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World Series Game 2: Phillies at Yankees

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YANKEES
Derek Jeter SS
Johnny Damon LF
Mark Teixeira 1B
Alex Rodriguez 3B
Hideki Matsui DH
Robinson Cano 2B
Jerry Hairston RF
Melky Cabrera CF
Jose Molina C

Pitching: RHP A.J. Burnett (0-0, 4.42 ERA in postseason)

PHILLIES
Jimmy Rollins SS
Shane Victorino CF
Chase Utley 2B
Ryan Howard 1B
Jayson Werth RF
Raul Ibanez LF
Matt Stairs DH
Pedro Feliz 3B
Carlos Ruiz C

Pitching: RHP Pedro Martinez (0-0, 0.00 ERA in postseason)

TIME/TV: 7:57 p.m., FOX

WEATHER: Looking good. Maybe some clouds and there will be a chill in the air, but it’s dry and (hopefully) not too windy. Perfect October baseball weather. Check out the forecast here.

STATE OF THE STRIPES: The Yankees remain four wins away from their 27th World Series after dropping Game 1 to the Phillies, 6-1, last night at the Stadium. The Yankees are now 24-16 all-time in World Series openers, but the good news for Yankees fans is that eight of the 15 previous losses came in years when the Yankees came back to win the World Series anyway.

BATTER VS. PITCHER: Here’s the Phillies vs. Burnett. And here’s the Yankees vs. Martinez.

UNUSUAL WHIFF: Alex Rodriguez went 0-for-4 with three strikeouts last night, snapping a nine-game postseason hitting streak from this year and an 11-game run that dated back to 2007. The three strikeouts were particularly unusual, since the last time A-Rod had struck out more than once in a game was over a month ago – Sept. 22 against the Angels.

BURN-ING UP: Controlling his emotions, particularly at the start of the game, will be critical for Burnett: During the first 15 pitches of his regular-season starts, opposing hitters had a .797 OPS against him – the highest OPS of any 15-pitch increment up to 75 pitches. They also hit the most home runs (eight) off him during that first increment. Burnett allowed one run in the first and two in the second to the Phillies when he faced them back on May 22.

FINALLY: When the Yankees scored an unearned run in the ninth inning last night, it snapped a 17-inning scoreless drought for them in the World Series, the third-longest stretch in franchise history. The longest was 21 innings 1921-22, followed by an 18-inning streak from Games 1-3 of the 2001 World Series.

UNPLEASANT DEJA VU: Cliff Lee’s 10 strikeouts in Game 1 were the most by a pitcher in the World Series since Josh Beckett also struck out 10 Yankees in Game 3 of the 2003 World Series vs. the Marlins. Beckett, of course, then went on to pitch the clincher for Florida in Game 6, shutting down the Yankees at the old Stadium.

CAPTAIN WONDERFUL: Derek Jeter was the only Yankee to have any success off Lee, and his three hits gave him 42 in the World Series, tying him (with Elston Howard, Babe Ruth and Eddie Collins) for 10th on the all-time list. It was Jeter’s fourth career three-hit game in the Fall Classic, and third in his last five World Series games.

WHO’S YOUR DADDY?: The Yankees vs. Pedro battle has been plenty dramatic over the years, but it’s also played out to be mostly a draw. Martinez is 11-11 with a 3.20 ERA lifetime in the regular season against the Yankees, and was 8-5 with a 3.21 ERA in 18 career starts at the old Yankee Stadium. That includes an 0-1, 5.40 ERA in two ALCS starts. Then again, Martinez also had one of career best days at the Stadium, when he allowed one hit and struck out 17 on Sept. 10, 1999.

RANDOM QUESTION OF THE DAY: Is sitting under a mango tree actually a thing people do? Like, is it similar to lounging under a palm tree when you’re on vacation? Can there be hammocks?

IF THERE WERE WALK-TO-THE-PLATE MUSIC IN REAL LIFE, TODAY’S WOULD BE: Seven Nation Army by The White Stripes

Heading down for Joe Girardi’s press conference. Back with much more later on.

UPDATE, 4:05 p.m.: Josh here. I just updated the Yankee lineup, which includes Jerry Hairston in right for the struggling Nick Swisher, as well as Jose Molina behind the plate.

Girardi liked Hairston’s history of success against Pedro. He has eight hits in 24 ABs and a .907 OPS. Here’s their head-to-head.

UPDATE, 4:31 p.m.: While I was not surprised – how could you be? – to see Swisher’s .114 average out of the lineup in Game 2, I was slightly surprised that Girardi elected to go with Hairston as his replacement over Eric Hinske. Hairston has 10 hits in 27 ABs against Pedro; Hinske has eight in 30. To me, that’s not nearly enough of a difference to make up for the fact that if Hinske gets a hittable pitch, he can turn it into runs right away while Hairston is a mostly singles hitter. Either way, I think we can all agree that Swisher needed a break.

UPDATE, 4:35 p.m.: Yanks are out and stretching. For those coming to the game tonight and interested in the precise timing of the pregame stuff, here are the highlights (notice Derek Jeter getting the Clemente Award for commitment to community):

4:50 – 6 p.m.: Yankees hit
5 p.m.: Gates open
6 – 6:40 p.m.: Phillies hit
7:31 p.m.: Jay-Z and Alicia Keys performance
7:36 p.m.: Lineups announced
7:40 p.m.: Roberto Clemente Award presentation to Derek Jeter
7:47 p.m.: John Legend sings the national anthem
7:50 p.m.: Paul O’Neill throws out ceremonial first pitch
7:52 p.m.: Game ball delivered to mound by Boys & Girls Clubs of America
7:55 p.m.: Yankees take field
7:57 p.m.: First pitch

UPDATE, 5:01 p.m.: Standing in right field right now during batting practice? CC Sabathia, Phil Hughes … and Jerry Hairston. He’s been out there the whole time. Obviously trying to get as many looks at the perspective of the ball coming in that direction from home plate. Hairston has played 72 of his 1,010 regular-season games in right field. He last played there on Sept. 7, coming in for an inning at the end of the first game of a doubleheader against the Rays.

UPDATE, 5:09 p.m.: Chad here with some notes from Girardi’s session with the beat writers.

• This is from the press conference, but it’s worth noting. “Would I use (Hughes) in the eighth inning tonight?” Girardi said. “Yes I would.” My own opinion, I think he’ll got to Chamberlain with a lead in the eighth.

• Girardi went to Brian Bruney last night partially because he thought Bruney matched up well, and partially because sticking with Dave Robertson would have left Robertson unavailable tonight.

• On sticking with Jose Molina to catch A.J. Burnett: “It’s never easy when it involves taking Jorge out, but I felt it’s worked pretty well.”

• Girardi said he would not hesitate to pinch hit Posada for Molina, even without a third catcher. The emergency catcher is Hairston.

• There was some discussion of starting Brett Gardner in place of Swisher, but the Yankees decided to go with Hairston because of his numbers against Martinez.

• The Yankees are not likely to announce a Game 4 starter until after Game 3.

UPDATE, 6:20 p.m.: Here’s the audio from Girardi’s pre-game press conference.

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UPDATE, 6:36 p.m.: Derek Jeter is receiving the Roberto Clemente award right now at a press conference downstairs. The award is for commitment to community service.

UPDATE, 6:39 p.m.: Just as a reminder that if you’re interested in getting original Tweets from me, Chad and (mostly) Josh, check us out on Twitter right here. Also, during the World Series, there’s a window on the side of the blog that will be updated in real time with Tweets from us as well as the guys from the News-Journal covering the Phillies.

UPDATE, 7:18 p.m.: They’re getting the stage ready for the Jay-Z/Alicia Keys performance. It’s quite the set-up for what is supposed to be a one-song set. Anyway, if you’re interested, check out this audio from Phil Hughes, who stopped briefly on his way off the field after BP. Hughes did not speak to the media after Game 1, so there was quite a crowd waiting for him.

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UPDATE, 7:30 p.m.: Jay-Z and Alicia Keys came walking in from center field and are taking the stage now.

UPDATE, 7:34 p.m.: Let me just say this: There were more Yankees hanging on the rail for the Jay-Z/Alicia Keys performance than there are during the average inning of a game. They were into it. I also loved how A.J. Burnett and Pedro Martinez were behind the stage, warming up on the grass during the song.

UPDATE, 7:40 p.m.: Chad here. The thing that cracked me up during the Jay-Z performance was watching Ramiro Pena video recording the whole thing. He might not be on the roster, but Pena’s taking it all in. Derek Jeter and Robinson Cano ran out to the stage after the performance. They might simply have been getting loose, but it certainly looked like that they were going to say hello. Jeter had the head-bob going during the song.

UPDATE, 7:44 p.m.: Jeter was just presented the Roberto Clemente award. After the presentation, Jorge Posada — who was born in Puerto Rico, where Clemente is beyond a legend — went to hug Mrs. Clemente.

UPDATE, 7:53 p.m.: Nice ovation for O’Neill throwing out the first pitch. Nice, but not nearly as loud as for Bernie. Charlie Hayes made a surprise appearance walking out to the mound to “deliver” the game ball. Umps meeting at home plate and A.J. walking in from the pen. We’re minutes away. Great night for ball in the Bronx.

UPDATE, 7:56 p.m.: This seems like a bad sign to me. A.J. has changed his music from the movie “300″ (which was scary) to Marilyn Manson (which is just creepy). Not sure what to make of this.

UPDATE, 7:59 p.m.: And we’re off. It’s 52 degrees at first pitch with clear skies in the Bronx. Enjoy the game.

UPDATE, 8:04 p.m.: Pedro just jumped over the foul line and is on his way to the mound. Good start from A.J. – curveball had nice bite and he spotted a fastball to catch Victorino looking. All good signs.

UPDATE, 8:08 p.m.: Fans here have to get on the same page. That was a very, very weak effort at the first “Who’s your daddy?” chant.

UPDATE, 8:10 p.m.: That was what you’re going to see from Pedro tonight: he set up Jeter with a 70 mph pitch, then came back with a 88 mph fastball that Jeter swung through for strike three.

UPDATE, 8:15 p.m.: That’s 17 pitches for Pedro through one. For a 1-2-3, that’s decent – the goal for the Yankees tonight has got to be to make Martinez work. The sooner they get into that meaty Phillies bullpen, the better off they’ll be.

UPDATE, 8:26 p.m.: Unfortunately for the Yankees, that isn’t Phil Cuzzi working the left-field line tonight. Cowboy Joe West actually made the right call there and now Burnett is in trouble.

UPDATE, 8:27 p.m.: Stairs ripped one that, if you’re being fair, A-Rod should have at least knocked down (if not glove cleanly). Instead, he barely deflects it and Damon has no chance to throw out Ibanez at home. 1-0 Phillies.

UPDATE, 8:36 p.m.: Even though he’s not throwing mid-90s anymore, Pedro still knows how to change speeds. That was a 72 mph curveball that A-Rod had no chance on. He just stared. Best thing you can say is that Rodriguez worked him – that was a nine-pitch AB.

UPDATE, 8:43 p.m.: Cano was just robbed by Ibanez on a diving play in the gap. Now Hairston is up. And this is where Martinez wants to make hay – the bottom of the Yankees order is about as weak as it comes when you’re talking about a $200 million team.

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1,046 Responses to “World Series Game 2: Phillies at Yankees”

  1. Erica - always OPPC October 29th, 2009 at 3:24 pm

    Guess the Line Up until 4pm today or the line up gets leaked!!!

    Post players and positions, post on new threads if they come up

    Here’s who is in so far:
    Gardner in CF
    Big Six, Erin, Trevor (same)
    zmaster!, DB, Former Box 607, Wes Chambliss(same)
    vin, Mr October, Andrew33, Shawn (same)
    Upstate Kate, Rob in VT, Hokiehill, jeterhughesjoba, mick, NYY626 (same)
    miggs
    blackaccord
    Tex’s friend

  2. Erica - always OPPC October 29th, 2009 at 3:25 pm

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

  3. Dave F October 29th, 2009 at 3:25 pm

    Repost from last thread.

    Erica:

    Jeter SS
    Damon LF
    Teixeira 1B
    Rodriguez 3B
    Posada C
    Matsui DH
    Cano 2B
    Cabrera RF
    Gardner CF

    Thanks Erica :)

  4. Yankee Trader October 29th, 2009 at 3:26 pm

    Erica-

    Here’s my lineup, which I hope happens, but won’t:

    Jeter SS
    Damon LF
    Teixeira 1B
    A-Rod 3B
    Posada C
    Hinske DH
    Cano 2B
    Cabrera RF
    Gardner CF

    Matsui is a ground ball machine lately.

    Swisher a strikeout pop-up machine.

    Hope AJ, who can be tough on lefties with his curve on the hands, brings it tonight, and pitches at least 8 innings with a very big lead. Then I can trust anyone in our overated bullpen to come in and pitch an inning.

  5. BJ October 29th, 2009 at 3:28 pm

    Jeter SS
    Damon LF
    Teixeira 1B
    A-Rod 3B
    Posada DH
    Cano 2B
    Cabrera RF
    Gardner CF
    Molina C

  6. Rebecca--Optimist Prime--Montero Fanaticus Primus October 29th, 2009 at 3:28 pm

    Can’t wait. I’ll try to take as many pictures as I can, though I’ve got pretty bad seats.

  7. tex's friend October 29th, 2009 at 3:29 pm

    it’s sad. no matter how much we will it, we all know swisher will be in rf tonight.

  8. BigSix October 29th, 2009 at 3:29 pm

    Yankee Trader –

    Interesting call with Hinske at DH…I think I like that.

  9. Kenny October 29th, 2009 at 3:29 pm

    Jeter SS
    Damon LF
    Tex 1B
    A-Rod 3B
    Matsui DH
    Posada C
    Cano 2B
    Cabrera RF
    Gardner CF

  10. Joe from Long Island October 29th, 2009 at 3:29 pm

    Rebecca – where are you sitting?

  11. Wave Your Hat October 29th, 2009 at 3:31 pm

    My predictions for tonight:

    If the game is close Joe will go to Mo for two full innings.

    I hope Joe starts Jorge at catcher, but he won’t.

    Joe will stick with Nick in RF.

  12. Blackaccord October 29th, 2009 at 3:32 pm

    RANDOM QUESTION OF THE DAY: Is sitting under a mango tree actually a thing people do? Like, is it similar to lounging under a palm tree when you’re on vacation? Can there be hammocks?

    ——————————————————–

    People do sit under mango trees.. Its very shady and cool on a hot summer afternoon.. You dont need hammocks..You just sit down or lie down for a Siesta…

  13. MR.OCTOBER October 29th, 2009 at 3:32 pm

    REBECCCA-
    Are you from the Fordham section of the Bronx?

  14. Jim Mason October 29th, 2009 at 3:33 pm

    hey jason r i am talking about the world series. it’s sad that yankee fans have to turn to ripping the mets in bad times. it used to be yankee fans didnt acknowledge the mets. now we are no better than met phillie or boston fans with obscene t-shirts etc.

  15. Rebecca--Optimist Prime--Montero Fanaticus Primus October 29th, 2009 at 3:33 pm

    Joe: 403b I think.

    Mr. October: I currently live in that area, yes.

  16. Jeremy October 29th, 2009 at 3:34 pm

    Some poster said that the 1996 Braves were not as good as the Phillies. I beg to differ.

    They had 3 of the best pitchers in the history of the game:
    Smoltz, Glavine, Maddux.

    They also had a really good bullpen, and their lineup had plenty of power hitters with a strong bench:

    Javy Lopez, Fred McGriff, Mark Lemke, Jeff Blauser, Chipper Jones, Ryan Klesko, Marquis Grissom, Jermaine Dye, Andruw Jones, David Justice.

    That lineup was no joke.

  17. Joe from Long Island October 29th, 2009 at 3:34 pm

    All right, I’ll join in –

    Jeter SS
    Damon LF
    Tex 1B
    Alex 3B
    Posada C
    Matsui DH
    Cano 2B
    Melky RF
    Gardner CF

    I think Joe is going to throw in the towel on the AJ-Molina combo, for the reasons that we all have discussed. I think Matsui will play, he’s had some success against Pedro in the past (remember Game 7, ALCS, 2003?). And I think Joe will try Brett Gardner, with an eye towards the bunting and stealing against Pedro.

    Erica, how much longer till gametime?

  18. m October 29th, 2009 at 3:35 pm

    No, people don’t sit under mango trees. Where I live people have actual jobs. And if they’re sitting under anything it’s a tent. :P

    Besides which mango trees make a lot of rubbish. If you’re sitting under one, you’re probably sitting amongst leaves and overripe mangoes.

  19. JeterHughesJoba October 29th, 2009 at 3:35 pm

    Does anyone else think that Sam’s “Walk to the Plate Music” section of the game preview needs to go? It’s such a shameless rip off of Pete Abe.

  20. ELKEAL487 October 29th, 2009 at 3:36 pm

    I believe the real problem facing the Yankees is Girardi’s insistence on sticking with a line-up that is not producing. Why add Hinske if you’re not going to use him? Why start Swisher when he’s not hitting? Why leave Gardner on the bench, when this team needs a spark plug to get them started? The bullpen is afraid to pitch to contact, and Girardi’s afraid to change-up the starting line-up, this could add up to an early exit.

  21. ELKEAL487 October 29th, 2009 at 3:36 pm

    I believe the real problem facing the Yankees is Girardi’s insistence on sticking with a line-up that is not producing. Why add Hinske if you’re not going to use him? Why start Swisher when he’s not hitting? Why leave Gardner on the bench, when this team needs a spark plug to get them started? The bullpen is afraid to pitch to contact, and Girardi’s afraid to change-up the starting line-up, this could add up to an early exit.

  22. Bronx Jeers October 29th, 2009 at 3:36 pm

    A mango tree can provide a lot of shade and certainly more than a palm tree ever would.

    And of course you could score some free mangoes which are awesome by the way.

  23. Joe from Long Island October 29th, 2009 at 3:36 pm

    Rebecca, I hope you have more success in your 403b than I’ve had in mine :)

  24. henner October 29th, 2009 at 3:36 pm

    jeter 6
    damon 7
    teixeira 3
    rodriguez 5
    posada 2
    matsui x
    cano 4
    cabrera 9
    gardner 8

  25. CR9 October 29th, 2009 at 3:36 pm

    CR9
    October 29th, 2009 at 3:33 pm
    Elkeal aka Phillies or Red Sox fan,

    I stated in a previous post I was joking about Aceves. If there was a player on this team I dislike, it would be Molina. But I do not blame players or dislike players, I dislike umpires, namely HP umpires for changing games with their strike zones, especially when the Yankees usually have a disadvantageous strike zone compared to their opponent.

    CR9
    October 29th, 2009 at 3:36 pm
    We have lost for 9 years. Alex has rarely performed in the playoffs from 2004-2007. I have never jumped on Alex. Not even when he opted out of his contract. I always believed that he was a good guy with some issues. I never jumped on Kevin Brown until he was no longer a Yankee. Maybe Randy Johnson, because his 91-93 mph pitches were hit easily and his slider was spit on by hitters with us, but Nick Blackburn and Cliff Lee are somehow successful with their 90mph slop.

  26. CountryClub October 29th, 2009 at 3:37 pm

    The Yanks win 7 – 2. Pedro doesnt make it through 5.

  27. iiicollies October 29th, 2009 at 3:37 pm

    GTLU entry

    Jeter SS
    Damon LF
    Tex 1B
    Arod 3B
    Matsui DH
    Cano 2B
    Swish RF
    Melky CF
    Molina C

  28. CR9 October 29th, 2009 at 3:37 pm

    my mistake. Correction: 8 years and the losing stops now!

  29. Erica - always OPPC October 29th, 2009 at 3:37 pm

    4 hours and 23 minutes until Game 2!!!!!

  30. ShamWow October 29th, 2009 at 3:37 pm

    Does anyone else think that Sam’s “Walk to the Plate Music” section of the game preview needs to go? It’s such a shameless rip off of Pete Abe.

    NO!

  31. saucY October 29th, 2009 at 3:38 pm

    Hairston is the new Enrique Wilson

  32. Nick in SF in Elk Grove October 29th, 2009 at 3:38 pm

    I think the Mango Tree thing is more Domican/Caribbean, no?

    I tried it once and it really was very peaceful, but I woke up with one less kidney.

  33. William Buckner October 29th, 2009 at 3:38 pm

    “If the game is close Joe will go to Mo for two full innings.
    I hope Joe starts Jorge at catcher, but he won’t.
    Joe will stick with Nick in RF.”

    Totally agree. I think Mo is in the 8th and 9th in close game. I think Molina starts as does Swisher (though I’d rather Posada and anyone, by anyone I mean I wouldn’t care if they brought out a fan who played some baseball in High School – ANYONE).

  34. Gardner in CF October 29th, 2009 at 3:39 pm

    Looks like most GTLU submissions are leaning towards Gardner the Spark Plug rather than Hairston for his success against pedro

  35. Jeff NJ October 29th, 2009 at 3:39 pm

    Jeter ss
    Damon LF
    Tex 1B
    A Rod 3B
    Posada C
    Matsui DH
    Cano 2B
    Cabrera CF
    Hairston RF

  36. Christina October 29th, 2009 at 3:39 pm

    What about the coconut tree?

    A said to B and B said to C….

    if you arent a teacher or dont have kids, you probably wont know what I am refering too.

  37. JasonR October 29th, 2009 at 3:39 pm

    “hey jason r i am talking about the world series. it’s sad that yankee fans have to turn to ripping the mets in bad times. it used to be yankee fans didnt acknowledge the mets. now we are no better than met phillie or boston fans with obscene t-shirts etc.”

    It’s a joke. Lighten up. It’s sad that the Phillies beat the Yankees in one game and all of a sudden the fun police are on the loose. :)

  38. Gardner in CF October 29th, 2009 at 3:40 pm

    William Buckner October 29th, 2009 at 3:38 pm

    I think Molina starts as does Swisher (though I’d rather Posada and anyone, by anyone I mean I wouldn’t care if they brought out a fan who played some baseball in High School – ANYONE).
    —-
    I have a dream where I am that fan.

  39. steveoh October 29th, 2009 at 3:40 pm

    Here’s the linup I want, I am 100% sure Girardi’s will be significantly different though.

    Jeter SS
    Damon LF
    Rodriguez 3B
    Teixeira 1B
    Matsui DH
    Posada C
    Cano 2B
    Cabrera RF
    Gardner CF

  40. CR9 October 29th, 2009 at 3:40 pm

    I said earlier on a previous thread, Mo better be available for 2 or 2+ innings tonight, depending on the situation.

  41. Dave October 29th, 2009 at 3:41 pm

    Lineup:

    Jeter SS
    Damon LF
    Tex 1B
    Arod 3B
    Posada C
    Matsui DH
    Swisher RF
    Hairston 2B
    Cabrera CF

    Cano is 0/12 vs. Pedro.
    Hairston is .370 vs. Pedro.
    Swisher is 0/2 vs. Pedro (too small a sample size).
    Molina should sit, Posada has 4 HR vs. Pedro and a history.

  42. BigSix October 29th, 2009 at 3:41 pm

    Nick – that was the funniest post of the year. Well done!

  43. Jeloij; both gritty AND gutty October 29th, 2009 at 3:41 pm

    Jeter ss
    Damon lf
    texiera 1b
    rodriguez 3b
    matsui dh
    hinske rf
    cano 2b
    cabrera cf
    Molina c

  44. Dave October 29th, 2009 at 3:42 pm

    …and for the record, I think AJ throws some heat tonight.

  45. MR.OCTOBER October 29th, 2009 at 3:42 pm

    Nice!! I grew up there on Lorillard Pl.(right off Fordham Rd.) but moved away only to return to Fordham U. a few years later. I recently made some real estate investments that I rent to Fordham students on Arthur Ave. as well as Hoffman St. and Belmont. Man nothing like a Timos Deli sandwich and a World Series game!! Its funny because I always read the Purist blog and never realized. Good job!

  46. Uncle Ellsworth (much ado about nothing) October 29th, 2009 at 3:42 pm

    If you were with Honey Rider you would sit “Underneath the Mango Tree”

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v.....re=related

  47. Chambliss October 29th, 2009 at 3:43 pm

    I’ll go with CountryClub’s prediction.

    If Pedro pitches a gem tonight I may not watch another game this year.

    Burnett needs to mix up his pitches and move the ball around. I suspect that the Phillies have watched the tape of the first inning of game 5 of the ALCS a thousand times. The Yankees cannot afford to get behind tonight. If they do, they will become tight and play right into Pedro’s hands. Pedro will throw one changeup after another and tonight will feel a lot like last night.

  48. SCX October 29th, 2009 at 3:44 pm

    I think people are putting way too much faith/stock in the various Yankees’ career numbers against Pedro. This is a totally different Pedro now and, for the most part, they haven’t seen him in a few years.

  49. Ed in PR October 29th, 2009 at 3:44 pm

    Jeter SS
    Damon LF
    Teixeira 1B
    Rodriguez 3B
    Posada C
    Matsui DH
    Cano 2B
    Hinske RF
    Cabrera CF

    It’s a stretch but we need more outta RF

  50. Uncle Ellsworth (much ado about nothing) October 29th, 2009 at 3:44 pm

    Christina
    October 29th, 2009 at 3:39 pm
    What about the coconut tree?

    Very Dangerous more dangerous than Hippos
    true story

  51. Patrick October 29th, 2009 at 3:44 pm

    Wave Your Hat,

    I think those are pretty good predictions.

    Here are some of my own: Matsui is going to have a big hit tonight, Nick Swisher will walk 2 or more times, A.J. Burnett will have 7 or more strikeouts.

    Am I absurdly optimistic? Yes but I don’t care :)

  52. Robbykid October 29th, 2009 at 3:45 pm

    Jeter-SS
    Damon-LF
    Tex-1B
    Arod-3B
    Matsui-DH
    Cano-2B
    Melky-RF
    Molina-C
    Gardner-CF

  53. Jeremy October 29th, 2009 at 3:46 pm

    It doesn’t matter. The Yankees have seen Pedro so many times that even though they haven’t seen him in a while they should be able to handle him.

    The Yankees didn’t face Smoltz in a long time and they beat him.

  54. miggs - GTLU Reigning Champion October 29th, 2009 at 3:46 pm

    IMO no way Gardner starts.

    Without Guzman on the roster Gardner is the only pinch hitter. Girardi will save him for that.

  55. Gardner in CF October 29th, 2009 at 3:46 pm

    SCX October 29th, 2009 at 3:44 pm

    This is a totally different Pedro now and, for the most part, they haven’t seen him in a few years.
    —-
    It’ll feel just like old times when the Yankees bury him.

  56. Bronx Jeers October 29th, 2009 at 3:47 pm

    “Does anyone else think that Sam’s “Walk to the Plate Music” section of the game preview needs to go? It’s such a shameless rip off of Pete Abe.”

    Sam’s version can be viewed as actually better because there is a significance in the choice of song. It’s the song + the context it is played in.

    Pete’s version was just random. At times it felt deliberately random.

  57. Rebecca--Optimist Prime--Montero Fanaticus Primus October 29th, 2009 at 3:47 pm

    Mr. October: Nothing like Tino’s, at all.

    I don’t want to get too specific as to where I live, but I am familiar with all of the places you just mentioned =).

  58. The Mad Prince in Pinstripes October 29th, 2009 at 3:47 pm

    Nick,

    You mean you didn’t wake up in a seedy motel bathtub full of ice?

  59. Joe I. October 29th, 2009 at 3:47 pm

    “I think people are putting way too much faith/stock in the various Yankees’ career numbers against Pedro. This is a totally different Pedro now and, for the most part, they haven’t seen him in a few years.”

    They saw him last year at Shea in the second game of the two stadium doubleheader. Ponson pitched for the Yankees, and they won by a 9-0 score. Pedro was shelled, something like 6 runs in 5 innings.

  60. pat October 29th, 2009 at 3:47 pm

    Hairston in RF tonight

  61. baseballfab October 29th, 2009 at 3:47 pm

    Hairston

  62. trisha - OPPC forever - (new lucky picture from last day at the old Stadium) BRING ON THE GHOSTS! October 29th, 2009 at 3:48 pm

    Hairston and Molina in the lineup.

  63. matt October 29th, 2009 at 3:48 pm

    Hairston starting

  64. wow October 29th, 2009 at 3:48 pm

    Molina AND Hairston tonight

    Girardi needs to be fired

  65. GGBG (Magic Number: reset to 4) October 29th, 2009 at 3:48 pm

    GTLU entry:

    SS Jeter
    LF Damon
    1b Tex
    3b ARod
    DH Matsui
    2b Cano
    RF Swisher
    C Molina
    CF Melky

  66. The Mad Prince in Pinstripes October 29th, 2009 at 3:48 pm

    Wait a minute, Jermaine Dye played on that Braves team in 1995?!

  67. tex's friend October 29th, 2009 at 3:48 pm

    no posada?

    ugh

  68. Jeff NJ October 29th, 2009 at 3:48 pm

    Joe said the lineup, Molina and Hairston are in.

  69. saucY October 29th, 2009 at 3:49 pm

    under the sycamore tree ?

  70. matt October 29th, 2009 at 3:49 pm

    I like it. Going with Hairston is really no different than going with Gardner. Both have speed. Go with numbers, give Hairston a chance. Hinske is nothing to write home about as a starter.

  71. Nathan Burns October 29th, 2009 at 3:49 pm

    General baseball question, a little help please.

    What is the rule/etiquette for announcing your team’s rotation for the World Series (or for division/LDS)? I know Girardi only announced the first 3 games. Do you really only need to announce that day’s starter?

    Thanks!

    Go YANKEES!!!

  72. Jeloij; both gritty AND gutty October 29th, 2009 at 3:49 pm

    NOOOO!!! so close, hairston instead of hinske, every guy who put posada in their guess is delusional, you know girardi was going with Molina

  73. upstate kate October 29th, 2009 at 3:49 pm

    Christina-
    I remember that book, it was a present to my son from a teacher friend- a great way to learn the alphabet.

    Rebecca-
    loved your most recent blog entry.

  74. GGBG (Magic Number: reset to 4) October 29th, 2009 at 3:49 pm

    Whoops, made a mistake there:

    SS Jeter
    LF Damon
    1b Tex
    3b ARod
    DH Matsui
    2b Cano
    RF Melky
    CF Gardner
    C Molina

  75. Jeff NJ October 29th, 2009 at 3:49 pm

    Not sure how you leave out Pedro’s nemesis Jorge.

  76. Gardner in CF October 29th, 2009 at 3:49 pm

    Burnett needs to be fired

  77. BigSix October 29th, 2009 at 3:49 pm

    Jermaine Dye was the Braves RF in 1996

  78. trisha - OPPC forever - (new lucky picture from last day at the old Stadium) BRING ON THE GHOSTS! October 29th, 2009 at 3:50 pm

    I can’t believe anyone seriously thought that Molina would be out. That had to be nothing more than wishful thinking on their part.

    It’s the right move. Period.

  79. CR9 October 29th, 2009 at 3:50 pm

    Hey, did anyone hear about Pete Abe’s intimate night on the golf course with mini-Dustin and mini-Youk. I think Peter Gammons was there too.

  80. Gardner in CF October 29th, 2009 at 3:51 pm

    Jeloij; both gritty AND gutty October 29th, 2009 at 3:49 pm

    every guy who put posada in their guess is delusional

    more like optimistic

  81. trisha - OPPC forever - (new lucky picture from last day at the old Stadium) BRING ON THE GHOSTS! October 29th, 2009 at 3:51 pm

    “Not sure how you leave out Pedro’s nemesis Jorge.”

    I would think you’ll see him sooner or later.

  82. Ed in PR October 29th, 2009 at 3:51 pm

    wow, Hairtson and Molina? He will get flamed for this if we lose again tonite… The bottom of the lineup looks horrendous!

  83. BigSix October 29th, 2009 at 3:51 pm

    Wow.

    $200 million payroll and the bottom of our order for WS Game 2 looks like this:

    Cabrera
    Hairston
    Molina

  84. William Buckner October 29th, 2009 at 3:51 pm

    “I have a dream where I am that fan.”

    Gardner, you have a chance tonight!

  85. Chris G October 29th, 2009 at 3:51 pm

    My lineup guess. Not what I think should happen but Girardi is Girardi.

    Jeter SS
    Damon LF
    Tex 1B
    A-Rod 3B
    Matsui DH
    Cano 2B
    Melky CF
    Swisher RF
    Molina C

  86. iiicollies October 29th, 2009 at 3:52 pm

    where’s the lineup posted?

  87. matt October 29th, 2009 at 3:52 pm

    stop guessing lineups. the lineup is out publicly

  88. Ninja Burglar October 29th, 2009 at 3:52 pm

    I don’t think Girardi’s changing anything.

    Jeter
    Damon
    Tex
    ARod
    Matsui
    Cano
    Swisher
    Cabrera
    Molina

  89. We Can Still Win October 29th, 2009 at 3:52 pm

    You people need to make up your minds. You were complaining that Automatic Out Nick Swisher was playing, but when Girardi replaces him, you still complain. Make up your minds.

