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Game 153: Yankees at Angels

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YANKEES (96-56)
Jeter SS
Hairston 3B
Teixeira 1B
Matsui DH
Duncan RF
Cano 2B
Cabrera LF
Gardner CF
Molina C

Pitching: RHP A.J. Burnett (11-9, 4.22).

ANGELS (90-61)
Figgins 3B
Aybar SS
Abreu RF
Hunter CF
Morales 1B
Rivera LF
Kendrick 2B
Matthews RF
Napoli C

Pitching: LHP Scott Kazmir (9-8, 5.08).

TIME/TV: 3:35, YES.

STATE OF THE ‘STRIPES: The Yankees beat the Angels 6-5 last night, scoring a run in the ninth inning on a sacrifice fly by Alex Rodriguez. The Yankees clinched a playoff spot last night. They lead the Red Sox by six games in the American League East and the Angels by 5.5 games in the pursuit for home-field advantage.

END OF THE ROAD: The Yankees are 2-3 on a road trip that ends today.

HOMER HAPPY: The Yankees have 231 home runs with 10 games left. The team record is 242. That was set in 2004.

CLUTCH-ROD: Alex Rodriguez has 89 RBI this season. 33 of them have come from the seventh inning on with 14 of those either tying the score or giving the Yankees the lead.

HE’S NO ANGEL: A-Rod has 67 homers and 151 RBI on 171 career games against the Angels. He has homered in each of the first two games of the series.

MATSUI MASHES: Hideki Matsui has four home runs in his last six games and 12 RBI in his last nine.

CAPTAIN SPEED: Derek Jeter has stolen 27 bases, the most since he swiped 34 in 2006.

BURNETT TRIES AGAIN: A.J. Burnett pitched well against Seattle on Friday, allowing one run in seven innings. He he is 1-5 with a 5.60 ERA since Aug. 1.

NOT YOU AGAIN: Scott Kazmir is 6-4, 2.53 in 14 appearances against the Yankees in his career. He allowed four runs on 11 hits in 13.2 innings against the Yankees this season while with Tampa Bay. He is 1-1, 1.42 in four starts with the Angels since being traded.

ON THE iPOD RIGHT NOW: Desperados Under the Eaves by Warren Zevon.

Back with more later on.

UPDATE, 1:31 p.m.: No lineup yet.

UPDATE, 2:39 p.m.: I’m sure there many questions/outright anger regarding the lineup. But there are reasons:

• A-Rod hasn’t had a day off in a while. Resting him today gives him two days off in a row as the team is off tomorrow.

• Posada fouled a ball off his right foot in the fifth inning last night and he is getting x-rays to make sure nothing is broken.

• Swisher fouled a ball off his leg last night and was limping around.

UPDATE, 3:00 p.m.: Posada’s x-rays were negative.

UPDATE, 3:06 p.m.: It’s a scorcher here with temperatures close to 100.

UPDATE, 3:27 p.m.: We’re about to get underway here. Enjoy the game.

UPDATE, 3:37 p.m.: 95 degrees at first pitch.

UPDATE, 4:41 p.m: That’s a good aggressive send by Rob Thomson. It just didn’t work out. Rivera made a perfect throw.

With RISP-phobic Cano up, it made sense.

UPDATE, 4:46 p.m.: Look at that, Cano got a two-runs single with two outs and two runners in scoring position. The odds were against that. Or maybe be was due.

UPDATE, 5:01 p.m.: The Good A.J. Burnett is back from his summer vacation. His last 11 innings: 10 hits, 1 run, 5 walks, 14 strikeouts.

Just in time, too.

UPDATE, 5:23 p.m.: Trouble here for Burnett as the Angels put runners on second and third with nobody out and the heart of the order up. He’s do well to allow only one run here.

UPDATE, 5:25 p.m.: Good work by A.J. there, limiting the damage. Yankees lead 3-1 after five.

UPDATE, 5:46 p.m.: We’re in the sixth and A.J. has whiffed 11. The Angels have six hits and have drawn two walks but they’ve had a ton of poor swings.

UPDATE, 5:48 p.m.: The Richter Scale is shaking here in California as Shelley Duncan just flung himself onto the warning track vainly trying to catch an RBI double by Matthews. Yankees lead 3-2.

UPDATE, 5:52 p.m.: Burnett did not want to come out of the game there. But on a 95-degree day and with him over 100 pitches, Girardi is doing the smart thing. Plus Figgins was 3 for 3 against Burnett.

This is the issue with A.J. and always has been. It’s hard for him to get deep in games because he throws a lot of pitches. The strikeouts, while impressive, are not economical.

UPDATE, 6:11 p.m.: Jerry Hairston Jr. was injured after seeing one pitch but it’s not clear what is wrong with him.

UPDATE, 6:25 p.m.: After having the runs for two days, Phil Coke now trying to keep any from scoring. … Just wondering, but how quickly should the Yankees DFA guys like Albaladejo and Ramirez after the season? I’d say seven minutes tops.

UPDATE, 6:40 p.m.: Big spot for Ian Kennedy, who makes his majors season debut with a one-run lead pitching in relief. He’s a SoCal kid, too. Probably has some family and friends here.

UPDATE, 6:47 p.m.: Obviously Girardi will not use Hughes today. Boy, Dave Robertson gets more valuable every day. It also appears they’re fresh out of use for Brian Bruney.

UPDATE, 6:56 p.m.: You have to be happy for IPK there. He has come all the way back from aneurysm surgery to pitch in the majors and get three huge outs in an important game. Good for him.

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1,069 Responses to “Game 153: Yankees at Angels”

  1. Carl September 23rd, 2009 at 12:13 pm

    Lets go Yankees! Take the series!

  2. Erica - always OPPC September 23rd, 2009 at 12:13 pm

    When A-Rod hit his sac fly last night, I told everyone I want to be called Alex Rodriguez today.

    Effective after this post, I will be called (for today only)

    Erica – always OPPC- Alex Rodriguez

    (However, Johnny Damon still deserves more credit for the win than he is getting)

  3. Matt September 23rd, 2009 at 12:14 pm

    Let’s do this!

  4. Coach6423 September 23rd, 2009 at 12:16 pm

    Prolly not a popular opinion, but Alex is the MVP of this team.

  5. Aram September 23rd, 2009 at 12:16 pm

    Seriously, what are we gonna do without this blog? Is there anything else out there that we can jump to?

  6. Bronx Jeers September 23rd, 2009 at 12:18 pm

    Alex had a great game.

    The HR, the play at third and then that big Sac fly.

    He’s had a smart season. Really learning to play within himself.

  7. Rebecca--Optimist Prime--Montero Fanaticus Primus September 23rd, 2009 at 12:18 pm

    Aram: RAB is pretty good. And I spend most of my game time on Twitter, anyway.

    Still, no one uses access the way Pete uses it. Gonna be hard to fill that void.

  8. Tom in N.J. September 23rd, 2009 at 12:18 pm

    Can we stop calling him A-Rod?

  9. Jimmy Beaner September 23rd, 2009 at 12:19 pm

    and we all know what happened in 2004. That had a lot of bearing on the play-offs! Good stat Pete! Way to help us remember such a GREAt year and a GREAT playoff outcome!

    Slipp’in during your last few days there Pete?

  10. RCK September 23rd, 2009 at 12:20 pm

    Alex gave Damon credit!

  11. Abdababdaserser September 23rd, 2009 at 12:20 pm

    Alex gave all the credit for Gardner’s run to Johnny’s bunt.

    Our boy is growin’ up right before our eyes. *sniff*

  12. Christina- Pictures of the Girardi and A-Rod ejection + Leiter's Sock September 23rd, 2009 at 12:21 pm

    Maybe its a joke and hes really not leaving. Might be one of those, “lets see how much they love me” kind of deals?

  13. Laura - Matsui in pinstripes for 2010 September 23rd, 2009 at 12:22 pm

    Alex had a great game yesterday, but we all know that some fans and the media will crucify him if he doesn’t produce in the postseason.

  14. tex's friend September 23rd, 2009 at 12:22 pm

    forgetting how much alex gets paid, i would take his play this year every year. 26hr/89rbi and around a .290 avg. Adding for the 38 games he missed and the fact he has been hurt all year, he would be somewhere around 35-40 homeruns and 115-120 rbis, especially since in the past i feel like april has been a good month for him.

  15. DT - OPPC member September 23rd, 2009 at 12:23 pm

    “Seriously, what are we gonna do without this blog? Is there anything else out there that we can jump to?”

    Yes. I haven’t decided but it will be one of the following.

    a) join the Peace Corps. Make a real difference in the lives of real people.
    b) join the monastery and become a monk. (I like the hats)
    c) enjoy the company of fellow Yankee bloggers and the excellent writing of Sam I am Borden and continue to post here.

  16. eric September 23rd, 2009 at 12:23 pm

    lets salvage this road trip today

  17. randy l. September 23rd, 2009 at 12:24 pm

    “As Yogi says, “its gettin’ late early” for Joba at this point.”
    sj44-

    maverick had some interesting things to say about asking someone to do something that goes beyond their maturity level and said he thought this was what was happening with joba.
    i’d agree. every young player is not like jeter coming up and able to handles all the pressures with no problems.

    joba likely has had too much too soon, and it is time to slow it down for him.
    it doesn’t by any means giving up . it just means making him pay his dues and learn a few things as he matures.

    maturity takes time. it’s why i’ve always like bringing starting pitchers along slowly with the goal having them be being really helpful at age 25-26 rather than age 22-23.
    it’s not that they don’t have the physical stuff. it’s that they often don’t have the maturity to handle failure or what can sometimes be harder to deal with and that’s early success .

    in joba’s case , i think his early success and fold hero status made him think it’s a little easier than it is. the good thing about maturity is one way or another, the lessons get taught.

    joba just needs a year where he has to earn everything he gets. if that means triple a for a while next year, then so be it.
    he’ll be better for it in the long run.

  18. Carl September 23rd, 2009 at 12:25 pm

    tex’s friend

    He’ll have his best year next year. Write it down, you heard it here first.

  19. William Buckner September 23rd, 2009 at 12:25 pm

    “Seriously, what are we gonna do without this blog? Is there anything else out there that we can jump to?”

    Why jump anywhere? This is a good community. As long as Pete’s replacement updates frequently, I intend on giving him a chance.

    Before I found here, I used to post a lot on Mark Feinsand. He lost me due to lack of updates.

    I’m interested on reading the replacement, but Sam’s done a good job for Pete in the past.

  20. Erica - always OPPC - Alex Rodriguez September 23rd, 2009 at 12:26 pm

    DT – OPPC member
    September 23rd, 2009 at 12:23 pm
    “Seriously, what are we gonna do without this blog? Is there anything else out there that we can jump to?”

    Yes. I haven’t decided but it will be one of the following.

    a) join the Peace Corps. Make a real difference in the lives of real people.
    b) join the monastery and become a monk. (I like the hats)
    c) enjoy the company of fellow Yankee bloggers and the excellent writing of Sam I am Borden and continue to post here.

    *****
    Don’t Monks give up women??

  21. Abdababdaserser September 23rd, 2009 at 12:26 pm

    “b) join the monastery and become a monk. (I like the hats)”

    Monks wear hats? Is that to cover up those sweet hair cuts? ;)

  22. Erica - always OPPC - Alex Rodriguez September 23rd, 2009 at 12:28 pm

    William Buckner-

    Did you see you won???

    ***
    Congratulations go out to our “Guess What Day the Yankees Clinch” winners-

    09/22/2009:
    Uncle E
    Unknown
    m
    Eights
    L to the 2nd
    William Buckner

    These 6 correctly predicted on 8/21 that the Yankees would clinch their playoff spot on 9/22. Good job!

  23. Frank from Chatham, NJ September 23rd, 2009 at 12:29 pm

    repost from the earlier thread…..

    GreenBeret7:

    You made a very insightful comment on the differences between Harkey & Eiland. Do you know this first hand or is this a theory on your part?

  24. SJ44 September 23rd, 2009 at 12:29 pm

    Randy,

    Completely agree.

    I think the less its about “Joba the Folk Hero” and folks making excuses for him, the better off he will be.

    There is no question he was bitten, and bitten badly, by the too much, too soon animal.

    Slowing him down is exactly the way to go.

    Its not “giving up on him” in the slightest.

    However, a kid who can’t get his fastball above 92, when it used to sit at 98, can’t throw his slider for strikes, and can’t pitch 2 clean innings per start, isn’t a folk hero.

    He’s a bad pitcher.

    I think a humbling off-season, along with a rigorous conditioning program, could get Joba back to being Joba for 2010.

    JMO, he will be of little or no value to the Yankees the rest of the way. If they are going to win a World Series this year, its going to have to be without expecting and/or getting a lot out of Joba.

  25. DT - OPPC member September 23rd, 2009 at 12:29 pm

    “Don’t Monks give up women??”

    I hope that’s a myth. I think they just can’t date Red Sox women, so I’m ok with that.

    BUT – one sign of the Rally Monk and I’m outta there.

  26. William Buckner September 23rd, 2009 at 12:30 pm

    “if that means triple a for a while next year, then so be it.
    he’ll be better for it in the long run.”

    We may see it come to this. He won’t like the run up the PA turnpike from Scranton to Allentown in a bus.

    But if they do that, they have to hold firm. He will dominate that level, like Hughes and IPK or Buckholtz.

    Angels did it to Santana, they said last night. He thought it would be a week. It ended up being over a month.

  27. Erica - always OPPC - Alex Rodriguez September 23rd, 2009 at 12:32 pm

    William Buckner
    September 23rd, 2009 at 12:30 pm
    “if that means triple a for a while next year, then so be it.
    he’ll be better for it in the long run.”

    We may see it come to this. He won’t like the run up the PA turnpike from Scranton to Allentown in a bus.

    But if they do that, they have to hold firm. He will dominate that level, like Hughes and IPK or Buckholtz.

    Angels did it to Santana, they said last night. He thought it would be a week. It ended up being over a month.

    *****

    It worked wonders for that dude on the Blue Jays. I think his name is Roy something…… Halladay maybe

  28. Just a Sox Fan September 23rd, 2009 at 12:33 pm

    I knew I liked her for a reason. Movie looks good! And of course it was shot in the Boston area!!!! I can’t lie: I think the Yankees again, have no pitching and it will be another 1st round exit.
    http://www.thejaylenoshow.com/.....2/1159453/

  29. Abdababdaserser September 23rd, 2009 at 12:33 pm

    I agree that Joba has been a victim of his own success, to a point. The commercials, the shirts, the daily debate on starter/reliever, the drunk driving incident.

    The problem is he bought too much of the hype. Child stars have similar problems adjusting to reality, where they have a disconnect when it comes to listening to others/ taking criticism or advice. All youth reject contrary views feeling they know better. Maturity comes when you really understand that elders can give you the benefit of their acquired knowledge and experience.

  30. Patrick September 23rd, 2009 at 12:33 pm

    “Why is Chad Gaudin scary? Because he’s not a “name”?”

    I think Game 4 of the ALCS in general is scary. Mainly because the two choices to start that game are Chamberlain and Gaudin. We all know how bad Chamberlain has been, he really can’t be trusted right now.

    Gaudin hasn’t been anything special either. Just look at the innings pitched for all of his Yankee starts: 4.1, 3.2, 6.0, 5.2, 4.2.

    When he’s in the game he’s been solid but you’re lucky if you get even 5 innings from him. That, to me, is scary in the postseason. You’re leaving 4-5 innings up to the bullpen and good teams take advantage of that.

    Just look at last night, the Yanks jump out to a 5 run lead and Gaudin pitches ok while in the game but he left in the 5th inning. The Angels, being a very good team, get back into the game and tie it.

    I’m not saying it’s impossible to win with Gaudin as the fourth starter but it makes it harder.

    I think if you ask fans of any team they would say they are a bit scared of their fourth or fifth starter in the playoffs. It’s just a fact of life, you can’t have a guy that’s really good pitching every game. It’s not a knock on Gaudin or the Yankees, it is what it is.

  31. Jeff NJ September 23rd, 2009 at 12:34 pm

    Phranchise, thanks for the tip a few threads back about the ALCS. I bought 2 tickets for ALCS game 5 for that behind home plate in section 121A, not cheap though, $365 each, but awesome seats. It’s worth it though, because no doubt those could probably be resold for way more.

  32. SJ44 September 23rd, 2009 at 12:38 pm

    Patrick,

    That’s what I mean. Nobody really has good choices in that slot.

    You just piece it together and hope for the best.

    Gotta love a Red Sox fan who believes the Yankees have “no pitching”.

    If that’s true, what does it say about the Red Sox that they can’t overtake a team with “no pitching”.

    Man, it must be the water in Boston.

    Aside from Dennis and Ray, you can’t find Red Sox fans on this blog with functioning braincells.

    Boston education ain’t what it used to be.

  33. Derwood Morris September 23rd, 2009 at 12:43 pm

    Let’s not forget the big night for Jorge – home run and one of the best throws I’ve ever seen him make to complete the double play in the 9th.

  34. Bronx Jeers September 23rd, 2009 at 12:45 pm

    Nice one SJ44.

    I think it is the water.

    Just like the song says……” Well I love that dirty water…”

    Sox staggered out of NY over 7 weeks ago trailing by 6.5 games.

    They’ve gained half a game in 45 days.

  35. Tom in N.J. September 23rd, 2009 at 12:46 pm

    Yankees starting pitchers ERA: 4.52

    Boston starting pitchers ERA: 4.52

    So the Yankee have no pitching; yet, the Red Sox do.

    I say Chowder, you say Chowdah!

  36. ADam September 23rd, 2009 at 12:49 pm

    “Alex had a great game yesterday, but we all know that some fans and the media will crucify him if he doesn’t produce in the postseason.”

    Agreed….. However… if he does lay another egg pull a 1- 18 he deserves the flack…

  37. William Buckner September 23rd, 2009 at 12:52 pm

    “It worked wonders for that dude on the Blue Jays. I think his name is Roy something…… Halladay maybe”

    Erica,

    Not sure thats a fair comparison. With Doc, it was largely mechanical. With Joba, it’s more mental and work ethic.

    Regarding 4th starter. I find it funny how “great” Bostons pitching is….And then Wakefield and Byrd start. Not so great.

    It’s not as easy when you are playing a team that actually shows up.

  38. randy l. September 23rd, 2009 at 12:52 pm

    “c) enjoy the company of fellow Yankee bloggers and the excellent writing of Sam I am Borden and continue to post here.”

    i’m liking c.

    i ‘m also curious if pete will start up a similar blog at the globe.

    i think it could be an interesting crossover blog if he does.

    i think enough posters here have learned some unwritten rules on how to talk with the “enemy” with our exchanges with dennis, ray, brian etc and could easily comment sometimes on a red sox blog that peter created.

    i’m looking forward to pete’s move. i think it’ll actually expand the blogging possibilities rather than decrease them.

  39. Tom K September 23rd, 2009 at 12:53 pm

    Gaudin is good enough if he pitches like he has in recent outings. I am going to assume that Girardi, once the playoffs begin, will be a lot like Torre was: Longer leash during the season, but much shorter in the playoffs.

    For example, first sign of any trouble in the 5th inning last night would have been it for Gaudin; but he allowed him to try to fight through it before pulling him. I don’t think that happens in the playoffs.

    If they take the series that requires 4 starters and face Detroit, it would be Gaudin-Washburn. I know Washburn has been a thorn in the Yankees’ side, but he’s also been terrible since joining the Tigers. I think the Yankees wouldn’t mind that matchup.

  40. SJ44 September 23rd, 2009 at 12:54 pm

    Jeers,

    A half game gain in 45 days? That may be the post of the year.

    Judging by the panic in here yesterday, one would have thought the Red Sox overtook the Yankees for first place.

    Fear not though. A Yankee loss today and we will have some bridgejumpers convinced they will blow this lead.

  41. Jhutch September 23rd, 2009 at 12:55 pm

    Question:
    Who started, “He’s the Hidecki, you know?”

    It’s hilarious, I just can’t remember how that got started…

  42. betsy September 23rd, 2009 at 12:57 pm

    SJ, I never said that Gaudin was scary in the post-season because he’s not a name. He’s just not that good…period. Is he better right now than Joba? Yes he is and if I had to choose, I would go with him…..that’s not saying much.

    Coach, Aceves hadn’t pitched in 8 days – that’s ridiculous. I would still rather see him out there than Gaudin or Joba..

  43. m September 23rd, 2009 at 12:57 pm

    Re: honing your game in the minors. I used to be a big “what else can they learn there?” kind of person.

    But seeing struggles of the Three Amigos, it’s apparent they can learn a lot in AAA.

    If we didn’t lose Wang, Hughes would be the MVP of the IL Championship series.

    But he got pushed outside his comfort zone due to unfortunate circumstances. But Hughes owns the zone he’s in right now.

  44. jennifer September 23rd, 2009 at 12:58 pm

    http://www.nydailynews.com/for.....8;tstart=0

    Take a look at the comments on this daily news article. they are worse than some of the people that post here.

  45. Abdababdaserser September 23rd, 2009 at 12:59 pm

    SJ44, even if the Yankees win there will be plenty of posts about “yeah they won … BUT…” and there will be a list of the worries and “realistic” concerns they have.

  46. betsy September 23rd, 2009 at 12:59 pm

    SJ, not everyone is concerned just with blowing the division lead. Some are concerned with what happens afterward…….like, in the playoffs.

  47. Wolf In Pinstripes September 23rd, 2009 at 12:59 pm

    Thought you guys might get a laugh out of seeing this –

    I was checking out the standings on MLB.com before bed last night and laughed as soon as I noticed this. Either somebody at the site was asleep at the wheel or doesn’t like Boston. I had to take a screenshot of it before they caught it (it’s been fixed since).

    Check it out – http://tinyurl.com/mz2alm

  48. m September 23rd, 2009 at 1:00 pm

    William Buckner,

    There’s been more than a few posters who have said that Joba’s not consistent because his mechanics are out of whack.

    If Joba was hitting 97 after the ASB, but sitting 91-92, they may have a point.

  49. jennifer September 23rd, 2009 at 1:02 pm

    wolf- That is great!

  50. Blueshirt Brawler September 23rd, 2009 at 1:04 pm

    Yankees need this game today. Kazmir is not Sandy Koufax, so let’s get on him early today. Work the count, get his pitch count up and get him out of the game.

  51. SJ44 September 23rd, 2009 at 1:04 pm

    Betsy,

    Who can predict the playoffs? Did you see the Cardinals winning in 2006? The Rockies going to the WS in 2007?

    How about the Rays and Phillies last year?

    My point is, nothing that happens between now and the end of the regular season has ANY bearing on the post-season unless one of the big guns gets hurt.

    The post-season is an entirely different animal.

    Some folks act in here as if the Yankees have zero post-season weapons.

    The fact is, they are probably going to be the favorites to win the whole thing.

    A far cry from last year, isn’t it?

  52. m September 23rd, 2009 at 1:04 pm

    Pete, you should’ve stopped at Desperados.

    Did you guys know if we win today, we’ll have tied the season series with the Angels?

    Also, back to the CYoung talk.

    Run support while in the game by rank:

    CC (1)
    Felix (16)
    Greinke (22)

  53. rconn23 September 23rd, 2009 at 1:08 pm

    Billy Beane may be wrong on many things, but when he said you build your team to get into the playoffs and the rest is a crapshoot – well, truer words were never spoken.

    The playoffs are small sample size of games. And anything can happen in a small sample size of games.

  54. upstate kate September 23rd, 2009 at 1:10 pm

    Greinke did a great job holding the sox offense to no runs, barely any of them even got on base.

  55. Bronx Jeers September 23rd, 2009 at 1:10 pm

    “i think enough posters here have learned some unwritten rules on how to talk with the “enemy” with our exchanges with dennis, ray, brian etc and could easily comment sometimes on a red sox blog that peter created.”

    Planning on it.

    Doubtful it will be on the same level as Dennis and the others though.

    Although it also won’t be as lame as most of the low brow stuff we see here.

    More of a high-end breed of trolling.

    Haute Insulte’ ?

  56. scott September 23rd, 2009 at 1:11 pm

    WHERE THE MOTHERF IS THE LINEUP

  57. christina25 September 23rd, 2009 at 1:11 pm

    SJ44,
    What is Sabathia’s ERA in October? How about Burnett’s?

  58. m September 23rd, 2009 at 1:12 pm

    Yup, that’s why it’s not a crime to say, “Just get in”, even though some people act like it is. Anyone who claims to know how any of the series will turn out is full of it.

    But, I will say that any “expert” who picks against the Yankees will be doing it just to be contrarian.

    Can’t wait to see what Bill Simmons says. Will he go with the “October magic again?” (don’t tell him we’re playing in November) or will he go with the “Woe are the Red Sox anti-jinx?”

  59. raymagnetic September 23rd, 2009 at 1:14 pm

    Why worry or concern yourself with what will happen in the playoffs. The playoffs are 2 weeks away and people are worried about the Yankees getting beat in the first round.

    The Yankees haven’t even popped champagne yet on the division and people are worried about what happens in the first round.

    The Phillies won the WS last year with a terrible pitching staff. The Yankees pitching staff is infinitely better than the Phillies had last year….and people are worried about the Yankees getting beat in the first round.

    I can’t see how a person can enjoy the baseball season while worrying over every minute detail.

    The Yankees missed the playoffs last year and people are worrying about them getting beaten in the first round. Can’t even enjoy the fact that the Yankees will be in the playoffs again because they’re worried that the Yankees will be beaten in the first round.

    Unbelievable I say.

  60. christina25 September 23rd, 2009 at 1:14 pm

    Come on Yankee fans.Greinke deserves the CY not Sabathia. Just because Sabathia has more wins it doesnt mean that he deserves it.

  61. m September 23rd, 2009 at 1:14 pm

    christina25,

    Pete’s asked us not to spoil his first post on his new blog. You’ll just have to wait for the answer to that question.

  62. ADam September 23rd, 2009 at 1:15 pm

    I don’t know about anyone else, here… but if the yanks get past the first round… I hope to god they face Boston… and certainly not the Angels…

    The yanks couldn’t hold a 5 run lead with arguably our two best relievers behind mo on the mound against them… They are engineered to beat the Yankees….

  63. MG September 23rd, 2009 at 1:17 pm

    SJ44
    September 23rd, 2009 at 12:54 pm
    Jeers,

    A half game gain in 45 days? That may be the post of the year.

    Judging by the panic in here yesterday, one would have thought the Red Sox overtook the Yankees for first place.

    Fear not though. A Yankee loss today and we will have some bridgejumpers convinced they will blow this lead.
    ————————————————–
    SJ, it’s late in the year, most of them jumped last night when the game was 5-4, I’m sure it will start today if Jeter goes after the first pitch of the game and doesn’t hit a grand slam HR.

  64. SJ44 September 23rd, 2009 at 1:17 pm

    Small sample sizes mean little.

    How did Beckett pitch in the post-season last year?

    You can take small sample sizes of anybody and make them out to be anything you want.

    CC hasn’t pitched a game on 3 days rest last year.

    He pitched 5 in a row in 3 days rest last year to put the Brewers into the post-season.

    ‘Ya think that makes a difference? Most objective observers of baseball would say “yes”.

    How about Mariano Rivera in October? Who has a better October weapon on their roster than Mariano Rivera in October?

    Answer: Nobody.

  65. bru September 23rd, 2009 at 1:18 pm

    if we go 5-5 the rs have to go 12-0 to end up with the same record

    aint happening

    if we go 4-6 the rs have to go 11-1

  66. MRG September 23rd, 2009 at 1:18 pm

    Hey Pete,
    Any idea when Ian Kennedy is going to get some work in? im pretty anxious to see some maturity in his game

  67. trisha - lost in cyberspace :( September 23rd, 2009 at 1:19 pm

    test

  68. SJ44 September 23rd, 2009 at 1:20 pm

    Adam,

    They not only didn’t blow the lead last night (tied is not “blowing the lead”) they won the game.

    Or, did you miss not getting the final score.

    3-1 at home against the Angels this year and the Yankees will have home field advantage. That means, they don’t have to “solve” Angels Stadium. They may only have to win one game there. They won that game in 2005. Unfortunately, Randy Johnson couldn’t make it hold up in NY.

    Anaheim has to worry about overcoming the Red Sox. A team they have never beaten in the post-season.

  69. m September 23rd, 2009 at 1:20 pm

    Christina25,

    Who are you talking to? No one in this thread said Sabathia deserved it over Greinke.

    Take your passive aggressive crap out of here, please.

  70. MG September 23rd, 2009 at 1:21 pm

    ADam
    September 23rd, 2009 at 1:15 pm
    I don’t know about anyone else, here… but if the yanks get past the first round… I hope to god they face Boston… and certainly not the Angels…

    The yanks couldn’t hold a 5 run lead with arguably our two best relievers behind mo on the mound against them… They are engineered to beat the Yankees….
    ———————————————-
    so how does that make the Sox, who not only lost an 8-1 lead against the Royals on Monday but lost the game, any more of a threat?

  71. m September 23rd, 2009 at 1:23 pm

    ???? :shock:

    You’d rather face the Red Sox bullpen than the Angels?

    We can score at Fenway, so there’s not “fear” there. But Oliver-Fuentes doesn’t sound good to you?

  72. Erica - always OPPC - Alex Rodriguez September 23rd, 2009 at 1:25 pm

    NYY626-

    If you are out there, I am so far up to 48 oz of coffee consumed. That last 20 oz really hit the spot for a while

  73. jennifer September 23rd, 2009 at 1:25 pm

    I thought Christina said she would leave if the Yankees made the playoffs. She is still here! Are you going to leave and follow Pete to his new blog?

  74. Matt Pomposelli September 23rd, 2009 at 1:26 pm

    I have Angels -125 so I hope the Yankmees LOSE

  75. rconn23 September 23rd, 2009 at 1:26 pm

    A first-round Angels vs. Red Sox series should be every Yankees fans dream.

    Either the biggest thorn in the Yankees side – the Angels – gets eliminated or the Yankees most hated rival – the Red Sox – bites the dust.

    That’s why winning the division is important. Regardless of the threat of Verlander in the opening round, the Tigers are just an inferior team to the Angels.

  76. JJ September 23rd, 2009 at 1:26 pm

    Obviously,Joba is a terrible pitcher right now.
    I think he must concentrate his attention on his job more.
    I really don’t want to see Yankees always lose when Joba starts.
    I don’t know whether it is a wisdom policy or not for Joba will start on Game 4 of the ALCS.
    If the above policy lead Yankees to lose again,I certainly will blame Joba,Girardi,Cash and Eiland.

  77. m September 23rd, 2009 at 1:27 pm

    jennifer,

    lol. Are you kidding? She’s waiting with open arms over there.

  78. Lee23 September 23rd, 2009 at 1:29 pm

    As a Certified Bridge Jumper – who yesterday wondered how anyone could NOT worry – let me say this:

    Taking 2 clicks off the magic number counter has done wonders for my lack of optimism.

    Nothing makes me happier than a RS loss. Even a Yankee win isn’t as sweet if it coincides with a Boston victory. Blah.

    I guess those Yankee teams of the ’80′s and early ’90′s made me a fraidy cat… jumping at shadows…Whaddyagonnado?

  79. Night Owl September 23rd, 2009 at 1:29 pm

    I enjoy passive-aggresssive psycho-babble.

  80. MG September 23rd, 2009 at 1:30 pm

    in previous years the Angels had a lights out bullpen with Rodriguez and Shields, neither of them is with the team this year. Jose Arredondo had a great year last year but isn’t even on the radar this year, a common thing with relievers.

