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Today in The Journal News

Posted by: Sam Borden - Posted in Misc on Oct 08, 2009 Print This Post Print This Post | Email This Post Email This Post

CC Sabathia pitched, Derek Jeter hit and the Yankees won the first postseason game at new Yankee Stadium last night. Chad Jennings has the story for us.

My column is about how Alex Rodriguez exorcised some demons by finally delivering a postseason RBI. Hard to believe, but A-Rod’s postseason drought with men on base started five years and 17 games ago. Last night was a big weight lifted for him.

Hideki Matsui blew the game open with a monstrous two-run homer and it was a nice change of pace for him, too; he’d been 15-of-64 in the postseason since Game 4 of the ’04 ALCS. Josh Thomson has that story.

The Twins had a grueling 24-hour stretch end with defeat. This notebook also has news on a (very brief) relief appearance from Joba Chamberlain, a decision on the Twins Game 3 starter (Carl Pavano!), the make-up of the Yankees series roster and a milestone for Jeter.

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I wrote it last night but it bears repeating: You all have been amazing the past two days. The amount of participation on Tuesday – when there was no game – was overwhelming and yesterday was simply fantastic. Chad, Josh and I are going to keep doing what we can to make this the No. 1 stop for Yankees fans and we truly appreciate all your support.

The Twins are not working out today – they could use the sleep – but Ron Gardenhire and a few players will be speaking to the media later this morning. Josh will be there and will blog any news and notes. The Yankees then have a workout starting a little after 1 p.m. and Chad and I will be in the house for that. Keep checking back for updates all day.

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145 Responses to “Today in The Journal News”

  1. Tyler October 8th, 2009 at 8:22 am

    Keep up the great work Sam. You and the rest of the crew are doing a fantastic job!

  2. NYYROC October 8th, 2009 at 8:22 am

    A big thanks to the “3 Amigos” for your coverage. That is why fans keep coming back to this site. Chad.. good one: “Not a lot of Jay-Z sightings in Scranton.” LOL!

  3. Betsy October 8th, 2009 at 8:26 am

    I love Po, but he looked awful behind the plate yesterday – lost, actually. He can’t pull that again – that could cost us a game.

    Michael Kay said on the pre-game show that AJ did not ask for Posada – that he was fine pitching to either Molina or Posada (and had actually asked to keep pitching to Jorge during gthe season). If this is true and Joe really did make the decision all by himself, with no input (I never thought AJ went to Joe) or any vibes from AJ, then AJ is taking a hit that Joe should be taking.

  4. Doreen October 8th, 2009 at 8:28 am

    Sam, Chad & Josh -

    You guys have been terrific. I actually like that there’s more than one person, more than one take on things. Looking forward to you guys bringing all there is to know to this little piece of the blogosphere.

    When did they decide on Pavano? The paper this morning still had TBA. Must have been late after the game. It somehow irks me that he can talk about having been there before, having beaten the Yankees in the post-season, given the 4 years in between. Part of me is sympathetic – I mean, is there really an athlete that exists who would rather sit injured than play? But the other part of me can’t help but see how other players played through some tough injuries (perhaps unwisely). He seems to be a “me” player rather than a “team” player, but what do I know? I know he’s had two decent starts against the Yankees this season. I’m hoping that the 3rd time around, the Yankees have his number (well, 4th if you count 2003).

    Also, I believe Matsui needs to be in the discussions of who is on this team next season. The question is, is there anyone better out there? I say, no. But it’s premature – there’s work to be done still in 2009, right? :)

  5. Betsy October 8th, 2009 at 8:29 am

    Sam, you, Chad and Josh have done a fantastic job – thank you to you all! This place has truly not skipped a beat.

  6. sgolden600 October 8th, 2009 at 8:33 am

    Sam:

    You, Josh and Chad have been doing an awesome job. I was afraid with Pete leaving but dare I say, this is even better! Keep up the great work.

  7. GreenBeret7 October 8th, 2009 at 8:34 am

    Gardenhire made the Pavano announcement in his post game interview.

  8. Mark in Tampa October 8th, 2009 at 8:35 am

    I’m getting tired of all the Twins are exhausted crap. They had an off day on Monday with no travel. Their game was over around 9:30 on Tuesday. Big Deal. How many getaway games did the Yanks have to play at night this year because teams like the Twins don’t want to sacrifice the revenue by playing a day game?

    Yes, they had a very emotional week, but physically they are doing the same things ballplayers do for 6 months. Enough with the excuses.

  9. zmaster October 8th, 2009 at 8:38 am

    Pete who???!!! U Guys r doing an amazing job!!

  10. Mark in Tampa October 8th, 2009 at 8:39 am

    I am also getting tired of hearing just about every broadcaster say that the Yanks are 7-0 against the Twins, BUT, 3 of those were walkoff wins, like those don’t really count. Have I missed a rule change that says walkoff wins are actually victories for the other team?

  11. Doreen October 8th, 2009 at 8:40 am

    GB7 -

    Thanks re: Pavano.

    Pel -

    Thanks, re: CMW in photo.

    Patrick -

    With respect to your post in the prior thread about Posada. The “hate” (for lack of a better word at 8:30-ish in the morning) for Posada is especially surprising (and upsetting to me) in light of all the comments last year about how much the team missed his fire, and that his absence had a lot to do with them not being in the playoffs, and how while Derek Jeter may be the named Captain, Posada is right there beside him, and they need his “in-your-face” (when necessary) attitude. I really don’t understand how the anti-Posada movement got so much momentum. I really don’t. (And I know I may be overstating to some degree, but it does come across this way at times.)

    As for Mauer scoring on the passed ball, he said he thought Mauer had already down the line enough to score as he went for the ball. But, still, he should have hustled on that play. I love Posada, but a mistake is a mistake, and that was a mistake. Thank goodness it wasn’t costly in the long run.

  12. jennifer October 8th, 2009 at 8:44 am

    If Pavano relishes in the chance to defeat the Yankees. He knows full well that the Yankees relish at chance to bash his head in and end the Twins post season right after it began!

  13. upstate kate October 8th, 2009 at 8:45 am

    Mark-
    I saw a pre-game w/ Mauer, he didn’t think tiredness would be a problem. Jeter was asked about it too, he said he didn’t think that would be a factor b/c its the play offs. I am sure most of us have had late nights, it is usually the day after that it hits you, and they have today off. So I am not buying being tired as an excuse. Having to go w/ your 4th best pitcher however is another story, which is the benefit of clinching early.

  14. Kevin October 8th, 2009 at 8:47 am

    You guys are doing a very great job. Keep up the great work and keep the blog posts coming.

