 pm

    “One thing the Yankees need to do the rest of this game is to try and raise the pitch counts of the Rays relievers.

    They have been pitching a lot lately and you want to keep wearing them down.”

    ———–

    ahh, flashbacks to the Yankees of a few years ago – Sheffield, Giambi, Abreu, Posada…

  967. The Ghost July 27th, 2009 at 9:27 pm

    excited not exited

  968. Laura - Aaron is right! Rose belongs in the Hall! July 27th, 2009 at 9:27 pm

    When Cano got to first base, Carlos Pena said to him “I can’t believe that you walked again. You feeling alright?”
    :)

  969. The Ghost July 27th, 2009 at 9:27 pm

    C’mon Swish, have a night!

  970. carl July 27th, 2009 at 9:28 pm

    stupid ump expanded the zone

  971. Doreen July 27th, 2009 at 9:28 pm

    Laura -

    The Beatles did a lot of covers and unoriginal stuff at first. The more they wrote their own, the more sophisticated the music became. The less they imitated, the better they got. But even the first few original songs were very “bubble gum.”

    Glad the Yankees are winning so far. Not too many cowbells. More runs would be good.

  972. Boston Dave 2.0 July 27th, 2009 at 9:29 pm

    “Cano was way too lackadaisical on that trot to first. Get your head in the game robbie, jeez what a dope!”

    ———-

    they need to change one of the seven deadly sins to “Cano”

    :)

  973. The Ghost July 27th, 2009 at 9:29 pm

    Cano should steal a base

  974. Dave July 27th, 2009 at 9:29 pm

    “You know your team is doing well when you are more exited about watching your team pitch than watching them hit.”

    Great call. Another good sign is when Mo says he thinks this team is “better” than those late 90s teams and Paul O’Neil says this is the first team in a few years that reminds him of those late 90s teams that expect to win every day. I think it’s awesome that AJ has gotten his act together. Many pitchers have trouble adjusting to NY, few can get over the hump. He’s obviously not there yet but things are looking good.

  975. Erica - always OPPC July 27th, 2009 at 9:30 pm

    The Ghost
    July 27th, 2009 at 9:26 pm
    You know your team is doing well when you are more exited about watching your team pitch than watching them hit.

    ****

    You know your team is doing well when you are discussing boy bands instead of defending against trolls and bridge jumpers

  976. Uncle Ellsworth July 27th, 2009 at 9:30 pm

    Erica
    The Beatles were NOT a Boy Band. But they unwittingly set the prototype for every boy band that followed.

    Doreen
    July 27th, 2009 at 9:24 pm
    Uncle E – I think the Beatles were the original, the blueprint for the boy band. But as Laura said, they fortunately overcame that label, because their music was far too sophisticated and they fought being pigeon-holed

    There Was no Boy Band label back then.
    They were not “made up” band, they wrote their own songs and played instruments and did not dance.

    Erica Yes they did influence Boy Bands but they influenced everything.

  977. Laura - Aaron is right! Rose belongs in the Hall! July 27th, 2009 at 9:30 pm

    “But even the first few original songs were very “bubble gum.”

    Perhaps, but they still hold up today. “I Want To Hold Your Hand” could come on the radio and you’d still tap your feet and shake your head.

  978. The Ghost July 27th, 2009 at 9:30 pm

    Who is faster Cano or Arod?

  979. Dave July 27th, 2009 at 9:31 pm

    “Who is faster Cano or Arod?”

    Is that a joke?

  980. VT Yankeefan the Original July 27th, 2009 at 9:31 pm

    With all the talk about Pete Rose today I wondered what sort of pace Jeter was on compared to Rose’s record for career hits. It turns out that Jeter is slightly ahead of Rose. Of course Rose played until he was 45. We’ll have to see if Jeter wants to hang around that long.

  981. Dave July 27th, 2009 at 9:31 pm

    I’d say A-Rod no question, maybe I’m wrong.

  982. djsunyc July 27th, 2009 at 9:32 pm

    some people wear superman pajamas when they go to bed…superman wears aj burnett pajamas…

  983. Boston Dave 2.0 July 27th, 2009 at 9:32 pm

    ““I Want To Hold Your Hand” could come on the radio and you’d still tap your feet and shake your head.”

    ———-

    I would even tap my feet to the german version “komm gib mir deine hand”

    best ever

  984. Laura - Aaron is right! Rose belongs in the Hall! July 27th, 2009 at 9:32 pm

    Even with a bum hip, Alex is faster than Robbie.

  985. Vince July 27th, 2009 at 9:33 pm

    Critical inning for A.J.
    The 1st sign of trouble gets the bullpen in action.

  986. Uncle Ellsworth July 27th, 2009 at 9:33 pm

    Ok are we done insulting the Beatles?
    Please say “yes”

  987. carl July 27th, 2009 at 9:33 pm

    Jeter with the range

  988. Betsy July 27th, 2009 at 9:33 pm

    Hey guys

    Just back from my last dinner in Philly – how’s my boy AJ doing? Just reading from Pete’s summary, he’s doing fine…..

    SJ, does it seem to you as if AJ’s strikeouts are down this year? It doesn’t concern me in the least because we’ve seen him K guys in big spots -also, it may be a function of him just trying to be a pitcher and not a thrower.

  989. Boston Dave 2.0 July 27th, 2009 at 9:33 pm

    “some people wear superman pajamas when they go to bed…superman wears aj burnett pajamas…”

    ————–

    well then chuck norris wears derek jeter pajamas

    great play Jete!

  990. Benny Blanco July 27th, 2009 at 9:33 pm

    what a play by jeter!

  991. NYY626 July 27th, 2009 at 9:33 pm

    to the left to the left……

  992. SJ44 July 27th, 2009 at 9:33 pm

    Less innings the pen has to work, the better.

    AJ has another 15-20 pitches in him. I bring him out for the 7th.

  993. Pat M.... July 27th, 2009 at 9:33 pm

    Just about every College & University in the Western World’s Music Department has a class devoted to the Music of The Beatles…….Their entire body of work was done in less than 7 years……It takes U2, Springsteen that long just to release a new album……

  994. RS July 27th, 2009 at 9:33 pm

    Nice play by Jeter on a hard hit ball.

  995. RalphieD (OPPC) YES Radar Gun=Terrible July 27th, 2009 at 9:33 pm

    nice jeter!

  996. Erica - always OPPC July 27th, 2009 at 9:33 pm

    When I was driving home tonight John & Suzy were having a very deep conversation about what a person should get A-Rod for his birthday. (He is the guy who has everything)

    What would YOU buy A-Rod for his birthday?

  997. xyz July 27th, 2009 at 9:33 pm

    Who’s faster Posada or a three-toed sloth?

  998. The Ghost July 27th, 2009 at 9:34 pm

    Once the Beatles release Rubber Soul, that’s where they kinda left the planet and into the realm of people like Beethoven and Charlie Parker.

  999. carl July 27th, 2009 at 9:34 pm

    Wow Alex with the cannon. Tex with the stretch

  1000. RalphieD (OPPC) YES Radar Gun=Terrible July 27th, 2009 at 9:34 pm

    nice arod!…lucky pat was running

  1001. xyz July 27th, 2009 at 9:34 pm

    Albaledejo warming up, just to make sure Mo gets a save opportunity tonight.

  1002. Boston Dave 2.0 July 27th, 2009 at 9:34 pm

    ready, aim, fire

    cannon from ARod

  1003. RS July 27th, 2009 at 9:34 pm

    Thank god that was Burrell running.

  1004. Erica - always OPPC July 27th, 2009 at 9:34 pm

    Boston Dave 2.0
    July 27th, 2009 at 9:32 pm
    ““I Want To Hold Your Hand” could come on the radio and you’d still tap your feet and shake your head.”

    ———-

    I would even tap my feet to the german version “komm gib mir deine hand”

    best ever

    ****

    Dude, I was JUST singing along with that yesterday morning. We were blasting Past Master Volume One at the Beach

  1005. trisha - OPPC lifetime member July 27th, 2009 at 9:35 pm

    Sweet night for our Yankees.

    With respect to this game and my second-tier interest I have both good news and bad news. The good news is that I have Burnett on my fantasy team! The bad news is that I also have Shields…

    DRAT!

    :D

  1006. djsunyc July 27th, 2009 at 9:35 pm

    when a person jumps in the water, they get wet.

    when arod jumps in the water, the water gets aroded.

  1007. Laura - Aaron is right! Rose belongs in the Hall! July 27th, 2009 at 9:35 pm

    “Ok are we done insulting the Beatles?
    Please say “yes””

    Nobody is insulting the Beatles. The fact that girls screamed and cried over them doesn’t take away from all that they accomplished. It’s been 40 years and people are still talking about them and listening to them. That’s saying something.

  1008. Boston Dave 2.0 July 27th, 2009 at 9:35 pm

    “What would YOU buy A-Rod for his birthday?”

    ———-

    a time machine

  1009. Dave July 27th, 2009 at 9:35 pm

    Trisha – It’s ok I have Manny Ramirez on my team. That 50 gamer sure sucked!

  1010. tampayank July 27th, 2009 at 9:36 pm

    “Krystal July 27th, 2009 at 9:12 pm

    This is a kinda random question. Does anyone know what the deal is when the Yankees are in Tampa? I assume a lot of them have homes in that area, are they allowed to go there or do they have to stay with the team?”

    I’m not positive, but I’m assuming the guys w/ their main home there just go to their house….so I would guess Jeter would not be staying at the team hotel

    good game so far but it feels like the Yanks should be up by more, some missed opportunities to blow it open giving the Rays some hope

  1011. m July 27th, 2009 at 9:36 pm

    Why would anyone want to listen to those boy bands do any songs?

  1012. This Year July 27th, 2009 at 9:36 pm

    Doreen, with all due respect, you have no idea what you are talking about as far as Beatles go. They were the first to write their own music, and taught the Rolling Stones to do the same. First album was 95% original songs (“Meet the Beatles”). They mixed in some Chuck Berry, but very little. Yes, I am that old, regrettably.

  1013. Laura - Aaron is right! Rose belongs in the Hall! July 27th, 2009 at 9:37 pm

    “What would YOU buy A-Rod for his birthday?”

    A magic wand that would allow him to travel back in time and change some things that need changing…if you know what I mean.

  1014. Trevor July 27th, 2009 at 9:37 pm

    Someone needs to tell Kay John Rodriguez is on the DL. Therefore not an option.

  1015. Uncle Ellsworth July 27th, 2009 at 9:37 pm

    I would Get Alex The Complete Beatles Boxed Set. I bet he does not have it.

  1016. Boston Dave 2.0 July 27th, 2009 at 9:37 pm

    “Dude, I was JUST singing along with that yesterday morning. We were blasting Past Master Volume One at the Beach”

    ——–

    NICE!

    Talking Beatles while watching the Yanks easing through this game. I just need a white russian and my night is complete.

  1017. carl July 27th, 2009 at 9:37 pm

    Great outing by AJ

  1018. teddy July 27th, 2009 at 9:37 pm

    great job AJ

  1019. Benny Blanco July 27th, 2009 at 9:37 pm

    AJ is a beast!

  1020. RS July 27th, 2009 at 9:37 pm

    Burnett was outstanding today. 7 ip, 0 ER and he allowed just 4 baserunners.

  1021. VT Yankeefan the Original July 27th, 2009 at 9:38 pm

    Dave July 27th, 2009 at 9:35 pm

    Trisha – It’s ok I have Manny Ramirez on my team. That 50 gamer sure sucked!

    —————————-
    I picked up Juan Pierre as soon as Manny got busted. It was great while it lasted.

  1022. SJ44 July 27th, 2009 at 9:38 pm

    Betsy,

    his strikeouts are fine. He’s using his two seamer more and that pitch is more of a contact pitch for him.

    Great, great job by AJ tonight. Exactly the type of performance you want from your starter at the start of an important series.

    Up to the bullpen to get 6 outs now.

  1023. joe. July 27th, 2009 at 9:38 pm

    j-rod was taken off the DL today.

  1024. Laura - Aaron is right! Rose belongs in the Hall! July 27th, 2009 at 9:38 pm

    “Why would anyone want to listen to those boy bands do any songs?”

    Why ones, m? I know you aren’t talking about Duran Duran. Them be fightin’ words. :P

  1025. m July 27th, 2009 at 9:38 pm

    I’d buy Alex a Bolle sunglass collection. :)

  1026. Laura - Aaron is right! Rose belongs in the Hall! July 27th, 2009 at 9:38 pm

    why ones = which ones

  1027. rconn23 July 27th, 2009 at 9:39 pm

    Sensational job by A.J. Be interesting to see who they bring out for the 8th.

  1028. CB July 27th, 2009 at 9:39 pm

    The difference in the team defense this year is just remarkable.

    They’ve gone from an awful defensive team last year to an average to slightly above average defensive team. And that makes such a big difference.

    The right side of the infield might be the best defensive right side in all of baseball. Tex and Cano have been wonderful out there.

    Alex looked awful defensively when he first came up but has really played well since his hip loosened up.

    And what can you say about Jeter. After so many conversations about “the Jeter question” and how he had to be moved off of SS he’s gone on to have a strong defensive SS and cement himself as the best two way SS in the AL.

    It’s really remarkable that the defensive could be so much better than it was last year.

  1029. Boston Dave 2.0 July 27th, 2009 at 9:39 pm

    AJ Burnett – 3.53 ERA and dropping fast

    who was it that said he was the next Carl Pavano? could it be….. NESPN?

  1030. Laura - Aaron is right! Rose belongs in the Hall! July 27th, 2009 at 9:40 pm

    Great start by AJ. He has backed up his pie making with good pitching.

  1031. m July 27th, 2009 at 9:40 pm

    Laura,

    No, Duran Duran was a man band. :O

  1032. Uncle Ellsworth July 27th, 2009 at 9:40 pm

    Laura – Aaron is right! Rose belongs in the Hall!
    July 27th, 2009 at 9:35 pm
    “Ok are we done insulting the Beatles?
    Please say “yes””

    Nobody is insulting the Beatles. The fact that girls screamed and cried over them doesn’t take away from all that they accomplished. It’s been 40 years and people are still talking about them and listening to them. That’s saying something.

    Laura I may be overreacting. But the very fact that there is a discussion over whether the Beatles are a boy band offends my delicate sensibilites.
    insert smily face

  1033. Dave July 27th, 2009 at 9:40 pm

    I have a question if anyone cares to answer it. Which is a better Yankee book – Buster Olney’s “The Last Night of the Yankee Dynasty” or Joe Torre’s “The Yankee Years” ? I really loved them both.

  1034. Boston Dave 2.0 July 27th, 2009 at 9:40 pm

    “The difference in the team defense this year is just remarkable.

    They’ve gone from an awful defensive team last year to an average to slightly above average defensive team. And that makes such a big difference.”

    ————

    please refer to this defense as an “all-time record setting defense” from now on :)

  1035. RalphieD (OPPC) YES Radar Gun=Terrible July 27th, 2009 at 9:40 pm

    a fantastic job by burnett today…remember when so many people hated him…now they love him

  1036. Boston Dave 2.0 July 27th, 2009 at 9:41 pm

    “I have a question if anyone cares to answer it. Which is a better Yankee book – Buster Olney’s “The Last Night of the Yankee Dynasty” or Joe Torre’s “The Yankee Years” ? I really loved them both.”

    ———-

    they both last about 2 minutes in the fireplace

  1037. Mike July 27th, 2009 at 9:41 pm

    “Albaledejo warming up, just to make sure Mo gets a save opportunity tonight.”

    lol

  1038. Laura - Aaron is right! Rose belongs in the Hall! July 27th, 2009 at 9:41 pm

    “It’s really remarkable that the defensive could be so much better than it was last year.”

    I think – no, I know that the addition of Tex has made them better. He picks up their mistakes. And they probably feel more comfortable throwing over there, knowing that he’s going to pick it. If you are constantly throwing over to a guy that’s all thumbs, you may press and try to make too perfect a throw.

  1039. SJ44 July 27th, 2009 at 9:42 pm

    Erica,

    Gas for his private jet. Fuel costs for a G-IV is a b%#%@.

  1040. Trevor July 27th, 2009 at 9:42 pm

    “j-rod was taken off the DL today”

    Either way they need another CF not another corner outfielder.

  1041. Laura - Aaron is right! Rose belongs in the Hall! July 27th, 2009 at 9:42 pm

    “a fantastic job by burnett today…remember when so many people hated him…now they love him”

    I didn’t hate him. I was disappointed with his performance. Not anymore.

  1042. pat July 27th, 2009 at 9:43 pm

    The time machine is well played.

    “I’d buy Alex a Bolle sunglass collection.”

    Future’s so bright, gotta wear shades. :wink:

  1043. m July 27th, 2009 at 9:43 pm

    Cano’s line so far

    Cano 2B, 2AB/2R/2H/2RoBI/2BB

  1044. Doreen July 27th, 2009 at 9:43 pm

    Uncle E -

    I didn’t meant to insult the Beatles, just thought it would be an interesting discussion. The Beatles defy categorization.

    And I don’t think it’s an insult to say that at first they were marketed towards teenage girls. Heck, John Lennon was not allowed to say he was married. I use the term “boy band” in quotes specifically because they were not like the bands that followed that appealed mostly to young girls.

    So, AJ was able to get through a full 7. Does Girardi send him out there to start the 8th???

  1045. Betsy July 27th, 2009 at 9:43 pm

    Yeah, AJ! I wish I was at home so I could watch it, but I’ll have to have someone tape it for me.

    SJ, thanks. I like that he’s using the two-seamer as it means he can get quicker outs. At this point, he doesn’t have to show off his K rates to anyone. I’m VERY impressed with AJ – he continues to give us 7 innings on a regular basis and quality innings to boot. He seems to be a different pitcher now – not only am I glad for him and for the Yankees, but also because I love sticking it to Jays fans (who really hate the Yankees and who told us basically that AJ was going to stink this year and that he’d be a miserable personality).

  1046. Irish Johnny July 27th, 2009 at 9:43 pm

    Oh brother, Kate Hudson is in the stands. She’s traveling with the band, like the groupie she played in “Almost Famous”.

