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Game 154: Red Sox at Yankees (updated with Girardi pre-game audio)

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imagesYANKEES (97-56)
Jeter SS
Damon LF
Teixeira 1B
Rodriguez 3B
Matsui DH
Posada C
Cano 2B
Swisher RF
Cabrera CF

Pitching: RHP Joba Chamberlain (8-6, 4.73).

images-1RED SOX (91-61)
Ellsbury CF
Pedroia 2B
Martinez 1B
Youkilis 3B
Ortiz DH
Bay LF
Drew RF
Varitek C
Gonzalez SS

Pitching: LHP Jon Lester (14-7, 3.33).

TIME/TV: 7:05, My9, TBS.

STATE OF THE ‘STRIPES: The Yankees have won two straight but are 6-6 in their last 12. Their magic number is five.

STATE OF THE SOX: Boston also has won two straight. They are 2-2 on a seven-game road trip. Boston is 21-8 since Aug. 23. Their magic number for the wild card is three.

STATE OF THE RACE: The Yankees lead Boston by 5.5 games in the American League East. The Yankees have 10 games left, the Red Sox 11. The Yankees, Dodgers (92-61) and Red Sox have the three best records in baseball.

STATE OF THE RIVALRY: Boston lead 9-6 this season with three games left. There have been two distinct segments. The Red Sox won the first eight games and outscored the Yankees 55-31. The Yankees are 6-1 since and have outscored the Red Sox 54-37.

JOBAMANIA: Ah, yes, here we go again with young Mr. Chamberlain. The newly minted 24-year-old is 1-4 with an 8.25 ERA in his last nine starts, allowing opponents to hit .327 with a .409 on-base percentage against him. While Joe Girardi has said Chamberlain will be on the postseason roster, Brian Cashman has suggested that he needs to earn his way on.

Tonight would be a good place to start. Joba was wretched against Seattle on Sunday, giving up seven runs in three innings then talking cheerfully about how well he threw the ball. He is 1-1 with a 5.06 ERA against Boston this season. Joba has allowed nine earned runs on 13 walks and 21 hits in 16 innings but does have 19 strikeouts against Boston.

The Yankees are hoping to get him to six innings tonight. Then again they were hoping to get him to five against Seattle.

TURNAROUND: Jon Lester was 3-5 with a 6.07 ERA in his first 11 starts of the season. The left-hander is 11-2, 2.13 since. He last faced the Yankees on Aug. 9 and allowed one run over seven innings with seven strikeouts. Lester is 3-0, 3.11 in seven career starts against the Yankees.

THEY’RE HOT: Cano is 19 of his last 48. … Teixeira was 10 of 23 on the road trip with six extra-base hits and six RBI.

THE LEADERS: A few AL statistical races that could be impacted this weekend:

HOME RUNS
Carlos Pena (Rays) 39
Mark Teixeira (Yankees) 37
Jason Bay (Red Sox) 36

RBI
Mark Teixeira (Yankees) 118
Jason Bay (Red Sox) 115
Evan Longoria (Rays) 108

WINS
CC Sabathia (Yankees) 18
Felix Hernandez (Mariners) 17
Justin Verlander (Tigers) 17
Scott Feldman (Rangers) 17

WINS BY VASTLY OVERPAID JAPANESE PITCHERS
Daisuke Matsuzka (Red Sox) 3
Kei Igawa (Yankees) 0

ON THE iPOD RIGHT NOW: Stand Up by Ludacris.

Back with more later on.

UPDATE, 3:57 p.m.: Dave Robertdon threw yesterday and felt great. He’ll throw again in the bullpen tomorrow.

UPDATE, 4:25 p.m.: Nothing official, but the Yankees appear to be setting up Andy Pettitte to start Game 2 of the ALDS.

The rotation starting Monday is Gaudin, Burnett, Chamberlain, Sabathia, Pettitte and Burnett.

UPDATE, 6:03 p.m.: The Yankees now say that Joe Girardi mis-spoke about the rotation for the KC series. It’s actually:

Burnett
Gaudin
Chamberlain

So perhaps they’re not necessarily lining up Pettitte for Game 2. But they still could.

UPDATE, 6:08 p.m.: Here is Joe Girardi’s pre-game press conference. He got a little animated defending Joba and their use of him:

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UPDATE, 7:09 p.m.: The president of Panama, Ricardo Martinelli, threw out the first pitch to Mariano Rivera. He was wearing jeans, sneakers and a Mo jersey.

UPDATE, 7:10 p.m.: We are underway in a breezy Boogie Down. Enjoy the game.

UPDATE, 7:20 p.m.: Strong first inning for Joba. If he can pitch well today, that would answer the only real question the Yankees have before the postseason.

UPDATE, 7:55 p.m.: Nine up and nine down for Joba. He’s answering all the questions so far. Best part for the Yankees: He has thrown only 36 pitches.

UPDATE, 8:04 p.m.: Two more RBI for A-Rod as he crushes a Lester pitch to left field. That’s 92 on the season. Could be get to 100?

The Yankees can’t clinch anything tonight. But being up 6.5 games with eight games left is pretty much a done deal.

UPDATE, 8:16 p.m.: Jon Lester took a line drive off the right kneecap and almost certainly will be leaving the game. The ball was off the bat of Melky Cabrera. He is being attended to by several trainers.

UPDATE, 8:17 p.m.: He’s leaving under his own power, which is good to see. Rivalries aside, you don’t want to see anybody get seriously injured.

UPDATE, 8:36 p.m.: Joba’s perfection lasted 3.2 innings. Victor Martinez just drilled a pitch into the Yankees bullpen. But the Yankees lead 5-1.

UPDATE, 8:49 p.m.: Good news for Jon Lester, x-rays were negative and he has a contusion on his quad, which is the area right above the knee.

UPDATE, 9:12 p.m.: Big inning there for Joba as he was able to escape a jam. This has been a hugely positive outing for him.

UPDATE, 9:33 p.m.: Joba had a chance to end his night on a real positive, then Ortiz homered. But it’s still a quality start and he hasn’t had one of those in a while. Have to start someplace.

UPDATE, 9:44 p.m.: Season-high six steals for the Yankees … That’s four RBI for A-Rod tonight.

UPDATE, 10:04 p.m.: Yankees taking this game seriously. Dr. Ronan Tynan just sang the extra-long, “We’re more patriotic than you are” version of God Bless America.

UPDATE, 10:33 p.m.: Jonathan Albaladejo making an already excruciating game even longer. Man, he is dreadful.

UPDATE, 10:46 p.m.: The Red Sox have officially given up, sending in assorted subs. You can figure on the Yankees doing the same in the ninth.

UPDATE, 10:49 p.m.: Posada walked and when Freddy Guzman pinch ran, he took second on defensive indifference.

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1,408 Responses to “Game 154: Red Sox at Yankees (updated with Girardi pre-game audio)”

  1. Former Box 607 September 25th, 2009 at 3:32 pm

    Wow. I had no idea that Bay was so close to Teixeira in HR and RBI. Makes the Tex for MVP argument all the more weak.

  2. Patrick September 25th, 2009 at 3:33 pm

    Thanks Pete, nice starting post. It’s now or never for Joba, he has to prove that he is a quality pitcher and deserves a spot on the playoff roster.

  3. Epsilon Rho September 25th, 2009 at 3:37 pm

    As I have always said,

    Manny Bay is the MVP.

  4. Former Box 607 September 25th, 2009 at 3:37 pm

    Also, its amazing that Pena is still in first place in HR given that he hasn’t played in about two weeks.

  5. Jose September 25th, 2009 at 3:38 pm

    hopegully it’s a good thing that Francona said youk was sitting tonight with Joba on the hill. no fireworks

  6. Epsilon Rho September 25th, 2009 at 3:39 pm

    Beat Manny Bay,

    you beat the Red Sox.

    As long as they have Manny Bay,

    Red Sox will win it all.

  7. Jose September 25th, 2009 at 3:39 pm

    *hopefully

  8. CorectionPolice September 25th, 2009 at 3:41 pm

    //The Sox are 2-2 on a seven-game road trip.//

    That’s 5-2 on a 10 game road trip. They swept Baltimore last weekend in Baltimore. 16-2 against this season. That you Baltimore, may we have another!!!!!!!

  9. Sea Gully September 25th, 2009 at 3:43 pm

    We like hopegully better

  10. Nick in SF in Santa Rosa September 25th, 2009 at 3:44 pm

    Who will be the last person to note that both the Yanks and Sox could clinch this weekend???

    You’re all (at least) two days late!

    :mad:

  11. Jeremy September 25th, 2009 at 3:47 pm

    Yeah Jason Bay and all of his strikeouts is the MVP. Give me a break ! Get a clue Sox fan.

  12. Trevor (Super Mario) September 25th, 2009 at 3:48 pm

    I must say I don’t look forward to Joba starts anymore. He’s been horrible. and I don’t expect a quality start tonight. My expectations are that low.

  13. NYY in BTR September 25th, 2009 at 3:49 pm

    Hey Pete, you might want to check the TV network.
    Perhaps you get a different feed in the northeast, but here in Louisiana the game is on TBS, not MLB.
    It is going to be a great weekend!!

  14. Patrick September 25th, 2009 at 3:52 pm

    It would be kind of funny if the Yankees sweep and the Rangers get swept. Two celebrations on the same night!

  15. Nick in SF in Santa Rosa September 25th, 2009 at 3:52 pm

    The game is not just on TBS, it is also on YES, NESN, CNN, MSNBC, Unavision, and Showtime After Dark.

  16. m September 25th, 2009 at 3:53 pm

    For the uniformed. Please stop saying the candy ban was on Girardi:

    “Everyone wants to say that was the Joe Girardi ban. That was an organizational rule. Everyone wants to say that was Joe Girardi, the health freak. The diet does not come from me. It comes from the trainers and the coaches and the strength coach and the doctors and Mr. Cashman. Do I put chocolate Kisses in my mouth? Yes, I do.”

    http://bombersbeat.mlblogs.com.....truth.html

  17. Tom in N.J. September 25th, 2009 at 3:54 pm

    Hey, I just realized that BOTH the Yankees and Sox can clinch this weekend!

    /McGeorge Bundy’d

  18. Jeter's Edge - Pete, we need registered names and an edit button! September 25th, 2009 at 3:54 pm

    Hey guys, how funny would it be if the Yankees and the Sox both clinched on Sunday?!

    :-)

  19. Patrick September 25th, 2009 at 3:55 pm

    Uhh why are people still talking about the silly “candy ban” ???

    The only reason that was a story is because Girardi has a rough first year managing the team. It is completely irrelevant right now.

    I guess the candy ban doesn’t include whipped cream…

  20. Sea Gully September 25th, 2009 at 3:56 pm

    Bay’s team beat Teixeira’s team in the playoffs last year because Bay was a BIG factor and Teixeira was a non-factor. Expect the same this year from Tex and “The October Choker”: ARod

    Hey, look on the bright side: just 8 more years of the “Curse of Arod” for the Yankees.

  21. Uncle Ellsworth September 25th, 2009 at 3:56 pm

    m
    September 25th, 2009 at 3:53 pm
    For the uniformed. Please stop saying the candy ban was on Girardi:

    “Everyone wants to say that was the Joe Girardi ban. That was an organizational rule. Everyone wants to say that was Joe Girardi, the health freak. The diet does not come from me. It comes from the trainers and the coaches and the strength coach and the doctors and Mr. Cashman. Do I put chocolate Kisses in my mouth? Yes, I do.”

    http://bombersbeat.mlblogs.com…..truth.html

    Thanks m for setting the record straight

    The Truth is out there.

  22. Nick in SF in Santa Rosa September 25th, 2009 at 3:56 pm

    I laugh because it’s better than crying.

  23. GGBG (Magic Number: Joe Torre) September 25th, 2009 at 3:56 pm

    I bet Joba comes out throwing 95+ bb’s and makes us all remember why we argued so much about his being in the rotation.

  24. Richie September 25th, 2009 at 3:57 pm

    I’d play the Gritster in CF.

    I don’t eat candy anyway.

  25. BX12 Fordham RD September 25th, 2009 at 3:57 pm

    Sea Gully….all it really took was the decapitation and flash freezing (like a piece of cod) the head of your greatest player……another drought starts for you and my guess is Yaz is going into the witness relocation program

  26. Nick in SF in Santa Rosa September 25th, 2009 at 3:58 pm

    A Girardi Truther too??? ;)

  27. jennifer September 25th, 2009 at 3:59 pm

    hello while we both can clinch Sunday the soxs would be on a plane headed back to Fenway.

  28. m September 25th, 2009 at 4:01 pm

    Uncle,

    Too much libelous crap, I had to set the record straight.

    It was painful, though. Trying to scroll the spring training entries here, and seeing all that A-rod shizzle. But I did smile when I saw a picture of Jose Molina and AJ having a “conference” in the billiards tourney. :)

    I finally did a google search for this “candy ban was cashman not girardi” and Bryan Hoch’s entry popped up.

  29. Noreaster September 25th, 2009 at 4:01 pm

    Hey Sea Gully, give us our last week with Pete in peace.

    Red Nation fans are unreal, they are backing into the playoffs again and they are still being jerks about it.

  30. Jerkface September 25th, 2009 at 4:01 pm

    Mark Teixeira ALDS:

    20 PA, 15 AB, 4 R , 7 H, 1 RBI, 4 BB

    .467/.550/.467/1.017

    Would like to see more power, but I’ll take getting on base half the time

  31. jennifer September 25th, 2009 at 4:02 pm

    If .467 is choking in the playoffs I hope Tex chokes. What a joke people are. before making such a stupid statement why not go look at facts.

  32. Uncle Ellsworth September 25th, 2009 at 4:03 pm

    Girardi
    seems so much better with the media this year. His post-games are not uncomfortable to watch.

    He laughs like a reject from Revenge of the nerds though?

  33. betsy September 25th, 2009 at 4:03 pm

    I can’t be upset about Bucholz developing when this comes as no surprise. I’d be more upset if the Yankees didn’t have Joba or Phil….

    CB, I know you’ve said (or was it SJ) that Phil being in the pen will give him confidence going into next year that he wouldn’t have had if he had mostly started in the minors, but doesn’t Bucholz disprove that? I’m not overly impressed with who he’s beating, but he’s pitching well and I can’t deny that. Don’t you think the Yankees have made a major trade off in that next year and the year after, the Yankees are going to pay the price for not keeping Phil as a starter? When I say they will pay the price, I mean in terms of (a) innings count and (b) he’s barely using his curve anymore. Phil has become a two pitch pitcher and who know if he’s lost the feel of his curve? Also, when he gets hit around next year because he’s not polished and experienced enough, how is that confidence from this year going to come into play? I’m not saying he won’t be confident, but you can be confident and still get knocked around because you aren’t ready.

  34. GGBG (Magic Number: Joe Torre) September 25th, 2009 at 4:03 pm

    jennifer

    What fun would a discussion board / message board / blog post be if people actually looked at facts before posting?

  35. Nick in SF in Santa Rosa September 25th, 2009 at 4:04 pm

    Jerkface, if you could re-post your rendition of Joba’s thought process (“that ain’t werkin”) on the mound, I would appreciate it. That was masterful.

  36. GGBG (Magic Number: Joe Torre) September 25th, 2009 at 4:05 pm

    Jerkface

    His OPS is over 1! Who cares if he doesn’t hit home runs. If your OPS is over 1, you’re kicking ass. I hope he doesn’t change A THING!

  37. Uncle Ellsworth September 25th, 2009 at 4:05 pm

    m
    September 25th, 2009 at 4:01 pm
    Uncle,

    Too much libelous crap, I had to set the record straight.

    It was painful, though. Trying to scroll the spring training entries here, and seeing all that A-rod shizzle. But I did smile when I saw a picture of Jose Molina and AJ having a “conference” in the billiards tourney.

    I finally did a google search for this “candy ban was cashman not girardi” and Bryan Hoch’s entry popped up.

    I’m pretty sure there was no ban on bringing your own goodies in so it really wasn’t a ban. More like “You can eat that stuff if you want we just won’t supply it”

  38. saucY September 25th, 2009 at 4:06 pm

    so when did the no candy rule go into effect? was it last year or was it always a rule, but just never enforced?

  39. GGBG (Magic Number: Joe D. September 25th, 2009 at 4:06 pm

    Darn, forgot to update the magic number from computer…that’s what I get for posting from my phone!

  40. RS September 25th, 2009 at 4:06 pm

    Bay compiled most of his stats in April and May. It was because of his disappearence in the summer months that the Sox slumped so badly and lost the division. He also isn’t nearly as valuable defensively as Teixeira. No way should he be the MVP. I’d probably put him 6th or 7th behind Mauer, Tex, Jeter, Cabrera, Morales, and maybe Zobrist.

  41. Jerkface September 25th, 2009 at 4:07 pm

    Joba Chamberlain:

    Pitch 1 – I’ve got a good fastball today, so I am going to try to hit the outside corner with it ,and I do, 0-1

    Pitch 2 – Gonna stick with the fastball, Posada’s in good rythmn today, batter fouls it off 0-2

    Pitch 3 – Time to put him away, he can’t catch up to my fastball so we’re gonna try to blow one by him on the inside. He taps it foul! Still 0-2

    Pitch 4 – Posada’s plan ain’t werkin fer beans, I shake off until I get to the slider. My out pitch! He spits on it. 1-2

    Pitch 5 – He is probably thinking fastball, so I shake off back to my slider, I bet he is way out in front! He spits on it again. 2-2

    Pitch 6 – Even count, but I got him off balance, one more slider should do it! I shake off until I get to it, because its my best pitch and I got a gatorade commercial out of it. I’m so G! 3-2

    Pitch 7 – Whatever Posada I’ll try your stupid fastball. He fouled it again! 3-2

    Pitch 8 – See? That didn’t work, back to my A game, the slider! He spits on it and walks.

  42. m September 25th, 2009 at 4:07 pm

    Every pitcher is different. Their approach, their makeup, everything.

    Phil said he’s made the transition well because he approaches each appearance like a “start”.

    If and when he goes back to starting, I wonder if he’ll take a little of that with him?

    Not necessarily airing it out, but in terms of aggressiveness. I wonder if he’ll approach each inning in a start like a relief appearance.

    Pitchers sometimes get themselves into trouble by worrying too much about trying to give length.

  43. GGBG (Magic Number: Joe D.) September 25th, 2009 at 4:09 pm

    m

    That is a great observation. I hope he does because this version of Hughes is a joy to watch.

  44. Jack September 25th, 2009 at 4:09 pm

    These atheletes today are soooo spoiled

    boo hoo, the manager/gm took candy away from me… wahhhh wahhh

    you make 10s of freakin million dollars, go to a 7/11 and buy the candy yourself if you want it so badly

  45. NYY626 September 25th, 2009 at 4:10 pm

    Uncle Ellsworth
    September 25th, 2009 at 4:03 pm

    He laughs like a reject from Revenge of the nerds though?
    ____________________________________________________________
    That was harsh Uncle E, but true :) But I love Joe. Even though I cringe a bit when he says “cokey or cervy”

  46. Uncle Ellsworth September 25th, 2009 at 4:10 pm

    Guys I’ve been kinda outta the loop. Any blog shenanagans of interest going on???

  47. Nat September 25th, 2009 at 4:12 pm

    Cashman was quoted that winter (of 07/08) saying that too many players have come out of camp out of shape and even referenced Betimit eating ice cream on the couch rather than in the weight room or something like that.

    It is a silly ban though. You really think these millionaires can’t find a way to eat some candy? Sure, they may be less consumed if they have to spend their own money on it rather than get it free, but it isin’t going to stop the problem.

  48. Nick in SF in Santa Rosa September 25th, 2009 at 4:12 pm

    Thanks, Jerkface. It’s funny ‘cos it’s true.

    As for this Girardi revisionism, I love the positive spirit behind it, but the fact is Girardi almost killed poor Edwar Ramirez with those cruel dietary edicts.

  49. Uncle Ellsworth September 25th, 2009 at 4:13 pm

    “That was harsh Uncle E, but true But I love Joe. Even though I cringe a bit when he says “cokey or cervy””

    He snorts a little.

    “cokey or cervy” someone told Joe to be “folksy”

    He’s been all- around great this year I think.

  50. Andrew GTLU Bronze Medalist September 25th, 2009 at 4:13 pm

    Hopefully Joba can get himself in some sort of order tonight

  51. Pat M. September 25th, 2009 at 4:13 pm

    Angels are going to have a track meet when they square off vs. Boston……Red Sox pitchers are poor in holding on to runners, and the Sox catchers are around 10 % @ best in tossing out runners……Angels have 5 Brett Gardner track stars on their club, it’s going to be the difference, that and if the Halo’s bullpen can keep it together……Mgr. Mike Scioscia went deep with his starters in the Yankee series because the pen is a glaring weakness….Tough on the starters, that’s how the Bombers get them this October

  52. tex's friend September 25th, 2009 at 4:14 pm

    9 games right?

  53. Fly Ball September 25th, 2009 at 4:14 pm

    Ellsbury CF
    Pedroia 2B
    Martinez 1B
    Youkilis 3B
    Ortiz DH
    Bay LF
    Drew RF
    Varitek C
    Gonzalez SS

    Francona not messing around… going for the jugular tonight. Joba is in for a looooonnngggg night.

  54. CountryClub September 25th, 2009 at 4:14 pm

    looks like the Sox changed their mind and are playing Youkilis after all.

  55. m September 25th, 2009 at 4:14 pm

    Please…no “snort” and any derivation of “coke” in the same post…

  56. Joe September 25th, 2009 at 4:15 pm

    I live in RI and have watched every Yankee games for the last 10-15 years. The only thing I hate when we play the Sox is the with the stupid black out rules I don;t get YES network and have to watch it on NESN. Do any of you know where to get YES network live on the net?

  57. Mac Daddy September 25th, 2009 at 4:15 pm

    bad job by joe g…molina needs to be catching joba tonight

  58. NYY626 September 25th, 2009 at 4:17 pm

    He snorts a little.
    ____________________________________________________________
    So did I after that comment.

  59. Uncle Ellsworth September 25th, 2009 at 4:17 pm

    I’d rather have Edwar as my wing-man under the O’Neill banner than the much ballyhooed Krazy Kyle.
    just sayin

  60. Nick in SF in Santa Rosa September 25th, 2009 at 4:18 pm

    Wasn’t Girardi an engineering student at Northwestern?

    Of course he’s dorky.

  61. MaineYankee September 25th, 2009 at 4:19 pm

    Pat M.

    The worst pitcher holding runners on (Penny) is now in SF.

    I think Tampa and Texas each stole 8 in games he started.

  62. Tom in N.J. September 25th, 2009 at 4:19 pm

    Is Joba on any innings/pitch limit tonight?

  63. Uncle Ellsworth September 25th, 2009 at 4:19 pm

    “Nick in SF in Santa Rosa
    September 25th, 2009 at 4:18 pm
    Wasn’t Girardi an engineering student at Northwestern?

    Of course he’s dorky.”

    The whole Nerd/Jock things says something about the duality of man or the man.

  64. Brett GODner September 25th, 2009 at 4:19 pm

    Will Pete’s first post for the Globe be about his life long dream to cover his favorite team finally being realized??

  65. Tom in N.J. September 25th, 2009 at 4:20 pm

    Oh nevermind I read Pete’s post.

    :oops:

  66. Sea Gully September 25th, 2009 at 4:20 pm

    Going for the jugular would have been V-Mart catching, Lowell at 3rd. No Varitek. This will just be a strike behind the knees or Youk charging Joba….which ever comes first.

  67. rb September 25th, 2009 at 4:20 pm

    The game is on My9, but there will be pregame on YES. Kim Jones mentioned on her blog that Phil Hughes is the scheduled “Innerview” on the Batting Practice show.

  68. MaineYankee September 25th, 2009 at 4:20 pm

    Joe
    September 25th, 2009 at 4:15 pm
    I live in RI and have watched every Yankee games for the last 10-15 years. The only thing I hate when we play the Sox is the with the stupid black out rules I don;t get YES network and have to watch it on NESN. Do any of you know where to get YES network live on the net?

    ———————————————

    I feel your pain. :lol:

    Especially if Eck. is in the booth.

  69. NYY626 September 25th, 2009 at 4:21 pm

    Girardi’s dorkiness is totally acceptable because he is capable of kicking anyone’s butt. That guy can be scary.

  70. Sox-tastic for Playoff run September 25th, 2009 at 4:25 pm

    /Will Pete’s first post for the Globe be about his life long dream to cover his favorite team finally being realized??
    //

    Hey he had to start somewhere. I personally never would have done it as a Red Sox fan, but sometimes you have to do what you have to do!

    Welcome home Pete!! We won’t come down hard on you up here when you talk Pats. Although I thought it was pretty funny thatyou pulled no punches in New York for your love of the Pats.

  71. Uncle Ellsworth September 25th, 2009 at 4:25 pm

    Is Erica on her way to Atlantic City?
    Is the GTPSR still on?

  72. Uncle Ellsworth September 25th, 2009 at 4:25 pm

    NYY626
    September 25th, 2009 at 4:21 pm
    Girardi’s dorkiness is totally acceptable because he is capable of kicking anyone’s butt. That guy can be scary.

    I embrace it.

  73. Banks September 25th, 2009 at 4:25 pm

    When Girardi wins a WS, then we will reward him.

  74. Pat M. September 25th, 2009 at 4:26 pm

    Maine Yankee, Yeah Penny may have been the worst in baseball, however the staff is very poor in that regards, and their relievers are only a few ticks better….And of course you have the recievers who are slow and cumbersome with their delivery’s…..I’m telling you, the Angels may very well set some records for steals in a ALDS…..

  75. m September 25th, 2009 at 4:28 pm

    Hopefully, they’ll have a press conference with a new jersey number for Girardi.

  76. DYNASTY IS DESTINY! September 25th, 2009 at 4:29 pm

    Yankees v. Red Sox…

    Prelude to the postseason…?

    Good Joba or bad…?

  77. MaineYankee September 25th, 2009 at 4:29 pm

    Pat M.
    September 25th, 2009 at 4:26 pm
    Maine Yankee, Yeah Penny may have been the worst in baseball, however the staff is very poor in that regards, and their relievers are only a few ticks better….And of course you have the recievers who are slow and cumbersome with their delivery’s…..I’m telling you, the Angels may very well set some records for steals in a ALDS…..

    —————————————————

    I hope you’re right.

    I’ve heard some talk that Veritek has a sore neck and shoulder also.

  78. Darrin September 25th, 2009 at 4:30 pm

    By my calculations, it’s mathematically possible for BOTH the Yankees and Red Sox to clinch this weekend.

    How come no one is talking about it?

    Nick?

  79. Alex September 25th, 2009 at 4:32 pm

    I DO NOT want to see Boston celebrating in our clubhouse before we do.

    Why should they be the first team to have a celebration in the new stadium?

    Why should they be allowed to wreck the visitors clubhouse?

    Do not let them clinch. Confiscate the champagne. Or even better, sweep them.

  80. Nick in SF in Santa Rosa September 25th, 2009 at 4:32 pm

    Because people are afraid to face the truth.

  81. GGBG (Magic Number: Joe D.) September 25th, 2009 at 4:33 pm

    Glad to see Andy lined up for Game 2 but he’s been a much better pitcher on the road this season.

    His splits for the season suggest it’d be better starting him on the road. Are his recent home/road splits better than his overall season home/road splits?

  82. vtred September 25th, 2009 at 4:33 pm

    Mark Feinsand has really stepped up the coverage of his blog. Has game-threads with lineups and interesting nuggets just like Pete does.

  83. Uncle Ellsworth September 25th, 2009 at 4:34 pm

    Yanks and Sox can both cllinch this weekend TRUTHER!

  84. GGBG (Magic Number: Joe D.) September 25th, 2009 at 4:34 pm

    Darrin

    I posed this situation in the previous thread:

    Texas gets swept
    We sweep Boston

    Both of us celebrate on Sunday.

    How bizarre would that be?

  85. randy l. September 25th, 2009 at 4:35 pm

    “That was harsh Uncle E, but true But I love Joe. Even though I cringe a bit when he says “cokey or cervy””
    He snorts a little.
    “cokey or cervy” someone told Joe to be “folksy”

    come on uncle ellsie,

    you just have to understand that’s how baseball is.

    you gotta have a little kid nickname.

  86. Nome September 25th, 2009 at 4:37 pm

    “UPDATE, 4:25 p.m.: Nothing official, but the Yankees appear to be setting up Andy Pettitte to start Game 2 of the ALDS.”

    Would be an absolutely brutal decision.

    In the swing game of the series, you want AJ Burnett on the road?

    Burnett has better numbers at home, Andy has better numbers on the road. Also wouldn’t you want Andy in the bigger ballpark (Comerica)?

    I hope this isn’t official.

  87. Mike September 25th, 2009 at 4:38 pm

    Thank you for posting the line ups for tonights game so early. First time I’ve read the blog. Championship round in fantasy baseball and I have Youkilis, Ellsbury, Martinez, Tex and Matsui on my squad and have an engagement with the girlfriend to get to where fantasy baseball line up setting will be disallowed shortly before game time. Needless to say I’m looking for a 10 to 8 Yankees win with the aforementioned five a big part of the tally.

    Thanks again!

  88. Pat M. September 25th, 2009 at 4:38 pm

    Randy I, Cox used to call me Patsy….How’s that for a baseball nickname

  89. Uncle Ellsworth September 25th, 2009 at 4:38 pm

    “you just have to understand that’s how baseball is.

    you gotta have a little kid nickname.”

    is Clank a little kid nickname?

  90. JJ September 25th, 2009 at 4:38 pm

    Hughes and Aceves have referred to Coke as “Cokey” in the postgames too. They probably do it just to bust on Coke.

  91. jennifer September 25th, 2009 at 4:39 pm

    UGH!! IF Texas gets swept and we sweep the soxs. the soxs will be on a plane to Boston and will NOT I repeat NOT celebrate at YS!

  92. Tom in N.J. September 25th, 2009 at 4:39 pm

    “you just have to understand that’s how baseball is.

    you gotta have a little kid nickname.”

    My little league coach called me ‘C man’. I hated that nickname.

  93. Aura September 25th, 2009 at 4:40 pm

    RS is Ben Zobrist your cousin or something? If not, how can you possibly put him ahead of Bay in the MVP voting? By what possible rational?

  94. Nick in SF in Santa Rosa September 25th, 2009 at 4:40 pm

    If this is the decision, maybe the thinking is that they’d rather have Andy go twice than AJ? Of course we don’t know which series they’re taking yet.

  95. Jerkface September 25th, 2009 at 4:42 pm

    Zobrist does play above average defense at like 15 positions.

  96. Tom in N.J. September 25th, 2009 at 4:42 pm

    UPDATE, 4:25 p.m.: Nothing official, but the Yankees appear to be setting up Andy Pettitte to start Game 2 of the ALDS.

    The rotation starting Monday is Gaudin, Burnett, Chamberlain, Sabathia, Pettitte and Burnett.

  97. NYY626 September 25th, 2009 at 4:44 pm

    JJ
    September 25th, 2009 at 4:38 pm
    Hughes and Aceves have referred to Coke as “Cokey” in the postgames too. They probably do it just to bust on Coke.
    ____________________________________________________________
    I’m sure thats why they do it :) Cokey is tolerable, but Cervy sounds like a female body part. Someone needs to tell Joe that “frankie” works just fine.

  98. Bad Scooter September 25th, 2009 at 4:44 pm

    Nome – Who do you want pitching game 5, if there is one. Andy or AJ?

  99. saucY September 25th, 2009 at 4:44 pm

    jennifer
    September 25th, 2009 at 4:39 pm
    UGH!! IF Texas gets swept and we sweep the soxs. the soxs will be on a plane to Boston and will NOT I repeat NOT celebrate at YS!

    -=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=

    unless it’s another 15 inning win for us ;)

  100. Ninja Burglar September 25th, 2009 at 4:44 pm

    Having both lefties start back to back in the stadium is not a bad idea considering the short porch in right…

  101. Jerkface September 25th, 2009 at 4:45 pm

    have the visiting clubhouse manager plastic-wrap the entire clubhouse (with their personal items still in lockers) and then leave them 1 bottle of champagne.

  102. GGBG (Magic Number: Joe D.) September 25th, 2009 at 4:45 pm

    Nick in SF

    Game 2 pitcher would be the Game 5 pitcher in both cases since gGame 2 is on Fri, Game 5 is following Weds in both series.

    I think the idea is Girardi would rather have Andy on the mound in a Game 5 than AJ. Can’t say I blame him for that line of thinking, even if AJ’s got better stats at home.

  103. Jerkface September 25th, 2009 at 4:46 pm

    Having both lefties start back to back in the stadium is not a bad idea considering the short porch in right…

    The problem with this is that Pettitte doesn’t really neutralize left handed power, or any kind of power. He is sort of a power amplifier, but I can understand the rationale that is behind going with veteran prowess over AJ’s stuff.

  104. saucY September 25th, 2009 at 4:46 pm

    but Cervy sounds like a female body part. Someone needs to tell Joe that “frankie” works just fine.

    -=-=-=-=-=

    either that or “mulva”

  105. jennifer September 25th, 2009 at 4:47 pm

    haha- and cheap champagne I read the Yankees once went the cheap route and the players got rashes or something.

  106. mko September 25th, 2009 at 4:47 pm

    Daisuke Matsuzaka is not overpaid at all. He’s a great pitcher. Where have you been last season? Not counting the posting fee of course.

  107. m September 25th, 2009 at 4:47 pm

    I say you line them up like it’s supposed to be, and let them play the games. Who knows? They might actually win.

  108. vinny-b September 25th, 2009 at 4:47 pm

    “Girardi has made some poor moves as manager as well”

    very few.

  109. Nick in SF in Santa Rosa September 25th, 2009 at 4:48 pm

    If they went with 4 starters in the ALDS, wouldn’t CC be the game 5 starter?

  110. K-Zone September 25th, 2009 at 4:48 pm

    Career ERAs at Comerica Park

    Pettitte – 4.65 (6 starts)
    Burnett – 9.42 (3 starts)

  111. Laura - Say yes to Matsui in pinstripes for 2010 September 25th, 2009 at 4:49 pm

    “ON THE iPOD RIGHT NOW: Stand Up by Ludacris.”

