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Under 30 hours till first pitch …

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102 Responses to “Under 30 hours till first pitch …”

  1. Free Mike Vick October 6th, 2009 at 12:28 pm

    is there anything better then postseason baseball in Yankee Stadium??

    i..think..not..

  2. CountryClub October 6th, 2009 at 12:31 pm

    The new joint looks great!

  3. John October 6th, 2009 at 12:31 pm

    looking good. can’t wait for the flags to go up along the facing of the upper deck, hope they do that again.

  4. raymagnetic October 6th, 2009 at 12:31 pm

    repost

    Must be a personal thing, but I hate the Angels as much and maybe even more than I hate the Red Sox.

    I especially can’t stand looking at Mike Scoiscia’s smug face in the dugout.

    Just once I would like to see the Yankees wipe that smug look off of Fat Scoscia’s face.

    /rant over

  5. haiku-man October 6th, 2009 at 12:32 pm

    Does this sound familiar? “Greetings from Gate A-20?” Pete has a new thread up. He got 57 comments (most from this blog’s posters)yesterday.

  6. Ed - slacking in class now October 6th, 2009 at 12:32 pm

    repost:

    “Ghost, I don’t have the answer to that, but I do remember a recent postseason (2006? not sure) where one of the teams that eeked it out at the end actually went further than the early clinchers and sportscasters postulated that the long wait actually hurt the favorites.”

    Yep, see Tigers in 2006 and Rockies in 2007.

  7. Derwood Morris October 6th, 2009 at 12:33 pm

    Almost CC time baby.

  8. RonH October 6th, 2009 at 12:34 pm

    Great to have post season baseball back in the Bronx! Let’s hope the good memories for 2009 continue for the next 3 weeks or so.

  9. DatNiggaFoSho October 6th, 2009 at 12:36 pm

    booooooomshakalaka!!!

    i LOVE it

  10. haiku-man October 6th, 2009 at 12:37 pm

    http:/www.nesn.com

    For a great laugh on this article:
    Bawston’s star-studded bull pen,could decide the ALDS

    Even the few commenter’s aren’t buying this baloney!!

  11. kd October 6th, 2009 at 12:38 pm

    think that the players will watch the game together today?

    i hope so, that’ll show some solidarity.

    ok, as i’m typing this i hope the crazies on the blog don’t get mad and come after me. i just think they’d have fun watching the game together

  12. randy l. October 6th, 2009 at 12:39 pm

    “other than experience behind the plate in professional baseball, what qualifications do you have to support the contention that Posada is a better overall catcher than Molina and is more than capable of catching AJ?”

    mg-
    well the past few years i sit on my butt and watch a lot of baseball games on tv and i’m pretty quick with my remote. :)

    all kidding aside, you have to understand that i was a bullpen catcher which is the lowest level guy in uniform except for the batboy( and i was lucky to do even that), but i do know what it feels like to catch mlb pitchers. i had a very good defensive catcher named stan cliburn teach me how to catch. stan has been the twins triple a( rochester red wings) manager for the last 4 years and most of the young twins on the mlb roster went through stan including mauer.

    the problem in this particular posada debate is that there are baseball people who seem to have different opinions about it.

    david cone says one thing and then someone else says another.
    it’s obvious all people who played the game don’t agree on everything .

    i doubt that cone or other major league player if they were picking a team, would ever pick molina over posada to be the starter on that team.

    so cone himself would consider molina a back up and posada a starter.

    the question never becomes is posada a bad catcher because the answer is no. he’s one of the best overall catchers in baseball even at his present age. everyone in the game would say that.

    no one would pick molina over posada to be the starter. if posada went on the market as a catcher he’d get 10 million for next year on a one year contract. molina will be lucky to get a million.

    as a starter there is no comparison between the two for overall value when everything is factored in.

    the debate on this blog has mostly been fueled by trisha who admitted last night that ” I never stated that Molina was a better overall catcher than Posada. Never.” .

    so if molina is not a better overall catcher than posada , why the huge argument?

    the answer is really simply that molina has caught burnett a lot.

    there’s always going to be one guy that a back up catcher catches and this year molina caught burnett a lot.

    the problem is he became the #2 pitcher and gets two starts out of five in the first round of the playoffs.

    so now girardi has a decision to make on who will catch in game two and game five.

    this could have been avoided if the yankees would have just had posada cacth burnett the whole time which is what i would have done.

    i would have had molina catch the fifth starter or even joba. the problem was that after the all star break it looked like joba might be a starter in the postseason.

    the bottom line is it is what it is at this point and girardi will go with his instinct and make a decision for one game . then he’ll make another decision the next game burnett pitches based on what happened because of the first decision.

    lets as yankee fans hope the yankees win these games and the series and put this in the rear view mirror because it’s not a good problem to have and obviously has the potential to be divisive.