  15. Paco Dooley October 8th, 2009 at 8:48 am

    I’m thrilled that the life on the LoHud Yankess blog hasn’t missed a beat after Pete left. I still miss Pete, but I’ll remain a loyal reader now that I see that things will be ok!

    Glad to see Joba and Hughes get into last night’s game and perform as expected. I haven’t felt this good about a postseason appearance since ’99 or so (maybe ’98).

  16. jennifer October 8th, 2009 at 8:49 am

    Mark in Tampa October 8th, 2009 at 8:35 am

    I’m getting tired of all the Twins are exhausted crap. They had an off day on Monday with no travel. Their game was over around 9:30 on Tuesday. Big Deal. How many getaway games did the Yanks have to play at night this year because teams like the Twins don’t want to sacrifice the revenue by playing a day game?

    Yes, they had a very emotional week, but physically they are doing the same things ballplayers do for 6 months. Enough with the excuses.

    *******

    YOu are right, I forgot they had a day off Monday. Plus their game on Sunday ended at what 5pm? So in effect they had 2 full days off. It is just a poor excuse for playing like garbage.

  17. Philly P October 8th, 2009 at 8:50 am

    The three of you are doing a fantastic job with this blog. With Pete leaving I had no idea what was going to happen, but you guys have been more than anyone could have asked for. I am really liking the multiple bloggers, it gives it more life and more perspective’s. Keep up the great work.

  18. Fran (the original) and OPPC member October 8th, 2009 at 8:50 am

    I echo the sentiments of all of you thanking Chad, Sam and Josh.

    Doreen,
    The Posada complaining is amazing to me. Last night I watched “Sports on 1″ which is a nightly call-in sportstalk show on Time Warner TV from 11:30-12:30AM. The host was amazed last night because so many callers were complaining about Jorge. The Yankees won. Focus on the positive.

  19. upstate kate October 8th, 2009 at 8:52 am

    Pavano always seemed so fragile when he was w/ the Yankees. If I am remembering correctly, the last game he pitched for us he came out of the game early. Yet he pitched on 3 days rest to get the Twins to the post season. I think that is what Yankee fans find so frustrating, it felt as if he never gave his best effort.

  20. Imback October 8th, 2009 at 8:57 am

    Posada has consistently dogged it his whole career. He FORGETS rhe count! How can you know what pitch to throw. I doubt he spends time in the video room either. You think mamacita posada let’s him put in the extra two hrs a day? As for offense? Anyone recall the clutch double play. He hit in Cleveland? How great he was in Detroit? Or vs the angels? Speaking of angels…. Won’t it be great to have his stellar arm keeping them off the paths?

  21. jennifer October 8th, 2009 at 8:57 am

    Fran on Newsdays site they have the entire quote. It isn’t as bad as people are making it out to be.

  22. Jones October 8th, 2009 at 8:57 am

    Posada is an asset we know.However he seems to be a thorn in the pitcher’s side.Maybe this is a reason it’s been so long to get to the 27th win.
    —————————————————-
    That is such a ridiculous comment in so many ways.
    One person doesn’t make a team.
    You win as a team & you lose as a team.

  23. jennifer October 8th, 2009 at 8:58 am

    Yep the Yankees never won a world series with Posada behind the plate. COME ON WHERE THE HECK ARE YOU PEOPLE COMING UP WITH THIS NONSENSE?!

  24. Doreen October 8th, 2009 at 9:00 am

    upstate kate -

    I think pavano & the Yankees was just a bad marriage from the start. Too bad it had to last 4 years – darn those guaranteed contracts. He was injured, so they couldn’t even trade him – no choice but to carry the contract and let the guy rehab on their dime. Some of the injuries were understandable, some (the bruised tush) just leaves people scratching their heads. Even people like me who tend to like to give the benefit of the doubt.

  25. GreenBeret7 October 8th, 2009 at 9:01 am

    Imback
    October 8th, 2009 at 8:57 am
    Posada has consistently dogged it his whole career. He FORGETS rhe count! How can you know what pitch to throw. I doubt he spends time in the video room either. You think mamacita posada let’s him put in the extra two hrs a day? As for offense? Anyone recall the clutch double play. He hit in Cleveland? How great he was in Detroit? Or vs the angels? Speaking of angels…. Won’t it be great to have his stellar arm keeping them off the paths?

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    Seems to be a little too early to be trolling and acting stupid on a sports board.

  26. Imback October 8th, 2009 at 9:01 am

    The catcher has the most impact by far of any position player in today’s game. They have to either be extreme students of the game or have an ego that allows them to submit to the pitcher or manager to call the game bc they have studied the matchups. Posada is NOT a student of the game. Posada IS lazy. Posada will NOT put his ego aside. He has a TERRIBLE arm. He does NOT frame pitches well.

  27. CB October 8th, 2009 at 9:01 am

    Sam, Chad and Josh,

    You guys are doing an excellent job. You’ve handled the transition very well and done a strong all around job.

    In many ways, it was probably fortunate for the blog itself that Pete left before the post season started rather than after the season completed. It gives you guys an opportune time to maintain and develop the community here.

  28. jennifer October 8th, 2009 at 9:03 am

    Imback

    So genius, who has thrown out more runners this year, Jorge or Jose?

  29. Imback October 8th, 2009 at 9:03 am

    GB7- it’s never too early for you to make a comment without actually refuting the facts. Maybe your allegiance to posada has more to do with your empathy for an old person past their prime struggling to keep up with everyone else?

  30. jennifer October 8th, 2009 at 9:03 am

    Oh and do you know that sometimes, just sometimes the runner steals off the pitcher?

  31. jennifer October 8th, 2009 at 9:04 am

    Past his prime? Keep digging your hole. Name 5 catchers you’d take ahead of Jorge.

  32. Imback October 8th, 2009 at 9:04 am

    Jennifer – genius. Probably the person that played three times as many games. Any more riddles moron?

  33. MR.OCTOBER October 8th, 2009 at 9:05 am

    GREAT JOB GUYS! KEEP UP THE GOOD WORK! 10 TO GO!

  34. GreenBeret7 October 8th, 2009 at 9:05 am

    For all of the BS about how great Molina’s arm is and how Posada can’t throw, they both have a 28% success rate in throwing out runners.

  35. jennifer October 8th, 2009 at 9:05 am

    I”m talking percentages. Who has thrown out more potential stealers. I’m waiting, go ahead look it up.

