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Yogi Berra answers your questions

Posted by: Peter Abraham - Posted in Misc on Aug 10, 2009 Print This Post Print This Post | Email This Post Email This Post

yogi-berraIt was fun to solicit your questions for players like Derek Jeter, CC Sabathia, Mariano Rivera, Phil Hughes and Jason Giambi. But when it came to Hall of Famer Yogi Berra, it was more of a privilege.

More than 500 readers of the LoHud Yankees Blog and The Journal News sent in questions and nearly all of them were accompanied by a personal note mentioning how much Yogi meant to them and asking me to wish him well. “That many people, huh?” he said before we got started. “Pretty good.”

Yogi was a four-time MVP, a 10-time World Series champion, a manager who led teams to the World Series in both leagues and a combat veteran of World War II. Now 84, you can frequently find him at Yankees games or at the Yogi Berra Museum and Learning Center on the campus of Montclair State University in New Jersey. He is the center of a large group of family and friends.

“Everybody loves Yogi,” Yankees manager Joe Girardi said.

A wise man once said that you can observe a lot by watching. Here’s hoping you enjoy reading and/or listening to the interview with Yogi. We chatted last week before the first game against the Red Sox in Girardi’s outer office at Yankee Stadium.

If your question was not chosen, please take no offense. There were literally 500 questions sent in and narrowing them down was difficult.

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And here is the transcript:

Matthew asks: What was your favorite park to play at other than Yankee Stadium and what did you like about it?

Yogi Berra: “Detroit. You could see the ball good there, it had a good background.”

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Edwin asks: You won 10 championships with the Yankees. Which one was the most memorable one and why?

YB: “It’s got to be ’56 because of Don Larsen and the no-hitter. It had never happened, never been done. It’s got to be that. There hasn’t been a no-hitter at all as far as that goes.”

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Luds asks: Which Yankee player that you played with would you consider as the most underrated?

YB: “Oh, boy. That’s pretty tough, we had some pretty good players. That’s pretty tough. Maybe they figure (Roger) Maris was until he hit the 60 home runs. They didn’t know how good he was. (Gil) McDougald was a pretty good player. McDougald was a good player. McDougald made the All-Star team at three positions: second, short and third.”

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Brian asks: Of all the Yankee pitchers you never played with, is there anybody you didn’t get a chance to catch you would have liked to caught?

YB: “On our team? Not necessarily. We used them all as far as that goes. We didn’t carry 13 pitchers like they do now. We only carried 10. We carried eight starters and two relievers.”

Follow-up question: “Is there anybody now in the last 10 years or last 15 years you thought you would like to catch?

YB: “Sure, (Andy) Pettitte would be nice to catch, too. Pettitte would be good. (Mariano) Rivera would be good as far as relievers. We had pretty good relievers, the ones we had. (Pettitte) mixes it up like Whitey Ford. Same kind of guy.”

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Sean asks: Which player that you played with back then do you think could fit in good with the team now?

YB: “(Laughs) Quite a few of them. DiMag and Mickey. They weren’t bad. Tommy Henrich wasn’t bad, jeez. You know, a lot guys never saw Billy Johnson, he was a good third baseman. He was good. One thing the Yankees had, they always had a pretty good third basemen.”

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Michael asks: Did you talk to the hitters when they came up?

YB:” I talked to them but I never talked when the ball was on the way. I’d talk to (Ted) Williams and say, “Where you going fishing today?’ because he liked to fish. He used to tell me to shut up. He was good. Minnie Minoso, I used to throw dirt on his shoes. I talked to them all. Larry Doby because he was from Jersey and was my neighbor.”

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Nicolas asks: Who is your favorite current player?

YB: “Aw, (Derek) Jeter is a good ballplayer. Look how long he has been playing. He’s been here since he was 19 years old. He come through the Yankee farm system. He’s good.”

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Ed asks: Of all the outfielders you played with, who had the best arm?

YB: “The best arm? This is going back. Cliff Mapes, I’m not kidding He’s the guy who forced (Johnny) Pesky at home on the hit to right field, Good arm. Joe (DiMaggio) had a good arm before he hurt his back. Joe had a good arm. Hank Bauer had a good arm. Mickey had a good arm before he got hurt.”

(Just so you know, Yogi is talking about a famous play on July 4, 1949 against Boston. With the bases loaded in the ninth inning against Vic Raschi, Al Zarilla lined a ball to right that fell in. Johnny Pesky thought Mapes would catch the ball and held up. Mapes threw a strike to the plate that Yogi caught like a first baseman. It was a force and Pesky was out.)

Follow-up question: Do you think outfielders back then had better arms than they do now?

YB: “(Laughing) I think we hit the cutoffs better.”

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Randy asks: How you keep your legs in such good shape after all those years catching?

YB: “Well, I had a knee replacement seven or eight years ago. But I played a lot of soccer when I was a kid, a lot of running. We did anything. Our pitchers back in spring training, they did a lot of running. I talked to Tom Seaver at the Hall of Fame. Legs. Legs mean a lot. You don’t have to lift those weights. Soccer was real good.”

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Matt asks: As a member of the Hall of Fame Veterans Committee, would you vote for Pete Rose to be in the Hall of Fame if he was reinstated?

YB: “I might. I don’t know yet. I need to see what the story is, more of what is going on. It might (come) up, you never know. It’s up to you writers. It’s like the (steroids) list, I want it to come out.”

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A lot of people asked: What do you think of the new Stadium?

YB: “Love it. It’s a beautiful ballpark. I wish I was playing in it. (The clubhouse) is too big. I still can’t find my way around.”

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Special thanks to Yogi, of course, and to Dave Kaplan from the Yogi Berra Museum and Learning Center for helping arrange the interview. If you haven’t been out to Yogi’s museum, you should take the time. There are a lot of great displays and you could meet the man himself.

Thanks also to everybody who submitted questions. I’m hoping to do at least two more Q&As before the season is finished.

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196 Responses to “Yogi Berra answers your questions”

  1. Barrows August 10th, 2009 at 10:03 am

    Great interview. Yogi is a gem of a Yankee.

  2. Rebecca--Optimist Prime--Montero Fanaticus Primus August 10th, 2009 at 10:09 am

    It’s like the Yankees swept Boston and this is our present.

    An absolute joy to read.

  3. Carl August 10th, 2009 at 10:10 am

    What a great interview!!

  4. Jerkface August 10th, 2009 at 10:10 am

    Michael asks: Did you talk to the hitters when they came up?

    YB: I talked to them but I never talked when the ball was on the way. I’d talk to (Ted) Williams and say, “Where you going fishing today?’ because he liked to fish. He used to tell me to shut up. He was good. Minnie Minoso, I used to throw dirt on his shoes. I talked to them all. Larry Doby because he was from Jersey and was my neighbor.”

    this rules.

    “I used to throw dirt on his shoes.”

  5. betsy August 10th, 2009 at 10:10 am

    Pete, that was fantastic – thank you and thanks to Yogi! He’s such a treasure, not just to Yankee fans but to baseball fans all over. I love his answer about the old-time players hitting the cutoff man better than they do today….so true.

    I love these Q & A’s – it would be great if you could get AJ, lol.

    Anyway, thanks again Pete – this was the best Q&A by far.

  6. betsy August 10th, 2009 at 10:11 am

    One other thing….sports radio is going to be GOOD today……I’m still on cloud 9,lol

  7. Laura - I like the new and improved Alex! He's a keeper. August 10th, 2009 at 10:11 am

    Even Yogi wants the steroids list to come out. Release the list, MLB!!!!

  8. Erica - always OPPC August 10th, 2009 at 10:12 am

    There will never be a character like Yogi. Good Q&A Pete

  9. JoeyA August 10th, 2009 at 10:12 am

    Follow-up question: Do you think outfielders back then had better arms than they do now?

    YB: “(Laughing) I think we hit the cutoffs better.”

    _______________________________________________________

    Hahahaha, even @ 84, Yogi is taking direct shots @ Melky :)

    Thanks for the interview Pete. One of the many things you do that makes this blog head and shoulders above any other blog, not just Yankees, but for any team.

    Let’s keep the winning going!

  10. hey kelvin says August 10th, 2009 at 10:13 am

    Skip bayless LOL! He’s so angry it’s so funny

  11. Chrid August 10th, 2009 at 10:13 am

    “we hit the cutoff men a lot more” hahahaha, great answer

  12. Guy Incognito August 10th, 2009 at 10:14 am

    Thanks Pete. What a thrill it must have been to conduct this interview. Yogi is nothing less than a national treasure…and I’m happy he and Big Stein were able to patch up their differences so Yogi could be where he belongs, which is with the Yankees.

  13. SJ44 August 10th, 2009 at 10:14 am

    That was great stuff Pete.

    Yogi is the best. A true American treasure.

  14. Number 23 August 10th, 2009 at 10:15 am

    God Bless Yogi. Still going strong.

