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Wrapping up Game 1

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

Not a lot of Jay-Z sightings at Scranton/Wilkes-Barre Yankees games.

That’s one of several differences between this and every other day of work in my life.

Here’s what stuck in my mind about this game: What if it had gone the other way? Winning one game of the Division Series is tiny in the big picture of the New York Yankees, but can you imagine losing this game? Can you imagine losing after missing the playoffs last season? After giving big money to C.C. Sabathia and sending him to the mound for the opener? After Derek Jeter — of course it was Derek Jeter — tied it with that two-run homer in the third?

A lot of people will be sleeping easier because of this game, and they should be. Sabathia looked like an ace, Alex Rodriguez had a pair of two-out RBIs and three young guys came out of the bullpen and put up zeros.

Two quick notes…

Both Sabathia and Jorge Posada said the passed balls were because of miscommunication. “The first one was my fault,” Posada said. “We were trying go inside with a guy at second base and I thought I called something and it was my fault the first time. The next one, I’m on the mound and I told him what I wanted him to throw, and when I got to the plate he threw a different pitch.”

Also, Joe Girardi said he might have left Phil Hughes in to finish the eighth, but those grinding at-bats from Orlando Cabrera and Joe Mauer had his pitch count already up to 24 with one out in the inning. “I thought it was a great chance to get Coke in and get a chance to get Chamberlain in,” Girardi said. “But Phil Hughes is our eighth-inning guy.”

 
 

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104 Responses to “Wrapping up Game 1”

  1. Tyler October 8th, 2009 at 12:23 am

    Your doing a great job Chad… Keep up the good work!

  2. Jones (Posada supporter) October 8th, 2009 at 12:24 am

    Was Beyonce there?

  3. Louis S. October 8th, 2009 at 12:27 am

    Those were some funky shades Jay-Z was wearing.

  4. DT - OPPC member (blood type - Positive) October 8th, 2009 at 12:32 am

    The Bronx has Kate Hudson and Jay-Z, but Scranton has the famous Kei Igawa statue. It all evens out.

    Great blog coverage today.

    Time for zzzzzzzz.

  5. mike October 8th, 2009 at 12:33 am

    No beyonce. Hov was hanging w hudson.

  6. Nick in SF in Larkspur October 8th, 2009 at 12:34 am

    Indeed, great coverage from all parties, today, thanks Chad, Sam, and Josh.

    I still have no clue where the city of LoHud, New York is, but this remains a great Yankee blog.

  7. JeterJobaCanoFanForever, enough said October 8th, 2009 at 12:35 am

    With the bullpen like it is now they will be unbeatable. Hughes and Mo both threw more pitches than they usually do. Must be rustiness. Was funny that Coke threw one pitch and Joba threw two.

    Joba looked like the Joba of old. Glad the crowd reacted positively to him. They did boo him as he left his last game. Fans can be so hot and cold.

    The announcer was excited when Joba came in! You would have thought it was Mo coming in to win the WS.

  8. JeterJobaCanoFanForever, enough said October 8th, 2009 at 12:37 am

    Some unenlightened poster in the last thread asked if the person next to Kate was A-Rod’s gofer. Well, I guess it does take all kinds…

  9. Pris October 8th, 2009 at 12:39 am

    This is probably a bit off topic and a bit gossipie -
    I just came back from the stadium and was watching the highlight on line. Clearly Kate Hudson was sitting right next to Jay-Z but the camera in the stadium only showed Jay-Z on the big screen…. I wonder why….

  10. Tyler October 8th, 2009 at 12:43 am

    It’s so nice to finally have reliable relievers in the post season. Watching Jeff Weaver pitch for the Dodgers and Joe Torre brings memories of the Mike Myers/Steve Karsay/Scott Proctor/Alan Embree days.

  11. Ben October 8th, 2009 at 12:47 am

    Just bought tickets to game 3 in Minnesota to see Pettitte-Idle. I’m driving over from Madison. Anyone else going?

  12. Jones (Posada Supporter) October 8th, 2009 at 12:48 am

    They showed Kate Hudson a lot. Maybe they only wanted to show Jay-Z at the time.

  13. JeterJobaCanoFanForever, enough said October 8th, 2009 at 12:48 am

    Pris,

    I watched the entire game on TBS and the first time Alex got a hit they showed Kate. It was the second time that they showed Kate that I noticed the tall gentleman next to her. It took me awhile to figure out who he was. Well, I am old. Strange they only showed Jay-Z on the stadium screen.

