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Win No. 101 memorable for Pena

Posted by: Peter Abraham - Posted in Misc on Sep 29, 2009 Print This Post Print This Post | Email This Post Email This Post

Royals Yankees BaseballIt was spring training in the Bronx for a night as the Yankees ran a “B” lineup out there and beat the hapless Royals 8-2.

Joe Girardi was smiling after the game as he recounted the first career home run for Ramiro Pena. The veterans in the dugout gave him the silent treatment at first before surrounding the rookie and slapping him on the back. The kid was awarded the championship belt afterward.

Chad Gaudin bolstered his case for a postseason nod by pitching well again. It was his first win as a starter since June 28. The Yankees are undefeated in his seven starts, however.

A few other notes for you:

Robinson Cano and Melky Cabrera will get the day off tomorrow. The rest of the A lineup will return. … Jerry Hairston Jr. took balls off a tee today and will take BP tomorrow. … The game lasted only two hours and 32 minutes, albeit after a delay of nearly two hours.

Back at it tomorrow. I can’t believe we had nearly 900 comments on a meaningless, rain-delayed game. No Yankee fans are more loyal and dedicated to this team than the readers of this blog.

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161 Responses to “Win No. 101 memorable for Pena”

  1. Ed - campaigning for Josh Willingham (it worked for Gaudin) September 29th, 2009 at 12:17 am

    “Robinson Cano and Melky Cabrera will get the day off tomorrow.”

    Posada not getting a day off tomorrow?

  2. RalphieD (OPPC) September 29th, 2009 at 12:17 am

    games are still fun for me…i just love yankee baseball no matter who is playing…gardner pena cervelli is almost (keyword: almost) as fun as damon jeter tex

    p.s. Gammons says CC will be “dominant” in the playoffs… :)

  3. Kacedawg September 29th, 2009 at 12:18 am

    Those vets seem to really love Pena. From his interviews he seems like a genuine good guy. He’s come a long way, & contributed great when they need him. Cool to see him smiling. He deserves that belt. Too bad he couldn’t get pied though.

  4. Stevie September 29th, 2009 at 12:18 am

    Gotta love ESPN’s Baseball Tonight. They just said, “if the Yankees have a weakness, it may be CC Sabathia.”

    I’m not joking.

  5. Jones September 29th, 2009 at 12:20 am

    ESPN is a joke.

  6. Giuseppe Franco September 29th, 2009 at 12:21 am

    Posada hasn’t been behind the plate since Friday. He’s already had some rest.

  7. Bronx Jeers September 29th, 2009 at 12:21 am

    More comments here in the last 2 minutes than all day on “Extra Bases”

  8. Nick von Clausewitz in SF September 29th, 2009 at 12:22 am

    m, I apologize, I know your intentions were good.

    I’ll give myself a time out for engaging in silliness on Ramiro Pena’s big night.

  9. Caryn September 29th, 2009 at 12:22 am

    Wow…how is a pitcher that has 19 wins with one left to go and is a possibly Cy Young winner a weakness? So glad I don’t watch ESPN usually!

  10. XLJ September 29th, 2009 at 12:23 am

    You can put an asterik by Pena’s first homerun. That would of not been out in any other ballpark.

  11. m September 29th, 2009 at 12:24 am

    Congrats to the Jalapena. :)

    Stevie,

    I’m convinced that the analysts/hosts are not speaking of their own volition. BBTN is aired from the ESPN campus in Bristol, CT, no? The producers, writers, support personnel are probably members of the nation. I don’t mean that in a derogatory way, just a matter of demographics.

    The producers guide, the writers write, and the “talent” reads what’s on the teleprompter.

  12. RalphieD (OPPC) September 29th, 2009 at 12:25 am

    ESPN did say that but they didnt mean it literally..they meant that if CC does bad the yanks are in trouble because AJ and andy are question marks apparently

  13. m September 29th, 2009 at 12:25 am

    Nick,

    I shouldn’t have said anything, but you know I can’t resist a corny pun.