  1047. William Buckner July 27th, 2009 at 9:43 pm

    ““I have a question if anyone cares to answer it. Which is a better Yankee book – Buster Olney’s “The Last Night of the Yankee Dynasty” or Joe Torre’s “The Yankee Years” ? I really loved them both.””

    Have you read ‘Birth of a Dynasty’. I think Joel Sherman penned that one. I like it best of all.

  1048. Laura - Aaron is right! Rose belongs in the Hall! July 27th, 2009 at 9:43 pm

    “Laura I may be overreacting. But the very fact that there is a discussion over whether the Beatles are a boy band offends my delicate sensibilites.
    insert smily face”

    Here ya go! :)

  1049. Boston Dave 2.0 July 27th, 2009 at 9:44 pm

    Doreen,

    he’s at 114 pitches so I highly doubt it

    he pitched a gem though

  1050. carl July 27th, 2009 at 9:44 pm

    Melky! Jetah! wooo!

  1051. Laura - Aaron is right! Rose belongs in the Hall! July 27th, 2009 at 9:44 pm

    “No, Duran Duran was a man band. :O”

    Funny, m.

  1052. pat July 27th, 2009 at 9:44 pm

    Jeter has the best placed hits.

  1053. GreenBeret7 July 27th, 2009 at 9:45 pm

    Rock and Rollers that sang, wrote and arranged their own songs? Buddy Holly says “Hello” from Heaven.

  1054. Dave July 27th, 2009 at 9:46 pm

    “Have you read ‘Birth of a Dynasty’. I think Joel Sherman penned that one. I like it best of all.”

    No I haven’t. Thanks for the tip I’ll definitely check it out. One particularly memorable part of Olney’s book was how he said Pettitte was giving away his pitches in the 2001 world series when he got rocked in that game. Torre’s book unexpectedly (for me at least) detailed so much about the organizational-side of the Yanks/Sox rivalry, and just the game in general. Not for everyone but I liked them both.

  1055. Betsy July 27th, 2009 at 9:46 pm

    wow, 3.53 ERA? That’s pretty darn good…….

    Man, I hope the pen doesn’t blow this game. Who’s available tonight? None of our reliable arms except Mo, right?

    I missed the conversation, but both the Beatles and Duran Duran rock. I grew up with Duran Duran – had a major crush on John Taylor (the one who played the bass, not the other one)

  1056. Erica - always OPPC July 27th, 2009 at 9:47 pm

    Irish Johnny
    July 27th, 2009 at 9:43 pm
    Oh brother, Kate Hudson is in the stands. She’s traveling with the band, like the groupie she played in “Almost Famous”.

    ****

    And the name of that groupie was Penny Lane. A Beatles song. BAM!
    It all comes together!

  1057. Uncle Ellsworth (turn off your mind relax and float downstream July 27th, 2009 at 9:47 pm

    Doreen its all cool. Its one of my button topics.
    I’m mellow now.

  1058. Joe July 27th, 2009 at 9:47 pm

    Back to some baseball news here. Our Charleston Riverdogs got no-hit tonight, a combined no-hitter, by the West Virginia Power, as they lost 4-0.

    Except for one error, the Riverdogs would have been perfect gamed.

    It was Hunter Strickland and Diego Moreno who no hit the Riverdogs.

    Here is the link from the Riverdogs website.

    http://www.riverdogs.com/dogs/.....rtcode=afx

  1059. Laura - Aaron is right! Rose belongs in the Hall! July 27th, 2009 at 9:47 pm

    “I missed the conversation, but both the Beatles and Duran Duran rock. I grew up with Duran Duran – had a major crush on John Taylor (the one who played the bass, not the other one)”

    I’m a Simon LeBon woman myself.

  1060. SJ44 July 27th, 2009 at 9:47 pm

    Tex has changed the entire defensive mindset, IMO.

    The rest of the infield has no concerns about making throws because they know he will catch everything.

    You just wish these guys were a tad better in situational hitting spots. They sometimes lose chances to add on in games because of that weakness.

  1061. Pat M.... July 27th, 2009 at 9:47 pm

    CB, You can make a case that the Yankee infield may be awarded Gold Gloves this November……

  1062. Boston Dave 2.0 July 27th, 2009 at 9:47 pm

    I still stand behind my Jeter for MVP calls.

    He is on pace for:

    .325, 210 hits, 106 runs, 18HR, 72RBI, 30 steals, 32 2b, .400 OBP, formidable defense at SS

    not too shabby for a leadoff hitter

  1063. carl July 27th, 2009 at 9:48 pm

    A-Rod baby!!!

  1064. djsunyc July 27th, 2009 at 9:48 pm

    AROD!!!

  1065. Laura - Aaron is right! Rose belongs in the Hall! July 27th, 2009 at 9:48 pm

    A hit for his birthday!

  1066. Pel July 27th, 2009 at 9:48 pm

    nice.

    happy birthday, alex.

  1067. Maria July 27th, 2009 at 9:48 pm

    Almost a hr for his bday!

  1068. Erica - always OPPC July 27th, 2009 at 9:48 pm

    A pair of RBI’s for your birthday. Priceless :-)

  1069. Eights July 27th, 2009 at 9:48 pm

    Great way to start the series.

    Yanks look good.

  1070. RS July 27th, 2009 at 9:48 pm

    Yeah, Arod! Now get Melancon to pitch the 8th.

  1071. Doreen July 27th, 2009 at 9:48 pm

    Happy Birthday, Alex!

  1072. RalphieD (OPPC) YES Radar Gun=Terrible July 27th, 2009 at 9:48 pm

    happy bday…albaladejo and melancon come on down

  1073. xyz July 27th, 2009 at 9:48 pm

    I’d buy A-Rod a 2-run double.

    Oops, too late.

  1074. Laura - Aaron is right! Rose belongs in the Hall! July 27th, 2009 at 9:48 pm

    They show K-Hud every time Alex is up. Ridiculous.

  1075. Todd July 27th, 2009 at 9:49 pm

    Big,big hit for the birthday boy!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  1076. SJ44 July 27th, 2009 at 9:49 pm

    Like Arod just demonstrated! LOL

  1077. Uncle Ellsworth (turn off your mind relax and float downstream July 27th, 2009 at 9:49 pm

    And the name of that groupie was Penny Lane. A Beatles song. BAM!
    It all comes together!

    “BAM” Emeril on Centerstage. Born in Fall River Mass. Red sox Fan. Made M Kay eat mayonaise so he’s cool.
    Loves the Beatles (ok made that up)

  1078. Vader July 27th, 2009 at 9:49 pm

    I know it is a little late, but I just watched the Omar/Rubin videos and all I can say is…WOW.

    To think that you are one of 30 GMs and you call out a reporter at a press conference to fire your player development guy, who wanted to fight a AA player.

  1079. Betsy July 27th, 2009 at 9:50 pm

    Every expert and most fans hated the AJ signing. Al Leiter loved it because he knew AJ and believed in his transformation, but basically he was a lone voice. It’s turned out better than we could have expected as AJ has handled the transition to NY extremely smoothly…

  1080. Laura - Aaron is right! Rose belongs in the Hall! July 27th, 2009 at 9:52 pm

    “It’s turned out better than we could have expected as AJ has handled the transition to NY extremely smoothly…”

    I think that players who want to win it all are going to be happy on winning teams, regardless of the pressure. But watch him when he’s not pitching. You can tell that he likes being a Yankee.

  1081. YankeesLuv July 27th, 2009 at 9:52 pm

    I’m happy Alex got a hit on his birthday, would have been nicer if it was a hr but can’t be too greedy. :)

    I saw the Minaya/Rubin exchange and I felt uncomfortable watching it, very odd.

  1082. GreenBeret7 July 27th, 2009 at 9:52 pm

    SJ44
    July 27th, 2009 at 9:47 pm
    Tex has changed the entire defensive mindset, IMO.

    The rest of the infield has no concerns about making throws because they know he will catch everything.

    You just wish these guys were a tad better in situational hitting spots. They sometimes lose chances to add on in games because of that weakness.

    ————————————————————

    He definately helps allow Cano to play a step or two closer to 2nd and Kelleher has worked wonders with Jeter’s positioning and taking that side armed flip away. Somebody has worked with Rodriguez on the popups, too, because he looks smoother and more confident on them.

  1083. pat July 27th, 2009 at 9:52 pm

    “Every expert and most fans hated the AJ signing.”

    The Yankee players wanted him so that was good enough for me.

  1084. SJ44 July 27th, 2009 at 9:53 pm

    Albie in the 8th.

  1085. carl July 27th, 2009 at 9:53 pm

    Melancon already has enough rest

  1086. Tarheelyank July 27th, 2009 at 9:53 pm

    GB
    just catching up, I believe Texeira is a rule 5 candidate next year. Good numbers, possible trade bait?

  1087. CB July 27th, 2009 at 9:54 pm

    One of the best parts of this game has been the fact that AJ was able to get through 7 innings despite throwing a lot of pitches early and the Rays have had to go to their pen early.

    Now with those extra runs they can afford to turn the game over to albie, etc. and avoid using Mo and Bruney.

    Scott Kazmir throws for them tomorrow. He never goes deep into games and has been awful this year.

    The yanks salt away this game and this series looks very good. CC on the hill. The Rays needing to use their pen early in a loss. And the yankees able to hardly use their pen at all.

  1088. YankeesLuv July 27th, 2009 at 9:54 pm

    Not because she is a celebrity, because she’s the youngest person ever to attend a Rays game.
    ——–
    LOL Pete

  1089. kelvin July 27th, 2009 at 9:55 pm

    One: Who’s Kate hudson?
    Two: Where’s Mark “The Beast” Melancon?

  1090. Betsy July 27th, 2009 at 9:55 pm

    Laura, Simon was like Paul McCartney – the cute one. I liked him fine, but I tend to prefer brunettes… What’s your favorite Duran Duran song? I really love them all, but I admit I love Hungry Like a Wolf……

  1091. TAG July 27th, 2009 at 9:55 pm

    Greatest line ever…”promoted”
    “I covered the Mets before I was promoted to the Yankees.”

  1092. Laura - Aaron is right! Rose belongs in the Hall! July 27th, 2009 at 9:55 pm

    “The yanks salt away this game and this series looks very good. CC on the hill. The Rays needing to use their pen early in a loss. And the yankees able to hardly use their pen at all.”

    What is it that they say? Pitching and defense wins ballgames? They’re right.

  1093. Uncle Ellsworth (turn off your mind relax and float downstream July 27th, 2009 at 9:56 pm

    Who in the 9th?

  1094. tampayank July 27th, 2009 at 9:56 pm

    Yanks need to be patient w/ Kazmir tommorow, he’s had problems finding the strike zone the last few years, this series is off to a good start

  1095. Brandon... I'M AWESOME ! BOSTON 8 NEW YORK 0 = 1st PLACE NYY July 27th, 2009 at 9:56 pm

    Just trade Melancon already since you don’t want to use him GI Joe. This is just f….. ridiculous

  1096. GreenBeret7 July 27th, 2009 at 9:57 pm

    Tarheelyank
    July 27th, 2009 at 9:53 pm
    GB
    just catching up, I believe Texeira is a rule 5 candidate next year. Good numbers, possible trade bait?

    ————————————————————

    Could be….or they trade Albaladejo or Robertson and keep Texeira.

  1097. Boston Dave 2.0 July 27th, 2009 at 9:57 pm

    “Every expert and most fans hated the AJ signing.”

    ———–

    that’s partly to blame for the anti-Yankee media telling everyone that AJ was an injury waiting to happen that only pitched well in contract years and would never last in the pressure cooker of Yankee Stadium.

  1098. Betsy July 27th, 2009 at 9:57 pm

    CB, are you surprised by AJ? I would think he’s a surprise to most Yankee fans…..he’s really given us innings and has been able to work through his control issues most of the time.

    If you can’t tell, I’m very happy tonight, lol

  1099. CB July 27th, 2009 at 9:57 pm

    Sort of amazing that Albaladejo would walk the number 9 hitter before Upton comes up.

    Really amazing.

  1100. trisha - OPPC lifetime member July 27th, 2009 at 9:57 pm

    “I picked up Juan Pierre as soon as Manny got busted. It was great while it lasted.”

    Did the same thing and yeah it was a great deal! My team is now a revolving door. I tend to look at the hottest hand for FAs and add them until they go cold. I have several dependable position players but the rest are good to above average – which is not enough when you’re in 8th place.

  1101. Pel July 27th, 2009 at 9:57 pm

    lol alby

  1102. Laura - Aaron is right! Rose belongs in the Hall! July 27th, 2009 at 9:57 pm

    “Laura, Simon was like Paul McCartney – the cute one. I liked him fine, but I tend to prefer brunettes… What’s your favorite Duran Duran song? I really love them all, but I admit I love Hungry Like a Wolf……”

    That’s a tough one, but if I was stranded on a desert island and could only take one DD song with me, it would be “Come Undone”.

  1103. carl July 27th, 2009 at 9:58 pm

    Why is he walking someone with a 7 run lead?

  1104. YankeesLuv July 27th, 2009 at 9:58 pm

    What the heck? The bags are rigged!

  1105. carl July 27th, 2009 at 9:58 pm

    6 run lead excuse me

  1106. Mark H July 27th, 2009 at 9:59 pm

    Can they send Melancon down? I understand Joe can’t use him in tight situations, but he never uses him.

  1107. Trevor July 27th, 2009 at 9:59 pm

    I’m going to assume Melancon for the 9th. Otherwise send him to Scranton.

  1108. Uncle Ellsworth (turn off your mind relax and float downstream July 27th, 2009 at 9:59 pm

    what the?

  1109. Laura - Aaron is right! Rose belongs in the Hall! July 27th, 2009 at 9:59 pm

    That looked like that hurt.

  1110. tjrover July 27th, 2009 at 9:59 pm

    can’t believe how bad Albaladejo is after last season when he seemed decent before getting hurt.

  1111. Joe I July 27th, 2009 at 9:59 pm

    “Who in the 9th?”?

    At this rate, Mo.

  1112. Brandon... I'M AWESOME ! BOSTON 8 NEW YORK 0 = 1st PLACE NYY July 27th, 2009 at 10:00 pm

    “Why is he walking someone with a 7 run lead?”

    If they can’t pitch Mark Melancon w/ a 6 run lead then trade his ass, stop wasting his time and ours. :evil:

  1113. SJ44 July 27th, 2009 at 10:00 pm

    6 run lead and Albie walks the #9, gives up a run and now hits Longoria.

    Get him before he turns this into a game.

  1114. Boston Dave 2.0 July 27th, 2009 at 10:00 pm

    no need for Mariano

    just get Alby out of there

  1115. carl July 27th, 2009 at 10:00 pm

    Send Albalaterrible back to Scranton

  1116. chris July 27th, 2009 at 10:00 pm

    Crap — why Albondigas? — are they trying to loss this game… What a disaster…

  1117. RS July 27th, 2009 at 10:00 pm

    Come on, Albie. It would be terrible to have to go to Mo after a 7-1 lead in the 8th inning.

  1118. Todd July 27th, 2009 at 10:00 pm

    Get this bum out NOW

  1119. sunny615 July 27th, 2009 at 10:01 pm

    wow – albie sucks eggs.

  1120. We Miss Paulie July 27th, 2009 at 10:01 pm

    Get Alby out of there. NOW.

  1121. Boston Dave 2.0 July 27th, 2009 at 10:01 pm

    Alby is pitching like he’s in the Red Sox pen and they have a 9 run lead against Baltimore

  1122. PL July 27th, 2009 at 10:01 pm

    Robertson in a big spot? is This a Joke

  1123. JasonR July 27th, 2009 at 10:01 pm

    That’ll be $2.50 for the cup of coffee Albie.

  1124. Vader July 27th, 2009 at 10:01 pm

    Albi…what is this May???

    Isn’t this the reason why he sent down?

  1125. Joe from Long Island July 27th, 2009 at 10:01 pm

    I think Albie is gonig down to make room for the OF they need.

    Disappointing. I thought, after the leadoff K, that he had it together. Mo having to get up in this game seals Albie’s fate, however.

  1126. We Miss Paulie July 27th, 2009 at 10:02 pm

    Man, this would have been a nice night to give Mo a rest.

  1127. Laura - Aaron is right! Rose belongs in the Hall! July 27th, 2009 at 10:02 pm

    Good thing we got those tack on runs.

  1128. MIKE July 27th, 2009 at 10:02 pm

    Albaladejo for a bag of balls

    best trade Cashman will ever make.

  1129. Coach6423 July 27th, 2009 at 10:02 pm

    So much for Melancon EVER pitching…send him down at this point…whats the point of using his roster spot up, he hasnt pitched in 2 weeks…

  1130. Trevor July 27th, 2009 at 10:02 pm

    Some are finally realizing Albaladejo is not a good reliever. I rather have Melancon and please could he pitch him? Girardi is treating him like he did Robertson earlier in the year.

  1131. Betsy July 27th, 2009 at 10:02 pm

    BD, there are still fans out there making an AJ injury pool…..and if you read Joel Sherman’s blog from yesterday, he makes a snide comment (while making his point about the Yankees needing pitching) asking what happens if AJ suddenly remembers that he’s injury prone and mediocre (or something like that). This from a guy who, after his Toronto start at home, was raving about AJ. The fact is, AJ hasn’t had one ache or pain this year. Whatever he’s learned from Doc, he seems to have learned it well…

  1132. sunny615 July 27th, 2009 at 10:02 pm

    can we trade albie for a box of half eaten cookies?

  1133. CB July 27th, 2009 at 10:02 pm

    It’s time for them to cut the cord on the Albaladejo experience.

    No more.

    This is part of the problem with Melancon never getting a chance to pitch.

    You’d hope that he’d at least have enough experience at this point in the season to be a better option in a 7-1 game than Albaladejo.

  1134. RS July 27th, 2009 at 10:03 pm

    Omg Fernando Tatis just hit a grandslam for the Mets.

  1135. Pat M.... July 27th, 2009 at 10:03 pm

    Just brutal….Walking the 9th hitter is a dagger into the lead…..

  1136. xyz July 27th, 2009 at 10:03 pm

    Albaladejo, isn’t that Spanish for “next train to Scranton?”