    Wow! Pete is getting all gangsta on us before he leaves. Who knew?

    When I move, you move
    Just like that

  112. NYY626 September 25th, 2009 at 4:49 pm

    jennifer
    September 25th, 2009 at 4:47 pm
    haha- and cheap champagne I read the Yankees once went the cheap route and the players got rashes or something.
    ____________________________________________________________
    I heard it burned their eyes

  113. REZ September 25th, 2009 at 4:50 pm

    Detroit is a predominantly RH lineup. Don’t know if lining up 2 lefties at home is the best bet. I’d also prefer the lefty flyball pitcher in Comerica.

  114. GGBG (Magic Number: Joe D.) September 25th, 2009 at 4:50 pm

    Nick

    Yes, they could go that way but given the questionable state of our 4th starters, I don’t see it.

  115. Brian (Red Sox Fan) September 25th, 2009 at 4:51 pm

    Randy – Re: your previous posts about VMart’s throwing ability. Your suspicions are correct – he can’t throw at all.

    Having said that, neither can Varitek. In the playoffs, it’s clear that VMart will catch, Youkilis will play first, and Lowell will play third. I doubt that Tek will play at all.

    The theory is, if neither catcher can throw, play the one that can hit. Basically, this approach replaces Tek’s bat with Lowell’s.

    P.S. You’re right about Posada. For a guy whose had shoulder surgery, he can still get the ball down to second (if he catches it).

  116. m September 25th, 2009 at 4:51 pm

    Doesn’t AJ dominate lefties?

  117. Nick in SF in Santa Rosa September 25th, 2009 at 4:51 pm

    Isn’t whatever decision Girardi makes the “way it’s supposed to be”?

  118. Mike September 25th, 2009 at 4:52 pm

    AJ has to be bummed… he was talking all year and winter about how him and CC would be a killer 1-2 punch and pitch back to back in the playoffs, and here he is as the #3 starter.

  119. m September 25th, 2009 at 4:53 pm

    Nick,

    Yes, but that’s a minor detail. :)

  120. Omar September 25th, 2009 at 4:53 pm

    Pete, have you asked your new colleagues at the Globe to get you a couch sized desk chair? If not, now might be a great time.

  121. RC 16 September 25th, 2009 at 4:54 pm

    It works both ways.

    If we lost a 2-1 hearbreaker with CC on the mound in game 1… you want Burnett on the mound in game 2 trying to salvage the split rather than Andy?

    If we get to a game 5, you want Burnett with our season on the line?

  122. RC 16 September 25th, 2009 at 4:55 pm

    If CC loses the first game, do you want AJ on the mound in game 2 over Andy?

    If we go to a game 5, you want AJ on the mound with our season on the line?

  123. Nick in SF in Santa Rosa September 25th, 2009 at 4:56 pm

    GGBG: well, what I said before is, if this is the actual decision, the rationale would seem to be that giving Andy two starts outweighs other considerations — unless they take the series with 4 starters. But that seems unlikely right now.

    Anyway, until something is official, I’m not drawing any conclusions.

  124. Pat M. September 25th, 2009 at 4:57 pm

    Nick in SF, I just locked in on The Cal-Berkley Bears at -5, before it moves back up tonight and most certainly after the morning games on the East Coast…..I also locked in LSU @ Miss St. lay the 13

  125. Laura - Say yes to Matsui in pinstripes for 2010 September 25th, 2009 at 4:57 pm

    “AJ has to be bummed… he was talking all year and winter about how him and CC would be a killer 1-2 punch and pitch back to back in the playoffs, and here he is as the #3 starter.”

    He’s got only himself to blame. If he had pitched better and been consistent, he wouldn’t be in this situation. I won’t be crying any tears over his disappointment. Joba either. Joba shouldn’t be on the postseason roster if he stinks up the joint in these last two starts.

  126. Eric September 25th, 2009 at 4:57 pm

    Can we stop acting like Andy is this lockdown stud?

    He is 13-9 in his postseason career and has had as many clunkers as he has had good games.

    He is 38 yrs old now, doesn’t fool hitters, and isn’t 100% healthy.

    AJ is a stud who throws hard, strikes guys out, and can dominate a game.

    Give me AJ over Andy in any game.

  127. able 21 September 25th, 2009 at 4:59 pm

    Did Girardi take Joba out yet?

    Just joking.

    Go Yankees!

  128. SportsGeek September 25th, 2009 at 4:59 pm

    On Girardi being better this year than last.. Yes he has been, and so has the team.. virtually every member of the team!

    Do you credit the improvements in the team to Girardi, the coaches, Cashman, or to the players themselves. I think it’s probably a combination of all of the above.

    The starters are so much better this year than last:
    This year’s top 4 have a combined ERA of 4.02, while last year’s top 5 have a combined ERA of 4.43.
    … This year’s top 4 have pitched 80% of the starts (54% of the innings), while the top 5 last year only pitched 72% of the starts (48% of the team’s innings). I challenge everyone here to name the top 5 starters from last year, in terms of innings (without looking at any website or publication).

    On the batting side,
    Teixeira 09 has been much better than Giambi 08.
    Swisher 09 has been about even with Abreu 08.
    Posada 09 has been much better than Molina 08.
    Matsui 09 has been much better than Matsui 08 (plus playing more innings).
    Cano 09 much better than Cano 08.
    Cabrera 09 much better than Cabrera 08.
    Jeter 09 much better than Jeter 08.
    Damon 09 about the same as Damon 08.
    ARod 09 slightly worse than ARod 08.
    … That’s 6 of 9 being much better in 09 than in 08.

  129. Nick in SF in Santa Rosa September 25th, 2009 at 5:00 pm

    Maybe the thinking is, if you have AJ at the #3, he’s back to his pre-season role, so you’re only flipping Andy from 4 to 2 rather than displacing 2 pitchers. :)

  130. Pat M. September 25th, 2009 at 5:00 pm

    AJ was the # 3 behind CC & Wang….

  131. James 3D September 25th, 2009 at 5:00 pm

    If AJ was more trustworthy and wasn’t so hit or miss, then Girardi would trust him to be the #2 starter. I agree Laura, he has no one to blame but himself.

    Andy has outpitched him in the 2nd half and has proven to be more reliable. Thus, he will be the #2 starter (assuming Girardi is infact lining up the rotation like that)

  132. randy l. September 25th, 2009 at 5:00 pm

    ” Cox used to call me Patsy….How’s that for a baseball nickname”

    pat m-

    that’s not a great one , but then again not as bad as his must have been.

  133. Tom B September 25th, 2009 at 5:00 pm

    pete did it ever occur to you that when joba says “he thought he threw the ball well” that’s just his way of blowing you (reporters) off?

    good luck deciphering papi’s 2nd grade english in boston… lol

  134. Free Mike Vick September 25th, 2009 at 5:01 pm

    personally…i feel they should take the 4 starter series vs the tigers for 2 reasons.

    1) if the series goes 5 games….i want CC pitching it…not AJ or Andy (with all do respect)

    2) Joba has pitched very well vs the tigers in his career…if he can prove the next 2 games he can give up something. I would have no problem starting him in game 4.

  135. rb September 25th, 2009 at 5:03 pm

    I posted this last night. It looks like they’re going with 3 starters.

    From Bryan Hoch

    “General manager Brian Cashman dropped a nugget this week that the Yankees are planning on taking 10 pitchers into the American League Division Series, and though they’ve been otherwise guarded in outlining their thinking, that gives you a small window into their thinking for the first round.”

    http://newyork.yankees.mlb.com…..p;c_id=nyy

  136. SportsGeek September 25th, 2009 at 5:04 pm

    Gotta give Aceves some innings, make sure he stays sharp!!
    Robertson needs innings to get sharp again!!

    Gotta give GGBG some more at bats!!

  137. Nick in SF in Santa Rosa September 25th, 2009 at 5:04 pm

    Pat M: -5 is very nice given that it was at -7.5 Sunday night…that’s a lot of movement towards the Ducks however…but I do expect it to swing back a bit, you’re getting in at the best time. I’m getting excited!

  138. Paul T September 25th, 2009 at 5:07 pm

    Wow. The Andy Game 2 theory doesn’t die.

    It is literally one of the worst conceivable moves of the last decade.

    Andy hasn’t been good at home, AJ hasn’t been that great on the road.

    Two lefties will be stacked.

    It shows no confidence in AJ, who is on the fragile side mentally.

    It’s a guaranteed ALDS defeat. Please screw your heads on Yanks/Say it ain’t so.

  139. randy l. September 25th, 2009 at 5:07 pm

    brian (red sox fan)-

    it sounds like the red sox next year are going to have to get a back up catcher next year who can throw to use situationally if martinez is going to be the starter, and it looks like he is.

    this red sox team catcher weak throwing is one thing i’ve grabbed onto looking for red sox weaknesses. without martinez in there the offense doesn’t seem to click as well.

    it’s going to be interesting to see if the angels and yankees exploit it. you have to get on base first though and with the right guys.

  140. t September 25th, 2009 at 5:07 pm

    For those of you that didn’t see, Swisher was on Jimmy Fallon last night. Here’s the link http://www.hulu.com/watch/9795.....s-p1-st-i1

  141. XLJ September 25th, 2009 at 5:08 pm

    rb
    September 25th, 2009 at 5:03 pm
    I posted this last night. It looks like they’re going with 3 starters.

    From Bryan Hoch

    “General manager Brian Cashman dropped a nugget this week that the Yankees are planning on taking 10 pitchers into the American League Division Series, and though they’ve been otherwise guarded in outlining their thinking, that gives you a small window into their thinking for the first round.”

    http://newyork.yankees.mlb.com…..p;c_id=nyy

    ———————————

    10 pitches does seem kind of low. Do the yankees really need 6 position players on the bench in the american league? I would rather have an extra pitcher than an extra bench player.

  142. Al September 25th, 2009 at 5:08 pm

    Yep, AJ was the #3 starter this year.

    People say it was because Girardi wanted to break up the “power guys” (based on nothing but speculation and it is a stupid reason anyway considering AJ and CC throw with different hands), but it was really because Wang has been better than AJ from 06-08 before he got hurt.

  143. Free Mike Vick September 25th, 2009 at 5:09 pm

    It’s a guaranteed ALDS defeat.
    __________________________

    i wouldn’t go as far as to say that.

    but i want Burnett in game 2 aswell.

  144. GreenBeret7 September 25th, 2009 at 5:09 pm

    Jerkface
    September 25th, 2009 at 4:46 pm
    Having both lefties start back to back in the stadium is not a bad idea considering the short porch in right…

    The problem with this is that Pettitte doesn’t really neutralize left handed power, or any kind of power. He is sort of a power amplifier, but I can understand the rationale that is behind going with veteran prowess over AJ’s stuff.

    ————————————————————

    Pettitte has allowed 14 of his 19 homers at Yankee Stadium this year. Only 5 of them have been from June 25th through September. I’d say that he’s figured it out in the 2nd half over 8 home starts. He had 8 home starts before 25 June.

  145. m September 25th, 2009 at 5:10 pm

    Did Pete have a poll on who should start Game 2?

  146. rb September 25th, 2009 at 5:12 pm

    XLJ,

    I guess Girardi plans to do a lot of pinch running? :???:

  147. christina25 September 25th, 2009 at 5:12 pm

    Jason Bay doesnt deserve the MVP.Mauer does.

  148. Jerkface September 25th, 2009 at 5:13 pm

    10 pitches does seem kind of low. Do the yankees really need 6 position players on the bench in the american league? I would rather have an extra pitcher than an extra bench player.

    Only 3 of those are starters. Do you foresee the yankees using more than 7 bullpen pitchers in 1 game?

  149. Pat M. September 25th, 2009 at 5:13 pm

    Nick in SF….My opening # was 6.5, and it’s been dropping all week….My concern is looking past this week…..The Huskie / Cardinal game is intreging as you have to wonder if the Huskies are really on the upward swing more than I expected from them this soon….They’re now at + 7, opened at + 6….

  150. Nick in SF in Santa Rosa September 25th, 2009 at 5:13 pm

    I voted for Mitre by mistake and threw off the curve. :(

  151. XLJ September 25th, 2009 at 5:13 pm

    Paul T
    September 25th, 2009 at 5:07 pm
    Wow. The Andy Game 2 theory doesn’t die.

    It is literally one of the worst conceivable moves of the last decade.

    Andy hasn’t been good at home, AJ hasn’t been that great on the road.

    Two lefties will be stacked.

    It shows no confidence in AJ, who is on the fragile side mentally.

    It’s a guaranteed ALDS defeat. Please screw your heads on Yanks/Say it ain’t so

    ————————————–

    I agree I rather have Burnett pitch game 2. He has pitched very well at home. Pettitte and Burnett basically have the same ERA so it is not like Andy has been light years better than Burnett.

    I much rather have Pettitte pitch game 3 on the road.

    Andy

  152. Tom in N.J. September 25th, 2009 at 5:15 pm

    A.J. career road era v tigers: 9.42

  153. GreenBeret7 September 25th, 2009 at 5:15 pm

    Paul T
    September 25th, 2009 at 5:07 pm
    Wow. The Andy Game 2 theory doesn’t die.

    It is literally one of the worst conceivable moves of the last decade.

    Andy hasn’t been good at home, AJ hasn’t been that great on the road.

    Two lefties will be stacked.

    It shows no confidence in AJ, who is on the fragile side mentally.

    It’s a guaranteed ALDS defeat. Please screw your heads on Yanks/Say it ain’t so.

    ————————————————————

    Pettitte has a 3.42 home ERA in the last half of the season. What’s that about he’s not good at home? I’ll take the last half (8 home starts) any day.

  154. Tony September 25th, 2009 at 5:17 pm

    AJ needs to pitch at home…..not good idea at all

  155. Pat M. September 25th, 2009 at 5:17 pm

    Randy I, I think the Yanks test the running game this weekend once again…They ran alot last time, but it was Smoltz & Penny……It’s going to be an Angels track meet…When they get to Fenway, the grounds crew will saturate the first base area and keep the infield grass very closely shaved……

  156. disco stu September 25th, 2009 at 5:18 pm

    “Wow. The Andy Game 2 theory doesn’t die.

    It is literally one of the worst conceivable moves of the last decade.

    Andy hasn’t been good at home, AJ hasn’t been that great on the road.

    Two lefties will be stacked.

    It shows no confidence in AJ, who is on the fragile side mentally.

    It’s a guaranteed ALDS defeat. Please screw your heads on Yanks/Say it ain’t so.”

    Really? I guess you conveniently forgot about 2003 … the Yankees lost the first game of each series that year in the post-season (all at home). Andy pitched Game 2 in each series and won each game.

    I’m not saying having Andy pitch is a no-brainer … but anyone arguing that he shouldn’t pitch is not a no brainer either.

  157. Jerkface September 25th, 2009 at 5:18 pm

    I just want to go on record that I think the AP / AJ move will end up not mattering, as we will sweep the ALDS.

    However, should it go to game 5 it extra won’t matter because it will be all hands on deck anyways.

  158. m September 25th, 2009 at 5:20 pm

    I think they’ll skip Andy’s last start, and push Burnett up. :)

    Did you guys know that there’s 2 days off between the KC and Tampa series? What will we do?

  159. MaineYankee September 25th, 2009 at 5:20 pm

    GB7

    I think Andy had a case of the yips with the short porch till he figured out how to pitch in the NYS.

  160. Laura - Say yes to Matsui in pinstripes for 2010 September 25th, 2009 at 5:23 pm

    “Did you guys know that there’s 2 days off between the KC and Tampa series? What will we do?”

    Are you sure? I have the KC series ending on the 30th and the TB series starting on the 2nd.

  161. Nick in SF in Santa Rosa September 25th, 2009 at 5:23 pm

    Pat M, I will have to check the line at my book later, but if it’s below 6 I may play Cal heavier than I’d planned.

    You know how coaches pipe in crowd noise at practice to prepare for road games? I read that the UW staff was making it extra quiet to prepare to visit the Farm…

  162. GGBG (Magic Number: Joe D.) September 25th, 2009 at 5:24 pm

    I don’t get the “it stacks two lefties” argument in two separate games. It’s not like they are anything like similar pitchers. What’s the difference?

    I get the home/road splits argument but if I have a game 5, I would rather have Pettitte than AJ start it.

  163. Jeff NJ September 25th, 2009 at 5:24 pm

    I wouldn’t say he is setting up Andy or game 2, both AJ and Andy will be on at least 4 days rest for game 2. That decision can be made quite late.

  164. Rockks September 25th, 2009 at 5:24 pm

    Girardi has that little faith in Burnett coming up big in a game 2 that he completely ignores the splits?

    Burnett’s road ERA against Detroit is over 9, BTW.

  165. m September 25th, 2009 at 5:25 pm

    Oops, you’re right. Never could get the months on the knuckle thing right. 30 days in September.

  166. Nick in SF in Santa Rosa September 25th, 2009 at 5:25 pm

    30 Days In September Truther??????

  167. Jeff NJ September 25th, 2009 at 5:25 pm

    m is wrong, there is one day off, 30 days has Sept blah blah blah.

  168. Uncle Ellsworth September 25th, 2009 at 5:26 pm

    30 days has September

  169. Tom in N.J. September 25th, 2009 at 5:27 pm

    Thirty days hath September,
    April, June, and November;
    Of twenty-eight there is but one,
    And all the rest have thirty-one.

  170. Nick in SF in Santa Rosa September 25th, 2009 at 5:29 pm

    Stack the lefties, stack the wins?

  171. Soul September 25th, 2009 at 5:29 pm

    Neither Burnett nor Andy have good career numbers vs. Detroit, but AJ’s are much worse, especially in Comerica.

    And considering they are a RH heavy lineup, it doesn’t make much sense to pitch 2 lefties at home against that team with righty power.

    Andy is a gimmicky pitcher at this stage of his career, Detroit really isin’t a good matchup for him.

  172. CB September 25th, 2009 at 5:29 pm

    “Burnett’s road ERA against Detroit is over 9, BTW.”

    That’s largely irrelevant.

    It’s a too small a sample of innings to draw any conclusions from.

    AJ is wildly inconsistent at baseline. Because of that, AJ’s “splits” are particularly useless. There’s far too many confounding factors that aren’t controlled for in any way through “splits.”

    There’s is no way to draw a valid inference that pitching at Detroit is the causal factor for him pitching poorly in the games he happened to play there.

  173. betsy September 25th, 2009 at 5:30 pm

    I seriously doubt AJ cares whether he’s pitching as the #2 or #3 starter…….fans might, but he doesn’t. He’s itched for this chance since the 2003 WS and now he’ll get it.

  174. Joe D September 25th, 2009 at 5:30 pm

    The rotation starting Monday is Gaudin, Burnett, Chamberlain, Sabathia, Pettitte and Burnett.

    ———————————————————-
    Yanks will choose the 8 day playoff option and Burnett will be the game 2 starter. The rotation above sets up CC and AJ to pitch on normal rest on Wednesday and Friday respectively. Andy will get 7 days rest.

  175. Maverick September 25th, 2009 at 5:30 pm

    JOE

    If your still out there, try P2P4U.net . Then select “other sports” and then one of the links. It’s a site out of England.

    Every time I’ve used it the feed was the YES network.

    Good Luck.

  176. m September 25th, 2009 at 5:32 pm

    If you’re Detroit or the Twins, who would you want to face in games 2 & 5?

  177. Nick in SF in Santa Rosa September 25th, 2009 at 5:33 pm

    Interesting point, Joe D. Detroit is also the scene of Joba’s greatest triumph this season, no? Not that that means any more than AJ’s numbers there.

  178. MaineYankee September 25th, 2009 at 5:36 pm

    m
    September 25th, 2009 at 5:32 pm
    If you’re Detroit or the Twins, who would you want to face in games 2 & 5?

    ————————————————–

    Why, is Joe offering them a choice?

  179. m September 25th, 2009 at 5:37 pm

    MaineYankee,

    As a matter of fact, yes!

  180. rb September 25th, 2009 at 5:39 pm

    MaineYankee September 25th, 2009 at 5:36 pm

    m
    September 25th, 2009 at 5:32 pm
    If you’re Detroit or the Twins, who would you want to face in games 2 & 5?

    ————————————————–

    Why, is Joe offering them a choice?

    —————-

    :lol:

  181. Nick in SF in Santa Rosa September 25th, 2009 at 5:39 pm

    m, are you looking for an answer that isn’t AJ?

    If Yankee fans are divided, so would be our opponents. We’ll beat ‘em either way.

  182. Pat M. September 25th, 2009 at 5:39 pm

    Tom in NJ……It’s like being at yor favorite bar on St. Patrick’s Day…….Wasn’t that your line earlier in the season in explaing the LoHud site one dreary April Boston series ????

  183. MaineYankee September 25th, 2009 at 5:40 pm

    m
    September 25th, 2009 at 5:37 pm
    MaineYankee,

    As a matter of fact, yes!

    ——————————————-

    J/K. :lol:

  184. m September 25th, 2009 at 5:43 pm

    Did Joe D crack the code?

    http://mlb.mlb.com/mlb/schedule/ps.jsp?y=09

  185. GreenBeret7 September 25th, 2009 at 5:45 pm

    MaineYankee
    September 25th, 2009 at 5:20 pm
    GB7

    I think Andy had a case of the yips with the short porch till he figured out how to pitch in the NYS.

    ————————————————————

    As veteran, professional and experienced as Pettittie and the other pitchers are, they can still have doubts about things like ballparks. I’m sure that the first 20-25 home games were freakish, but, in reality, they shouldn’t have been. The old YS wasn’t exactly Yellowstone Park in right field. Home runs totals are actually quite normal now. It’s obvious that Damon and Teixeira made a huge difference in the home run numbers. Damon in particular has completely altered his swing in YS. He’s almost a dead pull hitter there, as is Teixeira. Even Cano has a different swing. Before this year, his homers were more right center to left center. Remember the wailing and crying about Rivera’s home run totals? He’s at 4 in YS and 3 on the road. It’s more about less speed and cut due to age than it is YS.

  186. Giuseppe Franco September 25th, 2009 at 5:45 pm

    The rotation starting Monday doesn’t mean it’s going to stay that way during th ALDS.

    Girardi has been giving his guys extra rest. Pettitte may be the next guy in line for an extra day of rest so Burnett could be moved back up a slot.

    I still expect Burnett to pitch Game 2. His splits are better at home and Girardi is probably going to want to split up the lefties.

  187. Nick in SF in Santa Rosa September 25th, 2009 at 5:48 pm

    I think Joe D has cracked A code. It could very well be that they’re trying to set things up to take the longer series IF Joba looks to be back on track while opting for the shorter series if he doesn’t. Since they don’t have to declare until Oct 3/4n they probably don’t know yet themselves.

  188. chris September 25th, 2009 at 5:49 pm

    Jason Bay is so good that I heard he once hit a grand slam with only 2 runners on base. Is that true or only a myth, Pete?

  189. E-gawa September 25th, 2009 at 5:49 pm

    I’d rather have Burnett do game 2 and Pettitte game 3. Not because of who’s pitching better or whatnot. I like the idea of having a veteran in that possible deciding role. If we go up 2-0 or down 0-2, all pressure is on AJ.

    That’s nothing against AJ either, it’s just that Pettitte has been there many many more times.

  190. MaineYankee September 25th, 2009 at 5:52 pm

    GB7

    I recall an interview with Andy where he sort of hinted that it was in his head some at first. Then he seemed get more of a comfort level at home.

  191. Pel (a/k/a Bart Simpson) September 25th, 2009 at 5:57 pm

    Francesa and Steve from Bayside are frightened by the Red Sox.

    :/

  192. E-gawa September 25th, 2009 at 5:59 pm

    The only thing that scares me about the Red Sox is fenway park.. nothing else.

  193. MaineYankee September 25th, 2009 at 6:03 pm

    Pel (a/k/a Bart Simpson)
    September 25th, 2009 at 5:57 pm
    Francesa and Steve from Bayside are frightened by the Red Sox.

    :/

    ———————————————

    I just had to shut him off he was so bad.

    For someone that claims to be a Yankee fan he’s become just unbearable since Dog left.

  194. m September 25th, 2009 at 6:04 pm

    Joba can go 90 pitches, # of innings aren’t a concern.

  195. Benny Blanco September 25th, 2009 at 6:07 pm

    pete, you meant to say giradi “mis-remembers.”

  196. Tom in N.J. September 25th, 2009 at 6:07 pm

    The Yankees now say that Joe Girardi mis-spoke about the rotation for the KC series. It’s actually:

    Burnett
    Gaudin
    Chamberlain

    So perhaps they’re not necessarily lining up Pettitte for Game 2. But they still could.
    ——————————-

  197. Nick in SF in Santa Rosa September 25th, 2009 at 6:08 pm

    90 pitches in 2.2 innings wouldn’t be a concern?

  198. MG September 25th, 2009 at 6:08 pm

    the reason for Andy being targeted for game 2 of the ALDS is that he would pitch game #5 if it went that far, how can that possibly be a bad decision?

    this blog castigates AJ’s inconsistency, then wants him in a decisive game, it makes absolutely no sense.

    Even if the Yankees were down 2-1 after 3 games, you then have CC and Andy back to back, I like the chances in those matchups however I think the ALDS doesn’t go more than 4 and very possibly 3 and out.

  199. GreenBeret7 September 25th, 2009 at 6:09 pm

    MaineYankee
    September 25th, 2009 at 5:52 pm
    GB7

    I recall an interview with Andy where he sort of hinted that it was in his head some at first. Then he seemed get more of a comfort level at home.

    ————————————————————

    Yeah, I remember that and that’s something that never got into Pettitte’s head. Win or lose, just like Rivera, he shook it off. He’s been almost outstanding in YS since the end of June. Hopefully, this winter, he makes his decision to return very early. Spend the winter getting into his normal routine. Would love to see Chamberlain hook up with either Bruney, Pettitte or Burnett and rebuild himself. “They have the technology to make him better than ever.” I believe that’s the line from “The Six Million Dollar Man”. I think his issues are conditioning and not arm. Conditioning will do much to fix his thought process, That will also with his success.

  200. Nick in SF in Santa Rosa September 25th, 2009 at 6:12 pm

    MG: there is not uniformity of opinion here about the potential ALDS status of AJ and Andy.

  201. m September 25th, 2009 at 6:13 pm

    For all the smarties here.

    http://zone.msn.com/en/celebtr.....?gt1=29000

    I didn’t do so well…

    :(

  202. rb September 25th, 2009 at 6:13 pm

    I’m glad to hear that AJ is pitching on Monday. I’m going to that game! :)

  203. Uncle Ellsworth (much ado about nothing) September 25th, 2009 at 6:15 pm

    Joba Chamberlain
    his last best chance for glory
    hold the line or fail

  204. m September 25th, 2009 at 6:16 pm

    Rosenthal already has a “What if CC loses Game 1?” article.

    I wasn’t going to give him the satisfaction of reading it. :evil:

  205. Nick in SF in Santa Rosa September 25th, 2009 at 6:17 pm

    How about we take 2 of 3 this weekend and AJ pitches a gem on Monday to clinch?
    That might be a nice confidence booster for Mr. Psychologically Uneven.

  206. Steve September 25th, 2009 at 6:17 pm

    Yanks have 9 games left as of right now, not 10. Unless there is some weird make up game i’m missing.

  207. rb September 25th, 2009 at 6:18 pm

    Nick in SF in Santa Rosa September 25th, 2009 at 6:17 pm

    How about we take 2 of 3 this weekend and AJ pitches a gem on Monday to clinch?
    That might be a nice confidence booster for Mr. Psychologically Uneven.

    ——————–

    I like! Then I’ll get to be at the clinching game!! :D

  208. m September 25th, 2009 at 6:19 pm

    And Sean McAdam has a “The Red Sox may be going in as the wild card, but the way they’re playing they may be the favorites.” article.

    No satisfaction for him either. :twisted:

  209. m September 25th, 2009 at 6:20 pm

    I prefer to clinch at the expense of the clinchee.

  210. no.27 September 25th, 2009 at 6:22 pm

    Andy Pettitte has actually been better at home than on the road in the 2nd half.

    Andy Pettitte’s 2nd half numbers: 3.17 ERA, .213 BAA, 76.2 IP in 12 games.

    Here are his home games since the break:
    7/20 vs. BAL 7.1 IP 1 ER
    7/25 vs. OAK 6.1 IP 4 ER
    8/9 vs. BOS 7.0 IP 0 ER
    8/26 vs. TEX 7.0 IP 2 ER
    9/11 vs. BAL 5.0 IP 3 ER

    That’s a 2.74 ERA at home since the break with impressive starts against Boston and Texas. His worst game was against Oakland, when Aceves allowed all 3 of the runner he inherited to score.

  211. MG September 25th, 2009 at 6:23 pm

    Nick in SF in Santa Rosa
    September 25th, 2009 at 6:12 pm
    MG: there is not uniformity of opinion here about the potential ALDS status of AJ and Andy.
    —————————————–
    Nick, that’s good. Of course, the only opinion that matters is Girardi’s. :)

  212. MaineYankee September 25th, 2009 at 6:25 pm

    Nick in SF in Santa Rosa
    September 25th, 2009 at 6:12 pm
    MG: there is not uniformity of opinion here about the potential ALDS status of AJ and Andy.

    ———————————————

    I must have missed the 5 min. Of uniformity. Must have been early morn. when you west coast people were here.

  213. MG September 25th, 2009 at 6:27 pm

    m
    September 25th, 2009 at 6:16 pm
    Rosenthal already has a “What if CC loses Game 1?” article.

    I wasn’t going to give him the satisfaction of reading it.
    —————————————–
    As a Jew, I’m embarrassed to have Rosenthal spouting off about baseball on a national level. All he ever tries to do is get attention at the expense of journalism.

    maybe he’ll do follow up pieces entitled, ‘what if Josh loses Game 1′ or ‘what if Justin loses game 1′ or ‘anyone loses game 1′ but I highly doubt it.

    And, if CC does lose game 1, the Yankees will no doubt come back and sweep the next 3, that’s just the kind of team they are.

  214. pat September 25th, 2009 at 6:29 pm

    “Rosenthal already has a “What if CC loses Game 1?” article.”

    Will “what if CC wins game 4″ be the sequel?

  215. Betsy September 25th, 2009 at 6:30 pm

    Yes, Rosenthal gives Jewish people a bad name the way Francesca gives Italians a bad name, lol. These mediots are all jumping off the Yankees bandwagon, but if the Yanks get to the WS, they will all say they knew it all along. I respect the Sox a great deal and they concern me a great deal, but for these mediots to all but crown them…..well, I just don’t care what they have to say. I have not read one of their Sox puff pieces nor will I.

  216. Pat M. September 25th, 2009 at 6:31 pm

    There’s been this great debate all day about the Yanks ALDS pitching lineup…..I f AJ continues to indicate that his funk is on the decline as they play out the schedule, he’ll be slotted as the # 2…..What nobody has brough up is how the bullpen will be affected by the starters alignment…The pen is good, but a little thin and suspect…..You’re going to need strong outings when the bell rings, and I just think if AJ is near right, he can go deeper into the October nights…..Andy, not so certain

  217. MaineYankee September 25th, 2009 at 6:33 pm

    In 96 the story was the Yankees lost the first two to Atlanta.

    I liked the ending.

  218. Nick in SF in Santa Rosa September 25th, 2009 at 6:34 pm

    MG: the point is, you called out “the blog” for castigating AJ for his inconsistancy but then wanting him for the decisive game.

    Plenty of commenters have been consistant on both/all sides of this question and some have had their minds changed by what they’ve seen out of AJ and Andy.

  219. Benny Blanco September 25th, 2009 at 6:37 pm

    With all the negative talk about joba, its only right that he pitches well today. At some point he has to pitch well.

  220. XLJ September 25th, 2009 at 6:39 pm

    pat
    September 25th, 2009 at 6:29 pm
    “Rosenthal already has a “What if CC loses Game 1?” article.”

    Will “what if CC wins game 4? be the sequel

    ————————

    Yeah a lot of espn been writing or saying the same thing as Rosenthal. Steve Phillips is a dope he even said Sabathia is a big question mark in the playoffs.

    The yankees will win 100 plus games with these starting pitchers, they are not as bad as people are trying to make them out to be. The are making it seem like the yankees win a bunch of 10-8 ballgames. They have beat plenty of big time pitchers and won close pitching duels this year.

  221. MG September 25th, 2009 at 6:40 pm

    Nick, I had only seen the ones calling Andy pitching game 2 a mistake, then read yours and others in support of that decision. Please accept my apology for lumping you and others in with them.

    Personally, it doesn’t matter to me, the Yankees will win the ALDS with either rotation and in the ALCS and WS they would each get 2 starts anyway. I don’t really believe it matters which games either of them pitch, they just need to pitch well wherever they are slotted.

  222. jennifer September 25th, 2009 at 6:41 pm

    sadly the swishawk is gone. :-( lets all have a moment of silence for this.

  223. David September 25th, 2009 at 6:42 pm

    My low expectations for Joba tonight –

    67 pitches, 1 inning, 7 runs (7 earned), 10 hits, 0 BB, 1 K

    If somehow he could get pass the first inning. I will consider tonight a massive success for him.

  224. Pel (a/k/a Bart Simpson) September 25th, 2009 at 6:42 pm

    YES pre-game Clubhouse Report with Bob Lorenz, David Cone, and Kim Jones:

    http://bit.ly/RGVkJ

  225. MG September 25th, 2009 at 6:43 pm

    David
    September 25th, 2009 at 6:42 pm
    My low expectations for Joba tonight –

    67 pitches, 1 inning, 7 runs (7 earned), 10 hits, 0 BB, 1 K

    If somehow he could get pass the first inning. I will consider tonight a massive success for him.
    ——————————-
    David, that is a fine forecast, you just have it for the wrong pitcher-if Kei Igawa was on the mound it would be pretty close.

  226. m September 25th, 2009 at 6:43 pm

    Pete,

    How did Girardi get “animated”? I didn’t hear that part. :)

    I thought he did well to explain himself, and he didn’t sound defensive at all.

    Feinsand with the hardball questions. Okay, I hear his voice rising a tad here.