    Uh, did you enjoy the game? Does Jeter walk on water or what?

  14. stuart a October 8th, 2009 at 12:53 am

    chad great job. i hope you are enjoying yourself..

    big win. getting some monkeys off peoples backs are a good thing… win friday and they are in great great shape…

    the first series is the series that scares me. best of 5 is a joke. play 162 and then the first series is best of 5!!!!they should change that…

  15. Wang IS Taiwan October 8th, 2009 at 1:02 am

    Hi Nick,

    I saw earlier that you wanted to ask a question. What was it? I missed it earlier because I had to leave for work in the 7th. I’m back in my apartment for 30 more minutes and then need to leave again.

    Thankfully, a good friend (although he’s a Red Sox fan) texted me while I was at work to let me know the final score. I felt pretty confident when I left, though, that we’d win. The Twins looked tuckered out.

  16. damon October 8th, 2009 at 1:04 am

    Did I read correctly? You asked Yankees fans to envision losing?
    Not For Nothin would Any Yankees fan imagine losing.
    After 8 yrs of being stuck on #26,Pawleez!!

    Never as winners to think like losers.

  17. haiku-man October 8th, 2009 at 1:06 am

    Pujols hasn’t hit at baomerun since Sept 9,some 80 at bats.

  18. braden October 8th, 2009 at 1:08 am

    Thinking about losing isn’t in the Yankees fans DNA!

  19. haiku-man October 8th, 2009 at 1:10 am

    Meant Pujols hasn’t hit a Home run in 80 at bats,since Sept 9th.

  20. Nick in SF October 8th, 2009 at 1:13 am

    Hey Wang IS Taiwan, I was wondering what your impressions of the level of Yankee excitement in Taipei is in general and compared with 2007, when Wang was the game one starter.

    It was pretty much a fever pitch then and now Wang is on the shelf, so it can’t be at that level, but I was still curious how much people seem to be paying attention, media coverage, etc.

  21. Wang IS Taiwan October 8th, 2009 at 1:18 am

    Nick in SF in Larkspur
    October 7th, 2009 at 8:56 pm
    Wang IS Taiwan, can you tell us how the Taipei playoff atmosphere right now compares with 2007, when Wang was our game one starter? It seemed to me like Taiwan was at a fever pitch for that game and that series.

    ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~
    Found your earlier question. You know, it’s interesting because I was discussing the difference between the Taiwanese fans love of the Yankees vs. their love of Wang ON the Yankees. I think most non-rabid baseball fans just enjoy watching Taiwan’s pride and joy. The crazy baseball fans do indeed enjoy the Yankees. The other day I was in a cab and the driver was watching a replay of an earlier Yankees game (the Yanks had played at 4am that morning). We were talking about the playoffs and he was really jazzed about the Yanks being there. He didn’t mention Wang to me at all.

    But generally, it’s not the same without Wang pitching — nothing like 2007. I’m curious to see what will happen if Wang signs with another team next year. Will Taiwan’s ESPN switch to showing THAT team’s games 3x a day? They honestly replay each Yankee game 2-3x a day here. Once live, and then again at 7am (Taiwan time) if the game was played at 1pm or 4pm in NY. In the evening, the game is replayed at 7pm here. After the season ends, they’ll continue to replay games of Wang pitching throughout his career with the Yanks, but only once-a-day.

    Of course, now with the playoffs starting, they’re showing every game that was played today. Currently, I’m watching the end of the Dodgers/Cards game.

  22. Mike Jaret October 8th, 2009 at 1:26 am

    I was so happy after the game today…ESPECIALLY cuz we gave minnesota a MoJob!!! For those of you that DONT KNOW….a MoJob is the name that I gave the jobba/mo 8th/9th last season when Joba was shuttin down the setup…give the MoJob thread some love that came back from the dead tonight!!

    http://forums.nyyfans.com/show.....038;page=5

  23. Nick in SF October 8th, 2009 at 1:27 am

    Thanks for the reply, interesting stuff. I have no idea about the financials or mechanics, but I hope they bring Wang back so Taiwan’s love affair with the Yankees continues unabated.

  24. Wang IS Taiwan October 8th, 2009 at 1:29 am

    The Yanks just might in order to further develop the Asian market, since China claims Wang as theirs. Hah! The Taiwanese love that one, believe me.