    They may be a great offensive team with excellent speed but have real issues in the bullpen and don’t have the kind of lock down starter the Yankees have with CC. The Angels lost 3 out of 4 in NY this year and an ALCS has 4 games in Yankee Stadium. It’s a close call but the Yankees have the edge.

  81. Rishi September 23rd, 2009 at 1:31 pm

    PeteAbe: A.J. Burnett watching The Waterboy in the clubhouse with Phil Coke. No further comment required.
    1 minute ago from Echofon

  82. Erica - always OPPC - Alex Rodriguez September 23rd, 2009 at 1:31 pm

    Lee23
    September 23rd, 2009 at 1:29 pm
    As a Certified Bridge Jumper – who yesterday wondered how anyone could NOT worry – let me say this:

    Taking 2 clicks off the magic number counter has done wonders for my lack of optimism.

    Nothing makes me happier than a RS loss. Even a Yankee win isn’t as sweet if it coincides with a Boston victory. Blah.

    I guess those Yankee teams of the ’80’s and early ’90’s made me a fraidy cat… jumping at shadows…Whaddyagonnado?

    ****

    Come hang out on the optimistic side of the fence for a while. Its a lot less worrying and more fun. You might like it here :-)

  83. randy l. September 23rd, 2009 at 1:32 pm

    “Yankees starting pitchers ERA: 4.52
    Boston starting pitchers ERA: 4.52
    So the Yankee have no pitching; yet, the Red Sox do.”

    there was an interesting article by tony mazzarotti of the boston globe how the two teams are similar , but not similar:

    http://www.boston.com/sports/c.....imore.html

    “Let’s get to the math: At the moment, the Sox currently rank seventh in the league in ERA. Since June 11, against the six teams in front of them in ERA, the Sox are 12-21 while batting .243 and averaging 4.7 runs per game. Against the seven teams behind them, the Sox are 30-12 while batting .277 and averaging 5.6 runs per contest. The Sox take from the poor and give to the rich, which is the truest definition of mediocrity.

    “Should you believe that every team in baseball follows this pattern, think again. The New York Yankees currently rank sixth in the AL in pitching, though their ERA (4.31) is essentially identical to that of the Sox. Including the head-to-head meetings with the Red Sox, the Yankees are 24-9 against the top pitching teams in the league since June 11. In those games, they have batted .298 while averaging 6.1 runs per contest. The obvious point is that the Yankees have demonstrated an ability to beat everyone, which suggests a far more balanced and potent roster than the one currently occupying the home clubhouse at Fenway Park.”

    what he’s basically saying is the red sox don’t beat teams with good pitching and the yankees do.

  84. christina25 September 23rd, 2009 at 1:34 pm

    SJ44,
    Beckett was hurt last year.Everybody knew that even the Angels and they said it to the media. Sabathia on the other hand was shaky in 2007 and 2008. He lost both games in 2007 against Beckett. I dont know if the innings had something to do with it or if the pressure gets to him. This year will show if he is good postseason pitcher or not.

  85. MG September 23rd, 2009 at 1:34 pm

    Randy, it’s not fair to show a Yankees blog an article from a Boston writer explaining how the Yankees are the better team, facts are no substitute for emotional panic and illogic.

  86. mick September 23rd, 2009 at 1:35 pm

    Yanks-Sox 3. Da Thriller in da Bronx.

  87. trisha - OPPC lifetime member who is missing the worry gene September 23rd, 2009 at 1:37 pm

    trying this one more time

  88. SJ44 September 23rd, 2009 at 1:38 pm

    I call BS on the injury excuse. If you suit up and take the ball, you are healthy.

    That’s the conveinent “excuse” Red Sox fans use for Beckett’s poor post-season last year.

    “Hurt” means you aren’t playing. If you play, you are responsible for your results.

  89. jennifer September 23rd, 2009 at 1:38 pm

    I hope Phil is over his um issues.

  90. scott September 23rd, 2009 at 1:38 pm

    christina25- thank you for your unsolicited, unschooled and ignorant thought. please go back to keeping your opinion to yourself. no one here, and i mean no one, cares the slightest bit about what you think.

  91. Hugh Stacks September 23rd, 2009 at 1:38 pm

    I love how people complain about others worrying about the postseason at this point and then turn the other shoulder and say things like “the Yankees are up by 6 games for the division and home field so stop bridge-jumping”. That’s exactly the point, it’s all wrapped up so certainly the fan base is going to focus on potential postseason matchups/problems. The players have to keep focus on the regular season, and they will as professional athletes, not as much for the fans.

    With that said, I am 100% rooting for the Twins to chase down the tigers. Who are you scared of on that pitching staff besides Joe Nathan? Their lineup is certainly better than the Tigers but if I had my choice I would much rather shy away from Verlander and Edwin Jackson and take my chances with Mauer and Co.

  92. Erica - always OPPC - Alex Rodriguez September 23rd, 2009 at 1:39 pm

    “what he’s basically saying is the red sox don’t beat teams with good pitching and the yankees do.”

    Randy L-

    Thank you for making informed posts. I am a Yankee fan. I follow all things about the Yankees. However, I am not one of those fans who obsesses over Boston stats and every at bat. As long as Boston stays behind the Yanks in the standings, I could not care less about Boston’s day to day activities.

    Thats why you post struck a chord with me. Because reading comments on here everyday, one would really think that Boston was the team with the lead and basically had a perfect record. Its just always nice when someone actually does their research

  93. Ham Fighters September 23rd, 2009 at 1:39 pm

    sj, if only david wells and kevin brown felt the same way…

  94. Jay September 23rd, 2009 at 1:40 pm

    Posada or Molina?

  95. Sports Geek September 23rd, 2009 at 1:40 pm

    Captain Hit-Machine

    Derek Jeter is now tied for 50th in all-time number of hits.

    With 8 more he will tie for 49th, and 14 to tie for 48th.

    200 more hits and he will tie Barry Bonds for 31st, so I guess that will be next year.

  96. randy l. September 23rd, 2009 at 1:40 pm

    “Yankees need this game today.”

    they do?

    i think what they need is for burnett to pitch well and build off his last good start to get tuned up for the play offs.

    a win is gravy.

  97. Lee23 September 23rd, 2009 at 1:40 pm

    Erica – always OPPC – Alex Rodriguez
    September 23rd, 2009 at 1:31 pm
    Come hang out on the optimistic side of the fence for a while. Its a lot less worrying and more fun. You might like it here
    =========================
    Thanks for the invite Erica…
    I don’t think I’d even make it the 9 games left.
    I’d jump. I’m a jumper.

    Luckily I can read your (and the other) Optimistic Posts and employ deep breathing techniques.
    Otherwise….. SPLAT!

    It’s no fun being like this you know! LOL!

  98. Brian from NJ September 23rd, 2009 at 1:40 pm

    “Yanks-Sox 3.”

    Actually, it would be Yanks-Sox 4. People seem to forget that we popped champagne in Fenway in 1999.

  99. ADam September 23rd, 2009 at 1:42 pm

    Adam,

    They not only didn’t blow the lead last night (tied is not “blowing the lead”) they won the game.

    Or, did you miss not getting the final score.

    3-1 at home against the Angels this year and the Yankees will have home field advantage. That means, they don’t have to “solve” Angels Stadium. They may only have to win one game there. They won that game in 2005. Unfortunately, Randy Johnson couldn’t make it hold up in NY.

    Anaheim has to worry about overcoming the Red Sox. A team they have never beaten in the post-season.

    SJ
    - The yanks were up 5-1 last night and were lucky to win that game… I’m not worried about our Pen, actually our pen and starting pitching overall is equal if not better than the angels… However… The Speed, Defense, and Run production of Yanks V angels is not even close…. The Angels at almost every position in head to head mathcups that consist of Run Production(RBI + Runs Scored) are much better than the yanks..

    They Are, and have been engineered to beat the yankess since 2002, and have done so both regular and post seasaon. I’d much rather Face the Sox than the Halos

    BTW the Head to Head match ups position by position, in run production Yanks Vs Angels are 6-2-1 angels…. Not Close. Only Damon and Arod have more run production at there respective Positions. The Angels players have better Run production against the yanks at SS,1B,2B,C,DH,RF and the teams are tied for CF To be fair I have not done a comparison of Yanks V sox in Run production.. My guess is it would be very very Close….

  100. Erica - always OPPC - Alex Rodriguez September 23rd, 2009 at 1:42 pm

    Lee23
    September 23rd, 2009 at 1:40 pm
    Erica – always OPPC – Alex Rodriguez
    September 23rd, 2009 at 1:31 pm
    Come hang out on the optimistic side of the fence for a while. Its a lot less worrying and more fun. You might like it here
    =========================
    Thanks for the invite Erica…
    I don’t think I’d even make it the 9 games left.
    I’d jump. I’m a jumper.

    Luckily I can read your (and the other) Optimistic Posts and employ deep breathing techniques.
    Otherwise….. SPLAT!

    It’s no fun being like this you know! LOL!

    ****

    I understand. I hope for your sake the Yankees clinch everything that can be clinched as easily as possible and you can relax

  101. Carl September 23rd, 2009 at 1:43 pm

    Brian from NJ September 23rd, 2009 at 1:40 pm

    “Yanks-Sox 3.”

    Actually, it would be Yanks-Sox 4. People seem to forget that we popped champagne in Fenway in 1999.

    http://mlb.mlb.com/media/video.....5122685720

  102. m September 23rd, 2009 at 1:43 pm

    Jay,

    Not Posada.

    1. Day after night game
    2. Day before on off day is usually a rest day for Jorge
    3. Gaining a game on the Sox/Angels yesterday gives us some breathing room. i.e. Today is not a “must win”.

  103. Jay September 23rd, 2009 at 1:43 pm

    I going to hate rooting for the Angels in that first series. Scosia is so smug.

  104. Tom in N.J. September 23rd, 2009 at 1:43 pm

    Randy, thanks for that link.

  105. Ham Fighters September 23rd, 2009 at 1:44 pm

    now that we’ve clinched a playoff spot, there is nothing but the ALDS. yankee fans should certainly know not to look beyond that series. whether its the tigers or twins or angels is all that matters. looking to the ALCS is just asking for it, as is rooting for one team to be the opponent above another. the yankees can loose to any of them and looking past the ALDS is the best way to end up watching it on tv

  106. randy l. September 23rd, 2009 at 1:45 pm

    ” Its just always nice when someone actually does their research”

    erica-

    i didn’t do the research. tony mazzarotti did.

    what helps is sometimes reading other places like the globe which has a different perspective than the ny papers.

    mazzarotti can at times be quite the contrarian. i’m sure he ticks off a lot of red sox fans at times.

  107. Carl September 23rd, 2009 at 1:45 pm

    Yankees lineup — Jeter 6 Hairston 5 Teixeira 3 Matsui 0 Duncan 9 Cano 4 Cabrera 7 Gardner 8 Molina 2 Burnett

    I hope this is a joke

  108. haiku-man September 23rd, 2009 at 1:47 pm

    Alex giving Damon credit was classy.But as quiet as it has been kept.

    -Did you know?

    Alex is 3 homers behind Mark McGwire for 8th place on baseball career list.

    -Paul Byrd was the winning pitcher(6-4) against the Yankee vs Indian in 2007,giving the Indians a 3-1 ALDS win.

    - 2007 was on the infamous KC Royals team that lost 100 games that season,(he won 17 ) His losing to them last night was priceless!

  109. Rishi September 23rd, 2009 at 1:47 pm

    Carl – I just saw that line-up too…anyone know what the Angels line-up is?

  110. nature boy September 23rd, 2009 at 1:48 pm

    anybody else’s excitement for todays lineup take an unexpected turn to disgust?

  111. Andrew GTLU Bronze Medalist September 23rd, 2009 at 1:48 pm

    Let’s start the lineup complaining.

  112. Carl September 23rd, 2009 at 1:48 pm

    I know anything can happen in baseball, but I can’t believe I pulled an all nighter to watch this joke of a lineup.

  113. SJ44 September 23rd, 2009 at 1:49 pm

    They weren’t lucky to win the game. They have won games like this all year.

    Its not college football. You don’t get style points for winning.

    You either win or lose. That’s it.

    The Yankees have won 2 of the last 3 against the Angels and are in a commanding position to have home field throughout the post-season.

    They only have to worry about themselves. They don’t need to worry about the Angels. Odds are they won’t even play them anymore after today.

  114. scott September 23rd, 2009 at 1:50 pm

    what do you mean you pulled an allnighter??

  115. randy l. September 23rd, 2009 at 1:50 pm

    hey erica-

    i just remembered. how’s the sleep deprivation going?

    i was so tired last night my eyeballs hurt.

    thank god for a day game.

  116. m September 23rd, 2009 at 1:50 pm

    I could live with that lineup if Duncan wasn’t in there.

    I think we’ll do okay. In fact, I think we’re going to win.

    I won’t be watching, so do some extra cheering on my behalf please.

  117. bodhisattva - Destiny Wears Pinstripes September 23rd, 2009 at 1:51 pm

    scott
    September 23rd, 2009 at 1:38 pm
    christina25- thank you for your unsolicited, unschooled and ignorant thought. please go back to keeping your opinion to yourself. no one here, and i mean no one, cares the slightest bit about what you think.
    =====

    In Christina25′s world, the Red Sox sweep their way to and through the World Series, and the Mariners fall all over themselves begging the Red Sox to take Felix Hernandez for Casey Kelly.

  118. Ham Fighters September 23rd, 2009 at 1:51 pm

    so im in the finals of my head to head fantasy league and i have posada and mc cann as my catchers. mc cann left yesterday’s game for xrays which were negative, and posada’s not in the lineup. so which is more likely, mccann starting or posada getting some pinch hit #’s?

  119. Patrick September 23rd, 2009 at 1:52 pm

    “They only have to worry about themselves. They don’t need to worry about the Angels. Odds are they won’t even play them anymore after today.”

    I hope you’re right. A Yankees vs Red Sox ALCS would be a ton of fun to watch!

  120. Erica - always OPPC - Alex Rodriguez September 23rd, 2009 at 1:52 pm

    Jeter SS
    Hairston 3B
    Teixeira 1B
    Matsui DH
    Duncan RF
    Cano 2B
    Cabrera LF
    Gardner CF
    Molina C
    ****

    Yeah, I definitely had this one guessed. LOL

  121. Carl September 23rd, 2009 at 1:52 pm

    scott September 23rd, 2009 at 1:50 pm

    what do you mean you pulled an allnighter??

    I been up 24 hours. I figure with it being a day game I might as well stay up.

    <— Fail

    Burnett must be making Joe G mad.

  122. haiku-man September 23rd, 2009 at 1:53 pm

    Seen the Yankees line up,and…… C’mon KC!!

  123. SJ44 September 23rd, 2009 at 1:53 pm

    Geez, not more lineup complaints.

    Its not a must win game people.

    I’d rather keep guys fresh, and two full days off at this time of year is huge, than get bent out of shape over the lineup.

  124. Sue September 23rd, 2009 at 1:53 pm

    Joe has GOT to be kidding with this lineup…..I thought we were trying to win this series and home field advantage?????????

  125. m September 23rd, 2009 at 1:53 pm

    What’s the deal with that Mazz article, randy?

    There’s no comments at the bottom.

    I’m pretty sure that was the thread that half the readers accused Mazz of being a Yankee fan.

    And there was one comment that stood out by someone named Christina, “Anyone think this Yankee team is on steroids?”

    Oddly, though. Nothing’s there.

  126. Ham Fighters September 23rd, 2009 at 1:53 pm

    cant believe everyone on here is looking past the division series!

    very short memories!

  127. Rishi September 23rd, 2009 at 1:54 pm

    Can we wait and see what the Angels line up looks like before calling this game a losS?

  128. Erica - always OPPC - Alex Rodriguez September 23rd, 2009 at 1:55 pm

    randy l.
    September 23rd, 2009 at 1:50 pm
    hey erica-

    i just remembered. how’s the sleep deprivation going?

    i was so tired last night my eyeballs hurt.

    thank god for a day game.

    ****

    To my surprise/horror, I did not instantly fall asleep after hitting the pillow. I blame that on being too hyped up. I am not sure when I actually fell asleep, probably somewhere between 2:15-2:30.

    My coffee consumption today has gone like this: 20 oz, 8 oz, 20 oz, 8 oz (still sipping).

    This is the most welcome day game ever in my opinion

  129. jennifer September 23rd, 2009 at 1:55 pm

    In addition to Swish having bad numbers against Scott, he also fouled a ball into his leg (don’t forget he was taken out the next inning) so maybe it is bothering him.

  130. Matt DiBari September 23rd, 2009 at 1:55 pm

    So, I guess its getaway day, huh?

    And somehow Hinske still can’t get in the game

  131. ADam September 23rd, 2009 at 1:55 pm

    “so how does that make the Sox, who not only lost an 8-1 lead against the Royals on Monday but lost the game, any more of a threat”

    MG
    1. The Royals are irrelevant
    2. The Sox for some reason own the Angels
    3 In a previous post I stated the Run differential of Yanks V Angels Head to Head, Position by Position… take a look and its not close, or pretty
    4. The Speed Defense and run production of the Angels are fare better than the Yankees when they play each other
    5. Yanks and sox is a much better match up because the series comes down to starting pitching, Relief pitching,and clutch hitting
    6 #5 is much more conducive of the Yankees style of play, as if they play the angels… not only do the yanks have to worry about match ups… they have to worry about the angels defense, and speed… which kill the yanks…

    I can;t believe anybody would rather play the angels over the Punk a$$ sox…

  132. Carl September 23rd, 2009 at 1:55 pm

    SJ44

    It’s Joe G. He says he wants to win the series. He said this series is so important. Then this lineup card comes out.

  133. ADam September 23rd, 2009 at 1:56 pm

    They only have to worry about themselves. They don’t need to worry about the Angels. Odds are they won’t even play them anymore after today.

    I hope you are right…..

  134. Erica - always OPPC - Alex Rodriguez September 23rd, 2009 at 1:56 pm

    Rishi
    September 23rd, 2009 at 1:54 pm
    Can we wait and see what the Angels line up looks like before calling this game a losS?

    ****

    No, we should just cancel this game and get on the plane now. LOL

    Just kidding. I actually have a weird feeling this crazy line up will win

  135. Coach6423 September 23rd, 2009 at 1:56 pm

    Sue,

    We have a 5.5 game lead on the Angels with 10 to play. If the Yankees go 5 and 5….LAA have to win every game to secure Home Field….ITS OVER

  136. Erica - always OPPC - Alex Rodriguez September 23rd, 2009 at 1:57 pm

    Matt DiBari
    September 23rd, 2009 at 1:55 pm
    So, I guess its getaway day, huh?

    And somehow Hinske still can’t get in the game

    ****

    I think Hinske killed Girardi’s puppy

  137. MG September 23rd, 2009 at 1:58 pm

    what Girardi is telling you with today’s line up is that he wants AJ to pitch well and for a bunch of players to get two days rest, that’s more important than an almost meaningless win. Hughes isn’t available today, neither is Aceves, Coke is probably going to get another day to recover from his bug so that leaves Mo and the seven leftovers out of the pen.

    For all we know they’ll score 10 runs, the firepower is there even with the names changed. And the Angels lineup could be equally void of frontliners, Scioscia said last night he wasn’t going to push for HFA.

  138. Carl September 23rd, 2009 at 1:58 pm

    I mean you might as well rest my man sui

  139. tex's friend September 23rd, 2009 at 1:58 pm

    i think they feel the sox series is more important now. plus, if there is any trouble, im sure we will see damon, alex and swish hitting later on.

  140. bodhisattva - Destiny Wears Pinstripes September 23rd, 2009 at 1:58 pm

    We were “lucky” to win??

    No, we won because Phil Hughes provided the tipping point. The Angels have nothing like Hughes in their bullpen.

    We don’t have Hughes because of “luck.”

  141. Coach6423 September 23rd, 2009 at 1:59 pm

    Francessa just said we should be worried about Brandon Inge and Magglio Ordonez….

    he is officially off the wagon

  142. Rex September 23rd, 2009 at 2:00 pm

    “It’s Joe G. He says he wants to win the series. He said this series is so important. Then this lineup card comes out.”

    What was important was grabbing one of the three, thus allowing the Halos to pickup a maximum of one game while running three games off the schedule. Off day tomorrow allows a couple days rest for a few guys. Nothing wrong with that. I’d have had Arod DH simply because he’s been strong against the Angels, but the Yankees got what they needed out of Disneyland last night, so let the good times roll with this lineup today.

  143. JT September 23rd, 2009 at 2:00 pm

    Do you think if we can get the Red Sox to wear red hats, A-Rod will confuse them for the Angels and hit like that against them?

  144. Carl September 23rd, 2009 at 2:00 pm

    Coach6423 September 23rd, 2009 at 1:59 pm

    Francessa just said we should be worried about Brandon Inge and Magglio Ordonez….

    he is officially off the wagon

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6bZAuH7pSgc

  145. MG September 23rd, 2009 at 2:00 pm

    ADam
    September 23rd, 2009 at 1:55 pm
    “so how does that make the Sox, who not only lost an 8-1 lead against the Royals on Monday but lost the game, any more of a threat”

    I can;t believe anybody would rather play the angels over the Punk a$$ sox…
    —————————
    Adam, you said the Yankees couldn’t beat the Angels, that’s complete bs. At least own up to what you said. I don’t care who the Yankees play in the ALCS, they can beat whoever is there.

  146. Cliff September 23rd, 2009 at 2:01 pm

    I am sure this has been said already but it looks like a “we clinched a playoff spot yesterday” lineup

  147. SJ44 September 23rd, 2009 at 2:01 pm

    Carl,

    big picture. Arod needs a day and Swisher and Damon are beat up.

    Look at the standings and think big picture. Girardi is.

    He also isn’t conceding the game. Fans do because that’s what they do here.

    They have been wrong all year.

  148. crawdaddy September 23rd, 2009 at 2:01 pm

    “Its not a must win game people.

    I’d rather keep guys fresh, and two full days off at this time of year is huge, than get bent out of shape over the lineup.”

    No kidding with that lineup Girardi might as well pack up the boys and head to the airport.

  149. Tom in N.J. September 23rd, 2009 at 2:01 pm

    I had a meeting today regarding whether or not I get tenure. I must’ve looked like I was up all night on a bender. Between last nights game and nerves for this A.M. I don’t think I slept.

  150. Ham Fighters September 23rd, 2009 at 2:02 pm

    as a very smart baseball man (mike scocia) once said (last night):

    “Not much sense in getting the pole position if you have a flat tire when you get there,”

    *from pabraham lohud yankees blog
    (he hates it when you dont attribute quotes!)

  151. Ed - campaigning for Josh Willingham (it worked for Gaudin) September 23rd, 2009 at 2:02 pm

    later in the game, Pena and Miranda will be in the game. :)

  152. crawdaddy September 23rd, 2009 at 2:02 pm

    “He also isn’t conceding the game. Fans do because that’s what they do here.”

    That’s bunch of hot air about Girardi not conceding the game.

  153. JoeMama September 23rd, 2009 at 2:03 pm

    Some people will complain about the lineup, some people will complain when players get hurt and say that they shouldn’t have been in the lineup. Some people complain about people who complain. I’m sure someone will complain about me complaining. I think that about covers it.
    It’s like watching a rerun once the lineup gets posted.

  154. Erica - always OPPC - Alex Rodriguez September 23rd, 2009 at 2:03 pm

    SJ44-

    Good point. Cause yesterday the “when was the last time A-Rod had a day off” posts were all over the map.

  155. jennifer September 23rd, 2009 at 2:03 pm

    My only issue is Duncan playing. Otherwise I have no problems. Joe wants to get Alex 2 days off in a row, same for Posada. And like I said earlier Swish is banged up and could also use the days off.

  156. Joe September 23rd, 2009 at 2:03 pm

    Interesting line up.

  157. ADam September 23rd, 2009 at 2:03 pm

    We were “lucky” to win??

    No, we won because Phil Hughes provided the tipping point. The Angels have nothing like Hughes in their bullpen.

    We don’t have Hughes because of “luck.”

    Did our pen Hold the lead last night or Not… Simple Question?

    And your right.. our pen is better… but.. im not worried about that… im worried about angels run production against the yanks… It is Not Close… The angels hitters somehow are not held down by yankee pitching….. and that wont change in october

  158. Ham Fighters September 23rd, 2009 at 2:03 pm

    “September 23rd, 2009 at 1:59 pm
    Francessa just said we should be worried about Brandon Inge and Magglio Ordonez….

    he is officially off the wagon”

    were you worried about brian roberts?

  159. Erica - always OPPC - Alex Rodriguez September 23rd, 2009 at 2:04 pm

    Tom in N.J.
    September 23rd, 2009 at 2:01 pm
    I had a meeting today regarding whether or not I get tenure. I must’ve looked like I was up all night on a bender. Between last nights game and nerves for this A.M. I don’t think I slept.

    ****

    Awww- I am sure you did fine. When do you find out?
    Good luck!!!!

  160. Joe September 23rd, 2009 at 2:04 pm

    Has anybody seen Hinske lately? judging by the PA one would think he is some tropical island and not on the Yankees bench.

  161. Rex September 23rd, 2009 at 2:05 pm

    “I had a meeting today regarding whether or not I get tenure.”

    Well?

  162. crawdaddy September 23rd, 2009 at 2:06 pm

    By the way, I don’t have a problem with Girardi resting certain players today, but to say he’s not conceding this game is a bit of a stretch for me based on how those substitute players have been playing lately.

  163. Rishi September 23rd, 2009 at 2:06 pm

    I will say that I was asking about Arod getting a day off and I’m ok with it.

    I still think there is no way to predict win/loss based on the line up- they could surprise you.

    Must make sense to those “Yankees can’t beat Kazmir” crowd – let’s try and see if some different faces can get it done!

  164. Tom in N.J. September 23rd, 2009 at 2:06 pm

    Damon and Swisher and Alex v Kazmir: .167, .185, and .125.

  165. Carl September 23rd, 2009 at 2:07 pm

    Remember when Cleveland put that beat down on us to open the stadium? Man you talk about going in opposite directions.

  166. BJK September 23rd, 2009 at 2:07 pm

    I like this line-up.

    Day game following a long, stressful night game.

    Rest Posada and more importantly A-Rod. Keep them as fresh as possible,

    Swisher is batting .185 in his career against Kazmir. Good time for a day off.

    Give Duncan a chance to try and mash against a lefty.

  167. randy l. September 23rd, 2009 at 2:08 pm

    “My coffee consumption today has gone like this: 20 oz, 8 oz, 20 oz, 8 oz (still sipping)”

    that reminds me.

    time for more coffee.

    today’s line up doesn’t bother me because the important thing is for aj to pitch well.

    if he does that, the pitching staff is looking a whole lot better.

  168. crawdaddy September 23rd, 2009 at 2:08 pm

    “I still think there is no way to predict win/loss based on the line up- they could surprise you.”

    I hope you’re right about surprising us.

  169. Ham Fighters September 23rd, 2009 at 2:08 pm

    as a wise beseball man (mike scoscia) once said (last night): “Not much sense in getting the pole position if you have a flat tire when you get there.”

    *from peter abraham’s LoHud yankees blog
    (he hates when you dont attribute!)

  170. Tom in N.J. September 23rd, 2009 at 2:08 pm

    I’m tenured. My life is over because I no longer to have any thing to achieve. :mrgreen:

  171. hjcho September 23rd, 2009 at 2:09 pm

    Glad to see Girardi kept Matsui in the lineup. Godzilla has no problem hitting against lefties, there is no reason to sit him just to stack righties. Plus he’s swinging a hot bat now.

  172. Erica - always OPPC - Alex Rodriguez September 23rd, 2009 at 2:10 pm

    Tom in N.J.
    September 23rd, 2009 at 2:08 pm
    I’m tenured. My life is over because I no longer to have any thing to achieve.
    *****

    YAY!!!!!! Congratulations :grin:

  173. Nice Guy September 23rd, 2009 at 2:11 pm

    I agree it’s good to give Alex a day off, but I just wonder if whether we’d be better off having El Nino at 3rd, with him batting eighth or ninth and Gardner hitting leadoff. Hairston is a horror at 3rd base.

    But whatever. In the end the outcome depends mostly on which AJ shows up today.

  174. Derwood Morris September 23rd, 2009 at 2:12 pm

    lots of regulars getting the day game off – no Alex, Swish, Jorge or Damon.

  175. Rex September 23rd, 2009 at 2:12 pm

    Congrats Tom.

  176. Nice Guy September 23rd, 2009 at 2:12 pm

    It’s nice that the only 2 lefties are Matsui and Cano, neither of whom has trouble agianst lefties. Go Yanks!

  177. bodhisattva - Destiny Wears Pinstripes September 23rd, 2009 at 2:12 pm

    Ed – campaigning for Josh Willingham (it worked for Gaudin)
    September 23rd, 2009 at 2:02 pm
    later in the game, Pena and Miranda will be in the game.
    =====

    There’s a guy who very badly needs a blow: Robinson Cano.

    This guy just plays every single game. He is dragging, and he needs a day off.

  178. bodhisattva - Destiny Wears Pinstripes September 23rd, 2009 at 2:13 pm

    Cano kills lefties, but that’s not the reason he should be held out.

    He is gassed.

  179. raymagnetic September 23rd, 2009 at 2:13 pm

    The Yankees have won 96 games so far and people are still complaining about the lineup :???:

  180. trisha - lost in cyberspace :( September 23rd, 2009 at 2:13 pm

    trying one more time

  181. Ham Fighters September 23rd, 2009 at 2:13 pm

    i live in philly and i listen to francessa online, but man it is a joke how bad thier online quality is. the sound goes on and off, someetimes the commercials get played one over the other and a few times i’ve heard people recording commercials and such in another studio over the show they’re broadcasting.

    maybe if they just had someone somewhere listen to thier own webcast they could catch a clue as to what it sounds like, but man its a joke…

  182. upstate kate September 23rd, 2009 at 2:14 pm

    congrats Tom, don’t worry, there is always something more to achieve :)

  183. Ham Fighters September 23rd, 2009 at 2:15 pm

    i have total confidence in girardi and his lineup choices, hes done a excellent job getting maximum performance from everybody this year. i dont question this lineup at all.

  184. Nice Guy September 23rd, 2009 at 2:16 pm

    Is there anyone else out there who thinks that the Yanks should try to negotiate a cheap price to bring Matsui back next year? What better option for DH is there?

  185. BJK September 23rd, 2009 at 2:17 pm

    Nice Guy
    September 23rd, 2009 at 2:11 pm
    I agree it’s good to give Alex a day off, but I just wonder if whether we’d be better off having El Nino at 3rd, with him batting eighth or ninth and Gardner hitting leadoff. Hairston is a horror at 3rd base.
    But whatever. In the end the outcome depends mostly on which AJ shows up today.

    —————————————————————-

    Back-up infielder is Hairston’s job. Pena won’t be on the post-season roster. Get Hairston the work in case he’s needed there (yikes) in the post-season.

    Hairston seems worse than he is because of that huge error he had in the Pettitte perfect game attempt.

    And totally agree on the AJ part of your comment.

  186. Mo September 23rd, 2009 at 2:17 pm

    Cano is hitting .350 in September. He has at least one hit in 9 of his last 11 games. How exactly is he dragging?