  90. BigSix October 29th, 2009 at 3:52 pm

    Cabrera, Hairston, Molina

    Cabrera, Hairston, Molina

    Cabrera, Hairston, Molina

    Let’s hope we only see it three times tonight, too

  91. trisha - OPPC forever - (new lucky picture from last day at the old Stadium) BRING ON THE GHOSTS! October 29th, 2009 at 3:53 pm

    iii – Girardi just gave it on his press conference. (YES showing it right now.)

  92. Captain October October 29th, 2009 at 3:53 pm

    9 outs given away tonight. Great.

  93. Chris G October 29th, 2009 at 3:53 pm

    RT @LoHudYankees: Hairston in RF. Jeter, Damon, Tex, ARod, Matsui, Cano, Hairston, Melky, Molina with Burnett. – JT

  94. steveoh October 29th, 2009 at 3:53 pm

    Hairston because of completely meaningless history vs Pedro?

    He’s even more dumb than I thought…

  95. Erica - always OPPC October 29th, 2009 at 3:53 pm

    Trisha-

    Can you list out the full final line up Girardi just said? So I can figure out who the winner is

  96. blake October 29th, 2009 at 3:54 pm

    Jeter
    Damon
    Tex
    Arod
    Matsui
    Posada
    Cano
    Swisher/Gardner
    Melky

    I personally would stick with Swisher one more game. He looked better in game 6 of the ALCS and you can’t hold last night against him when nobody hit. Swisher can get hot in a hurry. Also, you have to play Jorge tonight against Pedro. The Molina experiment has to be over…

  97. Erica - always OPPC October 29th, 2009 at 3:54 pm

    Trisha-

    Nevermind, I found it. Thanks :-)

  98. Nick in SF in Elk Grove October 29th, 2009 at 3:54 pm

    Mad Prince: it was a bathtub full of ice under a mango tree.

    It was like a Cialis commercial gone terribly wrong.

  99. The Mad Prince in Pinstripes October 29th, 2009 at 3:54 pm

    BigSix,

    I did not know that.

    Thx

  100. iiicollies October 29th, 2009 at 3:54 pm

    Big6

    If Yankees are having good game, you definitely would see it more than 3 times and you should want to!

  101. Erica - always OPPC October 29th, 2009 at 3:54 pm

    Umm- Guess the Line Up is now over.

    PLease stop posting line ups

  102. blake October 29th, 2009 at 3:55 pm

    This just in, Cliff Lee is pitching again tonight..

  103. trisha - OPPC forever - (new lucky picture from last day at the old Stadium) BRING ON THE GHOSTS! October 29th, 2009 at 3:55 pm

    So you all know that Cabrera, Hairston, and Molina won’t do anything to help tonight. None will get on base, there’ll be no sac flys if anyone is on in front of them, no bunts, nothing but automatic outs.

    Yeah okay.

  104. pat October 29th, 2009 at 3:55 pm

    Cabrera, Hairston, Molina

    “Let’s hope we only see it three times tonight, too”

    6 times in 4 innings would be okay with me. :wink:

  105. Blackaccord October 29th, 2009 at 3:55 pm

    Blackaccord
    October 29th, 2009 at 2:39 pm
    My lineup…

    Jeter SS
    Damon LF
    Texeira 1B
    Arod 3B
    Matsui DH
    Cano 2B
    Hairston RF
    Cabrera CF
    Molina C

    ————————————

    I had the right players but probably switched hairston and cabrera.. I thought Joe wouldn’t bat 3 righties (hairston, molina and jeter) together..

  106. The Mad Prince in Pinstripes October 29th, 2009 at 3:56 pm

    nick,

    haha…well, heck, at least you had mangoes and ice to sustain you while help arrived.

  107. iiicollies October 29th, 2009 at 3:56 pm

    Trish, thanks

  108. Hokiehill October 29th, 2009 at 3:56 pm

    ah, the lineup complaints…this reminds me of the regular season, you know, the one where we won 103 games and someone complained about the lineup before EVERY ONE OF THEM! you guys all sound like children…I’m sorry, but it is just ridiculous. The funny thing is, 1/2 the people complaining about Hairston were complaining that Joe has not benched Swisher until now…the great thing about Joe is, he’s not managing for your approval, and all I can say is, thank goodness!

  109. blake October 29th, 2009 at 3:56 pm

    Hey Erica, its our party and we can post lineups if we want to.

  110. Patrick October 29th, 2009 at 3:56 pm

    Tony Pena: So Joe, we are down 1 game against a very good Philadelphia team, what should we do to adjust?

    Joe Girardi: I’m thinking we take Jorge Posada and Nick Swisher out of the lineup and replace them with two much worse hitters.

    Tony: Uh.. Joe, why?

    Joe: MATCHUPS

    Tony: But Joe, I don’t thi-

    Joe: MATCHUPS

  111. Erica - always OPPC October 29th, 2009 at 3:56 pm

    Congratulations to our ONLY winner of “Guess the Line Up”

    Blackaccord was the only correct submission out of 37 line ups.

    Good job!!!!!

    Guess the Line Up should resume on Saturday at 2:30. But I reserve the right to cancel it. I will let you know as I figure out my weekend plans

  112. Wave Your Hat October 29th, 2009 at 3:56 pm

    Very depressing…

  113. Erica - always OPPC October 29th, 2009 at 3:57 pm

    blake
    October 29th, 2009 at 3:56 pm
    Hey Erica, its our party and we can post lineups if we want to.
    ****

    If you want to post wrong line ups, be my guest. But the real line up is out there

  114. Scared of the Wall October 29th, 2009 at 3:57 pm

    Those freaking out about Hairston in the lineup… are you guys even aware of his numbers against Pedro?

    He has a .370 batting average against him in 27 at bats, that is pretty damn good. He can’t be any worse than Swisher has been.

  115. tex's friend October 29th, 2009 at 3:58 pm

    mine isnt a lineup complaint as much as curiousity why posada isnt dhing with so much experience off Pedro. I just want to see posada drop one into cf off him like the old days.

  116. Rebecca--Optimist Prime--Montero Fanaticus Primus October 29th, 2009 at 3:58 pm

    Upstate: Thanks, I’m glad you enjoyed it. I actually got pretty emotional writing it.

  117. trisha - OPPC forever - (new lucky picture from last day at the old Stadium) BRING ON THE GHOSTS! October 29th, 2009 at 3:58 pm

    “ah, the lineup complaints…this reminds me of the regular season, you know, the one where we won 103 games and someone complained about the lineup before EVERY ONE OF THEM! you guys all sound like children…I’m sorry, but it is just ridiculous. The funny thing is, 1/2 the people complaining about Hairston were complaining that Joe has not benched Swisher until now…the great thing about Joe is, he’s not managing for your approval, and all I can say is, thank goodness!”

    I’m so with you. I always believe Girardi puts out the best lineup he can based on everything he knows. Which beats what we know here hands down, IMO.

  118. blake October 29th, 2009 at 3:58 pm

    oh, well I guess i’m an idiot then….

  119. Blackaccord October 29th, 2009 at 3:58 pm

    Erica – always OPPC
    October 29th, 2009 at 3:56 pm
    Congratulations to our ONLY winner of “Guess the Line Up”

    Blackaccord was the only correct submission out of 37 line ups.

    Good job!!!!!
    ——————————–

    Did I really win?? I thought I had cabrera/hairston mixed up..

  120. CR9 October 29th, 2009 at 3:58 pm

    At least Girardi is sticking with his plan. If his plan fails, then so be it. But he is not about to jump ship because of 1 game and abandon his philosophies. Hairston can work ABs and foul pitches off. Molina, maybe, just maybe, he will try to draw one walk. Melky pretty much ended the Red Sox season with his line drive off Lester’s above the knee area. When Melky is good, Melky can hit pretty decently. I am not too concerned.

  121. Erica - always OPPC October 29th, 2009 at 3:58 pm

    I am confused-

    Is Hairston batting 7th or 8th?????

  122. Patrick October 29th, 2009 at 3:59 pm

    If the Yankees win the world series it will be despite Joe Girardi. He has done nothing to help the team this postseason. Just awful…

  123. Jim Mason October 29th, 2009 at 3:59 pm

    should have given swish one more chance. hairston just as washed up as pedro.

  124. rconn23 October 29th, 2009 at 3:59 pm

    “I can’t believe anyone seriously thought that Molina would be out.”

    Yeah, I know. I mean, it’s crazy to think that the third worst hitter in the AL this year would be out of a lineup that’s in desperate need of offense.

    It’s certainly more important to keep Molina in the lineup to babysit a 32-year old flake. It’s not like Posada has caught some of Burnett’s best starts this year.

    Oh wait, he has.

  125. Erin October 29th, 2009 at 3:59 pm

    Um…doesn’t Hairston have really good numbers against Pedro? And weren’t a lot of people calling for Swisher to be benched tonight?

  126. DB October 29th, 2009 at 3:59 pm

    HAIRSTON IS IN SWISHER OUT

  127. Rebecca--Optimist Prime--Montero Fanaticus Primus October 29th, 2009 at 3:59 pm

    “Those freaking out about Hairston in the lineup… are you guys even aware of his numbers against Pedro?

    He has a .370 batting average against him in 27 at bats, that is pretty damn good. He can’t be any worse than Swisher has been.”

    Hairston hasn’t faced Pedro since 2004. The numbers aren’t entirely invalid, but confidence inspire that does not.

  128. DB October 29th, 2009 at 3:59 pm

    lol, can’t get anything past you guys

  129. We Can Still Win October 29th, 2009 at 3:59 pm

    In previous WS, other “less talented” players had big hits that helped the team win. It is asinine to assume that Hairston and Molina aren’t capable of the same thing.

  130. Jeremy October 29th, 2009 at 3:59 pm

    Girardi better hope that the Yankees win this game. Because if he doesn’t the media will blast him for this choice. I would have picked Hinske.

  131. Joe from Long Island October 29th, 2009 at 4:00 pm

    So, there’s the lineup.

    But it still comes down to starting pitching. If AJ does what he has to do – shut down the Phils – then the Yankees will win, regardless of the lineup. Won’t matter if I’m playing RF, the Yankees will win if AJ steps up. As the saying goes, “It’s that simple.”

  132. Erica - always OPPC October 29th, 2009 at 4:00 pm

    Okay- I officially have no idea who won Guess the Line Up. LOL

  133. tex's friend October 29th, 2009 at 4:00 pm

    i love people still being hard on melky. he had the second highesat average in the alcs on the team.

  134. DB October 29th, 2009 at 4:00 pm

    Jerry Hairston = Enrique Wilson

  135. tampayank October 29th, 2009 at 4:00 pm

    thank God Swisher sits…Hairston has done a good job whenever he’s gotten the opportunity

  136. Robbykid October 29th, 2009 at 4:00 pm

    Swisher looks terrible at the plate

  137. Mikey MD October 29th, 2009 at 4:00 pm

    Great line-up, if it were a national league team but unfortunately the other team will be batting nine guys because they’re playing in an AL stadium, versus six plus three zeroes..
    This isn’t 1996, Joe…

  138. betsy October 29th, 2009 at 4:01 pm

    Wow….First off, Po should be playing. Since Stubborn Joe refuses to change his mind, then you can not also play Hairston. Reverse that – if you want to bench Swisher, then you can not play Molina. This is an NL Lineup – Joe is really out of his mind.

  139. Nick in SF in Elk Grove October 29th, 2009 at 4:01 pm

    Hate to say I told you so, but…

    Anyway, I hope Molina has 6 plate appearances.

  140. blake October 29th, 2009 at 4:01 pm

    so whats the lineup, i don’t see it

  141. Blackaccord October 29th, 2009 at 4:01 pm

    Erica – always OPPC
    October 29th, 2009 at 4:00 pm
    Okay- I officially have no idea who won Guess the Line Up. LOL

    ——————-

    lol.. But thanks for awarding it to me..:)

  142. Patrick October 29th, 2009 at 4:01 pm

    “Hairston hasn’t faced Pedro since 2004. The numbers aren’t entirely invalid, but confidence inspire that does not.”

    This is a key point that many Yankee fans either ignore or just don’t know.

  143. Jeremy October 29th, 2009 at 4:02 pm

    Jim Mason
    Swisher sucks ! Hairston may not be the best hitter but I bet you that he will do better than Swisher. Swisher can’t even hit a fastball right down the middle.

  144. Ed in PR October 29th, 2009 at 4:02 pm

    Fatcessa is now saying that Swisher must be upset that Hairston replaces him. Swisher wouldn’t be too upset if it was with Gardner.

  145. John K in VA October 29th, 2009 at 4:02 pm

    watching peteabes twitter he just said

    “Hairston in RF. Molina catches. No Posada.”

    Not sure if this is true, but this is going to be a sad lineup.

  146. Uncle Ellsworth (much ado about nothing) October 29th, 2009 at 4:02 pm

    Brian Doyle/Bucky Dent

  147. Trevor October 29th, 2009 at 4:02 pm

    “Hairston hasn’t faced Pedro since 2004″

    True but those are impressive numbers against what was a dominant Pedro.
    One would assume he can be just as good or even better against a Pedro with lesser stuff.

  148. Ryan October 29th, 2009 at 4:02 pm

    wow swisher benched for harriston

  149. trisha - OPPC forever - (new lucky picture from last day at the old Stadium) BRING ON THE GHOSTS! October 29th, 2009 at 4:02 pm

    rconn, I guess you like the sound of your own voice more than you like the sound of Girardi’s. If you listened to anything he’s been saying – or watched what he’s been doing – you would have known Molina was getting this start.

    Unless you tell me, seriously, that you know more about the Yankees than he does and more about putting together the right lineup, then I have to believe he has just given us the best chance to win.

  150. saucY October 29th, 2009 at 4:02 pm

    nice post Hokiehill

  151. Jeremy October 29th, 2009 at 4:03 pm

    Nick Swisher is performing like Cody Ransom.

  152. Scared of the Wall October 29th, 2009 at 4:03 pm

    I love how everyone STILL freaks out about Molina being in the lineup, as if he’s singlehandedly responsible for the Yankees losing.

    Posada’s bat is an obvious upgrade over Molina, but he’s not this offensive powerhouse that everyone makes him out to be.

    Regardless, Girardi has done a good job of getting Posada in there relatively quickly during AJ’s starts. It’s not worth getting your panties in a bunch.

  153. The Mad Prince in Pinstripes October 29th, 2009 at 4:03 pm

    Teix’s friend,

    I posted on the last thread: if we start Molina and Posada, Molina has to play the whole game, otherwise we forfeit the DH spot if we shift Posada from DH to C.

  154. Wave Your Hat October 29th, 2009 at 4:03 pm

    “He has a .370 batting average against him in 27 at bats, that is pretty damn good. He can’t be any worse than Swisher has been.”

    The career numbers are meaningless. The last time Hairston faced Pedro was in 2004 – 3 PAs.

    2004 3 PAs, 2 hits
    He hit .222 and .200 in 23 total PA’s in 2003 and 2002.

    Certainly nothing to get excited about.

  155. saucY October 29th, 2009 at 4:04 pm

    “Hairston hasn’t faced Pedro since 2004. ”

    back when Pedro was much better… i like it

  156. Hokiehill October 29th, 2009 at 4:04 pm

    I hope everyone complaining about Molina and Hairston are doing so to insure they each have a big hit…usually a sure fire way to get Molina a hit is for me to say, “great, here comes a strike out” as he walks to the plate…either that or I hope you’re doing it for my amusement. I’m laughing at you one way or another!

  157. We Can Still Win October 29th, 2009 at 4:04 pm

    You guys are busy worrying about the lineup. You should be worrying about the bullpen.

  158. Blackaccord October 29th, 2009 at 4:04 pm

    my prediction of the game is that Hairston is going to hit a solo homer in his 1st at bat.. 2 run homer in his 2nd ab.. 3 run homer in his 3rd AB, a GS in his 4th AB and a 5-run homer in his 5th AB…

  159. JeterHughesJoba October 29th, 2009 at 4:04 pm

    Hokiehill
    October 29th, 2009 at 3:56 pm
    ah, the lineup complaints…this reminds me of the regular season, you know, the one where we won 103 games and someone complained about the lineup before EVERY ONE OF THEM! you guys all sound like children…I’m sorry, but it is just ridiculous. The funny thing is, 1/2 the people complaining about Hairston were complaining that Joe has not benched Swisher until now…the great thing about Joe is, he’s not managing for your approval, and all I can say is, thank goodness!

    Actually, Clueless Joe is managing for the fan’s approval. The fans are demanding that he make the moves to put the team in the best position to win.

    Starting Molina is an absolute joke. There is NO REASON TO START A BACKUP catcher in game 2 of the world series!!!

    Clueless Joe should be fired on the spot. I’ve said all along that this time has been winning in spite of him.

    In case you haven’t noticed, the offense hasn’t exactly been lighting it up. Nothing like putting an automatic out in Molina at the expense of Posada into the lineup!!

    It’s 10X worse when Burnett got lit up his last start with Molina catching! When is Clueless Joe going to realize that AJ, and AJ only, is responsible for his success or failure??

  160. Backbench October 29th, 2009 at 4:04 pm

    Folks, enjoy the fact that there are at least three more games to this wonderful season, and that on 13 April 2010, the LAAs of Anahiem will have to stand and watch as the NYYs hang the 2009 AL Penant banner in the NYS.

  161. Erica - always OPPC October 29th, 2009 at 4:05 pm

    I need to leave soon- so we may not have a formally awarded winner until much much later

  162. Rebecca--Optimist Prime--Montero Fanaticus Primus October 29th, 2009 at 4:05 pm

    My issue isn’t starting Molina OR Hairston, it’s starting both of them together in an AL park.

    Also, I do worry about the bullpen. Especially with Burnett on the mound.

    Hoping for the best, long way to go.

  163. Anthony October 29th, 2009 at 4:06 pm

    “Tony Pena: So Joe, we are down 1 game against a very good Philadelphia team, what should we do to adjust?

    Joe Girardi: I’m thinking we take Jorge Posada and Nick Swisher out of the lineup and replace them with two much worse hitters.

    Tony: Uh.. Joe, why?

    Joe: MATCHUPS

    Tony: But Joe, I don’t thi-

    Joe: MATCHUPS”

    Greatest comment ever.

  164. The Mad Prince in Pinstripes October 29th, 2009 at 4:06 pm

    Nick, remind me, what do you do for a living that sends you across NorCal?

  165. CR9 October 29th, 2009 at 4:06 pm

    I am not a fan of Molina being in the lineup, but I am sure as heck going to hope he takes pitches, tries to draw walks, not ground into DPs, and if an opportunity to drive in a run with an out, he succeeds.

    If Molina goes up there and swings at the first pitches and gives easy outs, or gives away outs in key situations, I will be pretty peeved.

    Here’s hoping to not being peeved. May Molina go up to the plate tonight like a professional hitter and not one just up there to get his World Series hacks in.

  166. We Can Still Win October 29th, 2009 at 4:06 pm

    (I posted on the last thread: if we start Molina and Posada, Molina has to play the whole game, otherwise we forfeit the DH spot if we shift Posada from DH to C.)

    Who said that Posada was going to DH? Matsui is the DH.

  167. Gardner in CF October 29th, 2009 at 4:06 pm

    # BigSix October 29th, 2009 at 3:51 pm
    $200 million payroll and the bottom of our order for WS Game 2 looks like this:

    Cabrera
    Hairston
    Molina


    don’t forget Cano

    # William Buckner October 29th, 2009 at 3:51 pm
    Gardner, you have a chance tonight!

    I wish I was at the game :(

  168. Patrick October 29th, 2009 at 4:06 pm

    “Unless you tell me, seriously, that you know more about the Yankees than he does and more about putting together the right lineup, then I have to believe he has just given us the best chance to win.”

    Honestly trisha, there are some fans and writers (Keith Law comes to mind) that are more knowledgeable than many managers.

  169. Mo Wang October 29th, 2009 at 4:07 pm

    Yes I agree…starting one is fine. You cannot start both.

  170. trisha - OPPC forever - (new lucky picture from last day at the old Stadium) BRING ON THE GHOSTS! October 29th, 2009 at 4:07 pm

    “It’s certainly more important to keep Molina in the lineup to babysit a 32-year old flake.”

    The 32-year-old flake is your starting pitcher. His comfort level trumps everything else, especially this being his first start in the world series. It is what it is.

    “It’s not like Posada has caught some of Burnett’s best starts this year.

    Oh wait, he has.”

    Yeah and Swisher was hitting back then too. Good job.

  171. Anthony October 29th, 2009 at 4:07 pm

    Girardi will thankfully not be our manager next year. That is the one upside to this.

  172. JeterHughesJoba October 29th, 2009 at 4:07 pm

    They have 3 writers doing this blog, yet not one of them can post the lineup???

  173. miggs - GTLU Reigning Champion October 29th, 2009 at 4:07 pm

    More nonsense…..

    Look, whether you like it or not, did anyone really think Girardi was going to let Burnett pitch to Posada today?

    The risk of Burnett imploding and going down 0-2 was great (in Girardi’s mind). Not saying its right, but you HAVE to be able to predict these moves by Girardi by now.

    No problem with Hairston, but I would have given Hinske a try. Swisher is a black hole in the lineup right now.

  174. Wave Your Hat October 29th, 2009 at 4:07 pm

    “In previous WS, other “less talented” players had big hits that helped the team win. It is asinine to assume that Hairston and Molina aren’t capable of the same thing.”

    Sure. We should have kept Cody Ransom on the roster so we could bench Tex and play Cody, too. With a little more effort we could fill out the whole roster with less talented players. I mean, even the Washington Nationals won a few games. It would be asinine to think they couldn’t win the WS.

  175. ray (sox fan) October 29th, 2009 at 4:08 pm

    First, I am not on here to troll. I think the Yankees are better than the Phillies and will still win the Series.

    With that said, it would be wise for the Yankees not to underestimate Pedro. Of course he is not the pitcher he was several years ago.

    But remember in the second game against the Dodgers he pitched seven innings allowing only two hits and no runs.

    I am not a big defender of Pedro, but he certainly is one of the most competitive pitchers in the game. With each cry of “Whose Your Daddy” I suspect Pedro will only be more motivated to win.

  176. Erica - always OPPC October 29th, 2009 at 4:08 pm

    Congratulations to our ONLY winner of “Guess the Line Up”.
    (I am sure this time :-)

    Blackaccord was the only correct submission out of 37 line ups.

    Good job!!!!!

    Guess the Line Up should resume on Saturday at 2:30. But I reserve the right to cancel it. I will let you know as I figure out my weekend plans

  177. Blackaccord October 29th, 2009 at 4:08 pm

    Lineup posted by sam… Hairston batting 7th..

    YANKEES
    Jeter SS
    Damon LF
    Teixeira 1B
    Rodriguez 3B
    Matsui DH
    Cano 2B
    Hairston RF
    Cabrera CF
    Molina C

  178. We Can Still Win October 29th, 2009 at 4:09 pm

    (Folks, enjoy the fact that there are at least three more games to this wonderful season, and that on 13 April 2010, the LAAs of Anahiem will have to stand and watch as the NYYs hang the 2009 AL Penant banner in the NYS.)

    It won’t mean a thing if the WS banner isn’t hung along with it. Who cares if you won the pennant? The ring is the thing.

  179. G. Love October 29th, 2009 at 4:09 pm

    I, for one, love that Swisher is out of the lineup. It was overdue.

    To be complaining about his deletion from the lineup means you haven’t been watching his inept at bats.

    Posada, on the other hand, I am furious about. Girardi really has that stubborn side to him. Jorge deserves this start. Especially against Pedro who he hates and loves to hit against.

  180. Erica - always OPPC October 29th, 2009 at 4:09 pm

    Anthony
    October 29th, 2009 at 4:07 pm
    Girardi will thankfully not be our manager next year. That is the one upside to this.
    *****

    Clearly an informed fan. Since Hal Steinbrenner has already said Girardi is his guy for next year

  181. Drive 4-5 October 29th, 2009 at 4:09 pm

    I’m ok with going with Girardi’s hunch about Hairston. But I hate, hate, hate taking Posada’s bat out of the lineup against Pedro. AJ pitched poorly with Molina the last start. There was no reason to repeat the same mistake again.

  182. m shirt October 29th, 2009 at 4:09 pm

    I like the lineup. Swisher and Posada are looking atrocious. This is gonna be a good game.

  183. Rebecca--Optimist Prime--Montero Fanaticus Primus October 29th, 2009 at 4:09 pm

    Yo, dude, if your manager has gotten your team to the World Series, he does not need to be fired, overmanaging notwithstanding.

    I’ll take going to the World Series every. single. time.

  184. trisha - OPPC forever - (new lucky picture from last day at the old Stadium) BRING ON THE GHOSTS! October 29th, 2009 at 4:09 pm

    “Honestly trisha, there are some fans and writers (Keith Law comes to mind) that are more knowledgeable than many managers.”

    Patrick, in the case of a manager who got his team to 103 wins in the face of a lot of injuries and who got his team to the World Series, I am going to trust that manager over any fan on a blog.

  185. The Mad Prince in Pinstripes October 29th, 2009 at 4:10 pm

    We Can Still Win,

    Tex’s friend was asking why we don’t Catch Molina and DH Posada…I was writing the potential consequences of doing so.

  186. Anthony October 29th, 2009 at 4:10 pm

    Please people, you can’t convince a person like trisha. It’s really not worth trying. By her logic, we shouldn’t criticize anyone because we can’t possibly know what they know, so we should therefore assume they are making the best decision. It’s an asinine argument and if true, I guess we can tell sports writers, political commentators, and pretty much any other kind of critic that what their doing is worthless because the person they are criticizing is probably right and must always be given the benefit of the doubt.

  187. Blackaccord October 29th, 2009 at 4:10 pm

    Thanks Erica.. Even though I do not agree with the lineup, I kind of guessed what Girardi would come up with..

  188. trisha - OPPC forever - (new lucky picture from last day at the old Stadium) BRING ON THE GHOSTS! October 29th, 2009 at 4:10 pm

    Myself included.

  189. Uncle Ellsworth (much ado about nothing) October 29th, 2009 at 4:10 pm

    trainwreck

  190. blake October 29th, 2009 at 4:10 pm

    I don’t mind Hairston playing near as much as Molina, Hairston can do some things on the bases and hes an upgrade defensively over Swisher but Molina is an automatic out and Jorge has tons of experience against Pedro…. ugh

  191. Erica - always OPPC October 29th, 2009 at 4:10 pm

    I have had enough squawking. I need to go.

    3 hours and 50 minutes until Game 2!!!!!

    Happy viewing people.

  192. ElGuapo October 29th, 2009 at 4:10 pm

    I think that Molina should catch AJ for the first two innings, just to give him a psychological crutch, and help him not to implode. As soon as he hopefully settles in, then they should get Posada in.

  193. Jeremy October 29th, 2009 at 4:10 pm

    The issue with Joe is that he goes by the book- the numbers.

    He lacks a feel for the game. I hope that the players can come though because once again like I said the worse enemy of this team is Girardi.

  194. We Can Still Win October 29th, 2009 at 4:10 pm

    (No problem with Hairston, but I would have given Hinske a try. Swisher is a black hole in the lineup right now.)

    Hairston is a better fielder than Hinske.

  195. Nick in SF in Elk Grove October 29th, 2009 at 4:11 pm

    Mad Prince: Mango distribution.

  196. rconn23 October 29th, 2009 at 4:11 pm

    Trisha,

    I’m not surprised that Molina is in the lineup. I expected it, even. It just defies all rational logic.

    However, nothing surprises me anymore. Molina getting multiple starts, not using Robertson, pinch running for A-Rod.

    Posada is the second best hitting catcher in the AL. Molina is the third worst HITTER statisitcally in the AL this year. That’s an absolute fact.

    You’re team as a whole is struggling offensively, so the idea is to insert one of the worst hitters in baseball, along with Hairston (based on five year old numbers versus Pedro) to combat one of the best teams in baseball.

    You want to help A.J. Put out a lineup that can give him the most run support.

    This isn’t it.

  197. Anthony October 29th, 2009 at 4:11 pm

    Erica,
    Right, because no Steinbrenner has ever said something and then done the exact opposite. You’re so smart, thank you for pointing out my ignorance.

  198. We Can Still Win October 29th, 2009 at 4:11 pm

    (Tex’s friend was asking why we don’t Catch Molina and DH Posada…I was writing the potential consequences of doing so.)

    My mistake.

  199. Wave Your Hat October 29th, 2009 at 4:11 pm

    I’m not opposed to benching Swisher.

    And I long ago resigned myself to Girardi’s mulishness when it comes to Molina.

    But Gardner makes more sense to me than Hairston. And playing two subs in a crucial game does not make me optimistic.

  200. blake October 29th, 2009 at 4:13 pm

    I don’t understand this Molina thing at all. AJ did better with Jorge last time out. AJ needs to go to Girardi and say hey I’m fine with Posada catching because he might help us get some runs. It aint like Burnett is Greg Maddux or Billy Chapel or , a guy who has earned the right to have whoever he wants catching….

  201. Mo Wang October 29th, 2009 at 4:14 pm

    Girardi’s problems isn’t just “going by the numbers.” Using numbers is fine, in fact, more managers should do it. The problem is, he’s using the wrong numbers.

  202. steveoh October 29th, 2009 at 4:14 pm

    Actually, I wouldn’t be too upset with Hairston in the lineup if Posada was catching (Hairston batting 9th). I’d rather see the better defense of Gardner in CF and Melky’s arm in RF.

  203. Patrick October 29th, 2009 at 4:14 pm

    First of all frank “chad” sinatra, that was uncalled for.

    “Patrick, in the case of a manager who got his team to 103 wins in the face of a lot of injuries and who got his team to the World Series, I am going to trust that manager over any fan on a blog.”

    trisha,

    This is the easy way out, the team got 103 wins and the pennant, not Joe Girardi. Joe was an okay manager in the regular season but in the postseason he’s been a mess thus far. He really has no common sense, it’s pretty disheartening.

    Hypothetically I can say that I’d trust some fans to be manager above actual managers but in real life it would obviously never work. Half the job of the manager is to have credibility with the players and media and some guy off the internet would never have that.

    For the record, I would choose CB to be manager over Girardi in an instant. Same with SG the guy that runs replacment level blog. Two really smart guys that know their stuff and have common sense.

  204. Chambliss October 29th, 2009 at 4:14 pm

    I am very pleased that Hairston is in there instead of Swisher. Good move.

    I am equally disappointed that Molina is behind the plate. Posada has killed Pedro in their recent meetings. Molina is an automatic out. Pedro is going to think that he is facing the Dodgers when he gets to the bottom of the order tonight.

    Burnett had better come through with his catcher behind the plate.

  205. Nick in SF in Elk Grove October 29th, 2009 at 4:15 pm

    Hey, Hairston is the emergency catcher too, right?

    Put all the non-Posada catchers in the game!

  206. Ace October 29th, 2009 at 4:15 pm

    If our outfield continues to play like crap, sign Matt Holliday in the off-season. The production from our outfield has been unacceptable in the playoffs.

    Swisher is 4-for-35 in the postseason, and has one hit in his last 17 at-bats. His RBI total in the last nine postseason games: ZERO. The rest of the NY outfield isn’t producing, either – Melky Cabrera has no homers and four RBI in the postseason. Johnny Damon only has three extra-base hits in 10 postseason games.

  207. We Can Still Win October 29th, 2009 at 4:15 pm

    When Molina has played in the playoffs so far, he hasn’t had many at bats. He might not even be in the game the whole time.

  208. The Mad Prince in Pinstripes October 29th, 2009 at 4:15 pm

    frank “chad” sinatra,

    no offense pal, but trisha has posted many a fine and intelligible comment on this blog and the one and only one of I’ve read of yours inclines me to disregard anything you have to say.

    why the insults man? can’t be people debate maturely?

  209. BigSix October 29th, 2009 at 4:16 pm

    Ozzie Guillen probably chuckles every time Swisher flails at a pitch in the dirt or trots to first on ball 3.

    He stepped into a few this season, but overall, he’s dead weight on this team.

    Hairston, Hinske or Gardner are upgrades over his stick right now.

    The question is whether Swish gets another start in the series.

    We tie it up tonight – Hairston will be all over the bases tonight…

  210. The Mad Prince in Pinstripes October 29th, 2009 at 4:16 pm

    Nick, you DIG the mangoes man! Even after the kidney incident. Well, when you love something enough, nothing gets in the way, right?

    haha

  211. Gardner in CF October 29th, 2009 at 4:16 pm

    Mo Wang October 29th, 2009 at 4:14 pm

    Girardi’s problems isn’t just “going by the numbers.” Using numbers is fine, in fact, more managers should do it. The problem is, he’s using the wrong numbers.
    —-
    Burnett’s ego would be a pretty big number if you could measure it.

