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Posted by: Chad Jennings - Posted in Today in the Journal News on May 10, 2010 Print This Post Print This Post | Email This Post Email This Post

Good morning from Boston’s Logan Airport. I stayed at my sister’s place last night and got to bed just in time for about three and a half hours of sleep before this morning’s flight to Detroit. I’m sitting at the gate with Ben Shpigel, Sweeny Murti and Pete Caldera, all of whom have the same blank look that I’m sure is on my face. Some of our colleagues lost their minds and caught a 6 a.m. flight that connects through Newark. At least the four of us were smart enough to avoid that one.

This was kind of a weird series against the Red Sox, only because the Yankees were so very dominant the first two games and never had a chance in the finale. Next up, a bunch of familiar faces in Detroit Rock City.

A.J. Burnett was a dominant Fenway Park pitcher before he signed with the Yankees, but he’s done nothing but struggle in Boston ever since. Burnett was on a roll this season before falling apart in last night’s series finale against the Red Sox. It was Burnett’s first loss of the season and it ended a six-game winning streak for the Yankees.

Now the team will head to Detroit where they’ll begin a four-game series against their former teammates Johnny Damon, Phil Coke and Austin Jackson. The notebook also has items on Andy Pettitte’s schedule, Francisco Cervelli’s move back to the bench and Chan Ho Park’s progress from a hamstring injury.

As Sam wrote in today’s column, baseball remains a uniquely unpredictable game. For proof, look no further than yesterday’s perfect game by Dallas Braden, a milestone that was of course framed by his bizarre back-and-forth with Alex Rodriguez.

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  1. MTU (aka GBURL) May 10th, 2010 at 8:09 am

    Blake/Kate-

    Here’s a few recent pics to start your day off right. Enjoy.

    http://picasaweb.google.com/cy.....ringCreek#

    :)

  2. blake May 10th, 2010 at 8:11 am

    MTU,
    I think a split and a good outing from vazquez would be a good outcome in Detroit. Anything beyond that is gravy.

  3. MTU (aka GBURL) May 10th, 2010 at 8:12 am

    Blake-

    A split would be acceptable. :)

  4. blake May 10th, 2010 at 8:13 am

    MTU,
    Nice pics..are you sticking to your plan of 1000 feet of climbing for every Phil Hughes victory?

  5. Doreen - GTLU Stuff & Photos May 10th, 2010 at 8:15 am

    Have a safe flight Chad.

    Good morning everybody.

    For those of you who play GTLU, my Mother’s Day continues. My daughter’s school is having a luncheon that starts at 11, which means I have to leave here at approximately 10:30. So, I will not be here to officially start GTLU. Since it’s a night game, GTLU would start at 12:30 and end at 3:00. If there is anyone who would like to be the Designated Starter for GTLU, please let me know – it would be very helpful. All you would need to do is at 12:30 submit a post saying “GTLU is now Open for Business.” I would appreciate this very much.

    Also, there was no GTLU yesterday, but 3 people submitted lineups, and yankswin27 ended up correctly guessing Girardi’s Sunday night lineup. It doesn’t count in the standings, but, congratulations are still in order. :)

    Check my blog for GTLU standings, updates and schedule (especially with respect to next week).

    :)

  6. Betsy - Hughes rules (pleading the Fifth) May 10th, 2010 at 8:15 am

    I’ll take a split and a promise that Thames will never see the OF again; he’s beyond awful out there

    I guess AJ is still a two pitch pitcher; I have no idea why he wasted his off-season and most of ST working on his change if he’s not going to use it.

    Ring is not the right pitcher to call up; we need someone who can give us innings, not a lefty specialist.

    I’m going to HATE this series as much as I hate Sox series. All we’re going to hear about is Austin Jackson and what a horrible trade that was (thank you Lori Rubinstein on WFAN – she of the annoying voice and twice as annoying opinions) and how we should have signed Damon. I just want to get out of Detroit ASAP.

  7. upstate kate May 10th, 2010 at 8:15 am

    great pix MTU, thanks for sharing. we had snow this weekend (luckily it is gone today) so it will be awhile before we even attempt to hike.

  8. MTU (aka GBURL) May 10th, 2010 at 8:16 am

    Blake-

    1000 would mean I need to go outside the US so I have modified it to 500 ft. If Phil wins 15 I will need to have hit 11K.

    If he wins 20 I might be in trouble. ;)

  9. Betsy - Hughes rules (pleading the Fifth) May 10th, 2010 at 8:16 am

    Doesn’t seem like a weird series to me, lol. What more were the Yankees supposed to do? It will be interesting to see if sports radion shows lead off with the general tone of the series or if they make a stink over one game.

  10. GreenBeret7 May 10th, 2010 at 8:17 am

    Yesterday’s perfect game should have been a great moment for Braden, his family, the Oakland A’s and their fans. Sadly, Braden and his family decided to turn it into another attempt at taking cheap potshots at Rodriguez. That’s pretty sad. He keeps talking about respecting baseball, but, basically just keeps talking with a huge amount of stupidity.

  11. Doreen - GTLU Stuff & Photos May 10th, 2010 at 8:19 am

    It’s difficult to get too upset about last night’s game. In fact, it’s impossible for me. I figured Lester would turn in a good performance. I was only hoping the score would be closer. :?

  12. Steve May 10th, 2010 at 8:20 am

    Good outings from Mitre and Vazquez will be a good jolt for the starting staff. Romulo Sanchez throwing 3 good innings of relief saved some arms in the pen although Mo needs some work.
    Thames is a butcher in the outfield and hopefully he does nothing but DH starting tonight vs. Dontrelle Willis. Put Randy Winn in LF tonight.

  13. MTU (aka GBURL) May 10th, 2010 at 8:22 am

    Doreen-

    IMO, Lester wasn’t that great last night. He gave up 2 homers and a lot of hard hit balls. His command was off. I have seen him better.

    AJ had a bad game. It happens. If he didn’t the result might have been different.

    We took the series and that was more than good enough. :)

  14. SJ44 May 10th, 2010 at 8:22 am

    Betsy,

    The changeup is not a magic elixir pitch. If AJ doesn’t have his fastball command, throwing a changeup isn’t going to help him.

    A changeup for AJ works when he has his fastball command. Not when he doesn’t.

    If he just started throwing changeups last night, Red Sox hitters would have taken them for balls and he would have walked the ballpark.

    He had a bad game and you turn the page. Its not a big deal.

  15. NYYROC May 10th, 2010 at 8:24 am

    Hirsch has been a SP at SWB. He could give the NYY innings. Maybe they call him up.

  16. SJ44 May 10th, 2010 at 8:24 am

    GB,

    I noticed the same thing. The guy throws a perfect game and he and grandma continue their fixation with Arod.

    Says more about them than it does Arod.

  17. Betsy - Hughes rules (pleading the Fifth) May 10th, 2010 at 8:25 am

    SJ, then I guess I just keep misinterpreting what a 3rd pitch is supposed to do. I thought the whole idea of having more than 2 pitch repertoire is so that if one of your pitches abandons you, you have more to go to. I guess though that if the FB is the pitch that abandons you, the pitcher just has to deal with that – not much you can do if that’s the base.

    AJ just had a bad game and I’ve moved on, but boy – some in the game thread can’t deal with any imperfection from him.

