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Swisher feels good swinging lefty

Posted by: Chad Jennings - Posted in Misc on May 18, 2010 Print This Post Print This Post | Email This Post Email This Post

Nick Swisher hit left-handed off a tee this afternoon and said he felt no pain.

“The trainer’s got magic hands, man,” Swisher said.

In other news, the Yankees have announced that the gates will open on time. No word on the game, but the team seems to be holding out hope.

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137 Responses to “Swisher feels good swinging lefty”

  1. Carl May 18th, 2010 at 4:04 pm

    Woooooooo!

  2. Don May 18th, 2010 at 4:05 pm

    He’s still not in the announced line up.

  3. ac1 May 18th, 2010 at 4:08 pm

    they probably dont want him having to deal with jumping all over the place to avoid 95 mph fastballs from beckett.

  4. m May 18th, 2010 at 4:08 pm

    Team holding out hope. Playing today means one less day of getting slap-happy with big pappy.

  5. jz May 18th, 2010 at 4:08 pm

    If this game got rained out, Sox would benefit. Their closer won’t be available tonight.
    Now Yanks should face Cho?kejima (we trust).

  6. champ809 May 18th, 2010 at 4:09 pm

    Wasn’t Jeter the 2000 WS MVP vs. Los Mets?

  7. Noreaster May 18th, 2010 at 4:09 pm

    It’s not a surprise that the walking wounded aren’t in the lineup. Joe is very conservative when it comes to injuries.

  8. Joe from Long Island May 18th, 2010 at 4:10 pm

    champ – I think he was the All Star Game MVP that year, also.

  9. Warning Track Power May 18th, 2010 at 4:11 pm

    Feels nice knowing that Joe G. asked me to write
    out today’s line-up.

    You’re welcome Joe G.

  10. Steve May 18th, 2010 at 4:11 pm

    The Yankees should proceed with the season as though Nick Johnson will not be back.

  11. LGY May 18th, 2010 at 4:12 pm

    Randy Winn in May:

    .265/.375/.412

  12. raymagnetic (Who's Your Pap-py?!?!) May 18th, 2010 at 4:13 pm

    “champ809 says:
    May 18, 2010 at 4:09 pm
    Wasn’t Jeter the 2000 WS MVP vs. Los Mets?”

    yeah

  13. Erica - always OPPC - Sesame Street Mafia and GTLU supporter May 18th, 2010 at 4:13 pm

    CR9 May 18th, 2010 at 4:02 pm
    Holy Geez! Awesome Erica is only 29! How?d you get so wise for being so young?!
    **************

    :-)

  14. m May 18th, 2010 at 4:18 pm

    Thinking back on the HanRam comments. Kind of interesting that some of his teammates want him to be the bigger person and resolve the issue.

    If a player doesn’t like a coach or manager, they should keep those feelings and any disparaging remarks private.

    How lame was the “He’s never played in the majors” barb? That’s pretty arrogant.

  15. Rich in NJ May 18th, 2010 at 4:19 pm

    It’s still really pouring in NNJ.

  16. Erica - always OPPC - Sesame Street Mafia and GTLU supporter May 18th, 2010 at 4:19 pm

    SportsGeek May 18th, 2010 at 4:04 pm
    # Erica ?C always OPPC ?C ?? May 18th, 2010 at 2:50 pm

    ??GTLU Closed at 2:30??

    I am sorry Erica, I was not able to get my lineup in until 2:44. I hope that since my submission was in before the official lineup was announced, it will be accepted. (It??s wrong anyway.. LOL) I guess I never understood why the need for a cutoff time anyway.
    ***************

    Its not up to me. Sometimes I revert to my old power-hungry ways! :lol:

    You would understand the cutoff time if you were the person actually running the game. Otherwise, you became very chained to the computer

  17. Betsy - Hughes rules (Pleading the Fifth) May 18th, 2010 at 4:19 pm

    Now Francesca wants Lee for the Mets…….ugh

  18. stuckey May 18th, 2010 at 4:19 pm

    “some of the people who are saying or implying they know the game really don’t have much experience in it except for watching it.”

    Randy, serious question – how would you know who and who doesn’t have experience playing the game?

    “if you hear someone on this blog never having any self doubt about their ideas or simply never wondering about things out loud in public that’s your clue that they were a know it all before they ever hit this forum.”

    The problem with this premise is its reliant upon what you choose to remember. It’s a sweeping generalization based on prejudice where you’re entirely motivated to remember what you choose to when it reinforces the impression you WANT to have and disregarding or overlooking what doesn’t fit tidily into the profile you’re trying to sell.