  13. Joe October 6th, 2009 at 12:39 pm

    “If you don’t recognize my name, there’s a good reason. I started at the Globe yesterday after working nearly 10 years at The Journal News of White Plains, N.Y. I spent the last four seasons covering the dreaded Yankees and the three years before that on the dreadful Mets”
    ——————————————————-

    These is quoted from Pete’s first real thread on the Globe. Well, I guess it’s part of the job to bash the Yankees but it also sounds like its coming from a relieved man. Maybe I’m looking too much into it.

  14. Mark in Tampa October 6th, 2009 at 12:42 pm

    Pete’s right, Boston should dread the Yankees!

  15. Bronx Jeers October 6th, 2009 at 12:44 pm

    “Jeers I actually considered going for it but every ticket that came up on yankees.com was behind the net and I wouldn’t sit there if the ticket was free. So I finally gave up.”

    But why?

    I would have settled for SRO tickets or even the most dreaded of them all, the “because of this hideous Mohegan Sun monstrosity I can’t see half the field!” bleacher tickets.

    Just let me in the building!

    I’ll be stalking stubhub late fri afternoon for some last minute deals.

  16. Erin October 6th, 2009 at 12:44 pm

    kd-I thought I saw a quote from Alex yesterday where he said they were going to watch the game after practice today, but I can’t remember where I saw it.

  17. Jennifer October 6th, 2009 at 12:45 pm

    Joe

    I thought the same thing. i was very turned off by that comment.

    October baseball is back where it belongs, in DA BRONX. 1 year out was very difficult to deal with. Hopefully they play well into Nov.

  18. m October 6th, 2009 at 12:46 pm

    Joe,

    You forgot the “oddly named LoHud Yankees Blog”…

    Sam,

    Thanks for the posts. Hit the “snooze” button and am just getting up now. What a gorgeous picture. It rained for days and days on end over here, but when I woke up the sky was blue. And then I came here and saw the sky is blue in NY, too. Gotta be some kind of sign, right?

    I can’t believe I’m getting excited over a play-in game. Jonesing for any kind of baseball will do that, I guess. But this one is actually relevant. I suspect at the end of the day, I’ll feel both fear and elation at the result as there are pros and cons of facing each.

    The picture should be clearing up quite a bit by the end of the day. Thanks in advance for all the latest info.

  19. DatNiggaFoSho October 6th, 2009 at 12:46 pm

    screw you pete…Traitor

  20. Jennifer October 6th, 2009 at 12:46 pm

    Erin I heard that quote from one of the players as well.

  21. kd October 6th, 2009 at 12:46 pm

    thanks erin.

    pete calling the yankees dreaded is him trying to make up for called pedrioa the keebler elf all those times and saying that the boston fans were all a bunch of drunks.

    we thought it was funny at the time, now it’s his job to do it to us. so much for unbiased journalism

  22. Jennifer October 6th, 2009 at 12:47 pm

    mel- Actually I think it is supposed to rain tonight and tomorrow clearing up by game time.

  23. haiku-man October 6th, 2009 at 12:48 pm

    http://www.bostondirtdogs.com

    Compares the Red Slops to an XJ JAGUAR,that looks good in the driveway,but when get it out on the open road,you’re never really sure it’s going to get you where you want to go.ouch!!