  18. Doreen - GTLU Stuff & Photos May 10th, 2010 at 8:25 am

    Gotta stick in the ear plugs for the next 4 games, I agree. At least the games are on YES, no? Would it be too much to hope that at least they get the Damon specifics straight? That the Yankees wanted him, but at their price (which was a good one and the best he got considering it was the 2 years he said he needed from them), but that Damon turned them down? And perhaps they will remind people that Jackson more than likely would not be playing for the big league team in NY if he wasn’t traded? And maybe, just maybe, they will say you can’t evaluate a trade a month or so into the season?

    I, for one, am very happy that Jackson is getting off to a great start. I think it says that the Yankees were right to keep him off limits unless the exact right trade situation came to pass. He is actually doing what they thought he would (albeit at a higher BA than they could guess) – really good defense, good hitting with not so much power, and striking out at a fairly high rate (although, did I read he seems to be cutting down on them?).

    Did someone post Jackson’s splits here which showed a real huge differential between his BA against righties vs. lefties, and basically indicating he has really tough time hitting lefties? Were those stats accurate (I guess I should not be lazy and go check on my own)?

    Anyway, I say good for Austin – but it in no way makes the Granderson deal a “bad” one in my mind.

  19. Betsy - Hughes rules (pleading the Fifth) May 10th, 2010 at 8:26 am

    Grandma gets no pass from me, but the media is going to have a field day with this. Frankly, Alex reacted as well as we could have hoped and I actually had forgotten about Braden by the time last night’s game was in full gear.

  20. Betsy - Hughes rules (pleading the Fifth) May 10th, 2010 at 8:27 am

    Lester gave up 2 HR because he’s a smart pitcher who realizes that it’s better to give up HRs (or just a few hits) instead of walking everyone. He did what he had to do………..He doesn’t get demerits for giving up hard hit balls; every pitcher gives up a few during the course of a game.

  21. upstate kate May 10th, 2010 at 8:29 am

    Doreen
    I should be able to start GTLU (work permitting, of course)

    have to share this text from my red sox fan sister: what is wrong with your Yankees? even the Orioles could sweep us.

  22. Doreen - GTLU Stuff & Photos May 10th, 2010 at 8:29 am

    MTU -

    True – Yankees hit some hard balls right at people. Still Lester limited any damage and the 2 HRs were solo shots. It would have been interesting to see how the game would have played out if AJ had been able to keep it close, but c’est la vie.

  23. GreenBeret7 May 10th, 2010 at 8:29 am

    NYYROC May 10th, 2010 at 8:24 am
    Hirsch has been a SP at SWB. He could give the NYY innings. Maybe they call him up.

    ———————————————————————————————————————-

    Not right now. He just pitched 5.1 innings on the 8th and threw 105 pitches.

  24. Betsy - Hughes rules (pleading the Fifth) May 10th, 2010 at 8:30 am

    Doreen, I had that attitude about AJax before, but now I’m almost sorry he’s off to this start. I turned on WFAN for a few moments before I went to sleep and Lori Rubinstein cracked on the trade, saying it’s only been a month, but right now it looks like a terrible trade (that the Yankees traded a young player for an older, more expensive player just because he has more power). I suspect she’s just reflective of the general media and it’s beyond annoying. The only thing I can do is ignore the articles and turn the radio off as soon as I hear the word “Austin”

  25. SJ44 May 10th, 2010 at 8:30 am

    I could care less what the media thinks about any of this junk.

    I care less about what 10 year olds in the game thread think about anything. They have turned game threads into sewers with their garbage.

    Anybody who has a complaint about where this team is right now is the equivalent of a baseball idiot.

    They ALWAYS start slow. This year, they are 21-9 and aren’t even hitting on all cylinders yet.

    Do folks have any idea how good this team is? I really don’t think they do.

    This is the best Yankee team since 1998. It really is.

    It doesn’t mean they are a lock to win the World Series. No team is.

    I will say though that barring the entire team getting injured, they are a lock to make the playoffs.

    Same isn’t true for the team that too many Yankee fans obsess over…..the Red Sox.

  26. MTU (aka GBURL) May 10th, 2010 at 8:30 am

    Betsy-

    I have seen Lester much, much better.

    He pitched a competitive game last night but he was far from great.

    And he didn’t give up homers due to any strategy. Unless it was a bad one. He made 2 mistakes which were smoked but he was lucky that no one was on at the time.

  27. Betsy - Hughes rules (pleading the Fifth) May 10th, 2010 at 8:30 am

    I guess Albaladejo will be called up ; I was hoping never to see him up here again.

  28. Erin May 10th, 2010 at 8:31 am

    This may be the greatest tweet ever:

    YankeesWFAN RT @eboland11: ARod, instead of saying “uncle”, should have gone Ed Rooney: “you just produce a corpse…I wanna see this dead grandmother”

    I love starting the day off with a good Ferris Bueller reference. :)

  29. Betsy - Hughes rules (pleading the Fifth) May 10th, 2010 at 8:33 am

    Well, I HATE seeing Cashman roasted in the media – it’s not fair.

    I can’t rank this team yet, but if people don’t see how good it is, it’s because they are not in first place. The team above them is playing spectacularly and has even better pitching than we do

  30. Betsy - Hughes rules (pleading the Fifth) May 10th, 2010 at 8:34 am

    Erin, that doesn’t even make any sense, lol – grandma’s not only not dead, she’s alive and kicking!

  31. NYYROC May 10th, 2010 at 8:35 am

    GB7, Thanks for thr Hirsch update. Any idea who they might call then? Is Miranda ready if they call him to DH?

  32. Erin May 10th, 2010 at 8:35 am

    Betsy – Hughes rules (pleading the Fifth) May 10th, 2010 at 8:34 am
    Erin, that doesn?t even make any sense, lol ? grandma?s not only not dead, she?s alive and kicking!

    *************************
    Betsy, doesn’t matter.

    Ferris Bueller references are always appropriate. :)

  33. Betsy - Hughes rules (pleading the Fifth) May 10th, 2010 at 8:36 am

    Also, while it was easy to move on about last night’s game, one thing is clear: AJ is spooked by Fenway park; he simply can not pitch there anymore. He takes the rivalry so seriously that I think he just gets too wound up….

  34. MTU (aka GBURL) May 10th, 2010 at 8:38 am

    Hirsch is not currently on the 40 man. It would require a move wouldn’t it ?

  35. Mark in Tampa May 10th, 2010 at 8:39 am

    The Yankee injury situation also has been overblown by the media, including YES, I think. At least Joe Morgan had a good perspective on it last night, saying that if the league is counting on these little injuries to de-rail the Yankees, they are going to be waiting a long time.

    Cano-Bruised Knee, already back, no big deal.

    Rivera-could have pitched any time in the last 4 days, would have if the games were important.

    Posada-already back in the lineup, also wouldn’t likely have kept him out if the games were important.

    Arod-never hurt, although every media outlet tried to say he was.

    Granderson-will be back in 2 or 3 weeks, this is the first real injury, the team is still going OK without him.

    Nick Johnson-probably out for quite a while, but they may be better off with Gardner/Swisher hitting 2, and Thames/maybe Miranda DHing.

    Pettitte-the only one that concerns me at all, although he doesn’t sound worried. It is just the fact that it is to the arm of a pitcher that it bears watching.

