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Game 156: Red Sox at Yankees

Posted by: Peter Abraham - Posted in Misc on Sep 27, 2009 Print This Post Print This Post | Email This Post Email This Post

imagesYANKEES (99-56)
Jeter SS
Gardner CF
Teixeira 1B
Rodriguez 3B
Matsui DH
Swisher RF
Cano 2B
Cabrera LF
Molina C

Pitching: LHP Andy Pettitte (13-7, 4.15).

images-1RED SOX (91-63)
Ellsbury CF
Pedroia 2B
Bay LF
Youkilis 1B
Ortiz DH
Lowell 3B
Drew RF
Varitek C
Gonzalez SS

Pitching: RHP Paul Byrd (1-2, 6.04).

TIME/TV: 1:05, ESPN.

STATE OF THE ‘STRIPES: It’s pretty simple. The Yankees need one win in their last seven games to clinch the division title and home-field advantage throughout the playoffs. Only the Red Sox can catch the Yankees in the division and for the best record in the league.

RIVALRY REVERSAL: After losing the first eight games of the season series, the Yankees have won eight of the last nine games against Boston. The Red Sox lead the season series 9-8. Each team has scored 97 runs.

ON A ROLL: The Yankees have won four straight, 12 of 18, 21 of 30 and 37 of 51.

STAGGERED SOX: Boston has lost four of its last six.

MILESTONE WATCH: Robbie Cano needs one hit for 200. … Johnny Damon is one home run shy of a career-high 25.

BRONX BATTERING: The Yankees have won six straight games at home against Boston. It’s the longest such streak since 2001 when the Yankees won seven straight.

JOHNNY DURABLE: Johnny Damon needs one more game to mark his 14th consecutive season of at least 140 games. Only four players in history have been as durable. Hank Aaron, Brooks Robinson and Pete Rose played at least 140 games for 16 consecutive seasons. Willie Mays did it 15 years.

Cal Ripken Jr., in case you were wondering, did it 16 out of 17 years.

DARN THOSE SOX: Pettitte is 17-9, 3.76 in 33 career starts against Boston.

PROFITABLE: Pettitte need 5.2 innings to reach 190 innings and an additional $750,000 in bonus payments.

STREAKING ON: Victor Martinez has hit safely in 25 consecutive games.

ON THE iPOD RIGHT NOW: Stars and Boulevards by Augustana.

Back later with more.

UPDATE, 10:04 a.m.: Yes, I am aware that it is raining. There are no windows in the press box. But it’s a 1 p.m. start and they’ll stick around as long as it takes to get the game. So if you have tickets, be advised that there will be no BP but they’ll eventually play.

We will, as always, keep you posted.

UPDATE, 12:07 p.m.: Here’s the deal … The gates are open, the tarp is down, it’s drizzling and they plan to play eventually. I wouldn’t be in a rush to get here, but if you have tickets be advised that they’ll wait to play as long as it takes.

Posada is feeling better today but they’re being cautious. Just a regular day off Molina. … Phil Hughes was rocking a new Rey Maualuga No. 58 Bengals jersey today. The Franchise is a big USC fan.

UPDATE, 12:16 p.m.: The tarp is coming off the field. If things hold up, we could have an on-time start or close to it.

UPDATE, 12:46 p.m.: Spoke too soon. Tarp back down now. We will not start on time.

UPDATE, 1:13 p.m.: The Yanks are showing the Giants game during the rain delay.

UPDATE, 1:36 p.m.: Tarp coming off. 2:05 approximate start time.

UPDATE, 2:09 p.m.: We are underway after a delay of 63 minutes. It’s still a little misty.

UPDATE, 2:44 p.m.: Anthony McCarron of the News hates bunting as much as I do. Atta boy, A-Mac.

UPDATE, 2:47 p.m.: Meantime, Paul Byrd’s pitches aren’t registering on the scoreboard radar gun. The gun is either broken or the pitches are too slow.

UPDATE, 2:50 p.m.: What part of “Robbie Cano can’t run” isn’t clear? He is 17 of 38 in his career. That’s 45 percent. That means he should not run.

Byrd started this game praying he could get 15 outs. The Yankees have handed him two of them. Makes no sense.

UPDATE, 2:58 p.m.: Pettitte has so far put nine runners on base in three innings and is closing in on 60 pitches due to a lack of command. Either he has a temporary case of the stinks or his shoulder is bothering him again.

That cutter he was getting so many swings and misses on the last few weeks is missing so far.

UPDATE, 3:03 p.m.: Melky homers to make it 2-1. Good thing Cano ran last inning.

UPDATE, 3:07 p.m.: Jose Molina is 0 for his last 17. Did they send Francisco Cerveli home and I missed it?

UPDATE, 3:27 p.m.: Usain Bolt, the word’s fastest man, is at the game. He’s just lucky Brett Gardner took up baseball and not track.

UPDATE, 3:31 p.m.: Pettitte has retired eight straight. He has his groove back. Yanks trail 2-1 in the fifth.

UPDATE, 3:36 p.m.: Red Sox will appeal at second. Swisher might be out. Looked like he left early.

UPDATE, 3:37 p.m.: Yep, he’s out. Yankees continue to hand cheap outs to Byrd.

UPDATE, 3:38 p.m.: Swisher is very agitated in the dugout. It would not be a shock if he said something to umpire Tim Welke on his way out to right field and got tossed. Swish can be a hothead. This is where a coach needs to calm him down.

Replays showed he left on time. Bad call.

UPDATE, 3:44 p.m.: Swish gets a warm reception from the Bleacher Creatures. They love him.

UPDATE, 3:58 p.m.: Paul Byrd did his job. Saito to face Matsui with runners on first and second and no outs.

UPDATE, 4:07 p.m.: Matsui does it again. What a season he is having. That two-run single gives him 90 RBI and it gives the Yankees a 3-2 lead. Came back from 0-2. A-Rod’s at-bat was the key to the inning.

UPDATE, 4:15 p.m.: I hate to tell you this, I really do. But Brian Bruney is coming in to pitch.

UPDATE, 4:22 p.m.: Bruney gets it done, 1-2-3. Yankees six outs away from a clinch.

UPDATE, 4:30 p.m.: The sun has broken through here at the Stadium.

UPDATE, 4:37 p.m.: Wow, more Bruney. Girardi will not use Hughes three days in a row. That makes sense. This is where they could use Dave Robertson.

But if Bruney can get through this, he’ll improve his odds of making the postseason roster.

UPDATE, 4:40 p.m.: Five up and five down for Bruney and he gets a nice hand from the crowd. Phil Coke to face David Ortiz.

Two things here: Coke has allowed six homers against lefty hitters this season and Ortiz has homered in three of his last four games.

UPDATE, 4:48 p.m.: Tex drops one over the fence in right for his 38th home run, one behind Carlos Pena with six games left to play. Yankees give Mo an insurance run to work with.

UPDATE, 4:56 p.m.: The Yankees hand a 4-2 lead to the Sandman in the ninth inning. Three outs from clinching at home and against their rivals.

 
 

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932 Responses to “Game 156: Red Sox at Yankees”

  1. Carl September 27th, 2009 at 9:46 am

    Sweeeep! Lets do it Yanks!

  2. Rishi September 27th, 2009 at 9:48 am

    getting excited!! heading out to the game at 11:30…can’t wait!!

  3. Angel Rodriguez September 27th, 2009 at 9:48 am

    Andy Pettitte NO -Hitter TODAY !

  4. crawdaddy September 27th, 2009 at 9:49 am

    Pete,

    Is it still raining at the ballpark?

  5. Stevie September 27th, 2009 at 9:49 am

    Peter,

    Does the Boston Globe’s Dan Shaughnessy wear a ‘Roid Sox uniform when he writes his propaganda?

    “Let Girardi wear his guys out. The Sox are getting ready for the playoffs. Call it Tito’s rope-a-dope.”

    http://www.boston.com/sports/b.....ds/?page=1

    This is an embarrassment to journalism.

  6. Rishi September 27th, 2009 at 9:51 am

    Stevie – don’t want to click the link — but are there any comments posted to that article?

  7. crawdaddy September 27th, 2009 at 9:51 am

    I linked that article in another thread and thought it was funny since Girardi has been resting his players a lot in September.

  8. REA in MI September 27th, 2009 at 9:52 am

    Hello from Michigan. Do any fellow expatriates know whether today’s game will be blacked out on MLB.com?

  9. hey kelvin says September 27th, 2009 at 9:52 am

    Pete probably already has contract signed and all with the Globe. He won’t bash the red sox. lol

  10. Stevie September 27th, 2009 at 9:58 am

    Rishi September 27th, 2009 at 9:51 am

    Stevie – don’t want to click the link — but are there any comments posted to that article?
    ===================================

    Yeah, there are currently 49 comments attached. Some are calling him out, but most are trying to rationalize why they’re losing to New York.

  11. Josh from NC September 27th, 2009 at 9:58 am

    Rishi,
    there is about 50 or so comments

  12. Coach6423 September 27th, 2009 at 10:00 am

    REA,

    where in Michigan?, and the game is on ESPN, so im guessing yes.

  13. Rishi September 27th, 2009 at 10:01 am

    Thanks – just wondering if there was any common sense left up there. Realistically, they were not going to catch up for the division, but to try to justify putting mostly your A-team out there and losing like that makes no sense. As does taking at least 2 games off the schedule and not taking games off the magic number to win what you think you will – the Wild Card. I don’t see Texas rolling over out there.

  14. Rishi September 27th, 2009 at 10:02 am

    BTW – now Ken Rosenthal thinks the Yankees are set up for a post-season run:

    http://msn.foxsports.com/mlb (it’s the first cover story)

  15. REA in MI September 27th, 2009 at 10:03 am

    Coach-
    Plymouth. Been here less than a year and praying the Tigers hold on so I can use the tickets I bought for the ALDS at Comerica…

  16. Stevie September 27th, 2009 at 10:04 am

    Rishi September 27th, 2009 at 10:01 am

    Thanks – just wondering if there was any common sense left up there. Realistically, they were not going to catch up for the division, but to try to justify putting mostly your A-team out there and losing like that makes no sense. As does taking at least 2 games off the schedule and not taking games off the magic number to win what you think you will – the Wild Card. I don’t see Texas rolling over out there.
    ==================================================

    Let me correct myself, upon further review, the commentators really BASHING Shaughnessy. Peter, may not like what he got himself into. The Globe readers are a pretty rough audience (and I thought we were mean).

  17. Tom in N.J. September 27th, 2009 at 10:05 am

    Depending on who you you’re ISP is you may be able to watch the game on ESPN 360…

    http://espn.go.com/broadband/e.....1&

  18. Stevie September 27th, 2009 at 10:08 am

    ahahhahahahahhahahahahhhaha

    This is pretty funny. You know how most bloggers thought Torre was too passive. They used to make fun of the green tea, and they would say Torre is sleeping on the job. Well, the Boston fans are the same, they’re calling for Tito’s dismissal, and they refer to him has FranCOMA.

  19. NYY626 - Go Andy September 27th, 2009 at 10:09 am

    I went to the game with some sox fans yesterday. My friend was arguing that only people who aren’t real yankee fans wear Jeter shirts. I understand that Jeter is popular outside of NY and has an extended fanbase because of who is he, but I thought that comment was absolutely ridiculous. How are you not a real yankee fan if you wear a shirt of a player who has been on our team for 14 years? :roll: I am still baffled by this. ( for the record, I was wearing a Mo shirt, so I did not inspire this rant of hers).

    Anyways, I just wanted to vent about the stupidity of sox fans. Now let’s hope Andy will help us get the sweep and the division today!

  20. Coach6423 September 27th, 2009 at 10:10 am

    REA, Im way up on the shores of Lake Superior….been here for 3 years…3 years to long…haha

  21. Vader September 27th, 2009 at 10:12 am

    Snipets from comments to Dan Shaughnessys’ article:

    “Go back to being an extra in Lord of the Rings, Frodo. Because your analysis is garbage.”

    “but the article was a good attempt at justifying getting owned in the second half by the Yanks.”

    “Very few cards left in this deck. Wishful thinking.”

    “I think that Dan lives in his own little world where he makes things up on his way to return the ring to Mordor…”

    “This Yankees/Red Sox rivalry is getting absurd. Is absurd. Everyone take a breath and repeat after me…It’s only baseball. Not the fate of humankind.”

    “well I see bunch of Yankee fans posting as Sox fans on this blog lol + some post 2004 bandwagoners…DS usually hyperventilate, but this article is on the mark…”

    “This may be the single most stupidest article I have ever read. I always thought Danny boy was closet-crazy, but this takes the cake.”

  22. Mark in Tampa September 27th, 2009 at 10:17 am

    The radar has the back end of the rain in the Rahway/Elizabeth area, so there should be no issues with the game.

  23. pat September 27th, 2009 at 10:17 am

    “Game 157: Red Sox at Yankees”

    What happened to Game 156?

  24. Wang IS Taiwan September 27th, 2009 at 10:18 am

    “There are no windows in the press box”.

    Hmm…That might explain John Sterling’s crazy game calling if we didn’t already know he had a MONITOR to watch, too!

    PETE — Enjoy your last couple of days with the mighty pinstripes and press buddies. I’m going to try and enjoy the next couple of days without getting too down about you leaving us…but it’s tough.

  25. Mark September 27th, 2009 at 10:19 am

    Just another example on why the New York beat writers are much better than the Boston beat writers. It always seems to me Pete, Feinsand, Kepner, and Sweeney at WFAN are all pretty much fair and balanced (did I just use the Fox News tag line?). I remember Pete I think it was one game in Boston one or two years ago writing how someone cheered when the Sox got a hit in the press box which is obviously an unwritten rule among the writers.

    Go Yanks today end that division.

  26. Joe from Long Island September 27th, 2009 at 10:19 am

    Pete – exactly what was the rationale behind not having windows in the press box? Some punishment for the fourth estate?

  27. jennifer September 27th, 2009 at 10:21 am

    “Let Girardi wear his guys out. The Sox are getting ready for the playoffs. Call it Tito’s rope-a-dope.”

    ********

    Hysterical as someone pointed out Joe has been doing a very good job of resting his players all season. They still have 6 games left. You can bet your bottom dollar if the Yankees clinch today, tomorrow will be the C lineup. Everyone will get a rest.

  28. Mark in Tampa September 27th, 2009 at 10:22 am

    “what was the rationale behind not having windows in the press box?”

    After reading the Globe column, I think the no windows may be just on the Boston side of the press box. Apparently Pete has been moved to enemy territory already. :)

  29. BD September 27th, 2009 at 10:22 am

    From two posts ago:

    “Reality – Only 3 teams have won the World Series as the Wild Card. Because it happened to your team 5 years ago means absolutely nothing in 2009.”

    Actually, 4 WC teams have won the WS. In fact, since they adopted this format in ’95, more WS winners have come from the WC than from any other seed. Not that being the WC represents any kind of advantage, but based on empirical evidence, it clearly hasn’t been a detriment, either.

    Of course, none of that means anything in terms of this year’s playoffs. The Yankees should be regarded as favorites because they are, objectively speaking, the strongest team in the playoffs and they’ll have HFA throughout. The RS are very much in contention also, since they’re probably the second-best team in the AL. But having to face the Angels on the road to start in no way helps their chances.

  30. Wang IS Taiwan September 27th, 2009 at 10:22 am

    Oh no, Stevie — they’re horrible fans. I read their blog postings after they lose — mostly for enjoyment. They are downright vicious.

    I don’t want Pete having to deal with them at all, but what can you do? The Globe’s a bigger paper, and Boston is his home.

    Yikes.

  31. Stevie September 27th, 2009 at 10:23 am

    The Hilarious backlash to Dan Shaughnessys drivel:

    “I’ll tell you who does need a rest. All your readers need a rest.”

    “There is nothing like the smell of fear in the morning!”

    “Okay. So losing has become the new winning.”

    “I give the Red Sox credit. They’re a powerful PR machine and now all you media/journalist guys are a part of it.”

    “Don’t deny it. You’ve all sold out to “Happy Talk” Red Sox and it’s nothing to be “happy” about.”

    “This may be the single most stupidest article I have ever read. I always thought Danny boy was closet-crazy, but this takes the cake.”

    “Just remember what A-Roid and fat Sabbathia have for a track record in the playoffs. If the Yankees don’t win the WS this year after robbing Fort Knox to purchase this team, they will be totally humiliated and embarrassed and be seen for the losers and abject failures that they are.”

  32. Doreen September 27th, 2009 at 10:24 am

    I just had to shake my head at that article. Because I recall reading posts right here lambasting Girardi for resting his players, multiple players, during the stretch where Boston was seemingly unable to lose.

    Girardi has consistently rested his players so that at this time of year, no one is burnt out. Girardi has kept his eye on the prize since Day One. And it’s seemed to work out well so far. He’s able to continue managing his team on a continuum instead of changing things up.

    Would that NY writers be so team-friendly. Sigh.

  33. Carl September 27th, 2009 at 10:30 am

    Before the All-Star Break Yanks were 4-13 vs. BOS/DET/LAA. After All-Star Break are 14-2 vs BOS/DET/LAA.

    from Yankeeswfan twitter

  34. Christina- Pictures of the Girardi and A-Rod ejection + Leiter's Sock September 27th, 2009 at 10:34 am

    Ouch, and they say the Globe has amazing writers. What a poorly written article that Dan man wrote. If you’re going to criticize Girardi, at least have the facts somewhat straight. I guess he didnt see the game where Shelley Duncan was the RF and a handful of their starters were out. Girardi isnt messing around with things, but he also isnt going to sit Jeter, Arod, and Tex everyday. Once they clinch, it will give him more luxury in giving these players days off in preparation for the playoffs. Any fool knows this.

  35. Stevie September 27th, 2009 at 10:37 am

    Doreen-

    “Would the NY writers be so team-friendly. Sigh.”

    That’s a BIG criticism of the Boston/ESPN/New England media – they’re in the tank for the Sox (most notoriously, Peter Gammons).

  36. Mark September 27th, 2009 at 10:37 am

    Christina- Great point using the Wednesday game as an example. I mean Joe used Ian Kennedy pitching his first inning in the majors in a 3-2 game in the 8th inning.

  37. BBFan September 27th, 2009 at 10:40 am

    Given that Rangers won yesterday, SOX can not win WC and celebrate at YS.

    So, I see Girardi using B-lineup today. I think Gardner will be in, Damon will sit. Won’t be surprised if Cervelli catches. Also, due to the rain, field will be a mess in the outfield, so do not want to take chances with Damon.

    On the other hand as Dan Shaughnessys says let us see what kind of lineup Boston fields.

  38. m September 27th, 2009 at 10:46 am

    lol @ DO(h!)’s article.

    We put up our “C” lineup the other day, and still managed to beat the Angel’s “A” lineup. What gives, Dan? I was wondering why there were so many fresh faces for Boston yesterday. What an elaborate coverup to hide the fact that he couldn’t put his “starting” catcher out there to get embarrassed again.

    I don’t read too much of the Boston media, but from what I’ve seen of DO, if the Red Sox or Celtics are doing well, then his style is to speak well of their rivals. But when his Sox or Celtics aren’t playing well it’s “resting” or “injuries”. The buzzer or final out doesn’t give a hoot about injuries. Whoever wants it more usually wins.

    It’ll be interesting to see what kind of journalism Pete will take to Boston. If he’s fair and balanced will he be seen as a carpetbagger?

  39. bru September 27th, 2009 at 10:47 am

    Stevie
    September 27th, 2009 at 10:23 am
    The Hilarious backlash to Dan Shaughnessys drivel:

    “I’ll tell you who does need a rest. All your readers need a rest.”

    “There is nothing like the smell of fear in the morning!”

    “Okay. So losing has become the new winning.”

    “I give the Red Sox credit. They’re a powerful PR machine and now all you media/journalist guys are a part of it.”

    “Don’t deny it. You’ve all sold out to “Happy Talk” Red Sox and it’s nothing to be “happy” about.”

    “This may be the single most stupidest article I have ever read. I always thought Danny boy was closet-crazy, but this takes the cake.”

    “Just remember what A-Roid and fat Sabbathia have for a track record in the playoffs. If the Yankees don’t win the WS this year after robbing Fort Knox to purchase this team, they will be totally humiliated and embarrassed and be seen for the losers and abject failures that they are.”

    ————————————————————

    if boston does not win the ws they can only blame themselves for being cheap

    they are 1 or 2 players away from being the best team in baseball & did nothing to better the team

    you spend what you make as a business & as a person in life

    the yankess make about 400 million in revenue give or take & spend bout 50 percent on payroll.
    the rs maybe spend 40 or so percent on payroll.

    what do you want the yankees to do spend 70 million on payroll with over 400 million in revenue?

    the rs are a powerhouse team but the yankees are on the mountain alone as kings of baseball.

    this is not an opinion it is a reality.

    if it were the other way around i would regretfully admit it also.

    but it isnt.

  40. jpb1973 September 27th, 2009 at 10:47 am

    One reason that they Yankees aren’t giving their players days off is because during the last 20 days of the season (Sept 15th to Oct 4th) the Ynkees have 3 days off built into the schedule. Boston, on the other hand, has to play 20 consecutive days with a day off.

  41. Stephen September 27th, 2009 at 10:48 am

    Shaughnessy is not a homer. Remember his constant feuds with Schilling?

    The guy’s a good sports columnist, respected around the country, who wrote a column that Yankee fans disagree with. The piece isn’t the crime against humanity you guys are making it out to be.

  42. Bronx Jeers September 27th, 2009 at 10:48 am

    Reading some of the comments attached to the Shaughnessy article.

    The writers may be homers but most of those commenters are an astute bunch and call out the article for what it is.

    If that’s Pete’s future audience, he’s got his work cut out for him.

  43. MaineYankee September 27th, 2009 at 10:49 am

    m

    I guess he will be nice to the Lakers this year then. :lol:

  44. Doreen September 27th, 2009 at 10:50 am

    jpb1973

    That, I think is a fair point to make. The writer should have used that.

  45. Jim the VT Yankeefan September 27th, 2009 at 10:51 am

    A-Rod’s production this year if he had played 162 games:

    R 102
    H 166
    HR 38
    XBH 62
    RBI 127
    SB 19
    BB 108
    BA 0.286
    OBP 0.404
    SLG 0.527
    OPS 0.931
    OPS+ 143

  46. bru September 27th, 2009 at 10:51 am

    what was lester doing out there almost getting lost for the playoffs in meaningless game???

  47. Rebecca--Optimist Prime--Montero Fanaticus Primus September 27th, 2009 at 10:51 am

    Just got tickets to game one of ALDS!!!

  48. MaineYankee September 27th, 2009 at 10:52 am

    Doreen
    September 27th, 2009 at 10:50 am
    jpb1973

    That, I think is a fair point to make. The writer should have used that.

    —————————————

    If he had then he would’nt have a story.

  49. Doreen September 27th, 2009 at 10:53 am

    Stephen -

    I don’t think anyone’s making it out to be a crime against humanity. Just disagreeing with his take that Girardi is not resting players. Because he has been resting players. Just didn’t do so yesterday.

  50. m September 27th, 2009 at 10:53 am

    MaineYankee,

    Well, either way if he isn’t? Then they need to pull that chia pet’s writing privileges. As the defending champions (I love saying that), they deserve respect.

    :)

    Seriously, the Celtics lost some personnel this season? And I saw some article talking about how the season rests on KG’s knee. Why wouldn’t he be healed & ready to go? Boston & Cavs and then everyone else. I think the Magic fall off.

  51. randy l. September 27th, 2009 at 10:53 am

    “Won’t be surprised if Cervelli catches.”

    the only way cervelli catches is if trisha has photos of girardi eating twinkies :)

    just kidding , why not? it’s a wet field. why have posada running the bases or slipping on the grass on a foul pop up.

  52. dennis-Costanza September 27th, 2009 at 10:53 am

    Everything about NYY and their fans= good.

    Everything about Bos and their fans= bad.

    There is no middle ground I guess. Huh.

    I guess reading the posts today is what it is like to read a Glenn Beck book.

    -dennis

  53. Doreen September 27th, 2009 at 10:54 am

    Maine Yankee -

    He would have a story, but the antagonist would have been the schedule makers, not the Yankees. :lol:

  54. murphydog September 27th, 2009 at 10:56 am

    “Let Girardi wear his guys out. The Sox are getting ready for the playoffs. Call it Tito’s rope-a-dope.”

    Yeah, the article is Boston drivel, shades of seasons past with Boston showing its inferiority complex.

    But IMO, the point we are missing is that this is further proof of a growing problem. There is something very wrong with the wild card. There’s not enough of a penalty for not taking the division.

    The Wild Card “winner” should not be in a position to rest anyone, should have to play an extra game or go into the first round with only 24 players or something. It should be hard as hell to win the ALDS if you are the wild card, not roughly the same as being one of the division winners.

    Tito’s Rope a dope? Shameful to boast about.

  55. Doreen September 27th, 2009 at 10:56 am

    dennis -

    Not so. At least not for this Yankees fan. :)

    Many here have spoken about having a grudging respect for the “other” team.

    But today, I guess, it’s go for the jugular.

  56. Trevor (Super Mario) September 27th, 2009 at 10:57 am

    Ha ha Molina in the lineup again. I wonder how many times will he come up with RISP. :lol:

  57. Stevie September 27th, 2009 at 10:57 am

    Posada is still out.

    Poor Jorge, this year he’s been hit face with more balls than Erin Andrews. ;)

  58. m September 27th, 2009 at 10:57 am

    Didn’t we go through our stretch of 30 games in 31 days or something? I’m pretty sure that Girardi rested his players in that stretch.