    “personally the know it alls who have no experience anywhere close to the game are way more annoying to me than the trolls.”

    Coming from a self-professed anti-thinker, that makes perfect sense.

    But here is your problem, and this problem isn’t inherent to this forum or discussion about baseball, it’s inherent in any venue where people who think and choose not to co-mingle.

    You’ve said NOTHING of relevance to an ISSUE ever discussed here.

    You’re doing what people who can’t hang in substantive arguments do – you go for ad hominem character attacks against the people who frustrate you. It’s a method as ancient as it is transparent but only limited in its effectiveness – can’t discredit the argument – try to discredit the person offering it.

    But the problem here is, no one is trading on PERSONAL credibility. Whether anyone has or hasn’t played the game.… whether anyone is or isn’t of a certain personality has nothing to do with anything, until that person makes those things the premise of their argument – “believe me for no other reason than I’M saying it” …

    …. and no one is doing that.

    The differences of opinion you find some personally frustrating Randy are never argued on personal terms. No one is trying to cash in on who they are or what they’ve done, perhaps except you.

    Whatever side of an issue you’re on, the differences should be and for the most part are being argued on substance and merit.

    That you’re trying to attack people in general rather than what they argue is for a reason.

    I’ll let you try to figure out what that reason is…

  19. austinmac May 18th, 2010 at 4:23 pm

    I probably live about as far away as any, but the radar does seem to show the rain moving northeast and no rain behind the current area. Hope springs eternal I can watch baseball tonight.

  20. Matt May 18th, 2010 at 4:24 pm

    Did an interview with Swish last night…check it out

  21. Trevor May 18th, 2010 at 4:24 pm

    “# Betsy – Hughes rules (Pleading the Fifth) May 18th, 2010 at 4:19 pm

    Now Francesca wants Lee for the Mets…….ugh”

    No shot. Unless they give up Davis and Mejia.

  22. SportsGeek May 18th, 2010 at 4:24 pm

    Erica…

    Power corrupts.. absolute power corrupts absolutely ;-)

  23. Loner May 18th, 2010 at 4:25 pm

    The players need to take the skirt off. It is a little rain. What are they afraid of getting wet?

    Nonsense. That is the problem with players today, they are too worried about the money and looking good on the field and playing to the camera rather than playing good hard baseball.

    Back in my day, we played in monsoons. There was no such thing as a ‘rain delay; There was no weather delays ever. We played in 118 heat index days in Palm Springs. We used to play in 60 MPH winds at the old Kauffmann Stadium in KC. The Winter Leagues were not in Florida. They were in South Philadelphia or CT. Yes, we used to play in 10 inches of snow.

    The game needs to stop treating the players like children. They are men, they can handle a litle rain. Again, the players from my day are rolling in their grave thinking about how soft the game has become.

  24. Jake May 18th, 2010 at 4:26 pm

    Anyone hear Mike’s plan for the Mets this winter?

    Get rid of Omar/Manual and bring in a “Big manager”.

    Sign a “big pitcher”

    Make a “big trade” for “someone”

    Make a smaller trade for some more offense and another trade for a pitcher.

  25. J ano May 18th, 2010 at 4:27 pm

    from other post:

    Did anyone else notice those two hot blondes sitting behind the the yankee dug-out, that were always on camera when a left hander came up?

    I wonder what their motive was?

  26. CR9 May 18th, 2010 at 4:27 pm

    Matt

    Great interview! Great site! Awesome job!

  27. Jay May 18th, 2010 at 4:28 pm

    Did anyone else notice those two hot blondes sitting behind the the yankee dug-out, that were always on camera when a left hander came up?

    I wonder what their motive was?
    ______________
    SMOKIN

  28. melrose May 18th, 2010 at 4:28 pm

    stuckey puts randy1 in checkmate

  29. stuckey May 18th, 2010 at 4:28 pm

    “Anyone hear Mike’s plan for the Mets this winter?

    Get rid of Omar/Manual and bring in a “Big manager”.

    Sign a “big pitcher”

    Make a “big trade” for “someone”

    Make a smaller trade for some more offense and another trade for a pitcher.”

    Can’t possibly argue with that, now can you?

  30. rconn23 May 18th, 2010 at 4:29 pm

    Thanks for the post on how today’s players suck obligatory “Grumpy Old Man.”

  31. Wave Your Hat May 18th, 2010 at 4:30 pm

    stuckey’s diatribe against randy made no sense.

  32. Betsy - Hughes rules (Pleading the Fifth) May 18th, 2010 at 4:30 pm

    Glad Nick is feeling better, but I would still give him an extra day or two.

  33. stuckey May 18th, 2010 at 4:31 pm

    What part don’t you get WYH?