  212. Anthony October 29th, 2009 at 4:17 pm

    Molina is horrible. He is ok if you need to replace Posada after pinch running for him late in a game, but otherwise, he should never get an at-bat in a postseason game, let alone a World Series game that is an absolute must-win.

  213. The Mad Prince in Pinstripes October 29th, 2009 at 4:17 pm

    CB, you’re hired as manager of the Yankees next year.

    I expect you to take us to and win the world series within two years.

    Thanks.

  214. blake October 29th, 2009 at 4:18 pm

    if Burnett goes out and gives up a 4 spot in the first inning tonight then I may break my TV

  215. Hokiehill October 29th, 2009 at 4:19 pm

    I’ll be smiling when Molina hits a double…and I’ll be laughing when Hairston scores a run! Hopefully too many of you don’t jump off the bridge before the game starts…then again, this place may be a bit more pleasant tomorrow if you do! HA!

  216. betsy October 29th, 2009 at 4:19 pm

    GLove, I couldn’t agree more. Only Girardi apologists would make excuses for his benching Posada in favor of Molina. If Jorge were in the lineup, I’d be fine with Hairston – Swish has been awful.

  217. Phil - Not a troll since 2007 October 29th, 2009 at 4:19 pm

    Chad / Sam – Just got back from Fiji and wanted to leave a quick note to say your playoff coverage and in-depth postings have been fantastic. I absolutely love the work you do and check your blog after each update is posted.

    On the downside, I don’t post anymore as the quantity has over taken the quality. Things like “I hate Girardi” and “Guess the lineup” have cluttered the board and reduced all serious baseball discussion to next to nothing. I miss the salad days of 2007 and early 2008 before everyone found Pete’s blog and there were some great gameday threads and discussion going. Now, too many trolls or complainers. In fact, the last few months, I haven’t posted, just read the updates and searched for CB or SJ’s comments.

    But I wanted to drop you a congratulations note for taking over from Pete, Chad. I loved your work in Scranton and think you’ll continue to do a great job here. Keep it up.

  218. Nick in SF in Elk Grove October 29th, 2009 at 4:20 pm

    “chad” Sinatra’s comment was completely uncalled for and there should be little-to-no tolerance for that kind of thing, but there is a certain irony in the situation.

  219. The Other Phil (Don't Feed the Trolls!) October 29th, 2009 at 4:20 pm

    I like the move! Get some fresh swings against Pedro.

    Even up after tonight! Go Yanks!

  220. The Mad Prince in Pinstripes October 29th, 2009 at 4:20 pm

    I got nothing but love for Molina and instead of being negative and pessimistic about his presence in the lineup, I celebrate Jose this day and look forward to his success behind the dish.

  221. Scared of the Wall October 29th, 2009 at 4:21 pm

    We Can Still Win October 29th, 2009 at 4:15 pm

    When Molina has played in the playoffs so far, he hasn’t had many at bats. He might not even be in the game the whole time

    __________________________________________________________

    Yup, he has had a whopping 4 at bats with 1 hit, a .250 batting average. Girardi will most likely take him out by the time he gets 2 at bats. And according to some, the bottom of our lineup sucks so much anyway with Hairston and Melky, so they shouldn’t be so worried about Molina coming up in a big spot with those players batting ahead of him.

  222. Patrick October 29th, 2009 at 4:21 pm

    “CB, you’re hired as manager of the Yankees next year.

    I expect you to take us to and win the world series within two years.

    Thanks.”

    He would do a better job than Joe Girardi. As I have said several times, the Yankees are at this point becuase they have a TON of talent. Not becuase Joe Girardi is some kind of baseball wizard.

  223. trisha - OPPC forever - (new lucky picture from last day at the old Stadium) BRING ON THE GHOSTS! October 29th, 2009 at 4:21 pm

    rconn, I think that realizing my own limitations, when push comes to shoove, is what causes me to sit back and support whatever the final product or final decision is. I have to have faith that Girardi ultimately has the best information (and don’t forget he huddles with others before making his decisions).

    I totally understand why he went with Molina. Would it be better if Posada and Burnett had the best rapport and they worked like Posada and Andy do? Of course. But it isn’t the case, and with someone like Burnett, I believe you have to play to his comfort level as much as you can, especially in the postseason. I think I can find my way to understanding all of the decisions made. It doesn’t mean that I have to like all of them. But I ultimately come to the conclusion that my knowledge and information pales compared to theirs and I go with it.

  224. CR9 October 29th, 2009 at 4:21 pm

    How do Yankee fans not know their weekend plans or their weeknight plans when the Yankees are in the world series. I do not care if it means missing a wedding, a funeral, my own wedding (I never would have had mine in October).

    Just a half-hearted joking question.

  225. JMK aka The Overshare October 29th, 2009 at 4:21 pm

    Sit down swisher

  226. upstate kate October 29th, 2009 at 4:22 pm

    Posada will be in sooner or later anyway. It is not a big deal, if Molina can keep AJ calm.

  227. Drive 4-5 October 29th, 2009 at 4:22 pm

    Here’s where numbers can be deceiving. Posada is a .286 career hitter off of Cliff Lee. He’s a .188 hitter off of Pedro but has 4 homers off him, tied for the most of any pitcher he’s faced..

  228. tex's friend October 29th, 2009 at 4:23 pm

    I posted on the last thread: if we start Molina and Posada, Molina has to play the whole game, otherwise we forfeit the DH spot if we shift Posada from DH to C.

    ___

    good point, i forgot we dont have cervelli too.

  229. tex's friend October 29th, 2009 at 4:24 pm

    I like molina too, and originally defended molina starting, but now, burnett gave up 4 runs in the first inning last game. he settled down but the damage was already started. molina is fine when he holds burnett down, but 4 runs in the 1st doesnt show me it matters who catches.

  230. blake October 29th, 2009 at 4:25 pm

    So tonight we should be able to determine if Chase Utley hair is really that greasy. Last night he could have blamed it on the rain..

  231. Erin October 29th, 2009 at 4:25 pm

    upstate kate
    October 29th, 2009 at 4:22 pm
    Posada will be in sooner or later anyway. It is not a big deal, if Molina can keep AJ calm.

    ************
    Exactly. It’s not like Posada’s going to sit out the entire game.

  232. The Mad Prince in Pinstripes October 29th, 2009 at 4:25 pm

    Patrick,

    You are hired as bench manager next season and will be CB’s definitive successor.

    I expect you to help CB win the world series within your first two seasons and if you do not accomplish this, you’re fired and we hire Grady Little.

  233. ElGuapo October 29th, 2009 at 4:26 pm

    AJ has no excuses today. Girardi is sacrificing a good bat for a non-existent one just so AJ can do his job.

    He HAS to keep the Yankees in the game!

  234. Eugene October 29th, 2009 at 4:26 pm

    A.J. better pitch a good game tonight. Molina better get on base for Jeter.

  235. Drive 4-5 October 29th, 2009 at 4:26 pm

    upstate kate,

    But if Molina comes out doesnt that mean AJ is out too? We need AJ to go 7, I think that means the Molina anchor drags on the lineup for that long too.

  236. Jeremy October 29th, 2009 at 4:27 pm

    Girardi needs to learn that a manager has to have a feel for the game. You can’t go with numbers only.

  237. Nath Rockin October 29th, 2009 at 4:27 pm

    Anyone? Shed some light, please …

    What is the rule/etiquette for announcing your team’s rotation for the World Series (or for division/LDS)? I know Girardi only announced the first 3 games. Do you really only need to announce that day’s starter?

  238. The Mad Prince in Pinstripes October 29th, 2009 at 4:27 pm

    tex’s friend,

    I don’t think AJ necessarily gave up 4 runs because Molina was his battery mate, but perhaps you’re right, it very well may not matter who is back there. Oh well.

    Let’s just see how it shakes out. My guess is that if we lose, which I do not think we will, it will be more than the fault of just Molina in the lineup.

  239. Wave Your Hat October 29th, 2009 at 4:29 pm

    I understand that Swisher hasn’t been hitting. And I understand some folks think that AJ can’t pitch to Posada.

    But here’s the bottom line-

    Our offense tonight is not as good as the Phillies offense tonight. We might outscore them anyway, but if you played these offenses 100 times theirs would outscore ours about 60% of the time, IMO.

    Our defense is not as good as the Phillies.

    That means AJ better outpitch Pedro by more than a little. And our bullpen better be good.

    Sure we can win. But the Phils can win too, and their chances have gotten better.

  240. steveoh October 29th, 2009 at 4:29 pm

    I say if AJ is not filthy the first two innings, Posada comes in and Molina does not hit.

  241. trisha - OPPC forever - (new lucky picture from last day at the old Stadium) BRING ON THE GHOSTS! October 29th, 2009 at 4:29 pm

    tex’s friend – I’ll say this again. Burnett pitches crappy on the road. Maybe those 4 runs had to do with that.

    And if Burnett ends up pitching on the road and Girardi goes with Posada because he feels that all things considered, it gives us the best chance to win, then I’ll support that move too.

  242. The Mad Prince in Pinstripes October 29th, 2009 at 4:29 pm

    Nath Rockin,

    I was wondering that too. I was also thinking that as we approach game 4, depending on where we are, would it not be feasible to just keep the decision as to who pitches an internal one so that the Phils have no idea what to expect until like 4 hours before the game?

    Maybe? Wishful thinking? Non factor?

  243. DT - OPPC member October 29th, 2009 at 4:30 pm

    I’m happy to see Hairston get a start.

    Sometimes the least likely become World Series heroes.

  244. Anthony October 29th, 2009 at 4:30 pm

    Nobody is jumping off a bridge, but I think people rightfully question why one of the greatest offensive catchers in the game is not playing today. Hopefully we get lucky and it doesn’t really hurt us anyway, but putting the best team on the field should take priority over planning to get lucky at all times in the world series.

    And anyone who really believes that this team’s success is due to Girardi had best review what Cash did last offseason and think about what Girardi was able to accomplish pre-CC, Tex, AJ, and Swish and post- those signings.

  245. trisha - OPPC forever - (new lucky picture from last day at the old Stadium) BRING ON THE GHOSTS! October 29th, 2009 at 4:32 pm

    Anthony, maybe you can explain how the 2006 Murderer’s Row and Cano, the overall favorite to win the world series, went one and out?

    Thank you.

  246. Patrick October 29th, 2009 at 4:33 pm

    “Patrick,

    You are hired as bench manager next season and will be CB’s definitive successor.

    I expect you to help CB win the world series within your first two seasons and if you do not accomplish this, you’re fired and we hire Grady Little.”

    I’m not arrogant enough to think I’d be a good manager. I don’t have the knowledge and I get too emotional during games. Please read my previous posts as to why realistically a fan could never manage.

  247. upstate kate October 29th, 2009 at 4:33 pm

    Drive 4-5
    Last time AJ started w/ Molina and ended pitching to Posada, so I don’t think Girardi would hesitate to PH for Molina if the right circumstances arose.

  248. Nath Rockin October 29th, 2009 at 4:34 pm

    The Mad Prince in Pinstripes –

    Yeah, a friend of mine asked me the protocol and I told him I thought it was more of an etiquette/tradition to announce and he figured it’d be great for a manager just to walk up with the lineup card with the pitcher’s name on it. I doubt you can wait that long – but I really don’t know the rule …

  249. no.27 October 29th, 2009 at 4:34 pm

    “And anyone who really believes that this team’s success is due to Girardi had best review what Cash did last offseason and think about what Girardi was able to accomplish pre-CC, Tex, AJ, and Swish and post- those signings.”

    I think managers get too much credit and too much blame on a game to game basis, but come on. Girardi’s first year was the toughest the division has ever been with the Rays stepping up like they did and the team was killed with injuries. Girardi did a good job with the team this year, and is part of the reason they are in the World Series.

  250. Anthony October 29th, 2009 at 4:34 pm

    So trish your argument is that Joe Torre was a bad manager? I’m not sure I get your point.

  251. vin October 29th, 2009 at 4:35 pm

    “I’m happy to see Hairston get a start.

    Sometimes the least likely become World Series heroes.

    I’m kind of feeling that too. I think his stroke might be more conducive to hitting Pedro than Swisher’s. I have no problem with Girardi making this move.

    I am little upset to see Molina catching AJ again, but I think this is a “put up or shut up” game for those two (AJ mostly of course).

  252. Wave Your Hat October 29th, 2009 at 4:35 pm

    trisha dislikes Torre in 2006 because he wrote a book in 2009…

  253. trisha - OPPC forever - (new lucky picture from last day at the old Stadium) BRING ON THE GHOSTS! October 29th, 2009 at 4:36 pm

    Kate, I absolutely agree. And the stakes are higher in this game, if you know what I mean.

    I think Molina will be able to calm AJ’s nerves as much as it is possible. I listened to AJ’s press conference from yesterday and he did mention this being his first start in the world series and said he was trying not to think about it. Molina may need to really work with him (it would be great if he doesn’t have to) and get him through some stuff. But that’s one of Molina’s strengths. Plus he can frame the hell out of pitches!

    :)

  254. Paco Dooley October 29th, 2009 at 4:37 pm

    Hairston, really? Girardi can me too focused on numbers at times. If you are taking Swish out, you need to move Melky to right and put Gardner in center.

  255. blake October 29th, 2009 at 4:37 pm

    if you are going to pinch hit for Molina in the 4th or 5th innings and bring Posada in then what is the point in starting him?
    Its just taking 2-3 AB’s away from someone who could change the game offensively.

  256. The Mad Prince in Pinstripes October 29th, 2009 at 4:37 pm

    Patrick,

    I whole-heartedly agree with you.

    I think these posts about some posters on this blog being able to manage more successfully is an absolute joke.

    I am not poking fun at you or CB, but I am having some fun with those who’ve said that anyone who comments on this blog could do a better job than Torre, Girardi, et al.

  257. trisha - OPPC forever - (new lucky picture from last day at the old Stadium) BRING ON THE GHOSTS! October 29th, 2009 at 4:37 pm

    Anthonhy, my point is that manager’s decisions impact what teams do. It isn’t enough to look at the quality of the players and call it a done deal.

  258. blake October 29th, 2009 at 4:38 pm

    AJ hasn’t proven that he’s consistent enough to warrant having his own catcher. He’s a crapshoot no matter who catches so you need your best hitting catcher in there to help score runs.

  259. RS October 29th, 2009 at 4:39 pm

    I hope sitting Swisher and Posada doesn’t come back to bite the Yankees.

    They might not have been hitting, but those two would average a lot more pitches per AB than the combination of Hairston/Molina. The main goal of the Yankees tonight is to get Pedro out early, and if he’s throwing strikes, the bottom of the order might give him a few easy innings and let him pitch an extra inning than he otherwise wouldn’t have against the normal lineup.

    That said, I’m hoping Burnett pitches well (w/Molina), and that Swisher ends up getting a huge pinch hit late in the game.

  260. S.A.--Relax, Relate, Release October 29th, 2009 at 4:39 pm

    Maybe AJ needs a therapist standing by

  261. 56Bomber October 29th, 2009 at 4:39 pm

    “I say if AJ is not filthy the first two innings, Posada comes in and Molina does not hit.”

    And then Girardi catches if Posada gets hurt?

  262. Anthony October 29th, 2009 at 4:40 pm

    Fine, a manager’s decisions can impact what a team does, but I don’t think, outside of batting ARod eighth in the last game of that series, that Torre did anything wrong there. The players just didn’t perform. It’s not like he decided to take ARod out and put in Miguel Cairo over him. There simply is no analogy and whatever you think you are establishing with your argument is just not there.

  263. The Mad Prince in Pinstripes October 29th, 2009 at 4:40 pm

    OK, let’s just let the game get goin and see what guys like Molina and Hairston can do at the plate before we write their inclusion off as a bad decision.

    Rest assured that if both of them are absolutley miserable within the first couple innings, Girardi will likely shake things up.

  264. Lee23 October 29th, 2009 at 4:41 pm

    I’d like to see a breakdown of just how many walks AJ has thrown when he’s caught by Molina as opposed to other catchers.

    Anyone know where to find that info?

    While we’re at it…I wonder how many 53-feet bouncers he throws to Jorgie and how many 55-feet nut-smashers he throws to Jose…

  265. Erin October 29th, 2009 at 4:41 pm

    The Mad Prince in Pinstripes
    October 29th, 2009 at 4:40 pm
    OK, let’s just let the game get goin and see what guys like Molina and Hairston can do at the plate before we write their inclusion off as a bad decision.

    Rest assured that if both of them are absolutley miserable within the first couple innings, Girardi will likely shake things up.

    *************
    Excellent post :)

  266. Long Time Lurker, First Time Poster October 29th, 2009 at 4:41 pm

    Just for giggles, I am predicting Molina hits for the cycle tonight.

    Ok, so the ball will have to pinball around the outfield in some pretty funky ways for him to get the triple, but he DID hit the last home run in OYS.

  267. Patrick October 29th, 2009 at 4:42 pm

    Mad Prince,

    I know you are poking fun, I’m just trying to explain my point. It sounds absurd, I know. Some guy on a blog would be a better manager than Joe Girardi? Sounds crazy but just because you aren’t “in” baseball doesn’t mean you can’t be intelligent and knowledgeable about the game.

    Obviously it will never happen and if it did, it would be a disaster. Can you imagine some random guy off the street telling Derek Jeter what to do? He’d have no credibility, it would be a mess.

  268. Jeremy October 29th, 2009 at 4:42 pm

    The lineup stinks even with Molina in it.

    Let’s get real people. We have hitters in this lineup who have stunk this entire postseason : Cano, Tex, Matsui, Posada, Damon.

    This series will fall on them.

  269. Wave Your Hat October 29th, 2009 at 4:43 pm

    I assume, anthony, that trisha would argue batting ARod 8th was correct, because Torre was based placed to know and he put ARod there.

    That would logically follow from the premise that the manager’s decisions should not be questioned.

  270. Erin October 29th, 2009 at 4:43 pm

    Long Time Lurker, First Time Poster
    October 29th, 2009 at 4:41 pm
    Just for giggles, I am predicting Molina hits for the cycle tonight.

    Ok, so the ball will have to pinball around the outfield in some pretty funky ways for him to get the triple, but he DID hit the last home run in OYS.

    **************
    LOL! That would be some game ;)

  271. blake October 29th, 2009 at 4:44 pm

    Lets hope the strike zone is a little more consistent than it was last night because if Burnett gets squeezed then it really bothers him.

  272. Bob(the original) October 29th, 2009 at 4:44 pm

    Why are they posting a lineup?

    I thought this series was already over.

    Oh wait…it’s a seven game series.

    Seriously, most of you people are idiots. One of my last posts here before I got sick and tired of all the nonsensical whining, was right after the Nat’s series this year when I said, “sometimes a bad stretch of games is just a bad stretch of games.” And look at that, this horrible team you all wanted blown up won 103 games, is in the World Series, and lost a game last night to the reignng Cy Young winner and one of the top 5 arms in MLB.

    Get a grip people. The Yanks might win, the Yanks might lose, but the moronic and whiny negativity here just shows your ignorance as a baseball fan.

  273. stuart a October 29th, 2009 at 4:45 pm

    great AJ gets his onw personal catcher..

    laughable that a underachiever at that level can dictate who cathes him.

    he better pitch great tonight else the fans should give him what he deserves….

    molina is a horrible horrible hitter…………..

  274. CTYankeeInNCExile October 29th, 2009 at 4:45 pm

    The Yanks did win that Game 3 in ’03, and Beckett took the loss. I didn’t know that. I thought every Yankee batter who faced him in that series struck out on 3 pitches.

  275. Cheap Seats October 29th, 2009 at 4:45 pm

    GOD I hope Molina hits a double tonight.

  276. Nick in SF in Elk Grove October 29th, 2009 at 4:45 pm

    If Hairston is the emergency catcher, it’s a little tricky to take him out and also have Posada replace Molina at a later point in the game.

  277. vin October 29th, 2009 at 4:46 pm

    “Ok, so the ball will have to pinball around the outfield in some pretty funky ways for him to get the triple,”

    You are aware that they’re not playing in the obstacle course known as CitiField, right?

    Jose can run into one every now and again. He’s not completely awful offensively. In fact, he’s got a better bat than Jeff Mathis, and we all know how well Mathis played last round.

    I think Pedro is the kind of guy that Jose can get a hit off of. Having Molina face Lee or even Hamels just wouldn’t be fair, but Pedro’s stuff is hittable. Like Flaherty said, Pedro gets by more on guile than stuff these days.

  278. stuart a October 29th, 2009 at 4:46 pm

    hairston is a better move then swisher but why not gardner? what has gardner done worng not to get any chance? the guy hit 270 + and was on a roll before the finger issue…

    speed can help……………

  279. Guest October 29th, 2009 at 4:47 pm

    Just so we’re clear:

    Jose Molina and Jerry Hairston are starting the most important game the Yankees have played since game 6 of the 2003 World Series. The team has a 200 Million dollar payroll. A borderline HOF catcher, Nick Swisher, and Eric Hinske will all be on the bench. But Jerry Hairston and Jose Molina will be starting.

    Take a sec to wrap your head around this fact.

    And if 27 at bats against one pitcher can outweigh the thousands of at bats we have proving that both Nick Swisher and Eric Hinske are better hitters than Jerry Haitter, well, then…wow.

    Wow. I mean seriously. He’s leaving two lefty hitters with power on the bench in yankee stadium against a soft tossing righty in favor of a singles hitting righty.

    This reminds of a Simpson’s quote: (paraphrasing) “Homer, I liked your half-a**** under parenting way more than you half-a**** over parenting”

    I’m missing run ‘em out there Torre quite a bit right now.

  280. steveoh October 29th, 2009 at 4:47 pm

    Once again, the time to evaluate a decision like this is when it’s made, not based on results after one game. If Molina goes 3 for 3, it doesn’t mean Girardi is a genius, it means he got lucky, because Molina is a .200 hitter, and that’s what you know when you make the decision.

  281. vin October 29th, 2009 at 4:48 pm

    “If Hairston is the emergency catcher, it’s a little tricky to take him out and also have Posada replace Molina at a later point in the game.”

    Yikes – that would be something, huh? Who is the super-emergency catcher? Maybe that’s something Bruney can actually do well.

  282. trisha - OPPC forever - (new lucky picture from last day at the old Stadium) BRING ON THE GHOSTS! October 29th, 2009 at 4:48 pm

    Anthony, he also put Sheffield and Matsui in the lineup when both had been out for most of the season. He caved to the pressure Sheffield brought from crying to the press, and he sat the guys who got him there. You see what Sheffield did to help out. Nothing.

    My point is that managers are managers for a reason. Girardi got manager of the year his first season out. Managers get fired when their teams don’t produce. There are managers who have been given pretty darned good teams and haven’t gotten the job done – and they disappear.

    Don’t forget that Girardi played a portion of the season without Arod, without Posada and Molina, without Bruney – twice, without Marte, and he still managed to end up with the best record in the majors. I’m sure he’s made his share of mistakes, as all managers do, but on balance I think he’s been terrific. And he never gave up on his guys, no matter how bad things looked at any point. I don’t think he gets enough credit.

  283. disco stu October 29th, 2009 at 4:48 pm

    As others have said, I dont mind having Hairston in for Swisher. But to also put Molina back in the lineup makes the order extremely top-heavy and so much easier to pitch to.

    I know in the post-season runs are at a premium, but Girardi looks like he is doing all he can to secure a well-pitched, tightly defended, 3-2 win. The lineup looks way to ordinary with 2 lefty power bats being replaced by two light hitting righty bats.

    I hope AJ is “on” tonight … I dont like the looks of an offensive outburst.

  284. 56Bomber October 29th, 2009 at 4:49 pm

    “OK, let’s just let the game get goin and see what guys like Molina and Hairston can do at the plate before we write their inclusion off as a bad decision.

    Rest assured that if both of them are absolutley miserable within the first couple innings, Girardi will likely shake things up.”

    Girardi has limited options to shake things up – he can’t remove Molina even if Burnett is gone by the 3rd inning. By removing Cerveli from the roster it pretty much dictated that if Molina starts, he plays well into the later parts of the game. That is why it’s surprising that Molina is getting the start in game 2 down by one. It seems like the roster move was done thinking that Posada would catch AJ and now it seems that Girardi is letting the game one loss change the plan – because he feels he needs to give AJ the best chance to pitch well.

  285. Bob(the original) October 29th, 2009 at 4:50 pm

    Guest
    October 29th, 2009 at 4:47 pm

    I’m missing run ‘em out there Torre quite a bit right now.

    —————————–

    Really? Maybe you should ask O’Neil and Tino about “run ‘em out there Torre.”

  286. Patrick October 29th, 2009 at 4:50 pm

    Uhh why are we talking about Joe Torre and 2006? That hardly seems relevant right now.

  287. Jeremy October 29th, 2009 at 4:50 pm

    I would have picked Hinske because he has more power.

  288. Fran (the original) October 29th, 2009 at 4:50 pm

    Just got back in from picking up my new car- a Rav4.

    Had the wrong line-up for GTLU. Figured Swisher to be in there again. Suppose Hairston can’t do any worse.

  289. Gardner in CF October 29th, 2009 at 4:50 pm

    stuart a October 29th, 2009 at 4:46 pm

    hairston is a better move then swisher but why not gardner? what has gardner done worng not to get any chance? the guy hit 270 + and was on a roll before the finger issue…

    speed can help……………
    —-
    and .291 against lefties but he sure won’t start against one.

  290. tex's friend October 29th, 2009 at 4:50 pm

    Yikes – that would be something, huh? Who is the super-emergency catcher? Maybe that’s something Bruney can actually do well.

    ___

    Im sure swisher can get back there.

  291. Wave Your Hat October 29th, 2009 at 4:50 pm

    “Girardi liked Hairston’s history of success against Pedro. He has eight hits in 24 ABs and a .907 OPS.”

    This doesn’t fill me with confidence in Girardi. Hairston’s most recent AB’s against Pedro came 5 years ago, when Pedro was a different pitcher, and Hairston was a lot younger.

    Most of Hairston’s success against Pedro came in 1999 and 2001, and he didn’t have many AB’s against Pedro anyway.

    How do you make a decision based on that?

  292. Doreen October 29th, 2009 at 4:52 pm

    Gosh, it is so not worth arguing about AJ/Molina/Posada anymore. It is what it is, for better or worse, and I for one am hoping and cheering that it is for the better tonight. I am hoping AJ pitches like he did in April, when CC wasn’t the ace he is now, when AJ was considered the “stopper,” and I’m also hoping that Molina gets one or two of his doubles, that used to come off his bat last season when he was strictly a back-up, before he had to do full-timer’s duty because Jorge was on the DL.

    You know, stranger things have happened.

    And I’m also rooting for Hairston to have a great game. I wish Swish could have broken out of his slump, but so far, no luck. He’ll be back in there tomorrow night, I’m sure.

    And I’m also hoping that Pedro does not have his best stuff tonight and that our Yankees can come alive. They’ve had no problems all year bouncing back from tough losses, and I expect more of the same.

    It kind of seems silly to be griping about the bottom third of the lineup tonight, when they really haven’t been hitting as a team, anyway, except on and off. A 10-1 game, and a 6-run outburst that ended up not being quite enough, after wasting scoring opportunities earlier in the same game. Molina ain’t the problem, offensively, though I do understand the preference for the circular lineup. Except that right now, there’s lots of hiccups in that circularity – Tex, Matsui, Cano, Posada and Damon.

    (And I am one who would have preferred that Posada get the nod from the get-go, but hey, ya gotta go with the flow here – no one’s really asking our opinions.) :)

  293. sab October 29th, 2009 at 4:52 pm

    speaking of managers getting fired (and hired) – anyone seen the brad mills (ex redsox bench coach)press conference being introduced as the astros manager – here’s a snippet..

    “One thing that I’m going to bring in is a freshness, being with a champion and bringing that freshness in,” Mills said. “It’s a fresh voice, it’s a new voice.” “We’re going to start from day one working together and playing the game solidly and in a winning way. That’s what we’re going to do.”

    the yankees lost to this in 2004?

  294. JasonR October 29th, 2009 at 4:54 pm

    “I’m missing run ‘em out there Torre quite a bit right now.”

    Because Joe Torre would never do something like bench Tino Martinez and Paul O’Neill in favor of Randy Velarde and Shane Spencer in Game 2 of the World Series, right?

  295. trisha - OPPC forever - (new lucky picture from last day at the old Stadium) BRING ON THE GHOSTS! October 29th, 2009 at 4:54 pm

    “I assume, anthony, that trisha would argue batting ARod 8th was correct, because Torre was based placed to know and he put ARod there.

    That would logically follow from the premise that the manager’s decisions should not be questioned.”

    Actually if Girardi ends up burning out his bullpen and going one and out year after year after year, with teams that should win it all, I will start thinking he has lost his edge – just as I started to think with Torre. If Girardi gets to the point where he acts like the godfather and has his favorites and lets everyone else rust on the bench, I will start to wonder if it has all gone to his head.

    For now, I can’t see anything that makes me think he is anything but a very good manager.

  296. The Mad Prince in Pinstripes October 29th, 2009 at 4:54 pm

    56Bomber,

    There’s no reason Posada can’t come in at any given moment to replace Molina so I’m not sure what you’re taking issue with .

    Posada is ready to go and the decision is made, so let’s just let it play out.

    Bob (the Original)

    Your words were dead on. Plenty more baseball to play.

    God I love the Yankees and the faith I have in them is exponentially legendary. I can sprinkle pixy faith dust on anyone in need.

  297. Wave Your Hat October 29th, 2009 at 4:55 pm

    If Swisher sits tonight, I guess he’s not starting for the rest of the series?

    It can’t be a matter of giving him a day off – he’s had many more days off than game days in this post-season, so it’s not like he needs a rest.

  298. vin October 29th, 2009 at 4:55 pm

    “I’m missing run ‘em out there Torre quite a bit right now.”

    I like your memory… what Girardi is doing with this lineup is very much a Torre thing. How many big ABs did Enrique Wilson get against Pedro? Guys like O’Neill, Tino, and Boggs were all benched during playoff, and even WS games.

    Whether or not today’s lineup is good is one issue, but saying Torre would never do the same thing is completely false.

  299. saucY October 29th, 2009 at 4:57 pm

    happy father’s day

    go yankees!

  300. Adam October 29th, 2009 at 4:57 pm

    Sitting Swish for a clearly inferior player is just the latest move in a long line that make you question Joe Girardi’s decision making ability. If you absolutely have to sit him then at least go with Gardner. Better bat, more speed, better defender.

  301. vin October 29th, 2009 at 4:57 pm

    “Im sure swisher can get back there.”

    I thought of that too. He would be more in the goofy-Pierzynski mold, than serious-Posada one.

  302. trisha - OPPC forever - (new lucky picture from last day at the old Stadium) BRING ON THE GHOSTS! October 29th, 2009 at 4:58 pm

    Did you stop to think that Swisher’s lack of production is the reason he’s not in the lineup? Hairston’s numbers against Pedro probably wouldn’t have taken the day if Swisher was swinging a good bat. JMO

    I think Hairston might end up having a very good game. Stranger things have happened.

  303. Abdababdaserser October 29th, 2009 at 4:58 pm

    Isn’t a sign of insanity doing the same thing over and over and expecting different results?

    Seems to me Girardi is doing this regarding Molina catching AJ. The results haven’t been there that he is looking for, yet this is set in stone. Why?

    Getting Swisher out of the lineup makes sense, Hairston or Hinske being in over him makes sense to try. Hairston had some success off the Head Hunter, and is a better defender than Hinske. Its not like Hinske can’t come into the game.

    Girardi is going to stick with his decision on the personal catcher though, regardless. It weakens the lineup, but AJ will pitch better, even though that hasn’t been the case? Right. Gotcha Joe.

  304. tex's friend October 29th, 2009 at 4:59 pm

    Yankees are still taking this in 6. sadly that means one more loss and the babies on here will be crying and whining about every single move.

    Bring in Hughes
    (Hughes walks two)
    Why did Girardi go to hughes?
    Go to Robertson the god
    (Walks one and give up a 2 run single)
    Why did he not go to JOba?

    this is how it is here every game thread.

  305. 56Bomber October 29th, 2009 at 4:59 pm

    Mad Prince…

    Replacing Molina early in the game with Posada leaves you overly exposed to having to use your “emergency” catcher in case Posada gets hurt. That was my point. Not likely..but still.

  306. 100 pitches of fun... October 29th, 2009 at 4:59 pm

    I would definitely play Gardner tomorrow. Lefties have absolutely killed Hamels in the post season. Gardner could just flick the changeup into CF. Hopefully Girardi uses his brain again since we know how obsessed he is with the lefty righty match ups.

  307. YankeeRay October 29th, 2009 at 5:00 pm

    Anyone missing Xavier Nady right about now?

  308. Gardner in CF October 29th, 2009 at 5:00 pm

    I just hope Swisher doesn’t pinch hit while Posada, Hinske or Gardner are still on the bench.