    The thing is that the Sox have not actually clinched. I know it’s likely, but you’d like to take care of business first.

    But if you want a peek inside Tito’s head, just remember what he did on Friday night. He pulled his players in the 8th. Yes, they were down 4 runs. But to give them 1 inning of rest? It looked bad from my pov.

  59. dennis-Costanza September 27th, 2009 at 10:59 am

    Doreen.

    I was making a light joke to get a laugh from the regulars. I just do not like using smiley faces…

    Hope time is going lightly on this Sunday morning.

    -dennis

  60. Mark September 27th, 2009 at 10:59 am

    No Damon no Posada no problem. Hope Posada takes as much time as he needs to get that neck better.

  61. Doreen September 27th, 2009 at 10:59 am

    murphydog -

    Here’s the thing about penalizing he WC winner. Many times the WC winner is a better team and played a better season that the winner of either of the other two divisions. Boston stands a chance of having he 2nd best record in baseball. Why should they (or any other team in the same situation) be penalized? It’s not their fault there is a WC.

  62. Doreen September 27th, 2009 at 11:00 am

    dennis -

    And I’m a smiley face over-user. Is there a 12-step program??

    :)

  63. Stevie September 27th, 2009 at 11:00 am

    # Rebecca–Optimist Prime–Montero Fanaticus Primus September 27th, 2009 at 10:51 am

    Just got tickets to game one of ALDS!!!
    ——————————————-

    How digya do that?

  64. m September 27th, 2009 at 11:00 am

    dennis,

    Agreed with Doreen. That 0-8 start gave us an inferiority complex that’s been tough to shake.

    :)
    ;)
    :P
    :lol:

  65. Betsy September 27th, 2009 at 11:03 am

    I refuse to click on the link to Shaughnessy’s article – I think his hair curlers are wound too tight? Tito’s rope-a-dope? I think it’s more like Boston-writers-are-dopes.

  66. dennis-Costanza September 27th, 2009 at 11:03 am

    Nick/PatM.

    NFL 5 star.

    Over 38 Wsh/Det

    PatM. Glad you played my MI over yesterday.

    Nick. Sorry about your Cal Bears. Hope you made some decent wagers though…

    -dennis

  67. yankswin27 September 27th, 2009 at 11:04 am

    Lineup on the final game of the regular season:

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

  68. MaineYankee September 27th, 2009 at 11:04 am

    m
    September 27th, 2009 at 10:53 am
    MaineYankee,

    Well, either way if he isn’t? Then they need to pull that chia pet’s writing privileges. As the defending champions (I love saying that), they deserve respect.

    Seriously, the Celtics lost some personnel this season? And I saw some article talking about how the season rests on KG’s knee. Why wouldn’t he be healed & ready to go? Boston & Cavs and then everyone else. I think the Magic fall off.

    —————————————————-

    You should have learned by now not to trust everything the press writes.

    I haven’t gotten a sense either way how KG’s knee is. Kinda being a bit quiet about it.

    They lost Powe but not much else. Added some good pieces also. Rasheed and Daniels are good pieces.

    Should be an interesting season on both coasts.

    Can Kobe and Ron get along?

  69. dennis-Costanza September 27th, 2009 at 11:07 am

    Mel.

    Hope you are well. Was using the word “shake” a dig at Papi? Pats need a win today.

    Doreen.

    You use smiley faces correctly so there is no rehab needed. It is the folks that say something mean spirited and then throw the smiley face after it…They need the rehab.

    -dennis

  70. Joe September 27th, 2009 at 11:07 am

    Why do we need to rest guys now?

    If we clinch today, the regulars get 9 days off before the playoffs start and can take a nice vacation.

    I doubt you see many regulars from here on out.

  71. Kevin S. September 27th, 2009 at 11:08 am

    Yeah, why would we want to penalize the WC winner, but reward some division winner who took down a crappy division with 85 games. What are we rewarding them for, an accident of geography?

  72. m September 27th, 2009 at 11:09 am

    Oh, I forgot about Rasheed. Great pickup.

    Good question about Kobe & Ron-ron. I wish he’d stop talking, because he says some of the strangest things.

    There may be quite a bit of drama this season. The writers are going to have a field day.

  73. KWAN September 27th, 2009 at 11:10 am

    If we don’t advance in the postseason, it will be because of our pitching and/or lack of hitting with RISP.

    Not because the players are “tired”. Rest = overrated. Especially in the first round format with all the off-days. Do they even play 2 days in a row?

  74. Betsy September 27th, 2009 at 11:12 am

    Doreen, I disagree – maybe the first time I’ve disagreed with you. That is the WC team’s problem – hey, they weren’t good enough to win their division; it doesn’t make any difference that they would have been good enough in another division. The fact is, they play in that division (in this case the Sox play in the East, but I would feel the same way about any other WC team) a nd they weren’t good enough over the long haul. I like Murphy’s suggestions…….

    Dennis, not true. I hate the Sox, but I respect them……..I think most of us feel the same way. Today, we are getting on the Boston media, specifically Dan Shaugnessy, for writing an article that debunks any thoughts that the Boston media is objective when it comes to the Red Sox.

  75. Eric September 27th, 2009 at 11:12 am

    The division winner has no advantage over the WC in this best-of-5 format. Boston can concede the division and rest guys with no consequences except one less home game (to a team that they own anyway). Why even push for the division?

    They need to change the format, penalize the WC winner, not give them an equal chance to win a series.

  76. Betsy September 27th, 2009 at 11:13 am

    Oops, didn’t see the comment that you were joking, Dennis…..sorry, lol.

  77. MaineYankee September 27th, 2009 at 11:13 am

    m

    I think Ron is similar to Milton Bradley. Lots of physical talent but not so much mental talent.

    Phil may be able to handle him like he did Rodman.

  78. m September 27th, 2009 at 11:13 am

    dennis,

    Nah. The shake jokes are old. But it must bother you since it tripped your sensor. :)

    Yes, a win would be nice. If only to quiet the “demise” talk. Losing Mayo was huge, but hopefully the defense gets better as they gain more experience.

    Welker still out?

  79. Stevie September 27th, 2009 at 11:16 am

    m September 27th, 2009 at 11:09 am

    Oh, I forgot about Rasheed. Great pickup.

    Good question about Kobe & Ron-ron. I wish he’d stop talking, because he says some of the strangest things.

    There may be quite a bit of drama this season. The writers are going to have a field day.
    =======================================

    Ron Artest is undependable. He missed the team bus for the game 7 playoff game versus the Lakers. The team was kinda freaking, seeing he was a no-show, then he shows up at the arena, about an hour before the game, wearing only underwear and slippers. Lord knows what how exhausted he was from partying all night, but we do know he only scored 7 points in the entire game.

  80. Abdababdaserser September 27th, 2009 at 11:17 am

    With the clinching in sight, does anyone really think the regulars want to sit out the game? If they get ahead by a decent amount they may pull out some of the starters, but most would want to celebrate on the field as players in the clinching game.

    There is also a fine line with resting players. You don’t want to over do it with giving the players days off, as that messes with their timing. Its why the WC can have some advantage above a team that clinches too soon. They are playing meaningful games and it keeps them in a groove to win.

    Girardi has been working to balance out having a winning season with being ready to start the playoffs fresh but ready.

    Evening up the series with the Red Sox is probably a goal they have as a team. Just as with having the best record in baseball, winning the division. It’s giving enough motivation to a team that knows they have clinched the playoffs.

  81. Danny September 27th, 2009 at 11:18 am

    Angels blew a 7 run lead to the last-place A’s at home yesterday.

    Man are they reeling… Boston is catching them at the right time. No bullpen and very average pitching. They need to slug (and run) their way to victory.

  82. dennis-Costanza September 27th, 2009 at 11:18 am

    Mel.

    Again, there should be a joke button. Just a play on words.

    Welker is out I believe.

    Betsy. I know. There were some posts above that made some sweeping generalizations about Bos fans. I was making light of them. We are flying to Philly on Tues. Savannah still on?

    -dennis

  83. BFARBS September 27th, 2009 at 11:20 am

    Joe and Cash have hinted at carrying 10 pitchers. I would think that CC, Andy, AJ, Mo, Hughes, and Aceves are guarenteed spots. I would think the other 4 spots would go to Robertson, Coke, Marte, and Joba.

    The six bench players: Gardner, Molina, Hairston, Hinske, Pena, Guzman?

  84. U-Turn September 27th, 2009 at 11:20 am

    Nick SWISHer needs to get back on track….

  85. murphydog September 27th, 2009 at 11:21 am

    Doreen:

    I hear you. I have a grudging respect for the Sox who have been red hot so it’s not a pinstriped thing. But whether it’s the Yankees or Sox winning the Division doesn’t change my position on the WC.

    IMO, the WC issue is a two-sided coin. Yes, the Sox may wind up with the second best record in baseball, and it would be a shame to keep a team that good out of playoff contention, while sending teams with poorer records to the post season “just because” they won their division, albeit with poorer records.

    But in their own division the Sox were not as good as the Yankees this year. That’s 162 games plus 19 against each other. It unfairly diminishes the Yankees’ achievement of being able to hold off Boston at the end and taking the division. IMO, it’s precisely because the Yankees held off such a good team in their own division they should be rewarded for that by imposing finality on the next best team. Switch the team names and I still feel the same way.

    Not sure the old, pre-WC system wasn’t better. Do they need 4 divisions? Give the best record team a week off while the two other division winners fight out the Division Series? Do they need to penalize the WC more than just giving up home field advantage?

  86. elauerm1 September 27th, 2009 at 11:23 am

    Sox lineup:
    Ellsbury 8
    Pedroia 4
    Bay 7
    Youkilis 3
    Ortiz 0
    Lowell 5
    Drew 9
    Varitek 2
    Gonzalez 6

  87. randy l. September 27th, 2009 at 11:23 am

    “The Wild Card “winner” should not be in a position to rest anyone,”

    murphydog-

    i’ve always thought there should be a one game playoff like the yankees/ red sox in ’78 the day after the season ends between the top two wild card teams.

    everyone else starts on normal time.

    the ratings would be high as there’s be only two games on tv.

    whoever won the one game playoff could still run the table , but the wild card winner would definitely be at a disadvantage.

  88. m September 27th, 2009 at 11:26 am

    BFARBS,

    Sounds about right. I think, though, they find a way to sneak Gaudin on as insurance for Joba.

    So either Damaso or Pena would be left off.

  89. MG September 27th, 2009 at 11:26 am

    Rishi
    September 27th, 2009 at 10:02 am
    BTW – now Ken Rosenthal thinks the Yankees are set up for a post-season run:

    http://msn.foxsports.com/mlb (it’s the first cover story)
    ————————————————-
    I guess national broadcast sports ‘journalists’ specialize in providing stories on consecutive days from every different possible perspective. It’s one way to attract as many listeners/readers as possible as well as being able to claim a high level of expertise. Of course, it all bs, it’s basically being a bookie and taking bets on both sides while laying off everything so you make the vig. Nice job, Ken.

  90. BBFan September 27th, 2009 at 11:26 am

    We have our B-lineup.
    Still we should win by five games to send them a strong message they are not in the same class as Yanks this year.
    5 stolen bases will be good too.
    Would like to see A-rod adding to his HR and RBI total so that he can reach 30HR and 100 RBI by the end of the season.

    Enjoy the game….

  91. BBFan September 27th, 2009 at 11:27 am

    **** five runs***** not five games****

  92. Tom in N.J. September 27th, 2009 at 11:28 am

    I think that is a fine idea, Randy. I never understood why the WC team doesn’t have a greater disadvantage.

  93. m September 27th, 2009 at 11:28 am

    Neyer & James have a CY Young Predictor formula:

    http://espn.go.com/mlb/features/cyyoung

  94. Vince September 27th, 2009 at 11:28 am

    Just think, Pete gets to call a hoot like Shaughnessy an actual colleague.

  95. BFARBS September 27th, 2009 at 11:28 am

    m

    If i would have to leave one off, i would probably have to go with Pena. As much as I love what he’s done this year, if Hairston is healthy, they only need one utilityman. Plus, if a team has two tough lefties, Marte and Coke might be needed.

  96. Abdababdaserser September 27th, 2009 at 11:28 am

    I always thought that each of the post season games should be best of 7. The best of 5 series helps a team get through that doesn’t have the pitching rotation depth, and can aid the WC team.

    There needs to be a penalty associated with being the WC winner to make it a little more difficult to move on to the next round.

  97. Mike September 27th, 2009 at 11:29 am

    They need to create another wild card, maybe even 2.

    Can you imagine how much more excitement the pennant races would have if, in the AL, you have Minnesota and Texas fighting for that other spot? Even a team like Seattle could get in the mix. Tampa might not have traded Kazmir if they had that opening.

    And the NL would be even crazier. SF, Colorado, Florida, Atlanta, Cubs all fighting for 2 spots.

  98. JC in DC September 27th, 2009 at 11:30 am

    I love the “fat Sabbathia” comment! Do you think Red Sux wouldn’t love to have “fat Sabbathia” firing one hitters?

  99. dennis-Costanza September 27th, 2009 at 11:30 am

    MurphyDog.

    Excellent post. You articulated my thoughts exactly.

    Triva: Anyone know the only owner that voted against instituting the WC?

    Mel.

    I just read that Welker is a game time decision. He is Amy’s favorite player. I really like the way the guy plays the game. So…I guess if Amy ever left me for him I would just have to shake her hand and find out where they were registered for wedding presents…

    -dennis

  100. Brian (Red Sox Fan) September 27th, 2009 at 11:30 am

    Murph – The WC winner ALWAYS loses home field advantage. There is no re-seed after the first round. I’d suggest that is a significant “penalty” for the WC winner.

    Re: Resting players at this point in the season. The Sox are in the midst of playing 20 games in 20 days, are at the end of a 10 game road trip, and arrived in NY at 4:30 Friday morning after a night game in KC. I think that has more to do with Francona’s current player usage than anything else.

    However, Paul Byrd is their 6th starter. Obviously, the plan is to give the other starters an extra day, and (apparently), to give the NY regulars a chance to pad their stats. I’m hoping for a rainout.

  101. Gates September 27th, 2009 at 11:30 am

    I was just reading that game post in the previous thread that GF posted after we got swept by the Angels – http://yankees.lhblogs.com/200.....at-angels/

    And this is my favorite post from it:

    Rolex July 12th, 2009 at 5:49 pm

    CC’s value is his above average innings

    He is not a stopper. He isin’t a guy who is going to dominate. You can hit him.

    He’ll give you 220 quality innings, like Wang. AJ has more potential to be an ace than CC does.

  102. Betsy September 27th, 2009 at 11:31 am

    Dennis, yep! LOL I didn’t know this and my father was shocked, but Mrs. Wilkes is only open for lunch. I think this is rather common in the South, but my parents aren’t used to that, lol. We’re really in Savannah only for a couple of days – the day we arrive, the next full day and then most of the next day, when we leave for Charleston. I love Charleston so much that I convinced my parents that we needed to spend more time there. In any case, I’m sure I’m going to fall in love with Savannah and probably never want to leave. The recommendations that you and Amy put together are fantastic and I will tell you all about my trip when I return. Did you go to Philly yet? If so, were you able to try any of the restaurants I suggested? I always like to know if my recommendations panned out……

  103. JC in DC September 27th, 2009 at 11:31 am

    Sorry … I meant Red Sux FAN …

  104. murphydog September 27th, 2009 at 11:33 am

    “Yeah, why would we want to penalize the WC winner, but reward some division winner who took down a crappy division with 85 games. What are we rewarding them for, an accident of geography?”

    IMO, the logic is backward. The correct question in my view is “Why are we rewarding a divisions’ second place team with an equal playoff berth?”

    If you take the WC logic to the extreme, we should do away with division champs and just let the four best records at the end of the season go to the playoffs. That is what usually happens with the WC, but not necessarily so. Then you are really addressing the issue of teams that win “crappy” divisions. But then you destroy the regional nature of baseball fandom (and the business model of baseball). The WC is far from perfect but maybe it’s the perfect balance of competing ideals. I just think MLB is not properly valuing the division winner’s accomplishment in the division that gives you the WC.

  105. Betsy September 27th, 2009 at 11:33 am

    Oh, and I also think the first round series of 5 games is an absolute joke – it gives the inferior team way too much of a chance to oust the superior team. One bad game by the latter and they are behind the eight ball already.

  106. randy l. September 27th, 2009 at 11:33 am

    shaughnessy is hated by a lot of boston fans because he really goes after boston teams and players at times.

    he’s not your typical homer.

    i think he’s just likes to go against the grain because he’s kind of a know it all, but over the years i’ve liked reading his column.

    in this case, he just mailed it in without doing his fact checking.

    probably had a deadline to make and didn’t feel like working hard.

    … or he’s worried about pete coming onto the globe scene and stealing his thunder so he’s kissing up to boston fans instead of ticking them off.

  107. m September 27th, 2009 at 11:34 am

    dennis,

    Welker has a great back-story, such a runt!

    I didn’t realize that he was out last week. They kept panning to the sidelines, but the guy who played in his place did a great Welker impression.

    He and Brady have such great rapport, it’s like Welker is his security blanket. After going through his reads, he knows Wes will be open.

  108. BBFan September 27th, 2009 at 11:35 am

    “Just think, Pete gets to call a hoot like Shaughnessy an actual colleague”

    Let us be realistic not be homers :)

    Shaughnessy is a much more accomplished beat writer and is respected. Peter is not in his class yet, may be one day given he is getting his chance.

    Based on one article which is not based on facts, you can not take away from what he is. He went by the lineups yesterday fro his article which was a mistake. As he does not cover Yankees, he probably did not know how frequently Girardi was resting his players

  109. jfio93 September 27th, 2009 at 11:35 am

    why doesnt cervelli play he better then molina

  110. m September 27th, 2009 at 11:36 am

    You could “punish” the WC team by making them win a best-of-seven series.

  111. Mark D September 27th, 2009 at 11:38 am

    Best of 5 is good for baseball… it adds suspense. It allows for their to be upsets and gives everyone a level playing field. Everyone always complains about how the Yankees try and buy a championship, but the best of 5 ensures that it involves luck, not just skill.

    Without the best of 5, the favorites would most likely always win. There would be less pressure to not win that first game and in a 7 game series, lineups, bullpen etc, can make the difference.

  112. m September 27th, 2009 at 11:38 am

    You could “punish” the WC team by making them play a best-of-seven series.

  113. Doreen September 27th, 2009 at 11:39 am

    “But in their own division the Sox were not as good as the Yankees this year. That’s 162 games plus 19 against each other. It unfairly diminishes the Yankees’ achievement of being able to hold off Boston at the end and taking the division. IMO, it’s precisely because the Yankees held off such a good team in their own division they should be rewarded for that by imposing finality on the next best team. Switch the team names and I still feel the same way.”

    murphydog,

    When you put it that way, it makes sense.

  114. MaineYankee September 27th, 2009 at 11:40 am

    For those who think that if the WC team has the 2nd best record is being penalized, actually the WC is a reward. Without the WC they would just go home instead of at least having a chance by being in the playoffs.

    And as history proves if you get in you have a chance.

  115. murphydog September 27th, 2009 at 11:40 am

    Brian (Red Sox Fan)

    “Murph – The WC winner ALWAYS loses home field advantage. There is no re-seed after the first round. I’d suggest that is a significant “penalty” for the WC winner.”

    It’s a penalty for sure. Boston’s away v. home record suggests as much. But as pretty much every pundit will tell you, the post season is a crap shoot compared to the regular season. So, IMO, factors that reflect regular season issues are probably not enough of a handicap to give full value to the accomplishment of winning a division with a WC contender breathing down your neck all year. Or maybe I’m just being crabby ;)

  116. JK September 27th, 2009 at 11:41 am

    Francessa addressed the ALDS format and said there is no way baseball would make it 7 because the season is long enough as it is. They won’t shorten the regular season, and they won’t start it earlier. As it is, we’re playing November baseball. There just isn’t time for potentially 3 more games (which results in 4 or 5 more days depending on the off-day format).

  117. Drive 4-5 September 27th, 2009 at 11:41 am

    elauerm1
    September 27th, 2009 at 11:23 am
    Sox lineup:
    Ellsbury 8
    Pedroia 4
    Bay 7
    Youkilis 3
    Ortiz 0
    Lowell 5
    Drew 9
    Varitek 2
    Gonzalez 6

    So for the 2nd time in 3 games Boston is putting out what they once considered it’s best linep. Yesterday they rested Bay & Drew. It doesnt matter who they play in their revolving door shortstop position.

    Media spin aside,the Red Sox have played their best lineup 90% of this series. They were anxious to celebrate losing the Division and winning the Wild Card in front of the Yankees and in our house. David Ortiz said “That’s the way we roll.” Well Davey, take your roid arse home and roll it there, if at all.

  118. dennis-Costanza September 27th, 2009 at 11:42 am

    JC in DC.

    I can only speak for myself but yes, I would very much like to have CC. He earned my fanship as a player last year for what he did for the Brewers in a contract AGAINST his agent’s wishes. You could probably count on one hand the number of MLB players that would do that. I also respect how much he does in the community. If someone can not like a player like that than they are not a true baseball fan IMO.

    -dennis

  119. BBFan September 27th, 2009 at 11:45 am

    “Francessa addressed the ALDS format and said there is no way baseball would make it 7 because the season is long enough as it is. They won’t shorten the regular season, and they won’t start it earlier. As it is, we’re playing November baseball. There just isn’t time for potentially 3 more games (which results in 4 or 5 more days depending on the off-day format).”

    They could start the sesson three days early in warm weather cities or domes. Can cut spring training by three days.
    It all comes down to Union and Owners agreeing on how to share the additional revenue pie.

  120. dennis-Costanza September 27th, 2009 at 11:46 am

    “in a contract year”..

    -dennis

  121. pat September 27th, 2009 at 11:47 am

    Girardi and Francona both understand if you are going to rest players you do it on the road so your home fans get to see most of the guys they thought they would when they bought the ticket.

    Shaughnessy should know better than to write an article like that.

  122. Pov September 27th, 2009 at 11:49 am

    Lets get it over with! Today’s the day then spend next week getting ready for either Detroit or Minn.

  123. JC in DC September 27th, 2009 at 11:51 am

    @ dennis

    I agree with you 100 percent. Bob Klapisch has a great article on CC today.

  124. MaineYankee September 27th, 2009 at 11:52 am

    dennis-Costanza

    One of the reasons you are welcome here is because even though you are a RS fan you are also a fan of baseball.

    I have good discusion with some RS fans here for the same reason.

    Not the ones that think that the louder they talk the more right they are. :lol:

  125. Nick von Clausewitz in SF September 27th, 2009 at 11:53 am

    “The buzzer or final out doesn’t give a hoot about injuries. Whoever wants it more usually wins.”

    Is this true of the 2008 Yankees?

  126. Lance September 27th, 2009 at 11:53 am

    Did Shaugny see the lineup we put out there on Wednesday against the Angels?

    With no A-Rod, Swisher, Damon, or Jorge?

  127. Brian (Red Sox Fan) September 27th, 2009 at 11:55 am

    Murph – Thanks for your response. We can agree that the home field issue is indeed a penalty for the wild card, but disagree on whether the disdvantage is sufficient.

    With the discrepancy for most teams (not just the Sox)in home/away records, I think that the penalty is sufficient.

    A frame of reference is last year’s NFL playoffs, where Indy had to go to 8-8 San Diego, and 9-7 Arizona got to host the NFC title game. Not sure that those matchups make me comfortable with the primacy of divisional winners ….

  128. XLJ September 27th, 2009 at 11:56 am

    Shaughnessy is a moron he doesn’t know what he is talking about. Girardi been resting players for the last month. I mean against the angels he used Ian Kennedy in the 8th inning in a 1 run game.

  129. randy l. September 27th, 2009 at 11:58 am

    brian (red sox fan)-

    reading the tea leaves,it seems as if the yankees are going to take the series that uses three starters . that means the red sox are going to get the one that uses 4 starters by default.

    with buchholz rolling and matsuzaka looking like he’s back , that has to make you feel a little better in the angel series.

  130. Pov September 27th, 2009 at 11:59 am

    I think personally the Sox will not get by the LAA this year. It is a different year. Much has been made on this site mainly by Sox fans and others that the Sox have owned LA in the postseason. True but this year LA has Kazmir who has beaten the Sox soundly and I expect him to get two starts. Second Boston catching is horrible regardless of who is out there, I expect the LA track meet to be in full gear. Third at least right now Josh Beckett is not the dominant pitcher he HAS been. True he maybe but he hasn’t proven that. Lastly the Sox no longer have that Manny/Ortiz one two punch.

  131. BBFan September 27th, 2009 at 12:00 pm

    Here is the link to Bob Klapisch article.
    Great read…

    http://www.northjersey.com/spo...../baseball/

  132. Nick von Clausewitz in SF September 27th, 2009 at 12:00 pm

    “We can agree that the home field issue is indeed a penalty for the wild card, but disagree on whether the disdvantage is sufficient.”

    It’s the same “penalty” that Division Winner B has when facing Division Winner A, when A has a superior record.

    The Red Sox will be no more penalized facing the Angels than the Tigers/Twins will be facing the Yankees. That is, the wild card winner is penalized no more than a division winner.

  133. Kernal September 27th, 2009 at 12:00 pm

    I don’t buy the 5 game series being that much of a disadvantage.

    In 2007, we lost the first 2 on the road. We should have won the Joba-bug game, but that is besides the point.

    We came home and won game 3 and we were facing the awful Paul Byrd in game 4. If we had taken care of Byrd, we go back to Cleveland with all the momentum and Andy on the mound vs. CC who was shaky in game 1.

