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Today’s lineup vs. Mets

Posted by: Sam Borden - Posted in Misc on May 21, 2010 Print This Post Print This Post | Email This Post Email This Post

Jeter SS
Gardner CF
Teixeira 1B
Rodriguez 3B
Cano 2B
Swisher RF
Cervelli C
Russo LF
Vazquez P

UPDATE, 4:53 p.m.: After being DFA’d earlier this week, Brian Bruney has cleared waivers, Chad Gaudin has been released and Edwar Ramirez has been assigned to Triple-A Sacramento.

 
 

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255 Responses to “Today’s lineup vs. Mets”

  1. Erin May 21st, 2010 at 3:41 pm

    So close!! :(

  2. upstate kate May 21st, 2010 at 3:42 pm

    I think that was my guess :)

  3. NYYROC May 21st, 2010 at 3:42 pm

    Go get ‘em Kevin Maddog Russo!!! :)

  4. ac1 May 21st, 2010 at 3:42 pm

    who said russo wouldnt be in left?

    even if he is 0-5, its an attempt at something different because winn wasnt working.

  5. Erin May 21st, 2010 at 3:43 pm

    upstate kate May 21st, 2010 at 3:42 pm
    I think that was my guess

    ********************
    Congrats Kate! :)

  6. Trevor May 21st, 2010 at 3:43 pm

    Almost had it right. Just needed to switch Gardner and Swisher.

  7. Jeremy May 21st, 2010 at 3:43 pm

    I?m am a little concerned with the bullpen situation. Some guys need to step up. I also think they should make some changes.

  8. Andrew May 21st, 2010 at 3:44 pm

    He won’t be any worse than Thames playing the outfield, guaranteed.

  9. Betsy - Hughes rules (Pleading the Fifth) May 21st, 2010 at 3:44 pm

    I’d rather Russo than Thames, though I might regret saying that, lol

  10. Erica - always OPPC - Sesame Street Mafia and GTLU supporter May 21st, 2010 at 3:44 pm

    I will never win this again :cry:

  11. Doreen - GTLU Stuff & Photos May 21st, 2010 at 3:44 pm

    Congratulations to our Guess The Line Up Winners!

    champ809
    upstate kate
    sevrox

  12. GreenBeret7 May 21st, 2010 at 3:44 pm

    Russo should do ok. He’ll still be facing AAA pitching for the next two days.

  13. RayVT May 21st, 2010 at 3:45 pm

    Surprised at Gardner hitting 2nd against a LHP.

  14. Erica - always OPPC - Sesame Street Mafia and GTLU supporter May 21st, 2010 at 3:45 pm

    Can we pretend Winn and Russo are the same person??
    That was my only mistake!

  15. Jeremy May 21st, 2010 at 3:45 pm

    Russo can’t be as bad as Winn. Got to try something new.

  16. sab May 21st, 2010 at 3:45 pm

    Hopefully the beginning of the end for Winn

  17. ac1 May 21st, 2010 at 3:46 pm

    russo is something different. im just happy winn is not in this lineup.

  18. RayVT May 21st, 2010 at 3:46 pm

    Congrats!
    champ809
    upstate kate
    sevrox

  19. Jeremy May 21st, 2010 at 3:46 pm

    Betsy
    I know what you mean. Thames would be horrible playing the outfield at Citi.

  20. Dylan May 21st, 2010 at 3:47 pm

    I like that lineup. Russo can’t be any worse than Winn offensively, and I’m sure he is better than Thames defensively. If he plays well, he could get a lot of playing time for the next couple weeks.

  21. CB May 21st, 2010 at 3:47 pm

    During spring training, I posted several times how I was hoping the Yankees would send Russo down and then start him in the OF on a near every day basis.

    Russo has played some OF in the past – I wish they had given him more time as an everyday LF in Scranton this year. Marginal games at 2b and 3b weren’t going to expand his skill set.

    Given the depth charts on the organization, there was little doubt that OF was going to be an issue if there was even one injury. Two would become a huge problem.

    It would be helpful for the yankees to commit players who they think will be of value to them as utility guys to getting experience in the OF earlier. They have done this better with guys like Damon Sublett and Justin Synder, though both have struggled with their careers for different reasons.

    There’s a significant lack of OF depth in the minors and that’s hurting them greatly right now.

    Either way the team is where it is. They simply don’t have much in the way of choices. They may as well give Russo a shot and see how it goes. Hopefully he can field the position adequately. The large OF in Citifield will be a challenge.

    It’s also a concern given that Javy is a fly ball pitcher.

  22. joelh May 21st, 2010 at 3:48 pm

    Why can’t Tex bunt towards 3rd when the shift is on like the other night?

    Mantle did it.

    It would be good to have him practice that as it would take the shift used by opponents vs him out of the equation wouldn’t it?

  23. upstate kate May 21st, 2010 at 3:48 pm

    thanks Erin and Ray

  24. pat May 21st, 2010 at 3:49 pm

    GB

    I was thinking the same thing. The veterans sometimes struggle with guys they haven’t faced before so maybe a “kid” or 2 sprinkled in will help.

  25. Erica - always OPPC - Sesame Street Mafia and GTLU supporter May 21st, 2010 at 3:51 pm

    Defensively-
    Erica > Thames

  26. XLJ May 21st, 2010 at 3:52 pm

    How is Russo defensively? I know he has been playing the outfield in scranton. I’m sure he is much better defensively than Thames.

  27. Jeremy May 21st, 2010 at 3:53 pm

    Well the good thing is Tex will be hitting from the right side since they are facing a lefty pitcher. No shift.

  28. CB May 21st, 2010 at 3:54 pm

    Russo has very limited experience playing OF. He’s played only a handful of games there.

  29. Rich in NJ May 21st, 2010 at 3:55 pm

    Yay, I just hope that Russo gets a prolonged opportunity even if there are growing pains.

  30. Betsy - Hughes rules (Pleading the Fifth) May 21st, 2010 at 3:57 pm

    Tonight would be a good night for Javy to strike out a lot of batters.

    Phil’s a FB pitcher too, apparently, so we’ll have the same deal tomorrow.

  31. franky b May 21st, 2010 at 3:57 pm

    i hope russo is are spark plug

  32. CR9 May 21st, 2010 at 3:57 pm

    Erica
    You made me lose GTLU! I copied your lineup! HIIIIIISSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSS!

  33. Betsy - Hughes rules (Pleading the Fifth) May 21st, 2010 at 3:58 pm

    I promise myself not to be upset of Russo misplays a few balls out there……..Apparently CitiField also has wind issues which won’t help matters.

  34. Andrew May 21st, 2010 at 3:58 pm

    Won’t be surprised when Winn is back in there tomorrow against a RHP

  35. CR9 May 21st, 2010 at 3:58 pm

    I always Betsy about us walking the pitcher. That’s one thing that I cant stand in an NL park, walking the pitcher :mad:

  36. Outlawz May 21st, 2010 at 3:58 pm

    Shows you what they think of Randy Lose….

  37. Patrick from CT May 21st, 2010 at 4:00 pm

    I got talked out of putting Russo in there. It OK though, happy to see it…

  38. Jeremy May 21st, 2010 at 4:00 pm

    I rather have Russo then Thames or Winn. These past couple of game have been brutal watching them play the outfield.

  39. Betsy - Hughes rules (Pleading the Fifth) May 21st, 2010 at 4:00 pm

    CR, do you really need to do that? I don’t think it’s funny…….

  40. austinmac May 21st, 2010 at 4:00 pm

    Erica-Please don’t ask us to pretend Russo is Winn.

    It is always fun to watch a new player try to succeed. Relax and play.

  41. Chad Jennings May 21st, 2010 at 4:01 pm

    Three people won guess the lineup with Russo in left field?!! Three!! You guys are good. Really good.

  42. Joseph May 21st, 2010 at 4:02 pm

    CR9,

    That is awesome… I think that phrase will latch on here even quicker than the “city of criminals, thiefs, rats, etc.”.