  1137. Laura - Aaron is right! Rose belongs in the Hall! July 27th, 2009 at 10:03 pm

    Wow, Tatis just hit a Grand Slam for the Mets. Omar’s nonsense has energized the team. LOL!

  1138. djsunyc July 27th, 2009 at 10:04 pm

    4th homerun tonight at that bandbox called citi field…

  1139. Matty July 27th, 2009 at 10:04 pm

    ?????????????

    I mean Albaladejo was pitching like he had something better to do…what a bum!

  1140. Brandon... I'M AWESOME ! BOSTON 8 NEW YORK 0 = 1st PLACE NYY July 27th, 2009 at 10:04 pm

    I must have missed when

    Albaladejo was the better option to pitch there. Srsly the Yankees w/ thier kids in the BP, I still want to know how is it 13-14 DAYS ! of Melancon doing nothing but watching, this reminds me how Green Tea Joe treated Edwar Ramirez w/ the 14 day hiatus.

  1141. xyz July 27th, 2009 at 10:04 pm

    “can we trade albie for a box of half eaten cookies?”

    cookies everywhere take offense to that.

  1142. Rick July 27th, 2009 at 10:04 pm

    Robertson’s time to shine.

  1143. trisha - OPPC lifetime member July 27th, 2009 at 10:04 pm

    “Every expert and most fans hated the AJ signing”

    While I didn’t really get that at all about the AJ signing (not saying it isn’t the case, just saying I didn’t pick up those signals) I can say that this fan was elated!

  1144. pat July 27th, 2009 at 10:05 pm

    HP Ump is long on patience tonight.

  1145. RS July 27th, 2009 at 10:05 pm

    This is interesting…Robertson is a pitcher that does either three things: walk, HR, or strikeout. Problem is, Pena is a hitter who always does one of those three things as well.

    Let’s up it’s a K!

  1146. SJ44 July 27th, 2009 at 10:06 pm

    He almost blew a 7 run lead in Detroit doing the same thing he did tonight.

    You can’t use the guy unless you are up or down 10 runs.

    Gonna gave to use Mo to win this one.

    Hopefully, Albie is gone tomorrow. Scranton awaits.

  1147. Benny Blanco July 27th, 2009 at 10:06 pm

    BIG OUT!!!!!

  1148. sunny615 July 27th, 2009 at 10:06 pm

    they’re at least half eaten…

  1149. carl July 27th, 2009 at 10:06 pm

    pat July 27th, 2009 at 10:05 pm

    HP Ump is long on patience tonight.

    He knows he sucks

  1150. PL July 27th, 2009 at 10:06 pm

    He saved the yankees bacon

  1151. Todd July 27th, 2009 at 10:07 pm

    HUGE strikeout there!! HUGE!!!!

  1152. aluminum bat for Damon July 27th, 2009 at 10:07 pm

    I hate when we give away runs in games yanks dominate

  1153. Trevor July 27th, 2009 at 10:07 pm

    Nice curve Dave.

  1154. NYY626 July 27th, 2009 at 10:07 pm

    “Have you read ‘Birth of a Dynasty’. I think Joel Sherman penned that one. I like it best of all.”
    ________________________________________________________________
    I saw this in borders last week and finished it in 3 days. Really great read. Made me teary.

  1155. CB July 27th, 2009 at 10:08 pm

    Dave Robertson really has a great curve ball. If he could ever get his walk total down he’d be such a valuable guy out of the pen.

    No more albaladejo. He’s horrible. They really need to stop having him be the guy they bring up from Scranton.

  1156. robbykid July 27th, 2009 at 10:08 pm

    why not bring in Melacon or Robertson to start the inning??

  1157. Betsy July 27th, 2009 at 10:09 pm

    Oh great- what’s the score now? Bringing in Robertson – ick, I don’t like him at all anymore. This is what happens when you go all out to win a game like yesterdays…the dreck of the pen is all we have available (except for Mo).

  1158. Boston Dave 2.0 July 27th, 2009 at 10:09 pm

    “BD, there are still fans out there making an AJ injury pool…..and if you read Joel Sherman’s blog from yesterday, he makes a snide comment”

    ———–

    I guess hating on the Yanks is good for business.

    even if AJ’s ERA is now almost the same as Josh Beckett’s (and Beckett had his share of injuries early in his career too)

  1159. Laura - Aaron is right! Rose belongs in the Hall! July 27th, 2009 at 10:10 pm

    I wish one of the reporters (that’s you, Pete) would ask Girardi why he never uses Melancon. Are they saving him for one of those games where we are winning 15-3? He may have a long wait.

  1160. SJ44 July 27th, 2009 at 10:10 pm

    This is a night you would have liked to have avoided using Mo.

    That’s not possible now unless they tack on more runs.

    If you can’t pitch in 7-1 games, you are useless and have no business being on the roster.

    Nice job by Robertson cleaning up Albie’s mess.

  1161. Laura - Aaron is right! Rose belongs in the Hall! July 27th, 2009 at 10:10 pm

    Can Robbie walk 3 times in the same game?

  1162. Boston Dave 2.0 July 27th, 2009 at 10:10 pm

    “Dave Robertson really has a great curve ball. If he could ever get his walk total down he’d be such a valuable guy out of the pen.”

    ————

    great command on both of the two he threw… Pena didn’t stand a chance.

  1163. William Buckner July 27th, 2009 at 10:10 pm

    Being from Scranton, we look forward to your return Jonathan.

  1164. xyz July 27th, 2009 at 10:11 pm

    I’m waiting for the Centerstage when Michael Kay interviews himself.

    I know one thing, that will be Michael Kay’s all-time favorite Centerstage.

  1165. Trevor July 27th, 2009 at 10:11 pm

    Betsy what’s your problem with Robertson? Did he kill your dog or something?

  1166. Ross July 27th, 2009 at 10:11 pm

    If David Robertson can reign in his walk rate, between that curveball and the cutting action on a low-90s fastball, that’s a good and reliable 7th or 8th inning setup man right there. His minor league numbers are ridiculous. He’ll never dominate like that in the majors, but he has strikeout stuff, if in a different way than Bruney.

  1167. Mike July 27th, 2009 at 10:11 pm

    lol, wasn’t there a poster who wanted Albaladejo up instead or Robertson?

    Now you see why Albie is referred to as an “AAA” arm. Can’t pitch him unless it is a blowout.

  1168. Boston Dave 2.0 July 27th, 2009 at 10:12 pm

    “This is a night you would have liked to have avoided using Mo.

    That’s not possible now unless they tack on more runs.”

    ———-

    well, it is possible. I don’t think they need Mo with a 4 run lead. But Girardi has shown he doesn’t take ANY chances.

  1169. Sevrx July 27th, 2009 at 10:12 pm

    Robertson has shown 10x more than Albaladejo

  1170. Brandon... I'M AWESOME ! BOSTON 8 NEW YORK 0 = 1st PLACE NYY July 27th, 2009 at 10:12 pm

    Pete, do me a favor and ask GI Joe if Melancon pissed in his coffee.

  1171. carl July 27th, 2009 at 10:13 pm

    Swish is the man

  1172. Betsy July 27th, 2009 at 10:13 pm

    That’s a big if, CB. Do you know of any pitchers that were able to get a handle on their control? I hope there are some examples for Robertson to follow…I do think he’s talented, but I don’t trust him.

  1173. Laura - Aaron is right! Rose belongs in the Hall! July 27th, 2009 at 10:13 pm

    Wow, two dingers from Swisher. I guess I have to stop making fun of him now.

  1174. djsunyc July 27th, 2009 at 10:13 pm

    WHAT A CATCH!!!

  1175. Erica - always OPPC July 27th, 2009 at 10:13 pm

    Wow- April flashbacks for Swisher

  1176. Pel July 27th, 2009 at 10:13 pm

    swish pulled his hands in on that and JERKED IT!

    i said that.

  1177. trisha - OPPC lifetime member July 27th, 2009 at 10:13 pm

    Why does Mo have to be used? Can’t they just got with Robinson and hope?

  1178. NYY626 July 27th, 2009 at 10:13 pm

    Wow. Major props to both swish and robbie tonight.

  1179. Ross July 27th, 2009 at 10:14 pm

    Damn. Swish waited almost a month between homers 14 and 15, now less than three innings between 15 and 16. If Swish and A-Rod get hot, this lineup will be pretty unstoppable.

  1180. CB July 27th, 2009 at 10:14 pm

    Marte looks like he’s may be getting close to being ready to come back. He was touching 93 in his last outing in AAA.

    Getting him back would be a huge boost.

    The yankees functionally have a 5-6 man pen as melancon is dead weight out there as the 7nth guy. It’s clear that Girardi has no intention of using him unless the team is on the wrong side of a blow out.

    They get Marte back and at least they can end the charade and send Melancon down and get back to a 7 man pen.

  1181. SJ44 July 27th, 2009 at 10:14 pm

    That’s a big HR by Nick.

    I take a shot now and see if Robertson can finish this game.

    Giving Mo tonight off can pay dividends the rest of this series.

  1182. Laura - Aaron is right! Rose belongs in the Hall! July 27th, 2009 at 10:14 pm

    “That’s a big if, CB. Do you know of any pitchers that were able to get a handle on their control? I hope there are some examples for Robertson to follow…I do think he’s talented, but I don’t trust him.”

    There was one game where Robertson pitched like he was scared. He even said so after the game. Since then, he hasn’t been too bad.

  1183. RS July 27th, 2009 at 10:14 pm

    Anyone else feeling flashbacks from our last visit to the Trop?

    That was back in April when Burnett was dominant, Robbie and Swisher were hot, and Albaladejo was in the bullpen.

  1184. RalphieD (OPPC) YES Radar Gun=Terrible July 27th, 2009 at 10:15 pm

    melancon can pitch the ninth…let him joe!

  1185. djsunyc July 27th, 2009 at 10:15 pm

    i would let swisher pitch the 9th…

  1186. William Buckner July 27th, 2009 at 10:15 pm

    Dude’s like mid 40′s bringing a glove to the game.

    That’s a bit soft.

  1187. Boston Dave 2.0 July 27th, 2009 at 10:15 pm

    “Why does Mo have to be used? Can’t they just got with Robinson and hope?”

    ———–

    agreed.

    not many teams use their closer in a 4 run game unless they really need work.

    Girardi needs to give guys a chance (albeit on a short leash)

  1188. Benny Blanco July 27th, 2009 at 10:15 pm

    Melky’s bat temperature is rising!

  1189. carl July 27th, 2009 at 10:15 pm

    Dude just hit 2 grandslams for the nationals.

  1190. Betsy July 27th, 2009 at 10:15 pm

    Right, Trevor – Robertson has been lights out for us, he’s so reliable. What are you talking about? If you’ve been happy with his performance, that’s your business. He was god-awful in Minnesota and Anaheim…….I guess he did a good job tonight? Good for him – I’m happy, I’d like to see more of that.

    What’s the score now?

  1191. carl July 27th, 2009 at 10:15 pm

    Josh Willingham

  1192. Doreen July 27th, 2009 at 10:16 pm

    I don’t know what, but I kept hoping Albaladejo would work out. He had several nice outings last season, got hurt. But he’s been very disappointing almost every outing this season. Can’t take a chance using him anymore. They have to give the ball to Melancon or get him back to Scranton to pitch.

    Partly the problem is the Yankees playing a lot of close games, but you gotta take a chance sometime. Right? But then, you have to try to actually win each game.

  1193. Ross July 27th, 2009 at 10:16 pm

    Melky’s picked a very good time for one of his hot streaks. The difference is the patience he’s shown; he’s not just taking good hacks, but also working the count and laying off borderline pitches.

    He’s been wildly up and down, but I think that this season we’re seeing glimpses of what he could be as he gets older. A pretty solid center fielder or one of the better 4th outfielders in the game.

  1194. Boston Dave 2.0 July 27th, 2009 at 10:16 pm

    “Marte looks like he’s may be getting close to being ready to come back. He was touching 93 in his last outing in AAA.”

    ——–

    Christmas in August…

    Marte is probably as good as any of the guys the Yankees have been thinking of adding at the trade deadline (aside from the Streets and Bells of the league)

  1195. Dave July 27th, 2009 at 10:16 pm

    Ken Singleton is the man

  1196. carl July 27th, 2009 at 10:16 pm

    Grats on 200 Damon!!!

  1197. CB July 27th, 2009 at 10:17 pm

    “Do you know of any pitchers that were able to get a handle on their control?”

    AJ Burnett.

    There have been many pitchers who have had to tackle the problem of control at the major league level.

    You can get away with it in the minors but you can’t in the majors and the pitchers who survive are the ones who can adjust.

    It’s unclear what side of the ledger Robertson will fall out on.

  1198. RalphieD (OPPC) YES Radar Gun=Terrible July 27th, 2009 at 10:17 pm

    200!

  1199. Dave July 27th, 2009 at 10:17 pm

    and so is Damon

  1200. pat July 27th, 2009 at 10:17 pm

    200 for Damon!

  1201. djsunyc July 27th, 2009 at 10:17 pm

    HOLY MOLY…saves some of these for tomorrow guys…

  1202. RS July 27th, 2009 at 10:17 pm

    Haha now we’re just pouring it on.

  1203. Pel July 27th, 2009 at 10:17 pm

    damon does what he does.

    wasa wasa

  1204. Laura - Aaron is right! Rose belongs in the Hall! July 27th, 2009 at 10:17 pm

    Okay, now you can let Melancon pitch.

  1205. Erica - always OPPC July 27th, 2009 at 10:17 pm

    YAY!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    MPB Johnny Damon = Awesome!!!!!!!!!!!

  1206. igotid88 July 27th, 2009 at 10:17 pm

    200

  1207. big dog July 27th, 2009 at 10:17 pm

    HAHHAAHAHAH Yankees win

  1208. Coach6423 July 27th, 2009 at 10:17 pm

    Can we please put Melancon in now

  1209. Trevor July 27th, 2009 at 10:17 pm

    Could we see Melancon now?

  1210. NYY626 July 27th, 2009 at 10:17 pm

    I swear I was thinking that would happen when they walked Jeter. YAY DAMON!!!

  1211. Greg D July 27th, 2009 at 10:17 pm

    I just got back from a David Cook concert…..11-3…..sweet

  1212. xyz July 27th, 2009 at 10:17 pm

    there is an upside for Melancon, he’ll get to dress up like Dorothy from Wizard of Oz or some other such degrading get up when they haze the rookies.

    Wait, maybe that’s not such an ‘upside’.

  1213. Scorpio July 27th, 2009 at 10:17 pm

    I love it when the intentional walks fail! Great job, Johnny!! Congrats on 200th HR! =)

  1214. Boston Dave 2.0 July 27th, 2009 at 10:17 pm

    #200!!!!!

    fork it over ball boy

  1215. SJ44 July 27th, 2009 at 10:17 pm

    Now Mo definitely has the rest of the night off.

  1216. Doreen July 27th, 2009 at 10:17 pm

    Nice, Johnny!!!

    They want to win every game, don’t they?

    Johnny’s been so cold…this will heat him up!

    I hate milestones. Mo’s 500th was one of the easiest.

  1217. Maria July 27th, 2009 at 10:17 pm

    Shouldn’t have walked to get to Johnny!

  1218. m July 27th, 2009 at 10:18 pm

    I gag everytime I hear Sterling’s HR call for Swisher.

  1219. Wangawa July 27th, 2009 at 10:18 pm

    ok, can we use melancon now

  1220. Laura - Aaron is right! Rose belongs in the Hall! July 27th, 2009 at 10:18 pm

    Where is Erica? She missed her PB’s historic HR.

  1221. Christina- Pics of the Old Stadium.. so depressing July 27th, 2009 at 10:18 pm

    If this isnt a big enough lead for Melancon to pitch in, I will seriously not understand Joe Girardi.

  1222. bodhisattva - Destiny Wears Pinstripes July 27th, 2009 at 10:18 pm

    HEY JOE – Ya think maybe you can trust Melancon with an eight run lead?

    Ya think?

    Is he even up?

    PUT HIM IN!!!!!!!!!

  1223. Doreen July 27th, 2009 at 10:18 pm

    Can Melancon pitch now? :lol:

  1224. CB July 27th, 2009 at 10:18 pm

    New Yankee Stadium is such a band box. Whiffle ball park. Ridiculous. The yankees have hit how many cheap home runs tonight? It’s the only reason the team hits for so much power.

  1225. xyz July 27th, 2009 at 10:18 pm

    thanks for the hottie shot, YES.

    she was CUTE.

  1226. Don July 27th, 2009 at 10:18 pm

    Robertson has been 100 times better than Albaladejo.

    Yeah, he had a rough series in Anaheim, so did everyone.

  1227. Boston Dave 2.0 July 27th, 2009 at 10:18 pm

    maybe the wind tunnel just follows the Yanks wherever they go?

  1228. Betsy July 27th, 2009 at 10:19 pm

    Yeah, Mike – that was me. So what? You’re going to go ga-ga over one outing by Robertson? Neither of them are very good….

    If Marte is healthy, I think he can help us…..hopefully he can provide a lift. On nights where both Phils/Bruney are not available, we have to have someone we can go to……

  1229. Ross July 27th, 2009 at 10:19 pm

    Can’t remember when it was, but I’m having flashbacks of Damon slugging a grand slam to blow open a game just like this at the Trop.

  1230. tampayank July 27th, 2009 at 10:20 pm

    “RS July 27th, 2009 at 10:14 pm

    Anyone else feeling flashbacks from our last visit to the Trop?

    That was back in April when Burnett was dominant, Robbie and Swisher were hot, and Albaladejo was in the bullpen.”

    yeah I was at that game, very similar performance by AJ….Robbie and Swish both had great games that day also…..ha kind of identical team performances….the Yanks look very comfortable at the Trop today:)

  1231. sunny615 July 27th, 2009 at 10:20 pm

    will Girardi put Melancon in now?

  1232. NYY626 July 27th, 2009 at 10:20 pm

    can we put the whole “yankees only hit HR’s in the bandbox” to rest now :)

  1233. Boston Dave 2.0 July 27th, 2009 at 10:20 pm

    “Robertson has been 100 times better than Albaladejo.”

    ———–

    I don’t know about 100. Maybe 2 and 1/2.