  187. S.A.--Is it October yet? September 23rd, 2009 at 2:17 pm

    Ed – campaigning for Josh Willingham (it worked for Gaudin) September 23rd, 2009 at 2:02 pm

    later in the game, Pena and Miranda will be in the game.

    ===============================

    Pena should play in his catwoman outfit. That’ll scare em!
    :P

  188. tk September 23rd, 2009 at 2:18 pm

    “the Mariners fall all over themselves begging the Red Sox to take Felix Hernandez for Casey Kelly.”

    One scout told me he views Casey Kelly as the most untouchable prospect in the liveball era. He’s such an all-around magnificent athlete, player, and humanitarian. Really, the Sox could groom him to be their staff ace or keep him in the field where he’ll rack up at least a dozen gold gloves and silver slugger awards. (A dozen each of course, I mean this isn’t Josh Reddick we’re talking about.) Really, the Mariners missed their chance–after Boston didn’t acquire Justin Smoak, Seattle could have scooped up Brad Penny and maybe even a couple of Cooperstown-bound low A prospects.

    /Gammons

  189. bodhisattva - Destiny Wears Pinstripes September 23rd, 2009 at 2:18 pm

    Did our pen Hold the lead last night or Not… Simple Question?
    And your right.. our pen is better… but.. im not worried about that… im worried about angels run production against the yanks… It is Not Close… The angels hitters somehow are not held down by yankee pitching….. and that wont change in october
    ====

    Aceves was rusty after what, eight days off. I am really not concerned about a sharp Aceves having a repeat appearance like that.

    The Angels have an excellent lineup. But we survived that excellence because Hughes blew Vlad and Hunter away to preserve the tie. You knew that game was ours, after that. I sure did. That was pretty much the game, right there.

  190. upstate kate September 23rd, 2009 at 2:19 pm

    Hairston also had a nice play prior to his error in Andy’s almost perfect game.

  191. Tom in N.J. September 23rd, 2009 at 2:19 pm

    Thanks, guys (and Gals!), there is just one thing left that could make this year perfect….

  192. Rishi September 23rd, 2009 at 2:19 pm

    Jake (Peabody, Ma)

    Does the latest injury to Westmorland affect his prospect status. I know it is early but he appears to be headed for the “Injury Prone” label. With this in mind do you see any true impact offensive players in the Red Sox farm system? More specifically power bats. Lars might have fallen into that category a year ago but he doesn’t seem like he is close to a sure thing after posting an 600 something OPS in AA this summer.

    Jim Callis (2:17 PM)

    I don’t think running into a wall and breaking his collarbone affects his prospect status. He’s the biggest impact position player in the Red Sox system right now, especially with Anderson taking a step back.

    Gus (New City,NY)

    Hi Jim, Is Pat Venditte a legit prospect or more of a sideshow, players in the upper minors will catch on to him, kind of player?Thanks

    Jim Callis (2:18 PM)

    He’s a great story but his stuff is fringy by big league standards. Once he gets to Double-A next year, we’ll see if he’s truly destined for the big leagues.

  193. Joe September 23rd, 2009 at 2:20 pm

    I would love to win today’s game but I don’t feel good about our chances. But again I will remain very positive and hey we’re still the Bombers!!!

  194. DT - OPPC member September 23rd, 2009 at 2:20 pm

    So, I guess its getaway day, huh?
    And somehow Hinske still can’t get in the game
    ****
    I think Hinske killed Girardi’s puppy

    No. He’s been tired lately .
    They are filming Paul Blart Mall Cop II on the Columbia back lot.
    EH is shooting the double scenes during non-game hours.

  195. bodhisattva - Destiny Wears Pinstripes September 23rd, 2009 at 2:20 pm

    tk
    September 23rd, 2009 at 2:18 pm
    “the Mariners fall all over themselves begging the Red Sox to take Felix Hernandez for Casey Kelly.”
    One scout told me he views Casey Kelly as the most untouchable prospect in the liveball era. He’s such an all-around magnificent athlete, player, and humanitarian. Really, the Sox could groom him to be their staff ace or keep him in the field where he’ll rack up at least a dozen gold gloves and silver slugger awards. (A dozen each of course, I mean this isn’t Josh Reddick we’re talking about.) Really, the Mariners missed their chance–after Boston didn’t acquire Justin Smoak, Seattle could have scooped up Brad Penny and maybe even a couple of Cooperstown-bound low A prospects.
    /Gammons
    =====

    :D.

    And somewhere………

  196. Ed – campaigning for Josh Willingham (it worked for Gaudin) September 23rd, 2009 at 2:21 pm

    for the last home game of 2009, I would love to see this lineup:

    Gardner CF
    Hairston 2B
    Miranda 1B
    Duncan DH
    Hinske 3B
    Cervelli C
    Pena SS
    Cabreba RF
    Guzman LF

    Ian Kennedy as the SP.

    if the Yanks win with that, I would seriously get me some expensive NYY steak. :D

  197. Erica - always OPPC - Alex Rodriguez September 23rd, 2009 at 2:21 pm

    raymagnetic
    September 23rd, 2009 at 2:13 pm
    The Yankees have won 96 games so far and people are still complaining about the lineup
    ****

    I am also pretty sure that every game this season has been called a “must win”.

    It reminds me of my boss- everytime he gives me something to do he reminds me that I have to do it as quickly as possible and its a rush. I always laugh at him and tell him with him it always is, and please let me know when he gives me something I can take my time on

  198. Rex September 23rd, 2009 at 2:21 pm

    “Is there anyone else out there who thinks that the Yanks should try to negotiate a cheap price to bring Matsui back next year? What better option for DH is there?”

    Abreu or Dunn maybe? Wonder whether they would consider bringing back both Damon and Matsui. I’m thinking the answer is one or the other, but not both.

  199. Carl September 23rd, 2009 at 2:23 pm

    Remember when Gammons said teams had to give up 1 of their best prospects for Penny.

  200. Ed – campaigning for Josh Willingham (it worked for Gaudin) September 23rd, 2009 at 2:23 pm

    Pena should play in his catwoman outfit. That’ll scare em!

    ================

    SA, you never fail to make me laugh. hahas. :D

  201. murphydog September 23rd, 2009 at 2:24 pm

    “A.J. Burnett watching The Waterboy in the clubhouse with Phil Coke. No further comment required.”

    The Waterboy?

    From Wiki:

    “Adam Sandler plays Bobby Boucher (pronounced “Boo-SHAY”), a socially inept (but also intelligent), stuttering, water boy with hidden anger issues due to constant teasing and his mother’s (Kathy Bates) excessive sheltering.”

    How do projects like this get green lighted?

  202. Wolf In Pinstripes September 23rd, 2009 at 2:24 pm

    No complaints here about the lineup. As much as I’d like to see Alex in the lineup because of his success in Anaheim, I’d prefer the benefit of him getting rest for the stretch run and playoffs. The Duncan call is a little odd, but he (and others) can always be substituted for later in the game if a push is needed.

  203. Patrick September 23rd, 2009 at 2:25 pm

    Did anyone really expect anything different from the lineup today?

    1. The Yanks clinched a playoff spot last night
    2. Day game after a night game
    3. Last game of the last west coast trip – the ultimate getaway day

    And Hinske isn’t starting because Kazmir is a tough lefty. Might as well give Duncan a shot.

    I still expect the Yankees to win, the same attitude I have for every game. Who cares what the lineup is? We play today, we win today, das it.

  204. Nice Guy September 23rd, 2009 at 2:25 pm

    Rex – if it comes down to a choice bw Damon or Matsui, definitely go with Damon. But I think it should depend on price, and what the other options are. Personally I think despite Matsui’s limitations his bat is scarier than most others and a big asset. He hits well against lefties and is great in the clutch.

  205. upstate kate September 23rd, 2009 at 2:25 pm

    Pena in the catwoman outfit…that is just wrong

  206. Rex September 23rd, 2009 at 2:26 pm

    “How do projects like this get green lighted?”

    How does one allow himself to be caught viewing such crap?

  207. bodhisattva - Destiny Wears Pinstripes September 23rd, 2009 at 2:26 pm

    Mo
    September 23rd, 2009 at 2:17 pm
    Cano is hitting .350 in September. He has at least one hit in 9 of his last 11 games. How exactly is he dragging?
    =====

    Cano is a great instinctive hitter. You don’t need to sell me with his numbers – I’ve seen 90 percent of his career at Yankee Stadium live since he came up in 2005.

    Cano needs a rest. He hasn’t had one. It has nothing to do with his results at the plate.

  208. Ham Fighters September 23rd, 2009 at 2:26 pm

    i love damon but his game has diminished so quickly i dont think you risk bringing him back for what he will be asking. he doesnt play the OF worth a damn anymore, doesnt steal or run the bases worth a damn. the yankees got a great deal from the contract that everybody said was way too long with johnny, but i think its time to say thanks and move on.

    i love the guy but his game is falling apart before our eyes.

  209. BigSix September 23rd, 2009 at 2:26 pm

    tk – love it – good stuff.

    I had to read it twice because I truly thought that was a real quote. Why would I doubt it?

  210. Carl September 23rd, 2009 at 2:27 pm

    Cano is lazy. He doesn’t need rest. He rests everyday.

  211. Mo September 23rd, 2009 at 2:27 pm

    “Cano needs a rest. He hasn’t had one. It has nothing to do with his results at the plate.”

    Then what does it have to do with? How exactly are you coming to this conclusion that he needs a rest? Girardi clearly disagrees, but I guess you know better.

  212. BJK September 23rd, 2009 at 2:28 pm

    murphydog
    September 23rd, 2009 at 2:24 pm
    “Adam Sandler plays Bobby Boucher (pronounced “Boo-SHAY”), a socially inept (but also intelligent), stuttering, water boy with hidden anger issues due to constant teasing and his mother’s (Kathy Bates) excessive sheltering.”
    How do projects like this get green lighted?

    —————————————————————

    Unfortunately they greenlight what you pay to see, and people pay to see Adam Sandler.

    Waterboy made $186 million worldwide, and that was 10 years ago.

  213. upstate kate September 23rd, 2009 at 2:28 pm

    Hinske in RF makes Swishy look like a gold glover.

  214. randy l September 23rd, 2009 at 2:28 pm

    “I’m tenured. My life is over because I no longer to have any thing to achieve. ”

    congratulations tom!

    because i have a hunch this blog has slowed down more than one career :)

  215. Carl September 23rd, 2009 at 2:28 pm

    Posada is getting Xrays on his toes

  216. Carl September 23rd, 2009 at 2:28 pm

    They might be broken says Mkay. They are black and blue.

  217. bodhisattva - Destiny Wears Pinstripes September 23rd, 2009 at 2:28 pm

    upstate kate
    September 23rd, 2009 at 2:19 pm
    Hairston also had a nice play prior to his error in Andy’s almost perfect game.
    =====

    That’s right. Hairston is reasonably serviceable to play the odd game at third. That poster is overstating his ineptness.

    Now Hinske at 3B – that’s a bad adventure.

  218. 100 pitches of fun... September 23rd, 2009 at 2:28 pm

    Duncan vs. Kazmir’s slider

  219. Erica - always OPPC - Alex Rodriguez September 23rd, 2009 at 2:30 pm

    randy l
    September 23rd, 2009 at 2:28 pm
    “I’m tenured. My life is over because I no longer to have any thing to achieve. ”

    congratulations tom!

    because i have a hunch this blog has slowed down more than one career
    ****

    HEY!! I resent that. I have just been informed my work on tax returns has never been better and I am getting more for next week :-)

  220. BigSix September 23rd, 2009 at 2:30 pm

    Gammons notables:

    “Craig Hansen is the best setup man in the American League”

    “Smoak or Wallace for Penny. That’s what it’s going to take.”

    Any others?

  221. bodhisattva - Destiny Wears Pinstripes September 23rd, 2009 at 2:30 pm

    upstate kate
    September 23rd, 2009 at 2:28 pm
    Hinske in RF makes Swishy look like a gold glover.
    =====

    LOL. Too much room in Angels’ RF to hide Hinske.

  222. IrishCarBomb September 23rd, 2009 at 2:30 pm

    per Michael Kays Radio show:

    Posada has black and blue toes and is going for X-rays. Might have broken toes. Fouled pitches off of his foot last night.

  223. bodhisattva - Destiny Wears Pinstripes September 23rd, 2009 at 2:31 pm

    100 pitches of fun…
    September 23rd, 2009 at 2:28 pm
    Duncan vs. Kazmir’s slider
    ====

    I saw that and just didn’t bother. It’s a losing battle. But yes, there’s that….

  224. BigSix September 23rd, 2009 at 2:32 pm

    when did posada hurt his toes???

  225. tk September 23rd, 2009 at 2:33 pm

    “Remember when Gammons said teams had to give up 1 of their best prospects for Penny.”

    I know…I mean how many team’s have farm system that could get Brad Penny with just one top prospect?? After all, he’s virtually A.J. Burnett, except he paid Boston for the privilege of pitching for them–whereas the Yankees gave Burnett 51% ownership of the team for his soul.

  226. bodhisattva - Destiny Wears Pinstripes September 23rd, 2009 at 2:34 pm

    Mo
    September 23rd, 2009 at 2:27 pm
    “Cano needs a rest. He hasn’t had one. It has nothing to do with his results at the plate.”
    Then what does it have to do with? How exactly are you coming to this conclusion that he needs a rest? Girardi clearly disagrees, but I guess you know better.
    ===

    Hey, bud – not calling you Mo – believe whatever you like.

  227. Carl September 23rd, 2009 at 2:35 pm

    BigSix

    Tazawa could be the best signing in the off season.

  228. Mo September 23rd, 2009 at 2:35 pm

    “Hey, bud – not calling you Mo – believe whatever you like.”

    So you have no evidence? Nothing? Good debate.

  229. bodhisattva - Destiny Wears Pinstripes September 23rd, 2009 at 2:36 pm

    BigSix
    September 23rd, 2009 at 2:32 pm
    when did posada hurt his toes???
    ===

    Let’s hope nothing’s broken. What does he have – two weeks to heal? Collective prayer for Posada, folks.

  230. betsy September 23rd, 2009 at 2:36 pm

    Um, nice lineup?

  231. Rex September 23rd, 2009 at 2:37 pm

    “Waterboy made $186 million worldwide, and that was 10 years ago.”

    More proof that there’s one born every minute….and at least two of those pitch for the Yankees.

  232. Mac Daddy September 23rd, 2009 at 2:37 pm

    Love me some Molina!

  233. randy l. September 23rd, 2009 at 2:38 pm

    “Adam Sandler plays Bobby Boucher (pronounced “Boo-SHAY”), a socially inept (but also intelligent), stuttering, water boy with hidden anger issues due to constant teasing and his mother’s (Kathy Bates) excessive sheltering.”

    wow, maybe we should get jim pir-ones autograph before they make a star of him.

  234. MG September 23rd, 2009 at 2:38 pm

    IrishCarBomb
    September 23rd, 2009 at 2:30 pm
    per Michael Kays Radio show:

    Posada has black and blue toes and is going for X-rays. Might have broken toes. Fouled pitches off of his foot last night.
    ————————————–
    Damn, there goes the running game for Jorge, what a potential loss for the Yankees.

    if there is one thing you can be sure of, Jorge will not miss any time with a broken toe(s). Catchers have played full seasons with worse injuries than that.

  235. BigSix September 23rd, 2009 at 2:39 pm

    betsy –

    This team can afford now to rest players – that’s what September callups are for.

    Also may want to check the BA of Damon and Swisher and Alex v Kazmir: .167, .185, and .125.

    I think we’re in good shape – say a prayer for Posada and come inside off the ledge.

  236. Rex September 23rd, 2009 at 2:40 pm

    “Let’s hope nothing’s broken. What does he have – two weeks to heal? Collective prayer for Posada, folks.”

    Not much you can do with broken toes ‘cept wait. He could probably play thru it, but it will hurt some. If there’s a break, I’m sitting him at least a week. Yankees have the luxury of giving him the time.

  237. NYY626 September 23rd, 2009 at 2:40 pm

    I just came back from lunch. “Interesting” line up today Joe. ( this is not a complaint I swear ;) )

  238. betsy September 23rd, 2009 at 2:40 pm

    Are you kidding me? Posada may have broken his toes last night? Sigh……

  239. betsy September 23rd, 2009 at 2:41 pm

    How can you play with broken toes…..and a catcher, who has to squat, to boot?

  240. saucY September 23rd, 2009 at 2:41 pm

    Duncan starting! i wish i was home for this

  241. 213 Area Code September 23rd, 2009 at 2:41 pm

    Pete: I love Warren Zevon & was lucky enough to see him live, but come on! No Bruce? On his 60th birthday? You need to work in a snappy lyric reference during today’s game for sure.

  242. Bronx Jeers September 23rd, 2009 at 2:42 pm

    “Is there anyone else out there who thinks that the Yanks should try to negotiate a cheap price to bring Matsui back next year? What better option for DH is there?”

    ————————————————————–

    Matsui is probably a better option if you only want a pure DH.

    But that’s not what’s needed.

    Damon could DH and play a lot of LF while Posada, ARod, Jeter,Teixeira all get half days.

    I still think they might pick up a corner OF. And Nady is not out of the realm of possibility.

  243. randy l. September 23rd, 2009 at 2:42 pm

    ” I have just been informed my work on tax returns has never been better and I am getting more for next week”

    oh yeah, we’ll see when audit notices start appearing in mailboxes :)

  244. Yankee Fan in VA September 23rd, 2009 at 2:43 pm

    Tom in N.J.: Yay!!! I’ll get the rats into the conga line for ya.

    Today’s lineup: I’m okay with it. I wouldn’t be surprised to see A-Rod pinch hit if needed.

    A little scary that we have Schroedinger’s Starter (Burnett) today, with Schroedinger’s Long Guy (Mitre) as the first backup if “Bad AJ” shows up. I think getting early runs off Kazmir will be key here, so that if Bad AJ shows up Girardi can give him a quick hook and hope Good Sergio makes a second straight appearance, without the game getting out of hand. If the Yanks go so far as to get Kazmir out of the game, then it might be feeding time at the Base Hit Buffet (aka Angel bullpen).

  245. nature boy September 23rd, 2009 at 2:43 pm

    just noticed the yanks are going to avoid having to face greinke pheww

  246. BigSix September 23rd, 2009 at 2:44 pm

    Gammons Notables (keep’em coming!)

    “Craig Hansen is the best setup man in the American League”

    “Smoak or Wallace for Penny. That’s what it’s going to take.”

    “Tazawa could be the best signing this off season.”

    Spinning post-Ramirez: “He had a medical issue…went to a doctor…got a prescription…it’s not steroids…the team doesn’t believe for a second that he cheated.”

  247. MG September 23rd, 2009 at 2:44 pm

    betsy
    September 23rd, 2009 at 2:41 pm
    How can you play with broken toes…..and a catcher, who has to squat, to boot?
    —————————————-
    tape them together, numb them, and don’t expect him to steal any bases…

  248. tex's friend September 23rd, 2009 at 2:46 pm

    Shelley will have a homerun today. i called it.

  249. Tom in N.J. September 23rd, 2009 at 2:46 pm

    Erica, when you make Partner it will all be worth while.

  250. Carl September 23rd, 2009 at 2:47 pm

    Shelly will hit a homer then throw the bat in the Angels dugout

  251. crawdaddy September 23rd, 2009 at 2:47 pm

    “How can you play with broken toes…..and a catcher, who has to squat, to boot?”

    You’ll be surprise what these tough catchers can play with.

  252. L to the 2nd September 23rd, 2009 at 2:48 pm

    Wow – I guessed the clinching game correctly!

    A regular Nostradumbass

    I’ll go out on a limb & say we clinch the division next Mon. 9/28 vs. KC

  253. crawdaddy September 23rd, 2009 at 2:49 pm

    Again, no problem with resting players that are banged up and those that need rest like Arod, but I’m not confident about the lineup today, but anything is possible in baseball so they might surprise me against Kazmir.

  254. betsy September 23rd, 2009 at 2:49 pm

    They have a day off tomorrow and a night game on Friday – Alex could have played today.

    Is Swisher going for x-rays as well? Boy, this team is just suffering injuries at the wrong time….

  255. bodhisattva - Destiny Wears Pinstripes September 23rd, 2009 at 2:50 pm

    Sweeney on Stupid’s show.

    He now turns to Joba, his pet subject…time to turn off the TV.

  256. Vince B. September 23rd, 2009 at 2:50 pm

    mark it down this lineup is gonna put up a 7 spot!

  257. tex's friend September 23rd, 2009 at 2:50 pm

    Gammons Notables (keep’em coming!)

    “Craig Hansen is the best setup man in the American League”

    “Smoak or Wallace for Penny. That’s what it’s going to take.”

    “Tazawa could be the best signing this off season.”

    Spinning post-Ramirez: “He had a medical issue…went to a doctor…got a prescription…it’s not steroids…the team doesn’t believe for a second that he cheated.”

    ____

    How bout, ‘dice -k pitching great’. (even though he has had 1 start since may).

    or

    ‘Jed Lowrie is the next big thing’

    “Daniel Bard is lights out”.

    “Boston is the hottest team right now” (beckett hasnt won in 2 months, and they just lost 2 to the royals).

  258. Vince B. September 23rd, 2009 at 2:51 pm

    “Carl September 23rd, 2009 at 2:47 pm

    Shelly will hit a homer then throw the bat in the Angels dugout”

    or hit a homer and then punch the rally monkey in the face

  259. bodhisattva - Destiny Wears Pinstripes September 23rd, 2009 at 2:51 pm

    Key vs. Kazmir is patience.

    Get him out of there and feast on Angels’ BP.

  260. ysteb September 23rd, 2009 at 2:51 pm

    Boy oh boy things could not get any worse, the Yankees are just done because these injuries + how amazing the Red Sox are. Put the kick me sign on their backs LOL

  261. trisha - OPPC lifetime member who is missing the worry gene September 23rd, 2009 at 2:51 pm

    I know it isn’t that I’m not beloved!

    :)

  262. tex's friend September 23rd, 2009 at 2:53 pm

    lets face it. the yankees havent often hit kazmir well, so why not try some of the B players? maybe they will have better luck, while some guys rest for the boston series.

  263. Rex September 23rd, 2009 at 2:53 pm

    “or hit a homer and then punch the rally monkey in the face”

    I’m taking “whiffs four times and the Rally Monkey steals his meal money”

  264. bodhisattva - Destiny Wears Pinstripes September 23rd, 2009 at 2:53 pm

    Lowrie isn’t even likely to be on the postseason roster. Hasn’t made it back fully from injury. Looks like they won’t have our old farmhand, Nick Green, either. He has some dead leg issue. Sox are thin in middle infielders for their triumphant run.

  265. MG September 23rd, 2009 at 2:53 pm

    crawdaddy
    September 23rd, 2009 at 2:47 pm
    “How can you play with broken toes…..and a catcher, who has to squat, to boot?”

    You’ll be surprise what these tough catchers can play with.
    ———————————————-
    Yogi hit many a home run while playing with a broken finger, these guys are just used to toughing it out, that’s what makes Jorge’s longevity and production in his mid to late 30s even more remarkable. Johnny Bench was through as a catcher at age 32, Yogi was mostly a left fielder by age 34, Carlton Fisk is really the one one in my memory who was both catching and reasonally productive over age 35.

  266. Erica - always OPPC - Alex Rodriguez September 23rd, 2009 at 2:53 pm

    Tom in N.J.
    September 23rd, 2009 at 2:46 pm
    Erica, when you make Partner it will all be worth while.

    ****

    I don’t want to be a partner- they never get a break

  267. Coach6423 September 23rd, 2009 at 2:53 pm

    besty …

    SOUND THE ALARM….WE ARE FINISHED!!!!

  268. pat September 23rd, 2009 at 2:55 pm

    Nothing you can do for broken toes. Tape them and put an orthotic in his shoes to protect them.

    As long as it’s just the toes and he can balance on them, he’ll be in there for the playoffs.

  269. Abdababdaserser September 23rd, 2009 at 2:55 pm

    “betsy September 23rd, 2009 at 2:41 pm

    How can you play with broken toes…..and a catcher, who has to squat, to boot?”

    I hiked 250 miles with broken toes in both feet and stress fractures in the bones of my left ankle. This was in the mountains of New Mexico. Carrying about 75 pounds on my back.

    It all depends on pain tolerance and desire.

    Running will be tough, as will certain throws.

  270. Vince B. September 23rd, 2009 at 2:55 pm

    I’m taking “whiffs four times and the Rally Monkey steals his meal money”

    LOL

    or whiffs four times……and launches the monkey out into the center-field rocks!!!

  271. MG September 23rd, 2009 at 2:55 pm

    Betsy, I know you worry about everything but, if you saw the game last night, Swisher fouled a pitch off the inside of his leg above the knee. It’s very doubtful anything is wrong, he’s just going to be sore for a few days.

  272. tex's friend September 23rd, 2009 at 2:55 pm

    Lowrie isn’t even likely to be on the postseason roster. Hasn’t made it back fully from injury. Looks like they won’t have our old farmhand, Nick Green, either. He has some dead leg issue. Sox are thin in middle infielders for their triumphant run

    ___

    NO, the sox are hot, everyone is great. espn said so. and they are fair and balanced just like fox news.

  273. crawdaddy September 23rd, 2009 at 2:56 pm

    “They have a day off tomorrow and a night game on Friday – Alex could have played today.

    Is Swisher going for x-rays as well? Boy, this team is just suffering injuries at the wrong time….”

    Betsy,

    The manager wants to give him two days off and he’s closer to knowing the condition of his player than you are.

  274. Former Box 607 September 23rd, 2009 at 2:56 pm

    My only issue with the lineup, is that Joe has this tendancy to rest multiple guys on the same day. He has all week to rotate guys in and out but often decides, let’s see if we can win today with one eye closed or one hand tied behind our collective back. I understand resting Posada (day after night) and Alex (part of his regular rest), but Damon and Swisher too? I understand the thought process (matchups and rest) but doesn’t mean I’m happy about it.

    Here’s hoping the Scranton Yankees can win one today.

  275. bodhisattva - Destiny Wears Pinstripes September 23rd, 2009 at 2:59 pm

    betsy
    September 23rd, 2009 at 2:49 pm
    They have a day off tomorrow and a night game on Friday – Alex could have played today.
    Is Swisher going for x-rays as well? Boy, this team is just suffering injuries at the wrong time….
    ====

    Betsy, it’s not a true day off, because of the inevitable jet lag.

    Really, if the Angels, good as they are, played in the Central, we’d surely have a better road record against them. Last time we were out there, it was the end of a trip, right before the break. We’re always exhausted when we’re out there – it’s not some Angel mysticism that causes all those errors – nor is it always a mental disposition to rush the play because of their base-stealing prowess.

    I have no problem at all with Alex getting the day off. As I said, I wish Cano were given an off day, also. This is a tired team. We had no real dip in August – we’ve had ours more recently. Two West Coast trips in a month’s time is just absurd – Girardi has tried to temper moaning about it, but he wasn’t happy about it.

    Those long trips wear you down. Boston hasn’t had to go to the Coast since before the break. Any chance to rest these guys should be seized – we are often out of gas in the postseason in recent years.

  276. Abdababdaserser September 23rd, 2009 at 2:59 pm

    “Vince B. September 23rd, 2009 at 2:51 pm

    “Carl September 23rd, 2009 at 2:47 pm

    Shelly will hit a homer then throw the bat in the Angels dugout”

    or hit a homer and then punch the rally monkey in the face”

    I’d pay twice to see that. Especially the punch to the rally monkey’s face. :twisted:

  277. Christina- Pictures of the Girardi and A-Rod ejection + Leiter's Sock September 23rd, 2009 at 2:59 pm

    Congrats Tom. Does this mean you can help a fellow blogger out with a thesis?

  278. William Buckner September 23rd, 2009 at 3:00 pm

    “Gammons notables:

    “Craig Hansen is the best setup man in the American League”

    “Smoak or Wallace for Penny. That’s what it’s going to take.”

    Any others?”

    BigSix,

    My favorite is easily, “Jacoby Elsbury reminds me a lot of a young Carlos Beltran.” After hot start in 2007.

  279. Rex September 23rd, 2009 at 3:00 pm

    “that’s what makes Jorge’s longevity and production in his mid to late 30s even more remarkable. Johnny Bench was through as a catcher at age 32, Yogi was mostly a left fielder by age 34″

    Not to diminish Posada’s achievements, but he wasn’t a 140+ game a season catcher til he was 28. Berra was 25 and Bench was 20 when they got the full time gig behind the plate.

  280. crawdaddy September 23rd, 2009 at 3:00 pm

    Posada and Swisher are hurt, Damon is lousy against Kazmir and Arod might be sore for all we know so giving him two days off before facing Boston this weekend might be the best course of action.

  281. trisha - OPPC lifetime member who is missing the worry gene September 23rd, 2009 at 3:00 pm

    GO YANKEES!!!

  282. trisha - OPPC lifetime member who is missing the worry gene September 23rd, 2009 at 3:00 pm

    GO YANKEES!!!

  283. crawdaddy September 23rd, 2009 at 3:02 pm

    I can’t stand Nancy Newman doing the pre and post game shows because I don’t think she’s good at it.

  284. Carl September 23rd, 2009 at 3:02 pm

    Posadas xrays were negative.

  285. bodhisattva - Destiny Wears Pinstripes September 23rd, 2009 at 3:02 pm

    Former Box 607
    September 23rd, 2009 at 2:56 pm
    My only issue with the lineup, is that Joe has this tendancy to rest multiple guys on the same day. He has all week to rotate guys in and out but often decides, let’s see if we can win today with one eye closed or one hand tied behind our collective back.
    ======

    I suppose he’d rather go with a full-strength lineup and get himself close to where he wants to be before taking his foot off the gas.

    I was glad to hear him say, yesterday, that his players’ health is a priority over blowing people out for HFA.

  286. crawdaddy September 23rd, 2009 at 3:02 pm

    Posada’s x-rays are negative which is good news.

  287. MG September 23rd, 2009 at 3:02 pm

    I’ve traveled a great deal in my career cross country and the trip from West to East, although shorter, is much more difficult to eliminate the jet lag. The Yankees will leave sometime this evening, arrive at 5AM, and then have to get some sleep. It really throws you out of kilter for a day-when you go East to West you pick up the 3 hours, stay up the first night (or just fly in the evening) and you get a good night’s sleep immediately. I’m sure that factors into the lineup decision just as I’m sure that Friday’s pitcher is already in New York or on his way.

  288. Carl September 23rd, 2009 at 3:02 pm

    Carl September 23rd, 2009 at 3:02 pm

    Posadas xrays were negative.

    His feets aint’ broken

  289. Tom in N.J. September 23rd, 2009 at 3:03 pm

    The Net’s were sold to the Ruskies!

    http://sportsillustrated.cnn.c.....index.html

  290. MG September 23rd, 2009 at 3:04 pm

    Rex
    September 23rd, 2009 at 3:00 pm
    “that’s what makes Jorge’s longevity and production in his mid to late 30s even more remarkable. Johnny Bench was through as a catcher at age 32, Yogi was mostly a left fielder by age 34?

    Not to diminish Posada’s achievements, but he wasn’t a 140+ game a season catcher til he was 28. Berra was 25 and Bench was 20 when they got the full time gig behind the plate.
    —————————————
    that’s a great point and the primary reason why the Yankees gave Jorge a 4 year contract when he was already 35.