  15. upstate kate August 10th, 2009 at 10:15 am

    thanks Pete

  16. disco stu August 10th, 2009 at 10:19 am

    I never knew about the Cliff Mapes story … that was a heck of a play.

    It reminds me of stories my dad used to tell me about Carl Furillo and how he used to play a shallow right field for the Brooklyn Dodgers and was famous for throwing out runners at first base when the dunked hits into right field.

  17. t August 10th, 2009 at 10:20 am

    Great interview Pete, very enjoyable read!

  18. MGUMPHER August 10th, 2009 at 10:21 am

    I got to meet Yogi at a dinner. He was asked how did he hit the ball so well. He responded, I saw the ball, I hit it.

    I think he had a simple approach, admired other players skills, and looked to have a good time.

  19. MaineYankee August 10th, 2009 at 10:21 am

    betsy
    August 10th, 2009 at 10:11 am
    One other thing….sports radio is going to be GOOD today……I’m still on cloud 9,lol

    ————————————————–

    Are you now a OPPC member now. :lol:

  20. Tom in N.J. August 10th, 2009 at 10:22 am

    I just finished reading “Yogi Berra: Eternal Yankee” by Allen Barra. What a life. What a man.

    The worst mistake George Steinbrenner made was his treatment of Yogi. The best thing Steinbrenner did was welcome him back home.

  21. 44AlltheWay August 10th, 2009 at 10:23 am

    Thank you Peter, from another Peter. Yogi is truly one of the all time Yankee greats.

  22. grafxkid August 10th, 2009 at 10:26 am

    Yogi is a beautiful soul. That interview was great!! I’m sure we could all listen to his stories days on end. 4 game sweep of boston, now this? work is taking a backseat today, for sure!!

  23. Joan August 10th, 2009 at 10:29 am

    I love Yogi–reading that was a treat. Thanks Pete!

  24. Mr. Bums August 10th, 2009 at 10:29 am

    I’ve been a reader for a long time Pete, but haven’t felt the need to comment until now. Great Q&A – you’ve gotta love Yogi. Thanks Pete!

  25. mike eff August 10th, 2009 at 10:29 am

    great questions you picked pete. not just the usual stuff; this was fun and informative
    thanks

  26. Noreaster August 10th, 2009 at 10:31 am

    Great interview Pete, thanks! I’ve got two signed baseballs, one of them is Yogi’s. He is a real treasure.

  27. Ham Fighters August 10th, 2009 at 10:33 am

    YO-GI! YO-GI! YO-GI!

  28. Joe August 10th, 2009 at 10:35 am

    The clubhouse is too big? That coming from a guy who spent the way in submarine. Amazing. You would think he would want more space, not less. Classic.

  29. Joe August 10th, 2009 at 10:36 am

    That should have been “WAR in a submarine”. Sorry.

  30. Ed H. August 10th, 2009 at 10:41 am

    Outstanding, Pete, just outstanding. Thanks for all you do to make this blog absolutely the best.

    Yogi, along with Franklin Roosevelt, are my two lifelong heroes, dating back to early boyhood. With Yogi, it’s not just what an outstanding player he was, the best clutch hitter I have ever seen. He came from such humble beginnings and developed a great strength of character as he persevered through adversity and scorn to become the greatest catcher of all time. That’s really pretty amazing.

    I became a catcher as a kid and mimicked Yogi’s batting stance and mannerisms. I talked to hitters and even tossed dirt on the shoes of opposing batters in important game situations in Little League.

    Yogi’s been a class act through the half century I have followed his career and his life. I have been fortunate enough to meet him a couple of times and he is the same person in person as he is in his public appearances. Yes, Yogi is a national treasure, but he has also been a personal treasure and inspiration for me throughout my life.

  31. truantbuick August 10th, 2009 at 10:43 am

    Best catcher EVER.

  32. CM (MLB needs to use instant replay more) August 10th, 2009 at 10:44 am

    Great interview,Pete. The question about when he used to talk to the batters was hilarious. Yogi is a great person.

  33. BBFan August 10th, 2009 at 10:49 am

    Good questions.
    Good job selecting them Pete.

  34. Andrew August 10th, 2009 at 10:49 am

    Pete – great job. You continue to be the best at what you do. It’s an honor to read your columns and blog on a daily basis.

  35. Tom in N.J. August 10th, 2009 at 10:51 am

    Think about this: there have been 104 world series played in the history of baseball. Yogi’s been in 14 as a player and 7 more as a coach or manager for a total of 21.

  36. Ham Fighters August 10th, 2009 at 10:59 am

    unfortunatly i just missed yogi’s playing career, he was the manager (and a player) the first game i went to in mid 1964. then he was gone to the mets for the next dacade or so in those dark times for the yankees.

    it is such a blessing to all yankees fans that he has been back so long and is so close with our current players, esecially jeter. Yogi’s a little guy but he stands shoulder to shoulder with his teammates dimaggio and mantle in making the yankees what they have become today.

  37. betsy August 10th, 2009 at 11:04 am

    Some Sox clown that was on with Brandon Tierney claimed that, when talking about the Sox rotation, Clay Bucholz is “obviously good”. He is? He pitched well this weekend and he’s talented, but how is he “obviously good”? More of the same – the Sox mediots have been brainwashed by the team….either that, or they’re incompetent, being swayed by one good performance.

  38. CB August 10th, 2009 at 11:08 am

    What a wonderful interview. Yogi is always a treasure, but I have to say – that was a great interview even within the universe of Yogi interviews.

    The best part of his interviews is the way he speaks in that elliptical way.

    Who else could say things like:

    “Ted Williams… He was good.”

    He makes those statements without any irony. There’s no sarcasm or snark. They’re just pieces of the running commentary in his mind.

    And you get a sense that Yogi, in his mind, is still watching the Splendid Splinter hitting .406. And in that understated way that characterized the game back then all he needs to say to acknowledge briliance is, “He was good.”

  39. David August 10th, 2009 at 11:11 am

    Betsy, well said. Buchholz may be good in the future, but a 5.33 ERA is nothing to brag about and certainly isn’t ‘obviously good’. Red Sox fans need to wake up to reality.

  40. William Buckner August 10th, 2009 at 11:13 am

    Thank you very much Pete.

    I think the coolest thing about being a Yankee fan is the history.

    Yogi has seen from Joe D to Joba.

    Last year when he and Whitey were on ESPN during final game at stadium was so cool!!

  41. MGUMPHER August 10th, 2009 at 11:13 am

    When you think of some of the players that Yogi played with and against, I would say a lot of then probably got that “he was good” accolade.

  42. BR August 10th, 2009 at 11:16 am

    Completely off-topic but just saw this. Did Shane Victorino really say this…

    “I let my emotions get the best of me. I love Ed. I definitely had no intentions of touching him or anything like that. I love the guy. He’s one of those guys you can play grab-ass with and have fun with out there on the field.”

  43. randy l. August 10th, 2009 at 11:17 am

    yogi’s the man.

  44. trisha - OPPC lifetime member and proud co-adopter of the Washington Nats August 10th, 2009 at 11:18 am

    Just thinking about Yogi makes me teary. I can’t believe we have such a treasure. Imagine that he is about the most quoted American right now! How cool is that!!!

    I heart Yogi to the max. We all do.

  45. BR August 10th, 2009 at 11:18 am

    Completely off-topic but just saw this. Did Shane Victorino really say this…

    “I let my emotions get the best of me. I love Ed. I definitely had no intentions of touching him or anything like that. I love the guy. He’s one of those guys you can play grab-*** with and have fun with out there on the field.”

  46. BR August 10th, 2009 at 11:19 am

    sorry for the duplicate comment

  47. trisha - OPPC lifetime member and proud co-adopter of the Washington Nats August 10th, 2009 at 11:19 am

    And now, sportsfans, even though we are in the middle of a heat advisory, I think it is necessary to get out in my car and ride around a bit so I can listen to WEEI and celebrate life!

    :)

  48. Stultus Magnus August 10th, 2009 at 11:21 am

    Nice stuff, Pete.

    Yogi is so much fun to listen to. Glad he took the time to do this.

  49. Phil August 10th, 2009 at 11:22 am

    Great interview! They used to ask Casey Stengel why he always won, and Stengel would say, “I never play a game without my man (Berra).” The fact that he is so funny has obscured what a great ballplayer he was.

  50. k August 10th, 2009 at 11:23 am

    you should’ve sneaked in another 10 questions…. great interview!

  51. minnesota yankee fan August 10th, 2009 at 11:27 am

    Good old Yogi! Great interview. Much more interesting to read than what I am suppose to be doing at work. Keep up the good work Pete.

  52. Jeter's Edge August 10th, 2009 at 11:29 am

    Nice interview Pete! And thanks SJ for answering my question in the last thread!