  36. jennifer October 8th, 2009 at 9:06 am

    Green- Thanks for ruining it. I’m trying to teach the kid something before his class starts. :P

  37. Imback October 8th, 2009 at 9:06 am

    Jennifer – all three molinas. Mauer. Cervelli. Laird. Martin.

  38. Doreen October 8th, 2009 at 9:07 am

    GB7 -

    Why bother responding to Imback? You can’t reason with people who make blanket statements like that. Best to ignore it, I think. Less aggravating that way. Just sigh, shake your head and move on. Because a response only encourages and prolongs the “conversation.”

  39. SJ44 October 8th, 2009 at 9:07 am

    Posada consistently “dogs it” his entire career?

    Isn’t school in session. These idiotic comments are usually reserved for summer when the children are here whining all day.

    When your baseball IQ can actually reach double digits, perhaps you will see just how stupid that statement is.

    Re: the coverage…..

    Its been terrific. Really first rate stuff.

    I also think its neat to have a newcomer (Chad) on the scene. He gets a chance to offer a fresh perspective on things since he hasn’t been around the NY scene during his career.

    I think sometimes we all get a little jaded being around the NY sports scene so much. I know I do in my business and you tend to miss some things you shouldn’t miss.

    The coverage has been absolutely first rate. I hope the Journal News appreciates what you guys are doing with the blog.

  40. S.A.--Now the real fun begins October 8th, 2009 at 9:07 am

    We won a playoff game. Good times.

    This Posada hateraid that is going on is getting out of control around here(and elsewhere). My god STOP

  41. jennifer October 8th, 2009 at 9:08 am

    haha you want a .212 to be your starting catcher. That is so funny.

  42. Paul October 8th, 2009 at 9:08 am

    RE no workout for the Twinkies today:
    YA SNOOZE, YA LOSE!
    RE Karl Pavano
    Bring it on!

  43. Jones October 8th, 2009 at 9:09 am

    Imback,

    Man, just stop, you’re making yourself look silly.

  44. S.A.--Now the real fun begins October 8th, 2009 at 9:10 am

    Also:
    Sam, Chad and Josh-great by job you guys with the yankees coverage. Outstanding! :)

  45. Tom in N.J. October 8th, 2009 at 9:10 am

    Kay’s on ‘Mike and Mike’.

    He spoke to A.J. and A.J. said “When I pitch well it’s not the catcher and when I pitch poorly it’s not the catcher-it’s on me.” Said he and Jorge have no issues and the decision to play Molina was Girardi’s. A.J. said he has no problem pitching to Jorge.

  46. Imback October 8th, 2009 at 9:10 am

    I didn’t realize they were tied. I would posit that if you think that posada has as good an arm as Molina than you can’t be argued with. Now what about osada forgetting count, not hustling or hitting in playoffs last few years? And Jennifer the only thing you teach anyone is how not to end up a lonely pathetic hag trolling for male companomship on a sports blog as a tip you got to meet guys from dear Abby.

  47. MT October 8th, 2009 at 9:10 am

    When I see ‘mamacita’ in the Imback posts, I realize what his problem is. It’s deeper than a dislike for Posada… go away.

    The Posada stuff started out as silly, but now it has a mean spiritedness to it that is just so unfair. Tough to read, that’s for sure.

  48. jennifer October 8th, 2009 at 9:11 am

    You guys are right, why bother replying. And why are we even talking about it. We are 1-0 going against Blackburn on Friday. That is what we should talk about.

  49. SJ44 October 8th, 2009 at 9:11 am

    The good part of yesterday’s game was it was “demon busting” for the Yankees.

    No more talk of CC not being “able to pitch in October”.

    Arod was great. Two big hits, two solid plays in the field and, more importantly, smiling like crazy out there.

    That means he’s relaxed and when he is relaxed, he is locked in.

    The bullpen was outstanding and everybody is available Friday because of the off day.

    Its the kind of game that allows everybody to exhale and be even more relaxed in Game 2.

  50. Crawdaddy October 8th, 2009 at 9:12 am

    It’s funny how certain people forget about some of Arod’s playoff performances prior to 2005. He wore the Yankees out in 2000, but we conveniently forget that to fixate on his bad performances in 2005 and 2006. In 2004, he had an excellent series against the Twins and a pretty good series against the Red Sox until he went silent like the rest of the team those last three games. In 2007 he was better than Jeter against Cleveland, but of course, it became Arod’s fault that the Yankees got booted out.

    Some Yankee fans need to check Joe D, Berra and Mantle WS stats out because they would see some WS years in which those great players were terrible which is what can happen in a short series, especially when you’re facing really good pitching.

    Arod and Jeter are HOF players, one has produced often in the playoffs, the other has produced too, but less often, maybe because he has played in a lot less playoff games. Anyhow, even the great players will have poor playoff series as that is what happens in baseball as these players are human not robots, thus they go thru slumps. With that being said, don’t make the mistake in thinking that Arod can’t carry a team in a playoff series because he’s done it before and will most likely do so again, perhaps this year.

  51. Mark in Tampa October 8th, 2009 at 9:12 am

    Are we discusing the same Posada who was the catcher for 3 WS champions, 2 other AL champion teams, and the team that only missed the playoffs in the only year he spent time on the DL? That Posada? Or maybe the Posada who has hit more HRs than any Yankee catcher not named Yogi, or caught Mariano for most of his career, and Clemens in his Cy Young year?

    Jorge has his moments, for sure, but if you think he is problem, you need to look at some of the other catchers around the league. Don’t forget that the Yanks still had a chance last year until they traded for a future HOF catcher and everything went downhill. It isn’t quite as easy as it looks.

  52. Imback October 8th, 2009 at 9:12 am

    SJ44 talking about baseball knowledge? Same guy that wanted to trade cano? Bench swisher? Trade Hughes fir Santana? Get rid of arod? Yeah go ride your nephews coattails some more sinsei.

  53. Joekuh October 8th, 2009 at 9:12 am

    Its no wonder why certain posters dont get on here during the games. I’m sure yesterday was just a box of fun when we got down 2-0.

  54. MT October 8th, 2009 at 9:13 am

    Oooh – I think Imback just earned himself a BAN. Harassing a blogger is not cool.

  55. MT October 8th, 2009 at 9:14 am

    I meant poster not blogger.

  56. upstate kate October 8th, 2009 at 9:14 am

    the only year the Yankees haven’t made the post season in recent history is the year Posada was injured…not saying that was the only reason, but that cetainly contributed. It is easy to cherry pick statistics, but there are many players on this team who have hit into DPs, certainly not just Posada. And how do you know he is lazy, doesn’t review video etc etc. I don’t understand all the Posada hate.