    Girardi saying gotta get the job done, no matter how many innings they ask him for. Good for him.

  227. Benny Blanco September 25th, 2009 at 6:46 pm

    Remember when:

    1) the yankees were 0-8 to the redsox

    2) Swisher was pitching in relief against tampa

    3) when we lost a series to the nationals

    4) when we got swept by anaheim before the allstar break

    5) cody was ransom playing third base

    My times have changed.

  228. jason bay hater #930,343,605 September 25th, 2009 at 6:47 pm

    actually, I trust Igawa now more than Joba.

    I’m sure I’m not alone on this.

  229. Troll Police September 25th, 2009 at 6:48 pm

    Stuck watching the game on NESN –

    I didn’t realize all the Boston Globe reporters on the pre-game show. So far I’ve heard from Dan Shaughnessy, Nick Cafardo, and Amalie Benjamin. They even have their own “Boston Globe” microphone.

    Pete – get your TV face ready for next week. Don’t overdo the make-up.

  230. Nick in SF in Santa Rosa September 25th, 2009 at 6:48 pm

    No worries, MG, I didn’t take it personally. But there are a lot of common-sense type commenters here, many of of whom still disagree about a variety of debatable points.

    There are also a good number of lunkheads, and they have a lot to Atone for this weekend. ;)

  231. S.A.--Serenity Now September 25th, 2009 at 6:48 pm

    Jobber
    Jobber
    Jobber

    Hopefully today’s adventure in pitching will be better than some of the others. :D

  232. jason bay hater #930,343,605 September 25th, 2009 at 6:51 pm

    My times have changed.

    ———————-

    When the playoff predictions come out from the “experts,” 8 of 10 will still pick the red sox to win the world series — just like at the beginning of the season.

  233. Angel - A tale told by idiots, full of sound and fury, signifying nothing September 25th, 2009 at 6:51 pm

    Sean McAdam’s nickname may as well be Sully. :D

    That piece as predictable as Ken Rosenthal’s.

  234. Angel - A tale told by idiots, full of sound and fury, signifying nothing September 25th, 2009 at 6:52 pm

    I like new words. Lunkhead is one.

  235. DT - OPPC member (blood type - Positive) September 25th, 2009 at 6:54 pm

    It’s windy and cool in Atlantic City tonight.
    brrrr……..

    Go Yanks!

  236. Benny Blanco September 25th, 2009 at 6:54 pm

    Verlander 256K’s wow!

  237. Jerkface September 25th, 2009 at 6:55 pm

    Ken Rosenthal is literally three feet tall

  238. CB September 25th, 2009 at 6:55 pm

    “What nobody has brough up is how the bullpen will be affected by the starters alignment…The pen is good, but a little thin and suspect…..”

    One of the reasons why the longer A series that only requires 3 starters would be attractive to the yanks is because of the structure of their pen.

    A day off would let them throw Mo and Hughes in a different pattern than in the longer series.

  239. Nick in SF in Santa Rosa September 25th, 2009 at 6:57 pm

    Angel, I used to teach english to Pacific Islanders, maybe I can help you. :)

  240. Eric September 25th, 2009 at 6:57 pm

    Sox are getting hot at the right time. Their pitching has been on a roll, their offense is back on track, and Wagner has actually helped them.

    It’s no surprise that people are on the bandwagon. It isin’t “Anti-Yankee bias” or any of that nonsense, they have every right to be praised based on how they have played lately, especially how their pitchers have thrown the ball.

    People were saying the same things about us in 06 AND 07. We were red hot going into October and seemed to have minimal issues. We saw how that turned out.

  241. jennifer September 25th, 2009 at 6:58 pm

    Um Wagner has actually lost a game for the soxs.

  242. bru September 25th, 2009 at 6:59 pm

    i dont know if anybody mentioned it but the yankees have 9 games left not 10 & boston has 10 not 11

  243. Mike September 25th, 2009 at 7:01 pm

    Any thought of starting Burnett in game 1 and taking our chances, and having CC as his safety blanket in game 2 against Jackson, who is more hittable than Verlander?

  244. Pat M. September 25th, 2009 at 7:01 pm

    Good thing here guys, we don’t get to make that key decision…..We only get to 2nd guess it….Yankee fans have been 2nd guessing Casey Stangel since 1960 ( several here GB7, Pepitone # 25 ) when he didn’t start Whitey Ford in Game 1…Can you imagine not starting Whitey Ford to start The World Series……CC, AJ, & Andy….

  245. Angel - A tale told by idiots, full of sound and fury, signifying nothing September 25th, 2009 at 7:02 pm

    Is the game on MLB network, or am I going to have to watch NESN as opposed to TBS?

  246. JJ September 25th, 2009 at 7:03 pm

    As CB said, split stats with a Jekyll and Hyde pitcher like Burnett are pretty irrelevant.

    Burnett dominated in Fenway prior to this year too, and he has been non-competitive there for us this year.

    You never know when he is going to be good or bad.

  247. Nick in SF in Santa Rosa September 25th, 2009 at 7:04 pm

    I am going dark, Go Yankees!

  248. JZ September 25th, 2009 at 7:05 pm

    Since Joba pitches, they will lose.
    Joba 3 innings, I guess.

    He sucks.

  249. Laura - Matsui in pinstripes in 2010! September 25th, 2009 at 7:05 pm

    “Is the game on MLB network, or am I going to have to watch NESN as opposed to TBS?”

    I was just about to ask. I don’t think I can stomach a BOS broadcast.

  250. Jerkface September 25th, 2009 at 7:05 pm

    The yankees bullpen is actually perfectly setup for the postseason.

    In the postseason, you never have to go back-to-back-to-back. That means your best relievers can be used almost every game with little to no consequence.

    Additionally, we have no post-season relievers with any real crippling weaknesses.

    Limit Damaso Marte and Phil Coke to lefties or mediocore righties, they will get outs more often than not.

    Aceves and Robertson will be the ‘pre 8th inning’ guys who build the bridge

    Joba/Gaudin is the long guy in emergency ‘oh noes’ situations

    And finally, Hughes and Mariano slam the f’n door

    The Red Sox have a good bullpen, but I think we match up just as well. All of the Red Sox relievers have faltered at one time or another. Bard has been bad for a while now. Wagner has already blown a game. Okajima is extremely hittable. Papelbon rarely has clean innings. Delcarmen and Ramirez aren’t that great.

    They are good, just like the yankees, but not ultimate world beaters.

    And I really think no one can touch Hughes/mariano in the 8th and 9th.

  251. Jobamania September 25th, 2009 at 7:06 pm

    According to ESPN.com’s Jorge Arangure, Major League Baseball has officially declared Cuban left-hander Arolids Chapman a free agent.
    The 21-year-old Chapman is widely considered one of the top unsigned pitching talents in the world. He defected from Cuba several months ago and established residency in a small European country in order to gain access to the major leagues.

    Work your magic cashman……..get sano too while you’re at it

  252. Twister September 25th, 2009 at 7:07 pm

    “Um Wagner has actually lost a game for the soxs.”

    So? He lost on a bloop hit in a tie game. Hughes has blown 3 saves this month. No one is going to be lights out 100% of the time. Wagner has been a great addition to their pen.

  253. Jobamania September 25th, 2009 at 7:07 pm

    According to ESPN.com’s Jorge Arangure, Major League Baseball has officially declared Cuban left-hander Arolids Chapman a free agent.

    Work your magic cashman :D

  254. Angel - A tale told by idiots, full of sound and fury, signifying nothing September 25th, 2009 at 7:08 pm

    It an excellent word, Nick. Very descriptive. Almost better than boofhead.

    I usually go to the UK english for my insults, however it seems there’s a whole pacific islander vocabularly with a world of potential possibilities to explore, lol.

  255. Jeremy September 25th, 2009 at 7:08 pm

    I love how everyone is calling the Red Sox World Champions when the playoffs haven’t even started. It would be funny if they lost to the Angels in the first round. Sox fans are so arrogant !

  256. MG September 25th, 2009 at 7:09 pm

    Pat M, that decision no doubt cost Casey his job-Art Ditmar had a career year in 1960 (15 wins) but couldn’t get past the 2nd inning in either game 1 or game 5. Whitey had a poor year in 1960 (12-9) but pitched shutouts in games 3 and 6-if Whitey had pitched game 1 the Yankees would have easily won the World Series since he would have been able to pitch games 1, 4 and 7.

  257. Pat M. September 25th, 2009 at 7:09 pm

    Jerkface, the pen situation alters dramatically once we shift best of 7, then it’s 2-3-2 with 1 day off for travel……Ben survival is paromount….CB, glad you picked up on my bullpen comment

  258. Carl September 25th, 2009 at 7:09 pm

    lets go Yankees!

  259. jason bay hater #930,343,605 September 25th, 2009 at 7:10 pm

    why don’t you watch YES on atdhe.net?

  260. Jeremy September 25th, 2009 at 7:10 pm

    Wait till the playoffs and we will all see Wagner choke on the big stage like he always does.

  261. DYNASTY IS DESTINY! September 25th, 2009 at 7:10 pm

    Autumn augury…

    Falling tea leaves on the field…

    Fecund our fortunes…

  262. S.A.--Serenity Now September 25th, 2009 at 7:10 pm

    Let’s get it on. Go Yankees

  263. Benny Blanco September 25th, 2009 at 7:10 pm

    that wasn’t a strike

  264. E-gawa September 25th, 2009 at 7:10 pm

    Burnett is pitching Monday night? Awesome! I have tickets for that game and was not looking foward to seeing Gaudin.

  265. Angel - A tale told by idiots, full of sound and fury, signifying nothing September 25th, 2009 at 7:11 pm

    Looks like its not on MLB Network, Laura.

    Actually NESN is usually better than TBS. But TBS has the HD feed.. it’s a dilemma.

    If Joba has a bad outing, it might not be something I want to see in HD though, lol.

    I’ll be optimistic and go with TBS.

  266. smile for the camera September 25th, 2009 at 7:11 pm

    Well, no more excuses for Joba. Those abbreviated 3 inning starts? Completely lame and even though it’s just him out there pitching, no matters how long the outing might be, it is simply pretty awkward to know that you’re in there for a freakin’ 3 inning start. You can’t really expect the guy to be really successful in that awkward role. But now that he’s supposed to go 5 or 6 innings, a normal start pretty much, no more excuses. His ERA is climbing towards 5. Pretty disgusting w/ the type of stuff he has. He can make a great step in the right direction tonight. Would be nice to see him pitch like he’s capable of.

  267. grafxkid September 25th, 2009 at 7:11 pm

    Lets Go Yanks!!

  268. Jerkface September 25th, 2009 at 7:12 pm

    Do what I do, watch the game in HD but have mlb.tv for the yankees audio. If you put it on non-premium mode it syncs with the TV well

  269. Pov September 25th, 2009 at 7:12 pm

    Nice play Joba, looks a bit sharper tonight

  270. Angel - A tale told by idiots, full of sound and fury, signifying nothing September 25th, 2009 at 7:12 pm

    UGH.. forget if Joba is pitching well!!… seeing Youkilis in HD just wound forward the clock to October 31 instantly! :evil:

  271. CB September 25th, 2009 at 7:13 pm

    Pat M.,

    We’re going to see a lot of Hughes and Mo for innings 7-8-9 in the post season.

  272. Laura - Matsui in pinstripes in 2010! September 25th, 2009 at 7:13 pm

    “I’ll be optimistic and go with TBS.”

    Me too!

  273. DYNASTY IS DESTINY! September 25th, 2009 at 7:14 pm

    Joba Chamberlain…

    The perils of Pedroia…

    Postseason prelude…

  274. Pov September 25th, 2009 at 7:15 pm

    Nice job Joba

  275. Carl September 25th, 2009 at 7:15 pm

    gj Joba

  276. grafxkid September 25th, 2009 at 7:15 pm

    now THAT’s a first inning.

  277. rb September 25th, 2009 at 7:15 pm

    Nice start Joba! Keep it up. :)

  278. Benny Blanco September 25th, 2009 at 7:15 pm

    nice 1-2-3

  279. Tom in N.J. September 25th, 2009 at 7:16 pm

    Joba, Joba, Hey!

  280. S.A.--Serenity Now September 25th, 2009 at 7:16 pm

    There we go Jobber

  281. NYY626 September 25th, 2009 at 7:16 pm

    Round of applause for Joba everyone. 1st inning vs sox = perfect

  282. CB September 25th, 2009 at 7:17 pm

    That strike 2 change up to Martinez caught too much of the plate but had nice movement to it and completely fooled Martinez.

    That was a very nice pitch sequence. Curve. Change. 95mph heater for a ball. 94 mph heater inducing soft contact.

  283. Alias September 25th, 2009 at 7:17 pm

    It doesn’t really matter if Joba throws a perfect game tonight, Kruk said he’s not in the equation to start in the playoffs so that is final word. (Sarcasm)

  284. smile for the camera September 25th, 2009 at 7:17 pm

    good, clean start. Let’s hope he can extend that type of effort for a few innings. Just attack the zone and trust your stuff and your defense. And work quick. That’s what he needs to do.

  285. jason bay hater #930,343,605 September 25th, 2009 at 7:17 pm

    You can put that in the book now: Lester 7 Innings, 2 Hits, No runs.

  286. CB September 25th, 2009 at 7:18 pm

    For the last 3 months or so Lester has arguably been the best pitcher in all of baseball.

  287. Carl September 25th, 2009 at 7:18 pm

    Jete!

  288. Harley September 25th, 2009 at 7:18 pm

    Pete! There are no gun readings on My9. What’s Joba throwing? (His velocity tends to have a direct impact on both his confidence and his success.)

  289. Benny Blanco September 25th, 2009 at 7:18 pm

    Derek!!

  290. rb September 25th, 2009 at 7:18 pm

    Captain! :)

  291. Pov September 25th, 2009 at 7:18 pm

    Come on Yanks, 1st inning is important against Lester

  292. smile for the camera September 25th, 2009 at 7:18 pm

    What happened the last time Lester started against the Yankees at Yankee Stadium? Oh yeah, the Red Sox lost. Now I remember.

  293. Benny Blanco September 25th, 2009 at 7:19 pm

    harley, mlb had joba between 91-95.

  294. CB September 25th, 2009 at 7:19 pm

    Gritty, hall of fame pitch handling skills by Tek there.

  295. Alias September 25th, 2009 at 7:20 pm

    Johnny Damon is tied for career high for HR’s and he is showing bunt? in the first??

  296. Benny Blanco September 25th, 2009 at 7:20 pm

    Time for lester to get hit around.

  297. NYY626 September 25th, 2009 at 7:20 pm

    Jeter stole 2nd so fast I missed it. Go Captain!

  298. Sports Geek September 25th, 2009 at 7:20 pm

    OMG… Jeter leads off with a single again!!

    How many times has he done that this year?? Must be at least 50 times.

    Go Jetes!!

  299. talltenor September 25th, 2009 at 7:20 pm

    Um, how much – if any – credence should be given to anything Buck Martinez has to say about Joba, or the Yanks in general? I’m thinking, not much…

  300. Harley September 25th, 2009 at 7:21 pm

    Thanks, Benny. They’ve got the gun readings up now. That’s good news for Joba. When he touches 95, he tends to pitch with far greater efficiency. Which makes obvious sense. But when he doesn’t?

    Then he nibbles, gets bat-shy, and it all goes the wrong direction.

  301. Pat M. September 25th, 2009 at 7:22 pm

    MG, I kinda of thought you were of that vintage ( Casey’s Yanks ) however I was 8 and I do remember watching the games, however I didn’t really understand the importance of the in’s & out’s of the game…..I don’t like to date folks who may find it upsetting……You make very good points, Casey was roasted even before the Series started in the NY press…This according to what I’ve read over the years, and from people like yourself who lived it……Maz’s dinger is still in my mind

  302. Jeremy September 25th, 2009 at 7:22 pm

    Lester is throwing hard. I would love to have Lester on the Yankees. He is a good pitcher.

  303. Pov September 25th, 2009 at 7:22 pm

    Lester stayed in the building right next to me during spring training in FT Myers. He is also a big fisherman. Got to talk to him a few times and he is really a nice guy. Also met Mrs John Lester!!! she is a keeper like the fish. He bought a new 4 X 4 truck the day after the contract was announced.

  304. Carl September 25th, 2009 at 7:24 pm

    Lester is throwing 95 not 98

  305. jason bay hater #930,343,605 September 25th, 2009 at 7:24 pm

    That team’s emblem is a pair of sucks. Never can stop laughing.

  306. Laura - Matsui in pinstripes in 2010! September 25th, 2009 at 7:24 pm

    The TBS guy just said that Alex has been sitting on 89 RBIs for a while. Didn’t he hit a Sac Fly in LA 2 days ago? I swear, these guys just make stuff up.

  307. Carl September 25th, 2009 at 7:25 pm

    Alex!!

  308. Pov September 25th, 2009 at 7:25 pm

    Way to go ARod

  309. Angel - A tale told by idiots, full of sound and fury, signifying nothing September 25th, 2009 at 7:25 pm

    Yay Alex!

  310. djsunyc September 25th, 2009 at 7:25 pm

    AROD!!!

  311. Tom in N.J. September 25th, 2009 at 7:25 pm

    Oh yeah….

  312. Joe from Long Island September 25th, 2009 at 7:25 pm

    Yeah, that ARod doesn’t get any big hits.

  313. RalphieD (OPPC) September 25th, 2009 at 7:25 pm

    nice job arod

  314. Laura - Matsui in pinstripes in 2010! September 25th, 2009 at 7:25 pm

    Good thing Alex got that RBI ’cause he’s been sitting on 89 forever! :evil:

  315. Benny Blanco September 25th, 2009 at 7:25 pm

    Arod, stop being un-clutch, we hate it.

  316. rb September 25th, 2009 at 7:25 pm

    Thank you Alex!

  317. DT - OPPC member (blood type - Positive) September 25th, 2009 at 7:26 pm

    “You can put that in the book now: Lester 7 Innings, 2 Hits, No runs.”

    I hope you have an eraser on that pencil.

  318. Angel - A tale told by idiots, full of sound and fury, signifying nothing September 25th, 2009 at 7:26 pm

    Well he’s not sitting there anymore, Laura. :D

  319. djsunyc September 25th, 2009 at 7:26 pm

    matsui is a beast. we are going to miss him big time next season…

  320. Laura - Matsui will be a Yankee in 2010!! September 25th, 2009 at 7:27 pm

    “matsui is a beast. we are going to miss him big time next season…”

    We’re not going to miss him. Check out my signature…..

  321. RS September 25th, 2009 at 7:27 pm

    Arod was also the only hitter to score anything off Lester last time.

  322. djsunyc September 25th, 2009 at 7:28 pm

    i love it…we are going to run all over boston this series…

  323. Laura - Matsui will be a Yankee in 2010!! September 25th, 2009 at 7:28 pm

    Yeah, I have a feeling that Varitek will not be catching in the postseason. :P

  324. Pat M. September 25th, 2009 at 7:28 pm

    As expected, The Yanks are exposing the soft underbellt of the Sox, steal at will

  325. Jeremy September 25th, 2009 at 7:28 pm

    I guess the plan by the Yankees is to run on Varitek and V-Mart. The Angels need to do the same.

  326. RS September 25th, 2009 at 7:28 pm

    I love watching Varitek’s face when guys start running wild on him. It’s like a “Here we go again, gonna be a long night” kind of look.

  327. djsunyc September 25th, 2009 at 7:29 pm

    oooh…matsui just missed that…that was in his wheelhouse…

  328. Angel - A tale told by idiots, full of sound and fury, signifying nothing September 25th, 2009 at 7:29 pm

    9 for 110… i’d be running on Varitek with impunity.

  329. Benny Blanco September 25th, 2009 at 7:29 pm

    make lester work.

  330. Laura - Matsui will be a Yankee in 2010!! September 25th, 2009 at 7:30 pm

    Jason Varitek’s Gold Glove has mold on it.

  331. GreenBeret7 September 25th, 2009 at 7:30 pm

    As good as Chamberlain’s results were in the first inning, he needs to start getting ahead of the batters. He can’t survive by starting each batter with a 2-0 count.

  332. djsunyc September 25th, 2009 at 7:30 pm

    wow – bold statement by leiter there about lester…

  333. DYNASTY IS DESTINY! September 25th, 2009 at 7:32 pm

    Lester, lackluster…

    A-Rod cutting through the cold..

    A Captain comes home…

  334. Benny Blanco September 25th, 2009 at 7:32 pm

    stop swinging at junk.

  335. RS September 25th, 2009 at 7:32 pm

    I don’t get it. Couldn’t Varitek have just tagged Posada out?

  336. djsunyc September 25th, 2009 at 7:32 pm

    looks like rudy is in the house…

  337. Pov September 25th, 2009 at 7:32 pm

    Tough pitcher for Jorge

  338. NYY626 September 25th, 2009 at 7:32 pm

    I just went on SOSH for a second ( I usually dont bother but curiosity got the best of me). They are calling for someone in the stands to come out and kill varitek mid inning. Dramatic much?

  339. able 21 September 25th, 2009 at 7:32 pm

    Good call there

  340. Carl September 25th, 2009 at 7:33 pm

    way inside come on!

  341. djsunyc September 25th, 2009 at 7:33 pm

    September 25th, 2009 at 7:32 pm

    I don’t get it. Couldn’t Varitek have just tagged Posada out?

    —–

    it was a foul tip…

  342. Benny Blanco September 25th, 2009 at 7:33 pm

    Terrible call

  343. able 21 September 25th, 2009 at 7:34 pm

    How many pitches by Lester?

  344. GreenBeret7 September 25th, 2009 at 7:34 pm

    Laura – Matsui will be a Yankee in 2010!!
    September 25th, 2009 at 7:30 pm
    Jason Varitek’s Gold Glove has mold on it.

    ————————————————————

    That would then make him this year’s runaway winner of the Mold Glove. Automatic winner of “The Pennicillin Award”.

  345. Jim Rice's Bad Role Models September 25th, 2009 at 7:34 pm

    that pitch mustve vacationed and sent a postcard to the outside corner…

  346. Pov September 25th, 2009 at 7:34 pm

    He wouldn’t have gotten to that one if he swung either, that’s in the .200 grid of the strike zone box

  347. Laura - Matsui will be a Yankee in 2010!! September 25th, 2009 at 7:34 pm

    “I don’t get it. Couldn’t Varitek have just tagged Posada out?”

    If he had done it right away. I think once he moved off the plate and the call was in dispute, his opportunity was over.

  348. Angel - A tale told by idiots, full of sound and fury, signifying nothing September 25th, 2009 at 7:34 pm

    Maybe its out own resident psycho having a bi-polar moment, NYY626. :D

  349. Benny Blanco September 25th, 2009 at 7:34 pm

    Joba needs a quick inning. lets get lester back out their. He’s at 30 pitches.

  350. RalphieD (OPPC) September 25th, 2009 at 7:34 pm

    just a horrible horrible call

  351. Pat M. September 25th, 2009 at 7:34 pm

    That was a nasty pitch by Lester, impossible to hit that break…..And that was a strike 3 fastball on the next pitch that locked up Jorge

  352. Carl September 25th, 2009 at 7:34 pm

    3o pitches for lester

  353. Benny Blanco September 25th, 2009 at 7:35 pm

    there*

  354. Pov September 25th, 2009 at 7:35 pm

    30 pitches

  355. Carl September 25th, 2009 at 7:35 pm

    Pat M. September 25th, 2009 at 7:34 pm

    That was a nasty pitch by Lester, impossible to hit that break…..And that was a strike 3 fastball on the next pitch that locked up Jorge

    That was not a strike.

  356. DT - OPPC member (blood type - Positive) September 25th, 2009 at 7:35 pm

    Lester – Joba.

    If someone with a crystal ball told one starter would throw 30 pitches in the 1st inning – who would have guessed Lester?

  357. rb September 25th, 2009 at 7:35 pm

    Gameday had that last pitch off the plate. :???:

  358. Laura - Matsui will be a Yankee in 2010!! September 25th, 2009 at 7:35 pm

    ““I don’t get it. Couldn’t Varitek have just tagged Posada out?””

    Scratch what I said before. I forgot that Posada tipped the ball. He could have tagged him if Posada missed.

  359. Jeremy September 25th, 2009 at 7:35 pm

    At least lester’s pitch count is going up. I think he is around 30 pitches.

  360. Yanks_Fan September 25th, 2009 at 7:35 pm

    The umpire was so desperate to call that strike! LOL! It was too obvious!!

  361. able 21 September 25th, 2009 at 7:35 pm

    Thanks on the count

  362. CB September 25th, 2009 at 7:36 pm

    Pat M. is a man who knows his baseball.

    As he’s been saying for sometime, off to the races on the Red Sox.

    Lester is slow to the plate. But Varitek is truly an awful baseball player now. He has no bat speed at all and has a poor arm.

    13% caught stealing. Just pitiful.

  363. Laura - Matsui will be a Yankee in 2010!! September 25th, 2009 at 7:36 pm

    What’s the over/under that Joba throws at Pukelis at least once this game?

  364. NYY626 September 25th, 2009 at 7:36 pm

    # Angel – A tale told by idiots, full of sound and fury, signifying nothing September 25th, 2009 at 7:34 pm

    Maybe its out own resident psycho having a bi-polar moment, NYY626. :D
    ________________________________________________________________
    It wouldn’t surprise me!

  365. Go Yanks September 25th, 2009 at 7:36 pm

    Laura,

    It was a foul tip; has to be caught clean.

  366. JasonR September 25th, 2009 at 7:37 pm

    “I just went on SOSH for a second ( I usually dont bother but curiosity got the best of me). They are calling for someone in the stands to come out and kill varitek mid inning. Dramatic much?”

    Just wait until they play against the Angels.

  367. smile for the camera September 25th, 2009 at 7:37 pm

    absolutely disgusting call there by the umpire… in baseball that could be the entire game… you have to be on your game as an ump in big spots like that… that was SIGNIFICANTLY off the plate… bases loaded, 2 out… who knows what happens… next hitter could strike out or they could hit a grand slam… awful, awful call and one that cannot be missed by an ump

  368. djsunyc September 25th, 2009 at 7:37 pm

    we have this confidence when we play at home…i love it…

  369. able 21 September 25th, 2009 at 7:37 pm

    I am glad tht Leiter is here tonight to analyze Joba

  370. Yanks_Fan September 25th, 2009 at 7:38 pm

    Come on, people! That wasn’t even close to a strike and the umpire called it so immediately that he showed his true colors. The pitch could’ve looked more like a ball and he would still call it a strike. LOL

  371. Carl September 25th, 2009 at 7:38 pm

    well his consistent

  372. djsunyc September 25th, 2009 at 7:38 pm

    lol @ swish…

  373. able 21 September 25th, 2009 at 7:38 pm

    If only we could have substituted Cone for Kay along with Leiter. That would be perfect tonight

  374. NYY626 September 25th, 2009 at 7:38 pm

    swisha!1

  375. S.A.--Serenity Now September 25th, 2009 at 7:38 pm

    Nice Swishy

  376. Benny Blanco September 25th, 2009 at 7:38 pm

    joba pulling out the paint brush, and great catch by swish.

  377. Laura - Matsui will be a Yankee in 2010!! September 25th, 2009 at 7:38 pm

    Swisher is quite the adventure in RF.

  378. Jim Rice's Bad Role Models September 25th, 2009 at 7:39 pm

    enter the swisha house

  379. 100 pitches of fun... September 25th, 2009 at 7:39 pm

    Can this Joba please stay around for a couple of innings. Please.

  380. RS September 25th, 2009 at 7:39 pm

    Wow, that looked like an easy hit off the bat. Nice outfield positioning.

  381. rb September 25th, 2009 at 7:39 pm

    # Laura – Matsui will be a Yankee in 2010!! September 25th, 2009 at 7:36 pm

    What’s the over/under that Joba throws at Pukelis at least once this game?
    ————–

    I really hope he doesn’t. It’s unnecessary and the Yanks don’t need anymore brawls.

  382. CB September 25th, 2009 at 7:39 pm

    Ortiz was guessing slider in on that pitch.

  383. djsunyc September 25th, 2009 at 7:39 pm

    hopefully…joba pitches like this every game soon…

  384. Carl September 25th, 2009 at 7:39 pm

    Joba!!!!!

  385. smile for the camera September 25th, 2009 at 7:39 pm

    Cone is hands down the best announcer the Yankees have..

  386. Jim Rice's Bad Role Models September 25th, 2009 at 7:39 pm

    i hope joba retains his gangsta throughout tonight

  387. Benny Blanco September 25th, 2009 at 7:39 pm

    Joba is dealing like this is his last game…lol

  388. pat September 25th, 2009 at 7:39 pm

    Nice inning :shock:

  389. Laura - Matsui will be a Yankee in 2010!! September 25th, 2009 at 7:39 pm

    Well, it appears that Mr. Chamberlain has come to play tonight.

  390. S.A.--Serenity Now September 25th, 2009 at 7:39 pm

    Well well well Jobber. Very nice

  391. RS September 25th, 2009 at 7:40 pm

    Wow, Joba is dealing right now.

  392. able 21 September 25th, 2009 at 7:40 pm

    Not too bad. Not too bad. Go Joba

  393. DT - OPPC member (blood type - Positive) September 25th, 2009 at 7:40 pm

    that’s 156 k’s for Mr. Bay.

  394. Pov September 25th, 2009 at 7:40 pm

    smile for the camera September 25th, 2009 at 7:37 pm

    absolutely disgusting call there by the umpire… in baseball that could be the entire game… you have to be on your game as an ump in big spots like that… that was SIGNIFICANTLY off the plate… bases loaded, 2 out… who knows what happens… next hitter could strike out or they could hit a grand slam… awful, awful call and one that cannot be missed by an ump

    I think Lester is in that tier where he gets those borderline calls from the ump. Jorge doesn’t matchup well with this Lester, he is the type of pitcher that will give him trouble, hard stuff then off speed pretty much everything on the corners

  395. GreenBeret7 September 25th, 2009 at 7:40 pm

    Let’s assume that both Chamberlain and Gaudin are both lights out in their final starts. does it wash away Chamberlain’s previous 8 starts and Gaudin’s normal inability to get past 5 innings? Who goes into the rotation?

  396. DD September 25th, 2009 at 7:40 pm

    who’s pitching for NY tonight ?

  397. nettles September 25th, 2009 at 7:40 pm

    Young Mr. Chamberlain apparently wants to keep his place in the rotation! Looking good after two.

  398. JasonR September 25th, 2009 at 7:40 pm

    Might be speaking way too early, but it looks like Joba got a wake up call and decided to answer it.

  399. Laura - Matsui will be a Yankee in 2010!! September 25th, 2009 at 7:41 pm

    “I really hope he doesn’t. It’s unnecessary and the Yanks don’t need anymore brawls.”

    I agree. Joba seems to have his game face on. Whatever hatred he has for Pukelis, I think he’ll keep it under wraps.

  400. Enough Youk September 25th, 2009 at 7:41 pm

    who is this person pitching for the yanks..i don’t recognize him? Is he a september call-up or something.I have never seen him before

  401. Pat M. September 25th, 2009 at 7:41 pm

    Carl, it was a make up call….The heater after the swing and miss ( in the dirt )very easliy could have been a punchout……Joba is in a nice rythem, stay fast, stay focused and don’t think Joba…..He did get away with one to Ortiz

  402. Ham Fighters September 25th, 2009 at 7:41 pm

    so maybe just maybe the yankees didnt ‘ruin’ this guy as some people (named mike) insist.

  403. haiku-man September 25th, 2009 at 7:42 pm

    Joba first inning 13 pitches 2nd inning 11 pitches wow!

    Lester 30 pitches 1st inning 1 run bwahahah

  404. Joe from Long Island September 25th, 2009 at 7:42 pm

    Great, 10-inning by Joba. Now get Lester back out there. He had, what, 30 pitches last inning? Keep the pressure on him, and Varitek. Keep running.

  405. miggs - GTLU Reigning Champion September 25th, 2009 at 7:42 pm

    I love the fact that the Yankees are running all over Varitek. Yankees should show no mercy, I don’t want Boston to be the first team to pop champagne in the new stadium. That just wouldn’t be right.

    I want a sweep.

    Joba looking very good. Seems focused and confident.

  406. smile for the camera September 25th, 2009 at 7:42 pm

    POV, in my opinion, that pitch wasn’t even close enough to be considered borderline. And I’m not a fan of an umpire giving calls off the plate for any pitcher, whether it’s Lester or one of our guys. I’m a fan of the ump doing his job and calling pitches that aren’t over the plate balls.

  407. Shdw September 25th, 2009 at 7:42 pm

    “JasonR September 25th, 2009 at 7:40 pm

    Might be speaking way too early, but it looks like Joba got a wake up call and decided to answer it.”

    —-

    You are speaking waaaay too early. Even if he goes 6 scoreless tonight, how many times have you seen him pitch a great game and then pitch 3 terrible ones in a row right after?

  408. Ham Fighters September 25th, 2009 at 7:42 pm

    it was a makeup call for the inning ending pitch by lester that was never a strike

  409. CB September 25th, 2009 at 7:42 pm

    GB7,

    Joba’s fate is in his own hands.

    2 good starts and he cements a place in the post season. Might not be in the ALDS but he would be the 4th starter when they need it as long as he looks sharp.

  410. Benny Blanco September 25th, 2009 at 7:42 pm

    lester will be out by the 5th inning.

  411. miggs - GTLU Reigning Champion September 25th, 2009 at 7:42 pm

    Robbie Cano marching towards 200 hits!

    Machine.

  412. Enough Youk September 25th, 2009 at 7:43 pm

    If joba pitches well it his spot…

  413. Pov September 25th, 2009 at 7:43 pm

    He will try to steal for sure

  414. 100 pitches of fun... September 25th, 2009 at 7:43 pm

    Nice going Cano. Hopefully they can continue to get Lester’s pitch count up.