  36. upstate kate May 10th, 2010 at 8:41 am

    reasons to be happy:
    Yankees have the 2nd best record in baseball
    they are only 1/2 game behind the Rays
    they took 4 of 6 in Fenway
    red sox are in 4th place
    Tex and Arod are just starting to get hot
    Robbie is having an MVP season

  37. SJ44 May 10th, 2010 at 8:41 am

    Betsy,

    Its May 10 and they are even with the Rays in the loss column. They are in first place for all intents and purposes.

    The Rays don’t have a better pitching staff than the Yankees. They got off to a hot start. Big difference than looking at both staffs and deciding one is better than the other.

    There is no CC Sabathia on their pitching staff. There is no Mariano Rivera in their bullpen.

    There isn’t even a Joba Chamberlain in their bullpen.

    Guys like Hughes, Burnett, and Pettitte are as good or better than anybody the Rays throw out there.

    That’s not even counting Vazquez. Who, if he pitches to the back of his baseball card is as good, or better than anybody Tampa has.

  38. MTU (aka GBURL) May 10th, 2010 at 8:42 am

    Betsy-

    “The team above them is playing spectacularly and has even better pitching than we do’

    The Rays have been playing extremely well but I have to disagree with you when you say that their pitching is better than ours.

    Their staff is doing well now but several are inexperienced and IMO will wilt as the season progresses particularly Wade Davis.

    It’s his 1st full season in the bigs.

    Vasquez is gonna straighten out. Once he does I like our 5 over their 5.

    Agree to disagree on that one.

  39. Doreen - GTLU Stuff & Photos May 10th, 2010 at 8:43 am

    upstate kate -

    Thanks – I really appreciate it. :)

    Funny text from your sister. :)

  40. comet May 10th, 2010 at 8:43 am

    Some of you emailed Chad about the goings on, on this blog. I did as well. Much as I am impressed by Chad and Sam and job they have done I can not accept that we have to have the blog destroyed by the few. Chad’s response was that he is helpless to police the board. Pete did and it produced a better dialog. If you’ve received an unsatisfactory response from Chad as I did then I suggest you contact the the LoHud sports editor:

    smayer@lohud.com

    CR9 and others threaten to destroy the blog. Don’t let it happen!

  41. comet May 10th, 2010 at 8:44 am

    Erin my apologies about Mother’s day. Doreen I think I left you out and you would be my favourite mother!.

  42. GreenBeret7 May 10th, 2010 at 8:44 am

    If Jackson does any damage to the Yankees, it will probably be in one of the first two games. Most of his hits so far have come off of soft tossers, not necessarily breaking ball pitchers. He’ll still go after high fastballs a lot.

    Here’s the list of pitchers that he’s faced and what he’s done.

    http://www.baseball-reference......;as=batter

  43. jussayin May 10th, 2010 at 8:46 am

    While a perfect game is an impressive feat, it really doesn’t mark that pitcher as great. Heck, just look at Buerhle (sp?), he threw a perfect game and while he is a good pitcher, he isn’t all that. In fact after his perfect game his pitching seems to have taken a downturn.

    Larsen pitched a perfect game and he was really an average pitcher.

    I predict that Braden will end up being nothing special on the mound, mainly because of his attitude taking over his talent level. His pitches are OK, but in this case I think the stars just aligned right for him this one single time. He will still get wins, but despite the gushing over him by the people on ESPeeN he will return to “normal”.

  44. teddy gbu May 10th, 2010 at 8:47 am

    a few things about burnett.

    is clear the redsox owned him

    that start in last august looks like a fluke and he stills walks 6 guys.

    it been nice is aj could atleast compete in fenway park and give the yanks a fighting chance

  45. jussayin May 10th, 2010 at 8:47 am

    With AJ, you could see he just didn’t have it last night. I don’t get why he was left in so long when it was pretty apparent that he was being shelled.

  46. blake May 10th, 2010 at 8:49 am

    The sox won the game in which their best pitcher pitched…they are supposed to win that one.

    Mtu, if Hughes wins more than 15 that would be worth a trip right…

  47. Doreen - GTLU Stuff & Photos May 10th, 2010 at 8:50 am

    Oh, thanks comet!

    It’s funny – Mother’s Day has been one of the most stressful holidays ever since I got married. I usually end up having a good day thanks to my husband, but lets just say family dynamics are interesting. :)

    We went out for dinner for Mother’s Day for the first time in many years, because it’s generally the worst day of the year for eating in a restaurant. However, we went to an Italian restaurant in Bayonne, Cafe Bello, and they did a wonderful job. The menu was varied, the food was superb and the service perfect. And they accommodated me on a last-minute addition to our reservation.

  48. GreenBeret7 May 10th, 2010 at 8:52 am

    NYYROC May 10th, 2010 at 8:35 am
    GB7, Thanks for thr Hirsch update. Any idea who they might call then? Is Miranda ready if they call him to DH?

    ———————————————————————————————————————-

    Just my guess, but, now that Cano appears to be ok, I assume that Russo gets sent back to Scranton and probably Nova gets the call. He’s a pretty decent starter and is scheduled to start tonight. He can give long innings if needed. The only other pitcher that might help for an inning would be Albaladejo. Melancon can’t be recalled until 14 or 15 May. For the next two days, they’ll probably need long innings from from somebody.

  49. Doreen - GTLU Stuff & Photos May 10th, 2010 at 8:52 am

    jussayin -

    I would say two reasons. He’s been able to limit damage so far this year, so he got the benefit of the doubt. And, more likely, to save the bullpen in anticipation of a very full week, especially with Mitre only going to be able to give 70 pitches tonight.

  50. Jim May 10th, 2010 at 8:53 am

    one of Pete Abe’s traditions that I miss was his creative naming of airports. When I groggily read the top of this post I thought for sure it read: “Good morning from Boston’s Boone Logan Airport.”

  51. MTU (aka GBURL) May 10th, 2010 at 8:53 am

    Blake-

    ” if Hughes wins more than 15 that would be worth a trip right…”

    I’ll cross that peak when I come to it.

    I am looking forward to seeing his continuing evolution Weds. :)

  52. Erin May 10th, 2010 at 8:53 am

    LoHudYankees Aside from the other beat writers, I’m not sure anyone on this flight has ever flown before. #overheadcompartmentchaos

    Poor Chad. LOL

  53. Crawdaddy May 10th, 2010 at 8:55 am

    I think Nova gets the call because he was suppose to pitch yesterday and they pitched McAllister instead. Nova is on the 40 man roster and they need a long man with Mitre going today for 65-70 pitches and Javy tommorrow.

    Sanchez down today with Nova up then maybe another move tomorrow depending on how Nova is used today.

  54. GreenBeret7 May 10th, 2010 at 9:00 am

    teddy gbu May 10th, 2010 at 8:47 am
    a few things about burnett.

    is clear the redsox owned him

    that start in last august looks like a fluke and he stills walks 6 guys.

    it been nice is aj could atleast compete in fenway park and give the yanks a fighting chance

    ———————————————————————————————————————-

    Whatever.

  55. Erin May 10th, 2010 at 9:04 am

    comet May 10th, 2010 at 8:44 am
    Erin my apologies about Mother?s day.

    ************************
    Not a problem. :)

  56. Rich in NJ May 10th, 2010 at 9:05 am

    “As Sam wrote in today’s column, baseball remains a uniquely unpredictable game.”

    Hey, you stole that from John Sterling!!!!!!!!!!!! ;)

  57. GreenBeret7 May 10th, 2010 at 9:06 am

    Sanchez can pitch an inning or two probably by Tuesday. He’s started and he’s been a reliever. There’s nobody at AAA that’s on the 40 man roster to give more than one inning.