  57. The Ghost October 8th, 2009 at 9:14 am

    GB7 wrote:

    For all of the BS about how great Molina’s arm is and how Posada can’t throw, they both have a 28% success rate in throwing out runners.

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    yeah but Burnett and Chamberlain are just horrible holding men on base so aren’t those numbers a little skewed for both catchers? Posada is an average to slightly above average arm but Molina has an excellent arm I don’t think anyone with eyes doubts that.

  58. Crawdaddy October 8th, 2009 at 9:16 am

    “yeah but Burnett and Chamberlain are just horrible holding men on base so aren’t those numbers a little skewed for both catchers? Posada is an average to slightly above average arm but Molina has an excellent arm I don’t think anyone with eyes doubts that.”

    Didn’t Posada still catch the majority of Burnett and Chamberlain’s starts?

  59. Imback October 8th, 2009 at 9:17 am

    Actually M T I was harassed first. But now I’m sure Jennifer and gb7 and sj44 are complaining as opposed to dealing with facts. Posada was a better catcher in the past bc he had pitchers that would throw what they wanted and not let him bully them. Also the team needed offense more in the late 90′s not like now. But please everyone ignore the facts and look at stats from a decade ago.

  60. Rebecca-Optimist Prime-Montero Fanaticus Primus October 8th, 2009 at 9:19 am

    Pictures from last night if anyone is interested:

    http://www.puristbleedspinstri.....hosts.html

  61. Imback October 8th, 2009 at 9:20 am

    Last year not making playoffs was 100% Wang going down and filling in with Radner and ponson. Kennedy and Hughes not getting us any victories at all. Those cost us the six games to get in. Not posada bring out. His amazing heart and all

  62. SJ44 October 8th, 2009 at 9:20 am

    For someone to whine about the catchers, and not even know their numbers this year, yes, you have no baseball IQ.

    Then again, you already that so, its not news.

    You got some attention before dodgeball. Now its time to join your other 4th graders in recess.

  63. Just call me Mr. Clutch October 8th, 2009 at 9:20 am

    The Twins are looking to make their excuses. They beat up on weaker teams to get into the post season, which is what they should do, but it was a battle for them in that play-in game.

    They probably got what they wanted, a post season berth, and hope that somehow they can scratch out the wins to get past the Yankees, but I don’t think they believe they are the better team.

    Jorge looked pretty poor at times last night. Then again, the Twins batters did too. CC makes some tough pitches. So does AJ. When they have good movement on the ball, it can be unhittable and apparently uncatchable.

    I think AJ is getting an unfair treatment about this whole Posada/Molina thing. I think this is Girardi trying something to help AJ, but it wasn’t spurred on by AJ asking for it. AJ is a pitcher who can be on, and shutdown a lineup, and who can as quickly lose it for an inning.

    I wonder if Posada gets AJ worked up a bit more when AJ goes through his yips, and if Molina, just due to his personality, keeps AJ a little more even keeled.

    If this experiment doesn’t work Posada will be brought in to catch. Girardi isn’t going to let AJ work his way through.

  64. upstate kate October 8th, 2009 at 9:21 am

    One of my favorite moments was when Arod caught that pop-up w/ 2 hands and then was laughing looking over at Jeter. He looks so much more relaxed this year.

  65. Mark in Tampa October 8th, 2009 at 9:21 am

    For what the legendary Molina defensive reputation is, I felt like he slipped a little this year. He hasn’t blocked balls in the dirt as good as he has in the past, and his throws have not been as precise as last year. Some of that is attributable to AJ and Joba not holding runners well and throwing lawn darts some of the time, but not all of it. He is somewhat better than Jorge defensively, but I don’t think it is a huge edge.

  66. The Ghost October 8th, 2009 at 9:22 am

    Crawdaddy, all Yankee hatred of Arod stems from the 2004 Red Sox series. No one cares how many hits you get when you can’t get the one big hit to win the series. He was dominant for 4 games when the team was cruising then was shut down for 3 when the team needed him to step up. A lot of people justifiably find that hard to forgive – mostly because it was against the most hated rival who went on to win their first WS in 86 years.

  67. Jones October 8th, 2009 at 9:23 am

    Imback,

    He’s 38 years old, yeah he isn’t the catcher he was in the past. But he still has some poise left. You also have to factor that the guy had an injury, which delayed his return.

  68. DT - OPPC member (blood type - Positive) October 8th, 2009 at 9:23 am

    Pel – if you are there, thanks for the audio!

    if anyone else missed Pel’s YES audio last night (I know I’m not the only one) – go back and check the 5:31 am post in the last thread!

  69. Doreen October 8th, 2009 at 9:23 am

    In light of the Yankees WIN last night, one would think we could have a day without the Posada/Molina debate. Just one day.

    But…

    It is fair to discuss the possibility that Posada’s skill set defensively is not as good as Molina’s, overall. It is fair to discuss the possibility that some pitchers are simply more comfortable with one catcher over another. It is ridiculous to debate Posada’s overall contribution to this team. He is not a terrible catcher. Does he have some bad games? Yeah. So has Molina, so has most everyone who ever played at any position. I can’t take the irrational negativity toward Posada. It’s really unnerving how there are people who have absolutely turned on him (fans, that is). Media just jumps on any hint of controversy – that is an unfortunate aspect of their jobs. But some fans seem to have very shot memories.

    Can’t we switch this conversation to something else? How CC seems to manage to shut the door like flipping a switch? How Jeter plays like he’s not going to be denied? How CMW was there, supporting his teammates? How Matsui seems to shine in the DH role (which not everyone is able to do)? How AJ has got to be so energized by the fact that he can just go out there and pitch a good game without the spectre of a loss following him to the mound on Friday? How the Yankees just don’t give up and they feed on each other’s success? How ARod just seems like a different player this year. His interviews make more sense. There’s so much GOOD to talk about.

  70. Imback October 8th, 2009 at 9:24 am

    Sj44

    way to ignore my salient points of all your other pontifications this year. But the dodgeball line was wicked funny. Let’s revisit your iq in wanting to trade cano? Or Hughes for coming from a priviliged background? Or dumping arod? Are those high baseball iq decisions? Please teach me.

  71. Erin October 8th, 2009 at 9:24 am

    Kate-that was one of my favorite moments too. Both of them looked like they were having the time of their lives. It was great seeing Alex looked so relaxed out there.