  415. MG September 25th, 2009 at 7:44 pm

    Pat M.
    September 25th, 2009 at 7:22 pm
    MG, I kinda of thought you were of that vintage ( Casey’s Yanks ) however I was 8 and I do remember watching the games, however I didn’t really understand the importance of the in’s & out’s of the game…..I don’t like to date folks who may find it upsetting……You make very good points, Casey was roasted even before the Series started in the NY press…This according to what I’ve read over the years, and from people like yourself who lived it……Maz’s dinger is still in my mind
    —————————-
    Pat M, I was 13 and only remember that Bobby Richardson drove in about 50 runs in that series, Whitey pitched 2 shutouts, Mick saved the game in the 9th inning by diving back into first base, and Tony Kubek was almost killed by a bad hop in the 8th inning. And, of course, the Maz homer.

  416. Ham Fighters September 25th, 2009 at 7:44 pm

    migg, the nexus of the marlins owning they mets goes back to when they used to steal 6 or 7 bases off piazza years ago. i think it really effects pitchers when they know baserunners will go at will on a weak catcher.

  417. trisha - OPPC lifetime member who is missing the worry gene September 25th, 2009 at 7:44 pm

    AWWW. Yanks draw first blood and Joba is looking just fine.

    Yeah, uh, push me over with a feather.

    :D

  418. JasonR September 25th, 2009 at 7:45 pm

    “Let’s assume that both Chamberlain and Gaudin are both lights out in their final starts. does it wash away Chamberlain’s previous 8 starts and Gaudin’s normal inability to get past 5 innings? Who goes into the rotation?”

    Unless Chamberlain completely craps the bed in his last 2 starts he’s the #4 starter in the ALCS. He may have been awful recently, but his ceiling is higher than any pitcher on the team who isn’t referred to by his initials.

  419. Pov September 25th, 2009 at 7:45 pm

    Don’t help him out Melky, make sure it’s a strike

  420. Laura - Matsui will be a Yankee in 2010!! September 25th, 2009 at 7:45 pm

    Okay, this is just embarrassing.

  421. rb September 25th, 2009 at 7:45 pm

    Laura,
    I don’t remember where I read it, but I think Girardi spoke to Joba about that specific issue, how it puts his teammates in jeopardy, etc.

  422. Jeremy September 25th, 2009 at 7:45 pm

    Varitek sucks !

  423. miggs - GTLU Reigning Champion September 25th, 2009 at 7:46 pm

    Embarrassing them on the bases!

    Loving this. Hope the Angels are watching…

  424. DT - OPPC member (blood type - Positive) September 25th, 2009 at 7:46 pm

    yikes, even Matsui might get a SB tonight…

  425. 100 pitches of fun... September 25th, 2009 at 7:46 pm

    LOL, Could captain Tek even throw Molina out?

  426. CB September 25th, 2009 at 7:46 pm

    Cano isn’t even a good base stealer.

    Varitek is absolutely awful. Just unplayable.

    Tek isn’t going to get off the bench in the post season.

  427. rb September 25th, 2009 at 7:47 pm

    Embarrassing? Nahh. :lol:

    Well, okay maybe for the Sox…

  428. Sports Geek September 25th, 2009 at 7:47 pm

    Yankees w/ 4 SB’s so far. I don’t think I have ever seen this before. What’s the story w/ the Sox Lester & Varitek??

  429. Laura - Matsui will be a Yankee in 2010!! September 25th, 2009 at 7:47 pm

    “I don’t remember where I read it, but I think Girardi spoke to Joba about that specific issue, how it puts his teammates in jeopardy, etc.”

    Glad he did.

  430. NYY626 September 25th, 2009 at 7:47 pm

    Did jeter change his song to Empire State of Mind or am I hearing things?

  431. GreenBeret7 September 25th, 2009 at 7:47 pm

    CB
    September 25th, 2009 at 7:42 pm
    GB7,

    Joba’s fate is in his own hands.

    2 good starts and he cements a place in the post season. Might not be in the ALDS but he would be the 4th starter when they need it as long as he looks sharp.

    ————————————————————

    You’re obviously correct that the starts will be Chamberlain’s to lose. If he can correct it for the remainder of the season/PS. He can be a huge weapon out of the pen in the ALDS. Same goes for Gaudin.

  432. Vrsce September 25th, 2009 at 7:47 pm

    Maybe Varitek should switch hands.

  433. rb September 25th, 2009 at 7:48 pm

    DT, I was thinking the same thing. I’d love to see Matsui get a SB.

  434. Laura - Matsui will be a Yankee in 2010!! September 25th, 2009 at 7:48 pm

    “LOL, Could captain Tek even throw Molina out?”

    He’s the only one he could throw out.

  435. Ryan September 25th, 2009 at 7:48 pm

    Finally the red sox are the team that is old and slow. They make the yankees look like Usain Bolt

  436. Azaz September 25th, 2009 at 7:49 pm

    jeter changed his walkup music from get up by 50 cent to Empire state of Mind by Jayz and ALicea Keys

  437. Jeremy September 25th, 2009 at 7:49 pm

    V-mart and varitek are easy to run on. This will come back to haunt the Sox in Oct.

  438. able 21 September 25th, 2009 at 7:49 pm

    Getting close to the Red Sox middle relievers.

  439. CB September 25th, 2009 at 7:49 pm

    GB7,

    I like Gaudin as the 4th RH out of the pen. He’s got swing and miss stuff and given that Mo, Hughes, and Robertson would be ahead of him that’s a lot of strike outs in late innings if the team needs them.

    And that of course without factoring Joba in the pen.

  440. JasonR September 25th, 2009 at 7:49 pm

    “Did jeter change his song to Empire State of Mind or am I hearing things?”

    As Jay-Z said this week, “No one is scared of 50 Cent.”

  441. DT - OPPC member (blood type - Positive) September 25th, 2009 at 7:50 pm

    the first thing Pete should do in Boston next week:
    see if he can steal 2B on Varitek.

  442. Shdw September 25th, 2009 at 7:50 pm

    Damn. That ball was hit right up the middle too

  443. able 21 September 25th, 2009 at 7:51 pm

    47 pitches

  444. Angel - A tale told by idiots, full of sound and fury, signifying nothing September 25th, 2009 at 7:52 pm

    Is Martinez any better at throwing out runners than Varitek. I mean, Varitek is so bad that anything would be an improvement, but I wasn’t under the impression that Martinez is that much of an improvement over him defensively, although he sure is offensively.

  445. DYNASTY IS DESTINY! September 25th, 2009 at 7:52 pm

    Pinstripes, navy blue…

    In alabaster’s embrace…

    The colors of fall…

  446. Azaz September 25th, 2009 at 7:52 pm

    there needs to be a blog that tells us everyones walkup music and when they change it they should update it

  447. Enough Youk September 25th, 2009 at 7:52 pm

    I think it is good that the yanks are playing red sox and angels…helps them focus more instead of playing teams playing out the string.

  448. NYY626 September 25th, 2009 at 7:52 pm

    JasonR September 25th, 2009 at 7:49 pm

    “Did jeter change his song to Empire State of Mind or am I hearing things?”

    As Jay-Z said this week, “No one is scared of 50 Cent.”
    ________________________________________________________________
    Much better choice Jete. Great song.

  449. S.A.--Serenity Now September 25th, 2009 at 7:53 pm

    the first thing Pete should do in Boston next week:
    see if he can steal 2B on Varitek.

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

    :lol:

  450. haiku-man September 25th, 2009 at 7:53 pm

    Lester’s up to 47 pitches after 2,great!

  451. Enough Youk September 25th, 2009 at 7:53 pm

    Victor M is terrible at throwing out runners

  452. able 21 September 25th, 2009 at 7:54 pm

    I love seeing Tek struggle.

  453. MG September 25th, 2009 at 7:54 pm

    I think Girardi is making a point to the Sox tonight that they have to be prepared for the running game in the playoffs, they haven’t used it much in previous games. It has to already be in their heads to some extent and I’m sure the Angels have taken note of it as well. It’s another weapon for the Yankees along with the power game and a big change from the teams of the last 5 or 6 years.

  454. GreenBeret7 September 25th, 2009 at 7:54 pm

    CB
    September 25th, 2009 at 7:49 pm
    GB7,

    I like Gaudin as the 4th RH out of the pen. He’s got swing and miss stuff and given that Mo, Hughes, and Robertson would be ahead of him that’s a lot of strike outs in late innings if the team needs them.

    And that of course without factoring Joba in the pen.

    ————————————————————

    In a 5 game series, there isn’t a deeper bullpen in baseball. And in a 7 game series, it might not be the deepest, but, there’s also nobody else that’s deeper.

  455. Enough Youk September 25th, 2009 at 7:55 pm

    what is worse tek’s percentage of throwing out runners or his batting average

  456. nature boy September 25th, 2009 at 7:55 pm

    what did varitek say to a-rod once? was it “we don’t hit .270 batters”?

  457. miggs - GTLU Reigning Champion September 25th, 2009 at 7:55 pm

    You can totally see the difference in body language tonight with Joba. Its like night and day.

  458. able 21 September 25th, 2009 at 7:55 pm

    Bye Bye Tek

  459. Azaz September 25th, 2009 at 7:56 pm

    damn the stuff is wicked tonite

  460. djsunyc September 25th, 2009 at 7:56 pm

    ok…let’s talk about cano for a second…how many #7 hitters get to 200 hits? unreal…the guy needs to get his props…

  461. Enough Youk September 25th, 2009 at 7:56 pm

    and the Yanks don’t hit .210 batters

  462. Carl September 25th, 2009 at 7:57 pm

    The kid is dealin

  463. NYY626 September 25th, 2009 at 7:57 pm

    JOBA is back? :grin:

  464. able 21 September 25th, 2009 at 7:57 pm

    Yessir

  465. djsunyc September 25th, 2009 at 7:57 pm

    it’s these type of performances that get you salivating…

  466. rb September 25th, 2009 at 7:57 pm

    I am LOVING this Joba.

  467. Yanks_Fan September 25th, 2009 at 7:57 pm

    WOW Joba!

  468. Joe from Long Island September 25th, 2009 at 7:57 pm

    Obviously, young Master Joba has gotten the message.

  469. Sports Geek September 25th, 2009 at 7:57 pm

    Who is this stranger pitching for the Yankees? I’ve never seen him before??!!

    3 perfect innings- 36 pitches, 9 outs

  470. S.A.--Serenity Now September 25th, 2009 at 7:57 pm

    Jobber Chamberlain is a starting pitcher!

  471. MG September 25th, 2009 at 7:58 pm

    I like the way Joba is getting pop ups off his fastball tonight, it hasn’t been like that for quite some time. And getting ahead of hitters makes that slider a weapon, of course.

  472. Pov September 25th, 2009 at 7:58 pm

    Nice to see Joba go after guys, his breaking stuff is nasty tonight and the Sox are chasing it.

  473. Benny Blanco September 25th, 2009 at 7:58 pm

    Joba must have been reading roy hallady’s book “pitching economy” for dummies last night.

  474. Enough Youk September 25th, 2009 at 7:58 pm

    cano has had an amazing season…I think next year you got to move him up in the line-up..although so far when he bats higher in the line-up he struggles..i want him batting 5th next though..he earned it

  475. GreenBeret7 September 25th, 2009 at 7:58 pm

    Chamberlain has been extremely impressive in the last two innings. He’s been ahead of everybody. Not the case in the first inning.

  476. Medical Hair Restoration September 25th, 2009 at 7:58 pm

    Tek does not struggle when it comes to punching defenseless ballplayers with his catchers gear on

    :)

  477. DT - OPPC member (blood type - Positive) September 25th, 2009 at 7:58 pm

    WEEI talking heads were gabbing all day that Tek will be on the bench come playoff time.

    I guess it was a big thing that Martinez caught Beckett the other night. Beckett likes Tek.

    I guess there are Martinez truthers and Varitek truthers too.

  478. able 21 September 25th, 2009 at 7:58 pm

    Maybe they hypnotized Joba to think this is his first start after the All Star break

  479. pat September 25th, 2009 at 7:59 pm

    Joba’s last hot streak was when there was talk about Hughes replacing him in the rotation and this week Cashman says nothing is guaranteed for him. Maybe Joba reacts well to hearing footsteps.

  480. Shdw September 25th, 2009 at 7:59 pm

    One thing I’m seeing from Joba tonight that I haven’t seen often. He’s getting the ball and throwing it with almost no time shaking off pitches.

  481. iiicollies September 25th, 2009 at 7:59 pm

    Has Joba’s pitch selection changed significantly from past starts?

  482. eric September 25th, 2009 at 7:59 pm

    lets get some runs!

  483. nettles September 25th, 2009 at 8:00 pm

    Joba’s showing 94, 95, 96 mph on his fastball, according to Gameday. Nice to see him attacking hitters.

  484. Benny Blanco September 25th, 2009 at 8:00 pm

    Going forward, the yankees basically have to threaten joba’s spot in the rotation for his entire career in order to get him to pitch to his ability.

  485. Pov September 25th, 2009 at 8:00 pm

    Martinez’s defense isn’t that great either.

  486. RS September 25th, 2009 at 8:00 pm

    This is the Sox offense I remember from a month ago.

  487. Abdababdaserser September 25th, 2009 at 8:01 pm

    You would think that Lester being a left handed pitcher that stealing bases off him and Veritek wouldn’t be that easy.

    Keep the pressure on them Yanks.

  488. jason bay hater #930,343,605 September 25th, 2009 at 8:01 pm

    As usual, Yanks offense goes silent after scoring first again. What a surprise.

  489. Enough Youk September 25th, 2009 at 8:02 pm

    no way sox can start tek in the playoffs…they can’t right?

  490. Shdw September 25th, 2009 at 8:02 pm

    Wow. 47 pitches through 2 and then Tex leads off with an 8 pitch single

  491. Pov September 25th, 2009 at 8:02 pm

    Boy that one hung, Tex’s eye’s lite up I like the way he can stay back on those pitches

  492. DT - OPPC member (blood type - Positive) September 25th, 2009 at 8:02 pm

    If Tex steals, I’ll faint.

  493. CB September 25th, 2009 at 8:03 pm

    “This is the Sox offense I remember from a month ago.”

    They are simply not the same offense on the road as they are at home.

    The offense is highly contingent on playing at home.

  494. Angel - A tale told by idiots, full of sound and fury, signifying nothing September 25th, 2009 at 8:03 pm

    Great AB for Tex. Got a hit and made Lester throw a lot of pitches before getting it.

  495. Enough Youk September 25th, 2009 at 8:03 pm

    “As usual, Yanks offense goes silent after scoring first again. What a surprise”

    it is only the third inning..they are making lester work like crazy..you can not really complain..he is one the toughest pitchers in baseball.

  496. djsunyc September 25th, 2009 at 8:03 pm

    4 blonde milfs sitting first row right behind home plate…

  497. Carl September 25th, 2009 at 8:03 pm

    Gone babY!!!!

  498. randy l. September 25th, 2009 at 8:03 pm

    when a catcher can’t stop the other team from running, it change the pitches that are called with men on base.

    there will be a lot more fastballs.

    hopefully the yankees can sit on a few and take advantage.

    it also takes the macho right out of a catcher.

    varitek must feel smaller than pedroia right about now.

    yankees need to keep up the running pressure.

  499. Pel (a/k/a Bart Simpson) September 25th, 2009 at 8:04 pm

    BOMBS AWAY BABY!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  500. Azaz September 25th, 2009 at 8:04 pm

    LINE DRIVE

  501. Shdw September 25th, 2009 at 8:04 pm

    Tack on those runs!

  502. miggs - GTLU Reigning Champion September 25th, 2009 at 8:04 pm

    I try to defend Cano as much as I can on here.

    Some people don’t realize some of the almost ridiculous numbers he’s putting up. To rip him is mind boggling.

    Don’t even factor in that he plays 2nd base and deserves the gold glove….

    He hits 7th normally in that order. In addition to getting 200 hits he also will score 100 runs, possibly achieve 50 doubles, 25 home runs, and here’s the clincher.

    As terrible as he is with RISP, he still has 79 rnis from the 7th spot.

    He’s simply amazing.

    Calling him lazy and un-clutch are just so unfair. He smiles, he loves the game, and he plays hard with great talent.

  503. rb September 25th, 2009 at 8:04 pm

    ALEX!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  504. able 21 September 25th, 2009 at 8:04 pm

    Yeah Baby

  505. djsunyc September 25th, 2009 at 8:04 pm

    LOL!!!!!!!!

    AROD…let me tell you something folks…we are playing with this confidence like NOBODY can beat us at home…

  506. NYY626 September 25th, 2009 at 8:04 pm

    ALEX!!!! I’m really enjoying this game :)

  507. Angel - A tale told by idiots, full of sound and fury, signifying nothing September 25th, 2009 at 8:04 pm

    OMG.. that didn’t even look like he hit it hard at all!

  508. Abdababdaserser September 25th, 2009 at 8:04 pm

    When Joba has had his good starts he doesn’t spend a ton of time between pitches.

    AROD!!!! Holy crap!

  509. Benny Blanco September 25th, 2009 at 8:04 pm

    Looks like someone read curt’s comments today.

  510. Christina- Pictures of the Girardi and A-Rod ejection + Leiter's Sock September 25th, 2009 at 8:04 pm

    A-Bomb!

  511. Jeremy September 25th, 2009 at 8:04 pm

    A-rod owns Jon Lester !

  512. DT - OPPC member (blood type - Positive) September 25th, 2009 at 8:04 pm

    good thing Tex didn’t get caught stealing! ;-)

  513. S.A.--Serenity Now September 25th, 2009 at 8:04 pm

    Alex! :)

  514. Pov September 25th, 2009 at 8:04 pm

    Crushed

  515. Joe from Long Island September 25th, 2009 at 8:04 pm

    There goes Alex, again, hitting HRs after the game has been decided.

  516. Ham Fighters September 25th, 2009 at 8:04 pm

    arod’s not giving up on 100 rbi’s

  517. smile for the camera September 25th, 2009 at 8:04 pm

    GOOD CALL ON LESTER’S PITCHING LINE “JASON BAY HATER” HAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHHAHAHAHAHAH MAN YOU WERE REALLY CLOSE

  518. pat September 25th, 2009 at 8:05 pm

    Curt Schilling may have spoken too soon

  519. GreenBeret7 September 25th, 2009 at 8:05 pm

    What a rocket by Rodriguez. There’s a chance for a real rarity tonight. 2 homers and 2 stolen bases in the same game by a player.

  520. Pel (a/k/a Bart Simpson) September 25th, 2009 at 8:05 pm

    Curt Schilling just grabbed his chest.

  521. Abdababdaserser September 25th, 2009 at 8:05 pm

    That HR from Alex looked like a Mickey Mantle type shot.

  522. Enough Youk September 25th, 2009 at 8:05 pm

    spoke to so jason bay hater

  523. CB September 25th, 2009 at 8:05 pm

    Obviously, I never saw Mickey Mantle hit a home run live.

    But when the Mick hit one, I’d guess it looked something like what we just saw Alex do.

    How relaxed was that swing? Took the top hand off and nailed it to where almost no one has this entire season.

  524. JasonR September 25th, 2009 at 8:05 pm

    “Going forward, the yankees basically have to threaten joba’s spot in the rotation for his entire career in order to get him to pitch to his ability.”

    Either that or Jeter needs to threaten on the mound after every run he gives up.

  525. DT - OPPC member (blood type - Positive) September 25th, 2009 at 8:05 pm

    “As usual, Yanks offense goes silent after scoring first again. What a surprise.”

    you should really buy a lotto ticket tonight. You are on fire.

  526. djsunyc September 25th, 2009 at 8:06 pm

    miggs – GTLU Reigning Champion September 25th, 2009 at 8:04 pm

    I try to defend Cano as much as I can on here.

    Some people don’t realize some of the almost ridiculous numbers he’s putting up. To rip him is mind boggling.

    Don’t even factor in that he plays 2nd base and deserves the gold glove….

    He hits 7th normally in that order. In addition to getting 200 hits he also will score 100 runs, possibly achieve 50 doubles, 25 home runs, and here’s the clincher.

    As terrible as he is with RISP, he still has 79 rnis from the 7th spot.

    He’s simply amazing.

    Calling him lazy and un-clutch are just so unfair. He smiles, he loves the game, and he plays hard with great talent.

    ——–

    amen. i’m not afraid to bring this up but i do think race plays a part in some of it.

    i think cano is awesome and could possibly become an allstar really soon…

  527. Enough Youk September 25th, 2009 at 8:06 pm

    i am sorry what were curt schillings comments??

  528. Pov September 25th, 2009 at 8:06 pm

    ARod is only 2 away from Mr I’m not here to talk about the past

  529. Jerkface September 25th, 2009 at 8:07 pm

    They are simply not the same offense on the road as they are at home.

    The offense is highly contingent on playing at home.

    If (playing at home = true )
    set red sox offense = good
    else if (playing at orioles,royals)
    set red sox offense = good
    else
    set red sox offense = bad

  530. Keith R.A. DeCandido September 25th, 2009 at 8:07 pm

    Y’know, I’m watching this game, and what I’m seeing is a great team beating a good team. There’s no question who’s in control right now.

    Of course a big difference is that the Yanks’ old hitters (Damon, Posada, Matsui) are doing much better than the Sawx’s old hitters (Ortiz, Lowell, and the corpse of Jason Varitek).

  531. Laura - Matsui will be a Yankee in 2010!! September 25th, 2009 at 8:07 pm

    Time for Matsui to steal 2B. :P

  532. djsunyc September 25th, 2009 at 8:07 pm

    DFA girardi for not sending matsui…lol…that would be the ultimate slap in the face if he did that…

  533. eric September 25th, 2009 at 8:07 pm

    lets drive up that pitch count and get into into the underside of that pen

  534. Enough Youk September 25th, 2009 at 8:07 pm

    I believe cano already made an all-star team….

  535. Sports Geek September 25th, 2009 at 8:07 pm

    Lester ain’t got it tonight!!

    Wonder how long they’ll keep him in… I hope for a long time!!

  536. Angel - A tale told by idiots, full of sound and fury, signifying nothing September 25th, 2009 at 8:07 pm

    Alex’s power floors me sometimes. It just looks so effortless.

  537. Rob Thompson September 25th, 2009 at 8:07 pm

    Pure and utter domination… I love watching these chumps squirm. And hopefully this is the last we hear from the Sawx about Lester being better than Joba.

  538. Ham Fighters September 25th, 2009 at 8:08 pm

    mantle uppercut more than arod, he was a moonshot guy, more like strawberry than arod

  539. CB September 25th, 2009 at 8:08 pm

    Jerkface,

    I enjoyed that algorithm.

  540. RS September 25th, 2009 at 8:08 pm

    Arod now has 4 RBI against Lester in Lester’s last two starts against the Yankees. The rest of the offense has been shut down by the lefty.

    Our “non-clutch headcase choker” is only carrying the team against our rival’s best pitcher. Can’t imagine why we’d want Arod on the team though.

  541. MG September 25th, 2009 at 8:08 pm

    CB
    September 25th, 2009 at 8:05 pm
    Obviously, I never saw Mickey Mantle hit a home run live.

    But when the Mick hit one, I’d guess it looked something like what we just saw Alex do.

    How relaxed was that swing? Took the top hand off and nailed it to where almost no one has this entire season.
    ——————————————–
    Having seen the Mick hit many a home run in person (including the one in ’56 that hit the facade) I can unequivocally say the Arod HR was ‘Mantle-ian’ lol

  542. Joe from Long Island September 25th, 2009 at 8:08 pm

    Randy – that’s a real good point about the steals, and the effect on Varitek. And if Varitek is really down, and it affects his calling, the Red Sox are in even more trouble.

  543. djsunyc September 25th, 2009 at 8:09 pm

    Enough Youk September 25th, 2009 at 8:07 pm

    I believe cano already made an all-star team….

    ——–

    my bad…meant perennial all star…harold reynolds and joe morgan give him some love…but alot of people don’t…

  544. Abdababdaserser September 25th, 2009 at 8:09 pm

    I got to see a number of Mickey’s home runs. So many were majestic towering shots. That one by Alex looked like one of the Mick’s.

  545. Rob Thompson September 25th, 2009 at 8:10 pm

    I want the stolen base record to fall – TONIGHT!!

  546. Benny Blanco September 25th, 2009 at 8:10 pm

    69 pitches for jester lester.

  547. Carl September 25th, 2009 at 8:10 pm

    Cano just got a hit with a man on lol

  548. Benny Blanco September 25th, 2009 at 8:11 pm

    how good is a cano???

  549. m September 25th, 2009 at 8:11 pm

    Oh, that Tex at-bat was just terrific. But that A-rod is such a topper. ;)

  550. Laura - Matsui will be a Yankee in 2010!! September 25th, 2009 at 8:11 pm

    I love it when Robbie hits those bloops to LF.

  551. RS September 25th, 2009 at 8:11 pm

    That garbage Cano. He always gets these stupid meaningless hits w/out RISP.

  552. Ham Fighters September 25th, 2009 at 8:11 pm

    the heck with the bullpen, keep this guy in it looks like bp

  553. Pel (a/k/a Bart Simpson) September 25th, 2009 at 8:11 pm

    Cano going oppo.

    Such a beautiful sight to see.

  554. able 21 September 25th, 2009 at 8:11 pm

    Sweet. Let’s get these runs in

  555. CB September 25th, 2009 at 8:11 pm

    “it also takes the macho right out of a catcher.

    varitek must feel smaller than pedroia right about now.”

    Just a hunch, but right now the yankees aren’t simply running like this to win this particular game but to send a message to the Sox.

    Running like this after pulverizing the Sox into submission like the yanks have recently at the Stadium with their power bats is just utter domination.

  556. djsunyc September 25th, 2009 at 8:11 pm

    ok…back to cano…after a subpar season…he put in the work in the winter and the guy is just BEASTING right now…

    47 doubles…that’s mattingly like…

  557. MG September 25th, 2009 at 8:11 pm

    Ham Fighters
    September 25th, 2009 at 8:08 pm
    mantle uppercut more than arod, he was a moonshot guy, more like strawberry than arod
    —————————————-
    he had a slight upppercut batting left handed but was a much better high ball hitter batting right handed. He hit a ton of home runs on the line batting right handed.

  558. GreenBeret7 September 25th, 2009 at 8:12 pm

    CB
    September 25th, 2009 at 8:05 pm
    Obviously, I never saw Mickey Mantle hit a home run live.

    But when the Mick hit one, I’d guess it looked something like what we just saw Alex do.

    How relaxed was that swing? Took the top hand off and nailed it to where almost no one has this entire season.

    ————————————————————

    When Mantle hit homers, the ball got very small, very fast. His swings were entirely different from right and left, because of the knee injuries. From the right side, his line drives were Dave Winfield-like. From the left side, they just went on forever because of the severe uppercut.

  559. Abdababdaserser September 25th, 2009 at 8:12 pm

    Yes, Mantle did the upper cut swing, dipping his legs even, but the arc of that ball Alex hit was a moon shot.

  560. djsunyc September 25th, 2009 at 8:12 pm

    i’m sorry but i would have matsui steal home…

  561. Enough Youk September 25th, 2009 at 8:12 pm

    cano is a great hitter..who has not reached his full potential..he is a wonderful fielder…however at times when he hits a ground ball he does not bust it down the line like say jeter does..I don’t think there is anything wrong with mentioned that when it happens..

  562. nature boy September 25th, 2009 at 8:13 pm

    i would love to see 80s/early 90s rickey on first with 09 varitek behind the plate

  563. CB September 25th, 2009 at 8:13 pm

    GB7,

    Did not know you were there to see the facade shot from ’56. What a site that must have been.

    Was it as shocking then as it seems now? Or was it one of those things where Mantle hit so many mammoth homers that it wasn’t completely out of left field so to speak.

  564. DYNASTY IS DESTINY! September 25th, 2009 at 8:13 pm

    Lester, now listing…

    A-Rod’s launch, sinking the Sox…

    Twenty-Seven sails…

  565. Ham Fighters September 25th, 2009 at 8:14 pm

    i agree about mantle but his calling card was the tape measure shot, arod’s tend to get out alot quicker than mick’s did. seemed like we had a little more time to savor the ball flight.

  566. Rick September 25th, 2009 at 8:14 pm

    And that “C” on Varitek’s shirt stands for what ?

  567. Enough Youk September 25th, 2009 at 8:14 pm

    did joba and lester trade bodies…

  568. djsunyc September 25th, 2009 at 8:14 pm

    whoa…that wasn’t a strike?

  569. DT - OPPC member (blood type - Positive) September 25th, 2009 at 8:14 pm

    ooooh… Lester is p.o’d He wanted that call.

  570. Carl September 25th, 2009 at 8:14 pm

    He got squeezed

  571. able 21 September 25th, 2009 at 8:14 pm

    Comatose

  572. smile for the camera September 25th, 2009 at 8:15 pm

    makeup call from Posada’s at bat

  573. Enough Youk September 25th, 2009 at 8:15 pm

    he is very joba like tonight…walks millions of pitches…nice to see

  574. Pel (a/k/a Bart Simpson) September 25th, 2009 at 8:15 pm

    “Where the eff was that?”

    How’s it feel to walk a Nick?

  575. djsunyc September 25th, 2009 at 8:15 pm

    robert wuhl sighting…

  576. rb September 25th, 2009 at 8:15 pm

    Rob Thompson September 25th, 2009 at 8:10 pm

    I want the stolen base record to fall – TONIGHT!!

    ——————-

    I was thinking the same thing, but then I checked BaseballReference.com. The Yankees hold the AL record. The 1911 Yankees. With 15 stolen bases.

    http://www.baseball-almanac.co.....tba2.shtml

    I’d be shocked if it happened.

  577. Carl September 25th, 2009 at 8:15 pm

    Ouch :(

  578. Enough Youk September 25th, 2009 at 8:15 pm

    i did not think that was a strike..

  579. nature boy September 25th, 2009 at 8:15 pm

    WOW taking out lester!?!?!?!?

  580. able 21 September 25th, 2009 at 8:15 pm

    Take it any way we can get it

  581. djsunyc September 25th, 2009 at 8:16 pm

    lester look like he got hurt before the ball hit him…

  582. DT - OPPC member (blood type - Positive) September 25th, 2009 at 8:16 pm

    there goes Boston’s playoffs hopes…

  583. CB September 25th, 2009 at 8:16 pm

    Right now what the yankees are doing to Lester – in terms of patience, power, running and squaring the ball up are remarkable.

    I mean this sincerely – for the past 3 months Lester has been LMOA as good as Zack Grienke.

  584. Jeremy September 25th, 2009 at 8:16 pm

    oh shoot !

  585. Angel - A tale told by idiots, full of sound and fury, signifying nothing September 25th, 2009 at 8:16 pm

    Oh man… that’s really unfortunate…

  586. Enough Youk September 25th, 2009 at 8:16 pm

    boy if they lose lester..they are in trouble

  587. PL September 25th, 2009 at 8:16 pm

    no Lester…no championship

  588. Rob Thompson September 25th, 2009 at 8:16 pm

    Don’t like to see anyone hurt but glad we got another run. Go Yanks!

  589. trisha - OPPC lifetime member who is missing the worry gene September 25th, 2009 at 8:16 pm

    Uh oh.

  590. S.A.--Serenity Now September 25th, 2009 at 8:16 pm

    :shock:

  591. kd September 25th, 2009 at 8:16 pm

    that hurts

  592. Serf September 25th, 2009 at 8:16 pm

    Oh boy. I hope he’s okay.

  593. m September 25th, 2009 at 8:16 pm

    able 21
    September 25th, 2009 at 7:54 pm
    I love seeing Tek struggle.

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

    I do, too. I’m so tired of hearing how he’s the great white hope.

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

    Oh, boy. Here comes Christina25 to call the Yankees “Bullies”. 3..2..1…

    Hope Lester’s okay.

  594. grafxkid September 25th, 2009 at 8:16 pm

    wow. right on the knee

  595. able 21 September 25th, 2009 at 8:17 pm

    boy if they lose lester..they are in trouble

    Not to worry, they have Matsuzaka :)

  596. GreenBeret7 September 25th, 2009 at 8:17 pm

    damned. That is not looking good at all. All Red Sox hatred aside, I hate seeing that to any player. That was an ugly rocket off of the knee.

  597. Benny Blanco September 25th, 2009 at 8:17 pm

    Wow. I dont want to see lester hurt.

  598. Alias September 25th, 2009 at 8:17 pm

    I really hate to see this happen, but it looks like Kruk may have to write a new article…

  599. Jim Rice's Bad Role Models September 25th, 2009 at 8:17 pm

    I think Kruk wrote his article a day early.

    good riddance.

  600. jennifer September 25th, 2009 at 8:17 pm

    See we don’t cheer that opposing players that got hurt

  601. Enough Youk September 25th, 2009 at 8:18 pm

    he is really hurt

  602. NYY626 September 25th, 2009 at 8:18 pm

    Yankee fans are being classy and cheering! Nice.

  603. kd September 25th, 2009 at 8:18 pm

    beckett looks like he’s going to cry

  604. Patrick September 25th, 2009 at 8:18 pm

    Bummer for Lester but how stupid is Michael Kay? He said that Lester is younger than Joba.

    Lester was born 1/7/1984
    Joba was born 9/23/1985

    Am I missing something or is Kay just a dumbass?

  605. Angel - A tale told by idiots, full of sound and fury, signifying nothing September 25th, 2009 at 8:18 pm

    I really hope its not too serious. That was just brutal.

  606. CB September 25th, 2009 at 8:18 pm

    Wow. Thank goodness Lester didn’t get hit in the chest or the hand or his head. That was very scary.

    Let’s hope he’s ok. He’s a terrific ball player.

  607. rb September 25th, 2009 at 8:18 pm

    That sounded painful…

  608. MG September 25th, 2009 at 8:18 pm

    CB
    September 25th, 2009 at 8:13 pm
    GB7,

    Did not know you were there to see the facade shot from ‘56. What a site that must have been.

    Was it as shocking then as it seems now? Or was it one of those things where Mantle hit so many mammoth homers that it wasn’t completely out of left field so to speak.
    —————————————
    CB, it was a 2-2 pitch from Pedro Ramos, the ball hit the facade so quickly I can still remember it 53 years later. It was still rising when it hit the facade. My dad (I was 9) actually had home movies (very poor ones) of the swing, I have a piece of it on a DVD, if I can find it maybe I will break it out and post it sometime. The funny thing is that he beat out a bunt for a base hit in the same game.