  34. Bronx Jeers May 18th, 2010 at 4:32 pm

    Torre or Piniella could be available for the Mets to grab.

  35. Wave Your Hat May 18th, 2010 at 4:33 pm

    “What part don’t you get WYH?”

    your description of randy is not the randy I read on here every day. I know he gets on his high horse sometimes but he always gives reasons for what he writes, or at least he does as often as the rest of us do.

  36. ac1 May 18th, 2010 at 4:34 pm

    posada feels like he can play today, thats good.

  37. z May 18th, 2010 at 4:35 pm

    did the players also wear onions on their belts and throw rhubarbs at those rascals from Shelbyville?

  38. Rockks May 18th, 2010 at 4:35 pm

    Mike can’t possibly be a Yankees fan. He barely talks about the Yankees and his life mission seems to be making the Mets good again.

    He thinks that Cliff Lee is going to go to that losing team and thinks we won’t enter the bidding? Or a team like the Angels?

  39. Wave Your Hat May 18th, 2010 at 4:36 pm

    I wish this game were rained out. I’m worried that they start it, then we get a rain delay in the 3rd or 4th inning, and we lose CC and don’t have a long man in the pen.

  40. Jay May 18th, 2010 at 4:37 pm

    Mike is a Yankee fan, he has admitted it in the past.

  41. Matt May 18th, 2010 at 4:38 pm

    Jay. Those 2 smokin hott blondes, 1 is my ex gf. Nicole. I made her a diehard yankees fan and now she goes to every game. Her friend is not so smoking hott. But nicole is, yes you’re right

  42. CR9 May 18th, 2010 at 4:39 pm

    Mike who?

    You cant possibly be talking about Lupica?

  43. m May 18th, 2010 at 4:40 pm

    Torre’s hinted at retirement. But he might enjoy being back in NY.

    Piniella’s really getting on his team for their poor play. He might be at wit’s end. Or ineffective. However you choose to look at it.

  44. Warning Track Power May 18th, 2010 at 4:40 pm

    My feeling is Posada could possibly DH tomorrow, but he will return behind he plate Thurs.
    Then he will catch again Friday + Sunday

  45. it's true May 18th, 2010 at 4:40 pm

    Francesa knows that without a co-host to balance him out, if he let his Yankee fandom show he would lose all credibility.

    He has a big market to appease, and WFAN, for better or worse, is the home of the Mets.

  46. Matt May 18th, 2010 at 4:40 pm

    Can they cancel please. i have tickets and dont want to get there and hear its cancelled. Please yanks, just call the game!

  47. dan l May 18th, 2010 at 4:40 pm

    Rasheed Wallace wore a Flyers cap (he was born in Philly) to a charity event in Boston yesterday and he was getting killed on the radio for it hahahaha

  48. m May 18th, 2010 at 4:41 pm

    high horse?

    trojan horse more like. just kidding, randy l.

  49. Patrick May 18th, 2010 at 4:41 pm

    There’s no way they play this game unless they are planning to delay it until 2 am

  50. stuckey May 18th, 2010 at 4:41 pm

    “your description of randy is not the randy I read on here every day.”

    Fair enough.

    My post was TO Randy about a specific post of his, which let’s be clear, was mostly about me, which is fine, btw.

    Not trying to sway anyone else’s opinion of Randy.

    “but he always gives reasons for what he writes, or at least he does as often as the rest of us do.”

    I didn’t accuse him of otherwise. I was simply responding to his “attack” (a word I hate, it’s so overstated) on people of an hour or so ago, rather than anything specific thing anyone said.

  51. z May 18th, 2010 at 4:43 pm

    Josh Beckett + wet ball = Gazoo helmets for all (fans included).

  52. Warning Track Power May 18th, 2010 at 4:43 pm

    patrick-i would prefer the game is played tonight
    the alternative would be a day/night DH sometime this summer

    NO THANKS!!

  53. Wave Your Hat May 18th, 2010 at 4:45 pm

    stuckey-

    I see, I thought it was a broader attack rather than a response to one post. I’ll step out of the way and let you two go at it then.

  54. stuckey May 18th, 2010 at 4:45 pm

    Back in the late 90′s, Francesa openly rooted for the Yankees while Russo rooted against. He used to play Aretha Franklin’s “Freeway of Love” as an anthem whenever it appeared the Yankees needed a big win during the post-season.

    I’m surprised that people would not be aware he’s been a fan in the past.

    But I haven’t listened to him in years now.