  72. DT - OPPC member (blood type - Positive) October 8th, 2009 at 9:24 am

    Link to Pel’s YES audio post –
    http://yankees.lhblogs.com/200.....nt-1071651

  73. The Ghost October 8th, 2009 at 9:25 am

    upstate kate, Arod ALWAYS looks at Jeter and laughs after a pop up because Jeter kids him about the fact that he’s horrible on pop-ups. For me it’s not a laughing matter, I don’t understand why Arod can’t take 15 minutes of pop-up practice a day to cure that issue. He drops way too many – and by way too many I mean more than 0. Maybe it’s the only friendly communication left between the two.

  74. Erin October 8th, 2009 at 9:26 am

    Does anyone know what time Sunday’s game is? Thank you in advance.

  75. NYY626 October 8th, 2009 at 9:26 am

    Nice pics Rebecca, Thanks!

    The stadium was a lot of fun last night. Everyone erupted with MVP chants after the Jeter homerun. The people in my section then decided to start a F*** Joe Mauer chant, which I laughed at but did not partake in :)

  76. Mark in Tampa October 8th, 2009 at 9:26 am

    Doreen,

    I think Molina probably won’t be back next year, so this topic will only last another few weeks. Then, thankfully, we can begin the great Posada/Cervelli debate! :)

  77. Yankee Trader October 8th, 2009 at 9:27 am

    My two cents:

    AJ is all about maintaining his rhythm [chi, whataver you want to call it], while pitching. He doesn’t like to frequently call off pitches, or have the catcher make frequent visits to the mound. This is a special Yankees team that never quits, much like 1996, and we’ll go far if our starting pitching performs well.

    Also AJ has the nastiest curve ball in the business, and even the best defensive catcher in the world would have his moments!!

    As far as resigning Damon and Matsui, I reserve those decisions, until after we win the WS, and see how all perform. The extra revenue garnered by winning the WS will probably help dictate what the Steinbrenners are willing to spend.

    Chad, Josh, and Sam-you’re doing a terrific job!!!

  78. SJ44 October 8th, 2009 at 9:27 am

    Mark,

    You make a point most people on here want to ignore. Molina did slip defensively this year.

    Not a lot but, he hasn’t been as adapt at blocking balls as he was last year.

    Its a tough position, making it all the more incredible what Joe Mauer is doing, and there are days where even the elite guys struggle.

    In the end, Molina is a good defensive catcher but, not as good as he was last year or in years past.

    Handling pitchers? We will see Friday night because if AJ crumbles, its a one and done opportunity for him.

  79. 108 stitches October 8th, 2009 at 9:27 am

    Props to Joe Girardi for pushing the right bullpen buttons.
    Friday’s game has a bullpen full of fresh arms. The likely first used could be Aceves, Robertson, and Marte for a mix and match situation if needed.
    It was a good decision to start the series a day sooner. Girardi obviously had the calendar in mind.

  80. Erica - always OPPC October 8th, 2009 at 9:27 am

    Erin
    October 8th, 2009 at 9:26 am
    Does anyone know what time Sunday’s game is? Thank you in advance.

    ***

    Mlb.com is still listing it as TBA. I would like to know too. I need to plan my day accordingly :-)

  81. Imback October 8th, 2009 at 9:27 am

    Doreen those are great stories I’d love to have matsui back. CC is dominant. Arod is the best player in the game. His fielding was great last night as well. The chemistry that girardi fostered is amazing as is his bullpen management. It’s a blast to watch the games. Nevermi d the infield D. Which is very pretty.

  82. Rebecca-Optimist Prime-Montero Fanaticus Primus October 8th, 2009 at 9:27 am

    Let me get this straight. The Yankees win their first playoff game in two years and people are still complaining? Ayayay…

    Dude, guys, we won!

  83. upstate kate October 8th, 2009 at 9:28 am

    I am w/ you Doreen. What a great game- starting pitching, the pen, the offense, some great defensive plays. Everything we hoped it would be.

  84. Mark in Tampa October 8th, 2009 at 9:28 am

    “The people in my section then decided to start a F*** Joe Mauer chant, which I laughed at but did not partake in”

    NYY626,

    I’ll bet you didn’t inhale, also! :)

  85. Erica - always OPPC October 8th, 2009 at 9:28 am

    35 hours and 32 minutes until Game 2!!!!!!

  86. Imback October 8th, 2009 at 9:29 am

    Sj44- I’m waiting for you to explain how trading cano, Hughes, and arod as you posted many ted here is smart baseball.

  87. S.A.--Now the real fun begins October 8th, 2009 at 9:30 am

    Can’t we switch this conversation to something else?

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

    Phil Youuuuuuse got a haircut. I approve! :lol:

  88. upstate kate October 8th, 2009 at 9:31 am

    SA-
    not only a haircut, but he shaved off that awful mustache

  89. Erin October 8th, 2009 at 9:32 am

    Erica-me too! I’m going to watch the game with some friends and I have no idea what time to tell them to come over! LOL

  90. Erica - always OPPC October 8th, 2009 at 9:32 am

    upstate kate
    October 8th, 2009 at 9:31 am
    SA-
    not only a haircut, but he shaved off that awful mustache

    ***

    You mean the lip fungus :-)

  91. NYY626 October 8th, 2009 at 9:32 am

    How Jeter plays like he’s not going to be denied?
    ____________________________________________________________
    Doreen – great line! Last night after Jeter hit the homerun, my friend turned to me and said “Jeter’s getting another damn ring on his finger even if he has to do everything himself!”. Thankfully, some dude named Alex and a few others helped last night too :).

  92. Joekuh October 8th, 2009 at 9:33 am

    Upstate Kate, just to continue on your point, ARod was trying to go around the horn with Cano, but he saw Jeter in the way in the middle of his throwing motion. His crab walk past Jeter to throw to Cano was funny as hell. He just seemed so much more comfortable last night.

    And Rebecca, you’re right. WE WON PEOPLE!!! BE HAPPY!!!

  93. Fran (the original) and OPPC member October 8th, 2009 at 9:33 am

    Erin and Erica,

    I think they are waiting to announce the times for Sunday pending what happens in the NLDS. Both of those series could end Saturday and then leave just the ALDS games for Sunday.

  94. jennifer October 8th, 2009 at 9:33 am

    The Ghost

    This year Alex is 100 times better on popups. You don’t see him staggering around under them anymore. Even last night when the wind was blowing he got settled under it. Someone said he has taken a lot of fielding practice on pop ups. Just as Swisher went to Dave to learn how to throw in better. Look for the beginning of the season till now. In May that runner would have tagged up and scored. Now he held up.

  95. Doreen October 8th, 2009 at 9:34 am

    Mark in Tampa -

    Oy! No, I don’t want to go there! (Cervelli)

    The Ghost -

    I’ve read that ARod has, in fact, taken infield pops during onfield practices. He has been working on them. He has been much more solid this season on pop ups. I think it’s just an on-going joke between him and Jeter.