  43. Wave Your Hat May 21st, 2010 at 4:02 pm

    Russo in left, I never thought the Yanks would actually start him there. Very bold move for the Yanks to start a guy in the outfield with practically no experience there. The Yanks usually don’t venture that far outside the box.

    Good luck to Russo! If he can really play the position, he can help.

    I do note that he hasn’t hit lefties, so far this year or last year, very well.

  44. Mack May 21st, 2010 at 4:03 pm

    http://www.demolitionofyankeestadium.com/

  45. Jeremy May 21st, 2010 at 4:03 pm

    I don’t think the wind will be a big factor today. Last game at Citi against the Giants was really cold and windy.

  46. CB May 21st, 2010 at 4:03 pm

    If people want Russo playing in the OF that’s more than reasonable. But he really has played very little OF.

    If he simply doesn’t make plays or drops fly balls, no complaining.

    Girardi is trying to find a spark for the team and Winn’s swing has often looked bad. Russo has a good chance to hit. He has a nice, short swing. But he carries significant defensive risk.

    You can’t get Russo the spark plug without also accepting Russo the risk.

  47. Betsy - Hughes rules (Pleading the Fifth) May 21st, 2010 at 4:03 pm

    No, JOSEPH – it’s NOT funny.

  48. igotid88 May 21st, 2010 at 4:03 pm

    Let’s Go Yankees!!! I’ll be at the Pearl Jam concert.

  49. Betsy - Hughes rules (Pleading the Fifth) May 21st, 2010 at 4:03 pm

    I would have been fine with Winn there…….anyone but Thames.

  50. SAS May 21st, 2010 at 4:04 pm

    I thought the GTLU would be easy. I think I could do better in Las Vegas and I don’t gamble.

    Congrats to the winners.

    I hope Russo plays the outfield well, and that he HITS WELL.

  51. Brett May 21st, 2010 at 4:04 pm

    Russo is a line drive gap hitter, hits for a high average, has pretty good patients, and is a doubles hitters and might get a few over the fence. Has OK speed too.

    Basically, think of him as another Melky.

  52. Jeremy May 21st, 2010 at 4:05 pm

    Also it will be nice to give the Mets a beatdown to hear all the Met fans cry and Minaya and Manuel might get fired.

  53. CRAWDADDY (Boycott ESPN-NY) May 21st, 2010 at 4:05 pm

    I’m surprised by Russo starting in LF tonight. I think it’s rather bold too. It speaks volumes as to what Girardi is thinking on Winn.

  54. ac1 May 21st, 2010 at 4:05 pm

    Chad Jennings May 21st, 2010 at 4:01 pm
    Three people won guess the lineup with Russo in left field?!! Three!! You guys are good. Really good.

    ___

    Was wishful thinking. At some point, they were going to get fed up with Winn striking out each time he comes up with the game on the line in the 9th.

  55. CB May 21st, 2010 at 4:05 pm

    Russo is in LF because the pitcher will be hitting in the NL park. I think it was that dynamic which made the risk worth it to Girardi.

    Winn-Vazquez could have been very painful at the bottom of the order.

  56. CR9 May 21st, 2010 at 4:05 pm

    Joseph

    It’s not funny. Please forget it. I was only trying to tease Betsy, but if she doesn’t find it funny, then there is no point in doing it.

    It’s definitely more fun to poke fun at the city of crime, the city of thieves, the city of slime, the city of sleaze!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  57. Damo May 21st, 2010 at 4:05 pm

    Winn is shot – no need to play him anymore.

    If Russo shows he can handle the OF properly, Winn should be DFAd when Curtis comes back.

  58. Rich in NJ May 21st, 2010 at 4:06 pm

    Russo is an offense/defense proposition. He should be better than Winn offensively and worse defensively (although Winn’s arm looks bad), but better overall.

  59. CRAWDADDY (Boycott ESPN-NY) May 21st, 2010 at 4:06 pm

    “Also it will be nice to give the Mets a beatdown to hear all the Met fans cry and Minaya and Manuel might get fired.”

    The Mets are not my concern, the Yankees need wins anyway they can get them.

  60. rodg12 May 21st, 2010 at 4:07 pm

    Suprised Russo’s out there with Javy on the hill. Thought Joe’d go with his best defensive outfield in spacious CitiField with Javy throwing. Hopefully Russo does okay out there. His bat should be better than Winn’s.

  61. Betsy - Hughes rules (Pleading the Fifth) May 21st, 2010 at 4:07 pm

    I just want my pitchers to stand at the plate and do nothing, especially those who have little to no experience………I hate interleague play with a passion.

  62. Blank Check May 21st, 2010 at 4:07 pm

    So, a guy who has played 13 games in the outfield, is playing the OF tonight in a cavernous ballpark, with a flyball pitcher on the mound?

    What is the logic in that? They must be really think Winn sucks, which he does, but this is an admission of it. Why not try Russo out yesterday first in a much easier park to navigate?

  63. Erica - always OPPC - Sesame Street Mafia and GTLU supporter May 21st, 2010 at 4:07 pm

    austinmac May 21st, 2010 at 4:00 pm
    Erica-Please don?t ask us to pretend Russo is Winn.
    **************

    It wasn’t personal. I just really need a GTLU victory

  64. Wave Your Hat May 21st, 2010 at 4:07 pm

    I think this speaks volumes for Chad Huffman’s prospects as well.

  65. CR9 (Boston = city of crime, city of thieves, city of slime, city of sleaze) lol May 21st, 2010 at 4:08 pm

    If CB thinks that Russo can be a valuable addition to the team, it’s time to hop aboard the Russo train!!!

  66. Betsy - Hughes rules (Pleading the Fifth) May 21st, 2010 at 4:08 pm

    If Winn plays tomorrow, we’ll have the same issue, so hopefully Russo can at least look decent out there……..

  67. Betsy - Hughes rules (Pleading the Fifth) May 21st, 2010 at 4:08 pm

    Thanks, CR!

  68. Doreen - GTLU Stuff & Photos May 21st, 2010 at 4:09 pm

    It would be nice just to win without too much drama. Don’t care about “beat downs.”

  69. SJ44 May 21st, 2010 at 4:10 pm

    Anybody who whines in the game thread if Russo makes a mistake in the OF should be banned forever from this blog.

    You can’t have it both ways. You can’t cry for Girardi to make changes and then whine if the changes don’t work out.

    Personally, I love the move.

    You have to try something at this point. You can’t play Randy Winn everyday. He’s Tony Womack at this point at the plate.

    Thames has an injured ankle and really is a disaster in the OF.

    Give Russo a shot and see what happens. Can’t be any worse than playing a defensively challenged OF with a bad ankle or the reincarnated (from a baseball perspective) version of Tony Womack at the plate.

    I hope Kevin gets a couple of knocks and makes all the plays in LF tonight!

  70. Jack May 21st, 2010 at 4:10 pm

    How many pitchers have gotten hurt running the bases?

    Outside of Wang, I can’t think of any who were injured in the last 10 years.

  71. mick May 21st, 2010 at 4:10 pm

    Is Pearl Jam the new Led Zeppelin?

  72. Yankswin27 May 21st, 2010 at 4:10 pm

    Thank God, this is actually a good NL lineup. Kudos to Girardi for starting Russo over Winn in LF.

  73. pat May 21st, 2010 at 4:11 pm

    I’d be shocked if CC is standing in against Johan and not taking cuts.

  74. CR9 (Boston = city of crime, city of thieves, city of slime, city of sleaze) lol May 21st, 2010 at 4:11 pm

    Betsy
    Dont thank me. Im an idiot. I thought you might find it amusing. I apologize.

  75. Yank1 May 21st, 2010 at 4:11 pm

    Winn can be put in the game as part of a double-switch later on.

    He can’t hit a lick, he can’t even catch up to 91 MPH fastballs. Have to try Russo here.