  309. Gardner in CF October 29th, 2009 at 5:01 pm

    100 pitches of fun… October 29th, 2009 at 4:59 pm

    I would definitely play Gardner tomorrow

    Game 3 is Saturday but I agree.

  310. Doreen October 29th, 2009 at 5:01 pm

    Not Nady, but a healthy CMW.

  311. Nick in SF in Elk Grove October 29th, 2009 at 5:02 pm

    Giradi got fired after he won Manager of the Year. :)

  312. BigSix October 29th, 2009 at 5:02 pm

    sab –

    I saw that press conference and it was the worst speech I’ve ever heard.

    You’d think Mills would’ve planned to say something.

    He acted like his having to give a speech was unexpected.

  313. Jeremy October 29th, 2009 at 5:02 pm

    Like I said before :

    The lineup stinks even with Molina in it.

    Let’s get real people. We have hitters in this lineup who have stunk this entire postseason : Cano, Tex, Matsui, Posada, Damon.

    This series will fall on them.

  314. Heyya October 29th, 2009 at 5:04 pm

    tex’s friend,

    You’re absolutely right about people second guessing every move, that doesn’t work out as long, that Girardi makes, even if that person doesn’t have anything to back up their statement.

    What I also found ironic, is imagine teams were allowed 2 instant replay calls, during a 9 inning game. If a manager ran out of those calls in the first 3 innings, and a need for it came later in the game, fans would second the manager saying we didn’t even get a run out of it, terrible job. Same would go if we used them in the last 3 innings, and not in the 1st when it would have possibly scored a run, let’s say we ended up losing 1-0. Some fans are unbelievable and if they were given the opportunity to manage, would crumble under the NY spotlight.

  315. iiicollies October 29th, 2009 at 5:04 pm

    I’m not sure if anyone posted this before

    However, when Molina went up against Pedro last year, he hit a single, drove in a run with a sac fly and, in his last AB, Pedro made sure to hit him

  316. Anthony October 29th, 2009 at 5:05 pm

    trisha, well, you and I have different memories about Torre and Girardi then. I see Torre as a manager who brought us six pennants and four world championships (one in his first year with a team much less talented than the current one). I would trust his judgment that having Matsui and Sheffield in the lineup in that series when our starting pitching and middle relief was worse than the Tigers’ as being correct. It didn’t end up working, but I don’t think that decision is comparable to sitting Posada for Molina, especially when Posada is one of the only guys hitting for us right now.

  317. Razor Ray October 29th, 2009 at 5:05 pm

    I was just thinking….

    imagine Halladay was starting tonight….

  318. Adam October 29th, 2009 at 5:05 pm

    “Getting Swisher out of the lineup makes sense, Hairston or Hinske being in over him makes sense to try. Hairston had some success off the Head Hunter, and is a better defender than Hinske. Its not like Hinske can’t come into the game.”

    It doesn’t make sense. It’s a reactionary, panic move based on stuff that’s already happened and completely ignoring the true talent of the players. You can’t make decisions based on 30 AB.

  319. Wave Your Hat October 29th, 2009 at 5:05 pm

    I hope we win tonight. I hope Hairston goes 4 for 4 and Molina hits a grand slam.

    But as a great sportswriter once said, the race is not always to the swift, nor the fight to the strong, but that’s the way to bet it.

  320. The Mad Prince in Pinstripes October 29th, 2009 at 5:06 pm

    Here we go Yankees, here we go!

    (Clap Clap)

  321. stuart a October 29th, 2009 at 5:06 pm

    again complain after the fact on girarid’s moves yesterday. he did nothing wrong.. hughes there previously reliable relief pitcher has lost his way.

    coke is no more of a safe bet against a lefty then robertson is.. blab all you want about the pen choices the bottom line is now they have 1 reliable guy, named MO>

    in the lineup tonight my only complaint is fatso behind the plate. yes I rather see Gardner then hairston but what can i say.

    My problem is they think gardner is herb washington or homer bush, he is a much better player then those guys and can actually swing the bat………

  322. IrishCarBomb October 29th, 2009 at 5:06 pm

    What is Girardi thinking starting a guy based on #’s from 5 years ago.

    This series is over.

    Girardi= buckle

  323. The Mad Prince in Pinstripes October 29th, 2009 at 5:07 pm

    tex’s friend,

    that’s why i don’t visit this blog during games.

    only the morning before games.

    the negativity and pessimism is overbearing during and after games, win or lose.

  324. stuart a October 29th, 2009 at 5:08 pm

    you can make decisions on 30 AB’s when swishilicious cannot hit the ball out of the infield and looks at strike 3 right down the middle………..

  325. Nick in SF in Elk Grove October 29th, 2009 at 5:08 pm

    For entertainment purposes only, the Yankees are more heavily favored tonight than they were last night.

    AJ vs Pedro > CC vs Cy Lee

  326. tex's friend October 29th, 2009 at 5:08 pm

    I still believe last night the pen is at fault for the loss. the yankees mentally know they can come back late down 2-0. as it was jeter and damon led off with singles in the 9th. when you are the tying run at the plate or have a chance to win, you go up with a lot more energy than knowing you are down 6-0.

  327. trisha - OPPC forever - (new lucky picture from last day at the old Stadium) BRING ON THE GHOSTS! October 29th, 2009 at 5:08 pm

    Anthony you are right. We definitely have different perceptions.

  328. Anthony October 29th, 2009 at 5:09 pm

    If Posada gets hurt after replacing Molina at some point in the game, then Hairston moves from right to catcher. Is that difficult to understand? Besides, you have to manage with the expectation that some horrific injury is not going to happen.

  329. Heyya October 29th, 2009 at 5:09 pm

    My opinion on the Swisher matter is, if something doesn’t work, try something new. In this case, it meant take him out of the game. I don’t know if he has a mechanical issue, or isn’t focusing at the plate and concentrating on the ball, but this isn’t the regular season where he has 3 months to get his swing back. He has been given a good part of 3 weeks to find it, and hasn’t. He hasn’t seemed to make any adjustments, and putting a new player in there makes sense. Swisher hasn’t even gotten lucky, but Hairston or Hinske can, I believe. No doubt that Swisher has the most potential out of the other options, but he just is not producing, and Hinske has similar power abilities.

  330. Adam October 29th, 2009 at 5:10 pm

    “you can make decisions on 30 AB’s when swishilicious cannot hit the ball out of the infield and looks at strike 3 right down the middle………..”

    Once again you’re making a decision based on a few games worth of ABs when we have 162 that say Swish is much, much better than Hairston.

  331. SJ44 October 29th, 2009 at 5:10 pm

    The “Girardi knows more than anybody else” drivel is comical.

    Just because he’s sthe manager, folks don’t need to become Baghdad Bob and sign off on his every move.

    He has overmanaged this entire post-season.

    If folks actually watched the games, and knew a little about baseball, they would realize the team has won despite Girardi in the post-season and not because of him.

    What kind of “comfort zone” does AJ Burnett need?

    Seriously, he gave up 6 runs in his last start.

    The catching nonsense is for the birds.

    AJ has a 4.42 ERA in the post-season. Molina is not his muse. If he is, he’s doing a poor job at it.

    AJ will rise or fall this evening based on AJ and nobody else. Its been that way his entire career.

    Weakening an already weakened offensive lineup by having Molina and Hairston in it makes little sense.

    Hinske should be starting in RF tonight and Posada should be catching.

    That’s the lineup that gives them their best chance to win this evening.

    Bottom line, the team has to find a way to win 4 games to overcome the post-season managing inexperience of its manager.

    Its a whole lot different to manage in the post-season than play in it.

  332. DT - OPPC member October 29th, 2009 at 5:10 pm

    Hairston has been working hard on the trampoline and parallel bars. He still might need a little practice on the unicycle.

    There are some little kids going to their first World Series game expecting to see a circus in RF. He does not want to fail their expectations. No child will shed a tear on his watch.

  333. trisha - OPPC forever - (new lucky picture from last day at the old Stadium) BRING ON THE GHOSTS! October 29th, 2009 at 5:10 pm

    This is definitely a place where there is no winning. People have been screaming that they want Swisher out. Now that he’s out, people are screaming Swisher should be in.

    Pretty weird stuff.

  334. Jeremy October 29th, 2009 at 5:10 pm

    Girardi lacks a feel for the game. The players need to step up because Joe is not helping.

  335. E-gawa October 29th, 2009 at 5:11 pm

    I don’t really care either way but I think it’s a little interesting/funny how they fired Ronan Tynan (however you spell it) from doing anything yankee-related but they’re allowing Jay-Z to perform?

  336. Doreen October 29th, 2009 at 5:11 pm

    Jeremy -

    What reaction are you looking for? That’s the third time you’ve posted the exact same thing. I think there are a few people here who would agree that there are several guys who have not hit at all, really, and several who have not been consistent.

    But so far, they’ve won 2 rounds with those guys being inconsistent. I do agree that they’ll need to step it up, but how what do you propose they do? I’m sure they’re not going out there with the intent of not producing.

  337. Adam October 29th, 2009 at 5:13 pm

    I like this from Keith Law:

    “Swish: The sound of Joe Girardi, flushing offense (and reason) down the toilet.”

  338. Bronx Jeers October 29th, 2009 at 5:13 pm

    “This doesn’t fill me with confidence in Girardi. Hairston’s most recent AB’s against Pedro came 5 years ago, when Pedro was a different pitcher, and Hairston was a lot younger.”

    Isn’t this true for most of the line-up? Apart from a handful of games against the Mets maybe?

    And many are saying Pedro was a different pitcher back then.

    And they’re correct, he was different. He was better.

  339. Scared of the Wall October 29th, 2009 at 5:14 pm

    E-gawa October 29th, 2009 at 5:11 pm

    I don’t really care either way but I think it’s a little interesting/funny how they fired Ronan Tynan (however you spell it) from doing anything yankee-related but they’re allowing Jay-Z to perform?
    ___________________________________________________

    If Jay-Z made some anti-semitic jokes or comments, I doubt they would let him perform either….

  340. Jeremy October 29th, 2009 at 5:14 pm

    Why are people defending Swisher. The guy sucks !

    He looks more like Cody Ransom. He can’t hit a weak fastball right down the middle.

    They should bench him for the rest of the series.

  341. Wave Your Hat October 29th, 2009 at 5:15 pm

    I don’t think most people are upset that Nick is sitting. He hasn’t hit, and sitting when you don’t hit is baseball.

    I think a lot of people are upset that Joe chose Hairston to replace him, and a lot of people are upset at Joe’s insistence on pairing AJ and Molina, and a lot of people are very upset at seeing the combination of Molina and Hairston in the lineup when we are down a game.

    And saying it’s all OK because the team won 103 games with Joe as manager doesn’t make a lot of people feel any better about it.

  342. Anthony October 29th, 2009 at 5:15 pm

    Amen, SJ.

  343. 100 pitches of fun... October 29th, 2009 at 5:15 pm

    yes I rather see Gardner then hairston but what can i say.
    ———————-

    I think Girardi is too scared to play Gardner because then he would lose his rabbit for later on in the game. Girardi lost his buddy Guzman so now Gardner only sees the bench.

  344. The Mad Prince in Pinstripes October 29th, 2009 at 5:15 pm

    well, that’s about all i can handle for the day.

    god speed to all of you and GO YANKEES!

  345. tex's friend October 29th, 2009 at 5:15 pm

    Once again you’re making a decision based on a few games worth of ABs when we have 162 that say Swish is much, much better than Hairston.

    ___

    you dont have a week or month to let him get out of his slump. what we do know is for the last two weeks, at the plate swisher has been useless. if his outs looked strong, that would be one thing. he is missing everything and popping up the rest.

  346. Boston Dave - 4 wins til 27 October 29th, 2009 at 5:16 pm

    I have to agree with SJ44 on the lineup.

    Hinske has actually played RF for the Yanks and though Gardner might be a better option defensively, it would be hard to fault Girardi for wanting to put his best offensive lineup on the field after last night.

    The jury is still out on whether or not AJ will pitch better with Molina.

    The jury is unanimous on whether Posada is better hitter than Molina.

  347. Nick in SF in Elk Grove October 29th, 2009 at 5:17 pm

    Any Hairston would be an upgrade over Swisher’s bat right now!

  348. 56Bomber October 29th, 2009 at 5:17 pm

    We’ll have a strong bench tonight.

  349. Adam October 29th, 2009 at 5:18 pm

    1) You don’t bench a guy who is substantially better than the alternatives because of a few poor games.
    2) If you do make a panic move and bench him, you don’t replace him with the 3rd best option available.

  350. Jeremy October 29th, 2009 at 5:18 pm

    Doreen
    I said it again because a lot of people on this board keep on talking about Molina and Hariston when other people in the lineup failed. And if those guys don’t step up it doesn’t matter what Molina and Hariston does.

  351. SJ44 October 29th, 2009 at 5:20 pm

    Wave,

    The funny thing is, they didn’t win 103 games this year with guys like Molina and Hairston in the lineup.

    That’s why the “He won 103 games” argument holds little water.

    So what if he did? Dick Howser won 103 games in 1980 and got fired when he lost to the Royals.

    The regular season numbers mean nothing in the post-season.

    Sometimes, you have to manage by feel and by eyesight.

    Swisher should have been out of the lineup long ago.

    But, the waste of having Freddie Guzman on the roster prevented that.

    Trying to sell AB’s by Hairston 5 years ago off Pedro makes little sense to me.

    We all hope it works out and the Yankees win.

    Bottom line though is that Girardi has been the Yankees biggest nemisis thus far in the post-season.

    That ain’t good.

  352. Boston Dave - 4 wins til 27 October 29th, 2009 at 5:21 pm

    “Any Hairston would be an upgrade over Swisher’s bat right now!”

    ————

    I agree with that too.

    I’ll be pulling for Hairston to make the most of his playing time. A guy like that is going to give everything he has to be on the field.

  353. trisha - OPPC forever - (new lucky picture from last day at the old Stadium) BRING ON THE GHOSTS! October 29th, 2009 at 5:21 pm

    SJ – thanks, your post gave me the chance to say this. The weak link in the argument of those who insist on Posada catching deals with what AJ has done with Molina, as opposed to how much worse it would likely be with Posada. (Stats for both will show you that, by the way.)

    I love how you in particular gloss over the fact that Burnett’s bad start was on the road.

    Maybe if you read a little more of Randy you might finally see the light. (Yes Randy, I did say that.)

    Here are some possibilities for you:

    1. Burnett’s first postseason

    2. Not making adjustments in the first inning

    3. Pitches worse on the road

    To paraphrase Randy, at this point you go with it because it’s the most comfortable for AJ. You don’t start messing with it now. It’s much too late to experiment that way.

    Let them make their peace and get on the same page next season.

  354. Adam October 29th, 2009 at 5:21 pm

    “The regular season numbers mean nothing in the post-season.”

    We’ve done it, folks! We’ve found the IDIOT OF THE YEAR!!! I didn’t think it would happen with 2 months left, but it has!!!

  355. Scared of the Wall October 29th, 2009 at 5:21 pm

    Adam October 29th, 2009 at 5:18 pm

    1) You don’t bench a guy who is substantially better than the alternatives because of a few poor games.

    _____________________________________________________________

    At this point, I think it’s been more than a few poor games. More like 10 consecutive games, and he hasn’t even been able to draw walks like he usually does.

  356. 100 pitches of fun... October 29th, 2009 at 5:21 pm

    If an all star is struggling, ie. Tex they stay in the lineup no matter what they hit. Swish is not an all star..not even close. He is a .250 hitter with some homeruns. Swish can’t even get good wood on fastballs right down the middle, basically he is useless you can’t continue to play someone like that.

  357. 56Bomber October 29th, 2009 at 5:21 pm

    “Girardi has been the Yankees biggest nemisis thus far in the post-season.”

    I think Cliff Lee edges him out.

  358. Adam October 29th, 2009 at 5:23 pm

    “At this point, I think it’s been more than a few poor games. More like 10 consecutive games, and he hasn’t even been able to draw walks like he usually does.”

    He hasn’t been awful in all 10 games. And still 10 games is basically a nothing sample.

  359. SJ44 October 29th, 2009 at 5:23 pm

    Swisher had to be benched.

    He’s not had a “few bad games”. He’s been amazingly futile this post-season.

    3 good AB’s in 3 rounds ain’t good.

    That’s not the issue. Its not using most recent data to make the right decision.

    Eric Hinske has played in the last 2 World Series.

    He has a stroke made for the new Stadium.

    He stays back on a Pedro changeup, he can hook it in the seats.

    That’s managing by feel and not numbers.

    BTW, he’s also had good success off Pedro.

    Only the blindly loyal can’t see Girardi’s foibles this post-season.

    The Yankees have a lot of talent and may be able to overcome their manager.

    He just makes it harder to do so at times.

    Tonight’s lineup being one example.

  360. Adam October 29th, 2009 at 5:24 pm

    “Swish is not an all star..not even close. He is a .250 hitter with some homeruns.”

    Nick Swish had the 22nd highest OPS in the AL this year, 5th highest among OF. It’s a damn shame you don’t realize how good he really is.

  361. trisha - OPPC forever - (new lucky picture from last day at the old Stadium) BRING ON THE GHOSTS! October 29th, 2009 at 5:24 pm

    “The funny thing is, they didn’t win 103 games this year with guys like Molina and Hairston in the lineup.”

    Right. They did it with Cervelli and Ransom and Pena and every other damned kid who played in those games and got the job done. They didn’t do it by trotting out their A-lineup every game. They did it with Gardner and every other player who contributed to a win.

  362. Chambliss October 29th, 2009 at 5:25 pm

    SJ is right on. Guess how many good pitches Melky and Cano are going to see tonight from Pedro? None. Pedro will pitch around them or get them to chase because he knows that the guys who follow them can’t hit.

    And how many chances will Jeter get to hit with RISP? Zero.

    For the sake of the Yankees, I hope that Girardi gets lucky and the bottom of the order produces.

    Swisher needed to come out of the lineup, but Hairston is not the answer when you have Gardner and Hinskie on the bench.

  363. Scared of the Wall October 29th, 2009 at 5:26 pm

    Adam October 29th, 2009 at 5:23 pm

    “At this point, I think it’s been more than a few poor games. More like 10 consecutive games, and he hasn’t even been able to draw walks like he usually does.”

    He hasn’t been awful in all 10 games. And still 10 games is basically a nothing sample.
    _________________________________________________________

    When you need to get to 11 wins, how is 10 games a nothing sample? In the regular season, yes, but now the Yankees are 3 games away from elimination. You can’t just keep throwing him out there and hoping he will turn it around, because, before you know it, it will be too late.

  364. 100 pitches of fun... October 29th, 2009 at 5:26 pm

    I know it really doesn’t matter but I wonder what Cashman thinks about Girardi’s post season managing. He can’t possibly think that he is doing a good job.

  365. E-gawa October 29th, 2009 at 5:27 pm

    “If Jay-Z made some anti-semitic jokes or comments, I doubt they would let him perform either….”

    That might be true but one could argue that he’s had comments/lyrics worse than anti-semitic jokes.

  366. 56Bomber October 29th, 2009 at 5:27 pm

    I really like our bench strength tonight.

  367. Jeremy October 29th, 2009 at 5:28 pm

    Girardi is an enemy of the Yankees. The reason why the ALCS went to 6 games was because of Girardi.

  368. trisha - OPPC forever - (new lucky picture from last day at the old Stadium) BRING ON THE GHOSTS! October 29th, 2009 at 5:28 pm

    “I think a lot of people are upset that Joe chose Hairston to replace him, and a lot of people are upset at Joe’s insistence on pairing AJ and Molina, and a lot of people are very upset at seeing the combination of Molina and Hairston in the lineup when we are down a game.”

    I don’t see “a lot of people” upset with the choice. I see that the ones who are make up for it though.

    I see that Joe’s “insistence” on pairing AJ and Molina gets some low marks on this blog but seems to get high marks everywhere else. That, to me, speaks volumes.

    I’m good to go with Hairson, and I’m good to go with Molina, and I’m good to go with the manager who got us here.

    As they say, whatever floats your boat. I know that being around positivity floats mine more than being around negativity.

    Enjoy the game all.

  369. Adam October 29th, 2009 at 5:28 pm

    “When you need to get to 11 wins, how is 10 games a nothing sample?”

    Have you never taken a statistics class? Anything can happen in brief samples due to random chance. That’s why you don’t manage based on 30 measly at-bats unless you’re panicking.

  370. Boston Dave - 4 wins til 27 October 29th, 2009 at 5:28 pm

    “That might be true but one could argue that he’s had comments/lyrics worse than anti-semitic jokes.”

    ————–

    was what Ronan Tynan said even a joke? It didn’t really sound like one.

  371. SJ44 October 29th, 2009 at 5:29 pm

    Trisha,

    Do you know how to read stats? Seriously, do you?

    Can you place them in context?

    In August, at home, AJ Burnett had to pitch what was at that time, the biggest game of the season for the Yankees, AT HOME against the Red Sox.

    He pitched great.

    Who was his catcher? Jorge Posada.

    Tonight is the Yankees biggest game of the season at home since that game.

    Jorge Posada is on the bench.

    Sorry but, that’s dumb.

    They lose tonight, they are down 0-2.

    They aren’t coming against this team down 0-2.

    You put your best lineup out there when you are facing that possibility.

    Jorge Posada is a better player than Jose Molina.

    AJ Burnett has had success pitching in big games to Posada.

    Its idiotic what Girardi is doing. If it works, it doesn’t make it any more idiotic. So far in the post-season, it hasn’t worked.

    Last I checked AJ Burnett has as many post-season wins this year as I do. That would be zero.

    That being the case, there is certainly no evidence this “personal catcher” deal has been a success.

  372. Abdababdaserser October 29th, 2009 at 5:30 pm

    It doesn’t make sense. It’s a reactionary, panic move based on stuff that’s already happened and completely ignoring the true talent of the players. You can’t make decisions based on 30 AB.

    ___________________

    Swisher has looked lost at the plate this whole post season. Swisher can hit at times, and goes into slumps for long period of times. Swisher is not a great player, he is a mid-line level player who got the job by default because of injury, otherwise he probably would be on the bench.

    He has had awful at bats this whole post season, trying to do too much, letting good pitches go by while taking big hacks at breaking pitches off the plate.

    Swisher is an either or type player, not a great defensive player, not a very heads up player, not quick running, but because he is fun too many people overlook the huge downside to him.

  373. Adam October 29th, 2009 at 5:30 pm

    “As they say, whatever floats your boat. I know that being around positivity floats mine more than being around negativity.”

    As though discussing alternatives and analyzing a manager’s decisions is negative. It’s people who think like you that got us 8 years of George Bush.

  374. S.o.S.(ITS 96 W.S. ALL OVER AGAIN.) October 29th, 2009 at 5:31 pm

    Thank god Swish is riding the pine. Forget Hairston. Maybe we can sign Miguel Cairo for a week and he can some how find the fountain of youth. Or get #21 back in right.

    Who plays right field in game 3 if Hairston does well? If he doesnt do so well?

    One more thing. Burnett better bring it tonight. No excuses.

  375. trisha - OPPC forever - (new lucky picture from last day at the old Stadium) BRING ON THE GHOSTS! October 29th, 2009 at 5:31 pm

    Okay SJ, let me get this straight. If the Yankees win it’s because they’ve worked around Girardi’s “ineptitude” and if they lose it’s because of him.

    :lol:

    Later.

  376. Boston Dave - 4 wins til 27 October 29th, 2009 at 5:31 pm

    “Last I checked AJ Burnett has as many post-season wins this year as I do. That would be zero.”

    ———-

    hard to argue with zero.

    same reason not many are upset to see Swisher out of the lineup.

    If AJ gets off to a great start, no big deal. If he doesn’t, we’ll see Posada early hopefully.

  377. Jeremy October 29th, 2009 at 5:32 pm

    The players will have to step up. Because Girardi has not helped this team. The only smart thing he has done this postseason was pitching Mo for 2 innings in game 6 of the ALCS.

  378. Anthony October 29th, 2009 at 5:32 pm

    I think we’re not going to come to a resolution of this Molina issue (or on who should replace Swish in the lineup if he, indeed, should be replaced). Nobody is going to be persuaded on either side. All we can do now is hope things turn out well and the Yankees win. Let’s get to work.

  379. Anthony October 29th, 2009 at 5:33 pm

    “Okay SJ, let me get this straight. If the Yankees win it’s because they’ve worked around Girardi’s “ineptitude” and if they lose it’s because of him.”

    That actually is a completely consistent argument, so I don’t know what sort of knock-down argument you think you made there.

  380. trisha - OPPC forever - (new lucky picture from last day at the old Stadium) BRING ON THE GHOSTS! October 29th, 2009 at 5:33 pm

    “As though discussing alternatives and analyzing a manager’s decisions is negative.”

    No that isn’t but the continual whining and complaining that accompany it, is. Unless you see that as a positive thing.

    I don’t.

  381. Boston Dave - 4 wins til 27 October 29th, 2009 at 5:33 pm

    I truly do believe AJ will be great tonight and the Yanks will win somewhat easily.

    I just wouldn’t bet too much $$ on it.

  382. E-gawa October 29th, 2009 at 5:33 pm

    “was what Ronan Tynan said even a joke? It didn’t really sound like one.”

    All we can go on is what was described as we can’t hear print.

  383. SJ44 October 29th, 2009 at 5:33 pm

    Trisha,

    They didn’t win 10 games this year with the kids.

    Its the World Series. You don’t trot out a B Lineup in the World Series. Especially trailing 0-1 to the defending champs.

    Geez, its not Scranton. They won because they had a circular lineup of stars and not subs.

    If you think they are going to win this series playing a scrub lineup, well, let’s just agree to disagree.

    Its a bad lineup.

    Hopefully, guys like Jeter, Arod, Damon, etc, cover their manager’s butt again.

    He is showing his inexperience in this post-season.

    The Phillies, unlike the Angels and Twins, may make him pay for his inexperience.

  384. Darrin October 29th, 2009 at 5:34 pm

    Anyone see Posada’s career numbers against Pedro?

    60 AB’s – 33 strikeouts. Is that right?? Whoa.

  385. Gardner in CF October 29th, 2009 at 5:34 pm

    stuart a October 29th, 2009 at 5:06 pm

    in the lineup tonight my only complaint is fatso behind the plate.
    —-
    fatso is in center, tubby is behind the plate.

  386. Abdababdaserser October 29th, 2009 at 5:34 pm

    Trisha, you must not read a whole lot about this team if you think that Girardi pairing up Molina and AJ is widely applauded. Know what pundits like this move? All the known jerks who hate the Yankees. Gee, maybe there is a reason they like to see the Yankees weaken their offense.

    You have been the anti-Posada for the majority of the season, and because Kruk might agree with you that AJ needs this personal catcher garbage, even though AJ himself has said it is all on him and no one else, you are hooked on it.

  387. We Can Still Win October 29th, 2009 at 5:35 pm

    I’m going to be laughing my rear off when Hairston has the game winning hit tonight.

  388. IrishCarBomb October 29th, 2009 at 5:35 pm

    Nobody is upset that Swisher is out of the line-up, people are upset because of Hairston.

    Hairston?? SERIOUSLY?

  389. Yankee Trader October 29th, 2009 at 5:35 pm

    Matsui can’t bat cleanup, as he’s now a groundball out. Could have DH’d Hinske.

    Swisher for Hairston OK. Would have preferred Gardner.

    Posada should be cleanup and Molina should sit.

    This lineup is giving the Phillies a chance to not use the bullpen until the 7th or 8th inning.

    Apparently in the last 21 WS the loser of game 1 has lost 18 times and lately in the past 6 WS.

    How many Yankee hitters- Jeter and A-Rod in particular, will be hit by Pedro tonight?

  390. Rob in Vt. October 29th, 2009 at 5:36 pm

    Jeremy October 29th, 2009 at 5:10 pm

    Girardi lacks a feel for the game.
    ————————————————————

    Just because you say something over and over again doesn’t make you right.

  391. S.o.S.(ITS 96 W.S. ALL OVER AGAIN.) October 29th, 2009 at 5:36 pm

    So im listening to Cowheard earlier in the car and he said that the last 11 of 12 teams to win the first game have gone on to win the series. 6 straight. I have to say tough odds we face. But whats going for us is this is a resiliant team that have shown all season that they can bounce back. All this reminds me of the sky is falling after the Yanks blew the lead vs. the halos with Andy pitching. Its a new day and we will be as good as the guy on the mound is. Picthing wins fellas. Yesterday lee was better than our Ace. Time to get even.

  392. Drive 4-5 October 29th, 2009 at 5:36 pm

    We may just be splitting hairs ( Hairstons?)here. The bottom line is if Damon, Tex, Matsui and Cano don’t start hitting with runners on base it doesnt matter who the right fielder is. The Yankees cannot strand runners tonight like they did against the Twins and Angels. At this point, they are going up against a lineup that does a much better job of taking advantage of their opportunities.

  393. Adam October 29th, 2009 at 5:37 pm

    “I’m going to be laughing my rear off when Hairston has the game winning hit tonight.”

    Just because something works doesn’t mean it’s the right move. There is a lot of randomness in this game.

  394. Wave Your Hat October 29th, 2009 at 5:37 pm

    SJ44, it is pointless to argue with trisha.

    She is interested in her own opinions, and not that interested in anything else.

  395. E-gawa October 29th, 2009 at 5:37 pm

    “Anyone see Posada’s career numbers against Pedro?

    60 AB’s – 33 strikeouts. Is that right?? Whoa.”

    You really have to throw these numbers out though. Pedro is a completely different pitcher now. It’s not the same guy from Boston.

  396. Uncle Tito October 29th, 2009 at 5:37 pm

    I can see Swisher sitting since he has looked so lost at the plate.

    But why start Hairston? He does not have Hinske’s power, or Gardner’s speed. His .333 avg. against Pedro is in a limited # of at bats & that was over 5 yrs. ago.

    Gardner would improve the OF defense significantly. He adds speed in CF, moves Melky to RF who is a better defensive OF than Hairston & has a better arm. Gardner is also a LH hitter against a RH pitcher. With his speed he can make things happen over the course of a 9 inning game.

    Hairston is a good utility player to have over the long 162 game season because he plays OF, 3B, SS, 2B, & can even catch. But, he is a very avg. player to have in the lineup tonite, especially when you are subing your best hitting catcher.

    With all that said, hope he does well & contributes tonite.

  397. XLJ October 29th, 2009 at 5:37 pm

    Yes AJ doesn’t have any postseason wins but he doesn’t have any loses either. He pitched really good in the first two games and could of won both easily if the team could score some more runs.

    Bottom line the offense needs to step up. They looked very average against the twins and the angels. Basically its been A-Rod and Jeter carrying them. They need to score more runs because Philly has a very good offense.

  398. S.o.S.(ITS 96 W.S. ALL OVER AGAIN.) October 29th, 2009 at 5:39 pm

    Better question to ask is who pitches the 8th inning today?

    Hughes?
    Joba?
    Robertson?
    MO FOR 2?

  399. Adam October 29th, 2009 at 5:39 pm

    Hairston gives us a worse bat than Swisher and the same average fielding. He’s the obvious choice to replace him!!! Joe Girardi says it and I believe it!!! I’d bet my life on 30 at-bats!!!!

  400. We Can Still Win October 29th, 2009 at 5:40 pm

    (But why start Hairston? He does not have Hinske’s power, or Gardner’s speed. His .333 avg. against Pedro is in a limited # of at bats & that was over 5 yrs. ago. )

    Hairston is better out in the field. Hinske is terrible. He makes Swisher look like Gold Glove material.

  401. stacey October 29th, 2009 at 5:40 pm

    yanks please win tonight…offense needs to show up as well as good aj

  402. SJ44 October 29th, 2009 at 5:40 pm

    I’ll put it to you another way.

    What made the Yankees so tough this year was their lineup wore down opposing pitchers. It was circular in nature.

    Everytime you make the lineup closer to a NL lineup, the advantage shifts to the Phillies because they, and not the Yankees, are the NL team. It plays to THEIR strengths.

    By taking Posada out of the lineup, a guy who LOVES facing Pedro, and replacing him with an automatic out, you make Pedro’s life easier.

    Why do that?

    I know, to make AJ “comfortable”.

    Well, how “comfortable” is he when he is winless in the post-season, has an ERA over 4, and hasn’t pitched that well with Molina catching him?

    Its wonderful to be stubborn (at times) and Girardi certainly has a stubborn streak.

    Its better to be smarter and manage with a little feel.

    He has had the touch of a bricklayer in the post-season.

    Joe is an inexperienced post-season manager.

    That’s not an opinion. That’s a fact.

    It has shown up this post-season. Hopefully, the team can overcome it.

  403. ElGuapo October 29th, 2009 at 5:41 pm

    SJ, it pains me to agree with you, just because the manager, because of his decisions, has put this team in a very weak spot. We are putting up our B team.
    I hope you are proven wrong by the score, as everyone here does as well, but you are right.