  291. crawdaddy September 23rd, 2009 at 3:04 pm

    Yup, CC is probably on the jet home now.

  292. bodhisattva - Destiny Wears Pinstripes September 23rd, 2009 at 3:05 pm

    crawdaddy
    September 23rd, 2009 at 3:02 pm
    I can’t stand Nancy Newman doing the pre and post game shows because I don’t think she’s good at it.
    ======

    She’s the wife of some producer, as I understand it. She’s benign enough for a benign job, IMO. Brilliance isn’t required for pre and post-game duties, really.

    She seems like someone who would audition for a Chekhov play and get a role as one of the homespun, but spiritually-wise sisters – but she’d only get the role in high school. I don’t mind her.

  293. Chambliss September 23rd, 2009 at 3:06 pm

    Posada also took a bat off the shoulder when Aybar lost control of the bat last night, so that might be another reason why he is getting a day off.

    When you consider that the Yanks lost one game in Seattle on a walk-off by Ichiro and another game on a stinker by Joba, going 3-3 on this trip would be really nice.

    Joe is smart to be resting guys. With the exception of how AJ pitches, this game means very little.

  294. 86w183 September 23rd, 2009 at 3:06 pm

    One thing playing multiple reserves at the same time can do if you give you some added energy from players eager to impress. Who’s to say this group can’t score 4-6 runs? It’s up to AJ to make sure they don’t need many.

  295. bru September 23rd, 2009 at 3:07 pm

    we beat the angels offense in every single category except 3b,sb,
    we beat them in runs,hits,hr,doubles,rbi,obp,slg & our team ba is only 1 point behind wich is basically the same .285-.284

    we also beat them in every pitching category except we gave up more walks

    we have a better era,gave up fewer hits,more so,more saves & a better whip

  296. bodhisattva - Destiny Wears Pinstripes September 23rd, 2009 at 3:07 pm

    Carl
    September 23rd, 2009 at 3:02 pm
    Carl September 23rd, 2009 at 3:02 pm
    Posadas xrays were negative.
    His feets aint’ broken
    ====

    Well done! :D

  297. MG September 23rd, 2009 at 3:07 pm

    the Sox will be at a disadvantage on Friday night, they have a night game in KC on Thursday and won’t arrive in New York until at least 4 or 5AM.

  298. jake September 23rd, 2009 at 3:07 pm

    So they are basically giving up the game tonight?
    It looks like the AAA line up with a few veterans making rehab starts…ya, lets lose our confidence after we just beat the team we can NEVER beat at their home…REAL SMART Joe…and people say he’s been a good manager? um, any manager who can’t win with this team would have to be on drugs.

  299. no.27 September 23rd, 2009 at 3:07 pm

    the lineup isn’t that big of a deal, but i don’t understand why girardi puts hairston 2nd in the lineup. its fine to rest a-rod and damon, and posada fouled a ball off his foot and got hit with the bat last night.

  300. Rex September 23rd, 2009 at 3:08 pm

    “that’s a great point and the primary reason why the Yankees gave Jorge a 4 year contract when he was already 35.”

    In truth, the primary reasons were they felt at the time they had no satisfactory replacement and the Mets were prepared to offer him 5. I’d bet dollars to donuts that if Cashman had his druthers, Posada was getting a 2-3 year deal. You’re right though, his relatively low mileage did make the deal more palatable than it otherwise might have been.

  301. nathan September 23rd, 2009 at 3:09 pm

    Does Pete start covering the BoSox this year ? the ALCS wud b wierd…

  302. Tom in N.J. September 23rd, 2009 at 3:10 pm

    “Hey fans tonight after the game don’t forget to keep it tuned to Yes and see Nancy Newman in ‘The Cherry Orchard’”…

  303. MG September 23rd, 2009 at 3:10 pm

    that’s an interesting Angels lineup, if I were the Yankees I would keep it out of right field, it’s going to be tough to drop a hit in there…

  304. trisha - OPPC lifetime member who is missing the worry gene September 23rd, 2009 at 3:11 pm

    Molina catching the Angels is never a bad idea since they love to run. If Molina pairing up with AJ helps AJ go in the right direction, I’m all for it.

  305. Peter Abraham September 23rd, 2009 at 3:11 pm

    I have to say, it’s pretty funny to see people complain about the lineup.

    It’s a day game after a long, hard night game.

    It’s 100 degrees here today

    They have assorted injuries

    A-Rod needed a day off. In case you missed it, he had reconstructive hip surgery.

    They’re 96-56. Let’s assume for a second, just a second, that Joe Girardi knows his team better than you do. I’m just guessing here, but I bet he does.

    Did I mention they’re 96-56?

    Oh, and they’re 96-56.

    You really look like a nitwit to complain about the lineup. If having the team with the best record in baseball isn’t good enough for you, I’m not sure what to tell you.

  306. MG September 23rd, 2009 at 3:13 pm

    Peter, they lost 56 times, don’t you know that if Girardi had followed the LoHud recommendations they would be undefeated?

  307. Pel (a/k/a Bart Simpson) September 23rd, 2009 at 3:13 pm

    YES pre-game Clubhouse Report with Nancy Newman and Kim Jones:

    http://bit.ly/gnsCL

  308. ADam September 23rd, 2009 at 3:14 pm

    we beat the angels offense in every single category except 3b,sb,
    we beat them in runs,hits,hr,doubles,rbi,obp,slg & our team ba is only 1 point behind wich is basically the same .285-.284

    Not in Head to Head matchups…

  309. Carl September 23rd, 2009 at 3:14 pm

    Pete you’re late. SJ44 made us feel stupid about 30 mins ago

  310. Rex September 23rd, 2009 at 3:14 pm

    “You really look like a nitwit to complain about the lineup.”

    This a rough draft of your parting message? 8)

  311. BigSix September 23rd, 2009 at 3:15 pm

    jake, meet betsy

    betsy, meet jake

    you two are made for each other

  312. Mark in Tampa September 23rd, 2009 at 3:15 pm

    It always gives me a moment of panic when I see that somebody’s X-rays were negative…until I remember that is a good thing! :)

  313. MG September 23rd, 2009 at 3:15 pm

    the over/under on the length of today’s game is 2 hours, 30 minutes unless it’s a slugfest, something that probably won’t happen. It’s hot wind that blows in Anaheim when it’s over 90 (I used to work there and have felt it).

  314. Borat September 23rd, 2009 at 3:16 pm

    “lets face it. the yankees havent often hit kazmir well, so why not try some of the B players? maybe they will have better luck, while some guys rest for the boston series.”
    ——

    I was thinking the same thing…probably has more to do with giving some guys rest and I’m pretty certain the goal of this series was to not be swept.

    Kill the rally monkey Shelley!

  315. Erica - always OPPC - Alex Rodriguez September 23rd, 2009 at 3:16 pm

    Mark in Tampa
    September 23rd, 2009 at 3:15 pm
    It always gives me a moment of panic when I see that somebody’s X-rays were negative…until I remember that is a good thing!
    ****

    George Costanza- “The tests were negative?? Why god, why?”

  316. sab September 23rd, 2009 at 3:16 pm

    so much for mike scoscia (spell?)not playing for HFA..he has just about all of his regulars out there minus vlad guerrero – who runs like quasimoto..speaking of scoscia – how does he not play howie kendrick against the yankees all the time?the guy is hitting .438/.504/.571/1.076 against them in his career…maybe tubby isn’t as smart as everyone makes him out to be…

  317. The Ghost September 23rd, 2009 at 3:17 pm

    So if AJ pitches good tonight does that mean Posada sits in game 2?

  318. bodhisattva - Destiny Wears Pinstripes September 23rd, 2009 at 3:17 pm

    Trisha,

    Where’s my Sux verse? :(

  319. upstate kate September 23rd, 2009 at 3:17 pm

    hey, how is it fair that the Angels have 2 RFers…they always get all the breaks

  320. Abdababdaserser September 23rd, 2009 at 3:17 pm

    “BigSix September 23rd, 2009 at 3:15 pm

    jake, meet betsy

    betsy, meet jake

    you two are made for each other”

    I was thinking that betsy and ADam were a match made in heaven.

  321. Bronx Jeers September 23rd, 2009 at 3:18 pm

    “You really look like a nitwit to complain about the lineup. If having the team with the best record in baseball isn’t good enough for you, I’m not sure what to tell you.”

    Yes Michaelangelo it’s a very nice fresco but I want a better one and I want it by tomorrow morning!

  322. BigSix September 23rd, 2009 at 3:18 pm

    What would a forearm bash between Shelley and Edwar look like? I can’t put it into words.

  323. Pel (a/k/a Bart Simpson) September 23rd, 2009 at 3:18 pm

    Michael Kay and Ken Singleton tell you what to watch for:

    http://bit.ly/1ydyUw

  324. S.A.--Is it October yet? September 23rd, 2009 at 3:18 pm

    Happy Birthday Jobber Chamberlain
    Hoping for a good outing from AJ

  325. bodhisattva - Destiny Wears Pinstripes September 23rd, 2009 at 3:19 pm

    Tom in N.J.
    September 23rd, 2009 at 3:10 pm
    “Hey fans tonight after the game don’t forget to keep it tuned to Yes and see Nancy Newman in ‘The Cherry Orchard’”…
    ======

    :D. It makes her a tad sympathetic.

  326. Pel (a/k/a Bart Simpson) September 23rd, 2009 at 3:19 pm

    >What would a forearm bash between Shelley and Edwar look like?
    >I can’t put it into words.

    Edwar Ramirez on the DL indefinitely.

  327. Jeter's Edge - Pete, we need registered names and an edit button! September 23rd, 2009 at 3:19 pm

    “BigSix
    September 23rd, 2009 at 3:15 pm
    jake, meet betsy
    betsy, meet jake
    you two are made for each other”

    LOL A match made in heaven!

  328. bodhisattva - Destiny Wears Pinstripes September 23rd, 2009 at 3:20 pm

    Oh, leave Betsy alone.

  329. Hokiehill September 23rd, 2009 at 3:20 pm

    Have to agree with Pete on this one. When he first posted the line up I said to myself, “I’m not even going to bother looking at the comments because I know there will be massive amounts of complaining about the lineup” I tried numerous times through out the season to explain that part of our success is due to Joe’s lineup and therefore it need not be questioned daily, but by this point it’s not even worth it. I’m glad I decided to skip the comments before…I’d rather toil away in Virginia Tech message boards listening to people complain about the offense all day than read lineup complaints at this point…

  330. Rex September 23rd, 2009 at 3:22 pm

    “What would a forearm bash between Shelley and Edwar look like?
    >I can’t put it into words.

    Edwar Ramirez on the DL indefinitely.”

    Not necessarily. You can’t rule out Shelly swinging and missing.

  331. trisha - OPPC lifetime member who is missing the worry gene September 23rd, 2009 at 3:22 pm

    test

  332. pat September 23rd, 2009 at 3:22 pm

    Pete

    Really funny will be if the Yanks win today, someone will say they should sit Johnny, Alex, Swish and Posada if they face Kazmir in the ALCS because it worked today.

    You’re gonna miss us! :wink:

  333. john_halfz September 23rd, 2009 at 3:24 pm

    Interesting, Adam, that the Angels are better at “run production” than the Yankees. So I guess some force other than production is at work for those extra 48 runs the Yankees have scored? Daily News/tabloid head-to-head comps are meaningless for offensive lineups.

  334. Pel (a/k/a Bart Simpson) September 23rd, 2009 at 3:25 pm

    Assorted snippets of Yankees post-game reactions from last night:

    http://bit.ly/4d32FI

  335. DT - OPPC member September 23rd, 2009 at 3:25 pm

    With less than 1% of the innings reported today – I am projecting a Yankee victory.
    Eat your heart out major news networks.

    The rally monkey wont like it
    Rockin the Kazmir
    Rock the Kazmir

  336. BJK September 23rd, 2009 at 3:27 pm

    jake
    September 23rd, 2009 at 3:07 pm
    So they are basically giving up the game tonight?
    It looks like the AAA line up with a few veterans making rehab starts…ya, lets lose our confidence after we just beat the team we can NEVER beat at their home…REAL SMART Joe…and people say he’s been a good manager? um, any manager who can’t win with this team would have to be on drugs.

    ————————————————————–

    Yes, I’m sure if they lose today’s game, their confidence will be shattered knowing a lineup full of bench players were defeated by the Angel’s A-Line-up.

    Brilliant.

  337. john_halfz September 23rd, 2009 at 3:27 pm

    “Not in head to head matchups.”

    Good thing it’s not team tennis, Adam. Or do you not take into account the fact that the Yanks have 48 runs with a consistently stronger lineup. Yeah, dude, Jorge Posada over Jeff Mathis eliminates a lot of the fringe difference between some other positions. Unless you don’t believe that those 48 runs don’t count.

  338. randy l. September 23rd, 2009 at 3:28 pm

    “What would a forearm bash between Shelley and Edwar look like? I can’t put it into words.”

    i can.

    i once was playing first base for the umass summer team and out left handed pitcher snapped his upper arm in half on the pitch.

  339. iiicollies September 23rd, 2009 at 3:29 pm

    Close to 100 degrees? But it’s a dry heat

  340. Mark in Tampa September 23rd, 2009 at 3:30 pm

    “Not necessarily. You can’t rule out Shelly swinging and missing”

    Rex,

    That reminds me of when Strawberry was with the Mets, and he was accused of hitting his wife. Somebody, I want to say Warner Wolf, but I am not sure, asked if his wife was lefthanded. When asked why, he replied that if she was a lefty, he would have swung and missed by a foot and a half!

  341. bdog375 September 23rd, 2009 at 3:31 pm

    I like the way Girardi sets his lineup. He puts a lot of thought to the ordering and treats the 2 hole correctly.

  342. Ham Fighters September 23rd, 2009 at 3:31 pm

    good call pete!

    what does girardi have to do to convince people that he knows how to use this team well? damon and matsui have no legs but are producing like champs, posada is producing like a 28 year old. swisher, who got played right onto the bench by a clueless manager last season is suddenly a masher. girardi has done a masterfull job of spreading out the days off and getting the most out of these guys, how can anyone question him? (on the day after they clinch a playoff spot no less!)

  343. Drive 4-5 September 23rd, 2009 at 3:31 pm

    “He also isn’t conceding the game. Fans do because that’s what they do here.

    They have been wrong all year.”

    Wrong like SJ44′s statement a couple of weeks when the Yanks were playing the Blue Jays that the game was “meaningless”.

    The Yankees have not played a meaningless game yet in 2009. Only after they’ve clinched the Division and home field advantage can the Yankees afford to not win.That being said, there are legitimate reasons to sit Posada ( finger, neck and foot injuries)and obviously to keep A Rod fresh.

  344. DT - OPPC member September 23rd, 2009 at 3:32 pm

    Enjoy the game Pat. M !!
    You broke your personal curse last night – congrats.

  345. Haha September 23rd, 2009 at 3:32 pm

    You know you don’t have much of a chance of winning when you have the likes of Hairston Jr. batting second, or even Shelley Duncan, a guy who has yet to make contact with a breaking ball in his career, batting 5th.
    This is going to be one of those games… Kazmir 8IP 5H 7Ks.

  346. betsy September 23rd, 2009 at 3:32 pm

    Bodh, that’s ok, lol – hey, I’m still single, so this would be an appropriate place to meet a fella. We can spend our dates drowning our sorrows in a drink, lol.

    Thanks for those who helped enlighten me re: catchers and how tough they are. I was aware of that, but I can only imagine the pain of playing with a broken anything. I wonder how many catchers are able to walk around, fully healthy, after the conclusion of their careers…..I wonder if most of them need knee replacement surgery.

  347. MaineYankee September 23rd, 2009 at 3:32 pm

    randy l.
    September 23rd, 2009 at 3:28 pm
    “What would a forearm bash between Shelley and Edwar look like? I can’t put it into words.”

    i can.

    i once was playing first base for the umass summer team and out left handed pitcher snapped his upper arm in half on the pitch.

    ————————————————–

    Did GB7 rush in, tape on a splint and tell him to such it up? :lol:

  348. Rog September 23rd, 2009 at 3:32 pm

    I hear Joe G. will put Nady in the game in the 7th

  349. bru September 23rd, 2009 at 3:33 pm

    ADam
    September 23rd, 2009 at 3:14 pm
    we beat the angels offense in every single category except 3b,sb,
    we beat them in runs,hits,hr,doubles,rbi,obp,slg & our team ba is only 1 point behind wich is basically the same .285-.284

    Not in Head to Head matchups…

    ———————————————————

    if we win tonight do we tie the season series?

    i made a few points
    i did not intend to have any facts get blurred into a hundred other debates like this blog is good for

    we have a better offense & pitching than the angels do.

    the stats say so

    im not saying that we will beat them but i did not know we blew them away in almost every offensive & pitching stat

    pretty impressive

  350. randy l. September 23rd, 2009 at 3:33 pm

    “Molina catching the Angels is never a bad idea since they love to run.”

    yeah, the angels would have been encouraged to run on posada after his throw in the ninth inning snuffed out a rally.

    but molina needs to play some so no harm in having him in there.

    … and he does have a very good arm.

  351. Free Ranging Chicken September 23rd, 2009 at 3:34 pm

    Bring me the head of the Rally Monkey!

  352. trisha - OPPC lifetime member who is missing the worry gene September 23rd, 2009 at 3:34 pm

    “You know you don’t have much of a chance of winning when you have the likes of Hairston Jr. batting second, or even Shelley Duncan, a guy who has yet to make contact with a breaking ball in his career, batting 5th.
    This is going to be one of those games… Kazmir 8IP 5H 7Ks.”

    I predict a Yankee win.

    HA HA

  353. The Flaccid Snail September 23rd, 2009 at 3:35 pm

    Molina. Huh…

    TIme to relax in LA and soak up the sun. Hey, it’s not like they are getting paid millions…

  354. randy l. September 23rd, 2009 at 3:36 pm

    “Did GB7 rush in, tape on a splint and tell him to suck it up?”

    maine yankee-

    the problem with having gb7 around when things like that happen is he might just run up and shoot you to put you out of your misery.

  355. Pablo September 23rd, 2009 at 3:36 pm

    thes lineup stinks! it is horrible! what shenenigans are these? we should play as the hardest we can and not give second rate teams out there when we are playing

    From Pablo

  356. Drive 4-5 September 23rd, 2009 at 3:37 pm

    The beauty of baseball is there is no predicting the outcome of a game. Last night’s pitching matchup heavily favored the Angels and the Yankees won. Look at A Rod’s production when he comes back from having his doctor recommended days off. He’s going to be fresh for the Boston series and that’s bad news for the boys from Beantown.

    By the way,Kansas City steaks are on me if the Royals complete the sweep of the Sux :)

  357. Ham Fighters September 23rd, 2009 at 3:37 pm

    if there was in intelligence test required in order to post this would be a very quiet board

  358. upstate kate September 23rd, 2009 at 3:38 pm

    Thanks Pel

  359. DYNASTY IS DESTINY! September 23rd, 2009 at 3:38 pm

    A playoff berth clinched…

    The monkey lost his mojo…

    All’s right with the world…

  360. Erica - always OPPC - Alex Rodriguez September 23rd, 2009 at 3:39 pm

    To Bodhi, from Trisha-

    “Trisha,

    Where’s my Sux verse? “

    Bod, the only way I can get my posts to show up in real time these days is to have Erica post for me! Pete’s trying to figure out the problem. Maybe someone pirated my account not sure. What happens is that I post and the posts show up eventually, but they are cut in at the chronological time I originally posted them so they basically don’t get read! (probably not a bad thing ha ha) Very frustrating not to be able to share with my buds in real time.

    But here it is since you asked and since I know you’ll see it in real time! J Hopefully we’ll get this figured out. I definitely want to be here in real time for the Yanks world series champagne!!!

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

    Oh, somewhere in this favored land the sun is shining bright;

    The band is playing somewhere, and somewhere hearts are light,

    And somewhere men are laughing, and somewhere children shout,

    But there is no joy for Sux fans—their whole damn team has just struck out!!!!

    Thank you Zack Greinke!!!

    XOXOX

  361. tex's friend September 23rd, 2009 at 3:39 pm

    so espn has an article that says boston sets the standard for japanese stars.

    really?

    dice – k has been hurt each year, and i’ll give them okajima i guess.

    there were many before them. how bout ichiro or matsui? nomo? i think it is stupid to say boston set the standard.

  362. tex's friend September 23rd, 2009 at 3:40 pm

    By the way,Kansas City steaks are on me if the Royals complete the sweep of the Sux

    ____

    Don’t joke. Many will take you up on that.

  363. randy l. September 23rd, 2009 at 3:40 pm

    “if there was in intelligence test required in order to post this would be a very quiet board”

    not to mention a spelling and typing test :)

  364. Derek September 23rd, 2009 at 3:41 pm

    Anybody receive an email about the postseason ticket drawing yet?

  365. raymagnetic September 23rd, 2009 at 3:41 pm

    Boston sets the standard for everything baseball related. :|

  366. pat September 23rd, 2009 at 3:41 pm

    How big is Kazmir? He looks smaller in an Angels uniform.

  367. Rishi September 23rd, 2009 at 3:41 pm

    Bobby Abreu on Melky and Robbie:

    http://losangeles.angels.mlb.c.....8;c_id=ana

  368. MaineYankee September 23rd, 2009 at 3:43 pm

    randy l.
    September 23rd, 2009 at 3:36 pm
    “Did GB7 rush in, tape on a splint and tell him to suck it up?”

    maine yankee-

    the problem with having gb7 around when things like that happen is he might just run up and shoot you to put you out of your misery.

    ————————————————–

    I didn’t think of that. Probably more likely.

  369. pat September 23rd, 2009 at 3:43 pm

    Nobody sitting in the Boras seats.

  370. bru September 23rd, 2009 at 3:44 pm

    i broke my pinky toe 2 years ago & sprained my foot on top of it

    i couldnt even press the gas pedal in my car

    i would have been ok if i didnt sprain my foot because that was most of the problem

    doctor said not much he can do

    it is still swollen & urts

  371. Pov September 23rd, 2009 at 3:46 pm

    Wow just tuned in, it’s a big bunch of the B team out there.

  372. Pov September 23rd, 2009 at 3:49 pm

    What is OPPC?

  373. Tom in N.J. September 23rd, 2009 at 3:51 pm

    Figgins’ OBP is one point worse-.396-than his SLGP-.397

  374. Erica - always OPPC - Alex Rodriguez September 23rd, 2009 at 3:52 pm

    Pov
    September 23rd, 2009 at 3:49 pm
    What is OPPC?

    ***

    Official Positive Posters Club

  375. MG September 23rd, 2009 at 3:53 pm

    Shelly Duncan makes Eric Hinske look like a good right fielder :)

  376. Pov September 23rd, 2009 at 3:55 pm

    Boy you could tell Figgens was cheating AJ looked right at him but didn’t throw over

  377. Wang IS Taiwan September 23rd, 2009 at 3:55 pm

    MG
    September 23rd, 2009 at 3:53 pm
    Shelly Duncan makes Eric Hinske look like a good right fielder

    No kidding. I would have preferred to see Hinkse over Duncan — for batting reasons, as well.

    They must not be putting Hinkse on the post-season roster.

  378. Rex September 23rd, 2009 at 3:55 pm

    “What is OPPC?”

    Bunch of crazy-ass pollyannas who actually believe leading the majors in wins is a good thing.

  379. trisha - OPPC lifetime member who is missing the worry gene September 23rd, 2009 at 3:57 pm

    “Bunch of crazy-ass pollyannas who actually believe leading the majors in wins is a good thing.”

    :lol:

  380. Ham Fighters September 23rd, 2009 at 3:58 pm

    im generally a positive poster but like groucho, id never join a club that would have me as a member

  381. MG September 23rd, 2009 at 3:59 pm

    Hinkse will most likely be on the post season roster, left handed power hitters are very valuable off the bench in Yankee Stadium. Starting Duncan today is just a way to give him some playing time, he is really overmatched at the big league level.

  382. RalphieD (OPPC) September 23rd, 2009 at 3:59 pm

    “Bunch of crazy-ass pollyannas who actually believe leading the majors in wins is a good thing.”

    so having the most wins is bad?

  383. Ham Fighters September 23rd, 2009 at 3:59 pm

    apparently kenny’s never driven the 405 freeway at 5 pm.

  384. Erica - always OPPC - Alex Rodriguez September 23rd, 2009 at 3:59 pm

    Rex
    September 23rd, 2009 at 3:55 pm
    “What is OPPC?”

    Bunch of crazy-ass pollyannas who actually believe leading the majors in wins is a good thing.

    *****

    As opposed to people who think leading the majors in wins is a bad thing???????????????

  385. ulf September 23rd, 2009 at 3:59 pm

    i wonder where hinske is these days

  386. Pov September 23rd, 2009 at 4:00 pm

    Rex September 23rd, 2009 at 3:55 pm

    “What is OPPC?”

    Bunch of crazy-ass pollyannas who actually believe leading the majors in wins is a good thing.

    Rex beyond the first thing I would have thought that was a good thing also

  387. Rex September 23rd, 2009 at 4:01 pm

    “As opposed to people who think leading the majors in wins is a bad thing???????????????”

    Turn on that sarcaso-meter Erica.

  388. Pov September 23rd, 2009 at 4:01 pm

    I read an article that said because Kazmir kills both the Yankees and the Sox that Socia would have his as the number one starter in either series

  389. Erica - always OPPC - Alex Rodriguez September 23rd, 2009 at 4:02 pm

    Rex
    September 23rd, 2009 at 4:01 pm
    “As opposed to people who think leading the majors in wins is a bad thing???????????????”

    Turn on that sarcaso-meter Erica.

    ****

    Gotcha. :-)

    Sorry, being buring in tax returns up to my eyeballs kills my sense of humor

  390. trisha - OPPC lifetime member who is missing the worry gene September 23rd, 2009 at 4:02 pm

    I figured Rex was making a funny!

  391. DT - OPPC member September 23rd, 2009 at 4:02 pm

    as opposed to a bunch of chicken littles who actually believe leading the blog in whines is a good thing.

  392. Wang IS Taiwan September 23rd, 2009 at 4:02 pm

    MG – I hope so. I see Shelley out there as Joe just being a good guy and Shelley having played well in the minors. I like Shelley, but he does look like a doofus sometimes on the field.

  393. Potch September 23rd, 2009 at 4:05 pm

    Can we just plunk Morales already?

    Oh wait, that would be ANOTHER time on base this series against us…

  394. tex's friend September 23rd, 2009 at 4:05 pm

    burnett really likes starting the inning with a runner on.

  395. Pov September 23rd, 2009 at 4:07 pm

    I worked 12-14 hours a day all around the word for many years, I never quite understand this rest thing.

  396. ulf September 23rd, 2009 at 4:08 pm

    trying to enjoy this game is like trying to enjoy drinking warm milk or flat soda or bad light beer

  397. Former Box 607 September 23rd, 2009 at 4:09 pm

    Upon hearing about the game-time temperature, I have absolutely no problem with the lineup. No way I want the older guys playing on a very hot day, getting dehydrated then getting on a flight and dehydrating even more. This should keep them fresh. (I already didnt have a problem with the Alex and Posada substitutions) So this makes sense.

  398. DT - OPPC member September 23rd, 2009 at 4:10 pm

    Did Duncan take down the RF wall?

  399. Former Box 607 September 23rd, 2009 at 4:12 pm

    The main point to recognize here is that if the Yankees go just 5-5 over the next 10, Boston would need to go 12-0 to overtake the Yanks and Anaheim would have to go 11-0 to get the best record. Aint gonna happen.

  400. Ham Fighters September 23rd, 2009 at 4:12 pm

    “Pov
    September 23rd, 2009 at 4:07 pm
    I worked 12-14 hours a day all around the word for many years, I never quite understand this rest thing.”

    and what world-class atheletic endeavor was it you were performing?

  401. Mike K September 23rd, 2009 at 4:13 pm

    I like that move robbie did to make it look like he had the bsll to keep the runner from advancing

  402. GGBG (Magic Number: Joe Torre) September 23rd, 2009 at 4:13 pm

    Just turned the game on – Burnett has the good stuff today?

  403. sab September 23rd, 2009 at 4:13 pm

    nice throw by molina to get the speedy morales…maybe posada might be a little better than him afterall..

  404. RalphieD (OPPC) September 23rd, 2009 at 4:14 pm

    “trying to enjoy this game is like trying to enjoy drinking warm milk or flat soda or bad light beer”

    this game taste fine to me…it just has a different flavor…

  405. Ham Fighters September 23rd, 2009 at 4:14 pm

    sab, perhaps you missed that the game tying run advanced to third last night on an error by posada…

  406. trisha - OPPC lifetime member who is missing the worry gene September 23rd, 2009 at 4:17 pm

    “Just turned the game on – Burnett has the good stuff today?”

    So far so good! Some people aren’t too jazzed with today’s lineup but I kind of like it. My feeling is that if you are good enough to be on the Yankees roster you’re good enough to be in the game. And really, it isn’t like none of the first-stringers are out there.

  407. Pel (a/k/a Bart Simpson) September 23rd, 2009 at 4:19 pm

    damn that’s fast

  408. Erica - always OPPC - Alex Rodriguez September 23rd, 2009 at 4:19 pm

    Ham Fighters
    September 23rd, 2009 at 4:14 pm
    sab, perhaps you missed that the game tying run advanced to third last night on an error by posada…

    ****

    Then you probably missed that Posada two run homerun that helped them get the lead to begin with

  409. RalphieD (OPPC) September 23rd, 2009 at 4:19 pm

    did kazmir forget gardner is a cheetah?

  410. tex's friend September 23rd, 2009 at 4:20 pm

    gardner is playing his way back into the starting cf job. the melkyman picked a bad time to slump.

  411. DT - OPPC member September 23rd, 2009 at 4:20 pm

    John Sterling quote regarding Gardner beating out a base hit –
    “we don’t have to talk about it! – he just did it!”

    umm psst… John…. we are listening on the radio, you still have to talk about it! ;-)

  412. tex's friend September 23rd, 2009 at 4:21 pm

    sab, perhaps you missed that the game tying run advanced to third last night on an error by posada

    in posada’s defense, didnt figgins throw the bat in front of him when he went to throw? i was surprised there was no call for interference, or at least an argument.

  413. Erica - always OPPC - Alex Rodriguez September 23rd, 2009 at 4:22 pm

    DT – OPPC member
    September 23rd, 2009 at 4:20 pm
    John Sterling quote regarding Gardner beating out a base hit –
    “we don’t have to talk about it! – he just did it!”

    umm psst… John…. we are listening on the radio, you still have to talk about it!
    ***

    I also enjoyed that moment in the first when he said that Abreu made the catch in RF. Then started off the 2nd saying he made a mistake and Abreu was not playing RF

  414. Wang IS Taiwan September 23rd, 2009 at 4:22 pm

    Gardner running is a beautiful thing.

    No way Ellsbury is faster. I disagree with Ken.

  415. Pel (a/k/a Bart Simpson) September 23rd, 2009 at 4:23 pm

    :/

  416. Matt September 23rd, 2009 at 4:24 pm

    How many times are we going to see this same thing?

    Gardner at first, and no stolen base attempt, no bunt from Molina, nothing, and then a double play.

    What is the point in having him at first base if you refuse to use his speed and let him get erased on a force play?