  55. MTU(aka GBURL) May 18th, 2010 at 4:45 pm

    Does Tampa Bay ever lose ? :(

  56. stuckey May 18th, 2010 at 4:46 pm

    “I see, I thought it was a broader attack rather than a response to one post. I’ll step out of the way and let you two go at it then.”

    Nah, truth be told it’s just something we do. Just having a little fun with another.

    At least I hope he sees it that way…

  57. Alex May 18th, 2010 at 4:47 pm

    I’d rather face Beckett while he still has issues than later in the summer when he is in peak form.

    Get the game in today.

  58. DVAT May 18th, 2010 at 4:47 pm

    rain now ending by 6pm

  59. z May 18th, 2010 at 4:48 pm

    “Does Tampa Bay ever lose?”

    with that rotation, maybe once or twice a week.

    they are going to be a bear, and they’ll only get better if J.P. Howell comes back healthy.

  60. z May 18th, 2010 at 4:51 pm

    Actually, it looks like Howell had shoulder surgery (dreaded torn labrum) and he’s out for the year.

    that’s bad news for the Rays. Their bullpen may end up being their Achilles’ heel.

  61. Don 42 May 18th, 2010 at 4:52 pm

    Tampa is so good. Their bullpen has been fantastic too.

    I don’t even think it is worth it to burn out our players by chasing the division, when we probably won’t. Sit back and take the WC like Boston does most of the time.

  62. Wave Your Hat May 18th, 2010 at 4:52 pm

    Tampa has a team OPS of .861 with RISP. If they keep that up they will be hard to beat, but they can’t keep that up. They have very good pitching but they’ll come back down to earth.

    On the other hand, if they just play .500 ball from now on they’ll be a 90 win team, and they’ll play better than .500 ball.

  63. MTU(aka GBURL) May 18th, 2010 at 4:53 pm

    z-

    Right now they are giving me a pain in a place I don’t like. ;)

    Nothing would please me more than to give them a good smackdown in our 2 game set.

  64. Warning Track Power May 18th, 2010 at 4:53 pm

    regarding the rays, the teams they have played this month are not among the best teams in the A.L.
    k.c., seattle, oakland, anaheim, seattle again and the indians

    the remainder of this month will have the rays facing,
    Yankees, astros, boston, white sox and toronto

  65. I am a Fat Walrus May 18th, 2010 at 4:54 pm

    The Yankees are only two games out, and it’s only May. Why would you even think of taking the Wild Card at this point when there’s so much baseball left to be played?

  66. Matt May 18th, 2010 at 4:54 pm

    By holding out hope, you mean the yankees want to collect on parking, sell food, and merchandise in the stores, then send everyone home, and make them come back in august to do the same thing

  67. trisha - OPPC member who sees, hears, and knows all. 28 is on its way!!!!! May 18th, 2010 at 4:55 pm

    Looks like Porcello’s good outing was an aberration.

    Two shots this week to kill my fantasy team.

    :(

  68. CR9 May 18th, 2010 at 4:56 pm

    “By holding out hope, you mean the yankees want to collect on parking, sell food, and merchandise in the stores, then send everyone home, and make them come back in august to do the same thing”

    Good! Brilliant management by the Yanks! More money they make, the better!

  69. CR9 May 18th, 2010 at 4:56 pm

    Trisha

    :lol:

    Awww. Damn Porschello!

  70. stuckey May 18th, 2010 at 4:58 pm

    Zobrist and Bartlett have come back to earth.

    Upton continues to frustrate.

    Pena isn’t much more than .220 slugger with a knack for timely power.

    Navarro might not even be a .200 ML hitter.

    They are due for a correction when they play better competition.

    They’re good, but their offense might be middle of the pack at this stage.

  71. ac1 May 18th, 2010 at 4:59 pm

    “Does Tampa Bay ever lose?”

    __

    Yes tomorrow and thursday.

  72. MTU(aka GBURL) May 18th, 2010 at 5:00 pm

    Does anyone else dislike Joe Maddon ? I mean really dislike him.

  73. MTU(aka GBURL) May 18th, 2010 at 5:02 pm

    ac1-

    From your mouth to G-d’s ears. :)

  74. Chris May 18th, 2010 at 5:02 pm

    CC seems to be cursed when it comes to rain. He had the rain-shortened complete game against the Rangers on 4/16; then he had the Red Sox game on 5/8 where he was one strike away from getting credit for the win when the umps called for the tarp; his last game against Detroit, there was an expectation that the game would be called early due to rain (CC appeared to be pitching as if that were the case, the way he served up fat pitches to eager batters). Now today. Maybe they should send him to California the next time there is a drought.