    I think Wang would be willing to accept a lot less to rehab just to stay with his “family” there. He’s a shy guy; I can’t imagine him wanting to jump elsewhere just for the cash. He’s not a moneyhound.

  25. raymagnetic October 8th, 2009 at 1:31 am

    A “tool” is what I call anyone who refers to Mo and Joba as a “MoJob” :)

  26. igotid88 October 8th, 2009 at 1:31 am

    I would like to see A-Rod’s stats after 120 games in the postseason. I think he’s only played 40. And while the last few weren’t good (except last night). He’s had better postseasons.

  27. Mike Jaret October 8th, 2009 at 1:32 am

    I’m a tool because I most likely made you laugh….

  28. abt October 8th, 2009 at 1:42 am

    If you folks want to know what it feels like from the West Coast:
    Yankees’ 2009 payroll: $201 million
    Twins’: $65 million

    That’s exactly what it feels like – disgusting – it’s just blatant this year
    Fire Bud Selig

  29. barbados October 8th, 2009 at 1:43 am

    Great win tonight!

    Hate filled rant: I find Posada’s interview quotes to be increasingly alarming. Way too much explaining. Who cares if only one of the passed balls is your fault? Why the need to clarify? Who cares?

    Seriously, I’ve loved the guy for years but the dude seems way too fixated on himself.

  30. eric October 8th, 2009 at 1:45 am

    @ abt- the twins owner is far more wealthy than the steinbrenners, go spend some money on players and less trips to st tropaz

  31. Paul V October 8th, 2009 at 1:47 am

    Just to let you know – you guys are doing a great job taking over from Pete. The astute, weird observations, the humor, the stats.

    A huge relief. Bless him, up there in Sox land, but I’m happy you guys are doing the job you’re doing.

    Go Yanks!

  32. Nick in SF in Larkspur October 8th, 2009 at 1:47 am

    Are you on the West Coast of Bitterville?

  33. Wes October 8th, 2009 at 1:58 am

    barbados
    “Hate filled rant: I find Posada’s interview quotes to be increasingly alarming. Way too much explaining. Who cares if only one of the passed balls is your fault? Why the need to clarify? Who cares?”
    —————————————————-
    wait. Let me get this straight
    So when CC explains about the passed balls, its fine, but when Posada explains its because he’s “fixated on himself?”
    wow

    Don’t you think thats a little one sided, considering they both provided similar stories

  34. Nick in SF in Larkspur October 8th, 2009 at 1:59 am

    Just be happy that Jorge and CC were on the same page. ;)

  35. haiku-man October 8th, 2009 at 2:00 am

    Coolstandinds.com (a professional sports handicapper)

    Projects 10-08-09 Thurs: Angels 51.3% Socks 48.7%

    I hope the Angels give them a world of hurt!

  36. barbados October 8th, 2009 at 2:03 am

    Wes: No, cause they are PB’s, charged to Posada. CC is trying to shoulder some responsibility. Posada is trying to deflect it.

    To be honest, it doesn’t matter. I’m just starting to sense Posada’s acting a little defensive lately to the press. I’m happy to be wrong.

  37. JC in TW October 8th, 2009 at 2:05 am

    Nick in SF,

    To answer your previous question. I don’t think Taiwan media showing that much attention on this game compared with 2007 CMW’s start against Tigers…or it’s just me!? But still, everyone here is happy about Yankees’ victory. Especially clutch A-Rod…

  38. damon October 8th, 2009 at 2:06 am

    abt gripe at your ownership,instead of trying to get another team to not invest in their team.

    What if someone asked your employer to not pay you what your worth,and had their nose all up in your business?

    Would you like some cheese with your whine?

  39. damon October 8th, 2009 at 2:10 am

    abt
    the players union will never agree to a salary cap either!

  40. Wes October 8th, 2009 at 2:14 am

    I don’t think he was being defensive at all. He just answered a question. They asked him what happened, & he explained. I’m not seeing the problem?

  41. Nick in SF in Larkspur October 8th, 2009 at 2:14 am

    Hi JC in TW, thanks for the reply. Where do you live in Taiwan? I once lived in Chung-li a long time ago.

  42. damon October 8th, 2009 at 2:14 am

    I knew as soon as the Yankees won,we’d hear about their payroll,AS BEING THE REASON THEY WON.

  43. Wes October 8th, 2009 at 2:15 am

    “CC is trying to shoulder some responsibility. Posada is trying to deflect it”

    I don’t agree. He was crossed up.