  53. S.A.--Relax, Relate, Release August 10th, 2009 at 11:32 am

    Great interview with Yogi! :)

  54. Erica - always OPPC August 10th, 2009 at 11:34 am

    Jeter’s Edge
    August 10th, 2009 at 11:29 am
    Nice interview Pete! And thanks SJ for answering my question in the last thread!

    ***

    Say what you want about Steinbrenner. But one thing about the Boss, the man knew how to recruit.

    Btw- pretty excited about the upcoming Yankeeography on the Boss. I can’t wait to see what they say about him. Especially since they are basically doing a biography on their boss.

  55. betsy August 10th, 2009 at 11:35 am

    A caller to Joe and Evan made a couple of great points. First of all, ESPN completely ignored the game while Luis Tiant was on. Like Evan, I am a huge fan of baseball history. I would have loved to hear what Tiant had to say…..but when I turned the tv on, there they were interviewing him while we didn’t get to see ANY of the action. I thought maybe there was some kind of delay holding up the game – that’s just wrong. I don’t care if it’s Babe Ruth in the booth – you don’t ignore the primary reason you’re even on the air, which is the game. Also, John Miller quoted Sterling after Damon and Tex hit the HRs……lol, except he said “back to back and cheek to cheek”….Good job, John.

  56. Erica - always OPPC August 10th, 2009 at 11:38 am

    betsy
    August 10th, 2009 at 11:35 am
    A caller to Joe and Evan made a couple of great points. First of all, ESPN completely ignored the game while Luis Tiant was on. Like Evan, I am a huge fan of baseball history. I would have loved to hear what Tiant had to say…..but when I turned the tv on, there they were interviewing him while we didn’t get to see ANY of the action. I thought maybe there was some kind of delay holding up the game – that’s just wrong. I don’t care if it’s Babe Ruth in the booth – you don’t ignore the primary reason you’re even on the air, which is the game. Also, John Miller quoted Sterling after Damon and Tex hit the HRs……lol, except he said “back to back and cheek to cheek”….Good job, John.

    ***

    One 100% correct Betsy. And I thought it was disrespectful to Tiant. Because instead of paying attention to him and giving him the attention he deserved, millions of people (like me) were yelling at their TVs to just show the game.

    I pregame show would have been much more appropriate for such an interview

  57. rover August 10th, 2009 at 11:41 am

    I honestly love being an old man. It means I had the fortune see guys play who are legends today, in fact many were legends almost before they retired. Yogi is one of those for me.
    Unlike some of the modern guys not all just a few,Manny comes to mind. Most of those legends never were legends in their own minds. Yeah some may have been but not most or many it seems.

  58. PittsburghYankeeFan August 10th, 2009 at 11:42 am

    And the Yankee love keeps coming. What a great week to be a Yankee fan.

    Great interview.

  59. betsy August 10th, 2009 at 11:42 am

    Erica, right……and I mean absolutely no disrespect to Tiant. I think they were talking about how much it meant for his dad to see him pitch – and I would have loved to have heard it. It was nice that they had him in the booth, but totally disrespectful to the game at hand.

  60. Rose August 10th, 2009 at 11:42 am

    Great interview Pete. Thanks.

    Yogi was one of the best “bad ball” hitters I’ve ever seen. You had to be careful with him. Even pitches out of the strike zone he would hit well.

  61. trisha - OPPC lifetime member and proud co-adopter of the Washington Nats August 10th, 2009 at 11:44 am

    “Btw- pretty excited about the upcoming Yankeeography on the Boss. I can’t wait to see what they say about him. Especially since they are basically doing a biography on their boss.”

    Erica, when they do the Yankeeography on the Boss, I would appreciate it if at some point you would tape it for me. I will be happy to pay for the tape and postage to send it to me. I worship at the guy’s throne because he gave us the team we have today – if you know what I’m saying. The guy never skimped on trying to give the fans everything in the world, and he was disappointed when the teams didn’t come through for the fans.

    Also, I agree with you and Betsy about Tiant and ESPN. I think you have to be dopey to think it is ever a good thing to be watching a game and have someone interviewed while the game is going on, with no commentary whatsoever on what is happening in the game. It’s one thing if we had access to another television station. It’s quite another when you are a captive audience. I can tell you that NESN pulls that stupidity all the time, and it is maddening. When the Yanks play the Sux and I have to watch it on NESN, I can be sure that a healthy portion of the game will be devoted to some nonentity in the booth (obviously I am not calling Tiant a nonentity; he is an entity that should have been interviewed at another time IMO.)

  62. trisha - OPPC lifetime member and proud co-adopter of the Washington Nats August 10th, 2009 at 11:44 am

    Oh yeah, Erica, the thing I forgot to say is that obviously we out-of-market people are blacked out of Yankeeographies.

    thanks.

    :)

  63. betsy August 10th, 2009 at 11:47 am

    Maine, no – lol…..I don’t do clubs and I am still no optimist, unfortunately (well I am, but only when things are going well……..so that’s not really being an optimist)

  64. Jerkface August 10th, 2009 at 11:47 am

    My cable company in orlando added YES network, best thing they ever did.

  65. betsy August 10th, 2009 at 11:48 am

    The worst part was, we saw the guys in the booth…..they didn’t even show the game, never mind broadcast it. It was disgraceful.

  66. PittsburghYankeeFan August 10th, 2009 at 11:49 am

    Back to the previous thread, for a minute.

    Sox want Adrian Gonzalez in the offseason–what will it take? Bard and Bucholtz to start. Maybe Lars plus Bucholtz.

    It’s going to have to hurt.

  67. Ben August 10th, 2009 at 11:49 am

    Gotta love yogi. I met him a few years back at a book signing and filmed it: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=A8SP0hzyoRs . He was nice to my little red-headed brother in front of me. I think he said “Hey ya red!, you play ball?” To me (In the tan hat at the end) I asked him how he was doing and he let out a long groan at me. It was funny and a nice memory.

  68. Don August 10th, 2009 at 11:49 am

    ESPN never misses an opportunity to promote itself.

  69. trisha - OPPC lifetime member and proud co-adopter of the Washington Nats August 10th, 2009 at 11:49 am

    Betsy, if you get a chance to email me (yankeetrisha@cox.net) I’d love to talk more about some of the stuff we lightly discussed yesterday! I am going out now to listen to EEI but will be back in a while.

    :)

  70. Bronx Born August 10th, 2009 at 11:49 am

    Thank you so much Pete. Yogi as always is someone to be cherished. It is interesting that he created the museum as a learning center. I like that.

  71. MaineYankee August 10th, 2009 at 11:51 am

    betsy
    August 10th, 2009 at 11:47 am
    Maine, no – lol…..I don’t do clubs and I am still no optimist, unfortunately (well I am, but only when things are going well……..so that’s not really being an optimist)

    —————————————————

    I was hoping. It’s more fun that way. :lol:

  72. Brandon...I'M AWESOME!... Andy Pettitte is a starting pitchaaaaaaa !!!! August 10th, 2009 at 11:54 am

    “ESPN never misses an opportunity to promote itself.”

    your surprised?

    Plus I still can’t believe throughout the whole game there wasn’t a graphic showing the consecutive innings w/no R or XBH to a RS batter, had this been the Yankees it were happening to that graphic goes on by the 2nd inning.

  73. Erica - always OPPC August 10th, 2009 at 11:54 am

    trisha – OPPC lifetime member and proud co-adopter of the Washington Nats
    August 10th, 2009 at 11:44 am
    “Btw- pretty excited about the upcoming Yankeeography on the Boss. I can’t wait to see what they say about him. Especially since they are basically doing a biography on their boss.”

    Erica, when they do the Yankeeography on the Boss, I would appreciate it if at some point you would tape it for me. I will be happy to pay for the tape and postage to send it to me. I worship at the guy’s throne because he gave us the team we have today – if you know what I’m saying. The guy never skimped on trying to give the fans everything in the world, and he was disappointed when the teams didn’t come through for the fans.

    ****

    I cannot imagine living in a world without YES. My sympathies.

    I actually have technical difficulty videotaping things. Since I got a DVR and an HDTV I have never been able to get anything videotaped again. There are too many wires and I tried changing the inputs, but I can’t get the DVR box to send to the VCR properly. However- I will ask my dad to record it for you. He’ll do it. It shouldn’t be a problem. Don’t worry about the money. I love giving the gift of Yankees. I will let you know when I speak to my dad. The show airs for the first time on 8/21

  74. vinny-b (thankful to have Girardi in charge) August 10th, 2009 at 11:54 am

    “One 100% correct Betsy. And I thought it was disrespectful to Tiant. Because instead of paying attention to him and giving him the attention he deserved, millions of people (like me) were yelling at their TVs to just show the game.
    I pregame show would have been much more appropriate for such an interview”

    think you all may be missing the point. The RedSox were on the verge of being swept, and NESN2 did this interview to provide some diversion for their fanbase.