  75. Steve May 18th, 2010 at 5:03 pm

    From the St. Pete Times :

    The news on J.P. Howell clearly was not good on Monday. That was obvious from the frustrated look on his face as he rushed through the clubhouse after abandoning his simulated game after throwing just 12 pitches.
    Manager Joe Maddon called it a definite setback. He may need surgery to repair his labrum and miss the entire season.

  76. Dallas Braden May 18th, 2010 at 5:03 pm

    MTU

    He’s a completely overrated manager… Of course your gonna have a team of studs when you get the #1 overall pick 11 years in a row… Lets see how he does when his owners abandon him and lets all of their stars go.

  77. CR9 May 18th, 2010 at 5:04 pm

    MTU(aka GBURL) May 18th, 2010 at 5:00 pm

    Does anyone else dislike Joe Maddon ? I mean really dislike him.

    _____

    I sort of dislike him. Mainly because of his appearance. Sort of because he is a disciple of Mike Scioscia.

  78. Betsy - Hughes rules (Pleading the Fifth) May 18th, 2010 at 5:04 pm

    It is just pouring on LI……..

  79. Erin May 18th, 2010 at 5:04 pm

    MTU(aka GBURL) May 18th, 2010 at 5:00 pm
    Does anyone else dislike Joe Maddon ? I mean really dislike him.

    **************************
    I can’t stand Maddon.

  80. Carl May 18th, 2010 at 5:04 pm

    Chris

    I think it rained last night in Anaheim :)

  81. Rachael May 18th, 2010 at 5:05 pm

    I’m in midtown, and I see a clear-looking front headed straight towards the Bronx . . . I have a hunch they’ll get the game in (or at least started).

  82. yanks kiddd May 18th, 2010 at 5:05 pm

    Rays haven’t played any of the big boys yet..you saw what happened when we went to the trop. I’m not scared.

  83. MTU(aka GBURL) May 18th, 2010 at 5:08 pm

    Braden-

    I’m normally very happy and mellow but there is something about Joe Maddon that just rubs me the wrong way.

    Somehow, I imagine his players really respect him and think highly of him. And I think he is a good baseball man but …….. I feel a need to make him unhappy, and that’s an understatement.

    I guess it’s my own personal problem, and is probably completely irrational but sometimes that’s how things go (at least for me).

  84. MTU(aka GBURL) May 18th, 2010 at 5:11 pm

    Erin-

    If you can’t stand Maddon then I must be on the right track. Thanks. :)

  85. CR9 May 18th, 2010 at 5:11 pm

    MTU

    Thinking about it further, Maddon’s team has actually showed up against the Red Sox on an number of occasions. While I dislike him slightly, and dont dislike him harshly.

    If he rubs you the wrong way, though, what are your thoughts on Mike Scioscia?

  86. CR9 May 18th, 2010 at 5:12 pm

    I dont dislike him harshly*

  87. m May 18th, 2010 at 5:12 pm

    Rachael,

    Thanks for that sliver of hope. :)

  88. z May 18th, 2010 at 5:12 pm

    This season, most of next season…who knows if Howell will ever be as effective again.

    He was going to be an important piece for them down the stretch.

  89. m May 18th, 2010 at 5:15 pm

    maddon is irritating. i have no doubt that he brings out the best in his players. but he’s not the strategist that he likes to think he is or is made out to be.

    elmer fudd hat? cool
    backpacking thru Europe with gf? cool
    buddy holly 8) ? decidedly uncool
    maddon-hawk? punishable offense
    no remorse for breaking a kid’s wrist in a ST game? I’ll let CR9 answer that one. :P
    mohawk?

  90. pat May 18th, 2010 at 5:15 pm

    LoHudYankees For whatever it’s worth, Derek Jeter has a weather map loaded on his computer and he thinks the Yankees are going to play.

  91. MTU(aka GBURL) May 18th, 2010 at 5:16 pm

    CR9-

    My thoughts on Scioscia are similar to my thoughts on Maddon.

    I’d love to get both with the same stone if I could.

    I do however respect their competitiveness and desire to win.

    I find some of Scioscia’s expressions hysterical, and he seems like a whiner to me at times.

    I find Maddon more distasteful though.

  92. it's true May 18th, 2010 at 5:16 pm

    Is it his choice of eyewear? They are ridiculous.

  93. Betsy - Hughes rules (Pleading the Fifth) May 18th, 2010 at 5:16 pm

    No sliver of hope – I want a rain out :mad:

    This is a great story on Thames by Jack Curry:

    http://www.myyesnetwork.com/16.....ppy_return

  94. GreenBeret7 May 18th, 2010 at 5:16 pm

    The rain has just about cleared Bayonne, NJ. Somewhere around there, Chuck Wepner (The Bayonne Bleeder) is a happy camper.