    Ultimately, Wang lasted 1 inning and the offense took the night off. But you can’t lose game 4 at home to Paul Byrd.

  134. dennis-Costanza September 27th, 2009 at 12:01 pm

    Nick.

    I gave my NFL 5 star pick above.

    What is your favorite play of the day?

    -dennis

  135. BBFan September 27th, 2009 at 12:03 pm

    I have a quesiton.

    If you DFA someone like Wang, can you sign him to a minor league contract any time after that or have to wait until 1st May like in the old days?

  136. Boatz n Hose September 27th, 2009 at 12:03 pm

    Man, I can’t stand the fact that there is no Yankees talk on WFAN today. All football, all the time.

  137. Boatz n Hose September 27th, 2009 at 12:04 pm

    Let’s make the magic number Al Oliver today!

  138. dennis-Costanza September 27th, 2009 at 12:06 pm

    Maine-

    Thanks. Cold rainy day here. Good day to watch football/BOS-NNY with a fire going..

    -dennis

  139. Nick von Clausewitz in SF September 27th, 2009 at 12:07 pm

    dennis, I’m not going to lie to you, yesterday hurt in more ways than one. I thought I was striking a blow for both world peace and AL East solidarity with a Cal/BC parlay but Oregon crapped all over my dreams. I had a nice little late run with Iowa, Purdue, and Houston, however.

    Since Houston was good to me last night, I’m staying there today, Texans -4.

  140. randy l. September 27th, 2009 at 12:08 pm

    “Not the ones that think that the louder they talk the more right they are.”

    maine yankee-

    you have to factor in all those chain saws and logging heavy equipment up there in the part of maine where you live makes everyone deaf.

    when i go to a family reunion up there everyone is yelling because almost everyone is deaf.

    of course the red sox cousins are a little louder than the yankee cousins who are also better looking and smarter.

  141. Pov September 27th, 2009 at 12:09 pm

    Wish Moose would have played another year. He would have been great with this team

  142. MaineYankee September 27th, 2009 at 12:10 pm

    randy

    I was around farm equipment all my life and I hear just fine. :lol:

    Sounds like selective hearing.

  143. MaineYankee September 27th, 2009 at 12:12 pm

    Pov
    September 27th, 2009 at 12:09 pm
    Wish Moose would have played another year. He would have been great with this team

    —————————————————

    Not sure he’d like the pie thing. :lol:

  144. Angel - A tale told by idiots, full of sound and fury, signifying nothing September 27th, 2009 at 12:12 pm

    “They’re not showing all their cards
    By Dan Shaughnessy
    NEW YORK – One team is going all out to win every day.
    The other team is the Red Sox – asking you to stand back and look at the big picture.”

    ***********************************************************

    Does Dan Shaughnessy read this blog? Because Girardi has been accused of NOT going all out to win each day with his occasional “AAA lineups” while he’s resting guys, than anyone!

    He can’t seriously believe what he’s writing here, lol. Talk about putting a spin on things.

  145. Christina- Pictures of the Girardi and A-Rod ejection + Leiter's Sock September 27th, 2009 at 12:12 pm

    Pov- Would have been nice to see Moose here.
    However, would be ironic if they do win it all this year considering he came here in 2001, a year after winning it all.

  146. m September 27th, 2009 at 12:13 pm

    Nick,

    I said that in the context of the columnist and the two teams he writes about. When things are hunky-dory for his team, he’s very quick to give credit. But when the other teams outplay the Boston teams, there’s no credit given just excuses.

    Again, that’s from limited exposure of seeing his columns in my local paper or online.

    As for the ’08 Yankees? They sleptwalk through parts of the season. It was difficult to watch their “effort” at times. It appeared sometimes that they were waiting for their usual second-half surge. They weren’t that far off, even with the major injuries to Posada, Wang, Joba, and Hideki. So, I think they could’ve made the playoffs if they had minimized their lulls more.

  147. dennis-Costanza September 27th, 2009 at 12:15 pm

    Nick.

    BC was very lucky to win that game but I will take it.

    I am all over the Houston pick. Let me know if you take the 5star Wash/Det.

    -dennis

  148. Pov September 27th, 2009 at 12:16 pm

    Yuck all this talk about this decades failures will make you sick. Who wants to remember Mo throwing the ball into CF against the Diamonbacks, the walk and SB in 2004 against Boston in game 4. Joba bugging out the game in 2006. Kenny Rogers rising from the dead. Wang forgetting how to pitch, Soriano and AROD forgetting how to bat, Flash Gordon giving us the worng kind of flash.

    Man I just want to move on, hopefully the combination of some new players, new manager,and a different year will get us over this hump.

  149. Brian (Red Sox Fan) September 27th, 2009 at 12:17 pm

    Randy – I’m not brimming with confidence, but the Sox starting pitching has come together about as well as I could have hoped (though I’m still stunned at Lester’s fiasco).

    Matsuzaka actually pitched better than the numbers yesterday. Infield hits, bloopers, bleeders and a 330 foot off-field HR. Not much was hit hard.

    Unfortunately, CC was unhittable. I may have to send him some videos of his previous playoff appearances to get him in the proper frame of mind. All is fair in love and baseball.

  150. m September 27th, 2009 at 12:20 pm

    Pete has said a couple times that Phil’s a huge USC fan.

    Did Phil commit to a school pre-draft? And if so, was it USC?

  151. randy l. September 27th, 2009 at 12:20 pm

    ” Johnny Damon needs one more game to mark his 14th consecutive season of at least 140 games. Only four players in history have been as durable. Hank Aaron, Brooks Robinson and Pete Rose played at least 140 games for 16 consecutive seasons. Willie Mays did it 15 years.”

    this makes me rethink my position that the yankees should reluctantly let damon walk at the end of the year.

    no ,he can’t throw and his catching the ball ability has declined, but this durability shows a real toughness that can’t be faked . i’m leaning towards rolling the dice one more time with him if it can be worked out.

    damon’s not just a good player. he’s a winning player. this has to be a good influence on young players in the clubhouse and on the field.

  152. BBFan September 27th, 2009 at 12:21 pm

    “Yuck all this talk about this decades failures will make you sick. Who wants to remember Mo throwing the ball into CF against the Diamonbacks, the walk and SB in 2004 against Boston in game 4. Joba bugging out the game in 2006. Kenny Rogers rising from the dead. Wang forgetting how to pitch, Soriano and AROD forgetting how to bat, Flash Gordon giving us the worng kind of flash.

    Man I just want to move on, hopefully the combination of some new players, new manager,and a different year will get us over this hump.”

    Inspite of all that, if we win it all this year, we will still be the team of the decade with 2 WS, 9 playoff appearnaces and 5 league championship appearances. Boston can not match that.

    Again if we win it all,…. not easy.

  153. Pov September 27th, 2009 at 12:21 pm

    Brian

    Unfortunately, CC was unhittable. I may have to send him some videos of his previous playoff appearances to get him in the proper frame of mind. All is fair in love and baseball.

    Brian, you got it wrong it was fortunatley not Unfortunately LoL

  154. Nick von Clausewitz in SF September 27th, 2009 at 12:22 pm

    dennis: I am taking your 5-star pick, although the number is 38.5 at my book. dennis moves markets?? I will even parlay your pick with mine, and perhaps tease them a bit too.

    I also like the Yankees/NY Giants parlay.

    m: I don’t know about the painful effort you saw, perhaps you’re right about that. Shame on 2008 Girardi, then. But too much Rasner/Ponson throwing to Molina is hard to overcome.

  155. Stevie September 27th, 2009 at 12:25 pm

    m September 27th, 2009 at 12:20 pm

    Pete has said a couple times that Phil’s a huge USC fan.

    Did Phil commit to a school pre-draft? And if so, was it USC?

    ===========================================================
    Phil had committed to play at Santa Clara, Ca.

    But phil’s a USC fan cause he’s from Orange county.

  156. Pov September 27th, 2009 at 12:25 pm

    BBfan

    Again if we win it all,…. not easy.

    If they play the way they have in recent post season I would agree. Beyond the pitching it’s spots 1-5 in the BO, especially ARod who has to make them not pitch around Tex and Posada and Matsui not letting them ptich around ARod.

  157. Bronx Jeers September 27th, 2009 at 12:26 pm

    Nice rope-a-dope line-up for the Sox today.

  158. m September 27th, 2009 at 12:28 pm

    Stevie,

    Thanks for that.

    ———————-

    “Rope-a-dope”? That’s a pretty corny phrase for a writer of DO’s caliber.

  159. m September 27th, 2009 at 12:30 pm

    Oops. Is it Shaugnessy or O’shaugnessy? It’s Shaugnessy right?

    I guess I’m the dope.

  160. crawdaddy September 27th, 2009 at 12:30 pm

    Smart move on Girardi’s part to keep Damon off the wet field today and not having Posada catching with a stiff neck and raindrops falling on him.

  161. dennis-Costanza September 27th, 2009 at 12:32 pm

    Nick.

    Darn 38.5. I took it about 45 mins ago at 38 and pounded it. It will not matter(38.5). Hopefully a non stress cover like the Michigan Over yesterday…

    -dennis

  162. randy l. September 27th, 2009 at 12:35 pm

    if gardner gets on base enough times he may break the all time record for stolen bases in one game.

  163. dennis-Costanza September 27th, 2009 at 12:38 pm

    RandyI

    I agree. Is Varitek’s Dad playing behind the dish again?

    -dennis

  164. Carl September 27th, 2009 at 12:38 pm

    Varitek is catching, its the rope-a-dope lineup

  165. Angel - A tale told by idiots, full of sound and fury, signifying nothing September 27th, 2009 at 12:38 pm

    “Based on one article which is not based on facts, you can not take away from what he is. He went by the lineups yesterday fro his article which was a mistake. As he does not cover Yankees, he probably did not know how frequently Girardi was resting his players”

    I disagree. “Know thine enemy” would have stood him in good stead when writing this article, might have made him look less of an idiot.

  166. E-gawa September 27th, 2009 at 12:38 pm

    They should hold off pitching Pettitte today and have him switch places with Guadin.. there’s no reason to risk injury. Or even throw Mitre out there.

  167. Angel - A tale told by idiots, full of sound and fury, signifying nothing September 27th, 2009 at 12:39 pm

    And Shaughnessy is a columnist, as far as I know – and not a beat writer. This was almost Lupica-like.

  168. MaineYankee September 27th, 2009 at 12:40 pm

    randy l.
    September 27th, 2009 at 12:35 pm
    if gardner gets on base enough times he may break the all time record for stolen bases in one game.

    ————————————————-

    I’m hoping for a payback steal of home. :lol:

  169. Stevie September 27th, 2009 at 12:41 pm

    # Christina- Pictures of the Girardi and A-Rod ejection + Leiter’s Sock September 27th, 2009 at 12:12 pm

    Pov- Would have been nice to see Moose here.
    However, would be ironic if they do win it all this year considering he came here in 2001, a year after winning it all.
    ===================================================

    Is Moose a real Yankee?

    I wonder if he goes into the HOF as a Yankee or an Oriole.

  170. Stevie September 27th, 2009 at 12:47 pm

    Boston has there A-Lineup today.

    Yes, martinez is out, but just caught 3 of the last 4 games.

  171. E-gawa September 27th, 2009 at 12:50 pm

    “Is Moose a real Yankee?

    I wonder if he goes into the HOF as a Yankee or an Oriole.”

    Of course he is.

    He’s accomplished more as a Yank than an O so If he were to get in, I think it would have to be as a Yankee.

  172. Blue Bleeding September 27th, 2009 at 12:54 pm

    Let’s go G-Men. Do some damage to those Buck-In-Ears before leaving Tampa.

  173. tk September 27th, 2009 at 12:54 pm

    Stevie September 27th, 2009 at 9:49 am

    “Peter,

    Does the Boston Globe’s Dan Shaughnessy wear a ‘Roid Sox uniform when he writes his propaganda?

    “Let Girardi wear his guys out. The Sox are getting ready for the playoffs. Call it Tito’s rope-a-dope.”

    http://www.boston.com/sports/b…..ds/?page=1

    This is an embarrassment to journalism.”

    Completely agree. However, after reading the comments here and at the end of his article, I am impressed that fans on both sides are more knowledgeable and objective than the journalist. For example, one Red Sox fan pointed out how the Yankees had an off day before this series, rested four regulars in the rubber game in Anaheim, and pulled Sabathia with less than 100 pitches yesterday. All of these are pertinent facts the professional was either unaware of, or consciously neglected to mention in order to promote his biased and inaccurate opinion.

  174. randy l. September 27th, 2009 at 12:56 pm

    “I wonder if he goes into the HOF as a Yankee or an Oriole.”

    loved moose’s last year and glad he finished strong, but he kept himself out of the hall of fame by refusing to pitch up and in for about 6 years.

    his last year, he went in a lot more because he was given an ultimatum to do it or be in the bullpen.

    i figure he lost about 20 total wins with his stubbornness .

    to not pitch up and in and still win as many as he did shows the talent he had.

    very few pitchers could do that and win the number of games he won.

    i always thought it strange that yankee players didn’t get on him for it.

    even religious mo goes after hitters up and in and doesn’t blink when he drills them .

  175. BD September 27th, 2009 at 12:57 pm

    The real problem with baseball’s postseason is that they’ve made it harder and harder for the best RS team to emerge as the WS winner. In the old days, the team with the best record was automatically in the WS, so they had a 50% chance of winning the WS, and 100% chance of winning at least the pennant. With division play, those odds were reduced to 25% for the WS; and currently, with 8 teams in the postseason, their chances are down to 12.5% to win it all.

  176. kd September 27th, 2009 at 12:59 pm

    over or under, 5 steals for the game.

    i say over. my guess is the yankees want the red sox to leave the bronx with a lot to think about.

    i bet theo’s thinking about sending the farm to the twins for mauer.

  177. Neil September 27th, 2009 at 1:01 pm

    Brian – Boston fan -

    For once in your

    Brian (Red Sox Fan)
    September 27th, 2009 at 12:17 pm
    Randy – I’m not brimming with confidence, but the Sox starting pitching has come together about as well as I could have hoped (though I’m still stunned at Lester’s fiasco).

    Matsuzaka actually pitched better than the numbers yesterday. Infield hits, bloopers, bleeders and a 330 foot off-field HR. Not much was hit hard.

    Unfortunately, CC was unhittable. I may have to send him some videos of his previous playoff appearances to get him in the proper frame of mind. All is fair in love and baseball.

    ………………………..

    For once in your life hold down the delusionalism and see if a Boston board will swallow your gibberish.

  178. randy l. September 27th, 2009 at 1:02 pm

    i just thought of the ultimate humiliation for varitek.

    gardner should get on , steal second, and then “steal” first on the next pitch.

    then on the next pitch steal second again.

    then go into a continuos loop of stealing first and second until varitek snaps and chases gardner all over the field with his mask on until he drops from exhaustion.

    ok, no more coffee for me :)

  179. Tom in N.J. September 27th, 2009 at 1:04 pm

    Joe Morgan heaping praise on Alex.

  180. Abdababdaserser September 27th, 2009 at 1:04 pm

    randy, there was a time when a player could steal first from second. That lead to a rule change.

    I really can’t imagine why you would look to go back to first, but that scenario would be pretty funny to see.

  181. Jim Rice's Bad Role Models September 27th, 2009 at 1:05 pm

    hey look its the oilers vs. the titans!

  182. MaineYankee September 27th, 2009 at 1:06 pm

    randy l.
    September 27th, 2009 at 1:02 pm
    i just thought of the ultimate humiliation for varitek.

    gardner should get on , steal second, and then “steal” first on the next pitch.

    then on the next pitch steal second again.

    then go into a continuos loop of stealing first and second until varitek snaps and chases gardner all over the field with his mask on until he drops from exhaustion.

    ok, no more coffee for me

    ————————————————-

    Time to wake up it’s just a dream. :lol:

  183. Abdababdaserser September 27th, 2009 at 1:06 pm

    Why isn’t Ortiz being questioned at all on the huge turn around of his hitting home runs after not being able to hit the ball beyond the warning track on any field?

  184. Nick von Clausewitz in SF September 27th, 2009 at 1:06 pm

    “the Jewish people” :roll:

  185. Sports Geek September 27th, 2009 at 1:07 pm

    Jeter..

    Got another lead-off hit! What’s the all-time record per season?

    Back on September 14th (4:46 pm) I suggested that Jeter needed a few more accomplishments for the season to enhance his shot at the MVP (which is probably still a long-shot vs Mauer). Let’s see how he is doing (with 7 games to go):

    – 200 hits- “check”… 205 and counting
    – 20 HRs- 3 more still needed… pretty unlikely at this point.
    – 70 RBIs- 5 more still needed… still quite possible, but I’m not expecting it (remember this would give the Yankees 8 players with 70 or more; Note that Melky needs 4 more to reach 70) Too bad he didn’t get that hit (or Grand Slam) in the 8th inning with the bases loaded yesterday (note that of his 5 PA’s yesterday, that was the only time he didn’t get on base.. grrr!)
    – 120 Runs- 14 more needed… quite a bit of a stretch, maybe he should just shoot for 110 runs- that’s do-able
    – 30 SBs- “check”… he’s had 7 SB’s in September; Who would have figured his legs would still be so fresh this late in the season?

  186. Alan September 27th, 2009 at 1:07 pm

    One regret. I didn’t tape the dumb predictions of Steve Phillips back in late March.
    It would have provided a winter’s worth of laughs.

  187. kd September 27th, 2009 at 1:07 pm

    randy, sure it’s just coffee? kidding.

    gammons just said that vmart will be the catcher for the rest of the season and in the playoffs

  188. Abdababdaserser September 27th, 2009 at 1:07 pm

    I wonder if Gammons will cry on the air when the Red Sox get knocked out in the first round of playoffs?

  189. Tom in N.J. September 27th, 2009 at 1:08 pm

    You caught that too, Nick.

  190. Jim Rice's Bad Role Models September 27th, 2009 at 1:11 pm

    great run by mark sanchez. horray for rain delays!

  191. Matt September 27th, 2009 at 1:12 pm

    Pete listening to Augustana on his iPod? Their biggest hit song is called “Boston”…typical Red Sox apologist… just kidding…haha… we’ll miss you Pete!

  192. Jim Rice's Bad Role Models September 27th, 2009 at 1:14 pm

    the titans are bringing the mcnasty against the oilers today.

  193. Nick von Clausewitz in SF September 27th, 2009 at 1:14 pm

    It Is High gives Pete some advice:

    http://johnsterling.blogspot.c.....drink.html

  194. Brandon Awesome "BECAUSE I'M AWESOME!" September 27th, 2009 at 1:14 pm

    Big Daddy Jacobs broke in from the redzone finally!

  195. Brandon Awesome "BECAUSE I'M AWESOME!" September 27th, 2009 at 1:16 pm

    There is this wierd atmosphere in East Rutherford, it’s almost like a college football atmosphere.

  196. GGBG (Magic Number: Billy Martin.) September 27th, 2009 at 1:17 pm

    LETS GET IT DONE BOYS! This win would be:

    Our 100th win
    The Division clincher
    The best record clincher
    A season split after starting 0-8

    I don’t see how a regular season game could possibly mean more….and at the same time be basically meaningless.

  197. Carl September 27th, 2009 at 1:17 pm

    Sanchez is boo booin on the Titans thus far

  198. Joe from Long Island September 27th, 2009 at 1:19 pm

    The only good thing about this rain delay is I get to see Sanchez and the J-E-T-S start out strong. 14-0.

  199. Brandon Awesome "BECAUSE I'M AWESOME!" September 27th, 2009 at 1:21 pm

    Don’t count those Titans out. They aren’t slouches.

  200. Nick von Clausewitz in SF September 27th, 2009 at 1:23 pm

    Vick putting down the road dog? :(

  201. randy l. September 27th, 2009 at 1:26 pm

    “there was a time when a player could steal first from second. That lead to a rule change.”

    damn, stealing first from second base could have come in handy when cano comes up with a runner on second base.

  202. Backbench September 27th, 2009 at 1:26 pm

    “They should hold off pitching Pettitte today and have him switch places with Guadin.. there’s no reason to risk injury. Or even throw Mitre out there.”

    Understand the concern, but as a long time AP fan, I think it is perfect karma that Andy could win the Yankee’s 100th game in the NYS and have that game be the one that clinches.

  203. Trevor (Super Mario) September 27th, 2009 at 1:28 pm

    Terrel Thomas with the INT.

  204. Brandon Awesome "BECAUSE I'M AWESOME!" September 27th, 2009 at 1:30 pm

    Terrel “he ain’t FUGAZY” Thomas

  205. jennifer September 27th, 2009 at 1:30 pm

    Giants game? Why not the Jets game?

  206. Adam September 27th, 2009 at 1:30 pm

    For those of you who don’t live in or around Boston, this is why no one reads the piece of trash called the Boston Globe and why its in its death throws. They’re so biased about everything no one wants to listen to their babble. Its great when the Yankees beat the Sox though, cuz they’re all confused and grasp at straws…

  207. randy l. September 27th, 2009 at 1:31 pm

    “sure it’s just coffee?”

    kd-

    now that you mention it, it could be flashbacks from all that second hand smoke that smelled funny back in the 60″s :)

  208. Brandon Awesome "BECAUSE I'M AWESOME!" September 27th, 2009 at 1:32 pm

    Man Steve Smith is a great route runner.

  209. Nick von Clausewitz in SF September 27th, 2009 at 1:32 pm

    jennifer: because first class Yankees fans are also Giants fans.

  210. dennis-Costanza September 27th, 2009 at 1:33 pm

    Nick.

    This will be a stressful O/U. Wash went for it on 4th and goal and got stuffed. That hurts on both sides. No score and field position. Oh Mama…

    -dennis

  211. Brandon Awesome "BECAUSE I'M AWESOME!" September 27th, 2009 at 1:34 pm

    Jail bird broke loose!

  212. trisha - OPPC lifetime member who is missing the worry gene September 27th, 2009 at 1:34 pm

    Hey all! Just checking in. I am going to take this rain-delay opportunity to do a few errands. But I will post today’s Prediction list because I just know that by the end of the day, it is going to change. Wowee that the Yanks will clinch today. (I feel it in me bones.) Also, when I think about it tears already start to well up so I decided not to think about it. I’ll save them for the actual moment.

    :)

    Too bad we didn’t have a contest for the day the Yanks would clinch the division. I don’t think we did. If there weren’t so many people who guessed 100 wins – which today’s win will be – I would declare all of those people winners in their own rite and send all of them salt water taffy. But I would go broke I think. So I will stick to the original deal. Salt water taffy for whoever ends up having guessed the total number of wins for the season. Sorry if you don’t like salt water taffy. :(

    Later y’all!

    GO RANGERS!!!!!

    2009 YANKEE WINS PREDICTION CHART
    Created on April 6, 2009
    poster # of games

    TOMPASS 124 :(
    S.O.S. 118 :(
    ROB THOMPSON 110 :(
    *RAYVT 107 :(
    #2 FOR PREZ 106
    *ANGEL 105
    PEL 105
    BACKBENCH 105
    *TOM B 104
    DR. COX 104
    TRISHA 103
    VSPOT 103
    KEVIN IN CT 102
    NICK IN SF 102
    YANKEESJTJ 102
    GLOBAL WARMING 102
    MG 102
    THE PREDIKTER 101
    *L-tothe2ND 101
    LORI 100
    MEL 100
    TEX’S NEW BF 100
    PATRICK 100
    *ERICA 100
    BARDOS 99
    VIN 99
    JENNIFER 99
    ED 99
    *NYY626 99
    DT 99
    *STEVE-B 99
    LAURA 98 :(
    PETE ABE 98 :(
    RISHI 98 :(
    RUSSW210 98 :(
    CLAYB 98 :(
    DOREEN 98 :(
    RB15 98 :(
    TOM IN NJ 97 :(
    FRAN 97 :(
    S.A. 97 :(
    HOKIEHILL 97 :(
    UNCLE ELLSWORTH 97 :(
    #2 FOR PREZ 96 :(
    GAYLE 96 :(
    PAT 96 :(
    WESTERNER99 96 :(
    PSYLUCK 96 :(
    STEVEB 96 :(
    MICHAEL KAY 96 :(
    JOHN IN OHIO 95 :(
    MARK 95 :(
    B-DAVE 94 :(
    *WAIT TIL THEY COME 94 :(
    *haiku-man 62 :(

    * added 7/29 or later

  213. Stevie September 27th, 2009 at 1:36 pm

    Those Jet uniforms are fuggly.

  214. Tom in N.J. September 27th, 2009 at 1:37 pm

    UPDATE, 1:36 p.m.: Tarp coming off. 2:05 approximate start time.

  215. Backbench September 27th, 2009 at 1:37 pm

    Will Girardi continue the tradition of letting one of the players manage the last regular season game?

  216. Betsy September 27th, 2009 at 1:38 pm

    who said “the Jewish people”?

  217. Brandon Awesome "BECAUSE I'M AWESOME!" September 27th, 2009 at 1:38 pm

    I know, I swear those should be thrown back.

  218. Nick von Clausewitz in SF September 27th, 2009 at 1:38 pm

    Saw that, dennis. We don’t need goal-line stands and long, empty drives. Nice job by Detroit going 99 yards for the TD, though. Not worried — yet.

  219. Brandon Awesome "BECAUSE I'M AWESOME!" September 27th, 2009 at 1:39 pm

    Steve Smith again.

  220. Trevor (Super Mario) September 27th, 2009 at 1:39 pm

    TOUCHDOWN! G-men up 14 love.

  221. Greg September 27th, 2009 at 1:39 pm

    Jets and Giants both up 14-0. Nice.