  76. CB May 21st, 2010 at 4:12 pm

    “I think this speaks volumes for Chad Huffman’s prospects as well.”

    This speaks volumes about a lot of things… none of which one would want to tell any stories about.

    Agree – they really can’t think much of Huffman. Or Webber or anyone else in AAA. Even if Golson were here I don’t think he’d be much of an option. Winn would play over him because Winn has ok range and makes routine plays. Golson’s defensive advantages aren’t particularly that much more compelling.

    They are basically taking a player in Russo who has functionally never played any OF and are sticking him in an enormous LF with a fly ball pitcher on the mound who has had a brutal year so far as part of what I believe is his major league starting debut.

  77. Frank G May 21st, 2010 at 4:12 pm

    Why do you play a guy in the outfield that has mimimal experience there, such as Russo? We have guys in the minors who have that experience, such as Huffman. Seems like we are asking for trouble.

    Hope things work out for the best.

  78. Jeremy May 21st, 2010 at 4:12 pm

    Don’t get me wrong I care about the Yankees winning series and they should win this series if they play with some fire. But I love the drama. The media and Met fans are going to go crazy if they get swept.

  79. Andrew May 21st, 2010 at 4:13 pm

    Sunday night the simple answer re: pitchers hitting is CC won’t have to worry about getting hurt running the bases because he’ll be jogging around them from 1st to home.

  80. Peepee Hands May 21st, 2010 at 4:13 pm

    I kills me to see that pitcher batting in the 9th spot. What are we living in 1916? DH forever.

  81. Trevor May 21st, 2010 at 4:13 pm

    Also Winn stinks from the right side. So no brainer to put Russo in.

  82. SJ44 May 21st, 2010 at 4:14 pm

    You can’t have a pitcher just stand at the plate and not do anything.

    They are baseball players. Not fine china.

    Javy Vazquez hit all last year. He can handle a bat.

    I would bet that CC Sabathia is a better hitter than Randy Winn at this point in their careers.

    Hughes swung a decent stick in high school.

    You can’t just give away 4 AB’s per night.

    They are professional baseball players after all.

  83. Dylan May 21st, 2010 at 4:14 pm

    Chad Gaudin was released!

  84. Nick Johnson May 21st, 2010 at 4:14 pm

    Hi folks!

    I broke my foot stepping on a roach this morning so I’ll be on the DL for a little longer than I thought :(

    Really sorry about it :(

    Don’t worry though, once I’m back I’ll be walking in runs like crazy!

  85. Jeremy May 21st, 2010 at 4:15 pm

    Actually all of the Yankee pitchers can hit pretty well. And many of them have played in the NL.

  86. Betsy - Hughes rules (Pleading the Fifth) May 21st, 2010 at 4:15 pm

    It sure says a lot about Winfree, who they raved about in ST.

    SJ, I was being facetious – in a way. Obviously I know they can’t do that, but I’m not going to pretend that I’m not gun shy with the injuries.

  87. CR9 (Boston = city of crime, city of thieves, city of slime, city of sleaze) lol May 21st, 2010 at 4:15 pm

    SJ44

    I am in agreement with Betsy. It’s not that they arent professional players, I’d be worried about them getting hit in the hands, like Jeter all the time. Last thing we need is an injury to the staff because of being plunked.

    Also, running the bases which they are not used to. Javy may have hit last year, but he hasnt run the bases in a while. Dont want another Wang.

  88. ac1 May 21st, 2010 at 4:16 pm

    Russo may mess up and people may complain, but it’s the argument that you have to try something new. Sucks that it is in the large TaxPayer Field but it had to be done. We’ll have to deal with the consequences.

  89. Brett May 21st, 2010 at 4:17 pm

    Vazquez and CC have plenty of experience hitting.

    You can’t just sacrifice outs when you have a thin lineup as the one we have. Have to make the most out of each AB. Especially since a guy like CC can probably hit better than anyone on our bench, maybe even

    Vazquez has 104 career hits as a pitcher, with 13 doubles and 27 RBIs (albeit in 500 ABs)

  90. Doreen - GTLU Stuff & Photos May 21st, 2010 at 4:17 pm

    I don’t love that the pitchers have to bat, but it never used to bother me before the DH. I think it’s just that AL pitchers don’t get the opportunity to do it much.

    Most of these guys have at some point in their lives run the bases. Wang’s injury was a freak one. But I do think about odd running plays that involve sliding.

    You just hate for AL pitchers to get hurt doing something that isn’t related to pitching, even if the chances of that are slim.

    On the other hand, sometimes when a players is tentative is when the risk of getting hurt is greatest, no? I’m just thinking out loud here. :lol:

  91. ac1 May 21st, 2010 at 4:18 pm

    Im sure winfree and huffman were discussed. Personally i wish they would drop logan and bring one of those two up also, but they feel russo can play ALL positions.

  92. Jeremy May 21st, 2010 at 4:18 pm

    Jerry Manuel is really going to bring Nieve into a game this series. That guy’s arm is going to fall off. The Mets bullpen is running on fumes.

  93. SAS May 21st, 2010 at 4:18 pm

    Betsy,

    I think I have agreed with you before on this subject. I hate interleague play too. Let’s just win these games. Maybe, it will get the Yankees started on a winning streak.

    Erica,

    You have many more GTLU wins than I have. I thought tonight was an easy one. Wrong again.

  94. CRAWDADDY (Boycott ESPN-NY) May 21st, 2010 at 4:18 pm

    The Yankees play nine interleague games in National League cities. You can’t have your pitcher not swing a bat for nine games.

  95. Dylan May 21st, 2010 at 4:19 pm

    What do you guys think about the Yankees picking up Chad Gaudin, who was just released by the A’s? He could probably help our bullpen.

  96. Betsy - Hughes rules (Pleading the Fifth) May 21st, 2010 at 4:19 pm

    I keep thinking of hamstring injuries……:(

  97. Irvine May 21st, 2010 at 4:19 pm

    So who are our pinch hitters tonight?

    They will bring in Feliciano to neutralize Miranda.

    So who do we have…. Moller? Winn? Pena? Can Thames even hit?

    Yikes.

  98. Brandon's Awesome (B/c my AWESOMENESS believes in tasing fans that jump fences) May 21st, 2010 at 4:20 pm

    Where’s the jerk? I mean JerkFace, this should be a momentus night for him :lol:

  99. SJ44 May 21st, 2010 at 4:20 pm

    CB,

    I think what it says is they believe Russo is the most major league ready as a hitter they have in AAA who can pass as an OF.

    Weber hasn’t hit all year. Huffman is nothing special.

    Kenny Singleton made a great point the other night on the broadcast about AAA.

    He was talking mainly about Melancon and his (thus far) inability to have his skills translate to the majors as of yet.

    He talked about how many of the guys in AAA these days are just playing out the string in their careers.

    You can now make over $100,000 per year in AAA and guys in their late 20′s to early-mid 30′s, will just go through the motions. Its better money than they can make in the “real world”. They will swing at pitches that major league hitters won’t swing at.

    Conversely, some guys get their hits against bad pitchers or guys who are also playing out the string.

    His point was, the stats aren’t the barometer alone to judge the abilities of a given player and whether their skills translate to the major league level.

    I thought it was a very interesting take.

    His son was in the Blue Jays organization for years and got stalled in AAA, I believe.

    Kenny’s son and Alex Rios are very, very close friends.

    He understands the dynamic of farm systems and prospects.

  100. Betsy - Hughes rules (Pleading the Fifth) May 21st, 2010 at 4:21 pm

    SAS, normally I’m nervous about playing the Mets because the Yanks are supposed to dominate, but now it’s like a regular game. I have no idea what we’re going to get from the Yankees over the course of the next few days; I just know that I’m not taking anything for granted. I will be happy with 2/3………just to get the ship righted.

  101. SAS May 21st, 2010 at 4:21 pm

    Doreen,

    The area you described is nice and convenient to everything. You may go broke if she spends too much time at The Westchester…lol.