  95. z May 18th, 2010 at 5:17 pm

    Jeter’s also available for weddings and baptisms.

    What can’t the guy do?

  96. Erica - always OPPC - Sesame Street Mafia and GTLU supporter May 18th, 2010 at 5:19 pm

    pat May 18th, 2010 at 5:15 pm
    LoHudYankees For whatever it?s worth, Derek Jeter has a weather map loaded on his computer and he thinks the Yankees are going to play.
    *************

    Derek Jeter is the best ever
    This made me laugh out loud

  97. MTU(aka GBURL) May 18th, 2010 at 5:19 pm

    “Is it his choice of eyewear?”

    Something about Maddon makes me want to unite my fist with the back of his head by starting at the front. ;)

  98. Rich in NJ May 18th, 2010 at 5:19 pm

    It’s raining less here now.

  99. GreenBeret7 May 18th, 2010 at 5:20 pm

    NYYs don’t need a rainout so they can play a late season 5 game series.

  100. Warning Track Power May 18th, 2010 at 5:20 pm

    “Is it his choice of eyewear?”

    Something about Maddon makes me want to unite my fist with the back of his head by starting at the front. ;)

    The line forms behind me.
    My first direct hit would be right between his eyes.
    Then I would ask him to repair the glass with tape. That would give me just the excuse I need to smack him again.

  101. Trevor May 18th, 2010 at 5:21 pm

    The Rays have played a couple of good teams. Like the Angels they took 2 of 3 from them. They took 2 of 3 from Toronto, who have played well.
    But yeah overall they’ve had a very easy schedule. They haven’t played the Tigers, Twins yet. And when they faced the Yankees in April-the one AL lineup that can go hand n hand with them, they gave up 20 runs to the Yankees and lost 2 of 3. There just not a whole lot of really good teams in the AL imo.

  102. RayVT May 18th, 2010 at 5:23 pm

    stuckey May 18th, 2010 at 4:58 pm
    Zobrist and Bartlett have come back to earth.

    Upton continues to frustrate.

    Pena isn?t much more than .220 slugger with a knack for timely power.

    Navarro might not even be a .200 ML hitter.

    They are due for a correction when they play better competition.

    They?re good, but their offense might be middle of the pack at this stage.

    Stuckey, they play great defense & have very good pitching. They are in it for the long haul. Navarro was injured last year and could hardly play but still did. He is basically healthy now and he is much better than a .200 hitter. Zobrist is very good & Bartlett is good. They have a lot of weapons, but they need a DH with power. If Blalock turns out to be that guy they could be really tough. Deep farm too!

  103. Wave Your Hat May 18th, 2010 at 5:23 pm

    “NYYs don’t need a rainout so they can play a late season 5 game series.”

    Going into the game without Granderson, Johnson, Posada, Swisher, Aceves and a long man, in a game that could get delayed in the middle, cause us to lose CC and stress our bullpen, I could see a rainout helping tonight.

    But there won’t be a rainout, they’ll play, I saw this movie last year.

  104. MTU(aka GBURL) May 18th, 2010 at 5:23 pm

    Warning track-

    I am not a violent person but somehow Maddon just brings out the ugly in me.

    How about we take turns. I hold you hit then you hold I hit. Deal ? :)

  105. blake May 18th, 2010 at 5:23 pm

    I thought that was interesting what Boone said about Jeter last night…how every time after his first AB he wouid come back and say “this guy is terrible” no matter who was pitching….that’s so Derek Jeter…I love it.

  106. Carl May 18th, 2010 at 5:26 pm

    http://msn.foxsports.com/video/shows/cheapseats

    CC on cheapseats

  107. z May 18th, 2010 at 5:26 pm

    something tells me if the Yanks do play, they’ll be seeing a lot of Scott Schoeneweis.

    bring it on.

  108. Warning Track Power May 18th, 2010 at 5:29 pm

    blake-i was watching as well. great story that aaron shared. let’s be honest, aaron was not able to use an exact quote, because Derek described the pitcher with profanity, LOL!!!

  109. Eye 4 an Eye May 18th, 2010 at 5:29 pm

    Mike Soscia’s teams do not compete against the Red Sox

    Shatner’s teams compete, but their pitching is just so bad it is nearly impossible for them to hold leads. Of course, a lot of that is Shatner’s fault as he uses guys like Jim Johnson, Albers, Castillo, etc. while he makes sure he uses Meredith, his best reliever, for multiple inning against us. And Tejada, Wiggington, Roberts, Markakis always rally against our pitching but go quietly against Boston. But still, they try relative to their talented level.