  24. Jennifer October 6th, 2009 at 12:48 pm

    kd- all that time he was playing to us an audience. Except now, when he says it about the Yankees he will probably mean it. :-(

  25. The Ghost October 6th, 2009 at 12:48 pm

    (repost)

    raymagnetic, I think your anger toward Scioscia is misplaced and should have been directed at Torre all those years. Scioscia had a formula of play that Torre refused to match and therefore allowed the Yankees to always be on their heels worried about Scioscia’s next move. I think (hope) Girardi has figured out Scioscia this year – when you put him back on his heels his team’s weaknesses get exposed in the same way a screen passing football team can expose a bad defense that makes themselves seem stronger because they blitz all the time.

  26. G. Love October 6th, 2009 at 12:49 pm

    I don’t know why there’s even a debate. You have to start Posada because our best offensive lineup features Matsui at DH.

    If Joe were not to start Posada at C he would be forced to start Jorge at DH out of guilt thus leaving our best 5th place hitter on the bench in Matsui.

    If the opponent starts running wild due to Posada being Varitek like (which I don’t think he will be) and it costs us a game in the short series, then Joe has to sack up and put Jorge on the bench.

    But Jorge has earned that spot and he is the best offensive catcher outside of Mauer in the playoffs.

    Matsui needs to hit 5th and Jorge needs to be behind the plate.

  27. DatNiggaFoSho October 6th, 2009 at 12:49 pm

    ***k Pete!!

    Yeah chance of rain on Friday as well. I hope it holds off I’ll be there Friday.

  28. The Ghost October 6th, 2009 at 12:49 pm

    Hey Sam, I don’t know who took that picture but can we get one of the bunting in the new stadium? Is it up yet?

  29. m October 6th, 2009 at 12:50 pm

    You know how the Yankees are faced with the decision about Bruney?

    Same thing with Boston, they have to decide between Byrd & DelCarmen. You’d think DelCarmen right? But he’s lost his role to Max Ramirez, I think, and Byrd could serve as a spot starter in case Becky’s back barks. Or long relief if Chucky upchucks.

  30. Melissa October 6th, 2009 at 12:50 pm

    Sam, you don’t disappoint. Gratuitous posts for the baseball-starved (has it really only been two days?). Love it.

  31. Jennifer October 6th, 2009 at 12:52 pm

    Ghost, I can’t recall who wrote it. But I read it on one of the beat writers tweets. It is up.

  32. m October 6th, 2009 at 12:55 pm

    Why can’t we have good weather when we want it?

    Listening to MNF pre-game show in the car. Inside the dome was 78 degrees, outside? 45!

    That’s what’s in store for first week of October baseball in Minny starting next season.

  33. Wolf In Pinstripes October 6th, 2009 at 12:56 pm

    I feel like a kid on Christmas Eve.

  34. mdot October 6th, 2009 at 12:57 pm

    This picture just brought a smile to my face.

  35. Erin October 6th, 2009 at 12:58 pm

    Wolf In Pinstripes
    October 6th, 2009 at 12:56 pm

    I feel like a kid on Christmas Eve.

    ********
    That’s so funny you said that-I said the same thing to a friend of mine this morning! LOL

  36. Andrew GTLU Bronze Medalist October 6th, 2009 at 12:58 pm

    m, that’s nothing about the 45 degrees. Apparently they are expecting temperatures to drop into the 20s in Minny this weekend and there are snow showers possible Friday, Saturday and Sunday. Hopefully the Yankees can get home field advantage again in 2010, just to be safe in case they have to play the Twins.

  37. haiku-man October 6th, 2009 at 12:59 pm

    http://www.riveraveblues.com

    Has two great articles Oct 5th: Jesus Montero( only 19 until Nov)not only considered the #1 prospect,but the next farm raised Jeter.

    Article Oct 6th: Should the Yankees bring Kevin Towers to the Yankees.
    He was the longest tenured GM in the game,recently let go by the Padres,and a good friend of Cashman.He could help in the front office,7 seven team have interest,including the Mutts.

  38. Erica - always OPPC October 6th, 2009 at 1:00 pm

    I think Sam enjoys my countdown updates :-)

  39. g October 6th, 2009 at 1:02 pm

    Posted this on last topic.
    Yankees.com 2 tickets in batters eye seats (top of mohegan). $131 a piece. Available on the site right now

  40. m October 6th, 2009 at 1:03 pm

    Andrew,

    LOL. I have no perspective at all. Record low where I live is probably 52 degrees or something.

    But that’s some craziness.