  404. trisha - OPPC forever - (new lucky picture from last day at the old Stadium) BRING ON THE GHOSTS! October 29th, 2009 at 5:41 pm

    “They didn’t win 10 games this year with the kids.”

    Sure they did. Who do you think was playing the entire time that Arod, Posada, and Molina were down? And that was more than 10 games.

    There is no question that Girardi lacks postseason experience. This is his first postseason. I would still say on balance he has managed well. He can’t go out there and hit for the guys.

  405. XLJ October 29th, 2009 at 5:41 pm

    Uncle Tito
    October 29th, 2009 at 5:37 pm
    I can see Swisher sitting since he has looked so lost at the plate.

    But why start Hairston? He does not have Hinske’s power, or Gardner’s speed. His .333 avg. against Pedro is in a limited # of at bats & that was over 5 yrs. ago.

    Gardner would improve the OF defense significantly. He adds speed in CF, moves Melky to RF who is a better defensive OF than Hairston & has a better arm. Gardner is also a LH hitter against a RH pitcher. With his speed he can make things happen over the course of a 9 inning game.

    Hairston is a good utility player to have over the long 162 game season because he plays OF, 3B, SS, 2B, & can even catch. But, he is a very avg. player to have in the lineup tonite, especially when you are subing your best hitting catcher.

    With all that said, hope he does well & contributes tonite.

    ———————————

    I agree I would of used Gardner. I would of started Gardner and see if he can make some things happen during the game with his speed. That does really improve your outfield defense having both Melky and Gardy playing. If it is a close game in the later innings you could pinch hit Gardner with Hinske.

    ANyway I hope I am wrong and Hairston has a great game.

  406. Adam October 29th, 2009 at 5:42 pm

    “Better question to ask is who pitches the 8th inning today?”

    Depends on the score.

    Big lead then I go with Hughes. Small lead, Mo for 2. Losing by a few, Mo for 2. Losing by a lot, anyone.

  407. Peter Rabbit October 29th, 2009 at 5:42 pm

    My butterflies :( They’re going nuts! That Phillies lineup scares me so much. We *have* to start hitting to beat this team. I feel like we haven’t hit consistently for a long long time.

  408. Darrin October 29th, 2009 at 5:42 pm

    Once again, everyone is getting embroiled in the petty and not looking at the bigger picture.

    Yankees had a circular lineup last night – didn’t make a bit of difference. Cliff Lee.

    Now we are doomed to lose tonight because Posada (who will probably end up with more AB’s in this game than Molina) isn’t in the starting lineup. Nevermind the fact that Posada has bad career numbers against Pedro.

    How did the Yankees win 103 games this year? If Jeter and Damon get on base, and Tex is clutch, and Arod’s patient, the Yankees win. If AJ pitches well, the Yankees win. If the middle-to-late relief show up, the Yankees win.

    How did the Yankees lose 60 games this year? When the above didn’t happen. Sorry. This team is a lot more than just Jose Molina.

  409. S.o.S.(ITS 96 W.S. ALL OVER AGAIN.) October 29th, 2009 at 5:43 pm

    Pedro now = El Duque of the 2000′s. No fastball and makes hitters chase junk. Lets hope the Yanks are patient tonight. Lets have Pedro continue to have Daddy nighmares.

  410. Drive 4-5 October 29th, 2009 at 5:43 pm

    Maybe if Jorge would put on his 4 rings to flash signs rather that put white -out on his nails Burnett would get the message.

    It’s time for the rest of the lineup to pick up the slack. Burnett is capable of keeping us in the game. It’s time for the lineup besides A Rod and Jeter to earn their pay.

  411. Anthony October 29th, 2009 at 5:43 pm

    If we are ahead in the eighth and the game is close, Mo pitches a two inning save tonight. They have an off-day tomorrow.

  412. betsy October 29th, 2009 at 5:44 pm

    What kind of an answer is “I felt it’s worked well”? It’s asinine, Joe….

  413. Gardner in CF October 29th, 2009 at 5:44 pm

    We Can Still Win October 29th, 2009 at 5:40 pm

    Hairston is better out in the field. Hinske is terrible. He makes Swisher look like Gold Glove material.

    Hairston’s limited experience in right make Damon-Gardner-Cabrera/Hairston the best possible outfield and for some reason they’ll never bench Cabrera… ever.

  414. Denise October 29th, 2009 at 5:44 pm

    Why Molina over Jorge, didn’t seem to bother AJ all that much in his last start in the ALCS. And why Hairston over Hinske? Really? Hinske can hit right field porch and Hairston maybe gets a blooper over the infield and has barely played right field, not that Hinske is a genius out there either, but more power with Hinske for sure.

    Girardi is a bum for saying he’d use Hughes again in the 8th, either you are bold face lying b/c you want Hughes not to be unhappy or you just an idiot!

  415. Bronx Jeers October 29th, 2009 at 5:44 pm

    The Hinske over Hairston argument is pretty solid.

    So is the Posada over Molina given the fact that it’s game 2 of the World Series and they’re down a game.

    The Graduate:

    Northwestern Degree?

    Engineers do make mistakes

    And binders can lie

  416. Uncle Tito October 29th, 2009 at 5:45 pm

    “We Can Still Win”

    I know, thats why if you read my post I advocate starting Gardner.

    My point is that Hairston does not provide the power or the speed. He is an avg. player that is a good team guy to have over the course of a long season, But not what you want to have in a WS game.

    See Ya.

  417. zmaster! October 29th, 2009 at 5:46 pm

    we need to score early. & when pedro gives us oppurtunities we must take advantage of them..

  418. Darrin October 29th, 2009 at 5:46 pm

    “Better question to ask is who pitches the 8th inning today?”

    Oh, you can bet your bottom dollar it’s Mo in the 8th tonight if the Yanks are lucky enough to have the lead.

    This is as must-win as it gets. With 3 days of rest and a day off tomorrow, it would be “2 inning Mo” tonight.

  419. Anthony October 29th, 2009 at 5:47 pm

    Darrin, you can’t seriously argue that a lineup not producing against one of the best pitchers in the majors who is incredibly hot right now is an argument that we don’t need to put that same lineup in against a worse pitcher? Nor can you seriously argue that Posada has not been a very big part of our success this year. The team didn’t win because of just the top four guys, Matsui and Posada were great this year. Molina by himself might not tank this team, but it certainly doesn’t make us stronger.

  420. Yankee Trader October 29th, 2009 at 5:47 pm

    “Better question to ask is who pitches the 8th inning today?”

    S.o.S.-I hope the Yankees have such a commanding lead that it won’t matter, but my confidence lies only in Rivera, as none of the others seem to be capable of pitching a quick 1-2-3 inning.

  421. Bench Swisher October 29th, 2009 at 5:47 pm

    Normally, I’d be railing against Girardi and his stupid Bible of Stats for swapping out Swish for Hairston… but this time I hope he’s doing because Swish is just sucking.

  422. Drive 4-5 October 29th, 2009 at 5:48 pm

    Anthony
    October 29th, 2009 at 5:43 pm
    If we are ahead in the eighth and the game is close, Mo pitches a two inning save tonight. They have an off-day tomorrow.

    Exactly. And Girardi can’t be ripped because he said he’d use Phil, even if it’s not true. Is he supposed to sit there and tell the national media that he no longer has faith in Hughes? How does that help?

  423. betsy October 29th, 2009 at 5:48 pm

    SJ, I wish I could agree that this is just post-season inexperience. It’s not – it’s sheer stupidity and stubbornness and that’s not going away next year or the year after. How he can’t see what everyone else can see is beyond me. He’s got something of a pass because if we lose the series, no one will ever be able to say for sure whether it was sitting Posada that caused the loss. However, he will have it hanging over his head for a long time.

  424. Denise October 29th, 2009 at 5:48 pm

    well I will say that Jorge has been dismal at the plate lately, hitting into dps, striking out on bad pitches, etc. Maybe just maybe, Molina can slip in there for a hit when the time is right. I haven’t been feeling so warm and fuzzy with Jorge walkin to the plate lately anyway and Molina can call a nice game behind the plate

  425. trisha - OPPC forever - (new lucky picture from last day at the old Stadium) BRING ON THE GHOSTS! October 29th, 2009 at 5:49 pm

    And SJ – the decision to go with Molina is the smartest one he’s made. Unless of course you’d feel better having Posada run around trying to block all of the balls in the dirt and Burnett shaking him off and Posada getting mad and Burnett melting down. Because that is what would happen. It’s no secret. If Girardi had confidence that AJ could pitch well with Posada at this point, Posada would be in there. Because he is their number one catcher. If you remember correctly when all the hubub was going on, Girardi said exactly that – that all of the pitchers had to get comfortable with Posada because he was going to be catching them if they got to the postseason.

    Burnett’s success on the mound is much more important than Posada being in the lineup. That speaks for itself. And Posada’s bat can still be in there at some point. Burnett has a better chance of getting the job done in his first game in the world series with Molina guiding him through that. If it weren’t the case, Girardi would have put Posada in there. Girardi is not stupid. He wants to win, not lose.

  426. S.o.S.(ITS 96 W.S. ALL OVER AGAIN.) October 29th, 2009 at 5:49 pm

    So i heard today that Charlie Manuel was asked about the black book Girardi looked at during the game that he pulled Robertson. He responded by saying the he has a black book as well but that he looks at it before the game. Not during.

    First its Rolens 5 game prediction
    Next Pedro motor mouth yesterday
    Top that with their manager calling our Manager unprepared for a game

    Does this team need anymore bulletin board material? Lets get fired up Yankees!!

  427. IrishCarBomb October 29th, 2009 at 5:49 pm

    Girardi is more scary than the phillies.

  428. IrishCarBomb October 29th, 2009 at 5:50 pm

    Trisha- you realize that AJ’s best starts had Jorge behind the dish, right?

  429. Nick in SF in Elk Grove October 29th, 2009 at 5:50 pm

    I have to go with “Girardi Knows Best” here.

    He’s the one taking care of the 3:00 a.m. feedings and the diaper changes. He knows where the talcum powder goes.

  430. betsy October 29th, 2009 at 5:51 pm

    What drives me crazy is that I believe AJ wants to pitch to Posada, but his manager won’t let him. It makes AJ look bad (because people are inclined to believe the worst in him) and it makes his manager look like a blockhead.

  431. Sal123 October 29th, 2009 at 5:51 pm

    To all you pessimists out there (including myself).
    In 1923 the first world series that the Yankees won, they lost the first and after the third game they were down 1-2, but they came back strong and beat the dodgers in the next three games clinching the series in game six.
    So don’t give up hope yet as the famous Yankee of all time Joe DiMaggio once said, “it ain’t over until it’s over.

  432. Yankee Trader October 29th, 2009 at 5:52 pm

    Swisher a strikeout pop-up machine.

    Matsui a strikeout groundout machine.

    I understand the Swisher move to sit him.

    Why is Matsui DH’ing especially hitting behind A-Rod, because he is a certain DP with men on base? Hinske could have DH’d.

  433. rconn23 October 29th, 2009 at 5:53 pm

    “Yankees had a circular lineup last night – didn’t make a bit of difference. Cliff Lee.”

    That’s an outlier. No team was going to hit Cliff Lee last night.

    That, in all likelihood will be the best pitching performance that the Yankees see against them this series. Not even Lee can duplicate that domination.

    Inserting the third worst hitter in the AL into the starting lineup – over the second best hitting catcher in the league – to supposedly babysit or calm the nerves of a 32-year old pitcher is lunacy. It really is.

  434. Boston Dave - 4 wins til 27 October 29th, 2009 at 5:54 pm

    “Molina by himself might not tank this team, but it certainly doesn’t make us stronger.”

    ————

    good point.

    This is a team game. You put out the team that has the best chance of winning that night’s game.

    If a player change makes your team marginally better, you do it.

    It’s the World Series. It’s disheartening that Girardi feels there are circumstances which prevent him from putting the best Yankees team on the field.

  435. Nick in SF in Elk Grove October 29th, 2009 at 5:54 pm

    “Unless of course you’d feel better having Posada run around trying to block all of the balls in the dirt and Burnett shaking him off and Posada getting mad and Burnett melting down. Because that is what would happen. It’s no secret.”

    Mac Daddy? Is it you?

  436. E-gawa October 29th, 2009 at 5:55 pm

    1923 was against the Giants but good point.

  437. Yankee Trader October 29th, 2009 at 5:55 pm

    Sal 123-

    That quote was Yogi!!

    On August 22, 1988, Berra and Dickey were honored with plaques to be hung in Monument Park at Yankee Stadium. Berra’s plaque calls him “A legendary Yankee” and cites his most frequent quote, “It ain’t over till it’s over.”

  438. KF October 29th, 2009 at 5:57 pm

    SJ44 October 29th, 2009 at 5:29 pm

    Trisha,

    Do you know how to read stats? Seriously, do you?

    Can you place them in context?

    In August, at home, AJ Burnett had to pitch what was at that time, the biggest game of the season for the Yankees, AT HOME against the Red Sox.

    He pitched great.

    Who was his catcher? Jorge Posada.

    Tonight is the Yankees biggest game of the season at home since that game.

    Jorge Posada is on the bench.

    Sorry but, that’s dumb.

    *************************
    Highlighting one game is with out a doubt a small same size.

    If I remember correctly when Girardi decided to use Molina with Burnett in the playoffs it was reported that the decision was made after consulting with Cashman, Eiland, Pena. Girardi made the call but it appeared to be management decision not AJ’s.

    The decision of who play’s nightly can easily be debated but it’s been quite a while since the Yankees won 103 games and were in the world series. Girardi makes some questionable decision but overall he’s got the team here.

  439. S.o.S.(ITS 96 W.S. ALL OVER AGAIN.) October 29th, 2009 at 5:57 pm

    Inserting the third worst hitter in the AL into the starting lineup – over the second best hitting catcher in the league

    =========

    Wasnt mr. october of 09 the worst hitting catcher in the league this year? Who knows? Maybe Molina can due his impersonation of Mathis and get a handfull of doubles this series. O.K. maybe not doubles. I’ll take a handfull of singles.

  440. SJ44 October 29th, 2009 at 5:57 pm

    He hasn’t had success with Molina in the post-season Trisha.

    He’s winless. He’s thrown WP’s in each of his post-season starts with Molina.

    His ERA is 4.42.

    He gave up 4 in the first inning in his last start and 6 overall.

    He hasn’t pitched 7 full innings in any of his post-season starts.

    You call that success? That’s not success at all.

  441. DT - OPPC member October 29th, 2009 at 5:58 pm

    It will be interesting to see if Ozzie Guillen comments on the Swisher benching.

  442. Doreen October 29th, 2009 at 5:58 pm

    Jeremy
    October 29th, 2009 at 5:18 pm
    Doreen
    I said it again because a lot of people on this board keep on talking about Molina and Hariston when other people in the lineup failed. And if those guys don’t step up it doesn’t matter what Molina and Hariston does.
    ——————————-

    Jeremy -

    If it makes you feel better, I agree. :)

  443. Darrin October 29th, 2009 at 5:58 pm

    “You can’t seriously argue that a lineup not producing against one of the best pitchers in the majors who is incredibly hot right now is an argument that we don’t need to put that same lineup in against a worse pitcher?”
    ————–
    Anthony – yes I can and will make that argument. The only free pass I give Girardi is that he is the manager of this team and knows his players a lot better than anyone on this board does.

    The only good thing that came out of the 2006 debacle against Detroit, is that I learned, as a fan, that a “stacked” line-up guarantees ZERO.

    I get such a kick out of the “experts” this postseason who call every managerial move “blockheaded.” All the fans who look at a lineup card and then make a final determination are the real blockheads. Remember the game in Anaheim in September where there was a near revolt here when Girardi put out his “white flag” lineup? Oh, yeah, the Yankees won that game.

    For the Yanks to win tonight they need good, solid pitching from AJ and smart offense. Be patient, move the runners, get 2 out hits. Who knows? Maybe Molina actually gets a hit? Naw, not possible – this game is so predictable.

  444. Boston Dave - 4 wins til 27 October 29th, 2009 at 5:59 pm

    “If I remember correctly when Girardi decided to use Molina with Burnett in the playoffs it was reported that the decision was made after consulting with Cashman, Eiland, Pena. Girardi made the call but it appeared to be management decision not AJ’s.”

    —-

    hard to argue with that, before the playoffs started.

    But AJ has ZERO wins and has not pitched better.

    Time to pull the plug and put your best team on the field – Posada.

  445. trisha - OPPC forever - (new lucky picture from last day at the old Stadium) BRING ON THE GHOSTS! October 29th, 2009 at 6:00 pm

    “Trisha- you realize that AJ’s best starts had Jorge behind the dish, right?”

    Irish, I know that AJ had some good starts with Posada, some bad starts with Posada, some good starts with Molina, some bad starts with Molina. I know his peripherals are better with Molina, he gives up fewer runs with Molina, has given up fewer hits with Molina, and has more K’s with Molina. And most importantly with someone like AJ, all of his more recent starts are with Molina.

    I just don’t think that you change that now, not in his first postseason, in his first world series game. Change it during the off season, get them working together. I’d never do it now. And certainly not in a home game.

  446. DurhamYankee October 29th, 2009 at 6:01 pm

    Didn’t the combo of AJ and Molina give up 4 runs in one inning within 8 minutes? That should have been the end of this stupidity. Down 1-0 to the Champs, not only are we giving them an extra hitter by playing with a DH, we are taking one away from us by starting Molina. Not smart, not the regular season.

  447. trisha - OPPC forever - (new lucky picture from last day at the old Stadium) BRING ON THE GHOSTS! October 29th, 2009 at 6:02 pm

    SJ – I am saying that I think he has better chances for success with Molina. Girardi doesn’t want to lose the world series. He thinks that AJ will do better with Molina. Look he might never be a lights out pitcher for the Yankees. But the best he has to give is what we’re looking for.

  448. Yankee Trader October 29th, 2009 at 6:03 pm

    All I can say is that I hope AJ makes us all look wrong, and that he earns his contract this WS.

  449. trisha - OPPC forever - (new lucky picture from last day at the old Stadium) BRING ON THE GHOSTS! October 29th, 2009 at 6:04 pm

    “All I can say is that I hope AJ makes us all look wrong, and that he earns his contract this WS.”

    I’m with ya.

  450. sevrox October 29th, 2009 at 6:05 pm

    voice of reason o’ SJ:

    Yank killer lineup should be:

    Jeter
    Damon
    Tex
    Arod
    Posada
    Matsui
    Hinske
    Cano
    Cabrera

    Girardi ain’t cuttin’ this the right way.

  451. KF October 29th, 2009 at 6:05 pm

    But AJ has ZERO wins and has not pitched better.

    Time to pull the plug and put your best team on the field – Posada.
    ***********************

    AJ doesn’t have any losses either. If Girardi goes by his statistical matchups then the Posada decision is even easier tonight based on his sub par batting avg against Pedro.

  452. Drive 4-5 October 29th, 2009 at 6:05 pm

    Just read on the other internet that Swish has shaved off his Mohawk in protest. He says that if they believe his Matt Holliday impersonation they might insert him back in the lineup. Girardi caught on,but not until he thought he was talking to Jim Leyritz.

  453. Chris Anton October 29th, 2009 at 6:08 pm

    Jeter ss
    Damon LF
    Tex 1B
    A Rod 3B
    Posada C
    Matsui DH
    Cano 2B
    Cabrera CF
    Hairston RF

  454. Nick in SF in Elk Grove October 29th, 2009 at 6:08 pm

    Nice try, KF, but you know that Molina’s B.A. vs. Pedro is even worse, and that Posada’s had more recent success after early failures, including big postseason hits off Pedro, right?

    Girardi’s not playing tiddlywinks with our lineup because he thinks Posada can’t hit Pedro.

  455. KF October 29th, 2009 at 6:08 pm

    # trisha – OPPC forever – (new lucky picture from last day at the old Stadium) BRING ON THE GHOSTS! October 29th, 2009 at 6:02 pm

    SJ – I am saying that I think he has better chances for success with Molina. Girardi doesn’t want to lose the world series. He thinks that AJ will do better with Molina. Look he might never be a lights out pitcher for the Yankees. But the best he has to give is what we’re looking for.

    I don’t see how anyone can argue with this!!!

  456. Sofia October 29th, 2009 at 6:09 pm

    if Burnett goes out and gives up a 4 spot in the first inning tonight then I may break my TV

  457. mycruzincooler.com October 29th, 2009 at 6:10 pm

    I cant wait to see what stars show up in Philly.

  458. trisha - OPPC forever - (new lucky picture from last day at the old Stadium) BRING ON THE GHOSTS! October 29th, 2009 at 6:10 pm

    KF – trust me they’ll find a way.

    :)

  459. trisha - OPPC forever - (new lucky picture from last day at the old Stadium) BRING ON THE GHOSTS! October 29th, 2009 at 6:13 pm

    I can’t imagine that Swisher doesn’t understand why he’s being taken out of the lineup. He’d probably be the first to say that he’s disappointed but that he understands. Or in the words of Giambi “I’d boo me too if I was in the stands.”

  460. Doreen October 29th, 2009 at 6:14 pm

    SJ44 -

    Here is what I think is driving Girardi’s decisions. The last several times the Yankees have been in the playoffs, they had outstanding offense during the season, but got NOWHERE in the post season. I believe that he is placing his emphasis on pitching and defense. Now, Hinske may be the better offensive replacement for Swisher, but I’ve watched him play the outfield this season. He is not good, no matter how many more times he’s played RF than Hairston, he is not good. I think Hairston is the right choice to replace Swisher.

    I never agreed with the move to take Posada out of the lineup for Molina, but I do understand the motivation – get your starting pitcher comfortable, pitching wins championships. I thought last game proved Molina wasn’t the magic charm, but Girardi saw it differently – he saw the Angels jumping on AJ in the first, but Molina getting him to settle down after that.

    I don’t think Girardi has been perfect, but some execution by his relief corp really would have helped him out a few times. If guys don’t do what they’re supposed to do, there’s not much a manager can do. Swish could have rested earlier, but they’ve had so many days off and he’s taken a lot of extra BP. He hoped he’d break out. He didn’t.

    Not hitting with RISP hasn’t help the manager’s cause either. Teixeira, if not for his fielding gems, would be getting all kinds of grief. He’s got 2 hits that meant anything in the entire post season. Two. Damon, Cano, and Matsui haven’t been too hot, nor has Posada. None has been consistent. None has gotten “hot.”

    And yet, here they are in the World Series. You can say it’s in spite of Girardi. I think a team’s success or failure largely falls on the players, with exceptions, of course. So far I don’t think Girardi’s blunders have been all that heinous. His regulars are letting him down, as has Phil Hughes. I don’t know how I feel about the juggling of the bullpen guys, but I don’t think Girardi’s a total idiot.

  461. KF October 29th, 2009 at 6:14 pm

    Nick,
    Girardi’s not playing tiddlywinks with our lineup because he thinks Posada can’t hit Pedro.

    I don’t disagree, but it’s like a puzzle, putting all the pieces in the right place. I don’t think Girardi makes decisions in a vacuum, but the buck stops with Girardi and he’s done a pretty decent job of 103 wins under his belt.

  462. The Phranchise October 29th, 2009 at 6:15 pm

    The most important thing in this game is AJ throwing strikes, not walking Rollins or Victorino who don’t like to walk. Just like CC last night. If you give up a homer back it a solo shot. If Burnett gives a game like CC did last night it will all be on the Yankees offense to show up in this series. Pedro can be remembered for being Pedro, but at the end of the day his “stuff” is now no better than Gaudin, he just has better location. He won’t be blowing hitters away so Yankee bats just need to be patient.

  463. sab October 29th, 2009 at 6:15 pm

    BigSix
    October 29th, 2009 at 5:02 pm
    sab –

    I saw that press conference and it was the worst speech I’ve ever heard.

    You’d think Mills would’ve planned to say something.

    He acted like his having to give a speech was unexpected.

    =========================================================
    not much freshness or anything winning about that speech…and he had a week or so to prepare…maybe the yankees can get berkman and oswalt (if he can ever forgive arod for cheating)for hinske and mitre since it seems the astros don’t do much research or preparedness on anything…

  464. S.o.S.(ITS 96 W.S. ALL OVER AGAIN.) October 29th, 2009 at 6:17 pm

    Folks relax. The Yankees have spoiled us this postseason. They have jumped out on both teams prior and made it a no contest. This was just a bump on the roas(or should i say home). Just think 1996 vs. defending champs and how we ended that. Dei ja vu all over again. It doesnt matter who’s behind the plate or right field. YANKS WIN #27 IN 09!! Its destiNY. Bank on it.

  465. KF October 29th, 2009 at 6:17 pm

    to me cherry picking players individual statistics is like fantasy baseball. Girardi has many more resources at his disposal than we do and it’s he who is most accountable.

  466. trisha - OPPC forever - (new lucky picture from last day at the old Stadium) BRING ON THE GHOSTS! October 29th, 2009 at 6:18 pm

    S.o.S. – I’m banking on it.

    :)

    Thanks for bringing things full circle.

  467. KF October 29th, 2009 at 6:19 pm

    Or in the words of Giambi “I’d boo me too if I was in the stands.”

    I loved that line.

  468. Nick in SF in Elk Grove October 29th, 2009 at 6:19 pm

    Well, “Girardi is the manager, 103 wins” pretty much precludes all discussion, doesn’t it? Someone tell Sam and Chad. Enjoy the game, folks.

  469. MaineYankee October 29th, 2009 at 6:20 pm

    Nick

    You disappoint me. You’ve missed the obvious.

    The problem isn’t which catcher should start it’s which pitcher. :lol:

  470. S.o.S.(ITS 96 W.S. ALL OVER AGAIN.) October 29th, 2009 at 6:20 pm

    Doreen,
    Excellent post!!

  471. trisha - OPPC forever - (new lucky picture from last day at the old Stadium) BRING ON THE GHOSTS! October 29th, 2009 at 6:22 pm

    “Doreen,
    Excellent post!!”

    Ditto

  472. Doreen October 29th, 2009 at 6:22 pm

    And when I say “letting him down,” I use the term very loosely. They have advanced to the World Series. I really don’t know how they did it. ;)

  473. Nick in SF in Elk Grove October 29th, 2009 at 6:22 pm

    MaineYankee: Chien-ming Wang is unavailable.

  474. MaineYankee October 29th, 2009 at 6:23 pm

    Doreen

    Will you stop trying to make sense. It has no place here. :lol:

  475. Erin October 29th, 2009 at 6:23 pm

    Doreen-loved your post! :)

  476. Boston Dave - 4 wins til 27 October 29th, 2009 at 6:24 pm

    “AJ doesn’t have any losses either.”

    —————

    No, but he has a 5.84 ERA in his last 2 starts.

    You call that success with Molina? I don’t.

    I like Molina but the Yanks are a better team with Posada in the lineup.

  477. zmaster! October 29th, 2009 at 6:25 pm

    WHO ELSE IS PUMPED FOR THIS GAME????!!!!!!YEEHAW!!

  478. Boston Dave - 4 wins til 27 October 29th, 2009 at 6:25 pm

    Doreen,

    Then why is Hairston playing a position he has not played once this season??

    If he wants defense, then he would have played Gardner.

  479. Rose October 29th, 2009 at 6:25 pm

    AJ can be good or bad. Who is catching doesn’t matter. His last start with Molina he coughed up 4 runs in the 1st inning. Molina wore out a path to the mound.

  480. S.o.S.(ITS 96 W.S. ALL OVER AGAIN.) October 29th, 2009 at 6:26 pm

    S.o.S. – I’m banking on it.

    =========

    Uhhh trish. I hope your bank account isnt banking on it. Id feel really bad if one of my famous and absolutely strong motivating posts blew up your pocket book in the end. Just saying.

    p.s. Still bank on it without the quan.

  481. Betsy October 29th, 2009 at 6:28 pm

    Boston Dave, AJ pitched very well in game 2 against the Angels……his high ERA is due to the last start. I’ll say it again, I have no idea how Andy blew a 3 run lead and that wasn’t awful, but AJ gave up 2 runs against the Angels and that was the end of the world.

  482. Doreen October 29th, 2009 at 6:29 pm

    Gardner has a role to play. A very defined role. It’s pretty apparent he’s saved for later innings pinch running/defensive purposes.

    And Gardner is not necessarily a better hitter than Hairston. He doesn’t bunt well to get on base and he doesn’t necessarily take walks.

    None of the replacements is perfect.

  483. randy l. October 29th, 2009 at 6:29 pm

    i have visions of hairston whiffing and almost being beheaded on a recent fly ball off a wall when he took a circuitous route to the ball.

    right field when he hasn’t played there in a while?

    i would have rather dh’d him if his stats are so great against pedro.

    molina is theoretically put in to save runs.why do you put a guy who isn’t a right fielder out there ? that’s saving runs?

    i will be very surprised if he makes it through the game without doing something really bad. if the old axiom is true the ball will find him.

    hopefully pedro is knocked out quickly and there’s no need to leave hairston out there for too long.

  484. Boston Dave - 4 wins til 27 October 29th, 2009 at 6:30 pm

    Betsy,

    I agree with that re: AJ.

    I just don’t see any overwhelming evidence that the AJ will pitch better tonight because Molina is behind the plate. As far as I’m concerned, AJ is capable of a great start with either catcher.

    What is overwhelming?

    the difference between Molina and Posada at the plate.

  485. zmaster!! October 29th, 2009 at 6:30 pm

    if I’m joe. g I replace hairston & molina very very fast tonight.(performance pending)

  486. Boston Dave - 4 wins til 27 October 29th, 2009 at 6:32 pm

    Doreen,

    You said you believe Girardi is emphasizing pitching in defense.

    His move tonight completely disqualifies your belief.

    Hairston has not played RF once. Gardner in center and Cabrera in RF is their best defensive set up.

  487. sab October 29th, 2009 at 6:33 pm

    not for nothing but 2 of the 6 runs aj gave up last time were with posada catching…AND he was up by 2 at the time (ie a little less pressure to have to be perfect)…i don’t have the stats but once again i think molina has a better era cathing aj in the postseason than posada does…having said that – i think i would have played posada at catcher – but if us fans are banking on either posada or molina to be the difference tonight then we may as well not watch because its arod, tex, damon and jeter that should be carrying the offense anyway – just like rollins, vic, utley and howard carry the phillies..

  488. Rose October 29th, 2009 at 6:34 pm

    Betsy

    You have 2 pitchers, Andy and AJ. You have a must win game coming up. Which pitcher are you picking to start the game?

  489. Doreen October 29th, 2009 at 6:34 pm

    Boston Dave -

    I don’t think it completely disqualifies my belief.

    I believe Gardner is has been given a role to play and it is late inning pinch runner/defensive replacement. that being the case, the better defensive replacement for Swisher is Hairston – have you seen Hinske play?

    I’ll be first to admit none of the replacements is perfect.

  490. S.o.S.(ITS 96 W.S. ALL OVER AGAIN.) October 29th, 2009 at 6:36 pm

    randy,
    lol. All i can think about is when Conseco assisted on a homerun that bounced off his dome. I have a vision of Molina and Hairston bein pinch hit for in the second inning.

    Lets have a good time tonight fellas!! I’ll see ya here tomorrow where we talk about being tied up 1-1 and stealing back homefield advantage. GO YANKEES!!

  491. Neil October 29th, 2009 at 6:37 pm

    It’s this simple. Molina is in the game for as long as Burnett is pitching well and the Yankees are holding a reasonable lead. Both will be on a short leash. The name of the game tonight is to give Mariano enough of a run cushion to have for 2 innings if needed.

  492. Patrick Bateman October 29th, 2009 at 6:37 pm

    If the Yankees lose tonight, the blame starts with Girardi before the game even starts by putting two limp noodles in the lineup with Hairston and Molina.

    This is the World Series, not a meaningless game in April.

  493. vendor71 October 29th, 2009 at 6:39 pm

    Wow, the Yankees are so arrogant that they think they can beat Pedro and the Phils with only 6 hitters and 18 outs!!!

    hee hee, this one is gonna be ugly!!!8-4 Phils

  494. Doreen October 29th, 2009 at 6:39 pm

    Patrick Bateman -

    I know this isn’t likely, but what if the Yankees lose, but both Molina and Hairston get hits and/or rbi in a losing cause? Does the blame still start with Girardi?

  495. randy l. October 29th, 2009 at 6:40 pm

    “but AJ gave up 2 runs against the Angels and that was the end of the world.”

    it was 6 runs.

    hitters do worse in pregame BP than what the angels did to aj in that first inning.

    this is a pivotal game for aj. all he needs to do is pitch well and prove that last game was just a bad game.

    right now we simply don’t know who aj burnett is under pressure in big games.

    after tonight we’ll have a pretty good idea.

  496. Doreen October 29th, 2009 at 6:41 pm

    Well, everyone Enjoy the Game (if you can, knowing the result beforehand).

    Go AJ!

    Go Yankees!