    Any word on tarp removal time?

  222. jere September 27th, 2009 at 1:40 pm

    You’re still using the old Red Sox logo It was tweaked this past offseason. That is all.

  223. Brandon Awesome "BECAUSE I'M AWESOME!" September 27th, 2009 at 1:42 pm

    damn sudden down pour in Tampa.

  224. GGBG (Magic Number: Billy Martin.) September 27th, 2009 at 1:44 pm

    Note to Ahmad Bradshaw: If you’re not going to field the punt, get far, far away from it.

  225. Stevie September 27th, 2009 at 1:45 pm

    Betsy September 27th, 2009 at 1:38 pm

    who said “the Jewish people”?
    ====================

    Karl “the idiot” Ravech

  226. Tom in N.J. September 27th, 2009 at 1:45 pm

    ESPN’s Karl Ravech, Betsy.

  227. Valerie G. September 27th, 2009 at 1:46 pm

    yeah, Betsy, I’d like to know that also.

  228. Valerie G. September 27th, 2009 at 1:47 pm

    In regards to what???

  229. haiku-man September 27th, 2009 at 1:49 pm

    -Selig’s gift to small market teams,is the wildcard,luxury tax,and revenue sharing.

    -This playoff system was set up to favor the small markets.The players,and players union will never go for a salary cap,so he’s infused this playoff scheme
    as another stumbling block for big market teams TO HURDLE.

    -So the WS has a taint.It’s no longer won by the best in both lagues,it’s the best playing At That Time. Even if you had a losing regular season,A Team Can Back Into Postseason,and Win.

    -If the best in the AL Yankees,and the Best in the NL Dodgers(the original rivals)play,it wiould be a REAL WS WIN,and Selig’s Scheme didn’t work this year. imo

  230. haiku-man September 27th, 2009 at 1:57 pm

    -Trish

    I never predicted here or anywhere how many games the Yankees would win.I certainly would say more than 62 games,unless I reading your chart wrong. I never make predictions.

    I do of course root for the Yankees always.

    -haiku-man

  231. Jeremy September 27th, 2009 at 2:02 pm

    Now ESPN is saying the Yankees are the favorites. But didn’t they say that the Red Sox were the favorites last week ?

  232. Carl September 27th, 2009 at 2:03 pm

    Lets go Yankees!!! Sweeeep!

  233. Brandon Awesome "BECAUSE I'M AWESOME!" September 27th, 2009 at 2:05 pm

    Jesus clink boy is killing them out there.

  234. Carl September 27th, 2009 at 2:05 pm

    AJ Burnett with a fresh fade lol

  235. haiku-man September 27th, 2009 at 2:05 pm

    Jeremy

    When a ship is gong down,one rule of survival.Follow the rats!! They know the Yankees are back,so they are jumping ship,to stay credible.

  236. Ed – campaigning for Josh Willingham (it worked for Gaudin) September 27th, 2009 at 2:07 pm

    I like how Derek says “let’s go let’s go”. what a captin!! lets hope the Yanks bomb Byrd, and Andy have a nice 1-2-3 inning.

  237. Bronx Jeers September 27th, 2009 at 2:07 pm

    “Now ESPN is saying the Yankees are the favorites. But didn’t they say that the Red Sox were the favorites last week ?”

    New York is only the favorite till sundown. Then it’s Yom Kippur and Boston becomes the favorite.

  238. Vince September 27th, 2009 at 2:09 pm

    To the surprise of nobody ……..

    Karl Ravech (born January 19, 1965), was born and raised in Needham, Massachusetts.

  239. Joe September 27th, 2009 at 2:11 pm

    I would love to see Brett Gardner play center in the playoffs. Melky is good too, but I prefer Gardner.

  240. Carl September 27th, 2009 at 2:11 pm

    Morgan has a man crush on Cano

  241. lets go twins September 27th, 2009 at 2:12 pm

    Joe Morgan doing his HW again with we all obviously know Beckett is starting game 1

  242. Abdababdaserser September 27th, 2009 at 2:12 pm

    What a bunch of morons we have to listen to when watching a game on nESPeeN.

  243. Angel - A tale told by idiots, full of sound and fury, signifying nothing September 27th, 2009 at 2:12 pm

    “To the surprise of nobody ……..
    Karl Ravech (born January 19, 1965), was born and raised in Needham, Massachusetts.”

    …and is also probably not Jewish judging by that gaffe.

    I’m not Jewish and I cringed when he said that. An Imus like cringe.

  244. haiku-man September 27th, 2009 at 2:13 pm

    Byrd has a pay back coming today.
    2007 Byrd(6-4 CC, Fausto Carmona pitched and beat the Yankees in the ALDS.

    Byrd won game 3,giving the Indians a 3-1 series win.

    Go Yankees SMACK HIM HARD!!

  245. Joe September 27th, 2009 at 2:14 pm

    Careful what you say here everyone! I got banned from posting the other day just because I disagreed with Peter.
    I didn’t curse or say anything outrageous, I just pointed out a mistake he made.

    Yep, I got banned. See how well it’s working?

  246. Brandon Awesome "BECAUSE I'M AWESOME!" September 27th, 2009 at 2:14 pm

    Tynes shanks a gimme.

  247. Carl September 27th, 2009 at 2:14 pm

    Andy doesn’t want us to clinch

  248. Abdababdaserser September 27th, 2009 at 2:15 pm

    Ortiz is using something. Ortiz wearing a lot of armor on his arm now. I guess that is advice from Bond’s, along with drugs of choice.

  249. Brandon Awesome "BECAUSE I'M AWESOME!" September 27th, 2009 at 2:16 pm

    might be a short day for Andy.

  250. Abdababdaserser September 27th, 2009 at 2:17 pm

    Come on Andy. Anything to shut up these morons.

  251. Yanks_Fan September 27th, 2009 at 2:17 pm

    Wow, Andy did miss by way much in that last pitch.

  252. RS September 27th, 2009 at 2:17 pm

    Come on, not another 2 out meltdown to this team.

  253. Abdababdaserser September 27th, 2009 at 2:18 pm

    That’s enough. On goes the mute button.

  254. Brandon Awesome "BECAUSE I'M AWESOME!" September 27th, 2009 at 2:18 pm

    he’s definitely going to give up a long ball today.

  255. jennifer September 27th, 2009 at 2:18 pm

    OMG his voice is like nails across a chalk board.

  256. Todd September 27th, 2009 at 2:18 pm

    Sox lovefest on ESPN

  257. Donnie - Will Meet The Entire State of California Under the O'Neill Banner September 27th, 2009 at 2:18 pm

    Andy looks bad today. I honestly didn’t expect to sweet them, so I’m not all that upset about it. Would’ve been nice to even the season series, and win 100, and clinch against them, but really, the weather is damp, and Andy is old. Not a good combination, and it’s showing, because wow, does he look bad. The ball is clearly not going where he wants it to.

  258. Carl September 27th, 2009 at 2:19 pm

    lol

  259. Ed – campaigning for Josh Willingham (it worked for Gaudin) September 27th, 2009 at 2:19 pm

    not good. Lowell revenging for Lester?

  260. RS September 27th, 2009 at 2:19 pm

    Arod has to make that play.

  261. NYY626 - Go Andy September 27th, 2009 at 2:19 pm

    WOW. This is ridiculous

  262. jennifer September 27th, 2009 at 2:19 pm

    What the heck is it with balls going up the middle and hitting pitchers?

  263. Yanks_Fan September 27th, 2009 at 2:20 pm

    Why does this always have to happen? Come on, can’t we play an injury-free game, for both teams?

  264. jennifer September 27th, 2009 at 2:20 pm

    Alex still had a shot at first.

  265. Angel - A tale told by idiots, full of sound and fury, signifying nothing September 27th, 2009 at 2:20 pm

    All these comments from the first inning?

  266. Carl September 27th, 2009 at 2:20 pm

    RS September 27th, 2009 at 2:19 pm

    Arod has to make that play.

    Andy has to not load the bases.

  267. Abdababdaserser September 27th, 2009 at 2:20 pm

    Bear down Andy.

  268. Ed – campaigning for Josh Willingham (it worked for Gaudin) September 27th, 2009 at 2:21 pm

    jenn,

    A-Rod kind of bobbled, so he didnt want to take a chance causing an error.

  269. Yanks_Fan September 27th, 2009 at 2:21 pm

    AROD had to make that play for the sake of Andy!

  270. Peter Abraham September 27th, 2009 at 2:21 pm

    I love the concept of looking where somebody was born and deciding they must therefore root for a certain team. Never mind that could have moved when they were 2, their father could have been a fan of a different team, they could have watched every Braves game on TBS or whatever else.

    Guess who was born in New York City? Theo Epstein. Guess who’s father was a Red Sox fan until his son got drafted? Phil Hughes. Guess who once owned a piece of the Yankees? John Henry. You can go on all day with this.

    I would expect more intelligent conversation on this blog. People don’t control where they are born. Last I checked, they don’t assign you a team in the maternity ward.

  271. Valerie G. September 27th, 2009 at 2:21 pm

    Somebody please fill me in on what exactly Ravech said!!!

  272. Stevie September 27th, 2009 at 2:21 pm

    Gawd, I hate ESPN.

    Could John Miller, Morgan, and Phillips be any more pro-Boston?

  273. RS September 27th, 2009 at 2:21 pm

    I guess that could have been worse. Lowell and Drew both hit the ball hard but only 1 run scored.

  274. Brandon Awesome "BECAUSE I'M AWESOME!" September 27th, 2009 at 2:22 pm

    “Alex still had a shot at first.”

    wet grounds and a suprisingly hard running Lowell there, it’s better he didn’t throw it, he had no grip on that.

  275. Todd September 27th, 2009 at 2:22 pm

    Oh No!!!!!! We are down 1-0 to paul Byrd…………LMAO

  276. lets go twins September 27th, 2009 at 2:22 pm

    Donnie – Will Meet The Entire State of California Under the O’Neill Banner
    September 27th, 2009 at 2:18 pm
    Andy looks bad today. I honestly didn’t expect to sweet them, so I’m not all that upset about it. Would’ve been nice to even the season series, and win 100, and clinch against them, but really, the weather is damp, and Andy is old. Not a good combination, and it’s showing, because wow, does he look bad. The ball is clearly not going where he wants it to.

    —————

    wow. Overreact much? They are down 1-0 in the first inning facing the all-mighty Paul Byrd. I may as well just turn off the TV because they have no chance now.

  277. Yanks_Fan September 27th, 2009 at 2:22 pm

    Im glad we walked out of that inning allowing only one run and Andy seemingly fine. Most important than a win is to keep everybody healthy.

  278. 100 pitches of fun... September 27th, 2009 at 2:22 pm

    At least he got out of it with only 1 run. But he should be on a shorter leash if he continues to struggle. Terrible field conditions, and he just got hit hard.

  279. Ed – campaigning for Josh Willingham (it worked for Gaudin) September 27th, 2009 at 2:23 pm

    John Henry once owned the Yanks? that’s shocking. i just learned something new.

  280. haiku-man September 27th, 2009 at 2:23 pm

    26 pitches,no good.

  281. NYY626 - Go Andy September 27th, 2009 at 2:23 pm

    Just to be clear, my “wow this is ridiculous” comment above had to do with the fact that another pitcher got hit in this series. I wasn’t complaining about the game in the 1st inning….

  282. GGBG (Magic Number: Billy Martin.) September 27th, 2009 at 2:23 pm

    Peter

    My son’s first outfit outside the hospital was Yankee pinstripes. I’m sure that means he’ll grow up to be a Met fan!

  283. Ed – campaigning for Josh Willingham (it worked for Gaudin) September 27th, 2009 at 2:24 pm

    does anyone found it funny that Byrd has more walks than strikeouts?

  284. jennifer September 27th, 2009 at 2:24 pm

    I am running at a 100 mph, have the jets on my big screen and the Yankees on small. trying to pay attention to 12 things at once. LOL Half time is almost here, so it will make it easier.

  285. 100 pitches of fun... September 27th, 2009 at 2:24 pm

    Time to score plenty of runs against terrible Byrd.

  286. o'Realy September 27th, 2009 at 2:24 pm

    To those of you that were here the other day when I was talking about batting Robbie 2nd in the order….Today would’ve been a perfect day to toy with that lineup instead of batting Gardner 2nd.

  287. NYY626 - Go Andy September 27th, 2009 at 2:25 pm

    oh hey looks who’s on base again!

  288. kd September 27th, 2009 at 2:25 pm

    jeter gets a hit on that pitch every time

  289. 100 pitches of fun... September 27th, 2009 at 2:26 pm

    I hope Gardner gets on base today. Him against Tek should be funny.

  290. jennifer September 27th, 2009 at 2:26 pm

    Amazingly enough the yankees have 27 outs to get 2 runs. Boy that is going to be mighty difficult.

  291. RS September 27th, 2009 at 2:27 pm

    I don’t like Gardner bunting unless it was to 3B.

  292. 100 pitches of fun... September 27th, 2009 at 2:27 pm

    Not that bright by Gardner. Youk was waiting for the bunt and it was a 2-0 count.

  293. Todd September 27th, 2009 at 2:27 pm

    Why bunt????? If anything, steal 2nd, then bunt

  294. Stevie September 27th, 2009 at 2:27 pm

    Peter September 27th, 2009 at 2:21 pm

    I would expect more intelligent conversation on this blog.
    ================================================

    Wait until next week, the dirtdogs that populate the Globe boards are way more vicious and unreasonable than our crew. You better buy alot of pickle juice, cuz you will need a tougher skin.

  295. Jeremy September 27th, 2009 at 2:27 pm

    Andy needs to re-establish his control.

  296. Carl September 27th, 2009 at 2:27 pm

    Spike lee is in the building

  297. Shdw September 27th, 2009 at 2:28 pm

    Why do they keep saying it was 2 and 0 to Gardner? It was 2 and 1 and he wasn’t bunting on the 3rd pitch

  298. Todd September 27th, 2009 at 2:28 pm

    count was 2-1

  299. GGBG (Magic Number: Billy Martin.) September 27th, 2009 at 2:30 pm

    Slow, sloppy track is why you bunt there.

  300. 100 pitches of fun... September 27th, 2009 at 2:30 pm

    Even at 2-1 it didn’t make sense. He is batting 2nd not at the bottom of the order. He gave him an easy out.

  301. Donnie - Will Meet The Entire State of California Under the O'Neill Banner September 27th, 2009 at 2:30 pm

    wow. Overreact much? They are down 1-0 in the first inning facing the all-mighty Paul Byrd. I may as well just turn off the TV because they have no chance now.
    —————————

    Never said that. I said I never expected to sweep, so Andy looking bad isn’t getting me all worked up, and if he keeps up, and we DO lose, yes, it WOULD’VE been nice to do all those things. It’s going to be a slugfest today, with Byrd on the mound, and Andy probably feeling the effects of warming up early, sitting in the damp for an hour, and then having to pitch in it.

    All I’m saying is that we have more important things to worry about than this game, if we end up getting beaten, it’s not the end of the world.

  302. Angel - A tale told by idiots, full of sound and fury, signifying nothing September 27th, 2009 at 2:30 pm

    Now come on Peter, some people have decided you were and are a Red Sox fan based on where you went to college and where your family lives. Surely going back to the maternity ward for someone else isn’t that much of a stretch? :-P

  303. Carl September 27th, 2009 at 2:32 pm

    Nice slider. A-Rod shouldn’t chase it tho

  304. Donnie - Will Meet The Entire State of California Under the O'Neill Banner September 27th, 2009 at 2:32 pm

    RISP Stranded Counter: 1

  305. jfan September 27th, 2009 at 2:32 pm

    I know he is so important to the Yankees success bit I find it difficult to watch Arod play. Last night’s strikeout interference , today’s bobble at 3rd and that fake bunt. He is not just not fun to watch.

  306. Nick von Clausewitz in SF September 27th, 2009 at 2:33 pm

    We’re really going to have to earn this over, dennis. The Redskins’ offense looks awful but their punting game looks great. :(

  307. lets go twins September 27th, 2009 at 2:33 pm

    what the hell is Gardner doing bunting against Paul Byrd in the first inning?

    The only thing I can think is maybe Joe is trying to see if Gardner can beat out a bunt on a consistent basis???

  308. Corey September 27th, 2009 at 2:33 pm

    God you guys whine about everything, shut up.

  309. Brandon Awesome "BECAUSE I'M AWESOME!" September 27th, 2009 at 2:33 pm

    WTH AL?

    Back to Giants Football, be back later.

  310. m September 27th, 2009 at 2:33 pm

    Right after the sac bunt, espn gamecast had the chance of the Yankees winning at 50% even though we were down 1-0. The point is even the computer thought it was a good play. :P

  311. Yanks_Fan September 27th, 2009 at 2:33 pm

    That looked bad, A-Rod.

  312. RS September 27th, 2009 at 2:34 pm

    I have NO problem bunting a runner to third, but I absolutely DESPISE bunting a runner to second base. To me, that’s only a move that should be saved for the NL with a pitcher at the plate.

  313. Jeremy September 27th, 2009 at 2:35 pm

    Donnie is right. We have more important things to worry about. This start is about getting Andy ready for October, and the rest of the starters.

  314. Carl September 27th, 2009 at 2:35 pm

    how was that not a strike?

  315. GGBG (Magic Number: Billy Martin.) September 27th, 2009 at 2:35 pm

    I don’t really like the idea of bunting in the 1st inning against Paul Byrd. It’s not like he’s Bob Gibson.

    That said, we’ve done that a lot this year and we’re going to win 100 games so it’s pretty tough to argue.

  316. Laura - Matsui will be a Yankee in 2010!! September 27th, 2009 at 2:35 pm

    “I know he is so important to the Yankees success bit I find it difficult to watch Arod play. Last night’s strikeout interference , today’s bobble at 3rd and that fake bunt. He is not just not fun to watch.”

    You are joking, right? You didn’t enjoy that mammoth HR off of Lester on Friday? If you say no, you’re a liar.

  317. 100 pitches of fun... September 27th, 2009 at 2:36 pm

    Does Tek know how to get to 1st base? Take Andy out he allowed a hit to captain terrible.

  318. Angel - A tale told by idiots, full of sound and fury, signifying nothing September 27th, 2009 at 2:36 pm

    Perhaps the Yankees read Dan Shaughnessy’s article? :D

  319. Sports Geek September 27th, 2009 at 2:36 pm

    Jeter with another leadoff hit. That makes 51?

    GGBG sacrifice bunt?? In this case I definitely agree with PeteAbe. This was a waste of an at bat! Unless Gardner was trying to bunt for a hit, and the defense played it very well and got him out.

  320. Yanks_Fan September 27th, 2009 at 2:37 pm

    Log on to ESPN Boston.com? Why? You’ll get the same logging to ESPN.com.

  321. DYNASTY IS DESTINY! September 27th, 2009 at 2:37 pm

    Autumn brings her chills…

    Pettitte peering through the mist…

    Postseason preview…

  322. GGBG (Magic Number: Billy Martin.) September 27th, 2009 at 2:37 pm

    Nice DP!

  323. NYY626 - Go Andy September 27th, 2009 at 2:37 pm

    I called that DP. One more Andy

  324. Laura - Matsui will be a Yankee in 2010!! September 27th, 2009 at 2:38 pm

    Morgan has a serious man crush on Robbie. Cano might want to look into a restraining order. :P

  325. Carl September 27th, 2009 at 2:38 pm

    lol the man crush continues

  326. RS September 27th, 2009 at 2:38 pm

    Arod and Cano probably turn the fastest DP in the league.

  327. dennis-Costanza September 27th, 2009 at 2:38 pm

    Nick.

    If you told me that Detroit would have 274 yards at half time,I would think it was over. I am checking the 2nd half o/u right now. We still have a chance. There were no junk points in the first half and we will get some in the 2nd half. What hurt was Wash going down to 4th and goal on the one and getting stuffed…I will try to pull us through..

    -dennis

  328. jfan September 27th, 2009 at 2:39 pm

    To be honest when Arod is that situation I really try not to expect much as he has not come through so many times.

  329. RS September 27th, 2009 at 2:39 pm

    Uh oh, 2 outs.

  330. Angel - A tale told by idiots, full of sound and fury, signifying nothing September 27th, 2009 at 2:39 pm

    “I know he is so important to the Yankees success bit I find it difficult to watch Arod play. Last night’s strikeout interference , today’s bobble at 3rd and that fake bunt. He is not just not fun to watch.”

    Oh for the love of all thats holy…

    Read:- http://www.lohud.com/article/2.....8/0/SPORTS

    …and get some perspective, please.

  331. GGBG (Magic Number: Billy Martin.) September 27th, 2009 at 2:39 pm

    Sports Geek

    GGBG sacrifice bunt?? In this case I definitely agree with PeteAbe. This was a waste of an at bat! Unless Gardner was trying to bunt for a hit, and the defense played it very well and got him out

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

    I see that point. Was talking about why they chose to bunt and didn’t straght steal with Jeter.

    Really, the best play is swing away. It’s Paul Byrd.

  332. Stevie September 27th, 2009 at 2:40 pm

    Oh.My.God.

    Boston bunted!

    Doesn’t Tito know bunting is antiquated?

    Maybe Theo should send Bill James down to the dugout and explain sabermetrics to Fran-Coma.

    Ya know, Tito’s love of bunting could cost the ‘Roid Sox a game in the playoffs. ;)

  333. Todd September 27th, 2009 at 2:40 pm

    Ellsbury minus speed = .250 hitter

  334. o'Realy September 27th, 2009 at 2:40 pm

    Once again, why are people ignoring the fact that Robbie would’ve been a better option to bat 2nd today. He would’ve been able to swing away in the 1st. Gardner is fast, but Robbie’s a better overall hitter without a doubt.

  335. NYY626 - Go Andy September 27th, 2009 at 2:41 pm

    Arod is not fun to watch? I certainly enjoyed his 3 steals and 4 rbi’s the other night.

    Nice play Robbie!

  336. Angel - A tale told by idiots, full of sound and fury, signifying nothing September 27th, 2009 at 2:41 pm

    I don’t care much for Joe Morgan – but its nice that someone recognizes the value Cano has to the team. A lot of Yankee fans don’t even recognize it, lol.

  337. Carl September 27th, 2009 at 2:41 pm

    jfan

    No one cares if you find him “not fun to watch”

  338. o'Realy September 27th, 2009 at 2:41 pm

    wow, how often do you see two 3-4-3 put outs in back to back half innings

  339. RS September 27th, 2009 at 2:42 pm

    Jeez, how many plays in this game have rocketed off of someone’s glove or body? Can’t we just get some lazy fly balls and strikeouts? :)

  340. Laura - Matsui will be a Yankee in 2010!! September 27th, 2009 at 2:42 pm

    “I don’t care much for Joe Morgan – but its nice that someone recognizes the value Cano has to the team. A lot of Yankee fans don’t even recognize it, lol.”

    It is although I have a feeling that if Robbie were playing another position, Morgan wouldn’t be praising him as much.

  341. Nick von Clausewitz in SF September 27th, 2009 at 2:43 pm

    What is all this ‘more important things to worry about’ hooey? Are we supposed to be working on nuclear proliferation while the game is on in the background? :roll:

  342. Angel - A tale told by idiots, full of sound and fury, signifying nothing September 27th, 2009 at 2:44 pm

    That HR the other night was a thing of beauty.. and most definitely fun to watch. :D

  343. DYNASTY IS DESTINY! September 27th, 2009 at 2:44 pm

    Pettitte’s persistence…

    Teixeira’s tenacity…

    Twenty-Seven tolls…

  344. Stevie September 27th, 2009 at 2:44 pm

    Joe Morgan is as incoherent as Palin.

  345. o'Realy September 27th, 2009 at 2:45 pm

    who else thinks the nationals will be a really solid team in a couple years if they keep managing their prospects well?

  346. Trevor (Super Mario) September 27th, 2009 at 2:45 pm

    Gilbride is an awful playcaller. WTH?

  347. Carl September 27th, 2009 at 2:46 pm

    Paul Byrd is the man. He doesn’t even have to pitch in the first half.

  348. GGBG (Magic Number: Billy Martin.) September 27th, 2009 at 2:46 pm

    Stevie

    Leave politics out of the blog, k? Thanks.

  349. trisha - OPPC lifetime member who is missing the worry gene September 27th, 2009 at 2:46 pm

    Haiku-man, that was probably done when people were borrowing screen names freely! It’s the reason that one day I asked if you were a Sux fan! I couldn’t imagine why you would have guessed so low. I’ll remove you from the list when I do the next update.

    If there should be a karmic Yankee win today, a la steroid payback, it’s a game with Paul Byrd on the mound (and the vitamin king DHing for the Sux!) JMO

  350. Laura - Matsui will be a Yankee in 2010!! September 27th, 2009 at 2:47 pm

    “who else thinks the nationals will be a really solid team in a couple years if they keep managing their prospects well?”

    If they had decent pitching, they’d be very dangerous because their offense is quite potent.

  351. Erica - always OPPC September 27th, 2009 at 2:47 pm

    Hi Everyone!!!!!!

    I am home :-)

  352. Vince September 27th, 2009 at 2:47 pm

    I suspect that a big man like Peter will find difficulty in maneuvering around such miniature clubhouses that Boston has to offer for 81 home games.
    Roads trips around the league with give him breathing room to do interviews, etc.

  353. Laura - Matsui will be a Yankee in 2010!! September 27th, 2009 at 2:48 pm

    Paul Byrd is the kind of pitcher we should be beating unconscious.

  354. Carl September 27th, 2009 at 2:48 pm

    200 hits for Cano grats.