  75. Tom in N.J. August 10th, 2009 at 11:55 am

    Randy, forget sweeping. Go out and rent the most powerful pressure washer you can. I find that metaphor more appropriate.

  76. Tom in N.J. August 10th, 2009 at 11:57 am

    Well, at least ESPN didn’t have Emmit Smith on doing an interveiw about that dance show on ABC like they did during a Giants-Cowboys MNF game. That was awful.

  77. vinny-b (thankful to have Girardi in charge) August 10th, 2009 at 11:58 am

    “Randy, forget sweeping. Go out and rent the most powerful pressure washer you can. I find that metaphor more appropriate”

    lol. Or maybe a wood-stripper, floor-stripper

  78. Ham Fighters August 10th, 2009 at 12:00 pm

    every other caller to wfan in the past hour wants to complain about girardi.

    girardi has developed a great bullpen despite the horror it was as the season started.

    girardi has been a master of getting maximum production out of damon, matsui and posada for 2 years now

    plus he gets the somewhat undeserved credit that comes with being the manager of a team that has become a powershouse. of course this is only fair and he got plenty of blame for the often lifeless bunch he was in charge of last season.

    the yankees are the hottest team in baseball and joe g gets all the credit that comes with that.

    and by the way, get used to girardi, it looks like he’s gonna be here for quite a while to come…

  79. Uncle Ellsworth So it's sorta social, demented and sad, but social. Right? August 10th, 2009 at 12:03 pm

    I got a response to the email I had sent to Phil Mushnick about the “Boli’ comments. I had asked him if he get a lot of complaints about ESPN in general his response was

    “most REAL sprots fans watch ESPN because the Have to not because they want to”

    I don’t know if he wrote about the comments though.

  80. Midnight Rambler August 10th, 2009 at 12:04 pm

    Last night, after Tex’s latest moon shot, was the happiest I’ve been as a Yankee fan since I sat in Shea Stadium in 2000 watching Bernie glove Piazza’s game-ending shot.

    This team is special, and I think it’s 100% attributable to their character. Gone are the malcontents and underachievers.

  81. Brandon...I'M AWESOME!... Andy Pettitte is a starting pitchaaaaaaa !!!! August 10th, 2009 at 12:05 pm

    It comes w/ the territory, IDK how anyone can complain w/ GI Joe’s BP use. They are the best team in baseball and this is amongst the youngest BP in all of baseball.

  82. Eric August 10th, 2009 at 12:06 pm

    Brian Bruney needs to pitch more

  83. Brandon...I'M AWESOME!... Andy Pettitte is a starting pitchaaaaaaa !!!! August 10th, 2009 at 12:09 pm

    “Brian Bruney needs to pitch more”

    He’s not exactly painting corners, I’d put him just under D-Rob and Melancon when he returns.

  84. PittsburghYankeeFan August 10th, 2009 at 12:11 pm

    Ham

    Have to agree. Look at the Dodgers–Torre’s run the relivers right into the ground, and they’re is a bit of a free fall.

    Joe G is the right manager for this team right now. If you heard his post game comments on YES last night, not only is he smart, but he’s a pretty thoughtful guy.

    “A career is not worth a single game…” I wish Joe T listened to that one as Paul Quantrill and Scott Proctor were having their careers ended.

  85. Patrick August 10th, 2009 at 12:13 pm

    I love Yogi. Greatest living Yankee. Great interview Pete, his point about hitting the cutoff is so true :)

  86. NYYanksFan August 10th, 2009 at 12:14 pm

    “Contrary to that “he only hits them when they don’t count” reputation, 42% (241 homers) of Rodriguez’s 573 home runs either tied the game or gave his team the lead.”

    http://thefastertimes.com/mlb/.....you-think/

  87. Vince August 10th, 2009 at 12:14 pm

    Gammons has spoken ….

    http://crunchiemummy.files.wor.....g-baby.jpg

  88. PittsburghYankeeFan August 10th, 2009 at 12:14 pm

    For all that talk of “buying” players that seems to be creeping up through the ESPN reporting over the last few days, nobody seems to note that the Yankees are 56% home grown on their 25 man–second in the majors.

    Boston–48%.

  89. Ed - campaigning for Josh Willingham (it worked for Gaudin) August 10th, 2009 at 12:15 pm

    “It comes w/ the territory, IDK how anyone can complain w/ GI Joe’s BP use. They are the best team in baseball and this is amongst the youngest BP in all of baseball.”

    is anyone shocked as i am that Melancon and Robertson actually cleared waivers? good thing they cleared too.

  90. Bronx Jeers August 10th, 2009 at 12:16 pm

    “most REAL sprots fans watch ESPN because the Have to not because they want to”

    You should ask him why he thinks people read newspapers.

  91. Ham Fighters August 10th, 2009 at 12:18 pm

    here’s what i think is the difference between girardi and torre. torre will always make the ‘right’ move, disarming his critics by playing the percentages. he manages moment to moment and its hard to criticize him for any move.

    girardi has a much more long-term view. and he holds his cards very close to his vest, so most of the time you dont know all the info he’s working with. he didnt tell ppl before last night’s game that he wasnt using hughes, he just kept that to himself to keep any advantage that gives him. but in fact, he wasnt using hughes period. while we all get emotional about red sock games, lets face it, with a 5.5 game lead going in, there was little reason to take any risk at all with anybody in this game.

    when you analyze girardi move by move, you find a ton of things you can bitch about, but you are missing the forest for the trees. when you look at the big picture, he’s making all the right moves, the team is getting better day by day and nothing is distracting them. the wins in toronto were most impressive and indicitive of how well prepared and focused this yankees team is and that reflects on the manager.

  92. raymagnetic August 10th, 2009 at 12:18 pm

    “is anyone shocked as i am that Melancon and Robertson actually cleared waivers? good thing they cleared too.”

    Doesn’t matter if they cleared or not. The Yankees could have pulled them back if someone did claim them.

  93. Patrick August 10th, 2009 at 12:19 pm

    It’s funny that after this weekend now all I hear about is how much the Yankees spend. I guess the Sox and Mets fans need something to fall back on after they are utterly humiliated.

  94. m August 10th, 2009 at 12:19 pm

    Thanks, Pete. This one was special. What a coup!

    lol, even Yogi has a man-crush on Jeter. Scooter loved Jeter, too.

  95. raymagnetic August 10th, 2009 at 12:19 pm

    To add to my comment, it also means that they could be traded if the Yankees had a need to trade for someone.

  96. The Ghost August 10th, 2009 at 12:22 pm

    Midnight rambler wrote:

    Last night, after Tex’s latest moon shot, was the happiest I’ve been as a Yankee fan since I sat in Shea Stadium in 2000 watching Bernie glove Piazza’s game-ending shot.

    =======

    Jeter, Tino and Brosius in 2001 WS? Aaron Boone in 2003?

  97. m August 10th, 2009 at 12:22 pm

    I read that Tampa’s blocking players from the Sox & Yanks like crazy.

    Someone brought up Victorino? I haven’t read or seen video, but our local sports talk guy just said that he thinks Victorino was still pumped up from being at the Penn/Florio fight.

    Boys!

  98. MaineYankee August 10th, 2009 at 12:22 pm

    Patrick
    August 10th, 2009 at 12:19 pm
    It’s funny that after this weekend now all I hear about is how much the Yankees spend. I guess the Sox and Mets fans need something to fall back on after they are utterly humiliated.

    ——————————————————-

    You have to know win or lose that is always the excuse haters use.

    If they win it’s because of the money spent.

    If they lose it’s, you can’t buy championships.

  99. Wait till they come to OUR house AGAIN August 10th, 2009 at 12:23 pm

    OH MY GOD.

    Yesterday’s game was unreal. It was impossible.

    That was one of those games games that should have been lost. But we won. WE WON.

    But I’m still not calling the Red Sox dead.

  100. MaineYankee August 10th, 2009 at 12:25 pm

    I’m not calling the RS dead, but this team looks like the 06 team. Injuries and age are a real problem for them.

  101. Wait till they come to OUR house AGAIN August 10th, 2009 at 12:27 pm

    The Red Sox still play great at the Big Green Sardine Can. We play them in a little over a week there I believe.

    If we’re swept there (very, very possible) you’re talking about a whole new ballgame.

  102. m August 10th, 2009 at 12:28 pm

    If the Sox had to go straight to Texas, they’d be cooked.

    But they get to go home to the sardine can by the sea.

    If you want to see something funny, go to the baseball page on espn.com. There’s a big picture with Swish & Tex doing some kind of slap dance. AJ & Coke are looking on. It’s a good one, but the funny part is that Coke looks a lot like Swish in the pic. They could be brothers. Isn’t Coke kind of off, too?

    Oh yeah, big thanks to Andy for his huge performance yesterday. Without it, we wouldn’t have been in position to win. Anyone calculate his ERA since the break? I think that’s 4 very quality starts with only 1 win? :mad:

  103. Phil August 10th, 2009 at 12:29 pm

    And Maine, this time Ortiz is the distraction instead of Manny.