  1234. JasonR July 27th, 2009 at 10:20 pm

    Does Girardi even know who Melancon is?

  1235. Laura - Aaron is right! Rose belongs in the Hall! July 27th, 2009 at 10:20 pm

    And the rust continues to build up on Melancon’s arm.

  1236. vinny-b (keep Montero) July 27th, 2009 at 10:20 pm

    he threw the #200 ball back onto the field.

    idiot.

  1237. Evan July 27th, 2009 at 10:20 pm

    What a moron – the fan who caught Damon’s 200th HR ball and threw it back.

    Nice job!

  1238. Boston Dave 2.0 July 27th, 2009 at 10:20 pm

    “will Girardi put Melancon in now?”

    ————

    or just leave Robertson in.

    I think Melancon should be back in AAA anyway.

  1239. Trevor July 27th, 2009 at 10:21 pm

    Betsy Robertson has been pretty good this year. Every reliever has bad outings. And BTW he cleaned up Albaladejo’s mess. Oh yeah a guy you loved out of ST. If I recall right.

  1240. YankeesLuv July 27th, 2009 at 10:21 pm

    Congrats to Johnny D on his 200th! :)

  1241. Ross July 27th, 2009 at 10:21 pm

    If Melancon is really headed down soon, it makes sense to pitch Robertson and start re-establishing him as a reliable guy out of the pen.

  1242. Sal July 27th, 2009 at 10:21 pm

    Hey Pete can you ask Joe G. what’s going on with Melancon. This is ridiculous to make the kid rot for 2+ weeks. I love Joe but this is sad.

  1243. tampayank July 27th, 2009 at 10:21 pm

    “# Boston Dave 2.0 July 27th, 2009 at 10:18 pm

    maybe the wind tunnel just follows the Yanks wherever they go?

    yeah was in the car listening to rays radio on the way home from dinner and it’s like they don’t give credit to any of the Yanks HR numbers b/c they play in NYS “which is a joke”…well they saw the power this Yankee team has, it’s not just the ballpark, plenty of power 1-9 on this team

  1244. Boston Dave 2.0 July 27th, 2009 at 10:21 pm

    “And the rust continues to build up on Melancon’s arm.”

    ———–

    well, on the bright side he hasn’t had a chance to walk any more hitters.

  1245. Betsy July 27th, 2009 at 10:22 pm

    AJ who, CB? LOL – well, Robertson is talented and I don’t want to give up on him. I just think he needs to be kept to low leverage situations for now……

  1246. VT Yankeefan the Original July 27th, 2009 at 10:22 pm

    The Yanks worked the Rays’ pen tonite. 75 pitches.

  1247. Christina- Pics of the Old Stadium.. so depressing July 27th, 2009 at 10:22 pm

    Nope, he hasnt a clue. Someone needs to ask Girardi about this. It is ridiculous having the guy on the team.

    At least Melancon is getting paid some good money for these few weeks he will be here, despite pitching in only one game over 2 weeks ago.

  1248. Brandon... I'M AWESOME ! BOSTON 8 NEW YORK 0 = 1st PLACE NYY July 27th, 2009 at 10:22 pm

    “melancon can pitch the ninth…let him joe!”

    No can do, see Melancon embarrassed his precious Bruney in Anaheim eversince that it’s been riding the pine. SRSLY IT’S FREAKING RIDICULOUS…Jonathan Alba who is a AAAA player at best is getting the 6 run defecit call!!

  1249. joe. July 27th, 2009 at 10:22 pm

    oh finally! joe does know who mark is

  1250. Scorpio July 27th, 2009 at 10:22 pm

    If I ever caught a ball I would never throw it back, regardless of who hit it. It really is dumb to throw it back. It’s a great souvenir, fool!

  1251. vinny-b (keep Montero) July 27th, 2009 at 10:22 pm

    liked the first Nick Swisher HR.

    MOONSHOT

  1252. Benny Blanco July 27th, 2009 at 10:22 pm

    Thank god for the insurance runs.

  1253. Erica - always OPPC July 27th, 2009 at 10:22 pm

    Laura – Aaron is right! Rose belongs in the Hall!
    July 27th, 2009 at 10:18 pm
    Where is Erica? She missed her PB’s historic HR.

    ****

    I saw it!!! I am here!!!!!

    MPB Johnny Damon = Awesome!!!

  1254. SJ44 July 27th, 2009 at 10:22 pm

    Getting back Marte would be huge. It deepens the pen by adding a guy who us fresh and has succeeded at the ML level.

    Just have to hope Robertson can get 3 outs.

  1255. William Buckner July 27th, 2009 at 10:22 pm

    Do you think Burrell knew a 3-2 fastball was coming?

  1256. L to the 2nd July 27th, 2009 at 10:22 pm

    For God’s sake what do you need – a 20-3 lead for Melancon?

    Meanwhile, say see ya to Alba -la – DFA.

  1257. sunny615 July 27th, 2009 at 10:23 pm

    whoops

  1258. Ross July 27th, 2009 at 10:23 pm

    Well, at least it wasn’t a walk…

  1259. RS July 27th, 2009 at 10:23 pm

    Like I said, Robertson does one of three things in just about every AB.

    Strikeout, walk, HR. We’ve already seen two of the three tongight.

  1260. Boston Dave 2.0 July 27th, 2009 at 10:23 pm

    “If Melancon is really headed down soon, it makes sense to pitch Robertson and start re-establishing him as a reliable guy out of the pen”

    ———

    Thanks alot for jinxing him Ross. boo!

  1261. Benny Blanco July 27th, 2009 at 10:23 pm

    HERE WE GO!

  1262. sunny615 July 27th, 2009 at 10:23 pm

    here we go again…

  1263. Brandon W July 27th, 2009 at 10:23 pm

    Melancon? Isn’t he the ball boy for the guys in the bullpen? Wait, what, you mean he’s on my roster? We PAY him to do that?

    Kidding aside, remember when a bunch of people here were clamoring for him to be called up and didn’t want to hear that he still needed to develop in AAA?

    Anyway, yet another showing of why he should be in AAA. Kid has great stuff, but it’s not getting any better with a couple weeks off. At this point, I won’t be surprised if he gives up some runs his first couple times out; he is probably rusty enough.

  1264. Greg D July 27th, 2009 at 10:23 pm

    get the ball down Robertson

  1265. Laura - Aaron is right! Rose belongs in the Hall! July 27th, 2009 at 10:23 pm

    Somebody tell Robertson that the game doesn’t end until he gets 3 people out.

  1266. Wangawa July 27th, 2009 at 10:24 pm

    we’re gonna need some more runs

  1267. Boston Dave 2.0 July 27th, 2009 at 10:24 pm

    “Getting back Marte would be huge.”

    ———-

    Mariano
    Hughes
    Aceves (for now?)
    Coke
    Marte
    Bruney (if he can get back on track)

    few teams can match up with that bullpen

  1268. vinny-b (keep Montero) July 27th, 2009 at 10:24 pm

    “Nope, he hasnt a clue. Someone needs to ask Girardi about this. It is ridiculous having the guy on the team”

    Torre used to do the same for 5 years in NY. The only difference being, instead of 1 player it was half the bullpen which wasn’t being used

  1269. vinny-b (keep Montero) July 27th, 2009 at 10:24 pm

    “Nope, he hasnt a clue. Someone needs to ask Girardi about this. It is ridiculous having the guy on the team”

    Torre used to do the same for 5 years in NY. The only difference being, instead of 1 player it was half the bullpen which wasn’t being used

  1270. L to the 2nd July 27th, 2009 at 10:24 pm

    Pete is ON FIRE with the updates!

  1271. Laura - Aaron is right! Rose belongs in the Hall! July 27th, 2009 at 10:25 pm

    “I saw it!!! I am here!!!!!”

    Oh, there you are! I thought you missed it. It took long enough. LOL!

  1272. Erica - always OPPC July 27th, 2009 at 10:25 pm

    This is a classic catch-22

    These guys don’t pitch regularly because they aren’t very good when they do. But when they do pitch, they aren’t very good cause they don’t pitch regularly.

    Where does the vicious circle end?

  1273. Clark July 27th, 2009 at 10:25 pm

    Melancon went to get the team coffee. He wasn’t back by the time the 9th started, so they left Rboertson in.

  1274. vinny-b (keep Montero) July 27th, 2009 at 10:25 pm

    and the other half, getting completely oveworked. Like a blownout engine

  1275. CB July 27th, 2009 at 10:25 pm

    “Do you think Burrell knew a 3-2 fastball was coming?”

    In some ways I’d rather he groove the fastball then walk the guy.

    The problem wasn’t even the 3-2 pitch with Robertson. The bigger problem was him falling behind.

    This has become Robertson’s problem in the majors. If he falls behind at all it’s death. His fastball just isn’t good enough to sneak by guys when he’s behind in counts and they torch it far too often.

  1276. Laura - Aaron is right! Rose belongs in the Hall! July 27th, 2009 at 10:26 pm

    Johnny saw that one. LOL!

  1277. carl July 27th, 2009 at 10:26 pm

    Look at Damon

  1278. miggs July 27th, 2009 at 10:26 pm

    Few things…..

    I’ve stayed away from posting in-game tonight because there are a few people dominating the thread that I don’t care for.

    Those posts around 8:30 ripping Cano weren’t me. I’m pro Cano and even if I wasn’t I’m smart enough not to post nonsense like that.

    Some of you just don’t feel good unless you’re complaining about something. Its really sad. You know who you are. The team is winning and playing a great game and you still whine.

  1279. NYY626 July 27th, 2009 at 10:26 pm

    Damon is pumped up after #200!

  1280. Boston Dave 2.0 July 27th, 2009 at 10:26 pm

    I thought Johnny couldn’t play LF anymore???

    nice one Johnny B Good!

  1281. xyz July 27th, 2009 at 10:26 pm

    Congrats to the Red Sox. They gained 0 games in the standings.

    Well done.

  1282. Benny Blanco July 27th, 2009 at 10:26 pm

    Damon always scares me. I wonder why?

  1283. JasonR July 27th, 2009 at 10:26 pm

    It’s good to see Melancon come out of hibernation to throw in the bullpen. Maybe in another 14 days he’ll be able to play catch with Jorge Posada.

  1284. Erica - always OPPC July 27th, 2009 at 10:26 pm

    MPB DAMON MADE AN AWESOME CATCH!!!

    EAT THAT BASHERS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  1285. Greg D July 27th, 2009 at 10:26 pm

    Gold Glove JOhnny

  1286. Trevor July 27th, 2009 at 10:26 pm

    Has Melancon even warmed up (besides tonight) in the last 2 weeks? This is pretty ridiculous.
    Cashman obviously wants him up here. and Girardi refuses to use him.

  1287. RS July 27th, 2009 at 10:26 pm

    Nice catch by Damon.

    Now can you please get someone to not hit the ball hard, Robertson?

  1288. DT - OPPC member (blood type - Positive) July 27th, 2009 at 10:26 pm

    Damon looked great on that catch!

    They must have run the Zamboni out there last inning…

  1289. igotid88 July 27th, 2009 at 10:27 pm

    xyz
    July 27th, 2009 at 10:18 pm
    thanks for the hottie shot, YES.
    she was CUTE.
    —–
    aww i missed that

  1290. SJ44 July 27th, 2009 at 10:27 pm

    Hard to believe we are seeing this.

    You need a great catch by Damon to not turn this into a game again.

    Another kid who needs to be back in Scranton.

    Now we know why Cash is looking for bullpen help.

  1291. Betsy July 27th, 2009 at 10:27 pm

    Trevor, of course any pitcher can have a bad night…You’re right, I did like Alby coming out of ST. Maybe I was wrong on him, but I don’t think anyone’s been proven right about Robertson. He’s not someone to be trusted – I mean, I’m thrilled that he did the job tonight, but he’s the epitome of up and down. The next time he’s put in a similar situation, he could fall off a cliff. Maybe more experience will help him – he’s just 24, right?

    Also, I where are the PO bashers who said he can’t handle AJ? Seems to me that AJ and Jorge have a great thing going……and did I read that AJ threw some changeups tonight?

  1292. Erica - always OPPC July 27th, 2009 at 10:27 pm

    Laura – Aaron is right! Rose belongs in the Hall!
    July 27th, 2009 at 10:25 pm
    “I saw it!!! I am here!!!!!”

    Oh, there you are! I thought you missed it. It took long enough. LOL!

    ***

    I commented right away at 10:17. I was right under you!

  1293. Benny Blanco July 27th, 2009 at 10:27 pm

    If melky had uptons’s stats as of today, the yankees and bloggers would be calling for his head.

  1294. Boston Dave 2.0 July 27th, 2009 at 10:27 pm

    “Congrats to the Red Sox. They gained 0 games in the standings.”

    ———-

    Sox need to keep an eye on the wildcard standings too :)

    and they picked up a game on those pesky Rays

  1295. Brandon... I'M AWESOME ! BOSTON 8 NEW YORK 0 = 1st PLACE NYY July 27th, 2009 at 10:28 pm

    If I’m Melancon I’m hoping I get traded right now.

  1296. Jon G July 27th, 2009 at 10:28 pm

    Hey Pete -
    Can you please let Girardi know we are screaming for Melancon.

    He has much more potential than Albalasucko or even Robertson, but needs work, obviously.

    Can’t wait to see him get some more work — starting in situations like…tonight. Or the blow out the other night when they were losing but he used Bruney instead, or…

    Thanks,

    Jon

  1297. Brandon W July 27th, 2009 at 10:28 pm

    miggs,

    Could tell it wasn’t you. Handle: migg … no s. Being an impostor is fail if you can’t even spell the person’s handle correctly.

  1298. carl July 27th, 2009 at 10:28 pm

    Yankees win!

  1299. Boston Dave 2.0 July 27th, 2009 at 10:29 pm

    “You need a great catch by Damon to not turn this into a game again.

    Another kid who needs to be back in Scranton.”

    ———-

    SJ44,

    if the Yanks get Marte back, they have 5-6 dependable arms. anything else is gravy.

  1300. Angel - A tale told by idiots, full of sound and fury, signifying nothing July 27th, 2009 at 10:29 pm

    Erica’s PB makes the catch!

  1301. Joekuh - The Wang Will Rise To Sink Again! July 27th, 2009 at 10:29 pm

    nice catch by damon in the 9th. good start to the road trip.

  1302. Laura - Aaron is right! Rose belongs in the Hall! July 27th, 2009 at 10:29 pm

    Good game! Gotta keep it going.

  1303. xyz July 27th, 2009 at 10:29 pm

    “aww i missed that”

    That’s why God invented the DVR.

    She looked like Hayden Panettiere’s long-lost sister.

  1304. trisha - OPPC lifetime member July 27th, 2009 at 10:30 pm

    Vt Yankeefan and Dave – just picked up Josh Willingham. I was seriously considering it over the last few days. Tonight convinced me!

    :)

  1305. Christina25 July 27th, 2009 at 10:30 pm

    XYZ,
    Thanks for winning against the Rays. I want them to be as far as possible from the wild card.

  1306. L to the 2nd July 27th, 2009 at 10:30 pm

    Nice statement game- now for the throat w/CC tomorrow

  1307. Evan July 27th, 2009 at 10:30 pm

    Take 1 thing out of this game….

    AJ – welcome to NY. You are earning your pay. CC – please follow suit tomorrow.

    We will win the championship this year if CC and AJ continue pitching as they are now and sprinkle in a little pen – Joba/Hughes/Mo. Simple as that.

  1308. CB July 27th, 2009 at 10:30 pm

    Tremendous game. This puts absolutely enormous pressure on the Rays the rest of this series.

    Really, the only way this series could have hurt the yankees was if they got swept.

    Even if the Rays take 2 of 3 it’s really not that big a deal.

    If the yankees can now win just one of the next two games, however, this series really hurts the Rays.

    They have to win both of these games to even salvage anything from the series.

    And tomorrow it’s CC vs. Kazmir. And Kazmir has been terrible this year and their bull pen has been worked alot – including tonight.

  1309. xyz July 27th, 2009 at 10:30 pm

    Does Albie get the belt?

  1310. trisha - OPPC lifetime member July 27th, 2009 at 10:31 pm

    “Congrats to the Red Sox. They gained 0 games in the standings.”

    :lol:

  1311. Angel - A tale told by idiots, full of sound and fury, signifying nothing July 27th, 2009 at 10:31 pm

    Now… is it alarming that I actually said that (Eric’s PB makes the catch!) aloud when he made the catch?

    My husband looked at me like I was Linda Blair from the Exorcist.

  1312. Erica - always OPPC July 27th, 2009 at 10:32 pm

    It must be really hot. MPB Johnny Damon is sweating like a pig. LOL

    Nice interview Kim Jones

  1313. Betsy July 27th, 2009 at 10:32 pm

    Any reason Melancon didn’t come in? Oy vey – I hope this game ends soon……..Robertson and Alby should both be sent back to AAA. I’m not confident in MM, but at least let him pitch in a blowout.

  1314. Christina- Pics of the Old Stadium.. so depressing July 27th, 2009 at 10:32 pm

    Great game. I begged for Melancon to be sent down yesterday, and Girardi better just cut ties tomorrow because this is getting ridiculous. How can a guy go over 2 weeks without pitching? There is only so much he can do in a side session as he doesnt know if they will need him to pitching that night. ANd if they can trust him with a 5+ lead, they are never going to trust him.

  1315. Erica - always OPPC July 27th, 2009 at 10:32 pm

    Angel – A tale told by idiots, full of sound and fury, signifying nothing
    July 27th, 2009 at 10:31 pm
    Now… is it alarming that I actually said that (Eric’s PB makes the catch!) aloud when he made the catch?

    My husband looked at me like I was Linda Blair from the Exorcist.

    ****
    ROTFLMAO!!!!!!!!!!!! I am so flattered (I think)

  1316. Boston Dave 2.0 July 27th, 2009 at 10:32 pm

    Kudos to Johnny for forgetting about the 7 straight wins in the 2004 playoffs and saying he’s never been on a hotter team than the Yanks right now.

    :)

  1317. trisha - OPPC lifetime member July 27th, 2009 at 10:32 pm

    How cool is that. Johnny Damon standing and autographing balls that fans are throwing to him.