    Imback -

    I love what Tex has done to this infield defense this season. That is the main reason I like him for MVP. Because he literally helped to transform the defense of the NY Yankees. His stellar play has allowed the other 3 infielders to play with even more confidence. Now, I have no problem with Mauer getting the MVP, but when you look at the total picture, Tex has to come in a close second and Jeter a veryclose third. :)

  96. Jonathan October 8th, 2009 at 9:34 am

    SJ- Great to have you back. Look forward to your insight and optimism as far as the Yanks are concerned.

  97. Erin October 8th, 2009 at 9:35 am

    Fran-thank you, that makes sense.

  98. tex's friend October 8th, 2009 at 9:35 am

    I think friday the yankees use the same pitchers as wednesday if burnett goes into the 7th. hughes/coke/joba/rivera. if burnett goes less, we see aceves and maybe robertson, but i dont see a scenario where we arent losing bad that we dont see the joba/coke/hughes/rivera quad. in the late innings.

  99. NYY626 October 8th, 2009 at 9:35 am

    Mark in Tampa
    October 8th, 2009 at 9:28 am
    “The people in my section then decided to start a F*** Joe Mauer chant, which I laughed at but did not partake in”

    NYY626,

    I’ll bet you didn’t inhale, also!
    ____________________________________________________________
    Never ;)

  100. Erica - always OPPC October 8th, 2009 at 9:35 am

    Erin
    October 8th, 2009 at 9:32 am
    Erica-me too! I’m going to watch the game with some friends and I have no idea what time to tell them to come over! LOL

    ***

    I planned an Atalntic City trip for October 17th which conflicts with ALCS Game 2. My friends keep asking me when i will know if I am going to make them hang out in the sports bar and watch games. LOL

    I told them I will let them know ASAP

  101. upstate kate October 8th, 2009 at 9:36 am

    Rebecca
    great pix and great post (as usual)
    it must have been so exciting to be there

  102. betsy October 8th, 2009 at 9:36 am

    Tom, Kay said this last night as well……..and he said weeks ago that AJ asked to pitch to Jorge. Unfortunately, the cat’s out of the bag. People didn’t like the AJ signing and are inclined to believe the worst about him. I don’t think there is anything he can do to convince people that he didn’t wimp out, so he’s probably just going to have to ignore. He might want to stop reading the sports pages or stop listening to sports radio….

  103. tex's friend October 8th, 2009 at 9:37 am

    Doreen – great line! Last night after Jeter hit the homerun, my friend turned to me and said “Jeter’s getting another damn ring on his finger even if he has to do everything himself!”. Thankfully, some dude named Alex and a few others helped last night too .

    ____

    Swish brought it last night too. that double and the fly ball he got in to hold the runner at 3rd.

    All the pieces are here this year to win it all.

  104. Erica - always OPPC October 8th, 2009 at 9:38 am

    So Betsy- you no longer think AJ was being a bad teammate?

  105. S.A.--Now the real fun begins October 8th, 2009 at 9:38 am

    upstate kate October 8th, 2009 at 9:31 am

    SA-
    not only a haircut, but he shaved off that awful mustache

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

    That thing above his lip was horrible looking. Horrible

  106. GreenBeret7 October 8th, 2009 at 9:40 am

    The Ghost
    October 8th, 2009 at 9:22 am
    Crawdaddy, all Yankee hatred of Arod stems from the 2004 Red Sox series. No one cares how many hits you get when you can’t get the one big hit to win the series. He was dominant for 4 games when the team was cruising then was shut down for 3 when the team needed him to step up. A lot of people justifiably find that hard to forgive – mostly because it was against the most hated rival who went on to win their first WS in 86 years.

    ————————————————————

    The fact that Rodriguez was hitting .400 and driving in runs was a major reason NYY won those first three games, not to mention the numbers in the Twins series in ’04.

    Now, for the second BS statement about Rodriguez dropping pop-ups and not taking infield…again, you are wrong. He hasn’t dropped any this year, he takes infield before every game he plays exceot for the days the tarp is on the field. any more pearls of wisdom?

  107. Imback October 8th, 2009 at 9:40 am

    Doreen. I actually preferred Doug m to Giambi while he was here. For some reason accepted baseball knowledge is that 1b is not defensively important. Other than the catcher it’s Tied IMO with a cf as the most important bc it makes other players better. Texiara has easily won five games with his glove nevermind ancillary effects like saving pitchers innings, taking jeters ” range” off back pages, letting cano go more up middle, and so on.

  108. Erin October 8th, 2009 at 9:40 am

    That’s funny Erica. At least your friends understand the situation!

  109. 86w183 October 8th, 2009 at 9:40 am

    Yanks don’t need to get all emotional with regards to Damon and Matsui. Bringing them both back guarantees an older and less athletic roster. Sentiment says bring ‘em both back. Common sense says bring Damon back as the primary DH who can also play an acceptable LF which Matsui sadly can’t.

    If Damon rejects a one year with a vesting option type offer then I would make Matsui a similar offer and keep him as a DH.

    Either way I expect one back and for the Yanks to use the combined salaries of the other plus Nady and other assets to go after a corner outfielder.

  110. betsy October 8th, 2009 at 9:41 am

    Ghost, you find it justifiable that people won’t forgive Alex for 2004? I think those fans are pathetic fools. Forget that he carried them through the Twins series. What, other players on the Yankees get a free pass for their choke job? For the last several years, everyone in that lineup has had their bats turn to sawdust……and everyone on that mound (with few exceptions) has pitched lousy. Alex taking the brunt of the blame for teammwide failures says more about those killing him than it does Alex himself.

  111. Patrick October 8th, 2009 at 9:41 am

    The downright disdain some of you have for Jorge Posada is pathetic and unintelligent. Jorge is the second best overall catcher in MLB. The only guy that has him beat is Joe Mauer.

  112. Doreen October 8th, 2009 at 9:42 am

    tex’s friend -

    How could we forget Swish! I am so impressed that the guy worked with Dave Eiland to improve his throwing from the outfield. It sure paid off last night. Plus I love the message it sends that you can never stop working to improve your game. (Like ARod and has pop-ups and Jeter with is range.)

    Nice pictures, Rebecca. It must be so great to actually be at a playoff game. Sigh. I love my HDTV, though. :lol:

  113. Imback October 8th, 2009 at 9:44 am

    Arod? Mo cost us the WS in 2001. The playoffs on 2004. The two most “needed” playoff wins in history for both historical and baseball reasons. Does anyone get on him for nit being clutch? Arod failing had alot to do with Torre not managing him right more than anything else.