  355. Stevie September 27th, 2009 at 2:48 pm

    Erica – always OPPC September 27th, 2009 at 2:47 pm

    Hi Everyone!!!!!!

    I am home :-)
    =========================

    Where ya been?

    PS welcome home.

  356. NYY626 - Go Andy September 27th, 2009 at 2:48 pm

    Erica – did you win big? Are we getting a post season suite ;)

  357. Laura - Matsui will be a Yankee in 2010!! September 27th, 2009 at 2:48 pm

    Hey Erica,

    How was your trip?

  358. GreenBeret7 September 27th, 2009 at 2:49 pm

    Congrats to Cano on hit #200.

  359. o'Realy September 27th, 2009 at 2:49 pm

    Laura,

    Yeah, if they develope Strasburg correctly, and possibly get Bryce Harper next year (should be decide to pitch in the majors – he could play anywhere), and if they possibly make a trade or pick up a solid veteran FA starter, they could be well on their way.

    And i know you can’t assume these things, but I’ll say it one last time – Today would be the PERFECT day to test out a lineup with Robbie batting 2nd.

  360. 100 pitches of fun... September 27th, 2009 at 2:49 pm

    Congrats Cano, Morgan would like a dinner date with him.

  361. Erica - always OPPC September 27th, 2009 at 2:50 pm

    I did a quick scan through stuff I missed-

    For anyone who was concerned…
    I did see MPB Johnny Damon’s big hit yesterday. And yes, I was screaming wildly. LOL

    This is overdue-
    MPB Johnny Damon = Awesome :grin:

  362. Laura - Matsui will be a Yankee in 2010!! September 27th, 2009 at 2:50 pm

    Cano took pity on Captain Chump and let him throw him out.

  363. RS September 27th, 2009 at 2:50 pm

    How do the Yankees steal with Cano and not Jeter? This is what I don’t get.

  364. Jeremy September 27th, 2009 at 2:50 pm

    How did Cano get caught by Varitek ? The guy sucks.

  365. Sports Geek September 27th, 2009 at 2:51 pm

    Robbie!!!… 200th hit!! – goes well with 100+ runs

  366. 100 pitches of fun... September 27th, 2009 at 2:51 pm

    Tek actually throws a slow runner out on a wet field.

  367. Yanks_Fan September 27th, 2009 at 2:51 pm

    Welcome Erica! Now I know this will be a good game.

  368. trisha - OPPC lifetime member who is missing the worry gene September 27th, 2009 at 2:51 pm

    Just a question based in ignorance perhaps but I don’t intend it to mean harm. Why did they reschedule because of Yom Kippur (if they did for that reason. That’s what I thought I just heard from Morgan and Miller.) They play baseball on Good Friday, and there is no more solemn day in the Christian calendar. Just curious to know whether anyone has the answer. Do they do this every Yom Kippur or is this a first? I guess I just hadn’t heard of anything like this before.

  369. Shdw September 27th, 2009 at 2:51 pm

    Cano could have had that steal but he also stole on an extremely easy pitch to throw for Varitek.

  370. DT - OPPC member (blood type - Positive) September 27th, 2009 at 2:52 pm

    You can’t run on Varitek! The “C” on his uniform stands for CANNON. ;-)

  371. Erica - always OPPC September 27th, 2009 at 2:52 pm

    My trip was great. Sadly, I did not win money :-(

    I was holding my own with my beloved slot machines until Friday night when this bastard machine literally ate all of my money in about 3 minutes. I made the cardinal mistake and kept feeding it more because I could just not believe the rate it was actually eating my money without giving me anything in return and I kept thinking it has to give me somethign eventually. Oh well.

    I did have a really good time though. I saw the Pointer Sisters perform there last night. Most random concert ever, but actually kind of fun.

    And of course the Yankees won!

  372. o'Realy September 27th, 2009 at 2:52 pm

    trisha,

    this is the first time they’ve done this.

  373. GreenBeret7 September 27th, 2009 at 2:52 pm

    RS
    September 27th, 2009 at 2:50 pm
    How do the Yankees steal with Cano and not Jeter? This is what I don’t get.

    ————————————————————

    How about because Jeter runs on his own and chose not to run on the first 3 pitches?

  374. Laura - Matsui will be a Yankee in 2010!! September 27th, 2009 at 2:54 pm

    Alex did a lot of wincing after that play.

  375. 100 pitches of fun... September 27th, 2009 at 2:54 pm

    Andy is really going to get his work in today. It seems like an early shower.

  376. Ed in Oregon September 27th, 2009 at 2:55 pm

    With Tek’s hit and throw out of RC… That will give Tito plenty of justification to keep him in the line up for the rest of the decade ! Yes !

  377. trisha - OPPC lifetime member who is missing the worry gene September 27th, 2009 at 2:55 pm

    Well you know that there is going to be a concerted Sux effort to take this game since the last thing they want is to see the Yanks celebrate the division, at home, and at
    Sux expense.

    GO YANKEES, DAMMIT!!!!!

  378. RS September 27th, 2009 at 2:55 pm

    “How about because Jeter runs on his own and chose not to run on the first 3 pitches?”

    That makes sense if Gardner was also bunting on his own.

  379. Carl September 27th, 2009 at 2:56 pm

    My head hurts

  380. trisha - OPPC lifetime member who is missing the worry gene September 27th, 2009 at 2:56 pm

    And not to introduce a controversial topic in reverse, but does anyone think that Andy is so used to throwing to Jorge that there could be a problem with Andy and Molina?

    Just a question.

  381. Jeremy September 27th, 2009 at 2:56 pm

    Andy just doesn’t have it today. He is lacking the bite in his pitches and the command.

  382. DT - OPPC member (blood type - Positive) September 27th, 2009 at 2:56 pm

    I would like to see a 1-2-3 DP please.

  383. trisha - OPPC lifetime member who is missing the worry gene September 27th, 2009 at 2:57 pm

    o’Realy, thanks for that info.

    :)

  384. Carl September 27th, 2009 at 2:58 pm

    Man would he shut up about Cano!

  385. DT - OPPC member (blood type - Positive) September 27th, 2009 at 2:58 pm

    6-4-3 will do also. Thank you.
    sincerely,
    DT

  386. Erica - always OPPC September 27th, 2009 at 2:58 pm

    DT – OPPC member (blood type – Positive)
    September 27th, 2009 at 2:56 pm
    I would like to see a 1-2-3 DP please.
    ****

    I’d rather see a triple play

  387. Jeremy September 27th, 2009 at 2:58 pm

    What is phillips talking about ? Jeter was playing more up the middle, no shortstop would have been able to get to that ball.

  388. Betsy September 27th, 2009 at 2:58 pm

    Alex is hurt?

  389. Valerie G. September 27th, 2009 at 2:58 pm

    Trisha–Yom Kippur is an especially holy day in the Jewish calendar, which is why the schedule was changed.

  390. Erica - always OPPC September 27th, 2009 at 2:59 pm

    Erica – always OPPC
    September 27th, 2009 at 2:58 pm
    DT – OPPC member (blood type – Positive)
    September 27th, 2009 at 2:56 pm
    I would like to see a 1-2-3 DP please.
    ****

    I’d rather see a triple play
    ****

    Dearest Erica,

    Please turn around and look at your TV before you post. Thank you in advance for your cooperation

  391. DT - OPPC member (blood type - Positive) September 27th, 2009 at 2:59 pm

    “I’d rather see a triple play”

    you’d have a better chance of seeing 7-7-7
    :-)

  392. Angel - A tale told by idiots, full of sound and fury, signifying nothing September 27th, 2009 at 2:59 pm

    “And not to introduce a controversial topic in reverse, but does anyone think that Andy is so used to throwing to Jorge that there could be a problem with Andy and Molina?”

    No. I don’t think that at all.

  393. 100 pitches of fun... September 27th, 2009 at 2:59 pm

    They should let Andy get his work in and then take him out. After his shoulder issues the last thing they want is him over extending himself. Just get the champagne ready for tomorrow.

  394. Carl September 27th, 2009 at 3:00 pm

    Betsy September 27th, 2009 at 2:58 pm

    Alex is hurt?

    naw

  395. Erica - always OPPC September 27th, 2009 at 3:00 pm

    DT – OPPC member (blood type – Positive)
    September 27th, 2009 at 2:59 pm
    “I’d rather see a triple play”

    you’d have a better chance of seeing 7-7-7

    ****

    I saw that a few times this weekend silly :-)

  396. NYY626 - Go Andy September 27th, 2009 at 3:00 pm

    Arite Andy. Lets score some runs boys. I am confident we can overcome a 2-0 deficit.

  397. Yo Papa September 27th, 2009 at 3:00 pm

    Gees Morgan…… Don’t forget Cano’s balls while you’re down there.

  398. Carl September 27th, 2009 at 3:01 pm

    Yo Papa

    LOL

  399. Erica - always OPPC September 27th, 2009 at 3:01 pm

    Trisha-

    I had a package from you waiting when I got home. Thanks!!!!

  400. Angel - A tale told by idiots, full of sound and fury, signifying nothing September 27th, 2009 at 3:02 pm

    “Why did they reschedule because of Yom Kippur (if they did for that reason. That’s what I thought I just heard from Morgan and Miller.)”

    AFAIK, they didn’t reschedule it. It was always originally a day game, and ESPN wanted to move it to a night game, because they get more ratings or something. They did move it to a night game, until it was pointed out that it was a holiday, so it was moved back.

  401. Stevie September 27th, 2009 at 3:02 pm

    Jeter interviews are so compelling :(

  402. Carl September 27th, 2009 at 3:02 pm

    Melky!

  403. RS September 27th, 2009 at 3:02 pm

    Melky!!

  404. o'Realy September 27th, 2009 at 3:02 pm

    gotta love leche.

  405. NYY626 - Go Andy September 27th, 2009 at 3:02 pm

    The Melkman! Go leche!

  406. MG September 27th, 2009 at 3:02 pm

    I’m watching the Giants beat the Bucs but, after all the claims of ESPN having an anti-Yankees bias, why would you complain about Joe Morgan saying good things about Cano? Morgan does have some knowledge of playing 2nd, some of you may actually know he’s in the Hall of Fame.

  407. trisha - OPPC lifetime member who is missing the worry gene September 27th, 2009 at 3:02 pm

    “Trisha–Yom Kippur is an especially holy day in the Jewish calendar, which is why the schedule was changed.”

    Valerie – thanks. I just had never heard of schedule changes for religious holidays. But as o’Leary pointed out, this was a first. I predict you’ll see them follow suit on Good Friday.

    That said, MY DA MELK!!!!!!

  408. Betsy September 27th, 2009 at 3:02 pm

    Carl, thanks – I was beginning to panic, lol.

    Karl Ravech said “the Jewish people”? What a you-know-what.

  409. 100 pitches of fun... September 27th, 2009 at 3:02 pm

    Go Melky!!! Cue the homerun talk…

  410. o'Realy September 27th, 2009 at 3:03 pm

    I hate how they are using the “short porch” excuse….that ball was a homer in almost any park. I really hate ESPN games.

  411. melky53 September 27th, 2009 at 3:04 pm

    Yeah Melky!

  412. Arno September 27th, 2009 at 3:04 pm

    Does Joe Morgan ever make sense?

  413. RS September 27th, 2009 at 3:04 pm

    I want Cervelli :(

  414. Christina- Pictures of the Girardi and A-Rod ejection + Leiter's Sock September 27th, 2009 at 3:04 pm

    Hey Erica! You’re back!

    Did you win the readers some playoff tickets? :)

    Still no luck with Brian Cashman.

  415. o'Realy September 27th, 2009 at 3:04 pm

    The second i heard “empire state of mind” i knew it would be Jeter’s plate song.

  416. Carl September 27th, 2009 at 3:04 pm

    Betsy

    Hes an ESPN Nazi

  417. Erica - always OPPC September 27th, 2009 at 3:05 pm

    I am about to grab clothes out of the washing machine and then jump in the shower. The Yanks will win this game as a result

  418. Yanks_Fan September 27th, 2009 at 3:05 pm

    Arno
    September 27th, 2009 at 3:04 pm
    Does Joe Morgan ever make sense?

    —-

    Rhetorical Q

  419. Erica - always OPPC September 27th, 2009 at 3:06 pm

    Christina- Pictures of the Girardi and A-Rod ejection + Leiter’s Sock
    September 27th, 2009 at 3:04 pm
    Hey Erica! You’re back!

    Did you win the readers some playoff tickets?

    Still no luck with Brian Cashman.
    ****

    Sadly no :cry:

    We would have been better off stalking Cashman

  420. Ed – campaigning for Josh Willingham (it worked for Gaudin) September 27th, 2009 at 3:06 pm

    leading off is a new role for Jeter? uh…shut up Miller!

  421. trisha - OPPC lifetime member who is missing the worry gene September 27th, 2009 at 3:06 pm

    Erica, sorry the one-arm bandits ate your money. I always find that candy soothes a variety of ills.

    :)

    Hope you like it.

  422. Jeremy September 27th, 2009 at 3:06 pm

    That was a legit homerun. They need to stop talking about it.

  423. Todd September 27th, 2009 at 3:07 pm

    Do these idiots ever go on & on about the green monster???????????????????????doubtful!

  424. Jeremy September 27th, 2009 at 3:07 pm

    Yeah the ballpark is really helping the Yankees win. lol

  425. MG September 27th, 2009 at 3:07 pm

    Carl
    September 27th, 2009 at 3:04 pm
    Betsy

    Hes an ESPN Nazi
    ——————————
    Carl, on the eve of Yom Kippur, shut the eff up already. Karl Ravech IS Jewish, you effing moron.

  426. Carl September 27th, 2009 at 3:08 pm

    I haven’t seen a player take as many pitches down the middle as BG has since he came back from the DL.

  427. 100 pitches of fun... September 27th, 2009 at 3:08 pm

    Bay was playing Gardner like he was the pitcher hitting..lol

  428. o'Realy September 27th, 2009 at 3:09 pm

    Todd,

    The only thing they say about the Monster is that it’s one of the most iconic ballpark details in the game…they never mention how the Pesky pole and the Monster make Fenway more of a little league park than a major league field.

  429. DT - OPPC member (blood type - Positive) September 27th, 2009 at 3:09 pm

    Paul Byrd looks like something out of the 50′s with that wind-up. I can’t believe he did that with Jeter on 3rd earlier.

  430. Carl September 27th, 2009 at 3:10 pm

    MG September 27th, 2009 at 3:07 pm

    Carl
    September 27th, 2009 at 3:04 pm
    Betsy

    Hes an ESPN Nazi
    ——————————
    Carl, on the eve of Yom Kippur, shut the eff up already. Karl Ravech IS Jewish, you effing moron.

    Hes Jewish?!?!? No kidding its a joke. Calm down.

  431. o'Realy September 27th, 2009 at 3:10 pm

    I really don’t like seeing Gardner this high in the lineup right now. I’m not complaining at all, because I see some logic in it, but I really think they are just straight overlooking Cano in the 2 hole when Johnny doesn’t play.

  432. MG September 27th, 2009 at 3:12 pm

    Carl, don’t tell me to calm down, you don’t call Jews Nazis as a joke unless you are a real idiot, just ask anyone above the age of 12 with an IQ over 50.

  433. Brandon Awesome "BECAUSE I'M AWESOME!" September 27th, 2009 at 3:12 pm

    Some scrub w/ a #83 just caught a TD for the Giants.

  434. Carl September 27th, 2009 at 3:12 pm

    lol at espn showing the seats where you cant see

  435. nature boy September 27th, 2009 at 3:12 pm

    theyre 5 dollars seats miller shut up

  436. Christina- Pictures of the Girardi and A-Rod ejection + Leiter's Sock September 27th, 2009 at 3:13 pm

    These announcers a brilliant.

  437. Christina- Pictures of the Girardi and A-Rod ejection + Leiter's Sock September 27th, 2009 at 3:14 pm

    Just as brilliant as I am apparently.

  438. 100 pitches of fun... September 27th, 2009 at 3:14 pm

    Swish has always looked really good batting 2nd. Him or Cano batting 2nd is ok. Gardner takes too many pitches and then falls behind in the count. Kevin Long has said he needs to be more aggressive. They throw him fastballs right down the middle that he takes.

  439. Yanks_Fan September 27th, 2009 at 3:14 pm

    Giants playing well! Me likes that!

  440. NYY626 - Go Andy September 27th, 2009 at 3:14 pm

    Nice recovery inning Andy :grin:

  441. o'Realy September 27th, 2009 at 3:14 pm

    It really is unbelievable that the Stadium has some many severely obstructed view seats. And looking at the layout, it’s really not going to be an easy fix.

  442. zmaster September 27th, 2009 at 3:15 pm

    please stop this nazi thing.
    its sick. please let us enjoy our holiday.

  443. Joe from Long Island September 27th, 2009 at 3:15 pm

    1. Given that Morgan and Miller are just traveling through, I really don’t expect them to have an in-depth knowledge of the teams, or get into serious baseball discussions. They are broadcasting to a lot of fans who either don’t follow whatever team it is, or casual fans. So their discussions will be superficial. They’re not nearly as bad as FOX.

    2. Jets took advantage of a turnover to score on a Sanchez to Cotchery TD pass. 21-17, NYJ.

    3. Nice job by Andy, 1-2-3 inning.

  444. Todd September 27th, 2009 at 3:15 pm

    From the comments coming from Morgan & Miller, you’d think THEY were sitting in the seats where they couldn’t see the field………

  445. DT - OPPC member (blood type - Positive) September 27th, 2009 at 3:15 pm

    good inning for Andy P. He needed that.

  446. BBFan September 27th, 2009 at 3:15 pm

    “I’m watching the Giants beat the Bucs but, after all the claims of ESPN having an anti-Yankees bias, why would you complain about Joe Morgan saying good things about Cano? Morgan does have some knowledge of playing 2nd, some of you may actually know he’s in the Hall of Fame.”

    I never commneted about it, but there are some here who whine and whine and whine about every broadcaster, whether it is YES, or WCBS or ESPN or FOX. God knows what they want…..

    Today I thought Morgan was very balanced and objective in his comments without any bias towards either team.

  447. m September 27th, 2009 at 3:16 pm

    Maybe Girardi kept Cano in his normal slot for a reason. Moving the regulars around right before the playoffs might not be the best thing.

  448. o'Realy September 27th, 2009 at 3:17 pm

    100 Pitches-

    Swish has been decently successful batting second this year – I think he’s .275 from that slot or something like that, but Robbie hasn’t seen the 2 hole much at all and I think he would really thrive there because he would have less RISP opportunities and more “just get on base and move Jeter over” opportunities.

  449. Joe from Long Island September 27th, 2009 at 3:17 pm

    Wasn’t it raining heavily in Tampa a little while ago? Gotta love that Florida weather.

  450. Angel - A tale told by idiots, full of sound and fury, signifying nothing September 27th, 2009 at 3:18 pm

    Carl, on the eve of Yom Kippur, shut the eff up already. Karl Ravech IS Jewish, you effing moron.

    **********************************************

    Wow, he is? That makes even less sense that he said what he said then. Yikes.

  451. Todd September 27th, 2009 at 3:18 pm

    Why would anyone need ESPNBoston.com, when they can just tune into ESPN (Exclusive Sox Patriots Network)?????

  452. DT - OPPC member (blood type - Positive) September 27th, 2009 at 3:18 pm

    ” really is unbelievable that the Stadium has some many severely obstructed view seats. And looking at the layout, it’s really not going to be an easy fix.

    Hydraulic bleacher seats. When there is a play to the right side, the seats raise up high and then come back down.

    It will be like an amusement park ride.

  453. Nick von Clausewitz in SF September 27th, 2009 at 3:19 pm

    There is nothing I’m aware of that precludes observant Christians from watching/attending baseball games on Good Friday if they so desire. Not the case with Yom Kippur.

    You wouldn’t see games cancelled on Good Fridays if they fall during the season anyway. Every team plays on Fridays.

  454. o'Realy September 27th, 2009 at 3:19 pm

    m-

    i see your point, but you also want to put yourself in the best position to win as possible. so with damon out, you want a higher avg guy in the top of the lineup and gardner simply isn’t that guy. i mean, this isn’t a throw away game – we could leave this as division champs.

  455. Erica - always OPPC September 27th, 2009 at 3:19 pm

    Angel-

    I may have sent you a facebook message

  456. o'Realy September 27th, 2009 at 3:19 pm

    DT-

    You just blew my mind.

  457. Ed – campaigning for Josh Willingham (it worked for Gaudin) September 27th, 2009 at 3:20 pm

    Morgan: if anything, I hope Pena and Teixiera are tied in the home run race. because Sabathia hitted Pena on the hand.

    oh shut up Morgan! shut up shut up.

  458. iiicollies September 27th, 2009 at 3:21 pm

    Better than a shutout for the Giants. Bucs have only 35 total yds and ONE first down. Giants have 23 first downs

  459. m September 27th, 2009 at 3:21 pm

    With a player like Robi, don’t mess with it. Girardi’s seen him in the two hole, he’s seen him hit 5&6. Best to leave Robi where he is.

  460. Angel - A tale told by idiots, full of sound and fury, signifying nothing September 27th, 2009 at 3:24 pm

    Erica! You’re back! Yay!

    Did you happen see PB Johnny Damon’s moment-of-extreme-clutchness-dedicated-to-Erica yesterday???? Or were you having too much fun?

  461. trisha - OPPC lifetime member who is missing the worry gene September 27th, 2009 at 3:25 pm

    Paul Byrd??????

    :(

  462. o'Realy September 27th, 2009 at 3:26 pm

    m-

    robbie’s had 4 PA this year from the 2 hole and he’s 3-4 with a homer. In his career, he’s a .271 hitter in the 2 slot. It’s not like he’s been bad there in this small sample size, so you can’t really draw the conclusion that he’s horrible batting second.

  463. Erica - always OPPC September 27th, 2009 at 3:26 pm

    Angel – A tale told by idiots, full of sound and fury, signifying nothing
    September 27th, 2009 at 3:24 pm
    Erica! You’re back! Yay!

    Did you happen see PB Johnny Damon’s moment-of-extreme-clutchness-dedicated-to-Erica yesterday???? Or were you having too much fun?
    *****

    You bet I saw it!!!!! LOL. And I screamed wildly :-)

  464. 100 pitches of fun... September 27th, 2009 at 3:26 pm

    I can’t believe how easy CY Byrd is making it look

  465. Tom in N.J. September 27th, 2009 at 3:28 pm

    Trisha, I’m not aware of any Good Friday rules-besides no meat. If I can recall, the Detroit Tigers drew some heat this season because they had their home opener during the “holy hours” (noon to 3pm) on Good Friday. They didn’t change it however,

  466. David Cone's Camera Face September 27th, 2009 at 3:28 pm

    it is unacceptable to let byrd shut down the yankees.

  467. Carl September 27th, 2009 at 3:29 pm

    At least its been a quick game

  468. Yanks_Fan September 27th, 2009 at 3:29 pm

    Patience, my young yankee fans.

  469. NYY626 - Go Andy September 27th, 2009 at 3:30 pm

    There are specific holy hours on Good Friday?

  470. Erica - always OPPC September 27th, 2009 at 3:30 pm

    100 pitches of fun…
    September 27th, 2009 at 3:26 pm
    I can’t believe how easy CY Byrd is making it look
    *****

    Anyone else getting horrible ALDS 2006 flashbacks???

  471. DT - OPPC member (blood type - Positive) September 27th, 2009 at 3:30 pm

    When the Yanks clinch today, will ESPN show any of the celebration or will they quickly have to cut away to Table Tennis?

  472. dennis-Costanza September 27th, 2009 at 3:30 pm

    Nick.

    I have given up on this over. That makes me 6-2 on 5-stars this year. However, I like 3 plays this afternoon.

    Bears -2.5/over 37.5
    Over45 Miamis/SD

    Pounding the 3. I either pay up or have a great weekend..

    Here we go. Go Houston.

    -dennis

  473. RS September 27th, 2009 at 3:30 pm

    Paul Byrd is competing against Tomko and Pavano for most impressive performance against the Yankees by a scrub pitcher.

  474. Angel - A tale told by idiots, full of sound and fury, signifying nothing September 27th, 2009 at 3:31 pm

    They did score a run, so they’re not exactly “shut out”.

  475. Carl September 27th, 2009 at 3:31 pm

    Looks like Andy is back :)

  476. o'Realy September 27th, 2009 at 3:31 pm

    Tom,

    that’s the point, none of us know those good friday rules because we can just break them and go to confession. If the Yankees ever opened on Good Friday, I’d be there eating a hot dog….then I’d go to confession on Sunday.

    Actually, let’s be realistic, I wouldn’t go to confession.

    In other news, it looks like Andy has settled in.

  477. Joe from Long Island September 27th, 2009 at 3:31 pm

    Erica, I’m not.

  478. Erica - always OPPC September 27th, 2009 at 3:31 pm

    Is it just me or does Youk actually argue with the umpire after every single at bat? (I noticed it at least twice yesterday)

    Just shut up and sit down already

  479. trisha - OPPC lifetime member who is missing the worry gene September 27th, 2009 at 3:31 pm

    Hey for a change Pukey argued about the call!

  480. NYY626 - Go Andy September 27th, 2009 at 3:32 pm

    Andrew Eugene Pettitte is now dealing. ( I threw that out there in case anyone was having Kay withdrawals)

  481. Jeremy September 27th, 2009 at 3:32 pm

    Boston hitters whine so much. They act like no one should strike them out.

  482. BBFan September 27th, 2009 at 3:32 pm

    YES will have the postgame, whether Yanks win or lose.