  102. ac1 May 21st, 2010 at 4:21 pm

    no to gaudin. ace will be back next week.

  103. 7789 May 21st, 2010 at 4:22 pm

    I like Russo hope he has a nice game and earns some more playing time until Granderson comes back.

  104. Erica - always OPPC - Sesame Street Mafia and GTLU supporter May 21st, 2010 at 4:22 pm

    SAS May 21st, 2010 at 4:18 pm

    Erica,

    You have many more GTLU wins than I have. I thought tonight was an easy one. Wrong again.
    ************

    With Joe Girardi there is no such thing as an easy GTLU win :evil:

  105. Wave Your Hat May 21st, 2010 at 4:22 pm

    It isn’t strictly logical thinking, but baseball has a way of finding a player’s weakness – remember Melky missing that fly ball the first year he was up? Lot’s of things can happen in the OF that Russo has had no experience dealing with, misreading a fly ball is pretty easy if you don’t do it every day.

    However, you can’t play Winn against a lefty, especially this lefty who is striking out a lot of hitters.

    I’m keeping my fingers crossed and rooting for Russo although I think if I had been the Yankee boss I would have brought up Huffman for Logan and started Huffman tonight.

  106. 7789 May 21st, 2010 at 4:22 pm

    Gaudin > Park

  107. CR9 May 21st, 2010 at 4:23 pm

    Here’s hoping our pitchers stay off the bases tonight, and hopefully dont have to get out of the way of any pitches heading for them!

  108. Betsy - Hughes rules (Pleading the Fifth) May 21st, 2010 at 4:24 pm

    Does Javy have a 2 -seamer? I guess not…….but Phil does, or he used to. He was a GB pitcher in the minors, so why’d he drop that pitch……..or why isn’t he that pitcher now?

  109. SJ44 May 21st, 2010 at 4:24 pm

    Gaudin is not better than Park. Gaudin couldn’t even stick with Oakland.

    Let’s stop the silliness.

  110. RayVT May 21st, 2010 at 4:24 pm

    It is much easier for an athletic infielder like Russo to move to the OF than almost any positional move. An infielder will charge the grounders easily and will know perhaps even better than the OFs which base to throw too. LOL! Russo is an athlete and he will handle LF easily. He may not get the greatest jump, but I don’t think that will be an issue either.

  111. Andrew May 21st, 2010 at 4:26 pm

    Vazquez and Hughes are not going to adjust their approaches if Russo is playing LF. Vazquez will pitch the way he needs to pitch to be successful, he isn’t going to go out of his to purposely change part of his usual gameplan and go out of his way to try and induce ground balls because Russo is in left.

  112. CRAWDADDY (Boycott ESPN-NY) May 21st, 2010 at 4:27 pm

    I don’t know if this was mentioned beforehand, but NYYFans.com was bought by SNY, the Mets sports station.

  113. E-gawa May 21st, 2010 at 4:27 pm

    What’s sad is… that lineup doesn’t look that bad compared to what they’ve been posting lately.

  114. Betsy - Hughes rules (Pleading the Fifth) May 21st, 2010 at 4:27 pm

    It had nothing to do with Russo and everything to do with Citi Field, but ok.

  115. Erin May 21st, 2010 at 4:28 pm

    Ledger_Yankees Thames says his left ankle still isn’t ready; had a hard time putting weight on it during bp. will take bp again today.

  116. CB May 21st, 2010 at 4:28 pm

    “I think what it says is they believe Russo is the most major league ready as a hitter they have in AAA who can pass as an OF.”

    SJ-

    I agree. I’m sure that’s the thinking. And I also like the move – it’s worth a shot.

    I do wish the organization had given Russo much more time in the OF dating back to last season and definitely this season in both spring training and in the start to the AAA season. He was never going to be a starter for the big league club nor was he going to bring back much in a trade. His future was clearly as a utility guy who doesn’t have the skill set to play SS reliably.

    That pretty much meant that he would have to be able to play OF as a utility guy. Playing him at 3b/2b almost exclusively for so long wasn’t helping Russo or the team as they now need him to fill a role he hasn’t been given the experience to play.

    But for tonight you give it a shot, hope for the best and deal with the consequences.

  117. Betsy - Hughes rules (Pleading the Fifth) May 21st, 2010 at 4:28 pm

    What, lol ?

    I guess it won’t make any difference to the way the place has been run…….

  118. joelh May 21st, 2010 at 4:29 pm

    Winn ready to come off the bench in a BIG spot tonight!! :D

  119. Evan May 21st, 2010 at 4:29 pm

    Ugh… Thames isin’t ready?

    Just DL him already. We can’t keep playing short every night.

    Now Winn is our primary pinch hitter against a lefty… ugh ugh ugh

  120. Doreen - GTLU Stuff & Photos May 21st, 2010 at 4:29 pm

    SAS =

    The “kids” there (that she would be spending her time with) seem to be partial to the Galleria, fortunately! :lol: But I might go broke every time I visit her. What a mall, huh?????

  121. NYYROC May 21st, 2010 at 4:31 pm

    Russo hasn’t played many games in the OF, but he did begin to work out there as far back as the Arizona Fall League in 2008. He was on the same team as Hughes and AJax.

  122. champ809 May 21st, 2010 at 4:31 pm

    Russo looks like he can handle the bat pretty good and give you professional ABs and I think he’ll be hungry to establish himself and open eyes within the organization as well as around the league.

    I think he’s got a chance to be a Frank Catalanatto type player with maybe less power…

    Glad that he’s getting some playing time

  123. YanksFan77 May 21st, 2010 at 4:31 pm

    Betsy…

    How many times are you going to post that you just want our pitchers to stand there and not hit or run the bases?

    Its beyond annoying.

    Wang had a freak injury last year. That injury happens once every 50 years. Stop obsessing over idiotic things.

    You are in a class by yourself when it comes to pointless drivel. You stand alone and I think the phrase ” I only Betsy..” is not only funny but also very accurate.

    Your whole life is posting on this blog. Yet you have no clue how a baseball team is run. You have no eye for talent. No idea about strategy.

    Chad and the other guys must be torn… they love all the blog hits and comments but most likely hate the direction it takes the blog.

    Keep up the great work.

  124. Steve May 21st, 2010 at 4:31 pm

    The Russo move helps to grease the skids for Winn to be DFA’d as soon as Granderson returns.

  125. GreenBeret7 May 21st, 2010 at 4:31 pm

    CB, Snyder has been a huge disappointment. I’ve always know that he was no infielder, butm he could always hit. He stopped doing even that last year.

  126. Betsy - Hughes rules (Pleading the Fifth) May 21st, 2010 at 4:31 pm

    Erin, thanks – that’s too bad. I can’t imagine we’re going to see Thames until next week

  127. CRAWDADDY (Boycott ESPN-NY) May 21st, 2010 at 4:32 pm

    Betsy’s number one fan.

  128. Losers May 21st, 2010 at 4:32 pm

    I can’t believe you people stay in here all day and guess the lineup

    Shows you what is wrong with our economy right there

  129. ac1 May 21st, 2010 at 4:32 pm

    Winn ready to come off the bench in a BIG spot tonight!!

    ___

    And you know the winning run will be the pitchers spot and winn will have to come in.

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  131. CRAWDADDY (Boycott ESPN-NY) May 21st, 2010 at 4:33 pm

    Yanksfans77, number one fan.

  132. Betsy - Hughes rules (Pleading the Fifth) May 21st, 2010 at 4:34 pm

    Oh, excuse me Yanks77…….can’t stand that little grammatical error.

    I don’t care what you think, but then, I doubt you think at all. Why don’t you just have a nice day :)

  133. Bad Scooter May 21st, 2010 at 4:34 pm

    “RayVT May 21st, 2010 at 3:45 pm
    Surprised at Gardner hitting 2nd against a LHP.”

    Ray, Gardner is holding his own against lefties.