  58. Billy D May 10th, 2010 at 9:07 am

    “They ALWAYS start slow. This year, they are 21-9 and aren’t even hitting on all cylinders yet.”

    Before you call everyone a “baseball idiot”, check your facts. This team does not always start slow. In the Jeter era, the Yankees have been .600 or better after 30 games seven times and 17-13 in 2 others. They’ve had a losing record after 30 games only 4 times. In general, the bad starts you refer to were the property of the teams in the late Torre years that were older, a little unathletic, who fattened up on mediocre pitching in the dog days of summer before bowing out early in the playoffs. The current edition of the Yankees are not those guys and as comprised really only has a 2 year history, going 14-16 and 21-9 after 30 games.

  59. Damon enjoy 27....think 28 May 10th, 2010 at 9:07 am

    One sure thing about Sam Borden, where ever there’s gossip he’s there!

  60. jennifer May 10th, 2010 at 9:10 am

    GreenBeret7

    I am hoping we don’t seen Alby back up. I am so sick of him.

    Re: Marcus I read someone where (can’t recall where) that Joe kinda seemed to throw down the gauntlet on Marcus. Said he has to be able to play out there bottom line. So if he doesn’t get any better do they Yankees get rid of him? He is a liability out there he has cost a good number of runs. They might not show up as errors but you know if Bret was out there they would have been caught. He looks completely lost out there.

  61. teddy gbu May 10th, 2010 at 9:11 am

    yea because i wrong.

    minus his first start at fenway, he beeb bombed their everytime since becoming a yankee.

    good thing there no more starts i fenway until sept.

    has aj been great yes he has.

    of course aj going get pounded once in awhile all true.

    pretty every time he gone to fenway as a yankee, he imploded everytime

  62. Betsy - Hughes rules (Pleading the Fifth) May 10th, 2010 at 9:13 am

    SJ, I was just trying to explain why I think some are not satisfied with the team, but then maybe I should give up; those people are just completely unreasonable.

  63. SJ44 May 10th, 2010 at 9:14 am

    From 2004-2009, they always started slow to those seasons. Its not a 2 year study. Not what happened 10 years ago.

    So yes, they are usually a slow starting team.

  64. Erica - always OPPC - Sesame Street Mafia and GTLU supporter May 10th, 2010 at 9:14 am

    Doreen-

    I can help too if you want. Let me know if I am necessary

  65. Jim May 10th, 2010 at 9:16 am

    Lets predict something weird to happen : I predict Javy Vasquez will throw a no hitter soon, if not this week.

  66. raymagnetic May 10th, 2010 at 9:16 am

    Oh yeah, Lester is a genious for giving up those HR’s :roll:

  67. randy l. May 10th, 2010 at 9:17 am

    i’m surprised that chad didn’t remove all of the guy’s comments last night who was saying lester faked having cancer.

    it’s possible that the guy was banned in the future, but it does seem PeterA was more on top of it with out of line posters and dealt with them quicker.

    i still think that 3-4 people who post on a regular basis should be given monitoring rights and the ability to delete comments from trolls or offensive posters.

    we as posters add to the comments. why shouldn’t we as posters be able to remove comments?
    at least a few of us.

    and no i don’t mean me or gb7 :)

    maybe doreen, joe from long island, CB, erica. basically the calmer, less reactionary minds on the blog.

  68. Betsy - Hughes rules (Pleading the Fifth) May 10th, 2010 at 9:17 am

    MTU, ok – we can agree to disagree. Well, first of all, I was talking about the SP….Secondly, anything you can say about their young pitching fading, you can say about Phil, especially if he keeps going deep into games.

  69. GreenBeret7 May 10th, 2010 at 9:17 am

    jennifer May 10th, 2010 at 9:10 am
    GreenBeret7

    I am hoping we don’t seen Alby back up. I am so sick of him.

    Re: Marcus I read someone where (can’t recall where) that Joe kinda seemed to throw down the gauntlet on Marcus. Said he has to be able to play out there bottom line. So if he doesn’t get any better do they Yankees get rid of him? He is a liability out there he has cost a good number of runs. They might not show up as errors but you know if Bret was out there they would have been caught. He looks completely lost out there.

    ———————————————————————————————————————-

    Gardner has had his share of outfield screw-ups in left and center field. He cost NYYs 1 run last night. He’s not much different than what NYYs have had in left field the last 3 years.

  70. Billy D May 10th, 2010 at 9:17 am

    “From 2004-2009, they always started slow to those seasons. Its not a 2 year study. Not what happened 10 years ago”

    Lies, Damn Lies, and Statistics.

    You can do anything with numbers, including using teams from 2004-2008 who look, in terms of personnel, absolutely nothing like the teams of ’09 and ’10. It’s okay to admit you’re FOS some of the time.

  71. Doreen - GTLU Stuff & Photos May 10th, 2010 at 9:18 am

    Erica -

    Thanks. If you would just check at around 12:30. If upstate kate has posted the start, then that’s all that needs to be done. If not, if you would do so, I’d appreciate it. Nice to have a back-up!

    And now I have to really get ready to leave. Catch you all later. :)

  72. GreenBeret7 May 10th, 2010 at 9:19 am

    Randy, you’d be my first target.

  73. Billy D May 10th, 2010 at 9:22 am

    “Lets predict something weird to happen : I predict Javy Vasquez will throw a no hitter soon, if not this week.”

    Wouldn’t go that far, but would not be at all surprised to see a 7 IP, 3ER type game out of him….soon.

  74. Betsy - Hughes rules (Pleading the Fifth) May 10th, 2010 at 9:24 am

    What we need is an ignore function. I have to be honest; in my dealings with Sam and Chad I have not gotten the impression that they are overly concerned about the goings on on this board.

  75. SJ44 May 10th, 2010 at 9:25 am

    As can you Billy. As with your comments that they are not a usually slow starting team.

    This is the first time since the 50′s a Yankee team has won 9 of their first 10 series.

    In other words, they usually start out this fast.

  76. SJ44 May 10th, 2010 at 9:26 am

    they “don’t” usually start out this fast. Sorry for the typo.

  77. Inquiring Minds May 10th, 2010 at 9:27 am

    Is Chaz Bono going to be on the Supreme Court?

  78. SJ44 May 10th, 2010 at 9:28 am

    I think the newspaper would probably frown upon non-newspaper personnel being blog administrators.

    If they are unwilling to police the game threads, perhaps folks shouldn’t post in them for awhile.

    I think if the game threads were left to the trolls, racists and morons who mostly inhabit it lately, the newspaper would change its stance on these issues much faster than an email campaign.

  79. randy l. May 10th, 2010 at 9:31 am

    is there anyone who wouldn’t have taken 2 out of three at fenway this past weekend or a 21-9 start to the year.

    i agree that the yankees usually start inexplicably slow and this year is a nice exception to that general pattern.

    there are some things about the team that aren’t ideal like thames playing left field , but the first few months of the season is a trial and ERROR period to shake somethings out. error being the operative word with thames.

    the yankees are a much better team when granderson is in there, but without him they have still been winning. they did win 2-3 at fenway with a makeshift lineup. even more impressive.

    vazquez is the next part of the puzzle that needs to be figured out. he’s contributed nothing yet this season which defies all logic considering he was one of the top five pitchers in the national league last year.

    i thought that the yankees were loaded last winter and nothing about the season so far has changed my opinion.