  417. DT - OPPC member September 23rd, 2009 at 4:25 pm

    “I also enjoyed that moment in the first when he said that Abreu made the catch in RF. Then started off the 2nd saying he made a mistake and Abreu was not playing RF”

    yes that was bad too. But in Sterling’s defense he at least had the right city – he didn’t call the RF – Ichiro. :-)

  418. Bronx Jeers September 23rd, 2009 at 4:25 pm

    Well this should come as a relief for most.

    Not that he had a shot in the first place.

    http://politicalticker.blogs.c.....edys-seat/

  419. Frank & Beans September 23rd, 2009 at 4:25 pm

    Pete The Nebraska Album by the Boss was horrible.

  420. Mo September 23rd, 2009 at 4:26 pm

    Ah, Matt is here to complain. He cannot go every time, and I think what you just described has happened three times all year.

  421. Jor-El September 23rd, 2009 at 4:27 pm

    i see the kryptonite mongrel with the mutant genes has shown up for the game

  422. The Ghost September 23rd, 2009 at 4:28 pm

    I really don’t understand why Gartner doesn’t run every chance he gets against the Angels. It the only opportunity the Yankees have to take the aggressiveness edge away from Scoscia. It’s very important to keep this team on the defensive mentally.

  423. Andrew GTLU Bronze Medalist September 23rd, 2009 at 4:29 pm

    Not easy to steal against left handed pitchers. Kazmir may not be Andy Pettitte with his pick-off move, but Gardner didn’t want to run his way out of something.

  424. Trevor (Super Mario) September 23rd, 2009 at 4:29 pm

    Garnder’s speed compares to Ichiro and Crawford imo. I think Gardner is a tick or 2 faster then Jose Reyes & Ellsbury.

  425. tex's friend September 23rd, 2009 at 4:29 pm

    one of these innings, that leadoff single is going to bite AJ.

  426. DT - OPPC member September 23rd, 2009 at 4:29 pm

    Bronx Jeers
    September 23rd, 2009 at 4:25 pm
    Well this should come as a relief for most.
    Not that he had a shot in the first place.

    Someone must have told him it’s hard to “run” with a ketchup stained ankle.

  427. NYYROC September 23rd, 2009 at 4:31 pm

    Kinda surprised Joe doesn’t hit & run more, if he doesn’t want straight steal.

  428. MG September 23rd, 2009 at 4:31 pm

    that pitching sequence to Abreu by AJ was absolutely nasty, 97 with tons of movement on the 3rd strike.

  429. Pel (a/k/a Bart Simpson) September 23rd, 2009 at 4:31 pm

    gardner almost misplayed the hell out of that

  430. tex's friend September 23rd, 2009 at 4:32 pm

    still never understood the bloody sock. he had a broken ankle right? do broken bones bleed a lot? because i broke my wrist and it didnt bleed at all.

  431. Erica - always OPPC - Alex Rodriguez September 23rd, 2009 at 4:32 pm

    I think Girardi has given Gardner the green light to steal anytime he wants. Its up to Gardner to go whenever he feels comfortable

  432. The Ghost September 23rd, 2009 at 4:32 pm

    Girardi tends to sleepwalk through long stretches of games. When he wants to though he can match X’s and O’s with anyone.

  433. sab September 23rd, 2009 at 4:32 pm

    Erica – always OPPC – Alex Rodriguez
    September 23rd, 2009 at 4:19 pm
    Ham Fighters
    September 23rd, 2009 at 4:14 pm
    sab, perhaps you missed that the game tying run advanced to third last night on an error by posada…

    ****

    Then you probably missed that Posada two run homerun that helped them get the lead to begin with

    =======================================================
    or did you miss posada throwing out willits by 10 feet in the 9th to seal the victory..

    kendry morales was running – hideki matsui with both knees tied around his back can outrun kendry morales…oh and lets not bring up the fact that molina swings the bat like my dead grandmother….oh and by the way if cano backs up the play or actually runs the 10 feet to retrive it the runner either doesn’t advance or is thrown out by 10 feet at third..

  434. Robbykid September 23rd, 2009 at 4:34 pm

    How do the Rays give up on this guy??!!!!

  435. Robbykid September 23rd, 2009 at 4:34 pm

    How do the Rays give up on this guy??!!!!

  436. Ham Fighters September 23rd, 2009 at 4:35 pm

    i love posada but if u think he’s a better defensive catcher than molina u dont know baseball

  437. trisha - OPPC lifetime member who is missing the worry gene September 23rd, 2009 at 4:35 pm

    Even though I am currently without a job, my profession believes that you still need to attend 10 credit$ worth of courses every year so I am on my way to do due diligence. The rivetting topic? “Protect and Build Your Law Practice in a Tough Market”

    YAWN!!!

    :(

    GO YANKEES!!!!

    GO AJ!!!!

    And if I’m not back in time -

    GO KC!!!!!

  438. jaybird September 23rd, 2009 at 4:38 pm

    Sterling has a serious man crush going on with Teixeira.

  439. Bill G September 23rd, 2009 at 4:38 pm

    I think the media guide is right. The Yankees made the playoffs in 1981 despite finishing 4th in the division because of the shortened season due to the strike. The Yankees were in first before the strike and therefore made the playoffs despite ending the season in 4th place. Does anybody know how to tell this to Michael Kay?

  440. tex's friend September 23rd, 2009 at 4:39 pm

    posada and his supposed subpar defense caught the game burnett through the 1 hitter in the 15 vs. boston. also, he has been invaluable to this team for 10 years.

    it shouldnt be an issue, but now it seems burnett has gotten comfy with molina. i cannot see joe g sitting posada in game 2 so burnett can pitch to molina, but what do i know.

  441. GreenBeret7 September 23rd, 2009 at 4:39 pm

    MaineYankee
    September 23rd, 2009 at 3:43 pm
    randy l.
    September 23rd, 2009 at 3:36 pm
    “Did GB7 rush in, tape on a splint and tell him to suck it up?”

    maine yankee-

    the problem with having gb7 around when things like that happen is he might just run up and shoot you to put you out of your misery.

    ————————————————–

    I didn’t think of that. Probably more likely.

    ————————————————————

    You guys have it all wrong about me. I’m probably the most misunderstood person on this board and, no, it has nothing to do with my typos and misspelled words).

    I’m really a soft-spoken, quiet, considerate, kind-hearted and thoughtful person. I may shoot someone to put them out of their misery, I’d at least use a silencer so it didn’t wake up the others.

  442. Ham Fighters September 23rd, 2009 at 4:40 pm

    bill g

    carrier pigeon?

  443. tex's friend September 23rd, 2009 at 4:40 pm

    Shelley 3 run bomb. Watch!

  444. RalphieD (OPPC) September 23rd, 2009 at 4:40 pm

    “What is the point in having him at first base if you refuse to use his speed and let him get erased on a force play?”

    so he can score on a hit?…its not like hes incapable of doing anything but run…hes a .280 hitter and plays solid defense…hes not just a pair of legs like some people thing

  445. Pel (a/k/a Bart Simpson) September 23rd, 2009 at 4:41 pm

    what a waste

  446. Jor-El September 23rd, 2009 at 4:42 pm

    can anyone imagine what it would be like to hire trish. tell me you would not regret the decision within 10 minutes and realize that you should fire yourself for bad judgment

  447. RalphieD (OPPC) September 23rd, 2009 at 4:42 pm

    people think*

  448. Former Box 607 September 23rd, 2009 at 4:42 pm

    tex’s friend

    still never understood the bloody sock. he had a broken ankle right? do broken bones bleed a lot? because i broke my wrist and it didnt bleed at all.
    ——————–
    Schilling had a torn tendon in his ankle and they sutured up his tendor to keep it from rubbing or snapping during the game. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/S....._Procedure

  449. randy l. September 23rd, 2009 at 4:43 pm

    “I’m really a soft-spoken, quiet, considerate, kind-hearted and thoughtful person. I may shoot someone to put them out of their misery, I’d at least use a silencer so it didn’t wake up the others.”

    maine yankee-

    even i have to admit ,gb7 would be considered a good neighbor in maine.

  450. number18 September 23rd, 2009 at 4:43 pm

    Can cano get a friggin hit with RISP?

  451. Nick von Clausewitz in SF September 23rd, 2009 at 4:43 pm

    zomg, we can’t score off this team EVER and now Molina can’t throw out baserunners. It’s all slipping away…

    Deep breaths.

    Just gotta take things One Day at a Time.

    Yech, now that’s tainted too! :mad:

  452. Erica - always OPPC - Alex Rodriguez September 23rd, 2009 at 4:43 pm

    Ham Fighters
    September 23rd, 2009 at 4:35 pm
    i love posada but if u think he’s a better defensive catcher than molina u dont know baseball

    ****

    In 2009, Posada has thrown out 29% of batters
    In 2009, Molina has thrown out 31% of batters
    For that extra 2%, I will take the offense that comes with Posada anytime. But maybe I just don’t know anything about baseball :roll:

  453. randy l. September 23rd, 2009 at 4:44 pm

    if he tagged him in the back it meant his feet had already hit the plate. he was safe.

  454. Erica - always OPPC - Alex Rodriguez September 23rd, 2009 at 4:44 pm

    Nick von Clausewitz in SF
    September 23rd, 2009 at 4:43 pm
    zomg, we can’t score off this team EVER and now Molina can’t throw out baserunners. It’s all slipping away…

    Deep breaths.

    Just gotta take things One Day at a Time.

    Yech, now that’s tainted too!
    *****

    I have no idea how I am ever going to listen to the Mamas and the Papas again….
    And I really like them :-(

  455. Dan from Mass September 23rd, 2009 at 4:44 pm

    Man, I can’t stand Sterling’s “can’t predict baseball” schtick.

  456. Pov September 23rd, 2009 at 4:45 pm

    I never like the low percentage play of sending a slow runner like Tex to the plate with no one out. It’s like you gave a out away. Wasn’t even close.

    Now Cano with one out

  457. Pel (a/k/a Bart Simpson) September 23rd, 2009 at 4:46 pm

    ROBI THANK YOU!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  458. number18 September 23rd, 2009 at 4:46 pm

    woooooohooooooo!!!! yaaaay CANO, proved me wrong!

  459. Pov September 23rd, 2009 at 4:46 pm

    Finally way to go Cano!!!!!

  460. Trevor (Super Mario) September 23rd, 2009 at 4:46 pm

    OH MY……. :shock: Cano?

  461. RalphieD (OPPC) September 23rd, 2009 at 4:46 pm

    “I never like the low percentage play of sending a slow runner like Tex to the plate with no one out. It’s like you gave a out away. Wasn’t even close.

    Now Cano with one out”

    there was 1 out..that made it 2

  462. MG September 23rd, 2009 at 4:46 pm

    OK, there is a moratorium on Cano complaints for the rest of the day, that was a good, tough AB

  463. Erica - always OPPC - Alex Rodriguez September 23rd, 2009 at 4:46 pm

    B List Yankee Line up = 2
    Stupid Angels = 0

  464. Former Box 607 September 23rd, 2009 at 4:46 pm

    If Cano is figuring out how to hit with RISP, look out.

  465. Frank & Beans September 23rd, 2009 at 4:46 pm

    We needed that hit. might make AJ pitch with a little more fire

  466. The Ghost September 23rd, 2009 at 4:47 pm

    Kazmir is a real space cadet huh?

  467. Pel (a/k/a Bart Simpson) September 23rd, 2009 at 4:47 pm

    small ball baby!!!!!!!!!

  468. Former Box 607 September 23rd, 2009 at 4:47 pm

    It goes Alllll the way to the wall!!! Sterling….

  469. Former Box 607 September 23rd, 2009 at 4:47 pm

    It goes Alllll the way to the wall!!! Sterling….

  470. daver September 23rd, 2009 at 4:48 pm

    what happened? gameday is stuck on my pc

  471. MG September 23rd, 2009 at 4:48 pm

    there is the end of Melky’s slump possibly as well.

  472. CB September 23rd, 2009 at 4:48 pm

    ““The backbone of surprise is fusing speed with secrecy””

    - Robi Cano

  473. Frank & Beans September 23rd, 2009 at 4:48 pm

    The Melk man finally delivers

  474. tex's friend September 23rd, 2009 at 4:48 pm

    is a-rod dressed up as cano today?

  475. ken September 23rd, 2009 at 4:48 pm

    Why doesn’t Tex slide on the opposite side of the plate from the catcher and stick out his arm? He may have been safe.

  476. Jor-El September 23rd, 2009 at 4:48 pm

    not meaning to be superstitious but I am convinced her leaving brought good Yankee luck

  477. We MIss Paulie September 23rd, 2009 at 4:48 pm

    Looks like the Yankees are coming around,….just in time.

  478. sphinxa September 23rd, 2009 at 4:49 pm

    Pete,

    Cano has had a great year and RISP has been poor but he doesn’t deserve your constant hammering.

  479. NYY626 September 23rd, 2009 at 4:49 pm

    Woohoo, I’m not watching or listening ( only blog reading) but I’m very happy for Robbie. He always looks so proud after a hit.

  480. NYY626 September 23rd, 2009 at 4:49 pm

    Woohoo, I’m not watching or listening ( only blog reading) but I’m very happy for Robbie. He always looks so proud after a hit.

  481. Nick von Clausewitz in SF September 23rd, 2009 at 4:49 pm

    You’re all welcome. :)

    Erica, it was a pretty sick situation already… wasn’t he pimping her out to Mick Jagger?

    Anyway, you gotta Make Your Own Kind of Music.

  482. MG September 23rd, 2009 at 4:50 pm

    It’s time for the Jim conspiracy theory- Rivera dogged it purposely agains the Sox on that game ending hit and ran his butt off to catch Gardners.

    I have the feeling that is much more due to Scioscia getting on his butt for not running out his double a few days ago.

  483. CB September 23rd, 2009 at 4:50 pm

    For a hitter who’s biggest asset is his legs, Brett Gardner hits the ball with a surprising amount of underspin. It’s really too bad.

  484. DT - OPPC member September 23rd, 2009 at 4:50 pm

    “Man, I can’t stand Sterling’s “can’t predict baseball” schtick.”

    actually he has a valid point. On a long fly ball will Sterling say –
    “It is high… it is far… that BALL IS ….” – Gone? or Caught? or Where is it Suzyn?

    You just can’t predict….

  485. Ham Fighters September 23rd, 2009 at 4:50 pm

    funny how people think gardner can just steal on any pitch and he’s being lazy when he doesnt.

    gardner has stolen 36 bases over the first 352 at bats of his mlb career

    rickey henderson stole 39 in his first season, in 351 at bats.

    nobody steals every time they get on.

  486. Dan from Mass September 23rd, 2009 at 4:50 pm

    Robbie with a hit. Boy, you can’t predict baseball. If anyone tells you can predict baseball, they’re crazy. I mean, who would have predicted that? Ah, baseball, baseball. Can’t predict it.

  487. an0n September 23rd, 2009 at 4:50 pm

    The Cano meme is old fatocalypse

  488. MG September 23rd, 2009 at 4:51 pm

    ken
    September 23rd, 2009 at 4:48 pm
    Why doesn’t Tex slide on the opposite side of the plate from the catcher and stick out his arm? He may have been safe
    —————————————-
    why don’t you call him and ask?

    the phone number is 1-800-NIT-PICK

    that’s probably the 1st time he’s been thrown out at a base all year, I don’t think he needs your help or advice but enjoy yourself.

  489. Ham Fighters September 23rd, 2009 at 4:52 pm

    damn, this ‘garbage lineup’ which some were saying wasnt even worth watching, is doing pretty good so far…

  490. chris A September 23rd, 2009 at 4:52 pm

    Getting a few runs off Kazmir today could prove invaluable when they face him in a couple weeks

  491. Erica - always OPPC - Alex Rodriguez September 23rd, 2009 at 4:52 pm

    Nick von Clausewitz in SF
    September 23rd, 2009 at 4:49 pm
    You’re all welcome.

    Erica, it was a pretty sick situation already… wasn’t he pimping her out to Mick Jagger?

    Anyway, you gotta Make Your Own Kind of Music.

    *****

    Not sure. I was completely horrified when that story broke last night. I have never felt such compulsion and fascination at the same time. And I wonder what is going through the heads of John Phillips other daughters. And where was Mackenzie’s mother when all of this was going on???

    And I like my old music! Don’t make fun!!

  492. tex's friend September 23rd, 2009 at 4:53 pm

    Robbie with a hit. Boy, you can’t predict baseball. If anyone tells you can predict baseball, they’re crazy. I mean, who would have predicted that? Ah, baseball, baseball. Can’t predict it.

    ___

    Michael Kay? Is that YOU?

  493. Potch September 23rd, 2009 at 4:53 pm

    Wait… Did we just get Morales out… FOR THE FIRST TIME THIS SERIES?!?!?!

  494. MG September 23rd, 2009 at 4:53 pm

    Kazmir looked to me like he was getting tired in the 4th inning, we’ll have to see how he throws in the 5th.

    AJ is really bringing it today, that K of Morales after a 3-0 count was very impressive

  495. GreenBeret7 September 23rd, 2009 at 4:53 pm

    Frank & Beans
    September 23rd, 2009 at 4:46 pm
    We needed that hit. might make AJ pitch with a little more fire

    ————————————————————

    Exactly how much more fire does he need today. 5 strikeouts and 1 walk in 3 innings.

  496. MaineYankee September 23rd, 2009 at 4:54 pm

    randy l.
    September 23rd, 2009 at 4:43 pm
    “I’m really a soft-spoken, quiet, considerate, kind-hearted and thoughtful person. I may shoot someone to put them out of their misery, I’d at least use a silencer so it didn’t wake up the others.”

    maine yankee-

    even i have to admit ,gb7 would be considered a good neighbor in maine.

    ———————————————–

    Nah, the silencer would make him seem like a sissy. :lol:

  497. sab September 23rd, 2009 at 4:54 pm

    ham – i’m not saying posada is better defensively – i’m saying he’s better period…molina is slightly better defensively – posada is lightyears better offensively…so overall posada is your handsdown winner..
    if you can’t throw morales out – or at least make it close then maybe you ain’t as good as everyone says you are…

    thats all i’m saying -

  498. tex's friend September 23rd, 2009 at 4:54 pm

    kay, sterling, i feel like they all say the same thing.

  499. MG September 23rd, 2009 at 4:55 pm

    GreenBeret7
    September 23rd, 2009 at 4:53 pm
    Frank & Beans
    September 23rd, 2009 at 4:46 pm
    We needed that hit. might make AJ pitch with a little more fire

    ————————————————————

    Exactly how much more fire does he need today. 5 strikeouts and 1 walk in 3 innings.
    ————————————–
    GB, I think he wants AJ to use a Rear Naked Choke MMA style while pieing anyone who dares get a hit…

  500. Ham Fighters September 23rd, 2009 at 4:56 pm

    no offense but has anyone ever suggested that molina was the better catcher overall? that wouldnt even be worth replying to

  501. randy l. September 23rd, 2009 at 4:57 pm

    “Why doesn’t Tex slide on the opposite side of the plate from the catcher and stick out his arm? He may have been safe.”

    the perfect slide would have been a head first one where you throw your feet to the left and stick out your hand as it brushes by the plate .

    the catcher would have had nothing to tag.

    but only scrappy guys who can’t hit like teixeira know that slide :)

    a really good base runner like jeter likely would have read where the catcher was and slid feet first on the other side of the plate.

    that’s just not part of teixeira’s game. no biggie.

  502. Bronx Jeers September 23rd, 2009 at 4:57 pm

    “Michael Kay? Is that YOU?”

    shame on you.

    That’s Sterlingese.

  503. Nick von Clausewitz in SF September 23rd, 2009 at 4:58 pm

    Not making fun, I love that song, and it’s also part of the best episode of LOST ever.

    The loneliest kind of lonely…

  504. jennifer September 23rd, 2009 at 4:58 pm

    He may lose today, but he has awfully good stuff, says John Sterling.

    Um okay. Also hate how he screams when something happens. I can’t understand him when he screams!

  505. DT - OPPC member September 23rd, 2009 at 4:59 pm

    “I’m really a soft-spoken, quiet, considerate, kind-hearted and thoughtful person. I may shoot someone to put them out of their misery, I’d at least use a silencer so it didn’t wake up the others.”

    Is this GB or Alan Alda?

  506. randy l. September 23rd, 2009 at 4:59 pm

    “Nah, the silencer would make him seem like a sissy. ”

    good point.

    what was i thinking ? :)

  507. Frank & Beans September 23rd, 2009 at 5:01 pm

    I think he wants AJ to use a Rear Naked Choke MMA style while pieing anyone who dares get a hit…

    LOL…. I want him to start breaking bats and pounding the K zone not nibble nibble nibble.

  508. Uncle Ellsworth September 23rd, 2009 at 5:01 pm

    fire, fire….

  509. Erica - always OPPC - Alex Rodriguez September 23rd, 2009 at 5:01 pm

    Nick von Clausewitz in SF
    September 23rd, 2009 at 4:58 pm
    Not making fun, I love that song, and it’s also part of the best episode of LOST ever.

    The loneliest kind of lonely…

    ****
    Go where you wanna go :-)

  510. S.A.--Is it October yet? September 23rd, 2009 at 5:02 pm

    Good job so far AJ! Let’s see this in the playoffs

  511. Erica - always OPPC - Alex Rodriguez September 23rd, 2009 at 5:02 pm

    Uncle Ellsworth
    September 23rd, 2009 at 5:01 pm
    fire, fire….

    *****

    I have only one burning desire
    Let me stand next to your fire

  512. NYY626 September 23rd, 2009 at 5:02 pm

    I’m sneaking out of work a little early cause I have a bad headache ( also known as extreme lack of sleep due to 2 am yankee endings). Going to miss an hour of the game on my train ride. I really need to invest in an Iphone :(

    Go Yanks!

  513. sab September 23rd, 2009 at 5:02 pm

    Ham Fighters
    September 23rd, 2009 at 4:56 pm
    no offense but has anyone ever suggested that molina was the better catcher overall? that wouldnt even be worth replying to

    =========================================================
    well i guess then you didn’t pick up on my sarcasm when i said that maybe posada is the better catcher afterall..we all know he is..

    having said that if burnett needs molina to pitch like he has been so far today – then i’ll be the first one to jump on that “molina starts when burnett pitches” bandwagon everytime!!!

  514. MG September 23rd, 2009 at 5:02 pm

    Nibbling?

    8 K’s in 4 innings and he’s nibbling?

    He goes to 3 ball counts because his pitches move so much.

    I think someone’s been nibbling on both your brains and eyes…

  515. tex's friend September 23rd, 2009 at 5:02 pm

    how many Ks is that for AJ?

  516. miggs - GTLU Reigning Champion September 23rd, 2009 at 5:03 pm

    Is anyone else just getting a black screen on YES?

    Mine has been down for 10 minutes now.

  517. GreenBeret7 September 23rd, 2009 at 5:03 pm

    The strikeouts are great to see, because it shows just how dominant Burnett is, but, it sure is eating up his pitch count. NYY needs at least 7 innings today. A couple of 10 pitch innings would be helpful.

  518. The Ghost September 23rd, 2009 at 5:03 pm

    8

  519. Bronx Jeers September 23rd, 2009 at 5:04 pm

    First suicide…now it’s evolved into cold-blooded murder.

    Could serial killing be next?

    Burnett looks nasty today.

  520. tex's friend September 23rd, 2009 at 5:05 pm

    The strikeouts are great to see, because it shows just how dominant Burnett is, but, it sure is eating up his pitch count. NYY needs at least 7 innings today. A couple of 10 pitch innings would be helpful.

    ___

    maybe not… maybe we get an Ian Kennedy sighting.

  521. robix September 23rd, 2009 at 5:05 pm

    Yeah, I’m getting a black screen on YES, too. Cablevision in Brooklyn. Stuck listening to the radio.

    Anyone know what the answer to the trivia question was?

  522. 213 Area Code September 23rd, 2009 at 5:06 pm

    Robbie hitting w/RISP & AJ striking out the side in the 4th on 9/23? I’m fearful that’s evidience of certain people peaking (2 weeks) too early.

  523. DT - OPPC member September 23rd, 2009 at 5:06 pm

    “Go where you wanna go”

    that’s what got Seinfeld and George in trouble……

    two days in a row I can use “you could get Uromysitisis poisoning and die” line.

  524. YankeesLuv September 23rd, 2009 at 5:07 pm

    What happened to the game? YES is not showing.

  525. GreenBeret7 September 23rd, 2009 at 5:07 pm

    I’d rather not see Kennedy or the bullpen for 9 outs and a three run lead.

  526. Frank from Chatham, NJ September 23rd, 2009 at 5:07 pm

    There may be something to Burnett’s heater and the Angel heat…

  527. YankeesLuv September 23rd, 2009 at 5:08 pm

    Oh there it is, it’s back.

  528. Ham Fighters September 23rd, 2009 at 5:08 pm

    yes broadcast on directtv is fine

  529. Pel (a/k/a Bart Simpson) September 23rd, 2009 at 5:08 pm

    jeets with some good wheels

  530. tex's friend September 23rd, 2009 at 5:09 pm

    I’d rather not see Kennedy or the bullpen for 9 outs and a three run lead

    ___

    dont worry. the lead will be more than 3 soon.

  531. The Ghost September 23rd, 2009 at 5:09 pm

    Will Jeter make the 20-30 club?

  532. MG September 23rd, 2009 at 5:10 pm

    it’s really doubtful that Kennedy sees the mound before the Yankees clinch the division, why would the put him in that situation after the surgery and the limited number of innings this year?

  533. Benny Blanco September 23rd, 2009 at 5:10 pm

    Just got in…WOW, 8k’s for burnett. He must be dealing.

  534. Pel (a/k/a Bart Simpson) September 23rd, 2009 at 5:12 pm

    right in the cunyoons

  535. GreenBeret7 September 23rd, 2009 at 5:13 pm

    Ding Dong School is in session for Mike Napoli.

  536. Uncle Ellsworth September 23rd, 2009 at 5:14 pm

    Erica – always OPPC – Alex Rodriguez
    September 23rd, 2009 at 5:02 pm
    Uncle Ellsworth
    September 23rd, 2009 at 5:01 pm
    fire, fire….

    *****

    I have only one burning desire
    Let me stand next to your fire
    ——————-
    Come on baby, light my fire

  537. pat September 23rd, 2009 at 5:15 pm

    “He may lose today, but he has awfully good stuff, says John Sterling.”

    I was in the car and it was 3-0, went in a store, came out 10 minutes later and heard Sterling say that and figured all heck had broken loose in 10 minutes and the Yanks were losing. Was relieved to find out John was just being philosophical.

  538. Erica - always OPPC - Alex Rodriguez September 23rd, 2009 at 5:16 pm

    Uncle Ellsworth
    September 23rd, 2009 at 5:14 pm
    Erica – always OPPC – Alex Rodriguez
    September 23rd, 2009 at 5:02 pm
    Uncle Ellsworth
    September 23rd, 2009 at 5:01 pm
    fire, fire….

    *****

    I have only one burning desire
    Let me stand next to your fire
    ——————-
    Come on baby, light my fire

    *****

    Fire is the devil’s only friend :evil:

  539. GreenBeret7 September 23rd, 2009 at 5:17 pm

    Well, at least they ran Kazmir’s pitch count up to 93 after five innings.

  540. L to the 2nd September 23rd, 2009 at 5:18 pm

    Typical Kazmir — 90+ pitches in 5 innings.

    He’ll be toast soon – then to the “vaunted” Angels BP

  541. Uncle Ellsworth September 23rd, 2009 at 5:20 pm

    Fire is the devil’s only friend”

    ——-
    fire on the mountain lightnin in the air

  542. Benny Blanco September 23rd, 2009 at 5:21 pm

    I’m so tired of chone figgins!!!!

  543. RS September 23rd, 2009 at 5:22 pm

    Just as Girardi said, the Angels always seem to mount a rally in the 5th inning.

  544. GreenBeret7 September 23rd, 2009 at 5:23 pm

    Man!!! That was a nasty pitch.

  545. Erica - always OPPC - Alex Rodriguez September 23rd, 2009 at 5:23 pm

    Uncle Ellsworth
    September 23rd, 2009 at 5:20 pm
    Fire is the devil’s only friend”

    ——-
    fire on the mountain lightnin in the air

    *****

    I fell into a burning ring of fire
    I went down, down, down
    And the flames went higher
    And it burns, burns, burns
    A ring of fire

  546. RS September 23rd, 2009 at 5:23 pm

    Thanks Aybar.

  547. Enough Figgins September 23rd, 2009 at 5:23 pm

    figgins kills the yanks. 9 ks

  548. Erica - always OPPC - Alex Rodriguez September 23rd, 2009 at 5:24 pm

    Bobby Cox to retire after next year.

    http://sports.yahoo.com/mlb/ne.....;type=lgns

  549. Uncle Ellsworth September 23rd, 2009 at 5:24 pm

    “I fell into a burning ring of fire
    I went down, down, down
    And the flames went higher
    And it burns, burns, burns
    A ring of fire”

    ——-
    I’ve seen fire
    and
    I’ve seen rain

  550. bodhisattva - Destiny Wears Pinstripes September 23rd, 2009 at 5:25 pm

    September 23rd, 2009 at 4:51 pm
    ken
    September 23rd, 2009 at 4:48 pm
    Why doesn’t Tex slide on the opposite side of the plate from the catcher and stick out his arm? He may have been safe
    =====

    Hey, ken – agree with you. He should have slid inside there.

    Nice play by Robi.

  551. Frank & Beans September 23rd, 2009 at 5:25 pm

    Erica – always OPPC – Alex Rodriguez
    September 23rd, 2009 at 5:23 pm
    Uncle Ellsworth
    September 23rd, 2009 at 5:20 pm
    Fire is the devil’s only friend”

    ——-
    fire on the mountain lightnin in the air

    *****

    I fell into a burning ring of fire
    I went down, down, down
    And the flames went higher
    And it burns, burns, burns
    A ring of fire
    ************
    Good song

  552. Pat M. September 23rd, 2009 at 5:25 pm

    AJ, just threw a curveball that should be outlawed….Istirus was swinging and the balll wasn’t even near the plate….

  553. GreenBeret7 September 23rd, 2009 at 5:25 pm

    Outstanding range and play by Cano.

  554. Nick von Clausewitz in SF September 23rd, 2009 at 5:25 pm

    Can AJ go where Gaudin couldn’t? Now we find out.

  555. Enough Figgins September 23rd, 2009 at 5:25 pm

    okay get out this with just one run…

  556. GreenBeret7 September 23rd, 2009 at 5:26 pm

    Burnett got out cheaply enough, considering. He’s still under 80 pitches.

  557. Pel (a/k/a Bart Simpson) September 23rd, 2009 at 5:26 pm

    Fighting back from 0 outs and runners on 2B and 3B to only giving up 1 run and preserving the lead?

    I’ll take it.

  558. Enough Figgins September 23rd, 2009 at 5:27 pm

    thats how you pitch out of trouble…have not seen AJ look like this in a while…ALthough he did pitch well against seattle the other night..

  559. Frank & Beans September 23rd, 2009 at 5:28 pm

    We need to show some heart against the bully, the team that has been kicking us around for several years. That is where the fire comes from. They need to stop playing like they are scared.

  560. DYNASTY IS DESTINY! September 23rd, 2009 at 5:28 pm

    Burnett bounces back…

    Silencing the Seraphim…

    Capuchins’ chagrin…

  561. Bronx Jeers September 23rd, 2009 at 5:29 pm

    Well you have to consider that inning a glaring success.