  497. nc yankee October 29th, 2009 at 6:42 pm

    did anyone notice the pine tar on cliff lee’s cap last night. i cant see how anyone couldnt

  498. XLJ October 29th, 2009 at 6:43 pm

    Doreen
    October 29th, 2009 at 6:29 pm
    Gardner has a role to play. A very defined role. It’s pretty apparent he’s saved for later innings pinch running/defensive purposes.

    And Gardner is not necessarily a better hitter than Hairston. He doesn’t bunt well to get on base and he doesn’t necessarily take walks.

    None of the replacements is perfect.

    ——————————————

    I disagree Gardner had a 345 obp during the season. He does get on base. And it would really improve your outfield defense having Gardner and Melky out there. The pinchrunning thing late in games might not work because Ruiz has a arm like Molina.

    Girardi is starting Hairston because of his numbers against Pedro. But this Pedro is a much different pitcher than what Hairston has seen. Hopefully I am wrong and Hariston has a great game.

  499. zmaster!! October 29th, 2009 at 6:43 pm

    Yankees are winning tonight.
    End of pesimism please.

  500. Patrick Bateman October 29th, 2009 at 6:45 pm

    Doreen-

    If they lose and those guys have hits, its still a move no manager should make in the World Series. Posada was one of the few last night who made contact with the ball.

    He’s playing two backup players based on 24 ABs vs Pedro. I’m sorry, that just doesn’t float in the World Series in an AL park. He’ll have plenty of chances to use Hairston in Philly if thats what excites him, as a substitution. Which is what Hairston is.

  501. Albert Einstein October 29th, 2009 at 6:46 pm

    Here’s what we need to do to win tonight. First, A.J. has to pitch well. He can’t give up any runs. Then our offense has to hit the ball where the outfielders aren’t. We have to score runs. Then our bull pen has to come in the game after A.J. gets tired and not give up any runs.

    That’s how you do it.

  502. Zooboy October 29th, 2009 at 6:46 pm

    Pedro, come to Papa…

  503. Rose October 29th, 2009 at 6:47 pm

    Hope the Yankees score a lot of runs tonight.
    With AJ I worry about 3 things.
    1 Walks
    2 Wild pitches
    3 HBP

  504. Bronx Jeers October 29th, 2009 at 6:47 pm

    “did anyone notice the pine tar on cliff lee’s cap last night. i cant see how anyone couldnt”

    Stop it. It was dirt.

    You could tell because it was the color of? …..Dirt!

    Why would someone put a foreign substance on the OUTSIDE of their cap?

  505. vin October 29th, 2009 at 6:48 pm

    Everyone needs to relax.

    It’s in the bag, guys and gals. Accuscore has the Yanks winning 59%.

    Remember, the games are played on spreadsheets, and in simulators. What happens on the field is merely for entertainment purposes only.

  506. Albert Einstein October 29th, 2009 at 6:50 pm

    So the Yankees win on spreadsheets and simulators but lose when the game is played live? Is that how it works?

  507. Jeremy October 29th, 2009 at 6:50 pm

    The Yankees better win tonight or their season is over.
    Girardi should have went with Hinske to add more power to the lineup. If this fails then the media needs to get on him.

  508. adsf October 29th, 2009 at 6:51 pm

    Phillies have a good offense. But many of their statistics are inflated because, frankly, they have teams like the Mets in their division, and do not face pitchers anywhere close to what the BoSox and Toronto have.

  509. vin October 29th, 2009 at 6:52 pm

    You got it, Albert. You’re a bright fellow… I see you going places in this world.

  510. S.A.--Serenity Now October 29th, 2009 at 6:54 pm

    Doreen-great 6:14pm post :)

  511. gusb October 29th, 2009 at 6:55 pm

    extra extra! Paul O’Neill and Kay just said Molina’s in the game because AJ Burnett feels more comfortable with Molina and it’s a big pressure game. Guess the information hasn’t gotten to the idiots here. Rose asked betsy a question. That tells me what I need to know about Rose’s brain

  512. RayVT October 29th, 2009 at 6:58 pm

    I get the feeling that this whole thing is all about Joe G time. He is overmanaging and over thinking! I can’t say I am upset at playing Hairston over Swish, because Swish is slumping badly. But taking out a LH bat in Posada against a RHP to use Molina as a catcher is absurd. AJ will be as great or bad as AJ decides to be tonight. He has electric stuff. Making pitches is more important than who catches them. Also, hitting is more important than who is catching as well.

    Joe G is still on a learning curve as a Manager. He doesn’t take criticism or losses very well. But this series isn’t about him! Too many changes like PR for ARod, or having .120 hitters batting 5th & 6th after ARod is stupid. Having a PR and not stealing is stupid too. Like I said, Joe G is still learning on the job. I just hope his ego gets behind him and not lead him.

    Now that I have ranted, LOL, if AJ pitches his game then it doesn’t matter who bats as long as the Yanks score a run somehow.

  513. vin October 29th, 2009 at 6:59 pm

    “Doreen-great 6:14pm post ”

    Good call. Nicely said, Doreen.

    To expand on your post…

    The only guys who have been consistent performers since game 1 have been Jeter, Alex, CC, Andy, and Mo. My fear is that some of these guys may start to lose it (this is baseball, so it’s bound to happen).

    Guys like Tex, AJ, Matsui and Hughes may very well have to help “carry” the team vs. the Phils. Are they up to the task? Somebody better be, or else we’ll be discussing the hot stove sooner than expected.

  514. Heyya October 29th, 2009 at 6:59 pm

    Jeremy,

    I don’t agree that the media should get on him. If Girardi went with Hinske than the media should get down on him for not putting Hairston up because of better numbers?

    I don’t mind Girardi’s moves, even if I disagree with them, as long as there is some sense in it. Hairston has good numbers against him, I take that with a grain of salt, because so many factors are involved, I prefer career individual numbers, but that’s just me.

    Now, the Aceves for Robertson in the Angels series made NO sense WHATSOEVER, in that case, he deserved the second guessing because he couldn’t come up with a good answer for his move. It was pure over-managing.

  515. steveoh October 29th, 2009 at 6:59 pm

    It’s a sad day when you agree with the trolls…

  516. nc yankee October 29th, 2009 at 6:59 pm

    “did anyone notice the pine tar on cliff lee’s cap last night. i cant see how anyone couldnt”

    Stop it. It was dirt.

    You could tell because it was the color of? …..Dirt!

    Why would someone put a foreign substance on the OUTSIDE of their cap?

    He didnt PUT it on the outside of his cap, it was on his hand. those were the spots he would go to adjust his cap and in the wet conditions started to smudge. It wasnt dirt. Im not trying to take away from his performance, but that was pine tar.

  517. Doreen October 29th, 2009 at 7:00 pm

    XLJ / Patrick Bateman -

    Blame Swisher for going into an ill-timed mega-slump! :lol:

    I just really want to be able to enjoy watching the Yankees play in the World Series. And the nit-picking is really getting difficult for me. So I won’t follow the game threads. I want to like my team. It’s hard enough not reading newspapers or listening to radio because all the takes are negative. I try to comb through here to find the few who are trying to remain optimistic in spite of losing game 1 to the Phillies. But so many are interested in pulling Girardi apart. I can’t say enough that I don’t agree with every move, but largely the players need to play to their capabilities, and no matter what Girardi has or hasn’t done, they haven’t. And yet, here they are. As long as there are games left to play, I want to believe that they’ll win it all. If they don’t, they don’t. It’ll stink for a while, but would you rather they didn’t get to this place at all?

  518. huby October 29th, 2009 at 7:01 pm

    I hate to be a pessimist, but the Yankees are not going to win the World Series. In the post-season, it’s not about who the best team is; it’s about who the hottest team is; and right now, the Phillies are hotter than the Yankees. The Yankees’ offense and bullpen have cooled off considerably. If this slump occurred in mid-June, nobody would care because the Yanks would have time to catch fire. However, there is little time for the Yanks to catch fire in the World Series. It’s possible but highly unlikely. The Phils will win in 4 or 5.

  519. gusb October 29th, 2009 at 7:03 pm

    If that’s true then MLB needs to investigage like they investigated Mo’s phony spitballing! How can you get them to do that then.

  520. Mike October 29th, 2009 at 7:03 pm

    lets all stay postive. NO RETREAT NO SURRENDER

  521. nc yankee October 29th, 2009 at 7:03 pm

    huby,
    come on you gotta keep the faith

  522. Heyya October 29th, 2009 at 7:04 pm

    huby,

    If you SERIOUSLY think the Yankees are going to get swept this series, than why even bother watching the games? Why even come on to this blog? Why even waste your time typing about the Yankees if you think they will not win one game from here on out? I just don’t get it. Stop wasting your time, and all of our time with your nonsense.

  523. igotid88 October 29th, 2009 at 7:04 pm

    Okay. I am back from watching Pearl Jam in Philly. The Yankees will start to win now.

  524. Jeremy October 29th, 2009 at 7:05 pm

    Yeah Lee’s curveball had a lot of movement and bite to it that you don’t usually see from him.

    I wouldn’t be surprised if he cheated a little, because plenty of guys have cheated against the Yankees like Kenny Rogers in 2006.

  525. nc yankee October 29th, 2009 at 7:06 pm

    gusb,
    exactly, remember kenny rodgers a few years ago, it happens and for some reason the managers dont call anyone out on it.

  526. CR9 October 29th, 2009 at 7:06 pm

    By the way, I believe that HP umpire last night is the scumbag who made Gabe White take off his necklace when White was with us. (it was the first time in his career Gabe White had been told to remove it)

  527. Betsy October 29th, 2009 at 7:07 pm

    BD, I completely agree, which is why I think Girardi is clueless. I place it all on his head – it’s a joke and it’s sad that HE believes his pitcher needs a crutch (when that pitcher doesn’t). I really don’t look forward to next year with him because IMO, he’s just exhibiting baseball stupidity.

  528. nc yankee October 29th, 2009 at 7:07 pm

    in cold weather thats exactly what you need for a better grip

  529. Doreen October 29th, 2009 at 7:07 pm

    One last comment:

    With all this pre-game (too much if you ask me), why do we not get to see Jay-Z, et al., or the National Anthem, or the presentation of colors, or introduction of the teams?

    All we get is talk, talk, talk, and more talk – and a lot of it on YES is rehashed from last night’s postgame, plus whatever criticism they have of today’s lineup.

    And not for nothing, I mostly like Flaherty, but is there a move Girardi makes that he ever likes? Ever?

    Rant over. :)

  530. CR9 October 29th, 2009 at 7:07 pm

    There weree about 3 pitches last night from Lee that had sickly nasty movement. I had not seen pitches that sick all season and then 3 in one night. It would not surprise me if…

  531. Betsy October 29th, 2009 at 7:08 pm

    Randy, I’m referring to AJ’s first game against the Angels.

  532. Boston Dave - 4 wins til 27 October 29th, 2009 at 7:09 pm

    Doreen,

    If Gardner were 7 for 20 against Pedro, Gardner would be starting.

    since Gardner is the superior defensive player, that means Girardi is not emphasizing defense.

    Can anyone remember a player in the World Series EVER starting a game at a position that they had not played all season and hardly at all in their career? I doubt there are too many.

  533. m October 29th, 2009 at 7:10 pm

    Oh, boy what a thread.

    trisha, no need to explain anymore. I can tell you’re getting blue in the face! Girardi’s made an unpopular decision and people aren’t going to change their minds. But it is curious that the writers and analysts for the most part haven’t crucified Girardi for his decision to sit Posada. Even this late into the postseason.

  534. Betsy October 29th, 2009 at 7:10 pm

    Rose, what’s your point? Andy still blew a 3 run lead…….I don’t think he should have been killed, but I certainly don’t think AJ should have been killed for giving up 2 runs in game 2.

  535. huby October 29th, 2009 at 7:10 pm

    Okay folks, let me adjust my position a little bit. If the Yankees can avoid using most of their bullpen, then they might be okay; but you have to admit that the young kids out there have caved under the pressure of post-season. Do any of you honestly have hope when Hughes, Chamberlain, Robertson, or Coke come in? Have they not been disappointing so far? Consider all the Yankees who haven’t hit in the post-season: Damon, Teixeira, Matsui, Swisher, Posada. Let’s face it, this team is in a slump at the worst possible time.

  536. michelle b. in Oaklandish October 29th, 2009 at 7:10 pm

    Hey everyone!

    i have a huge dilemma today….As you all know i am an athletic trainer, so i usually have games to work, but today all my games are away(i only work home games). But the VB team is playing probably the biggest game they’ll play all yr and their coach has asked me to come support them. They are my favorite team to watch and the coach is one of my very best friends…. So should i go and watch VB or should i head home and watch my beloved Yankees.

    PS Boston Dave: Hairston has played right field this season.

  537. S.A.--Serenity Now October 29th, 2009 at 7:10 pm

    I think those of us at home will be able to see the Jay-Z thing tonight.
    I would think they would show that, But with, fox you never know. :P

  538. lets go yankees (formerly lets go twins) October 29th, 2009 at 7:12 pm

    So, I just got home and checked out tonight’s lineup.

    April Fools right…..

  539. michelle b. in Oaklandish October 29th, 2009 at 7:12 pm

    S.A. and others –

    Joe buck said last night that the coverage of Jay-Z and Alicia Keys will be shown at 4:30 on fox.

  540. Doreen October 29th, 2009 at 7:13 pm

    Boston Dave -

    Uncle!

    Look, yes, if Gardner could hit, he’d be starting.

    But I already explained to you what I think Girardi’s mindset is with Gardner. He doesn’t see him as an offensive guy. He’s a niche guy right now. It’s too bad Gardner had the injury mid-season. it made a difference. He lost a lot of ground.

    I think Girardi sees Hairston as a guy who can do it all. Is he taking a chance? I guess he is. Do you want Swisher in there still? Because Hinske’s role is a bench guy – a guy to maybe come in later as a pinch-hitter and turn one around.

    Girardi, for better or worse, has a plan. It’s not your plan or my plan, and it may or may not work, but he does have a plan.

  541. Boston Dave - 4 wins til 27 October 29th, 2009 at 7:15 pm

    michelle b,

    you are right. he hasn’t started in RF though…

    still, it’s a curious move defensively for a world series game.

  542. Doreen October 29th, 2009 at 7:16 pm

    michelle b -

    If you meant 7:30 on fox, that’s great. Thanks. I hope they show it. I’d like to see something other than pre-game (over) analysis! :lol:

  543. S.A.--Serenity Now October 29th, 2009 at 7:16 pm

    michelle b.-7:30?
    I watch the game w/ the mute button on so thanks. :)

    As for your dilemma, head home and watch the yankees

  544. michelle b. in Oaklandish October 29th, 2009 at 7:17 pm

    yes 7:30 — 4:30 my time…lol

  545. Boston Dave - 4 wins til 27 October 29th, 2009 at 7:17 pm

    Doreen,

    you keep saying Gardner and Hinske are bench guys with roles.

    So it’s safe to say you believe that Hairston is not a bench player?

    Again, you said he is emphasizing defense. Putting a somewhat weak defensive player in RF at a position he has barely played doesn’t exactly support that belief.

    He does have a plan, apparently. It just isn’t the one you suggested.

  546. KO October 29th, 2009 at 7:19 pm

    There’s no way in hell Phil Hughes should be used at all in a close game tonight, let alone in the 8th inning with a lead. Sure he is super talented but it doesn’t matter what he did in the regular season. Right now he’s complete trash and he’s been that way the entire playoffs. To keep running him out there and expecting him to get it done at this point, is insane. He should be totally on the shelf for the next couple games

  547. Angel - A tale told by idiots, full of sound and fury, signifying nothing October 29th, 2009 at 7:19 pm

    huby
    October 29th, 2009 at 7:01 pm
    ***********************************
    Seriously amusing all the random, never-seen-before-names that literally come out of the woodwork at times like this, lol.

  548. Jeremy October 29th, 2009 at 7:19 pm

    nc yankee

    I know Lee is good. But I’ve seen him pitch a number of times. But the break and movement on his pitches that night I’ve never seen before.

    His performance reminds me of the Kenny Rogers performance when he had some substance. The guy had a 0.00 ERA in the postseason and he was a loser. I wouldn’t be surprised if Lee needed extra help.

  549. gusb October 29th, 2009 at 7:20 pm

    michelle show more loyalty then the nominds here. Go watch your team. Tape your game or get a copy from someone. It’s only game 2.

  550. pat October 29th, 2009 at 7:22 pm

    Doreen

    They had the pre-game on last night. Put on Fox and 7:30.

  551. KO October 29th, 2009 at 7:22 pm

    michelle, it depends on u, for me nothing gets in the way of the games, i have ditched people, meetings, class, it doesn’t matter for me….. but i am pretty hardcore about the Yankees so like i said it just depends

  552. WIN TONIGHT!! October 29th, 2009 at 7:22 pm

    Let’s go Yankees!

  553. nc yankee October 29th, 2009 at 7:22 pm

    if you shut hughes down now you might as well not use him for the rest of the series. he needs to keep pitching. baseball players are creatures of habit all these off days this post season may have messed them up. Hughes control is off, his stuff is still good just missing spots which in the majors doest fly.

  554. Boston Dave - 4 wins til 27 October 29th, 2009 at 7:22 pm

    michelle,

    gotta watch the Yanks!

    you’ll be sorry you missed them pummel Pedro!

  555. Rose October 29th, 2009 at 7:23 pm

    gusb

    Anybody with a brain, except you, would take Andy over AJ in ANY big game.
    AJ can implode at any time. Andy won’t.

  556. m October 29th, 2009 at 7:23 pm

    Why does the update make it sound like Hairston needs a refresher course in RF? Oh well. We’ll see Gardner’s speedy little legs and glove in the outfield at some point.

    In light of Swisher’s benching, it should be noted that he’s played a nifty RF this postseason. I like that he worked with Eiland and a couple of pitchers to get more zip on the ball.

    But he’s been b-r-u-t-a-l at the plate. No getting around that.

  557. gusb October 29th, 2009 at 7:23 pm

    Now you’re all smarter then Paul O’Neill right. That’s what you’re saying. He said Molina needs to catch the game because it’s big pressure and Ajs more comfortable with Molina. Let’s hear who thinks they know more then O’Neill. Betsy? Rose? Boston Dave?

  558. yankeesfandownsouth October 29th, 2009 at 7:24 pm

    Hey everyone!

    i have a huge dilemma today….As you all know i am an athletic trainer, so i usually have games to work, but today all my games are away(i only work home games). But the VB team is playing probably the biggest game they’ll play all yr and their coach has asked me to come support them. They are my favorite team to watch and the coach is one of my very best friends…. So should i go and watch VB or should i head home and watch my beloved Yankees.
    ———————————————————–

    I guess if it were me, I’d go watch the greatest sports franchise in the world (15 division titles, 40 pennants & 26 world titles)seek to further distance itself from the rest of the pack.

  559. gusb October 29th, 2009 at 7:24 pm

    Wrong Rose. I’d take Andy. You smarter then O’Neill rose?

  560. KF October 29th, 2009 at 7:25 pm

    It’s just amazing how many Yankee fans here don’t trust Girardi.

  561. zmaster! October 29th, 2009 at 7:25 pm

    PAY-DROW…. PAY-DROW… PAY-DROW.. C’MON FANS BE LOOOOUUUD TONIGHT!!!!
    LOUD!!! LOUDER!!! LOUDEST!!!
    CMON YANKEE FANS!!!!!!

  562. marie October 29th, 2009 at 7:25 pm

    Everyone remember tonight to NOT feed the trolls. Let’s not add to negativity by keeping those downer conversations going! Ignore them and they’ll go troll elsewhere.

  563. Doreen October 29th, 2009 at 7:26 pm

    Boston Dave -

    Hairston is a bench player with a role of super sub. He can fit in anywhere. That’s why they got him. Most of the time it would be later in the game, but as I said before BLAME SWISHER FOR AN ILL-TIMED SLUMP.

    I’m saying this is how I see it. This is what is making sense to me based on the moves Girardi made.

    You want to go on with this? Because I’m not responding anymore. I have answered all your questions, I have allowed for the imperfection of it all. I am not even saying that I agree or disagree with the moves, just how I see them. This is not fun any more.

    I already said none of the moves is perfect. But if Swish was hitting, we’d not be having this dialogue.

  564. Enough Pitching Changes October 29th, 2009 at 7:26 pm

    watching Kay and ONeil talking about 1996 TIno being benched for Cecil Fielder…comparing it to Nick Swisher being benched for Harriston…It is the right move but harriston is not exactly Cecil Fielder…

  565. Boston Dave - 4 wins til 27 October 29th, 2009 at 7:26 pm

    “Now you’re all smarter then Paul O’Neill right. That’s what you’re saying. He said Molina needs to catch the game because it’s big pressure and Ajs more comfortable with Molina. Let’s hear who thinks they know more then O’Neill. Betsy? Rose? Boston Dave?”

    ————

    Are you really that dumb? What if Homer Bush said that Posada should be catching? Or Alvaro Espinoza? Maybe you should poll every ex-Yankee and see what the vote is?

    And yes, I would bet my life (and yours) that I’m smarter than Paul O’Neill… though he knows a heck of a lot more about baseball than I do.

  566. gusb October 29th, 2009 at 7:28 pm

    But it is curious that the writers and analysts for the most part haven’t crucified Girardi for his decision to sit Posada. Even this late into the postseason.

    The ONLY place questioning is fans on a blog. Paul O’Neill doesn’t know as much as the fans on the blog.

  567. KO October 29th, 2009 at 7:28 pm

    well, bottom line, if the Yankees can’t beat a 38 year old Pedro Martinez at home…. they don’t deserve to win anything. Their offense has to step up tonight and wait Pedro out. He’s not overpowering anyone or breaking the ball like Lee can. He’s gonna try to spot on the corner and get them off balance with an OK change up. If they wait him out, make him come to them, wait for their pitch and drive it…. but take the walks also….. they’ll be fine. They gotta beat this guy up early. They need this win and it would be really nice to give AJ a lead to work with.

  568. Enough Pitching Changes October 29th, 2009 at 7:29 pm

    There was SO MUCH negative comments last night..People were already giving up not on the game..but ON THE SERIES!!!!I don’t know how that is possible!!! Got to just give credit to Cliff Lee..he pitched one of the best games i have seen this year..However yanks need to be concerned about their middle relief and set-up men….AJ Burnett this is why the yanks got you..Serious pressure starts…The pie are fun but you are not getting paid big bucks to make pie…you get paid big bucks for starts like tonight…should be fun!

  569. zmaster!! October 29th, 2009 at 7:29 pm

    I don’t wanna hear any oh he shuda done this or that.
    SAY NOW WHAT YOU DONT LIKE ABOUT JOE. G
    I say gardy in center & the melkman in right. hairston is not enough productive for me to bat 3-4 times.

  570. Doreen October 29th, 2009 at 7:29 pm

    One last thing, Boston Dave,

    I have watched Gardner play too many short hops singles into triples and doubles trying to make hero-type catches. I don’t think he is a god out there that other people seem to think he is. He is fast. And he’s pretty good. But he’s not great.

    Hairston has played 6 games in RF this season. It may be innings and not full games, but the point is he has seen what right field looks like this season.

    Man, I didn’t realize the point of this blog was to break people down like the darn inquisition.

  571. Boston Dave - 4 wins til 27 October 29th, 2009 at 7:29 pm

    Doreen,

    I know you can’t possibly be missing the point.

    you said

    “emphasis on defense”

    yet he is playing a poor defensive player

    in a position he has barely played.

    this contradicts your theory.

    this has nothing

    to do

    with the move

    i’m suggesting

    that

    you’re theory

    is

    wrong

  572. gusb October 29th, 2009 at 7:30 pm

    Boston Dave should be the manager then. Since he got the Yankees to the world series. Dope.

  573. JasonR October 29th, 2009 at 7:30 pm

    Let’s win a game.

  574. Boston Dave - 4 wins til 27 October 29th, 2009 at 7:30 pm

    Doreen,

    break down?

    I replied once and was hoping you’d understand what I was saying the first time.

    I apologize for not being clear.

  575. lets go yankees (formerly lets go twins) October 29th, 2009 at 7:31 pm

    gusb
    October 29th, 2009 at 7:28 pm
    But it is curious that the writers and analysts for the most part haven’t crucified Girardi for his decision to sit Posada. Even this late into the postseason.
    The ONLY place questioning is fans on a blog. Paul O’Neill doesn’t know as much as the fans on the blog.

    ———————————

    That is simply just not true. Most intelligent sports experts/analysts think it is a stupid decision. If Molina has such a huge impact on AJ he should have been able to get him under control when he imploded in the first inning last game.

  576. JZ October 29th, 2009 at 7:31 pm

    Swisher out is good.
    If they lose tonight, tonight shall be the last home game in 09.

    Who is your Daddy?!

  577. Enough Pitching Changes October 29th, 2009 at 7:32 pm

    isn’t weird the yanks are facing pedro in the world series…

  578. KF October 29th, 2009 at 7:32 pm

    Doreen,

    In reading back through several post’s your logic and reasoning is well laid out in a very thoughtful manner. It seems here everyone want’s to have an opinion which is fine but no one here is accountable.

  579. JasonR October 29th, 2009 at 7:32 pm

    This song is called “Echo…echo…echo!” by Jay-Z and Alicia Keys.

  580. Enough Pitching Changes October 29th, 2009 at 7:33 pm

    is this blog molina friendly or posada friendly….

  581. Tom in N.J. October 29th, 2009 at 7:34 pm

    Nobody expects the Lohud Inquisition!

  582. KO October 29th, 2009 at 7:34 pm

    Hairston isn’t below average at any defensive position…. that’s wrong

  583. Enough Pitching Changes October 29th, 2009 at 7:34 pm

    I am getting good new york vibes from this song…

  584. lets go yankees (formerly lets go twins) October 29th, 2009 at 7:34 pm

    Check out the game post over on RAB if you want to see why what Girardi is doing is ridiculous. Short and straight to the point.

  585. Blake October 29th, 2009 at 7:35 pm

    Alicia Keys sure can sing

  586. Johnny D. October 29th, 2009 at 7:35 pm

    This song is awful, but Keys is great.

  587. lets go yankees (formerly lets go twins) October 29th, 2009 at 7:35 pm

    That said I hope Hairston and Molina kill it tonight! Does not mean it is a smart move though.

  588. Enough Pitching Changes October 29th, 2009 at 7:35 pm

    hairston is okay a solid bench player..swisher had to sit..I might have gone with gardner but I gather hairston has good numbers against pedro…

  589. nc yankee October 29th, 2009 at 7:35 pm

    Jeremy,
    thanks for not calling me crazy. look at any of the footage from the 5th or 6th inning on when it started piling up, it is obvious. It is also obvious it wasnt dirt like some poster suggested

  590. Trevor October 29th, 2009 at 7:35 pm

    ‘Lets hear if for New York’

  591. Doreen October 29th, 2009 at 7:35 pm

    Boston Dave -

    And I’m saying of the choices Girardi gave himself because of the roles he set people up in, that in his mind Hairston is good enough defensively and offensively to replace Swisher for one game.

    The best defensive RF is either Melky or Swish.

    The Yankees don’t have a great RF this season.

    And, if i look at it from another angle, yes, offense enters into the equation as well. Perhaps if Molina wasn’t catching, Gardner could start.

    Sorry I over-reacted.

    Enjoy the Game. :)

  592. Boston Dave - 4 wins til 27 October 29th, 2009 at 7:36 pm

    “Doreen,

    In reading back through several post’s your logic and reasoning is well laid out in a very thoughtful manner.”

    ———–

    doreen is thoughtful and intelligent.

    I just think she made a gaff when she said Girardi was emphasizing defense on a night when he clearly is sacrificing defense for offense (he suggested he started Hairston because of his success against Pedro).

    Hairston is not a great defensive player and by playing he is weakening their defense.

    That’s not exactly placing much of an emphasis on defense, is it?

    that’s all. the rest of what she said was fine.

  593. Blake October 29th, 2009 at 7:36 pm

    Shes one of the most talented musicians I can remember, no joke

  594. Rose October 29th, 2009 at 7:36 pm

    “Andy still blew a 3 run lead…….I don’t think he should have been killed, but I certainly don’t think AJ should have been killed for giving up 2 runs in game 2.”

    Betsy

    My point is Andy has pitched in big games and won, so many fans give him a pass.
    AJ is “killed” by some because he has great stuff and is basically a .500 pitcher who hits and walks batters, throws wild pitches and needs Molina to catch him.

  595. Enough Pitching Changes October 29th, 2009 at 7:36 pm

    has the who’s your daddy chant jumped the shark or is it still relevant???

  596. Johnny D. October 29th, 2009 at 7:37 pm

    Oh man, Joba made me LOL

  597. NYY626 October 29th, 2009 at 7:37 pm

    Ahh that was great! Hopefully the yanks are all pumped up and ready to roll.

  598. Enough Pitching Changes October 29th, 2009 at 7:38 pm

    AJ walks too many batters and does not pitch well with a lead..he pitches better from behind he has not pitched to his contract this season..however he can change all that tonight…

  599. Boston Dave - 4 wins til 27 October 29th, 2009 at 7:38 pm

    I just hope the Yanks win.

    I imagine I’m not alone in saying I’ll be much happier about the Game 3 thread. :)

  600. gusb October 29th, 2009 at 7:39 pm

    Most intelligent sports experts/analysts think it is a stupid decision.

    Bull! You’re making that up. So start posting stories where the most intelligent sports experts/analysts said it. That’s pure bull.

  601. The Ghost October 29th, 2009 at 7:39 pm

    the best part of that song was Jeter catching himself rockin out on camera.

  602. Blake October 29th, 2009 at 7:39 pm

    I love Ozzie Guillen , can you just imagine him in NY. It’d be Billy Martin all over again (minus the alcoholism, I think)

  603. Blake October 29th, 2009 at 7:40 pm

    Jeter has always had a thing for Alicia

  604. NYY626 October 29th, 2009 at 7:40 pm

    Via Twitter: StadiumInsider – They showed Jeter bopping his head on the HD board while Jay-Z performed and he got embarrassed. Fun stuff

  605. KF October 29th, 2009 at 7:40 pm

    Hairston is not a great defensive player and by playing he is weakening their defense.

    It’s a balancing act between offense and defense. Gardner can’t hit, Hinske can’t field and Swisher…….

  606. JasonR October 29th, 2009 at 7:40 pm

    “has the who’s your daddy chant jumped the shark or is it still relevant???”

    I’d say it’s about as relevant as the “jump the shark” meme. :)

  607. We Can Still Win October 29th, 2009 at 7:40 pm

    I’m surprised Rollins didn’t try to jump on stage with them and do his best MC Hammer impersonation.

  608. The Ghost October 29th, 2009 at 7:40 pm

    I wish Pena was on the roster. That kid is fearless.

  609. aggie October 29th, 2009 at 7:41 pm

    Ozzie Guillen sounds like George Lopez

  610. We Can Still Win October 29th, 2009 at 7:41 pm

    (Jeter has always had a thing for Alicia)

    Is there a hot woman Jeter doesn’t have a thing for?

  611. Bronx Jeers October 29th, 2009 at 7:42 pm

    Let’s play a game of remember when!

    Remember when the only righties Pedro would be seeing tonight were Jeter & Arod ?

  612. Blake October 29th, 2009 at 7:42 pm

    no, but if you were Derek Jeter would you be any different?

  613. Jeremy October 29th, 2009 at 7:43 pm

    nc yankee
    Yeah. I wouldn’t be surprised if Lee used a substance in order to help him. Kenny Rogers looked guilty in 2006.

    You can’t trust these players anymore because many of them cheat in order to get ahead.

  614. KF October 29th, 2009 at 7:43 pm

    Is there a hot woman Jeter doesn’t have a thing for?

    He doesn’t know about some of the women on this blog.

  615. Carl October 29th, 2009 at 7:43 pm

    Lets go Yankees!!!!!!! Lets even this up!!!!!!!

  616. We Can Still Win October 29th, 2009 at 7:43 pm

    (no, but if you were Derek Jeter would you be any different?)

    No I wouldn’t.

  617. JasonR October 29th, 2009 at 7:44 pm

    Tacoby Bellsbury.

  618. RS October 29th, 2009 at 7:44 pm

    Jacoby Ellsbury? Really?

  619. Denise October 29th, 2009 at 7:44 pm

    Selig just called Jeter the “face of baseball” and said he makes him proud to be the commissioner.

  620. Gardner in CF October 29th, 2009 at 7:45 pm

    Jackoffby is a tool.

    Then again I probably would be too if my parents gave me like that.

  621. Rose October 29th, 2009 at 7:45 pm

    “I know Lee is good. But I’ve seen him pitch a number of times. But the break and movement on his pitches that night I’ve never seen before.”

    Give Lee credit. This is the same guy who won the Cy Young with the Indians.

  622. Ryan October 29th, 2009 at 7:45 pm

    People on this blog hating on a rap song…sad. Great performance, great song.

    “…you should know I bleed blue…”

  623. XLJ October 29th, 2009 at 7:46 pm

    This team is more into Jay z than it is winning games. What a joke. If they do not destroy Pedro, Fire Kevin Long and make Paul O’Neil the hitting coach. He’ll teach the hitters to become warriors.