  44. Wes October 8th, 2009 at 2:18 am

    What is the players union exactly?
    I know or at least in football, they have representatives. But what do they exactly do?

    I Apologize in advance if that comes off as stupid, but I really don’t know

  45. Seven October 8th, 2009 at 3:25 am

    Jay Z = Camera whore

    He knew sitting next to Kate Hudson the lovely girlfriend of the great Alex Rodriguez he would get on tv. LOL @ TBS trying to cut Jay Z out in those shots.

  46. Pat M. October 8th, 2009 at 5:14 am

    The Yankee bullpen is going to be the clearcut difference this postseason……They’re so much better and deeper than anyone else,,,,not even close….Boston as distant 2nd plus they high a high whip

  47. Pel October 8th, 2009 at 5:31 am

    YES post-game reactions:

    http://bit.ly/4BHUQE

    Better late than never.

  48. Crawdaddy October 8th, 2009 at 6:25 am

    “I would like to see A-Rod’s stats after 120 games in the postseason. I think he’s only played 40. And while the last few weren’t good (except last night). He’s had better postseasons.”

    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.

  49. Larry Mahnken October 8th, 2009 at 6:40 am

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

  50. Mark in Tampa October 8th, 2009 at 6:53 am

    For those who love to gripe about the payroll inequities in baseball consider this: Not only will the union not agree to a salary cap, neither will the owners. Why? Because a salary cap means you also must have a salary floor. These teams spending 30M, 50M on players would have to bring it up to @80-85, probably. The calls by these owners for caps are just posturing to try to gets the Yanks, sox, and others to spend less, they know that with all the factors involved that a cap would never happen.

  51. upstate kate October 8th, 2009 at 7:11 am

    A salary floor would be a good thing for some of these teams. Look at all the good players the Twins have let slip away. They are always in the mix, they could have the potential to be really good if their owner wasn’t so cheap.

    It just is good business sense to invest in your team, rather than pocket the money. I get really tired of all the talk over what the Yankees spent on their free agents. No one ever brings up the salary that they shed w/ the departure of Moose/Giambi/Abreu. Nobody ever brings up how many Yankees are home grown. It is always how they are “buying a championship”

  52. Mark in Tampa October 8th, 2009 at 7:19 am

    The Yankees have 14 out of 25 players of their playoff roster who are homegrown, or at least made their major league debut with the Yankees. This does include Matsui and Aceves.

    The Twins also have 14 out of 25 in the same situation.

  53. Joe from Long Island October 8th, 2009 at 7:27 am

    Great game last night. Outside of a brutal wind (esp. in the last row of the upper deck!

    1. The Stadium was rocking. I can only imagine what it was like on the field.

    2. Terrific ceremonies, with the West Point cadets and the horn solo of God Bless America. First time I heard the Stadium sing a long.

    3. I thought it was good of Joe to use Coke and Joba, even for one out. It got their feet wet in playoff action, and was a nice touch to show that they are a part of the team, along with the stars.

    4. CC, Derek, Alex, Mo, Matsui, Cano in the field with his plays – just a great all around win.

    5. How do I get thru to tomorrow night?!

    Time to leave for work. Good day, all.

  54. upstate kate October 8th, 2009 at 7:31 am

    Joe from LI
    Glad you had such a great time. Agree w/ your comments, I will add one more- It was good to see Alex and CC silence the critics about prior play off failures.

  55. Jones October 8th, 2009 at 7:34 am

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

    He didn’t throw him under the bus. Jeez,
    As Wes mentioned CC, said similar comments, no one got on him?

  56. CB October 8th, 2009 at 7:40 am

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

    CC in his press conference effectively said the same thing.

    CC said the that one of the cross ups was Posada’s “fault” and one was “my fault.”

    So I guess CC is throwing Posada under the bus as well?

    Or is a restating a comment made in the public domain still count as “throwing someone under the bus?”

  57. able 21 October 8th, 2009 at 7:40 am

    A great twitter noted in the newspaper this morning.

    “I Posada gets the game-winning hit, does Burnett send Molina out to pie him?”

  58. upstate kate October 8th, 2009 at 7:43 am

    On the pre game they made a point of saying that AJ made himself available to the media and he said he did not request Molina and is fine having Posada catch him.

  59. able 21 October 8th, 2009 at 7:43 am

    Correction
    A great twitter noted in the newspaper this morning.