    .300 .333 .400

  134. CRAWDADDY (Boycott ESPN-NY) May 21st, 2010 at 4:34 pm

    A New York Yankee board owned by the Mets television station.

  135. mick May 21st, 2010 at 4:34 pm

    # Betsy – Hughes rules (Pleading the Fifth) May 21st, 2010 at 4:32 pm

    F *** U Yanks, 77.
    ===================
    Is this the “new” betsy?

  136. mick May 21st, 2010 at 4:35 pm

    As you are entitled to your opinion, why aren’t others?
    Free speech, right?

  137. CR9 May 21st, 2010 at 4:35 pm

    Yankfan77

    There is no need to attack Betsy. And you had to use my stupid attempt at a joke.

    Im worried too. I dont want our pitchers doing anything up at the plate. With our luck this season, who knows what can happen.

    They could hit our pitcher on the hands, our guys could get hurt running the bases, etc.

  138. Erica - always OPPC - Sesame Street Mafia and GTLU supporter May 21st, 2010 at 4:35 pm

    Erin May 21st, 2010 at 4:28 pm
    Ledger_Yankees Thames says his left ankle still isn?t ready; had a hard time putting weight on it during bp. will take bp again today.
    ************

    I really don’t see the point of not DLing him

  139. YanksFan77 May 21st, 2010 at 4:35 pm

    Please, there are many other posters that are completely fed up with her nonsense. Patrick, Rich, miggs, to name a few.

    But it doesn’t matter what we write. Nothing ever changes.

  140. CRAWDADDY (Boycott ESPN-NY) May 21st, 2010 at 4:36 pm

    “Is this the “new” betsy?”

    Betsy is quite the provocative lady when she wants to be.

  141. Pedro under the Mango Tree May 21st, 2010 at 4:36 pm

    mick,

    From an English major no less LOL

  142. mick May 21st, 2010 at 4:37 pm

    I don’t care what you think
    ================================
    You obviously do.

  143. Pat M. May 21st, 2010 at 4:37 pm

    I haven’t seen Russo at the plate since Spring Training….However I do remember being impressed with his approach and his at bats……I think he’s going to surprise a few here with his stick……Good going the other way and hits line drives ……..I’m certain that if every Yankee player who’s number has been retired could come back and play for a week, there still would several here who would be outraged if they were to lose a few in a row…….I often wonder if those who constantly complain and critique about excellence are even remotely close to that standard in their own professional careers……..

  144. Yankee Trader May 21st, 2010 at 4:37 pm

    Russo has played one game each in RF with 2 clean chances and one game in LF with one clean chance this year. 4 games in CF. Hopefully he’ll be better than Thames defensively and better than Winn offensively.

    If Aceves truly has a bulging lumbar disc, don’t count on him lasting the entire season.

  145. Betsy - Hughes rules (Pleading the Fifth) May 21st, 2010 at 4:38 pm

    Really? ask Rich if he’s fed up with me…….or Patrick. Miggs is obsessed with me, so using him as an example is pretty stupid.

    Um, I do not think I’m being provocative. Just how would YOU like if it people came up to you and attacked you? I’m sorry I had to post that, but I don’t think I deserve this *****.

  146. YanksFan77 May 21st, 2010 at 4:38 pm

    Add Mick to the list too. He feels our pain.

    Even SJ44, the most respected poster on here, has to scold her from time to time.

    But nothing ever gets through to her. Its like talking to a wall, beating a dead horse, etc.

  147. mick May 21st, 2010 at 4:38 pm

    betsy has left the building…

  148. Betsy - Hughes rules (Pleading the Fifth) May 21st, 2010 at 4:38 pm

    Pat M, I’m going to e-mail you later, so please check…………

  149. Banjo May 21st, 2010 at 4:39 pm

    DL Thames and bring up Golson.

    Golson > Winn

  150. Betsy - Hughes rules (Pleading the Fifth) May 21st, 2010 at 4:39 pm

    Mick, really -what do you want me to say?

  151. CR9 May 21st, 2010 at 4:39 pm

    Betsy
    You dont deserve that ****. Just ignore it.

  152. GreenBeret7 May 21st, 2010 at 4:39 pm

    Actually, Huffman is a fine corner outfielder, can play center field and first base. He’s also been hitting well. It’s not as though he’s over the hill. He’s 25 years old. He’s hitting as well as Winfree and a better fielder.

  153. YanksFan77 May 21st, 2010 at 4:39 pm

    “betsy has left the building…”

    If we could only be so lucky.

  154. Betsy - Hughes rules (Pleading the Fifth) May 21st, 2010 at 4:40 pm

    SJ doesn’t need to scold me – he’s not my parent. We’ve had our disagreements from time to time, but so what?

  155. mick May 21st, 2010 at 4:40 pm

    # YanksFan77 May 21st, 2010 at 4:38 pm

    Add Mick to the list too. He feels our pain.

    Even SJ44, the most respected poster on here, has to scold her from time to time.

    But nothing ever gets through to her. Its like talking to a wall, beating a dead horse, etc.
    =======================================
    Thanks, Yanks. She? gets off on the attention, yathink?

  156. joelh May 21st, 2010 at 4:40 pm

    CR, Betsy

    I have the solution for your concern with our pitchers at the plate:

    Just put a Nick Johnson mannequin in the batters box. Is it allowed? It might draw a walk :D

  157. SJ44 May 21st, 2010 at 4:40 pm

    CB,

    I agree. Its funny, when I heard a month ago, they were going to turn Russo into a super utility guy, my first thought was, “Why didn’t they do that in ST”?

    That’s the perfect role for him, IMO.

    I think Russo is going to end up sticking with the big club at some point this season.

    It could be now. It could be for the second half of the year but, I think the Yankees really like what he brings to the table and are looking to carve out a role for him.

    Just wish they did it in ST.

  158. mick May 21st, 2010 at 4:40 pm

    # Betsy – Hughes rules (Pleading the Fifth) May 21st, 2010 at 4:39 pm

    Mick, really -what do you want me to say?
    ===========================
    Duh.

  159. Erica - always OPPC - Sesame Street Mafia and GTLU supporter May 21st, 2010 at 4:42 pm

    Yanksfan77-

    Did I miss the post where you added something constructive to the blog???

  160. Coolerking101 May 21st, 2010 at 4:42 pm

    No Pena or Winn? How can the Yankee offense handle the loss of those big bats?

    Time to cut the chord on Winn. The guy can’t catch up to fastballs anymore.

  161. mick May 21st, 2010 at 4:42 pm

    Miggs is obsessed with me,
    =====================
    Stalker?

  162. Erin May 21st, 2010 at 4:42 pm

    joelh May 21st, 2010 at 4:40 pm

    Just put a Nick Johnson mannequin in the batters box. Is it allowed? It might draw a walk

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

    :lol:

  163. Corona May 21st, 2010 at 4:43 pm

    Why are Yankee fans attacking one another? Stop it! Stop it now!

    We need to attack Boston! Attack Peter Gammons, Dane Cook, Carl Ravech, Nomar, Celtic Barry, Mike Breen, Kevin Millar, Sean Casey, Gordon Edes, Nick Cafardo, Wendi Nix, Ameli Benjamin, Curt Schilling, Roger Goddell, The people who destroyed the Spygate tapes, Michael Smith, Mike Green, Pete Abe, Dan Shaugnessy, The Providence Journal, Tommy Heinson, Danny Ainge, Don Orsillo, Kevin McHale, Jim Rice, Erin Andrews, Eckersely, Jeff Van Gundy, Reggie Miller, Ben Affleck, Matt Damon, Doug Maribelli, etc.

    Don’t attack eachother, Yankees fans, attack them!

  164. Pat M. May 21st, 2010 at 4:43 pm

    Yanksfan77…….You’re out of order , no style points for you what’s so ever

  165. Yankee Trader May 21st, 2010 at 4:43 pm

    The best Yankee moment last night were the back to back bunt singles by Jeter and Gardner. Can’t remember seeing that done by previous Yankee teams. Believe small ball is the way, sometimes, to jump start the offense.
    Looks like Gardner has earned playing in the two hole on a consistent basis.