  14. eric September 29th, 2009 at 12:29 am

    i was in the RF bleachers, and told my friend “watch this, Cano is gona hit one right at us”– then boom, right at us.

  15. Stevie September 29th, 2009 at 12:31 am

    RalphieD (OPPC)-

    No they were being professorial.

    They real believe this because they haven’t watched many Yankee games, let alone CC games. And they base it on CC losing his start last year for the Brewers and CC losing both starts in the 2007 ALCS, when he was in Cleveland.

  16. The Captain September 29th, 2009 at 12:31 am

    A-Rod…let’s hope this great blog does not fall apart. It’s too good but Pete is the heart and soul..

  17. m September 29th, 2009 at 12:32 am

    Pete’s moving to another team, he’s not dying.

    Besides, he’ll miss us more than we’ll miss him. Right, Pete? ;) <— (that's a winky emoticon, just in case your browser doesn't recognize it)

  18. Stevie September 29th, 2009 at 12:34 am

    A-ROD! A-ROD! September 29th, 2009 at 12:27 am

    Hot to sound like a broken record (although I am pretty broken up), but I think this Yankee blogosphere of ours is in for a real wake-up call this week when we lose Pete. I’ve been shopping around these other blogs and they all stink worse than a-rod’s balls. let’s just hope the actual yanks can withstand the collapse of their blogosphere.
    =========================================
    As long as they update the blog a couple of times a day, it will be fine. Pete works hard and provides a lot of content. But the heart of the blog is the commentary by the fans. I mean look at the Boston Globe blog, “extra bases”, they update during the day, but it’s dead blog, as they only field 25 comments during the entire day.

  19. Bronx Jeers September 29th, 2009 at 12:36 am

    “A-Rod…let’s hope this great blog does not fall apart. It’s too good but Pete is the heart and soul..”

    Pete is our Captain Intangibles?

    I guess in 24 hours he’ll be C.I. emeritus.

  20. DT - OPPC member (blood type - Positive) September 29th, 2009 at 12:39 am

    Pete – today is the beginning of your last full day. Get some rest. It’s going to be a big big day.

    we have fireworks planned. (no, not Trisha and Nick)

    Suzyn Waldman has agreed to jump out of a cake, but she draws the line at saying “oh my goodness gracious, Pete is leaving!”

    We couldn’t get Ms. Jones to give you a big going away smacker, but we were able to book her half sister, Star.

    Last but not least, your pal Jason Giambi will do a live (via satellite) video tribute from Shotgun Willie’s in Denver. (we had to pay him off in singles, don’t ask me why)

  21. m September 29th, 2009 at 12:41 am

    Wasn’t this blog dead, too, in the beginning? But Pete nurtured it and grew it until it was overgrown like the rainforests of the Amazon.

    He’ll have a good following. But I think there will be hostilities there initially. I think if he’ll be even remotely fair or critical about the team, he’ll be seen as a carpetbagger. But if the fans give Pete a chance, they’ll be better for it.

  22. Wang IS Taiwan September 29th, 2009 at 12:41 am

    Agreed — Pete IS the heart and soul.

  23. Jeremy September 29th, 2009 at 12:45 am

    Gammons did say that Sabathia will be dominant this postseason.

  24. Bronx Jeers September 29th, 2009 at 12:54 am

    “Wasn’t this blog dead, too, in the beginning? But Pete nurtured it and grew it until it was overgrown like the rainforests of the Amazon.”

    Probably not the best analogy.

    http://www.rain-tree.com/facts.htm

  25. pat September 29th, 2009 at 12:55 am

    The Angel announcer pronounces Bobby Abreu’s name as A-Brew.

    Have I been wrong all these years pronouncing it a-bray-you? :shock:

  26. zmaster September 29th, 2009 at 12:56 am

    does anyone know what the 6:30pm ceremony tomorrow on the field will be?

  27. Sam September 29th, 2009 at 12:56 am

    “No Yankee fans are more loyal and dedicated to this team than the readers of this blog.”