  609. m September 25th, 2009 at 8:18 pm

    Caray, “Wicked line drive off his leg”

    :?

  610. randy l. September 25th, 2009 at 8:18 pm

    joe from long island-

    nothing makes you feel more like a wimp as a catcher than when the other team runs at will against you.

    … wow

    later nailed.

    hopefully it’s just a bruise.
    we want to beat em on the field.

    wow, things change in a hurry.

  611. Laura - Matsui will be a Yankee in 2010!! September 25th, 2009 at 8:18 pm

    That shot just saved Paul Byrd’s chances to make the post season roster.

  612. Enough Youk September 25th, 2009 at 8:18 pm

    okay tell me what that idiot kruk wrote..i did not know he could write

  613. kav September 25th, 2009 at 8:18 pm

    I sort of feel bad for Lester, it looks like it hurts, but I would not mind him not being in post season.

  614. Ham Fighters September 25th, 2009 at 8:18 pm

    wow, that hurt just watching the replays. but lester’s tough as nails

  615. Abdababdaserser September 25th, 2009 at 8:19 pm

    Ouch! That had to hurt big time. While I can’t stand the Red Sox, I don’t want to see anyone get hurt.

    I’m glad he is walking off, but that doesn’t mean he is totally fine.

  616. djsunyc September 25th, 2009 at 8:19 pm

    lester is gonna miss his next start…no way he’s gonna be able to put pressure on that knee for a while…

  617. Angel - A tale told by idiots, full of sound and fury, signifying nothing September 25th, 2009 at 8:19 pm

    I feel really bad for him. You never want to see a player go down like that…ever. :(

  618. Joe from Long Island September 25th, 2009 at 8:19 pm

    This is bad news for the Red Sox, and not just for this game, obviously. Also, terrible for Lester. You never want anyone hurt, even on the Red Sox. And Lester has had more than his share of tough breaks. Great to see him walk off.

  619. jfio September 25th, 2009 at 8:20 pm

    that hurts

  620. S.A.--Serenity Now September 25th, 2009 at 8:20 pm

    Hope Lester is alright. Hate injuries :(

  621. able 21 September 25th, 2009 at 8:20 pm

    Funny how when the pitcher hits the batter, its part of the game, but when the batter hits the pitcher we all show concern. What a game.

  622. Wow. September 25th, 2009 at 8:20 pm

    I am proud of everyone here…a nice bunch of people tonight.

  623. Scared of the Wall September 25th, 2009 at 8:20 pm

    Melky may have singlehandedly ended the Red Sox hope for a championship….

  624. Laura - Matsui will be a Yankee in 2010!! September 25th, 2009 at 8:20 pm

    I would be very surprised if something isn’t broken. That just sounded awful. Poor kid.

  625. Benny Blanco September 25th, 2009 at 8:20 pm

    Anyone else concerned about joba having to sit for too long? This kinda takes the fun out of the game because I admire lester and all that he’s been through.

    That will certainly piss off the redsox and we could be in for a battle.

  626. Jeff NJ September 25th, 2009 at 8:20 pm

    Ok let’s not root for injury despite the strong temptation to. Let’s beat them at full strength so Red Sox nation won’t have an excuse.

  627. DT - OPPC member (blood type - Positive) September 25th, 2009 at 8:20 pm

    I hope Lester recovers and is fine and dandy come first day of Spring Training.

  628. haiku-man September 25th, 2009 at 8:21 pm

    A 12 pitch inning,who’s this Young man on the mound for the Yankees? 36 pitches thru 3

    Lester gone after 2.1 innings 78 pitches,heheheh!

    -Go Yankees!!

  629. able 21 September 25th, 2009 at 8:21 pm

    If his knee was broken, he wouldn’t be walking

  630. able 21 September 25th, 2009 at 8:21 pm

    If his knee was broken, he wouldn’t be walking

  631. Jim Rice's Bad Role Models September 25th, 2009 at 8:21 pm

    i hope joba doesnt lose his focus. this inning is taking a real long time.

  632. Pel (a/k/a Bart Simpson) September 25th, 2009 at 8:21 pm

    Francona already with the emotional eating.

  633. Josh from NC September 25th, 2009 at 8:21 pm

    hey, dont feel bad, we lost joba and CMW last year, you have to deal with injuries, its unfortunate but reality

  634. Carl September 25th, 2009 at 8:23 pm

    Joba has to be a bit rusty when he gets back in.

  635. JasonR September 25th, 2009 at 8:23 pm

    “Lester was born 1/7/1984
    Joba was born 9/23/1985

    Am I missing something or is Kay just a dumbass?”

    The second part.

  636. djsunyc September 25th, 2009 at 8:23 pm

    Van Buren Elementary fourth-grader Nathan Johns thought his teacher was kidding when he instructed him to go to the bathroom and turn his Yankees T-shirt inside out.NYSHIRT.JPGJim Commentucci / The Post-StandardNate Johns of Baldwinsville poses with his shirt featuring the number of Yankee pitcher CC Sabathia.
    The blue shirt read “New York No. 52” on the front and “Sabathia” for the New York Yankees’ pitcher CC Sabathia, on the back.

    “ I thought to myself ‘Is he serious or is he kidding,’” said Nate, 9, a student in Peter Addabbo’s fourth-grade class. “But he had this look like he wasn’t kidding at all.”

    Nate complied, and said he was later told to wear it that way until dismissal. At lunch, Nate said the fifth-graders made fun of him because he wearing his shirt inside out.

    “It was such a horrible day.” Nate said. “I don’t ever want anything like to happen again.”

    Nate said he felt he was treated unfairly.

    “Just because my teacher doesn’t like the Yankees I should still have the right to wear a Yankees shirt,” Nate said Thursday after school. The teacher has Boston Red Sox paraphernalia all over the classroom on display, he said.

    Baldwinsville Schools Superintendent Jeanne Dangle said Friday morning the district is conducting an investigation into the incident, and has told the parents she will get back to them on the issue in a few days.

    “We are investigating,” Dangle said. “This is a personnel issue, and we will be following up and doing what’s appropriate after we get all the information.”

    Dangle said the investigation includes asking other children who were present in the class for their observations.

    “From a district perspective, we would never support something like that,” Dangle said. “But we don’t have all the facts yet.”

    Dangle said she was tied up in meetings most of Thursday and Thursday night, and that’s why the district didn’t respond at first to inquiries about the incident

    Nate’s parents said they were shocked when their son got home from school and told them what happened.

    “I was stunned — absolutely flabbergasted,” said James Garrett, Nate’s dad. “I couldn’t believe it. He was distraught. The school preaches all about not allowing bullying, and this really felt like he was being bullied.”

    The Garretts contacted Van Buren Principal Terry Bick on Wednesday and met with her Thursday. “She was very professional about this, and she seemed to take it as seriously as we did,” James Garrett said.

    Garrett said he believes the school handled the incident appropriately, but strongly believes his son’s First Amendment rights were violated.

  637. Jerkface September 25th, 2009 at 8:23 pm

    He walked it off, so as far as I am concerned, its a good result. Lester will be severely diminished now in the playoffs. its going to swell up.

  638. Tom in N.J. September 25th, 2009 at 8:23 pm

    Hope he’s o.k. That didn’t look good.

  639. CB September 25th, 2009 at 8:23 pm

    The scary thing with a knee injury like that is even if the x-rays are negative you have to be worried about how it will impact his mechanics.

    It’s probably even worse that it’s his landing leg as he has to firm up his front side in order to maintain his follow through while his arm decelerates.

    Lester’s been a better pitcher than Beckett this year by a fair margin.

  640. Enough Youk September 25th, 2009 at 8:23 pm

    i hope he is fine…but that looked bad…i would be surprised if he is not down for the year

  641. jason bay hater #930,343,605 September 25th, 2009 at 8:24 pm

    I’m guessing this long half inning completely messes up Joba. :(

  642. m September 25th, 2009 at 8:24 pm

    Jeter has only 1 career GS?

  643. Stultus Magnus September 25th, 2009 at 8:24 pm

    Man, hope Lester is ok, you don’t like to see that happen.

  644. Peter Abraham September 25th, 2009 at 8:24 pm

    Thanks to the vast majority of you for being classy commenting on Lester’s injury.

    Those of you who feel the need to make fun of somebody’s potentially serious injury will be banned, no second chances. Please don’t congratulate Melky on injuring a player. You think he wants that?

    This blog will not be a haven for sociopaths.

  645. joeysdadjoe September 25th, 2009 at 8:24 pm

    Hate to see that but it can happen at anytime.

  646. islesfan September 25th, 2009 at 8:25 pm

    This home plate ump is missing a great game.

  647. Ham Fighters September 25th, 2009 at 8:25 pm

    ok, lets stop the idiotic diagnosis by television. the next start that counts for him is almost 2 weeks away and he did walk off the field

  648. Enough Youk September 25th, 2009 at 8:25 pm

    what really makes kay look like dumbasss is earlier in the night he said lester is 25 and joba is 23…i mean that would tell me that joba is younger..I am not a smart man but I know the difference between 23 and 25

  649. Carl September 25th, 2009 at 8:25 pm

    ill take that

  650. Pat M. September 25th, 2009 at 8:26 pm

    GB, Joba heard your grawl, all the way from Savannah……The Mick, baseball’s disappeared and had some amazing hang time,,,Especially from the left side….GB’S comparison to Winfield is excellent……From the right side, he hit 1 irons

  651. Mark D September 25th, 2009 at 8:26 pm

    Had to check the comments after that. Aside from a few idiots, well handled by Yankees fans. This is definitely a good blog.
    Hopefully just a bruise and a missed start. Gotta respect Lester and all he’s been through. I’d love to see him in stripes.

  652. GreenBeret7 September 25th, 2009 at 8:26 pm

    CB
    September 25th, 2009 at 8:13 pm
    GB7,

    Did not know you were there to see the facade shot from ‘56. What a site that must have been.

    Was it as shocking then as it seems now? Or was it one of those things where Mantle hit so many mammoth homers that it wasn’t completely out of left field so to speak.

    ————————————————————

    Sadly, I never got to see Mantle play in Yankee Stadium except on TV. I did see plenty of his Detroit, Chicago and Cleveland games, though. A bome over the left field roof in Chicago, over both roofs in Detroit, and two upeer deck and a center field bleacher shot in Cleveland. The most memorable was a bomb off of Paul Foytack on 10 September, 1960. Close game in the 7th inning and Mantle hammers one to right center that Kaline actually took a step in and turned around. The ball left the park about 75 feet to the left of the transformer that Jackson hit in the All star game. It cleared the roof, the street and hit a tool shed in a lumber yard on the fly. five witnesses to where it hit. It was measured out at 643 feet to the shed.

  653. Abdababdaserser September 25th, 2009 at 8:26 pm

    Able 21, not necessarily. It all depends on the type of break. Not saying that it is broken, but the only way to rule it out is by x-rays.

    I split my kneecap falling while running. I finished my run, got home and the knee kept growing in size. Then the pain kicked in. Just saying that you never know.

    Plus, even if its not broken it could have damaged the joint.

  654. able 21 September 25th, 2009 at 8:26 pm

    Pete showing a little Red tonight?

  655. Enough Youk September 25th, 2009 at 8:27 pm

    “I’m guessing this long half inning completely messes up Joba” Jason Bay hater is brining us down..

    however in this case you are probably right

  656. djsunyc September 25th, 2009 at 8:27 pm

    isles…the uk mafia are getting together on 11/6 (knicks/cavs) at a stout (outside the garden) for drinks…you wanna hang?

  657. Jeremy September 25th, 2009 at 8:27 pm

    It looks like the Sox just got a little weaker today. The pundits called the Sox champs. LOL !

  658. able 21 September 25th, 2009 at 8:27 pm

    Abdababdaserser – i am really surprised to hear that can happen.

  659. JasonR September 25th, 2009 at 8:27 pm

    I don’t like Lester but that’s only because he’s a Red Sox. If he played for almost any other team besides the Mets or Angels I would probably be a fan.

    I hope he’s okay and I sincerely hope we face him in the postseason if the Sox and Yankees make it to the ALCS. The Yankees’ revenge against Boston this postseason wouldn’t be nearly as sweet if we beat up on a team without their ace.

  660. Enough Youk September 25th, 2009 at 8:28 pm

    you can not cheer of be happy when a player from the other team gets hurt..that is just dumb..

  661. randy l. September 25th, 2009 at 8:28 pm

    even though it makes no logical sense, i suspect the yankees will let up now on the running game for this game now that lester had been hurt.

    they know they can take it to varitek when they want so mission accomplished .

    now to get martinez in there and do the same thing.

  662. Peter Abraham September 25th, 2009 at 8:28 pm

    Able21:

    Don’t be an idiot. He’s a kid who had cancer and came back and you don’t want to see anybody get seriously hurt. I don’t give a crap what team he or anybody else plays for. If you’re cheering for an injury, you have serious problems.

  663. Abdababdaserser September 25th, 2009 at 8:28 pm

    I hope this long inning doesn’t negatively impact Joba’s start. He has been doing really well, and needs to finish this outing strong, even if its just for his own sake.

  664. Enough Youk September 25th, 2009 at 8:29 pm

    again can someone give me a quick summary of what kruk wrote…or did i miss something

  665. able 21 September 25th, 2009 at 8:29 pm

    Pete.. I didn’t cheer for an injury at all. I was just jagging you off. Lighten up.

  666. iiicollies September 25th, 2009 at 8:29 pm

    Does Jones have a fastball at all??

  667. Alan September 25th, 2009 at 8:29 pm

    If Lester is out for a substantial amount of time, it leaves Boston with no lefthanded starters.

  668. Tom in N.J. September 25th, 2009 at 8:29 pm

    I will say this about Lester: I’d want him in a foxhole with me.

  669. Vrsce September 25th, 2009 at 8:29 pm

    Lester will be fine. He was able to limp off. Ice, ice and more ice. miss a start at most.

  670. nyydj2 September 25th, 2009 at 8:30 pm

    lester is a good guy, it is easy to feel concern for him……on the other hand, if it was the punk Beckett on the mound, do you really think we all would have been so kind?

  671. trisha - OPPC lifetime member who is missing the worry gene September 25th, 2009 at 8:30 pm

    I have never rooted for an injury because when we beat other teams I want to feel we are facing them at full strength. We’ve been on the losing side of injuries enough that it isn’t a fun thing to play the game that way, no matter which team is the one playing hurt. I hope that Lester is good to go for the playoffs.

  672. nyranger66 September 25th, 2009 at 8:30 pm

    So do you think Red Sox fans in Fenway would applaud an injured Yankee walking off the field on his own power, like Yankee fans did to Lester?

  673. Enough Youk September 25th, 2009 at 8:30 pm

    well lets see if joba gets off his game after the long layoff…Just no walks please

  674. Jerkface September 25th, 2009 at 8:30 pm

    I’d almost want Lester to have stayed in the game, because he is a better october test than Hunter Jones. The Yankees were looking at dominating stuff.

  675. able 21 September 25th, 2009 at 8:30 pm

    And one other thing Pete.. I’ve had cancer and beat it, so don’t tell me how to act.

  676. Clinching this weekend September 25th, 2009 at 8:30 pm

    Hope Joba stays focused with a lead!

  677. Pel (a/k/a Bart Simpson, a/k/a O.J. Simpson) September 25th, 2009 at 8:31 pm

    5-0.

    I don’t want to see Bruney enter this unless the Yankees are +9.

  678. jennifer September 25th, 2009 at 8:31 pm

    I agree what is wrong with people being happy that the guy is hurt. It hit in squarely on his knee!

  679. Pat M. September 25th, 2009 at 8:31 pm

    I’m personally ashamed that some here are jerk offs regarding Jon Lester’s injury…..It very well maybe sometime before we see him again…..The swelling tomorrow will be significant……….Mantle hitting bp left an impression I still retain to this day

  680. Enough Youk September 25th, 2009 at 8:31 pm

    who cares about “Goodday New York” anyone?

  681. m September 25th, 2009 at 8:31 pm

    Someone cut & pasted in one of the morning threads.

    Just do control + f for “kruk” or “dumbass”

  682. Carl September 25th, 2009 at 8:32 pm

    lol at the guy in the booth. “Foul to the left side. Nm thats fair.”

  683. Zero-Character September 25th, 2009 at 8:32 pm

    Who is this clown in the booth?

  684. DT - OPPC member (blood type - Positive) September 25th, 2009 at 8:32 pm

    you wonder if Joba goes 18 up and 18 down with a low pitch count – will they still pull him after six?

  685. Mark D September 25th, 2009 at 8:32 pm

    Peter Abraham
    September 25th, 2009 at 8:24 pm
    Thanks to the vast majority of you for being classy commenting on Lester’s injury.

    Those of you who feel the need to make fun of somebody’s potentially serious injury will be banned, no second chances. Please don’t congratulate Melky on injuring a player. You think he wants that?

    This blog will not be a haven for sociopaths.”

    REALLY gonna miss this guy

  686. Abdababdaserser September 25th, 2009 at 8:32 pm

    Players don’t want to see other players get hurt as the result of their play. Remember Abreu falling into a slump after he hit that pitcher last season. He looked absolutely sick when he was running to first.

  687. eric September 25th, 2009 at 8:32 pm

    sorta stinks we could get an xb hit there to really bust it open, this pitcher looks horrid. can’t wait for that crummy slurve to be left over the middle for arod

  688. Peter Abraham September 25th, 2009 at 8:32 pm

    Able:

    You’re listing your e-mail as “jpaterno@psu.edu” so forgive me for not believing you. You can act any way you would like. But if you cheer for an injury and act like an idiot, you won’t be posting here.

  689. Enough Youk September 25th, 2009 at 8:32 pm

    to be fair not many people were cheering the lester injury at all…

  690. j September 25th, 2009 at 8:32 pm

    ha, right again?

  691. j September 25th, 2009 at 8:32 pm

    ha, right again?

  692. Karen September 25th, 2009 at 8:33 pm

    TBS just interviewed Joe from the dugout. Looks like he’s growing a beard or something.

  693. Enough Youk September 25th, 2009 at 8:33 pm

    how do you know, pete, that he is not really Joe Paterno? I mean he could be..

  694. Boatz n Hose September 25th, 2009 at 8:33 pm

    Joba taking it to heart. Good to see.

  695. trisha - OPPC lifetime member who is missing the worry gene September 25th, 2009 at 8:33 pm

    “So do you think Red Sox fans in Fenway would applaud an injured Yankee walking off the field on his own power, like Yankee fans did to Lester?”

    Actually I do. I’ve watched enough games to know that fans in a stadium rally around a player who is down and are entirely relieved when that player is up. It doesn’t matter what uniform the player is wearing. There are certain times when we are fans of our teams and other times when we are all just fans of the game. When someone is down, we are the latter.

  696. GreenBeret7 September 25th, 2009 at 8:33 pm

    Nice tag play by Teixeira. Nothing better than eliminating additional throws on the plays.

  697. Pel (a/k/a Bart Simpson, a/k/a O.J. Simpson) September 25th, 2009 at 8:33 pm

    Plugging Good Day NY?

    :/

  698. Benny Blanco September 25th, 2009 at 8:34 pm

    41 pitches for joba, wow.

  699. Uncle Ellsworth (much ado about nothing) September 25th, 2009 at 8:34 pm

    This game reminds me of the battle of Midway

  700. JasonR September 25th, 2009 at 8:34 pm

    “So do you think Red Sox fans in Fenway would applaud an injured Yankee walking off the field on his own power, like Yankee fans did to Lester?”

    There would be applause. I’ll leave it up to you to decide whether it would be in a positive or negative way.

  701. Pel (a/k/a Bart Simpson, a/k/a O.J. Simpson) September 25th, 2009 at 8:34 pm

    2 outs :(

  702. j.b.h. September 25th, 2009 at 8:34 pm

    I doubt Lester will miss a start. I don’t think it is a serious injury at all. Just too much going right for the sox these days – unfortunately.

  703. Ham Fighters September 25th, 2009 at 8:34 pm

    nyranger66 yes, i think the majority would, boston fans for the most part are knowlegeable, good baseball fans, but there are always the drunks and idiots everywhere. you wouldnt want to be blamed for every ahole who ever threw a battery at yankee stadium, would u?

  704. Karen September 25th, 2009 at 8:34 pm

    Joe Pa has cancer?

  705. Abdababdaserser September 25th, 2009 at 8:35 pm

    “nyranger66 September 25th, 2009 at 8:30 pm

    So do you think Red Sox fans in Fenway would applaud an injured Yankee walking off the field on his own power, like Yankee fans did to Lester?”

    Actually, yes I do. There will be some morons in every park who wouldn’t, but fortunately they are the minority.

  706. Boatz n Hose September 25th, 2009 at 8:35 pm

    OK, Joba. Don’t worry. Dust it off and keep going.

  707. Benny Blanco September 25th, 2009 at 8:35 pm

    This ump is all over the place.

  708. DT - OPPC member (blood type - Positive) September 25th, 2009 at 8:36 pm

    well I answered my own question about Joba – six and a hand shake will do fine.

  709. CB September 25th, 2009 at 8:36 pm

    Joba feel behind and threw a get me over fastball.

    Not a good sequence or result but it’s still better than him starting to nibble.

    He just needs to keep doing what he’s been doing and not get distracted. Just forget it and don’t think.

    His velocity does seem a bit down this inning.

  710. jennifer September 25th, 2009 at 8:36 pm

    Karen- It is just some idiot using a false email address. ignore him.

  711. miggs - GTLU Reigning Champion September 25th, 2009 at 8:36 pm

    Get this guy out of the booth.

  712. Enough Youk September 25th, 2009 at 8:36 pm

    “This game reminds me of the battle of Midway”

    I just don’t get that comparison…

  713. Joe from Long Island September 25th, 2009 at 8:36 pm

    Incredible. jpaterno. Did not know he was a fan. But enough about idiots.

    Joba is pitching one heck of a game.

  714. Boatz n Hose September 25th, 2009 at 8:37 pm

    Lester is a great pitcher, a good guy and a cancer survivor. Anyone speaking gleefully of his injury—or anyone else’s—has no class.

  715. NYY626 September 25th, 2009 at 8:37 pm

    Ahhh gotta love big papi

  716. Carl September 25th, 2009 at 8:37 pm

    GJ Joba again. That layoff had to be tough.

  717. Pel (a/k/a Bart Simpson, a/k/a O.J. Simpson) September 25th, 2009 at 8:37 pm

    Thrilling guest.

  718. DT - OPPC member (blood type - Positive) September 25th, 2009 at 8:38 pm

    way to run it out Ortiz.
    First base is not the electric chair.

  719. j.b.h. September 25th, 2009 at 8:38 pm

    a .210 hitter gets a hit. Maybe Nick green will grand slam next.

  720. Joe from Long Island September 25th, 2009 at 8:38 pm

    And just as I type that, Joba hangs one. Oh, well….

  721. Enough Youk September 25th, 2009 at 8:38 pm

    Paterno is a savy guy. 90 years old and posting on a yankee blog and coaching a major college football teama

  722. Jeremy September 25th, 2009 at 8:38 pm

    Joba made a mistake but he is pitching much better.

  723. Shdw September 25th, 2009 at 8:38 pm

    I’m totally fine with that Home Run. Chamberlain looked angry after the inning but at least he’s pounding the strike zone with the lead instead of trying to pick at the corners.

  724. jennifer September 25th, 2009 at 8:38 pm

    A bunch of Jets are at the game Kerry Rhodes, Mark, Kay and Leon. Get some of them in the booth. Someone Yankee fans might care about. Not some GoodDay NY reporter.

  725. Pat M. September 25th, 2009 at 8:38 pm

    Baseball fans yes, Yankee fans absolutely, however we are basically compassioniate Americans…..That’s what seperates us from most of the globe

  726. Benny Blanco September 25th, 2009 at 8:38 pm

    Jinx Jinx Jinx Jinx
    September 25th, 2009 at 8:36 pm
    Lester’s “injury” inspires a comeback win for the Red Sox.
    =======================================================

    Nope. They make a valiant effort but fail in the end.

  727. Medical Hair Restoration September 25th, 2009 at 8:38 pm

    That is terrible to see. I hope Lester makes a full recovery, in time.

  728. Tom in N.J. September 25th, 2009 at 8:39 pm

    “This game reminds me of the battle of Midway”

    It reminds me more of the Battle of Lützen.

  729. Enough Youk September 25th, 2009 at 8:39 pm

    hey the guy was a marine for 9 years i will give him credit,

  730. randy l. September 25th, 2009 at 8:39 pm

    i think mantle hit the ball harder than arod, but they hit the ball hard in a very different way.

    arod is a lot bigger than mantle was .

    mantle was probably 5″11 and 185-190 pounds at his peak.

    i don’t think mantle hit those off balance one handed home runs that arod can hit, but when mantle really got one, i think it went a lot further than arod’s best swing.

    disclaimer: mantle was my favorite player as a kid

  731. CB September 25th, 2009 at 8:39 pm

    That out Ortiz just made really demonstrates how bad his bat speed is now.

    Could he cheat more on his swings?

    He was guessing first pitch fastball, started his bat very early, and was completely out in front of that curve ball.

    He’s awful now.

  732. haiku-man September 25th, 2009 at 8:39 pm

    Best comment on the nesn.com game thread live blog.

    -Sawx aren’t playing the Royals anymore,they’re playing the varsity.And it’s no contest,no matter who’s pitching for the Sawz.Look for for a short postseason for the Sawx.
    The Angels will embarrass them on the bases.

    -Only 14 pitches and a run,Go Joba with your bad self!!

  733. GreenBeret7 September 25th, 2009 at 8:40 pm

    Chamberlain has a 90 pitch limit on him, tonight. If he continues pitching to the level of the first 4 innings, he could be good to go for 7 innings. More than anyone had a reason to hope for.

  734. Tom in N.J. September 25th, 2009 at 8:40 pm

    Joe Pa posts here?

    Crazy…

  735. Blackaccord September 25th, 2009 at 8:41 pm

    Really feel bad for Jon lester.. He’s one of the professional players in the game.. no screaming, yelling etc.. just does his job and goes to the dugout.. Infact he’s one of my favorite sox players.. I hope he’s alrite.. And I would rather have the yanks beat the sox at full strength than having them beat at half strength..

  736. Shdw September 25th, 2009 at 8:41 pm

    Hahahaha. Bowden warming. You think he still has nightmares about the last time he pitched here?

  737. Enough Youk September 25th, 2009 at 8:42 pm

    in fairness the angels never beat the red sox in the playoffs

  738. Ham Fighters September 25th, 2009 at 8:42 pm

    mantle hit an upper deck shot from the left side the first game i wen to (’65) he was a god to me.

  739. djsunyc September 25th, 2009 at 8:42 pm

    if anybody has any trouble sleeping…just sit back and listen to al leiter and you will be out for 15-18 hours…

  740. m September 25th, 2009 at 8:42 pm

    Texas is up 2-0, top of the 2nd.

  741. Karen September 25th, 2009 at 8:43 pm

    jennifer
    September 25th, 2009 at 8:36 pm
    Karen- It is just some idiot using a false email address. ignore him.

    How do you know Jennifer? Penn State is only playing Iowa tomorrow. JoPa probably thought he could take an evening off, watch the Yankees (he’s from Brooklyn you know) and chat with his LoHud blog friends.

  742. CB September 25th, 2009 at 8:43 pm

    You know… I had no idea that Mantle was only 5’11. I always thought he was 6’2 – 6’3. I’ve looked at this baseball reference pages dozens and dozens of time and never looked at this height.

  743. MG September 25th, 2009 at 8:44 pm

    randy l.
    September 25th, 2009 at 8:39 pm
    i think mantle hit the ball harder than arod, but they hit the ball hard in a very different way.

    arod is a lot bigger than mantle was .

    mantle was probably 5?11 and 185-190 pounds at his peak.

    i don’t think mantle hit those off balance one handed home runs that arod can hit, but when mantle really got one, i think it went a lot further than arod’s best swing.

    disclaimer: mantle was my favorite player as a kid
    ——————————
    Randy, Mick did hit those one handed ones, usually to right center field batting right handed. I remember one off Jack Kralick, a decent lefty (don’t ask me how I remember this, it just popped in my head)-he literally swung one handed on a pitch down and away and hit it over the auxiliary scoreboard in right center. But you are correct, Mick rarely was cheated on a swing.

  744. Tom in N.J. September 25th, 2009 at 8:44 pm

    So, Mickey Mantle was about my size? I find that fact to be unreal.

  745. NYY626 September 25th, 2009 at 8:45 pm

    Kay is using SAT words again

  746. Christina- Pictures of the Girardi and A-Rod ejection + Leiter's Sock September 25th, 2009 at 8:45 pm

    Solulent? I am glad Leiter questions Kay’s vocabulary

  747. Jim Rice's Bad Role Models September 25th, 2009 at 8:45 pm

    iowa has got a good record against penn state. Joe is probably showing his team this as inspiration.

  748. Carl September 25th, 2009 at 8:45 pm

    CB

    Willie Mays was 5’11 180-190 also

  749. Jeremy September 25th, 2009 at 8:45 pm

    I like Jon Lester. The guy has fight and great stuff. I wish he was on the Yankees. I hope that he is fine.

  750. TurboWei September 25th, 2009 at 8:45 pm

    Does Hunter Jones have only mid 80 fastballs?

  751. Karen September 25th, 2009 at 8:45 pm

    TBS has shown the Lester line drive replay at least 40 times. They just showed it again.

  752. Blackaccord September 25th, 2009 at 8:47 pm

    The TBS guy just said that the x-rays were negative right?

  753. GreenBeret7 September 25th, 2009 at 8:47 pm

    CB
    September 25th, 2009 at 8:43 pm
    You know… I had no idea that Mantle was only 5?11. I always thought he was 6?2 – 6?3. I’ve looked at this baseball reference pages dozens and dozens of time and never looked at this height.

    ————————————————————

    Ford’s description of Matle’s physique was great and on target. He was normal from the waist down and Frank Howard up to his neck. 21 inch neck, 17 inch forearms.

  754. CB September 25th, 2009 at 8:47 pm

    Carl,

    Mays I knew wasn’t that tall. I guess that made more sense to me as he was a slighter build than mantle.

    What a duo. Man. Interesting that they were about around the same size.

  755. DT - OPPC member (blood type - Positive) September 25th, 2009 at 8:47 pm

    Hunter Jones is driving me nuts. After every pitch he tugs on his uniform shoulder – every single pitch.

  756. Abdababdaserser September 25th, 2009 at 8:48 pm

    Mantle has always been my favorite. He was incredibly strong. That farm boy type strong.

    It really irritated me when the announcers had been calling Drew’s hits in 2007′s playoff games against the Angels “Mantle-like”. They weren’t. And probably only because he wears 7.

  757. Carl September 25th, 2009 at 8:48 pm

    Rod is in the zone

  758. Carl September 25th, 2009 at 8:49 pm

    CB

    The Yanks could have had both :( How amazing would that have been.

  759. Ham Fighters September 25th, 2009 at 8:49 pm

    i saw wade boggs pitch for the yankees. he struck out the side. it was in anaheim

  760. Abdababdaserser September 25th, 2009 at 8:49 pm

    “DT – OPPC member (blood type – Positive) September 25th, 2009 at 8:47 pm

    Hunter Jones is driving me nuts. After every pitch he tugs on his uniform shoulder – every single pitch.”

    Gotta get that foreign substance for the ball from somewhere. ;)

  761. Rob Thompson September 25th, 2009 at 8:49 pm

    So with Lester going down, Boston will get smoked by the Angels. It will be Angels/Yanks in the ALCS – you heard it here first.

  762. L to the 2nd September 25th, 2009 at 8:50 pm

    From beating cancer alone, not to mention the kind of kid he is, you can’t not pull for Lester.

    We want to beat them at their best.

  763. Benny Blanco September 25th, 2009 at 8:50 pm

    Lester has been diagnosed with contunsion of the right quad. Xrays are negative, good for him.

  764. JasonR September 25th, 2009 at 8:50 pm

    Now that it looks like Lester will be okay can we make fun of him now?

    /kiddingactuallygladhe’sokay.

  765. MG September 25th, 2009 at 8:50 pm

    HBO has a terrific one hour show about Mickey and it’s been on Comcast’s On Demand for the past month so might be on other services also. It really does a balanced job about his away from the field life but you really have to hear the quotes from notables such as Billy Crystal, Ed Harris, Richard Lewis and a few others. I’m about the same age as they are and we literally grew up in the ’50s worshipping the guy and imitating him on the playing field. I could duplicate his batting stance from both sides of the plate, throw with his motion as well as the hobbling run around the bases. Mickey also had a great knuckleball-when he was warming up before the game (players came out and played catch after infield in those days) he used to throw it all the time and it was fun watching whoever was trying to catch it deal with it.

  766. DT - OPPC member (blood type - Positive) September 25th, 2009 at 8:50 pm

    Hunter is a head Hunter !!!

  767. djsunyc September 25th, 2009 at 8:50 pm

    ok joba…you know what to do…

  768. Carl September 25th, 2009 at 8:51 pm

    Matsui looks like he got shot lol

  769. CB September 25th, 2009 at 8:51 pm

    “He was normal from the waist down and Frank Howard up to his neck. 21 inch neck, 17 inch forearms.”

    I think that was it GB7. So many of the pictures one sees of Mantle now were from the shoulders up or of his arms. Those old posed pictures of the players from the 1950′s in their batting stances from the waist up.

    He just looked huge from the waist up.

  770. Angel - A tale told by idiots, full of sound and fury, signifying nothing September 25th, 2009 at 8:51 pm

    Matsui has quite the shaggy hairdo.

  771. Ham Fighters September 25th, 2009 at 8:51 pm

    you dont piss off godzilla!

  772. Rob Thompson September 25th, 2009 at 8:51 pm

    Joba must retaliate after that. That was clearly aimed at his head. This punk needs to be taught a lesson.

  773. Abdababdaserser September 25th, 2009 at 8:51 pm

    That isn’t up and in, that could seriously hurt someone.

    Come on Godzilla, crush one off this jerk.