    I want him back next year. Sui too.

  1318. SJ44 July 27th, 2009 at 10:32 pm

    This was a good way to start this series.

    The guys who gave up runs aren’t going to be in the mix, and they have CC and a rested pen going tomorrow.

    Two hood days and they can put Tampa in their rearview mirror.

  1319. Joekuh - I'll meet your mama under the O'Neill Banner! July 27th, 2009 at 10:33 pm

    Its really sad with the trolling here. There’s gotta be a way to stop it.

  1320. Boston Dave 2.0 July 27th, 2009 at 10:33 pm

    sorry – 8 straight playoff wins

  1321. pat July 27th, 2009 at 10:33 pm

    “They must have run the Zamboni out there last inning…”

    Good one. :smile:

  1322. Angel - A tale told by idiots, full of sound and fury, signifying nothing July 27th, 2009 at 10:33 pm

    *Erica’s* not Eric’s.. ackk

  1323. chris July 27th, 2009 at 10:33 pm

    whats this about??

    UPDATE, 7:47 p.m.: Breaking news: Brian Cashman is talking trade with Adam Rubin of the Mets. Johan Santana for Alan Horn, Kei Igawa, Cody Ransom and a PTBNL.

  1324. GreenBeret7 July 27th, 2009 at 10:33 pm

    And David Robertson gets his first career save.

  1325. Pel July 27th, 2009 at 10:34 pm

    Damon’s YES on-field post-game reaction:

    http://www.zshare.net/audio/63258071c5957b8e/

  1326. RDM July 27th, 2009 at 10:34 pm

    Great game by the Yankees…the Yankees Win!! Even A Rod got a hit and RBI tonight, pretty good I would say. Sox win big too, lead still at 2.5. Need to keep the pressure on the Rays tomorrow….nice game!!!!

  1327. CB July 27th, 2009 at 10:34 pm

    Tremendous game and great effort. This puts absolutely enormous pressure on the Rays the rest of this series.

    Really, the only way this series could have hurt the yankees was if they got swept.

    Even if the Rays take 2 of 3 it’s really not that big a deal.

    If the yankees can now win just one of the next two games, however, this series really hurts the Rays.

  1328. Jim Pir-one July 27th, 2009 at 10:34 pm

    Does anybody feel the ame way about Jorge as I do. I appreciate everything he has done and does currently for us,
    but his concentration level is terrible. 4 things:

    His baserunning

    His laziness behind home plate, dropping balls, even when he makes a great stop, it’s with his glove and just laziness.(maybe our pitchers are afraid to throw balls in or near the dirt because of it)

    Occasional lack of concentration in key spots in games at the plate and not understanding the importance of taking pitches in those key situations.

    His throws back to the mound are sometimes wild. The other day, he threw the ball back to Joba causing Joba to leap for the ball. Joba then walked 2 straight batters. Today, he threw the ball kind of bad to A.J.

  1329. Betsy July 27th, 2009 at 10:34 pm

    Good win, no great win! AJ stepped up like an ace and the offense just poured it on. The bullpen stank, which sounds something of a sour note, but overall – just a terrific evening. This is a very, very good team…..

  1330. Angel - A tale told by idiots, full of sound and fury, signifying nothing July 27th, 2009 at 10:34 pm

    They hypnotized him when he signed his Yankee contract so he’d forget about it, Dave. :D

  1331. Erica - always OPPC July 27th, 2009 at 10:34 pm

    Boston Dave 2.0
    July 27th, 2009 at 10:32 pm
    Kudos to Johnny for forgetting about the 7 straight wins in the 2004 playoffs and saying he’s never been on a hotter team than the Yanks right now.

    ****
    See!!! He is so awesome, he even misremembers at totally appropriate times.

    Trisha-

    I want him back too!

  1332. Boston Dave 2.0 July 27th, 2009 at 10:35 pm

    “I begged for Melancon to be sent down yesterday, and Girardi better just cut ties tomorrow because this is getting ridiculous. ”

    ————-

    he probably never should have been called up. you can have guys like Brett Tomko ride the pine but Melancon needs to work on his game.

    I don’t have the same confidence that 95% of the posters here do but Mark needs to pitch somewhere.

  1333. L to the 2nd July 27th, 2009 at 10:35 pm

    Ryan Garko to SF – meh

  1334. pat July 27th, 2009 at 10:35 pm

    Dodgers lost. Yanks 1 game back of best record in MLB.

  1335. teddy July 27th, 2009 at 10:35 pm

    yankees

  1336. Erica - always OPPC July 27th, 2009 at 10:35 pm

    chris
    July 27th, 2009 at 10:33 pm
    whats this about??

    UPDATE, 7:47 p.m.: Breaking news: Brian Cashman is talking trade with Adam Rubin of the Mets. Johan Santana for Alan Horn, Kei Igawa, Cody Ransom and a PTBNL.

    ****
    Umm… a joke. Also known as a farce, a laugh, or an attempt at humor

  1337. Jim Pir-one July 27th, 2009 at 10:36 pm

    I thought that enough mistakes like the one that cost us 2 runs against the Orioles and the 1 run tonight and the fact that we have former catchers throughout our team, but oh well.

    GG tonight!!

  1338. RDM July 27th, 2009 at 10:36 pm

    Sox still in hunt for Martinez or Halladay OUCH

  1339. Boston Dave 2.0 July 27th, 2009 at 10:36 pm

    “They hypnotized him when he signed his Yankee contract so he’d forget about it, Dave. :D”

    ———-

    also, maybe games in the loosy goosy steroid/HGH/female fertility drugs days don’t count

  1340. trisha - OPPC lifetime member July 27th, 2009 at 10:36 pm

    “Thanks for winning against the Rays. I want them to be as far as possible from the wild card.”

    Me too! I’m rooting for the Rangers!!!

    :)

  1341. Doreen July 27th, 2009 at 10:36 pm

    The problem with Robertson is you don’t consistently know how he’s going to do. He can be and has been lights out. And then he’s not. Without rhyme or reason, it seems, though I’m sure those who are better skilled at analyzing such things can explain it.

    It’s too bad. Because when he’s good, Robertson is good.

    If the Yankees had a comfortable lead (in the standings), you can take some chances. But every game is must win. Every game is a dog fight. That’s why Melancon isn’t getting a chance. It’s not that Girardi wants him to rust out there – the game situations (except for tonight) haven’t been controlled enough.

    It’ll work out.

    This team is unbelievable. :)

  1342. NYY626 July 27th, 2009 at 10:36 pm

    I love that Damon is signing for everyone!

  1343. Jenna July 27th, 2009 at 10:37 pm

    Hey a newbie here! Love coming to this blog for my daily Yankee news.

    Anyway great game by AJ and the rest of the guys. This year’s team is really something special to watch.

  1344. SJ44 July 27th, 2009 at 10:37 pm

    Neither will be back.

    Melancon hasn’t pitched in 3 weeks. The last thing you are going to see any manager do in the first game of an important series is put in a rookie who hasn’t pitched in 3 weeks.

  1345. Angel - A tale told by idiots, full of sound and fury, signifying nothing July 27th, 2009 at 10:37 pm

    Excellent win.

  1346. MG July 27th, 2009 at 10:37 pm

    I only saw a few innings tonight but I hope Albadalejo has a round trip ticket to Scranton, I just don’t see him as a major league pitcher tonight or any other time I’ve seen him pitch.

    AJ looked really good, he’s pitching the way he did against the Yankees all last year-he could easily win 18 or 19 games the way he’s going.

    Cano had another key hit tonight, didn’t he?

    This team really knows how to win, it’s such a pleasure to see them grind out win after win…

  1347. bodhisattva - Destiny Wears Pinstripes July 27th, 2009 at 10:37 pm

    Trevor
    July 27th, 2009 at 10:26 pm
    Has Melancon even warmed up (besides tonight) in the last 2 weeks? This is pretty ridiculous.
    Cashman obviously wants him up here. and Girardi refuses to use him.
    ====

    It is just bizarre. I can understand, to a point, the reluctance during the homestand, since those were closer games than it now seems w/a 9-1 ledger, and factoring in Girardi’s staunch conservatism.

    Tonight was the perfect opportunity. Melancon blows – and I mean BLOWS – away Alby and although I like Robertson, there’s just no comparison. He is also a much better, more versatile pitcher than Brian Bruney.

    Just a mystery.

    Good game tonight, though.

    We take the first game, so we have a chance to win the series. Damon OF defense looked much sounder on the road. I think the sunfield at home really bothers him in day games, and who knows what’s going on with his eyes and his calves. Nice to see a strong game from him. We need him.

  1348. Erica - always OPPC July 27th, 2009 at 10:37 pm

    NYY626
    July 27th, 2009 at 10:36 pm
    I love that Damon is signing for everyone!

    ****

    I love him no matter what… :sigh:

  1349. MG July 27th, 2009 at 10:39 pm

    Jim Pir-one
    July 27th, 2009 at 10:34 pm
    Does anybody feel the ame way about Jorge as I do. I appreciate everything he has done and does currently for us,

    —————————————————-
    NO

  1350. RDM July 27th, 2009 at 10:39 pm

    Here’s hoping Damon won’t be injured tom and A Rod plays tomorrow too!!!

  1351. Boston Dave 2.0 July 27th, 2009 at 10:39 pm

    “And David Robertson gets his first career save.”

    ————

    and an 11-3 nail-biter to boot

  1352. Christina- New Pictures from Yankes Game! July 27th, 2009 at 10:39 pm

    SJ: Then why is he here? Sitting him for 3 weeks certainly isn’t helping the guy develop. He wasn’t ready when they called him up, and its evident the Yankees felt the same way as they used him only once in a 3 week period.

  1353. trisha - OPPC lifetime member July 27th, 2009 at 10:39 pm

    “Trisha-

    I want him back too!”

    Erica, worry not. We’re getting him back.

    :)

  1354. Boston Dave 2.0 July 27th, 2009 at 10:39 pm

    11-4

  1355. RDM July 27th, 2009 at 10:39 pm

    Have a good night all!!!!

  1356. Boston Dave 2.0 July 27th, 2009 at 10:40 pm

    welcome Jenna

    good time to be a Yanks fan

  1357. Johnny D. July 27th, 2009 at 10:40 pm

    Congrats to Damon. FINALLY! Hopefully he’ll get back into his groove and hit more now that 200 has been hit.

    The bullpen always looks bad because they’re rarely ever used. It’s always Ace, Hughes and Rivera. It’s not necessarily a bad thing that we have our system, but people shouldn’t be shocked when our pitchers give up runs.

  1358. Pepitone July 27th, 2009 at 10:40 pm

    Yawn, Yankees with another win.

    This is getting to be monotonous! :)

    Bring on the Angels and Red Sox.

  1359. bodhisattva - Destiny Wears Pinstripes July 27th, 2009 at 10:40 pm

    It’s too bad. Because when he’s good, Robertson is good.
    =====

    Agree Doreen. CB is good and his FB has some late life. He also throws strikes when he’s right.

    BTW, swift recovery wishes for your daughter. I had it back in 1992. Kids have stronger immune systems than adults. I’m sure with the right care she’ll be fine.

  1360. Christina- New Pictures from Yankes Game! July 27th, 2009 at 10:42 pm

    Of all the road trips I have been too, Damon has been the most fan-friendly. I can’t tell you how many times he has stopped to sign for fans. When I was at YS in April he signed for at least 20 of us during batting practice. In Toronto, he not only signed for me but sat and talked for a few minutes. One of the rare nice guys in baseball.

  1361. MG July 27th, 2009 at 10:42 pm

    I don’t understand the preoccupation with getting Melancon into a game. He’s a rookie, hasn’t pitched very well when he has gotten the chance, and it’s going to be 2010 before he has a chance to pitch in meaningful situations if he is still with the Yankees and earns it next year. It’s entirely possible he’s being used for a trade before the deadline and the Yankees don’t want to expose him before the deal is completed, has anyone thought of that?

  1362. DT - OPPC member (blood type - Positive) July 27th, 2009 at 10:42 pm

    “RDM
    July 27th, 2009 at 10:36 pm
    Sox still in hunt for Martinez or Halladay OUCH”

    Trolls still roam the earth OUCH

  1363. SJ44 July 27th, 2009 at 10:42 pm

    Robertson is the type of arm you package to get a veteran pitcher for the stretch drive.

    Enough talent to interest other teams, but a guy who will never have a high leverage role with the Yankees.

  1364. Jim Pir-one July 27th, 2009 at 10:42 pm

    MG
    July 27th, 2009 at 10:39 pm

    NO

    ________________

    You dont appreciate Jorge, that’s a real shame MG.

  1365. CB July 27th, 2009 at 10:42 pm

    Perhaps the strangest part of how Melancon has not been used was tonight.

    I understand that he hasn’t pitched in a long time and it tough to put him in during a series with the Rays.

    But if Albaladejo was in AAA and is a better option to use in this game, then why is Melancon on the roster?

    If the guy just up from AAA who is supposed to be the add on 13th guy in the pen is a better option then Melancon has no purpose at all.

    The yankees are effectively playing with a 24 man roster as the manager won’t use one of the players under near any circumstance.

    And it’s just foolish to hamstring yourself like that and play with a 24 man roster.

    Especially when you have no back up outfielders.

    It just makes no sense at all.

  1366. Boston Dave 2.0 July 27th, 2009 at 10:43 pm

    “Thanks for winning against the Rays. I want them to be as far as possible from the wild card”

    ———–

    honestly, the way Texas pitching staff has gotten better, I think they’re the best bet for the wildcard.

    sorry Boston :)

  1367. GreenBeret7 July 27th, 2009 at 10:45 pm

    Boston Dave 2.0
    July 27th, 2009 at 10:39 pm
    “And David Robertson gets his first career save.”

    ————

    and an 11-3 nail-biter to boot

    ————————————————————

    That strikeout of Pena might have been the biggest out of his career, so far….certainly of this game. He’s got stuff, and, although he’s no kid, he is inexperienced. I think that Melancon fits in there, too. They both have some great pitches, but, not enough big league experience to really make it work right now. All the yammering about Girardi not pitching him and Melancon is BS. There really hasn’t been good spots for them over the last two weeks. I can’t really blame Girardi after the Angels series.

  1368. Boston Dave 2.0 July 27th, 2009 at 10:45 pm

    “Sox still in hunt for Martinez or Halladay OUCH”

    ———–

    they’re also still in the hunt for wins. 4-6 in their last 10. OUCH.

  1369. Jim Pir-one July 27th, 2009 at 10:47 pm

    RDM,

    the Red Sox are always in the hunt for everyone that cn be ov alue to their team, because they know that they have the ability to be handed something for nothing.

  1370. Doreen July 27th, 2009 at 10:47 pm

    Thanks, bodhisattva. I appreciate the thoughts. :)

  1371. bodhisattva - Destiny Wears Pinstripes July 27th, 2009 at 10:47 pm

    MG
    July 27th, 2009 at 10:42 pm
    I don’t understand the preoccupation with getting Melancon into a game. He’s a rookie, hasn’t pitched very well when he has gotten the chance, and it’s going to be 2010 before he has a chance to pitch in meaningful situations if he is still with the Yankees and earns it next year. It’s entirely possible he’s being used for a trade before the deadline and the Yankees don’t want to expose him before the deal is completed, has anyone thought of that?
    ======

    The latter scenario would be the only thing that would make any reasonable sense, but if that’s not in play – it’s inexplicable.

    Getting him work should be a priority when the situation presents himself, because he is better than everyone else in that pen other than Hughes, Mo and Aceves. Coke gets the nod because of his experience, but Melancon has more upside (and I like Coke a lot).

    Really, the people here exhorting Girardi to bring him in have probably seen a larger sample size of him than most Yankee fans. Those of us who have seen him a lot understand why he needs to pitch and how much he can help us moving forward.

  1372. Boston Dave 2.0 July 27th, 2009 at 10:48 pm

    “That strikeout of Pena might have been the biggest out of his career, so far….certainly of this game. He’s got stuff”

    ———

    he put the curveball right where he wanted it.

    One game he looks amazing, the next he can’t find the plate and/or falls behind in the count.

    I’m no expert but I wonder if he changes his mechanics or if it’s all just in his head.

  1373. Jim Pir-one July 27th, 2009 at 10:48 pm

    *can be of value

  1374. pat July 27th, 2009 at 10:48 pm

    This Yankee team likes to hug.

  1375. Brandon... I'M AWESOME ! BOSTON 8 NEW YORK 0 = 1st PLACE NYY July 27th, 2009 at 10:48 pm

    SJ the problem here is that WHY THE HELL HASN’T HE PITCHED IN 3 WEEKS! YOU GOT TO BE KIDDING ME…I wouldn’t be surprised if he forgets how to pitch !

    They might as well trade him already, GI Joe to go about 3 weeks for what ! he actually pitched well in Anaheim, Bruney gas cans it and Melancon rides the pine for 3 weeks ?! REALLY !

  1376. m July 27th, 2009 at 10:48 pm

    Swishalicious worked with Kevin Long this a.m. and the adjustment they made worked wonders. Swish gave props to K-long, but also said that Alby & D-Rob came in and finished them off. :?

  1377. CB July 27th, 2009 at 10:49 pm

    The issue with Melancon not pitching is not primarily an issue that has to do with Melancon.

    It has to do with the roster.

    The team is playing with a 24 man roster for all intent and purposes. Melancon plays no role at all.

    And it is ridiculous for a major league team to actively handicap itself that way.

    If Melky got hurt tonight they would have to use Damon in CF.

    But rather than call up an extra OF they have Melancon doing nothing and being completely unusable.

    It’s foolish to play with what amounts to a 24 man roster – especially when you have an older roster, one where Matsui can not play the field and there is no viable backup CF.

  1378. YankeeJosh July 27th, 2009 at 10:50 pm

    And therein lies the rub with Melancon. He’s never used, so he’s rusty, so he can never be used?

    I think an 11-3 game was safe enough touse Melancon for the 9th. If he imploded there were option. Robertson has now throen 3 out of 4 games. Easily could have gotten Melancon an inning today. Low leverage situation and no real downside.