    I could see this happening, though. Wouldn’t it be a hoot if they had to play some postseason games in the dome because it was too wet and cold to play outdoores?

    Who’s Ben Walker? Had a column in my paper today. Picked Cards over Angels.

    It’ll be interesting to see what the experts predict at espn.com. They’re probably waiting for the play-in to be completed before releasing them.

  41. betsy October 6th, 2009 at 1:03 pm

    GLove, I agree………and I agree with Randy that Joe made a serious mistake in having Molina catch Burnett for the last few starts.

    The weather for tomorrow is looking lousy, but hopefully they’ll get the game in..

  42. betsy October 6th, 2009 at 1:04 pm

    Montero as the next Jeter? I think I’ll wait until he plays a few games in the big leagues first.

    I was thinking Towers to the Yankees when I first heard he got fired, but why would he do that? He will definitely get another GM job.

  43. trisha - OPPC lifetime member and a believer in baseball karma October 6th, 2009 at 1:05 pm

    Jeers well I actually have some things going on that make it impossible for me to sit just anywhere. I am claustrophic and I think that’s my problem sitting behind the net. I did it once and absolutely hated it. I have a problem with heights and unfortunately didn’t figure it out until the last game of last season when I went to sit in my Tier level seats and nearly passed out. I had to have my ex actually take my arm and walk me down to the concourse. Only because I found a guy who was willing to trade tickets did I end up with a seat! (First row, bleachers, right behind the Yanks bullpen, and I loved it!)

    So I can really only sit in certain places.

  44. Mark in Tampa October 6th, 2009 at 1:06 pm

    Luckily, Minnesota doesn’t play past the first week of October.

    m,
    where do you live that it never goes below 50?

  45. Erica - always OPPC October 6th, 2009 at 1:07 pm

    NYY626-

    Could your ears stand it if you listened to those two songs over and over again throughout the playoffs?

  46. Lori October 6th, 2009 at 1:07 pm

    Jennifer – Tyler Kepner tweeted it a litte while ago. But I am so looking forward for THOSE pictures!

    Going on Friday – can’t wait.

  47. haiku-man October 6th, 2009 at 1:07 pm

    Wow Pete said “he covered the dreaded Yankees”,in an “oddly named blog called Lohud.”

    May be he’s ill today……wow.

  48. betsy October 6th, 2009 at 1:08 pm

    I hate the Angels because I’m sick of hearing how the Yankees can’t beat them, but the Sox make me sick to my stomach. I want the Sox to lose almost as much as I want the Yankees to win.

  49. m October 6th, 2009 at 1:08 pm

    Mark,

    The 50th State.

  50. Jeter's Edge - Pete, we need registered names and an edit button! October 6th, 2009 at 1:08 pm

    Anyone have a direct link to Pete’s new blog? I’m a moron and can’t find it. Either that, or i just really hate looking at a redsox page at all!

  51. Wolf In Pinstripes October 6th, 2009 at 1:10 pm

    I think it’s a universal feeling among us Yankee fans right now, Erin. 8^)

    I may even buy a new remote for the tv and wrap it so I have something to open before the first pitch.

    In all seriousness, Yankee fans have to be feeling the best we have in a few years of our chances heading into the playoffs. Anything can happen in a short series, but with all the walkoffs and come from behind victories this year, we can be confident in the tools we have to get the job done. The days of the Sheffield first base experiments and batting ARod in the 8 spot are long gone. (Amen)

  52. Lori October 6th, 2009 at 1:10 pm

    Edge: http://www.boston.com/sports/b.....rom_8.html

  53. xoxo October 6th, 2009 at 1:10 pm

    An early game means they can beat the rain!

  54. trisha - OPPC lifetime member and a believer in baseball karma October 6th, 2009 at 1:11 pm

    Randy, that would be better stated if you said I agreed that I never said it, rather than I “admitted”. Admitted sounds like I was making some kind of otherwise concession, which of course I was not.

    Also, I guess I feel pretty perspicacious for having “started the whole thing” since it seems to have turned out to be an idea whose time had come!

    ;)

  55. Ed H. October 6th, 2009 at 1:11 pm

    Calm down, folks. Pete calling the Yankees “dreaded” is a compliment. I would call the Red Sox “despised,” not dreaded.