  80. Doreen - GTLU Stuff & Photos May 10th, 2010 at 9:33 am

    Can’t seem to help myself…keeping coming back even though I really need to get ready.

    One of the things that started getting to Pete about this blog was that it seemed to need constant babysitting. At least that’s the distinct impression I got.

    People work differently, for one thing. For another, Pete started this blog and really, truly brought sports blogging to another level. This blog was his baby, it was a reflection on him, and he took the extra steps that the person who created something would take.

    I think Chad and Sam do a good job here. It is crazy that this place gets unwieldy at times, and it stinks that we have to suffer through some real stupidity here. I’m of two minds on banning people. CR9 is annoying – I want to say at times to be polite, but really most times he/she is annoying. And he’s not the only one, just the most prevalent. An ignore button seems to be the best, least restrictive means to deal with that kind of thing. In which case, it’s not Sam & Chad that need to be contacted, but the Techie people, right?

    Finally, as difficult as it is, the very best way to deal with this stuff in the interim is to exercise your own personal ignore buttons – scroll past the trolls (however you define them) – whether they’re stray Red Sox fans trying to get a rise out of people or overly reactionary people posting nonsense and disrupting the flow of conversation. You have a scroll feature, people – USE IT!!!

    (And IGNORE means IGNORE. Don’t tell the person you’re ignoring them, because then you are not ignoring them!!!! :lol:)

    Thank you for your time.

    :)

  81. tex's friend May 10th, 2010 at 9:34 am

    all talk about how great the rays are should stop. They are in first, but they have been the victims of a perfect game, and a few near perfect game/no hitters this year already.

    Great teams just dont roll over as easy as the rays do.

  82. tex's friend May 10th, 2010 at 9:36 am

    i just hope javy avoids serving up a grand slam to damon. that can be permanently crushing to his psyche.

  83. Betsy - Hughes rules (Pleading the Fifth) May 10th, 2010 at 9:37 am

    Anyone not happy with 2/3 in Fenway is just miserable.

    Doreen, I don’t want to name names, but the constant barrage of posts about umpires cheating and everyone being disposed favorably towards Boston teams is driving me up a wall.

    I suggested an Ignore function to the IT guy when they made these changes, but I got no response.

  84. Billy D May 10th, 2010 at 9:37 am

    “As can you Billy. As with your comments that they are not a usually slow starting team.”

    Irony right? Trying to call me slow using sentence structure generally found in the 3rd grade?

    “This is the first time since the 50’s a Yankee team has won 9 of their first 10 series.”

    This is also the 4th time in 12 years they’ve been 21-9 or better after 30.

  85. SJ44 May 10th, 2010 at 9:37 am

    A perfect game doesn’t mean a team is “rolling over” for another.

    The Yankees once got no hit at home by 3 Houston Astro pitchers and they weren’t rolling over.

    Its baseball. Sometimes, strange things happen.

  86. Betsy - Hughes rules (Pleading the Fifth) May 10th, 2010 at 9:37 am

    That’s ridiculous – the Rays roll over ?

  87. MTU (aka GBURL) May 10th, 2010 at 9:38 am

    Randy-

    Agree with your post.

    Thames as a DH only.

    Pulling for Vasquez.

    I’d like to see Miranda fill in for NJ.

  88. Doreen - GTLU Stuff & Photos May 10th, 2010 at 9:40 am

    Betsy -

    Maybe if more of us follow suit, they will at least work on it.

    And, what SJ44 suggests, not participating in the game threads, is a means to an end. But it somehow feels like giving the trolls what they want – to destroy the game threads altogether.

    (I don’t really know how to characterize CR9. Yankee fan, but still over-the-top and out of control with the conspiracy nonsense. When he doesn’t do that, he’s fine.)

  89. blake May 10th, 2010 at 9:41 am

    Any reports on how Gramderson is doing? When is he supposed to return?

  90. Andrew May 10th, 2010 at 9:46 am

    I figure Granderson’s status won’t be updated until a full 15 days has passed since his injury. It was a week ago yesterday so we’re only at Day 8, so maybe we’ll hear more this coming weekend/early next week about how he’s healing?

  91. Fran (the original) and OPPC member May 10th, 2010 at 9:46 am

    Doreen,

    I am just checking in and I see you have volunteers to start GTLU. I would also be happy to help in any way I can. Have a nice time with your daughter.

  92. Erica - always OPPC - Sesame Street Mafia and GTLU supporter May 10th, 2010 at 9:47 am

    SJ44 May 10th, 2010 at 9:37 am
    A perfect game doesn?t mean a team is ?rolling over? for another.

    The Yankees once got no hit at home by 3 Houston Astro pitchers and they weren?t rolling over.

    Its baseball. Sometimes, strange things happen.
    ************

    It was 6 Astros pitchers which was actually a record for a combined no hitter

  93. randy l. May 10th, 2010 at 9:47 am

    “I think the newspaper would probably frown upon non-newspaper personnel being blog administrators.”

    sj44-

    i agree, but it would solve the problem to a great extent. the thing we have to remember is that the newspaper isn’t a blog expert because no one is. it’s an evolving and emerging thing.

    if the powers that be don’t take some action, we could do it ourselves. just like doreen created a fantastic blog page for GTLU someone could create a blog that had that person as the main administrator and when the lohud blog got unreadable like it did at time last night, we could peel off and go to the back up blog.

    the back up blog could be user controlled with several people being administrators. the fact it siphoned off blog comments would also be an incentive for lohud to take action to clean up lohud yankees.

    lohud yankees would still be the main blog, but we’d have a back route to take when the main route was in grid lock.

    lohud is eventually going to have to create administrators of some kind . they can pay someone to do it or get it done for free by having a few of us do it.

  94. Erica - always OPPC - Sesame Street Mafia and GTLU supporter May 10th, 2010 at 9:47 am

    Doreen-

    I have more issues with that language he uses than the conspiracy theories

  95. Joe from Long Island May 10th, 2010 at 9:47 am

    Morning all – Just a quick comment before the fun of work starts –

    It all comes down to starting pitching. This weekend series proved it again. First two games, Hughes and CC/bullpen outpitched Beckett (what’s happened to him? Red Sox must be nervous after that big contract extension.) and Bucholz/bullpen. And, last night, AJ loses his FB command, and Lester shows why he’s one of the toughest. We all knew AJ would have to lose one along the way. Now, maybe it’s out of the way and he can go on another 5-week roll.

    All in all, I’ll take it. Here’s hoping Vaz gets his stuff together in Motown.

    Later.

  96. MTU (aka GBURL) May 10th, 2010 at 9:48 am

    Blake-

    I have not seen any Granderson updates.

    I would think from previous estimates June 1st would be kind of optimistic.

    grade 2 injury of the groin. Nothing to fool around with.

  97. Erica - always OPPC - Sesame Street Mafia and GTLU supporter May 10th, 2010 at 9:49 am

    Btw- I am ridiculously excited about this Detroit series!

  98. Fran (the original) and OPPC member May 10th, 2010 at 9:49 am

    randy,

    Good points. I think that Granderson’s loss is his defense more than the bat. Thames is really a terrible fielder and has made a few plays (or not) that have cost the Yankees runs.