  1379. Pepitone July 27th, 2009 at 10:50 pm

    The yankees are effectively playing with a 24 man roster as the manager won’t use one of the players under near any circumstance.
    And it’s just foolish to hamstring yourself like that and play with a 24 man roster.
    Especially when you have no back up outfielders.
    It just makes no sense at all.
    =================

    CB-
    Joe tends to be stubborn with things like this, I think that was part of the reason he was let go in Florida after being voted Manager of the Year.

    It is part of his strength, and part of his weakness as a manager.

  1380. Pel July 27th, 2009 at 10:50 pm

    YES post-game Booth Report with Bob Lorenz, John Flaherty, Ken Singleton, and Michael Kay:

    http://www.zshare.net/audio/63258489425b0431/

  1381. Patrick the Prospect Hugger July 27th, 2009 at 10:51 pm

    “If I’m Melancon I’m hoping I get traded right now.”

    Pretty much. I have no idea why Girardi refuses to use Melancon. He has more pure talent than several of the guys in that bullpen but he’ll never be useful if he doesn’t get opportunities at the big league level.

    Girardi refused to use Melancon for long periods of time when he first came up so that when he WAS used he was crap. Then Mark went down to AAA and struggled awhile before finally getting back to pitching well. He gets called up and Girardi does THE SAME DAMN THING.

    Please either trade him or use him. He’s better than Albaladejo, he’s better than Robertson and given time he’ll be better than Bruney and Coke.

    And hell if you aren’t going to use him and you don’t want to trade him, send him down so he can stay sharp and put someone on the roster that isn’t as important to the organization as Melancon is.

  1382. NYY626 July 27th, 2009 at 10:51 pm

    pat July 27th, 2009 at 10:48 pm

    This Yankee team likes to hug.
    ________________________________________________________________
    If I was on this team I’d be hugging everyone too :)

    The only bad thing about this season is that I am usually too pumped after a game to go to bed so I stay up late and watch the post game/read this blog until 1am. Needless to say its not fun waking up for work in the morning.

  1383. bodhisattva - Destiny Wears Pinstripes July 27th, 2009 at 10:52 pm

    SJ44
    July 27th, 2009 at 10:42 pm
    Robertson is the type of arm you package to get a veteran pitcher for the stretch drive.
    Enough talent to interest other teams, but a guy who will never have a high leverage role with the Yankees.
    =====

    That’s not an unreasonable stance. Melancon, however, is another animal. Which is why some of us are so nonplussed by the manager’s neglect.

    Tonight was the perfect opportunity – enough runs to allow for some initial wobbliness. Yet he did not pitch. Strange.

    Girardi on YES now.

  1384. GreenBeret7 July 27th, 2009 at 10:53 pm

    Boston Dave 2.0
    July 27th, 2009 at 10:48 pm
    “That strikeout of Pena might have been the biggest out of his career, so far….certainly of this game. He’s got stuff”

    ———

    he put the curveball right where he wanted it.

    One game he looks amazing, the next he can’t find the plate and/or falls behind in the count.

    I’m no expert but I wonder if he changes his mechanics or if it’s all just in his head.

    ————————————————————

    Sometimes, he’s completely different, inning to inning, and Melancon is the same way. They’re like Kennedy, hughes and Chamberlain. They made everything so easy in the minors. They’ve got to learn the difference, but, not at the experence of games to be won.

  1385. Pat M.... July 27th, 2009 at 10:54 pm

    No doubt, at this stage of the season , this is a stinging lose for Tampa….All the a relievers got the night off……Frankly I’d rather Joe had allowed Melanchon throw that 8 th inning…..There’s going to be a time real soon when he’s going to be called upon and rusting away is not healthy for him and eventually for the club…..

  1386. Christina- New Pictures from Yankes Game! July 27th, 2009 at 10:54 pm

    Thanks Pel for the postgame audio!

  1387. Betsy July 27th, 2009 at 10:55 pm

    I read on another board that AJ’s nickname is Big Game James? LOL Has anyone heard that before because I haven’t….is that a Yankee thing that they made up for him?

    ……I think AJ’s nickname in Florida was Bad Ass….and in Toronto as well. Must be a NYY thing, lol

  1388. MG July 27th, 2009 at 10:56 pm

    since I’ve seen Melancon a couple of times and wasn’t that impressed, what has he shown in the minors that makes so many of you convinced he’s a better pitcher than either Coke and Bruney? He doesn’t have a plus fastball, what pitch(es) have the kind of plus stuff needed to be a reliable reliever?

  1389. carl July 27th, 2009 at 10:56 pm

    Thanks Pel

  1390. trisha - OPPC lifetime member July 27th, 2009 at 10:56 pm

    “honestly, the way Texas pitching staff has gotten better, I think they’re the best bet for the wildcard.

    sorry Boston :)

    AWWWW. Me too.

    :lol:

  1391. GreenBeret7 July 27th, 2009 at 10:56 pm

    but, not at the ***expense*** of games to be won.

  1392. m July 27th, 2009 at 10:57 pm

    lol. Gotta love the melancon love here. You guys are nuts if you think that melancon hopes the Yankees trade him away.

    What makes melancon so special that he doesn’t have to bide his time like the rest of the pitchers that came up before him?

    Yes, tonight would’ve been a great time for him to get in the game, blowouts don’t come along very often. But you guys get really bent out of shape about melancon.

    Too bad, Girardi made the wrong move there, otherwise he would’ve managed a perfect game.

  1393. Boston Dave 2.0 July 27th, 2009 at 10:57 pm

    Halladay -

    so according to MLBTR:

    Red Sox need to give: “Clay Buchholz, Casey Kelly, and another top prospect from the Red Sox in exchange for Halladay.”

    Yankees need to give: Joba AND Hughes and more (AJax?)

    ———–

    a little disparity there???

  1394. Pel July 27th, 2009 at 10:57 pm

    Girardi’s YES post-game reaction:

    http://www.zshare.net/audio/6325873693e91fcd/

  1395. GreenBeret7 July 27th, 2009 at 10:58 pm

    Betsy
    July 27th, 2009 at 10:55 pm
    I read on another board that AJ’s nickname is Big Game James? LOL Has anyone heard that before because I haven’t….is that a Yankee thing that they made up for him?

    ……I think AJ’s nickname in Florida was Bad Ass….and in Toronto as well. Must be a NYY thing, lol

    ————————————————————

    I think they’re mistaken, Betsy. That’s James Shields’ nickname.

  1396. GreenBeret7 July 27th, 2009 at 10:58 pm

    Betsy
    July 27th, 2009 at 10:55 pm
    I read on another board that AJ’s nickname is Big Game James? LOL Has anyone heard that before because I haven’t….is that a Yankee thing that they made up for him?

    ……I think AJ’s nickname in Florida was Bad Ass….and in Toronto as well. Must be a NYY thing, lol

    ————————————————————

    I think they’re mistaken, Betsy. That’s James Shields’ nickname.

  1397. Dan July 27th, 2009 at 10:59 pm

    Just returned from the game and I’ll tell you, I’ve got the fever….. for less cowbell :-/. Those people are relentless win or lose.

  1398. CB July 27th, 2009 at 10:59 pm

    Pep,

    I honestly have no problem with Girardi making what ever decision he wants in this situation. I personally would have liked to see him try to get Melancon more work over the course of the season as I thought he might be able to help this year.

    But if he’s never going to be used Cashman should just send him to AAA.

    Suzyn asked Girardi about Melancon in the post game. He told her that the game tonight wasn’t a situation where he wanted to use Melancon.

    He would only use Melancon “early” in the game.

    So in other words Melancon will never be used with a lead? He will only be used in blow out games when the team is losing?

    Fortunately, this team is good enough where that situation won’t come up all that often.

    Just send him down and be done with it. Get an outfielder up on the roster.

  1399. trisha - OPPC lifetime member July 27th, 2009 at 10:59 pm

    bod – look for Joe to use Melancon in the next few games. He has plans to use him and he’s not going to insult him by doing it in a situation where the game is so well in hand that it appears he is there just for mop up duty. He’ll give him a chance to prove himself in a situation where it counts.

    That’s my story and I’m sticking to it. Now we’ll see if I’m right!

    :)

  1400. Boston Dave 2.0 July 27th, 2009 at 10:59 pm

    “Sometimes, he’s completely different, inning to inning, and Melancon is the same way. They’re like Kennedy, hughes and Chamberlain. They made everything so easy in the minors. They’ve got to learn the difference, but, not at the experence of games to be won.”

    ———

    agree completely. they need work in AAAA right now (so offenses like Pittsburgh, San Diego, or Boston :) )

  1401. Patrick the Prospect Hugger July 27th, 2009 at 10:59 pm

    “since I’ve seen Melancon a couple of times and wasn’t that impressed, what has he shown in the minors that makes so many of you convinced he’s a better pitcher than either Coke and Bruney?”

    Actually read my post, go look up his minor league stats if you’re so interested.

    “He doesn’t have a plus fastball”

    Yes he does.

    “what pitch(es) have the kind of plus stuff needed to be a reliable reliever?”

    He also has a plus curve and plus control

  1402. Christina- New Pictures from Yankes Game! July 27th, 2009 at 10:59 pm

    MG- I have seen Mark pitch on several occasions this year at the minor league level. I am pretty sure his FB ranges from 92-94ish (at least it did on the Syracuse gun) and he relies on his sick curveball to get guys out. He has the makeup to be great.

    I am not going to deny he hasn’t struggled, but you certainly can’t give up on the guy just yet. Having him sit on the bench at the Major League level is just pointless.

  1403. carl July 27th, 2009 at 11:00 pm

    Boston Dave 2.0,

    Chamberlain’s stock did fall a bit this year

  1404. Brandon... I'M AWESOME ! BOSTON 8 NEW YORK 0 = 1st PLACE NYY July 27th, 2009 at 11:00 pm

    “What makes melancon so special that he doesn’t have to bide his time like the rest of the pitchers that came up before him?

    Yes, tonight would’ve been a great time for him to get in the game, blowouts don’t come along very often. But you guys get really bent out of shape about melancon.”

    IT’S BEEN THREE …. WEEKS !

  1405. Tarheelyank July 27th, 2009 at 11:00 pm

    Some of you have no patience with young players.

    Everybody is calling for MM, but as soon as he stumbles it will be off with his head, or at least to Scranton.

    The days of trading for any high price bull pen name du jour are over. Or in my humble opinion should be.

    Robertson has a good arm and a great curve. If he can figure out his BB issue, he will be a big part of the Yankees pen.

  1406. miggs July 27th, 2009 at 11:00 pm

    Come on Betsy.

    Maybe if you weren’t on so many boards at once you could comprehend what is being written.

    Big Game James is James Shields’ nickname. Its pretty common knowledge. Why would that be AJ’s nickname? Makes no sense.

  1407. bodhisattva - Destiny Wears Pinstripes July 27th, 2009 at 11:00 pm

    Patrick the Prospect Hugger
    July 27th, 2009 at 10:51 pm
    “If I’m Melancon I’m hoping I get traded right now.”
    Pretty much. I have no idea why Girardi refuses to use Melancon. He has more pure talent than several of the guys in that bullpen but he’ll never be useful if he doesn’t get opportunities at the big league level.
    Girardi refused to use Melancon for long periods of time when he first came up so that when he WAS used he was crap. Then Mark went down to AAA and struggled awhile before finally getting back to pitching well. He gets called up and Girardi does THE SAME DAMN THING.
    ====

    That about sums it up.

    Look, I don’t hold BA or BP in any special regard, but there’s a reason Melancon was ranked ninth and 11th in our system, respectively, by those two organizations.

    I think people think “relief pitcher” and they are underwhelmed, but they haven’t seen this guy enough to really get it. He doesn’t throw 100 mph like Daniel Bard, so the WOW factor isn’t evident in one or two appearances. You see him enough, you begin to appreciate what he’s capable of.

  1408. Fran (the original) and OPPC member July 27th, 2009 at 11:00 pm

    Trisha, I watched tonight’s game on computer. Thanks! So glad I got to see another Yankee win.

  1409. Betsy July 27th, 2009 at 11:01 pm

    BD, that’s obscene, but who’s surprised that the Jays would demand more from the Yankees? Halladay will probably end up with the Sox..ugh

  1410. Patrick the Prospect Hugger July 27th, 2009 at 11:01 pm

    “What makes melancon so special that he doesn’t have to bide his time like the rest of the pitchers that came up before him?”

    Look at his minor league stats, you’ll see what’s so special about him. I’ve never seen a guy with Melancon’s talent be so criminally underused.

    If I were Mark Melancon I’d be praying for a trade.

  1411. BBFan July 27th, 2009 at 11:01 pm

    “I don’t understand the preoccupation with getting Melancon into a game. He’s a rookie, hasn’t pitched very well when he has gotten the chance, and it’s going to be 2010 before he has a chance to pitch in meaningful situations if he is still with the Yankees and earns it next year.”

    Well said.
    This criticism of Girardi is similar to the other fav here that Cashman caused Wang’s injuries.
    Its fun to read this stuff though :)

  1412. Boston Dave 2.0 July 27th, 2009 at 11:02 pm

    “Boston Dave 2.0,

    Chamberlain’s stock did fall a bit this year”

    ———-

    perhaps… but I think his stock is still a tad higher than Casey Kelly’s.

    and by a tad I mean a buttload

  1413. Jim Pir-one July 27th, 2009 at 11:02 pm

    Boston Dave 2.0

    But the Red Sox never get handed anything. And Clay Bucholz it better than Hughes and Chamberlain combined ;)

  1414. bodhisattva - Destiny Wears Pinstripes July 27th, 2009 at 11:03 pm

    Tarheelyank
    July 27th, 2009 at 11:00 pm
    Some of you have no patience with young players.
    Everybody is calling for MM, but as soon as he stumbles it will be off with his head, or at least to Scranton.
    ===

    I don’t think so. The people on here who would like to see Melancon pitch up here are much more familiar with a larger body of work.

    In fact, we HAVE seen his mistep up here, and most of us ARE in fact, patient, and are asking Girardi to ride out a hiccup here and there as he gets introduced to AL ball, because we know the patience will pay off and help the Yankees in the here and now.

  1415. Brandon... I'M AWESOME ! BOSTON 8 NEW YORK 0 = 1st PLACE NYY July 27th, 2009 at 11:03 pm

    “If I were Mark Melancon I’d be praying for a trade.”

    QFT

  1416. Jim Pir-one July 27th, 2009 at 11:04 pm

    See, even though the Red Sox are clearly the inferior team, they always have the ability to be handed someone or multiple someones to help thrust them into being much better.

  1417. Trevor July 27th, 2009 at 11:04 pm

    His stuff is better then Robertson’s. His FB and his control curve about the same. A talent being wasted in the pen.

  1418. Pel July 27th, 2009 at 11:04 pm

    A.J.’s YES post-game reaction:

    http://www.zshare.net/audio/63258988465ad99c/

  1419. trisha - OPPC lifetime member July 27th, 2009 at 11:05 pm

    “lol. Gotta love the melancon love here. You guys are nuts if you think that melancon hopes the Yankees trade him away.

    What makes melancon so special that he doesn’t have to bide his time like the rest of the pitchers that came up before him?

    Yes, tonight would’ve been a great time for him to get in the game, blowouts don’t come along very often. But you guys get really bent out of shape about melancon.

    Too bad, Girardi made the wrong move there, otherwise he would’ve managed a perfect game.”

    Perfect post. It amazes me how much people think they know what should happen in every game. I truly believe Joe knows what he’s doing and will use Melancon in due time. Last I remember his pitching was pretty dismal. Girardi knows what he’s doing. He’ll use Melancon when he thinks the time is right. Why people think he should have pulled Robertson just to dump Melancon in there is way beyond me. So burn two pitchers just to soothe the ruffled feathers on lohud. Geesh.

  1420. Pepitone July 27th, 2009 at 11:05 pm

    CB -

    “Just send him down and be done with it. Get an outfielder up on the roster.”
    =======

    Agreed!

  1421. MG July 27th, 2009 at 11:05 pm

    Patrick, I’ve seen his minor league stats but haven’t seen a plus fastball the couple of times I seen him pitch in the majors. He just doesn’t look ready to pitch in teh majors yet. When I see it maybe I’ll jump on the LoHud bandwagon but until then I’m not particularly impressed. It amazes me, though, to read 10X the amount about the #24 or #25 player on the roster who wasn’t used tonight than on the ones who made tonight’s win possible-AJ only allwing 2 hits and battling for 7 innings when the bullpen is thin, Cano’s two big hits, Swish’s 2 HR, Damon’s HR, and Kate Hudson high fiving everyone when Arod hit that double lol…

  1422. Betsy July 27th, 2009 at 11:05 pm

    Miggs, don’t blame me. Someone mentioned it in a thread specifically about AJ on the message board – it’s that person’s fault for getting it wrong. Why would I assume he’s talking about James Shields?

  1423. Christina- New Pictures from Yankes Game! July 27th, 2009 at 11:05 pm

    Why would Melancon want to be traded? Come on guys. I am sure hes bummed he isnt pitching, but the increase in pay at the Major League level is a huge increase over AAA.

  1424. Prime July 27th, 2009 at 11:06 pm

    The most telling part of Damon’s interview was not the winning streak, but that this team has the best chemistry of any he has been on. The yankees of recent years have the lacked chemistry of the teams from the 90s. With the addition of CC, AJ, Tex and Swish, much of that good chemistry is back and no doubt contributing to the winning.

  1425. YankeeJosh July 27th, 2009 at 11:07 pm

    BBFan

    This isn’t about Melancon only, it’s about the team. Right now Melancon is on the roster. He may beventually have to pitch in a big spot, maybe an extra inning game or an outing where the starter struggles.

    All bullpen arms need to get some regular work in order to not get rusty and be effective when needed. It’s why Mo sometimes pitches the ninth in blow out games. 11-3 lead today in the 9th was the perfect time to let Melancon work out the rust so that maybe he’d be more ready should he be needed in a higher leverage situation.

  1426. miggs July 27th, 2009 at 11:07 pm

    You watch Burnett and you realize the guy is a freak.

    You can count on one hand the number of pitchers that can get away with throwing 80%-90% of their pitches as 4 seam fastballs and get away with it.

    He’s just on another level with his stuff. Its incredible.