  56. Mark in Tampa October 6th, 2009 at 1:11 pm

    And I thought you were just an insomniac! :)

  57. m October 6th, 2009 at 1:12 pm

    It’ll be interesting to see if the Boston paper (Pete) will allow Yankee baseball fans discuss baseball on their site.

    LoHud (Pete) allowed some of the vilest creatures to come here and post, as long as they followed the TOS. Even though they often didn’t.

  58. NYY626 October 6th, 2009 at 1:12 pm

    Erica – always OPPC
    October 6th, 2009 at 1:07 pm
    NYY626-

    Could your ears stand it if you listened to those two songs over and over again throughout the playoffs?
    ____________________________________________________________
    I don’t know lol. But it worked so now I’m superstitiuous about it! I have to try it again tomorrow. Maybe I’ll add Empire State of Mind into the mix now as a tribute to the Captain…

  59. Mark in Tampa October 6th, 2009 at 1:12 pm

    Ed H,

    My thoughts exactly.

  60. Lori October 6th, 2009 at 1:12 pm

    Did you see Josh’s tweet: “Rivera just said the Yankees are going to play tomorrow. You can forget about Thursday. – Josh”

  61. tk October 6th, 2009 at 1:13 pm

    “so if molina is not a better overall catcher than posada , why the huge argument?

    the answer is really simply that molina has caught burnett a lot.”

    randy l.,
    In particular, I think the games A.J. pitched on the road against BAL and BOS (w/ Posada catching) have left a negative impression on people & have skewed the whole “catcher ERA” thing. In those 4 games, A.J. has an ERA of 13, 4HR/9, 6K/9, and 6BB/9. Outside of those games, Posada has caught Burnett 12 times–80 IP, 28ER, 3.15ERA, .56 HR/9, 3.8BB/9.

  62. Jennifer October 6th, 2009 at 1:13 pm

    Lori- I think it was Mark who let the cat out of the bag on Sunday. Said something about playing Wednesday.

  63. Mark in Tampa October 6th, 2009 at 1:14 pm

    The Posada-Molina debate may be tedious, the wait for Game 1 may be interminable, but it is 100% better than what we were doing at this time last year!

  64. Lori October 6th, 2009 at 1:15 pm

    Well, yeah, I think we all assumed they would. ESPECIALLY after the play-in game today. But it is great to get some level of confirmation, no? One less day to have to wait for some play-off baseball at the Stadium!

    All of this talk about “Christmas-time in the Bronx” just fuels that old cliche – you don’t appreciate anything until it is gone.

  65. trisha - OPPC lifetime member and a believer in baseball karma October 6th, 2009 at 1:15 pm

    Bets, if you can acknowledge that Girardi knows more than all of us put together, then you have to understand that he knows what’s best for the team. None of us have had privilege to anything that goes on behind the scenes, including internal conversations!

    If Girardi uses Posada behind the plate when AJ pitches, no matter how it turns out I have to go into it believing Girardi knows what he’s doing – which he does. Win, lose, or draw, he wants the Yankees to win the world series and is going to do whatever he thinks will make that happen.

    I make it a habit not to second guess once an event takes place because there is never any way of knowing how things would have turned out with a different scenario.

    Trust and believe. Girardi’s managing got us to 103. Nobody else’s and certainly nobody’s here!

    :)

  66. Andrew GTLU Bronze Medalist October 6th, 2009 at 1:16 pm

    Seems like “which series will the Yankees pick?” is the worst-kept secret going.

    And, yes the Twins rarely play past the first week of October (I assume that’s a reference to them being either not in the playoffs or bounced in round 1), but Minnesota is now looking at potentially 2 months of the season (April, October) where freezing cold and snow could play a role in games, as a result of their new stadium next year. Should be interesting. I would hate to be a hitter and get jammed during any games in those months at the new Twins ballpark in the future.

  67. trisha - OPPC lifetime member and a believer in baseball karma October 6th, 2009 at 1:17 pm

    I admit I didn’t particularly like the use of the word “dreaded” either. It almost seemed like a slam.

    Oh well.