    Cool, glad you’re sticking with us…

  28. Joe from Long Island September 29th, 2009 at 1:02 am

    You want dedication, Pete – I was at the game, stayed thru the rain delay, saw Nino’s HR and the slam by Robbie, drove home, have to get up at 6:30 in the AM, and what am I doing now?

    Have a good night, everybody. Let’s go Yankees!

  29. m September 29th, 2009 at 1:03 am

    Well, we’ll just have to link our arms and block the way of the heavy machinery, won’t we?

    First and foremost we’re Yankee fans, and any attempts to break up the group here will be met with resistance! :lol:

    Anyway, if our blog ever meets up with the boston.com one in the Blogging World Series, I’m sure we’d come out on top.

  30. pat September 29th, 2009 at 1:06 am

    Pete has been great so no disrespect to him but as long as Sam feeds us a few new posts a day with content we are not likely to find everywhere and cleans out the “litterbox” every now and again, we’ve become as self sufficient as cats.

  31. m September 29th, 2009 at 1:21 am

    zmaster
    September 29th, 2009 at 12:56 am
    does anyone know what the 6:30pm ceremony tomorrow on the field will be?

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

    They’ll be presenting the WS trophy to the New York Yankees. Baseball decided to take a big check for an undisclosed amount to cover the advertising revenue that would be lost. Personally, I think it’s great that they’re saving us all the trouble of actually playing the games. ;)

  32. Derwood Morris September 29th, 2009 at 1:23 am

    I still think Pete’s going to stay, last-second style, like when Teen Wolf Too, after winning the state boxing championship, shunned the popular girl to make out with his lab partner.

  33. pat September 29th, 2009 at 1:25 am

    “does anyone know what the 6:30pm ceremony tomorrow on the field will be?”

    Honoring Jeter for passing Gehrig and Mo for getting his 500th save.

  34. Joba the Great September 29th, 2009 at 1:30 am

    Trust me, the Boston Globe pay scale is much more alluring than the feminine wares of the sultry Boothe, Derwood.

  35. Derwood Morris September 29th, 2009 at 1:36 am

    Joba the great -

    I was referring to Teen Wolf Too. If you haven’t seen it, check it out.

  36. Joba the Great September 29th, 2009 at 1:38 am

    Ah, Jason Bateman at his finest! My apologies. Boothe’s five o’clock shadow in the original still gives me chills.

  37. smile for the camera September 29th, 2009 at 1:44 am

    these games are not meaningless- every win like tonight’s just breeds even more confidence and unity to a team that is already pretty confident and pretty unified. still have to stay sharp for the postseason, no reason to slack off even though some guys are getting a rest

  38. E-gawa September 29th, 2009 at 1:46 am

    great game.. I was there with pretty bad seats… until the third inning or so where they upgraded me to the 12th row field level.. those are some REALLY NICE seats. Thank you Yankees!

  39. m September 29th, 2009 at 1:46 am

    “Bullfighting? You are the most interesting man in the world,” Chris Davis, his 23-year-old teammate, said after overhearing the latest plans.

    Cool story about Omar Vizquel’s offseason plans.

    http://sports.espn.go.com/dall.....id=4512813

  40. Derwood Morris September 29th, 2009 at 1:54 am

    Stiles’ mullet is also worth a look.

  41. m September 29th, 2009 at 1:57 am

    smiles,

    Great post.

    There are no ‘meaningless’ regular season games. They’re meaningful for the fans that go to the games. They’re meaningful to the young players auditioning for future roles. And of course, they’re meaningful to us. ;)

  42. Smacketh Downeth September 29th, 2009 at 5:21 am

    “XLJ
    September 29th, 2009 at 12:23 am
    You can put an asterik by Pena’s first homerun. That would of not been out in any other ballpark.”

    So what? It was over there wall HERE, and it’s a home run HERE. Don’t like it? Go somewhere else, troll.

  43. Doreen September 29th, 2009 at 6:55 am

    Pete has been the best. Bar none. Before I settled here, I had been blog-hopping, but got no satisfaction.