  1427. Boston Dave 2.0 July 27th, 2009 at 11:07 pm

    “BD, that’s obscene, but who’s surprised that the Jays would demand more from the Yankees? Halladay will probably end up with the Sox..ugh”

    ——-

    with the recent turn of events for the Sox (Daisuke, Smoltz, Wakefield), I can’t see how they’d pass on getting Halladay for Buchholz, Kelly, and someone like Anderson/Bowden.

    It’s a no brainer for them if MLBTR were correct – but as we all know, trade deadline rumors often hold up as well as a 9 run lead for the Sox bullpen against Baltimore.

  1428. Brandon... I'M AWESOME ! BOSTON 8 NEW YORK 0 = 1st PLACE NYY July 27th, 2009 at 11:07 pm

    “Why people think he should have pulled Robertson just to dump Melancon in there is way beyond me. So burn two pitchers just to soothe the ruffled feathers on lohud. Geesh.”

    Trisha for the love of god it’s not that, no one is disputing D-Rob ! it’s how he first went to Albaladejo w/ a 6 run lead, IF YOU CAN’T USE MELANCON THERE SEND HIM DOWN OR TRADE HIM ! IT’S A JOKE HOW THEY USE HIM !

  1429. bodhisattva - Destiny Wears Pinstripes July 27th, 2009 at 11:08 pm

    BBFan
    July 27th, 2009 at 11:01 pm
    “I don’t understand the preoccupation with getting Melancon into a game. He’s a rookie, hasn’t pitched very well when he has gotten the chance, and it’s going to be 2010 before he has a chance to pitch in meaningful situations if he is still with the Yankees and earns it next year.”
    Well said.
    This criticism of Girardi is similar to the other fav here that Cashman caused Wang’s injuries.
    Its fun to read this stuff though
    ====

    Here’s what bothers me about this forum.

    There are popular truisms on here that get repeated over and over again, and they are plugged in to fit a variety of posts, regardless of whether or not the posts resist those truisms.

    It doesn’t seem to matter whether a poster writes a thoughtful post, or an idiotic one – if there is any resonance about “complaint of the manager” , even if that’s not the crux of the post, the details of their comments are ignored and they are grouped with any and every post that questions a managerial decision.

    That doesn’t make for honest discussion.

    You might disagree that Melancon pitching shouldn’t be a priority – but this sort of back and forth about a poster who is present, in the third person, is condescending and defeats the whole purpose of a forum.

  1430. Betsy July 27th, 2009 at 11:08 pm

    MG, good points……lots of positives to talk about (but why would we, right?).

    That said, Girardi’s comment makes NO sense. He’ll only use MM early in the game? What, he can’t handle pitching in an 11-3 game? Send the kid down………..and I’m not even a huge fan of his.

  1431. Betsy July 27th, 2009 at 11:08 pm

    MG, good points……lots of positives to talk about (but why would we, right?).

    That said, Girardi’s comment makes NO sense. He’ll only use MM early in the game? What, he can’t handle pitching in an 11-3 game? Send the kid down………..and I’m not even a huge fan of his.

  1432. Patrick the Prospect Hugger July 27th, 2009 at 11:08 pm

    “haven’t seen a plus fastball the couple of times I seen him pitch in the majors.”

    Then you aren’t watching closely enough or don’t know what a plus fastball is.

  1433. trisha - OPPC lifetime member July 27th, 2009 at 11:08 pm

    “Trisha, I watched tonight’s game on computer. Thanks! So glad I got to see another Yankee win.”

    Hey Fran!!!! Your boy Beckett really had a heck of a game. Josh Willingham got two grannies for the Nats so I raced to pick him up. :lol:

    I seriously think I have to sit Shields. He is really in a very bad space!

    Our boys are kicking butts, Fran! (The Yankee boys, not necessarily the other ones.)

  1434. Brandon... I'M AWESOME ! BOSTON 8 NEW YORK 0 = 1st PLACE NYY July 27th, 2009 at 11:09 pm

    “Why would Melancon want to be traded? Come on guys. I am sure hes bummed he isnt pitching, but the increase in pay at the Major League level is a huge increase over AAA.”

    B/c he’s getting no time here, he would definitely get some time somewhere else. Any blind person can see that.

  1435. yanks kiddd July 27th, 2009 at 11:10 pm

    “Kate Hudson in the crowd cheering like crazy. Tampa TV keeps showing her. Not because she is a celebrity, because she’s the youngest person ever to attend a Rays game.”

    Lmao pete you crack me up

  1436. m July 27th, 2009 at 11:11 pm

    Brandon,

    Jesus Christ, calm down. You’re hurting my ears.

    Betsy,

    During the playoffs, the media all called Shields “Big Game James”. That originally was the nickname of Laker great James Worthy. But Shields’ teammates called him that last season. Apparently, he’s really embarrassed by it because he grew up watching Worthy, but that’s the story right there.

  1437. Christina- New Pictures from Yankes Game! July 27th, 2009 at 11:11 pm

    Trisha, He hasnt pitched since July 10th. I can understand not using Melancon in a game that is close, but if you arent going to use him in an 11-4 game, when is he going to find the “right time” to use him? When they are losing 11-4? If that is the case, like many of us have said, ship him back to Scranton. We have plenty of mop-up guys that are currently on the team already and it doesnt make sense to let a young guy stay in AAA where he can continue to develop his pitches?

  1438. miggs July 27th, 2009 at 11:11 pm

    “Miggs, don’t blame me. Someone mentioned it in a thread specifically about AJ on the message board – it’s that person’s fault for getting it wrong. Why would I assume he’s talking about James Shields?”

    Gee I don’t know. Maybe because his nickname is “Big Game JAMES”?

    You probably read it wrong. No one would ever call AJ “Big Game James”?

    Also, if you’ve ever watched Sheilds pitch you’d hear them refer to him by that name. Again, common knowledge.

  1439. Kelvin Ace July 27th, 2009 at 11:11 pm

    Yo Miggs, you right bro.

    AJ’s stuff is electric, It’s incredible when he does that type of stuff.

  1440. GreenBeret7 July 27th, 2009 at 11:11 pm

    Boston Dave 2.0
    July 27th, 2009 at 10:59 pm
    “Sometimes, he’s completely different, inning to inning, and Melancon is the same way. They’re like Kennedy, hughes and Chamberlain. They made everything so easy in the minors. They’ve got to learn the difference, but, not at the experence of games to be won.”

    ———

    agree completely. they need work in AAAA right now (so offenses like Pittsburgh, San Diego, or Boston )

    ————————————————————

    You laugh about that, but, that’s exactly what NYY used to do back in the ’50s and early ’60s. They’d trade young players mixed with vets to KC or Washington until they got experience, and they’d get a Maris or Boyer back. Two years later they’d trade for their kids back. Ralph Terry comes to mind.

  1441. YankeeJosh July 27th, 2009 at 11:11 pm

    Trisha,

    Melancon is on the team. He hasn’t pitched since July 10. It’s now July 27.

    All relievers need steady work to stay sharp. And that’s part of balancing a bullpen. We don’t know when Melancon may be needed to pitch important innings. Stuff happens. Tonight was a perfect chance to get him an inning to work off the rust so that he’d be better suited to pitch if needed in a few days. No one is suggesting he should be a primary set up guy now.

  1442. Tarheelyank July 27th, 2009 at 11:11 pm

    Bodhi
    ok, I hope so. Because he will stumble again.

    The lack of patience with D. Rob I don’t get. He is basically a RH Coke, with some more walks.

  1443. MJR (Shut Up Steve Phillips) July 27th, 2009 at 11:12 pm

    amazing!

    consider this:

    - Wang has been MIA
    - Pettite/Joba have been erratic at best
    - A-Rod has missed about 30+ games
    - we’ve lost 8 games to Boston
    - Matsui walking around on 1 leg

    …and we’re 2.5 games up heading into August!

    + bullpen
    + Mo
    + Tex/AJ/CC/Gardner
    + Jeter having a monster year at the plate
    + defense is much improved (thank you Tex!)

    Let me repeat my guess on Opening Day. Yanks will win 105 games. :)

  1444. Jim Pir-one July 27th, 2009 at 11:12 pm

    instead of picking on the lack of use of MM (of which i agree), pick on Jorge’s lazy play behind home plate. (throwing out baserunners doesnt bother me, it’s his laziness in catching and blocking pitches.)

  1445. pat July 27th, 2009 at 11:13 pm

    Omar met with Jeff Wilpon after the press conference and Omar then apologized to Adam Rubin saying his comments were not appropriate in that forum.

    Jeff could have avoided all the nonsense by holding the conference himself.

  1446. trisha - OPPC lifetime member July 27th, 2009 at 11:13 pm

    “Trisha for the love of god it’s not that, no one is disputing D-Rob ! it’s how he first went to Albaladejo w/ a 6 run lead, IF YOU CAN’T USE MELANCON THERE SEND HIM DOWN OR TRADE HIM ! IT’S A JOKE HOW THEY USE HIM !”

    Oh Brandon, take a chill pill or you are going to lose awesomeness points. I know you don’t believe this for a minute, but Girardi knows more than you do and actually knows what he’s doing.

    By the way, I wasn’t touting David Robertson. I was talking about the intelligence of using one pitcher rather than two. It doesn’t matter that you thought it should have been Melancon. Don’t you see that? What matters is what makes sense to Girardi. And also, if they choose to keep Melancon up they’re going to. So doesn’t it make more sense to just accept life and enjoy it and not get so bent out of shape when your managerial decisions aren’t the ones that happen?

    Now be a good kid and go back to being awesome and not annoying!

    :)

  1447. Patrick the Prospect Hugger July 27th, 2009 at 11:14 pm

    It’s funny that some fans can’t handle minor criticisms of the manager. Honestly, this is a really minor thing. Many of us that know how valuable Melancon is are troubled that he literally hasn’t pitched in over 3 weeks.

    Melancon is the Yankees #1 relief prospect. Many thought he would be a huge contributor this year and many thought he should have made the team out of spring training. Some people also think he could be the closer of the future.

    Calling him up and sitting him on the bench for 3+ weeks with no playing time is basically if Austin Jackson was called up and didn’t get into a game. The Yankees have said they wouldn’t do that. Now, Melancon isn’t as good as Jackson could potentially be but he’s one of the Yankees’ top prospects.

    I haven’t complained until now because there haven’t really been any blowout games until now. But at this point, if you can’t trust him with an 11-3 lead, why is he on the team?

  1448. bodhisattva - Destiny Wears Pinstripes July 27th, 2009 at 11:14 pm

    YankeeJosh
    July 27th, 2009 at 11:07 pm
    BBFan
    This isn’t about Melancon only, it’s about the team. Right now Melancon is on the roster. He may beventually have to pitch in a big spot, maybe an extra inning game or an outing where the starter struggles.
    All bullpen arms need to get some regular work in order to not get rusty and be effective when needed. It’s why Mo sometimes pitches the ninth in blow out games. 11-3 lead today in the 9th was the perfect time to let Melancon work out the rust so that maybe he’d be more ready should he be needed in a higher leverage situation.
    ====

    That’s right. Those of us who want to see him pitch feel he is an arm that can improve the bullpen significantly – THIS SEASON.

    We are not suggesting the Yankees indulge Melancon strictly for his “growth.”

    At least, I’m not.

    However, if he isn’t permitted to pitch, because he may cough, then the Yankees have either misjudged the caliber of pitcher he is to begin with, or are so taut because they are in a very competitive race that they’re afraid to make a “mistake”, even if it helps contribute to the overall run in 2009.

    The latter would be the wrong decision, IMO.

  1449. miggs July 27th, 2009 at 11:15 pm

    Cano gets on base every time he gets up including 2 walks, hits a triple and a HR, drives in RISP, and STILL gets ripped for getting thrown out trying to steal 2nd.

    It was obvious (to me at least) that Melky missed a sign. Yet you idiots rip Cano for “not hustling”.

  1450. YankeeJosh July 27th, 2009 at 11:15 pm

    Patrick, you hit the nail on the head.

  1451. trisha - OPPC lifetime member July 27th, 2009 at 11:16 pm

    “Let me repeat my guess on Opening Day. Yanks will win 105 games.”

    Somewhere I have my chart of poster guesses on Yankee wins. I’m going to see if I can find it. (I had a computer crash and don’t know if that was part of it.)

  1452. Boston Dave 2.0 July 27th, 2009 at 11:17 pm

    “They’d trade young players mixed with vets to KC or Washington until they got experience, and they’d get a Maris or Boyer back. Two years later they’d trade for their kids back.”

    ——–

    man, the good ol’ days I guess.

    50′s and 60′s – Maris and Boyer

    2000′s – Drew Henson

  1453. Patrick the Prospect Hugger July 27th, 2009 at 11:17 pm

    miggs,

    The Cano criticisms make zero sense to me. I honestly think people hate players that look like they are having fun out there.

  1454. Jim Pir-one July 27th, 2009 at 11:17 pm

    or pick on the use of this worthless Albalaloser. He has helped us in a few situations this year, but all in all, the guy doesnt understand the concept of throwing strikes, even up 6 runs.

  1455. MG July 27th, 2009 at 11:17 pm

    Patrick the Prospect Hugger
    July 27th, 2009 at 11:08 pm
    “haven’t seen a plus fastball the couple of times I seen him pitch in the majors.”

    Then you aren’t watching closely enough or don’t know what a plus fastball is.
    ———————————————————
    Patrick, that’s both an insulting and ridiculously stupid comment. I’m 62 years old, was a pitcher in both high school and college, and have seen every Yankees rookie since Bob Grim in 1955. I’ve probably watched 10X the number of baseball games you have in your life. there is a huge difference between AAA and the majors, aren’t you aware of that? Melancon comes straight over the top, there isn’t a whole lot of deception and I’ve never seen him throw a 94+ fastball, which is my bottom line for plus stuff out of the ‘pen. If you want to hug every AAA and AA minor leaguer that looks like a big leaguer that’s fine, but most of them won’t make it. Melancon may become a great relief pitcher and I’ll be the first one to praise him when he does but it will be based on his major league performance, not numbers put up at Scranton.

  1456. BBFan July 27th, 2009 at 11:17 pm

    “This isn’t about Melancon only, it’s about the team. Right now Melancon is on the roster. He may beventually have to pitch in a big spot, maybe an extra inning game or an outing where the starter struggles.

    All bullpen arms need to get some regular work in order to not get rusty and be effective when needed. It’s why Mo sometimes pitches the ninth in blow out games. 11-3 lead today in the 9th was the perfect time to let Melancon work out the rust so that maybe he’d be more ready should he be needed in a higher leverage situation.”

    Why not look at it this way.
    Girardi was giving the opportunity to Robertson who was as good as Melancon in he minors. He already had some experience and wanted him gain confidence.

    As someone mentioned earlier, every time (though few times) Girardi gave the chance, Melancon blew it. Why should Giradi reward him. Yes, he is on the roster, Cash is responsible for that. I am sure Melancon is good, but his time is yet to come, probably in 2010. Most likely he will be sent to minors when they bring in an OF.

  1457. m July 27th, 2009 at 11:18 pm

    Girardi put melancon in some unfair situations fairly early on in his callup. Perhaps because he had heard the same glowing reports that have been reported here.

    The fact of the matter is that Girardi doesn’t trust melancon right now. If there’s one flaw that’s the one. He was even-handed with the bullpen last season, but it cost him a couple of games last season and caused them to miss the playoffs because we were that close.

    So, I can understand why Girardi went back to the book on bullpen use. He can’t afford to make the same mistakes he did last season.

    Not right, not fair, but there’s a lot on the line.

  1458. Fran (the original) and OPPC member July 27th, 2009 at 11:19 pm

    Trisha, at least the Yankees are winning. Thankfully we did nothing in fantasy baseball to mess that up!

  1459. bodhisattva - Destiny Wears Pinstripes July 27th, 2009 at 11:19 pm

    MG
    July 27th, 2009 at 11:05 pm
    Patrick, I’ve seen his minor league stats but haven’t seen a plus fastball the couple of times I seen him pitch in the majors.
    ===

    You haven’t seen it because he hasn’t shown it. He has FB that just explodes on hitters. His long, over the top arm action really makes it rush in at the last minute.

    I’ve seen it many, many times, so I know it’s there. Like I said, he doesn’t throw that hard (though he can ramp up to 95 if need be, but he never lives there). But I will take MM’s FB over Bruney’s in a heartbeat.

  1460. Pel July 27th, 2009 at 11:20 pm

    Swisher’s YES post-game reaction:

    http://www.zshare.net/audio/632595178941820b/

  1461. bodhisattva - Destiny Wears Pinstripes July 27th, 2009 at 11:21 pm

    The fact of the matter is that Girardi doesn’t trust melancon right now.
    =====

    That’s right, m. He doesn’t trust him, and the only way Melancon can earn his trust is by pitching. But Girardi won’t let him pitch.

    Alas…

  1462. YankeeJosh July 27th, 2009 at 11:22 pm

    BBFan

    Robertson pitched two days in a row and today was his third game in four days. He didn’t need the work. Melancon did.

    For all I know, Melancon could be a bust (doubt it but still). But right now the Yankees are not putting him in the best position to succeed if needed. I can understand using Robertson to bail out Alby but after it got to 11-3, it’s worth the risk to give Melancon an inning to hold that big lead.

  1463. Patrick the Prospect Hugger July 27th, 2009 at 11:22 pm

    MG I’m just stating the facts. No insults were intended.

    Read scouting reports on him, go watch his minor league games. How many games has he thrown in the majors? 4, 5? That’s far too small a sample to decide that he has bad stuff.

    I guess your definition of a plus fastball is different than mine. From what I’ve read and observed he sits at 92 and can turn it up to 94-95. That is higher velocity than most right handers.

    Also part of the reason why his fastball is good is how he can control it. He has extremely tight control and rarely walks anyone.

    Good fastball velocity, good movement, great control and a plus curve = potentially lethal setup man.

  1464. GreenBeret7 July 27th, 2009 at 11:24 pm

    Boston Dave 2.0
    July 27th, 2009 at 11:17 pm
    “They’d trade young players mixed with vets to KC or Washington until they got experience, and they’d get a Maris or Boyer back. Two years later they’d trade for their kids back.”

    ——–

    man, the good ol’ days I guess.