  99. SJ44 May 10th, 2010 at 9:50 am

    Here is the Yankees record since 2004 after 30 games:

    2004: 18-12
    2005: 11-19
    2006: 18-12
    2007: 14-16
    2008: 14-16
    2009: 14-16
    2010: 21-9

    Prior to this season, they were under .500 3 years in a row and 4 of the last 5.

    If that doesn’t constitute a, “slow starting team”, we have different definitions of “slow starting team”.

  100. SJ44 May 10th, 2010 at 9:52 am

    Randy,

    No question an administratory would help.

    If things keep trending in a negative direction, I don’t see how they can’t do it or they are going to lose a lot of good posters as the season goes on.

  101. randy l. May 10th, 2010 at 9:52 am

    “Randy, you’d be my first target.”
    gb7-

    ha, i’d delete you faster than you could say “blunderbuss”

  102. MTU (aka GBURL) May 10th, 2010 at 9:55 am

    Randy/GB-

    You two would be like “deliverance” – dueling deletes. :)

  103. Betsy - Hughes rules (Pleading the Fifth) May 10th, 2010 at 9:56 am

    It’s impossible to ignore posters like the guy from last night; I’ve never seen such disgusting comments on any board – I was sick to my stomach. I’m pretty sure he was doing it to get a rise out of people, but I also saw one regular poster wish injury on a Red Sox.

  104. MTU (aka GBURL) May 10th, 2010 at 9:58 am

    I have been avoiding game threads for some time now for the reasons previously mentioned.

    The commentary today shows me that I wasn’t the only one who was dissatisfied with the content, or lack thereof.

    Hope it improves.

  105. GreenBeret7 May 10th, 2010 at 9:59 am

    LMAO

  106. blake May 10th, 2010 at 10:01 am

    The game threads are fine as long as the Yankees are winning…the minute they fall behind though the place becomes so infested with trolls and negativity that it becomes difficult to sift through.

  107. GreenBeret7 May 10th, 2010 at 10:02 am

    I’m just trying to figure out whether Randy was in shock over my witty remark or if he spilled his oatmeal when he fell face first into it. (He does that alot. Old people usually do)

  108. Wave Your Hat May 10th, 2010 at 10:02 am

    Whether the Yanks start slow or not, they’ve played great so far this year.

    For every player the Yanks have hitting better than their final numbers will be – Cano, Gardner and Posada, we have guys hitting worse than their final numbers will be – Teixeira, ARod and Johnson. To offset the pitchers pitching better than their final numbers – Pettitte and Hughes – we have a pitcher pitching much worse than his final numbers will be – Vazquez. Chamberlain looks good and Mo is Mo. Overall that promises really well for the rest of the season.

    Great outfield defense, great work from the backup catcher, great starts from fun players to watch like Cano, Gardner and Swisher, what’s not to like?

    What happened last night in the game thread that has everyone annoyed?

  109. Betsy - Hughes rules (Pleading the Fifth) May 10th, 2010 at 10:03 am

    Blake, I actually have a very hard time with the CR’s comments; I try not to say anything because he/she has defended me several times, but I think those comments pollute the blog as much as anything.

  110. rover May 10th, 2010 at 10:04 am

    Rough outing for AJ but hey I’ll take series victories all day long.

  111. Doreen - GTLU Stuff & Photos May 10th, 2010 at 10:04 am

    Fran -

    Thank you very much.

    SJ44 -

    And you can’t just look at the W/L record, you do have to take at least a look at the hole they dug themselves into each April that had to be overcome.

    randy l -

    We used to have a great poster here, Wolf in Pinstripes, who had created just what you are talking about in your post above. Unfortunately, no one had reached the point of exasperation that we have now, and his blog died of attrition. It takes a lot of work to put something like that together, not to mention the time to administrate it. How many people would be willing to do that for no pay? Not to say it can’t be done, or we can’t figure something out. Perhaps we can. Right now, I know I don’t know nearly enough to set something up that sophisticated, and my Mac OS is antiquated and has to be upgraded (on my to-do list).

  112. MTU (aka GBURL) May 10th, 2010 at 10:06 am

    GB-

    You and Randy have a long and storied history together.

    And have provided countless hours of entertainment.

    I would recommend a strategy of containment rather than outright deletes.

    That way we innocent bystanders get to enjoy the usual lunacy. ;)

  113. Doreen - GTLU Stuff & Photos May 10th, 2010 at 10:07 am

    And also, in defense of CR9, I asked him to cool off the “hot” commentary and he did.

  114. GreenBeret7 May 10th, 2010 at 10:07 am

    The perfect “ignore” button would block any posts by the name you select for blocking everytime it came on the screen. Problem with that is the the imposters would skirt around that to get their idiocy on the screen. Registration with the ignore would fix that. Hell, I’d pay a one time registration fee of $10-20. You get banned, you lose the money.

  115. Jerkface May 10th, 2010 at 10:07 am

    lohud is eventually going to have to create administrators of some kind .

    Uh, not really? This is the internet. Someone saying that Lester faked cancer is not the end of the world, nor even the 1 millionth worst thing posted on a sports internet page. You guys need to get a grip.

    Oh the OUT RAGE, someone said something stupid! Cancer survivors everywhere are in an UPROAR (despite the fact that they should not be wasting precious time caring what people said about an unrelated cancer survivor) Foul language / Racist Language / Overly sexual language can all be handled by the censors. If you don’t like someones opinion, stupid or otherwise, don’t read it.

  116. Betsy - Hughes rules (Pleading the Fifth) May 10th, 2010 at 10:09 am

    Of course Joe and Evan on WFAN think it’s very cool of Braden’s grandmother to do what she did and they are laying this on Alex………

  117. sunny615 May 10th, 2010 at 10:09 am

    Anyone have any info on the Yankee Rainiero Coa signing (17 year old catcher out of the Dominican – as reported by MLBTR:
    “The Yankees signed 17-year-old Venezuelan catcher Rainiero Coa, according to Annelida Yoris Rivas at the Venezuelan paper Nueva Prensa. A lengthy bio in the decidedly lo-fi Diario el Progreso gives more details: Coa is a recently converted third baseman/shortstop whose hitting in international junior tournaments drew interest from a number of clubs. However, his defense and arm behind the plate were what sealed the deal at a recent Yankees tryout in Venezuela.”

    Future catcher or backup or tradebait?

    Also, what’s the opinon on Romulo Sanchez… real deal or fringe?

  118. Jerkface May 10th, 2010 at 10:10 am

    Registration with the ignore would fix that. Hell, I?d pay a one time registration fee of $10-20. You get banned, you lose the money.

    Not likely on both counts. I’m already part of a message board with a 1 time registration fee and it still has idiots / trolls / whatever. And the stricter the rules on a pay board the less people are going to sign up. And without a ‘fee’ a troll could just register unlimited usernames.

    If you guys are able to get trolled this hard, maybe the internet isn’t for you.

  119. Betsy - Hughes rules (Pleading the Fifth) May 10th, 2010 at 10:10 am

    Jerkface, you may not find it a big deal, but I and others found it offensive. The guy actually wanted Lester to have a line drive crack is skull – give me a break.

  120. Patrick May 10th, 2010 at 10:10 am

    SJ44,

    Thanks for being the voice of reason this morning.

    I can’t understand why some fans are disappointed in this weekend’s series. The Yankees dismantled the Sox in 2 out of 3 games in a series where New York only really needed 1 win.

    So what, A.J. had a bad outing, it was bound to happen sooner or later.