    “If Posada gets the game-winning hit, does Burnett send Molina out to pie him?”

  60. able 21 October 8th, 2009 at 7:45 am

    upstate kate – at this point, don’t you think that is spin to assuage Posada’s bruised ego?

  61. Lee23 October 8th, 2009 at 7:47 am

    When do you guys think we’ll have a time on Sunday’s games?

    I keep checking the MLB website but it’s still TBA.

    All four series are being played on Sunday… why?

    Why schedule all four teams on a Sunday in football season?
    Is MLB/TBS looking to LOWER their ratings?

    I don’t get it. And doesn’t having four games on in one day mean that either there’ll be a 12noon game or, at some point, 2 games will play simultaneously?

    Seriously, why?

  62. Doreen October 8th, 2009 at 7:48 am

    Do people realize that players usually say things in order to answer a question by a reporter? Do people think Posada went up to a reporter and volunteered that the cross-ups were one-and-one? At CC’s conference, they asked him who’s fault? CC said one each. Posada said one each. Big deal. If there wasn’t such a stupid fixation on Posada’s “diminishing catching skills” all summer long, it wouldn’t have been more than a blip (because a run scored on one of the cross-ups). Also, because Molina is catching AJ, Posada and CC having a cross-up or two becomes huge news.

    Mauer also had a cross-up. No one cared.

    It was a great game last night. Can we not focus on the positives?????? Please?

    CC is a shut-down guy. I was so wrong in the summer, after the Angels game, when I said he was a #1 pitcher, but not necessarily an “Ace.” He literally shuts a team down. After Jeter gave the team a fresh start with his HR, CC was what the Yankees needed him to be. And Hughes is such a battler. I’m also glad Coke & Joba got into the mix. The more the merrier.

    A confident, skilled bullpen, a team that doesn’t give up (5 two-out rbi), solid starting pitching. It doesn’t get better than this. I don’t want to get all over-confident, but you gotta like what you see, dontcha? :)

  63. upstate kate October 8th, 2009 at 7:49 am

    It could very well be, and probably is, but AJ didn’t have to go out of his way to say that.

  64. able 21 October 8th, 2009 at 7:50 am

    I couldn’t have been more pleased with last night’s performance. I didn’t think for a minute Duensing would make it through the Yankees lineup a second time without getting hit.

  65. upstate kate October 8th, 2009 at 7:51 am

    OK, Doreen, here is the real question, when did you relax? For me, once Derek hit that HR, I thought the Yankees would win.

  66. bru October 8th, 2009 at 7:52 am

    a big reason why we won is 1 walk by mo

    the twins outhit us but we kept the walks down

    arod looks very relaxed & his swing is very compact allowing him to cover the whole plate as cb i believe pointed out

    pitching is going to be the key on this run

  67. Mark in Tampa October 8th, 2009 at 7:55 am

    Not only did CC pitch a great game, but those 2 runs should never have happened. He threw a perfect pitch on the outside corner to Cabrera for the third out. Umpire missed the call, the hits and runs followed.

  68. bru October 8th, 2009 at 7:58 am

    Doreen

    love what i see

    the only team that can hang with us offensively is the phillies but we have a huge advantage in the pen

    not even close

  69. bru October 8th, 2009 at 8:00 am

    only 1 erned run

  70. Pel October 8th, 2009 at 8:01 am

    Easily the best moment of the night:

    http://bit.ly/XpZ2N

  71. bru October 8th, 2009 at 8:05 am

    Pel
    October 8th, 2009 at 8:01 am
    Easily the best moment of the night:

    http://bit.ly/XpZ2N

    ———————————————————–

    what happened & who is in the pic?

  72. Patrick October 8th, 2009 at 8:05 am

    Wow the hatred for Jorge Posada is absurd. Throughout the entire season he’s gotten destroyed by many fans. I never realized that sentiment existed for Posada, is this the first year that so many have it in for him?

    I just don’t get it, Posada is one of the great Yankees of this era and has been a part of 3 (?) championships and even more playoff appearances.

    Anyways, the Yankees won and I am happy. It’s too bad we have so many off days in this series. Yeah it’s good for the team but I want to see them play! Off days are painful.

    Hopefully the move to start Molina pans out and Burnett pitches a gem. Lets go to the dome with a 2 game lead!

  73. Pel October 8th, 2009 at 8:10 am

    >what happened & who is in the pic?

    The cameraman who was following A-Rod fell over and the TBS feed looked like the ending to The Blair Witch Project.