  104. Wait till they come to OUR house AGAIN August 10th, 2009 at 12:29 pm

    Girardi made a ridiculously idiotic move keeping in Coke instead of Hughes.

    I’m sorry, but that was STUPID. I don’t care how many games he pitched in a row, 9 pitches in two games? Come on Joe.

  105. CB August 10th, 2009 at 12:30 pm

    “If we’re swept there (very, very possible) you’re talking about a whole new ballgame.”

    Really?

    Have you looked at how the rotations are set up for that 3 game series with very few days off to realign the rotations?

  106. m August 10th, 2009 at 12:31 pm

    lol, Wait. We were thinking the very same thing. They’ll go home and regroup.

    The Yankees just need to keep plugging along, and let the Sox, Rays, Rangers, and Angels duke it out.

    The great thing about this series is that the Yankees knocked the Sox down and took every single game like a big bully. “You get nothing!” No help from the umps, no disastrous mental lapses on the bases or in the field. No wild pitches or balks. Good, clean baseball.

  107. Wait till they come to OUR house AGAIN August 10th, 2009 at 12:32 pm

    I understand that CB, but the Red Sox offense is different at Fenway Park. They’re a different team at home. And anyway any pitcher can throw a good or bad game at any time.

  108. Ham Fighters August 10th, 2009 at 12:32 pm

    the bullpen is absolutly the difference between girardi and torre. torre always made the ‘right’ move, keeping critics off him by playing the percentages, no matter the long term cost to his relievers.

    girardi is managing his bp for the long haul and keeping his cards close to his vest. he didnt make it public before last night that he wasnt going to use phil again, but he wasnt going to. this could have opened him up for big-time criticism, but when you take the emotion out of it, its a no-brainer, the yankees entered the game up by 5.5 games and had no reason to change thier ‘phil rules’. thats long term thinking, not just long term as far as phil’s career, but long-term as far as this season is concerned. if there is a pennant race, phil will have to be used alot from here on and he’s not used to the daily grind at all.

    there is no question what torre would have done. hughes would probably have come into this searies already overworked and who knows if he could hold up getting up 4 or 5 times a week.

    girardi is saving his bullets in case they are needed in the pennant race or in october and looking out for our future rotation regular at the same time.

    go ahead and pick girardi apart one move at a time if u want to but you are missing the forest for the trees.

  109. trisha - OPPC lifetime member and proud co-adopter of the Washington Nats August 10th, 2009 at 12:32 pm

    Oh Erica, I could not live in a world without YES either. It’s just that even though we out-of-marketers have YES, there are certain things that MLB feels we need to be blacked out on since they own the rights (so they believe). Yankeeography is one of them. I guess if there is any game footage involved, MLB wants royalties – or something. When YES first hit the airwaves, we got everything. Slowly they have taken more and more away. Yankeeographies was one of the first things to go.

    Thank you so much for your kind offer! I will send you a Yankee surprise in return. You’ll have to wait to see what it is. And I so agree with you. New York Yankees – the gift that just keeps on giving1

  110. Wait till they come to OUR house AGAIN August 10th, 2009 at 12:33 pm

    Yesterday’s game was just ridiculous. When Damon hit that HR the stadium was just totally rosking. And then Tex.

    I believe the announcers made the dumb comment that the stadium was too big to “shake” like the old one did. Tell that to Tex.

  111. Bronx Jeers August 10th, 2009 at 12:34 pm

    It doesn’t take long for the stars to fall out of alignment in here does it?

  112. raymagnetic August 10th, 2009 at 12:34 pm

    It’s amazing how people keep worrying about the other teams the Yankees have to play.

    Since A-Rod has come back the Yankees have been the best team in the entire LEAGUE.

    Yet people are still worried about the teams the Yankees have to play. Amazing.

  113. CB August 10th, 2009 at 12:35 pm

    “But they get to go home to the sardine can by the sea.”

    Tonight – Brad Penny vs. Edwin Jackson

    Tomorrow Night – Tazawa vs. Rick Porcello

    Night after – Beckett vs. Galaragga

    Final Game – Bucchholz vs. Verlander

    They are a different team at home offensively. Much better.

    But that is a potentially brutal series.

    I would not want to be facing Edwin Jackson today after brutal sweeps two series in a row.

  114. Wait till they come to OUR house AGAIN August 10th, 2009 at 12:35 pm

    9 pitches in two games? Come on I wouldn’t have been tired to pitch and I haven’t thrown a baseball in 20 years.

    If it’s missing the forest for the trees to use a pitcher to get two outs (let Cokef ace the lefty) after using 9 pitches in two days, then I guess I am.

  115. SJ44 August 10th, 2009 at 12:36 pm

    At this point, complaining about Girardi’s bullpen management is as laughable as complaining about the lineup on a daily basis.

    Its usually the same people on here doing both.

    Phil Hughes was used 4 times in the last 5 days. He heated up on the fifth day.

    Forget the number of pitches he threw in the game. Counting warmup pitches, he threw over 100 pitches over 5 days. This is the first time in his life he’s a relief pitcher. You think Girardi is going to torch this kids arm to win a game, in a series they already won, against the Red Sox? No way.

    You can’t have it both ways. You can’t rail on the way Torre blew out arms and then rip Girardi for protecting a young arm.

    Using Bruney last night would have been the wrong move. Turning Martinez around to have him hit LH in a short porch ballpark is not the right play.

    Plus, Bruney threw 40 pitches the other night and was probably still sore and most likely unavailable.

    Coke was the right play and he made a bad pitch. It happens. That’s baseball.

    I don’t think Daniel Bard was planning on giving up 2 HR’s after he got 2 outs.

    One of the reasons why the Yankees are where they are right now is that Girardi hasn’t burned out the pen.

    On the other hand, take a good look at what’s happening in LA right now. Those guys are on fumes in the pen.

    Thankfully, this Yankee manager doesn’t go about it that way.

  116. Wait till they come to OUR house AGAIN August 10th, 2009 at 12:36 pm

    rosking should be rocking of course.

  117. Wait till they come to OUR house AGAIN August 10th, 2009 at 12:37 pm

    I never railed on Toree. I always liked the way Torre did it. You play to win today. Worry about tomorrow tomorrow.

  118. MaineYankee August 10th, 2009 at 12:37 pm

    Wait

    I don’t know if you realize it but the Yankees have swept the RS more in Fenway than in NY.

    Since 69 the yankees have swept the RS six times. Four times in Fenway.

  119. CB August 10th, 2009 at 12:38 pm

    “And anyway any pitcher can throw a good or bad game at any time.”

    That’s technically true but not very precise.

    Not all pitcher have an equal probability of throwing a good or bad game at any given time.

    There is very little reason to think the yankees could get swept in Boston given that they will be facing Penny, Tazawa (possibly), and Beckett. They look to miss lester.

  120. rconn23 August 10th, 2009 at 12:39 pm

    I definitely wouldn’t want to be facing Edwin Jackson – with Brad Penny on the mound.

    That being said, the Tigers offense can be brutal at times.

    If the Tigers can walk out of there with a split, I’d be thrilled.

  121. Wait till they come to OUR house AGAIN August 10th, 2009 at 12:39 pm

    But yes in L.A. their arms are fuming. I understand that. Torre has burned them out a bit.

    Still I mean now if we’re counting warmup pitches maybe we shouldn’t use Mo tonigh. Sure he didn’t pitch two games ago but he was warming up before Jeet’s HR.

  122. Midnight Rambler August 10th, 2009 at 12:39 pm

    I hope every single incentive clause in Andy’s 2009 contract is triggered.

    He’s earned every penny of that $11M.

  123. m August 10th, 2009 at 12:39 pm

    I’m not too worried about playing the Red Sox at Fenway. Despite the 0-8, we played them very well in those games. Held a late lead in all but 2 games.

    I didn’t want to say beforehand, but I think I was thinking we could sweep. In addition to all the obvious factors is the pressure Boston’s under. Not only did was there an 11 game swing in a month, but they had Tampa & Texas breathing down their necks, too. Even Bay admitted that they’re squeezing the bats to death.

  124. William Buckner August 10th, 2009 at 12:39 pm

    Yankees are in 1st place.

    Have the best record in AL. Have the best record in MLB.

    Have the largest lead in MLB. Are coming off a 4 game sweep of their biggest and closest rival.

    And still some people complain.

  125. Wait till they come to OUR house AGAIN August 10th, 2009 at 12:40 pm

    Penny shut us down earlier in the year.

    Beckett is having a fantstic season.

    Who knows what Tazawa, if that’s who’s pitching, will give?

    And their offense is different at home.

    I’m just not ready to write off the Red Sox when they play at Fenway Park.

  126. Brandon...I'M AWESOME!... Andy Pettitte is a starting pitchaaaaaaa !!!! August 10th, 2009 at 12:41 pm

    “is anyone shocked as i am that Melancon and Robertson actually cleared waivers? good thing they cleared too.”