    There is a better atmosphere here. Pete’s the conversation starter and the blog-keeper. I can’t tell you how refreshing it is to have found a sports blog that actively discourages poor language, and actually forces people to be creative in their verbal criticisms when the Yankees aren’t playing well.

    But the other thing that has kept me coming back is the life that is here. All of you who bring yourselves to this place and keep the conversation that Pete starts going. So, that is the hope, that we will be able to continue the conversation without Pete.

    He will be missed, surely. He’s a great master of ceremonies, and the hardest working sports journalist I know of. The one thing that will be difficult to match is Pete’s ability to bring all kinds of topics here on slow news days…

  44. Paul V September 29th, 2009 at 7:34 am

    Pete, I will really miss your writing, your humor and your keen eye.

    Best wishes and good luck.

    And I hope some NY paper makes you a tremendous offer that you just can’t refuse one day to cover the Yanks again.

  45. jonathan September 29th, 2009 at 7:40 am

    the readon for the number of readyers of this blog pete, is YOU. When sam or whomever takes over this blog begins the numbers will drop precipitiously

  46. Steve September 29th, 2009 at 7:42 am

    [quote]No Yankee fans are more loyal and dedicated to this team than the readers of this blog. [/quote]

    that’s why we’re gonna miss you, Pete!

  47. Vader September 29th, 2009 at 7:42 am

    Pete,

    After coming here for the last three years and really appreciating your dedication and hard work, there is a part me that doesn’t want to see you go, while on the other side I am very happy to see you move on to a larger newspaper to further your career, as well as being closer to family.

    You have started something here that I don’t think can be duplicated by someone else or anywhere else.

    Hopefully, you will check in from time to time and maybe you will do a guest post over the offseason…don’t be a stranger and don’t forget you can always come home.

  48. Mark in Tampa September 29th, 2009 at 7:57 am

    I know this has been mentioned a little bit, but Girardi has done a great job handling the bullpen this year. Every night, there are at least 3 good arms in the pen that are rested and ready to go. There is never a time when we are seeing the top pitchers being run ragged by having to go every night. At least since Veras was DFA, and Edwar demoted.

    It hasn’t been overly easy, either, with Joba so infrequently going deep, and the 5th spot lucky to get in 5 innings all year long.

  49. Betsy September 29th, 2009 at 8:16 am

    I saw the replay of the guys ignoring, then surrounding Pena ……..hilarious. Jorge looked like a crazy man as he practically attacked Pena, lol…….Girardi just couldn’t hold it in, lol……….

    GB, thanks for the recs! I put them on my list and will look further into them today. I love seafood……..yum!

  50. Vader September 29th, 2009 at 8:18 am

    Mark…Sturtze, Gordon, Quantrill and Proctor called to say they thought the same thing.

  51. RMEL September 29th, 2009 at 8:20 am

    Betsy this Story from Khapisch must kill you to read….haha…lets enjoy the playoffs…..

    http://www.northjersey.com/spo.....onder.html

  52. JoeyA September 29th, 2009 at 8:27 am

    I hope there are cameo PeteAbe comments every now and again after you leave.

    Let us know if Sux trolls are worse than Yankee trolls.

  53. sunny615 September 29th, 2009 at 8:27 am

    Hey Pete – Can I interview for your old job? I’d love to cover the Yankees and blog about it… Of course, I have no reporting skills and no experience as a beat writer and can’t write worth a half eaten cracker soaked in water… Would that be a negative?

  54. Doreen September 29th, 2009 at 8:28 am

    RMEL -

    I didn’t know Hughes was throwing Mo’s cutter! Uh-oh. :lol:

    The only thing Klapisch’s story leaves out is that Hughes was having success as a starter when CMW came back and he went to the BP instead of SWB.

    While I would love to see what Hughes can do as a starter for a full season, it sure would give the Yankees a lot of flexibility in their rotation as well as solidity in the bullpen, if they choose the other course of action.

  55. Betsy September 29th, 2009 at 8:31 am

    If it’s about Phil in the pen for his career, sorry, I’m not going to read it……..thanks for posting, though!