  74. charlestonchew October 8th, 2009 at 8:12 am

    I get giddy every time I think about this team.

    Last night, CC struggled a little from time to time, but showed that he could grind it out. He looked filthy and made the Twins hitters look awful at times.

    Our defense was great and made some very solid plays. There were a few almost-great plays on some groundballs that were just out of reach. We also ran the bases well and scored from 1st on a double, kept ourselves out of a double play situation, and more.

    This team worked together and the HR from Matsui was very promising for his postseason outlook. Can’t forget he was part of the comeback in game 6 in 2003 against Pedro.

    I am still giddy as I write this. This team is incredible.

    Are we to expect that Molina will come out of the game as soon as AJ does if it’s close? You would expect that to be a possibility, but I’m thinking giving him the whole day off would be better for him.

  75. Betsy October 8th, 2009 at 8:13 am

    LOL, wow…..I thought Randy couldn’t hate anyone more than Cashman. I’m not sure I’ve ever read an angrier post than his one about AJ and the Yankees.

  76. Betsy October 8th, 2009 at 8:16 am

    Joe definitely made the right move taking Phil out………he’ll be available and fresh for Friday’s game. It was just about a perfect game – I heard this several timse on MLB, but the Yankees couldn’t have drawn it up any better. It’s too bad that the home field advantage is negated for whatever reason (as someone called into WFAN about recently, playoff games are attended by corporate types who just want to be seeen – they don’t care about the Yankees).

  77. Betsy October 8th, 2009 at 8:18 am

    Especially since Phil is the 8th inning guy…………..

  78. upstate kate October 8th, 2009 at 8:18 am

    A total team effort, great pitching by CC and the pen, Jeter being Capt Clutch, Arod getting some rbis. One of my favorites was Cano scoring from 1st. Tex’s line drive catch & almost DP made ESPN’s top 10.

  79. Doreen October 8th, 2009 at 8:19 am

    pel –

    Is the guy in the grey sweatshirt CMW?

  80. YankeeGM October 8th, 2009 at 8:20 am

    Anyone else starting to reverse their thoughts on Joba to the pen?

    I lead the charge to make him a starter. but after a season of mediocrity and 91 mph fastballs I’m starting to think I was wrong!

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

    Betsy-
    read Joe from LI’s post, he said the stadium was rocking. You could hear “roll call” loud and clear on the broadcast, Darling even mentioned it.

  82. Pel October 8th, 2009 at 8:21 am

    Mickey Mantle: 18 HR in WS*

    Derek Jeter: 18 HR in postseason

    WS = 4
    ALCS = 5
    ALDS = 9

    *Mickey played during a time where teams didn’t have to play two additional postseason series in order to play in the WS.

  83. Jones October 8th, 2009 at 8:21 am

    Patrick,

    It is absurd. It doesn’t bother really bother me if fans don’t like his style of play, but I think he should get more respect. He’s getting ripped apart by the media because of a few comments, & whats more disappointing, is that they don’t tell you everything he said, they make him sound self-centered.

  84. Pel October 8th, 2009 at 8:22 am

    >Is the guy in the grey sweatshirt CMW?

    Yes, it is.

  85. Betsy October 8th, 2009 at 8:23 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.

  86. Betsy October 8th, 2009 at 8:24 am

    Upstate Kate, I read elsewhere from other people that YS was dead……I guess different people experience different things. It doesn’t really bother me because the Yankees need to be good enough to win, with or without crowd noise.

  87. Patrick October 8th, 2009 at 8:30 am

    Yeah good plan Betsy lets focus on one bad game behind the plate where he made 1 mistake. CC admitted he was at fault with the other passed ball.

    Lets forget the hundreds of other good games Posada has called and focus on this one slightly weak game. Real smart Betsy, real smart.

  88. Pel October 8th, 2009 at 8:34 am

    The Yanks said the place was electric.

  89. Rishi October 8th, 2009 at 8:37 am

    :arrow:

  90. bru October 8th, 2009 at 8:40 am

    i think this catcher thing is overblown

    posada is the better offensive catcher & should play every game

    it is all in burnetts head
    cc gave up 1 earned run,the pen looked great

    i can see starting with molina & if we are ahead keep him in but if it is close or we are losing posada needs to come in

    man is hughes & joba in the rotation next year going to be interesting

    i give joba til the asb next year to get it together

    if he doesnt he goes to the 8th inning & takes over for mo when mo leaves

  91. make it stop October 8th, 2009 at 8:44 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.