  114. Patrick October 8th, 2009 at 9:44 am

    It’s not just sentiment that makes me think Damon and Matsui should return. Who is going to replace Matsui’s production at DH? I don’t see anyone out there that can. Damon can still be an every day LF and Matsui can still be an every day DH. Bring them both back.

    Anyways, this is a stupid topic to talk about, we are in the middle of the playoffs dude.

  115. betsy October 8th, 2009 at 9:46 am

    Um, now all of a sudden Joba has become the 8th inning guy and Phil the lead in? I don’t think so.

  116. braden October 8th, 2009 at 9:47 am

    http://www.nesn.com

    doesn’t require registration.There’s a thread up about the Yankees win last night.(Yankees trip Twins 7-2 postseason opener)The comments are spot on.Here’s a chance to root for Yankees on a Sawx blog.

  117. Doreen October 8th, 2009 at 9:48 am

    Imback –

    I absolutely agree about Doug M vs. Giambi, and about 1B being a very important defensive position. They handle the ball too often for it to be taken for granted. (The Giambi signing was not my favorite anyway.)

    Patrick -

    “Disdain” – what a great word!

    86w183 -

    No sentiment (well, almost none) at all as far as I’m concerned regarding Matsui and/or Damon. But, it is premature. Lots more to accomplish first.

  118. art October 8th, 2009 at 9:49 am

    Sam, Josh and Chad – you have done an amazing job. Thanks for (somehow) making the blog an even better place for us fans.

  119. betsy October 8th, 2009 at 9:49 am

    Erica, I think it appears that I was wrong. I wasn’t going to admit to any such thing outright because I want to be lectured….and I know how some people here react to me.

  120. randy l. October 8th, 2009 at 9:50 am

    “Way to throw your pitcher under the bus on a passed ball, Jorge. Have a seat and shut up.”

    brain dead comments like the above this is why i wrote this post last night:

    randy l.
    October 8th, 2009 at 12:10 am
    the yankees have created two teams.
    a posada team
    and a molina team.

    two fan bases that don’t like each other.
    one that likes posada
    and one that likes molina.

    announcers who get paid by the yankees get to pour gasoline on the divide.

    all for an overpaid pitcher who’s barely better than league average that the yankees couldn’t give away for nothing if they tried.

    makes sense to me
    ——————————————————-

    a team and it’s coaching staff is supposed to be unified going into a postseason.

    this controversy was created sinply by haviing molina catch burnett during the regular season when there was no reason to do that.

    the yankees knew he’d be starting 25%-40 of post season games. they painted themselves into a corner, and the media isn’t going to let up on it now.

    it is going to be the biggest story of the playoffs.

    it is divisive and it’s going to be devisive.

    can the players overcome it ?
    yeah because they’re the best team and guys like sabathia, posada, molina, jeter, alex, teixeira, pettitte , and mo are too much of team players to let it affect them.

    it’s still an unnecessary distraction.

  121. BD October 8th, 2009 at 9:50 am

    I just want to say what a great job all you commenters here have done in telling Josh and Chad what a great job they’ve done in replacing Pete, who did a great job.

  122. Patrick October 8th, 2009 at 9:51 am

    Thanks Doreen, I liked your earlier post in this thread about Posada. He’s been a great Yankee and still is great, enough said.

  123. DT - OPPC member (blood type - Positive) October 8th, 2009 at 9:51 am

    Posada had a rough night. It happens. When it occurs on the big playoff stage it makes it seem worse.

    I went back and looked at how many PB (passed balls, not pretend boyfriends, Erica) he had this year – Eight.

    So – 20% of all the PB’s Posada was charged with this season – happened last night.

    I say give Jorge a break.

  124. jennifer October 8th, 2009 at 9:53 am

    Who ever wrote that about Jorge also missed CC throwing his catcher under the bus. They both said one was their fault and the other was the other persons. They were both honest. I knew one of the pass balls had to do with the runner being on second.

  125. betsy October 8th, 2009 at 9:54 am

    I have no solution to the Matsui issue – I would not bring him back, even though I recognize there is no one out there that can provide what he does for this team. First of all, his knees are shot – I don’t trust him to be healthy enough next year to do what he did this year, even if he was going to be the full time DH. We’ve got Jorge and Damon to think about – they (esp. Jorge) will need the time at DH……Alex also. Matsui being unable to play the OF is a huge liability.

    If Damon will accept a 1 year deal, bring him back; I would not give him 2 years. It’s a bad situation because in no way do I want the Yankees pursuing Holliday or Bay.

  126. jennifer October 8th, 2009 at 9:54 am

    DT- take into account his catching pitchers with nasty stuff; CC, AJ, and Joba when on. So of course their is more of a chance for pb.

  127. Erica - always OPPC October 8th, 2009 at 9:55 am

    Betsy-

    I am just glad you like him again. LOL. The other emotions weren’t sitting well with me.

  128. upstate kate October 8th, 2009 at 9:55 am

    Betsy-
    Girardi said last night that Phil is still the EIG, he put Phil in to get that last out for CC, and took Phil out b/c he didn’t want Phil to throw too many pitches. That being said, it was good to get Joba and Phil C get in the game.

  129. Jesse October 8th, 2009 at 9:56 am

    Posada, love the guy and would rather have him catch than Molina, especially in a postseason game..but, being former collegiate catcher and coach, he is a poor catcher fundamentally. He doesnt frame well, he comes up too soon on pitches, which doesnt give the umpire a good look at the pitch location (costs strikes sometimes), in fairness his throwing isnt bad, he just doesnt have the arm strength to get enough mustard behind the ball to throw out most fast runners. Just my two cents.

  130. PittsburghYankeeFan October 8th, 2009 at 9:57 am

    Man o man

    The team looks great, hasn’t missed a beat since the season ended, and all of this moaning! Go up to Fenway, guys, if you’re going to act like them. Same thing with constantly abusing fellow bloggers–OK, so you disagree, that’s OK, but constant abuse over multiple posts belongs at SOSH.

    Girardi is no dummy, and has led this team to 103 wins this year (could have been 105-110 if he really wanted to). He’s playing the post-season just like the regular season right now, and will adjust if there are issues. Right now there aren’t any.

    Posada is 38 years old with a surgically repaired shoulder. Let’s not expect him to be 28. Girardi knows very well what it’s like to catch in the postseason at an older age. My guess is that the Molina starting has more to do with this–he figures he has enough offense to win without Posada for 2-3 AB, and this gets the team in NL Park WS mode (if they get that far, and I think they do).