    50’s and 60’s – Maris and Boyer

    2000’s – Drew Henson

    ————————————————————

    Scary, huh?

    A funny thing about Yanks getting Roger Maris. When he came up with Cleveland in ’57, NYY tried to trade for him and Trader Frank Lane refused to deal with NYY. The scouts thought that he’d be the next Rocky Colavito (they were correct). Lane trades him to KC in the middle of the next year for a couple of players (ex Yankees). KC kept Maris for a year and traded him for next to nothing the following year.

  1465. trisha - OPPC lifetime member July 27th, 2009 at 11:24 pm

    bod – you either did not see my post, or you ignored it. Of course the latter would crush me!

    I told you that Joe will be using Melancon. Enough said!

    ;)

  1466. MG July 27th, 2009 at 11:25 pm

    bodhisattva – Destiny Wears Pinstripes

    You haven’t seen it because he hasn’t shown it. He has FB that just explodes on hitters. His long, over the top arm action really makes it rush in at the last minute.

    I’ve seen it many, many times, so I know it’s there. Like I said, he doesn’t throw that hard (though he can ramp up to 95 if need be, but he never lives there). But I will take MM’s FB over Bruney’s in a heartbeat.
    —————————————————
    if it’s there that is great, I’m a big believer in building from within and have always thought Hughes was going to be really, really good and would like nothing better than to see a pitching staff populated by homegrown talent. I just don’t understand this preoccupation with him, though at this point in his career.

  1467. Patrick the Prospect Hugger July 27th, 2009 at 11:26 pm

    MG,

    I’d also like to add on one thing. Melancon hasn’t had an opportunity to pitch in the majors. He’s on the roster but he never gets to pitch. That’s why bodhisattva, myself and others are clamoring for him to get a shot.

    It’s unfair to say he’s been unimpressive considering how few chances he’s been given.

  1468. bodhisattva - Destiny Wears Pinstripes July 27th, 2009 at 11:26 pm

    Melancon may become a great relief pitcher and I’ll be the first one to praise him when he does but it will be based on his major league performance, not numbers put up at Scranton.
    =====

    MG, given your pitching pedigree – and I don’t mean that derisively, but sincerely – you will be praising him eventually. He has three plus pitches – including his FB – he is not Dave Robertson (no knock on D-Rob – Melancon is another level of pitcher).

    His batting practice looking FB against Matthews was a product of rust and I’m sure, adrenaline. So was his lack of command. Both are anomalies. That is not at all who this guy is.

    But why belabor. Girardi is either going to let him pitch more than a cameo – or he isn’t. If he does, you will be praising him, and so will everyone else.

  1469. trisha - OPPC lifetime member July 27th, 2009 at 11:27 pm

    Yankeejosh, just my opinion but you don’t burn two bullpen arms when you can burn just one. If you can understand using Robertson to bail out Alby, then using him another inning and saving an arm for another night makes nothing but sense, to me anyway.

  1470. 77513 July 27th, 2009 at 11:27 pm

    David Robertson got his first career save. That was a nasty curve he threw to Pena.

  1471. Mo July 27th, 2009 at 11:30 pm

    From Feinsand:

    Girardi said they were giving Hughes, Aceves, Coke and Bruney the game off, so they held out Melancon as the last backup pitcher.

  1472. 77513 July 27th, 2009 at 11:31 pm

    Melancon is being used right now as the long man. Girardi said he can throw 45-50 pitches, there was no point in using him tonight because you never know when you might need him for a couple of innings. Melancon will be a future backend of the bullpen pitcher he has a great power arm.

  1473. MG July 27th, 2009 at 11:31 pm

    Patrick the Prospect Hugger
    July 27th, 2009 at 11:22 pm
    MG I’m just stating the facts. No insults were intended.

    Read scouting reports on him, go watch his minor league games. How many games has he thrown in the majors? 4, 5? That’s far too small a sample to decide that he has bad stuff.

    I guess your definition of a plus fastball is different than mine. From what I’ve read and observed he sits at 92 and can turn it up to 94-95. That is higher velocity than most right handers.

    Also part of the reason why his fastball is good is how he can control it. He has extremely tight control and rarely walks anyone.

    Good fastball velocity, good movement, great control and a plus curve = potentially lethal setup man.
    ——————————————————–
    he pitched 4 times in 10 days in late April and early May and walked 3 guys in one inning in his last appearance, that isn’t exactly tight control. Then, in his one inning against the Angels he stunk it up. He should just be back in Scranton for the rest of the season, it’s doing him no good to sit in the bullpen and not pitch, I agree with that.

  1474. Patrick the Prospect Hugger July 27th, 2009 at 11:31 pm

    MG,

    I really really didn’t mean to insult you, I apologize. You have to understand, half the posters on here are dopes that ignore the stats, ignore the scouting reports and say whatever stupid idea pops into their head.

    You obviously have the experience to back it up and it seems like you have an open mind when it comes to new players.

    To answer your earlier question, there are a few reasons why Yankee fans are so preoccupied on Melancon. He had a fantastic college career and was projected as a borderline first rounder until it came out that he had an elbow injury. He fell to the 9th round and immediately had tommy john surgery.

    Last year was his first full year back and he DOMINATED every level of the minors. Scouting reports were telling everyone that his stuff was back to normal and that he looked as good as ever. This blog especially was buzzing with how good he looked.

  1475. Joe I July 27th, 2009 at 11:32 pm

    I don’t know if this helps anyone’s argument here on Melancon, but this is what Feinsand tweeted…

    “Girardi said they were giving Hughes, Aceves, Coke and Bruney the game off, so they held out Melancon as the last backup pitcher.”

  1476. bodhisattva - Destiny Wears Pinstripes July 27th, 2009 at 11:32 pm

    MG,

    Was posting at same time.

    Another reason I would like to see MM get the chance is he can go more than one inning.

    His versatility – gets hitters to swing and miss at his breaking stuff – but also gets a lot of groundouts for quick innings – would potentially allow us to move Aceves into the SR and have Melancon take over his role. He gives different looks to hitters, and can also function as a short guy.

    The thing about him, and others here who’ve seen him can attest, he nearly always misses down – he’s been up in his cameos.

    Really, I don’t see the big risk if allowing him a little straightening out period, if you’re throwing the likes of Albaladejo in there. It’s a fanatical adherence to conventional thinking by Girardi, which is disappointing.

  1477. pat July 27th, 2009 at 11:32 pm

    Robbie is an effortless player. He makes hard plays in the field look easy and people seem to mistake that for lack of effort. His ease on defense should be appreciated not hated on.

  1478. Boston Dave 2.0 July 27th, 2009 at 11:32 pm

    “NYY tried to trade for him and Trader Frank Lane refused to deal with NYY.”

    ———

    any idea why he refused to trade with the Yanks? were they despised as much back in those days?

  1479. Brandon... I'M AWESOME ! BOSTON 8 NEW YORK 0 = 1st PLACE NYY July 27th, 2009 at 11:33 pm

    another words

    GI Joe: I..I forgot about him.

    That’s weak GI Joe, weak, I’d expect that from bigelow tea Joe but not you.

  1480. 77513 July 27th, 2009 at 11:33 pm

    Mo
    July 27th, 2009 at 11:30 pm
    From Feinsand:

    Girardi said they were giving Hughes, Aceves, Coke and Bruney the game off, so they held out Melancon as the last backup pitcher.

    —————————

    That just makes this win he more better. Didn’t have the top 4 relievers not named Rivera available tonight.

  1481. Boston Dave 2.0 July 27th, 2009 at 11:33 pm

    “Robbie is an effortless player. He makes hard plays in the field look easy and people seem to mistake that for lack of effort. His ease on defense should be appreciated not hated on.”

    ——–

    tell that to the Gold Glove voters!!

  1482. YankeeJosh July 27th, 2009 at 11:33 pm

    Trisha,

    But these aren’t over-worked bullpen arms. We’re not talking about Coke or Hughes who have thrown plenty of innings. There’s a fine line, but pitchers need work. Melancon hasn’t pitched since July 10. If he’d thrown an inning in a blowout earlier this week, the situation would be different.

    Perhaps Girardi should have used Melancon to start the 8th, and saved Alby for later. eventually Melancon will have to work off the rust and I hope it’s not in a big spot.

  1483. Patrick the Prospect Hugger July 27th, 2009 at 11:34 pm

    I think I’ve about worn myself out on all this Melancon talk. The bottom line is, he has more potential than a lot of guys in that bullpen and if given a chance I think he will start to show it. It’s unfair to look at his tiny sample of major league outings and decide he is a bad pitcher. Give him a shot and he WILL prove himself.

  1484. trisha - OPPC lifetime member July 27th, 2009 at 11:35 pm

    “I haven’t complained until now because there haven’t really been any blowout games until now. But at this point, if you can’t trust him with an 11-3 lead, why is he on the team?”

    Aha! Great point Patrick and too bad nobody else thought to bring it out. He may have been with the team since July 10th, but the Yankees haven’t been the toast on the town all the time! They left for the All Star Break having gotten swept in LA, and they won a host of games by the score of 2-1.

    Patience, grasshoppers. Good waiters get good tips. It will happen when the time is right. That doesn’t always coincide with posters’ wishes, as we all know.

    Watching E News – top story was Arod kissing Kate Hudson. Good lord. Second lead story was Kim Kardashian and Reggie Bush calling it quits.

  1485. bodhisattva - Destiny Wears Pinstripes July 27th, 2009 at 11:36 pm

    77513
    July 27th, 2009 at 11:31 pm
    Melancon is being used right now as the long man. Girardi said he can throw 45-50 pitches, there was no point in using him tonight because you never know when you might need him for a couple of innings. Melancon will be a future backend of the bullpen pitcher he has a great power arm.

    ====

    Except that he needs to throw. He hasn’t thrown in a game since July 10 – and that was too quick a hook for me, especially since it was clear that, the damage done, he clearly had the inning under control. Girardi did not read his pitcher well, there.

  1486. L to the 2nd July 27th, 2009 at 11:37 pm

    GB7:

    I’ve been following NYY since Mantle’s last year (’68) – suffered thru the Horace Clarke/Jerry Kenney era…

    As the wise old man on the board – which do you think was the better run = mid ’50s thru ’64 or ’96 – forward?

  1487. MG July 27th, 2009 at 11:38 pm

    look, I want Melancon to be a great relief pitcher for the Yankees and had read all the scouting reports before seeing him pitch for the first time in April. I was surprised, though, that I just wasn’t impressed by his stuff. I like Robertson’s stuff, he just needs to throw more strikes. I don’t like Albadelejo, like Coke, love Hughes, love Joba when he’s throwing right, completely love Aceves, and am a big Andy Pettitte fan (always have been and have met him one on one and played golf with him, just a great guy). But it’s all based on watching them against big league hitters, not minor leaguers.

  1488. Brandon... I'M AWESOME ! BOSTON 8 NEW YORK 0 = 1st PLACE NYY July 27th, 2009 at 11:39 pm

    “Girardi did not read his pitcher well, there.”

    all he gave up was a bloop hit and GI Joe put him in the dog house for gas can Who Is Brian Bruney? W/E

    OT but what would you guys hae done in Adam Rubin’s shoes @ that press conference today. Clearly Minaya was lieing but what would you have done. :)

  1489. bodhisattva - Destiny Wears Pinstripes July 27th, 2009 at 11:39 pm

    Patience, grasshoppers. Good waiters get good tips. It will happen when the time is right. That doesn’t always coincide with posters’ wishes, as we all know.
    ====

    TRISHA!!!!

    The place gains in charm when you enter.

    RE Melacon: the “right time” needs to be soon ;)

  1490. stuart July 27th, 2009 at 11:40 pm

    Hopefully they will call up an outfielder and send down abeledajo. maybe melancon can get in a game…

    AJ has been pitching phenomenal. it is true if his fastball is in the strikezone he is a monster..

  1491. L to the 2nd July 27th, 2009 at 11:41 pm

    Brandon Kay said he would’ve charged the podium LOL

    I probably would’ve ripped my shirt off….

  1492. bodhisattva - Destiny Wears Pinstripes July 27th, 2009 at 11:42 pm

    MG,

    I love all those guys too – not hard, right?

    I understand why you were not impressed. I’d tell you to give him another chance – but unless Girardi does you won’t be seeing much of him.

  1493. Sony July 27th, 2009 at 11:43 pm

    Rare form tonight, Pete.

  1494. Patrick the Prospect Hugger July 27th, 2009 at 11:44 pm

    trisha,

    Yes I have been patient because before tonight there has been no reason to complain about Melancon. Joe would have to be crazy to use him in a close game when he’s got 4 guys that can lock it down already.

    You have to admit though, considering Melancon’s talent, isn’t a bit annoying that he wasn’t used in the blowout tonight? He hasn’t pitched since July 10!

    MG,

    True, all pitchers must be evaluated based on major league appearances. Melancon hasn’t had much of an opportunity for that yet though. Notice we have all talked about his potential, I initially said that ONE DAY he could be better than Coke and Bruney.

    We only want to see him pitch in games like tonight so he can get experience at the major league level and prove himself.

  1495. bodhisattva - Destiny Wears Pinstripes July 27th, 2009 at 11:45 pm

    Patrick the Prospect Hugger
    July 27th, 2009 at 11:34 pm
    I think I’ve about worn myself out on all this Melancon talk. The bottom line is, he has more potential than a lot of guys in that bullpen and if given a chance I think he will start to show it.
    ====

    Yes, I’m spent on this as well.
    Good game and good nite.

  1496. Patrick the Prospect Hugger July 27th, 2009 at 11:45 pm

    bodhisattva, You just said in 2 lines what took me 6 sentences to say. nice :)

  1497. Dan July 27th, 2009 at 11:45 pm

    Albie took a Greyhound bus back to Scranton after the game. How do you walk your first batter in a 6 run game. Just bad baseball.

  1498. 77513 July 27th, 2009 at 11:46 pm

    bodhisattva – Destiny Wears Pinstripes
    July 27th, 2009 at 11:36 pm
    77513
    July 27th, 2009 at 11:31 pm
    Melancon is being used right now as the long man. Girardi said he can throw 45-50 pitches, there was no point in using him tonight because you never know when you might need him for a couple of innings. Melancon will be a future backend of the bullpen pitcher he has a great power arm.

    ====

    Except that he needs to throw. He hasn’t thrown in a game since July 10 – and that was too quick a hook for me, especially since it was clear that, the damage done, he clearly had the inning under control. Girardi did not read his pitcher well, there.

    —————————

    Thats fair I do agree Girardi should of let Melancon finish up that inning against the angels. Tonight was the perfect time to use him. Albaledejo did do a bad job he forced Mo to start warming up. You could of gave Melancon the last 2 innings. But once you got Robertson up to replace Albaledjo you might as well let him finish up the game.

  1499. m July 27th, 2009 at 11:47 pm

    Not that it matters, but Alby struck out the first batter he faced.

  1500. bodhisattva - Destiny Wears Pinstripes July 27th, 2009 at 11:51 pm

    trisha – OPPC lifetime member
    July 27th, 2009 at 11:24 pm
    bod – you either did not see my post, or you ignored it. Of course the latter would crush me!
    I told you that Joe will be using Melancon. Enough said!
    ======

    TRISHA!!!!

    You wrong me! I would never ignore you. I missed the post and this one!

    I confess I’m posting on two forums at once, and trying to roll out lasagna dough! I’m exhausted, but happy as hell you said hello.

    If you’re on tomorrow, let’s chat. :D

    Have a great night.

  1501. trisha - OPPC lifetime member July 27th, 2009 at 11:54 pm

    bod – you are the best best best best best!

    :)

    Night, buddy.

    Night, Patrick.

    (I am not going for the John Boy routine next…)

  1502. bodhisattva - Destiny Wears Pinstripes July 27th, 2009 at 11:54 pm

    m
    July 27th, 2009 at 11:47 pm
    Not that it matters, but Alby struck out the first batter he faced.
    =====

    Oh, this REALLY is my last. Yeah, Alby is either sinking, or sinking us, lol. When he’s good, he gets outs. When the ball doesn’t sink, it’s BP.

    My point, at least, if you were reflecting on it, was that Melancon has way more weapons and shouldn’t be passed over for “veteran” experience for its own sake.

    Perhaps I’ll check my email one day and see a sparkling Gyoza recipe :D. But no pressure….

  1503. bodhisattva - Destiny Wears Pinstripes July 27th, 2009 at 11:56 pm

    trisha – OPPC lifetime member
    July 27th, 2009 at 11:54 pm
    bod – you are the best best best best best!
    =====

    But I love you more ;)

    Good nite!

  1504. bodhisattva - Destiny Wears Pinstripes July 27th, 2009 at 11:58 pm

    Patrick the Prospect Hugger
    July 27th, 2009 at 11:45 pm
    bodhisattva, You just said in 2 lines what took me 6 sentences to say. nice
    ====
    Thanks Patrick, I always enjoy your lucid posts. We are in sympathy, for the most part.

    Night all.

  1505. bodhisattva - Destiny Wears Pinstripes July 28th, 2009 at 12:00 am

    Thats fair I do agree Girardi should of let Melancon finish up that inning against the angels. Tonight was the perfect time to use him. Albaledejo did do a bad job he forced Mo to start warming up. You could of gave Melancon the last 2 innings. But once you got Robertson up to replace Albaledjo you might as well let him finish up the game.
    =====

    Are we still talking about MM? Lol.

    Right, when D-Rob got the out on the deep drive to LC, I knew we wouldn’t see Melancon. But tomorrow is another day!

  1506. GreenBeret7 July 28th, 2009 at 12:01 am

    Boston Dave 2.0
    July 27th, 2009 at 11:32 pm
    “NYY tried to trade for him and Trader Frank Lane refused to deal with NYY.”

    ———

    any idea why he refused to trade with the Yanks? were they despised as much back in those days?

    ————————————————————

    Mainly because Lane thought that Yankee GM, George Weiss was a bigotted jerk, which he was. The other reason was that the Yankees had money and Cleveland worked on a shoestring budget. Sound familiar?

  1507. trisha - OPPC lifetime member July 28th, 2009 at 12:01 am

    “But I love you more”

    IMMMMMM-POSSIBLE!

    Over and out.

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