    The only concern I have is Nick Johnson’s injury. We have a timeline on every other injured player but this is the one injury that sounds like it could linger. Luckily the Yankees have a very good lefty hitter in the minors (Juan Miranda) and a very good righty hitter to platoon him with (Marcus Thames).

    I hope Johnson comes back as soon as possible but I think that Thames/Miranda can come very close to what we were expecting from Johnson.

  121. Jerkface May 10th, 2010 at 10:11 am

    Also, what?s the opinon on Romulo Sanchez? real deal or fringe?

    Reliever maybe, probably fringe. His delivery screams ‘not gonna happen’. Its like fat k-rod throwing pitches out there.

  122. Erica - always OPPC - Sesame Street Mafia and GTLU supporter May 10th, 2010 at 10:12 am

    Betsy – Hughes rules (Pleading the Fifth) May 10th, 2010 at 10:03 am
    Blake, I actually have a very hard time with the CR?s comments; I try not to say anything because he/she has defended me several times, but I think those comments pollute the blog as much as anything.

    ************

    I complained to Chad last night about his llanguage. I can’t understand how repeated use of the word “s-bag” isn’t a TOS violation that should be banned.

    But all Chad did was delete one particularly offensive post where he used the word 4 times

  123. Jerkface May 10th, 2010 at 10:12 am

    Jerkface, you may not find it a big deal, but I and others found it offensive. The guy actually wanted Lester to have a line drive crack is skull ? give me a break.

    I have personally wished ill on the red sox numerous times. So what? Do you watch football? How often do fans yell ‘KILL ‘IM!!!’ I pray to every diety on earth for a meteor to strike Fenway park when the Red Sox are facing the Angels at home.

    Why do you care what an anonymous person posts about a baseball player you don’t even know on a blog?

    Caring that much might be a psychosis.

  124. Erica - always OPPC - Sesame Street Mafia and GTLU supporter May 10th, 2010 at 10:13 am

    Patrick May 10th, 2010 at 10:10 am
    SJ44,

    Thanks for being the voice of reason this morning.

    I can?t understand why some fans are disappointed in this weekend?s series. The Yankees dismantled the Sox in 2 out of 3 games in a series where New York only really needed 1 win.
    ************

    I don’t get it either. Being 4-2 iagainst the Sox is pretty awesome

  125. Jweav May 10th, 2010 at 10:14 am

    Getting ready to leave on a 4.5 hour road trip to Detriot! 4th row Yankee dugout.

  126. LGY May 10th, 2010 at 10:15 am

    blake,

    I saw your post last thread about AJ going to the CB instead of the 2 seamer. I posted something similar last night, but I did not watch the game closely so I was wondering why.

    If he had no control of the 4 seamer, why not try to lean on the 2 seamer since he has had so much success with it so far this season?

  127. Betsy - Hughes rules (Pleading the Fifth) May 10th, 2010 at 10:15 am

    Thank you very much for your analysis, Dr. Freud…….

  128. Bronx Jeers May 10th, 2010 at 10:16 am

    There’s always gonna be a few jerks/crazies on the boards. More during Sox games.

    Tonight? Detroit? Let’s see…. the absurd topic of the day that will surely incite the moronic will be Japanese imports/assisted suicide/deer hunting.

  129. MTU (aka GBURL) May 10th, 2010 at 10:16 am

    I am not pointing fingers at anyone in particular but it is a fact of life that in life some people can’t be happy unless they’re unhappy.

    They just don’t know how to be happy.

    Complaining, carping, whining, and being frustrated are a way of life for some.

    It’s they’re idea of a good time.

    Wowza.

  130. Erica - always OPPC - Sesame Street Mafia and GTLU supporter May 10th, 2010 at 10:17 am

    Jweav May 10th, 2010 at 10:14 am
    Getting ready to leave on a 4.5 hour road trip to Detriot! 4th row Yankee dugout
    *************

    Please yell “I Love you Johnny” for me :-)

  131. Jerkface May 10th, 2010 at 10:17 am

    I get that some of you post here so much you think of it as YOURS, but its not. it is the comment section for the LOHUD Yankee Blog and everyone is free to comment here as long as they don’t use excessive bad language, racism, or overly sexual commentary. Or go on some rampage and attack every other person on the blog.

    You just have to deal with people like CR9 and any trolls that wander in.

  132. GreenBeret7 May 10th, 2010 at 10:17 am

    Here’s a home movie clip of Randy when he was younger, having dinner. Not much has changed over the years.

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qt8syW4ASZs

  133. randy l. May 10th, 2010 at 10:18 am

    sj44-

    the blog is a competition of ideas at it’s best and if that’s going to happen , you can’t have the best poster’s comments competing with the worst posters and expect to get a good exchange of ideas.

    when i used to play serious two person beach vball in sarasota we had an open court policy on the winners court. anyone could walk up and sign up for a game. the problem was if someone wasn’t skilled it still took ten minutes to beat them and was a total waste of the good players time.

    if enough bad players signed up, there wouldn’t be good volleyball that day. the solution came with a winners court system of four courts. court one was the elite one. you only got there by winning on court two. you got to court two by winning on court three. on three by winning on four.

    everyone started on court four. anyone could play on court four. but court one players never had to waste their time playing court four players once they got to court one. it was an inclusive system while allowing the best players to just compete against the best players.

    it took me two years of being on court two before i moved on to court one. there were a lot of side rules that developed over time that allowed for court one players to start the day on court one. in effect each player developed a rating.

    what enforced the informality was that some of the court one players were an in shape 6’6-6’8 and 240 lbs :)

    i realize that there’s no way to decide winners on the blog so that some people go up and others down, but the greater point i’m making is there needs to be some way to allow beginners in the “game” but not force “skilled players” to have to play them or engage them in debate.

    a mechanism where someone earns the right to move up doesn’t necessarily keep people out, it also creates an incentive to earn that right.

    i’m not sure how it would work , but there needs to be a way to not have CB having to be in the same discussion with Jake The Snake :)

  134. rodg12 May 10th, 2010 at 10:19 am

    The game threads do get ridiculous. So much so that I barely ever go in them. Shoot, there’s a lot of insanity in the line-up threads.

  135. Jerkface May 10th, 2010 at 10:20 am

    i realize that there?s no way to decide winners on the blog so that some people go up and others down, but the greater point i?m making is there needs to be some way to allow beginners in the ?game? but not force ?skilled players? to have to play them or engage them in debate.

    Go start your own private forum and send invites. I’m already in a private forum from a similiar situation. Prepare to talk to the same 5 people for the next year and probably end up cannibalizing each other.

    AHHHHHHHHH some IDIOT posted in the same location as a smart guy!! GET IM!!

  136. Wave Your Hat May 10th, 2010 at 10:20 am

    “I think that Thames/Miranda can come very close to what we were expecting from Johnson.”

    I don’t because Winn can’t play vs. lefties, which means that Thames has to play every day, either in the field vs LHP (which means no option for hiding his glove), or DH vs RHP (and Thames will be sub .800 OPS vs LHP). Miranda probably won’t crack an .800 OPS vs lefties and his OBP will disappoint. Against RHP, Miranda doesn’t add anything to Thames or vice versa.

    I think you are being overly influenced by Johnson’s slow start.

    However, the Yanks are good enough to carry through anyway, I just wish the injuries didn’t happen during the 20 game period that started Friday night.