  68. 100 pitches of fun... October 6th, 2009 at 1:18 pm

    Bring on the tired team tomorrow!! I hope today’s game is a close game not a blow out, so both teams have to use the back of their bullpen and closers. Even though it doesn’t mean much for the Tigers because their bullpen is terrible besides their set up man.

  69. m October 6th, 2009 at 1:18 pm

    trisha,

    Saw your post.

    And is that you? lawlady67 or something like that?

  70. Lori October 6th, 2009 at 1:18 pm

    Andrew – I have colleagues in Minneapolis whose office building looks right down into the new stadium through the outfield. On those cold days and nights in April and October, their conference rooms will be the best seats in the house!

  71. Bronx Jeers October 6th, 2009 at 1:19 pm

    “I am claustrophic and I think that’s my problem sitting behind the net. I did it once and absolutely hated it.”

    Maybe in a previous life you were a codfish. :wink:

    Pete @ Extra Bases:

    “Here we are at Logan Airport waiting for a flight to Orange County. Unfortunately it is via Minneapolis as that greatly increases the odds of running into a liquored-up Miguel Cabrera.”

    I’ll miss stuff like this the most.

  72. Erin October 6th, 2009 at 1:19 pm

    Wolf-I completely agree. And I think you should wrap your remote to open tomorrow morning!!!

  73. hawaii says hello October 6th, 2009 at 1:20 pm

    50 th state Hawaii,book’em Dano!

  74. Mark in Tampa October 6th, 2009 at 1:21 pm

    “if you can acknowledge that Girardi knows more than all of us put together, then you have to understand that he knows what’s best for the team”

    Trisha,

    I used to assume that from team officials, until I heard Steve Phillips and Jim Bowden say things on TV that would sound dumb even coming from novice fans. That said, I wouldn’t put Girardi in that category, I do believe he knows what he is doing 100%.

  75. m October 6th, 2009 at 1:22 pm

    trisha,

    Sorry. Meant I saw your post addressed to me here. And I saw someone welcoming Pete with the lawlady handle.

    Can you believe someone took NickInSF? I see a lot of familiar people, but not familiar names, if that makes sense.

  76. Joe October 6th, 2009 at 1:22 pm

    Whoever had the idea to not make the new Twins Park(Target Field) without a restractable roof should be fired. Imagine if they go to a world series and paly into late October or who knows early November. They could be playing in 20 degrees weather… I’m sure the outfielders will love that.

  77. Erica - always OPPC October 6th, 2009 at 1:23 pm

    NYY626-

    Don’t forget Godzilla by Blue Oyster Cult.

    And maybe “I Wanna Rock” By Twister Sister

    See- now you have a whole Yankee playlist :-)

  78. Mark in Tampa October 6th, 2009 at 1:25 pm

    Is there also going to be a new Vikings stadium, or will they share the new place?

  79. Andrew GTLU Bronze Medalist October 6th, 2009 at 1:27 pm

    Mark I think the Vikings are just keeping the Metrodome for now.

  80. Lori October 6th, 2009 at 1:28 pm

    Looks like the Posada-Molina debate has been settled. Per the Star Ledger: “Molina is catching AJ; Girardi told Jorge on Sunday –Carig”

  81. Lori October 6th, 2009 at 1:29 pm

    From Tyler: posada says Molina will catch Burnett. “It’s not like I didnt see it coming,” he said.

    From Bryan: Posada says Molina will catch AJ Burnett. Says he saw it coming.

  82. Joe October 6th, 2009 at 1:30 pm

    Hey Sam, if we do end up playing the Tigers. I will be delighted to see some Cabrera(booze) sarcasm in the blog. Im sure we will all love it lol.

  83. no.27 October 6th, 2009 at 1:30 pm

    I think people are underestimating the offensive difference between Posada and Molina. The difference in their OPS would be similar to replacing Mark Teixeira with Yunieski Betancourt. The drop off is ridiculous.

    I will not argue that at this point in the season Burnett is probably more comfortable pitching to Molina. My argument is that it was Burnett, Posada, and Girardi’s job to get this straightened out. There’s a reason they play 162 games, and there’s no excuse to finish the season with a problem like this.