    27 teams fell asleep.

  127. Midnight Rambler August 10th, 2009 at 12:41 pm

    I shudder to think of how Phil Hughes would look in 2010 and beyond if Torre was at the helm of this ship.

    In fact, I refuse to even think of it.

  128. Wait till they come to OUR house AGAIN August 10th, 2009 at 12:42 pm

    I’m not really complaining (I feel like I’m under siege). I’m just not putting the “it’s over” stamp on the season. And yes when I disagree with a manger’s move I’ll say so, whether we won or not.

  129. m August 10th, 2009 at 12:42 pm

    Sorry. That should be I was thinking we could sweep. I bet a lot of people were thinking the same thing but didn’t want to get lectured. :)

  130. Brandon...I'M AWESOME!... Andy Pettitte is a starting pitchaaaaaaa !!!! August 10th, 2009 at 12:43 pm

    “I never railed on Toree. I always liked the way Torre did it. You play to win today. Worry about tomorrow tomorrow.”

    Tell that to Quantrill, Gordon, Sturtze and Proctor..etc.

  131. NYY626 August 10th, 2009 at 12:43 pm

    Anyone calculate his ERA since the break? I think that’s 4 very quality starts with only 1 win?
    ____________________________________________________________
    I think it was 5 starts for Andy right? The Halladay game was the only one where he got the W.

  132. Beanietown August 10th, 2009 at 12:43 pm

    Thanks for the Yogi interview…great stuff

  133. Wait till they come to OUR house AGAIN August 10th, 2009 at 12:43 pm

    MaineYankee-No I did not know that. That’s interesting but doesn’t change the fact that the Sox play well at home.

  134. William Buckner August 10th, 2009 at 12:43 pm

    “27 teams fell asleep.”

    27 teams knew they’d get pulled if claimed.

  135. GreenBeret7 August 10th, 2009 at 12:44 pm

    Over the weekend, somebody mentioned that Aaron Crow and Tanner Scheppers needed to be signe by their teams before they lose them. Those teams have an advantage with these two players because they aren’t limited to the 15 August deadline. They’ll have until the next draft to resign them. They are both professional ball players, since they played in the independent leagues this past year.

    The question that I can’t find an answer to is when will these two players be declared free agents and allowed to sign with any team? Anybody have any idea? I assume SJ, CB, Randy or PAT M might have knowledge on this.

  136. Wait till they come to OUR house AGAIN August 10th, 2009 at 12:44 pm

    Hold on guys-You’re all saying I shouldn’t be complaining because we’ve been winning.

    Well Torre won four championships. His bullpens were always very good. Why are you complaining? He won, right?

  137. pat August 10th, 2009 at 12:44 pm

    Just listening to the replay of the postgame on YES

    6 of Johnny’s 21 HRs have been against Boston.

    Johnny using the Techs-share-a pronunciation. Gotta be something up with that.

  138. Cash is King August 10th, 2009 at 12:44 pm

    The next ten games for the Yankees should be rather revealing as they play teams they should beat, but a possiblity of a letdown is there after Boston. If the Yankees win 6-7 of those games and either keep or expand their division lead it will go a long way in winning this division.

    The top three active winning pitchers for the month of August in MLB are all Yankees. They are CC, AJ and Pettitte. The Yankees need to keep those August wins coming as it will help keep the pressure on Boston and Tampa with a possibility of increasing their lead and making September baseball less revelant in regard to the AL division race.

  139. Brandon...I'M AWESOME!... Andy Pettitte is a starting pitchaaaaaaa !!!! August 10th, 2009 at 12:45 pm

    “I shudder to think of how Phil Hughes would look in 2010 and beyond if Torre was at the helm of this ship.

    In fact, I refuse to even think of it.”

    I think I’d shoot myself.

  140. Wait till they come to OUR house AGAIN August 10th, 2009 at 12:46 pm

    One thing very much in the Yankees favor is that they’ve always been a great September team. No reason for that to change this year.

  141. SJ44 August 10th, 2009 at 12:46 pm

    You don’t understand bullpen management wait.

    Mariano Rivera has been doing it for 14 years. Phil Hughes has been doing it for 3 months. Big difference.

    Mariano understands the process. Phil is still learning it.

    Every team charts warrmup pitches, as well as game pitches, from their bullpen guys these days.

    Hughes has not been used in 3 straight days since he has been moved to the pen. There is a reason for that. They aren’t going to do anything to abuse the kid.

    You like the way Torre manages a pen? Well, he cost them 3 titles doing it “his way”. 2003, 2004, and 2007. He killed their chances with his bullpen mismanagement.

    In 2007, he used Luis Vizcaino 13 times in the second half of the year when the Yankees had leads of 4 or more runs. That makes no sense and it came back to haunt the Yankees in the ALDS when they needed Vizcaino to come up big. He had nothing left and was on fumes.

    Torre blew the NLCS last year with his bullpen management.

    You can’t play every game as if its the 7th game of the World Series. If you do, you better have 20 pitchers. No team has 20 pitchers these days.

    Girardi is not going to overuse a 23 year old kid who has never worked out of the pen until this year.

    Its not the smart thing to do.

  142. Erica - always OPPC August 10th, 2009 at 12:46 pm

    WTTCTOHA-

    That game had Yankee victory on it the whole night. Even when V-Mart hit that homerun, I knew they would still win

  143. m August 10th, 2009 at 12:47 pm

    Wait,

    Were you not around last night? If you were then you can understand that we went through the whole Phil Hughes thing and everyone’s gotten closure.

    If not, please go read the thread because it’ll be like you were there last night. Once you look at his game log, you’ll stop talking about it. He pitched 5 games in the last week. So it doesn’t matter if he only threw 9 pitches over the weekend. It was too much.

    Nobody wants to argue, but you’ll get little agreement if that’s what you want. If you want to debate it’s all in the game thread and the one after that.

  144. CB August 10th, 2009 at 12:47 pm

    “Coke was the right play and he made a bad pitch. It happens. That’s baseball.”

    I completely agree. Criticizing Girardi for not using Hughes last night when he was not available is ridiculous. He was not available.

    The yankees probability of making the playoffs, even if they had lost would have been over 95% anyway.

    You cannot take a chance on Phil Hughes health because that very well could cost you the world series.

    You don’t take a chance on the world series when the enormous probability is that you will make the post season anyway.

    I will say this on the flip side. Girardi likes match up bull pen use a la LaRussa.

    And when you do that you are going to wind up using guys very frequently and for a lot of appearances, with each appearance being relatively short lived.

    So the issue with Hughes isn’t last night. It’s using him for appearances in which he is only getting one out – especially when that one out is Nick Green in the 8th inning.

    But on the whole Girardi using Hughes for those one out appearances was more him wanting to put away the Sox one game at a time than anything else.

    Girardi handled things appropriately for this series.

    People were yelling that they shouldn’t be using Melancon or Claggett that first game up 7-9 runs do to the walk.

    Many people wanted Bruney in the game.

    You use Bruney that first game – the yankees lose that second game – no way they win that 15 game classic if Bruney works that first game.

  145. CM (MLB needs to use instant replay more) August 10th, 2009 at 12:48 pm

    Good thing Torre isn’t manager right now. Otherwise, Hughes wouldn’t have any arms. Just look at the Dodgers BP right now.

  146. Cash is King August 10th, 2009 at 12:48 pm

    Great points SJ44 about Girardi and Hughes activity this past week.

  147. Erica - always OPPC August 10th, 2009 at 12:48 pm

    SJ44-

    Two thumbs up. Putting Hughes in last night would have been irresponsible. End of story

  148. m August 10th, 2009 at 12:48 pm

    pat,

    lol. When he was on 1050 ESPN on Friday, he said “Tek-Sarah”. He cracks me up.

  149. G. Love August 10th, 2009 at 12:50 pm

    How could anyone be complaining about anything today? I can’t even fathom it and I love to complain.

  150. trisha - OPPC lifetime member and proud co-adopter of the Washington Nats August 10th, 2009 at 12:50 pm

    SOAPBOX TIME –

    A real pet peeve: dump the manager!

    Can you imagine just how much RSN wants Terry’s head today? Man alive listening to the callers and commentary made me so sad for him. And herein lies a real problem I have with fans in general. They fail to/refuse to look beyond their own immediate emotions and “desires” to look at the big picture. As a definitely big-picture person, someone’s refusal to do that drives me up a wall.

    1. The Sux have been hitting a whopping .167 or so. Is that Francona’s fault? Really?

    2. Their big beef is with the pitching choice (but of course; shades of lohud and probably every other fanbase in America save St. Louis, where I am told the fans actually know how to appreciate their team in just about all circumstances. Bully for them on that, truly.) Bard should have been pulled after the first home run. Who should have gone in? Okajema. But, the broadcasters asked, did you see what happened to Okajema? The response: that doesn’t matter.