  56. Betsy September 29th, 2009 at 8:32 am

    I think leaving Phil in the pen would be the most asinine decision they could make…..Sportswriters have absolutely no vision (and either does David Cone, when it comes to this subject). Fortunately, the Yankees won’t be that stupid.

  57. jennifer September 29th, 2009 at 8:33 am

    RMEL

    I was so ticked reading it. Here is the Hughes to stay in the pen garbage. They talk about fans being bandwagoners. The press is too. Last year it was Joba should stay in the pen and replace Mo. Now it is Hughes should stay in the pen to replace Mo, In case they haven’t noticed. Mo isn’t going anywhere soon!

    Plus he points out Hughes record and era this year. If you throw out that awful start in Baltimore he had a pretty good year as a starter.

  58. Betsy September 29th, 2009 at 8:36 am

    http://www.newsday.com/sports/.....-1.1483793

    What an idiot.

    So, the Yankees can’t beat the Tigers, they can’t beat the Red Sox (the Sox KNOW they can beat this team? They don’t just think it?)……..

    I will be avoiding this clown from now on – I can’t take him seriously.

  59. GreenBeret7 September 29th, 2009 at 8:36 am

    Betsy
    September 29th, 2009 at 8:16 am
    I saw the replay of the guys ignoring, then surrounding Pena ……..hilarious. Jorge looked like a crazy man as he practically attacked Pena, lol…….Girardi just couldn’t hold it in, lol……….

    GB, thanks for the recs! I put them on my list and will look further into them today. I love seafood……..yum!

    ————————————————————

    You’re very welcome, Betsy. Here’s a link to some great food. Great spot for something unusual. You’ll love it.

    http://www.casbahrestaurant.com/

    The Pirate’s House on River Street, Dolphin Reef on Tybee Island and Sting Ray’s on Tybee Island are the best choices. Easy to find. Enjoy.

  60. Betsy September 29th, 2009 at 8:38 am

    LOL I knew it………Klapisch just wasted an hour or two putting that garbage together as the Yankees are not going to listen to him. Let me guess – he said the usual mumbo jumbo of Phil having some kind of fantastic personality for the pen……….? As if his personality wouldn’t work as a starter? This was the first time in his ML career that he’s been healthy……and he’s only 23 years old. What on earth is it with sportswriters that want to leave potential stud SP in the pen? As I said, they have no vision whatsoever.

    Oh well, lol.

  61. Betsy September 29th, 2009 at 8:40 am

    GB, I have to get to work now so I can’t look into them, but I’m going to print this page and check out your recs later. Thank you so much! If you ever come to my neck of the woods on LI, I’d be glad to return the favor!

  62. GGBG (Magic Number: ZERO!) September 29th, 2009 at 8:41 am

    Someone dig up the threads about Joba in the Pen vs. Joba in the rotation.

    Find “Joba”
    Replace “Hughes”

    Save.

  63. RMEL September 29th, 2009 at 8:41 am

    RMEL -

    I didn’t know Hughes was throwing Mo’s cutter! Uh-oh. :lol:

    The only thing Klapisch’s story leaves out is that Hughes was having success as a starter when CMW came back and he went to the BP instead of SWB.

    While I would love to see what Hughes can do as a starter for a full season, it sure would give the Yankees a lot of flexibility in their rotation as well as solidity in the bullpen, if they choose the other course of action.

    totally agree, i feel it depends what happens in the playoffs this year…and this offseason…If Cashman can get a deal for a reliable mid-rotation starter and resign Andy, I think Hughes stays in the pen…if not they will move him to the rotation…Plus lets not forget we have 4 possible starters in Kennedy, Ace, Gaudin and even Z-Mac that we can add and leave Hughes in the pen….lets just wait and see what happens this offseason

  64. Betsy September 29th, 2009 at 8:43 am

    RMEL, you are on the wrong side of history here……please, Kennedy, Gaudin, McAllister? They can’t sniff Phil’s potential as a starter. I hope you aren’t a betting man, lol.

    You can wait and see, but the Yankees are not.