  166. mick May 21st, 2010 at 4:43 pm

    Did I miss the post where you added something constructive to the blog???
    ==============================
    That was a constructive opinion Erica.
    He does have a point.

  167. Erica - always OPPC - Sesame Street Mafia and GTLU supporter May 21st, 2010 at 4:44 pm

    mick May 21st, 2010 at 4:43 pm
    Did I miss the post where you added something constructive to the blog???
    ==============================
    That was a constructive opinion Erica.
    He does have a point.
    ************

    Don’t go there

  168. Joba Tips his Cap May 21st, 2010 at 4:44 pm

    No Winn? I am mad.

  169. mick May 21st, 2010 at 4:45 pm

    Don’t go there
    ============
    Why not?

  170. CR9 May 21st, 2010 at 4:45 pm

    If im not mistaken, Yank77 may be one of my fellow anti-Bostoners! That’s constructive!

    Yank77, if you are one of my fellow anti-Bostoners, the way of an anti-Bostoner is to only attack Bostonians and umpires/referees. We DONT attack other Yankees fans.

  171. Erica - always OPPC - Sesame Street Mafia and GTLU supporter May 21st, 2010 at 4:45 pm

    mick May 21st, 2010 at 4:45 pm
    Don’t go there
    ============
    Why not?
    *************

    Cause I don’t think you want me to get mad at you :-)

  172. Joba Tips his Cap May 21st, 2010 at 4:46 pm

    gangs, welcome to the Bailout Field tonight!

  173. Yankee Trader May 21st, 2010 at 4:46 pm

    SJ44 and CB-

    The Yankees were giving Jamie Hofmann every chance to win a spot on the team. That’s probably one of the reasons, besides looking at the other new faces signed in Golson and Winfree.

  174. Greg May 21st, 2010 at 4:46 pm

    Yanks77 is a good poster. He just has little tolerance for chicken littles, which is understandable.

  175. CR9 May 21st, 2010 at 4:47 pm

    Corona
    I always hated Reggie Miller, but I gained respect for him when he declined signing with the 2007-08 Celtics, in which he could have picked up an easy NBA title. He chose to remain retired.

    Reggie belongs off the anti-Boston list.

  176. mick May 21st, 2010 at 4:47 pm

    Cause I don’t think you want me to get mad at you
    ===================================
    you would never hurt me

  177. whoever May 21st, 2010 at 4:47 pm

    CR9,

    They could hit our pitcher on the hands, our guys could get hurt running the bases, etc.
    ———————————————————————————————————-

    Are you Betsy ‘ied about our pitchers going to cover first on ground balls, how about walking to and from the mound, how about walking up and down the steps of the dugout. They are professional athletes who were almost all great hitters before they exclusively became pitchers.

    One of their primary work out routines is of course running, not sure if you knew that.

    Betsy, no matter how angry you profess to be or how you rationalize it, your use of profanity in your response was out of bounds.

  178. CB May 21st, 2010 at 4:47 pm

    I think Russo has a good chance to have a nice major league career. I can see him with more experience turning into something like Jerry Hairston, though a better hitter and not as good a fielder.

    He has a nice,short opposite field stroke. It’s also the kind of swing that lends itself to coming off the bench.

  179. mick May 21st, 2010 at 4:47 pm

    Huffman, the name is Huffman.

  180. MI Nettles May 21st, 2010 at 4:48 pm

    I agree with Yankees77

  181. mick May 21st, 2010 at 4:48 pm

    betts has left the building…

  182. Joba Tips his Cap May 21st, 2010 at 4:48 pm

    Reggie Miller’s Pacers is the ONLY team pushed MJ to the 7th game in playoff.
    He’s awesome.

  183. Corona May 21st, 2010 at 4:49 pm

    CR9,

    I meant the broadcaster. He is in the tank for the Celtics. Him and Marv Albert both.

    The player has integrity. Unfortunately, like all broadcasters these days, he sold his soul to placate Boston and is now a Celtics schill.

  184. Yanks 21 May 21st, 2010 at 4:50 pm

    Knicks fans hate Reggie Miller anyway… doesn’t matter if he is a Bostonian or not LOL

  185. GreenBeret7 May 21st, 2010 at 4:50 pm

    Losers May 21st, 2010 at 4:32 pm
    I can’t believe you people stay in here all day and guess the lineup

    Shows you what is wrong with our economy right there

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

    How much are you contributing to the economy while trolling sports boards, jackass?

  186. CR9 May 21st, 2010 at 4:52 pm

    whoever
    Running the bases is not in the everyday routine of a pitcher. Just because some used to hit in the NL, and most of them were great hitters in High School dont mean anything. If a pitch comes up and in, our pitchers will be less likely to get out of the way in time, because they havent been batting or taking batting practice routinely for a long time.

  187. Yankee Trader May 21st, 2010 at 4:53 pm

    Mick- I was referring to rule 5 pick from the Dodgers-Jamie Hoffmann.

  188. CR9 May 21st, 2010 at 4:54 pm

    Yanks21
    I understand. I always hated Reggie as a Knicks fan, but he never won anything, because he was a loser, and he declined the Celtics in 2008, for which I gained some respect for him.
    As Corona said, all broadcasters nowadays are Celtics schills, so he is just no different I guess. I luckily havent had the displeasure of hearing Reggie slobber on the Celtics. Thankfully.

  189. mick May 21st, 2010 at 4:54 pm

    yankee trader

    he was given back to the dodgers

  190. The Brett Gardner Explosion May 21st, 2010 at 4:55 pm

    nice yankee talk in here.
    how old is everyone in here, seriously?

  191. Brad May 21st, 2010 at 4:55 pm

    That was soooo low of the Celtics to offer Miller a deal to sign with them just to get a ring.

    Did they think that little of him as a competitor that he wanted to win a ring like that? At age 37 after being out of the game for 3 years, coming out of the broadcast booth to sit on the bench and play 10 minutes a week just to win a ring with a franchise he has no connection to?

    good for him for rejecting it.

  192. RayVT May 21st, 2010 at 4:55 pm

    Bad Scooter May 21st, 2010 at 4:34 pm

    I know he is, but Swish usually hits 2nd against LHP and he is in the lineup.

  193. champ809 May 21st, 2010 at 4:55 pm

    The thing is CB when the AAA season started the Yanks had a healthy Colin Curtis, Golson as well as weber and Winfree ahead of Russo as far as the OF depth chart and so that made it difficult to have him play any meaningful time in the OF until the Curtis injury.

    I guess theoretically they could have moved him around everyday between the 3 OF positions to get him time out there prior to Curtis’s injury but it still would be difficult with a healthy SWB roster.

  194. kenny ct May 21st, 2010 at 4:56 pm

    “how old is everyone in here, seriously?”

    Most are late 30s or older but you wouldn’t know it reading all the panicking and whining….

  195. mick May 21st, 2010 at 4:57 pm

    chad huffman

  196. Travis May 21st, 2010 at 4:57 pm

    Why is Thames not on the DL if he can’t pitch hint?

    Outside of Miranda, who can be neutralized by a strike throwing lefty like Feliciano, we have no pinch hitters.

    Moeller? Winn? Pena?

  197. whoever May 21st, 2010 at 4:57 pm

    CR9,

    Running the bases not an everday routine – granted.

    I am sure they are being coached that if/when they get on base to take it just station to station, no chances. Of course there is a possibility they could hurt, but they are professional athletes who just have to “run” with their head as well as their legs.

    They do take batting practice prior to their NL starts. YES showed CC taking batting practice just the other day.

    Let’s just wish them the best luck and either “K” or hit it out of the park.

  198. CB May 21st, 2010 at 4:58 pm

    “The Yankees were giving Jamie Hofmann every chance to win a spot on the team. ”

    With Russo I think it mostly goes back to last year. Perhaps they didn’t want to disturb the terrific season he was having at the plate in AAA by having him learn to play outfield. I can see that.