  137. blake May 10th, 2010 at 10:24 am

    LGY,

    You know I’m not sure why he didn’t. 2 seamers are harder to control generally than 4 seamers so maybe it was a thing where if he couldn’t command the 4 seamer then why try to command the 2 seamer…but then again why turn to the curve either. I think AJ has such a good hook that occasionally he falls in love with it a bit much. His bread and butter is the combo of fastballs and when he doesn’t have that he’s going to struggle. I’d rather see him keep throwing fastballs and save the curve for an out pitch. AJ has been tremendous this year so I’m nit going to put too much stock in this outing..but it was a bit of an unusual strategy IMO.

  138. Jerkface May 10th, 2010 at 10:24 am

    Fun Fact of the Day: Did you know NoMaas was started because a core group of posters hated posting on NYYFANs because of all the morons and the uptight moderation?

    You guys could make your own NoMaas! Go hog wild!!

  139. Patrick May 10th, 2010 at 10:25 am

    Why can’t Winn play every day vs lefties? We haven’t seen nearly enough of him to make a determination that he’s bad vs lefties. And his career numbers are pretty neutral so you only really have 2009 to fall back on.

    I am not being over influenced by NJ’s slow start, I’m like a Nick Johnson fanboy. I think he was playing pretty well. Early in the season he was hitting the ball hard but right at people and even when he slumped he drew walks.

    I just think Miranda/Thames will be a productive combination.

  140. MTU (aka GBURL) May 10th, 2010 at 10:27 am

    GB-

    That Randy video was hysterical. I practically split my gut. :)

  141. Patrick May 10th, 2010 at 10:27 am

    Jerkface, you may not find it a big deal, but I and others found it offensive. The guy actually wanted Lester to have a line drive crack is skull – give me a break.

    “If you guys are able to get trolled this hard, maybe the internet isn’t for you. ”

    Enough said really..

    Lohud will never have registration because no registration = more posts. More posts = more blog hits and that’s really all they care about.

  142. Betsy - Hughes rules (Pleading the Fifth) May 10th, 2010 at 10:28 am

    Patrick, I think Winn should play every day as well ; I’ll bet he’s got quite a bit to contribute if he plays – but clearly Girardi would rather go with the mess that is Marcus Thames in LF. If he keeps throwing Thames out there to butcher plays, it’s not Thames’ fault, it’s his.

  143. Betsy - Hughes rules (Pleading the Fifth) May 10th, 2010 at 10:29 am

    Ok, I’m going to quit the internet because a blogger suggested that it would be a good idea…….lol

  144. GreenBeret7 May 10th, 2010 at 10:30 am

    MTU (aka GBURL) May 10th, 2010 at 10:27 am
    GB-

    That Randy video was hysterical. I practically split my gut.

    ———————————————————————————————————————-

    I wasn’t sure whether he was going to poke out his eyes with the fork, break his neck or drown in the food.

  145. Jerkface May 10th, 2010 at 10:31 am

    Ok, I?m going to quit the internet because a blogger suggested that it would be a good idea??.lol

    It’d improve your disposition greatly.

  146. Wave Your Hat May 10th, 2010 at 10:31 am

    2009 is enough for me to prophesy that the folks here won’t like to see Winn play vs lefthanders. An off year is one thing, a historic off year combined with an aging player is quite another. I personally think Winn will just get by vs RHP, I have no desire to see him face LHP and I wonder if Girardi does either.

  147. Patrick May 10th, 2010 at 10:31 am

    New post – Erica will like the picture.

  148. MTU (aka GBURL) May 10th, 2010 at 10:32 am

    GB-

    “I wasn’t sure whether he was going to poke out his eyes with the fork, break his neck or drown in the food.”

    I wanted to see a full face plant for the finale but G-d protects idiots, babies and fools. :)

  149. Betsy - Hughes rules (Pleading the Fifth) May 10th, 2010 at 10:32 am

    Ok, so you don’t like me, Jerkface – big deal. I don’t know how I will go on…….

  150. Erica - always OPPC - Sesame Street Mafia and GTLU supporter May 10th, 2010 at 10:33 am

    Patrick May 10th, 2010 at 10:31 am
    New post ? Erica will like the picture.

    ********

    OMg I can’t wait :arrow:

  151. Patrick from CT May 10th, 2010 at 10:38 am

    As soon as the Yankees get through this trip to Detroit, Miranda will be up to DH/1B in place of NJ. They need the extra pitcher until Andy is ready to go again. Let’s hope the Yanks can at least split the next 4 and be healthy when Minni comes to town on Friday. And yes I agree with the comments about Thames. Winn needs to play left field until Granderson comes back…

  152. Doreen - GTLU Stuff & Photos May 10th, 2010 at 10:42 am

    Final comment before i actually leave my house – :lol: :

    “Everything I know I learned in kindergarten” – or something to that effect.

    I tell my daughter all the time, you do not have to like everyone, but you should try to get along with everyone and treat people with kindness and respect whether or not you actually would want to be friends with them. Try to ignore what you don’t like (unless it’s hurtful, of course, either emotionally or physically).

    Basically, play nice.

    We all cross the line at some point; we all have our boiling points. But if you’ve first established a rapport, a decent reputation, people will understand the frustration as a “bad day” and move on and allow you to move on.

    And as far as thinking his forum is “ours” – well, many of us have been here a long time and have established a community of sorts. Technically this is not our forum, but I would suggest that to some extent if the people who participate here regularly didn’t mostly get along, and have some intellilngent discussion while allowing each other the latitude to discuss silly topics like 60s tv on slow nights, this place would not be thriving today.

    And now, I’m really gone. Till later, :)

  153. randy l. May 10th, 2010 at 10:52 am

    “Go start your own private forum and send invites. I’m already in a private forum from a similiar situation. Prepare to talk to the same 5 people for the next year and probably end up cannibalizing each other.”

    jerkface-

    your point is well taken. sometimes the best volleyball players would just go off on their own and play just each other, but because there was no fresh blood in the game eventually 4 guys playing each other got old.

    the point is that it’s important to add new players to the game.

    at the same time they should have to earn the right to play the best players.

    this dynamic grew that beach volleyball system to about a hundred or more regular players. at it’s peak the best players in the world came there for up to a week at a time to play on court one. at the far end when sinjin smith and randy stoklas were playing on court one some 14 year old kid would be trying to win his first game on court four.

    what would eventually drive him to be out there 8 hours a day was playing sinjin and randy s. on court one.

    i haven’t been down to those courts in ten years, but i have no doubt that they are still going on in some format that evolved out of the original idea of having to win at one level before moving up to another.

    the blog discussion format is a new form of competition that hasn’t evolved yet. it will take years before some sense of order emerges that works really well. we all have other things to do so no one is going to drop everything to work it out.

    lohud yankees blog is still the best game in town so we still keep coming . that doesn’t mean lohud shouldn’t be tweaked because it does need moderation in some form that is better than what it has now.

  154. joelh May 10th, 2010 at 12:23 pm

    SJ,

    first you say the Yankees are “ALWAYS” a slow starting team … then switch to “usually” … then come back with the series argument …

    Just on that one note, a team can lose 2 series 2-1 and sweep 2 3-0 and the record would be the same 8-2 as if they had won all 4 series 2-1. Makes sense?

    The idea that the Yankees are a slow starting team traditionally doesn’t make much sense to me, especially since as was noted before, players change from year to year.

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