    Soscia’s team play with NO hart at all. If they are not blowing leads, they are getting shut down by average pitching or making errors in the field or having bad ABs like Hunter and Rivera.

    Toronto used to play the Sox hard, but that has diminished since Cito took over. Cito loves blowing games against the Sox. As that loser Gregg was blowing the game in Fenway last week, Cito was smirking in the dugout. They played much harder vs. BOS under Gibbons.

    Still, Soscia is by far the least competitive of any manager in baseball against them.

  110. Pat M. May 18th, 2010 at 5:29 pm

    Madden was Mike’s bench coach for many years in Anaheim before he got the Tampa gig……..I know he’s hated here because he’s the Skipper for the rival Tampa Rays, but Joe is a real good guy…….Plus gives 2 footers as gimmies

  111. m May 18th, 2010 at 5:29 pm

    There aren’t many good teams this year. The Angels lose to everyone but the Yankees. The Twins were neck & neck with the Yankees, but just got walloped by Toronto.

    Great: Rays, Yankees
    Good: Tigers, Twins, Toronto
    Not Bad: Texas, Oakland
    What Happened?: Angels, mariners, RED SOX, White Sox
    Aint Happening: KC, Baltimore, Cleveland

  112. Steve K. May 18th, 2010 at 5:36 pm

    It’s time to play, “Which Cost More?”:

    CC’s fish tank

    or

    your house

    ???

  113. Roger(The Dutch Yankees Fan) May 18th, 2010 at 5:37 pm

    CC’s dinner…

  114. MTU(aka GBURL) May 18th, 2010 at 5:38 pm

    Pat M-

    I’m sure you’re absolutely right about Maddon but he just rubs me the wrong way. He seems very smug, and lacking in humility but I doubt it’s true.

    If I sat down and had a beer with him I’m sure I’d probably like the guy. That just seems to be his Persona as a Manager.

  115. antisocial scrooge May 18th, 2010 at 5:39 pm

    http://1.bp.blogspot.com/_jz2-.....+A+Rod.jpg

    anyone remember that game? & you can’t help but chuckle at the headline.

  116. Patrick May 18th, 2010 at 5:39 pm

    The forecast says its going to rain late into the night, I don’t see how they will find a window to play this game.

  117. Vic May 18th, 2010 at 5:40 pm

    I lost all respect for Maddon when he walked Tex so he wouldn’t break the HR record. Talk about childish.

  118. Warning Track Power May 18th, 2010 at 5:40 pm

    scrooge-what are you trying to do?
    i remember watching the game on t.v.
    one moment the season was going very well. the next minute
    our season was over.

  119. Carl May 18th, 2010 at 5:41 pm

    # Steve K. May 18th, 2010 at 5:36 pm

    It’s time to play, “Which Cost More?”:

    CC’s fish tank

    or

    your house

    ???

    Yeah that fish tank is crazy

  120. stuckey May 18th, 2010 at 5:42 pm

    “Stuckey, they play great defense & have very good pitching. They are in it for the long haul. Navarro was injured last year and could hardly play but still did. He is basically healthy now and he is much better than a .200 hitter. Zobrist is very good & Bartlett is good. They have a lot of weapons, but they need a DH with power. If Blalock turns out to be that guy they could be really tough. Deep farm too!”

    Ray, I didn’t say they weren’t good, just that their offense isn’t that great right now.

    I expect them to be in it for the long haul too, and fully expect that both they and the Yanks will be post-season teams.

    I was speaking in context of the division crown.

  121. SJ44 May 18th, 2010 at 5:42 pm

    Pat M,

    Agreed on Maddon. Really good guy. One of the better guys I have met in the game.

    He sat in our booth for a half when we did the Indy-Jets game last season when the Winter Meetings were in Indy. Had a lot of fun with him talking baseball and wine. He’s an avid wine collector.

    He also stumped his front office bigtime to draft my nephew if he fell in the draft.

    He can’t be all bad! lol

  122. Bronx Jeers May 18th, 2010 at 5:43 pm

    # MTU(aka GBURL) May 18th, 2010 at 5:00 pm

    Does anyone else dislike Joe Maddon ? I mean really dislike him.
    ——————————————————————————————-

    : emphatically raises hand :

    He makes me dislike the Rays more than the Sox.

    And I don’t mind most of the Rays players but with him at the helm, I hate em.

  123. MaineYankee May 18th, 2010 at 5:46 pm

    SJ44

    “He also stumped his front office bigtime to draft my nephew if he fell in the draft.”

    This was after how many bottles of wine? :lol:

  124. JM May 18th, 2010 at 5:48 pm

    The weather updates are pretty useless on yankees.com. The latest says: Gates are now open. Please check back later for updated information.