    The postseason is all about dominant starting pitching. The Twins don’t have it, and that’s why they lost last night–they didn’t “stink it up” as some posters have suggested.

    SJ. Nutting said in the Pittsburgh papers that he was not satisfied with the performance of the Pirates. So maybe he’ll spend some more $$$$, as well as get your nephew up there sooner? Fat chance on the $$$$$, hopefully yes on the nephew.

  131. jennifer October 8th, 2009 at 9:57 am

    I agree Betsy. Although when Matsui goes through his hot streaks it makes it very difficult to let him walk away. But at any moment he can have issues with his knees.

    Regarding Damon offer 1 year with a vesting option. ie days on roster or something like that. Is is still a good player.

    I also would not touch Halladay with a 10 foot pole. I don’t trust him. I also would not go after Bay. After his hot start in Boston he cooled off considerably.

  132. Imback October 8th, 2009 at 10:02 am

    Wow. Is Jennifer the genius saying she doesnot want Jason bay on the team? And I’m a moron for thinking posada is a liability? I guess if she wants to be consistent she should post Jason bays stats since he came to the al east last year that prover her point of how bad he is.

  133. Erica - always OPPC October 8th, 2009 at 10:03 am

    new thread :arrow:

  134. m October 8th, 2009 at 10:03 am

    WooHoo, that was a great win!

    lol. Framing pitches. Molina’s the master, but Posada did good last night. Didn’t steal every call, but I thought Jorge did well.

  135. Jesse October 8th, 2009 at 10:04 am

    Posada, forgot to mention his horrible blocking of balls in the dirt, bad. But I guess at age 37 you cant teach an old dog old tricks. But again, love Posada and would much rather have him in the lineup than the weak hitting Molina. AND the Yankees won! And thats all that really matters.

  136. Patrick October 8th, 2009 at 10:05 am

    Matsui and Damon need to return. Posada is still a fulltime catcher, Damon can play another year at LF, after A-rod gets his surgery he won’t need to DH. Even if he doesn’t opt for the second surgery, he only DH’s maybe once every 10 games.

  137. Imback October 8th, 2009 at 10:05 am

    Doreen I was at the last game of year in 07 at Fenway on a Sunday night when Clemens pitched. Doug m made two of the sickest plays I’ve ever seen in person. The giambi trade was the epitome of stratomatic baseball just looming for a name and hrs. Thank god he’s gone. What an awful player.

  138. GreenBeret7 October 8th, 2009 at 10:06 am

    Much of Pittsburgh’s success next year will come if Jones is the real deal, avarez makes the move to the Majors to play 3rd base, but, also, whether LaRoche can make the successful move from 3rd to 2nd base and if Pearce can hit at 1st base. For that division, they have some fairly decent starting pitchers.

  139. Pov October 8th, 2009 at 10:11 am

    I was out last night so we just got to watch the recording on the DVR. What a great game by the Yanks, you could tell after the Yanks got ahead that all the excitement around the Twins just died and they were just playing to get it over with and get some sleep.

    Makes Friday’s game now just as important, we don’t want to give them the opportunity to think they can win it at home, but rather they need to run the table to be able to advance.

    Carpenter who? St Louis what?

  140. Doreen October 8th, 2009 at 10:28 am

    What’s so great about this bullpen is the flexibility it allows Joe. If they can get their starter to go 6 strong, he’s got so many guys to choose from to get him through the 7th & 8th and then Mo in the 9th. No one is going to be overworked, and he can do his matchups, or get people out of there if it looks like they “don’t have it.”

    At first I was a bit concerned that they have this day off between games. But, first, it is a planned day off – they knew about it and paced themselves. Plus, they had days off before this game, and it didn’t seem to inhibit their play at all. The net gain is the bullpen rest.

  141. RayVT October 8th, 2009 at 10:40 am

    Imback
    October 8th, 2009 at 9:29 am
    Sj44- I’m waiting for you to explain how trading cano, Hughes, and arod

    LOL! Imback, I don’t remember you participating in anything! Did you change your handle? Although I was never a proponent to trade any of the 3, I certainly understood the process behind doing so that SJ layed out for us.

    (1) Cano for Kemp and adding Orlando Hudson is basically a wash. (Or even Uggla) BTW, I really like Cano and wanted NYY to keep him!

    (2) SJ talked about Hughes for Halladay! Well, I’d still consider that even though I love Hughes. Halladay is special. How would a CC, Halladay, AJ, Pettite playoff SP lineup look?

    (3) ARod – Personally I think ARod is a keeper and always has been. But if you could get two or three younger FA for what they pay him then you’d have to consider who they are. Personally, I think the $$ are less an impact for Yanks than other teams, but suppose you added Cliff Lee, Mauer and Holiday for the same $$. Which would you prefer?

    SJ has brought up more thoughtful suggestions than bad ones. I wish I could say the same for myself! Although I did say keep Melky!! LOL! SJ doesn’t need to answer to you! Perhaps you need to remind us of who you are and what you have suggested so we can grille you for your stupidity!! LOL! I have taken my lumps for Girardi & Boston finishing 4th ideas!! LOL!

  142. 86w183 October 8th, 2009 at 10:50 am

    The PB were the only negatives in an almost perfect win last night. CC got a post-season win and allowed just one earned run. The bullpen got tune up work and Alex got two hits to drive in runs. Great way to start the post-season, but I’ve always believed game two is the game that really sets the tone for a series.

    The idea that Alex was the main culprit in 2004 is laughable. Had the Yanks not blown the lead in game four Alex would have been the MVP of that series.

  143. JeterJobaCanoFanForever, enough said October 8th, 2009 at 11:11 am

    from MLB.com ****Good news department

    Joba Chamberlain was given a standing ovation as he came out to record the final out of the eighth inning before Mariano Rivera closed out the Twins in the ninth inning in front of a playoff-thirsty crowd that rocked a building whose every ounce of concrete was poured for games like these.

  144. JeterJobaCanoFanForever, enough said October 8th, 2009 at 11:27 am

    Betsy,

    Girardi said that Phil was still the 8th inning guy. There were special circumstances that brought Phil in before Joba. I knew you would react to that.

    Remember other posters have said that it is easy for rotation pitchers to pitch out of the BP. Can you imagine how CC would be out of the pen?

    Settle down, please.

  145. RMR October 8th, 2009 at 10:11 pm

    “Chad, Josh and I are going to keep doing what we can to make this the No. 1 stop for Yankees fans and we truly appreciate all your support”

    So far you are living up to your word. Please keep up the good work….

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