  65. Vader September 29th, 2009 at 8:44 am

    IMO…the Yankees brass does what it thinks is best for the team and not what the talking heads think. As such, they will do what they think is best for the team…if it means Phil as a starter or reliever so be it.

    The one thing that I’m sure these talking heads don’t talk about because it will ruin their talking points, is mention what Phil has done in minors…the game against Portland in 07′ or 06′, last year for SWB in the playoffs…being talked about as the top pitching prospect in all of baseball a few years back.

  66. GreenBeret7 September 29th, 2009 at 8:44 am

    Doreen
    September 29th, 2009 at 8:28 am
    RMEL -

    I didn’t know Hughes was throwing Mo’s cutter! Uh-oh.

    The only thing Klapisch’s story leaves out is that Hughes was having success as a starter when CMW came back and he went to the BP instead of SWB.

    While I would love to see what Hughes can do as a starter for a full season, it sure would give the Yankees a lot of flexibility in their rotation as well as solidity in the bullpen, if they choose the other course of action.

    ————————————————————

    If Rivera could ever get Chamberlain, Robertson and Kennedy to be as adaptable and receptive to learning his cutter like Hughes did, the AL is in deep trouble.

  67. Doreen September 29th, 2009 at 8:48 am

    Vader –

    It’s true. They manage to omit things that would hurt their argument. Like Mo was never in line to be a top starter, while Hughes, until this season, had always been so.

    It will be intriguing, though, to see what unfolds. My preference is to see Hughes fulfill his potential as a front-line starter. Sounds like Master Hughes has a more open mind, though.

  68. GeorgeInJax September 29th, 2009 at 8:48 am

    I’m really happy for Pena.
    He’s worked so hard all year. After Ransom came back from injury he went back to AAA and played in the outfield. He will be an even more valuable utility player for 2010.

  69. Vader September 29th, 2009 at 8:50 am

    The one thing that most don’t talk about is Phil’s baseball IQ compared to most…if the Yankees could bottle that and pass it on to the young up in comming pitchers it would be priceless…IMO

  70. RMEL September 29th, 2009 at 8:50 am

    RMEL, you are on the wrong side of history here……please, Kennedy, Gaudin, McAllister? They can’t sniff Phil’s potential as a starter. I hope you aren’t a betting man, lol.

    You can wait and see, but the Yankees are not
    ——-

    Besty you and I disagree on this matter, I know….But remember how we all loved Kennedy 2 years ago and how some said lets trade Hughes for Santana because Kennedy is going to be better…Remember those post….lets not get too down on him…Gaudin has been good for us and is only 26 years old…we need a 5th stater not a 1 or a 2….Its going to be hard convince Cashman, joe girardi and most of all the players that Hughes is more important as the 5th starter then a lock down end of the game reliever…Since he has been put in the pen it has flourished with defined roles…but we still have Oct and let that play out

  71. GreenBeret7 September 29th, 2009 at 8:54 am

    There are few things more important than a number 4 or 5 pitcher that pitches like a number 1 or 2 pitcher and that could easily be Phil Hughes.

  72. Vader September 29th, 2009 at 8:55 am

    If I remember correctly…Earl Weaver used to leave young guys in the pen to get their feet, as well as Santana spent the begining of his career in the pen…so this may be the plan.

    Phil should not have the innings issues that Joba had since he has pitched a few full seasons in the minors, as wel as playing fall ball.

    Also, if Robertson builds off this year, he has the makings of a tremendous late innings pitcher.

  73. GeorgeInJax September 29th, 2009 at 8:56 am

    I’m looking forward to Hughes getting back in the starting rotation he is more polished than Joba. remember we wouldn’t have needed to send anyone to the bullpen had Damaso Marte been healthy and produced and also Bruney, Ramirez, & Albaladejo all struggled early on.

    By the way Ian Kennedy was our best pitcher at Scranton until the anuerysem. I think he’s ready to contribute too. long relief? Unless CMW doesn’t make it back. Let’s not forget we have a back to back 19 win guy coming back next year!