    But then why not have him go play winter ball and get reps in the OF?

    Hofmann vs. thames was an issue but I also didn’t think Russo needed to be in big league camp for so long. If he couldn’t play OF or a viable SS he just wasn’t going to fit as the utility guy to break camp.

    And finally – Scranton has played 40 games so far this season. That is not an inconsequential number.

    What have the yankees gotten out of starting Webber in the OF in Scranton while having Russo play 2b and 3b like he usually does?

    Russo could have played 30-35 games in the OF already this season in AAA, gotten defensively coaching down there everyday, and would have been in much better shape to play OF in the bigs now.

  199. M1kew May 21st, 2010 at 4:58 pm

    CHAD – what has happened with Christian Garcia?

  200. Yankee Trader May 21st, 2010 at 4:58 pm

    Mick-
    Yes I know he was given back to the Dodgers. I was posting the probable reason Russo wasn’t given time in the OF in spring training because the Yankees were trying to give Hoffmann every chance to win an OF position, while also looking at newcomers Golson and Winfree.

  201. mick May 21st, 2010 at 4:59 pm

    Most are late 30s or older but you wouldn’t know it reading all the panicking and whining…
    =========================
    Try late singel digits to early teens…

  202. mick May 21st, 2010 at 4:59 pm

    single

  203. raymagnetic May 21st, 2010 at 4:59 pm

    No self respecting Knick fan could ever like Jordan or Reggie Miller.

    My high school years were ruined due to Jordan and Reggie absolutely killed the Knicks and talked junk to Spike Lee while doing it.

    I hate Jordan and Miller :x

  204. mick May 21st, 2010 at 5:00 pm

    YT
    my bad, sorry for the misunderstanding.

  205. Yankee Trader May 21st, 2010 at 5:00 pm

    CB-

    No argument from me. Russo has only played 6 games this season in the OF with 7 cleanly played chances.

  206. GreenBeret7 May 21st, 2010 at 5:01 pm

    Weber was no option. He’s a lousy defensive outfielder and he’s hitting .240 with zero power or run production. All he has going for him is the James P. Dawson award, and that’s not saying much for a 33 year old career minor leaguer.

  207. Doreen - GTLU Stuff & Photos May 21st, 2010 at 5:01 pm

    I go to fix dinner and I come back to read one of the most heinous attacks on a person here in a long time.

    Why do you, or anyone, care what Betsy posts? If you don’t like what she has to say, it’s easy enough to ignore it. Scroll past. Continue with your day. But don’t make this blog a cesspool.

  208. CB May 21st, 2010 at 5:03 pm

    “The thing is CB when the AAA season started the Yanks had a healthy Colin Curtis, Golson as well as weber and Winfree ahead of Russo as far as the OF depth chart and so that made it difficult to have him play any meaningful time in the OF until the Curtis injury.”

    Neither Winfree (nor Weber) should have been ahead of Russo in the OF depth chart.

    If they really thought that Winfree or Weber could help the big league club they would have been up here. Same for Huffman.

    They are purely AAA organizational guys.

    There is no way you block Russo from getting needed experience to play one of those veteran org guys who is highly unlikely to get the call to play OF in the bigs.

    Russo wouldn’t have been taking games from a real prospect. It just wasn’t planned well.

  209. CR9 May 21st, 2010 at 5:03 pm

    raymagnetic
    While I hate Michael Jordan, I have the utmost respect for him. He was a competitor who when he decided he didnt want to lose, he didnt lose. He never would have lost to the Celtics like Lebron did. Bottom line.

    To me, Michael Jordan was not just about winning, he was about NOT LOSING! Like Mr. George Steinbrenner.

  210. mick May 21st, 2010 at 5:03 pm

    Doreen – GTLU Stuff & Photos May 21st, 2010 at 5:01 pm

    I go to fix dinner and I come back to read one of the most heinous attacks on a person here in a long time.
    ==========================
    You must have missed a few of the recent threads, Doreen.

  211. Joba Tips his Cap May 21st, 2010 at 5:04 pm

    CR9, just because a ballplayer didn’t win anything doesn’t mean he’s a loser.

    Did Patrick Ewing win anything? No
    how about Karl Malone, John Stockton, charles barkley?

    When was last time Knicks win anything? Does this mean they are bunch of losers?

  212. Yankee Trader May 21st, 2010 at 5:04 pm

    According to Chad Jennings, the Yankees claimed RHP Shane Lindsay off waivers from the Rockies today, and he is headed to the team’s minor league complex before being assigned to one of the Yankees minor league teams. To make room on the 40-man roster, the Yankees released RHP Christian Garcia. Garcia recently had his second Tommy John surgery after tearing a ligament in his elbow, and hasn’t been able to stay healthy since being drafted by the Yanks back in 2004.

    Lindsay, was 0-1, with a 6.59 ERA for Colorado Springs–the Rockies Triple-A affiliate–this year. In six minor league seasons the 25-year-old is 18-13, with a 3.48 ERA.

  213. Erin May 21st, 2010 at 5:04 pm

    Ledger_Yankees Granderson going to play in triple a tonight. thinking he’ll be ready by the end of next week.

  214. Yankee Trader May 21st, 2010 at 5:05 pm

    Garcia was released May 14th.

  215. Jeremy May 21st, 2010 at 5:06 pm

    I know. Why is someone attacking Betsy ? She is one of the most kind posters on here. You can disagree with people without attacking.

  216. RayVT May 21st, 2010 at 5:07 pm

    CR9 May 21st, 2010 at 4:52 pm

    Pitchers run all the time. The only time I cringe over a pitcher is when they are gimpy to start with or they try to slide. Most of the Pitchers are very good athletes to start with. There are exceptions of course. All pitchers take batting practice. Some like Mo shag flies in the OF. (His dream is to play CF! LOL!)

    Just because Wang had an issue doesn’t mean the rest will or anyone else.

  217. CR9 May 21st, 2010 at 5:08 pm

    Joba Tips
    That is not the determinant factor of whether a player is a loser or not, obviously. But Reggie Miller was a classless punk who cheated, threw his legs out on jump shots to draw fouls, a whiner, and he was FUGLY!

    Ewing, Malone, and Stockton were such class on and off the court, carried themselves with style and substance.

    Barkley, dont know much about the Round Mound of Rebound, except that he’s a Yankees fan. Not a loser!

  218. whoever May 21st, 2010 at 5:08 pm

    Dorreen,

    Betsy – Hughes rules (Pleading the Fifth) May 21st, 2010 at 4:32 pm
    F *** U Yanks, 77
    ————————————————

    Should this type comment be accepted or ignored; independent of who said it.

  219. Bill May 21st, 2010 at 5:08 pm

    “When was last time Knicks win anything? Does this mean they are bunch of losers?”

    Yes.

  220. Pat M. May 21st, 2010 at 5:09 pm

    Jeremy, Too much passive aggressive behavior here……..

  221. Chris May 21st, 2010 at 5:10 pm

    Gaudin, Ramirez, Bruney. There’s are bullpen help. Not.

  222. Doreen - GTLU Stuff & Photos May 21st, 2010 at 5:10 pm

    mick -

    No – this one seemed particularly mean spirited.

    I understand that not everyone here likes everyone else. I just don’t understand the need to lash out like that against another person. And then it goes round and round and round. It’s so not necessary.

    But that’s all I have to say on the matter.

  223. Queenz Yanks May 21st, 2010 at 5:10 pm

    whoever,

    Cursing is violation of the TOS. It should carry a ban, like anyone else who curses.

    Do not want to set a precedent that it is OK to curse as long as you are regular. Sometimes an example needs to be made. That was an overreaction and unnecessary comment.

  224. SJ44 May 21st, 2010 at 5:11 pm

    mick,

    They are only in single digits and early teens in the game threads.