    AJ Burnett is not some rookie that should need to be coddled. He’s a veteran pitcher that just signed a big contract. The truth is, everyone said that as long as he stayed healthy, it would be a good contract. That hasn’t been the case. The guy has pitched like a good #3 starter but he may be handcuffing the Yankees to the point where they can’t use one of the biggest advantages in the lineup. 33 games should be enough to get them on the same page. None of the other starters have this issue, so that leaves AJ to blame.

  84. Shame Spencer October 6th, 2009 at 1:32 pm

    Geez, is there ANYTHING WORSE than waiting for the playoffs to start??? I’m telling you, at this time tomorrow I’ll be reloading this blog every minute just to distract myself from all the other crap that seems to get in the way of my life as a baseball fan.

    I really dont know how I’ll survive the next 30 hours..I swear last night I had a dream about Nick Swisher’s hair cut – its that bad!

  85. MikeBoston October 6th, 2009 at 1:33 pm

    Joe, you can be sure it wasn’t someone’s “decision” not to make it retractable. It was a $ decision pure and simple. I believe it was a mostly publicly funded stadium which meant they took the cheapest way out. Think about it for a second, why in the world would they not want that option if $ weren’t an issue.

    Old schoolers out there would say “but they played outdoors there before the Metreodome.” I say who cares, that is insanity and there will be plenty of snow dates to come, but whatever, it’s not our home stadium so f them.

  86. #500 October 6th, 2009 at 1:34 pm

    I just read that quote from Suzyn about AJ waiting for the game to finish and hugging Molina.

    awww…. nice to see how together the players are.

  87. m October 6th, 2009 at 1:34 pm

    Shame Spencer,

    Yes, there is. How about waiting for the playoffs to start, but your team’s not in it. :)

  88. 100 pitches of fun... October 6th, 2009 at 1:34 pm

    I am sure Girardi and Cashmoney thought long and hard about who should catch AJ and since they came up with Molina you have to trust them. I didn’t like it but if he pitches good then obviously everyone will be ok with it. But I will guarantee that Molina will come up in a big spot..like he always does. I can picture it right now bases loaded no one out, Molina swings at the 1st pitch and the home to 1st double play. Everyone knows it is going to happen.

  89. Christina- Pics of the Old Stadium.. so depressing October 6th, 2009 at 1:34 pm

    In addition, I want to assume the slam at LoHud wasn’t a big thing. Coming from someone who doesn’t read this actual paper, I had though the paper at first was claled LoHud something…

    The fact their website is LoHud when their paper is The Journal News is a little odd. It would be like my local paper the Albany Times-Union having a website called CapRegion.com. However, timesunion.com works just well and makes sense.

  90. Rocco October 6th, 2009 at 1:35 pm

    m is the voice of reason during this Molina/AJ/Jorge argument…

  91. MG October 6th, 2009 at 1:35 pm

    Randy, excellent summary, thanks. We’re on the same page regarding this. It’s Girardi’s decision, whatever he decides is fine with me. I just find it interesting how this discussion has evolved from ‘Posada is awful behind the plate’, as it was for most of the season, to the current position by many that ‘let Molina catch AJ’.

  92. gregore October 6th, 2009 at 1:36 pm

    I think some of you folks are being too sensitive to Pete’s comment in his new blog. The word dreaded means feared. Pete is a smart guy. And diplomatic about his words. He is a writer after all. If anything I would be more upset about his word choice if I was a Red Sox Fan.

  93. randy l. October 6th, 2009 at 1:36 pm

    “Randy, that would be better stated if you said I agreed that I never said it, rather than I “admitted”. Admitted sounds like I was making some kind of otherwise concession, which of course I was not.
    Also, I guess I feel pretty perspicacious for having “started the whole thing” since it seems to have turned out to be an idea whose time had come!”

    trisha-

    yes i admit “agree” is a better word than “admit” . :)
    .
    ..but i’m not an attorney like you are so i’m just doing my best to keep up with you with my limited mental resources .

    “perspicacious” ?