  624. Jeremy October 29th, 2009 at 7:46 pm

    A.J. needs to step up tonight or he will be known as Kevin Brown.

  625. zmaster!! October 29th, 2009 at 7:47 pm

    jetes the man!! fearless for the moment.

  626. Blake October 29th, 2009 at 7:47 pm

    if my Yankees and my Tarheels could somehow both win tonight I don’t know what I’d do. I think the Yankees have a better shot than the heels thought…

  627. Gardner in CF October 29th, 2009 at 7:47 pm

    Blake October 29th, 2009 at 7:39 pm

    I love Ozzie Guillen , can you just imagine him in NY. It’d be Billy Martin all over again (minus the alcoholism, I think)
    —-
    I could see him going to using Coke out of the ‘pen, if you know what I mean

  628. nc yankee October 29th, 2009 at 7:47 pm

    Im not trying to take away from Lee, I think it was a cold weather thing myself with that said cy young or no he had pine tar on his cap from his hands

  629. Trevor October 29th, 2009 at 7:47 pm

    “This team is more into Jay z than it is winning games”

    :roll:

  630. We Can Still Win October 29th, 2009 at 7:47 pm

    (People on this blog hating on a rap song…sad. Great performance, great song.)

    Any song that mentions the Yankees is alright with me.

  631. Boston Dave - 4 wins til 27 October 29th, 2009 at 7:48 pm

    “Give Lee credit. This is the same guy who won the Cy Young with the Indians.”

    ————

    go look at Lee’s other postseason starts.

    if he goes to the hat in those as well, you may be on to something.

  632. pat October 29th, 2009 at 7:48 pm

    Jeter wins Roberto Clemente Humanitarian Award and gets the award before the game.

  633. JasonR October 29th, 2009 at 7:48 pm

    “This team is more into Jay z than it is winning games. What a joke. If they do not destroy Pedro, Fire Kevin Long and make Paul O’Neil the hitting coach. He’ll teach the hitters to become warriors.”

    Do they get to hit with a sword?

  634. lets go yankees (formerly lets go twins) October 29th, 2009 at 7:48 pm

    gusb
    October 29th, 2009 at 7:39 pm
    Most intelligent sports experts/analysts think it is a stupid decision.
    Bull! You’re making that up. So start posting stories where the most intelligent sports experts/analysts said it. That’s pure bull.

    ——————————

    I can say the same thing to you. Start posting stories. It is a stupid decision to take out one of your best players for one of the worst in the league esp. when Burnett was awful in his last start with Molina. Just some people off the top of my head who have said it does not make any sense is Klaw, Rob Neyer, and all the guys over on RAB

  635. Blake October 29th, 2009 at 7:48 pm

    I could see him going to using Coke out of the ‘pen, if you know what I mean

    haha , clever

  636. Denise October 29th, 2009 at 7:48 pm

    Alicia Keys looked the best I’ve ever seen her. She has slimmed down, used to have the arse the size of Texas!

  637. Boston Dave - 4 wins til 27 October 29th, 2009 at 7:50 pm

    “A.J. needs to step up tonight or he will be known as Kevin Brown.”

    ————

    ouch!

    Kevin Brown was nasty when he was younger. The Yanks were still in the business of signing over-aged pitchers well past their prime back in 2004.

    I have faith in AJ anyway.

  638. Betsy October 29th, 2009 at 7:50 pm

    Rose, I don’t believe for a second that AJ needs Molina to catch him……..but Joe does. I understand that about Andy, but again, AJ gave up 2 runs in that game and was dominant except for that one inning. He pitched well – I’m not sure why people think he didn’t.

    In any case, the time is nearly at hand……..

  639. pat October 29th, 2009 at 7:51 pm

    “jetes the man!! fearless for the moment.”

    Except when the camera catches him grooving to Jay and Alicia and then he looked scared. :wink:

  640. trisha - OPPC forever - (new lucky picture from last day at the old Stadium) BRING ON THE GHOSTS! October 29th, 2009 at 7:51 pm

    I gotta admit it. I LOVED JZ and Alicia Keyes. It got me pumped up and even brought tears (of pride) to my eyes. But then again, NY is my favorite city in the world, bar none. I think it was the pump up the Yanks needed! Just a little shot in the arm.

    Okay all, enjoy the game.

    GO YANKEES!!!

    GO AJ!!!!!

  641. sab October 29th, 2009 at 7:52 pm

    on the flip side – if the yankees win 7-0 and molina and hairston both go 4-4 and drive in all of the runs – does joe g play them both on saturday?

  642. Melissa October 29th, 2009 at 7:52 pm

    was that Cory Booker behind home plate?

  643. Boston Dave - 4 wins til 27 October 29th, 2009 at 7:52 pm

    Any predictions for the final score tonight?

    I’ll go with 8-5 Yankees.

  644. zmaster! October 29th, 2009 at 7:52 pm

    PLAY BALL!!
    PEDRO = LAYS AN EGG

  645. Jeremy October 29th, 2009 at 7:52 pm

    Well If people want to call out Mo for cheating then we should look at Lee just in case.

  646. NYY626 October 29th, 2009 at 7:53 pm

    John Legend has a great voice. I am so pumped for this game!

  647. Rose October 29th, 2009 at 7:54 pm

    “go look at Lee’s other postseason starts.

    if he goes to the hat in those as well, you may be on to something.”

    Did he go to his hat when he won the Cy Young?

  648. Boston Dave - 4 wins til 27 October 29th, 2009 at 7:54 pm

    trisha,

    nobody can ever argue your love of the team!

    Go Yanks!!!

    I can’t wait for AJ to make Tim McCarver sick tonight with a gem!

  649. yankee21 October 29th, 2009 at 7:54 pm

    What about this Joe G character?

    Very, very curious moves. He has basically compromised his offense in deference to believing his head-case #3 starter (slotted as a #2 starter) will be more “comfortable” with Molina, who is a good defensive catcher but arguably one of the 5 single worst hitters in the ML and in the same game stuck his only IF replacement in RF, Hairston, despite having a much better option available in terms of defense and offense (Gardner) and in power offense (Hinske).

    Girardi has also put his team at risk if Jeter or Cano suffered an injury during the game requiring they come out, and if Hairston is removed for a pH during the game, lets say for a Lidge or Madson type,, then Joe G will not have an IF available. Think, who will play 2B or SS in a pinch? Now the likelihood of Cano or Jeter going down is very very small, but Joe G has no backup should the unlikely actually happen.

    Pedro will now have the bottom of the lineup to take a breather on and he will be fully rested for their top 6.
    Again, no circular line-up, a Yankee staple. Not due to injury or slump, but due to the manager’s decision.

    The Yankees now go into this game losing their primary advantage, their offense, should bad AJ show up. It will absolutely take a stand-out effort from Arod, Jeter and Company to overcome both Pedro and their manager to win this game tonight.

    Yes, they are certainly capable of winning and I believe they will, but why does Joe G handicap his team unnecessarily in their biggest game of the PS?

  650. IrishCarBomb October 29th, 2009 at 7:54 pm

    wow, that just showed why HipHop/Rap is awful live.

  651. RS October 29th, 2009 at 7:54 pm

    “If they do not destroy Pedro, Fire Kevin Long and make Paul O’Neil the hitting coach. He’ll teach the hitters to become warriors.” ”

    Haven’t you learned anything from when Guidry and Mattingly were coaches?

  652. Green Man October 29th, 2009 at 7:55 pm

    Girardi’s excuses for playing Hairston and Molina are asinine. He must be watching a different game than I am. Bruney matched up well (after not pitching a real game in a month)? Jose Molina has been working? This guy is unbelievable.

  653. m October 29th, 2009 at 7:55 pm

    mccarver already sounding uber-excited about Pedro!

  654. Blake October 29th, 2009 at 7:56 pm

    I wish Paul Oneil was playing tonight.

  655. Denise October 29th, 2009 at 7:57 pm

    Girardi seems very tense

  656. frank October 29th, 2009 at 7:57 pm

    whats the point of all the presentations and first pitch if fox screws us out of seeing it

  657. Bryan October 29th, 2009 at 7:58 pm

    The Yankees should stop dancing and get some freaking hits!!!!!!

  658. nc yankee October 29th, 2009 at 7:58 pm

    jeremy,
    exactly they look into a manipulated you tube video on mo and wont acknowledge this period, i call bs. the reporters need to step up and just ask the question, dont accuse and just ask a question

  659. zmaster! October 29th, 2009 at 7:58 pm

    early lead is a must for the yanks!

  660. randy l. October 29th, 2009 at 7:58 pm

    “is this blog molina friendly or posada friendly….”

    there is not a gm in the game who would have molina be the starter for his team and posada the back up.

    too many of the arguments against posada take exception to the above statement.

    a personal catcher debate is a whole other question.

  661. pat October 29th, 2009 at 7:59 pm

    Let’s go AJ! Let’s go Yankees!

  662. JasonR October 29th, 2009 at 7:59 pm

    Let’s go AJ.

  663. Blake October 29th, 2009 at 7:59 pm

    how many more years its Fox’s contract with the World Series? This is bad but I’d rather listen to ESPN’s dynamic duo

  664. Jeremy October 29th, 2009 at 7:59 pm

    Yeah I wish we had Bernie, Tino, Paul Oneill, Cone, David Wells, and all those guys on this team. They knew how to get the job done.

  665. baseballfab October 29th, 2009 at 7:59 pm

    We win this in a blow out

  666. Stultus Magnus October 29th, 2009 at 8:00 pm

    Hey, how do you mute the announcers but keep the crowd mike with the 5.1 surround sound? Somebody posted it the other day.

    Thanks.

  667. KF October 29th, 2009 at 8:00 pm

    Regardless of who’s catching and pitching it’s our team- let’s just win!

  668. Blake October 29th, 2009 at 8:00 pm

    i’d settle for oneil, cone and wells

  669. Motive October 29th, 2009 at 8:01 pm

    Let’s make this series 1-1, A.J.

  670. nc yankee October 29th, 2009 at 8:01 pm

    its not about going to his hat, everyone goes to their hat often. he was putting it on his hands between innings and started to show b/c he adjusted his hat so often and it was damp. they will cut to him several times tonight bet you its not there

  671. Denise October 29th, 2009 at 8:01 pm

    so far so good, AJ usually bad in 1st inning

  672. The Ghost October 29th, 2009 at 8:01 pm

    Am I the only one who thinks the personal catcher for Molina comes down to whoever is better at blocking his curveballs from going to the backstop?

  673. Azaz October 29th, 2009 at 8:01 pm

    aj looks like hes on lets go yanks

  674. matt October 29th, 2009 at 8:01 pm

    yankee21 — hinske plays some infield

  675. m October 29th, 2009 at 8:01 pm

    Good job by Jose catching that second strike.

  676. JasonR October 29th, 2009 at 8:01 pm

    Wow that two-seamer was NASTY.

  677. Motive October 29th, 2009 at 8:01 pm

    Nice K by Burnett, to get Victorino.

  678. Blake October 29th, 2009 at 8:01 pm

    don’t wanna jump the gun here but AJ looks sharp so far.

  679. Kevin in CT October 29th, 2009 at 8:02 pm

    WOW, nice movement

  680. Boston Dave - 4 wins til 27 October 29th, 2009 at 8:02 pm

    AJ!!!!

    that 2 seamer was HUGE for him in his first ALCS game

    love it!

  681. Denise October 29th, 2009 at 8:02 pm

    yeah AJ, pound those left handed hitters on the inside all nite long!

  682. The Ghost October 29th, 2009 at 8:02 pm

    what was that pitch? Was that a screwball?

  683. RS October 29th, 2009 at 8:02 pm

    That fastball to Victorino had so much movement I thought it was a curveball. If he has that pitch all night, he’ll be nasty.

  684. Blake October 29th, 2009 at 8:03 pm

    the 2 seamer is movin tonight josh beckett style.

  685. Jeremy October 29th, 2009 at 8:03 pm

    nc yankee
    MLB should look into it.

  686. The Ghost October 29th, 2009 at 8:03 pm

    That two seamer is humming!

  687. austinmac October 29th, 2009 at 8:03 pm

    Whew, made it from San Fran back to Austin in time for the first pitch. I feel my dedication will serve as an inspiration. My lucky t-shirt is on the outs with me.

  688. zgveritas October 29th, 2009 at 8:03 pm

    good stuff. now keep it together mentally AJ.

  689. Boston Dave - 4 wins til 27 October 29th, 2009 at 8:03 pm

    I wish the Yanks pitchers wouldn’t fear Utley so much.

    They go after the other hitters but nibble with Utley.

  690. terpbomber (not a bridge jumper) October 29th, 2009 at 8:03 pm

    Three up, three down. This is the beginning of something big!

  691. Triple Short Of A Cycle October 29th, 2009 at 8:04 pm

    NICE AJ

  692. trisha - OPPC forever - (new lucky picture from last day at the old Stadium) BRING ON THE GHOSTS! October 29th, 2009 at 8:04 pm

    BD – thanks. I absolutely do bleed the pinstripes!

    :)

    YES!!!!!

    That how’s excited I am to see AJ dealing!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    And I don’t mind that he pitched around Utley a bit.

  693. NYY626 October 29th, 2009 at 8:04 pm

    beautiful AJ. Lets go yanks. I want jeter to drill the first pitch….

  694. Blake October 29th, 2009 at 8:04 pm

    good first inning AJ, we really need to get Burnett a lead here if we can…

  695. Jockomac October 29th, 2009 at 8:04 pm

    Let’s kick Pedro’s ass!!!

  696. Boston Dave - 4 wins til 27 October 29th, 2009 at 8:04 pm

    Welcome back Good AJ!

    We missed ya…

  697. DYNASTY IS DESTINY! October 29th, 2009 at 8:04 pm

    Let’s Go Yanks!!!!!

  698. Denise October 29th, 2009 at 8:04 pm

    woo hoo! now “who’s your daddy”, I hope they pound the sh-t out of Pedro, keep his trap shut!

  699. Jockomac October 29th, 2009 at 8:05 pm

    Does anyone think Pedro plunks Jeter right away?

  700. S.A.--Serenity Now October 29th, 2009 at 8:06 pm

    Time for the bats to get to work

  701. FeBuch October 29th, 2009 at 8:06 pm

    AJ looked great there, just hope he’s able to maintain. I thought the 1st inning would be a real problem for him, especially after his last start, but he did a great job getting ahead of the hitters, that’ll be huge for the entire pitching staff against this lineup.

  702. The Ghost October 29th, 2009 at 8:06 pm

    Boston Dave, I’m sure every other team’s fans feel the same way about Jeter.

  703. Boston Dave - 4 wins til 27 October 29th, 2009 at 8:06 pm

    trisha,

    I do as well.

    If AJ can keep it rolling like that, I may be joining you with tears in my eyes!

    Let’s go offense. Show the world what you’re made of.

  704. JasonR October 29th, 2009 at 8:06 pm

    Who’s Your Daddy!

  705. Blake October 29th, 2009 at 8:06 pm

    nah more likely jeter plunks pedro

  706. haiku-man October 29th, 2009 at 8:06 pm

    AJ 12 pitches good start.

  707. bdog375 October 29th, 2009 at 8:06 pm

    Burnett has more movement on his fast ball than I have seen all year.

  708. trisha - OPPC forever - (new lucky picture from last day at the old Stadium) BRING ON THE GHOSTS! October 29th, 2009 at 8:06 pm

    BD, I even tear up when AJ is pitching on top of his game! Could you be more proud of this team if you tried? Mama mia our Yankees rock, last night notwithstanding.

    :)

  709. Triple Short Of A Cycle October 29th, 2009 at 8:06 pm

    Is it just me or does the stadium seem quiet?

  710. Jockomac October 29th, 2009 at 8:07 pm

    Hope your right.

  711. Denise October 29th, 2009 at 8:07 pm

    Jeter knock it back to Pedro’s teeth!

  712. zmaster! October 29th, 2009 at 8:07 pm

    pay-dro.. pay-dro

  713. DYNASTY IS DESTINY! October 29th, 2009 at 8:07 pm

    World Series Game II

    Burnett bringing it

    Foiling the Phillies!

  714. Boston Dave - 4 wins til 27 October 29th, 2009 at 8:07 pm

    what is the over/under on how many guys Pedro beans tonight?

    2?

    :)

  715. trisha - OPPC forever - (new lucky picture from last day at the old Stadium) BRING ON THE GHOSTS! October 29th, 2009 at 8:08 pm

    “trisha,

    I do as well.

    If AJ can keep it rolling like that, I may be joining you with tears in my eyes!

    Let’s go offense. Show the world what you’re made of.”

    I couldn’t ask for nicer company, BD.

    :)

  716. The Ghost October 29th, 2009 at 8:08 pm

    I can always tell by the way Jeter stands at the plate if he’s taking a pitch or not

  717. Triple Short Of A Cycle October 29th, 2009 at 8:08 pm

    Nice strike 12 feet outside

  718. Gardner in CF October 29th, 2009 at 8:09 pm

    The only thing higher than Pedro tonight will be his ERA

    LET’S GO YANKEES!

  719. FeBuch October 29th, 2009 at 8:09 pm

    I guess I’m being a bit over-sensitive but “Who’s your daddy?” lost some of its bite for me after his dad died…

  720. sadf October 29th, 2009 at 8:09 pm

    Not to rain on the parade but those fly outs were pretty deep. I would’ve liked to see ground balls.

  721. trisha - OPPC forever - (new lucky picture from last day at the old Stadium) BRING ON THE GHOSTS! October 29th, 2009 at 8:09 pm

    Jeter tried not to laugh at the Who’s Your Daddy chant.

    :D

  722. Boston Dave - 4 wins til 27 October 29th, 2009 at 8:09 pm

    trisha,

    if AJ can keep locating that 2-seamer, we might be balling by the 3rd inning :)

  723. Denise October 29th, 2009 at 8:09 pm

    Stadium is not quiet!!!

  724. zgveritas October 29th, 2009 at 8:09 pm

    Pedro hittable,….

  725. Blake October 29th, 2009 at 8:09 pm

    pretty large strike zone so far for both teams

  726. Denise October 29th, 2009 at 8:10 pm

    Trisha,

    yeah I could tell he was holding back!

  727. Bryan October 29th, 2009 at 8:10 pm

    MEATBALL

  728. Jockomac October 29th, 2009 at 8:10 pm

    Wow!!

    88 mph fastball.

  729. Triple Short Of A Cycle October 29th, 2009 at 8:10 pm

    88 mile an hour fastball???? OMG

  730. YankeeKid October 29th, 2009 at 8:10 pm

    Sit down Jetah!!

  731. Jeremy October 29th, 2009 at 8:11 pm

    How do you swing and miss at that garbage fastball ?

  732. Blake October 29th, 2009 at 8:11 pm

    Dang Jetes doesn’t miss many of those

  733. Triple Short Of A Cycle October 29th, 2009 at 8:12 pm

    Jeremy,

    They have been swinging and missing the whole postseason

  734. igotid88 October 29th, 2009 at 8:12 pm

    Why can’t the Yankees hit the changeup?

  735. Terry from NH October 29th, 2009 at 8:12 pm

    Come on Yankees!! pitiful

  736. Jockomac October 29th, 2009 at 8:12 pm

    One more terrific at bat by Damon.

  737. Bryan October 29th, 2009 at 8:12 pm

    Yanks came to play today awesome

  738. FeBuch October 29th, 2009 at 8:12 pm

    Officially a bad start, we need Tex to be our Chase Utley.

  739. Blake October 29th, 2009 at 8:12 pm

    if they don’t spit on that change it’ll be a long night

  740. RS October 29th, 2009 at 8:12 pm

    That was actually a good pitch, but the Yankees NEED to make adjustments on it ASAP.

  741. Bronx Jeers October 29th, 2009 at 8:12 pm

    Smoke and mirrors ?

  742. Jeremy October 29th, 2009 at 8:13 pm

    Offense is already falling apart against Pedro. If they get shut down then they deserve to lose.

  743. The Ghost October 29th, 2009 at 8:13 pm

    Well, You know Pedro will be Pedro for the first 3 innings. The Yankees need to take 2 strikes a piece up until then so they can get him out by the 5th and get to that bullpen.

  744. Gardner in CF October 29th, 2009 at 8:13 pm

    Pedro hittable
    First two swinging and missing
    WHAT IS GOING ON????

  745. FeBuch October 29th, 2009 at 8:13 pm

    If Damon cant hit Pedro then he’s not gonna be able to hit anybody.

  746. The Ghost October 29th, 2009 at 8:13 pm

    This crowd is already dead. Bunch of rich deadbeats.

  747. Triple Short Of A Cycle October 29th, 2009 at 8:14 pm

    wow that Cliff Lee is a great. Wait a minute that’s not Lee

  748. YankeeKid October 29th, 2009 at 8:14 pm

    Pedro owns the Yankees….. at least the first 3 hitters

  749. terpbomber (not a bridge jumper) October 29th, 2009 at 8:14 pm

    A rather uninspiring inning. Hopefully that’ll be the last one.

  750. Blake October 29th, 2009 at 8:14 pm

    i still feel confident they will do some damage against pedro the 2nd time threw the order

  751. Jockomac October 29th, 2009 at 8:14 pm

    What happened to Tex?

    More terrible AB’s by Yankees.

  752. Bench Swisher October 29th, 2009 at 8:14 pm

    That was craptastic

  753. Jeremy October 29th, 2009 at 8:15 pm

    That was bad. Where is Tino, Oneill, and Bernie when you need them. Tex looks so pathetic right now.

  754. Bryan October 29th, 2009 at 8:15 pm

    86-88 MPH fastball with no movement and a change up that never ends up in the strike zone

    WAKE UP

  755. Gardner in CF October 29th, 2009 at 8:15 pm

    Ford is really stretching to sell the Escape.

  756. Denise October 29th, 2009 at 8:15 pm

    come on, his fastball isn’t that fast!

  757. Yankee Trader October 29th, 2009 at 8:15 pm

    Was that Swisher? I thought Tex batted thrd.

  758. YankeeKid October 29th, 2009 at 8:15 pm

    The Yankees just gave Pedro a big BOOST to his confidence there…

  759. Angel - A tale told by idiots, full of sound and fury, signifying nothing October 29th, 2009 at 8:15 pm

    I’d hate to see how some of you handle real adversity.

  760. KO October 29th, 2009 at 8:16 pm

    The hitting approach looks about as awful as last night so far. Damon and Tex both chased at least 2 pitches… this team is just overanxious and not confident at the plate right now

  761. Triple Short Of A Cycle October 29th, 2009 at 8:16 pm

    This postseason is not a small sample size anymore. This is the 11th game already. Seriously this team has not looked this bad at any 11 game in a row point this whole season

  762. 100 pitches of fun... October 29th, 2009 at 8:16 pm

    It’s going to be a long night if they are going to continue to chase changeups in the dirt. Hopefully the patience starts in the 2nd inning.

  763. FeBuch October 29th, 2009 at 8:16 pm

    If Tex popped that pitch that high then he clearly could’ve killed it if he’s on the ball, if this team’s still struggling second time through the order then they’re prolly choking…

  764. RalphieD (OPPC) October 29th, 2009 at 8:16 pm

    pedro has smarts…smarts will only get him so far though…yanks will get to him

  765. Terry from NH October 29th, 2009 at 8:16 pm

    team picked a great time to play uninspiring ball.. I find myself in denial cause they played so great the first two series.

  766. Doomba October 29th, 2009 at 8:16 pm

    phew, calm down everyone. pedro made it through the first 3 hitters pretty flawlessly, but he’s a finesse guy, and as soon as he makes a mistake…

  767. The Ghost October 29th, 2009 at 8:16 pm

    That was bad. Where is Tino, Oneill, and Bernie when you need them. Tex looks so pathetic right now.

    _____

    You don’t remember the nineties too well do you? The Yankees never got to Pedro in the first inning.

  768. Benny Blanco October 29th, 2009 at 8:17 pm

    Wow, the yankees brought the bats today. They look great!

  769. randy l. October 29th, 2009 at 8:17 pm

    “Why can’t the Yankees hit the changeup?”

    the simple answer is because they don’t know it’s coming.

    they are geared up for the fastball because they have to.

    the only player i’ve ever heardof was al oliver who looked breaking ball and off speed and reacted fast ball.

    but no one could get in oliver’s kitchen.

    anyone who thinks pedro can’t pitch still hasn’t been paying attention.

  770. Bench Swisher October 29th, 2009 at 8:17 pm

    these at bats are still sucky

  771. Twins fan October 29th, 2009 at 8:17 pm

    tough start..
    but i think the yankees will figure pedro out and put some runs up.. what about you guys?

  772. SJ44 October 29th, 2009 at 8:17 pm

    Jeremy,

    Go back and watch the 2001 WS and get back to me when it comes to bad swings.

    Angel,

    they can’t handle any adversity. Just a bunch of whiners. Like last night.

  773. NYY626 October 29th, 2009 at 8:17 pm

    Reality check: its the top of the 2nd.

    relax.

  774. Jeremy October 29th, 2009 at 8:17 pm

    If this team gets shut down by Pedro they will be laughed at.

  775. MG October 29th, 2009 at 8:18 pm

    what a bunch of awful fans, the effing score is 0-0 and you’ve already given up.

    bye bye Lohud, this blog makes me ashamed to have been a proud Yankees fan for over 50 years.

  776. baseballfab October 29th, 2009 at 8:18 pm

    Ok, that is far better than I expected from Pedro, but there is NO WAY he can pitch a whole game like this right?

  777. huby October 29th, 2009 at 8:18 pm

    And the Yankee slump continues. This team couldn’t have picked a worse time to play April baseball.

  778. JasonR October 29th, 2009 at 8:18 pm

    Pedro’s changeup release looks like his fastball. That’s what’s made him so tough for all these years.

  779. Pepitone October 29th, 2009 at 8:19 pm

    I do not like the way the Yankees went down one-two-three in that inning.

    They need to establish, right away, either through a walk, or a hit, that tonight will be a different story.

    Cannot let Philly take an early lead. They must win this game.

  780. Jeremy October 29th, 2009 at 8:19 pm

    I think they will get to Pedro. But at least have a good at bat. Jeter did.

  781. FeBuch October 29th, 2009 at 8:19 pm

    Buck and McCarver just called out the crowd, when has noise ever been a problem for a Yankees playoff game? 10th man has got to step up!!!!

  782. zmaster! October 29th, 2009 at 8:19 pm

    is there 50k executives in the stadium? its so quiet at the game

  783. Doomba October 29th, 2009 at 8:19 pm

    let’s not forget how good aj looks so far

  784. trisha - OPPC forever - (new lucky picture from last day at the old Stadium) BRING ON THE GHOSTS! October 29th, 2009 at 8:19 pm

    BD – wow!

  785. S.A.--Serenity Now October 29th, 2009 at 8:19 pm

    Chill y’all.

  786. Blake October 29th, 2009 at 8:19 pm

    its the 2nd innings, you guys need to chill, Pedro will give up some runs and if he doesn’t he will go 6 innings at most.

  787. sadf October 29th, 2009 at 8:20 pm

    They played terribly in the first two series, Terry. You are indeed in denial.

    Sure, ultimately they managed to win in extra innings or late in the game, but their overall game was not good enough.

  788. NYY626 October 29th, 2009 at 8:20 pm

    are the people freaking out on here being facetious or are you serious?

  789. Triple Short Of A Cycle October 29th, 2009 at 8:20 pm

    SJ44,

    You are comparing a 57 year old Pedro to an in his prime Randy Johnson and Schilling?? Are you mad?

  790. Valerie G. October 29th, 2009 at 8:20 pm

    Hey all. I’m so happy Jeter won the Roberto Clemente award! He soooo deserves it!

    BTW, did anybody see the alicia keys–jay z performance?

    Also, what’s with Hairston and not Hinske? Can someone explain?

  791. tozer October 29th, 2009 at 8:20 pm

    is the fox audio messed up for anyone else?

  792. RS October 29th, 2009 at 8:20 pm

    Lol, they just called Burnett Beckett.

  793. Brian in 702 October 29th, 2009 at 8:20 pm

    our crowd has become lame!

    the people that left in the 6th inning last night should have their tix taken away

  794. Twins fan October 29th, 2009 at 8:20 pm

    Burnett looks good.. gotta like seeing that!

  795. trisha - OPPC forever - (new lucky picture from last day at the old Stadium) BRING ON THE GHOSTS! October 29th, 2009 at 8:20 pm

    Buck just called Burnett “Beckett”. He’s so focused on the Yankees.

  796. Denise October 29th, 2009 at 8:20 pm

    Joe Buck saying Beckett looking good here tonite! what a moron!

  797. Terry from NH October 29th, 2009 at 8:21 pm

    “Beckett has good control tonight”..interesting quote from Buck

  798. Blake October 29th, 2009 at 8:21 pm

    a strike throwing Burnett. Whats the meaning of this?

  799. m October 29th, 2009 at 8:21 pm

    CC’s not even pitching, and they brought up his contract!

  800. Valerie G. October 29th, 2009 at 8:21 pm

    Who knew Beckett was a yankee? Wow, that trade went through quietly!

  801. Valerie G. October 29th, 2009 at 8:21 pm

    Who knew Beckett was a yankee? Wow, that trade went through quietly!

  802. Denise October 29th, 2009 at 8:21 pm

    isn’t McCarver nudging Buck like hey, that’s Burnett!

  803. Zooboy October 29th, 2009 at 8:21 pm

    Yes tozer, FOX audio is messed up; been that way all playoffs; picture goes out periodically, too.

  804. Blake October 29th, 2009 at 8:22 pm

    i think they were comparing burnett to beckett with the 2 seamer and curve

  805. Former Box 607 October 29th, 2009 at 8:22 pm

    Guess the Phillies didn’t watch the game against the Angels. A.J. is throwing strike one and the Phillies are taking it. Good for the Yanks, but A.J. better mix it up.

  806. trisha - OPPC forever - (new lucky picture from last day at the old Stadium) BRING ON THE GHOSTS! October 29th, 2009 at 8:22 pm

    “are the people freaking out on here being facetious or are you serious?”

    I fear serious.

  807. igotid88 October 29th, 2009 at 8:22 pm

    i thought pedro would start off good.

  808. The Ghost October 29th, 2009 at 8:22 pm

    This is as nasty as AJ gets, hopefully he can keep focused and take this game to Mariano.

  809. Twins fan October 29th, 2009 at 8:22 pm

    i wonder if the yanks will sign lackey

  810. Jockomac October 29th, 2009 at 8:23 pm

    AJ looking good.

    He’s seems very composed.

  811. FeBuch October 29th, 2009 at 8:23 pm

    AJ’s looking good tonight! Keep it up big boy! Must be something in that water down in Arkansas…

  812. sadf October 29th, 2009 at 8:23 pm

    Beckett looks good tonight against the first four batters

  813. The Ghost October 29th, 2009 at 8:23 pm

    Let’s not complain when the announcers are confusing AJ with Beckett. There are worse insults.

  814. Triple Short Of A Cycle October 29th, 2009 at 8:24 pm

    Where was that pitch??? he got the high call in the first

  815. Jockomac October 29th, 2009 at 8:24 pm

    Great start by AJ.

    Now it’s time to put a hurting on Pedro.

  816. Blake October 29th, 2009 at 8:24 pm

    hey they both start with a B, easy to confuse

  817. RS October 29th, 2009 at 8:24 pm

    I love Burnett’s command so far.

  818. The Ghost October 29th, 2009 at 8:24 pm

    love that 1-2 pitch. Was waiting for it all night last night.

  819. Twins fan October 29th, 2009 at 8:25 pm

    honestly johnny?

  820. The Ghost October 29th, 2009 at 8:25 pm

    Where’s Melky’s white shoes when you need them???

  821. Triple Short Of A Cycle October 29th, 2009 at 8:25 pm

    Was that foul??

  822. RS October 29th, 2009 at 8:26 pm

    Those are the types of hits the Yankees need to get.

  823. Denise October 29th, 2009 at 8:26 pm

    that ball barely tapped the line, damn!

  824. Bryan October 29th, 2009 at 8:26 pm

    Great here comes Matt Stairs another AAA bum the Yankees cant get out

  825. Blake October 29th, 2009 at 8:26 pm

    BS, what a cheap hit, how old is Stairs by the way, he looks like he should be playin softball, he can still hits though

  826. igotid88 October 29th, 2009 at 8:26 pm

    Come on AJ don’t fall apart now.

  827. JasonR October 29th, 2009 at 8:26 pm

    Matt Stairs looks like a fat Hulk Hogan.

  828. sadf October 29th, 2009 at 8:26 pm

    When Burnett can place his pitches, he is unstoppable. Fastball on the corners, moving fastball, and a curveball to strike em out.

  829. charlestonchew October 29th, 2009 at 8:26 pm

    AJ looks great. Pedro looks lucky.

    Gotta lay off that changeup, it’s not a strike.