    My friend has headed up there for another night in the bleachers but I have a feeling he’ll be spending a lot of it in the Yankee Tavern waiting out a rain delay.

  125. Pat M. May 18th, 2010 at 5:49 pm

    SJ, I think he and his wife are actually in the wine business now, as they bought into a winery in Napa Sonoma…….Smart baseball guy, but I’m pleased that Tony went to Pittsburgh rather than Tampa…..I’m certain you are as well…….Are we playing ball tonight ???? I have to get my workoput done before game time….See ya !!!!!

  126. Warning Track Power May 18th, 2010 at 5:49 pm

    maddon is a wanna-be bill belichik
    am i right or am i right?

  127. SJ44 May 18th, 2010 at 5:49 pm

    Maine,

    Several! lol St. Elmos Steakhouse in Indy.

    If you are ever in Indy, that’s the place to go. Good times.

  128. Pat M. May 18th, 2010 at 5:51 pm

    Hey Vic, how do you know he IBB’d Texeria for the that reason ??? Check out how many times Tex gets walk to set up dp’s, think Twins just a few days ago…….Stop believing the crap you read in the NY fish wraps……

  129. SJ44 May 18th, 2010 at 5:53 pm

    Pat M,

    Yes, it worked out well for him in Pittsburgh.

    Tampa didn’t even sign their first round pick. A Boras client who ended up in junior college.

    They are tight with the bucks in Tampa. Were offering a deal well under slot.

    I will say though the Tampa organization has got some terrific minor league coaches.

    Fortunately, so do the Pirates.

    Those teams may skimp at the major league level. They do not at the minor league level.

  130. Bronx Jeers May 18th, 2010 at 5:57 pm

    I don’t even have a problem with him walking Tex and I like Carlos Pena. But it goes back to the Cervelli’s broken wrist.

    Some of the things he said. Some tough guy talk.

    Didn’t help that the Rays were so good that year as well :wink:

  131. CRAWDADDY (Boycott ESPN-NY) May 18th, 2010 at 5:57 pm

    “Several! lol St. Elmos Steakhouse in Indy.

    If you are ever in Indy, that’s the place to go. Good times.”

    Yes, it is…… An excellent steakhouse!

  132. Rachael May 18th, 2010 at 5:58 pm

    Hey Vic, how do you know he IBB’d Texeria for the that reason ???

    —————–

    Of course no one will ever know for sure, but I definitely think they walked him intentionally to prevent him from getting the HR mark. They threw AT him at least once in the series, and from their treatment of him for that whole series it really looked like they had a vendetta.

  133. MTU (aka GBURL) May 18th, 2010 at 5:58 pm

    Speaking of the Draft.

    It’s approaching.

    The Yankees pick in the 30′s right ?

    How do the Yankees go about a draft process ?

    Do they target certain players ? etc. ?

    At lot of it is luck as well isn’t it ?

    Please enlighten a non-insider. :)

  134. RayVT May 18th, 2010 at 5:59 pm

    stuckey May 18th, 2010 at 5:42 pm

    Ok! I agree. They are very fast too!

  135. RayVT May 18th, 2010 at 6:02 pm

    Maddon reminds me of Joe T. Straight talk to his players (at least on the field) and always calm. He has a real knack for doing the right thing even when it is a bit unorthodox. He also burns the same arms in BP.

    He is a very good Manager. Seems like a nice guy too.

  136. randy l. May 18th, 2010 at 6:08 pm

    stuckey-

    sorry for the delay, but my busy season is approaching and i don’t have the time i usually have for debate.

    i said in my last comment that “the point i’m making in a convoluted way is that no one is a total baseball expert on this blog or they wouldn’t be here.”

    i thought it was a bit presumptuous for you to take the position that you were someone in the know about baseball when you were responding to shame spencer.

    you know a certain amount which is limited by your experience with the game, just like i’m limited by my experience in the game.

    whether you like it or not, experience matters ,in baseball and everything else.

    that said, just because a player like papelbon has high level experience in the game it obviously doesn’t mean he’s always right about the game because he just isn’t that smart to begin with.

    it’s not as simple as just experience, but on the other hand it’s not just intellect either.
    it’s a balance between the two.

    people who take a know it all position about baseball who are on a baseball blog should look at the incongruity of those two things.

    seriously, if any of us were really that good we wouldn’t be here :)

  137. 'My heart beats when they win, and it stops beating when they lose.' May 18th, 2010 at 6:12 pm

    randy,

    Good point. But just look at Bud Selig, he has all the experience in the world, and has absolutely no baseball intellect to go with it. :P

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