    Main Entry: per·spi·ca·cious
    Pronunciation: \?p?r-sp?-?k?-sh?s\
    Function: adjective
    Etymology: Latin perspicac-, perspicax, from perspicere
    Date: 1640
    : of acute mental vision or discernment : keen
    synonyms see shrewd

    ahh, i see.
    but the problem with you patting yourself on the back is that you agree posada is a better overall catcher than molina .

    it is not a good situation that the back up catcher who can’t hit has to catch burnett because burnett has gotten used to him.

    i have no idea what you’re thinking you have acute mental vision about .

    having to start molina is a problem and not a good thing.

    i guarantee the yankees won’t let it happen again next year.

    hopefully they get away with it this time.

    that we both agree on.

  94. Erica - always OPPC October 6th, 2009 at 1:36 pm

    :arrow:

  95. Walton October 6th, 2009 at 1:36 pm

    A-ROD better step up for the playoffs… if he hits .150 again this year, I am going to be ticked. He better perform and he better perform right away.

  96. MT October 6th, 2009 at 1:40 pm

    This one is on AJ, not the manager and not Posada. The guy couldn’t get out of his own head and now the circular lineup is no longer circular — it’s a darn horseshoe.

    Honestly, he helped team chemistry with pie and hurt it with pitching – how ironic.

    Having said all that, I want him to succeed in a very big way. He’ll never be my favorite because I think he’s weak… but he wears the pinstripes. So go AJ and Molina.

  97. MikeBoston October 6th, 2009 at 1:40 pm

    I want Matsui and Jorgie in every game just like everybody else, trust me. That being said you can’t discount AJ’s comfort level, he is the key to the series and if he puts zero’s up for 7 innings who cares about Molina’s bat. Plus you have to give him the benefit of the doubt to at least be a professional hitter and not hit into a dp and move the runners over. He will most likely be only given 3 AB’s (any more that means AJ’s doing very well) and with Cervelli on the roster there is more flexibility for pinch hitting options should Jorgie be the DH and not Matsui.

    Let’s give this 1 game before we kill them for making the decision. We all know pitching is what counts and AJ needs to be as comfortable as possible, it’s really as simple as that.

  98. m October 6th, 2009 at 1:42 pm

    Neither trisha nor I said that “Posada is awful behind the plate”.

    I think both of said that Jorge can’t catch every game in a 162 game season. He’s going to need some burn, so why not hook him up with AJ?

    There were some who said some not nice things about Posada, but they’re neither here nor there since then.

    I think that AJ’s hook is difficult to catch, similar to Wakefield. Why not give him the backstop that allows him to throw it without worry?

    And for the record, I would be fine with an AJ/Jorge battery always and forever.

  99. randy l. October 6th, 2009 at 1:49 pm

    ” I think the games A.J. pitched on the road against BAL and BOS (w/ Posada catching) have left a negative impression on people & have skewed the whole “catcher ERA” thing. In those 4 games, A.J. has an ERA of 13, 4HR/9, 6K/9, and 6BB/9. Outside of those games, Posada has caught Burnett 12 times–80 IP, 28ER, 3.15ERA, .56 HR/9, 3.8BB/9. ”

    tk-

    good numbers for some perspective.

  100. Doreen October 6th, 2009 at 1:50 pm

    Can’t wait for tomorrow evening. And I am looking forward to watching the play-in and not really worrying too much who wins. :)

    I read Pete’s “gate” post. Sigh. Well, I guess the Yankees are “dreaded” up there, aren’t they? But the I don’t think this blog was “oddly named,” unless one thinks that naming a blog after the paper that sponsors it rather than a cutsie nickname like “Pinstripe Postings” is less odd.

    Pete’s moved on and his new audience consists Red Sox fans. The gig changes.

  101. saucY October 6th, 2009 at 1:54 pm

    it looks beautiful :cry:

  102. randy l. October 6th, 2009 at 1:55 pm

    “I think both of said that Jorge can’t catch every game in a 162 game season. He’s going to need some burn, so why not hook him up with AJ?”

    m-

    that’s why i said he should have caught the fifth starter or joba during the season.

    the yankees don’t need the back up catcher giving the starter a rest in the playoffs.

    do you think redmond is going to give mauer a rest in the playoffs?

    not going to happen, but redmond will catch 20% of the games during the season.

    molina and burnett should never have been allowed to become paired with each other because it was known burnett would be the #2 starter.

    i just don’t think the yankees realized how maintenance aj burnett is.

    next year as gb7 , they’ll get burnett used to posada so this doesn’t happen again.


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