    No melting…no wilting…. against some real good hitters as well.

  562. GreenBeret7 September 23rd, 2009 at 5:30 pm

    One good thing going for the yanks is a very deep bench, today.

  563. igotid88 September 23rd, 2009 at 5:30 pm

    I hope Alex plays the next 9 games. i wanna see him get 30/100.

  564. Enough Figgins September 23rd, 2009 at 5:31 pm

    A lot of LONG at bats for the yankss

  565. GreenBeret7 September 23rd, 2009 at 5:31 pm

    Too much air time.

  566. Ham Fighters September 23rd, 2009 at 5:32 pm

    johnny cash was awesome!
    one of my all time fave’s. i got to see him in concert for free when i worked at the student radio station at mizzou, i was the sports director but none of the dj’s wanted the free tickets! i scooped them babies right up and went to a great concert.

    the ‘special surprise guest’ was brooke shields who played and sang a few songs.

  567. Enough Figgins September 23rd, 2009 at 5:32 pm

    8 pitch, 9 pitch at bats..nice

  568. bodhisattva - Destiny Wears Pinstripes September 23rd, 2009 at 5:32 pm

    Erica – always OPPC – Alex Rodriguez
    September 23rd, 2009 at 3:39 pm
    To Bodhi, from Trisha-
    “Trisha,
    Where’s my Sux verse? “
    Bod, the only way I can get my posts to show up in real time these days is to have Erica post for me! Pete’s trying to figure out the problem. Maybe someone pirated my account not sure. What happens is that I post and the posts show up eventually, but they are cut in at the chronological time I originally posted them so they basically don’t get read! (probably not a bad thing ha ha) Very frustrating not to be able to share with my buds in real time.
    But here it is since you asked and since I know you’ll see it in real time! J Hopefully we’ll get this figured out. I definitely want to be here in real time for the Yanks world series champagne!!!
    ******************************************************
    Oh, somewhere in this favored land the sun is shining bright;
    The band is playing somewhere, and somewhere hearts are light,
    And somewhere men are laughing, and somewhere children shout,
    But there is no joy for Sux fans—their whole damn team has just struck out!!!!
    Thank you Zack Greinke!!!
    XOXOX
    =====

    Solid job, Trish! :D. Thanks for the assist, Erica. I’ll be in ballpark this weekend for 1st two and then at Jets-Tennessee Sunday. How will the prosperity be handled here, if we clinch with the Red Sox on our field? :D

    Betsy, LOL. Hey, I’m guessing your pop is doing well, since you’re taking a family vacation. Enjoy.

  569. GreenBeret7 September 23rd, 2009 at 5:33 pm

    Throw Napoli out of the game for making deliberate contact and mugging of the home plate umpire.

  570. Erica - always OPPC - Alex Rodriguez September 23rd, 2009 at 5:33 pm

    Uncle Ellsworth
    September 23rd, 2009 at 5:24 pm
    I’ve seen fire
    and
    I’ve seen rain

    ******

    Watch out you might get what you’re after
    Cool babies strange but not a stranger
    I’m an ordinary guy
    Burning down the house
    Hold tight wait till the party’s over
    Hold tight We’re in for nasty weather
    There has got to be a way
    Burning down the house
    Here’s your ticket pack your bag:
    time for jumpin’ overboard
    The transportation is here
    Close enough but not too far,
    Maybe you know where you are
    Fightin’ fire with fire

  571. Valerie G. September 23rd, 2009 at 5:33 pm

    Great catch!

  572. Azaz September 23rd, 2009 at 5:34 pm

    is ther a site out ther that can tell me how many changeups,curves,and fastballs aj has thrown today thanks in advance

  573. Erica - always OPPC - Alex Rodriguez September 23rd, 2009 at 5:34 pm

    Ham Fighters
    September 23rd, 2009 at 5:32 pm
    johnny cash was awesome!
    one of my all time fave’s. i got to see him in concert for free when i worked at the student radio station at mizzou, i was the sports director but none of the dj’s wanted the free tickets! i scooped them babies right up and went to a great concert.

    ****

    I am glad you didn’t see him live from prison

  574. Former Box 607 September 23rd, 2009 at 5:35 pm

    To the tune of Baby come back by Hall and Oates…

    A.J. come back, and throw strikes one two three,
    You were cruising, in those early innings damn you…
    A.J come back, you can’t blame it on George-ee,
    Please be strong, and ignore that monkey on you.

    ——–

    Looks like Bad A.J. made a brief appearance, but Good A.J. came back.

  575. bodhisattva - Destiny Wears Pinstripes September 23rd, 2009 at 5:35 pm

    Go look at MLB Gameday.

  576. GreenBeret7 September 23rd, 2009 at 5:36 pm

    On the poll question of who I’d rather see NYY face in the post season? I’d prefer the Yanks against the Mets.

  577. Uncle Ellsworth September 23rd, 2009 at 5:36 pm

    Watch out you might get what you’re after
    Cool babies strange but not a stranger
    I’m an ordinary guy
    Burning down the house
    Hold tight wait till the party’s over
    Hold tight We’re in for nasty weather
    There has got to be a way
    Burning down the house
    Here’s your ticket pack your bag:
    time for jumpin’ overboard
    The transportation is here
    Close enough but not too far,
    Maybe you know where you are
    Fightin’ fire with fire

    ————
    don’t play with me ’cause you’re playin with fire

  578. Frank & Beans September 23rd, 2009 at 5:36 pm

    Expert Predictions Gone Wrong 2009 Yankees http://yankeesvoice.mlblogs

  579. Azaz September 23rd, 2009 at 5:36 pm

    mlb gameday sometimes classifies stuff wrong

  580. Valerie G. September 23rd, 2009 at 5:36 pm

    yeah, gameday has pitches…but you’ll have to count by hand.

  581. Ham Fighters September 23rd, 2009 at 5:37 pm

    i have no opinion on who id prefer to play, thats just playing with fire (today’s theme!)

    i just want to play whoever shows up at the stadium the first playoff game.

  582. Valerie G. September 23rd, 2009 at 5:37 pm

    who here wants a yanks-dodgers world series?

  583. Valerie G. September 23rd, 2009 at 5:37 pm

    who here wants a yanks-dodgers world series?

  584. L to the 2nd September 23rd, 2009 at 5:38 pm

    Last inning for Kazmir, you would think.

    111 pitches & counting.

    Good ABs by the Yanks.

  585. Enough Figgins September 23rd, 2009 at 5:38 pm

    I am sorry I am came in late what is with the poems and songs…

  586. Valerie G. September 23rd, 2009 at 5:38 pm

    sorry. accidentally posted twice.

  587. Tom in N.J. September 23rd, 2009 at 5:38 pm

    Fire in the Sky?

  588. bodhisattva - Destiny Wears Pinstripes September 23rd, 2009 at 5:38 pm

    Shut up Kay.

    The idea that Melky tanks it because Gardner gets a couple of starts is asinine.

    He got a day off, you joker. He’s still kind of lunging for the ball. I was hoping he’d get today off too, but at least tomrrow’s an off day.

  589. GreenBeret7 September 23rd, 2009 at 5:38 pm

    Burnett needs a fast shutdown inning in the 6th. No hits, no walks and no strikeouts.

  590. Ham Fighters September 23rd, 2009 at 5:38 pm

    i predicted 5 of the 6 division winners this year! (waaaaaaay above my usual!)

  591. Nick von Clausewitz in SF September 23rd, 2009 at 5:38 pm

    Ham Fighters, my dad is a Mizzou alum as well, and will be seeing the Tigers take on the Nevada Wolfpack in Reno this Friday night.

  592. Enough Figgins September 23rd, 2009 at 5:39 pm

    yanks vs dodgers or cardinals would be nice

  593. Valerie G. September 23rd, 2009 at 5:39 pm

    111 pitches?! wow!

  594. Erica - always OPPC - Alex Rodriguez September 23rd, 2009 at 5:39 pm

    Former Box 607
    September 23rd, 2009 at 5:35 pm
    To the tune of Baby come back by Hall and Oates…

    A.J. come back, and throw strikes one two three,
    You were cruising, in those early innings damn you…
    A.J come back, you can’t blame it on George-ee,
    Please be strong, and ignore that monkey on you.

    ——–

    Looks like Bad A.J. made a brief appearance, but Good A.J. came back.

    ****

    FYI- that song was a group named Player. Not Hall and Oates

  595. Enough Figgins September 23rd, 2009 at 5:40 pm

    I hate to say it, but I really want to see Yanks vs Red Sox in the ALCS..that would be crazy..

  596. Ham Fighters September 23rd, 2009 at 5:41 pm

    5 of 6 assuming the tigers win.

  597. Erica - always OPPC - Alex Rodriguez September 23rd, 2009 at 5:41 pm

    Uncle Ellsworth
    September 23rd, 2009 at 5:36 pm

    don’t play with me ’cause you’re playin with fire

    ****

    Got a bad desire…
    Oh oh ohhhhhhhh, I’m on fire
    (from the birthday boy)

  598. Valerie G. September 23rd, 2009 at 5:41 pm

    Burnett’s pitch count is pretty good…I see him going 7 strong.

  599. Ham Fighters September 23rd, 2009 at 5:42 pm

    gooooo tigers!

    as a giants fan, u cant imagine how much it hurt to see jeremy maclin drafted by the eagles!

  600. Valerie G. September 23rd, 2009 at 5:43 pm

    anybody have a suggestion for a wide receiver for a fantasy football league?

  601. Nick von Clausewitz in SF September 23rd, 2009 at 5:43 pm

    I can imagine, because I am also a Giants fan and I have to see DeSean Jackson play in Philly too. :mad:

  602. bodhisattva - Destiny Wears Pinstripes September 23rd, 2009 at 5:43 pm

    Azaz
    September 23rd, 2009 at 5:36 pm
    mlb gameday sometimes classifies stuff wrong
    ====

    Yes, they do. Do the best you can. Count his changeups now and go to fangraphs tomorrow and count them again, I guess.

  603. Tom in N.J. September 23rd, 2009 at 5:43 pm

    Go to a lake of fire and fry
    Don’t see them again ’till the Fourth of July

  604. Former Box 607 September 23rd, 2009 at 5:44 pm

    Erica –

    Thanks. I totally thought it was Hall and Oates, but you were right…

  605. Uncle Ellsworth September 23rd, 2009 at 5:44 pm

    “After the fire the fire still burns
    The heart grows older but never ever learns
    The memories smoulder and the soul always yearns
    After the fire the fire still burns”

  606. eric September 23rd, 2009 at 5:45 pm

    Trade burnett now!

  607. Ham Fighters September 23rd, 2009 at 5:45 pm

    now the eagles got some real skill players to surround mcnabb and thier o and d lines have turned to mush

  608. Uncle Ellsworth September 23rd, 2009 at 5:45 pm

    Valerie G.
    September 23rd, 2009 at 5:43 pm
    anybody have a suggestion for a wide receiver for a fantasy football league?

    assuming all the big names are taken,
    try manningham or smith of the giants

  609. Valerie G. September 23rd, 2009 at 5:45 pm

    more songs and rhymes?

  610. Bad Scooter September 23rd, 2009 at 5:46 pm

    Baby Come Back is not Hall and Oates.

    It was a band called Player.

  611. Frank & Beans September 23rd, 2009 at 5:46 pm

    11 K’s for AJ, come on kid give us 7 more

  612. L to the 2nd September 23rd, 2009 at 5:46 pm

    The Good AJ has shown up today

  613. Nick von Clausewitz in SF September 23rd, 2009 at 5:46 pm

    Tom: I don’t think too many will know where that one came from. :)

  614. Valerie G. September 23rd, 2009 at 5:47 pm

    thanks for the suggestion…i’ll give it a try.

    BTW, we should NOT trade burnett!

  615. Erica - always OPPC - Alex Rodriguez September 23rd, 2009 at 5:47 pm

    Former Box 607
    September 23rd, 2009 at 5:44 pm
    Erica –

    Thanks. I totally thought it was Hall and Oates, but you were right…

    ****

    Sure. I am very full of random song knowledge

  616. Benny Blanco September 23rd, 2009 at 5:47 pm

    burnett is nasty. I like this Aj much better.

  617. Benny Blanco September 23rd, 2009 at 5:48 pm

    come on duncan.

  618. bodhisattva - Destiny Wears Pinstripes September 23rd, 2009 at 5:48 pm

    Who says corner outfield defense doesn’t matter.

  619. GreenBeret7 September 23rd, 2009 at 5:48 pm

    That hurt badly.

  620. Valerie G. September 23rd, 2009 at 5:48 pm

    tied game.

  621. Valerie G. September 23rd, 2009 at 5:48 pm

    tied game.

  622. baseballfab September 23rd, 2009 at 5:48 pm

    Ok, I’m sorry,

    That’s funny

    :)

  623. DT - OPPC member September 23rd, 2009 at 5:48 pm

    not watching on TV – should Shelly have caught that ball?

  624. EY September 23rd, 2009 at 5:48 pm

    Good Burnett shows up 2 starts in a row. Hope this continues into the playoffs. Now we just need the good Joba to show up and this team is good to go.

  625. Erica - always OPPC - Alex Rodriguez September 23rd, 2009 at 5:49 pm

    Uncle Ellsworth
    September 23rd, 2009 at 5:44 pm
    “After the fire the fire still burns
    The heart grows older but never ever learns
    The memories smoulder and the soul always yearns
    After the fire the fire still burns”

    ****

    A huge fire was burning
    And her eyes grew strange and wide
    She looked around in her room
    What could she take and still survive the fire
    But then again, there was a window
    You know, its an illusion
    There is no fire burning just a soul crying

  626. Karl W September 23rd, 2009 at 5:49 pm

    Swish would have had it.

  627. EY September 23rd, 2009 at 5:49 pm

    Oops I spoke too soon….. :(

  628. Valerie G. September 23rd, 2009 at 5:49 pm

    his pitch count is going up. he needs a quick out before we lose this game.

  629. Former Box 607 September 23rd, 2009 at 5:49 pm

    Duncan giveth (double and run scored) and Duncan taketh away (doh off the wall).

  630. bodhisattva - Destiny Wears Pinstripes September 23rd, 2009 at 5:49 pm

    Shelley could not have caught the ball :D

  631. bodhisattva - Destiny Wears Pinstripes September 23rd, 2009 at 5:49 pm

    Shelley could not have caught the ball :D

  632. baseballfab September 23rd, 2009 at 5:50 pm

    Abreau woulda missed it
    Swish woulda missed it

  633. Valerie G. September 23rd, 2009 at 5:50 pm

    no, he shouldn’t have had it. but he did misplay it.

  634. bodhisattva - Destiny Wears Pinstripes September 23rd, 2009 at 5:50 pm

    Karl W
    September 23rd, 2009 at 5:49 pm
    Swish would have had it.
    =====

    It wasn’t a routine fly ball, but a good corner outfielder makes that catch.

  635. The Ghost September 23rd, 2009 at 5:51 pm

    Tori Hunter would have made that catch easily, maybe Gartner, maybe Cabrera, Upton would have lollygagged it and dropped it.

  636. Christina- Pictures of the Girardi and A-Rod ejection + Leiter's Sock September 23rd, 2009 at 5:51 pm

    Shelley sure made that look painful.

  637. Valerie G. September 23rd, 2009 at 5:51 pm

    where’s swish?

  638. Ham Fighters September 23rd, 2009 at 5:51 pm

    duncan kind of overpursued it towards cf then couldnt go back to get it behind him, it would have been a good catch but he certainly could have gotten to it if he had taken the correct route

  639. Pov September 23rd, 2009 at 5:52 pm

    Hey here comes Marte

  640. andrew33 September 23rd, 2009 at 5:52 pm

    that ball to Shelley seemed well over his head and was scorched, i dont see how Swish gets there on that

    lets see AJ bear down again, or lets see Marte get them out of the inning

  641. Enough Figgins September 23rd, 2009 at 5:52 pm

    that walk was a killer…

  642. The Ghost September 23rd, 2009 at 5:52 pm

    Swish fouled a ball off his leg last night so he’s resting today.

  643. GreenBeret7 September 23rd, 2009 at 5:52 pm

    DT – OPPC member
    September 23rd, 2009 at 5:48 pm
    not watching on TV – should Shelly have caught that ball?

    ————————————————————

    Duncan’s a DH playing right field. He wasn’t catching that one but, I imagine that Cabrera or Hairston would have.

  644. igotid88 September 23rd, 2009 at 5:52 pm

    I would pitch Hughes in the 8th if we’re in the lead or if it’s tied.

  645. Frank & Beans September 23rd, 2009 at 5:52 pm

    Valerie G.
    September 23rd, 2009 at 5:48 pm
    tied game.

    are we watching the same game?

  646. Mark-Cant Touch This September 23rd, 2009 at 5:53 pm

    Horrible pitch selection to Mathews after he looked really silly on that curve. And Burnett needs to get amnesia after each batter

  647. bodhisattva - Destiny Wears Pinstripes September 23rd, 2009 at 5:53 pm

    Balls hit out there near the wall always seem to convince people they’re not playable.

    Granted, it wasn’t a run of the mill play, but he had no clue how to play it. Cabrera makes that play.

  648. Trevor (Super Mario) September 23rd, 2009 at 5:53 pm

    What are you doing AJ Burnett? Turn your back towards the manager?

  649. Matt September 23rd, 2009 at 5:53 pm

    That pitch was right over the plate right at the knees. The umpire has been squeezing Burnett so badly today, and it’s a miracle he’s been as good as he has been given the circumstances.

    How about the Yankees tack on a few runs now instead of letting the Angels keep riding the momentum? And no way Hughes is available, he threw 38 pitches last night.

  650. The Ghost September 23rd, 2009 at 5:53 pm

    Shelly didn’t need to dive for that but it was a double anyway so no harm done. It looked like he misplayed it because people aren’t used to outfielders diving like that so close to the wall. Shelly’s a gamer and I appreciate the effort.

  651. Robbykid September 23rd, 2009 at 5:53 pm

    WHY ARE THEY BRINGIN IN MARTE!!!!!!!!!!!!!1

  652. Ryan September 23rd, 2009 at 5:53 pm

    Burnett needs to make a better pitch 0-2 pitch to Mathews Jr.

    Burnett is going going to be a good pitcher, great stuff, bad pitcher.

  653. Pov September 23rd, 2009 at 5:54 pm

    The Angels are a tough team to beat, like the Yanks they are never out of a game.

  654. Enough Figgins September 23rd, 2009 at 5:54 pm

    weird outing by AJ..tons of strike outs..but could not finish 6 full innings…not sure how to grade it…

  655. Ham Fighters September 23rd, 2009 at 5:54 pm

    melky would have had it, hinske wouldnt have come close, swisher would have had it and abreu would have gotten it, since the wall was still 10 ft behind him.

  656. Ryan September 23rd, 2009 at 5:54 pm

    Never going to be a good pitcher*

  657. bodhisattva - Destiny Wears Pinstripes September 23rd, 2009 at 5:54 pm

    …and Swish is unpredictable. He’s certainly capable of hauling that in.

  658. GreenBeret7 September 23rd, 2009 at 5:55 pm

    Not sure about this move, but, not many options left to Girardi.

  659. Ryan September 23rd, 2009 at 5:55 pm

    Marte vs. a righty….Girardi is an awful manager

  660. baseballfab September 23rd, 2009 at 5:55 pm

    Make up pitch

  661. Rex September 23rd, 2009 at 5:55 pm

    “What are you doing AJ Burnett? Turn your back towards the manager?”

    I agree. Bad form. You don’t put 10 guys on base in 5 2/3 innings then disrespect your boss when he comes to get you.

  662. Matt September 23rd, 2009 at 5:56 pm

    Another pitch RIGHT DOWN THE MIDDLE at the KNEES and they don’t call it, yet again.

    Hope that doesn’t cost the Yankees.

  663. RalphieD (OPPC) September 23rd, 2009 at 5:56 pm

    this ump is just silly

  664. baseballfab September 23rd, 2009 at 5:56 pm

    Melky would have caught it than thrown the ball into the 3rd base stands

  665. Pov September 23rd, 2009 at 5:56 pm

    Whew

  666. Enough Figgins September 23rd, 2009 at 5:56 pm

    I guess the problem with a lot of strike outs is you have to throw a lot of pitches…

  667. GreenBeret7 September 23rd, 2009 at 5:57 pm

    LMAO. Duncan is a heart attack waiting to happen on defense.

  668. bodhisattva - Destiny Wears Pinstripes September 23rd, 2009 at 5:57 pm

    Ham Fighters
    September 23rd, 2009 at 5:54 pm
    melky would have had it, hinske wouldnt have come close, swisher would have had it and abreu would have gotten it, since the wall was still 10 ft behind him.
    =====

    Abreu has gotten much less gun shy on balls hit to the wall. To Girardi’s credit, he really addressed that with him and I think it really helped him. If Abreu even sniffed the wall when he was here, he would just pretty much pull up then and there.

  669. Alan September 23rd, 2009 at 5:57 pm

    Will scoring another 7-8 runs be enough ?

  670. The Ghost September 23rd, 2009 at 5:57 pm

    Girardi is bringing in Marte because he needs to find out if he can get outs in the playoffs

  671. Trevor (Super Mario) September 23rd, 2009 at 5:57 pm

    LOL @ Joba and Swisher looking at Burnett weirdly.

  672. Erica - always OPPC - Alex Rodriguez September 23rd, 2009 at 5:57 pm

    Robbykid
    September 23rd, 2009 at 5:53 pm
    WHY ARE THEY BRINGIN IN MARTE!!!!!!!!!!!!!
    *****

    BECAUSE THE DUDE AT BAT HAS A PATHETIC AVERAGE WHEN HE IS TURNED TO THE OTHER SIDE!!!

    AND IT WORKED!!!!

  673. Yogis September 23rd, 2009 at 5:58 pm

    Still a good outing for AJ. Let’s score some more runs (silence the Rally Monkey).

  674. E-gawa September 23rd, 2009 at 5:58 pm

    Anyone else notice that the majority of Molina’s starts, the pitcher has a high amount of K’s for the game?

  675. Enough Figgins September 23rd, 2009 at 5:58 pm

    agree REx, again it was a weird outing by AJ..11 strike outs but tons of baserunners and walking napoli with figgins on deck is just bad…

  676. Pov September 23rd, 2009 at 5:58 pm

    Like not to lose this one, I’m not sure what is out there after Marte by three innings left. Be nice if the Yanks could get one or two back.

  677. Matt September 23rd, 2009 at 5:58 pm

    Figgins hits like .235 vs LHP, and well over .300 against RHP.

    He was 3-3 against Burnett today.

    A good move, and it worked.

  678. The Ghost September 23rd, 2009 at 5:59 pm

    Like it or not Girardi has to spend the next week bringing in marginal players in pressure situations. Better to find out now if a player is battle-ready than in a best of 5 series.

  679. bodhisattva - Destiny Wears Pinstripes September 23rd, 2009 at 5:59 pm

    Erica – always OPPC – Alex Rodriguez
    September 23rd, 2009 at 5:57 pm
    Robbykid
    September 23rd, 2009 at 5:53 pm
    WHY ARE THEY BRINGIN IN MARTE!!!!!!!!!!!!!
    *****
    BECAUSE THE DUDE AT BAT HAS A PATHETIC AVERAGE WHEN HE IS TURNED TO THE OTHER SIDE!!!
    AND IT WORKED!!!!
    =====

    Yup, Figgy Pudding batting .238 vs. lefties.

  680. Matt September 23rd, 2009 at 6:00 pm

    Well you leave in Marte to face at least the next 2 hitters, Aybar who is slightly worse vs LHP, and Abreu whose OPS is nearly 100 points lower vs LHP.

    Then maybe you bring in Bruney to face Hunter, and then Coke for the 8th if he’s available and Mo for the 9th.

  681. Ham Fighters September 23rd, 2009 at 6:00 pm

    ok its a bullpen game and we’ve got the better bullpen and a one run lead, i like our chances here

  682. The Ghost September 23rd, 2009 at 6:00 pm

    The way to gauge if this was a good outing by AJ is if you would be satisfied with this outing in game 2 of the ALDS. I think I would be very happy with it considering the alternatives.

  683. Enough Figgins September 23rd, 2009 at 6:00 pm

    Giradi does not have a lot of options for pitchers in the 6inning…who was he supposed to bring in. By the way Figgins is a switch hitter he is not a right handed batter

  684. GreenBeret7 September 23rd, 2009 at 6:01 pm

    10 outs from the bullpen is going to be a chore with a short bullpen, today. Albaladejo and Bruney are almost definates for this game.

  685. Enough Figgins September 23rd, 2009 at 6:01 pm

    you are right ham. I just don’t like it when pitchers can not get 6 complete innings..it is very taxing on the pen

  686. The Ghost September 23rd, 2009 at 6:02 pm

    In a 3-2 game in the 7th with two catchers on the bench and Burnett out of the game, can you tell me why Molina was not pinch hit for? This is what I mean about Girardi sleepwalking through games sometimes.

  687. Enough Figgins September 23rd, 2009 at 6:03 pm

    why is bullpen short…Rivera and Hughes are available..I see the 7th inning as a problem..i guess you stay with marte and maybe bruney

  688. Ham Fighters September 23rd, 2009 at 6:03 pm

    i like kenny alot but what kind of ‘record’ is having a hit in each west coast game in one year? does anybody care about that? im quite sure jeter doesnt.

  689. Nick von Clausewitz in SF September 23rd, 2009 at 6:03 pm

    This AJ was better than the bad AJ. So that’s progress.

    Oh no! Jerry! :(

  690. Enough Figgins September 23rd, 2009 at 6:04 pm

    “In a 3-2 game in the 7th with two catchers on the bench and Burnett out of the game, can you tell me why Molina was not pinch hit for? This is what I mean about Girardi sleepwalking through games sometimes.” Great point GHOST…I agree…no reason for molina with 2 catchers on the bench..I guess posada will not be used at all today though…

  691. The Ghost September 23rd, 2009 at 6:04 pm

    I don’t think Marte is more than a specialist at this point in his career. trying to stretch him over two innings in a close game is pushing it.

  692. Ham Fighters September 23rd, 2009 at 6:04 pm

    posada had xrays on his toes today, they were negative but you’d think they’d prefer not to use him

  693. Enough Figgins September 23rd, 2009 at 6:04 pm

    agreed, so who will pitch the 7th

  694. pat September 23rd, 2009 at 6:04 pm

    Would have been fun to have Alex hit in front of Tex for an AB or 2.

  695. Nick von Clausewitz in SF September 23rd, 2009 at 6:05 pm

    “what kind of ‘record’ is having a hit in each west coast game in one year?”

    It’s the only way to win the Horace Greely Award. So it kinda sorta does matter.

  696. GreenBeret7 September 23rd, 2009 at 6:05 pm

    I can see not wasting Rodriguez, quite yet. Already a 2-0 count, maybe Pena works a walk or gets a bunt down.

  697. Valerie G. September 23rd, 2009 at 6:05 pm

    I know…I thought he would score, so I assumed it’d be tied lol.

  698. Betsy September 23rd, 2009 at 6:06 pm

    AJ struck out 11 and we’re getting on him for not going deeper? I’m sure if it wasn’t 100 degrees out there, he would have stayed in the game…..

    What happened, AJ turned his back on Joe? Maybe it was just like Phil refusing to shake his hand when he didn’t want to come out……

    I want to win the game, but AJ pitching well is the best news to come out of this game, win or lose

  699. The Ghost September 23rd, 2009 at 6:06 pm

    Hinkse like “what do I need to do to get into a game???”

  700. Tom in N.J. September 23rd, 2009 at 6:06 pm

    The Brothers Meat?

  701. Uncle Ellsworth September 23rd, 2009 at 6:06 pm

    Erica one more
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dOqY0rwT9dk

  702. bodhisattva - Destiny Wears Pinstripes September 23rd, 2009 at 6:06 pm

    C’mon youngen.

  703. Valerie G. September 23rd, 2009 at 6:07 pm

    i say hughes pitches the seventh…but i trust marte for the one inning.

  704. Patrick September 23rd, 2009 at 6:07 pm

    Why is Pena in for Hairston?

  705. bodhisattva - Destiny Wears Pinstripes September 23rd, 2009 at 6:07 pm

    Girardi wants a contact guy up there, which Hinske ain’t.

  706. Joe September 23rd, 2009 at 6:07 pm

    What happened to Hairston? I’m not watching the game and I just saw that he left with an injury.

  707. bodhisattva - Destiny Wears Pinstripes September 23rd, 2009 at 6:07 pm

    …so Pena Ks…haha

  708. Ham Fighters September 23rd, 2009 at 6:08 pm

    i was wondering if arod might have aggravated his hip when he made that excellent diving stop yesterday, he stayed in but it looked to me like the kind of dive that could really aggravate a hip injury. in any case, while the yankees chose not to celebrate thier post season clinch yesterday, you stop taking any chances with tired or slightly injured players from here on out.

  709. Night Owl September 23rd, 2009 at 6:08 pm

    Trying to get 6 outs in this stadium without Hughes is going to be a tall order.

  710. Matt September 23rd, 2009 at 6:08 pm

    Guys, seriously.

    Hughes threw 38 pitches last night.

    38 pitches.

    He’s NOT AVAILABLE today.

  711. Valerie G. September 23rd, 2009 at 6:08 pm

    GO TEX!!!!!

  712. bodhisattva - Destiny Wears Pinstripes September 23rd, 2009 at 6:08 pm

    His hand was heavily wrapped. These guys are all banged up this time of year. It’s a wonder we’re as healthy as we are, knock on wood.

  713. Enough Figgins September 23rd, 2009 at 6:09 pm

    yeah whatever happened to hinske??

  714. Nick von Clausewitz in SF September 23rd, 2009 at 6:09 pm

    Yes, Tom: http://www.liftopia.com/photos/r_4_photo_pzXL.jpg

  715. Erica - always OPPC - Alex Rodriguez September 23rd, 2009 at 6:09 pm

    Uncle E-

    I am leaving work now and there are scary partners circling my desk. I will check it out when I get home in a while.

    Bye for now everyone!

  716. Valerie G. September 23rd, 2009 at 6:10 pm

    ok…sorry didn’t watch the game last night so I was sadly unaware about hughes.

    but my comment about marte still stands.

  717. Enough Figgins September 23rd, 2009 at 6:10 pm

    “Guys, seriously.

    Hughes threw 38 pitches last night.

    38 pitches.

    He’s NOT AVAILABLE today.”

    Sorry I can not stay up late to watch the late games I did not know he threw that many pitches..so yes he is not available…will be tough with out him

  718. Ed in Oregon September 23rd, 2009 at 6:11 pm

    Hey guys … What happend to Hairston ? Those ‘watching’ via gameday at work have missed it. Thx

  719. Frank & Beans September 23rd, 2009 at 6:11 pm

    Bulger is not on the Mark. LOL

  720. pat September 23rd, 2009 at 6:11 pm

    “What happened to Hairston?”

    His wrist was wrapped so that’s the guess. He was flexing his hand and wiggling his fingers when he walked off.

  721. Enough Figgins September 23rd, 2009 at 6:11 pm

    10′oclock games are weird..it is like they never really happened

  722. Valerie G. September 23rd, 2009 at 6:11 pm

    that’s a missed opportunity.

  723. Pov September 23rd, 2009 at 6:12 pm

    The Ghost September 23rd, 2009 at 6:02 pm

    In a 3-2 game in the 7th with two catchers on the bench and Burnett out of the game, can you tell me why Molina was not pinch hit for? This is what I mean about Girardi sleepwalking through games sometimes.