  774. jennifer September 25th, 2009 at 8:52 pm

    Not a good idea Hunter. That was very close to Matsui’s face.

  775. Pel (a/k/a Bart Simpson, a/k/a O.J. Simpson) September 25th, 2009 at 8:52 pm

    That’ll do.

  776. Tom in N.J. September 25th, 2009 at 8:52 pm

    Ha!

  777. Carl September 25th, 2009 at 8:52 pm

    3 stolen bases today

  778. jennifer September 25th, 2009 at 8:52 pm

    3 stolen bases for Alex.

    Is that Giambi at first for the soxs?

  779. Pel (a/k/a Bart Simpson, a/k/a O.J. Simpson) September 25th, 2009 at 8:53 pm

    Balk and a half.

  780. DT - OPPC member (blood type - Positive) September 25th, 2009 at 8:53 pm

    Martinez shows Varitek the proper way to throw to 2B.

  781. Abdababdaserser September 25th, 2009 at 8:53 pm

    HAHAHAHAHAHA, even when they have them picked off they can’t get a runner out.

  782. Ham Fighters September 25th, 2009 at 8:53 pm

    a very giambi-like throw.

  783. Benny Blanco September 25th, 2009 at 8:53 pm

    Arod must’ve ate some wheaties today

  784. jennifer September 25th, 2009 at 8:53 pm

    Not a stolen base for Alex! That is bs, he had it stolen.

  785. Carl September 25th, 2009 at 8:53 pm

    nm balk

  786. djsunyc September 25th, 2009 at 8:53 pm

    so no SB?

  787. MG September 25th, 2009 at 8:53 pm

    Rob Thompson
    September 25th, 2009 at 8:51 pm
    Joba must retaliate after that. That was clearly aimed at his head. This punk needs to be taught a lesson.
    ————————————–
    that’s the last thing you want Joba to do here. He needs to keep pitching just as he has all game and build something before the playoffs. The Sox pitcher will be forgotten in about 10 minutes after the game, who cares?

  788. Eric H September 25th, 2009 at 8:54 pm

    lol at YES immediately cutting to a reaction shot of Joba after Matsui got brushed back.

  789. CB September 25th, 2009 at 8:54 pm

    Carl,

    I know how sad. Could you imagine scouting a guy like Mays and just not bothering to sign him because of his race?

    He must have had talent falling out of his pockets. It must have been so blatantly obvious after watching him play for like 5 minutes.

    And I’d guess that many of the scouts who watched him had never seen a talent remotely like that.

    And the yanks didn’t sign him…

  790. Carl September 25th, 2009 at 8:54 pm

    GJ zilla

  791. Abdababdaserser September 25th, 2009 at 8:54 pm

    Hunter is going to hurt someone. He has pretty poor control.

  792. Pel (a/k/a Bart Simpson, a/k/a O.J. Simpson) September 25th, 2009 at 8:55 pm

    Matsui.

    Love him.

  793. TurboWei September 25th, 2009 at 8:55 pm

    Matsui is such a damn goooood hitter.

  794. kd September 25th, 2009 at 8:55 pm

    the best payback!!!

  795. DT - OPPC member (blood type - Positive) September 25th, 2009 at 8:55 pm

    Arod must have promised a sick kid in the hospital 3 stolen bases today.

    What a hero, that Arod. Pete is gonna really miss him.

  796. Ham Fighters September 25th, 2009 at 8:55 pm

    joba doesnt need to think about headhunting, or fall in love with the strikeout or anything like that, he’s still got real work to do and beating the sox is the job at hand.

  797. Carl September 25th, 2009 at 8:56 pm

    CB

    Couldn’t have said it any better!

  798. Rob Thompson September 25th, 2009 at 8:56 pm

    I’m glad Lester is healthy – good news. Still tough, we were smacking him around pretty good when he was fine. Imagine what we’ll do when he’s hobbling around like Wakefield!!

  799. CB September 25th, 2009 at 8:57 pm

    That might have been a balk but there was a reason for that balk and it was Alex’s legs.

    He is utterly dominating this game. He’s so heads and shoulders better than any other player on the diamond tonight for either side it’s just remarkable.

    Hitting that homerun, squaring up base hits, and running at will.

    What a sight.

  800. trisha - OPPC lifetime member who is missing the worry gene September 25th, 2009 at 8:57 pm

    Nobody puts Matsui in the corner!

    Now in the totally global sense it warms my heart to see Texas winning and the Sux losing. I really want them to have to crawl into the postseason.

    :)

  801. Abdababdaserser September 25th, 2009 at 8:57 pm

    Best revenge for having your players thrown at is beating their team. This time of year is not when you look to start something that could get you suspended and players hurt.

    Too much to lose.

  802. yanksince57-was last year 1959 or was it 1965? September 25th, 2009 at 8:57 pm

    i became a yankees fan in march of 1957. i was 8 y/o and only had cbs and nbc on the television, but a free baseball booklet from phillies (sp?) cigars triggered my interest. what a sad year for potentially the greatest player ever!

  803. Jeremy September 25th, 2009 at 8:57 pm

    The Great Michael Bowden !- Peter Gammons

  804. Doreen September 25th, 2009 at 8:58 pm

    Hey all -

    Been watching the game but not following the game thread to now. Haven’t read anything yet. Folks are leaving to go back to Florida tomorrow, had bon voyage dinner tonight.

    Great game so far.

    What is it with Joba? Does he need the extra motivation (trade to Jays, no playoff start)? It’s okay, just interesting to me.

    ARod’s having a great game.

    Glad to see Lester is going to be okay. (If it was Beckett, I don’t know if I’d be so nice. :) )

    Not the game everyone expected is it? Except with regard to the usual length of NY/Bos games, that is. :)

  805. m September 25th, 2009 at 8:58 pm

    2nd reliever already!

  806. Rob Thompson September 25th, 2009 at 8:58 pm

    Who’s this clown? How is it possible that every player the Sox bring in looks like such a dork? Where do they find these losers?

  807. MG September 25th, 2009 at 8:58 pm

    Abdababdaserser
    September 25th, 2009 at 8:54 pm
    Hunter is going to hurt someone. He has pretty poor control.
    —————————————
    don’t the Yankees have a similar ‘Not Ready for Prime Time Pitcher’ sitting in the bullpen and not getting any calls to warm up lately?

  808. jennifer September 25th, 2009 at 8:58 pm

    Joba is finally having a good outing. I don’t want to see him do anything stupid. Payback is beating them, and making the postseason roster. Not doing something stupid and starting a fight.

    I hope someone tells him to keep his game going.

  809. Benny Blanco September 25th, 2009 at 8:58 pm

    This ump needs glasses.

  810. jaybird September 25th, 2009 at 8:58 pm

    Time to do some damage. Francona is condedeing this early on. got to take advantage here.

  811. Ham Fighters September 25th, 2009 at 8:59 pm

    mid-shin strike there

  812. iiicollies September 25th, 2009 at 8:59 pm

    Getting to see all the Red Sox sacrificial lambs (oops, pitchers)

  813. Pat M. September 25th, 2009 at 8:59 pm

    Mick’s legs always appeared to be bigger due to all the wrapping and tape……His upper body was unreal for a ball player…..Think Bo Jackson for a more modern baseball player with a similar skill and body ……Mantle’s bat speed and he did swing hard was impressive

  814. Carl September 25th, 2009 at 9:00 pm

    Posada!

  815. DT - OPPC member (blood type - Positive) September 25th, 2009 at 9:00 pm

    after every Bowden pitch, Hunter Jones is still tugging on his shoulder in the dugout – that boy need therapy.

  816. Alias September 25th, 2009 at 9:00 pm

    At this rate, the game will end at 3 am

  817. MG September 25th, 2009 at 9:00 pm

    I think this game is going to be Scranton vs. Pawtucket by the 7th inning…

  818. Vrsce September 25th, 2009 at 9:00 pm

    This is shaping up as a statement game.

  819. GreenBeret7 September 25th, 2009 at 9:01 pm

    CB
    September 25th, 2009 at 8:54 pm
    Carl,

    I know how sad. Could you imagine scouting a guy like Mays and just not bothering to sign him because of his race?

    He must have had talent falling out of his pockets. It must have been so blatantly obvious after watching him play for like 5 minutes.

    And I’d guess that many of the scouts who watched him had never seen a talent remotely like that.

    And the yanks didn’t sign him…

    ————————————————————

    Blame that on George Weiss, who stated that no black player would ever wear pinstripes while he was there. Thankfully, Topping and Webb overrode that. NYY had the chance to sign all three of Mays, Aaron and Banks, but, Weiss refused, even though they wanted to sign with NYY. Tom Greenwade had scouted all three.

  820. Rob Thompson September 25th, 2009 at 9:01 pm

    That 1B stinks. He might be a decent hitter but he’s the worst first baseman I’ve ever seen. They gave up Masterson for him? Bad trade. Very bad trade.

  821. NYY626 September 25th, 2009 at 9:01 pm

    Nice Jorge. Its only the 4th inning? Oh right we’re playing Boston.

  822. Patrick September 25th, 2009 at 9:01 pm

    I don’t wish any injury on any player but it would have been nice to miss Lester in the playoffs. Although, at the same time it would have cheapened the ALCS (if the two teams make it there).

    Looks like Lester is ok, which is a good thing, he is a special player.

  823. Abdababdaserser September 25th, 2009 at 9:01 pm

    Getting hits, driving in runs is a better way to get back at the opposition for that pitch to Matsui. Give them a beat down with the bats.

  824. randy l. September 25th, 2009 at 9:01 pm

    “Ford’s description of Matle’s physique was great and on target. He was normal from the waist down and Frank Howard up to his neck. 21 inch neck, 17 inch forearms.”

    gb7-

    after a game my father took me to nyc and yankee stadium we hung around after the game and mantle came out and got in a taxi right in front of us. i was about 3″8″ at the time , but even i was taken back by how mantle was not taller.

    but i had never seen anyone who had shoulders and a neck like that . he seemed to take up half the back seat in the taxi . to this day i remember his neck.

  825. Rob B (Officially on the Jeter for MVP bandwagon) September 25th, 2009 at 9:02 pm

    I was just wondering:

    Where’s that girl (Christina?) who’s always complaining about pitchers who throw at opposing batters? Why isn’t she here lambasting Hunter?

  826. Ham Fighters September 25th, 2009 at 9:02 pm

    at least mays got a chance to shine in the major leagues, no so for satchel paige and monte irvin and so many others

  827. jennifer September 25th, 2009 at 9:03 pm

    RobT- I guess you missed all the years Jason played first? :-)

    Rob B- Don’t expect her to show up. Although I shocked she didn’t come and accuse Melky of purposely hitting Lester.

  828. islesfan September 25th, 2009 at 9:04 pm

    Am I still blocked from posting?

  829. Joker, The September 25th, 2009 at 9:04 pm

    Christina25′s off bawwwwwing into her chowdah.

  830. djsunyc September 25th, 2009 at 9:04 pm

    the victor martinez deal kind of threw their team off kilter as one of ortiz/lowell/varitek has to sit each game. and there’s no way they can put martinez at catcher next season.

  831. Patrick September 25th, 2009 at 9:04 pm

    Like CB said earlier, A-rod looks amazing tonight. Can you imagine what his numbers would be had he not missed 30 games?

    You have to think he’s be near 40 HR, 120 RBI. Classic A-rod year.

  832. jaybird September 25th, 2009 at 9:04 pm

    Classic Cano, single double first 2 times up. Men on base inning ending double play. He makes you want scream.

  833. CB September 25th, 2009 at 9:04 pm

    “at least mays got a chance to shine in the major leagues, no so for satchel paige and monte irvin and so many others”

    Josh Gibson.

    I’d say that he was likely the greatest catcher of all time but there’s no way to really know.

  834. MG September 25th, 2009 at 9:05 pm

    GreenBeret7
    September 25th, 2009 at 9:01 pm
    CB
    September 25th, 2009 at 8:54 pm
    Carl,

    I know how sad. Could you imagine scouting a guy like Mays and just not bothering to sign him because of his race?

    He must have had talent falling out of his pockets. It must have been so blatantly obvious after watching him play for like 5 minutes.

    And I’d guess that many of the scouts who watched him had never seen a talent remotely like that.

    And the yanks didn’t sign him…

    ————————————————————

    Blame that on George Weiss, who stated that no black player would ever wear pinstripes while he was there. Thankfully, Topping and Webb overrode that. NYY had the chance to sign all three of Mays, Aaron and Banks, but, Weiss refused, even though they wanted to sign with NYY. Tom Greenwade had scouted all three.
    ——————————-
    another HBO documentary, ‘When it was a game 3′ does a great job of presenting this. The National League did a much better job of signing African American and Latin players and it put the American League at a disadvantage for many, many years.

  835. Benny Blanco September 25th, 2009 at 9:05 pm

    This umpire is the worst. Where was that pitch?

  836. Jeremy September 25th, 2009 at 9:05 pm

    This ump sucks !

  837. Patrick September 25th, 2009 at 9:05 pm

    Awesome now Joba gets squeezed.

    This umpire is terribly inconsistent

  838. Rob B (Officially on the Jeter for MVP bandwagon) September 25th, 2009 at 9:05 pm

    jennifer September 25th, 2009 at 9:03 pm

    Rob B- Don’t expect her to show up. Although I shocked she didn’t come and accuse Melky of purposely hitting Lester.
    ——————–

    Yeah, I definitely don’t expect her. I was drowning in sarcasm when I typed that; not always able to make that clear in a short, blog post.

  839. DT - OPPC member (blood type - Positive) September 25th, 2009 at 9:05 pm

    “but i had never seen anyone who had shoulders and a neck like that . he seemed to take up half the back seat in the taxi . to this day i remember his neck.”

    I had a similar experience with the great Yankee Walt Williams.

  840. RalphieD (OPPC) September 25th, 2009 at 9:06 pm

    this ump is bad…just bad

  841. Benny Blanco September 25th, 2009 at 9:06 pm

    57 pitches for the joba.

  842. Ham Fighters September 25th, 2009 at 9:06 pm

    irvin wasnt the same player although he still had something left when he made the mlb, paige was 42 when he was finally allowed to play

  843. Carl September 25th, 2009 at 9:06 pm

    GreenBeret7

    They could have had a PS3 lineup!

  844. yanksince57-was last year 1959 or was it 1965? September 25th, 2009 at 9:07 pm

    no amount of fancy dancing excuses will ever exonerate pro sports (especially baseball) for backing segregation and racist behavior!

  845. Carl September 25th, 2009 at 9:07 pm

    Come on Joba settle down

  846. GreenBeret7 September 25th, 2009 at 9:07 pm

    randy l.
    September 25th, 2009 at 9:01 pm
    “Ford’s description of Matle’s physique was great and on target. He was normal from the waist down and Frank Howard up to his neck. 21 inch neck, 17 inch forearms.”

    gb7-

    after a game my father took me to nyc and yankee stadium we hung around after the game and mantle came out and got in a taxi right in front of us. i was about 3?8? at the time , but even i was taken back by how mantle was not taller.

    but i had never seen anyone who had shoulders and a neck like that . he seemed to take up half the back seat in the taxi . to this day i remember his neck.

    ————————————————————

    All of that from working around the Oklahoma zinc mines with his father. Using a hand sythe to cut grass around the company power and phone poles and using a 20 sledge hammer to bust zinc ore from the age of 15 years on.

  847. jennifer September 25th, 2009 at 9:08 pm

    Is this where Jobber falls apart?

  848. Ham Fighters September 25th, 2009 at 9:08 pm

    thanks again cap’n!

  849. Benny Blanco September 25th, 2009 at 9:08 pm

    BIG OUT!

  850. jennifer September 25th, 2009 at 9:08 pm

    I’ve noticed Alex has gotten better at pop ups. Is he doing something different? Are the sight lines better at the new stadium?

  851. randy l. September 25th, 2009 at 9:09 pm

    somehow we gotta keep varitek in the red sox line up :)

  852. Carl September 25th, 2009 at 9:09 pm

    Jobas velocity is on the rise

  853. Doreen September 25th, 2009 at 9:09 pm

    GB7-

    Now that was a conditioning program! (Mantle)

  854. MG September 25th, 2009 at 9:10 pm

    he’s got him setup for the slider away for the K

  855. crimmins September 25th, 2009 at 9:10 pm

    Having attended dozens of Yanks/Sox games at Fenway, this Yankee fan since 1958 knows a large majority of Red Sox fans would politely applaud an injured Yankee as he left the field.

    Anyone who can’t rise above pettiness when a player gets injured should go watch professional wrestling and leave baseball to fans with at least a modicum of sportsmanship.

  856. GreenBeret7 September 25th, 2009 at 9:10 pm

    DT – OPPC member (blood type – Positive)
    September 25th, 2009 at 9:05 pm
    “but i had never seen anyone who had shoulders and a neck like that . he seemed to take up half the back seat in the taxi . to this day i remember his neck.”

    I had a similar experience with the great Yankee Walt Williams.

    ————————————————————

    What neck. It looked like a bowling ball sitting on his shoulders. Oddest looking player that I can remember. He could hit, though.

  857. Laura - Matsui will be a Yankee in 2010!! September 25th, 2009 at 9:10 pm

    “I’ve noticed Alex has gotten better at pop ups. Is he doing something different? Are the sight lines better at the new stadium?”

    I remember reading that he’s been taking drills and working with the coaches on it. Jeter still laughs at him when he catches them though. :)

  858. NYY626 September 25th, 2009 at 9:10 pm

    YOUUUGE strike out. One more Joba. You got ths.

  859. djsunyc September 25th, 2009 at 9:10 pm

    what a terrible swing by gonzalez. theo epstein boy wonder strikes again…

  860. MG September 25th, 2009 at 9:11 pm

    there it was, nice job by Joba and Jorge…

  861. DT - OPPC member (blood type - Positive) September 25th, 2009 at 9:11 pm

    “I’ve noticed Alex has gotten better at pop ups. Is he doing something different? Are the sight lines better at the new stadium?”

    Kate Hudson is directing him via the ear piece.
    A little to the left. More More. Come in a few steps. You got it honey.

  862. m September 25th, 2009 at 9:11 pm

    I guess the Red Sox haven’t seen this movie yet. That’s at least 3 who have struck out on the slider.

  863. Pat M. September 25th, 2009 at 9:11 pm

    GC, Didn’t they also have a shot at Clemente ???

  864. Karen September 25th, 2009 at 9:11 pm

    Go Joba

  865. Carl September 25th, 2009 at 9:11 pm

    way to get out of it Joba!

  866. pat September 25th, 2009 at 9:11 pm

    Great inning

  867. Rob Thompson September 25th, 2009 at 9:11 pm

    Joba is throwing some gas tonight, baby!!! Well done, young man. Well done.

  868. terpbomber September 25th, 2009 at 9:11 pm

    Nice work all around.

  869. Pel (a/k/a Bart Simpson, a/k/a O.J. Simpson) September 25th, 2009 at 9:11 pm

    8O

    I’M LOVIN IT!

    BA DA BA BA BAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAA!

  870. RalphieD (OPPC) September 25th, 2009 at 9:11 pm

    GREAT PITCHING…nice job joba!

  871. Medical Hair Restoration September 25th, 2009 at 9:11 pm

    Yes!!!

    Great job working out of that jam!!!!!

  872. jennifer September 25th, 2009 at 9:11 pm

    Nice jobba by Jobber. I admit I was a little nervous there. I thought he could fall apart.

  873. rb September 25th, 2009 at 9:11 pm

    OH YEAH!!! This is the Joba I’ve dreamed about.

  874. Patrick September 25th, 2009 at 9:12 pm

    Awesome job by Chamberlain..

    This is what I’m talking about man, Joba has to bring this stuff into the playoffs

  875. NYY626 September 25th, 2009 at 9:12 pm

    I love this joba! ( And for the record, I have been saying that I thought Joba was going to step it up come playoff time)

  876. Benny Blanco September 25th, 2009 at 9:12 pm

    Morpheus: He’s beginning to believe.

  877. andrew33 September 25th, 2009 at 9:12 pm

    well done mr chamberlain, i did not expect that, great pitch to alex gonalex on the strike out

  878. S.A.--Serenity Now September 25th, 2009 at 9:12 pm

    Impressive Jobber. :)

  879. Abdababdaserser September 25th, 2009 at 9:12 pm

    Sweet job by Joba that inning. Got in trouble, but didn’t let it get him. Where has this version been?

  880. DT - OPPC member (blood type - Positive) September 25th, 2009 at 9:12 pm

    “What neck. It looked like a bowling ball sitting on his shoulders. Oddest looking player that I can remember. He could hit, though.”

    That’s why they called him Walt “no neck” Williams!

  881. Carl September 25th, 2009 at 9:12 pm

    Pat M. September 25th, 2009 at 9:11 pm

    GC, Didn’t they also have a shot at Clemente ???

    I don’t think so. I think the dodgers had him and they were trying to hide him but Pittsburgh stole him.

  882. m September 25th, 2009 at 9:12 pm

    Joba’s pumped. That’s what he needs, positive energy.

  883. Doreen September 25th, 2009 at 9:12 pm

    What a beautiful inning by Joba! (Well, not the hits, but the shut-down!!)

  884. Karen September 25th, 2009 at 9:12 pm

    So did JoPa change his handle? Hey JoPa give us some insights on the game tomorrow so I know whether to take the spread.

  885. djsunyc September 25th, 2009 at 9:13 pm

    man, if joba could pitch like that more often…who can compete with the yanks staff?

  886. smile for the camera September 25th, 2009 at 9:13 pm

    THE REAL JOBA IS IN THE BALLPARK

  887. Yanks_Fan September 25th, 2009 at 9:13 pm

    OMG I wish this was the Joba we had most of the time :D

  888. Scared of the Wall September 25th, 2009 at 9:13 pm

    This is Joba’s best start in a long time.

    Dominating stuff in the early innings and getting himself out of a jam just now.

    If only he could be consistent…

  889. jennifer September 25th, 2009 at 9:14 pm

    Did Kay listen to me? He brought some Jets into the booth?

  890. djsunyc September 25th, 2009 at 9:14 pm

    as of today…the only really unfortunate thing about this season was wang’s injuries/problems…everything else has been great…

  891. smile for the camera September 25th, 2009 at 9:14 pm

    SOMEWHERE IN ESPN’S STUDIOS JOHN KRUK IS DEVOURING A DONUT AND CRYING WHILE WATCHING JOBA’S OUTING

  892. Rob Thompson September 25th, 2009 at 9:14 pm

    This nerd is about to get lit up!!

  893. Rob B (Officially on the Jeter for MVP bandwagon) September 25th, 2009 at 9:14 pm

    jennifer September 25th, 2009 at 9:08 pm

    I’ve noticed Alex has gotten better at pop ups. Is he doing something different? Are the sight lines better at the new stadium?
    ——————–

    Maybe it’s just a confidence thing?

    He just looks more comfortable out there this year. Maybe he just isn’t afraid to make a mistake anymore. I think that was part of the problem before; he felt he had to be completely mistake free all the time.

  894. Pat M. September 25th, 2009 at 9:14 pm

    Man Joba looks like he’s possessed…Hustling, listening to Joge, no screwing around on the hill, setting the pace for the game & taking it to Boston……Maybe Cashman has the right tone that all do listen to…..

  895. jennifer September 25th, 2009 at 9:14 pm

    I think Michael reads this blog.

    jennifer September 25th, 2009 at 8:38 pm

    A bunch of Jets are at the game Kerry Rhodes, Mark, Kay and Leon. Get some of them in the booth. Someone Yankee fans might care about. Not some GoodDay NY reporter.

  896. Jim Rice's Bad Role Models September 25th, 2009 at 9:14 pm

    michael kay mustve read this blog and realized it was a good idea to get rhodes.

  897. MG September 25th, 2009 at 9:15 pm

    the most impressive pitch of the inning, at least for me, was the first pitch to Ellsbury, which missed inside but was 95 mph and had AJ-like movement. Joba’s fastball has had no life for quite awhile, he’s either found the mechancial problem or it has just been in his head. Either way, if he can continue this, they are going to be really tough to beat in the post-season.

  898. Doreen September 25th, 2009 at 9:15 pm

    Did anyone else just lose the broadcast?

  899. GreenBeret7 September 25th, 2009 at 9:15 pm

    Doreen
    September 25th, 2009 at 9:09 pm
    GB7-

    Now that was a conditioning program! (Mantle)

    ————————————————————

    Yeah, no kidding. He did that for the first 5 years after he signed with the Yanks. It was pretty common for players to have jobs like that back then….especially for the country kids.

  900. CB September 25th, 2009 at 9:15 pm

    That’s how young pitchers grow. Getting out of trouble like that was huge.

    Joba is throwing his slider very hard this game.

    That was why Gonzalez looked so bad on that slider. It very much looked like a fast ball – that slider was thrown at 89 mph and broke very late and very tight.

    That was similar to the kind of slider he would throw out of the pen.

    Gonzalez had no chance.

  901. rb September 25th, 2009 at 9:15 pm

    67 pitches for Joba after 5. It’s possible he can pitch 7 innings tonight with a pitch count of 90.

  902. DT - OPPC member (blood type - Positive) September 25th, 2009 at 9:15 pm

    What a joker that Joba is. He’s been playing rope-a-dope for the last 8 starts, and is turning it on now for the playoffs.

  903. Tom in N.J. September 25th, 2009 at 9:16 pm

    In the book “Willie’s Boys: The 1948 Birmingham Black Barons, the Last Negro League World Series, and the Making of a Baseball Legend.” author John Klima states pretty convincingly that the Yankees easily could have signed Willie Mays and Ernie Banks in 1950, and Hank Aaron a few years later, had they not been a segregated team….

  904. jennifer September 25th, 2009 at 9:16 pm

    Kerry better rest up. He has a cold we need him for Sundays game.

  905. CB September 25th, 2009 at 9:17 pm

    “Hustling, listening to Joge, no screwing around on the hill, setting the pace for the game & taking it to Boston……Maybe Cashman has the right tone that all do listen to…..”

    It’s amazing isn’t it – how many times has he shaken off Posada this game?

    He’s just catching the ball and throwing it and not thinking.

    See the fingers and throw the ball.

  906. Karen September 25th, 2009 at 9:17 pm

    Swisher is in a slump. 0-13 and 2-21. Hopefully he works his way out. It’s been a week since he had a hit.

  907. Tseng September 25th, 2009 at 9:18 pm

    Guys, guys, guys. Imagine if we got this kind of outing… IN THE EIGHT INNINGS!!!111

    Just kidding.

  908. Rob Thompson September 25th, 2009 at 9:18 pm

    When Joba is rolling like he is tonight, he is the most electric pitcher in the game. Charisma, talent, the works…

  909. randy l. September 25th, 2009 at 9:18 pm

    “I had a similar experience with the great Yankee Walt Williams.”

    DT-

    no , walt williams had no neck thus the nickname :)

  910. Ham Fighters September 25th, 2009 at 9:19 pm

    j tuck in the house!…love that guy!

  911. Carl September 25th, 2009 at 9:19 pm

    Kerry Rhodes is hilarious

  912. Jim Rice's Bad Role Models September 25th, 2009 at 9:21 pm

    the jets should wear their throwback titans uniform on sunday, just as another means of talking trash.

  913. Ham Fighters September 25th, 2009 at 9:21 pm

    swisher’s had a knack for being hot when they needed him to and having his slumps when others are hot. he’s really been a huge pickup after almost being run out of chitown. kudos to cash on that deal. (wilson bettamit, really?)

  914. Doreen September 25th, 2009 at 9:21 pm

    GB7 -

    That kind of work works he entire body – builds the entire body, I mean.

    Hey guys,

    Has anyone else lost the game on My9? Our screen is blank, only on 9.

  915. Ham Fighters September 25th, 2009 at 9:22 pm

    broadcast is fine on directv

  916. CB September 25th, 2009 at 9:22 pm

    “I’ve noticed Alex has gotten better at pop ups. Is he doing something different? Are the sight lines better at the new stadium?”

    Alex has done a lot of work with Micke Kelleher the 1b/ infield coach.

    Kelleher has done a fantastic job with both Alex and Jeter.

    He’s worked with Alex on pop ups and he is the one who convinced Jeter to position himself more deeply at SS which has arguably been one of the central reasons why jeter’s defense has been so much better these past two years.

  917. rb September 25th, 2009 at 9:23 pm

    Feed is okay on Verizon fios

  918. jennifer September 25th, 2009 at 9:23 pm

    Thanks for the answers regarding Alex.

  919. Ham Fighters September 25th, 2009 at 9:24 pm

    big inning for jobber here

  920. DT - OPPC member (blood type - Positive) September 25th, 2009 at 9:24 pm

    Bowden looked good there – struck out the side.

  921. Pat M. September 25th, 2009 at 9:24 pm

    CB, Just as MG pointed out, his fastball has life to it tonight

  922. Rob B (Officially on the Jeter for MVP bandwagon) September 25th, 2009 at 9:24 pm

    “See the fingers and throw the ball.”

    That just seemed so wrong to me the first time I read it.

    :lol:

  923. Rob Thompson September 25th, 2009 at 9:24 pm

    Joba is throwing GAS man!!

  924. djsunyc September 25th, 2009 at 9:26 pm

    ok…who are you guys pulling for – tigers or twins?

  925. Rob Thompson September 25th, 2009 at 9:26 pm

    Tampa is getting hot. I want this division wrapped up this weekend. Get it done, boys.

  926. DT - OPPC member (blood type - Positive) September 25th, 2009 at 9:26 pm

    I would think this is it for Joba – he’s at 75 pitches.

  927. Rob Thompson September 25th, 2009 at 9:26 pm

    I want the Twins. Want no part of Verlander twice.

  928. Carl September 25th, 2009 at 9:27 pm

    stronger throw he would have had him easy

  929. Pat M. September 25th, 2009 at 9:28 pm

    Atlanta applying the heat to The Denver Rockies……I know Nick in SF is out for the game posts, but I need A-Rod to get to 100 rbi’s for a 4 to 1 payoff

  930. Carl September 25th, 2009 at 9:28 pm

    DT – OPPC member (blood type – Positive) September 25th, 2009 at 9:26 pm

    I would think this is it for Joba – he’s at 75 pitches.

    Joba can go 90 today

  931. smile for the camera September 25th, 2009 at 9:28 pm

    lol @ the red sox stealing down 6-1…. that’s terrible baseball

  932. GreenBeret7 September 25th, 2009 at 9:28 pm

    CB
    September 25th, 2009 at 9:15 pm
    That’s how young pitchers grow. Getting out of trouble like that was huge.

    Joba is throwing his slider very hard this game.

    That was why Gonzalez looked so bad on that slider. It very much looked like a fast ball – that slider was thrown at 89 mph and broke very late and very tight.

    That was similar to the kind of slider he would throw out of the pen.

    Gonzalez had no chance.

    ————————————————————

    There’s been a lot of these sorts of starts where you hope that something is starting to click in his head that’s he’s not smarter on the diamond than everyone else. Hopefully, this tim it sticks.

    As I type this, he walks Pedroia and gives up a steal. If he gets out of this inning, he may have learned something. He’s been impressive tonight, without a question.

  933. smile for the camera September 25th, 2009 at 9:28 pm

    even if Pedroia makes it on the steal it’s such a bad play

  934. Benny Blanco September 25th, 2009 at 9:29 pm

    Hey, did anyone see that midget who came out of the stands and stole second? He was wearing pedroia’s uniform.

  935. Rob Thompson September 25th, 2009 at 9:29 pm

    Robbie’s pretty good at the popups too – don’t ya know?

  936. rb September 25th, 2009 at 9:29 pm

    I’m not pulling for either team. It never works out the way you think it will.

  937. RS September 25th, 2009 at 9:29 pm

    I thought Youkilis was Mr. Super Clutch.

  938. Rob Thompson September 25th, 2009 at 9:30 pm

    Big Sloppy must be waiting for his shipment of roids. He is late on everything.

  939. Carl September 25th, 2009 at 9:30 pm

    Man joba ;(

  940. Pel (a/k/a Bart Simpson, a/k/a O.J. Simpson) September 25th, 2009 at 9:30 pm

    goddammit kid!!!!!!!!!

  941. pat September 25th, 2009 at 9:30 pm

    Yuck!

  942. rb September 25th, 2009 at 9:30 pm

    Ugh.

  943. Rob Thompson September 25th, 2009 at 9:31 pm

    shipment must have arrived last inning :)

  944. Tunnel Man September 25th, 2009 at 9:31 pm

    it’s so bad, the Boston broadcast crew is making mocking Francona and praising Girardi.

  945. Benny Blanco September 25th, 2009 at 9:31 pm

    dammit.

  946. DT - OPPC member (blood type - Positive) September 25th, 2009 at 9:31 pm

    why is Marte even up if you aren’t going to use him for Ortiz.
    :-(

  947. NYY626 September 25th, 2009 at 9:31 pm

    Uggg anyone but Ortiz.

  948. Betsy September 25th, 2009 at 9:31 pm

    I put the game on in the car and heard Sterling talking about Hunter Jones – I wondered why Lester wasn’t pitching. I’m sorry to see that he was hurt – you never want to see that happen to anyone. I guess the x-rays were negative? He got lucky…………..but CB is right – they could affect his mechanics (much as Phil’s leg injuries did – it took him awhile, also, to trust his leg enough to put weight on them).

    What are Lester’s #s over the past few months? Man, I didn’t think he was this good of a prospect – I remember experts talking about him as if he was a nice #2 or a good #3. I hope Joba and Phil turn out like he has……

  949. Laura - Matsui will be a Yankee in 2010!! September 25th, 2009 at 9:31 pm

    That wasn’t a bad pitch. Steroid boy got lucky.

  950. 27 September 25th, 2009 at 9:31 pm

    Thats o.k., good night overall for Joba. Lets get Bay out.

  951. terpbomber September 25th, 2009 at 9:31 pm

    Another “*” homer by Ortiz, IMO. :)

  952. DMH September 25th, 2009 at 9:32 pm

    Why does Joba’s hat not have the special patch on the back?

  953. m September 25th, 2009 at 9:32 pm

    Big Juicy. :?

  954. E-gawa September 25th, 2009 at 9:32 pm

    Good start by joba. I still don’t trust him though.