    Especially if the Yankees are losing 1-0 in the first inning! lol

  225. Yankee Trader May 21st, 2010 at 5:11 pm

    Favorite Knicks team of all time-
    Clyde the Glide Frazier, Willis Reed, Bill Bradley, Earl the Pearl Monroe, and Phil Jackson. Wasn’t Dave DeBusschere also a teamate?

  226. CR9 May 21st, 2010 at 5:11 pm

    RayVT May 21st, 2010 at 5:07 pm

    Gotcha. I worry anyways, though.

  227. kenny ct May 21st, 2010 at 5:12 pm

    wheover – yes it should be accepted for what it is – classless. shows a lack of intelligence when someone curses as an insult, especially when they use symbols to get it past the filter.

  228. Carl C. May 21st, 2010 at 5:13 pm

    lol @ this John Maine press conference. Stuttering like Mike Green and speaking fast and he is clearly angry.

    What a mess. Mets have 2 headcases – Maine and Perez. Maine looks like he has gone off the deep end.

  229. RayVT May 21st, 2010 at 5:13 pm

    CR9 May 21st, 2010 at 5:11 pm

    I understand! Be glad the Yanks aren’t in the NL then!! LOL!

  230. SJ44 May 21st, 2010 at 5:14 pm

    When it comes to where to play guys in the minors, there is no “depth chart”, per se.

    If the Yankees want to play a certain player at a certain position, for example Russo in the OF, they just tell Dave Miley to do it.

    Its not about owing anybody any explanation or not upsetting a rotation. Player development takes priority.

    I think the Yankees were late to the party in deciding to make Russo a Jerry Hairston, Jr kind of guy.

    I think his good spring opened more organizational eyes to that possibility.

    Its why when he was sent down the last time, it was with the orders of putting him in the OF.

    Much like it was when Pena was sent down for OF work last year.

  231. JJ May 21st, 2010 at 5:14 pm

    I still get a kick out of that ‘make-up call’ they gave Miranda after they robbed A-Rod the previous inning.

  232. RayVT May 21st, 2010 at 5:14 pm

    Carl C. May 21st, 2010 at 5:13 pm

    If you played for the Metropolitans, you would too!

  233. KWAN May 21st, 2010 at 5:15 pm

    We faced this Takahashi kid in Japan back in 2004 in an exhibition game. We won that game 6-2… Posada and Matsui homered.

    A-Rod and Jeter both went 0-4 against him.

  234. Yankee Trader May 21st, 2010 at 5:16 pm

    Gaudin, Ramirez, Bruney. There’s bullpen help. Not.
    ————————————–

    Contreras, Clippard having good season this year.

  235. R-Tek May 21st, 2010 at 5:16 pm

    Citi Field is actually a nice park… really homey feel. Shake Shack is awesome.

    Problem is, you wouldn’t know it was the Mets home park. Has a generic feel to it.

  236. RayVT May 21st, 2010 at 5:16 pm

    Russo gives them some positional flexibility as well as a bat. I like him in NY.

  237. Doreen - GTLU Stuff & Photos May 21st, 2010 at 5:18 pm

    whoever -

    I tend to try to ignore the stuff that offends me as much as I can. I try to ignore most of the bickering that goes on. But as I said, this just seemed so particularly mean spirited.

    I can’t separate that statement from the context in which it was typed. How much should a person have to take? If I were Betsy I’d ignore as much as I can. But last night some troll called me an idiot and I told him to crawl back under his rock. Sometimes, you fight back. Nobody’s perfect. We’re all human. We’re not supposed to be attacking each other here.

    I just don’t understand why it’s so difficult for the people who don’t like what Betsy has to say to just scroll past her comments.

  238. Irreverent Discourse May 21st, 2010 at 5:18 pm

    Clippard is not having a good season, he is pitching AWFULLY, blowing leads and getting cheesy wins for it.

  239. whoever May 21st, 2010 at 5:18 pm

    On the WFAN today, (Beningo and Roberts) actually brought on an Ex-METS pitcher who pitched a shutout and beat the Yanks 15 years ago.

    Sad when you have to reach that far back; puts being a Yanks fan in perspective.

  240. Jeremy May 21st, 2010 at 5:18 pm

    Takahashi is on a pitch count. It is imperative that the Yankees wear him out and get into the burned out Mets bullpen.

  241. Zebra May 21st, 2010 at 5:18 pm

    I’d give Bruney another shot,

    The guy was good in spurts last year, throws hard, and has shown he can be effective in the past. He was great in 08, the beginning of 09, and towards the end of 09.

    He is a guy I’d take a flyer on because we know him and he has had some success here.

  242. RayVT May 21st, 2010 at 5:20 pm

    RayVT May 21st, 2010 at 5:18 pm

    Not me!

  243. Jeremy May 21st, 2010 at 5:20 pm

    Citi field is nice. The only problem is that the Mets made the park to big and their hitters like Wright have been effected by it. But the Mets are a mess their organization does not know how to plan anything.

  244. V Torch May 21st, 2010 at 5:21 pm

    Mets have no history.

    They are honoring the 2000 team today… a team that lost in 5 games to the team they are playing today!!

  245. CR9 May 21st, 2010 at 5:22 pm

    RayVT May 21st, 2010 at 5:20 pm

    I think we gathered that. :lol:

  246. Carl C. May 21st, 2010 at 5:23 pm

    San Fran built their ballpark FOR Bonds

    Mets built their park to turn their star player (Wright) into a mediocre one

    lol

  247. mick May 21st, 2010 at 5:23 pm

    I just don’t understand why it’s so difficult for the people who don’t like what Betsy has to say to just scroll past her comments.
    =====================
    Doreen,
    Because she leads the league in minutes and comments made, negative.
    If they weren’t negative and repetitive nobody would bother her.
    Either she enjoys the attention or annoying people, can’t you understand that?

  248. Mike S. May 21st, 2010 at 5:25 pm

    A bit worried about Russo in LF. He has played LF only seven times in his minor league career, and to have your first major league start in a position that you are not accustomed to…

    But yes, Thames out there (and who knows how that ankle is) scares me too.

    Granderson can’t get healthy fast enough.

  249. vblade May 21st, 2010 at 5:25 pm

    When I first walked into Bailout Field, all I saw were pictures of Jackie Robinson being honored on the walls and in the lobby.

    And then I thought, wait, Jackie Robinson wasn’t a Met. o_O

  250. Yankee Trader May 21st, 2010 at 5:26 pm

    Who’s currently the best super utility player in the majors?- Omar Infante?

  251. G. Love May 21st, 2010 at 5:26 pm

    How quickly Randy Winn has fallen.

    They can use the excuse they don’t want him to face a lefty, but the fact is if he was worth his roster spot he’d be starting tonight. I expect he’ll be gone soon. Probably as soon as Granderson is ready to play again.

    As for Russo, NO ONE in here can complain if he costs us a run in the field.

    While I’d rather the Yankees waive Winn and bring up Huffman (who is taking up a spot on the 40 man), I’m happy that they are not sending Winn out there to waive at the ball with his bat.

    Hopefully, Javy breaks out his NL stuff tonight.

  252. Mike S. May 21st, 2010 at 5:28 pm

    I get this bad flashback of the time when a shorthanded Torre (as Girardi is shorthanded now) had to play Enrique Wilson in RF.

    First we see Pena in RF, now Russo in LF tonight. My fingers are crossed.

  253. SAS May 21st, 2010 at 5:43 pm

    Don’t you all think this has gone on long enough. You are supposed to be adults who for the most part are Yankees fans. Last night people were so disgusting, I left the blog. And now again you are being abusive to people on this blog. And I don’t believe for one minute that Ray VT wasn’t being impersonated, I have read enough of his posts. Enough!!! If you don’t like the people in here go to a sewer and find your own kind.

  254. Tom in N.J. May 21st, 2010 at 5:44 pm

    :arrow:

  255. RS May 21st, 2010 at 6:22 pm

    Miranda and Thames are perfect NL bench players. I hope Thames is healthy enough to pinch hit for one AB.


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