  483. m September 27th, 2009 at 3:32 pm

    Fine. But I still wouldn’t move Robi around, or at least that high. You want to put Swish up there? Different story, but it took a long time to find Robi’s spot. And I definitely wouldn’t do it just to win today.

    Andy settling down, just need to kill the byrd.

  484. Erica - always OPPC September 27th, 2009 at 3:32 pm

    DT – OPPC member (blood type – Positive)
    September 27th, 2009 at 3:30 pm
    When the Yanks clinch today, will ESPN show any of the celebration or will they quickly have to cut away to Table Tennis?
    ****

    Don’t know where you are, but there is a YES postgame.
    My guess is they will cut away. Especially since the game was delayed to begin with

  485. murphydog September 27th, 2009 at 3:33 pm

    Good Friday for Christians? No outright prohibitions, but I point out that Lincoln was shot attending the theater on Good Friday.Draw your own conclusions.

  486. Erica - always OPPC September 27th, 2009 at 3:33 pm

    o’Realy
    September 27th, 2009 at 3:31 pm
    Tom,

    that’s the point, none of us know those good friday rules because we can just break them and go to confession. If the Yankees ever opened on Good Friday, I’d be there eating a hot dog….then I’d go to confession on Sunday.

    Actually, let’s be realistic, I wouldn’t go to confession.
    ******

    Obviously you have done nothing confession worthy ;-)

  487. Carl September 27th, 2009 at 3:34 pm

    Swish!

  488. Yanks_Fan September 27th, 2009 at 3:35 pm

    I loved that slide from Swish!

  489. Tom in N.J. September 27th, 2009 at 3:35 pm

    Do you have to go to confession for not going to confession?

  490. DT - OPPC member (blood type - Positive) September 27th, 2009 at 3:35 pm

    “Is it just me or does Youk actually argue with the umpire after every single at bat? (I noticed it at least twice yesterday)”

    Youk should capitalize on his whining.

    He should put out his own line of red (sox) wine.

  491. NYY626 - Go Andy September 27th, 2009 at 3:35 pm

    Swisha! This is our inning. Andy will get the win.

  492. Jeremy September 27th, 2009 at 3:35 pm

    The Yankee hitters are not showing a lot of effort because they know that everything is pretty much done. They just need one game to clinch. There is no sense of urgency.

  493. Yanks_Fan September 27th, 2009 at 3:36 pm

    Nice tag, Swish!!

  494. trisha - OPPC lifetime member who is missing the worry gene September 27th, 2009 at 3:36 pm

    I’m in love with Nik Swisher. Just sayin’

    :D

  495. PL September 27th, 2009 at 3:37 pm

    what a moron

  496. trisha - OPPC lifetime member who is missing the worry gene September 27th, 2009 at 3:37 pm

    The love affair just ended.

    :(

  497. Carl September 27th, 2009 at 3:37 pm

    Can we see a replay?

  498. RS September 27th, 2009 at 3:37 pm

    What a joke. Like Ellsbury would have had a chance to throw him out anyway.

  499. Blue Bleeding September 27th, 2009 at 3:37 pm

    The Buck-In-Ears are hapless but for the G-Men a win is a win.

  500. Valerie G. September 27th, 2009 at 3:37 pm

    What!?!

  501. o'Realy September 27th, 2009 at 3:37 pm

    m-

    I guess I don’t see the harm in it. I mean, it’s worth a look today because we would get better production from the two slot. And Robbie is still developing as a player, so he will very likely be moved around in the lineup over the next couple of years. To be honest, he is DEFINITELY a top of the lineup guy when he hits his peak, and if Tex wasn’t around, then I think Cano would thrive from the 3 slot the most. But today is an important game, and you can’t just plus someone into the 2 hole in a game when the division is in your sights. But i guess we’ll just have to agree to disagree here.

    That’s such crap by the way, and you know that it was a bad call because ESPN isn’t showing the replay.

  502. Carl September 27th, 2009 at 3:38 pm

    omg he was wrong

  503. o'Realy September 27th, 2009 at 3:38 pm

    HORRIBLE HORRIBLE CALL. THAT’S ABSOLUTELY UNBELIEVABLE.

  504. RalphieD (OPPC) September 27th, 2009 at 3:38 pm

    looked safe to me

  505. Shdw September 27th, 2009 at 3:38 pm

    He didn’t leave early….

  506. Donnie - Will Meet The Entire State of California Under the O'Neill Banner September 27th, 2009 at 3:38 pm

    That’s a bad call. He did not leave early at all. Absolute garbage.

  507. Jeremy September 27th, 2009 at 3:38 pm

    oh actually the replay showed that Swisher made it. The ump messed up.

  508. RS September 27th, 2009 at 3:38 pm

    He didn’t leave early. Once again the umps are a complete JOKE.

  509. Yanks_Fan September 27th, 2009 at 3:39 pm

    Even freaking ESPN showed he was tagging when the ball was caught! That was a horrible play, but what can you expect when playing Boston?

  510. RalphieD (OPPC) September 27th, 2009 at 3:39 pm

    no doubt his foot was on there…he was clearly on the base

  511. GreenBeret7 September 27th, 2009 at 3:39 pm

    Welkie blew that play by a lot.

  512. Tom in N.J. September 27th, 2009 at 3:39 pm

    o’Realy, I missed seeing Jim Abbott’s no hitter because I had to Alter boy 11:30 mass here in Jersey. My Dad, brother, and baseball indiferent sister went without me…

  513. Valerie G. September 27th, 2009 at 3:39 pm

    Melky’s hit would have scored him. Unbelievable. Bad call. Bad, bad call.

  514. Yankee44 September 27th, 2009 at 3:39 pm

    Horrendous call. The umps steal a baserunner from the Yanks.

  515. jonathan c. September 27th, 2009 at 3:39 pm

    Pathetic. Is their any other job where you can be so consistently bad and still remain employed?

  516. Jeremy September 27th, 2009 at 3:40 pm

    oh I when I mean haven’t shown up I mean that the hitters are not doing alot because they know that things are pretty much done for the regular season.

  517. Christina- Pictures of the Girardi and A-Rod ejection + Leiter's Sock September 27th, 2009 at 3:40 pm

    Terrible call.

  518. RalphieD (OPPC) September 27th, 2009 at 3:40 pm

    “UPDATE, 3:37 p.m.: Yep, he’s out. Yankees continue to hand cheap outs to Byrd.”

    incorrect call…thats what it was

  519. Mo September 27th, 2009 at 3:40 pm

    Pete, umpires handed Byrd that out. Sorry, but check out a replay.

  520. Joker, The September 27th, 2009 at 3:40 pm

    What a surprise, the umps helping the Roid Sox out. Ugh.

  521. o'Realy September 27th, 2009 at 3:40 pm

    I really hate the appeal process there. It’s absolutely impossible for the ump to see the ball being caught and the runner leaving the bag at the same time. So unless it’s blatantly obvious, they should not be able to overturn that.

  522. DT - OPPC member (blood type - Positive) September 27th, 2009 at 3:40 pm

    surprised neither Swisher or Girardi argued that call.

  523. Joe from Long Island September 27th, 2009 at 3:40 pm

    So did you, Jeremy. The Yanks won yesterday, 3-0.

  524. Angel - A tale told by idiots, full of sound and fury, signifying nothing September 27th, 2009 at 3:41 pm

    Terrible call. This game would be tied now.

  525. Erica - always OPPC September 27th, 2009 at 3:41 pm

    RalphieD (OPPC)
    September 27th, 2009 at 3:40 pm
    “UPDATE, 3:37 p.m.: Yep, he’s out. Yankees continue to hand cheap outs to Byrd.”

    incorrect call…thats what it was
    *****

    SHHHHHH You folks are goign to summon you know who

  526. Keith R.A. DeCandido September 27th, 2009 at 3:42 pm

    The replay was abundantly clear that Swisher did NOT leave early. That one is not on the Yanks like GGBG’s bunt and Robbie’s steal.

  527. trisha - OPPC lifetime member who is missing the worry gene September 27th, 2009 at 3:42 pm

    I know I’m repeating myself but, Byrd?????

    :(

  528. Yanks_Fan September 27th, 2009 at 3:42 pm

    If this keeps up, whats the point of watching this game? I mean, when freaking umpires keep blowing calls and having a great impact on the results, what’s the point for watching? The horrible calling has to stop soon or following games will be pointless!

    Yeah, I’m angry!

  529. BFARBS September 27th, 2009 at 3:42 pm

    so even though the replays clearly show that swisher was safe, joe morgan still feels it necessary to argue, huh?

  530. o'Realy September 27th, 2009 at 3:42 pm

    DT-

    Swish has been barking from the dugout since it happened. He’s pissed.

  531. Christina- Pictures of the Girardi and A-Rod ejection + Leiter's Sock September 27th, 2009 at 3:42 pm

    UPDATE, 3:38 p.m.: Swisher is very agitated in the dugout. It would not be a shock if he said something to umpire Tim Welke on his way out to right field and got tossed. Swish can be a hothead. This is where a coach needs to calm him down.

    Replays showed he left on time. Bad call.

  532. Angel - A tale told by idiots, full of sound and fury, signifying nothing September 27th, 2009 at 3:42 pm

    I disagree Peter. Byrd got a lucky call there.

  533. ryan September 27th, 2009 at 3:43 pm

    i hate espn

  534. T-Dubs September 27th, 2009 at 3:43 pm

    That’s an inexcusable blown call. The 2B ump’s one job is to make sure he left on time. Seems like this happens at least once a series when the Yankees play the Red Sox. Maybe twice a series at Fenway.

  535. chris September 27th, 2009 at 3:43 pm

    “Yankees continue to hand cheap outs to Byrd.”

    So do the umps.

  536. PL September 27th, 2009 at 3:43 pm

    This is not the first time Byrd has shut us down offensively

  537. GreenBeret7 September 27th, 2009 at 3:43 pm

    UPDATE, 3:37 p.m.: Yep, he’s out. Yankees continue to hand cheap outs to Byrd.

    ————————————————————

    In what world other than Red Sox Nation was he out? Somebody besides Welkie needs glasses.

  538. RobGowanus September 27th, 2009 at 3:44 pm

    Hopefully the umps don’t blow calls like that during the post season

  539. Eric September 27th, 2009 at 3:44 pm

    Joe Morgan is terrible. What is he talking about. That replay is obvious. Admit when you are wrong.

  540. Angel - A tale told by idiots, full of sound and fury, signifying nothing September 27th, 2009 at 3:44 pm

    lol, perhaps he was agitated with good reason. It was a bad call.

    Joe Morgan is justifying his initial bad call, that’s all.

  541. RS September 27th, 2009 at 3:44 pm

    Molina hit the ball hard there but watching him “hit” makes me want to pull my hair out. Is there absolutely ANY reason on earth not to give Cervelli a start here or there?

  542. Christina- Pictures of the Girardi and A-Rod ejection + Leiter's Sock September 27th, 2009 at 3:45 pm

    Read the 3:38 update guys…

  543. 27 September 27th, 2009 at 3:45 pm

    Shut up Morgan.

  544. o'Realy September 27th, 2009 at 3:45 pm

    HOW IS THAT INCONCLUSIVE….HE WAS STILL PUSHING OFF THE BAG.

    this is why firejoemorgan.com is one of the most popular sports websites out there.

  545. Valerie G. September 27th, 2009 at 3:45 pm

    It was not inconclusive! He was safe!

  546. Joeshi! September 27th, 2009 at 3:45 pm

    wow joe morgan is still arguing that the ump was right even tho the replay showed that the ump was wrong. ugh what a joke

  547. DFox September 27th, 2009 at 3:46 pm

    Wow, this is just hilarious. ESPN showed it again and this time they full screened Swisher’s foot and Joe Morgan STILL can’t admit that Swisher didn’t leave early. Is Joe Morgan not seeing the same replay that ESPN is showing??

  548. Erica - always OPPC September 27th, 2009 at 3:46 pm

    Forget Byrd.

    Andrew Eugene Pettitte is dealing now.

    We will win this game

  549. S.A.--Serenity Now September 27th, 2009 at 3:46 pm

    Joe Morgan needs to take a vow of silence and stop terrorizing people with his nonsense. :evil:

  550. joe momma September 27th, 2009 at 3:46 pm

    swisher should belt a game winning homerun after that >>_<<

  551. Keith R.A. DeCandido September 27th, 2009 at 3:46 pm

    Swisher went straight into the clubhouse after being called out. He came out a minute later, went to the top step and yelled, “You’re wrong!” to the umpire, after likely watching the replay in the video room.

    I find it highly entertaining that Moe, Larry, and Curly in the booth couldn’t figure out that that was what Swish was doing.

  552. T-Dubs September 27th, 2009 at 3:47 pm

    Joe Morgan doesn’t understand the concept of tagging at 2nd and Jon Miller thinks you can score from third on a fly ball that lands in foul territory. Time for ESPN to call up the prospects.

  553. Joker, The September 27th, 2009 at 3:47 pm

    If the Yankees lose this game because of that crap call I swear…

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

    Hard to believe that the Sox still have all their starters playing in the 6th inning of a meaningless game.

    Maybe Shaughnessy should call down to Francona in the dugout.

  555. Yanks_Fan September 27th, 2009 at 3:48 pm

    Inconclusive?!?!? Pretty close??? Can they take this clown off the coverage? What a freaking ridiculous guy!!

  556. The Anchor September 27th, 2009 at 3:48 pm

    How fitting would it be for the yanks to clinch on a walk-off? And how much sweeter if it came against papelboner?!

  557. Angel - A tale told by idiots, full of sound and fury, signifying nothing September 27th, 2009 at 3:48 pm

    @ 3.38pm update.

    Peter, can you teach Joe Morgan how do that? :D

  558. trisha - OPPC lifetime member who is missing the worry gene September 27th, 2009 at 3:48 pm

    “Nothing pisses me off more than bad calls….”

    I am so with you.

  559. BBFan September 27th, 2009 at 3:48 pm

    “UPDATE, 3:38 p.m.: Swisher is very agitated in the dugout. It would not be a shock if he said something to umpire Tim Welke on his way out to right field and got tossed. Swish can be a hothead. This is where a coach needs to calm him down.”

    Enough of this Girardi should do this do that.
    Swisher has every right to be upset.
    If he gets thrown out, so be it.
    Not like it would hurt Yanks in any way. They will clinch home field advantage.
    At least it will expose those phoney unps.

  560. m September 27th, 2009 at 3:48 pm

    Andy just made some nice money on that out by Lowell. :)

  561. Nick von Clausewitz in SF September 27th, 2009 at 3:48 pm

    Joe Morgan: who are you going to believe, me or your lying eyes?

  562. Carl September 27th, 2009 at 3:49 pm

    Andy looks good. Way to shake off that early rust again.

  563. Erica - always OPPC September 27th, 2009 at 3:49 pm

    When do the Yankees need to decide if they want schedule A or B in the ALDS? Have they given any indication which way they will go?

  564. Angel - A tale told by idiots, full of sound and fury, signifying nothing September 27th, 2009 at 3:49 pm

    That might be why Joe and Swisher didn’t argue, DT.

    Didn’t want to give Shaughnessy the satisfaction of seeing them have the nerve of playing all out to win. :D

  565. Peter Abraham September 27th, 2009 at 3:50 pm

    Green Beret:

    Um, I updated the post after I saw the replay. But don’t let that stop your anti-media hysteria. Not that anything would, of course.

  566. trisha - OPPC lifetime member who is missing the worry gene September 27th, 2009 at 3:50 pm

    Maybe that blown call will serve as extra motivation to go out there and pick the Byrd clean!

    I hope so!

  567. jennifer September 27th, 2009 at 3:50 pm

    How can Morgan say with a straight face that it was inconclusive that Swish left early. When clearly his toes were still on the base.

  568. Paco Dooley September 27th, 2009 at 3:50 pm

    Joe Morgan is going to drive me nuts. Just shut up already…

  569. Erica - always OPPC September 27th, 2009 at 3:50 pm

    Nick von Clausewitz in SF
    September 27th, 2009 at 3:48 pm
    Joe Morgan: who are you going to believe, me or your lying eyes?
    *****

    (Cue the sing along)

    You can’t hide your lying eyes
    And your smile is a thin disguise
    Thought by now you’d realize
    There ain’t no way to hide your lying eyes

  570. dennis-Costanza September 27th, 2009 at 3:50 pm

    Nick.

    You have an afternoon play to offer?

    Swisher did not leave early IMO.

    -dennis

  571. Betsy September 27th, 2009 at 3:50 pm

    I’m sorry, but what is up with this offense? Is Paul Byrd now a Yankee killer? Even though the Sox at best can win one game in this series, they have to be thrilled with the pitching. Lester is terrific, forget Friday……Dice -K did his usual and now Paul Byrd is shutting down the Yankees. This is supposed to be a good sign for the playoffs? Maybe for the Red Sox…..not for the Yankees. Andy’s pitching very well, but the inconsistency of the offense is disturbing.

  572. m September 27th, 2009 at 3:51 pm

    Pete,

    You’re not watching, but Tom Brady’s been grouchy all day. He and Galloway aren’t on the same page. Brady’s been overthrowin all day. And now I know why he was grouchy. With that TD pass it’s his 200th career touchdown.

  573. NYY626 - Go Andy September 27th, 2009 at 3:51 pm

    Question – when do the yankees usually have a player manage the game? Is is the last home game or the last game of the season?

  574. Donnie - Will Meet The Entire State of California Under the O'Neill Banner September 27th, 2009 at 3:51 pm

    Andy rebounded very, VERY nicely from that rocky start. This should be a tie game. I still cannot believe how terrible umpires remain employed. In the words of John Sterling, that was an “invented” call.

  575. 38HotDogs September 27th, 2009 at 3:51 pm

    I love Phillips explanation that Swisher’s upper body was moving before the catch – was he standing on his hands on second base

  576. DFox September 27th, 2009 at 3:51 pm

    The funniest thing is that STEVE PHILLIPS of all people had to talk some sense into Morgan and remind him that he was 150 yards away from the play.

  577. Erica - always OPPC September 27th, 2009 at 3:52 pm

    Betsy-

    Paul Byrd was a Yankee killer in the 2006 ALDS :cry:

  578. GreenBeret7 September 27th, 2009 at 3:52 pm

    Christina- Pictures of the Girardi and A-Rod ejection + Leiter’s Sock
    September 27th, 2009 at 3:45 pm
    Read the 3:38 update guys…

    ————————————————————

    Makes no difference that he changed his mind. Ray Charles could have made a better call. It was a case of Welkie once again being out of the proper position to make the call. He should have lined up the bag with the center fielder. He had all of the time in the world to get set.

  579. Carl September 27th, 2009 at 3:52 pm

    Man just missed it :(

  580. NYY626 - Go Andy September 27th, 2009 at 3:52 pm

    I hate drew.

  581. Peter Abraham September 27th, 2009 at 3:52 pm

    Why do I always have to do this?

    Just because an umpire made a ball does not mean you can ignore the rules and start using curse words in your comments. If you are not intelligent enough to express your displeasure without swearing, there are plenty of blogs out there that cater to morons. This is not one of them.

  582. DT - OPPC member (blood type - Positive) September 27th, 2009 at 3:52 pm

    Joe Morgan is a HOF player, but a lousy broadcast analyst.

    He’ll never live down his “ghost of Whitey Ford” comment from last year.

  583. PL September 27th, 2009 at 3:52 pm

    JD Drew is supposed to be a terrible Outfielder whats happening with him..he’s going back to the wall like Willie Mays

  584. Ed – campaigning for Josh Willingham (it worked for Gaudin) September 27th, 2009 at 3:53 pm

    since when did Drew became a gold glover with speed?

  585. Stevie September 27th, 2009 at 3:53 pm

    Joeshi! September 27th, 2009 at 3:45 pm

    wow joe morgan is still arguing that the ump was right even tho the replay showed that the ump was wrong. ugh what a joke
    ==========================================

    And some people say Yankee fans overreact when accusing Morgan and Miller of bias (not just garden variety stupidity).

  586. trisha - OPPC lifetime member who is missing the worry gene September 27th, 2009 at 3:54 pm

    “How fitting would it be for the yanks to clinch on a walk-off? And how much sweeter if it came against papelboner?!”

    Yeah I’m thinking all those kinds of thoughts. Because when crap like that stupid call happens I decide that there has to be something sweeter in store.

    There damned well better be. That’s all I can say.

    Grr

  587. RS September 27th, 2009 at 3:55 pm

    Can Arod please hit a HR?

  588. Stevie September 27th, 2009 at 3:55 pm

    # Peter Abe September 27th, 2009 at 3:52 pm

    Why do I always have to do this?

    Just because an umpire made a ball does not mean you can ignore the rules and start using curse words in your comments. If you are not intelligent enough to express your displeasure without swearing, there are plenty of blogs out there that cater to morons. This is not one of them.
    ============================

    But they’re all in Boston :(

  589. NYY626 - Go Andy September 27th, 2009 at 3:56 pm

    Who wants a Jeter or Tex walk-off or Papelbon? ( these 2 need pies). If only us fans could write the script…

  590. T-Dubs September 27th, 2009 at 3:56 pm

    There’s not enough beer in my house to endure back to back days of Tim McCarver and Joe Morgan.

  591. trisha - OPPC lifetime member who is missing the worry gene September 27th, 2009 at 3:56 pm

    “since when did Drew became a gold glover with speed?”

    Since the last thing the Sux want is for the Yanks to clinch against them at the stadium. The Sux are all playing their A+++++ games today.

  592. PL September 27th, 2009 at 3:56 pm

    how is it possible Arod is late on a Paul Byrd Changeup?????

  593. PL September 27th, 2009 at 3:57 pm

    again he is late…HOW????????

  594. DT - OPPC member (blood type - Positive) September 27th, 2009 at 3:58 pm

    “Someone explain how a talentless piece of crap is shutting us down?”

    Bryd actually out-pitched Halladay in his first start.

  595. Erica - always OPPC September 27th, 2009 at 3:58 pm

    I think A-Rod might be clutch here

  596. RS September 27th, 2009 at 3:58 pm

    “Question – when do the yankees usually have a player manage the game? Is is the last home game or the last game of the season?”

    It’s the last game of the season. Two years ago it was at Camden Yards.

  597. Giuseppe Franco September 27th, 2009 at 3:58 pm

    Even the Yankees with the best offense in the game is not going to score 10 runs every night regardless who is facing them.

    But this team has found ways to win even when they don’t play well and that’s why they are one win away from 100 on the season.

    It’s not a big deal. They will probably find a way to win this game, too.

    Stop panicking.

  598. T-Dubs September 27th, 2009 at 3:59 pm

    Byrd’s slow slider is torturing our righties.

  599. JZ September 27th, 2009 at 3:59 pm

    How easily can a powerful lineup be shut down by an average pitcher?! Byrd?!

    Pitching wins the game, not the offense.

  600. NYY626 - Go Andy September 27th, 2009 at 3:59 pm

    RS September 27th, 2009 at 3:58 pm

    “Question – when do the yankees usually have a player manage the game? Is is the last home game or the last game of the season?”

    It’s the last game of the season. Two years ago it was at Camden Yards.
    ________________________________________________________________
    Thanks for the info!

  601. Erica - always OPPC September 27th, 2009 at 3:59 pm

    I was wrong-

    It was the 2007 ALDS Paul Byrd made us look stupid.

  602. Nick von Clausewitz in SF September 27th, 2009 at 4:00 pm

    dennis: the Texans are looking good to cover teasers but not the -4. Nothing is jumping off the board for the PM games.

  603. Carl September 27th, 2009 at 4:00 pm

    great at bat

  604. trisha - OPPC lifetime member who is missing the worry gene September 27th, 2009 at 4:01 pm

    HOORAY-Rod!

  605. kd September 27th, 2009 at 4:01 pm

    arod makes it happen

  606. JZ September 27th, 2009 at 4:02 pm

    Japanese pitcher vs. Japanese batter.

    pitcher normally wins.

  607. trisha - OPPC lifetime member who is missing the worry gene September 27th, 2009 at 4:02 pm

    How bad does Tito want this game? Yeah Shaughnessey knows what he’s talking about, as usual.

    If this was a meaningless game to the Sux, Byrd would be in to pitch out of the jam.

    :)

  608. T-Dubs September 27th, 2009 at 4:02 pm

    from films I’ve seen the Japanese usually have very little success against Godzilla

  609. lets go twins September 27th, 2009 at 4:03 pm

    damn I was hoping Francona would stick too long with Byrd

  610. Valerie G. September 27th, 2009 at 4:03 pm

    Rally time!

  611. Trevor (Super Mario) September 27th, 2009 at 4:03 pm

    Okay I come back and see they only have 1 run off Byrd? What the……

  612. Adam September 27th, 2009 at 4:03 pm

    If Swish gets up this inning the ball is going out of the park

  613. dennis-Costanza September 27th, 2009 at 4:04 pm

    Nick.

    Well, please get behind my picks!

    -dennis

  614. PL September 27th, 2009 at 4:04 pm

    good strategy..dont swing at all

  615. Valerie G. September 27th, 2009 at 4:04 pm

    I SO want Swish to be the hero!

  616. Valerie G. September 27th, 2009 at 4:06 pm

    Come on Hideki!!

  617. Carl September 27th, 2009 at 4:07 pm

    Sui!!!

  618. Erica - always OPPC September 27th, 2009 at 4:07 pm

    YAY!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  619. RS September 27th, 2009 at 4:07 pm

    Matsui!!!!

  620. Ed – campaigning for Josh Willingham (it worked for Gaudin) September 27th, 2009 at 4:07 pm

    Matsui!!!!