    Do people ever stop to see how stupid and ridiculous they sound?

    3. The other side of the coin always. I always say (I wish I had coined it, but unfortunately someone beat me to the punch) the difference in a manager being a genius and an idiot is merely in the execution of the play at hand. If Bard held the Yankees down, today Terry would be a genius. He didn’t. Now they want Francona’s head. Last night people here were whining about the use of Coke. As always, it is without any knowledge of exactly why something is being done. There is never any faith in the fact that the same manager that has gotten the team this far might know what he’s doing, even if posters don’t agree with the move. And as is always the case, when the move works, the manager looks great. When it doesn’t everyone knows they were right to question the manager.

    4. This is mine and I own it and I know there are others here who are there also. Managers make mistakes because they are human. So if Girardi had made a bad choice with what he did at any point in time, and if Francona shouldn’t have stayed with Bard and if any other manager made a choice that he would have taken back in retrospect, do fans have enough restraint to write it off and still support the manager and team? Can all of you constant complainers imagine how it would feel if every time you made the wrong decision or a bad choice you had hell rained down on you? If you supposedly root for someone (a team, a person, anyone or anything to which you profess loyalty) shouldn’t you be giving the same that you want when you don’t necessarily perform your best? Understanding and support rather than rath and condemnation – the true qualities of a loyal person, right?

    It is one thing to question a decision and then move on. It is quite another to rain down nonstop hell and almost cry because you think something should have been done a certain way and it wasn’t. IMO 99 percent of the time you look like a jackass because you are someone behind a keyboard obnoxiously questioning someone who knows so much more about the situation than you do that on the spectrum you are still in the embryo stage. But if you do get it right, isn’t it so much more grown up and humane to question it if you must but follow it up by overall support for the team (in this question) you profess to love?

    I will never get people who get stuck in the weeds and cannot get out long enough to realize that the ratio of flowers to weeds is 100-1. Or something.

    SOAPBOX OVER

  151. Wait till they come to OUR house AGAIN August 10th, 2009 at 12:50 pm

    Torre has made mistakes with his management. But you’re ofrgetting he’s had a great bullpen in many seasons. He may have lost 3 seasons with his bullpen management, but his bullpen also won them World Titles in 96′ and 99′ at least, and they were a huge part of the other 2 world titles. And in 2001 saying his bullpen management lost them the series is 20/20 hindsight. Mariano Rivera had been lights out before that fateful 9th inning of game 7.

    Yes, Hughes is younger. Yes, he warmed up. But he still only pitched 9 actual game pitches in 2 games. And he would have only needed two outs, one if you want to bring in Mo for a four out save. Sorry, but I disagree with the move.

  152. Ham Fighters August 10th, 2009 at 12:51 pm

    keep the heat on the socks between now and the next series! if the yankees go into the fens leading by 7 or more, ALL the pressure is on the socks again. by then, they could be behind both texas and the rays and desparate to stay afloat.

    remember its how they’ve played the OTHER teams that has separated the yankees from the socks, not thier head-to-head meetings.

  153. GreenBeret7 August 10th, 2009 at 12:51 pm

    Brandon…I’M AWESOME!… Andy Pettitte is a starting pitchaaaaaaa !!!!
    August 10th, 2009 at 12:43 pm
    “I never railed on Toree. I always liked the way Torre did it. You play to win today. Worry about tomorrow tomorrow.”

    Tell that to Quantrill, Gordon, Sturtze and Proctor..etc.

    ————————————————————

    You people need to come up with something better than Quantrill, Gordon and Sturtz. Quantrill had a long career, was 36 years old and had been making 85 appearances a year for the past 5 or more years. He also had anothe year and a half of good baseball after leaving NYY before retiring. Gordon had been on the DL as many times as Pavano and everyone knew his elbow was a time bome. Sturtz? Get serious. In what season was Sturtz overused as a Yankee? Look at his seasons before joining the Yankees. NYY had for years built bullpens out of injured pitchers and it cost them dearly.

  154. m August 10th, 2009 at 12:51 pm

    Okay, I’m doing something I never do. I’m tuning into Francessa from the top of the show. I want to hear his “impressions” of the series and what we need to do to “fix” the team. :)

  155. Wait till they come to OUR house AGAIN August 10th, 2009 at 12:52 pm

    m-No I was not there actually. I don’t go on Yanks-Sox game threads. Too crazy, and anyway I’m really focused on the game.

  156. CB August 10th, 2009 at 12:53 pm

    GB7,

    I believe that both Crowe and Scheppers if not signed would simply reenter the draft once again.

    Those two guys basically have to sign or go to Japan or something like that.

  157. Bill August 10th, 2009 at 12:53 pm

    I’m impressed that Joe did not use PH. Joe is looking out for PH, a player who is and will be a very valauble part of the team for years to come. That takes a lot of guts for Joe, who by many accounts is on the hot seat and must win now.

  158. MaineYankee August 10th, 2009 at 12:55 pm

    Just because a move Joe makes doesn’t work the way the fans think it should doesn’t mean it was the wrong move. The success or failure is also on the players to perform.

  159. m August 10th, 2009 at 12:55 pm

    Wait,

    This weekend wasn’t crazy at all! But I know what you mean.

    Anyway, I think can we drop it? You have great points and nobody’s saying you’re wrong, but we went through this last night and everyone’s pretty much said what they needed to say.

  160. Erica - always OPPC August 10th, 2009 at 12:55 pm

    G. Love
    August 10th, 2009 at 12:50 pm
    How could anyone be complaining about anything today? I can’t even fathom it and I love to complain.

    ****

    We still have about 3 hours of pure happiness before line up complaints start!

  161. Wait till they come to OUR house AGAIN August 10th, 2009 at 12:56 pm

    All right. I’ll drop the subject.

    I too am listening to Francessa. :-)

  162. G. Love August 10th, 2009 at 12:56 pm

    I’m waiting to see if one of these high end draft picks a la Strasburg go to Japan for the year and establish residency outside the US in the hopes of becoming a free agent and signing with who they want.

    If that happens the draft is pretty much moot.

    MLB needs to allow the trading of picks.

  163. CB August 10th, 2009 at 12:56 pm

    G. Love,

    Did you catch that second gem Jarrod Washburn threw for the Tigers yesterday?

    2 out of 12 starts – gutless performances in a playoff race.

    After that game yesteday Washburn would have been buried in NY as a huge bust.

    11 IP over 2 games. 11 ER.

    Not a lot of veteran grittiness there.

  164. m August 10th, 2009 at 12:57 pm

    Erica,

    There’s a game today?! Almost want a day off to enjoy the sweep!

  165. SJ44 August 10th, 2009 at 12:57 pm

    Girardi wanted to put his foot on the Red Sox throats this weekend. He used Hughes on Saturday because he wanted to win the series on Saturday. I don’t think we will see Hughes facing one hitter too much, especially the #9 hitter, the rest of the way.

    I think his feeling was, “I want this series now and I will rest Hughes and Ace for Toronto”.

    It was also wise not to turn Martinez around and have him hit against a righty in the short porch.

    Interesting byplay from last night……

    Arod was signaling to Coke that Martinez was sitting low and in on his pitches. The pitch was supposed to be at or a little above hand level to Martinez. He got the pitch too far down in the zone and got beat. It happens.

    The interesting part of it though is to just show you how into the game every guy is every night. That’s a tribute to Girardi, the coaching staff, and the players.

    Tex was talking about his last AB against Bard the other night and was sitting breaking ball because of how he was pitched in that AB.

    This is not only a good team, its a team with a VERY high baseball IQ.

    A big reason why they are so effective and why the young guys are able to contribute quickly. They are being taught by the veterans to play the game the right way.

  166. David August 10th, 2009 at 12:57 pm

    It’s pretty funny that Melancon out of all people had to be sent down to make room for Gaudin. That just goes to show how good we are.

  167. trisha - OPPC lifetime member and proud co-adopter of the Washington Nats August 10th, 2009 at 12:58 pm

    “Just because a move Joe makes doesn’t work the way the fans think it should doesn’t mean it was the wrong move. The success or failure is also on the players to perform.”

    I would pay to have that chip burned into the minds of a whole group of posters here.

  168. Bill August 10th, 2009 at 12:58 pm

    I hope Michael Kay is on his radio show today. If not his sidekick Don will talk Mets all afternoon!

  169. Wait till they come to OUR house AGAIN August 10th, 2009 at 12:58 pm

    “This is not only a good team, its a team with a VERY high baseball IQ.

    A big reason why they are so effective and why the young guys are able to contribute quickly. They are being taught by the veterans to play the game the right way.”

    In other words, we’re like the anti-Mets.

  170. pat August 10th, 2009 at 12:58 pm

    “Okay, I’m doing something I never do. I’m tuning into Francessa from the top of the show. I want to hear his “impressions” of the series and what we need to do to “fix” the team.”