    My feeling he came to the park with a it would be a nice to win day, but getting injuries healed up and guys rested was his priority.

  724. The Ghost September 23rd, 2009 at 6:12 pm

    Hairston seems to have hurt his wrist on a swing. It looked like it was already heavily taped so he must have reaggravated it.

  725. Tom in N.J. September 23rd, 2009 at 6:12 pm

    Kirkwood Mountain Village….fantastic.

  726. Enough Figgins September 23rd, 2009 at 6:12 pm

    is a fan of zombiemovies..just saw the commerical for the new zombie movie on yes

  727. Ed in Oregon September 23rd, 2009 at 6:13 pm

    Thx Pat… what did he do… injure coming out of the dugout ?

  728. Enough Figgins September 23rd, 2009 at 6:13 pm

    these next 2 innings should be interesting

  729. Yankee Trader September 23rd, 2009 at 6:13 pm

    Hairston had a taped wrist and called for the manager to come out-aggravated pre-existing injury?

    Ajax makes that catch in RF, but he’s not been called up.

  730. NYY626 September 23rd, 2009 at 6:13 pm

    I raced home from work. We’re still winning :)

  731. Jeremy September 23rd, 2009 at 6:14 pm

    Here comes that stupid Rally Monkey !

  732. Former Box 607 September 23rd, 2009 at 6:14 pm

    Here comes bullpen fun. B-Listers vs. the Angels and their .300 batting averages. Joe’s going to have some serious strategy tests here without Hughes or Aceves.

  733. Jeremy September 23rd, 2009 at 6:15 pm

    And Joe has Alba warming. If Bruney or Alba is in this game the Angels will tie it up.

  734. Yankee Trader September 23rd, 2009 at 6:15 pm

    Time for Marte to earn his 12M contract.

  735. Valerie G. September 23rd, 2009 at 6:16 pm

    Alba?

  736. pat September 23rd, 2009 at 6:16 pm

    “what did he do… injure coming out of the dugout ?”

    He was at bat with a 2-0 count. Wasn’t paying that close attention but best quess would be a check swing that didn’t feel right.

  737. Valerie G. September 23rd, 2009 at 6:16 pm

    oh…got it.

  738. rconn23 September 23rd, 2009 at 6:16 pm

    Gotta get Marte out of there. He can’t have a short enough leash.

  739. pat September 23rd, 2009 at 6:17 pm

    Nice double play.

  740. Tom in N.J. September 23rd, 2009 at 6:17 pm

    Huge DP. Huge..

  741. The Ghost September 23rd, 2009 at 6:17 pm

    That’s the old Bobby A I remember!

  742. Valerie G. September 23rd, 2009 at 6:17 pm

    nice DP!!

  743. Matt September 23rd, 2009 at 6:17 pm

    Funny, Abreu hits into a DP against Marte.

    Wonder where he was last night?

  744. Scared of the Wall September 23rd, 2009 at 6:18 pm

    I will be pretty surprised if the bullpen doesn’t blow it.

    Hughes unavailable, Coke not 100%, Alba coming in and likely Bruney later to give up some walks and bombs…

  745. Former Box 607 September 23rd, 2009 at 6:18 pm

    Rook to Queen 1. Marte gets the DP on Abreu. Now Joe goes matchups from here on out.

  746. Valerie G. September 23rd, 2009 at 6:18 pm

    i liked abreu when he was on our side.

  747. bodhisattva - Destiny Wears Pinstripes September 23rd, 2009 at 6:18 pm

    When’s D-Rob coming back?

  748. Ham Fighters September 23rd, 2009 at 6:18 pm

    man, that dumb-ass girardi, first he puts out a lineup that cant possibly win, then he brings in marte who is obviously worthless….
    if only clueless joe was as smart as the posters on this blog…

  749. Ed in Oregon September 23rd, 2009 at 6:18 pm

    Sweeet !

  750. Matt September 23rd, 2009 at 6:19 pm

    Hope Rivera is ready to get 4 or 5 outs today with the off day tomorrow. If they can mix and match through the first out or two of the 8th and extend Mo an extra out they should be able to have a chance at locking this down even without Hughes.

  751. GreenBeret7 September 23rd, 2009 at 6:19 pm

    Marte does his job just fine. 6 outs to go.

  752. Jeremy September 23rd, 2009 at 6:19 pm

    Is Alba the next pitcher ?

  753. RalphieD (OPPC) September 23rd, 2009 at 6:19 pm

    why do we go crazy over this bullpen…coke robertson hughes and aceves arent available…take the 4 best arms (except mo) out of any pen and your not gonna be looking pretty…

  754. Former Box 607 September 23rd, 2009 at 6:19 pm

    Interesting that he didn’t leave Marte in for Hunter. Hunter is only 2-12 off of Marte, but one of those hits is a HR. Might have been worth the risk

  755. Yankee Trader September 23rd, 2009 at 6:19 pm

    AlbaladeNO!

    Come back Robertson soon!

  756. GreenBeret7 September 23rd, 2009 at 6:20 pm

    ooops. I missed that one. albaladejo needs to get this out.

  757. Valerie G. September 23rd, 2009 at 6:20 pm

    I see a hr coming.

  758. Former Box 607 September 23rd, 2009 at 6:21 pm

    Albaladejo vs. Hunter. 0 for 1. So no real history there.

  759. Jeremy September 23rd, 2009 at 6:21 pm

    See Alba sucks ! he is going to blow this game.

  760. Valerie G. September 23rd, 2009 at 6:21 pm

    I was close.

  761. Yankee Trader September 23rd, 2009 at 6:22 pm

    Where’s Damon today for defense in late innings?

  762. Matt September 23rd, 2009 at 6:22 pm

    So if Hunter is 2 for 12 career off of Marte and you were going to bring in a lefty anyway to face Morales, I don’t get why you wouldn’t just leave Marte in to pitch?

  763. Jobamania September 23rd, 2009 at 6:22 pm

    is there something i dont know about lolbaladejo?
    This is the 2nd time he come in a high leverage situation when he is just utter garbage.

    This is getting annoying Joe.

  764. GreenBeret7 September 23rd, 2009 at 6:23 pm

    Should be interesting here. A weakened Coke (Flat, no fizz) against Morales from the right side.

  765. Valerie G. September 23rd, 2009 at 6:23 pm

    We’re still winning.

  766. Jeremy September 23rd, 2009 at 6:23 pm

    Let’s see what Coke can do.

  767. pat September 23rd, 2009 at 6:23 pm

    An infield pop-up and infamous point from Coke would be a welcome sight right now.

  768. Former Box 607 September 23rd, 2009 at 6:23 pm

    See that’s why I would have left in Marte. Marte had decent numbers against Hunter (2-12), and if he lost Hunter, Morales would be hitting from the right side (his worse side). But then again, if Marte was facing Morales it means he would have lost Hunter and his count would be up. My it’s not easy being a manager is it.

  769. Frank & Beans September 23rd, 2009 at 6:24 pm

    Alby needs more work he cant be expected to play well if he pitches every 10 days

  770. Scared of the Wall September 23rd, 2009 at 6:24 pm

    Jobamania,

    I’m hoping it’s only because our bullpen is depleted and Hughes and Aceves are unavailable.

    I understand fully why Burnett was pissed when he was taken out. The bullpen situation today is not a very good one…

  771. Alias September 23rd, 2009 at 6:25 pm

    not molinas greatest effort there

  772. Jeremy September 23rd, 2009 at 6:25 pm

    Alba, Bruney, and Edwar deserve a trip to DFA land.

  773. Trevor (Super Mario) September 23rd, 2009 at 6:26 pm

    Yankees need to score some runs here. This 3-2 score won’t hold up.

  774. yankeenate September 23rd, 2009 at 6:26 pm

    Wild pitch? That’s on Molina there. He tried to backhand it.

  775. pat September 23rd, 2009 at 6:26 pm

    Kennedy warming. Interesting.

  776. Pov September 23rd, 2009 at 6:26 pm

    Coke and Brunny just like Maverick and Goose

  777. Yankee Trader September 23rd, 2009 at 6:26 pm

    Ian Kennedy up!

  778. Ham Fighters September 23rd, 2009 at 6:26 pm

    girardi doing what he can with a depleted team, no hughes, no aceves, no arod no posada, and doing a good job of it so far

  779. Benny Blanco September 23rd, 2009 at 6:26 pm

    IPK Warning in the bullpen.

  780. NYY626 September 23rd, 2009 at 6:27 pm

    Yeahh Coke!

  781. randy l. September 23rd, 2009 at 6:27 pm

    that was a lazy lousy bad use of the glove by molina unless my eyes were deceiving me.

    he went all the way to the ground without flipping the mitt, or dropping down to block it.

  782. Pov September 23rd, 2009 at 6:27 pm

    OK he got him, nice pitch in that situation

  783. Andrew GTLU Bronze Medalist September 23rd, 2009 at 6:27 pm

    Coke didn’t have to point at that one.

  784. GreenBeret7 September 23rd, 2009 at 6:27 pm

    And The Coke explodes in the face of the Angels.

  785. Nick von Clausewitz in SF September 23rd, 2009 at 6:30 pm

    I’d be safe and warm (I’d be safe and warm)
    if I was in LA (of Anaheim)

  786. The Ghost September 23rd, 2009 at 6:30 pm

    Pov wrote:

    My feeling he [Girardi] came to the park with a it would be a nice to win day, but getting injuries healed up and guys rested was his priority.

    ———

    I hope that’s not his thinking because the Yankees have had an extremely bad run in this park that spans regular season and the playoffs. If they can win this game it will go a long way to dispelling the snake-bit attitude a lot of the players/fans/writers/broadcasters have about playing in LA.

  787. Rishi September 23rd, 2009 at 6:30 pm

    uh – should we try to take a pitch

  788. Derek September 23rd, 2009 at 6:30 pm

    Albaladejo is out of shape. Ramirez can’t get anything by anybody.

  789. Ham Fighters September 23rd, 2009 at 6:32 pm

    damon has no legs, he is not a defensive replacement, hes a defensive liability at this point. putting him in LF and moving melky to RF is a marginal improvement and thats only IF damon can even take the field with his leg problems

  790. pat September 23rd, 2009 at 6:32 pm

    Lets see Guzman run

  791. randy l. September 23rd, 2009 at 6:32 pm

    someone needs to buy hinske a treadmill for christmas.

    he’s getting a little heavy for his age.

  792. Jeremy September 23rd, 2009 at 6:33 pm

    I wonder who Joe will bring in for the 8 inning.

  793. Ed in Oregon September 23rd, 2009 at 6:33 pm

    Why with our pen every inning is pins and needles and a ‘Jason Bulger’ practically shuts us down for multiple innings.

  794. SpinMan September 23rd, 2009 at 6:33 pm

    Freddy!!!!!

  795. The Ghost September 23rd, 2009 at 6:34 pm

    Napoli is a good hitting catcher

  796. NYY626 September 23rd, 2009 at 6:34 pm

    Hehe well they botched that one!

  797. Yankee Trader September 23rd, 2009 at 6:34 pm

    Steal 3rd while you’re at it!

  798. GreenBeret7 September 23rd, 2009 at 6:34 pm

    Bulger has been pretty impressive out of the bullpen this year. Sort of appeared out of thin air. Hopefully this is his bad game.

  799. randy l. September 23rd, 2009 at 6:34 pm

    that was a scary lead. that pitcher must have no move over to first.

  800. Yankee Trader September 23rd, 2009 at 6:35 pm

    Cano you could have given him another pitch or two to steal third!

  801. Jeremy September 23rd, 2009 at 6:35 pm

    Send Edwar, Alba, and Bruney packing.

  802. Jobamania September 23rd, 2009 at 6:35 pm

    wait why is hughes unavailable?

  803. Ed in Oregon September 23rd, 2009 at 6:35 pm

    How did Freddy get to 3rd ????

  804. PD September 23rd, 2009 at 6:36 pm

    ugh, have to give Cano a pass cuz of the 2 rbi hit, but really a horrible at bat there. he had just walked a guy, was 1-0, and Cano swings at that pitch???? Just a brutal approach and it ruined the inning. Was hoping for some insurance runs, but it looks like the bullpen is going to have to be perfect.

  805. Triple Short Of A Cycle September 23rd, 2009 at 6:36 pm

    Can we ever beat the Angels like 9-3?

  806. Ed in Oregon September 23rd, 2009 at 6:37 pm

    Hughes threw 38 pitches last night

  807. Trevor (Super Mario) September 23rd, 2009 at 6:37 pm

    Hughes threw 38 pitches last night. So he’s unavailable.

  808. Ham Fighters September 23rd, 2009 at 6:37 pm

    hughes threw 38 pitches last night
    freddy moved to 3b on cano’s ground out

    pay attantion!

  809. ramar September 23rd, 2009 at 6:37 pm

    Cano doing whay he does best, making an out w/runners on base

  810. PD September 23rd, 2009 at 6:37 pm

    is Robertson sick? hurt?

  811. GreenBeret7 September 23rd, 2009 at 6:37 pm

    Bad luck for Cabrera and good play for Bulger. If that ball had rolled off of the top of the mound, Cabrera’s probably safe.

  812. Jeremy September 23rd, 2009 at 6:38 pm

    Joe better have Rivera ready as soon as possible. Don’t bring in Bruney !

  813. Uncle Ellsworth September 23rd, 2009 at 6:38 pm

    how many pitches did Hughes throw last night?

  814. The Ghost September 23rd, 2009 at 6:38 pm

    IPK!?!

  815. Benny Blanco September 23rd, 2009 at 6:38 pm

    Lets hold our breath

  816. PD September 23rd, 2009 at 6:38 pm

    is this really the time to get Ian’s first inning of the year??????????????? where is robertson???????????

  817. Ham Fighters September 23rd, 2009 at 6:38 pm

    WELCOME BACK IAN!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  818. vinny-b September 23rd, 2009 at 6:38 pm

    interesting, that Girardi doesn’t view this as a ‘must-win’

    actually, i do view it as such. For assorted reasons.

  819. pat September 23rd, 2009 at 6:39 pm

    Let’s go IPK!

  820. Tom in N.J. September 23rd, 2009 at 6:39 pm

    IPK!

  821. Uncle Ellsworth September 23rd, 2009 at 6:39 pm

    IPK!

  822. Benny Blanco September 23rd, 2009 at 6:39 pm

    Hughes pitched 1 1/3

  823. Jon (yankfan212) September 23rd, 2009 at 6:39 pm

    IPK OMG?!

  824. Andrew GTLU Bronze Medalist September 23rd, 2009 at 6:39 pm

    PD read a freakin newspaper Robertson has been unavailable for 2 weeks due to elbow stiffness, he could be back this weekend.

  825. Tom in N.J. September 23rd, 2009 at 6:39 pm

    The Nino!

  826. Johnny D. September 23rd, 2009 at 6:40 pm

    Risky bringing in Kennedy.

  827. Uncle Ellsworth September 23rd, 2009 at 6:40 pm

    wow scary Tom and pat

  828. We Miss Paulie September 23rd, 2009 at 6:40 pm

    Hughes had 30+ pitches last night.
    Robertson is still throwing bullpen

    IPK c’mon down!

  829. swingsandmisses September 23rd, 2009 at 6:40 pm

    LOL of all the places to bring Kennedy back, Joe G. chooses the scene of crime where IPK committed the worst postgame interview of 2008.

  830. djsunyc September 23rd, 2009 at 6:40 pm

    pena at 3rd, kennedy on the mound, guzman in the outfield…this is like a SWB game…

  831. vinny-b September 23rd, 2009 at 6:40 pm

    everyone is cheering for Ian Kennedy.

    this will quickly change.

  832. GreenBeret7 September 23rd, 2009 at 6:40 pm

    Right now, I don’t care how hard the Angels hit the ball, as long as they become outs.

  833. Nick von Clausewitz in SF September 23rd, 2009 at 6:40 pm

    Did anyone notice YES was flashing a 4-2 score for a few seconds?

    Why the frak isn’t Hughes pitching???

    Hey look, Ian Kennedy’s # is 38.

  834. pat September 23rd, 2009 at 6:41 pm

    “where is robertson???????????”

    He just started throwing again. Not available

  835. Uncle Ellsworth September 23rd, 2009 at 6:41 pm

    Did anyone notice YES was flashing a 4-2 score for a few seconds?

    Why the frak isn’t Hughes pitching???

    Hey look, Ian Kennedy’s # is 38.
    ——————-

    spookier thaN mars

  836. vinny-b September 23rd, 2009 at 6:41 pm

    “LOL of all the places to bring Kennedy back, Joe G. chooses the scene of crime where IPK committed the worst postgame interview of 2008″

    and performances.

    the Yankees must really think they have homefield “in the bag”

  837. PD September 23rd, 2009 at 6:42 pm

    I guess there are few options here. I forgot Robertson was hurt. Well I wish we had like a 5 run lead instead of 1. I am holding my breath here. IPK had one of the worst starts of his career at this stadium last season.

  838. Ed in Oregon September 23rd, 2009 at 6:42 pm

    not a bad move by Joe – IPK gets work in front of his hometown crowd… and its good Bruney avoidance… Now IPK just has to execute… I did not see this one coming… Hope it works. !

  839. Matt September 23rd, 2009 at 6:42 pm

    What a joke. The guy doesn’t even try to avoid it, and they give him first base.

    Isn’t the rule that you have to at least make an attempt to not get hit? Why don’t they ever enforce it?

  840. randy l. September 23rd, 2009 at 6:42 pm

    well , at least they found a low pressure spot to work kennedy in.

  841. Ham Fighters September 23rd, 2009 at 6:42 pm

    gb, u have no sympathy for a guy coming all the way back from a life threatening condition? what happened to that warm and fuzzzy, sensitive guy you were telling us all that you really are?

  842. Jeremy September 23rd, 2009 at 6:42 pm

    Have Rivera ready Joe ! Don’t go to sleep !

  843. Uncle Ellsworth September 23rd, 2009 at 6:43 pm

    Both John and Suzyn are flabbergasted.
    But John could have been knocked over by a feather – so there’s that

  844. We Miss Paulie September 23rd, 2009 at 6:43 pm

    Coke is sick too…

  845. We Miss Paulie September 23rd, 2009 at 6:43 pm

    Goes to show had badly Joe doesnt trust Bruney.

  846. Matt September 23rd, 2009 at 6:43 pm

    Rivera has to be warming in case they pinch hit Guerrerro.

    There’s an off day tomorrow, Girardi can’t be afraid to use him for the extra outs.

  847. Jeremy September 23rd, 2009 at 6:44 pm

    When will Joe yank Ian out of this game ?

  848. stuart a September 23rd, 2009 at 6:45 pm

    it is a must win because some yoyo said it was.

    in his mind all 162 are must wins…

  849. Benny Blanco September 23rd, 2009 at 6:45 pm

    come on IPK

  850. Jeremy September 23rd, 2009 at 6:45 pm

    Get him out of there !

  851. PD September 23rd, 2009 at 6:45 pm

    This is a joke using him in this spot. 1 run lead? Really? the guy couldn’t even get out of an inning last season. I don’t care how this turns out. This game is NOT meaningless. This is supremely lame

  852. Tom in N.J. September 23rd, 2009 at 6:46 pm

    I beleive in Ian!

  853. Scared of the Wall September 23rd, 2009 at 6:46 pm

    There’s the Kennedy we know and love.

  854. Ham Fighters September 23rd, 2009 at 6:46 pm

    the postseason spot it clinched and you guys think they should be playing this like it was a game 7, it is not!

  855. abe September 23rd, 2009 at 6:46 pm

    did anyone else lose MLB.TV?

  856. vinny-b September 23rd, 2009 at 6:46 pm

    “When will Joe yank Ian out of this game”

    after he surrenders the run-scoring double against the wall.

    sorry. Not drinking the Ian Kenennedy kool-aid. He is a #4 or #5, in the NL

  857. PD September 23rd, 2009 at 6:47 pm

    This is a complete joke

  858. JoeMama September 23rd, 2009 at 6:47 pm

    Ok let’s bring someone in who has pitched in the majors this year

  859. S.A.--Serenity Now September 23rd, 2009 at 6:47 pm

    Welcome back Ian, now it might be time for you to leave.

  860. We Miss Paulie September 23rd, 2009 at 6:47 pm

    So tell me, Sterling, are you “flabbergasted”?

  861. yankeenate September 23rd, 2009 at 6:47 pm

    I’m sure people are about to go nuts on here–but I do have to wonder why IPK is being brought in now?

  862. Former Box 607 September 23rd, 2009 at 6:47 pm

    HBP and a BB. Nice rally.

    Sterling continues to be flabberghasted. I don’t know why Bruney is not in. He says………Maybe because Bruney has been awful.

  863. Jeremy September 23rd, 2009 at 6:47 pm

    Will they just bring in Rivera. They have an off day and Rivera has not been used that much. Joe is too conservative when it comes to using players.

  864. Benny Blanco September 23rd, 2009 at 6:48 pm

    Dp please.

  865. pat September 23rd, 2009 at 6:48 pm

    PD

    Chill. Who do you suggest he use?

  866. SJ44 September 23rd, 2009 at 6:48 pm

    Ripping a kid who hasn’t pitched all year.

    What a fan. Not.

  867. We Miss Paulie September 23rd, 2009 at 6:48 pm

    Joe is throwing this game away. Literally.

    If they lose HFA by one game, remember this.

  868. PD September 23rd, 2009 at 6:48 pm

    AT LEAST BRUNEY HAS EXPERIENCED SOME MAJOR LEAGUE SUCCESS IN HIS CAREER

  869. The Other Phil September 23rd, 2009 at 6:48 pm

    They need to see what IPK is made of. This is his inning. Let him get out of it.

  870. vinny-b September 23rd, 2009 at 6:48 pm

    “the postseason spot it clinched and you guys think they should be playing this like it was a game 7, it is not”

    this game offers a 2 game swing, in homefield advantage.

    why not play this game to win and then use the next 10 days for rest???

  871. lets go twins September 23rd, 2009 at 6:49 pm

    Why not find out if Ian can be effective out of the bullpen in a big spot?

    We all already know that Bruney and Co. left out in the bullpen can not get it done and will not be on the postseason roster, so lets find out if Ian can help us out.

    I like this move very much by Girardi

  872. Andrew GTLU Bronze Medalist September 23rd, 2009 at 6:49 pm

    He hasn’t thrown a good change yet. I wonder if he hasn’t gotten the feel back for it yet after his surgery.

  873. PD September 23rd, 2009 at 6:49 pm

    SJ, people are ripping Girardi, you clown

  874. mike September 23rd, 2009 at 6:49 pm

    why is IPK there? This makes no sense whatsoever.

  875. Ham Fighters September 23rd, 2009 at 6:49 pm

    coming in, they knew they only were going to have arod for a pinch at bat if needed, no posada, no hughes, no aceves and were not going to use mo more than 1 inning. with that set-up, you are trying to steal a win, and with the postseason spot clinched, that is the right way to play this game.

  876. We Miss Paulie September 23rd, 2009 at 6:49 pm

    Bring in Mo.

  877. pat September 23rd, 2009 at 6:49 pm

    Big K.

  878. Nick von Clausewitz in SF September 23rd, 2009 at 6:49 pm

    That should count for two outs.

  879. NYY626 September 23rd, 2009 at 6:49 pm

    One more!

  880. Johnny D. September 23rd, 2009 at 6:49 pm

    I honestly feel like Girardi doesn’t give a damn about these games.

  881. SJ44 September 23rd, 2009 at 6:49 pm

    They aren’t bringing in Rivera for 5 outs in a meaningless game.

    Do some of you even think before you post?

  882. GreenBeret7 September 23rd, 2009 at 6:50 pm

    Big time strikeout on Izturis. Figgins is trouble, though.

  883. Chris N September 23rd, 2009 at 6:50 pm

    Wait, Pete, so you kill Girardi for using Bruney, someone who actually has a chance of being on the post-season roster who you NEED to find out about, when they’re down two in the 7th on Tuesday but today you’re fine with them using Kennedy, who has barely pitched since his surgery and will most definitely not be on the post-season roster and who you can throw out there in any old game at any old time during the next ten days, when they’re up one in the 8th? Show at least a little consistency. I know you dislike Bruney and love Kennedy but, as the Yes Mike’d Up commercial says, “Be just a little bit fair.”

  884. PD September 23rd, 2009 at 6:50 pm

    Here’s where Figgins ties the game

  885. 213 Area Code September 23rd, 2009 at 6:50 pm

    i
    p
    K

  886. Scared of the Wall September 23rd, 2009 at 6:50 pm

    PD,

    Yeah, Bruney was real “successful” the other night.

    Would rather have Kennedy, who hasnt’ pitched in the majors all year, out there instead of Bruney…

  887. Former Box 607 September 23rd, 2009 at 6:50 pm

    Ney sayers. IPK strikes gets the K. Now Pesky “Chone”.

  888. charlestonchew September 23rd, 2009 at 6:50 pm

    Ian looks great!

    I don’t care if he’s allowed two men to reach, he really is looking good right now in a lot of ways. He’s showing he can still play ball and can contribute to this team at some point.

  889. PD September 23rd, 2009 at 6:51 pm

    is Rivera the last person in the pen after IPK? I didn’t think so

  890. Triple Short Of A Cycle September 23rd, 2009 at 6:51 pm

    Where was the 2-0 pitch???

  891. Angel - A tale told by idiots, full of sound and fury, signifying nothing September 23rd, 2009 at 6:51 pm

    Man, he’s getting a bit squeezed.

  892. Benny Blanco September 23rd, 2009 at 6:51 pm

    where was that pitch?

  893. SJ44 September 23rd, 2009 at 6:51 pm

    And when they don’t lose HFA, will you go away?

  894. Matt September 23rd, 2009 at 6:51 pm

    Right down the middle, at the belt, called a ball.

    ANOTHER OBVIOUS MISSED CALL

  895. Jeremy September 23rd, 2009 at 6:51 pm

    Bring in Rivera !

  896. rconn23 September 23rd, 2009 at 6:51 pm

    How quickly the masses turn on Ian Kennedy.

    By the way, he just came back from a serious injury.

  897. Wang IS Taiwan September 23rd, 2009 at 6:51 pm

    Ian just walks too many guys. He’s back to afraid to throwing strikes. Ugh.

    Never understood his hype.

  898. Trevor (Super Mario) September 23rd, 2009 at 6:52 pm

    Stay with Kennedy. Josh Toweres= vomit.

  899. Uncle Ellsworth September 23rd, 2009 at 6:52 pm

    John does not get it – he doesn’t get any of it.
    He’s going to have a coronary.

  900. Matt September 23rd, 2009 at 6:52 pm

    How can Rivera not be warming up right now? A 1 run game, how can you be afraid to use him for 4 outs with an off day tomorrow?

  901. Andrew GTLU Bronze Medalist September 23rd, 2009 at 6:52 pm

    This is a big insult to the egos of Brian Bruney, Edwar Ramirez, Mark Melancon, etc. that they aren’t even warming or thought of as useful in this spot.

  902. Jeremy September 23rd, 2009 at 6:52 pm

    Josh Towers !!!! Are you Serious ! Why not have Rivera ready ?

  903. Bronx Jeers September 23rd, 2009 at 6:52 pm

    Sterling is beside himself.

  904. JoeMama September 23rd, 2009 at 6:52 pm

    Josh Towers is next in line. You can see that was a tough call there for Joe. Prove Joe G right Ian

  905. Former Box 607 September 23rd, 2009 at 6:52 pm

    Sterling – “They’re really going to let Kennedy stay in the game? He’s hit a batter and walked two. I’m Amazed.”

    Are you really John?

  906. randy l. September 23rd, 2009 at 6:52 pm

    girardi’s going to look real smart or real dumb.

  907. Johnny D. September 23rd, 2009 at 6:52 pm

    Hooray for bases loaded.

  908. Yankee Trader September 23rd, 2009 at 6:52 pm

    Nasty pitches!

  909. Wang IS Taiwan September 23rd, 2009 at 6:53 pm

    For the record, I was never pro-Kennedy.

    And I’m glad he’s back from a serious injury. That doesn’t mean I want to see him pitching for us per se.

  910. Denise September 23rd, 2009 at 6:53 pm

    Bruney can kiss my arse! Would love to see IPK get a strikeout now here!

  911. SJ44 September 23rd, 2009 at 6:53 pm

    No, you are the clown. The guy is 40 games over .500.

    He knows his team better than you.

  912. Angel - A tale told by idiots, full of sound and fury, signifying nothing September 23rd, 2009 at 6:53 pm

    Come on Ian..

    Afraid to throw strikes? He just struck someone out. Sheesh

  913. lets go twins September 23rd, 2009 at 6:53 pm

    Johnny D.
    September 23rd, 2009 at 6:49 pm
    I honestly feel like Girardi doesn’t give a damn about these games.

    —————

    Really? It took you that long to figure that out? This game means basically nothing hence the C lineup out there. And to the person who thinks Bruney has a chance of making the postseason. He has pitched his way out of even consideration

  914. Betsy September 23rd, 2009 at 6:53 pm

    So now Hairston is hurt, too? Wow………..

  915. Jamie September 23rd, 2009 at 6:53 pm

    SJ44

    Will you and CB continue to post here after Pete leaves in another week? One of the only reason I sort through all the comments is to read both of your responses and I just wanted to make sure that even though we are losing a huge piece of the pie, we would be keeping you some of the others?

  916. The Other Phil September 23rd, 2009 at 6:53 pm

    Why Sterling is incredulous is beyond me.

    IPK needs to show his mettle. They need to see him in big spots. I like the move, regardless of outcome.

  917. Jeremy September 23rd, 2009 at 6:54 pm

    Girardi better have Rivera ready. Stop resting the players when they don’t need it.

  918. vinny-b September 23rd, 2009 at 6:54 pm

    “If they lose HFA by one game, remember this”

    actually, have to agree with this. If NYY wins this game, they literally would have the next 2 weeks to rest.

    a 2-game magic number swing is big.

  919. Trevor (Super Mario) September 23rd, 2009 at 6:54 pm

    Wow how do you not hold on to that?

  920. Andrew GTLU Bronze Medalist September 23rd, 2009 at 6:54 pm

    Damn Jose, almost had that one. He’s got to mix it up sooner or later, he’s thrown the same pitch 4 times.

  921. GreenBeret7 September 23rd, 2009 at 6:54 pm

    Molina needs to get some practice in on the Foul Tip Machine.

  922. Yogis September 23rd, 2009 at 6:54 pm

    Feel like spring training game :(

  923. brian g September 23rd, 2009 at 6:54 pm

    my least favorite announcer on earth is losing his mind cuz kennedy is pitching instead of bruney….ridiculous. this game means nearly nothing. let the man pitch. and there is sterling again…calling it wrong…..this dude is a waste…horrible. the yankees have games in october to worry about it….this game is inconsequential nearly….jeeez louise….

  924. S.A.--Serenity Now September 23rd, 2009 at 6:54 pm

    come on Ian

  925. Uncle Ellsworth September 23rd, 2009 at 6:54 pm

    This is a “lets catch lightning in a bottle” audition

  926. Jeremy September 23rd, 2009 at 6:54 pm

    You should rest them but not too much rest.