  621. PL September 27th, 2009 at 4:07 pm

    CLUTCH TO DEATH

  622. T-Dubs September 27th, 2009 at 4:07 pm

    And Tokyo falls to the ground

  623. trisha - OPPC lifetime member who is missing the worry gene September 27th, 2009 at 4:07 pm

    Trisha is now officially bawling!!!!!

    YES!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  624. igotid88 September 27th, 2009 at 4:07 pm

    Batsui

  625. nature boy September 27th, 2009 at 4:08 pm

    we need more insurance bruney is coming in

  626. Stevie September 27th, 2009 at 4:08 pm

    notice the disappointment in john miller’s voice as the Yankee runs scored.

    He should be fired.

  627. kd September 27th, 2009 at 4:08 pm

    it’s scary to think that we won’t have matsui next year.

    i’d almost rather sign an everyday left fielder and have him over damon

  628. Ed – campaigning for Josh Willingham (it worked for Gaudin) September 27th, 2009 at 4:08 pm

    so i’m guessing Drew’s gold gloves skills disappeared at the right time? sweeeeeet.

  629. NYY626 - Go Andy September 27th, 2009 at 4:08 pm

    GODZILLLA!!!! I wanted Andy to get the win when we clinch. This makes me happy.

  630. Adam September 27th, 2009 at 4:08 pm

    I’m so torn if I want Matsui back next year

  631. Arno September 27th, 2009 at 4:08 pm

    Matsui comes through again!

  632. JZ September 27th, 2009 at 4:08 pm

    oh yeah, I am WRONG!

  633. Shdw September 27th, 2009 at 4:08 pm

    Wow. Rewatching that, Drew was damn lucky to even have picked that ball.

  634. Josh September 27th, 2009 at 4:08 pm

    …and the turd known Byrd stares out into the distance realizing he has felt the horrification of The NYY.

  635. Ed – campaigning for Josh Willingham (it worked for Gaudin) September 27th, 2009 at 4:08 pm

    c’mon Swish, get your revenge!!

  636. trisha - OPPC lifetime member who is missing the worry gene September 27th, 2009 at 4:09 pm

    SJ, wherever you are, I still think Sui comes back next year!!!

    :)

    Anyone know anything about Boston Dave? He hasn’t been around.

    :(

  637. RS September 27th, 2009 at 4:09 pm

    I would like some insurance runs because Bruney is warming up…

  638. Valerie G. September 27th, 2009 at 4:09 pm

    YES!!!

  639. Joker, The September 27th, 2009 at 4:09 pm

    Take that, umps!

  640. Donnie - Will Meet The Entire State of California Under the O'Neill Banner September 27th, 2009 at 4:09 pm

    If he’s not back next year, management is insane. I will be the first to eat crow on it, because I railed on him and his bad knees, and thought he was cooked this year. He has been absolutely INVALUABLE to this team.

  641. Wang IS Taiwan September 27th, 2009 at 4:09 pm

    Matsui has nerves of steel. What a great hitter.

  642. bardos September 27th, 2009 at 4:10 pm

    for lack of command and no bite on his pitches, andy is really pitching well. what a competitor.

  643. Stevie September 27th, 2009 at 4:10 pm

    Start chill’n the boooze

    Magic Number is now:

    http://farm1.static.flickr.com.....57589a.jpg

  644. GreenBeret7 September 27th, 2009 at 4:10 pm

    Sully in Dunkin’ Donutz
    September 27th, 2009 at 4:01 pm
    Headache-y Matsoo-wee is up.

    ————————————————————

    More stupidity from the Boston Faithless, Gracie?

  645. Paco Dooley September 27th, 2009 at 4:10 pm

    Gotta love the visuals that espn has. That slow-mo view of the pitch coming in is absolutely fantastic. I also like the high over the pitchers shoulder that they have available on those shots. It gives you a great sense of the game. I wish we had that available every day. Just leave out Joe Morgan and John Miller and give me the YES crew…

  646. Keith R.A. DeCandido September 27th, 2009 at 4:10 pm

    I could feel the breeze from Swish’s 2-1 swing from my apartment…..

  647. sora55 September 27th, 2009 at 4:10 pm

    What a clutch, Hideki!

  648. sora55 September 27th, 2009 at 4:10 pm

    What a clutch, Hideki!

  649. Angel - A tale told by idiots, full of sound and fury, signifying nothing September 27th, 2009 at 4:10 pm

    I’ve seen him randomly, Trisha.

    But not as often as he used to be around.

  650. Adam September 27th, 2009 at 4:10 pm

    Someone watching this on TV, who’s warming up in the bullpen?

  651. chris September 27th, 2009 at 4:10 pm

    Who is better than Matsui when it comes to bearing down and getting HUGE hits?

    Over the years, Matsui has really become one of my favorite players. The way he carries himself and is such a clutch hitter, it’s really a treat to have him on this team.

    Shame his knees have become such a problem for him, but he won’t even let that stop him. Can’t say enough about the man.

  652. kd September 27th, 2009 at 4:10 pm

    time for swisher to get some revenge. i’d love to seet he conversation between he and the 2nd base ump

  653. trisha - OPPC lifetime member who is missing the worry gene September 27th, 2009 at 4:11 pm

    “I’m so torn if I want Matsui back next year”

    I never stopped wanting him back. He deserves to come back just based on the respect he has always shown the game and the fans. His clutchness of course doesn’t hurt.

    :)

  654. Carl September 27th, 2009 at 4:11 pm

    another great at bat

  655. lets go twins September 27th, 2009 at 4:11 pm

    A few weeks ago I was sure Matsui was not coming back. At this point I am really not sure at all about that. Girardi has proved all year he can keep all his guys fresh and rested without a rotating DH spot. I am really close to saying that I would put my money on both of them coming back.

  656. Carl September 27th, 2009 at 4:11 pm

    Adam

    Bruney in the pen :(

  657. BBFan September 27th, 2009 at 4:11 pm

    A-Rod’s at bat key in the inning.
    We need to get Matsui back next year even if at the expense of Damon. Will off season rest let him play some outfield next year?

  658. EY September 27th, 2009 at 4:12 pm

    Can we resign Matsui, please? So clutch.

  659. kd September 27th, 2009 at 4:12 pm

    see the conversation, sorry

  660. NYY626 - Go Andy September 27th, 2009 at 4:12 pm

    Swish is probably upset he walked. He looked like he wanted to mash the ball into pieces

  661. DT - OPPC member (blood type - Positive) September 27th, 2009 at 4:12 pm

    Trolls before the Matsui AB –
    YES, Yanks are going down!! Our magic number will be 2!! Go Sox!! Pats win too, what a great day!!

    Trolls after Matsui AB –
    meaningless game. ho hum. Who cares. Get rested for the playoffs.

  662. Nick von Clausewitz in SF September 27th, 2009 at 4:12 pm

    dennis: I meant nothing besides what you already provided. I already liked Chicago. I took your picks as a 3-way parlay as well as a teaser.

    Your 5-star covered all teasers. :)

  663. Valerie G. September 27th, 2009 at 4:13 pm

    Bruney for the Yanks…

  664. Mark September 27th, 2009 at 4:13 pm

    I hope the Yanks sign Matsui for another year. He is such a great hitter, and he tends to raise his game when the pressure is on. I hope it doesn’t come down to Hideke vs. Damon, because they’re both good hitters. If it does come to that, I would take Hideke because he hits anyone — LH or RH — while Damon has trouble against some left-handers.

  665. trisha - OPPC lifetime member who is missing the worry gene September 27th, 2009 at 4:13 pm

    Thanks Angel. I really miss having him around. I hope he’s okay is all. You know he would be over the moon right about now.

    :)

  666. Keith R.A. DeCandido September 27th, 2009 at 4:14 pm

    Bruney was warming up, but that was before the runs scored.

  667. Jeremy September 27th, 2009 at 4:15 pm

    The Great Boston bullpen ! I remember reading an article that said that the Red Sox had the best bullpen ever. It’s good but not great.

  668. Adam September 27th, 2009 at 4:15 pm

    Cano the rally killer

  669. Brandon Awesome "BECAUSE I'M AWESOME!" September 27th, 2009 at 4:16 pm

    *Power Rangers like tone*

    IT’S BRUNEY TIME!

  670. Stevie September 27th, 2009 at 4:16 pm

    J E T S

    Jets!
    Jets!
    Jets!

    Jets win 24-17 and move to 3-0 in the standings.

  671. jennifer September 27th, 2009 at 4:17 pm

    UGH Brian Bruney in. If you want to make the post season roster you better do well.

  672. BBFan September 27th, 2009 at 4:17 pm

    The freqeusnt argument given not to sign Matsui is we need DH spot for Posada, Alex, Jeter etc.,.

    What is changing next year? Nothing.
    I expect Posada to be still the primary catcher for 120 games or more. A-Rod and Jeter will play mostly on the field.

    If they agree for reasonable one year contracts, both Damon and Matsui should be signed. I believe chances of that happening with Matsui are higher as he is not represented by Boras.

  673. trisha - OPPC lifetime member and a true believer in Ortiz karma September 27th, 2009 at 4:17 pm

    Anyone know Byrd’s pitch count when he was pulled? I don’t think it could have been too high. Francona wants this game so bad he can taste it. All the Suxers do. What is the ultimate regular-season humiliation for them – to have the Yankees win the division crown on their own home field, beating the Sux.

    May this last.

  674. nature boy September 27th, 2009 at 4:17 pm

    is hughes available today? if i remember correctly he got 1 out friday night and pitched the 8th yesterday right?

  675. Josh September 27th, 2009 at 4:18 pm

    UPDATE, 4:15 p.m.: I hate to tell you this, I really do. But Brian Bruney is coming in to pitch.
    ====================
    Audition time apparently…

  676. ADam September 27th, 2009 at 4:18 pm

    Im not seeing rick vaughn on the mound am I?… Guess Joe G wants to clinch tomorrow…

  677. EY September 27th, 2009 at 4:18 pm

    Does Joey G not want to clinch today????

    Bruney????

  678. Brandon Awesome "BECAUSE I'M AWESOME!" September 27th, 2009 at 4:18 pm

    BALLINNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNN’

    Giants 24 TB ZEEEEEEEEEEERO

  679. Adam September 27th, 2009 at 4:18 pm

    Looks like the Lions might win a game

  680. Joker, The September 27th, 2009 at 4:19 pm

    Bruney? Really?

  681. kd September 27th, 2009 at 4:19 pm

    So Pettitte get’s another 750k.

    Just once in my life i’d like to get 750k for filing another report or writing a 10th email for the day.

    honestly, i’d be happy with 750 bucks

  682. Ed – campaigning for Josh Willingham (it worked for Gaudin) September 27th, 2009 at 4:19 pm

    i wonder if Burnett will pie Jeter later on? that should be interesting.

  683. Adam September 27th, 2009 at 4:20 pm

    @ Trisha I think his his pitch count was like 91

  684. NYY626 - Go Andy September 27th, 2009 at 4:20 pm

    Another reason they need to clinch today – AJ is going home tomorrow to see his father having surgery. That would stink if he missed the celebrations

  685. Carl September 27th, 2009 at 4:21 pm

    Brett Farve with an amazing game winning drive

  686. Josh September 27th, 2009 at 4:21 pm

    Brian Bruney: “I’d like to say thank you on behalf of the team and myself and I hope I passed the audition”

  687. Angel - A tale told by idiots, full of sound and fury, signifying nothing September 27th, 2009 at 4:21 pm

    Wasn’t he moving out of Boston or something?

  688. NYY626 - Go Andy September 27th, 2009 at 4:21 pm

    Bruney, 1,2,3???

  689. Ed – campaigning for Josh Willingham (it worked for Gaudin) September 27th, 2009 at 4:21 pm

    wow, Bruney have a nice 1-2-3 inning.

  690. ADam September 27th, 2009 at 4:21 pm

    apparently pigs can fly…

  691. trisha - OPPC lifetime member and a true believer in Ortiz karma September 27th, 2009 at 4:21 pm

    Thanks Adam.

    You gotta admit that more often than not, Girardi has the midas touch. (Either that or he is truly one hell of a manager!)

    I vote both!

  692. jennifer September 27th, 2009 at 4:21 pm

    NYY626 I agree. The leader of the pack needs to be there.

    Poor Suzy, she is going to have to leave soon. She’ll miss it. :-(

    I wonder who is covering for her?

  693. Erica - always OPPC September 27th, 2009 at 4:21 pm

    I think some people owe Brian Bruney and Joe Girardi an apology….

  694. Trevor (Super Mario) September 27th, 2009 at 4:21 pm

    Wow Bruney pitches a clean inning. :shock:

  695. Donnie - Will Meet The Entire State of California Under the O'Neill Banner September 27th, 2009 at 4:22 pm

    Who is the man wearing the Brian Bruney costume? He’s just did a great job. Wish we could see more of him.

  696. Jeremy September 27th, 2009 at 4:22 pm

    Oh my god ! Bruney is throwing strikes!

  697. BBFan September 27th, 2009 at 4:22 pm

    Bruney was impressive in that inning.
    May be he got a wake up call from Girardi just like Joba :)

  698. GreenBeret7 September 27th, 2009 at 4:22 pm

    And Burney flips the Byrd to the doubters.

  699. Giuseppe Franco September 27th, 2009 at 4:22 pm

    Nice job by Bruney.

  700. jennifer September 27th, 2009 at 4:22 pm

    ADam September 27th, 2009 at 4:21 pm

    apparently pigs can fly…
    ————-
    The moon looks blue here too.

  701. RalphieD (OPPC) September 27th, 2009 at 4:22 pm

    all the bruney haters get a day off

  702. Erica - always OPPC September 27th, 2009 at 4:22 pm

    Josh
    September 27th, 2009 at 4:21 pm
    Brian Bruney: “I’d like to say thank you on behalf of the team and myself and I hope I passed the audition”
    ****

    Two thumbs up for the Beatles reference

  703. chris September 27th, 2009 at 4:22 pm

    And Bruney comes in and has the quickest inning of the game.

    mind – blown.

  704. jennifer September 27th, 2009 at 4:22 pm

    So with Hughes unavailable who pitches the 8th? And is Mo available?

  705. EY September 27th, 2009 at 4:23 pm

    Oh crap. Does this mean Joe G’s gonna keep Bruney on the postseason roster because of 1 inning of work today? Darnit…

  706. DD September 27th, 2009 at 4:23 pm

    Detroit Lions win the game !

  707. trisha - OPPC lifetime member and a true believer in Ortiz karma September 27th, 2009 at 4:24 pm

    See that’s the interesting thing and probably the reason I don’t bother questioning Girardi’s call. Yanks are poised to take the division, go 8.5 games up on the Sux, end up with the best record in baseball, etc. etc. And kids, they did it on Girardi’s watch. I think he is a heck of a lot brighter than many give him credit for being.

    I’m loving me some Girardi. I was psyched when he was appointed manager and I am happy to say I am more psyched than ever with his managing now!

    :)

  708. Adam September 27th, 2009 at 4:24 pm

    Does Pete read these comments, and if so, I’ve always wondered if its awkward for him to talk about players who are doing badly and then have to go speak to them.

  709. GreenBeret7 September 27th, 2009 at 4:25 pm

    All right handed batters in the 8th inning for Boston. Bruney goes batter to batter.

  710. Joker, The September 27th, 2009 at 4:25 pm

    Bruney…pitched well? Does…not…compute…

  711. Yanks_Fan September 27th, 2009 at 4:26 pm

    Adam
    September 27th, 2009 at 4:24 pm
    Does Pete read these comments, and if so, I’ve always wondered if its awkward for him to talk about players who are doing badly and then have to go speak to them.
    ————-

    He’s talked about that before and has said its part of the business, the players and the reporters are professionals.

  712. BBFan September 27th, 2009 at 4:26 pm

    My guess is Mo will pitch if there is a lead even if it is more than 3 runs. Hughes may pitch for one batter.

    The idea is to have all the keys guys pitch on the day we clinch if it does not do harm to them.

  713. Josh September 27th, 2009 at 4:27 pm

    Now this lying baldy Miller is insulting George Steinbrenner…a man in declining health. Miller is a real class act

  714. DT - OPPC member (blood type - Positive) September 27th, 2009 at 4:27 pm

    Girardi thumbs his nose at Shaughnessy and uses Bruney.

    Next inning he’ll bring in Swisher as a bridge to the closer.

  715. Yanks_Fan September 27th, 2009 at 4:27 pm

    Giants and Jets win again. Both off to 3-0 starts. Wow.

  716. trisha - OPPC lifetime member and a true believer in Ortiz karma September 27th, 2009 at 4:29 pm

    Anyone else without audio?

  717. Orlando Chris - Looking for the broom and icing the champagne September 27th, 2009 at 4:29 pm

    Bruney pitches well? In other news, the sky is falling!

  718. Joe from Long Island September 27th, 2009 at 4:29 pm

    So let me get this straight –

    Robbie has gotten some hits with RISP of late, and now Brian Bruney has a 1-2-3 inning.

    The stars are aligning.

  719. DT - OPPC member (blood type - Positive) September 27th, 2009 at 4:30 pm

    anyone else lose ESPN sound?

    Miller and Morgan never sounded so good.

  720. Erica - always OPPC September 27th, 2009 at 4:30 pm

    trisha – OPPC lifetime member and a true believer in Ortiz karma
    September 27th, 2009 at 4:29 pm
    Anyone else without audio?
    ****

    Its back now, but I didn’t have it either.

    I liked it better that way

  721. Benny Blanco September 27th, 2009 at 4:30 pm

    Clinch, clinch , clinch.

  722. Jeremy September 27th, 2009 at 4:30 pm

    Maybe Dave Eiland was finally able to get Bruney right !
    If Bruney is able to show his ability the rest of this week he could be a real weapon out of the pen.

  723. Trevor (Super Mario) September 27th, 2009 at 4:30 pm

    “Giants and Jets win again. Both off to 3-0 starts. Wow.”

    Subway Superbowl. :)

  724. RS September 27th, 2009 at 4:30 pm

    Jeter has to steal here. If he gets thrown out, Gardner leads off the next inning.

  725. Erica - always OPPC September 27th, 2009 at 4:31 pm

    I have to leave again and go have dinner with family.

    Bye Yankee people. Hope there is a Yankee celebration coming today :-)

  726. BBFan September 27th, 2009 at 4:31 pm

    Trisha,

    Well said about Girardi.
    Now that Pete is leaving there won’t be much negative stoking about him and A-Rod on this blog :)

  727. Yanks_Fan September 27th, 2009 at 4:32 pm

    Don’t be exaggerated with Bruney. He has had many good games this season and many bad ones. He has been inconsistent after coming back from his injury but he is probably a guy that will pitch a scoreless inning or two in an extra innings tied ball game.

    Nice job today and hopefully he will be solid in the postseason.

  728. GreenBeret7 September 27th, 2009 at 4:33 pm

    ESPN loses their audio and people are complaining? Living proof that some people are never happy.

  729. Jeremy September 27th, 2009 at 4:33 pm

    Morgan really is an idiot.

  730. jennifer September 27th, 2009 at 4:34 pm

    Trevor (Super Mario) September 27th, 2009 at 4:30 pm

    “Giants and Jets win again. Both off to 3-0 starts. Wow.”

    Subway Superbowl. :)
    *************

    Golf cart Superbowl might be a better name, since they only have to take a golf-cart to each others locker-rooms.

  731. Nick von Clausewitz in SF September 27th, 2009 at 4:34 pm

    William Safire R.I.P.

    May the nattering nabobs of negativism here take a moment to reflect.

  732. Benny Blanco September 27th, 2009 at 4:34 pm

    6 outs left.

  733. jennifer September 27th, 2009 at 4:34 pm

    GreenBeret7 September 27th, 2009 at 4:33 pm

    ESPN loses their audio and people are complaining? Living proof that some people are never happy.

    *********

    Are you kidding? I was thrilled. ;-)

  734. DT - OPPC member (blood type - Positive) September 27th, 2009 at 4:34 pm

    any Emily Posts in the audience?

    is it proper etiquette to re-use the same broom from the 4 game Yankee sweep of the Sox in August – or should one use a new broom?

  735. Jason from The Heartland September 27th, 2009 at 4:35 pm

    GreenBeret7, ESPN losing its audio is a gift from heaven. Morgan’s off-base analysis, no pun intended, on Swisher’s tag-up call was abysmal.

  736. Homer's Bush September 27th, 2009 at 4:35 pm

    Yeesh, between the Giants on FOX and the Yankees on ESPN … it’s been a bad day for broadcasts.

  737. BBFan September 27th, 2009 at 4:36 pm

    “Golf cart Superbowl might be a better name, since they only have to take a golf-cart to each others locker-rooms.”

    Except that the game won’t be in Meadowlands at Giants stadium :)

  738. Jason from The Heartland September 27th, 2009 at 4:36 pm

    DT, as long as it is champagne soaked, the same is fine. But two innings still to go.

  739. Carl September 27th, 2009 at 4:36 pm

    Bruney will give up a bomb

  740. Arno September 27th, 2009 at 4:37 pm

    Ok, you got the best out of Bruney. Now it’s pushing it.

  741. Angel - A tale told by idiots, full of sound and fury, signifying nothing September 27th, 2009 at 4:38 pm

    Haha.. I wasn’t complaining GB either. I thought the other half had muted it in disgust, actually.

  742. Benny Blanco September 27th, 2009 at 4:38 pm

    Yankees have (homer) umpires too. LOL

  743. Stevie September 27th, 2009 at 4:38 pm

    Nick von Clausewitz in SF September 27th, 2009 at 4:34 pm

    William Safire R.I.P.

    May the nattering nabobs of negativism here take a moment to reflect.
    ======================================

    The Bears lose musta been too much for him. Who ever he was.

  744. GreenBeret7 September 27th, 2009 at 4:39 pm

    jennifer
    September 27th, 2009 at 4:34 pm
    GreenBeret7 September 27th, 2009 at 4:33 pm

    ESPN loses their audio and people are complaining? Living proof that some people are never happy.

    *********

    Are you kidding? I was thrilled.

    ————————————————————

    That’s why I have the WCBS radio feed on with the ESPN video on. It’s synced up well, so it’s perfect.

  745. Cliff September 27th, 2009 at 4:40 pm

    Anyone notice that Bruney does not have the Stadium patch on the back of his hat? Strange

  746. Carl September 27th, 2009 at 4:40 pm

    Swisher > Babe Ruth

  747. Benny Blanco September 27th, 2009 at 4:40 pm

    4 outs left. I’m loving it.

  748. jennifer September 27th, 2009 at 4:40 pm

    Do you keep Brian in?

  749. trisha - OPPC lifetime member September 27th, 2009 at 4:40 pm

    Changed my tagline. Forgot what game it was.

    :)

  750. Jason from The Heartland September 27th, 2009 at 4:40 pm

    Five straight for Bruney; amazing, overpowering Youkilis and Bay. That’s as good as Bruney has looked in a looooong time.

  751. Arno September 27th, 2009 at 4:41 pm

    Couldn’t have asked more of Bruney. Great job by him.

  752. BBFan September 27th, 2009 at 4:41 pm

    Did you notice that when Girardi was walking to the mound he looks like Billy as he lost weight…..

  753. Orlando Chris - Looking for the broom and icing the champagne September 27th, 2009 at 4:41 pm

    Cokey in to face Papi.

    Hats off to Bruney!

  754. GreenBeret7 September 27th, 2009 at 4:41 pm

    very nice job by Bruney. Perfect with 5 outs on 21 pitches against the best of the Boston hitters.

  755. nature boy September 27th, 2009 at 4:42 pm

    Cliff
    September 27th, 2009 at 4:40 pm
    Anyone notice that Bruney does not have the Stadium patch on the back of his hat? Strange

    yeah he must be wearing the same one joba used friday night hence the scoreless 1.2 innings

  756. GreenBeret7 September 27th, 2009 at 4:43 pm

    Now, Coke needs to do his job.

  757. jennifer September 27th, 2009 at 4:43 pm

    Reggie sitting in front of the Mohegan Sun Bar.

  758. Adam September 27th, 2009 at 4:44 pm

    lefty relief pitchers have the easiest job ever. get one guy out every few days.

  759. trisha - OPPC lifetime member September 27th, 2009 at 4:44 pm

    Wonder what SOSH posters say when the Yanks take the division (and sweep the Sux again in the process.) Do they tip their caps to the Yanks, do they curse their own team, do they pretend its no big deal?

    Just wondering. I don’t really care.

    :)

  760. Carl September 27th, 2009 at 4:44 pm

    Huge !

  761. GGBG (Magic Number: Billy Martin.) September 27th, 2009 at 4:45 pm

    3 outs to go!

  762. Arno September 27th, 2009 at 4:45 pm

    Nice job by the bullpen so far!

    Champagne bath: here we come!

  763. trisha - OPPC lifetime member September 27th, 2009 at 4:45 pm

    ORTIZ KARMA BABY!!!!!

    Oh yeah.

  764. GreenBeret7 September 27th, 2009 at 4:45 pm

    Girardi couldn’t have envisioned the first 8 innings any better if he had morphed into Ms Cleo.

  765. DT - OPPC member (blood type - Positive) September 27th, 2009 at 4:45 pm

    good job by Coke AND Molina. That was not an easy foul tip.

  766. NYY626 - Go Andy September 27th, 2009 at 4:45 pm

    I just did at Joba-like fist pump. Good job Bruney and Coke!

  767. Joe from Long Island September 27th, 2009 at 4:45 pm

    Coke is it!

  768. randy l. September 27th, 2009 at 4:45 pm

    kareem and reggie chatting .

    it would be interesting to hear what they’re saying.

  769. Benny Blanco September 27th, 2009 at 4:45 pm

    we need insurance against the million mph hour bard.