  955. Abdababdaserser September 25th, 2009 at 9:33 pm

    Magic shakes for Ortiz.

    I’m sorry, but Ortiz only started hitting home runs after a visit from home.

  956. pat September 25th, 2009 at 9:33 pm

    Nice job by Joba tonight. 6 innings/ 1 run would have been better but he did get through 6 which is a good thing.

  957. RalphieD (OPPC) September 25th, 2009 at 9:33 pm

    that homerun was disappointing but joba did good…6 ip 1 run would of looked a lot better than 6 ip 3 runs but it was a good game for him…1 bad pitch as he would say ;)

  958. GreenBeret7 September 25th, 2009 at 9:33 pm

    CB
    September 25th, 2009 at 9:22 pm
    “I’ve noticed Alex has gotten better at pop ups. Is he doing something different? Are the sight lines better at the new stadium?”

    Alex has done a lot of work with Micke Kelleher the 1b/ infield coach.

    Kelleher has done a fantastic job with both Alex and Jeter.

    He’s worked with Alex on pop ups and he is the one who convinced Jeter to position himself more deeply at SS which has arguably been one of the central reasons why jeter’s defense has been so much better these past two years.

    ————————————————————

    He’s gotten into Cano, also to leave the bad bats in the dugout. I’ve only seen the one bad stretch that lasted about four games where that came back.

    Rodriguez just doesn’t look as jumpy on popups that he always seemed to have. Oddly, those same traits seems to have been transferred to Johnny Damon, though.

  959. smile for the camera September 25th, 2009 at 9:33 pm

    Ortiz homer or not very good start by Joba…. I mean the double by Drew was an offspeed pitch low and away out of the zone… that homer to Ortiz, 93 mph fastball OFF THE PLATE outside… nothing you can do about those hits… It’s all about Joba’s approach and demeanor and executing the gameplan… overall well done

  960. Todd September 25th, 2009 at 9:33 pm

    I dislike Big Sloppy the most…….followed closely by the Troll…………

  961. RS September 25th, 2009 at 9:33 pm

    In a strange way, giving up that HR may have been a good thing. Now our A relievers can practice holding a close lead against the Sox. Would rather see Hughes and Marte pitch than Ramirez and Albaladejo anyway.

  962. Benny Blanco September 25th, 2009 at 9:33 pm

    Hey, joba made two mistakes, he kept the team in the game, and he gave the yankees length. If I had to give him a letter grade i would say B+.

  963. Jeremy September 25th, 2009 at 9:33 pm

    Ortiz is such a piece of crap. I can’t stand that guy.

  964. ric September 25th, 2009 at 9:33 pm

    ortiz trades runs with the other juicer

  965. nature boy September 25th, 2009 at 9:33 pm

    joba’s hat may be some sort of “lucky” hat or something being it doesn’t have the patch and its pretty dirty ala john wetteland’s in the 96 world series

  966. Tunnel Man September 25th, 2009 at 9:33 pm

    Detroit’s Eddie Bonine is no-hitting the White Xox through five.

  967. Laura - Matsui will be a Yankee in 2010!! September 25th, 2009 at 9:33 pm

    “Good start by joba. I still don’t trust him though.”

    Neither do I, but if he pitches like this in his last start, he’ll get me halfway there.

  968. Rob Thompson September 25th, 2009 at 9:34 pm

    I get so mad when I think about Ortiz. Seriously, how can MLB possibly count anything this guy does.

  969. Haha September 25th, 2009 at 9:34 pm

    The Yankees need to put the Red Sox away. They have been far superior but are letting the Sox hang around. Not being able to hit against the likes of Hunter Jones and Michael Bowden might cost you a game.

  970. Betsy September 25th, 2009 at 9:34 pm

    Disappointing ending to his evening, but a very encouraging outing. Can Robertson pitch tonight? If not, who would pitch the 7th?

  971. ric September 25th, 2009 at 9:35 pm

    that “robbie cano- dontcha know” thing is so lame and irritating

  972. smile for the camera September 25th, 2009 at 9:35 pm

    homer to Ortiz was not a mistake pitch….. watch the pitch location not the result…

  973. Pat M. September 25th, 2009 at 9:35 pm

    The only squared up pitches that I’ve Boston hit were both up in the zone heaters…..Ortiz was trailing that pitch that he muscled out to left….A tick later and he’s gone…Lot’s of pop-ups tonight, a good sign for Joba

  974. ric September 25th, 2009 at 9:36 pm

    “I get so mad when I think about Ortiz. Seriously, how can MLB possibly count anything this guy does.”

    do you realize that arod is an admitted steroid user?

  975. 100 pitches of fun... September 25th, 2009 at 9:36 pm

    Nice game for Joba, it really was 1 bad pitch. But he probably ran out of gas.

  976. GreenBeret7 September 25th, 2009 at 9:36 pm

    It was a very successful outing by Chamberlain. I’d say that the only two mistakes he’s made tonight is the walk to Pedroia and the Martinez homer.

  977. 27 September 25th, 2009 at 9:37 pm

    How did Ortiz get off the steroids hook anyway? Last time I heard he said he “didn’t do it” and then it just all went away..I think if Arod said that there would have been a federal investigation.

  978. Rob Thompson September 25th, 2009 at 9:37 pm

    Right on cue. Leadoff walk = “Here come the runs!!!”

  979. E-gawa September 25th, 2009 at 9:38 pm

    “Neither do I, but if he pitches like this in his last start, he’ll get me halfway there.”

    Yeah.. problem is we’ve seen good starts by him before and then he just falls back into that void he goes into.

    We’ll see though. I just hope they keep in on an extremely tight leash in the PS.

  980. randy l. September 25th, 2009 at 9:38 pm

    that home run was disappointing , but joba pitched well.

    now they have a game to win.

    let’s get back to making varitek feel bad about himself.

    run forrest run.

  981. E-gawa September 25th, 2009 at 9:38 pm

    *keep him on

  982. 100 pitches of fun... September 25th, 2009 at 9:39 pm

    It would be nice to tack on some runs against the AAA guys. This feels like the Angels game. Not tacking on runs against the bullpen and then their offense comes back. Soon Francona can bring in his real bullpen guys.

  983. Tom in N.J. September 25th, 2009 at 9:39 pm

    Robbie Cano don’t-cha know?

  984. GreenBeret7 September 25th, 2009 at 9:40 pm

    ric
    September 25th, 2009 at 9:36 pm
    “I get so mad when I think about Ortiz. Seriously, how can MLB possibly count anything this guy does.”

    do you realize that arod is an admitted steroid user?

    ————————————————————

    do you realize that trolling on a sports board is not an attractive trait and is a pathetic habit practiced by losers?

  985. randy l. September 25th, 2009 at 9:40 pm

    varitek ain’t framing nothing now.

    he’s jumping around like a kangaroo in heat back there getting ready to throw out damon.

  986. Abdababdaserser September 25th, 2009 at 9:40 pm

    “nature boy September 25th, 2009 at 9:33 pm

    joba’s hat may be some sort of “lucky” hat or something being it doesn’t have the patch and its pretty dirty ala john wetteland’s in the 96 world series”

    I loved that hat. I remember it started a trend where kids were wearing dirty Yankee hats. No one wanted to wear a Yankee hat that looked brand new.

  987. Carl September 25th, 2009 at 9:40 pm

    Great job Johnny

  988. rb September 25th, 2009 at 9:40 pm

    Drive. Him. In.

  989. Tunnel Man September 25th, 2009 at 9:41 pm

    RUNNING WILD!

    Eckersley just bellowed, “this is ridiculous!”

  990. Rob Thompson September 25th, 2009 at 9:41 pm

    That was a rocket!!!! This turkey is so, so lucky.

  991. Carl September 25th, 2009 at 9:41 pm

    Rod is going deep again

  992. terpbomber September 25th, 2009 at 9:41 pm

    Sterling keeps on riling me up with these faux home run calls.

  993. Tom in N.J. September 25th, 2009 at 9:41 pm

    Better throwing arm Jason Varitek or Def Leppard’s drummer?

  994. Benny Blanco September 25th, 2009 at 9:41 pm

    Varitek’s arm is going to get warn out this entire series. You can almost certainly bet that GGBG will be playing.

  995. 100 pitches of fun... September 25th, 2009 at 9:41 pm

    Damn, the wind tunnel takes one away.

  996. Angel - A tale told by idiots, full of sound and fury, signifying nothing September 25th, 2009 at 9:41 pm

    “How did Ortiz get off the steroids hook anyway? Last time I heard he said he “didn’t do it” and then it just all went away..I think if Arod said that there would have been a federal investigation.”

    ******************************************************

    He got issued ESPN free pass. That’s how. :)

  997. DT - OPPC member (blood type - Positive) September 25th, 2009 at 9:42 pm

    Sterling called that one like it was out… funny watching the TV and listening to him.

  998. rb September 25th, 2009 at 9:42 pm

    Bummer. But Alex can drive in run #4 for the evening.

  999. 100 pitches of fun... September 25th, 2009 at 9:42 pm

    Come on Arod!!!

  1000. Rob Thompson September 25th, 2009 at 9:43 pm

    Mr. Cluth. Way to Alexander!!!

  1001. Carl September 25th, 2009 at 9:43 pm

    Chea alex!!

  1002. Benny Blanco September 25th, 2009 at 9:43 pm

    Arod = the man

  1003. Laura - Matsui will be a Yankee in 2010!! September 25th, 2009 at 9:44 pm

    Doesn’t Alex need the triple for the cycle?

  1004. NYY626 September 25th, 2009 at 9:44 pm

    Alex likes playing the red sox :)

  1005. pat September 25th, 2009 at 9:44 pm

    Pat M

    Alex helping your cause tonight :smile:

  1006. 100 pitches of fun... September 25th, 2009 at 9:44 pm

    Nice job Arod. Good thing legs didn’t catch that.

  1007. Pel (a/k/a Bart Simpson, a/k/a O.J. Simpson) September 25th, 2009 at 9:44 pm

    This just in: Curt Schilling has a mouth full of crow.

  1008. rb September 25th, 2009 at 9:44 pm

    Tunnel Man September 25th, 2009 at 9:41 pm

    RUNNING WILD!

    Eckersley just bellowed, “this is ridiculous!”
    ————–

    Regarding what? The fact that Varitek couldn’t throw his grandmother out at 2nd?

  1009. terpbomber September 25th, 2009 at 9:44 pm

    A-Rod is on fire. As long he doesn’t realize it’s October next month, all should be OK!

  1010. Carl September 25th, 2009 at 9:44 pm

    Triple away from the cycle

  1011. GreenBeret7 September 25th, 2009 at 9:44 pm

    randy l.
    September 25th, 2009 at 9:40 pm
    varitek ain’t framing nothing now.

    he’s jumping around like a kangaroo in heat back there getting ready to throw out damon.

    ————————————————————

    That vision just made me upchuck my beer and pizza. Thanks.

  1012. Rob Thompson September 25th, 2009 at 9:44 pm

    MORE! MORE! MORE! The time to pile on has arrived.

  1013. Tunnel Man September 25th, 2009 at 9:44 pm

    AN A-CLUTCH, by A-ROD !!!

  1014. Abdababdaserser September 25th, 2009 at 9:45 pm

    Ortiz wasn’t able to hit a ball to the warning track. It comes out that he was on the infamous list. His father visits from the DR, and suddenly a week or two later he “found” his home run swing.

    That is too much coincidence for me. That along with his talk about how he had no idea how he could be on that list. Vitamins and supplements.

    Also, given that he wasn’t hitting it like he had prior to coming to Boston.

    I don’t like that Alex used. At least he came clean.

  1015. Yankee Trader September 25th, 2009 at 9:45 pm

    Needs to steal 3rd for watching and not running on contact

  1016. Rob B (Officially on the Jeter for MVP bandwagon) September 25th, 2009 at 9:45 pm

    “I loved that hat. I remember it started a trend where kids were wearing dirty Yankee hats. No one wanted to wear a Yankee hat that looked brand new.”

    No, that’s just because people wearing new hats were accused of being band-wagon jumpers. :)

  1017. 100 pitches of fun... September 25th, 2009 at 9:45 pm

    Let’s get some more runs!!!!!

  1018. rb September 25th, 2009 at 9:45 pm

    Laura, I think you’re right.

  1019. Tunnel Man September 25th, 2009 at 9:45 pm

    Crowd chanting: BOSTON SUCKS!

  1020. randy l. September 25th, 2009 at 9:46 pm

    i can’t say enough about arod’s new swing.

    when he’s up now with men in scoring position, he’s putting the ball in play.

    i was just going to say it was a very big at bat, and he then came through.

    big run.

    excellent for alex.

  1021. Ham Fighters September 25th, 2009 at 9:46 pm

    can u imagine, the socks are on the hook for at least $3M for veritek next year?

    he will be glued to the bench come the PS

  1022. 100 pitches of fun... September 25th, 2009 at 9:46 pm

    Nice lets keep it going…

  1023. Rob Thompson September 25th, 2009 at 9:46 pm

    So this is another one of the supposed SAWX young pitching talent? How many decades have we been hearing about these clowns and they always fizzle out.

  1024. Abdababdaserser September 25th, 2009 at 9:46 pm

    I would love to see Matsui steal a base off Tek. That would just seal the night.

  1025. Laura - Matsui will be a Yankee in 2010!! September 25th, 2009 at 9:47 pm

    “I don’t like that Alex used. At least he came clean.”

    Ditto. The thing that annoyed me the most about the Ortiz ordeal is that the entire time, he kept saying that he didn’t know what he took, but he knew that it wasn’t steroids. How can that be true? The fact that the media let him get away with that BS still grates on my nerves.

  1026. ric September 25th, 2009 at 9:47 pm

    “do you realize that trolling on a sports board is not an attractive trait and is a pathetic habit practiced by losers?”

    haha- blow me

  1027. Patrick September 25th, 2009 at 9:47 pm

    “Morpheus: He’s beginning to believe.”

    Haha well done Benny

  1028. Ham Fighters September 25th, 2009 at 9:48 pm

    im sorry, thats bogus, the home plate ump clearly called a balk on arods stolen base, the scorer cant overrule the ump, the ball is dead

  1029. Benny Blanco September 25th, 2009 at 9:48 pm

    terpbomber
    September 25th, 2009 at 9:44 pm
    A-Rod is on fire. As long he doesn’t realize it’s October next month, all should be OK!
    ================================================

    Seriously, can we leave alex alone about his misfortunes in oct. He wasn’t the only great player to struggle in the postseason. These lame attacks are beginning to get old.

    :)

  1030. Todd September 25th, 2009 at 9:49 pm

    DUH……….ESPN.com lead story has Lester being out after being hit by a pitch…I didn’t know he was batting when he got injured……..

  1031. Pel (a/k/a Bart Simpson, a/k/a O.J. Simpson) September 25th, 2009 at 9:49 pm

    heads up!

  1032. rb September 25th, 2009 at 9:49 pm

    hee hee hee hee

  1033. 100 pitches of fun... September 25th, 2009 at 9:49 pm

    Nice base running by Arod

  1034. Abdababdaserser September 25th, 2009 at 9:49 pm

    “Rob Thompson September 25th, 2009 at 9:46 pm

    So this is another one of the supposed SAWX young pitching talent? ”

    According to all the ESPN mediots the Sawx have the best pitching going into the post season. Kruk says they are all dolled up.

  1035. E-gawa September 25th, 2009 at 9:49 pm

    wow the Yankees are just embarassing Varitek tonight. OUCH.

  1036. Carl September 25th, 2009 at 9:50 pm

    GJ Posada cheaaa!

  1037. Pel (a/k/a Bart Simpson, a/k/a O.J. Simpson) September 25th, 2009 at 9:50 pm

    HIP HIP JORGE!!!!!!

  1038. Pat M. September 25th, 2009 at 9:50 pm

    Any baseball media person without an agenda will agree that at this point it would be more surprising if the Bombers didn’t win the WS than if they didn’t….They are the best team in MLB……

  1039. Tunnel Man September 25th, 2009 at 9:50 pm

    Goodbye Varitek.

    This is the last we’ll ever see of Varitek in a Xox uniform.

  1040. Laura - Matsui will be a Yankee in 2010!! September 25th, 2009 at 9:51 pm

    Thompson having a Meacham moment there.

  1041. 100 pitches of fun... September 25th, 2009 at 9:51 pm

    Nice going Posada…I can’t believe how slow Matsui is.

  1042. Tunnel Man September 25th, 2009 at 9:51 pm

    Pete, new game thread, please :)

  1043. Pat M. September 25th, 2009 at 9:51 pm

    Ckeck that, if they did, rather that if they didn’t….A GB moment

  1044. Ham Fighters September 25th, 2009 at 9:51 pm

    man, i saw a flash of matsui going down in a heap on that play, thank goodness he didnt get hurt there!

  1045. E-gawa September 25th, 2009 at 9:52 pm

    “Goodbye Varitek.

    This is the last we’ll ever see of Varitek in a Xox uniform.”

    Nope. He has a $3 million personal option that he can pick up for next season.

  1046. m September 25th, 2009 at 9:52 pm

    3rd reliever!

    Even though he gave up 3 runs, that was a very nice outing for Joba.

  1047. Jeremy September 25th, 2009 at 9:52 pm

    What did Schilling say ?

  1048. Todd September 25th, 2009 at 9:52 pm

    ALL teams should be running nonstop on the Red Sox cathchers…….they are awful at throwing out runners

  1049. Rob B (Officially on the Jeter for MVP bandwagon) September 25th, 2009 at 9:52 pm

    Why WOULDN’T anybody steal on Varitek? Remember that game where Texas stole, like, 15 bases on him? Andrus and Borbon had 9 just between the two of them!

    Hey, Pete, any chance of a new thread? Since we have over 1,000 posts on this one?

  1050. CB September 25th, 2009 at 9:53 pm

    randy,

    Can you comment on how Varitek’s release can be so amazingly slow now?

    Up in boston they blamed brad penny for as long as they could. But it’s not just penny obviously.

    Most steals are on the pitcher. And boston pitchers aren’t great in coming to the plate quickly or on holding runners.

    But a huge part of this is the boston catchers.

    And to me when I watch Varitek throwing the ball on steal attempts it looks like he’s almost got a hitch in his throwing action where he’s drawing his arm back very deeply – it looks almost as if he’s trying to load his scapula far more than catchers normally do.

    And that scapula load looks like a method for compensating for lost arm strength.

    But it’s taking him forever to release the ball.

    It’s almost painful to watch…

  1051. Rob Thompson September 25th, 2009 at 9:53 pm

    Has there ever been a more over-rated Major League Player than Jason Varitek. His career was overhyped from the day he came out of college, screwed the mariners and has never done anything other than sleep with that hottie of a sideline reporter they have up there in Beantown.

  1052. Abdababdaserser September 25th, 2009 at 9:54 pm

    “Tunnel Man September 25th, 2009 at 9:50 pm

    Goodbye Varitek.

    This is the last we’ll ever see of Varitek in a Xox uniform.”

    Only if the Sox DFA him. There is a club option AND a player option for next year. The player option is less money, but I’d find it hard to believe he won’t exercise it.

    Maybe we won’t have to keep hearing about Varitek’s computer brain this post season.

  1053. Todd September 25th, 2009 at 9:54 pm

    I love Matsui’s clutch hitting this year, but I think the league should let him ‘run’ the bases in a wheelchair…………….

  1054. GreenBeret7 September 25th, 2009 at 9:54 pm

    Ham Fighters
    September 25th, 2009 at 9:48 pm
    im sorry, thats bogus, the home plate ump clearly called a balk on arods stolen base, the scorer cant overrule the ump, the ball is dead

    ————————————————————

    If the scorers can give a hitter a double when the runner on 2nd base gets thrown at home, Rodriguez can get a steal on that.

  1055. randy l. September 25th, 2009 at 9:55 pm

    “That vision just made me upchuck my beer and pizza.”

    gb7-

    tonight is just getting better and better :)

  1056. Laura - Matsui will be a Yankee in 2010!! September 25th, 2009 at 9:55 pm

    Any reason Tito is using so many pitches?

  1057. haiku-man September 25th, 2009 at 9:55 pm

    Francona just threw in the white towel,Delcarmen gives up runs.

  1058. Laura - Matsui will be a Yankee in 2010!! September 25th, 2009 at 9:55 pm

    pitches = pitchers

  1059. trisha - OPPC lifetime member who is missing the worry gene September 25th, 2009 at 9:55 pm

    GO RANGERS!!!!!

  1060. JZ September 25th, 2009 at 9:55 pm

    Tonight Yanks show to LAA how to play Sox.
    Run Forrest, run!

  1061. 100 pitches of fun... September 25th, 2009 at 9:55 pm

    That was an odd swing

  1062. Laura - Matsui will be a Yankee in 2010!! September 25th, 2009 at 9:55 pm

    The TBS guy just called the stadium a bandbox. Idiot.

  1063. Todd September 25th, 2009 at 9:56 pm

    Rangers up 5-3, Twins up 6-4, Tigers down 2-0

  1064. Ham Fighters September 25th, 2009 at 9:56 pm

    i have a feeling that unless something changes, varitek will retire to avoid the embarassment of excersizing his option and sitting the bench as team captain.

  1065. m September 25th, 2009 at 9:56 pm

    Gotta disagree, CB. Varitek is a pleasure to watch. :lol:

    Tek on Sox=good thing for Yankees.

  1066. RS September 25th, 2009 at 9:56 pm

    Wow, Delcarmen’s ERA is at 4.31? It was under 1.00 in May, he must have gotten terrible.

  1067. Terry from NH September 25th, 2009 at 9:57 pm

    I am excited to see this “new” Arod play this postseason. His whole approach this season is different and clutch. Tonight is an example with a solid all around game he’s played. Doesn’t hurt having Kate in the crowd either!

  1068. Pat M. September 25th, 2009 at 9:58 pm

    CB, As a former middle infielder and having been left out to dry waiting for a throw, it just sems his feet are slow and then it goes down from there…..The Orignal Tin Cup will certainly expand on this and explain it so we all can undertsand….Kinda of like you do with all the nimbers stuff

  1069. 100 pitches of fun... September 25th, 2009 at 9:59 pm

    The 7th inning is the shaky inning. Hopefully Aceves can get it done. I don’t like him in the late innings.

  1070. Todd September 25th, 2009 at 9:59 pm

    LOL The announcer on the A’s-Angels pregame just said the young A’s players will be ‘pretty pissed off’ watching the Angels celebrate…..

  1071. Rob Thompson September 25th, 2009 at 10:00 pm

    If I was Framcona, I would send Varitek up there without a bat. He has no shot.

  1072. Carl September 25th, 2009 at 10:00 pm

    nice dp

  1073. 100 pitches of fun... September 25th, 2009 at 10:00 pm

    Very nice…Tek it is time to go home…

  1074. Ham Fighters September 25th, 2009 at 10:00 pm

    it just keeps getting worse for the washed-up backstop.

  1075. Todd September 25th, 2009 at 10:01 pm

    Varitek=awful=good for us!

  1076. Abdababdaserser September 25th, 2009 at 10:01 pm

    “RS September 25th, 2009 at 9:56 pm

    Wow, Delcarmen’s ERA is at 4.31? It was under 1.00 in May, he must have gotten terrible.”

    He was the reason the Royals came from behind and won that first game of the KC series.

  1077. m September 25th, 2009 at 10:01 pm

    I was hoping that Varitek would whiff at another 92 mph “heater”. But I like that result better.

  1078. Rob Thompson September 25th, 2009 at 10:01 pm

    Might think about taking this guys bat from his as well.

  1079. GreenBeret7 September 25th, 2009 at 10:01 pm

    I’m beginning to think that Aceves’ control might be too good. He’s in the strike zone a lot, so maybe he needs to “get a little wild”.

  1080. Joe from Long Island September 25th, 2009 at 10:01 pm

    I wonder if the Red Sox management is thinking how much it would cost them to have Varitek go away next season?

  1081. JZ September 25th, 2009 at 10:01 pm

    good all round game so far.

  1082. Rob B (Officially on the Jeter for MVP bandwagon) September 25th, 2009 at 10:02 pm

    Seriously, Varitek was having a hard time catching up to Aceves’ fastball. It’s not like he throws 95+. The guy is done.

    But it would certainly be a pleasure to watch him ground into more DPs next season. :)

  1083. Yankee Trader September 25th, 2009 at 10:02 pm

    Varitek will not retire and give up 3M.

    Nice Aceves inning.

    Any chance we see Robertson this weekend?

  1084. 100 pitches of fun... September 25th, 2009 at 10:02 pm

    When are they going to rip the C off of captain america’s chest?

  1085. DT - OPPC member (blood type - Positive) September 25th, 2009 at 10:02 pm

    Who has contributed more tonight for the Yankees – Arod or Varitek?

  1086. Jeremy September 25th, 2009 at 10:02 pm

    Varitek needs to retire !

  1087. NYY626 September 25th, 2009 at 10:03 pm

    Ronan is really amazing

  1088. GreenBeret7 September 25th, 2009 at 10:03 pm

    randy l.
    September 25th, 2009 at 9:55 pm
    “That vision just made me upchuck my beer and pizza.”

    gb7-

    tonight is just getting better and better

    ————————————————————

    LMAO. You’re a cold-hearted SOB, tonight.

  1089. Todd September 25th, 2009 at 10:03 pm

    Theo is probably arranging for Varitek to have an ‘unfortunate accident’ any day now………..

  1090. Pat M. September 25th, 2009 at 10:04 pm

    Run Forrest run…The best line of the night……Veritek’s claim to fame in Boston came on that Saturday game of the week in 04, when he got into it with Alex, mask on of course…Became a cult hero and was rewarded with the turn around bs

  1091. Yankee Trader September 25th, 2009 at 10:04 pm

    I wonder if the Red Sox management is thinking how much it would cost them to have Varitek go away next season?
    —————————————————

    Exactly what are you suggesting they do to have him disappear?

  1092. pat September 25th, 2009 at 10:05 pm

    “What did Schilling say ?”

    “Asked if A-Rod is psyched out about his October struggles continuing, Schilling replied, “I would argue that’s already started – you know my response – when they clinched.”

    “His problem has always been that he’s a guy with holes and you can pitch to those holes,” Schilling said. “For a guy that’s as good as he is, he still strikes out a lot. Guys who strike out a lot tend to have a tough time in October.”

    Read more: http://www.nydailynews.com/spo.....z0SArRx7Q4

  1093. Todd September 25th, 2009 at 10:05 pm

    Wonder if the ‘C’ on varitek’s jersey stands for crap???

  1094. 100 pitches of fun... September 25th, 2009 at 10:06 pm

    Any K-hud sighting?

  1095. CB September 25th, 2009 at 10:06 pm

    “i can’t say enough about arod’s new swing.”

    It’s been amazing to watch. For the past 2-3 months Joe Mauer and Alex have been hands down the two best players in the AL.

    They are simply able to play the game at a level that other players can’t.

    And for Alex to be able to do that coming off surgery has been amazing.

    Alex’s only weakness as a hitter was his swing getting long too often.

    And that was in part because his hitting mechanics were complicated – especially with the leg kick. If he didn’t get his foot down in time he was going to have to accelerate his hands and his swing was going to be prone to getting very long.

    Spreading out his stance and minimizing his leg kick has made such a difference.

    It is simply amazing how short Alex is to the ball right now and how consistently short he’s been. It’s not just him being short and then falling out of it – he’s short and staying short for longer than any stretch I can remember since he’s been a yankee – even taking 2007 into account.

    The scouting report on Alex has always been to bust him inside and not let him get his hands extended. But look what he’s been doing to the inside pitch for the past two-three months. This game is a great example – he stayed short and destroyed those inside pitches.

    But of course he’s such a great hitter that he has enough plate coverage to drive the ball deep to right center when Bowden tried to work him away on that last at bat.

    His swing right now reminds almost of what it was when he first came up and before he really became a huge power hitter.

    Alex has always been a tinkerer with his stance and mechanics. Always changing things. But this time it’s different. What a great job Kevin Long has done with him.

    And how impressive is it that a player like Alex – a player of that caliber is still looking to improve and is still opening to being coached – especially being coached by Long, a career minor leaguer.

    Alex is just amazing right now. This is arguably the most balanced we’ve seen Alex as a hitter since he became a yankee. Not the best – 2007 was amazing. But the most blanced in terms of his at bats and swing.

  1096. trisha - OPPC lifetime member who is missing the worry gene September 25th, 2009 at 10:07 pm

    Joba was tremendous. Let’s all remember that this is the firsty game in a very long time that he was in for so many innings. Plus he sat out some long half innings!

    Just tremendous. I am so happy this is all happening at the Stadium too, rather than at Fenway. Cool that the Rangers are winning. You couldn’t design the whole thing much better than this.

    Betsy, here is an exercise for you. I’ve seen you do it before so I know you can do it no sweat. Try forcing yourself to always look at the glass half full in the comments you make. So instead of thinking that it was an awful ending, think of how great a job he did and that sitting out probably caught up with him. Believe me I know that anyone can find negative aspects to things. It’s not hard. But if you look for the positive you usually find it, and it really makes the comparison pale in comparison.

    :)

  1097. elauerm1 September 25th, 2009 at 10:08 pm

    Oh come on Pete, the Yankees getting Tynan to sing the “long version” of God Bless America allowed TBS to get some extra ads (MORE MONEY!!!) into their broadcast. On the bright side, at least the TBS announcers *kinda* pay attention to whats going on on the field (Miller and Morgan, take a HINT)

  1098. Christina- Pictures of the Girardi and A-Rod ejection + Leiter's Sock September 25th, 2009 at 10:08 pm

    Why in the world is Hughes warming up?

  1099. Ham Fighters September 25th, 2009 at 10:08 pm

    i think the socks will negotiate a retirement for tek, make him a coach or something so he gets at least some of the $3M but they dont have to put him in any games. the alternative would be that he excersizes the option and then they cut him

  1100. Tunnel Man September 25th, 2009 at 10:08 pm

    The sight of all these empty Legends seats is aggravating. If we can’t sell out the Moat seats for this game, they may not sell out for the playoffs. what a freaking joke.

  1101. CB September 25th, 2009 at 10:09 pm

    Swisher has had a terrific second half – and the key to that has been a better approach at the plate.

    He became less pull conscious, took the ball up the middle more and even the other way some.

    Recently, his swing has gone back to being very long and he’s having trouble making contact again.

  1102. 100 pitches of fun... September 25th, 2009 at 10:10 pm

    I am surprised that he won’t have Aceves pitch the 8th. They don’t need Hughes with a 5 run lead.

  1103. Tom in N.J. September 25th, 2009 at 10:10 pm

    Dare I say that Alex is having a very under the radar season this year? With the media focusing on the years Jeter and Teix are both having and all?

  1104. Tunnel Man September 25th, 2009 at 10:10 pm

    # Christina- Pictures of the Girardi and A-Rod ejection + Leiter’s Sock September 25th, 2009 at 10:08 pm

    Why in the world is Hughes warming up?
    ===================================================

    I would imagine they want to get him acclimated to pitching every other day for the playoffs.

  1105. djsunyc September 25th, 2009 at 10:11 pm

    i think al leiter is drunk…

  1106. djsunyc September 25th, 2009 at 10:11 pm

    here’s the solution, wildcard team gets ONE home game and that’s it.

  1107. randy l. September 25th, 2009 at 10:11 pm

    cb-

    i always thought varitek was heavy into the greenies.

    i’m not saying that to bash him because they were a part of the game for so long, but i think it hurt him more than most players when they started testing for them last year.

    i think he’s just slow in general now and worn out.

    he would get the ball to second a lot faster if he didn’t try to load up the way you are describing and just release it quicker.

    i once threw out 12 guys in a double header in a semi pro game because the opposing manager couldn’t believe my funky thurman like throw was beating runners to the bag.

    if a catcher thinks quick and loose like a cobra he’ll get it there quicker than trying to load up and throw it hard.

    varitek looks to me like the game feels very heavy to him right now.

  1108. islesfan September 25th, 2009 at 10:11 pm

    Detroit is losing 2-0 at Chicago, bottom 8.

    Minnesota is winning 6-4 at KC, top 6.

    I want to see a 1 game playoff, where the Tigers have to burn Verlander just to get into the playoffs.

  1109. Christina- Pictures of the Girardi and A-Rod ejection + Leiter's Sock September 25th, 2009 at 10:11 pm

    Normally I dont complain about Leiter, but I have no idea what he is talking about.

  1110. DT - OPPC member (blood type - Positive) September 25th, 2009 at 10:12 pm

    Swisher hasn’t looked good tonight. I wonder if he’s still hurting from the recent foul ball?

    Kevin Long needs to work some magic with Swish. He’s in a funk.

  1111. E-gawa September 25th, 2009 at 10:12 pm

    look what I found..

    John Henry has a blog and you can comment on it..

    lol have fun people

    nesn.com/johnhenry

  1112. Yankee Trader September 25th, 2009 at 10:12 pm

    It’s great to see Joba have a great outing with Posada behind the plate- pitched with more confidence, rhythm, and velocity and could have very easily given up no runs.

  1113. islesfan September 25th, 2009 at 10:13 pm

    dj, sorry I didn’t respond to your earlier post about the get together, had some problems posting and couldn’t respond. Don’t know if I can make it yet, a little too far out to plan ahead. I’d like to hang though. I’ll definitely try to make one of them this year. Thanks for the invite.

  1114. CB September 25th, 2009 at 10:15 pm

    “he would get the ball to second a lot faster if he didn’t try to load up the way you are describing and just release it quicker.”

    Thanks Randy. He does look globally slow in every phase of the game.

    He might have the slowest bat of any starting player in the AL. His swing is awful.

    And he looks terrible back there. Just sluggish – even trying to block pitches.

    The way he’s trying to load his scapula when throwing to second is just bizarre. It’s so slow it’s ridiculous.

    Damon stole that base easily and he’s not even fast anymore.

  1115. islesfan September 25th, 2009 at 10:16 pm

    If you tell me Joba is going to pitch 6 innings and give up 3 runs in his playoff starts, I sign up for that right now and I think most would. I wouldn’t even think twice about it.

    Wow, I think I could run on the captain of the Red Sox and I’m slow as crap.