  927. Vrsce September 23rd, 2009 at 6:54 pm

    Ian P Kennedy
    IPK

    I Pitch Kablooey

  928. Wang IS Taiwan September 23rd, 2009 at 6:55 pm

    Sterling’s a Bruney lover? Weird. I can’t bear to listen to him. He’s always getting it wrong and just loves to hear himself pontificate…about nothing.

  929. Denise September 23rd, 2009 at 6:55 pm

    so many Yanks fans in So CAL!

  930. CB September 23rd, 2009 at 6:55 pm

    “He’s back to afraid to throwing strikes. Ugh.”

    Afraid?

    Or he might not have particularly good command right now because he’s thrown very few innings this year and is coming back from major arm sugery.

    One or the other. But drawing inferences about his psychology from current performance seems like a valid way to draw a conclusion.

    It’s remarkable how fans are able to delve into the souls of athletes and understand the inner workings of their psyches.

  931. Nick von Clausewitz in SF September 23rd, 2009 at 6:55 pm

    He’s earned the respect of the fans.

  932. Betsy September 23rd, 2009 at 6:55 pm

    The pen is pretty thin – did Joe really have a choice? It’s good to see IPK back, even if he doesn’t do well……I think it’s understandable that he’s a bit rusty

  933. PD September 23rd, 2009 at 6:55 pm

    Absolutely ridiculous

  934. Betsy September 23rd, 2009 at 6:55 pm

    The pen is pretty thin – did Joe really have a choice? It’s good to see IPK back, even if he doesn’t do well……I think it’s understandable that he’s a bit rusty

  935. charlestonchew September 23rd, 2009 at 6:55 pm

    I believed.

  936. Yogis September 23rd, 2009 at 6:55 pm

    recless auditioning?

  937. NYY626 September 23rd, 2009 at 6:55 pm

    Very Nice Ian. THANK YOU!

  938. Tom in N.J. September 23rd, 2009 at 6:55 pm

    Wow, It’s like that scene in Casablanca where the French out sing the Nazis.

  939. Benny Blanco September 23rd, 2009 at 6:55 pm

    great job ian.

  940. Denise September 23rd, 2009 at 6:55 pm

    ok, warm up MO!!

  941. Wang IS Taiwan September 23rd, 2009 at 6:55 pm

    Not a bad pitch, Ian. Can we not load the bases next time, though? It’s bad for blood pressure.

  942. Andrew GTLU Bronze Medalist September 23rd, 2009 at 6:55 pm

    All you whiners can stuff it, pretty much, is all that needs to be said. Great day for IPK. Look forward to seeing him starting again in 2010.

  943. Triple Short Of A Cycle September 23rd, 2009 at 6:55 pm

    Nice job Ian

  944. randy l. September 23rd, 2009 at 6:55 pm

    “real smart” is the winner :)

  945. Ham Fighters September 23rd, 2009 at 6:55 pm

    way to go ian!

    way to go joe g!

    shuts up a bunch of morons here!

  946. brian g September 23rd, 2009 at 6:56 pm

    maybe go to mo…i could see that….but really, the yankees ticket is punched for october. it’d be nice if they win this one but it ain’t the end all be all…..sterling is the worst….uuuugggghhhhh.

  947. Former Box 607 September 23rd, 2009 at 6:56 pm

    “Guzman makes the catch. How do you like that? Oh my goodness.” Sterling makes me laugh.

  948. SJ44 September 23rd, 2009 at 6:56 pm

    Now all of you crybabys need to find a cliff and jump.

    Please stay away fir the post-season.

    We want a moron free blog for the post-season.

  949. 213 Area Code September 23rd, 2009 at 6:56 pm

    No i p 2K, but a big out, nonetheless

  950. The Other Phil September 23rd, 2009 at 6:56 pm

    Nice job kid. Good show of mettle. Now they can keep testing him rather than send him to the crap pile like some people here want.

  951. pat September 23rd, 2009 at 6:56 pm

    IPK lives to pitch another day!

  952. Uncle Ellsworth September 23rd, 2009 at 6:56 pm

    Robertson = ?
    Brunney = Doghouse
    Kennedy = what you got kid?

  953. The Ghost September 23rd, 2009 at 6:56 pm

    That should give IPK some real confidence going into the off season. Good for him.

  954. GreenBeret7 September 23rd, 2009 at 6:56 pm

    Nice recovery by Kennedy. It could be a real confidence booster. He’d never have gotten through that last year.

  955. Yogis September 23rd, 2009 at 6:56 pm

    Giraldi is not too nice to our fans (esp. those with heart conditions).

  956. Yankee Trader September 23rd, 2009 at 6:56 pm

    Other than being rusty Kennedy looked pretty good out there.

  957. big dog September 23rd, 2009 at 6:56 pm

    thank god that was painful…

    Anyone on here who dose not think this is a big game is a complete idiot. We may will more then likly see these guys in the playoffs abnd knowing we just took 2 of 3 is a huge confidence boost.

  958. PD September 23rd, 2009 at 6:57 pm

    IPK is a AAAA pitcher and that’s never going to change. Chance he will be in the rotation next year Kay? Zero percent. This guy will not have success with this team. Maybe some NL team, but not with the Yankees. The guy has average stuff, he needs practically perfect command. He’s not a top prospect, not even close

  959. Betsy September 23rd, 2009 at 6:57 pm

    Wang, Ian hasn’t pitched in the big leagues in over a year……..he’s facing a very good team. It’s not fair to expect him to be sharp…………

  960. spudz September 23rd, 2009 at 6:57 pm

    Should Kennedy be on the Post Season Roster?

    I would take him over Bruney at this point.

  961. rconn23 September 23rd, 2009 at 6:57 pm

    Way to go Ian. This will be a great story, regardless of the outcome.

  962. Wang IS Taiwan September 23rd, 2009 at 6:57 pm

    CB
    September 23rd, 2009 at 6:55 pm
    “He’s back to afraid to throwing strikes. Ugh.”

    Afraid?

    Or he might not have particularly good command right now because he’s thrown very few innings this year and is coming back from major arm sugery.

    ~~~~~~~~~~~~

    I’m not psycho-analyzing him, CB. That’s based on his history with the Yanks. Eiland literally would bound out of the dugout to yell at him for not throwing strikes.

  963. RalphieD (OPPC) September 23rd, 2009 at 6:58 pm

    nice job ian…welcome back

  964. Betsy September 23rd, 2009 at 6:58 pm

    SJ, what did you think of AJ today? I need to catch the replay as I was at work while he was in the game……

  965. Betsy September 23rd, 2009 at 6:58 pm

    SJ, what did you think of AJ today? I need to catch the replay as I was at work while he was in the game……

  966. JoeMama September 23rd, 2009 at 6:58 pm

    Josh Towers to close? Maybe Girardi is just trying to show everyone that the Yankee farm system is pretty good

  967. brian g September 23rd, 2009 at 6:58 pm

    thanks folks…i’m glad you all are feeling it too…seriously, that last call was amazing…sterling….someone must take this man’s job…i hate him…i hate him….i hate him….but i will listen anyway and imagine it’s vin scully or mel allen….

  968. Andrew GTLU Bronze Medalist September 23rd, 2009 at 6:58 pm

    It’s a big game to the fans who want to beat their chests and say that the “Angel Stadium curse” has been broken. For the Yankees, they’ve clinched, it’s 100 degree getaway day with a long flight in front of them. They want to win, but it’s not “do or die”; the outrage spewed towards Kennedy’s appearance doesn’t match the weight the team puts on this game.

  969. GreenBeret7 September 23rd, 2009 at 6:59 pm

    Yogis
    September 23rd, 2009 at 6:55 pm
    recless auditioning?

    ————————————————————

    Looks more like wreckless spelling.

  970. Yankee Trader September 23rd, 2009 at 6:59 pm

    Time for Gardner to shine.

    Shadows now playing a part for hitters. Is Rivera warming up?

  971. Coach6423 September 23rd, 2009 at 6:59 pm

    Good for IPK…Good for Girardi for letting him get out of his own jam….

  972. Vrsce September 23rd, 2009 at 6:59 pm

    Remember when Hughes were spoken of in the same sentence as prosects? Quite a distance between them at this point.

  973. Triple Short Of A Cycle September 23rd, 2009 at 6:59 pm

    Totally off topic but I love listening to all the “experts” on the FAN who have been calling up recently saying how the Yanks “ruined” Joba and that they all along knew that making him a starter would ruin him

  974. Betsy September 23rd, 2009 at 6:59 pm

    Can Mo go tonight?

  975. The Ghost September 23rd, 2009 at 6:59 pm

    I’m hoping it’s the heat but Molina is not looking sharp these days and hit hitting which was never his strong suit has become absolutely atrocious. Makes me wonder if his quad injury is still a problem. The way he hits and runs his defense really can’t be anything less than stellar. He still calls a great game though.

  976. vinny-b September 23rd, 2009 at 7:00 pm

    “You should rest them but not too much rest”

    in this regard, you may be right.

  977. We Miss Paulie September 23rd, 2009 at 7:00 pm

    Its not that we don’t have any faith in IPK, just thought it was a strange situation to put him in. But he proved us wrong.

    SJ, this isn’t a “meaningless” game….its not a must-win, for sure, but “meaningless’?

  978. S.A.--Serenity Now September 23rd, 2009 at 7:00 pm

    Great job by IPK getting out of that.

  979. pat September 23rd, 2009 at 7:00 pm

    A-Rod on deck

  980. Benny Blanco September 23rd, 2009 at 7:00 pm

    Talk about being thrown to the wolves. I know Ian was shaking in his cleets. I’m glad he was able o settle down and get out of that inning.

  981. Ham Fighters September 23rd, 2009 at 7:00 pm

    spewing your ian kennedy hate on the day that he comes all the way back from a life-threatening condition is an indicator or your character, not his.

    welcome back ian!

  982. PD September 23rd, 2009 at 7:00 pm

    Yeah, let’s put Ian on the postseason roster when he’s pitched one meaningful inning all season. That’s smart. We’ll see him get lit up in games that REALLY matter. What a joke. The guy has been garbage in just about every opportunity with the Yankees. He is on the verge of blowing another game, he barely makes it THROUGH ONE INNING, AND HES PROVEN HIS METTLE? uh, no. Let’s see him throw 2 or 3 innings, how about? Barely escaping a bases loaded jam IN ONE INNING, that was his fault… that doesn’t prove anything. It doesn’t outweigh the crap he has shown in the past. Not even close.

  983. Betsy September 23rd, 2009 at 7:01 pm

    Vrsce, IPK and Phil were never spoken of in the same breath – Phil was the #1 pitching prospect in baseball while many “experts” didn’t think much of Ian at all

  984. Ed in Oregon September 23rd, 2009 at 7:01 pm

    Is Mo up in the Pen ?

  985. Former Box 607 September 23rd, 2009 at 7:01 pm

    Sterling – “The Yankees are 96-56 and have played 152 games and in the 153rd game they bring in Kennedy in the 8th inning of a 3-2 game. He loads the bases on two walks and a hit batsman and they don’t take him out and he gets out of it. Amazing. I’m Flabberghasted”.

    Suzyn – “All I can think of is maybe Bruney was a little sore and not able to pitch” Or maybe he is terrible when the games are on the line and has no confidence whatsoever.

    Clowns. There’s a reason you are in the booth and Girardi et al are in the dugout.

  986. brian g September 23rd, 2009 at 7:01 pm

    hey big dog…yesterdays game was the must win…if they had one. these guys are confident. they can and will win anywhere….i mean sure, it’s a big game i guess…but except to the fans who love losing there minds with worry it’s a little meaningless…..the yankees are going deep this october……mark my words. go yanks……

  987. Ed in Oregon September 23rd, 2009 at 7:02 pm

    PD …. Chill you idiot.. It worked out fine

  988. Wang IS Taiwan September 23rd, 2009 at 7:02 pm

    GreenBeret7
    September 23rd, 2009 at 6:59 pm
    Yogis
    September 23rd, 2009 at 6:55 pm
    recless auditioning?

    ————————————————————

    Looks more like wreckless spelling.

    ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~

    Where’s Nick when you need him? It just might be reckless spelling there as well, GB.

  989. Yogis September 23rd, 2009 at 7:02 pm

    should we have spell check installed on this board? Geez.

  990. Wang IS Taiwan September 23rd, 2009 at 7:02 pm

    Ah, what would this blog be with SJ and others calling those who don’t agree with morons and idiots?

    Feels like home.

  991. vinny-b September 23rd, 2009 at 7:03 pm

    “the outrage spewed towards Kennedy’s appearance doesn’t match the weight the team puts on this game”

    apparently, this is the case.

    am 100% Girardi and win or lose this will not change. But personally, i would have went for the jugular today. And then taken the next 2 weeks to rest.

  992. Nick von Clausewitz in SF September 23rd, 2009 at 7:03 pm

    Congratulations, Derek Jeter, you are the 2009 Horace Greeley Award winner!!!!!

  993. Wang IS Taiwan September 23rd, 2009 at 7:03 pm

    “without” :)

  994. Ed in Oregon September 23rd, 2009 at 7:03 pm

    If Sterling is ‘ Flabbergasted’ by the move…Then it was the right move

  995. Jeremy September 23rd, 2009 at 7:03 pm

    Rivera is warming so we should be okay.

  996. vinny-b September 23rd, 2009 at 7:04 pm

    “Ah, what would this blog be with SJ and others calling those who don’t agree with morons and idiots”

    I smell an imposter. Most of those didn’t look like SJ’s posts

  997. brian g September 23rd, 2009 at 7:04 pm

    the dude is the king of the blown call….you hear that “strike three” call?….”oh whooops, it was a foul ball…”….a million times this season he’s given me that type of mistake….i wanna do that job..i think i got what it takes…..ahahahahahahhaah

  998. Wang IS Taiwan September 23rd, 2009 at 7:04 pm

    Yogis
    September 23rd, 2009 at 7:02 pm
    should we have spell check installed on this board? Geez.

    ~~~~~~~~~~~~

    No way. That’s part of the fun.

  999. Dr.M September 23rd, 2009 at 7:05 pm

    Same old, same old Kennedy. Walk after walk. I don’t see any difference from old Kennedy.
    Girardi gets lucky. Big mistake leaving Kennedy with 1 out, 2 on. Though the outcome is good, the decision is still a mistake.
    Don’t get me wrong. Kennedy must be tested. Yanks need to know if they can count on him in playoff. But a win over Angels trumps anything now.
    I honestly thought Angels will take the lead there, so we can all tar and feather Girardi. Where is MO? He can’t get 5 outs? Tomorrow is an off day. What is Girardi saving him for? Had Angels taken the lead in bottom 8th, we wouldn’t need MO anymore.

  1000. GreenBeret7 September 23rd, 2009 at 7:05 pm

    Wang IS Taiwan
    September 23rd, 2009 at 7:02 pm
    GreenBeret7
    September 23rd, 2009 at 6:59 pm
    Yogis
    September 23rd, 2009 at 6:55 pm
    recless auditioning?

    ————————————————————

    Looks more like wreckless spelling.

    ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~

    Where’s Nick when you need him? It just might be reckless spelling there as well, GB.

    ————————————————————

    hey, I may not know how to spell, but, I can recognize the errors of others. I’ve always wanted to be a politician. Besides, I only dog the trolls.

  1001. CB September 23rd, 2009 at 7:05 pm

    “Nice recovery by Kennedy. It could be a real confidence booster. He’d never have gotten through that last year.”

    Absolutely agree.

    Kennedy looked very rusty and it clearly affected his command. Best example of that was the hit by pitch with 2 strikes.

    But Kennedy’s approach was a positive. He tried to attack the hitters with his fastball, worked both sides of the plate and used the sun/shadow border to his advantage.

    Of the 28 pitches he threw 20 of them were fastballs of some type (4 seam, 2seam, cutter).

    In addition he threw a remarkable assortment of pitch types given the context – he used his four seam fastball, two seamer, cutter, slider, curve and change.

    It’s impressive that he would feel confident enough to throw all 4 fundamental pitch types after what he’s been through this year.

    Also, while he only threw a few breaking pitches, most of them had a really nice, tight break. He hung a couple but honestly, his breaking stuff looked sharper than what we saw last year.

    Very nice story. Very impressive appearance given the context of the injury, his lack of innings, the competition and pitching where he grew up.

    Somewhere in the stands Pat M is smiling.

  1002. Andrew GTLU Bronze Medalist September 23rd, 2009 at 7:06 pm

    Someone posted this earlier:

    “We have a 5.5 game lead on the Angels with 10 to play. If the Yankees go 5 and 5….LAA have to win every game to secure Home Field….ITS OVER”

    So, I think the importance of this game is pretty much summed up right there.

  1003. Erica - always OPPC September 23rd, 2009 at 7:06 pm

    The bottom of the 8th inning lasted my entire drive home.

    Sterling said it was the strangest half inning of the Yankee season!

  1004. Uncle Ellsworth September 23rd, 2009 at 7:07 pm

    didn’t IPK pitch light out last week in a playoff game?

  1005. Yogis September 23rd, 2009 at 7:07 pm

    “hey, I may not know how to spell, but, I can recognize the errors of ”
    Wait a minute! “You call me a mook?”

  1006. SJ44 September 23rd, 2009 at 7:07 pm

    Andrew,

    bingo. It’s what the children can’t understand.

  1007. Angel - A tale told by idiots, full of sound and fury, signifying nothing September 23rd, 2009 at 7:08 pm

    Blooping Bobby.

  1008. Abdababdaserser September 23rd, 2009 at 7:08 pm

    Great to see that Ian did OK, not great, but OK in getting out of that jam. Its not like he was going against scrubs, the Angels have a potent offense, pretty deep 1-9.

    Its a great story, as Pete would probably appreciate. Coming back this year off a big surgery like that and coming into a high pressure game, even if its not a must win game, you know they are looking to make something of this.

    Good for Kennedy for bending but not breaking.

    Now Mo has to do the same.

  1009. vinny-b September 23rd, 2009 at 7:08 pm

    “spewing your ian kennedy hate on the day that he comes all the way back from a life-threatening condition is an indicator or your character, not his”

    take it easy. I respect Kennedy working his tail off to come back.

    at the same time, i don’t believe in him as an AL pitching prospect.

  1010. GreenBeret7 September 23rd, 2009 at 7:08 pm

    Wang IS Taiwan
    September 23rd, 2009 at 7:03 pm
    “without”

    ————————————————————See? It’s like the flu. Everybody gets it and there’s no effective treatment. How many times do people get flu shots, and end up with a worse case of the flu?

  1011. baseballfab September 23rd, 2009 at 7:09 pm

    Bloop hits against Mariano are never counted as real hits, because…well..they are bloop hits.

  1012. Andrew GTLU Bronze Medalist September 23rd, 2009 at 7:10 pm

    CB, great post about Kennedy’s appearance. I was impressed by how comfortable he was throwing his curveball; last year when he was getting tattooed I remember the coaches stressing that he needed a third pitch (the curve) that he was comfortable with because he couldn’t make it in the majors with just his change-up (a plus pitch) and his fastball. It seems like a good sign that he was snapping off some good curveballs this afternoon.

  1013. CB September 23rd, 2009 at 7:11 pm

    Mariano using a slide step with Abreu on base is interesting. Don’t see him do this much.

  1014. randy l. September 23rd, 2009 at 7:11 pm

    mariano has such good control he can really go up and in when he wants to.

    that was nasty right there , but not dangerous to the hitter.

    great pitch.

  1015. Wang IS Taiwan September 23rd, 2009 at 7:11 pm

    Hey GB7,

    I think that “recognizing the errors of others” is something we’re all pretty good at in this life, isn’t it? ;) We just don’t see our own errors too clearly sometimes.

    You go right ahead and dog those trolls!

  1016. jennifer September 23rd, 2009 at 7:12 pm

    I’m very happy to see Ian pitch the scoreless inning. He got no help from the ump. I thought a few of those ball’s were actually strikes.

  1017. GreenBeret7 September 23rd, 2009 at 7:12 pm

    CB
    September 23rd, 2009 at 7:05 pm
    “Nice recovery by Kennedy. It could be a real confidence booster. He’d never have gotten through that last year.”

    Absolutely agree.

    Kennedy looked very rusty and it clearly affected his command. Best example of that was the hit by pitch with 2 strikes.

    But Kennedy’s approach was a positive. He tried to attack the hitters with his fastball, worked both sides of the plate and used the sun/shadow border to his advantage.

    ————————————————————

    Yeah, he only missed bad on maybe 3 pitches. I was satified, but, really surprised when he was recalled and especially put into a close game like this with something on the line. That alone should wash out a lot of last year’s failures.

  1018. Yankee Trader September 23rd, 2009 at 7:12 pm

    Now expect Abreu to try and steal.

  1019. Tom in N.J. September 23rd, 2009 at 7:12 pm

    I wish YES had one of those newfangled K Zone things…

  1020. Wang IS Taiwan September 23rd, 2009 at 7:12 pm

    What a pitcher. Of course, it helps to have Mo’s amazing command.

  1021. Former Box 607 September 23rd, 2009 at 7:13 pm

    According to Sterling – Nothing all year is more flabberghasting than IPK pitching the 8th in this game.

    Someone should get him a thesaurus.

  1022. Erica - always OPPC September 23rd, 2009 at 7:14 pm

    Former Box 607
    September 23rd, 2009 at 7:13 pm
    According to Sterling – Nothing all year is more flabberghasting than IPK pitching the 8th in this game.

    Someone should get him a thesaurus.
    *****

    I also love when he said “I know I keep saying this but…”

  1023. Scared of the Wall September 23rd, 2009 at 7:14 pm

    Sterling is in a perpetual state of being amazed. “Isn’t it amazing…?”

    No surprised that he’d be flabbergasted over such a minor thing…

  1024. Uncle Ellsworth September 23rd, 2009 at 7:14 pm

    2 out

  1025. Andrew GTLU Bronze Medalist September 23rd, 2009 at 7:15 pm

    Nothing beats Sterling starting out the game this afternoon pretty much saying “You know, you just can’t predict baseball…” like 4 different times in the first 3 innings.

  1026. NYY626 September 23rd, 2009 at 7:15 pm

    You got this Mo. One more.

  1027. GreenBeret7 September 23rd, 2009 at 7:15 pm

    And, again, it comes down to with Rivera is the best today.

  1028. PD September 23rd, 2009 at 7:15 pm

    I don’t criticize this team hardly ever. Just about all my posts towards THE YANKEES (not other posters) are positive. It’s just that some people are really wrong about IPK. After almost 60 innings of brutal mediocrity in his major league career, IPK started off his first inning this year by giving up a rocket down the line which would have been a double early in a game, when the D would not be playing no doubles. After that, he proceeded to load the bases and in doing so threw 28 pitches. His stuff was the same as it’s ever been. The guy isn’t a reliever. He’s a starter. You don’t throw one inning starts. How many times had we seen innings like that from him in the past and then the next inning the dam breaks and he gives up 5 runs? Today was the same old. WHIP off the charts, bad command, etc etc. It’s pathetic some people are so results oriented and point to the fact he got out of ONE INNING without blowing the game. Let’s see him string innings together. He can’t. He could barely get through one without blowing up.

  1029. Uncle Ellsworth September 23rd, 2009 at 7:15 pm

    5

  1030. CB September 23rd, 2009 at 7:16 pm

    “That alone should wash out a lot of last year’s failures.”

    It’ll help and it’ll give his year this year a tremendous upsurge. What a way to finish out a season during which you had aneurysm surgery.

    Getting the call from the manager to set up Mo against the Angels.

    His body language also looked very good. He wasn’t tentative like he was last year. He caught the ball and threw it and didn’t nibble.

  1031. Erica - always OPPC September 23rd, 2009 at 7:16 pm

    We took 2 of 3 in Anaheim!!!!

    And they said it couldn’t be done!!!

  1032. Benny Blanco September 23rd, 2009 at 7:16 pm

    YANKEES WIN!!

  1033. NYY626 September 23rd, 2009 at 7:16 pm

    I Love Mariano Rivera. WE WON A SERIES AGAINST THE ANGELS!! :)

  1034. Andrew GTLU Bronze Medalist September 23rd, 2009 at 7:16 pm

    Not much left to be said now by all the babies on this board. Second guessed the hell out of Girardi ALL afternoon long and all it got you was win #97

  1035. Trevor (Super Mario) September 23rd, 2009 at 7:16 pm

    Happy Days are here again. :D

  1036. vinny-b September 23rd, 2009 at 7:16 pm

    last time the yankees won a series in anaheim was 2004.

    but yeah, this game was meaningless.

  1037. GreenBeret7 September 23rd, 2009 at 7:16 pm

    And, again, it comes down to ***which*** Rivera is the best today.

    Ours is the best, of course.

  1038. SJ44 September 23rd, 2009 at 7:16 pm

    Beat the Angels to win the series with their C lineup.

    Bridgejumpers unite, take the plunge, and go away.

    Nobody wants your whining and crying here in the post-season.

  1039. BBFan September 23rd, 2009 at 7:16 pm

    The monkey is really off our back :)

  1040. Nick von Clausewitz in SF September 23rd, 2009 at 7:16 pm

    Our magic number:

    http://tinyurl.com/ns2daj

  1041. pat September 23rd, 2009 at 7:16 pm

    Nice series.

    Girardi lulled the Angels into a false sense of security with his “B” line-up. :wink:

  1042. randy l. September 23rd, 2009 at 7:16 pm

    molina need to go sit in an ice whirlpool.

    tough day to catch.

  1043. Abdababdaserser September 23rd, 2009 at 7:16 pm

    Now the Angel fans go and strangle the rally monkey!

    Series win, the harder way, by losing the first game.

    Gotta love it.

  1044. Yogis September 23rd, 2009 at 7:16 pm

    TGIM (Thanks God, it’s MO!)

  1045. DYNASTY IS DESTINY! September 23rd, 2009 at 7:16 pm

    Kennedy, now Mo…

    Capuchins capitulate…

    Sowing Angels’ angst!

  1046. GreenBeret7 September 23rd, 2009 at 7:17 pm

    That was some kind of bullpen work. Protecting a one run lead for 10 outs against this team is impressive.

  1047. Abdababdaserser September 23rd, 2009 at 7:17 pm

    The Yanks beating the Angels with that lesser lineup has to hurt them even more.

  1048. Vrsce September 23rd, 2009 at 7:17 pm

    You can’t predict baseball, but you can predict Sterling.

    Thaaaaaaaaaa Yankees win

  1049. Ham Fighters September 23rd, 2009 at 7:18 pm

    great win by the yankees today

    they rested injured players, got contributions from bench players and still got the win

    but kudos to joe g for a great job today, he is way underrated by most yankees fans, and by far the majority of posters on this blog.

    this was not a must win, but it is a nice one!

  1050. CB September 23rd, 2009 at 7:18 pm

    Wow. Tough series. The yankees getting swept and all in Anaheim.

    And now they have to play the invincible Red Sox who are of course particularly impossible to beat when they play on the road.

    Another sweep coming. 6 game losing streak to finish the season!!!!

  1051. Abdababdaserser September 23rd, 2009 at 7:18 pm

    GB, exactly. I think it also makes Ian’s outing that much more impressive.

  1052. Yankee Trader September 23rd, 2009 at 7:18 pm

    What a great way to win.

    Burnett pitched great.
    Kennedy gets a boost in confidence.
    Yankees will get the all important home field advantage.
    Gaudin now in as #4.
    Post season pitching roster starting to shape up.

  1053. Bronx Jeers September 23rd, 2009 at 7:18 pm

    Well if you said the Yanks were going to lose 2 of 3 to one team on this trip and take 2 of 3 from another, I doubt any of us would have picked which was which.

  1054. 213 Area Code September 23rd, 2009 at 7:18 pm

    Alright! And you can count the magic number on one hand. Have a safe flight back, gentlemen, & crush the Beaneaters on Friday night.

  1055. Angel - A tale told by idiots, full of sound and fury, signifying nothing September 23rd, 2009 at 7:19 pm

    Well Girardi was certainly gambling a little using IPK there. He was kind of forced by lack of options, but its nice to see him do something a little out of the box and it to pay off for him.

  1056. Benny Blanco September 23rd, 2009 at 7:20 pm

    good win. Day off and then its boston baked beans this weekend. And we will take two of three.

  1057. BBFan September 23rd, 2009 at 7:20 pm

    When we went 0-8 against Boston, all the Worrywarts said we can not win against them. Then what happens, we crush them.

    Now the same worrywarts are worried that we never win in big A. Well we took the series.

    Now stars are aligned for us to win the divison in a game against Boston at home. How sweet it will be ….

  1058. S.A.--Serenity Now September 23rd, 2009 at 7:20 pm

    :D

  1059. Yanks_Fan September 23rd, 2009 at 7:22 pm

    This was a huge game and series win by the Yankees, especially since they haven’t been playing their best baseball lately. Great, great win!

    Oh, well, poor bridge jumpers that guaranteed the Yankees would lose 2 of 3 or maybe even be swept, while the Red Sox would sweep the Royals. Im sorry for you, guys. Of course, you won’t remember you practically counted the Yankees out, you will jump on the bandwagon again but only for today, until its all gloom and doom next game. Shame on you!

  1060. Vrsce September 23rd, 2009 at 7:23 pm

    The Boston will be a strange one for Pete.

    Kinda like living in the house with the wife during a divorce and the girl friend comes to call.

  1061. spudz September 23rd, 2009 at 7:23 pm

    PD,
    I think you should go back 2 years for IPK’s Sept Callup,
    hopefully he can repeat that success in this years callup.

    2007
    W L ERA G G SV IP H R E HR BB SO WP
    1 0 1.89 3 3 0 19.0 13 6 4 1 9 15 0

  1062. zmaster September 23rd, 2009 at 7:24 pm

    the postseason story book is closer to being opened

  1063. GreenBeret7 September 23rd, 2009 at 7:24 pm

    Big deal. Alfonso Alfonseca could have done that after last night’s game.

  1064. Angel - A tale told by idiots, full of sound and fury, signifying nothing September 23rd, 2009 at 7:24 pm

    Heh. When CB goes all sarcastic it makes me laugh.

  1065. Erica - always OPPC September 23rd, 2009 at 7:27 pm

    :arrow:

  1066. Betsy September 23rd, 2009 at 7:27 pm

    wow, what a great win, lol…….and it was played in a close, tight fashion the way most playoff games will be.

  1067. Joeysdadjoe September 23rd, 2009 at 8:52 pm

    I was one of the suprised at the lineup today.My feeling was that a win today pretty much clinched the East and home field.A loss coupled with a potential sweep in Boston gives the Sox life.Smooth sailing now.

    Kennedy was a high risk,high reward move.He loses the game the fans turn on him,suceed it’s a stepping stone to a potential playoff roster spot.Glad to see it worked out.

    I’ve never been a big Girardi guy but he has shown me something this year.

  1068. JeterJobaCanoFanForever, enough said September 23rd, 2009 at 10:39 pm

    Real or fake SJ44- You really need to stop calling the fans on this board “idiots”, “morons” and “children”. You are being too hard on people who have soft hearts and love the Yankees.

    It is mean spirited.

    It is rude.

    Like others advise readers – - just scroll past those posts you don’t like.

  1069. JeterJobaCanoFanForever, enough said September 23rd, 2009 at 10:45 pm

    HAPPY BIRTHDAY TO JOBA CHAMBERLAIN TODAY. He is 24, one year from the magical #25.

    If anyone wants to say something nice to Joba for once – say Happy Birthday.

    Great win Yanks, even though it is a “meaningless” game. Try telling that to AJ. What kind of code does one put after a meaningless win? ^ Meow.

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