    Posada seems like a fuddy duddy,old and set in his ways.Every pitcher he catches,throws a lot of pitches.CC struggled with him,and he probably sank Job’s outings too.

    You get the impression he’s from a by gone era.I like Posada
    and wish this controversy would die.It could if Posada puts the game first.

  92. Imback October 8th, 2009 at 8:48 am

    Posada doesn’t know the count half the time. Ask mr catcher, Randy l, if that’s an important skill set for a catcher?

  93. Imback October 8th, 2009 at 8:50 am

    Plus he dogs it alot ala Bernie Williams. He’s a HUGE reason along withtorre they haven’t won in a decade.

  94. Jones October 8th, 2009 at 8:53 am

    Don’t forget Po also had an injury, so I think that factors into it.

  95. Jones October 8th, 2009 at 8:54 am

    “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.

  96. The Ghost October 8th, 2009 at 8:58 am

    Joe Girardi 10/7/09: “But Phil Hughes is our eighth-inning guy.”

    Joe Girardi 7/1/09: “Brian Bruney is our eighth-inning guy”

  97. bru October 8th, 2009 at 8:58 am

    posada got crossed up it happens

    the ball is supposed to be centered so it stays in front of him.
    he also was moving to fast to his left wich allowed the ball to go to his right

    but he stayed down on it wich is the right thing to do instead of pulling up on it & allowing it to go under him

    very hard play to make

    he is an older catcher & what he is doing at his age is absolutely remarkable

    why not look at his great production 22 hr/81 rbi in 383 ab is unbelievble

  98. The Ghost October 8th, 2009 at 9:06 am

    bru, how is is possible to defend him jogging after the passed ball when Mauer probably doesn’t try it if he goes harder? He’s very lucky he’s best friends with Derek Jeter because he made his lackadaisical play last night a mere footnote.

    I’m starting to think this whole AJ/Molina debacle has really taken its toll on Jorge’s psyche. Jorge has had these mental lapses before and has come back stronger from them so that is what I expect to happen as the playoffs go on.

  99. Jones October 8th, 2009 at 9:12 am

    He explained in his interview. He thought Mauer had gone home already, he admitted it was his fault. Yes even Pros make mistakes

  100. bru October 8th, 2009 at 9:36 am

    The Ghost
    October 8th, 2009 at 9:06 am
    bru, how is is possible to defend him jogging after the passed ball when Mauer probably doesn’t try it if he goes harder? He’s very lucky he’s best friends with Derek Jeter because he made his lackadaisical play last night a mere footnote.

    I’m starting to think this whole AJ/Molina debacle has really taken its toll on Jorge’s psyche. Jorge has had these mental lapses before and has come back stronger from them so that is what I expect to happen as the playoffs go on
    ——————————————————-

    there is no defending it

    he has to run hard at the ball but no person in life is going to be perfect every second of their life.

    are you???

    no.

    why is molina batting .220?? defend that

    you go with your best players & posada is it.

    there is a reason he is a backup & would be on every team in baseball.

    everybody wants molina when he is winning & posada when molina is losing & people still complain when we easily won the first game of a series with posada catching

    molina is a dead spot in a lineup

    it is fine when we dont need his offense but if burnett gets bombed early every manager in baseball brings posada in

    every one

  101. Clay Buchholz Loves Laptops October 8th, 2009 at 9:50 am

    Scranton also has Dwight Schrute!

    What did Sabathia say about the passed balls? Any specifics other than “a miscommunication”?

  102. Factoid October 8th, 2009 at 10:03 am

    If in doubt, the Yankee payroll will always be used as an excuse with opposing teams and analysts.
    It’s convenient.

  103. john October 10th, 2009 at 8:53 am

    why is the media writing alex and kate husdon’s story. has they really said they are dating? I don’t think so. However, it does look like she is chasing him, or is it true she has been coming to the games for years? and if so why did the media go right from madonna to kate hudson. i’m wondering if the media is promoting athletes dating white women. show me an interview in which alex rodriguez admits to dating kate hudson. there is none

  104. Ivory Galeazzi January 8th, 2010 at 8:44 pm

    I was wondering if anyone has tried this Sports Handicapping Service? I discovered his video on Youtube and it turns out the service is sold through clickbank which means it comes with a 60 day money back guarantee. Was wondering what peoples thoughts were.


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