  1116. JZ September 25th, 2009 at 10:16 pm

    run Forrest, run!
    LOL

  1117. Ham Fighters September 25th, 2009 at 10:16 pm

    sounds like with lieter’s playoff plan they’d be playing the WS the week before the nfc championship game

  1118. RS September 25th, 2009 at 10:16 pm

    Wow, I was about to type that Jeter should steal a base, but I my fingers couldn’t move fast enough before it happened!

  1119. rb September 25th, 2009 at 10:16 pm

    Why does he (Tek) even bother throwing the ball?

  1120. Benny Blanco September 25th, 2009 at 10:17 pm

    Varitek’s shoulder will need an ice bath after tonight.

  1121. rb September 25th, 2009 at 10:17 pm

    Leiter started by saying the season would be 154 games.

  1122. Tunnel Man September 25th, 2009 at 10:17 pm

    randy l. September 25th, 2009 at 10:11 pm

    cb-

    i always thought varitek was heavy into the greenies.

    i’m not saying that to bash him because they were a part of the game for so long, but i think it hurt him more than most players when they started testing for them last year.
    ======================================================

    going after greenies is one of the most UNDERreported stories of the season. It really effects older players. I means just look at how Jorge forgot the count twice in one game a couple of weeks ago. The season wears everyone down, but older players don’t have a reserve tank to deal with the dog days.

  1123. CB September 25th, 2009 at 10:17 pm

    Varitek did it again – he’s pulling his arm back so much to load his scapula he’s almost hitching his arm at the elbow.

    He’s throwing the ball like some power pitchers do when they deliver the baseball.

    But Varitek doesn’t have any arm strength and it’s takes him forever to go through that arm action and release the ball.

  1124. Yankee Trader September 25th, 2009 at 10:18 pm

    Tex due tonight.

  1125. Carl September 25th, 2009 at 10:18 pm

    This game is ova

  1126. crimmins September 25th, 2009 at 10:18 pm

    Schilling”s comments

    http://www.nydailynews.com/spo.....tober.html

  1127. Pel (a/k/a Bart Simpson, a/k/a O.J. Simpson) September 25th, 2009 at 10:18 pm

    Take it to em.

    Never let up.

    Keep the foot on the throat.

  1128. Carl September 25th, 2009 at 10:18 pm

    Lets see a triple!

  1129. DT - OPPC member (blood type - Positive) September 25th, 2009 at 10:18 pm

    John Henry and Theo are feverishly plotting a Fenway strategy for Tek’s foils.

    Their solution: move second base closer to the mound.

  1130. RS September 25th, 2009 at 10:18 pm

    No one ever mentions this, but Yankee Stadium’s short RF wall takes away a lot of doubles.

  1131. S.A.--Serenity Now September 25th, 2009 at 10:19 pm

    This has been a fun game

  1132. Carl September 25th, 2009 at 10:19 pm

    Top hr from the 7th inning on in the AL. A-rod Tex and Matsui. Thats clutch.

  1133. CB September 25th, 2009 at 10:19 pm

    Tex stealing second base would be the highlight of the entire regular season, LOL!

  1134. Ham Fighters September 25th, 2009 at 10:19 pm

    i say make the season 150 games, with some scheduled double headers, only 1 nationally televised game on mondays, start the season 10 days later and end the regular season about sept 20th.

  1135. Todd September 25th, 2009 at 10:20 pm

    Could you imagine if Tex signed an 8 yr contract with the Red Sox???? having to face him for the next 8 yrs??????

  1136. rb September 25th, 2009 at 10:20 pm

    I didn’t understand what Leiter was trying to say, but it sounds like he’s adding a round and the two top teams in each league gets a bye. I don’t like the idea of adding a round.

    There have been a lot of ideas being discussed lately I’m not sure I like any of them, but I think reducing the number of home games the WC team gets would be a good start.

  1137. jennifer September 25th, 2009 at 10:20 pm

    Did anyone understand what Al was saying? Why does he want to add to the playoffs. Does he want a 2 month postseason like basketball?

    I have an easy solution. 1 home playoff game for the wildcard. Simple!

  1138. Carl September 25th, 2009 at 10:20 pm

    that would be top hr hitters

  1139. Shdw September 25th, 2009 at 10:20 pm

    Every Sox pitcher has given up at least 1 run this game

  1140. islesfan September 25th, 2009 at 10:20 pm

    The Angels are going to set playoff stolen base records against the Red Sox. They’re going to embarrass Varitek.

  1141. randy l. September 25th, 2009 at 10:20 pm

    “Alex has always been a tinkerer with his stance and mechanics. Always changing things. But this time it’s different. What a great job Kevin Long has done with him.”

    cb-

    it will be very interesting this winter if long or alex talks about how they did it exactly.
    i think it’s one of the biggest surprises of the season and one of the most welcome.
    i’m expecting a good postseason from him.

  1142. Carl September 25th, 2009 at 10:21 pm

    boooo

  1143. Dave September 25th, 2009 at 10:21 pm

    Wait I’m confused – what “stolen base record” did the Yankees set tonight? Sorry if this has been asked already.

  1144. Carl September 25th, 2009 at 10:21 pm

    I wan to see a grand slam :(

  1145. DT - OPPC member (blood type - Positive) September 25th, 2009 at 10:21 pm

    I’m calling it now. Triple Steal!!! ;-)

  1146. Pat M. September 25th, 2009 at 10:21 pm

    ” The game seems very heavy to him right now” I just knew you’d explain it so all can grasp it…..Thurman like funky throw, did you sail a few into the runner on occasion ????

  1147. Tom in N.J. September 25th, 2009 at 10:22 pm

    What the Thunder Said!

  1148. CB September 25th, 2009 at 10:22 pm

    “No one ever mentions this, but Yankee Stadium’s short RF wall takes away a lot of doubles.”

    This is very true. Statistical analyses done by some have suggested this in a fairly convincing way.

    The new stadium depresses doubles while allowing more HR.

    The net effect however is that the new stadium is almost a neutral scoring environment.

    A disproportionate number of HR have been hit however a disproportionate number of runs HAVE NOT been scored.

    The new stadium has boosted offense by only around 2%. That’s it.

    And part of that is the trade off between HR and doubles.

  1149. trisha - OPPC lifetime member who is missing the worry gene September 25th, 2009 at 10:22 pm

    Not to be nasty or critical – both of which I do enjoy with respect to the Sux – but seriously factually speaking. Boy do they look overmatched. I’m sitting here thinking that I don’t really remember the last season where the end of it
    was so darned relaxing and enjoyable.

    I know not everyone believes in karma, and that’s fine. But for those who do, I always thought that the Yanks paid a heavy price for the Clemens years. I also think that Boston will be doing some paying for the Manny/Ortiz tandem.

    JMO.

  1150. Yanks_Fan September 25th, 2009 at 10:23 pm

    I want to keep Hideki at the right price.

  1151. randy l. September 25th, 2009 at 10:23 pm

    “John Henry and Theo are feverishly plotting a Fenway strategy for Tek’s foils.
    Their solution: move second base closer to the mound.”

    DT-

    if he’d he hit the cut off man , he’d get it there quicker :)

  1152. chris September 25th, 2009 at 10:23 pm

    anyone know the record for most steals in a game?

  1153. trisha - OPPC lifetime member who is missing the worry gene September 25th, 2009 at 10:24 pm

    I have the NESN broadcast. One nice thing about the post is that I don’t have to watch NESN if the Yanks and Suxers should match up at any point.

  1154. smile for the camera September 25th, 2009 at 10:25 pm

    CB, you called it with that hitch in Varitek’s throwing motion. In my opinion, this guy is completely done as a catcher. Even if he fixes his mechanics his arm strength is terrible and his general transfer is just painfully slow. Combined with his hitting woes tonight, this might be one of the worst games of his career.

    I don’t know if anyone posted this, but I just saw on TBS that the Yanks have the top three homerun hitters in the whole AL from the 7th inning or later. A-Rod 15, Tex 13, Matsui 13. That is simply beautiful and extremely clutch. This team is stacked.

  1155. Tunnel Man September 25th, 2009 at 10:25 pm

    Magic Number:

    http://img199.imageshack.us/img199/8923/ruthz.jpg

  1156. Dave September 25th, 2009 at 10:25 pm

    Chris – 17. But didn’t Kay say something about a single game SB record being broken tonight by the Yanks?

  1157. chris September 25th, 2009 at 10:26 pm

    Angry Sawx Fan:

    Alright, I’ve been gone for a while. Before I go into my tirade about how much this team sucks and that they’re taking an early exit from the playoffs, I’ll tell you what I’ve been doing.

    Basically, I’m in football mode. I usually get tired of baseball by the end of August. But this is a special case. I haven’t watched a Sox game in quite a long time. And the only reason I was watching the game tonight was because I was at a restaurant. Didn’t I tell you that Manny being gone would severely damage my love with Boston? As good as they’ve been lately, it’s still not exciting for me without Manny. He was the clown on the team, provided the fun atmosphere on team, made watching the Red Sox very fun, and he kicked ass at whatever he did. So, there’s no point for me to flip on the game if I know I’m not waiting for Manny. But, I have plenty of gas left for the season, so I may as well do it here before I go rusty…

    Holy ****ing **** Boston. I thought you were a ****ing hot team going up to this series. We had a ****ing chance to actually knock on NY’s door for the division, but I guess that’s not ****ing happening. And I love how this offense can’t ****ing hit off Joba while his ERA has been over like 8.50 for the past two months. So what is this, 9 runs in your last 5 games at NYS? That’s pretty ****ing pathetic. I mean, as joke as a park as Fenway is for hitters, NYS WAS DESIGNED WITH THE ****ING LITTLE LEAGUE in mind, and you still can’t hit out a 200 ft HR? And seriously, why is it that A-Rod’s home runs always come off us? This guy was having pretty much next to a crappy season, until you ****ing woke him up last month. It’d be nice to ****ing score more than 2 runs a game here. And Lester once again finally gets exposed by a real team. Lester pretty much went:

    “HOLY ****, THE YANKEES, AN ACTUAL TEAM I HAVE TO PITCH AGAINST!”

    *Sucks*

    *Injures self*

    *Probably not coming back for the season*

    This is why the Yankees are going deep into the postseason. They can manhandle playoff contenders with ease. See: Boston, Minny, Detroit, and their fortune with the Angels has turned around. I mean, you guys did what all crappy teams too: fold up and throw in the towel when a real team comes in. Our season’s success is basically tapping Baltimore into submission. And you know what else is ****ing pathetic? I knew you guys would ****ing piss away an 8-0 season series start against the Yankees. And what do you do? YOU ****ING GO ON TO LOSE 7 OF THE NEXT 8 TO THEM. This is like 2007, which was the most non-legit AL East and WS Champion team I’ve seen in my life. 5-1 start on the Yankees, go on to lose 9 of the next 12, win the AL East with luck after almost choking away a 14.5 game lead, would’ve had your asses handed to you in 4 games by the Yankees had Cleveland not gotten lucky, end of season, Yankees bring home #27.

    So, I’m not expecting this team to go far in the playoffs. They got pretty lucky to get to Game 7 of the ALCS last year, but Manny and his like .550 AVG in the playoffs won’t be there to help them.

  1158. GreenBeret7 September 25th, 2009 at 10:26 pm

    Too bad that Rodriguez run of 11 straight years of 100 runs, 35 homers and 100 RBI is most likely over. Nobody has ever done it longer. He may get the RBI, possibly the homers, but, he’s not likely to get to 100 runs scored (75 now).

  1159. Jeremy September 25th, 2009 at 10:27 pm

    Alba, Edwar, and Bruney deserve a trip to DFA land.

  1160. Carl September 25th, 2009 at 10:27 pm

    a walk…terrible

  1161. CB September 25th, 2009 at 10:27 pm

    “it will be very interesting this winter if long or alex talks about how they did it exactly.”

    randy,

    you’ve probably seen this article but in case you haven’t Alex and Long have talked some about the adjustments made:

    “Tinkering in the batting cage recently, Alex Rodriguez spread his legs wide and trimmed some of the movement out of his swing. Hitting coach Kevin Long told A-Rod he looked like Albert Pujols – little fidgeting, small leg kick, head centered. “He said, ‘I love it, it feels great and I’m going to go out there with it,’” Long said.

    Friday night, Rodriguez got some payoff on his Pujols-style stance, going 4-for-4 with a triple, a walk, two runs and an RBI in the Yankees’ 20-11 rout of Boston. He nearly had two home runs, blasting a ball off the top of the Green Monster in the fifth that was hit so hard he only got a single and tripling to deep center in the seventh. “It feels good,” Rodriguez said. “Kevin and I have been working on some good things here in the last three or four days and I haven’t had much to show for it. It was just nice to get some results.” ”

    The first time I saw him in a sideways profile shot after he made that adjustment he really reminded me of old shots of Dimaggio in his stance. Not quite that wide – but that’s what I thought of.

    It really is similar to pujols base.

    http://www.nydailynews.com/spo.....4for4.html

  1162. Go Yanks September 25th, 2009 at 10:27 pm

    Gotta give Girardi props for switching DJ and JD in the order; definitely has worked out!

  1163. Yanks_Fan September 25th, 2009 at 10:28 pm

    Wow, Alba is bigger than ever…

  1164. Patrick September 25th, 2009 at 10:28 pm

    CB nice observations about Varitek. His swing is painfully slow.

    I’m obviously not an experienced catcher like randy but I did play there a bit in high school. As a catcher you need to have a quick throwing motion; basically you have to short arm it. There isn’t enough time to really reach back and launch it to second. That’s why a catcher needs a lot of arm strength because the throw to second is almost all arm.

  1165. Carl September 25th, 2009 at 10:29 pm

    I bet Rod doesn’t care about the runs hrs and rbi. The guy just wants a ring.

  1166. RhapsodyInBlue September 25th, 2009 at 10:30 pm

    Peter enjoy Boston no doubt you would prefer Springsteen’s 41 shots over Ronan Tynan’s version of “God Bless America”. ?

  1167. Angel - A tale told by idiots, full of sound and fury, signifying nothing September 25th, 2009 at 10:30 pm

    Even more amazingly A-Rod has gotten his average upt to almost .290.. not bad for a guy playing with a slightly gimpy hip coming off hip surgery.

  1168. DT - OPPC member (blood type - Positive) September 25th, 2009 at 10:30 pm

    We might not have set a SB record tonight, but I think a record was just set for the number of asterisks in one post.

  1169. Yanks_Fan September 25th, 2009 at 10:30 pm

    Well, at least it was Alba who threw the “message” pitch

  1170. rb September 25th, 2009 at 10:31 pm

    That stolen base record was set in 1890 per BaseballReference.com. Maybe Kay was referring to a modern day record or a record # of bases stolen against the Sox?

  1171. Ham Fighters September 25th, 2009 at 10:31 pm

    so where is this genius now:

    “Blueshirt Brawler
    September 25th, 2009 at 2:53 pm
    By the way, the Yankees aren’t clinching the division this weekend. If they can beat Lester with Joba/Aceves/Mitre, etc tonight it will be a miracle.”

  1172. NYY626 September 25th, 2009 at 10:32 pm

    ok, Al’s Octoberfest diagram is making me laugh

  1173. Christina- Pictures of the Girardi and A-Rod ejection + Leiter's Sock September 25th, 2009 at 10:33 pm

    Leiter is a nut.

  1174. CB September 25th, 2009 at 10:33 pm

    “Even if he fixes his mechanics his arm strength is terrible and his general transfer is just painfully slow. ”

    The thing is I don’t think it’s just a mechanical problem at all.

    That’s not the root cause and that’s why Varitek looks so bad and is probably done.

    The mechanical problem looks like it’s a way of compensating for a loss of arm strength and foot speed.

    He can’t get the ball efficiently to second base with a shorter “arm action” to borrow a pitching term. To compensate for that loss of power he’s loading his arm and scapula more.

    But as randy and patrick pointed out – as a catcher you have to sort of “short arm” the ball to release it quickly.

    I wonder what scouts are clocking Varitek’s pop times at now. They must be awful.

  1175. Rishi September 25th, 2009 at 10:33 pm

    been out all night – is there a post game on YES tonight?

  1176. rb September 25th, 2009 at 10:34 pm

    Holy crap, I actually got what Leiter was saying-

    rb September 25th, 2009 at 10:20 pm

    I didn’t understand what Leiter was trying to say, but it sounds like he’s adding a round and the two top teams in each league gets a bye. I don’t like the idea of adding a round.

  1177. Tunnel Man September 25th, 2009 at 10:34 pm

    trisha – OPPC lifetime member who is missing the worry gene September 25th, 2009 at 10:24 pm

    I have the NESN broadcast. One nice thing about the post is that I don’t have to watch NESN if the Yanks and Suxers should match up at any point.
    =======================================================

    Yeah, but Heidi Watney is Super Hawt.

  1178. trisha - OPPC lifetime member who is missing the worry gene September 25th, 2009 at 10:35 pm

    Postgame on YES. Postgames on YES all weekend.

  1179. Angel - A tale told by idiots, full of sound and fury, signifying nothing September 25th, 2009 at 10:35 pm

    I wonder, is A-Rod adjusting his stance partially to compensate for the affects of his surgery has had on his hip extension? I know he’s always done it, I just wonder if the adjustments they’re making this year are due to that in some way.

  1180. Carl September 25th, 2009 at 10:35 pm

    I don’t like albaladejo

  1181. Pel (a/k/a Bart Simpson, a/k/a O.J. Simpson) September 25th, 2009 at 10:35 pm

    Failbaladejo.

    :/

  1182. Benny Blanco September 25th, 2009 at 10:36 pm

    alba le gotta go.

  1183. Yanks_Fan September 25th, 2009 at 10:36 pm

    Albaladejo is really useless. What a waste.

  1184. Joe from Long Island September 25th, 2009 at 10:36 pm

    Is it just me, or can’t Albie get through an inning anymore?

  1185. Angel - A tale told by idiots, full of sound and fury, signifying nothing September 25th, 2009 at 10:36 pm

    NYY626
    September 25th, 2009 at 10:32 pm
    ok, Al’s Octoberfest diagram is making me laugh

    **********************************

    Did it involve one of his socks? Cause thats when he’s really at his most amusing, lol.

  1186. Rishi September 25th, 2009 at 10:37 pm

    Thanks, Trisha – how they just need to win the game!

  1187. Medical Hair Restoration September 25th, 2009 at 10:37 pm

    I cannot understand the point of leaving in Jon after 2 baserunners are on. There is no good purpose in giving the Red Sox any hope.

  1188. Christina- Pictures of the Girardi and A-Rod ejection + Leiter's Sock September 25th, 2009 at 10:37 pm

    rb September 25th, 2009 at 10:34 pm

    Holy crap, I actually got what Leiter was saying-

    rb September 25th, 2009 at 10:20 pm

    I didn’t understand what Leiter was trying to say, but it sounds like he’s adding a round and the two top teams in each league gets a bye. I don’t like the idea of adding a round.
    ————-

    Hes making the season shorter (154 games)

    Hes somehow adding in 2 additional wildcard spots

    From there I am not sure how the matchups would be. Something about the two best teams getting a bye. But what if the top 2 teams are in the same division? Or is it somehow the division leaders? But then how do you only have 2?

  1189. DYNASTY IS DESTINY! September 25th, 2009 at 10:37 pm

    The Red Sox stumble…

    On the road to October…

    Trees losing their leaves…

  1190. DT - OPPC member (blood type - Positive) September 25th, 2009 at 10:38 pm

    I wanted Marte for Ortiz two innings ago.

  1191. trisha - OPPC lifetime member who is missing the worry gene September 25th, 2009 at 10:38 pm

    “Yeah, but Heidi Watney is Super Hawt.”

    She is very pretty. The Suxer fans have been having a ball gossiping about her so-called dalliances with Sux players. She supposedly had an affair with “Tek” either during,or after his marriage ended; and gossip columns had her with none other than Nick Green the other evening! She has denied all and any interactions with players.

    :)

  1192. Christina- Pictures of the Girardi and A-Rod ejection + Leiter's Sock September 25th, 2009 at 10:39 pm

    # Angel – A tale told by idiots, full of sound and fury, signifying nothing September 25th, 2009 at 10:36 pm

    NYY626
    September 25th, 2009 at 10:32 pm
    ok, Al’s Octoberfest diagram is making me laugh

    **********************************

    Did it involve one of his socks? Cause thats when he’s really at his most amusing, lol.
    ————–

    I was at that game, Angel with the sock. It was hilarious. They showed a clip of it on the scoreboard thing. I have a picture of it on my blog.

  1193. Yankee Trader September 25th, 2009 at 10:39 pm

    Detroit loses 2-0.
    White Sox 2 hits against pitchers I never heard of Bonine, Perry, Ni, and Fien!!

  1194. Tunnel Man September 25th, 2009 at 10:39 pm

    Yoooooooooooooooooooooooooooooouse!

  1195. Carl September 25th, 2009 at 10:40 pm

    Philip

  1196. randy l. September 25th, 2009 at 10:40 pm

    Thurman like funky throw, did you sail a few into the runner on occasion ????

    pat m-

    no i had a little side arm throw that i released quickly and it just started towards the shortstop side of the bag and just dropped right on the bag.

    all kidding aside, a catcher has to be really quick with his feet and focus on getting rid of the ball quickly. he has to be quick on your feet so in one motion he can catch the ball and be in throwing position.

    that’s what i don’t see varitek doing. he catches the ball , loads up as CB says, and then throws. that’s to slow.

    it’s just like cano at second where he gets rid of the ball in one motion. if the catcher loads up trying to throw a BB down there , it takes too long. you have to have the arm strength from doing long toss and other throwing drills, but in a game you have to think quickness and not how hard the ball is thrown.

  1197. OKI/DAVE September 25th, 2009 at 10:40 pm

    Thanks Giradi for the Albalapeeho experiment….

  1198. trisha - OPPC lifetime member who is missing the worry gene September 25th, 2009 at 10:41 pm

    Rish, I really think you can breathe easy on this one. If you had watched the whole thing, you’d definitely be feeling it. Don’t let the end of the night fringes throw you on this one.

    :)

  1199. Tunnel Man September 25th, 2009 at 10:41 pm

    Detroit lost.

    Twins up 8-4 in 8th

  1200. Carl September 25th, 2009 at 10:42 pm

    Throw that breaker phil

  1201. Angel - A tale told by idiots, full of sound and fury, signifying nothing September 25th, 2009 at 10:42 pm

    I saw that Christina. I think I told you maybe a week or so ago how much I liked the sock pictures on your blog – and if I didn’t well I meant to, lol. When it was going on TV, I was laughing so hard thinking how much you would have enjoyed seeing that. It was really amusing.

  1202. rb September 25th, 2009 at 10:43 pm

    “From there I am not sure how the matchups would be. Something about the two best teams getting a bye. But what if the top 2 teams are in the same division? Or is it somehow the division leaders? But then how do you only have 2?”

    Christina, good point about the top 2 being in the same division. It certainly could be a possibility. Maybe the idea would be the 2 top records among division winners get the bye. But even with the shorter season, I’m not thrilled about adding a round.

  1203. 100 pitches of fun... September 25th, 2009 at 10:43 pm

    I am glad that 9-3 turns into you have to use Hughes and Mo. Just unreal that these AAA guys can’t get outs, but the Sox’s guys can.

  1204. Tom in N.J. September 25th, 2009 at 10:43 pm

    Posada will high praise for Hughes

  1205. Carl September 25th, 2009 at 10:43 pm

    That works

  1206. 100 pitches of fun... September 25th, 2009 at 10:44 pm

    I am surprised Girardi didn’t bring in Melancon…

  1207. Rishi September 25th, 2009 at 10:44 pm

    Trish –

    was trying to keep up on the cell phone (just to see how Joba did), but I hate when they let the other team back in. I do feel bad – I have a RS friend there tonight and told him I thought it would be a RS win so I would geet a Yankee win when I go sunday. Here’s hoping we didn’t trade games ;)

  1208. Tom in N.J. September 25th, 2009 at 10:44 pm

    opps with, not will…

  1209. Benny Blanco September 25th, 2009 at 10:44 pm

    phil is a beast!

  1210. DT - OPPC member (blood type - Positive) September 25th, 2009 at 10:44 pm

    157 K’s for Bay. Is he really going to get a big FA contract?
    I hope Cash runs the other way…

  1211. Betsy September 25th, 2009 at 10:44 pm

    Wow, Phil just dominated Bay, lol……..will he come out for the 9th?

  1212. CB September 25th, 2009 at 10:44 pm

    Albaladejo is simply awful. It’s a given that he’s going to give up runs.

    Either way this was the only game of the series where the Sox had a pitching advantage – they had their best going and the yankees squared the ball up very well against him while Joba threw a good game.

    Bull pen can go tonight with CC going tomorrow.

  1213. RalphieD (OPPC) September 25th, 2009 at 10:45 pm

    “I am glad that 9-3 turns into you have to use Hughes and Mo. Just unreal that these AAA guys can’t get outs, but the Sox’s guys can.”

    dont even think about making it seem like the sox are better…come on now

  1214. trisha - OPPC lifetime member who is missing the worry gene September 25th, 2009 at 10:45 pm

    “I am glad that 9-3 turns into you have to use Hughes and Mo. Just unreal that these AAA guys can’t get outs, but the Sox’s guys can.”

    Maybe their AAA guys get dumped into a lot more games than ours do so ours are a little rusty. In fact I think that’s it. I think we’ll be okay. Hughes and Mo are there for the 8th and the 9th. Hughes having thrown a few pitches would be fine for tomorrow. Who knows if Mo comes in tonight.

  1215. Ed in Oregon September 25th, 2009 at 10:46 pm

    What is the point of bringing in Albie… If he brings Hughes in … We would be done by now ? Seriously annoying !

  1216. Benny Blanco September 25th, 2009 at 10:46 pm

    100 pitches of fun…
    September 25th, 2009 at 10:43 pm
    I am glad that 9-3 turns into you have to use Hughes and Mo. Just unreal that these AAA guys can’t get outs, but the Sox’s guys can.
    ===============================================

    First of all, dave robertson is better than bowden, delcarmen combined.

  1217. Dave September 25th, 2009 at 10:46 pm

    GIIIIAAAAMMMBIIIINOOOOO!

  1218. Carl September 25th, 2009 at 10:46 pm

    Giambi does it again

  1219. Ed in Oregon September 25th, 2009 at 10:47 pm

    Wow… Giambino is doing well for the Rox… another clutch hit in the 9th to left field no less.

  1220. trisha - OPPC lifetime member who is missing the worry gene September 25th, 2009 at 10:48 pm

    Rish, I know what you’re saying but I guess that watching the Yanks be SO dominant tonight it really doesn’t bother me at all that they pick up a few runs against some of our lesser-used guys. To me 9-5 is still a dominant Yankee win. And Yanks are just so in the driver’s seat. This is a sweet, sweet feeling.

  1221. CB September 25th, 2009 at 10:48 pm

    How many games at Yankee stadium has Tito conceded this second half of the season at some point before the game has finished.

    Tito pulls his starting team off the field as if it were a spring training game once more.

    This might be the third game he’s done that in.

  1222. Betsy September 25th, 2009 at 10:48 pm

    LOL Ralphie, maybe that comforts that Sox fan…..they are losing, but hey – whatever helps him sleep better.

    I miss Phil throwing those awesome curves like the one he K’d Zimmerman on (Ryan?) against the Nats……

  1223. 100 pitches of fun... September 25th, 2009 at 10:48 pm

    Francona really waving the white flag..

  1224. Carl September 25th, 2009 at 10:48 pm

    Steal Guzman

  1225. Rishi September 25th, 2009 at 10:49 pm

    well – the RS giving up here

  1226. Carl September 25th, 2009 at 10:49 pm

    wow hes so fast I look back hes on 2nd

  1227. Yankee Trader September 25th, 2009 at 10:49 pm

    Guzman goes for a Yankee record??

  1228. Carl September 25th, 2009 at 10:50 pm

    Rockies win

  1229. Dave September 25th, 2009 at 10:50 pm

    “I miss Phil throwing those awesome curves like the one he K’d Zimmerman on (Ryan?) against the Nats……”

    I completely agree! I was thinking the same thing. I hope he doesn’t forget about that effective hook.

  1230. 100 pitches of fun... September 25th, 2009 at 10:50 pm

    Swishy is really lost..

  1231. GreenBeret7 September 25th, 2009 at 10:50 pm

    Gotta laugh at the “defensive indifference”. It’s been that way all night long for Varitek.

  1232. Carl September 25th, 2009 at 10:51 pm

    GreenBeret7 September 25th, 2009 at 10:50 pm

    Gotta laugh at the “defensive indifference”. It’s been that way all night long for Varitek.

    looool

  1233. 100 pitches of fun... September 25th, 2009 at 10:51 pm

    First of all, dave robertson is better than bowden, delcarmen combined.
    ————————-

    I never called Robertson a AAA pitcher. I am talking about the real AAA guys.

  1234. DT - OPPC member (blood type - Positive) September 25th, 2009 at 10:51 pm

    wow Swisher looks lost right now.

    paging Kevin Long, Levin Long.

  1235. randy l. September 25th, 2009 at 10:52 pm

    “As a catcher you need to have a quick throwing motion; basically you have to short arm it. There isn’t enough time to really reach back and launch it to second. That’s why a catcher needs a lot of arm strength because the throw to second is almost all arm”

    patrick-

    that’s exactly right. the only thing i’d add is that a catcher can be having his body in motion before he receives the ball so he can quickly leap into throwing position.
    you can’t stand and turn in two motions. you have to as you coming up be turned in one motion.

    then the short arm action is coming off the body being in the right position to throw. posada actually does this really well. you can see this move best when he doesn’t throw but jumps up to throw. great position to throw.

  1236. CB September 25th, 2009 at 10:52 pm

    GB7,

    That was a great line. Defensive indifference. Lots of irony there.

  1237. OKI/DAVE September 25th, 2009 at 10:52 pm

    If Swisher starts swinging like that I wouldn’t let him play in the 5 game series…Rather go with defense.

  1238. 100 pitches of fun... September 25th, 2009 at 10:52 pm

    The Rockies are on fire. The Cards don’t get to clinch tonight.

  1239. trisha - OPPC lifetime member who is missing the worry gene September 25th, 2009 at 10:53 pm

    Rish, I am actually going to be surprised if we don’t sweep this series. I think the opposition is in big, big trouble. JMO.

  1240. islesfan September 25th, 2009 at 10:53 pm

    I hope doesn’t skip Gehrig and Jeter on the countdown. Put Gehrig and Ruth together and Jeter and Billy.

  1241. Rishi September 25th, 2009 at 10:53 pm

    here we go “last licks” as it were

  1242. Dave September 25th, 2009 at 10:53 pm

    Gotta love Kay’s enthusiasm…

    “If they’re gonna do anything they’re gonna have to do it against Phil Coke.”

  1243. Christina- Pictures of the Girardi and A-Rod ejection + Leiter's Sock September 25th, 2009 at 10:53 pm

    # Angel – A tale told by idiots, full of sound and fury, signifying nothing September 25th, 2009 at 10:42 pm

    I saw that Christina. I think I told you maybe a week or so ago how much I liked the sock pictures on your blog – and if I didn’t well I meant to, lol. When it was going on TV, I was laughing so hard thinking how much you would have enjoyed seeing that. It was really amusing.
    ——————-
    Aww, thanks Angel! Gotta love when hes in the booth.

  1244. Ed in Oregon September 25th, 2009 at 10:54 pm

    I wonder why Tito left Tek in ??? Any ideas ?

  1245. DT - OPPC member (blood type - Positive) September 25th, 2009 at 10:56 pm

    “I wonder why Tito left Tek in ??? Any ideas ?”

    the captain always goes down with the ship….

  1246. GreenBeret7 September 25th, 2009 at 10:57 pm

    CB
    September 25th, 2009 at 10:52 pm
    GB7,

    That was a great line. Defensive indifference. Lots of irony there.

    ————————————————————

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  1247. 100 pitches of fun... September 25th, 2009 at 10:57 pm

    I guess Francona took his guys out of the game because they got to NY at 5 am. But it does seem weird they are only down by 4 runs.

  1248. Rishi September 25th, 2009 at 10:57 pm

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    DT – OPPC member (blood type – Positive) September 25th, 2009 at 10:56 pm

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    the captain always goes down with the ship….

    ——————–

    LOL!

  1251. 100 pitches of fun... September 25th, 2009 at 10:59 pm

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  1252. Dave September 25th, 2009 at 10:59 pm

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    “I wonder why Tito left Tek in ??? Any ideas ?”
    the captain always goes down with the ship….”

    DT-

    ooh , that’s good.
    i’m using that line on my red sox friends tomorrow.

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    bye, bye Tek.

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  1262. 100 pitches of fun... September 25th, 2009 at 11:02 pm

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  1264. Pel (a/k/a Bart Simpson, a/k/a O.J. Simpson) September 25th, 2009 at 11:02 pm

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  1265. 100 pitches of fun... September 25th, 2009 at 11:03 pm

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  1274. Rob B (Officially on the Jeter for MVP bandwagon) September 25th, 2009 at 11:03 pm

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    Oh, wait, that’s nothing to crow about.

    But he did just get a DP grounder to end the game.

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    Lot of betting people lost money tonight picking Lester and Sox!

  1279. vtyankeefan-the original!! September 25th, 2009 at 11:04 pm

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  1280. trisha - OPPC lifetime member who is missing the worry gene September 25th, 2009 at 11:04 pm

    “Varitek is a pleasure to watch.”

    :D

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    Carl
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    ——

    I knew something was funny about that shot

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    Nobody in my circle!!!

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  1287. trisha - OPPC lifetime member who is missing the worry gene September 25th, 2009 at 11:06 pm

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    Gammons wrote a column today. He said that this series was going to be used as a learning tool.

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  1289. 100 pitches of fun... September 25th, 2009 at 11:07 pm

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  1290. trisha - OPPC lifetime member who is missing the worry gene September 25th, 2009 at 11:10 pm

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    With a sweep, Yanks clinch on Sunday!

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    :)
    ———————————-

    Well, women think Nick Green is very handsome. But yeah, reporters(male or female/straight or gay), even team reporters, shouldn’t date their subjects.

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