  830. FeBuch October 29th, 2009 at 8:26 pm

    Ghost

    I agree, CC should’ve doen that to Chase Utley a few times last night.

  831. trisha - OPPC forever - (new lucky picture from last day at the old Stadium) BRING ON THE GHOSTS! October 29th, 2009 at 8:26 pm

    Here’s AJ’s first test. Getting Stairs out with a guy on 2nd.

  832. Denise October 29th, 2009 at 8:26 pm

    how old is that geezer, Stairs now?

  833. Screwed October 29th, 2009 at 8:26 pm

    that was foul ball

  834. Gardner in CF October 29th, 2009 at 8:27 pm

    Matt Stairs belongs in a softball league focused heavily on drinking beer

  835. Bryan October 29th, 2009 at 8:27 pm

    told you

  836. RS October 29th, 2009 at 8:27 pm

    Complete joke.

  837. terpbomber (not a bridge jumper) October 29th, 2009 at 8:27 pm

    A.J. better not get unsettled by that run.

  838. Terry from NH October 29th, 2009 at 8:27 pm

    Un-freaking believable

  839. Valerie G. October 29th, 2009 at 8:27 pm

    Are you kidding me? Again?

  840. trisha - OPPC forever - (new lucky picture from last day at the old Stadium) BRING ON THE GHOSTS! October 29th, 2009 at 8:27 pm

    Poor AJ

    :(

    That should have been 3

  841. SJ44 October 29th, 2009 at 8:27 pm

    Go ba

  842. Bryan October 29th, 2009 at 8:27 pm

    nothing but curves to this bum AJ!!!!!!!!

    Must be Posadas fault right

  843. Jeremy October 29th, 2009 at 8:27 pm

    Dang ! That is a bad break. This game should be 0-0.

  844. baseballfab October 29th, 2009 at 8:27 pm

    October Arod.

  845. Denise October 29th, 2009 at 8:27 pm

    Alex been making that play all season, why not now?

  846. DW October 29th, 2009 at 8:27 pm

    A-rod, you were right there! What happened?

  847. Twins fan October 29th, 2009 at 8:27 pm

    this is the alex we all know and love.. HE IS BACK!

    and so much for burnett pitching good.. he will unravel now

  848. Jockomac October 29th, 2009 at 8:27 pm

    Oh Christ!!

  849. The Ghost October 29th, 2009 at 8:27 pm

    Can anyone tell me why Arod is not playing on the grass against Matt Stairs?

  850. Blake October 29th, 2009 at 8:27 pm

    Gotta catch or knock that down arod

  851. Pepitone October 29th, 2009 at 8:27 pm

    1-0 Phillies!

    That is not what they needed.

  852. FeBuch October 29th, 2009 at 8:28 pm

    Wow, bad luck for AJ, he’s still pitching well, just gotta hope he holds composure.

  853. KF October 29th, 2009 at 8:28 pm

    Here’s AJ’s first test. Getting Stairs out with a guy on 2nd.

    Can’t blame AJ for that one.

  854. Valerie G. October 29th, 2009 at 8:28 pm

    That was absolutely a hit. Not an error.

  855. Former Box 607 October 29th, 2009 at 8:28 pm

    I’m telling you, A.J. better knock it off with the fastball on the first pitch. The Phils are going to figure this out very quickly. A.J. Drink your potion to keep Mr. Hyde at bay.

  856. Terry from NH October 29th, 2009 at 8:28 pm

    World Series Arod… 3 K’s and a costly run scoring error so far

  857. Denise October 29th, 2009 at 8:29 pm

    hope someone tells AJ not to worry, pitching well, and we’ll put up some runs! PLEASE!

  858. terpbomber (not a bridge jumper) October 29th, 2009 at 8:29 pm

    Wish that K happened two batters ago.

  859. Yankee Trader October 29th, 2009 at 8:29 pm

    Matt .192 Stairs!

  860. Triple Short Of A Cycle October 29th, 2009 at 8:29 pm

    Phillies – Luckiest team ever

  861. m October 29th, 2009 at 8:29 pm

    Let’s go bats!

  862. Twins fan October 29th, 2009 at 8:29 pm

    good to see AJ get out of that inning

  863. Blake October 29th, 2009 at 8:29 pm

    big leaguer has to at least knock that down, has to be an error.

  864. trisha - OPPC forever - (new lucky picture from last day at the old Stadium) BRING ON THE GHOSTS! October 29th, 2009 at 8:29 pm

    AJ did his job.

    Now the Yankee bats better make up for it.

  865. KF October 29th, 2009 at 8:29 pm

    Good composure!

  866. RS October 29th, 2009 at 8:29 pm

    Let’s see if the Yankees can manage one baserunner next inning. Baby steps, right?

  867. Valerie G. October 29th, 2009 at 8:29 pm

    Nice, AJ. Can we please score some runs now?

  868. Mac Daddy October 29th, 2009 at 8:29 pm

    arod needs a good ab here or the snowball will begin to pick up some major speed

  869. Screwed October 29th, 2009 at 8:29 pm

    that was a foul ball dam fox cant show it in slow motion

  870. Jockomac October 29th, 2009 at 8:30 pm

    Cheap run.

    A-Rod will get it back now.

  871. Carl October 29th, 2009 at 8:30 pm

    Why does it feel like I’m watching a Phillies broadcast?

  872. Jeremy October 29th, 2009 at 8:30 pm

    The hitters need to wake up now or go to Philly down 2-0.

  873. FeBuch October 29th, 2009 at 8:30 pm

    Gotta love Pete Happy, easiest out in the lineup…

  874. Mac Daddy October 29th, 2009 at 8:30 pm

    and how thats not an error on arod is a joke

  875. Triple Short Of A Cycle October 29th, 2009 at 8:30 pm

    Yankee Trader,

    Matt Stairs reached on an error whether they gave him one or not

  876. Denise October 29th, 2009 at 8:30 pm

    AJ just needs to mix it up better, becoming predictable

  877. Jeremy October 29th, 2009 at 8:30 pm

    down 0-2

  878. NYY626 October 29th, 2009 at 8:30 pm

    I still think that ball was foul.

    Alex – lets tie the game up here

  879. RalphieD (OPPC) October 29th, 2009 at 8:30 pm

    AJ has pitched fine….bloop double and hit that should of been an error/3rd out(arod makes that play easy 99% of the time)

  880. Bryan October 29th, 2009 at 8:30 pm

    how can you throw a fastball to Matt Stairs explain that to me?

    That is the only pitch he can hit

  881. The Ghost October 29th, 2009 at 8:30 pm

    Look where Arod is playing now? He’s two feet from the grass. Sometimes I wish the Yankees would dedicate someone to watching Arod creep in at 3rd. I swear, he takes a step in every batter.

  882. KO October 29th, 2009 at 8:30 pm

    error 100% that needs to get changed…. A major league player at least knocks that down… letting it get by you and the run scores = error

  883. tampayank October 29th, 2009 at 8:31 pm

    Can the Yanks pinch hit for Molina the first time around? Why wait

  884. Bench Swisher October 29th, 2009 at 8:31 pm

    Freakin’ hell!!!

  885. Shred Em October 29th, 2009 at 8:31 pm

    Ibanez ball was FOUL!!! Look at the replay!!!!

  886. Angel - A tale told by idiots, full of sound and fury, signifying nothing October 29th, 2009 at 8:31 pm

    Terry from NH
    October 29th, 2009 at 8:28 pm
    World Series Arod… 3 K’s and a costly run scoring error so far
    *************

    Talk about a classic “what have you done for me lately” comment.

  887. tozer October 29th, 2009 at 8:31 pm

    FOX has been bad all postseason but not this bad (audio wise)…that’s not even to mention Bum and McCarver which is a a given negative.

  888. DYNASTY IS DESTINY! October 29th, 2009 at 8:31 pm

    Burnett bearing down

    Brotherly love with the breaks

    When will Pedro break?

  889. cc October 29th, 2009 at 8:31 pm

    AJ looks great.

    This is all on the offense that has been mostly below average all post season. They better pick it up soon or they will be swept. A terrible first 3 ABs.

    It is time to wake up and score some runs so we can avoid having Girardi get in the way of a win in the late innings.

  890. Triple Short Of A Cycle October 29th, 2009 at 8:31 pm

    Can someone who has a dvr check to see if that ball was fair or foul?

  891. Screwed October 29th, 2009 at 8:31 pm

    That was just bounced foul…

  892. steveoh October 29th, 2009 at 8:31 pm

    A bloop and a ball A-Rod should have had. No problem. AJ is pitching well. He’s spotting his fastballs and getting ahead.

  893. Valerie G. October 29th, 2009 at 8:31 pm

    Trisha–I normally agree with you, but on this I have to disagree. He did his job? No. His job would be pitching a scoreless game until the seventh and then giving up a hit. This is just bad. We can’t have pitching like this in the world series. granted, arod should have had that, but still…

  894. trisha - OPPC forever - (new lucky picture from last day at the old Stadium) BRING ON THE GHOSTS! October 29th, 2009 at 8:31 pm

    “Why does it feel like I’m watching a Phillies broadcast?”

    You are.

  895. Terry from NH October 29th, 2009 at 8:32 pm

    that ball was actually fair.. landed on the inside of foul line

  896. austinmac October 29th, 2009 at 8:32 pm

    What do the broadcasters have to say positive about the Yankees? I think they have hit the ball hard four times in ten innings. Even there hits have been ground balls. Now, Pedro has the Yankees looking just as last night. Someone needs to hit a home run and get the crowd and the team believing they can win.

  897. Blake October 29th, 2009 at 8:32 pm

    thats a good question bryan , even mcarver knew not to throw him fastballs

  898. Screwed October 29th, 2009 at 8:32 pm

    FOX doesnt want to show that it was Foul it is that MLB told them not to show blowen calls

  899. zmaster!! October 29th, 2009 at 8:32 pm

    runs!!! yanks forgot what that is?

  900. RS October 29th, 2009 at 8:32 pm

    I will go crazy if the Yankees don’t get something going next inning. Homefield advantage means nothing when you’re down and the crowd has nothing to cheer about.

  901. Twins fan October 29th, 2009 at 8:32 pm

    we need a A bomb.. from A Rod

  902. Seamus O'Reilly October 29th, 2009 at 8:32 pm

    Mark this down as another loss for the Yanks….. they have NO chance

  903. Abdababdaserser October 29th, 2009 at 8:32 pm

    Well at least the Yankee lineup has Molina in it to make up for that run. I feel real comfortable with this killer lineup that the Yankees put out tonight. :roll:

  904. Mac Daddy October 29th, 2009 at 8:32 pm

    ball was fair…no question about it

  905. Terry from NH October 29th, 2009 at 8:33 pm

    i DVR’d the play and it looked fair to me

  906. Screwed October 29th, 2009 at 8:33 pm

    Old Arod swing at everything

  907. trisha - OPPC forever - (new lucky picture from last day at the old Stadium) BRING ON THE GHOSTS! October 29th, 2009 at 8:33 pm

    “We can’t have pitching like this in the world series. granted, arod should have had that, but still…”

    Huh? AJ’s been brilliant! And that was an error, no matter how it was scored.

  908. Bryan October 29th, 2009 at 8:33 pm

    ball was fair hit the line

  909. Jeremy October 29th, 2009 at 8:33 pm

    Why is A-rod swinging at everything ?

  910. Blake October 29th, 2009 at 8:33 pm

    the ball was fair, it landed right on the line… move on

  911. Blackaccord October 29th, 2009 at 8:33 pm

    i cant believe that a-rod has started hacking at junk pitches out of the zone..

  912. FeBuch October 29th, 2009 at 8:33 pm

    Joe Buck is really just abandoning any impartiality at this point…

  913. JonJon October 29th, 2009 at 8:33 pm

    Why do people talk about AJ like he’s a child?

  914. Gardner in CF October 29th, 2009 at 8:33 pm

    Are you kidding Joe Buck?? Half the steroids guys were on his own team!!

  915. Angel - A tale told by idiots, full of sound and fury, signifying nothing October 29th, 2009 at 8:34 pm

    No. His job would be pitching a scoreless game until the seventh and then giving up a hit.
    *****************************

    That’s his job?

    No. Thats MLB – The Show.

  916. m October 29th, 2009 at 8:34 pm

    Why do they keep bringing up the fact that the crowd is not getting on Pedro? That’s so 2004. Not everyone’s hung up on it.

  917. FeBuch October 29th, 2009 at 8:34 pm

    Missed another one, btwn Teixeira’s pop up and those two foul offs by A Rod, we’re not executing on hittable pitches..YET…

  918. RS October 29th, 2009 at 8:34 pm

    Some of the pitches in this AB Arod would have gotten a hit on in the ALDS/ALCS.

  919. RS October 29th, 2009 at 8:34 pm

    Some of the pitches in this AB Arod would have gotten a hit on in the ALDS/ALCS.

  920. Valerie G. October 29th, 2009 at 8:34 pm

    Trisha–hit, not error.

  921. huby October 29th, 2009 at 8:34 pm

    Well, this game’s over. Yanks can’t hit, bullpen can’t pitch, and all the breaks go the Phillies’ way. Yanks will go to Philly down 0-2 and may win 1 game there if they’re lucky.

  922. sadf October 29th, 2009 at 8:35 pm

    Calm down Seamus.

    Anyways, the problem is, we can’t actually say that we will score runs.

    Even if they win this game, I’m not sure if they have what it takes.

    I think they’re going to lose this WS, but come back next year with Chamberlain, Robertson, and Hughes with valuable experience that will make them a stronger team.

  923. Bronx Jeers October 29th, 2009 at 8:35 pm

    UPDATE, 8:08 p.m.: Fans here have to get on the same page. That was a very, very weak effort at the first “Who’s your daddy?” chant.

    ————————————————————–

    Well, as an original whosyourdaddyer, I feel I should point out that “Who’s Your Daddy” should be reserved for a point in the game when the Yankees are, or are about to become, Pedro’s Daddy. :wink:

  924. Terry from NH October 29th, 2009 at 8:35 pm

    Truth hurts Angel.. I love Arod, but with only one shot in the WS you need to make everything count to the last at bat. I hope he comes through personally!

  925. Pepitone October 29th, 2009 at 8:35 pm

    I know one thing, the Yankees cannot afford any more runs.

    Pedro looks locked in, you can see it in his eyes. He’s ready.

  926. Valerie G. October 29th, 2009 at 8:36 pm

    Angel–I actually meant “run” not “hit”. My point was that in the world series, you can’t be giving up a run in the second inning, that’s all.

  927. terpbomber (not a bridge jumper) October 29th, 2009 at 8:36 pm

    Hmmm. Didn’t A-Rod used to tie up games with a swing of the bat?

  928. KF October 29th, 2009 at 8:36 pm

    Let’s get that pitch count up

  929. Mac Daddy October 29th, 2009 at 8:36 pm

    arod, not so locked in anymore…not good

  930. Terry from NH October 29th, 2009 at 8:36 pm

    make that 4 K’s

  931. Jockomac October 29th, 2009 at 8:36 pm

    A-Rod is back!!!

  932. Twins fan October 29th, 2009 at 8:36 pm

    this game makes me want a philly cheese steak

  933. Denise October 29th, 2009 at 8:36 pm

    what is A-rod seeing that we are seeing? really?

  934. Triple Short Of A Cycle October 29th, 2009 at 8:36 pm

    So is Cliff Lee still Bob Gibson?

  935. Yankee Trader October 29th, 2009 at 8:36 pm

    A-Rod timing off.

  936. m October 29th, 2009 at 8:36 pm

    Valerie G.,

    Really?

  937. DW October 29th, 2009 at 8:37 pm

    Hideki is due a big hit.

  938. Valerie G. October 29th, 2009 at 8:37 pm

    I can’t believe the announcers said Pedro’s all heart. When they said that, I started feeling ill.

  939. Kevin in CT October 29th, 2009 at 8:37 pm

    Anyone else notice how absolutely ridiculous this crowd is? It sounds like a god damn graveyard

  940. Pepitone October 29th, 2009 at 8:37 pm

    huby
    October 29th, 2009 at 8:34 pm
    Well, this game’s over. Yanks can’t hit, bullpen can’t pitch, and all the breaks go the Phillies’ way. Yanks will go to Philly down 0-2 and may win 1 game there if they’re lucky.
    ==================

    Oh, please, that’s not even funny as a joke.

  941. RS October 29th, 2009 at 8:37 pm

    Someone just hit a freaking HR. I’m so frustrated with this offense right now.

  942. Angel - A tale told by idiots, full of sound and fury, signifying nothing October 29th, 2009 at 8:37 pm

    To be honest, I think the “whose your daddy” is best left unsaid. Why give Pedro anything to to motivate him?

  943. Jones October 29th, 2009 at 8:37 pm

    Old yankees no match for fighting phils

  944. Jockomac October 29th, 2009 at 8:38 pm

    Okay. He’s throwing slow stuff and slop. LEts’ make the adjustment.

  945. Valerie G. October 29th, 2009 at 8:38 pm

    m–really…what?

  946. JF October 29th, 2009 at 8:38 pm

    I think cano can get a hit…he hits bad balls and that is what he is going to see

    lets go CANO

  947. FeBuch October 29th, 2009 at 8:38 pm

    There we go, that’s the start! only four outs so far people! Pedro has a ways to go

  948. Denise October 29th, 2009 at 8:38 pm

    and who comes thru? Matsui, who will be sitting down for the next 3 games:(

  949. Angel - A tale told by idiots, full of sound and fury, signifying nothing October 29th, 2009 at 8:38 pm

    Who’s, not whose.

  950. sadf October 29th, 2009 at 8:38 pm

    lol RS, I have the same exact feeling. Someone just freaking hit a home run so we can all be happy again and have some confidence.

  951. Twins fan October 29th, 2009 at 8:38 pm

    now i want some japaneese food.. thank you hideki

  952. Bryan October 29th, 2009 at 8:38 pm

    this ump sucks

  953. Triple Short Of A Cycle October 29th, 2009 at 8:38 pm

    Who does anyone bother to listen with the sound on?

  954. Yankee Trader October 29th, 2009 at 8:38 pm

    Yeah-groundout Matsui finds the hole. Go Yankees!

  955. Jeremy October 29th, 2009 at 8:38 pm

    This lineup looks real pathetic. It looks like even Chan Ho Park could shut down this lineup.

  956. Gardner in CF October 29th, 2009 at 8:39 pm

    Please Robinson, hustle out of the box on contact.

  957. DW October 29th, 2009 at 8:39 pm

    Cano is also due a hit, come on Robbie!

  958. michelle b. - i smell a yankee win! October 29th, 2009 at 8:39 pm

    well i made my decision, i’m watching the yankees, i made it home in time to see stairs hit the “single”. Now, im thinking i should have gone to watch volleyball and wait till i see the recap on espn.

  959. huby October 29th, 2009 at 8:39 pm

    Pepitone,

    Come one. The handwriting’s on the wall. This team is playing like it played in April. You and I could get these guys out.

  960. Pepitone October 29th, 2009 at 8:39 pm

    Don’t go jumping on A-Rod’s back, nobody – except Jeter – is hitting so far.

  961. stacey October 29th, 2009 at 8:39 pm

    yanks gotta get some runs now ,cant count on it comin later…lets go

  962. stacey October 29th, 2009 at 8:39 pm

    yanks gotta get some runs now ,cant count on it comin later…lets go

  963. trisha - OPPC forever - (new lucky picture from last day at the old Stadium) BRING ON THE GHOSTS! October 29th, 2009 at 8:39 pm

    Oh so if CC gave up a run in the 2nd inning he didn’t do his job? If Arod had the ball, there would have been no run. It was an error. Arod in the least should have kept the ball in the infield. There would have been no run.

    On the other hand, I know runs happen. So I’m not down on either of them. Just stating the facts.

  964. RS October 29th, 2009 at 8:39 pm

    “Anyone else notice how absolutely ridiculous this crowd is? It sounds like a god damn graveyard”

    What do you expect them to do when the Yankee hitters are always down 0-2? The only time the Yankees have even come close to threatening was when they were down 6 runs in the 9th inning yesterday.

  965. Bryan October 29th, 2009 at 8:40 pm

    Great Cano swinging at everything

  966. Jockomac October 29th, 2009 at 8:40 pm

    Cano is the worst looking .300 hitter I’ve ever seen.

  967. m October 29th, 2009 at 8:40 pm

    Not that it matters because they scored it as such. But that was a hit. It was a rocket, and I don’t think they take the size of the hitter’s but into consideration when trying to decide whether or not A-rod could’ve gotten the runner had he knocked it down.

  968. Mac Daddy October 29th, 2009 at 8:40 pm

    we can pitch as well as we want…unless teix, arod and or cano start hitting, it will mean very little

  969. Bryan October 29th, 2009 at 8:41 pm

    meatball number 10 missed

  970. trisha - OPPC forever - (new lucky picture from last day at the old Stadium) BRING ON THE GHOSTS! October 29th, 2009 at 8:41 pm

    They’re getting his pitch count up. Pedro will be hittable.

    Now to continue to hit him!

  971. Former Box 607 October 29th, 2009 at 8:41 pm

    Regardless of how this inning is going, they are using up a lot of Pedro pitches.

  972. Denise October 29th, 2009 at 8:41 pm

    none of the fastballs Pedro threw to A-rod (5) were above 90 mph

  973. Valerie G. October 29th, 2009 at 8:41 pm

    Trisha–in the end, it depends on how well he does throughout the entire game. We’ll see.

    freinds?

  974. Twins fan October 29th, 2009 at 8:41 pm

    maybe i want that philly cheese steak again..

  975. The Ghost October 29th, 2009 at 8:41 pm

    the old Pedro would have gotten that strike.

  976. FeBuch October 29th, 2009 at 8:41 pm

    I see what McCarver’s saying about Pedro mixing up his pitches, but that fastball is really really bad and if the Yankees cant hit it, that’s on them, Pedro can only be given so much credit.

  977. Jones October 29th, 2009 at 8:42 pm

    Pedro CG 5 Hits

  978. Pepitone October 29th, 2009 at 8:42 pm

    Come one. The handwriting’s on the wall. This team is playing like it played in April. You and I could get these guys out.
    ===================

    What handwriting? What wall?

    1-0 in the second inning of game 2 of the World Series!

    You haven’t watched much baseball it seems.

  979. Abdababdaserser October 29th, 2009 at 8:42 pm

    Six inches off the plate is just missing?

  980. Denise October 29th, 2009 at 8:42 pm

    damn Ibanez, who does he think he is?

  981. michelle b. - i smell a yankee win! October 29th, 2009 at 8:42 pm

    UNFRICKENBELIEVABLE!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  982. Triple Short Of A Cycle October 29th, 2009 at 8:42 pm

    even old man Ibanez is making plays int he field??? I feel like I am dreaming

  983. Aldo October 29th, 2009 at 8:42 pm

    I fully expected Matsui to stand between the bases shrugging his shoulders after that play.

  984. Jeremy October 29th, 2009 at 8:42 pm

    We can’t even get lucky hits. I don’t like how this game is going.

  985. Valerie G. October 29th, 2009 at 8:42 pm

    m–it was a hit.

    Nice play, unfortunately, by ibanez.

  986. DW October 29th, 2009 at 8:43 pm

    Of course that ball is caught.

    Come on, J-Hair! Get a hit!

  987. Former Box 607 October 29th, 2009 at 8:43 pm

    McCarver and his “back and foreward…Back and Forward” comment reminds me of the Seinfeld episode, “back and to the left . . . “back and to the left.” And that play by Ibanez was nice. Here comes the secret weapon Jerry Hairston!!!

  988. Aldo October 29th, 2009 at 8:43 pm

    Why aren’t the Yankees sitting on the fastball?

  989. FeBuch October 29th, 2009 at 8:43 pm

    Bit of an ominous sign, our slow footed outfielder can’t save a double but theirs can…

  990. trisha - OPPC forever - (new lucky picture from last day at the old Stadium) BRING ON THE GHOSTS! October 29th, 2009 at 8:43 pm

    “Trisha–in the end, it depends on how well he does throughout the entire game. We’ll see.

    freinds?”

    Yes and always.

    :)

  991. Bryan October 29th, 2009 at 8:43 pm

    their bum got an RBI lets see what our two bums do

  992. Jones October 29th, 2009 at 8:43 pm

    The old Yankees cant do that hahaha

  993. michelle b. - i smell a yankee win! October 29th, 2009 at 8:43 pm

    well instead of it being 1 out with runners on 2nd and 3rd, its now 2 out with slowsui on 1st.

  994. terpbomber (not a bridge jumper) October 29th, 2009 at 8:43 pm

    Hairston needs to be the un-Swisher for all this to work.

  995. randy l. October 29th, 2009 at 8:44 pm

    “we can pitch as well as we want”

    mac daddy-

    for some reason, i can’t picture you actually throwing a baseball.

  996. YankeeRay October 29th, 2009 at 8:44 pm

    I really hate saying this but Arods face and body language after his error reminded me of Arod in years gone by. Say it aint so Joe.

  997. JF October 29th, 2009 at 8:44 pm

    how many pitches can pedro throw? he is old…will they still let him go 100?

  998. Denise October 29th, 2009 at 8:44 pm

    nice Jerry, be patient, it’s all YOU GOT!

  999. The Ghost October 29th, 2009 at 8:44 pm

    Jeremy, you only get lucky hits when you win, everyone knows that.

  1000. Mac Daddy October 29th, 2009 at 8:44 pm

    if nothing else, pedros pitch count is on the move after this inning

  1001. Incognito October 29th, 2009 at 8:44 pm

    This looks all too familiar. Yankees behind in counts, swinging for the fences on every pitch.

  1002. GreenBeret7 October 29th, 2009 at 8:44 pm

    Triple Short Of A Cycle
    October 29th, 2009 at 8:38 pm
    Who does anyone bother to listen with the sound on?

  1003. JasonR October 29th, 2009 at 8:44 pm

    Everyone relax. They’re driving up Pedro’s pitch count, which is important. Even when Pedro was the best pitcher in the world, he would tire around 100 pitches.

  1004. Yankee Trader October 29th, 2009 at 8:45 pm

    Hairston looks nervous!

  1005. The Ghost October 29th, 2009 at 8:45 pm

    Amazing that the catcher doesn’t even have to frame it and gets the call

  1006. Angel - A tale told by idiots, full of sound and fury, signifying nothing October 29th, 2009 at 8:45 pm

    Why are you letting yourself get baited, Pepitone?

    If “Huby” is a Yankee fan, then I’m an Irish Catholic Red Sox fan.

  1007. Twins fan October 29th, 2009 at 8:45 pm

    i want nachos.. nacho night pedro

  1008. sadf October 29th, 2009 at 8:45 pm

    “We can’t even get lucky hits. I don’t like how this game is going.”

    Word

  1009. terpbomber (not a bridge jumper) October 29th, 2009 at 8:45 pm

    Even Swisher could have made that out…

  1010. Valerie G. October 29th, 2009 at 8:45 pm

    trisha–that’s why you’re one of the leaders of this blog. Most of the rest of us just follow. Thanks!

  1011. Terry from NH October 29th, 2009 at 8:46 pm

    what a lame attempt of an offense

  1012. Bryan October 29th, 2009 at 8:46 pm

    this is just sickening

  1013. Boston Dave - 4 wins til 27 October 29th, 2009 at 8:46 pm

    Pedro at 43 pitches through 2.

  1014. Bench Swisher October 29th, 2009 at 8:46 pm

    f’in hell – this offense sucks so much crap!

  1015. matt October 29th, 2009 at 8:46 pm

    i think crowd’s quiet because at these (secondary market) prices it still has to be a largely corporate crowd rather than the true yankees fans. not that it’s the yankees fault. there are just so many corporations and corporate individuals in ny, and this is the big ticket in town. even if you were a true yankee fan and you somehow came into a few tickets, you’d have to really think twice about not selling them and watching on tv if you could get $600 per or something like that

  1016. KF October 29th, 2009 at 8:46 pm

    Pedro is at 43 pitches after 2 innings.

  1017. Pepitone October 29th, 2009 at 8:46 pm

    Just keep it here, Burnett, the batters are starting to get a little bit of a clue.

    Next through the lineup I predict a run … or two.

  1018. sadf October 29th, 2009 at 8:46 pm

    Hairston is being smart at the plate. This guy looks like what Swisher should have been.

  1019. Jones October 29th, 2009 at 8:47 pm

    Yankees getting shut down by old Pedro Haha

  1020. Jockomac October 29th, 2009 at 8:47 pm

    At least he’s at 43 pitches after 2 innings.

  1021. GreenBeret7 October 29th, 2009 at 8:47 pm

    Triple Short Of A Cycle
    October 29th, 2009 at 8:38 pm
    Who does anyone bother to listen with the sound on?

    ————————————————————

    Please explain how to listen with the “sound off”.

  1022. Blake October 29th, 2009 at 8:47 pm

    pedro will be out of the game by 5 innings, we’ll get him 2nd time through

  1023. Valerie G. October 29th, 2009 at 8:47 pm

    angel–you’re a red sox fan? Sad :-)

  1024. Sam Borden October 29th, 2009 at 8:48 pm

    New threat already — everyone’s jacked up tonight. Come on over.

  1025. igotid88 October 29th, 2009 at 8:48 pm

    Are we getting the Phillies feed or something?

  1026. Incognito October 29th, 2009 at 8:48 pm

    Yankees need to give out some free coffee, this crowd is asleep. Can’t say they have anything to cheer about though.

  1027. trisha - OPPC forever - (new lucky picture from last day at the old Stadium) BRING ON THE GHOSTS! October 29th, 2009 at 8:48 pm

    “trisha–that’s why you’re one of the leaders of this blog. Most of the rest of us just follow. Thanks!”

    Val, I’m not a leader on the blog, just someone with a big mouth. But I mean well.

    :)

  1028. Yankee Trader October 29th, 2009 at 8:48 pm

    Who does anyone bother to listen with the sound on?
    —————————-

    What????? Is that a Yogiism?

  1029. Valerie G. October 29th, 2009 at 8:48 pm

    GB7–good observation.

  1030. Jeremy October 29th, 2009 at 8:49 pm

    The offense is looking more like the offense from the past postseasons. The only thing that is different is that this team has better pitching but the hitters still can’t hit in October.

  1031. Twins fan October 29th, 2009 at 8:49 pm

    yimmy rollins

  1032. Pepitone October 29th, 2009 at 8:49 pm

    GreenBeret7
    October 29th, 2009 at 8:44 pm
    Triple Short Of A Cycle
    October 29th, 2009 at 8:38 pm
    Who does anyone bother to listen with the sound on?
    ==================

    Exactly!

    I listen to the Yankee broadcast, or just watch the game in silence, I choose not to listen to those two obvious Yankee haters.

  1033. sadf October 29th, 2009 at 8:50 pm

    Cause tickets are so expensive the drunk club can’t be at the game.

  1034. tampayank October 29th, 2009 at 8:50 pm

    I’m about 2 innings away from pushing the mythical panic button

  1035. randy l. October 29th, 2009 at 8:51 pm

    Please explain how to listen with the “sound off”.

    gb7-

    it’s a zen thing. you know the sound of one hand clapping.

    i keep trying to tell people that you’re a real smart -ss :)

  1036. Kevin in CT October 29th, 2009 at 8:52 pm

    Hey does anyone miss Scooter the animated baseball from Fox’s old World Series Broadcasts? Sorry, trying to lighten the mood up a bit here. Maybe Scooter could play rightfield for us, I heard he was 2/4 against Pedro in 1998

  1037. Dave hendler October 29th, 2009 at 8:52 pm

    Let’s go!!!!!!!!

  1038. Triple Short Of A Cycle October 29th, 2009 at 8:52 pm

    Where was that pitch???

  1039. The Ghost October 29th, 2009 at 8:52 pm

    The Yankees had championship teams because their bottom of the lineup guys knew what their job was – to drive up the pitcher’s pitch count. Guys like Brosius, Girardi and Posada never came to the plate thinking about anything but making the pitcher work.

  1040. The Ghost October 29th, 2009 at 8:54 pm

    I can’t believe that Rollins with a .295 OBP is getting walked.

  1041. Triple Short Of A Cycle October 29th, 2009 at 8:54 pm

    I have superpowers so I can listen at the same time

  1042. PL October 29th, 2009 at 8:55 pm

    it just seems our offense is in another world..but i have a feeling we score next inning

  1043. lets go yankees (formerly lets go twins) October 29th, 2009 at 8:55 pm

    Ibanez made that play look much harder than it should have been. Any LF in baseball could have caught that, most standing up.

  1044. austinmac October 29th, 2009 at 8:56 pm

    With see the pitch count at 43 after two innings could we actually the Phillies bullpen? I ho[pe it is before the eighth.

  1045. KF October 29th, 2009 at 8:57 pm

    new thread

  1046. Clay Buchholz Loves Laptops October 29th, 2009 at 9:51 pm

    I miss the days of benching someone and replacing them with a Strawberry, a Fielder, a Raines, etc…

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