    Maybe he’ll start out talking about the Mets or Tiger Woods today to keep people tuned in to 2 o’clock.

  171. vinny-b (thankful to have Girardi in charge) August 10th, 2009 at 12:59 pm

    :” I talked to them but I never talked when the ball was on the way. I’d talk to (Ted) Williams and say, “Where you going fishing today?’ because he liked to fish. He used to tell me to shut up. He was good”

    I love Yogi.

    I love Ted Williams, also

  172. Wait till they come to OUR house AGAIN August 10th, 2009 at 1:00 pm

    I’ll say one more thing: Please don’t paint me with the broad brush of trolls. I’m not saying this in hindsight, at gametime I was shocked that Hughes wasn’t in. And I like Girardi.

    But the subject is done now.

  173. m August 10th, 2009 at 1:00 pm

    David,

    That’s what I said when people wanted to DFA Bruney this weekend. I’m like what? If Bruney is your worst pitcher, then wow. Just wow. Think about that.

  174. CB August 10th, 2009 at 1:00 pm

    “I’m waiting to see if one of these high end draft picks a la Strasburg go to Japan for the year and establish residency outside the US in the hopes of becoming a free agent and signing with who they want.”

    Wouldn’t make a difference unless the player renounces his US Citizenship.

    Going to Japan is useful only as a source of leverage against the team that drafts you.

    It doesn’t make you a free agent.

    If you are a US Citizen – you are subject to the draft.

  175. GreenBeret7 August 10th, 2009 at 1:00 pm

    CB
    August 10th, 2009 at 12:53 pm
    GB7,

    I believe that both Crowe and Scheppers if not signed would simply reenter the draft once again.

    Those two guys basically have to sign or go to Japan or something like that.

    ————————————————————

    Thanks, CB. I assumed that might be the case. It’s something that needs to be fixed in the next CBA. If players are willing to go to independent leagues or Japan, they need to be declared free agents after two years in another league. Somewhere down the line, Boras or somebody will take this to court and fight the amateur draft.

  176. Erica - always OPPC August 10th, 2009 at 1:00 pm

    m
    August 10th, 2009 at 12:57 pm
    Erica,

    There’s a game today?! Almost want a day off to enjoy the sweep!

    ***

    I know exactly what you mean. I am enjoying this moment of Yankee happiness so much, I don’t want it ruined.

  177. Midnight Rambler August 10th, 2009 at 1:01 pm

    They have some good writers on the Boston scene. For my money, Amalie Benjamin is the best of the lot.

    (Read that in your Norm McDonald doing Larry King voice.)

    Note: I’m not being sarcastic. She’s damn good.

  178. pat August 10th, 2009 at 1:03 pm

    SJ

    That reminded me of Alex and Abreu in the digout last year trying to show Melky how to know which pitch to steal on.

    Not all players are born with great baseball instincts but they can be taught baseball smarts.

  179. MaineYankee August 10th, 2009 at 1:03 pm

    wait

    I don’t usally like Joe Morgan but he was better last night than usual. He pointed out that unless the RS start getting some power production that offense was in trouble.

    Ortiz is what he is now. Similar to giambi at the end.

    Lowell is seriously hampered by his hip.

    Bay’s hammy will take longer to heal if he has to play through it.

    Drew’s back and other health issues have really cut his production.

    Veritek same as Ortiz.

    Where’s the offense coming from?

  180. m August 10th, 2009 at 1:03 pm

    pat,

    Thanks. I’ll listen to the intro and then go do something if he talks Mets. :) And Tiger, what else can you say about the guy?

    Wait,

    That was the last thought I had. Just wanted to save a lot of grief all-around. I, too, had called for Hughes, but Sterling & Suzyn said he had been used 5 times last week. Of course I was numb after the V-mart homerun. But it all worked out.

  181. Midnight Rambler August 10th, 2009 at 1:04 pm

    its a team with a VERY high baseball IQ.

    —————————-

    you just have to watch Mark Teixeira run the bases to know this is true.

    not to go too much into hyperbole here, but he might be as close as you can get to a perfect baseball player. every aspect of his game is refined to the point that improvement is virtually impossible.

  182. betsy August 10th, 2009 at 1:04 pm

    Ok, but then why use Phil for one batter on Saturday? If he’s going to come in, why not let him start the 8th? I’m not complaining, just wondering.

    I’d like to say it’s amazing how well our new signings have handled the transition to NY (Evan Roberts specifically mentioned Tex because he was talking him up for MVP). It’s true – look at all the big names that have come here and needed a year to feel comfortable. I’m not sure if it’s just their individual personalities or whether it is just the right time and right place for all of them. Tex has been traded too many times for a player of his caliber….maybe he feels at home because he knows he’ll be here for a long time. Maybe AJ needed the big stage for his talents……..and CC? CC seems to be at home no matter where he plays – he embraces everyone. All I know is it’s just a wonderful thing knowing these guys are not just terrific players but terrific people. I just love this team………..and, of course, not just the new guys. They are all having so much fun……I can’t get Jorge’s laughter while AJ was pieing Alex out of my mind. This is a guy that fans keep saying is a stick in the mud and a sourpuss? What about Jeter…….everyone assumed that he wouldn’t take kindly to a pie, but if he got one, he’d be the first to laugh it off. How about Mo? Egging AJ on that day against the Phillies after he got bombed, encouraging him to pie (Damon, Melky? I forget) the hero? Or the Kangaroo court? I feel like for the first time we are getting to really know our dynasty guys……and it’s a lot of fun. This has been such a special season so far……….

  183. trisha - OPPC lifetime member and proud co-adopter of the Washington Nats August 10th, 2009 at 1:05 pm

    “I know exactly what you mean. I am enjoying this moment of Yankee happiness so much, I don’t want it ruined.”

    But you know, cuz I know you do, that nothing that happens tonight can ruin that happiness because we know who we have out there on the field. If the Yankees lost a game 20-0, we always know who we have out there on the field.

    And for anyone who doesn’t, I invite you to check out the standings.

    ;)

  184. trisha - OPPC lifetime member and proud co-adopter of the Washington Nats August 10th, 2009 at 1:06 pm

    “For my money, Amalie Benjamin is the best of the lot.”

    I couldn’t agree with you more. You want fair and objective, check out Amalie Benjamin.

  185. jennifer August 10th, 2009 at 1:06 pm

    I am listening to wfan, and I cannot get over the number of people calling up and complaining that Joe didn’t use Hughes last night. I guess the fact that he pitched in 4 out of 5 games is lost on them. Also lost is the fact that we swept the soxs and are now up 6 1/2 games!

    I really don’t understand the constant complaining of Joe. The Yankees have the best record in MLB, have the largest lead in MLB. I mean are the Yankees winning in spite of Joe? Listening to the radio you’d think so.

  186. Erica - always OPPC August 10th, 2009 at 1:08 pm

    new thread up :arrow:

  187. Bronx Jeers August 10th, 2009 at 1:10 pm

    “If you are a US Citizen – you are subject to the draft.”

    Maybe conscientious objector?

  188. Nick in SF August 10th, 2009 at 1:11 pm

    Are you going to change you name to Wait til we go to THEIR house AGAIN?

    By then we could be kicking dirt on the grave! :)

  189. CB August 10th, 2009 at 1:13 pm

    “It was also wise not to turn Martinez around and have him hit against a righty in the short porch.”

    Completely agree. I can’t imagine people wanting to let Martinez hit from the left side.

    I don’t know if people caught this but a pretty good switch hitter – Mark Teixeira – said something interesting after last nights game.

    Tex described Left field/ left center in the new yankee stadium as a “grave yard” for hitting home runs.

    Martinez crushed a pitch – but the liklihood of him hitting a homerun to left field was much lower than it was to right field.

    Much lower.

  190. DT - OPPC member August 10th, 2009 at 1:20 pm

    Pete – Thanks for the Yogi interview. That was a lot of fun for us to hear, and from hearing your questions – it sounded like you enjoyed it immensely as well.

    Good stuff.

  191. Nick August 10th, 2009 at 1:29 pm

    Hey, my question was answered. Cool.

  192. rover August 10th, 2009 at 1:57 pm

    Cant you just imagine how good this rotation will be next year if we can find a 4 or 5 starter off the junkpile. I mean that andy guy is washed up. lol.

  193. MAC_1103 August 10th, 2009 at 2:32 pm

    Love Yogi, but he was not a four-time MVP. He won in ’51, ’54, and ’55. Nobody won more than three before Bonds (three before BALCO).

  194. lloyd August 10th, 2009 at 4:21 pm

    it was fun reading that, nice work every1

  195. Jay M. August 10th, 2009 at 10:33 pm

    Why didn’t someone ask him why he didn’t start George Stone in game 6 of the 1973 series and save Tom Seaver for game 7? Yogi blew the that series for the Mets all by himself.

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