  74. GeorgeInJax September 29th, 2009 at 9:00 am

    After a rough 2008 Kennedy played Winter Ball in Puerto Rico & got back on his game. it was very unfortunate for him to go through the aneurysm.

  75. Mark in Tampa September 29th, 2009 at 9:03 am

    Re: Starters and the pen.

    It is all about deploying your assets in the best way for the team. Would Adrian Peterson be the best kick/punt returner for the Vikings? Absolutely. But is it the best use of assets for the Vikings. No, it is not. Almost any quality MLB starter could be a very good bullpen arm. With closers (excluding Lidge this year), you only see the difference between greatness like Mariano and mediocrity like Fuentes in 2 or 3 outings per year. To me, that is not worth sacrificing a possible 200+ quality innings. We will miss Phil in the 8th next year, but there will be someone(Robertson) who will do close to the job that Hughes has done. And if Phil, God forbid, fails as a starter, we can send him back to the pen next year, 2 years, or 5 years from now. If he spends the entire 2010 in the pen, it will be very difficult to ever have him be a starter again.

  76. Trevor (Super Mario) September 29th, 2009 at 9:04 am

    Hughes will be in the rotation next year. Along with the ‘Phil Hughes Rules’.
    This bumps Robertson to the eighth inning role.

  77. RMEL September 29th, 2009 at 9:06 am

    Other thing to watch for is how Cash, handles the off season…if he says Hughes is going back into the rotation, it could be a set-up in other not to tip his hand in finding a pitcher….For example…if they yankees are interested in Lackey, they can go to his agent and say we have a starter, to try to bring down the price….i can see something like this happening

  78. SmackethDowneth September 29th, 2009 at 9:07 am

    CC, AJ, Andy, Joba and Phil. That means next year, young Master Ian in the pen, and we go to year three of “_____” should stay in the pen vs becoming a starter. Getting to be an annual ritual.

  79. RMEL September 29th, 2009 at 9:10 am

    by the way i can see they yankees possibly signing Lackey to a 5yr/75 ml contract….he has been a top 5 AL pitcher the past 5 years and will be 31 next year….the same age of AJ this year….

  80. Tom in N.J. September 29th, 2009 at 9:13 am

    If Robertson continues to develop and Mark Melancon get himself sorted out Hughes to the ‘pen will be a moot point.

  81. GeorgeInJax September 29th, 2009 at 9:15 am

    Will Andy be back next year?
    C.C., A.J., Wang, Joba, Hughes
    Robertson takes the 8th inning role. I just hope Marte comes back healthy & we get some value out of his salary.
    Melancon may likely get a shot at the bullpen too.

  82. murphydog September 29th, 2009 at 9:16 am

    Joe from Long Island:

    “You want dedication, Pete – I was at the game, stayed thru the rain delay, saw Nino’s HR and the slam by Robbie, drove home, have to get up at 6:30 in the AM, and what am I doing now?”

    You are a better man than I, Gunga Din. I was “yanked” from the game (and Stadium) after the 4th inning due to the wife’s cold, wet feet. Vamos Yankees!

  83. Tom in N.J. September 29th, 2009 at 9:17 am

    Wang is not going to back until mid-season; if he’s back at all.

  84. The Ghost September 29th, 2009 at 9:18 am

    I read somewhere that Pena and Jeter go at it every day at ground ball practice trying to see who can have the least amount of errors. Makes you wonder if El Nino has combined with surehanded Mark Teixiera to make old captain the best that he can be. Just one more reason to love that kid. I would take him in a second over Hairston on the post season roster. My rules on the post season are as follows – whoever has contributed to the teams success in a substantial way deserves a spot on the roster – even if that means leaving a player with more talent/experience/versatility off. It’s just my controversial view but I believe that players that have contributed big in the regular season are more heavily invested in the team than those that have merely played well. Hence I believe that Pena AND Cervelli need to be on the roster at the expense of Guzman and Hairston or maybe take one less pitcher.

  85. CountryClub September 29th, 2009 at 9:25 am

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