  770. Jason from The Heartland September 27th, 2009 at 4:46 pm

    Great work by Bruney and Coke. Give Mariano some insurance, guys.

  771. Arno September 27th, 2009 at 4:46 pm

    Adam
    September 27th, 2009 at 4:44 pm
    lefty relief pitchers have the easiest job ever. get one guy out every few days.

    ————————————-

    “Easier” in terms of work-load maybe, but your margin for error is down to about nil.

  772. GGBG (Magic Number: Billy Martin.) September 27th, 2009 at 4:46 pm

    jennifer

    Not only that, but I think he was sitting with Kareem Abdul Jabbar. That’d be an awesome conversation to listen to!

  773. RS September 27th, 2009 at 4:46 pm

    Once again Girardi pushes the right buttons. Going to Hughes would have been easy, but now he’s got 2 more relievers feeling great about themselves.

    Now, one or two insurance runs would be nice but let’s not push it, because I want Mo on the mound for the final out.

  774. jennifer September 27th, 2009 at 4:46 pm

    trisha

    I’m going with pretend it is no big deal, while secretly knowing it is a HUGE deal.

  775. L to the 2nd September 27th, 2009 at 4:47 pm

    Yeah, but the RS BP is the best in the majors, after all.

    Chuckle.

  776. jennifer September 27th, 2009 at 4:47 pm

    GGBG

    Yeah they said he was.

  777. trisha - OPPC lifetime member September 27th, 2009 at 4:47 pm

    And here where Girardi’s managing has been brilliant: rested pen, rested regulars.

  778. Stevie September 27th, 2009 at 4:47 pm

    Division Title #16

    1976
    1977
    1978
    1980
    1981
    1996
    1998
    1999
    2000
    2001
    2002
    2003
    2004
    2005
    2006
    2009

  779. Jason from The Heartland September 27th, 2009 at 4:47 pm

    Trisha, my guess is most of what SoSHers haven’t jumped off the Tobin Bridge will express bitterness, or “see you in the playoffs” sentiments. One or two might tip the cap the Yanks, then get shouted down. Ahh, SoSH.

  780. Carl September 27th, 2009 at 4:48 pm

    Tex!!!!!!!!!!

  781. GGBG (Magic Number: Billy Martin.) September 27th, 2009 at 4:48 pm

    IT IS HIGH….

  782. Arno September 27th, 2009 at 4:48 pm

    You’re on the MARK, Teixera!!

  783. igotid88 September 27th, 2009 at 4:48 pm

    I was gonna call it.

  784. Donnie - Will Meet The Entire State of California Under the O'Neill Banner September 27th, 2009 at 4:48 pm

    Yankee Stadium Special. Whatever, I’ll take it.

  785. kd September 27th, 2009 at 4:48 pm

    TEX!!!!!

    Insurance

  786. DT - OPPC member (blood type - Positive) September 27th, 2009 at 4:48 pm

    Drew doing the rope a dope !! LOL

  787. Trevor (Super Mario) September 27th, 2009 at 4:48 pm

    Time to pop the cork.

  788. Jason from The Heartland September 27th, 2009 at 4:48 pm

    Ask for insurance, and ye shall receive! Thanks, Teixeira!

  789. RS September 27th, 2009 at 4:48 pm

    Teixeira hitting a solo HR off Bard in the 8th inning of an ESPN game? I feel like I’ve seen this before, lol.

  790. Arno September 27th, 2009 at 4:49 pm

    And of course the geniuses at ESPN want to discredit every HR ever hit at this ball-park.

  791. Josh September 27th, 2009 at 4:49 pm

    That Bard pitcher looks like a mythical creature…maybe an elf of some sort with those ears and those whiskers…maybe a leprechaun selling us on them Lucky Charms!

  792. Stevie September 27th, 2009 at 4:49 pm

    Victory #100

    44 Games above .500

  793. Orlando Chris - goggles or no goggles? September 27th, 2009 at 4:49 pm

    its a txt msg

    Icing on the cake, baby!

  794. Cliff September 27th, 2009 at 4:49 pm

    Did Mark Cuban just catch that ball? Sure looked like him

  795. DT - OPPC member (blood type - Positive) September 27th, 2009 at 4:50 pm

    amazing. a run off of the best rotation in the history of baseball.

  796. trisha - OPPC lifetime member September 27th, 2009 at 4:50 pm

    :Trisha, my guess is most of what SoSHers haven’t jumped off the Tobin Bridge will express bitterness, or “see you in the playoffs” sentiments.”

    :D

    I think you’re right.

  797. Yankee Trader September 27th, 2009 at 4:50 pm

    Red Sox bullpen hasn’t looked so hot this weekend. Neither has their offense. For that matter neither has the defense!
    Thank goodness for home field advantage!

  798. L to the 2nd September 27th, 2009 at 4:50 pm

    That Bard fellow is going to be Papelbon’s replacement, eh?

    Looking very Farnsworthian of late.

  799. kd September 27th, 2009 at 4:50 pm

    steve phillips should just wear a red sox hat while doing the games

  800. Cliff September 27th, 2009 at 4:51 pm

    Wasn’t him but looked a lot like him.

  801. DT - OPPC member (blood type - Positive) September 27th, 2009 at 4:52 pm

    “amazing. a run off of the best rotation in the history of baseball.”

    of course I meant bullpen.

    I need to stop lapping my champagne laced broom.

  802. Jason from The Heartland September 27th, 2009 at 4:52 pm

    I know there are still three outs to get, but it’s impossible for me not to smile right now.

  803. trisha - OPPC lifetime member September 27th, 2009 at 4:53 pm

    Priceless = ESPN broadcast being left without any props to give to the Sux. They must be passing valium around in the booth.

  804. RS September 27th, 2009 at 4:53 pm

    I wouldn’t mind seeing Bard become the next Red Sox closer :)

  805. Stevie September 27th, 2009 at 4:53 pm

    Brooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooom!

    Broooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooom!

    How SWEEEEEEP it is! :)

  806. The Ghost September 27th, 2009 at 4:53 pm

    I’d like to make an arcane observation pertaining to Arod. In the past after a crowd pleasing HR from the #3 hitter Arod would normally take one or even two swings for the fences himself. Instead after Teix’s hr he waiting, got the count in his favor and hit a nice hard ground ball to shortstop. This to me shows some serious maturation for Arod and something I think will serve him well in the 2009 playoffs.

  807. Arno September 27th, 2009 at 4:54 pm

    Speaking of Papelbon, haven’t seen that guy in… oh… a couple of months? :D ;)

  808. Pel (a/k/a Bart Simpson, a/k/a O.J. Simpson) September 27th, 2009 at 4:55 pm

    Holy hell!!

    I just got in and the first thing I’m hearing is this incessant whining by the ESPN pinheads about the stadium.

    Goddamn the animosity is transparent.

    I’m going to enjoy this win even more now.

  809. trisha - OPPC lifetime member September 27th, 2009 at 4:55 pm

    Nothing good to say about the Sux but Morgan is still trying valiantly.

    A little life in Miller’s voice as he recounts Ellsbury stealing home against the Yanks.

    They’re earning their ESPN money.

  810. Fondo Motz September 27th, 2009 at 4:55 pm

    Will the Yankees send a bottle of Cold Duck over to the Sox locker room?

  811. tk September 27th, 2009 at 4:55 pm

    Interesting how hitters lay off Bard’s slider. You would think with his fastball velocity he would get more swings out of the zone on the slider. I’m not familiar with him, but I wonder if that’s part of the reason he was unable to stick as a starting pitcher?

  812. Jason from The Heartland September 27th, 2009 at 4:56 pm

    Seal the deal, Mariano.

  813. lets go twins September 27th, 2009 at 4:56 pm

    I said it last night and I will say it again. If the Red Sox let Papelbon walk in favor of Bard closing they are going to regret it big time. Bard has a 3.8 ERA in his first year. Papelbon ERA in his first season was 0.92. They are going to end up in the same position the Angels are in this year. Bard like Fuentes is above average but not dominant.

  814. GGBG (Magic Number: Billy Martin.) September 27th, 2009 at 4:56 pm

    Time for the best entrance in sports.

    Mariano.

  815. wanger September 27th, 2009 at 4:57 pm

    bring in melancon!

  816. Stevie September 27th, 2009 at 4:57 pm

    I wanna wake up in a city, that doesn’t sleep
    And find I’m king of the hill – top of the heap

    These little town blues, are melting away
    I’ll make a brand new start of it – in old NEW YORK

    If I can make it there, I’ll make it anywhere
    Its up to you – NEW YORK, NEW YORK!!

  817. Jason from The Heartland September 27th, 2009 at 4:57 pm

    Funny stuff, Trisha. Yeah, ESPN = Lickspittles for Boston.

  818. Fondo Motz September 27th, 2009 at 4:57 pm

    Why wouldn’t the Sox let Papelbon go. They can hang on to Billy Wagner :)

  819. The Ghost September 27th, 2009 at 4:58 pm

    Just the fact that Bard is horrible against the Yankees means that Papelbon’s jobs is very safe. Every off-season decision the Sox make is geared toward beating the Yankees.

  820. zmaster September 27th, 2009 at 4:58 pm

    3 more outs & let the bubbly flow!!!

  821. Nick von Clausewitz in SF September 27th, 2009 at 4:59 pm

    Nobody here has anything good to say about the Red Sox?

  822. GreenBeret7 September 27th, 2009 at 4:59 pm

    Fondo Motz
    September 27th, 2009 at 4:55 pm
    Will the Yankees send a bottle of Cold Duck over to the Sox locker room?

    ————————————————————

    More likely to send them a stiff bird after talking about how they’ll tear up the clubhouse after clinching the Wild Card. Guess what? They ain’t there, yet.

  823. GGBG (Magic Number: Billy Martin.) September 27th, 2009 at 4:59 pm

    TWO OUTS AWAY!

  824. Jason from The Heartland September 27th, 2009 at 4:59 pm

    One.

  825. Trevor (Super Mario) September 27th, 2009 at 4:59 pm

    POP THE CORK.

  826. el prez September 27th, 2009 at 4:59 pm

    2 more…

  827. DT - OPPC member (blood type - Positive) September 27th, 2009 at 5:00 pm

    Andy and Mo. A fitting tandem to clinch.

  828. JZ September 27th, 2009 at 5:00 pm

    now, rest buy not be rusty

  829. RS September 27th, 2009 at 5:00 pm

    It seems like JD Drew owns Rivera.

  830. JZ September 27th, 2009 at 5:01 pm

    ‘but’

  831. Jason from The Heartland September 27th, 2009 at 5:01 pm

    Pinch-hitting for Varitek. How times have changed.

  832. Bronx Jeers September 27th, 2009 at 5:01 pm

    More Rope-A-Dope ?

  833. trisha - OPPC lifetime member September 27th, 2009 at 5:01 pm

    Life coming back to the voices of the ESPN gang. Just amazing.

  834. Shdw September 27th, 2009 at 5:01 pm

    Tito tell V-Mart that his hitting streak can go to %&#*

  835. Orlando Chris - broom in hand September 27th, 2009 at 5:01 pm

    lol at boo-boo face by GGBG

  836. jennifer September 27th, 2009 at 5:01 pm

    Brett couldn’t see it! :-(

  837. Carl September 27th, 2009 at 5:02 pm

    come on Cano…

  838. Pel (a/k/a Bart Simpson, a/k/a O.J. Simpson) September 27th, 2009 at 5:02 pm

    ARE YOU FOR REAL?!?!?!!

  839. RS September 27th, 2009 at 5:02 pm

    Oh, Cano..

  840. JZ September 27th, 2009 at 5:02 pm

    Cano is too much, you get one out first

  841. nature boy September 27th, 2009 at 5:02 pm

    never easy

  842. Arno September 27th, 2009 at 5:02 pm

    God damnit… anyone a little nervous?

  843. Karen September 27th, 2009 at 5:02 pm

    Yikes — two poor defensive plays

  844. Carl September 27th, 2009 at 5:02 pm

    That should be an error

  845. Stevie September 27th, 2009 at 5:02 pm

    Yankees scored three runs off the “greatest bullpen in history”. :)

  846. jennifer September 27th, 2009 at 5:02 pm

    UGH two cheap hits for the soxs. First Brett loses the ball, than Cano loses the ball.

  847. Jason from The Heartland September 27th, 2009 at 5:02 pm

    Come on, Cano!

  848. GreenBeret7 September 27th, 2009 at 5:02 pm

    Not a good play by Cano.

  849. Joker, The September 27th, 2009 at 5:03 pm

    You have to be kidding me.

  850. Fondo Motz September 27th, 2009 at 5:03 pm

    some times you gotta keep it simple

  851. Carl September 27th, 2009 at 5:03 pm

    should have been the ball game!

  852. Karen September 27th, 2009 at 5:03 pm

    Well at least we have two outs

  853. jennifer September 27th, 2009 at 5:03 pm

    wow, 2nd and 3rd two out. Come on get it done.

  854. The Ghost September 27th, 2009 at 5:03 pm

    Cano has all the talent in the world but he has a 10 cent brain and it’s going to haunt the Yankees in the playoffs.

  855. GGBG (Magic Number: Billy Martin.) September 27th, 2009 at 5:03 pm

    ONE OUT AWAY!

  856. Trevor (Super Mario) September 27th, 2009 at 5:03 pm

    Was that a hit for Victor?

  857. Abdababdaserser September 27th, 2009 at 5:03 pm

    So that’s a error, doesn’t that end Martinez’s hitting streak?

  858. JZ September 27th, 2009 at 5:03 pm

    well, now a single ties the game.

    Cano!

  859. RS September 27th, 2009 at 5:03 pm

    This is getting scary.

  860. Donnie - Will Meet The Entire State of California Under the O'Neill Banner September 27th, 2009 at 5:03 pm

    Uh oh. Drama.

  861. Shdw September 27th, 2009 at 5:03 pm

    It ended V-Mart’s hitting streak at least. Assuming he has no other at bat his streak ends at 25

  862. trisha - OPPC lifetime member September 27th, 2009 at 5:03 pm

    All is good kids. All is good.

  863. NYY626 - Go Andy September 27th, 2009 at 5:03 pm

    So Mo has to get 5 outs. Its ok, he can handle it :)

  864. DT - OPPC member (blood type - Positive) September 27th, 2009 at 5:03 pm

    Mo will pick up Cano. He is class.

  865. Jason from The Heartland September 27th, 2009 at 5:03 pm

    Two.

  866. JZ September 27th, 2009 at 5:04 pm

    Pick up Cano

  867. Jason from The Heartland September 27th, 2009 at 5:04 pm

    Mariano is keeping the lumber industry in business.

  868. BBFan September 27th, 2009 at 5:04 pm

    Did Cano get an error on that play?
    If so, Voctor’s hitting streak ended, correct?

  869. Bill Porter September 27th, 2009 at 5:04 pm

    I love Robbie but he still has a little knucklehead in him.

  870. Ed – campaigning for Josh Willingham (it worked for Gaudin) September 27th, 2009 at 5:04 pm

    sweeeeeeeeeeep!!!! divison and home field is ours!!

    pop the champenge!!!

  871. Carl September 27th, 2009 at 5:04 pm

    Ballgame!!!

  872. GGBG (Magic Number: Billy Martin.) September 27th, 2009 at 5:04 pm

    AND ITS OVA!

  873. JZ September 27th, 2009 at 5:05 pm

    yes!

  874. Pel (a/k/a Bart Simpson, a/k/a O.J. Simpson) September 27th, 2009 at 5:05 pm

    yeah baby!!!!!

  875. Fondo Motz September 27th, 2009 at 5:05 pm

    GO YANKEES!

  876. Shdw September 27th, 2009 at 5:05 pm

    It was an error. Hitting streak over. Yankees win

  877. Fran (the original) September 27th, 2009 at 5:05 pm

    Congratulations to the Yankees:)

    Great sports day with the Yankees clinching and the Jets victory.

    Just in time to get ready for Yom Kippur.

  878. Adam September 27th, 2009 at 5:05 pm

    Despite Cano’s best efforts we win the east

  879. igotid88 September 27th, 2009 at 5:05 pm

    DAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAA YANKEES WIN!!!!

  880. Abdababdaserser September 27th, 2009 at 5:05 pm

    CLINCHED!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  881. DT - OPPC member (blood type - Positive) September 27th, 2009 at 5:05 pm

    wooohoooo. Sweep and clinch.

  882. S.A.--Serenity Now September 27th, 2009 at 5:05 pm

    The Yankees Win!! AL East Champs! :D

  883. Jason from The Heartland September 27th, 2009 at 5:05 pm

    YEEEEESSSS!!!!

  884. RS September 27th, 2009 at 5:05 pm

    Couldn’t have done it any better way!

  885. Donnie - Will Meet The Entire State of California Under the O'Neill Banner September 27th, 2009 at 5:05 pm

    Whew. And all is right in the world.

  886. Angel - A tale told by idiots, full of sound and fury, signifying nothing September 27th, 2009 at 5:05 pm

    Yay!!!

    Peter hope you got some goggles so you don’t get champagne in your eyes!

  887. Stevie September 27th, 2009 at 5:05 pm

    Okay. Let the tears flow :(

  888. Bronx Jeers September 27th, 2009 at 5:05 pm

    I still say Cano get’s a bottle of Martinelli’s for that play.

  889. CM (Jeter will get pied someday) September 27th, 2009 at 5:05 pm

    Early Christmas present for me.

  890. Pel (a/k/a Bart Simpson, a/k/a O.J. Simpson) September 27th, 2009 at 5:05 pm

    WATCH THE CELEBRATION ON TV BACK TO BEANTOWN!

    DON’T FORGET TO PINCH YOUR NOSTRILS SHUT!

  891. trisha - OPPC lifetime member September 27th, 2009 at 5:05 pm

    THANK YOU GOD! THANK YOU YANKEES!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  892. Yankee Trader September 27th, 2009 at 5:05 pm

    Almost like winning the WS, drama and all.

    Will ESPN show the locker room celebration?

  893. GreenBeret7 September 27th, 2009 at 5:06 pm

    Great year by “The Guys”. Now, the real work begins. Congratulations to the NYY, Joe Girardi and his studs.

  894. The Ghost September 27th, 2009 at 5:06 pm

    I want the Red Sox to get used to this view from the bench, hopefully they’ll see it again in another month.

  895. Arno September 27th, 2009 at 5:06 pm

    Yankees #1!!!

    Post-season here we come!

    Where do I tune in? YES or stick with ESPN for the champagne showers?

  896. Jason from The Heartland September 27th, 2009 at 5:06 pm

    Won the East, home field, 100 wins, won 9 of the last 10 versus Boston, swept this series. Let the champagne fly. Personally, I have a bottle of Ommegang Three Philosophers chilled for the occasion.

    Great.

  897. Chu September 27th, 2009 at 5:06 pm

    AL East Champions! Congratulations!

  898. Carl September 27th, 2009 at 5:06 pm

    Yo Ortiz thats how we roll!!!

  899. Yanks_Fan September 27th, 2009 at 5:07 pm

    YANKEES!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    They overcome the umpires, ESPN, the sun and WIN!!!! YEah baby!!

  900. Bill Porter September 27th, 2009 at 5:07 pm

    I’m sooooo. . . . happy we got to do that in front of the Sawx!!!!!!!

  901. Stevie September 27th, 2009 at 5:07 pm

    Group Blog Hug and High-5s

    :)

    :)

    :)

  902. nature boy September 27th, 2009 at 5:07 pm

    jeter better get pied

  903. Todd September 27th, 2009 at 5:08 pm

    Yanks rained on the FOX & ESPN parades the last 2 days…..

  904. The Ghost September 27th, 2009 at 5:08 pm

    You just knew when the Yankees started O-8 that they would eventually even it up didn’t you? You did right?

  905. Ed – campaigning for Josh Willingham (it worked for Gaudin) September 27th, 2009 at 5:08 pm

    I wonder if Jeter will go hide away from the pouring chamenge? lol :D

  906. trisha - OPPC lifetime member September 27th, 2009 at 5:09 pm

    I don’t even have the words. Against the Sux. At the Stadium.

    Anyone else crying? I know someone else out there has to have tears flowing.

  907. Stevie September 27th, 2009 at 5:09 pm

    MAD MEN!

  908. Orlando Chris September 27th, 2009 at 5:09 pm

    Thank you Mo!

  909. GreenBeret7 September 27th, 2009 at 5:09 pm

    Now, NYY just needs to run the table for the rest of this regular season and the post season.

  910. The Ghost September 27th, 2009 at 5:09 pm

    What pathetic questions for Jeter. You get to interview a legend and all you can muster is sour grapes. ESPN really really sucks

  911. trisha - OPPC lifetime member September 27th, 2009 at 5:10 pm

    CONGRATULATIONS TO RISHI, WHO IS AT THE GAME!!!

  912. GreenBeret7 September 27th, 2009 at 5:11 pm

    Of all the stars of today’s game, Brian Bruney was the brightest.

  913. E-gawa September 27th, 2009 at 5:11 pm

    How sweep it is to clinch in front of the Red Sox and their network, ESPN.

  914. Betsy September 27th, 2009 at 5:11 pm

    woo hoo!!! Congratulations, Yanks!! It was a long, hard road, but you guys did it…….this isn’t the final goal, but celebrate and enjoy it!

  915. RS September 27th, 2009 at 5:11 pm

    Ok, so the Yankees had the best offseason by far. They finished with the most wins in their ST league. And now they have completed the best regular season record in baseball. Only one thing left to be best at and that’s the postseason!

  916. Trevor (Super Mario) September 27th, 2009 at 5:11 pm

    Post game on YES.

  917. joe momma September 27th, 2009 at 5:12 pm

    we sweep, we win the division, against the most annoying rivals in baseball

  918. Orlando Chris September 27th, 2009 at 5:13 pm

    Peter Gammons’ puss is more sour than usual =D

  919. GreenBeret7 September 27th, 2009 at 5:13 pm

    And, of course ESPN mentions “The Highest PayRoll”. Color me shocked.

  920. Yanks_Fan September 27th, 2009 at 5:13 pm

    Dont forget…. 100 WINS!!!!!!!!!!

  921. Stevie September 27th, 2009 at 5:15 pm

    Peter Gammons just turned green.

  922. Betsy September 27th, 2009 at 5:15 pm

    Where is AJ and his pie? LOL

  923. Stevie September 27th, 2009 at 5:16 pm

    GreenBeret7 September 27th, 2009 at 5:13 pm

    And, of course ESPN mentions “The Highest PayRoll”. Color me shocked.
    =========================================

    They really are disgusting.

  924. trisha - OPPC lifetime member September 27th, 2009 at 5:16 pm

    UPDATED 2009 YANKEE WINS PREDICTION CHART
    CURRENTLY AT 100 WINS!!

    Created on April 6, 2009
    poster # of games

    TOMPASS 124 :(
    S.O.S. 118 :(
    ROB THOMPSON 110 :(
    *RAYVT 107 :(
    #2 FOR PREZ 106
    *ANGEL 105
    PEL 105
    BACKBENCH 105
    *TOM B 104
    DR. COX 104
    TRISHA 103
    VSPOT 103
    KEVIN IN CT 102
    NICK IN SF 102
    YANKEESJTJ 102
    GLOBAL WARMING 102
    MG 102
    THE PREDIKTER 101
    *L-tothe2ND 101
    LORI 100
    MEL 100
    TEX’S NEW BF 100
    PATRICK 100
    *ERICA 100
    BARDOS 99 :(
    VIN 99 :(
    JENNIFER 99 :(
    ED 99 :(
    *NYY626 99 :(
    DT 99 :(
    *STEVE-B 99 :(
    LAURA 98 :(
    PETE ABE 98 :(
    RISHI 98 :(
    RUSSW210 98 :(
    CLAYB 98 :(
    DOREEN 98 :(
    RB15 98 :(
    TOM IN NJ 97 :(
    FRAN 97 :(
    S.A. 97 :(
    HOKIEHILL 97 :(
    UNCLE ELLSWORTH 97 :(
    #2 FOR PREZ 96 :(
    GAYLE 96 :(
    PAT 96 :(
    WESTERNER99 96 :(
    PSYLUCK 96 :(
    STEVEB 96 :(
    MICHAEL KAY 96 :(
    JOHN IN OHIO 95 :(
    MARK 95 :(
    B-DAVE 94 :(
    *WAIT TIL THEY COME 94 :(

    * added 7/29 or later

  925. Abdababdaserser September 27th, 2009 at 5:16 pm

    “Orlando Chris September 27th, 2009 at 5:13 pm

    Peter Gammons’ puss is more sour than usual =D”

    Impossible. Unless he was looking at Youkilis. ;)

  926. Betsy September 27th, 2009 at 5:16 pm

    Maybe AJ will pie Joe when he’s on with YES…….

  927. Betsy September 27th, 2009 at 5:18 pm

    Kind of stupid for YES to give a game recap while the celebration is going on……and a commercial?

  928. igotid88 September 27th, 2009 at 5:19 pm

    I said 105 wins.

  929. late update September 27th, 2009 at 5:20 pm

    All outdoor New York teams won today including the Mets.

  930. Orlando Chris September 27th, 2009 at 5:24 pm

    “Champagne and eggs! Good breakfast, good wins!” Nick Swisher

  931. steve September 27th, 2009 at 5:56 pm

    11 more post-season wins. Pete, have fun on your last day Can’t you negotiate starting 12/1?

  932. Hall Monitor September 27th, 2009 at 6:13 pm

    Check out http://detentionslip.org for a story about a teacher (Red Sox fan) who forced a student to turn his Yankees shirt inside all day! Wild!


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